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Andrea T. Cortez

Andrea T. Cortez, 72, died on Saturday, Nov. 8, at her home in Champaign surrounded by her family and friends.

cortezMrs. Cortez was born Feb. 26, 1942, in Malolos, Bulacan, Philippines, a daughter of Timoteo and Felisa (Bate) Talavera. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education at Philippine Normal College in Manila and her masters at LaSalle in Manila. She taught as an education professor at Philippine Normal College for 17 years.

She married Felimon G. Cortez on May 6, 1972 in Quezon City, Philippines, and had two sons. The family immigrated to the United States in 1987 and Mrs. Cortez earned her PhD in education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995. She was an education professor at Eastern Illinois University and Parkland College before retiring in 2008.

After moving to the Champaign-Urbana area in 1990, Mrs. Cortez drew together local Filipino families for socialization, support and to preserve their old-country Catholic traditions. In the years to come, her family provided a welcome center for Filipino immigrants, and Mrs. Cortez made it her personal mission to help them emigrate from the Philippines, find jobs and adjust to their new community. Her last words summarized how she lived: “Help people before yourself. Open our house to everyone who may need it.”

She is survived by her husband; her son Victor Cortez, his wife Kimberly, and their children Teagan, Willa and Orion, of Fishers, Indiana; her son, Filand Cortez of Chicago; sisters Epifania Flores, of the Philippines, Librada Abanero, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Eugenia Talavera and Felisa Talavera, both of Chicago; brothers Eufemio Talavera, of Champaign; and Stephen Talavera of Houston, Texas; and dozens of Filipino immigrants who consider her a mother. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Sotero Talavera, and her sister Josefa Nicdao.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, at Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm, Champaign. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 1303 Lincolnshire Dr., Champaign. The Rev. Fr. Rayson will officiate. Fr. Tom Royer will concelebrate. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Champaign.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Condolences may be offered online at www.HeathandVaughn.com.


To the bereaved family of Anding...

Our deepest condolences.

From, Auring Manuel and family, the PNU Laboratory School and community


Dear Kuya Fil, Victor and family, and Filand,

My heartfelt condolences to you and the Talavera and Cortés families. I thank God for the life of Ate Anding, an extraordinary woman and a loving and godly wife and mother. She touched my life and I will never forget her. She was thoughtful and kind — always ready to cheer, to comfort, and to help. She surely was an inspiration even to the end of her life. You have been blessed to have a mom like her. Thank you for sharing Ate Anding with us, her extended family of Filipino friends. Her passing leaves a big hole in our hearts but her legacy lives on.

I wish I could be there with you during this difficult time. I pray that God’s comfort, peace, and hope embrace you when you need it most and may He keep each of you in His loving care.

Ellen Pobre