Barbara Elise Cerniglia (Williams)
I did not know Mrs. Cerniglia; however, my sister Maria Mata Bonilla and my mother Elvira Mata did. From what the stories that my sister told me, Mrs. Cerniglia was an inspiration and tremendous hope and help to many Cuban immigrants. We thank you and confident that you are in Heaven resting in peace. Regards, Antonio Mata
She was a hands-on Christian and inspirational neighbor from 1956 to 1965 on Wilton Drive. l
My prayers for Elise and family. I only spoke with Elise on a couple of occasions but I am aware of the wonderful impact she had on thousands of families. It was a blessing for me to be present during the Mass today. God bless her and her family - Martin Gutierrez, Catholic Charities Arch. of N.O.
Your mother shaped my life. I clearly remember her voice, kindness and in-charge attitude of my favorite neighbor in New Orleans when I was a child. I remember all of you, Barbara, Tim, RT and Mimi, best. And your dog, because we didn't have one. "Mrs. Cerniglia" was always talking, on the phone, or bustling about. I remember the Cuban children who would be at your house and in need of food, clothes and housing. Certainly I didn't understand it all, but I learned form your mother that everyone didn't have what we had. I think she was with me when I worked at community colleges and for a federally qualified health center for uninsured people, many who are undocumented. I do wish I had learned Spanish better. I can hear your mom speaking fast and loud!
My condolences are with you. But I must say, if anyone lives after death in our hearts and memories, it is truly your mom.
With deep sympathy and love,
Amy Hymel Moorer
Chrissy: My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family and friends. Your grandmother was a great lady. I wish that I had known her. Cheryl Buchert