Lorraine Mary Colesante Petrella was called to her heavenly home on July 18, 2014, to join her first husband, Adolph Paul Colesante, who died July 20, 1977, and her son, Michael William Colesante, who died July 11, 1989. Pinky, as she was fondly known to her family and friends, died peacefully at Weirton Medical Center surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous four-year battle with cancer.
She was born in Tiltonsville, OH, on September 4, 1923, the sixth of seven children of Michael Charles Ogle and Marie Claire Druart Ogle, who preceded her in death. Her brothers Charles and Raymond Ogle, and sisters Dorothy Stengel and Marie Funk are also deceased. Her second husband Lawrence Petrella, whom she married in 1986, died in 2009.
While an infant, her family moved to Weirton, and she often boasted that she lived in three houses on the same street for 86 years.
As a young bride, she worked at Weirton Steel to support the war effort and some years later in retail. But, it was for her skills at home she is remembered. An excellent baker, she was proud of her first place win for her mother’s potato bread in the Weirton Daily Times Cookbook Contest. Every holiday fortunate recipients feasted on her nut bread and sour cream nut rolls. She learned to make homemade sauce, meatballs, and pasta from her mother-in-law, Paolina Colesante, who later admitted that “Pinky’s was better” than hers! She loved her children and always said that once you became pregnant, God put an indelible stamp on your heart with one word: Mother, and you never ceased to worry, no matter how old your children were.
As a grandmother, she delighted in her two granddaughters and was a fair and equitable judge of their talent and beauty pageants. She created three fictional pets and wrote about their adventures that paralleled the girls’ growing years, and on Christmas 2011 and 2012 she presented them with the closing chapters!
She enjoyed traveling and testing the integrity of the red white and blue “sevens” slot machines at casinos, especially Mountaineer and The Rivers. She often beat them! Her grocery list for her daughter always ended with “don’t forget my scratch offs.”
She leaves to celebrate her life, her daughter Elane and Paul Renzelli of Wintersville; son John Paul Colesante, Steubenville; beloved granddaughters Cara Renzelli, and Maria Renzelli, both of Pittsburgh; sisters Evelyn Chafin, Weirton; Geraldine (June) Friedman, Gotha, FL; sister-in-law Helen Colesante, Weirton; several nieces and nephews; special friend Phyllis Troia, Weirton; and her cherished grandcats, Spriggan, Junior and Isabella whose daily antics made her laugh through the pain.
Family and friends will be received Monday from 3-8 p.m. at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main St., Weirton. A funeral liturgy with Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul Catholic Church, with Father Larry Dorsch as celebrant. Interment will be at St. Paul’s Cemetery. There will be a vigil service Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Church, 140 Walnut St., Weirton, WV 26062; or the American Cancer Society in Memory of Michael William Colesante.
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