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Valley View native fulfills Cuban father’s final wish

By Rebecca Zemencik, Managing Editor •

Submitted Photo Lindsay Olano and her father Marcelo. Lindsay recently fulfilled a promise made to her dad that she would return a portion of him to his homeland Cuba after his passing in 2015.

VALLEY VIEW – Last month a Valley View native and her daughter had the opportunity to do something that most people will never do. They traveled to Cuba and visited family members that they never had the opportunity to meet before. Not only was it a chance to see family, but it was also a chance to fulfill a promise that Lindsay Olano made to her father Marcelo, who came here as a Cuban refugee in 1980.
When Marcelo Olano became ill with cancer in January 2015, he made it very clear to his daughter, Lindsay that he wanted to be cremated and his ashes thrown in the sea. Lindsay told her dad that she would make sure part of him returned to Cuba.
On June 14 Lindsay and her daughter Iliana, fulfilled the promise she made to her dad.
Marcelo was born Tuesday, Jan. 16, 1945, in Havana Cuba, a son of the late Pedro Olano and the late Estella Fundora Olano.
In 1980, Fidel Castro opened the passage way to the United States known as the Mariel Boatlift for any Cubans wanting to leave.

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