Carmella A. Calabrese, lovingly known as Camille to her family and friends, passed away after a heroic 19 year battle with cancer, at the age of 69. She was preceded in death by her husband and best friend, Don. Camille is survived by her two loving daughters and son-in-laws, Teresa and Anthony, and Christine and David. Camille is the cherished grandma to Nicolas, Ryan, Anthony, Natalie, Ava, Dominic and Angelina. The beloved daughter of Alessandro and Angelina DeFrancisci; devoted sister to Alex and Claudette. A caring cousin and aunt to many nieces and nephews; loved dearly by her entire family and many wonderful friends.
Camille was a proud and devoted registered nurse, caring for dialysis patients for over 25 years. Camille was the matriarch of her family; brave,strong, loving, loyal, protective, and generous. She adored spending time with her grandchildren, spoiling them, and taking them on vacations. She had a way of making each and every one of them feel special and loved. If she wasn’t with her family, Camille’s favorite places to be were playing a slot machine at Mohegan Sun or lounging on the sand of a tropical beach.
Beautiful memories of Camille will forever be in the thoughts and hearts of all who loved her.
By Kelly Roper
There are many things I’ll remember
About my mom.
How soft her hands were,
How her eyes sparkled,
How her smile lit up her entire face.
I’ll remember the hearty sound of her laugh,
And the tone of her voice when
Someone disappointed her.
But most of all, I’ll remember how I felt
When she said to me, “I love you.”
That was the best feeling in the world,
To know this very special woman
Loved me with all her heart.
Of all the memories that may dim
In the coming years,
That feeling is something I know
I’ll never forget. And I just want to say,
I love you too, Mom.