There is a time for everything, a time to be born and a time to die as said in Ecclesiastes 3 verse 2.
Mirlande Joseph (Celita), borne Mirlande Louis in Leogane, Haiti on January 29 th , 1956 to the late
Thelmacine Dore and Andre Louis.
She is the biological mother of 8 children out of which, four were born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti and the
other 4 were born in the US. Berline Montrose, Robenson Montrose, Runaldo Montrose, Carline
Montrose was born and raised in Haiti while, Steve Montrose, Anne Montrose, Ania Montrose and
Donald Montrose was born and raised here in this country. She is also survived by her 16 grandchildren.
She arrived in the US as an immigrant in 1982 in search of a better life for her four children that she had
at time in Haiti. She also left her 3 siblings in Haiti, Samson Louis (Deceased), Daniel Louis (Deceased)
and Mireille Louis, the only one alive out of her brothers and sisters. She married Mr. Jean Roger
Montrose, father of her 8 children in New York in 1986. For those who knew Celita, they knew she was a
fighter who never let discouragement stop her from fulfilling her duty as a wife, mother, and sister. It
was difficult for her to raise the 4 children that God blessed her with when she came in America while
struggling to provide for the ones in Haiti.
After her divorce from her first husband, she remarried Mr. Louis Joseph in Philadelphia in 2013. Anyone
who knew Celita knew that she cared for EVERYONE. Her home was not only a place for her children to
stay, but a shelter for all family and friends. In addition, as a caregiver, her patients were always satisfied
with her services. She was hardworking with strong work ethics and was often considered as a
workaholic and never had time for vacation.
She never wanted her children to face the struggles she endured in the U.S and strived for them to be
better. The time to die has come and God took her away from us on August 11 th . She will be
remembered for who she was, what she accomplished, and the sacrifices she made for her family and
close friends. Many called her a hero, champion and even a legend; today she is gone but those titles
will stay with us forever as we cherish her memories. She took her trip to eternity, but her
accomplishments will be passed on from generation to generation.
Her biggest dream was to see her children succeed and she worked hard to bring them closer to each
other. She spent most of her time talking on her phone with family and friends from all over. When she
spent time with her children, it was then she would share stories and life experiences that would fill the
atmosphere with pure joy and laughter. Let us remember Celita for the matriarch she was in her family!
Today, for a last time, as we reunite and say our goodbyes, let us not only see it as a sad moment but
also as the celebration of life and legacy of Mirlande Joseph.
May she rest in eternal peace.
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