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Carol Muller
Carol Muller
Thank you for welcoming me to join the moving remembrance at La Casa Zapata this afternoon.  I first met Cecilia as a graduate student in Education at Stanford in the late 1970s or very early 1980s. Cecilia was not only a huge force at Stanford in supporting, encouraging, mentoring, and promoting the Chicana/o/Latina/o community, but also in recruiting and advancing women -- on the faculty, in grad school, and generally.  I hope someone someday will write her biography and re-capture some of the history of her many and extensive contributions to excellence through diversity for Stanford University.  We have lost her far too soon, but her energy remains and rebounds through the large community she has mentored and inspired.  
Arturo Vargas
Arturo Vargas
Dear Rebeca and Tono,
Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your Mother. I have held both your parents in very dear esteem.  They were important mentors during my years at Stanford and in my career.  They are both deeply missed.  I hope you can take comfort in knowing how powerful their legacy has become.
Arturo VargasBA 84, MA 85
Mickie Luna
Mickie Luna
 

Rebecca and Tono

Thanks for the invitation to attend el Dia de Las Madres at Stanford, please know that I and my husband Vince will be there.  Sorry that I could not attend the memorial service at the Carmel Mission due to being out of state, but rest assured that I will be at the Stanford event.  Thanks for letting me know.

Mickie Luna

 
Gilda Bloom-Leiva
Gilda Bloom-Leiva
Dear Rebeca y Tono,

You will not remember me as you were small children when I was at Stanford doing my doctorate.  When I was at San Jose State University completing my Master's degree in Mexican American Studies your parents' names would often come up in conversation, but I did not know them at the time.  When I arrived at Stanford and first met your mother, I was shocked at how young she was and in such an important position at the university.  I also knew that I wanted to grow up and be just like Cecilia - she was a truly amazing and powerful woman and someone who genuinely cared about our community.  Cecilia was a great role model and those of us who were at Stanford when she was there, very much understand the powerful influence she had on us and continues to do so today.  Both of your parents will always be remembered for their ability to nurture and guide so many of us Latinos/as as we were literally growing up.
Cecilia and Tony, a real "Power Couple" who used power the right way - to give to their community - they will never be forgotten.
For those of us who knew your parents, our hearts break for you and for us - they will be so missed. I send you my most sincere sympathy
and love at this most difficult time.

Con Carino,
Gilda
Ana Sierra
Ana Sierra
Rebeca and Tony,
I just want you to know that I'm one more person who had the privilege to meet your parents at Stanford. As you might imagine, they helped me to make it through while I was a student, and they shared with me their strength and their belief in social justice. They left a lot in the hearts and minds of many people, and I know many of the people who met them will never stop believing we need to continue building a better world for the future generations. Your parents will have a lot to do with our doing that. 
With love and respect to both of you,Ana  Sierra
Concepcion Valadez
Concepcion Valadez
Dearest Rebeca and Tonho,

May it be a comfort to you that on Sunday, April 7, the Book Club of the Stanford Chicano / Latino Alumni Association of Southern California had a moment of silent prayer for our beloved Cecilia.  Our members send you heartfelt condolences. We are honored to carry on her legacy of political awareness and dedication towards civil rights.
josé ignacio santos preciado
josé ignacio santos preciado
Queridos Rebeca y Antonio,

It was with profound sadness that we learned of Chila´s passing. She was a very strong and caring person who made important contributions in furthering the education of hundreds of young enthusiastic men and women. Having had the opportunity to grow up together in Rancho Preciado, I have fond memories of us growing up together as cousins. Tio Bernardino and tia Rebeca, Rosy, Ralph, Conchita and their children, your cousins. Time flew, we went our separate paths and had the opportunity to connect after many years when Chila and Tony came to Stanford. Again our lives took us in separate roads and we had a chance to see each other and see your dad, Tony in Mexico City.  It was a wonderful opportunity for Andrea, our daughter, you cousin to spend part of the summer with you at Casa Zapata, and perhaps less memorable for you, Rebeca to spend a short time with us in Mexico City in our tiny apartment.

Our deepest condolences and our prayers for her, Tony, , your uncle Ralph and his family , the rest of the Burciaga family, both of you your spouses and your children.

Receive our love,

josé ignacio y patricia
Laurene Trumbo
Laurene Trumbo
Aloha to the Family of Cecilia Burciaga:
Bill and I are saddened to hear of Cecilia's passing.
She was a dear friend and we met in 2000 when
Bill became the first Athletic Director at CSUMB.
She was a wonderful person and we were so happy
she came to visit us in Hawaii with the girlfiends of
CSUMB.
Our prayers are the Burciaga family and we know
Cecilia is in a beautiful place.
Malama Pono "take care"  Lori and Bill Trumbo
Sharon Parker
Sharon Parker
I am very sad to hear of Ceclia's passing.  I had always hoped to get to visit with her again personally.  Although it has been many years since we've seen each other, I have always felt close to Cecelia and family.  Tony's Last Supper still hangs in my home and I often think of him and how Cecelia and Tony and I met and shared stories of struggles in the the Big World of Academia.  I love the photos the family has posted on this site because that is how I remember Cecelia and Tony and their children, Becca and Li'l Tony -- both now adults.  I send them and the grandchilren my deepest condolences.  I know how much you loved your mother and she loved you.  Her spirit is with you always.
Christine Schaefer
Christine Schaefer
Dear Preciado and Burciaga Families,
While it was sad to learn of Cecilia's passing, I also felt extreme joy for her and the peace and comfort she now enjoys.  The photos on this site are remarkable - what an entrancing, strong, caring and beautiful woman.Also read the two obituaries from the Monterey Herald and the LA Times - how proud I am to have know her.

For nearly 20 years I worked in a primarily Latino community, Pico Rivera in LA County.  I began a program called CPOP(Career Preparation and Opportunities Program.  It was designed to provide support for graduating senors, most of whom were Latino, who were headed off to college - this was done through on-hands municipal
work, a series of courses designed to fell comfortable with social expectations and the culture shoick that many would experience, especially those headed to the east coast.  We had tours of nearby colleges and universities, mentoring from current students who had gone through the program, meetings with parents who were uncertain what a higher education would mean for their child and their family in general.  At the conclusion of the summer, an awards program was held and off they went.  One of those who went to Stanford remembers Cecilia and Tony and thought they were amazing (Vanessa Delgado).  We kept in touch with all of them and the completion rate was quite high and each indicated their CPOP experience was a key factor in their success.  You cam imagine my excitement when reading about Casa Zapata - the similarities were so there.  When I retired, I was proud to say that it was one my most enduring career endeavors.

We had so wished she could have made it to the 50th Reunion on May 4th in Pomona, but she had far better places to be and people to see.  I will miss our communication and carry with me always the memory of a truly one in a million woman.

My your memories and comfort in knowing the care you provided made her passage as smooth as possible bring you comfort in the days and years ahead.

Sincerely, Chris Schaefer
Arturo Vargas
Arturo Vargas
Dear Rebeca and Tono,
Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your Mother. I have held both your parents in very dear esteem.  They were important mentors during my years at Stanford and in my career.  They are both deeply missed.  I hope you can take comfort in knowing how powerful their legacy has become.
Arturo VargasBA 84, MA 85
Gilda Bloom-Leiva
Gilda Bloom-Leiva
Dear Rebeca y Tono,

You will not remember me as you were small children when I was at Stanford doing my doctorate.  When I was at San Jose State University completing my Master's degree in Mexican American Studies your parents' names would often come up in conversation, but I did not know them at the time.  When I arrived at Stanford and first met your mother, I was shocked at how young she was and in such an important position at the university.  I also knew that I wanted to grow up and be just like Cecilia - she was a truly amazing and powerful woman and someone who genuinely cared about our community.  Cecilia was a great role model and those of us who were at Stanford when she was there, very much understand the powerful influence she had on us and continues to do so today.  Both of your parents will always be remembered for their ability to nurture and guide so many of us Latinos/as as we were literally growing up.
Cecilia and Tony, a real "Power Couple" who used power the right way - to give to their community - they will never be forgotten.
For those of us who knew your parents, our hearts break for you and for us - they will be so missed. I send you my most sincere sympathy
and love at this most difficult time.

Con Carino,
Gilda
Concepcion Valadez
Concepcion Valadez
Dearest Rebeca and Tonho,

May it be a comfort to you that on Sunday, April 7, the Book Club of the Stanford Chicano / Latino Alumni Association of Southern California had a moment of silent prayer for our beloved Cecilia.  Our members send you heartfelt condolences. We are honored to carry on her legacy of political awareness and dedication towards civil rights.
Sharon Parker
Sharon Parker
I am very sad to hear of Ceclia's passing.  I had always hoped to get to visit with her again personally.  Although it has been many years since we've seen each other, I have always felt close to Cecelia and family.  Tony's Last Supper still hangs in my home and I often think of him and how Cecelia and Tony and I met and shared stories of struggles in the the Big World of Academia.  I love the photos the family has posted on this site because that is how I remember Cecelia and Tony and their children, Becca and Li'l Tony -- both now adults.  I send them and the grandchilren my deepest condolences.  I know how much you loved your mother and she loved you.  Her spirit is with you always.
Carol Muller
Carol Muller
Thank you for welcoming me to join the moving remembrance at La Casa Zapata this afternoon.  I first met Cecilia as a graduate student in Education at Stanford in the late 1970s or very early 1980s. Cecilia was not only a huge force at Stanford in supporting, encouraging, mentoring, and promoting the Chicana/o/Latina/o community, but also in recruiting and advancing women -- on the faculty, in grad school, and generally.  I hope someone someday will write her biography and re-capture some of the history of her many and extensive contributions to excellence through diversity for Stanford University.  We have lost her far too soon, but her energy remains and rebounds through the large community she has mentored and inspired.  
Mickie Luna
Mickie Luna
 

Rebecca and Tono

Thanks for the invitation to attend el Dia de Las Madres at Stanford, please know that I and my husband Vince will be there.  Sorry that I could not attend the memorial service at the Carmel Mission due to being out of state, but rest assured that I will be at the Stanford event.  Thanks for letting me know.

Mickie Luna

 
Ana Sierra
Ana Sierra
Rebeca and Tony,
I just want you to know that I'm one more person who had the privilege to meet your parents at Stanford. As you might imagine, they helped me to make it through while I was a student, and they shared with me their strength and their belief in social justice. They left a lot in the hearts and minds of many people, and I know many of the people who met them will never stop believing we need to continue building a better world for the future generations. Your parents will have a lot to do with our doing that. 
With love and respect to both of you,Ana  Sierra
josé ignacio santos preciado
josé ignacio santos preciado
Queridos Rebeca y Antonio,

It was with profound sadness that we learned of Chila´s passing. She was a very strong and caring person who made important contributions in furthering the education of hundreds of young enthusiastic men and women. Having had the opportunity to grow up together in Rancho Preciado, I have fond memories of us growing up together as cousins. Tio Bernardino and tia Rebeca, Rosy, Ralph, Conchita and their children, your cousins. Time flew, we went our separate paths and had the opportunity to connect after many years when Chila and Tony came to Stanford. Again our lives took us in separate roads and we had a chance to see each other and see your dad, Tony in Mexico City.  It was a wonderful opportunity for Andrea, our daughter, you cousin to spend part of the summer with you at Casa Zapata, and perhaps less memorable for you, Rebeca to spend a short time with us in Mexico City in our tiny apartment.

Our deepest condolences and our prayers for her, Tony, , your uncle Ralph and his family , the rest of the Burciaga family, both of you your spouses and your children.

Receive our love,

josé ignacio y patricia
Laurene Trumbo
Laurene Trumbo
Aloha to the Family of Cecilia Burciaga:
Bill and I are saddened to hear of Cecilia's passing.
She was a dear friend and we met in 2000 when
Bill became the first Athletic Director at CSUMB.
She was a wonderful person and we were so happy
she came to visit us in Hawaii with the girlfiends of
CSUMB.
Our prayers are the Burciaga family and we know
Cecilia is in a beautiful place.
Malama Pono "take care"  Lori and Bill Trumbo
Christine Schaefer
Christine Schaefer
Dear Preciado and Burciaga Families,
While it was sad to learn of Cecilia's passing, I also felt extreme joy for her and the peace and comfort she now enjoys.  The photos on this site are remarkable - what an entrancing, strong, caring and beautiful woman.Also read the two obituaries from the Monterey Herald and the LA Times - how proud I am to have know her.

For nearly 20 years I worked in a primarily Latino community, Pico Rivera in LA County.  I began a program called CPOP(Career Preparation and Opportunities Program.  It was designed to provide support for graduating senors, most of whom were Latino, who were headed off to college - this was done through on-hands municipal
work, a series of courses designed to fell comfortable with social expectations and the culture shoick that many would experience, especially those headed to the east coast.  We had tours of nearby colleges and universities, mentoring from current students who had gone through the program, meetings with parents who were uncertain what a higher education would mean for their child and their family in general.  At the conclusion of the summer, an awards program was held and off they went.  One of those who went to Stanford remembers Cecilia and Tony and thought they were amazing (Vanessa Delgado).  We kept in touch with all of them and the completion rate was quite high and each indicated their CPOP experience was a key factor in their success.  You cam imagine my excitement when reading about Casa Zapata - the similarities were so there.  When I retired, I was proud to say that it was one my most enduring career endeavors.

We had so wished she could have made it to the 50th Reunion on May 4th in Pomona, but she had far better places to be and people to see.  I will miss our communication and carry with me always the memory of a truly one in a million woman.

My your memories and comfort in knowing the care you provided made her passage as smooth as possible bring you comfort in the days and years ahead.

Sincerely, Chris Schaefer
Gilda Bloom-Leiva
Gilda Bloom-Leiva
Dear Rebeca y Tono,

You will not remember me as you were small children when I was at Stanford doing my doctorate.  When I was at San Jose State University completing my Master's degree in Mexican American Studies your parents' names would often come up in conversation, but I did not know them at the time.  When I arrived at Stanford and first met your mother, I was shocked at how young she was and in such an important position at the university.  I also knew that I wanted to grow up and be just like Cecilia - she was a truly amazing and powerful woman and someone who genuinely cared about our community.  Cecilia was a great role model and those of us who were at Stanford when she was there, very much understand the powerful influence she had on us and continues to do so today.  Both of your parents will always be remembered for their ability to nurture and guide so many of us Latinos/as as we were literally growing up.
Cecilia and Tony, a real "Power Couple" who used power the right way - to give to their community - they will never be forgotten.
For those of us who knew your parents, our hearts break for you and for us - they will be so missed. I send you my most sincere sympathy
and love at this most difficult time.

Con Carino,
Gilda
Carol Muller
Carol Muller
Thank you for welcoming me to join the moving remembrance at La Casa Zapata this afternoon.  I first met Cecilia as a graduate student in Education at Stanford in the late 1970s or very early 1980s. Cecilia was not only a huge force at Stanford in supporting, encouraging, mentoring, and promoting the Chicana/o/Latina/o community, but also in recruiting and advancing women -- on the faculty, in grad school, and generally.  I hope someone someday will write her biography and re-capture some of the history of her many and extensive contributions to excellence through diversity for Stanford University.  We have lost her far too soon, but her energy remains and rebounds through the large community she has mentored and inspired.  
Ana Sierra
Ana Sierra
Rebeca and Tony,
I just want you to know that I'm one more person who had the privilege to meet your parents at Stanford. As you might imagine, they helped me to make it through while I was a student, and they shared with me their strength and their belief in social justice. They left a lot in the hearts and minds of many people, and I know many of the people who met them will never stop believing we need to continue building a better world for the future generations. Your parents will have a lot to do with our doing that. 
With love and respect to both of you,Ana  Sierra
Laurene Trumbo
Laurene Trumbo
Aloha to the Family of Cecilia Burciaga:
Bill and I are saddened to hear of Cecilia's passing.
She was a dear friend and we met in 2000 when
Bill became the first Athletic Director at CSUMB.
She was a wonderful person and we were so happy
she came to visit us in Hawaii with the girlfiends of
CSUMB.
Our prayers are the Burciaga family and we know
Cecilia is in a beautiful place.
Malama Pono "take care"  Lori and Bill Trumbo
Arturo Vargas
Arturo Vargas
Dear Rebeca and Tono,
Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your Mother. I have held both your parents in very dear esteem.  They were important mentors during my years at Stanford and in my career.  They are both deeply missed.  I hope you can take comfort in knowing how powerful their legacy has become.
Arturo VargasBA 84, MA 85
Mickie Luna
Mickie Luna
 

Rebecca and Tono

Thanks for the invitation to attend el Dia de Las Madres at Stanford, please know that I and my husband Vince will be there.  Sorry that I could not attend the memorial service at the Carmel Mission due to being out of state, but rest assured that I will be at the Stanford event.  Thanks for letting me know.

Mickie Luna

 
Concepcion Valadez
Concepcion Valadez
Dearest Rebeca and Tonho,

May it be a comfort to you that on Sunday, April 7, the Book Club of the Stanford Chicano / Latino Alumni Association of Southern California had a moment of silent prayer for our beloved Cecilia.  Our members send you heartfelt condolences. We are honored to carry on her legacy of political awareness and dedication towards civil rights.
josé ignacio santos preciado
josé ignacio santos preciado
Queridos Rebeca y Antonio,

It was with profound sadness that we learned of Chila´s passing. She was a very strong and caring person who made important contributions in furthering the education of hundreds of young enthusiastic men and women. Having had the opportunity to grow up together in Rancho Preciado, I have fond memories of us growing up together as cousins. Tio Bernardino and tia Rebeca, Rosy, Ralph, Conchita and their children, your cousins. Time flew, we went our separate paths and had the opportunity to connect after many years when Chila and Tony came to Stanford. Again our lives took us in separate roads and we had a chance to see each other and see your dad, Tony in Mexico City.  It was a wonderful opportunity for Andrea, our daughter, you cousin to spend part of the summer with you at Casa Zapata, and perhaps less memorable for you, Rebeca to spend a short time with us in Mexico City in our tiny apartment.

Our deepest condolences and our prayers for her, Tony, , your uncle Ralph and his family , the rest of the Burciaga family, both of you your spouses and your children.

Receive our love,

josé ignacio y patricia
Sharon Parker
Sharon Parker
I am very sad to hear of Ceclia's passing.  I had always hoped to get to visit with her again personally.  Although it has been many years since we've seen each other, I have always felt close to Cecelia and family.  Tony's Last Supper still hangs in my home and I often think of him and how Cecelia and Tony and I met and shared stories of struggles in the the Big World of Academia.  I love the photos the family has posted on this site because that is how I remember Cecelia and Tony and their children, Becca and Li'l Tony -- both now adults.  I send them and the grandchilren my deepest condolences.  I know how much you loved your mother and she loved you.  Her spirit is with you always.
Christine Schaefer
Christine Schaefer
Dear Preciado and Burciaga Families,
While it was sad to learn of Cecilia's passing, I also felt extreme joy for her and the peace and comfort she now enjoys.  The photos on this site are remarkable - what an entrancing, strong, caring and beautiful woman.Also read the two obituaries from the Monterey Herald and the LA Times - how proud I am to have know her.

For nearly 20 years I worked in a primarily Latino community, Pico Rivera in LA County.  I began a program called CPOP(Career Preparation and Opportunities Program.  It was designed to provide support for graduating senors, most of whom were Latino, who were headed off to college - this was done through on-hands municipal
work, a series of courses designed to fell comfortable with social expectations and the culture shoick that many would experience, especially those headed to the east coast.  We had tours of nearby colleges and universities, mentoring from current students who had gone through the program, meetings with parents who were uncertain what a higher education would mean for their child and their family in general.  At the conclusion of the summer, an awards program was held and off they went.  One of those who went to Stanford remembers Cecilia and Tony and thought they were amazing (Vanessa Delgado).  We kept in touch with all of them and the completion rate was quite high and each indicated their CPOP experience was a key factor in their success.  You cam imagine my excitement when reading about Casa Zapata - the similarities were so there.  When I retired, I was proud to say that it was one my most enduring career endeavors.

We had so wished she could have made it to the 50th Reunion on May 4th in Pomona, but she had far better places to be and people to see.  I will miss our communication and carry with me always the memory of a truly one in a million woman.

My your memories and comfort in knowing the care you provided made her passage as smooth as possible bring you comfort in the days and years ahead.

Sincerely, Chris Schaefer