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Carmen Fernandez

December 5, 2020

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Carmen Fernandez went home to see the Lord on Saturday December 5, 2020. She passed away in her sleep at 10:45 A.M. at the Lifepath Hospice Center in Tampa, Florida. She was 92 years of age. My mom was a special woman with a distinct talent for making dresses. She was for most of her adult life living with my now deceased dad who was a College Professor. She received diplomas in Fashion Designing, Patternmaking and Grading from a very prestigious New York firm, The Mayer School of Fashion Design. She also devoted her life to being among the finest gourmet cooks I have ever experienced. My late dad had a voracious appetite and his palette always appreciated my mom’s superb cooking. Her black bean soup and pork roast was absolutely outstanding in all respects. Being an only child you may say I was kind of spoiled but to be frank, she did not spoil me. On the contrary, only her granddaughters fell under her spell at being first rank for her. She was born in Havana, Cuba of a simple family background but she rejoiced in all great things in life. A devoted Catholic her favorite saint was Saint Anne. I duly remember the many times we went to Church together and also to the fascinating Metropolitan Opera Concerts in New York City. She loved almost all types of good music including Spanish pop and Classical with special weaknesses in Opera and Operettas. Her childhood was a tough one since she had to take care at an early age of her siblings, a sister, brother and half-brothers and half-sisters. My dad, my mom and myself came from Cuba in 1961 right after Castro’s takeover and the first years in this Country were tough on her since she had to learn English language from scratch. At that time she only knew Spanish. We settled in various parts of the U.S. but primarily in Olean, New York where my dad was a Professor at the distinguished St. Bonaventure University. From then on it was New York City and then Los Angeles, California followed for 20 years of her life. Another 24 years later she resided with us in Tampa, Florida. Her last stay of residence. Her work experience in the fashion industry was commensurate and very devoted. In New York as well as in Los Angeles she worked for long hours repairing, and designing dresses. All our family is going to miss Carmen extremely so. But now she has a wonderful nest with the Lord and the Virgin Mary at her side. Adios Mama! Whatever I have done in the past I know you will understand and I ask your forgiveness for anything in the past I may have offended you. We all have loved you!

A funeral Mass will be offered at St Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in New Tampa at 10:00 AM Thursday, December 10, 2020. A brief viewing will take place 30 minutes prior to the Mass. Entombment will follow in the mausoleum at Sunset Memory Gardens in Thonotosassa, Fl, (Everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery, no funeral procession. A visitation at the funeral home will take place Wednesday Dec 9th in the evening for 6:30-7:30 pm



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