Hortencia Nava

Obituary of Hortencia L. Nava

Hortencia Losoya Nava 86, died on Saturday October 18, 2020 at home in Orangevale, Ca.

Hortencia L Nava was born on October 30, 1933 in San Miguel New Mexico. She came into the world as a fighter. She was a preemie whose incubator was a shoe box and the oven. She left this world as a fighter. Being as independent as possible with Parkinson and Dementia.  

She grew up in Ysleta, El Paso Texas and Salinas California. The Losoya family was one of the original families that lived in Camp McCallen. She graduated from Salinas High School in 1952. She took great pleasure in serving on the Camp McCallen and Salinas High School Reunion Committees.

Hortencia had numerous jobs while living in Salinas. She worked at the Crystal Theater, Ham’s Brewing Co., Sherman’s Jewelry store, Bank of America and retired from the City of Salinas.

Our mom was incredibly involved at Madonna Del Sasso Catholic Church. She volunteered in the church office, Martha’s Helpers, Angela’s Angels. She was also an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. She touched so many people’s lives while serving in the Homebound Ministry. She was never aware of how much good she was  spreading. She was a light to everyone she met.

Her family remembers the amazing sugar free desserts, her hoop earrings, high heels, and red lipstick. She played rec volleyball till well into her 70’s. She also played softball at the family picnics.

Her greatest joy was being with her family. She never missed a party…well until she moved with her oldest daughter Corrina. Her face would light up when her son Paul came to visit. She was always sad when her daughter Kathie left to go home. She loved her grandchildren and her great grandchildren, they brought her so much happiness.

Hortencia is survived by her 3 children, Corrine Marie Kistler (Paul), Katherine Ann Pond (David) and Paul Leon Nava (Leslie). She is also survived by her grandchildren, Joseph Kistler (Julie), Jessica Nava (Ralph), David Nava (Ysenia) , Brianne Brafford (Travis), Anthony Pond, Matthew Pond, Bianca Nava, Damian Nava, and Alexandra Nava. Her great grandchildren, David Nava Jr, Julien Rodriguez, Juliana Rodriguez, London Kistler, Hunter Kistler, Sienna Kistler, Harold Brafford, Madden Kistler, Calvin Nava, Frances Brafford.  She is also survived by siblings, Antonia (Toni) Serrano, Carl Losoya (Reyna), Irene Trevino (Robert), Margaret Medina (Alex), Rick Losoya, Delia Losoya, Esperanza Cruz (Richard), Romelia Mollindo, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her Parents Carlos and Margarita Losoya, brothers Ernesto and Arturo Losoya. Her brother in-laws Ramon Serrano and Gilbert Mollindo. Her Sister in-laws Dolores Losoya and Patty Castro.

Viewing will be on 10/29/2020 at Healey’s Mortuary from 3-7pm

Services will be 10/30/2020 at Madonna Del Sasso at 1pm

                                  320 E Laurel Dr.

                                   Salinas Ca. 93906

In Lieu of flowers please donate to one of the following:


 Advanced Hospice Sacramento

 4362 Auburn Blvd

 Sacramento Ca 95841             

The Parkinson Association of Northern California



American Diabetes Association




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