Alicia Rebeca Salazar, 95, of St. Petersburg, FL, went to the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 20, 2022. She passed away peacefully in her sleep at her family home.
Alicia was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA, on May 16, 1927, the daughter of the late missionaries Henry Mangold Sutter and Esther Espinoza Rizzo. She was married for 52 years to the late José Salazar and is survived by her five children: son Henry Salazar and wife Jenny; daughter Alicia García and husband Xavier; son William Salazar and wife María; son John Salazar and wife Janette; and son Peter. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Alicia’s faith in God was an essential part of her life. She loved her Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, and she loved to read God’s Word. She was influenced by her Christian parents to be a loving, supporting, generous, and caring woman, always praying, and giving her time to others, and she incorporated those principles into her roles as a daughter, wife, and mother.
At an early age, Alicia’s parents moved the family from Puerto Rico to Cuba and then to California, USA. In 1933, the family moved to Ecuador where she later met her future husband José. They were married on February 20, 1952, in Manta, Ecuador, and together they raised five children. With his wife’s full support, José became a passionate businessman, and together they built a large and successful business company with offices in Manta and Guayaquil, Ecuador. Following retirement in 1985, the couple moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, to live closer to their children and grandchildren.
Alicia, or “Mamama” as she was also known, will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Our comfort is to know that she is with God and God’s promises assure us that death is not the end but a new beginning and that we will see them again.
There will be a gathering ceremony on Friday, October 28, 3:00 – 5:00pm, at Sorensen Funeral Home in St. Petersburg, FL, to remember and celebrate Alicia’s life. All friends and family members are invited to join.