Obituaries from the Parsons Advocate, 15 January 2003
John Thomas Colabrese, 87, a former resident of Clarksburg and Thomas, died at his home in Charles Town, Jan. 13.
Mr. Colabrese was born Oct. 12, 1915, in Douglas, the oldest child of the late Frank and Antonietta Colabrese.
Mr. Colabrese is survived by his sisters, Lucy Colabrese and Barbara Colabrese, at home, Gloria (and Marcel) Vandendriessche of Wheaton, MD, Eleanor (and William) Golladay of Newark, DE, Yonnie (and Kenneth) Sims of Charles Town; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Elviera Maphis, Clarksburg; brother, Alphonso Colabrese, Fort Pierce, FL; and brother, G.J. “Bill” Colabrese, Thomas.
Mr. Colabrese graduated from Thomas High School in 1933 and moved to Clarksburg in September 1935, where he enrolled in the WV Business College and took the complete business executive course. He also began teaching first aid to the First Brethren Church Boy Scouts.
Mr. Colabrese served on several committees and as a trustee and lifetime member of the Elks Club and the Knights of Columbus. He was drafted into the Army in November 1942, and was stationed at Fifth Service Command Headquarters in Columbus, OH. He also served at Fort Benjamin Harrison and Camp Allenbury, IN, where he was discharged in 1946. In 1947, he joined the American Legion Post 31, where he was editor of Post 13 News, Vice Commander for several years, and served on the Membership Committee.
Upon his return to Clarksburg, Mr. Colabrese attended business courses at West Virginia University. Under the G.I Bill, he attended Salem College night school and was one of the first to earn a BS in business administration and social studies in 1954.
Mr. Colabrese retired from Consolidated Natural Gas Co. after more than 38 years at Division 1 Headquarters. He returned to Thomas in 1979 and worked in the family hardware and appliance store until it closed in 1998.
Mr. Colabrese served as faithful comptroller of the Council No. 2010 Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree in Thomas.
Mr. Colabrese requested that all faithful navigators of Council No. 2010 Knights of Columbus be honorary pallbearers.
Friends will be received at Hinkle Funeral Home in Davis Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 3-8 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday Jan. 16, at 11 am at St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church with Father Lino P. Ebejer as celebrant. Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Thomas.
Amy Good Kirkland, 91, of Parsons, died Jan. 10, at Cortland Acres Nursing Home.
She was born March 27, 1911 in Jenningston, a daughter of the late Kenny and Myrtle Thompson Good.
She is survived by a sister Nelle Glee Mauzy of Cortland Acres Nursing Home, Thomas, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Hugh F. Kirkland in 1997; two brothers, Granville and Carl Good, and a sister Ruby Lambert.
Mrs. Kirkland retired from the Sears Roebuck Co. where she had worked in retail sales. She attended the McKinley United Methodist Church.
Friends were received at Hinkle Funeral Home where funeral services were held with the Rev. Dick Gadd officiating. Interment followed in the Parsons City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Mountain Hospice, Inc., 1410 Crim Ave., Belington, WV 26250.
Obituaries reprinted courtesy of the Parsons Advocate.
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