Lourdes De Leon (née Clarito), 92, of New Milford, passed away peacefully on February 14, 2024, surrounded by her beloved family. She is survived by her siblings, Senen Clarito and Azucena Ruiz, and her cherished children, Gloria (Esteban) Palao, Arlene De Leon, Joseph Marlon (Agnes) De Leon, and Pauline (Edwin) Maniago. She is also survived by her many devoted grandchildren, Elijah, Paolo, Bella, Louremie “May” Jimenez, Louraine, Lonyl, Lovely (Garrett), Joanne, Joanna, Jian, Carlson, Karen, and Paola. She rests peacefully as she is reunited in heaven with her husband, Eladio De Leon (1981), her sisters, Stella Lontoc and Cecilia Morales, and her son Carlos De Leon.

Lourdes, better known as Nanay Ondeng to her family and friends, was born on February 19, 1931 in Carmona, Cavite, Philippines to Olimpia (née Alzona) and Alfredo Clarito. After her years of schooling, she was a homemaker. Nanay then emigrated to New Milford, NJ, where she permanently resided.

Nanay is best described as the most understanding, lovingly strict mother there is. She was always so thoughtful, giving, hospitable, and generous to her family and friends, always serving her guests food during their visits. Nothing can compare to the love shes has for her children and especially her grandchildren. She also always made sure she looked nice, showering and putting on makeup first thing in the morning. Nanay made many loving relationships with her warmhearted and caring personality. She made cherished friendships in the New Milford Senior Center, and everyone in the nursing home she resided in called her “Nanay” as if she were one of their own. She was also a devoted member to her family church, God’s Flock Christian Fellowship. Nanay Ondeng will be greatly remembered for her kind, nurturing, and caring spirit.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 20th, 5-9 PM, with a service at 8 PM, at the Frech-McKnight Funeral Home, 161 Washington Avenue, Dumont, NJ 07628. Cremation will be private.


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