Maria Castro Rocha, 80, passed away suddenly Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
Funeral mass will be held 10 A.M. Saturday, July 10, 2021at St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Liberty. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 8 P. M. at the Church. Burial will be in the Oak Ridge Cemetery, West Liberty. The Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty is caring for Maria’s family. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hendersonbarkerfuneralhome.com.
Maria was born January 15, 1941 in Durango, Mexico the daughter of Espirion and Soledad (Sosa) Castro. In 1953 she was united in marriage to Juan Rocha in Durango. For many years she worked at Louis Rich Foods in West Liberty, later owned and operated the Alamo Restaurant and raising a large family. She enjoyed gardening, spending time with her family and attending her grand children’s events. Maria enjoyed cooking all foods, her tamales and menudo were amazing. She was known for her kind and giving heart, she was loved by all who met her.
She is survived by her husband Juan of West Liberty. Six children: Juan Rocha Jr. of West Liberty, Griselda Rocha of West Liberty, Rodrigo Rocha of West Liberty, Maria (Ruben) Galvan of West Liberty, Manuel (Mea) Rocha of West Branch and Gavino (Amber) Rocha of West Liberty. Also surviving are 19 grandchildren: Cynthia (Elder), Estevan, Lia, Ruben, Julissa (Phil), Adrian, Gabe, Tony, Aleah, Julian, Sophia, Nikolas, Deleina, Quintyn, Addysyn, Brynlyn, Jozalyn, Ethan, Clarissa, four great grandchildren: Breanna, Alessa, Elder and Makinley as well as two former daughter in laws: Michelle and Eugenia. She was preceded in death by her parents and other family members.