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Philip James Colella

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Philip James Colella

Philip James Colella, 88, of Moon Twp., died on January 8, 2014. He was born in Rochester, PA on September 30, 1925 the son of the late James & Carmel (Tooch) Colella.
Philip served his country during WWII in the US Navy. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and St. Bonaventure University, and received his masters degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He retired after many years as a secondary English teacher in the Moon Area School District. Philip was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Sewickley. He also was a member of the Notre Dame Monogram Club. He was inducted into the Beaver County Hall of Fame and the Saint Bonaventure University Hall of Fame.
In addition to his parents, Philip was preceded in death by his wife, Ann L. (Tomei) Colella in 2005, and three sisters, Cecilia Leopardi, Josephine Sayers & Anna Mae Spickerman.
He is survived by his two daughters: Phyllis Bates (Richard), Spartanburg, SC; Christie Covelli (Larry), Moon Twp. Five grandchildren: Jason Bates, Jayna Lehrer, Kelli Bates, Jennifer Hayn & Todd Bates. Five greatgrandchildren: Cole, Emily, Connor, Gia & Dominic. Three sisters: Jennie (Fusco) Dioguardi, Carmel Cook & Donna Grace Colella, along with numerous nieces & nephews.
Friends will be received on Sunday January 12 from 1-4 & 6-8 PM in the Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Twp. (1522 Coraopolis Hts. Rd.). Where a prayer service will be held on Monday at 9:30 AM with
Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10 AM in St. James Catholic Church, Sewickley. Interment to follow at St. James Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: Good Samaritan Hospice ( or the Community of Holy Family Manor (


Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Jan. 11 to Jan. 13, 2014
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Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services
1522 Coraopolis Heights Moon Township, PA 15108
(412) 264-6050
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