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Manuelita (“Baby”) Christina Valenzuela

Manuelita (“Baby”) Christina Valenzuela, age 77, passed away on Friday, January 15, 2021. Manuelita was born in Chandler, Arizona on September 28, 1943, to Frances and Jose Valdez. She had seven siblings in total and is survived by her sisters Olga Valdez, Sylvia Stoll, and brothers Joseph Valdez Jr. and Daniel Valdez. In 1961, Manuelita graduated from Seton Catholic High School in Chandler, Arizona, and began working for Motorola shortly thereafter. On November 24, 1966, Manuelita married her longtime best friend, Gilbert Valenzuela at St. Mary’s in Chandler and began her life’s dedication of creating a family rooted in faith, humility, and love. She was a caring and nurturing parent to her four children Frances, Gilbert, Danielle, and David, and a proud grandparent to Daniel-Jose, son of Danielle. Manuelita was a pillar of the Chandler community who worked hard to instill a sense of family in and outside her home with those she met, and this is evident in her well-beloved presence in Chandler and its neighboring cities.

In 1973, Manuelita and Gilbert moved from their lifelong homes in downtown Chandler to a newer development where her sister Sylvia had already resided and within walking distance of her other siblings. In 1978, she retired from Motorola to focus on raising her family as devoted members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and members of the neighboring community. Her dedication and love of her family is evident in all our hearts through memories of family parties and gatherings that bring about so much joy and laughter. She was proud of her entire family including her countless friends and acquaintances and she relished in hearing how everyone was doing and what they had been up to since she had last spoken with them. Manuelita was a humble servant of the Lord, a happy daughter, a caring sister, a loving wife, a proud parent and Nana, and a dedicated friend to all of us, and she will be greatly missed.

The viewing will be on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at Bueler’s Mortuary on 14 W. Hutlet Drive in Chandler, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, with the Rosary at 7:00 PM. Funeral services will be held the following day, Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at St. Mary’s Parish- 230 W Galveston Street in Chandler at 11:00 AM.

We ask if you are feeling sick or have been in contact with anyone who has shown signs of being sick to please join us virtually for the services. The rosary will be streamed on January 26, 2021, @ 7:00 PM via https://www.facebook.com/danielle.valenzuela.583 The funeral Mass will be streamed live on January 27, 2021, @11:00 AM https://youtu.be/544CYaF1Wo4

6 Comments

  • Cliff and Patsi Delci-Granger Posted January 25, 2021 9:30 PM

    Manuelita was a beautiful lady with a big heart and soul. She always made you feel like family. She will be greatly missed. Our condolences to the family. May she rest in peace with our Lord.

  • Barbara Gutierrez Posted January 26, 2021 7:04 AM

    Our deepest condolences to the family, With our love and prayers.
    Michael and Barbara Gutierrez

  • Kristine Stoll Posted January 26, 2021 11:50 PM

    Aunt Lita you were the “fun” one to be around at family events, and you were the last one to leave a party even if it was at 3 am! Poor uncle Gilbert would be sleeping in a near by chair waiting to take you home. I enjoyed drinking wine with you and Abby enjoyed dancing to Selena and the Cumbia. I appreciate all the medical advice you gave me about what I might feel with radiation or with a routine visit to the urologist and you would be honest and say , “hell ya it is going to hurt” and I appreciated the advice. My family enjoyed spending Christmas Eve at your home and it was the one night they got a pass to come home after 12 am because Paul and I knew they were in good hands. We will miss your bear hugs, you calling everyone mihijo and mihija and your never ending laugh! We love you Aunt Lita, we will miss you, and please take care of papa, you both are always in our thoughts & prayers! All our love and rest in peace, Love Paul, Kris, Jacob, Jonah and Abby

  • Helbert & Zoraida Gonzalez and Family Posted January 27, 2021 2:26 AM

    My condolences go out to you david and ur family. Wishing you peace and comfort as you grieve for your beloved mother.

  • Terry Cons Perez Tapia Posted February 5, 2021 10:09 PM

    My dearest Valenzuela and Valdez families, We’re deeply sorry at Lita has left us for a greater playground in the sky. I will miss her when we return to Chandler for our family visits. Please be strong and stay safe, love and blessings, Terry and Cisco Talia four Rio Rancho, NM

  • Terry Cons Perez Tapia Posted February 5, 2021 10:10 PM

    My dearest Valenzuela and Valdez families, We’re deeply sorry at Lita has left us for a greater playground in the sky. I will miss her when we return to Chandler for our family visits. Please be strong and stay safe, love and blessings, Terry and Cisco Talia from Rio Rancho, NM

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