In Memory

Martha (Patti) Suarez (Suarez-Burghi)

Martha (Patti) Suarez (Suarez-Burghi)

July 16, 1943 ~ June 13, 2019

Martha was an AFS foreign exchange student from Argentina during our senior year.  Elizabeth Bubb Wilson received the following message from Buenos Aires, from Martha's son, Agustin:

"Martha Irma Suárez Burghi was born on July 16, 1943.  She was a beautiful woman with sincere and deep eyes, a mother of two: her older daughter Guadalupe and her younger son Agustín.  She also had 3 grandchildren.  She was married to Rogelio Mangialavori, the father of her two children, for 20 yrs.  She was a noble woman who much helped others.  She had an appetite for life.  Her fondest memory from her youth was the year she spent as a student at Los Altos High.  There, she was fortunate enough to share a year with great people with whom she remained in touch.  She treasured that memory in her heart; she used to reminisce about that experience.  She had many jobs, but she spent the longest time (over 15 yrs.) as an administrative assistant for Techint, where she also translated technical materials related to engineering.  She retired from that Techint job.  She loved painting, the piano, and literature; she dabbled on all those pursuits, which resulted in a beautiful body of work she left behind for her children and grandchildren.  After becoming diabetic, she suffered from a serious kidney condition plus some tumors which she battled valiantly.  She lost the fight against her renal condition.  She passed away on June 13, 2019, while surrounded by those she loved.  Her cremated remains will be cast at sea by her children and grandchildren, to honor her love of the sea and her fond memories of the last vacation she spent with her family.  Her family and her friends bade their farewells lovingly and joyously; they continue celebrating her life and honoring her memory."

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07/01/19 02:30 PM #1    

Jan Zahorski (Boel)

Patty and I were good friends while she was at LAHS. We spent many hours talking together about her home in Argentina.  I found it fascinating and she helped create in me a desire to travel.  This led to me applying to Lewis and Clark College and their overseas study program in Japan. We kept in touch off and on during our lives but I was never able to visit her, which I will always regret.  She was a happy person and it sounds like she had a lovely life.

07/02/19 12:53 AM #2    

Virginia Small (Chambers)

So sad and so sorry that we have lost Patti, she was a sweet and lovely person--and so talented.  We wish her family comfort and continued great memories of her.  It was so good to have her here that year...  Love, Ginni 

07/04/19 09:52 PM #3    

Elizabeth Bubb (Wilson)

Patti and I stayed in touch, first as pen pals and more recently with the help of FaceBook.  Once, when she was passing through San Francisco, we met at an airport hotel and talked for several hours.  It was as if no time had passed at all and we were still 18!  Patti had a gift for making her friends feel important to her.  In 2006, I finally had to opportunity to visit her in Buenos Aires.  She embraced my family with genuine hospitality and generosity and we spent several memorable hours together, reliving our youth and getting to know each other's children.  She was a very dear friend and I am fortunate to have had her pass through my life.

07/13/19 09:07 PM #4    

Susan Mack (Sugden)

     What a beautiful, well-written obiturary and summary of Patti's life, sent to our class by her loving son. He described the life of a special mother, and friend to so many.  I am touched that Elizabeth remained close to her as a BFF all these years.  Happy memories bring warm smiles!   Hugs to all who were also close to Patti.  Sincerely, Sue

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