Gerardo Urdiales

January 20, 1948January 15, 2021

Gerardo Urdiales was born January 20, 1948, in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico and passed away on January 15, 2021.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Felipe Urdiales and Rosa Hernández Urdiales and his brother, Miguel Angel Urdiales. His parents came to Chicago, IL and started their own restaurant business and later opened a tortilleria called Tortilleria Monterrey. Since the age of ten, Gerardo helped with the family business. He graduated from Bowen High School in South Chicago.

He worked for the Norfolk and Western Railroad as a carman before being drafted into the army during the height of the Vietnam War. After his service, he started studying the Bible and became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. On July 29, 1972, he married his wife, Lydia Castaneda. Gerardo served as a ministerial servant in the congregation and later as an elder for more than 20 years. His pride and joy were his grandchildren, Stephen and Aliyah. He spent countless hours with them, imparting words of wisdom from his life experiences.

Gerardo is survived by his wife, Lydia, daughter, Leah (Alex) Vizcarra, sons, Miguel and Esteban, grandchildren Stephen and Aliyah. Sisters Rosemary Paredes, Diane (Juan) Reyes, Laura (Tony) Nowak, Julietta (Brian) Hensgen, and brothers, Guillermo, Philip, Fred (Dora), Hugo, and Raul. Including many nieces and nephews.

Our family wishes to extend our sincere gratitude to all of our loving family and friends who reached out during this difficult time. Your love, prayers and support are greatly appreciated and have provided comfort to our family. Services Private at this time.


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Gerardo Urdiales

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Marìa Luisa Di Bella

January 19, 2021

Jerry siempre fue un apoyo en la congregación y con nosotros
Siempre lo recordaré.

Kevin Aguirre

January 18, 2021

When my dad, whom wasn’t in the truth and most in my life, passed away while I was 15, Jerry would give me his undivided attention and listened to what I felt. He would give me wise words from biblical scriptures and personal experiences and would encourage me to do a lot for Jehovah, the congregation, the ones I loved and myself. Jerry was the father I wanted and needed. He would always give me a laugh before or after the meetings even when I have had a bad day. Hopefully we will get to see him again with his heart of a Tiger again in paradise (Apo. 21:3 & 4) .

Sonia & Alex Nevarez- Rivas

January 18, 2021

I will always be grateful for Brother Urdiales. He holds a very special place in my heart and young adult life. I pray that soon we can see him again in Paradise. I remember how he would talk about the Kingdom and look as if it was literally a block away. I am sad ...but hold on to hope & Jah’s promise that He does not forget everything we do for His Kingdom. My thoughts and prayers are with his loving wife, children, and everyone who knew him. He was and is loved & may Jah have him in his memory.