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Delia Yolanda Colorite

November 6, 1930 ~ April 12, 2022 (age 91)

Obituary

Delia Yolanda Colorite, age 91 of Clinton Twp., passed away peacefully on April 12, 2022 surrounded by the love of her family.

Delia was born on November 6, 1930 to Pietro and Gaginta Ignagni in Ceprano, Italy. As a young woman, Delia would make the big move to the United States with her family. Prior to their move, World War II was in full effect. Delia’s home was overtaken by the German soldiers, forcing the family to live six months in a cave. Faced with the absolute worst, Delia and her family persevered. Their will was stronger than anything the world could throw at them. In 1947, Delia and her family would board the stately, and beautiful ship Saturnia that would take them to their new bright world. Delia was so impressed with the ship, its lovely interiors, and the wonderful sights she would see while they sailed. She was so proud to be going to the United States, and continued to be patriotic for the rest of her life. The ship docked at Ellis Island in New York, and Delia and her family would move to Michigan where her father was already building a new family home for them all. Delia’s father Pietro would hire a young man, Joseph Peter Colorite Jr., to help build the family home. That young man would later become Delia’s beloved husband, and father of her cherished children. Delia and Joseph married in 1948, and together had seven children: Peter, Vincent, Anthony, Janet, Margaret, Maria, and Paola. Delia was the best mother, and was so overjoyed to become a Nonna later in her life to her many beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Delia was known by all for being a wonderful cook, making delicious meals not only for her family but also for nearly 60 years at the Villa Restaurant. One of her families many favorites that she made was her famous ciamella cookies, which was enjoyed by all. Everyone who had the privilege to meet her, fell in love with Delia. She truly was a loving, kind soul. Delia also had a passion for flowers, and loved to tend to her flowers and plants during the summers. Delia will be forever remembered, and never forgotten by all who loved and knew her.

Beloved mother of Peter Colorite, Anthony Colorite, Janet (Michael) Nako, Margaret (Leonard) Benvenuti, Maria Cleveringa, and Paola (Phillip) Gaietto; cherished Nonna to Anthony, Christi (Michael), Nicole (Scott), Leslie (fiancée Nikola), Leonard Jr., Michelle (Cameron), Joseph, Brandon, Natalie (Paul), Bianca (Fiancée Justin), Nicholas, Kenneth, and Emily; loved great Nonna to Joshua, Micayla, Daniel (Amanda), Vincent, Brantley, Robynn, Chandler (Bret), Jackson, Gabriel, Taylor, Christian, Mason, and Ava; dear great-great Nonna to Grayson, Evy, and River.

Delia joins in heaven her loving husband Joseph Peter Colorite Jr., son Vincent, grandson Joseph, parents Pietro and Gaginta, brothers Giovanni Battista and Edward, and daughter-in-law Patricia Colorite.

Delia always expressed to her family that, “I’ve lived to see and experience many things, and I wouldn’t change a thing”

Visitation to take place on Tuesday, April 19 from 2:00PM – 8:00 PM, with a rosary at 7:00 PM. Funeral service to be held on Wednesday, April 20 at the funeral home. Instate, or gathering time, 10:00 AM. Service at 11:00 AM. Burial to take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery following the services at the funeral home.

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Services

Visitation
Tuesday
April 19, 2022

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Lee-Ellena Funeral Home
46530 Romeo Plank Rd
Macomb, MI 48044

Recitation of the Rosary
Tuesday
April 19, 2022

7:00 PM
Lee-Ellena Funeral Home
46530 Romeo Plank Rd
Macomb, MI 48044

Gathering of Family and Friends
Wednesday
April 20, 2022

10:00 AM
Lee-Ellena Funeral Home
46530 Romeo Plank Rd
Macomb, MI 48044

Funeral Service
Wednesday
April 20, 2022

11:00 AM
Lee-Ellena Funeral Home
46530 Romeo Plank Rd
Macomb, MI 48044

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