Carmen Lilli Daniels passed away peacefully on January 29th after a brief but valiant battle with cancer. She was born in Schwetzingen, Germany on April 7th of 1950 to Antoni and Charlotte Kuchta. At the tender age of two, she held her mother’s hand and boarded an enormous ship that would take her on a journey across the Atlantic Ocean to begin a new life in the United States. She grew up surrounded by love in her childhood home of Camden, NJ that her father built for the family with his own hands. She attended Camden Catholic High School, followed by Duquense University in Pittsburgh, PA, Rutgers University in Camden, NJ and later Glassboro State College in Glassboro, NJ. Soon after, she met and then married the love of her life, James J. Daniels on October 7th, 1972. Their story together spanned 28 years until his untimely death in 2000, and their chapters included a home they built together, four children, and the kind of unconditional love that most people only hope to find. Carmen loved children and spent most of her life nurturing her own children and grandchildren, as well as those in her community. She taught both Kindergarten and First Grade in the Pittsgrove Township School District for over a decade. She was passionate about her profession, as working with children was truly her calling. She knew and cherished the importance of impacting children’s lives and nurturing their spirits, and she made it a point to do just that in any capacity she could. Forever embracing her memory are her children and grandchildren, Coleen Coombs (husband Donald and grandchildren Aidan and Kaleigh), Jim Daniels (wife Kari and granddaughter Ryanne), John Daniels (wife Samantha and granddaughters Hannah and Cassidy), Sean Daniels (granddaughter Remi). She was welcomed home and reunited with her parents Antoni and Charlotte Kuchta and her loving husband James J. Daniels. A memorial will be held in November of 2019, as were Carmen’s wishes. The family will provide more details on the memorial at a later date.
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