Raquel Mendoza De Hurtado, age 67, of Carpentersville, passed away at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, IL on April 26, 2017. Raquel was born in Mexico on June 1, 1949 to her loving parents, Melaquiadez Mendoza and Gilberta Leon.

Raquel was married to the love of her life, Elias Hurtado, for 40 years, and together they raised four children. Loved ones will remember her as a woman who always had a smile on her face. She was known for her straightforward nature and never hesitating to say what she felt. Raquel also had a big heart and cared deeply for others.

Family was incredibly important to her, and she would defend them no matter what. Whenever she traveled to Mexico, Raquel would bring back gifts for everyone in the family. Children always eagerly awaited her special souvenirs. In her free time, Raquel enjoyed dancing and listening to cumbias.

Raquel was preceded in death by her brother, Melaquiades Mendoza.

Raquel is survived by her loving husband, Elias; her children, Elsa Villagomez, Celina Moa, Edgar Hurtado, and Daniel Mendoza; grandchildren, Noemi, Omar, Leo, Angelo, Amanda, Gilbert, Erika, Juan and Jenessa; and siblings, Margarita Mendoza, Lucy Mendoza, Alfredo Mendoza, and Daniel Mendoza.

Visitation will be 1:00p.m.- 5:00p.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park St, Elgin IL 60120. Interment will be at a later date at Panteon Jardin in Mexico City, Mexico. For more information call 847-741-1168 or visit www.symondsmadisonfuneralhome.com.

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