Desideria “Nanang” Gawala Bolatete was born in Corella, Bohol, Philippines on September 19th, 1922. She passed away on March 1st, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. She married Bartolome Chavez Bolatete when she was 19 years old. Together they raised 8 children in the town of Tagbilaran City, Bohol. She came to the United States in 1982 and has lived in various parts of the U.S. wherever her Navy son, Pete, was posted. Family was the most important thing to her, second to only God. She was a devout Catholic who lived a selfless life and trusted everything in the Lord’s hands. Her loves were singing, Scrabble, Scripture and traveling. She has been to Spain, Portugal, France, Argentina, Uruguay, Canada. She loved a range of movies from musicals as The Sound of Music to action films as the James Bond series.
Nanang was preceded in death by her husband Bartolome (Oming), her parents, Restituto and Pastora, her sisters Adriana, Mercedes, Titang, Roman, Gaudencio, her daughter-in-law Anselma, her son in law Frank, her great granddaughter Ina.
Nanang is survived by her loving children Rico and wife Mona, Nonie and husband Daryl, Nandie and wife Timi, Pete and wife Marcia, Nenet, Tonette and husband Ondoy, Padre Ramon (Boboy), and Yeyette; her sisters Cleta and Florencia; her grandchildren Reynaldo and wife Chotet, Eldebrando and wife Amor, Angelica, Diana and husband Matt, Gerry, Armand & wife Helen, Red and wife Charlotte, Mark Lester and wife May, Tanya and husband John, Nicole, Ian Eric, Ernest, Honey Claire and husband Carlito, MJ and husband William, Jinggoy, and Cocoy. Her great grandchildren Jarvis, Isaiah, Landon, Autumn, Naomi, Armina, Matthew, Luke, Moira and Mark; DJ, Adriahna, Nicolas, Charlotte, Aayla, Amaya. Her great great grandson Jackson.
“Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.” – Renee Wood
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the St. Faustina Church Construction Fund, 1714 US Highway 27, Ste 23, Clermont, FL 34714.