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Wilma G. Colarusso



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.

Guest Book


Sarah, my heart breaks for you and your family. I spoke to your Mom recently and I knew that she was gravely ill. She intimated that her time was coming to an end and she was ready. She had enough. I will miss her. May God hold her in His loving arms.

Dot Zambrano


What a lovely history of Aunt Wilma! Thank you, Aunt Wilma, for being such a role model of kindness and faith to all of us. You were the first person we thought to invite to all of our family events, which, of course would not be the same without one of your delicious sweet potato puddings or gelatin molds! I'll always remember wonderful Thanksgivings and summer barbeques at your house. We had so much fun playing in your yard or just sitting around your table and talking. Thank you for your love and for showing us an example of a woman who held family and friends as important and necessary. I will miss you terribly. Say "hi" to Uncle Vinny and Dad for us! Much love always, Mary

Mary Giordano


Beautiful words for a beautiful woman. What a full and blessed life!

Melanie Cortese


My deepest condolences to you and your family Sarah. What full life she had. May God bless you and bring your comfort at this time.

Sherri Chevalier


My deepest sympathy to the family of Wilma Colarusso. I am a friend of the family of Remo (Vince's brother). My children attended school with Remo's children and I often heard them speak of Vince and Wilma and their family fondly. My prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Barbara De Lorenzis


Sarah, you have my deepest sympathy. I worked with your mom before you were born during her "medical technologist: days at Wayne Medical Lab. She was a mentor and good friend.What a great lady. We had some fun times together. I am sad that we lost touch over the years, but I have such fond memories.

Judi Hendricks


Dear Sarah and Family, Mrs. C was an awesome lady and I miss her. Thank you for sharing some of past. I never felt weird about asking her questions and I learned from her. I'm glad to have known her. It's not a surprise that she had another special dish, by the way. My favorite will always be her Mac and Cheese. I swear that's how you and I met so many people on our dorm room floor. I pray for you and for your family. Love, Alison

Alison Jackson


I had the pleasure of working with Wilma for many years at the board of education. She will always be remembered as a kind and thoughtful woman who never failed to ask how you and your family were. She also enjoyed sharing stories about her family as well. I am so sorry for your loss.

Linda Adamo


Wilma was one of a kind and a kind person she was. Wilma and I worked together for the Wayne Board of Education and we shared many laughs. She will be missed by all those she touched. I am so sorry for your loss.

Joyce Stefanacci


I knew Wilma from WHHS. She was always so helpful, patient and kind. It was wonderful to learn more about her life and accomplishments-what an interesting life she lived. I am so sorry for your family's loss.


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