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Abraham "Abe" F. Gruspe
Abraham "Abe" F. Gruspe, passed away Friday, October 12, 2012, at the age of 74. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
He was born in Paniqui, Tarlac, Philippines and attended the University of the East, Philippines. He served in the Philippine Army and was married in 1959 to his loving wife, Evangeline "Angie".
He immigrated to the U.S. in 1968 and worked hard to bring the rest of his family to the U.S. He became a resident of Salinas along with his family in 1970. Abraham obtained a starting position at AAFES Post Exchange Fort Ord and worked his way to a managerial position for 25 years. Working at AAFES allowed him to manage AAFES locations at Fort Ord, Clarks Air Force Base and Vandenberg A.F.B. and retired at the age of 55. Abe was a member of the Laoaguenian of Monterey County.
Abe enjoyed fishing, traveling, going to casinos, watching football and the Filipino Channel. He will always be remembered for his wonderful smile, laughter and sense of humor. To his children and wife, Abe was loved and admired as a caring, protective father and husband, whom they will deeply miss.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Evangeline Gruspe of Salinas; daughter, Gli Marie VonWinning of Salinas; sons, Ariel (Nancy) Gruspe of Los Altos and Abraham Gruspe, Jr. of Sacramento; grandchildren, Kyle, Matthew, and Megan Gruspe, Laurelle, Chelsea, Angelique and Brittney VonWinning; great-grandchildren, David, Jr. and Aubrey; brother, Dr. Arnold F. (Cindy) Gruspe of West Virginia; along with numerous nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.
He was preceded in death by both parents, Vedasto and Juliana Gruspe; son, Glenn Michael Gruspe and his sister, Gloria Sudaria.
Visitation will be held Thursday, October 18, 2012, from 2 to 9 p.m.; with a Rosary Recital at 6:30 p.m., all at Healey Mortuary, 405 N. Sanborn Road, Salinas, CA 93905.
A Funeral Mass will take place Friday, October 19, 2012 at 10 a.m., at Madonna del Sasso Catholic Church, 320 E. Laurel Dr., Salinas, CA 93906.
Burial to follow services at the Garden of Memories Cemetery, 850 Abbott St., Salinas, CA 93901.
Arrangements entrusted to Healey Mortuary & Crematory, www.healeymortuary.com
Published in The Salinas Californian from Oct. 16 to Oct. 18, 2012