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Jesus Flores Pelaez Obituary

Jesus Felipe Flores Pelaez
Jesus Felipe Flores Pelaez

May 1, 1922 - April 19, 2017
Born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Resided in Salinas
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Jesus "Papa" Flores, 94, of Salinas, California, passed away peacefully on April 19, 2017. He was born in Guadalupito; (Villa de Guadalupe), San Luis Potosi, Mexico, on May 1, 1922 to Andres Flores and Hermelinda Pelaez de Flores.

He grew up in Matehuala, San Luis Potosi, Mexico and immigrated to the United States in 1954, settling in Salinas, California, where he spent most of his life.

Jesus married the love of his life, Socorro Cruz de Flores on May 29, 1959 and enjoyed 57 years of wedded bliss. In addition to his loving wife Socorro, he is survived by daughters, Leticia Flores (Lon) McPherson, and Hermelinda "Linda" Flores (Kevin) Flake, son Jesus Cruz (Sara) Flores, grandchildren Diane McPherson (Jayson) Buhle, James McPherson, Buddy McPherson, Ethan Flake, Andy Flores, Adam Flake, and great-grandchildren Hayden and Kaitlin Buhle. He is also survived by many loving cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family. He was a loving, kind, and compassionate husband, father and grandfather and, friend to all.

Jesus, or "Papa," as he was lovingly referred to, was quite the handyman, both at home and at work. He served as a custodian for Notre Dame High School for 30 years, finally retiring at age 74. He was also a devout Catholic and parishioner of Sacred Heart Church, where he faithfully taught Catechism class to adults and young children for 15 years. In his spare time, he enjoyed reading history books, keeping up with the news, and sharing stories of his youth, family, friends, and life lessons. Papa will always be remembered for his love of family, masterful storytelling, and humble yet playful spirit. His bright light will be missed dearly.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 West San Luis Street, Salinas, California.

Rosary will commence at 7:00 p.m. at Struve and Laporte Chapel on April 25, 2017.

Funeral Mass will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Sacred Heart Church, 22 Stone Street, Salinas, California 93901.

Burial will then follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 18200 Damian Way, Prunedale, California 93907




Struve and Laporte Funeral Home
41 West San Luis Street
Salinas, CA US 93901
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Struve and Laporte Funeral Home
41 West San Luis Street
Salinas, CA US 93901
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
7:00 PM
Funeral Mass
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
22 Stone ST
Salinas, CA US 93901
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
1:30 PM
Queen of Heaven Cemetery
18200 Damian Way
Salinas, CA US 93907
Wednesday, April 26, 2017