Esther Candelaria Resendez

1940 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Esther Candelaria Resendez Obituary
Esther Candelaria Resendez September 9, 1940 - July 21, 2013 It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Esther Candelaria Resendez, on July 21, 2013 surrounded by her family. A recitation of the Rosary will be held on Thursday, July 25th at 7:00 p.m. and Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, July 26th at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 124 Columbus Avenue, Bakersfield, CA. Monsignor Michael Braun will officiate. Esther was born September 9, 1940 to Joseph J. and Esther Candelaria in Bakersfield, California where she resided her entire life. The youngest of seven siblings; she was finally reunited with her "dearly loved" brothers, Joseph, Rudy, Alex, and Manuel Candelaria and a "caring and adoring" sister, Lillian Mendez and her son, Sal Mendez, Jr. Our wife and mother lived a tremendous and full life but longed to be reunited with her loving mother for 70 years. Our mother was a wonderful wife to our father Joaquin of nearly 54 years. Her greatest and fondest accomplishment was making a warm welcoming home for her husband, her three children and grandchildren. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her son, Chris Resendez and wife Lydia, grandsons Brandon and Adam; daughter, Denise Valdez and husband Isaac, grandchildren Michael and Stephanie; and daughter, Alyce Castaneda and husband Larry, grandchildren, Christopher, Lauren, and Cameron. Additionally, she is survived by her only living brother, Ernie and wife Emma Candelaria in which she held a deep appreciation for within her heart. Esther will best be remembered by her family and friends as a kind and generous person. She was a "devote Catholic" who believed in the power of prayer and was a long-standing member of OLPH Church, having first attended as a young girl in 1952. Her faith continued to grow and for over 30 years she traveled frequently to her favorite City of San Francisco to visit the Shrine of St. Jude and attend mass at St. Dominic's Church. Her entire life she felt indebted and blessed to her sister and brothers for raising her after the death of their mother, as she was only three-years old. She grew up in each and every one of their homes and she developed a passionate love and devotion to them. Her ultimate legacy is the gift of prayer, love and inspiration for her husband and family. She never missed an opportunity to spend time and support them in every endeavor. Her grandchildren knew how proud loved, and admired they were by her, and each one felt special. She was a genuine kind soul to everyone that had the pleasure of knowing her. She also was preceded in death by admired in-laws, Tony and Inez Resendez, Bill Spence, Mary Louise Reyes, and Jose Lizaso. She was truly loved and will be sorely missed by numerous nieces and nephews, as well as, extended family members. May her soul rest in God's embrace. Our family would like to especially thank the ICU units at Mercy Southwest and Bakersfield Memorial Hospital for their excellent, gentle and compassionate care they bestowed upon our wife and mother. Also, we would like to deeply express our sincerest gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Igor Garcia-Pacheco for his relentless effort, gentle care, devoted time, and support. God continue to bless all of you throughout your passion to help people. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Garces Memorial High School or Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on July 25, 2013
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