Maria Luisa Montañez

  • Born: August 25, 1928
  • Died: September 11, 2015
  • Location: Sterling, Illinois

McDonald Funeral Home

505 1st Avenue
Sterling, IL 61081

Tel. (815) 626-6311

Tribute & Message From The Family

Maria Luisa Montañez, age 87 of Sterling, died Friday, September 11, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.

Maria Luisa was born on August 25, 1928 in Michoacán, Mexico; the daughter of Filomeno and Felicitas (Vega) Mendoza. She married Refugio Montañez in El Paso, Texas; he preceded her in death on October 11, 1996. Maria Luisa was a fearless advocate for the less fortunate. She was a faithful wife and loving mother. Maria Luisa was a strong, independent woman, entrepreneur, business owner and respected community leader. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling and had a deep, strong faith rooted in liberation theology. She will be missed and dearly remembered.

Survivors include her eight children, Martha (Luis) Magaña, Ilia (Andres) Quintana, Mario (Dorothy) Montañez, Ricardo (Seng) Montañez, Dolores (Oscar) Montañez, Isabel (David) Vasquez, Lucero (Ramon) Galindo and Victor (Josi) Montañez; twenty four grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Victor Montañez; two sisters and one brother.

Visitation will be Tuesday, September 15, 2015 from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at the McDonald Funeral Home in Sterling, 505 1st Avenue. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling with Reverend Jesus Dominguez, officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her memory.


Condolence & Memory Journal


My lovely mother will always be with me. She taught me to fight for what I believe and always be thankful for what I have. She lived her life with integrity, honesty and love for all mankind. Gracias Mamita por mi vida y tu amor.

Posted by Isabel Montanez - plymouth, MN - daughter   September 29, 2015


A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. Please accept our condolences.
Familia Mendoza

Posted by Jaime and Raelyn Mendoza    September 16, 2015


Sorry for your loss.Look forward to an eternal reunion in heaven.qsdyv

Posted by Milt and Deb Kregar    September 15, 2015

Nuestra Sincera Pésame para toda la familia. Estamos pensando en ustedes. Que Descanse en Paz, María Luisa. "+"

Posted by Norma, Irma y Robertin Roman - San Antonio, TX - Family Friends   September 14, 2015

My condolences to the family. May All if you get much needed strength thru these time! Sending my thoughts and prayers to all of you.

Posted by Gia Grey - Litchfield Park, AZ - Patricia Montanez daughter   September 13, 2015

My heartfelt condolences to Maria's family. The nights that I took care of her, I saw that she was surrounded by her loving family. That's when I knew she was a good mother to her children. May her soul rest in peace.

Posted by Maria Chattic - sterling, IL - nurse   September 12, 2015

We send our deepest condolences

Posted by Gustavo y Rosy Leon - El Paso, TX - cousins   September 11, 2015

We are so sorry for the whole families loss prayers go out to you all.

Posted by Eddie and Marilyn ferrell - Petersburg, IL - Mario is our brother in law   September 11, 2015

Familia Montanez,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Dona Maria Luisa was a wonderful lady. She was very kind to everyone. I always felt at home while being in her home visiting with Victor. She will be greatly missed. Hay otro Angel en el cielo.

Posted by Manuel Zalasar - Houston, TX - Friend   September 11, 2015