Helen ""Honey"" Lee Wilson Colella, 77, of 284 Bolivar Drive, Bradford, passed away peacefully (Jan. 11, 2013) at her home surrounded by her loving family.
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Born July 19, 1935, in Clearfield, she was the daughter of the late Burton and Violet Wilson. On July 2, 1960, at St. Bernard Church, she married Francis ""Tubby"" Colella, who survives.
Mrs. Colella was a 1953 graduate of Clearfield High School. She attended Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C., before she transferred to Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn. She was actively involved in many activities in college, including Tau Beta Gamma sorority, cheerleading, glee club, Varsity Queen, and Who's Who. She received her bachelor of science in elementary education in 1957.
After college, she accepted a teaching position in the Bradford School District, where she remained for 37 years. She retired in 1995. Her passion for teaching remained after retirement because she volunteered to teach at Crook Farm and also religious education.
She was a member of St. Bernard Church, where she was actively involved as a member of the church choir for 50 years, a co-chairman of the Environment Committee and a member of the Diocesan and Liturgical Committee. She enjoyed being a member of the Street Dreams Car Club with her husband, Tubby, where they would often be seen riding around town with the top off their '66 Thunderbird. She was the Queen Mother of the Red Hat Society for the Street Dreams Car Club. She was also involved in Phi Beta Psi sorority. Honey also enjoyed roller skating, traveling, tap dancing, and spending time with her grandchildren.
In addition to her husband of 52 years, she is survived by three brothers, Edmond (Judy) Wilson of North Canton, William (Linda) Wilson of Bellefonte and Burt (Donna) Wilson of Bradford; two daughters and one son, Ann (Rick) Fesenmyer of Bradford, Natalie (Chuck) O'Neill and Joe (Gina) Colella of Garnerville; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth (Kyle) Young of Nottingham, Stefan Fesenmyer (Alexandra Goble), Kailey Fesenmyer, Amanda (Chuck) Charnisky, and Danny Colella, all of Bradford, Frankie Colella of Garnerville, Katie O'Neill of Bradford; special goddaughter, Kara Colella of St. Louis; one great-grandchild, Blake Young of Nottingham; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Family received friends from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., East Main Street, where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. today followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Bernard Church with the Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the
; St. Bernard Church Restoration Fund; or any organizations affiliated with children.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Published in The Bradford Era from Jan. 12 to Jan. 18, 2013