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Estela Fogal

September 28, 2018


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FOGAL, Estela C. Joined heaven to sing as an angel a half of an hour before sunrise on September 28, 2018. A true “Californo”, Estela was born in Oxnard, California on May 7, 1936. Spending much of her childhood in Ensenada, B.C. Mexico and California. She loved her Mexican culture. Having fallen in love as a teen with the bay area, she spoke of fond memories of Berkeley. After school, she returned to Baja where she spent years working the family cattle ranch. She learned how to ride a horse, how to farm and hunt, all of which came in handy raising her six children as a widow in 1968, only five years after having moved to Sebastopol. Estela will be missed by all who knew her. Her strength and grace, held some of us in disbelief, knowing of Estela’s legendary morgue awakening in 1969, after having been deemed deceased by the county hospital and escaped death knocking due to cancer twice we had hoped she would live forever. We already miss your smile and energy, you were pure joy. We enjoyed every moment we had in your presence. You taught us honor and integrity “Mejor solo que mal companiado.” Antonio describes her as Only “Love and Kindness.” Alicia will “sing to the angels” and talk to her. She has forever changed so many lives, and has had a wonderful life, leaving a hole in our hearts and souls, missing her songs of the Mexican Revolution, and singing with loved ones, lives on. She now joins her daughter Martha Elba who passed on September 11, 2007, and Arcadio who passed February 17, 1968 and her sister Socorro. Once again, she’ll ride her horse “Paint.” She leaves her loving husband Phillip P. Fogal and surviving sisters Elba, Bessy, Christina, Maria and Socorro, and her brothers Nestor and Jose as well as her sons Arcadio (Melisa) Jose, Miguel, Juan (Timi) her daughter Estela (Martin) and grandchildren’s mother Sarah and grandson Antonio, and granddaughters Alisia, Bella, Sarah and Sophia and fabulous nieces and nephews. “Que dios te acompane ” sister, mother, grandmother, wife, friend.