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Family Owned and Operated since 1912 Lorain, Ohio
Blas  Garza
Retired Welder; US Army Veteran
Age 88
Born: February 20, 1930   Died: June 28, 2018

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Blas Garza, 88, of Sheffield Lake, passed away Thursday June 28, 2018 while surrounded by his loving family after a 1 ½ year illness.

He was born February 20, 1930 in Laredo, Texas and had been a resident of Sheffield Lake for more than 50 years.

Drafted in the U.S. Army in 1950, he was on active duty for two years as an operator in the First Division Tank Battalion and in the reserves for the succeeding 8 years finally leaving with honorable discharge.

Blas was a welder for 40 years and a hard-working man who enjoyed a long career in the workforce for various employers.  He was employed at the American Ship Yard in Lorain, Ohio for 3 years, Thew Shovel Company for 13 years, U.S. Steel for 7 years and finally retired from the U.S. Gypsum Plant after 10 years in 1994. After retirement, Blas occupied his time by working at St. Raphael Church in Bay Village for 15 years. He also enjoyed various leisure activities such as golfing, cooking, gardening, fishing, and attending church.  He was a member of St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Sheffield Lake.

He was preceded in death by his wife Cleo Garza (nee Plasencia) in 1998 and daughter Lisa Garza in 2010.  Survivors include daughters Laura Garza of Sheffield Lake, Linda (Sam) Lute of Lake Orion, Michigan and Lydia (Marty) Janis of Lorain; grandchildren: Michael (Christina) Yurkonis, Samuel J. Lute, Sabrina Hartenfeld, Elizabeth Janis, Hannah Lute, Katelyn Janis and Conner Kinter; great grandchildren: Ariana Yurkonis, Hayden Lingross and Addalyn Yurkonis and sister Ofelia Shottenkirk of San Antonio, Texas.  

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The family will receive friends Monday July 2nd from 4:00-8:00 pm at the Gluvna-Shimo-Hromada Funeral Chapel, 3224 Broadway Ave, Lorain.   Additional viewing will be held Tuesday July 3rd from 9:30 am until the time of the mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am at St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 521 Harris Rd, Sheffield Lake.  The Rev. Stephen Shields, pastor, will officiate.  Burial will follow at Ridge Hill Memorial Park in Amherst Township where military honors will be conducted by AMVETS Post #32 of Elyria.


Please make donations to:

St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 521 Harris Rd, Sheffield Lake, OH. 44054.