Juana Figueroa

Juana Figueroa (Silva)

Tuesday, April 23rd, 1968 - Sunday, April 25th, 2021
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FIGUEROA, Juana “Tani” (nee Silva), age 53, of Haledon, passed away peacefully on April 25, 2021 with her loving friends and family at her side in the comfort of her own home. She had shared 53 years of unconditional love, infectious laughter, and amazing moments with those who had the pleasure of knowing her.
Juana was born on April 23, 1968 to Juana Rosa Melgar and José Félix Silva Sr. in Lima, Peru. After graduating from Passaic County Community College in 2003 with a degree in human services, she pursued a career in education. Juana worked as an instructional assistant for the Paterson Board of Education for over sixteen years.
Besides teaching, she very much enjoyed interior design, music, and arts and crafts. Her deep-seated empathy for her family, friends, and students continued to persevere, even as she fought for her own life. Juana adored her beautiful daughter, Tania Ivonne Figueroa, and her biggest love, her furbaby, Pinky.
Her big smile and thoughtful personality left a deep impression on those whose paths crossed with hers, in every stage of her journey. Juana’s strength and grace throughout her 3-year battle was truly an inspiration and a testament to her love of life.
Juana leaves her parents, Rosa and José, her brother, José Fernando Silva Jr. of Arizona, her daughters, Tania and Pinky, and a host of family and friends to cherish her love and to always keep her memory and legacy alive.
Juana’s Memorial Service will be held at the Seminary Baptist Church at 193 Haledon Avenue, Paterson, NJ 07522 on Saturday, May 8, 2021.
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Memorial Service Saturday, May 8, 2021 Seminary Baptist Church 93 Haledon Avenue, Paterson, NJ 07522 11 AM


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Daisy Lis Munoz

Posted at 07:34am
Juana, You were the most amazing person and great friend. I will miss you Amiga. Your memories will never be forgotten and you will always be in my heart. Thank you for all the beautiful memories we shared together and for all the advice you gave me. I always will remember your beautiful smile. Rest In Peace.

Barbara Brooks

Posted at 06:12pm
Juana, I knew you as a colleague and friend who had such compassion, love, and patience for the special children with whom we worked. You not only loved your students like they were your own children and were so proud of all their accomplishments, you always got along with your coworkers and were willing to help wherever needed. Most of all you set such an example in your own family of love and care for your daughter Tania and your parents--You basically found joy in caring for people all around. I will miss you, and I wish you the happiest of Mother's Days in heaven!

Mary Caiola

Posted at 12:56pm
Juana you will be missed, you took Teresa under your wing, was there for her, listened and gave her advise, Thank you. I always new she was in good hands when she was with you. Please continue to look over us all from above, May your sweet soul forever rest in peace.

Arlene Figueroa

Posted at 11:49am
From day one you took my baby’s hand and told me “I have her, she will be fine” I knew looking at your eyes she was gonna have a great time in school. Mr. H and yourself gave her a nock name lol. Babasita. The name made a big difference hahaha. Thank You for being YOU!!! You were more than her teacher. You became her friend, her mentor, her school mother. We kept in touch years later. Every time something exciting happened or she took the perfect selfie. “Mommy I have to send it to Mrs Figueroa♥️“ You fought and you won. Now you rest. You’ll be missed🙏🏻

CaKia Davis

Posted at 11:13am
Fig you will forever be missed, loved and adored. Your smile will continue to warm my heart. I will cherish every single memory we shared and created. Your strength through this battle was so inspiring. Your daughter and parents have become my daughter and parents. I will always be here for them.

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