Jose Terra Vargas
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A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday, Aug. 27, for Jose Terra Vargas, 80, who died Sunday, Aug. 18, at Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson following a long illness.

Born on July 24, 1933, in Faial, Azores, Mr. Vargas was one of 12 siblings. In Tracy, he was a parishioner of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church and a member of Our Lady of Fatima, IPFES fraternal society and other local organizations. He and his wife catered at weddings and other celebrations for more than 20 years.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Vitalina Vargas, of Tracy; five children, Lillian Vargas, and her husband, Gregory Gaines, of Cheyenne, Wyo., Lucy Louis, of Turlock, Joey Vargas, and his wife, Diana, of Modesto, Jeanette Jurado, and her husband, Darin, of Tracy and Johnny Vargas, also of Tracy; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

His parents, Manuel and Mary Vargas, preceded him in death.

Tuesday’s Mass will begin at 11 a.m. at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 163 W. Eaton Ave. Entombment in Tracy Mausoleum, 8842 W. Schulte Road, will follow the Mass. Visitation will be observed beginning at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, followed by recitation of a rosary at 7 p.m., at Fry Memorial Chapel, 550 S. Central Ave. A guest book is online at

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