On July 23, 2022, Noemi Aleman (Mimi) passed away peacefully, with her children at her side in Jupiter, Florida.
Born September 25,1924 to Juan Antonio Pacheco (d.) and Dolores Solis (d.) in Cali, Colombia, Mimi lived life to its fullest from the earliest of years. Stories abound of her life on her father’s “finca”, and how she used all her feminine wiles to “trap” a handsome chauffer who had come to work for her father. Their love story would span over six decades having them leave their homeland for greater things arriving in New York City with three children in 1963.
Mimi took work at the local hospital as a nurses’ aide, learned to speak English with a very funny accent, bringing the floor to stitches every time she called for “sheets” to be changed. Together with her husband, she traveled all over the world and never ceased to learn and wonder about new things. At home she was an amazing cook and took great pride in preparing wonderful meals for her family. There was nothing Mimi could not make taste delicious. Papayi always said it was not the recipe, it was the flavor of her hand.
Mimi’s greatest joy came from watching her family grow. From her children, to grandchildren, to great grands, and great greats; she would sit at family gatherings looking around and proclaim “Yo hice esto”, “I did this”! As the matriarch and grand dame of the family she never held back, always sharing exactly what was on her mind, without “pelos en la legua”. We will forever hear her voice saying …. “y esa para que come”, “always take care of ju husban in de keechen and de bedrum”, “uuuuuy que gorda!”, “que horror”, “y esa pintorreteada de payasa?”, and always “bendicion” … her blessing as we went about our way.
Mimi was predeceased by her loving husband, Hector Aleman Sr.(Papayi) and beloved daughter, Ana Milena Aleman. She is survived by her children, Nancy Guzman (w. Roberto) and Hector Aleman (Pilar). Her grandchildren, Linda Guzman, Robin Guzman Cedeno (Luis), Robert Anthony Guzman (Dina), Ana Raquel Sims (Shawn), Carolina Gomez, Natalie Lizbeth Aleman, Erik Andres Aleman (Caitlin). Her great grandchildren Jacquelyn Nikole Guzman, Robert Adrian Guzman, Hanah Therese Cedeno, Sofie Elizabeth Cedeno, Mei Li Sims, and Marina Guadalupe Guzman; and great great grandchild Delilah Gabrielle Guzman.
As was Mimi’s wish, a small committal service will be held with immediate family. It was also her request that in lieu of sympathy flowers, a donation be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital. This charity was dear to both Mimi and Papayi for many years.
The family kindly requests privacy at this time. While we mourn Mimi and will miss her terribly, our faith tells us that she is among the angels, reunited with her Papayi and Milena. They are likely dancing with her in the gates of heaven having a nice “trago” of aguardiente and welcoming her home.