August 5, 1940 – July 14, 2019
Josefina Casares Rocha was born August 5, 1940 and died July 14, 2019 in Weslaco, TX. The eldest of 3 children, she spent her childhood on Los Torritos Street near her grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. She graduated from St. Joan of Arc Catholic School and Weslaco High School. She worked at Wellsworth Five and Dime and then Badger Studio on Texas Avenue where she enjoyed working for Ira and Florence Badger. It was there that she mastered the art of transparent coloring for portraits. She colorized the black and white portraits of the Knapps that are displayed in the lobby of the Knapp Medical Center.
It was at the back doors of Badger’s where she first saw her future husband. Jose M. Rocha was at the back doors KRGV television studio when she noticed his bright socks. He smiled and waved. She returned the wave. A first coffee date at Butt’s Drug Store led eventually to a proposal. National Guard duty took Jose to Fort Polk for a year. He would write her letters that would be delivered by Mr. Lino Milano. Josefina would track down Mr. Milano around the neighborhood daily checking for a new letter. Mr. Milano finally resorted to separating any letters from her fiancé and holding them on the vehicle dashboard especially for her.
Josefina and Jose were married at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in 1963 and soon had a family of three sons. Their family grew over the years and were proud grandparents of six loving grandchildren. Josefina was known by several names. To her siblings, she was Mana. To her close family, she was Fina. As a student, she was Josephine. To her coworkers of over 20 years with the Weslaco Independent School District, she was Josie. Most dear to her heart was the name she received when she became a grandmother – Zema.
Her grandchildren were her pride, her vitamins, her joy and her devotion. Michael, Maria, Dominic, Jax, Felicity and Will loved Zema and her laughter, her cookies, her hugs, her stories, her phone calls and her prayers. They will always be protected by her love.
Josefina is preceded in death by her parents, Isidro and Higinia Casares; her in-laws, Candelario and Concepcion Rocha; sister, Bertha Casares Ayala; daughter-in-law, Michelle Ortega Rocha; siblings-in-law Marcelina Rocha and Norberto Rocha; and her niece Christy Rocha and nephew Richard Ayala. She is survived by Jose M. Rocha, her husband of 56 years. He truly fulfilled his wedding vows though good and bad times, through sickness and health, in times of plenty and of not, and until only death separated them. Also surviving are sons Ruben Rocha, Mario (Sarah Stivison) Rocha, Jaime (Melinda Perez) Rocha. Her grandchildren are Michael James Rocha, Maria Therese Rocha, Dominic Isidro Rocha, Jax Ambrose Rocha, Felicity Grace Rocha and William Declan Knight. Her surviving brother is Augustine A. (Alicia Mora) Casares. She will be missed by her numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeraria Del Angel-Highland Funeral Home of Weslaco is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 17, from 1 PM to 9 PM. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home Thursday, July 18, at 10 AM.
- Visitation Wednesday, July 17, 2019
- Rosary Wednesday, July 17, 2019
- Chapel Service Thursday, July 18, 2019
July 18, 2019
Josefina will be remembered as a wonderful partner for Jose and a terrific mom for her very talented children and grandchildren. She was a citizen who helped Weslaco and the Mid-Valley be a good place to live and raise our children. She will be missed but never forgotten.
July 17, 2019
Josie was the kindest sister-in-law who kept the Rocha Family together with her gatherings and open house to whoever came to visit. When I married her brother-in-law Steve, she was the first one to welcome me into the Rocha Family. She was the greatest cook, made the best tortillas, tamales, menudo, and of course, sweet goodies. She could've entered a cooking contest and would have brought First Prize. Along with her cooking talent, she had a genuine interest in a person's background and would reach out for any relatives or people that were related, you could say she was the original "Ancestry.com". Her interest in this area discovered that I was also related to some of her relatives by marriage. I remember her bringing us "Kolanchoes" each time they came to visit us, she loved them, she would pick them somewhere along the way. Her heart was opened to anybody that needed in any kind of help or just to talk to, she was a very good listener. Besides being a wonderful person, she was also the best wife, mother, and a friend. She's leaving a beautiful legacy for her children and grandchildren. She will be missed, our hearts will remember the beautiful memories she made for her loved ones, relatives, and friends. We love you Josie, may you rest in peace and keep smiling from Heaven,
Mary lou Garza
July 15, 2019
Mrs. Rocha was one of the nicest ladies I ever knew. My love & prayers go out To Mr. Rocha & the boys ❤