OBITUARIO

Norma Manalo Agatep

30 junio , 194015 septiembre , 2021

Norma Manalo Agatep, 81 years old, entered into eternal rest on September 15, 2021. Norma was born on June 30, 1940 in the city of Pasig in the Philippines, to Pedro Manalo and Paceña (Pagaliman) Manalo. Her father notably served as a major in the 45th Infantry of the Philippine Scouts. He was a survivor of the Bataan Death March; but, unfortunately, died in 1942 at Camp O’Donnell in Tarlac as a prisoner of war. Norma became an orphan at the age of five after her mother tragically died from a bombing in a marketplace during WWII. She grew up in Cubao as one of twelve siblings and was raised by the oldest sister.

She graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in Banking & Finance. She met the love of her life, Jovencio “Benny” Agatep, while staying with her brother, who was then renting the upper floor of the same two-family house. The young man was smitten by her beauty and simplicity. They were married on January 18, 1964 and lived in Bantay in Ilocos Sur, where they had their three children Joseph, Mary Jane, and Benjamin. Norma became a widow in 1993 and later immigrated to the United States in 1999. Despite having lost both parents at a very early age, her loving and nurturing nature extended past her children. She spent many years, up until her last months of life, dividing her time between New Jersey, California, Florida, and the Philippines to care for her six grandchildren.

Norma lived her life in service and devotion to others, from her family to friends, even to strangers. She always put others’ needs above her own. She was known by many for her thoughtfulness and gracious hospitality. She loved to cook your favorite meals. It was not uncommon to find her offering whatever snacks or sweets she had in her handbag; sharing thoughtful gifts to friends for no special occasion; or sending care packages (“balikbayan” boxes) not only to family, but to anyone in need in the Philippines.

She was a devout Catholic and sought to deepen her faith as well as those of others. She was known as the loving “Nanay” to her weekly Our Lady of Fatima prayer group and enjoyed attending Marian retreats. She also had a profound devotion to the Divine Mercy and would start and end her day reciting both the Rosary and the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy multiple times throughout the day, praying for the intention of others.

She loved tending to her beautiful garden and would often share her flowers and home-grown vegetables to bring happiness to others. She would spend hours cultivating her plants. She loved walking, especially at the beach, finding peace listening to the waves, smelling the fresh air, and feeling the soft sand between her toes.

Norma will be missed dearly as she has left an indelible mark on everyone she met. She was a woman of many virtues, including steadfast faith, compassion, and humility. Her deep-rooted devotion to Mother Mary was admired by all who were made witness to it. It was extremely fitting that she passed, due to complications following a heart attack, on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, commemorating the sufferings Mother Mary’s heart endured. Norma was a loving mother, grandmother, aunt, and sister, as well as mother figure to those who needed one. She accepted the trials of motherhood with courage, love, and trust. To bookend her beautiful life of selfless love and devotion, her memorial service will be held on October 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.

As heartbroken as our family is to be without her, we are at peace knowing she is no longer in pain. Norma is survived by her children Joseph, Jane, and Benjamin; her grandchildren Michael, Arianna, Alyssa, Gabby, J.V., and Isabella; and her sister, Josephine.

Servicios

  • Memorial Visitation

    jueves, 7 octubre , 2021

  • Memorial Mass

    jueves, 7 octubre , 2021

    Servicios previos

  • Reception

    jueves, 7 octubre , 2021

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Elsa Santos

7 octubre , 2021

My thoughts and prayers for the Agatep family, Eternal rest grant unto the soul of Mommy Norma Agatep, may she rest in peace. Forever in our Hearts!💜📿

Elsa Santos

7 octubre , 2021

It was such an honor to know Mommy Norma, my fond memory is when she and I attended all nine consecutive Simbang Gabi masses at Good Shepherd that Fr. Lestor began, we attended one at 5:00 O'Clock in the morning and I'm not a morning person, but we both persevered not to miss the mass we both wanted the graces bestowed upon us Moreover, she was kind and gracious in giving me beautiful flowers from her Garden for my chapel room where Mama Mary resided. She will be forever in my heart and I will truly miss her. Rest in peace Mommy Norma
Blessings, prayers, love and peace
Elsa💜💜😺🐾

Anna Santos-Smith

30 septiembre , 2021

Nanay Norma was like a mother to me and a shining example of what it meant to be a servant of God and a devotee of the Blessed Mother who showed it in actions and not just through words. I have known her since 2007 when the Sacramento Fatima devotion started. She was with me and my husband almost every week since 2008. I remembered her as someone who never got tired of doing her devotion to the Blessed Sacrament every Friday and her devotion to our Blessed Mother every Monday. She also came with us often for fellowship on Tuesdays. She served in the retreats many times. Over the years, we had so many fun memories with her going to San Francisco and L.A. to celebrate the Feast Day of the Lord, Christmas and to observe Holy Week. She volunteered with us to do Christmas Carols, to prepare food at Loaves and Fishes and to feed the homeless. She also helped us with fundraising events. She often encouraged others to attend the Fatima devotion and assisted me in carrying Mama Mary or the flower vase to bring to the next house. Nanay Norma shared the same birthday with me and she loved to receive the our Lady of Fatima on her birthday week at one of her children’s house in Sacramento. She was always very thoughtful to me and gave me her motherly advice when I was sick. I was very thankful to be able to eat lunch and went shopping with her to celebrate our birthdays together with Nanay Anacoreta this past June. She would always call me to pick up some flowers for Mama Mary, plants she grew and some food she made. I knew her as someone who prayed her rosary tirelessly for her children, grandchildren and sisters. She lived her life in prayers and sacrifices for her family. My family and I are very thankful for her time and the love she shared with us. Her memories with us will stay in our hearts. She is loved by all of us. She had touched each and everyone of us in her own small and special way. We will miss her so much. We love you Nanay Norma .❤️🙏❤️

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