Sally Penalosa-Wilson of Montauk, a bookkeeper by trade who emigrated from the Philippines in 1986, died on Feb. 12 at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City of breast cancer. She was 76.
Mrs. Penalosa-Wilson’s daughter Cecy Wilson of Yonkers said her mother was known for her hula dancing. “She loved life. She loved to entertain. She had many friends, and they all knew her for her hula.”
She was born in the Philippines on May 26, 1936, a daughter of Hugo Penalosa and the former Clariza Montragon. She grew up there and attended the Colegio Santa Rita. She moved to Yonkers in 1986. There she met her future husband, Kenneth J. Wilson, while playing tennis. Tennis was a passion, her daughter said.
She had worked in banking in the Philippines, and worked for her husband as a bookkeeper. The couple bought the Oceanside Beach Resort in Montauk, sold it, and then bought Fisher’s Cottages on East Lake Drive, also in Montauk. Cecy Wilson said her mother thrived at the cottages. “Montauk was her love. She loved the beach.” Mr. Wilson died late last year.
In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Penalosa-Wilson is survived by a stepdaughter, Kim Heller of New Jersey, a sister, Aida Penalosa, and her brothers Ernesto and Carlos Penalosa. She also leaves seven grandchildren.
A funeral service was held at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic in Montauk on Saturday. Father Michael Rieder officiated. Burial followed at Fort Hill Cemetery in Montauk.