Mrs Felicitas Tobias Ballesteros
1926 - 2019
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A much loved mother, grandmother and physician, Felicitas, known to family as "Esing," friends as "Citas" or "Dr. T," and professionally as Dr. Tobias passed away peacefully on May 11, 2019, at LaGrange Memorial hospital after a long, full, life at the age of 92 years. Felicitas Deogracias Tobias was born on October 14, 1926 in Bani, Pangasinan to Pascual and Pelagia (Deogracias) Tobias. A native of Western Springs for 49 years, Felicitas attended the University of Santo Thomas in the Philippines and graduated with a degree in medicine in 1953. She moved to the United States in 1956 and married in 1962. She practiced medicine and raised her family in Illinois for most of her life. It was not long before obtaining work and settling in Chicago that she began to have a profound impact on so many members of her extended Filipino family by assisting many of them in obtaining residence and work in the United States. Professionally, she had a bold, and enduring commitment to improving the health of others that never withered with age. She began in the 1970s with her own practice in Bariatrics and much later was a strong advocate of holistic medical practices where she built a large network of friends and associates. She was always the best advertisement for her holistic medicine ideas – always looking younger and acting fitter than her age. She was a lifelong traveler, spending most school breaks in the 1970s exploring the contiguous 48 states with a family of 5 in a Cadillac. Her travels took her to over 30 countries, and was always eager to experience new cultures and the opportunity to meet new people. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph (aka Pacholo) Casten Ballesteros in 1994. And is survived by her older sister Diomedes Tobias Ragasa, children Deanna (aka Lisa), Saul (Julie) and Armani, and her three grandchildren Grant, Mark and Luke. She will also be forever remembered by her extended family, dear friends and grateful patients. A visitation and rosary celebrating Felicitas' life will be held 5:00-9:00 pm, on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at the Hallowell and James Funeral Home, 1025 W 55th St., Countryside, IL 60525. A mass will be celebrated Thursday, May 16 starting at 11:15 at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, 5005 Wolf Rd, Western Springs, IL 60558. An interment ceremony will be held shortly after at Queen of Heaven Mausoleum, 1400 S Wolf Rd, Hillside, IL 60162 Memorial donations in memory of Felicitas can be made to the Catholic Relief Services work in the Philippines at www.crs.org or by mail to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21297-0303.

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Published in Tributes.com on May 11, 2019.
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May 31, 2019
Our prayers are with you and your family. What a beautiful heart will be missed in this world.
Lisa and Russ Malik
Lisa Maxwell-Malik
Friend
May 16, 2019
I met Dr T. when we were with a Company ( Amega ) Just loved her zest for life the moment we met, and it was always so nice to see her at company events. As I got to know this special woman obetter when we traveled to Singapore she got a place in my heart. She was up for anything, truly amazing at her age. We went to the zoo in Singapore, on a tiger safari in the Philippines, and many other adventures on that trip with Youcef, Aya and my two daughters ( Lenni-Jane and Marlo ) I felt my responsibility was to look after her ( I had met her daughter in San Diego when she was picking her up from a gathering we were at, and I mentioned I was also going on the trip and would look after her ). but she very seldom needed or wanted that - she was a trooper. On the boat cruise we shared a cabin with Dr Tobias, my girls on the bunk, Dr T. on the small bed and I slept on the floor ( It was tight quarters) but a lot of fun. The first night set the tone for my girls when in the morning Dr Tobias had gotten up and went for breakfast they ask me if she was okay. They said in the middle of the night they could kind of see her in the dark moving her arms, shaking her legs, it was like she was pretending to be going for a walk. I told them, look at her age, all good at what ever she does to keep herself happy and healthy From Day 1 they knew she was a special person and they had been blessed to get to know her. We send our thank you to her family for sharing her with us. Catherine, Lenni-Jane and Marlo Dick.
Catherine Dick
May 15, 2019
Dr. T ... A life well spent. I worked with Dr. T for a few years at THI. I always admired her strength, talent, knowledge, and how she used her personal health issues to enrich the lives of others. I often wondered why she hadn't won a nobel prize or at least been on the cover of National Geographic. Although her work was important, her decision to accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior carries eternal value. While this remarkable woman will be greatly missed, she is now basking in the glory of our Father. 1 Corinthians 2:9 No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived the things God has prepared for those who love him.
Jodi Polo
May 15, 2019
I have many happy memories with Dr.Tobias. We traveled well together, and I met a lot of wonderful people that I would not have otherwise known, and developed many rewarding friendships as a result. We traveled to England, Europe, Spain, Portugal and Fatima.where we both received many Papal-blessed articles. We visited the home where the (3) Fatima children lived, and brought back olive leaves from the olive trees where the apparition took place. We also traveled several times to Hawaii for Sunrider conventions and shared condos in Kona. She became friends with my family and brother Fr. Don, a Benedictine monk at St. John;s Abbey in MN.who traveled with us. Her last phone call to me she asked to have Fr. Don and his monk friends pray for her, which of course they did. While in Kona, she checked out Real-Estate and returned to our condo with a bottle of champagne. Then she took me food shopping to plan for a party. Everything I put into the cart, she'd take out and lecture me on the need to eat healthier. As a result, I now read labels and make better choices. How I met Dr. Tobias is a truly amazing event. In Oct. 1988, I had a back injury that required a combination of meds that I had a serious drug reaction from that put me in ICU for over a month and wasn't expected to survive. One of my Sunrider business friends heard Dr. T's lecture on Alternative healthcare, and suggested I travel to Chicago to see if Dr. T could help me. I didn't think I'd survive the 5-hr. trip, and prayed all the way. Needless to say, Dr.T. truly saved my life and we became close friends for life. She'd call me for prayer, and I'd call her for health advice. My sincere condolences to Saul, Lisa, and Joey for the loss of their dear mother who will be missed by them and all who knew and loved her. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. May you find comfort with many happy memories.Time to celebrate your mother's life lived fully. With God's special love and blessings.
Doris Tauscher
Friend
May 15, 2019
My family's deepest condolences to the entire family of Dr. Tobias. She was a very kind and beautiful person, full of life and a very caring person. She was a very good friend of my family, as well as her extended Bariatric family. She was one of the greatest in the Bariatric community, along with many others before her. As a young man, new in the pharmaceutical business, I was impressed with the fact all of her male colleagues, at the time, completely respected her for her influential accomplishments in her practice. May god bless her entire family.
Mark Torrance
Friend
May 15, 2019
Our condolences to Lisa and family on the passing of her beloved mother. May our friendship and prayers ease you through this difficult time.
Mike and Marina Samchukov
Friend
May 15, 2019
It is sad to see you go but happy for your peace with God.I cherished the friendship you shared and you as always is in the heart.


Tata Burns , Las Vegas NV, May 15,2019
Tita Burns
Friend
May 15, 2019
I am truly sorry to ear for Dr. Tobias's loss. She was my first host mother when I reached to study in USA from Azerbaijan. She was caring, loving and true mother. She will live in my heart always. I would like to offer her family my deepest and most sincere condolences and may the soul of Dr. Tobias rest in peace. Basrad Pashayev from Azerbaijan.
Basrad Pashayev
Significant Other
May 15, 2019
Thank you Auntie for all your love, help, wisdom & energy. You have inspired us. We will be forever grateful. We love you and will miss you.
Alma & Mike Collins
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May 14, 2019
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May 14, 2019
Auntie Esing may God welcome you with His warm embrace.With a grateful heart for making our dream for a better life here in the US a reality.
Amelia Joson
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May 13, 2019
Sorry to hear about such a great loss of a beautiful lady she had genuine concern and love for all.
I hope it was a peaceful passing, Dr Tobias will forever live on in everyones heart, The spirits that had the pleasure to be her acquaintance and friend friend I want to send a special condolences to you Youseff. I'm sure this isn't easy for you, your a great man as she was a great women and you complicated each other to be even greater. God bless
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May 13, 2019
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What a precious gift Dr. T crossed meeting & visiting her only once but feeling like I knew her for years, she was a wonderful human being, student & teacher always willing to help & share knowledge who is and will be sorely missed here, an angels called home to rest To the family may God grant you peace that surpasses understanding during this difficult season
V Walls
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May 13, 2019
Was always so gracious and kind, very giving and caring, quick to share her knowledge. Was just such a wonderful person!!
Del Obmaces Serranilla
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May 13, 2019
I was saddened to read of her passing. She was quick witted, charming, impish and always positive about life. Linda Hamilton
L H
May 13, 2019
I'm so sorry for this grand loss, dear Deanna. I remember her exactly as described here, and I know so much of her is already in you. While the pain may be deep, I hope the memory of a life so well lived gives you strength and solace. My love is with you!
Susu Mulet
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May 13, 2019
It is with my deepest condolences to you and your family at this most difficult time of sorrow. May Peace and Love and Mercy be increased to you.
V T
May 13, 2019
It is with my deepest condolences to you and your family at this most difficult time of sorrow. May Peace and Love and Mercy be increased to you.
V T
May 13, 2019
We loved her and will miss this amazing woman. Prayers to all who knew her especially her family and Yousef. There will be a shift in the universe for she was a powerful force in this world. Rest In Peace Dr.T. Love Dr. Stephen and Carol Anne Chan
Carol Anne Chan
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May 13, 2019
May God bless and comfort you at this time of sorrow for your family - please know that we are praying for you and will mention Dr. Ballesteros and family in our school Mass prayers this Friday, May 17th.
Dr. Patrick D. Higgins
Friend
May 13, 2019
I'm sorry for your loss. May the true God of comfort, comfort those mourning and bind up the brokenhearted.
Isaiah 61:1,2
Cj
May 13, 2019
We offer our deepest condolences to the family. As you miss her please let your precious memories bring you comfort. And may the God of all comfort help you through this difficult time.
Daniels Family
May 13, 2019
She was such a amazing inspiration to me with her sweet smile and that funny twinkle in her eyes. She was a joy to be with sharing her incredible knowledge. I will miss this wonderful lady but am so grateful to have been able to know her. Heaven has a beautiful angel. Charlene Siford. California
Charlene Siford
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May 13, 2019
I will always miss you my dear mentor and a great caring friend! Love from from Dr.G
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