rita colantonio
Rita Colantonio, 89, was a loving wife and mother, great grandmother, sister, and friend. Formerly of Weirton, left this world on May 4, 2022, at the Potomac Valley Nursing Home in Rockville, MD. She was born to Camillo and Mary (Antrilli) Palizzi on January 6, 1933. In addition to her parents, Rita was preceded in death by her husband, John Colantonio, a brother, Nick Palizzi, and a sister, Helen Oxier. She is survived by her daughters, Donna Yanjanin, her husband Charles of Germantown, Md, Loretta Colantonio and her husband Ken Jones of N. Potomac, MD; granddaughters Nicole Farhat (David) and Vicki Mendonca (Shawn); great-granddaughters Nora and Rose, and great-grandson, Dean; two sisters, Rosie Barchiesi of Follansbee, WV, Anna (Jack) Dugan of Steubenville, OH, a brother, Anthony (Peggy) Palizzi, and several nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received Monday, from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main St, Weirton, WV. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, at 1:00 PM at St. Joseph the Worker Church. Interment will follow in Saint Paul Cemetery, Weirton, WV. Father Anthony G. Thurston will officiate. Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of your choice. Share tributes at www.grecohertnick.com

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  1. We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ Greco Hertnick Funeral Home

  2. Donna,Loretta and family. So sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. Our sincere sympathy during this time. Donna, Carl Zahn and sons.

  3. May your memories as family bring you peace and comfort as you move along this journey of grief. Here is a photo of the old neighborhood ‘golden girls’.

  4. Sending our deepest sympathy to Loretta and Ken and the entire Colantonio family.

  5. We will always cherish the times we spent with Rita. Such a kind, caring and beautiful soul. And could always make us laugh.

  6. Donna, Loretta and family, we are so sorry to hear about your mom. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Patti, Jenna, Joey and Alexis Littleton.

  7. Dearest family, As you grieve know that we are holding all of you in prayer.

  8. Sending you our love and prayers as you celebrate, Mimi. Our deepest condolences as you remember her. We love you.

  9. Rita and John were two of the nicest people we ever knew, always kind to everyone. Fly with the Angels Rita, you are remembered, and loved.

  10. I became acquainted with your beautiful mother some years ago when my son, Patsy also lived in Maryland (Gaithersburg)…lost contact with her when she also moved there…I’m so sad to learn of her passing, May she Rest In Peace with Our Lord in Heaven forever, my deepest condolences to her family…💔 Mary Longhi

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