Elizabeth Carelli

Elizabeth M. Carelli

December 2, 1929 - March 10, 2021
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Beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at her home surrounded by her family. Age 91 years. The daughter of the late Fredrick and Rose (Merkel) Zimmermann, Elizabeth was born December 2, 1929 in Saginaw, Michigan. She was previously married to Frank W. Carelli Jr. who predeceased her. Elizabeth was employed at Model Bakery, Doyle Freight Line and in nutritional services at St. Mary’s Hospital for many years until her retirement in 1994. She was humble and kind and devoted to her Roman Catholic faith. Elizabeth prayed the Rosary regularly and was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, its Altar Society and served on several committees within the church. She was also a member of the League of Catholic Women. Elizabeth enjoyed the simple things in life such as going up north to her daughter’s house, going to the casino, baking and gardening. Most of all, Elizabeth loved spending time with her children.

Surviving are five daughters, one son and their spouses, Roberta and Mark Miller, Pickerington, Ohio; Lori and Jim Sullivan, Saginaw; Mark and Mary Carelli, Essexville; Lisa Carelli, Freeland; Paula and Paul Naples, Williamsburg, Michigan; Angela and Jeff Gosen, Saginaw; eight grandchildren, Matthew, Sarah (Justin), Ryan (Miranda), Kevin (Elizabeth), Kaitlyn (fiancée, Paul), Jacob, Mara and Eric; two great-grandchildren, Brinley and Vaila with two angels on the way; a brother-in-law, Wayne McCain; several nieces and nephews. Elizabeth was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Bob Campbell, by her twin sister, Madeline McCain, and by her older sister, Anna Ciszewski.

Elizabeth’s family extends their gratitude and appreciation to her personal care givers for their loving and compassionate care.

Funeral Liturgy will take place 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1525 Washington Avenue in Saginaw. Rev. Fr. Prentice Tipton will officiate assisted by Deacon Roger Pasionek. Entombment will follow in St. Andrew Mausoleum. Friends may visit at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Rd., (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of Mass. In accordance with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services ordinance, the limitations of number gathered, mask wearing and social distancing will be observed. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Ascension St. Mary’s Foundation.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 16th, 2021 | 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, March 16th, 2021 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    Snow Funeral Home
    3775 N. Center Rd
    SAGINAW, MI 48603
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Wednesday, March 17th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, March 17th, 2021 11:00am
    Holy Family Catholic Church
    1525 S Washington Ave
    Saginaw 48601-2895
  • Interment

    St. Andrew Cemetery
    381 St. Andrews Road
    SAGINAW, AL 48638
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Mary Vogelpohl

Posted at 03:32pm
Elizabeth taught me to say short prayers during the day to keep Jesus close, and she told me to simply say, “Jesus, Mary, Joseph.” I will never forget that simple way to pray that she shared with me. Extending my deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother and praying that your faith will give you strength in this sad time.

Mary Ann DeRop

Posted at 01:17pm
Our heart felt condolences from the children of Albert, Annie (Viola) Buchholz. Roger and Diane Jankowski, Don and Mary Ann (Buchholz) DeRop, Robert and Pat Buchholz, Dennis Buchholz, and Dan and Nancy (Buchholz) Vogt.

Beverly Stone Nothelfer

Posted at 08:17pm
Elizabeth was a kind and loving woman who was devoted to her faith and to her family. She touched everyone she met. She was always ready with a smile when she encountered you. I kept in touch with her over the last few years by sending her special-occasion cards back and forth. I last saw and talked to her at her 90th birthday party but the cards kept going. I was sorry to hear that she had gotten Covid and was praying very hard that she would recover from it. Your mother was a gem and should be treasured always. She will live on in your hearts. Rest in peace, Elizabeth.

Bev Stone Nothelfer

Posted at 07:22pm
To the entire Carelli family: Elizabeth was a loving, kind and caring woman. I was fortunate to be called her friend. She raised a beautiful family. Everyone who knew her loved her. Although your hearts are broken now, may time heal them and your grief lessen. Rest in peace, Elizabeth.

Keith Launstein

Posted at 07:35am
Angela, I'm sorry for the loss of your Mom. I hope the precious memories you shared together will help you get through this time of grievance.

Sincerest Condolences,
Keith L.

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