Juan Nevarez Soto, 83 of Modesto, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 10th, surrounded by his family. He was born June 24, 1937 in La Estancia, Durango, Mexico to parents, Luis Nevarez and Hermila Soto – the youngest of eight children. Juan immigrated to the United States through the Bracero program and lived in Stanislaus County for 50 years. He met his beloved and first wife in Durango, Mexico. They were married in 1961 and formed a home in Modesto, CA where they raised seven children. In 1994 his beloved wife passed away and Juan later remarried and formed a second marriage that would last 17 years. Juan was a hardworking man who worked his entire life until he retired from Stanislaus Foods.
Juan loved listening to his Norteña music and playing his accordion. His infectious smile and great sense of humor was the charm of all. He liked taking care of his vegetables and fruit trees. He enjoyed being around his family, telling his stories, and playing cards. Juan was a great man who was loved and respected by all who knew him. He leaves a great legacy and will be deeply missed.
Juan was preceded in death by his parents, Luis and Hermila Nevarez; his first wife, Maria Trinidad Nevarez; siblings, Escolastica Nevarez, Justo Nevarez, Magdaleno Nevarez, Juventino Nevarez, Salome Nevarez, Bernabe Nevarez, and Felicitas Nevarez; grandchildren, Christian Nevarez and Santiago Nevarez. He is survived by his wife, Minerva Nevarez Sanchez; children, Cuca Nevarez Urstoeger, Juan Nevarez Jr. , Andres Nevarez, Trini Nevarez Jacquez, Alex Nevarez, Alicia Nevarez, and Memo Sanchez (step-son), all of Modesto and Maria Nevarez Al-Drubi of Charleston, SC; grandchildren, Violet Nevarez, Tiffany Nevarez Ortiz, Andreana Nevarez Estrada, Amy Nevarez, Laura Urstoeger, Sylvia Urstoeger, Julian Nevarez, Jessica Nevarez, Christian Jacquez, Sofia Jaquez, Ana Jensy Nevarez, Santiago Nevarez, and Christian Nevarez, all of Modesto, and Mariam Nevarez Al-Drubi of Carleston, S.C.; step-grandchildren, Emilio Sanchez and Amaya Sanchez; and great-grandchild, Adeline Rose Nevarez Ortiz.
A Vigil Service will be held Wednesday, March 17th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Franklin & Downs McHenry Chapel, with a private Recitation of the Rosary to be livestreamed at 5:00 p.m. The Rosary and Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, March 18th at 11:30 a.m. at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Ceres. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, committal services will be held privately at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery.
Although today he leaves his family sad, we will remember Juan, continue to love him, and his legacy will live on in his children and future generations. Rest in peace Papa Juan Nevarez.
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