PORTLAND - Carmela M. Minniti, 84, died August 24, 2002 in Portland, Ore. She was born May 9, 1918 in Philadelphia, Pa., the youngest daughter of Carmen and Grazia Minniti. She was the only member of her family born outside Italy.

She had traveled the world several times as a member of the U.S. Merchant Marine. She retired in 1980 after a long career at sea. During World War II she was a welder on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. San Jacinto. She had also worked at the Nevada nuclear test site.

In the early 1980s she purchased property and moved to the Long Beach Peninsula to make her retirement home. Always busy, she enjoyed working in her flower garden and selling flowers at her roadside flower stand. She liked to socialize with her friends and dearly loved her dogs, Theda and Puppy.

Preceded in death by both her parents, her sister Victoria Shang, brother Joseph Minniti and nephew Donald Shang, she is survived by her longtime companion Robert Boehm at home in Long Beach; nephew Carmen Shang of Loudonville, N.Y.; three great-nephews Donald, Jeff and Mark Shang and three great-nieces Terri Lynn Shang-Ellyson, Lisa Shang and Victoria Peason.

Funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Seaview. Concluding graveside services and burial will follow at Lone Fir Cemetery in Long Beach. Arrangements by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach.   

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