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Blanca "Mom" Avila

July 9, 1945 ~ January 11, 2024 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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Blanca "Mom" Avila Obituary

Blanca “Mom” Avila, age 78, of East Chicago, IN passed away Thursday, January 11, 2024 at home.  Blanca is survived by 6 children:  Raquel (Roy) Oria, Marisa (Sergio) Salazar, Jose Paradise, Natalia (Matt) Vasel, Louis Avila, and Jaime Avila; many grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; 4 sisters:  Teresa (Jaime) Hernandez, Alejandra (Jaime) Lopez, Rosario (late Jose) Silva, and Maria (Felipe) Oria; brother, Pedro Molina Preceded in death by husband, Mauricio “Pops” Avila; parents:  Felix and Elpidia (Hernandez) Molina; and siblings: Telesforo, Mario, Guillermo, Antonio, Jesus, Efren, Sonia, and Maria.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, January 18, 2024 at 10:30 am DIRECTLY at St. Patrick Church, 3802 Grand Blvd., East Chicago, IN with Rev. Jose Manuel Pedraza officiating. Burial to follow at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, Indiana.  Visitation will be on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at FIFE FUNERAL HOME, 4201 Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago, Indiana.

Blanca was a homemaker and was involved in several volunteer organizations over the years; she ran the concession stand at the East Chicago Little League for several years.  Mom was a member of St. Mary Church in East Chicago.  She was a foster parent, taking care of several children throughout the years – which kept her very busy.  She was very dedicated to her family, which was her first priority – she was always “the one” everyone went to for help or advice. Mom loved dancing, gardening and cooking; always looked forward to spring-time to plant her flowers and vegetables.  To send an online condolence, logon to:

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January 17, 2024

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Fife Funeral Home
4201 Indianapolis Blvd.
East Chicago, IN 46312

Mass of Christian Burial
January 18, 2024

10:30 AM
St. Patrick Church
3802 Grand Boulevard
East Chicago, IN 46312

Interment following Mass
January 18, 2024

Calumet Park Cemetery
2305 W. 73rd Avenue
Merrillville, IN 46410


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