LaVonne Colaprete, 89, of Dellroy was swept away by the angels on Monday evening, March 14, 2011, as she was surrounded by her loved ones.
She was born August 22, 1921, in Smithville, OH, and was the daughter of the late Clyde and Nola Walton Allerton. She has now been reunited with her husband and soulmate Nicolas C. "Nick" Colaprete who died Nov. 1, 1984.
After graduating from Dellroy High School, LaVonne began a journey around the world╩ performing with a circus as professional dancer. Eventually, she came back to Dellroy and married her sweetheart, Nick, on Valentine' Day in 1942. After he joined the Army, the real adventure began as they traveled together to places like Germany, Japan, California, Kentucky, and Hawaii. LaVonne worked on military bases, particularly in the post exchanges and was very involved and helped whenever she could. Once Army life was over, Nick and LaVonne returned to their roots in Dellroy. She was always a sports enthusiast, but especially enjoyed playing and coaching girls softball. She was a league bowler at Atwood Lanes for many years and became a professional bowler with dozens of trophies to show for her efforts.╩ LaVonne also enjoyed gambling and playing cards with her friends. She loved life and never took herself too seriously. She always said, "Life was too short to worry, so just have fun". A special note of interest about LaVonne was she a member of the Mayflower Society. But mostly, she appreciated the simple joy of the company of╩ her family and friends.
She is survived by her five children, Barbara Noble of Canton, Mrs. Kenneth (Judy) Snell of Wetumpka, Alabama, Ronald Colaprete of Pukalani, Hawaii, Randy Colaprete of Dellroy, and Terrise Colaprete of New Philadelphia; four grandchildren; Michael(Ursula) Noble of Canal Fulton, Michele Spring of New Philadelphia, Courtney Spring of Dover and Harry Spring of Oxford, OH; and two great-grandsons Nicholas and Kristopher Noble, both of Canal Fulton. Also surviving are a number of nieces, her former son-in-law, Harold Noble of Canal Fulton, and her two best friends Mae Gaines and Donna Jean Long both of Dellroy. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m.╩ Friday, March 18, 2011 in the Baxter-Gardner Funeral Home at Sherrodsville with Rev. Carol McCartney officiating.╩ Interment will follow in the Baxter's Ridge Cemetery in╩ Harrison Township.
Calling hours will be held Thursday from 3-7 p.m. in the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Atwood Angels Food Pantry, c/o Cititzen's Bank, PO Box 287, Dellroy, Ohio 44620. To leave an online condolence, please visit the funeral home website.