Posted by: resparish | September 15, 2010

Mary Cruz Menacho, 1910 – 2010

Mary Cruz Menacho, a long-time, active parishioner of Resurrection Parish, died on Tuesday, September 14.  She was 100 years old.

Mary’s Vigil Service will take place at 7:00 pm on Sunday, September 19th, at the Lima Family Santa Clara Mortuary.  Her Funeral Mass will be here at the Church of the Resurrection at 11:00 am on Monday, September 20th. She will be buried at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery.

The following article about Mary appeared in our parish bulletin and our parish website a couple of weeks ago in anticipation of her 100th birthday.

Mary Cruz Menacho, wife of the late Luis Menacho, was born on September 5, 1910, in Spain.  She is the loving mother of three children, two sons and one daughter (deceased), and a beloved grandmother to seven grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild.

In 1913 Mary and her family sailed from Spain for sixty-three days around Cape Horn, South America, bound for Hawaii.  Coincidentally, Mary’s future husband, Luis, and his family sailed on the same ship.  Her parents worked on a sugar cane plantation in Hawaii.  At the age of seven, Mary worked with her family to cultivate the sugar cane fields.  In 1919, having waited for a ship for three months, the family sailed to San Francisco and took the train to Santa Clara.

Mary and Luis became acquainted in Santa Clara and were married there in 1929.  They purchased the first home built on Los Arboles Avenue in Sunnyvale where Mary still resides.  As one of the original (“chartered”) parishioners of Resurrection Parish, Mary became an usher at the 5:00 pm Vigil Mass on Saturday and served faithfully for thirty-five years.  Mary’s signature as an usher was to offer a “thank you” to every parishioner as she passed the offertory basket.  Her favorite hobbies were crocheting, gardening, cooking and walking.  Now Mary enjoys her family and grandchildren and is looking forward to celebrating her 100th birthday with them.

God loves you, Mary, and so we!