|Birth: ||Mar. 16, 1954, Philippines|
|Death: ||Dec. 23, 2011|
Santa Clara County
Arrangements under the direction of Lima Family Milpitas-Fremont Mortuary, In the song of life, Grace Casaje was surely the composer. A very observant woman who would rather spend her time creating than talking, Grace preferred to live in a world of harmony where everything around her made sense. In fact, she depended on her sensory world to provide her with concrete data. A free spirit, Grace believed that actions definitely spoke for themselves. She seemed to know what fit and what didn't fit in everything she did. Grace perceived that all of life's possibilities were open to her, yet she lived with a definite sense of purpose. She was a woman who was always ready to share her creations with those around her.
Her parents were Jose A. Concepcion, Jr. and Julieta Palino Concepcion. As a young child, Grace was optimistic in her outlook. She sought out the possibilities in a given situation and looked for ways to apply her creative energies. Grace rarely calling attention to herself, but when she did speak out, her message was clearly understood by those around her.
As she was growing up, Grace developed into a person who enjoyed physically doing things, and she took pleasure in using her hands in order to create. Whether it was drawing pictures, working with building kits, or even just tapping out a rhythm to play by, Grace liked concrete things. One of Grace's most memorable accomplishments as a child included skipping one grade ahead in elementary school. However, to Grace, the most fun she had was simply playing, and spending time with friends.
Early on in her school years, Grace showed an interest in learning, especially when it came to subjects in the arts. At times, school learning did not provide Grace with sufficient challenges, but being an avid reader, she could often be "lost in a book" well above her grade level. Her passion for fine arts was so keen that fellow students and even her teachers recognized it. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.
In college, Grace showed that she was able to focus on what was necessary. She found it quite easy to dive headlong into classes, especially those that truly interested her. Using her understanding of language, Grace was able to move comfortably through a wide variety of courses. She also demonstrated her artistic temperament and talent, even in classes that weren't typically considered art courses. Grace's ability to assemble highly creative projects became second nature to her and she received her Bachelors degree from Sienna College in the Philippines.
A person who was sensitive to others' feelings, modest and tolerant, Grace had the ability to become completely devoted to another when that affection was returned. On December 10, 1978, Grace exchanged wedding vows with her life partner Roberto Yolangco Casaje at the Ermita Catholic Church of Ermita, Manila, Philippines.
Grace was exceptionally sympathetic and compassionate when it came to her daughters, Olivia and Leslie Anne. These emotional bonds made her as much playmate as parent. She gave her family unconditional love and kindness, sharing her artistic nature by turning everyday events into creative play. Grace was also like a second mother to her two son-in-laws, Richard and Mark as well as to her many nieces and nephews. She was also blessed with one grandson, Keanu Gabriel, who shares her fair skinned complexion and high nose.
Grace found ways to enjoy what she did for a living. She worked hard and did her best to succeed every day. Her primary occupation was an import/export analyst. Her favorites places of employment were the ones where she met her best friends, which included Silitronics, Fujitsu, Nortel and AMD. Grace tended to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done without imposing her will on others.
Grace enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were fashion, interior design, playing with her grandson, going to the mall with her daughters, taking care of her nieces and nephews and watching scary movies. Grace was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others. She was relaxed in her approach to her leisure time because she wanted to savor the present moment.
Grace's faith was important to her. She was a devote Catholic. Grace's passionate commitment to upholding her values placed her at home in her religion, where she took comfort in the company of others who believed as she did.
As much as she could, Grace enjoyed traveling and going away on vacations. It was an opportunity for her to kick back and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Grace put her personal trademark on any leisure planning that she undertook. Her favorite family vacations included visiting the Carmel Basilica Mission, Disneyland, Monterey and Yosemite.
Grace was a lover of animals and cherished her family pets. Two of Grace's favorites were Speedy, a Leopard Tortoise and Mootsie, a black kitten.
Grace passed away on December 23, 2011 in Santa Clara County, California. She is survived by her husband, Roberto; her daughters Olivia and Leslie; and her adorable and loveable grandson Keanu Gabriel. Services were held at Lima Family Milpitas-Fremont Mortuary. Grace was laid to rest at Lima Family, where her mother, Julieta, also is.
Grace was a good woman, a kind woman, and a practical woman who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being warm and deeply caring. She leaves behind her a treasury of life-long friendships and wonderful memories. Grace always had much to give and was able to make those connections in her life where her gifts were appreciated. Grace was a faithful, practical and loving person. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Grace Concepcion Casaje. Fremont, CA.
Julieta Palino Concepcion (1934 - 2009)
Cedar Lawn Memorial Park
Created by: Mark Utley
Record added: Jan 19, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83701469