Eliseu ‘Eli’ S. Mendonça, Sr.
April 10, 1945 — April 2, 2013
Eliseu “Eli” S. Mendonça, Sr., age 67, entered into rest on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at his Crows Landing residence. Mr. Mendonça was born in Feteira, Terceira, Açores and immigrated to the United States in 1957, and together with his parents and siblings, settled in Tulare, Ca. The family also resided in Stockton and Tracy. In 1963, the family moved their dairy operation to Willows where they resided for five years.
In 1967, the opportunity arose for the family to purchase their own dairy farm in Crows Landing, where the business has operated the past 46 years. Mr. Mendonca’s work in the dairy business included many hours of sacrifice and hard work, which he enjoyed up to the time of his accident in October 2005.
Mr. Mendonca was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Patterson, the F.D.E.S. (Festa do Divino Espirito Santo) of Patterson where he served as President in 988 and 1989 and treasurer from 1990 to 2006, P.F.S.A. Council No. 73 of Patterson, Our Lady Miracles Society of Gustine and Our Lady of Fatima of Turlock. He also served in the National Guard in the late 1960s and as director for the Reclamation District of Stanislaus County in which he served for 20 years.
Mr. Mendonca enjoyed attending family gatherings, festas, bullfights, going to casinos and card parties. Attending his weekly Sunday mass was very important to him followed by lunch at Mil’s according to his family. Some of his memorable trips were visiting Hawaii, Washington D.C., Mexico and his trips to the Açores. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. He will be greatly missed.
Mr. Mendonca is survived by his daughters, Patricia Lopes and her husband, Clemente of Turlock, Ermelinda Ornelas and her husband, Manuel of Turlock, sons, Eliseu “Eli” S. Mendonça, Jr. of Crows Landing, Mathew Mendonça and his wife, Jocelyn, of Modesto, grandchildren, Mark and Anthony Lopes and Matelyn Mendonça. He is also survived by his siblings La-Salete Pereira of Waterford, Norbert Mendonça of El Nido, Fatima Mancebo of Chowchilla, Delmira Cuaresma of Hayward, Joe Mendonça of Modesto, Carmina Pacheco of Hilmar, Ermelinda Mendonça, Frank Mendonça, John Mendonça, all of Crows Landing, mother-in-law, Mary Couto of Willows, several brothers and sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.
His beloved wife, Ermelinda Couto Mendonça who died April 3, 2004 and his parents, Francisco Mendonça, who died Aug. 10, 2003 and Delmida Mendonça who died June 20, 2001 and his brother, Leonel Mendonça, who died Sept. 27, 2012 preceded Mr. Mendonca in death.
A visitation will be observed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, April 8 at Whitehurst, Norton & Dias Funeral Chapel, 286 W. Main St., Turlock. A vigil and rosary to follow at 7 p.m.that day and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9, with both services at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 529 I St., in Patterson. Burial will be at the Turlock Memorial Park Mausoleum, 575 N. Soderquist Rd., Turlock.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Mendonca’s name may be sent to Father Connors Memorial Fund, Sacred Heart Church, 529 “I” Street, Patterson 95363.
Arrangements are under the direction of Whitehurst, Norton & Dias Funeral Service (209) 634-4904 www.whitehurstnortondiasfunerals.com