It is with deep sorrow that we share the news of the passing of Rosalinda "Rosie" Serrano Goco, a beloved mother, grandmother, and friend, on October 27, 2023, in Lakewood, CA. Mama Rosie had recently arrived in Los Angeles from Manila on Thursday, October 19th. During her three-month stay in the Philippines, she enjoyed precious moments with her loved ones and marked her 91st birthday with joy and celebration.
Unfortunately, on Sunday, October 22nd, Mama Rosie experienced a fall, leading to her admission to the ICU at Lakewood Regional. Tragically, on the morning of October 27, 2023, at 9:22 AM, she peacefully departed this world, surrounded by her family. Her longtime cardiologist noted the tranquility on her face, describing her passing as serene and peaceful, affirming that God had gained another angel to watch over us.
Born on September 30, 1932, in General Tinio (Papaya) Nueva Ecija, Mama Rosie was the sixth child and third daughter among the ten children of Ana Padolina Serrano and Arcadio Serrano.
Mama Rosie's life journey is a testament to her resilience, having experienced both American and Japanese Occupation. Her educational path included attending Genera Tinio West Central School, East Central School, and General Tinio (Papaya) High School. Subsequently, she pursued higher education at Far Eastern University, ultimately completing her studies at the School of Midwifery on Pennsylvania and Taft Ave.
In a twist of fate, Mama Rosie encountered Lolo Ramon Goco through a pen-pal exchange while residing in a dormitory. Their connection blossomed into a lifelong commitment. The couple had their civil wedding on July 7, 1958, followed by a Catholic Church ceremony at Lourdes Church on September 7, 1958. Together, they were blessed with five children: Mary Ann, Ric, Rey, Chiqui, and Ruel. Collaborating with Lolo Ramon and other relatives from the Cruz and Goco Families, they successfully managed the renowned Tropicana Studio in Concepcion, Malabon.
In 1995, Mama Rosie relocated to the United States to reside with Chiqui, and her zest for life led her to explore various destinations such as Singapore, Hong Kong, and Mexico. A passionate traveler, she embraced new experiences.
Beyond her adventurous spirit, Mama Rosie was also a culinary virtuoso. Renowned for her delectable dishes, including Adobo, Pancit Malabon, Lengua, and Dinuguan, she left an indelible mark with her signature recipes. Her love for cooking was a reflection of the warmth and care she extended to her family and those fortunate enough to savor her creations.
Mama Rosie touched the lives of many with her warm and caring spirit. She will be remembered for her unwavering love, kindness, and the wisdom she shared with all who had the privilege of knowing her and tasting her signature Filipino dishes.
She leaves behind a legacy of love, and her memory will forever be cherished by her children, including: Ric & Joji, Rey & Grace, Chiqui & Ed, Ruel & Zealen, and her 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren including: Raymond & Jovelyn, Ryan & Claire, Martin & Liz, Rachelle, Ranell, Reanna, Raphael, Ethan, Edmund, Erik, RJ, Zuri, Rhian, Vito, Tim, & Enzo and a host of friends and relatives dear to her.
A celebration of her life will be held on November 24-25th & November 28th at Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries in Cypress, CA. We invite all who knew Mama Rosie to join us in honoring her memory.
May she rest in peace, and her love and legacy live on in our hearts forever.