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Joseph "Joe" Rocco Colella

February 9, 1938 June 4, 2018
Joseph "Joe" Rocco Colella
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Obituary for Joseph "Joe" Rocco Colella

Joseph “Joe” Rocco Colella, 80 of Grottoes, passed away on Monday, June 4, 2018, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

He was born on February 9, 1938, in Rome, NY, and was the son of the late Benjamin and Francis Colella.

Joe was a member of the Mt. Olive Brethren Church of McGaheysville. He served his nation honorably in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. After his military service he relocated to Richmond, VA, and worked as a loan officer. He later became self-employed with Pepperidge Farm Cookies and Crackers for 22 years. He spent numerous years after his retirement with Pepperidge Farm as a common carrier for various companies located in the Shenandoah Valley, a job which he thoroughly enjoyed. He was an avid cyclist riding his bike around the town of Grottoes.

Joe married his wife Mary Supples Colella on July 10, 1961.

Surviving along with his wife of nearly 57 years are two daughters, Suzanne Shifflett (Jeff) of Grottoes, Lisa Hinchee (Matt) of Staunton, and a son Joseph A. “Tony” Colella (Claudia) of Nicholasville, KY; 5 grandchildren, Chastin Colella, Aaron Shifflett, Nicole Shifflett, Jordan Colella, Grace Colella; sister, Linda Olmstead of New Hartford, NY. He was preceded in death by three sisters and a brother.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 pm Thursday, June 7, 2018, at Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes.

A funeral service will be held at 11 am Friday, June 8, 2018 at Mt. Olive Brethren Church. Dr. Fredric G. Miller will officiate. Interment will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grottoes Rescue Squad, PO Box 1187, Grottoes, VA 24441.

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6:00 PM 6/7/2018 6:00:00 PM - 7:30 PM 6/7/2018 7:30:00 PM
Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes
Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes

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11:00 AM 6/8/2018 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 6/8/2018 12:00:00 PM
Mt. Olive Brethren Church

2977 Pineville Road
McGaheysville, VA 22840

Mt. Olive Brethren Church
2977 Pineville Road McGaheysville 22840 VA
United States

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Eastlawn Memorial Gardens Final Resting Place

3289 Spotswood Trail
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

3289 Spotswood Trail Harrisonburg 22801 VA
United States

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