Salvación Sanches Gonzalves

May 14, 1942 - Sep 21, 2015


Salvación Sanchez Gonzalves was born May 14, 1942 to Paulino Francisco and Severina Sanchez in Cebu, Philippines. In the years following the Second World War, her family scattered throughout the Philippines. She grew up in Quiapo. She completed programs in secretarial science and dressmaking. She took great pride as well in winning a beauty contest.

At the age of 25, Salvación married Teodoro Magallion Gonzalves, a soldier in the United States Army, in Manila. By the late 1960s, he had figured out a way for the two of them to live in Vietnam before moving to California.

Salvación gave birth to two sons: Theodore was born in Fort Ord, California and Rutherford was born in Landstuhl, Germany. The family lived on the Monterey Peninsula (California) throughout the 1970s and 1980s, and moved to Sacramento in 1989.

As an immigrant woman, Salvación recognized the value of an education. She took night classes while working during the day and earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1981. She continued to do administrative work for various federal agencies in Monterey and Sacramento.

Salvación held together her household during traumatic incidents. In 1976, Teodoro suffered a major work-related accident. In 2001, an auto crash in which they both received serious injuries left her weakened and resulted in the eventual death of her husband. Throughout these ordeals, Salvación persevered and continued to be an anchor for the family.

Her home reflected her personal beauty. As a gardener, Salvación surrounded herself with roses. She has been a loving and caring grandmother, teaching and playing with all four from their earliest days. Salvación had an outsized laugh that she couldn’t contain. She had her unique spin on the English language that came out in her letters, phone messages, and stories.

To the very end, Salvación was devoted to her family. At the time of her passing, her sons found a suitcase she was preparing for a trip. It was filled with toys, games, and gifts for her grandchildren. The kids call her “Grandma Sally,” and they swear she makes the best pancit on the planet. Her sons love her given name: Salvación. Our family knows what it means to be selfless and loving. We have our mother and grandmother as our model, inspiration, and guide. She was our family’s salvation.

Salvación is survived by her two sons, Rudy and Theo; their partners, Susan and Charita; and four grandchildren.

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Mortuary
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA
US 95841


  • R Meyer says:

    Our deepest condolences on the passing of your Mom. Now I see how you inherited such an intelligent and generous personality. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. Sincerely, Rosanna & John Meyer

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