SPRINGFIELD – Blanca V. PatiÃ±o Roland, 90, died Tuesday, October 16, 2007, in Springfield.
She was born March 23, 1917, in La Paz, Bolivia, the daughter of Celestino I. PatiÃ±o and Maria Ayoroa de PatiÃ±o. She was married in 1937 to Gen. Angel Custodio Ayoroa of La Paz, Bolivia; he preceded her in death. In 1985, she married William Roland of Bloomington. He preceded her in death in June 1992.
Gen. Ayoroa and Blanca were diplomats, and served as plenipotentiary minister
representing Bolivia during the rule of Japan’s Emperor Hirohito.
She is survived by six children from her first marriage, Blanca Maria (Manuel
M.) Velasco of Springfield, Ramon Alberto (Luzinette) Ayoroa of Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil, Anabella (Carlos) Mellado of Springfield, Jose Ernesto Ayoroa of La Paz, Bolivia, Cristina (Ed) Deutsch of Bloomington and Angel Gonzalo (Teresa) Ayoroa of Springfield; two sisters in Bolivia, Irene de Paz of Cochabamba and Beatriz de Bascope of La Paz; and a brother, Victor Joaquin (Ligia) PatiÃ±o of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 21 grandchildren;
and 18 great-grandchildren.
In her youth she excelled as an athlete and was a physical education teacher. She immigrated to the U.S. in 1964 and lived in Chicago for 20 years and in Bloomington for 12 years. She moved to Springfield in 2002.
She worked at and retired from Brunswick Corp. in Skokie. She and her husband Bill were active members of Holy Trinity and St. Mary Church in Bloomington. She also was an active member of Patrimar, St. Ann’s
Society and the International Women’s Society. She volunteered for many
years at St Joseph’s Hospital and was a member of the ladies auxiliary board
at Western Avenue Community Center in Bloomington.
She and her husband Bill liked to travel; they traveled thoughout Europe
and South America.
She was a noble and courageous woman, devoted mother and a faithful servant
of God. As a mother, she taught her children wonderful values, instilling in
them integrity, good work ethics and, most of all, her deep spiritual life grounded on her devotion to the Holy Spirit and the divine mercy. She personified the love, generosity and kindness of a mother.
She will be terribly missed and loved forever.
Visitation will be on Friday, Oct. 19, 2007, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Staab Funeral Home, with a prayer service at 5 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be
celebrated Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007, at noon at Blessed Sacrament Church, with the Rev. David Hoefler officiating. Burial will follow in