Dimond & Shannon Mortuary

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Sabina Irene Aofrate

September 12, 1929October 12, 2019

Sabina Irene Aofrate was born on September 12, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois and passed away on October 12, 2019 in Orange , California.


  • Tomas John Slonina, Father (deceased)
  • Julianna Gnutek Slonina, Mother (deceased)
  • Adela J Slonina, Sister (deceased)
  • Sigmond John Slonina, Brother (deceased)
  • Genevieve Marie Slonina, Sister (deceased)
  • Johanna Marie Slonina, Sister (deceased)
  • Henry R Slonina, Brother (deceased)
  • Violet Slonina Love, Sister
  • Ralph Joseph Aofrate, Husband (deceased)
  • Troy Hignite, Ex-Husband (deceased)
  • Alan D Aofrate, Son
  • Laura J Aofrate, Daughter
  • Ralph Joseph Aofrate Jr, Son
  • Deborah L Aofrate Chavez, Daughter
  • Thomas J Hignite, Son (deceased)
  • Thomas J Chavez, Grandson
  • Joan A Aofrate, Granddaughter
  • David A Chavez, Grandson
  • Ralph Joseph Aofrate III, Grandson
  • Christopher M Chavez, Grandson
  • Robert W Chavez, Grandson
  • Danielle R Peltier, Granddaughter
  • Rosalie D Chavez, Great Granddaughter
  • Valor S Chavez, Great Grandson
  • Torin T Chavez, Great Grandson


  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, October 23, 2019
  • The Rite of Committal Wednesday, October 23, 2019


Sabina Irene Aofrate

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Maria Love-Edwards

October 16, 2019

Sweet Auntie Sabina,
You and my mom, Violet were such great friends and sisters to each other. You will be greatly missed by your sister Violet Love and all your nieces and nephews.

I will cherish all the memories of you at birthday parties, wedding celebrations and every shared family moment in between. May God keep you and bring peace to your family that will miss you so much!

This photo was taken only a month ago when Violet and Sabina received Gingerbread (Piernik) and Polish Cabbage (Czerwona Kapusta) from my Polish friend. They were so happy to enjoy it!



Sabina Irene Slonina was born in Chicago on Sept 12, 1929 to immigrant parents of Poland. She was theyoungest of four sisters and two brothers. She was fluent in Polish and English.

Sabina loved and adored her parents. Her family was faithful and active in the Roman Catholic Church. Her father, Tomas Slonina, participated in the rebuilding of St. Turibius Church in Chicago. He worked for International Harvester during the weekday and barbered on the weekend, giving a stable home to the family. Her mother, Julianna Slonina, worked for a Jewish hotel, cooking in the kitchen. Sabina stated that her mother was a wonderful cook, making homemade sauerkraut, sausages, perogies, and pastries. Neighbors and friends were a frequent site at her home on Keeler Avenue. She reminisced of the wonderful fruit trees, vegetable and flower gardens. She talked about the cold and windy winters of Chicago and how she would take turns sitting on the radiator with her sister, Violet, in the attic of their home. They sewed goose down comforters and pillows from their own geese to keep warm. She recalled taking the bus to and from work on those cold days, along with visiting her three sisters that dedicated their life to the Order of Felician Sisters.

Sabina gave birth to a son, Alan, in Chicago. Shortly afterward, her mother visited a cousin in Idyllwild, California. Julianna wanted the whole family to pack up and move away from the harsh winters of Chicago, to the milder climates of California. Sabina did eventually follow her parents to California sometime in 1957 or ‘58. But before doing so, Sabina fell in love with Ralph Aofrate, an Italian gentleman from New York. He was a truck driver with a regular route to Chicago. They married in 1960 and bought a home in Garden Grove CA. She gave birth to three children in 3 years. Sabina enjoyed a life with her husband and family. Ralph studied boating at the Power Squadron boating club, a Coast Guard affiliate. They camped and went boating on many lakes, and on the Pacific
Oceans with the club. These brought many fond memories to Sabina. Sabina and Ralph were very involved with Saint Columban Catholic Church in Garden Grove. Shortly after a major earthquake in Mexico, their home garage was used to receive clothing and other items. With these items, they participated in a caravan to Mexico and distribution them to the needy people there.

Sadly, Ralph fell sick to cancer and passed away in January 1969, leaving Sabina with three young children. She began working 3 part-time jobs simultaneously to pay the mortgage, vehicle notes and other expenses that go along with a family. Her faithful sisters, Sister Jeanne Marie, Sister Joan and
Sister Angelica, came to her aid in the summertime, by taking care of the little ones and making meals. In 1971, Sabina fell in love again. Her new husband, Troy Hignite, comforted her and brightened her life. They had a son together. Thomas Hignite was born with a heart defect which required open heart
surgery at 2 weeks of age. Sabina was diligent to see that he had the best of care. Tommy lived to age 8. He truly was her delight. But, the death of Tommy was difficult for both Sabina & Troy and eventually they divorced.

Sabina decided to get back into the workforce, taking various jobs in sales. Before retiring at age 70, she had won may awards in her role, working for FHP Healthcare. Throughout the years, Sabina saw her family grow with grandchildren and great grandchildren. Much like her mother, Sabina loved cooking and gardening. She enjoyed her morning coffee and toast, and her hot green tea in the evening. She was a soup lover, despite the weather.

She continued to participate at St. Columban activities along with attending Mass at St. Justin Martyr and Holy Family Church. She said that “Mass was her healing grace”. For many years, Sabina was a devoted prayer warrior, dedicating 3 hours a day to her prayers to the end of her life. She was an
example of loving kindness and spread the Good News of Jesus Christ our saving Lord. She was thankful to God for all that she was given in life.