A memorial service will be held on Saturday for the mayor of Duarte, Pro Tem Tzeitel Paras-Caracci, who died last month following a nearly three-year battle with lung cancer. Paras-Caracci died June 25 at age 49.
A crowd of elected officials, friends, relatives and Duarte residents are expected at the memorial, which will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Duarte Community Center, 1600 Huntington Drive. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m.
Among those present are members of the Duarte City Council; Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-El Monte; and Sen. Anthony Portantino, D-Glendale.
Paras-Caracci was first elected to the council in 2001. She was the first Filipino-American to be elected to the Duarte City Council and the first graduate of Duarte High School. She was mayor in 2006, 2011, 2015 and 2019.
Paras-Caracci has also served as a member of the National League of Cities Board of Directors, the California League of Cities Board of Directors, and Chairman of the Asia-Pacific American City Officials. She has also served as Director of Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, Board Member of Foothill Transit, and Board Member of the Duarte Community Coordinating Council.
“We have suffered a tremendous loss in our town and I am deeply saddened as Tzeitel was an extremely able member of our council, as well as a great personal friend to me and many others,” Mayor Margaret said. Finlay announcing it. died last month. “Her smile and energy were contagious, and it was an honor to serve on the board with her.
Born August 8, 1972, in Quezon City, Philippines, and named after the eldest daughter in the Broadway musical, “Fiddler on the Roof,” Paras-Caracci and her family moved to Los Angeles in 1975 and Duarte in 1985. She graduated from Duarte High School in 1989 and from Woodbury University in Burbank.
Paras-Caracci died at home surrounded by her family, Finlay said.
She is survived by her parents, Lino and Russel Paras, her husband, KC Caracci, her daughter-in-law, Dr. Blake Caracci, and their son, Jack Russell, and her brothers Bertrand and John Paul George.