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Teresita Valenzuela Otanes

October 6, 1948January 10, 2021

Teresita "Meren" was born to Francisco and Genoveva Valenzuela on October 6, 1948. She was raised in Binalonan, Pangasinan, Philippines. She graduated from Binalonan High School in 1966. And in 1970, she received her Bachelor's of Science in Education from the University of Baguio, Philippines. Her determination to have a better future led her decision to immigrate to Hawaii and lived there for several months, then she relocated to California.

She was a caring and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was self-less, always putting others ahead of her self, genuinely showing concern, compassion, kindness, and generosity. She was very hospitable and made sure her guests were well fed. Her favorite pursuits were cooking, dancing, gardening, and traveling. The positive atmosphere that Teresita generated spread to her family. Teresita was raised with five siblings. She had one older sister, Demetria, one younger brother, Fernando, and three younger sisters, Merlita, Josefina, and Judy. Teresita served as a catalyst within the family. She often found herself in the role of providing fair solutions to those sibling disputes. In every family activity, Teresita was able to demonstrate her uncommon logic and skill at building compromise.

Teresita's enthusiasm for learning and the personal energy that enthusiasm generated led to her exhibiting leadership qualities early on in her childhood. She liked to see things executed properly and showed a skill for taking control of situations that were drifting out of control. At the same time, she was willing to experiment with different approaches as she worked a plan towards a solution. As a young girl, she took part in elementary school activities like folk dances presentation during the town fiesta. She was also a girl scout.

When it came to academics and school, Teresita's organizational skills reaped dividends. Teresita was able to create a system for getting her class work done in a proper and timely manner. With a strong ability to analyze her schoolwork and assignments, she could apply a practical, common sense approach completing her studies. She showed a natural curiosity in the manner in which she tackled new types of problems and would regularly challenge her own reasoning ability in finding solutions. c She enjoyed some courses more than others and developed favorite classes and teachers.

The work habits and approaches to studying that Teresita utilized in high school also served her well in college. Teresita always seemed on a quest for knowledge. She was able to generalize, summarize and compile information for her classes, employing a matter-of-fact approach. Teresita was intuitive and mentally alert, seemed to crave the challenge of solving complex problems. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education (majoring in History) degree from University of Baguio (Philippines) in 1970.

As Teresita knew in other aspects of her life, she had a clear vision of what she sought in a relationship and worked hard to achieve it. Robert was a significant part of her life, and it wasn’t necessary for Teresita to be overly sentimental or expressive about it for others to be aware of their mutual devotion. Teresita's secret to success was that she always kept the lines of communication open in the marriage and applied the important skill of being a good listener.

Family and children were important to Teresita. Teresita was blessed with two children, two daughters, Arlene Tiffany and Grace Joy. She gained two son-in-laws, Eduardo Bergado Aquinde Jr, and Paolo Sinio Hernandez. She was also blessed with two grandchildren, Isabel Mikayla and Isaiah Robert. Teresita was able to keep order in the family by using the same efficient and straightforward methods with the family as she did at work. Teresita rarely made a scene when it came to discipline. Instead, she was subtle and patient in her dealings when teaching the children right from wrong.

At work Teresita was viewed as a natural leader. She could marshal all of the available resources, including personnel and materials, in order to meet virtually any objective. She was great at developing strategies and made maximum progress with little wasted effort. Teresita was also adept at uncovering new and more efficient ways of getting things done. She was able to establish and meet objectives and schedules through long range planning and was always able to keep the big picture clearly in sight. Although Teresita might have been described by some as an overachiever, she was without question a dedicated and diligent employee. Her primary occupation was quality control technician. She was employed for 16 years for McGaw Laboratories (now B. Braun Medical).

Not only did Teresita find pleasure in pursuing her various hobbies, she also enjoyed the discovery and research involved in learning about them. Her skill at problem solving had a positive influence on these activities as well. Her favorite pursuits were dancing, gardening, and traveling. Being raised on a farm in the Philippines, she dedicated most of her time in gardening at her home in Mission Viejo, California.

No matter what the activity was, Teresita had the ability to motivate others. This talent influenced her participation in sports, too. She sought out the possibilities in a competitive situation, and she stayed cool and calm under pressure. She relished the stimulation of the action and energy associated with sports. She was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list was boxing.

Teresita's ability to motivate, direct and organize others made her a valuable asset to the organizations to which she contributed during her lifetime. Teresita was one who could be counted on to work hard to implement goals and required little to begin work on a specific task. Once a project was begun, Teresita had a definite methodology for seeing it through to completion. Throughout her later years, Teresita was an active member of the Binalonan Association of Southern California.

Teresita lived her life guided by a well-defined set of beliefs. Her faith and religion were important aspects of those beliefs. She was a member of St. Kilian's for over 25 years. During that time, she was a Tertiary of the Dominican Order (along with the Rosarian Dominican Sisters) at St. Michael Abbey convent in Silverado, California.

Traveling, especially vacations, was another way for Teresita to apply her exceptional leadership and organizational skills. She liked exploring different places but also enjoyed designing and scheduling the trips in advance. She had real talent for developing the perfect itineraries. Favorite vacations included Mexican Riviera Cruise, Alaskan Cruise, Western Caribbean Cruise, Holy Land Cruise, Baltic/Northern Europe Cruise, Central Europe Tour, and Buckingham Palace Tour in London.

Teresita was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Teresita's favorites was Kobe, a German/Labrador dog. They were best friends for 14 years.

Teresita passed away on January 10, 2021 at home surrounded by her loved ones. Teresita suffered a stroke. She is survived by her husband, her children, son-in-laws, and grandchildren. Services were held at St. Kilian Church in Mission Viejo, California. Teresita was laid to rest in Ascension Cemetery in Lake Forest, California.

Teresita Valenzuela Otanes knew what she wanted from life and never hesitated in going after it. She could be characterized as a driven individual, someone who understood the importance of achievement. Teresita was decisive and outspoken at times but was also positive and upbeat about most things. She was a leader, both intentionally and sometimes by default. If she saw that something needed to be done, she was always ready to step up and actualize, organize, and implement a plan.

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Biography

Teresita Valenzuela Otanes was blessed with an abundance of leadership qualities. It would be accurate to say that this woman was an outstanding luminary and that her natural abilities served her well. She knew with certainty how she wanted to set priorities in all aspects of her life. She struck those who knew her as the kind of person who awoke in the morning with a clear sense of exactly what she expected from her day and how to set about accomplishing those goals. Teresita was a woman who definitely liked order and was most comfortable with an organized and structured lifestyle. When this climate was absent, Teresita would set about immediately to create it.

       Her parents were Francisco and Genoveva Valenzuela. Teresita was raised in Binalonan, Pangasinan, Philippines. Teresita was brought up to be reasonable in her actions and was taught to use her intellect wisely. She was an honest and straightforward child, traits that reinforced her self-confidence. Even at a young age, Teresita was credited with having a positive influence on those around her.

      The positive atmosphere that Teresita generated spread to her family. Teresita was raised with five siblings. She had one older sister, Demetria, one younger brother, Fernando, and three younger sisters, Merlita, Josefina, and Judy. Teresita served as a catalyst within the family. She often found herself in the role of providing fair solutions to those sibling disputes. In every family activity, Teresita was able to demonstrate her uncommon logic and skill at building compromise.

      Teresita's enthusiasm for learning and the personal energy that enthusiasm generated led to her exhibiting leadership qualities early on in her childhood. She liked to see things executed properly and showed a skill for taking control of situations that were drifting out of control. At the same time, she was willing to experiment with different approaches as she worked a plan towards a solution. As a young girl, she took part in elementary school activities like folk dances presentation during the town fiesta. She was also a girl scout.

      When it came to academics and school, Teresita's organizational skills reaped dividends. Teresita was able to create a system for getting her class work done in a proper and timely manner. With a strong ability to analyze her schoolwork and assignments, she could apply a practical, common sense approach completing her studies. She showed a natural curiosity in the manner in which she tackled new types of problems and would regularly challenge her own reasoning ability in finding solutions. She graduated from Binalonan High School in 1966. She enjoyed some courses more than others and developed favorite classes and teachers.

      The work habits and approaches to studying that Teresita utilized in high school also served her well in college. Teresita always seemed on a quest for knowledge. She was able to generalize, summarize and compile information for her classes, employing a matter-of-fact approach. Teresita was intuitive and mentally alert, seemed to crave the challenge of solving complex problems. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education (majoring in History) degree from University of Baguio (Philippines) in 1970.

      As Teresita knew in other aspects of her life, she had a clear vision of what she sought in a relationship and worked hard to achieve it. Robert was a significant part of her life, and it wasn’t necessary for Teresita to be overly sentimental or expressive about it for others to be aware of their mutual devotion. When Teresita needed a kidney transplant in March 2000, Robert gave one of his kidneys. Teresita's secret to success was that she always kept the lines of communication open in the marriage and applied the important skill of being a good listener.

      Family and children were important to Teresita. Teresita was blessed with two daughters, Arlene Tiffany and Grace Joy. She gained two son-in-laws, Eduardo Bergado Aquinde Jr and Paolo Sinio Hernandez. She was also blessed with two grandchildren, Isabel Mikayla and Isaiah Robert. She was a caring and loving mother to her daughters as well to her nieces and nephews. Teresita was able to keep order in the family by using the same efficient and straightforward methods with the family as she did at work. Teresita rarely made a scene when it came to discipline. Instead, she was subtle and patient in her dealings when teaching the children right from wrong.

      At work Teresita was viewed as a natural leader. She could marshal all of the available resources, including personnel and materials, in order to meet virtually any objective. She was great at developing strategies and made maximum progress with little wasted effort. Teresita was also adept at uncovering new and more efficient ways of getting things done. She was able to establish and meet objectives and schedules through long range planning and was always able to keep the big picture clearly in sight. Although Teresita might have been described by some as an overachiever, she was without question a dedicated and diligent employee. Her primary occupation was quality control technician. She was employed for 16 years for McGaw Laboratories (now B. Braun Medical) in Irvine, California.

      Not only did Teresita find pleasure in pursuing her various hobbies, she also enjoyed the discovery and research involved in learning about them. Her skill at problem solving had a positive influence on these activities as well. Her favorite pursuits were cooking, dancing, gardening, and traveling. She collected antiques and travel souvenirs on her trips. Being raised on a farm in the Philippines, she dedicated most of her time in gardening at her home in Mission Viejo, California.

      No matter what the activity was, Teresita had the ability to motivate others. This talent influenced her participation in sports, too. She sought out the possibilities in a competitive situation, and she stayed cool and calm under pressure. She relished the stimulation of the action and energy associated with sports. She was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list was boxing.

      Teresita's ability to motivate, direct and organize others made her a valuable asset to the organizations to which she contributed during her lifetime. Teresita was one who could be counted on to work hard to implement goals and required little to begin work on a specific task. Once a project was begun, Teresita had a definite methodology for seeing it through to completion. Throughout her later years, Teresita was an active member of the Binalonan Association of Southern California.

      Teresita lived her life guided by a well-defined set of beliefs. Her faith and religion were important aspects of those beliefs. She was a member of St. Kilian's for over 25 years. During that time, she was a Tertiary of the Dominican Order (along with the Rosarian Dominican Sisters) at St. Michael Abbey convent in Silverado, California.

      Traveling, especially vacations, was another way for Teresita to apply her exceptional leadership and organizational skills. She liked exploring different places but also enjoyed designing and scheduling the trips in advance. She had real talent for developing the perfect itineraries. Favorite vacations included Mexican Riviera Cruise, Alaskan Cruise, Western Caribbean Cruise, Ensenada/Catalina Cruise, Holy Land Cruise, Baltic/Northern Europe Cruise, Central Europe Tour, and Buckingham Palace Tour in London.

      Teresita was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Teresita's favorites was Kobe, a German/Labrador dog. They were best friends for 14 years.

      Teresita passed away on January 10, 2021 at home surrounded by her loved ones. Teresita suffered a stroke. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Robert Otanes, their two daughters, along with their husbands, and children. Services were held at St. Kilian Church in Mission Viejo, California. Teresita was laid to rest in Ascension Cemetery in Lake Forest, California.

      Teresita Valenzuela Otanes knew what she wanted from life and never hesitated in going after it. She could be characterized as a driven individual, someone who understood the importance of achievement. Teresita was decisive and outspoken at times but was also positive and upbeat about most things. She was a leader, both intentionally and sometimes by default. If she saw that something needed to be done, she was always ready to step up and actualize, organize, and implement a plan.

Her legacy will live in the hearts and minds of everyone she touched and interacted with.