Asteria Galacio

Asteria GalacioAsteria Galacio, 69, (known as “Ms. G” to her students) went to be with the Lord on Dec. 20, 2017, surrounded by her family after a short but valiant battle with cancer.

Born in Calamba, Philippines, she was the only daughter of Gaudencio and Agricula Galacio. She leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her brother Thomas and his wife Esterlita of Stockton; sisters-in-law Lolita of Stockton and Estela of Australia; and nine nieces and nephews.

“The God in me greets the God in you” is how Ms. G welcomed her students every morning. Ms. G was a nun for 33 years with the Religious of the Virgin Mary in the Philippines and in California. With more than 30 years of school administrative experience, she graduated with a master’s in educational management from Stanford University. She left the religious order to care for her father in Stockton.

Upon his death in 2015, she moved to Ridgecrest to take up a position as a second-grade teacher and had just started her second year as school principal at Saint Ann School. She lived her life in service to others. She was first and foremost an educator who loved her students as if they were her own children. She enjoyed praying with her Sunday Night Rosary Group.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Fr. Denis, Fr. Jim and the Saint Ann family for their support in her final days.

Services were held Dec. 28 at Saint Ann Catholic Church, with Rev. Denis Ssekannyo officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Saint Ann School, 446 W Church Ave, Ridgecrest CA 93555.

— Submitted by the loved ones of Asteria Galacio

Story First Published: 2018-01-05