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Glen Abbey Memorial Park & Mortuary

3838 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA

OBITUARY

Conchita Rostrata Rillon

April 30, 1925May 15, 2019
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Conchita Rostrata Rillon was born on April 30, 1925 and passed away on May 15, 2019.

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  • Milagros Nagui, Daughter

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Evening Visitation Wednesday, June 5, 2019
  • Evening Visitation with Vigil at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, June 6, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, June 7, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment following Mass

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Christopher Rillon

June 6, 2019

To my beloved grandmother Conchita,

I will never forget my last dance with you. You will be forever in our hearts. We miss you and love you grandma.

Mylene Serna

June 6, 2019

I have known my grandma since 1977. I was 6 years old when she arrived in America. At that time my family was living in Vancouver, Washington where my dad was stationed at the time. What I learned about her was she loved my grandpa, who passed away when my mother was pregnant with me. She said didn’t want to remarry because she said she was happy as long as she had her children. Growing up she spent a lot of her time with her children & grandchildren. When I was young, my fondest memory of my grandma is when used to make me and my brother the best cantaloupe and avocado ice candy and I can still remember like it was yesterday. As I have gotten older, my grandma enjoyed going out and playing bingo at Sycuan and going to my Aunts house to play, tong hits. Every Saturday, my parents and I would head down to National City to see her. Sometimes I would pick her up at her apartment to take her to my Auntie Mila’s or my Auntie Amparo’s house so she could play her favorite card game. Among other things, she enjoyed dancing and with her friends at the Senior Citizen Center. What I admire about her was her devotion to her children and likewise, they made her feel just as important. She was smart and in her younger years could recall phone numbers without any hesitation. My grandma was blessed and lived a long meaningful life. I will remember her as a wonderful, funny, kind, loving, devoted, God-fearing women. The special bond I had with her is something I will always treasure. I smile knowing she is looking down right now, Her memory will live on in my heart. I am so blessed to have her as my grandmother whom I love and miss.

Your legacy will live on through us, I LOVE YOU GRANDMA!!

PATRICK ROSETE ROSTRATA

June 1, 2019

My dearest Auntie Conching Rostrata Rillon had survived WWII in the Philippines 🇵🇭 & was the eldest close sister to my late father Pedro Atayan Rostrata http://elcamsorrento.tributes.com/our_obituaries/Pedro-Atayan-Rostrata-93246035
During the 1980’s she lived in our Mira Mesa home for a period of time, (as did other close relatives who came to America to fulfill their dreams). She also worked w/ my father at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club keeping things in tip-top shape. She spoke a Filipino dialect called Ilocano & my brother Perry & I understood & learned to converse w/ her in Ilocano, which brought a much deeper cultural meaning to our familial bond & appreciation to our Filipino heritage. I will miss your smile & lively conversations always full of life. May you rest now & be with Our Lord Jesus, your husband Ricardo Rillon, The 6 ROSTRATA brothers, & your loving parents Lolo Porferio & Lola Segundina ROSTRATA. Sumalangit nawa 🙏🏽

Mylene Serna

May 30, 2019

I will cherish all my fond memories of you. I love you.

Aldrin Rondero

May 30, 2019

Most of my memories of Grandma Conching come from my youth, around 1976. We lived in Washington State at the time because my dad was stationed in Vancouver. Our parents told my sister and I that they just petitioned some of our relatives from the Philippines to come over to the U.S., and our Grandmother was one of them. I must have been about 9 yrs. old when she arrived. She was vibrant, opinionated, full of life, relatively young at the time & just a little taller than me. She would watch me and my sister while my parents were working, but if we acted up she wouldn’t hesitate to discipline you.... with a “boomerang “ slipper! Yes, she could throw a slipper at distance & hit you, even if you tried to dodge her. But despite her strictness she also had a funny and kind side. My favorite memory of her growing up was when she would make homemade “ice candy”! I learned to cook at an early age so watching her make it from scratch was really cool. She made avocado and cantaloupe ice candies and I couldn’t wait till they froze up so we could enjoy them. The funny thing is even at 49 yrs. old I can still taste them if I just close my eyes and remember. Thank you grandma for your love, strength, kindness and bold spirit for it is your life we celebrate as we let you go to be with God and Grandpa Ricardo.

Breanna Serna

May 29, 2019

I always loved seeing great Grandma. I always greeted, hugged, and kissed her every time she arrived to our family gatherings. She’d always make me laugh and smile. I’d do anything for her, she is the Queen of our family. May she rest now as one in the Kingdom of heaven.

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Biography

To Conchita R. Rillon, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, she was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around her, she seemed to be eternally happy, and she willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life she touched. For Conchita, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, she could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Conchita really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

      Conchita was born on April 30, 1925 at At home in San Felipe, Zambales, Philippines. Her parents were Porferio and Segundina Rostrata. Conchita was raised in Barangay Feria, San Felipe. Even as a child, Conchita had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around her. She was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. She couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. She was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, she succeeded in entertaining her entire family.

      Always a good playmate, Conchita was easygoing and fun loving. She managed to lighten the mood wherever she was, even during family squabbles. She seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Conchita managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Conchita was raised with Five Siblings. Her five brothers are Regino, Pedro, Jaime, Norberto and Guilliermo.

      All of Conchita's playful good humor carried over into her childhood. She was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed her to be constantly on the go. As a result, Conchita experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited her very well. In her spare time she liked to sing. Conchita's memorable achievements included going to school although education was not important in those times and schools were scarce and distant.

      Ask anyone who knew her from school and they would tell you that Conchita was a class “cut-up.” She didn’t do it to be unkind or to garner all the attention. Rather, Conchita simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of her friends and acquaintances having a good time. It could be said that for Conchita, grades may not have been the most important thing to her, but she really did enjoy her school experience. Since experience was Conchita's best teacher. She enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.”
She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Math was her favorite when she went to school.

      Conchita was usually found at the center of things, whether it was during class or in extracurricular activities. She was a jovial person who loved to share her passion for fun with others. But for Conchita, life was not a case of all play and no work. Conchita relished the task of putting her imagination to work in class. She was able to discover new and different ways of answering problems and creating unusual and different solutions.

      Conchita never actually encountered a stranger in her dealings with people. She was drawn to individuals and crowds, using her gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate her audience. This quality allowed Conchita to continually develop new relationships, ever widening her circle of friends. Conchita delighted in her role among all her acquaintances, because she viewed them all as potential spectators for her performance. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Conchita was always right at home putting on a show among her friends. Conchita utilized her interest in others as a great way to connect with them. While growing up, some of her best friends were her relatives. Later in life, she became friends with other senior citizen. Conchita loved sharing life and having her home filled with people she knew.

      The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Conchita very easy to approach. On April 28, 1943 Conchita exchanged wedding vows with Ricardo Rilloma Rillon at San Felipe Independent Church of Zambales, Philippines. She tried hard not to impose on her spouse. She was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

      Perhaps the reason Conchita related so well to children was the fact that she never really completely grew up herself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped her in raising her own children. Conchita was blessed with 10 children, Nieves, Leonardo, Amparo, Milagros, Rolando, Susan, Vilma, Marylin, Roque and the youngest Myrna. They were also blessed with 12 granchildren, Aldrin, Mylene, Christopher, Michelle, Christina, Alex, Stanley, Gregory, Richard, Kevin, Nathan and Christian. Conchita had the ability to focus her attention on the present moment. If she was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of her attention was directed. Conchita's compassionate side prevented her from being a strict disciplinarian, and she could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. She could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Conchita had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.

      At work, as in life, Conchita was a real “people person.” She had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and her enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. Conchita liked to see herself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems, Conchita was an adaptable realist, using her common sense and trusting her experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Conchita's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around her to see Conchita as an excellent problem solver. She worked in the maintenance department at the La Jolla Resort & Golf Club..

      Conchita enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Conchita liked creating and making things. Dancing and meeting with her senior citizen friends. Conchita was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Conchita felt excited and challenged by sports. Even if she wasn’t the best, Conchita loved to participate and thoroughly enjoyed the competition and the pleasure of being around other people. Conchita relished the opportunities where she could make an impact, and she would often push herself to play above her abilities. A quick thinker who understood the basics, Conchita never seemed to get caught off guard, even when confronted with unexpected conflict. She was not in any sports. Conchita was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Baseball.

      Conchita had an endless appetite for new and different activities. She was always ready to join in the fun and add her flair and energy to an organization. Because of her personality, her humor, and her ability to get along with everyone, Conchita's service was greatly valued by the organizations to which she belonged. Member of senior groups within San Diego County.

      A generous person who often wore her heart on her sleeve, Conchita often found herself involved in activities she deemed important. She was charitable, kind and giving, qualities that made her a natural volunteer. Outspoken in her beliefs, yet tactful in her dealings with others, Conchita was a member of several community groups, Serve as a member of the Philippine Veterans Group.

      Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Conchita recognized that her faith was important to her throughout her life. She was a member of the Veterans Legion while in the Philippines.

      Living life in the fast lane suited Conchita just fine. It is no surprise that she loved to travel and to visit new and different places. She was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. She was impulsive and willing to try anything.. She loved and always excited going back to visit Philippines.

      Conchita was a lover of animals and cherished her pets, enjoying them almost as much as she enjoyed being around other people. One of Conchita's favorites was her dog in the Philippines. They were best friends for few months.

      Conchita believed that you had to experience life, and her life in retirement was no different. When that day finally arrived in 1978, Conchita took it in stride as one more way to have fun. Conchita spent most of her retired life in San Diego County. With her boundless energy and a desire to get the most out of life, Conchita remained busy with people and projects. In retirement, she found new pleasure in babysitting her grandchildren. Even in retirement, Conchita continued to stay in touch with her old friends and, since she'd never met a stranger, she made plenty of new acquaintances as well.

      Conchita passed away on May 15, 2019 at Scripps Mercy Hospital in Chula Vista, CA. She is survived by her 10 children, 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Services were held at St. Mary's Church. Conchita was laid to rest in Glen Abbey Memorial Park.

      Conchita brought joy to all of those around her. She never had a mean bone in her body. She loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. She loved to share her energy, wit, and her zest for all of her activities with her friends and family. Conchita R. Rillon lived life to its fullest and made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with a smile.