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James E. Colna

June 17, 1943 ~ February 18, 2019 (age 75)
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James E. Colna, 75, of Watsontown, passed away Monday, February 18, 2019 at Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg.

Born June 17, 1943 in St. Clair, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late James “Jimo” and Anna (Yakimo) Colna.  On August 19, 2006, he married the former Rose M. Roich and they would have celebrated 13 years of marriage.  He was previously married to the former Mary Weikel for 38 years until her passing on October 24, 2004.

James served honorably in the US Army serving in Germany.  He is a member of the Montgomery American Legion Post 251 and of the Turbotville VFW Post 8206.  James was also a member of  St. Joseph Catholic Church, Milton.

He retired in 2005 from ABF Trucking of Carlisle where he had worked for 24 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Surviving besides his wife, Rose, are his two sons:  James K. Colna, of Watsontown and Kenneth J. Colna and his companion Bernadette Good, of St. Clair; one daughter: Lisa M. Benscoter and her husband Bradley, of Bloomsburg; four grandchildren: Brent and Brianna Benscoter, of Bloomsburg, Jessica and James Colna, of New Berlin.

Preceding him in death besides his parents was a sister, Rosalie Bonk on May 10, 2014.

Family and friends are invited to call from 10 AM to 12 PM on Thursday, February 21, at Brooks Funeral Home & Cremation Svc PC, 124 Main Street, Watsontown where a funeral service will be held at 12 noon, with Father John D. Hoke of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Milton officiating.  Burial with full military honors will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery, Milton.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions in James’ memory be made to the Wounded Warrior Project,, or to the SPCA

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