Graciela “Chela” Hernandez, born April 5, 1931 to Maclovio and Sara Casarez in Zinaparo, Michoacan, Mexico. After a valiant 5 yr battle with CHF passed away peacefully June 18, 2019. Graciela was a long time resident of Healdsburg, and a member of St. John Catholic Church. Seeking a better future for family she immigrated to the U.S. in 1950 at age 19 and became a citizen in 1975. Along with her husband Gabriel raised 7 children in Cloverdale, Geyserville and finally moving to Healdsburg in 1973.
She was known for her abiding faith in God, love of family, fairness, joy of singing Mexican ballads while she cooked. Her eyes always lit up when she saw her children, grandchildren and beloved relatives visiting from afar.
She is preceded in death by son Jose Luis (2018), and ex-husband Gabriel Hernandez (2015).
She is survived by five sons, one daughter; Manuel (Carmen), Gabriel Jr., Grace (Carlos), Carlos (Stella), Richard (Debra), Bill (Trisha) , eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren.
Friends are invite to attend visitation from 10:00 a.m. and a Rosary/Mass service starting at 11:00 .am. on Thursday June 27, 2019 at St. John Catholic Church, 208 Matheson Street, Healdsburg. Burial immediately following church at Oak Mound cemetery, 601 Piper Street, Healdsburg. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Windsor Healdsburg Mortuary (707) 838-6000.