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Juanita (Torres) Ortiz 

Juanita (Torres) Ortiz, 89, of Middletown CT, passed away peacefully at Middlesex Hospital with her family beside her on January 9th 2024. Juanita was born in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico on November 23, 1934. Daughter to the late Juan Torres Sanchez and Maria Colon Santiago. Juanita was a long-time resident of Middletown CT for over 60 years. When she came to Middletown, she worked in the tobacco field in Cromwell CT and then she worked for Casserino. She then found her longtime companion, Andre Ortiz SR, who she married and built a family together. Shortly after, she became a loving housewife. She enjoyed cooking and listening to her Spanish music as well as spending time with her family and friends. On her free time, you would see Juanita walking down Main St. talking to her friends and visiting her favorite store; PJ Jewelers. She was loved by so many people. Juanita’s spirit will always be in all of the people she touched. Juanita is survived by her two sons; Juan M Torres and late wife, Arlene Torres of East Hartford and Ernesto Ortiz and Wife, Jean Daniels of Middletown. She leaves behind many grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Andre Ortiz SR, son Edwin Ortiz, grandson Andre Ortiz and two brothers; Jose Luis Colon and Juan Antonio Torres. Burial for Juanita will be held sometime in the Spring at ST. John Cemetery. Date to be determined by Family. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Middlesex Hospital Hospice Unit. 

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