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Iluminada Velazquez

August 2, 1932 ~ November 20, 2021 (age 89)


Iluminada Velazquez was born in Moca, Puerto Rico on August 2, 1932. She dedicated her life to God and family. The world lost this angel on November 20, 2021.  She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 71 years, Marcelino Velazquez, 6 children, 11 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandhildren.

We invite you to know her through her children’s stories.


Our loving mother was humble, sensitive, and caring to all. 

Mom’s name is ‘Iluminada ‘when translated in English it means “to be Illuminated”. She always had a generous contagious smile. She gave hugs and kisses to all. She would wrap her arms and small hands refusing to let go. She loved to sing her religious songs and recited her prayers and psalms. Despite losing her vision, her eyes were always warm and bright. In her later years as her dementia progressed, she began to bite. Afterwards she would apologize and give more hugs. 




Mami was my mother, my hero, and the wind beneath my wings. As I faced challenges in life I persevered because that’s what I saw Mami do. She taught me to be strong and a survivor.



I'll always love my Mama, she's my favorite girl. I’ll always love my mama, she brought me in this world.
Mom, I'll always miss your arroz & gandules. To this day, I get compliments on my baked chicken. My mama taught me this and many more special things. Heaven will be feasting if she's preps a meal for them.
When I became a young mom, mom taught me how to nurture my baby and be a mom. I truly wish that I could turn back the life clock to then and appreciate everything she tried to teach me. I was so busy thinking I was grown and knew better. This is a repeated error that is made when we are immature. We think we know better than our parents and will show them that times have changed but they really haven’t. I love you mom. You will forever live on within me but left with a piece of my heart. 



Mama, eres todo en mi vida, te amo con toda mi alma
Mi regalo de Dios eres tú. Tu eres tan hermosa, y siempre te tendré en mi corazón. Te extraño mamá. Que Dios te tenga en su manos. Tu hijo Junior.



My earliest memories of mom include a beautiful, meek, loyal woman who devoted her life to the care of her children and home. Walking home from school mom would buy me a popsicle or piragua but ate half of it. In the later years, we read and quoted scripture, but this time we each had the whole, and what we cherished most was that we had it together. We took long walks to grandma’s house where a tall glass of chocolate milk awaited. I will always cherish these memories. She often prayed for us and enjoyed learning the Word of God. I was blessed to have an example of a godly woman who created the home where my siblings and I were raised.


My mommy abuela took care of me as a kid. But I’ll tell you a secret, I use to think that I was there to take care of her. Everywhere she went, I would follow. For some reason, I was always worried about her and wanted to take care of her. I never wanted her to be alone. I remember one night she was going out to a party, and I cancelled my weekend plans because I was worried that she would take the subway alone and might get lost and wouldn’t know what to do.  I was 5.

It’s funny how things get reversed. As an adult she took care of me when she could no longer take care of herself. Her spirit soothed my soul when I needed her most. Now that she may no longer be with us in body, I know that her spirit is walking beside me, and through me. And there is nothing but love.


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November 23, 2021

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Martin Hughes Inc. Funeral Home
530 Narrows Road South
Staten Island, NY 10304

November 23, 2021

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Martin Hughes Inc. Funeral Home
530 Narrows Road South
Staten Island, NY 10304

November 24, 2021

10:15 AM
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Staten Island, NY 10306

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