Federica Guerrero

Federica V Guerrero

1938 - 2020

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Obituary of Federica V Guerrero

Federica Viloria Guerrero, 82, of Monsey, NY passed away peacefully on Monday, September 28, 2020 in Suffern, NY.  Federica was born in Magsingal, Ilocos Sur, Philippines to the late Geronimo Viloria and Maria (Ronquillo) Viloria on March 5, 1938. Federica is survived by her four children, daughter Mariefi Guerrero of Wallingford, CT, son Gene Guerrero of Harriman, NY, son Euric and spouse Kristen Guerrero of Sloatsburg, NY, and daughter Melissa Guerrero and spouse Rob Ramirez of Brooklyn, NY; seven grandchildren: John, Connor, Aidan, Makenzie, Kieren, Katelyn and Maceo; her dear siblings Guadelia Ulibas, Joven Viloria, Bert Viloria, and Dennis Viloria; and many other loving nieces, nephews, and relatives.  She is predeceased by her husband, Eugenio D. Guerrero, and siblings: Corazon Manzano, Floro Viloria, and Cecilia Viloria.

 

Federica was born in Ilocos Sur, Northern Luzon, Philippines. As a young entrepreneur, she would accompany her mother to the market at sunrise to sell homemade pan de sal, a sweet Filipino bread. She played volleyball in high school and went on to study nursing at Manila Central University, where she proved to be an industrious student. When courses in her program were at full capacity, she eavesdropped on classes to continue learning and copied her schoolmates’ notes. Six weeks into her first term when a spot had opened up, she was ready to matriculate on the spot as she quickly paid the headmaster with the inordinate amount of cash stashed in her bookbag. This took the headmaster by surprise, to which Federica replied that she “had to be prepared.” This earned her the nickname, “the determined one.” Upon her graduation and pinning ceremony, she was offered a residency position in the U.S., and in the early 1960’s, with all of her belongings in one piece of luggage, she came to America. Once she started working, Federica quickly earned the reputation as the preferred nurse among the operating room doctors because she knew exactly which instruments each doctor liked to use, and in which order. In 1964, she met an electrical engineer, Eugenio D. Guerrero when he visited the World’s Fair in Queens, NY. His sisters were colleagues and good friends of Federica and set her up on this first date under the guise of being his “tour guide.” Federica and Eugenio married in 1968 with a reception at New York CIty’s iconic Rainbow Room. Shortly after their first child was born, they relocated to Monsey, NY to a newly-built house on a cul-de-sac: 2 Fessler Drive. Here, Federica and Eugenio lived for 40 years cultivating their gardens, their family, and their community. She enjoyed attending St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church and was a founding member of the Filipino Association of Rockland. Her home provided a place for family to gather for holidays, birthdays, sleepovers, pool parties, scout meetings, cast parties, family reunions, and graduations for many years. And if a family member ever needed a place to stay, they knew they could count on her (especially if they were a Yankee fan). Federica earned her Masters Degree in Nursing Administration from New York University, and held nursing director positions at multiple nursing homes, including Maple Leaf, Hillcrest, and Friedwald Center in Rockland County. “Mrs. G,” as her colleagues and residents knew her, was well-loved, as well as formally recognized for her leadership in the field. She continued to work well past retirement age, until spending her last few years caring for her husband.

Federica might be best known for her generosity, which supported family (both home and abroad), friends, and every person she met. She would regularly receive comments about her style and her smile, and was often mistaken for being decades younger than she actually was! Federica showed us what it meant to lead a life well-lived--as a daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, wife, mother, colleague, and friend.

A special thank you to the doctors, nurses, and the entire staff at Good Samaritan Hospital and Friedwald Rehabilitation Center, who cared for Federica.

Memorial and celebration of life will be held online via Zoom on Saturday, October 10th at 2pm. For details and instructions, email euricguerrero@gmail.com.