Carmela DeRosa Diamente passed away Wednesday, Jan. 2, at the Fulton Center in Gloversville. Carmela was born July 5, 1914, to Gennaro and Angelina Bello DeRosa, who predeceased her.
Carmela had been a member of the former St. Francis de Sales Church and a member of its choir lending her beautiful alto voice to many duets. At the closing of St. Francis, she became a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, now Holy Spirit parish. She also lent her lovely alto voice to its choir for many years.
Carmela was a past member and past Grand Regent of Court Santa Maria Catholic Daughters of America. She enjoyed all their functions and especially traveling to all their national meetings. She was also a past member of the YWCA glee club and enjoyed singing in their concerts.
She was mainly a homemaker who also worked sewing gloves at home for local glove companies. She then worked for the former Crescendo Glove Company in Johnstown.
What brought Carmela her most joy was her family and cooking for them and anyone who came to her home.
She was a woman of strong faith, especially devoted to the Blessed Mother and to doing God's will.
In addition to her parents, Carmela was predeceased by her husband of 73 years, Michael Diamente, whom she married on July 4, 1936; her three brothers, Anthony, Nicholas, and Thomas DeRosa; and her three sisters, Christine Lanza, Josephine Nigro, and Amelia Zajicek.
Carmela is survived by one daughter, Ann Sicilia and her husband, Leo of Rotterdam; one granddaughter, Theresa Sicilia DeAngelis and her husband, Joe of Latham; one grandson, Joseph Michael Sicilia and his wife, Sharon of Rotterdam; four beloved great-grandchildren, L. Anthony, Danielle, and Abby Sicilia of Rotterdam and Joseph Michael DeAngelis of Latham. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Sunday, Jan. 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Amico Funeral Home, 150 South Main Street, Gloversville. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home on Monday, Jan. 7, at 10:30 a.m. followed by a 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial at Holy Spirit Church on South Main Street in Gloversville. Spring burial will be at Mount Carmel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Carmela's memory to St. Jude Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101 or to a charity of one's choice.
The family wishes to thank the current and former staff of nurses and aides at the Fulton Center for the love and compassionate care given to Carmela during her residence there.