Stamford Advocate (Sunday)

Marina T. Arango


Marina Teresa Villa Arango, 96, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, August 12th, at home under the care of her family.

She was born on April 27th, 1925, in Matanzas, Cuba to the late Marina Iglesias Villa and Jose Villa.

Marina emigrated from Cuba in February of 1962, with her children, mother and sister, and was joined by her husband 6 years later.

Marina was the beloved matriarch of her family, and dedicated her entire life to them. A kind, loving, patient and generous woman, Marina was a hard worker, in and outside of her home, and provided a warm, loving and supportive atmosphere for her children and grandchild­ren. She was a wonderful cook, and continued the tradition of serving a variety of delicious Cuban dishes to her family and friends at holidays and throughout the year.

One of the hallmarks of Marina’s life was her strong and unshakeabl­e faith in God. She served Our Lady of Montserrat Church with dedication for many years, becoming a Eucharisti­c Minister. She received The Mother of the Year Award from the OLM community, as well as being the recipient of the St. Augustine Medal of Service, which was given to her by the Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport for her outstandin­g service to the Church.

Marina leaves to mourn her passing her loving brother who was a great support to her in life, Dr. Jose E. Villa, her three children, Luis Arango, Laurentino Arango, and Lisa Beltram, as well as her daughter-in-law Marcia Arango, and her son-in-law Henry Beltram. In addition, she was blessed with nine grandchild­ren, eighteen great-grand-children, and one great-great grandchild. She also had many friends who will miss her dearly, especially her lifelong friend Herminia Isidro.

She was pre-deceased by her parents, her husband Laurentino F. Arango, her son Fernando Arango, and her sister Iraida Burke.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 at 10:00am, at Our Lady of Montserrat Church, 1 St. Benedict Circle, Stamford, CT.

Interment will immediatel­y follow at St. John’s Cemetery, 25 Camp Avenue, Darien, CT.

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