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Irene Garza Ruggieri

Irene Garza Ruggieri, 83, died on Sunday March 27, 2016 at her home in Rantoul.

ruggieri,_ireneShe was the daughter of Frank and Helen Garza, wife to Alex Ruggieri, Sr. and mother to Carlos Cordova and Laura Santhanam, all who have preceded her in death.

She leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her sisters, Belia Rojas (Hanover Park), Consuelo Prieto (Elk Grove Village), Francis Linker (Chicago), and her two sons, Alex Ruggieri, Jr. (Sylvia) and Ricardo Ruggieri (Kerri) of Tuscola.

Her siblings, Zeno Garza, Olga DeLaVega, Lupe Costilla and Elida Garcia preceded her in death.

She was a mother to four children, and was actively involved in the raising of two of her grandchildren upon the premature passing of her daughter Laura. She was a grandmother to fourteen grandchildren and had fifteen great grandchildren. She spent 17 years as a military wife.

Irene was an avid cook and loved to share her passion for food with her family. She enjoyed travel and spent time in Europe.

Irene was enjoying retirement in her later years. She will be missed by her loving family and friends.

Memorial services will be held at Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm, Champaign, on Saturday, April 16, at 3 p.m.

Concolences may be offered at www.HeathandVaughn.com.