Carmela Mildred Gibilisco
1928 - 2020
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Carmela Mildred Gibilisco passed away Sunday, June 28, 2020 surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Philadelphia, September 8, 1928 to the late Samuel and Rose Carabasi-Geonnotti, Carmela was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John (Johnnie) Gibilisco; and siblings Sam Geonnotti (Lillian); Rita Twardowski (Teddy), and Rose Nigro (Anthony), nephew Bobby Nigro and her grandson Marc Kaminski.

She is survived by one brother, Anthony Geonnotti, and five loving daughters, Rosie Tassey (Bill); Carmela Valerius (late Bill ) Rita Arnold (Conrad); Connie Kaminski (Drew Ferrara), Joann Vitali (Mike). Son-in-law John Kaminski.

Grandchildren, Michelle (Paul) Deccio, Donald (Ashley) Arnold, Stephanie Arnold, Michael (Amy) Kaminski. Paul Kaminski, Nicole (Larry) Fulbright, John, Patrick and Brandon Kaminski, Christopher (Michele) Vitali, Michael (Kerri) Vitali

Great-grandchildren: John Campbell, Lauren, Angela and Anthony Deccio, Joscelyn Carr, Logan, Emma, Hunter and Coleson Arnold, Karlie and Ethan Kaminski, Gabriella, Juliana & Isabella Fulbright. Olivia and Alesia Vitali. And great-great granddaughter Delancey Deccio.

Nephew Anthony Nigro, niece Debbie Nigro-Hazelett (Rick), great nephews Ricky, Robbie and Ryan Hazelett

Carmela is remembered as a devoted homemaker and loving mother who guided her daughters toward strength and independence. She and her husband raised their five daughters in a Levittown home filled with love, music, lots of laughter, summers spent swimming in their backyard pool, hosted every holiday, and endless home-cooked food reflective of Carmela's Italian-American background .

One of her hobbies was shopping for well-matched clothes for her growing girls, the latest and newest items for her home, and QVC. She is remembered as being stylish and perhaps "hip", at 40 she treated herself to a brand new 1969 bright red Camaro and loved driving her girls around till she realized that wasn't the car for a large size family. A storyteller with a great imagination, Carmela was so witty, some would liken her to actress Lucille Ball.

As the years went by, she became a devoted Grandmom to her many grandchildren, each one made to feel they were the "favorite." But we all knew Michael & Nicole was her favorite. She also loved dogs, her "other children," especially her most recent pet, Kelli.

While she took great care of everyone in her large family, in the end, the coronavirus took its physical toll. She was, however, mentally sharp and completely aware of all the love she was receiving.

The family believes Carmela's time on earth is best summarized by the words of a favorite song: . . . And now the end is here, she faced the final curtain, she lived a life that's full, but more, much more than this, she did it her way.

Family is having a private memorial.

Dougherty Funeral Home

Levittown, Pa.

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Published in Bucks County Courier Times on Jul. 5, 2020.
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July 7, 2020
Dear Carmela, Thank you for the memories. You were so feisty and said it like it was. That always made me smile. Everyone adds their own special spice to life and you will be unforgettable. Thank you for making me and Bianca feel like one of the family. You will be missed.
My condolences to the family and the passing of the rock in the family.
Love Patti
Patti Kalkanidis
July 6, 2020
You will always be my bonus Grandmom. Ill never forget Our memories together... especially 4 am mornings watching QVC when I couldnt sleep wondering what you were gonna order that time.. or your extra loud voicemails youd leave me on my birthday.. not realizing it was voicemail..and so much more. I will love you and miss you forever
July 5, 2020
Was always so kind to my boys Daniel and Nicholas and myself. Loved her to the moon and back again!
Diana Miles
July 5, 2020
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Ronald Boykin
July 5, 2020
Mom I will miss you forever! My heart is broken! You taught us a lot but you never taught us how to live without you!
July 4, 2020
She was a wonderful, beautiful and happy woman who's love affected so many people!! I have enjoyed her company at many family functions.
We are sad to lose her but, also haopy to know she is in God's hands now and had a wonderful happy long life! She will be missed by many! God Bless everyone and I'm so sorry for your loss.
JoAnn Marmero
July 4, 2020
You are with marc and pop now. I finally hope you found the peace that you so longed for on this earth. You were an always fighter to the end. I will never forget my childhood since you were the one who mainly raised me while my parents were working. I am so happy for your eternal peace. I want to thank you for accepting Michelle and Elena, and who truly loving them as apart of this family. It means the world to me that Michelle was to take care of you in your final days.

We all love you!

Christopher Vitali
chris vitali
July 3, 2020
Carmela, RIP my prayers are with you and the family
Congetta Mazur
July 3, 2020
We will miss her wit and her killer smiler. She always brightened up a room.
Allen & Terry Bollinger
July 3, 2020
I send my sincere condolences to the entire family. She sounded like a wonderful fun filled person. This is the example she set for the great people she has left behind.
Joan Soltys
July 3, 2020
God Speed Aunt Carmela, my fondest memories were with you. My life was very blessed having you as my Aunt. You made everything fun and exciting and I couldnt wait for you to pick me up on Fridays so I could spend the weekend at your house. You will always have a place in my heart ❤ I will love you forever until we meet again Rest In Peace Rosie, Carmela, Rita,Connie, Joann you girls had one great Mom, very sorry for your loss
Deborah Hazelett
July 3, 2020
Remember you always smiling and your laughter growing up in the neighborhood, your kind friendship to my mother.
Brenda Macen, Koller
July 2, 2020
Carmela and her family lived right behind us kids growing. We're couldn't have had better neighbors. Always laughter the and good food. She will be missed by many. She was a good mother. Bless all her family ❤
Donna Harkanson
July 2, 2020
May Carmela rest with the Angels in peace.
John R. Tozana
July 2, 2020
Well she lived a good life will always remember how well she treated me loved her❤
Rita Parten
July 2, 2020
Carmela was a lovely, friendly, and welcoming woman. We enjoyed talking to her every time we saw her and she made us feel like we were related to her. Carmela was so young at heart and entertaining... She really made you feel at home when you were with her and being around her was a joy. Carmela's kind heart will be missed and she will not be forgotten. Our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to her family and friends.
Lisa, Barbara, Patrick, and Elisabeth Kennedy & Howarth Family
July 2, 2020
God rest your soul Carmela. A loving, loyal Mom & Grandmom who loved her family & her dog Kelli. Another Italian Angel in heaven
Christina Wilkinson
July 2, 2020
God bless and what an awesome Matriarch she was.
Teresa Stallone
July 2, 2020
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- The Staff of James J. Dougherty Funeral Home
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