On Saturday, April 3, 2021, Sofia A. Pineda, passed away at the age of 80 in Oberlin, Ohio.
Sofia was born on July 19, 1940 in Managua, Nicaragua to Porfirio Gómez Morales and Ángela Rojas Escoto. She attended La Resurrección Convent School in León, Nicaragua. In 1962 she moved to the United States taking up residence in San Francisco, California. In 1963 she married Roland Pineda. They raised two sons, Baron and André, in South Pasadena, California. She spent the last 8 years of her life in Oberlin and the last 2 years of those in Welcome Nursing Home where she battled dementia.
Sofia left Nicaragua with a yearning to experience all that the world had to offer. Along the way she charmed the people she met with her love of frank conversation, laughter and friendship. She was an empathetic soul who helped many and was helped by many – from strangers to dear friends. She was known for her elegance and style. She also was much loved for listening to people’s stories and giving them sage and direct advice. She was a dedicated wife and a loving and ardently supportive mother and grandmother. She loved dancing, reading, bridge, poker, tennis, and having lunch with her friends and family.
Sofia was preceded in death by her mother, father and eldest son, André Pineda, as well as her brother, Ronaldo Gómez, and her nephew, Armando Otero. She is survived by her husband, Roland Pineda, brothers Porfirio Gómez, Jose Dolores Gómez, Iván Gómez, her sister Lucrezia Otero, her son, Baron Pineda, her daughter-in-law, Gina Pérez, her 3 grandchildren (Antonio, Pablo and Lucia) and 15 nieces and nephews. A funeral mass will be held at 11AM on Friday, April 16th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oberlin. In lieu of flowers, a fund that honors her love for libraries and reading has been set up in her name, the Sofia Pineda Memorial Fund, at Oberlin Public Library, 65 S. Main Street, Oberlin, OH, 44074.
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