Erlinda "Linda" Punsalan

July 01, 1943 - March 18, 2021

Erlinda Punsalan

Erlinda “Linda” Punsalan, 77, of Conroe, died Thursday, March 18, 2021, at Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston. She was born July 1, 1943, in Lipa Batangas, Philippines, to Leonora Talag Roxas and Pedro Manalo Roxas.

Linda graduated from the University of Santo Thomas, Philippines in 1968 with a Doctorate of Medicine. After she passed the medical entrance exam, she moved with her husband to the United States. Her first appointment was at Grant Hospital, Chicago, where she eventually continued to specialize in pediatrics.

In 1980, she and her family moved to Texas. After a brief stay in Denton, they relocated to Port Arthur where she and her husband opened The Children’s Clinic on 9th Avenue. Linda served as a pediatrician to the Golden Triangle for over thirty years at The Children’s Clinic.

In the early 1990’s, she assisted in establishing a weekly Catholic Bible study in her home with the help of other Filipino community members. Linda’s faith, love, and service to Christ was paramount. The prayer group, which has now been established for over thirty years, continues to meet to this day to be a source of faith, strength, and fellowship to its members.

In 2003, Linda began her volunteer work with a Catholic ministry called Gawad Kalinga (translated in English – “To Give Care”) which helps build homes for the poorest of the poor in various areas of the Philippines. In 2005, she was named the Southwest USA Regional Director of Gawad Kalinga, during which time she and the other Gawad Kalinga members from Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma raised over one million dollars to build homes for the poor.

Linda was also a member of the Medical Surgical Mission of Texas which traveled to the Philippines annually to give free medical care and surgeries to patients in need. More recently, in the past four years, she worked with Dr. Jim Sanchez in his ministry, Hospital on Wheels, in the Philippines which also gives free medical care to the less fortunate.

Linda retired from full-time practice in 2012. Since then, she has enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and friends, as well as, traveling. She enjoyed visiting the Holy Land twice and went on several pilgrimages.

Survivors include her husband, Philip Punsalan, of Conroe; children, Leonora Tricia Punsalan and husband, Jon Hung Mai, of Conroe and David Troy Punsalan and wife, Mini Zhang, of Lake Oswego, Oregon; grandchildren, Christian Samuel Mai and Conor, Ocean, and Ethan Punsalan; siblings; Oscar Roxas; Perlita Depakakibo; Chona Reyes; Carmencita Roxas; and Cora Nielson; and numerous extended family members.

She is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Rose Roxas.

A Rosary will be recited at 5:00 p.m., with a gathering of Mrs. Punsalan’s family and friends to follow until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, March 21, 2021, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 22, 2021, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 211 Hardy Avenue, Nederland. Her committal will be held at Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospital on Wheels, RP Healthcraft Carrier Foundation Inc., c/o Dr. Juan “Jim” Sanchez, Room 402, Pacific Century Tower, 1472 Quezon Avenue, Barangay South Triangle, Quezon City 1103, Philippines.

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Video

Rosary
Broussard's Mortuary - Nederland
505 N 12th Street Nederland, TX 77627
Sunday, March 21, 2021
5:00 p.m.
Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - Nederland
505 N 12th Street Nederland, TX 77627
Sunday, March 21, 2021
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Funeral Mass
St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
211 Hardy Nederland, TX 77627
Monday, March 22, 2021
2:00 p.m.
Committal
Broussard's Crematorium
5150 Stivers Street Beaumont, TX 77705

Comments (11)

  • Ramon A Solis

    24 March 2021 at 19:46 | #

    Angel I will keep her in our prayers, along with Phillip.

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  • Denay Peña

    24 March 2021 at 01:50 | #

    From the Peña family,
    Dr. Punsalan was an amazing women, you could put your own heart in her hand and she would cherish it and care for it as the most expensive piece of art. She continues to inspire our family to serve our community but most importantly God. She was a flower that brought peace to anxious hearts and she will forever remain in our hearts. We give our condolences to the family.

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  • Ben Junot

    23 March 2021 at 03:01 | #

    Dr. Pansulan was my pediatrician from the 80’s into the 90’s, and I can still hear her voice! She was always so warm, kind, gentle, and sweet. She had such an infectious laugh and smile, and I always remember being glad to see her. She was an angel on earth, and now an angel above. My condolences to her family. I hope they are able to smile knowing how many countless lives she touched in her lifetime.

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  • priscilla Martin

    23 March 2021 at 01:56 | #

    Dr. Punsalan will be greatly missed she was an awesome pediatrician to my kids.. We feel blessed to have known her. Our condolences to her family.. Rest in peace Dr. Punsalan

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  • Stephanie Mathis

    22 March 2021 at 23:51 | #

    Dr. Punsalan was my pediatrician in the early 80’s. I was shocked and saddened to hear of her passing. She was a special lady. My deepest sympathy goes out to her family. Heaven definitely gained an angel. Rest In Peace.

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  • Belen Espiritu & Family

    21 March 2021 at 21:26 | #

    Our heartfelt condolences to the Punsalan family. We wish you comfort and peace!

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  • Rene and Joyce Manuel

    21 March 2021 at 14:41 | #

    Tita Linda will always be in the hearts of all those blessed to have met her. Our sincere condolences to the Punsalan family. Thank you for sharing her to us.

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  • Honeychile (Honey) ANDRES Benitez/ Hill. Benitez

    21 March 2021 at 05:28 | #

    Our deepest Condolences to the whole family. May we have brought comfort during our visit., knowing that she have touched so many lives. In so many ways.
    Prayers for all of you who grieve. The heavens have gained a beautiful Angel., May Dr. Linda Punsalan Rest In Peace. ❤️

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  • Pamela Smith

    21 March 2021 at 04:44 | #

    My heart is with you in your time of sorrow. Dr Punsalan was a wonderful woman.

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  • Pam Seymour

    21 March 2021 at 02:58 | #

    I did Doctor Punsalans hair some years ago. She was a very special and caring person. She will be missed very much. Prayers for her family and friends

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  • Bheng & Elsa Delacruz

    21 March 2021 at 01:08 | #

    Our deepest sympathy. May His perpetual light shine upon her and may her soul rest in peace.

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