OBITUARY

Hortencia Mendez

January 11, 1941January 1, 2021

On the morning of January 1, 2021 Hortencia Mendez passed away peacefully due to complications with cancer and pneumonia. In her last days, those whose lives she touched came to her bedside to pay their final respects at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. She was born on January 11, 1941 to her parents Manuela Meneses and Marcial Martínez in Tlacolula de Matamoros, Oaxaca. Before marrying, Hortencia honed her culinary skills by helping her father sell the meat he butchered. Before moving to Chicago in 1977, Hortencia worked in the region of Oaxaca as a homemaker and ran several small businesses including vegetable stands and restaurants, the last being a chocomileria. In the 2000s, Hortencia retired and continued caregiving for many of her grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three infants Olga, Abel, and Martin. She is survived by 6 siblings, 7 children, 22 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren (+1 girl due in April), many nieces and nephews, and countless friends.

Hortencia was a devoted mother not only to her own children but to all that came across her path. She was a humble woman with a wealth of love and kindness for her family. Hortencia dedicated much of her life to caring for others by giving all that she could. She was passionate about cooking the most delicious authentic Oaxacan dishes and was a proven master of Mole. She loved family gatherings and always offered to prepare la comida. Hortencia was involved in the annual Mayordomia celebration, a Oaxacan festival celebrating culture and religious faith. She partook in the Novenario, 9 days of prayer, and acted as a consultant on the days of cooking. Hortencia was a deeply spiritual woman, involved with many aspects of the Catholic Church. She graciously infused her life with a passion for Christ and left a powerful legacy of faith to those who knew her vibrant spirit.

En la mañana del 1 de enero de 2021 Hortencia Méndez falleció pacíficamente debido a complicaciones con cáncer y neumonía. En sus últimos días, aquellos cuyas vidas ella tocó se acercaron a su cama para presentar sus últimos respetos en el Centro Médico de la Universidad Rush en Chicago, IL. Ella nació el 11 de enero de 1941 en Tlacolula de Matamoros, Oaxaca. Marcial Francisco Martínez y Manuela Meneses tuvieron la dicha de ser sus padres. Antes de casarse, Hortencia empezó a perfeccionar sus habilidades culinarias ayudando a su padre a vender la carne que mataba. Antes de mudarse a Chicago en 1977, Hortencia trabajó en la región de Oaxaca como ama de casa y dirigió varios pequeños negocios que incluían puestos de verduras y restaurantes. El último de los cuales era una “chocomileria”. En la década de 2000, Hortencia se jubiló y continuó cuidando a muchos de sus nietos y sobrinos.

Le precedieron en la muerte tres bebés Olga, Abel y Martin. Le sobreviven 6 hermanos, 7 hijos, 22 nietos, 7 bisnietos (+1 niña en abril), muchas sobrinas y sobrinos e innumerables amistades .

Hortencia fue una madre dedicada no solo a sus propios hijos sino a todos aquellos que se le presentaron en su camino. Ella era una mujer humilde con la riqueza de amor y bondad por su familia. Hortencia dedicó gran parte de su vida a cuidar a los demás. Le apasionaba cocinar los platos auténticos oaxaqueños más deliciosos. Su maestría fue enseñar a preparar el Mole. Le encantaban las reuniones familiares y siempre se ofrecía a preparar la comida.

Hortencia participó en la celebración anual de Mayordomia, un festival oaxaqueño que celebra cultura y fe religiosa. Ella participó en muchos Novenarios. También actuó como consultora en los días de cocina de eventos importantes familiares y sociales. Hortencia fue una mujer profundamente espiritual, involucrada con muchos aspectos de la Iglesia Católica. Humildemente infundió su vida con pasión por Cristo y dejó un poderoso legado de fe a aquellos que conocían su espíritu vibrante.

A visitation will be held Wednesday January 6, 2021 at Andrew J. McGann and Son Funeral Home located at 10727 S. Pulaski Rd. Chicago, IL 60655. Due to current state guidelines and gathering restrictions space is limited so please call ahead to reserve a time slot to pay your respects. Funeral Services will be private at this time.

In consideration of the safety of our guests and associates, Andrew J. McGann and Son Funeral Home will adhere to the current gathering restrictions in the state of Illinois, which allow 10 or fewer guests at services. Proper social distancing must be practiced and all guests will be required to wear face masks at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.

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