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OBITUARY

Edita Mendoza Bejar

March 25, 1941June 29, 2020
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Edita Mendoza Bejar, 79, passed away Monday, June 29, 2020 due to cancer. She was a fighter until the end.

She was born on March 25, 1941 in the Philippines and became a teacher of history and health education after graduating from the University of the Philippines Dilliman. She was known to coach softball while wearing stiletto heels on the field.

She moved to the United States in 1975 with her mother, Mercedes, and brother, Mario, and lived between Los Angeles and Chicago. She earned her master’s degree in education from Loyola University and Northeastern Illinois University before becoming a retired Chicago Public School teacher and life-long advocate for education. She had a great love for Chicago: all of its people, architecture, culture, and sports teams.

She is survived by her sister Lilia (Thomas) Alhambra; brother Maximino, Jr. (Monserrat) Bejar; and dozens of nieces and nephews, including Maria Lisa, Faith Mariel (Carlos Rodriguez), and Matthew Mark Bejar of whom she selflessly helped raise.

Her presence will be greatly missed, but the impact she has had on our lives will be with us forever.

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Marissa Bejar

July 4, 2020

Emmanuel Divina

July 3, 2020

Elisa Divina

July 3, 2020

Elisa Divina

July 3, 2020

Kristine Solidum-Krebs

July 2, 2020

It’s hard to put down in words the many nice memories I have of Lola Ditas. She was a strong, brave, and educated woman who spoke her mind, cared deeply for her family (especially Marissa, Faith and Matthew) and relatives, and regaled in our accomplishments and successes.

Education was very important to her. When my family and I visited her in Chicago when I was still in middle school, she asked which Chicago museum I would like to visit. I replied that I’d rather go to the mall. The look on her face – of utter disappointment that I would rather spend time in a mall instead of enriching my mind and discovering something new and informative – was priceless. She wouldn’t have any of it and took my brother (Karl) and me up the Sears Tower instead. I guess that was sort of a middle ground for her – we didn’t waste our time and mind at a mall, and we got to enjoy the aerial view of Chicago from high on up and learned something educational.

I am so thankful that my husband and I were able to spend time with her in July 2019. Together with Faith, Carlos, and Matthew, on board a Chicago river boat, we enjoyed seeing the architectural wonders and skyscrapers of Chicago. While physically she was a bit frail as she used a cane to walk and balance herself, she remained spunky with her brain still sharp as a tack. She also had the gift of gab as she shared with us colorful stories of my dad (Josefino) during his US Coast Guard Academy days while dating my mom (Olivia). I am forever grateful for Lola Ditas as she was the one who introduced my parents to each other.

We love you, Lola Ditas. You will always be in our hearts.

Merlyn’ Dangor

July 2, 2020

A very vivid memory that I have of Auntie was when I was around 6 years old she had a boyfriend that comes to court her while Nanang would sit there like a chaperon .. so Auntie was getting ready and I was watching her put her make up on ..I was amazed how she expertly applies her eyeliner on (wing style) .
Also she used to asked me to pluck her underarm hair and she would give me like 50 cents per hair! I was rich from that job ! Lol!

Astrid Bejar

July 2, 2020

Me and my siblings will always be grateful and happy for the memories we had with Lola Ditas as our grandmother. Everytime she visits the Philippines we always make sure to have time to see her with her surviving sister Lola Lilia. They are the epitome of Elegance and Grace. She is witty, sports enthusiast and a very good conversationalist in almost all topics.
I remember telling her that I want to grow old graceful like her. The way she dressed and carry herself is a lovely sight and she replied that her clothes and jewelry is not even that expensive. She’s just naturally confident and beautiful. We will always cherish our memories with her. Indeed, Heaven has gained a pure and beautiful soul.

Mamer Lorenzo

July 2, 2020

Auntie Ditas had this deep, booming voice that will surely catch your attention especially if you were caught being naughty or bad. That voice went very well with her personality. Strong willed and assertive when necessary and able to bring her opinions across to any debates she had with my father, Maximino whom she calls Kuyang Junior. Auntie Ditas always did her best to come to all our family gatherings, which is how she showed us how to value family She gives advice and prayers to try to comfort us when we are sad, or overworked. Her voice also reflects her love and enthusiasm in life, and showed me to enjoy whatever we are given. I send my love with you in heaven. I'm sure there's a very happy celebration with Lola Merced, Lolo Minong, Auntie Patching, Uncle Romeo, Uncle Edward Auntie Guing and Uncle Mar and my daughter Em-Em. We love you and thank you for loving us!

Elisa Divina

July 1, 2020

Karl Solidum

July 1, 2020

I remember visiting her in Chicago and also getting to meet (Tita) Marissa, Faith and (Tito) Matthew. We were all having lunch at the time and Lola Ditas was telling stories. As a kid, Lola Ditas can seem very intimidating with her loud voice and strong demeanor. You can tell right away she used to be a strict teacher. Anyway, she was saying something very expressively about the Spaniards who colonized the Philippines centuries ago, except she kept referring to them as "Kastila", an ancient term we've only seen in textbooks and historical articles. Me and my brother started giggling when we heard that and Lola Ditas gave us a stern look from across the table so cold that only strict professors can give and I immediately froze. Later on my parents told us that yes Lola Ditas may seem very strict, but it was also because of her that my parents got to meet each other when my mom was her student, and me and my siblings were able to see the Motherly side in her that was able to nurture the growth of Marissa, Faith, and Matthew. She will be missed, and we are left with the comfort of knowing that she is no longer in pain and is now with God.

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Biography

Edita Mendoza Bejar, 79, passed away Monday, June 29, 2020 due to cancer. She was a fighter until the end.

She was born on March 25, 1941 in the Philippines and became a teacher of history and health education after graduating from the University of the Philippines Dilliman. She was known to coach softball while wearing stiletto heels on the field.

She moved to the United States in 1975 with her mother, Mercedes, and brother, Mario, and lived between Los Angeles and Chicago. She earned her master’s degree in education from Loyola University and Northeastern Illinois University before becoming a retired Chicago Public School teacher and life-long advocate for education. She had a great love for Chicago: all of its people, architecture, culture, and sports teams.

She is survived by her sister Lilia (Thomas) Alhambra; brother Maximino, Jr. (Monserrat) Bejar; and dozens of nieces and nephews, including Maria Lisa, Faith Mariel (Carlos Rodriguez), and Matthew Mark Bejar of whom she selflessly helped raise.

Her presence will be greatly missed, but the impact she has had on our lives will be with us forever.