In Memory

Carmen Rosa (Marcano)

MARCANO Carmen E. Marcano, passd into the eternal rest of the Lord on Wednesday, October 29, 2009 while surrounded by her loving family. Carmen was born on October 11, 1944 in Arroyo, Puerto Rico and was a resident of Bridgeport for more than 60 years. Carmen was the wife of the late Ramon Luis Marcano and the daughter of the late Antonio and Sebastiana Rosa. For 40 years, she was the chief executive officer and director of the Helping Hand Center, a faith based rehabilitation addiction program for men. She was the Senior Pastor of House of Compassion Church located at 500 Hallet St., Bridgeport. She was an active member of the community as social services and educational coordinator of the Spanish American Development Agency (SADA) from 1972 to 1980 and as president and vice chair in the Civil Service Commission for the City of Bridgeport since 1984 until 2008. For her efforts towards the Hispanic Community, Carmen received many awards and much recognition. She had a Bachelor of Science in Divinity as well as a Bachelor of Science in Human Services. She leaves behind a beloved daughter, Londa Marcano. She is also survived by her three grandchildren, Maya Geter, Tanea Coombs and Tavares Jefferson; sisters, Irma Vargas of Orlando, Fla., Lydia Alvarado and Aida Rosa, both of Bridgeport; and one brother, Gilbert Rosa of Bridgeport; and a host of other relatives and friends who will dearly miss her. She was predeceased by a brother, Antonio Rosa Jr. She will lay in state after 8:30 a.m. Saturday, (TODAY) October 31, 2009 with the Burial Service at 9:30 a.m. at House of Compassion Church, 500 Hallet St., Bridgeport. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to the House of Compassion Church in loving memory of Carmen. The Commerce Hill Funeral Home, 4798 Main St., Bridgeport.

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04/22/15 06:30 PM #1    

Richard (Rick) Brown, III

I want to thank Neville Rosa for notifying me about Carmen's passing in October 2009 and to share his comments.

Although Carmen and I had the same last name we were not related but, our families knew each other for over 60 years.Carmen was a trooper after graduation. She attended Bible college and was an active member of The Good Shepherd Christian Church. She helped the pastor establish The Helping Hand Center, a residential substance abuse program. She was also pastor of House of Compassion Church. Carmen was also active in Bridgeport politics and for many years she served on the civil service commission. Carmen was married to Ramon Marcano and had a daughter and 3 grandchildren. 

04/23/15 09:30 AM #2    

Harriet Dina (Smith)

I am so glad that Neville was able to furnish this information.  I remember when Carmen passed away, but was not able to furnish the exact information.  Thank you Neville.  Carmen and Lesbia were two of my favorites.


Harriet Dina-Smith


04/23/15 07:32 PM #3    

Elizabeth Figerle (Wegrzyn)

Sorry to hear that Carmen passed...and what she did after graduation from Bassick is remarkable...

Rest in peace Carmen...


04/25/15 07:19 AM #4    

Jorge L. Rivera

I will remember Carmen forever....She was a beautifull girl,but most of all, a beautifull person...may she "REST IN PEACE".....I hope that the class of 65.will attend the 50th reunoin. so that we can all be in one place, to pay our respect to her...Carmen, you'll always be in my Jorge L. Rivera Jr.

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