Elsa Ballesteros
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1944 - 2015
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Condolence From: Mark and Beth
Condolence: Rest in peace Elsa
Saturday August 06, 2016
Condolence From: lee quesada
Condolence: May 16, 2016 on Marc and Elsa's 29th year wedding anniversary, we will celebrate Elsa's life with us...please come!
Friday April 22, 2016
Condolence From: lee quesada
Condolence: 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 and Marc 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: "Let Me Be" (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 Marc and 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. watch for further announcements from me and Marc. Celia Samson who was also part of our old choir and who remained with me here at Our Lady of Lourdes all these years have spearheaded this Memorial and initially already met with Fr Bert Foliot (at Regis College) and our present pastor at OLOL, Fr. John (Sullivan). 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. until next time, lee
Tuesday January 26, 2016
Condolence From: Nasim Nasir
Condolence: 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
Condolence From: Polly & Simeon Federigan
Condolence: Our heartfelt sympathy and condolence to you Manny. Thinking of you in this difficult time. Remember when we were at the same table at Don's birthday? We will pray for the repose of Elsie's soul. She is in heaven.

Polly (sister of Susan Dizon)
Saturday January 02, 2016
Condolence From: Val and Jean
Condolence: GOODBYE ELSA, REST IN PEACE: Yesterday was a sad day....we said our last goodbye to a very dear friend, one of our longest time best friends whom my wife and I were blessed to have known and remained friends with for more than half of her life. In the latter half of our long friendship, she battled cancer and appeared to be winning, we hoped, as she never displayed any change in her outlook and caring and loving ways. But God wanted her more than we did.
She was several years younger than me but she always made me feel the opposite. Every time I saw or spoke with her, her first words were always “how are you, is everything okay?” and expressed them with a profound concern in her modulation and the look in her face. I really don’t know how to express it but except to say that she was “mothering” me, always making me feel comfortable when we visited her and Marc; and like what mothers do, we always had something “to go” when we leave, as if her devotion and affection were not good enough. Often, it was a plant that she had nurtured no doubt with the same tenderness and affection that she extended to us. I always thought that, along with the tender touch, she must have sung to her plants as well for she sang like the angel that she was. She was the lead singer in our church choir.
The notion that opposite attracts is a myth because I know that Elsa and Marc were closer that most couples I know because of their common love for music, their unwavering common faith and their common loving, caring and tender spirits, and, of course, their unconditional love for each other.
When it was my turn to say goodbye, I looked at her face, still showing semblance of her beauty despite cancer’s unholy assault to her physique and when I touched the tip of her cold hand, I felt the warmth of her inner beauty that opened my tear ducts. Marc’s goodbye tribute to Elsa touched me even more and my tears rolled down freely. Truly, Elsa and March are saints! And because we love them so dearly, Elsa’s departure was even harder to accept. While the sad turn of events shook my faith somewhat, I resigned myself to believe that Elsa’s sufferings and by those in the same situation are but offerings of sacrifices in their journey towards reconciliation and union with God.
Elsa, you were a perfect example of an angel on earth and for that you automatically deserved to be an angel in heaven. You are not gone in our book for your tender and loving spirit lives on in our grateful hearts, and you were simply passing through via your mortal life to a life of immortality in the house and presence of God, who had a seat already reserved for you. And Marc, please know that you are and will always be in our thoughts and prayers, and that wherever we are and wherever you may be, we are always there for you.
Tuesday December 22, 2015
Condolence From: Judi DiPietro
Condolence: Marc, I am so sorry to learn of your sad loss. May your wonderful memories of Elsa sustain you through this most difficult time. You are in my thoughts.
Monday December 21, 2015
Condolence From: Greg Norton
Condolence: There are no words only love. Elsa we love you and miss you.
Sunday December 20, 2015
Condolence From: Judi Norton
Condolence: Elsa was the kindest, sweetest and most generous person I have ever met. She would do anything for anybody and when you visited Elsa's home she would make you leave with so much stuff that she lovingly gave to you. The world has lost a great person. Elsa had a great singing voice and whenever I hear the song "Tennessee Waltz" my heart will cry for the loss of Elsa. So sorry for your loss, Marc.
Sunday December 20, 2015
Condolence From: Felix & Lucita Ibay
Condolence: With deep sorrow, we send our condolence to Marc and Elsie's family. We have fond memories of Elsie since we became friends and members of Our Lady of Lourdes Cursillo Ultreya Group in 1972. Her kindness, beauty and singing voice will always be remembered. Eternal rest grant unto Elsie, O Lord, and let perpetual light upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.
Saturday December 19, 2015