Meriden- Carmen Lopez went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 30th at Westfield Care & Rehabilitation Center after a long illness due to several strokes. She was born in New York City on January 18th, 1924. Carmen was the proprietor of "Carmen Baby Boutique" in Haverstraw, N.Y. for over 27 years until her retirement in 1997. She was a pillar of the Hispanic Community and anyone who came to her store was taken under her wing. She will always be remembered for her generosity, her energy, her compassion, and her directness not only to the people of Haverstraw, but also to the staff and residents at Westfield. The family expresses a special thank-you for all the love and care she received during the last 3 years of her life to the staff at Westfield and MidState VNA Hospice Care. Carmen is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Lynn & John DiRoma of Meriden, her grandchildren, Giancarlo DiRoma, Christopher & Micah Canestaro, her great grandchild Aaron Canestaro, her son-in-law, Arthur DiGiacomo of Wakefield, MA. She also leaves a sister, Virginia Giraud of Harriman, NY , her nieces Corinne McCall, Joyce Giraud, and a nephew Ronald Giraud. She was predeceased by her daughter Stephanie DeGiacomo. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, (TODAY) Feb. 1 at 11:30am at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Meriden. The Pastor Mark Sharnick will officiate. There will be a "Celebration of Her Life" held at First Assembly of God Church, 601 Paddock Ave., Meriden at 6:30pm on Thursday, Feb. 1. The Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave, Meriden, CT is in charge of the arrangements.

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  1. Carmen Baby, Love & memories Will never stop shining threw. I know you are watching over me as always. I can still hear your voice when I am doing something wrong. I only have beautiful heartfelt memories of you and no one can never take that away from me, they are stuck in my heart .I know you also took all the memories with you. We shared a special kind of friendship that can never be replaced. I miss you so much and will never ever forget you Until we meet again. Amigo Lots of love, hugs and kisses Always your other daughter

  2. Dear Lynn & Family, I just want to take a moment to express my condolences for the loss of your Mother. Carmen was a wonderful person and I really enjoyed being with her and caring for her over these past years. I had hoped to attend the services, but was unable to do so because of my schedule. Ruth told me that the services were both uplifting and very spiritual. Please keep in touch with your friends at Westfield. Sincerely, Laura Beeman, LPN

  3. Dear Lynn and Family; On behalf of the people in the Village of Haverstraw we send you our condolences on the loss of your Beloved Mother, .Our Carmen Baby.. Your mother is a woman who will always be admired, praised and respected by all who knew her. She left a legacy within this Village that will forever be remembered by all those who came in contact with her. We remember her as a woman who genuinely loved the people and had a passion for her community. This was demonstrated when she founded a women’s organization called,.La Flor.. This came about when her Boutique became a place where women felt safe to come and share there joys and their sorrows. Your mother had a gift in service. She was always available to assist anyone in need either with resources or good sound advice. She was also a good sounding board as well as a great shoulder to cry on. Your mother will always be remembered dearly for her selfless act of kindness to all. Her memory with stay with us always. May God Bless You and Your Family. May He embrace you with His everlasting arms during this very difficult time. Sincerely, Legislator Roman Rodriguez and Village Trustee Evelyn Rodriguez

  4. Lynn & Family, Sorry to hear about your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely, Sue Stack ( Barbara Riefenstahl daughter from Westfield Conv. Home)

  5. Lynn and John I want to express my sympathy on the death of your mother. I’m sure you’ll cherish the beautiful memories. Rit & Ang D’Angelo

  6. My aunt was a strong,loving,passionate woman. She overcame many adversities with courage and strength that I will always remember and respect. I will miss her…

  7. Our condolences to our dear friends Lynn, John, Giancarlo and to the entire family. Carmen was a special person-we will always remember her wit and humor. She will be missed.

  8. To the Family: Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. Carmen was a truly magnificent person! She will be greatly missed. We will always remember her for her kindness and her charming wit.

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