October 16, 1926 ~ August 31, 2019
Nena Rodriguez Kagahastian, 92, of Rancho Palos Verdes, California, passed away peacefully on August 31, 2019, surrounded by her family.
She was born to parents Roberto Rodriguez and Quintina Lorico, October 16, 1926 in Luisiana, Laguna, Philippines. Her mother died when she was only six years old and grew up with her second mother Blesilda Estrellado. Nena graduated from High School in Laguna and became a certified Occupational Therapist from a school in Manila and worked at The National Mental Hospital until she migrated to the US in the early 80’s.
She married the late Fil D. Kagahastian, on June 20, 1948. Nena is survived by six children and spouses: Susan and Manny Fernandez, Lilian and Michael de Castro, Merlyn and Josefino Sales+, Helen and Ananias Ebilane, Jocelyn R. Kagahastian and Edwin R. Kagahastian. She is also survived by twenty-two loving grandchildren and thirty-one wonderful great-grandchildren. Nena is the eldest of seven siblings: Nelly+, Ruben, Fely+, Nory, Rudy+ and Merly.
Nena, growing up in her hometown, was always one of the Princesses or Queens of their yearly fiesta celebrations or parade. She was a very resourceful picture collector of her family and made photo albums conscientiously. She treasured gifts to the point wherein tags are still attached to it, as we speak.
Nena was a devoted wife, doting mother, caring grandmother, affectionate great-grandmother, observant sister and enthusiastic friend. Her beauty was flawless, inside and out, with a smile lighting up the room. She loved to sing and dance and was an avid fan of TFC, a Filipino channel. Nena was a devout Catholic and religiously prayed every single day. Nena was a consummate mother and homemaker. She was a magnificent cook. She had travelled in different countries with her husband Fil. She was also a dedicated “Slot Machine” player, faithfully visited Pala, Harrah’s, Pechanga and other casino resorts. Her past time was to play the Lottery and tons and tons of Lotto Scratchers. She enjoyed playing and winning Bingo at the Torrance Care Center. Her famous advice to her grandchildren & great-grandchildren was: “Study well, education is important!”
A Memorial Mass is scheduled on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at the Nativity Catholic Church, 1447 Engracia Ave., Torrance, CA 90501. Viewing and reception will be held at The Lighthouse Memorials (formerly Rice Mortuary), 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503, 1:00pm - 9:00pm. A private family Inurnment Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, September 6, 2019.
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