Vitalina "Valerie" M. Vargas

October 14, 1942 ~ December 14, 2021 (age 79)


Vitalina M. Vargas, 79, passed away in Modesto, CA on Tuesday, December 14, 2021. Valerie as she was best known by all that knew and loved her; was born on October 14, 1942 in São Jorge, Azores and has lived in Tracy for the past 51 years.
Valerie was a parishioner of St. Bernard's Parish and member of several organizations such as IPFES and Our Lady of Fatima.

Mrs. Vargas catered for over twenty years with her late husband Jose for weddings and other celebrations. She loved cooking, sewing and quilting. She also enjoyed spending time at the coast but, most of all she enjoyed spending time with her cherished family. She will truly be missed by many.

A devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Valerie leaves behind her daughter Lillian Vargas and her husband Gregory Gaines from Cheyenne, WY; daughter Lucy and her husband Larry Mason from Hughson, CA; son Joey and his wife Diana Vargas from Modesto, CA; daughter Jeanette and her husband Darin Jurado from Tracy, CA; son Johnny Vargas from Tracy, CA; Sister Maria Correira of Fairfield, CA. She was also blessed with 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Mrs. Vargas was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Jose T. Vargas (2013), and two brothers.

Fry Memorial Chapel, 550 South Central Avenue, Tracy, is honored to serve the Vargas family. Visitation will be Wednesday, December 22, 2021 beginning at 4:00 pm followed by the Rosary at 6:00 pm. Mass of Christian burial will be on Thursday, December 23 at 11:00 am at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 163 West Eaton Ave, Tracy. Mrs. Vargas will be laid to rest at the Tracy Mausoleum, 8842 West Schulte Road, Tracy. Chapel services will be live streamed via her tribute page at; an online guest book is also available for condolences and special messages to the family.

Click here to view a webcast of the service on 12/22/2021 at 05:55 PM, Pacific Standard Time.

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December 22, 2021

4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Fry Memorial Chapel
550 S. Central Ave.
Tracy, CA 95376

Recitation of the Rosary
December 22, 2021

6:00 PM
Fry Memorial Chapel
550 S. Central Ave.
Tracy, CA 95376

Video is available for this event

Mass of Christian Burial
December 23, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Bernard's Catholic Church
163 W. Eaton Ave.
Tracy, CA 95376


Tracy Mausoleum
8842 W. Schulte Rd.
Tracy, CA

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