OBITUARY

Jose Angel Rocha

November 23, 1940May 15, 2020
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Joe A. Rocha, 79, of Pasadena, Texas, passed away on May 15th, 2020. He was born in McAllen, Texas on November 23, 1940 to Maria de los Santos and Tomas Rocha. He was married to the love of his life, Hortencia “Ardie” Rocha for 51 years. Joe had a career in Water & Waste Management for the Cities of Pasadena, LaPorte, Houston, South Houston, Victoria, and League City Texas. His passions and hobbies included his family, all types of animals, dancing with his wife, Elvis Presley, going to the casino, and his Tangerine & Valley Lemon trees.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father Maria de los Santos & Tomas Rocha, older brother Tomas Rocha Jr, younger brother Gilbert Rocha, and his wife Ardie Rocha. Joe passed away exactly 99 days after his wife, the longest amount of time that they have ever been apart in their marriage.

He is survived by his two children, Angel and Jackie Rocha. His daughter-in-law Kristie Rocha, his son-in-law Kirk Kleinsorge, and grandson Will Milam. As well as his sister Mary Garza, numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, and compadres.

Services

  • Family Will Receive Friends

    Thursday, May 21, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, May 22, 2020

  • Laid to Rest

    Friday, May 22, 2020

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Angel Rocha

May 22, 2020

Joe Rocha my Dad was an inspiration for all people. Grow up in poverty and having to travel around the country harvesting fruits, vegetables, and cotton. He did not get to complete high school. But he did not let that stop him. He got his GED. In 1961 he moved to Pasadena, Tx and stayed with the Rocha family (not blood relation, but still family) who helped him get a job with the City of Pasadena Water and Wastewater Dept. He started at the bottom worked his way up. And held 2nd and 3rd jobs. He attended special schooling at a Texas A&M and received the high license in water management. In 1977 he received the Texas Wastewater Management Man of the year. He would go on the be the Superintendent for the cities of South Houston, Victoria, and League City before he retired.

He never forgot where became from always assisting his family in the Rio Grande Valley. He was always proud of the younger generations as they also grow and had successful lives.

1968 he married the love of his life Ardie, my mom. They raised their two kids who both went on to college and are now in middle of successful careers. Hard working, loving, family oriented, and never forgetting where we came from is the legacy that we carry forward.

Nancy Eguia

May 21, 2020

Tio Joe your wings were ready to fly, but our hearts weren't ready to release you. You had the most wonderful smile, and a big heart of gold. You will be missed dearly on this Earth, but now that you're with Tia Ardie your beautiful wife, you both will fly high together. You left beautiful memories on this Earth. Memories that will be cherished forever. May you R.I.P. till we meet again.
Love Always,
Your Nephew and wife
Paul & Nancy Eguia

Letty Garcia

May 20, 2020

Such a stylish and noble gentleman, Uncle Joe, you have always been a sharp dresser and have kept such an enviable head of hair. Know that Aunt Ardie & you have always had our admiration. You took a chance & moved to Houston, built a beautiful home and raised two strong and caring children. All the while, sharing your good fortunes with both sides of your families. Thank you for your kindness, your generosity, and most precious, your time. Your amazing spirit will dwell in our hearts and will be passed on to others, perpetuating the example of love and compassion that began with you two.

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