I'm Free Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free. I'm following the path God has laid you see. I took His hand when I heard Him call. I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day to laugh, to love to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way. I found that peace at the close of the day. If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joys. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss. Oh yes, these things I, too, will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow. I wish you the sunshine tomorrow. My life's been full. I savored much. Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief. Don't lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your hearts and peace to thee. God wanted me now. He set me free. A BACKWARD GLANCE IN TO THE LIFE OF LONGIN MENDOZA FABIO Longin was the oldest of 7 children, born to Mariano Mendoza and Leoncia De La Paz on April 13, 1923 in Marikina City, Philippines. She attended University of the East and received her Bachelor's Degree in Dentistry. While in college, Longin was very active in a variety of on-campus activities. Longin would then meet her future husband, Mariano Luis Fabio while in college. Little did they know, that they would be a match made in heaven. Luis and Longin were married on January 31, 1952 and spent 54 happy years together. Their union produced five children: Roy, Tita, Boyette, Jay, and Diana. Longin also enjoyed the company of her three grandchildren: Jillian, Carl, and Elizabeth. To secure a better future, Luis temporarily left his family to immigrate to the United States in 1968. Longin would soon join him in Long Beach, California. In 1975, Roy, Boyette, Jay and Diana joined them in Hawthorne, California. As the Fabio household grew upon the arrival of Tita, the family moved to Lawndale, California which for many years they called home. After their retirement, Luis and Longin spent a few years in Oceanside, California until Luis' health began to affect him and they eventually returned 'home' to Lawndale. In late 2005, Luis and Longin joined their son, Boyette, at his residence in Carson, California. Longin worked for many years at Electronic Memories in Hawthorne, California. Upon her retirement, Longin enjoyed babysitting her three grandchildren and cherished the moments watching them grow. Longin was a humble, modest, generous, gracious, thoughtful, and considerate person who enjoyed the simple things in life but most of all found joy in spending time with her family - particularly those of her children and grandchildren. Her motto in life was: "Truth is the unshaken and solid foundation of strength and power." When Luis was diagnosed with emphysema, asthma, and cardio pulmonary disease, Longin devoted her time to caring for the love of her life until Luis joined our Lord in 2006. Longin would then find joy and comfort in the company of her children and grandchildren. On September 29, 2010, Longin finally joined our Lord. On behalf of the entire family, we wish to offer a very special thanks for the many acts of loving kindness shown to us during this difficult time. Your thoughtfulness is deeply appreciated and will always be remembered. The Fabio Family Roy, Tita, Boyette, Jay & Diana

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