Engracia Maria Equia Pada-on Hipol was born on April 16, 1927 in Barangay San Antionio, Basey, Samar Philippines to Pablo and Maria Equia Pada-on. She was the ninth of thirteen siblings. Ofelia, Felicitas, Tomas, Pedro, Josef, Sosimo, Concepcion, Felisa, Jesus, Alfonso, and Valentina are predeceased. The youngest sibling, Miguel, is the sole surviving family member in the Philippines.
Engracia was married to Honorio Acosta Hipol and later to Angelo Casabar, both of whom are now deceased. She was a loving mother to Domingo, H. Anthony, Marcos, and Eleanor (Ben); grandchildren Joachim, Paulo (Ligaya), Valentino, Juliana (Giovanni), H. Justin, and Alana; great-grandchildren Maksim, Jordyn, Kaiyen, Matthew, and Angelo.
Engracia made her transition from this life at the age of 91 on November 15, 2018.
Engracia arrived in America in 1947 as the fiance of Honorario Hipol who served in the army during World War II in the second Filipino Infantry Regiment. They met in the Philippines where he was stationed.
She attended Merritt College to study accounting but discontinued in order to prepare her children to begin their schooling. Later she was employed at the Farmer's Market in San Francisco, the Women's Athletic Club, and at Mills College in Oakland.
She was a former member of several Filipino organizations that served as a brotherhood and sisterhood support team. She kept a close relationship with the war brides she met when she arrived in America, and considered them family as they matured together without their immediate family members.
She helped her children bring up their children in the best way she knew how and loved to have them around her. Her great-grandchildren know her as great-gramma and would brighten up whenever they were around her.
She will be missed by all.
Family and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Greer Family Mortuary on Monday, November 26, 2018 from 4:00 - 8:00 pm and the Funeral Mass at St. Joseph Basilica on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 10:00 am. Interment to follow Mass at Skylawn Memorial Park in San Mateo.