Obituary for Eliselda Nevarez
October 31, 1944 – May 21, 2023
Eliselda Nevarez, known as Yone to her beloved family, passed away peacefully on May 21 at the age of 78. She was surrounded by her loved ones at the time of her passing. She was born on Oct. 31, 1944, in Somers to her loving parents, Eduardo and Refugia (nee: Saldivar) Gonzalez.
Growing up in Cotulla, Texas, she found her husband of 60 years, Domingo Nevarez. They met as young children. From the very first time she met him, she did not like him because he had insulted her on the school playground. Fast-forward years later, they were united in marriage on Dec. 31, 1962, to a lifelong commitment to one another and Domingo paid the price for that insult for the remaining 60 years of their marriage.
Eliselda influenced her family to be resilient, feisty, caring and loving. Although she lived in Racine, she enjoyed traveling back to her hometown of Cotulla visiting all her family and childhood friends. She was very humorous and loved a good laugh. To show her affection to those she loved and cared for, she may have something amusing to say to you — that was her way of displaying her affection toward you.
Eliselda loved to cook, garden and decorate her home for the holidays, especially Christmas. She also loved the outdoors and the sound of birds chirping in her backyard. Her annual traditions included canning pickles and tomatoes each summer and making tamales each Christmas season. For many years, Eliselda worked at Stein’s Garden & Gifts as a floral designer, until her medical retirement in 1994.
Eliselda is survived by her loving husband, Domingo; four children and their families, Ricardo (Lisa) Nevarez, Kristine Nevarez, Michelle (Daniel) Larkin, and Domingo Nevarez, Jr.; six grandchildren, Brittney, Savanah, Rikki Lee, Dylan, Trever, Sirena; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Graciela Ortiz; and special prima Esperanza Gonzalez Velasquez; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Eliselda was preceded in death by her parents, five siblings, and granddaughters, Alexiz and Solana Nevarez.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on May 26, 2023, at St. Lucy Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the church. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery at 12:15 p.m.
The family would like to recognize her home healthcare nurse, Jerri Alvarado, for her dedication, compassion and support.
Obituary and photo courtesy of Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home.