Carmen Escarzaga

Carmen Escarzaga, age 65 passed away suddenly on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois surrounded by her loving family. Matriarch of her family; Cherished mother of: Elizabeth Escarzaga, Sonia Sanchez, Laura Escarzaga and Hector Escarzaga, loving grandmother of: Michael Angelo Escarzaga, Alex Escarzaga, Nicole Escamilla, Lilian Lopez, Amaly Escarzaga, Elijah Escamilla, Julian Escarzaga, Israel Escamilla, Adan Sanchez, Giovanni Escarzaga, Regina Sanchez, Andy Sanchez, Vidabella Villarreal and three beautiful great grandchildren Isabel, Julian and Sebastian Escarzaga and long time companion of her beloved.

Ms. Carmen Escarzaga known to her students as “Maestra Carmen” was a devoted cosmetology instructor who dedicated her life to her students, customers and family.  Ms. Carmen has been a Cosmetology Instructor, a business owner,  a life coach, a mentor and loving mother.  She died doing what she loves best “Cutting Hair.”  From a young age her life long dream was to be  a hair stylist.  Through hard work and many struggles she made her dream come true.  Not only becoming a hair stylist but also a Cosmetology Instructor.  For the last 25 years she taught at Truman College, one of the City of Chicago Colleges, graduating many students who successfully became registered cosmetologists and many who have thrived as business owners themselves.   Ms. Carmen, was very passionate in sharing her love of education and shared her knowledge through Continuing Education.  She was loved by all who knew her and had the magic of making people feel and look beautiful for over 35 years.  She never denied anyone the honor of creating magic with her hands.

Ms. Carmen was a true pillar of her community.  She was a successful business women who owned and operated Liz Beauty Salon located on 18thStreet in Pilsen for over three decades. She had multiple business including 2 Beauty Schools and 5 salons through her short life.

Over the course of her Cosmetology career she has won multiple trophies from many hair shows  including 2nd place in the Proud Lady Hair Competition.  Countless recognition awards for her community service in donating free hair cuts to multiple organizations including Casas Americas, Lyndin House, many Senior Citizen homes, and countless back to school events through out the city of Chicago.

Ms. Carmen,  was a devoted longtime companion, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who cherished every moment with her family and spreading her love, time, and devotion to making people feel beautiful.

Visitation: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at St. Adalbert Church, 1650 West 17th Street, Chicago, IL 60608 Lying in state from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Funeral mass to begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. Interment: Private.

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  1. Theresa Gutierrez :

    Carmen Escarza was a special Lady. A successful business woman , a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She believed in giving back to her community and did it effortlessly. Carmen was a great role model for young women always encouraging them to follow their dreams. Carmen always brought a smile to my face because she was so full of life. Not only did I enjoy spending time at her shop so did my late mother. Carmen would not want us to mourn her passing. We should instead celebrate her life RIP dear friend. Tg

  2. Estella and Dora Chapa :

    Our deepest Condolences to the Family may Carmen rest in Peace and her Legacy live on.

  3. Abel y Francisca Torres :

    Mis más sinceras condolencias para toda la familia Escarzaga. Ella los estará cuidando desde el cielo.

  4. Monica Escamilla :

    May God rest your sweet soul, Carmen & God grant your family the strength they need. We love you & will miss you dearly.

  5. Deacon Oscar Gonzalez :

    Una gran mujer, con un gran Corazon llena de alegria, mujer de negocios, Madre amorosa y muy Buena Amiga, orgullo de Pilsen, descanse en Paz.

  6. Cynthia Aguirre :

    My deepest condolences and prayers to your family. She is in a happy place.

  7. Diana Padilla :

    My deepest condolences
    My prayers go out to you and your family
    I am so sorry.

  8. Raul-Judy Hernandez :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family in this very difficult time. May the memories of the happy times give you strength.

  9. Lupita estrada :

    Un ejemplo de ser humano. Que siempre tenía una sonrisa para todos, su carácter, su alegría, su personalidad era algo que la caracterizaba. Siempre dándonos ánimos en todo momento, a pesar que no soy de su familia me siento parte de ella. Siempre la recordare y la llevare en mi corazón. Mi más sentido pésame para toda su familia. No tengo las palabras necesarias para expresarles mis condolencias. Solo les puedo decir que en el cielo hay otro ángel más.

  10. Pam Neylon-Williams :

    Sonia my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. May you find strength in the memories of your Mom.

  11. liz and conchita aguilar :

    She will forever be remembered and missed. Thank you for your business and for letting us be part of so many of your family celebrations. We will always remember her smile and happy disposition.

  12. Ernestine De La Rosa :

    The De La Rosa family r senting there condolence to the family of Carmen Escarzaga , my she RIP.

  13. Guadalupe Gutierrez :

    Con Respeto, y Sinceramente
    Que Dios y La Virgencita De Guadalupe, esten con ustedes en estos tristes momento.
    Descansa en Paz Querida Carmen.

  14. Sonia,

    From what I have heard you talk about your mother, and from what was stated above of your mom, it sounds like she was an amazing woman. I am so sorry you had to lose someone so important and special in your life. I’ll be praying for you and the rest of your family….No one can replace your mom, but God can comfort your heart. He knows what you need during this difficult time much better than anyone else. Remember she will always be with you, not physically but spiritually. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May she rest in paradise.

    Melanie Roman

  15. David villarreal :

    To my mother inlaw Carmen I love you and miss you may you rest in peace and look over your family and always be there for all of us God bless

  16. Ante este dolor no hay palabras suficientes ni exactas para consolar, tan solo podemos decirles, estamos con ustedes.
    El cielo es nuestra patria y alli es donde nos van a esperar nuestros seres queridos. Nada mas se nos adelanto un poco.
    Mañana domingo 4 de septiembre a las 8:00 a.m. en la Iglesia Santo Niño de Atocha, en El Paso, Texas se oficiara una misa por su eterno descanso.
    De parte de la Familia Escarzaga, Lares, McKie, y Cantu.

  17. Patricia Escárzaga :

    A solo dos días para cumplir su primer aniversario luctuoso, la seguimos recordando a esta gran mujer que llegó a ser una buena cuñada….Carmen Escárzaga, descansa en paz….y a mis sobrinos, decirles que están en nuestras oraciones diarias…bendiciones, su tía: Patty Escárzaga.

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