A CELEBRATION FOR CONNIE:
A celebration to honor the life of Consuelo Cesena Quiroga, our family matriarch, will be held this coming week, as her family and friends come together to celebrate and rejoice her amazing life! Connie was born on August 20, 1915 in San Diego, California, her home for almost a century! Her father, Perfecto Cesena, and mother, Zenaida Osuna, had two other children, Cecilia Fernandez and Rudolf Cesena, who also made San Diego their home. Married and widowed at a very young age, Connie was blessed with two children, Odilia and Richard (Dick). It was clear from early on, that life was not going to be easy for her, but she was determined to be successful, resilient and to have the best of times along the way! Connie met and married Edward Quiroga, her late husband, who loved her children as his own. A new chapter in her life began. Edward and Connie welcomed a third child into their lives; "Little Eddie" completed the family. While her husband Edward enjoyed a celebrated career in the culinary field working for Anthony's Fish Grotto, Connie focused on her career in fashion and retail, which would continue until her retirement at the age of 85! She worked for several of San Diego's finest haberdasheries, such as Whitney's Department Store, Lyon's Clothier, House of Nine, John Hogan, and Bullock's, which eventually became Macy's of New York. To honor her exemplary service throughout the years, Macy's selected Connie as the 1999 Western Regional Associate of the Year. She was given a trip to New York City, where she and her family enjoyed VIP seating in Harold Square at the Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! High Fashion wasn't her only passion. Connie served her country as a riveter assembling airplane parts during World War II. She also worked at the U.S. Post Office in Downtown, San Diego where she forged a friendship with five other women. The "Sensational Six", Marie, Bea, Connie, Wilma, Angie and Snooks, supported one another through life's highs and lows and were always there to celebrate the special occasions in each other's lives. Family was paramount to Connie, and she loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren with all her heart. Connie was always available to listen and give advice when they needed it, and the life lessons and values she instilled in them will keep her alive in their hearts. Those honoring her include her three children, Odilia Hurtado (Edward), Richard Hernandez (Catherine), and Edward Quiroga (Don Mead), her five grandchildren, Selinda, Debbie, Rhonda, Ceci and Ritchie, her five great-grandchildren, Serita, David, Christopher, Sean and Benjamin, and her caregiver, Rosa Ayalla-Suarez. Connie passed away peacefully on a beautiful sunny afternoon, Thursday, June 13, 2013, at the age of 97. She opened her eyes one last time, saw her family and friends were at her side, and went to be with those who had gone before her. Services include a Rosary to be held at the Salli Lynn Chapel at Greenwood Memorial Gardens, 4300 Imperial Ave., San Diego, CA on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 7:00 PM, and a mass will be held at St. Didacus Catholic Church, 4772 Felton St., San Diego, CA on Tuesday June 25, 2013 at 11:00 AM followed by final internment at Greenwood Memorial Gardens. The
welcomes donations made in Connie's name at www.alz.org.