GARCIA, Connie M., resident of Mission Viejo for 23 years, passed away on October 30, 2013. Born in Los Angeles, California on March 3, 1934. Preceded in death by beloved husband of nearly 51 years, Leo Garcia, Jr. Survived by sons Ernest, Dennis, and Stephen Garcia and daughters-in-law Leackhena and Danielle Garcia. Grandmother to Breonna, Cassandra, Nikki Ann, Dylan, Kyana, and Kai Garcia and Lucas Keita Cassell. Great-grandmother to Jayden Garcia, William Jr. and Miles Galbraith, and Gabriel Garcia.
Mrs. Garcia, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, held a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Los Angeles and a Master’s Degree from California State University, Fullerton. She was also the first Mexican American schoolteacher to work in the Glendale Unified School District. Mrs. Garcia, a woman of strong Catholic faith, touched countless lives through her counseling practice, volunteerism, and church activities. Through various organizations, she committed her time to counseling and mentoring troubled youth and those battling addiction. Her home was always open to anyone in need. Mrs. Garcia will be remembered for her dedication to her family, church, clients, and community.
Rosary: Wednesday, November 6, 7:00 pm O’Connor Mortuary, 25301 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills. Funeral Mass: Thursday, November 7, 10:00 am Santiago de Compostela Catholic Church, 21682 Lake Forest Drive, Lake Forest, followed by burial ceremony at Ascension Cemetery, 24754 Trabuco Road, Lake Forest. The family requests donations to the charity of your choice.