Rosary for Teresa Fortes Mabitazan Balawen, 84, Lawrence, will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 7, 2017. A Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. with visitation to follow until 6:00 p.m. all at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. She passed away Sunday, January 1, 2017 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She will be cremated and will be interred at Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus and Columbarium in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines.
Teresa was born June 29, 1932 in Tubao La Union, Philippines the daughter of Teodoro and Petra Fortes Mabitazan.
She worked as a crew restaurant worker for McDonalds for over 20 years.
Teresa married Vicente “Vic” Bugtong Balawen in 1957 in the Philippines. He preceded her in death November 22, 2013.
Other survivors include three daughters, Norma Schmidt (Karl) Lawrence, Linda Balawen Gulane (Julieto/Jojo) Lawrence, Susan Balawen Thomas (Danny), Lawrence; son, John Balawen, Lawrence; daughter-in-law, Vilma Balawen; seven grandchildren, Vanessa, Nikolaus, Juler, Justin, Jeddalyn, Vincent, Hannah; and great granddaughter, Mikay Gulane.
Teresa was a very sweet lady with kindness to a fault. She always had a big smile on her face. She took pride in her decades of work at McDonald’s where her smile inspired others to the point she gained a following of ‘coffee regulars’. She is remembered for her years of loving care of her bed-ridden husband, Vicente during his battle with illness. Teresa loved gardening and no matter where she went, someone would come up and say “Hi Teresa”; as she loved talking to people.
Memorials may be made in her name for Philippines Churches through Susan Balawen Thomas and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.