March 10, 1957 - May 5, 2013
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 17 for Bertha Alicia Garza of Modesto, who died Sunday, May 5 at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto.
Mrs. Garza, 56, was born in Cuidad, Mier Tamaulipas, Mexico, and was a resident of the Patterson and Modesto area all her life. She worked for Stanislaus County as a health insurance advocate counselor for 22 years. Mrs. Garza attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Patterson and St Stanislaus Catholic Church in Modesto. She was an advocate for immigrants, a Eucharistic minister and taught catechism class. She was a member of the Altar Society, YLI and enjoyed baking, collecting recipes and taking care of her family.
Mrs. Garza is survived by her husband, Alfonso Cordero of Modesto; sons, Alfonso Cordero III of Riverbank and Alex Cordero of Modesto; brothers, Jose Luis Garza of Patterson, Jose Jaime Garza of Fresno, Jesus R. Garza of Hanford, Juan Manuel Garza and Francisco and Javier Garza, both of Patterson; sisters, Margarita C. Flores and Marivel Jacinto, both of Patterson, Juanita Garza-Castro of Union City and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ramiro and Concepcion Garza, brother, Ramiro Garza and nephew, Edward Samarripa.
A visitation will be observed from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 16 followed by a recitation of the rosary at 7 p.m. at Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., in Patterson. The Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday May 17 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 529 I St., in Patterson. Burial will be in Mexico.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Garza’s name may be sent to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.