Lydia Ramos Cunanan Born on November 19, 1950 Returned to her Creator on January 9, 2009 Lydia Cunanan went to be with the Lord on Friday January 9, 2009, in Torrance, CA at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. She passed peacefully and entered the Lord's presence joyfully, surrounded by her family and friends. She is survived by her husband Benjamin Z. Cunanan, and her daughters Kristine Joyce and Kathleen Rose, along with their husbands, Gerardo Tuazon and Jonathan Seruyange. Lydia was born on November 19, 1950 to Jose and Vergelina Ramos in Olongapo City, Philippines. After graduating from the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital, Lydia worked as a clinical nurse at St Luke's Medical Center in Manila, Philippines. Later, she worked as a school nurse at Olongapo Wesley School. Lydia and her husband Ben were married on December 27, 1975, and enjoyed 33 years of happiness together. Their first daughter, Kristine Joyce was born on October 26, 1976, and four years later, Kathleen Rose was born on July 28, 1980. In June, 1995, Lydia and her family moved to the United States, eventually settling in Carson, California. Lydia was passionate about her Lord, and actively served in different ministries. While still in the Philippines, she served at Wesley United Methodist Church in all ministries, especially those related to evangelism, health care, and family ministry. After moving to the United States she remained active wherever she went. Most recently, she was involved in follow up, prayer, counseling, teaching and mentoring ministries at her church, The Word for the World, South Bay. She will be greatly missed by her extended family—the church. Lydia will be remembered as a loving wife, caring, committed mother, and an encourager to all she met. She was passionate about family life, and loved spending time with her family. Besides singing and playing the piano, she was known to all as a peacemaker, and a faithful and strong woman of God. She consistently lived trusting the promises of the Lord in her favorite verses, Jeremiah 29:11 and Romans 8:28: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28 Services will be held at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503 on January 14, 2009 from 1:00-3:00 PM, Pacific Standard Time.

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  1. Dear Tito Ben, Kitchie, Kathleen and family, Tita Lydia was very instrumental at everyones hearts, every where she went she made friends to the people shes touched especially mine. I’ve learned from her in a lot of ways. We weren’t able to attend her funeral but I was able to watch the service through the internet. Thank You, for this opportunity. We are sorry for your loss but now she’s resting in the kingdom of God… Just remember you will always be in our prayers…. With Loving Thoughts, Robert, Jemima and RJ(Robert Jan)Heller

  2. Dearest Kuya Benny and family, Your family is truly a blessing to us, especially to dad. For the Lord started to reveal to him in a very special way thru your family when we’re still developing that love for GOD. OUR sis Lyds was so dear to us.She knows what am talking about.We love her so much that it hurts us to see her suffer a long time,but GOD has a purpose for everything.I am assured she has her phd for HIS glory. graduate sya with a high degree of partaking in the suffering of CHRIST! GLORY TO GOD!surely we miss her but as we look back we just thank God that it’s finished! i still remember her telling me that “when i die i love to be surrounded with beautiful flowers,bountiful roses, lilies, etc.maybe we come short of her expectations, but in heaven,she now has lots of glorious suroundings! with glorified body, no pain, not ageing but shining w/ the glory of GOD! she’s an inspiration, a legacy, a woman who gives thanks to GOD in all things.Her smile when she’s in pain reflects the deep faith she has for GOD.Your family is a part of what we are now. we have to move forward to finish the race of what He has called us as He wills it. We are so blessed and honored to be part of your family. the LORD knows the seed you’ve planted in us.we may not be there to comfort you but none can’t cut off the love of God in us for your family. to kuya benny and kids, i know the covering of the Lord is always with you. Lots of Love, Sis. Josie, Bro. Rene, and kids.

  3. To the family of our dear classmate Lydia, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.My deepest condolence. Lydia will not be forgotten. Love from us, Abellie and family

  4. I thank our God that He allowed me to take part in your life’s journey. May I finish well like you did,full of courage and faith. Enjoy His presence, my friend and sister in the Lord. Cora w/ family

  5. May God’s abiding Presence be your continued Source of comfort and strength in this time of grief. With love and prayers, Jong & Pam Garcia Paulene, Michelle, Jeremy & Megan Mount Holly, New Jersey (609)2651212

  6. We’ll surely miss you, Ate Lydia but not for long since we know you’re at peace with God. You’ve danced well on rainy days & sang jolly on quiet moments here on earth. To Kuya Benny, God bless you always. Love, Henry, Sue & Yan Tiu

  7. Dearest Kuya Ben & Family In deepest sympathy Thinking of you & your family at this difficult time Just remember: Ate Lydia is now with our creator.

  8. To the Cunanan Family, We are very blessed to have been a part of Auntie Lydia’s life. We will continue to be in prayer for you all. God Bless. Love, Gay and Ryan, Dexter, Denise, Eigen and Rachelle

  9. To kuya Ben,Kitchie & Kathleen, Our deepest sympathy for the loss of our beloved Ate Lydia.May your special memories be a comfort to you. You will always be in our prayers. Alfredo Jr,Mila & family

  10. To Kuya Ben, Kristine, and Kathleen, You will always be a part of our hearts, thoughts, and prayers. Ate Lydia has really moved us all. Her fighting spirit, courage, and faith will always be admired and remembered. She is off to meet our Maker, to a place where everything is better, but in our hearts and minds, she will always stay. Our sincerest sympathy for the great loss. May God embrace you in His loving arms and give you comfort, peace, and courage. With all our love, Apollo, Melanie, Jaya, and Jared

  11. To Benny and Family, I share your loss and my thoughts are with your family. Take all the time to grieve. God Bless. Heather Heather

  12. Dear Kuya Benny, Kitchie, Kathleen, and the rest of the family, We have not ceased to pray for you all since the phone conversation I had with Kuya Benny. Even though we are comforted by the great Hope we have in Christ and the knowledge that Ate Lydia is now with her Savior, saying goodbye (or even “see you later”) is never without tears. Her pain is forever gone, her body now glorified, but we miss her and we will never forget her smile, her encouragement despite her physical challenges (esp to me when I was going thru my cancer last summer). Ate Lydia was a woman of strong faith in the Lord. It has been a great pleasure to know her. May God give you continued peace, comfort, and deep love. He promised to never leave you nor forsake you and He never will, especially now. Our prayers are with you. If we lived closer, we’ll be there. May your love for the Lord and one another keep you steadfast in the days ahead. with love and prayers, Joy (for Robert, too) Sanchez-Tovar

  13. She was my (Gloria) neighbor on the PI & we went to Olongapo Methodist together. We will miss our dear friend. Our condolences to her family.

  14. Dear Kuya Ben & family, I’ve long to see Ate Lydia before & this is also what I feared before; not seeing her before she goes with the Lord. Always remember that Ate Lydia was a wonderful woman of God and has touched my life very much. She had lived God’s purpose for her life even in her condition. She was more spiritually powerful than those who are physically equipped. Truly an inspiration! I do hope to see you soon and take care. Love you all in Christ! Weng, Jay, Keana & Jordan Revelation 14:13 (NIV) 13Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”

  15. Dear Mrs. Cunanan, Your smile and spirit was an inspiration to all of us and was a true reflection of God’s love. Thank you for the joy that you brought and we look forward to seeing you again in our Father’s Kindom. To the Cunanan Family, Our deepest condolences on your loss. Our prayer is for His grace to provide strength to you all during this time. In His Love, The Choy (Jonathan, Maggie, Bethany, & Nathanael) Family

  16. dear Kuya benny, Kristine and Kathleen, Our condolences to you! You’ve been a blessing to our family esp when tatay was still alive and even in our ordeal with tatay’s sickness and death.. We have been really blessed with how your family faced this trial with ate lydia’s sickness.Magkikita na po sila ng tatay.:) May the Lord continue to uphold you with His right hand. Sanchez family

  17. Dear Ben and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Lyds is now resting and in God’s company – she would want you to carry on with your wonderful children. Be strong. Tess Lorono- Dela Pena UP PGHSN Class 74

  18. Dearest Kuya Benny & family, Ate Lydia has been our sister and friend. She is a truly beautiful person in every way…warm, kindhearted and loving. Ate Lydia always have a lot of love to give to anyone who needed her, anytime of the day or night. Yes, her life is a testimony of God’s grace! The life that she led showed His goodness, His strength & His faithfulness. We are forever grateful to our God for giving us the privilege of knowing her for a while. We believe our memories of our Ate Lydia will remain an encouragement to all of us for a very long time; giving glory to God as always! May God’s peace & love be your strength during this challenging times! God bless you even more! We love you all so much!!! Arnel, Jeanne, Jeane , Joanne & Alren Mateo

  19. Dear Brother Ben and Family, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. You’ll find comfort knowing that Sister Lydia is now with the Lord. Your family is in our prayers. God Bless… John and Sol Anggala

  20. Dear Kuya Benny, Lola Gelen, Kitchie, Kathleen and the whole Ramos-Cunanan family, On behalf of my parents (Ric and Teddy Camarillo) and my family, our deepest condolences to you… Ate Lydia was the sweetest school nurse I can think of when I was in Wesley School, always caring for the students with the smallest scratch to a belly ache. Also her selfless hospitality in your home (back in Olongapo) for different functions whether for kids choir practice or a Bible study meeting will be remembered too. I know my parents have more memories of her. I am sure they are sad for your loss too. But it is also day of celebration when a child of God returns to her Father in Heaven. May you find comfort in God’s Holy Spirit and the love that surrounds you. God bless, Lorelei (and John Lontoc) for my parents Ric and Teddy Camarillo

  21. Dear Benny, Kristine, Gerry, Kathleen and Jon, Know that we are with you at this time as you celebrate the life of Lydia. You have always been in our thoughts and prayer since last Friday night after talking and prayng with Lydia. If we are in Oregon we could have come but we can’t do it while we are here in Canada. My you be comforted with the words of Jesus when he comforted Martha and Mary on the death of Lazarus. He said, “Your brother will rise again… I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 10:23-26) We know that Lydia is a woman of deep faith. She has touched many lives even in the last days of her life. We are not saying goodbye to Lydia, we just want to say “we’ll see you again”. We will see you in June. Meantime receive our hugs and love. Kuya/tito/ninong/Jaime and Ate/tita/ninang Soring

  22. Kuya Benny and Family, We will always remember Ate Lydia as a calm and spiritual wife and mom from my Olongapo days. May God’s comfort be with Lola Jelen, you, Kitchie, Kathleen and their families. God bless and see you soon! — The Sanchezes from Canada

  23. Dear Ben and the Family, Lydia’s passing is a great loss to the family, church, and community that she loved so much and served with no limitations. She is now part of our history, to be remembered forever. Thank you very much for this opportunity to virtually participate in Lydia’s Memorial Service. May God bless you all with his eternal Peace. Sincerely, Loida, Art, and Carlo Canlas, Uncle Sam & Auntie Li and family.

  24. Auntie Lydia always had a positive outlook in life. She always showed strength and courage. Let us celebrate her life and forever cherish the memories we have of Auntie Lydia.

  25. Tiyo Ben and Family, In behalf of Tatay Celso, Nanay Sianing and the rest of our family, we would like to extend our warmest condolences to you. We’re really blessed by Tiya Lydia’s life testimony and it deeply touched our hearts. We pray that we live our christian life with the same faith she has until our last breath. You are right, Jesus is coming soon, and we’re all seeing and joining each other victoriously in the clouds. Our hearts is with you in times of sorrow but we know that the Lord is in control. God Bless Your Family. With Love, Tiyo Celso, Tiya Sianing, Winston, Agnes, James, Carlo & Jas

  26. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Kuya Ben, Kristine and Kathleen. As I watched the live celebration of life for Ate Lyds on the internet I can feel the warmth of our memories with your family in Olongapo. Those were the days we thought would never end as the song goes like what you said Ate Lyds would always like to sing. I can see it from the tears in your eyes even though how much you want everyone to smile we all still cry with you. She is with God now and I know we will all love and miss her forever. Grace, Joel, Joyce, Jomar, Jojo and Tisha PADILLA Code 245 SRF Design Division Ate Vangie, Virgie, Pacing and me

  27. To our dear Benny and to the rest of the Cunanan/Ramos Family, We send our condolence and love to your family. We are deeply saddened by the news of Lydia’s passing but we are trying our best to have “The Lydia Ramos-Cunanan Smile” on our faces. We hope that the fond memories of our Lydia will help ease your pain and sustain you in continually celebrating her precious life. Benny, our family is always grateful for all the patience and caring you have given Lydia, we all know it was not easy and most of the times it was overwhelming but you were always there for her. Sincerely, The Granados Family Ismael, Joyce, Jenimae & Jillian Janelle & Burt Tibayan ***Give our hugs and kisses to Auntie Jellen.***

  28. We will miss you, Lydia, but we all know you are in a better place than all of us.To Ben, Kristine, Kathleen and the rest of the family you left behind,may they find strength to move on with you guiding them. Aida Armas-Cortez UP-PGHSN CL’74

  29. Our dearest K. Benny, Kathleen & Kristine, We are indeed thankful that God blessed us with christian friends and mentors…indeed ate Lydia is a woman after God’s own heart,she is beautiful inside and out,excellent in everything she does for she attribute it all for the glory of her Master. We believe she is in the better place, beholding the beauty of God’s holiness…we miss you Ate Lydia–until we meet again…Jesus is coming!!! God bless you and His comfort be with you. Love and Prayers,

  30. In behalf of Francis, Denise, Sunshine and Paul, I pray that God’s comfort and strength be with you and your family. I will surely miss Ate Lydia. I pray that God’s comfort and strength keep each one of you during this time. To God be the glory for Ate Lydia’s amazing life!

  31. Condolence to Cunanan and Ramos family. We will miss her but we all know that she’s now at peace and happy with the Lord.

  32. Our condolences to the family of Lydia, a former classmate at OCNHS. May she rest in eternal peace. -Romy & Elbe

  33. Dear Ben, Please be assured of our prayers for you and the rest of the family at this time of loss and grief. God’s grace is sufficient and I am sure God will surround and overwhelm you with comfort and assurance. – Bishop Danny Arichea

  34. Dear Ben & to the rest of Ramos/Cunanan family; We send our deepest condolences to all your family. It was saddened by the news I got from email I received yesterday of Lydia passing. I still remember the ‘smile’ way back when we’re in Olongapo Methodist Church. Give my warm regards to Ate Jellen as I called her Mom. The Corpuz’es Jimmie / Amy Jeremie / Beth, Ashley and Colbie

  35. Our deepest sympathy to Ben, Kristine and Katheen. Lydia, was one of my Sigma Beta sorority sisters from UP-PGH and classmate, too. She will not be forgotten. She’s now at peace and with the Lord. She’s in a much better place……With much love and prayers, Amypen(class ’74) and family

  36. The Ward-Granados-Larraga Family extend our deepest sympathy. We will truly missed Lydia! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. WE LOVE YOU!!!

  37. Brother Ben, Taos puso akong nakikiramay gayundin ng aking dalawang anak na si Benelyn at Joy sa pagkawala ng iyong butihing maybahay na si sister Lydia.We really gonna missed her.

  38. Hello Ben; In behalf of the Lee Family from Olongapo (Remedios Lee’s children), we offer you our sincerest condolences for the loss of your beloved Lydia. Lydia will be sorely miss by everyone and found out from Joy Bravo-Hopkins that she was also a member of our Bethel #1 IOJD which we all belonged. I believed Lydia is now sitting on the right hand of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. She is definitely in good hands with our LORD. May GOD bless you Ben and the family and again, please accept our condolences. Sisterly, Carol Lee Furiate

  39. Dear Ben, Please be assured that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Yes, we will “smile” as Lydia smiles as she meets her Master and Lord face to face. God bless, LYS

  40. God’s faithfulness is eternal. Rest assured that Mommy Lydia is with our Father God and enjoying eternity with His Son Jesus Christ.

  41. A true paradigm to follow..that’s what I will always remember Lydia. I share your joy knowing that she will receive the crown of life in her new home w/c she was an exemplary ambassador of her true citizenship.To God be the glory indeed for her life & her going home. In behalf of the Ramirez family of Olongapo city, we bid Lydia goodbye for now & w/ certainty will meet her again in the mansion promised by God in Christ Jesus our Lord & Savior worshiping Him.

  42. Bro Ben and children, On behalf of our sisters and brethren in the Lincoln Lodge family, our condolences on the passing of Sis Lydia. May this temporary absence from our midsts may give you comfort; as well as joy that Sis Lydia will be with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Bro Mario Baylon Jr T R Yangco Chapter, IOD Lincoln Lodge No 34 Woodcroft Australia

  43. Sis. Lydia has been a blessing to me and my family because of her prayers and dedication to serve God. She will be missed but we are glad that she is with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  44. To Kuya Ben and Family, I would like to express my deepest sympathy at the passing of Ate Lydia. I saw her last when both of you came to a Couple’s Night at our church in Huntington Beach, CA. I did not know of her passing until today when I opened Kitchie’s Facebook account. Ate Lydia’s younger sister Joy Ramos-Tandayu was my spiritual mentor/discipler back in the Philippines. I will always remember Ate Lydia’s sweet smile and gentle spirit. May the Lord grant all of you peace and comfort as you await your grand reunion in heaven. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-16 In Christ, Yvonne ( and Pastor Ali)

  45. Kath, I apologize to send my sympathy in the time of your mom’s death… May she rest in peace together with her Creator…

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