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Stella Galvez Obituary

Stella B. Galvez
Stella B. Galvez

April 21, 2017
Born in Riverside, CA
Resided in Gonzales, CA
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Stella B. Galvez, of Gonzales, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, April 21, 2017 with family by her side. Stella was born and raised in Riverside, California to Alejandro and Anita Breceda Bustamante.

After moving to Gonzales to live with her elder siblings, Stella met, fell in love, and married Richard S. Galvez in December 1952. Together they had three children and opened the Gonzales Exxon gas station as a family venture, enjoyed traveling cross-country, camping, dancing, and entertaining family and friends.

A longtime member of the community, Stella worked for La Gloria Elementary, served on the Gonzales City Council, was a member of the Gonzales Planning Commission, and served on the Gonzales Cemetery Board. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading, traveling, and sharing stories of her life and its lessons with family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Richard (1993), their son Richard "Dickie" (1979), her parents, and siblings.

Stella is survived by her children, Steve Galvez and Carole (Tom) Caraccioli of Gonzales, Michael (Adelle) Calvert of New Zealand, and grandchildren, Carly Caraccioli of Honolulu, Caitlyn (Zach) Caraccioli-Watkins of San Jose, Will and Zac Calvert of New Zealand.

At Stella's request, no services will be held.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations may be made to the Gonzales Volunteer Fire Department, the Hartnell College Foundation, or a local charity of your choice.


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Salinas, CA US 93901


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