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Epifania (Olivieri) Gonzalez

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Gonzalez, Epifania (Olivieri) STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. Epifania Olivieri Gonzalez, 100, a resident of Staten Island and Lake Ridge, Va., was called home on Monday, November 26, 2012 in Albany. She was the wife of the late Charles R. Gonzalez. Born on June 12, 1912 in Villalba, P.R., Epifania was the daughter of Antonio Olivieri and Tomasa Reyes. She was a humble and giving soul, whose youthful spirit and zest for life, deep faith in God and love for the Blessed Mother, Mary, inspired all she met. As a strong, courageous, fearless and adventurous woman, armed with her 8th grade bilingual education, she came to the U.S. with the Dominican Nuns in Tacony, Pa., to teach young women in the orphanage and then went on to work in NYC in various service industries. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother whose motivational force led her family to exceptional educational and professional achievements. She always faced adversity with hopeful optimism and faith. Epifania was a parishioner of Church of St. Clare, Staten Island, where she was a member of the Blue Army and a small Interfaith group. While a parishioner at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Lake Ridge, Va., she was a member of the Legion of Mary, where up until the last months of her life, she provided service to patients in nursing homes. Eppie loved making rosaries which she donated to missions and shared with all whose lives she touched. Her greatest joy and blessing was her family, with whom she instilled a strong work ethic and quest for knowledge. She loved traveling with her family on many memorable and exciting trips across the country, culminating in her 99th birthday celebration on a cruise to the Caribbean and spending time with her family in P.R. She will be profoundly missed by her family, her friends and all who were blessed by her genuine compassion and kindness. She is survived by her four daughters who loved her dearly and were by her side, Carlotta A. (Arthur) Pederson, Celia M. Gonzalez, Ed.D., Carmen A. (Roger) Cunningham and Rose I. Gonzalez, PhD. She was very involved in the lives of her eight grandchildren, Chief Master Sgt., USAF, Richard (Kim) Roneree, Charles (Amy) Mottinger, Anthony (Bobbie Jo) Fernandez, Liana Eagle, MM, Cathryn (Hugo) Teixeira, Michael (Deanna) Mottinger, Joseph A. Petrone and Kristin (William) Corbett. She delighted in holding and knowing her 18 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Victoria Montes of Ponce, P.R. and numerous nephews and nieces. Visiting hours will be held at the Scalia Home for Funerals, 28 Eltingville Boulevard, Staten Island on Thursday, November 29 from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at St. Clare Church, 110 Nelson Ave., Staten Island at 9:45 a.m. Interment will follow in the Resurrection Cemetery in Staten Island. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Community Hospice of Albany County, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205 or Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Center, 310 So. Manning Blvd, Albany, NY 12208.
Published in Albany Times Union on Nov. 29, 2012
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