April 4, 1915 ~ June 24, 2007
Cleotilde V. Catamisan passed away at 92 on Sunday, June 24, 2007 in Rancho Palos Verdes. Born to Valentin and Feliza Velasquez in Angeles City, Philippines, she was the sole surviving sibling out of three â€“ with older brother, Napoleon, and younger sister, Demetria.
Cleotilde married her sweetheart Bayani I. Catamisan, a former mayor of Ternate, Cavite, in 1950. She is survived by three children: Adelio, married to Tessie, of Signal Hill; Belinda, who resides in Rancho Palos Verdes; and Erlinda, married to John Paprocki, who currently lives in Durham, Maine. She has seven grandchildren: Reggievic, Angela (Fritzie), Anne Marie (Mariteh), Debrah (Dab), JV, JC, and Lianne. In addition, she had the joy of meeting her first great grandchild, Kaiya Natalie Ramos. She will also be missed by Omar (Anne Marieâ€™s husband), Garrett (Debrahâ€™s fiance), Mike (Angelaâ€™s significant other), and Marcos (Lianneâ€™s boyfriend).
Her family and friends affectionately knew her as â€œMaâ€, â€œLolaâ€, â€œMang Tendingâ€, and â€œAte Tenâ€.
Cleotilde immigrated to the United States in 1981. She was a resident of Hawthorne for 20 years living with daughter Belinda and her family. She briefly lived in Hawaii when the Paprockiâ€™s were stationed there. She then moved onto Oceanside to live with daughter Erlinda and her family. Her latter years were spent in Signal Hill with Adelio and his family.
Upon learning of her illness a little over a month ago, Cleotilde moved in with Belinda at Rancho Palos Verdes. Soon after, Erlinda flew out to California to help take care of her. She was surrounded by her whole family at the time of her death.
Cleotilde had several hobbies and interests. She loved gardening and was particularly proud of her multi-colored rose garden. She also liked to sew â€“ even creating most of Lianneâ€™s baby clothes. To keep her entertained at home, she watched her favorite shows such as The Young and The Restless, The Bold and The Beautiful, Guiding Light, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. Going to Las Vegas brought her much excitement and she was quite fond of the slots.
Cleotilde was an avid fan of the Chinese game of mahjong and played it on many occasions with family members at the various Catamisan parties. Even while she was sick, she managed to play several rounds with Omar and Garrett as she joked about taking their money.
A gathering of family and friends to celebrate her life will be held at Rice Mortuary Chapel on Thursday, June 28th, from 6:00 PM through 10:00 PM with a Rosary service at 7:00 PM. A second night of viewing will be held at Rice Mortuary on Friday, June 29th, from 5:00 PM through 9:00 PM with a Rosary service at 7:00 PM. The funeral mass will be held at Saint John Fisher Church in Rancho Palos Verdes on Saturday, June 30th, at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow at Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach. Afterwards, a reception with family and friends will take place at Sea Empress Restaurant in Gardena.
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