OBITUARY: Carol S. (Stone) Celata, 78

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Carol S. (Stone) Celata, age 78, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on August 30, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.

Carol was born on December 12, 1942, in Cambridge, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Mary S. Eagan and beloved granddaughter of the late Harold L. and Mary Ellen Stone. Carol was raised and educated in Somerville and graduated from St. Joseph High School, Class of 1960. She also spent many childhood summers in Chicago with her extended family.

Moving to Wilmington in February of 1968, Carol was a stay-at-home mother, raising her children on Fairmeadow Road where she still lived. Like so many of her neighbors, Carol made lifelong friends in the neighborhood and in Wilmington and hosted many family gatherings, holidays celebrations and pool parties. Carol’s children and grandchildren were her life and she made sure to be involved in their work, school and extra-curricular activities.
After raising her children, Carol returned to the workforce and excelled in every job she had. She worked for many years in the legal/patent department at both The Polaroid Corporation and Genzyme/Sanofi both in Cambridge. She loved working in Cambridge and enjoyed her work and her work friends.

In retirement, Carol enjoyed trips with the Wilmington Recreation Department to Hawaii, Alaska, Cape May, Foxwoods, Broadway shows. She looked forward to Friday night dinners with her neighbors and friends and lunches & errands with Mrs. Gedaminsky.

Carol will fondly be remembered as one of the nicest people you’d every speak with, engaging on any topic or subject. She embraced technology and used her iPad every day to text, check social media and play Happy Color right until the end. She will forever be missed.

Carol was the devoted mother of Julie M. DeCosta & her husband Gerard of Litchfield, NH, Richard C. Celata, Jr. & his wife Kelley of Wilmington, and Mary Ellen Borland & her husband Lee of North Reading. Loving “Nonna” of Anthony M. & Alison M. Celata and Emma P. & Alex S. Borland. Cherished daughter of the late Mary (Stone) Eagan, dear granddaughter of the late Harold L. & Mary Ellen (Canfield) Stone, dear sister of Brule Eagan of San Benito, Texas, the late Marguerite A. Farris, William F. Stone and John C. Stone. Carol is also survived by her loving cousin and best friend Jane Niederst of Ventura, California. Carol was pre-deceased by her special friend Richard C. Celata Sr., with whom she shared her three children.

Family and friends gathered for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Saturday, September 4, 2021, from 10:00-11:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington, MA, at 12:00 noon. Interment took place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Carol’s memory may be made to The ALS Association MA Chapter 685 Canton Street, Suite 103 Norwood, MA 02062 or to Joslin Diabetes Foundation, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215. 


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