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Maria Colace
April 30, 2024


Maria (Ferri) Colace 84, of Franklin, passed away peacefully, with her loving family at her side Tuesday April 30, 2024 at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, following a short illness. She was the beloved wife of Edward Colace, with whom she shared 61 years of marriage.

Born February 24, 1940 in Casa Bianca, Ascoli Piceno Province of Italy, a daughter of the late Domenico and Teresa (Alesiani) Ferri, she came to the United States in 1956, settling first in Walpole and then to Franklin in 1963 with her husband and was loved by everyone.

Maria was educated in Italy and worked as a seamstress at Whiting & Davis for many years.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, who treasured her family.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter Linda Calderone and her husband Anthony of Franklin, a son Edward Colace and his wife Katie Potrzuski of Attleboro, her cherished grandson, Anthony Calderone of Franklin and her many beloved nieces & nephews.

She was the sister of the late Peter Ferri and his wife Mariana of Norwood, the late Luisa Colace and her husband Angelo of Walpole, Emidio Ferry of Walpole, Vittoria Stanford and her late husband Stan of Walpole and Mario Ferri and the late Karen Ferri of Norfolk.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral Friday May 3rd, at 9AM from the Charles F. Oteri and Son Franklin Funeral Home 33 Cottage St. followed by a funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Franklin at 10AM.

Burial will follow at the parish cemetery.

Calling hours are Thursday May 2nd, from 4-7PM

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be sent to the Franklin Food Pantry 341 West Central St. Franklin, MA 02038 or Random Smile Project P.O. Box 13 Franklin, MA 02038


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Charles F. Oteri and Son - Franklin Funeral Home
33 Cottage Street
Franklin, MA 02038