August 23, 1938 – October 6, 2019
Zoraida Bustamante, a loving mother and wife, went home to be with our Lord and Savior on the morning of Sunday, October 6, 2019, at the age of 81. Zoraida passed away peacefully with her family by her side. Her children affectionately knew her as Mami and her grandchildren and great grandchildren knew her as Mama, Ita and Oma. Both of her parents traveled from Spain to Cuba where she was born on August 23, 1938. As a young girl, Zoraida moved to Havana, the capital, and later returned to her hometown where she met and married our father, Tomas. Zoraida had a deep and unfailing love for children. She was an activist for children along with our father. After the takeover of the Communist government in Cuba, Zoraida became involved with the underground movement seeking medicine and food for the sick children, since medicine and food was practically nonexistent. In 1971, the family traveled to the United States where Zoraida worked at a local church and later for a major hospital until retirement. She loved gardening and spending time outside. She loved taking care of the family dogs and spoiling them with table scraps. Zoraida’s favorite pastime was cooking big family meals. She had a passion for celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas. She not only loved cooking the food but also decorating the table.
Zoraida is survived by her loving husband, Tomas, her three children, Cesar, Elia, Hiram, their spouses, several grandchildren, great grandchildren and many loving friends.
- Visitation Sunday, October 13, 2019
- Funeral Service Sunday, October 13, 2019
- Committal Service Sunday, October 13, 2019