Joe Rosa Pereira, loving Husband and Father, passed away on March 9, 2023, at the age of 87. Joe was born on January 23, 1936, in Monte, Pico Island; Azores Portugal to Estacio Da Rosa and Joana Rosalia Jorge Pereira of Monte, Pico Island, Azores Portugal.
In February of 1963, he married his loving Wife Minnie Pereira. They shared 60 years of marriage together. They had three children, Michael Pereira who passed away in 1966, Cecelia Marie French, and Frank Joseph Pereira.
Joe was raised in the Azores Islands. He was part of a large family of 10 siblings.
He went into the military at a young age, and he worked very hard. He came to America in 1963 after marrying his Wife Minnie. He worked for a short time at Gladding McBeen Pottery in Lincoln, CA. He started rice farming in 1964 in Delevan, California. Joe Carrancho, Foreman at Gunnersfield Farm, hired him where he continued to work for 35 years retiring in 2001. He then continued to work rice farming in Delevan with Pierre Etcharren.
Joe was a loving Father who provided for his Family. He loved his Portuguese Heritage and volunteered many years in the Saint Anthony Holy Ghost Festa in Princeton California where he was President for a year. He had a huge love for fishing. Our vacations each year consisted of fishing for smelt in Fort Bragg at Wages Creek and the surrounding beaches. He worked very long hours rice farming and kept going after work taking care of his huge garden and grapes that ran across the home property. He was very proud of making his own wine (Portuguese Diesel) each year along with growing fresh fruits and vegetables from his garden.
He is survived by his Wife, Minnie Pereira, his Daughter and Son-in-Law, Cecelia and Thomas French, and his Son and Daughter-In-Law Frank and Melissa Acevedo Pereira along with Grandchildren, Sarah French, Kirsten Pereira, Renzo Acevedo Salvador, Vince Acevedo Salvador, and Dale Acevedo Salvador.
A Rosary will take place on Thursday, March 16, 2023, at 10 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maxwell, California.
Funeral mass will follow the Rosary on March 16, at 11 AM. The funeral will follow at the Maxwell Cemetery with a reception at Rocco’s banquet hall located behind Rocco’s Bar and Grill in Colusa, CA. ■
PUBLISHED 03/16/2023 • COLUSA COUNTY PIONEER REVIEW #2023-0173