Lourdes Defenio

27 April , 19491 January , 2019

“Lourdes Defenio, age 69 of Vancouver, BC passed away peacefully at their home on Jan 1, 2019.

She was born to the late Daniel and Maria Delariarte, April 27, 1949, in Dumangas, Iloilo, Philippines. The youngest of the 8 children, Lourdes graduated in Nursing from Bohol General Hospital (1971).

Lourdes is survived by her husband, Hernane; her son, Mark and her daughter, Michelle, and her son-in-law, Michael. She is also survived by her two grandchildren, Meia and Mackenzie, whom she adored.

Lourdes was a retired nurse, who was committed to providing kindness and care to all her patients. After graduation she worked at Dumangas Emergency Hospital and St Paul’s Hospital (Iloilo, Philippines) as a registered nurse prior to immigrating to Canada in 1972. When she settled in Vancouver, she worked at Vancouver General Hospital and Point Grey Private Hospital (Vancouver, BC) as a nurse.

Lourdes was a parishioner at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, and belonged to the Charismatic prayer group. She was also an active member of Circulo Ilongo (Vancouver, BC).

Respecting her final wishes, Lourdes will brought home to her final resting place in the Philippines.

Funeral and Burial will be held in Dumangas, Iloilo, Philippines on February 12, 2019.


  • Viewing Friday, 11 January , 2019
  • Viewing and Rosary Saturday, 12 January , 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, 12 January , 2019
  • Viewing Friday, 11 January , 2019
  • Rosary Service Saturday, 12 January , 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, 12 January , 2019

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Halsey Catunao

12 January 2019

Auntie Lourdes is a kind, loving and caring Aunt. As a kid growing up in the Philippines, my siblings and my cousins always look forward to Auntie Lourdes and her family's visit. I feel pampered when Auntie Lourdes and Uncle Nani her husband is around. They not only give us goodies or pasalubongs we call it in our language they also treat us out to eat and made sure that we had fun with them. One memory that stood out to me the most with Auntie Lourdes is that when she gave me some dollars pocket money to bring with me to US as I start my nursing career here. She not only gave me advice and tips and shared her own experiences as a nurse to me in Canada, she also gave me what to expect and gave me some practical ideas and real scenarios living in a foreign country. Her stories about how she managed living abroad eased my worries at that time and up to now, her advice I still apply in my nursing career. Thank you Auntie Lourdes for everything you have done to me especially for the help you extended to our family when my dad was sick, for all the encouragement and sound advice you shared to me. I will never forget your last words to me, "I love you Bing " as you struggle to say it while you can during your worst and frail moments. I love you too Auntie Lourdes. I want you to know that you are one of my aunts I look up to and had been my inspiration of why I became a nurse. May the memories of Auntie Lourdes not only bring comfort to me but also to the Defenio family. Rest in peace Auntie Lourdes. I will continue to pray for you and our family and may the Good Lord keep you in His loving arms.

James Bejar

6 January 2019

To me, Tita Lourdes was a sweet and smiley aunt who played mahjong and loved her family.

Tita Lourdes wasn't someone I saw often. She was that person who spoke with me at important times in my life. When I was younger, I often saw her at Oakridge Mall. She could tell I had things on mind. She listened and let me talk, important for a self-absorbed guy in his twenties. At this time, I'm not sure I told Tita Lourdes everything on my mind. What I'm certain of is that her way of talking always gave me the strength and confidence to confront personal challenges.

I attribute a lot of achievements in life to those short and meaningful moments at Oakridge. Tita Lourdes, thank you for your kindness and time to talk with me. I miss you dearly.