Barbara Colabrese

Posted by staff on 01/04/13

Barbara L. (Bobbie) Colabrese, 81, beloved sister, godmother and aunt, died peacefully at Greenfield of Berryville on Friday, January 4, 2013.

Born October 28, 1931, in Douglas (Albert), WV, she was the youngest daughter of the late Frank and Antonietta Colabrese. Miss Colabrese began playing the piano, singing, and tap dancing at the age of 3, and continued to entertain others with her musical talents until as recently as November, 2012.


Miss Colabrese graduated from Thomas High School in 1949 and from Potomac State College in 1951.  Later, she received her M.S. in Music Education from West Virginia University.


While attending college, Miss Colabrese was the Queen of Winter and served as an officer of the Potomac State Players, Delta Psi Omega, the Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Iota Chi, the Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society, and the Women’s Residence Council. Also, she was a member of the Potomac State Singers, the Potomac State Band, The Newman Club, and the Women’s Athletic Association.


In 1953, Miss Colabrese began teaching band, vocal, and general music at Rainelle High School, Rainelle, WV. She finished out her 15 year career as a vocal and general music teacher at Southern High School in Garrett County, MD. While there, she had the pleasure of directing many talented young people in yearly musicals which included: “Bye, Bye, Birdie”, “Oliver”, and “Brigadoon”.


A lifelong Roman Catholic, Miss Colabrese was the organist and choir director at St. Thomas Acquinas Parish for more than 30 years. After relocating to Charles Town, WV in 1999, she became a member of St. James Parish. 


An avid sports fan, her three favorite teams were the Phillies, the Steelers, and the WVU Mountaineers.


Miss Colabrese is survived by her sister, Yolanda (Yonnie) and brother-in-law Kenneth Sims of Charles Town; sister-in-law, Loretta Colabrese, Florida; 14 nieces and nephews, and numerous great-nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by seven

siblings: Elviera Maphis, Gloria Vandendriessche, Alfonso Colabrese, G.J. “Bill” Colabrese, John T. Colabrese, Lucy B. Colabrese, and Eleanor C. Golladay.


The family would like to thank Blue Ridge Hospice of Virginia and the staff of Greenfield of Berryville for their excellent care and support; St. Bridget of Ireland Catholic Church members who brought Communion every week; and the people of St. Thomas Acquinas Parish, Thomas, WV and St. James the Greater Roman Catholic Church, Charles Town, WV for their prayers and support.


Friends will be received at Hinkle Funeral Home in Davis, WV on Sunday, January 6, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, January 7, at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church with celebrant, Father Timothy Grassi.  Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Thomas.  


Barbara Colabrese, "Bobbie" is how I knew her. Her & my mother grew up together, went to school together and were best friends. My mother always spoke highly of her. I got to meet her several times. Very nice lady. I'm sorry I didn't take the opportunity to get to know her after my mother died. God bless the Colabrese family. You're in my prayers.
Posted by Melanie Seibel Harman on 01/16/13
I have many memories of the Colabrese family. From getting my haircut by Frank to going into the hardware store and looking for something with Bill, John or Ernest that was usually located up on the second floor. I always found what I neede but it was just locating it in the store. If one of the three didn't know where it was, then one of the three would step in and find it. Then there was Barbara, I attended St. Veronica's in Davis and after Miss Anna Bogdonovich no longer played the organ then "Bobbie" came to Davis to help out. A wonderful family and my thoughts and prayer are with you all.
Posted by Fred Meyer on 01/14/13
I knew Barbara at Potomac State. She was a great friend. She will be sadly missed.
Posted by Nolen (Gene) Swecker on 01/08/13
She was a wonder teacher - I had her for many of my classes in Elk Garden, WVa. My condolences to family & friends She will be missed...........
Posted by peggy reed cesnick on 01/08/13
I was in the Potomac State Band with Barbara in 1950-51 and I believe I taught with her brother-in-law, Kenneth Sims, at Charles Town Senior High School in 1961-62. My condolences to her family and friends.
Posted by Ed Wilson on 01/08/13
I am very sorry to hear of Bobbie's passing. The Colabrese family lived across from my grandparents in Douglas. I think I may have actually gotten my first haircut in Frank Colabrese's barber shop. When I visited every summer in the 70s and 80s, I knew I would see Bobbie and others in the family give a friendly wave as I would sit on the porch enjoying nature. Still remember Bill's Chevy pickup truck pulling into the alley for dinner every evening. Very nice people, may God bless the family at this time. Jim Knaggs, Jr.
Posted by Jim Knaggs, Jr on 01/07/13
Remembering with great fondness and admiration for Barbie* my 1st years as a member of the st. Thomas Choir. she was so welcoming and generous with her talent and time. God bless her soul. Prayer to her family and many friends.
Posted by m. a. mullenax on 01/06/13
I had the honor of bringing Communion to Bobbie for a number of years prior to her transfer to Greenfield Care Center. She was a delightful lady who inspired me with her love of her faith, her family, and her many interests. We had many talks about music, gardening, sports teams, and family. We developed a special closeness as we prayed together so many times, and we both were strengthened by the love of Jesus Christ. I feel a special comfort that she is with Our Lord and reunited with so many of her family members that she loves so much.
Posted by Regina Smith on 01/06/13
I will always remember Barbara for her wonderful smile. She did a windfall job playing the organ at the church in Thomas. The entire Colabrese family were hard workers and it is so hard to believe that only Yolanda remains. Our prayers and condolences to the remaking family.
Posted by Susan Meyer on 01/05/13
She was a wonderful teacher. I really appreciated all she did for me as a young man.
Posted by Bob Martin on 01/05/13
One of the best teachers I ever had and one who cared above and beyond her duty to see that each succeeded in life. Wish many times over that I had told her what she meant to my life and how many times I knew she was still guiding me in my endeavors.
Posted by Dale Ellis on 01/05/13

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