OBITUARY

Zoraida Cabello

March 17, 1940April 10, 2019

Zoraida Perez Cabello was born on March 17, 1940, in San Turce, Puerto Rico. She died at age 79 in Brooklyn, New York, of complications from Alzheimer's disease on April 10, 2019, in the Brooklyn Hospital Center Hospice Care. She was the daughter of Angela Rivera and Felix Perez. She arrived in New York in 1948, when she was eight years old, and lived in Brooklyn, where she married Joseph Cabello and raised five children. She had a strong heart for service and always put the needs of others beyond her own, frequently helping neighbors, friends, family, and anyone who needed her. She was an avid singer and dancer, always bringing life and joy to those around her. Her spirit was courageous and independent, and she never let the conceptions of others stop her from doing what she thought was right and necessary. She was full of laughter and wisdom, and she inspired everyone around her to be stronger and kinder. After her children were grown, she lived in New Jersey, Kansas, and Maryland, returning to Brooklyn in 2012. She was a loving and beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend. She is survived by her siblings Judy, Carlos, and Ruth and her husband William; her children Cynthia and her husband John, Joseph and his wife Shannon, Christopher and his wife Jean, Catherine, and Anthony and his wife Wanda; her grandchildren Alex, Ariel, Christopher, Kyle, Kelly, Branan, Jared, Shelby, and Logan; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. She was predeceased by her husband Joseph, her grandson John, her sisters Sonia and Angela, and her brothers Felix, Anthony, and Hector.

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” -St. Teresa of Calcutta

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 13, 2019
REMEMBERING

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E Samantha Cheng

April 14, 2019

One of my favorite memories of Auntie Zoraida was when I first met her. My dear friend Sandra (her niece) invited me to walk with her family during the Komen Race for Cure in NYC. Auntie Zoraida welcomed me into the family with open arms. Her love for her family and for life pulsed through my body through one of the most unconditional and magnificent hugs a stranger could ever receive. That is the kind of person she was. From that moment on I become one of the family and knew that I was welcome, appreciated and loved. Thank you Auntie. You will be missed and remembered.

Sandra Benedetto

April 14, 2019

Sometimes, if you're lucky, you get a special person in your life - someone who loves you wholeheartedly and unconditionally - without expectation, without judgement - but with complete and utter joy that you simply exist. That special person in my life was my Titi Zoraida.

Zoraida was 14 years old when I was born. After my mother, she was my first caretaker - my babysitter.

Zoraida made an indelible impression upon me. She sang to me and danced with me; she lifted me up, literally and figuratively. I learned to dance the "Mashed Potatoes" with her and sing "Rock Around the Clock" with her. She made me feel special and safe and secure. I always felt happier and better in her presence.

Zoraida was a light that illuminated a room and she touched so many people - young or old - in a very humble, understated and yet profound manner. Zoraida was not stingy with her love, she shared it with many of us and we are all better for it.

I know she would want us to remember her, not with sadness, but with courage and hope laughter and music, power and promise.

My Titi Zoraida was my role model. She was my champion. She was my friend.

I love you Zoraida. I will miss you and I will always carry you in my heart. Rest In Peace. xo

Janet Perez-Irizarry

April 13, 2019

Titi Zoraida,
We always had so much fun with you and Titi Ruthie❣❣ Forever grateful for your stories as they were amazing. We enjoyed the many times you reminisced and spoke of your siblings. Sadly just as Daddy your brother Felix we have lost you to Alzheimers. One of the greatest gifts anyone can give each other is their time. Family is everything in good times and in hardships. You are dearly loved and will forever be missed❣It's my sincerest wish that each of my cousins find some peace each time they remember the love you shared with each one of them and their children❣Love youTiti Z,
Janet & Family

Ronnie Perez

April 13, 2019

May you Rest In Peace my dear Titi Zoraida. I have fond memories of your wit laughter and fun loving heart. I loved spending time with you as you were also nurturing and kind and also tough when you needed to be. I will never forget your shake and bake chicken and whipping me as an adult for riding my motorcycle and giving my cousin Lilian a ride and than hopping on the bike after her because I did not think to give you a ride first. You will be missed. My condolences to all my family. I love you all.

Juanita Melendez

April 13, 2019

I am the sister-in-law of Ruthy, my husband is Carmelo. Zoraida has been in our lives for decades. I will always remember the summers our son Jason would spend at Aileen’s house in Brooklyn. Swimming in the pool with his cousins and Zoraida was always there. She watched over the kids like a hawk! Jason couldn’t get away with anything (LOL). I always felt he was in the best of hands. Her relationship with Carmelo was epic. They teased each other at every chance. While she was small in stature, she had the biggest heart. Her relationship with her sister Ruthy taught me how important my own relationship with my sisters is. Her laugh and loving ways will always be missed. May she R.I.P.

Beverly Rodriguez

April 13, 2019

I will forever be grateful that Titi Zoraida made it her personal mission to keep in contact with my sister Arlene and I as young adults after our parents’ divorced many years earlier. Conversations about the past, present and future were filled with a wisdom from having lived her life. She had a great sense of humor and appreciated the simple things. ‘La Familia’ meant the world to her and she spoke lovingly of her children and grandchildren. I enjoyed hearing her hearty laughter and can vividly recall that million dollar $mile. She will be sorely missed but we seek comfort in knowing that her spirit will continue to spark joy in the hearts and minds of those who were blessed enough to have crossed paths with that amazingly beautiful redhead. We celebrate her existence and know she will Rest In Peace as her grandchildren continue her circle of life. Hakuna Matata Titi. Muchas bendiciones.

Sandra Perez

April 12, 2019

Just going thru my dads pictures found this i thought i share 😘

Diane Saez

April 12, 2019

Billy Acevedo

April 12, 2019

My Titi was my refuge of love all my life we were raised so close with her and the kids, where did the time go? It was yesterday she was making hot Bosco and sending us to bed or an after school snack of Wonder bread with butter and Welches jelly in the cup She couldn’t get me away from coming over, staying late, after Wonderbread and Bosco! She treated me as her own, unconditional love, always a home with her and my so close cousins who shared their mom with me ! I love you guys so much , your Mama was and will always be in my heart .....

Ruth Acevedo

April 12, 2019

Today, on National Sibling Day, my closest sister, Zoraida passed away. She was a great sister and friend to me. I will miss her dearly, but she is always with me. Rest In Peace, Zoraida!

FROM THE FAMILY