Colette F. Wolf Fennessy, 81, formerly of South Abington Twp., died Saturday in Golden Living Center, Wilkes-Barre. She was the widow of Anthony Llewellyn Fennessy, who died Dec. 16, 1990. The couple had been married more than 38 years.
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Born Dec. 10, 1931, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Leo and Coletta Tremel Wolf. She moved from Monroeville to South Abington Twp. in 1977, then to Harrisburg in 1998. She was a graduate of Holy Ghost High School, Pittsburgh. She worked as a secretary, a department store clerk and was a teachers' aide at University Park Elementary in Monroeville. But her favorite job and true life's calling was being a homemaker and mother. When her five children had been raised, she returned to the workforce as an office staffer at McGrail Merkle Quinn in Scranton, where she was employed until her retirement in 1996.
Colette was a loving mother and a devoted "Nana" to her grandchildren. Her home was always a warm and welcoming place to gather for holidays, reunions and many other occasions. She was a devout Catholic with a special devotion to Blessed Mother Mary and a firm and unshakable faith in Jesus. She was an active member of the Women's Guild and Christian Mothers at St. Bernadette Parish, Monroeville, and for several years, served with the Perpetual Adoration Society at St. Margaret Mary Parish, Harrisburg.
Surviving are two sons, David Fennessy and wife, Lisa, Monroeville; and Kevin and wife, Jean, Harrisburg; three daughters, Renee Chandler, Luzerne; Gemma Chuff and husband, David, South Abington Twp.; and Lisa Noll and husband, Fred, Jacksonville, Ark.; a sister, Germaine Benkart, Pittsburgh; grandchildren, Kelly, Anthony and Lydia Fennessy; Timothy, Casey, Patrick, Jennifer and Laura Chandler; Meghan, Erin, Bridget and Dan Fennessy; and Mary Chuff; numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. from Church of St. Gregory, 330 N. Abington Road, Clarks Green, with services by the Rev. John M. Lapera. Interment: Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.
The family will receive relatives and friends Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Service Inc., 111 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit.
Memorial contributions may be made to
For more information, directions, or to send an online condolence, visit www.jenningscalvey.com.
Jennings Calvey Funeral Home
111 Coburn Avenue Clarks Summit, PA 18411
Published in Scranton Times from Mar. 3 to Mar. 4, 2013