Dagmar Ortiz (aka Tina) was a woman who loved and cared for those she called family and close friends. Born in Bronx, N.Y., on August 31st, 1957, to Jennie Pabon and Octavio Ortiz. She loved to travel and experience what life and the world had to offer. She was vivacious, filled with sass and spunk since very young. Growing up, she was lovingly nicknamed "matutina" and later shortened to "Tina", which was fitting throughout her life. She was smart and had a great sense of humor. She enjoyed nature, loved animals and music, she was creative and enjoyed painting. Her greatest passion was helping others; she began counseling children as a teenager at the Fresh Air Fund Camp, in a program that assisted children with developmental and learning disabilities. After Graduating from High School, with honors, she went to work in areas that fascinated her and others that highlighted some of her passions; from modeling and fashion to helping and caring for others. Some of the places that she worked were Sesame Street Productions, Advocate for Children, and the City of New York. Ultimately, she was able to fulfill her greatest passion, healthcare. She became a medical assistant/ patient care technician at NorthShore LIJ Hospital in Queens, N.Y. where she remained until a severe injury forced her into early retirement. Tina’s life journey was not easy, she faced many challenges, but she never let go of the loving and compassionate side of her. She was always willing to help those in need and despite having a tough exterior, she always led with love and support. She enjoyed spending time with her children and family. She loved to talk and give honest advice to those who needed or sought empathy and understanding. Tina is survived by her children, Damaris Ortiz LeGrand, and Charles Ortiz, and by her sister Iris Bracero-Newsum, whom she looked upon as her mother. In addition, she is survived by many extended family members (too many to mention). She forged strong relationships that became family to her (also too many to mention); but one friendship that remained constant in her life was with her best friend Cheena Roman. Tina is loved by many and we all thank God for putting her in our lives.
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