Angelina Angie Contreras, 90, passed away in Whittier, California on July 24, 2018. Born in Chicago, Illinois on April 5, 1928, Angie was born to her parents Emilio Garcia and Dionisia (Esquivel) Garcia. She was the proud mother of two children, Jeanette & Henry, as well as her grandchildren and great-granddaughter. She will be missed deeply by those who knew her.
Born in Chicago, Angie spent her young life growing up there until her early thirties. At that time, Angie and her husband decided to move for work from Chicago to Tujunga, California. Shortly after moving across the country, Angie began a career as a clerk in the telecommunications industry at Pacific Bell. Then, after living in Tujunga for a few years, she and her husband purchased their first home in southern California.
Life continued on for many years until, in the late 1970s, Angie divorced from her husband, and moved with her daughter and son-in-law into a new home in Alhambra. For the next forty years, Angie strengthened her family bonds by spending practically every spare minute together with her daughter, Jeanette and her son-in-law, Richard. She would eventually retire in 1991 to help take care of her grandchildren whom she loved very much.
Angie was known to be such a great sport about going anywhere and everywhere her family could take her. She took great pride in her family and the connections she shared with them. In her last season of life, Angie made one final move with her daughter and son-in-law to La Habra Heights where she lived out the remainder of her life.
Angie had such a beautiful spirit about her. She was always quiet, yet confident in her convictions. These traits are what helped stabilize her family through many difficult seasons of life and many transitions of moving. She had many interests such as reading and doing puzzles. These activities would help keep her mind active and alert. Angie also loved to travel; seeing new places and having new adventures. She was also very devout in her faith in the Catholic Church being most recently active at St. Brunos Catholic Church in Whittier.
Angie is survived by her daughter Jeanette (Richard) Herrera; her son Henry Contreras and his wife Susan Lawton; her grandchildren, Richard Herrera, Danielle M. Herrera, and Julia A. Herrera; and great granddaughter, Sophia J. Herrera. She is also survived by her siblings Ernestina Lopez, Ester Jaime, Julia Rodriquez, and Alberto Garcia.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 10:30am at St. Brunos Catholic Church, Whittier. A Vigil Service will be held on Monday evening, August 6, 2018 at 7:00pm at White Emerson Mortuary, Whittier where the Rosary will be said. Interment will take place at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, Rosemead, at a later date.