February 18, 1917 ~ February 3, 2010
MARINA - Felipe Francisco born February 18, 1917 and passed away peacefully on February 3, 2010 at his home. He was 92 years old.
He was born in Imus Cavite, Philippines Islands. Felipe joined the military and was an officer in the Philippine Scouts when the Second World War began. He served valiantly and was a survivor of the Bataan Death March and a prisoner of war. Felipe continued his 30- year military career in the U.S. Army.
In 1947 he met, fell in love with, and married Gloria Torres. They began their 62-year journey taking them all over the world collecting a lifetime of memories and raising a family of seven children.
In 1966 Felipe and Gloria moved to the Monterey Peninsula and settled in Marina after Felipe retired from the U.S. Army as a First Lieutenant. He began his second 30-year career working for the Civil Service. He was a hard working, and dedicated employee.
Felipe enjoyed music and dancing. His and Gloria's special song was "To Each His Own" by Tony Martin. He was always active, enjoying gardening around the house or physical conditioning with calisthenics, jogging, and basketball. Felipe was a good provider, dedicated father, and loving husband.
Felipe's presence will be missed by family and friends.
Felipe was preceded in death by his wife Gloria's passing on November 24, 2009. He is survived by his seven children: Teresita Sandoval of Marina, Ricardo Francisco of San Jose, Daniel Francisco of Los Angeles, Norma Francisco of Piedmont, Ida Francisco of San Francisco, Edward Francisco of Marina, and Anthony Francisco of Los Angeles; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at Mission Memorial Park, 1915 Ord Grove Avenue, Seaside, CA on February 8, 2010 between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. Rosary. A Celebration Mass of Felipe's Life will take place at St. Jude Catholic Church, 303 Hillcrest Avenue, Marina on February 9, 2010 at 11:00 a.m., immediately followed by the burial service at Mission Memorial Park. A reception will follow at the St. Jude Catholic Church hall after the burial.
For more information visit: www.mem.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mission Memorial Park and Seaside Funeral Home, Seaside.
Published in The Monterey Herald on Feb. 5, 2010