Josephine F. Coletta

Josephine F. Coletta, 98, formerly of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Cherry Hill, New Jersey, passed away peacefully in Newport News, Virginia on April 4, 2022. She was born on October 8, 1923, to the late Fiorina and Giacinto Fagnani. She was predeceased in 1977 by her husband, Dr. Philip A. Coletta.

Josephine was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. She was well known for being an accomplished gourmet cook and will be remembered by family and friends for her generosity and kindness. She is survived by her sister, Adele Mannella; her daughters, Linda Keating (Michael) of Dallas, TX, and Corinne Ramaley (Brian) of Newport News, VA; four grandchildren, Corinne Keating Hays (Jacob), Christine Keating Mankowski (Alexander), Stephen Ramaley (Katherine) and Jonathan Ramaley (Janice); and seven great-grandchildren, Caroline, Jackson, Catherine, Charles, Isabel, Luna and Cora.

The family would like to thank The Chesapeake Health Care staff and caregivers in Newport News for their kindness, compassion and support during her stay there.

Interment will take place in Pittsburgh at Calvary Cemetery at 1:00 pm on May 7, 2022, where she will be laid to rest in the mausoleum next to her husband, Philip. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the University of Pittsburgh General Scholarship Fund ( or to St. Anthony Bread, at Friarworks, 1615 Vine St. Suite 1, Cincinnati, Ohio (


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