Monday, January 4, 2010
, 87,a former cafeteria worker at Parkdale High School in Prince George's County, died Dec. 21 at HCR Manorcare's Arden Courts in Silver
Spring. She had bladder cancer and Alzheimer's disease.
She worked at Parkdale High School for 20 years, first as a server and then as a baker.
Angela Maria DiCamillo was born to a farming family in the central Italian town of Villamagna. Her mother died giving birth to her youngest
child; her father later immigrated to the United States and sent for the family.
In the summer of 1930, the 7-year-old Angela and her family boarded a ship for Ellis Island, a trip that Mrs. DiCamillo remembered largely
for the ice cream served to the passengers, her son Vincent DiCamillo said. Her father, who had found employment with the D.C. transit
system, drove a pickup truck to New York to bring his family to its new home in Washington.
Mrs. DiCamillo entered D.C. public schools speaking no English but quickly learned the language from her classmates and teachers. She
graduated from McKinley High School as a night student in 1944, two years after her marriage to Camillo DiCamillo Sr. and after the birth of
her first son. Her husband died in 1994.
In the late 1960s, after raising her children, Mrs. DiCamillo began her job as a cafeteria worker. After retirement she volunteered with Meals
on Wheels. Throughout her adult life she looked after elderly family members and friends, taking them to doctors' appointments, cooking for
them and visiting them in nursing homes, her son said.
Mrs. DiCamillo was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Beltsville.
In addition to her son Vincent, of Columbia, survivors include five children, Camillo DiCamillo Jr. of Beltsville, Dante DiCamillo of Odenton,
Anthony DiCamillo of Annapolis, Rico DiCamillo of Laurel and Rosanna Ottenstein of Bethesda; a sister, Lucy Hudgins of Bowie; 13
grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
-- Emily Langer