Pierina Colonna

December 5, 1928November 5, 2018

BOZRAH - Pierina (Colelli) Colonna, aka Nonna, embarked on her final journey home on November 5, 2018 surrounded by love. Nonna was born on December 5th, 1928 in Subiaco, Italy, daughter of Giovanni and Giovanna Colleli. Nonna often recounted her days on the farm and her varying jobs which included working for the Italian Red Cross, as a caregiver for the Children's Polio Clinic and as a nanny for the Governess in Rome.

Nonna met her late husband Salvatore Colonna, owner of the Colonna Ballfield, of Norwich through a letter. They were married in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in Rome and returned to the United States together in 1959. Her only stipulation was that she return to Italy each summer, with their two children Patrick Colonna and Concetta (Colonna) Franchetti of Norwich so that they may grow surrounded by the Italian culture, language and traditions that she so cherished.

Her granddaughters, her biggest fans, were her greatest loves. She took pride in caring for them as they grew, and passed along that same love and passion for Italian culture and language to them. Nonna's favorite hobbies included cooking, praying, catching up on Italian news, looking elegant and classy at all times and of course, Days of Our Lives. Nonna was kind and loving, spunky and sassy, and the epitome of strength and elegance.

Nonna is survived by her sister, Adele Comparini of Tivoli, her children Patrick and Concetta, her son-in-law Dennis, her grandchildren Giulianna and Alexa and countless nieces, nephews and cousins still in Italy. She is predeceased by her parents Giovanni and Giovanna, her husband Salvatore, brother Egidio Colelli of Rome.

Her wishes were to return to Italy, where a mass will be said at her hometown Church in Subiaco - Chiesa di Santa Maria della Valle. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Pierina Colelli Colonna for the Italian Language Program at Norwich Free Academy. Checks can be made payable to NFA Foundation Inc. and forwarded to 321 Broadway, Norwich, CT 06360.

Her family would like to thank all of the doctors and nurses who have cared for her over the years, especially Dr. Deutsch and Dr. Healy; the Critical Care Unit at Backus Hospital and the Palliative Care Team at Backus Hospital for seeing her and her family through to the end. We'd also like to thank Church and Allen Funeral Home who are responsible for her arrangements.

T'amo di piu....

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Beth Belliveau

November 13, 2018

Concetta and family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May the memories you have bring a smile to your face and comfort to your heart.

Beth Belliveau

Diane Stephens

November 12, 2018

We are very sorry for your loss of your mother. She was a very beautiful, kind and beautiful positive person. She is together with her husband. She always had kind words to say. She will be greatly missed. Patrick and the family remember that Jesus loves you his ever lasting love. Love Richard and Diane Stephens Peardon.

Michele L Masse-Allen

November 12, 2018

To Patrick, Concetta, Dennis, Guilianna, and Alexa, my heart is broken knowing that mamma won't be there to great me as I come through the door to get Patrick. Life as we know has changed, but for the good. Mamma will be watching over all of us now along with your father, grandparents, uncle, and all of your family and friends.
May Mamma rest in peace. Amen.

Susan Cordeiro

November 12, 2018

Sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family. Susan Cordeiro

Carol Rinzler

November 10, 2018

Dear Concetta,

I am so sorry to hear about your Mom's passing.
She is someone whom I, as her midwife, so fondly remember and have missed since my semi-retirement.

I hope she would be happy to know that my husband and I did get to visit her beloved and beautiful Italy on a trekking excursion last year.


Andrew Parrella

November 9, 2018

Patrick and family -

Sorry for the loss of your mother. I know the pain you are going through and hope that time heals this. May your mother rest in peace.

Maria Fells Lavin

November 9, 2018

Concetta and Pat, we are so sorry to learn of your mother's passing. I will always remember her kindness when we first moved to Norwich. She was a blessing to my mother; the two beautiful Italian ladies. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Maria and Neil Lavin and John and Marianna Fells

Irene Fichtman

November 7, 2018

I was sorry to learn of your Mother’s passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Irene Fichtman

Carol Cieslukowski

November 7, 2018

Concetta my sincerest sympathy in the loss of your mother. The wonderful memories you have of her will sustain you and your family in the years ahead. You can always be thankful for the wonderful person she was and that she was your Mom.

Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.

Carol Cieslukowski

Lisa Franchetti

November 6, 2018

Concetta, Dennis, Giulianna, Alexa, and Pat - we are so very sorry for your loss! Everyone knows how deeply you loved her, and how much she loved you all. You all are in our hearts and prayers during this very sad time. Love, Lisa, Tony and Daniel