Joseph Gabriel “Gabe” Garnica


Joseph Gabriel “Gabe” Garnica, 80, a resident of Davenport, died Oct. 17, 2009 peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family.

Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Downtown Davenport. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park.  The American Legion Post 26 will conduct graveside military rites. Visitation was Tuesday from at the Halligan – McCabe – DeVries Funeral Home.

 Gabe was born March 18, 1929 in Atchison, Kan., the son of Genara and Modesta (Lopez) Garnica.  He married Wanda Lee Brink in 1999 in Rock Island, Ill.

 Mr. Garnica was proud of his service in the US Navy.  He was assigned to the USS Shangri-La where he served for four years. Following his tour in the Navy, he worked at the Rock Island Arsenal for the next 37 years.


 Gabe was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church; the Rock Island Elks Lodge #980, and the American Legion #26. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and spending time with his wife and family.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda, children and their spouses; Gabriela Shepard of Davenport, Iowa, Gregory (and Pam) Garnica of Davenport, Iowa, Mark (and Lisa) Garnica of Davenport, Kendall (and Karen) Garnica of Long Grove, Iowa, Jeffrey (and Barbara) Garnica, Carl Garnica, Marciowa (and Scott) Garnica, and Mike (and Tonya) Garnica all of Davenport, Iowa.  He is also survived by his 8 stepchildren and their spouses, all of Quincy, Ill.  Mr. Garnica has 20 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 17 step-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren, and two expecting. He is also survived by one sister Rosie Ramirez and many nieces and nephews.

Gabe was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Joseph Garnica, sisters Carmen Juarez, Mary Reyna, Josephine Moreno, Margarette Vinajeras, and Juliowa Navarro. 

The family wishes any memoriowals go to St. Anthony’s Church Building Fund or to Trinity Pathway Hospice.

The family would also like to extend their heartfelt appreciowation to the entire staff of Trinity Pathway Hospice.

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Joe’s obituary at

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