Ann Marie (DelVecchio) Colarusso

Ann Marie (DelVecchio) Colarusso, 80, of Old Forge, passed away Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, after an extended illness at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital, Plains Township, Pa.

Born in Old Forge on Nov. 4, 1933, she was a daughter of the late Charles DelVecchio and late Theresa (Riviello) DelVecchio Krypel.

Ann Marie attended Old Forge schools and was a member of Prince of Peace Parish, Old Forge.

She and her husband, Joseph, established and founded the well-known Colarusso's Café, Main Street, Avoca, where she worked for many years.

Ann Marie enjoyed cooking and always wanted to make sure everyone was fed. She was an avid bowler and loved to go to the casino. Family was her life; she especially treasured her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Colarusso is survived by her husband of 63 years, Joseph, who took unbelievable care of her and always referred to her as "his bride." In addition to her husband are four loving sons, Charles and his wife, Mary Ann, of Archbald; David and his fiancée, Grace De Antonio, of Moosic; Joseph D. Jr. and his wife, Sharon, of Moosic; and Kevin and his wife, Lynn, of Old Forge; a loving daughter, Kim Zambetti and her husband, Mark, of Old Forge; former daughter-in-law, Debra Colarusso, Clarks Summit; 16 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were two brothers, Frank DelVecchio and Joseph DelVecchio; three sisters, Rose Onufrey, Elizabeth Czaja and Grace Lombardi; and grandson, Johnny Colarusso.

The funeral will be on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at 9:15 a.m. from the Kniffen O'Malley Funeral Home, 728 Main St., Avoca, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of the Assumption Church at Prince of Peace Parish, West Grace and Lawrence streets, Old Forge, with the Rev. August A. Ricciardi officiating. Interment will be at the Old Forge Cemetery.

Friends and family may call on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Ann Marie may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 2151, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38101-2151.

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Funeral Home

Kniffen O'Malley Funeral Home, Inc.
728 Main Street Avoca, PA 18641
(570) 457-2801

Published in Scranton Times on Nov. 18, 2013