Mrs. Josefina Regino Wico Adan, R.N., B.S.N., quietly passed away on the loving arms of her husband of 58 years, Dr. Cirilo L. Adan, Jr., Colonel, United States Air Force, Retired. Josie was born in Cavite City, Republic of the Philippines on January 19, 1936 as the eldest of three siblings. Josie completed her nursing training at the University of the Philippines, Philippine General Hospital in 1955. Josie was an operating room nurse at Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America where they met in 1960.
Upon acquiring his dental degree from Marquette University School of Dentistry, Dr. Adan was accepted into the dental internship at San Antonio, Texas and from there they were stationed at an Air Force facility in Taiwan, Republic of China in 1965-1967. They traveled to the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong and Portuguese Macau, China and in Japan where the high-speed bullet train was already in service. Back to the United States, they were stationed in Edwards Air Force Base, California in 1969 and was promoted to the next higher rank as Major. It was there that their first son, Mark Francis was born. Dr. Adan was selected for graduate school at the University of Texas Dental Branch. In collaboration with the Air Force, they were transferred to San Antonio, Texas for two more years, he was awarded a Master of Science degree from University of Texas Dental Branch, Houston, for his training as a dental specialist in prosthodontics. In 1971 they were blessed by the birth of their second son, Ronald Anthony.
Following his training in San Antonio, they were assigned at Clark Air Force Base, Republic of the Philippines. He successfully completed the rigid requirements and was granted by the American Board of Prosthodontics the status of Diplomate. Every year, Dr. Adan was always one of the guest speakers at the annual meetings of the Philippine Dental Association, the various city and provincial dental societies and at the Republic of the Philippines United States Military Dentists Association consisting of the United States Navy and the Armed Forces of the Philippines Dental Service. When it was the turn for the United States Air Force at Clark, Lt Col. Adan was responsible for setting up the program and acted as a Master of Ceremonies. He was always accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Josie Adan, who helped, entertained the non-dentist spouses of the attending dentists, or even ran the slide projector, if needed. She has attended all those meetings with Dr. Adan. Those were Josefina's impeccable social skills at work.
Soon after Col.Adan's retirement in 1987, he continued his career as an independent contractor dentist. Having complete control of his work schedule, he had Josie on his payroll. He took Josie on three ocean cruises, namely, Mediterranean, Scandinavian, Black Sea-Holy Land, along with many close friends and relatives; truly enjoyable and memorable.
Josie' most important achievement was, as a fulltime housewife, the raising of our two sons, Mark Francis and Ronald Anthony. Josie's hobbies included flower gardening, dancing, cooking and her involvement with the Officers' Wives Club at the different assignments, lastly, Vandenberg Air Force Base. As a breast cancer survivor, she generously shared her advice and experience to other women who had this life-threatening affliction.
The family would like to thank the Central Coast Home Health and Hospice. Closed coffin and visitation by immediate family only followed by cremation at Starbuck-Lind Mortuary, Lompoc, California.