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Joao Espinola Bettencourt
Sept. 8, 1923 March 15, 2010
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Joao Espinola Bettencourt, 86, of Hilmar was born Sept. 8, 1923 in Ribeirinha Guadalupe, Graciosa, Azores and passed away  March 15, 2010 at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto.
He was a custodian for 14 years and a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church of Hilmar and Sociadade Filarmonica Union Popular of San Jose.
He is survived by wife, Maria S. Bettencourt of Hilmar; daughter, Terry Espinola and her husband, Manuel, of Hilmar; son, Isalino Bettencourt and his wife, Luzia, of San Jose; sister, Tina Sousa and Anibel Bettencourt of San Jose; grandchildren, Carlos Espinola and his wife, Candace, John Bettencourt and his wife, Theresa, and Michael Bettencourt his finance, Leighan; and great grandchildren, Tyler Bettencourt, Makaila Bettencourt, Sean Bettencourt, Kaitlyan Espinola and Landon Espinola.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Maria Bettencourt and Faustino Bettencourt; and brothers, Alberto Bettencourt, Albino Bettencourt and Arlindo Bettencourt.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on March 19 at Whitehurst, Norton & Dias Funeral Chapel in Turlock. A rosary/mass is scheduled for 1 p.m. March 20 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 20263 American Ave., Hilmar. It will be officiated by Father Hilary Silva. Burial will be at Turlock Memorial Park.
Services under the direction of Whitehurst, Norton & Dias Funeral Service of Turlock.