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Rosalene Cabral Brumley
May 27, 1918 – April 8, 2021
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Rosalene Cabral Brumley of Manteca, passed away April 8, 2021.
   She is survived by her four children, Jeanne (Bud) Daniel of Turlock, Bernice Raggio (Mel) of Paso Robles, Ron Cabral of Manteca and Judy Cabral of Pacific Grove. She has two granddaughters, Stefani Raggio and Andrea Edgington (Chris) and three great-granddaughters, Angela Walton (Justin), Jennifer Staaf and Julia Edgington and a grea-great- grandson, Kingston Walton.
   Rosalene was preceded in death by her parents, John and Louisa Cardoza, her siblings, Ernie Cardoza, Adaline (Lena) Cabral and Jack Cardoza, and two grandsons, Kenneth Daniel and Derald Raggio, her granddaughter, Debbie Staaf and her daughter-in-law, Marlene Cabral.
She was born May 27, 1918 in Manteca, California. A few weeks prior to her birth, her parents had moved the family from Castroville. Her mother Louisa, with two children, Ernie and Lena, drove the horse and wagon loaded with their belongings while her father, John tended to the dairy cows. It must have been a bumpy ride because Rosalene was born shortly after the move to Manteca, barely weighing 51/2 pounds.  Thus began Rosalene’s journey. She grew up living in the country on her parents’ dairy farm and loved every minute of it. She enjoyed life in the Portuguese community of Manteca, her father was very active in the Festa Do Espirito Santa de Manteca. Rosalene was the queen of the FESM Festa at 17 years old. She enjoyed traveling to the many Portuguese communities to be in their parades.
   She attended Calla Grammar School. It was in grammar school that she met our father, Manuel Cabral. He was two years older, but she had a crush on him right away. After her graduation from Manteca High School, Manuel and Rosalene were married. After the end of World War II, they took advantage of the GI Bill, purchasing a small house in Manteca where they raised their four children. It was a home where Rosalene lived for more than 70 years.  She truly loved that neighborhood and all her neighbors.
Manuel filled the large back yard with fruit trees and Rosalene filled the oven with fresh baked peach pies and plum cobblers and cream puffs full of strawberries.  Mom and dad enjoyed card parties at homes of close friends, and dances at the Portuguese hall. There were camping trips in the Sierras so dad could fish. The highlight of the summer was the annual trip to Santa Cruz for a week with extended family that included grandparents, aunt and uncle and cousins filling up the house.
Manuel passed away in November, 1962, a great loss to Rosalene.  She continued on, taking a job at Brown and Mahin in Manteca, working there for nearly 10 years.  
   In 1976, Rosalene married Woodrow Brumley and a new adventure began. There were monthly overnight bus trips to Reno with his sisters and extended trips to Laughlin, Disneyland, Long Beach to stay on the Queen Mary and Santa Catalina. Rosalene and Woodrow took every available tour of Hearst Castle. There were weekends in Pacific Grove and Lake Tahoe and a fun-filled road trip to Seattle and Victoria, Canada. She enjoyed all of the activities at the Manteca Senior Center, and breakfast at the Mangy Moose everyday with Woodrow. She missed Woodrow after his passing in 1999.
   A funeral mass will be held May 14, 2021 at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, at 505 E. North Street, in Manteca, CA. A private interment will be held at St Patrick’s Cemetery.
   In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Manteca Historical Society and Museum, P.O. Box 907 Manteca, CA or a charity of your choice.

Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin

Wednesday, May 5, 2021