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Ruben Villanueva

Posted: Monday, Apr 14th, 2014


WATSONVILLE Ruben Villanueva, Sr. died peacefully on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. He was 75.

Mr. Villanueva was born on Dec. 4, 1938 in Sinton, Texas. He moved to Watsonville in his early childhood where his family settled. He met his wife Mary Ann in Watsonville; they were married for 53 years. Together they had three children, Ruben, Jr., Veronica and Valerie. Mr. Villanueva worked as a baker for many years. He later became a private owner of several service stations, but his passion was baking so he later decided to open his own bakery.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Lidia Wilhite. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann (Lopez) Villanueva and his children, Ruben Villanueva Jr. (son), Brenda Villanueva (daughter-in-law), Veronica Johnson (daughter), Valerie Bigham (daughter), Brian Bigham (son-in-law); seven grandchildren, several great grandchildren and numerous family members.

Visitation will be held at Ave Maria Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, April 15 from 5-9 p.m. with Rosary at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be Wednesday April 16, at 10 a.m. at Assumption Church in Watsonville with the burial to follow at Valley Public Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of The Carroll Family of Ave Maria Memorial Chapel.

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