"Loving, mother, grandmother, and wife". A beautiful woman in every sense of the word, was born to Asuncion Adorno and Jobita Oquendo in her beloved island of Puerto Rico in Vega Baja. She ventured to New York City in 1957 as you girl at 17 but not without first becoming involved in seeing her beloved island independent by joining a group of "Independentista" where she was involved in the struggle with other passionate youths. She spoke proudly of the president of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party Pedro Albizus Campos and aligned herself to his ideologies. Sadly, her dream did not come to fruition. Her passion lead her to New York City.
A young girl with big dreams, in New York City she was a professional seamstress and show room model for several designers at that time. At this time, she was also involved in ensuring that other seamstresses that worked with her be involved with the Ladies' Garment Worker's Union be active members.
Apart from this, she loved dancing Flamenco, and old-school salsa where she was known to part the dance floor. However, she was also devout to her church. Some years passed, when she finally met Alfredo Escano, the love of her life and wed on December 31st, 1960.
She is survived by her loving husband; two daughters, Frances Simone and Jeanette Irene; her loving sons-in-laws Louis Okeefe and Patrick Smith, and two beautiful grandchildren, Janine Verina and Logan Patrick who will miss her patience and sage-like advice on every aspect of life. She will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known such a gracious woman.
Reposing Friday, February 9, 2018 from 2-5 and 7-9 pm at Riverdale-on-Hudson Funeral Home, 6110 Riverdale Avenue, Bronx NY. Mass of Christian Burial 10:45 am Saturday, February 10, 2018 at St. Margaret of Cortona Church. Committal Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx NY.