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Fondly called "Andoy" and born 98 years ago in Nampicuan, Nueva Ecija, Philippines, he was 22 years old when WWII broke out in December 1941. At the time, he was enrolled in the ROTC program while taking up a teaching course at Philippine Normal College. Two years into the war he married his childhood sweetheart, Baldomera "Mameng" Africa, who was 2 years younger at the time.

After the fall of Bataan, he joined the organized Filipino resistance called the Luzon Guerilla Armed Forces (LGAF) squadron #267 consisting of 150 Filipino men under the command of Maj. Robert B. Lapham, civil engineer Henry McKenzie, and enlisted man Bernard Anderson of the US Army. The squadron was involved in harassing the Japanese occupation forces to keep their attention away from the incoming American Liberation forces. During this harassment, 41 members of the squadron were killed in an all-day encounter with the Japanese forces in Munoz, Nueva Ecija. His squadron was also attached to the 92nd evacuation hospital where 500 American prisoners were rescued from the concentration camp by the American Rangers and Filipino guerillas. After the Japanese surrendered in 1945 he was called by the Philippine government to continue teaching. His services in the armed forces were recognized by the United States Department of Defense by virtue of a decree of then President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

He came to the United States in 1976 after retiring as a Math teacher and school room teacher for 30 years. He worked for another 10 years in Chicago as a Sr Accounts Group Health Administrator with Blue Cross Health Service Corp. Retiring in 1986, he spent his time with his wife traveling, visiting with family and friends to the Philippines and to their four children in Washington, California, Illinois, and British Columbia Canada. They finally settled in Puyallup in 1992 to be close to their youngest daughter Evelyn and son-in-law, Jesse Tiamson.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Baldomera, and their four children - Edgardo, Juanito, Merla, and Evelyn, and their spouses, nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Reserved and quiet in his own special way, he loved reading, gardening, carpentry, watching war movies, and his favorite TV game show, Jeopardy (his answers would beat the contestants). These are the sweet memories he left behind for his family to remember and treasure forever. Bernardo passed away May 10, 2017, with his loving family by his side.


Fondly called "Mameng", she was born 96 years ago in the Philippine province of Nueva Ecija, in a small town called Nampicuan.

In 1937, she graduated from Arts & Fashion at Commonwealth Business College in Cabanatuan, the capital of their province. She pursued her passion in master dressmaking in Manila, the capital of the country at the time, by working at the popular Tres Chic, a couture dress shop of Filipina movie stars and high society ladies.

When WW2 broke out in 1941, she evacuated from the city and set up shop with six seamstresses under her employ at her hometown with her own label called, "Mameng's Creation". The shop built up a huge customer following from several towns and cities including the USA. Two years into the war, she married her sweetheart, Bernardo Tabora, in 1943.

She migrated to the United States in 1976 and found work at the Clothing Dept of Marshal Fields in Chicago, IL. When her husband Andoy found an opening at Blue Cross Blue Shield, he encouraged her to apply for a position there and was hired at the Records Dept. They both retired from the company after 10 years of employment.

They spent their retirement years traveling and visiting their loved ones. They eventually settled in Puyallup WA to be close to their youngest daughter Evelyn and husband Jesse Tiamson for over 30 years.

She was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, and oldest sister to her three siblings. She was very creative, witty and smart. She was a good storyteller, endowed with generous heart and always ready with her advice and prayers. These and her love of cooking are sweet memories we will always remember and treasure. Baldomera passed away May 17, 2017 with her loving family by her side. She joins her husband Bernardo, who passed away 1 week prior on May 10, 2017.

She also is survived by her four children Edgardo, Juanito, Merla, and Evelyn, nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Viewing and Prayers for Mr. & Mrs. Tabora - Friday, May 19, 2017, 1:00pm-7:00pm, Hill Funeral Home, 217 E. Pioneer Ave. Puyallup, WA 98372

Funeral Services
Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. & Mrs. Tabora - Saturday, May 20, 2017, 11:00am, All Saints Catholic Church, 503 3rd St. S. W. Puyallup, WA 98371. 1 hour of viewing will be available in the church vestibule prior to the mass. Reception will follow the mass in the All Saints Parish Hall, across the street from the church.

Tahoma National Cemetery - Kent, WA

Donations In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to : The Philippine Scouts Heritage Society, ATTN : Evelyn Tiamson, 14912 127th Ave. E. Puyallup, WA 98374. Fundraising for Congressional Gold Medals (501 C3, non profit public charity)

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Abbie Matlock
May 23, 2017 - 13:49

I am so sorry for your loss.

Julie Carino Sarabia
May 23, 2017 - 13:48

My condolences to the Tabora Family. May your parents/grandparents rest in peace. I'm sure they will be greatly missed.

Kathryn Morrow
May 23, 2017 - 13:47

When our parents transition even though we know that they are safely in God's loving hands and free from pain our hearts are sad. I am praying for you Evelyn and all your family that there is peace in your hearts today and always. Be gentle with yourself through this process. I know your parents are both looking down from heaven saying we raised a beautiful family and we were blessed.
Blessing of love to you all

Guevarra Family (Ging)
May 23, 2017 - 13:45

Our deepest sympathy to you all and I would include myself. Knowing that they are together is a consolation. They showed us what true love is...'Till death do us part". There's nothing more sweeter than that. Let us all be happy for them for they will be eternally resting peacefully in the comforting arms of the Lord. May God bless both of them and us all always. Love you all my cousins!

Bobby Abutin
May 23, 2017 - 13:44

May the love of family and friends comfort you and your family during these difficult days. Our most heartfelt condolences. ---- Bobby & Ating Abutin & Family

Lourdes A. Battad
May 23, 2017 - 13:43

My sincere and deepest sympathy to the passing of Mr and Mrs Bernardo Tabora. May their unending love continue in Heaven. They are very happy together now in Heaven with Jesus.. Eternal Rest Grant to them. and May they both Rest In Peace God Bless

Elizabeth/Bob Magbulos
May 23, 2017 - 13:28

Dear Evelyn n Jesse,our deepest sympathy on the loss of your parents. Our prayers are with you in mourning.God bless.👼

Joseph May McHugh
May 23, 2017 - 13:26

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ElleLesperance, OFS
May 23, 2017 - 13:24

Sending my sincere condolences to you and your family. May your parents rest in peace in the loving arms of our Creator. Rest assured that I will keep my thoughts and prayers for you and your family at this most difficult time. May all our united prayers bring you strength, comfort and healing during this time of grief and loss. Pax et bonum!

James Louie
May 23, 2017 - 13:23

Evelyn and Jesse,

My heart felt condolences on the passing of Bernardo and Baldomera Tabora. James

Obet & Francis Austria
May 20, 2017 - 11:17

Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time. The first phase of their lives is over now they begin the next phase, eternal life in heaven.

We remember your Nanay's cooking and Mr. Tabora's stories.

I will always treasure the memories I spent with them at Blue Cross Blue Shield and beyond...Francis!

Cherry Catriz and family
May 19, 2017 - 13:31

"Death leaves heartache no one can heal, Love leaves a Memory no one can steal.
Those we Love don't go away, They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but
Always near, Still Loved, still missed and Forever dear. "

🙏🙏🙏Rest in Peace Lolo Andoy and Lola Mameng🌺🌺🌺
Please give my hugs to my Tatay ❤️❤️❤️

Ben Mangoba
May 19, 2017 - 12:48

Our condolences to bereaved Tabora family. "It is in dying hat we are born to eternal life".

Bob and Miriam Galdo
May 19, 2017 - 12:46

Deepest condolences to the family. We know the feeling of losing our beloved parents. And now, they are together in God's place. God's Blessings, Peace and Love to the family.

Jenny and Erlie
May 19, 2017 - 12:43

Our sincere heartfelt condolence to Tabora Family. They were truly faithful to their wedding vow of "Till Death do us part!". They are now both happy together in heaven. We pray for GOD's loving comfort for the whole family at this moment of mourning.

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