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Tomasina "Tommie" DeMichele

Tomasina "Tommie" DeMichele Obituary

Tomasina "Tommie" DeMichele of Hazleton passed away Friday at St. Luke's Village.

Tomasina was a lifelong resident of Hazleton and was the daughter of the late John and Estelle Gennaro-Nilo. She was one of four children. Tomasina was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and wife who will be deeply missed.

Tomasina was a phenomenal cook and a devout Catholic. She used her cooking skills throughout her many careers. The first was her job as the head of the United Rehabilitation Services (URS) kitchen, where she was affectionately known as "Ms. Tommie." There she took so many under her wing and was able to teach them important life and job skills and of course, her famous meatball recipe! Tomasina's delicious recipes were also the foundation for the fine dining cuisine at the former Terrace Café restaurant in the Heights section of Hazleton. Tomasina was then able to combine her strong faith and devotion to the church with her passion for cooking as she was the chef for the rectories of both Most Precious Blood and St. Gabriel's Parish.

Tomasina had four children with her first husband, the late Frederick Cabell: William "Jay," David, Fredrick "Ricky" and Karin. Later in life she found love again when she reconnected with her junior high sweetheart, James "Jimmy" DeMichele. After a short courtship, the couple wed in May 2004 and were able to spend 17 happy years together. Mr. DeMichele preceded her in death by only a few short days, passing away Jan. 14.

Tomasina was preceded in death by her husband, James DeMichele; her parents; her three brothers, John (Jackie), Carl and Francis Nilo; and her grandson, James Cabell.

Tomasina will be missed by many, including her children, William "Jay" Cabell and wife, Adele, West Hazleton; David Cabell and wife, Caroline, Sugarloaf Twp.; Fredrick "Ricky" Cabell and wife, Holly, Millerstown; and Karin Cabell and partner, Nicholas Barkanic, Hazleton. Tomasina was blessed with many wonderful grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, Rebecca Cabell, West Hazleton; Desiree Galdieri and husband, Jayme, West Pittston; Jared Cabell, Washington, D.C.; Jane Cabell-Cunningham, Philadelphia; and Claire, Vivian and Charlotte Cabell, Millerstown. Tomasina leaves behind one great-granddaughter, Gianna Galdieri, West Pittston.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in Tomasina's name. Donations can be mailed to A.F.S.P. NEPA Regional Council, 117 Ghaner Drive, State College, PA 16803.

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