Early Monday morning, January 20, while in the care of Residential Hospice inpatient unit at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, Mrs. Josephine C. (Coley) Mamola, 90, passed peacefully into Eternal Life. She was affectionately well known and will always be remembered by those who loved her as “Grandma Feenie”.
Mrs. Mamola was born on October 22, 1929 in Wilkes-Barre and was the last of eight children to the late Michael and Eva (Michaels) Coley. Educated in the city schools, she attended the James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre.
In her youth, Josephine worked in the Wyoming Valley's garment industry for several years. She later would take employment with the former Roth American novelty company, Wilkes-Barre as a line worker for many years until the company's closure.
In her spare time, Mrs. Mamola loved to shop. She especially enjoyed visiting area flea markets and traveling with her beloved husband Joseph C. Mamola, with whom, recently shared sixty-seven years of married life together.
She was a member of the Parish of Saint Andre Bessette, North Wilkes-Barre, and previously held membership in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Altar and Rosary Society prior to that church's closing.
She was preceded in death by a son, Joseph A. "Hozay" Mamola on March 10, 2011 and by brothers and sister including Michael Coley Jr., Margaret Rhodes, Anthony, John, Robert, Joseph and Charles Coley.
Left to cherish the wonderful memories they hold dear of her in addition to her husband Joseph at home, are the couple's children, Joanne M. Koval and her husband Donald of North Wilkes-Barre; Mark M. Mamola and his wife Kathleen of Wilkes-Barre; Six grandchildren; Christopher (Sara) Koval; Jennifer Panzino; Elizabeth Koval; Melissa (Jason) Miele; Sarah (Rob) Comparetta and Mark Jr. (Debbie) Mamola; Sixteen great-grandchildren; Several nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Mamola will be conducted on Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. from the North Wilkes-Barre location of the John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc., 625 North Main Street, followed by her funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. in the Parish of Saint Andre Bessette, 668 North Main Street. The Reverend Kenneth M. Seegar, pastor, will serve as celebrant and homilist.
Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Cemetery of Saint Andre Bessette Parish, Dorchester Drive, Dallas.
Relatives and friends may join Mr. Mamola and his family for visitation and shared remembrances Wednesday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of floral tributes, memorial donations, if desired, may be made in Grandma Feenie’s memory to the charity of the donor's choosing.
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