Carmella P. Shaw


1919 – 2014

PORTLAND — Carmella P. Shaw, 95, formerly of South Portland and Lakehouse Road, Naples, died Friday, Dec. 26, at Mercy Hospital following a brief illness surrounded by her loving family, who sent her off with love to the loving arms of the Lord.

She was born in Camden, N.J., on March 8, 1919, the second daughter of Guiseppe and Serofina Roselli DiGennaro.

Carmella met Elwood Boston Shaw of Naples. They fell in love and married on Sept. 25, 1938. They started their family in Manchester, N.H. They moved with their four children to Naples in 1949.

She worked for several years as a receptionist at Progressive Doll Company in Manhatten, N.Y., prior to her marriage. Briefly, she worked at FW Woolworth Co. She was a great homemaker, mother and Italian cook. She worked summers at Migis Lodge and Hatchers Restaurant in Naples. To keep active in her eighties, she worked at McDonald’s and Wendy’s in South Portland. She was a people person and loved her customers.

Carmella was a longtime communicant of St. Joseph’s Church in Bridgton.

She was predeceased by her husband, Elwood B. Shaw; a daughter, Judith Grace Shaw in 2004; four brothers, Gene, Thomas, Tony and Michael DiGennaro; two sisters, Grace Farfone and Yolanda Amelio.

She is survived by twin sons, Robert C. and his wife, Marilee Shaw, of Danville, and Richard T. and his wife, Carla Shaw, of South Paris; Dr. Susan S. Shaw of Portland; grandchildren, Debra Jean Shaw of Portland, Michael Shaw of Naples, Dr. Steven Scott Shaw of Falmouth and Stella Monroe of Oxford; brother-in-law, Joseph Amelio of Bronx, N.Y.; many cousins, nieces and nephews; and her beloved cat of 19 years, Miss Pooh.

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