Born: August 22, 1908
Died: July 31, 2013
Consolacion Benemerito passed away yesterday at the age of 104, just a month shy of 105.She was born in Luog City in the Phillipines to Antonio and Arcadia Espejo. She lived in Buena Park for 40 years.
Consolacion is survived by her daughter Gale Stoddard, 4 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Melchor Benemerito, her son Raymond Benemerito, her son-in-law William Stoddard, and her granddaughter Marianne Towns.
Visitation and rosary: Tuesday August 6th at Renaker-Klockgether Mortuary. 5:00pm-9:00pm. Rosary at 7:00pm. Funeral mass: Wednesday August 7th. St. Pius V Catholic Church. 10:00am. Burial: Wednesday August 7th. Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cypress. 12:00pm.
My mom was the oldest paid member of the CRA(CALIFORNIA REPUBLICAN ASSEMBLY/BP WOMEN"S CLUB/ST.PIUS V CATHOLIC CHURCH/AMERICA NEEDS FATIMA ORGANIZATION/ AND SAFE TO SAAY THAT SHE IS ONE OF THE OLDEST IF NOT THE OLDEST MEMBER OF THE GOP since 1974. For almost two decades Connie as she is fondly called was an active student at BP SENIOR CENTER taking up dvanced spanish(she speaks fluent spanish for her husband's heritage is Castilian Spain)ceramics, oil painting and she excelled in calligraphy. hence her beautiful penmanship which she loved to use often to write thank you notes to senators(John McCain,Governor Sarah palin after she called Connie on her birthday, also talking to Sally, Sarah's Mom from Alaska)Congressman(Ed Royce) and mayors, the most recent to Elizabeth Swift who along with the B Chamber of Commerce honored Connie at the Knotts berry farm hotel during the city luncheon last January. She is the only one chosen from the West Coast for her DNA to be studied at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Longevity Projects/Department of Endocrinology/ in the Bronx, New York and the only FILIPINO chosen. What an honor! What a wonderful gift from God!!A woman from a small island in the Philippines chosen for a magnificent project to aid future generation. It was all in God's plan that her life would be spent in America and be studied. That she would live long and the longer she lives, the stronger her faith became inspiring numerous people, young and old. Her poems won in the OC poem contest moderated by the late Jane Glenn Haas. She wrote her last poem last May 2013 after she got out of the hospital after a two day stay. She was a feisty and strong lady with a brilliant mind graduating at 20 with a degree of pharmacology...owning her own drugstore before aged 21 along side her father Antonio Espejo who was also a pharmacist. A brother Jose , a pharmacist was the opposite of his hard-working sister. She was a stern disciplinarian with her children and expected them to excel in all their studies .They both excelled in music especially piano and one earned a degree of success in America and became gale stoddard, a fixture in piano bars and along with her musical partner Roland Valentino are the most sought after entertainers in the retirement community in the southland today! Her mother Arcadia died at aged 105 of natural causes. But miraculously survived two hip replacements at aged 103 with God's help. The most wanted annual invitation is an invite to Connie's birthday celebration where guests can watch Hollywood entertainers sing probuono to her and dine on international festive food. While newspaper people can be found cornering Connie for answers to her longevity. She lived a most active and joyous life with God at the center of her being! She was a prayer warrior praying daily for the world's ails and non-believers in Jesus Christ. She had strong likes and dislikes and was very vocal about her political and religious beliefs. America to her was paradise and when she got her American citizenship papers, she was on seventh heaven. her passport indicated she only wanted to travel to America..no place else for to her"There is no country like America...and Americans are the greatest people in the world without a doubt!"One newspaper in LA is waiting to write about Connie. condolences are coming from all over the world. Her three address books are filled with names of people she corresponded with over the years always sending birthday cards or thinking of you cards. she collected people and knew all their names. she was incredible and was only 72 lbs. It is true that dynamite comes in small packages!! If you need more background, please use the writeups I gave you. Maraming salamat(A million thanks to you in tagalog, the filipino dialect).God Bless,Gale Stoddard