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Magda Banuchi Of Deltona Excelled As Minister, Mother And Accountant
By Charlene Hager-Van Dyke | Sentinel Staff Writer
April 1, 2005
When Magda Banuchi talked, people listened.
The founder of Magda Banuchi Ministries in Deltona broadcast a radio show every Saturday on 1400 AM (WSDO) in Sanford.
"It was a Christian program that ministered mainly to women," her daughter Magda Colon of Deltona said Thursday. "She always had a lot of listeners."
Banuchi, an ordained minister of the Sunshine Conference of Pentecostal Holiness Church in Puerto Rico, died Tuesday at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City. She had recently suffered a heart attack. She was 66.
Born in Puerto Rico, Banuchi, who also was an accountant, moved to Deltona in 1995 from Georgia. A divorced mother of eight, she grew up in New York and later moved to Puerto Rico, where she had her children.
"My mother was an only child," Colon said. "She always said she wanted to have a large family, and she did."
Colon said her mother was "just great," adding that she was always working to take care of her children and other people.
As an accountant, Banuchi worked at several locations, including a well-known hotel on Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico. "She was an accountant for as long as I can remember," her daughter said.
When she wasn't calculating numbers or ministering to people, Banuchi could be found reading or writing in a personal journal or recording a tape of her testimony.
"She also liked working with computers and directing plays for our church," Colon said. Banuchi attended services at Puerta del Cielo Assembly in Deltona, a congregation run by her daughter and son-in-law Nathaniel Colon.
"She belonged to our church but was also a minister with her group," Magda Colon said. "Part of her ministry was spiritual healing for women and planning activities for them.
Colon said her mother also offered women's conferences at several Deltona churches.
"I think most people will remember her as a woman who just never stopped," Colon said.
She also is survived by five sons, John and Angel Perez, both of Orlando, Gilberto and Geraldo Perez, both of Atlanta, and Larry Lopez of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two other daughters, Marisol Perez and Alexandra Verdejo, both of Orlando; and 14 grandchildren.