Bernarda Vega

Bernarda Cantillo Vega

Friday, September 24th, 1926 - Friday, April 10th, 2020
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“Dedicated to her family and her faith”

WATERBURY- Bernarda Vega Cantillo, 93, a devoted and loving mother, entered the gates of heaven, peacefully at home on Good Friday, April 10, 2020, surrounded by her loving family after a brief illness.

Bernanda was born on September 24, 1926 in the picturesque village of Usiacuri, Colombia, daughter of late Jose Maria Cantillo and Maria Conchita Cervantes. She was the widow of Orajes Manuel Vega. Bernarda “Tata or Ama”, a caretaker and friend to many, was incredibly giving and selfless. Her entire life was dedicated to taking care of her family. She was an avid dancer and the life of the party. She had a passion for gardening and playing games “loteria” with her family. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grand-children and great grandchildren. She was a very faithful and spiritual person. She believed in the good of people and she knew how to make you feel at ease with her thoughtful and compassionate words.

Left to cherish to her memory are her thirteen children, Alvaro E. Vega, Maria I. Moreno, Miriam I. Nieves, Orajes M. Vega, Nancy E. Echeverria, Maria C. Velez, Jairo J. Vega, Jose M. Vega, Nora P. Vega, Rafael F. Vega, Margarita R. Alegre, Ricardo A. Vega and Jorge R. Vega. She also leaves behind her brother Ambrosio Cantillo; son in laws and daughter in laws; bestie Nirza Vega; 25 grandchildren,19 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephew; and was beloved by the many people whose hearts she touched over the years.

Due to the government’s orders now in effect, there will be no public services for Bernarda. The family will conduct private services. A live stream of the services will be available on our Facebook page at at 10:00am to 11:00am on April 15, 2020. Please keep Bernarda and her family in your prayers during these challenging times. Casey’s Eastside Memorial Funeral Home has been honored to assist the Vega family during this difficult time. Memories endure only if you share them, so you are encouraged to leave a condolence, words of comfort or a personal memory with the Vega family on Bernarda’s tribute page at
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    Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 |
    Wednesday, April 15th, 2020
    Casey's Eastside Memorial Funeral Home
    1987 East Main St @ Southmayd Rd
    WATERBURY, CT 06705
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    Due to the governments orders now in effect, there will be no public services for Bernarda. The family will conduct private services. Please keep Bernarda and her family in your prayers during these challenging times.
  • Interment

    New Pine Grove Cemetery
    850 Meriden Rd
    Waterbury, CT 06705
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Ruben Moreno

Posted at 12:57pm
Nuestras mas sinceras condolencias para toda la familia. Nos encontramos acompanandolos en estos momentos dificiles.

Ruben Moreno y Aida Medina

Mariela Nieto Posted at 09:31am

Nuestro más sentido pésame, acompañadolos en este momento tan difícil, los mantendremos en oración para que Dios les dé mucha resignación

Denise Donovan

Posted at 06:38pm
So very sorry to hear of this immense loss for the Vega family. Tata stuck out anywhere and everywhere as being one of the most impressive woman a person can meet; she always went out of her way to talk to everyone and cheered everyone with her happy attitude dancing away. She went with Nora to help pick out a quinceañera dress for Adriana, one of the grandkids, and as usual, she spent the time talking with that refreshing positive attitude. Over the years, I’m glad my family and I got to see her at special events, she always impacted many by causing them to smile. God has called His ángel back home, rejoice in His heavenly kingdom—- Lalys mom & grandma: Denise & Gladys and family.

Christian Echeverria

Posted at 04:05pm
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Claudia Cabrera

Posted at 03:10pm
May memories of Mama Berna flourish in our hearts in these difficult times, bringing smiles just as flowers on every tree is planted in her honor.
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