Joseph Berlanga (1962 - 2012)

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Joseph Berlanga

Joseph Berlanga, 50, longtime Salinas resident, passed away Friday, October 26, 2012 surrounded by his loving family and friends at home, after a valiant two year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born March 4, 1962, in Lubbock, TX.

He was "Uncle Joe" to family, "Joe" or "Joey" by his other family, co-workers and associates, but most of all, everyone that truly knew him, called him "friend"! He will be remembered for his many qualities, wisdom, insight, his life's experiences, his compassion, and generosities, are just a few of the words to describe this great man.

Joe conducted his life with responsibility, respect and loyalty to his family and friends. The imprint that our brother, "Joey/Uncle Joe", has left behind in this world is evident by the love and care he received from his family and friends throughout his last days.

After achieving his B.A. degree at Hartnell College, Joe started his career with the County of Monterey Department of Social Services, and had recently retired after 27 years.

He had a love for bowling and played on many local bowling leagues. He demonstrated his bowling spirit and camaraderie at the Valley Center Bowl. He also had a love for golfing; this he shared with some of his closest friends, George and Ginger Margosin, and Trudy and Ed Novack.

Uncle Joe was a loyal Pittsburg Steelers Fan, to know the extent of his passion all you had to do was look to his office space, his wardrobe and his "man cave" to his wall-to-wall Steelers memorabilia.

Joseph will join his parents, Margarito and Dora Berlanga; his sister, Eva and brother, Bobby.

To join him at a later date will be his sisters, Frances, Margaret, Dora and Tammy (Bennie); his brothers, Ralph, Max (Tinnie), Alfred and Arthur (Marie).

Uncle Joe didn't have any of his own children, but was a proud Godfather to Yvette, Dorena, Shannon and Tiara. Uncle Joe had numerous nieces and nephews, whom he loved and adored.

To everyone at Monterey County D.S.E.S, Joey's family is eternally grateful for the support and love you all have bestowed upon us.

We want to give a special thanks to the wonderful care and treatment that our brother received through Pacific Cancer Care, Dr. Haghighat and all the staff, and to Hospice of the Central Coast.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 30, 2012 from 1 to 9 p.m., with a Family Service from 7 to 9 p.m., all at Healey Mortuary, 405 N. Sanborn Road, Salinas, CA 93905.

A Funeral Mass will take place Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 10 a.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 22 Stone St., Salinas, CA 93901.

Burial to follow services at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 18200 Damian Way, Salinas, CA 93907.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Joe's name to the , Salinas Chapter.

Arrangements entrusted to Healey Mortuary & Crematory,

Funeral Home
Healey Mortuary and Crematory
405 North Sanborn Road
Salinas, CA 93905
(831) 424-1848
Published in The Salinas Californian from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, 2012
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