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Celia Javier Rasmussen

June 21, 1933August 26, 2020

Celia Javier Rasmussen, age 87, a life-long resident in Milpitas, CA passed away peacefully on August 26, 2020, and was surrounded by her closest family and friends. Born on June 21, 1933 in Cavite City, Philippines, her late parents Domiciano and Apolonia Javier, had eight beautiful children (Demetrio, Antonio, Celia, Arturo, Soledad, Leticia, Bienvenida, and Lolita). Celia survived by her two sons, Frank and his wife Warren, and her late son Jose, who passed in 2015. She was loved deeply by her grandchildren: Lisa and her husband Anthony, Anthony and his wife Daniela, Dnell and Janelle. A cherished great-grandmother to Christopher (Lisa), Anthony Jr. (Lisa), Ethan (Lisa), Marcel (Lisa), Dominic (Lisa), Madix (Anthony), and Jaxon (Anthony). Adored and remembered by her many nieces, nephews and friends. After graduating high school in the Philippines, Celia started her singing career at the young age of seventeen, performing in night clubs, social events and on local television. With the voice of an angel and beauty that would last throughout her lifetime, she made a successful career and name for herself during the seven years she was performing. During this time is when she met the first love of her life, Manolo Alix, a U.S. Navy Veteran and the father of her two children, Frank and Jose. A loving and devoted mother, Celia wanted to make a better life for her children. In 1966, she migrated to the U.S. from the Philippines with her two sons and began a new life in America. Settling in the city of Milpitas, CA, Celia worked as an assembler at a local manufacturing company which allowed her to provide for her family. Known for her hard work ethic, dedication, beauty, and infectious personality, Celia met the last love of her life, Thomas Rasmussen, a U.S. Army veteran. After dating a few years, they were married in Reno, Nevada in 1972. They built a wonderful life together and looked forward to raising their family until Tom’s unexpected passing in July 1975. Celia continued to be a dedicated and loving mother, first and foremost. Her heart was so giving, and she was always there to help others in times of need. Over the years, she would open her home up to senior citizens who needed help with assisted living, foster kids who were between homes, those less fortunate who needed a place to live, or someone who simply needed a place to call home while they worked to make a better life for themselves and/or their family. Her love for her family, her faith in God, and the desire to help others would bless her with many friends, good fortune and wonderful memories throughout her life. She was always giving back to the church, the community and those less fortunate who needed help. When Celia wasn’t spending time with her family or playing Mahjong with her sisters, she loved to sing, cook, travel, and always lived each day to the fullest. She leaves behind a legacy of strong values which she instilled in her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and those she loved. She will be dearly missed and forever in the hearts of those who loved her and the lives she touched throughout her lifetime. A funeral mass in her honor will take place on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fremont, CA at 10:30am. Committal will follow in a private service for her immediate family at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Fremont, CA.

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    Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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    Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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Celia Javier Rasmussen, age 87, a life-long resident in Milpitas, CA passed away peacefully on August 26, 2020, and was surrounded by her closest family and friends. Born on June 21, 1933 in Cavite City, Philippines, her late parents Domiciano and Apolonia Javier, had eight beautiful children (Demetrio, Antonio, Celia, Arturo, Soledad, Leticia, Bienvenida, and Lolita).

Celia survived by her two sons, Frank and his wife Warren, and her late son Jose, who passed in 2015. She was loved deeply by her grandchildren: Lisa and her husband Anthony, Anthony and his wife Daniela, Dnell and Janelle. A cherished great-grandmother to Christopher (Lisa), Anthony Jr. (Lisa), Ethan (Lisa), Marcel (Lisa), Dominic (Lisa), Madix (Anthony), and Jaxon (Anthony). Adored and remembered by her many nieces, nephews and friends.

After graduating high school in the Philippines, Celia started her singing career at the young age of seventeen, performing in night clubs, social events and on local television. With the voice of an angel and beauty that would last throughout her lifetime, she made a successful career and name for herself during the seven years she was performing. During this time is when she met the first love of her life, Manolo Alix, a U.S. Navy Veteran and the father of her two children, Frank and Jose.

A loving and devoted mother, Celia wanted to make a better life for her children. In 1966, she migrated to the U.S. from the Philippines with her two sons and began a new life in America. Settling in the city of Milpitas, CA, Celia worked as an assembler at a local manufacturing company which allowed her to provide for her family. Known for her hard work ethic, dedication, beauty, and infectious personality, Celia met the last love of her life, Thomas Rasmussen, a U.S. Army veteran. After dating a few years, they were married in Reno, Nevada in 1972. They built a wonderful life together and looked forward to raising their family until Tom’s unexpected passing in July 1975.

Celia continued to be a dedicated and loving mother, first and foremost. Her heart was so giving, and she was always there to help others in times of need. Over the years, she would open her home up to senior citizens who needed help with assisted living, foster kids who were between homes, those less fortunate who needed a place to live, or someone who simply needed a place to call home while they worked to make a better life for themselves and/or their family. Her love for her family, her faith in God, and the desire to help others would bless her with many friends, good fortune and wonderful memories throughout her life. She was always giving back to the church, the community and those less fortunate who needed help.

When Celia wasn’t spending time with her family or playing Mahjong with her sisters, she loved to sing, cook, travel, and always lived each day to the fullest. She leaves behind a legacy of strong values which she instilled in her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and those she loved. She will be dearly missed and forever in the hearts of those who loved her and the lives she touched throughout her lifetime.

A funeral mass in her honor will take place on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fremont, CA at 10:30am. Committal will follow in a private service for her immediate family at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Fremont, CA.

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