Andrez Ruiz Andonaegui obituary photo
 
In Memory of

Andrez Ruiz Andonaegui

May 31, 1975 - June 12, 2017

Obituary


Through Your Eyes - A Testament to Your Life

As your mother, on e of the most difficult challenges in my life will be to accept your departure.. For 42 years you have been a constant in our lives. Most especially, your brother, Arturo; sister, Lydia; and myself. I feel that our closeness grew deeper this past year. We faced many challenges but we were both looking forward to moving to California to re-unite with Lydia and her family. The prospects were so bright that it made each new challenge we encountered more bearable....

Through Your Eyes - A Testament to Your Life

As your mother, on e of the most difficult challenges in my life will be to accept your departure.. For 42 years you have been a constant in our lives. Most especially, your brother, Arturo; sister, Lydia; and myself. I feel that our closeness grew deeper this past year. We faced many challenges but we were both looking forward to moving to California to re-unite with Lydia and her family. The prospects were so bright that it made each new challenge we encountered more bearable. I was so proud of the ease with which you adapted to a new lifestyle, a new neighborhood and new plans. It felt like we were on the same page, at last!!!

I will forever treasure the first two weeks of June 2017 when we both took jobs at a bakery in Elk Grove Village. The 10-hour shifts were so grueling but, somehow, we ventured on because we both realized that the situation was short-term; that it would end when you started a robotics training program. It seemed that you were inspired and ready to plunge forward.

There are regrets that invade us in the normal passage of time; but, none that devastate you as much as regretting to not speak out loud some memories that touched such a chord in your soul that you do not want to share because the value is too dear.

I had an experience. when you were an infant, that I thought I would never share with anyone because it was so very precious to me.

One a hot summer Sunday in 1975, while attending mass, I placed you on my lap. As I looked down at you, I was witness to such a sight that it left me breathless. The noonday brilliance was captured by your eyes. Somehow, your newborn eyes so shimmery and glass like that they reflected the brilliance around us and I was transfixed. I was lost in your gaze and was so moved that I wanted to scream and yet, I did not want to share the joy I felt by speaking. I do remember thinking to myself that this view into your eyes was so intense that I did not want to ever share it.

I have decided to share this lasting memory of your eyes' brilliance because I feel it is bigger than me and I am so very sorry that I never shared it with you, especially during the time we spent together going to Elk Grove Village because I felt that we had reached a high level of acceptance and understanding. I very much appreciated the opportunity I had to share the experiences and challenges that Grandma Angela and I faced when we first came to Chicago in 1956.

I will never cease to acknowledge, at every opportunity I am given, the value of your being. The joy in your laughter, the acceptance of yourself, the courage to face obstacles; but, most of all, your eyes. Their gaze is forever imprinted in my heart and my soul,

Rest in Peace.


Andrez Ruiz Andonaegui, passed away in Chicago, Illinois on Monday June 12, 2017. Born in Chicago, son of Arturo Venegas Andonaegui and Elsa Aguilar. Surviving are mother, Elsa Aguilar Andonaegui; brother, Guillermo Nicolas Andonaegui; brother Arturo Venegas Andonaegui, III and sister Lydia Angela (Aaron Patrick) Williams. Nieces Alexis Williams and Liana Elsa Williams. Cousin Miguel Angel Perez Luna. Uncle Major James R. Andonaegui of Columbia, South Carolina; countless cousins and friends and admirers.
Andrez was a State Certified Pharmacy Technician who generously volunteered his time at the Jesse Brown V. A. Hospital.

Check donations to benefit the "Chicago Police Chaplains Ministry" in memory of Andrez may be sent to :
1140 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60607-2906