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Olga emigrated from Cuba in 1966. She raised 2 daughters alone as a single mom, working 2 jobs for many years. While doing all this, she learned English within a year of arriving in the States and, soon after, went to school to learn accounting. She ran the accounts payable department of a major department store for many years and was later an auditor for another large supermarket chain. Her hard working disposition inspired her daughters to always strive to achieve their highest potential in all their endeavors. One of her daughters, Silvia Stradi, became a nurse and reached the echelon of chief nursing officer for the East Florida Division HCA hospitals. Her younger daughter, Dr. Carmen Romero, graduated from the University of Miami Medical School and practices as an Internal Medicine physician in South Florida.

Olga's faith was central to her life. Serving others was an essential part of who she was. Just one month before her passing, Olga organized a collection of food, clothing and medicines to send to relatives in Cuba.

Olga fought a valiant fight against PD. She always looked for a way to optimize her health. The words “giving up” were not in her vocabulary. Even in the later stages of the illness, she had a physical therapist who would work on strengthening exercises with her at home. Up until just 3 days before she passed, she pushed herself to walk short distances with help. Her courage, determination and strength were absolutely remarkable and inspiring!

Her memory will live in the lives of so many whom her loving spirit touched. She left behind 2 daughters, Silvia Stradi and Carmen Romero, a son in law, Victor Romero, whom she always referred to as her own son, 5 grandchildren, Joseph, David and Michael Stradi, Victor and Alyssa Romero, and 2 great grandchildren, Joseph Mark Stradi and Arabella Stradi.

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