Colette C. Moran, 83
Sept. 25, 1933 — Sept. 20, 2017
Colette C. Moran entered into eternal life Sept. 20, 2017, surrounded by loved ones in Naples, Fla. Born Colette Catherine Murphy, Sept. 25, 1933, to William H. Murphy and Rita Murphy (Le Beau) in Chicago, Ill., Colette was preceded in death by her loving husband of 61 years, Samuel Joseph Moran III (Joe), daughter, Michelle Moran, son in-law Thomas J. Buresh, parents, William H. Murphy and Rita Atten, mother in-law and father in-law, Lillian R. Moran and Samuel J. Moran II, several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Colette and Joe had a very romantic beginning to their long lives together. They were set up on a blind date by their mothers. Their first date led to a marriage proposal from Joe in a beautiful letter to Colette. They were both in college at the time and separated by distance. Joe’s letter to Colette led to many letters written back and forth between the two. Colette kept Joe’s letters in a shoebox. For over 63 years, Colette kept the letters safely in her possession, updating shoeboxes as time went on.
Colette and Joe graduated from college in May of 1955 and were married June 18, 1955. Their peaceful romantic existence would soon be forever changed due to the arrival of seven children over the course of the next 12 years. Sadly, Colette and Joe lost their lovely daughter, Michelle, who quietly slipped away at birth. It wasn’t long before three more children came along, making them a family with a half-dozen children. The Morans moved several times, due to the arrival of another child or Joe’s growing career in Public Relations.
The family settled in Cedarburg, Wis., in May of 1970. The Morans became members of St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church. Colette and Joe taught CCD Wednesday nights in their living room for several years. When Parkview Elementary School was in need of a volunteer kindergarten teacher’s aide in 1974, Colette volunteered for the position. Several years later she was asked to become an employee when her position changed to employee status. Colette walked from Georgetown East to Parkview Elementary every day for several years, until the family obtained a second car. Colette brought home schoolwork every night, working tirelessly during and after school. She loved being part of the Parkview team, working with students and faculty. Colette worked at Parkview until retiring in 1993. Colette and Joe decided to spend their retirement in the comfort of Naples, Fla. They purchased a beautiful new condo as the setting for their next big adventure. Joe wrapped up business in Milwaukee while Colette decorated the condo, relaxed at the pool and became friends with many of their new neighbors. It wasn’t long before Colette was asked to take charge of the pool. They became very active members and supporters of St. Andrew Catholic Church, their Condo Association, and The Naples Players. The couple were enjoying an idyllic retirement.
In July of 2008 Colette suffered a major stroke, leaving her paralyzed on her right side. Over the next year Colette underwent hospitalizations, physical, occupational and speech therapies in a nursing home setting before she was strong enough to return home. Although her eidetic memory and hearing remained intact, Colette had to retrain her eyes, learn how to eat and to speak again. Colette was a very strong, determined woman who worked very hard to get back as much as possible, with Joe remaining her optimistic, loving partner and primary caregiver. In 2010, Colette and Joe moved to The Carlisle in Naples, where they resided until Joe passed away, Dec. 9, 2016. Colette moved to her son and daughter- in-law’s home in Naples following Joe’s passing. There was much joy, laughter and an abundance of love in this wonderful new setting, making Colette very happy in her new home.
Colette was extremely talented. She enjoyed painting, sewing, making crafts and creating new recipes. She was a voracious reader with a delightful sense of humor.
Colette is survived by daughter Melinda M. Buresh, son Mark J. Moran (Janet), daughter Monica J. Moran (fiancée David Bangert), daughter Melissa A. Bublitz (Greg), son Samuel J. Moran IV (Debbie), son Michael A. Moran, sister Patricia Swallow, brother William Murphy, brother Michael Murphy, sister Therese Marie Corby (Robert), 12 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A funeral service was held Sept. 22, 2017, at Muller-Thompson Funeral Chapel, 2011 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, FL 34109. A Catholic Mass and Celebration of Life will be held for both Colette and Joe in Cedarburg at a future date.