A. Elizabeth Coughlin



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A. Elizabeth Coughlin

Friday February 18, 2022 at age 95.  Predeceased by her husband, Joseph Coughlin; parents, Gilbert and Lillian Mills.  Survived by her sons, Kevin M. Sr. (Kathleen), Michael J. and Brian T. (Nancy) Coughlin; grandchildren, Patrick (Heather), Kevin Jr. (Rowan) and Aeden; great-grandchildren, Ryan, Conor, Brennan, Grace and Theodore; loving family and friends.  The family would like to extend a special thank you to Cherie Davis for the exceptional love and care given to her.

Elizabeth had a love of music and was a piano teacher. She was  a member of American College of Musicians, New York Federation of Music Clubs and New York State Music Teachers Association. The past president of Rochester Piano Teachers’ Guild and committee of judges chairman for the Howard Hanson Certificate of Merit music award.  She enjoyed scrabble in her spare time and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Elizabeth’s visitation will be held Thursday, February 24th 4-7 PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson 1075 Long Pond Road.  Her Funeral Service will be celebrated Friday, February 25th 10:00 AM in the Chapel of the Funeral Home. Her funeral service will be livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/Meesonfamily under events. Entombment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Rochester Piano Teachers Guild Scholarship Fund www.rochesterpianoteachers.org.    For more information and to sign her online guestbook visit www.meesonfamily.com


  1. Nancy Forman Eaton on February 22, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    Dear Kevin and family: I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. It’s been a long time, but I do remember her teaching piano. May your wonderful memories help you in the days ahead. With sympathy,

  2. Pete C on February 22, 2022 at 2:44 pm

    Brian, Kevin, Mike and families, I will always remember walking into the house and hearing a piano almost every time along with a warm smile and hello from your mom. May you find comfort knowing that she is remembered kindly by so many people whose lives she touched. May she rest in peace.

  3. Beverly Smoker on February 23, 2022 at 12:50 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Libby’s passing. Libby was a pillar of our music community, and our piano music community in particular. We are all grateful for her pioneering work as a founder and continual supporter of the Rochester Piano Teachers Guild and its Howard Hanson Award program as well as her involvement in the New York State Music Teachers Association. The inspiration and joy of music that she brought to so many will live on. She will be greatly missed.

  4. Hilda Milham on February 23, 2022 at 12:51 pm

    Think of Kevin’s and Kathy’s family at this most difficult time, realizing now that Kathy married into a talented musical family!

  5. Harry Krueg on February 24, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    My sincere condolences.

  6. Rochelle Carr on March 1, 2022 at 3:41 am

    Elizabeth was my piano teacher, and even though I was hopeless, she was always patient and encouraging. That was many, many years ago. I am now 60, and a few weeks ago I decided to pull out my piano folder and give it another try. The folder was filled with scales and notes she had written for me, and I was remembering her with kind thoughts. So sorry to hear of her passing.

  7. Sally Munding on March 4, 2022 at 1:03 am

    Mrs. Coughlin was my favorite teacher; she taught me from kindergarten all the way through graduation. Her love of music was just one of the many things that have stuck with me over the years. Her home was welcoming and she always made time to celebrate accomplishments. I’ll never forget our fun ice cream parties after small recitals in her living room, or the time she white- knuckled it through one of my difficult performances. She cared enough to encourage me when I needed it, or to level with me when I hadn’t put in the work. She was a lovely person who enriched the lives of many. Twenty years after my last lesson, I still think of her often when I sit down to play piano. Sending my deepest condolences to her family.

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