Ynez Margaret Garcia
  • 100 years old
  • Place of birth:
    Hardwick, California
  • Place of passing:
    San Jose, California

Our beloved 100 years young matriarch Ynez Margaret Garcia joined her loved ones to watch over us on Aug. 22, 2016. Ynez was born on Apr. 15, 1916 in Hardwick, Calif. She’s the 4th child born of Camerino Garcia-Toscano and Felicitas Cortez-Briceño. She married to Bernardo Garcia. They had 8 children. She was proceeded in death by her husband of 50 years, infant son Michael, and eldest daughter Nancy Schlenz, and Nancy’s husband Dennis and son Marshall. Ynez is survived by children Dolores, Bernard Jr., Carole, Phyllis, Terri and Bernadette. She has 120 descendants.

Ynez, who preferred to be called Margaret, was raised in the railroad towns while her father worked on the Southern Pacific Railroad construction as a contractor from Jalisco, Mexico.  She attended 10 years of school in Stockton. She left school to care for her relatives children who were farm workers in Bakersfield. Her first job was in a photography studio. As with many farm working families at this time, she picked cotton with her family in the Imperial Valley. This is where she met the love of her life, Barney. They called San Jose their home for over 70 years.

The Garcia’s successfully owned and operated the Garcia’s Super Service gas station on the corner of Almaden and Virginia in the 1950s. They were active parish members of Sacred Heart, Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Patrick’s. Ynez enjoyed working at many San Jose schools in the cafeterias, the cannery, and worked in retail at Andy’s Pet Shop. She worked with her son Buddy, who managed Carl’s shoe store. In later years, the Garcia’s were vendors at the Berryessa Flea Market selling housewares.

Her family often appeared in the El Excentrico - the Santa Clara valley’s Latino social magazine. She was very proud of the achievements of her children and grandchildren. Many achieved advanced education in the fields of law, international policy, astrophysics, computer science, and elementary education. She is also proud of her family who are serving in the military and those who are successful business owners.

During her 100 years, she endured the economic hardships of Great Depression - when her family returned to Mexico - and also the World Wars. She stood up for what she believed, marching alongside Cesar Chavez. She broke gender barriers as a real life 'Rosie the Riveter' working in the war-time factories supporting our troops.

In a brush with fame, Ynez “Margaret” appeared alongside Rita Hayworth in the 1935 film 'Under the Pampas Moon' filmed in Bakersfield. She was an extra along with other young ladies during many scenes in the crowd.

In most recent years she delighted in many trips to see her succeeding generations that continued to always bring a smile to her face. She always made friends everywhere she went and you knew if she liked you because her eyes would light up and she wouldn’t be able to sit still until you met her with a kind hug or word. She would blush but couldn’t wait share with you her age and would often say, “God willing, for another day!”  She received a birthday card this year from the President of The United States of America, President Obama wished her a happy birthday, which brought tears of joy to her heart.

Margaret was proceeded her in death by her parents Camerino Garcia-Toscano and Felicitas Cortez-Briceño, siblings Jose Luis, Maria de Jesus, Antonia, Aurora, Michael. Her son Michael,  Her daughter Nancy and her husband Dennis and son Marshall Schlenz.

Ynez “Margaret” is survived by her youngest sister, Helen Medina of Vacaville, CA. and her children; 

Ynez Margaret is also survived by her children and family: 

Nancy there are 2 surviving children, 8 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren;

Dolores Gaviglio of Yakima, WA - 3 children, 7 grandchildren;

Bernard “Buddy” (Sharon) Garcia of San Jose, CA - 13 children, 23 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren;

Carole Viano of Colorado Springs, CO - 5 children, 12 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren;

Phyllis (Will) Wade of Gualala, CA – 5 children, 9 grandchildren;

Terri (Ben) Fasano of Gilbert, AZ – 3 children, 2 grandchildren;

Bernadette (Michael) Ambers of Auburn, CA - 3 children. 


Funeral event details:

Vigil/Rosary services
Tuesday, August 30 7:00 pm
Lima-Campagna-Alameda Mission Chapel
600 S 2nd St, San Jose, CA 95112

Wednesday, August 31 11:00 am
Sacred Heart Church
325 Willow St, San Jose, CA 95110

Internment immediatley following with procession to
Calvary Catholic Cemetery
2650 Madden Ave, San Jose, CA 95116

2:00 to 5:00 pm
Alianca Jorgense
198 N 27th St, San Jose, CA 95116

Candle lit by  Denise Oster  on August 28th, 2016

From Kathy Koldenhof to Aunt Terri.
Terri as children, we can't  comprehend  or fully realize, the meaning of our mother's  love, how tender and how wise, the patience and forgiveness  that are part of every day. The unexpected  " little  things" she does in her own way. Years go by before we can look back and see, through older eyes and wiser hearts her love and loyalty and yet it's  these and other special  things we'll  hold so dear. For memories  of her steadfast love will keep her near.
Terri you'll  never forget your mother's  face, the sound of her voice, the gentleness  of her touch, they let you know  you were loved. You'll  never forget the traditions  she handed down , the things she stood  for, they are her gift  and your legacy. You'll  never forget and you'll  always know that you honor her every day in how you live and who you  are.
With  our Deepest  Sympathy  to you and your family. Xoxo Kathy & Johnny Koldenhof

Candle lit by  Denise Oster  on August 28th, 2016

From Debbie Dixon
I would first like to tell you Deedee that your words couldn't have been more beautifully done.  Your Grandmother would have been proud of how lovingly and articulately you spoke of her.  I am sorry for all of you, your family and Diana and Kailey.  Way too much loss is too short a time but we go on don't we.  My heart and prayers are with you all.  Grandma Margaret, may you rest in God's arms sweet wonderful lady....<3

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