Alicia Villenas Villegas - age: 74
(December 22, 1944 to August 11, 2019 )
Resident of Chicago, Illinois
Visitation Sunday, August 18th, from 4-9 pm at
Benson Family Funeral Home
3224 W. Montrose Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618
A Mass of Catholic Burial will be celebrated on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 10:00 AM at
St. Teresa of Avila Church
1037 W. Armitage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614.
Gather at funeral home at 9 am for the procession.
Mt. Olive Cemetery
3800 N Narragansett Ave
Enma Alicia Villenas Villegas, 74, passed away on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at Kindred Hospital North. She was the wife of Octavio Villenas. They shared 27 years of marriage together.
Born on December 22, 1944 in Gualea, Ecuador, she was the daughter of the late Carlos Gilberto Villegas Ortega and Maria Celinda Pozo Villegas. She graduated from Colegio Ecuador and then attended OAS: Organization of American Students Institute of Languages where she received her certificate in Accounting with honors. Upon coming to the United States, she secured a job in the Accounts Receivable Department at Cotter & Company, the headquarters of True Value Hardware Stores. Along with working at Cotter & Company during the day, she worked at IHOP, Goldblatt’s, and sold jewelry in the evening to supplement her income to support her family.
She was an active member of Concordia Place in Chicago, St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, serving as an Extraordinary Minister, Sociedad Cívica Ecuatoriana, where she served as the Secretary for many years, Club Los Andes, where she tirelessly volunteered for events, and Tuwamari Ballet Folkorico, where she proudly danced to traditional Ecuadorian folkloric music with her dance company. She loved to travel around the world, garden, dance, and feed her family and friends with delicious home-made meals. She will always be remembered for the way she showered her family and friends with love and care and for her infectious laugh that made everyone smile and laugh along with her. Her courage and strength cannot be measured with any tool because she was not afraid to follow her dreams even when everyone thought she was out of her mind. And for her love of adventure, life, music, dance, and for the way she fed your body, mind, and soul will forever be etched into our hearts.
She is survived by her loving husband Octavio Villenas, sons Jorge Zarate and his wife Norma Zarate (grandchildren Linda Hehn [Nick Hehn], George Zarate, and Jonathan Zarate [Alicia Zarate]), Mario Morales and his wife Ermis “Lilly” Morales (grandchildren Madeliene Schmidt, Matthew Morales, Macy Morales, and Mario Angel Morales), and Miguel Morales and his wife Iraida Rios-Morales (grandchildren Christian Cotto, Meilani Morales, and Ariani Morales), and her daughters Rosemary Morales and her husband Juan Morales Jr (granddaughters Jalicia Morales, Jayla Morales, and Jocelyn Morales), and Sophia Villenas.
Memorial donations to the family, in lieu of flowers, can be made at Benson Family Funeral Home by calling 773- 478-5800.