It is with great sorrow and heavy hearts that the family of Carmela Gabbamonte announces her passing on Thursday January 22nd at Hogarth Riverview Manor with her family by her side. Carmela was born in Ruvo del Monte, Potenza, Italy on June 26, 1923.
She immigrated to Canada in 1953 to be with her husband, Francesco who was the love of her life. Here they raised their daughter Katherine. Carmela will always be remembered as a woman of strong will and determination who raised her daughter by herself after her husband passed away. She worked many years in Housekeeping at various hotels in Thunder Bay.
Carmela’s greatest joy and happiness were her two beautiful granddaughters Francesca and Sofia. Nonna was always ready to babysit her grandchildren at any time and would always put a smile on their faces. Her strength, faith and love of her family kept her going through all the illnesses she faced.
She will be sadly missed by her loving daughter Katherine, (Rina) son in law Ted, (Wadas) and granddaughters Francesca and Sofia. Carmela was always surrounded by her family and friends and her outgoing personality made her loved by all that met her.
Carmela was predeceased by her husband Francesco, her parents, sister and many extended family members. Funeral services for Carmela will be held on Tuesday January 27 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Dominic’s Church. Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Monday January 26 at 6:30 p.m. with vigil prayers at 8:00 p.m. at Blake’s Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated. We will truly miss this amazing woman but we know she is finally at peace and with her love. Ciao Mama e Nonna, alla prossima. Ti amo bella.
Carmela Gabbamonte will be remembered in the Blake Funeral Chapel Memorial Grove. Annual dedication service Sunday, June 12, 2016.