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Mom Loses Second Child To Plane Crash


Confronted with the horror of losing two children to planes that fell from the sky, Adele Colagiovanni sobbed Thursday at Detroit Metro Airport.

As Colagiovanni, of Washington Township, Mich. near Romeo, waited for her daughter at Gate A9, there came the shocking news that Maureen DeMarco would never arrive - that DeMarco, 37, died with 28 other people in a fiery crash in a snowy field near Monroe, Mich.

DeMarco - of Englewood, Colo., a Denver suburb - was flying in for a memorial service for her brother, Brian Scully.

Scully, a 36-year-old airplane mechanic from North Carolina, died Dec. 22 in a test flight of an Airborne Express cargo plane that crashed into a Virginia mountainside. Five other people died in that crash.

Colagiovanni, alone at the airport Thursday, found support in the arms of a stranger with whom she prayed. The stranger, 42-year-old Judy Walter of Cincinnati, said the woman wept and told her: “My daughter was on that plane.”

“She was a complete stranger, but I had to comfort her,” Walter said. “You just shouldn’t be by yourself at a time like this.”

Colagiovanni’s granddaughter, 16-year-old Jessica Colagiovanni, said her grandmother had heard the news of her son’s plane crash when she was vacationing with family in Florida and soon went to North Carolina to be with her son’s widow, Lynn. They have two children, Erin, 7, and Thomas, 4.

“She grieved our whole vacation,” she said. “She was real sad and crying. It’s unbelievable that this has happened. She was slowly getting over it, and now this happened. This just pounded it. I don’t think she deserved it.”

A memorial service is planned for Saturday for Brian Scully.

Maureen DeMarco’s husband, Tony, said his wife and her brother were raised in Harper Woods, Mich. and graduated from Harper Woods High School.

Maureen and Tony DeMarco, both Wayne State University graduates, moved to Englewood three years ago after he got a job as a Denver Post sports reporter. Maureen had taught Spanish at Denver’s private St. Mary’s Academy.

The DeMarcos married in Detroit in 1986. They have an 8-year-old daughter, Alexandra.

“It’s just beyond belief,” Tony DeMarco said Thursday from his home. “It’s tough. It’s just tough, man.”

Colagiovanni has two other children, Kevin and Colleen Scully, who live in metro Detroit.

Maureen DeMarco took a flight from Denver to northern Kentucky with a connector flight to Detroit. She would have arrived at about 3:46 p.m. Thursday to mourn with her family.

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