March 1943 – May 2019
Dennis Borrelli passed away peacefully with his family by his side after a battle with bladder cancer. Dennis was born March 4, 1943 to Joe and Rosie Borrelli of Hilmar and went to be with the Lord on May 28, 2019.
Dennis married Genevieve (Genny) Carranza on June 2, 1963. They met each other in the 5th grade at Crows Landing Elementary School and became sweethearts in 8th grade. Dennis is survived by Genny, his wife of almost 57 years, two sisters: Joanne Borrelli Lear of Hilmar and Cynthia Borrelli of Monterey, as well as six children: Kevin (Leslie) Borrelli of Portland, OR, Kimberly Borrelli of Turlock, Darren (Charlene) Borrelli of Turlock, Brent (Jolene) Borrelli of Cresswell, OR, Joseph (Geralyn) Borrelli of Turlock, and Sean (Thedra) Borrelli of Modesto; 16 grandchildren ages ranging from 16 to 30 years and 3 great granddaughters, the newest born May 26, 2019. Dennis is preceded in death by his parents Joe and Rosie Borrelli of Hilmar.
“Our beloved father was not a big man in stature, but a big man in heart”. He cherished his family and enjoyed the gatherings that brought them all together for loud talk, laughter and food. In the fall, Dennis enjoyed Hilmar Friday night football games that he has been attending for over 50 years. He himself was a Yellowjacket, playing for Coach Cantrell. But it wasn’t only the games he went to see, but longtime friends and family that he would run into. Friends remember him as having the kindest, sweetest soul who would lend a hand to anyone in need. Dennis loved living on the family ranch that his grandfather purchased in 1940. He often shared with excitement, the history of his family heritage. Our father was a man of integrity and humility who taught all of his children the value of hard work, honesty, respect for others and the value of family.
Dennis grew up on a dairy milking cows, worked for nearly 40 years at Patterson Frozen Foods, and managed his family ranch. Our father will be remembered for his strong faith, love of family and his kindness to others.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held June 6, 2019 at New Life Christian Center in Turlock. Memorial contributions may be made in Dennis Borrelli’s name to Covenant Care at Home Hospice; 125 N. Broadway, Suite 1A, Turlock, CA 95380.
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