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.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Ken. I am sorry for your loss. I hope your family can support each other with good memories of your dear mother. A mother of four sons surely became someone who was special.

Posted by Jack Bergan - Worcester, MA - Treasurer of the Y of Central Ma   May 17, 2015

My deepest condolences to your family and friends. As the saying goes, "They don't make 'em like that anymore!" She was great, from Cub Scout Den Mother to proud Eagle Scout Mother several times, she raised four good men. Scouting was our first experience together and then grew into a lifelong friendship. Your strength during this time is the qualities she instilled in all of you, she would be proud!

Posted by Pat & Linda Ferragamo - Medford, MA - Friend   May 14, 2015

Dear Michael, Robert, Steve, and Kenneth,

My heartfelt sympathies to each of you on the loss of your Mom. She was a remarkable, sweet person who will be greatly missed. My earliest memories of your mom are from our Boy Scout days and patrol meetings in the basement of her home. She always made each of us feel very welcomed at her house. I seem to remember an abundance of snacks anytime we met at the Mierzykowski home. I was especially fond of her Italian cookies; simply the best ! She always impressed me as an intelligent woman with quick wit, a character trait which was not lost on any of her four sons.

May God now rest her soul and see each of you through this difficult time. Your mom and all of you will be in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days.

With Deepest Sympathies,

Lee Chalmers

Posted by Lee and Lisa Chalmers - Brentwood, NH - Friends   May 12, 2015

I remember many memorable cookouts at Aunt Mel's. For several years, Lis and I had a ritual for the 4th of July: Aunt Mel's for a cookout, then a movie. I enjoyed listening to the conversations between Mel and her siblings. She never let them, or anyone else, get away with anything.

I don't remember what holiday it was, but one year Mel was painting the backyard fence, talking with her sisters, keeping an eye on various small children, and giving me job hunting advice---all at the same time. *The same time.*

She wasn't even aware of how amazing it was that she could do that! She was in full hurricane Mel mode--her default setting. Watching her was exhausting! (And fun.)

Mel will live in my memories as long as I live.


Posted by Rosemary Hanley - Somerville, MA - Friend of Lis Carey   May 12, 2015

Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Posted by Dennis & AnneMarie Picariello - Quincy, MA - Friend   May 12, 2015

Ken and Ann & Family:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time, but be reassured that Mel is dancing in the arms of the Lord.

God Bless.

Min David and Cheryl Connell

Posted by David Connell - Worcester, MA - Friend of teh Family   May 11, 2015


Auntie Cam had a sparkle like no other. She was someone to look up to and emulate. She worked hard and took care of herself working out 3 days a week until recently. Auntie Cam brought her sense of humor, "sweet" sarcasm whenever you had conversation with her. I will miss seeing her at our family gatherings each year, she will be missed dearly by her family. Love you Auntie Cam and thank you for all you did for your family, you are a true gem and Angel. You are now home with those you've loved and missed all these years. Rest in Peace <3>

Posted by Donna (COSTA) Berggren - South Weymouth, MA - Great Neice   May 11, 2015