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Jose (Joe) A. Lopez

September 19, 2019
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Jose (Joe) A. Lopez, 75, a resident of Santa Cruz, joined his beloved wife, Marcella in heaven on September 19, 2019, the day after his birthday.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Marcella; son, Michael Anthony Lopez; parents, Jose Alberto and Marta Lopez; father and mother-in-law, Federico and Consuelo Rodriguez.  Born and raised in Santa Cruz, Joe was always a hard worker in his younger years. He was a truck driver, heavy equipment operator and worked in construction and most recently, he along with his sons owned and operated Lopez Auto Repair. Joe was a wealth of knowledge and he enjoyed sharing it with anyone who asked. Joe loved his grandchildren and was very proud, always talking about them. He was very excited about his granddaughter Megan’s upcoming wedding and was looking forward to his special grandfather/granddaughter dance. He treasured his time spent with his great-granddaughter Ayla, creating memories and sharing smiles and laughs. He also loved his pets Rocky, Itty Bitty and Chato, who miss him dearly. After the passing of his wife he spent his days grooming, feeding and playing with them.  Joe is survived by his children, Leon and wife Tanya, Joey, Marcy and husband Marty; grandchildren, Candice, Arianna (JD ll), Megan (Luke), Amberly (Matthew), Nathaniel (Ashley), Kaune, and Brandon (Alyssa); great-grandchildren, Kaydence, JD lll, and Ayla; siblings, Ramoncita Smith, Dolores (Albert) Roybal, Beatrice (Alfred) Roybal, Peter Lopez and Daniel Lopez. A rosary will be recited on Friday, September 27, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at La Iglesia de Santa Cruz de la Canada, with a Memorial Mass to follow at 12:00 p.m. Serving the family as pallbearer is Brandon Vigil with honorary pallbearers, Candice, Arianna, Megan, Amberly, Nathaniel, Kaune and Brandon.  The family of Jose (Joe) A. Lopez has entrusted the care of their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley. 505-747-7477 www.devargsfuneral.com

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