Miriam L. Coleman


Miriam L. Coleman, 85, formerly of Queens, New York, and a summer resident of Chautauqua, passed away Aug. 23, 2019, in the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Omaha, Nebraska.

She was born Aug. 15, 1934, in Jamestown, New York, the daughter of the late Ernest H. and Evelyn Lawson Coleman.

Miriam graduated from Columbia University with two master’s degrees in education. She was a classroom teacher in New York State for 20 years. From 1967 until 1971, she taught at the American School in Warsaw; from 1971 until 1973 at the American School in London; from 1974 until 1976 at the Nagoya International School in Japan; and from 1980 until 1987, Miriam was a reading specialist in New York City. Following that, she worked at the diagnostic reading clinic for children at Hofstra University. 

She was a member of the First Covenant Church in Jamestown and the 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church in Manhattan.

Miriam is survived by her sisters, Johanna Goering of Port Townsend, Washington, and Christine (Craig) Johnson of Omaha; niece Elizabeth (Joel) Piotrowski; nephew Matthew (Michelle) Johnson; great-niece Sofia Piotrowski; great-nephews Harrision and Tegegn Piotrowski and Merrett Johnson.

She was preceded in death by her father in 1982, her mother in 1987, and several aunts and uncles. 

A memorial service was held Oct. 11, 2019, in Jamestown. Memorials may be sent to Chautauqua Institution; North Park University in Chicago; or UNICEF.

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