Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Semie L. Descopain

Semie Descopain was released peacefully into the hands of God for eternal rest on March 10, 2015.  Semie was the last of seventeen children born on June 25, 1941 in Jacmel, Haiti to the late Aleande Lafalaise and Lemeta Cayo.
 A pioneer, Semie was the first in her family to migrate to the United States in 1965. While in the states, she attended cosmetology school and learned the English language. Semie stayed in Brooklyn, NY and later settled in Irvington, NJ where she met and married Willy Descopain on January 5, 1983. She was instrumental in starting the Haitian Mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Irvington, NJ during the early 1980s. Extremely hardworking, Semie pursued various job opportunities but had a strong entrepreneurial spirit and performed cosmetology services from home. When clients visited with Semie, not only did they receive a warm meal, but could purchase anything from clothes to jewelry, cosmetics, shoes and household items.
 Semie relocated to Orlando, FL in 1989 where she became an active member of St. Andrews Church. She sang in the choir, organized the International Rosary and participated in the International Food Festival where she represented Haiti and became a Eucharistic minister at St. Andrews. Semie was very family and community oriented, encouraging her children to participate in various youth groups to learn and embrace their Haitian culture. She was well travelled and visited places all over the world from Canada to Paris, France. Semie loved to decorate, organize events and volunteer her time to others. Often viewed as a mother figure, she touched the lives of many people with her smile, generosity and wisdom.
Semie will  lovingly be remembered by her brother Roland Lafalaise of NY, sisters Renese Cherry of NY, Vesta Celestin of Haiti and Clairmise Louis of MA.
Semie is survived by her caring and devoted husband Willy Descopain; daughters Betty Charles, Guerda Henderson, Alexandra Charles, and Shirley Descopain. She also leaves to cherish her memory granddaughters Bernadette, Dominique, Ashley, Bibiane and great grandchildren Nayla, Troy and Miles. She leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family along with countless other friends whom were blessed to know her.
 The family will be receiving friends at Dobbs Funeral Home on Friday, March 20, 2015 from 7:00 until 9:00 pm.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Andrew Catholic Church on Saturday, March 21, 2015 followed by interment at Winter Garden Cemetery.


Unknown said...

A few years ago my Grandma passed away. It was hard for my family and I to adjust to the realization that she was gone. During this hard time we had to look into a funeral home. We were lucky to find a nice funeral home. There was a lot of nice people there willing to help us during the time that we needed it most.

M Jones said...

I am sorry for your loss please accept my sincere condolences. I hope you will find your strength and comfort in Jesus promises of the earthly resurrection(:Acts 24:15) and the renewed Paradise earth, where death will be no more and no family will have to mourn the death of a loved ever again. Revelation 21:3,4; Luke 23:43. May GOD(Psalms 83:18 grant you peace and comfort now during this grievous time.-Matthew 5:4

AfricanaQueen said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest condolences.

I hope you take comfort in knowing, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

Sister Semie is resting peacefully with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

May we use this time as an opportunity to reflect on our love for Semie as well as our love for our Savior.

Moreover, if we have not give asked Him for forgiveness, let today be the day that we commit to making Him the Alpher and the Omega...

God Bless you.