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Peter Gastelo Moya, 78

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 9th, 2012

Peter Gastelo Moya, age 78, of Fontana, Calif., beloved brother, uncle, great-uncle and friend to all, entered into eternal life in the early morning of Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. Uncle Peter was born on Oct. 19, 1933 in Globe, Ariz., the seventh of eight children to Angel S. and Teresa G. Moya.

Upon his graduation from Globe High School in 1952, Peter entered the Arizona State Teachers College (NAU), where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in education. Upon graduation from NAU in 1957, he began his teaching career at Payson High School, and continued teaching for the next 42 years until his retirement in 2011. One of his most prized accomplishments came in 1976-80 when he helped President Cesar Chavez (UFWA) plan, create, establish and direct the Fred. W. Ross Labor School in Keene, Calif., where the headquarters for the United Farm Workers of America now exist.

Uncle Peter always believed that a solid education was the best foundation for his students, and he provided this each time he entered the classroom. But his family knows that his greatest love was for his family. They all loved him and will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Catherine Moya Chacon and Leonarda Moya Simon; and brothers, Manuel G. Moya, Angel G. Moya, and John G. Moya, Sr.

He is survived by his sisters, Dolores Moya Soltero and Mary Ellen Moya Torrez, and countless nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be held in his honor at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Globe, Ariz. at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012. Internment services will be private.

Per Uncle Peterís request, in lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to Holy Angels Catholic Church.

Assisting the family; Lamont Mortuary of Globe.

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