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William Hernandez Vega, of Norridge, died peacefully on June 1, 2013 at 87 years of age.

He is survived and remembered lovingly by his children Jeffrey Vega and Barbara Vega McKenzie, his grandchildren Dylan McKenzie and Brett (Nick) Woods, and great-granddaughter Sophie Woods.

William was born in San Antonio de la Tijera, Guanajuato, Mexico, in 1926 and given the name Guillermo Benigno Vega Hernandez. He served in the Mexican army from 1942 to 1945 and emigrated to Chicago in 1949 where he worked as an engraver until retirement.

He married Agnes Mary Holmes who passed in 1996. William was very active in two labor unions and served at various times as shop steward and on negotiating teams. From 1950 until 1967 he was with Local 1024 IUE/AFL-CIO and from 1968 until1980 with Local 34 International Jewelry Workers Union AFL-CIO.

After retirement he devoted his energies to teaching Spanish and ballroom dancing as well as gardening and taking care of local wildlife.

William will be buried alongside his wife at Acacia Cemetery. A small memorial service is being planned at Norwood Crossing.

Arrangements by Cremation Society of Illinois, 773-281-5058 or