Hundreds Gather For Colegrove Funeral

By Erik Burling

July 22, 2010 Updated Aug 14, 2007 at 6:28 PM EST

Hundreds of people lined Main Street in Laceyville as fire trucks escorted

Joseph, Marlene and Michael Colegrove to their final resting place.

Joseph and Michael volunteered with the Laceyville fire department for many years.

Firefighters from neighboring counties also brought their trucks for the procession.

"As a fellow firefighter we would come down here in a heartbeat to pay our tributes," says Terry Rogers of Dushore Fire Deparment.

Flags were lowered to half staff outside the American Legion here in Black Walnut, where services were held.

The funeral dry eye was difficult to find.

This couple, who knew the Colegrove family, is still trying to understand what happened.

"It's just one of those tragedies that happens from time to time. You just can't understand why," says Beth Dodge of Black Walnut.

The Colegroves were shot and killed in their home in Tuscarora Township last week.

Joseph Colegrove owned this barbershop.

Marlene Colegrove drove a school bus.

People who knew Marlene say she loved the students she drove.

"They'll never be able to replace these people," says Charlie Dodge of Black Walnut.

Friends say this is a fitting service for a family that was an asset to the community.

"Terrible loss...A scar that will probably take a long time to heal," says a friend.

The small community says they will mourn the passing of the Colegroves, but the family will never be forgotten.

State troopers arrested 31-year old Steven Colegrove for the deaths of his parents and brother.

He's from Deposit, in Broome County.

He is charged with three counts of homicide and is in the Bradford County Jail.

A court date scheduled for Wednesday was postponed.

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.