Raquel S. Guerrero

Raquel S. Guerrero (nee Sánchez) Age 84, of the Pilsen community passed away on February 1, 2019. Beloved wife of the late Jose Acosta Guerrero. Cherished mother of Jose Gilberto (Patricia), Mary Theresa (late Reginald Sterling), Silvia Josie (Stanley Garcia), Estela, Cynthia, Ramiro, Leticia Raquel (Richard J. Frenzel), Hortencia (Juan Cervantes), and Frederico Cardenas. Preceded in death by her son David Xavier and grandson Daniel Gilbert. Proud grandmother of 17 and great grandmother of 19. 

Visitation Thursday from  2pm to 8pm at St. Procopius Church, 1200 West 18th Street.  Lying in state Friday from 9am until time of Funeral Mass 10:30am at St. Procopius Church. Burial at St. Mary Cemetery. 

Raquel was a leader, organizer and activist for over 40 years in the Pilsen Community, beginning in the late 1960’s. Boycotted lettuce and grapes in the 1970’s in support of Cesar Chavez of the United Farm Workers of America. Fought against discrimination and demanded the Chicago Board of Education create a bilingual public high school in the Pilsen Neighborhood.

She retired from CPS as the School Community Representative of Benito Juarez Community Academy High School, a school she fought to have built in the 1977.  Demanded students be served healthy hot meals at Jirka Elementary School, currently known as Pilsen Community Academy. Advocated for building a Board of Health Clinic located on 17th and Ashland Avenue in Chicago in 1976. Organizer for the creation of a community library, which became the Rudy Lozano Library in 1988.

Founding member of the 1st Mexican American Community Festival known as Fiesta Del Sol. Involved in various community issues and fights against the Chicago Transit Authority, Peoples Gas, Cook County Hospital, Board of Education, and the United States Post Office. Past president of Pilsen Neighbors Community Council. Raquel was one of the founders and current president of APO (Asociación Por Derechos Obreros). She will be greatly missed.

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  1. Esequiel Villarreal :

    Gramma I miss you and love you! Tell the family I miss them.

  2. Rachel you will be truly missed I am still lost for words you were like a mother to me since I was in junior high I love you and I will miss our dancing but you can dance in heaven now and pain free! Rest in Power!

  3. Maria Delgadillo :

    Thank you Tia for always being here for us. I was and still am proud to have had you as my Tia. Not only for all your accommodations in life but mostly because of your love and respect for our family. Thank you for that. I will miss you and will always Love you Tia.

    Kika

  4. Minnie Medina :

    My Condolences to My dear family from Throop, God has gained another Angel. She will be missed ❤🙏

  5. Dalia Negrete :

    My co ndolences to a womderful person,next door neighbor for years .Always remember seeing her coming out to water her plants. And we will be talking for a lo ng time .if not me my mom. MY FIRST job was with her in A.p.o. learn alot..we are going to miss not seeing her this summer..May she R.I.P. gone but not forgotten she leaves alot a memories in alot of us..

  6. She was a magnificent woman and now is a guardian angel.
    May god rest her soul🙏
    My deepest sincerest condolences to the Guerrero family.

  7. Gabriela Guerra :

    My Condolences go out to the Guerrero family. I had the pleasure of knowing this wonderful lady met her when I was 14yrs. You will be truly missed. R.I.P

  8. David & Yolanda Benavides :

    Jose, Pat & Guerrero Family,
    We offer our sincerest condolences.
    The death of a parent is very hard to accept whatever the circumstances may be. We have both been at the place you are ; with a heart heavy with sorrow. May
    she rest in eternal peace 🕊️and know that our prayers🙏 are with you and your family.
    David & Yolanda Benavides

  9. This special woman will be greatly missed. Rest in peace. Our condolences to the Guerrero family. Kathy and Joe Novak.

  10. Fr. Brendan A Curran, O.P. :

    blessings to you and your family….you have been a trailblazer…. reminding our community of the importance of one voice… for respect and dignity in our schools and in our neighborhood. Thank you for years of your struggle to bring resources to our community. Thank you for your faith and your commitment to our faith community in Pilsen…. you have been our bedrock and our guide…..

    que descanses en la paz de Cristo!

    Padre Brendan Curran, O.P.
    The Resurrection Project

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