Susana (Susy) Garrandés Gonzalez

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Current Name
Susy Rodriguez
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Susana (Susy) Garrandés Gonzalez
Age on Arrival
10
Date of Arrival
Friday, March 23, 1962
Relocated To
St. Vincent's Orphanage, Vincennes, Indiana
Stayed With
Velasco family-Florida City
Groups
Haiti Pedro Pan
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In Honor and appreciation of the Guarch family who continues to be a part of the Pedro Pans. Obituary PEGGY LOU GUARCH | Visit Guest Book GUARCH, PEGGY LOU, 87. November 2, 1924 - November 19, 2011 Born Edith Irene Ewan in Littleton, Colorado, to native Montanans Susie Mae and Lewis Ewan, she and her siblings were placed in the Montana State Orphans Home after the death of their mother. At age 4, she was adopted by her loving parents, Bert and Gertrude Hind, and was thrilled to be thereafter known as Peggy Lou Hind. The family soon moved to Potrerillos, Chile for six years, where her father was an engineer. After returning to the United States, they divided their time between Montana and Florida. When Peggy was 18, the family moved to Nicaro, Cuba. There, Peggy met the love of her life, Jorge Manuel Guarch, and she adopted Jorge's Cuban family and Cuba as her own. Jorge and Peggy married and lived in Cuba until 1947, when they moved to Miami, Florida, spending nearly a half- century together, and raising their two children, Lynn & "J" Jorge, Jr. The Guarch family never lost their love for Cuba or its people, and from 1960 to 1962, together they played an important role in Operation Pedro Pan, as Jorge met the flights at the airport and Peggy cared for many of the children as guests in her own home. In 1964 Peggy was reunited with her birth siblings in Montana and developed a close relationship with them and their families, which she cherished throughout the rest of her life. In addition to raising her children and caring for the extensive Guarch clan, she also found time for countless hours of volunteering at her children's school. Reentering the work force once her children were older, she retired in 1996 as supervisor of the Dade County Auto Tag Agency mailroom. Peggy, affectionately known by most as "Granny," found the best in every situation, was kind and welcoming to all, and was an eternal optimist. Sweet and gentle until her last breath, she will be deeply missed -- and all who knew her are richer for having had her in their lives. Preceded in death by Jorge in 1991, she is survived by her daughter Lynn Guarch-Pardo (Felix Pardo); her son Jorge M. Guarch Jr. (Delia); five grand- children: Christopher (Emily), Melissa and Jonathan Pardo, and Patricia and Jorge Guarch III, all of Coral Gables, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation hours will be Tuesday, November 22, 2011 from 6pm to 1am at Ferdinand Funeral Home, 2546 S.W. 8th Street, Miami, Florida. Funeral mass will be held Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 11am at St. Kevin Catholic Church, 12525 S.W. 42nd Street, Miami. Interment immediately following at Flagler Memorial Park, 5301 West Flagler Street, Miami. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to Operation Pedro Pan Group, Inc., 161 Madeira Avenue Suite 161, Coral Gables, FL 33134, in memory of Peggy Lou Guarch. View this Guest Book at www. MiamiHerald.com/obituaries. Published in The Miami Herald on November 22,

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Nov 22nd 2011

Hi Susy, gracias por tus palabras. Eres una gran amiga! Carinos, Esp

Message by Esperanza | Nov 20th 2011

A Big Pedro Pan shoutout to Mr. Francis Hillenbrand of Evansville, Indiana on his 90th birthday! Mr. Hillenbrand & wife, Dorothy, parents of 7 children of their own, took in Tony Garrandés, a Pedro Pan Child. Mr. & Mrs. Hillenbrand would also take me, Tony's sister, from the orphanage to their home on some holidays and would visit me at the orphanage so Tony and I could see each other. Mr. Hillenbrand still serves at Mass in the retirement home he now lives. He is a very funny man and ends our conversations with one (bad) joke or 2. Funny guy! Dad, we love you and are forever grateful to you! HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY, DAD!

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Oct 15th 2011

Susana (Susy) says: Check out link http://www.elnuevoherald.com/2011/09/23/1031574/pedro-pan-way-en-miami-lakes.html#storylink=fbuser

Status update | Sep 25th 2011

Susy, acabo de leer tu mensaje acerca de la próxima presentación en Rollins College del documental OPP Flying Back to Cuba, por favor, llámame porque no creo que nos debamos quedar de brazos cruzados. Un abrazo, Mery

Message by Mariia A. Sorondo Menéndez | Sep 18th 2011

Hi Susana my e-mail is orlmartin@yahoo.com - when there is something from Pedro Pan in central Florida please let me know, if i can i will go,thanks Rafael A. martin

Message by Rafael A Martin Garcia | Sep 18th 2011

Aqui estoy de nuevo - para ayudarte a llegar a los 1000 mensajes!!!!!! Manny

Message by Manuel A. Gutierrez | Sep 16th 2011

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