Aurelio “Joe” Garcia, 83, Austin

Published 9:26 am Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Aurelio “Joe” Garcia, 83, of Austin, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home.


Joe was born Nov. 12, 1928, in Paducah, Texas. He grew up in Piedras Negras, Coahila, Mexico, and Eagle Pass, Texas. Joe was united in marriage to Antonia Mata on April 10, 1950, in Piedras Negras, Coahila, Mexico. The couple moved to Adams where he worked as a mechanic. They later moved to Austin and worked until he retired from Wilson Foods in Albert Lea in 1989.

Aurelio was a founding member of the Hispanic Community in Austin and the surrounding area. He was a devoted member of St. Augustine Catholic Church where he was a pillar in the Hispanic ministry. Joe was an exceptional musician who enjoyed composing songs and playing his guitar for others. He spent his life devoted to his family and grandchildren.

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Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Antonia Garcia, of Austin; daughters: Dolores (Greg) Ansley, of Covington, Ga., and Heidi Velasquez, of Austin; five grandchildren: Vanessa, Celleny, Shiloh, Martina and Jason; two great-grandchildren: Cruz and Avery.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; five sisters.

Aurelio will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

A memorial mass will be celebrated 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Augustine Catholic Church with the Rev. Dale Tupper officiating. There will be a 7:30 p.m. wake service Wednesday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m.