Juneau resident Salustiana "Celestina" Alvez Lumba Untalasco, 79, died July 22, 2006, from kidney failure after a long bout with Alzheimer's disease. She was surrounded by her family, numerous relatives and friends.
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She was born on Aug. 18, 1927, in Tinag-an, Leyte, Philippines. She married Basilio Calica Untalasco, a Filipino-American soldier, in 1945, in Ormoc City, Leyte. By 1947, she and her first-born, Basilio Jr., were on board the General Blatchford leaving Manila for San Francisco. The trip took 17 days. Upon arrival in San Francisco, she and her son took a train to Fort Lewis, Wash., where she was processed as a war bride. They later left on board the Aleutian Transport bound for Juneau. Upon arrival, her husband met and presented her with a fur coat at the Alaska Steamship Dock.
She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and attended church services as often as possible.
"I was thankful to God that he allowed me to come to America, to have a better life for my children," she said. As a member of the Filipino Women's Auxiliary and Filipino Community Inc., she helped to establish a strong and vibrant organization. Mrs. Untalasco worked in Excursion Inlet and Superior canneries, Percy's Café, Carson's Bakery and at the U.S. Postal Service.
She was preceded in death by her husband; son; brothers and sisters, Gerald Romo and Isabelo, Candido, Abondia and Matilda Lumba; parents; children, Bernardo, Nenita, Ezechiel and Enrique; stepson, Knute Felipe; her husband's relatives, the Corpuz, Soriano, Yadao, Abuan, Laigo, Ordonia and Calica families; and 10 grandchildren, two step grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and numerous relatives, both in the United States and in central and southern Philippines.
The viewing and rosary was held July 25 at the Alaskan Memorial Park and Mortuary. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. July 26, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A reception will follow in the parish hall.