Dr. Ruperto Buscaino

Dr. Ruperto Buscaino

Thursday, March 26th, 1942 Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

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Obituary for Dr. Ruperto U. Buscaino MD

Dr. Ruperto Ubando Buscaino, age 78, passed away on May 12, 2020. Beloved husband to Esperanza Alejandrino Buscaino, Raphy and Espie were married for 55 wonderful years. Father to Catherine Alejandrino Buscaino, Cristina Buscaino Castillo (Frank), Ruperto Alejandrino Buscaino Jr. (Maya), and Eileen Buscaino Vodvarka (Rob). Cherished Lolo/Grandfather of Ryan and Kara Maniquis, Evan Conklin, Kal Buscaino, and Alex, Jack and Noah Vodvarka. Preceded in death by his sister, Rose Buscaino Ayson (Crisanto) and his parents Francisco and Alfonsa Buscaino. Dear friend to many.

Raphy was born in Dagupan City, Philippines. He attended college at the University of Santo Thomas and found his calling in medicine. After college, he then graduated from the University of Santo Thomas Medical School. He then worked as a Family Practitioner in his own hometown serving his community. After migrating with his family to the United States in 1969, he pursued his passion as an Anesthesiologist. He completed his residency program at the University of Chicago, and Fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesia at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. As a dedicated physician, he spent a majority of his career proudly helping patients at Holy Cross Hospital for over 30 years. He served his final 7 years at Roseland Community Hospital which he called “home”, continuing to save lives until his very last days before falling sick in April 2020.

Raphy was a devoted husband, father, lolo/grandfather and physician. Although his first love was painting, he continued his artistic passion in gardening. Every spring and summer were filled with roses, daylillies, and tulips. In his spare time, he often challenged himself completing sudoku and crossword puzzles. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends bowling and playing poker. He was a leader in the Filipino community. He touched many lives with his gentleness and warm smile. He will live in our hearts forever.

Sentiments of sympathy and support can be mailed to Espie Buscaino and Family:

7350 Mimosa Drive
Orland Park, IL 60462

Due to social distancing requirements in place, burial services will be held privately with family on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

To pay tribute to Raphy and open to all family and friends near and far, please join us for a special service and mass to be held virtually on Monday, May 18, 2020 at 4:30pm at Colonial Chapel.

Please visit Raphy’s Obituary on Colonial Chapel's website at to view the livestream of Monday’s service. We also welcome you to add your comments on Raphy’s Memory Wall on his Obituary page.

View the live-stream below Monday, May 18, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

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Maria Schiappa

Espie and family,
Hearing of our dear friend Dr Buscaino’s passing caused a jolt of sadness in our hearts. This dear man, with all the qualities bestowed upon him, was a generous, friendly, humble and truly kindhearted. You had a friend in him the minute you met him. He loved his wife , children, and grandchildren passionately. My wife and I were privileged to have known him, and his family. We were a part of his famous home barbecues in his home on Mimosa Drive. I worked alongside him for many years at Holy Cross Hospital, and what a team we were!! I never heard him say an unkind word, or complain about anything. He was a true gentleman, a superb physician, a true friend.
Thank you Lord for allowing us the honor of knowing this wise, selfless, dedicated, intelligent and beautiful individual.
May he Rest In Peace
Jim (Oscar) and Maria Schiappa
Comment | Posted at 12:05pm via Condolence

Ronnel Sapon

To Dear Mare/Ninang Espie,

May God bless you and give you strength and courage to face this difficult time. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy to the whole family. Eternal rest grant unto Pare/Ninong Raphy, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul through the mercy of God rest in peace.

Pare Vic & Mare Edna
Ronnel, Irene Sapon & Family
Comment | Posted at 09:05am via Condolence

Chris gannaban

I worked with dr buscaino at holy cross hospital for about 25 years he was one of our anesthesiologist I will always remember him for his gentleness in caring for his patients he is quiet soft spoken but always with a warm smile my prayers sincere sympathy to espie and Buscaino family. From Chris gannaban and family
Comment | Posted at 12:12pm via Condolence

Marty Evans

My most heartfelt condolences to the Buscaino family and their extended families.
I just want to say that the service you streamed yesterday was wonderful. Although these are unprecedented times, it did allow for many more people to experience this with you.
Although I did not have the pleasure of many experiences with uncle Raphy, how you described him is exactly how I experienced him. A gentle, thoughtful and loving man. When I heard of his passing the first words out of my mouth were – “what a wonderful man”.
You should all be proud of yourselves for the service and celebration you provided to so many. You should be very proud of your children as they were wonderful. There were tears of course, but more than that, there were smiles.
To Tita Espie. A marriage to emulate. Uncle Raphy saw his soul mate and was persistent. For this he was rewarded with a wonderful life and a wonderful mate and friend.
So this is what your service meant to me. A wonderful tribute to a wonderful man.
In loving support; Marty Evans, Tina Tabunar, Tyler and Ethan.
Comment | Posted at 11:42am via Condolence


Dear friend for almost 7 years to worked with you I regret to lost you no one can replace you thank you so much RIP
Condolences to Buscaino's family.
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