Monica Urdininea Martinez
(1968 - 2015)

Monica Urdininea Martinez
Nickname: Monina

La Paz, Bolivia
October 12, 1968

Ottawa, Canada
September 1, 2015

The site is dedicated to the loving memory of Monica Urdininea Martinez. Our dear Monica passed away unexpectedly from a sudden heart attack on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 at the age of 46.

She is survived by her two children, Alex and Francesca, her sister, Frances Lourdes, and her beloved cat, Angie. She is predeceased by her parents, Emma Martinez and Oscar Urdininea.

Monica was born in La Paz, Bolivia in 1968. She graduated as a Graphic Designer from the Metropolitan Autonomous University in Mexico City, but her many talents and creativity manifested themselves in all facets of her life: her favourite medium was nail polish, she could organize your closet or your life, she could sew anything from curtains to lined jackets, and she could play a mean bass guitar.

Her giving and generous nature made her many friends. Monica would light up a room with her smile and contagious laugh, and she could liven any gathering with her affinity for fun, music, and board games. It was easy to tell Monica was an avid movie buff (and Keanu Reeves' number one fan). Those who knew her well also knew Monica loved to sing with her sister, since thinking and singing in harmony was a given anytime the two of them were together.

In recent years, she was the first woman to graduate from the Property Management Training Group in Toronto, which led to a position as Building Manager and Superintendent for Homestead at the William Mosgrove Towers in Ottawa. In her last year of life she called this place her home. No job was too big or too small, she met any challenge head on, and she took great pride in looking after the building's tenants. She was much appreciated by all, including her colleagues, who were like a second family to her.

In her professional life, being of service to others gave Monica much joy and fulfilment. But it was in her personal life, as a loving and devoted mom, that she found the source for all her strength and inspiration.

While a private ceremony will be held by close family, we encourage everyone to post condolences and share happy memories of Monica on this site. We also ask that in lieu of flowers, you please consider a donation to the Because I Am a Girl fund in her name. (

Thank you, Monica, for your love, your joy, your zest for life, and the lasting mark that your presence has left in our hearts.

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Missing you para siepmre, mi amor.
Joan McDougall (Friend)
November 9th, 2018
Hermanita regalona:
Un año ya de tu partida y la pena de tu ausencia intacta como cuchilla de acero.
Para distraer mi nostalgia de tí me refugio a veces en los libros que dejaste, quizás esperando descubrir en sus lomos la huella de tus dedos o el eco de tu risa atrapado entre sus páginas. Pero cuando hallo algún pasaje genial de Cortázar que tú subrayaste retorna terca la triste certidumbre de que ya no lo compartiremos y de que te he perdido para siempre. ¡Cuánta falta me haces! ¡Cuánto crecen los recuerdos de nuestros seres queridos a medida que ganamos años!
Frances Urdininea (sister)
September 16th, 2016
prova messaggio
marco polo (friend)
February 4th, 2016
Every day I find myself remembering the big and small moments of life with Monica - her sweet and husky "hola amor" every morning at work,
her rambunctious laughter with students, her quick stride down the halls to deliver messages to teachers, the kindness of her attention to visitors....her crazy Santa outfit complete with mini skirt! She was loved by all. So very loved.

Monina did everything with great flourish! I recall her unstoppable giggles when she interpreted for me from French into English and I pointed out that she was interpreting from French into French. She got a case of the giggles and had to run out of the room to laugh loudly! This threw the client and me into equally loud laughter! She was a lovely nut case!

When it became clear that we needed to close the school a year hence, Monica didn't flinch. She immediately took charge of selling everything from photocopiers to art, all the while dealing with student needs. Not for a minute did she stop her dedication to the school. There aren't words to describe
just how much she contributed to Praxis. Her DNA is embedded into all our memories.

Just days before she gave birth to Francesca, her wee girl-love, we ran into each other at the grocery store and she joked about the many people who'd be with her during the birth...and we laughed about the possibility of having a Mariachi band. She was full of life and full of love. She wanted this little girl so much that it was palpable. It was one of the most happy moments I had the good fortune to share with her. This little girl, Franceschina, was so loved and so adored.

A couple of years ago, during one of my visits with her at her apartment (what happened to Obama the cat?), she decided I needed a make-over. She did my hair and makeup and outfitted me in one of her dresses and high heels. My husband didn't know me when I walked through the door. Her touch was pure magic.

I think of Monica every day. I cry, I sob, when I think of losing her. I thought she'd be with me forever. I thought we'd share our lives until we were both old. I never thought for a second that she'd go before me. I'll carry her memory forever.
Joan McDougall (Friend)
January 22nd, 2016
(by Glenn Frey, from "The Eagles")

"A perfect day, the sun is sinking low
As evening falls, the gentle breezes blow.
The time we shared went by so fast
Just like a dream, we knew it couldn't last.

But I'd do it all again if I could, somehow
But I must be leaving soon.
It's your world now
It's your world now.

My race is run, I'm moving on
Like the setting sun.
No sad goodbyes, no tears allowed
You'll be alright, it's your world now.

Even when we are apart
You'll always be in my heart.
When dark clouds appear in the sky
Remember true love never dies.

But first a kiss, one more glance of you
Just one more dance while there's still time.
My one last wish: someday, you'll see
How hard I tried and how much you meant to me.

It's your world now
Use well your time.
Be part of something good
Leave something good behind.

The curtain falls, I take my bow
That's how it's meant to be.
It's your world now
It's your world now".

In remembrance of the many hours of music and joy we spent together. I miss you so much, little Sis!
Lou (Sister)
January 19th, 2016
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"Amiga levanté pensando en ti. Guardo nuestros tantos momentos y aventuras, en mi cajita de tesoros. Algún día, allá donde nos re-encontremos, volveremos a nuestras travesuras ;)"
March 1st, 2018
"No dejo de extrañar tu risa, mi siempre recordada Monina. Te pienso tanto y aún río contigo."
Cauca J
April 10th, 2017
"To my dearest niece Monica, You remain in my heart and I will cherish your memory for ever. Mary"
mary martinez
September 30th, 2015
"Te extraño mucho Mom!! Siempre estarás en mi corazón. LU4e"
Alex Urdininea
September 27th, 2015
"May the memories of Monica you carry with you bring you comfort in the days ahead. With heartfelt sympathy for her two children and sister."
Theresa McCluskey
September 23rd, 2015
"A mi Amiga Monica que te descanses en paz. A tus hijos que se recuerden de ti para todo que les has dado de cariño y de amor . Qué reciben mis condolencias mas sinceras . Y también a Francés, se que Monica esta cuidándote de arriba . Con amist"
Jacques Carriere
September 19th, 2015
"Monina amiga te recordaré siempre. Fuiste grande amiga. Te quedas en mi corazón. Hasta pronto"
ximena Wilde
September 16th, 2015
"Monica was a very special person who touched everyone she met. She will be missed."
Joy Simper
September 16th, 2015
"Fuiste mi hermanita del alma y siempre lo seras!!! Te llevo en mi corazon."
Vivi Gutierrez-Larrabure
September 15th, 2015
"I love you Mom, and I will never forget the life we had together. Whenever we were together, it was always a good moment. Now I hope you are enjoying being reunited with your parents in heaven. Miles de besitos de tu Kanken."
Francesca Urdininea
September 11th, 2015


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