MARIA P. DE LUNA
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BORN: FEBRUARY 25, 1924 - DIED: MARCH 14, 2020
With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our dear Nanay Maria de Luna on the morning of March 14, 2020 (Saturday) at the Health Sciences Center in Winnipeg. After suffering a brain aneurysm, the previous day, she joined our Creator peacefully in the presence of her loved ones. In her 96 years, she has been blessed with victories over challenges and with her recent heart attack on March 18, 2019, she recovered and enjoyed the loving care of her family and friends till the last moments of her life. For her long and fruitful years, the whole family is so grateful to God for the precious gift of Nanay Maria.
Nanay Maria was predeceased by her husband- Esteban, infant son Salvador, oldest son Jaime (Alice), oldest granddaughter Amy Marco, great granddaughter Baby Tik-tik, and siblings – Sabel, and Aning.
Missing her greatly are her sisters – Oliva ‘Bebang’ and Salvacion ‘Bebe” and children: (1) Teresita Tena - (Terri; Ismael Jr- Kaylee; Sarah/Jason S. - Ramzi and Jared; Maritess /Jason C.- Matthew, Huxley, and Sophia) (2) Ana Lagadi /Romy - (Alexis; Vanessa /Matt- Luci) (3) Rod/ Helen - (Katrina /Dave- Leo, Sam, and Alice; Claudine; Raphael) (4) Romy/Loyda - (Philip, Lauren, Jedri) (5) Linda Gagnon- (Desiree/Zach, Esteban) (6) Lolit Mancini /Vince. She will also be missed by her grandchildren through her oldest son Jaime: (1) Nonoy Marco –(Emmanuel, Nathaniel, Samuel/Alex) (2) Chat Fernandez/Felix - (Jackie, Philip, Julie Anne] (3) Jaime Jr with 9 children and 2 grandchildren; (4) Jon Jon with 3 children . Her numerous nephews and nieces in North America, Europe, and the Philippines will also miss her dearly.
With less than 3 years to reach the century mark, Nanay Maria lived a full life surviving until the 5th generation. With 18 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren.
She was a very hardworking woman, raising 7 children with their own business back in the Philippines where she came from. In 1982, together with her husband and two youngest daughters, they immigrated to Winnipeg, Canada and continue to work here helping in managing her oldest daughter’s Tena’s Grocery in Burrows Ave. and Garven Convenience in Springfield Municipality. She loved going on family long trips and outings particularly in Pinawa. Having numerous travels all over North America and Asia, she is fondly remembered for all the sweet times and love shared while caring for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her presence in the functions of the Bicol Association of Manitoba and the devotions of Our Lady of Penafrancia will be greatly missed. She was a dedicated wife and mother. She was very religious, prayerful and a faithful devotee to our Blessed Mother. A true woman of God, the family’s prayer warrior, she loved to pray the rosary daily and do Novenas. Even in her last few days her good eyesight allowed her to read her novenas and watch the daily mass at EWTN. With her gentle and generous heart, she touched many relatives and friends near and far.
We wish to thank the staff at Seven Oaks Hospital where she was confined from March to June 2019 and the staff of HSC emergency where she stayed for a day until passing. Her numerous home care workers who tended to her care daily deserves a special thank you as well.
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