Obituary of Aida Jurado Cortez Cervantes
Aida Jurado Cortez Cervantes, of Deptford, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, on her 53rd Wedding Anniversary. She was 84. Aida was the kindest, sweetest, patient, loving, talented & devoted wife, mother & lola to her family. She had the joyous laughter that filled the room with the biggest heart & smile to everyone she met.
Aida was well known for her love of cooking. She cooked professionally, as well as a home cook for her family. She loved baking from apple pies, pumpkin pies to cream puffs to Filipino puto to lots of main dishes. You name it, she made it and loved to try out new recipes all the time. Aida would make sure when you come to her house that you were greeted by her Filipino cooking. She would say, “Come, come and eat” … Then even pack you food to go when you leave… She loved catering family parties all by herself and she woke up daily around 3:00 AM to cook today’s lunch & tonight’s dinner before going to work, so that her children and her mother had something to eat before she came home. Professionally, she worked full time throughout her life in the food industry, as a dietitian, nutritionist and food service instructor. One of the main dishes at Hahnemann University Hospital, was “Pancit” she placed on the menu, the people just loved her Filipino cooking. She also loved to teach her students how to cook in an educational kitchen, afterwards, she brought home lots of cakes, cinnamon buns, and desserts. She loved her family and was so happy all the time to give them all the food she made, even to her extended relatives, sisters, brother-in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Aida also loved sewing, crocheting & knitting. She made things from blankets, pillowcases, and clothing to even clothes for her daughters’ dolls & lots of scrunchies hair accessories for her two daughters too.
Aida was a devoted Catholic and her faith was most important to her. She prayed daily and made sure her children had religious materials for their home alters and raised to be good and kind.
Aida was a loving Lola to her grandson and granddaughter, she helped raise, watch and feed them, and also gave them so much love, kisses and hugs. They each got her Cortez curls from her.
Lastly, Aida’s favorite color was green, ever since her children were born, they all knew her as her love of green eyeshadow, to clothes to jewelry, and her love the Philadelphia Eagles football team too. She loved watching them with her husband and children and cheered for them all the time.
Aida was born in Dugo, Camalaniugan, Cagayan, Philippines and came to the US in 1969. She moved to Philadelphia and then South Jersey, 10 years later. She was a dietician, nutritionist, and food service instructor for Colonnade Restaurant, Hahnemann University Hospital and also Elwyn Institute, all in Philadelphia.
She is the beloved Wife of 53 years to Rogelio "Roger" V. Cervantes; loving Mother of Michelle Cortez Cervantes, Clifford Cortez Cervantes, Kimberly Cortez Cervantes, Russell Cortez Cervantes (Joy Manuel); loving Lola of Bryley Manuel and Jamie Michelle.
She was the 9th Daughter of Maria Asuncion Jurado Cortez and Manuel Cortez Sr. She was the Sister of 11 Siblings (10 sisters and 1 brother):
Virginia C. Oandasan (Late Laurentino Oandasan); Beatrice C. Brandes (Late Esteban Brandes); Sr. Mary of Dolours; Angelina C. Valderrama (Late Eduardo Valderrama); Adoracion C. Dona (Late Rodolfo Dona); Teresita C. Baligod (Late Bartolome Baligod); Late Manuel J. Cortez (Lilly Cortez);Dr. Rosario C. Alcera (Joaquin Alcera); Late Anita C. Barba, RN (Late Victor Barba) & Caroline C. DeVera, RN (Arthur DeVera), and also her two adopted siblings, Alex "Bong" Jurado Cortez (Elizabeth) and Elenita Cortez Sinco.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her evening visitation on Thursday, January 5, 2023, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the McGuinness Funeral Home - Washington Township, 573 Egg Harbor Road, Sewell, NJ and again on Friday morning, January 6, 2023, from 9:00 AM -10:00 AM. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Church of the Holy Family, 226 Hurffville Road, Sewell, NJ, Friday Morning at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Entombment at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 500 Delsea Drive, Sewell, NJ.
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