Velma Darlene Lopstain, 75, passed away on Sept. 12, 2021 in Sacramento of medical complications from a lengthy illness. She was born May 15, 1946 in San Andreas to Antone Azevedo and Annie Geto. She was a resident of Galt for 46 years and previously lived in Stockton and Thornton.
Velma was a field office supervisor at California Indian Manpower consortium, which helped others in the native community. Her hobbies included beading, and gathering native medicines and plants. She enjoyed traveling to Yosemite National Park and visiting thrift stores.
Velma is survived by daughter Tina Barron, son Joseph Lopstain, sister Madeline Romero, brothers Tom and Andrew Carsoner, 27 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren and three great great-grandchildren.
Velma was preceded in death by parents Antone Azevedo and Annie Geto; husband Darrell Whitebear; daughters Toni Gomez and Andrea Gonzalez; son Manuel Lopstain; brother Antone; sisters Cecilia and Linda Azevedo, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, a great granddaughter and two great grandsons.