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“So very sad to hear of Johns illness and passing. Loretta, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. ”
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“Colantonio Family - I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
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John Thomas Colantonio, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, 84, of Marquette, died peacefully, stopping at the Rainbow Bridge to pick up his beloved Ben and continued his journey home on Sunday afternoon, August 21, 2016, at his home, in the loving care of his family and Lake Superior Hospice. John was born on March 26, 1932 in Iron Mountain, Michigan, a son of the late John and Ann (Nowak) Colantonio. He was a 1950 graduate of Iron Mountain High School and then proudly served his country with the U.S. Army, 11th Airborne Division during the Korean Conflict. John entered the Michigan State Police Academy as a member of the 44th Class in January of 1957. He served at several posts within the state, retiring from the Negaunee Post of the Michigan State Police on January 9, 1988 as Sergeant after 32 years of service with them. He was well known for his morning radio weather broadcasts from the post. After his retirement, John operated Colantonio Sharpening Service for 25 years. He was a member of St. Louis the King Catholic Church in Harvey as well as its Men's Club, American Legion Post #44, served as president in 1966 of the Marquette County Law Enforcement Association, was a former member of the Chocolay Lions Club, and was a member of Knights of Columbus Council #6447 in Harvey. John is survived by his loving wife, Loretta C. (Miller) Colantonio whom he married on May 30, 1953; four devoted children, Gayla (Paul) St. Onge and Robyn Baker, both of Marquette, Jeffrey (Jill) Colantonio of Skandia and Jamie (Darryl) Lancour of Marquette; also 10 grandchildren, Catherine, Jennifer, Andrew, Bridget, Heather, Brian, Jacob, Tanner, Nicholas, and Dallas; 13 great grandchildren, Benjamin, Owen, Nathan, Beau, Brody, Morgan, Trent, Alexis, Ethan, Keegan, Lily, Bensen, and Jack; also several cousins. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, August 26th at 12 Noon in St. Louis the King Catholic Church with the Rev. Corey Litzner officiating, concelebrated by Rev. Glenn Theoret and Rev. Benedetto Paris and Deacon Scott Jamieson assisting. The Colantonio family will greet relatives and friends in the church beginning at 9:30a.m. Friday until the time of the Funeral Mass. A luncheon will take place in Father Gauthier Hall at the church followed by entombment in the Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum with members of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 380 providing military honors. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Brian Baker, Andrew St. Onge, Nicholas Balbierz, Jacob Colantonio, Tanner Colantonio, and Dallas Lancour, also great grandson, Beau Caster. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 2119 Presque Isle Ave., Marquette, MI 49855 or Lake Superior Hospice Association, 914 W. Baraga Ave., Marquette, MI 49855 in Mr. Colantonio's memory. The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at canalefuneral.com