Josefina Martinez, age 74, of Harvard, passed away on February 18, 2017 at Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford, IL. She was born June 30, 1942 in Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico to her loving parents, Jose and Ruperta Ibarra (nee Lozano).

Josefina will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She married her husband, Encarnacion, in Mexico on September 25, 1961, and they shared 55 wonderful years together. Beginning in 1989, they made regular trips to Illinois to visit family. In 2002, she became a permanent resident of the United States.

Loved ones will remember Josefina’s honest, direct personality. She did not hesitate to give you her opinion. She had a great sense of humor and loved telling jokes. In her free time, she enjoyed cooking for family, who loved her gorditas de azucar, fritada and tortillas de harina, and chiles rellenos. She also loved playing Mexican Bingo, going shopping, family road trips, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Josefina was preceded in death by her son, Jose Humberto.

She is survived by her loving husband, Encarnacion; her children, Mario (Graciela) Martinez, Sylvia (Roberto) Bernal, Ana (Pascual) Diaz, Norma (David) Uribe, and Lorena (Julian) Montejano; sister-in-law Eva Martinez; 13 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Tuesday, February 21, 2017 5:00p.m. to 9:00p.m., with prayers at 7:00p.m. at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park St., Elgin IL 60120, Rev. Roberto Camacho officiating. Funeral mass will be Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 272 Division St, Elgin. Interment will be in Mexico.

For more information call 847-741-1128 or visit www.symondsmadisonfuneralhome.com.

Josefina Martinez, edad 74, de Harvard IL., fallecio el 18 de febrero, 2017 en el Hospital Rockford Memorial en Rockford, IL.   Nacio el 30 de Junio de 1942 en Hidalgo, NL Mexico, sus padres Jose Ibarra y Ruperta Lozano.

Josefina sera recordada como una amorosa esposa, madre, abuela y bisabuela. Se caso en Mexico el 25 de Septiembre de 1961 con Encarnacion Martinez, y compartieron maravillosos 55 años juntos. En 1989, comenzaron a hacer visitas frecuentes a familiars en Estados Unidos, estableciendose como residents permanentes en el 2002.

Quienes la amaron la recuerdan como una persona con personalidad, honesta y justa. No dudaba en darte su opinion. Tenia un gran sentido de humor y le encantaba hacer bromas. En su pasa tiempo, le encantaba cocinar para la familia, a quienes les encantaban sus gorditas, fritada, tortillas de harina, y chiles rellenos. Le encantaba jugar a la loteria, ir de compras, hacer viajes en carretera con la familia pero lo que mas le gustaba era pasar tiempo con sus nietos y bisnietos.

Josefina ahora descansa en paz junto a su amado hijo Jose Humberto.

Le sobreviven su amado esposo, Encarnacion, sus hijos Mario (Graciela) Martinez, Silvia (Roberto ) Bernal, Ana (Pascual) Diaz, Norma (David) Uribe and Lorena (Julian) Montejano, su cuñada Eva Martinez, 13 nietos y 10 bisnietos.

Servicio Funeral sera este Martes 21 de Febrero, 2017 de 5:00p.m. a 9:00p.m., Habra una oracion a las 7:00 p.m. en Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park St., Elgin IL 60120, oficiada por el Rev. Roberto Camacho. La misa sera el miercoles 22 de Febrero, 2017 a las 11:00 a.m. en la iglesia St. Joseph Catholic Church, 272 Division St. Elgin. Sera sepultada en Mexico.

Para mas informacion puede llamar al 847-741-1128.

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