Dec. 31, 1924 - Jan. 19, 2013
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Casiana Pascual Lucas, 88, passed away peacefully at home Jan. 19, surrounded by her loving family. She died from complications of stroke.
Casiana was the eighth of nine children borne to Zoilo Pascual and Liberata Salvador. Her parents were among the hundreds of Filipinos who volunteered to go to Lihue, Kauai, to work on the sugarcane plantations in the early 1920s. Casiana was born in Lihue on Dec. 31, 1924. When she was five years old, Casiana returned to the Philippines with her family. She was 16 when World War II broke out. Despite the hardships and aftermath of war, she was able to complete both high school and college, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education.
In June 1949 at age 24, she married a debonair airman named Catalino Paguirigan Lucas, and would live the rest of her life as Mrs. Casiana Pascual Lucas, also known to the family as Auntie / Grandma Sianing and to her friends as Mama Anna. While her husband was stationed in Manila with the Philippine Air Force, Casiana taught in the province of Ilocos Norte for ten years. With the help of family, she raised their four children.
In 1959, Casiana, Catalino, and their children were reunited and lived for a time at Nichols Air Base, Pasay City, where she continued teaching. In 1966 Catalino immigrated to the United States and was joined by Casiana and the children in 1970. Casiana worked as a clerk and then an assistant underwriter for a major insurance company. She retired at age 62.
In retirement Casiana enjoyed gardening, tending to the beautiful roses planted by her husband. She loved to cook for her children and family. She consistently found reasons for family get togethers. She was at the center of all family events and was the cohesive force sustaining the relationships among her large extended family and friends. Her prayer group from St. Basil's Church enlightened her socially and spiritually .
Casiana was preceded in death by her husband, Catalino; her parents; and her eight siblings. She is survived by her children, Nestor Lucas (Marilyn) of Fairfield; Myrna Lucas-Fleming (Richard) of Benicia; Carolynn Gough (Lance) of Benicia; and Marlon Lucas (Susan) of Fairfield; ten grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Casiana believed in the importance of education, an ideal she exemplified herself and instilled in her children. Her values surrounding family and love were received through her words, but more importantly felt through her actions. Her life was full of joy, laughter, grace, and most of all, love. She often said she lived a wonderful life and was ready to go home. Although we know she is in a better place, we miss her dearly. We honor her by living our lives as she would want us to, being kind to others, loving our family unconditionally, and putting God first, just as she did.
We would like to thank Kaiser Permanente Hospice for their compassionate care. Special thanks are given to the three people, her caregivers, Jocelyn Agustin, Lisa Carter, and Robert Gough, who provided her with love and close attention during her final months.
Viewing will be at Colonial Chapel, Vallejo, on Jan. 28 and 29, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. On Jan. 29, there will be a rosary at 7 p.m., followed by a program and eulogies.
A funeral mass will take place at 10 a.m., on Jan. 30, at Saint Basil's Church, Vallejo. Burial follows at All Souls Cemetery, Vallejo.
Published in TimesHeraldOnline on Jan. 26, 2013