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Our Chicago Community Grieves

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By: Veronica Leighton

 

News of killings, accidents and deaths are bad enough, worse if it involves friends or family members. Thus, it was shocking and devastating for us to receive the sad news about the fatal van accident in Cebu involving some of our humanitarian friends from Chicago including New York medical missionaries. As many of you already know by now, seven Filipino American doctors and nurses were killed when their van rammed into a tree in Barangay Legaspi, Alegria town of Cebu on January 20, 2018. Aurora M. Gagni (Chicago), Joseph Huang, Juvelia Huang, Rey Pascual, Diana Pascual, Berniti Rojas, and Dr. Nunilo Rubio, former president of the Philippine Medical Association of Chicago, did not make it, and surviving but seriously hurt are Dr. Elenita Rubio (she underwent several fracture surgeries) and Nora & Fred Tsai, all close friends of ours. Our heartfelt condolences to all the departed’s families and friends (particularly to the Gagni and Rubio families), with prayers for the injured’s recovery. Meanwhile, the Philippine Medical Association of Chicago held Mass/Prayers/Celebration of Life for all who perished in this Cebu tragic accident last January 28th at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, attended by many members of our community.. A very big loss to our Filipino American community in Chicago is Dr. Nunilo Rubio, who is known to be a very kind, compassionate, and caring physician, family man and community leader. St. Mary’s Hospital’s diabetes pavilion was dedicated in his name last year, garnering him accolades from his medical colleagues. A multi-awarded physician, he and his wife Elenita have two sons who are doctors and one son is a physical therapist (The Rubio family received the Model Family Award in 2011 given by the Chicago Filipino Asian American Hall of Fame.. He was honored as the Most Outstanding Physician of the Far Eastern University Medical Association and was the recipient of Excellence in Medicine award, Chicago Filipino Asian American Hall of Fame).

IN MEMORY OF MERLY F. PERRICONE Merly F. Perricone, 79, of Elmhurst, passed away last December 24, 2017. Loving wife of the late Frank Perricone, dear mother of Glenn (Heather), Frankie (Mary), Jeff (Mary) Perricone. Proud grandmother of Glenn, Jr., Vance, Kayla, Gia, Gracia, Mariana and Braydon. She is survived by four sisters and two brothers. Interment at Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery in Hillside, IL. She was an active members of the Filipino community in Chicago, dedicating her time for the Lions Club and Philippine Nurses Association, Inc., where she held various positions for many years. Merly Perricone was honored and was the recipient of Excellence in Nursing award in 2016 by the Chicago Filipino Asian American Hall of Fame. Photos on left: 2017 New Year’s celebration with bff’s Girlie Pascual & James dela Cruz and Flor & Don Kramer, held at the Tuscany Italian Restaurant in Wheeling, IL.

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Nora and Fred Tsai (Chicagoans who were seriously hurt in a recent Cebu van accident) are shown with their lovely family, sons Bryan and Bobby, daughter Mei-Mei, daughters-in-law Annaliza & Tracee, son-in-law Peter Phillip, and grandchildren, during her birthday celebrated at the Drake Oak Brook.

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Drs. Elenita & Nunilo Rubio, proud grandparents of Ethan and Peter Xavier, are shown in picture with their son, Dr. Nunilo Rubio, Jr. and daughter-in-law Cheryl Canare Rubio of Houston, Texas. Dr. Nunilo Rubio died in the fatal Cebu accident, while Dr. Elenita Rubio has undergone several fracture surgeries.

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The Rubio family, ever-beauteous Dr. Elenita and dapper- looking Dr. Nunilo, with sons Dr. Nunilo Rubio, Jr., Dr. Noel Rubio and Nathaniel Rubio.

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IN MEMORY OF ROSALIND (SALLY) ABUTON Rosalind (Sally) Amiscaray Abuton, 65, was born and grew up in Dumaguete City in the beautiful island of the Philippines. She was the youngest of six children consisting of three boys and three girls. She is preceded in death by her parents Urbano Amiscaray and Rosario Patero Amiscaray. She leaves behind her daughter Angelica Abuton and her son-in- law Jason Thomas. She was educated in Manila at the Philippines Women’s University attaining a bachelor’s degree in health science and nutrition. She had always envisioned to travel the world, which she accomplished. She was passionate about ballroom dancing, skiing, and enjoyed various culinary experiences. She was Mrs. Philippine Independence (PIWC) in 2004, and she was an active member of the Filipino community.

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IN MEMORY OF MERLY F. PERRICONE

Merly F. Perricone, 79, of Elmhurst, passed away last December 24, 2017. Loving wife of the late Frank Perricone, dear mother of Glenn (Heather), Frankie (Mary), Jeff (Mary) Perricone. Proud grandmother of Glenn, Jr., Vance, Kayla, Gia, Gracia, Mariana and Braydon. She is survived by four sisters and two brothers. Interment at Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery in Hillside, IL.

She was an active members of the Filipino community in Chicago, dedicating her time for the Lions Club and Philippine Nurses Association, Inc., where she held various positions for many years. Merly Perricone was honored and was the recipient of Excellence in Nursing award in 2016 by the Chicago Filipino Asian American Hall of Fame.

Photos on left: 2017 New Year’s celebration with bff’s Girlie Pascual & James dela Cruz and Flor & Don Kramer, held at the Tuscany Italian Restaurant in Wheeling, IL.

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