Remedios Castillo Calilan(1923 - 2014)

Jan. 1, 1923 - March 22, 2014

Remedios Calilan of Vallejo, 91, also known to loved ones as Meding, was called to Heaven on March 22, at Windsor Vallejo Care Center.

Meding was born on Jan. 1, 1923 to the late Bernabela Raguindin and Alejandro Castillo in Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, where she attended elementary and high school. After high school, she moved to Manila and lived in Blumentritt. She had some college courses including stenography and horticulture. In the early 1950's, she became the secretary of Dr. Elicano, the Philippine Secretary of Health. In 1963, Meding moved to the United States when she married her husband, the late Pedro Calilan, and she became a full-time housewife, taking care of their adopted son, Peter Castillo Calilan.

Meding belonged to various civic organizations which included the Pasuquinio Organization of Northern California, in which she was the first elected Secretary for 20 years; Manuel Quezon Post 603 Auxiliary and the Filipino-American Catholic Club in which she was a President for one term each; Filipino-American Retired United States Armed Forces Association; and the Filipino Community of Solano County, Inc. as a member.

Meding is preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Pedro Calilan, and is survived by Peter (Jody) of Roseville, CA; stepsons, Amador (Purificacion) of the Philippines and Miguel (Eva) of Vallejo; grandchildren Edna of San Jose, Aaron of Oakland, Evangeline, Michael (Remelie) and Victor of Vallejo; six great grandchildren; several cousins, nephews, and nieces.

The family wishes to thank Meding's caregivers over the last seven years at Windsor Vallejo Care Center, and Hospice Care Staff for their compassionate attention.

Visitation will be held Monday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with a Memorial service on Tuesday, April 1, at 7 p.m., at Colonial Chapels. Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 2, at 10 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church. Internment will be at All Souls Cemetery, Vallejo. Arrangements under the direction of Colonial Chapels.

Published in TimesHeraldOnline on Mar. 29, 2014