Ofelia San Pedro, a former deputy superintendent of Miami-Dade County Schools and a South Florida business executive, died on Friday. She was 62 and was diagnosed with cancer four years ago.
Her husband, Miguel San Pedro, remembers her as “a good companion” devoted to home, work and community.
“She was a woman who possessed a great sense of ethics and very intelligent,” he said. “She had the ability to solve problems using her people skills and had the ability of maintaining good relationships with people.”
Born in Havana, San Pedro moved to Miami when she was 8, along with her brother Carlos, then 13. Both were taken in by their parents’ friends for nine months.
In 1971, San Pedro graduated from Miami Senior High School and earned a full scholarship to college. She graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in industrial engineering. She later earned a master's degree in business administration from UM.
San Pedro developed her professional career in both the public and private sectors. Until 2001 and for more than two decades, she served as an executive of Ryder Systems, the transportation company.
In January 2012, she began working as executive vice president of Republica, a Miami marketing and advertising firm.
She also served as chief financial officer and deputy superintendent of operations of the Miami-Dade School District from 2004 to 2008.
For more than 20 years, San Pedro was a volunteer at her favorite charity, Amigos For Kids.
“She was a warm, loving person, who was always devoted to her family and her work,” said her daughter Victoria. “She was also very dedicated to serving the community, and from the time we were young children, she took us to do community service with underprivileged kids.”
In addition to her husband and daughter, San Pedro is survived by her son Miguel Jr., stepdaughters Elizabeth, Lourdes, and Michelle, grandchildren Kathleen and Johnny, siblings Marta and Carlos, and nieces and nephew, Jenny, Cynthia, Melissa and Fernando.
A wake will take place from 5:30 p.m. to midnight Tuesday at the Caballero Rivero Funeral Home, 8200 Bird Rd. in Miami.
A Mass will be 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Agatha Catholic Church, 1111 SW 107th Ave. The funeral will follow at 2:15 p.m. at Woodlawn Park North Cemetery, 3260 SW Eighth St.
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