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Pacita Guerra de Jesus

October 10, 1934February 8, 2019
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Pacita Guerra de Jesus, age 84, of Chula Vista, California passed away on Friday February 8, 2019. Pacita was born on October 10, 1934, the eldest of three daughters to Alfredo Guerra and Isabel Guerra.

Pacita was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and teacher. She loved children and earned a teaching degree in National Language (Filipino) with a minor in Home Economics from Philippine Women's University. Pacita taught in Coron, Palawan for four years before marrying her high school sweetheart, Wilfrido de Jesus, whom she had met in her sophomore year. During her nearly 25-year career at Juarez-Lincoln Elementary School and the Border View YMCA, Pacita was an ESL evaluator (Filipino), teacher's aide, playground monitor, YMCA Child Care Counselor, the Chair of the Juarez-Lincoln Elementary School Rabies Clinic, and a poll worker at Juarez-Lincoln Elementary School during election season. Pacita received an Appreciation Award for outstanding service to the Border View YMCA, a Certificate of Appreciation from Juarez-Lincoln Elementary School for her hours of dedicated volunteer service to the children and staff, a Founder's Day Award from the Chula Vista Elementary School District for outstanding service to the students, a Certificate of Appreciation from the Chula Vista Elementary School District for 24 years and 6 months of valuable service, a Certificate of Recognition from the Border View YMCA for her on-going commitment to helping youth, and a Certificate of Appreciation from the U. S. Navy which read in part, "... for her unselfish, faithful, and devoted service during her husband's naval career. Her unfailing support and understanding helped to make possible her husband's lasting contribution to the nation." Additionally, Pacita was a virtuoso pianist, and taught piano at her home for many years.

Pacita was a wonderful cook and opened her home every Sunday to friends and family for Sunday lunch and dinner, celebrating birthdays, engagements, and holidays with not only delicious Filipino food, but also Italian, Mexican, and Vegetarian fare. Pacita's devoted care of her blind mother for 36 years set an unforgettable example of her belief in taking care of family through any difficult circumstance, and putting that belief into action through medical appointments, shopping trips, trips to the park, and Sunday worship at St. Joseph's Cathedral, Corpus Christi Catholic Church, and Mater Dei Catholic Church. Pacita and her sisters, Dolores Oyco and Lynn Tuyor, were blessed to be able to celebrate their mother's 100th birthday in 2017.

Pacita also had one of the hardest jobs, that of being a Navy wife during the Vietnam War and Cold War, at times settling the household in a new duty station with her children while her husband, Wilfrido, was underway on deployment.

Pacita is survived by her husband of 61 years, Wilfrido, daughter Luisa, sons Roland (Miriam) and Raymund (Juliet), sister Dolores (José) Oyco, sister Lynn Tuyor, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Graceful, loving, caring, faithful, generous, supportive, wise, thoughtful, kind, considerate, and compassionate, have all been used to describe Pacita. To those who loved Pacita best, she was the best sister you could ever have, a fantastic woman and amazing mother, and a peaceful soul whose tremendous heart welcomed everyone to a place at the table. We will miss Pacita so very much.

A visitation at The Little Chapel of the Roses for Pacita will be held Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Glen Abbey Memorial Park and Mortuary, 3838 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA 91902. A Funeral Mass will occur Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Mater Dei Catholic Church, 1571 Magdalena Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91913. A Committal Service will follow from 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM, at Glen Abbey Memorial Park and Mortuary. A reception at Glen Abbey's Little Lodge will follow from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.GlenAbbeysandiego.com for the de Jesus family.

  • FAMILY

  • Wilfrido de Jesus, Spouse
  • Roland de Jesus, Son
  • Luisa de Jesus, Daughter
  • Raymund de Jesus, Son
  • Dolores Oyco, Sister
  • Lynn Tuyor, Sister

Services

  • Visitation at Glen Abbey's Little Chapel of The Roses Saturday, February 16, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • Committal Service Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • Reception at Glen Abbey's Little Lodge Tuesday, February 19, 2019
REMEMBERING

Pacita Guerra de Jesus

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Leng Caloh

February 19, 2019

You were Lola to anyone who came for Sunday dinner. You offered love and food -- so much food -- to your family and their friends. You embraced us all in your home and heart with such generosity and that quiet warm smile. Your love for your daughter and her family gave me hope for a family of my own some day. You shared not only your recipe for chicken adobo (which my children eat with such enthusiasm!), but your recipe for family -- just add love. Maraming salamat po, Lola. Your love lives on in all of us. ❤️

Matt Eoff

February 19, 2019

I met Mrs. DeJesus through my friendship with her son Roland. She always treated me like a member of the family and was always joyful. If there was a party at their home (and there were many!) She made sure that I always went home with a heaping plate of delicious leftovers. She was a great lady and she will be missed

Roland de Jesus

February 19, 2019

Take one baby girl, Pacita, about 7 pounds. Give to a family, Alfredo and Isabel Guerra, who loves her very much. Simmer together with laughter, patience, comfort and a deep sense of responsibility for about three years. Let season, watch carefully for signs of spoiling.
Dress with cute frocks and pin curls so that neighbors come by to ask if they can take Pacita home with them, and they do! Mix one part firmness and two parts understanding, let season. Mix thoroughly the golden rule, obedience, responsibility for two younger sisters, going to the market on her own, and cooking rice and simple dishes at 7 years old. Shake in some tree climbing mishaps, playing hide and seek under the market stalls, running home with her sisters for evening prayers before Tia Nena misses them, and add a sprinkle of “where’s the baby?”—twice! – while Pacita is reading the latest comic book “teleseryes” to her middle sister Loly, instead of watching their baby sister, Lynn, crawl out of the bedroom!
Now slowly add in some good non-fiction and recipe books, fold in summer visits to Canlubang, Laguna to visit Tia Nena and cousins, stir in multiple selections as Reina Elena during the month-long town fiesta, and fortify with faith, love, humor, compassion, and friendliness.
Mix in an interest in speech club and home economics, parties, best friends forever and pour in some good sense, gentleness, and goals of being a teacher and meeting the man of her dreams. Let season, then enjoy with faith in tomorrow, helping family and friends whenever and wherever she can, and gracefully welcoming all who enter her life with a place at the table.
I love you, Mom!

Murf Moorefield

February 16, 2019

I met Pacita one time, Christmas 2018. She and Willie welcomed Barbara and I into their home to celebrate the holiday--sight unseen! We flew in that day to visit our daughter, Carla, who took us directly to the de Jesus home. There we were welcomed as family. I will always remember the loving acceptance into the family, the wonderful people we met--and the food! Best Christmas ever!

Carol Pascua

February 16, 2019

Dearest auntie Tita...we're all in disbelief your gone ...physically ...but in spirit you will truly remain w/us. As I & my family will remember you as one of God's greatest gifts ...you were the epitome of a loving most caring human being on this earth!!!!
Thank you for treating us like family . You had such a kind & giving spirit that made it so easy to love you !!! We all loved your stories, your cooking , your zest for life...your laughter ...your smile....we thank God you were put on this earth ....we thank him for the time we got to know & love you....so until then Dearest auntie Tita ....you'll always be in our hearts ...never forgotten...PLS hug & kiss our precious Benny 💙
I'm sure he'll make you heavenly cassava ...😍💙❤️😍

Marvin Vistro

February 15, 2019

When I think of Auntie Pacita, I associate her with the beauty of music. Approximately 1966/1967, I was fortunate to have been exposed to the piano when my parents had me take piano lessons from Auntie Pacita. My sister - Elsie and brother - Vernie were students too. After my father retired from the US Navy, the Vistro Family relocated to Chula Vista, CA. After approximately 45 years, I ran into Auntie Pacita at The Mater Dei Catholic Parish where I serve as a Cantor during mass. I would see Auntie and Uncle their every Sunday. I always bragged to friends and fellow parishioners how Auntie Pacita was responsible for my appreciation and understanding of the technical aspects of reading music. I am blessed that Auntie Pacita was an instrumental part of my life. The Vistro Family: My Father - Ponciano, My Mother - Remedios, My Sister - Elsie, My Brother - Vernie and myself and Wife - Helen extend our Love and Prayers for this wonderful woman and The De Jesus Family....

Lisette Cauchon

February 13, 2019

Ah, such sweet memories that I have of connecting with Lola over the years, when we joined in the Sunday gatherings or special family celebrations.
Lola was always so welcoming and warm, sharing her good food and loving hugs with anyone who walked through the door.
My whole family cherishes those memories.
Love from Lisette and Bobby (and Renata and Sil)

Erika Thomas

February 12, 2019

I’ve had the incredible privilege of joining the de Jesus family for family dinners on occasional Sundays throughout the years. The tone set by Lola and Lolo in their home is one of complete love and welcoming acceptance. I’d always felt like part of the family which was deeply meaningful for me while living so far from my family. This feeling deepened and multiplied after I gave birth to my twin boys, Quince & Arden. To see them embraced as they were did something to my heart that was indescribable. Lola was always so delighted to see them. When she interacted it was with such tenderness, curiosity and presence. When talking with her it was as if you were the only person that existed. I am so grateful for her incredible example of love... of course, I can’t forget her bringing a basket of candy, books, toys, random things to the boys on our departures and in her strong, beautiful, adorable accent telling them, “Select what you like.”’

Hélène Cauchon

February 12, 2019

Lola knew how to cook up the most delicious banquets spread across her family table with love, & her smile was so sweet. Lola, please give a hug to Margaret in those celestial skies. Love & prayers to all the wonderful DeJesus family during this sad time of saying goodbye.

Stephanie Cauchon

February 12, 2019

“Eat! Come get something now!”
Every Sunday your
Exhortation to partake with
Extending family and friends
Blessed
Each of us.

Tita, Mom, Auntie, Lola

Every holiday
A gift to remind
Each of us
Of the breadth of your
Embrace.

Grace, consistency, endurance, presence, humor, devotion, gentle guidance
Eternal gifts
Ever grateful

Lola, Auntie, Mom, Tita

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Biography

Pacita Guerra de Jesus, age 84, of Chula Vista, California passed away on Friday February 8, 2019. Pacita was born on October 10, 1934, the eldest of three daughters to Alfredo Guerra and Isabel Guerra.

Pacita was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and teacher. She loved children and earned a teaching degree in National Language (Filipino) with a minor in Home Economics from Philippine Women's University. Pacita taught in Coron, Palawan for four years before marrying her high school sweetheart, Wilfrido de Jesus, whom she had met in her sophomore year. During her nearly 25-year career at Juarez-Lincoln Elementary School and the Border View YMCA, Pacita was an ESL evaluator (Filipino), teacher's aide, playground monitor, YMCA Child Care Counselor, the Chair of the Juarez-Lincoln Elementary School Rabies Clinic, and a poll worker at Juarez-Lincoln Elementary School during election season. Pacita received an Appreciation Award for outstanding service to the Border View YMCA, a Certificate of Appreciation from Juarez-Lincoln Elementary School for her hours of dedicated volunteer service to the children and staff, a Founder's Day Award from the Chula Vista Elementary School District for outstanding service to the students, a Certificate of Appreciation from the Chula Vista Elementary School District for 24 years and 6 months of valuable service, a Certificate of Recognition from the Border View YMCA for her on-going commitment to helping youth, and a Certificate of Appreciation from the U. S. Navy which read in part, "... for her unselfish, faithful, and devoted service during her husband's naval career. Her unfailing support and understanding helped to make possible her husband's lasting contribution to the nation." Additionally, Pacita was a virtuoso pianist, and taught piano at her home for many years.

Pacita was a wonderful cook and opened her home every Sunday to friends and family for Sunday lunch and dinner, celebrating birthdays, engagements, and holidays with not only delicious Filipino food, but also Italian, Mexican, and Vegetarian fare. Pacita's devoted care of her blind mother for 36 years set an unforgettable example of her belief in taking care of family through any difficult circumstance, and putting that belief into action through medical appointments, shopping trips, trips to the park, and Sunday worship at St. Joseph's Cathedral, Corpus Christi Catholic Church, and Mater Dei Catholic Church. Pacita and her sisters, Dolores Oyco and Lynn Tuyor, were blessed to be able to celebrate their mother's 100th birthday in 2017.

Pacita also had one of the hardest jobs, that of being a Navy wife during the Vietnam War and Cold War, at times settling the household in a new duty station with her children while her husband, Wilfrido, was underway on deployment.

Pacita is survived by her husband of 61 years, Wilfrido, daughter Luisa, sons Roland (Miriam) and Raymund (Juliet), sister Dolores (José) Oyco, sister Lynn Tuyor, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Graceful, loving, caring, faithful, generous, supportive, wise, thoughtful, kind, considerate, and compassionate, have all been used to describe Pacita. To those who loved Pacita best, she was the best sister you could ever have, a fantastic woman and amazing mother, and a peaceful soul whose tremendous heart welcomed everyone to a place at the table. We will miss Pacita so very much.

A visitation at The Little Chapel of the Roses for Pacita will be held Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Glen Abbey Memorial Park and Mortuary, 3838 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA 91902. A Funeral Mass will occur Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Mater Dei Catholic Church, 1571 Magdalena Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91913. A Committal Service will follow from 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM, at Glen Abbey Memorial Park and Mortuary. A reception at Glen Abbey's Little Lodge will follow from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.GlenAbbeysandiego.com for the de Jesus family.