Blanca Hortencia Zoretic

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Blanca “Nana” Zoretic

Blanca H. Zoretic, who was known as “Nana” by her grandkids, departed her loving family on March 3, 2021 after a long battle with metastatic cancer. She was 65 years old.

It would be wrong to say that Blanca lost her battle because she never stopped fighting. She was a warrior! No matter how sick she was, she was always determined to live life to the fullest. Blanca stayed strong until the very last moment. Through her, we know what resilience and perseverance truly looks like. There was no quit in Blanca. Her presence and fond memories will never be forgotten.

Blanca was born February 6, 1956, in Chihuahua, Mexico, a daughter of the late Soledad Portillo Reyes and Lisandro Navarro Jimeno. She was also preceded in death by her two brothers, Lisandro Antonio Navarro Portillo and Roberto Horacio Navarro Portillo.

Blanca was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her children and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as Nana. Prior to her role as Nana, Blanca worked for Frito-Lay North America where she earned the PepsiCo President’s Ring of Honor; an achievement she was most proud of. When not caring for her grandchildren, Blanca loved traveling the world. Her most recent trips included a camel ride by the Great Pyramids and witnessing the pure wonder of the Sahara desert and Argan tree climbing goats in Morocco.

Blanca is survived by her daughters Stephanie Briles and husband Jim, Laurie Lieberman and husband Adam. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Brayden Briles, Braxton Briles, Campbell Lieberman, and Scarlett Lieberman.

Aside from the children she doted on, Blanca is survived by sisters Maria Eugenia Navarro Portillo, Sandra Patricia Navarro Portillo, as well as a host of loving friends and relatives.

A private service will be held at Saint Jude the Apostle Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Glory House of Miami can be made in Blanca’s name.

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  1. Leann Fabian says:

    Blanca was a beloved friend. She adored all of you. Our last visit was at the new house – she was thrilled to be taking care of those boys! I will miss her very much and will cherish the memories.

    • Keisha Noel says:

      Her smile would light up the room when she entered it! I will miss seeing her and miss watching the love that she had for her grandchildren and her beautiful daughter Stephanie!

    • Marquis Gates-Gordon says:

      My deepest sympathies go out to the family at this time of grief
      Blanca was truly a beautiful blessing to me when I needed a light.🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾❤❤❤❤❤to all those whom she touched with her light

  2. Sally Corff says:

    So very sorry for your loss.
    What a sweet, warm, loving and caring woman your mom was. She will be deeply missed.
    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your entire family during this difficult time.

    Much love,

  3. Steve Waldrip says:

    So sorry to hear of Blanc’s passing. She loved her two girls, when we dated and through our everlasting friendship she always had y’all in her heart ! I have two daughters also. We would joke my Stephanie and your Stephanie, and she was very sweet to my younger daughter as well! Her zest for like was amazing !! We always had laughs abc good times in our travels!! God Bless y’all ❤️🙏

  4. Deanna Johnson says:

    My condolences to you all.
    It was such a pleasure spending time with her and Laurie in St. Jo a couple years ago. She is truly an inspiration. Sending lots of love and prayers to you all.

    • Sandy Rosales says:

      Blanca will forever be missed. She was truly an inspiration to everyone. Lived life to the fullest and loved her family more than anything. We will miss you Blanca! Praying for peace and comfort for your family. Gone but never forgotten.

  5. Carmen Saldana says:

    My Condolences to the family.
    We indeed loved Blanquita, she was such a happy person, I do have have nice memories of our conversations, and dinners, get together.
    I will miss you my friend.

  6. Theresa Casale . Hospice nurse says:

    I will see you, and meet up with you in another life sister. Hopefully you’re having fun at your family reunion in heaven. Come visit me and everyone.every so often, and let me know you are looking out for us here in this realm of existence.

  7. David Zoretic says:

    The family has our prayers and condolences.

  8. Leyla Lewis says:

    Her presence brought a smile to everyone. Her fearless determination and spark was inspiring to all. Thank you Blanca for every piece of advice and for all the love to Olivia, And our entire family. You will live with us forever Nana Hermosa. Te queremos mucho y para siempre. 🥰😍

    • Maria Ramos says:

      Our most sincere condolences to the family, you are in our prayers. We’ve known Blanca for 35 years and grew to love her and her family as our own family. She is such a class act, beautiful, unique, generous, kind and so much fun. Her great interpersonal skills always made everyone feel special. Her greatest legacy, whom she loved so much, are her two beautiful daughters Stephanie, Laurie and her grandchildren. We will forever cherish all the fond memories with Blanca and her family. We love you Blanca. You will always live in our hearts.

  9. Vange Herrera says:

    Blanca my dear friend it’s been two days and I’m just starting to realize you’re not here anymore and I can’t stop crying. We were friends for 35 years, I learned so much from you, always smiling and loving your family so much. Who will I now call at 6 or 7 in the morning for advice knowing she would always answer even if it was to say I’ll call you later. We had so many good times and adventures and you were always so full of life and of course the best looking one. I will always remember you and yes Blanca accesories make all the difference in our outfits!! Love you my friend.

  10. Loeffler family says:

    A beautiful lady inside and out. She was so kind and welcoming to everyone. Our hearts are with all of you.

  11. Chesa Fosket says:

    I signed up for a meet up to play canasta (card game). The night I met Blanca changed my life. Here was a woman who was outgoing, fearless, and fun. We had a wonderful friendship, though too short but I will cherish every moment of it.
    She had such a childlike laugh which always made me laugh. She was such a giving person and truly loved making other people happy. Quite a quality to have. Oh how she loved her family, always lit up talking about them.
    So I raise a mug with a Moscow Mule in it as we always drank them together (fresh lime only) to my dear friend who I will miss every single day and will think of this quote whenever I see a star cause you were a bright star in this world. Now be a new star.
    Perhaps they are not stars in the sky but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy

    • Barbara Smith says:

      While I have only been in Blanca’s company twice at Stephanie and Jim’s, she had a way of making you feel as though you had known her much longer. Blanca will be remembered as a warm, outgoing, loving person who will be missed. My condolences to the Briles family.

  12. Roger Frysh says:

    So sorry for your loss. Nothing but fond memories of Blanca’s warm presence and infectious giggle. I am certain she will be missed tremendously by all who knew her.

  13. Lisa Zoretic says:

    Blanca was a wonderful mother and Nana. She truly lived a great and happy life being surrounded by family and friends who loved her very much. I will cherish our friendship and will be there for her daughters Stephanie and Laurie and her adorable grandchildren Brayden, Braxton, Campbell, and Scarlet.

  14. Katherine Smith says:

    What a beautiful legacy of life and love she has left! My deepest sympathies and love for you all ❤️

  15. Lauren Andersen says:

    Blanca was one of a kind. She brought lots of light and laughs to this world and will continue to shine from up above.

  16. Anu Patel says:

    She will be missed, so sorry for your loss. Prayer for peace to you all

  17. Nikki Mercy says:

    Sending my deepest condolences to Stephanie and her beautiful family. I will always treasure the mother daughter relationship because of how my dear friend Stephanie spoke about her mother and shared the many adventures and stories of perseverance. There’s no doubt Blanca was surrounded by love for many years and now she rest in God’s arms.

  18. Dr. Laura Hanson says:

    Dear sweet Blanca my apartment is illuminated with candles just for you. Your smile is some thing that I will never forget and I so truly appreciate all the moments that we talked. I am so grateful for the last hug I had with you a month or so ago. Reading all the comments they express who you really are an incredible woman. You will be so missed. I pray God‘s peace for you and for your family. Much love Laura

  19. Sohrab Rezai says:

    I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest condolences, Stephanie and Jim. I had so much respect for Blanca for loving her family immensely, specially her grandchildren Brayden and Braxton. Dear Blanca, you were a wonderful, loving and caring person that we will miss you greatly. Sending lots of love and prayers to your family.

  20. Jim Carwile says:

    I offer my heartfelt condolences to Laurie and Steph on the loss of your most precious Mother.
    I was deeply saddened to learn of Blanca’s passing. I was blessed to witness first hand the amazing passion she had for her children. It was some of my life’s most grateful moments to be able to share a home and family with her. Her warmth and caring will carry on in the hearts of those she touched and loved. We are forever blessed to say that we knew and loved her.

  21. Lorena Duthoy says:

    Tenchita bendigo tu existencia🙏🏻Gracias por tantos recuerdo hermosos❣️Ya regresaste a casa y estás gozando de la presencia de nuestro padre❤️ Y muy acompañada por tus grandes amores. Descansa en Paz. Siempre tendrás un lugar muy especial en mi corazón. Te quierooooo 💕🌺🦋🥰

  22. Germán Moriel says:

    Tenchita te recuerdo siempre con una radiante sonrisa y un espíritu jovial. Hermosa dama. Ahora duermes el sueño de los justos. Descansa en paz. 🙏🏻

  23. Dan & Cathy Long says:

    We always saw your bright light and the
    love of everyone you embraced. It’s special to look at the legacy you left Blanca. Kind daughters, wonderful grandchildren, what else could one ask for. Peace be with you always.

  24. Stephen and Kristine Zoretic says:

    God Bless Blanca. She put up a courageous fight but now she is at peace reunited with her parents in heaven.

  25. Mrunalee Mehta says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Blanca was the sweetest person. I still remember how grateful she was after we helped her out with an issue. She surprised us with a thoughtful gift card. She will always be remembered.

  26. Melinda Deckard says:

    Blanca was light, love, and sunshine. Everything a friend could ask for. She holds a special place in my heart.

  27. Stephanie Cusimano says:

    What an incredibly beautiful woman inside and out! Prayers for comfort and peace for your family, Steph, during this heartbreaking time.

  28. Diane Barnwell says:

    Blanca was an amazing mom, grandmother and friend. She loved her family and she was so happy and proud of each one of you. I loved Blanca. Our 24+ year friendship meant so much to me. She was there to support me during difficult times and she made the good times even better with her warm smile and contagious laugh. May God provide peace and comfort to each of you during this difficult time.

  29. Otto Valdes says:

    My Condolences to your family.

  30. Jody Wilson says:

    Sending Stephanie, Laurie, and the extended Zoretic family my sincere condolences at the loss of your precious Blanca. I know that her love and radiant joy will be missed by all who knew her. For me, Blanca was everything a friend should be, and more. I will be forever grateful that when our paths crossed, it lead to a very special friendship.

  31. Jody Wilson says:

    Sending Stephanie, Laurie, and the extended Zoretic family my sincere condolences at the loss of your precious Blanca. I know that her love and radiant joy will be missed by all who knew her. For me, Blanca was everything a friend should be, and more. I will be forever grateful that, when our paths crossed, it lead to a very special friendship.

  32. Ken says:

    What a lovely person and Heaven has gained an angel! She will be very missed. So sorry for your loss!

  33. Gary d Nelson says:

    My Love: “I’ll be there, till the stars dont shine..Til the heavens burst and the words don’t rhyme…I know when I die You’ll be on my mind…And I’ll always love you, always”

    You know i love your beautiful soul.

  34. Deanna del Mazo says:

    Blanca will be greatly missed, her friendship will never be forgotten ❤

  35. Maria Chakaur says:

    Hola bendiciones soy yo maría lo siento mucho por la pérdida de tu mamá mi más sentido pésame.. blanca era y será un ángel que el señor envío con un propósito el cual lo cumplió y ahora Mora con el señor. Bendiciones

  36. The Walker Family says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers to you all. You have all gained a guardian angel.

  37. The Toledo Family says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Blanca was an amazing woman and had a wonderful spirit and heart of gold! She left this world too soon and will be missed. Sending your family love and prayers!

  38. Alyssa says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. She sounds like a pretty amazing mother, grandmother and wife. May all of your memories of her help you cope during this time.

  39. Nicole Pollock says:

    We are sorry for your loss. She is a wonderful grandma. Our family will have her in our hearts.

  40. Andrea Ford says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I am keeping you and your family in my heart and prayers. I pray for comfort for you in this time of grieving!
    Love, Andrea

  41. The Sullivans says:

    The world has lost a shiny, happy light!!! I cannot imagine how difficult this must be for your family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. 😢❤️

  42. Rosa Maria Hernandez. says:

    My dear friend Blanca.
    Thank you for sharing part of your life with me. I’m going to miss you, specially your smile. Love you, Rosita.

  43. Andrew Piazza says:

    Please accept our sincerest, heartfelt condolences, all remain in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We send much love, the Piazza family.

  44. Ronnie Kell & Darryl Polzot says:

    My Love we will always remember your smile energy and love!

  45. The Kloberdanz Family says:

    What a beautiful light to the world Nana was!! She embodies true devotion to her family and I never saw her without a beaming smile on her face!! She will leave a lasting impact on me forever. Sending you all much love and many prayers. Sincerely, Courtney Kloberdanz and family

  46. AGL Virginia Office says:

    On behalf of the AGL Virginia team, please accept our deepest and heartfelt condolences. You remain in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Wishing you peace to bring comfort in the coming days and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

  47. Joy Roberts says:

    I found out this morning through a mutual friend of Blanca’s passing. So sad to hear and I know her Family was very important to her, and especially the grandchildren. We had a lot of good times I’ll always remember and may she be an Angel watching over us.

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