MARIA L. GARZA, 86 HARVARD - Maria L. Garza, 86, of Harvard died Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at her home. She was born May 13, 1928, in Nuevo Leon, Mexico to Tomas and Maria de Jesus (Sepulueda) Sanchez. Maria loved to cook. She enjoyed gardening and camping, but most of all she loved her family. Maria was the puzzle piece that held the family together, and will be deeply missed by her family and friends. On October 4, 1945, she married Manuel Garza Sr., in Edinburg, TX. Survivors include her children, Elva (Florentino) Vergara, Manuel (Patricia) Garza Jr., John (Amparo) Garza, Maria Garaza, James Garza, Victoria Garza and Amelia (Abel) Vela; 20 grandchildren; numerous great and great-great-grandchildren; 5 siblings, Merqueadez Sanchez Paras of Texas, Hortercia Sanchez of Texas, Tomas Sanchez Jr., of Oregon, Izaias Sanchez of Texas and Noemi Sanchez Lopez of Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Manuel Sr.; grandson, Manuel III; and 5 siblings. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 20, 2014, at Saunders & McFarlin Funeral Home, 107 W. Sumner Street, Harvard, IL 60033. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 21, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 206 E. Front Street, Harvard, IL 60033. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery Woodstock, IL. Friends and family may sign the online guestbook at saundersmcfarlin.net. For more information contact the funeral home at 815-943-5400.
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Saunders & McFarlin Funeral Home, Ltd.
107 West Sumner Street Harvard, IL 60033
Published in Rockford Register Star from June 19 to June 20, 2014