Elena Lopez Quirino Elena Lopez Quirino, 97, passed away on July 10, 2021, in Staten Island, NY, surrounded by her loved ones. Elena was born on August 17, 1923, in Baler, Quezon (Aurora), Philippines to Pedro Azarcon Lopez and Felicidad Gallegos Trinidad. She was one of eight children. Elena was widowed by the death of her first husband, Jose V. Lopez. Elena then married Bernardo V. Quirino. She was also predeceased by her daughter, Eva Quirino. Elena was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She will lovingly be remembered by her surviving children and their spouses: Elena will be greatly missed by her adoring 19 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family members. She is also survived by her dear, little sister, 95-year-old Nieves Sanchez. Elena's father, a great lawyer, once said that Elena could have also been a lawyer if she had only been born a male. Elena was a retired grade-school teacher. A devout Catholic, Elena instilled in her children the virtue of Catholicism. She loved to sing and dance, and enjoyed playing the piano, especially her favorite song, "Harbor Lights." Elena loved attending social events and having her family over for visits. She was a bookworm who loved to travel, crochet, watch the news, root for the Yankees, and play Candy Crush. She was also a natural fashionista who made sure her accessories always matched her attire. Elena will be dearly missed. Elena was caring, full of humor, sharp, and generous to a fault. Elena never waned in her support or love of her family. She loved, and she was loved by so many. Last day of Visitation is Friday, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Matthew Funeral Home, S.I. Elena's Funeral Mass is Saturday, at 10:30 am, at Sacred Heart R.C. Church, S.I. Elena will be laid to rest in St. Peter's Cemetery, S.I.
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Published by Staten Island Advance from Jul. 15 to Jul. 16, 2021.