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    Sister Charito Ungson, S.S.S.

    Gary Alvarez

    by Gary Alvarez

    She was the youngest of the three Aunties in the Ungson tribe whom we addressed as "Auntie Madre". And although this daughter of St. Julian Eymard wore no veil (it wasn't her "habit"), she wore many hats in her colorful lifetime. Missionary, Mother Superior, Teacher, Retreat Master, Lecturer, Counselor, and Consultant. But to her family -- brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews, she wore other hats as well -- Joker, Mediator, Yaya, Financier, Crone, Crony, Heretic, Iconoclast, and Partner-in-Crime. She was also one excellent Canasta player. Auntie Charito leaves behind an enduring legacy of the heart, and to be hugged by her was like being embraced by Mary Herself (and who knew Mary could play Mahjong so well?) Good-bye, most esteemed and utterly uncowled Nun-Aunt -- I will miss our letter-writing, and the gift of your presence. Watch over us from heaven, today and always!