June 22, 1924-March 14, 2010
GRAND ISLAND -- Benny C. Garcia, 86, died Sunday (March 24, 2010), at Golden Living Lakeview Nursing Home in Grand Island.
He was born June 22, 1924, at New Brownsville, Texas, to Pedro and Mary (Contreras) Garcia.
As a teenager, he moved to McCook where he worked as a farm hand for many years. In 1980, he began working at Hillcrest Nursing Home in maintenance, receiving a certificate in maintenance and repair. He retired in 1989.
In April 2007 he moved to Grand Island to live with his niece where he was "Mama Benny" to his grandniece Martika Shante McKain from birth to age 5. Shortly thereafter, he suffered his first of many heart attacks and strokes and was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, one brother-in-law, one sister-in-law and nieces and nephews.
Survivors include his sister, Margarita Lopez of San Antonio, Texas; a brother, Robert Garcia and his wife, of Grand Island; two sisters-in-a-law, Josie of Grand Island and Angie of McCook; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 518 State Street in Grand Island.
Memorials are being accepted.