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Ana Maria Pagan

January 4, 1937 ~ July 24, 2021 (age 84)

Obituary

Ana Maria is survived by her loving sisters; Leonor, Esther, Rosie and brother, Juan.   Her beloved 6 children; Michael, Shirley, Joanne, Melvin, Michelle and David.  Her loving 16 grandchildren; Jennifer, Christopher, Ricky, Samantha, Ramon, Diane, Carlos, Adrian, Miguel, Robert, Brittany, Nino, Jasmine, Jessica, Ezekiel and 17 great grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by her ex-husband, Miguel Angel Pagan and grandson, Alejandro Pagan

She was a devoted mother, sister and friend; a kind and generous neighbor an avid contributor to charities, a collector of rosaries and a spiritually centered being.  She lit daily candles to her beloved saint, Our Lady of Perpetual Hope for most of her adult life. She favored the color yellow and greatly loved to thrift shop and make people laugh; Laughing was her most treasured pastime; extremely lighthearted and very funny.  She enjoyed the comfort of her home and took pride in her ability to live independently until the end as a tenant at St. Vincent DePaul Senior Housing for over 15 years.

She was not afraid of hard work, a laborer by trade.  A breast cancer survivor who then rewarded her Oncologist by making him her primary physician for life!  She was both practical and romantic; was married twice and heartbroken twice before choosing to live as a single woman for over 30 years.  “Better alone than in bad company” was one of her most faithful principles. 

She always remained grateful and aware of her blessings; quick to offer a compassionate word or funny tale if you were feeling blue or feed you a meal if hungry.  Was profoundly patient of others and a positive patient herself with every hospital visit she needed to endure. 

She did travel within the United States and lived in Denver, Colorado for 8 years.  Her last trip was to Puerto Rico in 2017 to visit her best friend and sister-in law, Aida Fontanez who preceded her in death by only one week.  In life, as well they were always inseparable. 

She will be deeply missed by her family, friends and all who knew her. 

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Services

Visitation
Friday
July 30, 2021

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Benson Family Funeral Home
3224 West Montrose Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618

Prayer Service
Friday
July 30, 2021

12:00 PM
Benson Family Funeral Home
3224 West Montrose Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618

Interment
Friday
July 30, 2021

1:30 PM
Montrose Cemetery
5400 N Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60630

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