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Vincent R. Gonzales
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the McHenry Chapel of Franklin & Downs for Vincent Rojas Gonzales, 82, of Ceres. He died July 28, 2007 in Turlock.

A rosary will be held from 7 p.m to 8 p.m. Thursday. A Mass will be held 11 a.m. Friday at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 709 J Street, Modesto. Burial will follow at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery on Scenic.

Born April 5, 1925, Mr. Gonzales was a native of Jerome, Ariz., and lived in Concord, Lindsey and Ceres. He retired from Tri Valley Grower and Teamsters Union after 38 years. He was known for never having missed a day of work. After he retired Mr. Gonzales became a regular of the Kent's Kars Mayberry Club Ceres chapter.

Mr. Gonzales enjoyed cars, auctions, riding his bicycle, listening to music, singing and telling stories and being with friends and family. He was known for teasing people to get a laugh.

He leaves behind his wife of 36 years, Anna Gonzales of Ceres; two children, Trini Marie Pate and Vincent Gonzales-Debow; his sister, Josephine Ortego of Lindsey; his stepchildren, Anne Marie Hulse of Gold Hill, Ore., Shirley Sullivan of Carmichael, Raymond Merenda of Modesto, Patricia Forg of Issaquah, Wash., and James "Jerry" Merenda of Modesto; two grandchildren, Richard A. Gonzales of Tacoma, Wash., and Jerry T. Pate of Longview, Wash.; four step-grandchildren, Stefanie Forg and Thomas Forg of Issaquah, Wash., Molly Merenda and Scotty Merenda, both of Modesto; and three great-grandchildren, Maylina M. Gonzales and Izabel J. Gonzales of Tacoma, Wash., and Dracy Ana Pate of Longview, Wash. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Amelia Hernandes; brothers Manuel Mendivil, Frank Valenzuela, Tony Valenzuela and Albert Valenzuela.

Remembrances may be sent to Hospice of Emanuel, 825 Delbon Ave., Turlock CA 95382.

-Ceres (Calif.) Courier /August 1, 2007