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Maria Teresa Yang

September 23, 1939November 14, 2020

Maria Teresa Yang, née Torres, 81, passed away peacefully on November 14, 2020, surrounded by her loving family and the love of her Savior, Jesus Christ. The youngest of six children, Maria was born on September 23, 1939, in Ponce, Puerto Rico. At the age of 10, her family moved to Brooklyn, New York. She grew up on Flushing Avenue across from the Naval Yard in a vibrant home filled with Puerto Rican cuisine, radio broadcasts, singing, dancing, laughter, and prayer. She was known for being a positive-thinking Pollyanna who could bring light to the darkest moments with her faith and love. In 1962, she entered the convent as a novitiate with the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor in Warwick, New York. Following illness that prevented her from taking final vows as a nun, she left holy orders in 1965 but remained a devout Roman Catholic. After training at the Wilfred Academy, Maria worked as a hairstylist and beautician. She then took courses at Washburn University and entered the field of nursing. Always playful and fashionably dressed, Maria met her physician husband by chance in a hospital elevator at the age of 31. Despite being only a year apart in age, she successfully convinced him on their first date that he had accidentally asked out a minor. They married a year later in Las Vegas. When their children were born, Maria stayed home to become a full-time caregiver and homemaker. Over the years, Maria moved with her family many times, building a second family of strong friendships in Kansas, Mississippi, California, Pennsylvania, and Florida. In 1985, she and her family moved to South Florida, where she became a founding member of a then-new church parish, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, where she remained active for many years and enjoyed lasting fellowship with her Emmaus sisters. Despite legal blindness that prevented her from ever driving and an autoimmune condition that debilitated her muscles, she remained positive and hopeful. As vascular dementia, heart disease, medication-related diabetes, and immobility impacted the last years of her life, she valiantly fought through her pain to remain present. Throughout her 10 months in home hospice care, she continued always giving everything she had to her loved ones. She lived a humble and honest life of holy sacrifice, constantly thinking of others before herself. She touched many lives, and all who knew her were blessed. Though she is truly home now, her spirit and love live on. Her memory is an ever-present blessing. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Dr. Chih-Ping “Charles” Yang; her children, Tamara Demko (Rob Siedlecki Jr.), Thomas Yang, and Angela Yang; her grandchildren Elijah (19), Cole (17), Josh (15), and Madison (15), and by her sister Carmen Dixon (Bob). She was preceded in death by her daughter Maria Angeline; her parents Pedro and Paula; and her siblings Elena, Brunilda, Rolando, and Estrella. She is also survived by her many beloved nieces and nephews and their children. A funeral mass will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Coral Springs, Florida, on December 18, 2020.

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Linda Brockman

November 26, 2020

Dear Charles, Tamara, Thomas, and Angela,

Our sincere condolences for the loss of your beloved wife and mother. I have such fond memories of our family get togethers when living in PA. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your families.

Our deepest sympathies,
The Delgado/Brockman Family

Modesta Figueroa-Huertas

November 23, 2020

I want to send my condolences to all of Maria Theresa's children, and her sister Carmen and Bob, your mom had such a humble soul, she would light up the room with her smile and laughter. I will forever hold her laughter in my heart. God bless her and may she be in eternal peace. Love to the family always. Anyone of you can reach out to me if you just want to talk.
Modesta / memopi227@gmail.com

Modesta Huertas

November 23, 2020

Dear Charles, Tamara, Angela, and Thomas:

Maria (TeTe) she was my first cousin, which in spanish we are known as "Prima Hermanas" our ages were a bit apart, so my memories of Maria was that she was an honest, humble soul, I can still hear her laughter when she shared conversations with her sisters: Brunilda (R.I.P), Elena (R.I.P), Estrella (R.I.P) and especially Carmen (Cambo), along with her brother in law Bob and my half sister Lillian (R.I.P). I miss the family. May the heavens have taken her safely home, where she has been greeted by her parents and siblings. Rest in peace TeTe, and someday we shall all see each other again.

José Pedro Barros

November 18, 2020

What a beautiful story, she probably was the sweetest. Loved to read about her journey and as we all know, her soul is in peace with her family and friends who passed.

Rafael Ocasio

November 17, 2020

Dear Charles, Tamara, Angela, and Thomas, I send my heartfelt condolences at this difficult time. I share your loss with sadness. Your mom and my late mother Lillian were first cousins, so she was my first cousin once removed, but to me, she will always be more like an aunt. I have cherished memories of the years living in Brooklyn. Now, the Lord has called her and she has gone forth to her true home. He is now embracing her in His loving arms and is reunited, with her mom and dad, Paula and Pedro. Her siblings, Elena, Estrella, Brunilda, Rolando. I am sure my mom Lillian is right there too with open arms, along with all our departed relatives. Tete was a woman of deep profound faith and believed in the Word of the Lord. Please find comfort with the following. Jesus told Martha, the sister of his friend Lazarus, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die." Tete has now been reborn to the fullness of life eternal. May Perpetual Light Shine Upon Her. --Rafy

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