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Colette Wendy Bleistine

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Colette Wendy Bleistine, 22, of Washington Township, peacefully passed away on Monday, May 21, 2012, after a courageous battle with cystic fibrosis.

A young woman, grounded in her Christian faith, who lived and enjoyed every day of her life to the fullest to make a positive impact on the world and enjoyed every moment of her life, is how Colette will be remembered.

Born in Woodbury and raised in Washington Township, Colette graduated from Washington Township High School in 2007, where she was an accomplished student and musician and member of the Washington Township High School Marching Band. She continued on to earn her associate degree from Gloucester County Community College before being accepted to and currently attending Rowan University as an NJ STARS Scholar with a major in public relations.

Colette was born with cystic fibrosis, and she accepted her illness and used it as a springboard to enhance who she was and how she lived her life. Colette was a member of the Youth Advisory Board at CHOP in an effort to improve the services and treatments that the patients received. Colette spent her life working for the benefit of others and was a generous donor through the Gift of Life Organ Donor Program so that others will benefit and continue to enjoy life through her donation.

Colette will be remembered as being "Everyone's Angel" and a friend to everyone she met. Colette's motto in life was; "Life is too short to be nothing but happy ..."

Colette is the beloved daughter of George and Nancee (Phillips) Bleistine; loving niece of Rusty (Patty), Craig (Roxanne), Cindy (Mark), Jeff (Stephanie), Nancy (Ed), Carol (Beth), Peggy (Alan), Joan (Bob) and Tommy; cherished first cousin of Allison, Lindsey, Tim, Ian, Carly, Jonah, McKenna, Paul, Julie, Andy, Joanna, Mike and Beth; and dear second cousin of Vienna, Giselle, Michael, Tyler, Logan, Scott, Riley, Emily and Jaxon. Colette is predeceased by her maternal grandparents, Quinten and MaryLouise Phillips; and her paternal grandparents, George and Frances Bleistine

Relatives and friends of Colette's are invited to attend her viewing and honor her by wearing Pink today from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday after 8 a.m. in the McGuinness Funeral Home, 573 Egg Harbor Road, Washington Township. Colette's funeral service will follow on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in St. John United Methodist Church, 149 Ganttown Road, Washington Township. Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Washington Township.

In lieu of flowers, Colette's family has requested memorial contributions made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Delaware Valley Chapter, 2004 Sproul Road, Broomall, PA 19008; or to the New Jersey Organization of Cystic Fibrosis, P.O. Box 3648, Wayne, NJ 07474.

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Published in The Daily Journal from May 24 to May 25, 2012
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