MONROE TOWNSHIP - CARMELA C. VATICANO DAVIS died Wednesday, January 09, 2019, at St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston. She was 91.
Born in Calabria, Italy, she immigrated to the United States and lived in Perth Amboy until she got married. As an Army wife, she resided in various states, as well as Japan and Germany. She lived in Somerset until she retired, and then moved to Las Vegas, NV, before returning to Monroe Township in 1995.
Prior to retiring in 1985, she was a hairdresser at Bamberger's, Menlo Park in Edison, where she worked for over 30 years.
Surviving are her husband of 72 years, Thomas Davis; her daughter, Patricia Van Liew and her husband, John, of East Brunswick; 3 granddaughters, Stefanie, Carmela (Mark) and Rachel (Edward), and 5 great-grandchildren, Ava, Frank, Rocco, Emma and Jake.
Friends may visit on Sunday, January 13th, 2-6 PM, at The BRUNSWICK MEMORIAL HOME, 454 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, where a funeral service will be held at 5:00 PM. Cremation will be private. For directions to the funeral home, please see the "Services" page.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to New Beginnings Animal Rescue, 706-R Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816 (www.newbeginningsanimalrescuenj.org).
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Dear Uncle Tom, Patty and family, Aunt Mel was an amazing woman who lived through a remarkable era that ranged from the primitive mountain town of Calabria, Italy to make it to America and live the American dream. She pioneered the American traditions for our Italian family and passed her traditions on to all of us and there were many of us. But deep down, she never forgot her roots. She was a hard worker, quick to laugh, quick to snap back at you but full of life always. In her way she taught so much about just living and surviving through what life deals you. She had an amazing strength and resilience that brought her through 91 years to the day! As a child, she made many of my dreams come true and was always generous with gifts and treats. Whenever she brought me home for a sleepover, she made me feel special and privileged. Those formative memories were ones that were a foundation to my wonderful childhood memories that are with me still. I will always thank her and Uncle Tom for that. Though she is no longer with us, she's left a beautiful legacy in her daughter and grandchildren who are all very special people and each one of them have a beautiful part of Aunt Mel inside them. She has touched many lives by her unique and radiating personality and will always have a special place in our hearts. I hope you are comforted by the good and loving memories you have of her and know what a privilege it was for her to be in our lives. Heartfelt good wishes from Aunt Mimma, and Pupi and family
I am deeply saddened and sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one.
It was never God’s purpose for us to suffer the pain of losing a loved one to death. May you find comfort in knowing that others share your sorrow and that God promises us of a time when we will be reunited with those we have lost. Acts 24:15
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