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McCracken Funeral Home

1500 Morris Ave, Union, NJ

OBITUARY

Jonnah Abaya

June 23, 1976June 26, 2020
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Jonnah will be remembered for her self-less spirit, her enormous heart, and her ever-lasting infectious smile.

On June 26th, our lives were shattered when we learned of the passing of our dear friend and colleague Jonnah Abaya – just three days after her 44th birthday. There are no words to express how much she will be missed.

Many of you know that Jonnah fought a long and brave battle against breast cancer. Family and friends of Jonnah are devastated by the loss of this incredibly smart, joyful, beautiful, kind and loving soul. Loving wife to Lito, devoted mom to Eli, Rafa and Jannah, and amazing friend, Jonnah was always there for you. Her presence would light up any room she walked into. Despite her personal challenges and struggles, it was impossible to tell from her countenance and her willingness to help others.

A visitation for Jonnah will be held Friday, July 3, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM at McCracken Funeral Home, 1500 Morris Ave, Union, NJ 07083. Please be advised that there will only be 30 people maximum during the viewing.

A funeral service will occur Saturday, July 4, 2020 at 10:15 AM at St. Michaels Catholic Church, 1212 Kelly Street, Union, NJ 07083.

A tentative date of burial will be on July 10, 2020 (Friday), time to be advised. Her final resting place will be at Hollywood Memorial Park and Cemetery 1500 Stuyvesant Avenue, Union, NJ 07083

Zoom scheduled meeting Funeral Service and Mass of Jonnah Abaya July 3, 2020 4:00 PM / July 4, 2020, 10:15 AM

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8973017632?pwd=alM5OUZmcS9MVG55b0I0YnhaZ0M2Zz09

Meeting ID: 897 301 7632 Password: Jonnah

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy for the Abaya family may be shared at www.McCrackenFuneralHome.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 3, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, July 4, 2020

Memories

Jonnah Abaya

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Rowena Rowena Diaz

July 5, 2020

Jonnah is wife to my nephew Lito Abaya (his mom is a first cousin). I first met Jonnah on November of 2004, a few days before her wedding with Lito in the province of Iloilo, Philippines. We (family/relatives) flew to her hometown all the way from Manila to witnessed their union. My first impression of Jonnah was she was simple, sweet, accommodating and friendly. Fast forward to 2015, we reconnected when I migrated to the United States where Jonnah and Lito were building their careers with UNICEF and United Nations while raising 3 adorable kids. During family gatherings, Jonnah will whipped her signature dishes and yummy desserts. Jonnah is the most gentle, generous, kind, loving and prayerful person I know. She has the most infectious smile, with a very sunny disposition, smart and soft spoken. In many occasions, gifts will came when she heard that I needed it. I only have gratitude in my heart Jonnah for the love and joy you have given to our family. Rest well in the arms of our Lord. Till we meet again.

Maribeth San Miguel

July 5, 2020

Paalam na Jonnah.. as we know I was the first one to meet you in the family. It was a priviledged that Lito brought me to your house on one of his visits during the time he was courting you. Just one meeting but I already had full of praises for you then. I told Lito that you are a great lady and will be a wonderful wife. Indeed after 16 years of your marriage to Lito.. you were not only a wonderful wife to Lito but an extra ordinary wife and mother. Beside that, you were also the source of strength to our family here in US. You always shine in all the good times and challenging moments we had. I'm blessed by you and Lito's kindness when i started in US, you gave me work by taking care of your kids when you were in then in NY and until you transferred to NJ. This job financially helped me then. You were so genuinely happy when I got my opportunity to start my career as Social Worker in NY. You were always helping, building, creating ,unifying, making things happen and many many more positive ways to show how much you love us. Thank you Jonnah.. thank u for being an instrument of showing the Lord's undying love for us. Thank you for demonstrating how to totally surrender to Him.. to show us how to follow Mama Mary acts when she said.. THY WILL VE DONE.. up to your last breath we indeed saw that.. I know that despite you will be leaving a wonderful life here on earth .. a loving husband, great children, a dream career.. you never show to hold on this earthly richness but you embraced without doubt Gods will. You were a Saint. And just the privileged of seeing you the first time. I was again privileged to see you on your last breath. Up to this last moment, your greatness never changed..
Me. Yna and Jon loves you so much and very grateful for your kindness.
Paalam na Jonnah.. you are so blessed to meet our Lord..
Thank you Lord for lending Jonnah's life to us.. we are surrendering her to You, where she really belong. We pray for Lito, Eli. Rafa and Jannah too

Rose Chau

July 4, 2020

I will dearly miss you very much Jonnah. I admire the way you lived your life. Dragon is your Chinese zodiac sign. You took that majesty strength and turned it into your shining star and shared the light with everyone. You are someone special and I will always remember the happy times and wonderful memories in my heart ❤.

Lilibeth Baldevarona - Tabucon

July 4, 2020

My Dear Bessy... Thank you for the lifetime of Love, great Wisdom, and undying Faith in God that you shared and left with me.

We can no longer laugh together on how we took things then and reminisce the moments we have shared since college days but I believe you will still be with me through prayer. I have hoped and prayed that we can have another picture from this taken when you were here in Iloilo last December 2018... your smile will be remembered and kept in my heart for life.

I know you are in peace and in a better place now close to God to pray for your family and all of us.

I will surely miss you my Soul Sister and I love you forever Jhon💐

Emma Ayuso

July 4, 2020

You fought a good fight. And we are all blessed to have witnessed how you cling on to your faith to our Lord and surrendered everything to him.

Jonnah, you have eased my longing for my children specially to kara and kris as I truly saw you not as a niece but as a daughter. A gentle, generous and humble spirit that has touched a lot of people you met. A dedicated wife and a caring mother, you never once let your battle get in the way of being the best you can be. Although we were all aware of your struggles and challenges, but you always put on a brave face, and was a constant source of strength and resilience. You thought me the meaning of humility, how to love unconditionally.

Thank you Jonnah for the life you have lived. For all the laughters, the joys. We will miss you. Your warmth welcome in your house , your beautiful smile despite of your pain and your famous leche flan that was so delicious, we all fell asleep. It turns out you had a secret ingredient: bourbon and rum!

Thank you Jonnah, for reminding us that Faith is the light that guides us through the darkness. It is indeed with Faith that we know, you are at peace with our creator.

Jonnah this is not goodbye but see you again when my turn is due to face our creator.

Surely We love you. We miss you.

Rest In Peace now!!!!

Marianne Rachel Carandang

July 3, 2020

My dear sister Jonnah, Thank you for showing me so much kindness, for helping me survive my New York experience and making it so much fun even working late hours, our chats while walking to train station together. I will always remember how you always ask me for lunch and share your food/salad to us, all our fun chikkas during lunch. You always spend time helping everyone, always positive, smiling, not complaining. There so much of you that I admire. I’m happy we managed to do one escapade together in Budapest.. forever I will treasure in my heart.

I will miss you my sister. Xx

Gwen Fernandez

July 2, 2020

Jonnah and I have been working together online long before we actually met each face-to-face. She was so helpful and became my go-to girl when I had system questions on budget and positions. One colleague whom I met in the VISION roll-out workshops in Bangkok years ago, told me he thought I was Jonnah because we looked alike. When I finally met Jonnah in Budapest, yes indeed, I have found another sister...not only because we may have some similar features, but because she was so cheerful and friendly and we clicked right away. Jonnah will always stay in my heart. It feels like losing a sister.

Juliette Abaya

July 2, 2020

Who would have thought that this would be our last Florida summer together? It was a hot and very humid day for us to be out there on the race track, but I am glad we did it all together as one big happy family braving the heat for a photo op like this and all the fun memories we created last summer. Thank you and I thank God, we created so many memories to look back to.

ps. How's the weather up there? our weather and COVID update is what I will surely miss during our phone calls plus your voice of course. Take it easy now and sleep well.

Juliette Abaya

July 2, 2020

We will never see this green as bright as this again, so with our happy smiles will never be the same, for our hearts will forever be broken, knowing, that what we have of you are now all memories.

Marilyn Gabito

July 2, 2020

This was back in 2018 and we didn’t know that this was the last time we would see each other. We are happy that we got to spend time with you on your last visit in the Philippines, Inday Jonnah. We will surely miss you.

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