JUNE 2017


Ellen Browne, 83, GK donor to Haiyan victims

CHICAGO--Ellen Burbach-Browne, 83, of Evanston, IL died on April 22. She and her husband, William, are known for their philanthropy. Their donations to help build houses for the poor in the Philippines were channeled through “Gawad Kalinga” (GK). At the time of her passing, GK Advocate Josie Disterhoft said that the couple’s donation stood at no less than $30,000.

A community center at a GK Village in Tolosa, Leyte will be named after her. Several houses built for the victims of the 2013 super-typhoon, Haiyan, were made possible through their generous giving. Disterhoft and Ellen Browne were scheduled to visit the GK village this month but her cancer, which was diagnosed last October, spread rapidly leading to her passing in late April. Ellen and William had been married for 47 years.

No fewer than 200 of her friends, relatives, fellow workers and acquaintances touched by her generosity gathered at the Three Crowne Park in Evanston on May 9 to celebrate her life. Six persons shared moving eulogies that gave an inspiring glimpse into Browne’s life of giving, compassion and care.

Also surviving her are her sisters Mary Schiellack and Anne Barg Costello (Robert). In lieu of flowers, her husband requested that donations may be made to the Greater Chicago Food Depository (www.chicagosfoodbank.org) or the Southern Poverty Law Center (www.splcenter.org).


Lena Remigio, 84

Lena Remigio died on May 7. She was 84. Native of Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Preceded by ex-husband Cesar Relucio. Founding member and Treasurer of the Laguna Association of the Midwest, Inc. Survived by children Ruby (Scott) Holloway, Rowie (Carlos) Mojica, Roxane (Michael) Boyle, Ruth (Rob) McGana, Raymond (Lisa) Relucio, Roderick Relucio, Racquel (Ravil) Gonzales and Rachel (Nick) Ferrer. Grandmother of 19 and great-grandmother of 7. Wake Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home on May 10. Memorial mass Queen of All Saints Basilica. Interment Rosehill Cemetery.


Celso M. Vicencio, 69

Celso "Bobby" Magno Vicencio (USN Ret.), died on May 17 at age 69. Husband of Josephine. Father of Robert, Kristinne, and Vanessa. Brother of 12 including Rey Vicencio of Skokie. Tito of Boy and Baby Bobby and of many. Master Mason of Integrity Lodge #997. Wake was held at Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home in Niles. Funeral May 24 from funeral home to St. Isaac Jogues Church for memorial Mass. Interment Irving Park Cemetery.


Robert Centeno, 49

Robert Centeno died on May 5. He was 49. He was employed at Ammeraal Beltech. Wake Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home. Funeral to Our Lady of Ransom Church for memorial mass. Interment Maryhill Catholic Cemetery.


Rey J. Sapnu, Jr., 74

Rey J. Sapnu, Jr., 74, former President of the Filipino American Council of Greater Chicago, died in Manila on May 2. He is survived by wife Milagros Sapnu, elder sister Teresita Car; children Rey, Questor, Sydney, Leizle, Allan, Ruth, Revo and Miggy; and his 12 grandchildren Kimberly, Cerielynne Rae, Carl, Andrew, Raine, Borgy, Kenneth, Alyssa, RJ, Dana, & Chloe. He was an active member of Cyclists of the Philippines. Wake was held May 3 at St. Peter Chapels, Araneta Ave. Cremation May 7; he was buried with parents at La Loma Cemetery in Manila.


Teresita B. Anderson, 73

Teresita B. Anderson, 73, died on May 9. Wife of William, mother of Noel B. (Tricia) and Florentino Nantes. Grandmother of Rico. Sister of Romeo (Naty) Blanco and Corazone (Pi Ping) Reyes. Wake Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home.


Leon R. Flores, 89

Leon R. Flores passed away on May 7 at the age of 89. Wake held on May 12 at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home in Chicago. Funeral to St. Cornelius Church for Memorial Mass. Interment private.


Menrado E. Aguada, 68

Menrado E. Aguada died on April 30 at age 68. Husband of Virginia D. Aguada, father of Randy (Mildred) and Gilbert (Pell Chelo), grandfather of Michael John, Miles, Aliza, and Arial. Survived by siblings Goody, Romeo, Lydia, Carol, and Elsie. Wake May 5 at Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home. Funeral to St. Isaac Jogues Church for memorial mass. Private Cremation.


Jorge D. Lomboy, Jr., 84

Jorge D. Lomboy, Jr., age 84, of Chicago, passed away April 23. Survived by his wife and children Arthur and Jennifer. An attorney, he served as assistant legal counsel of Manila-based corporations from 1958-1970. Retired Senior Auditor of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in 1999, according to biodata provided by The Philippine Weekly. Former columnist of “All Yours” for The Philippine Weekly. Interment private.


Cristina Ramiscal, 95

Cristina Ramiscal died on April 27. She was 95. Wake Drake & Son Funeral Home in Chicago. Funeral to St. Gregory the Great Church for memorial mass. Interment Rosehill Cemetery.





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