Victorina Tolentino VegaNovember 13, 1922 ~ July 20, 2019 (age 96)
Obituary of Victorina Tolentino Vega
Victorina Tolentino Vega was born on November 13, 1922 in Magsingal, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. She is the 2nd of three children of Canuto Foronda Tolentino and one of the five children of Tomasa Corpuz Costales. She is survived by her sister, three (3) children, twenty-four (24) grandchildren, forty-nine (49) great grandchildren, and three (3) great great grandchildren. She passed away peacefully and was welcomed home to God at dawn of July 20, 2019 in San Jose, California. She will be laid to rest at the family final resting place in Magsingal, Ilocos Sur, Philippines.
Lola, as she was dearly called by her grandchildren, led a very fruitful and wonderful life. She will be missed by and will always be in the hearts of her children, grandchildren, relatives and others who knew her. For all her accomplishments, she was most proud of the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren. She feels that their success is her success too.
Victorina graduated elementary education; she couldn’t finish high school because the war broke out and was forced to evacuate town and lived in the secluded areas located at the foot of the hills/mountains. After the war and the Philippines was liberated by the United States of America, she taught Grade 1 and 2 at the elementary school. She was community-oriented and worked as an active Poll watcher of the Comelec during elections going for 24 hrs. without sleep sometimes.
Victorina is a very loving, patient and sacrificial person. She silently suffered some of the pains of a growing family sometimes alone offering these sacrifices to our dear Lord. She is full of faith in the loving goodness of the Lord, hope and desire for a better life for her and her children. She along with her late husband worked very hard as farmers to provide for their family. As a homemaker, she enjoyed cooking for her family and keeping order in the house, something she did so proudly and well.
She married the late Romulo Concepcion Vega in 1944 at age 22. Aside from being in love, one of the reasons for getting married at this time was to keep her from potentially becoming a victim of war as a “comfort woman” of the Japanese soldiers. Romulo and Victorina had six (6) children. She was widowed at the age of 53. She immigrated to the US in 1983 where she lived with her daughter Edna and her family. She was a very religious and family-oriented person. She loved going to church, is a devotee of the Blessed Virgin Mary praying the rosary regularly, always praying and making food offerings during all Souls day. She was gifted with a beautiful voice and loved to sing and dance. She and her bothers serenaded each other singing duets and trios. She watched 80’s TV shows like “Magnum PI”, “Hawaii 50”, and “Murder, She Wrote”. She got very interactive while watching wrestling. One can see her excitement and feel her anxiety being that she’s on the edge of her seat, talking to the TV as if the fighters hear her. She also liked watching game shows like “Jeopardy!” shouting answers now and then; similarly, with “The Wheel of Fortune”. She loved gardening, tendering and watering the plants. Picking fruits and vegetables from the garden is one of her early morning routines. She provided child-care for family friends and she was a “Lola” to all of them. She was a tobacco cigar roller master, rolling her own from the native Philippine virginia tobacco, and smoking this leisurely after meals.
She is survived by ….
Sister, Felipa “Pepay” Benigno from the Hawaiian Islands.
Son Pedro “Robie” married to Monina Campos of San Jose California, her grandchildren Namnama, Grasya, Emma, Angela, Saranay, Salacnib, Pia, Agape, and her great grandchildren Daryl, Dwight, Duke, Dayne, Gian, Elaina, Krysta, Ava, Vianney, Jairus, Agabus, Alexia, Naomi, Marius.
Children of her late son Nicasio “Fred” and Elsa Diolata of the Philippines, her grandchildren, Jack (deceased), Jojo, Steve, Jessie (deceased), Liza, her great grandchildren Jham, Jell, Jade, Jefferson, JayR, Nicko, Stephanie, Gabriel, Venus, Jhassel, Jhazteen, Jhasper, Krysel, Kyael, and her great great grandchildren Jhacob, Joseph, Jayrine.
Children of her late daughter Divina and Rolando Domingo, (survivor of Divina) of the Philippines, her grandchildren Jennifer, Renante, Mirasol, Jobelle, her great grandchildren Ronaldo Jr, Rojen, Thelma, Hannah, Austine, Brianna, Brian, Divina.
Children of her late son Felix “Ely” and Virginia Daquioag, (survivor of Ely) of the Philippines, her grandchild, Elvie, her great grandchildren Anne, Hendrix, and Elison.
Daughter Edna married to Phil Esguerra of San Jose California, her grandchildren Caroline, Philip, Mark, Alex, and her great grandchildren Emma, Ava, Rose, Eli, Christian, and Alex.
Daughter Estolia “Ess” married to Henry Salera of Ontario Canada, her grandchildren Kathleen and Krysta, and her great grandchildren Kayden, Kyler, Ryann and Kolson.
She is owed much gratitude, is deeply missed and will always be in our hearts. Her life enriched us all. We are so very grateful of her love, affection, values and enduring belief, encouragement and support for all of us.
Please join us in celebrating Victorina’s life on Wednesday, 24th July 2019 from 4-9 pm for visitation and novena rosary; and Thursday, 25th July 2019 from 1-9 pm for visitation and vigil service; 26th July from 9am -1 pm for a last look at Victorina and quiet family time at Darling & Fischer Garden Chapel, 471 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95112.
Victorina’s Life Celebration mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 5111 San Felipe Rd, San Jose, CA 95135 on Friday, 26th July 2019 at 2:00 pm presided by Fr. Michael Syjueco. Cremation will follow at Los Gatos Memorial Park.
Reception will follow the mass in the gathering space of St. Francis of Assisi Church located at 5111 San Felipe Road, San Jose, CA 95135.