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Madalena Zatika Sangroniz

Madalena Zatika Sangroniz
Madalena Zatika Sangroniz

27/09/2018 - Salt Lake City, EEUU

Ha fallecido a la edad de 93 años en Salt Lake City, Utah.

Nacida en la "beutiful Gernika", como gustaba llamar a su villa natal, emigró a Estados Unidos, a Utah, donde junto a su marido Jaime Sangroniz formó en Salt Lake una familia fuerte y unida en la que el euskera y la cultura y sentimiento vasco se han manifestado no solamente en el mantenimiento de la lengua y las costumbres vascas, sino en su asentamiento y labor de divulgación en sus dos generaciones siguientes, como pilares del Utah Basque Club, la euskal etxea de Utah, y de su grupo dantzari Utah'ko Triskalariak.

El año pasado falleció Jaime y ahora nos ha dejado Madalena, un matrimonio referencial para la comunidad vasca de Utah en los últimos sesenta años, fundadores e impulsores del Basque Club of Utah.

Desde estas líneas un fuerte abrazo y nuestras más sinceras condolencias a sus hijos Leon (Katherine Dennett), Pilar (Jay Shortsleeve), James (Cathy Doherty) y Cristina-ri (Curtis Padjen); a sus nietos Cirbie (Amanda), Antonia, Patxi, Andoni, Mikel y Amaia; y a sus innumerables amigos y allegados.


Esta es la nota necrológica publicada el 3 de octubre de 2018 en Salt Lake Tribune,

Magdalena Zatika Sangroniz
1925 ~ 2018

Born January 25, 1925 in Gernika, Bizcaya, Spain the 3rd of 5 children of Manuel Zatika and Antonia St. Ines. She died September 27, 2018. 

Survived by her sister Dolores Zatika, four children: Leon (Katherine Dennett), Pilar (Jay Shortsleeve), James (Cathy Doherty) and Cristina (Curtis Padjen) and 6 grandchildren, Cirbie (Amanda), Antonia, Patxi, Andoni, Mikel and Amaia.

At age 12, she survived the German bombing and destruction of her home in the ancient Basque capital of Guernica during the Spanish Civil war that ominously foreshadowed the beginnings of WWII. 

She was training as a chef at the Kataro Restaurant. Later she was recruited by the town doctors to study nursing and gained a reputation as the most caring nurse. 

At age 28 she said yes to and married her childhood friend and life-long companion Jamie Sangroniz. He would take her far from home, to the United States, where they settled in Bingham Canyon, Utah to begin their lives together. There they made strong connections with other Basques families in the area. They later moved to Midvale City. Together they raised their four children in a warm and welcoming house that her husband built but that she made into a home. When her children matured she resumed caring for others as an LPN in several valley nursing homes. The home was her domain, especially the kitchen. She loved cooking for everyone and sharing her recipes. 

Magdalena was a founding member of the Basque Club of Utah and organized the Basque Choir for the annual picnic. At the age of 93 she quietly passed surrounded by her family.

The family would like to thank Angela, Joanie, Ed, and the Home Health team at Signature Home Health for their care and compassion. 

Funeral Mass will be Friday, October 5, at 11 a.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church, 624 W. Lennox St., Midvale. Holy Rosary will be recited Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Goff Mortuary, 8090 S. State St., Midvale with visitation from 6-7:30 p.m. Interment, Larkin Sunset Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Patient Access Network Foundation, the Luekemia & Lymphoma Society or The Basque Club of Utah.

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