Carmela T. DeSimone, 82, teacher, owner of grocery

August 31, 2002

Carmela T. DeSimone, who had owned a grocery store, taught in a parochial school and helped provide health care to Italian immigrants, died of a stroke Monday at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital. She was 82.

Mrs. DeSimone, who was visiting a daughter in Pittsburgh at the time of her stroke, lived on Brook Avenue in Overlea.

She was born Carmela Tenace in New York, the daughter of Sicilian immigrant parents, and moved to Little Italy in 1925.

A 1939 graduate of Eastern High School, she attended what is now Towson University.

In 1940, she married Joseph P. DeSimone, and the couple operated Grindon Grocery in Lauraville during the 1950s and 1960s. Her husband died in 1991.

After her years in the grocery, Mrs. DeSimone taught elementary pupils at St. Bernard's Parochial School, then worked in health care for the Clifford Nursing Agency. Fluent in Italian, she was assigned to Italian-speaking patients. She retired in 1983.

She was a former secretary of the Lauraville Improvement Association and the Rosemont Improvement Association.

Mrs. DeSimone was a member of the Breath of God Prayer Group at St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church in Hamilton.

She was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Harford Road and Pelham Avenue, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

Mrs. DeSimone is survived by a son, Frank A. DeSimone of Baltimore; three daughters, Regina DeSimone and Carolyn Temple, both of Baltimore, and Marian Elder of Monroeville, Pa.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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