Caroline Colaprete

Caroline ColapreteCaroline Colaprete, 95, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home for the past three years and formerly of Ridgway Road, Johnsonburg and 224 Wild Goose Lane, St. Marys, passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Elk Haven after a lengthy illness.

She was born July 22, 1918 in Lewiston, NY, daughter of the late Pietra Lilla and Frederick Luparelli Albion.  She was a graduate of Niagara High School.  In 1948, Caroline and her husband started Philips Jewelers in Johnsonburg, moved their business to the St. Marys Plaza in 1968, and then moved to their present location in 1990.  She did the store’s bookkeeping as well as working with the customers.

On October 17, 1942 in Niagara Falls, NY, she married Philip Colaprete who preceded her in death on October 16, 1995.

She is survived by a son, Art Colaprete of St. Marys; a daughter, Arlene Park and her husband William of St. Marys; five grandchildren, David Colaprete of Clarion, Christine Ray-Graver of Kersey, Michael Park and Eric Park of St. Marys, and Sherrie Kahl of Brockport; 11 great grandchildren, Sierra and Brandon Colaprete; Lucas and Ethan Schreiber; Derek, Adam, and Karly Park; Cassidy, Reina, Brendon, and Kolton Kahl; and by many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Tedi Colaprete; a son-in-law, Robert Brian; two sisters, Nancy Martinez and Beatrice Mazzu; and by seven brothers, Art, Joe, Ag, Carl, and Ciesar Albion and two brothers who passed away in infancy.  She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Mrs. Colaprete was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.  She was a wonderful wife and mom; always positive and supportive.  She enjoyed working and talking with the people who came to the store.  She also greatly enjoyed going to dinner and listening to the opera.

Funeral services will be held in the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, St. Agnes Worship site on North St. Marys Street, St. Marys, on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 10:00 AM with the Rev. Eric Hart officiating.  Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery in Ridgway.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Wednesday evening, from 6:00 till 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk Haven Nursing Home, 785 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA  15857.

Bill and JoAnn Smith April 2, 2014 at 11:27 am

So sorry about the loss of your Mother. You are in our prayers.

Heidi (McGonigal) Valentine April 2, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Art, Arlene and family,
I’m so sorry to hear about Caroline; she was such a great lady and always so nice to the kids and me. We will greatly miss her. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Heidi, Sierra and Brandon

Larry Walker April 2, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Our prayers go out to you and your family. I know your daily visits brought sunshine to your Mom and will give you good memories in the future.
Larry and Ann Walker

Tom & Barb Yothers April 3, 2014 at 8:50 am

I really enjoyed your Mother. I loved talking to her. Always uplifting and spunky. We are sorry for your loss.

Paulette Surra Geyer April 3, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Dear Art & Arlene,
So sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a lovely woman. I always enjoyed talking with her. May God give you strength in this difficult time.
Paulette Surra Geyer

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