Velma Telles Valencia, the last living sibling of Mission San Jose pioneer Joe Telles' family, left this earth to join the good Lord on September 26, 2014. Velma was born to Mary Santos Telles and Joe Telles on March 19, 1928. Velma was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dick Valencia of 55 years, her parents, 2 brothers and 2 sisters, Bud, Marie, Rosalyn, and Clarie. Velma is survived by her loving children, Rickey (Terry) and Lonee (Bob), both of Fremont, CA. A treasured Grandmother to Robert, Matthew, Sarah, Carli, and Heather and their spouses & Great-Grandmother to Madi, Gracyn, Daniel, Caylie, Rylan, Ryder, and Layla. Her pride and joy was her family, including the many nieces and nephews who were so important to her. She always remembered them and tried to keep in touch with all. She loved her family and devoted her life to doing as much as she could for those she loved. Velma was extremely proud of her Portuguese heritage, the history of the Mission San Jose area, and the local old timers. She spent a great part of her later years documenting and recording events for family and friends. It was her life work. The joy and vivaciousness of Velma will be missed by all who had a chance to know and love her. She enjoyed social gatherings with the Lunch Bunch, formerly the Bachelor-Belles, golf groups, events at St. Joseph's church, walking in the mornings and attending all of the events for her grandchildren and great grand-children (wherever champagne was on the menu). She was devoted to having fun and making the best of things. She was very proud of making a hole in one at Hayward golf course, at the age of 72! Many thanks to the caregivers- Pam Boilek, Dianne Davis & Pam Stauffer who helped her through her last years. We would also like to express our never-ending gratitude to the staff at Lincoln Villa. Family and friends are invited to attend visitation on Thursday Oct. 2, 2014 from 4-8 PM with a 6:30PM at Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the Angels, 40842 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA. An 11 AM Mass of Resurrection will be held on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 at St. Joseph's Church, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA. Interment will follow the Mass. Remembrances may be made to Sister John Marie's Pantry, P.O.Box 3276, Fremont, CA 94539.

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  1. Dear Lonnie, Rickey and families, I’m sorry to learn that you’ve lost your beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was always so loving to our family, and I remember happy times with her and her siblings while growing up. They were so kind to us kids. I pray that in your grief, the many memories you have of her, and her love, will encourage you.
    Sincerely,
    Pam Vargas Lopez (Abel & Pearl Vargas family)

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  2. Dear Lonnie, Rickey and families, I’m sorry to learn that you’ve lost your beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was always so loving to our family, and I remember happy times with her and her siblings while growing up. They were so kind to us kids. I pray that in your grief, the many memories you have of her, and her love, will encourage you.
    Sincerely,
    Pam Vargas Lopez (Abel & Pearl Vargas family)

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  3. Dear Lonee, Rick, and families,
    Mom and I were very sad to see this news, but your lovely words are so heartwarming and such a moving tribute to Velma. She truly was a wonderful person and a dedicated historian who had a joyful spirit and zest for life. We’re sending our prayers and warm thoughts your way in this time of grief.
    Much love,
    Pam Boilek and Lee Cyr

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  4. Dear Lonee, Rick, and families,
    Mom and I were very sad to see this news, but your lovely words are so heartwarming and such a moving tribute to Velma. She truly was a wonderful person and a dedicated historian who had a joyful spirit and zest for life. We’re sending our prayers and warm thoughts your way in this time of grief.
    Much love,
    Pam Boilek and Lee Cyr

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