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Carolyn H Coleman

December 30, 1932 May 17, 2020
Carolyn H Coleman
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Carolyn H Wilcox Coleman, 87, of Ewing NJ passed away from complications of Covid 19 at the Greenwood House on May 17, 2020. Carolyn was born on December 30, 1932 in Milwaukee Wisconsin to Clarendon and Mildred Swanson Wilcox. A young Carolyn came to NJ with her parents and older sister Gwen in the family car. She would recount the journey later to her grandchildren remarking that the flat wooden back seat was quite uncomfortable. They settled in Belle Mead on property owned by her mother’s sister, Aunt Tollie.
Carolyn graduated from Princeton High School in 1950 after meeting the love of her life, Lewis D Coleman when they both played in the school orchestra. Carolyn was proficient at violin as well as piano and she played both for her family for years afterwards.
After high school, Carolyn briefly attended her aunts finishing school before marrying Lew and becoming a mother to her first son. She and Lew had two more children and while Lew achieved success in the automobile business, Carolyn was a devoted mother, wife and later, Mom Mom.
Carolyn achieved her own fame as a fabulous ballroom dancer, tennis player and swimmer who could navigate a pool or the ocean with ease and did all of these well into her 70s. She loved to tour the relatives’ farms and orchards and was great at knowing what to buy, even if she wasn’t as sure what to do with it when she got home but all of that was of little importance to her family.
Carolyn accompanied Lew on many fabulous trips all over the country and the world when Oldsmobile would sponsor them in those days. Perhaps the one we remember the best though is when Dad surprised her at Christmas one year with a trip to Mom’s ancestral homeland, Sweden. Oldsmobile wasn’t paying for that one.
Carolyn was a member of Dutch Neck Presbyterian Church for 67 years.
Carolyn enjoyed time with her many friends who they socialized with as couples or just she and the gals, too numerous to mention here but special mention goes to swimming with her next door neighbor and niece in law Lois.
Carolyn was enjoying putting her family tree together when Alzheimer’s began to affect her and eventually sidelined her in assisted living.
Carolyn was predeceased by her parents Mildred and Clarendon Wilcox, her husband Lewis D. Coleman and her sister Gwendolyn Wilcox Jensen. She is survived by her sons Gary Coleman and his wife Nadine, Bruce Coleman and his wife Genine and daughter Lynn Coleman and her close friend Bruce. Carolyn was Mom Mom to Bradford Coleman, Paige Coleman, Gregory Coleman, Christina Fels,Tara Coleman and her wife Trish, Laura and Drew Frantz. Great grandchildren are Jacob and Ethan Fels, Oliver Coleman-Thams, Josephine and Jack Frantz and niece Alicia Cyrino. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Dutch Neck Presbyterian Church 154 S Mill Rd, West Windsor 08550 or Alzheimer’s New Jersey 425 Eagle Rock Ave #203, Roseland, NJ 07068.
Due to the Covid 19 restrictions, services will be private. Arrangements are by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, Pennington. Condolences are welcome at

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