Georgina Mercedes Bardelas

September 3, 1922January 9, 2019
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Georgina de las Mercedes Bardelas Leyva died on January 9, 2019 at Hospice Home in High Point. She was born September 3, 1922 in Rodas, Cuba. She married Jose Antonio Bardelas on October 12, 1946.

She struggled through the oppression of communist Cuba until 1963 when, along with her husband and daughter, left everything behind and never returned. She came to the United States, non-English speaking but with a desire and a dream of liberty and freedom for her children and her family which never would have been realized in Castro-controlled Cuba. Her two sons, Jose Jr. (Tony) and Roberto, ages 13 and 12, arrived two years earlier and waited patiently for their family in wonderful Catholic sponsored homes. They were reunited in Freeport, IL, where she and her husband, Jose Bardelas, determined to quickly assimilate, find gainful employment and start their new life.

Her substantial faith in Christ was the foundation on which Georgina based her life. She faced challenges in a new country and yet, not only prevailed but succeeded. After raising their family in IL, she and Jose retired to FL for 15 years. In 2001, they moved to NC to be near family where Jose preceded her in death in 2009. She and Jose enjoyed the beach and traveling much of the United States, especially visiting national parks. She adored her grandchildren and absolutely doted on her great grandchildren. They enjoyed each other’s company and eating ice cream was always involved.

She is survived by her children, Jose A. Bardelas Jr., M.D. (Tony) and wife Sallie of High Point, Roberto Bardelas of Alsea, OR and Gini Vascellaro and husband Mike of Greensboro; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and innumerable nieces, nephews and extended family in the US and Cuba. In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents, Tranquilino Leyva Polignac and Ana Leyva and thirteen siblings.

A memorial mass will be at 11:00 on January 18, 2019 at St. Pius X Catholic Church officiated by Monsignor Anthony Marcaccio. The family will receive friends after the service in the Simmons Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Pius X Catholic Church, 2210 N. Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27408, Family Services of the Piedmont, 315 E. Washington Street, Greensboro, NC 27401, or a charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be offered at Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm chapel is assisting the family.


  • Tranquilino Polignac and Ana Leyva, Parents
  • Jose Bardelas Sr., Husband
  • Jose A. Bardelas Jr., MD "Tony" and wife Sallie, Son
  • Roberto Bardelas, Son
  • Gini Vascellaro and husband Mike, Daughter
  • She is also survived by seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren; and innumerable nieces, nephews and extended family in the US and Cuba. Thirteen siblings preceded her in death.

  • St. Pius X Catholic Church
  • Family Services of the Piedmont


  • Memorial Mass Friday, January 18, 2019
  • The family will receive friends following the service. Friday, January 18, 2019

Georgina Mercedes Bardelas

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Norma Sarazin

January 14, 2019

I never got to meet this amazing Lady. But she sounds so strong and amazing. She had a hard life that she over came to have the very best in life here. I knew her son Dr Bardelas , he was my sons doctor who did wonders for my son. If not for him we may have never known what was truly wrong with him ( Gary Wayne Tate). We now live in Minnesota and have access to the Mayo clinic now just wish he was here with them he would do wonders for them. But he is where he needs to be.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this trying time. Times like this is very hard, but each day gets a little easier, and a shade brighter. Just remember that heaven just gained another Angel and one day you will see her again.
Norma Sarazin & Gary Tate

Susan Dahl

January 13, 2019

I am sorry for your loss of this beautiful woman. I thank you for sharing the story of her life as it represents what I, an American-born citizen feel expresses what America stands for — a welcoming country that allows humans to join us, be free and productive and enjoy living in peace with our neighbors. May her memory live on in our hearts.