Happy birthday Mom❤️
  • 84 years old
  • Born on March 5, 1927 .
  • Passed away on January 11, 2012 .

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Susan Marie "Dolly" Colantoni.


Susan Marie “Dolly” Colantoni died peacefully on January 11, 2012, at her home at Magnolia Gardens in Toms River New Jersey.

At her request, no service will be held.

Susan was born on March 5th, 1927 to Italian immigrant parents Frank and Marie Criscuolo in New York City. Susan was happily married to Joseph Colantoni for 57 years and they raised two children together, Ann Koukos and Alfred Colantoni, until his death in 2003.

She lived most of her life in South Plainfield New Jersey. She and her husband also lived in Forked River, and Ocean, New Jersey, and after they retired they lived in Inverness and Celebration Florida. 

Susan was a working mother who owned and operated a fountain service store, worked on an assembly line, and was employed by the Asbury Park Press in the mailroom. She loved tennis, Jai-Alai, bowling, Christmas, and being with her family. Susan was a staunch Democrat.

She is survived by her children Ann and her husband George, Alfred and his wife Nicole, her grandchildren, Lisa, Laura, Joe, Terri, David and AJ, her great-grandchildren Falon, Ian, Cassie, Colin and Josephine and her siblings Albert and John Criscuolo.

Susan was preceded in death by her husband Joseph, her brothers Al, Steve and Anthony, her sister Nellie, niece Marie, and nephew Frank.

Susan lived a remarkably colorful life, book to come, and will be greatly missed.

The family wants to especially thank the staff, nurses, and aids at Magnolia Gardens and the Caring Hospice personnel for providing loving care for Susan during her final days. We also want to thank Mom’s loyal and caring aid Norma for making Mom’s life in Florida fun, safe and enjoyable.

Susan was interred alongside her husband Joe at William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery on Friday, January 20, 2012.


Let the memory of Susan Marie "Dolly" be with us forever


Memorial donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity or the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean County.  


Posted by Laura Koukos on September 24, 2019
Just wanted to say love and miss you both. 
Posted by Laura Koukos on April 16, 2019
Miss you both. Laurie.
Posted by Ann Koukos on March 6, 2019
Happy Birthday Mom,
I know I am a day late, my computer has some problems and I didn't get it back until today. The years have gone by, yet time has stood still. There will always be a part of me that left with you. There will always be a part of you that stays with me. I miss you, Love , Ann
Posted by Laura Koukos on March 5, 2019
Happy Birthday... Miss You today like yesterday ... Love You... Love Laurie...
Posted by Nicole Colantoni on March 5, 2019
Thinking of you on your birthday today, Dolly. Miss you.
Posted by Laura Koukos on January 12, 2019
Forever missed never forgotten. Visit and sit with you and Grandpa all the time. Seven years seems like yesterday.  Miss you everyday. Love Laurie
Posted by Nicole Colantoni on January 11, 2019
I miss you, Dolly.
Posted by Ann Koukos on January 11, 2019
Today I think of you, yesterday I thought of you and tomorrow I will think of you with the love and wonder that only you brought to my world. Miss you
Love Ann
Posted by Laura Koukos on October 16, 2018
Forever missed. With Love ❤️
Posted by Laura Koukos on May 22, 2018
I always visit you and grandpa and sit with you... Just wanted to stop and light a candle here .... Love and miss you both..... Love Laurie...
Posted by Alfred Colantoni on March 5, 2018
Thinking for you on your birthday. Love....al
Posted by Terri Stevens on March 4, 2018
While baking a cake today for Colin's birthday tomorrow of course my mind goes to you. I miss you so much and wish more than anything I could knock on the door of the house on Longview and have you answer it. I love you and Happy Birthday in heaven my beautiful Grandmother
Posted by Laura Koukos on January 19, 2018
Even though I visit you and Pop twice a month I wanted to stop by and just say you are both in my heart and always remembered... Love and miss you both.... Love Laurie....
Posted by Terri Stevens on January 11, 2018
Miss you so much Grandma
Posted by Nicole Colantoni on January 11, 2018
It’s hard to believe it’s been six years without you, Dolly. Your family misses you and remembers you with so much love.
Posted by Alfred Colantoni on January 11, 2018
Miss you Mom
Posted by Ann Koukos on December 25, 2017
Your favorite time of year. You remain part of our Christmas, in the lights we put up, the pixies on the tree and just the magic of the season. With all the new great-grandchildren your credit cards would be on fire. Thankfully they love the magic, family gathering more than the gifts. One of the best legacies that remain with us, there are many, is the empathy, kindness and giving nature you instilled in Al and me, it is ingrained in your grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Thank you for teaching us the true meaning of Christmas.
Posted by Alfred Colantoni on December 25, 2017
Merry Christmas
Posted by Laura Koukos on October 9, 2017
Dear Gram & Pop..... I visit you both almost weekly to pay my respects... But I wanted to make sure I stopped by to leave a note that I love you both and miss you.  Gram no matter what I told you .. you always gave your opinion whether it was what I wanted to hear it or not... Never sugar coated anything... Miss our chats... Fashion shows.... lol... Love Laurie..
Posted by Laura Koukos on April 6, 2017
Hi Gram and Pop...
Happy Birthday Pop.... Visited you both the other day... You were amazing people with amazing qualities individually and strengthened together as a couple. Your individual qualities were compliment to each others.  Your imprint on this world still rings true to this day. Remarkable to say the least.  Gram you were a tiger in some ways yet a soft gentle lamb in others. Pop one of the most kind heart souls anyone ask for. Your giving nature was warm and without fault. Know that you are both missed with everyday and loved by many. I love you... Your granddaughter. Laurie...
Posted by Falon Stahley on March 7, 2017
Hi Grandma!

Wow its has really been a while. One thing about you is that you knew what you wanted from life, and nothing would stop you until you got it. I'm glad I have some of that drive. I know that Pop Pop was your best friend, and when I was with you he was mine too, so I am glad that you can now finally be together. I graduated from Juniata College with a degree in elementary education. Right now I am an aide to one student in a middle school with disabilities. I am married now to a friend from high school who is an Officer in the Marine Corps, I know that would make Pop Pop so proud. I know that you both are watching over me, I just hope I make you smile. Love you!
Posted by A.J. Colantoni on March 5, 2017
Happy Birthday Grandma. I miss you. I love you.
Posted by Terri Stevens on March 5, 2017
Happy Birthday Gramma!! Today we are celebrating you and Colin!!  I miss you and Grandpa everyday!
Posted by Alfred Colantoni on March 5, 2017
Happy Birthday....we miss you
Posted by Laura Koukos on March 3, 2017
Your birthday is just a heartbeat away... Like always I will be saying my wishes in person flowers in hand...Happy Birthday Gram..
Posted by Alfred Colantoni on January 20, 2017
As time passes I have a greater appreciation for all of the sacrifices you and Dad made for all of us and I am in awe of how great you both were at being parents and grandparents. All of our lives are better for the time we had with both of you. I miss you both.

On another note - it is probably better that you did not experience the election of Donald Trump (yes that actually happen). As a life long democrat his election would have upset you and you would have blamed me because you always accused me of being a Republican (which I am not). Look down every now and then to see how he does (assuming he does not get us all nuked in which case we will all be seeing you sooner then we thought).
Posted by Terri Stevens on January 11, 2017
I don't think a day goes by where I don't think of you. I miss you terribly. I miss our long talks on the phone. I miss how much we would laugh together. I cherish all of the many memories I have with you. How very lucky I was to have you in my life.
Posted by A.J. Colantoni on January 11, 2017
I love you Grandma. You and Grandpa are in my thoughts and in my heart and always will be. Thank you forever. With gratitude, your loving grandson, A.J.
Posted by Ann Koukos on September 18, 2016
The weather is cooling just a little, the hot summer days are mostly behind us and we embrace Septembers change of season. More than that, September brings with it a very special date to remember, September 14. That was the day, so many years ago, two people became a loving team. A team with a winning record, life well lived. I wish you were here for us to say "Happy Anniversary," but that was not to be. To quote a great man, " "Don't worry be Happy"   Knowing you are together in peace brings some comfort, but does not take the sadness of losing you away. We think of you often.

The family is growing by leaps and bounds, Nicki and Al are way ahead in the grandchildren department. Each of the additions are a tribute to you and your love of family. We see a little bit of you in everyone of them, I believe, for both of you, that is your dream come true.

Happy Anniversary dear parents.
Posted by Ann Koukos on March 6, 2016
For just a moment in time your birthday brings a sad thought because we cannot see your smile or hear your infectious laugh. Then a smile, each of us remembering a moment in time when your wisdom helped us on our journey through life. You were, and still are, the original "life coach". Beyond that are the little things, more towels then anyone could ever use, food for an army, Hallmark cards, Olive Garden, love for children, family first, salads only you could make, Judge Judy, I Hop, the list is endless. Your influence is in everything we do.

You are tallying up those great-grandkids, one getting married soon, one just a few months old and more on the way. Al and Nicki ahead five to three and counting! You and Dad would have loved to hold them and coach them through life, but that wasn't to be. We will follow your lead and be there for them.

It has been a life changing year for my family. Actually a whirlwind of change. Some of it will remain forever changed, but thanks to the love and kindness of Al and Nicki so much of the burden and worry was lifted.

I know Tributes are usually shorter then this, but this year sharing seemed important. 

This year there is a special gift for you from Laurie and I. In your memory we have helped there to be one less "suitcase" child in the world. Happy Birthday Mom

Love, Ann
Posted by Alfred Colantoni on March 6, 2016
Happy birthday....we all miss you but you are always in our hearts....love al
Posted by Terri Stevens on March 5, 2016
Happy Birthday in heaven Grandma!! I miss you and Grandpa so much!!
Posted by Nicole Colantoni on March 5, 2016
I'm thinking about you today on your birthday, Dolly. Much love.
Posted by A.J. Colantoni on March 5, 2016
Happy Birthday Grandma. I love you and Grandpa very much.
Posted by Ann Koukos on January 11, 2016
Today we remember saying good-bye to you. A day to reflect and to realize how fast minutes, hours, days and years pass while we are on this earth. Can it be possible that four years have passed? 
The last four years there has been a whirlwind of changes, welcoming new members into our families and saying good bye to others. Throughout that time we have easily kept your spirit alive. Each of us drawing from the life lessons you gifted us. You taught us to be strong but gentle, kind but smart, trusting but aware. You showed us that love of family is the only true strength there is.

Be in peace with Dad
Love, Ann
Posted by A.J. Colantoni on January 11, 2016
I love you and miss you both.
Posted by Alfred Colantoni on January 11, 2016
The anniversary of your passing is always a sad time because it reminds us that we can not physically see and speak to you. That sadness passes quickly when you consider that you (and Dad) live on in the hearts and minds of the people what you touched with your kindness and generosity. You and Dad are two individuals that can truly say that you both had a positive impact on the people that passed through your lives. Love always.....al
Posted by David Colantoni on January 11, 2016
I made "Grandma's Meatloaf" for the first time last night and thought about you and grandpa. I'm always proud to reflect on the influence and inspiration you both have had on my life.
Posted by Terri Stevens on January 11, 2016
I miss you.
Posted by Laura Koukos on January 11, 2016
Forever missed but never forgotten   Love Laurie.
Posted by Laura Koukos on December 28, 2015
Merry Christmas Gram and Grandpa.... Forever Missed but Never Forgotten... This year has been a rough year with dad passing for me. I hope that you have welcomed him and the three of you and are together.... Love and Miss you all...... Love Laurie......
Posted by Laura Koukos on December 8, 2015
This year has been rough.. Dad has passed away and I know that you and grandpa are taking him under your wings. Know that you all are in our hearts. A day doesn't go by that you aren;t on our minds and in our hearts. Love and miss you all.. Love Laurie.
Posted by Terri Stevens on November 11, 2015
Miss you today and everyday. Wish I could hear you say "Terri baby" one more time
Posted by Laura Koukos on April 2, 2015
Todays would have been grandpas birthday and you are their with him - wanted to know that we are all thinking of both of you on his day... happy birthday grandpa from all of us - miss and love you both.... Love Laurie..
Posted by Laura Koukos on March 5, 2015
Happy 88th Birthday... Boy today you would not be a happy camper.. It is snowing and we sure know how much you loved the snow.. ha ha ... Know that you and missed and loved.. Say hello to Pop... Happy Birthday Grandma sending you a hug and kiss.. Love Laurie.
Posted by A.J. Colantoni on March 5, 2015
Happy birthday grandma! We miss you and Grandpa everyday. Love A.J., Erin and Olivia.
Posted by Nicole Colantoni on March 5, 2015
Happy Birthday, Dolly. It's Colin's birthday, too, and he'll always remember that he shared it with you. I miss you.
Posted by Laura Koukos on January 12, 2015
Dear Grandma;;

Keeping you in my heart .... I cannot believe it has been three years already. It feels like yesterday.  You are missed and loved...
Posted by Nicole Colantoni on January 11, 2015
It doesn't seem possible that three years have passed since you left us, Dolly. There is, and will always be, sadness in your absence, but there are so many memories that keep you close and make us smile. Just the other day, Al had me waiting for something to happen at the end of a TV show, just like you did with the "explosion" years ago, and which of course never did happen. He was so tickled with himself at my reaction, and all I could say was "Al, your mother would be so proud...you must have channeled her just now." I miss you, Dolly.
Posted by A.J. Colantoni on January 11, 2015
Grandma, we miss you dearly. It's an incredible coincidence as I was telling Olivia about you and Grandpa just last night. If that was a hint don't worry, your granddaughter will know all about her incredible Great Parents that taught me so much, and will learn the lessons you taught me about family. We love you Grandma.

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