Colette F. (Wolf) Fennessy, 81 years, formerly of South Abington Township, 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.
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 Township in 1977, then to Harrisburg in 1998. She was a graduate of Holy Ghost High School, Pittsburgh. She worked as a secretary and as 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 work force 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, and 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; Kevin and wife Jean, Harrisburg; three daughters, Renee Chandler, Luzerne; Gemma Chuff and husband David, South Abington Township; 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; Mary Chuff; a great-granddaughter, Abigail Chapman, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Patrick Chandler Sr.
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 in 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, PA 18411.
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