Florentina Legarde Velasco

October 16, 1935 - January 4, 2022

Florentina Legarde Velasco, 86, of Eau Claire, WI, passed away Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at Sacred Heart Hospital, in Eau Claire, WI. Florentina was born in Alegria Cebu, Philippines to Leoncio Gomez Legarde and Macaria Ybas Legarde. She married Margarito Piamonte Velasco of Tabango, Leyte, Philippines. They raised a family in A. Lopez St,Labangon, Cebu City, Philippines. She became a widow in 1986.
She immigrated to the United States of America in 2003 and became a US citizen. The United States of America is her second home. She enjoyed attending Filipino gatherings together with her two daughters who are residents in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls WI. She was one of the Filipino American Association of Northern Wisconsin (FAANW) Eau CLaire Marathon Volunteers, in the year 2017, 2018, 2019, who watched the intersection marathon path and cheered for marathon runners.
Florentina enjoyed gardening, cooking, visiting and spending time with family, relatives and friends. She is a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who raised nine children and  several grandchildren in her younger years in the Philippines. She is simple, very kind, understanding, loving and a woman of humility. She will be dearly missed by family, relatives and friends.
Florentina is survived by her children, Cecilia Velasco Rihn (Husband, Alan E. Rihn), Eau Claire, WI, Erlinda Velasco De La Cerna, Cebu City, Philippines, Perla C. Velasco, ( Daugher- in-law), Talisay City, Philippines, Dionisia Velasco Auxtero (Husband, Francisco Auxtero), Talibon, Bohol, Philippines, Antonio Legarde Velasco (Wife, Zarah T. Velasco) Vancouver, Canada, Raul Legarde Velasco, Cebu City, Philippines, Flordeliza Velasco Hazelton (Husband, Ormiel T. Hazelton) Chippewa Falls, WI, Kenneth Legarde Velasco (Wife, Dizza J. Velasco) Talisay City Cebu, Philippines. Sister, Julieta Legarde Devila, Alegria Cebu, Philippines, Grandchildren: Chelsie Marjorie Velasco Rihn Petersen (Husband Tom Petersen) Franklin, Milwaukee, WI, Chad  Alan Velasco Rihn, Eau Claire, WI, Chester-Mar Velasco Rihn, St. Paul, Minnesota, Odessa Virginia Velasco Hazelton, Chippewa Falls, Zach Jose Velasco, Zoey Emmanuel Velasco, Zamuel Velasco, Vancouver Canada,  great grandchildren: Lila Petersen, Holden Petersen, Franklin, Milwaukee, WI. Grandchildren in the Philippines; Oliver De La Cerna, Diana Fritchie De La Cerna, Darlene Faith De La Cerna, Reymar Velasco, Mario  Velasco, Harrison Velasco, Lady Pearl Auxtero Echalico, Kurt Michael Auxtero, Stive Auxtero, Frencis Jane Auxtero, Charles Austine Velasco, Kehn Velasco, Recyl Velasco, Bench Velasco, Pearl Margaret Velasco, Denizze Nina Velasco, Kessiah Neka Velasco, Ethan Zeth Velasco, and lots of great grandchildren in the Philippines.
Florentina was preceded in death by her husband, Margarito Piamonte Velasco, children; Margarito Legarde Velasco Jr., Stephen Legarde Velasco, Michelle Velasco, daughter-in-law, Cecilia Navales Velasco,  parents, Macaria Ybas Legarde and Leoncio Gomez Legarde, parents-in-law, Melecia Piamonte Velasco and Melecio Velasco, siblings; Desideria Legarde Ynot (Husband, Mimong Ynot)  Maxima Legarde Velasco (Husband, Eusebio Piamonte Velasco), Zosimo Ybas Legarde, In-laws, Faustino Velasco (Wife, Barista Velasco), Repollo Velasco (Wife, Gunday Velasco), Restituto Velasco (Wife, Nena Velasco), Remedios Velasco, Felipe Velasco, all from the Philippines.
Friday, January 14, 2022          4-8pm———-Visitation at Smith Funeral Chapel
  (Prayer Novena at 6pm)                               2222 London Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701
Saturday, January 15, 2022     11am-1pm.—-A two hour viewing will be held prior to the Church Mass, St. Mary’s Church
                                                                       1822 Lynn Avenue, Altoona, WI 54720
Saturday, January 15, 2022      1-2 pm———-Funeral Mass Service follows after the viewing, St. Mary’s Church
Burial will follow the service at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Eau Claire, WI. Funeral Mass will be live streamed on St. Mary’s Facebook page.

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  1. I’m so sorry for your sorrow and loss. She was such a great person and wonderful friend to my mother. May her beautiful soul Rest In Peace and light forever.

    - Maria Pehler

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