Our beloved father, Guadalupe Garza, passed away on the evening of 10 April 2021. We will miss him tremendously, but are comforted in knowing that after several weeks of severe pain, followed by a horrible week in the hospital, he is no longer suffering. He is now reunited with his beautiful bride, our mom Rosalina Ruiz Garza, his oldest son and right hand man, “Jerry” Gerardo Garza, as well as his parents, Manuel T. Garza and Paulita Mendoza Garza, along with his two younger siblings, who died in infancy, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many other beloved family members.
Dad knew so many people through his involvement with the church, and through his work as a police officer and detective! We want to share the information for his services, so that you may begin making your plans if you choose to join us as we celebrate his life and his legacy. Since we know that we are still at risk due to Covid-19, we ask that everyone wear masks, and that we social distance as best we can.
Guadalupe Garza, 87 year old resident of Corpus Christi, the town of his birth, the city whose citizens he proudly served in law enforcement for nearly 40 years, has passed into his eternal reward. The husband, father, grandfather (“papa”), great grandfather, uncle, godfather, and “retired-for-over-25-years” police officer took his final breath late in the evening on 10 April, 2021.
Guadalupe, or “Lupe”, as he was known to his siblings and friends, was born January 29, 1934, into a family which eventually had 12 children, many of whom “were fruitful and multiplied”, resulting in a family with nearly 100 additions in two generations, well over 100, including the spouses! He lived a good life, was a great son and brother, husband, father, and grandfather as well.
He is survived by his sisters, Paulita Rivas (Gabriel R. Rivas, II. Ϯ), Susana Gonzales, Herminia Pina (Felix Pina, Ϯ), Julia Ayala (Jesse Ayala, Ϯ), Alicia Perez, and Rosario Vela (Dagoberto Vela, Ϯ). He was preceded in death by sister, Esther Vega (Antonio Vega, Ϯ); and brothers, Joe Garza (Elidia Garza, Ϯ) and Manuel M. Garza.
As our cousin, Philip J. Perez, has so beautifully stated, “Uncle Lupe was able to do something that many never accomplish. Uncle Lupe LIVED and did it successfully. He made an impact in our families’ lives. He made an impact in the community, and he proudly served the city he loved. He raised amazing children.” Mary Larsen (Don Larsen), Jerry Gerardo Garza (JoAnn Silva Garza), his firstborn son who preceded him in death by 5 months, Graciela Garza (unmarried), Jose Guadalupe Garza (Alicia Gomez Garza), Reynaldo Garza (Elvia Ybarra Garza), and Rogelio Garza (Maria Magdalena Perez).
“He had a great marriage” that spanned nearly five decades, which might have lasted 60 or more years, had cancer not intervened. “He was loved by so many and managed to pass on the same positive moral standards that Grandma and Grandpa passed on to him and his siblings and guided his six children in the same way, to love and understand the importance of sibling love.”
In spite of this past month having been a rough time for all of us, especially Dad, we are so proud of him, and we take comfort in knowing that he lived well, loved his God, loved his family, and loved the work that he did for his church and for his community. He made a positive impact on everyone who came to know and love him. “Now he's home and I know he's looking down smiling because he lived life exactly how it was meant to be lived...with love.”
Visitation will be held on Friday, April 16, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Seaside Funeral Home, 4357 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78412, www.SeasideFuneral.com. A recitation of the Holy Rosary will be celebrated on Friday, April 16, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 5830 Williams Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78412. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church with Interment to follow at approximately 11:30 a.m. at Seaside Memorial Park. *You may proceed directly to the church on Saturday morning for the Funeral Mass.
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