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 91st birthday.
  • 89 years old
  • Born on July 12, 1926 in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.
  • Passed away on December 31, 2015 in South Gate, California, United States.

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.

Posted by Daniel Lopez on 11th July 2018
Dear Dad, as we commemorate your “92nd birthday,” I find myself with a better understanding of the wounded nature of your soul. In reflecting on your life journey, I truly believe that God’s blessings were upon you, even in the darkest hours of your depression. I remain forever grateful for your love and support, and I will continue to pray for you. Please continue to pray for me. I love you. Your son, Danny
Posted by Pedto Aragon on 29th January 2018
Yo escribire en español no, no podria olvidar al señor lopez pues asi ke desia yo, una persona que no podia ver a nadie que le faltara algo a mi me ayudo muchisimo con su trabajo sus bromas nunca lo vi enojado conosco a todos sus hijos todos con sus mismas ideas Dios los bendiga mr. Lopez esta a lado del todo poderoso pedro un gran amig0
Posted by Jaime Lopez on 31st December 2017
Dad... 2 years went by fast.. not a day goes by that I don’t think of u. You had a tremendous impact on my life .. some of the impact involved a belt with me touching my toes and looking straight ahead.. You had to keep us kids in check... especially considering the times we were living.. the 60’s and 70’s were turbulent years.. you were just protecting ur family.. I always felt loved by you and mom.. looking back I can’t believe how fortunate I was to have you as a father. I’m happy I was able to tell you that while you were still alive. Love ❤️, Son #3... Jaime
Posted by Fernie Orona on 20th July 2016
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. Respectfully, Fernie Orona and Family
Posted by David Lopez on 12th July 2016
Dad, 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. Love, David
Posted by Victor Santini on 12th July 2016
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.
Posted by Elliot Monka on 12th July 2016
"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.

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