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Catherine Rangel Quintero Resident of Martinez Catherine Rangel Quintero, loving matriarch of a long-time Martinez family, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on June 27th, 2010. Born February 23, 1931 in Ontario, California, she moved to Martinez in the 1940s. She met and married her brother's best friend, the late Frank Quintero, in 1955, and raised eight children. She loved to sing, and was a member of the St. Catherine's of Siena choir throughout her 55 years as a dedicated parishioner. She was a "Singing Messenger," entertaining the elderly community with song, dance and humor. She danced her way through life, both literally and figuratively, gracefully embracing life challenges, as well as taking to the floor with her husband and her closest companion, Gloria Quintero, nearly every weekend. As a member of the Guadalupana Society, she volunteered her time and services by creating a local Ballet Folklorico dance troupe when her children were young, teaching dancing and organizing performances for local events. When she and her husband Frank bought a Union 76 gas station in downtown Martinez, she became the iconic "service with a smile" for all local residents. She was a member of Chi Lambda, Young Ladies Institute, Maria Auxiliadora and in her final years, kept active in the Forget-Me-Nots program at the Martinez Senior Center. Known as "Katie" to most, as "Cat" to longtime friends and family, and as "Uela" or "Ueli" to her grandchildren, she will always be remembered for her unconditional love and acceptance of everyone whose path she crossed, providing gentle reminders to live each moment with the grace of God, and to live by the golden rule- to treat others exactly the way you wish to be treated. She leaves her legacy as inspired joy within each person who knew her well, and will continue to live on as a constant presence, angel and spiritual guide. Catherine was the youngest of eleven children. She was predeceased by her husband Frank Quintero; her brothers Catalino Mora, Lupe Rangel, Benjamin Rangel, Salvador Rangel, and Alfonso Rangel; and her sisters Dolores Mora Perez; and Sister Maria Teresa, O.S.F. She is survived by her sisters Ester Perez of Concord, CA and Grace Arellano of Ontario, CA; and her brother Louis Rangel of Martinez. She leaves eight children and their families: Armando Quintero and Brigid Breen and their daughters Lily and Isabella; Eduardo and Phyllis Quintero, their children Joshua and Maria, and their daughter-in-law Heather; Patricia and Dave Brouillette and their sons Wiley and Jesse; Juanita Lynn Quintero and her children Mickey, Mikaela, Frank, Karleena and Corigan; Marialicia and George Pangilla and their children Preston and Sadie; Leticia and Bill Ralls and their children Katie and Jack; Raquel and Jim Lakeman and their sons Frank and Louie, and Shanti Kim Quintero and Brian Johnson and their daughters Sidy and Miya. The family extends their love and deep appreciation to her longtime friend and caregiver, Maria Luisa. Visitation will be on Wednesday, June 30th, beginning at 5:00pm to be immediately followed with the Rosary at 7:00pm. The funeral mass will be held at 10:00am on July 1st. All services will take place at Saint Catherine of Siena Church, 604 Mellus St., Martinez, CA. In lieu of flowers or other contributions, donations may be made to Hospice of the East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Avenue, Pleasant Hill 94523 and at Northern California and Northern Nevada, 1060 La Avenida Street, Mountain View, CA 94043.
Published in Contra Costa Times from June 30 to July 2, 2010
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