Amelia Blanquera
Amelia Blanquera, a writer, activist, and beloved daughter and sister, passed away on March 9, 2017 at home in Brooklyn, New York, due to natural causes. She was born on Valentine's Day, 1970 in Quezon City, Philippines, to Flordelis and Arturo Blanquera. Raised in Ewing, New Jersey, Amelia graduated from New York University in 1992 and earned her juris doctor from Brooklyn Law School in 2000.

Amelia worked in publishing while pursuing her law degree and passing the New York State Bar Exam. For 12 years, she spent her time in corporate law and contributed to large-scale litigation cases. She began publishing her writing in The New York Times, Orion, The Nervous Breakdown, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and Climbing Magazine. Following a life-long dream to become a writer, she enrolled at Columbia University School of the Arts in 2014 in the Master of Fine Arts non-fiction program. In 2016, Amelia served as co-president of Our Word, a student organization in the Writing Program, whose mission is to enrich the School of the Arts' literary community through outreach, and also served on the Columbia Office of University Life's Race, Ethnicity, and Inclusion Taskforce. Amelia discovered a love of teaching, from her workshops through Gotham Workshop to teaching at Columbia University and at the New York University Access Program. She was also featured in articles in O, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast, and the New York Post where her humor and endless curiosity was evident.

Amelia was an active member of her neighborhood in Fort Greene, maintaining a vegetable plot at the Clifton Place Community Garden and serving as Vice-President of the Board of the Brooklyn-Queens Land Trust. Her experience with the BQLT inspired her thesis project called CITIZEN GARDENER.

Amelia was an avid traveler, spending several months in the Philippines reconnecting with her heritage, and traveled widely in Brazil, Spain, and in the US, camping and climbing in upstate New York. She spent time traveling to England and to Maine with her boyfriend, Ian Harmon.

Amelia's earthly body was cremated after a private family ceremony at Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn on March 16, 2017. Despite a sudden snowstorm the night before, the sun shone bright on this sacred place, and her loved ones felt peace as her last rites were given.

A public memorial will be held Saturday, April 29 at 2 pm at Columbia University, Earl Hall.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Amelia's honor to the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust, BQLT.org; or Our Word through the Columbia University School of the Arts Writing Program, giving.columbia.edu/giveonline/.

Amelia is survived by her parents, Flordelis and Arturo Blanquera; her brother Ben and his wife Sandy; her brother Arturo Jr. and his wife Shannan; her sister Ardel Jala and her husband Fred; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Published by New York Times from Mar. 31 to Apr. 1, 2017.
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RIH you were so smart Ewing High class 1988
Quantrell Bingham
September 24, 2017
May your soul rest in peace
April 29, 2017
Amelia, I wish your soul now rest in peace. Thank you for your support in improving my writing skills. I will think of you in my prayers.
Atthawoot Sangkharat
April 29, 2017
I'm going to miss her so much. A great talker and a great listener.
R Economou
April 24, 2017
Blessings and comfort to her family at this time. She was an honored colleague.
M Celada
April 19, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort and peace in drawing closer to God in prayer during this difficult time.
April 8, 2017
I'm shocked and saddened to hear of Amelia's death. She was a lovely person and the world is diminished by her passing.
Abby L.
April 2, 2017
My thoughts are with the family during this difficult time. I hope that the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 can bring comfort. Knowing that there is a hope for our love ones lost in death can be reassuring.
April 2, 2017
My condolences to Amelia's family. I met Amelia at Can Serrat residency. I knew her as a kind generous creative writer, great conversationalist and walking companion. I'm very sorry for your loss.
Antonia McGuane
April 2, 2017
Our deepest condolonces to Art and Dely and family for the loss of their daughter. May Amelia's soul rest in peace.
Felicitas & Mauricio Trinidad
April 2, 2017
I did not know Amelia Blanquera, only her sister Ardel, so near a twin. From reading of her life, I would admire her, as I do Ardel. Her birthday of Valentine's Day reminds me of my own birthday, Feb 9, when my mother would always make me a cake in the shape of a heart. My sincere condolences to all of her family. My thoughts will be forever with them. Sincerely, Rick.
Rick Lupton
April 2, 2017
I went to law school with Amelia. I still have a picture of us from graduation framed in my office. I'll always remember what a wonderful person she was and what an amazing soul she had.
K. M. Z
April 1, 2017
I loved Amelia and am grateful to have shared time and friendship with her. We became friends 30 years ago! What a loss!
Brynnen Ford
April 1, 2017
To her family and friends. May our god of love and mercy bring you comfort. Mathew 5:4
April 1, 2017
My sincere condolences. Find comfort in the God who is close to the brokenhearted.
March 31, 2017
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