Evelyn N Alanguilan, 76, of Elmhurst passed away on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at home, where she was happiest, surrounded by those who love her the most. She was born in the Philippines on July 17, 1944 the daughter of Justiniano and Elena (Ortiguero) Navarro. She had a happy childhood growing up in San Nicolas, Pangasinan on one of the many islands that make up the Philippines. It was on the islands that she started her higher education to help her achieve her goal getting into the field that suited her loving and caring nature best as a nurse. With her hard work and perseverance paid off as she achieved her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1967 from PCU – Mary Johnston College Of Nursing. PCU-MJCNN was a source of great pride for Evelyn for she spent the rest of her life involved in alumni associations and participating in various other activities associated with the school. In 1969,she left her family and home in the Philippines in pursuit of the American dream. This brought her to the Chicagoland area where she spent close to a decade working at different hospitals until she ultimately found the one she’d spend nearly her entire career: serving as an RN at Hines VA Hospital doing the exceptionally honorable work of healing the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces. It is there that she worked from 1979 until her retirement in 2012.
However, you can’t talk about Evelyn without talking about her true joy…her family. In the US she met the love of her life, Voltaire and he made her the beautiful, blushing bride she always dreamed of as a little girl and she ecstatically became the lucky Mrs. Alanguilan on June 6, 1981. They started a family and gave each other the greatest gift of their lives in three precious children. They both worked hard, built a home and have a strong family bond and that is the source of the greatest joy in their lives. Voltaire thought the world of her, wanted only the best and would give her the world if he could. Voltaire was the perfect gentleman, to his forever date- her own personal chef! She never even pumped her own gas. Their love for one another and the love between them and their children is very easy to see. They are blessed to have shared their lives together and enjoyed one another every day until she passed this last week. She was the nurturing matriarch of a wonderful family who will always love her and miss her. Her legacy of love, kindness, and family will live on through her three children.
Evelyn is survived by her devoted husband: Voltaire Alanguilan; her precious daughter: Lynaire (Gabriel) Cacal; her two adoring sons: Voltaire Alanguilan JR and Von Aigner (Lizzy) Alanguilan; her three dear brothers: Jaime Navarro, Val (Odette) Navarro, and Justin JR (Beth) Navarro; her loving sister: Liza Navarro; and, of course, her sweetheart grand pups: Sugar and Ruckus; as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, and countless friends (especially from her alma matter PCU – Mary Johnston College of Nursing and coworkers from Hines VA Hospital.)
Evelyn was preceded in death by her late parents: Justiano and Elena Navarro, and her 2 dear brothers: Orville and Ted Navarro.
A visitation will be held on two consecutive nights at Geils Funeral Home, 180 S York Rd, Bensenville, IL 60106. The visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on both Thursday, November 12, 2020 and Friday, November 13, 2020. A funeral service will take place on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 11:00 AM, also at Geils Funeral Home in Bensenville, IL. The funeral service will be preceded that Saturday morning at 9:00 AM for an hour of gathering, fellowship, and final goodbyes. Then it will be followed by interment at Mt Emblem Cemetery in Elmhurst, IL. The arrangements were handled by Geils Funeral Home of Bensenville and Wood Dale, IL. For information, please call: (630) 766-3232.