Carmella Parente

Jan. 23, 2013

Carmella Parente concluded her earthly journey at 10:14 p.m., Wednesday Jan. 23, 2013 at Timber Ridge Health Care Center.

She was born on Oct. 29, 1925 to Vincent and Concetta (Despirito) Mirro, and as daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, sister-in-law, aunt and friend, Carmella filled many roles with dignity and pride and brought smiles to all who knew her.

Carmella lived a hard life by some standards, and may truly have never known how positively she impacted so many other lives. In a time when it was common to do so, she, upon the death of her mother, was needed at home to care for her siblings, necessitating the end of her formal education in the 10th grade. This, by far, was the greatest regret of her life. To her final days, education and knowledge were of prime importance to her, and until several years ago, Carmella followed closely both national and international news. History, past and present, was her love.

Her marriage to Chuck Parente was one based on respect and trust, and although she sometimes spoke of the daunting task of entering the large Parente clan, she truly loved every minute of the family and they, in turn, treated her like a sister.

She, along with her husband, especially considered their numerous nieces and nephews, Parente and Mirro alike, as their own and prayed for them all. Her children, Connie and Chuckie, were as precious to her as life itself, and loved her as well-raised offspring could. Her daughter-in-law, Debbie, and grandchildren, Amy and Charles, were a source of great pride to her, and Carmella enjoyed family gatherings and dinners with them most of all.

To those who knew her well, Carmella's medical concerns during her lifetime were many, but she faced every issue with a faith-filled positive attitude.

To all those who cared for her go well-deserved thanks, but none more so than Dr. Gerald Gibbons, whose unwavering concerns for her brought her excellent health for many years. Carmella's family would be remiss if they did not also mention the gentle care provided by Timber Ridge Health Care Center; God bless them all.

In addition to her parents and husband, Carmella was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mary, and siblings, Joseph, Carmen and David.

In addition to her children, daughter-in-law and grandchildren, she is survived by her sister, Isabel Lucarella, and husband Rene; and sisters-in-law, Esther Mirro and Helen Yankosky.

Though death saddens us, our faith teaches us that we will one day be with Carmella and our many loved ones, and in this we take our hope. May she find peace with those who have gone home to be with our Lord.

Friends and relatives are requested to go directly to Immaculate Conception Church, West Pittston, for a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with Monsignor John Sempa as celebrant. Interment will be in West Pittston.

The family requests that, in place of floral arrangements, donations be made in Carmella's memory to the West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave., West Pittston, PA 18643. Reading was her joy, and so this is a fitting celebration of that passion. The viewing hours are between 5pm and 8pm today at Recupero Funeral Home, 406 Susquehanna Ave., West Pittston.

Published in Times Leader on Jan. 25, 2013