Mommy - probably the 40s.
Germaine Cauvin Cabeche
  • 101 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 25, 1913
  • Place of birth:
    Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • Date of passing: Oct 9, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Tampa, Florida, United States
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. (Elle a du prix aux yeux de l'Éternel, La mort de ceux qui l'aiment.) Ps 116:15

Mom's Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, November 22nd at 10 a.m. at Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Manhattan, NY.

We would like to thank all of those who came to remember her life.

Mom's remains reached the final resting place on March 14, 2015 at the Parc du Souvenir in Haiti, next to her beloved niece, Micheline. We thank all those who joined us to witness this final stage of her journey on earth.

Special thanks to Jean-Emmanuel Castera for generously providing a space for her.

Lissel and Jessie 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Pepe Cauvin on 9th October 2015

"Yesterday I was talking about tante Germaine because I was in a situation where I could use one of her quotes. She used to say : Saint..... (I don't remember which one! Please fill the blank ) souké pon yèt  yo ! I loved Mamie , I never forgot what she said to me.
I remember when I went to NY the first time, I just migrated to Quebec and my first trip out was NY. I was supposed to spend a week-end but I wanted to stay longer, as I was wondering about my clothes getting dirty and not having clean ones , tante Germaine said to me : don't worry every body is dirty in this city !"

This tribute was added by Jean-Emmanuel Castera on 27th April 2015

"Comme aurais dit Lafontaine : "en toute chose il faut considérer la fin " on doit surtout  retenir qu'elle a bien vécut jusqu'à un âge considérable . Le mieux est de se rappeler de son vivant  .Elle était la sœur préférée de ma grand'mère Je garde d'elle un très beau souvenir  . Que son âme repose en paix .

This tribute was added by Vera Baggio on 7th November 2014

"Lissel,Jessie and Bill,
We are very sorry for the loss of Germaine. May she rest in peace.
She was a very bright,  educated and elegant woman. We learned
a lot from her. We  will remember her saying"over the bridge", every time we celebrate life.
Love ,
Vera and Baggio"

This tribute was added by Marisela Rozas on 3rd November 2014

"Germaine was our oldest living resident, as well as the longest living resident at Alimar, so she had a very special place in our hearts. She was very sweet and very classy - she always said "please" and "thank you".  She loved her cookies and coffee - she would ask anybody that walked by for some.  She was constantly working on crossword puzzles.

One time we had an Elvis impersonator that was so good that she actually told me, "Thank you, thank you, thank you! I just don't know how you pulled that off!"  She loved that Elvis.

She used to tell me a story of when she was young, riding horses from one edge of a field to the other side.  I remember how her face would light up at the memory.

I still remember the day that she came to Alimar.  Bill told me that she was leaving the house every day trying to go to Mass.  He was concerned for her safety and felt it best she move to Alimar.  Even here, she would ask me directions to the closest church.

Everybody at Alimar always spoke of how sweet she was, how she never complained, and how she always had a smile.  But I still remember when a friend of my daughter's used to deliver the briefs, and he would come into her room to do so...I don't know what she did, but he was terrified of her.  He was 6'4, 240 lbs, and terrified of Germaine.

She was a very special lady and she will not be forgotten.  We have had very few residents like her - people like Germaine are hard to come by.  Just to look at her would make you happy.  She will always be a part of us."

This tribute was added by Jessie Mejias on 30th October 2014

"Ceci de Patrick Cauvin (sur Facebook):
"Mon pere Marcel disait souvent que Tante Germaine etait l'une de ses cousines preferees. Eugenie Ninie Cauvin, soeur de Petion et de Francois Cauvin etait leur marraine et aidait Man Vava a elever tous les enfants de cette lignee dont mon pere, Tante Jeanne, Tante Resia et mon oncle Andre. Mon pere taquinait tante Germaine en lui disant que Ninie a sa mort avait dit a Tante Germaine que c'est a elle de s'occuper de mon pere.Du coup, il appelait tante Germaine: Marraine. Maurice Cauvin disait aussi de tante Germaine qu'elle etait une vraie intellectuelle et qu'elle se rendait souvent au Palais de Justice pour entendre les grands avocats d'antan lors des grands proces et surtout lorsqu'l s'agissait des Leger, Luxembourg, Petion Pere, Emile , Francois, Victor Cauvin qui defendaient la veuve et l'orphelin. D'ailleurs lors d'un proces retentissant qui mettait face a face Leger Cauvin l'erudit et Francois Cauvin, Leger arreta un peu sa plaidoirie pour saluer Francois son neveu en lui disant:" tu es le seul Cauvin appele a me remplacer.""

This tribute was added by Dede Diaz-Velez on 23rd October 2014

"Lissel, my heart goes out to you and your family; heaven has gained a great woman/angel!  You've touched many lives (including mine); your contribution to this world has been great. Ciao bella. xoxo"

This tribute was added by Eliane Cauvin on 16th October 2014

"Je me souviens encore d'un cahier de beaux poèmes choisis et écrits à la plume par Tante germaine.Elle me l''avait offert en cadeau sachant que j'aimais réciter des vers.J'ai encore en tete un de ces poèmes,d'un auteur inconnu, intitulé Berruria.Je penserai à toi Tante Germaine à chaque fois que je dirai ces vers...Merci,Repose en paix."

This tribute was added by Eliane Cauvin on 16th October 2014

"Quand Man Dady se souvient...
Toute jeune fille,contrairement à ses soeurs,Tante Germaine était très sportive et active.Elle jouait au volleyball avec les amies de son quartier dont les demoiselles Barreau..."

This tribute was added by Margaretta Delgado on 16th October 2014

"My condolences to the family. I remember your parents during the times Calvin and I went to visit you at the apartment hi-rise. Great memories and I light this candle in memory of her. May she rest in peace eternally."

This tribute was added by Peter McNally on 15th October 2014

"Bill , Cathy and family you were blessed to have her presence in your lives and the memories will live forever.
Peter McNally"

This tribute was added by Aurelio Zarate on 15th October 2014

"My condolences to you Bill and your family.I remember her warm smile and kind heart. She will always be with you I feel my moms presence everyday. We are blessed to have had loving parents. Peace and light."

This tribute was added by Mark Codd on 14th October 2014

I vividly remember the day you took several of us from the Manhattan College Track team to your family's apartment high above Manhattan. I was stunned by the view, the friendliness of your beautiful sisters and the incredible welcoming manner of your mother. She immediately made us all feel very welcome that day, and I often think of this when I see those buildings high above the skyline. She was as gracious a person as I have ever met and she had an incredible run for all the years she enjoyed life. She certainly touched me with her manner, and she must have been very proud of all of you.
All the best,


This tribute was added by Roz Russo-Venditti on 14th October 2014

"Jessie -  Ed and I extend condolences to you and your family. Your mom lived a long, fruitful life and She will be greatly missed. I remember visiting your mom many times when she lived with you in Falls Church, VA. She always brought a smile to my face."

This tribute was added by Ed Venditti on 14th October 2014

"Jessie, your mom was indeed a very special person.  I can remember several times speaking with her at your home, but especially on an evening dinner out with your family before a Christian concert at the McLean Bible Church, your mom and I spoke a little French.  She very kindly commented that my pronunciation was very good.  That was very nice of her to say and I shall remember it always.  Many blessings to you and your family."

This tribute was added by Marcie Smith on 13th October 2014

"To the Cabeche Family,
May she rest in peace. May her memory be a blessing. So long as you remember her - she will always be with you.

This tribute was added by Jessica Hernandez on 13th October 2014

"Jessie, my condolences to you and your family.  I see where you and your boys get your spark from.  Also, it's evident that she had a ton of perseverance. Two hours to get to your destinations? That's quite unheard of these days.  You have inherited that quality as well.  Love you!"

This tribute was added by Kim Brubaker on 13th October 2014

"Bill and family,
although I didn't meet your mother, judging from the pictures and the legacy she left in her family, she must have been a remarkable woman.
May you find comfort in your faith and in pleasant memories of your time with her.
Darlene Elliott"

This tribute was added by Kim Brubaker on 13th October 2014

"Bill & Family,
My deepest condolences to you and your family. May you find peace and remember the love shared with your dear Mother.  
Gail Wean."

This tribute was added by Kim Brubaker on 13th October 2014

"Our deepest condolences go out to the Cabeche family. Your mother's legacy will live on forever through cherished memories. May she rest in peace and may you, her loved ones, find peace and comfort in knowing she's in a better place.  Norm, Kim & Cheyanne Brubaker"

This tribute was added by Becky Hamilton on 12th October 2014

"Jessie, your mother always had a welcoming smile when I would come over. May she rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Pepe Cauvin on 12th October 2014

"Mamie ! You will be missed ! I will always remember  tante Germaine and her famous quotes like : up to the bridge ! And more . She lived a good life may she rests in peace ."

This tribute was added by Jessie Piquion on 12th October 2014

"Tante Germaine you will be missed by your family and friends. God called you to his side, may your light shine bright and strong .

This tribute was added by Evelyn Cauvin on 12th October 2014

"Tante Germaine prenait la vie avec calme, serenite et avait toujours une histoire ou un souvenir qu'elle racontait avec sa facon de ponctuer ces recits par un petit rire tout special. Mammy je ne t'oublierai jamais."

This tribute was added by Mirtho Colbert on 12th October 2014

"Bye bye Ninin Germaine, we will meet you again, you are now with our beloved God. Be our angel on earth. Love and light

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This memorial is administered by:

Bill Cabeche
Lissel Navarro
Jessie Mejias
Cathy Cabeche


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