Joseph A. Colley

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Joseph August Colley, 88, of Westminster, died Thursday, March 28, 2013, in hospice care at Carroll Hospital Center.

Born Feb. 26, 1925, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., he was the son of the late Augusto and Erminia Manci Colacichi. He was born Joseph Colacichi, and subsequently legally changed his name. He was the husband of the late Frances Kathleen Sparling Colley.

He served in the Marine Corps during World War II at Iwo Jima. He had two master's degrees plus 30 hours, and was a physical education teacher and Spanish teacher at Franklin High School for 30 years.

He was a former member of Holy Family Catholic Church, where he had been a lector, and was a member of St. John Catholic Church in Westminster. He was a former Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus; former owner of Latin American Specialized Tours travel business; coached track and field, tennis and basketball and was a recreation and parks coach. He had been a world traveler and was a host for multiple exchange students.

He enjoyed golfing and growing tomatoes. He was frequently found playing Sudoku, building shelves, bird watching and napping. He was involved with his grandchildren's and great-grandchildren's activities.

Surviving are daughters Kathleen Colley Laudeman and husband Scot, of Reisterstown, Carolyn Colley Cherry and husband Mark, of New Windsor, and Anita McGill Colley and husband Christopher Shelley, of London, England; a son, John Nelson Colley, of Berlin; six grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and longtime friend and companion Norma Allman.

He was predeceased by a son, William Lawrence Colley; and was the last surviving member of his siblings.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at St. John Catholic Church, 43 Monroe St., Westminster. Interment will be private.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Dove House, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD 21157.

Arrangements are by Eline Funeral Home in Hampstead.

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Published in Carroll County Times on Apr. 3, 2013
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