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Friday, January 11, 2013

Helen “Honey” Lee Wilson Colella, 77, of 284 Bolivar Drive, Bradford, PA

Helen “Honey” Lee Wilson Colella, 77, of 284 Bolivar Drive, Bradford, passed away peacefully January 11, 2013 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Born July 19, 1935 in Clearfield, PA, she was the daughter of the late Burton and Violet Wilson.
On July 2, 1960 at St. Bernard Church, she married Francis “Tubby” Colella, who survives.

Mrs. Colella was a 1953 graduate of Clearfield High School. She attended Warren Wilson College in Asheville N.C. before she transferred to Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN. She was actively involved in many activities in college including Tau Beta Gamma soroity, cheerleading, glee club, Varsity Queen, and Who’s Who. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education in 1957.

After college, she accepted a teaching position in the Bradford School District, where she remained for 37 years. She retired in 1995. Her passion for teaching remained after retirement because she volunteered to teach at Crook Farm and also religious education. 

She was a member of the St. Bernard’s Church where she was actively involved as a member of the church choir for 50 years, a Co Chairman of the Environment Committee and a member of the Diocesan and Liturgical Committee. She enjoyed being a member of the Street Dreams Car Club with her husband Tubby, where they would often be seen riding around town with the top off their ’66 Thunderbird. She was the Queen Mother of the Red Hat Society for the Street Dreams Car Club. She was also involved in Phi Beta Psi sorority. Honey also enjoyed roller skating, traveling, tap dancing, and spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband of 52 years, she is survived by three brothers, Edmond (Judy) Wilson of North Canton, William (Linda) Wilson of Bellefonte and Burt (Donna) Wilson of Bradford. Two daughters and one son, Ann (Rick) Fesenmyer of Bradford, Natalie (Chuck) O’Neill and Joe (Gina) Colella of Garnerville; five grandchildren, Elizabeth (Kyle) Young of Nottingham, Stefan Fesenmyer (Alexandra Goble), Kailey Fesenmyer all of Bradford, Frankie Colella of Garnerville, Katie O’Neill of Bradford, special goddaughter Kara Colella of St. Louis; one great grandchild, Blake Young of Nottingham; and several nieces and nephews

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Family will be receiving friends from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, January 13, 2013 in the Hollenbeck- Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., E. Main St, where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 AM, Monday, January 14, 2013 followed by a 10 AM Mass of Christian Burial in St. Bernard Church with Fr. Ray Gramat, Pastor, as celebrant. . Burial will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery.
Memorials if desired may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, St. Bernard Church Restoration Fund, or any organizations affiliated with children

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Anonymous said...

My condolences to the family. I was a 1st grade student of hers at Second Ward and my mother got the pleasure of being taught by her when she was little to rollerskate. She truly was a wonderful teacher and woman . She will be greatly missed.

Anonymous said...

She will be greatly missed. She was the best teacher anyone could ask for. No other teacher impacted my life the way she did. Without her in my life, I would not be as successful as I am.