OBITUARY

Luz Gonzalez Ruvalcaba

May 22, 1929April 11, 2018
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“What you learn is yours. No one can ever take that away from you.” —Luz G. Ruvalcaba

Luz Ruvalcaba born May 22, 1929 in San Bartolo on the outskirts of Tepatilán de Morelos in Jalisco, Mexico. Returned home to God on April 11, 2018. Funeral mass held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on April 20, 2018 and lain to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum in San Diego, California.

God. Family. Education. The three pillars that were the foundation for Luz’s life has been passed onto every member of her family. Devoted daughter, granddaughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and aunt, Luz’s life was filled with pain and loss but also with great joy and unbelievable triumphs.

Born to Angel Gonzalez and Carmen Torres, she was the first child to survive infancy, becoming the eldest to seven brothers and a sister. With no formal education, she taught herself to read and write in both English and Spanish. She also taught herself to sew and while other children went to school, Luz made and sold a variety of goods to help support the household. At 17, she began employment at a factory making baseballs for the American Baseball League. It was there that she met the factory owner, Esteban E. Ruvalcaba (deceased, 1999). Nine months later, they married and nine months after that, gave birth to their first daughter, Irma. Son Esteban followed in 1949. In 1950, the family moved to the United States to pursue the “American Dream,” settling in San Diego. Their second daughter, Sally (deceased, 2011) was born in 1951 and their youngest, Sylvia, followed in 1961.

Wanting the best education and a home to call their own, Luz eventually sought employment, becoming a seamstress with Ratner’s Clothiers. The added income insured that her children could all attend private Catholic School and would allow the family, with her fierce persistence, to purchase a large family home and to acquire rental properties for future income.

Luz is survived by her daughter, Irma Arambula (Tony); son Esteban Ruvalcaba (Margaret); daughter Sylvia Ruvalcaba; grandchildren Anita Arambula, Barbara Crum (Jason), Catherine Arambula (Troy), Deborah Archambeau, Elizabeth Arambula (Nicole); great grandson Michael Arambula (Rosemary); brothers Salvador Gonzalez and family, Leopoldo Gonzalez and family, Jose Gonzalez and family, and Benjamin Gonzalez and family.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, April 19, 2018
  • Rosary Thursday, April 19, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Friday, April 20, 2018
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The AGHA FAMILY

April 19, 2018

Many thoughts and prayers to Catherine Arambula and her blessed family. May her spirit continue to shine through all of us.
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Catherine Arambula

April 17, 2018

So blessed to have God give me Grams - the best Grandmother one could hope for. She was so loving and her faith was so strong, it gave her so much strength to be such a powerhouse. Favorite memories - being one of her PANCAKES, sleepovers at Grams and getting HER pancakes in the morning. I am so thankful to have had the privilege to interview Grams for Los Bilingual Writers publication in 2010. It gave me an opportunity to learn of her childhood and her determination to make the American Dream a reality for her family. Another favorite memory is her teaching me to make her carnitas at home and last year taking Grams, Tia Sylvia and my Mama to the Bayside Vivi Mariachi. We listened to music on the Embarcadero on a nice summer night, Grams tried some wine that she obviously did not enjoy (pics made me laugh) and I proudly introduced her to my friends that were there.

A week before she passed I asked her what her favorite songs were and the one she said the one that she had in her head always was Juan Gabriel Siempre en Mi Mente, Amorcito Corazon by Pedro Infante and Brindemos por Amor by Fernando Fernandez. I downloaded on my iphone and played them for which made me happy, and now I will have them to listen to and think of my Grams - Yes I looked up the translation in English to understand them- smiles. I loved you then, I love you now, I will always love you Grams.

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Biography

Luz Ruvalcaba born May 22, 1929 in San Bartolo on the outskirts of Tepatilán de Morelos in Jalisco, Mexico. Returned home to God on April 11, 2018. Funeral mass held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on April 20, 2018 and lain to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum in San Diego, California.

God. Family. Education. The three pillars that were the foundation for Luz’s life has been passed onto every member of her family. Devoted daughter, granddaughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and aunt, Luz’s life was filled with pain and loss but also with great joy and unbelievable triumphs.

Born to Angel Gonzalez and Carmen Torres, she was the first child to survive infancy, becoming the eldest to seven brothers and a sister. With no formal education, she taught herself to read and write in both English and Spanish. She also taught herself to sew and while other children went to school, Luz made and sold a variety of goods to help support the household. At 17, she began employment at a factory making baseballs for the American Baseball League. It was there that she met the factory owner, Esteban E. Ruvalcaba (deceased, 1999). Nine months later, they married and nine months after that, gave birth to their first daughter, Irma. Son Esteban followed in 1949. In 1950, the family moved to the United States to pursue the “American Dream,” settling in San Diego. Their second daughter, Sally (deceased, 2011) was born in 1951 and their youngest, Sylvia, followed in 1961.

Wanting the best education and a home to call their own, Luz eventually sought employment, becoming a seamstress with Ratner’s Clothiers. The added income insured that her children could all attend private Catholic School and would allow the family, with her fierce persistence, to purchase a large family home and to acquire rental properties for future income.

Luz is survived by her daughter, Irma Arambula (Tony); son Esteban Ruvalcaba (Margaret); daughter Sylvia Ruvalcaba; grandchildren Anita Arambula, Barbara Crum (Jason), Catherine Arambula (Troy), Deborah Archambeau, Elizabeth Arambula (Nicole); great grandson Michael Arambula (Rosemary); brothers Salvador Gonzalez and family, Leopoldo Gonzalez and family, Jose Gonzalez and family, and Benjamin Gonzalez and family.