A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered. Please join us to mourn the passing of Ester Gangcuangco. She died peacefully on Friday, January 8, 2021. Ester was born on June 8, 1941 in San Jose, Sta. Rita, Pampanga, Philippines to Jose Lansang Gangcuangco and Hilaria Balatbat David.
Ester was well-loved by her family and friends. She always has that beaming smile and warm personality. She loved taking her friends and family out for lunch/dinner to catch-up and always have snack treats for everyone. Without any hesitation, she will always wholeheartedly lend a hand.
Ester was a well-educated woman. She graduated from Santa Rita Elementary School and Santa Rita Institute (SRI). She earned her multiple degrees from Guagua National Colleges with Elementary Teacher College (CTC) course and Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. She also took a special course on Home Economics in University of Santo Thomas, followed by another Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce Major in Accountancy from the University of the Assumption.
Ester had a wonderful opportunity to teach at the following schools in the Philippines: Santa Rita Catholic School (SRCS), Sacred Heart Academy (SHA), Hacienda Ramona, Santa Monica Elementary School, and Jose Abad Santos High School (JASH) then later joined the Pampanga Teachers League as their Treasurer.
In September 1976, Ester migrated here in the United States of America together with her siblings.
Ester continued to flourish her professional career and landed roles in BlueCross as a claim processor and in the University of California Office of the President as an administrative specialist where she retired.
Ester’s passion was cooking, gardening, and reading. She enjoyed preparing Filipino dishes and baking goodies. As a meticulous cook, you would definitely see her eyes glow if you serve her buldit manuk (Pygostyle part of the chicken), butul pakwan (dried watermelon seeds), and butul kalabasa (dried squash seeds), those were her simple joys. She loved growing flowers, especially roses. She later beautifully pressed or dried the roses and displayed it in her place. And during her downtime, she read general knowledge books (encyclopedias, almanacs) and magazines (Reader’s Digest).
Ester had a lot of interests. She loved watching detective, musical, and comedy movies. She is always in tune whenever there is a figure skating competition on the TV program. She loved listening to Matt Monroe, Andy Williams, and Engelbert Humperdinck and she also tried learning the Macarena dance once. She is always in awe with Princess Diana and Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco. Ester also loved collecting figurines like elephants, beautiful dolls, and Lenox ornaments. She also had coin collections. And little did everyone know, Ester had a Purple Belt in Martial Arts, and also won gold in a competition.
Ester is survived by her 3 siblings and their families.
Sister Aida and her son Jeffrey
Brother Alfredo & his wife Socorro and their family
Nephew Jamil & Niece-in-law Jane and their children Jennalyn, Janelle, Jamie, Joshua, Joaquin
Nephew Jerry & Niece-in-law Bona and their children Jarel, Jomarie, Echo, Aiden, Myka
Sister Juliet and her family
Niece Geraldine & Nephew-in law Mark and their children Ioann and Marceah
Niece Lorrelie and her daughter Zulieka
She will be surely missed by numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great grandchildren in California, Philippines, South Korea, Middle East, and Europe:
Corazon & Alfredo: Christopher, Chona, and Aileen
Elsie: Anabelle, Bernadette, and Catherine
Nora & Noel: Amador, Ferdinand, Joel, and Jeffrey
Alma & Benjie: Carl and Jomari
Cynthia: Leighton, Tyrone, Oliver
Rene & Salve: Sherwin, Peter Paul, Maricor, Renee (Jr.), Richard, Mark and Julie Ann
Arnel & Teresa
Emy & Rey: Jemerey, Jamil, Joana Marie, and Joshua
Ching & Jun: Sky
Christopher & Car: Anthony, Fatima, Francis, and Mark
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a memorial service is limited to immediate family members. An online funeral service will be held on January 22, 2021 at 1pm PST.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider making a donation to Ester's favorite charity:
Salesian Missions https://www.imis-salesianmissions.org/imis/SALdonate
Our Lady of Miraculous Medal https://miraculousmedal.org/support-us/monthly-giving/ (click on Donate Now under Monthly Giving. It will give you the option to make a one-time donation)
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