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Carmela Peters

Carmela L. Peters

Wednesday, November 11th, 1953 - Tuesday, November 26th, 2019
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Fayetteville resident Carmela Louise Peters died Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at home, surrounded by close friends and family. Born to Rowena Louise Smithey and William Joseph Peters in Washington, DC on November 11, 1953, Carmela grew up in rural northwestern Connecticut where her parents managed the Interlaken Inn on Lake Wononscopomuc for almost 20 years. 

Carmela lived a full life and gave her all to every job and every person she knew.  Curious about everything, and talented in so many ways, Carmela was an avid cook, creative artist, excellent writer, loved to travel, and enjoyed redesigning and renovating her homes.  When lung damage prevented her from flying and limited her mobility, she continued to drive at every opportunity, saying, “I feel free when I drive.” Every community Carmela has lived in has been touched by her generosity, and you were fortunate to be counted among Carmela’s friends.  Family was the most important thing in her life. 

Carmela graduated from Cazenovia College and attended SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry. She worked in education, in the country inn and restaurant business, at the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce, and most recently for Syracuse University’s Center of Excellence. 

Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in early 2012, Carmela was an active patient advocate and attended medical and nutritional conferences and cancer retreats throughout the United States in an effort to learn more about her disease. She belonged to several cancer forums and communicated with fellow cancer patients from around the world sharing her experiences, knowledge, and hope.
Carmela is survived by her twin brother, Len Peters (Renu Youthongkam); her sister, Pamela Peters (Walter Putrycz); her brother, Ronald Peters (Laurie Traylor); a nibling, Elzbieta Putrycz; nephew, Evan Putrycz; nephew, Peach Eadnamit; and great niece, Emerson Peters. She was pre-deceased by her niece, Keegan Rowena Peters. Carmela was extremely close to her numerous cousins, many friends, and support group pals whose love and support never wavered throughout her cancer journey.

A funeral service will be held in Fayetteville at a later date. A Celebration of Life and scattering of ashes will take place in her hometown of Lakeville, CT next summer. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in support of ovarian cancer research may be made to The Clearity Foundation, an organization which strives to improve treatment options for ovarian cancer patients, at 434 West Cedar Street, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101 or Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114.  Donations may also be made in Carmela’s memory to Helping Hounds Dog Rescue, 6606 Kinne Road, Syracuse, NY 13214.  
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Caitlin Farruggio

Posted at 01:00pm
My deepest condolences for Carmela's family and friends. I had the opportunity to meet her toward the end of her life. I've been thinking about her often and sad to hear of her passing. I truly enjoyed getting to know her over the last few months. Due to our many conversations about our dogs, I will be donating to Helping Hounds in her honor. May she rest in peace.
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Christine Dalpan

Posted at 03:06pm
I want to extend my sincere sympathies to Carmela's family. I first met Carmela about 40 years ago when she was working for the Chamber of Commerce and I was working for Unity Life on a special assignment for a national insurance commissioners' convention that was being held in Syracuse. We became fast friends. I always admired her adventurous spirit, independence, intelligence and creativity. Although we lost track of each other through the years, I thought about her often, especially every November 11. I was so sorry to learn of her death. She is one of the great ones and I cherish the memories of our time as friends.
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Gail Craver

Posted at 08:30am
I met Carmela in 2012 through a website for OVCA. Little did I know she lived 15 minutes from me. She was diagnosed 5 months before my sister and she became a big support system for us. In November of 2013 I was lucky to go on a retreat with Carmela and 27 other women, including my sister, to Asheville NC. Carmela even went out to Berkeley CA. to visit my sister as they became good friends. Carmela was a kind ,compassionate, person who always helped others. She was a fighter and fought long and hard during her journey with cancer. I was blessed to call her my friend. I am sure she is painting and doing all the things she enjoyed in her next life. Perhaps she has met up with my sister. They both are pain free and at peace now.
Prayers for her family at this difficult time.

Gail Craver
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