Esther Maria Hernandez
Esther Maria Hernandez
  • April 14, 1921 - November 16, 2016
  • Illinois

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Esther Maria Hernandez (nee DeLeon), 95, at rest on November 16, 2016, surrounded by her husband and children. Esther was born to Julian and Maria DeLeon on April 14, 1921 in Matanzas, Cuba. She was one of thirteen children. On August 5, 1954, she married Francisco Hernandez, with whom she would spend the rest of her life with. They had two children together. On September 22, 1966, they arrived in the United States from Cuba. She spent the next several years working for DuoFast Corporation until her retirement in 1984. Esther and Francisco enjoyed a brief period of their retirement in Miami, Florida, but ultimately returned to the Chicago area to be near their children and grandchildren. She was known by her family for her many wonderful attributes, especially her amazing Cuban cooking and for being the toughest woman known to man. She is survived by her children, Esther (Cecilio Cabrera) Gordon and Francisco (Suzanne) Hernandez, Jr.; her grandchildren Christina (Anthony) Russo, Jennifer (Michael) Latino, Sean (Jen) Gordon, Erin (Nathan) Woodson, and Daniel Gordon; her great grandchildren Gabriella, Anthony, Lia, Connor, Liam, Audrey and Easton; ex mother-in-law of Patrick and Lourdes; and numerous extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings. A visitation will be held at Cypress Funeral Home, 1698 N. Bloomingdale Road, Glendale Heights, on Thursday, November 17th from 5-9 PM. A service will also be held at the funeral home on Friday at 11 AM. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. For service information, please call the funeral home at 630-653-7666 or visit