Elsa Quirino Ballesteros

From:  Priscilla Santos

Our deepest condolences Nonoy!  She and her talents will be sorely missed!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

From:  Clementine Cheng

Our prayers will continue to be with you and your family.  Elsa battled cancer with joy in the Lord -- her sweet smile always showed the radiance of Christ in her life.  I'm glad that she is now resting in peace with all the other saints in heaven rejoicing that she has run this race well.  Thank you for letting me know, I only knew both of you for a short time -- but I will never forget Elsa. She was a very special lady.  May God comfort you and your loved ones!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

From:  Glenda Villafuerte


I was surprised reading your email about Elsa's passing away.  Thank you for letting me know. I didn't have the chance to meet her personally, we just exchange email messages not so often...but from all that I hear, I believe she was really a very beautiful person.  I can imagine how everybody will miss her, especially you.

Revelation 14:13

And I heard a voice from heaven saying, "Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Blessed indeed," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!"

On behalf of the Villafuerte family, I am sending you our sincerest condolences.  We are with you in prayers.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

From:  Leslie Stephens


I can’t express the sadness & sorrow to you after reading the news about your beloved Elsa.  I know after we last spoke in the Fall when you were here that she was not doing well.  She was such a strong woman in her battle over the years.  I cherish those talks we had when she used to come in with you to Sunnybrook.  She was always so kind and warm even though she was living with cancer & quite often in pain or not feeling her best.  You’ve been such a supportive & loving husband through both of your trials & tribulations over the years.  Please accept my sincere condolences and prayers over your loss.  It’s a difficult time of year to lose a loved one.  I hope that you take some comfort in knowing that she is no longer suffering and am hoping that she went in peace.  Take good care.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

From:  Susan and Don Dizon

Elsie along with Manny,

Thank you for pouring your sincere love for our elder son, Michael Dave, during our absence from Toronto whilst living temporarily in the Latin America.  Both of you had considered, our elder son as well as our younger son, Oliver as your very own.  Such support from true friends like yourselves will last.  Let us live with those years of great memories: visits, restaurant outings, and home made meals topped with all the Filipino desserts, thus saving the Best for Last with your "masahog na *Special Halo-Halo* to end any visit. THANK YOU!

For Elsie: "GOD SAW"

God saw you getting tired

And a cure was not to be

So, HE put His arms around you

And whispered, "Come with ME"

With tearful eyes,

We watched you suffer

And saw you fade away.

Although, we loved you dearly

We could not make you stay.

A golden heart stopped beating

Hard working hands at rest

God broke our hearts to prove

HE only takes the BEST.

Els' kind heart and giving spirit touched so many and will never be erased.

Manny, may take comfort in knowing there is one more angel above us.  May God 's relentless love enfolds you during your difficult times and may you allow the rest of your family and friends like us, ease the healing time.  Love and Blessings.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

From:  Rusty and Precy Muere Family

Please accept our deepest sympathy to the family of Elsa.  May she enjoy eternal rest and everlasting life.  Amen.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

From:  Miriam Sinclair

December 15, 2015 was a painful day because I lost my beautiful sister, Elsa, my best friend.  She was escorted by the Angels to be with God after a strong fight against breast cancer.  I am so blessed to find some hope in this most crashing, painful day – the gift of this last November when the Lord allowed us to repair what had been broken and healed our hearts.  It was not enough, not nearly enough, but we were given extra time to say I love you to each other a lot more than we ever had.

I don’t think I will ever recover from the sadness of losing my beloved sister.  I believe that we don’t get over the loss of a loved one, but we do learn to live with it.  Elsa would have liked us to do more than that.  I will not mourn her death, but rather celebrate her life.  She will live on in the wonderful memories that I have of her, from our childhood to the present.  I feel her spirit, I hear her wonderful laugh and I sense and see her in my mind all the time through countless memories that we shared.

I celebrate the way that she lived her life and the pleasure she gave to me and to so many people.  In her inimitable way, she had more concern for others than for herself up to the very end, and anyone who knew Elsa well will tell you how courageous and selfless she was. It was never about her – it was about everybody else.  She truly was one of the most generous and giving people in this world, which is one of the many reasons why she was loved and admired by so many.  Elsa will always be remembered for her compassion, generosity and zest for life.  She was an example to everyone she met of how to live life to its fullest capacity.  I am honoured that she was my sister and I will always remember her as the strong, kind-hearted, determined, sometimes feisty, independent, loyal, fun-loving, witty, joyful and artistic woman that she was. For me, she was not just my guiding star – she was my entire universe, too.

Thank you, Sis, for being my angel and my best friend.  Thank you for being part of my foundation and my life. Thank you for being you and letting me be me.

You promised me that you will watch over us.  I am holding you to that. I love you, Sis, more than you will ever know, and you can always count on me that your memory will live on in my heart.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

From:  Valentin and Jean Mape


We lost a very dear friend in Elsa, but your loss is far greater and immeasurably deeper, and we can’t help ease your sorrow except to share your pain and grief and let you know that we’re just a phone call away to help you in any way we can.  We love you! 

Jean and Val

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The value and enjoyment of everything that we do is repeatedly multiplied when we share them with someone special.  Elsa was a long-time dear friend, a very good friend and someone very special to her families of relatives and friends. Notwithstanding our constant prayers, it is believed that God does not change so that Elsa’s passing is according to God’s timetable.  Despite that she’s no longer in pain, we who love her so much cannot find any positive spin to what has just occurred.  But we all have a reason to rejoice because....

She died not like a rose petal that was blown away from the garden

She died not like a broken jewelry, whose beads are spread uneven

She died not like stars above that disappeared as the morn arrives

She died not like the fleeing birds that fly away when winter thrives

She died a beauty like gems on a tiara that donned a princess’ head

She died in beauty like Marc’s songs he sang as she rested in bed

She died in glory like the sun greeting the living when dawn rolls in

She died in glory like the moon’s glow and the stars begin twinkling

She died in glory as her all her loved ones celebrate her new haven

She died in glory as God took her hand, and they walked to heaven

Thursday, December 17, 2015

From:  Debbie Baker

Elsa was simply our gift.  For me, she was a hero of gentleness, kindness and generosity.  Full of life, fun, singing and dancing.  And, to see the love between Elsa and Marc, two soul mates, so pure and courageous, brought me joy.  I love you, Elsa.  I know you will continue to be generous to us from heaven, and you will be in our hearts forever.

Friday, December 18, 2015

From:  Leah Honasan

Dear Mark,

Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Elsa.  Condolence.

Ate Leah & Santino

Friday, December 18, 2015

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