Jeanne C. Colaiaco, age 90, formerly of Forest Hills, PA, passed away Wednesday afternoon, July 20, 2016 in the Ridgewood at St. Paul’s. 

Mrs. Colaiaco was born in Wilkinsburg, PA on February 6, 1926 to Somers R. Caskey, Sr. and Edna J. (Eyler) Caskey.  She was a graduate of Wilkinsburg High School and had been raised in the Trinity Evangelical Church. 

Jeanne was a wonderful homemaker and truly loved her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  She had a playful sense of humor and very much enjoyed playing bridge, making friends, and trips to Atlantic City. 

On August 24, 1943 she married August P. Colaiaco, he survives.  Also surviving is a daughter, Gina Baruch of Chicago, IL, two sons, Dr. Victor I. Colaiaco and his wife Andrea of Greenville, and Dr. Paul A. Colaiaco of Pittsburgh, seven grandchildren, Valerie Watterson and her husband Alfie, Jessica Colaiaco, Ben Colaiaco and his wife Roxana, Graham Baruch and his wife Anissa, Garrett Baruch, Callie Baruch, and Michael Colaiaco, and three great-grandchildren, Beatrice Watterson, August Watterson, and Emily Watterson. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, an Infant Daughter, Deborah J. Colaiaco, two sisters, Janet Williams and Dolly Williams, and an infant brother, Somers R. Caskey, Jr.

A private memorial service will be held in the Ridgewood at St. Paul’s with Rev. Julia Fraser, Chaplain of St. Paul’s, officiating.  There will be no public services.  Inurnment of cremains will be in Homewood Cemetery.  All arrangements are under the direction of Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Keeping The Promise Fund at St. Paul’s, 339 E. Jamestown Rd., Greenville, PA 16125.



  1. Gayle and Bruce Wolff Gayle and Bruce Wolff
    July 22, 2016    

    Vic and family, We were so sorry hearing about your mother. She was a delight to be around. May your memories bring you peace.

  2. Carol Amore Carol Amore
    July 22, 2016    

    Dearest Victor, Gina and Paul,

    My family would like to send our most sincere sympathy to your family with the passing of your mother. She was a close lifetime friend of my mother and she valued her genuine friendship and caring throughout their lives. I remember Jeanne in my youth as always giving to the children on Fieldcrest Drive to make us happy for her interest in us. She and Augie were ideal partners which generated a family spirit throughout the neighborhood. They were good role models for all of us. Jeanne was a beautiful person and I will remember her kindness and love to others throughout my life. My mother will miss their ongoing discussions and she will remain in her prayers.

    With Blessings and Caring,

    Carol Amore

  3. Norm Connors Norm Connors
    July 25, 2016    

    Mr Colaiaco – I was saddened to hear of your loss. And yet, since it has been so many years since I last spoke with you I was glad to learn that you and Mrs Colaiaco have had quite a few more years together since I last was in touch with you. During my time working at D’Imperio’s Restaurant, I used to look forward to Sundays when you and Mrs Colaiaco would come in for dinner. I enjoyed those times when we would have the opportunity to chat. I still remember some of your stories and have on more than one occasion told the story about your professor telling your buddy from Soho to wake you up during class and how he quickly shot back, “you put him to sleep, you wake him up”. I hope that you are in good health and that having your family around you will provide some comfort during this painful time..

    Paul – Please accept my sympathy on the loss of your mother. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to get to know your parents and come to see them as not just the parents of my friends but to also see them as my friends. At this time when you reflect on your mother and the importance of her in your life I again want to express my gratitude to you for the role you played in giving my mother’s life back to her. You didn’t have to do what you did but because you did, her life has been restored to the fullness it once had. I could not not be more appreciative. It wouldn’t surprise me if your mother and or father were the ones to tell you about her situation and encourage you to help her. I’m sure your mother has had many things to be proud of you for but none that was appreciated more than my family appreciates what you did for all of us by reaching out to my mother. THANKS!

    Gina – My dear friend from way back in high school. You have always been such a wonderful and beautiful person, and a better friend to me than I was ever mature enough to be to you. I hope that you are doing well during this difficult time. I lost my father in 2010. I am fortunate to still have my mother in good health. No matter the age of our parents, losing them is painful. I have no words of wisdom. Somehow I think that your life coping skills and your perspective on life are probably better than mine now just like they have been in the past. I mostly just wanted to let you know that both of your parents hold special places in my life. You are a very special person! I don’t know if you ever make it back to Pittsburgh but there is a group of people from school (Laura, Maria, Deanne, Jeannette, Herb, Blair, Jim Quinn, Gary Sapp Greg Pattyn and others) who get together for a meal on occasion and would love to see you sometime. It is fun to catch up with old friends. Just drop me an email ahead of time so we can be sure to schedule something around your schedule if you make it to town (normconnors@gmail.com)

  4. Noel Squitieri Noel Squitieri
    July 25, 2016    

    Dear Gina and family,

    I am so deeply sorry. I never has the privilege of getting to know Mrs. Colaiaco. I wish I had. She was remarkable, someone who truly leaves the world a better place for having lived. Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss.

  5. Frederick Glasser, Westerville OH Frederick Glasser, Westerville OH
    July 25, 2016    

    To the Colaiaco family — Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of Mrs. Colaiaco. I recall her kind manner in the neighborhood for those of us growing up there in the late 50’s and early 60’s. The Colaiaco family were a regular customer of my Post-Gazette route and I recall the family’s involvement in sports, scouts, and school activities. In recent years, until they moved to Greenville, I enjoyed seeing them each September at the Bryn Mawr corn roast. May God comfort you in these days of farewell, and may your many good memories flood back to overcome your grief and move you to a place of peaceful remembrance and gratitude for a life well-lived. Rest in peace, Mrs. Colaiaco, well done. Enter into the joy of your Lord.

  6. Norman and Ann davids Norman and Ann davids
    August 1, 2016    

    Dear A P (Augui) and family, just heard about Jeanie, so sorry, she was very kind to me,and of course Norman allways respected Augie as a boss and mentor, he loved and allways was very proud Dad, and grandfather. Love you allways will.never and have not forgotten you and Jeanie. Please take care Ann and Norman.

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