|Birth: ||Apr. 23, 1925, Philippines|
|Death: ||Dec. 30, 2012|
Aniceta de Vera Geminiano Galpin, 87, passed away on December 30, 2012 in Silver Spring, Maryland, from severe pulmonary hypertension secondary to tricuspid valve failure.
Born in Rosario, La Union, Republic of the Philippines, Aniceta was the eldest of four sisters. Her father was a member of the 31st Infantry Regiment for the US Army stationed in Intramuros, later at the Port of Manila, and her mother was a homemaker. Her parents died young, and the sisters were raised by extended family members.
Aniceta's college education was interrupted by the outbreak of WWII, and she worked at the US Army Ammunition Depot in Rosario to support her sisters and extended family. There she met and married Robert "Bob" Galpin.
A devout Catholic, her life was spent as wife, mother, and volunteer to the Church and to the community. The family lived in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Germany, Rhode Island, Guam, Republic of the Philippines, Okinawa, Virginia, and Arizona.
Aniceta and Bob did some travel without children, in Europe, during retirement to the places their daughters lived, and memorably, to Guadalcanal for the 50th anniversary of the battles there. There were side trips with the various travels to Hawaii, Korea, Hong Kong, Bali, Australia, and even a brief stop at Wake Island.
Her friendships were important to her, and she stayed in touch with friends from her arrival in the United States in 1948, up to present day, visibly seen with the hundreds of Christmas cards she received each year. Aniceta stayed active right up until her final illness, participating in Tai Chi, Nu Step, the Catholic community, and playing piano—fondly known as "the Piano Lady" for playing daily, sometimes with people singing along.
She and Bob were active with military veteran organizations. It was important to her to share her background as a War Bride as well to share information about Filipino culture and dancing, with her last presentation as recently as the Spring of this year. She was happy as an active resident at Riderwood, doing whatever was asked of her, such as distributing tickets to events, passing out programs, arranging seats, visiting residents at Renaissance Gardens (the community nursing home), and attended numerous shows and presentations.
At mom's last presentation, she said "Filipinos are all over the world" and that is borne out in our family. Mom is survived by daughter Theresa in MN, Mary in VA,, Wilma in MD, and Ann in AZ, and their spouses and children. She is also survived by her sister Corazon, cousins Arthur and Rosario, and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
She was proud of each and every one of her nieces and nephews and their families from both her side of the family and from her husband's, most of whom are in the United States and the Philippines, others are sprinkled around the world. It has always been her wish that the family branches stemming from her husband's Galpin family and her own Geminiano family remain united.
Education was very important to mom, and she took great pride that all six of her grandchildren are college graduates and until her death was herself attending continuing education classes offered by the University of Maryland.
She loved hearing of all her family's accomplishments and adventures, and happily shared them with all she met.
Aniceta moved to the Meadowbrook Square community at Riderwood, in Silver Spring, MD, in 2005.
Her cremains will be inurned at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
and a stillborn baby.
Procopio Dela Cruz Geminiano (1902 - 1934)
Lucina Sabado De Vera Geminiano (1906 - 1939)
Robert Edward Galpin (1917 - 2004)*
Joseph Galpin (1948 - 1948)*
Mary Ann Galpin (1949 - 1949)*
Bert Henry Galpin (1950 - 1950)*
Martina DeVera Geminiano (1923 - 1923)*
Aniceta De Vera Geminiano Galpin (1925 - 2012)
Consolacion De Vera Geminiano Sayson (1929 - 1972)*
Pepita De Vera Geminiano Cacdac (1931 - 1973)*
Note: Interred October 1, 2013
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Columbarium 6 PP-9-1
Created by: vabloom
Record added: Dec 31, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102884182