She was born in Kinney, Minn., and grew up in a large Italian-American family.
As a young woman, she moved to Astoria, N.Y., where she met and married her husband Dan Romano. In the 1940s, she and her husband moved to Somerset, N.J., where they built their own home. Several of her siblings and their families followed them to Somerset and built homes of their own in the same neighborhood. She lived in Somerset for approximately 40 years before she and Dan moved to Mountain View, Calif., to be close to their son and his family.
She was a generous and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend, loved ones recall. She was a wonderful cook who loved to share her delicious homemade Italian food with one and all and her artistic abilities were evident in the many sewn, knitted and crocheted gifts that she made for her family and friends, they said. She loved children and encouraged them to develop their talents and attain their greatest potential. She will be fondly remembered for her boundless energy and great passion for life.
She is survived by her brother, Angelo Petose of Somerset, N.J., her son John Romano and her daughter-in-law Susan Romano of Palo Alto; one granddaughter Shannon; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends around the world.
Her family would like to express their deepest gratitude to her devoted caregiver Emali Malohi and her extended family, who provided care to Carmela for eight years, and to Dr. Francis Koch, her physician for 25 years.
A funeral mass was at St. Matthias Church in Somerset, N.J. Interment followed at St. Peter's Cemetery in New Brunswick, N.J.
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