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Vicenta Casem

Obituary of Vicenta Bernardo Casem

Vicenta Bernardo Casem Olean, NY Vicenta Bernardo Casem of Olean entered into the arms of her loving Savior on Thursday (May 7, 2020) at The Pines Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Born June 19, 1928 in Manila, Philippines, she was the daughter of Vicente and Emilia Santos Bernardo. On December 8, 1951 she married Guillermo C. Casem who predeceased her August 25, 1989. Vicenta immigrated to the United States to live with her daughter and her family. She embraced the American way of life and was proud of the day she became a US citizen in July of 2006. She was an integral part of, and the more senior member of the Filipino community in Olean and was known to all as "Mommy". She was also a devout catholic and member of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Olean. Her joy in life came from being a wonderful and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She also enjoyed sewing. She leaves behind a daughter Dr. Maria Veronica (Dr. Orlando) Cruz of Olean; 1 grandson Dr. Jose Paolo Orlando C. (Kristin Meghan) Cruz of Buffalo; 2 great grandbabies Catalina Coralyn Cruz and Marcella Rey Cruz and many loving nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by 3 brothers. A Mass will be celebrated at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels at a future date and will be announced. Burial will be next to her husband in her homeland in the Philippines. Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, 201 S. Union St., Olean, NY 4760. Arrangements are under the direction of the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, Olean. Online condolences may be expressed at
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