Josefina Chavez (nee Reyes) died at St. Anthony hospital in Chicago on December 11, 2017, due to complications of lung fibrosis. She was 89. Mrs. Chavez was born May 16 in Chicago, IL to her parents, Manuel and Angelina Reyes. She married Joseph Chavez, Sr. and was a dedicated wife until his death in 1994. Mrs. Chavez was a homemaker and a caring and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.
Mrs. Chavez lived in the Pilsen community for most of her life and was a model parishioner at St. Vitus and St. Paul Church. She had a passion for cooking Mexican meals for her family, friends and neighbors. She lovingly made homemade tamales, especially during Christmas time. Mrs. Chavez was a child care provider to many during her lifetime and welcomed all the children in her care as her own.
Mrs. Chavez is survived by her children Joseph Jr., Jessie (Lolita), Julie, John, the late James, Joanne (David) and Jerry; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Sr., her brother Anthony and son James.
Mrs. Chavez will be memorialized at Szykowny Funeral Home, 3-8 pm, 4901 S. Archer Avenue, December 15. A mass celebrating her life will be at St. Paul Church, 10 am, 2127 W. 22nd Place on December 16. She will be buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Chicago Commons Senior Care Services and the doctors and nurses at St. Anthony Hospital.
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