Carmela M. Martini

Carmela Martini, 62, died April 15, 2022.

Carmela grew up in Clarendon Hills and graduated from Hinsdale Central High School. She went on to earn degrees in marketing and journalism from Southern Methodist University. She was a collegiate and alumnae officer with the Delta Gamma Women’s Fraternity and served on their National Council as vice president of membership and vice president of communications. This was followed by over a decade of service on the National Panhellenic Council.

Carmela is survived by her sister, Maryann (Steve Payne) Lavery; her brother, Desmond Martini; her niece and nephew, Isabella and Callahan Lavery; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Nick and Jane Martini.

A funeral Mass took place April 30 at St. Mary of Gostyn Church in Downers Grove.

Interment was at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary of Gostyn Catholic Church, 445 Prairie Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515; the Chicago Marathon, run by Isabella Lavery, for the Purple Project for Pancreatic Cancer online at; the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington St., Chicago, IL 60607; or the Delta Gamma Collegiate Scholar-ship Fund online at

Adams-Winterfield & Sullivan Funeral Home in Downers Grove handled the arrangements.