George Cuenca Obituary

George  Galaviz Cuenca
George Galaviz Cuenca

December 29, 1927 - May 27, 2017
Born in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Resided in Paramount, CA

Obituary

George "Jorge" Cuenca entered into eternal paradise on May 27, 2017, surrounded by his loving family at his home in Paramount, from complications due to Alzheimer's Disease.

Jorge was born in what is now known as Rancho Cucamonga, California, on December 29, 1927, to Isidra "Josefina" (Galaviz) and Refugio Cuenca. As a child, he grew up mainly between the Los Angeles area in California and Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Being the eldest child, and with an absent father, he helped his mother raise his five siblings.

On a trip to Guadalajara on a break from his work in 1953, he met his future wife, Carmen De Alba, at an event her family was hosting. Due to his migrant work, they had a long- distance courtship during which he wrote her many love letters, which she still cherishes today. They married on August 10, 1958, in Guadalajara. They established their home in Los Angeles, eventually buying a home in Paramount in 1967. Together, they had four children.

In his early twenties, he traveled as a migrant worker to many states such as Texas, New Mexico, California to name a few. Jorge was able to obtain a position as Gas Station Attendant at Walch Service Center in Downtown Los Angeles in 1956. Due to his hard work and dedication, he became the center's Manager, and later retired in 1993. From 1994 to 1996, he found part time work with the Paramount School District, as well as holding a position as Security Guard with a security firm.

Jorge had a love for various music styles; everything from Classical, to Mexican Rancheras. He enjoyed dancing with his wife, Carmen; oftentimes clearing the dance floor, carrying on for hours at a time. He tended his rose garden and home meticulously, taking pride in everything he worked for. He loved watching Dodgers games (the ones Vin Scully broadcasted), futbol (soccer) games and listening to the laughter of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren at play; but most of all, he enjoyed his home with his wife and family. He was definitely a loving "Family Man".

Jorge will be remembered for countless reasons; his sometimes brutal honesty, great sense of humor and laughter, his wisdom, and above all else, his devotion and unconditional love he had for his family, up until his last breath. He taught his family by example what can be achieved with passion, hard work and dedication.

Jorge is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carmen "Tita"; his four children, Maria Cristina (husband Bradley Bolt) Baird, Jorge Fernando Cuenca, Guillermo (wife Gloria) Cuenca, and Angelica Catalina (husband David Michael, Jr.) Hernandez; one sister, Maria Elena "Helen" Gomez Lang; 15 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren.

Jorge is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Alicia Cuenca, Socorro Garcia and Mercedes Gonzalez; and brother, Antonio Cuenca.

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Visitation
All Souls Mortuary
4400 Cherry Ave
Long Beach, CA 90807
Thursday, June 1, 2017
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Rosary
All Souls Mortuary
4400 Cherry Ave
Long Beach, CA 90807
Thursday, June 1, 2017
6:30 PM
Service
Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church
14813 S. Paramount Blvd
Paramount, CA 90723
Friday, June 2, 2017
10:00 AM
Cemetery
All Souls Cemetery
4400 Cherry Ave
Long Beach, CA 90807
Friday, June 2, 2017
11:45 AM
Reception
The Grand
4101 E. Willow St
Long Beach, CA 90815
Friday, June 2, 2017
1:00 PM