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Monday, October 17, 2022
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Maria Auxiliadora Garcia
Left this earth peacefully Sunday October 9, 2022, to be with her Lord and Savior. Maria was born on March 7, 1934, in Durango, Mexico to Juan and Josefa (Facio) Rubio. Maria married Joseph W. Gagne in March of 1951 while he was stationed in El Paso, Texas. Together they had seven children. Maria loved to dress up and go to dances and would make many lifelong friends as her family was growing up. Maria enjoyed cooking, making homemade tortillas, beans, rice, and tamales for her family. Maria worked many years at Daily's Pickle factory and was a caregiver/housekeeper until her retirement. In March of 1978, she married George Garcia. Together they spent time traveling, playing with the grandchildren, and with their beloved dogs. Maria and George spent many hours at their local church in Saginaw where they lived, attending and volunteering. One of Maria and George's favorite times each morning was going to the local donut shop for coffee. Maria is survived by her seven children: Josephina (John) Glazier, Rosa (Gary) Campbell, Jose (Lynette) Gagne, Roberto (Nicki) Gagne, Juan (Denise) Gagne, Guiermo (Carol) Gagne, Alberto (Leisa) Gagne. She had nineteen grandchildren, 24 Great grandchildren and 4 great great- grandchildren. Maria was predeceased by her parents, Juan and Josefa Rubio, Joseph W. Gagne, her children's father, her spouse George Garcia and siblings Juan, Rosaura, Alexandro, Socarra, Javier, and Jose Louise.
A celebration of Maria's life will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday October 17, 2022, at St. John the XXIII Parish, Sacred Heart Catholic Church 419 S. Midland St., Merrill, Michigan 48637. Rev Fr. Michael Steltenkamp S.J. will officiate with burial to follow in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider, St John XXIII Parish, Sacred Heart Catholic Church or Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Arrangements by The W.L. Case and Company Funeral Chapel.