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Lydia (de Vera) Carriedo, 94, of Teaneck, New Jersey, formerly of Bismarck, passed away Feb. 24, 2021. She will be buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bismarck, with a memorial service to be held at a later date.
Lydia was born on July 3, 1926, to Julian and Julita (Escobar) de Vera in Manila, Philippines. She was raised in the Philippines and attended the School of Nursing at North General Hospital, Manila, Philippines. After graduation in 1951 she worked for Quezon Institute, a hospital for tuberculosis. In 1953 she traveled to the U.S. as a foreign exchange nurse and worked at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago.
She married Rodolfo C. Carriedo, MD, on July 5, 1957, in Chicago. After their marriage, they traveled through Europe for three months before returning to the Philippines. They had four children while they lived in the Philippines. In 1968, Lydia and Rodolfo moved to the United States, becoming U.S. citizens in 1973. They lived in Wyoming, Montana, and in 1975 settled in Bismarck. Lydia moved to Teaneck, New Jersey, in July 2015 after Rodolfo died in April of that year.
Lydia was a devout Catholic. Throughout her life she kept active by joining a variety of group activities and volunteering. She was a member/volunteer of the Symphony League, the Women’s Medical Auxiliary, Meals on Wheels, Filipino American Association of North Dakota, and a variety of exercise groups. She was a very proud volunteer at Medcenter One (now Sanford Health) for 26 years and was honored as Volunteer of the Year in 1983. She loved socializing, listening to music, dancing, traveling around the world, playing mahjong, dabbling in arts and crafts, watching movies and musicals, having meals with friends, entertaining, cooking, and food! Her greatest joy was in sharing all of it, especially her delicious home cooked Filipino dishes, with her family and friends.
Lydia is survived by her 4 children: Mike & wife, Anita, of Cottage Grove, MN; Marilou, of Morristown, NJ; Margie Underwood & husband, Bob, of El Segundo, CA; Melanie & husband, Bob Dowd, of Teaneck, NJ. 4 grandchildren: Matthew Howe, Connor Underwood, Francesca & Mia Carriedo. 2 sisters: Anita Escano & Gilda Gonzales. Sister-in-law, Lourdes Carriedo. And many nieces & nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of Lydia’s favorite charities.