Carmen Chavez, 80, Osage City: Aug. 10, 1934 – Sept. 11, 2014

091514-obit-Carmen-ChavezOSAGE CITY – Carmen Chavez, 80, of Osage City, passed away Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka.

She was born Aug. 10, 1934, in Howard, Kan., the daughter of Enrique and Josefina (Fabian) Gallardo.

She graduated from Howard High School in 1952.

She married Primo Gonzales Chavez on April 2, 1955 at Moline, Kan.

Carmen had worked for AT&T and for Hallmark Cards for almost 20 years.

She was a member of the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, in Osage City. She also belonged to the Altar Society and Osage City Senior Center. She was a dedicated volunteer for ECAT for 15 years.

Survivors include two daughters, Josie Shaughnessy, Iola, and Selina Chavez, Elgin, S.C.; two sons, Thomas J. Chavez, Leavenworth, and Michael E.Chavez, Fallon, Nev.; five sisters and four brothers, Richard Gallardo and Henry Gallardo, both of Wichita, Mary (Paul) Leddy, Columbus, Ind., Amelia Hall, Wichita, Gloria (Herschel) West, Wichita, Corrie Montgomery, of Howard, John (Patty) Gallardo, of Howard, Tony (Marge) Gallardo, Valparaiso, Ind.; a brother-in-law, Julius Aguilera, Wichita; 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Carmen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Primo, in 2008, and a sister, Beatrice Aguilera, in 2013.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, in Osage City. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Osage City. Family will receive friends 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, with rosary being recited at 7 p.m. at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church or ECAT and sent in care of VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, 107 N. Sixth St., Osage City, Kansas 66523. Condolences may be expressed at vanarsdalefs.com.


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