Obituary of Lucille Ida Colatrella
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It is with profound sadness that the family of Lucille Ida Colatrella, 76, announce she passed away peacefully at her home on December 17, 2020. She was born March 23, 1944 in Newark, NJ. She was a longtime resident of NJ until moving to Sterling, VA in 1977. Recently, she lived with her daughter in Gainesville, VA.
Lucille was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Colatrella, in 2001. She is survived by her 4 children and their spouses: Gina (David) Carver, Renee (Steven) Brightman, Nicholas (Stacy) Colatrella, Donna (David) Monk; sister-in-law Geralyn (Richard) DiMarco; 7 grandchildren: Shawn and Samantha Carver, Mathew Brightman, Alice and Anthony Colatrella, Hayden and Brody Monk; nephew Richard DiMarco; nieces Nicole and Gianna DiMarco.
Lucille lived for her family. Nothing was more important than keeping traditions and taking family vacations. She looked forward to when all 21+ of us were together. Mom was always there to support her children in any way. She spoke to them on a daily basis and cherished their visits. Near or far, they were her heart and soul. Grandma could be found at graduations, softball/soccer games, and other activities in heat, cold, and rain. At home, she played games and watched movies with them. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. Aunt Lucille never forgot her NJ family. Her in laws were siblings and her nephew and nieces were grandchildren. Her love for them was felt across the miles. Lucille also loved the canine family members, and they loved her.
Lucille was a cherished friend, always there to support others with a helping hand or a listening ear. For the last 20+ years, she relished her weekly get together where they shared snacks and camaraderie. Traveling and playing slots at the casino were at the top of her Fun List.
Lucille was an avid reader and movie watcher. She was rarely without her Kindle, Coke (with a straw), and Jolly Ranchers. Her nails were done to perfection regularly, and it was always a good time for ice cream! We will certainly never forget our precious matriarch, but she will be especially missed on each birthday when the call singing “Happy Birthday” doesn’t come.
Lucille was a caring soul whose giving spirit was second to none. She thrived on doing for others. Her legacy will be preserved by showing kindness to all individuals.
In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored if you would make a charitable donation in Lucille’s memory to one of the following organizations: the American Heart Association (https://www.heart.org/), the American Cancer Society (https://www.cancer.org/), or the Eye Bank Association of America (https://restoresight.org/).