Amalia San Pedro

Obituary

Amalia San Pedro left to be with the Lord on March 7, 2008, after living a very fruitful life. Amalia was born in La Habana, Cuba, on March 13, 1922, and grew up in La Habana and Nicaro. She studied to become a secretary and also became a teacher of typing and shorthand. She met her sweetheart Jorge while he was in medical school and they were married while he was still a medical student. With her help and support, he graduated from med school and became an accomplished surgeon. Amalia had six children; Jorge, Maria Amalia (who died at 2 years old), Ricardo, Alejandro, Ana Maria, and Maria Isabel, who she raised in Cuba until Castro took over the government and pushed the country to communism. Amalia, who had a strong faith in God, felt that she could not live in communist Cuba and decided to send her oldest son out of Cuba in 1962 mther than have him attend the communist schools. It took another four years before she was able to leave Cuba and she did so without her husband but with her four young children, which took incredible courage. Her husband joined her two months later and together they began a new life enjoying the freedom the US offered.
Amalia was the spiritual rock of her family. She was courageous and followed her husband's career from Cuba to Florida to West Virginia and back to Florida where eventually they settled in Port St. Joe, a town both of them loved. Amalia and Jorge enjoyed 54 years of marriage and were separated when he went to be with the Lord on August 14, 2005. She leaves her children Jorge & Robin San Pedro of Miami, Ricardo San Pedro of Tampa, Alejandro San Pedro of Panama City, Ana M. & Chip LaBorde of Tallahassee and Maria I. & Rich Newport also of Tallahassee, and her grandchildren Katherine San Pedro of Alexandria, VA, Joseph & Amy San Pedro of Miami, David San Pedro of Portland, OR, Jennifer San Pedro of Dallas, TX, Isabel and Alexandra Newport of Tallahassee, FL. Amalia will be greatly missed by all who love her. Funeml services for Amalia San Pedro will be held at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church at 4465 Thomasville Road at 11:00 a.m. on March 15, 2008.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308, or, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.
Published in The Star from Mar. 14 to Mar. 20, 2008