OBITUARY

Rogelio Avalos

March 10, 1943May 1, 2018
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Rogelio Avalos was born on March 10, 1943 in Aguililla, Michoacan and passed away on May 1, 2018 in Redwood City, California

  • FAMILY

  • Maria Cruz Gonzalez, Esposa
  • Jesus Avalos, Hijo
  • Alma Delia Ordaz, Hija
  • Cuauhtemoc Avalos, Hijo
  • Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez, Hija
  • Susana Avalos, Hija
  • Leslie Alejandra Avalos, Nieta
  • Jesus Rogelio Avalos, Nieto
  • Kevin Daniel Avalos, Nieto
  • Selena Suzzette Avalos, Nieta
  • Angel Ordaz, Nieto
  • Isabella Xochitl Ordaz, Nieta
  • Michael Matthew Ordaz, Nieto
  • Dominic Nishawn Avalos, Nieto
  • Lea Devi Avalos, Nieta
  • Maya Devi Avalos, Nieta
  • Shawn Julian Smith, Nieto
  • Xochitl Malia Gonzalez, Nieta
  • Dantony Emmanuel Lewis, Nieto
  • Daniela Bernice Lewis, Nieta
  • Lino Ordaz, Yerno
  • Ashika Avalos, Nuera
  • Gabriel Gonzalez, Yerno
  • Jeslene Hernandez, Bisnieta
  • Naima Hernandez, Bisnieta
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Cuauhtemoc Avalos, Portador de féretro
  • Dantony Lewis, Portador de féretro
  • Dominic Avalos, Portador de féretro

Services

  • Velorio Tuesday, May 8, 2018
  • Rosario Tuesday, May 8, 2018
  • Misa Fúnebre Wednesday, May 9, 2018
  • Entierro Wednesday, May 9, 2018
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Biography

To Rogelio Avalos, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, he was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around him, he seemed to be eternally happy, and he willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life he touched. For Rogelio, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, he could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Rogelio really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

Rogelio was born on March 10, 1943 in his Parents’ home in Aguililla, Michoacán, Mexico. His parents were Manuel and Margarita Avalos. Rogelio was raised in Tierras Blancas, Michoacán, Mexico. Even as a child, Rogelio had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around him. He was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. He couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. He was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, he succeeded in entertaining his entire family.

Always a good playmate, Rogelio was easygoing and fun loving. He managed to lighten the mood wherever he was, even during family squabbles. He seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Rogelio managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Rogelio was raised with ten siblings. He had Carmen, Everardo, Merced, Margarita, Francisco, Martha, Jose Luis, Alberto, and Gloria.

All of Rogelio's playful good humor carried over into his childhood. He was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed him to be constantly on the go. As a result, Rogelio experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited him very well. In his spare time he liked playing in the outdoors.

Rogelio never actually encountered a stranger in his dealings with people. He was drawn to individuals and crowds, using his gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate his audience. This quality allowed Rogelio to continually develop new relationships, ever widening his circle of friends. Rogelio delighted in his role among all his acquaintances, because he viewed them all as potential spectators for his performance. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Rogelio was always right at home putting on a show among his friends. Rogelio utilized his interest in others as a great way to connect with them. While growing up, some of his best friends were Rogelio Navarrete. Later in life, he became friends with Rogelio Navarrete. Rogelio loved sharing life and having his home filled with people he knew.

The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Rogelio very easy to approach. On February 16, 1968 Rogelio exchanged wedding vows with Maria Cruz Gonzalez at Santisima Trinidad Church in Zamora, Michoacan, Mexico. He tried hard not to impose on his spouse. He was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

Perhaps the reason Rogelio related so well to children was the fact that he never really completely grew up himself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped him in raising his own children. Rogelio was blessed with five children, two sons, Jesus and Cuauhtemoc, and three daughters, Alma, Lupe and Susy. They were also blessed with fourteen grandchildren, Leslie, Jr, Kevin, Angel, Michael, Isabella, Dominic, Lea, Maya, Shawn, Xochitl, TJ, Daniela, and Selena. Rogelio had the ability to focus his attention on the present moment. If he was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of his attention was directed. Rogelio's compassionate side prevented him from being a strict disciplinarian, and he could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. He could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Rogelio had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.

At work, as in life, Rogelio was a real “people person.” He had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and his enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. Rogelio liked to see himself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems, Rogelio was an adaptable realist, using his common sense and trusting his experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Rogelio's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around him to see Rogelio as an excellent problem solver. His primary occupation was as a custodian. He was employed for 20 years as a custodian and 16 years as a truck driver.

Rogelio enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Rogelio liked creating and making things. His favorite pursuits were being around family. Rogelio was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

Rogelio felt excited and challenged by sports. Even if he wasn’t the best, Rogelio loved to participate and thoroughly enjoyed the competition and the pleasure of being around other people. Rogelio relished the opportunities where he could make an impact, and he would often push himself to play above his abilities. A quick thinker who understood the basics, Rogelio never seemed to get caught off guard, even when confronted with unexpected conflict. Rogelio was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were Animal Planet, El Chavo del Ocho, and the Discovery Channel.

A generous person who often wore his heart on his sleeve, Rogelio often found himself involved in activities he deemed important. He was charitable, kind and giving, qualities that made him a natural volunteer. Outspoken in his beliefs, yet tactful in his dealings with others, Rogelio was a member of several community groups, serving on committees for the Redwood City Community Center. Politically, Rogelio was Democrat Party.

Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Rogelio recognized that his faith was important to him throughout his life. He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

Living life in the fast lane suited Rogelio just fine. It is no surprise that he loved to travel and to visit new and different places. He was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. He was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included Oahu, Hawaii, Disneyland, touring and San Antonio, Texas.

Rogelio was a lover of animals and cherished his pets, enjoying them almost as much as he enjoyed being around other people. One of Rogelio's favorites was Puma, his dog. They were best friends for 4 years.

Rogelio passed away on May 1, 2018 at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, California. He is survived by his wife, Maria his children, Jesus, Alma, Temo, Lupe, Susy his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Services were held at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Rogelio was laid to rest at Skylawn Memorial Park in San Mateo, California.

Rogelio brought joy to all of those around him. He never had a mean bone in his body. He loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. He loved to share his energy, wit, and his zest for all of his activities with his friends and family. Rogelio Avalos lived life to its fullest and made everyone around him happier just for knowing him. He will be remembered with a smile.