Ramona  Rocha
Ramona Rocha
Ramona Rocha

August 26, 1936 - March 15, 2017
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Ramona Marie Gallardo Rocha passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones at home in Des Moines on March 15th, 2017. She was 80 years old.
A Funeral Mass will be held at the Basilica of St. John on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 11 am.
She was born Aug. 26, 1936, in Valley Junction, Iowa, to Ramon and Gregoria Gallardo. She graduated from Valley HS in 1954.
On a reluctant blind date on a trip to Chicago Jose Rocha fell head over heels in love with Ramona. Although she didn't realize it at the time, he would become the love of her life and father of her seven children. They were united in marriage on Oct. 8, 1955, at Sacred Heart Church in West Des Moines.
Ramona was very involved in her community and church. She enjoyed her bowling league, volunteering at St. Benedict Mission, and being involved in her church, the Basilica of St. John. She was proud of her career of 21 years at the Dept. of Public Health in Human Resources. What brought her the most joy were her nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Ramona was undeniably the rock and cornerstone of her family with Jesus at the center. She was always willing to help anyone in need and her door was always open. She was incredibly loved and a whole page wouldn't be enough to tell you about the impact she made in the lives of everyone she touched.
Left to cherish her memory is her loving heartbroken husband of 61 years, Jose Mauro Rocha; children, Mario (Sherri) Rocha, Rebecca (Dan) Crandell, David Rocha, Adam (Abbe) Rocha, Joseph Rocha, Robert Rocha, Ricardo (Tiffany) Rocha; grandchildren, Andrea Rocha, Ramon Rocha, Ramona Rocha, Brooke (Tom) Jackson, Brandon Silver, Bobbi Rocha, Taylor Rocha, Gabriel Rocha, Grayson Rocha; great grandchildren, Rose, Natalia, Violet, Cole, Sophia, Ramon, Isabel; her siblings, Catherine Martinez, Frank Gallardo, Alfred Gallardo, Mary (Gary) Kramer; and many other loving extended family and friends.
Waiting to meet her in heaven are her parents; her siblings, Josephine Ayala, Trina Salazar, Leno Gallardo, Teresa Gallardo, John Gallardo and Elena Kingsley.
Visitation will be held on Friday, March, 17, 2017, at Dunn's Funeral Home from 5-7 pm with a Rosary at 7 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the Basilica of St. John or St. Benedict Mission. Online condolences are welcomed at

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Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Friday, March 17, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Basilica of St. John's
1915 University
Des Moines, IA US 50314
Saturday, March 18, 2017
11:00 AM

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