Juan Amaro Garcia, "Ito", passed on to be with his savior Jesus Christ, on Monday, June 10, 2013, surrounded by family members. He was born in Clyde, Kansas, March 8, 1919, of a railroad migrant family. He served in the United States Army in the 404th Engineer Battalion during World War II in the Asiatic Pacific and in the European African Theaters of war. He learned fluent Italian while in Italy to which he returned to visit three times during his later years and retirement. He met and married the love of his life, "Ita" Bonifacia Castanon, in Lobatos Zacatecas Mexico. They recently celebrated 65 years of marriage. He brought Ita to California where they both worked hard in the fields, packing houses, and canneries. He finally settled in a vocational career as a AFL-CIO cement mason for 30 years in San Jose, California. After retirement they moved to Firebaugh to work as servants of the Lord inspired to create el Grupo de Oracion. He was also a member of Adoracion Nocturno, Intercecion, and founder of Novenario del Espiritu Santo. He leaves behind his wife of 65 years, Bonifacia; his daughter, Tonita Rossi and son-in-law, John Rossi; and his son, Juan C. Garcia; daughter-inlaw, Josie Rangel; and three beautiful grandchildren who adored him, Maricela, Analicia, and Cecilia; and his only remaining sibling, Chita Reynoso. Special thanks go to Oscar Castanon, Silvia, Martita, and Maria for helping to care for Ito in his last days. A Viewing will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, in Firebaugh, on Sunday, June 16, 2013, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 p.m. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held at 5:00 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Peters Catholic Cemetery, on Monday, June 17, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., followed by internment You may send flowers or your donations to el Grupo de Oracion at St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
Published in the Fresno Bee on June 16, 2013