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Hilda Esther Diaz

Toms River - Hilda Esther Diaz, 91, of Toms River passed away peacefully at home with her children on March 7, 2018.

Hilda was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, and grew up on the family farm as the youngest of eleven children. After graduating from Colegio San Felipe, she was granted provisional certification to start her classroom career during World War II teaching first, second, and third grades before getting married to the love of her life, Raul. Soon after, they decided to move to New York City, then Brooklyn, to raise their growing family. In 1961, they moved to Toms River, Hilda completed her education, and received a B.S. in Spanish from Monmouth College. She did her student teaching and began her career in education at Toms River High School South in the early 1960's, then taught at Toms River High School North from 1970 to 1989. She was recognized as an excellent educator by her peers and was selected Teacher of the Year as well as being made acting supervisor of the Language Department. Her devotion to her students and love of teaching was clearly a hallmark of her educational career.

Once retired, Hilda threw herself into a life of volunteering and giving to both her church and local community. She was very active in a multitude of activities for Saint Anthony Claret Church in Lakewood, which serves the Hispanic population of the area. She was a member of the Parish Council and served as its president for several years, as well as vice-president of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, which aids local residents with financial issues. Hilda was a Eucharistic Minister, a CCD teacher, worked tirelessly for Saint Anthony's Food Panty and Christmas toy sales, and lent her energy to the Governor's Council on Aging for Ocean County for several years. Hilda also volunteered at the Treasure Chest, a thrift store affiliated with Community Medical Center in Toms River. She was known for her activism, devotion to her church, her sense of humor, love of cooking, and great love for her family and friends.

Hilda was predeceased by both her parents, all of her siblings, and her beloved husband, Raul R. Diaz, Sr. She is survived by her son, Raul R. Diaz, Jr. of Beachwood, her daughter, Rosa A. Libertini and son-in-law, Frank L. Libertini of Howell, grandsons Rubin Diaz of Smyrna Beach, Florida, Rene Diaz of Charleston, South Carolina, Christopher Libertini of Lyndhurst, New Jersey, granddaughter Randall Libertini of San Diego, California, and great-granddaughter Tatum Diaz of Smyrna Beach, Florida, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Visiting will be held Monday, March 12, 2018 from 2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 PM at Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main St. Toms River. A Funeral Mass to celebrate Hilda's life will be held Tuesday, 10:30 AM at St. Anthony Claret Church, 780 Ocean Ave. (Rt. 88), Lakewood. Burial will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Toms River. Family and friends are invited to visit www.andersonandcampbell.com to leave tributes to her family.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Mar. 9, 2018
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