Marie E. Colella
With mixed sorrow and joy, Marie was freed from her earthly challenges on Friday, August 8. She was born January 4, 1983 in San Bernardino and continued to live with her parents, Clare and Philip Colella. She is survived by both parents and her brother David Colella, his wife Sarah and her best friend and nephew Jackson, all of San Bernardino.
Her gift to all who knew or met her was her unconditional love. Her first response was a hug, her trademark greeting. She enjoyed life to the full, not aware of how ill she really was. She was a free spirit and always ready to meet a challenge head on. She loved to travel and enjoyed her many Midwest visits to extended family in Wisconsin and Ohio.
Her circle of friends was ever growing whether at school, completing her high school at Pacific, or at Anderson, where she also gained work experience at St. Bernardine Hospital, Cal State Campus, Ross stores, or at VIP where she enjoyed work for the last nine years. Even her many lab and doctors' visits were occasions of friendship and affection.
Among her favorite things were UNO card games, select DVDs, music by ABBA and Celtic Thunder, square dancing with the Blue Jay Squares in Hesperia, Farmer Boys brunch on Sundays, time with friends at CID (Center for Individual Development) and our Assumption parish community. She cherished time with family, especially Jackson, and eating out.
A Mass of Resurrection, a celebration of her life, will be celebrated at Assumption Parish on Tuesday, August 19, at 11:00 followed by a light lunch and fellowship in the Parish Hall.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in honor of Marie to either to Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, 796 W. 48th Street, San Bernardino, 92407, or to Friends of CID, 8088 Palm Lane, San Bernardino, 92410.
Published in San Bernardino Sun on Aug. 17, 2014