October 21, 1934 – June 25, 2020
Beloved wife and mother, Otilia Hasewinkle, passed away on June 25, 2020 at the age of 85 from complications due to Alzheimer’s. Though her family misses her dearly, they find comfort in knowing she is with Jesus now, where there is no more pain, confusion or suffering.
Otilia was born in Palmira, Colombia in 1934 to a large family headed by her now-deceased parents, Alfonso Pereira and Otilia Gomez Pereira. She studied to be a teacher and taught for several years in Colombia. In the US, she co-owned a bank equipment and exporting company with her husband.
Known for her positive outlook, sweet smile and incredible sense of humor, Otilia was very social and loved spending time with friends and family. She enjoyed parties, dancing, dressing up, reading, journaling, and making crafts. Shopping and clothes were her passion and she wore high heels until her late seventies, much to the chagrin of her family. Otilia loved God and always carried her Bible with her. She prayed continuously and had a strong faith that was contagious. Still, she was inclusive and non-judgmental.
Otilia is survived by her husband, William Hasewinkle, their daughter, Susan Lee, her step-children, William C. Hasewinkle, Virginia Hasewinkle-Niño and Marina Valenzuela, along with her nephew, Alvaro Pereira, who they raised as their own. She also leaves behind her dear sister, Yolanda Pereira, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and step-grandchildren.
In addition to her many family members, her loss will be felt by countless friends from all over the world, but especially friends in Colombia, Ecuador, and the United States.
Because they do not want to put anyone at risk, the family will delay her memorial service until after the current global pandemic ends.