Resident of Pinole
It is with great sorrow that we must announce that Julia Lopez has passed away. She died peacefully March 24, 2019 at Kaiser Hospital in Richmond of heart failure. She was 94 years old.
Julia lived a remarkable and varied life. She was born in Pangasinan in the Philippines on October 7, 1924 to Faustino Tirao and Procesa Bautista. She survived the Japanese occupation of the Philippines and met her future husband Felix Lopez at a dance after the war ended. Julia and Felix married in 1947 and had their first child Helen. They moved to the United States in 1950 and had their second child Veronica in 1951.
Felix and Julia lived in Berkeley where they raised their family. Through enormous hard work both Felix and Julia were able to put their two daughters through school and through their example of hard work, sometimes involving working more than one job, helped their daughters who graduated from U.C. Berkeley.
After Felix retired, Julia focused on exploring her varied interests. She was a gardener and potter; she loved to read, travel and go to movies. Her favorite movie was “Sound of Music.” Before her first granddaughter was born in 1988, Julia took up quilting. She became enormously talented at it and some of her quilts are genuine works of art. After Felix died in 1993, Julia continued traveling, quilting and showed the same interests that would enrich her life for the next 26 years.
All of us who knew Julia will miss her strength of character, her curiosity about all the facets of life and her warmth and openness to her vast network of friends and relatives.
Julia is survived by her two daughters Helen and Veronica and her two grandchildren Alana and A.J. Visitation and rosary will be held on Friday March 29 at Chapel of the Mission Bells, 13644 San Pablo Avenue in San Pablo (510) 232-6552, between 2:00 and 8:00 pm. Funeral service will begin on Saturday March 30 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 837 Tennent Avenue, Pinole, at 12:00 noon. Burial will follow at Rolling Hills Memorial Park.