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Elgin, Illinois 60120


  1. Johnny Simmons

    December 29, 2017


    Johnny Simmons was born November 1, 1954 to Annie Mae Whitehead and Charlie James Hughes in Osceola, Arkansas.

    Johnny departed this life Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 at Rock River Health Care in Rockford, Illinois.

    Johnny accepted Christ at an early age. On one Christmas day in 1981, Johnny received a special gift, his son, Christopher Jonell Simmons was born. He married Evelyn Lewis in 1983 and they had five children. Johnny worked for the Rockford Housing Authority Committee Board.

    Johnny loved his family, his friends, and his hats! He really enjoyed his ...
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  2. Martin Carranza

    December 28, 2017

    Martin Carranza, formerly of Elgin, died at his home in Cypress, Texas on December 27, 2017.

    Martin was born in El Parral, Mexico on December 20, 1932 to Juliana (nee Bueno) and Gregorio Carranza.

    Martin leaves behind his loving wife of 63 years, Celia Venegas: six sons; Baldomero, Lucas, Gregorio, Armando, Ambrocio, & Manuel, six daughters; Eloisa, Elvira, Maria, Irene, Celia, & Elena plus 40 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

    Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 2 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at O’Connor-Leetz Funeral Home, 364 Division St., Elgin. Funeral mass will on Wednesday, January 3 at 11:00a.m. at St. ...
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  3. Cirilo Goytia

    December 26, 2017

    Goytia, Cirilo, picCirilo Goytia, died at his home on Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Cirilo was born in Mexico on November 22, 1965, the son of Anastasia (nee Rocha) and Silverio Goytia.

    Cirilo will be greatly missed by his wife, Irma Rosales; son, Uriel Goytia; daughter, Iriana Goytia; and grandchildren, Liam Goytia and Sophia Barcenas.

    Visitation will be at O’Connor-Leetz Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 27 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Funeral mass will be at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 272 Division Street, Elgin on Thursday, December 28 at 11:00 a.m. with Father ...
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  4. Francisco Barraza

    December 20, 2017

    photo-Barraza, FFrancisco Barraza, died at his home in Elgin on Monday, December 18, 2017. Francisco was born in La Cienega de San Jose, Durango, Mexico on April 9, 1933, the son of Maria (nee Corral) and Jose P. Barraza.

    Francisco grew up farming and tending to the farms animals. He migrated to the United States in 1994.

    Francisco will be greatly missed by his wife, Felicitas and his children: Martin, Paula, Leonor, Bernardo, Rafael, Julia, Moises, Pedro, Manuel, Brigida; their spouses, and 25 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

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  5. Maria Soledad Guzman

    obit photo-Guzman, Maria Soledad

    Maria Soledad Guzman, died at her home in Hanover Park on Sunday, December 17, 2017. Maria was born in Mezquitic, Jalisco, Mexico on March 25, 1932, the daughter of Matilde (nee Cabral) and Julio Guardado.

    Maria is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 60 years, Isidro Guzman and one son, Cornelio Guzman.

    She will be greatly missed by her sons and daughters: Martin, Berta, Cevero, Rosina, Andres, Elisa, Margarita, Jose, Ester, Esperanza, Hermila, Guillermo, Isidro, and Servando plus many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

    Visitation and service will ...
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