Joseph Henry Rosa


September 23, 1926 – April 10, 2018

Joseph Henry Rosa passed away peacefully on April 10, 2018.

He was born September 23, 1926 in Watsonville and lived a full and happy life. His life included joining the U.S. Navy Aircore as a gunner. On his release from the Navy, Joe farmed with his father in Watsonville until 1950. In 1965, he joined the Castroville Fire Department, now known as the North Monterey County Fire Department, and in 1978 became chief. After his retirement, Joe became manager of Pajaro Community Service District where he worked until the age of 82.

He is survived by his wife, Eileen Rosa, of 35 years; his sons, Ken Rosa, Donald Rosa and his wife Kim Rosa, stepson Anthony Brandon; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Joe loved hunting, fishing, barbecuing, and spending time with his grandchildren. Every morning he enjoyed having coffee with the “artichoke mafia” in Castroville.

The visitation will be held at Mehl’s Colonial Chapel in Watsonville Monday, April 16 from 5-9 pm, with the Rosary at 7pm. The funeral service will be held at Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in Watsonville Tuesday, April 17 at 10 am. Burial will follow at Valley Catholic Cemetery.

Those who so desire can make donations to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation or a charity of their choice.

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