Silvia Molina, CSUEB custodian, dies at 53

  • November 21, 2008

Silvia Molina, longtime Cal State East Bay custodian at the Hayward and Concord campuses, died Nov. 15. She was 53.

A rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, with a mass at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25. Both will take place at St. Clements Catholic Church, 750 Calhoun St., in Hayward.

Molina was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, Aug. 11, 1955. She came to the United States in 1971 to help a single uncle take care of his newborn son. In 1988 she married Sebastian Molina and they raised six children together. She taught catechism for 13 years at Saint Clements Catholic Church while working two jobs, and taking care of her family.

Molina joined the Cal State East Bay staff in 2002.

Diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2004, she worked through numerous chemotherapy treatments.

"She maintained a cheerful, hopeful disposition that was inspiring to all who knew her," said Lisa Zachan, events coordinator for the Concord Campus. "She was so sweet and always smiling, the sweetest, kindest person I knew."

Silvia was "a great inspiration," said Teddie Williams, facilities maintenance mechanic for the Concord Campus. "She often took the time to give a kind word, an encouraging word."

Cecilia Zefeldt, administrative support coordinator for the Concord Campus, described Silvia as "the strongest person I have ever met. She loved her family, she loved life. My life is better for having known her."

Even while in the hospital, Molina kept smiling.

"There was never a time we went to the hospital that someone wasn't there," said Al Flores, community services officer for the Concord Campus. "Her love of life affected everyone she was around. She inspired her community and everyone around her. It's not the same around here without her; we miss her."

Molina is survived by husband Sebastian; their children, Sofia, Saila and Sammir; and step-children, Laila, Antonio and Sebastian Jr.; and a host of family members and friends.

Condolences may be sent to the Molina family c/o St. Clements Church, 750 Calhoun St., Hayward, CA 94544-4202.

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