Life Story / Obituary
Noelia Garcia, age 73, of Holland, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, January 16, 2022.
Known by Nellie to her family and friends, she was born in Mercedes, Texas on January 8, 1949, to Joseph and Lela Puente. Nellie grew up in Holland and dedicated her life’s work at Baker Furniture in the finishing department. She was the first born of twelve siblings. Preceded in death by her father Joseph G. Puente Sr. and brother, Joseph C. Puente Jr. Surviving sisters; Lupe (Wally) Palomo, Mari (Brian) Bontekoe, Luci (Malcolm) Miller, Raquel Carie, Frances Puente, Paula (John) Newhouse and Maggie (Mark) Campbell. Surviving brothers; Albert (Lori) Puente, Robert Puente and Michael (Christina) Puente. Sister-in-Law: Dawne Puente and many nieces and nephews.
Nellie was preceded in death by her first husband Pedro Rodriguez of Donna, Texas. Surviving are three sons; Peter Rodriguez, Raul (Juanita) Rodriguez and Aaron (Christina) Rodriguez, grandchildren Javier, Samantha, Gina, James, Janell, Joseph, Michael, Jacob, Serena and Felix Rodriguez. Great grandchildren Lily, Jazelle, Cameron, Elijah, Lily, Jayden. Also surviving is her second husband of 31 years Jose R. Garcia of Grand Rapids.
Nellie found much happiness in baking and spending time with her family and grandchildren. She was a member of St. Francis de Sales church and loved the Lord with all her heart. She was honest, fun loving and a hard worker. She could always be counted on to help in any way that she could.
The family will receive visitors from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, on Sunday January 23, at the Mulder Chapel, 188 West 32nd Street, Holland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00am, Monday January 24, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 171 West 13th Street, Holland. Father Charles Brown presiding. Interment in Pilgrim Home Cemetery, Holland.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church.
Funeral arrangements are under the auspices of Dykstra Funeral Home.