Guadalupe Senkyr, age 74 of Waverly and formerly of Minneapolis, died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2000, at the Ridgeveiw Medical Center, Waconia.
She was born Dec. 7, 1925, in Bonner Springs, Kans., the daughter of Jacinto and Concepcion Rodriguez.
On May 11, 1957, Guadalupe and Robert William Senkyr were joined in holy marriage in Mason City, Iowa. God blessed their marriage with five children.
Guadalupe was the founder, the inspiration and the overseer of Pepitos Mexican Restaurants. She, along with family, built a $5 a night business into a nationally known landmark. Guadalupe was, and is Pepitos.
She belonged to the American Legion Post #440 Auxiliary.
Guadalupe is survived by her husband Robert; children: William Joseph (Susan) Senkyr, and Robert W. (Veronica) Senkyr Jr., all of Minneapolis; Elizabeth (Grant) Benson of Waverly; and Starr (Thomas) van Keuren and Alycia (Jay) Green, all of Howard Lake; grandchildren: Joey, Lenny, Kenny, Paul and Pam; Robby and Jessica; Christopher, Nicholas, Ryan, Lauren and Natalie; Tyler and David; Michael and Matthew; and great-grandchildren: Sophia; Chelsie, Ben and Kyle; Carlos and Jamison; and Malia.
She is further survived by her mother, Concepcion Rodriguez of Minneapolis; eight sisters; three brothers; and many other relatives and friends.
Guadalupe is preceded in death by her father, Jacinto Rodriguez; a sister; and two brothers.
A Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m., at the Church of St. Mary, Waverly. The Rev. Robert Wiley was the celebrant. Pam Huseby carried the Paschal candle, and gift bearers were Jessica Senkyr and Lauren Vail. Interment followed at St. Mary's Cemetery.
Casket bearers were Joey Senkyr, Lenny Senkyr, Kenny Senkyr, Paul Senkyr, Robby Senkyr, Christopher Vail and Ryan Vail.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.
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