|Florita Balbuena, 68, of Harvard formerly of Chicago, IL passed away surrounded
by her family on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at her home.
She was born December 22, 1948 in Cebu City, Philippines. Florita was a
member of the Filipino Friendship Society in Bolingbrook, IL. Her passion in life
was spending time with her family and friends. Florita will be remembered as a
loving, caring, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Florita was a
hard and dedicated worker in her many years in food service, where she made
many friends and while working in a hospital she met the man she would spend the
rest of her life with.
On August 15, 1985, she married Leon T. Balbuena in Chicago, IL.
Survivors include her spouse Leon; children, Bonnie (Luis) Rodriguez-Santiago,
Danny (Courtney) Morales, Lorena (Len) Lindsey; 9 grandchildren, Melissa, Victor,
Andrea, Dakotah, Jaylen, Malaiya, Sophia, Lillian and Olivia; one great grandson,
Romeo and one great grandson on the way. Rita had a host of honorary sons;
Angel, Kenny, Derrick (Deceased), Dan, Doug, Kevin, Jake, Efrain, Josh, Victor,
Paul, Michael N., Mike D., and Tony.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Florita “Rita” lived her life enjoying cooking, bowling, where she played in many
tournaments, swing dancing, playing cards and mahjong, but most important Rita
loved her grandbabies, she loved hearing about their lives, watching wrestling with
Jaylen, laughing and joking around with Victor or watching Kota, Laiya, Sophie and
Lillie play softball, hearing about Olivia, talking to Dre and Melissa about their lives,
going to dance recitals and all the birthday parties, anything that celebrated them.
Rita had MANY friends; Eva, Linda, Angie, Fanny, Gertrude, Mary and Pam, from
who she became godmother of Krystal, and so many more. Her friendships meant
a lot to her.
Visitation will be from 5-8 pm on Friday, April 21, 2017 at Saunders & McFarlin
Funeral Home, 107 W. Sumner St. Harvard, IL 60033. Funeral services will be held
at 11 am on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the funeral home. Interment will be in Mt.
Family and friends may sign the online guest book at www.saundersmcfarlin.net.
For more information, call the funeral home at 815-943-5400.