Teacher’s aide mourned by many
Many in the Truckee community are mourning the loss of Maria (Mariela) Sanchez-Torres, a Truckee Elementary School bilingual aide and mother of two, who died from a sudden brain aneurysm Sunday.
She had been pregnant with a baby girl named Fatima Sanchez, who was stillborn on Saturday.
Torres, 41, who went by Mariela by her friends and family, had been a bilingual teacher’s aide at TES since 1992. She lived in Truckee for 10 years, coming from Mexico where she was educated to be a teacher. Her two sons, Angel and Tony, are TES students.
Torres touched the lives of many students in the school district. Linda Bezinover’s first grade class at Truckee Elementary worked closely with Torres, who the students fondly called Mariela. Her students wrote a statement about her work and how much they will miss her this week.
“Mrs. Torres always reminded us to behave well and always be good people during our lifetime. And above all, Mariela was always kind and loving. We will always love her and remember her. And we know, too, that Mariela will always love us,” the students wrote.
She is survived by her husband, Candelario Torres of Truckee; two sons Angel and Tony; sisters Antonia Sanchez Diaz; Maria Del Refugio Sanchez-Diaz; Maria Eva Sanchez-Diaz; Maria Rosario Sanchez Diaz; brother Jose Martin Sanchez-Diaz, all of Guadalajara, Mexico.
A rosary will be held on Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. at Assumption Catholic Church, located at 10116 E Street, where Maria Sanchez-Torres had been a member.
Funeral mass will be held on Friday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m., also at the church. Burial will take place in Mexico next week at the Cementario Municipal Mezquitan, Domicilio Calle Federalismo, Guadalajara.
Friends have organized a fund-raising dinner, or kermes, for the family at 5 p.m. Saturday at the community room at the Truckee Donner Senior Apartments, located on Estates Drive in Truckee.
Truckee Elementary School staff have also set up a benefit fund for Sanchez-Torres. Contributions can be made to either branch of Bank of the West in Truckee in the name of Maria Torres, or can be dropped by the elementary school between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
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