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October 9, 2017
Chickie Camp DeScenza or Flora as I later referred to her was one of my dearest friends. We first met in 1975 at Sancta Maria Hospital in Cambridge where Chickie as a Northeastern University professor instructed her students as they completed clinical rotation. I was an IV nurse and would lecture Chickie's' students each semester. We immediately became friends and although there was a difference in our age we enjoyed decades of wonderful, fun filled times. Our first adventure was a European Bavarian vacation!
Chickie was a fascinating woman! She was an inspiration to everyone she met and despite the tremendous early loss of her Henry; the love of her life, Chickie continued to celebrate life. Chickie continued to live life to its fullest with inspired plans, creative projects and a vast variety of ingenious studies and interests.
Chickie had a brilliant mind, fabulous personality and was physically beautiful, yet it was Chickie's deep passion for life that was the focal point that drew people to her. Chickie's intelligence and keen wit were astonishing. As an ardent reader and a student of life Chickie's deep and limitless interests included medicine and health care, traveling the world, cooking, art, baking, music, science and her tremendous talent for embroidery and needlework along with her love of family that sustained her.
Chickie loved people! She was always helping people in need and it seemed she was the first speed dial number for many. Chickie was a mentor. You could always trust Chickie's opinions and knew that you did not need a second opinion. Throughout my life I continue to repeat her quotes and words of wisdom and when they unexpectedly pop into my mind they always make me smile.
Until I read Chickie's obituary I did not know of her work with polio victims in the 40's. But I do remember other charitable works including volunteer work in Harvard Square on a Health Care van which treated young people and administered medication for a variety of contagious diseases, a high risk and selfless effort. She never hesitated and was always prepared to help the less fortunate.
I will treasure memories of our many days together in Marblehead where I lived, Italian feasts on High Street, weekend visits to New York, day trips to Harvard Square and to Boston where Chickie's roots remained in the North End, Faneuil Hall Market and Back Bay. Until recently Chickie would hop on the high speed bus directly to Boston and spend hours enjoying the life of the city as she became a fabric of the city itself. I will also treasure the recent memory of Chickie giving our daughter Devon her personal tour of Harvard Square and her blessing to my daughter Ashley's new Italian husband Jonathan Turrisi.
Until recent years her life did not slow down. She loved her parish of St. Raphael, and for years she voluntarily served the Medford Public Library, her other homes away from home.
When I met my husband in New York City in 1979 Chickie was all in. She loved Michael Vincent Tomaselli and always reminded me that I was lucky that she wasn't 20 years younger. Although we relocated to Washington DC Chickie came to the National Needlework Show in Mount Vernon and even for Christmas in Washington. The Tomaselli Family continues the tradition of Chickie's Italian Christmas dinner to this day. We are all so fortunate to have been a part of Chickie's life and we will love her forever. Love, your friend Elaine Reaney-Tomaselli