Ana Laura Diaz Guerra Gonzalez Sept. 21 1928 – April 9, 2020
Stand back, all you residents of heaven, all you angels and saints: our mother is coming and she’s a force to be reckoned with. Don’t let the walking cane and her 91 years fool you: just do as she says, and no one gets hurt. Here on earth she lived her life until April 9, 2020 on her own terms: down-to-earth, opinionated, and most of all fiercely devoted to her family. She had no patience for self-pity and among her many Cuban sayings was “you have to die of something.” Well, that something for our Mima was coronavirus. Only a pandemic of biblical proportions would dare tangle with her. We’ve a bone to pick with whomever up there made the decision to take her from us, leaving us unmoored. But our great loss is your gain, heaven. She is formidable but paradise and its residents will be all the better with her in their midst.
Ana Diaz Guerra Gonzalez was born in Holguín Cuba on September 21, 1928 the youngest of nine children born to Andrés Diaz Santos and Zoila Guerra Gomez.
She emigrated from Cuba to the United States in 1958 and soon after was working in Manhattan’s garment district as a seamstress. She later married Vicente Gonzalez, moved to Port Chester, New York and started their family. Later, Ana worked for many years at United Hospital as receptionist, clerk and translator.
Ana was happiest surrounded by her daughters, granddaughters and her cherished sons-in-law - her hijos. Her garden, the sight of a cardinal or a squirrel at the bird bath, and a trip to the casino were icing on the cake.
Ana is survived by her daughter Ana Isabel Messerrly and her husband Brad of Greenwich Connecticut and her daughter Gina Colleluori and her husband Joseph Colleluori of Basel Switzerland; her treasured granddaughters, Julia and Melissa Colleluori and Isabel and Sofia Messerrly as well as several nieces and nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by her husband Vicente who died December 11, 2010 and all of her beloved siblings.
A memorial service in Ana’s honor will be held later this year when it is safe to travel and congregate. In lieu of flowers we invite you to donate to the Port Chester’s Edison School PTO in her name.
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