Carmen's Story

BANGOR - Carmen de Carlo, one of four children, was the daughter of Italian immigrants. She was born on September 23rd, 1916 in New York City. She met her husband Mario de Carlo in New York and together the couple moved to Springfield, Massachusetts to raise their family. Carmen was always an active part in the community and she became president of the PTA, where she started the first "free milk program" for the children of families in need. She was also president of the American Red Cross in her community and worked hard to raise the consciousness and importance of giving. Carmen and her husband moved to Maine in the early 70's. They bought a farmhouse in Abbot, Maine, renovated it together and fell in love with the state. After Mario died in the late 1980's she decided that staying home alone and quilting was not on life's schedule. She wanted to make an impact and began volunteering at one of the local schools where she was a surrogate grandparent to first and second graders. Carmen also became involved in the local Democratic Party about 10 years ago. Her fundraisers for the local chapter were met with great success. She gained the attention and respect of Congressman Michael Michaud who included her in the Congressional Record. Carmen is survived by her son, Mark and daughter, Manon and her three grandchildren, Alex, Jessica, and Nicholas.

A Memorial service will be held at 355 Grandview Ave, Bangor, from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, September 28, 2014.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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