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Laurine “Laurie” A. Schapp Ault Coleman
The Facts of Her
On December 12, 2022, we lost an incredible woman, and the world became a little bit less. Laurie “LoLo” Coleman, 77, passed away peacefully at home after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer. Born in Rochester, New York on May 20, 1945, to Robert and Gertrude Schapp, Laurie was the oldest of four. She lived most of her life in Rochester, a little of her life in New Jersey, and twenty sweltering years of her life in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. After her husband’s passing in 2021, Laurie returned to Rochester to spend time with family and friends.
She is predeceased by her husband, Ronald Coleman, her parents, and two of her brothers Michael and Timothy Schapp. She is survived by her brother Patrick Schapp of Brimfield, Massachusetts, son Scott Ault (favorite daughter-in-law Michelle DePietro) of Syracuse and their children James, Alison, Nick, and Cate; daughter Kristin Ault (Jason) Muscolino of Irondequoit and their children Ari and Harlow Bea; step-son Christopher (Vera) Coleman of New Jersey and their children Alexandra and Olivia; step-son Jason (Kema) Coleman of Texas with their child Quincy; her cousins, who were more like sisters, Deb (David) Watson of Rush and Colleen Farley (Jan Wessel) of Spencerport, and an enormous amount of friends from every stage of her life.
The Timeline of Her
Laurie attended Holy Trinity School and was a 1963 graduate of Our Lady of Mercy High School. At Mercy, she was a Jester in the Drama Club, an Officer in Student Government, and the Co-Editor of the school newspaper, “The Quill”. Laurie went on to achieve a bachelor’s degree in education from Nazareth College and taught for many years in the Rochester area, most notably, at St. Salome’s and Christ the King. She was a large influence in many students lives, who thought of her favorably for her kindness, her inspiration, and her compassion, and were enthralled by her beauty. After her divorce from her first husband, Frank Ault, she continued to teach and earned her master’s degree in education while raising two young children.
A blind date in 1982 changed the course of Laurie’s life forever – it led to a 28-year, humor-filled marriage to “favorite husband” Ronald Coleman, a charming, funny, and kind man, who had a dynamic personality, a contagious sense of humor, and a constant smile on his face. After years of a serious relationship, Laurie and Ron broke up and went their separate ways. Fast forward a few years, and they were reunited when each unknowingly answered the other’s personal ad. They gave into fate, were married in 1993, and the rest is history.
Laurie was a horrible waitress, an amazing teacher, and an incredible friend. She brought all of herself to everything she did, whether it was a job, a relationship, or an adventure. While education was her chosen career, she eventually branched out into other opportunities: she was a Corporate Trainer, a Personal Assistant, the Editor of the Lakewood Ranch Recorder, a Professional Organizer, a Licensed Massage Therapist, and a Reiki Shaaman.
The Best Parts of Her
Laurie’s hobbies included collecting friends, spreading joy, and being a constant cheerleader for the people she loved. She was a gatherer, always the one to organize a reunion, or lunch with a bunch of old friends. She loved french fries, going to the ocean, and sunsets on Siesta Key Beach. She was always a teacher, always a friend, and always had her nails painted (but never her toes). She was an excellent writer and an even better storyteller. She loved all of her grandchildren and most of her children. She was witty, she was gracious, and she was loved by all.
A brief note to Laurie, as we know she is reading this: Although we are incredibly sad to no longer have you here, we are happy to know you’ve been reunited with Ron, your parents, your brothers, and a cold glass of the world’s best chardonnay. We will continue to make you proud every single day and your memory will live on through your family, friends, and countless people whose lives you’ve touched. We will love you forever, and similarly, hope our grammar in this tribute was error-free. Tell RBG we said hi, and we’ve got it from here.
The Celebration of Them
Leave your sadness at home, and bring your stories, memories, and laughter, and join us for a celebration of Laurie and Ron, on Saturday, January 14, 2023, at Miller Funeral Home, 3325 S. Winton Rd, Rochester, from 1-3 pm. A memorial service in the Interfaith Chapel at the Funeral Home will immediately follow at 3 pm.