Rosalyn Ballesta Salaver
Mar 9, 1941 - Aug 16, 2013
Rosalyn “Rose” Ballesta Salaver,72, passed away Friday, August 16, 2013 in Sacramento, CA. She will be deeply missed by family and friends, especially her devoted husband, Rizaldy, and her loving children Allan (Jennifer), Almarissa “Zsa-Zsa”, and Randy.
Rose was born in San Jose, Manabo, Abra, Philippines on March 9, 1941, to Alejandro Lizardo Ballesta I and Juliana Baula PeBenito. She is sister to Isabel, Catalina, Ceferino, Alejandro II (predeceased), Lutgardes (predeceased), Flor (predeceased), and Ester. From a very young age, it was clear that Rose excelled in education. She seemed predestined to teach. After high school and college, Rose graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Advanced Education from Philippine Normal College. Soon after, she began teaching grade school in Baguio City, Philippines as well as taking courses for her Masters Degree in Elementary Studies. Rose moved on to search for a better living and found herself making a home on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, where she met her dear husband, Rizaldy and quickly fell in love with him. She became the wife of a soldier serving in the Army. While in Hawaii, she gave birth to her first son, Allan in 1971. Two years later, her only daughter Almarissa was born. In 1975, Rose and her children vacationed in the Philippines for eight months before joining Rizaldy in the mainland to start a new life in the San Francisco Bay Area where they would live for many years. During that time, Rose was successful in finding a long term career as a hotel supervisor at the Westin, St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, Ca. In 1979, Rose and Rizaldy would reach a benchmark and buy their first home in Union City, California. In 1981, Rose gave birth to her second son, Randy. The couple spent many joyful years raising their three children in Union City, California. The family would later settle in Sacramento, California on New Year’s Day 1990.
Many who knew Rose would find it hard to describe her in just three words; you would need an infinite amount of words to describe her loving soul, her exuberant and joyful personality, and her selfless outlook on life. Rose was the family advisor; full of wisdom and common sense. She had the most caring and generous heart, she always reached out to her family in the Philippines and made sure she was always in touch with them. Rose was the type of person who never let distance be a barrier to communication, ‘near or far she loved everyone all the same’. Rose always helped her family, from her children and husband to her nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters, and even distant relatives in the Philippines. Even her grade school students eventually found her in Sacramento and reached out to her. She made an impact on their lives, as well as those closest to her.
Rose had many passions in her life…she loved to watch basketball and was an avid fan of the Sacramento Kings. She would hardly miss a game and would go out of her way to call one of her children to record a game if she wasn’t home to watch. She also followed the Giants and recently found a new love in football. Rose was a master at crochet and word search puzzles. In her later years, Rose was still as sharp as a tack; learning how to use Facebook, SKYPing with relatives, and giving Rizaldy driving directions from memory. Rose found a lot of joy playing penny slots at the casino, which were fun day trips for her and her kids, full of laughs and quality time.
The best part of Rose was her partner, the love of her life, her confidant, and her rock. Rizaldy was there every day caring for Rose, just as Rose cared for him. They both thrived in each other’s company. A day was not complete without Rose watching her favorite tele-novelas on The Filipino Channel, making jokes with her husband, and managing to keep everyone happy and content. Rose always bid her family ‘good night’ before bed and ‘good morning’ when they woke. “Mom was tenacious, and that is meant in the most loving way. She was insistent on teaching us good manners, morals, respect for others, and being responsible. Mom was firm and caring at the same time, and I love her for every lesson she taught me. Mom, you were right…about everything.”
Visitation will be held at East Lawn Memorial Park & Mortuary on Sunday, August 25, 2013 from 1:00pm -5:00p.m. and on Monday, August 26, 2013 from 4:00-8:00p.m. (a vigil/rosary will begin at 6:00p.m.). The funeral service will take place on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 2:00p.m.