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703 East Main Street, Ravenna, OH

OBITUARY

Josephine Elizabeth Colecchi

January 17, 1931May 21, 2020

Josephine E. Colecchi

Josephine E. Colecchi passed away at her residence at the age of 89 on May 21, 2020. Despite several years of declining health, Josephine remained strong and determined to the very end to be involved in the lives of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and to supervise the baking of Italian cookies and the making of home-made pasta.

Josephine was born in West Newton, Pennsylvania on January 17, 1931, to Antonio and Rose (Leone) Ventura. Josephine married Paul Colecchi on June 9, 1951 and lived in Ravenna since her marriage. Although her primary career was as a homemaker, Josephine was employed for several years as a bookkeeper at Skorman’s in Ravenna. She also worked for Saber Systems and Service and as a precinct election official for the Portage County Board of Elections. Josephine was an excellent cook and baker. She was known for her homemade ravioli, gnocchi and Italian wedding soup. She hand-rolled 1,000 meatballs for the wedding soup she made her family every year for Thanksgiving dinner. Her pizzelles, or as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren called them “sun cookies” or “Nana’s cookies”, were a family favorite and she distributed them by the dozens to family and friends. She was always very concerned to make sure the correct amount of anise flavor was added to the pizzelle dough mix. She is survived by her children – Linda (Arley) White; Stephen (Andrea) Colecchi; Carol (Charles) Schofield; and Robert (Tracey) Colecchi. She is also survived by her sister, Pauline Ventura; her sister-in-law, Josephine J. Colecchi; and many loving nephews, nieces and other relatives.

Josephine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her daughter, Patricia L. Colecchi; and by her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law – Vincent and Maria Colecchi; Mario and Nancy Mascio; and Benny Colecchi.

Josephine was a very proud Nana to her 11 grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by Melissa (Sean) Cutright; Matthew Colecchi; Cory (Blair Bagwell) Schofield; Janelle (Mike) Abrams; Brian (Nicole Henthorn) White; Colleen (Adam) Schweninger; Sarah (Jonathan) Lauck; Anthony (Angela) Colecchi; Kevin White; Julia Colecchi; and Allison Colecchi.

She found great joy in spending time with her 13 great-grandchildren, who visited with her frequently. She is survived by great-grandchildren Gabriel Cutright; Elijah Cutright; Reagan Cutright; Kira Abrams; Alyssa Abrams; Matteo Colecchi; Selina Colecchi; Lorenzo Colecchi; Ava White; Aubrey White; Adelyn Schweninger, Paityn Lauck; and Parker Lauck. She was also looking forward to the birth of her 14th great-grandchild, Baby Schweninger, who will be arriving in August.

The family would like to extend its thanks and appreciation to Drs. Emmanuel Yanelli and A. Roger Tsai, and their colleagues and office staff members for their care and support over the years. A special thank you to the Hospice of the Western Reserve for their assistance during the last week of her life.

Calling hours will be 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main Street, Ravenna, Ohio. It is required that everyone attending the calling hours wear a mask and practice social distancing. The number of individuals permitted in the funeral home at any one time will be limited. The family certainly understands if you do not feel comfortable with attending. Please do not attend the calling hours if you are feeling ill. The family thanks you for your patience and understanding.

A Mass of Christian Burial, which will be private and for the immediate family only, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 28, 2020 at the University Parish Newman Center in Kent with Father Steve Agostino officiating. You may view a live stream of the Mass of Christian Burial on Josephine’s obituary page at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Josephine’s memory to University Parish Newman Center, 1424 Horning Road, Kent, Ohio 44240 or the Hattie Larlham Foundation, 9772 Diagonal Road, Mantua, Ohio 44255.

Services

27 May

Visitation

4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home

703 E Main St
Ravenna, Ohio 44266

LIVESTREAM SERVICE
28 May

PRIVATE Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 am

 

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Carol Testa

May 24, 2020

So sorry to hear of Josephines passing. She was such a wonderful neighbor and a marvelous Cook. We exchanged many recipes and I still make a lot of her cookie recipes. My heart goes out to her wonderful children that I enjoyed so much. They were all like family to me and Nino . Fond memories!

Marvin Henderson

May 23, 2020

A well lived and loved life are marked by the legacy of the oñes left behind Children grandchildren great grandchildren and assorted other relatives and friends who find a void left by your transition are your great living legacy Angels do not simply disappear rather operate in a different realm You struggled health wise over the last several years but you never gave up You lived the Christian Creed it's more blessed to give than receive You gave of your time talents resources but most importantly you gave your love You are done with the trouble of this world and gone home to live with the Lord I pass GOD'S peace to the family and pray in time the smiles will return to your hearts as well as your faces I looked forward to the Christmas season when she would send me ricotta cheese cookies She extended an invitatiom for me to come over and learn how to make them so I could enjoy them whenever I desired I never availed myself of the invitation but pray someone in the family will share her recipe with me since she was willing to do the same In closing I can hear her say may the works I've done speak for me and do follow me as I join that great cloud of witnesses and to my family and friends remember this is not goodbye just until we meet again at the welcome table above

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Biography

Josephine E. Colecchi

Josephine E. Colecchi passed away at her residence at the age of 89 on May 21, 2020. Despite several years of declining health, Josephine remained strong and determined to the very end to be involved in the lives of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and to supervise the baking of Italian cookies and the making of home-made pasta.

Josephine was born in West Newton, Pennsylvania on January 17, 1931, to Antonio and Rose (Leone) Ventura. Josephine married Paul Colecchi on June 9, 1951 and lived in Ravenna since her marriage.
Although her primary career was as a homemaker, Josephine was employed for several years as a bookkeeper at Skorman’s in Ravenna. She also worked for Saber Systems and Service and as a precinct election official for the Portage County Board of Elections.

Josephine was an excellent cook and baker. She was known for her homemade ravioli, gnocchi and Italian wedding soup. She hand-rolled 1,000 meatballs for the wedding soup she made her family every year for Thanksgiving dinner. Her pizzelles, or as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren called them “sun cookies” or “Nana’s cookies”, were a family favorite and she distributed them by the dozens to family and friends. She was always very concerned to make sure the correct amount of anise flavor was added to the pizzelle dough mix.

She is survived by her children – Linda (Arley) White; Stephen (Andrea) Colecchi; Carol (Charles) Schofield; and Robert (Tracey) Colecchi. She is also survived by her sister, Pauline Ventura; her sister-in-law, Josephine J. Colecchi; and many loving nephews, nieces and other relatives.

Josephine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her daughter, Patricia L. Colecchi; and by her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law – Vincent and Maria Colecchi; Mario and Nancy Mascio; and Benny Colecchi.

Josephine was a very proud Nana to her 11 grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by Melissa (Sean) Cutright; Matthew Colecchi; Cory (Blair Bagwell) Schofield; Janelle (Mike) Abrams; Brian (Nicole Henthorn) White; Colleen (Adam) Schweninger; Sarah (Jonathan) Lauck; Anthony (Angela) Colecchi; Kevin White; Julia Colecchi; and Allison Colecchi.

She found great joy in spending time with her 13 great-grandchildren, who visited with her frequently. She is survived by great-grandchildren Gabriel Cutright; Elijah Cutright; Reagan Cutright; Kira Abrams; Alyssa Abrams; Matteo Colecchi; Selina Colecchi; Lorenzo Colecchi; Ava White; Aubrey White; Adelyn Schweninger, Paityn Lauck; and Parker Lauck. She was also looking forward to the birth of her 14th great-grandchild, Baby Schweninger, who will be arriving in August.

The family would like to extend its thanks and appreciation to Drs. Emmanuel Yanelli and A. Roger Tsai, and their colleagues and office staff members for their care and support over the years. A special thank you to the Hospice of the Western Reserve for their assistance during the last week of her life.

Calling hours will be 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main Street, Ravenna, Ohio. It is required that everyone attending the calling hours wear a mask and practice social distancing. The number of individuals permitted in the funeral home at any one time will be limited. The family certainly understands if you do not feel comfortable with attending. Please do not attend the calling hours if you are feeling ill. The family thanks you for your patience and understanding.

A Mass of Christian Burial, which will be private and for the immediate family only, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 28, 2020 at the University Parish Newman Center in Kent with Father Steve Agostino officiating. You may view a live stream of the Mass of Christian Burial on Josephine’s obituary page at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Josephine’s memory to University Parish Newman Center, 1424 Horning Road, Kent, Ohio 44240 or the Hattie Larlham Foundation, 9772 Diagonal Road, Mantua, Ohio 44255.

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