Carol S. Celata

September 1st, 2021

Carol S. Celata (Stone), 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 will gather 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 will take 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.


10 Entries in Guest Book for “Carol S. Celata”

  1. Kathi Quinn Powers says:

    Juli, Richie and Mary Ellen. Was so sad to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was such a sweetheart and had one of the most infectious laughs of anyone I ever met. She was a joy to be around. She was a great friend to my mom and my sister, Maureen, and I loved going out to lunch with her and Mrs. Gedimsky after my Mom passed to keep the connection and keep up with the neighborhood gossip. Please know that me and my family are thinking of you during this difficult time. Kathi

  2. Quinny says:

    Words can’t describe what a great woman she was for everybody in the neighborhood and anybody who came to her house she will be missed I still remember the wooden spoon and she chased me out of the house with rest in peace mom

  3. Judson Miller says:

    Richie and family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time of great loss.

    I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  4. Heidi Veader says:

    I am extremely saddened to hear of the loss of my wonderful new friend Carol, as I had the honor to be her caretaker for a few months to help my friend Mary Ellen,I will forever be grateful for the time I spent with her, we had plenty of laughs and got to enjoy each other’s company. She introduced me to the app happy color and I will forever remember those fun times we had doing our pictures together. She will always hold a special spot in my heart. Much love Heidi & my boys Dillon & Fred xo

  5. Grace Roscillo says:

    Maryellen, Julie & Richie,I am so sorry for your loss. Carol was such a wonderful lady and I’m so grateful I got to help take care of her.R.i.P Carol .

  6. Linda Mac Donald Storer says:

    Julie, Richie, and Maryellen,

    Your mother was a special lady, we shared many stories and tv shows together. Plus lots of laughs, boy she had a wonderful laugh! Also, always made sure there was plenty of tea in the house for me. She loved you all very much and her grandchildren as well.

    Thinking of you all at this time, sending hugs! Rest in Peace Mrs. C. XO

  7. DONNA MILLER says:

    I will always remember Auntie Carol for her kindness great smile and her laughter. She was such a great strong lady. Rest in peace Auntie Carol you will be missed by all.

  8. Lisa Spinale says:

    Richie an Family, I am so very sorry for your loss of such a special lady, (mom) So many memories wsy back in the day. She will forever live in all your hearts an souls. I will always remember her? Im so very sorry I was unable to attend as I went away with my family. You are all in my thoughts an prayers. ?????

  9. Lisa Spinale says:

    Richie an Family, I am so very sorry for your loss of such a special lady, (mom) So many memories way back in the day. She will forever live in all your hearts an souls. I will always remember her.Im so very sorry I was unable to attend as I went away with my family. You are all in my thoughts an prayers.

  10. Lisa Connelly says:

    Carol was a kind wonderful person. I will miss seeing her at my office. Lovely so sorry for her loved ones peace and prayers to all.

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