Monday, July 20, 2009

Gilberto C. Garza

Gilberto Coronado Garza 81 of Racine, passed away Monday, July 20, 2009 at Ridgewood Care Center Racine.

Gilberto was born in San Antonio, Texas, on Sept 8, 1927, son of the late Felipe and Juana (nee: Coronado) Garza.

Gilbert, "Veto," "Gil" or "Pancho" as you may have known him, was retired from J.I. Case Co. He was a bachelor, a nice mannered man, with a silly sense of humor, whose pastimes were building puzzles and watching and attending the WWE wrestling matches and watching old cowboy movies on television.

Gilbert loved Racine; he woke up at the crack of dawn and would probably be seen drinking coffee at one of the many downtown restaurants -- he especially liked Kewpee’s. He so enjoyed his daily bus rides, talking to the bus drivers, the routine walks to Monument Square where he would sit and visit or purchase lottery tickets at Lakeside Pharmacy. He loved the employees at Kidd’s Worldwide Travel, who encouraged him to travel to Mexico, Spain, Vegas and cruises. For M&I bank to help him learn how to save, to make his travels possible.

Oh “ya,ya,ya,ya” can’t forget the Sunday morning breakfast with nephews and nieces especially Ed, the menudo, the tacos or the Mexican sweat bread; from Cristo Rey church, Rio Grande, Mi Jacalito and La Tapatia. So many good times, so many great memories Thank you, farewell and “just be nice” as he always said.

Survivors include siblings, Jose C. Garza, Leonor Muniz, Josefa Ramos all of Racine; his sister-in-law, Lucinda Garza of San Antonio, Texas; many nieces and nephews, great and great, great nieces and nephews, and other relatives and dear friends, special friend Erlinda DeLaRosa.

As his spirit takes his final journey home he will be greeted by his beloved parents; his uncle and aunt Francisco (Angelita) Coronado; his two brothers, Estanislado C. Garza and Roberto C. Garza; two brother in-law-, Jesse Muniz and Guadalupe Ramos; and sister-in-law, Angelita Garza; special nephew Joe Muniz.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Cristo Rey Catholic Church, 800 College Ave., on Saturday, July 25, 2009, at 9 a.m. with Rev. Esteban Redolad officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Friday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. (Rosary recited at 7 p.m.) and at the church on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until time of Mass. Please see Thursday’s Journal Times for a full notice.

Our family gives special thanks to: Dr. Rudy Byron, Wheaton Francisco Cancer Center, and Ridgewood Care Center 2 East.

803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888

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