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Maximina Marquez

Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
Maximina Marquez

ROCK FALLS – Maximina Marquez, 89, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at her home.

She was born Jan. 25, 1925, in Lagos DeMoreno, Jalisco, Mexico, the daughter of Leonso and Virginia (Aguila) Velasquez. She married Gregorio Marquez on July 16, 1946. He died April 21, 2002. She was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls.

Surviving are her daughters, Janie (Jose Manuel) Atilano of Rock Falls, Silvia (Pedro) Aparicio of Chicago, Sally (George) Maldonado of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Corina (Gale) Staples of Sterling; former son-in-law, Ernesto Reyes of Rockford; two brothers, Roy Velasquez of Rock Falls and Joe Velasquez of Lyndon; 13 grandchildren, Gabriela (Bradley) Mattan, Rosalva (David) Rivers, Jose Manuel Atilano Jr., Adan (Priscilla) Atilano, Angelica Reyes, Marisol Smith, Gregorio Reyes, Crystal Mida (Armando) Barona, George Maldonado Jr., Jermaine (Valena) Maldonado, Celia (David) Rivera, and Abbigale and Alexandrea Staples; and 17 great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and three sisters.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., with the rosary recited at 7 p.m., Friday at McDonald Funeral Home, 505 First Ave., Sterling. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls, with Monsignor Thomas Dzielak, celebrant, officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling.

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