PEORIA - Anita Marie Huerta (Choiniere), 58, formerly of Peoria, passed away and was welcomed into Heaven at 1:04 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at Parkview Huntington Hospital in Huntington, Ind.
She was born in Peoria, Ill., where she graduated from Richwoods High School.
Anita went on to work at Proctor Hospital as a respiratory therapist. It was while she was working at the hospital where she met and married her soulmate and husband, Jose Huerta. They were married on May 1, 1982, and last celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.
Surviving are her husband, Jose; four sons, Mateo Huerta at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., Andros Huerta of Fort Wayne, Ind., Miguel Huerta of Huntington, Ind., and Manolo Huerta of Huntington, Ind.; three daughters, Marianita Huerta (Ketner) and Dustin Ketner of Huntington, Ind., Annalise Huerta of Huntington, Ind., and Alia Huerta of Huntington, Ind.; her aunt, Phyllis Choiniere of Villa Park, Ill.; and her brother, Kevin (Tami) Choiniere of Martinez, Calif.
Anita was preceded in death by her parents, Ken and Phyllis Choiniere; and one brother, Ken Choiniere Jr.
Anita was a parishioner at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Huntington, Ind.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday (Nov. 23, 2012) at Bailey-Love Mortuary located at 35 W. Park Drive, Huntington, IN 46750. Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 24, 2012), with viewing from 9 to 10 a.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 860 Cherry St., Huntington.
In lieu of flowers, please consider sending memorials to Kid's Kampus, Youth Services Bureau, St. Peter and Paul Church and Huntington Tea Party.
Anita was a wizard in her garden, a fanatical Cubs fan and a competitive Pinochle player. She was a kitchen queen to her family with her Mexican food creations and baked delights, being sought out by those who knew her. She was most recently a coupon queen and enjoyed her close circle of companion spirits! Among her many adventures in life, she convinced Jose to join her belly dancing troop and to cater Mexican food. Due to her love of country, she was a supporter of the Huntington Tea Party.
With Jose, over 16 years, she shared her love with over 53 foster children and adopted seven. Jose and Anita were awarded Foster Parents of the Year from the State of Indiana and Iowa. Anita shared her humor, opinion and care with all. She never made friends - she made family.
Friends may share an online tribute on the guestbook at www.baileylove.com.
Bailey-Love Mortuary was honored to serve the family of Anita M. Huerta.