Guerrero, Norma Diaz

Manhattan, NY - Tappan Location

Our beloved aunt Norma Diaz Guerrero passed away peacefully on December 14, 2021 at the age of 90 in Orangeburg, NY, surrounded by her family and loved ones.

Born on January 22, 1931, to Filomena Jamito Diaz and Eugenio Tanyag Guerrero in Talisay, Camarinas Norte, Philippines, she was the eighth of twelve children. Growing up in the Philippines, Norma went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from St. Luke’s School of Nursing. Highlights of her nursing career included being a pioneer of the initiative, ‘Operation Brotherhood’, in Vietnam and providing care to wounded soldiers during the Korean War. In the late 1950s, Norma eventually made her way to the United States spending much of her career as an Operating Room Nurse Supervisor for the VA Hospital in downtown Manhattan. Though Norma chose an altruistic career she had dreams of utilizing her more creative side and shortly after arriving in the US she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the New York School of Interior Design and Marymount College. Along with her caring nature, her timeless style and influence were always apparent.

She lived in her Upper East Side apartment for the last 50 years and her hospitality knew no bounds. Affectionately called Tita Norma, her door was always open. With welcoming arms, she was more than happy to be a tour guide around the Big Apple or be the first to accompany you to a Broadway show or even to offer her tiny studio apartment as a place to stay.

She loved to travel the world and would often share stories of her life’s adventures and her life’s loves. Although she never settled down or had kids of her own, she was always considered our second mother and a Ninang to all the nieces and nephews. She was passionate about bringing families near and far together and spent her retirement years creating a book of Guerrero family history which she titled, “Our Family – Through the Generations”.

Tita Norma was the last matriarch of our family and is now in everlasting peace in heaven with all her brothers and sisters. She was loved more than she knows and, though there will always feel like there is a piece of our heart missing, the memories of how she touched our lives remains.

“Family is a gift we have been given…” – Thomas Kincaid.

Please join us in celebrating her life. A Funeral Service will be held Monday, December 20th, 10am at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. Interment to follow at Rockland Cemetery, 201 Kings Highway, Sparkill, NY. Visiting hour will be Sunday, December 19th, 1pm – 4pm.