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Mercedes  Starr

Mercedes Starr

Friday, March 7th, 1930 Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

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Obituary for Mercedes Starr

Mercedes Starr, a teacher who emigrated from Cuba in 1966, passed away from non-Coronavirus illness at the age of 90. Her husband Edwin Starr died in 1989.
Mercedes was a loving family-oriented person who, among many other acts of kindness, helped raise two of her nieces: Dr. Theresa Aquino, an interventional radiologist, and Maite Aquino, a corporate lawyer. Both nieces thought of her as a second mother.
Mercedes was passionate about education since she was very young. Beginning at age 13 she spent her summer vacations helping underprivileged neighborhood children improve their reading, writing and math skills. She reserved a room in the house for teaching which she called “La Escuelita” (The Little School). She was very proud of her origins as an educator and remembered former pupils with very deep affection. During Cuba’s literacy campaign of 1961 she distinguished herself as a volunteer working to eradicate illiteracy among rural adults.
Mercedes came from a large family of five sisters and four brothers. Her parents emigrated to Cuba from Spain. She’s survived by two sisters and three brothers: Iris Pardinas, Raquel Aquino, Raul Pardinas, Carlos Pardinas, and Dr. Jose Pardinas. Three of her siblings, Roberto, Olga, and Theresa, as well as her brother-in-law, Dr. Armando Aquino, had recently passed away. She’s survived by her sister-in-law, Nidia Pardinas, and by ten nieces: Dr. Theresa Aquino, Angela Pardinas, Olietis Mon-Vega, Dania and Dalia Thope, Yamilet and Janet Fuentes, Odalis Pardinas, Elizabeth Martinez, and Maribel Pardinas. She’s also survived by five nephews: Raul Pardinas, Jr., Bobby and David Pardinas, Manuel Martinez, and Robert Pardinas. Mercedes was a regular parishioner at St. Christopher’s Church.
Funeral services will be held at Colonial Funeral Home on Monday 11, 2020 starting at 9:30 AM followed by burial at Resurrection Cemetery at 12 Noon on the same day.

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  • Visitation

    Monday, May 11th, 2020 | 9:30am - 11:30am
    Colonial Funeral Home
    2819 Hylan Boulevard
    Staten Island, NY
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    Monday, May 11th, 2020
    9:30am - 11:30am
  • Service

    Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Graveside
    Tuesday, May 5th, 2020
    12:00pm
  • Interment

    Resurrection Cemetery (Staten Island)
    361 Sharrott Ave.
    STATEN ISLAND, NY
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Yamilet

Tía tuvimos la dicha de conocerte, lamentamos no haber estado para ti al final. Pero nos reconforta saber que estás en compañia de nuestra madre Olga Pardiñas, tía Teresa Pardiñas, tío Roberto también hoy los recordamos , tus sobrinas Yamilet y Yanet así como nuestra familia nunca te olvidaremos
Comment | Posted at 09:57am via Condolence
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Elzbieta Martinez

We will miss Tia Merci so much, her love and good heart.
She will always live in our hearts and we cherish memories of our time together.
With deep sorrow
Elizabeth, Manny and Adrien Martinez
Comment | Posted at 05:26pm via Condolence
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