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Aida (Santamaria), 87, wife of the late Fernando Ferrer, M.D. of Rutherford, NJ, died May 14, 2014. Born in Cardenas, Matanzas, Cuba, she was the daughter of the late Pastor Liandro and Francisca (Barnet) Santamaria. She fled communism in 1959 and ultimately settled in Rutherford. Aida had a passion for travel, fashion and politics. She generously supported cancer and other medical research as well as the US military. She is survived by her son, Fernando Ferrer M.D. who is a Professor of Surgery at the University of CT and the Surgeon in Chief and Executive Vice President at CT Children's Medical Center, and his wife, Selina Ferrer, M.D. of West Hartford, CT, and her sister, Silvia Espinosa, of Rutherford. Her greatest joy was found in her three grandchildren, Amanda, Max and Evan. She leaves a legacy of strength and courage in the face of adversity that will live on through the lives of those who loved her. A Funeral mass will be held at 10 AM, Saturday, June 14, at St. Mary's Church, 91 Home Ave, Rutherford. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, 58 McLean Blvd., Paterson. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to woundedwarriorproject.org. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at
Published in The Record/Herald News on June 8, 2014