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Erlinda (Garza) Montalvo, age 78, of Wyoming, Michigan, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. She was born December 21, 1943, in San Antonio, Texas, to the late Roberto Martinez Garza and Manuela (Porter) Garza.

Erlinda worked over 20 years at General Motors before her retirement. She was a productive citizen in her community. Erlinda was a member and served on the board of the Saginaw Union Civica, participated in many church events and volunteered her services where needed. Erlinda attended Grand Rapids First Assembly of God. She was very skilled in sewing and crocheting.

She is survived by her three children, Teresa Cuellar, Christina (Hijinio, Jr.) Urivez, and Frederico Cuellar; daughter-in-law, Rosalinda Cuellar; grandchildren, Vincent Cuellar, Angelina (David) Rivera, Victor Cruz, Eric (Yuli) Cuellar, Cisco Martinez, Erica Rodea, and Mercedes Reyes; several great-grandchildren; five sisters; and one brother.

Erlinda was preceded in death by her husband, Esequiel Montalvo; son, Michael Cuellar; son-in-law, Benito Gonzalez; father, Roberto Martinez Garza; mother, Manuela Porter Garza, and brother, Bobby Garza.

Per her wishes cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Friday, April 8, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum, 7475 East Holland Road, Saginaw, MI 48601.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Erlinda’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.MichiganCremation.com

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.

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  1. Gloria P. Garcia on April 3, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    Linda was a sweet person who made friends with late Mother Estella Peña, one good I remember Linda teaching my Mom to crochet who in turn taught us Gloria Peña Garcia, Linda Peña and
    Esther Peña Cortez. My parents spent alot of time with Linda and her then husband John Reyna, we went on camping trips together with our families, fishing and the Pool hall in Saginaw, they were good friends from the 70s to the 80s until we moved to Texas. She loved God with all her heart and I offer our condolences to the family and may she rest in peace, all our love and prayers. The Peña’s for San Antonio



  2. Tanya Garza-Ratliff on April 4, 2022 at 12:05 pm

    Hello Tia Nena, that is the name I always called you, i have so many memories of you growing up as a young girl spending the night at your house in Carrollton, to the visits here when uncle Bobby was ill. I remember you would always tell me how pretty and proud of me you were. and your smile , that smile was bright and lit a room. I do have one regret, i should of called you more often to check on you, I have a picture of the last time you came down, it has you, aunt josie, my dad, uncle bobby, able, and mom, its hard to imagine 3 of you in that picture are no longer here.. i love you tia, tell everyone how much they are loved and missed .. just as you will be.
    your loving niece



  3. Linda Pena on April 6, 2022 at 1:42 pm

    I met Linda in 1971 when she needed a baby sitter. She was working 2nd shift at General Motors. Linda and I became sister inlaws and also comadres. Linda and John Renyna were my first born Patricia Cuellar God Parents. We enjoyed the times that we would visit each other. They also became good friends with my parents Lauriano and Estella Pena. Thier children and my sisters became good friends and keep in touch to this day. I lost connect with Linda when we moved to San Antonio Texas but connected again through facebook…Iife got so busy but I always knew about her through my sister’s. Linda has earned your heavenly wings and I can’t even imagine what that feels like but I know that heaven is rejoicing with her now.

    My deepest Condolences to Lindas children and her loving family. May she RIP 🙏🙏🙏



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