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Carmella A. Tofel

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Carmella A. Tofel Obituary
Carmella Ann Graziadei Tofel, 71, of Bennington, VT, passed away Sunday, October 30th , 2016 in Virginia on route to Florida. She was born April 26th , 1945 in Newark, NJ and she is survived by her husband of 51 years, Walter John Tofel Jr. whom she married on May 15th 1965 in Newark, New Jersey.

Carmella (also known as "Carm" by her family) was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker as well as a proud small business owner. She and Walt relocated to Bennington Vermont in 1970 where they lived and raised their family for over 46 years.

Carm loved to cook large Italian meals that provided instantaneous & filling comfort for all those who visited, explore her family's ancestry in order to deepen the relationships between relatives, and vacation in Maine, Canada, Florida and all states in between.

She encouraged her children and grandchildren to discover their own passion, their own adventure and their own personal joy in life. In her early years Carm was generous with her time and attention as she volunteered in the Bennington school system inspiring children to read; and in her more recent years she built connections with friends and family around the world.

She was always reaching out to support others. Those that knew Carm well would easily recognize that she had a thirst for expanding her mind and worldview; diligently researching historical documents, diving into her familial roots from Laurenzana, Italy, exploring the mysteries of astrology by incorporating new technology that allowed her to have clients all over the world - she was always keen to adopt new ideas and thinking.

She is pre deceased by her mother Ann Graziadei Hussey, her father Joseph Graziadei, and her brother Anthony Graziadei. Survivors also include her brother Donald Russell, her daughter, Michele Tofel Murray of Calais, VT, her son, Jonathan Tofel of Denver CO, her six grandkids; Brittany, Justin, Caroline, Aria, Ellery, and Juno; and her great granddaughter Luna.

SERVICES: The visitation will be from 10:00am to 10:30am Saturday, November 19th, 2016 at the Mahar & Sons Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow from 10:30am to 11:00am also at the Mahar & Sons Funeral Home. A gathering will be held directly after the service at 1 Crestwood Drive in Bennington.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bennington Senior Center and Bennington Project Independence

Published in Bennington Banner from Nov. 16 to Nov. 19, 2016
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