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Manuel Pedro
A funeral Mass was celebrated Monday at St. Stanislaus Church in Modesto for Manuel Pedro, 92, of Modesto. The former Ceres resident died Oct. 2, 2009.

Burial was at St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Modesto under the direction of Salas Brothers Chapel.

Born July 21, 1917 in Laton to Manuel and Rose Pedro, Manuel and his family moved to the Modesto area in 1926. He graduated from Ceres High School in 1936. He and Mary Souza were married in 1949 and raised a family in the Westport district. From the time he was 12 he began his career of farming and continued to do so for almost 80 years.

He is survived by five children, Kitty White, Gerald Pedro, Mike Pedro, Joanne Palmaymesa, all of Modesto, and Stanley Pedro of San Francisco; his brother, Luceo Pedro of Modesto; and six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by wife Mary and his brother Arthur.

-Ceres Courier /October 14, 2009