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Otilia Arce Hoidal

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FREDERICKSBURG - Otilia Evangelina "Evita" Arce Hoidal, 80, went home to be with The Lord on January 24th, 2015 at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Otilia is survived by her husband Lars; her son Charles and wife Carolyn of Elizabeth City, North Carolina; her son, Christopher and wife Christine of Evergreen, Colorado; her daughter, Maria and husband Omar of Stafford, Virginia; grandchildren Kyle (wife Mallory), Natalie, Samuel, Antonia, and Lauren; step-grandchildren JT and Chad; great-grand daughter Harper; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and other relatives. She is also survived by two remaining of eight siblings, Ana Maria of Miami, Florida and Sonia Elena of Lima, Peru. Otilia was born in Miraflores, Lima, Peru on April 13, 1934, daughter of Manuel and Otilia Arce. After moving to the United States to study, she began her professional career with Merck, Sharp & Dohme in Philadelphia, contributing to the production of the Salk polio vaccine. There she met and married Lars Ronald Hoidal on December 3, 1955 in Havertown, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Hoidal then moved to Wilmington, Delaware where she spent the next 43 years, raising her family and completing her bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Delaware. Otilia was a professor/lecturer at the University of Delaware from 1978 to 1996, teaching Spanish, Business and Medical Spanish, and Linguistics to hundreds of young adults. She attended the University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru; Temple University in Philadelphia; and the University of Delaware. She enjoyed many trips abroad leading scores of students on cultural exchange trips to Costa Rica and Spain. Also, Otilia served on the Delaware Governor's Council for Hispanic Affairs under three administrations. She subsequently lived in Clearwater, FL; Williamsburg, VA; and most recently, Elizabeth City, NC. Otilia enjoyed years of sailing on the Chesapeake Bay with her family and friends; traveling throughout the world by ship, plane, and train; and spending much quality time with her far flung family. Above all, Otilia was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and most recently, a great grandmother. She was consistently selfless and sacrificial with her time, talents, and energy. Her talents and skills were considerable as were her wide and varied interests. She maintained a fascination and appreciation for all aspects of Creation as demonstrated by her commitment to lifelong learning. She quite fearlessly and passionately embraced new challenges, setting a fine example for her family; a legacy to be cherished. All of Heaven is surely rejoicing her arrival. A service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 30 at St Mary Catholic Church, 1009 Stafford Avenue, Fredericksburg, Virginia. A reception will follow. Interment will be in Quantico National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the , 225 N Michigan Ave, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or . Online guestbook is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.
Published in Daily Press on Jan. 25, 2015
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