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OBIT: Catalina S. Crema

Catalina S. Crema, 86 of Mason City passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at MercyOne Hospice of North Iowa Inpatient Unit with family at her side.

Catalina S. Crema, 86 of Mason City passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at MercyOne Hospice of North Iowa Inpatient Unit with family at her side.

A private family gathering will be held to honor her life.

Catalina Salonga was born March 9, 1936 in General Trias, Cavite in the Philippines, the daughter of Manuel Salonga and Nicolasa Pabillar. She attended school in the Philippines before marrying Hermino Crema on July 21, 1975. Together they had three children, Sarah, Patricio and Efren. The family moved to the United States in 1986, arriving in California on December 21. After living on the west coast, Catalina and Herminio moved to Iowa to be closer to their son. Herminio passed away in 2018.

Catalina was a place of refuge for her family. She was always looking after those around her, making sure they were fed and loved. Her skills in the kitchen, especially her fried chicken, were unmatched. She had a way of cooking love into everything she made. Her humble, selfless nature was something to be admired. She was always helping those around her, placing herself as a final priority.

Those left to continue her legacy are her children, Sarah (Fernando) Barbuco of Daly City, CA, and Efren (Mae) Crema of Charles City; grandchildren, John (Jane) Juan, Delfin (Charleen) Daquioug Jr., Melissa (John Carlo) Daquioug, Catherine (Ryan Poblede) Crema, and Mitchell (Sarah) Crema; 14 beloved great grandchildren and one on the way; as well as extended family members.

Preceding her in death are her husband, Hermino; son, Patricio; and siblings, Benjamin Pabillar, Cresencia Delos Reyes, Leo Digario Salonga, and Carmelita Salonga Lopez.

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