Engracia Cofresi

May 15, 1927April 5, 2018
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Engracia Cofresi born on May 15, 1927 in Ponce, Puerto Rico made her final journey while surrounded by loved ones in Palm Bay, Florida on April 5, 2018. Engracia was a proud army wife who supported and cared for her family 100%. She was so happy to have reached 90 years of living and to have been the matriarch of her growing family.

Engracia better known as Grace, married in 1945 at the age of 18 in a civil ceremony to Gilberto Cofresi. They married 42 years later in the church at Our Lady of Lourdes, Melbourne, Florida. They were married 54 years when he predeceased her.

Grace came to Brevard County in 1972 from Ft. Campbell KY where her husband Gilberto Cofresi retired after serving 30 years in the Army. Her church community was important to her, which led her to singing in the choir, cooking for church functions as needed, participating in church retreats, and ministering to the sick. Everyone always mentioned her beautiful smile and charisma.

Grace’s children always considered her “The Best Mom”. They say this because while their dad was away for four years in one of his tours, she held the family together by being both Mom and Dad, teaching them good moral values and loving God as well as trusting in Him entirely. As a hobby, she worked in her garden at the house for many years. She also loved cooking and had a gift for such dishes as Spaghetti a la Carbonera, Pescado (fish) in Escabeche, Carne Mechada (Meat stuffed with ham, peppers, onions), different kinds of rice dishes etc… Her sofrito (base for cooking) was considered one of the best, and made her dishes taste extra special.

Grace is survived by her three children and spouses: Luz M. and Jose Vazquez, Gilberto (“Tito”), Thelma Cofresi, and Frieda V. and Luis Santiago; her nine grandchildren: Luz Veronica and James “Trey” Moore, Ana Margarita and Miguel Esparza, Jose and Karina Vazquez, Joshua Vazquez, Gil and Cassie Cofresi, Maris and Leroy Cofresi-Salley, Shari Cofresi, Luis R. and Mellissa Santiago, Carlos M. and Kristi Santiago; her 16 great-grandchildren: Gabriela Moore, Daniel Moore, Dominic Moore, Miguel Esparza, Jose Esparza, Cristian Esparza, Isabella Vazquez, Jose Mariano Vazquez, Alexa Cofresi, Dominic Cofresi, Elissia Cofresi Horlback, Jalaina Salley, Gavin Moses Horlback, Logan Santiago, Joselyn Santiago, Ivan Santiago; and her two great-great-grandchildren: Aleya Cofresi and Kaleb Cofresi

A visitation will be held Friday, April 13, 2018 at 6:00 pm at The Life Event Center at Florida Memorial, 5950 South US Highway 1, Rockledge, FL. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 10:00 am at Our Lady of Lourdes, 1710 Hickory Street, Melbourne, FL.


  • Visitation Friday, April 13, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, April 14, 2018

Engracia Cofresi

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Veronica Vazquez Moore

May 1, 2018

Veronica Vazquez Moore

April 27, 2018

It's compelling how a family member can be miles away. The years pass and you don't get to see them as often as you'd like which happens to be another sacrifice military families endure.

But the instant that person's presence isn't occupying that daily space of this world you feel it. You feel that void, that emptiness. It seems to grow as the days pass by. One less loved one, One less laugh, one less joke, one less awesome dish, one less mother, sister, grandmother.

It makes you feel like your foundation is shaken and you not only have to catch your footing but you also have to take a breath and try to readjust to a new reality.

Abuela how I miss you. And wish we had had more time. Time to make up for the distance. Time to listen. Time to just enjoy your company and the treasure you brought to our family and the community. We know you are in a better place. Your work here is done. And it's our turn to continue the work you began.

We hope to honor you through our actions and values that you passed on. We hope as you watch from above that we will make you proud. We love you Abuela.

Tu nieta más antigua,

( A photo of the last time you were able to be with my kids in March 2012.)

Annie Santiago

April 13, 2018

I thank God for the lovely angel he sent to grace the world with her lovely smile, kind heart, and joy of living. Anyone who spent time with her left her side a better person because her happiness was infectious, and her beautiful spirit left no room for sadness.

Thank you Grace for making our world a better place. And thank you for the fun-filled memories I will carry with me for the rest of my days. May God bless you always!



Shari Cofresi

April 8, 2018

My Abuela was the life around everyone. She was a very caring and nurturing person. Everybody loves her and she would always put a smile on our faces. I am thankful she got to meet my youngest Gavin before she passed which he turned 1 on April 5th. You will always be remembered Abuela for all the happy times we all had with you. We will celebrate that you are with God and abuelo now. Te quiero mucho!!

Maris Cofresi-Salley

April 7, 2018

I am so happy that my Abuela was able to share this special day with me. She was absolutely beautiful & the highlight of the wedding party. Her dance moves & smile is why everyone remembered her on that day & all the days after. Te amo y te extraño mucho, Abuelita! I will forever cherish the memories with you ...