Anacleto Opeña Nuval
July 13, 1944 – February 9, 2021
Anacleto Opeña Nuval, 76, of Las Vegas, Nevada, passed away in San Diego, California on February 9, 2021. He was born on July 13, 1944 in Luna, La Union, Philippines to Alejandro and Andrea Nuval. Cleto was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Nuval; and his sister, Victoria Nuval Aquino. He is survived by his two daughters, Gail Nuval Alwan and Sharon Jane Nuval; his son-in-law, John Alwan; and his three grandsons, Jordan Zachary, Kameron Jacob, and Logan Quinn. Services will be held at Christ the King Catholic Community Church in Las Vegas, NV. He will be laid to rest in the columbarium at St. Isidore Parish in Bloomingdale, IL.
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Anacleto Opeña Nuval
February 26, 2021
I remember one year when I was in high school during winter break, my parents had gone away to Florida and left me home alone. Lucky for me, a big blizzard had come into the city so I shoveled what I could to get my car out of our driveway and quickly ran over to Sharon‘s house to borrow a snowblower. When I got home with the snowblower, it didn’t work and I suspected that it didn’t have gas. I then rushed back to Sharon‘s house, she open the door and I said to her, “the snowblower isn’t working, I think there might not be gas.” With that, I remember hearing her dad chuckling at the top of the stairs. When I caught his attention he said, “oh you want gas, I got gas.” And with that he leaned to the side, perked up his butt, and continued to fart. This is my loving memory of one of my favorite dads. He always had a way of making anyone laugh.
Anacleto Opeña Nuval was born on July 13, 1944 in Luna, La Union, Philippines to Alejandro and Andrea Nuval. He had one sister, Victoria Nuval Aquino, who passed in 2019. He was raised in the Philippines and lived there until he came to the United States in the late 1960s. As he was growing up, Anacleto was warm, caring, friendly but mostly funny, and these were traits he would carry with him throughout his life. With his outgoing personality and curiosity of the world around him, he was an active child, and he loved to be outdoors swimming in the ocean rather than farming. He earned his Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering degree from FEATI University in Manila, Philippines. He loved hanging out and spending time with his Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity brothers and spending time with his Opeña cousins.
After college, he moved to the United States when electrical engineers were in need. He started in Portland, Oregon but then moved to Chicago where he met his wife, Edna Baldivia. She also came to the United States from the Philippines as there was a need for registered nurses. Edna and Cleto, the name he goes by, exchanged wedding vows on December 19, 1970. Together, he and Edna had two daughters, Susan Gail and Sharon Jane. They were later blessed with three grandsons, Jordan, Kameron, and Logan. Cleto loved his wife up to the end and took care of her up until she lost her battle with breast cancer in 2017.
He was employed with Nachman Consultants before starting his own firm called GKC in Chicago, Illinois. Anacleto had a talent for being a quick thinker and excellent problem solver, and his skills were especially valuable in his field. He moved to Las Vegas in 2002, as his wife retired at the young age of 55 and he retired at the age of 57.
Anacleto’s faith was important to him throughout his life. He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Itasca, IL from 1977-1985, St. Isidore Parish in Bloomingdale, IL from 1985-2002, and then Holy Spirit and Christ the King in Las Vegas. During that time, he and his wife were active with Christ the King Bible Group along with feeding the homeless - a mission that his wife started in Las Vegas - which they did every other Monday.
Whenever he wasn’t working, Anacleto liked staying active. He enjoyed ballroom dancing with Edna and participated in marathons and triathlons. His best marathon was 3:58 and he was so proud of that. He felt excited and challenged by activity and competition. He was in a bowling league with his wife and best friends. He also enjoyed playing tennis, running, biking, and swimming. Anacleto was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. He loved watching the Chicago Bulls with his wife, and he loved watching football, especially the Chicago Bears.
One true love of Anacleto’s was traveling. Even with his wife and kids, they would take road trips all over the contiguous states and even went to Alaska and Hawaii. He also visited many countries including Philippines, Japan, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Italy and Australia. Also, he took many cruises, including cruises to Mexico, Alaska, East Caribbean, West Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Asia. Some of his favorite vacations included driving from Prague to Germany to Austria to Italy and back with his grandkids. He also enjoyed attending his niece's wedding in Bosnia/Croatia.
Anacleto believed that you had to experience life, and his life in retirement was no different. When that day finally arrived in at the age of 57, Anacleto took it in stride as one more way to have fun. His new life involved relocating to Las Vegas. With his boundless energy and a desire to get the most out of life, Anacleto remained busy with people and projects. In retirement, besides traveling with his best friends or staying weeks at a time with his grandchildren in Illinois, he enjoyed playing mahjong with other retirees. He also enjoyed swimming, and walking every morning before church. Even in retirement, he continued to stay in touch with his old friends and he made plenty of new acquaintances as well, that became his new family in Las Vegas.
Anacleto passed away on February 9, 2021 in San Diego, California after complications from a stroke he had on January 8, 2021 in Las Vegas. He is survived by his two daughters, Gail Nuval Alwan and Sharon Jane Nuval; his son-in-law, John Alwan; and his three grandsons, Jordan Zachary, Kameron Jacob, and Logan Quinn. Services were held on March 1, 2021 at Christ the King Catholic Community Church in Las Vegas, NV. He was laid to rest in the columbarium at St. Isidore Parish in Bloomingdale, IL.
Anacleto brought joy to all of those around him and never had a mean bone in his body. He had a heart of pure gold and he was always making people laugh with his jokes. Though he was always such a character, he was also a kind and gentle soul. Anacleto Opeña Nuval lived life to its fullest and made everyone around him happier just for knowing him. He will be remembered with a smile and forever missed. His favorite phrase that all will remember him by was “Take Your Time but Hurry Up!” This will forever be ingrained in all whose met him and will always leave a smile, and he will forever be missed.