Gilbert A. Alcala

September 1, 1919October 30, 2012

Gilbert A. Alcala, born and raised in San Antonio, TX., went to be with our Lord on October 30, 2012 at the age of 93. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Frances M. Alcala, daughter Virginia Sanchez, parents Victorio and Maria Alcala, sisters Alvina Bustos and Consuelo Alcala, brothers Jesus Alcala and Daniel Alcala. Mr. Alcala served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII in the Pacific. He was self-employed as a Barber for over 53 years and retired in October of 1999. He is survived by his sister Mary Larralde, children Sarah A. Curiel and husband Alfred G., Esther Rieder and husband Jerry, Patsy A. Ybarra and husband Nick, Helen M. Sanchez and husband David, Beatrice Salinas, Gilbert M. Alcala and wife Mary Alice, 9 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. As a caregiver for her father, Gilbert A. Alcala, Sarah A. Curiel and her husband Alfred would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Heartland Hospice and to the staff at Emeritus at Lincoln Heights Rehab and Nursing for their compassionate and loving care of Mr. Alcala. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at Roy Akers Funeral Home. The funeral procession will depart the funeral home at 9:30 am on Friday, November 2, 2012 to St. Stephen’s Catholic Church for a 10:00 am Mass of Resurrection. Interment to follow at San Fernando Cemetery II. Please visit for online tributes.


  • Rosary Thursday, November 1, 2012
  • Funeral Mass Friday, November 2, 2012

Gilbert A. Alcala

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Jerry Rieder

December 24, 2012

Gilbert, you were more like a Father to me than a Father-In-Law!
Love Your Son-In-Law,
Jerry L Rieder

Senator Leticia Van de Putte

November 8, 2012

Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved. There are never any right words to express how deeply sad I am for the pain your family is enduring at this difficult time.

As Chair of the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations, I am sincerely thankful for his valiant service in defense of our rights and freedom.

His commitment to family, friends, our community, and to serving our great nation leaves a wonderful legacy. May the love and the wonderful memories you shared with him help you when you need it most. He will never be forgotten, and your family will be remembered in my prayers.

Luis and Grace Luna

November 2, 2012

Our sincerest condolences to the Alcala Family, you will be in our prayers

Patricia Rico-Fautt

November 2, 2012

Dear Family,
Our deepest Condolences go out to your Family. My fondest memories will always be a part of my heart.

Angela Reyes

November 2, 2012

My deepest condolences,to the entire family.
My fond memories will always be with me.
Love Angela Reyes

Rachel Yanez

November 2, 2012

Dear Alcala cousins,
My heart goes out to you for I too know how it feels to lose both parents; please accept my condolences.
It has been far too many years and still remember house parties hosted by your parents. All the Alcala siblings and kids would be over for a bbq and we'd watch your latest vacation movies; fond memories.
With time, the pain you are feeling will ease a bit and you'll once again smile when you remember something your dad said or did or, you're all sitting around reminiscing and suddenly you start'll have begun the road to acceptance and will all be okay.
He is now with lots of family (my mom, Chelo, included) and they, along w/Frances, will all keep an eye on you from up above.
Many hugs from a long lost cousin...Rachel Yanez

J.R, Jessica, Nathan, Miranda and Matthew Lopez

November 1, 2012

Grandpa you will be greatly missed. We love you so much! I will always remember your smiles I brought to you when went to Disneyland so many times and many vacations. Grandpa I'm so blessed to be able to give you 3 great grandchildren you loved so much. I'm glad my children made you smile. Aunt Sarah and uncle al thank you so much for taking care of grandpa. He lived to a beautiful 93 years old because of you all. You will always treasure the memories you had with him when he was alive and well. I know your happy to be with grandma and Virginia grandpa. We will meet again grandpa, luv you!

Rita De Luna Martinez

November 1, 2012

Dear Sarah & Al: Our deepest condolences to you and your family. May God's peace be with all of you. Rita De Luna Martinez

Raul Alanis

November 1, 2012

My sincerest condolences to the Alcala family. My father Pablo worked for your dad in the early 50's and remained friends for years. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Juan Lugo

November 1, 2012

Our heartfelt condolences to the Alcala family on their loss. Our thoughts and prayers wil be with you. Blessings to Al and Sarah Curiel as well as the rest of the family.