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Carmina Espinoza, 86, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 28, 2013 at her home in Watsonville, surrounded by all her loved ones. Mrs. Espinoza was born January 19, 1927, in Huntington Beach to Aurelia and Leonardo Pantoja. In December of 1940, she married Joe Espinoza, raised three beautiful daughters, and stayed married for 72 years.
Mrs. Espinoza loved music, whether it be singing or dancing to it. In fact, every Sunday, Carmina and Joe could be found at Casa de Fruta dancing the night away with friends and family. Carmina was known as "Nana" to everyone who she came across. Nana's house was always open and full of wonderful food, as she was an amazing cook. Carmina also enjoyed sewing, arranging flowers, and painting. Above all, she loved to spoil her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Espinoza is survived by her daughters, Mary Lou Navarro, Josie Diaz (Dean), and Maria Elena Vasquez (Victor); her siblings, John Pantoja, Ted Pantoja, and Margaret Lara; her grandchildren, Joseph Navarro, Jesse Navarro, Michael Navarro, Magda Gomez, Robert Diaz, Rene Diaz, Victor Vasquez Jr., and Emanuel Vasquez; and her great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Curtis Gomez, Dominic Vasquez, Sara and Kathleen Navarro, Tiffany and Felecia Navarro, and Giselle Diaz.
Visitation will be held Sunday, May 5, 2013 from 5 to 9 p.m., at Mehl's Colonial Chapel, 222 E. Lake Ave., Watsonville; with a Recitation of the Rosary at 5:30 p.m.
Mass will be held Monday, May 6, 2013 at 1 p.m., at Valley Catholic Church with Burial to follow at Valley Public Cemetery.
Arrangements: Mehl's Colonial Chapel, 831-724-6371.
Published in The Salinas Californian on May 2, 2013