SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

January 30, 2013

Emma Clow


Beverly — Emma Milito Clow died at Kindred at Blueberry Hill on January 27, 2013. Emma was born in Salerno, Italy, the daughter of Francesco and Maria (Avossa) Milito. When only an infant, her family moved to Marseilles, France, where Emma was raised and educated.

Having spent her formative years in France, Emma adopted it as her country of origin. Fluent in several languages, Emma worked as an interpreter in Rome, Italy, for the Allied Forces during World War II where she met her future husband, Harold Andre Rene Clow, a bilingual American soldier, and they were eventually married at the Grand Hotel in Rome. Emma traveled to the United States at the end of the war on a ship reserved for war brides of many different nationalities. She settled initially in Beverly and later in Hamilton with her husband where she raised her family. Not one to sit around idly, she enrolled in school in Boston to become a licensed beautician and ran her own salon in her Hamilton home for many years. Emma and her husband retired to Bradenton, Fla. in 1976 and Emma resided there for 35 years until health issues prompted her return to Beverly.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years,

Harold, as well as two brothers and a sister. In her free time Emma enjoyed traveling, bingo, dancing, music, and spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of Post 194 American Legion Auxiliary in Hamilton and later American Legion Auxiliary Unit 24 in Bradenton, Fla. She supported Veteran causes during her entire life.

Emma is survived by her daughter, Jeanne Marie Commette (William) of Beverly; and her son Steve Clow (Peggy) of Sharpsburg, Ga. Also surviving are her sisters, Marguerite Milito of Marseille, France and Lucie Bossie of Bradenton, Fla; her grandsons, William Commette Jr. (Leslie) of Ormond Beach, Fla. and Kevin Commette of Beverly; her granddaughter Andrea Welch of Rome, N.Y.; her great-grandchildren are Kyle Commette and Shaelyn Commette of Ormond Beach, Fla. She is also survived by her longtime personal friends, Robert (Red) and Carmella Butman of Beverly.

ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral service will be held in the Campbell – Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly (North Beverly location), Thursday, January 31, 2013, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held prior to the service on Thursday, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Burial in the Hamilton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Emma’s memory to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923 or the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108. Information, directions and condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.