Moeller Funeral Home
104 Roosevelt Road
Valparaiso, IN  46383
(219) 462-0535
 Kosanke Funeral Home
105 East Indiana Avenue
Kouts, IN  46347
(219) 766-2224
Wanatah Funeral Chapel
309 North Main Street
Wanatah, IN  46390
(219) 733-2313
Angelcrest Cemetery
Highway 49 and 600 North
Valparaiso, IN  46383
(219) 531-8690

Maria E. Barraza, 84 of Valparaiso, passed away May 13, 2020. She was born July 9, 1935 to Jose I.A. Hinojosa and Magdalena P. Hinojosa. Maria had a deep love of nature and animals. The house was always filled with plants in every room. Against the advice of her children she would feed the racoons that would literally knock on the glass door for some food. She was short in stature but formidable in her strength to help those less fortunate. Maria was a powerhouse of endurance, regularly pulling double shifts and working 60-hour weeks first at South Chicago Community Hospital then at Ball Glass where she worked for decades. She had an adventurous spirit which brought her out of Mexico and to the US where she became a Naturalized Citizen and made it a point to learn English. Maria had a beautiful gift of telling stories that sounded magical and were always filled with humor.  She will be sorely missed. On February 14, 1964 Maria married Joe M. Barraza who preceded her in death in 2018 she was also preceded by her oldest daughter Alma Leyva Smith and is survived by her other three children Ricardo Leyva, Elisa Barraza and Robert Barraza. She is also survived by her sister Belen Abelar, six grandchildren and several great grandchildren. 
A visitation will be held Wednesday, May 20th from 4 - 6 pm at Moeller Funeral Home, Valparaiso with funeral service beginning at 6:00 pm.
  Memorial donations may be made to the ASPCA.

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