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Sophie “Penny” Curran

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Sophie “Penny” Curran, age 85 of Toms River, NJ died December 31, 2019 in Goodyear, AZ.  She was born October 18, 1934 in Jersey City, NJ to Simeon and Hariclia (Giolou) Rafalides.  Penny was a proud Greek Orthodox Christian.  Over the years she was involved in various organizations at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Jersey City, NJ including serving on the board, as a member of the Daughters of Penelope, The Philoptochos Society, and the Pontus Society where she was recently honored as one of five surviving founding members.  Penny spent her working career holding various positions and retired from Western Electric, in Kearny, NJ.  She enjoyed watching T.V., occasionally going to the casino with her beloved husband and spending time with family and friends.

Penny is survived by her husband, Frank Miller, daughter, Hariclia “Lea” Colatrella and son-in-law Michael Colatrella, and two grandchildren, Alixandra Paul Colatrella and Zachary Michael Colatrella.  She was preceded in death by her parents Simeon and Hariclia Rafalides; sister, Helen Rafalides; and brother, Paul Rafalides.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 – 6:00 pm on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Greenville Memorial Home, 374 Danforth Avenue, Jersey City, NJ  07305.  A funeral service will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, January 13, 2020 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 524 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ  07306.  Burial will be at Arlington Cemetery, 748 Schuyler Avenue, Kearny, NJ  07032.  Condolences for the family may be left at http://www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com/obituary/sophie-penny-curran/.

12 Comments on “Sophie “Penny” Curran

  1. May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept my sincere condolences. It is an honor to serve your family.

  2. Wrapping you all in love, and prayers for comfort. So sorry for your grief and pain 💜

  3. Very sorry for your great loss. Lea your Mom will never be far from you for you will always carry her in your heart. Prayers to you and your family . God Bless.

  4. Lea wishing your Mom a beautiful journey home. Hope you find comfort knowing
    she will always be with you. Hugs to you during these tough times!



  5. My heart is broken for your friend sending you lots of love and lots of prayers

  6. Lea my dear friend I am so sorry for your loss. There is no other pain and the pain of losing a mother I love you dear friend and my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family

  7. It was a pleasure knowing you through so many of your friends. You were always so positive and yes, a very devoted Greek Orthodox Christian. Eternal Memory…

  8. Dear Lea and Michael,
    So sorry to hear of your loss.
    May all your beautiful memories of her comfort you during this difficult time. Fondly,
    Ro and Frank

  9. Thoughts and prayers are sent to you Lea and family. My heart aches for you. Mothers are so very important. She instilled lots of love and feelings in you which you passed onto others. May she rest in peace. Hugs xoxoxo

  10. From both myself and my Mother Sophia may her Memory be Eternal !! Beautiful and loving Mother and Friend .. We met up just last October .. Mom and she talked after many years , she recalled my Thea Demetria , she was Gracious and Loving …

  11. She will always hold a special place in my heart. Such fond memories that make me smile. I know this is a great loss for all of you. May her memory be eternal. With Love, Cathy

  12. So very sorry for your loss Lea and Michael. I’ll always remember your mom as a strong, spunky woman. Have comfort in knowing she instilled those qualities in you and your daughter.

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