A Hyannis family’s coronavirus story

A portrait of Enrique Valdovinos sits on the counter of his restaurant, Mi Pueblo, in Hyannis. Valdovinos died of COVID-19 in late January.  [Steve Heaslip/Cape Cod Times]

The Valdovinos household has been praying the rosary for months now.

They’ve often been devout Catholics but because very last slide, the big, limited-knit family members has been rocked by tragedy immediately after tragedy, so they have leaned on prayer like never ahead of.

“It’s been like a complete storm on us,” claimed Laura Valdovinos, 18.

The fatalities — all attributed to COVID-19 — commenced in Mexico. In Oct, Laura’s aunt died, then, two months later on, two of her great uncles. 

The eye of the storm moved north. 

In January, Laura lost her grandfather to the virus that she calls a monster, and finally, her father, Enrique Valdovinos, founder of the beloved Hyannis restaurant Mi Pueblo. 

“It’s a custom that for anyone who passes away, we pray the rosary for nine times,” Laura said as she sat future to her uncle Osvaldo at a booth in Mi Pueblo on Wednesday. 

“We call it the Novenario,” Osvaldo stated. 

“It felt like a person rosary prayer would end and then the upcoming a person would start,” Laura stated. “It was one particular right after another.”