Dr Domingo Palino Villareal 1931-2021 | News, Sports, Jobs
WARREN – Dr. Domingo Palino Villareal passed away at his home on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. He was 90 years old.
Named for his birthday on Sunday March 29, 1931, Domingo was the youngest son of Primitiva Palino and Ciriaco Villareal.
Domingo, like others of his generation, grew up in the shadow of the invasion of the Philippines during World War II, which interrupted his schooling and youth in Sariaya, Quezon Province, Philippines. Both of her parents died during her childhood. Nevertheless, he dreamed of traveling to the United States and becoming a doctor. Her family made her understand the importance of education. With encouragement from his older siblings, Domingo worked diligently to complete his education. The support of his brother, Lino, and his sisters, Pacita and Fely, was essential for him to obtain his MD from Far Eastern University in 1957.
Dr. Villareal continued his career in the United States, moving to Youngstown and working at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. There he meets his future wife, a nursing student, Mary Helen Chamer. The two married in 1961 and moved to Cleveland, where they worked at St. Vincent Charity Hospital. The couple then moved to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where they were at the Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur. The family returned to the Youngstown-Warren area in 1966.
Domingo spent the next third of his life supporting his family of four and working as an anesthesiologist. From 1967 to 1997, he served patients and colleagues at St. Joseph Riverside Hospital. As a Catholic, he attended weekly mass in Roman and Byzantine traditions. He recharged himself with devotional activities such as driving for annual pilgrimages to the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré basilica near Quebec.
Domingo was known for his gentle and kind disposition, generous smile and open heart. Domingo’s hobbies included gardening, board games, sports and, during his retirement, swimming at the YMCA and golf.
He was grateful for the affection of his nieces and nephews and enjoyed spending vacations with his brother-in-law’s family: Michael and Rexie Chamer with Rexie Michelle (Matuo Gemeo), Rechael (Tom Nagle) and their children Liam, Helena and Kristof.
Domingo is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Mary Helen, and their four children, Donna (Steve Grill), James (Catherine Schafer), David (Rene Flores) and Brian with his dogs. Domingo was proud to see his four grandchildren grow up to adulthood: Sarah Villareal, Erin Villareal, Jonathan David Villareal and Paul Grill.
The Villareal family would like to recognize Dr Richard Hart and Dr David Fredericka for working with Domingo to manage his physical health during his later years. They appreciate the quality service and personal care received from many people, especially Laura with Dr. Roberto Bacani at the Youngstown Warren Home Dialysis Center.
Dr Villareal enjoyed volunteering and, in retirement, traveled with a team to Haiti to provide medical care after the 1998 hurricanes. Instead of flowers in memory of Dr Villareal, the family encourages donations and volunteering for a preferred service organization.
Family and friends can meet from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 14, 2021 at St. Roberts Church, 4659 Niles-Cortland Road, Cortland, OH 44410.
A Christian funeral mass will be celebrated with the Rev. Carl Kish, cousin of the family, at 10:30 am
Interment will be in All Souls Cemetery.
Arrangements in the professional care of Peter Rossi Memorial Chapel, Warren.
Family and friends can visit www.peterrossiandsonfh.com to view this obituary, sign the guestbook, and send their condolences to the family.