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Jessie Rivera Sandoval
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Birth: Feb. 19, 1909, Mexico
Death: Jul. 9, 1996
Nebraska, USA

SANDOVAL-Jessie R, age 87 years. Omaha. Preceded in death by husband, Matias; daughter, Grace Garza; son, Tido. Survivors include children Thomas Sandoval, Lupe Pantoja, Amy Schreiber, Dolores Garcia, Marguerita Sinkevich, Beatrice Gunia, Maria Elena Palmersheim, Michael Sandoval, Monica Rubio, 55 grandchildren, 106 great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren.

Services: Bellevue Christian Center
Arrangements by: Brewer-Korisko Chapel, 5108 F Street

By word and deed, Jessie Sandoval taught her children to help others.

She bought shoes for the needy children in her hometown of Penjamo, Mexico, and served as a foster grandparent for children at the Chicano Awareness Center's Head Start Program in south Omaha.

"Mom raised us to help one another and help people who need a helping hand," said her son, Michael Sandoval of Omaha. "She always taught us to be grateful for what we have."

Mrs. Sandoval, of 4216 S. 61st Ave., died Tuesday. She had suffered from Parkinson's disease. She was 87.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Bellevue Christian Center, 1400 Harvell Drive.

Mrs. Sandoval moved to Omaha with her family in 1918. She married Matias Sandoval of Omaha in 1926, and they raised a family of 10. But she never forgot the people of her country and hometown.

Each year she would return to Mexico, bearing gifts of clothing and shoes.

"Some (Omaha) stores would have clearances at ridiculous prices," Sandoval said. "She'd go to the management and say, 'What would you charge me for buying them all?' She'd take them all."

After her husband died, she began volunteering at the Chicano Awareness Center, spending about 20 hours a week helping 3- to 5-year-old children. In 1988 the program was renamed the Jessie Sandoval Head Start Program, family members said.

Other survivors are her children, Thomas Sandoval, Lupe Pantoja, Amy Schreiber, Dolores Garcia, Marguerita Sinkevich, Beatrice Gunia, Maria Elena Palmershei and Monica Rubio, all of Omaha; 55 grandchildren, 106 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Omaha World Herald, 8/3/1996
Omaha's Chicano Awareness Center celebrated its 25th anniversary Friday by honoring 21 people for their service to the center.

When it started, the Chicano Awareness Center was intended to preserve the dance, music and art of Hispanic culture, said Theresa Barron-McKeagney, president of the center's board. She said the center began to expand into social issues in the late 1970s and early '80s.

"The center had proven itself in a very short time that it could benefit the community," Ms. Barron-McKeagney said.

The center's greatest strength is that it has kept its cultural roots, said Magda Peck, associate chairwoman for community health in the pediatrics department at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Dr. Peck said in an interview that the center originally focused on Mexican-American culture but has expanded to include other Hispanic cultures. She said the center must face the challenge of remaining inclusive and financially sound in order to continue its service to the Omaha community.

Honored at the banquet were Paul Gutierrez, Gregorio Aguilera, Linda M. Garcia Perez, Manuel Montelongo, Jose Ramirez, Larry Barrientos, Reynaldo Cervantes, Abelardo Hernandez, Jim Ramirez, Miguel Gutierrez, Al Rodriguez, Jose Arrieta, Virginia Juarez, Sally Castaneda Arrieta, Rose Mary Flores, Matt Sandoval, Helen De Luna, Grandma Sandoval, Sylvia Cardenas and Ben Miranda.

Family links: 
  Ausencio Rivera (1862 - 1923)
  Narcisa Melendez Rivera (1866 - 1941)
  Matias B Sandoval (1905 - 1970)
  Mathew Sandoval (1927 - 1995)*
  Grace S Sandoval Garza (1928 - 1964)*
  Amelia Sandoval Schreiber (1934 - 2006)*
  Anselmo Rivera (____ - 1940)*
  Jessie Rivera Sandoval (1909 - 1996)
*Calculated relationship
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
Douglas County
Nebraska, USA
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Record added: Mar 06, 2006
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