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Carmela Campese (Chirico)

January 2, 1930 - July 8, 2015


Carmela Campese

January 2, 1930 – July 8, 2015

Carmela Campese, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her five children on July 8, 2015, at the age of 85. Carmela was born on January 2, 1930 in Serra San Bruno, Calabria, Italy.

Carmela married the love of her life, Antonio Campese on December 2, 1953. Thirteen months later she made the brave and incredible journey to Canada to be reunited with Antonio, where they would eventually put down roots in B.C. Over the next 10 years, her parents and her nine siblings would join her in Nelson. Being the eldest, she selflessly devoted her motherly instincts to help care for her younger siblings while starting her own family.

Carmela cherished time spent with her husband, family and friends. She worked tirelessly to provide her family and loved ones with love, laughter, comfort and amazing food. You could always find Carmela working in the garden or preparing the next meal in the kitchen. She enjoyed nothing more than having you sit down at her table to enjoy her cooking and hear your stories. She had a genuine desire to put others ahead of herself.

Carmela is survived by her loving family, children: Sam (Linda), Joe (Emma), Dolores (Randy), Bruno (Maria) and Margaret (Kelly), her grandchildren, Anthony (Robin), Christopher (Dominik), Jessica (Damiano), Michael (Jennifer), Jordan, Melissa, Eric, Matthew and great-granddaughter Alina. She is also survived by her siblings Frank, Angelo (Gina), Catarina, Assunta, Bruno (Wendy), Cosmo (Palma), Rita (Alfio) and Yolanda (Bob). She is also survived by brother-in-laws Pasquale, Bruno (Vincenzina), sister-in-laws Adalina, and Natalina (Angelo) and many nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her husband Antonio; infant daughter Assunta; parents Giuseppe and Adoloroata Chirico; brother Sam and sister-in-law Domenica Chirico; parent-in-laws Salvatore and Assunta Campese; brother- in- laws Michele Campese, Francesco Campese, Vito Carchidi; and sister-in-laws Rosaria Chirico and Giuseppina Campese, Maria Zaffino and Dora Timpano.

The family would like to express their extreme gratitude for the amazing love and care our dear mother received. We would especially like to thank Dr. Jeanette Boyd, her home care givers Cathy Burke and Penny Cummings, as well as Dr. Trevor Janz and the incredible loving staff of The Jubilee Manor.  

A Funeral mass was held at the Cathedral of Mary Immaculate on Saturday July 11, 2015 at 10:30 AM under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home. As an expression of sympathy, family and friends may make donations to Alzheimer’s Society Canada or the Canadian Diabetes Association.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Janice and Bruce MacLean
Relation: Friend of the family

To all of Carmela’s family, her children Sam, Joe,Dolores,Bruno,Margaret, their spouses,her grandchildren and all those who knew and loved her. Our sincere and heartfelt sympathies to you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

From: Zelda, Michele & Jack Jr. Morrison
Relation: Family friend

With heartfelt & deepest sympathies and sincere condolences to all.
Thinking of you all. R.I.P.

From: Adriana Cerone
Relation: Close Family Friend

I will always remember Commare Carmela as a kind and loving soul. She was an amazing woman with a beautiful spirit and I always loved my visits with her. I am deeply saddened to hear of her passing. Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with Sam, Joe, Dolores, Bruno, Margaret, their spouses, all her grandchildren and the entire family that she so loved. Sending you all much love and keeping you close to my heart during this time.

From: Rosemary Cerone
Relation: Family

Dear Sam,Joe, Delores, Bruno & Margaret …along with your whole family,
We want to express our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to you all at this very sad and difficult time
The memories I have of your Mom will always have very special place in my heart. I am so honoured to have known Commare Carmela and the very special person she was to me. She was an incredible daughter, wife, mother and grandmother. I have learned so much from her of what that all means.
May the comfort of your family and friends around you all be there through this very sad time.
Our thoughts are with you all
Love ,
Rosemary Cerone
Along with my family
Derek, Alicia and Natasha

From: Tony Cerone
Relation: family freind

To Sam, Joe, Delores, Bruno and Margeret…. we express our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to you all at this very sad time. Commare Carmelea was a very special person and I am honoured to have known her. Our thoughts and prayers to Sam, Joe Delores, Bruno and Margeret and their spouses, grandchildren and family whom she so loved. Thinking of you all. Tony & Kim Cerone kids Megan, Ethan…

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
July 11, 2015
Beginning at 10:30am

Cathedral of Mary Immaculate
813 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada

Reception to follow in the Parish Hall

813 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada


Date & Time:
July 10, 2015
Beginning at 3:00pm

Chapel of Thompson Funeral Service
613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada

613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada

Memorial Gifts

Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:

Alzheimer’s Society of BC West Kootenays
809 Davies St.,
Nelson, BC V1L 3T6


The Canadian Diabetes Association.
1589 Sutherland Avenue
Kelowna, BC V1Y 5Y7





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