Carmel Ann Galella of Scranton died Thursday at home alongside her dedicated husband, Thomas J. Galella Jr., after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. They would be celebrating their 52nd wedding anniversary on Aug 18.
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Born in Dunmore, Carmel was the daughter of the late Frank and Rose Cianci Gallo. She was a member of St. Peter's Cathedral. Before retirement, she was employed by the Scranton School District. She was a member of South Scranton Little League Auxiliary for many years and served as president for three years. Carmel was a prior member of the Young Mother's Club, and she was also a licensed beautician. Additionally, she volunteered her services at Community Medical Center when she was in good health.
Carmel cherished her time with her family. She loved playing with her grandchildren, reading, walking and traveling with her husband and dear friends, Joe and Irene Paradise and Bob and the late Marian McDonough, and Phyllis Sileo.
Carmel's dedication to her family could never be duplicated, and her love for her husband, children and grandchildren will live on forever.
The family would like to express its very deep gratitude to Melissa, Sue, Stephanie and Maylanna, who aided in Carmel's care along with VNA Hospice, and to Bishop Timlin for visiting Carmel and being there for our family when he was needed the most.
Also surviving are sons, Thomas J. Galella III and his wife, Michelle, and their children, Gianna, Mia and Julianna, all of Madison Twp.; and Robert Galella and his wife, Suzanne, and their daughter, Olivia, all of Tunkhannock; sisters, Janet Coulihan, Delaware; and Rose Ann Schlasta, Jermyn; brother, Frank Gallo, Moosic; as well as nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be Monday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Peter's Cathedral, 315 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. Interment will follow in Fairview Memorial Park, Route 435, Elmhurst Twp.
Friends may call at the funeral home today from 2 to 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that memorial contributions may be made to
, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411.
To offer the family a condolence or for further information, please visit www.dunmorefuneralhome.com.
Carlucci Golden DeSantis Funeral Home
318 East Drinker Street
Dunmore, PA 18512
Published in Scranton Times from Aug. 9 to Aug. 10, 2014