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Angela Sivila Obituary

Angela Domino Sivila
Angela Domino Sivila

October 1, 1924 - January 22, 2017
Born in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur, Philippines
Resided in Mountain View, CA


With great sadness we say goodbye to our dear sister, auntie, friend and "ninang" to many, Angela Domingo Sivila. She passed away in the comfort of her home in Mountain View after a valiant losing effort battling breast cancer that spread to the brain and spine. Angie was born to Modesta Ramos of Tubao, La Union and Modesto Domingo of Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. She attended grade school in Sta. Maria where she was a consistent honor student. She skipped 2 grade levels allowing her to graduate ahead of her classmates. She then attended and received her high school diploma from Ilocos Sur High School in Vigan. Again, she excelled in academics and earned a declamation and debate championship. For college, she attended the University of Manila and in 1950 received her Bachelor of Science in Education degree as well as her Elementary Teaching Certificate. She taught at Sta. Maria Elementary School for 10 years, moved to Manila and taught at Francisco Balagtas Elementary School for 8 more years before she decided to follow her father who came to America in the early 1920's. Arriving in 1967, she lived in Concord and soon got a teaching job in San Leandro. In her visits with close friends Gabriella Darang and Asuncion Lizardo in Mtn. View, they introduced her to their "compadre," a 50ish dashing bachelor and U.S. Army veteran from Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, Guillermo "Jimmy" Sivila. Angie and Jimmy got married in July 1968. It was a match made in heaven. They were together for 26 years of wedded bliss. On December 30, 1994, Jimmy did not survive the surgery to repair his heart valves. It was such a devastating blow to Angie that it tested her to the core. Her jobs after teaching included a stop at Amelco Semiconductors, then to HewlettPackard Co. where she retired from the opto-electronics division. After retirement at HP, Angie was recruited to join the City of Santa Clara Senior Center where she became the Nutrition Site Manager for 14 years. With more time on her hands, she helped found the Santa Maria Ilocos Sur Association (SMISA) of Northern California where she was the president for 8 years. As president of SMISA she spearheaded fundraising efforts to build a restroom for the Sta. Maria Church. Again, under her leadership, the association was able to raise funds to build the Balikbayan Hall in the town plaza of Sta. Maria. Angie was also a lifelong member and strong supporter of the association of her husband, the Cabugao Association of Northern California. Angie is survived by her "adopted brother," Florencio D. Miranda and family, Felix Miranda and family, Aida Miranda Yangat and family and Carmencita Miranda Cua and family, along with many extended family members. For 92 years, Angie enjoyed life to the fullest, travelled with her husband to many parts of the world. Till the end of her life she still enjoyed her passions…playing Mahjong, going to casinos, enjoying celebrations with friends and family. She was a great and beautiful lady with a loving heart and generous giving spirit. A Celebration of Angie's life will be held on Sunday, February 5, 2017, beginning with visitation from 12:00-9:00 p.m. with a Vigil and Rosary service at 6:00 p.m., at Cusimano Family Colonial Mortuary, 96 W. El Camino Real in Mtn. View, and continuing at the Funeral Mass on Monday, February 6 at 10:30 a.m., at St. Athanasius Catholic Church, 160 N. Rengstorff Ave. in Mtn. View. Interment will follow at Alta Mesa Memorial Park, 695 Arastradero Road in Palo Alto.



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