Ted M. Gabales was born on July 11, 1934 in Del Carbon, 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 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 his high school sweetheart, Judith Paiste, on July 21, 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 Dept. of Corrections and worked at Folsom for some time. He eventually worked for California Youth Authority as a culinary arts instructor. During this time he also taught baking at Delta College.
Ted and his family were strong members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Stockton.
In 1986 Judith passed away from cancer. In July 1989 Ted married Rosemary Serna and they lived in Sacramento as it was closer to his work at Folsom State Prison. In 1999 Rosemary passed away from cancer and Ted moved back to Stockton. By this time he was the culinary arts instructor at CYA in Stockton. In June 2001, Ted married Sue Simmons. They lived in Manteca. He retired in July 2002.
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 August 6, 2015 due to complication from diabetes, heart failure and renal failure. His faith was strong to the end.
Ted is survived by his wife, Sue; his children, Ted, Paul and (Sabrina), Siena and (Gary Chin), David and (Gina), and Mele. He has ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Becky (Garcia) Organo and Aurora (Gabales) Rico. Also his father-in-law, Don Simmons and Sue’s children; Shannon Jackson Elmlinger and Stuart Jackson. He is predeceased by his first two wives and 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.
Rosary/vigil will be on Monday, August 17, 2015 at 5 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Church. Mass will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 505 E. North St., Manteca, CA. Private internment will be at a later date at the Stockton Catholic Cemetery, on Harding Way. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity, the American Heart Association or the National Kidney Foundation.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Thursday, August 13, 2015