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Martha DelToro

April 9, 1931 - January 2, 2020

 

 
 
In Loving Memory
 
of
 
Martha Del Toro
 
April 9, 1931 – January 2, 2020
 

Our Mother and Grandmother, Martha Del Toro, was born in Havana, Cuba. She was one of two children born to Maria Alvarez and Amado Benitez.

Growing up extremely poor in Havana, Martha attended elementary…read more

 

 

 

In Loving Memory

 

of

 

Martha Del Toro

 

April 9, 1931 – January 2, 2020

 

Our Mother and Grandmother, Martha Del Toro, was born in Havana, Cuba. She was one of two children born to Maria Alvarez and Amado Benitez.

Growing up extremely poor in Havana, Martha attended elementary school up to the 8th grade before entering the workforce at a very young age. Her mother, Maria, raised the family largely on her own. Martha and her brother, Mario, worked endless hours to help ends meet in the household, and because of their efforts, the family never lacked for food or a roof over their heads.

In 1957, Martha married Raul Del Toro, a young, handsome man from the neighborhood in Old Havana. In 1961 they had their first child, Carlos. They both worked at the Proctor & Gamble soap factory in Havana. While they were quite happy in their personal lives, things had changed dramatically in Cuba with the Cuban Revolution in 1959. By 1960, they had requested exit visas from the country. Though Raul had already been imprisoned twice for counter-revolutionary activities, they were fortunate enough to be accidentally granted their exit visas and departed Cuba in October 1962.

They immigrated to Hell’s Kitchen in NYC where they both worked long hours most of their lives – Martha working in a purse factory for many years and later as a maid at the Doral Hotel. In the nineteen seventies, she and Raul started and ran a dry-cleaning business in the South Bronx. The business, unfortunately, later failed when the Bronx went up in flames during the drug-ridden seventies. Raul worked two jobs for the rest of his life so she could stay at home and care for their children. Though challenged financially, they were quite happy in their new home, the United States, living in freedom and surrounded by other family members who had also immigrated from communist Cuba. In 1969, their second son, Robert, was born and, by then, they had managed to move out to the suburbs in Astoria, NY.

They were both proud to see their son Carlos graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy and enter the Navy. They were equally proud of Robert who would later go on to start a business of his own and become quite the IT expert. Mom took much pleasure in knowing her children would be well in life, benefiting from the education she and Raul provided them both. Unfortunately, Martha would lose Raul to an aneurism when he was only 57. It would take some time for her to recover from the loss of her husband, brother and mother during those difficult years. But, always strong, she would fight on to live a long life surrounded by the love of her two children, six grandchildren, and wonderful daughters-in-law.

She was always loved deeply by her family and friends. She is no longer with us in the flesh, but her spirit will dwell within us forever. We are already missing you beyond words! Sleep well, dear Mother, Grandmother and Friend till we meet again.

The Del Toro Family

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Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, January 5, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Joseph Farenga and Sons Inc.

Address:

38-08 Ditmars Blvd.
Astoria,NY11105

Date: Sunday, January 5, 2020

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Joseph Farenga and Sons Inc.

Address:

38-08 Ditmars Blvd.
Astoria,NY11105

Service Information

Date: Monday, January 6, 2020

Time: 9:45 am

St. Francis of Assisi Church

Address:

21-17 45th Street
Astoria,NY11105

Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, January 6, 2020

St. Raymond's Cemetery

Address:

1759 Castle Hill Avenue
Bronx,NY10469

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