Ted M. Gabales
Ted M. Gabales was born on July 11, 1934, in Colorado to Meliton and Margaret (Trujillo) Gabales. He spent his first few years growing up in the mining towns of Colorado. In 1942, the family moved to California, as work in the mines was so unhealthy for his father.
The family settled in Stockton, Calif., and Ted went to school there, graduating from Stockton College in 1952. He enjoyed his high school years along with many sports such as football, basketball, track and baseball.
Ted’s parents moved to San Francisco but he stayed in Stockton. He married Judith Paiste in 1956, shortly after the passing of his father. This marriage was blessed with six children: Ted Jr., Paul, Siena, David, Philip and Mele.
Ted became an apprentice baker in 1958. He learned his profession well and was bakery manager at Safeway, Albertson’s and other bakeries. In 1984, he became a baker for the Department of Corrections and worked at Folsom State Prison for some time. He eventually worked for the California Youth Authority in Stockton as a culinary arts instructor. During this time, he also taught baking at Delta College. He retired in July 2002.
In 1986, Judith passed away. In July 1989, Ted married Rosemary Serna. In 1999 Rosemary passed away. In June 2001, Ted married Susan Simmons. They lived in Manteca, Calif.
Ted’s great love for his family and friends was well known. His grandchildren were a great joy to him. Everyone knew how much he loved children.
Ted passed away on Aug. 6, 2015, in Manteca. He raised his family in the Catholic faith and his faith was strong to the end.
Ted is survived by his wife, Sue; his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his sisters, Becky (Garcia) Organo and Aurora (Gabales) Rico; his father-in-law, Don Simmons; and Sue’s children, Shannon Jackson Elmlinger and Stuart Jackson. He was preceded in death by his first two wives; his son, Philip Gabales; his parents, Meliton and Margaret Gabales; his brothers, Ramon, Thomas and Gilbert Garcia and Anthony Gabales; his sister, Lucy (Garcia) Pillado; his mother-in-law, Irene Simmons; and his brother-in-law, Donald Simmons.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, in the activity room of The Cambridge Assisted Living facility, 301 H St. S.W. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Quincy Valley Historical Society & Museum.