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Edna  Colao
Edna Colao

June 20, 1926 - September 14, 2019
Born in Manchester, UK
Resided in Newton, New Jersey


Edna Colao, 93, of Newton, died Saturday, September 14, 2019, at home.

Born in Manchester, UK, Edna came from England to the United States on the Queen Mary as a war bride in February of 1946. She lived in Cliffside Park and Palmer, Pennsylvania, before moving to Newton. During World War II, Edna served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS), which was a women's branch of the British Army. Edna and her late husband owned "The Shepherd's Bookstore", a Christian bookstore in Cliffside Park. A member of the First Baptist Church of Grantwood in Cliffside Park, Edna was a Sunday School teacher for 15 years. She also participated in religious services at Andover Subacute & Rehabilitation Center.

The daughter of the late William and Elsie Thewsey, Edna was also predeceased by her husband, Angelo Albert Colao, Jr., on May 16, 2007; her daughter, Christine Carratura, on March 31, 2015; and four sisters. She is survived by her daughters, Margaret Colao of Newton and Carolyn Drake and husband, Charles, of Brandon, Florida; her son, Philip Colao and wife, Elyse, of Bel Air, Maryland; her six grandchildren, Michael, David, Danielle, Gabrielle, Ralph and Nicholas; as well as her six great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Visitation will be held on Friday, October 11, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton, followed by an 11 a.m. Memorial Service, also at the funeral home. Interment was in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Pennsylvania.

Memorial donations may be made to Mission Aviation Fellowship, PO Box 47, Nampa, ID 83653.

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Memorial Visitation
Smith-McCracken Funeral Home
63 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
Friday, October 11, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Memorial Service
Smith-McCracken Funeral Home
63 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
Friday, October 11, 2019
11:00 AM

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