- 84 years old
- Date of birth: Mar 5, 1927
- Date of passing: Jan 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.
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!"
"Happy Birthday Grandma. I miss you. I love you."
"Happy Birthday....we miss you"
"Happy Birthday Gramma!! Today we are celebrating you and Colin!! I miss you and Grandpa everyday!"
"Your birthday is just a heartbeat away... Like always I will be saying my wishes in person flowers in hand...Happy Birthday Gram.."
"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)."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Happy birthday....we all miss you but you are always in our hearts....love al"
"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
"I'm thinking about you today on your birthday, Dolly. Much love."
"Happy Birthday in heaven Grandma!! I miss you and Grandpa so much!!"
"Happy Birthday Grandma. I love you and Grandpa very much."
"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."
"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"
"I love you and miss you both."
"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
"Forever missed but never forgotten Love Laurie."
"I miss you."
"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......"
"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."
"Miss you today and everyday. Wish I could hear you say "Terri baby" one more time"
"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.."
"Happy Birthday, Dolly. It's Colin's birthday, too, and he'll always remember that he shared it with you. I miss you."
"Happy birthday grandma! We miss you and Grandpa everyday. Love A.J., Erin and Olivia."
"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."
Keeping you in my heart .... I cannot believe it has been three years already. It feels like yesterday. You are missed and loved..."
"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."
"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."
"We are all thinking about you and missing you on this Mother's Day, Dolly."
"Happy birthday grandpa. You are missed. Don't worry be happy. As you would say. Love and miss you both. Laurie."
"Happy birthday. Love Laurie."
"I remember you with love, Dolly, today on your birthday, and always."
"Happy Birthday Grandma, we miss you very much. Today is Colin's birthday as you know, and it couldn't be a better celebration of the legacy of love and family you and Grandpa created. With Love Always Grandma."
"The world is not the same without you, Dolly, but I think of you so very often, remembering with a smile and sometimes with a tear, but always with love, things you said or did. I am a better person for having had you in my life and miss you always."
"Miss you Grandma. Remembering you always."
"Happy Mother's Day!!! - I miss you Mom......Love Al"
"Happy Birthday Gram.... I sent you a balloon .....you and missed and loved..."
"Happy Birthday, Dolly. We all miss you so much."
"Happy Birthday Mom.....Love Alfred (only you, Dad and Ann ever called me by that name)"
Happy Birthday. I love and miss you very much. Enjoy today with Grandpa and know that all of us here are sending our love."
I can't call or send a card, but I know you hear my Happy Birthday wishes from Heaven. Love and miss you so much.
"It's Mother's Day, Dolly, the first since you've been gone, and I miss you more than I could have thought possible. You were many things in your life, but everyone who knew you, knew that "mother" was the title you held most dear. I learned from you so much about the kind of mother I have tried to be, and a more loving mother-in-law is hard to imagine. Happy Mother's Day, Dolly."
Happy Birthday...while you are missed dearly here I know that you and Pop are united again and enjoying your second journey together. I am not sure what could be better that what you already enjoyed, experienced, gave nor received. HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Love You and Miss You. Laurie"
Happy Birthday to you! I certainly miss you but know that you are happy with Joe by your side. I will always remember you.
Lots of love,
"Happy 1st Birthday in heaven my beautiful and dearly miss grandmother. I think today will be a wonderful day for you to ne celebrating it with you best friend, partner, and true love ... my wonderful and also dearly missed grandfather. I thank god I had u in my life and this will be a very special day for me to remembet u always. Colin has the honor to share this day with you. I love you"
"Wishing my Dear Aunt Dolly a Happy Birthday. I miss not hearing your voice when I call. Just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you. May have been late with the card from time to time but you never were or will be forgotten. Happy Birthday.Love you bunches. deb xxxooo"
Susan we will miss you and we will always remember you as a special friend. I will never forget the moments that we spent together.
With lots of love,
Norma and family"
"I only met Dolly once but that was enough to leave a lasting impression...from then on I would refer to her as Estelle Getty!
She must have been a wonderful lady to have produced such a lovely family that we have the priviledge of being neighbors. May God give all of you His peace during this time."
Only you would understand what you have meant to me in my life. Your love and wisdom that you have shared with me for over 50 years, will stay with me forever. I will miss you along with Joe 'C' always,but I'm glad your with him again. Say hello to him for me and rest in peace. Love Victor"
"Dolly-thank you for all the love you gave me. You loved me like one of your own & I am forever grateful. I smile at ALL the memories, but my favorite are w/ you & Joe at Disney. Your love for eachother & childlike joy in life always awed Terri & I- this love is your greatest legacy. I see it in Ter & all that have followed. We're all blessed. Enjoy that 1st dance w/ Joe, may it never end."
"Dolly, I did not know you but your daughter Ann always has such wonderful stories of your spirit and zest for life. I know that your family is better for knowing you and from being loved by you. May they all be comforted by these wonderful stories and remembrances. Rest in piece Dolly."
Thank you for the great times,Some of the best I ever had were at your house. you and your husband have always been like a aunt and uncle to me.Rest In Peace."
"Dear Dolly, Thank You from the bottom of my heart for all the love, wisdom, and guidance that you have given to me over the many years that we had together. I am so happy that you are together with Joe again and you will both be in my heart forever. God bless you and rest in peace. Love you..XOXO"
I will most miss our "you can't make this up" sessions that made you laugh. I know that moving back to NJ was difficult but once you were here you enjoyed being with your family and new friends. It was wonderful being able to see you often and know you were safe and nearby. Thank you for a wonderful childhood. Love you always, Ann"
There is no one in the world like you!! You are truely the most kind, loving and admirable person and Im so thankful to have had you in my life. You and Uncle Joe meant so much to my parents, Shelley, Victor and I, and we will forever be greatful for all the memories we have of you both. Forever in our hearts!! Love you"
"Dear Grandam Colantoni- I realize only now what a wonderful,joyful and whole-hearted person you were.Since I have known you have been the best grandma a young boy could have.Moving you to NJ was the best idea we had because you were closer to the family than ever.You always had a smile on your face and a flame in your heart.You were loved your whole life and will be loved forever. Love Ian"
"" Dear Dolly,
I just want to tell you that you will be miss,Do i remember all the good time we had at your and joe house .You and Joe are GREAT !!!!!!!! If you had to talk to anyone it was DOLLY ! LU Dolly you will be miss !!!!!!!! oxoxoxoxox Rest in peace !!!!!!!oxoxoxoxox"
"Dear Aunt Dolly - You were like another Grandmother to me and I will treasure you always. I will hold close to my heart all of the wonderful memories you and Uncle Joe gave me - Christmas mornings (the 2nd Christmas upstairs!), New Years Eve, our trips to visit you both in Florida, and so many more. Rest in Peace now and give Uncle Joe Hugs & Kisses from me. Love you Always XOXO"
I will always remember our times together. Know that I loved you and will miss you terribly.. I am glad that we spent the last few years laughing and enjoying one another for that I am thankful. Rest in peace. Love Laurie..."
"Aunt Dolly, my dear Godmother, You were always like a Mother to me, and one of the greatest blessings in my life. Your love will live with me forever. I love you, Susan."
I was so fortunate to have two sets of parents, my own and you and Uncle Joey. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your love. The "Sept 20 Club" is together again and I know you all will continue to watch over us from above. Love you bunches, deb xxxooo"
I will always cherish the wonderful times we shared together. You were a remarkable woman who touched so many lives. You had a beautiful soul and the heart of a lion. I will never forget you and I will always be proud to call you my mother-in-law. God Bless You. Rest in Peace."
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