Florencio “Larry” Garza
Florencio Garza, age 66, of Hammond, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, September 26, 2020.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Olivia F. Garza (Nee Flores); seven children: Cecilia “Cha Cha” Garza, Cynthia (Jose) Rangel, Christella Garza, Florencio (Jeannine) Garza Jr., Francisca Celeste (Ernesto) Huizar, Israel Garza and Cyleina (Juan) Ortega; twenty two grandchildren: Megan Rivera, Nestor Rivera, Adrian Rivera, Jadae Rivera, Jose Angel Rangel Jr., Fernando Rangel, Tatiana Rangel, Gabriela Rangel, Esteban Rangel, Florencio Rangel, Jonathon Castaneda, Benjamin Castaneda, Christian Castaneda, Olivia Garza, Andrew Balderas, Florencio Nathan Garza, Xavier Garza, Jaden Garza, Salvador Garza, Victoria Garza, Daisy Huizar and Emiliana Huizar; five great-grandchildren: Luna Ortega, Catalina Ortega, Sofia Ortega, Cruz Florencio Ortega and Israel Garza Jr.; six siblings: Benita Vela, Juanita Garza, Maria J. Garza, Juan Garza, Fidel Garza and Ruben Garza.
Preceded in death by his parents: Gilberto and Maria Garza; one sister, Frances Garza Castellanos.
Funeral services will be held DIRECTLY at NorthGate church 2820-165th Street, Hammond, IN 46323. Visitation on Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a celebration service at 6:30 p.m. with Pastor Erasmo Miranda officiating. Funeral Friday, October 2, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. followed by burial at Concordia Cemetery in Hammond. Face mask are required please.
Florencio Garza was born in Memphis, Texas. He graduated from Bethel Bible Institute and was a local minister. He and Olivia were one of the five founding families of NorthGate Church where he was a minister, elder and member for 37 years. He retired from Inland steel after 21 years. Larry loved fishing, grilling, gardening, traveling and videography. He simply adored his grandchildren and great grandchildren. To many he will be remembered as The Real Superman because of his God given strength and resilience. Larry lived by scripture “A Lender to the poor is a Lender to God”
For more information you may call Bocken Funeral Home at (219)-844-1600, or www.bockenfunerals.com.
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