Carmelina Maria

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Born February 5, 1912 - Died September 5, 2011
Married to William M. Adams on July 6, 1936
Children: Carol Estella (11/5/41) and Joan Madeline









Wedding, July 6, 1936


William Murray Adams:1909-1977

Carol Estella

Bill with Nat, Nelson, Mother- 1940
Lena with Joyce Simpson in 1940
Bill with Carol - 1942
Carol, 1944 Joan, 1946
Joan Madeline

With the girls - 1948

The house on Willis Street

Carol, Sister Nellie, Joan - 1955
Bill with Joan and Carol, 1958 Lena and Bill with Alyce and Fay Controy, 1968
With the Controys
At Joan and Danny's wedding - 1965
Joan's wedding, Aug. 1965

Birthday party in 1969 With Dee and Bill, 1971 The 5 Grandchildren, 1970
Lena with Robert, Chris - 1978 and Bill
With all the grandchildren

Lena with sister Florence and Josephine in 1992

Namesake great-granddaughter, Lena Carosso, born 1/19/1999
and with great-granddaughter Sara, born 4/8/01

with Joan and Carol, February, 2002

With sister, Helen Goyette, Feb. 2002
Opening gifts at her 80th with Helen & Al Goyette
Only 9 to blow out.
Blowing out the candles on her 80th!

with the Sacchetti's

Brother-in-law Al, Feb, 2002
Joan, Lena, Bill & baby Jack, 8/25/02

Sharing a birthday cake with Florence, January, 2004

with Sara, Christmas 2003

with Joe and Al on her 93rd

4 generations at Lauren's Baptism, September, 2005

October 26, 2008, Lena with Lauren, Carol, Carin, Dee, Joan, and Sara

At Tommy's Christmas Party, 12/26/08 with Mickey, Paula and Marianna
Lena's 98th Birthday!
Carmelina M. Adams 1912 2011 PITTSFIELD Carmelina M. (Sangiovanni) Adams passed away on September 5, 2011 at Mount Greylock Extended Care Facility. Daughter of the late Guiseppe and Rosina (Coiro) Sangiovanni, "Lena" was born on February 5, 1912 and was a lifelong resident of Pittsfield, most recently at Mt. Greylock Extended Care Facility. She was a member of the Class of 1928 at Central High School, the last graduating class before moving to the present Pittsfield High School. She married William M. Adams on July 6, 1936. He died in 1977. An employee of General Electric in Pittsfield for several years, Lena also operated a rooming house on Willis Street for nearly 30 years. She was a longtime member of the Pittsfield Senior Center where she enjoyed playing bridge, pinochle and pitch. At a time when only men were given the privilege of an education and woman were expected to tend the family, Lena cooked, cleaned and sewed nearly all the clothes for her eight brothers and sisters and became a mother to them when Rosina fell ill and died. She will be missed by everyone who knew her, as she was devoted to her family and friends. She leaves many friends at Providence Court, where she lived for ten years. Lena is survived by two daughters, Carol Adams Bitov and her husband, Gadi of Dover, N.H. and Joan A. DeSantis and her husband, Daniel of Pittsfield. She was very proud of her three grandchildren, Carin Pontier D'Abrosca of Nottingham, N.H., Deirdre M. DeSantis of Schoharie, N.Y., William DeSantis of Franklin, Tenn., and her five great grandchildren. She leaves a sister, Helen Sangiovanni Goyette of Pittsfield and several nieces and nephews. Lena was predeceased by her brothers, Frank, Frederic, Dominic, Anthony and Michael and her sisters, Florence DiCicco and Rosemary Gould and her grandsons, Robert M. Carosso and Christopher J. Pontier. FUNERAL NOTICE: There will be a Liturgy of Christian Burial on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church in Pittsfield. Burial will follow the Liturgy in St. Joseph's Cemetery. A calling hour will precede the Liturgy from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Devanny-Condron Funeral Home, 40 Maplewood Ave. Pittsfield, MA 01201. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to one of the following: Pittsfield Senior Center, 330 North St. Pittsfield, MA 01201, or Mount Greylock Extended Care Facility, Activities Fund, 1000 North St. Pittssfield, MA 01201 or Hospice Care in the Berkshires, 877 South St. Pittsfield, MA 01201. Please visit for directions or to offer condolences to Lena's family.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on September 7, 2011

Lena with nieces Marianna and Paula - 2010

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