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María Esther Velazco de Secchi

July 11, 1922 October 13, 2018
María  Esther  Velazco de Secchi
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Obituary for María Esther Velazco de Secchi

MIDDLETON-María Esther Velazco de Secchi, 96 years old, of Middleton, Wis., passed away on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at Ingleside Manor in Mount Horeb, Wis. Maria Esther was born in Puno, Peru by the shores of Lake Titicaca, on July 11, 1922, the daughter of Jesus Manuel Velazco and Francisca Verástigue, and she was the fourth of six children. On April 26, 1952, she and Sebastian Secchi were married at the church of Maria Magdalena in Lima, Peru.

Maria Esther was a student at the Maria Auxiliadora boarding school for girls in Lima, Peru, where she graduated from high school and prepared to be a religious sister of the Maria Auxiliadora congregation. As destiny would have it, she left the convent and was hired as a Secretary in the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Peru until her marriage to Sebastian. For some time, Maria Esther and Sebastian lived in Puno and later moved to Lima so their children could have better educational opportunities. Sebastian worked as the General Certified Public Accountant for Peru’s Pontifical Catholic University, and Maria Esther was a full-time homemaker. They had four children, Ana Maria Boatwright, Sebastian Bruno Secchi, Lourdes Anggelina Secchi, and Renzo Martín Secchi. She dedicated her life to her family, which also included her father, two brothers, her sister and sister’s husband. She was organized, a multitasker and an excellent administrator of a complex family unit. She was a devout Catholic and a member of las Hermanas de la Cruz, which was a group of Catholic women dedicated to the provision of social services and support to families from marginal communities. She loved to read, sew, embroider and was an excellent cook of Peruvian food. Over the years she was a mentor to young women and men who, due to her efforts, were able to get an education and improve their lives.

Maria Esther was a visionary, as she saw the possibility of unlimited opportunities for her children should they have a good education. She instilled in her children a strong sense of responsibility, hard, honest work and had high expectations of herself as well as of others. She envisioned her daughters to be independent, professional women at a time when it was not the norm. Her love for her children had no boundaries and she sacrificed much when each immigrated to the United States and graduated from American colleges. She adored her grandchildren Craig A. Schiltz, Jessica N. Schiltz, Amanda J. Boatwright, Marie E. Wilda, Joseph S. Wilda, and Angela M. Secchi, and her great-grandchildren Sebastian Derek Schiltz-Baba (18), and Lennon Phoenix Hill (12).

Maria Esther was proud to be living in the United States. She became a legal resident in the 1990s and attained American Citizenship on August 27, 2017. She was excited by the prospects of being able to exercise her right to vote. She was interested in international politics and closely followed world news and economics, and these were subjects of discussions during evening meals. Maria had a deep passion for travel and was able to visit Spain, Italy and Costa Rica with her son Renzo. She had a great sense of humor and was a great conversationalist.

Maria Esther was preceded in death by her husband, Sebastian; her son, Bruno; her father, Jesus Manuel; mother, Francisca; brothers, Manuel Francisco, Jorge Eduardo, José Manuel; and sister, Juana Rosa. She is survived by her son, Renzo Martín Secchi (Appleton); daughters, Ana Maria Boatwright (William, of Mount Horeb) and Lourdes Anggelina Secchi (Middleton); her grandchildren; great grandchildren; brother, Carlos Enrique (Rosa Elvira) Velazco (Lima, Peru); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Maria Esther’s family are deeply grateful to staff from CLA, CNAs on the Run, and Agrace Hospice for the loving care provided allowing her to remain at home, and to Ingleside Manor staff who cared for her during her last days.

A Memorial Mass will be held at SAINT BERNARD CATHOLIC CHURCH, 7450 University Ave, Middleton, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. A Celebration of Life and luncheon in the parish dining room will take place following Mass. Her remains will then be taken to Peru so she can be laid to rest next to the love of her life, her husband Sebastian. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Bernard Catholic Church or the Middleton Outreach Ministry in honor of María Esther. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.

Gunderson West
Funeral & Cremation Care
7435 University Ave
608-831-6761


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Memorial Mass

Wednesday

24

Oct

11:00 AM 10/24/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. Bernard Catholic Church (University)

7450 University Avenue
Middleton, WI

St. Bernard Catholic Church (University)
7450 University Avenue Middleton WI
United States

Celebration of Life

Wednesday

24

Oct

12:00 PM 10/24/2018 12:00:00 PM
St. Bernard Catholic Church (University)

7450 University Avenue
Middleton, WI

Celebration and luncheon will follow the Mass

St. Bernard Catholic Church (University)
7450 University Avenue Middleton WI
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Bernard Catholic Church (University)

7450 University Avenue
Middleton, WI

Middleton Outreach Ministry

3502 Parmenter Street
Middleton, WI 53562
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