John Garnica was born February 7, 1934 in Culver City, California to Roman and Leonarda. He passed away on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in Whittier, California at his loving daughter Sally's home. John was a Mechanic and a Trucker most of his life before retiring. He was a lifelong resident of Gardena and the South Bay, but he enjoyed spending most of his last years in Mexico with his love Celia. He loved listening and dancing to Ranchera Music. He was well known for his delicious Menudo. John is survived by his love Celia and his five children, Fred of Torrance, Ca; Sally (Mike) Lopez of Whittier, CA, George (Rosie) of Redondo Beach, CA, Leonard of Gardena, CA and John Jr. (Carolyn) of Murrieta, CA; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren and two sisters, Mary (Gogie) Newton of Arizona and Sabrina (Queta) Rivera of Wilmington, CA; and many nieces and nephews, also many loving friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Artie and Alfonzo; two sisters Paulina (Chicken) Villanueva and Frances (Nigra) Quesada; and brothers, Pete (Pache) and Tony (Indio) Magana. Services will be held at Lighthouse Memorials and Receptions – McMillan Center in Gardena on Sunday, October 27th. Viewing: 11:00 am – 2:45 pm, Mass Service: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Reception: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. A private interment will be held at a later date.

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  1. My sincere condolences. May cherished memories endure forever. “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.€ Revelation 21:4, our loving Heavenly Father’s guarantee as well as the guarantee to resurrect our loved ones back to life on earth (John 5:28,29, Acts24:15). For more information on the hope for those we have lost in death go to

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