1924 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Tony Franco, born November 4, 1924, and went to be with the Lord on November 2, 2016. Tony was born and raised in Bakersfield, California. He was predeceased by his parents Camilo and Tiburcia Franco, sisters Frances Villanueva, Jesus Mendez, Lupe Perez, Juanita Cordova, brothers Julio Franco, Charles Franco, and Henry Franco. Tony courageously served his country during WWII serving in the 134th Ordnance Medium Maintenance Company where he was Honorable Discharged. Tony was a roofer for 36 years and was a hardworking man and provider for his children.
Tony is survived by his wife Ofelia Franco who were married happily for 46 years. Tony leaves behind quite a legacy of children, grandchildren & great grandchildren. Surviving children: son Michael Franco & daughter-in-law Maricela Franco, daughter Kathy Winters & son-in-law Robert Winters, daughter Martha Temple & son-in-law John Temple, daughter Sonia Franco, and son Richard Franco; 10 grandchildren: Jacob Franco & wife Shelly, Andrea Franco, Eric Pederson & wife Amber, Kristine Howey & husband Kurtis, Katie Killingsworth & husband Kurt, Kara Temple, Lauren Temple, Julia Ibarra, Alex Ibarra, and John Ibarra Jr; 6 great-grandchildren. He is survived by his sister Mary Lou Rodriguez & brother-in-law Richard Rodriguez, brother-in-law Stanley Perez, brother-in-law Andrew Cordova, and sister-in-law Ester Franco.
The family's fondest memories are of his wittiness and love of music/dancing. Dad loved to cook for the family making his menudo and tamales and up until the last day he made Persimmon cookies for his grandchildren. Dad was proud of his all his children and loved his grandchildren very dearly. The family would like to thank San Joaquin Hospital and their staff for their kindness and compassion. We also thank all the family that has come to give their support during this difficult time.
"For someone who meant so much and loved by all he knew who left behind a trail of tears and precious memories, too. We loved the sunshine in his smile and kindness in his heart but heaven saw that he was tired which meant we had to part. And now that it's his special day dear angels, hear our prayer please guard him with your gentle wings and tend him with great care. For he was someone wonderful and words just can't convey how much we wish that he was here once more, with us today."
Recitation of the Rosary will be held at Greenlawn Southwest (2739 Panama Lane), Sunday, November 13th at 6:30p.m.. Services will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (609 E. California Ave.) and graveside internment will follow at Greenlawn Southwest (2739 Panama Lane), Monday, November 14th at 10:00 a.m..
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Nov. 12, 2016
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