Guadalupe “Lupe” Perez


Guadalupe “Lupe” Perez, 102, of Galesburg, died at 5 p.m. Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at home.

She was born December 16, 1919 in Wichita, Kansas, the daughter of Basilio and Hermenia (Martinez) Gimenez. Lupe attended St. Joseph’s Academy and graduated from Galesburg High School. Lupe married Louis B. Perez on October 18, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois. He preceded her in death on November 2, 1989. She worked in the business office at Continental Clothing in Galesburg for many years.

Lupe is survived by one son, Michael (Sandra) Perez of Tulum, Mexico; one daughter, Virginia (Netza) Portillo of Chandler, Arizona; four grandsons: Robert (Nancy) Portillo, Bradley (Tere) Portillo, Brian (Rosie) Perez, and Anthony (Laura) Perez; seven great grandchildren: Austin, Collin, Brandon, Dylan, Santiago, Gabriela, and Olivia. Also surviving are two sisters, Virginia Murguia and Rachel Vega both of Galesburg; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers; and three sisters.

Lupe was a faithful catholic and a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Galesburg and a member of the Altar and Rosary Society.  She was also a longtime volunteer at OSF St. Mary Medical Center and member of LULAC club.

Visitation will be 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, December 10, 2022 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Galesburg.  Funeral Mass will follow at 11:30 a.m. with Father William T. Miller officiating.  Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Galesburg.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Watson Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, Galesburg.  Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

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