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07/05/1925 - 03/01/2020
Burial Date 03/07/2020
Funeral Home San Jose Funeral Home (Eastside)
Cemetery Mount Carmel Cemetery
A Matriarch and a beautiful soul has made her transition.
Services for Mrs. Guadalupe Lozoya: Family and friends Visitation at San Jose Funeral Home. 10950 Pelicano Dr. El Paso, Texas on Friday, March 6 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm with Rosary starting at 7:00 pm.
Mass; at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, Saturday, March 7, at 10:00 am followed by procession to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery for closing service and burial.
Guadalupe Gallegos Lozoya passed away Sunday, March 1, 2020. Born July 5, 1925 in Clint, TX., she was the daughter of Dominga Magallanes and Victoriano Gallegos. Her father died when she was only 2 years old, leaving her along with a brother and a sister to the sole care of her mother. In 1944 she married Inosencio Lozoya Cereceres. They were fortunate to share 58 years together until his death in 2002. Together they raised their 2 sons and 6 daughters.
Guadalupe is survived by her 2 sons and 6 daughters; Jose Luis “Joe” Lozoya and daughter-in-law Rosa; Hector Lozoya; Mary “Chita” Lozoya Juarez; Lorenza “Lori”Luna and son-in-law Henry; Sandra Lozoya; Rosa “Rose” Contreras and son-in-law Raul; Elvia “Ginger” Borrego and son-in-law Jimmy; Linda Gutierrez and son-in-law Arturo. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren; Jaime Lozoya, Gilbert Lozoya, Valerie Delossantos, Corinna Burns, Dr. John D. Marquez, Dan Marquez, Erika Lozoya, Elvia Lozoya, Bertha Lozoya, Edward “Ed” Luna, Jennifer Luna, Mark Luna, Jacqueline “Jacqui” Luna, Cosanne Lara, Joe “Ruly” Contreras Jr., Michael Contreras, Mandy Borrego, Mattie Borrego, Melissa Walker, and Linda “Deedee” Gutierrez. In addition she is survived by her 37 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brother Ramon Gallegos and sister-in-law Matilde, her sister Maria de Jesus Gallegos, her nephew Lorenzo “Lencho” Gallegos, her grandson Ben Marquez, daughter-in-law Margarita Lozoya and sons-in-law David Marquez and Blas Juarez.
Amidst routine hardship and sacrifice, Guadalupe was the epicenter and source of hope, resilience, and joy within the Gallegos/Lozoya household. Guadalupe was uniquely intelligent, courageous, hard working, and a kind person who will be remembered as a pillar of her community and as an inspiration. She acquired, refined, and furthered her own mother’s legacy of enterprise and self-help skills to sustain not only her family but others as well. She approached any challenge with joy and a commitment to not just overcome it but also to grow and learn from it. Her life was a lesson in optimism and courage. While busy raising her young children, she worked ironing clothes for people, creating beautiful flower arrangements and selling handmade crafts. During the summers she would also sell candy and snow cones from home – always served with a smile.
Never without a song in her heart, she was known to hum or whistle a tune while working. As her children matured, she worked as a dishwasher in a local restaurant, and as a cafeteria attendant at Bel Air High School. Later she managed a small neighborhood store known as I&G Grocery Store. She took on every occupation with pride and commitment to excellence. Her accrued skills, ethical stronghold, and learned lessons helped catapult her to become a prosperous businesswoman. As the owner of Carmen’s Cafe, she developed her restaurant into a culinary destination for the region’s unique Mexican and traditional American cuisines up until her retirement. Carmen’s Cafe was a quintessential borderlands institution where cultures blended and community was made.
Guadalupe took much pride in the work she did beyond her business, on behalf of her community, and especially on behalf of those in need. She served as a volunteer at Project Bravo and was treasurer at Fr. Martinez Senior Citizens Center. She was also a long time member of Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church in Ysleta, where she played a leadership role in various parish activities. She lent her time and sweet voice to the parish choir and was an active member of the Carmelitas and Guadalupanas organizations of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church.
Guadalupe lived a full, incredibly inspiring life. She will be greatly missed and eternally remembered for her beautiful smile; her deep faith in God and the Catholic Church; her perseverance as a woman of the borderlands; her leadership within her family and community; her integrity; her generosity; her intelligence and ingenuity; her devotion to her entire family; and her service, love, and friendship to any and every soul she encountered.
The family wishes to thank her wonderful caregiver Iliana Gonzalez for the care and compassion she so lovingly provided for her.