Maria Gallardo
Return to Merkle Funeral Service - South Monroe

Obituary of Maria Gallardo

Maria Consepcion Ramirez was born on June 9, 1924 in Crystal City, Texas. She was one of six daughters born from the union of Juan Ramirez and Precelina (Dominguez) Ramirez.

She married the love of her life, Jesse Gallardo Sr., on December 15, 1941. From this union came the birth of their 16 beautiful children. To support her family, she was a homemaker and made sure everyone was taken care of. She would smile and light up when she saw you and made sure to feed everyone that walked through her door.

Maria loved to do many things with her time. She loved to color, watch her telenovelas and the Detroit Tigers, watch birds from her window, tending to her garden, and watching her beloved flowers grow.  She especially loved a game or two of rummy and could play for hours.

Maria was loving, caring and the matriarch of her family. She was loved and will be missed by everyone who knew her.

Maria Consepcion Ramirez, age 93, of Erie, passed away at her home on Thursday, December 28, 2017 surrounded by her beautiful family. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Gallardo, Sr. of seventy-two years; their son: Jesse Gallardo Jr.; two grandsons: Jesse Lopez and Homer Shields II; and her five sisters: Manuela, Lutheria, Josephina, Augustina, and Anita.

To cherish her memory, Maria leaves behind her fifteen children: Angelita (Helen) Lopez, Roberto (Joanne) Gallardo, Marcelino Gallardo, Mary Lou (Joe) Flores-Briones, Joseph (Dolly) Gallardo, Phyllis (Homer) Shields, Virginia Bijarro, Alegandro (Sheila) Gallardo, Lusio (Cindy) Gallardo, Margaret Jeko, Anita Gallardo, Rosemary (Jerry) Narew, Linda Gallardo, Olga (Jim) Williamson, and Bobbilove McCullough; forty-nine grandchildren; one hundred and three great grandchildren; and sixty-five great-great grandchildren; and many extended family and friends.

Friends may gather on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Merkle Funeral Service, South Monroe 14567 South Dixie Highway; Monroe, Michigan 48161. (734)241-7070. She will lie in state on Thursday, January 4, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until the Mass of the Resurrection at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2214 Manhattan Street Erie, Michigan 48133. Procession will follow to St. Joseph Cemetery for burial.

Online guests may leave words of inspiration and comfort, share a photo, or purchase a floral arrangement by visiting