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Viewing - Friday, 30 October 2020
Funeral Mass - Saturday, 31 October 2020
Meeting ID: 203 438 5194
Carmen Cloiseau, better known as “Mammy” was born in Jean-Rabel, Haiti to the late Lherisson Cloiseau, and the late Jeanne Cloiseau (née Plancher) on July 13, 1926. By age 10 years, Mammy moved with her parents to Port-de-Paix, and later the family relocated to Gonaives where Mammy completed her higher education. She married the love of her life, the late Bussy Jean-Zamor in 1949. Seven daughters and one son were born of their union, and Mammy also raised her husband’s eldest son as her own. The couple initially lived in Hinche, and later settled in Port-au-Prince. Throughout her working career in Haiti Mammy had various occupations, including teaching early childhood education and working as a dental hygienist at the “Fondation Pedodontique”. She also held a part-time position, as a cashier at Rex Theater. Despite this myriad of responsibilities, Mammy’s highest priority was spending quality time with her children and investing in their upbringing.
Mammy immigrated to the United States in 1967. No longer married by that time, she took residence in New York City, and worked tirelessly to ensure that all of her children could join her within 6 years of her arrival. Pursuing new opportunities in the US with her children in tow was one of her life’s goals. Mammy truly valued education for her children and herself. In fact, for many years, she attended school after work hours to earn certificates in Hotel Management, Secretarial and Managerial skills. Mammy then joined the hotel industry where she worked as a supervisor for several years until her retirement.
Our most elegant Mammy enjoyed music, dancing, good Haitian food, and most of all traveling. She was fortunate to visit several continents, accompanied her children and friends. On occasion, she also ventured abroad alone. She also loved spending time with family and friends and, as a result, remained very involved in the upbringing of her grand-children, great-grandchildren and even her great-great grandchildren. In spite of the distance, she managed to stay connected with all of her relatives and friends via frequent phone calls, and attendance in most social events.
Mammy was a spiritual person who regularly attended church services, and who believed in comforting, helping and uplifting everyone around her. Mammy will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her.
Mammy departed her earthly journey on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at the age of 94. She leaves the following family and friends who mourn her passing and treasure her memory: her brother, Fritz Israel and his family, Mammy’s children, Renee Jean-Louis, Maryse Jean-Nerette, Marie-Josée Jean-Blain, Carolle Sorel, Chantal Jean, Carine Jean, MD, Magalie Jean-Raphael, Yves-Marie Jean and Claude Zamor. They are joined by Mammy’s Daughter- and Sons-in-Law: Sophia Palanque, Dukerns Jean-Louis, Jean-Charles Nerette, Jean-Marie Blain, Jean-Claude Sorel, Milton Jackson and Garry Raphael. Also carrying Mammy’s legacy are her grandchildren: Peggy Jean-Louis, Dukerns Christopher Jean-Louis and life-partner Toni Lewinski, Dave Lapommeray, Esq., and fiancée Shelly McKay, Carl-Henry Lapommeray and spouse Tina, Eddy Jean, Jr. and spouse Equasia, Maelinda Sorel, Stephanie Sorel and life-partner Jamel Miller, Johanne Larosiliere, Esq., Katheline Philias and spouse Ricardo, Jean-Beethove Chery and fiancée Alicia Gallo, Cassandra Raphael, MD and spouse Simon Fitzgerald, MD, Najee and Anique Jean, Alain Zamor and spouse Sarah, Philippe Zamor and spouse Jessica. Also mourning the loss of their Matriarch are Mammy’s great-grandchildren: Dukerns Jean-Louis, Jr., Matteo, Khara, Leah, Serena and Jada Lapommeray, Brianna Beaujuin-Brown and spouse Matthew, Cameron and Bryce Jean, Shayne Williams, Arianna Bridgelal, Adonis Golden, Jr., Kailah Miller, Sanaya Philias, North and Chase Chery, Raphael and Elijah Fitzgerald, Madison and Aidan Zamor, as well as Mammy’s fifth generation, her great-great-grandchildren: Carter and Camden Brown.
Also mourning the loss of Mammy are her close family and friends, including but not limited to: Micheline Marhonne, Odile Lucas-Charles, Suzette and Chantal Lucas, Serge and Rudolph Poitevien, Renee Najac, Philippe Romain, Marie-Carme Poitevien, Judge Dweynie Paul, Dr. Frantz Dorsainvil, Jacques Lapommeray, Jean-Joseph Larosiliere, Carline Guillaume, Gaulette Zamor, Jean-Claude Chery, Gemma Obermuller, Clairette Louissant.
The family expresses particular gratitude toward Yvette Julien for taking such great care of Mammy during the last eight years.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Carmen's name to:
American Heart Association National Center
7272 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75231
Donation by phone: 1-800-AHA-USA-1 or 1-800-242-8721
A great lady has gone. Always well poised, distinguished, giving special attention to all. Mammy will be missed. May she Rest in Peace. My sympathies to each and everyone. (Edwige Vorbe)
It is so sad to hear that Auntie Carmen left us peacefully. My deepest condolences to the entire family. May her soul be at peace with our Heavenly Father. I will never forget her kindness and love she had given to everyone. Rest in Peace beautiful soul and you will be forever remembered. (Maggie Augustin)
She was an amazing woman!! And became like a grandmother to me after mine passed. Loved her and will miss her. (Tina Love)
Mes condoleances a toute la famille…que la terre lui soit legere!...(Paule-Marie Frederic)
OMG I feel like I have lost a mother. So sorry to hear that. My sincere condolences to the family. (Andre Saint-Louis)
I am so sad to learn the departure of Manmie Carmen, although I believe it is for going to a better place. She was a wonderful person. In spite of the fact that she had a Full House of girls she had a place for me to also call her Mammie. My condolences to my chosen sister Maryse and all the rest of the family. (Marie Carolle Larose)
Tante Carmen fut un modele de perseverance, d’amour et de solidarite. Toujours un mot affectueux envers tous. Elle va nous manquer. Mes sinceres condoleances a toute la famille. (Edeline Frederic)
I will always miss walking into her house and going to say hi to her. The comforting smell of Haitian food and her always first and foremost asking how my family was doing…inviting them to stay at her home. Wonderful lady, wonderful memories. (Alicia Gallo)
I am so sorry for your loss! I have profound and beautiful memories of Tante Carmen. May she Rest In Peace! My condolences to you and the family. (Lorette Gilles Duval)
So Sorry for your loss. She was a very sweet lady and never forgot who I was even though she didn’t see me that often. Every time I did see her, I asked her “do you remember me Grandma” and she look at me like was thinking “do you think I am senile”, and yes, she always remembered who I was! I know she will be greatly missed! (May Ann Mure)
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