ForeverMissed

FUNERAL SERVICE


LOCATION: Forest Lawn Cypress
ADDRESS: 4471 Lincoln Avenue, Cypress, California 90630

CELEBRATION OF LIFE AND VIEWING
May 24, 2021 at 9:00 AM
Heritage Mausoleum in front of the Patriot's Chapel

INTERMENT
June 1, 2021 at 8:30 AM
Heritage Mausoleum - Columbarium of Courage
Niche 10917A

Flowers may be ordered from Andes Florist. Please call (310)375-6371 & mention its for Celestina & get 20% off delivery fee. Thank you!

Please let us know if you can attend the funeral service either by text at (310) 500-7209 or email at pachemi@yahoo.com. We would love to know if you can make it on Monday, May 24th or Tuesday, June 1st, or both. Please feel free to reach out to us no later than Monday, May 10th. 

*For loved ones unable to attend the service, Zoom link to follow.


We encourage you to share a thought, a story that my mom inspired you in any way at the story tab.
Posted by Carlos Fausto on June 8, 2021
Celeste- I am really grateful for all the support and advices that you have given. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. You are a wonderful, loving and caring friend. You are one in a million- Celeste. We love you and may you Rest In Peace. 
Charlie
Posted by Marilyn Ares on May 5, 2021
I've known and met celestina since 1983 when we're working at Zayed Military Hospital in Abu Dhabi UAE.But we became more close after working together for few months in Male misc ward.The friendship continued till she got married,resigned and migrated to USA.She has all the qualities of a loyal, loving caring friend .And inspite being younger than me she acts like a mother hen,looking after us her friends when we are together.I will never forget you my dearest Cehl 'ada',you will always be in my heart, remembered and always loved.
Posted by Joji De Leon on May 4, 2021
Celestina dear friend, you left too soon.
We remembered your good heart, your compassion, selflessness and down to earth nature. We remembered the countless ways you cared for us--from making us coffee while on night shift, sharing your beauty secrets while applying moisturizers to our faces, serving us food even before you take a bite yourself, writing us a beautiful card when we were sad & crying with us when we were heartbroken, just to name a few. These were simple acts of kindness but were heartwarming to us. You spoiled us with your constant care.
Mon & I remembered when you volunteered to help us get some paperwork from Manila City hall on your last week of pregnancy with Chelo. We rode an owner(jeep) that had a bumpy ride and you had contractions a day or two after. We joked that the bumpy ride caused Chelo's birth a few days early than your expected date.
We remembered how you woke up in the middle of the day to meet us for an hour whenever we came for a day's visit to California & returned home to catch more sleep before your shift.
We remembered how tolerant and patient you were with our pettiness & whining but never shy to voice out your own point of view.
We admired your love for your kids and how proud you were when you spoke about them. They were your pride and joy.
You were gracious and respectful to all your friends' parents just like you were to your Mama & Papa. In Abu Dhabi, you shared your parents' letters with us like we were their own kids. We felt their loved with their "paalalas" and advices.
To us you were the queen of organization & cleanliness. Everything you owned were laid out and arranged well --from pens, documents to your clothes. You were the best among us in handling finances. You were frugal but never stingy, always ready to offer help without expecting anything in return.

We will miss you when we travel to the Holy Land. We were set to go last year but was cancelled due to Covid.
We will miss you --- from our group meetings, small talks, arguments, laughter and texts. Our hearts are heavy and our eyes are wet whenever we think of you. It will take time to get use to your absence or maybe never.
We love you, Cehl. Rest in peace.  From,  Joji, Mon, Terrie & Zen.
Posted by MONTSE BENDICHO on May 2, 2021
Desolation is the word I have used to describe the loss of your mother, Maria Cielo and Luis Arturo, as journey of no return that we all have to make. She made the journey very early and very young , but fate is so capricious that it wanted it that way. I am absolutely sure that she will protect you and watch over your well being always.

I am truly sorry for the sad moments you are going through and I encourage you to overcome, if you can, the emptiness that she has left you and to learn to live without her physical presence.

A big hug to you Maria Cielo my dearest only niece and to you Luis Arturo my dearest only nephew.
Posted by Priza Castro on April 24, 2021
When the Lord calls our loved ones home, He leaves a gift of memories in exchange. My deepest sympathy to my dearest Kumare’s family.
I met Celest in 1992 when we both started working in the ICU of Gardena Memorial Hospital, became next door neighbor, & then our friendship got closer. I remembered very well when I had my cesarean section & she voluntarily came from her night shift duty to come & stay with me, got me up, emptied my urine bag & helped me clean myself. She’s really a woman with open arms & beautiful heart. She became the Ninang of my daughter & she was baby sitting her too at times. We have so much beautiful memories together with our families & co-workers/friends.
You will be greatly missed my friend. Till we meet again .

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Posted by Carlos Fausto on June 8, 2021
Celeste- I am really grateful for all the support and advices that you have given. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. You are a wonderful, loving and caring friend. You are one in a million- Celeste. We love you and may you Rest In Peace. 
Charlie
Posted by Marilyn Ares on May 5, 2021
I've known and met celestina since 1983 when we're working at Zayed Military Hospital in Abu Dhabi UAE.But we became more close after working together for few months in Male misc ward.The friendship continued till she got married,resigned and migrated to USA.She has all the qualities of a loyal, loving caring friend .And inspite being younger than me she acts like a mother hen,looking after us her friends when we are together.I will never forget you my dearest Cehl 'ada',you will always be in my heart, remembered and always loved.
Posted by Joji De Leon on May 4, 2021
Celestina dear friend, you left too soon.
We remembered your good heart, your compassion, selflessness and down to earth nature. We remembered the countless ways you cared for us--from making us coffee while on night shift, sharing your beauty secrets while applying moisturizers to our faces, serving us food even before you take a bite yourself, writing us a beautiful card when we were sad & crying with us when we were heartbroken, just to name a few. These were simple acts of kindness but were heartwarming to us. You spoiled us with your constant care.
Mon & I remembered when you volunteered to help us get some paperwork from Manila City hall on your last week of pregnancy with Chelo. We rode an owner(jeep) that had a bumpy ride and you had contractions a day or two after. We joked that the bumpy ride caused Chelo's birth a few days early than your expected date.
We remembered how you woke up in the middle of the day to meet us for an hour whenever we came for a day's visit to California & returned home to catch more sleep before your shift.
We remembered how tolerant and patient you were with our pettiness & whining but never shy to voice out your own point of view.
We admired your love for your kids and how proud you were when you spoke about them. They were your pride and joy.
You were gracious and respectful to all your friends' parents just like you were to your Mama & Papa. In Abu Dhabi, you shared your parents' letters with us like we were their own kids. We felt their loved with their "paalalas" and advices.
To us you were the queen of organization & cleanliness. Everything you owned were laid out and arranged well --from pens, documents to your clothes. You were the best among us in handling finances. You were frugal but never stingy, always ready to offer help without expecting anything in return.

We will miss you when we travel to the Holy Land. We were set to go last year but was cancelled due to Covid.
We will miss you --- from our group meetings, small talks, arguments, laughter and texts. Our hearts are heavy and our eyes are wet whenever we think of you. It will take time to get use to your absence or maybe never.
We love you, Cehl. Rest in peace.  From,  Joji, Mon, Terrie & Zen.
her Life
Known as Celestina, Celest, Cehl, Cehly, Baby, Be, Ada.

With profound sadness, we announce the passing of Celestina, our loving and devoted mother and friend, on March 22, 2021.

She left us peacefully at Long Beach Memorial Hospital, CA due to stage IV lung cancer. She was 63.

Born  in Manila, Philippines to Ceferino & Felicisima Azarcon.

She was a devoted and loving daughter and a generous and thoughtful sister to her Kuya Art.

She graduated Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1979 at Arellano University in the Philippines.

Served as an ER nurse at the Ministry of Defense in 1982 at United Arab Emirates Zayed Military Hospital.

Survived by her children Maria Chelo & Luis Arturo.

She then continued her passion for nursing, working in the USA in various hospitals as an ER, ICU & NICU nurse.

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile”. Somehow this sums up how she lived and how she loved. She was compassionate, she listened without judgment and gave without expectations. She helped out because it was the right thing to do.

Her family, friends, and colleagues were the most important to Celest. This is where she drew her strength and left her legacy. The caring person who puts the people around her first because “Dapat may pakikisama at magtulungan tayong lahat” (in translation: “We should all look out for each other”).

She loves to cook Filipino food and always carries a cup of tea. “Do you want first dip or second dip?”, she’d teasingly ask.

While with words she is humble and caring, in her action she was bold and powerful.  Her tenacity and perseverance in the face of adversity is admirable. She always rejoices in God with a grateful heart and a joyful spirit. 

Her love, patience, understanding, wit, compassion and charm will live on inside us forever. 

She was a loving MAMA to all.

Recent stories

Big Heart

Shared by Rafi K on May 24, 2021
Gone so soon, Cel. Our family-like relationship cut short by your early departure. But it was enough time to know how big your heart is. Not enough words can describe how much you will be missed. And we don’t even know how to explain to Obadah that he will not see you anymore and that you are in a better place. We pray that Chelo and LA will have the strength to carry on your legacy. We love you.

Love,
Lynn, Rachwan, Rafi, & Obadah

Mediocre, Not.

Shared by Lee Guzman on April 28, 2021
“There are too many mediocre things in life, love shouldn’t be one of them.”
I can still remember the day she wrote them down to a piece of white paper and handed it to Chelo and me on one summer I was privileged to be part of the Bendichos holiday trip to Club Manila East.
Funny as we did not understand the word mediocre then until she explained the word, then the entire context to us. Apparently, this whole scenario is remembered up to this date and will forever remain as it brought me light and better understanding of what really matters – what SHOULD matter.
I have known her to be tough. Her love was tough. Tough love. Why? It was not mediocre.