Benita Rosete Mipalar

March 21, 1940 - February 22, 2021

Obituary

Benita Rosete “Ate Nitz” Mipalar, age 80, passed away and has gone to the loving presence of the Lord on Monday, February 22, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. She was a loving wife and mother of seven children.

Benita was born on March 21, 1940, in Macapsing, Rizal Nueva Ecija, to Abdon and Paula Mariano Rosete.

She received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with Master’s degree. She dedicated her life to teaching, with a total of 43 years of service,  ultimately becoming a school principal, well loved and respected by all. She sees being an educator as a calling, dedicating her life and service in this noble profession.  An active member of United Church of Christ in the Philippines, she held various committees in the service of the church and then later on an active member of Riverton Heights Baptist Church in Tukwila, Washington where she helped in facilitating their church based academic schooling for graders and high school alike. 

She married Leody Fernando Mipalar on March 27, 1966. Together, they raised seven children – 3 sons: Fausto, Leody Jr. and Giovanni and 4 daughters – Marilou, Almyra , Lilibeth and Rosalyn.

Known by her children as “Inang,” she unequivocally and equitably love them all. She ruled the household with tough love, as she did not spare the rod when it is needed. She is a loving wife to her husband, in her own special way. She single-handedly cared for her seven children while her husband was abroad.

She is virtuous, prayerful, humble and a true believer of the Lord. Modest in her personal needs. Benita prioritizes the needs of her children first. When her family suffered throughout years of financial hardship, she did not complain. She knows how to live below her means and made sure there is something left for the rainy days, no matter how small the source. She perseveres through life with grit in order to accomplish her dreams.

She trust in the Providence of the Lord. A role model to her siblings, relatives and acquaintances, her scholastic records and moral standards are unparalleled. Benita’s moral compass is grounded in the Word of God. She looks out for her families well being all the time. An ambassador of peace, she strives for diplomacy in family matters and in her profession.  She gains the respect of younger and older people alike.

She is tough, resilient, patient, and strong-willed. She never forget her roots and always looks back to those who help her build her life. Her children are very proud of the woman she became and the life she led. Her children always love her and will always be grateful for her impact in their lives.

Benita was preceded in death by her father Abdon, and her mother Paula. She is survived by her husband Leody, her seven children Fausto, Marilou, Leody Jr. , Almyra, Lilibeth, Rosalyn and Giovanni. Her brothers are Rodolfo and Reynaldo and sisters Leticia and Virginia and several cousins. Her nieces and nephews, and grandchildren Blessedjoy, Joshua James, Danielle Lois, Charisse Mae, Gabrielle Anne, Ruth Imee, Joash, John Luke, Caleb, Marcus, Johannsen, Tricia Maxine, Malchiah Geuel, and Quianne Zoe.

We hope to continue to keep in touch with everyone as we honor her memory in the coming days. For now, we hope you can join us in remembering your favorite memory with dear Inang. A funeral service will be held on Friday March 5, 2021 at Bonney Watson Funeral Home, 16445 International Blvd. Sea Tac WA , 98188.

The viewing time starts at 10:30 – 11:30am then followed by graveside  service from 12 noon -2 pm at Riverton Crest Cemetery. Both funeral and graveside service can be seen in zoom for friends and relative living in both local and abroad. Flowers may be sent to Bonney Watson on March 4, 2021 (Thursday), Washington State date.

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Almyra Salvatierra
Almyra Salvatierra
1 month ago

To my dearest and loving mum, I still couldn’t believe you are gone in this life forever, though I always keep reminding myself this is only temporary. I Could not forget if someone comes to our house to sell anything you always buy small thing even with your small money you have because you said you do not want to discourage that person to make a living. She too has needs . You love us much equally but different approach per child. We are seven in the family but I never saw you complain about us . You always hum your favourite “song count your blessings “whenever you are doing something like folding our clothes , sewing or cooking. You are very good in budgeting your money. And whenever you are troubled or down you always saying “dakkel ti kaasi ti Apo . You are a very beautiful woman inside and out .I love you and miss you so much.

Last edited 1 month ago by Almyra Salvatierra
John Luke Salvatierra
John Luke Salvatierra
1 month ago

To my dearest Lola I miss you and I will always love you and I will never forget you

Florante Salvatierra
Florante Salvatierra
1 month ago

Dear Inang, We will be missing you. Just to let you know we love you. It’s good to know that you are now in a better place with the Lord. From Toto and family

Rodolfo Mones
Rodolfo Mones
1 month ago

Well, it is difficult indeed

Rodolfo Mones
Rodolfo Mones
1 month ago

It is difficult , indeed, to find words to express our regrets at the death of our eldest sister . Again, death has came among us . Our beloved sister closed the door of life and depart from us, never to return. The shock of her death is visibly and profoundly felt by us and closed friends whom she daily in contact with.
Our sister is very splendid woman and has a big heart. I have a lot of experiences with our sister especially during our younger age days. She served as our lead role, our guide and inspiration being our eldest and a very intelligent person who had always on top of her class during her school days. She clearly painted the best route with inspiring footsteps for us to follow.
I can still vividly recall those hard time experiences we shared together during our younger age days in Canaan. In our early days, the hardship we had had, the struggle we had experienced together in order to move inch by inch from our poor level of life to a better life. How we were trained and molded together by our parents to be discipline, law abiding and God fearing individuals. These unforgettable experiences that we shared together continuously linger and nourish our spirit , as time passed by , to become stronger person enough to overcome any obstacle and can withstand the rigors of TIME.
Our sister is superlative high standard and with great enthusiasm. What she preached , she practiced, what she believe, she believe it with heart and soul. The simplicity of her character endeared her to us. Inspite if her involvement in various activities when she was a teacher designated as Principal and the numerous demand upon her time as public servant, she was first and foremost a family woman. She was a dedicated wife and very affectionate mother to her children .
I know that to loss a mother is a sad thing and hard to bear. Her passing leaves a void in our heart that will be difficult to fill. I only wish that I knew some ways to help you through this heartbreaking time. I can only hope that from now on, life will bring you only happy things.
GOD BLESS.

Johannsen Dela Merced
Johannsen Dela Merced
1 month ago

Dear Inang, I miss you po and you will always be in my heart. Thank you po for the things that you have taught us when you were still here and being with us while making great memories.

Cynthia Maza
Cynthia Maza
1 month ago

Our deepest sympathy to the whole family. We miss you “Inang” as everyone called her. Though we never seen each other for a while due to the pandemic, I missed those time when tatang dropped you to my house, have dinner and talked about those old days back home. She has a great heart, never talk back and love God above all. She was a great/smart teacher/principal. Reast in Peace inang. There are in the end three things that last: FAITH,HOPE & LOVE and the greatest one is LOVE

Charisse Carreon
Charisse Carreon
1 month ago

Inang. We get our strength and love from you.

I wish I had thanked you more when you were with us. I wish I had thanked you for making me the woman I am today, for providing me with a strong female role model and for giving me the most amazing mother I could have ever asked for.

I remember when I was younger and you would visit us in PH, I always felt really blessed because I got to sleep in your room with you and to have grandma like you. Every night, you would tell me a story about your childhood, About how you met grandpa, or that time you were a teacher. You were so caring, so brave, and so inspiring. I remember wanting to be exactly like when I grew up.I still do.

I’m still reminded of your grace and beauty in the subtleties of each day. I see your smile when I look at mum and my tita and tito. You may be gone, but you live on in all of us

Marilou Carreon
Marilou Carreon
1 month ago

When I became a mother of four daughters, I realized that my own mother was an epitome of strength and sacrifice. She was a woman full of wisdom. Raising seven children is not an easy task, expecially when it’s hard to make both ends meet. She had to sell tupperware and other things on weekends to augment her salary as a teacher. She always meant what she said; no jokes for her. Her serious personality is as unique as her physical appearance. She never even wore shorts. What I admire the most about her is that she has never changed. She’s the same modest person without desire for luxury. She just wanted to see her children have a good life. My mother, who thought us the importance of going to church every Sunday, showed us how to forgive others and how to be contented with what we have while at the same time strive hard for our aspirations. Mom, I wanted to give you a hug so hard and express how much you are appreciated. We will miss you in this life. I love you Inang ko!!!! ’til we meet again….

Lilibeth Fausto
Lilibeth Fausto
1 month ago

Inang never ceased instructing us to go to church every Sunday. Her words are encouragement and gives strength. She is prudent and wise in her judgement. She uses her resources carefully and not wastefully. Most of all, a loving mom to her children. I am forever grateful for all the things you have done…

Jojo Mipalar
Jojo Mipalar
1 month ago

To inang my love, i thank God for being a perfect mother to us. I will never forget your love to me, our short talk and laughter most of the time. I will forever embrace your love for the rest my life inang.

Rosalyn Dela Merced
Rosalyn Dela Merced
1 month ago

My Inang, I see her as a woman of grit and grace. She was firm in her principles and stood strong for her family. She was never extravagant, and vanity was not her thing. Her life was not easy as she grew up in a humble home. She demonstrated beauty in simplicity but with elegance. Her treasures were her children and did not stop from being a mother until her last breath. Growing up, I looked up to her, amazed at how she managed to raise seven children and attained her chosen endeavor with all her might. I could not be half of the woman she was, but I am blessed I am one of her daughters.

I witnessed her praying, asking God’s mercy in every struggle she had. Her pain made her stronger as she trusted God all her life. She attributed to the Lord her success and joy. I wish I could have talked to her and say that I love her so much. I regret that I was not able to see her more often when she was alive. I wish I could still hug her one more time because I knew her time was near. Even though her body was frail, she was fighting to live more to see her family again. Things did not turn out as we wanted. The Lord had a different plan which I understand. She had been in pain for many years due to her illness, and she needed to rest. She was happy that she saw us loving each other and that God is the center of our lives. Our weekly chats bonded us together despite the distance and difficult circumstances. They had spent a happy life with Tatang until old age, and with that, she had lived her life to the fullest. I thank the Lord for her life.

Marcus Fausto
Marcus Fausto
1 month ago

Thank you lola inang for giving me a happy time when I was younger, and I will cherish the short time I had here with you on earth.

Sahlee, Jesse, Jake, James & Sarah
Sahlee, Jesse, Jake, James & Sarah
1 month ago

You will be missed forever Inang Benita. We are grateful to God for the memories. Thank you for your life. Thank you for loving us. We hope somehow we showed you how much you mean to us. That you are someone we hold dear like a mother.

Grace Maza Woody
Grace Maza Woody
1 month ago

Auntie / Mam Benita, one of my teachers during my elementary school days. She will always be remembered by her sweet warm. smile and a unique tender loving voice . Though her smile is gone forever I still have so many memories of our dear beloved auntie and teacher.
“God has her in His keeping, we have her in our heart.” Sadly missed but never forgotten..

Federico Lagon
Federico Lagon
1 month ago

Federico/Virgie Lagon

Federico Lagon
Federico Lagon
1 month ago

As for us we shall behold your face in righteousness , we shall be satisfied when we awake , with your likeness !
The sorrow of.death compassed us and the pains of hell got.holds upon us ?
Our God is merciful .

We’ll see you in the morning LIGHT , Ateng Benita ?

Hygeia Lagon
Hygeia Lagon
1 month ago

Inang, you will forever live in our hearts, your memories will be cherished, shared and will be told in every family gatherings. Thank you for your love that bonded the whole family more closer together! We will miss you! ‘Til we meet again

Rodolfo Mones
Rodolfo Mones
1 month ago

In behalf of all my sisters and our brother Rene and my family I would like to express our thanks to all who gave honor and wonderful tribute to our sister and for sharing your precious time making the memorial ceremony a meaningful and memorable one.
Inspite of the pandemic covid 19, the simple memorial ceremony had initiated with more silent but with more depth. With limited attendance, with more absences from love ones, relatives and friends but our Almighty God is always in our side who filled up the gap and filled everything. God is always in our side to share and accompany us to overcome hardships and trials that we are facing everyday .
Once again. We pause ,momentarily, to reflect and consider the life and work of our sister to serve as inspiration from all her noble deeds. Her services as teacher for more than 4 decades, she built a temple of honor , and of virtue , and of unselfish devotion to duties
We are all comforted in the knowledge that she is always in the mind and heart of everyone, also drawing consolation in the fullness of her life’s services in the teaching profession for a seemingly insurmountable period of 43 years working honestly and faithfully. MARAMING SALAMAT AND GOD BLESS.

Fausto Mipalar
Fausto Mipalar
24 days ago

Fausto Mipalar

Fausto Mipalar
Fausto Mipalar
24 days ago

Inang’s it’s your 81st birthday this coming Sunday. I remember you always wanted to eat Vietnamese spring roll at lemongrass. It’s one of your favorite. Plus of course the Vietnamese chicken pho that I make. I missed you so much. I missed your smile, your presence and your voice. I wish we can still celebrate with you. You are no longer by our side but you will forever be in my heart and our hearts. We love you mom. ❤️