Charlene Fertitta Busceme

February 16, 1931, June 02, 2018

Charlene Busceme

Charlene Fertitta Busceme, 87, of Beaumont, died Saturday, June 2, 2018. She was born February 16, 1931, to Josephine and Charles Fertitta.

Charlene dedicated herself and lived her life as a woman, as a wife and especially as a mother in honor of the most perfect Mother, Mary, the Mother of God. She lived her life in complete devotion to God and as a faithful, daily communicant in the Catholic Church. Her faith allowed her to let God show her the direction of her life and she was blessed for her willingness to follow His Word. Her faith shown out so strong that people were drawn to her for a moment in her presence because through her, one could see the love of God.

Charlene was the youngest child of Josie and Charles Fertitta, born a few minutes behind her beloved twin brother, Charlie. The twins had a wonderful childhood but especially when it was time to ride the horses. Some of her most fond memories are of riding her horses with Charlie and her cousins, her long curly locks blowing in the wind.

She met Carlo Busceme, Jr. at St. Anthony High School and began a love story that has spanned 67 years of marriage with four children, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. She loved to have all her family together for any occasion and for just supper any given night. Her home was always open to family, friends, and any stragglers her children and grandchildren dragged in!

All were welcome. And that is the way she greeted you. Charlene loved and accepted everyone as the child of God she believed you to be. She was nonjudgmental and open-minded. She believed that you should live your life being true to yourself and right with God. If you had these things then you could be happy. She applied this to her children, her grandchildren, her extended family and her friends. But, of course, this never stopped her from praying for you and her prayer list was long.

Being a wife and mother was her vocation, but volunteering was her profession. As her children made their way through St. Anne Catholic School, she was the constant room mother, driver on field trips and to games, fundraiser, and committee member. When they moved on to Msgr. Kelly Catholic High School, she and Carlo both worked hard on fundraising, supporters of athletics and the K-dettes, and anywhere else she was needed. She was honored for her efforts by being named the Distinguished Alum of St. Anne Catholic School and later, with Carlo, as the Distinguished Alums of Msgr. Kelly Catholic High School.

After the children were grown, Charlene volunteered at the Some Other Place Soup Kitchen. With the St. Anne Ladies, she served as President and was honored as the Volunteer of the Year for her many years of service to the organization. She served on the St. Anne Parish Council and was the first woman to serve as chairperson. But her most cherished volunteer position was the many years she spent as the sacristan of St. Anne Catholic Church.

Charlene and Carlo were honored by being inducted into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre which is the highest honor bestowed on a lay Catholic by the Church. She organized and was a part of pilgrimages to Medjugorje twice and to the Holy Land.

Charlene is survived by her devoted, loving husband, Carlo; her sons, Anthony Busceme, Sr. and his wife, Karie and Gregory Busceme, Sr. and his wife, Sheila; her daughter, JoRita Lyle and her husband, Steve; her grandchildren, Carmen Busceme and her wife, Desiree Guillory, of Houston, TX; Anthony Busceme, Jr. and his wife, Tricia, of DeQuincy, LA; Carla Busceme of Golden, CO; Gregory Busceme, Jr. and his wife, Jessica; Carlo Busceme IV and his wife, Larena; Michael Lyle of Los Angeles, CA; and Olivia Busceme; and great-grandchildren, Austin Busceme, Charlize Busceme, Gregory Busceme III, and Benjamin Busceme; her sister-in law, Nancy Fertitta; and her many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her son, Carlo Busceme III; her parents; and her siblings, Joseph “Pep” Fertitta; Marietta Fertitta; Olivia Serio and her husband, Joseph; Sr. Jo Rita Fertitta, O.P.; Charles Fertitta, Jr. and his wife, Rose Ann.

Charlene was blessed to be lovingly attended for several years by her companion, Katherine Veazey. In the last several months of her life, Katherine was joined by Claudia Pena, Myra Hockless, Elizabeth Alvarez, and Deborah Aguirre in attending to all her needs. And a special thank you to Cindy Luquette for her energy and service for many years. Charlene’s family is so very grateful for the tireless devotion of these ladies in making her life so much easier. Thank you is not big enough. And a very heartfelt thank you to Denise Gilmore, Kristen Wilson and all the staff of Kindred Hospice for making a difficult journey one of dignity and ease.

A gathering of Mrs. Busceme’s family and friends will begin at 4:00 p.m., with her Rosary recited at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2715 Calder Avenue, Beaumont, with her interment to follow at Magnolia Cemetery, Beaumont.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Art Studio, Inc., 720 Franklin Street, Beaumont, Texas 77701; St. Anne Catholic Church, P.O. Box 3429, Beaumont, Texas 77704; St. Anne Catholic School, 375 North 11th Street, Beaumont, Texas 77702; or to Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School, 5950 Kelly Drive, Beaumont, Texas 77707.

Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Ave.
2000 Mcfaddin Street Beaumont, TX 77701
Tuesday, June 05, 2018
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Ave.
2000 Mcfaddin Avenue Beaumont, TX 77701
Tuesday, June 05, 2018
6:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Anne Catholic Church
2715 Calder Beaumont, TX 77701
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
10:00 a.m.
Magnolia Cemetery
2291 Pine St Beaumont, TX 77703
Memorial Contribution
The Art Studio, Inc.
720 Franklin Street, Beaumont, Texas 77701
Memorial Contribution
St. Anne Catholic Church
P.O. Bo X3429 Beaumont, Texas 77704
Memorial Contribution
St. Anne Catholic School
375 N11th Street Beaumont, TX 77702

Comments (22)

  • anita s. fournier

    20 June 2018 at 23:41 | #

    Carlo , and family. I just heard about Charlene after being away for 3 weeks. So sorry to hear the news. My husband Paul joins me in extending to you all our deepest sympathy.


  • Jack and Marilyn Eldridge

    15 June 2018 at 16:36 | #

    We express our condolences for the passing of Charlene.


  • R.H.

    13 June 2018 at 12:35 | #

    Our condolence. ‘Pray constantly’. God listens to our prayers. 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Psalm 10:17


  • Teri Cornish

    06 June 2018 at 12:50 | #

    Charlene truly lived her life for Christ and raised a beautiful family. Her light shines on through JoRita, who is so loved by myself and my daughter. May the peace and comfort of the Lord be this family at this time of sorrow.


  • Lois and Ed Chirum

    05 June 2018 at 22:38 | #

    To the entire family and friends so sorry for your loss of this incredible woman. I’m sure she will be missed by many..


  • Mark Whitworth

    05 June 2018 at 20:56 | #

    I still remember your kind and smiling face from my time at St. Anne. As a child. God bless to you and so sorry for the loss your family must be going through. All my best and especially to your son Anthony, who was a good elementary school friend. Again, so sorry.


  • Sandra W Conn

    05 June 2018 at 14:02 | #

    Jo Rita and Shelia, Prayers for your family at this time. I know from my brief encounters with Ms. Charlene she was a wonderful spirit and caring soul.


  • Angela Downs Chesnutt

    05 June 2018 at 12:01 | #

    May you find solace and comfort in the many wonderful memories you have of this wonderful lady. My thoughts and prayers are for her family during this time.


  • Lynda and Glenn Broussard

    05 June 2018 at 10:37 | #

    Our deepest sympathy and prayers for the family. May her soul rest in peace.


  • John and Linda Galbreath

    05 June 2018 at 01:25 | #

    What a wonderful tribute to Charlene's life. Love and prayers for Carlo and family.


  • Diana Caldronia Scheier

    04 June 2018 at 19:14 | #

    So sorry for your lost. May God give you strength at such a sad time


  • Lisa Fertitta Johnson and Family

    04 June 2018 at 17:50 | #

    Thoughts and prayers to all of the Busceme family. May God bring you peace as you celebrate Charlene's beautiful, faith-filled life.


  • Dan and Mary Kubala

    04 June 2018 at 16:57 | #

    Dear Uncle Carlo, Anthony, Gregory, Jo Rita, and all the extended Busceme Family,
    Mary and I send our condolences for you loss. I have many fond memories of Aunt Charlene's welcoming nature and hospitality at family gatherings at your house and at the beach cabin. We will keep all of you in our prayers, and are confident that Aunt Charlene is enjoying the ultimate family gathering in God's eternal kingdom!
    Dan and Mary Kubala and Family


  • Tom and Pat Spring

    04 June 2018 at 14:55 | #

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of your wonderful family. Charlene was truly a beautiful person and we loved and admired her greatly. The Spring family


  • Frances Sheffield

    04 June 2018 at 14:11 | #

    So sorry to hear. Such a sweet lady and good friend to my mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Robert & Frances Sheffield and Margaret Solito



    04 June 2018 at 12:45 | #



  • The Rizzotto’s

    04 June 2018 at 02:01 | #

    So very sorry for the loss of your mom. Please find comfort in knowing that Your mom and Carlo are shining down on you all. ??


  • Sam and Mary Serio

    04 June 2018 at 01:05 | #

    Our love and prayers to Carlo and family .


  • Paulette & Paul Guidroz

    04 June 2018 at 00:16 | #

    We are thinking of you and your family as you celebrate your Mom's remarkable life and the memories you shared,. May the peace and love of Christ find you during this difficult time.


  • john h fears

    04 June 2018 at 00:08 | #

    What a wonderful lady!! Our prayers and blessings to the family. John &Stephanie Fears



    03 June 2018 at 23:30 | #



  • Andy Dentremont

    03 June 2018 at 19:42 | #

    Jo Rita and family, may God grant you peace in this time of sorrow.
    Andy, Joi, Ross and Chris D’Entremont


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