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6329 E. Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, VA

OBITUARY

Cherie Tamandong Estrada

June 30, 1931July 30, 2020
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Cherie T. Estrada, 89, returned to her Lord and Savior on July 30, 2020. Cherie was born on June 30, 1931 in Urbiztondo, Pangasinan, Philippines to Emilio Tamondong and Faustina DeVera.

Cherie began her career in the Philippines as a teacher. After arriving to the U.S. in 1952, she became an assistant teacher. Because her credentials were not accepted in the U.S., she pursued her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in education at ODU and courses at UVA. Cherie was the first Filipino teacher in Hampton Roads and taught in Chesapeake for 33 years. She then continued her passion as a substitute teacher in Virginia Beach for 17 years after retirement. Cherie was a founding member and past president of the Pangasinan Association of VA and helped establish the scholarship program. She was also a founding member and past president of the Filipino Women's Club of Tidewater (FWCT) from 1992-1993. In 1994, Cherie was given the honor of being named Mother of the Year by FWCT.

Cherie was the widow of her beloved spouse of 64 years, Freddie Estrada, and is survived by her five sons and their families: Freddie Estrada and his wife Sara, Craig Estrada, DDS and his wife Charito, DDS; LCDR Glenn Estrada, USN (Ret.) and his wife Tes; Gordon Estrada and his wife Eloise; Arthur Estrada and his wife Cary; and seventeen grandchildren: Richard Estrada and his wife Alicia; Melissa Estrada; Michael Estrada; Samuel Estrada; Rachel Santiago and her husband Chester; Mary Michelle Castro and her husband Adrian, SSgt Nathaniel Estrada, USAF and his wife Tylo; Angelica Estrada, Jessica Estrada, John Paul Estrada, Joshua Estrada, Emily Estrada, Elizabeth Estrada, Erin Estrada, Kristina Estrada, Alexia Estrada, and Gianna Estrada; and seven great-grandchildren: Cecilia and Lucy Santiago, Nicholas, Valor, and Ezra Estrada, Jude Castro, and Levi Smith. She is also survived by her brother, Jose Tamondong, and his family.

A visitation will be at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 6329 E Va. Beach Blvd in Norfolk, on Thursday, August 6 from 5-8 pm. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 5345 Va. Beach Blvd in Va. Beach, on Friday, August 7 at 10 am. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. The Estrada family would like to extend their sincerest thanks to Fr. Cristiano Brito, OSB of St. Gregory Catholic Church. Condolences may be offered at www.woodlawnnorfolk.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Freddie Estrada, Beloved spouse of 64 years (deceased)
  • Freddie Estrada and his wife Sara, Son
  • Craig Estrada, DDS and his wife Charito, DDS, Son
  • LCDR Glenn Estrada, USN (Ret.) and his wife Tes, Son
  • Gordon Estrada and his wife Eloise, Son
  • Arthur Estrada and his wife Cary, Son
  • Richard Estrada and his wife Alicia, Grandchild
  • Melissa Estrada, Grandchild
  • Michael Estrada, Grandchild
  • Samuel Estrada, Grandchild
  • Rachel Santiago and her husband Chester, Grandchild
  • Mary Michelle Castroand her husband Adrian, Grandchild
  • SSgt Nathaniel Estrada, USAF and his wife Tylo, Grandchild
  • Angelica Estrada, Grandchild
  • Jessica Estrada, Grandchild
  • John Paul Estrada, Grandchild
  • Joshua Estrada, Grandchild
  • Emily Estrada, Grandchild
  • Elizabeth Estrada, Grandchild
  • Erin Estrada, Grandchild
  • Kristina Estrada, Grandchild
  • Alexia Estrada, Grandchild
  • Gianna Estrada, Grandchild
  • She is also survived by seven great-grandchildren: Cecilia and Lucy Santiago, Nicholas, Valor, and Ezra Estrada, Jude Castro, and Levi Smith andher brother, Jose Tamondong, and his family.

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Services

  • Visitation:

    Thursday, August 6, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, August 7, 2020

Memories

Cherie Tamandong Estrada

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Hecel Tamondong Querido

August 7, 2020

Though we haven't really had a chance to spend much time together, I am so thankful for that precious time and will always treasure the memories we shared. My dad, Lino Tamondong (deceased), spoke of you so highly even when we were still in the Philippines. He was so very proud of you! I admired you so much for being so strong, independent and courageous. Thank you for being there and willing to help, such an amazing Aunt. You will be missed so much auntie Cherie.
WITH LOVE,
HECEL QUERIDO TAMONDONG AND FAMILY,
& LINO TAMONDONG CLAN

Greg Guertin

August 7, 2020

Centa and I are so saddened to hear about Cherie. She was such a wonderful lady and next door neighbor. Arthur, you and your brothers and the rest of your family are in our prayers and thoughts. You are the lucky ones as you have so many wonderful memories to cherish forever. We are here for you. Let us know what we can do. God Bless.

Cecile Lichtenstein

August 6, 2020

Sending our love and sympathy to the Estrada family. So many fond memories of being welcomed into Auntie Cherie and Uncle Freddie’s home with warm hospitality, laughter and yummy filipino food (serving after serving because they wouldn’t take no for an answer).
Her legacy of hard work, perseverance and family sacrifice endures through three blessed generations. Our prayers, condolences and hugs to my Estrada big brothers: Hope, Craig, Glenn, Gordon and Arthur, their beautiful wives, kids and grandkids.

Love,

The Lichtenstein Family
Cecile, Don, Devin and Camille

The Acosta's

August 6, 2020

“She will rise. With a spine of steel and a roar like thunder, she will rise.”

Dear Estrada Family:

Our thoughts are with you as we know there are things that death simply cannot touch. Her resilience, determination, and passion lives on in you and your family.

May her fierce spirit lift you. May her prudent wisdom guide you. May her lasting love comfort you.

Sending you prayers for peace and healing.

Our sincerest condolences and unending love,❤️

Al, Kiem, Ben, Nick & Ava
XOXO

Arturo Estrada

August 6, 2020

You will be missed, Auntie Cherie! With Love, your nephew, Arturo Estrada & Family from Long Beach, California

Max Frias

August 6, 2020

My sincere condolences. Auntie Cherie will be remembered for so many things: loving wife, mother and grandmother. I'd like to honor her for being a pioneer for the Filipino American Community. The first to be hired as a teacher in the city of Chesapeake, founder member of FWCT, Inc. and the Pangasinan Association of Virginia. A devotee of Our Lady of Manaoag. Auntie Cherie now joins her husband Freddie in heaven.

Richard and Rochelle Bojo

August 5, 2020

Our sincerest condolences to the Estrada family. Auntie Cherie will be sorely missed. She was not only committed to her family, but she always showed care and compassion. We remember going to their house and she and Uncle Freddie were always kind and generous and welcomed us with their warm smiles.

Rest in eternal peace, Auntie!

Lamont Simmons

August 4, 2020

"My deepest sympathy goes out to the family, friends, colleagues, former students and neighbors on the passing of the beloved Ms. Estrada. She was an excellent teacher. She is sorely missed."

Jacqueline Tate

August 3, 2020

I would like to express my sincere sympathy for your loss! Mrs. Estrada was my science teacher when I was a student at Crestwood Junior High School. I remember her passion for teaching and learning. She was strict but had a very kind heart. I fondly remember how she invited several students to her home for an end of the year party! We thought we were so “special” to be invited to visit her house.

I later returned to Crestwood as a teacher but Mrs. Estrada had already retired. I am so pleased to see that she lived such a full and happy life. I will be lifting you all in thought and prayer.

Paleracio and Cruz brothers

August 3, 2020

To The Estrada family, we are downcast and shocked to learn this morning about the loss of Nanang Cherie. Please accept our immeasurable empathy and compassion in these dark and depressing times. We pray that you may hold on to God Jehovah always and even in this most spirit exhausting moment which you are experiencing. We will always remember you, especially to Gordon and to Arthur. May your mother Cherie now Rest In Peace in The Lord’s hands, through Jesus Christ. From all of our hearts, your old school friends:
Mark Paleracio, Dean Paleracio, Eric Cruz, Hector Cruz and Ronald Cruz. Peace!

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Biography

Cherie T. Estrada, 89, returned to her Lord and Savior on July 30, 2020. Cherie was born on June 30, 1931 in Urbiztondo, Pangasinan, Philippines to Emilio Tamondong and Faustina DeVera.

Cherie began her career in the Philippines as a teacher. After arriving to the U.S. in 1952, she became an assistant teacher. Because her credentials were not accepted in the U.S., she pursued her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in education at ODU and courses at UVA. Cherie was the first Filipino teacher in Hampton Roads and taught in Chesapeake for 33 years. She then continued her passion as a substitute teacher in Virginia Beach for 17 years after retirement. Cherie was a founding member and past president of the Pangasinan Association of VA and helped establish the scholarship program. She was also a founding member and past president of the Filipino Women's Club of Tidewater (FWCT) from 1992-1993. In 1994, Cherie was given the honor of being named Mother of the Year by FWCT.

Cherie was the widow of her beloved spouse of 64 years, Freddie Estrada, and is survived by her five sons and their families: Freddie Estrada and his wife Sara, Craig Estrada, DDS and his wife Charito, DDS; LCDR Glenn Estrada, USN (Ret.) and his wife Tes; Gordon Estrada and his wife Eloise; Arthur Estrada and his wife Cary; and seventeen grandchildren: Richard Estrada and his wife Alicia; Melissa Estrada; Michael Estrada; Samuel Estrada; Rachel Santiago and her husband Chester; Mary Michelle Castro and her husband Adrian, SSgt Nathaniel Estrada, USAF and his wife Tylo; Angelica Estrada, Jessica Estrada, John Paul Estrada, Joshua Estrada, Emily Estrada, Elizabeth Estrada, Erin Estrada, Kristina Estrada, Alexia Estrada, and Gianna Estrada; and seven great-grandchildren: Cecilia and Lucy Santiago, Nicholas, Valor, and Ezra Estrada, Jude Castro, and Levi Smith. She is also survived by her brother, Jose Tamondong, and his family.

A visitation will be at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 6329 E Va. Beach Blvd in Norfolk, on Thursday, August 6 from 5-8 pm. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 5345 Va. Beach Blvd in Va. Beach, on Friday, August 7 at 10 am. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. The Estrada family would like to extend their sincerest thanks to Fr. Cristiano Brito, OSB of St. Gregory Catholic Church. Condolences may be offered at www.woodlawnnorfolk.com.

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