Carmen Marie Buttacavoli Andes died peacefully in her home after a long illness on Friday, December 30, 2011, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in 1933 in Brooklyn, NY, to Frank and Raffaela Catalano Buttacavoli.
Carmen is survived by her devoted husband of 60 years, Robert C. Andes. Also left to cherish her memory are her children, Delores Poulos, Regina Shedarowich Stan, Robert Andes, Jr. Norma, David Andes Terry, and Richard Scott Andes and her sister Gloria Indelicato. She was a caring “Nana” to 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Carmen was preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Deborah Zettlemoyer and brothers Frank and Charlie Buttacavoli.
Carmen’s greatest loves were God, her family and friends. She was known for putting the needs of her family and others before her own and she supported many charities. She was an avid bingo player and loved to travel, fulfilling her lifelong dream of visiting all 50 states as well as Europe and the Holy Land. A Navy wife for 30 years, she was also a member of St. Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church, the women’s club, choir and a former member and officer of the Roma Lodge. Carmen also worked as a teacher’s aide with special needs children. Although she had many accomplishments, one of her proudest was raising six beautiful children and nurturing a strong and loving family.
The family will receive friends Monday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road Virginia Beach. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 1:00 PM at St. Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church, 5345 Virginia Beach Boulevard Virginia Beach. Memorial donations may be made to either St. Gregory Catholic School Endowment Fund or to Breast Cancer Research. Condolences may be offered to the family at altmeyer.com