Josephine Clare Serpa
March 5, 1912-December 8, 2018
Josephine passed peacefully at her home in San Jose, CA on December 8, 2018, with her daughter Shirley, Grandson Rick and Granddaughter Kathleen at her side.
Josephine was born in San Francisco to Bartolomeo and Leonida Sordello and was the oldest in a family of 8 children. She was raised on an apricot and prune ranch in the Evergreen Hills in San Jose, where she met the love of her life Manual Serpa and married in 1928. She and Manual took over the families 114-acre Serpa Ranch from their parents in 1939 where they raised livestock, apricots and other fruits for 58 years and where they raised their three children, daughter Shirley Perez (Bud) and sons Lawrence (Joan) and George Serpa (Brenda) who she loved dearly and filled her with pride. She is a Grandmother of 10, Great Grandmother of 17 and Great Great Grandmother to 7.
Josephine retired from Del Monte Canary in 1977. Josephine’s real passion was her love of gardening, cooking, sewing and knitting.
She was preceded in death by loving husband Manual, son Lawrence Serpa and siblings Ida Harn, Mary Cirelli, Yolanda Parola, Dee Lewis, Norma Mullis, Louis Sordello, and Angelo Sordello.
She will be missed and remembered for her strength, kindness and love of her family.
A Funeral Service will be held Thursday December 13, 2018 at Campbell Memorial Chapel.