Carmela Cimino

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March 14, 2014

Carmela Bonadio Cimino, 95, passed away March 14 while residing at Golden Living Nursing Home, 21 Fairlane Road, Reading.

Carmela was born in Platania, Calabria, Italy, and in 1931, she with her mother, Rafaella Torchia Bonadio, her sisters, Mary Bonadio Butera and Theresa Bonadio Fetterolf, immigrated to the United States to join their father, Cesare Bonadio. Angelina Bonadio Iskenderian, her youngest sister, was born after her family established themselves in Pottsville.

Carmela was a retired seamstress having worked in the local garment industry for 33 years. Later, along with her husband, Dominic Cimino, she became part owner of the Park Hotel Bar & Grill.

Carmela was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church and the Amor Fraterno Women's Auxiliary. She volunteered extensively as a patient transporter and as an interpreter for patients whose first language was Italian at the former Good Samaritan Hospital.

She also spent much of her time in her vegetable garden.

At the age of 79, Carmela lost her eyesight and became an advocate for the visually impaired. She was a regular attendee at the monthly support group meetings for the visually impaired run by St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church. Four years later, Carmela was instrumental in acquiring the now existing "talking cross lights" for downtown Pottsville, making downtown shopping friendlier to those persons with little or no eyesight.

At the age of 81, Carmela was diagnosed with breast cancer. Through early detection and successful surgery, she remained cancer-free for the remainder of her life.

Carmela is survived by her daughter, Patricia Cimino Vlasak and her husband, Gerald; and nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass at St. Patrick Church, Pottsville, and interment will be held in April on a date to be announced and listed in this newspaper. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that contributions be sent to the Vision Resource Center of Berks County, 2020 Hampden Blvd., Reading, PA 19604. Donations should be made payable to the above mentioned agency and include her name.

Published in Republican & Herald on Mar. 25, 2014
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