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Rosauro "Ross" Pareja

December 28, 1954March 21, 2021
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Rosauro "Ross" Pareja, age 66, of Chula Vista, California passed away on Sunday, March 21, 2021. Ross was born December 28, 1954.

A visitation for Ross will be held Monday, April 12, 2021 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Glen Abbey Memorial Park and Mortuary, 3838 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA 91902.

A visitation will occur Tuesday, April 13, 2021 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 3838 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA 91902.

A funeral mass will occur Wednesday, April 14, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at St Mary, 426 7th Street, National City, CA 91950.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.glenabbeysandiego.net for the Pareja Family.

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Biography

Rosauro Pareja was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

       His parents were Amado Tolentino Pareja and Felicitas Buenavista Pareja. Ross was raised in Rosario, Cavite in the Philippines. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Growing up in the Pareja household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Ross was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Ross was raised with one sibling. He had one older brother, Romulo "Omi" Buenavista Pareja. Ross and his brother may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Ross was always consistently loyal to his family.

      As a young child, Ross was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Ross developed a variety of interests. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Ross took part in pick up basketball games with the neighborhood kids.

      While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Ross as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Cavite National High School in 1971. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was math. Ross was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Ross always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

      College life brought with it a new set of challenges, but Ross handled them well. Being a critical thinker who always remained intellectually independent, Ross was able to focus on the task at hand in order to complete his class work. He seemed to thrive on college reading assignments, something that often bogged down his classmates. Ross was able to read the material and retain the information in a way that impressed his fellow classmates. The ability to efficiently complete the task at hand was a skill that served Ross well during his college experience. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting at San Sebastian College Recoletos.

      Always considered to be a solid friend, Ross was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during his life. Since he disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw his own conclusions based on direct observation, Ross was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew him. He was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. It was not uncommon for Ross to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought him out for advice because he had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of his best friends were Rick Sales, Oda Baquiran, and Elmer Ricasa. Later in life, he became friends with Rick & Lina Ricasata, Grace and Emil Manalo, and Myrna & Cesar Virata.

      On September 6, 1979 Ross exchanged wedding vows with Velinda Reyes Ramos at the Rosario Municipal Courthouse of Rosario, Cavite. Compassionate and devoted to Velinda, Ross held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Velinda and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.

      Ross brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Ross was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Ross was blessed with three children. One son, Ronald, and two daughters, Michelle and Roxanne. They were also blessed with seven grandchildren (plus one on the way), Felix, Milo, Lewis, Wesley, Kayci, Logan, and Quinn. Mateo is expected in July 2021.

      Ross greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Ross enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Ross was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was Store Keeper (SK1) in the US Navy. He was employed for 20 years in the US Navy and 12 years with the Federal Government. Ross worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Ross was a Navy veteran. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of E6. A literal thinker who possessed a calm exterior, Ross seemed to enjoy the routines set forth by the military. His results-oriented approach to things made him committed to the job, and he understood well his role in serving his country. Ross retired from the US Navy in November 1998.

      Ross liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Ross always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were playing cards, solving sudoku games, playing chess, and playing mahjong.

      Ross was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was a member St. Mary's church 25 years. He was a sympathetic man who valued his beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

      Ross was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Ross’s favorites was his dog, Brody, a dachshund mix. They were best friends for 13 years. His pet family was rounded out by his other dog, Bella and his parakeets.

      Rosauro Pareja passed away on March 21, 2021 at his home, surrounded by his family. Diabetes and hypertension led to renal disease and congestive heart failure. He is survived by his wife, Velinda; his children, Ronald, Michelle and Roxanne; his grandchildren, Felix, Milo, Lewis, Wesley, Kayci, Logan, and Quinn. Services were held at St Mary's church. Ross was laid to rest in Glenn Abbey Memorial Park & Mortuary.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Rosauro Pareja. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.