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Obituary for Guadalupe 'Lupe' Josefa Arteaga
Guadalupe Josefa Arteaga, better known as 'Lupe', passed away on December 21, 2011, after a long brave battle with lung cancer. She left behind a loving family of two children; Jimmy Gorospe and his partner Sandra from Utah, Stephanie and her husband Tony Arias of Dixon; seven beautiful grandchildren; Eria Gorospe Alcocer, James Gorospe and his wife Paige, Joseph and Jaden Gorospe, Ernesto and Santiago Arias, great granddaughter Kairi Gorospe; and Lupe's long time loving partner, Todd Culpepper, who stood by her side every step of the way tending to her every need; Todd¹s son Chris and daughter Erin; and many nephews and nieces, especially Joey and Leah, who held a special place in her heart. Lupe was born in Fairfield, California on April 13, 1949, to Tony and Martha Arteaga. She was the youngest of eight children and was very spoiled. Her siblings include Tony Vasquez, Leonore Alarcon, Helen Torres, Phyllis Nixon, George Vasquez, and Danny Arteaga. She is preceded in death by her brother Ronnie Arteaga. She graduated from Rio Vista High School and was very active in sports and participated in many organizations. Lupe was well known for her sunny personality and for always having a good time. After high school, she attended Delta Junior College, enrolling in the nursing program. Lupe worked as a nurse aide in nursing homes in Davis and Fairfield. Later in life, Lupe worked at Target warehouse where she retired from. Being the energetic person that Lupe was she coached a pee wee soccer team for years, played on a woman¹s traveling soccer team, and spent a lot of time with family and friends. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren. In particular she took great pride in her grandson James who graduated as Valedictorian of his class. Lupe¹s sense of humor and laughter will be missed by all. She was fortunate to have great friends and family such as her sister Phyllis, who cared for her with such love and compassion when Lupe could no longer care for herself; Darcy and Daniel Granillo, who took time out of their busy schedules to assist wherever needed; and special friend Sandi Doering, who faithfully checked in and comforted her. The viewing will take place on Wednesday, December 28, 2011, from 5:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Milton Carpenter Home. The mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 29, 2011, at St. Peter's Catholic. Please join the family in a 'Celebration of Life' gathering after the burial at the Moose Lodge.