Olivia Garcia was not only loved by her family, but also by her friends, co-workers and patients, said her daughter, Sally Skowronski.
“She never had a negative word to say about anyone,” she said. “She made people feel at ease, and they talked to her like they had known her for years.”
Olivia Gloria Garcia, 63, of Hammond, died March 24. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Alberto Garcia. She was happy to be able to celebrate that anniversary with a party attended by family and friends, her daughter said.
She was an X-ray technologist at Hammond Clinic for 42 years, and had many patients and co-workers who loved her. She had worked in the mammography department for 20 years.
“Her career was a big part of her identity,” her daughter said. “She was very loyal and committed to her job.”
Because her funeral was on a weekday and many co-workers could not attend, the funeral procession went past the clinic, and more than three dozen co-workers and patients stood outside and waved as the procession went by.
“The family was so touched by that,” Skowronski said.
She was dedicated to her husband and to her family, and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.
“There are lots of aunts, uncles and cousins, and the family was very tight,” her daughter said. “Family was always first.”
She loved to clean, and especially loved to vacuum, and she was very proud of the clean house she kept.
Garcia was a member of St. John Bosco for decades, and her faith was something that was very important to her.
Garcia had two cats and took care of other stray cats that stayed outside of her home, her daughter said.
“She fed them, watered them and even had them fixed,” she said.
Skowronski said her mother was an outgoing woman who always was happy.
“She was happy all of the time,” she said. “She could find the good in anybody.”