Obituary of Raquel Lantin Asperas
RAQUEL: February 20, 1954 – January 14,2019 - Raquel Lantin Asperas 64 of Simi Valley, CA will be greatly missed and remembered with deep affection by family and her ever-expanding family-of-friends whom she touched with well-timed motherly support, steady advice, life encouragement and leadership - a life well-lived.
Born in Manila, Philippines to Teodoro and Anita Lantin, Catholicism was her foundation for how she lead her life. Receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology at 21, she married and moved to Guam for 2 yrs, then San Jose’, CA in 1977 to have a family and career.
Raquel’s father, being a successful contractor; designed and fabricated industrial machines and equipment for Shell and Colgate and others in the Philippines, and Raquel changed work and developed herself into a successful Manufacturing and Materials Planner or Program Manager for companies such as Benchmark Electronics, NEO Tech (Flextronics, Stellar Microelectronics), AeroVironment and Trompeter Electronics.
Raquel loved organizing social get togethers at interesting and delicious restaurants; traveling to new places like Thailand, Palm Springs, Colorado, Philippines or Yosemite camping & local area hikes; dancing and concerts of all music types mainly R&B, Popular, Jazz and crooner Frank Sinatra genres. Health conscious – kickboxing, Zumba, yoga and weight lifting and getting her heart rate to 164 BPM were some of her favorites. She continued to attend and support her church with her time and resources. And of course - Go Lakers.
Friends & coworkers commented, ‘she was like a mother to me, changed the way I eat, exercise … telling me how to take care of myself…’. Her positiveness, elegant dress and style will also be missed because many commented how the company was waiting for Raquel to walk in to see what she was wearing.
She is survived by her 3 children Jerica Ware, Justine Gankas, Joshua Asperas; Jerica’s 3 grandchildren Noah, Robert and Jeralyn; 2 sisters Evelyn and Josephine (Titay); 2 brothers Cecil and Ding; sons-in-law James Ware and George Gankas and Raquel’s 20-year life partner Lee Thurmond; her 3 children’s father Herminio Asperas and many, many cousins, nephews, nieces and in-laws.
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