1926 – 2011
Thompson – Carmela Oden, 84, of Thompson Hill Rd., died Monday, March 28, 2011 at home. She was the loving wife of the late Howard Oden. Born in New Haven, CT, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Mary (Giamo) Perrone.
Mrs. Oden was a pioneer in the pharmaceutical profession by becoming one of the first female pharmacists. She was a licensed pharmacist in five states and worked for close to 50 years in her profession. She began knitting in high school by making stockings for soldiers during WWII. Her lifelong pleasure of knitting resulted in her founding and operating a Putnam yarn shop called The Wool Works, Ltd. before retiring. She loved animals and enjoyed gardening, reading, and bird watching.
Carmela is survived by her children; Wayne Oden of Westford, MA, and Madeline Oden of Putnam; her brother, Carmelo Perrone of Waterford, CT, and four grandchildren, Carly, Brian, Emma, and Steven. She was the sister of the late Josephine Wilbur.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Carmela’s family from 6:00 to 8:00pm, Thursday March 31, 2011 in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam. A gathering will begin at 9:30am on Friday April 1, 2011 at the funeral home, followed by her Funeral Service at 10:30am. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.
In keeping with Carmela’s love of animals, donations may be made in her memory to Sr. Eleanore Baldoni’s Animal Rescue, 22 Pearl Ave, Putnam, CT 06260