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Carolyn L Shilale

Worcester, Massachusetts

Feb 3, 1943 – May 19, 2019 (Age 76)


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Dear Mom,

I’m so happy to have been with you on your last day, Sunday, May 19th, 2019.

Back on February 3rd, 1943, John P and Eleanor (Moberg) Shilale gave birth to you, Carolyn A. Shilale. I remember you telling me you attended Commerce High and that you started working full time when you were 14 in a bakery. Your abilities in the art of cake decorating were second to none, and you created this legacy over a 60 year span, which included time in many of the bakeries in and around Worcester. This included most recently, Gerardo’s. But I also can’t forget how hard you worked for over 30 years in EBS at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, before retiring.

I’ll never forget how much you loved the Hallmark Channel, your Christmas movies, going to craft shows, playing cards, our vacations in Rye, N.H., and any animal you met.

I know how much you loved dad, Thomas M Griffiths, who was taken from us in 2010. You’ll forever be loved by your step-children – Michelle Bello and Timothy, Scott, and Jeffrey Griffiths, your best friend who you considered your daughter – Sharon, and of course me, your only child, Chad T. Griffiths.

Mom, there’s no way to fully describe your selflessness, your sweet ways, or the positive influence you had on everyone you met.

With Eternal Love, Your Son,


Funeral services and burial will be private.  A celebration of life gathering will be held at a later date. Memorial remembrances in her name can be made to the Worcester Animal Rescue League, Holden Street Worcester or the NEADS Service dogs, P.O. Box, 1100, Princeton, MA 01541.  The MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation St is honored to assist the family with arrangements. 

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Carol I remember u 40 plus years ago working in the bake shop at u mass with my mother Rena Ditullio Chad u was the best son that she had and always lit up the room talking about u. may u rest in peace

My deepest condolences to you, Chad, and the many friends of Carol. I had the good fortune to work with her at UMass Medical and I have many wonderful memories of our chats. Carol was full of life and always busy. She spoke highly about you, Chad. May she rest in eternal peace.

We both knew Carol

We both carol from working with her in the EBS dept she was a lot of fun to work with and she talked about you Chad a lot she loved to joke around with us especially our Break times I have since retired but I never forgot your moms smile she was very lucky to have you for a son she was very proud of you take care my condolences to you

So shocked and saddened to hear of your Mom's passing.
She worked for me for many years at UMass. She was a funny ,wonderful and talented woman.
She talked of you all the time with love and pride.
I had the pleasure of meeting you many years ago,but I'm sure you don't remember.
The words that you wrote about your mother were absolutely beautiful and should be proud.
Again my deepest sympathy and my thoughts and prayers are with you...

I'm so sorry Chad to hear about your Mom. What an amazing loving, endearing, true to life, tribute to "Carol" your Mom. She made you the man you are today. Carol was a great "Mother in law" who lived life to it's fullest, loving moments after moments with you and your Dad.

Myrtle Beach, SC

I'm so sorry Chad to hear about your Moms passing. I worked with her many years ago at umass. She was always so proud of you. She loved you so much. She was a hot ticket and yes the best baker I knew. She wifi be sorely missed. Take care

So sad to hear this news. I worked with this amazing woman at Gerados bakery for years. I always loved her sassy sense of humor, her smile, and her big heart. She will be so missed by so many. Sending condolences to her family and friends.

My condolences to Carolyn's family and friends. May her memory be a blessing to us all. I worked with Carolyn at UMass and she was a beautiful and funny person. I was lucky enough to enjoy her cakes too! I remember her talking about her son and her pets, especially her gecko. She definitely brought a lot of smiles to our faces!

God Bless