Wilma G. Colarusso (nee Carson) age 75 of Wayne and Lincoln Park, died peacefully on Monday, June 10, 2013.
She was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and raised in North Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee. She was the daughter of a Revenuer (a government agent in charge of collecting revenue, and halting the unlawful distilling or bootlegging of alcohol) that moved to a different town almost every year of her childhood. She graduated from Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tennessee with the Class of 1955. After high school she attended Tennessee State University for two years and transferred to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Sciences with the Class of 1959.
Her first employment was as a Medical Technologist at the Bowman Gray Hospital in Winston-Salem North Carolina. In the mid 1960’s she moved to Washington DC where she worked at Georgetown Hospital again as a Medical Technologist. At Georgetown she worked for Dr. Meloni. Wilma was watching “Law and Order: SVU” on television one evening and said “that guy looks like the Dr. Meloni I used to work for”. After a quick Internet search Wilma’s daughter realized that the actor portraying Elliot Stabler on the program was in fact the son of the Dr. Meloni, Wilma's former boss.
While working at Georgetown Hospital in Washington Wilma met a traveling salesman from Newark New Jersey who worked for Fisher Scientific Corporation. Vincent traveled back to Washington on business and for a second date with Wilma. Just before the second date Wilma was introducing Vincent to co-workers but had to admit she couldn’t remember his last name. Vincent said: “my last name is Colarusso - and you better remember it because it’s going to be yours someday”. They fell in love and married on May 20, 1967 at Saint Josephs Church in Washington, had their reception at the Capitol Hotel honeymooned at Niagara Falls New York. During their honeymoon they crossed the border into Canada to visit the International and Universal Exposition or Expo ’67 which was considered to be the most successful World’s Fair of the 20th Century.
Wilma could talk to just about anyone. She had a deep and committed faith and was very involved with the churches she attended. She was currently a member of the Preakness Baptist Church in Wayne and had been a member of the choir. Wilma was a secretary for Wayne Hills High School and in 1990 she transferred to the Wayne Board of Education offices to serve as a secretary before retiring in 2005. Strong willed, independent and self-sufficient are all characteristics that come to mind when thinking of her personality. When the family got together there was no doubt about the fact that she was bringing her famous Sweet Potato Casserole. In 2013 Wilma moved for the thirtieth time, to live near her daughter in Fanwood New Jersey.
She was the devoted wife of the late Vincent Colarusso (1988); loving mother of Sarah Madden and her husband Will of Fanwood; cherished grandmother of Nicholas and Bianca Madden.
Friends may visit with the family on Friday, June 14, 2013 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne.
A 9 AM funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at the funeral home.
Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations to the Preakness Baptist Church, 1441 Ratzer Road, Wayne, NJ 07470 would be appreciated.