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Joseph Bento Rocha, 88, of Newman passed away Monday, Jan. 11 at his residence.

Mr. Rocha was born in Ripon and was a resident of Newman for 74 years.

He was a 1950 graduate of Orestimba High School.

Mr. Rocha coached Little League baseball and was an avid sports fan. He also enjoyed playing cards.

He was a grocery store butcher for 44 years.

Mr. Rocha is survived by his wife, Helen Rocha of Newman; two sons, Ed Rocha of Turlock and Dan Rocha of Gustine; a daughter, Kathy Strandwold of Newman; a brother, Clifford Rocha of Livermore; 16 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Jack Rocha.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in Hills Ferry Cemetery, Newman. 

Hillview Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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