Linda Cabreza Zaballa-Mazo passed away at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center at S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, Nevada, on September 9, 2023 from complications after suffering from hemorrhagic stroke almost a year ago. She was 61.
Linda is survived by her husband, Jeremiah ‘Jerry’ Cuisia Mazo and
Siblings: Ma. Corazon C. Zaballa,
Ronald C. Zaballa (Ma. Assunta Limpin),
Roberto ‘Obet’ Antonio C. Zaballa (Ma. Carla Delfin),
Rene C. Zaballa (Ma. Sheila Theresa Hortaleza), and,
Arlene Zaballa-Calisterio (Francisco Calisterio),
Aunts: Amelita Cabreza-Cepeda, Consuelo Zaballa-Arcigal and Eufrosina Z. Zaballa.
Plus many cousins, nephews, nieces, grand-nieces/nephews (Cabreza, Cepeda, Javier, Conty, Caballero).
Linda was born in the Philippines on August 15, 1962, into a musically inclined family. They were among the first batch of the UP Cherubim and Seraphim under Prof. Flora Zarco Rivera. She was also a member of the High School Glee Club, graduating HS from Trinity College of Quezon City in 1979. In 1981, while in college at the UP Asian Institute of Tourism, she joined the Philippine Madrigal Singers led by Prof. Andrea O. Veneracion. Linda was a member of the Philippine Madrigal Singers from 1981 to 1988. It was during this stint that she met Jerry, also a member of the choir.
Jerry and Linda married in 1989 and moved to Sweden where Jelin was born. In 1994, after Jerry’s graduation, they decided to move and settle down in the USA. In NYC, they both worked as financial advisors at the World Financial Group and joined the NY Consort, composed of friends and alumni of The Philippine Madrigal Singers living in the New Jersey and New York area. The family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2003.
While holding steady jobs through the years, Linda continued to play the piano for different churches (including Lamb of God Lutheran Church) and teaching different church choirs in Las Vegas. The family found their church home at the Trinity United Methodist Church. They started out as members of the choir until Linda became the church accompanist/pianist and children’s choir director. In 2015, Linda assumed the position of Musical Director. In 2021, she also became the Administrative Assistant to Pastor Jennifer Hageman with all the church’s function including the Society of St. Stephen, an agency of the Feed America program. It was during a church service in 2022, while playing the piano, that she suffered a stroke.
She was preceded by her parents,
Eriberto Zalameda Zaballa, Jr. and Norma Celestina Cabreira Cabreza,
siblings Lina Cabreza Samonte-Javier, Alma Cabreza Samonte-Conty and Mary Josephine Cabreza Zaballa.
A celebration of life in her memory will be held at the
Trinity United Methodist Church, 6151 W Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89146 on September 30, 2023 at 10:00AM (Pacific/West Coast Time) with Pastor Jennifer Hageman officiating.
Davis Funeral Homes and Memorial Park at 6200 S Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89119 handled all details of the cremation process.