Ernestina "Tina" Reyes Pichardo

July 21, 1947October 20, 2018
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Ernestina Reyes Pichardo, affectionately known to some as Tina, was born on July 21, 1947 in Las Liebres, Jalisco, Mexico to Prudencio and Juanita Pichardo. She was the oldest of 5 children. She had humble beginnings but soon learned the ethics of hard work and the value of an earned dollar. She completed 8th grade in Mexico and was brought to the United States where her parents had fulfilled bigger dreams of living in America. They made their home in Fresno, California where they would raise their five children. Tina’s siblings are Abelino, Dora, Sylvia, and Anna. Tina entered the workforce when she was of age. She worked for several companies but spent the last 32 years at Paper Converters. She loved her job and genuinely appreciated her managers; however, her coworkers made the work day go by even quicker. She also taught herself to sew, became a self-taught hair stylist, and provided therapeutic massages to friends and family. She also was a fantastic cook. Many can attest to that! One of her greatest personal accomplishments was becoming a US Citizen which she was so proud of. Her favorite hobbies were going to the casino, attending family parties and reunions, and partook in any event that had music and dancing. Boy did she love dancing! There was never a party that she did not dance at. Traveling to her hometown in Mexico was one of her favorite pastimes that she looked forward to yearly as she had a house there which she cherished. Although Tina never married nor had any children of her own, she was a loving mother figure to many, including her countless godchildren, her nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews. No matter the biological lineage, you were her mijo or mija, and added ‘ito’ or ‘ita’ to your name. After the passing of her mother, she committed to caring for her father and brother. Tina was preceded in death by her mother who passed away in 1993. She is survived by her father Prudencio Pichardo, Brother Abelino Pichardo, Sister Dora Ortiz and brother in law Bryan Ortiz, Sister Sylvia Lizardo and brother in law Faustino Lizardo, Sister Anna Andalon and brother in law Rick Andalon. Her nieces and nephews are as follows: Arthur, Luis, Bryana, Juanito, and Amanda. Great nephews and nieces: Ayden, Anali, Layla, Leah. Tina was a daughter, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin, Godmother, Comadre, and friend who passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 12:03pm. She will be greatly missed. The family would like to express sincere gratitude to everyone who visited, called, texted, and offered prayers and support. A special thank you to all the medical staff at Kaiser Hospital and Hinds Hospice and to the staff at Tinkler Funeral Home.

Ernestina Reyes Pichardo, cariñosamente conocido por algunos como Tina, nació el 21 de julio de 1947 en Las Liebres, Jalisco, México, a sus padres Prudencio y Juanita Pichardo. Ella era la mayor de 5 hijos. Ella tenía principios humildes pero pronto aprendió la ética de trabajo duro y el valor de un dólar ganado. Realizó el octavo grado en México y fue traída a los Estados Unidos donde sus padres habían cumplido grandes sueños de vivir en América. Hicieron su casa en Fresno, California donde crearon sus cinco hijos. Los hermanos de Tina son Abelino, Dora, Silvia y Ana. Tina entró en la fuerza de trabajo cuando ella era mayor de edad. Trabajó para varias empresas pero pasó los últimos 32 años en la compania Paper Converters. Ella amaba su trabajo y realmente apreciaba a sus administradores; sin embargo, sus compañeros de trabajo hicieron el día del trabajo más rápido a agradable. Ella también se enseno hacer costuras, se convirtió en estilista, y ofrecía masajes terapéuticos a sus amistades y familiares. ¡También, ella era una cocinera maravillosa! Nomás pregúntele a los que trabajaban con ella. Unos de sus logros mayores fue cuando recibió su ciudadanía Estadounidense. Algo que le dio mucho orgullo. Sus pasatiempos favoritos eran ir al casino, asistir a fiestas familiares y reuniones y convivir en cualquier evento que tenía la música y el baile. ¡Ella le encantaba bailar! Nunca hubo una fiesta donde ella no bailaba. Viajar a su ciudad natal en México fue uno de sus pasatiempos favoritos que ella espera con interés anual ya que tenía una casa allí que ella estimaba. Aunque Tina nunca se casó ni tuvo hijos propios, ella fue una figura de madre amorosa para muchos, incluyendo sus numerosos ahijados, sus sobrinas, sobrinos, gran sobrinas y gran sobrinos. No importa el linaje biológico, todos eran mijo o mija y ‘ito’ o ‘ita’ ella añadía a sus nombres con cariño. Después del fallecimiento de su madre, ella se dedicó a cuidar a su papa y hermano y aseguro que nada les faltara. Tina fue precedida en la muerte por su madre, quien falleció en 1993. Ella es sobrevivida por su padre Prudencio Pichardo, hermano Abelino Pichardo, hermana Dora Ortiz y su cuñado Bryan Ortiz, Hermana Sylvia Lizardo y cuñado Faustino Lizardo, hermana Anna Andalon y cuñado Rick Andalon. Sus sobrinos y sobrinas son Arturo, Luis, Bryana, Juanito y Amanda. Gran sobrinos y sobrinas son Ayden, Anali, Layla, Leah. Tina era una hija, hermana, cuñada, tía, prima, madrina, Comadre y amiga que falleció el sábado, 20 de octubre del 2018 a las 12:03 de la tarde. Todos la extrañaremos enormemente. La familia desea expresar el sincero agradecimiento a todos los que la visitaron, llamaron, mandaron un texto, y ofrecieron oraciones y apoyo. Un agradecimiento especial a todo el personal médico en el Hospital Kaiser y hospicio de Hinds, y al personal en la funeraria Tinkler.


  • Prudencio Pichardo, Father
  • Dora Ortiz, Sister
  • Sylvia Lizardo, Sister
  • Anna Andalon, Sister
  • Abelino Pichardo, Brother

  • Faustino Lizardo
  • Bryan Ortiz
  • Rick Andalon
  • Arthur Limon
  • Luis Becerra
  • Juan Sanchez
  • Amanda Andalon
  • Bryana Ortiz


  • Visitation Monday, October 29, 2018
  • Rosary Service Monday, October 29, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, October 30, 2018
  • Committal Service Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Ernestina "Tina" Reyes Pichardo

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Eloisa Ramos Robles

November 5, 2018

I got to know Ernestina since I was a young girl, I remember her and her sisters coming to visit us in Los Angeles. Every time they visited she would bring us lots of delicious fruit and other treats from Fresno. She loved to dance and would come join in the various occasions that were celebrated. Most recently, she loved coming to visit and of course if there was an opportunity, go to the Casino. I know she had lots of luck in the slot machines and she would try to teach my mom the tricks of the trade. Her last visit was in August of this year, we are so blessed that in this casual visit we got to see her one last time, now that I think about it, it was almost like her coming to say goodbye. We will miss her dearly but she will always be alive in our hearts and through all the wonderful memories we shared. Hasta luego Ernestina:)

Estela Pichardo Ayala

November 3, 2018

Although she was a couple of years older I always enjoyed hanging around with Ernestina. I loved it when we would go to visit the rancho but I was ecstatic when I learned they were moving to Fresno! It was nice growing up with her for those few years. She's a beautiful person inside & out with a sweet & caring soul. I will forever love & miss you prima.

Bryana Ortiz

November 1, 2018

As Dora's daughter, I was always with my mom when she'd spend her time with my tia Tina so I'm grateful for all the wonderful memories. I remember as a kid she'd pull me aside from playing to show me how to hand wash my clothes so I could help my mom at home, she taught me how to crochet, and she taught me the importance of giving. I didn't realize that she was teaching me essentials of life until I was older. Since I was a child I've always wanted to be alongside her to learn how to cook but knowing my tia, you knew she didn't want help. When I was around seven or eight she allowed my mom and I to help with making her famous tamales; it only lasted a few minutes because she kicked us out of her kitchen. We put "too little masa." That was the only time I was able to really help but I'll always cherish that day.
I'll miss all the times my mom and tia would be laughing so hard in our kitchen, her spending the night, road trips, going shopping together, going to the casino and just being able to help her with everyday things. There'd be times I'd get out of my night class and I'd wonder why my mom wasn't home yet and then the thought came to me, "oh, she's at the casino with my tia again!" Leah was also very close to her, somehow they instantly bonded to each other and I could see my tia's characteristics in her. Leah is also generous, loving, loves money and dances all the time. Leah loved her tia as much as my tia loved her. My tia Tina was the strongest, loving, and most generous person I ever knew. She was the basis of our family. I wish life would've been different so Leah could grow up with her tia Tina but God already had plan written for her to go home on October 20th, 2018 so she could rest in peace.
Tia Tina, you'll always live through our stories and our hearts. Te amo mucho.

Flor Pichardo-Romero

November 1, 2018

My Godmother Tina was a wonderful, joyful, giving women whom I will sincerely miss. It gives me great pleasure to have so many fond memories of her. Those memories I will cherish forever. I am grateful to my cousins Dora, Sylvia, Anna, Abel, and to my uncle Pule for sharing my Nina with me, particularly with my mom. Those two Comadres love hanging out at the casino and traveling to Mexico together.
Rest In Peace Nina. You’ll live forever in the hearts of many.

Carol Cloud

October 30, 2018

Tina worked for our family for over 30 years. She was a very special lady and a very hard worker. She never complained. She always had a kind word
to say when we would pass in the plant. We will all miss her very much. We love you Tina!!
Paper, Pulp & Film, Inc.

Inez Ortiz-Sanchez

October 26, 2018

My heart is broken for your loss... Tina was such a kind person, taking care of others before herself.. I remember about her always being dressed up in her heels even at home!! And how she could sew or crochet anything... I will miss seeing her at the swap meet when I come to town. Lets remember that we have another angel watching over us... Love you Pichardo girls!