Maria A. Pintado (Tere to her close friends and Mami to us) passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 4, after a fifteen-year struggle with Alzheimer’s. She was a loving daughter, sister, mother, and wife.
Tere was born on May 1,1935 and emigrated from Cuba to the United States in the late 1950’s to work with the Nestle Corporation secretarial pool in White Plains, NY. It was at Nestle where she met Angelo Pintado, another young emigree from Cuba. They married in 1964 and moved to Venezuela in 1970, where Angelo was offered a professional opportunity. They moved to Miami in 1981 and after she raised both their daughters, she joined American Express, Latin American Division as an administrative assistant.
Mami loved puzzles and maps. She spent countless hours planning out road trips. All the family maps had handwritten notes about each stop or exit. She also spent many hours solving crossword puzzles in English and Spanish, even creating her own personal crossword dictionary.
Her daughters, Irene Pintado (George C. Richards) and Anita Pintado (Thomas L. Grisson) always knew that Mami would provide loving counsel and a joke. She was as hard-headed as she was funny.
Aside from her daughters, she is survived by her sister, Ana Seijo and her nephews, Jorge and Eddie Seijo.
We are comforted in knowing that she is now reunited with her husband, Angelo, her parents, Jesus Alvarez and Maria Teresa Fernandez, and her godmother, Ofelia, all of whom she loved dearly.
Irene and I want to thank everyone who offered us support during our mother’s long battle with Alzheimer’s. We are forever grateful to Zaida and Jeffrey who took special interest in taking care of her when our father died. We are also grateful for the nurses from Hope Hospice.
There will be a funeral mass at St. Agatha Catholic Church on Tuesday, August 9 at 11:30 am. A private family graveside service will follow.
If you are able, please make a donation to help with Alzheimer’s research or your local hospice.
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