Lourdes Hernandez (nee Cruz), age 75, passed away on Monday, October 11, 2021 with her loving family by her side.
Lourdes was known for her outstanding cooking. She learned at a young age how to cook and care for her family. You could always find her in the kitchen preparing anything from a simple salsa recipe to her homemade tamales. If you ask anyone to share a memory about Lourdes it was most likely about food or never leaving her home hungry. If you knew Lourdes you could definitely attest that she had a genuine love for others and greatly enjoyed having company over to visit. Her family meant the world to her.
Lourdes is preceded in death by her father, Ernesto Cruz; brothers, Cornelio Cruz, Anastacio Cruz, Martin Cruz, Leobardo Cruz; and one sister, Dorotea Cruz.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Artemio Hernandez; children, Ismael (Cenorina) Hernandez, Fernando (Lariane) Hernandez, Artemio Hernandez Jr., Aurora (Salvador) Ramirez and Maribel Hernandez; grandchildren, Ismael Hernandez Jr., Jordan Hernandez, Alexus Ledesma, Lorriza Hernandez, Fernando Hernandez Jr., Salvador Ramirez Jr. and Anthony Ramirez.
A celebration of Lourdes’ life will begin on Friday, October 15, 2021 with prayers in the funeral home chapel at 9:20 a.m. then driving in procession to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Joliet for a Mass of Christian Burial to be held at 10:00 a.m. Cremation rite will be accorded following mass and Lourdes will be brought home to Mexico at a later date. Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at Tezak Funeral Home, 1211 Plainfield Road, Joliet from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.