Carmelita Prudencio
Carmelita Prudencio
  • July 6, 1941 - July 23, 2017
  • Charlottesville, Virginia

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It is with great sadness that the family of Carmelita Cruz Prudencio announces her passing on July 23rd, 2017 at the age of 76.

Carmelita was born on July 6th, 1941, in the Philippines, to Jose O. and Flora J. Pacunayen Cruz. She graduated from the Chinese General Hospital School of Nursing in Manila, Philippines with a degree in nursing in 1963. In 1964, she immigrated to Philadelphia, PA through the Albert Einstein Medical Center (South) Exchange Nurses Program. The next year, she transferred into the University of Virginia’s nursing exchange program. During this time, she met and began dating her future husband, Robinhood Prudencio, who had also immigrated to the U.S. and was serving in the U.S. Navy. They married in Philadelphia, PA in 1966 and started a family. In 1971, the family moved to Charlottesville, VA, where Carmelita worked as a Registered Nurse at the UVA Medical Center. She retired in 2000 after 29 years of service. Carmelita was an avid word searcher, enjoyed tending to her orchids, flowers and plants; and spending time with her family. She enjoyed listening to music, especially when her children performed together. She was a devout Catholic with a strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Carmelita was preceded in death by her father, Jose; mother Flora and brothers: Joselito, Virgilio and Fernando.

Carmelita is survived by her husband, Robinhood Prudencio and their four children: her daughter Michelle (and husband Tom Bickley), son Robin Prudencio, daughter Maritess Prudencio, and son Michael Prudencio; three grandchildren: Cecilia Bickley Leonen (and husband Chavez), Amelia Bickley (and fiancé Patric Burns), and Victoria Bickley; and two great-grandsons Caden and Carter Leonen. Carmelita is also survived by siblings: Josefina Cruz, Monsignor Ernesto Cruz, Teresita Cruz, Tirso Cruz (and his wife Virginia and family), Susana Cruz, and Corazon Balangue (and her husband Ramon and family); and her extended family, friends and The Filipino Community of Charlottesville.

A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, July 29th, 2017, 2:30pm, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Charlottesville. The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 27th, 2017, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm; Friday, July 28th, 2017, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, at Teague Funeral Home in Charlottesville; and Saturday, July 29th, 2017, at 1:30pm, at St. Thomas Aquinas.

The family would like to offer our sincere gratitude to the staffs at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Davita Charlottesville North and the UVA Medical Center ER and Coronary Care Unit.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart, Kidney or Diabetes Foundations.