- 89 years old
- Date of birth: Jul 12, 1926
- Place of birth:
Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
- Date of passing: Dec 31, 2015
- Place of passing:
South Gate, California, United States
|We were blessed in sharing Dad's vibrant life journey driven by his love for Mom, his devotion to his children, and a tremendous work ethic. Let us continue to embrace and honor his amazing legacy as we commemorate the anniversary of his 90th birthday.|
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Antelmo Lopez, 89, born on July 12, 1926 and passed away on December 31, 2015. Antelmo Santini was his birth name, but he was raised and adopted by his maternal uncle, Santos Lopez, and his wife, Socorro. Dad, Tata and Nana lived in Guadalupe, a small town outside of Juarez, but eventually crossed the border into the USA. Their next stop was White Sands, New Mexico, where Tata worked on the railroad. They moved on to Monrovia, CA and ended up in East Los Angeles, buying some property at 517 S. Soto Street. Dad went to Roosevelt High School where he ran on the track team. In high school, he met the sweet Matilde Rodriguez, who attended Jefferson High School. Dad was drafted into the US Army and entered right after his high school graduation. He served two years assigned to the Phillipines at the end of WW II. Upon his return, Mom and Dad married at St Joseph Church in Los Angeles on April 19, 1947. Soon, Mom became pregnant with David, and over the next 16 years, she gave birth to Sue, Danny, Jim, Victor, Albert, Terri and Tony. With sheer grit and determination, Dad established his upholstery shop in South Gate, Garfield Upholstery, and was an incredibly successful businessman. In addition, Dad was very active in coaching sports at South Gate Park for all of his sons. During his lifetime, Dad had been blessed with 17 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Most importantly, Dad had the most wonderful loving, supportive and patient wife, as Mom was his "rock." Dad was the embodiment of the American Dream, and we are all so blessed to be the beneficiaries of his incredible life journey.
"It breaks my heart to find that your father has passed. Please accept my condolences.
I only remember the fun times we had when you all used to visit us in
El Paso. Your dad was always the life of the party.
God Bless his soul and God Bless your family.
Fernie Orona and Family"
""Memo" was never without an opinion. And, was usually right. There was a time that I was on the outs with my mother and Al stepped in with some very good fatherly advice it worked. I miss his dancing with Tillie."
"Sometimes I have to remind myself that you are actually gone. My random thoughts tell me that you're still busy at the shop but then reality sets in and I realize that your not. At times this thought makes me sad but at other times it brings a smile to my face. I smile because I know you were not cheated by life. You lived....really lived a long, full life.
love from son #4."
There were times when you seemed bigger than life. Then there were times when we just didn’t understand you. But the one constant, your love was always there. You told me many times, your birthday was June 26th, but we always celebrated it on July 12th. On this July 12th your 90th birthday, we know you are in God’s hands. Rest in peace. We all love you.
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