September 20, 1944 ~ August 9, 2020
Born in: Italy,
Resided in: Fremont, California
Carolina Perrelli, 75, entered into eternal rest on August 9th, 2020. She courageously fought a many year-long battle with dementia. Carolina was a resident of Fremont, California for nearly 40 years.
Carolina is survived by her loving children, Rose, Loretta, Carmine, Julie and Josie Perrelli, her grandchildren Emma and Riley Roffelesen, her son-in-law Randy Roffelsen, her brother Salvatore Greco, and many other loved ones in the United States, Italy, Australia, Canada and Argentina.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Perrelli and her brothers Mario, Eugene and Pasquale Greco.
Carolina was born near the small town of Castrolibero in southern Italy on September 20th, 1944 to Raffaele and Giulia (Turco) Greco. She was the only girl and the middle child of five siblings. As a young girl, Carolina would know of a local boy, Joseph Perrelli, who would emigrate to the United States but not forget about her back home in Italy. They later corresponded by mail and a long-distance engagement came about.
In 1966, Carolina married Joseph in Italy and immigrated to the United States with him. They settled in the Chicago area where they started their family. In 1980, her husband Joseph had a tragic stroke which he survived but left him with a difficult paralysis. Due to her husband’s ill health, in 1981 the family moved to Fremont California, where the milder weather was easier for the family. Carolina was a devoted wife who took care of her ill husband for many years until his death in 1992.
Despite the trials of life, Carolina always had a beautiful and warm smile on her face. Her heart and arms were open to everyone she met. She loved her family and one of her favorite things in life was to have her family over to enjoy her big Italian dinners. She loved all her children and they meant everything to her.
Carolina had a strong work ethic and tirelessly gave her whole heart to everything she did. She was an amazing cook and enjoyed preparing delicious meals for her family and friends. She loved her customers and co-workers at Safeway and as a special treat for her co-workers, she would bring her special pasta to work, for them to feast on and enjoy on their lunch break. Making people happy was something very important to Carolina. Her family, friends and co-workers were always close to her heart.
Carolina was an avid gardener and she enjoyed growing many types of vegetables and flowers in her garden. She had the special talent of being able to make anything grow and flourish. She would constantly amaze her children by being able to take a dead plant, or even a stick, and bring it back to life and into a growing and lovely plant.
Her smile, laughter and her love will be dearly missed by her family and everyone who knew her.
Due to current restrictions, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Mom loved to garden, so in honor of her we ask that you send a live plant or send a memorial donation to the Lewy Body Dementia Association: https://www.lbda.org.