STERLING – María Magdalena Mendoza, age 65, died Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Unity Point Hospital in Peoria.
Maria was born on July 7, 1953 in Princeton. The daughter of Natalio G. and Isidra (Flores) Ortega. As a custodian with Unit 5 of the Sterling School District for over 33 years, Maria saw three generations of children in school. She was often friends with the parents and grandparents of the children attending school when she retired in 2016. Maria was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling.
Survivors include Ventura Morales of Sterling; her mother, Isidra Ortega of McAllen, Texas; two sisters, Norma Warner (Charles) of Richardson, Texas and Julia Ortega (Luis Limas) of Hattiesburg, Miss.; four brothers, Natalio (Leticia) Ortega of Dallas, Texas, Emilio (Irma) Ortega of Corsicana, Texas, Jose (Cecilia) Ortega of Baytown, Texas, and Martin (Susan) Ortega of Coppell, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her father; one sister, Irma Diana Ortega; and two brothers, Aaron and Gerardo Ortega.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Gathering of family and friends will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at St. Mary Parish Center Chapel, Sterling. Memorial service will be held 11:30 a.m. at the Parish Center Chapel. Arrangements were completed by the McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls.
Online condolences may be sent to www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com