Cruz G. Chavez

May 3, 1931 - May 15, 2009

Cruz G. Chavez of Waukesha died Friday, May 15, 2009, at her home at age 78. She was born May 3, 1931, in Seguin, Texas, the daughter of Nazario and Guadalupe (nee Manzanalen) Garcia.

On Aug. 14, 1948, she married Gustavo Chavez. He preceded her in death on May 4, 1998. She worked for many years at Grede Foundry. She also was the owner of La Michoacana Grocery Store in Milwaukee until her retirement in 1993. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church since 1970.

Cruz will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her children, Gustavo Chavez Jr. of Waukesha, Diamantina (Andrew) Bowden of Countryside, Ill., Rosalinda (Julian) Guel of Waukesha, Julio (Norma) Chavez of Waukesha, John (Debbie) Chavez of Waukesha and Larry Velasquez-Guel of Waukesha; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; her brothers and sisters, Natalia Medina of Waukesha, Constance Garcia of Waukesha, Carlos (Delia) Garcia of Waukesha, Julian (Tava) Garcia of Milwaukee and Raul (Nevia) Garcia of San Antonio, Texas; and she is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

In addition to her husband, Gustavo, she is preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Lou Chavez; brothers and sisters, Siprano Garcia, Gregoria Alvarez, Victor Garcia and Eusebio Garcia; and her parents.

Visitation was held Monday, May 18 at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. A funeral Mass was held today, May 19 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 822 N. East Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186, with the Rev. Bill Key presiding. Graveside services followed the Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials are appreciated for Masses in Cruz’s name at St. Joseph Catholic Church (address above) or to Rolland Nelson Crossroads Hospice, 1020 James Drive, Suite E, Hartland, WI 53029.

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