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In Memory of

Rosario D. Sobrestante

February 25, 1922 - March 21, 2015

Obituary


Rosario Dongosa Sobrestante was born February 25, 1922 in Dumangas, Iloilo in the Philippines. Her parents were Gabriel Dongosa and Consuelo Delonguines. She was the oldest of 8 children. There in Dumangas she completed her education until the 6th grade. She learned to be a seamstress and gained her earnings from this talent. When Rosario was a teenager she and her family moved to Mindanao Island where they settled at Dulawan, Cotabato. There she met her future husband Fortunato Sobrestante and they were married March 4, 1942 in Dulawan. Soon after the Japanese War began...

Rosario Dongosa Sobrestante was born February 25, 1922 in Dumangas, Iloilo in the Philippines. Her parents were Gabriel Dongosa and Consuelo Delonguines. She was the oldest of 8 children. There in Dumangas she completed her education until the 6th grade. She learned to be a seamstress and gained her earnings from this talent. When Rosario was a teenager she and her family moved to Mindanao Island where they settled at Dulawan, Cotabato. There she met her future husband Fortunato Sobrestante and they were married March 4, 1942 in Dulawan. Soon after the Japanese War began both of her parents died due to Malaria and lack of medical care. Rosario and her husband became instant parents to her 7 younger siblings. She supported her family working as a seamstress. She made sure that they all attended school until they were able to be on their own.

While raising her brothers and sisters, she and her husband started their own family. They had 7 children. Their first child Delia died around the age of 2 due to unknown reason. Later came Sonia followed by Ephraim, Grace, Jesse, Mayani, and Elma. Their goal was to provide a Christian education to all their children. Rosario and her husband were both active in their church. Fortunato was an elder for many years and Rosario was a deaconess and treasurer. They were both dedicated to their church and made sure that their family attended every Sabbath. They supported all their children as they went to school to prepare for each of their future careers.

In December of 1980 Rosario and Fortunato came to the United States to live with their daughter Grace and her family. They both helped to take care of their 3 grandchildren, while Grace and her husband Eugene worked. In 1990 they went back to the Philippines due to the failing health of her husband. In 1992 she and her husband celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with all their family. Within a month after the celebration her husband passed away.

A few months later Rosario returned to the United States to again live with her daughter Grace and for many years she wound travel back and forth to the Philippines to stay with all her children and grandchildren. In 2005 the rest of her children started to immigrate to the United States and she no longer returned to the Philippines.

Rosario has always been in good health. She made sure she was active everyday by taking walks or exercising, and was always reading to keep her mind attentive. In 2008 she was formally diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and was no longer able to care for herself. In 2010 she moved to Loma Linda where her daughter Sonia took care of her full time then later lived with her daughter Mayani and her family who also provided her care 24 hours a day as her Alzheimer's progressed.

Early in the morning on March 21, 2015 she was taken to the hospital for shortness of breath. While waiting in the emergency department Rosario smiled, laughed and sang to the Emergency department staff. Later that morning, not long after she was admitted to Loma Linda University Medical Center, Rosario fell asleep to her eternal rest. She is survived by her 2 sisters, 6 children, 21 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.