Tribute to Orlilia De Jesus, Member & Dear Friend

It is with deep pain that the Morris County Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce mourns the death of our dear friend and member Orlilia De Jesus who tirelessly worked for the community and the chamber. We are all saddened during this apocalyptic pandemic that took our great leader.

Orlilia was the wife of our Co-Founder and community leader, Francisco De Jesus. She was such a strong supporter of the chamber for more than 30 years. From the background, she was instrumental in the chamber’s success. It is very sad and difficult to accept that such a great friend and lovely lady is not here with us any longer.

She was born in Belen de Umbria in Caldas Colombia. La "paisa” as Francisco would call her was 67 years old. This wonderful woman was taken from us too early. She was dynamic, full of energy, and had a charismatic personality. She helped the family’s successful business, a Dover multi-service for many years.

Her community involvement surpassed all expectations. She was a member of the chamber since the inception, committee member of Holy Rosary Church, Virgen de la Divina Providencia Patrona de Puerto Rico and volunteer of the Club Rotario de Dover. Her talented fashion skills made her the most famous empiric fashion designer. Orlilia‘s magic hands gave great joy to quincianeras, weddings, birthdays and family parties. Her clients have fond memories of her haute couture. She cultivated deep respect and friendship with the community. Her simplicity and deep caring face radiated with much sincere kindness. In Puerto Rico, she was able to gain the trust of “Sector Cordero” 18 families which she united with solidarity.

As tears fall from our eyes, our heart goes out to her Husband our dear Francisco, her son David and Jason, Her step-son Francisco Jr. and Alex, step-grandchildren and the rest of the family. We love this beautiful lady and have so many memories together. She was a very good friend and we are going to miss her tremendously. We know that she has gone to heaven.

Our Condolences to her family and let's continue to pray that God gives her a special place in his glory and gives us strength and protects us during this tragic time of our generation. May her memory be a blessing.

As COVID-19 has disrupted and turned all of our lives upside down, we will stand together as a community and will preserver by supporting and working with each other in her memory.


Tribute to Evelyn Sanchez, Member and Dear Friend


It is with great sadness that the Morris County Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce (MCHACC) pays tribute to Evelyn Sanchez, Member and Dear Friend. We lost someone very special to our chamber family due to COVID-19. Evelyn supported the Chamber and served the community for over 30 years. She loved to go to the events, always uplifting and cheering on other members.

She was an Entreprenuar, Owner of Emergency Pest Control, a family business. Evelyn was a caring and supportive wife to her husband, John Sanchez, President of the Essex County Latino Chamber of Commerce and a Co-Founder of the MCHACC and Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of NJ. She was a loving mother, stepmother, step grandmother, daughter, and sister. She was the backbone to her family and their business.

She was model of love, compassion and generosity. Her mission was to make a great difference in the lives of many people. She spent her whole life helping others. She was always there for those who were in need, whether they needed to take shelter in her home during a difficult time, or simply wanted an ear that would listen without judging or condemning.

Evelyn’s magnetic smile and gentle and kind nature will be missed by all who knew her. She loved life and had a caring way of welcoming you with her warmth. She left us having made a difference and leaving beautiful memories. Her beautiful spirit will live on through her children, Jessica and David.

Thank you, Evelyn, for reminding us that the present moment is precious, and that we should make the most of it by loving fully and generously. You will be greatly missed until we see you again. Rest in Peace.

Here is the link to her obituary: