In Memoriam: Pete Cambel, One of the First 16 Couples of Couples for Christ

From the family: “Pete Cambel, went to be with Jesus early this morning December 3, 2011 at 4:24am. His passing was sweet as he was surrounded by his family the night before and into the early morning, he peacefully passed in his sleep. He will be greatly missed, loved and respected forever by the countless lives he touched in his many 87 years!”

From his obituary: “Pete Cambel, age 87 of Garland, TX, passed away December 3, 2011. He was born June 19, 1924, in Santa Cruz, Philippines to Enrique & Anicia (Paelmo) Cambel. Pete met and fell in love with Fely Cabamalan. They married December 9, 1945 and together had five children. During WWII, Pete served as a military intelligence officer. In the Philippines, he owned and managed a credit bureau and in the U.S. retired as an immigration adjudicator for the INS. He was an active member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. He was a founder of Families for Christ and a co-founder of Couples for Christ; he held prayer groups while in the Philippines and at home in the United States. In his spare time he enjoyed playing tennis and was as an avid reader. Pete is survived by his brother: Feliciano. His children: Aureo Cambel, Ady Cambel, Armand Cambel and wife, Joy all of Garland; his grandchildren: Ginnie Foisset, Michael DeGuzman, Jonathan DeGuzman, Jay DeGuzman, Mary Ellen Nguyen, Ian DeGuzman, Pamela Ann Vu, Dorothy Anne Dauenhauer, Debby Cambel Ortega, and Anya Vongphakdy; and 13 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 61 years, Felicitas Cambamalan Cambel; and daughters, Celia Solis and Brenda DeGuzman.”

We have also been blessed by him as he was part of the first 16 couples of our community. He, and his family, are in our prayers.

You can read this blog post to check up on where the other couples are.