Carmela Mary Convertino

Carmela Mary Convertino

February 19, 1927 - August 26, 2018
Laguna Woods CA

Carmela Mary Convertino

February 19, 1927 - August 26, 2018
Laguna Woods CA


Carmela, age 91, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 26, 2018, with loving family and caregivers by her side. Born in Manhattan, New York, on February 19, 1927 to Filipo and Mary Amari, she was the oldest of 3 daughters.

Carmela spent her growing years in New York and in New Jersey, and then attended business and language college in the local area where she met Frank Convertino, and it was an instant attraction. Frank and Carmela married on January 16, 1947, and in 1958 they made their move to California, where they  decided to stay.

Carmela gave birth to 4 daughters and 2 sons, and while she embraced her Catholic faith devoting her life to providing love and support to family and her community, she spent many years volunteering at various church fundraisers, the City of Hope, and school events. As her children grew to be more independent, she worked as an onsite aide to psychiatric patients.

Carmela’s other passions were for cooking and traveling. Her creativity in recipes received compliments from all, and  as she carefully planned dozens of journeys abroad on the tightest of budgets, she and her husband always returned with meaningful experiences which she shared, including those from  Medjugorje; the home of the Blessed Mother in Turkey; Fatima, Portugal, and birthplaces of their Italian heritage.

Carmela is survived by her two sisters, Sara and Conny, six children: Betty Ann and Larry Cart, Mary Ellen and Phil Szabo, Cathy and Mike Navarro, Philip and Debbie Convertino, Frank and Jo Lynne Convertino, and Donna Convertino, twelve grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren (with one on the way).

She will be missed by all.


Vigil Service

  • Date & Time: September 7, 2018 (6:00 PM)
  • Venue: O'Connor Mortuary
  • Location: 25301 Alicia Parkway Laguna Hills, CA 92653 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 581-4300

Funeral Mass

  • Date & Time: September 8, 2018 (9:00 AM)
  • Venue: St. Nicholas Catholic Church
  • Location: 24252 El Toro Rd. Laguna Woods, CA 92637 - (Get Directions)

Graveside Service

  • Date & Time: September 8, 2018 (10:30 AM)
  • Venue: Ascension Cemetery
  • Location: 24754 Trabuco Road Lake Forest, CA 92630 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 837-1331


  • Date & Time: September 8, 2018 (11:30 AM - 3:30 PM)
  • Venue: Wedgewood Weddings Aliso Viejo Center
  • Location: 31 Santa Barbara Drive Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 - (Get Directions)

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6 responses to Carmela Mary Convertino

  1. Conny,Sarah,BettyAnn&Larry,Philip&Debbie,MaryEllen&Phil,Frank&JoLynne Cathy&Mike and DonnaMarie, Your sister,mother is still alive in our memories and our hearts and she will be showering all of us with her blessings because she loved us with all her heart and soul. I will cherish 70+ years of memories of an amazing sister-in-law. May she rest in peace with the love of her life. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!
    Mario & Mary Convertino- Suffolk,Va

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