OBITUARY

Cresencia Villano Laureta

November 14, 1932May 13, 2019
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Cresencia Villano Laureta, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister passed away peacefully on May 13, 2019, at her home in Harker Heights, at the age of 86, with her family by her side. Cresencia was born November 14, 1932 in Umingan, Pangasinan, Philippines to the late Vitaliano and Pastora Alvarado Villano. She was highly educated and graduated from the School of Pharmacy at the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. She worked in the Philippine Tobacco Administration as a Pharmacist, Chemist and researcher for over 20 years and continued her career at the Department of Agrarian Reform until her retirement. In 1974, she was one of the founders and producers of Cultura Filipiniana in the Philippines, formerly known as TUGSAWIT (Tugtug, Sayaw, Awit), a Banduria Rondalla, Dance Troupe and singers which performed at prominent places, such as the Cultural Center of the Philippines, that promotes cultural music, dances and songs. Cresencia was a faithful parishioner of St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church in Harker Heights, Texas and member of the Ladies of Charity for 15 years. She was also a member of Legion of Mary (Our Lady of Fatima Praesidium) at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Killeen, Texas. She was preceded by her husband, Mariano Rodrigo Laureta in March 2012, a sister, Laureta Alvarado Villano in March 2015 and a son, Roberto Villano Laureta in August 2001. She is survived by her sisters and brother, Mary Dumpit and Salvacion Amado of California, Gertrudes Carson and Sergio Villano of Washington. Her family in Texas - daughter, Alma Eclavea and her husband Albert; grandchildren, Allyson Laureta Eclavea Phinney and her husband Kevin, Alvin Laureta Eclavea and his wife Kelli, and Alleksys Laureta Eclavea; great grandchildren, Kylun Mariano Eclavea Phinney and Benjamin Gordon Eclavea; Her family in the Philippines – daughter in law, Norma Ecraela Laureta, son, Leodegario Villano Laureta and his wife Elizabeth Jacomina Laureta, daughter, Agnes Laureta Alfaro and her husband Gregorio; grandchildren, Ronald Jason Laureta and his wife Sheryll, Rachelyn Joy Laureta Andrion and her husband Joem, Rochelle Joyce Laureta, Roberto Laureta, Jr., Frances Margaux Laureta, Niel Joseph Laureta Alfaro and his wife Jaffete Sarmiento, Sharmaine Laureta Alfarao, Allysa Laureta Alfaro, Robin Laureta Alfaro, Francis Anthony Laureta; great grandchildren, Gabriel Javin Andrion, Luccio Vito Francesco Laureta, Ario Elijah S. Alfaro and Gregorio Alfaro III. Funeral Mass for Cresencia will be 11:00 AM Monday, May 20, 2019, at St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church in Harker Heights, TX. Following the Mass, she will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband, Mariano at the Killeen City Cemetery. Recitation of the Rosary will be 4:00 PM Sunday, May 19, 2019 with visitation to follow until 6:00 PM at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen, TX.

Services

  • Rosary @ 4:00 PM Followed by Visitation Until 6:00 PM Sunday, May 19, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Monday, May 20, 2019
  • Burial To Follow Service Monday, May 20, 2019

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Carrying Elijah for tge 1st time.. Loveyou lola..

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Valentine's Day - 1996, PHV, Heidelberg, Germany

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2013 December 23

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A much better smile

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A visit at Papa's grave site

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Alleks Graduation

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Valentine's Day - 1996, PHV, Heidelberg, Germany

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2013 December 23

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A much better smile

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A visit at Papa's grave site

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Alleks Graduation

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Allyson - Pose like me

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Biography

To Cresencia Villano Laureta, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, she was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around her, she seemed to be eternally happy, and she willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life she touched. For Cresencia, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, she could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Cresencia really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.
Cresencia was born on November 14, 1932 at her home in Umingan, Pangasinan, in the Philippines. Her parents were Vitaliano and Pastora Laureta. Cresencia was raised in Umingan. Even as a child, Cresencia had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around her. She was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. She couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. She was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, she succeeded in entertaining her entire family.
Always a good playmate, Cresencia was easygoing and fun loving. She managed to lighten the mood wherever she was, even during family squabbles. She seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Cresencia managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems as well as identify new solutions to problems. Cresencia was raised with four sisters and one brother. She had two older sisters, Mary and Laureta, two younger sisters, Gertrudes and Salvacion, and a younger brother, Sergio.
All of Cresencia's playful good humor carried over into her childhood. She was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed her to be constantly on the go. As a result, Cresencia experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited her very well. She enjoyed playing softball and participated in the Girl Scouts. In her spare time she liked cooking and household chores.
Ask anyone who knew her from school and they would tell you that Cresencia was a class “cut-up.” She didn’t do it to be unkind or to garner all the attention. Rather, Cresencia simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of her friends and acquaintances having a good time. It could be said that for Cresencia, grades may not have been the most important thing to her, but she really did enjoy her school experience. Since experience was Cresencia's best teacher. She enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Cresencia graduated from the Immaculate Conception High School in 1949. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite classes in high school were Chemistry and Science.
Cresencia reveled in her college years, where her imagination could run free. She was viewed by many of her classmates as being a creative, artistic person. Cresencia was usually found at the center of things, whether it was during class or in extracurricular activities. She was a jovial person who loved to share her passion for fun with others. But for Cresencia, life was not a case of all play and no work. Cresencia relished the task of putting her imagination to work in class. She was able to discover new and different ways of answering problems and creating unusual and different solutions. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila. Her favorite course was Chemistry.
Cresencia never actually encountered a stranger in her dealings with people. She was drawn to individuals and crowds, using her gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate her audience. This quality allowed Cresencia to continually develop new relationships, ever widening her circle of friends. Cresencia delighted in her role among all her acquaintances, because she viewed them all as potential spectators for her performance. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Cresencia was always right at home putting on a show among her friends. Cresencia utilized her interest in others as a great way to connect with them. Later in life, she became friends with Mrs. Natividad Pama. Cresencia loved sharing life and having her home filled with people she knew.
The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Cresencia very easy to approach. On October 14, 1954 Cresencia exchanged wedding vows with Mariano Rodrigo Laureta at Our Lady of Loretto Parish of Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines. She tried hard not to impose on her spouse. She was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.
Perhaps the reason Cresencia related so well to children was the fact that she never really completely grew up herself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped her in raising her own children. Cresencia was blessed with four children, two sons, Roberto and Leodegario, and two daughters, Alma and Agnes. Cresencia had the ability to focus her attention on the present moment. If she was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of her attention was directed. Cresencia's compassionate side prevented her from being a strict disciplinarian, and she could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. She could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Cresencia had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.
She was also considered by many as mother “NANAY” to everyone. She did some babysitting for newly moms, as well as cooking, and was also well known for doing some clothes alterations and later became an official seamstress for Cultura Filipiniana’s costumes in every big event for the Killeen community.
At work, as in life, Cresencia was a real “people person.” She had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and her enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. Cresencia liked to see herself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems, Cresencia was an adaptable realist, using her common sense and trusting her experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Cresencia's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around her to see Cresencia as an excellent problem solver. Her primary occupation was as a Chemist and Researcher. She was employed for the Philippine Tobacco Administration and later transferred to the Department of Agrarian Reform.
Cresencia enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Cresencia liked creating and making things. Her favorite hobby was sewing and cooking. Cresencia was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.
Cresencia felt excited and challenged by sports. Even if she wasn’t the best, Cresencia loved to participate and thoroughly enjoyed the competition and the pleasure of being around other people. Cresencia relished the opportunities where she could make an impact, and she would often push herself to play above her abilities. A quick thinker who understood the basics, Cresencia never seemed to get caught off guard, even when confronted with unexpected conflict. In high school, Cresencia played softball. Cresencia was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity.
A generous person who often wore her heart on her sleeve, Cresencia often found herself involved in activities she deemed important. She was charitable, kind and giving, qualities that made her a natural volunteer. Politically, Cresencia was a conservative.
Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Cresencia recognized that her faith was important to her throughout her life. She was a faithful member St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church in Harker Heights, Texas. During that time, she was a member of the Ladies of Charity for 15 years and a member of the Legion of Mary (Our Lady of Fatima Praesdium) at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Killeen, Texas. She volunteered in so many occasions and events that earned so many friends and happiness knowing that she made a difference.
Living life in the fast lane suited Cresencia just fine. It is no surprise that she loved to travel and to visit new and different places. She was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. She was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Her favorite vacations included trips to Germany, France, Holland, Belgium, Luxemburg and Israel.
Cresencia was a lover of animals and cherished her pets, enjoying them almost as much as she enjoyed being around other people. Cresencia's favorites were her Labradors named Samson and Pogi.
Cresencia passed away on May 13, 2019 at her home in Harker Heights, Texas, due to complications from COPD. Services were held at St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church in Harker Heights, Texas. Cresencia was laid to rest next to her beloved husband, Mariano, in the Killeen City Cemetery.
She was preceded by her husband, Mariano Rodrigo Laureta in March 2012, a sister, Laureta Alvarado Villano in March 2015 and a son, Roberto Villano Laureta in August 2001.
She is survived by her sisters and brother, Mary Dumpit and Salvacion Amado of California, Gertrudes Carson and Sergio Villano of Washington. Her family in Texas - daughter, Alma Eclavea and her husband Albert; grandchildren, Allyson Laureta Eclavea Phinney and her husband Kevin, Alvin Laureta Eclavea and his wife Kelli, and Alleksys Laureta Eclavea; great grandchildren, Kylun Mariano Eclavea Phinney and Benjamin Gordon Eclavea;
Her family in the Philippines – daughter in law, Norma Ecraela Laureta, son, Leodegario Villano Laureta and his wife Elizabeth Jacomina Laureta, daughter, Agnes Laureta Alfaro and her husband Gregorio; grandchildren, Ronald Jason Laureta and his wife Sheryll, Rachelyn Joy Laureta Andrion and her husband Joem, Rochelle Joyce Laureta, Roberto Laureta, Jr., Frances Margaux Laureta, Niel Joseph Laureta Alfaro and his wife Jaffete Sarmiento, Sharmaine Laureta Alfarao, Allysa Laureta Alfaro, Robin Laureta Alfaro, Francis Anthony Laureta; great grandchildren, Gabriel Javin Andrion, Luccio Vito Francesco Laureta, Ario Elijah S. Alfaro and Gregorio Alfaro III.
Cresencia brought joy to all of those around her. She never had a mean bone in her body. She loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. She loved to share her energy, wit, and her zest for all of her activities with her friends and family. Cresencia Villano Laureta lived life to its fullest and made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with a smile.