Edward Padilla “Lalo” Garcia of Superior, Arizona, was cradled in the arms of the Lord and carried home at the age of 90 on Saturday, October 5, 2013, surrounded by family.
Edward was born on April 11, 1923, in Winkelman, Arizona.
He is preceded in death by his wife Petra; mother, Francis, and father, Herculano Garcia; brothers, Lupe, Sammy and Enrique; and sisters, Dolores and Helen. Edward is survived by his sister, Frances Clark of Mammoth; two sons, Edward (Elva) of Mesa and Arthur (Bertha) of Globe; and daughter, Mary Helen of Mesa. Edward is also survived by five grandchildren, Edward, Elizabeth, Sonia, Art, and Natalie; 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Edward honorably served in the US Army during WWII, received two Purple Hearts.
He was the co-proprietor of Leo’s Grocery for 50 years where he specialized in meats and was known for his famous “chorizo”, which he added his personal touch from a recipe taught to him by brother-in-law Leo Gonzales.
Edward’s greatest accomplishments were evident in the love he shared with his wife and children, family and friends. In this, he was the richest man we have ever known. Edward was a humble, generous, caring and gentle soul.
We will miss you every day of our lives. May you rest in peace with all our loved ones who have welcomed you home. Until we meet again…Love you.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in honor of Edward’s kind and loving spirit at Saint Francis of Assisi Church in Superior, Arizona on October 9, 2013. Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery in Superior.
Visit the online memorial at www.superiorfuneral.com.