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07/27/1922 - 01/24/2019
Jose Cipriano Herrera July 27, 1922 – January 24, 2019
This strong and gentle man left this earth much the way he lived it: with a hard fought struggle. He was surrounded constantly by the unconditional love of his daughters Emma, Judy and Soledad. He was blessed, as was his family, to have lived 96 years. He experienced so much of what the world had to offer – both the good and the bad. He learned an appreciation for life, for nature, for animals. He spent countless hours sharing his life story with Ileana, Manolo and Arturo, as well as many others at the nursing home, who were captivated by the adventures of his life. He loved relating stories of his early life at the rancho El Sauz with his Máma, his journey from Paracuaro, Guanajuato to the United States and seeking a better life for our Mom and us kids. It was a legacy he was most proud of: first as a Bracero, then an illegal immigrant, then becoming a legal resident. Though he never went to school past third grade his tenacity and wit afforded him his own construction company doing cement work and rockwall building. He never stopped working at hard labor; a credit to his longevity.
Dad had a tremendous wit about him and his gentility endeared him to those that took care of him. Mil Gracias Adriana Tovanche y Cira Amador for caring so lovingly for him. Joanna Alba from Regent Care, he loved you like a daughter and you made his days there enjoyable.
Throughout his life, Dad prayed daily for his Máma Chole, and for the day they would finally be reunited. In his last hours, it was clear Abuela was there to carry Dad home.
Dad is survived by his children: Emma Salcido (Robert), Miriam Judy Gutierrez (Leonard), Soledad Herrera (Arturo Vasquez), Elizabeth Apodaca (Ricardo †), Jorge Herrera (Patricia), RoseMary Varela (Luis), Blanca Magana (Paul), Yvette Klingensmith (Roy), his wife Catalina Herrera, his sister Raquel Almaraz, and a plethora of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson. Dad had a void and ache in his heart that was with him always as he was preceded in death by his two daughters, Terry Carreon (Luis), and Elisa Albaugh. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Jorge, Elisa and Consuelo…all who lived into their 80’s and late 90s.
Our hearts are heavy as we say adiós a nuestro Padre, our Patriarch, our grandpa, who loved us all so unconditionally and made us laugh so easily. Please join the Herrera Family at a Funeral Mass and Celebration of Life on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 12PM at our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 2709 Alabama.