Socorro “Tina” Heinzen

Socorro “Tina” Heinzen
Date of Birth: November 29, 1928
Died on: April 03, 2019

Socorro “Tina” Heinzen, 90, of Placentia, CA and formerly of Aberdeen passed away April 3, 2019, at Sunrise Villa Bradford Assisted Living in Placentia.

Socorro “Tina” Paredes Heinzen was born on November 29, 1928 in Manila, Philippines and she passed away peacefully at her home in Placentia, California on April 3, 2019 at the age of 90.

She was the second of five children, and her family lived through Japanese occupation during World War II, 1942-45.  In a piece of Tina wrote, she recounted the frightening conditions – the 7 pm curfew, the windows covered in black paper, and both the water and electricity being turned off.  They lived on rations of mung beans and coconut.  For three long years, they lived in fear of being shot and killed.  Despite the harrowing experience, they felt lucky because they survived.

Tina was very proud of her career as a bilingual secretary, equipped with skills that gave her opportunities to travel and work in the diplomatic academic and government arenas.  She received her collegiate secretarial certificate from St. Theresa’s College, and she worked for the Swedish Embassy in Manila for over 15 years.  In 1965, Tina traveled to Mexico City to exercise her English-Spanish bilingual skills and translated historical documents about the Spanish Inquisition in the Philippines.  In 1968, Tina moved to New York City to work for the United Nations Secretariat.

Tina married Morris Heinzen in 1969 in Washington DC.  A devoted wife, Tina supported Morris, and his career as an oceanographer, through graduate school in New Your, back to DC and then to Louisiana.  At each location, Tina worked as a secretary who was recognized with many awards.  In 2001, they retired to South Dakota, Morris’s home state.

In the summer of 2016, Tina moved to Sunrise Villa Bradford in Placentia.  With her two great loves – her dachshund, Otis, and a piano – and she lived out her remaining days with enthusiasm and a renewed spirit in Southern California’s sunshine and no more Midwestern winters.

Tina is proceeded in death by her two brothers, Fernando and Jose Paredes, and her husband Morris Heinzen.

She is survived by her sisters, Milagros Gonzalez, and Connie (& Michael) Goodman, her nieces, Rossana Pearlson, Milagros Paredes, Lina Paredes (& Jerome Academia), Sundraya (& Jeff) Kase, Megan Heinzen, Maritess Gonzalez and her nephews, Jose Antonio Paredes, Jason and Brian Goodman and numerous friends.

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