Gracia Grace Resurreccion Achanzar

May 7, 1936March 1, 2011

Arrangements under the direction of Lima Family Milpitas-Fremont Mortuary, Fremont, CA.

Gracia (Resurreccion) Achanzar was born to Pio and Leonore Resureccion on May 7, 1936, in Manila, PI. She attended schools in Manila and later met Geronimo Achanzar, whom she married on January 18, 1958.

Grace moved to the United States in 1971. She lived in Chicago, where she worked as a unit secretary at Oak Park Hospital in Oak Park, Illinois, and was a member of the Lions Club. In 1980, she and her family relocated to San Jose, California, where she met friends whom she came to consider her extended family. She worked as a unit secretary at Kaiser Santa Teresa. While living in the Bay Area, Grace was a member of Women in Touch and the Flower Lovers Club. She was a member of St. Catherine of Alexandria parish in Morgan Hill, California, and sang in the church’s Fil-Am choir. She was a member of a dance group called the “Golden Girls.”

Gracia yearned to experience life to its fullest, and even in her old age she maintained an active lifestyle. She looked forward to spending time with her friends from her various clubs and organizations. She developed a morning routine of reading the daily newspapers as she ate her breakfast, and she enjoyed fashion and watching her favorite television shows. Most of all, Grace lived for her fifteen grandchildren, whom she taught to live, to love, to laugh, and to give.

Grace is survived by her children, Gerry, Gabby, Gladys, Gil and Gemma. She was a loving mother-in-law to Ethel, Annabelle, Yolanda and Jack. She was a beloved grandmother to her 15 grandchildren: Gigirose, Ginamay, Myles, Gregory, Chloe, Marissa, Samantha, Julian, Jordan, Tiara, Tamara, Justin, James, Joshua and Hannah.

Grace will be interred at Lima Family Cedar Lawn in Fremont, California.

Leonore Resurreccion used to sing a song to her little girl, Gracia. In the song, a child asks her mother what she will be when she is grown, and the mother tells her, “The future’s not ours to see; que sera, sera.” From these words, Gracia gleaned her approach towards life: the future is unknowable, and so we must cherish each moment we are given. As her mother taught her, Gracia taught her own children – and then her grandchildren – this song and this way of living life. Gracia made the most of every day that she lived. She had an unquenchable thirst for experience; she traveled well into her old age, breathing in the beauties that this world has to offer. She appreciated expression – she danced, she sang, and she created beautiful things. But most of all, Gracia was full of love – love for her family and for her friends, whom she considered family. She treasured the time she spent with her children, and with her grandchildren, who called her “Mama.” She taught them not only how to live life but to conquer it – to be strong, to be independent, and to create their happiness. She taught them not to accept limits. And in her 74 years, Gracia did it all. She fell in love and raised a family. She had a career, she saw the world, and she developed relationships with those around her. And she lived to share the wisdom that she acquired through her experiences with her loved ones. Though she is no longer physically with us, timelessness would not be worth one day of living and loving as Gracia did. As we look upon her picture, sweet memories we recall of a face so full of sunshine and a smile for one and all.


  • Memorial Mass Saturday, March 5, 2011
  • Saturday Vigil in Honor of Grace Achanzar Saturday, March 5, 2011
  • Vigil in Honor of Grace Achanzar Wednesday, March 9, 2011
  • Funeral Service for Grace Achanzar Thursday, March 10, 2011

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bing achanzar

March 1, 2012

March 1, 2012
Just want to let you know, I am thinking of you and praying for you, as we remember auntie's anniversary, today.Love you all. I miss her.

Darleen Achanzar Laney

May 21, 2011

May 18, 2011
I had no idea there was another angel created in the family. I sit and think of all my family and how I wished I could have spent more time. The days have flown by like a hurricane wind. I will sadly miss my cousins.

Tet Achanzar

May 8, 2011

75 years ago today God GRACED this world with you. Your birthdays were happy, but your going home was joyous! My thoughts have wandered away to the world beyond this present one, the world where there are no tears, no pain, just pure joy with God and all we loved on earth. I'll see you all there someday!

aurora lim

March 11, 2011

dear Gerry gladys gabby gilbert and gemma,our heartfelt condolences and prayers for the passing of aunty grace.she will always be remembered by us because of her kind heart ,her caring and generous ways especially to our parents ..mama had the time of her life when aunty invited her for a cruise..she came home so happy and excited relating their beautiful experiences,and a month later she died;thanks to uncle and aunty for making mama happy during the last days of her life..we had a good time too when aunty grace came home for her school reunion.we will miss her..i always make it a point to look at all your pictures in fb just to stay connected to your i wish i could be there with you prayers and love ..
achanzars and aurora .. ..

Angeles Minoza

March 10, 2011

To a dearest cousin and best friend,
We have been closed since you were growing up to a teenager. My constant chaperon and confidant at our growing years till you and I got married and even at a distance you kept me posted.
Since then we respected each other very much and treated me as your older sister. I had a big role in your wedding day as a planner. Those were the days I shall never forget and cherish it .
Grace my dear, it hurts to say goodbye on your final journey and more because physically I am at a distance.
Over here in Surrey, B.C. Canada, my children and I nightly have novena prayers for your eternal repose for 9 days ending tonight that includes Farley,Gervy and Willie. You are always in our hearts. If you happen to meet my late husband Willie Sr. tell him we love him too. It hurts to say so long and God bless on your final destination.
Manang Angeling Minoza,

Mila Bul-Lalaybo

March 9, 2011

To a dear Friend Grace,

We may not have know each other for long time. I may not be your best friend, we may not have shared our inner selves, but we known within our hearts that we share mutual admirations manifested in our every encounter.

On the first night we gathered to offer prayers for your eternal repose, I volunteered to start the rosary, mainly because it happened to be a Sorrowful Mystery, a very appropriate way to express how sorrowful I am of your passing away. During the prayer, your spiritual presence is so strong every time your name is mentioned in Hail Mary full of "Grace" that no matter how I try to control my emotions, the feelings that you can't be physically reached and be held anymore becomes more intense. You are now due to be born again, because in order for us to be born again, we need to die first, and when that time comes, it is life everlasting.

In my grief, I console myself remembering you, that despite our brief acquaintances, you shown me true friendship, appreciated and consistently showed admirations towards me as a person which proves your unconditional acceptance of me as your friend.

Goodbye, my dear friend, will surely gonna miss you, you'll always have a place in my heart. Wish you a happy and glorious journey back to our Almighty Creator. Missing you with love.

Rebecca Cortez

March 9, 2011

It was in 2001, when our friendship with Grace began. This friendship has grown in many ways, that it grown to admiration, respect and love. Grace is a lovely person, talented creative, artistic and very helpful. She always helped me design our dance costumes. Grace and I went out for lunches and shopping. We had lots of fun together. I enjoyed and appreciated her company very much.

Grace, I am going to miss you a lot. You will always have a special space in my heart. Both of us love to dance. You are always welcome to join us in our future dance practices. I know you will be there with us in spirit.

Grace, may you rest in peace. Farewell to you my dear, until we meet again and dance again with our husband as our partner in heaven. I love you and pray for you.

Norma Alegre

March 9, 2011

First of all to Grace family, relative and friends, I extend my deepest sympathy to all of you. I met Grace through the Fil-Am Senior Dance Group a few years ago. She was a good dancer, good friend to all. We will miss her company and friendship.

Dear Grace, rest in peace, with love and prayers.

Terry Fedalizo

March 9, 2011

Grace you had a beautiful life that came to an end, and lived it. You are a wonderful person and everybody's friend. Just after your 70th Birthday, we went to a cruise in Europe and Scandinavia and we had a grand time. We looked forward to our monthly luncheon at the Elks Club for Women In Touch, the monthly tea's for the Flower Lover's Club and the side trips that was offered. Our Fil-Am Senior Dance Group, which was a riot when we get together, and Rebecca always fed us and made sure everything was comfortable. In our hearts all those memories remain of one we loved and will never forget. With much love and may you rest in peace.

Anita Macapanpan

March 9, 2011

Ate Grace is a beautiful lady, who always dressed in style. She never complained when she had aches and pains, especially, during all the times we practiced for our dance rehearsals. She loves to dance and always an eager dance. I will always treasure the times I spent with her. There will be a void when I go to pick her and Manang Terri up, for our monthly luncheon with the Women In Touch in Gilroy. Hernan and I will miss her very much. Ate Grace, we love you and may you rest in peace.