Carmela Delogu (nee Calleja aka Vassallo)

28-01-1926 ~ 24-11-2018

Carmela Delogu (nee Calleja aka Vassallo)

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A Tribute from Carmela’s son Anthony (Tony) Vassallo

My mother (Carmela Delogu aka ‘Vassallo’ aka ‘Calleja’) is a great woman. She reached her 93rd year and died tonight in Concord Hospital.

She was born in 1926 in Malta, and she spent most of her adolescence in bomb shelters during WWII. Her father is unknown, and her maternal grandfather was from Libya. She did not know about her grandfather until recently, when I made some genealogical inquiries.

She married a musically talented man soon after the war and she had 5 children with him. I am the baby, being the last. In 1964, she flew half way across the world, with 4 of her 5 children, to settle in Australia, a country whose language or culture she did not know. A country that on the whole, has been very welcoming.

Her first marriage ended in 1975. This was an unhappy time in her life, and for her family, which she worked through over time. She later remarried. She loved her children, grand-children and great grandchildren. She was genuinely bi-cultural. She was very Maltese and she loved Australia. I spoke with her almost exclusively in Maltese until today. I will miss our conversations.

Viewing Details: Divinity Funerals Chapel 206 William Street Clemton Park/Earlwood Viewing Time & Date: 7:00pm Monday 3rd December, 2018 Funeral Details: St Fiacre Catholic Church, 96 Catherine Street, Leichhardt Funeral Time & Date: 10:30am Tuesday 4th December, 2018

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Mum I will miss you plenty. Wish to thank you for all your love and dependability you have given me all my life. Also, I want to thank you for the strength you have handed down to me over the years, which in turn will help me get over loosing you. Loving you always your youngest daughter Miriam.Miriam Nodar

Ms Carmela - I will miss you heaps!Jose Nodar

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