Dorothy Evelyn (Burke) Cocca, 1919 — 2013
Dorothy Evelyn (Burke) Cocca
1919 — 2013
Dorothy Evelyn (Burke) Cocca, 94, passed away in Tehachapi, on Sept. 21. Visitation is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28, at noon, at the Wood Family Funeral Service Chapel. The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. Pastor Marvin Slifer will officiate. Private interment will be on Monday, Sept. 30, at Harbor Lawn Memorial Park, next to her husband Herbert, in Costa Mesa.
Dorothy was born in Detroit. She grew up in Massachusetts and at the age of 21 married Herbert A. Cocca, who preceded her in death in November 1959. Dorothy was a waitress for 35 years while dedicating herself to raising eight children. She has resided in Tehachapi for the last 15 years.
Dorothy was an avid reader with a strong interest in historical castles throughout Europe. She continued to participate in foot racing (5K and 10K) well into her eighties, winning several medals in her age group.
Dorothy is survived by six of her children, Edward, Natalie, Barbara, Joyce, Margery, and Ruth; 22 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Two of her three sons, Herbert, Jr., and Howard, have preceded her in death in recent years, as well as two grandchildren, Lawrence Houk and Erin Houk-Suarez.
Also, Herbert, her husband of 20 years; her sister, Marguerite; and brother, Howard, all of whom preceded her in death many years ago.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, charitable donations be made in her honor to organizations for the aging in your community. Funeral arrangements were made with the assistance of Wood Family Funeral Service. For condolences, please visit woodmortuary.net.