Elsa Quirino Ballesteros

From:  Nasim Nasir

Dear Manny jr

I was so saddened to hear about Elsa.  As one who too has recently lost a loved one I understand the difficult time you and the family are going through.  There is nothing anybody can say that can alleviate your pain and sorrow.

"What we once enjoyed we can never lose

All that we love deeply becomes a part of us"

yours in sorrow and grief


Thursday, January 14, 2016

From:  Bernadette Dabu-Sta. Maria

Good evening, Marc, I’m so sorry to hear about Elsa.  May she rest in peace.  Please know that you have our prayers.  Take care and do keep in touch.  With your strong faith, I am confident the Lord will continue to bless you.


Best regards.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

From:  Lee Quesada

My dearest Elsa, it has been just over a month from those very sad and quiet weeks in December, your last with us, ours with you and sadness has remained immense.  Last night Marc sent me an email and as if a miracle, I heard your familiar and loving singing voice once again; for me a sweet flashback to my old choir with you for almost 2 decades at Our Lady of Lourdes .... last night, your voice warmed my heart anew and sadness and loss became sweeter, easier, brighter.  So I thank Marc for bringing you back to me via mp3.  I, too have been racking my music archives and found a favorite song-prayer of yours we sang together at a Communion that Sunday many years ago: "Less Of Me” (when i am weary, just a little bit more cheery; let me think more of my neighbor and a little less of me ...) remember?  Since then, it has become my favorite too until today.  I will send this to your beloved Marc as soon as I convert it from my old cassette tape to mp3. 

Dear Marc, as i said earlier, sadness becomes sweeter, warmer as time goes by.  This I assure you, with my love and prayers.  We will both continue to keep in touch re the memorial for the celebration of Elsa's life planned for this Spring at Our Lady of Lourdes, downtown Toronto ... and I wish everybody here at Els' memorial website to take note that our old choir with Elsa of long ago :) (circa 1970 to maybe 1987?) are now in brainstorming stage which will likely happen in the Spring 2016. 

So, to all of Elsa and Marc's friends and families here, there and everywhere, we hope you will make time to join us at Our Lady of Lourdes in downtown Toronto to rekindle our brightest and glorious life with Elsa.  To me having read your messages here, we have all become Elsa's soulmates.  I thank God everyday because like Elsa and Marc we never grew old as we continued on with our Music Ministry in our church.  God has kept our hearts alive to be fortunate servants of our church.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

From:  Lakshmi Rao

The video brought me to tears :((((((((  Such a beautiful sentiment.  I truly feel your pain and what you are going through - the pain never goes away but the sad memories will slowly be replaced by happier ones.  No words will ease the heartache and longing for such a wonderful soul, now resting in God's loving hands.  But take solace in knowing she lives in your heart forever and knowing she is not in pain.  She is lighting up heaven with that beautiful energy of hers and the most sweetest of smiles.  Trust me.  Also she now plays with her dog that she loved so much.  I know it.

Elsa was very special.  She was such a gentle, soft spoken person who truly cared about others.  So rare to find someone like her in this day and age.

I cry with you.  She is in my prayers.  If you ever need to reach out, I am always just an email away.

Take good care Marc,

Kind regards

Friday, May 13, 2016

From:  Dr. Alexandra Easson

Dear Marc, I am very sorry for your loss.  Your wife was a lovely woman and I remember her well.

Monday, May 16, 2016

From:  Maryrose Tait

Good Afternoon Marc, again, very sorry to hear about Elsa.  Always so pleasant to deal with when booking her appointments etc.  My prayers with you for your loss.


Kind Regards, Maryrose

Monday, May 16, 2016

From:  Marite Panopio

Dearest Nonoy,

I was so shocked to find out a few days ago (May 12) when I received your email, to know that Elsa passed away last Dec 2015!  I must have missed reading some email messages last Christmas season.

Now I feel soooo sad ... and there's a feeling of loss which I can't explain.  Being so many miles away, having spent so little time with Elsa when you guys were here, we did keep in touch sometime after that ... she has really touched our lives even if it was fleeting.  I remember her to be so sweet and gentle but also feisty specially if she wants to express her feelings about something she feels strongly about.

Went thru all the pictures and videos you posted, all the messages and stories about her, and am convinced she led a full life, touching people and delivering God's message of love.  Now HE wants her back and I know you must have hurt so badly.  Am sure though that she's still there taking care of you. 

I don’t know what else to say, except that we are praying for Elsa and your whole family.  Know that we, the Panopios, will still be here for you, when you decide to come to visit, or even when you just feel like you want to email to share some thoughts.

Take care of yourself.  God bless you more Noy!        

Warmest hugs, 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

From:  Yuni Oei


I'm deeply saddened by the news . Please accept my sincere condolences.  Remembering her wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in my heart.  May she rest in peace!  May my condolences bring you comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of this loss.

Sorry I haven't been in touch for a while, I have been busy with my grandchildren.  Tell me when did it happen about Elsa?  I'm shocked to learn the news.  Sorry I have not watch the video, I believe I will be very sad.  But we have to let go, she is now in heaven. 

Talk to you again.  I don't have your number.

Ok., take good care of yourself.  May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief.

Best Regards,

Thursday, May 19, 2016

From:  Mark Cangelosi and Beth Horst

Rest in peace Elsa.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

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