Printed by Day by day Breeze on Jul. 18, 2021.
On July 6, 2021, Alma passed away peacefully at her house in Redondo Seaside surrounded by her loving loved ones. She was 82. Her life’s perform altered the lives of quite a few as she sought to help all those most in require. She was a devout member of the Franciscan Third Purchase and a Eucharistic minister. Her is effective provided advocacy to get reasonably priced senior housing, arranging missions to Mexico to deliver foods and garments to one dad and mom residing in poverty, and furnishing religious direction to hospice individuals and their families in the South Bay of Los Angeles. As a Social Worker in Los Angeles for two decades, she suggested mother and father on how to care for and access condition systems for developmentally disabled infants, enabling these small children to dwell as independently and productively as any other. Her bilingual skills and knowing of Hispanic tradition enabled her to uniquely handle the demands of Spanish-speaking mothers and fathers who would have normally under no circumstances sought this aid. At the peak of the AIDS epidemic in the 80s, Alma was one particular of very number of social personnel prepared to come to the aid of expecting moms identified with HIV/AIDS in South Central Los Angeles. Within 5 decades of Alma studying her eldest son was identified with AIDS, she summoned the means of corporations, philanthropists and church buildings to start the non-gain Amigos Sin Barreras/Buddies Without Boundaries in 1994. She uniquely concentrated on the underserved Hispanic and African-American populations of the South Bay of Los Angeles. At occasions this involved these struggling material abuse and homelessness. The group provided a group-primarily based, holistic software of yoga, massage and diet counseling via its Circle of Mates software. Quickly thereafter, the Circle of Lifestyle AIDS food items pantry was founded. Alma would lead the firm for 27 a long time (Amigos shut June 2021), caring for more than 400 consumers. All over the yrs, Alma been given recognition and numerous awards from governing administration officials, together with the California Condition Senate (2004, 2005) and the United States Residence of Associates (2008) in honor of her perseverance supporting men and women dwelling with HIV/AIDS, and the Metropolis of Los Angeles for serving to strengthen the quality of life in the City of Angels. She was also showcased in media (ABC7, LA Occasions, Day by day Breeze, Men and women) to element her honor as “All-Stars Among Us” by the Los Angeles Dodgers and a Jefferson Award winner by ABC7 in 2010. The Southern Poverty Regulation Center integrated Alma’s identify on the Wall of Tolerance of the freshly opened Civil Rights Memorial Middle in Montgomery, Alabama in 2005. Alma was a vivid gentle to those most in need to have of adore and compassion. Alma was born the youngest of nine in El Paso, Texas to Francisco Licano and Romana Nieto who migrated from their indigenous Chihuahua, Mexico. She proudly embraced the values and tradition of Mexico her profound really like for Our Woman of Guadalupe, family to start with and the worth of education, in addition to the joys of Mariachi and Mexican delicacies. Alma examined at Loretto Academy in El Paso, teaching in art and songs with a enthusiasm for piano. In later a long time, she received each her undergraduate and graduate levels in Human Methods and Organizational Advancement from the College of San Francisco (USF), studying although her sons were being in grammar faculty and substantial faculty. In 1965 in Los Angeles, she married Ernesto Altamirano Martinez who passed away in December 1999. They had four sons who ended up all inspired to express themselves by way of sporting activities, artwork, dance, music and numerous languages. Smart, charming and spirited, she demanded a hug if you entered her property. In her neighborhood, she was fiercely civic-minded and tenacious in helping the most susceptible owing to weak wellness, poverty or race discrimination. Alma is survived by her brother Francisco Licano Jr. her 4 sons Arturo, Luis, Alfredo and Ernesto and her granddaughter Mikaela (Mika), all whom she liked uniquely and dearly. Be sure to be a part of us in celebrating her daily life Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 10am at Saint James Catholic Church, 415 Vincent Road in Redondo Beach. Subsequent the funeral mass, a joyous memorial will be hosted in the adjoining corridor. In lieu of bouquets, donations may perhaps be designed to Southern Poverty Law Heart at www.splcenter.org.