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Obituary of Esperanza B. 'Bita' Canales, 96


Esperanza Banda Canales died peacefully in State College, Pennsylvania on October 23, 2019 at the age of 96.

Esperanza is survived by her daughter, Maria Hughes of State College; and her grandchildren Jessica Hughes of Fort Drum, NY, Matthew Hughes of Jacksonville, FL, Charles Hughes of Dillon, CO, Anne Hughes of Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, and Kristina Hughes of West Point, NY. She is predeceased by her husband Ricardo Canales. She was loved dearly by her entire family who affectionately called her "Bita".

Esperanza was born in Morelia, Mexico in 1923. She and her family suffered through the Cristero War and its aftermath. She came to the United States at around the age of 40 and lived a very humble life. She was devoted to the Church and raising her only daughter. Esperanza was the consummate grandmother doting on, and caring for, her five grandchildren. She spent much of her time in her later years in devotional and contemplative prayer for others as a Benedictine Oblate.

Visitation will be from 6-8 pm on Monday, October 28, 2019 at Koch Funeral Home, 2401 South Atherton Street, State College.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 820 Westerly Parkway, State College, with Father Jonathan Dickson officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made by check to Mission Mexico of Penn State's Catholic Campus Ministry (IMO Esperanza Canales) at: Penn State Catholic Ministry, 205 C Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, University Park, PA 16802.

Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College. Online condolences and signing of the guest book may be entered at and on Facebook.

Name of Deceased

Esperanza B. 'Bita' Canales



Date of Death


Funeral Home

Koch Funeral Home

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