Penelope "Penny" (Marmarellis) Colettis, 92, of Walpole, formerly of Norwood and Flushing N.Y., died Saturday, May 4, at the Kindred Transitional Care, Harrington House, Walpole.
Born in New York, NY, on February 26, 1921, the daughter of Peter Marmarellis and Afrodite (Drossos), she was the beloved wife of the late Harry Colettis, the loving mother of Diane and her husband Michael Merrill of Milford, and Peter Colettis and his wife Fran of Walpole, the dear sister of the late Edmund Marmarellis and the sister-in-law of Constance Marmarellis of NJ, cherished grandmother of Melanie and her husband Richard Palmieri of Wrentham, Michael Merrill and his wife Lisa of CT, Nicole Merrill of Milford, Jason Colettis and his wife Kristina Kennedy of Boston, and Scott Colettis of Attleboro, and great grandmother of Jack, Michael and Vincent.
Penny had a passion for living her life to the fullest, never hesitating to help those in need. She brought joy to her many friends and acquaintances with her unbridled laughter, wit and boundless energy. She was sought after for her advice and guidance and dispensed it freely.
Penny was a true New Yorker but grew to love Massachusetts when she moved here at age 85 to be closer to her family. She missed her family home of over 50 years in Flushing N.Y. and all of the love she lavished on it with her unique decorating style.
Her love of music, movies and theater were well known to her friends and family. She had a beautiful singing voice and would always be the first person on the dance floor at any social event.
Penny had a great work ethic and passed that onto her entire family. She loved her family and took great pride in their accomplishments. She particularly enjoyed having individual conversations with family members and checking in on what was happening in their lives.
Her children and grandchildren will miss her colorful conversation and unanticipated surprises. She was a force of nature never slowed by life's adversities. She is gone, she will be missed but Penny will never be forgotten.
Funeral services and burial will be private in New York. Memorial contributions may be made in Penny's memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas66675orat www.woundedwarriorproject.org For more information or to leave online condolences, please visit the funeral home's website. Gillooly Funeral Home Norwood 781-762-0174 www.gilloolyfuneralhome.com