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Jose R. Gontang

AGE: 83 • Seaford

Jose R. Gontang, MD, 83, of Seaford, Delaware, died on January 22, 2017, with his loving family by his side. He was born to the late Macario and Isabel Gontang in Naga, Philippines. Dr. Gontang grew up in Naga, graduating from Ateneo de Naga for high school.

He went to the University of the Philippines in Manila where he received his bachelor's degree. Dr. Gontang then attended the University of the Philippines' College of Medicine, where he received his medical degree in 1961.

After graduating medical school, he emigrated to the United States to complete his medical training in anesthesiology. He married the love of his life, Felicitas, and upon completing his training, they moved to Seaford where he became an anesthesiologist at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Gontang dedicated his life to the care and well-being of others. He served as a doctor to the hospital and the community of Seaford for 32 years before retiring in 2002. During his time at the hospital, Dr. Gontang served as a president of the hospital's medical staff organization and was later inducted into the hospital's Physician Hall of Fame on November 3, 2011. Dr. Gontang was a devout Catholic and an active member of his church, Our Lady of Lourdes. Of his many hobbies, his true love was gardening, and he used the grounds of his home as a canvas for his creativity.

Dr. Gontang is survived by his wife of 50 years, Felicitas, his children, Ally Gontang-Highfield and her husband Craig of Annapolis, and Richard Gontang of Washington, DC. He is also survived by his two wonderful grandchildren, Zeke and Seneca.

Dr. Gontang's Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday January 28, 2017 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church at 532 E. Stein Highway, Seaford, DE 19973 at 11AM. There will be a visitation at the church from 10 to 11. Instead of flowers or gifts, the family requests that you make donations to Delaware Hospice (Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford DE 19963), Nanticoke Memorial Hospital (801 Middleford Road, Seaford, DE 19973), and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (532 E. Stein Highway, Seaford, DE 19973).

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Published in The News Journal on Jan. 26, 2017
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