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Age 92 went peacefully into the arms of our Lord at her home in Corona, California on August 16, 2017. The eldest child of Jose and Socorro Cervantes, she was preceded in death by her husband Edmundo Perez (2000). She was born Josefa Concepcion Cervantes in Corona California, Nov. 4, 1924, and was known as "Concha" or "Josie" by her family and friends.
Her father moved the family to Mexico City in 1932 and shortly thereafter the family settled in Mexicali, Baja CA. In her teen years, she worked briefly in the Bracero Program, crossing the border to support the U.S. during World War ll. In her twenties, she met her beloved Edmundo and they married on May 15, 1949, and immediately began a family. In 1961, she and Edmundo moved the family to the United States and in 1966, the growing family settled in Corona, CA where their youngest child was born.
Josefina dedicated her life to raising her eight children. She formed a Mexican Folkloric Dance group for the neighborhood children, and made the very small family home a center for their mothers to help make dance costumes and crafts. As her children grew and married, she dedicated her life to volunteering and providing service to St. Edward's Catholic Church.
She was hired in 1975 as the Director of Religious Education for the Spanish Speaking Community, and subsequently served as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Edward's Catholic Church. She touched many, many lives in her years of service. Josefina participated in the Guadalupanas, Cursillistas, and, St. Edward's Catholic Church Choir. After learning to play guitar, Josefina shared her talent by giving guitar lessons to anyone interested in learning. She taught and lived her motto, "si se puede", "yes you can" when she acquired a driver's license in her late 60's. Josefina completed an eighth-grade education in Mexico, and with her "si se puede" motto, she graduated from high school in 2004. That same year Josefina was honored by His Most Holy Pope John Paul ll with the Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice Cross for 'meritorious service to the Universal Church'.
Josefina is survived by her brother Antonio & Isidra Cervantes of Rancho Cucamonga, her children/spouses, Eugenia Althen of HI, Robert & Marion Perez of Jurupa Valley, Maria & Vinse Haley of Riverside, Veronica & Jesus Buenrostro of Mexico, Georgina & Terry Holderness of NV, Miriam & Barry Blum of Moreno Valley, Esther Perez Zemmels & David Zemmels of LA, Margarita & Robert Gelfand of Beaumont, twenty-one grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.
Viewing will be held Friday, Sept. 1 from 4:00 to 8:00pm, at Grimes Akes Family Funeral Home, 500 West Seventh Street, Corona, CA. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Edward's Catholic Church Saturday, Sept. 2 at 9am., followed by Interment at Pierce Brothers-Crestlawn Memorial Park & Mortuary, 11500 Arlington Ave, Riverside, CA 92505. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Catholic Charities: https://catholiccharitiesusa.org/ in memory of Josefina Concepcion Perez.
Published in Press-Enterprise from Aug. 25 to Sept. 1, 2017
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