Colleen Margaret Canonico, passed away February 12, 2021. She was in the home and loving care of her oldest daughter and with family around her. Colleen was born August 26, 1931, to Nora and Edward Jennings. She was their fourth child and first daughter. Colleen’s parents were Irish immigrants and Colleen grew up in an Irish neighborhood in Chicago, IL. Many of the Irish ways she learned as a child stayed with her throughout her life and were passed down to her children. While attending the University of Chicago majoring in Chemistry, she met her future husband, Domenic. Their romantic introduction occurred while both were doing research, Colleen in Chemistry and Domenic in Metallurgical Engineering. They married in 1955 and started their family in 1956. With two infant girls, Colleen and Domenic moved the family to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. While Domenic earned his Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering, Colleen and Domenic’s family quickly grew to five children with Colleen flourishing as the dedicated wife and mother to her tight knit family. In 1965, the family moved to Oak Ridge, TN where Colleen was dedicated to her children and was an integral part of the Saint Mary’s community in Oak Ridge. After many years in Oak Ridge, Colleen and Domenic moved to Chattanooga where she lived until she passed away. Colleen was married to Domenic, the love of her life, for 63 years until Domenic passed away in 2018. She is survived by her children, Judi (Don) Hanson, Maricarol Canonico, Angelo (Gina Johnson), Domenic, and Catherine Canonico; and her grandchildren Michael (Apurva) Hanson, Dan (Stephanie) Hanson, John (Claudette) Hanson, and Sarah Hanson; Domenic, Michael, and Matthew Canonico; and Heather and Tommy Canonico. There will be a private family graveside service followed by a Memorial Mass at St. Augustine in Signal Mountain, TN. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Oak Ridge, TN, or Hospice of Chattanooga. Arrangements entrusted to Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga, TN 37415 www.lanefh.com (423) 877-3524
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