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Carmelita Dabi Calindas

January 20, 1943December 7, 2020
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Carmelita Dabi Calindas, 77, of Sacramento, California passed away on December 7, 2020 due to complications from coronavirus (COVID-19).

Carmelita was born on January 20, 1943 in the Philippines. She retired as a Commissary Teller for the Department of Defense. Carmelita was a kind and caring woman who affectionately loved all of her family and friends. She was responsible for bringing her immediate family to the United States from the Philippines. Carmelita inspired and helped her family including those remaining in the Philippines. She generously supported many charities and diverse organizations. She was an active member in the American Legion Auxiliary Magellan Post 604 and Filipino American Veterans Association. She willingly offered her help and influenced everyone she had touched. Carmelita always brought out the best in all of us.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Juan Dabi and Feliza Dabi Flores; and her step-father John Flores.

She is survived by her husband, Federico Calindas; daughter, Carmela Calindas Yamamoto; son, Frederic Calindas; son-in-law, Darren Yamamoto; daughter-in-law, Teresita Calindas; granddaughters, Caitlin Nubla, Lauren Nubla, Raven Yamamoto, Natalee Rose Calindas, Elizabeth Grace Calindas, grandson, Alexander Calindas, as well as her siblings, Jose Dabi, Benjamin Dabi, Renato Dabi, Danilo Dabi, Marilou Dabi Abuan, and Juan Dabi Jr.

Carmelita will be dearly missed and her love will be forever cherished!

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  • Graveside Service

    Friday, January 15, 2021

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Michele Parks

January 12, 2021

I worked and was her supervisor for many years. It was a sad day for the commissary, when she retired. I have so many memories of Lita. There is a couple that stands out. First one ,we all started putting fake tattoos on our bodies . After I went out and had a real one put on my ankle for my Granddaughter. I bought a package of roses tattoos, Lita wanted one she was so excited to have me put it on her. Her face just lite up with joy and laughter. Because here we are older ladies playing with tattoos at work. Like little kids doing something we shouldn't have been doing. The other one I remember is when the bakery would cook French bread and you smell through the store. Lita would run and buy for everyone in office. Then after eating quite a big piece,she would sit on the couch and her eyes would be half close and she would say wow I have a bad headache. But she would never stop buying and eating with us all. There is so many more great memories. Lita I will miss you deeply. RIP DEAR LADY AND FRIEND.

Dale Esperante

December 26, 2020

We had been friends for over a decade. From the very first time, your kind and friendly personality became so clear and dear to us. We’ll remember your active participation in our community, especially with the American Legion Magellan Post 604 and The Filipino American Veterans Association. Your graciousness and support will truly be missed by all. Your thoughtfulness and encouraging words made us more confident to believe in ourselves. Your generosity of sharing time, joy, memories, your garden fruits such as persimmons and pomegranates, and gestures of goodness will live on in our hearts. We feel so blessed to have known you. Thank you for being a very good friend and a Manang Lita to us.

Frederic Calindas

December 23, 2020

Mom, I owe everything to you and more! Without you, I would not be the person I am today. You have instilled upon me the values of life, love, family, respect, ambition and kindness. I truly cannot express in words how much you mean to me and my appreciation for all that you have done. You will always be the most magnificent person in my life. I will miss you so very much! I am absolutely proud and honored to be your son!

Love always,
Frederic

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Biography

Carmelita Tangalin Dabi Calindas was born in Santiago, Bauang, La Union, Philippines on January 20, 1943 to Feliza Tangalin Dabi Flores of Santiago, Bauang, La Union, Philippines and Juan Cordero Dabi of Dingle, Iloilo, Philippines. She is the oldest of seven children; her siblings are Jose Dabi, Benjamin Dabi, Renato Dabi, Danilo Dabi, Marilou Dabi Abuan, and Juan Dabi Jr.

She attended the University of the East (UE) in Manila, Philippines, and Cochise College in Douglas, Arizona.

Carmelita came to the United States on August 15, 1967 and fortunately met the love of her life, Federico Nacionales Calindas, in San Francisco, California. Federico was a soldier in the United States Army at that time. They married on April 27, 1968 in San Francisco. She always talked about how lucky and grateful she was to have found such a caring, hard-working, patient provider, and father to her kids. She would constantly say, “No words can describe how wonderful this man is.”

Carmelita and Federico have two children; daughter, Carmela Calindas Yamamoto and son, Frederic Calindas. Carmela married to Darren Yamamoto and Frederic married to Teresita Verzo. They have five grandchildren; Caitlin Nubla, Lauren Nubla, Natalie Rose Calindas, Alexander Calindas and Elizabeth Grace Calindas. They both enjoyed taking care of their grandchildren. She would always say, “They are my priorities!”

Carmelita retired from the federal government. For 28 years, she worked for the federal government; Department of the Army, United States Navy, United States Air Force, and lastly Defense Commissary Agency. She used to say, "I moved around too much but I enjoyed my jobs, especially with the United States Army." She said that she loved the military so much that if only her husband could have stayed in it forever. She said, "By being in the military, our family was able to see places that some people could only see in books or magazines. We were truly lucky!"

She said, "Overall, my life is so full of contentment and satisfaction because my husband is my gem. God created such a magnificent and one of a kind creation."