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April 01, 2014
Dear Dad,

Well Dad today's the day 1 year ago that you left us. It was actually 8:00 a.m. when you began your journey to Heaven. You looked so peaceful. All the water in your tummy and legs you had been retaining along with all those red blisters disappeared. You looked perfect Dad. I just stood there touching you, caressing you and placing a Kleenex over a cut you had on your arm. You were so warm to the touch. I kept thinking today is APRIL FOOLS DAY, are you playing a joke on all of us? I know you weren't, it was just wishful thinking. A lot of family came by to say their goodbyes. I felt like my heart had broken into a million pieces, but I could also see that you weren't in any pain anymore. You looked so handsome and so restful. So I had to let you go. In the meantime dear Aunt Mary was getting ready to start her journey into Heaven. Aunt Mary left us at 10:00 a.m. I couldn't believe that you both left us on the same day 2 hrs. apart. For 2 siblings to pass on the same day, I don't even know what to call it. Knowing that you both were together did comfort me. Being the gentleman you always have been you chose to go first so your older sister wouldn't be alone. You accompanied her and then stepped aside as Uncle Joe came for his wife. As I've said before, what a celebration all of you must be having in Heaven. You know Dad, I'm still waiting for you to come to me in my dreams. It hasn't happened yet. I haven't seen your vehicle since last October and I'm still waiting to see it again. I look for it every time I go to Napa. As Loretta has told me, I'm sure your telling us to get on with our lives and we have. But a day doesn't go by that you aren't in my heart and mind. I LOVE YOU and MISS YOU SO MUCH!

Love,
Your daughter, Saundra

P.S. Hey Dad how did you get the S.F. Giants to win? Everyone knows it was a miracle. I know you were there. The rain finally stopped so the Oakland A's were able to play their home opener, they looked good but I think they needed you too.
March 31, 2014
Hi Dad,

One year ago today we were celebrating Easter, our last holiday with you. You were now asleep on your way to Heaven. You put up a good fight, hung on for as long as possible, but your body was so tired Dad. We knew we had to let you go. Even though it was Easter, God Bless our family, they still came to see you and spend this holiday with us. Loretta in the kitchen making breakfast. The rest of us being with you in the living room making you as comfortable as possible. What an awesome family we have Dad. I know you could feel and see our presences. At the same time, Aunt Mary was also on her way to Heaven. Kathy and her family were having to experience exactly what we were all going through. I really don't think any of us knew that day was going to be our last. I know the rest of our family in Heaven were patiently waiting for the both of you. We got to have you both 1 more day, Aunt Mary in Napa and you Dad in Vallejo. I know you both were communicating and what you both had in stored for us was going to be a big surprise. When leaving that evening was one of my hardest nights. I didn't know if that was going to be my last night to say good night. You'd been asleep for 2 days and I knew I was never going to hear you whisper to me again, "Saundra go get me a "Sneaker" I'll eat it later when your mom is asleep." Of course I would comply, I would tuck it in your pocket and tell you, if you get caught "don't volunteer any information." Your words Dad, I live by them. I felt like 2 kids trying to get away with something. One night mom heard the candy wrapper, you got busted. Boy did we hear about it the next day from her, you denied it. Another memory I wanted to share with you Dad and there will be many more to come. I LOVE YOU and MISS YOU as always. Give Aunt Mary an extra big hug and kiss for me and to the rest all of our family in Heaven. Until tomorrow Dad.

Love,
Your daughter, Saundra

P.S. Hey, Dad. It's opening day today for baseball. It's raining right now. The S.F. Giants home opener is next week so they are playing out of town today, but the Oakland A's home opener is this evening here in Oakland and it's really coming down and windy. I hope you're playing some baseball in Heaven. There is more than enough of you to form some teams. Show them what you've got. Get behind home plate and show them that fantastic catcher you are. "Throw them out in Heaven, Dad!" Jonathan is back to playing baseball this year, after recuperating from his ankle surgery. Please keep an eye on him Dad. I know I give you alot of work, but it's out of LOVE!
March 31, 2014
Hi Joe,
Tomorrow is one year that you and Mary left us. I miss you both and remember you both in my prayers every day.
I know you have a lot of family in Heaven so you are not alone.
Mary Abeyta
March 29, 2014
Hi Dad,

A year ago today was our last day to enjoy your conscience sparkling personality. Thank God cousin John stopped by to see you the night before. When he walked in he saw how hard of a time we were having trying to wake you up to take your much needed medicine, he immediately took over. John with his loud rugged voice said, "Uncle Joe wake up!" You barely opened your eyes but you heard him and replied, "Hey John" and you tried so hard to swallow your medicine, and you did. That medicine is what kept you alive Dad for the entire month of March. I will be eternally grateful to John for what he was able to accomplish, he gave us you 1 more day. What a wonderful family we have Dad. We are so lucky to have such a large family and that's what you always wanted, to always be together. A year ago this month of March was such a whirl wind ride being with you. You gave all of us a reason to be together. We had so much fun and did we have some wonderful meals and the sweets, um what can I say. Dad you were like a little boy in a candy store. How you loved your strawberry milkshakes and your "Stogies" cookies that resembled cigars. We got to celebrate Loretta's and my birthdays and our last holiday, Easter. Every day was a celebration of life. So many family and friends came over to be with you. When they'd walk in your eyes would light up. Everybody loves you Dad! When the girls and I came over that morning wondering if we were going to have 1 more day with you, boy did you surprise us. You were awake. I knew the end was near. I didn't want to think beyond that day. You had woken up in the middle of the night like you did every night hungry, wanting to eat your oranges and your "Sneaker" candy bar. Complaining to us mom wouldn't let you have your candy bar. We were going to enjoy every minute with you, not knowing that was going to be our last day. That day Patricia gave you a little shower that you enjoyed so much. You came out of the bathroom in the transport, you wanted to be in the family room that you had built. You told me for the first time that you were scared, cold and you asked me to hold your hand. We covered you in the beautiful hospice blanket that was given to you as a gift and I put your hand in my hand and I held on for dear life. You slept a lot Dad that day and you did eat for the last time. I think in away we girls knew that today was going to be our last day with you. This time you asked to go to bed which you never did before. You hated sleeping in your hospital bed, but you promised 1 of the hospice workers that you would. You were always a man of your word and you would tell us, "Why did I open my mouth and promised her that." Anyway Dad, I'm just reminiscing our day together a year ago. I LOVE YOU and MISS YOU SO MUCH! Thank you for giving us this wonderful month of March, it was and honor and such a pleasure to be with you.

Love,

Your daughter, Saundra

P.S. Hey, Dad. Spring training is over the season of baseball is about to begin. I'm sure you know that the S.F. Giants lost the 2 last games playing in the exhibition games against the Oakland A's. Today was their final last game and it was rained out. I hope the S.F. Giants do better this year than last year. A little help from heaven would help.
January 01, 2014
Dear Dad,

"Happy New Year's, Dad!" Today is the beginning of a new year but also today it's been 9 months since you and Aunt Mary left us. I can't believe it's almost been a year without the both of you. Last night we were invited to Mary Jones home. Now that Loretta and Li'l Michael are staying with her, Loretta made one of her delicious Mexican meals. I know you would had been there with us to celebrate the new year. You may have not stayed till midnight, but I know you would had wanted to be with us like you always do, in my heart. Being together as a FAMILY has always been so important to you and it will continue through us. We had such a great time being with Mary and her family. Last night was Uncle Joe Torres 8th Anniversary of not being with us. Yesterday, Kathy, Arturo and their family were at the Grand Canyon celebrating Uncle Joe's and Aunt Mary's life by releasing some of their ashes together. What a beautiful moment it must have been to have done this and on one of the most difficult days of Kathy's life, to have lost her dad on this day will now be remembered by this special memory. You know Dad, Uncle Vidal's Anniversary is this Friday, the 3rd. It's going to be 39 years for Aunt Mary and my cousins to have been without a husband and a dad. That has got to be so hard for all of them. Uncle Vidal missed out on so much of all their lives. He was taken from them at such a young age, but he should also be so proud of what a wonderful job Aunt Mary has done being a single mother in raising all 6 of her children and alone at that. I shouldn't even complain, I was so lucky to have had you with me for 54 years. Doesn't mean I don't miss you, I always will. Let's see what 2014 has in store for all of us Dad. This year Alyssa will be graduating from college and on to graduate school, Jessica from high school to college and Li'l Michael will be leaving St. Basil's to go on to high school. Adelina (Addy) will be turning "1" on the 14th. In some ways this past year has flown by so fast, because life goes on living. But a part of me died right along with you Dad. I don't know how to explain it. I just want all of us to stay healthy and succeed in our careers. I know you're always keeping an eye on all of us. Please don't take anyone else in our family to Heaven right now. There is enough of you in Heaven to keep you busy and entertained. Happy New Year's to all of you and please give my love. I LOVE YOU DAD!

Love,

Your daughter, Saundra

P.S. Hey, Dad. This time last year we were starting to get excited that the S.F. 49er's possibly had the chance to go to the Super Bowl. They're in the playoffs this year. Will see!!
Along with Grandmas angel in the flower arrangement I made for you both I added a miniature S.F. Giant's baseball cap for you. I hope you like it, because it's you. You were an awesome cather and for the passion you had for baseball. I always wonder if you're playing any baseball in Heaven. If you are, "Throw them out in Heaven, Dad!"

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