Magdalena (Maggie) Gasmen Bae, was born on June 18,1938, on the Big Island of Hawaii and raised in Wainako (Hilo, Hawaii). Her parents were Bonifacio Tierra Gasmen and Elna Cadalzo Gasmen, they both came over to work for the sugar plantations looking for a better way of life. Maggie had eight siblings, Moncho Gasmen, Lisa Rapisura, Carmen Fajota, Francis Abbatuan, Joe Gasmen, Veronica Castelo, Alex Gasmen and Erlinda Castelo, (5) are still with us, Moncho's in Maui and Francis, Joe, Veronica and Erlinda all reside on Oahu.
They moved to Pearl City, Territory of Hawaii in 1947, growing up most of her youth on Oahu, she was a graduate from Farrington High School in 1956 and in 1957, was married to Benjamin Bella Bae, son of Guillermo Bae and Ana Bella (Bae). She married a Navy (Sailor) and traveled to many U.S. ports on the mainland and other countries (Okinawa). In 1957, she gave birth to Benjamin Bella Bae Jr. (Cindy), then in 1958, their second child arrived, (late) Turhan Guillermo Bae (Ann) and in 1963, their third and last was Byron Gasmen Bae. Raising her children and taking care of her family was her priority in her life and thought of everyone around her first, before doing things for herself. Grandmother of (9) grandchildren, Theresa Bae, Tiffany Helekahi (Eddie), Courtney Bae Natasha Tom (Brandon), TJ Bae (Claudeen), Christian Bae, Trini Bae, Kiarra Bae and Chasity Bae and a great grandmother of (4), Lexie bae, Selah Tom, Hawea Tom and Mia bae. Also, a pet lover, her last four legged friend "Mojo" aka MJ, was a part of her Ohana too!
She loved to cook for everyone and was known for many of her dishes that she learned for all that came before her, especially known for her delicious "LUMPIAS". Whenever we had any types of gatherings at her house or anyone's home, it was her mission to ensure that everyone at the gathering ate her dishes she prepared and if you didn't eat. She'll make sure that you had a plate to take home. She loved to cook for everyone, especially her family, she would always prepare special dishes for her late sisters. Lisa and Carmen and many other friends and relatives to cheer them up, when they are not feeling so well. It made her happy to see others happy as well.
She loved her husband, children and all her Ohana. Maggie and Ben, would frequent the ninth island (Las Vegas), prior to their retirement from the Pearl harbor Naval Shipyard. After her retirement in the 1990's, she continued to work at various establishments and eventually made her last career stop and landed a position that she had held for 15 years, with "Tanioka's" Maggie enjoyed working and making people happy. Once, she had her second retirement, Las Vegas was visited on multiple occasions and never ever got enough of Vegas! Although she wasn't a frequent "winner", it didn't stop her from being a frequent visitor to "The Cal". Maggie made so many life long relationships with many people there and would always bring something from Hawaii to give all of her friends in Vegas. She loved to play Black Jack and the Slots. After the passing of the late husband (Ben) on December 25, 2019, she had many more trips with her sisters and will always be with us all when we go to the ninth island and bring luck to all that loved her!
She'll always be remembered for her enormously kind heart and unbelievable generosity, Maggie will be deeply missed and will never be forgotten, by all who truly loved her!
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