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“Our hearts go out to you. Leonor was such a sweet and loving friend. She is with Santos now. May God surround all of you with his love. ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Guy and Sheila Covell - Friend

“Condolences to the Chavez/Rivera Family may Leonor RIP God Bless you all ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Rachel Ettawageshik Ettawageshik - IL

“Our Condolance J.J. B.B. Letty George,Jenny an Paul Alcantar,Jiminez,Leal Amen. ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Alcantar Jiminez - IL

“Even though we only met you 4 years ago, you became a really big part of our life, thank you for keeping in touch with my brother Daniel and sister...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Angelica and Aurelia Rivera - CA

“Words fall short of expressing my sorrow. My condolences, and know I'm always there in your time of need. May her soul rest in peace. After the tears...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Brandon Chavez - Colorado Springs, CO

“I miss you so much Tia words can not explain. You and grandpa are now watching over me with my 3 babies. Your no longer in pain. I love you so much. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Alyssa Chavez - Colorado Springs, CO

“Leonor was a kind and caring person, always had a kind word for everyone. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Estela (Moreno) Sagal - Family

“Leona and I worked together on funeral dinners at St. Mary's Church. She was such a loving person. Always concerned about others and doing for her...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Mary Lawrence - Sterling, IL

“I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers for you all at this difficult and sad time. God bless you all. ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Arthur Mendoza - Rock Falls, IN

“Our deepest condolences. Semper fi. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Robin Kennedy - Powhatan, VA

“My heart breaks for all of you. She was a wonderful neighbor and a great friend to Mom and Dad and of course Granda Tina. I will forever remember her...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Mindy (Castillo) Todd - Sterling, IL

“Oh how I miss you Mom! You are finally with Pop, hand in hand. I know Heaven is a wonderful place filled with another beautiful Angel. ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Rachel Chavez-Patrick - Chandler, AZ

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STERLING – Leonor R. Chavez, age 83, died Sunday, February 21, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.
Leonor was born on November 6, 1937 in Weslaco, Texas the daughter of Ambrosio and Paula (Gonzalez) Rivera. She married Santos Chavez Sr. on May 16, 1956 in Edenburg, Texas. He died December 24, 1998. Leonor was a homemaker who loved cooking, sewing and always doing for family. She worked for many years since childhood as a field worker. Leonor was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling, active in their Prayer Group and Altar and Rosary Guild.
Survivors include, three daughters, Mati Garza of Rock Falls, Sarita (John) Ortiz of Sterling and Rachel (Leo) Patrick of Chandler, Ariz.; four sons, Juan (Irma) Chavez of Sterling, Gilbert (Janet) Chavez of Sterling, Santos (Paula) Chavez, Jr. of Rock Falls and David Chavez of Sterling; one sister, Matilda Chavez of Sterling; one brother, Ramon Rivera of Pharr, Texas; nineteen grandchildren; numerous great and great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Lazaro Rivera.
Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, February 26, 2021 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling with Reverend Jorge Bravo officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling. Arrangements were completed by the McDonald Funeral Home in Sterling.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to St. Mary Catholic Church.
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