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Joseph Millan Anaya Obituary
Joseph "Joe" Millan Anaya Feb. 6, 1928 - Sept. 29, 2013 Resident of San Leandro Joseph "Joe" Millan Anaya, was a beloved husband, Father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a friend to all. Joe was born on Feb. 6, 1928, Oakland, CA, to Simon and Genoveva Anaya. He passed away on Sept. 29, 2013. Joe had 7 siblings, 4 brothers and 3 sisters. Joe is survived by his children Mark Anaya and wife Cheryle of Chino Hills, CA; Chris Anaya and wife Lucy of El Dorado Hills, CA; Monica Harmon and husband Ron of Tracy, CA; Matthew Anaya of Riverside, CA; Tom Anaya and wife Karen of Sedalia, MO; Celeste Peper and husband Bill of Livermore, CA; and Larry Anaya of San Leandro, CA. Joe had 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Straight from high school Joe served in the Navy for 4 years on the USS Piedmont; he truly loved his country. When he returned from the service Joe bought his first and only home, located in San Leandro. He then married the love of his life, Mary Taros. They were married for 60 years when he lost her to the Lord. Joe died on Mary's birthday and we know they are both in Heaven, together again. Joe worked as a mechanic during his high school years, joined the Navy upon graduation, and later worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad where he spent approximately 20 years. As his co-workers' SP Union Representative, Joe spent countless hours working tirelessly on their behalf. Joe then worked for Alameda County where he was employed as an engineer for approximately 20 Years. He was later promoted to Chief Engineer at Fairmont Hospital, located in San Leandro. While employed at Fairmont, Joe served as a volunteer firefighter for the Fairmont Volunteer Fire Department where he was eventually promoted to the rank of Assistant Fire Chief. He also served as the family and neighborhood handyman, and would always help those in need whenever he could. Joe was a devoted Christian and knew the bible well. He was very generous, donating to and serving many organizations which supported the Christian faith. Joe was a Cub Master for the Scouts and a Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus. Later in life Joe was re-introduced to an old acquaintance, Lois Dejarnett of Auburn, and was married for 5 years, until her death just a few weeks ago. He will be missed and remain in our hearts, forever. Family and friends are invited to visit after 5pm, Thurs., Oct. 3, and Vigil, Thurs., 7pm, with the Funeral Service, Fri., Oct. 4, 11am, all at Sorensen Chapel, 1140 B St., Hayward. Committal will follow at Holy Sepulchre, Hayward. Holy Angels Funeral & Cremation Center FD#1456 (510) 537-6600
Published in Inside Bay Area on Oct. 2, 2013
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