Theresa de Jesus Alfaro, age 67 of Griffith, IN, passed away Saturday, October 03, 2020 at Community Hospital, Munster, IN. She is survived by Teresa Villarreal, her lifelong best friend of 53 years, 47 of which, they shared a home together. Also survived by sibling: Sally Latia, nephews and nieces: Louie, Tony (Margie), Gloria Morales and Gabriel, Renee (Teddy) Delgado and Leslie (Bobby) Pena, Lisa (Jeff) Gaspar, Richard Latia and Benny De La Rosa, many great and great-great nieces and nephews, Uncle: Joe (Lupe) Buenrostro, numerous Buenrostro and Cervantes cousins, extended Villarreal and Camarillo families and numerous friends who became family. She was preceded in death by her parents: Antonio and Trinidad Alfaro; siblings, Mercedes Ordaz, Angie Swiesz, Luis, Rudy, Richard and niece Sanda.
A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 10:00 am directly at St. Mary's Church, 525 N. Broad St., Griffith with Rev. Keith Virus officiating. Theresa's cremation will take place at a later date. Friends and family may meet on Friday, October 9, 2020 from 2:00 to 6:00 pm with a Prayer Service at 2:30 pm at Hillside Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 8941 Kleinman Road (one block south of Ridge Rd), Highland, IN, 46322.
Theresa was born in East Chicago. She was a graduate of Bishop Noll High School, Class of 1971, and a retiree of AT&T, after 32 years of service. A strong woman, Theresa suffered quietly, as she endured health issues in her last years. Theresa was life. She was a free spirit, who loved fun, especially with family and close friends. She is known for her love of music, special home-cooked meals, her passion for baking and of course, her party supply of Jell-O shots. Theresa had a warmth about her, that made everyone instantly comfortable. Her sharp, subtle, and at times, irreverent sense of humor allowed for tons of memorable laughs. Her deep-dimpled "signature" smile was beyond contagious. This world will miss her deeply.
Due to COVID-19, use of masks and social distancing practices are required at the funeral home and at the church.
For additional information, please contact Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center Konnie Kuiper-Kevin Nordyke by calling us at 219-838-0800 or visiting us at www.hillsidefhcares.com
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