Agustin 'Joe' Sarmiento Sr. suddenly passed away on Jan. 16 at the Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, IL surrounded by his family.
He was born in Pangasinan, Philippines, established himself in Baguio City for many years, and then set off to the U.S. where he made Chicago his home. He is the husband of Aida Sarmiento; father of Alfemarie (Markus Sanchez) Sarmiento, Victoria Sarmiento, Agustin Boyet (Alma) Sarmiento, Portia (Thomas) Guerin, and the late Agustin Sarmiento III (Beth Prado and Claudia Kral); grandfather of Sydney Sanchez, Joshua, Gabrielle, Jed and Lauren Sarmiento, and Alex Guerin.
He was a business man and entrepreneur. In Baguio City, Philippines, he owned Sarmiento Studio and was the official photographer for the Girls Scouts of Philippines. In the United States, he was a professional photographer, supervisor at Johnson & Johnson. In 1983, he founded TravelFast Travel Agency on the north side of Chicago.
He was also an active community leader in public service. He was a member of Philippine Jaycee's of Baguio City, B.I.B.A.K. of Chicago, and Lions Club of Chicago. He was a former board member and administrator of the Filipino American Council of Chicago and former Area Commander (KGOR) of the Order of the Knights of Rizal, Central U.S.A. Council.
Asteria Glimane Bhandari, RN, age 73, passed away January 17 in India. Asteria is survived by her husband of 47 years, Avatar Bhandari, daughters Angelina Bhandari, MD (husband of Vijay Pallekonda,MD), Asha Bhandari,RN (husband Paul Moreno, JD) Amy Bhandari, MBBS, Aileen Bhandari, Assistant State's Attorney (husband Sam Davis, Jr, Businessman), sons, Umesh Bhandari, MD (wife Holly Kinget, MD), Sunil Bhandari. Dedicated grandmother to Anand, Viraj and Chandrika Pallekonda; Amara and Vincente Moreno; Christopher, Basant, Maya and Shaan Davis; Saniya Bhandari. She was a nursing graduate of Southwestern University in Cebu. Asteria was a humanitarian to her native Philippines serving as Mayor of San Benito. Her Funeral mass at Our Lady of Victory Church
Patrocinio N. Abella passed away on Dec. 25. She was 86 years of age. She was a native of Catbalogan City. She was a retired registered nurse. She was predeceased by her husband Fernando V. Abella, Jr., to whom she was married to for 59 years. He passed away four months earlier. She is survived by eight children: Renie (Baby), Chic (Bill), Luchie (Joel), Ferdie (May), Bing Onio), Aurora (Jerome), Maripa (Tim), Cindi (Matt). Patrocinio is survived by 19 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Wake was held Jan. 22 at Drake & Son Funeral Home. Interment at Rosehill Cemetery.
Gloria P. Austria, 63, of Chicago, passed away suddenly Jan. 12. She was the sibling of Ellie A. (Robert) Denz, Jun (Myrna) Austria and the late Fe A. (the late Leon) Valdez, Jose P. Austria, Roger P. (Merlina) Austria, Salcedo P. (Minda) Austria and Dolores A. (Rogelio) Florido. She was a member of the Couples for Christ Handmaids of the Lord. Her wake was held at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home in Chicago. Interment at Maryhill Cemetery.
Avelina De Ocampo passed away Jan. 1 She is survived by her children Sally (Albert) Guerra, Miriam (Hal) Mohammad, Samuel, Jerson (Mildred), Lyndon (Evelyn), the late Bezaleel (Maria Lourdes), and the late Floriano Jr. (Tina). Wake was held at Salerno's Rosedale Chapel in Roselle January 4. Funeral service was held at Elston Avenue United Methodist Church Jan. 7. Interment at Clarendon Hills Cemetery.
Guadalupe Virrey Alcedo passed away on Dec. 22. She was 77 years old. She was predeceased by her husband Roberto Sr.; survived by her children: Joyce (Edwin) Marquez, Arlene (Robert) Melone, Roberto Jr. (Jennifer) Alcedo, Aisel (Wayne) Smiley, Cynchie (Ramon) Panganiban, Nenet (Patrick) Messina, Ben (Andrea) Alcedo, and Girlie (John) Ocampo; survived by her grandchildren Jiro, Ian, Mia, Samantha, Justin, Marcus, Aisel, Sara, Kaelin, Enzo, Dominick, Nathan, Melanie, Ela, Michael, Emma, Jacklyn, and Kaya; She was retired from the Purchasing Department Compliance Officer for the City of Chicago. She was an active member of the Lipeños Club and Santo Niño Midwest.
Her wake was held at Drake & Son Funeral Home in Chicago. Interment at All Saints Cemetery in Niles.
Antonina Calayan passed away Dec. 22 at the age of 71. She was a native of Batangas City. She is survived by her husband Teodoro; mother of Christia (Keith) Mendoza and Charmaine and the late Charlou Calayan; cherished Inay of Kay and Klaire Mendoza; and sibling of eight.
Funeral was held from Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home in Chicago to Our Lady of Mercy Church. Interment was at Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago.