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April 19, 2013
Howard W. Coulson, 79, of Wichita Falls, Texas, and formerly of Pottsville, passed away Friday at Texhoma Christian Care Center, Wichita Falls, with his family by his side.
Born in Pottsville, he was a son of the late William and Mary Jones Coulson.
He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Pottsville.
Howard was a graduate of Pottsville High School.
He had a love of music very early in his life, which continued through the years. Howard began playing the piano at 12 years old and the clarinet in the Pottsville High School band.
Howard was a member of the Cressona Band since 1960; the Pine Grove Band; a 1980 charter member of the Schuylkill County Symphony; and a member of the American Federation of Musicians.
He performed extensively throughout the Pottsville and surrounding areas his whole life. Howard even marched with the Pottsville Area High School Alumni Band each year playing his clarinet.
Through the years, Howard was employed by Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Detroiter Mobil Homes as a mill worker until it closed in 1973, Schuylkill Casket Co. and Liberty Oil Co., unitl his retirement.
In 2010, Howard moved to Wichita Falls to be close to his daughter, Gemma. He lived in an assisted living retirment community, where he made friends while still doing what he loved, playing the piano for the enjoyment of others.
He enjoyed visiting and spending time with friends and family and listening to the Sunday Polka shows on the radio.
In addition to his parents, Howard was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte Gregonis, in 2000, to whom he was married to 46 years.
Howard is survived by his daughter, Gemma Coulson Spruiell, wife of Rusty, Wichita Falls; brothers-in-law, Gov Hauptly, Pottsville, and Antonio D'Amiano, Mexico; sisters-in-law, Joyce Coulson, Mechanicsville, and Jeanette Gregonis D'Amiano, Virginia; uncle, Lawerence Coulson, Pottsville; several cousins; 13 nieces and nephews; 29 grandnieces and newphews; 3 great-grandnieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Episcopal Church, Centre and Howard streets, Pottsville, with Father James Rinehart officiating. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Lord-Bixler Funeral Home Inc., 1818 Mahantongo St., Pottsville, and from 1:30 p.m. until the time of service Thursday at the church. Interment will follow in Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven. Lord-Bixler Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Republican & Herald from Apr. 20 to Apr. 21, 2013