Rita Harvey, age 56
of Chesterton, IN, passed away on January 9th, 2015.
She was born on
March 12th, 1958, in Gary, IN to Valentin O. and Helen (Sanchez) Garcia.
She is survived by
her mother, Helen Garcia of Portage; siblings, Helen (Nick) Appelman of
Portage, J.J. (Tanya) Garcia of Los Angeles, CA, and Sophie (Ernie,
deceased) Walker of Chesterton; step siblings, Victoria (Ralph) Arenas of
San Antonio, TX, and Valentin O. (Teresa) Garcia Jr. of Florence, S.
Carolina; step-son, Thomas (Becca Broderick) Harvey Jr. of Chesterton, and
step-grandchildren, Brittney, Alexis, Destiny and Collin.
She was preceded in
death by her husband, Thomas Harvey Sr.; father, Valentin O. Garcia; and
brother, Louis Garcia. Rita was a lifelong area resident and former member
of St. Patrick Catholic Church. Rita attended services at Nativity of Our
Savior Catholic Church in Portage and loved motorcycles, the beach, and
spending time with her family. She worked for 34 years as a waitress and
manager at Burns Harbor Plaza and Buckhorn Restaurant.
will be held on Thursday, January 15th, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at Edmonds &
Evans Funeral Home, 6941 Central Ave., Portage, IN, 46368, with Deacon
Richard Huber officiating.
Visitation will be
held on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the
Funeral Home, with Rosary Service at 4:00 pm. Cremation services provided by
Heritage Crematory, Portage, IN.
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