Vera Lee Almeida went home to be with our Heavenly Father after a long illness on Thursday, June 28, 2018. Vera was born on June 26, 1940 in Modesto to Rosario “Roy” and Betty Lombardo. Vera grew up in the Riverbank-Waterford area.
Vera married Joe Almeida at St. Francis of Rome Catholic Church, Riverbank in 1962. They built their life together in Ripon where they farmed almonds and raised their two children, Betty Jo and John. Many people will fondly remember Vera working at Pizza Plus in Ripon from its opening in 1984 until her retirement in 2010.
A woman of faith, Vera was an active member of St. Anthony’s Church in Manteca, St. Patrick’s Church in Escalon and was a member of YLI at St. Anthony’s Church.
Vera is predeceased by her husband Joe and her parents Rosario and Betty. She is survived by her children, Betty Jo (Jeff) Hardenbrook of Ripon and John (Anne) Almeida of Hilmar. She is also survived by four grandchildren; Austin Almeida, Nicholas Hardenbrook, Brandon Almeida and Andrew Hardenbrook; brother, Joe Lombardo of Modesto; several nieces, nephews and godchildren.
Recitation of the Rosary will on Tuesday, July 10th at 7:00pm at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 19399 CA-120, Ripon. Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, July 11th at St. Patrick’s Church at 10:30am. Interment will follow at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice (4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356) or Ripon Fire Department (142 South Stockton Avenue, Ripon, CA 95366). For condolences to the family, please visit her online guestbook at www.deeganfuneralchapels.com