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Obituary for Mr. Mariano Sarmiento Latoja

March 19, 2013
Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey


Mariano Sarmiento Latoja 80, of Egg Harbor Township, died on March 19, 2013 at the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center after a lengthy battle with his illness.
He will be deeply missed by his wife of 54 years, Adelaida Pueyo Latoja, his seven daughters, Jocelyn Latoja Voo and her husband Voo Fui Kyen; Maria Ruby Latoja; Maria Evelyn Latoja Macaya and her husband Norlando Macaya; Delma Latoja, Jeanelyn Latoja; Vida Joy Causing and her husband Noel Causing; Ivy Latoja Pacis and her husband Victor Pacis; his 14 grandchildren, and his friends and relatives.
Born in Calinog, Iloilo Philippines, on March 6, 1933 to Cornelio Latoja and Maria Sarmiento Latoja.
In his early years, Mariano was a dreamer and a hard worker. He believed education was a passport out of poverty. Before the World War II, he would walk miles each way to school with his mother. After graduating from high school in 1948, he became a police officer. He attended De Paul College of Iloilo, graduating in 1968 with a Bachelor's Degree in Education. He received his Master's Degree in Education from the University of Iloilo, 1985.
He went to teach History and Math for 42 years. He retired as an elementary school principal in 1998.
His legacy of love, hard work and integrity will be celebrated during a public viewing will be held on Friday, March 22, 2013 from 6pm to 9 pm at Jeffries at Keates Funeral Home 228 Infield Avenue, Northfield, NJ. A funeral service to be held on Saturday March 23, 2013, at 11:30 AM at the Katherine Drexel Cathlolic Church, Egg Harbor Township. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Mays Landing, NJ. A mass in his memory will be held in the Philippines on Sunday, March 23, 2013. Should friends desire, contributions may be directed to Maria Ruby Latoja. To share your fondest memory of Mariano, visit

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