Carmel M. Gillott, 87, of Carbondale, died Wednesday at Mid-Valley Hospital after a brief illness. She was the wife of Peter Gillott, the love of her life, who died in 1996.
Born Dec. 11, 1924, and raised in Jermyn, daughter of the late Constantine and Johanna Santacrose Champe, she graduated from Jermyn High School and attended St. Thomas Aquinas School, earning a degree in business. She worked at C. Raub Shoe Store in the 1960s and Ames Department Store service desk until her retirement. She was loved by all who knew her.
A resident of Carbondale since her marriage 65 years ago, she was a member of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, Jermyn. She was a devout Catholic who honored her saints and novenas, especially the rosary, the Blessed Mother and St. Anthony. She prayed for everyone who needed prayers.
A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, her daughter and son-in-law, who she called son, and granddaughters were her life. She never missed a day to tell them, "I love you, dolly" and she was truly adored by them. She was a strong-willed, but gentle and kind woman, always with a smile and a kind word, and the patience to listen and give advice.
She enjoyed daily phone calls from her family and friend, Maria Tyler, holidays with her family, watching game shows and answering all of the questions, polka dancing, going out to lunch and getting her hair done, especially because she loved her hairdresser like a daughter, Sharon Laguzzi. She will be missed beyond words.
Surviving are a daughter, Patricia and husband, Gregory Esgro, Richmondale; two granddaughters, Felicia Esgro, Carbondale; and Tricia Esgro, Scranton; nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Madelyn Champe and a five-year-old; and two brothers, Anthony Bonomo Sr. and Ernest Champe.
Upon her request, there will be no viewing.
There will be a memorial Mass for the family on Monday at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Carbondale.
Arrangements by Lawrence A. Gabriel Funeral Homes, Carbondale.