February 23, 2021
Carmen Feliciano passed away from leukemia at home surrounded by her three loving children and husband on February 23, 2021. Carmen (“Coli,” to her family), was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and migrated at three years old to New York City with her sister and parents. She married Ozzie Feliciano in 1964; they were married 57 years. Carmen earned her Associates Degree in Nursing from Bronx Community College in 1965. She was a compassionate and dedicated registered nurse for 45 years. For over a decade, she worked at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York. After moving to Pinellas County, Florida, she worked for Morton Plant Hospital, HealthSouth, and Aetna Insurance before retiring in 2010. Kind, generous and warm, Carmen dedicated her life to helping others through her nursing and volunteer work. For ten years, she volunteered as a nurse and educator at La Clinica Guadalupana, providing free healthcare services to Spanish-speaking patients, as well as organizing holiday parties for their children. In 2000, she and her sister Millie participated in a medical mission to provide healthcare to remote and severely impoverished communities in Peru. After retiring from her nursing career, Carmen worked tirelessly as a volunteer advocate for neglected and abused children in Pinellas County, Florida through the Guardian ad Litem program; she helped change the course of several children’s lives, facilitating their adoption into loving families. Carmen was the matriarch of her family, and a source of strength, support, and comfort to many. She loved children, and opened her home and heart to them. She was a gift and inspiration to many, but especially to those who knew her as “Mom,” “Abuela”/ “Wela” or “Titi Coli.” Carmen lived life to the fullest. Never one to sit still for long, she enjoyed music, dancing, traveling, and the beach. She planned many wonderful vacations for her and Ozzie and their family. Her family especially cherishes memories from their last big vacation in 2019, an Alaskan cruise adventure with all of the children and grandchildren, in honor of Ozzie’s 80th birthday and their 55th wedding anniversary. An excellent cook, she enjoyed preparing favorite dishes for loved ones, hosting family gatherings, and decorating holiday cookies with the precious children in her life. A woman of faith and strong convictions, Carmen will always be remembered by those whose lives she touched for her beautiful smile, generous spirit, joyful approach to life, and fierce devotion to her family. Carmen is survived by her husband, Ozzie, son Victor Feliciano, daughter Jennifer Feliciano Miller, daughter Cynthia Feliciano and her husband Geoff Ward, granddaughter Jaida Miller and bonus granddaughter Kyra Miller, grandsons Javi and Leo Ward, sister Millie Vabre and her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and siblings Margie Ortiz, Leani Torres, Juan Borras and his wife Denise Borras, their children and grandchildren, as well as her aunt Gloria Cortez and many cousins. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that we honor her life by donating to the Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation (https://flgal.org), or by donating blood in gratitude to the many donors who helped sustain Carmen these last few months (www.oneblood.org | www.redcross.org). Per her wishes and prearrangements, Coli will be memorialized at Curlew Hills Memorial Gardens in Palm Harbor, Florida. Details on services and a celebration of her life are pending.
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