In memory of
Matias C. Acosta
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In memory of
Matias C. Acosta
Matias Concepcion Acosta, 98, of Kensington, CT, beloved husband for 38 years to the late Maria Cristina (Garcia) Acosta, entered peacefully into eternal rest at Ledgecrest Health Care Center on Thursday, October 13, 2016, with his family by his side. He was born in Perico, Cuba, the oldest of eleven children, where he worked on the family farm as a child. They moved to Havana, and when all the farms were seized by the government, he worked on a government-owned labor camp until he earned a visa for the family to leave Cuba. He emigrated to the United States in 1969 with his wife and four children. He worked at the Fafnir Ball Bearing Company and several hotels until he retired. One of his greatest accomplishments was receiving a perfect score on his US Citizenship exam and becoming a US Citizen at the age of 77. Matias loved to attend church services at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Hartford, spend time with his family, play dominoes, go fishing, sing to his heart's content, eat good food and watch the Yankees. Matias was known to defy the odds over the years, bouncing back from numerous illnesses in the last decade, at times, due purely to his will to live. He nearly reached his goal of living to his 100th birthday; he would have been 99 years old on December 8th this year. He will be affectionately remembered as a fun-loving, strong-willed and kind-hearted man, devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, cousin, uncle and friend. He is survived by his loving children; the oldest, Maria Amalia Leone and her husband Giuseppe Leone, of Berlin, Eva Blesso and her husband Raymond Blesso, of Colchester, Tania DePlante and her husband Michael DePlante Sr., of Glastonbury, and the youngest, Manuel Acosta and his wife Vicki Acosta, of Marlborough. Matias had ten grandchildren, six grandchildren-in-law, and twelve great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brothers Horacio, Osbaldo and Oreste, and sisters Aidee Cassola and Nery Alzugaray. He is survived by his brother Martin and sisters Yolanda Sousa, Migdalia Gonzalez, Juanita Espinosa and Mirella Perez. He also had many cousins, second cousins, nieces and nephews in several states and around the world. The family would like to thank the many "Nenas" and staff members who have touched his life over the years, especially at Ledgecrest Health Care Center; you made a true difference in his life. The funeral will be Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 9:00 a.m. at the Dillon-Baxter Funeral Home, 1276 Berlin Turnpike, Wethersfield, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. in Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 79 New Park Avenue, Hartford. Burial will follow in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. Friends may call at the funeral home, Monday, October 17th, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St, I-91 Tech Ctr, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. To share a memory with the family, please visit www.dillonbaxter.com
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