Tobias Funeral Home - Far Hills Chapel

5471 Far Hills Ave, Dayton, OH


Ismaela Fernandez

September 23, 1929March 15, 2020

Fernandez, Ismaela “Nena”, age 90 of Dayton passed away on March 15, 2020 surrounded by her large family. Born in Havana, Cuba to the late Ismaela and Leon Saiz. Preceded in death by her husband Guillermo “Bill Sr.”. Nena is survived by her son and daughter in law Guillermo “Willie” and Maria Fernandez; dear friend Millie Blanco; grandchildren: Isabel (Nate) Goodrich, Cristina (Matt) Chrisovergis, Willy (Sally) Fernandez, Lissette (Will) Mayberry, and Annette Fernandez; great-grandchildren: Isla Goodrich, Liam Mayberry, and Gustavo Fernandez.

Abuela loved to sew, garden, travel, her church, and Bombay Sapphire. We will all miss her Cuban coffee accompanied by laughter. Her biggest joy was having her family around her and watching her great-grandchildren play. She was the epitome of elegance and class, two qualities she displayed effortlessly throughout life. She was surrounded by her family until the very end. We would like to thank the staff at Kettering Hospital, Hospice of Dayton, Tobias Funeral Home, Touching Hearts, and St. Charles Borromeo.

A private service will be held for the family. Family will hold a celebration of life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Jude’s or Dayton Children’s Hospital. In care of Tobias Funeral Home, Far Hills Chapel.


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Glenda Stover

March 21, 2020

I will always remember the smile and hugs from a most gracious loving wonderful lady. Sbe will be missed and remembered by all who had the honor of knowing her. I want to Thank the Fernandez family for allowing me the privilege of knowing both Bill Sr and Nina. May God bless you and keep you safe in this time of need.

Sarah Cicora

March 21, 2020

So very sorry for your loss. She was the epitome of class....and made wonderful coffee! We made a donation in her name to Dayton Children's Hospital. We hope that others do as well.

Mauricio and Mayran Faya

March 17, 2020

We have the most wonderful memories from Nena and Guillermo. They opened their house and hearts to us and were like a family on those early years of our life in this country. Our most sincere condolences to the Fernandez family. She was a great lady, full os happiness and love, with a big smile and a bigger heart. May she Rest In Peace and may her light shine bright for all of us forever.

Fr. Isaac Ebeigbe

March 17, 2020

Nena was gentle, joyful, open minded, easily approachable, highly supportive and a lady of dignity who supported her family with altruistic hospitality.
She was a reliable pillar for the huge business success of her husband, Bill Awelo Fernandez, an understanding and patient mother and grandmother; a strong believer in family unity and love
You will be greatly missed and may the Good Lord grant you eternal rest, Amen.

Victor and Mary Obasuyi

March 17, 2020

Nena was a great lady, always so happy to have fun and talk about her travels. You will be greatly missed. Rest in Heaven

Elvia Ibarra Jones

March 17, 2020

My memories Of Nena Her wanderful Hospitality always with a smile Always so Elegant and plesent . The love she had for God and the blessing virgin her good sample to her family and the ones to now her Miles de gratos recuerdos cuando mis hijos eran chicos los paceos al rededor de la casa y Nena les recivia con chocolate calientito Don Guillermo y toda la familia preparando Comidas deliciosas. Guillermo. MArybel a Dios le pido que les de la fuerza no para no entristecer sino para celebrar su vida un fuerte abrazo