Bertha Alicia Cisneros is a maternal angel who completed a true full circle of life. Bertha was born on Saturday, September 20, 1947, in Lomas Villas De Ixtlahuacan de Los Membrillos, Jalisco, Mexico, went home to be with her lord and savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, in Hanford, CA.
Her spirit and legacy carry on in her ten surviving children: Bertha (Odilon), Theresa (Paul), Cesar (America), Fidy (David), Monica (David), Danny (Jeff), Vivian (Robert), Luis Gerardo, Miguel (Maria), Chris (Ashley). Twenty-three grandchildren; Rodolfo, Tony, Josyleen, Krystal Victoria, Alexandria, Alexander, Laney, Alfred, Devanee, Jackson, Kansas, Emma, Kaleb, Luke, Benjamin, Isabella, Hailey, Michael, Maximillian, Mateo, Bryant, Adelynn. Eight great-grandchildren, Aliah, Isaiah, Emily, Elijah, Mia, Xavier, Donovan, and Giovani. Seven surviving siblings; Delfina, Graciela, David, Luz, Cruz, Angelita, and Jose. She is preceded in death by daughter Mariquita, brother Luis, and parents David and Baudelia.
Bertha began working at a young age to support her family, as education was not an opportunity afforded to her. We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Bertha during her life: to never be ashamed to earn an honest dollar no matter how minimal the job was, to work hard and how to make a dollar stretch. She also taught us and many in the community everything you needed to know about raspados (snow cones). If you lived in Corcoran in the late ’80s to early 90s, you would have tasted one of her delicious “Raspados” as many knew her by her affectionate title of “Raspado Lady.” Finally, she taught us that if we planned on going anywhere, to the movies, to Laton, or the YMCA, we better pack an igloo full of “tacos de papa” in case we get hungry.
Although Bertha raised her own ten children, she also helped raise a handful of her grandchildren and provided childcare to countless children from the community. Bertha was also Corcoran’s local “Curandera” (healer) who helped heal neighborhood children and families of their illnesses using spiritualism, herbs, and plants. In 2001 Bertha began employment with the Corcoran school district as a custodian. Although she was fully employed, she always mustered up the energy to supplement her income and made delicious dishes, including tamales, enchiladas, chiles Rellenos, you name it, she made it. Grubhub had nothing on her as she had Corcoran district teachers posting their appreciation of her delicious meals on social media.
Bertha was a strong, fierce, and independent woman. She never wanted to inconvenience anyone. Bertha showed love and support to everyone, especially her children. Bertha was known as “cabecita de algodon” (cotton ball head) for her beautiful curly white hair. She will forever be remembered as an amazing mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend.
One of her favorite songs is titled “El Columpio” (the swing). The song eloquently expresses the feeling of being on a swing; when you are up, it is the most incredible feeling in the world, but when you are down, it is devastating. This is one of the biggest life lessons she would like to leave us with: Enjoy the swing of life and embrace those Up’s to the fullest, and be there for each other during the Downs.
Services were held on Thursday, September 29, with the viewing at Our Lady of Lourdes in Corcoran, CA, from 2-4 p.m., with rosary from 4-5 p.m. Funeral Services were held at Our Lady of Lourdes on Friday, September 30, at 10 a.m. with burial at Corcoran Cemetery.
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