Carmel P. Altomare, 88, passed away peacefully on February 14, 2018, with all of her loving family by her side. Her family believes she wanted to spend Valentine’s Day with her husband, Vincent, who passed away in December 2014 and awaited her in heaven. Carmel and Vincent celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in November 2014 and they met when they were 15 years old. Carmel is survived by her four children, Maureen Molé of Mahwah, formerly of Ridgewood, Frank and his wife, Donna Altomare, of Mahwah, Mary Jean and her husband, Vincent Badalamenti, of Ho-Ho-Kus, and Regina and her husband, Brian Weisman, of Mahwah, formerly of Saddle River. Carmel is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Carmel was born on October 19, 1929, in Brooklyn, NY. She attended Brooklyn College and worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Carmel and Vincent moved to Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ, in 1972, and lived there for over 30 years before moving to Mahwah, NJ. Carmel worked as a homemaker and served as Vice President of Alto Associates, Inc., a manufacturers’ representative company, headed by her husband. Carmel was an active, contributing member of the National Organization of Italian American Women, serving on the Board of Directors for many years. She was Chairwoman of numerous fundraising luncheons, a member of the Scholarship Committee, and a cheerful and supportive presence for those who served with her. She cooked for many years for Eva’s Soup Kitchen in Paterson, NJ. Additionally, Carmel was on the Executive Board of the Garden State Ballet, and instrumental in establishing the permanent home in NJPAC. Marge Roukema, former Representative to Congress and friend, honored Carmel with a flag flown over the Capitol Building in honor of Carmel and Vincent’s wedding anniversary.
Carmel and her husband were avid travelers but her major joy was her family. An incredible cook, gracious hostess, and generous soul, Carmel headed a household that offered love and laughter to innumerable guests. The Altomare residence was the center of family parties, celebrations, and holidays for decades. Her passing is truly the end of an era.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the wake at Feeney Funeral Home located at 232 Franklin Ave, Ridgewood, NJ, on Saturday evening, February 17, from 7 to 9 pm, and Sunday, February 18, from 2 to 4 and from 7 to 9 pm. On Monday, February 19, at 11 AM, a concelebrated mass will be celebrated by Bishop Paul Bootkoski, Reverend Monsignor Frank G. Del Prete and Reverend Alfonso Condorson at St. Gabriel’s Church, 88 East Saddle River Rd, Saddle River, NJ.