Rafaela J. Benitez, affectionately known as “Judy”, was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico to the late, Guillermo Benitez and Josefa Rodriguez, and predeceased by a sister Maria Martinez.
Judy was a homemaker and instructor for the Biblical Institute. She was a graduate of the New York Empire Beauty School of Cosmetology and the International Biblical Institute. She was a member of the Church House of Prayers, and a former member of Fountain of Living Waters Church. Judy was Church Secretary, Treasurer, President and Superintendent of the Sunday school at both churches.
As an instructor, she taught, inspired, and encouraged others in the growth of development and knowledge in the word of God. Judy enjoyed Preaching, Teaching the word and the fellowship with members of her church and just random people from every walk of life. She also enjoyed shopping with her Pastor and spending time with her God children. Yet, above all she enjoyed and loved Family time and Vacation times with her daughter and grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was a prayer warrior that loved Serving God and being of service to others.
Judy leaves to celebrate her life, her children; Alejandro Colon Jr. (Nikkie) of Missouri, Victor Esbri (Mandy), and Nereida Benitez, siblings; Migdalia Benitez, Justin Burns of Reading, PA, Iris Nereida Benitez of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Luis Alberto Fernandez (Joanne Delgado) of Brooklyn, NY, Jose Luis Fernandez (Rosa Diaz) of Brooklyn, NY, grandchildren; Jackelyn Benitez, Ashaad Reid, Ianna Lenae Coleman, James Lee Coleman III, Taliyah Marie Benitez of Harrisburg, PA, Alexah Michelle Colon of Missouri, Jade Victoria Esbri, and Sage Veronica Esbri of Emigsville, PA, great-grandchildren, Arian, Devine, Annai, and Ethan Benitez, Amiah Smith and Ja'Liyah Coleman, lots of nieces and nephews and a host of relatives, friends, and extended church family.
Judy inspired; uplifted, encouraged, loved, supported, and fellowshipped with anyone who were blessed to cross paths with her. She will always be known for being One of God’s Warriors and will be greatly missed.
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