August 20, 1927 - March 2, 2018
Born in Laoag City, Illocos Norte, Philippines
Resided in Salinas, California
Caridad is survived by her devoted husband of almost 71 years, Irineo DeLeon Asuncion Sr and their 5 loving children: Roger Asuncion (Rosalinda) of Salinas, Roland Asuncion of El Dorado Hills, Rosalie Asuncion Starr (Kevin) of San Diego, Irineo Asuncion Jr (Nimfa) of Salinas, and Robert Asuncion (Deborah) of Corona, a brother, Rodolfo Mandac (Lydia) of Salinas, grandchildren, Annette (Curt), Roland Jr, Alex, Andrew, Carlyn, Melissa and great grandchild, Jordyn, along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Marcelo and Josefa Mandac, brother Jacinto Mandac, and sisters Juliana Mandac Damaso and Leyte Mandac Pascual.
Born in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, August 20, 1927, Caridad also known as ‘Caring’, attended schools in Laoag and after just a few months of courtship married her soulmate, Irineo ‘Ernie’ on May 17, 1947. During the next 11 years Irineo traveled back & forth to the Philippines to check on his wife and eventually Caridad immigrated to the US with her two eldest boys, Roger & Roland in 1958. From there, the Asuncion family moved from base to base starting in Ft. Benning, GA, the birthplace of their only daughter Rosalie, then to the Panama Canal Zone where both Irineo Jr and Robert were born. In a beautiful celebration of love last May, Caridad and Irineo marked an amazing 70 years together amongst many special friends and family.
Many of their early years together were spent apart from each other, Caridad in the Philippines and Irineo in the US trying to lay the groundwork for a better life in America. It was also during this time that he was drafted by the US Army which led him to battle in both the Korean and Vietnam wars, two times each, leaving Caridad to raise 5 children, periodically on her own. But she was strong, hardworking, bright, a quick learner and very resourceful managing these skills which helped to obtain her US citizenship, drivers license, and full time employment (Higashi Farms & Salinas Greenhouse) while also still learning to read, write and speak English.
Throughout the more than 50 years here in the Salinas Valley, Caridad spent a lot of precious time with family and friends that were from her beloved Illocos area. For over 35 of those years she was extremely active in the Filipino community having served as the 1st Lady with the Laoaguenian Association of Monterey County that her husband, Irineo, proudly held the office of President. Caridad also volunteered her time with the Laoaguenians serving as the Assistant Treasurer during most of those 35+ years. She looked forward to chatting, laughing, and sharing stories with her comadres. She was excited for Wednesday’s because that was Bingo time at the Filipino Community Center. Caridad also loved going to the casino every few months on the chartered bus with her husband, Irineo, and her friends to play the slot machines. And later on in her life after the first time under Hospice care at home she always kept busy doing her numerous word search books or her “homework” as Dad called it. She was attached to her own iPad playing Bingo and word search games all day long. She kept her mind very sharp all the way to the end, she was a fighter and definitely the strongest woman we’ve ever known.
The Asuncion family would like to thank Caridad’s primary physician, Dr. Leslie Foote, for the many years of care, love, support, and countless home visits. Also special thanks to the VNA Hospice team for their continuous and gentle care during the final several months. Your tender touch and soothing ways with our Mother will always be greatly appreciated.
Caridad loved her husband & children unconditionally and made sacrifices all her life to make certain her family was well taken care of. Caridad will forever be loved, cherished and respected by her family. She is a beautiful force and an angel of God that will be missed dearly every day of our lives but the memories made will be treasured in our hearts eternally.
Visitation will be held 1:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. Monday, March 19, 2018 at Struve and
Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis Street, Salinas, Ca. 93901.
Rosary will be at 7:00p.m. Monday, March 19, 2018 at Struve and Laporte Chapel.
Funeral Mass will be 10:00a.m. Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Madonna Del Sasso Church, 320 E. Laurel Drive, Salinas, CA. 93906.
Entombment to follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery, 850 Abbott Street, Salinas, CA. 93901.
Salinas, California 93901
Salinas, California 93901
Salinas, CA US 93906
Salinas, CA US 93901