Wanda was the first born of Ciro Cardona and Guané Alamo. Brothers Johnny, Cirito and sister Wilma followed. She was a member of Iglesia Discípulos de Cristo in Guaynabo since she was born. She graduated in 1973 from Wesleyan Academy - a private school in Puerto Rico. However, Wanda was committed to public education and in 1971 she enrolled herself in Margarita Janer Palacios High School. Little did she know that during her first semester she would meet her now husband, Chuito, who proudly remembers that on May 9, 1971 at the Borinquen Towers ice cream parlor she said "yes" to becoming his "girlfriend." Four years later, on December 19, 1975, they became husband and wife. In 1979 Rosángela was the first fruit of their marriage followed by Gerardo (Geri) and Lorna.
Wanda was very active in her church communities over the years. Her love of poetry led her to join the Grupo Lirico-Musical as part of the coral poetry group in Guaynabo. In 1982 the family migrated to Florida and became very involved in Parkway Christian Church with their youth program. In 1998 the family relocated to Altamonte Springs and continued their involvement with the youth programs at the Iglesia Hispana Discípulos de Cristo del Norte.
Initially trained as a conversational English teacher in Puerto Rico, Wanda later transitioned to social work for the state of Florida. During those years she leaned into her passion for people. She found her calling helping countless families and the elderly find much needed assistance, care, and support.
A helping hand in times of need, a shoulder to cry on, a friend when loneliness overwhelms, words of wisdom when feeling lost, Wanda was that and so much more. She was a child of God who totally trusted in HIM. Her passion and love for Jesus led her every step of the way. Those who knew and loved her say "well done good and faithful servant, mom, and wife." She has been called to a place with no more pain and no more sorrow by the one who loved her the most, Jesus Christ.
Wanda's family will honor her with a public service. Visiting hours will take place at Highland Memory Gardens Chapel on Saturday September 18, from 8am until services at 9:30am. Burial will follow at 10:15am also at Highland Memorial Gardens.
The family welcomes flowers sent to the funeral home or donations to Greenhouse Church Orlando for Missionary Sam's anti-human trafficking ministry. Please visit https://www.kindridgiving.com/app/Giving/greenhousechurch/ORLANDO and for fund select "Missionaries." For Sub fund please select "Missionary Sam."
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook or leave a personal note to the family at https://www.highlandfh.com/.
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