On Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, Carmen L. Delerme (Álvarez) of Cranberry Township, formerly of Hollidaysburg, Pa., passed away peacefully at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh at the age of 88.
Carmen was born on Dec. 7, 1932, in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico.
Carmen graduated from Central High School in Santurce, Puerto Rico.
Carmen worked as an administrative assistant at the University of Puerto Rico Medical School, where she met the love of her life, her “nene,” Dr. Augusto N. Delerme, as she lovingly called him. The couple married in 1955 and moved to Irvona, Pa., where she became a homemaker. Together they raised nine children, Pete, JD (Richard) of Cranberry Township, Jackie Morillo MD (Paco) of Cincinnati, Ohio, Gus (Nilda) of Cranberry Township, Edsel (Suzanne) of Mechanicsburg, Pa., José Ph.D. (Marguerite) of Harrisburg, Carmen Owens (Michael) of Wexford, Raúl (Denise) of Hampstead Md., AJ (Kim) of Duncansville, Pa., and Manny of Lewes, Del.
She was preceded in death by her husband and brother.
She is survived by two sisters.
Carmen was an awesome “Abuela” to 27 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. All of them were her pride and joy!
Carmen was active in her community, and was the president of the Glendale Jr./Sr. High School board at one time. She also taught Spanish to young children at a private school in Altoona for several years.
Carmen was an excellent cook, and shared her love of cooking traditional Puerto Rican dishes when her family and friends visited. The kitchen was Carmen’s passion and delight; a true “gathering place,” where she showed us all her love and the importance of family values.
For many years, Carmen seamlessly spearheaded a fabulous family and friends’ picnic (Pig Roast) at her home, where over 400 guests delighted in fellowship while eating and dancing. Carmen also cherished celebrating holidays with family and traveling, which she did quite extensively with her late husband.
Carmen/Mom/Abuela will lovingly be remembered by her children, grandchildren, in-laws, and a number of other relatives, caregivers and close friends.
DELERME — In accordance with her wishes, there will be no visitation for Carmen.
A service in honor of Carmen and Dr. Delerme was held at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at St. Margaret of York Church, 9499 Columbia Road, Loveland, Ohio, followed by a celebration of life from 1 to 4 p.m. at Cincinnati Marriott Northeast, 9664 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason, Ohio.
Another celebration of life will be held near Hollidaysburg next year.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Boylan-Glenn-Kildoo Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 130 Wisconsin Ave., Cranberry Township.
Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.boylanfuneralservices.com.