86, passed away on the morning of February 17, 2023 at Hy-Lond Healthcare Center in Merced following a long illness. Rose was born on September 4, 1936 to John and Mary Ferreira in Los Banos, and was the oldest of 4 children. She met Everett Cavanah while he was stationed at Castle Air Force Base, and they were married in 1973. Rose is survived by her children Fred Moitoza (Rosemary), Tina Souza (Gary), Sandra Culley, her beloved grandchildren Christopher Moitoza, Matthew Moitoza (Mariah), Michael Souza, Hayley Souza, Jessica Culley (David) and one great-granddaughter. She was also survived by her three brothers Daniel Ferreira, John Ferreira (Melinda), and Richard Ferreira (Lori).
An extended family also survives Rose including Everett’s children David Cavanah and Linda Vonk, and Everett’s grandchildren Shana Cavanah, Kendra Cavanah, Jonette Benavides, Andrew Cavanah, Desiree Foxx, Lisa, Karl and eleven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents John and Mary Ferreira, her husband of 46 years Everett Cavanah, and two stepsons Richard and Robert Cavanah.
Rose was born in Los Banos. She had many fond childhood memories of her life on a dairy farm during the 1930’s and 40’s. When Rose was 15 years old her triplet brothers came into the world. She became very involved in helping her mother with their upbringing and care. A few years later she married and started her own family. Throughout the years she worked at various jobs in Los Banos. Her working career ended with retirement from her job at the Foremost Creamery. Her later years as a grandmother were likely her most joyful ones. She was devoted to all her grandchildren always being available for babysitting, or just being there for them whenever needed. She loved family get-togethers and holidays when she could cook a big meal and have all of her family together. Occasional casino visits were a favorite diversion for Rose, especially when winning. Rose always maintained her deep faith and was a parishioner of St. Joseph’s Church. We will dearly miss her but will forever cherish the good times and happy memories.
Services will be held in Los Banos on March 8, 2023 as follows: Visitation-9:00 am at Whitehurst Chapel, Rosary-10:00 am at St. Joseph’s Church, Funeral Mass-10:30 am also at St. Joseph’s Church, and Burial-11:30 am at The Los Banos Cemetery.