Gilda Eulalia Bueno, a long time resident of Torrance, CA, passed away on Wednesday, November 18th in Torrance. Gilda was born on November 22, 1922 in Camaguey, Cuba where she studied to be an elementary school teacher and enjoyed teaching her students for over 20 years. She fled the communist regime in 1961 and began her new life in Southern California alongside her husband, Arturo C. Bueno, and her two sons. They eventually settled in Torrance, CA in 1968. Gilda loved to be surrounded by the laughter and love of her family and friends. She provided a nurturing environment to her grandchildren and friends' children for whom she provided care throughout the years. She and her husband spent much of their vacation time travelling to their ranch in Newberry Springs. There they delighted in hosting many family gatherings, while preparing a traditional Cuban meal of roasted pork. Gilda was a social butterfly and enjoyed sharing her sharp witted humor and love of laughter with those she loved. Her favorite hobbies were collecting dolls, caring for her beloved cats and reading her favorite magazines, Vanidades and Hola. She was always up for shopping trips with her granddaughters, trying out different restaurants, joking around with her friends, and receiving phone calls from friends across the country. She was most proud of watching her grandchildren grow into accomplished and independent adults. Gilda is preceded in death by her loving husband Arturo C. Bueno. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Arturo and Estela Bueno of Torrance, CA; her son Gualterio Bueno of Riverside, CA; her niece and her husband Victoria and Gaston Serrato of Rowland Heights, CA; her 6 grandchildren Walter Bueno and his wife Sara of Fullerton, CA, Estela and her husband William Tieman of Redondo Beach, CA, Arthur Bueno and his wife Marie of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Barbara and her husband Steve Arroyo of Fullerton, CA, Alina and her husband Gregory Nadsady of Torrance, CA, Elisa and her husband Bradley Reynolds of Duarte, CA; great-grandchildren Gabriela Bueno, Lauren Bueno, Marc Bueno, Steve Arroyo, Nicolas Bueno, Aidan Reynolds, Maria Nadsady, Isabella Tieman; and many other cousins, nieces and nephews. Gilda's laughter, love, and nurturing spirit will be sorely missed by all of those who loved her. Her memory will live on in our hearts forever. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Sunday, November 22, 2009, from 12 noon - 4 p.m at McCormick Mortuary, 1998 Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. The vigil will begin at 2:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, on Monday, November 23rd at 11 a.m.

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  1. We will miss Gilda for she was a beautiful person and we adored her. When we visited Estela and Billy, we looked forward to seeing Gilda. I remember at Billy and Estela’s wedding, John was determined to dance with Gilda, she finally gave in and he got his dance with her; what a fun evening that was. When John and I was leaving to come back home, we wanted her to join us; Gilda was a joy to be around. Our condolences to the Bueno Family. Love John and Mary

  2. To all concerned: Dear Gilda was considered by my dear late mom Tila and by myself like part of our own side of the family. It’s too long to express on this note here all the sweet memories my mom Tila and I shared about her. I know now Gilda is next to her always beloved husband ‘Arturo’ that she missed so much after he passed away…they were truly like a ‘Romeo and Juliette’ as my mom always pointed out to me…and I know Gilda is now surrounded too by so many dear members of her family and friends from Cuba that she loved dearly. As all the people I liked or loved have passed on, oh…and so many have, my heart is so broken in pieces that tears are always coming to my eyes, but I do try very hard to go back in time and think of the good times then that unfortunately will never come back again! God bless, Heri-David (E-mail address

  3. I extend my sincere and deepest sympathy to all her family and friends. May God Bless her and give you comfort. Maria E (Pichardo) Sullivan

  4. Dear Bueno Family, We’re very sorry for your loss. We remember meeting Gilda at one of the Pedro Pan reunions and even though it was a brief meeting, we could tell she was a warm, friendly, and kind lady. We hope your good memories of Gilda will help to console you. Our prayers are with all of you. Love, Jerry & Maray Stowell

  5. Querida familia Bueno, Nuestra querida Gilda ya pasó a otra dimensión, pero siempre estará su memoria en nuestras mentes y nuestros corazones. En todas las ocasiones que tuvimos la dicha de estar con ella en eventos familiares, Gilda fue como un cascabel que alegró la reunión. No se nos olvida su pecado del chocolate. Dios la tiene en la Gloria.

  6. Dear Bueno Family, Gilda will be greatly missed. It was an honor to be her physician. My condolences and prayers goes out to all of you. Loss is always difficult but you are blessed with the memories of a very special lady that touched so many people in her life. I am sorry I cannot make it today to the vigil but my thoughts are with you all. Sincerely, Julie DeLilly and family

  7. Dear Arturo and Mrs. Bueno: We are saddened for your loss and the fact that we are unable to be in person with you at this time of sorrow. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. May the good Lord grant you strength and consolation together with his sacred blessings. May your beloved mother rest forever in the peace of the Lord. Hugo and Migda

  8. Estimado Arturo: Mi mas sentido pesame por el fallecimiento de tu mama. Estara en mis oraciones y ofrecere Misa por ella. Que Diso te bendiga. Tony Marti

  9. Dear Bueno Family, with our sincere and deepest sympathy, our prayers are with all of you, Gilda always will be in my heart. Calvin and Armida Pratt

  10. Quisira haberla conocido antes, pero aun asi tuve la suerte de disfrutar mucho de su compania en estos ultimos anos. Fue una persona excepcional y una gran senora.

  11. As a Pedro Pan, I learned of Gilda’s passing through the Cuban Kids 60 Exodus Group. Her son, Arturo, and I share a history of exile, pain and joyful transcendence. There are many similarities between Gilda and my mother, Fedora. They both were elementary school teachers in Cuba; they both sent their children to freedom in the U.S. through Operation Pedro Pan to save them from the clutches of communism; they both loved to cook, and enjoy the company of family and friends; and, they both possessed tremendous, open hearts that took in the whole world and enveloped it in warmth. They were genuine, loving, witty women who were open, kind, and generous. I grieve for Gilda as much as I miss my mother who died in 1993; for they both are irreplaceable. I send my love to Arturo and his family. May Gilda’s energy continue to flourish through her legacy in her children and grandchildren, and may her memory, and that of all the other selfless, brave mothers who chose to save their children from tyranny, remain alive to remind the new generation to be aware of the dangers of history repeating itself, especially at this dark time in our nation’s history.

  12. Arturo & flia, no hay palabras que verdaderamente puedan expresar los sentimientos del fallecimiento de una Madre; es un dolor que no se puede describir bien pues pierdes todo en tu vida, aquella que tan dulcemente te alimento por nueves meses,aquella que sufrio al tenerte, aquella que se desvelo al tu crecer, aquella que no vivio en paz toda su vida por cuidar de todos sus hijos, aquella que no vivio por darle a todos sus seres amados todo lo mejor de ella. Aquella que es una madre que no se puede reemplazar por nadie..aquella el cual se le debe hacer la celebracion de vida para recordar todo lo que ella les dio a uds..aquella, aquella que nunca olvidara..


  14. Arturo y Estela, Siento mucho la ausencia de este mundo de tu mama. Aunque no la conoci, a fondo me siento que si. Lei su vida y me parecia una bella vida bien vivida. Siempre su presencia espiritual estara con ustedes. Siento mucho no haber estado presente, pero estoy de vacaciones con mi hija en San Diego. Los quiero mucho espero hablar con ustedes pronto. Ali

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