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Agripina Rico Vallejo Mizal

May 4, 1940 June 14, 2020
Agripina Rico Vallejo Mizal
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Agripina Rico Vallejo Mizal, aka “Aggie,” “Pinning,” or “Pin,” 80, passed away peacefully on the morning of June 14, 2020, in her home in Norfolk, VA, lovingly surrounded by family. She was born in the Province of Isabela, City of Cordon, Philippines, on May 4th, 1940. She was the 5th child of Isabel Rico Vallejo and Guillermo Vallejo. Agripina, widowed in 2016 by her husband, Ernesto Kuizon Mizal, Jr., is survived by her three children and their spouses, Michael Ernest Vallejo Mizal and wife Jennifer, Joseph Jonathan Vallejo Mizal and wife Kristen, Jasmin Alyssa Mizal Alcantar and husband Marcello, and eight grandchildren: Melyssa, Nicholas, Noah, Helena, Brandon, Megan, Riley, and Madison. She is also survived by her siblings-in-law, Christa Mizal Lepp of Portsmouth, VA, Julito Kuizon Mizal of Norfolk, VA, Helsinida B. Mizal of Virginia Beach, VA, and Luzmin Mizal Nuera of Norfolk, VA. Her survivors also include numerous cousins, nephews, nieces, and extended family in the United States, Australia, Japan, China and the Philippines.

Agripina spent her childhood in the Philippines, attending schools such as Romero and La Salette, and studying at the prestigious University of Santo Tomas, majoring in Medicine. She met her future husband, Ernesto (“Ernie” or “Jun,” she called him), while studying at the university. He happened to work with her roommate, selling energy drinks, as he had taken a serendipitous hiatus from school himself. The young man who sold drinks door-to-door ended up being a brilliant student, and helped Agripina with her more difficult subjects. They were inseparable until the day she left for the United States, a ‘dream come true’ for the Filipinos at that time. Her mother, “Inang,” completely supported her dreams and told her (as Aggie later told her own daughter) to “go and find [her] future.” She, and her best friend, Luzviminda “Medy” Tayag, were bade farewell by Jun, and both of their families, on Dec. 28th, 1963, as the young ladies boarded their first airplane to the US.

She arrived in Youngstown, Ohio, and began her adventures in the States. In all of their excitement, she and Medy forgot that it would be cold when they arrived! The cold even heightened their thrill, as they bought jackets with the little pocket money they had, and they saw snow fall for the first time!

Aggie’s parents were farmers and entrepreneurs from very humble beginnings, from which sprung a resourcefulness that had carried down to their children, especially Aggie. She took the little moneys she had and used it to help her friends while making a life for herself in the new country. Jun soon followed her after joining the US Navy, and Aggie and Jun were married on Dec. 28, 1965, exactly 2 years after she left the Philippines. Their adventures continued together, as Aggie and Jun made a beautiful life for themselves and their three children. They worked hard, enjoying fulfilling careers and paving the way for family to come build lives for themselves too, successfully petitioning them to come to the United States.

Their adventurous natures eventually led them back to the Philippines, returning to their roots and making their mark there as well. They created multiple projects, helping many along the way while protecting the land they loved. Noah Beach, their beachfront property in Dinalungan, Aurora, is one of their most cherished endeavors, as it is “a slice of paradise,” untouched and seemingly saved just for them. Aggie treasured and thoroughly enjoyed this beach with Jun, and it was always a healing retreat during their Golden Years together. After long stays, they would return to the States glowing as if they drank from the ‘fountain of youth.’ This, along with many priceless gifts, were left to their children, grandchildren, and posterity to enjoy.

Not only does Aggie leave a legacy behind for her kids and grandkids, but also for her friends/coworkers. For over 50 years, Aggie has worked in the medical field as a medical technologist. Her skills were so accurate and efficient, as she loved what she did. But mainly, she loved who she worked with. Her time at work, though away from home, was time well-spent and cherished. Many have called her their dearest friend, as her best skill was knowing how to listen and love unconditionally. Aggie’s generosity with everything she had made her such that dear friend. Her friends stayed near her until the very end. If one could sum up her life in few words, it would be that she knew how to love, and love well.

Her children agree that the following Scripture perfectly fits their beautiful mother:
"And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." - Hebrews 13:16

Family and friends are welcome to join in memorial service at 3pm on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at Oman Funeral Home & Crematory, 653 Cedar Road, Chesapeake.

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Memorial Service

Wednesday

17

Jun

3:00 PM 6/17/2020 3:00:00 PM
Oman Funeral Home & Crematory

653 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Oman Funeral Home & Crematory
653 Cedar Road Chesapeake 23322 VA
United States
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