Romeo Roberto Filoteo
Wednesday, September 30, 1936
Date of Death:
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
83 years old
Romeo Roberto Filoteo
Romeo Roberto Filoteo, 83, died peacefully on September 9th, 2020 in his home. He had suffered complications from COPD and bacterial infection in his wrist and arm.
Born in Angat, Bulacan, Philippines on September 30th, 1936, his early childhood was spent in Pandacan, Manila where the family moved when he was in fourth grade. He attended Adamson University, Manila where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1958, and was hired right after as a Department Head in the Processing Department of a manufacturing company where he met his wife, Adelaida, a quality control chemist at the company. They married in 1962 and went on to have two children.
The Filoteo family migrated to the United States in 1975, received by his sister, Rolita, who warmly welcomed them to Rochester, MN. He worked at the Mayo Clinic as an electron microscopy technician until he retired in 1992. Thereafter, he helped with much love taking care of his three granddaughters.
Romeo was involved in many civic affairs, he was a FreeMason of the Blue Lodge in Rochester, and was appointed to be a Grand Representative to the Philippines by the Grand Lodge of Minnesota in his many visits to the lodges in Manila. He was an active member of the Phil-Am Association of Rochester until a surgery for aneurysm and his chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder limited his participation. He had a zest for life and had a love for many hobbies, including fishing and playing many musical instruments.
Romeo is survived by his wife, Adelaida; two children, Theo and Julia; three grandchildren, Montana, Annalyse, and Audrina; and three siblings, Rolita(Magno), Rosalinda(Cruz), both of Rochester, and a brother, Roberto in the Philippines. His parents, Delfin and Juanita, and two brothers, Rodolfo and Rolando preceded him in death.
Romeo will be remembered as a charming conversationalist who made friends with everyone he met. A respected figure in the Rochester Filipino community, his laughter, jokes and music will be missed.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30am, Saturday, September 19, 2020 in the River Chapel at Macken Funeral Home. Visitation will be held an hour before the service. Burial will be at the Calvary Cemetery in Rochester. Because of the pandemic, no lunch is planned after the service. Face covering and social distancing will be practiced.
The family of Romeo Roberto Filoteo has received the following condolences.
I was sad to see Romeo’s obituary in today’s paper. I remember fondly working with Romeo in the EM lab at Mayo. He ALWAYS had a friendly greeting and smile! From time to time I would see him around town and, sure enough, the same friendly greeting and smile. My condolences to Alelaida and the rest of Romeo’s family.
Of all the people I worked with at Rochesterfest, without a doubt, Romeo was the most kind, professional, friendliest vendor I ever worked with.
I was the coordinator of the downtown food vendors for 13 years and it was always a pleasure to work with Romeo. I too was a vendor (Waldo’s Pizza) so I know how hard those vendors worked.
I hadn’t seen Romeo for many years and I was saddened to hear of his passing. God bless you Romeo!
I am so sorry for your loss. It seems just yesterday that you and Romeo were both working at the clinic. And how I enjoyed your tiny restaurant. I fondly remember the many conversations we had in the stairwell. My sincere condolences and best wishes to you and your extended family.
Dear Ate Aida and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. May Kuya Romy's memory give you comfort as you celebrate his fun filled life. May God strengthen you during this time of sadness. My deepest sympathy. You are in my prayers.