Espinoza, Juana G., Merrill, Michigan

Our beloved mother passed away on Friday, January 13, 2012 at St. Mary's of Michigan. Age 82 years. The daughter of the late Francisco and Francisca (Padilla) Gutierrez was born on December 4, 1929 in Bryan, Texas. She was married to Jose C. Espinoza for 57 years before he passed away in 2003. Juana was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Merrill as well as the Cursillo group. Her children and grandchildren were her life, she loved to spend time with them. Surviving are her children and their spouses; Teresa (Duane) Chesney, Frank Espinoza, Jose Espinoza, Ricardo (Laura) Espinoza, Rosa (William) Bailey, Carmen Rhodes, Antonio (Lori) Espinoza, Lupe (George Garstecki) Espinoza, Maria (Bob) Bridges, 27 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, two brothers; Antonio and Ismael Gutierrez. She was predeceased by three sons; Juan, Albert and Julio Espinoza, a grandson Matthew, and two brothers and two sisters. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Merrill. Fr. Craig Albrecht and Fr. Craig Carolan will officiate with burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Merrill. Friends may visit at the W. L. Case and Company Funeral Chapel in Merrill on Sunday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. where the rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. and on Monday from 2:00-5:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. where a vigil service will take place at 7 p.m. and on Tuesday at church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Merrill.