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Noemi Giblartar Castrence, age 50, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014.

Noemi was born and raised in Castillejos, Zambales, Philippines. She migrated to United States at the age of 20 and lived in New York, California and Minnesota. She attended the Castillejos Academy, PATS College of Aeronautics and Unilex College.

Noemi was passionate about her life, family, food and culinary talents. She was spontaneous and adventurous; always willing to go on sightseeing drives on a whim or just pick up and move to another state. She was our survivor, having survived breast cancer twice, including a bone marrow transplant. She embodied one of her favorite sayings "Live and Let Live." She lived life with a smile always on her face.

She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by her older siblings Corazon Sarver, Orlando Castrence, Jesus Castrence, Dante Castrence, Osias Castrence and Gloria Levasseur. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews: Tracey Reisert, Orlando Castrence II, Maritess Hochderffer, Leonarda Castrence, Jay Castrence, Jerald Castrence, Leonard Castrence, Danielle Castrence, Helengrace Castrence, Leoconrad Castrence, Christy Castrence and Peter Levasseur. And many other extended family. Predeceased by her parents Conrado and Leonarda Castrence, her older siblings: Napoleon Castrence, Conrado Castrence and Reynaldo Castrence as well as by her niece Leonalisa Castrence and nephew Adro Castrence.

She loved the Lord and is with Him now, following in the path he laid for her.

A celebration of her life was held at Greer Family Mortuary in Alameda on Monday, Nov. 17. We will live on by all the wonderful memories we shared with our dear Noemi.

Memorial contributions are welcome and should be mailed to the Castillejos Association of Northern California via Orlando Castrence at 314 Ironwood Rd., Alameda, CA 94502.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services FD 1408 865-3755

Born in Hayward, Kenneth T. Okamoto was preceded in death by his wife, Grace. He leaves a son, a daughter, a sister and a brother.

During World War II he and his family were interned at Gila, Ariz. They resettled in Alameda, where Kenneth graduated from Alameda High. He was a Korean War Veteran. After his military service, he was employed by Growers Produce in Oakland for 37 years.

He was a member of Extending Connections at Buena Vista United Methodist Church. He enjoyed the watching the Oakland A’s, gardening and his cats.

There will be no service by request. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services FD 1408 865-3755

Born Oct. 2, 1924, in Paete, Laguna, Philippines, Pacita was the beloved wife of 70 years to Cenon Lapid Dimacali. She was the loving, proud mother of Cenon Jr., Pacita Jr., Cedric, Maria Consuelo (deceased), Cornelio and Clarissa; an adoring grandmother, great-grandmother and mother-in-law; and a caring aunt and friend to many. Pacita passed away peacefully on Nov. 10, 2014, at home in Alameda, with husband and family by her side.

Pacita attained her bachelor’s degree from National University in the Philippines, where she met her husband. She earned her masters in education and was a Ph.D candidate at University of Santo Tomas.

Her proudest achievements include: serving in the World War II guerilla regiment headed by her eldest brother; as department head at Manila Science High School; as advisor to Philippine Barangay Dance Troupe; her home in Philam, Quezon City; her line- and folk dance teaching at Noble Towers and the Filipino Senior Association in Oakland; and her travels through 46 states in the U.S.

A devout Catholic, she visited the holy cities of Lourdes, Fatima, Avila, the Vatican, Bethlehem and Jerusalem.

Pacita was a life force for her family and in many circles, and we will miss her humor, joy and her dancing. "Enjoy yourself," she would sing, "It’s later than you think."

The family would like to thank the staff at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland, and Vitas Hospice.

Funeral services have been held.

Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services FD 1408 865-3755