Theresa
Theresa Camiling Gutierrez passed away on Thursday April 30, 2009 at USC University Hospital in Los Angeles. She was 44 years old. She was Born July 28, 1964 in San Fernando, Pampanga, in the Philippines. She is survived by her Father and mother Alejandro S. and Teresita Z. Camiling, and her Husband Frank and daughters Leanne and Lauren Gutierrez. Her brothers Ador and Alain Camiling and sister Leanne. As well as her HUD family which includes individuals from across the United States, each of whom she loved dearly. Theresa was a proud member of the Trojan family having graduated from the University of Southern California in 1986. As a Trojan she was a also a proud participant of the Trojan Health Professional Preparation Program. At HUD her combination of grace, style, intelligence and professionalism allowed her to rise quickly to the position of Field Office Director of the Los Angeles office of HUD. She was commended and won many awards for her leadership, outreach and management skills from HUD but even more from local businesses, non profits, and community groups that serve the greater Los Angeles area and the country. She was a hero to many through her work which affected and helped millions of her constituents find their first homes, apartments or shelter. She was dedicated to her family but she was also giving to the entire community. More than anything else her generosity endeared her to all those she touched or reached out to her. Among many other things she helped kids get into college, helped adults find shelter, and assisted the elderly with housing. A lot of her satisfying moments came from the many mom's who cried with joy when they walked into their first new home that Theresa had helped them obtain. As a mother she was loved not only by her own kids but by all children that came to know her. She gave a sense of comfort to them through her big heartedness and her gentle demeanor. That was her gift. She loved tennis. Her joy was to travel to tennis venues in her big van packed with kids to tournaments, high school matches and other events where she was usually found helping with food, drink and as a cheerleader. Vigil services will be held Tuesday May 5, 2009 at 7 PM and viewing will be from 5 to 9 PM at Rice Mortuary 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance Ca. Mass will be held at St Lawrence Martyr Church 1900 S. Prospect Ave. Redondo Beach, Ca. on Wednesday May 6, 2009 at 10:00 AM. Internment will be at Green Hills cemetery on 27501 S. Western Ave. Rancho Palos Verdes. The family would especially like to convey their sincere thanks to each of the hundreds of wonderful HUD employees whose contributions and prayers will never be forgotten, as well at to the many family and friends that have been there for Theresa. The Theresa Camiling Benefit Memorial fund has been established in Theresa's honor.

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  1. I am truely heart sadden for your lost. My prayers and thoughts have been with the entire family at the lost of your loved one. May God continue bless each one of you through his mercy and grace.

  2. My extreme condolences to the family of Theresa. Although, I did not know her well, I had occassion to speak with her. She was so helpful and insightful. She will be missed by all of us at HUD.

  3. Theresa was always the bright face of HUD, the light looking forward. Though some did not show her proper respect, she always treated everyone with respect, dignity and kindness. She was bright and creative and her absence will be missed by all. I had the pleasure of working with her only for 4 years but I will always remember her spirit.

  4. I met Teresa briefly several years ago when I attended a function in the LA HUD office. Though our meeting was brief, I sensed she had a beautiful soul. Thinking of your family with warm thoughts and offering my sincere and heartfelt sympathy. Debbie

  5. I met Theresa while working at the HUD Los Angeles Field Office. Always smiling and with a quick hello. She is missed. May God bless and keep her family and make them whole.

  6. My sincere condolences to the entire family. Theresa will be greatly missed here at the HUD LA Office. She was such a nice lady and handled her position with ease. She really seemd to value the employees and take pride in all aspects of her job.

  7. Theresa was a great friend and co-worker. Before I retired we talked daily about family and issues we were dealing with. She will be missed by all. God Bless her and her family.

  8. to: Andro & Tess Sr. Gutieres Camiling & Zuniga Families We share your pain for the untimely loss and demised of Theresa; We join you in celebrating the life and farewell of Theresa We pray fervently for the repose of Theresa’s soul. May she find eternal peace and happiness in the bosom of the Almighty. amor & daisy

  9. Dear Frank, Leanne, and Lauren, My very deepest sympathy to you for the loss of the most important person in your lives; your wife, your mother. Having lost my mother just recently, I truly know the depth of your grief. Though they are just words but please believe that her spirit lives on. Her memories will always be in your hearts as they will in mine. She was an extraordinary person and I’m honored to call her my special friend. I’m honored to have known her. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May Theresa bask in the glory of her Lord, Jesus Christ, now and for eternity. I would like to share with you a beautiful quotation: ““When the heart weeps for what is lost, the spirit rejoices for what it has found.” With love and respect, Tiana Gaertner & family.

  10. I am deeply sorry to hear about the passing of Theresa. My thoughts and prayers are with the Camiling-Gutierrez Family. Please accept my heartfelt condelences. Sonia Martin, HUD, San Diego Field Office

  11. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family at this difficult time. Always remember that Theresa will never truely be gone, because she lives on in those who love her. Also through the Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ, Theresa has Eternal Life

  12. My deepest sympathy to your family for the loss of Theresa. She loved you guys more than words can express. Theresa was a great friend, co-worker and mentor. She had the ability to see beyond the little things and bring out the best in most folks and organizations. Other than supporting the wrong football team, she was one of the most caring and motivated individuals I’ve had the good fortune of knowing. She made me a better person and the world is most certainly a better place because of Theresa’s love. Thanks for sharing her with the HUD family. She will be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with you

  13. My dearest big sister. Ate’ Ress. She was/is my mentor and my hero, my second mother, my friend and confidant. She gave me strength and confidence that I could not muster on my own. She did more for her family than anyone could ever duplicate. She was the a true Superwoman. I love you and I miss you beyond words. I’m happy that you are no longer suffering, but I am deeply heartbroken that you are gone from this earthly life. I pray for the moment when we are reunited in Heavenly Father’s Kingdom. Thank you for being you and for helping me find me. I love you so much my Ate’. Love, Baby Boy Alain

  14. I knew her for a short time while being a Federal Investigator (FHEO) at the Los Angeles office. She would always speak when she see you and had a smile on her face. She was a wonderful person, sorry for your loss as well as HUD loss. I retired in 2004 and moved to Florida. “I am the resurrection and the life: He that believeth in me though he were dead yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.” This is a prayer that I believe in.

  15. Frank, Leanne and Lauren, I am so very sorry for the loss of Theresa. Know that we are praying and thinking of you here in Lubbock. May the good Lord keep you strong and I know that he will be with you always as well as Theresa. Love Sil

  16. Theresa, my beloved sister-in-law, you were an amazing woman. I’ve always admired you. You inspired me and motivated me to aim to be the best person I can be– as a career woman, as a mother, and as a wife. You really were a Superwoman. I will miss you dearly. You will always be in my thoughts. Rest in peace, Theresa. We love you very much. Love, Chris

  17. Dearest Frankie, Leanne, and Lauren; My wife Lile and I would like you to know that we share in the sorrow of the passing of our cousin Theresa. Eventhough great distances have separated us throughout the years, the love from Lubbock for your Mom will never end. Know that your family in Lubbock, Texas continues to love all of you even more. From the heart, Carlos & Lile Quirino

  18. Dear Frank,Daughters Please accept my sympathy at this sad time.I was shocked to hear that you lost your beloved Teri. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls.There is no doubt that her passing will be a great loss to all who knew her. With deepest sympathy Tia Yolanda, Charlotte

  19. My dearest Mr. and Mrs. Camiling, Frank, Lee Lee, Lauren, Ador, Marisel, Alain, Christine, Leanne, Marlin, Aunties, Uncles, and families, My heartfelt condolences to all of you. We never expected it, but Theresa is now in a better place. Theresa was my best friend, my better half, and the sister I never had. She always listened and guided me. We had a lot of fun together since we meet each other at USC HePP during the summer of 1982. We went through a lot of ups and downs during the last 27 years–but mostly up because she was always there for me. She always knew how to get people together, and made everyone feel special. Theresa will truly be missed by all.

  20. Theresa (Ress) is not suffering from pain now, she is in a much better place than here on Earth. She is watching over us with God. She is in our prayers as well as her family. Revelations 21:4 “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Love, The Ronquillo Family

  21. My dearest Auntie Tess, Uncle Andro, Bro. Frank & daughters,Ate Leanne, Kuya Ador, & Kuya Alain, My deepest condolence to all of you. We never expected it. But my Ate Ress is now in heaven. She’s so wonderful and different from all. Actually she is idol of all Camiling families. I love her because she is my cousin as i love my uncles & aunties too in U.S.A. They are very helpful & great. Sis. Ress will always be in our thoughts. We love you, & we will pray for her always. love Raquel

  22. Dear Frank, Lauren, Leanne, Mr. & Mrs. Camiling, Auntie Leanne and the entire Camiling & Gutierrez Family, Theresa always treated us like family and was so thoughtful and giving. We were so lucky to have known a person like her. Despite the ups and downs, she was so courageous and feisty. I will always admire her for that. We will try and be as happy, strong and optimistic as she was. She as well as your entire family has taught us a lot. Our deepest condolences. We are here for you guys. Love, Leslie, Hal, Sachi and Ford

  23. Please accept my sincere condolences. I worked with Theresa and she was a joy and a role model of all that is good on this earth. my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  24. Frank and Leanne and Lauren: To those of us at HUD, Theresa was a great, gentle gift. She shared her heart and her mind freely and made us poorer for her passing but so much richer for knowing her. We all have many for whom we pray but too few to whom we can pray. In my deep sadness at her passing, I still rejoice in knowing I can call on her in heaven as I did on earth. May God be gentle with your hearts. Steve

  25. We are very sorry for her loss. We would like to extend our condole to her family and friends. We will pray for her. God Bless.

  26. Dear Frank, Leanne,Lauren, beloved parents and relatives: Theresa has joined God’s angels in heaven. I was privileged to have known Theresa when she came to the San Antonio HUD Office and I quickly learned to respect her and admire her. She truly was a lovely person, always thoughtful. She possessed the strength of character to stand up for what she believed was right without fear. My prayers and love are with all of you. Luz Elena Solis Day San Antonio, Texas

  27. Our deepest sympathy to your family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Eternal rest grant unto the soul of Theresa C. Gutierrez oh Lord, and let her perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace amen. Fred, Susan, Fritz & Wilson Paguio

  28. I wish to thank Theresa’s family for allowing us at HUD to share in such a big part of her life. She was and will continue to be a very special person who will live on in all of our hearts forever. She truly made a difference in the Los Angeles office and we will miss her smile, caring, and friendhip. Yes, Theresa was even a friend to the Office of Inspector General. I will keep Theresa and her family in my thoughts and prayers. My heart goes out to all of you. Joan

  29. My deepest sympathy to your family in the loss of your beautiful Theresa. She brought to HUD her intelligence, commitment and boundless enthusiasm. She was a joy to work with, and a joy to travel with. She loved her family deeply, and especially she loved her daughters. You were always on her mind. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  30. Dear Frank, Leanne and Lauren and the Camiling Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. We are sorry for your loss. Me and Loreta are profoundly stunned and full of tears to hear of Theresa’s passing. She was such a wonderful and caring person to both of us and was always willing to give her all to help. We will always remember her and all of you guys in our prayers. Our deepest symphaties and condolences,

  31. The family of Theresa; Our heartfelt sympathy to the whole Family of Ress. Now that she’s home in heaven with our Lord the pain and grief is over only Goodness and Love will pursue Her all the days of Her Life. She will always be remembered in our thoughts and prayers. The Ocampo Family, Bert and Baby, Alice and Frank Gonzales, Sonia and Nilo Torres and Nelson

  32. I shall certainly miss Theresa. Whenever I saw her I greeted her with “Hi, beautiful”. She was beautiful, inside and out. We worked together at HUD Santa Ana, where I was privileged to observe her dedication to serving others. What a special lady. Vaya con Dios, Theresa.

  33. Our deepest sympathies are with you and your family after hearing of your recent loss. Walt, Lucia, Michel and Leon

  34. Theresa, I heard so many wonderfulf things about you from someone who truly loved yo as a friend(Mr. Ray Brewer). I know you will go to be with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Farewell to thee my lovely. Willie J. Welch VA Medical Center Los Angeles

  35. Dear Frankie,Laurne and LeeAnne My prayers and thoughts are with you. Teresa was a wonderful lady. She made me feel so at home when I came to see you. It was like she knew me for ever. She was a wonderful mother and she took great pride in her family. Wish I could be there in person, but know that I am praying for you daily. May God give the strengh that you need. I lit a candle for your mom and I will be praying for you daily and know that my love is with you as well. Love you Loli

  36. Frank, My prayers and thoughts are with you and your daughters. I wish i could be there with you! Danny

  37. Dear Frank, Leanne, Lauren, and all of the Camiling and Gutirrez families – We are so truly saddened by Theresa’s passing. She lit up a room when she was in it…first you were struck by how beautiful she was, and the moment she spoke, you were impressed by how smart and funny she was. As much as she was dedicated to her HUD family, her true joys in life were always her husband and daughters. Nothing made her prouder than to be Frank’s wife, and Lauren and Leanne’s mom, and no professional accolade could match the happiness she found with her family. Her legacy of love will be with you forever. WIth deepest sympathies from the Golik Family

  38. To: Camiling Gutierrez Family It is very hard to loose a loved one, no one should go through this pain. It will take time for all of you to try and live a happy life, and although these are hard moments in your lifes, we know that Theresa is not suffering anymore, she is resting in peace. May God Bless All of the family, and help you relief this pain. Alexandra. C (Paramount, CA)

  39. I worked with your wonderful wife and mother when I worked at HUD. She was always supportive and a truly special lady. I will keep her and you in my prayers. God’s blessing to you and all of Theresa’s family.

  40. Frank, Leanne, Lauren, Camiling & Gutierrez Family, With heartfelt condolences during this most difficult time. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all. Frank, Leanne & Lauren you will always have a Guardian Angel watching over you in Heaven. Love Always, Marisa & Nathan Quirino

  41. My heart is breaking, terribly. The tears flow so freely — She Was Love !! Sending you, all, my condolences is one of my hardest challenges in life. Theresa never knew it, but she was my spiritual & professional mentor, that I met in Santa Ana 1999 as a HUD Community Builder (and helped orientate into HUD’s family). Beauty, Grace, Poise, Humour, Pride, Sensitivity, and lots of respect for her fellow man — Theresa personified all these gifts from God, Almighty. God’s blessings to her family, and keep you in His Arms of Love. Leanne & Lauren, in 2007 I missed an opportunity to see you both, all grown up. Our schedules just didn’t click when I came to visit. I keep your card & pictures at my desk, and co-workers admire your beautiful faces. As I watched the memorial video presented by this website, I see that the two of you have become lovely young ladies. I am still your “S.T.”, and will love you, Forever !!! Keep my email so that we may stay in touch. Love u, both — Hugs & Kisses !!!

  42. Frank, Lauren & Leanne, Our thoughts & prayers are with you during this time of bereavement. Please be encouraged by the words of Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. He can rise superior to every condition through the strength that Christ gives”. Love Always, Mary Ann, Joe & Lauren Rodriguez.

  43. My heart goes out to all of you, she was an angel, now a shining star that will watch over you. My condolences. Wilma

  44. I have heard that God puts people on earth and assigns them a certain job. Once they’re done with that job, they get to be sent back into paradise. Ate Ress did just that and at such a young age, I believe God must’ve thought she was pretty great working here on earth. I will always remember her elegance, her smile, and most importantly..her passion for her job and family. I am very honored to be able to call this woman my first cousin. God will most definately be watching over her, making sure she is at ease and with the rest of our family that’s already been fortunate enough to reach paradise. Ate Ress, I love you and will miss you dearly. Wait for us with your forever welcoming arms and warm smile. Love you !! “..and I know eventually we’ll be together One Sweet Day.” Miss you Ate, Jamie-Lou

  45. I would like to send out my prayers and condolences to the family. I have known and worked with Theresa as well as Frank for several years. Theresa was one of the most caring, sweet, thoughtful and loving persons that I have ever met, she will be so missed by many. Love All Saundra

  46. I will miss you, my dearest, bestest friend. I will always remember laughing for hours and making plans for our future together. You will always be my joy and I love you forever. God keep you in His home and may you have peace surround you for eternity.

  47. As a fellow HUD Field Office Director I’ve known Theresa for years through her HUD work. She was a wonderful person, and a joy to work with and be with during our meetings. It is a shock to lose her; she will truly be missed. I extend my sincere condolences to her family and friends…Del Reynolds

  48. Theresa was one of those rare people that balanced grace, intellect and empathy in a way that made her a pleasure to know and a truely brilliant professional to work with. We are all dimished by her passing and miss her dearly. On behalf of the entire Program Support Division at HUD, Please accept our condolances for your family.

  49. Theresa will be greatly missed. As a fellow Field Office Director, I last saw her in our nation’s Capitol at a conference where we were both serving as Chairs of our respective Federal Executive Boards. She served her community in so many wonderful ways. My sincerest condolences to her family. Doug Shelby, Cleveland, Ohio.

  50. One year has gone by since your passing Ate Ress, but it feels like yesterday that we lost you. I still have a hard time accepting that it will be some time before we see each other again. I am so grateful to have had you in my life. You were the greatest example of what someone’s child should be, a sibling should be, a spouse should be, and a parent should be. I miss you terribly. Love, Your baby brother – Alain

  51. Dear Mr. Camiling and Family, I happened to come across this memorial website for Theresa. I am so saddened to hear about her passing away. I’m sorry that I didn’t know. Theresa and I were friends back in the USC days. We were both freshmen. I worked as a student in your office, USC General Accounting, and my supervisor was Mrs. Raquel Soriano. Theresa’s Uncle Jimmy also worked in the same building. I wasn’t sure if you still remember me? Theresa was a very dear friend. She was such a lovely and sweet person. We lost touch after graduating from USC. My auntie, Josefa “Pepang” (Sampang) Gaerlan and my dad, Pedro “Pending” Sampang are from Lubao, Pampanga. My Auntie Pepang said she knew Theresa’s mother (Mrs. Camiling) in the Philippines as I shared with Theresa then. May God Bless all of you. Our hearts go out to the Camiling and Gutierrez families. Love & prayers, Miriam (Sampang) Toffelmier & Family USC – Class of ’84

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