On December 13, 1932 in the small town of Comanja, Mexico, Guadalupe Monjaras Garcia was born to Florentino Monjaras and Lenore Garcia. You know him as Lupe. He traveled to the US as a youth to live “The American Dream”. He lived with his mother’s cousin and wife, Jose and Victoria Garcia. They helped guide and mentor him to grow into such a fine young man.
Lupe was always a hard worker. He took many odd jobs. Anything. All the while he learned “American Culture”. He was very proud when he became an American Citizen and at the same time had a lot of pride in his Mexican heritage.
Lupe was a veteran of the Korean war. Joining the armed forces became such an important part of him. These years took him to places he didn’t know existed, and he witnessed things that would scare many. These experiences gave him perspective that he would carry with him throughout the rest of his life.
Upon his return, he started working for a company that would turn out to be a position he would stay at for 42 years. All the name changes on the building, the new managers, and many, many friends continued to enlighten and teach him. He loved them all.
As the years passed, he would save and ultimately bought some property of his own and achieved his “American Dream”. He enjoyed life. Going to a White Sox game, eating out with his friends, growing some fruit, some vegetables, cutting down trees, and working on crafts. He was all about being with people and staying busy, or just simply being outside.
Through all this, he followed the Lord’s path. He was a devoted parishioner at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Wood Dale, IL. There you would never have trouble finding him. He would often help collect the gifts.
His last two years were tough with many hospitals, doctors, surgeries, rehabs, and quarantines. Though he managed to maintain his infectious smile throughout all this as he always did through any hardships he faced throughout the duration of his life. He’d reassure those who cared for him and whom he cared so dearly for that, “everything’s ok.”
In his life, Lupe was a generous, kind soul. He was so generous, he probably gave away more than he should have, but to him…it was well worth it. The little things are what mattered most. Eating at Parky’s Hot Dogs, Twinkies for the kids, a card on your birthday, and anything else he could do to make everyone feel special and appreciated. Everything in his life was important…but none as much as family.
We are sorry to announce that Lupe has passed away, on Monday, August 24, 2020. He will be missed immensely.
He is survived by his loving family and many, many friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a few of his siblings who were waiting for him to be reunited.
A burial service will take place at All Saints Catholic Cemetery, 700 N River Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60016 on Friday, September 4, 2020 at 11:00 AM. River Rd runs through the cemetery and we are on the South-East side of Central Rd and River Rd in the older section of the cemetery. If you’d like to go in procession with us to the cemetery, we are meeting at Geils Funeral Home, 180 S York Rd, Bensenville, IL 60106 at 9:45 AM. Arrangements were handled by Geils Funeral Home in Wood Dale, IL. For information, please call: (630) 766-3232.