For Día de Los Muertos

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Today for Día de Los Muertos , I am posting this here- because if you read my stories- and you see those female characters who live by their wits are complex and seem to either beat the Devil maybe have a touch of that darkness you just can’t help but to admire-

my Grandmother, my Aunt and My Great Grandmother are in every single one of them.

I guess I am posting their obituaries because I can’t visit their graves and decorate them – but I can celebrate their memories in the next best place- surrounded by the stories they inspired their Grand Daughter write:

Anita Guzman de Moscoso

November 1, 2016

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Ignancia is ( though she is gone now ) my Grandmother:

 

IGNACIA SARIMENTO GUZMAN, 93, of Kapulena, Hawai’i, died Feb. 5, 2003. Born in La Union, Philippines. A homemaker. Survived by sons, Lorenzo, Eustaquio, Clito and Tony; daughter, Catalina Godfrey; sisters, Teofila Acosta and Lulu Nigrana; 17 grandchildren. Visitation 8 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Honoka’a; Mass 10 a.m.; burial to follow at the church cemetery. Casual attire. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary

 

This is her Sister:

Lucille Sarmiento Nigrana ( Pilot )

Stockton, CA Lucille Sarmiento Nigrana, daughter of Saturnina Fernandez and Guillermo Sarmiento, was born on January 2, 1912 in Luna, La Union, Philippines and passed away on July 19, at 102 and a half years old. At a young age, “Lulu” and the family moved to Hawaii where they lived for several years and finally came to the U.S. in 1929. She lived in Chicago for a number of years and eventually returned to Stockton where she worked to help support her own family. She is survived by her children: Fred Lomboy, Rosaline Dickinson (Donald), Richard Lomboy (Mila), Claro Nelmida, John Nelmida, David Nelmida (Maricela), Patricia Ellington (William) and Robert Nigrana (Trish), 18 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Santiago Nigrana, her sisters Ignacia Guzman, Teofila Acosta, Juanita Kleist and brother Phillip Sarmiento. A Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, August 27th at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Annunciation. There will be a Memorial Mass on Thursday, August 28th at 10 a.m. also at the Cathedral. Interment will be private.

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And check it out- my Great Grandparents were named Saturnina and Guillermo.

Saturnina means ” Gift of Saturn “

The name (Saturn ) most  likely derives from the Etruscan Satre, which referred to a god of the underworld who was responsible for funereal matters.

Well, that names goes a long way to explain me 😉 .

 

 

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