Teto Sabala, 90, of Edmond (formerly of Heavener) was born Aug. 18, 1927 in Hartshorne to John and Juanita (Farris) Sabala and passed away Sept. 11, 2017 in Edmond.
A rosary service will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. with the funeral mass following at 1 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Poteau with Father Jim Caldwell officiating. Burial will follow in Heavener Memorial Park under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener.
He was a graduate of Hartshorne High School, and a long time member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where he served on the parish council. Teto was also a volunteer for the U.S. Army, serving from September 1945 to December 1946, where he trained as a Demolition Technician. He retired from ODOT after working 39 years, the last 12 years as resident engineer. Teto loved being a gardener.
Teto was preceded in death by his wife, Corrine, whom he married Sept. 12, 1954; one son, John; one daughter, Angela; one grandson, Spencer; two brothers, Victor and Celso; and four sisters Secora, Isabella, Carmel and Concepcion.
He is survived by two daughters Anna Hembree and husband, Ed, of Edmond and Teresa Stockton and husband Ron of Overland Park, Kan.; two sons Michael Sabala and wife Angelica of Amarillo, Texas and Mark Sabala and wife Karen of Warr Acres; two brothers Ferman Sabala and wife Willa of Broken Arrow, and Santos Sabala of Broken Arrow; four sisters Juanita Blaydes of Tulsa, Mercedes Conder and husband Fred of Austin, Texas, Mary Ann Thornton and husband Wayne of Collinsville and Eloise Parks of Tulsa; eight grandchildren Krista, Ryan, Jessica, Christina, Sarah, Jacob, Samantha and Tabitha; and four great grandchildren Spencer Leigh, Hunter, Charleigh and Lincoln.
Pallbearers are Mike Sabala, Mark Sabala, Ryan Sabala, John “Butch” Sabala, Chester Dennis, Ron Stockton, Jacob Stockton and Saxon Tallman.
Honorary pallbearers are Ed Hembree, Ferman Sabala and Santos Sabala
Viewing is Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. with the family visiting with friends from 5 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
To sign Mr. Sabala’s online guestbook please visit www.dowdenrobertsfuneralhome.com.
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