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“Today, March 26, 2013, I know that you will be laid to rest. Though I may not be physically present in that part of the world I am "present" in...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Abner Abenoja Maturan - nephew

“Marvie and I's fondest memory of Uncle Willie was when we met up with him while visiting Lola Bess in Los Banos back in 2001. Marvie and I were...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Tristan Dumancas - Dallas, TX

“Our deepest condolences to Manang Carmen & Children... ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Edith Manuel - friend

“--continuation-- Everything written above are just based on what I recall and remember,All those sweet moments and lovely memories with them(lolo...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Alicia Abenoja Reyno Baraka

“MY YESTERYEARS with Uncle-Ninong Willie Early 60s Uncle Willie stayed with us in Grove,Los Banos,Laguna while he was still a student at UPLB with...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Alicia Abenoja Reyno Baraka

“We thougth of you today, but that is nothing new...We thought about u yesterday, and days before that too.. We think of you in silence, we often...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: ailyn mariano andres - uncle

“Chocolate meat or simply dinuguan. It reminds me of those days in several occassions when the Abenoja siblings will come and visit us in Novaliches,...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Melanie Abenoja-Driver - niece

“So sorry for your loss. <3 ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Christine Cervantes - CA

“As we mourn the loss of Uncle Willie, let us find peace and strength with our Lord Jesus. Sorrow may linger for a while, but let us remain strong and...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: ONOFRE A ESTIOKO - LOMPOC, CA

“One of my favorite memories of Uncle Willie, was when I brought my wife and my daughter (who was 6mo at the time) to Watsonville for the very first...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Jeremy Dumayas - Apex, NC

“I will remember Manong Willy use to give me indian mangoes and other kinds of vegetable from Nueva Vizcaya. He was a jolly person and yet very simple...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Laurie Martin Inot - Philippines

“We love you uncle. Your generous and loving heart has been our inspiration. We treasure the many instances we have together sharing thoughts,...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Chester and Edna Dumancas

Lemuel A. Abenoja, husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle to numerous nephews and nieces, passed away suddenly on Thursday morning, March 14, 2013. "Willie or Lem" as he was known to many, was born on Dec. 6, 1938 to Exequiel & Estefania Abenoja in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, Philippines. Lemuel was the youngest among
11 siblings.

He attended the University of the Philippines Los Baños and graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. He worked with the International Rice Research Institute conducting trainings on ways of cultivating high-yielding upland rice production. In 1979, Lemuel, his wife and his four children immigrated to the United States and made their home in Watsonville, CA. His first jobs included cutting lettuce and cabbage along Highway 1. He worked as a janitor at the former Ford's Department store and Wells Fargo Bank on Main St. He also worked in an orchid nursery laboratory growing seedlings in bottles for mass orchid production. He eventually landed his permanent job with the California Highway Patrol as a maintenance worker and served in the CHP Aptos office for 25 years until his retirement in Dec. 2011.

Lemuel became a member of the Masonic fraternity in his late 20s and became a Master Mason while in the Philippines. He later studied to become a 32nd-degree Mason becoming a Shriner with the San Francisco Bodies of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.

Lemuel's demeanor was always happy. You knew he was around because he was always whistling a tune. He made us laugh with his silly jokes or if he wasn't telling a joke, he'd make you smile anyway because of his quirky facial expressions. He enjoyed watching boxing bouts, playing the ukulele and enjoyed sharing his collection of red wines with anyone who "was thirsty". He also loved playing Scrabble and taught his children to play. His best advice was "It's not the words you know but how you place your tiles".

He was an active member of the Watsonville First United Methodist Church and is being remembered by those who knew him as a jolly, humble, patient and generous man who always had a positive outlook in life.

He leaves behind his wife, Carmelita D. Abenoja, 4 children, Lowell G.D. Abenoja, Abigail A. Avitua, Mizpah Joy D. Abenoja, Reba D. Abenoja, his son-in-law, Harvey I. Avitua and one grandchild, Febe A. Avitua. He also leaves behind 3 siblings: Arturo A. Abenoja of Pampanga, Philippines, Lina A. Heim of Apeldoorn, Netherlands, and Febe A. Abenoja of Watsonville, CA.

Viewing will be held on Friday, March 22nd from 3pm to 9pm at Ave Maria Memorial Chapel, 609 Main St. in Watsonville. On Saturday, March 23rd, at Watsonville First United Methodist Church, there will be another viewing from 9am to 11am and a Christian service will follow at 11am. Interment will be held on Tuesday, March 26th at Pajaro Valley Memorial Park, 127 Hecker Pass Road in Watsonville.

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you" (John 14: 27)