Jose Mendes Jose Mendes, of Tulare, CA, passed away on May 1, 2012, he was 91 years old. He was born on August 26, 1920, in Santa Barbara, Terceira, Azores. While in the Azores he worked as a mechanical engineer for the U.S. Air Force. On December 13, 1973 Jose and his family immigrated to the United States and settled in Tulare, California. He went to work for Hoffman Dairy, from which he retired. Jose loved working in his garden, of which he was very proud, often sharing what he grew with friends and family. His family and friends were very important to him, and he enjoyed spending time with them. Jose enjoyed helping people and was often found cooking at the Portuguese celebrations. He is survived by Paulina Mendes, his wife of 62 years. He is also survived by his six children, daughter, Maria Goretti Parreira (husband Manuel) of Tulare; son, Paul Mendes (wife Teri) of Strathmore; daughter, Paulina Desousa (husband Luis) of Toronto, Canada; daughter, Teresa McGrady (husband David) of Tulare; son, Luis Mendes (wife Tammy) of Tulare; and son, Jorge Mendes (wife Judy) of Corcoran. He is also survived by ten grandchildren, Sandra Perreira, of Tulare; Michael Brazil, of Toronto, Canada; Ryan Lima, of San Diego, CA; Kevin Lima, of Tulare; Eric Lima, of Arroyo Grande, CA; Serena Mendes, of Denver, Colorado; Vanessa Mendes, of Strathmore, CA; Christina Mendes, of Tulare; Justin Mendes, of Corcoran, and Jared Mendes of Corcoran; and two great grandchildren, Brody and Payton. Recitation of the Rosary and Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Monday, May 7, 2012, 10:30 a.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 25 East Pleasant Ave., Tulare, CA, with burial at Tulare District Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Miller's Tulare Funeral Home.
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on May 4, 2012