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Kenneth Ralph Rocha
A funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m. today at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Fox & Euclid Rds., Hughson, for Kenneth Ralph Rocha, 91, of Hughson. He died July 20, 2011.

Whitehurst, Norton & Dias Funeral Chapel is in charge of burial at Lakewood Memorial Park following the service.

Born Sept. 11, 1919 near Gustine to Kenneth and Josephine Rocha, Kenneth was the oldest of eight children. When his father died, and Kenneth and his brothers worked on the dairy while his mother raised goats to support the family. He married Arline Deniz on June 14, 1941. He sold their dairy and moved to Hughson in 1966. Kenneth became a mill supervisor for A.L. Gilbert Co. in Oakdale and after retirement was employed by Mid Valley Nut Co. in Hughson until he was nearly 90. Mr. Rocha enjoyed his friends, festas, playing cards, and traveling. Arline died in 1999 after 58 years of marriage and he then married Evelyn Toste of Hughson.

Besides his wife, he leaves behind two children, Marlene Shelburne and Kenneth L. Rocha; three brothers, Joaquin Rocha, Jerome Rocha and Theodore Rocha; his grandchildren, Rick, Randy, Ritchie, Lisa, Steven, Andrea; 14 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Remembrances may be sent to Alexander Cohen Hospice House, 2201 Euclid Ave., Hughson CA 95326; or to Children's Guardian Fund, P.O. Box 2455, Oakdale, CA 95361.

-Ceres Courier/ July 27, 2011