Manuel “Manny” J. Escobar, age 101, passed away peacefully in his Bensenville home on
February 1, 2020 with his wife and daughter by his side. Born in Gómez Farías Michoacán, Mexico, on August 20, 1918 to Ruben and Eloisa (née Gomez) Escobar, Manny epitomized the true immigrant’s story of realizing the American dream. He emigrated to the United States in 1929, working at Wholesome Bakery in Detroit. At the start ofWorld War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in North Africa and Italy, serving for the entire war until 1945.
During the time Manny was in service, he met and fell in love with Esperanza Canchola. And after he was honorably discharged from the Army as a corporal, he and Esperanza got married in Morelia, Mexico, on February 20, 1946, and would have been married for 74 years this year. Because of Manny’s dedicated service in the United States Army, he earned his American citizenship and became a naturalized citizen. After Manny and Esperanza settled in Chicago, he worked as a welder and as an independent business owner.
A beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather, Manny is survived by the love of his life, Esperanza and his daughter Rosemarie Scott (David); grandchildren Elizabeth Hernandez (Juan), Jennifer Zurko (Douglas), Aimee Hillblom (Kevin) and John Holub; great-grandchildren Anthony, Roman, Isabella, Zachary, Olivia and Arianna; and great-great-grandchild Giovanni. He was predeceased by his daughter Mary, and brothers Ruben and Frank.
Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday February 5, 2020 at Geils Funeral Home 180 South York Rd. Bensenville, IL 60106 from 3:00PM until 9:00PM. Military Honors and Prayers at Geils Funeral Home at 4:00PM. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday February 6, 2020 at 10:00AM at St. Charles Borromeo. For Questions, Please call Geils Funeral Home at 630-766-3232.