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By David Cline
Sadly I learned that Colleen Novosielski passed on October 10 after a long bout with cancer.
Colleen's husband Gary is a Vietnam vet and both were members and supporters of NJ Vets For Peace, VVAW and the Jersey City Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee. Colleen was also active in the Unitarian Church, Green Party, and Peace Action as well as being the mother of two sons.
Colleen grew up in Jersey City, and I remember on Memorial Day 2000 she spoke at the service there about her former classmate, Joseph Bursis who was killed in Vietnam. After telling some high school memories of him, she said that his death was what began her on a lifelong commitment against war.
For all the years I knew her, she remained true to that commitment. She was a beautiful person and will be deeply missed. RIP