Virginia “Virgie” Dela Cruz DeGuzman, 66, of Junction City, KS passed away on September 10, 2017 at Geary Community Hospital surrounded by family.
Visitation will be held Monday, September 18, 2017, from 6:00 pm. to 8:00 pm. at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, 203 N. Washington Street, Junction City, KS with a traditional Filipino rosary to start at 6:30 pm.
A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 am. on Tuesday September 19, 2017 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 218 N. Washington Street, Junction City, KS with Fr. Orlando Fuller officiating.
Interment will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, 1657-1699 St. Mary’s Rd, Junction City, KS following the mass.
Virginia was born the oldest of 9 children on November 3, 1950, in San Carlos City, Pangasinan, Philippines to Ramon P. and Encarnacion (Mayo) Dela Cruz. She attended San Carlos City High School. Virginia then went to college at San Carlos College. As a young lady, she met Virgilio DeGuzman. They fell in love and were married on January 14, 1976. Virginia and Virgilio, due to Virgilio’s Army service, traveled many places in accordance with military life and ultimately settled in Junction City, Kansas. Together they assisted numerous relatives with immigrating from the Philippines. As a result, many of the relatives also settled with them in Junction City, KS. For many years their house was full of extended family.
Virginia was a loving wife, caring mother, devoted grandmother, dutiful daughter, thoughtful sister, and kind aunt. She was a nurturing mother to her three children Vaughn, Velynda, and Vernier, but was known to give a stern pinch if necessary when they were growing up. She was a second mother to her three oldest grandchildren Xavier, Alexander, and Avianna "Ava" and loved having them over after school to feed them. She took pleasure in attending their school and sporting events. She always looked forward to visits from her grandchildren from out of state and spoke to them regularly on the phone and through facetime. She enjoyed cooking traditional Filipino food for friends and family and working in her garden. Her favorite flower was the rose. As a treat, she also enjoyed playing Bingo and going to the Casino to play the slot machines with her family. She always looked forward to being lucky and winning “big money”. In their downtime, she and Virgilio would relax and watch The Filipino Channel (TFC) together to catch up on news from the Philippines and see the latest entertainment.
Virginia had some health issues the past few years which restricted her travel. Prior to that she enjoyed many trips to visit family with Virgilio to the Philippines, Arizona, California, Nevada, and Washington. She recently had a kidney transplant and was looking forward to traveling again with Virgilio to visit her children and grandchildren who live in Texas and Hawaii after her recovery.
In addition to her interests at home, she was a hard worker. She worked over 25 years with the Riley LLC Services on Fort Riley until she had to retire due to health complications. To commemorate her outstanding service and dedication to excellence with the company, she was awarded with the 25 year service award.
Virginia also enjoyed social events and gatherings as a member of St. Xavier Catholic Church, the Filipino American Association, and the Filipino American Club. She and Virgilio attended mass every Sunday. They were at Filipino gatherings almost every weekend and enjoyed a close knit bond with their friends and family. Virginia was known for always making sure everyone had something to eat and enjoyed themselves.
She is survived by her loving family: her husband of 41 years, Virgilio DeGuzman of the home; two sons, Vaughn Dela Cruz (Maia) DeGuzman of Junction City, KS and Vernier Dela Cruz (Felisha) DeGuzman of Brownwood, TX; daughter, Velynda Vir DeGuzman (Steven) Delatorre of Hickam AFB, HI; eleven grandchildren, Xavier Vaughn Magaña DeGuzman of Junction City, KS, Alexander Magaña DeGuzman of Junction City, KS, Avianna "Ava" Maia DeGuzman of Junction City, KS, Kailani De Guzman Delatorre of Hickam AFB, HI, Lily Combes, Leila DeGuzman Delatorre of Hickam AFB, HI, Mileena DeGuzman Delatorre of Hickam AFB, HI, Elliana DeGuzman of Brownwood, TX, Benjamin Carmi DeGuzman of Brownwood, TX, Ciera Glaza of Brownwood, TX, and Savanna Glaza of Brownwood, TX; mother, Encarnacion (Mayo) Dela Cruz of Junction City; 8 siblings, Arsenia DeLeon, Bernardo Dela Cruz, Fernando Dela Cruz, Rogelio Dela Cruz, Adela Delatorre, Maria Lourdes Padilla, Zaldy Dela Cruz, and Rey Dela Cruz, and their families in Junction City, KS, San Diego, CA, and San Carlos City, Pangasinan, Philippines.
She was preceded in death by her Father, Ramon P. Dela Cruz.
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