Mary Helen Mendoza Delgado

October 13, 1935May 29, 2018
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Mary Helen Mendoza Delgado, 82, passed away surrounded by her loved ones at O'Connor Hospital in San Jose California on May 29, 2018. Mary was born on October 13, 1935, in Cottonwood, Arizona. Although she was named Mary Helen she preferred being called Maria Elena. She moved to San Jose, California as a young girl and has been a resident of San Jose for over 65 years. She graduated from Fremont High School. She worked for many years as a school bus driver.

Mary was a very strong and determined woman. She could and did accomplish anything that she set her mind to. She helped any and everyone that she could. She truly was the epitome of selflessness. She loved to laugh and make others laugh. She also loved to crochet, listen to Spanish music, travel in her Bronco and watch her novellas.

Despite all her passions it is believed that her greatest joy was being surrounded by her family, especially her grandchildren. She had a huge family that included six children and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Maria Elena is preceded in death by her parents Joseph Mendoza and Julia Mendoza, her husband Francisco Delgado and her son Juan Delgado. She is survived by her brother Joe Mendoza, her sister Genevieve Mendoza Rodriguez and five of her children.

Son: Benito Jose Mendoza Grandchildren: Raquel Mendoza, Celina Mendoza, Benito Mendoza, Andres Mendoza, and Rey Mendoza. Great Grandchildren: Cienna Mendoza and Andrea Mendoza.

Son: Juan Delgado Grandchildren: Juan Mateo Delgado and Cristina Delgado. Great Grandchildren: Sophia Delgado and Victoria Delgado.

Daughter: Tina Marie Mendoza Grandchildren: Sara Mendoza-Diaz, Armando Sanchez, Erica Garcia-Navarro, and Gordo Garcia. Great Grandchildren: Andrew Sanchez, Alexie Valle, Alina Sanchez, Emily Sanchez, Zoe Navarro, Chandler Diaz, Ayva Garcia, Adrianna Sanchez, Caleb Garcia and Colton Diaz.

Daughter: Rosemary Delgado Velez Grandchilden: Fernando Velez VIII, Sandra Borba, John Lennon Velez, Veronikka Velez, and Daniel Zapata Velez. Great Grandchildren: Makayla Velez, Lucas Velez, and Daniel Jack Velez.

Daughter: Yolanda Delgado Grandchildren: Elisa Aquino, Rigoberto Canela Jr., Ynez Canela, Estela Rodriguez, Margarita Rosemary Canela, Angel Delgado, and Jesus Delgado. Great Grandchildren: Aneliz Aquino, Isaac Camacho, Noel Aquino, Luna Canela, Amado Canela, and Alex Rodriguez.

Daughter: Amparo Delgado Grandchildren: Angel Coria, Anabel Coria, Julio Godoy, and Alexandria Godoy. Great Grandchildren: Francisco Delgado, Mary Jane Delgado, and Jayzleen Delgado-Godoy.

Services for Maria Elena are as follows:

Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 5th from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Viewing/Wake will be held Tuesday, June 5th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Lima Family Erickson Memorial Chapel 710 Willow St., San Jose, CA 95125 Church Services will be held Wednesday, June 6th at 11:00 a.m. Green Valley Christian Church 390 Ridge Vista Ave. San Jose, CA 95127

Graveside Service on Wednesday, June 6th at 1:00 p.m.: Calvary Catholic Cemetery 2650 Madden Ave. San Jose, CA 95116 A reception will immediately follow the burial services back at Green Valley Christian Church. Address above. For those that wish to send flowers please send them to Lima Family Erickson Memorial Chapel. Address above.


  • Visitation Tuesday, June 5, 2018
  • Prayer Service Tuesday, June 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 6, 2018
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Mary Helen Mendoza Delgado

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Rosemary Delgado Velez

June 4, 2018

it is hard to say good bye but we have to at one point of our lives. I never wanted to do this but bye my beautiful Mom until we meat again. love you Rosa

Jose Velez

June 2, 2018

To the Family of Mary Helen Mendoza Delgado

My deepest condolence on Her passing. Rest in peace.
Your now with God our maker.
Jose H. Velez and Family