Laura Colletti Hanson Eiland, born 1964 in Yonkers, N.Y. passed away unexpectedly at her home Aug. 15. The world has lost another ‘super soul.’ She was dedicated to her family and many friends. She will be remembered by how much love and kindness she had to share, and her easygoing spirit. She was able to put people at ease under any circumstance. Laura leaves behind one daughter, Danielle Briann Hanson, and three grandchildren, Lily, Carl and Ricky; brother Thomas A. Colletti; sister Lisa Hanson and brother-in-law Gary V. Hanson and niece Angelina M Hanson. To the community, Laura was the qualifying broker for the family-owned Colletti Real Estate Company. She also spent many years as a Moriarty school bus driver. She loved those kids on the bus, her “precious cargo,” she would always say. Laura was a great friend and inspiration to many. A memorial service will be held Aug. 29 at Crossley Park in Moriarty from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Arrangements were entrusted to Harris-Hanlon Mortuary.
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