Carmen Socorro Garcia passed away on April 25, 2019 after a short battle with cancer at 85 years of age. She resided in Metuchen, NJ.
She was born to the late Rosendo Garcia and Eulalia (Yaya) Garcia on January 13, 1934, in Aguada, Puerto Rico. At the age of 13, she migrated to New York City-residing in Brooklyn, NY until 1998 when she purchased a home in Iselin, NJ.
She was married at 17 yrs of age, was later divorced, and went on to raise six children.
Carmen held many jobs but she found her calling while working as a Teacher’s Aide in P.S. 63 in East New York, Brooklyn. There she discovered her love for teaching. Carmen was determined to obtain the credentials to realize this dream. As a single working mother, she completed her Associate's degree at Kingsborough Community College, her Bachelor’s degree at Brooklyn College followed by completion of her Master's Degree at Long Island University. She spent her working years doing what she loved, educating children at the elementary level.
In 1986 she again began raising children as her grandson Terrence (Son of the late Lizette Diaz) came to live with his grandmother. In 2004, she once again played a pivotal role in the upbringing of her grandson, Peter (Son of Evelyn).
She is survived by her daughter Evelyn (Eve) Torres of Metuchen, NJ and son Frank Diaz & his wife Nancy of Wappinger Falls, NY, her grandchildren: Gabriella Diaz, Karen Diaz, Melisa Diaz, Natalie Diaz, Christian Diaz, Eddie DeJesus, Peter Torres, Ralph Diaz, Terrence Garcia, spouses and a host of great-grandchildren.
Carmen was also mother to the late Peter John Torres, Ralph Diaz, Steven Diaz, and Lizette Diaz
In Aguada, Puerto Rico she is survived by the family of her late brother Manuel Garcia, his spouse Candida, and their children and extended family.
“Adopted” Family Members:
She is also survived by her dear “adopted” daughters Evelyn Marrero and Jeanette Caputo and their families.
Carmen was a fierce soul, a lover of the arts, history and avid reader. She was very proud of her Puerto Rican heritage and passed on that passion to her family. She loved to decorate her home for all the holidays but she especially loved Christmas.
During Christmas, she would always have an extra gift for a girl and a boy in case visitors stopped by with a child. She also donated frequently to St. Judes Hospital for Children.
She was very compassionate and helped many people even when her own resources were limited. She often sacrificed to help others and every life she touched was inspired and enriched by her tremendous capacity to love.
The viewing will be held on Thursday, May 2nd, from 2:00-4:00 pm and 7:00 - 9:00 pm , at Costello-Runyon Funeral Home, 568 Middlesex Ave (Rt.27), Metuchen.
The funeral will take place on Friday, May 3rd, at 10:00 am at the funeral home, followed by a 10:30 am Funeral Mass at St. Francis Cathedral, 32 Elm Ave., Metuchen.
Interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery, 52 Lincoln Ave., Metuchen.