Remedios Figueras Witzell

Aug 17, 1926 - Mar 15, 2020

Remedios Figueras Witzell

August 17, 1926 - March 15, 2020


Scottsdale / Phoenix - Remedios Figueras "Nita" Witzell joined her beloved husband Aloysius L Witzell, Jr. in God's Kingdom on March 15, 2020. Nita, or "Nanay" to many of her fellow Filipinas, was born in Manila, Philippines on August 17, 1926. Four of their 5 children, Frances, Aloysius III, Fred and Arthur were born there as well. Valerie joined the clan in Montana after the family moved to the US in 1959.

Nita graduated from Santa Isabel College, majoring in classical piano. She was a very accomplished pianist who drew the attention of a Japanese Captain in WWII Manila. He overheard her practicing, asked to be allowed to listen by the open door, explained his US education, and after complimenting Mom on her music, quietly left. A few days later, sacks of rice, live chickens, and numerous other precious food stuffs were delivered to the apartment as a thank you! This was part of a lifelong habit of welcoming all and sharing her joy with an open heart. Her music was the life of the party in the Philippines and the US.

After surviving the war in the street and dogfights in the air and meeting Al, raising and loving their children with unending devotion was Nita's calling. She taught them how to be strong like bamboo and independent. As the years passed and her husband died, they rallied beside her, becoming the "five rocks" of her life as they assisted her through increasing medical challenges in recent years. Despite these challenges she remained devoted to Al, visiting him at the National Cemetery almost weekly for 19 years, always with a cup of his favorite black coffee. And she never lost her positive outlook on life. She expressed her happiness with life and her pride in her children often. "I have five good rocks."

Nita remained upbeat, a joy of the party called life, bringing her fun-loving personality to all her friends and extended family, including her uncles, aunts and cousins and, more recently, her team of compassionate caregivers. All the wonderful people who came into her life are too numerous to list individually, but lovingly thanked by Nita's children for sharing their love of their Nanay. So, while we will all terribly miss her beautiful smile, competitive personality, and flirtatious wit, we'll all be comforted by the warm memories of having had the privilege of knowing her and being blessed with her presence.

Services will be as follows

March 22, 2020 - 1pm - 4:30pm - Visitation & Rosary

Desert Hills Mortuary and Cemetery

6500 E. Bell Road

Scottsdale, AZ 85254


Please think of a favorite memory you would like to share during the visitation.

March 22, 2020 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm - Celebration of Life

6102 E. Juniper Ave.

Scottsdale, AZ 85254


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