Lunisol Guzman’s family described her as a big-hearted woman and shared that in her late 40s, she was a single mother who raised three children and adopted two more.
Although this tragedy struck the family, the children would not be left alone with no home. Katherine, 32, and Jennifer, 28, Guzman’s adult daughters, took action and decided to raise the children.
“It’s a curse because we lost our mom, but it’s a blessing overall,” Katherine said. “We gained two little angels.”
Once their mother died, the two sisters did not hesitate to raise the toddlers by themselves.
“These kids are our family,” Katherine said. “For us it was a no-brainer.”
Lunisol Gyuzman was born in the Dominican Republic, later moving to New Jersey in her early 20s. Before the pandemic, she drove a campus shuttle bus at Montclair State University for over a decade.
In 2016, the mother decided to become a foster mother to a baby boy at age 46. She adopted the young boy, Zavion, two years later. After his birth mother had another child, she adopted Jazzmyn so the two siblings could grow up together.
Last year, Lunisol got married in Newark, New Jersey. Her husband, Ismael Lugo, had two children of his own and became stepfather to all five of Lunisol’s children.
The family had to suffer through losing both of their parents. Ismael died of COVID-19 on April 11, and Lunisol, after six weeks in the hospital, died May 7.
The two oldest daughters together have joint custody of Zavion and Jazzmyn.
Zavion mostly lives with Jennifer and her husband in Newark, New Jersey, and Jazzmyn, mostly with Katherine and her boyfriend in nearby Elizabeth, New Jersey. It’s a short drive between the homes, and the sisters see each other often so the siblings can play.
To bring light to this situation, Katherine and Jennifer say they will never allow their siblings to forget their parents.