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Rose Elena Garza, age 69, of Grand Rapids, passed away on July 17, 2018.  

The daughter of Aristeo & Dora (Narezo) Garza, she was born on July 26, 1948 in Heroica Matamores, Mexico.

Rose was the most loving mother, grandmother and sister.  She loved to sing, draw, dance, read and tell stories.  Rose was an educator and worked hard her entire life.  She was described as the most beautiful angel of her family.

Rose is survived by her son, Jesus Lara; her daughter, Melinda Lara & Richard Koon; her grandchildren, Angel Lara, Dominique Gray, Leandro Lara and Logan Lara; great-grandchildren, Antonio Lara, Analysse Koprin and Aliyana Lara; brothers, George & Laurie Garza and Robert & Cheryl Garza; sisters, Maria M. Garza, Irma Villarreal, Angela Garza, Grace Garza and Gloria Garza.

She is also survived by many nieces and nephews including, Gabriel Villarreal & Sara Dewey, Jason Rincones, Matthew & Jessica Garza and Amanda & Jeremy Stutz.  Rose also leaves behind many other friends and family that knew her and loved her dearly.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2535 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Rose’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids. 


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  1. Lydia Villarreal Ortega on July 22, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    My condolences to Tia Rosa’s family and friends. She was always the nicest lady and someone I had known my entire life and was happy to call my Tia.

  2. Elaine Bates on July 23, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Rose was a wonderful friend. I enjoyed spending time with her. She loved flowers as much asI loved bringing them to her. Will miss her wonderful laugh and smile. May God hold her in the palm of his hand

  3. Belinda Warrior on July 26, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    My condolences to Jesus & Melinda. I had the pleasure of working for your mom. She had the biggest heart . She was a beautiful person and spirit. I will miss her.

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