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Grace A. Vela nee Alvarez - 75

2/3/1942 - 10/6/2017

Longtime Chicago Heights

Grace A. Vela nee Alvarez age 75, Longtime Chicago Heights resident born in Nueva Rosita, Mexico. St Agnes Church parishioner active with the church choir. Graduate of Bloom High School Class of 1963. Retired from St James Hospital after 50 years service working in the Business Office. Wife of the late Jose M. Vela. Mother of Theresa Roberson, Cecilia (Michael) LoCicero, Claudia (David) Ellis, and Jaclyn (Billy) Adams III. Former mother in-law of Gary Roberson. Devoted grandmother of Jeffrey Jones, Julia Roberson, Geena LoCicero, Alexus Vela, Jeremy Roberson, Geno LoCicero, Daniel Vela, Prinze Ellis-Vela, Jenna Roberson and Joseph Ellis-Vela. Great-grandmother of Eden Daniels. Daughter of the late Maria nee Romo and Alvaro Alvarez. Sister of Armando (Jesusita), Philip, Angela, and the late Oscar Alvarez. Dear aunt and friend to many. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W. 14th St. (U.S. Rt. 30, 3 blks E. of Western Ave.), Chicago Heights on Tuesday October 10th from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Funeral Wednesday morning 9:15 AM to St. Agnes Church, 1501 Chicago Rd., Chicago Heights. Mass 10:00 AM. Interment Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood. 708-481-9230 or


Tuesday October 10, 2017 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Wednesday October 11, 2017 Mass 10:00 AM St Agnes Church 1501 Chicago Road, Chicago Heights


  • VG

    on 10/09/17

    I am so sorry about the death of your dear loved one. May you find comfort and peace from Almighty God's promise to reunite us with our family and friends on a peaceful earth. (Acts 24:15) Until theses promises are fulfilled may we all lean on the God of all comfort, to comfort us during time of distress.
  • Cheryl Lynn

    on 10/09/17

    My sincere condolences to the Alvarez family and friend. Draw close to God in prayer during this difficult time and he will draw close to you-James 4:8.
  • Julie Mulhollan

    on 10/09/17

    I worked with Grace for many years at St. James, she is a legend! My sincere condolences to her family. She will be greatly missed.
  • E. Letbetter

    on 10/10/17

    To the family of Grace A. Vela, please accept my condolences for your loss. Celebrate their memories now. Jesus promises that soon you will celebrate their life again. (John 5:28, 29)
  • Linda Fletcher

    on 10/10/17

    Rest in Peace Graciela, you will always be in my heart, never to be forgotten. You always made me smile, even on a bad day. xoxo
  • R. Ross

    on 10/24/17

    My heartfelt condolences to the Alvarez Family for the loss of your precious love one Grace. May your family find comfort in the wonderful Hope our loving Father, Jehovah has promised us through his Word, the Bible of life with pain, suffering, sickness, or death....Isaiah 33:24 and Revelation 21:4.
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