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Pacita Talavera DeVera

January 24, 1928 ~ April 21, 2022 (age 94)

Obituary

Pacita joined our Heavenly Father on April 21, 2022, at 6:49 AM with her care team and son Irwin at her side. She was preceded in death by her Husband Santiago A. DeVera Sr., Son Santiago T. DeVera Jr., Parents Arcadio Talavera Sr. Fr, Juanita Talavera- Mother. Siblings: Antonio Sr., Jose, Luz, Filonela, Pastora, Eladia, Arcadio Jr. Adoracion, Belen, Carmen, Sirea.

She was born on January 24, 1928, in Sariaya, Quezon, Philippines. one of 12 children in the family. Pacita graduated from National University-Manila. Pacita's calling was to become an educator fulfilling her dream by teaching elementary thru high school for years. A vocation she truly enjoyed and never stopped being a teacher throughout her 94 years of life. In the sixties, she met her husband and soon migrated to San Francisco, Ca, with family in tow, where she continued teaching. A move to Mountain View, Ca changed her career trajectory. Pacita joined the dawn of the Silicon Valley Technological Revolution by working at Fairchild Semiconductor. Pacita then continued her career until retirement at Hewlett Packard in Palo Alto and San Jose, California. Pacita loved reminiscing about her retirement party - which was held on a dinner boat cruise on San Francisco Bay with a pass under the Golden Gate Bridge with co-workers, friends, and family. An enchanted event with laughter and dancing all night long that many will not forget.

After her retirement at the age of 66, she traveled the globe on cruises and tours with her friends. A devout Catholic, she always dreamed of going to the Vatican to see the Pope and visit cultural sites in the Holy Land - both dreams came to fruition. After a few years of touring and getting the travel bug out of her system. She embarked on another career by working at Bank of America for another five years until she was about 75 years of age. She enjoyed the interaction with customers and co-workers. A benefit was that the Valley Fair Mall was right next door. Pacita loved to shop for dresses and be a girly girl. She would not leave the house without being at her best. Anyone who knew her can attest to that.

Pacita was very active with the Bay Area Filipino community for years. She loved attending the dinner dances and social events. On occasion, Pacita would compete and win a few pageants with all the pomp and circumstance imaginable.

She was a founding board member of several organizations: Northside Senior Community, Alum Rock East Side, FASBA, and served in many roles from social community director, president, etc. Pacita's many friends and acquaintances can be attributed to her easy-going manner and being such an enjoyable person to be around. In her 90's, she embarked on another adventure moving to Washington to be with her son Irwin to enjoy the best Seattle has to offer. Pacita loved to attend Mass and pray the rosary twice a day until the week she passed and joined our Heavenly Father.

Pacita leaves behind many friends and family where she imparted an indelible mark on our lives.

Here's to Pacita, A Life Well Lived to its Fullest!!

God Bless Pacita, May She Rest in Eternal Peace.

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