Sally Sanbern Gretsch Coulson of Garnet Valley

Sally Sanbern Gretsch Coulson, 81, of Garnet Valley, died Wednesday, Jan. 13. Born in Mineola, N.Y., Sally was the daughter of William C Gretsch and Louise Rile Gretsch. Sally is a beloved mother, grandmother, and friend, survived by three children Kevin Hall and his wife Debi, David Hall and his wife Jennifer, Sandy Crawford and her husband David; 11 grandchildren and four bonus grandchildren William Hall, Emily Brown, and her husband Zach, Erica Bittner and her husband Kai, Andrew Hall, Nicholas Hall, Jessica Hall, Derek Hall, Timothy Crawford and his wife Carla, Grace Crawford and her husband Tucker Rogers, Matthew Crawford, Benjamin Crawford, great-granddaughter Charlotte Crawford. Sally is predeceased by her husband James Coulson. Sally is also survived by her brother William Gretsch and her three nieces Jane Smith, Bonnie Holt, Judy Gretsch, and their families.

Sally Sanbern Gretsch Coulson

Sally is deeply loved by her family and so many friends. She had a fabulous sense of humor, made us laugh often, always asked and cared about how we were doing, and intentionally sought out personal quality time. We enjoyed so many trips, holidays, and everyday life together.

Sally was a graduate of Bucknell University, with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. Sally moved to New Jersey when she was seven. Her father was a purchasing agent for Warner-Lambert (pharmaceutical) in Morris Plains, N.J. Sally married Raymond Hall in 1961. During Sally’s career, one of her favorite roles was public relations director for Fairleigh Dickinson University. Jim Coulson was a childhood friend of her brother Bill, who had returned to New Jersey after retiring from his military career in the Army, and they married in 1991. Jim and Sally especially enjoyed traveling together throughout the US and Europe and making each other laugh.

Sally was a very active member of the Concord Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, deeply loved singing in the choir, and served as a deacon. Previously, Sally had been a long time member of The Presbyterian Church in Morristown, N.J, attending since childhood. Sally moved to Garnet Valley a few years ago to be located closer to her children and grandchildren. Sally enjoyed reading and knitting, doing calligraphy professionally, singing, genealogy, attending opera, traveling, swimming, skiing, and walking. She was a lifelong learner, often taking courses to explore and understand new topics.

She will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Concord Presbyterian Church of Wilmington, music programs ( Sally will be buried at Hilltop Cemetery in Mendham, N.J., with a private family ceremony, next to her beloved late husband James Coulson. In 2021, the family expects to have a memorial service to honor Sally with family and friends; details to follow.  Arrangements are being handled by Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. (484-734-8100).  condolences at

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