Carmen S Brody
September 14, 1926 – June 21, 2020
Carmen Silva Brody At home in Pell City, Alabama, with her family at her side, Carmen peacefully passed away on Sunday, June 21" at the age of 93. Carmen was born on September 14, 1926 in New York City to Pedro and Eugenia Suarez Silva, immigrants from Spain. By school age, her family had moved to Vineland, New Jersey where Carmen attended school and graduated from Vineland High School in 1944. Shortly before graduation Carmen took a job at Kavesh Dress Shop on Landis Avenue where she continued to work after graduation but went on to receive certification in interior design from the Chicago School of Interior Design. World War II was over, "the boys" were home and while accompanying a friend shopping for furniture at Brody's Furniture Store on Landis Avenue in Vineland, Carmen met up with an old schoolmate, Sam Brody who she would marry on July 14, 1946 and would remain happily married to for the next fifty-four years. Early on and for many years, Carmen worked in the family business, Brody's Wayside Furniture, on Delsea Drive in Vineland, in sales and as an excellent interior decorator. Her talents were always in demand. In the early seventies, due to Sam's health, Carmen and Sam left Vineland and the family business and retired to Aventura, Florida. Following her husband's death in May of 2000, Carmen continued to live in Aventura until 2012 when due to her declining eyesight it became necessary for her to be closer to family. It was then that Carmen made the move to Pen City, Alabama, where she has lived for the past eight years. Carmen was a fiercely loving, caring wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who always put her family's needs and wants before her own. Carmen was always known for her beauty, both inside and out, her grace and for her amazing sense of style and class. Her friends in California referred to her as Coco, after Coco Channel. Above all, she was kind, sweet and could not have been more giving. At the same time, whenever protecting her family or friends, the gentle lioness stood up. Carmen is predeceased by her husband, Samuel H. Brody, "Sam", her daughter, Lynda Umbert, Loggans, Norton, great-grandson, John Brody Bell, parents, Pedro and Eugenia Suarez Silva, half-brother, Manuel Silva, and son-in-law, John H. Bell. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Brody Bell, grandchildren, Natalie Umbert, Fiebush, Whitaker, Devon Brody Bell (Christy), Leslie Shay Loggans and step- grandson, John H. Bell II (Sherry), great-grandchildren, Carolina Fiebush, Brody Bell, Braden Bell, twins, Sam and Eli Whitaker and step-granddaughter, Madelyn Bell Bryant (Seth), nephews, Melvin Brody (Joann), Richard Weber (Lynda), and Johnathan Malat, nieces, Shawn Perry Turner, Rachel Shanley (John), and Deborah Kroschwitz (Ron). The family of Carmen wishes to thank Katie Jones, first and foremost a dear family friend who stepped up and gave the most loving, awesome and outstanding care any care-giver could possibly give, Mary Jones, a wonderful care-giver who became part of the family, Dr. Rick Jotani and his caring staff, especially Leslie, St. Vincent's Home Health, especially Erin and Traysha and Comfort Care Hospice, especially Lesher and Jamie. Each and every one of you helped the family maintain Carmen's comfort and quality of life to the very end of her life and for that, we are extremely grateful. Kilgroe Funeral Home in Pell City, AL arranged for Carmen's return to Vineland. Wainwright-Bernhardt Funeral Home in Vineland is in charge of all funeral arrangements. Guestbooks can be visited at both funeral homes. At this time, due to COVID-19, only a graveside services will be held. Burial service to be officiated by Rabbi Rapoport on Friday, June 26th, 2:00 P.M. in Alliance Cemetery in Norma, NJ. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to your favorite charity. In the future, when safe for family and friends to gather for Carmen's unveiling service, a celebration of her life is also planned.