Concepcion (Connie) Palomo Blas, 93, formerly from Barrigada, Guam, died peacefully in his sleep at home in Lebanon on December 26, 2021 after celebrating Christmas with loved ones.
Miss Connie was affectionately known to her many great-grandchildren “Anchie”, “Aunt Connie”, “Grams” and also “Pretty Nana”. She was born on December 3, 1928 in Guam as the daughter of Joaquina Mendiola Palomo and Joaquin Blas Palomo (Familian Aling / Marcos Untalan / Potpot).
She was a survivor of the Japanese invasion of 1941 and the nearly three-year occupation of Guam during World War II. Miss Connie remembered vividly the many trials during the war, including being evicted from her family’s home and walking for miles to live on a rural farm before being sent to a concentration camp towards the end of the occupation.
After the liberation of Guam, she finished school and even went to college, where she did her bachelor’s degree in education. She was a passionate teacher and worked as an educator and taught the Famagu’on (children) of Guam for 30 years.
She enjoyed spending quality time with her family, playing bingo, traveling, dancing, bowling, cooking, eating out and most of all, teaching her great-grandchildren the culture and timeless traditions of her Chamorro legacy. She was also a member of the St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church.
Miss Connie never met a stranger and left a special mark on everything she encountered. Many share the same story that after only meeting her for the first time, she was warmly invited to “come and eat” at her table … an invitation that was always open.
She is very much missed. Her kindness and generosity will live on in the hearts of all who were blessed to know her.
She preceded in death: her first husband, Joaquin LG Cruz; second husband, Vladamir A. Elchook; third husband, Manuel C. Blas; Grandson, Robert D. Cruz; Parents, Joaquina Mendiola Palomo, Joaquin Blas Palomo; Grandparents, Felomena Untalan Mendiola and Vicente Borja Mendiola; Siblings, Maria P. Aguon, Joaquin M. Palomo, Vicente M. Palomo, Josephine Palomo; In-laws, Maria LG Cruz and Jose C. Cruz; Brother-in-law, Gary Stillberger, Vicente Aguon, Jose Cruz, Juan Cruz, Richard Blausen, Ambrosio Cruz, Vicente Cruz, Joseph Ferrozzo, Robert Abell; and sisters-in-law Ana Palomo, Quida Palomo, Rosa Cruz, Concepcion Cruz, Julia Cruz, Victoria Cruz, Connie Blausen, Teresa Cruz and Dolores Ferrozzo.
She will forever be remembered by: her children Roy VP (Rose) Cruz, Joseph P. Cruz, Julie C. (Jonathan) Higgins; Grandson, Connie Cruz, Roy VP Cruz, Jr., Raquel Cruz, Andrew Cruz, Ashley H. (Mack Jr.) Fair, Andre ‘R. (Brittnye) Higgins, Anthony J. (Ashleigh) Higgins, Jonathan G. (Destyne .)) Higgins, Jr .; Siblings, Antonina Palomo, Teresita P. Stillberger, John M. (Lourdes R.) Palomo, Dr. Lourdes P. (Robert) Klitzkie, Joseph M. (Rosa S.) Palomo; Sisters-in-Law, Ana S. Palomo, Olivia C. Abell; Great-grandchildren, Trudy Cruz, Tiana Cruz, Robert Cruz, Brian Cruz, Penelope Cruz, Elijah Cruz, Ruby Cruz, Mack Fair III, Makai Fair, Navaee Higgins, Jabre Higgins, Andre ‘Higgins, Joe Higgins, Vincent Higgins, Vivien Higgins, Paul Higgins, Chloe Higgins, Zoe Higgins, Anthony J. Higgins, Jr., Santana Higgins, Winter Westdahl, Jonathan Higgins III, Jordi Higgins, Jodi Higgins; as well as numerous sponsored children, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
The visit will take place on Wednesday at 11 a.m., followed by the memorial service at 1 p.m. at Sellars Funeral Home, 313 West Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon.
The burial will take place immediately after the service in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Escorts will be John M. Palomo and Joseph M. Palomo. Pallbearers will be Roy VP Cruz, Joseph P. Cruz, Jonathan G. Higgins, Andre ‘R. Higgins, Anthony J. Higgins, and Jonathan G. Higgins, Jr. Honorable pallbearers will be Mack Fair, Jr. and Peter Palomo.
Friends and family who cannot physically attend the memorial service can join virtually via their obituary on the Sellars Funeral Home website.
Sellars Funeral Home takes care of the arrangements.