Early on Monday, November 9, 2020, Elmer Ancheta Laureta, loving husband and father, was raised up to be with the Lord at the age of 75.
Elmer was born on January 21, 1945 in San Nicolas, Pangasinan (Philippines) to Felipe and Rizalina (Ancheta) Laureta. He graduated from San Quintin High School and continued his studies to receive certification as an auto mechanic. He proudly served in the Philippine Constabulary (now the Philippine National Police). On May 6, 1975, he immigrated to the United States where he worked at Massachusetts Rehabilitation Hospital (now Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital) for two years before beginning his career at The Gillette Company, in Boston, Massachusetts, where he worked for 26 years. On January 6, 1979, he married Elynita Chaneco and on March 5, 1983, they welcomed their son Gilbert into the world.
Elmer had a passion for giving back to those in need. He has put numerous students through school back in his hometown in the Philippines. He was very generous and would give his nieces and nephews money for no particular reason. He gave his nephew his car when he was in college because he needed it to commute. He would always bring Mamang (his mother) her favorite foods and juices when he visited her, which was very often. Every year, without fail, he would give Christmas gifts to the ever growing number of great nieces and nephews. His generosity knew no bounds. Elmer was also very generous with his time. He helped create countless, indelible childhood memories with his son along with his nieces and nephews - going to the lake on hot summer days stands out in many of our minds. He was always there for our major life events - from graduating high school to moving into college, college graduations, to weddings, post-birth hospital visits and baptisms - he was always there smiling, showing his unwavering love and constant support. He was Ninong (Godfather) to many and was asked to be part of so many weddings because he was such an amazing soul. He was the favorite uncle to most, if not all of his nieces and nephews. He was someone everyone looked up to and admired, while always remaining so humble and gracious. He was one of the most generous, warm and kind people you’d ever meet.
He was also an avid sports enthusiast; he loved to show his support for his home teams. In his younger days, he very much enjoyed staying active by playing basketball and tennis, his two favorite sports. In the Philippines, he was like a fish - he loved swimming in the beautiful waters. Up until the pandemic, he would go to the gym every morning (and then would visit with his siblings after). He also enjoyed playing a hand or two of Pusoy (Filipino poker).
Elmer was known for his positive energy, quick wit, his infectious smile, and his kind and generous spirit. He was truly beloved by all.
Elmer was preceded in death by his father, Felipe, his mother, Rizalina and his older brother Marcelino. He is survived by his wife Elynita, his son, Gilbert, his siblings: Edilberto and his wife Gertrude, Gapukenca and her husband Policarpio, Josephine and her husband Fred and Jaime and his wife Pilarcita, and several cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews - all who love and miss him very much.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, November 16, 2020 at Saint Bernadette Church (1031 North Main Street in Randolph) at 10 AM. There is limited admission at the church. Please remember to wear a fitted mask and to remain socially distant from other households. Interment to follow at Blue Hills Cemetery in Braintree. Relatives and friends are invited. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to an organization of your choice in Elmer’s name.
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