Antonia “Toñita” Garay
March 3, 1935 – August 28, 2006

Antonia Garay at 15 Years Old

Antonia Garay was born in 1935 in Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico. She died the afternoon of Monday, August 28th, after a year-long battle with cancer. She was 71. Antonia was a woman of strong character that raised two children on her own. She left Puerto Rico for New York in her teens and became a seamstress and hair stylist. In her twenties, she became an apartment manager in Manhattan, a line of work that she would continue to do for most of her life.

She moved back to Puerto Rico in her thirties and eventually migrated to California in her mid-forties with her two children, managing apartment buildings in Southern California. Most recently, in her semi-retirement, she was a part-time permanent make-up artist in a beauty salon in San Francisco’s Mission District. She was charismatic, fun-loving, and dignified. She was described as unforgettable by all that knew her and touched many lives.

Antonia leaves behind loving sons Nugget Gonzalez and Adolfo Lopez; her grandchildren Derbis, Omar, and Adolfo Lopez, Jr.; her brothers Luis Garay, Alberto Delgado, and Felix Delgado, and her beloved nieces and nephews. Antonia is pre-deceased by her mother Josefina Santiago and her brother Oscar Delgado, of Tampa, Florida.

Friends and family are welcome to attend the viewing from 2pm to 9pm, with rosary service at 7pm, to be held on Thursday, August 31st at Driscoll’s Valencia Street Serra Mortuary, 1465 Valencia Street (at 26th Street), San Francisco, California 94110.


  1. I am deeply saddened by your loss, Nugget. If there is anything I can do, do not hesitate to ask.

    #1 by Jimmy — August 30, 2006 @ 11:05 am

  2. At this time of sorrow, may these truths sustain you: …your loved one will always be as close as a memory, and the God of all comfort is always as close as a prayer….

    #2 by Pooja Malik — August 30, 2006 @ 2:32 pm

  3. So sorry to hear about your loss. A loved one passing a way must leave a deep, deep hole.

    #3 by Judy — August 30, 2006 @ 7:55 pm

  4. I was so sorry to just read about your Mom’s passing, Nugget. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.

    #4 by Jennie G — September 9, 2006 @ 10:26 pm

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