Antonia Z. Hernandez, age 92 of South Elgin, passed away July 19, 2017 at The Victory Centre in Bartlett, IL. Antonia was born June 14, 1925 in Moroleon, GTO, Mexico to her loving parents, Isidro and Maria de Jesus Zamudio.
A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Antonia came to the United States in September 1950 to start a family following her marriage in Mexico City to John Hernandez. After entering the country at Laredo, Texas, she settled in South Elgin with John and lived in the same house until his death.
Antonia was well-known in the neighborhood and was a member of the parish of St. Joseph Catholic Church. A mother of three boys that participated in the Boy Scouts of America, she served as a Den Mother for many years and supported her husband who was a Cubmaster and Scoutmaster in South Elgin. All of her sons and many grandsons were members of the Scouting organization. After raising her five children she continued to devote herself to helping others by babysitting several children in the neighborhood and eventually watched over most of her grandchildren.
Antonia loved to talk about her family and her childhood experiences in Mexico with anyone who was nearby and was especially proud of all her grandchildren. She had an infectious laugh and always brought a smile to those who met her, even for the first time. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, John Hernandez; and sisters Natalia and Teresa and brothers Isidro and Ramon.
Survivors include her children, Lillian (Alfonso) Lozano, Dianna (Tom) Wilcox, Charles (Lisa) Hernandez, Greg (Judi) Hernandez and Fredrik (Jennifer) Hernandez. Antonia also leaves 16 grandchildren, Christina, Trisha, Stephanie, Angelica, Taylor, Kaylee, Cipriano, Anthony, John, Alejandro, Henry, Andres, Kyle, Jacob, Eric, Carlos; and ten great-grandchildren, Reagan, Klover, Braelyn, Samuel, Maxwell, Alexander, Jackson, Jared, Owen and Liam. Antonia is also survived by her brother Roberto (Lucila) Zamudio.
Visitation will be Sunday July 23 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park St., in Elgin. Funeral mass will be Monday, July 24 at 11:00 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 272 Division St., Elgin, internment to follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Elgin.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.
For more information call 847-741-1128 or visit www.symondsmadisonfuneralhome.com.