Rufina Manabat Opaco

April 21, 1927May 12, 2018

Sunrise April 21,1927 - Sunset May 12,2018

In Bamban Tarlac Philippines on April 21, 1927 a beautiful baby girl was born and was named Rufina (Angelina/Iling) Manabat Opaco, to the late Thomas Manabat (US Army - Fort Stotsenberg Philippines) and Candelaria Anunciacion Manabat. She was the second eldest of 9 siblings. At a later time, their family moved in Fort Stotsenberg Army Base.

Growing up, Rufina loved the Lord and was baptized at the United Methodist Church. She met the love of her life, Jose D. Opaco, during liberation time of WWII . Rufina worked in the Officer’s Club while Jose worked at the Engineering Department. Later, they tied the knot and were blessed with six beautiful children. At a later time in life, they migrated to Chula Vista California.

Rufina was gorgeous with an upbeat personality. At a young age until her early teen, she was an avid horse woman. During the Japanese occupation, at a young age, she quickly learned to speak the Japanese language. She was called often to translate for the Japanese.

Rufina was a loving house wife and devoted to her husband. She was compassionate and loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren so dearly. She would often entertain them with WWII stories.

Rufina was preceded in death by her loving husband Jose David Opaco, her son Romeo Opaco and daughter Thelma Opaco Mc Cormick. She is survived by her children Willy, Myrna, Noli and Rowen and grandchildren Dennis, Marvin, Myra, Dennis, Derek, Wesley, Jemelle, Kent, Monica, Stephanie, and JP. She is also survived by seven great grandchildren Sophia, Reign, Earl, Gavin, Rihana, Kailani, and Maliyah. Her grandchildren affectionately call her Dahling and Ma’o.


  • Myrna O. Nepomuceno, Daughter


  • Visitation Friday, May 18, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 18, 2018

Rufina Manabat Opaco

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