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 – 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 Marie’s husband), Garrett (Debrah’s fiance), Mike (Angela’s significant other), and Marcos (Lianne’s boyfriend). Her family and friends affectionately knew her as “Ma”, “Lola”, “Mang Tending”, and “Ate Ten”. 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 Paprocki’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 – even creating most of Lianne’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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  1. By now, most of you have heard the news about my Lola. She battled lung cancer over the past month. Ironically, though she took such great care of her health and lived to be 92, she fell victim to second hand smoke. We learned of her cancer after Mother’s Day. The disease proved to be truly debilitating and painful and unfortunately Lola progressively became more ill each day. On Sunday, June 24th, at approximately 4:50 in the morning, she lost her battle. My family and I take solace in the fact that she experienced a peaceful death and was surrounded by those who love her. But more importantly, we find comfort in knowing that she has joined our Lord and her true love, my Lolo Bining, in Heaven. I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your love & support and prayers & condolences. My family and I stand together in letting you know that we greatly appreciate everything that you are doing in helping make this difficult time an easier one. Let us remember all the good times that we were able to share with my Lola. I strongly encourage everyone to sign this guest book and tell us of your fondest memories of her. Again, thank you. There are never enough words or actions to show our appreciation but please know how deeply indebted we are. Love, Fritz/ Angela

  2. Please accept my family’s deepest sympathy for your loss. Lola Tending was an amazing woman whose legacy lives on through you all. I will miss her smiling face at every Catamisan party. We love you, and are always here for you. Our family’s thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

  3. Dear Cousins, I prepared a eulogy for Ma and I will write it here, so it could be a part of Ma’s memoirs: I have always referred to Mang Tending as Ma, not Auntie, because she was like a mother to me and my six siblings. As far, as I remember, she was always available to help her younger widowed sister, Atring in raising us. Mang tending took care of us as if we were her own… just like… she would get everything ready for us for the new school year from elementary through our college years. She always encouraged us to work hard and to finish college. Mang Tending was very influential in my life and she will be missed tremendously. Her beautiful memories will always be cherished and remembered. Love always, Atching Cora

  4. Dear Del & Family, Our deepest sympathy to you and your siblings. Cumare will always be remembered in our prayers. Condolence, Tang Carling and Mang Peng

  5. You’re been in my thoughts & prayers With love & deepest sympathy to you & your family. God Bless you always. Love, Norma & Al Tuano

  6. I wanted to extend my condolences to the family. Angela’s one of my best friends, and I have had the opportunity to share wonderful times with her family. Most of those moments included Lola, and I will always remember her warm sincerity, ageless beauty, good-natured humor, willingness to always help, and the ability to make others feel very welcome, including myself. I will continue to pray for her and the family. We’ll miss you, Lola!

  7. Our faith makes this easier, but it is never easy. My prayers to Belinda and all your wonderful family. You now have your own personal saint to call upon in times of need. Love, John

  8. Dear each one, Pope John XXIII had said once, “In heaven we continue to love one another.” So, tuloy ang ligaya ni Ima…your life with her is simply changed! Just take care of her pet lobster! See you in late July! Our Lord keep you dearly. Love from Imang Puring, Imang Nitang & the Tinio/Roman/Bautista/GoingcoFamilies

  9. Bel and the whole Catamisan family our hearfelt condolences to you fom my family. I can relate to your feelings right now as you know I also lost my own mom a couple of months ago. But your consolation is her sufferings here on earth are over and she is now enjoying the eternal life with our Creator and family members who were gone before her. Bel, hope to talk to ou soon and please don’t hesitate to give me call anytime. Love, Agnes

  10. We are very saddened about Lola Tending’s passing. It brings comfort to us knowing there is one more angel above us. Lola will truly be miss. With deepest sympathy, Hazel, Jeremy and Gianna

  11. Hello Delo, Belinda, and Erly I send you God’s love and my deepest condolences. You may remember very little of me but I know you quite well from when we were little. I also remember Imang Tending, a tough woman, yet gentle. You are blessed for having her nurture you with her love, and she passed on amidst all your love and support as well. I know she is in heaven and praying for all of you. She will be missed. My very best regards, Jocelle

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