OBITUARY

Carmelita Gaza Lapus, M.D.

April 12, 1944March 23, 2021
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Carmelita Gaza Lapus, M.D., née Pali Gaza of Missouri City, Texas, boarded her flight to Heaven on Tuesday morning, March 23, 2021 at the age of 76. She was born on April 12, 1944, in Malabon, Rizal, Philippines to Teodorica Pali and Victor Gaza.

Carmelita or “Baby” to family and friends was a product of St. James Academy, a Catholic school in Malabon that was run by the Maryknoll sisters. Later, she obtained her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Santo Tomas in 1967. To further her study in the field of Anesthesiology, she was accepted as an intern in 1970 by Mercy Catholic Hospital in Philadelphia. In 1971 she was accepted by Massachusetts General Hospital for their residency program in Anesthesiology. At the suggestion of her future husband, she applied for and accepted a position in Houston at The Baylor College of Medicine program in Anesthesiology where she had the privilege of working with two of the most renowned heart surgeons at that time, Dr. Michael DeBakey and Dr. Denton Cooley. Upon passing her Texas State Board Medical exams and Anesthesiology Board exams in 1974 and 1975, respectively, she was appointed Assistant Professor of Anesthesia by Baylor College of Medicine. While at Baylor, she was informally voted by her colleagues as their “Bunny of the Year” for working even while pregnant with her future children throughout the 1970's.

In 1978, missing the Catholic atmospheres of the University of Santo Tomas Hospital and Mercy Catholic Hospital, Carmelita decided to work at St. Joseph’s, a Catholic hospital in downtown Houston, then run by the Sisters of the Incarnate Word. She worked there until 1988, from there she worked at various hospitals up until a little over a month before her passing.

Carmelita is preceded in death by her son Carl Philipp Gerard Lapus (Dec. 4, 1975 - Jan. 5, 1976), her parents Teodorica and Victor Gaza, and her siblings, Zenaida Buensuceso, Dr. Justina G. Bernardo, Gloria P. Gaza, Felipe P. Gaza and Victor P. Gaza, and one overprotective family dog, a Lhasa Apso who sometimes responded to his name, Rocky, and always responded to a Milk-Bone. Carmelita is survived by her loving and patient husband of nearly 50 years Carlos Lapus, who ensured his wife lived surrounded by orchids, tulips, and roses, her children Theodore (an attorney), Robert (a physician), and Angela (also a physician), her daughter-in-law Janette, a nurse and wife to Robert, and their two children, Lucy and Josh, who miss their grandma very much.

Carmelita is also survived by her nieces and nephews: The children of her sister, Zenaida G. Buensuceso and Jose L. Buensuceso: Vicky Cleveland (who graciously helped keep an eye on Carmelita’s children during their early years), Maria Asuncion Buensuceso, Jean Marie B. Daly, and Dr. Lizza B. Gob. The children of her sister, Justina G. Bernardo and Alipio Bernardo: Patricia B. Pascual, Lynette B. Adelino, Abigail B. Mangulabnan.

The child of her brother, Felipe P. Gaza and Ramona R. Gaza: Victor R. Gaza. The children of her brother Victor P. Gaza Jr. and Purita A. Gaza: Kristin Pia Robles, Victor A. Gaza III, Nina G. Robles, and Ronald A. Gaza.

A wake where Carmelita’s life will be remembered will be held on Monday, March 29, 2021 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at Earthman Southwest Funeral Home on 12555 S Kirkwood Rd, Stafford, Texas 77477. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 2:00pm at Holy Rosary Church on 3617 Milam St, Houston, Texas 77002.

Following the funeral mass, Carmelita will be laid to rest at Earthman Resthaven Funeral Home and Cemetery on 13102 North Freeway, Houston, Texas 77060. When Carmelita is laid to rest, Carl Phillip will be moved from his resting site, and will be reunited with his mother.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to: Holy Rosary Church, 3617 Milam St, Houston, Texas 77002, where Carmelita and Carlos were married in 1971.

https://www.osvonlinegiving.com/248/DirectDonate/5051 Or Bennett’s Bears - a charity for children with cancer https://www.bennettsbears.org/donate/ Also, consider celebrating her life by ordering her favorite dish. #66 Salted Toasted Pork Spareribs at Shanghai Restaurant. 9116 Bellaire Blvd. Houston, Texas 77036. Open 12p-8p. Closed Wednesday https://www.yelp.com/biz/shanghai-restaurant-houston

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, March 29, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Memories

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Mary Gregory

March 31, 2021

Carlos,
Greg and I were deeply sadden to hear of Carmelita's passing. She was a wonderful, kind and generous lady, Heaven received angel. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in your time of grief. God bless you all.

Love,
Mary and Greg Gregory

Danilo Deano

March 30, 2021

Danny Deaño Illinois
Our condolence and sympathies. Just you always remind everyone, "Carpe diem" and always enjoy the moment because we never know when God in all His mysterious ways will call any of us home. May she rest in peace in the company of Erlinda and all her friends and l oved ones who have gone before her to be with our Lord. Amen.

Sincerely, Danny and Leila Deano UST MED Class 67

Corazon Gemil

March 30, 2021

My memories of Baby G.-Lapuz are that of a warm, meek, humble , affectionate friend. I envision her now in God’s company and will pray that she interceed for us as we await our turn. My prayers are of gratitude for God’s blessing in sharing her with us.Attach is a photo of our days in Phila. with classmates visiting us. Coragem.

mike LOJO

March 30, 2021

Carlos,

I am so sad to hear of the death of your wife, Carmelita. I did not recognize her in the young photo, only after seeing the family photo of you and her did I realize I was reading about the amazing life of your wife and your part in this marriage of LOVE of more than 50 years. Today one of the 4 rosaries I pray daily and the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be for her soul and the consolation of your family.

DoN RUDY LIZARDO

March 30, 2021

SINCERE CONDOLENCES AND DEPEST SYMPATHY
TO YOUR FAMILY!!! MAY SHE REST IN PEACE...
DoN RUDY/ LORIE DIZA LIZARDO (NJ)



HENRIETTA KIAMZON

March 30, 2021

Dear Baby Gaza, I pray and wish for you to have eternal peace and happiness with Our Lord, Mama Mary, St Joseph and our beloved classmates forever and ever. ...Girlie Velasco Kiamzon

Rachel Lapus

March 29, 2021

Auntie Baby as I fondly remember was a very religious person. She attended mass every day and at night prayed the Holy Rosary and The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy with the family. She was also a kind and generous person, she and Uncle Charlie welcomed and treated me like their daughter when I stayed with them for almost 6 months in the year 2000 to 2001. I have a lot of beautiful memories of Auntie Baby but the best is how we ate crawfish with gusto! Before eating, she would prepare the dining table by covering it with newspapers then prepare her dipping sauce of vinegar with garlic before we dug in! We would always feel excited every time Uncle Charlie buys lbs and lbs of crawfish for dinner. Thank you Auntie Baby for all the wonderful and memorable memories we shared, I will always keep them in my heart❤️!

Tricia Punsalan

March 29, 2021

Dr carmelita and her husband were so sweet to visit my mom when she was hospitalized at memorial hermann in 2017 for her first aneurysm rupture. She was very caring and concerned and actually came several days to bring us a meal while offering emotional support. It was such an emotional journey to sit in the waiting room day after day as they monitored mom's ventricular drain and she made slow progress. But eventually by Gods mercy, mom stabilized that time! I will never forget the kindness of Mr and Dr Lupus. I didn't feel so alone whenever they would show up and they helped us carry our cross. Thank you so much .May you rest in peace.

Also on another note i was so impressed by her training and that she was on faculty with the Baylor College of Medicine. She was a very talented physician and well respected in the medical community.

Andres Alisuag Jr

March 28, 2021

In 1962, I was one of 9 freshman students who joined the Glee Club. I cannot exactly remember the reason for joining the club, but it turned out to be a wonderful experience. Baby was one of four ladies who joined. We all dutifully attended the rehearsals after classes, with Josie Ouano as the conductor/president. I remember Baby as somewhat reserved but she always had a warm friendly smile and kind disposition. She was not as gregarious as Vicky Garcia, Dulce Estrella or Perla Gomeri but she projected herself with confidence. Our choral group competed with groups from other schools, but the activity that I enjoyed most was caroling during Christmas season when we would be visiting people’s homes. With the relaxed atmosphere, this event did not require too much preparation and we sang songs that we were familiar with. Oh, there was the “Broadway goes to Medicine” production with excerpts from The King and I, Westside Story, My Fair Lady and Oklahoma. Charlie may have heard Baby singing some of the songs from the play. The show was a big success, since it was the first time that such a big event was produced by the young club.
Knowing the spiritual life that she lived, she will have a special place reserved by our Good Lord in heaven. May her soul rest in peace and may Jesus grant Charlie and the family the comfort and strength in these difficult times.

Liza Borja

March 28, 2021

I have fond memories of Baby and her very yummy Profiteroles in High School! We’d go and celebrate Parish fiestas in her house in San Bartolommeo, Malabon.
I’ve never seen Baby in the few ‘67 Med class reunions that I’ve attended but she did go to a high school reunion in Vegas we had in 2009.
She will be remembered and missed always . I’m glad that I was able to see her last time in 2013.

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