Estella M. Ruibal

estella ruibal

June 6, 1944 ~ April 24, 2022

Born in: Torrance, California
Resided in: Newark, California

On April 24th, 2022, Estella Marie Ruibal, wife, mother, daughter, mother-in-law to Mario and Maggie, sister, sister-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, nina, cousin, comadre, and friend to many, was freed from her pain and suffering, leaving this existence for a new one. Estella, aka Stella, was born on June 6th, 1944, to Anastacio and Elosia Trujillo in Torrance, California. At the time, her family had recently left their home in Mora, New Mexico, all nine kids (Stella in her mommy’s tummy) piled up in a car to new beginnings in Southern California. Stella was the baby of 10 children. She grew up in the beach towns of Redondo, and Hermosa. She went to the area schools and graduated from Redondo Union High School in 1962. She worked various jobs after that.

In 1966, is when she met the love of her life, Pete. Pete was friends with her cousin Sam, who had invited her to a party that Pete was having and according to him, it was love at first sight when they met there. They got married on June 1st, 1968, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Hermosa. A year later they welcomed their first son, Fred, in August of 1969 and then welcomed their 2nd son John in 1971. In 1973 Pete had job and school opportunities, working at Sears in Hayward, and pursuing education at Laney College in Oakland. Because of this, the young family left Southern California and moved to the San Francisco Bay area to start a new life. They first settled in Hayward, but then moved to Newark in 1974. In 1975 they welcomed their one and only daughter Gina. Stella worked a few jobs here and there, but for the most part was a stay-at-home mom when her children were going to school. From this point on, she lived her life, meeting friends, cultivating friendships, and having many adventures like going Europe, Washington DC, the Grand Canyon, cruises, just to name a few. Her greatest adventure is when she became a grandma to Anthony, Marina, Amilio, Mateo, and great grandma to Amara and Ayla. She had “bonus” grandchildren in Bernadette, Paulina, Savanah, Adrian, Aric, Cristian, Michelle, David and their sons.

Stella battled illness for several years, but you would have never known because of her strong demeanor and determination not to worry her family of her struggles. Stella was a woman of beauty, strength, and class. She was fun, honest, sassy, brave and strong. She loved going to bingo with Pete, where she met a lot of people who became good friends with her. She especially liked to root the Warriors on, if not Stephan Curry! Every morning, Pete would give her the daily word puzzle from the newspaper, where she worked on it until it was solved.

The day she went home to the Lord, her family did not say goodbye to her, but see you later. She is now at peace in a place that transcends time and space.  She had mentioned that she wanted to come back as a hummingbird. So, if you ever happen to see one, say “Hi Stella,” just in case. Her family will dearly miss her, but their love for her will never go away and will grow stronger. She is survived by her brother Carlos and preceded in death by her parents, siblings Margaret, Tillie, Ted, Ralphie, Philip, Leroy, Manuel, Pete, and many family members and friends that she loved dearly.


Memorial Service: May 11, 2022 10:30 am - July 20, 2024 11:30 am

Room: Church

St. Edwards Catholic Church
5788 Thornton Ave.
Newark, CA 94560


Reception: May 11, 2022 1:00 pm - July 20, 2024 3:00 pm

Room: Hall #4

Newark Pavilion
6430 Thornton Ave.
Newark, CA 94587

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Memories Timeline


  1. CandleOh Stella…it was such a true pleasure getting to know you and how good it felt when I knew you liked me. I have such great memories of times with you all. Please hug Michael hard for me. Love ya Stella 💞💞😘

  2. CandleUntil we meet, at Jesus’s feet,
    In the sweet bye and bye.
    Blessings to your family. You are dearly loved

  3. CandleTo my Ruibal family my deepest condolences. May God comfort your hearts and souls at this time of loss. Rest in God’s paradise auntie Estella 🙏

  4. CandleOur deepest love and condolences to you all my beautiful friend/Comadre Gina.. My heart and prayers go out to you and the Family!!
    Love always,
    Gina, Arianna & Huero

  5. Sending our love and prayers to the family!!
    Love Gina, Arianna & Huero Necker-Perales

  6. CandleYou will be so missed by your family and friends. A shining star in heaven.
    RIP Mrs. Stella ❤️💐

  7. You are my sweet Nina. God blessed me with the best! I miss you dearly, but it warms my heart, to know you are pain free and resting, eternally. I’m forever thankful for you, your big heart, and for the sense of family, that you brought to my life. Peace be with you, always, my beautiful Nina Stella. XO

  8. Stella was such a beautiful person!! I know she will be missed! I wish I could have seen her more often! My prayers are with Pete and his family🙏🕊❤

  9. CandleAunt Stella, just want to tell you I love you and will miss you. Ty for always being so kind to me and to us! When you see my dad plz give him a hug for me. Plz tell Grandma Eloisa that my daughter Eloisa wears her name with honor. Also give my mom and Grandpa Tacho a hug for me.And all our other family members.Every time I see a hummingbird, I will think of you! God Bless you and RIP Aunt Stella🙏❤️. All my Love,
    ~ DORINDA~💟☮️

  10. Our deepest condolences to the family. We pray for strength. My you always remember those precious moments. 💗 love and prayers go out to each of the family. Sam and Gloria E. Flores

  11. Our deepest condolences to the family. I always enjoyed running into her at the store .. she always recognize me even with a mask.. she will be deeply miss.. Erma&Bob Krepelka

  12. CandleI send lots of prayers of comfort during this very difficult time. I was so blessed to have met Stella when I was in elementary. Always felt welcomed by her. I pray for all the family & friends because I know she’s going to be missed.

  13. I’m so sorry for the loss of your beautiful mother and wife my thoughts and prayers for the family love you all.

  14. CandleI have such great memories of Aunt Stella. Always smiling, always honest, nice and caring. I pray for my Uncle Pete and her wonderful family for strength in this time. God Bless you Aunt Stella. I know you are in heaven felling no pain, loving your parents, siblings and love ones that have gone before you. Until we meet again, I will charish my sweet memories of you.

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