Sister Filomena DiCarlo, MPF, dies at 100

Sister Filomena Di Carlo, 100, former teacher at St. Joseph School in Hammonton, died Aug. 5 at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey.

Born in Stamford, Conn., Sister Filomena entered the Religious Teachers Filippini on Oct. 5, 1947. She received the religious habit on Sept. 5, 1948, and made her religious profession on July 2, 1950.

She earned degrees in education from Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., and a Library Science Certificate from Trenton State Teachers College.

From 1957-59, she taught in the seventh grade at St. Joseph School. She also taught at other schools in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.

In 2000, she retired at Villa Walsh, and in 2006, entered St. Joseph Hall Infirmary.

“Sister Filomena leaves behind an honorable legacy,” her religious community remembered.

“Faithful to her religious vocation, she served beyond the call of duty. She was a woman of strong principles and when necessary used her pen to fight injustices and wrote and spoke boldly on social issues of concern. Even in her senior years, she never lost interest in a desire to learn and keep updated and involved.”

She is predeceased by her parents, Anthony DiCarlo and Maria (Leonardis) DiCarlo; brothers Alfred, Joseph, and Anthony; and sisters Ann Lombardi and Santa Lombardi.

She is survived by sisters-in-law Mary DiCarlo, and Mary Ann DiCarlo and nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Aug. 10 at St. Lucy Chapel, Villa Walsh in Morristown. Interment took place at Ave Maria Cemetery.

Donations in memory of Sister Filomena may be sent to St. Joseph Hall, c/o Sister Ascenza Tizzano, MPF, Provincial Superior, Villa Walsh, 455 Western Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960.

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