Zoraida Victoria Colarte, 83, of Henrico, Virginia transitioned peacefully from this life to eternal rest on Monday, November 28, 2022.
Zoraida was born in Havana, Cuba on February 25, 1939. She left Cuba in 1966 in search of freedom and made the United States of America her home. She worked for Wella Corporation in Bergen County, NJ, and in Richmond, VA for more than 30 years as a Quality Control Specialist. Zoraida was an active member of the Rebekah Assembly (Amor y Verdad) in Hudson County, NJ. She was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. All who knew her would describe her as caring, joyful, and welcoming.
One of her favorite things to do in her retirement years was to play canasta with friends and assist in the care of her grandchildren, who referred to her as “Yaya.”
Zoraida is survived by her husband of 54 years, Ramon Colarte; her daughter, Sonia McDonnell (Tim); her grandsons, Declan and Nicolas McDonnell; her brother, Isidro R. Gonzalez; and many beloved nephews and nieces. Zoraida was preceded in death by her parents, Agustin R. Gonzalez and Sofia E. Gonzalez; her brother, Jose A. Gonzalez; and her sister, Maria N. Perez.
The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 17 at St. Michael’s the Archangel Catholic Church, 4491 Springfield Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23060. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. at the church. Inurnment will follow after the Mass.