Camilla V. Seminara
October 30, 1919 – April 14, 2021
Preceded in death by husband, Louis A. Seminara; daughter, Kathy Nielsen; granddaughter, Michelle Seminara. Survived by sons, Fr. Ron Seminara, S.J. and Dr. John Seminara (Teresa); 6 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; sister, Virginia McKay; son-in-law, Chris Nielsen.
PRIVATE MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, April 22nd at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church (11802 Pacific Street). Private Interment. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Holy Family Mission.
This beautiful lady, Camilla Seminara, was born on October 30, 1919 to Frank and Grace Tribulato. When she started first grade, she spoke only Italian, but her joyful personality attracted friends then as it still did 101 years later.
This ballroom dancing diva and her husband, Lou, had three children: Father Ron, a Jesuit priest, Dr. John, a retired dentist, and sweet Kathy, who sadly passed away 11 years ago. Lou was an attorney who practiced until he was 90 years old, a year before he died.
When she was young, she rode horses, skied, snorkeled, played tennis, and bowled. Voted “Best Dancer” in high school, she sewed every dress to make that dancer the Bell of the Ball. By her own modest account, she was also an excellent roller skater.
She was a member of the Opera Guild, Symphony Guild, Eclectic Book Club, and St. Robert’s Church Community. Oil painting was a hobby of hers and, honestly, she was quite good. She golfed until she was 93, drove a car until she was 96, played bridge until 97, and in August of last year (during the pandemic) moved into Fountain View Retirement Community.
She always enjoyed reading, making banana bread for her ailing friends, and offering prayer shawls to those she knew were suffering. A daily rosary for her family was her sign of faith in God and her unconditional love for all of us. With a great sense of humor, she always laughed at herself and with great faith and hope she enjoyed those times when God winks. And God winked when he called her to Glory exactly 12 years to the day after Lou entered into his Kingdom.
When asked, “What’s your secret to longevity, Camilla?”, she simply and earnestly replied, ‘A strong Faith in God.’ For that reason, on the bottom of every greeting card from her is always scrolled, “Love and Prayers.” We will miss you dearly. We grieve for a moment. Forever we will celebrate your life and the memories you created. All our ‘Love and Prayers’ sweet Camilla.