Barrera, Aaron J. 29 of Winthrop Harbor, IL passed away suddenly on Sunday November 18, 2012. Aaron was born February 6, 1983 in Waukegan and worked for Pactiv Corporation in Lake Forest for the past several years. He was an avid runner having participated in numerous 5k runs, loved boxing but his real passion was cooking. In his short 29 years, he touched many people both old and young with a global network of friends and family. He received his BS Degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in Marketing Advertising in 2008 with a minor in Art History. Survivors include his parents, Ernest and Tammie (Dickes) Barrera of Winthrop Harbor; one brother, Arik at home; paternal grandmother, Lourdes Barrera of Winthrop Harbor; maternal grandparents, Patricia Williams of Zion, IL and William (Marie) Dickes of Eugene, Ore; his faithful companion, "Rocky" and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins also survive. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Felipe in 1999. Friends may visit on Friday, November 23, 2012 from 3-8pm at the Salata Gurnee Funeral Home, 4190 Old Grand Avenue, Gurnee and Saturday from 9-10am at Our Lady of Humility Church, 10655 West Wadsworth Road, Beach Park. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10am with interment to follow at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville. Donations to the family would be appreciated for a future memorial in Aaron's name. Visit our website at www.salatagurneefuneralhome.com.
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Published in News Sun from Nov. 22 to Nov. 28, 2012