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Fairhaven Memorial Park & Mortuary

1702 Fairhaven Avenue, Santa Ana, CA

Visitation,Viewing :
Friday, February 14,2020 5:00pm-9:00 pm
Fairhaven Memorial Park Mortuary-Waverly Chapel

Memorial Mass Services, Internment, Gravesite Services
Sunday, February 16, 2020 1:30 pm-2...
OBITUARY

Concordia De Jesus Bondoc

August 13, 1923February 7, 2020

Concordia deJesus Bondoc, age 96, of Anaheim, California passed away on Friday February 7, 2020. Concordia, lovingly called Ima, was born August 13, 1923.

Ima was predeceased by her husband, Alfonso Malonzo Bondoc in 2008, son, Dr. Fernando Bondoc in 1984, and son in law Thomas C. Aring (2015); and survived by her 5 children, Alejandro J. Bondoc , Manuel J. Bondoc, Victoria B. Lambengco (spouse Willy Lambengco), Remedios B. Aring and Mary Lou Almagro (spouse Dennis Almagro); by her 13 grandchildren, Atty. Ma. B. AnnaYap, Atty Andrea Bondoc, Juan Alejandro M. Bondoc, Gitanjali B. Dixon, Atty. Nicolas F. Bondoc, Michael F. Bondoc, Stephen A. Aring, Kelly S. Coffman, Rafael B. De Leon, Miguel B. De Leon, Walter B. Lambengco, Winnito Bondoc, and Ashley Nicole Bondoc; by her 7 great grandchildren,Gillian B. Yap, Gaby Yap, Sofia Bondoc, Liam Aring, Aidan Aring, Gavin Bondoc and Garett Coffman; by her sister, Rosario Sonza, by her brothers, Mario de Jesus, Pascual de Jesus and Abraham de Jesus.

Ima immigrated to the United States in 1981, resided in Dallas, then moved to New Jersey. She was employed as a sales associate at Gucci, 5th Ave. in Midtown New York from 1981 to 1992. She was a favorite of Queen Sirikit of Thailand, who always requested for Ima when she shopped at the Gucci store. Ima moved to Anaheim California in 1993 to retire there until she passed away.

Ima was a multi faceted woman in her lifetime. By her stories, and from everyone's experience with her, she can only be described aptly with the following words:

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother , great grandmother, aunt, daughter in law, sister in law, best friend, ninang, comadre, business associate.

Beautiful, smart, strong, assertive, confident, independent, entrepreneur, self reliant, feisty, strong willed, principled, amazonian, insightful, caring, thoughtful, generous, full of wisdom, hospitable, quick thinker, survivor, war veteran, good memory, prayerful, religious, strong faith. And some Tagalog words that lack translations such as "madiscarte", "mapustura", "maabilidad', "makulit", and "makwento'.

She was a good entrepreneur. In her lifetime, she owned a Barber Shop, a grocery store with a liquor distributorship, a pillow production and distribution sole proprietorship business, she traded in shoes, jewelry, PX goods, and home appliances, to help support the private education of 6 children who, at one given time, were all attending college.

Family and friends knew her as a great cook, a true Kapampangan woman "na sobrang masarap magluto", because her dishes were always seasoned with love and affection.

She was an avid gardener, whose green thumb always worked wonders to revive plants back to lush greenery. She loved tending to her flower gardens, her peonies, mums, birds of paradise, hibiscus, gardenias, begonias and succulents.

In our eyes, there will never be anyone like her. We love you Ima. And we will miss you. You will forever be in our hearts and minds for all that you have done and sacrificed for us.

A visitation for Concordia will be held Friday, February 14, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Fairhaven Memorial Park Mortuary, Waverly Chapel, 1702 Fairhaven Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92705. A funeral mass will occur Sunday, February 16, 2020 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM, 1702 Fairhaven Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92705. A graveside service will occur Sunday, February 16, 2020 from 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM, 1702 Fairhaven Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92705.

Reception immediately following internment will be held at Tang's Asian Buffet Restaurant, 17631 17th St., Tustin,CA 92780 Phone 714-832-3338

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.fairhavenmemorial.com for the Bondoc family printed memory book.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Sunday, February 16, 2020
  • Graveside Service Sunday, February 16, 2020
  • Reception Sunday, February 16, 2020

Memories

Concordia De Jesus Bondoc

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Rafa de Leon

February 16, 2020

My Ima, it breaks my heart that you will no longer be there when I come home, that I will no longer have my favorite storyteller, my partner-in-crime when it comes to good food, my source of courage and inspiration. Your strength and determination are unparalleled; your love and laughter, even more so. Thank you for everything you have done for me and our whole family. We are all where we are today because of you. I love you so much, Ima.

Sarah Tampelix

February 14, 2020

Our condolences to Ima's family from tampelix family and odiame family...Ima was in good hand.we pray for her.condolence to the family

Juan Bondoc

February 13, 2020

Ima was a second mother to me and my sisters. It is fair to say she was the same to my daughter and to my niece, Gian. I’m sure when we think of Ima, we are flooded with great memories. I’m glad we grew up with her. Living in the same compound during our younger years, we had an alternate mom who looked after our needs: from simply ensuring we had dinner, up to mending our aging uniforms, and doling out to help with our tuition fees. Then, when we lived with her in New Jersey, she shared her passion for cooking and entrepreneurial sense. We would shop for capons to make Chicken Galantina while the leftover stuffing was made into Embotidos. We would buy pork butts that Ima would insist of finely slicing herself to make into Tocino. And we would make pseudo atchara from reprocessed Sauerkraut instead of green papaya which then was hard to come by in New Jersey. I then would hawk these to our Filipino community and network in Jersey City. Then there is the chicharron from scrapped pork skin that was bought at giveaway prices from oriental stores. Her chicharron was legendary. People including me and my best friend traveled hours to satiate our cravings. It is so legendary that it burned down the house (literally).
My daughter and my niece were equally fortunate having Ima spend months at a time in the Philippines. She tended to them with the same care, if not more, as she did with us. Her famous “tararanging tarranging”. The bills she would hand to them when she was visited in the US or when she visits home in the Philippines. My sister of 45 years even got some “billS” when she visited her in Anaheim. She gave out red packets as late as last Christmas of 2019.
We can go on and on, but 96 full years were well lived and remembered. That’s why Ima, we will miss you and we will never forget you.

Susana Sonza Hills

February 12, 2020

Nanang Cading is one of the people I admire and respect the most. Her grace, brain and beauty are just some of the characteristics she poses. She was a strong, successful person and excell in everything she does.
I spend a bit of my childhood life with her and my cousins back in Morning Breeze and I know how hard she worked. I dream of becoming like her when I was young and now I know there can only be one.
My wish was to see her one more time but time was not on my side.
You rest in eternal peace now my favorite Nanang Cading. You will always be in my heart.

Jericho Razon

February 12, 2020

Life has a fascinating way of bringing people together. We meet so many in our lives. More often than not, we are like ships passing through the night- we meet them, as if just crossing each other’s paths, and the moment is all but forgotten. But, there are people who we do not just ordinarily meet in our lanes. For me, I have such vivid memories of meeting— more adequately, encountering— Ima.

I suppose I’ve known of Ima for a long time— Rafa, her grandson and I have been friends since we were kids in Ateneo de Manila Highschool, and he would share stories about the remarkable life of Ima, and her impact on his own life. Yet I’ve only met her about 5 years ago, when I joined Rafa and family for Thanksgiving in California.

Ima fondly called me “Richard”, and I found it adorable that she has astutely given me a pet name. Apparently, she thought I resembled a Filipino actor whose name was Richard- what a delightful sense of humor she had.

Yet Ima really is beautifully multifaceted than what’s obvious in her presence- I was particularly moved at the stories she recalled and shared at the dinner table.

She talked about her teen years, how she survived World War 2, crossing rice fields deep at night to escape the Japanese, life at “peace time”, starting from scratch, building a livelihood, succeeding tremendously, having a family, and thriving.

I couldn’t help but marvel at how larger than life Ima was, and how she herself embraced life fully, living, taking chances, loving, nurturing, being a wife, mother, grandmother, a woman who has seen it all, and not having any regret.

I wish I had more opportunities hearing Ima’s storytelling— but even for that moment, I felt full and deeply thankful for that memorable encounter with her. We should be so lucky to have a life as long as hers, but more importantly, to live it as fully as she has, brimming with joy, courage, and love. We will miss you, Ima! Until the time that we all meet again.

Andrea Bondoc

February 11, 2020

Ima, when she lived here in the Philippines, always brought one or two apos (grandchild) with her everywhere she went. Before we were of school age, we’ve all been with Ima everywhere. Me more than anyone, I think. She’d put me down on a bench in Quiapo Church and instruct me “Wag ka aalis dyan, maagawan ka ng upuan! (Do not leave the seat or it will be taken from you). She’s taken me to Antipolo to visit Lino Brocka’s mother where we heard a special mass held in the Brocka household. She told the priest, “Bigyan mo ng ostia si Dadang!” (give Dadang a Host). The priest refused as I was a child of about 4 or 5. She insisted that I be given an unblessed host so that I could practice. The priest relented, offered me a mompo too but Ima said, “Ano ka ba father, paslit lang yan aalukin mo ng alak!” We would go to Pampanga to visit her mother, Apong Irene. We’d go to Market in Monumento. I’ve been to everywhere with Ima. Sure I’ll miss her cooking. I’ll miss her laugh. I’ll miss her cursing. But mostly I’ll just miss holding her hand, following where she went and taking in every story she had to tell.

Anna Bondoc

February 11, 2020

Thank you Ima for all the love you have heartfully and unconditionally shown, for the life lessons and the discipline. Thank you for all that you are. I love you so very much. I miss you. You will forever be part of who I am- thank you Ima.

Bert Quibuyen

February 11, 2020

My deepest condolences to Ima's family.

My memory of Ima goes back some 55 years ago when I went to see her son Alex who was my barkada in UP. When she opened the door, I was pleasantly surprised to see a beautiful lady with a welcoming smile. Right away I felt at ease. Speaking the same Kapampangan dialect, I felt at home. And with Alex's three pretty sisters, plus the delicious Kapampangan dishes, I became a frequent visitor. I just wondered why Alex didn't take after his beautiful mom. Perhaps he took after his dad? I know his sisters did take after their mom...a little bit. By the way, Alex and I became very good friends and I became a godfather to one of his daughters, Gitan. Until today Alex and I are still in touch but not as much as we should because Alex is internet challenged and can't do messenger. LOL

Ima will be missed sorely by her family and by those whose lives she had touched, including myself. But she's in a good place now, in the company of her son Doc Nanding and husband Tan. She is gone from this earth but her memory lives on.

Rest in peace, Ima.

Antonio Bondoc

February 11, 2020

Our sincerest condolences on the passing of Indang Cading. She was a very special woman. May God give her eternal rest and may our prayers help comfort you and the family.

Tony and Nini Bondoc

Lala Bondoc

February 10, 2020

Mike always speaks fondly of you. How you used to tag him along wherever you went when he was little and how you used to show off to everybody his talent in singing. He boasts up to this day how you used to make home made sardines and corned beef and how it felt so good to be having a full tummy of home made goodness whenever you are home in Caloocan. You were adorable when you gave your speech in our wedding even if you were a bit teary eyed. Throughout the years that I’ve known you, your stories of adventures never cease to amaze me. You are such a strong woman. Beautiful inside and out. You will be missed, Ima. Mike, Sofia and I love you so much. We know you’ll watch over us. We will not forget your last “bilin” when we visited you at the hospital. Your last words to us will be our strength and our shield. Rest now, Ima. Enjoy your new adventures in Heaven. You’ll forever be loved.