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Ana Maria Bolano

January 7, 1931 - May 15, 2024

Ana Maria Bolano Obituary

Ana Maria Bolano (née Castro-Rubio) was born in Havana, Cuba, on January 7, 1931. In 1964,
she, her husband, and their daughter emigrated to the United States and settled in Elizabeth,
NJ. She was a factory worker for the next 24 years until she left her job to help raise her
grandchildren. Ana Maria loved to sing and was a member of the Spanish choir at St. Mary of
the Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Elizabeth. She also loved to dance and play
dominoes and had a standing weekly game with friends for decades. Later, she discovered the
Elizabeth Senior Citizens Center and enjoyed playing dominoes daily with new friends there
until she went to live with her daughter and family in Warren, NJ, in 2017. Ana Maria was quick
to smile and share her joy of life with anyone she came across. She passed away on May 13,
2024, after an extended stay at Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains, NJ.
She is survived by her daughter, Eulalia Gillis, and her son-in-law, Joseph Gillis, of Martinsville,
NJ. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Sarah Gillis of Asbury Park, Rachel Gillis (Molly)
of Nashville, TN, and Brad Gillis of Jersey City, NJ, her great-grandson, Julian Gillis, and many
nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Jose Castro and Lauro Rubio
Castro, her sister, Ernestina Esteban, and her ex-husband, Humberto Bolano.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in her name to Center for Hope Hospice, 1900 Raritan
Rd. Scotch Plains, NJ 07076.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Ana Maria Bolano hosted by Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home.

Ana Maria Bolano (née Castro-Rubio) was born in Havana, Cuba, on January 7, 1931. In 1964,
she, her husband, and their daughter emigrated to the United States and settled in Elizabeth,
NJ. She was a factory worker for the next 24 years until she left her job to help raise her
grandchildren. Ana Maria loved to sing and was a member of the Spanish choir at St. Mary of
the Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Elizabeth. She also loved to dance and play
dominoes and had a standing weekly game with friends for decades. Later, she discovered the
Elizabeth Senior Citizens Center and enjoyed playing dominoes daily with new friends there
until she went to live with her daughter and family in Warren, NJ, in 2017. Ana Maria was quick
to smile and share her joy of life with anyone she came across. She passed away on May 13,
2024, after an extended stay at Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains, NJ.
She is survived by her daughter, Eulalia Gillis, and her son-in-law, Joseph Gillis, of Martinsville,
NJ. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Sarah Gillis of Asbury Park, Rachel Gillis (Molly)
of Nashville, TN, and Brad Gillis of Jersey City, NJ, her great-grandson, Julian Gillis, and many
nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Jose Castro and Lauro Rubio
Castro, her sister, Ernestina Esteban, and her ex-husband, Humberto Bolano.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in her name to Center for Hope Hospice, 1900 Raritan
Rd. Scotch Plains, NJ 07076.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Ana Maria Bolano hosted by Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home.

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