It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Maria Angelica “Gela” Martinez of Gary, IN on January 24, 2023 at the age of 81. She was our beloved Esposa “Baby” Mami, Mai, Hermana, Titi and Friend.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 57 years, Jose Oscar Martinez Sr; Children: Priscy (Angel), Margie, Angie (Ricardo), daughter-in-law Brenda; Grandchildren Genesis (Richy), Jose III (Betsy), Gabriella, Josue “Manny”, Anabeth, Jasmine, Angel, Cristian, Carlos; Great Grandchildren Adriel, Cataleya, Giovanni (Coming June 2023) and baby Martinez (Coming July 2023). Her legacy will continue to live on and thrive through these loved ones. She will also be greatly missed by her Sisters and Brothers; Olga, Jose “Cheo”, Emily, Rita Yolanda, Rosa, Carmen, and Jerry. As well as many nieces and nephews. Angelica was preceded in death by her Parents: Manuel and Rita Garcia; Siblings: Miguel, Esther “Teti”, Aida, Manuel “Meño”, David; and her beloved Son Jose “Joey” O. Martinez Jr.
Maria Angelica “Gela” Martinez was born in Villalba P.R. on June 7th, 1941 and was a devoted Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother for most of her life. She was also a faithful servant of the Lord. She was an incredible, heartwarming, and giving person who touched the hearts of everyone she met. She loved and cared deeply for everyone around her, whether it was her family, friends, neighbors, church family, and even stray animals in the neighborhood. She always lit up a room when she arrived, and her personality was infectious. She had many passions such as cooking, gardening, taking care of everyone, her hat collection, and she loved to be witty. She was definitely known for her arroz con dulce and lasagna. She had a love for animals; the birds, squirrels, and cats she fed all loved her. We will forever keep you in our hearts and you will never be forgotten. Rest in peace and in the arms of “Tu Nene” Joey. Until we meet again. Te Amamos para siempre!
A Visitation/Celebration of Life will be held at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel located at 7535 Taft St. Merrillville IN 46410 on Friday, January 27th, 2023 from 4:00pm-8:00pm. Funeral Service will be Saturday, January 28th, 2023 at 10:00am in Chapel and Pastor Juaquin Rodriguez will officiate. Followed by interment at Calumet Park Cemetery located at 2305 W 73rd Ave Merrillville IN 46410.