Rogerio Sousa died on Oct. 10th at his home surrounded by his family in Watsonville. He was 70. Mr. Sousa was born on Jan. 27, 1949 in Sao Jorge, Azores to Joao and Belmira Sousa.
He moved to California in 1968. He was a hardworking man that always provided for his family. Roger worked at Salz Leathers for the better part of his life and when the plant shut down, he worked at 5th Street Laundromat until he retired in November 2014.
Roger was a friendly and happy person whose hobbies were gardening and working on his ranch. What he cherished most was spending time with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren! Roger was a man with a big heart and his family will miss him.
Mr. Sousa is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Dolores Sousa; daughter Sheryl Sousa; two grandchildren Reis & Gage Vasconcellos; and sisters Maria Alzira Bettencourt and Rosa Brazil. Roger was preceded in death by his two brothers Fernando Sousa and Isalino Sousa and sister Leontina Soares.
Visitation and viewing will be held on Oct. 23rd from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at Mehl’s Colonial Chapel. Mass and Rosary will be held on the same day at 10 a.m. at Our Lady Help of Christians with burial to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Santa Cruz.
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