Rafael ‘Ralph’ Garcia

May 30, 1929 – May 6, 2014

Rafael “Ralph” Garcia, age 84, of Oconomowoc, was born to eternal life on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Ralph is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Arlene (nee Joza), who is the best lady God ever created. He was the loving father of Catherine (Don) Shelley, James (Debbie) Garcia, Ralph (Paula) Garcia and Robert (Lorraine) Garcia and also is survived by seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Rafael was born May 30, 1929, in Chicago, to Phillip and Marina Garcia. He had four sisters: Mary Rodriquez and Lillian Carrington, both deceased; Simone Ashley, who lives in Paramount, Calif., and Hope Terrazas of Aurora, Ill.

A funeral Mass will be held on Monday, May 12, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. with a visitation for family and friends starting at 11:00 a.m., all to take place at St.

Jerome Catholic Church, 995 Silver Lake Drive, Oconomowoc, WI 53066, with burial to follow at St. Jerome Cemetery. Memorials suggested to the American Red Cross.

Rafael served with the US Army during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953 and was part of X CORP 185th Eng. Combat Bn. where he earned a Bronze Star. He retired from GE Healthcare after 27 years of service.

He was a longtime Red Cross Natural Disaster volunteer, where he went out on assignment for 30 years.

He was also active in the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion Post 91 in Oconomowoc. Ralph also loved playing golf and loved spending time with his family, who will deeply miss him.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home, 1165 E. Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, WI 53066 is serving the family. For further information, call 262-567-4457 or visit www.pagenkopf.com/