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John Massa Obituary

John L. Massa
John L. Massa

July 28, 1916 - May 14, 2013
Born in Salinas, CA
Resided in Salinas, CA
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John L. Massa, 96, a native of Salinas. Passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. He was born into the farming family of Italian immigrants, Domenico G. and Adalgisa Massa, on July 28, 1916, in Salinas.

A farmer, who lived his life of 96 years in Salinas. The third of four children. A man beloved by all that knew him. He saw vegetable farming grow from horse tilled "gardens" to large acres farmed by cab enclosed, air conditioned, equipment that would not have been imaginable to a young boy. A transformation of the Salinas Valley and Monterey in his life time. He embraced life with a soft touch and an appreciation of all around him. Much more a giver than a taker. A man who appreciated fine art and music and the embrace of his extended family. He will be missed, and yet all are happy he is at peace.

Preceded in death by his wife Elsie, brother Bill, sisters Alma and Rose, and great grandson Nathan.

He is survived by his sons John and Derck and daughter Mary; nicknamed Butch, Buck, and Chickie. Their spouses Ann Marie Massa, Pat Smith, and John MacLeod. Grandfather of Pamela (Bardin) Bengard, Toni (Bart) Bonfantini, John C (Jodi) Massa, and Susan (Ray) Thomas, Annie Massa-MacLeod, and Elizabeth Massa-Macleod (Derek Oldham); Max Massa and Sarah Massa (Zach Fenstrom) . Great grandchildren Bridget, Bardin, Sarah, and Christian Bengard; Bart and Barret Bonfantini; Justin, Kyle, and Alicia Massa; and Devin and Stephen Thomas. Numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 24, 2013 3:00p.m. to 7:00pm at the Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 West San Luis Street, Salinas, CA 93901.

Rosary will be held Friday, May 24, 2013, 7:00pm at the Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 West San Luis Street, Salinas, CA 93901.

Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, May 25, 2013, 10:30am at the St Joseph's Church, 1 Railroad Ave. Spreckels, CA.

Entombment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 18200 Damian Way, Salinas, CA 93907.

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Visitation
Struve and Laporte Funeral Home
41 West San Luis Street
Salinas, CA US 93901
Friday, May 24, 2013
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Rosary
Struve and Laporte Funeral Home
41 West San Luis Street
Salinas, CA US 93901
Friday, May 24, 2013
7:00 PM
Funeral Mass
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
Railroad Av and Spreckels Blvd.
Spreckels, CA US 93962
Saturday, May 25, 2013
10:30 AM
Cemetery
Queen of Heaven Cemetery
18200 Damian Way
Salinas, CA US 93907
Saturday, May 25, 2013