Barbara Carelli
Carelli, Barbara, - This is a story about a beautiful, gracious, caring human like few others in this world. Her life really started at 21 a newly minted mother of a beautiful baby boy. The baby, our David, was born with a high degree of debilitating Cerebral Palsy. From the day we were told his life expectancy would only be 12 months, till when he chose in his own way to go back to God at 43 years, I marveled at what my beautiful Barbara was able to do by securing for him a meaningful life and therefore allowing him the ability of giving, to all around, in ways us "normal" humans could not fathom. During this time she studied and became a nurse to better care for David and others. And others there were. Soon came our Ann Marie, an almost carbon copy of my Barbara. How spectacular she was, what a pleasure to behold, in character, beauty, and humanity, too soon we had to give her back to God, at 26 years of age...But, before that we welcomed our first adopted son, John, at age one, now a proud, handsome, accomplished 31 year old. Then the call we always remember...Mrs. Carelli, we have this child, 14 months of age, only 7 pounds with a feeding tube, can you help, and help she did, finally removing the feeding tube after 6 years and today Amanda a "probability" of never able to walk or talk autistic child, now 27 a beautiful, spunky, high functioning young lady as to ever grace this God's earth. Around life's corner, our Lord gave us Darin, one month old and 3 ½ pounds, a failure to thrive baby. Well, Barb took care of that, and even though we had to give him back this last May 3rd, 2020, he was handsome, intelligent, and outgoing, we loved him so much, what Mother need endure such a reoccurrence of losses, all the while, as of late quietly accepting the return of her cancer to which she knew there was no cure. During these last few months, she continued to care for our living children John, Amanda, and Sam who is our last adopted child coming to us at 3 weeks and a whopping 3 3/4 lb, failure to thrive baby, and now happily living life and running the family business. Thank You, our dear Mother, Thank You, my dear Wife, there can't ever be another one like you. 9/17/2020. Viewing and burial are private.
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Published by The Press of Atlantic City from Sep. 24 to Sep. 27, 2020.
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Dear Carelli Family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Mrs. Carelli was a loving and generous person. She was a devoted mother and will be missed.
Nancy Eachus
October 4, 2020
I did not know your Barbara, but when I read your beautiful story, it brought tears to my eyes. If only we could all be as magnificent as she was, what a different world we would have! She definitely was one of God's most-loved souls & she can now rest in His Divine arms for eternity. Barbara, well done & rest in eternal peace!
Cathy Lowry
September 30, 2020
Sending our love to all of you -Barb was an amazing mother to all Of the children she cared for and they loved her -sending our love to you Bud
The Fischer Family
September 27, 2020
What an inspiring woman A loss to many who surely has already earned her wings
Don Jacobson
September 27, 2020
Sam, I'm so sorry to hear of Barb's passing. We grew up together in Westgate Hills. My husband passed away on August 2, 2020. His passing has devastated me. We were married for 60 years. I can only imagine what you are going through. I'm thankful that my Bob asked the Lord to be his Savior and I know he is with Jesus. Lois Franck MacQuarrie
Lois MacQuarrie
September 27, 2020
I am so very sorry to hear about Barb. Your entire family has always been very dear to my heart. All of you will remain in my thoughts and prayers forever.
Terri walsh-donofrio
September 26, 2020
Our prayers are with all of you. What a blessing she was to your family and all of your beautiful children. She is finally home. All of her children greeting her in heaven.
The Gillespie Family
September 26, 2020
My heart is braking for the entire Carelli Family. Barbara has always had a heart of gold...and because of her selfless ways...many WONDERFUL children to continue on her legacy. I wish that we could all be together to celebrate her life. Please know that I'm sending tons of hugs and prayers your way. May your fond memories help you through this difficult time.
Kimberley Peschi
September 26, 2020
Prayers to the family. I know her and the kids from the dentist, Amanda likes to touch my ponytail. Sorry for your loss
Christine M Allen
September 25, 2020
So sorry to hear about the loss of your amazing wife. Having met two of your children I see now that they not only got their ability and spirit from their father but also their mother. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Diane Campanella
September 25, 2020
Carelli family, I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping your family in my prayers
Dominic Giovanetti
September 25, 2020
I am so very sorry for your great loss. I do not know your family but was so moved by the beautiful obituary you posted. I truly have no words that would begin to express my thoughts. She was a phenomenal woman, a beautiful angel of God , who obviously gave so many others the best possible life. May she Rest In Peace in the arms of our savior, Jesus Christ.
Janet Gee
September 25, 2020
Wow! I never had the privilege of meeting this amazing woman but reading her life story was inspiring. Your family was so very fortunate to have had her in your lives. There are no words adequate enough to honor this caring mother and wife. So sorry for your tremendous loss. May she rest in peace and may her memory be a blessing.
Louise Houseman
September 24, 2020
What a wonderful Mother, Wife, and Friend. This world was truly blessed to have her . She is an inspiration to all. The memories you have no one can take away and the time you had with her will endure forever. God bless all of you and the World is a better place because of herd
Ron and Leeanne Kirby
September 24, 2020
So sorry for your loss. I did not know your Barbara but to know of her love and compassion gives us proof there are still wonderful, caring people in the world. Your family surely is blessed to have had her in your lives
Dolores, Hammonton NJ
September 24, 2020
Our family is sending prayers for comfort and peace during this time. We will always remember Barbara as an endearing and doting mother to all her children. She will be greatly missed.
Barbara Cummings
September 24, 2020