A memorial Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, in Grass Valley for Ezequiel “Papa Quel” G. Pedroza. Inurnment will immediately follow at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery. Mr. Pedroza passed away while surrounded by his loving family on Sept. 8. He was 91.
Mr. Pedroza was born Aug. 8, 1916, to Zenona González and Felípe Pedroza. As a young child, he moved to Mexico, where he grew up cherishing life in the fields.
In 1940, Mr. Pedroza married Victoria Silvestre Villalobos, with whom he had five children. Mr. Pedroza and his family lived in Los Angeles, where he worked in a mattress factory until the early 1980s.
Next to his family, Mr. Pedroza’s greatest love was woodworking; he made furniture, cabinetry and guitars and was happy spending time in his workshop. He could figure anything out.
He was a loving husband and exemplary father to his children. Those who knew him remember him as a noble man of great character, faith, fortitude and gratitude, with a zest for life. He was an excellent teacher by example and a man of great simplicity who lived a very rich life. Mr. Pedroza was also an animated storyteller and told many stories about his encounters with the Federales and revolutionaries during the Cristero Wars in Mexico.
Mr. Pedroza is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, José S. Pedroza and Alicia Villalobos Pedroza of Los Angeles; daughter and son-in-law, Maria Pedroza Molina and David Molina of Grass Valley; daughter, Victoria Pedroza Tejeda of Pico Rivéra; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Victoria; infant son, Jesus; and son, Victor.
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