Carolyn Biasello, aide to D.A. Specter

Carolyn H. Biasello
Carolyn H. Biasello
Posted: October 16, 2012

Carolyn Hilger Biasello, 79, a personal secretary to Arlen Specter when he was Philadelphia district attorney, died Sunday, Oct. 7, from complications of Parkinson's disease at Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Woodlands, Texas.

Mrs. Biasello had lived in the Packer Park neighborhood of South Philadelphia.

Born in Philadelphia, she graduated from Haddonfield Memorial High School in 1950, and, after working for a Philadelphia jewelry firm, spent most of her career in city government, from April 1968 to April 1988.

After beginning as a clerk stenographer, she was a secretary in the District Attorney's Office during Specter's years there.

"I used to go to work with her when she worked with him when I would have a day off from school," daughter Sandra Gale said Sunday.

"I knew that he was a demanding boss and that she was a very meticulous secretary for him," she said. "She was very organized. She took a lot of pride in her work."

In addition to her mother, there were three other secretaries in the office, but "her office was adjacent to his."

Mrs. Biasello didn't bother her family by bringing home the pressure of the job, her daughter said. "Back then, it wasn't the nature of the business."

Later, Mrs. Biasello worked in the office of Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Stiles.

After retiring, she moved to Florida and then to Texas, to be close to her children and grandchildren. A frequent traveler, she visited Hawaii more than a dozen times.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Biasello is survived by her husband, Raymond; son Michael; a sister; and five grandchildren.

Services in Texas were private.


Contact Walter F. Naedele at 215-854-5607 or wnaedele@phillynews.com.

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