Josephine Ruth DeLuz

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Josephine Ruth Huntley (Kelley) DeLuz
March 25, 1921 - Dec 28, 2016
Josephine, age 95, passed away on Wed., Dec. 28, 2016 at her home in Oakdale, Ca.  She was the seventh child out of nine born to Charles William Huntley and Agnes Wieruhowski on Mar. 25, 1921 in Yankton, So. Dakota.  She married Harold James Kelley on Jun 23, 1939. They had four sons: Larry Gene Kelley, Ronald James Kelley (who died at six months of age), Harold James Kelley, Jr. and Ronald Allen Kelley.  She married her 2nd husband Richard DeLuz on Oct 16, 1976.  She has six grandchildren: Kathy Reagan, Patricia Jo Herroz, Kimberly Parker, Ranald Patrick Kelley, Kristin Pelayo and Harold James Kelley III.  She has eight great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren and one to be born in May.  She was preceded in death by her first husband Harold James (Pat) Kelley in 1970 and her second husband Richard DeLuz in 2000.  Josephine and Richard moved to Oakdale, Ca. in April, 1992 from Fremont, Ca.  Josephine worked at many jobs throughout her life.  When she was pregnant with Ronald Allen, her youngest, she worked on the outside of ships, welding the holes during WWII.  They called those workers "Rosie Riverters".  She worked many years for Montgomery Wards until she retired at age 59.  Services will be held Sat. Jan. 7, 2016.  Viewing from 9am to 10am at the Oakdale Memorial Chapel, 830 W. F Street.  Funerals service will be at 11am St. Mary's Catholic Church, 89 N. Oak Ave., Oakdale, Ca.  Interment will follow at 431 N. Sierra Ave., Oakdale, Ca.
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Oakdale Memorial Chapel
830 West F Street
Oakdale, CA 95361
(209) 847-2211
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Published in the Modesto Bee from Jan. 4 to Jan. 6, 2017