Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 13:14:02 :
Monday, August 8, 1977
Funeral for Cecil Gordon Gealta, former Petaluma city finance director, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Parent Funeral Chapel in Petaluma.
Gealta, who was also a retired Army colonel, died Friday at Letterman General Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 69.
A native of Salt Lake City, he was reared in Ogden, Utah. Gealta attended Webber College there and began his career as a bookkeeper for the First Security Bank of Utah from 1929 to 1934. He then was promoted to assistant manager and worked for the bank until 1936 when he became deputy treasurer for Webber County, Utah.
Gealta had served in the Army Reserve from 1932 until going on active duty in 1940. He retired as a colonel in 1963.
Gealta had served 11 years as director of finance for Petaluma, retiring in 1975.
Gealta was a member of the American Society of Military Comptrollers, was first president of the Golden Gate Chapter of the Army Finance Association, and was past president of the Salt Lake County Rural Bankers Association.
In connection with his Petaluma work, Gealta was a member of the Municipal Treasurers Association of the United States, member of the board of directors of the California Municipal Treasurers Association and served as treasurer for the Redwood Empire Division of the California League of Cities.
He is survived by his wife, Leona Gealta of Petaluma; a son, Lt. Col. Thomas S. Gealta of Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.; two stepsons, Gerry A. Paine of North Hollywood and Terry A. Paine of Denver, Colo., a sister, Ellen Paul of Brigham City, Utah; three brothers, Francis Gealta of Fallbrook and J. Marvin and Ray Gealta of Ogden, Utah, and two grandchildren.
Private burial will be at Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer society or to a favorite charity.
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