Ridge Funeral Home


Juanita C. Duran

March 22, 1927October 8, 2021

Juanita Catherine Duran, 94 of Chicago, Illinois formerly of Kansas City, Kansas passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, October 8, 2021. She will forever be remembered as a devoted wife, loving mother, sister, aunt and godmother to many. “Jennie” as she was known by her family and friends was born on March 22, 1927 in Kansas City, Kansas to Gavino and Manuela (Rios) Fernandez. On September 5, 1964 she married the love of her life Paul M. Duran. They were married at St. Thomas of the Apostle Catholic Church in the Armourdale district in Kansas City, Kansas. Together they raised their two daughters Sylvia and Debbie. She was a member of St. Basil Catholic Church in Chicago where she raised her daughters in the Catholic faith. She enjoyed spending time with her family and nothing gave her more pleasure in life than the times she traveled from Chicago to Kansas City to visit and attend many family oriented functions. Jennie is preceded in death by her parents Gavino and Manuela Fernandez, six sisters Eulalia Robles, Jessie Medrano, Connie Avila, Sarah Villanueva, Modesta Fernandez and Adelaida Flores, four brothers Miguel Fernandez, Marcelino Fernandez, Ralph Fernandez and Enrique (Rocky) Fernandez. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years Paul M. Duran; daughters, Debbie Duran of the home and Sylvia Arciga and her husband David of Kansas City, Missouri. Left behind to cherish her memory are many loving nieces and nephews along with several great nieces and great nephews. She will be sadly missed. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:15 a.m. Monday morning October 18, 2021 at St. Basil-Visitation Catholic Church 843 Garfield Blvd. Chicago, Illinois. Visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the church. The Rosary will be prayed starting at 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. prior to the funeral mass at the church.

Jennie will be flown to her hometown of Kansas City, Kansas for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 23rd at St. Peter’s Cathedral Church 409 N. 5th Street Kansas City, Kansas. Entombment in Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum, 1150 North 38th Street, Kansas City, Kansas. Visitation starting at 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the church. The Rosary will be prayed at 10:45 a.m. prior to the funeral mass. Pallbearers: David Arciga, Joe Jimenez, Stephen Flores, Gavin Johnson, Gilbert Gonzales, John Blameuser and Frank Fernandez In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to:

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  • Visitation

    Monday, October 18, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, October 18, 2021

  • Vistation

    Saturday, October 23, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, October 23, 2021


  • Entombment


Juanita C. Duran

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