Alita Sevilla Obituary

Alita B. Sevilla
Alita B. Sevilla

October 2, 1931 - January 21, 2020
Born in Vinzons, Camarines Norte, Philippines
Resided in Nianitc, Connecticut


Niantic - Alita Sevilla of Niantic, CT passed on peacefully at the age of 88, on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, surrounded by loved ones. She bravely endured ALS for the past year.

Born on October 2, 1931, in Vinzons, Camarines Norte, Philippines, Alita was the daughter of the late Emilia Argente and Anacleto Balane. She was a graduate of the Philippine Women’s University and worked as a home economics teacher to elementary school children at the Daet Demonstration Center. She was later appointed by the Industrial Arts Supervisor of the school district to become a demonstration teacher at the Home Industries Center, where she trained home economics teachers and adult students. Shortly thereafter, Alita was married to Marcelino Sevilla, Jr. in 1963, to whom she was married for 56 years. She went on to work in the government insurance field in the Philippines.

Alita, Marcelino and their three children immigrated to the U.S., settling in New York in 1974 and became proud Naturalized American Citizens. Alita worked as a health insurance claims examiner for Blue Cross and Blue Shield for over 15 years. She later worked as a grand marché chef for The Swan Hotel in Disney World before retirement in Florida. Alita and Marcelino moved back to the northeast in 1996 and later moved to Niantic, CT in 2008 so they could enjoy retirement near their grandchildren.

Alita is survived by her husband Marcelino Sevilla of Niantic, CT; her son Arnel Sevilla and his wife Debbie Sevilla of Bellmore, NY; her daughter Armi Sevilla Rowe and her husband Jonathan Rowe of Waterford, CT; and her daughter Aimee Sevilla Ow and her husband Richard Ow of Kirkland, WA. She also leaves behind her five grandchildren, Samantha Sevilla, Nathaniel Rowe, Jessica Sevilla, Amanda Rowe and Tristan Ow. Alita was predeceased by her sister Asuncion Reyes and she is survived by her sister Acela Zurbano.

Alita had a zest for life and an unwavering faith in God. She loved to cook, garden, and create arts and crafts. She enjoyed fishing, watching Yankee baseball games, going to church daily and walking at the Niantic boardwalk and McCook park beach with her husband. She loved selecting thoughtful gifts for grandchildren and even her adult children. She was a gregarious and welcoming spirit who offered meals, snacks and treats to everyone--even the UPS guy. She was especially passionate about spreading health and nutrition advice to everyone who she felt might need it. Alita was “Lola” to everyone and will be greatly missed.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, January 31st from 5:00-7:00 pm at Thomas Neilan & Sons Funeral Home at 12 Ocean Avenue in New London, CT. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 1st at 11:00 am at Saint Agnes Church at 22 Haigh Avenue in Niantic, CT. Interment will be at Saint Mary Cemetery in New London, CT immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Alita's memory may be sent to St. Agnes Church at 22 Haigh Avenue, Niantic, CT 06357 or to the ALS Association.

Condolence messages may be left on Alita's memorial page at





Calling Hours
Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home
12 Ocean Avenue
New London, CT US 06320
Friday, January 31, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Mass of Christian Burial
St. Agnes Church
22 Haigh Ave.
Niantic , Connecticut United States 06357
Saturday, February 1, 2020
11:00 AM

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