Henrietta Soza Aguilar
Tempe - Henrietta Soza Aguilar, 87, was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, cousin, friend, and devout Catholic. Affectionately known as "Henri," "Nana," "Keta," or "Mom," she peacefully left this world on June 3, 2021 in Tempe, Arizona. She is currently strolling a beautiful beach, a favorite leisure activity, and catching up with loved ones who have gone before her.
She was born to Victoria and Henry Soza on March 13, 1934 in Tempe. The Soza Family, no stranger to Arizona history, dates back over two centuries to a Spanish Presidio near Tubac (1774). Henrietta grew up in The Valley attending Tempe Grammar, North High School and West High School, making lifelong friends along the way. She was employed by Arizona State University's Athletic Department for over 20 years. An avid ASU sports fan, she especially enjoyed football games (home or away) and tailgating with family and friends. Henri touched the lives of many an Athletic Department employee, coach, or student-athlete over the years, some even referring to her as their "Second Mom."
Henrietta is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, John Aguilar, and her forever grateful children Gloria (Jack) Lepird, Dianne Aguilar, Johnny Aguilar, Natalie Wisneski, Daniel Aguilar and Anthony (Katie Sisulak) Aguilar, who promise to make sure her life lessons, funny stories and of course, delicious recipes, are passed on to the next generation - while reinforcing their relationships and enhancing the lives of others by always making sure family and friends feel "welcome" just like she did.
Nana's eight grandchildren, Nathan Rodriguez, Vanessa Rodriguez, Victoria Aguilar, Adrianna Aguilar, Hayden Wisneski, Camryn Wisneski, Addison Aguilar, and Gabriella Aguilar promise to live life like "Nana" would want them to live it, while continuing to "treat others as they would want to be treated."
Keta's cherished siblings, Caroline Benites, Henry Soza Jr., and Christine (Al) Aros promise to leave a chair open for her at all upcoming birthday lunches, always raising a glass in her honor, as well as to their predeceased sibling, Daniel Soza.
A funeral mass will be held for family and friends at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Tempe on Monday, June 14, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please hug your loved ones like "Nana" hugged her grandchildren and consider a donation to Aguilar Elementary School or Hospice of the Valley.
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Published by The Arizona Republic from Jun. 7 to Jun. 9, 2021.