Yesterday morning, fire crews in Ralpho Township, Pa. responded to a fire in a two-story wooden house. It proved to be a difficult fire to extinguish, as up to 50 firefighters took 90 minutes to extinguish the flames.
According to numerous reports, the fire claimed the life of Ellen Sosnoski, the head field hockey coach at Catawissa Southern Columbia Area (Pa.).
As a high-school player, the former Ellen Heinly was a midfielder at Emmaus (Pa.) right when the Hornets were winning back-to-back championships in 1991-92. She graduated from Emmaus in 1994, matriculating to Juniata College.
In her adult life, Sosnoski was much more than a field hockey coach. She served as a behavioral specialist for young children. She was an accomplished artist, lending her talents to numerous greeting card and home craft companies. And she served as a adjunct professor at an on-line university in the field of marketing.
It’s known that Monday’s field hockey game at Benton (Pa.) is going to be postponed, but the Tigers have only until Saturday to play its season out before embarking on the PIAA District 4-AA Tournament, which only will have as many as three participants.
The death of Coach Sosnoski is one of those events that cannot be explained with any rational or spiritual explanation. But what we do know is that an energetic and creative soul has left this earth, and her two children are now without a mother.
And for Catawissa, a village of 1,500 on a bend in the Susquehanna River, it’s a sizable loss.