Juanita Emilia Fernandez passed away suddenly on March 29, 2018 at the age of 95 . She was born in Cuba and immigrated to the United States shortly before World War II in 1941. A long time Washington area resident she lived in DC, Alexandria, Arlington and most recently Silver Spring Md.
She was preceded in death by her parents Antonio and Aurora Perez , her husband Antonio ( Tony) Fernandez , and her sister Emilia Perez . She is survived by her sisters Aurora Vasquez, Aleida R Baum , Maria Galvan, Lucia Vasallo brother Pedro Perez ,daughter Cecilia Fernandez DeRosa , granddaughters Katrina and Rachel DeRosa , her son Gabriel Fernandez , granddaughter Cristina Fernandez Monin, grandson Sean Fernandez , great granddaughter Emma Monin , great grandson Benjamin Antonio Monin and many loving nieces and nephews .
She will be remembered as a wonderful mother who was a avid reader, who loved cooking, making clothes, and quilting . She enjoyed funny stories and tried to help anyone who was in need.
She was a proud hardworking member of the greatest generation. They don’t make them like her anymore. Although she loved the Cuba of her youth, she grew to love America more , proudly becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen . Her strong faith in God , indomitable spirit, and sheer will power carried her though many difficult years as a widow raising two young children.
After a private viewing by family , interment will take place at Columbia Gardens Cemetery April 5 . 2018 at 11:30 am
In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital .