On Friday February 8, 2019 Maria E. Vargas passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at the age of 65. Daughter of the late Francisco Vargas and Anastasia Vargas who was born in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. Maria’s sisters include, Rosa Talamantes and the late Minerva Vargas, Brothers; Jesus Vargas, the late Jose L. Vargas and Rogelio Vargas. Maria is survived by her children Leticia Mata (Joe R. Mata), Veronica Garza (Noe Sanchez Villa), Christy W. Juarez (George Roman), Rebecca Juarez (Rey Crespo) and son, Gregorio Garza III (Shelly Smith). Grandchildren; Lorraine Mata, Joe Christopher Mata, Cassandra Mata, Ilani J. Roman, Viviana Sanchez, Noe F. Sanchez, Isaac Crespo, Aurelio Smith, George Roman Jr., Danny Crespo, Mathew E. Roman and Liam C. Roman. Great-grandchildren; Isaiah Joe Mata, Truly E. Mata, Rene Terrazas, Mercy R. Mata and Nevaiah G. Mata.
Maria arrived in Milwaukee in 1987. She worked alongside tavern owners, eventually opening her own tavern “Mi Mexico” in the South side of Milwaukee. Maria also fondly known as “Nena” made sure to light up every place she entered with her charm and wit. She made many friends along the way. Maria was a beautiful daughter, an amazing mother and loyal friend who always shared her laughter, kindness and love. She was a true Dallas Cowboy fan. She loved life and lived it to the fullest.
Maria as a business owner in Milwaukee was well known among other local business owners and would continue to work with tavern business owners in the area. She was a vibrant and well respected woman that raised four daughters and a son. Her family roots originated in Mexico with strong ties to Texas and Oregon, which she always instilled in her family.
Maria will be greatly missed by many. Her legacy will live on in family, relatives, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.
Funeral services for Maria E. Vargas will be held on Tuesday February 12, 2019 at the Witkowiak Funeral Home (529 W. Historic Mitchell St. Milwaukee, WI 53204).
Visitation will be from 10am to 1pm. Followed by procession to Forest Home Cemetery.