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Saludacion "Sally" Solon Fontanilla

October 19, 1968October 5, 2020
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Saludacion Solon Fontanilla, a frontline nurse, an RN for 27 years, a life resident of Victorville, California passed away on Monday, October 5, 2020. She was 51 years old a few weeks short for being 52. Saludacion (Sally) was born October 19, 1968 to Alenjandro Solon and Saludacion Disca Solon. She was currently an employee of St Mary's Medical Center at Apple Valley CA. This is the facility that took care of her when was infected of Covid-19 until her last breathe.

She is survive by her Husband Ben Fontanilla, a registered nurse who works also in St Mary's Medical Center. The husband got infected also of covid-19, but recovered from it.

A Necrological Service for family and close friends for Sally will be held Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM at Desert View Funeral Home, 11478 Amargosa Rd, Victorville, California 92392. A walk-in open casket viewing will occur Friday, October 16, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, 11478 Amargosa Rd, Victorville, California 92392. A graveside service will occur Friday, October 16, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM at Desert View Memorial Park, 11500 Amargosa Road, Victorville, California 92392.

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

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 15, 2020

  • Viewing

    Friday, October 16, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, October 16, 2020

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Merly Olson

October 16, 2020

Dear Sally ,Rest In Peace . In my heart you are still alive ! I will cherish our memories together at work and in our CEU classes. Thank you for sharing half of your bottle of Pepsi with me , even a few spoonful of your lunches. Most of all your sweet smile 😊 .it always brightens my day! Farewell my friend! Till we meet again.😢

Edna Ancheta

October 15, 2020

Sally was the first person who adopted me when I came to America. She was very hospitable, kind and helpful. She guided me with everything that I have to & must do. I got depressed with the way things were going for me during that time but she lifted my spirits up & would encourage me, motivate me, comfort me all the time. She was the kind of person that will never give up on you whatever happens. She was always supportive.

Thank you so much, Sally, for being my best friend and my family. You are truly one of
a kind. I will never forget you. You shall be in my heart forever. We shall see each other again, in God’s time.

Ruth Magalit

October 15, 2020

Sally was indeed a friend one can never forget. We met through a pharmacist-colleague who had been a recipient of Sally’s and Benjie’s kindness of staying in their home. We went on to bond with them having in common faith in the Lord Jesus. Sally is exactly how her other friends see her and more – so loving, so encouraging, and so much fun! Yet, I admired her wise advices in the serious stuff of life. She was younger but I looked up to her as my “Ate Sal”. She was not only knowledgeable about navigating life here in America. She was likewise so mature in sharing her optimism and trust in God.
Yes, she loved children, including my two kids, and she and/or Benjie were a familiar, constant fixture in our home as they would just pop in unannounced, “Good evening-anong ulam nyo?” We loved those wonderful times as we knew we could also do that vice versa. Like family. No holds barred.
She was the first person along with Benjie that Aaron asked for moral support in breaking the news to me about a violent event that my children went through while they were away from us. She was a pillar of strength to me at that time. She had always been someone we could go to when we had some tough issues to deal with. None more so when Aaron passed away 4 years ago. Although we had not touchbased since moving away from Victorville for some years, we knew she and Benjie were always there for us. She was always hopeful and looked at the brighter side of life which really helped me and children in our grief.
Now, I want to extend our sympathy and help to Benjie, and to her loving family and friends who surely miss her. I know there is that void in all of us right now that seems inconsolably empty but I pray that, as much as the following passages of the Bible had comforted me, you will likewise get peace and comfort in this: this is not goodbye, but a “So long, til we meet again on that Glorious Day!” The Comfort of Christ’s Coming (1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18)

Flor Junsay

October 14, 2020

I met Sally in the Philippines back when we were applying for a job at VVCH. In September 1993, we came to the US with two other nurses and it was the beginning of a wonderful friendship. Sally was a kind, warm hearted and fun loving person. We went to a lot of places and did a lot of things together. For years we even shared an apartment. She became part of my family. “ My sister from another mother “. We had a lot of memories together. One that stood out was when my mom, her
“ Nanay Floring “, had a stroke. We were in the emergency room talking to my cousins. My mom, who was sleeping at the time briefly opened her eyes then went back to sleep. After my cousins left, a few minutes later, Sally asked me to wake my mom up. I asked her why and she said the way my mom looked at us when she briefly woke up was different. I woke my mom up and started talking to her and found out that my mom was already confused. Within an hour my mom had a CT scan, taken to the ICU, intubated and operated on. If not for Sally’s keen nursing instinct things could have gone differently. She was instrumental in saving my mom’s life. Sally had diabetes but she loved her Coke. My mom always remembers how Sally would bring Coke whenever we have one of our “ bonding time “. The moment she enters the house she’d say “ Nanay, I brought Coke, you want some? “ She made sure she had her favorite drink. Sally was full of love. She never gave birth but she had a lot of children. Among them is my son, her
“ inaanak “ and my nephews. She finds time to be with them. Go to theme parks, the movies or baby sits them. Benjie and Sally’s house was our destination on Halloween. For years the kids enjoyed dressing up and trick or treating with their “ Mommy Sally “. Life is full of surprises. I thought I’ll grow old with Sally. I thought she’d see her “ inaanak “ go to college, get married and have children. But God has a different plan. We love you and we will miss you “ Mommy Sally “. ❤️😇

Maribel Movilla

October 13, 2020

Sally is my bff since college, my sister in Christ and a very dear family friend! She’s the godmother of my son and there were times that we travel and go on vacation as one family.I met Sally when we were freshmen in nursing at Brokenshire College,Davao City. We became close friends and bonded well to an awesome group of friends and had so much fun hanging out together though our studies were always the priority until we graduated in 1989, then we took and passed the board exam in the same year. We’re separated by distance when we started working after graduation yet managed to touch base and see each other at times.Our communication didn’t stop even when I came here first, we’re sending letters with photos to each other until she came here and started working in 1993.
Sally has an amazing personality. She is sweet,kind,loving and a caring friend and the list could go on.She’s like a sister to me that I can call her even in wee hours to listen to my woes.You can pour out your heart to her without judging you.There were no dull moments whenever we talk.We share our challenges and victories in life and we comfort, encourage and pray for one another.I feel blessed and thankful to God for our friendship.
She fought a good fight and lost her battle to Covid 19 though assured of her eternity in heaven...and now rejoicing and praising with all the angels and ultimately healed from the aftermaths of Covid 19.It’s hard to fathom at the moment though I know and believe God has a better plan for her life and a purpose in everything.
So long my dear bff till we meet again one day... I love you and I’ll miss you more... You maybe gone from my sight but never in my heart... will forever treasure you and cherish the beautiful and special memories of our friendship...
Our deepest condolences and prayers to you Benjie and the whole family...Be strong and praying for God’s love,comfort,wisdom,guidance and direction for you in this difficult time.

Dindo Movilla

October 13, 2020

Our hearts are broken and still with moments of disbelief of what we heard about our good friend Sally. She is like a sister and has been a part of our family. We've known her for a long time and she’s a friend who is so kind,caring ,humble and happy. We will miss her a lot. She’s always there in our good times to laugh and celebrate with and in not so good to encourage and pray for us.We love her so much. She was in our prayers since day one of her Covid-19 days and at this point we don't understand why it happened to her but if God allowed it, then God has a reason for all of this. Sally has been through a lot of ups and downs regarding her health and for sure it wasn't easy for her too. But she is in a better place now and we know she is happy and proud that she gave her life doing what she loved most,CARING for others. Definitely she is our hero of this COVID-19 Pandemic. Brod Benjie be strong and we'll continue to pray for you and the whole family. Take care... Dindo

Ramille Wong

October 13, 2020

Our last hugs together. You will be forever missed!

Ramille Wong

October 13, 2020

Family parties back in the 90’s . Apple Valley, CA

Erlinda Narciso

October 13, 2020

I am 11 years older than Sally so she was born 1968, I was tasked to take good care of her in the family. She calls me "Ate Linda" as a sign of respect. After she graduated in high school, she decided to take up nursing because she also wanted to be liked me. 10 years after she became a registered nurse. While I worked in the Philippines, I encouraged her to go to USA in my stead. She was then directly hired at Victor Valley Hospital while she stays with my in-laws. She got married to Ben.

Sally really left a legacy of a vocation being an exemplary nurse. My dear sister, I am so proud of you!

Erlinda Narciso

October 13, 2020

I am 11 years older than Sally so she was born 1968, I was tasked to take good care of her in the family. She calls me "Ate Linda" as a sign of respect. After she graduated in high school, she decided to take up nursing because she also wanted to be liked me. 10 years after she became a registered nurse. While I worked in the Philippines, I encouraged her to go to USA in my stead. She was then directly hired at Victor Valley Hospital while she stays with my in-laws. She got married to Ben.

Sally really left a legacy of a vocation being an exemplary nurse. My dear sister, I am so proud of you!

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Biography

While it is possible to receive good counsel from a wide circle of family and friends, few could do it with the skill and aptitude of Saludacion Solon Fontanilla. She had a true talent for helping others reach their full potential and brought out the best in those who sought her help. Saludacion was a forward-looking woman whose personality was filled with empathy toward everyone she met. She could be quiet and reserved, but her style of communication was authentic and direct. An excellent communicator, Saludacion was a master at using imagery when she explained her ideas and concepts. She seemed to have an endless supply of innovative concepts and strategies for how to help those around her. Her sensitivity, kindness and generous attitude made her a wonderful friend for all who knew her.

      From the time she was born on October 19, 1968, Saludacion showed a deep concern for others. She was a giving and caring individual, ethical and full of integrity and warmth. Sally came into this world at Tupi, South Cotabato in South Cotabato. Her parents were Alejandro Solon and Saludacion Disca Solon. Sally was raised in Tupi.

      Because fellowship was so important to her, Saludacion promoted harmony with her siblings. She was raised with eleven siblings. Saludacion was something of the family diplomat. She helped to settle problems and conflicts and kept the family running smoothly.

      A good student who was enthusiastic about learning, Saludacion was considered by many to be a high achiever. She graduated from MSU HIGH in 1985. She enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite courses and teachers.

      Saludacion's talents in writing proved to be an asset for her during her college years. She excelled in classes, even in some subjects that didn’t particularly interest her. Saludacion became known to her peers as a seeker of wisdom who appreciated all types of courses, especially those in Liberal Arts which allowed her to build on her remarkable retention of general knowledge. She earned her Bachelor Degree in Nursing.
a Dean List student.

      Though she could be a private person at times, Saludacion was always able and willing to give of herself. She was so in tune with others that she often seemed able to read their minds. Saludacion carried with her an almost mystical sense of life. She was a person who was highly original in her thinking and used metaphors and symbols to describe many aspects of her life. A poetic, intuitive “teacher”, Saludacion Solon Fontanilla shared herself freely and family and friends will remember Saludacion for the strength of her convictions.

Sally as commonly called by her close friends and family members took her Nursing degree right after High School, and became an RN at the early age of 21. She graduated from Brokenshire School of Nursing batch 1989 with Bachelor Degree in Nursing, Davao City, Philippines.

Sally came to United States as an Registered Nurse through Victor Valley Hospital who petition her after passing her NCLEX in 1993. She work in Victor Valley for many years before decided to moved to St. Mary's Medical Center in Apple Valley. She worked in SMMC for 23 years as a med-surg and eventually as a tele nurse.

She met her long time friend in High School (Ben) in 1989, when she went back to the Philippines for a short vacation. To make the story short, they got engaged in 2000 and got married in General Santos City, Philippines. The couple were travelling to many places as far as their time and resources will permit them, the couple had no children after many years of marriage.

Sally work in a tele-Covid unit in St. Mary's Medical Center when the pandemic started. She took an off work initially fearing of the virus outbreak, but came back believing that the virus cases where down. After a few weeks of working, the cases of infection spike up in the county itself. This was July when the second wave of infections spiking up. On the 2nd week of July after working in a covid unit, she feel ill and has low grade fever with intermittent coughing. She went to the Emergency room 3 times before she was admitted as covid patient when here test result was found to be positive. Her health condition get worst and worst everyday in tele unit and eventualy was move to critical care unit. She fight and stayed in ICU for two months waiting for her condition to get better. But on October 5, 2020. She succumb to the infection and to the after math of having a covid-19 infection. Sally test results of covid-19 was already negative at this time.

She is survive by her Husband Ben Fontanilla, a registered nurse who works also in St Mary's Medical Center. The husband got infected also of covid-19, but recovered from it.

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