Vicenta Respicio Buen passed away on Tuesday February 11th at the age of 90. She was born July 6th, 1929 in the Philippines, and was raised by her parents, Antonino Respicio and Epiphania Manlino Respicio along with two sisters: Marina and Brigida, one brother Jose, twins that passed in childhood, and another sister that passed in infancy. She grew up there until the age of 25 when she got married and moved to Salinas, CA with her husband Rufino Buen. She worked for 40 years at Windsor Skyline Care Center as a Certified Nurses Aid.
Up to her passing, Vicenta was very well loved by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and all those that knew her. Vicenta enjoyed cooking for her family on Sundays and holidays. She kept a well tended garden and regularly attended mass at Madonna Del Sasso. She found joy in watching her family grow, family gatherings every week, and making sure you had something to eat. She mostly sat back to watch and listen to everyone, and would occasionally ask a question, make a comment, or rarely interject with a hilarious one liner.
She had a selfless love, a discerning wisdom, and an always unexpected sense of humor. Vicenta was a truly exceptional woman who deeply effected those around her and will be greatly missed by all that knew her.
Vicenta is survived by her children, Rudy, Velma (Eric), Christine (Raul), Adeline (Casey), along with five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Vicenta was preceded in death by her parents, loving husband of 30 years, and all siblings with the exception of her oldest sister, Marina.
Visitation will be held Monday, February 24, 2020 from 11 - 1 PM at the Healey Mortuary, 405 N. Sanborn Rd, Salinas.
Funeral Services will begin at 1:00 PM Monday at the Mortuary Chapel.
Burial will follow at the Garden of Memories Cemetery, 850 Abbott St., Salinas.
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