Carmencita Caliwara Damian MD

July 16, 1943February 15, 2019
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Carmencita Caliwara Damian was born on July 16, 1943 in Alabat, Quezon and passed away on February 15, 2019 in Westlake, Ohio.


  • Lutgarda (Entienza) Caliwara, Mother
  • Govenor Eladio Caliwara, Father
  • Dr. Armando B. Damian, Husband
  • Cheryl Damian, Daughter
  • Michelle (Michael) Campbell, Daughter
  • Rachel (Andrew Burrows) Damian, Daughter
  • Climaco E. Caliwara, Brother
  • Carlos Mayorico E. Caliwara, Brother
  • Damian, Nina and Grant Campbell, Grandchildren
  • Parker Burrows, Grandchild

  • American Philippine-American Physicians in Ohio Foundation
  • MedWish International
  • Philippine American Society of Ohio Foundation
  • Please note on all checks that your donation is in memory of Dr. Carmencita C. Damian


  • Visitation Friday, February 22, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, February 22, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, February 23, 2019

Carmencita Caliwara Damian MD

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kimberly magda

February 26, 2019

My deepest sympathy, heaven surely has gained another angel, but us on earth will miss this kind hearted , good natured woman. I was really saddened to hear about the loss of Menchie but will always remember her with great fondness. Prayers for her family. May God provide you all with peace and comfort and surround you with his love.

Kathy Mercuri

February 23, 2019

I was blessed to have worked with Dr Armando Damian for 20 yrs at Lake East. He was the surgeon for myself and my father as well. The Damians are the most kind , generous, persons that I know.
In retirement , Mrs. Dr. Carmencita accepted me as a FB friend while she never knew too much of me, but respected the working professional relationship her husband and I had and shared grandparent moments and kept communication, Xmas cards etc. up between us. She always sent me cards at Xmas which I loved! I could read them! ( his penmanship a bit poor) Loved seeing their families grow and the joy they had in retirement.
My very best wishes to you as you heal, Dr. A and family. My deepest sympathy.
God bless Carmencita. With fondest memories,
Kathy Becht Mercuri

Art and Marlene Diaz

February 23, 2019

It is not often that a person's passing away creates
a palpable jolt affecting those left behind, friends and the community-emotionally, physically and psychologically. There is a sense of denial.That is is not so.
And remembering Menchie's loving, compassionate, joyful , and reassuring yet forceful persona, it is difficult to realize Menchie had been called by her Maker to heaven. Although she had fulfilled her earthly calling, we know she would have done much, much more but..... God sent for her to rest and live with the angels.
Menchie, we are lucky and blessed to have known you, your Mandy and family. We already miss you!!! May you rest in eternal peace.
Mandy, our most heartfelt sympathy and condolences to you and your family . May God bless you all always.
Art and Marlene

Marcy and Logie Sioson

February 21, 2019

Dear Mandy,

We would like to convey our deepest sympathy to you and family. Everyone knows Tita Menchie's dedication to APPO and for that she has been respected and admired. She had been a masterful coordinator of our Medical Missions for years that her passing will leave a void that no one can replace. As a friend, what we will miss is her caring and thoughtfulness. We will always remember and cherished those little happy gatherings with friends she organized. Lately, she has found a new hobby and we are sure sooner or later, she will ask to have an audience with God to present Him, freshly baked cake and a new food recipe.

Marcy and Logie

Richard, Rachelle, and Aaron Aguilera

February 20, 2019

Tita Menchie always said that she wanted to be around us, the younger generation, so she could "feel" young. We, in turn, loved being around her because she inspired us. Her zest for life and service is truly unparalleled. Someday, we hope to impact people the way she has. Tita Menchie will always have a special place in the hearts of the members of Our Lady of Fatima Far-West prayer group. To Tito Mandy & family, our prayers are with you.

Luis and Amelia Llerena

February 19, 2019

Our most sincere condolence to you,Mandy and family for such a huge loss.We will miss Menchie,especially her kind demeanor and eternal smile.She was a very pleasing presence in Our Lady of Fatima prayer group with Mandy. We have been enriched by your friendship and your great example of service to others,never once complaining if your ailments.May you Rest In Peace Menchie a.The heavens are now rejoicing.Till we meet again. Luis And Mely

Jennifer Reinhard

February 19, 2019

Sending much love to the entire Damian family as you celebrate Carmencita (Menchie)'s beautiful life & remarkable legacy. I'm keeping Cheryl and all of you close to my thoughts and prayers.

Kasia Reterska

February 19, 2019

Menchie was surely a saint of a human. What a moving and loving tribute to her. I wish I had gotten to meet her. I have, however, gotten to experience the love and integrity that she passed down to her wonderful daughter and one of my closest friends, Cheryl. Cheryl, Michelle, Rachel, and Mr. Damian: I'm so sorry for your loss and the heartache you must be going through. Your mom was a rockstar and the world is a better place for having had her touch so many in it. Love to you all, and to all those who are missing her.

Ami Butalid

February 17, 2019

Sending Dr Mandy Damian & family a profound & heartfelt prayerful sympathy in the loss of Dr. Menchie, the heart and love of your family! A dear friend of and to the filipino community , Menchie will be missed! Thank you dear Menchie for your presence in our lives leaving us a
legacy of your love. The LORD grant Carmencita eternal PEACE as His perpetual light shine on her, I pray.



Carmencita Caliwara Damian, M.D.
July 16, 1943 - February 15, 2019

Dr. Carmencita Caliwara Damian, 75, of Westlake, Ohio, passed away February 15, 2019 with her loving husband, Dr. Armando B. Damian, Jr. by her side.

“Menchie”, as she was affectionately known by her family and friends, was born to the late Governor Eladio Caliwara, and his late wife, Lutgarda (née Entienza) on July 16, 1943 on the fishing island of Alabat, Quezon in the Philippines. She graduated from Luis Palad National High School and received a Doctor of Medicine from Far Eastern University in 1967. Menchie married her husband, known by many as “Mandy,” on June 22, 1968 and four days later, relocated to Cleveland, Ohio in the United States.

Menchie is survived by her husband, Mandy, and their three daughters, two sons-in-law and four grandchildren: Cheryl Damian; Michelle and Michael Campbell and their children, Damian, Nina, and Grant; and Rachel Damian and Andrew Burrows and their son, Parker Burrows. She is also survived by her two younger brothers, Climaco E. Caliwara and Carlos Mayorico E. Caliwara, and their families.

Menchie’s greatest mission in life was to serve others. From an early age, she was inspired to do so by her father’s career in civil service and her mother’s career as an educator. Often accompanying her father on his political campaign travels, Menchie learned firsthand the importance of integrity, loyalty, and compassion. She carried those lessons with her throughout her life and treated everyone she encountered with respect, kindness, and generosity. Menchie, in partnership with her husband, Mandy, was considered an unstoppable force when it came to taking on the impossible and making it possible. Fifty years ago, they left everything they knew and crossed the Pacific Ocean to create a new life together. Since then, they’ve nurtured a thriving family and strong Filipino-American community in Cleveland, built a successful medical practice, traveled the world, founded and led decades of medical missions to the Philippines, and supported numerous other organizations with the goal of helping others in need.

Whether she was serving as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, friend, caregiver, or community leader, Menchie’s commitment to bringing a lot of love and more than a few laughs into the world was her hope - and most would agree that she delivered. She will be remembered most for the care she brought to her personal, professional, and charitable endeavors. One of Menchie’s favorite sayings, credited to Etienne de Grellet, a Quaker missionary, captures the essence of who she was, what she believed in, and why every person she came in touch with mattered to her: "I shall pass this way but once; any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being; let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."

Menchie’s family is grateful for the outpouring of love and support, a true testament to the positive impact she made on the many people she encountered during her life. All are invited to join the celebration of Menchie’s life at the following events:

Viewing Ceremony: Friday, February 22, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Holick Craciun Funeral Home, 23040 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, Ohio 44145.

Funeral Mass: Saturday, February 23, 2019 starting 10 a.m. at Saint Richard’s Church, 26855 Lorain Road, North Olmsted, Ohio 44070. Interment Private

Ninth Day Novena and Mass: Sunday, February 24, 2019 starting 2 p.m. at the Philippine American Cultural and Civic Center, 1975 West Ridgewood Drive, Parma, Ohio 44133.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the following organizations, which Menchie actively championed and supported:

American Philippine-American Physicians in Ohio Foundation: Click here or send a check made out to Dr. Eulogio Sioson at 25310 South Woodland Road, Beachwood, Ohio 44122. Please note your donation is for the Mission Fund, in memory of Dr. Carmencita C. Damian.

MedWish International: Click here to make a donation. Please note your donation is in memory of Dr. Carmencita C. Damian.

Philippine American Society of Ohio Foundation: Please send a check made out to Dr. Jorge Jandi at 4140 Greenwood Oval, North Royalton, Ohio 44133. Please note your donation is in memory of Dr. Carmencita C. Damian.