Clavelina “Lee” Quidangen Sarmiento, of Fort Washington, MD, passed away on August 3, 2021 after a brief illness.
Cavelina was born in San Marcelino, Zambales, Philippines on October 26, 1934. In 1946, she moved to Washington, DC with her parents Melchor and Felixberta Quidangen, as one of the early Filipino families who settled in the Washington area. She graduated from Anacostia High School in 1953 and George Washington University in 1958. Clavelina taught home economics for various Prince George’s County public schools for 30 years and was a longtime parishioner of St. Columba Catholic Church in Oxon Hill, MD. Clavelina loved to see new places and travel the world — from the Caribbean to Austria to Egypt to Israel to Hawaii, and everywhere in between.
Beloved wife for 61 years to Pedro “Pete” D. Sarmiento; she is cherished mother of Minda (Kurt Wehrs) Sarmiento of Austin, TX; and devoted grandmother of Brianna Wehrs of Boston, MA and Peter “Wyeth” Wehrs of Tucson, AZ. Clavelina is also survived by two brothers-in-law Tony (Janet Silva) Sarmiento and Mike (Ino) Sarmiento; two sisters-in-law Helen Bandong and Maria Sarmiento; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, and colleagues. In lieu of flowers, contributions to honor her memory can be made to St. Columba School Education Fund (7800 Livingston Road, Oxon Hill, MD 20745). Clavelina will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.