Sister Carmelina Preziosi, kindergarten teacher, dies at age 99

Sister Carmelina Preziosi
Sister Carmelina Preziosi

Sister Carmelina Preziosi, MPF, 99, a former kindergarten teacher at St. Joseph School in Hammonton, died Feb. 5 at St. Joseph Hall, Villa Walsh, Morristown, N.J.

Born in Atripalda, a province of Avellino, Italy, she came with her family to the United States when she was 14 years old and resided in Dover, Del.

In 1943, she entered the Religious Teachers Filippini, receiving her habit in 1944 and making her religious profession in 1946.

From 1948-60, Sister Carmelina taught kindergarteners at St. Joseph School. She also taught at other elementary schools in New Jersey and Connecticut.

A talented seamstress, when she retired at Villa Walsh in 1984, she spent most of her time in the community sewing room. She became a resident at St. Joseph Hall Infirmary in 2007.

She is the daughter of the late Vincent Preziosi and Sabina (Campana) Preziosi, brothers Anthony and John, and sisters Emilia Kuzma and Jean Law. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Feb. 7 at the St. Lucy Chapel at Villa Walsh. Interment took place at Ave Maria Cemetery.

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