Mary E. Mendoza, 73, of Decatur, IN, passed away at her residence on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. She was born in Decatur, IN, on January 22, 1947, the daughter of the late Jose and Nieves (Lopez) Mendoza. On March 11, 1966, she married Jesse Mendoza and after 50 years he preceded her in death on August 3, 2016.
She was a parishioner of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. Mary worked for many years as a Special Needs Teacher for Cicero-Berwyn Community Schools in Chicago.
Mary is survived by 7 sons, Joe Mendoza of Decatur, Chris Mendoza of Texas, Daniel Mendoza of Berwyn, IL, Michael (Liz) Mendoza of Palatine, IL, Jesse (Bianca) Mendoza of Houston, TX, George (Griselda) Mendoza of Chicago, IL and Ricky (Marcy) Mendoza of Broadview, IL; 3 daughters, Nieves (Jose) Bernal of Decatur, Sandra (Manuel) Zuniga of Chicago, IL and Lupita (Sergio) Mendoza; 5 brothers, Joe (Grace) Mendoza of TN, Amado (Kim) Mendoza of TX, Johnny Mendoza of LA, Antonio Mendoza of Decatur, Martin Mendoza of Ft. Wayne; 3 sisters, Carmen Mendoza of TX, Martina (Robert) Morales of TX, Teresa Mendoza of Decatur; 29 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren;
She was preceded in death by a son, Eddie Mendoza; brother, Benjamin Mendoza; a sister, Guadalupe Seip.
Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2020, at Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home, concluding with a reciting of the Holy Rosary at Noon.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2020, in St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, with Father David Ruppert presiding.
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