Armando C. Garcia

May 23, 1928 - July 5, 2009

Armando C. Garcia of Waukesha died Sunday, July 5, 2009, surrounded by his family at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at age 81. He was born in Gonzales, Texas, on May 23, 1928, the son of Albert and Frances (nee Cantu) Garcia.

Armando served in the U.S. Air Force and on Sept. 17, 1949, he married Ysidra Mindiola at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waukesha. For many years, Armando worked at Waukesha County Technical College as the campus manager. He also worked at Quality Aluminum and owned the Garcia-Enco gas stations located on Barstow Street and North Avenue in Waukesha and on Highway SS in Pewaukee. He was also the owner of Penny Wise Car Wash on Barstow. Armando was a former member of the Knights of Columbus, was a board member at La Casa de Esperanza, was chairman of the Equal Opportunity Commission in Waukesha and was also on the state board for the commission and a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church since 1949.

Armando will be deeply missed by his wife, Ysidra of Waukesha; his children, Mona Garcia, John (Lynn) Garcia, Amanda (John) Couden and Amelie (Mark) Hillmer, all of Waukesha, and Vivian (Ken) Lapp of Mukwonago; his grandchildren, Christopher (Michelle) Garcia of Sussex, Shelby (Rick) Romero of Waukesha, Ryan (Shauna) Heflin of New Jersey, Joshua (Carmen) Couden, Edward Heflin, Justin Garcia, Elizabeth Couden, Jeremy Garcia and Holley (Lupe) Godina, all of Waukesha; and his great-grandchildren, Logan, Karley, Madeline, Ashley, Nicholas, Emily, Michael, Alexis, Kylie, Hunter and Mariah. He is further survived by his brothers, Adolf (Adele) Garcia of Waukesha and Augustine (Bev) Garcia of Milwaukee; sister-in-law, Connie Garcia of Waukesha; his best friend, George Sweezey; his dog, Louie; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends in Wisconsin and Texas.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, July 9, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. A rosary service will be held at 8 p.m. Services will continue at 9 a.m. Friday, July 10, with prayers at the funeral home followed by a procession to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 822 N. East Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186, for the 10 a.m. funeral Mass. The Rev. Bill Key will preside. Entombment with full military honors will follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

If desired, memorials to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (address above) are appreciated.

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.