Carmella (Millie) Palmeira Obituary

Carmella (Millie) Palmeira

Pause On Angels Wings by Charles D. Denler
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“I had met Carmella once and was with her and family for a couple of days. She was a great lady and very very funny. I had a lot of laughs with here...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Alice Keenan - Somerville, MA

“Just thinking of you Grandma. I love n Miss you! I hope your having a good time in heaven. i am sure its amazing and with Gods grace, the most...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Deena Cooper - CA

“May the LORD by unto YOU Ever Lasting Light @-;- ”
3 of 15 | Posted by: Gabriele Miller

“My Condolence to the family, sincerely, Gabriele Miller , " The Lord shall be unto Thee Ever Lasting Light @-;- ”
4 of 15 | Posted by: Gabriele Miller - San Bernardino, CA

“Cammie and Skip: My thought and prayers are with you and your family. You had a great Mother and I know she was loved by all. May God Bless her and...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Susan Reynolds - Walnut, CA

“Ms. Carmella always made you feel welcome with her kindness and bright smile on her face...You will be greatly missed by those left on earth...The...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Martha Anderson - Fontana, CA

“Our deepest sympathies on your loss. ”
7 of 15 | Posted by: C. Stephanides and family

“Our deepest sympathies on your loss. ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: C. Stephanides and family

“Teri and family, My deepest sympathies on your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless, Sharon ”
9 of 15 | Posted by: Sharon McCabe

“I will always cherish the fond memories I have of my grandmother. We always had wonderful times together. I will remember her as being such a strong...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Joey - CA - Grandson

“Your Mom was such a lovely women . The few times we spent taking ,she was such a pleasure to be around. Rosemary I love you and your family and am...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Dottie Moskal - Merrimac, MA

“Cammie and I went to High School together the stories she would tell me about her mother were a great help to me in how her mother was such a great...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Laura Boccelli (Whiteside) - NH

“Can't wait to meet you on the other side of heaven, I can only imagine what you are experiencing in the presence of the Father and the angels of...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Daniel Cooper - CA

one of my last Christmas' with my grandma at my moms house 2006. “I love you Grandma!!! and Thank you again!! xoxox <3 ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Deena Cooper - victorville, CA

“My dearest grandma, Thought my heart is saddened, i rejoice because I know you are walking with our Lord Jesus Christ and my grandpa as...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Deena Cooper - victorville, CA


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Carmella was born in Saugus, Mass on February 11, 1929 to Frank and Catherine (Grace) Emma. She was one of the youngest of 5 paternal children and 1 adopted child. Her father was a Sicilian-Italian metal worker. Her mother was a home maker, great Italian cook and woman of profound catholic faith.

Carmella met her soul mate Edward R. Palmeira (Ed) when her brother, Pat, brought him home around the late 1940's after returning from the Navy in World War II. Edward had a job in the Boston Navy Yard as a welder first class. They married on April 15th, 1950 (Yes, tax day so Dad never forgot his wedding anniversary!) at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Saugus. They bought a small two bedroom home on Pinecrest Ave and started a family by caring for foster children. They had Six children of their own; Rosemary, Eddie, Joyce, Cammie, Teresa and Andrew.

Ed saved enough money to buy a parcel of land behind the Pinecrest home in Saugus. He personally architected and supervised the building of a large 5 bedroom house on 37 Waben Street. They lived there until 1978 when they moved to California. Ed was stationed some time in San Diego, CA during part of the war, which is how they got the idea to move to California. In December 1978, they bought a van, packed up and drove cross country and arrived in California on Christmas Eve. With the help of many family members and friends living in California already, they began choosing a place to live. Within a few weeks, they bought a home in Rowland Heights, California. Dad went to work for himself as a real estate contractor, buying old homes, fixing them up and selling them. Mom worked as a house cleaner and set up her own business. She also began enjoying Bingo games at the local parishes around the area and made many friends.

In 1981, a new catholic church was built in Rowland Heights and named after St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Ed and Carmella attended the first mass. They knew the new pastor, Father Michael Killeen from St Martha's Catholic Church in La Puente and Father Barry where they celebrated mass weekly. Mom was very active in the new church. She joined the Carmelite Sisters Ministry, the Ladies of Columbus, formed the Italian Catholic Federation at the parish and became a Eucharistic minister. Dad became a Knights of Columbus member and an usher for the Sunday Morning masses.

Father Killeen commissioned the building of a larger church in Rowland Heights with office buildings and a catechism school. Carmella and Edward participated in the planning of the new church. Once the new church was built, she got for a job at the church as the rectory cook and house cleaner. She then volunteered her time to give out communion at the Queen of the Valley Hospital in support of the elderly, sick and dying. Later, Dad retired and was hired on as the church maintenance manager in 1990. In 1990, they also celebrated their 40 year wedding anniversary and they were very happy as they traveled to the Holy Land, Portugal, Italy and enjoyed Palm Springs locally. In 1996, Edward was diagnosed with colon cancer. He passed away in 1998. They were married for 48 years.

Carmella continued to work at St. Elizabeth's until 2001, when she had a stroke. It was devastating for her as she lost control of her right side and could not work or drive anymore. She was so strong and fought to regain 90% functionality again, but her body was much frailer as her diabetes got worse and was experiencing higher blood pressure. She still enjoyed Bingo and went with her friends as much as she could. In 2002, she was honored by the Carmelite Nuns as she became a lay nun. For several years after that her health began to slowly deteriorate. She couldn't play Bingo anymore and she needed nursing care as her diabetes progressed to insulin. In 2004, she moved into Marycrest Manor, a Carmellite Sisters Skilled Nursing facility and Convent. In 2006, she moved to Emeritus Assisted Living in Rowland Heights and Finally to Emeritus Skilled Nursing in San Dimas until her death on December 28th, 2012.

Carmella devoted her life to serving people. She loved Jesus and often told us of her apparition that Jesus came to her, with God the Father telling her, "This is my beloved son. Listen to him." She also had a very special devotion to our Blessed Mother, Mary. She loved to pray the rosary and could not be found without rosary beads or a scapular. She was a very kind, generous and compassionate soul. She was very energetic and loved to stay busy, mostly cooking and cleaning. She instilled her faith in all her children and brought them up in the light of God and guided them to receive all the sacraments and the graces that came from them. She devoted her life to her family and her faith. Her love for her children was tremendous. She always said she wanted to suffer to sacrifice for souls in purgatory. Now she get's to be with Ed, her soul mate in Glory together forever. I think scripture said it best about her, "Well done, my good and faithful servant." She will be missed greatly!

She is survived by her 6 children, 16 grand children and 9 great grand children and numerous foster children. She was loved and remembered by many at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Rowland Heights.