Mary Ellen Poleri Campbell, 87, the former owner with her late husband, James, of Campbell’s Place, a popular local tavern at 8337 Germantown Ave., died Nov. 24 at her home in Chestnut Hill.

The Campbells opened the tavern in 1970, and Mrs. Campbell remained the face and backbone of the business until it was sold in 2007.

Over those 37 years, Mrs. Campbell became much more than a local proprietor: She was a friend, employer, confidant, gin rummy partner, sounding board and shoulder to cry on to the many individuals who passed through her establishment.

Quick-witted, with an unfiltered sense of humor, sentimental and endlessly generous, she was most happy surrounded by friends and family, always trying to have a wonderful time.

A lifetime resident of Chestnut Hill, Mrs. Campbell was he youngest of six children born to Sicilian immigrants Carmela LaRussa and Thomas Poleri. She attended J.S. Jenks Elementary School in Chestnut Hill and Germantown High School.

She is survived by a daughter, Christina Campbell, and three grandchildren. Mrs. Campbell’s husband died in 1999.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Our Mother of Consolation Church, 9 E. Chestnut Hill Ave. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29, at Jacob F. Ruth Funeral Directors, 8413 Germantown Ave. Interment will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, at 34 Washington St., Suite 200, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481, or – WF

  • Bernadette

    My condolences to Stephanie Campbell on the death of her stepmother, to Jim and his family on the death of his stepmother, and to Tina and her family on the death of her mother/grandmother. Mary was a remarkable person to all who knew her and a special friend to me. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

  • Frank Giacomelli

    I just ran across this on the internet and wanted to post my condolences to Tina. I worked for Mary back in the early 80’s while I was attending Spring Garden College. I was her “upstairs” bartender on the weekends and for private parties. She was a wonderful lady that always had a kind word and a easy smile. Frank Giacomelli, Palm Beach FL