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Union City's Oldest Resident Passes Away

Antonio Zendejas, 106, passed away Feb. 29.

Antonio Zendejas, who at 106 was Union City's oldest living resident, passed away the morning of Feb. 29.

"He lived a good, full, and rich life," one of Zendejas' great granddaugthers told Union City Patch contributor Richgail Enriquez. "How many people are fortunate to live so long and be in good health?"

According to an online obituary, Zendejas was born in 1905 in Michoacán, Mexico. He married Otilia Tapia Luna in 1925 and moved to Texas shortly after. He bounced around the U.S. before settling in Union City in 1945. He lived in the same house up until his passing.

Zendejas is survived by six children, 21 grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren and 14 great great grandchildren.

Union City Patch was fortunate enough to catch up with Zendejas last June shortly after his 106th birthday.

In , Zendejas was full of energy, giving viewers a look at his daily life as he tended to his garden and cracked jokes with his loved ones. He told Enriquez that his secret to long life was working hard, spending time with family and eating lots of chili.

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A visitation service for Zendejas will be held on Tuesday, March 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. with a vigil at 6:30 p.m. a . Funeral mass will be held Wednesday, March 7 at 10 a.m., also at Our Lady of the Rosary. The burial will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward.

Carol J. Vernaci March 03, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Mr. Zendejas was an inspiration. If you met him you would have never guessed how old he was. He was always so active.
Mary Delgado Velasco March 10, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Grandpa Antonio you will be greatly missed!!

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