Carmella "Mel" Mierzykowski

  • Born: March 6, 1921
  • Died: May 8, 2015
  • Location: Malden, Massachusetts

Carroll Funeral Home

721 Salem Street
Malden, MA 02148

Tel. (781) 322-6322

Tribute & Message From The Family


MIERZYKOWSKI- Of Malden, May 8th, Carmella "Mel" (Franco) passed away peacefully at home at the age of 94 after a sudden illness, surrounded by family and friends. She was the devoted wife of the late Zdzislaw "Mike" Mierzykowski. Beloved mother of Michael of Malden, Robert of Apollo Beach, FL, Steven and his wife Barbara of Orono, ME and Kenneth and his wife Ann of Northborough, MA. Cherished grandmother of Rachel and Jacob. Loving sister of Jennie Carrie of Methuen and the late Angie Costa, Joe Guarnieri, Jimmy Franco, Phyllis Bennett, and Charlie Franco. Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral from the Carroll Funeral Home, 721 Salem Street, (Maplewood Square) MALDEN on Wednesday, May 13th at 9 AM followed by a Funeral Mass celebrated in St. Joseph's Church, 770 Salem St., Malden at 10 o'clock. Visiting Hours in the Carroll Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4-8 PM. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Expressions of sympathy in lieu of flowers may be made to the Melrose YMCA, 497 Main St., Melrose, MA 02176.

Mel was born in Boston, MA on March 6, 1921 and lived in the Village in Everett, MA as a child. She moved to Hull at the age of eleven to help care for her nieces and nephews from the Costa family, a common occurrence in this tight Sicilian family. While there, she graduated from Hingham High with honors. The Costa family always fondly remembered "Auntie Cam" for her love and caring of their family members in the early years. Her Hull experience endeared her to the beach and spending time with family and friends. Growing up in the Depression and working through WWII she developed a strong work ethic and commitment to family.

She married her husband Mike on March 25, 1951 and a true romance began. They raised four sons with an upbringing that included constant luncheons and dinners with family and friends that were nothing short of Thanksgiving-like feasts. Mel was always happy in the kitchen and enjoyed meals in her dining room with jovial conversation and considerable debates. She worked for many years at Shrink Packaging Systems in Billerica, MA. Long after her retirement the company would pick her up for their annual Christmas Party.

Mel retired at the age of 70 and her life then took off with constant travel, shows and dinners, and a zeal for life that said "Why not?" She traveled to England, Scotland, Italy, Sicily, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Alaska and extensively all over the U.S. In one experience where she visited friends in England she wrote: "Breakfast in London, Lunch in Belgium, and Dinner in Germany, all in the same day!" Mel enjoyed twenty years of going to the Melrose YMCA two days a week to exercise and socialize and also went to the Melrose Milano Senior Center on Fridays. The friendships she made there were very special and important to her. Mel was always committed to family and friends and fed of off their relationships and support. Although we miss her loss, we celebrate her life.