Patricia Castada Domondon
Patricia Castada Domondon
  • March 13, 1928 - January 19, 2018
  • California

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Patricia Castada Domondon, 89, of San Jose, California, was surrounded by family when she
passed away on Friday morning, January 19, 2018.
Patricia was born in Binalonan, Pangasinan, Philippines on March 13, 1928, the 8th daughter of
12 siblings to Elena Abellera Castada and Cirilo Castada.
After high school, she went to the "Oriel Academy of Fashion and Arts". She worked in Manila
in the "palinki", or the market, as the lead salesperson in the "sari-sari" store owned by Felipe
Ancheta Domondon. He started courting her, and even travelled back and forth from Binalonan
to Manila. Eventually, they got married.
In 1948, they had their first son, Rudy, and a year later in 1949, they had first daughter, Esther.
Felipe went back to the United States, and later in 1952, Patricia followed on the boat with Rudy
and Esther, accompanied by Feliciano and Sabina Garcia and their two girls, Linda and Evelyn.
A story we were told was that when they arrived in the U.S., Rudy had thrown one shoe
overboard because he wanted to see if it floated! He had only one shoe on when he arrived in
After a year, in 1953, Patricia gave birth to another girl, MaryLou. With the family, growing they
decided it's time to move from the house on Gish Road. That is when they bought their house on
Main Street in Santa Clara. In 1957, Phil (Jr.) was born. Eleven years past and Patricia gave
birth to her still-born daughter, Jane Domondon. Devastated, she buried her that year, 1966.
Two years later, Patricia was blessed with her last child, Mario, born in 1968.
Patricia had the strength to survive any hardship, such as during the Japanese Occupation of the
Philippines during WWII, or working in America in the fields and canneries in Santa Clara
County. Through the years, she worked as an Electronic Assembler at various companies such
as Fairchild Semiconductor, National Semiconductor, and Advanced Micro Devices. She retired
on August 31, 1994 from Stanford University housing facilities.
She had a sense of fashion and was known for dressing well. She always wanted to be
presentable with makeup and her hair groomed. As long as she could, Patricia would wash her
hair and set it with curlers. Of course, after combing her hair out, she never forgot the hairspray!
She was self-conscious with the clothes she wore. Patricia always loved to dress with style.
Patricia was known for her garden, cooking for her family and baking cookies for her
grandchildren. She always tended to her garden outside her home on Cunningham Ave, which
was filled with bright hibiscus flowers, orchids, and lovely roses. She cooked the vegetables, like
chayote, bitter melon, tomatoes, and beans from her prized garden with love. The friends and
relatives that came over would always go home with lemon, persimmons and any vegetables
they wanted. That or even her famous chocolate chip cookies!
Unafraid, she learned to drive because she needed to get herself to work. It was her cousin,
Eddie Arabe, who taught her skills behind the wheel. Her skills included flipping off other
drivers off when they cut her off or got in her way. Up until the age of 80, when she was still
driving, Patricia would pick up relatives and friends to go to shopping. Overall, she was very
independent and drove the family to places like San Francisco or all the way to Southern
California to visit relatives.
Patricia will join daughter, Esther, and Baby Jane, in Heaven. She is survived by children, Rudy
(Diane), MaryLou (Arturo), Phil (Jana) and Mario (Marion). She is blessed with 12
grandchildren: Chris (Shelley), Eric (Wendy), Lisa, Aaron (Margarita), Michelle, Sal (Cannice),
Maliya, Mikey (deceased), Philip, Kimberly (Brandon), Douglas and Sierra.
She is greatly blessed with 28 Great grandchildren: Alina, Christina, Samantha, Isaiah, Damien,
Donovan, Eddie, Marissa, Jesse, Isabel, Celena, Abigail, Aaron Jr., Corey, Hannah, Leila,
Matthew, London, Ethan, Ryder, Miles, Josephyne, Philip Jr, Andrew, Anthony, Aaylani,
Addison, and Nathan.
She is wonderfully blessed with 7 Great Great grandchildren: Kayden, Kadilyn, Caleb, Luna, Eli,
Sophia, and Maiah.
Please pay your respects at:
Oak Hill Memorial Park
300 Curtner Ave., San Jose, CA 95125
Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018
5pm -9pm: Viewing and Rosary
Friday, Feb. 2, 2018
10am: Prayer and Burial