9/29/1929 – 6/7/2019
Carmela Camardella left the world the morning of June 7, 2019. She was born on September 29, 1929, in Casamassima, Bari, Italy. Eventually at the age of 16, she immigrated to the US with her mom to join her dad in New York. At the age of 20, she gave birth to her only child, Dominic, and then went to work in the bustling garment industry district in Manhattan. She worked as a seamstress in the manufacturing of wedding dresses. As her career evolved, she started her own bridal shop in Staten Island, New York, called Richmond Bridal.
In the mid 1970s, her son and his wife moved to the Santa Barbara area. In 1983, to help Joan and Dom raise her grandchildren, she and her mom moved to Carpinteria. Once in the Santa Barbara area she served for many years in the alterations department at Robinson-May, and upon her retirement, she founded The Perfect Fit in Montecito.
She is survived by her son Dominic and daughter-in-law Joan, grandchildren Echo (Jason Mosesman), Adam (Nicole Ling), Erica (Allan Smith) and her five great grandsons, Curtis, Micah, Ben, Theo and Beckett. Funeral arrangements have been made by McDermott Crockett Mortuary.
Services will be held at St. Joseph Church in Carpinteria on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at 2 p.m. The burial will be immediately following at Carpinteria Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Carmela Camardella’s name to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care, Santa Barbara Serenity House.