Josefa Noroña

Obituary of Josefa Mapa Noroña

Josefa Mapa Noroña March 19, 1928 - January 12, 2020 Josefa passed peacefully on January 12. Josefa was known as Inday to family and Jo to friends & colleagues. She was a long-time resident of Menlo Park and a teacher of History and English for over 40 years at local high schools. Josefa was born in Iloilo City, Philippines, to Dr. Felix and Virgilia Mapa. She was the second of 8 children. Her early years were spent in the Philippines. The Mapa family came to the US in 1946 via the USS General W. H. Gordon They settled in San Francisco, where Josefa excelled at her studies at Presentation High School and Lone Mountain College. In 1955, she graduated summa cum laude with a Masters of Arts in History. Following graduation, Josefa began her long career as an educator. Her first teaching job was at Presentation High School in San Francisco, among her students were friends of her younger sisters Virgilia and Dolores. Jo met Eduardo “Eddie” Noroña on a blind date. They were married in 1954. Following their marriage, they moved to Manila for a short time, where Charles “Chip” was born. After moving back to SF, they lived in Point Lobos where they had Maria-Elena “Mina”. In 1964, they moved to their long-time home on Valparaiso Ave in Menlo Park, where Maria Luisa "Marisa" was born. Jo then started her long career at Woodside High School, where she taught European history and led students to the Model UN. Josefa had many hobbies and interests. Jo and Eddie were avid travelers. Eddie enjoyed a 40+ year career at United Airlines. The Noroña family spent many summer vacations flying to locations that Josefa had always wanted to visit. Josefa made a point to teach her children about the history, geography, and culture of each city they visited. Jo was an avid reader, a crossword puzzle enthusiast, a Word With Friends player, and enjoyed classical music. She was known to read a book a day; the Menlo Park public library was a frequent destination for the family. She loved flowers, especially dahlias, irises, and gladiolus, and tended to a colorful garden. She was also adept at handicrafts - while at Woodside, she made most of her own clothes and took pride in wearing a different homemade outfit every day. Josefa was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie, and her brothers and sisters Marina “Nena", Felix Jr “Junior", Ofelia “Ting", and Margarita “Margie". She is survived by her children Chip, Mina (husband Denny), and Marisa (husband Eddie), her grandchildren Emily and Matthew, and her siblings Raymond, Virgilia “Baby", and Dolores “Dolly”. Family and friends are invited to attend Visitation on Friday, January 17, from 4-7:30pm, followed by a Rosary at 7:30pm., Spangler Mortuary, Los Altos Chapel. Funeral mass will be on Saturday, January 18 11am at Church of the Nativity, 210 Oak Grove Avenue., Menlo Park. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma.
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Friday
17
January

Visitation

4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Friday, January 17, 2020
Spangler Mortuaries - Los Altos Chapel
399 South San Antonio Road
Los Altos, California, United States
(650) 948-6619
Friday
17
January

Rosary

7:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, January 17, 2020
Spangler Mortuaries - Los Altos Chapel
399 South San Antonio Road
Los Altos, California, United States
(650) 948-6619
Saturday
18
January

Funeral Mass

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday, January 18, 2020
The Church of the Nativity
210 Oak Grove Ave.
Menlo Park, California, United States