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Carmencita L. De La Cruz

February 4, 1925May 16, 2020

The Obituary Our Heavenly Father, in His infinite wisdom and divine love, called Carmencita Leaño de la Cruz to her eternal rest after sunrise of May 16, 2020. Carmencita was born on February 4, 1925 in Manila, Philippines. Affectionately known as “Chita,” she was the eldest of eleven children born to the late Carlos Molina Leaño and Carmen Azores Concordia, with eight of her brothers and sisters preceding her in death. Chita met Mariano Bautista de la Cruz while she was in college, and married him 5 years later on January 2, 1950 at the University of Santo Tomás Chapel in Manila. They were blessed with five sons and five daughters. They immigrated to the United States with 9 of their 10 children in January of 1971. She and her family called San Francisco home for 17 years; and then she and her husband moved to Santa Clara, CA in June of 1988 after Mariano’s retirement to be closer to their grandchildren. Mariano and Chita loved to travel, and shared their lives for 49 years until his death on January 7, 1999. Chita’s determination, education, career, beliefs, and love of music helped shape her character to be the wonderful mom, “Lola” or grandmother, and great-grandmother that she was. She was an excellent student and believed that education was very important; and that it provided a means for achieving a person’s dreams. Her professional life included teaching English and Accounting in Manila, Accounting and Piano at the Santa Clara Adult School until the age of 85, and worked as an accountant at Mission Housing Development Corporation in San Francisco. She was a member and an officer of several associations and organizations, both in the Philippines and in Northern California. Chita dedicated her life to God, and was involved in various church auxiliaries and fund-raisers. Whether it was in San Francisco or in Santa Clara, she was a faithful and active member of St. Peter’s Church and St. Justin Parish respectively, and served as a Lector at both churches. She and Mariano were the driving force in establishing the Filipino Club at St. Peter’s Church in 1973, promoting cultural awareness through various social events and orchestrating the traditional Filipino devotion and celebration, Flores de Mayo. Chita had an incredible passion for music and instilled that same passion into her children. Her love of music helped her develop into an accomplished multi-instrumentalist; she played the piano, organ, marimba, and several Philippine folk instruments. She was a huge fan of the “Sound of Music,” which she emulated and formed the family rondalla with all her children playing as a unit through her late 80’s. They performed at various events and places throughout the years, both in the Philippines and in California, including the FilipinoAmerican Friendship Week Celebration on June 30 – July 4, 1973, which was televised on KQED Channel 9. She lived up to her favorite saying, “The family that plays together stays together.” Chita loved her family unconditionally, and loved helping others, especially those around her. She loved life and everyone she met, and always had a smile on her face. When she played the piano, it brought joy to those who were listening. With her quiet resolve and graceful demeanor, she somehow touched the lives of all those with whom she came in contact. Chita leaves to cherish her precious memory her children: Renato Lucino de la Cruz (Anita Fe) of Danville, CA; Florian Carlos “Roy” de la Cruz (Relinda) of Pasay City, Philippines; Mariano Bartolome de la Cruz (Ligaya) of Danville, CA; Carmen Constancia de la Cruz Oshima (James) of Richmond, CA; Nelia Iluminada de la CruzChavez (Salvador) of Santa Clara, CA; Maria Teresa de la Cruz Subijana (Joseph) of Redwood City, CA; Grace Cristina de la Cruz Torres (John) of Gilroy, CA; Maria Elena de la Cruz of San Jose, CA; Tomás Alfonso de la Cruz (Scott Carpenter) of Jersey City, NJ; and Adriano Manuel de la Cruz of San Francisco, CA; 22 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and 1 soon-to-be great-grandchild; sisters: Consuelo Leaño Alcantara of El Sobrante, CA and Milagros Leaño Reyes of Fairview, Quezon City, Philippines; extended siblings: Carlos “Charles” Indaya Leaño III (Loida) of Vancouver, BC Canada; John Indaya Leaño (Dolores) of Pangasinan, Philippines; Robert Indaya Leaño (Ellenita) of General Trías, Cavite, Philippines; and Cheryl Leaño Aching (Jeffrey) of Vancouver, BC Canada; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other close relatives, and dear friends. Our hearts may be saddened for the loss of one so dear to us, but she is now in the presence of the Lord and those who preceded her!


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Carmencita L. De La Cruz

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sofia Blanc (SFHS)

June 4, 2020

Michael Pilawski (SFHS)

June 4, 2020

Sylvan Adams (SFHS)

June 2, 2020

Dear Sal, Nelly and Family,

My condolences for loss of your Mother (in-law) Grandmother. I am thinking of you and sending love and strength during this time,


Paulette Diehl

June 1, 2020

Paulette Diehl

June 1, 2020

Patricia Tennant (SFHS)

June 1, 2020

Dear Sal and Nelly,

I want to send you my deepest sympathy for the passing of your mother. I know, Nelly, how lovingly you have cared for your mother over all these years, and I am certain that she left this world full of love from her family. Now she is in God's hands, and you have another guardian angel in heaven looking after you.

Hello to all the girls. I am praying for you and your family.


Roy de la Cruz

June 1, 2020

Roy’s Tributes to Mommy
(English translation by Nelly)

I haven't spent as much time with Mom in the past 50 years since she moved to the US to live. I visited her a few times in the US. Mom also came to the Philippines to visit. In 1992 she came with Dad. She also attended the weddings of my children.

We visited all the sites she wanted to see especially Daet, Tagaytay, Nayon Pilipino, Baguio and her friends. Mom was kind, shy and very patient.

In my formative years Mom instilled personal discipline, getting along with siblings and self-sufficiency. I don't know how she did it, but she taught us how to do housework which we did every weekend, especially the boys. We had to clean the toilets, wax floors in the living room, bedroom, hallway, kitchen and sweep the backyard. We had to do weekly grocery shopping at an early age. We also learned to do our laundry and iron our own clothes. All this were very good training and character building to be independent individuals.

I had the privilege to be Mom’s accounting student in University of the East. She was a patient and principled teacher. I had to work hard to get it right.

Mom and Dad always took all of us together on trips/vacations.

I will never forget how Mom would play the piano every night. Listening to her piano playing helped me sleep. Even now every time I hear classical piano music I remember and look for her.

I understand Mom use to mention me in conversations.

I know Mom lived a full life surrounded by family - her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, not always in person but in spirit. I know she will say to all of us that she’s happy. We all give her thanks for the life she gave us.

Stephanie de la Cruz

May 27, 2020

We want you to know how much we love you. You and Lolo are the ones who started this big beautiful family. Your legacy continues through us all... your children, your grandchildren, your great grandchildren.. You continue to inspire us all. Your creative and joyful spirit is something I strive to embody. You continue to motivate, encourage, and inspire. We love you with all of our hearts.
None of us would not be here if you and Lolo didn't fall in love. This family is rooted in Love (and music). It continues to grow and bloom. You were always soft-spoken, composed, and calm; while at the same time being a resilient and no-nonsense teacher and leader. I still remember the biography report I did on you when I was in school. My favorite story you shared with me was how Lolo was courting you and eventually won you over. Thank you for instilling in us all ambition, creativity, discipline, integrity, laughter and love. You will be missed but you are with us forever. You are loved. I am glad that you and Lolo are re-united again. Make him win you over all over again Lola. MAHAL KITA LOLA.
Stephanie de la Cruz

* Frances and Johnny

May 27, 2020

Victoria Hayashi

May 26, 2020

Lola was best known for her signature smile. She smiled when she was happy, when you thought she didn’t understand you, when she was trying to get her way, & when she saw her family. She had 10 children, 22 grandchildren, and 16+ great grand children, there are a lot of good times to be had. Lola always had the best seat to watch over & experience it all. She went to every party, birthday, graduation, celebration, & every vacation. Lola was always smiling because she was present for every wonderful moment in our family’s lives.
Lola also made sure that she continued to have a good time; if someone was telling her something that she didn’t want to hear, she would give a smile that to the receiver, would look as if she either did not understand or did not hear you. Few knew that she understood & heard just fine. She just chose to ignore it.
I was fortunate enough to have experienced Lola’s sneaky smile. Lola had a lot of dietary restrictions. She was an Asian that was allergic to soy! She had a sweet tooth and was allergic to chocolate! Her sneaky smile was ALWAYS about trying to eat something she was not supposed to. She would patiently wait by the food or dessert table for 1 of her unknowing grandchildren to naively offer to help her get a plate only to realize right before handing it to her that she was not allowed to eat the majority of it. She would always smile & laugh when she got caught, but it would never stop her from trying again.
The most important smile of Lola’s would have to be her smile of acknowledgement. Our family is so big, it is sometimes hard to be heard, but Lola would always smile at you to let you know that she heard & saw you. She smiled because she heard what you added to the conversation. She smiled because she saw you as a valued member of the family. She smiled because she heard your contributions. She smiled because she saw your beauty both inside & out. But most of all , she smiled because she felt your love. I thank you Lola


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