Visitation for Apolonia S. Rilloraza, 93, of Palatine, will be from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly, 80 W. Northwest Highway, Palatine, IL 60067. Attendees are kindly required to observe the proper safety protocol. A Funeral Mass will be privately said on Monday, October 18, 2021.
Apolonia passed on peacefully on Sunday, October 10, 2021. She was born on March 8, 1928 in Cavite, Philippines to Pedro Saulog and Benedicta Marcial. She married Rodolfo T. Rilloraza who preceded her in death in 2011.
Her interests and hobbies included dressmaking, tailoring, crocheting, embroidery, arts/crafts like origami, and cooking Filipino dishes.
For 14 years Polly, as she was fondly called by her co-workers and friends worked at the St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly in Palatine, IL which is operated by the Little Sisters of the Poor. Upon retirement, she served as a volunteer at the same nursing home facility. Her dedication for helping the residents suited her servant heart.
Apolonia was first and foremost a devoted and loving mother. She treasured her eight children and instilled in them strong values. Despite the many challenges, she and her spouse-Rodolfo provided all of them with college education.
She is survived by her children, Rolando (Julieta) Rilloraza, Arch. Rodolfo (Mary Anne) Rilloraza, Jr., Ramonchito (Annabelle) Rilloraza, Ruby Rilloraza, RN, Dr. Rosemarie Lugtu, Dr. Rosauro Rilloraza, Arch. Rowena Rilloraza and Artist Ruel Rilloraza; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Emiliano (Emma) Saulog, Cecilia Saulog, Teofilo (Gloria) Saulog, Remigio (Vivian) Saulog, and Pete (Isabelita) Saulog. All of the aforementioned family members she loved and touched deeply.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Conrado Saulog and Felimon Saulog.