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Juanita "Chata" Gil

September 28, 1940 ~ July 28, 2022 (age 81)


Juanita Gil, 81 a lifelong resident of East Chicago, passed away Thursday, July 28, 2022, with her family by her side.

She was born to the late Paul and Andrea Velasquez in East Chicago, Indiana.  Juanita was a graduate of East Chicago Washington class of 1959.  After high school she married Richard Guerrero and had three children, Rick, Dean, and Lisa.  She met the love of her life, Ruben Gil in 1972 and married shortly thereafter.  Together they had one son, Ruben James Gil.

She retired from Inland Steel in 1996 with 30 years of service.  She returned to Arcelor Mittal Steel as a consultant and translator.  She was a member of the Latino Historical Society, volunteered at St. Catherine Hospital, traveled the United States and Mexico frequently, loved to play Bingo with her comrade (late) Lupe Serna and Bunco with her Bunco Ladies.

Juanita is survived by her four children, Rick (Felicia) Guerrero, Dean (Denine) Guerrero, Lisa (Tony) Serna, and Ruben James Gil; seven grandchildren, Anthony (Anna), Daniel, Steven, Cassandra, Bianca, Ruben "Pito", and Carlos; one great-grandson, Anthony Ricky; one step-grandson, Zachary, and brother, Paul (Dawn) Velasquez.  Special friends, Elaine, Marcie, Terry, Joyce, Marissa, Michael Roy, and close friends to her children, who always referred to her as "Mom".

She was a business owner who touched the lives of so many people along the way and made countless lifelong friends.

Juanita was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Andrea Velasquez; husband, Ruben Gil; and grandson, Richard "Ricky" Guerrero, III.

She will be missed for her great cooking, especially for the holidays, Christmas cookies and crocheting a blanket for anyone who was having a baby.

Juanita, Mom to her loving children and Nana to her adoring grandchildren, will be dearly missed as the Matriarch and "Rock" of our family.  She loved fiercely and defended mightily those near and dear to her heart.

Visitation will be Friday, August 5, 2022, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. from Ridgelawn Funeral Home 4201 West Ridge Road Gary, Indiana 46408.  Interment Ridgelawn Cemetery.


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August 5, 2022

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Ridgelawn Funeral Home
4201 West Ridge Road
Gary, IN 46408

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