Nilda Esther Quinones

August 17, 1936 - July 31, 2020

Nilda Esther Quinones, 83, a resident of Cape Coral, FL since 2015, formerly of Plainview, NY, passed away Friday, July 31, 2020 in Cape Coral. She was born August 17, 1936 in Puerto Rico to Jose Velez and Candida Gonzalez, now deceased.

Nilda was of the Roman Catholic faith, having attended Mass at St. Pius X Church, in Plainview, NY. She was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend.  Nilda was bilingual and came to the mainland USA when she was 9.  She was an intelligent woman beyond her time and cared for many people.  Understandably, she became a nurse and received her BS/RN in nursing.  Nilda worked for many years as a nurse for the New York City school system and retired as the Director of Nursing.  She also volunteered her services for many years for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, as a religious education teacher at St. Pius, and at the local voting center in Plainview, NY.  She was a devoted and caring wife and mother and always thought of herself last.  She will always be loved and remembered by all those who were touched by her heart.

She is survived by four loving children; James M Quinones (wife, Barbara) of Plainview, NY, Phillip Quinones (wife, Louise) of Holbrook, NY, Michele Kress of Cape Coral, FL and Jo Ann Sigua (husband, Rodney) of North Sutton, NH; two sisters, Sandra Cave (husband, Warren) of Hartsdale, NY and Irma Velez of Puerto Rico; three brothers, Jose Angel Velez (wife, Ires) of Puerto Rico, Hiram Velez (wife, Sarah) of Manhattan, NY, and Jose Rafael Velez (wife, Norma) of Puerto Rico; seven grandchildren Blaise, Stephanie, Elise, Cara, Skyler, Logan and Sydney, as well as, one great grandson, AJ.

No formal services are planned at this time.

Memorial Contributions in memory of Nilda Esther Quinones are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association ( or 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor # 17, Chicago, IL 60601; Mastocytosis Society ( or PO BOX 416, Sterling, MA 01564; and/or Multiple Sclerosis Society (

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Jo Ann Sigua Aug 7, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    Mom you were the wind beneath my wings. I will miss the sound of your voice and the touch of your hand. You will always be part of who I am and everything I do. I will love you always! xoxo

  2. Phil and Louise Quinones Aug 7, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    You will be missed immensely. You were so caring and loving to your family and to those around you. We love you and hope you are finally at peace.
    Phil and Louise

  3. Jose R Velez (Rafy) Aug 7, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Titi Nilda was a special person to the whole family and she will be missed. Love you titi. Rest in peace.

  4. Michele Kress Aug 7, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Mom you will always be in my heart and I miss you so much. But I know you are always with me. Thank you for making me who I am and showing me what love is. You are Gods most beautiful angel. I will Love you forever.

  5. Stacy, Kevin & Brooke Tanner Aug 7, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    We are very sorry to hear about your mom. Our deepest condolences to your family at what we know is a very difficult time. I had many fond memories of Nilda; she was a big part of my teenage years when I came over to visit Michele. I remember her always giving useful advice, surprising me with a gift on Three Kings Day, going to the mall when Michele and I were teenagers, etc..
    I always admired your mother’s caring and selfless nature.
    Thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort.
    Our deepest sympathy.

  6. Valerie M. Slee Aug 7, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Prayers for the family of this wonderful woman, whose eyes lit up every time she was photographed in the presence of her daughter Michele, granddaughter Stephanie and great grandson. She was so beloved. May she be dancing in heaven with her beloved husband!

  7. Norma T Velez-Bernard Aug 7, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    Titi Nilda, I´m grateful to have had you in my life. You will always be in our hearts and prayers.
    Teresita, George, Andrea, Noelia & Amanda Bernard

  8. Pat Quong Aug 8, 2020 at 8:51 am

    Sending thoughts and prayers to your family, especially your loving daughter, Michele, who inherited your caring nature. May she Rest In Peace, free from the ravages of Alzheimer’s..

  9. Norma Muñoz Aug 8, 2020 at 10:53 am

    Rest In Peace Nilda, thank you for all the love you had for our family.You will be always in our hearts ♥️
    Norma and José R.

  10. Michele Kress Aug 8, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    M0m and I

  11. Rodney Sigua Aug 8, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    Mom, thank you for the wonderful memories and kindness you’ve always shown me. Although you will be immensely missed, I know you are now no longer suffering and in peace with dad. I love you and God bless.

  12. Sydney Sigua Aug 8, 2020 at 2:24 pm


    Although it has been quite some time since we’ve last spoken, it seems- and feels- that not so long ago you were coming up for yet another birthday, dance recital, or school performance. Those childhood memories will forever be so important to me. I miss those days, and I miss you. I love you, and hope you’re resting peacefully up there.


  13. Michele Kress Aug 9, 2020 at 1:12 am

    The Love between you both ❤️

  14. Logan Sigua Aug 9, 2020 at 2:18 pm


    You were one of the strongest women I knew and your story has truly inspired me to be a better person in this world. Thank you for all you have done for our family and the positive impact you had on those around you. I will always remember the fond childhood memories we shared in NY, NH, and wherever I was lucky enough for us to be together. I love you greatly and may you rest in peace.


  15. Vickie Sosa Aug 9, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    Nilda always remembered and always helping for example when you made me a dress for a special occasion will never be forgotten.

  16. Sara Velez Aug 9, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Dearest Nilda,
    You were a wonderfully caring sister to Hiram, and sister-in-law to me, and a most loving aunt to our children, Laura and Danny. The words, La Familia, truly had special meaning for you as exemplified by the caring love you gave to your large extended family, and dear friends. We send our deepest sympathy to your beloved children, brothers and sisters, and their spouses.
    God bless you and your dear Jimmy, with whom you finally can be reunited again, in peace.
    Con mucho amor siempre,
    Hiram and Sara Velez

  17. Vickie Sosa Aug 10, 2020 at 11:10 am

    Always remembered Rest In Peace .

  18. Wendy McCaffrey Aug 10, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of Nilda. I remember bringing my daughter Jenna over her house when she played with Stephanie. A memory I have if her is that she made a beautiful pink Ariel dress on Halloween for her granddaughter Stephanie. My condolences to her family. She will be missed.

  19. Fareed Aug 11, 2020 at 9:10 am

    Titi, you have been a big inspiration for me and I will always remember you for how you brought the whole family closer. You were the person that helped keep us all connected.
    May you Rest In Peace and be happily reunited with Uncle Jimmy, Mom and Wita and all your friends and family who have passed.
    I will miss you and think of you often.
    Love, Fareed

  20. Sara Velez Aug 23, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    This a beautiful picture of Nilda and Jimmy, taken by their daughter, Michele Kress. Michele entitles it: The love between you both.

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