Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Monica V. Quiroz

Monica V. Quiroz
March 1, 1926
Cananea, Sonora
August 16, 2015
Phoenix, Arizona

Monica Vender Quiroz, 89, of Phoenix, passed away at her home on August 16, 2015.  She was born on March 1, 1926, in Cananea, Sonora, Mexico to Gustavo & Esperanza Vender.  Monica became a United Stated citizen as a teenager, and then married Ernest S. Quiroz in 1948 in Superior, Arizona.  They then moved to Phoenix to start their family.  Monica was active in Cursillos in Christianity, Prison Renewal Ministries, and St. Anthony Catholic Church.  Everyone who knew her was better for it, and no one who knew her will ever forget her.

Monica is survived by her husband, Ernesto Salazar Quiroz;  3 daughters, Rosemari Ochoa, Gloria (Ron) Esmon, and Veronica (Julio); 1 son, Richard (Vicky) Quiroz; 1 brother, Reyes Vender; 16 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and also 2 great-great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her eldest son, Ernest Jr, who passed away on October 15, 2014.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, August 20, 2015 from 2:00pm – 8:00pm at Avenidas Funeral Chapel, located at 522 East Western Avenue in Old Town Avondale.  A Rosary will be recited at 3:00pm and again at 6:00pm.  A Funeral Mass will take place on Friday, August 21, 2015 at 10:00am at St. Anthony Catholic Church, located at 909 South 1st Avenue in Phoenix.  Interment will immediately follow the Mass at Holy Cross Cemetery, located at 10045 West Thomas Road in Avondale. 

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  1. Dearest Family! I am so sorry to hear of your “Treasured” loss. She was an amazing soul. She has finished this earthly race and has earned her "Golden Crown" in God's Glory! ~where there are no more tears and no more pain! She has won favor with God and be rest assured that she will continue to pray for her loved-ones here on earth preparing a place for each one!. . . This is not the end, we are spiritual beings on a human journey back to our Creator, God. Keep the memories of her love and let that love sustain you until you meet up with her again! Our families were very close when our parents made their Cursillo around the same time. Monica sponsored me when I made my First Holy Communion. I believe Ricky and one of the Nuevano boys made our communion together. Your family will forever be a part of the puzzle of God to fulfill His Holy Will. Love and prayers for Mr Quiroz and all the family. George and MaryLou Lucero Gonzalez (Frank and Adriana's #3 Daughter - 3 out of 8)

  2. Have you ever met a person who made you feel so welcome and that she's known you for years? Someone who greeted you with a smile, sparkle in her eye and with a big embrace. That was Monica Quiroz for me. I will never forget her kindness and stories she shared of her family growing up. My condolences to Mr. Quiroz and their family, who I'm sure will miss her dearly. She was always an Angel on Earth and now in Heaven.