To Emilia Aldama, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, she was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around her, she seemed to be eternally happy, and she willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life she touched. For Emilia, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, she could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Emilia really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.
Her parents were Donato and Romana Salazar. Emilia was raised in San Jose, California. Even as a child, Emilia had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around her. She was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. She couldn't help but capture everyone's attention. She was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, she succeeded in entertaining her entire family.
Always a good playmate, Emilia was easygoing and fun loving. She managed to lighten the mood wherever she was, even during family squabbles. She seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Emilia managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Emilia was raised with three brothers and one sister. There names were Johnny, Raymond, Anita and Cresencio.
All of Emilia's playful good humor carried over into her childhood. She was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed her to be constantly on the go. As a result, Emilia experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited her very well. In her spare time she liked making dolls out of fabric.
Emilia never actually encountered a stranger in her dealings with people. She was drawn to individuals and crowds, using her gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate her audience. This quality allowed Emilia to continually develop new relationships, ever widening her circle of friends. Emilia delighted in her role among all her acquaintances, because she viewed them all as potential spectators for her performance. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Emilia was always right at home putting on a show among her friends. Emilia utilized her interest in others as a great way to connect with them. Later in life, she became friends with James & Angie Gurrola, Gilbert & Louise Solis, Bruno & Dee Portillo, Joe & Lillian Gaspar,Louie Mason, Louie & Dell Arzola. Emilia loved sharing life and having her home filled with people she knew.
The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Emilia very easy to approach. She tried hard not to impose on her spouse. She was always sensitive to other people's feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.
Perhaps the reason Emilia related so well to children was the fact that she never really completely grew up herself. The ability to be just a "kid at heart" helped her in raising her own children. Emilia was blessed with Seven Children, Two Sons, Henry (deceased) and Philip. Five daughters, Rose Flores, Irene Freiberg, Ruth Castaneda, Anita Dolan and Patsy Stephenson. They were also blessed with Nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, Theresa, Robert, Kristina, Lisa, Michael, Philip, Craig, Jessica and Shane. Emilia had the ability to focus her attention on the present moment. If she was spending time with the kids, that's where all of her attention was directed. Emilia's compassionate side prevented her from being a strict disciplinarian, and she could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. She could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Emilia had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.
At work, as in life, Emilia was a real "people person. " she had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and her enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. Emilia liked to see herself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems, Emilia was an adaptable realist, using her common sense and trusting her experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Emilia's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around her to see Emilia as an excellent problem solver. Her primary occupation was homemaker. She was homemaker for 77 years.
Emilia enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An "arts and crafts" type, Emilia liked creating and making things. Her favorite pursuits were sewing, tin craft, crocheting and kniting. Emilia was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.
Emilia felt excited and challenged by sports. Even if she wasn't the best, Emilia loved to participate and thoroughly enjoyed the competition and the pleasure of being around other people. Emilia relished the opportunities where she could make an impact, and she would often push herself to play above her abilities. A quick thinker who understood the basics, Emilia never seemed to get caught off guard, even when confronted with unexpected conflict. Emilia was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were roller derby.
Emilia had an endless appetite for new and different activities. She was always ready to join in the fun and add her flair and energy to an organization. Because of her personality, her humor, and her ability to get along with everyone, Emilia's service was greatly valued by the organizations to which she belonged. Throughout her later years, Emilia was an active member of Club Libertad and Eastside Senior Center.
A generous person who often wore her heart on her sleeve, Emilia often found herself involved in activities she deemed important. She was charitable, kind and giving, qualities that made her a natural volunteer. Outspoken in her beliefs, yet tactful in her dealings with others, Emilia was a member of several community groups, serving on committees for the Operation Brown Bag Of The Food Bank of San Jose.
Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Emilia recognized that her faith was important to her throughout her life. She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church for 51 years.
Naturally outgoing and generous, Emilia was regularly doing things for others. For her, the gift of giving to others was second nature. Though she never set out to gain individual recognition, Emilia was given accolades for her many and varied accomplishments throughout her life. Some of her most prestigious awards included voluntary service to Eastside Senior Center and outstanding volunteer service & commitment to Catholic Charities, Eastside Neighborhood Center.
Living life in the fast lane suited Emilia just fine. It is no surprise that she loved to travel and to visit new and different places. She was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. She was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included Russian River Resort.
Emilia was a lover of animals and cherished her pets, enjoying them almost as much as she enjoyed being around other people. One of Emilia's favorites was King, a German Shepherd dog. They were best friends for 13 years.
Emilia passed away on December 15, 2009 at Regional Medical Center of San Jose in San Jose, California. Became ill with septic toxic shock. She is survived by her children Rose, Irene, Ruth, Anita, Philip and Patsy; her grandchildren Robert, Kristina, Michael, Lisa, Theresa, Jessica, Shane, Philip and Craig. Services were held at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in San Jose, Caifornia at 11:00 A. M. Monday, December 21, 2009. Emilia was laid to rest in Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, Santa Clara, California.
Emilia brought joy to all of those around her. She never had a mean bone in her body. She loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. She loved to share her energy, wit, and her zest for all of her activities with her friends and family. Emilia Aldama lived life to its fullest and made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with a smile.