Irma Sofia Aguero Lopez

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Born in Camaguey, an only child. I attended "El colegio Teresiano" until it was closed around March 1961. While waiting for my visa, my mom kept me busy by taking English classes. I remember my dad and his wife took me to Havana for a "vacation" shortly before my departure date arrived. As I said goodbye to my dad at the train station I did not realize our separation would last a lifetime. I had been told my mom would be follwing me shortly; however, the missile crisis delayed those plans until 1966.

As we landed in Miami, I still remember the beautiful blue lights of the runway. My mom's cousin was there to greet me and assure me everything was fine. Then I boarded a bus to Florida City and after being greeted by the nuns, I went to the "Sivilla's house". This made the transition a lot easier, as the Sivilla's daughter was my friend and classmate in Camaguey. When I turned 15, there was a party and I danced the "waltz" with a family friend who was staying at Opa Locka. I would also spend some weekends at my cousins house. I stayed in Florida city until April of 64' when Amparo Mendigutia and I went to live at the Barrera's home in Hialeah. It was a very nice family who took good care of us (they had 3 daughters). "Ita" the grandmother taught me how to make chicken and rice, flan, and spaghetti sauce, also how to sew. I can honestly say I lived with a caring, loving family that made those critical teen years very easy.

My mom came in April of 66' and we settled in Hialeah. I graduated from Hialeah High, and went to work at Lindsey Hopkins Ed. Center for Dade County Schools. After 12 years I transferred to Miami Lakes Tech, where I was the Registrar until my retirement in 2003. I've been married for 36 years to John, a great husband and father, have two daughters, one is in the US Coast Guard and the other works for the University of Phoenix in Orlando. Have two beautiful grandaughters and one more on the way.

I count my blessings every day, I do not regret the decision my parents made as they did it for my benefit. I will always be thankful to this wonderful country who opened their arms and made their resources available so we would not have to live under comunism.

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CUQUI TE ESCRIBI HACE TIEMPO Y NO RECIBI RESPUESTA ES TU PRIMA MARTHA LOPEZ LA HIJA DE TU TIO JOSE ALBERTO ESTOY VIVIENDO ACA EN EL PAO CON MIS HIJOS NIETOS Y MI MAMA QUISIERA COMUNICARME CONTIGO CARINOS MARTHA

Message by martha lopez | Feb 19th 2014

Irma Aguero- Hola esta es Amparito Mendigutia, que linda foto de tu familia, aunque es del 2009 te ves feliz.

Message by Amparo O Mendigutia Martin | Mar 1st 2013

CUQUI ES TU PRIMA MARTHA LOPEZ HIJA DE JOSE ALBERTO TU TIO, ESTOY EN TEXAS VISITANDO A MI HIJO MAYOR, ME DIO GUSTO ENCONTRARTE Y QUISIERA TENER COMUNICACION CONTIGO CARINOS MARTHA

Message by MARTHA LOPEZ PLEGUEZUELOS | Jul 6th 2012

Hi Cuqui, I missed seeing you at the reunion. I hope all is well with you. Keep in touch

Message by Niurka A Strong | Nov 15th 2010

Hola Irma, el otro dia vi unas fotos divinas de tus nietas con batas iguales. Espero que estes planeando venir para la reunion de noviembre 12-14. Cariños,

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Aug 27th 2010

Hi Irma, no se si te conteste, pero si me acuerdo perfectamente de ti, espero verte pronto. Un beso y gracias por escribirme, tu hermanita PP. Sil

Message by Silvia Budejen Trujillo | Aug 21st 2010

Hola Cuqui.. que alegria saber de ti.. el otro dia me encontre con Esperaza Pintado que esta loca por saber de ti... Nosotros estamos bien.. de ti se por silvia.. y nunca olvido los buenos ratos que hemos pasado juntas.. un beso Araceli

Message by Araceli Luaces-prenat | Jul 28th 2010

I have been trying to find Juanita Gonzales for over a year. Her brother Diego found me on this site and emailed me three days ago. Here is the email he sent. I will post the pictures on my profile. Hola Niurka, The other day curiosity took me to the Pedro Pan Miami Herald web site and while searching a few known names which I still remembered, including that of my sister Juanita, I came across the fact that there were four ladies that had tried to contact her including you. Well here are the facts of why she has been unable to respond to any request. “I am my sisters’ voice.” Her name is Juanita (Gonzalez, maiden name) Sainz. I believe she shared the same home with you in Florida City. My sister no longer has cognitive awareness. A few years back she suffered a stroke due to some unknown brain conditions at the time, which left her progressively, in a matter of speaking in a vegetative state. She is presently located at the Waterford Convalescent Center in Hialeah. I do not see her as often as I should and when I do, it is questionable whether she recognizes me or not. Her husband Gilberto continues almost on a daily basis to visit and check on her and some of the nurses, claim that she recognizes him. Part of the reason I do not see her very often is the fact that I live in Indiana, well at least 6 months out of the year, the other 6, I spend in Florida (snow bird) and that’s when I take the time to visit her. As you can see, I have to apologize to have used this medium as a sort of catharsis. I have never put this into words or thought much about it, I just took it for granted. Life is always throwing us curve balls, and it is a matter of weather with swing or choke. Well included you can see some of the pictures of which I’m sure you will remember. I have more bright memories of my sister that I could share with you; it all has not been gloom and doom. She married twice and had two daughters from her first marriage, both living in Florida. Her last job was as a secretary for the Florida State Police Highway Department in Broward County. Please, would you be so kind to pass this along to the other ladies, as you probably already know who they are. Enough for now and looking forward to your response. Thanks Diego

Message by Niurka A Strong | Jun 15th 2010

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Status update | Jun 5th 2010

Irma Sofia- te acuerdas de los Barrera en Hialeah? Ito e Ita, wow como ha llovido yo vivo en San Antonio, Tx, sabes quien soy? Amparito Mendigutia-Rivera

Message by Amparo O Mendigutia Martin | Apr 28th 2010

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