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Peter R. Garza

Peter R. Garza

March 20, 2019

Peter “Petesa” R. Garza, 83, of Eau Claire, passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire with his wife at his side.

He was born November 8, 1935, in Westmont, Illinois, the son of Fred and Marie (Graventi) Garza. 

In his youth Pete played in several bands.  He was drafted as a fullback by the Chicago Bears in 1958. In 1959, Pete was drafted and served his county in the U.S. Army serving during the Korean Conflict until his honorable discharge in March of 1961.  He was designated as an expert rifleman. 

Pete moved to New Auburn, Wisconsin in 1965 where he established Pete’s Blue Diamond Restaurant.  At the same time, he was a certified flight instructor for Gibson Aviation in Eau Claire. In 1978 he started a frozen pizza manufacturing facility.  In 1990, Pete expanded the business and built a new manufacturing facility in Chippewa Falls.  Pete remained involved in the business until age 79, when he retired.

Pete’s hobbies included boating, golfing, playing racquet ball, hunting & fishing, and entertaining his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Beth; son, David (Mary Ellen) Luke of Annandale, MN; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Mary Garza of Las Cruces, NM and Rene’ Gagnon of Eagan, MN; mother-in-law, Jeanette Gagnon of Holcombe, WI; brothers-in-law, Mark Gagnon of Eau Claire and Doug (Teresa) Gagnon of Knoxville, TN; goddaughter, Cassie Sweeten; and by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents; siblings; his ex-wife, Marianne Garza; and his father-in-law, Francis Gagnon.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center, 1717 Devney Drive, Altoona, WI (next to Charter Spectrum) with Pastor Russ Atter officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service.  Military Honors will be rendered by American Legion Post #53 following the service.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services—Celebration of Life Center in Altoona is serving the family.


11 a.m. until time of service at the celebration center


2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services--Celebration of Life Center in Altoona.

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  • Dawn Hansen Beth,
    So sorry to hear about your loss of Pete. Thoughts and prayers are with you. May all the warm and wonderful memories of your time together ease your pain.

    March 25 at 12:37pm

  • Pat Heacox I am so sorry to hear of your husband's passing Beth. May he rest in peace and you heal with time. Hugs and love

    March 24 at 10:29am

  • Karen Chris Preston Dear Beth...our hearts break for your loss, Peteza was known to so many, loved by all, and forever part of Wisconsin history as evidenced in the many accomplishments and contributions listed in his last farewell. You were the light of his life, your love and devoted care were always his best medicine ♥️

    March 24 at 10:12am

  • Lana Turner I am so sad & sorry to hear of Petes passing.
    Beth thoughts & prayers to you & both of your families.

    March 23 at 5:35PM

  • Carol Retzloff So sorry to hear of Pete's passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you Beth.

    March 23 at 5:31PM

  • Patty Devine I will always remember your big smile; your warm and embracing and inclusive spirit. Most of all your bringing Love into my dear friend, Beth's heart. Say hi to my dad, Greg when you enter heaven where there is no more pain and suffering, only joy and peace beyond anyone's understanding. GOD BLESS YOU PETE.vihx

    March 23 at 12:53PM

  • Pamela Rude Thinking of you Beth????

    March 22 at 9:44PM

  • Judy Donnenwerth So sorry to hear of Pete’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you Beth and your family.za

    March 22 at 7:58PM

  • Sonny & Judy Coubal Sorry to hear about Pete. We had many good times with him at Blue Diamond and trips we took. Our Stmpathy. Sonny & Judy

    March 22 at 7:06PM

  • Steve and Connie ALF and family Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time, we loved Petesa and enjoyed our many years together , so many memories , and so much fun. May God bless and keep you , Beth, now and forever ❤️

    March 22 at 3:31PM

  • Dominique Berg My heart and prayers are with you Beth, he was an amazing and lovely soul with one of the biggest hearts I've ever known.

    March 22 at 12:06PM

  • Carolyn R Schleppenbach So sorry for your loss. Pete was such a great person.

    We remember how much fun he was to be around. And he was so talanted.

    May your love and memories bring your strength and comfort.

    with sympathy,

    Carolyn Schleppenbach, Rose Sippel and family

    March 22 at 11:21AM

  • Bonnie Howard Schweich so many many years, Beth....but I still remember the times I saw you two and the love that clearly was there. My condolences, Beth....thanks to Diane, I keep in touch with happenings with old friends and acquaintances.

    March 22 at 11:02AM

  • Jan Detmar All these years later, Diane keeps me informed of Eau Claire life events. I’m sorry Beth for your loss. I wanted you to know you’re in my thoughts.

    March 22 at 8:13AM

  • Chris and Bob Debruyckere Our love, prayers, And condolences to Beth and family. Rest In Peace, to our longtime dear friend, Petesa

    March 22 at 7:02AM

  • Mark Keller Pete..

    Thanks for your friendship.

    See you in the next life.

    March 21 at 10:39PM

  • Diane Spinucci Rest well my dear friend! XO

    March 21 at 10:31PM

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