Gregoria ‘Goya’ Alvarez

Sept. 9, 1918 - July 27, 2008

Gregoria "Goya" Alvarez, 89, of Waukesha, went to heaven to join her beloved husband, Julio, and two sons, Julio Jr. and Andre, on Sunday, July 27, 2008, surrounded by her two daughters and family. Goya was born Sept. 9, 1918, in Sequin, Texas, the daughter of Nasario and Guadalupe (Mansanares) Garcia.

She married Julio Alvarez Sr. in 1937 in San Antonio; he preceded her in death in 1991. She was employed as a cook at Herbies Pub, where she was well-known for her enchiladas. She was a lifelong member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waukesha.

Goya will be sadly missed by her children, Lupe (Manuel) Villarreal of Waukesha and Mary (Jose) Ramirez of West Milwaukee; daughters-in-law, Carmen Alvarez, Kristy Alvarez, and the first wife of Julio Jr., Stefie Alvarez, all of Waukesha; 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; and her brothers and sisters, Natalia (Jose) Medina of Waukesha, Constance (Albert) Garcia of Waukesha, Cruz (Gustavo) Chavez of Waukesha, Julian (Octavia) Garcia of Milwaukee, Carlos (Delia) Garcia of Waukesha and Rabul (Navia) Garcia of San Antonio.

In addition to her husband, Julio Sr., and her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Julio Alvarez Jr. in 2006 and Andre Alvarez in 2007, and three brothers, Sipriano (Maria) Garcia, Victor (Hilaria) Garcia and Eusebio (Jovita) Garcia.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 8 p.m. rosary service Thursday, July 31, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Services continue on Friday, Aug. 1, at the funeral home with prayers at 9:45 a.m., followed by a procession to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 822 N. East Ave., Waukesha, for the 10:30 a.m. funeral Mass. The Rev. Bill Key will preside. Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the family.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave an online tribute.