Sonia E. Pinzon | December 23, 1949 – April 28, 2021
Sonia Esther Nieves was born on December 23, 1949, to the late Emilio and Rosalina Nieves, an airline manager for Eastern Airlines and a homemaker in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Sonia moved to Brooklyn with her parents in the early part of her childhood. Sonia had four siblings, her late brother Richard, and sisters Evelyn, Cindy, and Melissa.
From Brooklyn, Sonia’s family moved to the suburbs of Long Island where she would then graduate from Brentwood High School in 1967. Sonia also attended Suffolk County Community College and pursued her associate degree in Liberal Arts.
Sonia met her late husband, Cruz Pinzon, JR. who was the love of her life. She married Cruz on March 24, 1973. They would later move to Kew Gardens, NY, and then finally settle in the Bay View Community, located in Brooklyn, NY, to raise their family. Sonia was blessed with loving sons; the late Scott Anthony Rosa, born on July 25, 1971, Brandon Pinzon, born on October 3, 1973, and Eric Pinzon born on July 3, 1979. In time, Sonia became a grandmother to five gorgeous grandchildren, Alyssa Marie, Eric Brandon, Aleena Skye, Nayla Star, and Michael Anthony.
Sonia wore her badge as a grandmother with HONOR! NANI is who she became and then would be NANI not only to her grandchildren but her in-law’s children and her great-nieces and nephews as well. Apart from being NANI, Sonia was the TITI of choice to many. She was a TITI to everyone she met. If that was not enough, Sonia was an outstanding GODMOTHER. She shared special friendships with her Comi's whom she loved very much. Love was a huge word she lived by and took every responsibility as NANI, TITI, AND NINA to heart.
Sonia’s dedication stretched beyond her family. She carried this dedication into a special bond with her best friend, the late Migdalia Marin. Sonia and Migdalia paralleled their lives together, raised their children together, and enjoyed life together. It was a bond that lasted till the day Migdalia died and beyond. Sonia was the definition of a true friend. She treated others with love and respect and was loved by hundreds.
Apart from her title of daughter, sister, wife, mother, godmother, and grandmother; Sonia thrived off her circle of friends. She curated and brought together a group of people who she called HER QUILT. She became the matriarch of that QUILT and kept to her title. Sonia had enough room in her heart to carry everybody equally; she was that extraordinary. Sonia was a consecrated woman indeed. She single-handedly coordinated parties and events and never forgot anyone's special occasion. She celebrated life to the fullest.
Last but certainly not least, Sonia’s love for her sisters was immeasurable and she carried them everywhere she went. Evelyn, Cindy, and Melissa were sisters tied by the strings of her heart. She was Cindy's other mother and even gave Cindy her name.
Sonia was a devout follower of Christ and sang in the choir at St. Jude’s Shrine in Brooklyn, New York. She also served as a Eucharistic minister there for many years. Her final Church home was Saint Athanasius where she attended regularly.
Sonia is survived by her sisters, Evelyn Nieves, Cindy Fontan, and Melissa Nieves Roman; her brother-in-law, who she loved like a brother, Jose Fontan; her sons Brandon and Eric Pinzon; her daughter-in-law, Krissi and her grandchildren, Alyssa, Eric, Aleena, Nayla, and Michael. She is preceded in death by her parents, Emilio and Rosalina, her brother Richard, her husband Cruz, and her son Scott Anthony Rosa.
God saw you were getting tired,
and a cure was not to be.
So He put His arms around you,
and whispered, "come with Me."
With tearful eyes we watched you suffer and saw you fade away.
Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands were put to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.
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