Emma J. Mazzeo
Rockland — Emma J. Mazzeo, 85, died Feb. 21, 2014, at the Knox Center in Rockland, following an extended illness.
Born in Rockland, Feb. 13, 1929, she was one of six children of Alfred Mason and Clara Kendall Johnson. She grew up on the family’s West Meadow Road, Thomaston farm. She attended Thomaston schools and was a 1947 graduate of Thomaston High School.
On Nov. 5, 1948, she married Emilio David Mazzeo at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Rockland. The couple made their home in Rockland all their married lives with the exception of the first four years in Warren.
For more than 13 years, Emma worked at Camden Community Hospital. She first served as an operating room technician, later as central supply supervisor and finally as materials manager and purchasing agent before retiring in 1971. The next two years, she served as a licensed practical nurse at Maine State Prison in Thomaston. For many years with her husband, Emma ran Mazzeo's Spaghetti House, where they both enjoyed greeting many regular customers.
For more than 18 years, Emma wintered with her husband in Kissimmee, Jensen Beach and Hobe Sound, Fla. During that period, she worked part-time during the summer months at Penobscot Bay Medical Center. She later worked as a charge nurse at Rockland Convalescent Center and Windward Gardens in Camden.
From 2000 until their deaths in 2003 and 2004 respectively, she served as caregiver to Dr. and Mrs. Robert Chisholm of Rockland.
Since her confirmation, Emma was an active communicant of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Rockland. For more than 50 years she was a member of the choir and often served as soloist for funerals, weddings and special events. She served three terms as Parish Council president, more than 10 years as a soup kitchen volunteer, and as a Eucharistic minister.
More than anything, Emma was devoted to her family. She took great pleasure in attending any event that brought her family together. She also loved pets, but particularly her black cat of 14 years, whose name was "Blue."
Other than her parents and sisters, Emma was predeceased by her husband in 1997 and a son-in-law Linwood M. Campbell Jr. in 2012. She is survived by one son, Emilio David Mazzeo Jr. and his wife Sonia of Washington; two daughters, Charlotte M. Campbell of Rockland, Cynthia M. Palacios and her husband Luis of Georgia; a brother, A. Mason "Sonny" Johnson and his wife Dorothy of Thomaston; nine grandchildren and their spouses, Maria and Corey Lindsey, Melissa and Galen Weaver, Tony and Christy Palacios, Madonna and Andrew Johnson, Rebecca and Jeremy Thomason, Tania and Rodney Chester, Domenic and Nicole Palacios, Clay III and Rachel Fowlie, Cristina Fowlie and her husband Jared Cowan; several great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. A funeral mass will be held Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 11 a.m., at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 150 Broadway, Rockland.
While flowers are gratefully accepted, memorial contributions may be made to St. Bernard’s Soup Kitchen, 11 Union St., Camden, ME 04843, or Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841.
To share a memory or condolence with Emma’s family, please visit her Book of Memories at bchfh.com.