Gilbert G. Sierra SR Funeral
Gilbert “G.G.” Sierra, Sr. 66, a resident of Davenport, died in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. He passed following a courageous and well fought battle with cancer. Funeral services and Mass of Christian burial for “G.G.” will 10:00 am Monday, November 17, 2014 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 417 Main Street, Davenport. Burial will be in Greenview Memorial Gardens, Silvis, IL. The family will greet friends Sunday from 1:00 until 8:00 pm at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main Street, downtown Davenport. All are invited to join the family to pray the Rosary Sunday evening at 6:30 pm. Followed by a Native American Ceremony to be scheduled Gilbert Gabriel Sierra was born August 8, 1948 in Moline, Illinois the son of Emanuel T. and Luz Maria (Godinez) Sierra. Gil was raised in East Moline, graduating from UTHS in ‘67. During his high school days he had been a captain on both the wrestling and football teams at UTHS. He was united in marriage to Susan Elizabeth Miller on December 23, 1967, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, East Moline. Gil retired in 2001 as a crew leader at Oscar Mayer following 35 years of service. He was a member of St. Anthony’s Church, where he often volunteered his time to help with services or church related projects. He had been a longtime member of the former St. Joseph Catholic Church, where he was on the parish council, and organized many parish festivals and the Fiesta parties. He was very proud of his Mexican heritage, and was very active in the promotion of education to succeed in life. He was active LULAC, serving as State Representative of Midwest LULAC, MAVA, and the Q-C Mexican-American Organization. G.G. was active in the Democratic Party both locally and nationally; he was honored to attend several presidential inaugurations. He was proud of our city of Davenport and believed in civic duties; serving as a past Alderman of the 1st Ward, a member of the Civil Rights Committee, and ACLU. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to LULAC, QC Book Grant Mexican/American or the Salvation Army Kettle Drive. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 47 years, Sue, and their children, Stephanie (Matthew) Hutchins-Dowell, Michele Sierra, Gilbert “G.G.” Sierra, Jr., all of Davenport, and Emilia T. (Noe) Sierra-Hurtado, Bettendorf; grandchildren, Kiowa Sierra, GG A. Sierra, Landon Hurtado-Sierra, step-grandchildren, Cassie Dowell, Kathleen Dowell, Megan Dowell, Colin Scott Dowell; his mother Luz Maria Sierra, East Moline; sisters Estela (Jess) Villareal, Sherrard, IL, Maria Rosario “Chayo” Sierra, Detroit, MI, and Barb A. Sierra, Louisville, MS; brothers Luis A. Sierra, West Branch, IA, Henry S. (Melissa) Sierra, and George W. (Dolores) Sierra, all of E. Moline, and Rev. Alex (Michele) Sierra, Davenport; Miller family brothers and sisters-in-law; many loving nieces and nephews, and 2800 Sierra-Terronez relatives. Gil was preceded in death by his father, two brothers and a sister-in-law, Joseph & Nadine Sierra, and Edward Sierra. May they rest in peace.
NOTE : Gilbert’s wife Sue was admitted to Trinity West late Friday evening, please keep her in your prayers.