OBITUARY

Juvenal Guerrero Anaya

November 28, 1920July 9, 2014

A devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and the beloved patriarch of the Anaya's, Juvenal Anaya died on July 9, 2014 in San Jose, California. Juvenal was born to Cleotilde and Rosalio Anaya on November 28, 1920 in Jalpa, Zacatecas, Mexico. At the age of 18, he spotted his future wife, Dolores Valenzuela and went to her window to propose marriage. At 14, she wasn't interested and tried to get him to leave before she could get into trouble for having a boy over, but he persisted. The only way he'd leave is if she agreed to marry him the next day, so finally she said she would, thinking he couldn't possibly be serious. The next day Juvenal returned with a priest. They were blessed with eleven children: Alfonso (deceased at age18mo.), Guillermo, Guadalupe, Alfonso-Juvenal (deceased at age 23), Hermilo, Maria Elena, Enrique, Antonio, Dolores, Socorro and Mario . The early years were difficult for the couple as Juvenal migrated north—sometimes sleeping in orchards of fruit trees—and left his young wife behind in Mexico to care for the children. He went wherever he could find jobs, including railroads in Chicago, but eventually he settled with his cousin Bob in San Jose. In 1957 , Dolores and the children joined him and they bought a home on Jerome Street. Juvenal was the most hardworking, committed and loving person. He often worked two jobs to support his growing family and when the kids wanted time with their dad during his only break in between grueling shifts, he would chase them around or play in the yard , no matter how exhausted he was. Juvenal's story is truly that of an immigrant fulfilling the American dream, and his dedication paid off. Not only was he able to support ten children, but he also purchased several homes in San Jose and back in Jalpa. After he retired, he dutifully maintained his rental properties and encouraged members of his family to live in them. In fact, it was a rite of passage for many to start lives with their own families in one of his homes. Abuelito, as he was affectionately known by this time, would come over in his signature sombrero to snake the drain or fix just about anything. His generosity was boundless and he delighted in providing for his family; in turn, he was greatly loved. Juvenal was a deeply committed Catholic, never missing church on Sundays even if it meant he had to watch it from home, and he instilled in everyone the importance of faith and family. Over the years, the Anaya's developed many sacred traditions, like spending a long Christmas Eve night packed like sardines in Abuelito and Abuelita's house. Just as the kids would get antsy in anticipation of opening presents at midnight, Juvenal would lead the entire house—around 40 people—in praying the rosary. Afterwards, many would kneel over by him and Abuelita to get their blessings and kiss the backs of their hands. In addition to the inspiring immigrant and benevolent father figure, Juvenal's legacy is that of a devoted husband. Dolores was his life and they were constant companions. In her characteristically funny way, she would tease and chide him, and Juvenal would always just smile back at her, his crinkled eyes revealing his unconditional love. They were "Viejo" and "Vieja" to each other, and they recently celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary alongside their adoring family and friends. Juvenal Anaya joins his sons Alfonso and Alfonso-Juvenal in Heaven. He is survived by his wife, Dolores; his nine children, Guillermo, Guadalupe, Hermilo, Maria Elena, Enrique, Antonio, Dolores, Socorro and Mario and their spouses; his 33 grandchildren and their spouses; and his 37 great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank Manuela, Mari, Candi, Cyndi and Cousin Martha who recently cared for him. A special thanks also goes to the grandchildren who helped without ever hesitating: Elliott, Jennifer and Raquelito. Friends are invited to attend Vigil Service 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Lima Family Erickson Funeral Home, 710 Willow Street, San Jose, California 95125., and Funeral Mass 11:00 A. M. Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Christ The King Catholic Church, 5284 Monterey Road, San Jose, California 95111.

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Juvenal Guerrero Anaya

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Lilly Lomas

July 23, 2014

My sincere condolences to all of The Anaya Family. He will truly be missed and never forgotten. Thank you for always treating me like family.

Lilly Lomas

July 17, 2014

My sincere condolences to all of The Anaya Family. He will truly be missed and never forgotten. Thank you for always treating me like family.

Kelly Gherardi

July 15, 2014

Socorro, I'm so fortunate to have met you long ago, and to have been included in family events over the years. I have had the opportunity to experience this wonderful family that your Dad (and Mom) sacrificed to create. You can tell what a great man he was by the legacy he leaves. Hugs and blessings to you all.

Margaret Soto

July 15, 2014

Socorro - I wish to express my sympathy on the loss of your beloved father. Although words cannot ease the terrible sense of loss that you feel right now, I hope that your fond memories of him will sustain you and your family through this difficult time.

Dafne Piñón

July 14, 2014

Siento mucho por el terrible dolor que están pasando, sin embargo no existe mejor consuelo que el que proviene de Dios, es por eso que quiero compartir con ustedes la maravillosa esperanza escrita como garantía en la Palabra de Dios: "Y limpiara toda lágrima de sus ojos, y la muerte no será más, ni existirá ya más lamentó ni clamor no dolor" (Revelación 21:4). Les deseo lo mejor a toda la familia en estos tiempos de duelo.

July 14, 2014

Another amazing angel was made for a great family...our condolences and prayers to you family

Amado Nunez Cortez JR.

July 12, 2014

Rest in peace Tio Juvenal. Que Dios ayude a la familia a soportar esta gran perdida.
Jn 5:28,29

July 12, 2014

i love him with all my heart he was like a father to me since i was 15 yrs Rosalinda G cortez

Sandra Thornton

July 12, 2014

May God Bless the Anaya Family during this time of sorrow. You are all in our prayers.
The Scott and Thornton Families

Carolyn Etheridge

July 12, 2014

My sincere condolences to the entire Anaya family. May you find comfort in family, friends and precious memories.