Craciun Berry Funeral Home

7200 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH


Juanita Nazario

October 15, 1930May 19, 2020

Juanita Chinea Nazario (nee Chinea) age 89,

Dearly beloved Wife of Alfonso "Lile" Nazario Sr.; Loving Mother of Alfonso Jr., Rosa Nazario, Tony Nazario (deceased), and Carmen (Michael) DeHaan; Dearest Grandmother of Alfonso III, Shannon (deceased), Theresa, Jamonah, Jeze, Ismael Jr., Juan, Jason, Alberto III, Eneida, and Matthew; dear Great Grandmother of Sonia, Isaac, Catalina, Cheyenne, Madeline, Tony, Grant, Alfonso IV, Ana, Jezelle, Tony, Jordan, Zoey, Angela, Brooke, Lily, Marissa, Hayden, and Jannali; Great Great Grandmother of Valery; Dear Sister of Carmen Rivera (Daniel); Iris Ristorucci, deceased (Roque); Petronila Quirarte, deceased (Sam); Juan, deceased (Toñita) and Antonia. Dear Aunt, Great Aunt and Friend of many.

In addition to raising her four children, Juanita also helped raise grandchildren, great-grandchildren and countless others. Anyone who needed help would be embraced by Juanita's loving arms and treated as her own. It was what she did best and her family accepted that she was going to make the world a better place one person at a time and leave it better than when she entered it. Juanita was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and grew up in a family of farmers, which meant that she also started working the farm at an early age. Before she left for school each day, she had to feed the animals and take breakfast to the farmhands. Her mother died tragically when Juanita was a small child, an event that was uppermost in her mind until she left this earth. Juanita spoke fondly of her Mamita and how much she missed having a relationship with her over the years. When she married and started a family, Juanita moved to Guaynabo, a nearby village. Into everything Juanita endeavored she selflessly put far more than 100% of her boundless energy and limited resources. She had a unique ability to think of others first, serve with humility, and trust completely in God's presence. More than anything, she loved being a mom, putting her heart and soul into raising her children. Upon moving to Ohio with four small children, without knowing the language, climate or culture, she went to work right away feeding, clothing and housing the needy. To Juanita, no one was a stranger, all were welcome. It seemed that most nights we had a new person at our dinner table who needed a good home-cooked meal, something that never ended. Juanita was married for 70 years to the love of her life, Alfonso Sr. and clearly was "in love" with him to the very end. Juanita did not have an easy life, and she experienced more than her share of tragedies; but she persevered and surrendered all obstacles to her loving God. No matter the hardship, she always maintained a positive attitude, utilizing her inner strength, sense of humor and storytelling skills to get her through everything. Juanita worked at manufacturing jobs for many years to help support her family. At the same time, she was drawing strength from her church community. She was instrumental in starting faith groups at San Juan Bautista and then Sagrada Familia, receiving awards and accolades along the way. She became an expert at reading, memorizing and applying scripture. She took on leadership roles and excelled, becoming a role model for countless others. She was a remarkable trailblazer and church leader. While at St. Augustine Manor (nursing home) this past year, Juanita became the life of the party, Miss Congeniality, as her friendly disposition drew others to her. She left behind many, many sad family and friends. Juanita, you are missed and loved more than you will ever know. You're forever in our hearts. Your devoted family and friends.

Family request memorial contribution in Juanita's memory be made to St Augustine Manor Activities Department. 7801 Detroit Ave., Cleveland Ohio 44102

Private Family services.


  • Private Family Services


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Alfonso Nazario

May 20, 2020

Mom, we love you so much. We will always miss you. But as Jesus said to His disciples, "I am going to my father's house to prepare a room for you", you are doing for us, your family. We will see you again, I know. LOVE YOU MOM

Jamonah Nazario

May 20, 2020

The obituary may say you are my grandmother but you will always be the only mother I’ve ever known. I love you and I miss you already!! I’m so glad you got to meet your sweet great-great granddaughter!!


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