Mr. Zapien was born March 24, 1938, in Numarán, Michoacán, Mexico, and moved to Modesto in 2000 after 34 years as a Tracy resident. He worked 31 years in construction for Kaiser Sand & Gravel Co. of Pleasanton, retiring in 1997. He was a member of Construction and General Laborers Local 304 of Hayward.
Mr. Zapien was a parishioner of St. Bernard’s and St. Joseph’s Catholic churches in Tracy and Modesto.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Rosie Zapien of Modesto; three children, Jose Maria Zapien Jr., and his wife, Esperanza, of Manteca, Elisa Fernandez, and her husband, Francisco, of Escalon and Isidoro Zapien, and his wife, Liliana, of Chowchilla; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Also surviving are three siblings, Manuel Zapien, and his wife, Maria Louisa, of Mexico City, Mexico, Antonia Zapien of Manteca and Margarita Alvarez of Tijuana, Mexico.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Jose Maria and Basilisa Zapien; and two siblings, Luzita Garcia and Rodolfo Zapien.
The Mass on Friday will begin at 10 a.m. at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 163 W. Eaton Ave. Burial will follow in Tracy Cemetery 501 E. Schulte Road. Visitation was observed Thursday at Hotchkiss Mortuary, 5 W. Highland Ave.
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