Carmina M. DelSignore
1923 - 2014 NEWTON Carmina M. DelSignore, 91, formerly of Pittsfield, died on July 27, 2014, at The Stone Institute Nursing Center in Newton. The daughter of Lucian DelSignore,Sr. and Luisa Liaci Carnevale DelSignore, Carmina was born in Pittsfield on March 21, 1923, and lived there until 2011, when she moved to Cambridge, to live with her niece, Mary Louise Ferraro. Carmina, known to her family as "Carmie" and friends as "Carm," attended Pittsfield Public Schools. She was employed by the former Elmvale Worsted Company and the A. H. Rice Company. In 1983, she retired from the former Sheaffer Eaton Company where she worked for many years as an assembler. A kind, generous, strong-willed, and spirited woman throughout her life, Carmina was the rock of her large family. She was always available to offer her help and support; advice, if needed; and, until her final years, a comforting bowl of chicken soup or pasta fagioli; or, if you were really lucky, a couple of meatballs scooped from a big pot of simmering tomato sauce. In addition to delighting her family and friends with delicious homemade Italian food and cookies, Carmina loved to read, try new restaurants, crochet, travel in the U.S.A, and Canada, play cards, and make occasional trips to Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods. She was proud of being a life-long member of the Democratic Party and a staunch supporter of organized labor. A devout Catholic, she was a communicant of the former Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and St. Mark Church while living in Pittsfield. After moving to the Boston area, Carmina received Holy Communion from St. John the Evangelist Church and St. Peter Parish in Cambridge, and Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish in Newton. Carmina is survived by one sister, Jennie Jansen and her husband, William, Sr., and two brothers, Dominic and Lucian DelSignore, Jr. and his wife, Florence. She is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews, and her cat, Gino In addition to her parents, Carmina was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Ferraro, and Angelina Sokolowski, and by three brothers, Vincent "Jimmy," Anthony, and Joseph DelSignore. Carmina's family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful staff at The GoodShepherd Community Hospice for their kindness and support during her last days. The family would also like to express their deep thanks to the staff at The Stone Institute Nursing Center for taking such good care of their dear sister and aunt for the last nine months. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Mark Church, celebrated by the Rev. David Aufiero. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. There will be no calling hours In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Good Shepherd Community Hospice(90 Wells Ave., Newton, MA 024590) in care of the DERY FUNERAL HOME, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201.