Dunmore has lost one of its historians and likely one of its oldest citizens. Carolyn Colo, affectionally know as Auntie to many family and friends, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. Born in 1918, she lived to be 103 years old.
Carolyn had many qualities that made her unique in countless ways. She had a sharp mind and wit, was employed as a math instructor at the International Correspondence School (now Penn Foster) for several decades. Her mind remained sharp, she drove until she was 97 years old.
Auntie loved to cook and honored her Italian heritage, homemade raviolis were her specialty. The recipes she has passed onto the next generation will remain her legacy. Her Catholic faith was very important to Carolyn, she was dedicated to the church and its teachings.
Carolyn prided herself in knowing the history of Dunmore and loved to pass on stories of World War II and what it was like in Dunmore with all of the men gone to war, including her three brothers. She was recently asked to participate in a documentary produced by WVIA on the history of Dunmore and Carolyn was the primary contributor.
Although Carolyn did not have children of her own, through her kindness, love and generosity, she forged a relationship with her nieces as though she was their second mother. Carolyn was also like a second mother to her neighbor’s children, Lou Ingargiola, Anthony (Ingy) Ingargiola and Veronica Duffy.
She is survived by nieces and nephews, Lori Clemens Fitzgibbons, Paula Clemens Rhoads, Roberta Clemens, Carol Clemens Verna, Pam Clemens Doyle, Donna Clemens Calabria, Cheryl Clemens Amendola, Cynthia Clemens, Adrienne Clemens, Don Schweitzer, Robert Schweitzer and Eileen Clemens.
Carolyn was the daughter of the late Frank and Florence Clemens. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Phillip Colo; sister, Vita Clemens Schweitzer; brothers, Frank Clemens, Dr. Robert Clemens and Onorfrio (Tony) Clemens.
The funeral will be Friday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 208 Smith St., Dunmore. Interment to follow Mount Carmel Cemetery, Dunmore.
Family and friends may call Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m., from the funeral home. The family asks that masks be worn if you are not vaccinated.
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