Carmella R. Wright of Concord Township

Carmella R. Wright, 78, of Concord Township, died peacefully and surrounded by family on Monday, Jan. 18, at her daughter’s home in West Chester. Born and raised in Chester, Carmella lived in Concord, previously living in Ridley Township where she raised her family.

Carmella R. Wright

Affectionately known as “Mel” or “Mellie,” Carmella had a successful career as an executive assistant and HR professional at Astra Zeneca in Wilmington, for more than 20 years, retiring in 2003. She loved her job and was greatly admired by her co-workers for her loyalty and strength of character.

Devoted to her faith, she was a member of St. Cornelius Catholic Church. Carmella loved the beach and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends at Brigantine Beach, N.J. She also enjoyed playing cards. Carmella was a fabulous cook. Her annual Christmas Eve dinner will be missed by all who attended over the years. Above all Carmella enjoyed spending time with her family. Her children and grandchildren were her greatest joy. She loved attending her grandchildren’s activities and sporting events and was proud of all of their life achievements. Her family’s happiness was her happiness.

In addition to her parents, Frank J. and Louise D. Citerone Broccoli, Carmella is preceded in death by her sister, Rose Ann Ariosto and her former late husband, James F. Wright Jr. Carmella is survived by her son, James (Michele) Wright III and daughter, Kelly (Sharon Mirakian) Wright, sister, Nancy (Kenneth) Olson, brother in law, Patrick Spinosa, loving companion, Joseph Gross, grandchildren, Nicole, Christopher and Andrew Wright, Lindsay and Carley Mirakian, cousin and best friend, Amy Apelian, along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A visitation will be held on Thursday 6:30-8 p.m. at Pagano Funeral Home, 3711 Foulk Rd., Garnet Valley, PA and Friday at St. Cornelius Church, 160 Ridge Road, Chadds Ford, PA from 9:30-10:15 a.m. A funeral mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. Interment will remain private. Donations in her memory may be made to PESGSC (Parkinson’s Education and Support Group of Sussex County), 33044 East Light Drive, Lewes, DE 19958. Online condolences may be made by visiting

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