DACQUEL, PETRA DOSONO January 18, 1935 to September 22, 2012 Petra was surrounded by her loving family when she peacefully passed away at her home. She was 77 years of age. Petra was a breast cancer survivor of 28 years and suffered from numerous chronic health conditions. She was born in Tinaan, Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur, Philippines to Dominador Jacob Dosono and Florentina Mina Dosono. She was the second child out of thirteen children and was born into the role of "second mother" until she departed along with her husband for the United States in 1960. Petra had a strong determination to improve her life and she put herself through private Catholic School from fifth grade to college. She graduated from St. Mary's Junior College in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur for elementary and high school. Her childhood dream was to become a nun or a nurse but life had other plans for her. She had graduated from the College of Immaculate Concepcion in Vigan, Ilocos Sur with a degree in Secretarial and Office Services. She worked for the Mayor at the Municipal Building in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur. She assisted her father who was a Councilor and other close relatives with meeting Barangay Officials, Town Councilor Members, the Mayor and Governor of Ilocos Sur with building an elementary school for their home Barangay of Tinaan. Petra married the love of her life of 53 years, Antonio S. Dacquel whom she had first met at the tender age of 15. Antonio was thinking of his family and the future which he would one day share with his beloved Petra and enlisted in the United States Navy in 1955. They were married on February 7, 1959 at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur. They both arrived in the U.S. in 1960 with two pieces of luggage, seven months pregnant and no family close by. Petra single-handedly raised her three children while her husband was mostly overseas during the Vietnam War. She earned grateful appreciation from the United States Navy for her unselfish, faithful and devoted service during her husband's 20 year naval career. Petra spent countless hours gardening, crocheting, cooking and babysitting family friends children. In 1977 she started working at Sears in University Town Center up until her diagnosis of breast cancer in 1984. She also assisted her husband during his long "second" career in life insurance sales which started in 1975. Through this business, they were blessed with the opportunity to travel to different parts of the country and world. Her most favorite place was Rome and the Vatican. She stated that her soul felt the most at peace in St. Peter's and described the experience "like being in heaven." The family is eternally grateful for the outstanding care and support provided throughout the years from Balboa Naval Hospital and Sharp Memorial Hospital. A heartfelt Thank You to Doctors Thomas Adamson III, Kevin Antonio, Chris Cary, Arthur Corpus (P.A.), Joyce Chung, Steven Kavy, Meral Omertag, David Ostrander, Anthony Puopolo, David Terry, the countless nurses, hospital staff and her kind and caring dentist Dr. Anthony Hatch and staff. With sincere gratitude to San Diego Hospice who were very supportive while she was at home and under their care for the remaining 53 days of her life. Special Thanks to Dr. Alex Madonis, primary nurse Brigit Davis, CNA Adila Mozafari, social workers Anne Swift, Hollie Davlin, Spiritual Counselors Tom Allain, Fadi Yousif, "Star Team" nurse Sonia McCully, all the nurses, CNA's, pharmacists and staff of "Team 7/DeDe Mains, Crisis Team and North Valley Indigo." Our heartfelt Thank You to our family, relatives and friends who showed their love, support and compassion to our mom and family while at the hospital and at home. Her faith, Love for God, the Virgin Mary, her husband and children meant the world to her. Petra would always say that "she loved her children more than herself" and that all she had accomplished in this lifetime was not for herself but for her beloved four children and husband. We feel so honored that God blessed us with a mother and wife like you! Petra is survived by her husband Antonio S. Dacquel, her sons Edward Dosono Dacquel, Elmer Dosono Dacquel, William S. Cowling III, her daughter, Elizabeth Dosono Dacquel Cowling of San Diego, CA, her sisters Carmen Dosono Abaya (Hector+) P.I., Angelita Dosono Gocho (Lorenzo+) P.I., Corazon Dosono Naz (Mohammed) of Garden Grove, CA, Amelia Mina Dosono of Garden Grove, CA , Erlinda Dosono Castaneda (Demetrio Jr.) P.I., Loreta Dosono Alicias (Nestor) P.I., Amanda Dosono Camat (Felix) Oman, a nephew who she counted as her "younger brother" Gerry Caberto Dosono (Marlinda) Wapato, WA, an uncle who she counts like a "second father" in the U.S. Manuel Pebenito Supnet (Gloria) San Diego, CA, plus numerous brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces, grand nephews, grand nieces throughout the United States and the Philippines. She was predeceased by her parents Dominador and Florentina, and her brothers Patricio (Esmenia), Rogelio (Teresita), Manuel (Saturnina), Salvador and Francisco Dosono. Visiting hours are Thursday and Friday, October 18th and 19th, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at El Camino Memorial Park, Sorrento Valley. Rosary will begin at 6:30 p.m. A Funeral Mass in Celebration of the Life of Petra will be held at St. Therese of Carmel Catholic Church on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. We Thank You Mom for your "Endless Love" and confirming what we have always known - that Spirit Lives On... We will miss your radiant smile and your words of wisdom and kindness. We Love You Eternal!

Funeral Home

El Camino Memorial – Sorrento Valley and El Camino Memorial Park
5600 Carroll Canyon Rd San Diego, CA 92121
(858) 453-2121

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune from Oct. 7 to Oct. 14, 2012