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March 6, 2012 > Obituary: Antonio Zendejas

Obituary: Antonio Zendejas

Born on June 13, 1905 in Villa Jimenez, Michoacan, MX. On February 14, 1925 he married the love of his life, Otilia Tapia Luna. Soon after they immigrated to the United States, crossing the border at El Paso, TX where a mistake at the border changed Cendejas to Zendejas. He worked several jobs as the family moved across the country, eventually residing in Union City.

He enjoyed watching boxing on TV, playing cards (Sequence), and his passion was gardening. His secret to longevity was hard work, spending time with family and friends, laughing often, and eating chili with every meal.

In June of 2011 he celebrated his 106th birthday at a Casino Night themed party held in his honor. Among his guests were family from California, Washington, Texas, and Michigan.

He is survived by 6 children: Connie, Delia, Nef (Genara), Tony (Sara), Lala (Vicente), and Romie (Gene); as well as 20 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 6, from 5-8pm with a vigil at 6:30pm at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 703 C Street, Union City, CA 94587. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 7, 10am at Our Lady of the Rosary. Burial will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward.

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