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1925 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
PHILIP JAMES COLELLA Obituary
COLELLA
PHILIP JAMES
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 and 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 Master's 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 and 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, and Todd Bates; five great-grandchildren, Cole, Emily, Connor, Gia, and Dominic; three sisters, Jennie (Fusco) Dioguardi, Carmel Cook and Donna Grace Colella; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received on Sunday, January 12 from 1-4 and 6-8 p.m. 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 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10 a.m. in St. James Catholic Church, Sewickley. Interment to follow in St. James Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice (www.concordialm.org) or the Community of Holy Family Manor (www.chfmanor.org)
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Jan. 10 to Jan. 12, 2014
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