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Pacita Blas Mariano


1933 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Pacita Blas Mariano Obituary
November 1, 1933 - February 4, 2017 Pacita Blas, sixth child of Juan T. and Anselma Latina Blas, was born in the city of Cuyapo, province of Nuevo Ecija in the Philippines, where she met her husband, attorney Romeo Molina Mariano and gave birth to four children. She and her family immigrated to the United States in 1970 where she worked as a neonatal intensive care unit registered nurse for Kaiser Permanente, Temple Hospital, White Memorial, Hollywood Presbyterian and Cedars-Sinai in the Los Angeles area. She worked continuously until her retirement about six years ago. "My work is my pleasure", she said. She was affectionately known to her coworkers as "Mama Pat". She was pious woman, a devout Roman Catholic, who prayed and went to church every day after her children grew up and left her nest. Pacita and her husband were together for over sixty years and were married for over fifty-five years. They were inseparable. She had a perfect driving record because her husband would always do the driving. Pacita, in addition to diligently working two jobs, seven days a week, still managed to cook excellently and care for her husband and children. Her children would say that her cooking was better than the food at the local Filipino restaurants. She enjoyed making noodle "pancit" platters and gelatin desserts to cater to her coworkers' potlucks. Pacita's children followed in her footsteps into the healthcare field. Two became nurses and two became doctors. She said that she was happy to have successful professionals and that she enjoyed the leisure of retirement. She valued one's good health as a measure of success. "Your health is your wealth. Without it, you are poor" she would frequently say to her children. Pacita is survived by her husband, Romeo Molina Mariano and her four children, Romeo, Jr., Regina, Roy and Rowena. She is also survived by her three surviving siblings, Aurora Blas, Biani Blas and Esther Blas Cabatu as well as ten grandchildren and one great grandchild. A funeral Mass and Celebration of Life for Pacita Mariano will take place at St. Brendan Catholic Church, 310 S. Van Ness Ave., Los Angeles CA on March 15, 2017 at 10 am. All are invited and are encouraged to wear red garments in her honor.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 12, 2017
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