Carmela T. Croce

  • Born: October 14, 1932
  • Died: July 18, 2018
  • Location: Mayfield Heights, Ohio

Fioritto Funeral Service

5236 Mayfield Rd
Lyndhurst, OH 44124

Tel. (440) 442-5900

Tribute & Message From The Family


Beloved Wife, Loving Mother, Devoted Grandma, Great Grandma, Dear Sister, Loving Aunt

Message From The Family

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CARMELA CROCE (nee Cafazzo), age 85, of Mayfield Heights, OH, died early July 18, 2018 from unexpected heart complications. The capacity of her heart was no longer able to support the enormous amount of love she gave to her family and friends. Carmela was the beloved wife for 28 years of the late Salvatore, loving mother of Carolyn Mandato, Michael Croce (deceased), Chrysty Vitale (deceased) (husband Ron) and Mark Croce (wife Sandy), devoted grandma of Michael Joseph Mandato (wife Jessie), Carmen Marie Mandato, Salvatore and Anthony Croce, Nicholas and Joseph Vitale and Mia Croce and great grandma of Gavin, Giovanni, Lilia and Gracie.. Dear sister of the following deceased: Alvira Cosenza (husband Armand) and WWII Veteran S/Sgt. Peter Cafazzo. Loving aunt of many wonderful nieces and nephews, and especially Elaine Burkholder who was her 'Third Daughter.'

Carmela grew up in the historic Cleveland Blue Rock and Woodland neighborhoods, graduating with honors from John Adams High School. She had a diverse career path before settling into her calling, using her love of customer interaction and sales, retiring with over 30 years of service to Higbee's (Dillard's).

Ensuring family and friends were always filled to the brim, her love of entertaining, cooking and baking were her true passion. You could never leave Carmela's house without a 'snack' and a great story.

Interment All Souls Cemetery. Mass of Christian Burial 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis of Assisi Church. FRIENDS MAY CALL AT THE FIORITTO FUNERAL HOME 5236 MAYFIELD RD., LYNDHURST (EAST OF RICHMOND RD.) 4-8 p.m. FRIDAY.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Carolyn, we know how important family is to you and always admired your relationship with your mother. Know that you and your family are in our prayers and that we love and support you. God bless you, all. Dennis, Suzi and Giovanni Castiglione

Posted by Dennis Castiglione - SOLON, OH - Friend   July 21, 2018

Dear Carolyn and Family, as you are surrounded by the love of family and friends, we send our deepest sympathy.
~God Bless, Bill & Madeline Quigley

Posted by Madeline quigley - Bath, OH   July 20, 2018

I'm very sorry for your loss! I have fond memories of visiting years ago as our dads were close and your mother was always so kind and loving! You will all be in my prayers.

Posted by Tommy Geraci - Avon Lake, OH   July 20, 2018

Dear Carmella, I have been to your home on the holiday and I must say I was never the same after eating one of those wonderful love filled Italian meals. I often said after that I could smell your cooking over several cities away on holidays! You have laid down your cross and join beloved family members I know you missed dearly!
A life well lived! May god bless you and the Croce family! XOXO. Gus, Dana, Maria, Rosa and Cecelia Grano

Posted by Gus Grano - Mentor, OH - Family Friend   July 19, 2018

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Carolyn and family-
we share in sympathy for the loss of your mother. You were a great daughter!

Posted by Nadine Gavalek - Highland Heights, OH   July 19, 2018

We are so sorry for your loss. In our thoughts and prayers.

Donnie & Darlene

Posted by Donald Rapposelli - Mayfield Village, OH   July 19, 2018

So sorry for your loss. She was a gem.

Posted by Katie Schneider - University Heights, OH   July 19, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss your mom was a beautiful lady R.I.P. Carmela.

Posted by Sharon Spinelli - Cleveland, OH   July 18, 2018


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