Ruth Kallgren Coleman, 90, Cheshire passed peacefully on Tuesday, February 19, 2008. Wife of the late John Alvin Coleman, survived by daughters Kathy Kenerson/Ed of NY, Ruth Gagliardi/Frank of Raleigh, NC, son Roger Coleman/Sharon of CT, 4 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, brother, Carl Kallgren. Predeceased by two brothers and a great-granddaughter. Born in New Haven , July 9, 1917, daughter of the late John Elmer and Jessica Reemsnyder Kallgren. Lived in Morris Cove, Wallingford and Cheshire from 1974. Graduate of Eastern Nazarene College , Quincy , MA . Taught at South End School in Southington , 26 years. Ruth taught piano, was pianist at Cheshire Baptist, and played at the Cheshire Correctional Center. Funeral Service Sat., Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE. , HAMDEN . Friends may visit with the family from 9-11 a.m. Interment in In Memorium Cemetery , Wallingford.

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  1. I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I had your mother for a second grade teacher in 1968 and I have never forgotten her. She was one of the teachers you never forget. I remember watching her play the piano and being in awe of her. I was her room helper a few years later and she brought me and friend to your house on a Saturday for lunch. I remeber the two Grand Pianos and listening to her play and sing on them. She was such a special lady and I will never forget her. Please except my condolences and my prayers on the loss of your mother.

  2. I am sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing, although I know that she is rejoicing with God at this time. The hardest part is for the ones left behind, who will miss Ruth for some time to come. Beginning in 1977, I became choir director at the Baptist Church of Cheshire (now Christ Community Church) and Ruth was our accompanist. She was so agile on the keyboard and had a special uplifting style when she played! We used to share stories of teaching, as I was a Music teacher at the time. Even though Ruth had some pet peaves (as we all do) she always seemed to have a positive slant on things, along with her cheerful smile. Ruth will be missed by many. Our prayers go out to her family and loved-ones. Sincerely, Alan Wallace

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