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It Was a Wonderful Life (the one on Earth)


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Esther Maria Fontova stopped breathing on Sept. 29th. She was 83 and spent almost her entire life in daily contact with the man she fell in love with at fifteen...then with their four children...then with their nine grandchildren. Yes, I wrote almost daily contact. Somehow she also found time for a career as a professor of mathematics.

She lived by the phrase that titles this post. It was her daily motto. She radiated love and joy. Lucky were her friends and all who--even briefly--enjoyed her company. Blessed is her family who basked in her lifetime of unremitting love and surrounded her upon her peaceful passing at her home of almost fifty years.


Services in New Orleans Saturday morning.

16 comments to It Was a Wonderful Life (the one on Earth)

  • Humberto, I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family.

  • Griffin

    Dear Humberto,

    I send my prayers to your family. My condolences for your loss, and at the same time, my admiration for the profound gift you enjoyed from this remarkable woman. Yes, it IS a wonderful life. May God comfort you and your blessed family.

  • Humberto, beautiful photos. Our heartfelt condolences to all the Fontova family. May your faith and happy memories ease the pain of your loss. Ziva

  • Gigi

    She looks so beautiful ~ with such a great legacy. Blessings to your family.

  • Rayarena

    My sympathy is with you in this your time of grieving.

  • Gusano

    A beautiful tribute to your beautiful mom. My heartfelt condolences, Humberto.

  • asombra

    One can ask for no more than a long, fruitful, fulfilling and happy life--which, like all lives, must come to an end. May she rest in the peace she no doubt deserves, still living in the hearts of those she loved.

  • therealcuba

    Humberto, I'm sorry to hear about your mother. My condolences to you and your entire family.

  • Gallardo

    My heartfelt condolences as well, Humberto. It's not easy to loose a mother but always remember the love she expressed and the values that made her admirable, let that always be with you and yours. God may not be as materialistic as some religions have painted him to be (sadly perhaps) but there sure is a divine intelligence that goes beyond the material.

    I am not the most religious of persons but I think it would be extremely arrogant for us to think that we are the ultimate creator and intelligence. Jesus Christ said life continues, as hard as that might be to understand in this material existence that we currently share, he surely demonstrated that God is love and that life goes beyond material believes.

  • R

    Dear Humberto, I am Sorry to hear of your mother's passing may the love of God comfort you and family in the days ahead. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted (Matthew 5:4). God bless you all.

  • Thanks, gang. Warm and teary abrazos all around...

  • Ricardo

    So sorry to hear about your mom. Same age as mine. My God rest her soul. I'm sure she was a great lady.


  • Honey

    This is so gorgeous. Thank you, Humberto.
    I am so sorry for your loss.

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  • aar33178

    Humberto, my deepest condolences. Our prayers go to you and your family.
    Arturo Rodriguez

  • raddoc

    I also am so sorry for your loss. Our greatest joy and greatest sadness are the people we love; greatest joy for the wonderment that they give us every day when they are alive; and greatest sadness when they are taken away from us. It doesn't seem to matter how old they are nor how long we've been blessed to be with them. God bless her and I will give her and you and your family a prayer.