Topsfield — Pilar Roño Joel, 96 years young, went home to be with the Lord, on January 4, 2014, at her home in Danvers, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of the late Manfredo T. Joel Sr., with whom she shared 62 years of marriage.
Pilar was born in her hometown, Calbayog City, Western Samar, Philippines. After her retirement as a school principal, she immigrated to Massachusetts in 1987. Six years later, she was joined by her husband, and lived in Topsfield for 21 years. As a widow, she spent her last four, memorable years living in Danvers until her death.
“Mama,” as she was fondly called by family and friends, was a woman who had passion for life, teaching, music, dancing, had a “contagious” sense of humor, and a positive and cheerful outlook toward life. To top it all, she was known as a woman who loved God and demonstrated a life of faith and prayer, which definitely made a solid impact on her family as a devoted wife and mother of 10 children. As she used to tell all her children – “I’ve never had any unanswered prayer in my lifetime” – so remarkably amazing!
She is survived by her children, Miguel and wife, Wilma, of the Philippines, Florencia and husband, Donald Berrian of Topsfield, Romeo and wife, Ellen, of Canada, Clarita of Danvers, Emerita of the Philippines, Manfredo Jr. and wife, Gigi, of the Philippines, Ava of the Philippines, and Janet and husband, Dante Perinal of Danvers; her 85 year-old youngest sister, Josefa Togonon of the Philippines; and several nephews, nieces, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m., on Monday, January 13, in St. Rose of Lima Church, Park St., Topsfield. Burial will follow in Annunciation Cemetery, Danvers. Visiting Hours are Sunday, from 3 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 5 p.m., at C.R. Lyons & Sons, Funeral Directors, 28 Elm St., Danvers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pilar’s name to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA, 01923. www.LyonsFuneral.com