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Beloved Carmela 'Nan' Del Duca Passes Away at Age 103

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Carmela "Nan" Del Duca passes away at 103.
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Carmela "Nan" Del Duca with her grandchildren.
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Carmela "Nan" Del Duca was often seen cooking and serving at the parish spaghetti dinners.
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Carmela "Nan" Del Duca wit her children Rose and John.
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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Carmela Del Duca passed away at home on Friday, June 3, 2016, just a month before her 104th birthday.

Family and friends are invited to attend the visitation on Monday, June 6th from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Paul Ippolito Berkeley Memorial, 646 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights.  The funeral will take place on Tuesday, June 7th beginning in the funeral home at 9 a.m., followed by the Funeral Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. in the Church of the Little Flower, Plainfield Ave., Berkeley Heights.  Interment to follow in St. Teresa Cemetery, Summit, NJ.

Nan, as she was referred by all that knew her, will be missed for her smile, her laugh and the way she always enjoyed a good practical joke.

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On July 16, Carmela would look forward to the annual Mount Carmel procession and celebration that followed -- a highlight of her summer.  She loved to  dance and took pride in the heritage and tradition the Feast of Mt. Carmel represents.

Although Carmela spent almost her entire childhood living in Italy, or the “other side” [as she liked to call Italy], she was very proud of her US citizenship. She was quick to tell people that she was born in Minnesota.

She was born to John and Teresa Risoli in St. Paul, MN on July 2, 1912, and soon thereafter, her parents moved back to Italy when Carmela was 2 ½ years old.  She would return to the United States when she was 26, traveling on the SS. Roma which arrived in the Port of New York on June 28, 1938

She married Angelo Del Duca and they built their home on Washington Street in Berkeley Heights where they raised their son and daughter, John and Rose.

Carmela and Angelo were active members of the Church of the Little Flower -- Angelo was a founding member of the church.  Carmela was a fixture at the Sunday 7:30 a.m. mass, active in the Rosary Society, and for years would be seen in the kitchen cooking and serving at the parish spaghetti dinners.

She had a soft spot in her heart for the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Fire Department  and the Berkeley Heights Police Department. She loved music and especially enjoyed the concert series every summer in Memorial Park.

She got the most joy out of spending time with her family and in her beloved garden. Carmela was a master organic gardener. She spent many hours caring for her garden and sharing the bounty with family, friends or even random people walking by. Carmela will be remembered by her family for the many wonderful meals she prepared, even up until recently.

Carmela is survived by her loving children, Rose and John Robosky, John and Eileen Del Duca, both of Berkeley Heights. She is the cherished grandmother of Tony Del Duca, Carolyn Deo, Gary Del Duca, David Del Duca and Danielle Henn and 13 great grandchildren. Carmela was predeceased by her husband, Angelo, several siblings including Michele Risoli and his wife Carmela of Berkeley Heights and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

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