Gaetana A. "Gae" (Santa Croce) Colombi (1928 - 2018)

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Gaetana A. "Gae" (Santa Croce) Colombi, 89, of Windsor Locks loving wife of 64 years to the late Charles J. Colombi, entered into eternal rest surrounded by her loving family at St. Francis Hospital Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

Gae was born Sept. 3, 1928, in Enfield, the daughter of the late Nicholas and Antonina (Zito) Santa Croce. She was employed at Kimberly Hall for over 15 years where she worked as a housekeeper. Gae was a parishioner of St. Mary Church and volunteered with the church to help prepare meals for the homeless.

She loved the holidays, especially Christmas, when she spent countless hours baking her 35 varieties of cookies to be distributed to family and friends. Gae will be fondly remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who gave tirelessly of herself to help others. She had the loving ability to make others feel loved especially with her coined phrase "You have a beautiful smile."

She is survived by her two children, Sharon Fredericks and her husband, Robert, of Enfield and Mark Colombi and his wife, Laura, of Southwick, Massachusetts; three loving grandchildren, Liana Colombi of East Hartford, Kristen Massetti of Enfield, and Christopher Fredericks and his wife, Kari, of Enfield; her beloved great-grandson, Mario Colombi; two sisters, Marian Bridge of Enfield and Rita Purdy of North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews. Gae was predeceased by a son, David Colombi; and two sisters, Pat Pappagallo and Jeannette Armstrong.

Gae's family would like to thank the Sisters and staff at Little Sisters of the Poor at St. Joseph Residence for the wonderful and compassionate care shown to Gae and her family.

Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family during visiting hours Friday, July 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Windsor Locks Funeral Home, 441 Spring St., Windsor Locks.

A funeral procession will gather Saturday, July 14, at 9 a.m. at the funeral home for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Church. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Gae may be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Joseph Residence, 1365 Enfield St., Enfield, CT 06082.

For online expressions of sympathy or directions, visit

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Windsor Locks Funeral Home
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Windsor Locks, CT 06096
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Published in Journal Inquirer from July 12 to July 16, 2018