Wilda Rosa (Flores) Vazquez

Born: Mon., Aug. 31, 1936
Died: Sat., Aug. 20, 2011


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Aug. 25, 2011
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Aug. 26, 2011
Location: New Life Community Church

Funeral Service

7:00 PM Fri., Aug. 26, 2011
Location: New Life Community Church

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 Wilda R. Vazquez

August 31, 1936August 20, 2011



Wilda Rosa Vazquez, 74, of South Bend died Saturday, August 20, 2011 in Hospice House of South Bend.  Mrs. Vazquez was born August 31, 1936 in Ponce, Puerto Rico to the late Luis and Antoinette (Ferrara) Flores and had lived in South Bend since 1994 coming from Long Island, NY.  On October 23, 1954 in New York City as Wilda R. Flores she married Raymond Vazquez who survives.  Also surviving are a daughter, Anne E. Arthus (George) of South Bend; a son, Raymond W. Vazquez, PhD of South Bend; one granddaughter, Katrina Lindsey Arthus of South Bend; and a sister, Ada Mongelli of Hoboken, NJ.  She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Hilda Ruiz; and brother, Luis Flores.  Wilda was an extremely compassionate woman.  Since she was a little girl she wanted to be a nurse.  When she arrived in New York City from Puerto Rico, she knew very little English.  She attended an all girl high school there.  She wanted to take nursing when she graduated, but her English was not good enough.  She put that dream aside for a while and got married in 1954 to Raymond Vazquez and had two children, Ray Jr. and Anne Elizabeth.  The family moved to Long Island, New York and she became a Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA.)  She worked at the Suffolk Developmental Center and loved what she did, but her dream to become a nurse was still alive and well in her heart.  When her husband retired, they moved to Florida.  Her daughter convinced her that now was her chance to go to school and become a nurse.  She agreed and in 2 years accomplished her goal.  She was now living her dream.  When her brother-in-law Ralph, moved to Michigan, he was constantly telling his brother Ray, and Wilda, to move to the Michiana area.  They finally decided to move after Hurricane Andrew destroyed their home in Florida.  They moved to South Bend, only a few miles from Ray’s brother and his wife, Ada.   She found a job as a nurse at the Regency Nursing Home.  She was very happy their, and despite the fact that many days they were understaffed, she always took extra special care of her patients.  She would come home devastated when one of them passed away, especially if their family was not around.  She made a vow that as long as she was there, she was not going to let any of them die alone - and that is also what she wanted for herself.  She truly was an awesome nurse, and those that had the opportunity to have her for a nurse would surely agree.  In 2001 she had a knee replacement and in 2009 she had back surgery.  She was ready to go back to work, but was told if she could not fulfill all her duties as a nurse, she could not return.  She was so brokenhearted, she appealed her termination, but to no avail.  That is when she felt she had died.  She kept her hopes up that someday she would work as a nurse again.  She was getting ready to volunteer, when just about a month ago she was diagnosed with Leukemia.  It was so sudden, but she is now in a better place with her maker.  She was a great mother, wife, and friend.    Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 26th in the New Life Community Church, 17106 Cleveland Rd. where the family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until the time of service.   Rev. Ron Gorsuch will officiate.  Friends may also call from 4 until 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 25th in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN, 46637 or the New Life Community Church Building Fund, 17106 Cleveland Rd., South Bend, IN, 46635.

Charitable donations may be made in Wilda's memory to the following organizations:

Center for Hospice and Palliative Care
111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637

New Life Community Church Building Fund
17106 Cleveland Rd., South Bend, IN, 46635

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