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Joseph Christopher Farina

  • Birth 31 Jul 1908 New York, USA
  • Death 2 Apr 1987 Fresno County, California, USA
  • Burial Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA
  • Plot SECTION G Location 135 - 12
  • Memorial ID 58282019

The rosary for Joseph Christopher Farina, 78, the founder of a major Fresno home-building company, will be recited at 8 p.m. Sunday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at the church. Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery. Mr. Farina died Thursday. He was born in New York and had lived in Fresno for 42 years. Mr. Farina started as a masonry contractor when he first arrived in Fresno, and then branched out into general contracting.

His first major housing development was All American Homes, a group of cement-block homes in the Fresno Street-Ashlan Avenue area that sold out in a single weekend when it was opened just after World War II.

Mr. Farina's Advance Home Builders was one of three or four development companies responsible for the single-family residential boom that started Fresno's rapid expansion after the war. Advance later became Zephyr Homes.

Mr. Farina went into semi-retirement in 1960 when his son, Joseph A. Farina, now the president of Farina Homes, returned from military service.

Mr. Farina was a member of the Fresno Elks Lodge, the Dante Club, the church and the Building Industry Association of the San Joaquin Valley.

Surviving in addition to his son are his wife, Beatrice; a daughter, Frances Stephens of Irvine; two brothers, Michael and Jerry, both of New York; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Whitehurst Funeral Chapel.

The family requests that any remembrance be sent to St. Agnes Medical Center.


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  • Created by: Lester Letson
  • Added: 6 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 58282019
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Christopher Farina (31 Jul 1908–2 Apr 1987), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58282019, citing Saint Peters Cemetery, Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA ; Maintained by Lester Letson (contributor 46627920) .