Monica Fiesta Fernando

January 3, 1938December 29, 2018
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Monica Fiesta Fernando, was born on January 3rd, 1938 in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, Philippines to Liberato & Anastacia Fiesta. She resided here in Delano for 38 years, ultimately passing on December 29th, 2018 in Delano, CA.

She is survived by her husband Benigno Fernando, her son Sam and his wife Mila Fernando, her daughter Cris Mati, her daughter Zenaida and husband Joel Tutop, Her grandchildren Vianca & Bryton Carlson, Ericson & Chelsea Mati, Jhordan & Jenilee Tutop, Monavie & Jakob Layman, Joshua Fernando, and Samira Fernando as well as her great grandchild Jonah Carlson. Monica also leaves behind her siblings, Johnny Fiesta, Jose Fiesta, Hilaria Paguirigan, & Teddy Fiesta.

Monica was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend. She will be dearly missed by all!

She is preceded in death by her parents Liberato & Anastacia Fiesta, siblings Domingo Fiesta, Vicente Fiesta, Virgie Reloj, Dinicio Fiesta, and Felisa Calantoc, her son Rudolfo Fernando, as well as her son-in-law Eric Mati.

A visitation for Monica will be held Friday, January 11, 2019 from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM at Delano Mortuary, 707 Browning Road, Delano, CA 93215, and the rosary will begin promptly at 5:30 PM. A mass of christian burial will occur Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM at St. Mary's of the Miraculous Medal Parish, 916 Lexington St., Delano, CA 93215 with the committal service following immediately after at North Kern Cemetery District, 627 Austin St., Delano, CA 93215.

Serving as pallbearers are Jhordan Tutop, Ericson Mati, Joshua Fernando, John Castillo, Bryton Carlson and Jakob Layman.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Fernando family. Services entrusted to Delano Mortuary. a Dignity Memorial provider.


  • Jhordan Tutop, Pallbearer
  • Ericson Mati, Pallbearer
  • Joshua Fernando, Pallbearer
  • John Castillo, Pallbearer
  • Bryton Carlson, Pallbearer
  • Jakob Layman, Pallbearer


  • Visitation Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Rosary Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, January 12, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, January 12, 2019

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Gaymarie Hermano Rozal

January 11, 2019

Lola Moning ‘s big heart and welcoming demeanor made it easy to love her. We always looked forward to her and Lolo Ben’s visits, either to San Jose or at their home in Delano. She would sit down with me and ask if I had a boyfriend, and then tell me you don’t need one, just go to school.

I will always remember the time she met my husband, Jason, and read his palm. She was very excited that he had many “pockets”. She always made us laugh.

Lola Moning reminded me so much of my Late Lola Feliza. I love Lola Moning just the same. Rest in Paradise, Lola. You will be truly missed! Say hi to Nana for me.

Leah Calantoc

January 10, 2019

“The sun, the moon, the wind, the stars, will forever be around, reminding you of the love you shared, and the peace she’s finally found.”

Lola Moning was always full of life, full of spunk, and full of love. With her character, you definitely knew she was the life of the party. Her first words after greeting her hello and blessing her were 99% always, "Dance! dance!" I will never forget each of the times she would dance up to my sister and I, grab our hands, and drag us to the dance floor (even in middle of eating haha).

I remember growing up, we occasionally visited her and Lolo Ben at their home in Delano. She would always tell my parents to go pick some fresh vegetables in the backyard before we headed back home to San Jose. She always made sure we were well fed and energized for our long trip back. I'll always remember her smile and her stylish hand wave goodbye as she stood on the porch while we backed out of the driveway.

Lola Moning, we will miss you so very much. Your warm and welcoming heart and character will never be forgotten.

Tiny Castillo Khatri

January 10, 2019

I will always remember Lola Moning coming to the parties in San Jose and you always knew she has arrived with her infectious and loud laugh. She would always grab the palm of our hands and start to do a reading. She also had no problem doing the same for our significant others back then, even though she had just met them. During the palm reading, she would say that we would end up being rich. Hasn’t come true yet but maybe she can start pulling some strings. Haha.

Lola Moning always had a way to make any one feel welcomed and enjoyed all her stories from when her and my Nana Feliza were kids. I will never forget her laugh and warmth. She will truly be missed.

Jaymie Fleming

January 5, 2019

I always enjoyed seeing grandma. Never knew what she said, but just by the touch of her hand, she always made me feel special. We will miss her hugs, her blessings and her smile.

One of my memories was at Jhordan’s and Jens house. Sitting on their couch talking to one of their friends after the wedding . I think grandma did all the talking. Haha.




Monica Fiesta Fernando, born on January 3rd, 1938 in Sarrat, Illocos Norte, Philippines, was a woman of many words and a woman who lived by those words. Wholeheartedness, trustworthiness, and strength were just a few truths that kept Monica animated and vibrant in the company of her loved ones. From an early age her life was filled with devotion and diligence. Monica was one out of 10 children to the parents of Liberato & Anastacia Fiesta. At the age of 23 she met the love of her life, a gardener name Benigno “Ben” Fernando.They courted each other for two years while working together and on January 28, 1963 they began their life as husband and wife.

Monica and Ben’s family quickly grew as their children Sam, Crisanta, and Zenaida were born. Sadly their eldest son, Rudolfo, passed at the young age of two. While her husband worked abroad in Saudi Arabia, Monica worked tirelessly to instill a strong sense of morals and spirituality within their children. In the summer of 1978, the Fernando Family moved from Manila to Oahu, Hawaii, and then two years later continued their journey to Delano, California, where they established a home.

Throughout their 55 years of marriage Monica and Ben were rich in both love and passion for what they did. They were craftsman, artists, and farmers. Their grandchildren and great grandson grew up in their backyard, a Filipino garden where they were trained, like Monica, to dig and shape their own paths. She planted enduring qualities and colorful quirks within all of whom she met. She gave us the capability to love and to love anyone. She gave us the curiosity to think big and to remain faithful in the small things. She gave us the ability to listen even if no words were spoken. She gave us the art to ask, receive, and give back.

Monica Fiesta Fernando’s story will always inspire a path of kindness in our hearts. We honor her deep well of compassion and continue to build our lives out of her story.