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Cecile Maddalena Damonte
Cecile Maddalena Damonte
  • Born 14 October 1914 - Reno, Washoe Co., NV
  • Deceased 31 August 2018 - Carson City, NV,aged 103 years old
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Carson City - Our beloved matriarch Cecile Maddalena Damonte Caramella has met her husband Ben, three children, parents, and all whom she loved in Heaven after so many years of asking the Lord to take her home.

Cecile Damonte Caramella passed away August 31, 2018 in Carson City, Nevada. She was born Cicilia Maddalena Damonte on October 20, 1914 on the Biddleman Ranch in South Reno to Giacomo (Jack) and Louise (Anselmo) Damonte.

She was a first generation American/Northern Nevadan. Sadly, her father Jack died when she was an infant; her mother later married Jack's brother, Louis Damonte. She so lovingly talked of her father Louis, as he raised her as if she was his biological daughter. Louis and Louise went on to have Emily, Ben and Gladys. Cecile so cherished her siblings. They all grew up on the Damonte Ranch in South Reno, often playing with their numerous cousins and many of the children from the area's local ranching families.

In April 1934, Cecile married her childhood neighbor and sweetheart Ben Angelo Caramella. They started a family early and were blessed with Jack, Joanne and Sam.

In the early years of their marriage Ben and Cecile went into the family business of ranching—as did most families in the Truckee Meadows. Ben later entered the insurance business but was not happy with either of these careers. So, in 1939, under the advisement of many of Cecile's cousins, Ben and Cecile embarked on the garbage path. In 1940, they officially founded Sparks Scavengers and purchased an open-aired International garbage truck; Cecile would drive and Ben would pack. However, in 1950, they lost the bid for the garbage contract to a competitor. In 1954, the competitor's partner wanted out of the business, and the city only would allow Ben and Cecile to jump back on board. They later bought out the partner and grew their small one-truck business into a multi-city enterprise known as Disposal Services with the help of their children and their children's spouses. They never looked back. The family sold the company to USA Waste in 1998, which in turn took one of their subsidiary's names, Waste Management.

Cecile had many loves and interests. Her cooking was legendary, especially her raviolis and minestrone soup. She loved visiting with family and friends. She also threw the most amazing Christmas parties, BBQ's, and even a Luau. She would constantly call her many relatives in Italy and the Bay Area to shoot the breeze. She loved to go dancing till the sun came up (in her early years). She was very fond of watching TV to pass the time, The Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune, and of course her "stories" (soap operas). She loved listening to opera and driving her car as fast as she could, even if she couldn't see very well over the dashboard. Cecile never had a martini she didn't like. She'd have one in each hand and would say, "One for each eye."

Cecile is survived by her son-in-law, Julius Ballardini, daughter-in-law, Claudia Caramella, much adored nine granddaughters: Jennifer Harman, Jacie Caramella Willis (Traci), Julianne LeBard, Antoinette Ballardini, Nicole Ballardini, Angela Angelis (Mike), Gina Bates (Brett), Christina Caramella (Chip), and Julie Brand (Michael). In addition, her legacy from these granddaughters includes nine great-granddaughters, twelve great-grandsons, nine great -great-granddaughters, and one great-great-grandson. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Cecile always had a smile on her face and would greet whomever she came into contact with with a soft handshake. She was very social and very kind. She had a great saying, "If you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything at all."

She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother (Nonnie), great-grandmother (Nonnie Cil), great-great-grandmother, aunt (Ai CiCi) and friend to many.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ben (2007); sons, Sam (1983) and Jack (2005); daughter, Joanne (2017); daughter-in-law, Carol Ratto Caramella; granddaughter, LaRee Caramella (2013); brother, Ben Damonte; and sisters, Emily Bianco and Gladys Curti.

The family would like to say a very special thank you to her caregivers over the last years of her life. They took very good care of her, especially after Cecile's beloved daughter Joanne passed away in August of 2017. Thank you Jane, Ria, Jacque and Janet. Cecile was in very loving hands.

A rosary is scheduled for 6 p.m., Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Walton's Chapel, 875 W. Second St., Reno, NV. A mass of Christian burial will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, September 10, 2018 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 100 Bishop Manogue Drive, Reno, NV.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked to give to the Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Arrangements are under the direction of Walton Funeral Home in Reno.

--- Reno Journal-Gazette, Sep. 9, 2018

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|2_Giacomo Jack Damonte
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|3_Louise Anselmo