Ana Maria Renta
, - May 18, 2013
   

Biography


ANA MARIA JUSINO RENTA
1918-2013


Ana Maria Jusino Renta was born in a small town in rural Puerto Rico called Villalba, on April 26, 1918, to Juan Catalino Jusino Rodriguez and Carmen Arroyo Gonzalez. She was one of 11 children (8 boys and 3 girls). Only Ana and her sister, Aurora Maria, reached adulthood.

Ana’s family struggled during the Great Depression. She would occasionally accompany her father to the coffee fields, where he was a laborer. Her mother was a midwife. Ana was only able to attend school up to third grade. As a very young girl, she worked as a servant for a neighboring family to help support her family. Her family was devout Catholics and their faith kept them strong during this time.

Ana loved music and loved to dance. As a young girl, she would talk her cousin, Gloria, into attending any dances she knew of. She always had a wonderful sense of humor. She married her first husband, Marcos Chamorro Perez in Ponce, Puerto Rico on January 18, 1941, with Jose Martinez and Elena Arroyo as witnesses. Ana was 21 and Marcos was 22.

They had three children. Hector Luis, born October 20, 1941. Zenaida (Edith Margarita/Margaret) was born November 7, 1942. And, Ana Celia (named after a niece of Ana’s) was born February 26, 1946. They lived in a poor neighborhood called “El Ligau” in Ponce. Determined to make a better life for her family, Ana left Puerto Rico for New York City in 1947. When she arrived, she only knew one person and did not speak the language. She worked for six months at a Laundromat and then sent for her children. Her husband, Marcos, refused to leave the island and did not go. They divorced.

Ana made a life for her and her three children in The Lower East Side, and then Brooklyn, New York. The beginning years were very difficult and at times unbearably hard. But, she persevered and always provided for her children. She found a job as a leather worker in a factory and stayed there more than 30 years. She taught them the value of hard work. Her son, Hector, and daughter Margaret got married and started families. Celia attended college and became a preschool teacher.

In 1964, she met a wonderful man named Domingo Renta Luna on a blind date. They fell in love and were married on May 16, 1964 in front of Juan and Leonor Fontanez. Ana and Mingo shared their life together for over 40 years. They lived in an apartment on Coney Island Ave for many years, along with their dog, Kaiser. They moved to an apartment on E17th Street after briefly owning a home on Ave K in Brooklyn. After Mingo retired from his job as a Transit Worker, they moved to Spring Hill, Florida, where they purchased their second house. Ana and Mingo enjoyed gardening, and planted many flowers and trees at their home. They enjoyed their life together there until Mingo passed away October 2007.

Ana was called “Nanny”, not only by her grand-children who adored her, but, by many who knew and loved her too. She was a devoted Catholic and the Rock of her family. She was a strong, determine, loving women who taught her family that there is no such thing as “I can’t do it”. She made the best pasteles and Arroz con Dulce. She loved to spend time with her family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her beloved parents, her dearest sister, Aurora Maria Ponce Jusino, and her loving husband, Domingo Renta Luna. She is survived by her son, Hector Luis Chamorro and his wife, Rose Feliciano Chamorro, her daughters Ana Celia Chamorro, and Margaret Chamorro Vazquez, along with 5 Grandchildren (Jay Chamorro, Victor Chamorro, Debra Patino, Joseph Vazquez and Jackie Maldonado) 12 Great-grandchildren (Zede Perez, Jay Luis Chamorro, Justin Chamorro, Carissa Chamorro, Jessica Chamorro, Amanda Patino, Gabriela Patino, Alexa Patino, Rhema Vazquez, Anamaria Maldonado, Tony Maldonado and Alex Maldonado) and 1 Great-great-granddaughter (Alexia Bella Perez).

Ana Maria Jusino Renta was called home by her heavenly Father on May 18, 2013. She was 95 years old.
Her family and friends were blessed to have her for 95 years. She will be dearly missed, however, they take comfort that she is dancing with the angels and all those she loved that passed before her.

Visitation

Friday May 24, 2013, 2-4 & 7-9 pm at Edward F. Lieber Funeral Homes
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266 N. Central Avenue Valley Stream, NY

Funeral Mass

Saturday May 25, 2013, 9:00 am at Church of the Blessed Sacrament
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Interment

Saturday May 25, 2013 at Pinelawn Memorial Park Cemetery
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