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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Estela Padin
October 21, 1933 - November 23, 2022

Public Events and Locations

Visitation - Thursday, February 9, 2023, 9:30 to 10:30 AM at Wetzel and Son, Rockledge
Funeral Service - Thursday, February 9, 2023, 10:30 AM at Wetzel and Son, Rockledge


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 419 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046 - 215-663-8550 - Map
Clergy - St. William Church - 6200 Rising Sun Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111 - 215-745-1389 - Map
Family Florist - Penny’s Flowers - 263 North Keswick Avenue, Glenside, PA 19038 - 215-884-9130 - Map

Estela Padin of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania died Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at Jefferson Torresdale Hospital. She was 89 years old. Estela was born October 21, 1933 in Cuba. She is the beloved wife of the late Julio, mother of the late Magaly Padin-Bachelier, grandmother of Alexandra Bachelier, Nathaniel Bachelier and Joshua Stein. Also survived by her many great-grandchildren.

It was at a baseball game, in fact, that Julio would meet Estela Hernandez, the woman that would go on to be his wife for 72 years.

Like many other Cubans, he and his wife fled Cuba when Fidel Castro took power.  They, along with their 9 year old daughter, left behind a comfortable life and all their worldly possessions and came to the United States.  They didn't speak English, and the first few years saw difficult times. But Julio was a hard worker who was willing to take whatever work he could to support his family and give them a better life.  He put his daughter through Catholic school and then college and eventually law school.  He would become a proud U.S. citizen, and could often be seen tending his tidy N.E. Philly home.  He would help raise his grandson, and would be there to help care and comfort his daughter Mercedes when cancer took her life seventeen years ago.  He would then go on to help raise his great-grandsons Padin, Adler, and Gavin into their teenage years, and was even able to keep up with them physically right up until his mid-nineties. 

Relatives and friends are invited to her visitation on Thursday, February 9, 2023 from 9:30 A.M. and funeral service at 10:30 A.M. at Wetzel and Son Funeral Home, 419 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046. Interment will be private.

Religious services were conducted by Rev. Alfonso J. Concha from St. William Church, 6200 Rising Sun Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111.

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