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August 31, 1935 ~ October 13, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old
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Cacilia (nee Schropfer) Lozaga, 88 years, of Browns Mills, NJ peacefully passed away at home on October 13, 2023, after a brief illness.
Cacilia was born on August 31, 1935 to Maria and Karl Schropfer in Nimvorgut, Czecho - Slovakian Republic. As a child in World War II, her family was forced to relocate to Germany. Her last residence before emigrating to the United States in 1963 was Schwetzingen in the German Democratic Republic formerly referred to as West Germany.
In 1954, she met a very handsome and kind American serviceman, Bony Lozaga. They fell in love and married. Bony was originally from the Philippines and had also served in WWII and was a decorated surviving soldier of the Death March to Bataan and O’Donnell Prison Camp. They both shared incredibly moving and often humorous stories of their lives during the war and immediately after.
On November 11, 1955, they gave birth to their first son Bonifatius A. Lozaga. On August 30, 1956, they gave birth to their second son, Melchior Lozaga. Cacilia was a loving and dedicated mother who always adored and looked-out for her boys.
Looking to build a whole new life, Bony and Cacilia moved to the United States in 1963. They were first stationed in Fort Dix, NJ. Through hard work and perseverance, in 1966 they bought their very first brand new home in which Cacilia and Bony both happily resided until death.
Cacilia was an excellent homemaker, mother, wife, grandmother, daughter, sister, mother-in-law and friend. Her home was immaculate but was always a welcoming space for everyone she knew. For many years, she and her German friends held a weekly kaffeeklatsch (coffee klatch) speaking in German, eating German food and remembering all of the good times gone by.
Cacilia was known for cooking delicious food – German, Filipino, American cuisine – it didn’t matter, whatever she made was a mouth-watering delight. Her schnitzel, creamed spinach and potatoes was a frequently requested meal – that schnitzel was second to none! She was also an accomplished baker, who made a blueberry cake that was requested at all family functions!
As a grandmother and Oma, Cacilia excelled. Her grandchildren were indulged and loved to the nth degree. She would always make them their favorite foods, take them out for fast food and movies, buy them what they wanted, attend their school events and have fun sleep overs. When the great grandchildren came along, she never failed to bring them gummy bears, chocolate and/or a twenty-dollar bill. They always knew Oma was thinking of them and loved them.
Cacilia was impeccably dressed, with beautiful hair and a friendly smile. She loved her friends and family and filled her home with warmth and kindness. We will miss her greatly.
Cacilia was preceded in death by her dear husband, Bony Lozaga; father, Karl Schropfer; mother Maria Perschka; brother Vincenz Schropfer; sister Anna Ahne; brother Josef Schropfer; sister Maria Hoffman; and sister Hildegard Kohler.
She is survived by her brother Franz Schropfer (Heidi); Son Bonifatius Lozaga (Susan – children Tara Brzdek, Jessica Gregory, Zachary Lozaga); Son Melchior Lozaga (Monica – children Christopher Lozaga, Andrew Lozaga, Brittany Temple); Grandsons by marriage – Steve Brzdek, Jamie Gregory; Granddaughters by marriage – Caitlin Lozaga; Great Grandchildren – McKenzie Cook, Chloe Brzdek, Owen Brzdek, Zara Lozaga, Zen Lozaga, Gavin Temple, Madison Temple, Melissa Lozaga, Cora Lozaga, Emory Lozaga and Axel Lozaga. She is also survived by her husband’s children from a previous marriage, who she also loved, son Bonifacio (Philippines), daughter Ouring and son Rodrigo (Canada) their spouses, children, grandchildren and great – grandchildren.
There will be visitation for close family and friends on Monday, October 23, 2023 from 2 pm to 4 pm at The Lankenau Funeral Home, 31 Elizabeth Street, Pemberton, NJ 08068 followed by a Memorial Service for Cacilia at 4 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Cacilia’s name to Compass Regional Hospice https://compassregional hospice.org/how-to-help/donate.html