Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Emilio S. Coca Jr.

Emilio S. Coca Jr., age 80, passed away on Tuesday, November 20, 2012. Emilio was born in San Antonio, Texas, on April 18, 1932, son of the late Emilio and Concepcion (Nee: Suvea) Coca Sr.

On July 25, 1949, in San Antonio, he was united in marriage to Celia Ramirez. He was employed by J.I. Case Company for thirty-four years, retiring in 1994. Emilio was ordained a Deacon in April of 1976. He was an active and devoted member of St. Patrick Catholic Church where he served as a deacon and where he and Celia were voted “Irish Couple of the Year” in 2001. He also served as deacon at Cristo Rey Catholic Church in Racine and St. James Catholic Church in Kenosha. He was instrumental with the family Christian movement with the church. Emilio enjoyed playing his guitar in various bands and served as choir director for many years. Above all, he cherished and devoted his life to his family. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of sixty-three years, Celia; his children, Emilio (Doris) Coca III, Rudolph “Rudy” (Deborah) Coca, all of Racine, Jesse Coca (Fran Vega) of Burlington, Alfred Coca of Racine, Michelle (Fabian) Mier of Fayetteville, GA, Margaret Coca of Austin, TX; grandchildren Tim, Christine, Jon, Nick, Celia, Cynthia, Jesse Jr., Valentina, Victoria, Gabriela, Alicia, Samantha, Tessa, Drake, Nina, Justin, Emilee and Elena; 21 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Joe (Jane) Coca of GA, Anita Rangel, Connie Coca, Alicia Cantu of San Antonio, and Special Friend and Brother-in-Law Paul Quiroz of Racine; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Richard and Sam; and sisters, Rebecca, Margarita and Rosa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1100 Erie St., on Sunday November 25, 2012, at 4 p.m., with Rev Pablo Cirujeda and the Very Rev. Patrick Happe concelebrating. Interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home Saturday from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. and at the church Sunday from 3 p.m. until time of Mass. The family has suggested memorials to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888

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