January 27, 2017
Age 86, of Oakmont, formerly of Monroeville, passed away Friday, January 27, 2017 at UPMC St. Margaret’s Hospital, Pittsburgh. Clara Jo was born on June 18, 1930 in San Felice D’Ocre, L’Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy, the daughter of the late Alfredo and Maria (Parissi) Colaianni. She came to the United States in 1935 and lived in Arnold, PA. until 1961. Clara Jo was valedictorian of Arnold High School Class of 1948. She graduated from Indiana State Teachers College and attended classes at Penn State University. She taught business subjects at Arnold High School, CCAC Boyce Campus and evening classes at Gateway and Woodland Hills school districts for over 25 years. Clara Jo enjoyed cooking, gardening, playing bridge, traveling and most of all spending time with her family and dear friends. She was a member of North American Martyrs Church in Monroeville, and it’s Altar Rosary Society. Both she and Walter ushered and were floor managers for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for 22 years. She loved working with the public and her fellow ushers. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend, she will be greatly missed. Clara Jo is survived by Walter, her beloved husband of 61 years; son David J. Sakaluk (wife, Linda) of Charlotte, NC; grandsons Michael David (wife, Betsy) of Charlotte and Tyler James of Atlanta, GA, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Louis J. Colaianni (wife, Phyllis). Friends will be received Sunday 6-8 p.m. and Monday, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (412-372-2100). Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at North American Martyrs Church, with Father Joseph Luisi as celebrant. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to North American Martyrs Church. For more information, please visit www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
Age 86, of Oakmont, formerly of Monroeville, passed away Friday, January 27, 2017 at UPMC St. Margaret’s Hospital, Pittsburgh. Clara Jo was born on June 18, 1930 in San Felice D’Ocre, L’Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy, the daughter... View Obituary & Service Information
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