I know it’s not conventional to write your own obituary, but you see, not everyone is fortunate enough to have the pleasure of having a say at their own memorial. I have always loved a party and am so happy and grateful to all of you for attending my farewell bash. I do have a final request though that would please me to no end, and I will know as I look upon this highly anticipated occasion if my wishes are being granted. Please do not cry sad tears for my life that was cut far too short, as I have had such a blessed life that the length of it does not define its success.
Here is my story…I was born in Long Beach, California, the youngest of four children and lived my childhood in a humble home in Wilmington, CA. My Dad told me the story of our first meeting when I opened my eyes, crooked as can be, causing him to jump back with fright at my crossed eyes. I like to think it was pure delight that sent him aghast! The awkward girl with ‘four eyes’ was a stellar student and grew to be valedictorian of my high school class. I loved school and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Speech Pathology. My career as a Speech Language Pathologist brought me so much joy to help others recover their language skills and find themselves again during difficult times in their lives. I am so grateful to my late father, Mariano Calcetas Jr., and my mother, Zenaida Calcetas Gallardo, and my siblings, Randy Calcetas, Win Calcetas and Sharon Pascual, for raising me and providing my wings to lead my wonderful life.
I’ve had the privilege of living in West Los Angeles, San Francisco, Truckee and San Luis Obispo. My life in these different cities granted me friendships with so many special people throughout California! I can’t express enough of my gratitude to all of you for being my friend and supporting me and my family through everything.
I have been very blessed with the best family ever. I am honored to be a best friend and life partner to my Larry, and privileged to raise the most amazing children, my Nick and my Makena for as long as I could.
Though I must prematurely leave this world, I am proud to report that I have won this game of life and could not have been more blessed to experience the love and friendship of all of you. I look forward to seeing you all again on the other side. Eternally yours, Elkie