On Thursday the 14th day of December, God sent his angels down to bring another angel home to heaven. Her name was Rose Neves Affonso, and her loving family were all surrounding her to send her home to heaven.
Rose was born to Manuel and Eva Neves of Tracy on October 16, 1931. Her family lived on a small dairy farm on West Grant Line Road. Rose attended Tracy schools, beginning with West Park and graduating from Tracy High School in 1949. After graduating, she worked as a telephone operator.
At a Portuguese dance, she met a handsome man named Manuel Affonso from Modesto, and it wasn’t long before they married on August 12, 1951, and made their first home in Tracy.
Rose’s life was centered around her family. She enjoyed her children’s activities and years of 4-H, raising animals for the fair.
Rose worked for H.J. Heinz Co. from 1970 until she retired in 1996. She held pleasant memories of all her friends at Heinz.
In later years, she and Manuel became interested in traveling with their motor home, and their enjoyment in life was traveling and forging many lasting friendships with their motor home “gang.” They were lucky enough to tour many places, including the Grand Canyon, Palm Springs, and Nashville, and attend many Rose Bowl parades.
Rose is survived by her two beloved children, Richard (Cindy) Affonso and Janet (Victor) Lopez; her sister Barbara Rebeiro; her grandchildren, Rich (Kim) Affonso, Brian (Jessica) Munguia, Alyssa (Dave) Mettler, and Mathew and Miles Lopez; and an angel of mercy, niece Claudette Medeiros, and nephew Dale Rebeiro. She also leaves eight great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and several special nieces and nephews, as well as her best friend all her life, Liz Costa.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Manuel Affonso; her parents, Manuel and Eva Neves; brother, Manuel “Shorty” (Catherine) Neves; sister Marie Furtado; nieces Monika and Marvel Neves and Maria Camboa; and nephews Frankie and Paul Rebeiro.
Visitation will be observed from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, December 27, at
Fry Memorial Chapel, 550 South Central Avenue, and a rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. On Thursday, December 28, a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 163 West Eaton Avenue, followed immediately by graveside services at Tracy Cemetery, 501 E. Schulte Road.
The family prefers contributions in Rose’s name to Golden State Hospice, 324 East 11th Street, Suite H2, Tracy, CA 95376; or St. Bernard’s Ministry of Caring, 163 West Eaton Avenue, Tracy, CA 95376.