Joseph Soares Barroso
Born March 24, 1941 in Rosais, Sao Jorge, Açores to Domingos & Maria Barroso where he lived with his 8 siblings. In 1960 he arrived in San Francisco with his brother Dominic Barroso. He worked in Hayward doing construction building pre slab cement walls. This is also where he met Renata in 1963 and they were married in 1965. They lived in San Mateo where Joe continued to work hard to provide for his family as they welcomed 2 children Julie & Mark. In 1969 he and his brothers Dominic and Mike ventured into the Dairy business bringing them to Atwater, CA. The following year, 1970, they moved to the Dairy on Le Grand road where their family continued to grow by adding two more children Nancy & David. He continued to actively work on the dairy until his final weeks of life. He was not afraid of hard work or hard times, but faced them with faith and enthusiasm. He has built a legacy that his family is honored to be a part of and will continue to carry on in his memory. His family was his great sense of pride and joy. His love for them was unconditional. Joe had a smile that would light a room and a laugh that was contagious. He was genuine, courageous, loving, kind, smart, stubborn, humble and compassionate. He was the greatest teacher, role model and friend to many and will be deeply missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Domingos & Maria Barroso, Manuel Barroso of Sao Jorge, Johnny Barroso of Dos Palos, Tony Barroso of Atwater, Mike Barroso of Merced. He is survived by his wife Renee Barroso, children, Julie Barroso, Mark & Kris Barroso, Nancy Barroso & Jesus Campos, David & Jamie Barroso, Grandchildren, Vanessa Barroso, Jody & Megan Miller, Nicolas Barroso, Mark Barroso Jr., Kendra Barroso, Leah Campos, Lauren & Andrew Barroso, Great Grandchildren, Tristan Barroso, Noelle & Atticus Miller, Siblings Maria Barroso, Teresa Floriano, Gertude Barbosa, Dominic Barroso and numerous nieces and nephews.
Viewing will be offered at Ivers & Alcorn in Merced on Monday December 21st from 4 – 8 pm. Rosary at 11 am and Funeral Mass at 12 pm outside at St. Columba Church 213 Orange St. Chowchilla, CA.
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