Julie Rudd Coulombe
1958 - 2019
Ithaca Cremation Service
110 S Geneva St
Ithaca, NY
Julie Rudd Coulombe

Ithaca - Julie Rudd Coulombe died of cancer on Thursday, March 21, 2019 in Ithaca, NY.

Julie died peacefully, surrounded by family to the end.

Julie was born in Clinton, NY on June 10, 1958. She lived in Parsippany, NJ and Thailand before making her home in Ithaca. She completed her undergraduate studies at Cornell University and received her Master's in Education from Hunter College. She was fluent in Thai and Spanish. At the heart of job training and services to the international community for nearly 40 years, Julie was the go-to person for Ithaca's refugee and immigrant communities. She taught English to Speakers of Other Languages and most recently, was the Program Coordinator for the BOCES Adult ESL Program. She was also the epicenter of her expansive social circle, where all were treated as family. Her warmth, joy, and spirited sense of humor is her legacy.

She is survived by her children: John, James (Kathryn Cernera), and Alethea Rudd; their father Bruce Coulombe; her husband Moises Caiza; three stepchildren: Emerson (Tara), Derlis, and Carlos Caiza; two grandchildren; four sisters: Elizabeth Rudd Greene, Tia Rudd, Devereux Rudd, and Jennifer Lis; numerous nieces and nephews; and innumerable friends around the world.

A memorial service is planned for the late spring; details will be posted on her Facebook page at a later date. Instead of flowers, the family asks that gifts be made in Julie's honor to the address below. Donations will be used to establish a local ESL scholarship fund, allowing Julie's amazing spirit to continue to support English language learners in Ithaca.

The Julie Rudd Coulombe Memorial Fund

Tompkins Trust Company Attn: Aundre Seals

P.O. Box 460 Ithaca, NY 14851

Published by Ithaca Journal on Mar. 26, 2019.
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She helped me in learning English L. Her picture says it all, full of smiles. Always worked hard... So sad
One Of Her Students
April 4, 2020
when I moved, to Ithaca, 12 year ago . I don't speak very well English. but the first person who hell me was Julie. thanks Julie believed .
Lisbeth Santali
March 11, 2020
Julie was truly a beacon of warmth and joy and passion. She will be missed by all -- near and far. I am grateful to have known her - and I send sincere condolences to her family.
Carol Hoffman
March 31, 2019
Like so many, I say with great gratitude that Julie was my first friend in Ithaca.
My deepest sympathy to John, James, Alethea, Moises and Bruce. We were all embraced by Julie's big heart.
Patricia Forton
March 31, 2019
With my prayers and condolences dear Liz for the loss of your sister.❤
Mary Greene
March 28, 2019
You will forever be a pioneer in the world of English Language Learners. You have inspired many, and helped hundreds to connect better to their communities. Thanks for all you did! Diahann (former supervisor at TST Boces)
Diahann Hesler
March 27, 2019
To Liz, Tia, Dev, Jen and Julie's family from your cousin Tina and husband Rich. We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this time and you will be in our prayers.

Love from the Rich, Tina and our family to yours
Tina Marshall
March 26, 2019
Mis sinceras condolencias a la familia . Ella siempre estará con sus seres queridos.!!!
Eliana Parra
March 25, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort and strengthen the family through this difficult time. Roman 15:4
March 25, 2019
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