Sarah Josephine Colas passed away August 2 after a long, courageous battle against Alzheimer’s disease. She was 79 years old.
Colas was born in Columbus, Ohio, on May 30, 1933 to the union of of Reverend Edgar C. West and Thelma West (Stone). She grew up in Hamilton, Ohio and completed her education at Hamilton High School. She then attended the Harlem Hospital of Nursing in New York, graduating in 1955. She was employed as a registered nurse at Harlem Hospital.
Sarah was united in marriage to Dr. Luc L. Colas in 1957, at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Englewood, New Jersey. Luc and Sarah travelled the world, visiting Belgium, London, Rwanda, Kinshasa, Uganda, Haiti and Canada.
Sarah was preceded in death by her parents, Thelma and Edgar West, Sr.; her husband Dr. Luc L. Colas; three sisters, Geneva Hunter, Mattie Brutus and Mary Thompson.
She is survived by her children, Sheri (Jean) Colas-Gervais of Coral Gables, Christophe (Angela) Colas of Milwaukee, Linda (Matthew) Cain of Milwaukee, and Phillip (Latonia) Colas of Los Angeles; grandchildren, Bijou Gervais of Coral Gables, Paige, Caecilia, Courtney and Christophe Jr. Colas, Victoria (Marcus) Smith, Lyndon, Jesse, Elijah (Gao) and Raheem Colas of Milwaukee; great-grandchildren Savannah Amos-Sikora, Brooklynn Colas, King and Sire Colas of Milwaukee; her siblings Beatrice Joyce, Vera Grant and Edgar West Jr. of Milwaukee; nieces and nephews Jonathan (Lenore), Marie, Sonia Thompson, Matthew Grant, Sherman West, Alexander, Nathanial Ryan, Antonio Jr. and Michael Brutus.
A remarkable wife, mother, sister and friend to so many people, her family’s only wish is that her grandchildren and great-grandchildren had more time with her to know how much she truly loved them. She touched her family with her unique brand of love, and will be sorely missed.
Visitation services will be held Thursday, August 9 from 10 to 11 at the Wisconsin Memorial Park in Brookfield. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. August 9 at Wisconsin Memorial Park.
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