La Prensa Obituaries
October 2011 – 2019
Born June 29, 1959 – November 3, 2019
Robert (Bob) Olivo of Houston, TX was called to be with the Lord on Sunday November 3, 2019. He was born in Lima, Ohio to the late Eduardo and Emilia (née Polendo) Olivo Sr. but moved to Houston, Texas after he became an adult.
Bob loved his family and life itself. He was very patriotic, having served in the armed forces. Bob was a pioneer in the Tejano music industry being inducted into the Tejano Roots Hall of Fame in 2014. He was known as the King of the Oldies. He also wrote numerous songs for top Tejano artists and was known as the human encyclopedia of Tejano music.
For many years, he hosted a Sunday night program on BNetRadio.com, from 6 until 10PM, playing Tejano “Oldies but Goodies” on the Bob Olivo Show. He also prepared a variety of mixes to play on the air, especially of the Tejano musicians he enjoyed such as Jay Pérez, Grupo Mazz, Jessy Serrata, and Jimmy Edward. Bobby also worked in the 1990s at Southwest Wholesale where he worked with his nephew Mark Bejarano, selling and distributing the latest in Tejano cassettes and CDs.
According to Tony Rios, who played with the band of Bob’s brother Eddie: “He was an awesome friend of mine where I had the pleasure of working with him when he began his music career professionally in 1979. He was soundman for Eddie Olivo y Los Impactos till around 1982. We both moved on with our careers—I moved to Toledo and he left for Texas. We always stayed in touch and especially on our birthday since we both were born on June 29th. I was so proud of him, especially when he called me to let me know he was being inducted to the Tejano Music Hall of Fame. He was so happy and extremely proud. He will always be in my heart and I will always cherish those special memories of our crazy and great times we had performing throughout the Midwest—Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.”
Rico de La Prensa: “It was my greatest delight to know Bob and his love for Tejano music. We need to remember him at this forthcoming Tejano Music Awards in San Antonio.”
Robert (Bob) is survived by wife Marisol Olivo of Houston, TX; daughters Candi Marie Gómez (Joao Gómez), Lori Ann Olivo, and Iris Sarai Olivo; sons Angel Javier Olivo, Austin Julian Cortez Olivo, and Joncarlo Cortez Olivo; grandchildren Ava Marie Gómez and Román Javier Gómez; 11 siblings Elida Martínez, of Columbus Grove, OH, Yolanda Bejarano of Columbus Grove, OH, Elvira Davis of San Antonio, TX, Eduardo(Geraldine) Olivo of New Haven, IN, Irene (Fernando) Cuevas of Winter Garden, FL, Dolores Contreras (Santana) of Bradenton, FL, Juan Antonio Olivo of Austin, TX, Elutherio (Isabel) Olivo of Lima, OH, José Olivo of Corpus Christi, TX, Juanita Olivo of Leipsic, OH, Lucy (Abe) Bermudez of Leipsic, OH.
He is preceded in death by his parents and 4 brothers: Eduardo Olivo Jr., Rogelio Olivo, Raúl Olivo, and José Palacios.
Visitation was November 11th at Klein Funeral Home, 9719 Wortham Blvd., Houston. Funeral Mass was performed on November 12, 2019 at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, 11507 Huffmeister Rd, Houston, followed by a procession to Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77038.
On the Internet: https://www.kleinfh.com/obituary/robert-olivo
Dolores “Lola” D. Rodríguez, Latina and civil rights activist, passed away peacefully on October 8, 2019, in her beloved North End home, Toledo, surrounded by her loving family. She was born November 22, 1940 in San Antonio, Texas to Ramona and Cirilio Garáy. At 18, she married Santos Rodríguez, Jr. and they moved to Lima, Ohio. They later settled in Toledo where they raised their family.
During her 50+ years of civil and political activism, she impacted thousands of lives. Her passion was to empower her Latino community. She was a recipient of one of the first César Chávez Humanitarian  and Diamante  awards. She was a lifelong member of Latins United and sat on numerous Democratic boards and committees. She was the loudest cheerleader for many local politicians.
She had an incredible relationship with God. She was a devout Catholic, whose faith lives on through her family.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Santos Jr.; sister, Rita; brothers Oscar, Tiodolo, Gustavo, and Cirilio; sons Richie and Robert; granddaughters Marissa and Jayme; sisters-in-law Paula and Donna; and brothers-in-law Jared and Rojo.
Surviving are: her brothers Francisco (Josie), Martin (Virginia), Richard (Mary), and Lupe (Maryann); sister Charlotte; brother-in-law Pete and sister-in-law Lori (Vincent); also, her children RoseMary (Jack), Santos (Beth), Ramona (Kyle), Rebecca (Marcus), Little Ricky (Heather), Paulie (Melody); her daughters-in-law Catherine and Annie; also, her grandchildren Cecelia (Vincent), Jessica, Ricardo (Jennifer), Kyle (Crystal), Erika (Chris), Rubén, Jimmy, Santos, Ramón (Nicole), Brock, Pierce (Mary), Austin, Bria, Geena (Giovanni), Mariah, Sena, Saúl, Joey, Reyna, Donna, Patrick, Chenzo, and Marcus; and her 21 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews in Ohio and Texas, and countless “acquired” children.
SARITA (AVALOS) VASQUEZ
Sarita (Sara) Vásquez/Avalos unexpectedly passed away Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 at the age of 47. She was brought into this world on Oct. 17, 1971 in Toledo to Epifanio and Sara Avalos. Sarita enjoyed playing 10,000 with her family and friends. She also enjoyed helping all her customers as a businesswoman entrepreneur. Everyone who knew her, knew that she loved making money. Sarita was known for her dedication, ambition, outgoing attitude, and beautiful soul. She was one of a kind and she truly was a BOSS.
Sarita is preceded in death by her husband Alex Vásquez and is survived by her kids Alex Vásquez, Danny Vásquez, Sarita Negrin, and Priscilla Vásquez; six siblings; best friends “Baby” Vásquez (dog) and Melissa Asad as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
SOURCE: Castillo Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 1757 Tremainsville Rd., Toledo.
Margie (née Muñiz) Alvarado, 75, of Toledo, passed away on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Toledo Hospital. She was born in Toledo on August 21, 1944 to José and Florencia (née Zapata) Muñiz. Margie spent 58 years married to her loving husband, Gilbert Alvarado, and he survives.
Margie selflessly gave every day of her life. She was strong, hardworking, kind and courageous, with boundless amounts of energy. Proudly, she was everyone’s protector and savior. She never encountered a challenge that she couldn’t overcome or problem she couldn’t solve. Margie was the anchor in her children and grandchildren’s lives. They meant the world to her and she was adored by each and every one of them. She will be remembered as a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend. Her quick wit and delicious cooking will forever be missed. As a woman of great faith, Margie was a life-long member of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
Margie is survived by her husband, Gilbert; children Vicky (Ray) Owens, Susan (David) O’Donnell, Gilbert D. Alvarado, Edward (Jauncy) Alvarado, Denise Alvarado, David Alvarado; grandchildren Elisea, Raymond, Nicole, Michael, Brittany, David, Marisela, Serena, Alexis, Gabrielle, Christian, Seth; ten great-grandchildren; and sister María Montelongo. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Joe, León, and Ringo; and grandson, Gabriel Edel.
Descansa en paz, Marchona!
Source: Walker Funeral Home, 5155 W. Sylvania Avenue, Toledo.
WALLACE E. CHASTEEN
Wallace Edward “Ace” Chasteen, 65, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 31, 2019. Ace was born in Toledo on March 5, 1954 to William and Agnes (née Nuhfer) Chasteen. He worked as a Millwright for Local 1090 as well as owning and operating “Sportsman Bar” in East Toledo [See mural on side of the Sportsman.].
Wallace had a very inquiring mind about science and the universe; he also loved to ride his Harley.
Wallace is survived by his significant other, Lorene; children, Wallace Jr, Stacy, Adrianne (James) Kolasinski, Robbie, and John; brothers, Jack, Richard, and Robert; as well as 13 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, William and Larry.
Source: Eggleston Meinert & Pavley Funeral Home, Oregon Chapel, 440 S. Coy Rd., Oregon. Memorials may be directed to Autism Society NWO.
JESUS GONZALEZ JR.
Jesús “Jesse” González, Jr., age 71 of Maumee, OH passed away with his loving family by his side on Monday evening, August 19, 2019 at St. Luke’s Hospital. He was born June 28, 1948 to Jesús González, Sr. and Andrea (née Mireles) González in Laredo, Texas.
Jesse graduated from Woodward High School and shortly after he married the love of his life, Conception “Connie” (née Marroquin) González on May 6, 1967 in Toledo. Jesse was the owner and operator of La Fronteriza, Inc. for 23 years, a well-known tortilla factory in Toledo. He was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year of Northwest Ohio, an award he and his family are very proud of.
One of Jesse’s passions was boating; he loved the water and boating on Catawba Island and Lake Erie with family and many dear friends. He also was very supportive of his grandchildren’s school and sporting events. Most important to Jesse was his family; he was loving and dedicated husband to Connie for 52 years; wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His legacy will live on through his family and friends.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Connie González; children, Trina (Tony) Yarrito, Cindy (Chris) Valentine and Jesse III (Trinity) González; grandchildren, Paul, Angel, Nick, Alex, Gina, Brandon, Marcos, C.J. and Eva; great-grandchildren, Juliana, Sophia, Nevaeh, Hayden and Kamryn; siblings, Emma (Homer) Canales, Virginia (Simon) Rodriquez, Mary (Pete) Rios, Gracie (Rogelio) Hernández, Irma (Bob) Guerrero, Roman “Mickey” (Sylvia) Gonzalez, Lydia (Joe) Ruiz and Nancy Rios; mother in law, Vera Marroquin and furry friend, Mickey and Blanca. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, César J. González.
JOSE L. HERNANDEZ
José L. Hernández, age 56, of Toledo, OH passed away on Saturday, August 17, 2019.
José was born on September 20, 1962 to the late Benjamin and Juana (née Rivera) Hernández in Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas, México. He was one of eight children in the family. He met and married the love of his life, Claudia Calderas on August 11, 1981 in Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas, México. They renewed their marriage vows on November 15, 1985 in Harlingen, Texas. They spent 38 wonderful years together.
José worked for Midtown Pallet and Recycle in Toledo for about 20 years as a forklift driver. He enjoyed working on cars, fishing, watching soap operas, dancing with Claudia, and going to the casino to play the slot machines.
José was known for his happy spirit, strong will, and spontaneous personality. His family and especially his grandchildren meant the world to him. He was known to take the kids on vacation on shorthand notice. Every weekend he would bring lots of food over for the family and grandchildren. José was loved by all who met him and he will be sorely missed. He had a big heart and was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
Beloved husband of Claudia Hernandez. Loving father of Luis F. (Dawn Davies) Hernández and Rosa (Rigo Gómez) Hernández. Dearest grandfather of Arianna Bunch, Sebastian Davies, Ashton Davies, Brea Hernández-Davies, Jayden Gómez, Ayari Hernández, and Anneli Gómez. Dear brother of Rosa Sandoval, Jesús Hernández, Irma Hernández, Juan Hernández, Benjamin Hernández, and Marisol Hernández. Preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Santos Hernández.
Family and friends are invited to visit on Wednesday August 21, 2019 from 1-8 PM at Rupp Funeral Home. Jose will lie in state at 12 PM at Rupp Funeral Home where a funeral service will be held at 1 PM. Officiating is Fr. Molina. Burial will take place immediately following at Roselawn Memorial Park.
Donations in honor of Jose are appreciated towards the family.
Online condolences to the family may be made through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com
Lorain City School District mourns the loss of Hawthorne Custodian
It is with deep sadness that the Lorain City School District announces the passing of life-long Lorain resident Larry D. Indre. Larry passed away suddenly, at the age of 62, on Aug. 12. A 1975 graduate of Southview High School and retired, U.S. Steel millwright of 34 years, Mr. Indre came to Lorain City Schools in 2016 where he served as head custodian at Hawthorne Elementary School. It is known, when he was not maintaining the daily operations of Hawthorne Elementary School for scholars and staff, Indre could be found woodworking, tending to his vegetable garden, cheering on the Cleveland Browns with friends and family or fulfilling his desire of “being in the wind” while riding his motorcycle.
Paula Sanchez, of Toledo, passed away on August 2, 2019, at the age of 66, leaving to mourn family and friends. She was born August 25, 1952 to Gumecindo, Sr. & Juanita (née Martínez) Rosales.
Paula cherished her time with family and great grandkids, dancing to Tejano music. She also enjoyed toy shopping at Walmart with her granddaughter, Saralycia Lou. Paula was known for her love of crossword puzzles and would often have several books full of them. She will be remembered for her witty sense of humor.
She is survived by her siblings Robert (María), Rubén, René and Margarita Vásquez (Raúl); her children Daniel (Diane), Linda, and Lisa (Ricardo); her step-children James Williams Jr., Jenae Williams, and DeDe Williams; her grandchildren Saralycia Lou, Aleeca, Krislyn, Daniel, Felecia, Marcus, Nene, Sarina, Savanah, and Selena; and her great grandchildren Caden, Jacob, Jazzlyn, Analiyah, Marcus, Xavier, Romero, Raelynn, Alex, Santiago, and Auriella, as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents Gumecindo and Juanita Rosales; her brothers Gumecindo Jr, Jesús, and Samuel; her fiancé James Williams; and her great grandchild José.
Source: Castillo Funeral Home, 1757 Tremainsville Rd, Toledo.
ELLA MAE CARDOZA
Ella Mae Cardoza, age 77, of Toledo, passed away July 21, 2019 at Lakes of Sylvania. Ella was born August 15, 1941 in Houston to Martin and Janie (née Martínez) Garcia Sr. Ella was a member of St. Catherine Church.
She is survived by her siblings James (Denise) García, Manuel (Theresa) García, Angie Sánchez, Steve (Andrea) García, Hank (Yolanda) García, Abel García, Genevieve Vásquez, Janet (Angel) García, Gilbert García; children Gilbert Cardoza, Jr., Nora Cardoza, Norma Cardoza, and David Cardoza.
In addition to her parents, Ella was also preceded in death by her brothers Martin Jr., Paul, and Eddie.
Burial was at West Union Cemetery, Gibsonburg, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society in Ella’s memory.
George L. Olvera
3-11-1954 to 8-5-2019
George L. Olvera, 65, of Toledo, passed away on August 5, 2019 at St. Vincent Medical Center. He was born on March 11, 1954 in Defiance, OH. He was known as “Care Bear” to everyone. He loved to sing, dance, go to the casino and watch movies. He married Rose Olvera on November 2, 2006.
Left to cherish his memory are his siblings Rita Licardie, Martha Guerra, Sandra Greeler, and Ricardo Olvera; his sons Luis Carter, George Olvera, and Ricardo Olvera; and his daughters Micaela Olvera, Caryna Maciao, Katalina López, Nina Olvera, and Sonia Olvera; 16 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents Carlos and Andrea Olvera and his brothers Carlos and Juan Olvera.
EDWARD S. FLORES
Edward S. Flores, 73, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2019. Eddie was born in Carrizo Springs, Texas on February 26, 1946 to Martin and Maria (née Sánchez) Flores. On August 21, 1965, he married the love of his life Rosemary Martin. He was employed with the Ford Motor Company for 37 years. Eddie was an avid vegetable gardener, enjoyed bowling at the Toledo Sports Center, dancing, gambling, traveling and walleye fishing on Lake Erie.
Eddie is survived by his wife of 53 years, Rosemary; sons, Edward John (Marta) Flores, Ronald Joseph Flores, and Vincent SalMichael (Raeleen) Flores; grandchildren, Venessa M. (Scotty) Gschwind, Edward J. Flores Jr. (Ashley), Gabriel E. Flores, Jennifer S.P. Flores, Crystal L. Flores, Heather N. Flores, Ronald J. Flores Jr. (Kylie), Brianna R. Flores, Vincent S. Flores Jr., and Kataleena U. Flores; great-grandchildren, Analicia, Lexi, Raquel, Gabriella, Tatiana, Alivia, Lillyahna, Isabella, Selena, Kam’Ron, and Gianna; siblings, Martin (Linda) Flores, Anita (Valentine) Mora, and Leandra ( Rubin Pérez) Leroux; dear friends, Kenny& Josie and Monique; along with many loving family members and friends He was preceded in death by his parents and nephews, Louis and Ysidro.
Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or the Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio.
Source: Eggleston Meinert & Pavley Funeral Home, Oregon Chapel, 440 S. Coy Road, Oregon OH.
Segundo Bosquez, age 76 of Adrian, MI, passed away at home on May 26, 2019, under the care of Great Lakes Hospice and surrounded by his loved ones following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born September 25, 1942 in Asherton, Texas to the late Julian and Leanore Maria (née Padrón) Bosquez.
On August 3, 1974 he married Elizabeth (née Reyes) and she survives. Also left to mourn the loss of this great man are siblings, Juan (Lela) Bosquez of Michigan; Julian (Dora) Bosquez of Texas; Freddie (María) Bosquez and Mario (Teresa) Bosquez, María (Román), Juana (Luis) Rocque, and Hilda Bosquez, all of Oregon; children, Segundo Bosquez Jr., Saúl Bosquez, Sophia (Roberto) Cuellar, Selso Bosquez, Sonia (Mississippi Mike McCray) Bosquez, Sulema (Ben) Chapman and his youngest and favorite daughter, Soley (Jesús) Sánchez.
He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, including special grandchildren Michael, Jessica and Isaac McCray and Zoe and Patton Sánchez and 7 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sons Scott and Sidney Bosquez and grandchildren Sierra Bosquez and Benny Lerma.
Funeral Services were held 5:00 PM Thursday, May 30, 2019 at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, 2959 N. Adrian Hwy, Adrian, MI. Private burial took place in Lenawee Hills Memorial Park, Adrian, MI.
FRANCISCO MONTOYA SR.
Francisco “Frank” Montoya, Sr., age 60, of Toledo, OH passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at Ebeid Hospice. He was born in Santa Monica, Coahuila, México on April 7, 1959 to Adam and María (née Andrade) Montoya, they survive.
Frank proudly served in the U.S. Army National Guard and currently worked at Yoder Machinery in Holland. Most important to Frank was his family, especially the love he had for his wife, children, and grandsons. He enjoyed sitting on his patio where he enjoyed the back yard and simple life. Frank was also passionate about Mexican and Tejano music and was a current member of Regina Coeli Catholic Parish in Toledo.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Monica (née Martínez) Montoya; parents, Adam Montoya and María Andrade; children, Francisco “J.R.” Montoya, Juan Montoya, Rosamaria Montoya (Vay Thaboun) and Adam Montoya; grandsons, Francisco III, Kristian, Savay, Masao, and Alessandro; daughter in law, Irene Montoya; father in law, Rodrigo Martínez; many siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Gloria Martínez and nephew, George Salazar. Interment at St. Anthony Parish Cemetery, W. Erie Rd. in Temperance, MI.
FRANK P. SIFUENTES
Frank P. Sifuentes, age 72, passed away Monday, May 20, 2019 at his home in Toledo. Frank was born March 29, 1947 in Toledo to Frank M. and Josefa Sifuentes. He was a member of Libbey HS Class of 1965 and received his Associate’s Degree from the University of Toledo.
Frank enlisted in the Navy and was a Radioman aboard the U.S.S. Davidson. He served in Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, and Pearl Harbor among other ports all over the world. It was during his time stationed in San Francisco that he became a San Francisco 49ers fan. We couldn’t talk him out of it. He was also a member of the Whitehouse American Legion.
He proudly served and protected the city of Toledo as a Toledo Police officer for 27 years. He loved his time on the Force as a School Resource officer, part of the D.A.R.E program and Detective Bureau. He retired as Sergeant in 2000.
Frank was also a HUGE Ohio State Buckeye fan, but you wouldn’t know it if you were watching a game with him. We’re pretty positive his armchair quarterbacking single handedly lead THE Ohio State Buckeyes to the National Championship in 2014.
He was initiated as an alumnus member of the Delta Chi Fraternity at Tri State University alongside his son, Sean. He recently visited campus to celebrate the chapter’s 50th Chartering.
Frank took great pride in his nine grandchildren and would brag about them any chance he got. He would drop anything to help anyone and was always there with a quick joke or off handed comment.
Frank is survived by his wife of 45 years, Paula, who was his nurse while he was a patient at Parkview Hospital; sons, John (Dawn), Sean (Erin) Sifuentes; daughter, Vikki (Swade) Gragg; grandchildren, Maggie, Jonathan, Nickolas, Matteo, Lillian, Alexa, Sofia, Zachary, and Xavier; and siblings, Pete (Karen), José (Martha) and Mike Sifuentes. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Ray (Deb).
JUAN RIZO JR.
Juan Rizo Jr., 77, of Oregon, Ohio, passed away on May 10, 2019, at his home. He was born on July 11, 1941 in Arandas Jalisco, México to Juan and Ester (née Sánchez) Rizo. Juan Rizo was employed by Toledo Midwest Terminals until his retirement.
He is survived by his children Theresa Hernández, José Rizo, Delia (Jeff) Maddox, Alfonso (Sandra) Rizo, María Zavala, Juan Rizo, Rachel Rizo, Tony Rizo, and Lawrence Rizo; siblings Al (Jane) Rizo and Miguel (Alice) Rizo; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Juan was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Ernesto Hernández.
Rubén T. Párraz, II
February 21, 1989 – May 1, 2019
Rubén Tomás Párraz, II, died unexpectedly in Toledo on May 1, 2019. He was born February 21, 1989 to Rubén and Christina (née Martínez) Párraz. Ruben graduated from Anthony Wayne High and was a construction worker for Hawaiian Pool Company.
Rubén was all about family and friends, and always wanted the best for everyone. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his parents and his son Gabriel Párraz, who was his world; his siblings DeAna, Mario, José, Angelica Párraz, and Eric Gomcz. He is also survived by his special uncles Mundo, Kevin, and Jesse; his special aunts Raquel, Connie, Rebeca, and Olga (Micky); grandparents Edmundo and Margaret Ruiz, Sr.; nephews Alex, Mario,II, and nieces Angel, Amarie, and María.
JUAN ANTONIO PORTILLO
JANUARY 20, 1955 ~ APRIL 11, 2019
Juan Antonio Portillo passed away unexpectedly on Thursday April 11, 2019 in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center at the age of 64. He was born January 20, 1955 in Toledo to Antonio L. & Elfida (née Guerra) Portillo and graduated from Woodward High School in 1973.
Juan worked in various organizations including the Lucas County Board of Elections and was an entrepreneur. He lived in Toledo, Detroit, Windsor, and Grand Island, Nebraska where he owned and operated a movie theater.
Juan loved gardening, collecting antiques and salt & pepper shakers Most of all he loved his family and would be known to have an ice-cold Coors Light and a shot of Crown.
Juan is preceded in death by his father Antonio and is survived by his husband Richard; mother Elfida; brothers Armando, Edward, Michael (Rose) and Gary (Rachel) Portillo; seven nieces and nephews; seven great nieces and nephews; furry friend Zoey; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and lifelong friends.
Source: Castillo Funeral Home, https://www.castillofuneral.com/
PEDRO P. CAMPOS
Pedro P. Campos, 66, died Sunday, April 7, 2019 at home, surrounded by his family and friends. He was born in Toledo, OH June 9, 1952 to Frank and Josephina Campos. He graduated from Scott High School in 1970. He worked in construction as a heavy equipment operator with Union Local 18 for Glen Groffis, where he retired after 37 years.
After retirement, he found joy in spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed going on trips and making jokes. His nickname was “Coffee” because “he grinds so fine”. You could always find him with a beer in his hand, Staceys on his feet, and Mexican/Tejano music in his soul. He was a proud member of Latins United and Maumee Eagles.
Pedro leaves behind his wife of 47 years Lydia (née Vásquez) Campos; his daughters Cindy Teran (Humberto), Jackie Campos (Jesse Morales); his son Pedro Campos (Priscilla Loredo); 9 grandchildren, Serrina and Huberto Teran Jr, Pedro and Emilio S. Campos, Maricela and Elena Villarreal, Alessandra, Aubriana and Fransisco Campos.
His mother survives him, as well as his siblings Anna Campos, Jesse Campos (Lisa), Chuck Campos (Robin), and Eddie J. Campos (Jennifer). Many close friends and family also survive. He was preceded in death by his father and his brothers: Frank Jr. and Anselmo Campos.
Rubén Cantu, 76, of Genoa, OH, died Friday, March 22, 2019, at the Toledo impatient facility of Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Rubén was born in McAllen, Texas, on July 20, 1942, the son of Magdaleno and Francisca (née Alameda) Cantu. He married Deborah S. Green in Toledo on October 11, 1965, and she survives.
Rubén was a freight conductor for the Norfolk & Southern Railroad for 31 years, retiring in 2002. He was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army and a member of the Genoa American Legion Post #324. He was a 1960 graduate of Genoa High School and was an avid Genoa Comet fan, attending many athletic events.
He enjoyed woodworking with his wife, Deborah, exhibiting and selling at craft shows in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. Rubén liked to fish and spend time with his friends of the ROMEO Club (Retired Older Men Eating Out) and was a friend of Bill W. for 35 years. His real love was always his family, especially his grand and great grandchildren.
Rubén is survived by his loving wife of 53 years; his son Victor (Matthew) Cantu; daughter Paula (Justine) Cantu; daughter-in-law Amy Gibbons; grandchildren Jessica (Pearce), Sarah (Nate), Brittany (Eric), Nick (Alexis), Austin, and Jacob; great grandchildren Timmy, Gracyn, Bailey, Cori, Kaden, Gregory, Rhett, Mason, and one on the way; brother Raúl (Pat) Cantu; sisters Rosa Cantu and Josie Sánchez.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Robert and Richard Cantu, and Mary Garza; and nephew Allen Cantu.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.walkerfuneralhomes.com.
JOSE E. RUIZ
José E. Ruiz, 73, of Toledo, passed away Thursday March 21, 2019 at the University of Toledo Medical Center. He was born October 1, 1945 in Weslaco, Texas to Pedro and Juana Ruiz, Sr. He was a dedicated hard worker, retiring from the Jeep Corp. in 2018 after 33 years of service. José was faithful to his Christian beliefs and was especially devoted to his family. He was a diehard Cleveland Browns fan and he loved listening to music.
José was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Pedro Jr., Pablo, and Reynaldo; grandsons Anthony and Antjuan as well as other family members.
He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Thaimi; daughters Lydia, Lisa (Dajuan) Wilson, Linda, María, Cynthia (Andrew) Ramírez, Enedina “Nina”, Thaimi, Teresa, and Josefina as well as 30 grandchildren and 24 greatgrandchildren.
Family and friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., on Thursday March 28th. from 2-8 pm. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 29th. beginning at 11am in the funeral home with burial to follow in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park.
JUANITA M. VALDES
March 11, 1924 – February 8, 2019
Juanita M. (née Chávez) Valdes at the age of 94 entered fully into the presence of Our Lord on February 8, 2019 following six months of end of life Comfort Care provided by Compassus Hospice at Shalom Park Nursing Home, Aurora, CO. where she resided since 2016. All who assisted in her care loved her and appreciated her kind demeanor. She fought dementia with grace and perseverance.
Juanita is survived by her loving children Juanita (Delmos) Newsome, Rudy Valdes, Rita Valdes, Mary Jo Valdes, Sofia (Alvin) Hughes, and Raymond (Amanda) Valdes; 12 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Rudolph L. Valdes; daughter Rosario (Rosie) Valdes; mother María (née Acosta) Chávez; father Leocadio Chávez; three sisters and their husbands: Virginia (Cory) Ruiz; Marcelina (Mike) Espinoza; Erlinda (Robert) Gonzáles; also, three brothers: Rubén, Raymond, and Vincent and numerous nephews and nieces who have passed while still young.
Juanita was one of the first families that moved to Toledo after the Mexican Revolution.
Visitation was held at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., on February 22, 2019, where a Rosary was recited. Funeral services were held on February 23, followed by the Funeral Mass in SS. Peter and Paul Church, Toledo, OH. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.
JOSE GARCIA ROMO
José G. Romo, 87 of Maumee, OH passed away Thursday, February 14, 2019 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. He was born in Taylor, Texas on March 18, 1931 to Francisco and María Romo. He moved to Toledo when he was 16 years old as a migrantworker and later was employed by the Jeep Corporation, where he retired after 30 years. He met the love of his life, Nancy Durán. They dedicated their lives to one another in marriage for 65 years.
After attending a Crusillo in Texas, Jose eventually brought the Crusillo Movement to Toledo, where it flourished and led to other ministries such as Marriage Encounter, Bible studies, Prison Ministry Crusillo, and Ministering at Migrant Camps. José also ministered through the love of his music, especially Tejano music. José and Jimmy Campos were ordained the first permanent Deacons in the Diocese of Toledo, on September 17, 1973.
His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of his life with whom he enjoyed traveling, boating, camping, and fishing.
He is survived by his loving wife Nancy; children Elias Romo, Diana (Rafael) Angel, Susan (Eduardo) Belmares, Michael (Chris) Romo, and Ana (Robert) Modrowski; grandchildren Maricela, Rafael ll, Nichole, Ellaina, Liza, Viviana, Sara, Hunter and Faith; great-grandchildren, Paulo, Alan, Rafael lll, Diana, Emily, Emiliano and Camila.
He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Maricela, brothers Jesús, Aurelio and Elias and sisters Eloisa and Amalia.
Visitation held at the Coyle Funeral Home. Funeral services held at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral with the Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas, Bishop of Toledo, as the principal celebrant. Interment followed at Lake Township Cemetery. Memorials may take the form of contributions to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Source: Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd.
CONNIE M. RODRIGUEZ
Connie (née Constance/Consuelo Geronimo) M. Rodríguez, age 81, of Toledo, Ohio died peacefully in her home on Sunday, February 10, 2019 where she was under hospice care for pulmonary fibrosis. She was born in Toledo on May 12, 1937.
Connie attended St. Peter and Paul grade school and was a 1954 graduate of Central Catholic High School. After high school, Connie dedicated much of her life to raising her six children. She was also a very active volunteer, who for many years, helped the following organizations: Gesu School and Parish; St. Clement School and Parish, the Lucas County Fair; Latins United; and the Spanish American Organization (SAO) among others. Connie worked for a period of time at Gesu Parish cleaning and tiding up after the priests while they were under the pastoral care of the Society of Jesús—the Jesuits.
Connie loved to cook, read, and keep herself busy doing just every day ordinary things. She was a gifted craftswoman, who enjoyed sewing and crocheting blankets, scarfs, and anything else that she could make out of yarn.
Connie was a devoted religious family woman—she loved God and she believed in treating others as she was treated. In her younger years, Connie loved to travel; she had been to many states and enjoyed going camping.
Having never gone to college, Connie was far wiser than most would know. She kept up with the times and always had a sense of what was happening. She will be truly missed by all that knew her.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Jesse Rodríguez. She was preceded in death by her oldest son, David J. Rodríguez.
Surviving children are sons: Daniel, Trinidad J. [T.J.] (Tracy), and Victor; daughters: Susie and Frances; grandchildren: Francisca, Jacob, Dominic, Audrey, Victor Jr., Victoria; and great granddaughter Carysa. Also surviving is her sister, Virginia (Geronimo) Irving. Likewise, Connie has numerous other loving and caring family members in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan who will miss her dearly.
Source: Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd.; visit: coylefuneralhome.com
ANTONIO CRISTOBAL HERRERA
July 20, 1960 – February 2, 2019
Antonio Cristobal Herrera [“Tony,” age 58] of Toledo, passed away Sunday, February 3, 2019 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. Tony was born to Crisoforo and Julia (née Chavira) Herrera July 20, 1960 in Oregon, Ohio. He graduated from Clay High School in 1978 and was a member of the Local 500 retiring after 35 years. Tony loved to fish and was always looking for the perfect fishing spot. He enjoyed hanging out in his garage supervising car repairs while playing or listening to music. He was a devoted family man, great father and made sure everyone had what they needed. Tony was known as the “fun tio”.
Tony is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Michelle; children, Antonio Jr. (Lindsey), Crisoforo (Mary), Sarah (Jacob), and Maria (Ryan); 16 grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Julian (Clara), Mary (Isameal), Lorenzo (Jan), Dolores (Carlos), Anita (Lee), Chrisoforo (Diana), Dahlia (Fernando), Fami (Jim), Rosalina, Rosario (Jerry); and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Eva Herrera.
Source: Freck Funeral Chapel.
LINDA MAE MENCHACA
February 12, 1948 – February 4, 2019
Linda Mae [née Rozmus] Menchaca, 70, died Monday, February 4, 2019 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Toledo. She was born February 12, 1948 in Omaha, Nebraska. Linda was an accountant for Rudolph Libbe where she retired with 18 years’ service. She loved her grandchildren and always attended all of their events. She enjoyed bingo and bowling.
Linda is survived by Manuel Menchaca, her loving husband of 53 years; children Angelina (Jeff) Knisely, Cristina (Andy) Hogencamp, and Manuel Menchaca Jr.; 11 grandchildren, Manuel Menchaca III, Max and Megan Reed, Brittany and Matthew Hogencamp, Randy DeLuca Jr., Dallas, Austin, Nevada, Nolan and Liberty Knisely; siblings Frankie (Jeanne) Rozmus, Carol (Charles) Cheloha, Larry (Bonnie) Rozmus, Sharon (Matthew) Hansen, Susie Rozmus and Ronnie Rozmus; and 30 nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Frank Rozmus and Anna (Bogatz) Kimball; sister Lorraine Krajewski; nephews Jeff Rozmus and Stevie Mendez.
JUAN O. DELEON
Juan O. DeLeón, age 76, of Temperance, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Mercy St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Toledo. He was born on May 26, 1942 in Big Wells, Texas to Alberto and Dolores (née Ortiz) DeLeón. Juan enjoyed tinkering in his garage, the hoods on the cars were always up. While working in his garage, he loved listening to Mexican and Tejano music. He also enjoyed working in his yard, particularly landscaping. Juan was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church, Lambertville, Michigan where he was involved with the Building Committee at the church.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 19 years, Veronica DeLeón; sister, Amanda (Jesús) Maldonado and brother, Mario (Inez) DeLeón; step-son, Matthew (Andrea) Potter; grandchildren, Alex, Marcus, Simon, Ezekiel and Ethni; many endearing nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Albert DeLeón, Guadalupe DeLeón and Ramón DeLeón.
The family will gather for a Memorial Service for Juan on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2843 Sterns Rd., Lambertville, Michigan 48144.
Josefina Oviedo, age 93, of Perrysburg, Ohio passed away Friday, February 1, 2019. She was born July 24, 1925 in Dolores, Texas to the late Pablo and Atanacia (née García) Castro.
Josefina was the heart and soul of a very large family. She helped her daughters raise Mario, Eddie, Eugene, Danny, Tommy, and Monica. She worked hard all her life since age 11. She got to know many people in the Perrysburg area with her job as a Domestic Housekeeper. Josefina loved her community and she helped break ground for the Perrysburg Heights Community Center.
Josefina was of strong faith, she was a lifetime member of Saint Rose Catholic Church and was a valued member of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer Group.
Left to cherish Josefina’s memory are her children, José G. (Delma) Oviedo, María C. Sánchez, Lydia (Encarnación) Díaz-Corona, Olga Linda (Billy) Lockett, and Arturo Jaime (Frances) Oviedo; daughter-in-law, Rita Oviedo; and many grandchildren.
Preceding Josefina in death are her husband Teodoro Oviedo, Sr.; sons, José Cecilio Oviedo, Teodoro Oviedo, Jr., and Ricardo Oviedo; granddaughter, Carlena; great-granddaughter, Leandra and a great-grandson, Davey.
Family received friends Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, 222 East South Boundary Street Perrysburg, Ohio (419-874-3133) with the Rosary being recited at 7:00 p.m. Prayers will be in the funeral home Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 9:45 A.M. with a Funeral Mass taking place at St. Rose Catholic Church, 215 E. Front Street, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551. Burial will follow in Restlawn Cemetery.
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Gustavo Oviedo Arredondo
Gustavo Oviedo Arredondo, age 78, of Toledo, Ohio passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2018, surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born January 12, 1939, in Laredo, Texas to Matilda and Antonia (née Oviedo) Arredondo.
Gustavo graduated from Martin High School and served in the United States Army. He married his beautiful wife Gloria and moved to Toledo, Ohio in 1965 where Gustavo worked for Libbey, Owens, Ford as a glass technician for 30 years and retired. He loved to take his family to Pearson Park for bike rides and paddle boating. He enjoyed family outings to restaurants and movies and the family’s annual trips to Cedar Point and Laredo, Texas. Gustavo had a kind and gentle spirit, he was a man of faith who loved and cared for his family. He will be greatly missed but our hearts will be filled with the best memories of him and we will always remember the lessons he taught us.
Left to cherish his memory are children, Gerardo (Patricia Basil) Arredondo, Cindy (Dave) Geronimo and Lisa (Rick) Akeman; grandchildren, Tiffany Akeman, David and Ciara Geronimo, Sam Basil and Jackson Bean; siblings, Antonio (Olga) Arredondo, Joe (Olga) Arredondo, Rosa Martínez, and Sylvia Flores; several nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins in Texas.
Gustavo was preceded in death by his wife Gloria (née Cásarez) Arredondo and son Marcus Arredondo.
Stephanie A. Rodriquez
Stephanie A. Rodriquez, age 41, passed away on January 8, 2019. She was born on September 6, 1977 in Toledo, Ohio. Stephanie worked as a School Bus Driver for the past 15 years with Anthony Wayne and Trinity Transportation. She loved the summertime when she could lay out by the pool, going to the salon and “being a Diva.” Those who love her, will miss her beautiful smile.
Left to cherish her memory is her son, Carlos Rodriquez Jr.; parents, Robert Anello and Sue (Tom Stephenson) McWilliam; sisters, Gina Routhe (fiancé, James Bork) and Jessicaa Ford; nieces, Kaley Anello (fiancé, Wesley Hall) and Izabel Routhe; special nephew, Jaden; great-nephew on-the-way, Cooper; former spouse, Carlos Sr.
MARY LOU VILLARREAL
Mary Lou Villarreal, 85, of Toledo, passed away peacefully on December 11, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Metamora, Ohio on May 1, 1933 to Apolinar J. and Maria C. (née Padilla) Arias. Mary Lou was a proud graduate of Central Catholic High School. She worked for Ohio Bell as a telephone operator, retiring after 38 years. She was an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Mary Lou enjoyed traveling and most of all, spending time with her family.
She is survived by her son, Michael (Norma) of Glendale, AZ; daughters Barbara and Karen Villarreal; and granddaughter Erika Villarreal. Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents and her 12 siblings.
Memorial donations may be given to Feed Your Neighbor or the Toledo Area Ministries.
Source: Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., Toledo.
MARIA ENRIQUEZ DE TAYLOR
María (née Enríquez) Taylor, 64, of Pemberville, OH passed away Friday, October 26, 2018 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg. She was born on July 19, 1954 in Fostoria, OH to Encarnación and Juanita (Hernández) Enríquez. She attended Eastwood Schools and graduated in the Class of 1973. She would later marry and raise two daughters.
María was a clerk with the Ohio Department of Transportation for 29 years. Her memberships included St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Bowling Green and the Pemberville Freedom Post #183 Auxiliary to name a few. María had a great admiration for nature finding beauty in the world around her, such as the color of the leaves and the stars of the sky. Creation was a gift that she did not take for granted. Her greatest joy remained being a mother and grandmother.
María is survived by her mother Juanita (Moises) Avila of Pemberville; daughters Felicia (Jonathan Boyd) Otte of Bowling Green and Shelby (Scott Rife) of Pemberville; grandchildren Harlow, Maddox, Willow, Julia, Ian, and Isaiah; brothers Encarnación (Tammy) Enríquez Jr. of Pemberville, Emanuel Enríquez of Bowling Green, Fred (Stacie) Enríquez of GA, Jesse (Maureen) Enríquez of GA, Juan Enríquez of Bowling Green, Raymond (Anita) Enríquez of Bowling Green; sisters Esther (Lloyd) Spahn of Luckey, Gloria Pizana of Bowling Green, and Linda (Kirk) Rublaitus of Luckey; significant other Kenny Rahe of Pemberville; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her father; husband John Taylor; infant brother and sister, Steven & Helen Enríquez.
JOE V. HERNANDEZ
Joe V. Hernández, 72 of Reseda, CA and formerly of Findlay, oh passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. He was born in Laredo, TX on June 15, 1946 to the late José B. Hernández and Estella Cisneros.
He is survived by two brothers; Robert and Fernando Hernández both of Findlay, sister, Stella Y. Villareal of MI, nieces and nephews; Bianca Leal, Jerry Villareal, Tony Villareal, Ashley Hernández, Jerry Hernández and Jason Hernández. Joe was preceded in death by a brother, Robbie Hernández and sister, Norma Hernández.
He was a devout catholic and a longtime member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. Joe was a very independent person and great friend who had an unforgettable sense of humor. He enjoyed classic cars and collecting antiques.
A Memorial Mass Was held on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 617 W. Main Cross St, Findlay with Fr. Michael Zacharias officiating.
RUTHANN A. SANCHEZ
Ruthann A. Sánchez passed away unexpectedly August 5, 2018 in her home at the age of 37. She was born March 5, 1981 in Toledo to Alfonso Sánchez and Concepción Jaso and attended Libbey High School.
Ruthann enjoyed playing pool and dart ball and was well liked by all of the people in the leagues she played in. Most of all, she loved being with her family. Ruthann, Queen of the South End, was always the life of the party, singing and dancing. She was known for her good heart and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Ruthann is preceded in death by her father Alfonso Sánchez and fiance Angelo Reyes.
She is survived by her sons Jesús Reyes, Vicente Sánchez, and Anglelo Ryes, Jr.; daughters Danielle Searcy, Angelina Marks and Annalicia Reyes; mother Concepción Guadalupe (Carlos Fragoso) Jaso; stepmother Adalia Sánchez; sisters Patricia (Richard) DeLuna, Veronica (Anthony) Reyes, Michelle (Ralph) Boles, Julie Sánchez and Jane Thorson; brothers Alfonso Sánchez, Jr., Rubén Martínez, Andrew (Helen) Sánchez, Ricky Dickerson, Michael Dickerson, Rick Ruiz, Derek (Marcie) Ruiz and Jonathan (Nicole) Ruiz; special friends Rikitana Taylor, Shiloh Burke, Juanita Ruiz, Deanna Cunningham and Michelle Salazar; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Source: Castillo Funeral Home 1757 Tremainsville Rd., Toledo; memorial tributes may be made at this website to the family to offset expenses.
CATARINO “CATO” HERNANDEZ
November 23, 1977 – July 15, 2018
Catarino was born on November 23, 1977 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Gregoria and Lupe. Cato was a man of many trades and ran a business with his father. Cato was the best Father, Husband, Grandpa, Son, Brother, Uncle and Cousin anyone could ask for.
Cato loved spending time with his family and children. Family was everything to him. He enjoyed fishing, swimming, cooking, grilling, and riding his 4 wheelers and dirt bike. He was a diehard Oakland Raiders and Ohio State Buckeyes fan and loved watching football. Cato would always help people in need and never judged anyone about their life. Cato had a heart of gold. Catarino passed away unexpectedly on July 15, 2018.
He is survived by his loving wife, Christina; parents, Gregoria and Lupe; father-in-law, Hector; children, Catarino Jr. (Angelica), Celia, Michael, Felix, Santos, Graciela and Adelina; granddaughters, Izabella and Marcella; sister, Venselada; brothers, Lupe Jr. (Juanita) and Roberto and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Juan, Elvira and Gregoria; mother-in-law, Linda, and special cousins, Nick and Lola.
MARIA REFUGIA MARTINEZ
María Refugia “Cuca” Martínez passed away peacefully on Friday, July 13, 2018 at the age of 65 years old. Her family was by her side. Born on July 4, 1953 Maria always looked forward to celebrating her birthday every year with her family and friends. She had many friends and was loved by family and friends alike.
Cuca loved to play Bingo and was an admirer of dance. Wherever there was music, you could find her there dancing the night away. Her favorite was Mexican/Tejano music by popular artists that carried on the Mexican/Tejano heritage. María was a Green Bay Packers fan and loved cheering her team on every season. María was fluent in sign language and took pride in showcasing her signing ability.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Eusebio and Concepción Martínez; brothers, Carl, Simon, and José (Joey) Martinez; nieces, Gloria Ruiz, Sandra Elizondo, April Martínez; and nephew, San Martínez, Jr.
Left to cherish her memory are her sisters, Balbina (Tomás) Ruiz, Sabina (Martin) Elizondo, Margaret (Ed) Ruiz, Lupe Jaso (Carlos), and Suzie Martínez; brothers, Thomas Martínez, Henry Martínez, and Juan (Carol) Martínez; and many nieces and nephews whom she considered her own in a very special way.
JAMES “JIMMY” GONZALEZ
James González, 67, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, TX. A native of Brownsville, TX, Jimmy, as he was known to all, was the front-man for Tejano group Jimmy G y Grupo Mazz.
Jimmy was deeply loved and will be profoundly missed by his family, friends, and fans. His ability to make his family, friends, and fans feel special was experienced in his humble nature. Although Jimmy was known in the Tejano music industry as being a “musical genius” because of his talent for arranging, producing, and composing hundreds of hit songs, albums, and for winning 8 Grammys and hundreds of other awards; he never tired of hearing his fans chant his name and was always humbled by their love for him.
Jimmy always enjoyed signing autographs and posing for pictures with his fans. Jimmy’s generosity with the public was important to him and was evident in the numerous toy drives and the countless benefit concerts he performed for local churches.
Jimmy’s playful spirit will especially be missed by those who knew him best. He loved watching the Dallas Cowboy games and the phone calls and texts giving game updates to many during football season. Jimmy’s simple taste for local cuisine was seen in his love for Rutledge Burgers, hot dogs, tamales, BBQ’s, and sweetbread.
There are a few things that Jimmy loved more than his adoring fans and music and they included his love for his mother, Consuelo; his wife, Lisa; his sons and grandchildren.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, Consuelo “La Morena” and Santiago “Chago” Méndez González; an infant daughter, Lisa Denise González; a grandson, Baby Patrick Henry González; and a brother-in-law, Richard Villarreal.
Jimmy is survived by his wife of 19 years, Anna Lisa González; his 5 sons: Henry Lee (Patricia), James “Junebug” (Lenore), Lee Michael “Mikey” (Nancy), Joseph “Choch” (Celina), and Robert Lee “Uker” (Erica) and their mother, Yolanda Solis. He was the proud grandfather of 10: Lee Michael Jr., Dominic James, Jaymee Leigh, Myranda Jolie, Miranda Larysse, Nicholas Anthony, Meagan Grace, Henry Lee, and Sofia Lee.
Jimmy will also be missed by his siblings: Beatriz “Bea” Villarreal, Julia “Lulu” Garza, Tommie “Magill” (Betty) González, Cindy (Adolfo) García, and Norma Lee (Lonnie) Valdez along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.
Visitation was held on June 11, 2018 at the Brownsville Event Center, 1 Event Circle. The Funeral Mass was on June 12, 2018, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1914 Barnard Rd., Brownsville, Texas. Committal services followed at Buena Vista Burial Park.
Nicolas Becerra, 40, of Reno Beach, OH passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018. He was born on to Juan and Rosemarie Becerra on November 8, 1977 in Toledo. Nick worked for Malcolm Meats and in construction; drywall and roofing. He had a magnetic personality and a charismatic smile. He loved working out, tattoos, rock music and Mexican food. Nick loved his family and was very protective of them, foremost his sons, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Nick has rejoined his mother in Heaven and surely having their morning coffee talks.
He is survived by his sons, Nicholas Jr. (Antonia Escobar) and Brayden; grandchildren, Nico and Graciella; father, Juan; siblings, Teresa (Ray) Becerra Ramirez, Raquel (Manuel) Valero, John (Sarah) Becerra, Kristina (Luis Aldana Pacheco) Becerra, Rose (Marcos) Estrada, Ecequiel Becerra and José (Amanda) Becerra and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rosemarie Becerra; grandmothers, Elvira Hernández and Rosa Lombrana.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, June 16 in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Burial followed at Restlawn Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to José Becerra to help with funeral expenses.
Rubén Antonio Anaya, 60, died Monday, June 11, 2018 at Heartland of Perrysburg, OH of pulmonary fibrosis. He was born July 12, 1957 in Toledo. Rubén enjoyed boxing and owned his own boxing gym in the late 1980s. He was a collector of many things especially musical instruments and jewelry that he liked to give as gifts.
Rubén is survived by children, Zulema (Antonio) López, Sonia (Brian) Wood, Victor Anaya and Luisa (Nathan Espinosa)Anaya; grandchildren, Angelita, Aliyah, Zoie, Veronica, Brock, Gabriela, Ariana and Dahlia; sisters, Vivian Gonzáles, Luisa Anaya, Vickie (Al) Ludeman, Cindi (Mike) Smith and Barbara (Butch) Nino; many nieces and nephews.
Rubén was preceded in death by his parents, Reubén and Victoria (Vásquez) Anaya; wife, Joyce; son, Scott and brother-in-law, Eddie Gonzáles.
Funeral Mass was held on Friday, June 15, 2018 at Epiphany of the Lord-St. Thomas Aquinas Church.
Antonia Sánchez passed away peacefully on April 27th, 2018 surrounded by family and friends. Antonia was born in Toledo, Ohio to Alberto and Consuelo Sánchez on December 10th, 1964. Antonia was a dedicated mother and grandmother who adored all the children in her family. She loved shopping, vacations, and spending time with her loved ones.
She is survived by her children Michael (Rachel), Connie, and Heather (Jr.); grandchildren Michael Jr., Melina, Emyah, Miranda, Dude, Elijah, Alexander, and soon to be baby Antonia; and a very special Goddaughter, Alicianna García; brothers Albert and Pedro (Nikki); sisters Elida, Blanche, Suzanna, Bertha, Juanita, and Virginia. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Antonia was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Gloria, Fish, and Linda; brothers Albert, Tom, and Bucky; and nephews, Frankie, Marcos, and Mello.
Rubén Fonseca, age 68, passed away on April 10, 2018 in Toledo OH. He was born on October 15, 1949 to the late Elena and Damian Fonseca in Halls, Tennessee.
Rubén was an avid Detroit Tigers fan and enjoyed the outdoors. He was a hard-worker his whole life and retired from Neville’s Landscaping. He played softball for many years. Rubén loved old Western movies and Investigation shows. He adored his grandbabies and his dog, Cheyenne.
Left to cherish his memory are wife, Kathy; children, Rubén Jr. (Tammy), Arthur, Damian, Jesse (Kris) and Brandi (Kristopher) Lyons; siblings, Sammy (Leticia) Díaz, David (Hilda) Díaz, Janie (Emilio) López, Raymond (Lannie) Fonseca, Lupe Fonseca and Adela Hill; grandchildren, Rubén, Logan, Sophia, Corine, Austin, Hannah, Matthew, Christian, Mason, Thomas, Ashley, Damian, José, Isiah and Alex; great-granddaughter, Lilli.
Rubén was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Adelina.
ROY LOYA GUERRERO
Roy Loya Guerrero, 76, of Toledo, Ohio passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio surrounded by his family. He retired from Ford and was a Veteran of the army national guard. Roy was born in Mercedes, TX to the late Francisco and Guadalupe Guerrero.
Roy was preceded in death by his brothers Mike Padrón, Rubén Padrón, Eliberto Guerrero, Baldemar Guerrero, Francisco Guerrero Jr., and Polo Guerrero.
Roy is survived by Elipidio Guerrero, Esmeralda (Henry) Durcan, Ester (Jimmy) Salazar, Children Rogelio (Lisa) Guerrero Jr., Elizabeth (Rick) Nova-Peace, Rene (Joe) Guerrero, Teresa Guerrero, and Deidra Lizcano. Roy also leaves behind 8 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and a host of nephews and nieces.
Roy enjoyed his Tejano music, Budweiser, cowboy hats, cowboy boots, Winston’s, and cowboy shows. Roy was a lifetime member of Latins United Club where Roy enjoyed dancing. If you had a mic, he had a song; he loved to sing.
Alejandro Ray “Alex” López, age 48, of Toledo, OH passed away Monday, March 19, 2018 at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. He was born January 3, 1970 in Toledo to Juventino and Lily (Pecina) López Jr. Alex was employed by Smuckers and Great Lakes Window. He had a passion for music with his favorite artists being the Eagles, Van Halen, and Leonard Skynard. At the age of 15 Alex began his own DJ business, “Mr. Music”. He was an avid fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns, and San Antonio Spurs. Alex was a parishioner of St. Adalbert Catholic Church.
Alex is survived by his parents; sisters, Mary Ellen (Patrick) Pecina, Christina (David) Gonzáles, Joanne Garza, Estrella López, Lily Ann López; brothers, David (Heidi), Juventino III (Jennifer), Alfred (Crystal), Ronald Ramos, Thomas (Melisha), Jason, and José López; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Stephan; brother, Randolph López Sr., and grandparents, Juventino and Juanita López Sr. and Leopoldo and Refujia Pecina.
Source: Sujkowski Funeral Home Northpointe, 114 E. Alexis Rd.
CAROLINA RODRIGUEZ ABALOS
Carolina Rodriguez Abalos was welcomed to heaven by her husband of fifty-seven years, Anastacio B. Abalos, parents: Juan and Rosario Rodriguez; grandchildren: Marcos Lucio and Tammy Abalos; and great-grandchildren: Ashlynn and Mathias Abalos.
She was surrounded by her children Agripina (Juan) Rincon, Alicia (Roy) Lucio, Ben (Theresa) Abalos, Tom (Becky) Abalos, Roberto (Connie) Abalos, Anastacio Jr. (Sheila) Abalos, John (Marie) Abalos, Antonio (Leticia) Abalos, Jim (Tina) Abalos and David (Cheryl) Abalos, at ProMedica Skilled Nursing facility in Monroe, MI as she passed on March 14, 2018.
Born December 29, 1929, in Orange Grove, Texas, Carolina was the oldest of eight children. Coming from humble means, she learned early the value of hard work and the importance of faith, family and friends. She made sure to instill this in all her children. To say she was selfless and caring is an understatement.
She always went way beyond when it came to helping others, even if they were strangers. Her generosity at one time was recognized by the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit office of Hispanic Affairs, where she and her husband were awarded the Juan Diego award for their help within the community. She was a true champion for the underdog, the unloved and the unlovely.
Carolina loved her church, and had a healthy reverence and respect for the Virgen de Guadalupe. In addition, she volunteered for many years at the annual St. Joseph’s Erie Labor Day festival. Her Mexican food was enjoyed by many and helped to raise many funds for the church.
She is survived by forty-seven grandchildren, ninety-four great-grandchildren and twelve great-great grandchildren; siblings: Roberto (Sara) Rodriguez, Marcelino (Elena) Rodriguez, Julio (Jeannie) Rodriguez, Nicolas (Juanita) Rodriguez and Gloria Walters.
Deceased siblings are Juan Jr. (Maria) Rodriguez, Nicolasa (Daniel) Ramos, and brother-in-law Robert Walters.
Dementia has a terrible way of changing one’s life, but as her disease progressed, she was lovingly cared for by Alicia and Roy Lucio so that her final years were as good as anyone could ask for. Special thanks to ProMedica Hospice of Monroe, and the wonderful caregivers at ProMedica Skilled Nursing facility in Monroe.
ELUTERIA RAMIREZ RODRÍGUEZ
Elutería “Tita” Ramirez Rodríguez, originally of San Perlita, Texas passed away peacefully at her residence in Toledo , Ohio on January 10, 2018. She was born August 1, 1933 in Green Lake, Texas to Andrés P. Sr. and Ramona (Leija) Rodríguez.
Tita was a Cursillista and loved Jesús, Mary, and all the Angels and Saints. She loved and was very involved in St. Ann’s Catholic Parish of San Perlita, Texas. She served in the Rosary Altar Society and was known as one of the three Golden Girls of the choir. She worked in the cafeteria of the San Perlita School where she retired after 25 years.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Adolfo “Fito” and Gloria Ramirez Jr.; grandchildren, Tito, Corinna and Jeremy (Judy) Ramirez; brother, Guadalupe Bernal; sister, Ramona R. Graciani; 8 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Tita was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Guadalupe R. Bernal, Petra R. Martínez, Angela R. Villanueva and brother, Andrés Rodríguez.
Mass was held at Immaculate Conception Marygrove Church, Swanton, Ohio on January 20.The family wishes to thank las familias de Villanueva, Graciani, Martínez, Rodríguez, Bernal, y Leija and all of her friends for the blessing of being there for her all her life.
PRISCILLA MARIE GONZÁLES
Priscilla Marie (née Flores) Gonzáles went to be with the Lord on Friday, December 29, 2017 surrounded by her family. Priscilla was born in Bluffton, Ohio on Oct. 1, 1974. She was raised in Ottawa, OH where she graduated from Ottawa Glandorf in 1993. Priscilla went to work for Mercy Health Partners for 10 years.
On Sept. 1, 2007 she married her soulmate, Victor Gonzáles. Priscilla and Victor together have a daughter, Angelina. Priscilla leaves behind her mother, Lydia Díaz and stepfather, Mario Díaz; five sisters, Alice (Curtis OH) Asman, Salina Flores, Regina (Adrian MI) Sakala, María (Adrian MI) Mendivel; stepsister, Crystal (Jeremy) O’Neal; two stepbrothers, Matt and Paul Díaz; nieces, Joellie and Taylor Asman and nephew Julian Díaz.
Priscilla also had six stepchildren, Cassandra, Tomás, Carlos, Corina, and Victoria and several step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Joel Flores; son, Joel Flores; and father-in-law, Tomás Gonzáles. Priscilla came from a loving family, the Cortez and Flores families, and she was loved by all.
William Pérez, 85, of Toledo, OH and formerly of Genoa, OH, passed away Monday, December 18, 2017, surrounded by loved ones. William was born in Puerto Rico on November 21, 1932 to Curmelo and Asucisión (née Nieves) Pérez. On May 29, 1954, he married the love of his life, María Algarin. After moving to the United States, Mr. Pérez worked at Great Lakes Window, retiring in 1998.
William and his family were dedicated members of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Genoa, where he was ordained as a Deacon June 26, 1983 and ministered to many in the Latino community. He was a 4th Degree member of Genoa Knights of Columbus Council # 4237. His true passion was spending time with his family; especially his children and grandchildren.
William is survived by his children, María Pérez-Smenner, William Jr., Eddie, Mayda (Leo) Lynch; grandchildren, Arquimedes Tull, Clarivel (Ron) Tull-Gratop, Carl Robinson, Sona Teresa Shroreder, William Michael Pérez, Christopher Luis Pérez; great-grandchildren, Alaynah, Carmyn, Jackson, William Michael , Jeremiah, Xavier, and Mila; siblings, Angel Pérez, Norma Pérez, and Mildalia Pérez; along with many loving family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, María; and siblings, Roberto Pérez and Carmin Pérez.
Samuel Rosales died peacefully on December 26, 2017 after a brave battle with cancer in Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Samuel, affectionately known by so many as “Uncle Sam,” could bring joy and laughter to any crowd with his jokes and witty charm. He loved to spend time with family and attended church every Sunday to worship the Lord. His heart was big and his sense of humor bigger.
Sam leaves to cherish his memory his fiancée, Amy Hilt; son, Sam Jr. Castillo, daughter, Veronica Pérez; stepchildren, Michael and Alysia; grandchildren, Michael, Meraina, Dominic, Adrian, Damien, Dominic, Analysia, Carmoni and Ka-mya; siblings, Robert (María) Rosales, Paula Sánchez, Rubén Rosales, Rene Rosales, Margaret (Raúl) Vásquez; and a host of nieces and nephews which lovingly called him “Uncle Smitty.”
EPIFANIO DE LA CRUZ ARTIAGA
Epifanio “Joe” De La Cruz Artiaga, age 86, joined the love of his life in heaven at the Genoa Care Center on December 12, 2017. Epifanio, or “Joe,” was born April 7, 1931 in Tampico, Tamaulipas, México and was the oldest of four children.
In México, Epifanio and his family lived on a farm of about 500 acres until his father passed away when he was 8 years. Due to hardships when he was about 11 years old, Epifanio sold the only possession he had (his father’s rifle) and boarded a bus to the United States with his uncle.
Once in the U.S., he was on his own as his tio returned to México. He supported himself by working in a vegetable packing plant, working as a waiter, ranch hand, as a professional boxer, and in the hotel industry.
In 1948, Epifanio met a slender, brown-eyed girl with long black hair named Julia Palacios when she was working in a tortilla factory near Brownsville, Texas and they were married on March 10, 1949 in Brownsville. They enjoyed their lives in Harlingen, Texas with their children until 1962 when they moved to Ohio.
Epifanio and Julia traveled with their children, working, until they settled in Rocky Ridge, Ohio. The children were taught to work early on and during their travels the family worked picking oranges and cotton in the south, cherries and tomatoes in the north, and other items in Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, and Michigan.
When they settled in Ohio, Epifanio worked doing paving and other jobs until he found employment at The Andersons in Maumee, OH. He worked there for over 30 years until he retired in 1993.
When the children were little, he and Julia belonged to a church singing group. They liked to fish and would spend many days fishing along the banks of the Portage and Toussaint Rivers. He enjoyed spending time swimming with his children in Lake Erie, near Port Clinton. Epifanio had a tremendous sense of humor and enjoyed making people laugh with his numerous stories.
Epifanio was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years; son Jesús Artiaga, 3 infant children, and 1 great grandson.
He is survived by: his sons Juan (Ruth) Artiaga of Perrysburg, OH; José E. (best friend Geri Sondergeld) Artiaga Jr. of Weston, OH; Ricardo (Louann) Artiaga of Whitehouse, OH; Enrique “Ricky” (Judi) Artiaga of Oak Harbor, OH.; Freddy (Rene) Artiaga of Toledo; Alex (Mariana) Artiaga of Palm Harbor, FL; Thomas Artiaga of Toledo; Paul Artiaga of Perrysburg, OH; also, daughters María Artiaga of Toledo; Aurelia (Larry) Brockman of Oroville, CA; Gloria (William) Bennett of Oak Harbor; Isabel (Roger) Kleopfer of Holland, OH; Cristina (Mark) Kenski of Sandusky, OH; and Angela (Jody) Henry of Mansfield, OH; also, 40 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren, and 10 great great grandchildren.
Visitation was held on Dec. 15, 2017 at the Robinson-Walker Funeral Home, Oak Harbor. A Mass was celebrated by Reverend Father Tim Ferris on Dec. 16, 2017 at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Oak Harbor beginning with prayers offered at the funeral home. Interment followed at Clay Township Cemetery, Genoa, OH. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.
AUGUSTINA R. ESTRADA
Augustina R. Estrada, 89, of East Toledo, OH passed away Sunday, December 10, 2017 surrounded by her loving family at Genesis Healthcare. She was born in Carrizo Springs, Texas on August 28, 1928 to Emiterio and Anita (née Ramirez) Rocha.
Augustina married the love of her life, Francisco Estrada Sr. and together they enjoyed dancing, playing music and being active at Good Shepherd Church before his passing. She enjoyed her rose garden, being with her friends and was proud of starting the Oasis Club. What was most important to Augustina was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Augustina is survived by her children, María (Larry) Middlebrooks, Eva (Jerry Cásares) Czerminski, Antonio Estrada, Sylvia (Cody) Carothers, Carolina (Ramón) Flores, Laurie (John) Slowinski; 23 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great grandchildren; sister, Eloisa (Valente) Estrada; brother, Nicholas Rocha; and several nieces, nephews and loving family members. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Francisco; son, Francisco Jr.; 9 siblings; and grandson, Dillon.
JOSE FRANK CASTRO
José “Frank” Castro, age 72, went to the Lord on December 1, 2017. He was born on November 25, 1945 in Laredo, Texas.
Frank’s passion was music; he was well-known as the leader of the conjunto band, “Frank Castro y Los Amigos” that performed in Ohio and Michigan. He enjoyed carpentry and welding work, especially projects for his children. Frank will be remembered as a kindhearted man who was always willing to help others. He was a loving Dad and Grandpa. His family will miss his jokes and adventurous spirit.
Frank is survived by the mother of his children, Elva García; companion, Felisa López; children, Luciano (Nora) García, Frankie Castro (fiancé, Richard McCarthy), Marcus (Tonya) Castro, Atanacia “Tanya” (Steve) Martínez and Jason (Brian) Lutts; siblings, Josephine, Juanita, Jesusa, Pablo “Paul” and Gilbert; grandchildren, Bianca, Luciano Jr. (fiancée, Jamie) , Erica, Marcus Jr. (Briana), Zachary (fiancée, Valerie), Cassidy (fiancé, Mike), Emily, Anastasia, Stephen Jr. and Rojelio; 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Rojelio García; sisters, María Reyes and Concepción “Cruz.”
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RANDOLPH LOPEZ SR.
Randolph López Sr., age 51, of Toledo, OH passed away November 28, 2017 at the Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. He was born May 10, 1966 in Toledo to Juventino and Lily (née Pecina) López Jr.
A graduate of Woodward High School, Randolph worked in home construction and remodeling for many years. He was a skilled carpenter, tile worker, and car mechanic. He loved singing and dancing, and making people laugh.
A devout Catholic, he read the Bible daily and was the family peacemaker. He loved children and teaching them life lessons through Bible stories. He was a parishioner of St. Adalbert Catholic Church.
Randolph is survived by his parents; children, Jane Franco, Mary López, Alexandra López, Lily Ann López, Randolph López Jr., and Juliano López; their mother, Debora Franco; 10 grandchildren; sisters, Mary Ellen (Patrick) Pecina, Christina (David) Gonzales, Joanne Garza, and Estrella López; and brothers, David (Heidi), Juventino III(Jennifer), Alfred (Crystal), Ronald (Heather) Ramos, Thomas (Melisha), Alejandro Ray, Jason, and Jose López.
Memorial donations to the family c/o Sujkowski Funeral Home Northpointe will be gratefully accepted.
Santos Rodríguez, 85, of Oregon, OH, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2017 at ProMedica Bay Park Hospital. Santos was born on November 1, 1932 in Guadalupe Co, Texas to Isidoro and Prudencina (née García) Rodríguez. He had worked for Conrail Railroad for 40 years as a carman and foreman.
He was everyone’s guiding light of how to be husband, a father, a grandfather, a son, a brother, an uncle, a cousin, a great man. Santos was a US Army Veteran, serving during the Korean War. He did a lifetime of things throughout his life and still had more to do, but it was time for him to go into his next adventure, and that was to always be that bright light for us to follow, and him watching over us and never too far from our hearts.
Santos had a passion for music and dancing (especially la música tejana), which he shared with his wife, Gloria. They also enjoyed traveling together.
Surviving are his loving wife, Gloria; children, Nilda Ann, Richard, Michael (Lisa) Rodríguez; grandchildren, Nicole, Trisston, Asilia; brother, Joseph Rodríguez.
Santos was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter,
TELESFORO RAY GÓMEZ
Telesforo Ray Gómez, age 87, of Toledo, OH passed away peacefully on November 18, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Born on January 5, 1930 in Waco, Texas to Marcus and Manuela. Telesforo was a self-employed truck driver and served his country in the Korean War as a Paratrooper. He earned the Korean Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, United Nations Service Medal, Army Occupation Medal (Japan) and the National Defense Service Medal.
Telesforo is survived by his six children, sons, Reynaldo (Debbie) Gómez, David Gómez, Gilbert Gómez; daughters, Yolanda Davis (Kevin), Gloria Ramirez (Tony), and Lisa Billups (Arthur); 21 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren.
Lucia Ibarra, 75, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio surrounded by her loving family. Lucia was born on September 8, 1942 in México to José María and Concepción (née Ramos) Flores. She was married to José Ibarra Sr. on November 5, 1960 at St. Rose Catholic Church, Perrysburg OH.
Lucia was a member of St. Peter and Paul Church, Toledo OH. Lucia loved reading, tending to her garden, and enjoyed cooking for her family.
Lucia is survived by her children, José Ibarra Jr., Narciso Ibarra, Telma Ibarra, Joyce Ibarra, Patricia (Cruz) Gómez, Guadalupe Ibarra; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; many brothers and sisters; many loving nieces and nephews; and her fuzzy companion, Burrito.
She was preceded in death by her husband, José, and her parents.
Online condolences may be sent at www.witzlershank.com.
ANJEL TRINADAD “BUTCH” PIÑA
Anjel Trinadad “Butch” Piña, age 68, of Toledo, OH passed away peacefully November 17, 2017 at UT MCO. Anjel was born on December 28, 1948 to the late John and Erlinda (née Rodríguez) Piña. Anjel owned and operated Carlita’s Mexican Restaurant. He was a man that would do anything for his friends and family. Butch was a fan of the Detroit Tigers and Dallas Cowboys.
Anjel is survived by his girlfriend, Rachel Navarro; children, Jacob (Mona) Demecs, Jason (Olivia) Demecs and Marissa Cantu; grandchildren, Trinadad, Gabriella, Jacob, Alana, Elizabeth and Glorianna; sisters, Anita Garraway, Juanita Cargile, Patricia Piña and Jackie (Mike) Govito and many nieces and nephews that cherished his love, laughter and jokes.
He was also preceded in death by his brother, John F. Piña.
ISABELLE MARÍA RODELA
Isabelle María Rodela, 89, of Genoa, Ohio passed away in her residence on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Isabelle was born in Toledo, Ohio on July 17, 1928 to Walter and Pauline (née Rodríguez) Romero. Prior to retiring, Isabelle had worked in retail management with Elder Berman and Bridal Aisle. A strong Christian woman, Isabelle enjoyed being with her family. She also enjoyed cooking and playing softball.
Surviving are her children, Trinidad “Trinie” (George) Dietz, Walter Rodela, Carlos (Linda) Rodela, Robert Rodela; 16 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; brother, and Manuel Romero. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Virgil C. Rodela; son, Victor M. Rodela and her 6 siblings.
MARIA R. ZAPATA
Maria R. Zapata, 71, passed away to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at Knapp Medical Center, Weslaco TX. Maria Zapata was born August 30, 1946 to Rafael & Juana Maria Castillo in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
She is preceded in death by her parent & 2 brothers, Salvador Castillo & Carlos Castillo Lara. Mrs. Zapata is survived by her husband Apolonio Zapata of Weslaco, TX; 3 sons, Hector Zapata, Raúl Zapata, both of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Jorge Zapata of Toledo, Ohio; 1 daughter, Nora Elia Zapata of Weslaco, TX; 2 brothers, Rafael Castillo of Chicago, IL, Enrique Castillo Lara of Mexico and 1 sister, Guadalupe Castillo Lara of Mexico.
Also surviving are 11 grandchildren & 10 great-grandchildren.
Rose (Ringling) Vásquez, 63, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at UTMC. She was born March 30, 1954 in Toledo, OH.
Rose (Ringling) Vásquez passed into eternity on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. She was one of 15 children. Rose was born in Toledo, Ohio on March 30, 1954 to parents Ramiro and Mary Vásquez. She was a 1972 graduate of Waite High School.
Anyone who knew Rose was familiar with her great sense of humor, energy for life, and her heart of gold. She was the type of person who would put the needs of others before her own, even if it meant giving the very last dollar in her pocket to a complete stranger. Caring for others was her passion and she would visit with people in hospice who were alone. She loved to cook all kinds of food and spending time with her family.
Rose deeply loved her children Regina (Chico) Lasoya, Robert C. Ringling, Joseph Ringling and Heather Vallejo who are left behind to cherish her memory. Also surviving are grandchildren Angela Lille, Anthony Carmony Jr., Sierra Case, Marcus Case, Leanna Ringling, Joseph Ringling, Jenna Ringling, Timothy Ringling, Joshua Ringling, Victor Vallejo Jr., Victoria Vallejo, and Veronica Vallejo, as well as one great grandchild. Also surviving her are brothers Ramiro, Ernesto, Roger, Herman, and Alfredo Vásquez; sisters Lillie Zavalas, Tina Vásquez, and Linda Thompson.
She was preceded in death by her husband Robert G. Ringling Jr, brother Demetro Vásquez, and sisters Carmen Salazar and Jane Vásquez.
ALBERTO SAN MIGUEL
Alberto “Tio Beto” San Miguel, age 92, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away on June 27, 2017 at Orchard Villa in Oregon, Ohio. He was born on April 16, 1925 in Fentress, Texas to Alberto and Virginia (née Yvargüen) San Miguel. Alberto was a lifetime member of Latins United/Latinos Unidos and enjoyed Tejano music, dancing, and being surrounded by numerous family and friends. He was well regarded in the Latin community.
Alberto is survived by his son Filberto, daughter Rosa Fernández, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren; also, numerous nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Refujia, Antonia, Almarante, Julia, Beatriz, Consuelo, and Eliazar.
Memorial Services were held for Tio Beto on July 13, 2017 at SS Peter and Paul Church, followed by dinner at Latins United/Latinos Unidos.
NORMA JEAN MORA
Norma Jean (née Jasso) Mora, 53, passed away Thursday June 22, 2017 in her home surrounded by her loving family after her valiant battle with cancer.
She was born March .9, 1964 in Saginaw, MI to Herman and Ernestine (Cabrera) Jasso, Sr. Norma graduated from Libbey High School and attended Stautzenberger College. She enjoyed arts & crafts, making her famous tamales as well as decorating cakes. Norma looked forward every morning to feeding the birds and squirrels even before her own breakfast. She was a member of Latinos Unidos (Latins United).
She is preceded in death by her husband Silverio Mora; father Herman Jasso, Sr., mother Ernestine Elizardo; stepfather Santos Elizardo; stepmother Erma Fonseca and grandson Octavio Vina.
Norma is survived by her children Sonia González and José González; grandsons Demarceano and Eduardo Vina; siblings Enedina (Orlando) Overstreet, Herman (Elizabeth) Jasso and Jay (Letha) Jasso; 12 nieces and nephews; 23 great nieces and nephews. Her nieces & nephews will all miss her telling them “bring me your face” and “I’m going to slap you.”
Family received friends at the Castillo Funeral Home 1757 Tremainsville. Memorial tributes may be made to Norma’s family to offset expenses.
JULIO CESAR “CESI” CASTRO
Julio César “Cesi” Castro, age 81; beloved husband of Norma Luz (née Aponte) for 55 years; loving father of María Elena Fuentes (José), César (Tracy), Rico, Gertrudis “Trudy” Ramos (José), and Julio César, Jr. (Ilbia); grandfather of Frankie, Antonio, Bianca, Michael, Marissa, Veronica, Gabriella, Ilbialisse, and Julito; great-grandfather of Jovan and Mariano; son of the late Julio A. Castro (Gertrudis, née Quiñones); brother, uncle and friend of many; U.S. Army Veteran.
Julio was the proud owner of Cesi’s Caribe Grocery for over 50 years. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 3114 Scranton Rd., Cleveland, Friday, June 16, 2017, at 11AM, Interment Holy Cross Cemetery.
Friends received at Ripepi Funeral Home, 5762 Pearl Rd. (at Snow Rd.), Thursday, June 15, 1-3PM and 5-8PM and in church Friday from 10-11AM.
Josefina Jaso, 80, of Gibsonburg, OH passed away on Monday, May 15, 2017 at Mercy St. Charles, Toledo. She was born in Miquihuana, San Luis Potosi, México on August 27, 1936 to Pedro Maldonado and Consuelo Baéz.
On February 14, 1951, in Monroe, MI, she married Reynaldo Jaso. They shared 61 years together until his passing on May 31, 2012. Josefina enjoyed listening to music—especially the song, La Bamba—and dancing. She liked to spend time shopping, sewing, and gardening. She was never without her favorite Sunkist Orange Soda. Josefina had a special place in her heart for her cat Chula, going to church, and praying the Rosary. She loved cooking and family gatherings.
Josefina was a loving homemaker for their children, Reynaldo Jaso, Jr.(who is deceased), Carmen (Rey) Bosquez of Houston, TX, Raúl (María) Jaso of Northwood, Rebecca (Alberto) Martínez of Houston, TX, María Elena (Andrés) Zapata of Gibsonburg, Carolina Jaso of Millbury, and Ustolia (Louie) Rook.
Also surviving are grandchildren: Rey, III and Danny Jaso; Raúl, Jr., Rafael, and Reynaldo Rebollar; Michael, Raquel and Raúl Alex Jaso; Noe, Selena and John Martínez; Noemi (José) Padrón-Zapata, Andrés Zapata, Jr., and Erica (Victor) García; Sara Mendoza, Rosa and Cristina Martínez; Elizabeth, Ricardo, Cain, Issac, Jamie, and Ben Escobedo; many great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; and brother, Moises Hernández of Gibsonburg.
JOEL “JOE” GARCÍA
Joel “Joe” García, 89, of Genoa, OH, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was ‘puro Tejano.” He was born in Houston, Texas on March 11, 1928 to John and Mary (née Guerra) García.
Joe was a hardworking man, who invested 25 years working at Martin Marietta in Woodville and 25 years working at Chrysler machining plant in Perrysburg, retiring in 1994. Joe was generous, kindhearted, and humble. He loved his family dearly and was always full of advice.
He had a passion for going on long drives through Genoa area and sitting on his front porch on Main Street, listening to music [especially Tejano music], and waving at passing friends, neighbors, and passer-byers. Our beloved Joe believed that McDonald’s had the best coffee and he enjoyed treating his loved ones to a hot cup any time.
His beloved family includes his children, Roy (Vikki) García, Joel A. García, Irene García, Richard (Tammy) García, Mary Ann García, and Albert (Jessica) García. Joel also has fantastic grandchildren, Joey García, who preceded him in death, Jeff García, Crystal García, Melanie Torre, and Brittany Stork. He had two great-grandchildren, Paige Smith and Gavin Stork, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Joe has three half-siblings, Juanita Pérez, Lupe García, and John García, Jr.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Trina Molina, Estefana Orozco, Isabell Arellano, Rutilia Castilleja; and brother, Luis García.
In the photo, Joe is with several of his lovely nietas at a recent family [García/Castilleja] reunion.
Herlinda Perez, 86, resident of Findlay, passed peacefully on Saturday, May 6th, 2017 in Jacksonville, FL surrounded by her children. She was born in San Antonio, TX on July 25, 1930 to the late Simon and María (Malacara) Casiano. She married the late Felipe Perez in 1953. She was also known as Linda or Amelia to some, she worked at Findlay Industries, member of St. Michael’s the Archangel Catholic Church, and a member of the Guadalupe Society all in Findlay for many years.
She was the backbone of the family and raised her children to respect others as well as to care for others when needed. How she loved dancing with dad and was always in style according to fashion trends. Her favorite pastime was watching her novelas on TV. Always full of energy and ready to cook or entertain anyone who visited her in her home. She will be missed by her family and by many who have had the privileged to have walked through her door, her door to her heart.
She is survived by her son Jerry (Sharon) Pérez of North Baltimore, Diane (Richard) Tellez of Westerville, Phillip Pérez of Findlay, Yolanda (Jamie) Tellez of North Baltimore, Richard (Arlene) Pérez of Findlay, Norma (Todd) Sands, and Daniel Pérez, both of Jacksonville, FL. Sister: Juanita Castillo Houston, TX, Brothers: José Casiano and Simon Casiano II, both of San Antonio, TX., 21 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by, her husband, Felipe Pérez, brothers: Alfonso Ruiz, Roberto Casiano and Oscar Casiano, sisters: Magdalena Aguilar and María Jesusa Segura, all of San Antonio, TX, and her grandson, Cory Pérez.
GILBERT M. RAMÍREZ
Gilbert M. Ramírez, 85, of Genoa, OH passed away on April 24, 2017 at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. He was born on March 16, 1932 to Gilbert and Inez (Martínez) Ramírez. Gilbert was a US Air Force Veteran and then a press operator for 38 years at Jeep before retiring in 2001. Gilbert loved traveling and spending time with la familia. He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Parish.
Gilbert is survived by children Raúl L. (Maryanne) Rendón, Jr., Vickey S. (Jorge) López, Sally A. Ramírez, Sylvia (Dan) Yeager, Rickey (Irma) Ramírez, Timmy G. Ramírez; also, siblings, Paul Ramírez, Robert (Mary) Ramírez, Carmen García, Basilio Ramírez, Joe Ramírez, Nieves (Edward) Rangel, and Jane Costillo; also, 18 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Lupe; brother Sam Ramírez; sister Linda Martínez; granddaughter Veronica López; and grandson Manuel Otero.
JOSE LUIS HERNANDEZ
José Luis Hernández, 38 of Toledo, OH passed away Friday, April 7, 2017 at ProMedica Toledo Hospital. José was born in Toledo on December 18, 1978 to Tomás López and Rosalinda Hernández. His true passion was spending time with his family.
Surviving are his children Alyssa, Annessa, and Ricardo; 2 grandchildren; mother, Rosalinda; siblings, Desiree Hernández, Elisha, Tomás, Antonio, Joshlin López; Monica Otero, Angie Puente; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father.
Visitation will be held at Eggleston Meinert & Pavley Funeral Home, Oregon Chapel, 440 S. Coy Road on Thursday, April 13 from 2-9 pm with Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home on Friday at 12:00 p.m with visitation from 9:00 until the time of the service. Interment will follow in Historic Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Hernández Family.
GILBERT S. MARTÍNEZ JR.
Gilbert S. Martínez Jr.’s spirit passed from this earth to rest with the Lord on March 28, 2017. He was 68 years old and lived in Toledo with his loving wife of 37 years, Joan R. Martínez, who survived him.
Gilbert had a good life filled with love and family. He filled the role of our “Macho Patriarch” by living his life full of passion, devotion, a little stubbornness, a huge helping of love mixed in with his own bit of cantankerousness. He spent much of time on his hobbies including: skydiving, boating, fishing, photography, and reading.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gilbert S. Martínez Sr.; mother, Helena Martínez; and brother, Rudy Martínez.
Gilbert is survived by his wife and 5 sons, Christopher (Donna) Martínez, Brian (Sherri) Martínez, Jay (Sabrina) Martínez, Kent Murnen, and Scott Murnen; 14 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and his siblings, John Martínez, Irene Martínez, Antonio (Theresa) Martínez, Elodia Price, and Rebecca (Spencer) Blunt.
Helen Salas, 58, passed away on April 3, 2017. She was born in Toledo on May 16th, 1958. She worked for Pepsi Cola for many years and then worked for Walgreens Distribution Center for the last 14 years of her life. Helen kept her doors open to anyone and was always there when you needed her. She loved to party and treasured times spent making memories. Helen always had room in her heart to love one more person and will be extremely missed.
Helen is survived by her son Ricardo (Raquel) Salas; daughters Daniela (Johnpaul) Ayala & Raelene (Ronnie II) Komives; grandchildren, Araceli, Danali, Santos, Diego, Ronnie, Romón, RaeLyn & RaeLena siblings, Sevastian Jr (Amelia), Betty (Joe), George (Liz), María (Freddie), Dora, Linda (Cristobal), Beatriz, and Marty (Irma). Helen was a loving mother figure to her step daughters Angel, Tronquillia & Emilia Rosas, her niece,Vicky (Joey) Ybarra and nephew Phil Cloyne.
Helen had 3 very special nieces: María (David), Nellie (Tony) & Minnie (José). She also had a special niece who she loved like a daughter (Mic) and a special nephew who could do no wrong in her eyes (Jason).
She was preceded in death by her father Sevastian Salas, Sr. and her mother Trinidad (née Hernández) Salas along with her sisters Alicia Jiménez, Dorothy García, and brothers Diamond, Rubén, Romaldo, and Raymond Salas.
Merida Estrada, 53 of Toledo, OH passed away March 10, 2017 after a brief illness; she was surrounded by her loving family. She was born December 18, 1963 in Monroe, MI to Octavio and Alicia (Delrio) Estrada. Merida most cherished spending time with her family and friends, cooking, watching the Cowboys football team, and helping others. Her biggest joy was becoming a grandmother.
Surviving are her mother, Alicia Kharsa; father, Octavio (Berta) Estrada; daughters, Jennifer Alonzo, Judy Martínez, Jaymee Ochoa; granddaughter, Aaliyah Ochoa; sisters, Rendi Estrada-Slagle, Tzety (David) Navarro, Yuriri (John) Gonzales; brothers, Samuel Estrada, Octavio Estrada Jr; longtime companion Lupe Fonseca; special sister in law, Virginia Salazar; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
MARIA DE JESUS LOPEZ GUZMAN
María De Jesús López Guzmán, 73, of the Toledo, OH area passed away March 9th, 2017. María Guzmán was the daughter of Baudelia (Rocha) and Tomás López, who preceded her in death.
María worked as a farm laborer, housekeeper, factory worker, and homemaker. She enjoyed crafts, her Roman Catholic faith, and she loved her family. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her children, Carolyn (Kurt) Fitzenreiter, Adolph “Chopper” (Tina) Guzmán Jr., Belinda (Jeffrey) Russell, and Christopher Guzmán; three sisters, Catalina Sánchez, Juanita Baldwin, and Juana Anita Flores; four grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was welcomed into Heaven by her parents; brother, Pedro López; sister, Carmen López, and two great grandchildren.
Anna Montano, 75, of Toledo, OH passed away on Monday, March 13, 2017 in Waterville. She was born July 15, 1941; she enjoyed attending and volunteering at the Inner City Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, José and Matilda Castilleja; son, Larry; brothers, Raymond, Johnny, Martin, and Jesse; and sisters, Ninfa, Mary, Josephina, and Lupe.
She is survived by daughters Cecelia and Lisa; sons, Kenny and Rene; numerous grandchildren; and great- grandchildren; and sisters, Cruz and Rosie.
ALEJANDRO S. QUIÑONES
Alejandro S. Quíñones (“Jando”) was born July 18, 1932 and passed away on March 8, 2017, surrounded by the love of family. He lost his battle with cancer at the Dayton VA Hospice, Dayton, OH. He met the love of his life, María “Rosa” Bernal, in San Antonio, Texas and celebrated 58 years of marriage. Jando was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War. He was a self-taught acoustic guitar player. His love of music included listening to and playing “trio” music.
Surviving are his wife, Rosa; sons, Eddie (Rutila), Andy & Alex (Rosemary); daughters, Elizabeth, Judy (Javier), Sylvia, Alexsandra (Mike) & Nina (Sam); siblings, Alicia & Ray; 21 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lupe & Estella; son, Rudy; grandson, Michael; granddaughter, Jessica.
SEBASTIAN R. GUERRERO III
February 28, 1996 to February 28, 2017
Sebastian R. “Sobsob” Guerrero III, age 21, passed away unexpectedly February 28, 2017. He was born on February 28, 1996 in Toledo, OH to Sebastian R. and Crissy A. (née Herrera) Guerrero, Sr.
Mr. Guerrero attended Chase and Riverside Grade Schools and was a 2013 graduate of Glass City Academy. At the age of 18, Sebastian joined the Ohio Air National Guard 180th Fighter Wing as an Airman. He was assigned to the Force Sustainment Squadron as a services journeyman and recently returned from an overseas deployment in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
Sebastian was a loving father and family man. He was a car and motorcycle enthusiast. He enjoyed boxing and watching his favorite football team, the New Orleans Saints. A fitness conscious person, he exercised frequently and loved to look good. He will be remembered as a humble man with a one of a kind personality.
Sebastian is survived by his parents, Sebastian Sr. and Crissy; son, Sebastian M. Guerrero; sister, Raquel A. Guerrero; brothers, Sebastian “Sabe” and Roberto Guerrero; girlfriend, Selena Pecina; godmother, Alicia Garza; grandparents, Robert and Irma Guerrero, Gasper Herrera and Antonia Vasquez-Herrera; special aunts Tina Herrera (Ricardo Aldaco) and Monica Torres; special uncles David (Nancy) Herrera and Robert (Lisa) Guerrero; and numerous other aunts, uncles and cousins.
RAYMOND S. PACHECO SR.
Raymond S. Pacheco Sr. of Toledo OH passed away January 25, 2017. He was born January 6, 1929 in Mexico. Raymond lived a full and rich life. He enjoyed a nice conversation with family and friends. His greatest wealth was the love he had for his family.
Raymond is survived by his dear wife, Alicia Pacheco, and their children, Alicia (Melvin) Peepers, Raymond (Tina) Pacheco Jr., Gloria (Paul) Rios, Linda (Oswaldo) Pacheco-Vera, Edward (Theresa) Pacheco, and María (Gregory) Cole; also surviving are many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mr. Pacheco was preceded in death by his sons Moises, Juan, and David Pacheco and daughters Cecilia and Rosario Pacheco.
Source: Urbanski Funeral Home; http://urbanskifuneralhome.com/
Herlinda “Linda” Santos Castillo
March 30, 1930 – January 3, 2017
Herlinda “Linda” Herreria Santos Pérez Castillo, age 86, of Celina, Ohio died Tuesday, January 03, 2017 in Celina Manor, Celina, Ohio. Linda was born March 30, 1930 in Poteet, Texas to the late José M. and Brijida (née Herreria) Santos. She was a retired factory worker and had assisted in nursing homes.
Survivors: Children, Alfonso Pérez, Edgerton, Ohio; Roberto Pérez, Defiance, Ohio; Ramón Pérez, Toledo, Ohio; Isabel Giesige, Celina, Ohio; Yvette Schlarman, Columbus, Ohio; Brigette Cron, Celina, Ohio; and Esteban Castillo, Celina, Ohio; also, 33 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. Also, two brothers and one sister: Everett, Findlay; Lupe, Antwerp; and Mary Louise, Holgate.
She is preceded in death by her parents, son, John Pérez, daughter, Linda J. Pérez, two grandchildren, Seth Giesige and Rebecca Pérez. Also, brothers, Jesse Sr., José María, Jr., Roger, Joe, and Rubén, Jr. Also, sisters, Elvira Flores, Beatrice Barrera, and Corinna Luna.
She is interned at St. Peter Catholic Cemetery, Archbold, Ohio.
Source: Arrangements entrusted to Grisier Funeral Home, Stryker, Ohio.
ANNA M. ORTIZ
Anna M. Ortiz, age 67, of Toledo, OH was granted her angel wings on December 10, 2016, at St. Luke’s Hospital. She was born August 11, 1949, in Bay City, Michigan to Elias Friaz and Dora Ortiz. Anna was raised in Laredo, Texas by Anselmo and Severa Melendrez, eventually permanently relocating to Toledo, Ohio in 1973.
She was employed as a Team Leader with Daimler Chrysler Jeep for more than 30 years, retiring December, 2009. Anna was an inspiration to many and helped many people along her journey. She was motivated, intelligent, and had a heart of gold. She enjoyed coaching and playing on a softball league “Las Peloteras Mexicanas,” camping with her family, especially at The Mohican reservation, rooting for her Pittsburg Steelers, playing euchre, going to the movies to eat her favorite snack popcorn, hanging out and laughing with friends, eating at her favorite restaurant Smucker’s, cooking authentic Mexican dishes, traveling with both friends and family, attending Cedar Creek Church every Sunday, and dancing to her favorite Motown and Tejano jams.
Anna was the most loving and greatest Nana to her “beauty” Ana’leah and Jayden. The most important love of Anna’s was her love for her family. Anna believed that blood does not make you family, but love does. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. “Perhaps my time seemed all too brief – don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your hearts and share with me. God wanted me now; He has set me free.”
Anna is survived by her siblings: Cynthia, Estella, Irma, Connie, Helen, Raúl Jr., Ricky, Josie, Joe, and David. Anna was preceded in death by her grandparents, Tomasa and José Ortiz; her father, Elias Friaz; her mother, Dora Ortiz; her stepfather, Raúl Treviño Sr.; her brother, Abel, and sister, Margarita.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association American Diabetes Association in Anna’s memory.
JOHN DIEGO MARTINEZ
John “Diego” Martínez, 81, of Lorain, OH passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain, following a sudden illness. Born June 17, 1935 in Malakoff, Texas, he moved to Lorain in 1942. Diego graduated from Lorain High School in 1955 and the served in the US Army. He worked for Ohio Edison for 24 years, retiring in 1992. Prior to this, he worked for Lake Terminal Railroad.
Diego was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and the Utilities Workers Union of America Local 351.
He had a passion for music, especially Tejano.. He was the founder and executive producer of Los Nombres music band, which had become popular to Lorainites with the song “Lady Lorain.” Diego had a true love for the city of Lorain, his country and the U.S. Flag.
Surviving are his sister, Mary Molina of Ft. Worth, Texas; and many nieces and nephews including his nephew and niece who he was legal guardian to, Amado Martínez of Toledo and Elena Martínez of San Diego, CA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nazario and Josefina “Pepita” (née Rodríguez) Martinez; brothers, Larry Martínez, Manuel Velásquez, and Amado “Maw” Martínez; and sister, Carmen Amelia Inchaurregui.
Burial at Calvary Cemetery, Lorain. Full military Honors will be conducted at the cemetery. To send online condolences go to www.dovinfuneralhome.com.
Source: Dovin Funeral Home, 2701 Elyria Avenue.
DANIELLE MARIE BLAKE
Danielle M. Blake went to be with the Lord on Sunday November 27, 2016 at the age of 36. She was born September 1, 1980, in Toledo to Lloyd Blake and Jesusa Reyna.
She is survived by her children, Delicia, Onicia, Danielle, Tyleah, Tyniyah, Donevin, Janet, and Toni; parents, Lloyd Blake, Jesusa Reyna, and Dora Wahl; siblings, Chad Blake, Tiffany (Amador) Santiago, Edward Wahl, III, Stella (Tomas) Wahl, Dominic (Nicole) Wahl, Destiny Frye; special aunt, April Saldivar and numerous nieces and nephews.
Danielle was preceded in death by her son, Derrick and her father, Edward Wahl.
Source: Castillo Funeral Home, 1757 Tremainsville Rd., Toledo.
VIOLA DINA MUÑOZ
Viola Dina Muñoz, 83, of Fremont, OH went to be with our Lord and Savior surrounded by her family on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Bethesda Care Center. She was born on November 29, 1933 in Fredericksburg, TX, the daughter of Crispin and Inez (Sylva) Rendón. She was a 1952 graduate of St. Joseph High School in Fremont.
Viola married Tony Muñoz on April 30, 1953 at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX and he survives. She enjoyed working at ECI where she retired in 2003. She was also a homemaker and was very involved in the community through various jobs and organizations. Viola enjoyed gardening, going to flea markets and garage sales and spending time with her 10 children and many grandchildren.
Viola is survived by her husband of 63 years, Tony Muñoz, Fremont, OH; children, Robin (Jason) Durnwald, Sande (Paul) Gottron, Virginia Hill, Tony Muñoz Jr., Gilbert Muñoz, Tim Muñoz, Tommie (Tom) Chesser, Todd Muñoz, Paul (Emily) Muñoz, Dina (Eric) Potridge; siblings, Vicki Fought, Roy, Joe (Lupe), Rubén (Judy), Raymond (Marylou) and Paul (Lucy) Rendon; 47 grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Todd Joseph Muñoz Jr.; sister, Virginia Slasinski.
Source: Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home & Crematory, 425 E. State St., Fremont, OH. Burial: Greenlawn Memory Gardens, Clyde, OH.
ENEDINA A. VENEGAS
Enedina “Dina” A. Venegas, 40, of Fremont, OH went to be with our Lord on December 2, 2016 surrounded by her family at her home. She was born on July 6, 1976 in Toledo, OH to Ismael and Elena (Guerrero) Venegas. Dina was a 1998 graduate of School of Hope. She enjoyed coloring and staying in motels. She loved to watch television and movies and take care of her dolls.
Dina is survived by her parents, Elena Venegas and Ismael Venegas both of Fremont, OH; siblings, Ismael J. (Courtney) Venegas, Summerville, SC; Israel J. (Amber) Venegas, Phoenix, AZ; Brandy (Marcos) Palacios, and Domingo Sotelo, both of Fremont; grandmother, Petra Venegas, Dallas, TX; care giver, Marcelino Ramírez; step-brothers, Luis and Marcelino Ramirez; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Dina is preceded in death by her infant brother, Ismael A. Venegas; grandparents, Marciano and Filomena Guerrero and Jesús Venegas.
Source: Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home & Crematory, 425 E. State St., Fremont, OH. Burial: St. Joseph Cemetery, Fremont.
Jaime S. Santiago
(September 12, 1945 – November 19, 2016)
Jaime S. Santiago, 71, of Avon Lake, Ohio went home to be with the Lord Saturday, November 19, 2016 in his home surrounded by his family.
He was born on September 12, 1945 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain in 1961. Jaime attended Ebenezer Pentecostal Church of God, Lorain. He retired from Lake Terminal Rail Road in 2004. He enjoyed fishing, working on cars, gardening and maintaining his home. He loved being with his family.
He will be dearly missed by his wife of 48 years, Irma Santiago (née Figueroa) of Avon Lake; Daisy (Richard) Kaminski of Sheffield Lake, and Damary (Thomas) Glover of Cape Coral, Florida; son Jaime (Ruth) Santiago of Avon Lake; grandchildren Ashley, Adrienne, Savannah, Jaime III, Jeremy, Jasmine and Jacob; great granddaughters Nala and Scarlett; brothers Sixto, Regalado and Marcelino Santiago all of Lorain, Eladio and José R. Santiago both of Puerto Rico; sisters Candida Ramos, both of Lorain, and Anadelia Santiago and Guillermina Santiago of Puerto Rico.
Jaime was preceded in death by his parents Marcelo Santiago and Paula Tirado and a brother Carlos S. Tirado last year.
His family received friends Tuesday, November 22 from 4 to 8 PM at the Richard J. Reidy Funeral Home, 1783 East 31st Street, South Lorain, Ohio. His funeral service will be in the funeral home Wednesday morning at 10 AM. Reverend William Rios, Pastor of Ebenezer Pentecostal Church of God, Lorain will officiate. Burial will follow in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township.
Irene García de Juárez
June 30, 1946 to October 22, 2016
Irene García Juárez entered into eternal rest at her San Antonio residence on October 22, 2016, at 4:13 pm after a long battle of ALS. Irene G. Juárez was born in Karnes City, TX but subsequently her family move to Ohio. She started school in Ohio where she attended St. Mary’s grade school and Notre Dame High School. Irene married her first husband, Leo, and had four boys.
Before she started her career, she worked at the YWCA, Sun Oil Refinery, and later retired from the Dental Dispensary of Northwest Ohio. Aside from her career, came a lifelong passion for dancing to Tejano music as well as bowling at the Lido Lanes in Toledo. She was an avid sports fan who followed a variety of sports from the Little League, into high school and collegiate levels and onto professional action where she closely followed her beloved Detroit Lions and Tigers and San Antonio Spurs.
After her first husband’s death, she discovered her love for traveling. This led her back to Texas, where she always called home. With her beautiful hazel, green eyes and alluring smile, she attracted many friends and her own Texas cowboy, Mario Juárez Sr., who changed her life in more ways than one.
After they fell deeply in love and married in 1998, she decided to move to San Antonio where she enjoyed Fiesta, Tejano music, and parades. She and Mario made many trips to casinos across the country where she was the luckiest person around.
She resided in her San Antonio home for the last 18 years, where she enjoyed cooking a variety of meals. She especially enjoyed baking Snickerdoodles and making Waffles for all her family and friends. Irene and Mario became known as “Grandma and Grandpa” of their neighborhood. Irene always knew how to make everyone feel welcomed and loved. She will also hold a special place in our Texas hearts.
She’s preceded in death by her first husband, Leo García and both parents María Hinojosa and Timoteo Urrutia, Sister Christine Ochoa, and son Tony García.
She is survived by her second husband Mario Juárez Sr.; brother Michael (Michal) Urrutia; sisters Mary (John) Flores and Helen (Richard) Hoffman; sons Chris Frias (Kelley), Tom (Tracy) García, and Dan (Kristine) García; step-children, daughters Yolanda Juárez (Rey), Patricia and Fernando Morales; sons Mario (Maria) Juárez, Richard (Alicia) Juárez, Jesús (Veronica) Juárez, Eric (Domingo) Limón, and Albert Juárez; numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In honor to Irene G. Juárez, contributions should be made to the ALS Association.
Marina Zapata with Muhammad Ali
Marina Zapata, 53, of Genoa, Ohio went home to be with the Lord on Sunday October 30, 2016. She was born in Piedras Negras, Coahulia, Mexico on November 30, 1962. Marina went to Genoa High School and was a member of The Rock Church in Oregon. She was very active in the area and coached for many years with the East Toledo Family Center and PAL Little League Baseball. Family was extremely important to her. She was a proud cheer mom, enjoyed throwing parties and giving her grandchildren Christmas gifts. Marina was very sweet and loved her family and life. She also enjoyed shopping and garage sales.
Surviving is her husband, Jesse Puente; mother, Francisca Zapata; children, Jacob (Vanina) Zapata, Alejandro Zapata, Jasmine Zapata and Mateo Zapata (nephew); grandchildren, Jacob Jr., Alayna, Nicholas, Ryan, Ryonna, Ramari and Ramir; siblings, Andy (María Elena), Sylvia (Eliseo), Tony (Michelle) Reyes and Raquel; nieces and nephews, Noemi (god daughter), Vanessa, Andy, Mercedes, Eliseo Hector, Tony, Marco, Eliseo Jr., Isaias, Audrianna and Seth; and many other cousins, great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Reyes Zapata; son, Josh, and step daughter, Dana.
Mass of Christian Burial was at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Genoa, Ohio on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. Burial followed at Clay Township Cemetery.
July 16, 1917 – September 4, 2016
Crisanta Muñiz (99 years; née García) of Toledo, Ohio, was born and raised in Kenedy, Texas and passed away at Hospice of NW Ohio on September 4, 2016, where her family comforted and spiritually cared for her throughout her journey.
Her passion was gardening, walking, dancing, music, fiestas, “la loteria,” “La Virgen,” and grandchildren. All who encountered her know her motto was “happiness” and she leaves family and friends with this legacy as well as her pillar of strength and courage.
Crisanta was preceded in death by her husband, Ignacio Muñiz, an Army WWII veteran, infant daughter Diana Muñiz, and four siblings. She leaves behind her family: I. Emilio (Janie) Muñiz of Texas, Viola (Atanacio) Gómez of Texas, Robert (Brenda) Muñiz of Ohio, Oscar (Sheila) Muñiz of Ohio, and Sylvia (Alan) Muñiz-Mutchler of Ohio; also, six siblings, surrogate son Robert Twinning, 15 grandchildren, and numerous great grandchildren.
The family wishes to extend a sincere appreciation for the years of devoted and compassionate medical care from Dr. Thomas Tafelski and the outstanding care from staff at UTMC and Hospice of NW Ohio.
A special gracias to Padre Francisco Molina and Father Richard Notter, who always provided her with special spiritual enrichment and she in turn gave them blessings.
As she wished, la familia will pay tribute with memorial masses in her honor—“Our mother and grandmother will be laid to rest in Kenedy, Texas.” Those wishing to make a contribution in her memory can make a donation to SS. Peter and Paul Parish or the Aurora González Mayores (Senior) Center in Toledo.
María De Jesús Durán
María Durán, edad 82, de Toledo, Ohio, fallecio el 19 de agosto 2016 en su hogar. Ella nacio el 8 de junio del 1934 en San Felipe, Guanajuato, México. Ella era buida de Senon T. Durán. Dejo a sus hijos, Gloria Romero, Horacio Romero (Trine), Mucio Durán (Stacy), Delfina González (Antonio); 6 nietos y 5 bisnietos. María le gustava atender a toda la familia que no se fueran de su casa sin comer y también le gustava escuchar música y ver todas las peliculas de Vicente Fernández y La India María. Descansara su Cenizas en Woodlawn Cemetery, Toledo, Ohio.
IRIS NAVARRO CANDELARIO
Iris Navarro Candelario, 58, of Lorain, oh, passed away following injuries sustained in a car accident on Saturday July 2, 2016. She was born June 29, 1958 in Lorain and was a lifelong resident. Iris graduated from Southview High School in 1977.
Iris worked as a Special Education Administrative Assistant at Elyria City Schools and previously at Lorain City Schools as an Administrative Assistant. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. Iris was fond of traveling and adored her work, friends, and her family. She was beginning to learn a number of outdoor activities including paddle boarding and canoeing. She was developing a fondness for boating as well. Iris will be remembered for her sense of humor, love, and generosity.
She will be deeply missed by her daughter Alicia Candelario of Cleveland, son Carlos Candelario of Cumming, Georgia and her partner Ken Klein of Avon Lake. Her father Regino Navarro of Lorain; brothers José Navarro of Texas, Miguel Navarro, Hector (Carmen) Navarro and Gilberto (Diana) Navarro all of Lorain, Roberto (Sandy) Navarro and Regino (Gladys) Navarro, Jr. both of Kentucky; sisters Lucia (Tony) Morell and Carmen Ramos of Florida, Judith (Luis) Figueroa, Silvia (Richard) Williams and Angela Navarro all of Lorain, many nieces and nephews, the Klein family of Avon Lake, and her dear friend Lizette Ayala Valdez.
Iris was preceded in death by her mother Natividad de Jesús in 2007, brother Nelson Navarro de Jesús earlier this year and her dear friend María Maldonado, who also passed away from the tragic accident of July 2nd.
MARIA R. MALDONADO
María Rosario Maldonado, 59, of Lorain, OH passed away Saturday, July 2, 2016 from injuries sustained from a auto accident. She was born October 7, 1957 in Lorain and lived in Lorain all her life. Mary graduated from Southview High School in 1975. She was self-employed as a housekeeper and caregiver. She was previously employed at Moen, MTD, Lithonia and US Steel. She was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Chapel and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Mary enjoyed music, dancing, arts and crafts, DIY projects and gardening. She very much loved spending time with her grandchildren and providing care to her parents.
She will be deeply missed by her daughters Elisa Maldonado and Ilyia Maldonado both Lorain; her parents Luis G. and María M (née Dueño) Maldonado of Lorain; sisters Carmen González of Lorain, Judith (Leo González) Maldonado of Aibonito, Puerto Rico; Rose Delic of Elyria, and Milly (Manuel) Brillon of Lorain; brother Deacon Luis A. (María) Maldonado of Amherst; seven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
María was preceded in death by her brother Steve Maldonado; niece Jessica Delic and nephews Christopher Maldonado and Steven Pruchinsky.
Constance Carol Ortega Pecina
Constance “Connie” Pecina—originally from Ohio and now resident of Colorado—was born on October 15, 1940 at Fostoria, Ohio to Camilo and Frances (née Johnson) Ortega and passed away on May 17, 2016 at her daughter’s home in Granada at the age of 75.
She is preceded in death by her parents; children, Andrea and Suzanne Pecina; great-grandson, Pablo Pecina and her siblings, Carmen Martínez, Joyce Gaytán, Mary Ann Martínez, and Betty Hilton.
Constance is survived by her husband, Andrés Pecina of the family home in Toledo, OH; children, Magdalena (Ignacio Jr.) Silvas of Granada, Angelena (Jerry) Ibarra of Holly, Andrés (Bertha) Pecina, Jr. of Toledo, OH, Marcos Pecina of Seguin, TX, Ronald Pecina of Northwood, OH, Leopoldo (Sonia) Pecina of Toledo, OH, Paulena (Michael Lozano) Pecina of Holly, Carlos Pecina, Jesse Pecina and Savanna Pecina all of Toledo, OH and Michael Pecina of Sarasota, FL as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings, Elaine Ogle, Camila Ortega, Andy (RoseMary) Bernal, Jr. and Sandra Ortega as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other family and many friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Constance Ortega Pecina Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home office, Peacock Funeral Home, 209 South 4th Street, Lamar, Colorado 81052; tele: (719) 336-2234.
Services for Toledo, Ohio residents regarding Connie Pecina were held at SS. Peter and Paul Church on May 30th.
RICARDO OVIEDO SR.
June 17, 1955 – February 12, 2016
Ricardo “Rick” Oviedo, Sr., 60, of Perrysburg, Ohio passed away with his family by his side on February 12, 2016. He was born on June 17, 1955 in Toledo to Teodoro and Josefina (née Castro) Oviedo.
Rick was a long time member of St. Rose Catholic Church, Perrysburg. He was a natural born artist, who showed his love through his work. Rick had his own style and unique personality; he was a one of a kind.
Rick was a family man with a big, caring heart not only for his family but also friends. He always left an impression whether it be with his work, a smile, or a joke and he will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Rick is survived by his mother, Josefina; companion, Cheryl; children, Carlos, Ricardo, Jr., Jessica, and Sonya Oviedo; siblings, Lupe, Conchi, Lili, Lindy, and Jimmy; grandchildren, Desiree, Carlena, Vanessa, Justo, Ricardo III, Antonio, Isabella and Ryiah and four great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his daughter, Carlena; father, Teodoro; brothers, Cecilio and Teodoro, Jr. and wife, Angel.
Burial will be held at Restlawn Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to offset Rick’s expenses.
ROBERT VILLALON JR.
Robert Villalon Jr. (“El Pink Panther”), 66, of Toledo, OH passed away on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Ebeid Hospice in Sylvania, OH. He was born in Toledo on September 26, 1949 to Robert and Guadalupe Villalon Sr. Robert worked as a factory worker for City Auto Stamping.
Robert enjoyed Mexican and Tejano music and dancing, as well as being a promoter for both. Robert was a member of the Latins United and SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. He was a true family man helping any of his family out whenever they needed him, but above all his grandchildren held a special place in his heart.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 35 years, María Villalon ; children, Guadalupe (Jack) Meach, Genevieve Villalon, Frank Vásquez, and Herlinda Villalon; 13 grandchildren; and siblings Minnie, Paul, Sylvia, Harry, and Angie. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter, Amanda and brother, Jesse.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. S. Josh, his staff and granddaughter, Victoria for their loving care.
TINA MARIE LOSOYA
Tina Marie Losoya, who was born on August 17, 1963, to Rene and Isabel Losoya, passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2015, in Cincinnati. Tina was preceded in death by her father, Rene, and is survived by her mother, Isabel and siblings, Rene (Regina) Losoya Jr., Diane Losoya, Angelo (Sarah Cornell) Graza and Julian S. (Rachel Montano) Garza. She is also survived by nieces and nephews, Rene III, Joseph, Joshua, Monique, Damon, Julian II, Noah, Vincent, Angel, Nicholas, Mario, Eden and Isabel.
Friends may call at The Walter Funeral Home, 4653 Glendale Avenue, Toledo, Ohio on Sunday, November 8 from 2 to 7 p.m., where Funeral Services will begin at 7 p.m. Interment will be Private. Memorial contributions in Tina’s name are requested to the family.
Theresa Tello Castro
4/29/1939 – 10/27/2015
Theresa Castro departed at home with her 3 children,Vida (Robert) ,Vicki (Buda), Javier (Monica), in Oregon, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Reynaldo Castro.
She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Ruben, Raul, Alicia, Velia, Elena, Julia, Jay, Gabriel, Ricardo, Salvador, Reyna, 9 great grandchildren Arianna, Atilano, Selena, Ruben Jr., Alianna, A’layah, Analina, Analia, Santiago, Reynaldo.
The Castro family will be having a memorial luncheon at Latins United 706 S. St. Clair St. Toledo Ohio 43609, on Nov. 7, 2015. From 11 am- 4 pm. All friends and family are welcome to come.
Eleanor Montes, 86 years of Toledo, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday October 13, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Raymondville TX to Antonio and Juana Martínez.
Eleanor was a woman who lived life to the fullest. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, going to the casino, but most of all she loved being with her family and all their many friends, all of whom either called her mom, Aunt Eleanor or grandma. She was proud of her Mexican Heritage and her ability to speak Spanish. Eleanor was a member of the Latino clubs Latins United and Spanish American Organization, and to VFW Northwood Post Ladies Auxillary.
Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband Joseph P. Montes; sons Joe Montes Jr., Jesse Montes; daughter Judy Ruble; granddaughter Nicole Montes; great grandchildren Ebon and Eric Maire and her parents; brother Frank Martinez and sister Mary Vásquez.
She is survived by her children Tony (Lori) Montes, Mary (Frank) Torres and Janet (Lewis) Mellinger; grandchildren Angie, Mike, Monique, Brittany, Jennifer, Jesse, Ronnie; 10 great grandchildren; sister Juanita Waxler and brother Tony (Mary) Martínez
Al Abrams: 1941-2015
Motown pioneer, longtime La Prensa contributor passes away
Rodolfo “Rudy” Sánchez passed away on September 25, 2015, surrounded by family and friends. Born in Genoa, OH on October 20, 1949, to Rodolfo and Julia (Siller) Sánchez, he served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam War, earning a Purple Heart. He later became a devout, faithful servant to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Rudy was an avid music lover, played bass and loved singing Tejano music with family and friends. He will be remembered most for his story telling and huge, giving heart. He was like family to all who knew him.
Survived by beloved wife and true love of 47 years, Juanita “Janie” (García) Sánchez; children, Gina García-Sánchez, Danny (Diane) Sánchez, Lisa (Ricardo) Gonzáles-Sánchez, April and Linda Sánchez, Connie, Monalisa, Ursula and Sonya Ballez; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, Ramón and Yolanda Sánchez, Olivia (Julian) Herrera, Rolando (Mary) Obregón, Anita (Steve) Martin, Esmeralda Obregón. Very dear to his heart, Rudy Guevara, Marcus Sánchez, Mateo Sánchez, and Gonzalo Camacho; along with more family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by parents and siblings, Ralph Costilla, Alfonso, Linda, Roger, Richard Sánchez and many loved ones.
DAVID N. MARTÍNEZ
On September 4, 2015 David N. Martínez of Adrian MI passed away at his daughter’s home in Ypsilanti. David was born in Blissfield on April 29, 1943 to Ramón and María (née Navarro) Martínez. He graduated from Blissfield High School in 1963. He married Ana (Martínez) Martínez of Adrian in Georgia on May 31, 1965. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1967 he returned with his wife to raise a family in Adrian. David worked for the Ford Motor Company in Saline for 30 years before retiring.
He is survived by three daughters, Georgina Martínez of San Antonio, TX, Elida Martínez (Bernabe) Robledo of San Antonio, TX, and Theresa (Clifford) Martínez-White of Ypsilanti; six grandchildren, Jacob Pabolo, Caleb Martínez Sewell, Eliana Robledo, David Robledo, Marianna Robledo, and Valentina Martínez Moore; brothers Tony (María) Martínez, James Martínez; sister Lydia (Felipe) Guzmán; sisters-in-laws, Mary Gómez, Emily Martínez, Angie Martínez, Olga Olivarez, Gladys Martínez; step brother, Rufus Madrid; and his long time companion Margaret Garza and her daughter Yvonne (Cristian) Morales; and many nieces and nephews who he loved dearly.
Mr. Martínez was preceded in death by his wife, Ana Martínez; mother María Navarro Martínez Madrid; father Ramón Martínez; step-father, Casimiro Madrid; brothers, Henry Martínez, Raymond Martínez, and Paul Martínez; sister Marie Louisa Martínez (José) Valdez; mother-in-law Angelita Martínez; nephew, Ernesto Martínez; niece, Beatriz Martínez; and three brother-in-laws, Isidro Martínez, Federico Martínez, and Jesse Gómez; and step sister, Asención Cruz (née Madrid).
Virginia Díaz, originally from Robstown TX, passed on August 4, 2015, at Harper Hospital in Detroit, MI after losing a lengthy battle to Chronic Kidney Disease. Virginia retired from working with the State of Ohio, Dept. of Mental Health, working as an account clerk in a supervisory position at the Toledo Mental Health Center. She was elected Treasurer of the OCSEA chapter at this facility. Other positions that she had were working for Riverside Hospital and various factories in the Toledo OH area. She also was a radio disc jockey for a local Mexican-American radio program in the Toledo area. She loved la música tejana.
She is survived by her children, Charles J. Sarabia (Abbie), Israel L. Díaz (Jane), Victor M. Díaz, Cynthia Ann G. Torres, and Abraham A. Díaz. She had 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.
Virginia was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Albert E. Díaz; parents, Louis and Juanita Sarabia; brothers, Jesús Sarabia, Felipe Sarabia, Francisco Sarabia, and Rubén Sarabia; and sisters, Estefana Silva, Alicia Rodríguez, and Mary Lucio.
CARLOS TIRADO SANTIAGO
Carlos S. Tirado, 82, of Lorain, OH passed away Saturday, August 8, 2015 in his home following a lengthy illness. Carlos was born May 4, 1933 in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain in 1950.He retired from Lake Terminal Railroad in 1993. He worked there for 37 Years. Carlos was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Chapel for over 55 years. He was a Crusillista and active with, St. Vincent DePaul Society and the Charismatic Group. Carlos was also involved with fundraising for the construction of the new church.
He will be deeply missed by his wife of 50 years Ana M. Tirado; sons Carlos (Janet) and Edwin (Evi) Tirado both of Florida, Albert (Bernice)Tirado and Nelson (Teresa) both of Lorain, daughters Marlene Tirado and Pauline Santiago both of Lorain; brothers Sixto, Regalado, Jaime and Marcelino Santiago all of Lorain, Eladio and José R. Santiago both of Puerto Rico; sisters Candida Ramos both of Lorain and Anadelia Santiago and Guillermina Santiago of Puerto Rico; 11 grandchildren, and one great granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.
Carlos was preceded in death by his parents Marcelo Santiago and Paula Tirado.
His family will receive friends Thursday, August 13, 2015 from 4 to 8 PM at the Richard J. Reidy Funeral Home, 1783 East 31st Street, South Lorain, Ohio. Friends may also call Friday from 8:30 AM until the time of Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM at Sacred Heart Chapel, 3401 Pearl Avenue, Lorain. Rev. Father William A. Thaden, pastor will be the celebrant. The burial will follow Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township.
CRISPINA A. RODRÍGUEZ
Crispina A. Rodríguez, 89, of Gibsonburg, OH passed away on August 2, 2015 at the Hospice of Western Reserve, Cleveland. Born in Maxwell, TX on October 25, 1925, she was a daughter of Narciso and Consuelo (Baez) Avalos. Crispina retired from BGSU as a custodian. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, and gardening.
Crispina was married to Aniceto Rodríguez; he preceded her in death October 1985. She is survived by children, Antonia Rodríguez, Dora Rodríguez, Crispina Molina, Olga Ramirez, Rubén Rodríguez, Teresa Rodríguez, Roberta García, and David Rodríguez; siblings, Tony Hernández, Moises Hernández, and Josefina Jaso. Also surviving are many many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, whom she considered God’s precious jewels of her crown of life.
Crispina is preceded in death by her parents; twin infants, Fidel & Rogelio Rodríguez; son, Arturo “Rey” Rodríguez; daughter, Esther Treviño; siblings, Anastacio Abalos, Apolinar Rodríguez, Elodia Garza, Epifano Avalos, Fidel Hernández, and Lolita Avalos; and grandson, Marcos Cásares.
GERARD J. LUNA
Gerard J. Luna, of Toledo, OH passed away Saturday, May 30, 2015, in the Hospice of Northwest Ohio Inpatient Unit, Perrysburg, surrounded by his family and serenaded by his music and blessings from Rev. Kent Kaufman. He was born December 19, 1961, in Toledo, Ohio to John G. and Augustina (Reyes) Luna.
Gerard was a gifted musician who played and composed all types of music. He performed on the saxophone, trumpet, accordion, keyboard and rhythm instruments. Gerard was active in the Latino community and especially supported the homeless by also volunteering and performing for them on holidays.
Preceded in death by his mother, he is survived by his father, John G. Luna; sisters, Guadalupe Luna, Eva Miller, Micaela Luna, Andrea Luna, and brother, Ruben Luna; brother-in-law, Dionicio Valdes, and a host of special nieces and nephews.
Consuelo “Connie” Avalos, 48, of Toledo, OH, passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2015. Her 3 children (Diamond, Ruby, and Chello), mother (Sarah), 4 brothers (Epifanio Jr., Rubén, Benjamin, and Raúl) and 3 sisters (Esmeralda Treviño, Eriselda, and Sarah) survive Connie, who will be dearly missed.
Christina Gomez, 50, of Curtice, OH, passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at The Willows in Oregon. She was born in Toledo on November 2, 1964, to Ignacio and Dolores (née Navarro) López and had worked as a Department Manager with WalMart for many years. Christina was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and cherished every moment spent with her husband and her grandchildren.
Christina is survived by her loving husband, Felipe “Flaco” Beltrán Gomez; mother, Dolores; children, Dolores (Daniel) Stevenson, Carolina (José) Castro, and Jaime Beltrán; grandchildren, Celestina, Alondra, Angie, and Annicia; siblings, Richard (Cassidy) López, Carmen (Carlos) Castillo, and Wella López.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ignacio, and brother, Rudy López.
November 29, 1956 – May 6, 2015
Arturo López, 58, of Lansing, MI passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit. He was born to Willie and Delia (née Castillo) López Sr. on November 29, 1956 in Saginaw, MI.
Arturo had a heart of gold and tremendous passion for Tejano music. He started out with his band La Corporación 35 years ago, partnering with his good friend and colleague Kookie Hernández, and has inspired a multitude of people, including his family, especially his brother, Gary López, and other future musicians. The band was extremely popular and entertained Tejano audiences throughout the Midwest. The band received numerous awards and was actively engaged in the Midwest Tejano Music Awards from 1991 to 1997. There will be a special tribute to him on June 7 in Saginaw, MI during the Midwest Tejano Music Fest.
Along with his passion for music, Arturo loved spending time with his family, reminiscing about the “good times.”
Survivors include his children: Christi López, Arturo López Jr., and their mother, Honda, Carlos López, Mario López, Brisa López, and their mother, María; his grandchildren: Anthony Delgado, Alexus Delgado, Carlos Gaije López, and Lyriq Hall; his dear mother, Delia López; his brothers and sisters: María (Bob) Díaz, Mario López, Blanca (Frank) García, Gary (Irene) López, Nina López, Jackie López, Elsa (Gary) McClain, Tony López, and Rolando López; very special nephew, Gary López Jr.; along with many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, and friends; his very special cousin, Francis “Kika” Sevilla Wright; and members of La Corporación: Kookie Hernández, Rubén Herrera, and Joe Herrera Jr.
He was preceded in death by his father, Willie López Sr.; sister, Irma López; and his brother, Willie López Jr.
The Funeral Liturgy was celebrated on May 12, 2015 in All Saints Parish (St. James Church), 710 Columbus Ave., Bay City, MI. Rev. José María Cabrera presided with interment in St. Patrick Cemetery.
Juan Ramos Jr. 65, of Toledo, OH, passed away in his residence on Friday, May 8, 2015. Juan was born in Adrian, Michigan on June 13, 1949 to Juan and Ambrosia Ramos Sr. He had worked at Page Plus Cellular. Juan enjoyed playing the drums for Rubén Ramos and La Familia band for many years. His true love and enjoyment was spending time with his grandchildren and his family.
Surviving are his wife, Sulema; children, John (Leandra), Priscilla (Arnold) Escobar; grandchildren, Ashley, Riana, Arnold, Alex; sister, Lupe Mahn; nephew, Rueben (Mary) Ramos. Juan was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Benny, Mary, David, and Frank.
Visitation held at Eggleston, Meinert & Pavley Funeral Home, Oregon Chapel, 440 S. Coy Road, on Tuesday from 2-8 pm and where his funeral service held on Wednesday at 11:00 am. Interment follows in Historic Woodlawn Cemetery.
CHRISTOPHER PATRICK NAZARIO JR.
Christopher Patrick Nazario, Jr., 34 yrs., a resident of Lorain, OH, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain, following a sudden illness. He was born May 12, 1980 in Lorain. Christopher was a lifetime resident of Lorain, and attended Admiral King High School. He was employed at Northfield/Oldcastle Company in Sheffield Village. His hobbies included sports, music, and cooking. He loved dogs and cats, especially Zva his dog and his cat Dino. He loved physical work such as landscaping and helping his family with maintenance around their homes. Christopher enjoyed spending time with his family, especially with his niece Kayla.
Survivors include his parents Christopher P. and Debbie Nazario (née: Ponorica); brother Michael Nazario all of Lorain; niece Kayla Nazario; paternal aunt Angie Nazario; maternal grandmother Norma Ponorica (née: Shippe); paternal step grandmother Pet Nazario; maternal uncle Anthony Ponorica; maternal aunt Kim Risdon (Rob); his godfather Mark Nazario and godmother Valerie Buckley; many aunt, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather George Ponorica in 2009; paternal grandfather José Nazario in 2009; paternal grandmother Margaret Nazario (née: McCabe) in 1994; and his uncle Joe Nazario in 1995.
SENOVIA ROSE HERNÁNDEZ
Senovia Rose Hernández, 102 years, passed away peacefully en la casa on March 21, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Waring, TX on October 30, 1912, to Hipolito and Cipriana (née Martínez) Rodríguez. Her family moved to Toledo, OH in December 1925. Senovia was a wonderful homemaker throughout her life. She was a member of the Legion of Mary at St. Joseph’s parish in Sylvania, and an active member of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, where she taught catechism classes in the early 1930s. She was an avid reader, enjoyed crocheting, embroidering, and tending to her flower garden.
She is survived by her children: Francisco (Priscilla) of Albuquerque, NM, Mary Mantey of Toledo, Fernando (Linda) of Riga, MI, Margarita “Peg” (Daniel) Kasprzak of Toledo, Nicolas (Julia) Hernández of Oregon, Oh; 19 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren, along with nieces and nephews.
Also surviving are her sisters: Sr. Therese Rodríguez, IWS, Mary González, and Theresa Hernández.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Angel Hernández, in September 2005, and her siblings, Genovea, Patrick, Virginia, Louis, Juana, Genevieve Rodríguez, and Isabel Plasencio.
RICHARD P. GARCIA
Richard P. Garcia Sr, 84, of Lorain, OH died unexpectedly on Wednesday March 11, 2015 in the emergency room at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain. He was born March 17, 1930 in Rockdale, Texas and had resided in Lorain since 1949. In 1949, he worked at the Lake Terminal Railroad in Lorain then joined the US Army and served during the Korean War as a medic with the rank of Corporal. After his discharge from the Army, he returned to Lorain and worked at The Shovel as a Supervisor/Foreman for 18 years. Later, he worked at the Lorain Ford Assembly Plant as a Maintenance Welder for 23 years retiring in 1995. Richard was an active member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church where he was a member of the Senior Sociables. He was a member of United Auto Workers Local #425 in Lorain, a member and past president of the Mexican Mutual Society, a member of the Lorain Senior Community Center where he was in charge of the building and maintenance, a trustee of the Lorain International Festival Association, a member of Sacred Heart Chapel Guadalupe Society and a member of IAV Post #1. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and attending their activities.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years Pauline García (née Prieto), children Rick García (Lori) and Diana Lesiecki, all of Lorain, grandchildren Tim García (Katie) of Woburn, Massachusetts, Renee García and Chris García (Britni), all of Columbus, AJ Lesiecki and Jonathon Lesiecki, both of Lorain, sisters Ruth De La Garza and Mary Alice Solis, both of San Antonio, Texas and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents AC and Antonia García (née Zamora), brother Edward García, sisters Elvira Cauthen and Sally Aguirre and son-in-law David Lesiecki.
Enriqueta (née Hernández) Rodríguez, 74 of Toledo, OH passed away on March 11, 2015 at The University of Toledo Medical Center. She was born July 14, 1940 in San Miguel Regla Hidalgo, Mexico to Guadalupe and Juana (Licona) Hernández.
She leaves behind her husband, Juventino Rodríguez; her brothers: Cecelio Hernández, Alberto (Veronica) Hernández, and Olegario Hernández; seven children: Arturo (Ruth Ann) Hernández, Pepe (Patty) Escutia, Emilio Hernández, Markus (Karie) Rodríguez, María Rodríguez and Irma Rodríguez; niece Juana (Bert) McLellan; 24 cherished grandchildren; three treasured great-grandchildren; one great-niece.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings: Lupe, Paz, Chavelo, and Micaela; sister-in-law, Elia Hernández.
Sylvester Muñoz , 86, died Saturday, February 28, 2015, at St. Vincent Mercy Hospital, Toledo Ohio, surrounded by his loving family. Sylvester was born on December 28, 1928, in Marlin, Texas. He was a devoted husband of 60 years to Elda Muñoz , who survives him. He was a devoted father and grandfather and is also survived by his children, Sylvester (Juanita) Muñoz Jr., Sylvia Muñoz , Joseph F. (Rosemary) Muñoz , Griselda (Elias) Espinoza; John Muñoz ; and James E. Muñoz ; numerous grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
STEVE DeHOYOS JR.
Steve DeHoyos Jr., 54, of Perrysburg, OH died Monday, February 16, 2015, in Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. He was born in Oregon, OH on November 2, 1961, to Esteban and Marie (née Navarro) DeHoyos and was married on, January 31, 1986, in Bowling Green to Diane M. Gonzáles.
Steve was a 1980 graduate of Cardinal Stritch High School and continued his education at Bowling Green State University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. He worked for 10 years at Jobst Institute and most recently for John Hancock in insurance sales. Steve was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church in Perrysburg where he was a former treasurer of the Boy Scouts and for eight years served as a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House in Toledo.
Steve was a lifetime fan of the Detroit Tigers and also a fan of St. Francis de Sales High School, the Ohio State Buckeyes, BGSU and the Detroit Red Wings and any team that involved kids. He was also a fan of ANY team that was playing Michigan. He enjoyed listening to Mexican and Tejano music, watching sporting events, laughter, and it touched his heart when anyone laughed at his jokes.
He is survived by his wife, Diane; sons, Andrew S. DeHoyos of Perrysburg and Gabriel S. DeHoyos (Chelsi Vásquez) of Holland; grandson, John Villarreal; sisters, Diane DeHoyos of Texas and Rose DeHoyos of Genoa, OH; many nieces and nephews; father and mother-in-law, Francisco and Marie Gonzáles; sisters-in-law, Delia Gonzáles, Josephine (Albert) González, Eleanor (Javier) DeJesús, Rose Mary Gonzáles (Steve) Barton, Christy Gonzáles, and brother-in-law, Fred Gonzáles.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Petra Reyna of Toledo; sister-in-law, Lupe (Serafin) Centeno, and brother-in-law, Frank Gonzáles Jr.
Alberto Almaraz, born July 7, 1926 in Texas, lived a long, meaningful life. Alberto passed away peacefully in his home on January 25, 2015, with his loving wife of 66 years, Ofelia, and his family by his side. Services were held at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Toledo.
MARY C. GARZA
Mary C. Garza, 68, died peacefully on January 26, 2015 at Hospice in Perrysburg, OH. She was born April 8, 1946 in Eaglepass, TX to Ysidro and Petra (née Maldonado) Durán. Mary married Braulio “Lal” Garza 47 years ago. She worked as a beautician all her life. Mary also worked at Chrysler, retiring in 2008. She was dedicated to serving the Lord, her husband and children, grandchildren, and a host of friends. Mary was a selfless and humble person to all who knew her. She ministered to those in her life with Christian CDs. She adored being with all of her family.
She is survived by her children Cynthia (Stacey Simmons), Nicole (Robert García), Mona (Edmundo Ruiz) and her only son Joseph Garza; grandchildren Roberto Ribas, Anthony II and Alex Urbina, Julian and Joaquin Simmons, Mia, María and Edmundo Ruiz; special nephew and god son Manuel (Melinda) Mora. She is survived by her siblings Sylvester Durán, Petra Montez, Ysidro, José and Sesario Durán, and many nieces and nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Braulio, and sisters Delfina Mora and Esperanza Gonzáles.
It is with great sadness that the family of Rudy Guardiola of Toledo, OH share the sudden passing of their beloved Rudy Guardiola. Rudy was a great part of the laughter within his family. Rudy enjoyed fishing, zero candy bars, hard licorice, reading books on tape, ‘B’ rated movies, and rooting for his favorite Detroit teams, the Lions and Tigers. Rudy served in the U.S. Army. He worked for more than 25 years in the Toledo Area Sanitary District – Mosquito Control.
He is survived by his wife, Linda; children, Ashlee Salazar (Mike J.), Jesse, Angelica (Austin L.) and Miguel; grandchildren, Jessie and Mason; his father, Raúl Guardiola (Rudy) and his brother and sisters, John (Marina) Guardiola, Alicia (Charles) Geyer, Gloria (Donald) Mikolajczak, María Guardiola, Eleanor (Francisco) Villagomez and Esther Guardiola (Ramón P.) and many, many nephews, nieces and cousins.
He was preceded in death by loving mother, Diamantina, and baby brother, James.
Manuel Nieto, age 78, of Lorain, OH passed away on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. He was an avid bowler and golfer, playing in many various leagues. He was a steel worker at US Steel and a co-founder of Mexican Mutual Society; most important to Manuel was his familia.
Manuel is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Virginia (née Kovach); his loving children, Enedina Nieto (Jerry), Nancy Jessel, Carol Kolcun (David), Dennis Jessel, JoAnn Harris (Buford), Arthur Nieto (Gloria), Adela Nieto, Rebecca Nieto, Grace Nieto, Paul Nieto, Dan Nieto, Gene Nieto, and Ben Nieto; 22 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, Pablo and María Nieto; one brother; and two sisters.
LOUIS R. SEGURA
Louis R. Segura, age 64, of East Toledo, OH passed away suddenly on January 18, 2015. Louis was born on May 24, 1950, the son of Manuel and Emma (née Toral) Segura.
Surviving are sisters, Margaret Finkbeiner and Rita Hulls; brothers, James, Steven (Nancy), David, John (Boni), Patrick, George and Joseph; sister-in-law, Rose Segura and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Gloria Maulbetsch; brothers, Alfonse, Anthony, Charles, and Edward.
RUDOLPHO V. FLORES JR.
Rudolpho V. Flores Jr., age 58, of Toledo, OH passed away suddenly on Monday, January 19, 2015, in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. He was self-employed most of his life.
He was preceded in death by his father, Rodolfo Flores Sr., and brother, John Victor.
Rudolpho is survived by his mother, Consuelo (née Campos) Flores; children, Carissa, Vanessa, Milisa, Sara, Danielle, Rudy III, Mathias, and Brodderyk; 16 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, and sisters, Christina, Raquel, Linda, Suzanne, and Connie.
JULIO ZAVALA SR.
Julio Zavala Sr., 88, of Lorain, OH passed away Saturday, January 17, 2015 at University Hospital Elyria Medical Center following a lengthy illness.
Born Feb. 17, 1926 in Escalon, California, he came to Lorain in 1948 and has lived here since.
Julio worked 33 years at the Lorain Ford Assembly Plant as a welder, retiring in 1991. Prior to this he worked in the naval shipyard in New Jersey and Lake Terminal Railroad.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and the United Auto Workers Union Local 425.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Gabina Candelaria (née Balbuena); a son, Julio Zavala Jr., of Sarasota, Florida; daughters, Gloria (Jorge Flores) Zavala of Lorain, Yolanda (Michael) Dudek of Eastpointe, Michigan, and Amparo Portillo of Dearborn, Michigan; 7 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; and a sister.
He was preceded in death by his son, Javier Zavala in 1993; and his parents, Leopold and Apolonia (née Fuentes) Zavala; and 4 sisters.
Anthony “Cool Breeze” Levario of Saginaw, MI passed away January 1, 2015 at his home. Anthony was born September 4, 1967 in Midland TX. He was a graduate of Arthur Hill High School and the Media Tech Music Institute in Austin. The Tejano worked in the entertainment industry in Michigan and Texas—he was a member of Tejano band Más Caliente of Saginaw.
Surviving are his four daughters: Eulalea “Lala” Levario, Laura Levario, Victoria Levario, and Antonia Levario; four grandchildren: Anthony Miller, Noah Miller, Malaya Hughes, and Jamir Hughes; three brothers: Joseph (Mamie) Levario III, Daniel Levario, and Jason Levario; two sisters: Margaret (Juan) Selley and Valerie Urivez; his mother, Dora Urivez; grandmother, Lucille Levario; and many nieces and nephews.
Antonio was preceded in death by one daughter, Selena Levario; his father Joseph Levario, Jr.; and grandfather, Rubén Flores, Sr.
A benefit dance is scheduled for Friday, January 23, 2015 at Florence Street Hall, 110 Florence St., Saginaw MI.
Rosa Lombrana, 89, of the old South end of Toledo, died peacefully on January 7, 2015. She was born in Franklin, Minnesota on June 9, 1925, to Emeterio and Lucianna Alonzo. She grew up in Crystal City, TX and raised her children in Toledo, Ohio. Rosa was a longtime active member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic church, the Guadalupe Society and the DeColores, a religious organization. She was known for her famous tamales. Many will remember her long lines at her food both at the Toledo ethnic street festivals. Rosa enjoyed watching her telenovelas and going to dances.
Rosa is survived by her children, Jesse, María, and Antonio Lombrana; over 60 grand, great, and great-great grandchildren; her sister, Estella Rivera and her special niece, Olga Avalos and family. She was preceded in death by her parents; her children, Rosemarie Becerra, José, Ray, David, Romiro, and Martin Lombrana; her brothers, Guadalupe, Emeterio, Antonio, and Augustine Alonzo.
In Loving Memory of our Mother
You can only have one mother
Patient kind and true;
No other friend in all the world,
Will be the same to you.
When other friends forsake you,
To mother you will return,
For all her loving kindness,
She asks nothing in return.
As we look upon her picture,
Sweet memories we recall,
Of a face so full of sunshine,
And a smile for one and all.
Sweet Jesus, take this message,
To our dear mother up above;
Tell her how we miss her,
And give her all our love.
Happy Birthday Mom
ELSA VÁSQUEZ FERREYRA
Elsa Vásquez Ferreyra, age 89, passed away peacefully on December 14, 2014 at Toledo Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. Elsa was born in La Serena, Chile on August 25, 1925. Her mother Fresia moved with Elsa to Lima, Perú at an early age, where she attended school. She married her sweetheart Jorge Vásquez Gutiérrez and together they raised their family in Lima, Perú.
They had 6 children: Jorge Vásquez, Fresia Vásquez, Hernán Vásquez, Mario Vásquez, Elsa Nakashima Vásquez, and Ines Vásquez.
Of her 6 children, she is survived by 4: Fresia (who lives in Maryland), Hernán and Elsa (who reside in Toledo), and Ines (who resides in Lima, Peru).
Elsa is also survived by 20 great grandchildren, living from Rome, Italy, Maryland, Ohio, and Michigan to Lima, Perú.
A Memorial Mass and blessing of her ashes will be celebrated at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church located at 728 S. St. Clair St. Toledo, Ohio 43619, on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 12:00 noon, with Fr. Francisco Molina. Her daughter Ines will be present to deliver her mothers’ ashes to rest next to her husband and mother at the British Cemetery in Lima, Perú.
Lunch and a gathering will follow at the parish hall adjacent to the church immediately after the Mass. All her friends are invited to share some of Elsa’s memories with her family.
The family suggests tributes to her fund at SS. Peter and Paul Church for the preservation of the beautiful 25’ mural of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the patroness of the Américas, which she always admired as a sign of motherly love and hope to all who visit the neighborhood.
Paula (née Vribes) Hall, age 41, was called home on December 23, 2014. She was born July 28, 1973. Paula loved her family deeply, was loved by many and will be dearly missed.
She is survived by her children Jeremy (Chelsea), Anthony, Keysha, Keyjuan, Aaliyah, and Angela; her companion Limon Wilson; brothers Anthony and Scott; sisters Tina, Tanya, Kathy Jo; and granddaughter Amina. She is preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and children. A memorial service will be held at the Fredrick Douglas Center, 1001 Indiana Ave., on Friday, January 2nd at 2 p.m.
FRANK V. AVILA
Frank V. Avila, born January 29, 1944, age 70, of Swanton, OH, passed away Thursday morning, November 27, 2014, after a fatal car accident. Frank is a veteran of the Vietnam War; he worked full time as a security guard. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. He loved listening to music; some of his happiest times were playing the base guitar in a band with his brothers called “Conjunto San Juan.”
Frank is survived by his wife of 47 years, Rosemary Avila, and five children: Román (Darlene) Avila, Martín (Angela) Avila, Umberto (Becky) Avila, Elda “Peach” (John) Rafey, and Cecilio Avila; also three brothers, Mike Avila, Tony Avila and Robert Avila; two sisters, Juanita Aldaco and Jessica Blanco; he leaves behind 17 grandchildren.
Frank is preceded in death by his parents, Saturnino Avila and Consuelo Avila; also his brother, Mario Avila and sister, Tina Guardiola.
SALUD GONZÁLEZ DE CORTEZ
Salud “Sally” Rose González de Cortez, age 92, of Toledo, passed away Saturday, November 29, 2014, in Hospice of Northwest Ohio. A graduate of Central Catholic High School, she attended Community Technical College, studying business administration. She worked as a broker for 15 years for E.O.P.A., advocating for Latinos to get the benefits they deserve.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert J; sisters, Leona, Josephine, Mary, Aurora, Sue Campos, Ruth García, Sister María Jose OSU and Remedias; brothers, Frank, Manuel, Fritz, Sylvester, Joseph, and Peter.
She is survived by brothers, Anthony (Irene) González; children, Anthony, Alexander, Josephine (Bill), Helen (David), Jesús, Theresa, and Ramón; as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
JOSEPH “JOSE” MARTINEZ, March 19, 1956 to November 30, 2014
Joseph “José” Martínez (Joe), 58 years old, a local, self-taught artist from South Toledo was called home to heaven on Sunday, November 30, 2014 after experiencing an unexpected health condition at St. Vincent’s Hospital. He was born on March 19, 1956 in Toledo, Ohio to the late Eusebio (Sam) and Concepción (aka Concha née Cortinas) Martínez.
José, known to many as Joe, was a very talented artist and member of OLA – Organization of Latino Artists. His contributions include the painting of over 30 murals in the city in an effort to bring beauty, vibrancy, and expression through art to South Toledo, an area of the city that he held close to his heart.
Joe worked with area troubled youth in hopes to help transform their way of thinking. He often shared his story on how painting and art had a profound impact on his life and changed his own way of thinking. He was an active supporter of the Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center and La Galería. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Joe leaves behind to cherish his memory his son Joey (Bambi) Martínez Jr. of Las Vegas, NV; his daughter Amie (Roberto) Avelar; his grandchildren Joe III, Felipe, Concepción (Chita), Selena, Emiliano, Monica, and Roberto III ; his siblings Thomas Martínez, Balbina (Tomás) Ruiz, Sabina (Martín) Elizondo, Juliana (Edmundo) Ruiz, Henry Martínez, Lupe (Carlos) Jaso, Suzie Martínez, María (Cuca) Martínez, Juan (Carol) Martínez of Angola, IN; several nieces and nephews; and his girlfriend Monica Carrillo.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Cayetano (Carl) Martínez and Simon Martínez; nieces Gloria Ruiz, Sandi Elizondo, April Martínez; and nephew Cayetano (Carl Jr.) Martínez.
JOSE A. HERNANDEZ
Jose A. “Papo” Hernández, Sr., age 63, of Lorain, Ohio passed away on Nov. 15, 2014, in the Cleveland Clinic, following a long illness. He was born in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, coming to Lorain over 20 years age. José Hernández was employed with US Steel Corp. as a crane operator and a supervisor for the Lorain Metro Housing Authority retiring in January 2014.
He enjoyed watching TV and spending time with his family and friends. He will be missed by his daughter, Lissette Román, of Miami Fla.; sons, José A. Hernández, Jr., José E. Hernández, and Steven Hernández, all of Lorain, Emilo Joe Hernández of Miami Fla., Marius Lamar Hernández of Lorain; seven grandchildren; brothers, Emigdio Hernández, of Puerto Rico, and Domingo Mendoza, Jr., of Lorain; sister, Fanny Mendoza, of Lorain; and a host of nieces and nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his parents, Miguel A. and Aracely Hernández; step-father, Domingo Ocasio.
CHERYL LYNN CARRILLO-TORRES
Cheryl Lynn Carrillo-Torres, age 56, of Niagara Falls, NY passed away October 9, 2014, at her home. She was born in Toledo, Ohio on September 18, 1958, to Connie (née Nino) and Carlos Carrillo. Cheryl attended Rogers High School and retired from Hunt’s Foods. She enjoyed watching old movies and old TV shows, her favorite being I Love Lucy. She also enjoyed her weekly talks with her grandchildren.
Cheryl is survived by her mother, Connie, and her father, Carlos Carrillo; sons, Samuel Jr. (Tammie) Torres, Steven (Courtney) Torres; daughters, Rebekah (William) Torres and ReAnna (Mark) Cunningham; 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; grandmother, Helen Nini; brothers, Anthony (Janie), Michael, Christopher (Sharon), Daniel (Theresa) and Tom Brenda Carrillo; sister, Cathi Carrillo; 2 stepbrothers; step-sister, Kathy Johnson; companion, Jeff Regis and his family from Niagara Falls; 23 nieces and nephews; the father of her children, Samuel Torres Sr. and the Torres family and her “brother from another mother,” Frank Martínez Jr. Cheryl was preceded in death by her grandparents, Jesse Nino, Aseción, and Leocadia Carrillo; stepmother, Betty Carrillo; niece, Connie Carrillo and 3 infant great-nephews.
María Guadalupe “Lupita” Andaverde, 86, of Genoa, OH, died late evening, Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at the Genoa Retirement Village. She was born on March 2, 1928, in Edcouch, Texas, to Martin and Gregoria (née Villarreal) Ramirez. On July 21, 1946, in Weslaco, Texas, she married Edelmiro “Andy” Andaverde and he preceded her in death on July 30, 2005. María attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Genoa, where she and her husband were founding members of the Guadalupe Society of which María was a past treasurer, vice president and president.
In the 1960s María and her husband organized and were responsible for helping to introduce the summer Mexican Masses to the migrant community at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. María was well known for her excellent Mexican cooking throughout the area and was often called to help cook and organize the funeral luncheons for the Mexican community. She also catered Mexican wedding receptions and quinceañeras for family and friends.
María was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren at all family gatherings. She especially loved each and every one of her grandchildren and will be greatly missed by them at future family events. Some of her favorite pastimes were playing bingo, word search puzzles, watching her novellas, watching her favorite TV program, Sabado Gigante with Don Francisco, listening to Mexican music, and gardening for which she truly had a “green thumb.”
María is survived by her children José (Mary Lou) Andaverde, Ricardo (Grace) Andaverde, Reynaldo “Manny” (Sandy) Andaverde, Daniel Andaverde (Cathy Clarkcone), Irma (William) Wolph, Rene (Cinda) Andaverde, and Ludivina “Lulu” Andaverde (Clare Cain).
She is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Other survivors include her sisters, Ninfa Orozco and Manuela “Mela” (Ignacio) García; brothers, Remigio (Marta) Ramirez, Victor “Tito” (Carmen) Ramirez and Rudolfo “Rudy” (Aurora) Ramirez, along with many nieces and nephews.
María was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Mary Jane Andaverde; grandson, Bhart Andaverde; former daughter-in-law, Sandra (Sooy) Andaverde; infant sister, Angelita Ramirez, and infant brothers, Rene, Domingo, and Marcelo Ramirez; sister-in-law, Gloria López, and brothers-in-law, Eduardo “Eddie” Orozco and Ernesto “Ernie” Padilla.
RAÚL HERNÁNDEZ SR.
Raúl “Blackie” Hernández, Sr., age 84, of Toledo, OH, passed away on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at home. He was born August 14, 1930, in Odem, TX. He married his “Chuy,” Lola Hernández, on November 12, 1958, who preceded him in death. Those who knew him knew what he liked including music by Fats Domino, but that didn’t stop him from being a loyal husband, father and hardworking man. He retired in 1985 from Royster’s Fertilizing Co.
Raúl was the last Tio to the families of his sisters, Trinidad Salas, María Mendiola, and brother, Felix Hernández, all who preceded him in death.
He was also preceded in death by his son, Rudy Sr. and grandson, Thomas. Surviving are his children, Raúl Jr. (Crystal), Paul (Laura), Norma, Valerie and Alexandra Hernández; 14 grandchildren, 29 great- grandchildren, many nephews and nieces, including, Nico (Nicole Magaña) who will miss him dearly. Although he’s gone, we know he’s going to Da Le Shine on that Blueberry Hill with his Chuy.
Melissa Ortiz-Bebbington, age 26, of Beavercreek, OH passed away on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. She is preceded in death by her grandmother, María Tomasa-Ortiz.
Melissa is survived by her husband, Greg Bebbington; parents, Tony and Lilly Ortiz; sister, María Ortiz; grandfather, Carlos González, as well as numerous other family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Melissa Ortiz-Bebbington Scholarship through the Wright State Foundation.
MARTIN R. CARABALLO
Martin R. “Papá” Caraballo, 64, of Lorain, OH passed away Thurs., Sept. 18, 2014, surrounded by family after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Martin was born Oct. 30, 1949, in Yauco, Puerto Rico, the youngest of seven children to Martin Sr. and Isabel Caraballo. At 29 years, he relocated to Lorain, and was employed as a Mold Cutter for 38 years until his retirement in 2005. Martin was a skilled bowler with the Spanish American Bowling League and won many accolades over the years. He was also an accomplished wood worker, whose completed works included everything from handmade, functional carousels to custom designed furniture and dollhouses. Martin enjoyed gardening and working outdoors, particularly maintaining his extensive rose garden. His most prized possession and his greatest enjoyment was his family.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 27 years, Bev (née Skidmore); his three hijas, Topaz Reyna of Lorain, Sonia (Marcus Hintz) Caraballo of Lorain, and Sol (Ryan) Demich of Amherst; ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, four siblings, and two infant grandchildren.
Raúl Hernández, 92, of Lorain, OH, passed away Thurs., Sept. 11, 2014 at the home of his son, Raúl. Raúl was born on March 3, 1922 in Lares, Puerto Rico. He retired from Standard Pipe in 1989, working there for 33 years. He was an avid gardener, cook, and loved playing dominoes. He was a member of Templo Emmanuel.
He is survived by his former wife of María Hernández; sons Raúl Hernán Hernández of Lorain, Frankie Hernández (Megan) of Valrico, Florida; Raúl Otero of Carolina, Puerto Rico; daughters Ruth “Cuchie” Hernández (Fico Torres) of Lorain, Norma Pérez of Detroit, MI, and Irma Flecha of Tampa, Florida; 4 adopted children: Francine, Victor, Joey and Scott Hernández; sisters, Monin Mendez and Iris Martínez of California; brother, José “Cheo” Martínez of Puerto Rico; 19 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 12 great great grandchildren.
Raúl was preceded in death by his wife Agracelia Hernández; parents Luis Crespo and Francisca Hernández; brothers, Rafaél and Luis Hernández; and daughter Celida “Sally” Ortiz.
MARY S. LEAL
Mary S. Leal went to be with the Lord on September 7, 2014. Born August 24, 1924 in Laredo, Texas. María Soliz married Alfonso Leal and moved to Toledo, Ohio in 1953. Mary S. Leal worked at Mercy Hospital for over 25 years raising 7 children and several grandchildren. In October 2013 Mary S. Leal moved to Carrollton, Texas.
Mary S. Leal joins her spouse (Alfonso) and three sons (Alfonso Jr, Gilberto and Antonio) in the realms of heaven. Surviving are four children Maria Salazar, Jane Leal Ledesma, Roberto Leal and Luis Leal, many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Mary S. Leal was beloved by all who knew her. Mary S. Leal was a lover of crossword puzzles, novelas, music, and family.
‘Say not in grief ‘she is no more’ but live in thankfulness that she was’—Hebrew proverb
ABRIEL VINCENT RUIZ
Abriel Vincent “Abez” Ruiz, age 34, of Toledo, OH passed away Wednesday, September 3, 2014. He was born to Paul and Amelia (Bermejo) Ruiz on October 12, 1979, in Toledo. Abriel worked as a tattoo artist for Goodfella’s Tattoo / Electric Ink. Drawing was his passion, but Abez was also a writer, filling pages of notebooks with all kinds of art.
Abriel is survived by his mother, Amelia Ruiz; siblings, Pablo Ruiz and Juanita Ruiz; nieces and nephews, Deleno and Dalaice Stine, Gabrielle and Mercedes Ruiz; significant other, Tiana Villarreal; friends, Tiffany W., Mama Sue and Alexandria G. Also surviving are many uncles, aunts, extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Ruiz; grandparents, Pedro (Juana) Ruiz Sr. and Raymond (Tomasa) Bermejo.
Rafaél “Ralph” Barboza, age 73, of Toledo, OH passed away Sunday, August 31, 2014, in his home. Ralph was born on December 15, 1940, in New Braunfels, TX to Ramón and Jesusita (née Reyes) Barboza. Ralph was a retired employee of Libbey Glass. He loved cars, photography, cooking and was proud to be a Macmen. Ralph served our country in the United States Air Force. Ralph’s first love was his wife of 36 years, Polly, 2 daughters and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Polly; siblings, Rubén, Roy, Robert, Ramón, Aurora, Eva, Willy, and José. Ralph is survived by his daughters, Alexandra Barboza and Melinda Boyer; grandchildren, Brandon and Brianna Boyer and Andre Scott; siblings, Angelita Gallardo, Alicia Morales, Rudy Barboza, and Richard Barboza.
JESUS A. CORTEZ
Jesús A. Cortez, of Toledo, OH, passed away on Sunday, August 31, 2014, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg. He was born February 24, 1948, in San Antonio, TX to Luis and Menchora (née Tellez) Cortez and worked as a driver for North American Van Lines for 15 years. He most recently was employed with Boeing as a mechanic and in his spare time loved dancing. He was a huge sports enthusiast attending the Indy 500 every year and supporting the San Antonio Browns Backers, Spurs and OSU teams.
He will be dearly missed by his children, Armando (Marie), Diana (Joe) Kovach, Fred (Kim), Laurie (Cory) Coutchure, Isidro Cortez, Elida Coronado, and Jesse (Adrianna) Cortez; grandchildren, Breana, Chase, Jessica Campos, Tiffanie Clemens, Katlynn Kovach, Miranda, Austin, Nicholas, Alexander, Jacob, Marissa, Jade, Anthoni and Marianna; 5 great-grandchildren and siblings, Luis Jr., Velia, Amelia, Alberto (Jesús’s twin), Irma, Oralia and Lydia. Jesús was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Rogelio and David.
DAVID D. GONZÁLES
David D. Gonzáles, 30, of Toledo, OH died unexpectedly on Saturday, August 9, 2014. He was born on January 2, 1984 in Toledo. He worked for 12 years as a commercial roofer for 4 Guys and a Roof. He enjoyed music, weight lifting, animals, and the Dallas Cowboys. He was known by all as the one guy “who would give you the shirt off his back;” he will be dearly missed by all family and friends.
Surviving are his mother, Danice (Gary) Stern; father, David (Christina) Gonzáles; daughter, Faith Marie Gonzáles-Shelton; siblings, Samantha, Victor, and James Gonzáles; grandmother, Elsie Eckel; step-grandmother, Susan Marinski; nephew, Jason Gonzáles; and step-mother, Bonnie Dzienny.
David was preceded in death by his daughter, Hope Gonzáles; grandmother and grandfather, Matilde and Victor Gonzáles; grandfather, Daniel Marinski; and uncles, Chris and Craig Marinski.
Juanita Cortez Cruz, 56, of Fremont, oh passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Bethesda Care Center. She was born April 10, 1958 in San Benito, TX the daughter of Cruz and Odelia (Ramirez) Cortez. Juanita was a dedicated employee of Speedway for 20 plus years before going on disability. She also enjoyed the company of friends and family, shopping, talking on the phone, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren, the joys of her life.
Surviving are: a daughter, Sylvia (Justin) Burel; and son Donnie Cruz, Jr., both of Fremont; grandchildren, Javien Burel and Domiana Cruz; brother, Ed (Audra) Cortez of Berea, KY; sister, Nelda (Sixto) Peña of Brownsville, TX; special niece, Bonita Weaver of Fremont; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins for which she cared for deeply. Juanita was preceded in death by her parents.
GLORIA RAMOS SALAZAR
Gloria Ramos Salazar, 61, OF Gibsonburg OH, passed at her home Thursday evening, July 24. Born on September 14, 1952 in Fremont, Gloria was a daughter of Martin and Mary García, Jr, II. She graduated from Woodmore High School in 1970 and was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Gibsonburg and a First Grade CCD teacher. She was a homemaker and a stay-at-home Grandma. Gloria was an avid participant of the Military Family Support Group, helping spouses and families of active service personnel. She had worked in the Gibsonburg Schools as a bilingual teacher’s aide for 13 years.
Gloria is survived by her mother, Mary Retana, of Oregon; husband of 39 years, Manuel Salazar, Sr., whom she married at St. Michael’s Catholic Church; children Manuel, Jr. of Gibsonburg and Nicole (Brandin Walker) Salazar of Fremont; grandchildren Marciano and Antonio Salazar; and siblings Alice (Hector) Cisneros of Toledo, Albert García of Toledo, Dora García-Padilla of Denver, Martin (Jane) García of Maumee and Diane Ramírez of Oregon, OH. She is preceded in death by her father, Martin García, Jr. II.
ANTONIO LÓPEZ SR.
Antonio López Sr., age 78, passed away Thursday, July 3, 2014, at his residence while in the care of Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Antonio was born in Laredo, Texas to Porfidio Sr. and Concepción Vitela López, both deceased. He retired from Libbey Owens Ford (LOF) after 30 years of faithful service and was currently working at El Camino Real Restaurant during his retirement years. He enjoyed family cook-outs and gatherings, music (especially Tejano music—he recently attended a concert performed by los Hermanos Garcia of Texas), playing the keyboard, singing and dancing, and his wife’s cooking.
Antonio is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 54 years, María (née Durán) López; by his sons, Antonio Jr., Thomas Sr., and Martin Sr.; sisters, Carmen (Treviño), Guadelupe (Huerta), Lilia (Marquez), María Elena (Sustayta) Margarita; and brother, Martin.
Antonio is survived by his children Cynthia (Arturo), Koren, Vincente (Jennifer), María (John), Juan (Lisa); 21 grandchildren and 41 great- grandchildren; also sister, Manuela (Pérez) and brother, Pedro Sr.
Amelia DeLeón, 85, of Martin, OH, died Friday, June 13, 2014, in Advanced Specialty Hospital, Toledo. Amelia was born in Gonzáles, Texas, on June 16, 1928, to Jesus and Rita (Rodriguez) Garcia. She married Fred M. DeLeón in Houston, Texas, on May 25, 1947, and he preceded her in death on October 19, 1987. Amelia had worked in the kitchen at the Luther Home of Mercy in Williston, Ohio, for several years, but the job she cherished most was that of wife, mother and grandmother. She loved being around her family, including special nieces and nephews, no matter the occasion; whether it be singing, baking pies, or in her younger years, going to her sons’ baseball games. Amelia always looked forward to traveling locally, around the United States or abroad, especially cherishing her memories of her trip to the Holy Land. Amelia was always described by her family as a caring, loving, giving and strong-willed person, who lived the mantra of: “It’s better to give than receive.”
Amelia’s survivors include: her sons, Larry (Debbie) DeLeón and John DeLeón; three grandchildren, five great grandchildren; siblings, Bertha (Fred) Trejo, Ninfa Torres, Dora (Bob) Navarro, Ruth García, Tony García, special friend, “Chon” Ascención Salinas, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings, Amparo Ochoa, Hope García, Jesús García, Jr., and David García.
FIDEL R. CRUZ
Fidel R. Cruz, age 70 years and a resident of Lorain, OH passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at University Hospitals, Cleveland, after a short illness. He was born in Lorain to the late Jesse and Josephine (née Hernández) Cruz.
Survivors include six children, Brian of Cleveland, Karen of Lorain, Eric of Lorain, Fidel Jr. of Korea, Stevie Stevens of Ravenna, Richie Miller of Lorain; eleven grandchildren; three brothers, Jesse (Linda) of South Carolina, Philip (Diane) of Lorain, David (Debbie) of Lorain; two sisters, María Cruz of Texas and Mary Ann Velez of Lorain.
In addition to his parents, Fidel was preceded in death by his brother Frank.
DELIA MARIA RIVERA
Delia María Rivera, 97 of Lorain, OH passed away Monday, May 19th, 2014 in Main Street Care Center, Avon Lake following a lengthy illness. She was born, October 19th, 1916 in Lares, Puerto Rico. Delia was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain. She will be dearly missed by her son, Joe of Lorain and family.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years Adolfo Rivera and sisters.
Erlinda L. Ramos, age 79, passed away peacefully at her home Wednesday afternoon, May 8, 2014. She was born in New Braunsfels, TX on January 3, 1935, to the late Juventino López and Juanita (née Fonseca) López. Erlinda was a member of St. Caspar Catholic Church. A few of her hobbies included traveling, especially to Las Vegas, where she enjoyed visiting the casinos and gambling with family and friends. Erlinda was a homemaker throughout her life and nothing was more special to her than her family, which she enjoyed dearly.
On March 18, 1961, Erlinda married José R. Ramos Sr., who survives and together had 5 children: Guadalupe Hovis, Joe (Gail) Ramos, John Ramos, Ronald (Heather) Ramos, and Sally Lou Urbina.
Also surviving are her siblings, Jessie (Olivia) López, Mary Serna, Juventino (Lilly) López Jr., Millie Cook, Maggie (Larry) Barrett, and John López; 13 grandchildren, 12 great- grandchildren and 1 great- great-granddaughter.
Preceding Erlinda in death was her brother Celestino López; sister, Eloisa Alvarado, and daughter, Sally Lou Urbina.
Ramona Trujillo (née Del Rio), 77, of Toledo, OH passed away Sunday, May 4, 2014 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo. Ramona was born in Laredo, TX to José and Amada Del Rio on February 12, 1937. She grew up in Erie, MI and attended Monroe High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of Toledo and served in the U.S. Peace Corp in Guatemala. She worked for the Lucas County Children Services Board 17 years and retired from Toledo Public Schools (Woodward HS) as a Spanish teacher.
Throughout her life, Ramona, maintained a strong connection to the local community teaching ESL, GED, driver’s ed. and helped many residents prepare for U.S. Citizenship exams. She also served as a translator and volunteered for many local organizations including: Adelante, Inc., FLOC, The International Institute, and the former Guadalupe Center. She received a Diamante Award in 2009 for philanthropic efforts in the Latino community. Her favorite pass times were reading, sewing, doing crossword puzzles, and listening to Tejano/Mexican music.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Jesús Arturo Trujillo; daughter Amada Mónica Esquivel (Edwardo); three grandchildren Melina, Liliana, and Victor Esquivel; sisters Alicia Kharsa, Mary Ortiz, Enedina Del Ri,o and Betty Rose Lucio (deceased); brothers Vicente José Del Rio and James Del Rio (deceased); and many adoring nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
PABLO C. HERNÁNDEZ
Pablo C. Hernández, 88, of Lorain, OH passed away Monday, April 21, 2014 at New Life Hospice Residential Center, Lorain following a brief illness. Born January 10, 1926 in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, he came to Lorain in the early 1950s. Pablo worked at Lorain Works US Steel for 20 years, retiring in 1988. Prior to that, he worked at Hoag’s Greenhouse in Elyria where he received his boilermaker’s license. He was a member of the United Steel Workers Union Local 1104 and enjoyed gardening, painting houses and helping others.
Surviving are son, Fred Hernández of Lorain; daughters, Mirta (John) Remali of Sheffield Village and Edith (Bill Poll) of Queens, NY; 5 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; sisters, María Hernández of Brooklyn, NY, Sarah Hernández and Sophia Hernández both of Puerto Rico; and his companion of 14 years, Norma Medina and her children.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Juana (née Chevere) Hernández; and sisters, Andrea, Eladia, and Constance
Margarita Rodríguez (née Claudio), 67, of Lorain, OH went home to be with the Lord Thursday, April 24, 2014 in University Hospital, Cleveland following a lengthy illness. She was born February 22, 1947 in Caguas, Puerto Rico and then came to Lorain from the Bronx, New York in 1978. Margarita was a member of the Iglesia Pentecostal Cristo Missionera Church. She was a loving wife and great grandmother. Margarita loved and praised the Lord.
She will be deeply missed by her husband of 8 years Reverend Rubén Rodríguez of Lorain; sons Johnny Cruz of Cleveland and Miguel Vázquez of Elyria; daughter Lisbette Gnizak of Lorain; brothers Angel Luis Claudio of Buffalo, New York, Roberto Claudio of Reading, PA, Jaime, Pedro, and Candido Claudio all of Caguas Puerto Rico, José Ernesto, José Antonio, Alfredo, and Victor Claudio all of Lorain; sisters Carmen and Francesca of Lorain and Rosa Rivera of Lorain; 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Margarita was preceded in death by her parents Bartolo Claudio and Angela Roldan; sister María Rodríguez and a brother Pedro Claudio.
Fidel Hernandez, 82, of Lorain went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain following a brief illness.He was born March 23, 1932, in Loiza, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain in 2004.Fidel was a member of Iglesia Manantial Pentecostal, Lorain. He enjoyed playing tambourine and singing. He was a sports fan, especially baseball.He will be deeply missed by his daughters, Maria L. (Joaquin) Armaiz and Ruth N. Hernandez both of Elyria; sons, Felix Cirino Sanchez, Carlos Mercado Sanchez, Victor Mercado Sanchez all of Elyria, Jesus Mercado Sanchez of Lorain, Hector Hernandez Loiza, Puerto Rico and Fidel Hernandez of Rhode Island; sister, Victoria Pazarro of Loiza; 30 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.Fidel was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Victoria Sanchez in 2006; his parents, Francisco Hernandez and Petronila Pazarro; and his sisters, Mercedes Hernandez and Francisca Pazarro
Jose L. “Joe” Lopez, 69, of Lorain, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Lake Point Health Center, Lorain, following a lengthy illness.Born August 26, 1944 in Caguas, Puerto Rico, he moved to New York in 1951. In 1976 he then moved to Lorain. Joe worked in the housekeeping department of Community Health Partners, Lorain, for 5 years, retiring in 2004. Joe also worked at Flinger’s Market in Lorain for over 18 years.He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. Joe enjoyed camping, swimming, watching sports and barbequing. He also liked to coach and play baseball and basketball with some of the local Hispanic leagues.Surviving is his wife of 32 years, Santita (nee Morales); sons, Jose L. Lopez Jr, of Lorain, Anthony L. Lopez of Rome, Georgia, and David L. (Frances Serrano) Lopez of Lorain; a daughter, Milagros “Milly” (David) Pulliam of Lorain; 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Frances Flores (née Ceja), 89 of Lorain, OH passed away April 10, 2014 in Specialty Hospital of Lorain, Amherst. She was born October 31, 1924 in Michoacán, México. She came to Lorain at an early age. Frances retired in 1989 as a cook helper at Lowell Elementary School in South Lorain, where she worked for 14 years. She was known as “Grandma” to the students. Frances was a warm-hearted woman. She enjoyed her Mexican culture; also, cooking, knitting blankets for her family, and sitting on the front porch, listening to music.
She will be dearly missed by her sons John Flores, Michael Flores; Richard (Elizabeth) Flores, and Joseph Flores, all of Lorain; daughters Helen (Peter) Avalos and Marie (Michael) Williams, both of Lorain; brothers Theodore Ceja of Lorain and Jessie Ceja of Yorba Linda, California; 14 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren.
Frances was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years Lupe Flores in 2005; her parents José and Esperanza (née Cortez); and her brothers Henry Ceja and Abel Ceja.
ISAAC T. GALVÁN
Isaac T. Galván, age 70 and a lifelong resident of Lorain, OH passed away April 4, 2014, at Mercy New Life Hospice after a long illness. He was born in Lorain, June 20, 1943.Throughout his working career as a welder, Isaac was employed at various shipyards in Cleveland and Lorain. Being very handy, Isaac loved helping people in a handyman capacity.
Survivors include: his wife of 48 years, Barbara J. (née Dalton) Galván; his son, Darrin Galván of Lorain; daughter, Carrie (Tim) Stephens of North Carolina; granddaughter, Paige Stephens; his mother, Magdalena Galván of Lorain; two brothers, Albert (Patricia) Galván of Florida and Juan Galván of Lorain; and two sisters, Amparo (Ron) Caris of Lorain and Nancy Towner of Lorain. Isaac was preceded in death by his father, Isaac P. Galván; and three brothers, Joseph, Richard, and Alexander Galván.
ROBERTO SALAZAR GARCÍA
Roberto Salazar García, 62, of Fremont, OH passed away on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Valley View Healthcare Center. He was born May 19, 1951 in Gibsonburg, OH, the son of Vincente and Francisca (née Salazar) García. He was a graduate of Gibsonburg High School. Roberto served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War from 1972 to 1974 and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He previously worked at Chrysler Corp. in Indiana and then at Whirlpool Corp. in Clyde, OH. Roberto was a member of Templo Gensaret Church in Fremont. He loved fishing, hunting and was an avid Ohio State fan.
Roberto is survived by his siblings, Joe S. García, Fostoria, OH, Lupe (Dale) Krotzer, Lima, OH, Rosie (Oscar) Balderas, Velia (Lupe) Iracheta both of Harlingen, TX, Oscar García, Sandusky, OH, Ofelia (Kevin) Langmeyer, Massillon, OH, Ida (Ene) Vento, LaFeria, TX, Mario García, Louie García both of Columbus, Gus García, Reno, NV, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Efren and Raúl García and Lydia Silva.
LORENZO J. RODRÍGUEZ JR.
Lorenzo J. Rodríguez, Jr. “Doink”, 49 of Fremont OH passed away at Memorial Hospital ER on Saturday, April 5, 2014. He was born in Fremont to Lorenzo A. & Sulema (née Jaso) Rodríguez on October 30, 1964. Lorenzo attended Gibsonburg High School and loved spending time with his family, friends, and fishing. He had previously worked for Chemitrol as a laborer.
He is survived by his mother; Sulema, children; Lorenzo Rodríguez III, and Cynthia Rodríguez. He is also survived by his siblings; Rodolfo, Apolinier, Doroteo, Armando Rodríguez, Mary Rippke, and Adela Bustamante and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Tomás Montelongo, age 79, of Oak Harbor, OH, died Monday, March 31, 2014, in Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo. He was born on August 14, 1934, to Martín and María (Meza) Montelongo in México. Tomás enjoyed working in the apple and peach orchards for Moore’s Orchard. In the colder months he loved to travel to Oklahoma, Texas, México, and Georgia to visit his children and grandchildren. Tomás also enjoyed listening to Tejano and Mexican music, cooking outside, and spending time with his family.
Tomás is survived by his children María Delpilar Montelongo, Martin Montelongo, Narsiso Montelongo, María Elena Montelongo, Miguel Montelongo, Patricia Montelongo, and Tomás Montelongo. He is also survived by Jimmy Montelongo, who he treated like a son; 24 grandchildren and 16 great- grandchildren.
Celia “Sally” Vásquez-Medina who was born on July 6, 1952 to José B. Vásquez and Paula Salas Vásquez who preceded her in death; Sally passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 with her family around her at St. Vincent’s Mercy Medical Center. Celia enjoyed Tejano music, along with dancing. She loved visiting México and was very family oriented. She was best known for her cheesecakes. Celia had worked for Tom Strain & Son up until she got sick then she was a devoted housewife. Sally and her great sense of humor will be greatly missed by all who knew her, especially her family.
Sally was preceded in death by her sister Paula and stepson Jair Azael Medina.
Surviving Celia are her husband Alberto Medina; her children Robert (Sara) Vásquez and Cassandra (Mario) Vargas; stepchildren Alberto, San Juana, and Brian Medina; 7 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren; sisters Alice (Gene) Garza, Antonia Herrera, Elena González, Guadalupe (Rick) García, Carol (José) Medina, and Angie Marroquin; brothers José (Jan), Simón, Jesús (Vicki), James (Patty), and Raúl (Margaret) Vásquez.
Jesús Rodríguez, age 82, of Toledo, OH passed away on Sunday March 16, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. He retired from Jeep, after 47 years, in 1996. Jesús enjoyed fishing and playing pool. He was a devoted husband and father and grandfather. Jesús married Jesusa Davila September 24, 1954 in Swanton, OH.
Jesús is survived by his children, María (Junior) Mitchell and Terrie (Ronald) Mitchell both of Whitehouse, OH, Veronica (Ken) Foreman, and Joseph Rodríguez, both of Toledo; 11 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Jesús was preceded in death by his wife, Jesusa Rodríguez; sons, Jesús M. Rodríguez, Jr and Martin Rodríguez; and grandchildren, Daniel and Monica Rodríguez.
José “Andy” Chávez, 26, of Woodville, Ohio passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning, March 9, 2014 in Fremont, Ohio. He was born on March 2, 1988 in Fremont to Rafael and Belinda (née Ysasi) Chávez. On May 21.2011 he married his high school sweetheart, Amber Bowen, in Woodville. Andy was an exemplary police officer for the Elmore Police Department, former Woodville Auxiliary Police Officer, and a security guard for the Toledo Public Library. He played soccer for two years at Fremont Ross High School and was a varsity soccer coach at Woodmore High School. Andy was a member of the Fremont Emerald Soccer Team La Liga de las Américas men’s soccer league, and the Gold Medal Soccer league. Andy was a loyal friend, devoted husband, and committed father. Andy was always someone who put the wants and needs of his friends and family before himself.
Andy is survived by his loving wife, Amber; children, Marieh and Emmitt Chávez; parents, Rafael and Belinda Chávez of Woodville; brother, Rafael “Danny” Chávez (Flora) of Fremont; in-laws Don and Bonnie Bowen of Woodville; sisters-in-law, Brandi and Autumn Bowen of Woodville; brother-in-law, Donny Bowen of Woodville; nephews, JJ Noriega of Fremont; Robert “Logan” Hobart of Woodville; Dominic Wegman of Bowling Green, and Triple J Chávez of Fremont; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his brother, Guadalupe José Ysasi Chávez.
ABRAN GALVAN LEDESMA
Abran Galvan Ledesma, age 84, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on March 12, 2014. He was born in Bermuda, Texas on January 11, 1930 to Cristobal and Isabel (Galvan) Ledesma. He worked for many years as a truck driver for Bettingers, and later as an Assembly worker for Tecumseh Products in their small motors division. He enjoyed watching softball, going fishing and gambling at the casinos. Abran was affectionately known by his family and friends as the “Festival Supervisor” as he loved attending the many local festivals.
Abran is survived by his son, Abe (Marty) Ledesma, daughters, Gloria (Fito) Ramírez, Dora Pecina, Vicky (Tom) Bolander, and Angie (Eddie) Sánchez; a granddaughter he raised, Frankie (Angel) Torres; 15 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandaughter; Evelio (Angela) Ledesma and Modesto Ledesma; sisters, Francisca Saldivar, Juanita (Antoino) Bernal, and Graciela Gandara.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, María S.; his brothers, Martin and Bruno Ledesma, Willie Medrano; sister, Modesta Ledesma, and his daughter, Victoria Ledesma.
Richard “Papi” Rodríguez, age 51, of Toledo OH passed away February 26, 2014. He was born July 12, 1962, in Toledo to Santos and Dolores (née Garay) Rodríguez Jr. Richie will be remembered by his family as a wonderful father, grandfather, son, brother, and uncle. He enjoyed playing cards, dancing, music, fishing, swimming, and coaching basketball, baseball, and football and many other activities for St. Hedwig School.
Many will remember Richie as the Manager of Little Caesars Pizza on Lagrange St. in the 1980s. He worked as a welder at Bock Industries and later was a self-employed auto glass installer. Surviving are his children, Cecelia, Richard (Jenna) and Rubén (Amanda); the mother of his children and lifetime friend, Catherine; his brothers, Santos (Beth Ann), Robert (Annie), Ricky (Heather), Paulie; his sisters, RoseMary (Jack), Ramona (Kyle) and Rebecca (Mark).
Also surviving are 5 grandchildren, Kennidee, Cameron, Isabella, Emilio, Kashton, who are the love of his life, as well as many nieces and nephews and his very special friend Mary Hurst. Preceding Richard in death is his father Santos Rodríguez Jr.; grandmother, Ramona Garay; uncle, Tiodolo Garay; aunt, Rita; uncle, Jared Juregui; his nieces, Marissa and Jamie; nephew, Rudy Villanueva; father-in-law, Ronald Burzynski and mother-in-law, Darlene Owens.
Antonio “Tony” Flores, age 89, passed away at home on Sunday February 17, 2014. He was born to Candelerio Flores and Balbina Peña on April 13, 1924, in Robstown, TX. He was the loving brother of 5 siblings. Tony served with pride as a World War II veteran. After 20 years, he retired from the Ford Stamping plant in Monroe, MI. He was a member of Latins United/Latinos Unidos social club and loved to be with family and friends.
Antonio is survived by two brothers, one daughter, 5 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great- grandchildren and many other family and friends. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Lupe Flores, his parents, and three sisters.
JUAN D. GONZÁLEZ
Juan D. “Mingo” González, age 63, of Land O’ Lakes, FL, passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Mingo was born in Lares, Puerto Rico and moved to Florida from Lorain, Ohio in 2005. He retired from the City of Lorain. Mingo was a family man who had a strong work ethic.
He enjoyed working around the house, gardening, and he took pride in maintaining his home and vehicle.
He is survived by his significant other Gladys and his children; Juan Jr. (Iris), Efrain (Santina), Elizabeth (Eric), Step-Children; Hector (Janet), Leticia (Jeffery), and three grandchildren.
CARLOS M. ARROYO
Carlos M. Arroyo, 69, of North Fort Myers, FL, passed away unexpectedly Saturday evening February 8, 2014. Born on July 9, 1944 in Ponce, Puerto Rico to Irma and Carlos Arroyo, he lived most of his life in Lorain, OH. Mr. Arroyo was a U.S. Army veteran, retired from Ford Motor Company in 2001, was an avid fisherman, Freemason, and Shriner. He was the loving father to daughters Carol Arroyo of Cleveland and Michele Eblin of Waycross, Georgia and a son Jeffrey Arroyo of Cape Coral, Florida. He was the grandfather of eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Survived by brothers and sisters: Ana Arroyo-Hopper of Columbus; Margaret González of Cape Coral, FL; Zuleick Arroyo of Kissimmee, FL; Bexsaida Padua of Columbus; Migdalia Malinowski of Cape Coral, FL; Milagros Arroyo Kissimmee, FL; Albert Arroyo of Lorain; and Mary Jean Scott of Cape Coral, FL. Preceded in death by his parents, siblings Zulma Arroyo, William Arroyo, Lillian Arroyo-Henes, and a grandson Taylor James Eblin.
ALFREDO D. ESTRADA
Alfredo D. “Freddie” Estrada, 91, of Toledo, OH died Friday, February 7, 2014. He was born on September 22, 1922, in Asherton, Texas to Juan R. and Petra (née Díaz) Estrada. Alfredo served in the U.S. Army during WWII in Germany and France, was a Purple Heart Recipient, and a member of the American Legion Post #646 in Holland. He retired from the Unicast Corp with over 30 years of service.
With his brothers, he formed the Estrada Brothers Orchestra, playing throughout the Midwest in the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s—music such as mariachi, norteño, cha cha and other forms of Caribbean music. As a musician, he was partial to the guitar and saxophone. His grandson, Jacob Estrada, continues Freddie’s tradition with Los Mariachis Locos.
He is preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife, Filiverta, “2005”; son, Juan José Estrada; daughter, Olga Estrada-McClain, and grandson, Mario Estrada.
Surviving are his daughters, Delma (José) Oviedo and María Estrada; brother, Valente Estrada; 7 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Amelia Soto (née Ayala), 89, of Lorain, OH went home to the Lord Monday, February 10, 2014 in EMH Regional Medical Center, Elyria following a lengthy illness. She was born June 26, 1924 in Yauco, Puerto Rico. She moved to Lorain in 1955 from Puerto Rico. Amelia was a member of Saint Frances Cabrini Parish, and formerly an active member of Sacred Heart Chapel. Where she was a member of the women’s club, Legion of Mary, Crusillo Movement, and visited the sick. She volunteered cooking and maintained the priest’s vestments.
She will be missed her sons Irving (Josephine) Soto, Oscar Soto, and George Soto all of Lorain and Angel Jiménez of Dallas, Texas; daughters Nilda (Noel) Pérez of West New York, New Jersey and Sylvia (Hector) Medina of Lorain; 19 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren.Amelia was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years Ismael S. Morales and her son Ismael Soto, Jr.
ROBERTO B. ARROYO
Roberto B. Arroyo, 74, of Lorain, OH died Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family while under the care of Cleveland Clinic Hospice. He was born January 6, 1940 in Caguas, Puerto Rico and had resided in Lorain most of his life. He worked as a truck driver and welder for the Lake Terminal Railroad for 22 years with retirement in 1993. His co-workers nicknamed him “My Son” since his father, Alejio, was also working for the railroad. Mr. Arroyo loved music, gardening, fishing, dominoes, and playing cards. He was a handyman around the house.
He is survived by his wife and caregiver of 45 years Carmen (née Flores); daughters Deana (Adel) Hajali of Lorain and Carmen (Mitchell) López of Washington, DC; sons Samuel Morales, Luis (Valerie) Morales and Richard (Jayne) Morales, all of Lorain, Miguel (Charlene) Morales of Virginia and José Morales of Lorain; 16 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; siblings Feliciano Arroyo and Antonio (Lucy) Arroyo, all of Michigan, María Esther (Miguel) Arroyo and Carmelo Luis (Theresa) Arroyo all of Puerto Rico, Domingo (Ida) Arroyo of Florida, María (William) La Luz and Angel (Merita) Arroyo and Mary Luz Baez all of Chicago, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his son David Martínez, Jr, parents Alejio Martínez-Arroyo and Demetria (née Baez) and sister Carmen Vega.
HERLINDA CAMPOS ESCOBAR
Herlinda Escobar, 62, of Fostoria, OH passed away on February 1, 2014 at the University of Toledo Medical Center. She was born June 10, 1951 in Toledo to the late José and Sarah (née Ramón) Campos. Herlinda was the owner and operator of Escobar Industrial Plaster Molds, Fostoria, with her husband Arnoldo and a member of St. Wendelin Catholic Church, Fostoria. She will be remembered for the love and inspiration shown to her family, very kind and yet stern. She married Arnoldo Escobar Sr., December 9, 1972 at St. Wendelin Catholic Church, Fostoria, and he survives in Fostoria. She and her husband owned a popular Mexican restaurant in Northwood OH near the Woodville Mall called “Arnoldo’s.”
Also surviving are four children, Priscilla (José) Flores, Arnoldo (Priscilla) Escobar Jr., Ricardo Fernando Escobar and Rene Ramiro Escobar, of Toledo; 14 grandchildren; a great grandson; six brothers, Carlos, Roger, Robert, Armando, James and Eddie Campos, of Toledo; seven sisters, Rosalinda Galan, Fostoria, Olivia Hureta, Mary García, Blasa Palacios, Janie Campos, Zandra Gabriel-Dolores, and Norma Jean Winters, of Toledo.
She was preceded in death by a son-in-law, George Flores; and two brothers, Joe and Tomás Campos.
RAMIRO FLORES GARZA
Ramiro Flores Garza, age 87 of Delta OH passed away early Thursday February 6, 2014 at the Defiance Area Inpatient Care Center. Prior to his retirement he had worked at the General Motors Central Foundry in Defiance for many years. He was born on July 10, 1926 in Elsa, Hidalgo County, TX the son of the late Fermin Vega Garza and the late Patricia Gutiérrez Flores. On Dec. 1, 1946 he married the former Julia Saenz and she preceded him in death in 2001. Surviving are his children; Ramiro Garza, Jr. of Delta, OH, Romeo Garza of Findlay, OH, Ruby Smith of Liberty Center, OH, Rebecca (George) Queen of Rittman, OH, Raquella Yoder (Dennis Yoder) of Edcouch, TX, Rose Marie Demaline of Delta, OH, Ruth Behringer of Defiance, OH, Roger Garza and wife Portia of Toledo. Also surviving are 21 grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren, and sister; Albesa Trevino and brothers; Casimiro Garza and Manuel Garza. He was preceded in death by a son, Ray Garza; siblings Thomas Garza, Oscar Garza, Fermin Garza, Jr., Nasis Eva Garza, and Eva Garza.
GLORIA ESTHER MARRERO
Gloria Esther “Ma Ma” Marrero (née Cruz), 69, of Lorain, OH died unexpectedly on Thursday, January 30, 2014, at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain. Born August 14, 1944, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, she had lived in Lorain for most of her life. Gloria was employed at Green Circle Growers and Ford Motor Company. Gloria was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. She enjoyed ceramics and all crafts. She loved to cook for everyone, especially Sunday family dinners. Ma Ma was devoted to her family. She enjoyed watching the Cleveland sports teams and the Ohio State Buckeyes.
She will be deeply missed by her husband of 54 years, Pedro J. Marrero; children, Arlene Marrero, Delia Marrero, Steve Marrero. Stanley Marrero, John Marrero, Diana Marrero-Pinto, Marisa Marrero, and Michael Marrero; 23 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; father, Juan Varela; brothers, Ray Cruz and James Cruz; and sister, Luz Celenia Clark.
Gloria was preceded in death by her mother, Edelia Varela; grandson, Matthew Steven Marrero; grandmother, Angela Maldonado; nephew, James Bonilla; and biological father, Pedro Cruz.
Juanita García, 88, of Lorain, OH went to be with The Lord January 20, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. Juanita was born April 10, 1925 in Humacao, Puerto Rico and made Lorain her home in 1952. Having a very strong work ethic, she joined the work force as soon as she could. She worked in Bay Village cleaning houses. She also worked as a seamstress for Joseph & Feiss and spent some time working at the local laundromat. She also did volunteer work for the Lorain Correctional Facility. Juanita was about family. Whenever she was around, the family enjoyed jubilant unity and harmony. She cared for and loved all her family and friends; it was truly an enjoyment for her to spend time cooking for them. She would go out of her way to bring happiness to any one of the family. In her earlier years she loved herself a good game of Dominoes and Gin Rummy with her friends. She attended Iglesia Manantial de Agua Viva in Lorain, where she was an active member and graced everyone with the most beautiful poetry. She was able to write lovely rhyming prose, often on the spot – to the amazement of many. She had a canny ability to write about whatever special occasion was happening, and the result was beautiful poetry that was as a special song to all who heard her.
She will be deeply missed by her children, Lillian Matos, Frank (Nellie) García, both of Lorain, Israel “Baby” García of Tampa, Florida, and her granddaughter Lorraine García of Lorain, who she raised as her own daughter. She also leaves behind numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren who will miss her profoundly.
Juanita was preceded in death by her husband Francisco; sons Benjamin, Bievenido, Rev. Freddie García Sr.; great-grandson Josiah Orona; grandson Robin García and daughter Jenny Rivera.
Frank Medina, age 56, and a resident of Lorain, OH passed away Monday, January 20, 2014 after a sudden illness. Frank was born September 13, 1957 in Bronx, N.Y. to the late Reineiro Medina and Guillermina (née Ramos) Medina. He was a 1976 graduate of Southview High School. Following graduation Frank enlisted in the United States Navy and served for 20 years retiring in 1996. After retiring from the Navy, Frank enrolled in school and obtained his credentials to become a phlebotomist. He remained a phlebotomist until his retirement in 2013. For five years he was employed at the former Lorain Community Hospital. He loved playing his guitar and was a member of a band. His memberships include American Legion Post 118, Amherst and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1662, Amherst.
Survivors include his son Frank (Erica) Medina of California; daughter Celina (Hector Burgos) Medina of Lorain; three grandchildren, Aryana and Mateo Medina, and Miranda Burgos; his mother Guillermina Medina of Kentucky; wife Sandra Medina of Lorain; a brother Junior (Missy) Medina of Kentucky; and two sisters Sara Medina of Puerto Rico and Letty Medina of Kentucky. Frank was preceded in death by his father Reineiro Medina.
JONATHAN A. REYES
Jonathan A. Reyes, age 12, of Lorain, OH passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at his residence. He was born on September 28, 2001 in Lorain. He was currently attending Durling Middle School in Lorain, where he was in the 6th grade. Jonathan was a member of Champion Centre Church, Lorain and enjoyed cooking, drawing, spending time with his family and friends. Jonathan was loved by many. He is survived by his parents, Johnny and Natasha (née Hernández) Reyes Jr.; brothers, Joshua and Brandon; maternal grandparents, Brigitte Hernández, Andre Hernández both of Lorain; maternal great grandparents, Edward Ramos of Lorain, and Doris Landreth of Amherst; paternal grandparents, Isabel Chávez of Rochester, N.Y.; paternal great grandparents, Gladys López of Waterbury, Conn., and Pablo Vega of Cayey, Puerto Rico.
He was preceded in death by his maternal great grandfather, Harold Landreth; paternal grandfather, Ramón Soto; maternal great grandparents, Pablo and Carmen Pérez.
ANA L. VÁZQUEZ
Ana L. Vázquez, 76, a longtime resident of Lorain, OH, passed away Saturday, January 18, 2014, at home after a long illness. She was born May 29, 1937, in Anasco, Puerto Rico, and moved to Lorain in 1954. Ana was very family-oriented, and enjoyed rose gardening and watching soap operas. Ana was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and had been an active member of the church.
Survivors include six children, five of whom reside in Lorain County, Raúl Velez, María (Wilson) Velez, Rosa (Israel) Velázquez, Lilly (William) King, Pepe Velez and Dr. Eddie (Madia) Velez Soto of Puerto Rico; 16 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and two brothers, Carlos Quintana of Lorain and David (Carmen) Quintana of Puerto Rico.
Ana was preceded in death by her husband, Antonio Vázquez; parents, Emilio and Domitila Quintana; two brothers; and two sisters.
SANTIAGO E. BEJARANO JR.
Santiago E. “Jimmy” Bejarano, Jr., 51, of Green Springs, OH passed away on Sunday, January 12, 2014 in the Emergency Room at Memorial Hospital in Fremont, OH. He was born October 20, 1962 in Fremont, the son of Santiago L. and Horalia (née Espinoza) Bejarano, Sr. He was a 1980 graduate of Fremont Ross High School and a graduate of Lincoln Tech in Indianapolis, IN as a Diesel Mechanic. Jimmy currently worked for UPS as a Diesel Mechanic for the past 28 years. He was a former member of St. Ann Catholic Church. He was a musician with the band Los Cuatro Vientos (tejano, conjunto). Jimmy loved to travel. He played music with his dad since he was 17.
Jimmy is survived by his parents, Santiago L. and Horalia Bejarano, Sr., Fremont; siblings, Sonya (Johnny) Vicencio, Holland, MI, Rubén (Becky) Bejarano, Genoa, OH; companion, Lucy Macias, Green Springs, OH.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joaquin and Julia Bejarano, Manuel and Eulalia Espinoza.
Consuelo Sánchez, age 73, of Toledo, OH passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 9, 2014. She was born on April 27, 1940, in San Antonio, Texas to José Lumbreras and Blanche Dominguez. She was a loving mother and had been employed with Russells Formal Wear for 20 years. She is survived by her children, Blanche (Pat), Susanna, Bertha (Manuel), Juanita (Rafaél), Antonia, Virginia, Alberto (Susan), Pedro (Nicky), Elida (John), and Linda (Lauren); 22 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; siblings, Josephine and Olga.
Consuelo was preceded in death by her husband, Alberto Sánchez Sr.; children, Gloria, Alberto, Alice, Tom and Joseph “Bucky;” grandchildren, Francisco and Sarah Gómez, Marcos Pecina, and her great-grandson, Isreal García.
Antonia Blanco, 85, of Lorain, OH passed away Thursday, January 2, 2014 at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. Born September 28, 1928 in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, she came to Lorain in 1975. Antonia was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and loved traveling, especially to Puerto Rico. She also enjoyed reading, growing flowers and cooking.
Surviving are her sons, Angel L. Ortiz, José Ortiz, Moises Ortiz all of Lorain, and Arsenio Ortiz of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico; daughters, Ana Rios, María L. Ortiz and Virgen López all of Lorain; 27 grandchildren, 52 great grandchildren and 3 great great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jesús Blanco of Barranquitas. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Alberto L. Ortiz in 1998; parents, Otilio Blanco in 1992 and Veronica Ortiz in 1963; a son and daughter in infancy; and 3 great grandchildren; a brother, José Blanco in 1976; and a sister, Mercedes Blanco in 2007.
ESTANISLAO GARZA GÓMEZ
Estanislao Garza Gómez, age 53 of Toledo, OH died Wednesday, January 1, 2014 in his home. He was an inspector at Norplas and loved the Detroit Lions. Left behind to mourn his passing are his wife, Damaisi; children Tomy Díaz, Taimy Díaz, Estanislao Gómez, Jr., Moises Gómez, Roberto Gómez, and Emilo Gómez; and mother, Victoria Gómez. Also surviving are his siblings: Miguel, Pablo, Roberto, Rudy, Juana, Manuel, Leticia, Sara, Cristina, and Victoria.
JULIO CAESAR SOLIS
Julio Caesar Solis, 73, of Lorain, OH passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at his residence following a brief illness. Born July 4, 1940, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, he came to Lorain 50 years ago. Julio worked as a foreman for Ford Motor Company in Brook Park for 37 years, retiring in 1999. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain, and enjoyed mechanics, working on cars, fishing and watching boxing.
He is survived by his daughters, Damaria Carrasquilla, Julia Delgado and Carmen Ortiz, all of Lorain; 20 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brothers, José Rivera and Pablo Cruz, both of Elyria; and sister, Connie Salgado of Lorain. He was preceded in death by his wife of 34 years, Conrada (née Agosto Davila) Solis in 2000; son, John Davila in 2004; and brothers, Louie Rivera and José Rivera.
ROSA MARIA TORRES
Rosa María Torres (née Adames), age 81, of Lorain, OH went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 5, 2014. She was born on January 15, 1932, in Lares, Puerto Rico and had lived in Lorain for most of her life. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and enjoyed crocheting and cooking. Rosa is survived by her daughters, Norma (Jim) Hattala of Orlando, Fla., Gladys (Dan) Brennan of Sandusky, Carmen “Terri” (Dan) Hassler of North Ridgeville, and Sandra López-Torres of Lorain; 15 grandchildren, many great and great great grandchildren; her sisters, María Ortencia Adames of Puerto Rico, Carmen Adames of NY, Ana Adames of Puerto Rico, and Lucy Adames of Fla.She was preceded in death by her son, Rafaél Quiles, in 1995; her parents; her 2 brothers and 2 sisters.
ALMA ROSE BARRERA
Alma Rose Barrera, 56, of Toledo, OH passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 18, 2013. She was born in San Antonio, Texas. Alma was a graduate of Cardinal Stritch High School. She was recently employed at the Zepf Center and NFO for over 25 years. Alma earned her degree in Medical Transcription. She will be greatly missed for her kind heart, love, and generosity for her family. She loved animals and to read. She also encouraged her nieces and nephews to further their educations.
She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Many thanks to her co-workers and friends, Carney Metzger and Cathi Kerekes.
Alma was preceded in death by her beloved niece and nephew, Rachel Rose Sharp and Larry Barrera Jr.; aunt, Dena Rodríguez; grandparents.
Surviving are her parents, Leonardo and Jovita Barrera; brothers and sisters, Larry (Cathy) Barrera, Edna (Clyde) Sharp, Hector, Thelma, Mary (James) Barteck; beloved nieces and nephews, Richard, Jon, Brittany Barrera, Audrey Sharp, Michelle, Thomas and Aaron Barteck, Christina Rodríguez, Ashley Barrera; many dear aunts and uncles.
ANGELICA C. NAJERA
Angelica C. Najera, 73, of Toledo, OH passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at Orchard Villa Nursing Home. She was born June 8, 1940, in Matamoros, México to Eugenio and Concepción (née Vargas) Cruz. She enjoyed reading, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. She loved to bring joy and happiness to everyone she met. Angelica worked for Hinkle Manufacturing in Rossford for 28 years.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Concepción Cruz; father, Eugenio Cruz, and son, Robert Najera. Angelica is survived by her son, Geronimo Najera Sr.; daughter, María Luisa Najera; seven grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; two sisters and four brothers.
RITO COLLAZO OYOLA
Rito “Tito” Collazo Oyola, age 87, of Lorain, OH passed away Monday, December 16, 2013 following a lengthy illness. He was born on July 3, 1926 in Cidra, Puerto Rico and has lived in Lorain since the early 1950s. For 25 years he worked at Ford Motor Company. After his retirement from there, he owned and operated Long Avenue Market at the corner of 18th St. and Long Ave for 20 years. He was an active member of Sacred Heart Chapel. He was in the Men’s Society and the Cursillo Movement.
Tito is survived by his daughter, Marilyn (Nestor) Fernández, of Elyria; his sons, Juan (Debbie) Collazo, of Lorain and Carlos (Estelle) Collazo, of Juncos, PR; his grandchildren, Nestor (Elizabeth) Fernández, Rick (Christina) Fernández, Nicolas (Tina) Fernández, Christian (Evelyn) Collazo, Carla (Eliezer) Collazo and Jolyn Jones; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Rito Collazo, Jr.; his brother, Juan Collazo, and his sister, Juanita Collazo.
Juana “Jenny” Rivera, 64, of Lorain, OH went home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Tuesday, December 17, 2013 in her home surrounded by her loving family. Jenny was born September 20, 1949 in Humacao, Puerto Rico. She arrived to Lorain at the age of 2. Jenny attended Lorain public schools. She graduated from the Assemblies of God Theological Institute. She pastored with her loving husband Reverend Juan Antonio Rivera for the past 25 years at Iglesia Manantial Pentecostal in Lorain. She was an Associate Pastor and Missionary at Iglesia Cristo Missionera for many years. She was a former president of the Assemblies of God Eastern Region Women’s Council. She was a dedicated mother, daughter, grandmother, and friend to many. Jenny enjoyed helping and serving others.
Jenny will be deeply missed by her husband of 44 years, Juan; daughters Bethzida “Betsy” Rivera and Juanita (Joel) Orona, both of Lorain; son Anthony “Toney” García of Arizona; mother Juanita García of Lorain; sister Lillian Matos of Lorain; brothers Frank García of Lorain and Reverend Israel “Baby” García of Florida; grandchildren Genesis, Isabella, and Rebecca Cupek and Juanjoel Orona and great-granddaughter Giana Parrotta.
Jenny was preceded in death by her father Francisco García; brothers Benjamin, Bienvenido, and Reverend Freddie García; and grandson Josiah Orona.
12/19/1961 – 12/08/2013
José “Joe” Castillo, 51, of Clyde, OH died Sunday, December 8, 2013 at the Bellevue Hospital. He was born December 19, 1961 in Fremont to Jesse and María (née Monitel) Castillo. Joe graduated from Fremont Ross High School in 1980 and was a fork lift driver at Heinz in Fremont. He enjoyed playing guitar, Beatles music, camping, fishing, and reading.
On March 6, 2008 he married Jamie (née Rader) and she survives in Clyde. Also surviving are his children: Carynn, Joey, and Jason Castillo, all of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; Jessica and Joshua Heishman of Clyde; granddaughter, Karmella Hunter of Ft. Wayne; his father, Jesse Castillo in El Paso, Texas; his mother, María Castillo in Fremont; his siblings: Pablo Castillo of Clyde; Emily (Mark) Otney of Fremont; Theresa Castillo of Fremont; Kathy Kreuger of Fremont; Michael Steven Castillo of Fremont; Jimmy Castillo of Fremont; and David Castillo of Fremont; and seven nieces and nephews. Joe was preceded in death by a nephew.
JULIO G. CONTRERAS SR.
Julio G. Contreras Sr., age 85, of Erie, MI went to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 8, 2013, at Aspen Grove Assisted Living Center. He was born on December 20, 1927, to Victor and Merejilda (née Guzmán) Contreras in Sabinal, Texas. Julio was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving his country proudly during the end of WWII. He loved gardening and was an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers and Michigan Wolverines. Julio enjoyed Mexican music and dancing at the Luna Pier Ballroom with his wife. He coached baseball for many years and helped form a Mexican- American baseball league, having a team in Erie, the Erie Orioles. Julio loved nothing more than the time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Sixta; brother, Damas Ortiz, and sister-in-law, Lupe Contreras. Julio is survived by his loving children, Ernesto (Soila), Gloria (Neo) Longoria, Edmundo (Eva), Anita (Ismael) Vargas, Raquel (Mark) Stanovich, Rebecca (Tony Perales), Irma (Bud) Gillespie, Julio Jr. (Christine), Irene (Dan) Dougherty; 22 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brothers, Pablo Contreras, Monico (Mary) Ortiz, Fred (Lolie) Ortiz, Santiago (Rebecca) Ortiz, Alfredo Ortiz, Alex Ortiz and Mario (Amelia) Ortiz; and many other relatives and dear friends.
María “Mary” Flores, 58, of Lorain, OH passed away Thursday, November 28, 2013 at New Life Hospice Residential Center following a yearlong battle with colon cancer. Born August 6, 1955 in Lorain, she was a lifelong resident of the city. Mary worked as a chef at Red Lobster in North Olmstead for over 25 years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. She enjoyed interior decorating, traveling, shopping, computers, reading mystery stories, and educational reading. She was fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers and Browns and Ohio State Football. Mary loved her dog.
Surviving are: her mother, Anna Flores-Cruz of Lorain; brothers, Paul Flores Jr. of Elyria, Dennis Flores and John Flores both of Lorain; a sister, Joan “Grace” Carlson of North Ridgeville; and 3 nieces and 2 great nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father Pablo Flores in 2007.
ANGEL L. ORTIZ
Angel L. Ortiz, 76, of Lorain, OH was called home to the Lord Thursday, November 28, 2013, at Mercy Regional Medical Center following a short illness. He was born December 23, 1936, in Coamo, Puerto Rico, and had been a resident of Lorain since 1972. Angel was a retiree of Conrail Railroad. He enjoyed cooking, gardening, Spanish music, pig roasts, boxing, and baseball.
He will be sadly missed by his children, Eunice, Papo, Sammy, Irvin, Carmen (Tony), Robert, Damaris, Diana, Angel, and David; 12 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers, Raul, Luis Angel, Elieser and Tonio; sisters, Rachael and Gladdy; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Angel was preceded in death by his parents, Teotista (Tiota) and Antonio (Nin); and brothers, Domingo and Rosali.
MARY LOU PERALES
Mary Lou Perales, 79, of Northwood, OH passed away on November 24, 2013, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg. Mary Lou was born on February 11, 1934, in Iowa, to Ricardo and Juana (née Jasso) Moreno. She married the love of her life, Reynaldo Perales, on October 30, 1954. She worked for Libbey Glass and was a devoted member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Mary Lou loved to travel, bowl, shop, and she especially loved dancing. She also enjoyed cooking meals and spending time with her family.
Mary Lou is survived by her children, Brenda (Michel) Haddad, Stella (Ray) Miller, Nancy Perales, Elizabeth Clapper, Mario, and Amancio; 8 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Reynaldo; and siblings, Christino, Benny, and Lupe Moreno.
Teresa Villarreal, in the 1970s, was one of the founding women responsible for creating the Mexican Americans United Health organization and the Guadalupe Health Clinic. She understood the need for health and education after migrating to Ohio from Texas to work in the fields with her husband and children. There wasn’t health care or services available to the workers and the families. Her husband eventually was blessed with a job on the railroad, as she didn’t forget the farms. She started working to get the care needed to the migrant farms who were predominately Latinos. Teresa was dedicated to delivering primary healthcare services to the Mexican-American community. She won numerous awards and was recognized for her time and commitment by first lady Nancy Reagan. She will be missed by all that she had graced with her kindness.
Preceded in death by husband Ismael Villarreal, Sr.; parents, Raphael and Soledad (Rodríguez) Salinas brothers, Lee and Israel Salinas, and sister, Janie Valadez.
She is survived by brother, Paul Salinas; children, Gloria Villarreal, Ismael Villarreal, Jr. and Bobby Villarreal; grandchildren, Christina and Roy Olivarez, Rodney and Amanda Noe, Kelly and Todd Brittingham, Katrina and Mitchell Encalado, Jessica and Jeff Stuck, Antonio Villarreal and Curtis Dolt, and great-grandchildren, Miguel and Alex Olivarez, Damion and Savhanna Noe, Alivia and Jaxson Brittingham, Jimena, Jimmy Sandoval, Lilian Encalado, Collin and Aleeyah Villarreal.
ROSAURA MENCHACA LÓPEZ
Rosaura Menchaca López, 81, of Genoa, OH passed away November 19, 2013, in her home. She was born in SanBuena Ventura, Coah., México on May 16, 1932, to Antonio and Juanita (née Pérez) Menchaca. On January 12, 1957, she married Salome Muñoz López. Rosaura was employed at the Hirzel Canning Company and the Genoa Migrant Program at Allen Central School in Genoa. She was a member of Primera Iglesia Bautista Church in Toledo, where she was secretary for business meetings, director of music, and was a member of the Union Femenil. Rosaura recently had been attending Victory Church in Fremont.
Surviving are daughters, María (Luis) DeAnda-González, Rose Langley, Silvia (John) Schueren, Sandra (Gary) Fruchey and Dora (Eric) White; sons, Salome A. Jr. (Diane), Daniel (Charlotte) and Mario (Jennifer) López; 23 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sisters, María Cruz Menchaca, Concepción M. Morin and Angelina (Antonio) Garibay, and brother, Vincente Menchaca.
Rosaura was preceded in death by her husband, Salome Sr.; parents; brother, Antonio Menchaca; sons-in-law, Armando DeAnda and John Langley; daughter-in-law, Cecilia López, and grandson, Daniel López.
Ramona Nuñez, 86, passed away peacefully on November 18, 2013, surrounded by her children and family members. Born in Puerto Rico on January 21, 1927, to her parents, Carmela Bello and Nicasio Hernández. She married her first love and husband of many years, Victor Nuñez. Her passions in life were her beloved family and cooking a delicious meal at any given time. Ramona was a kind hearted woman with a heart of gold.
Ramona is survived by her beloved children Olga, Luis, William, Migdalia (Migasi), Orlando, Victor, Efrain, Freddy, Carlos, Edgar, and Madeline Nuñez; and by her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Edwin, and daughters, Mildred and Carmen Nuñez, who will be greeting her in heaven.
GLORIA M. SÁNCHEZ
Gloria M. Sánchez, 47, of Toledo, OH suddenly passed away Tuesday, November 19, 2013. She was born December 26, 1965, in Toledo to Alberto and Consuelo (née Lumbreras) Sánchez, and was a loving mother who enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Gloria was a great cook and loved camping, vacationing near the ocean and the Smoky Mountains, and going to Hollywood Casino.
She is survived by her mother, Consuelo; children, Angelica (Jesús) Rodriguez, Jesús (Ashleigh) Sánchez, Alicia Sánchez; 5 stepchildren; grandchildren, Santos, Delylah, Jessalina, Angelina and Christina; siblings, Blanche (Pat), Suzanna, Bertha (Manuel), Juanita (Rafael), Antonia, Virginia, Alberto (Susan), Pedro (Nicky), Elida (John) and Linda (Lauren), and special friend, Gina Navarro along with many dear nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Gloria was preceded in death by her father, Alberto; siblings, Alberto Sánchez, Alice Flores, Tom Sánchez and Joseph “Bucky” Sánchez; and nephews, Marcos Pecina, Francisco Góme,z and Israel Garcia.
NICHOLAS S. TORRES
Nicholas S. “Nick” Torres, 23, of Lorain, OH passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain. Nick was born November 5, 1990, in El Paso, Texas. He was raised and lived in Lorain with his grandparents. Nick graduated from Southview High School and was most recently enrolled at Lorain Community College. Some of his favorite activities included playing basketball for Sacred Heart Chapel and baseball, and he had a passion for his music. Nick was a loving father to his two daughters and he loved his family.
Nick is survived by his daughters, Bryanna and Aurea Torres, both of Lorain; parents, Frank and Theresa Torres; grandparents Felix and Aurea Torres; special Titi (aunt), Milagros “Milly” Duhe; brother, Josh Martin of California; sisters, Valeria Long of North Carolina, Tara Díaz of California, Madison Torres and LaRay Vaquera of Lorain, and Alexis Martin of California. He will be deeply missed by other loving aunts, uncles and cousins. Nick was preceded in death by his uncles Felix Torres Jr. and Bryan Duhe.
JOSE CAMPOS JR.
José Campos Jr., born June 15, 1947, passed away of an ongoing illness November 12, 2013. José was a retired licensed asbestos engineer. He enjoyed listening to Mexican music, gardening, and the company of his family and friends.
Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Mary Costilla Campos; daughters, Diane (Bob), Brandy (Esam); sons, Raymond and José Campos; brothers, Carlos, Rojello, Robert (Tammy), Armando (Cindy), James, and Edwardo Campos; sisters, Rosalinda Galán, Herlinda (Arnold Escobar), Olivia Huertha, Sylvia Campos, María (Robert) García, Blasa (Medardo) Palácios, Jane Campos, Zandra (Marcos) Gabriel Delores, and Norma (Joseph) Winter; also nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
José is proceeded in death by his father, José Sr, and mother, Sarah Campos; daughters, Cynthia Campos and Amy Campos; brother, Thomas Campos, and nephew, Rojello Campos; stepchildren, Geania, Jaunita, Greg, Vinnie, and Wendy García, as well as his devoted dog, Capone.
LINDA PEREZ HERRERA
Linda Pérez Herrera of Toledo, OH was born in August 12, 1956, to Manuel and Romelia Pérez. Linda was a childcare teacher at Toddlers for many years. She had a heart of gold just like her mother. She helped and loved everyone that she met. Linda was beautiful person inside and out. She was the best mother, grandma, sister and aunt that anyone could ask for. Linda loved spending time with her grandchildren, Felix, Lily, Santos, Chewy, Laticia, Graciela, and Adelina. She also loved spending her free time with her sisters. Linda was well known in the Birmingham Neighborhood for her free spirit. Linda was a loyal wife to her husband of 36 years, Hector. It was love at first sight when they met. Linda passed away on November 7, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Survived by her husband, Hector; daughters, Christina (Catarino) Hernández, and Yolanda (José) Carrizales; son, Hector Jr. (Sherry) Herrera; 7 grandchildren; brothers, Jesse (Rita), Loncio, Cookie (Jessica); sisters, Romelia (Armondo) Herrera, Janet Torres, Thaimi (José) Ruiz, and Nancy (John) Sroga, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Manuel Jr., Dino, Gaston, and John Pérez; and sisters, Clementine and Fatima; niece, Mary, and nephew, Jesse Pérez.
Rudy López, 46, formerly of Toledo, OH passed away Thursday, November 7, 2013, under Hospice Care in Columbus. He was born in Indio, CA to Ignacio and Dolores (née Navarro) López Jr. He will be dearly missed by his mother, Dolores; siblings, Christina (Felipe) Gómez, Richard (Cassidy) López, Carmen López (Carlos Castillo), and Manuela López, along with many dear aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Rudy was preceded in death by his father, Ignacio Jr.; grandparents, Ignacio Sr. and Antonia López, and Manuela and Aquileo Navarro; favorite cousin, Alex Vásquez; one aunt, and three uncles.
ANA C. BECERRA
Ana C. Becerra Santiago of Holland, OH passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg Center. The daughter of the late Francisco and Francisca Becerra, Ana was born on July 9, 1933, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She married Edgardo (“Ed”) Santiago on December 23, 1958, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ed predeceased Ana in 2004. Ana and Ed moved to Toledo, Ohio from Puerto Rico after Ed began working for Owens Illinois. She loved working in the Toledo Public Library, watching her sons and grandsons play football for St. Francis de Sales High School, and spending hours with her grandchildren playing Uno and Dominoes. Ana enjoyed reading life philosophy books and asking her children thought provoking questions: “What do you think about…?” Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her life, and loved to visit Nana’s house where they were always welcomed with a warm hug and her famous ‘mantecaditos’ (Puerto Rican butter cookies), and they often watched a classic Disney movie, and when small enough, from her lap.
Ana is survived by her four children, Edgardo (Eddie) of Nashville, TN, Carlos (Beth) of Newburgh, NY, Carmen (Millie) of Holland, OH, and Luis (Anne) of Maumee, OH; her nine grandchildren, Anthony Santiago (Kelly) of Toledo, OH, Joséph Santiago (Kelsey) of Toledo, OH, Emily Santiago of Maumee, OH, Juliana, Claudia, and Benjamin Santiago of Franklin, TN, Jack, Nora, and Thomas Santiago of Newburgh, NY; two great grandchildren, Kate and Abbie of Toledo, and her loving dog, Mateo. Ana is also survived by her two sisters, María Mercedes Santiago of Hata Rey, Puerto Rico, and Pilar Becerra of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
ANTHONY J. SEGURA
Anthony J. “Tony” Segura, 69 years, of Toledo, OH, passed away Sunday, November 10, 2013, at the Regency Hospital in Sylvania, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Fremont, OH on July 29, 1944, to Manuel and Emma (Toral) Segura. Tony retired from Doehler – Jarvis, where he worked as a machine operator. His hobbies were many, including gambling, card games, casinos, Cleveland Browns and Indians, Ohio State Buckeyes. He was a good man, husband, and father, who loved spending time with his grandchildren and was co-owner of the Irish Buffalo Bar on E. Broadway.
Tony is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Alfonso, Charles, and Edward; sister, Gloria. Surviving are his loving wife of 49 years, Rosemary (Bowers) Segura; daughters, Virginia F. Segura-Hannah and Jacqueline M. (Jack) Meno; sisters, Margaret Finkbeiner, and Rita Hulls; brothers, Louis, James, Steven (Nancy), David, John (Boni), Patrick, George, and Joséph Segura; grandchildren, Jacquline, Anthony, Lacey, Jaret, and Juliana, and great-grandson, Darryan.
Matilde Cásares, 80, of Toledo, OH, passed peacefully Monday, November 4, 2013, at Ebeid Hospice Residence surrounded by her loving family. Born March 14, 1933, in Mercedes, Texas, she was the daughter of the late Rojilio and Anita Flores. She was employed for many years as a seamstress at Wilcox Awnings, retiring from Wettle Canvas Awnings. She was an active member of Immaculate Conception Parish since 1960. She loved winter; you could see the child in her eyes as she watched the snow fall. She enjoyed reading, cooking, shopping, exercising, sewing, gardening, and taking care of her family.
Matilde was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, Pedro. Those left to cherish her memory, daughters, Belinda (José) Calvillo, Diana (Carlos) Hernández, Elvia (Tony) Hague; sons, Pedro (Althea), Michael (Ellen), Richard (Gonzo); grandchildren, Joe and Kristina Calvillo; Angela (José) Flores, Lisa (Alejandro) González, Carlos (Melissa) Hernández Jr; Aaron (Tamia) and Andrew Hague, Anthony (Tiaunna) Richardson, Danny (Staci) Morris, Amber (Kyle) Wepler, David Cásares, Michael Cásares Jr., Nicholas Weber-Cásares; sisters, Consuelo Gonzáles and Enedelia Flores of California, Guadalupe Garza and Estefana Rios of Texas; 22 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
CARMEN R. MORENO
Carmen R. Moreno, 80, of Fremont, OH, devoted catholic, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother peacefully went to be with her Almighty Father Thursday, November 7, 2013. She was born on January 12, 1933 in Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, México to Refugio and Juana (Martínez Auguilar) Reyes. She married Salvador J. Moreno on January 15, 1950 in México and he preceded her in death on March 2, 2012.
Carmen was a Homemaker and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She enjoyed her flower garden, singing and all the beauty of nature. She also loved to watch Spanish Television and playing Bingo. Carmen had a great love for her family and was always friendly with a smile on her face.
Carmen is survived by her sons, Refugio (Marlene) of Michigan, Joe (Kim S.) and Lazaro Moreno, both of Fremont, Alfredo of Tiffin, Frank of Fremont, and Noe of Texas; daughters, Olga López, Soila Esquivel, and Rosa (Wade) Parker, all of Fremont, Diana (Ian) Johnson of California; seven brothers and sisters; seventeen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Salvador J. Moreno; son, Den Moreno and eight brothers and sisters.
Mercedes Jiménez, 92 years, of Bryan, OH passed away Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Genesis HealthCare – Bryan Center, where she was a resident. Mercedes was born October 22, 1921 in Dallas, Texas, the daughter of the late Hjinio and Margarita (née Enriques) Gutiérrez. She married Antonio “Tony” Jiménez on January 8, 1940 in Berne, Indiana, and he preceded her in death on September 12, 1991. Mercedes worked at Bryan Canning Factory was an assembler. She then worked in housekeeping at the Bryan Hospital. Mercedes deepest desire was spending time with her family. She also enjoyed sewing and cooking and was known for making her strawberry pies.
Surviving are her daughter, Elvira “Ellie” (Steven) Pryor of Defiance; four grandchildren, Cindy (James) Navarette of Boynton Beach, Florida, Julie Flores of Perrysburg, Ohio, Erica McGee of Williamsburg, Virginia and Jacqueline (Jermaine) Shelby of Middletown, Ohio; 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Antonio and four brothers, Ted, John, Joe, and Demas Gutiérrez.
JOSE C. RODRÍGUEZ
March 28, 1930 to November 3, 2013
José C. Rodríguez Sr. of Perrysburg, Ohio passed away Nov. 3. José worked for several years as truck driver before becoming a Dye setter and forklift operator. He worked for over 36 years at Peter Stamping Co. and later Impact Stamping. He retired as a Dye Setter for Acklan Stamping in Toledo in 1991. He was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church in Perrysburg. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and good friend who enjoyed spending time with his family.
José is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Ofilia Rodríguez, children, José C. Rodríguez, Jr., Ralph (Kathy) Rodríguez, Yolanda Caplinger, Rosendo (Elisa) Rodríguez, Elida Rodríguez, Miguel (Sandy) Rodríguez and Ricardo Rodríguez, step-sons, Daniel Gusman and Alfredo Gusman and 20 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren and 23 great-great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jésus Rodríguez.
Erminia “Minnie” Alvarez, 77, of Toledo, OH passed away October 24, 2013, at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. She was born in Sebastian, Texas on September 1, 1936, to Francisco and Lucia (Foncenca) Sifuentes. Erminia was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. In earlier years, she worked at Hecklinger Greenhouse on Seaman St. and then retired from Hirzel’s Canning. Erminia loved listening to Mexican music at festivals and truly enjoyed dancing. Her true love was spending time with her family and grandchildren.
Surviving are her sons, Ramiro Jr. (Elizabeth), Hector Sr. (Rose), Richard (Diana), and Roy (Polly) Alvarez; daughters, Linda (Eleodoro) Martínez and Lydia (Al) López; daughter-in-law, Kris Alvarez; 20 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren; brothers, Margarito, Ernesto, Damacio and Alfredo Sifuentes; sisters, María Del Garza, and Concepción Posas.
Erminia was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 50 years, Ramiro Sr.; son, Ray; grandson, Richard Alvarez Jr.; great-grandson, Devin Alvarez; sisters, Altagracia Hinojosa, Ramona Pérez, Frances Flores and Delia Sifuentes.
REYES G. HERNÁNDEZ
Reyes G. Hernández passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2013, in Webster, TX. He was born September 22, 1916, in Ozona, TX to Alejandro and Jesusita Hernández. He is survived by 5 brothers and sisters. He is also survived by wife, Lillie Ibarra Hernández; former spouse, Guadalupe Hernández, and by sons, Oscar, Gaspar, Eduardo, César; daughter, María Antonieta, and son, Ray Hernández. He had 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He was buried in Port Lavaca, TX.
Rosario “Rose” Pacheco, 50, of Toledo, died October 10, 2013, surrounded by her loving family in Hospice of Northwest Ohio. She was born December 15, 1962, to Raymond and Alicia (née Martínez) Pacheco in Toledo. Rose enjoyed cooking, specializing in traditional Mexican food. She loved spending her time with her grandchildren, and her dog, Rocky. Rose was known as a fun loving, easy going friend who will be missed by many.
Surviving are her children Dewayne Pacheco, Joseph and Sabrina Carroll; grandchildren Aleina, Jordan, and Mason Carroll; parents, Raymond and Alicia Pacheco; brothers, Raymond (Tina) Pacheco Jr., and Edward (Teresa) Pacheco; sisters, Alicia (Melvin) Peepers, Gloria (Paul) Rios, Linda (Oswaldo) Pacheco-Vera, and María Luisa (Gregory) Cole.
Also surviving are 27 nieces and nephews, and 22 great-nieces and nephews. Rosario was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Carroll; sister, Cecilia Pacheco; brothers, Moises, Juan, and David Pacheco; niece, Marisol Hernández; nephew, Jamie Lee Gibson, and brother-in-law, Robert Gibson.
Catalina Ortiz, 21, of Lorain, OH went home to be with the Lord Sunday, October 13, 2013. She was born May 1, 1992, in Cleveland and was a lifelong resident of Lorain. Catalina attended Southview High School and was member of the JROTC. She enjoyed children, babysitting, and cooking. Catalina will be deeply missed by her mother, Margarita Ortiz of Lorain; aunts, Gloria Ortero of Lorain and Gladys Soto of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and a host of relatives and friends.
Jesse Gonzáles, 92, of Lorain, OH died Thursday, September 26, 2013 at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph in Lorain. He was born November 22, 1920 in Mexico and had resided in Lorain most of his life. Jesse graduated from Lorain High School with the class of 1940B. He served in the US Army Company G 507th Parachute Infantry 17th Airborne Division in central Europe during World War II. He was awarded the EAME Theater Ribbon w/1 Bronze Star, WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Ribbon and American Theater Ribbon. Jesse worked as a painter for a painting subcontractor at US Steel in Lorain for over 30 years. He also was an insurance agent for Equitable Insurance. He was a member of the Church of St. Peter in Lorain, the church Holy Name Society, a life member of VFW Post #451 in Lorain and Alcoholics Anonymous. He played the trumpet and sang in the Jimmy Dulio Band and the Three Coins Band and played at many AA dances for many years.
He is survived by his children Cecelia Van Horn (David) of Lorain, Linda Emmons (David) of Westchester, PA, Carmen Norton (Scott) of Tucson, AZ, Sharon “Kelly” Flores of Lorain, Jesse Gonzáles (Annetta) and Dino Gonzáles (Beth), all of Vermilion, 18 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren, brothers Ignatius, Fred, Arthur and Ray and sisters Mary Jones and Teresa Bodjo and sister-in-law Connie Versace.
He was preceded in death by his wife Josephine Gonzáles (nee Dongarra) January 13, 2011, parents Jesús and Teresa Gonzáles (née Moreno), brothers Manuel and Joe Gonzáles, sister Rose Ybarra and a nephew.
Guillermina Jiménez,(née Pérez), age 83, of Lorain, passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at Avon Oaks Nursing Home, Avon, following a brief illness. She was born on January 10, 1930 in Naguabo, Puerto Rico, moving to this area in 1966. She had also lived in New York. Guillermina was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. She enjoyed cooking, drawing, needlework and keeping her home spotless. She is survived by her children; Sonia Calderón, and Milagros (Miguel) García, both of Lorain, Harry Luis Jiménez, of California, Jimmy Jiménez, of New Jersey, and Lilly Jiménez, of New York; 8 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; brothers, Victor Pérez, of New Jersey, Melchor Pérez, of Puerto Rico, and sisters, Sonia (Eddy) Troche, Diana (Junior), Margot (Eusebio) Pérez, and Goyita Pérez, all of Puerto Rico, and Yolanda Burgos of Lorain.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry in 1995; parents, Gabriel and Arcadia (née Martínez) Pérez; sister, María Mercedes, in 2013; and brothers, Juan Pérez, in 1998, and José Burgos, in 2002.
Carmen Rivera (née Arroyo), 92, of Lorain, OH passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the Westbay Care and Rehabilitation Center in Westlake. Carmen Rivera was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico on July 16, 1921, the daughter of the late Tomás Arroyo and Amalia (née Montes) Arroyo. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and an Eucharistic Minister. Carmen had worked as a housekeeper at Church of St. Peter in Lorain. She enjoyed crocheting, needle point, cooking for family and playing bingo.
She is survived by daughters Ana (Fred) Griffith, Nancy (Ashton Sr.) Bruce both of Lorain, Carmen Torres of Elyria, Rosa (Michael Vance) Miller of Solon, Linda Rivera of Chicago, IL, Minerva (Alejandro) Palermo of Sheffield Lake, Soraida (Jeremiah) Miranda of Tampa, FL; grandchildren Lora, Denise, Deborah, Vincente, Veronica, Michael, Victoria, Jacqueline, Toinette, John, Christina, Freddie Jr, Amanda, Alisa, Alayna, Minerva, Jorge (Georgie), Cynthia, Elizabeth, Ashton, Edwin, Ivan, Melissa; many great grandchildren; sister Rosa Chudova, of Florida; brother Eliseo Arroyo of CO; half-sister, Providencia Marroni; and half-brother Mason Arroyo of Florida.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Juan P. Rivera on June 7, 2006; son Wilfredo “Fred” Rivera in 2010; a son and daughter in infancy; sister Gloria Vásquez; and brothers Rubén Arroyo and Tomás Arroyo.
Angel Velázquez, 82, died peacefully on September 16, 2013. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends. He was born August 15, 1931 in Yauco, Puerto Rico and moved to Lorain, OH in 1954. He was a Korean Army Veteran serving in the 65th Infantry. He retired from Ford Motor Company in 1990.Angel was a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher at Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal Ebenezer Church. He was a lifelong servant of God and loved sharing his faith with anyone he would meet. He was an ordained minister and devoted to the prison ministry in Lorain County. He graduated from the Spanish Eastern Bible Institute in 1980 and participated in numerous church conventions. He enjoyed spending time with his family, gardening, cooking, and visiting flea markets. He loved to travel, especially to the Holy Land where he organized and led 8 tours.
Angel is survived by his wife of 59 years, Cristina (née Flores); daughters Ivette Rupert (José Pineiro), and Milly (José) Torres of Lorain; 5 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren; along with brothers José, Milton, Israel, Raúl, Hilberto, and Endy, and sisters Ana, Gladys, and María. He was preceded in death by his parents Gertrudiz (née Madera) and Angelino Velázquez Rivera, brothers Florentino, Ramón, Euripides, and Porfirio.
Juanita “Nana” Ortiz, age 83, passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph in Lorain, OH. She was born January 2, 1930 in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico. She moved to Lorain in 1978 where she resided until moving to Vermilion 6 years ago.
Juanita was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and was a committed homemaker and aunt who enjoyed caring for others. She loved listening to Spanish music, cooking, tending to her flowers, going to family functions and, above all, spending time with her family.
She is survived by her nephews and their wives Fabian and Charlie Meléndez of Vermilion, with whom she made her home, and Jason and Heather Meléndez of Amherst, niece and her husband Lonnie and Miguel Morell of Amherst, niece Mary Díaz-Albertini of Miami Beach, Florida, sister Dominga Ortiz of Lorain and many other nieces and nephews who she loved dearly.
She was preceded in death by her parents Felix and Maria Ortiz (née Aviles), brothers Ramón, Antonio, Florencio, and Francisco, and sisters Carmela, Eladia, Cruz María, and María.
RODOLFO “El Maestro” FLORES
Rodolfo V. Flores, 77, of Toledo, OH passed away on September 6, 2013, at Heartland of Holly Glen. He was born in San Antonio, TX on March 10, 1936 to Genaro and María (née Ruiz) Flores. He worked for the Chrysler Jeep Company before retiring after 36 years. Rodolfo was a member of St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. He married the love of his life, Consuelo (née Campos) in 1954. Together they were the first mobile disc jockeys in Michigan with their station WGOR. Over the next 30 years they had several stations throughout the region where Roldofo became known as El Maestro. He loved Tejano music.
Surviving are his loving wife of 59 years, Consuelo; children, Christina (Roberto Jr.) Jaime, Rodolfo Jr. (Rosalinda), Rachel (Gilbert) Rosario, Linda Carter, Suzanne Flores, Consuelo II (Leonardo) Brown; brother, Tony (Sally); sisters, Beatrice, Angie, Elena, Peggy; 30+ grandchildren; many many great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Johnny, and brothers, Rubén and Ernest.
Jesse Gutiérrez passed away peacefully Thursday, September 5, 2013 at The Renaissance in Olmsted Township, Ohio where he resided for the past year. He was born Jesús Gutiérrez in Purisima de Bustos, México on November 24, 1921, the eldest son of Apolonia and Viviano Gutiérrez. He was a resident of Lorain from the time he arrived in the US from México at the age of six. He graduated from Lorain High School in 1940. He married Gloria (née Alvarez) who was from New York City in 1952. He was a proud World War II veteran who served in the First Platoon of Troop D, 41st Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, Mechanized of the 11th Armored Division of General George Patton’s 3rd US Army from 1943 to 1946. He served in the Battle of the Bulge and the liberation of the Mauthausen and Gusen concentration camps. The Purple Heart is among his many awards. He was an active member of the Disabled American Veterans Louis Paul Proy Chapter 20 in Lorain for over 50 years where he served as treasurer and commander. He was also an active member and leader of the Mexican community participating in groups such as the Mexican Mutual Society and Neighborhood House. He worked for Thew Shovel/Lorain Koehring as an inspector for 32 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria; sister, Lucy Shaw; and brothers, Ancelmo Gutiérrez, Santiago Gutiérrez and baby José Gutiérrez. He is survived by his sisters, Mary Simpson and Linda Ridenour; brother, Joseph Gutiérrez; daughters, Jessica Malone (William), Mariann Christy (Joseph) and Cynthia Naiman (William); granddaughters, Jennifer Christy, Kathleen Lea (Michael), and Nicole Naiman; and grandsons, Charles Malone, Stephen Christy, and Chad Naiman.
ANGEL LUIS RIVERA
Angel Luis Rivera, 70, of Lorain, OH died Wednesday, September 4, 2013.
Beloved son of Luz María Torres of Lorain; dear father of many children; brother of José Rivera, Julio Solis, Pablo Cruz and Ana María Salgado all of Lorain and grandfather and great grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his father Andrés Rivera and brothers Juan Bautista and Rubin Rivera.
JOSE A. ROSARIO
José A. “Tony” Rosario, 72, of Lorain, passed away Tuesday, September 3, 2013 in his home from natural causes. He was born July 9, 1941 in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain in 1957. Tony retired from The Elyria Foundry. He worked there for over 20 years. Tony enjoyed dominoes, fishing and traveling. He loved spending time with his family.
He will be dearly missed by his sons José A. Rosario, Jr. and Andrés Domínguez both of Lorain, Israel Domínguez of Avon Lake and Alberto Rosario of Elyria; daughters Diana Domínguez of Allentown, Pennsylvania and Marisa Jenkins, Maribel, María and Bienvenida Domínguez all of Lorain; brothers Radames and Ariel Rosario both of Barceloneta; 20 grandchildren and one great grandson.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 20 years Bienvenida Rosario in 1989; and his parents Andres Domínguez and Ramona Rosario.
Luis H. Sánchez, age 90, of Monroe, MI passed away August 29, 2013 at Mercy Memorial Nursing Care Center. Luis was born on December 31, 1922 in Arandas, Jalisco Mexico to Raphaél and Guadalupe (Hurtado) Sánchez; he moved to the Monroe area in 1958. Luis married Victoria Rodríguez December 1, 1962 in Monroe; she preceded him in death March 19, 1996. Luis was employed by Laborers Local #465 of Monroe; he retired in 1987 after 25 years in the construction business. Luis enjoyed traveling and fixing anything that was broken.
Luis is survived by his children, Juan (Jeannie) of Monroe, Miguel (Lisa) of Toledo, Rosario (Thomas) Jason of Sterling Heights, Edelmira Sánchez of Monroe, Guadalupe Sánchez of Monroe and Juanita Sánchez of Philadelphia, PA; grandchildren, Naomi, Anthony, Victoria, Nicole and Benny; sister María Sánchez of México. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.
Ana “Magaly” Sandoval, 75, of Lorain, OH passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2013.Magaly was born February 22, 1938 in Santurce, Puerto Rico. She came to Lorain in the early 1950s. Magaly worked for many years at Green Circle Growers and Gel Pak Company. She was a member of the Puerto Rican Home. She enjoyed playing bingo and was an excellent cook. Magaly loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She will be deeply missed by hers sons Luciano (Cathy) Vásquez and Eduardo (Aida) Vásquez both of Lorain and Gabriel (Tammy) Vásquez of Florida; daughter-in-law Mary Vásquez of Shelbyville, Kentucky; sister Rosa Cespedes of Lorain and Domingo Rodríguez of Florida; 11 grandchildren and many great grandchildren and a special niece Rosa Ammons of Lorain.
Magaly was preceded in death by her husband Luciano Vásquez, Sr. in 1964; parents Reymundo Rodríguez and Florentina Ocacio; son Esteban “Steve” Vásquez; sister María Rodríguez and a dear companion of many years David Martínez.
JULIA M. DIAZ
Julia M. Diaz, 86 of Vermilion, OH died Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at Keystone Pointe Center, LaGrange. She was born on July 21, 1927 in Humacao, Puerto Rico, moving to Bronx, N.Y. in 1949. In 1985 she moved to Vermilion. She was a former member of Templo Emmanuel Asambleas de Dios, Lorain, where she was also a member of the Sociedad de Damas, and faithfully attended the International House of Praise Church. She was very active in church activities and loved to cook and help care for her foster grandchildren.
Surviving are her daughters, Sonia Rivas, of Elyria and Angelique Yost, of Vermilion; 10 grandchildren, Jessica Yost, of N.J., Melissa Ward, of N.C., María (Larry) Westover, Mitchell (Mindy) Rivas, Jonathan Yost, Timothy Yost, Joshua Yost, Rebecca Yost, Christian Yost, and Aaliyah Yost, all of Ohio; and 9 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Karl Yost II; her parents, Segundo and Juana (née Reyes) Diaz; brothers, Florentino, David, Leocadio , Luis, and Juan Diaz Reyes; sisters, Eva, Eva Gloria, America Diaz Reyes, and Ana Diaz Cardona; and grandson, Matthew Rivas.
Robin García, 49, of Alliance, formerly of Lorain, OH died on Thursday, August 15, 2013, at Alliance Community Hospital unexpectedly. Robin was born on February 24, 1964, in Lorain, moving to Alliance in 2007. He was a 1982 graduate of Lorain High School and he had also attended Lorain County Community College. Robin was employed as a security guard at Alliance Community Hospital for the past two years, prior to this he was a Correctional Officer at Mansfield Correctional Institute for many years. He was a member of Templo Emmanuel Church, Lorain, where he was a former musical director. Robin enjoyed playing guitar and bass, being a former Sunday school teacher and spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his parents, Frank Sr. and Nereida García of Lorain; grandmother, Juanita García of Lorain; daughters, Vanessa (Bryant) Bond and Raquel (Norberto) Marrero, both of Lorain; three grandchildren; brothers, Frank García Jr. of Lorain and Uri (Kim) García of Lodi; sister, Dina (Nelson) Pérez, of Lorain; aunts, Lillian Matos and Jenny Rivera; uncle, Israel García; companion, Cindy Rodenbucher of Alliance; best friend, Joe McElroy; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Francisco García; and uncles, Bienvenido García, Benjamin García and Freddie García.
Lupe Mireles, 74, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on August 20, 2013. She was born on June 8, 1939, to the late Felisitas (Aguirre) and Guadalupe Mireles in Bustamante NL, Mexico. Earlier in life, Lupe excelled at her education but because of the economy, left school to work in food service at Mercy Medical Hospital. She married and later divorced, but her main focus was raising her three daughters.
Lupe’s first priority was always spending time with her grandchildren and family. She also enjoyed Bingo, bowling, listening and singing to music, playing pool and dancing. Despite her declining health, she always had a great zest for life.
In addition to her parents, Lupe was preceded in death by her sisters, Andrea González and Josie Mireles. Left to cherish her memory are her loving daughters, Jacqueline (Ronald) Hanf, Debra (Pearl) Wambold and Kathy (Kevin) Kuch; siblings, Erlinda Escobedo, Johnny, Alicia, María Zeigler and Jesse; grandchildren, Justin, Nicholas and Jordan Marie Hanf, Katerina, Kevin Jr. and Kenneth Kuch; many nieces, nephews and other loving family members.
RITA D. VALLEJO
Rita D. Vallejo, 83, of Toledo, OH passed away on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg. She was born in San Antonio, TX on May 22, 1930, to Mucio and Delfina (Trujillo) Durán. She retired from St. Charles Hospital in 1995 after 30 years in Laundry Services. Rita was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church and active with the Holy Rosary Society. Rita made every family event a joyous affair and celebration. She loved music, dancing and making cascarones for Easter holiday. Her pastime was giving to those in need always and visiting family and friends. She strongly enforced family values, morals and tradition and was a strong supporter of community services.
Surviving are her husband, Antonio S.; children, Antonio (Mary) Vallejo Jr., Abel R. (Sally Martens) Vallejo, Alvaro D. (Esther) Vallejo Sr., Macaria (Manuel) Zapata, Anna Marie (Rick) Garza, Blanca Estela (Bennie) Perales, Alfredo (Elvira) Vallejo and Alamar (Jesse) Ruiz; 31 grandchildren; 71 great-grandchildren, and 16 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Alvaro Vallejo Jr.; brothers, Senon, Eleno and Ricardo Durán; sisters, Anastacia Rodríguez, Andrea Silva, Soccoro Pérez, Cruz Durán and Babarita Durán.
ROBERTO D. GONZÁLEZ
Roberto D. González, 66, of Toledo, OH passed peacefully on August 14, 2013, after putting up an impressive fight against a sudden illness. He was born in San Antonio, TX to the late Angela Franco and Roberto González on September 6, 1946. Roberto enjoyed growing up with sisters Teresa Monita, Lupe Castaño, and Anna Goodreau. He was chosen to play Sherlock Holmes in his grade school play.
Roberto enlisted in the U.S. Army and U.S. Marines throughout 1963-1970. He valued these years of learning and service. From Michigan, throughout Ohio, and then settling in Toledo in the 1980s, he began his life-long work being active in the Latino community. He was integral in the field work and operations of La Raza Unida, the Ohio Governor’s Migrant Affairs Committee, Maya Center, Guadalupe Center, and Lucas County Victim’s Assistance. Roberto enjoyed fishing, grilling, reading and spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his daughter Leanna González, his former wife Patti Cruz, his sisters, many friends, and an extensive family.
Ana Ramírez (née Matos), 77, of Lorain, OH passed away Monday, August 12, 2013 in Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain following a lengthy illness. She was born December 7, 1935 in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. She initially came to Lorain in 1958. She moved to Fajardo, Puerto Rico 1974 and returned to Lorain in 2000.
Ana retired as a Nurse Aid from Avon Oaks Nursing Home in Avon in 1974. She worked there for nine years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and enjoyed crocheting, embroidering, telenovelas, her dog Snoopy and spoiling her grandchildren.
She will be dearly missed by her sons Ricardo (Lupe) Padilla, Jr. of Miami, Florida and Orlando Ramírez of Lorain; daughters Daisy (Dr. José Cintrón) Ramírez of Luquillo, Puerto Rico and Marisel (Frank) Martínez of Lorain; 9 grandchildren Ricky and Alisia Padilla, Enith Ortiz, Daphne and Kerit Cintrón, Jeremy and Justin Ramírez, Josue and Rafaél Martínez; and 1 great granddaughter Jairelis Rivera.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years Rafaél Ramírez in 2000; her parents Gil Matos and Eleuteria Centeno; brothers Pedro, Angel, Rafaél and Gito Matos and her sister Marina León.
Victor “Joe” Durán, age 79, of Toledo, OH passed away Sunday, August 4, 2013, in the Heatherdowns Rehabilitation Center. He worked as a millwright for the Jeep Corp. for 34 years. Joe enjoyed traveling, dancing, camping and spending time with his family. He was a former member of Local 12 UAW and FLOC.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Senon and Carlota Durán; brothers, Donato, Henry, Jesse, and Juan Durán. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Josefina; daughter, Mary Ellen Durán; brothers, Antonio (Barbara), Frank (Myrta), Paul, and Mucio Durán; sisters, Catherine (Abel) Guerrero and Delfina (Antonio) Gonzáles.
Remembrance and Ode to Mi Abuelita
Adela “Lela” Massaferro de Miguel
Rest in peace to my beautiful Grandma,…mi Abuelita. You lived a life of traveling, making new friends and cooking delicious food.
As much as it saddens me to see you go I know that you’re happy now. And I will never forget your stories and your wise words. I know that you’ll be watching over me.
Where as many of us will morn our loss, I would like to celebrate your life. I will love you forever and always.
“Never give up a moment to travel some place new. It’s nice to see the beauties of the world around you,” mi Abuelita!
–Love, Natalia De Miguel
ESPERANZA C. DELGADO
Esperanza C. “Espie” Delgado (née Cintrón), age 92, passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at her daughter’s home in Toledo, OH, after a brief illness. She was born on May 14, 1921, in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico and had lived in New York also, before moving to Lorain in 1951. She was a housekeeper at St. Joseph Hospital for 14 years, before retiring in 1990. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, where she was also a member of the Cursillo Movement. In Toledo, she was a member of St. Martin de Porres Church. Espie enjoyed sewing and playing Bingo.
Espie is survived by her sons; Raymond (Chris) Delgado, Jr., David (Judy) Delgado, and José (Lucille) Delgado, all of Lorain; daughters, Freida (Roberto) Colon, of Coamo, PR, Judith (Benny) Rivera, of Lorain, and Gladys Delgado Ofori-Atta, of Toledo; many grandchildren, and great grandchildren; a brother, Oterro Cintrón Medina, of Bayamon, PR, and a sister, Dimas Cintrón Medina (Zenkewich), of NJ.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Ramón Delgado Ramos, in 1998; her parents, Fermin and Juana (née Ortiz) Cintrón; brothers, Juan Cintrón, Susano Cintrón, Thomas Cintrón, Antonio Cintrón Medina, Francisco Cintrón, Guillermo Cintrón, Mario Cintrón Medina, and Angel Cintrón Medina, and her sisters, Tomasita Cintrón, María Martínez, and Julia Delgado.
ISRAEL M. GARCÍA
Israel M. García, 83, of Northwood, OH passed away at home on August 1, 2013. He was born in Rio Hondo, Texas on January 26, 1930, to Antonio and María (née Martínez) García. Israel was employed by the Oakdale Greenhouse for 27 years and at Mercy St. Charles Hospital for 16 years, retiring in 1995. Israel was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. He loved dancing, gardening and especially spending time with his family. Israel also enjoyed traveling to Hawaii and Cancun.
Surviving are his loving wife of 63 years, Magdalena; children, Norma (Ernesto) Ramirez, Noel (Mary) García and Norman (Casie) García; grandchildren, Michael (Melissa) Ramirez, Alex (Eva) Ramirez, Courtney (Lucas) Rowland; six great-grandchildren; siblings, Anita Rodríguez, Ernestina Maya, and many other loving family members.
Israel was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Noelito and Norberto García; sister, María DeJesús Salazar, and brother, Ramon García.
Fermina López (née Santana), 84 of Lorain, OH passed away Thursday, August 1, 2013 at New Life Hospice Residential Center, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. Born November 24, 1928 in Naranjito, Puerto Rico, she has lived in Lorain for the past 62 years. Fermina worked as a seamstress for Joseph and Feiss for 9 years, retiring in 1972. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and Bible Lector at masses. She was also a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, Daughters of Mary, Cursillo Movement for over 35 years, and served as Liturgy Commission Leader for over 30 years. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, knitting and reading.
Surviving are her sons, Jesús (Judy) of Vermilion, José (Carmen) of Lorain, and George (Rosie) of Arleta, CA; daughters, Ada (José) Díaz of Lorain, Carmen (Keith) Ferguson of Amherst, and María (Peter) Rivera of Cleveland; 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; and a brother, Esteban Santana of Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
She was preceded in death by her baby son, López in 1957; parents, Ambrosio & Nicomedes (née Nieves) López; brothers, Ignacio, Ambrosio Jr., Basilio, and Rafaél; sisters, Eusebia, Susana and Melin.
MARY R. RAMIREZ
Mary R. Ramirez, 86, of Toledo, OH passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013, at the Lutheran Home. She was born on Saturday, March 26, 1927, in Fremont, OH to George and Susie (née Martínez) Toral. Mary was a loving mom and grandmother. Along with other various jobs, she worked with the Foster Grandparent Organization as a Teacher’s Aide. She enjoyed traveling and was a member of the Good Shepherd Altar and Rosary societies. In her youth, Mary attended the St. Joseph’s schools in Fremont.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband, Roy Ramirez (1998); sisters, Emma Segura and Stella Gimenez; brother, Louis Toral. Surviving are her loving children, Gary Ramirez, Cathy Ramirez, Susan (Ray) Glass and Paul (Michelle) Ramirez; brother, Raymond (Anita)Toral; grandchildren, Ryan, Sara, Amanda, Shawn, Arrica, Pia, and 5 great-grandchildren.
MARÍA MARTINIANA ALMEIDA
María Martiniana “Mama Ia” Almeida, 93, of Fremont, OH passed away at her home on Monday, July 15, 2013. She was born on July 4, 1920 in Guanajuato, Mexico to the now deceased Manuel and Gumecinda (née Arriaga) Almeida. In 1932 María married José Vicente Negrete in Mexico. María loved western movies and John Wayne movies. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Surviving are children, Patricia of Mexico, Modesto of Texas, María De La Paz of Mexico, Abdon of Michigan, Paula of Mexico, María Concepción of Fremont, Juana María of Michigan, María De Los Angeles of Florida; 48 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband; children, Catarino and Moises; siblings, Vicente, Ines, and Cistas.
LEONOR SANTOS CARO
Leonor Santos Caro, 62, of Toledo, OH passed away July 15, 2013, in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. Born on July 5, 1951, in Toledo, Ohio to Manuel Avile and Carmen (née Ramirez) Caro.
Leonor was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Ella and Carmen; and brother, Carlos.
Surviving are her children, April and Adam Williams; siblings, María (Delard) Solomon, Manuel (Jane) Caro, Oscar (Nadia) Caro, Lidia (Jeff) Burch, Mario (Danette) Caro, Anita (Richard) Beasley.
LIDA E. LaTORRE
Lida E. LaTorre (née Melendez) passed peacefully on July 13, 2013 at New Life Hospice while surrounded by her children, brothers and family after a short illness. She was 81 years old.
Lida was born on March 3, 1932 in Orocovis, Puerto Rico, the 9th of 12 children, to Juan and Amelia Melendez of Bauta Arriba. She attended school in Hayales Coamo. She married neighbor Miguel E. Saez and the young couple moved to Lorain, Ohio on a cold wintery day in January 1951 to begin their life on East 34st Street. She was an active member of the Igelsia Discipulos De Cristo led by Pastor José Luciano who ministered to the small, closely knit and growing Puerto Rican congregation. As a single parent in the 1960s, Lida reared four children on East 34th Street. She found strength and support through her faith and family. Later, she would meet and marry Modesto LaTorre.
A talented seamstress, Lida worked many years at Joseph and Feiss Company. Then she proudly joined the housekeeping team at St. Joseph Hospital where she was employed until 1980. Yearning for her “Isla de Encanto,” upon retirement she returned to her native land to enjoy the sun and water in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Missing family and friends, she returned to Lorain in 1997 to live at Sacred Heart Apartments. Through the school district’s senior volunteer program, she was a teaching assistant in English language, where her hours of work contributed to a college saving fund for her grandchildren.
Mrs. LaTorre had as sense of adventure and she led by example. An avid swimmer, she would jump from a boat into the water to show there was no need for fear. With her “vamanos” spirit, she explored places and things at a moment’s notice-a trait that made her quite the crowd pleaser. She excitedly toured guests into the hillsides of Puerto Rico, planned family picnics to park destinations, and drove to out of the way towns just to taste the ice cream. It was like Lida to have many a neighborhood child along for the ride. She enjoyed traveling – junkets to casinos with her girlfriends, visits to her children’s homes across the US and trips to Island fun-spots for joint birthday celebrations with her siblings-creating many fond memories. People young and old gravitated to her for she showered friends, family and new acquaintances alike with her generosity and hospitality. A virtuous woman, she shared God’s blessings with others. Lida’s house was a transition home to many who left the Island coming to Ohio seeking opportunity. She enjoyed singing church hymns and old Spanish love ballads; and dazzled others by reciting poetry. Lida had a passion for flowering plants with a special interest in orchids. She took pleasure in crocheting lovely afghan quilts and handkerchiefs for gifts which are in many homes and purses around the world.
Lida is survived by her four children: Edith (John) Jachym of Raleigh, NC, Eugene (Kathy) Saez of Ranchos Palos Verdes, CA, Mirian “Susie” (Julian) Saez of San Francisco, CA and Lyda (Miguel) Pabon of Ft. Lauderdale, FL: three grandchildren: Marissa (Bill) York of Tampa, FL, Jonathan Jachym at present residing in London, England and Ian Jachym of Raleigh; and by five siblings: sisters Eva Montañez of Rio Piedras, PR and Dilia Forti of Plattekill, NY and brothers Rubeli (Angelica) Melendez of Aibonito, PR, Anibal (Lucy) Melendez of Cleveland, OH and José (Sandra) Melendez of Lorain, OH.
OSCAR H. RODRÍGUEZ
Oscar H. Rodríguez, Jr., age 66, of Adrian, MI passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hospice.
Oscar was born December 10, 1946, to Rosa (née Herrera) and Oscar G. Rodríguez Sr. in San Antonio, TX. He served his country in the Army, where he was a member of the 5th Army Band, during the Vietnam War from 1965 to 1968. He received an Associate’s degree in Humanities from Wayne State University. He married Lucile Garza on August 13, 1966 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Adrian. Oscar was a member of the AM Vets, American Legion, VFW, LULAC, GI Forum , SER Jobs for Progress and St. Mary’s of Good Counsel Church. He worked as regional director of Check & Go, as well as director of Haviland House and medical records at Bixby Hospital.
Oscar started playing saxophone at the age of 5 and professionally at 9 years old, traveling all over to share his musical talent. He played in many bands but most notably “La Fuerza Band.” He also loved dancing, especially to Tejano music. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Survivors include his devoted wife of 47 years, Lucile; his mother, Rosa of Adrian, his loving daughters, Regina (Christian) Howard and Trina (Mark) Stepansky all of Adrian; his treasured grandchildren, Calvin Martin Howard, Alexa Nicolette Howard and Gavin Gar Stepansky; his siblings, Ann (Juan) Cuellar of Spring Lake, MI, Gloria Rodríguez of Adrian, Rojelio (Gracie) of Deerfield, Lisa (Patrick) Wheat of Dublin, OH, and Sabrina (Christian) Wyman of Manitou Beach; his favorite aunt, Rose Garcia; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Oscar G., his mother in law, Ramona Saenz and father in law, Pedro Saenz.
Oscar’s family would especially like to thank the staff at the Hospice of Lenawee, the Hickman Cancer Center, and U of M Cancer Center for their wonderful care.
GILBERT VÁSQUEZ SR.
Gilbert Vásquez, Sr., 79, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on July 17, 2013. He was born in New Braunfels, Texas on August 10, 1933, to the late Bonifacio and Juanita (Morin) Vásquez. In 1942, the family moved to Maumee, Ohio and Gilbert attended Monclova Schools. Gilbert joined the Army in 1951 and served for 8 years, including serving in the Korean War at Pork Chop Hill. While still in the Army he married his wife, Elena Salazar in 1956. Gilbert was a member of the Maumee VFW Post 11115 and member and past Commander and Vice-Commander of the Maumee American Legion Post 320. He worked for the Dept. of Human Services of Lucas County as a Fraud Investigator until his retirement in 1998.
In addition to his parents, Gilbert was preceded in death by his step-father, Marcelino Martínez; brothers, Francisco, Bonifacio Jr. and Arturo; sisters, Carmen Gutiérrez, Elvira Zapata; grandson, Joseph Anthony II; nephews, Robert Gutiérrez, Manny Zapata, and Mike Zapata.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Elena; sons, Gilbert Jr., Robert, Frank (Susan) and Joseph (Danielle); daughters, Deborah Smith, Sandra (Vince Jr.) Di Pofi, and Barbara (Fred) Rogge; brothers, Manuel (Genova) Vásquez, and Michael (Gail) Martínez; brother-in-law, Fred (Erlinda) Salazar; 14 grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
ALFONSO A. ARREDONDO
Alfonso A. Arredondo, age 79, of Amherst, OH passed away on the morning of Friday, July 5, 2013. He was born in Lorain on July 9, 1933 to the late Mauro and Guadalupe (née Salgado) Arredondo. Alfonso was a United States Army veteran and fulfilled duty assignments attached to the 164th Infantry Regiment during the Korean War; he was the recipient of the National Service Defense Medal as well as the Good Conduct Medal. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed for thirty-five years in a variety of capacities by the U.S. Steel Corporation and its successor, U.S.S. – Kobe.
Alfonso cherished spending time with his family and grandchildren. He also enjoyed traveling and was an avid reader. He was a fan of history as well as an animal lover. He could often be found walking his pet German Shepherd, Brucke.
He was the loving husband of fifty years to Louise; the cherished father of Annette Arredondo-Waite (Mark) of Middleburg Heights, and Mark (Stacy) Arredondo of Colorado Springs; the devoted grandfather of Jacob, Hannah, Allison, and Morgan; the dear brother of Grace Arredondo and Mauro Arredondo, Jr. both of Lorain; and he was also the uncle to several and a cousin to many.
Marcolina Serrano (née Rodríguez), 80, formerly of Lorain, OH passed away Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Millersburg, following a lengthy illness. She was born April 25, 1933, in Humacao, Puerto Rico. She came to Lorain in 1950. Marcolina was a homemaker and mother. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain and the Cursillo movement. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, dancing and music. She was a happy and contented person.
She will be deeply missed by her sons, John (Tammi) Serrano of Texarkana, Arkansas, Agripino Serrano Jr. of Parma, Michael (Lisa) Serrano of Coshocton, Angel and Benjamin Serrano, both of Columbus; daughter, Alicia Serrano of Lorain; sisters, Gladys and Ida Rodríguez, both of Wilmington, Delaware, and Gude Rodriguez of Humacao; 15 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Agripino Serrano in 1994; her parents, Genaro and Juanita (née Morales) Rodríguez; and a brother, Hector Rodríguez.
MARIA A. VOLPE-RAMIREZ
María A. Volpe-Ramirez, 67, of Findlay, OH passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at the Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. She was born on January 9, 1946, to the late Edmundo G. and Celia (née Sánchez) Volpe in Laredo, TX. María retired from Whirlpool Corporation after 30 years of service. She was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. She was a volunteer for Relay for Life and March of Dimes. María was an avid traveler and loved spending time with her grandchildren. She loved to dance to Tejano music and was an avid watcher of Dancing with the Stars and any and all of the Judge TV shows. María brought happiness and laughter to many.
She is survived by four children, Robert Michael (Nichole) Ramirez of Georgia, María “Terri” (Cresta Montgomery) Ramirez of Findlay, José Ramón (Jami Sienko) Ramirez of Findlay and John David (Jenifer Marquis) Ramirez of Findlay; 10 grandchildren, Alexandra, Tiago, Jessyca, Anjelika, Veronyca, Eric, David, Johnathan, Mia and Alexa; two great-granddaughters, Celia Rose and Allyson Faith; a brother, Edmundo G. (Kathy Lambert) Volpe, a sister, Alicia E. (Benny) Martínez and extended friends and family.
Olivia Jacinto, (née Rodríguez), age 93, of Lorain, OH died on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at New Life Hospice Center, following a short illness. Olivia was born on September 28, 1919 in Bastrop, TX, moving to Lorain at the age of 22. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Olivia enjoyed flower gardening and watching the Cleveland Indians.
She is survived by her daughter, Gloria Jacinto; sons, Salvador and Robert; and 4 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Salvador in 1990; and parents, Antonio and Felicitas (née Adame) Rodríguez.
THOMAS Y. LÓPEZ
Thomas Y. López, 51, of Toledo, OH passed away Thursday, July 4, 2013, at Promedica St. Luke’s Hospital. Thomas was born in Toledo on July 7, 1961, to Antonio and Mary (née Durán) López. He had worked as a carpenter for the Carpenters Union. The loves of Thomas’s life were his grandchildren, his music, playing guitar and drums. He also enjoyed singing and dancing. He was preceded in death by his mother Mary, grandson Tomás III, and brothers Antonio Jr. and Martin.
Surviving are his father Antonio Sr.; children José, Desiree (David) Hernández, Elisha (Esteban), Tomás II (Stella), Antonio (Marisol), Joslin López; grandchildren Alyssa, Ricardo, Anessa, Aliciana, David III, Darren, Nalania, Kaylee, Esabella, Amaya, Tomás IV, Juliano, Isiaha, Xaviaha, Antonio III, Damacio; siblings Cynthia (Arturo), Koren, Vincente (Jennifer), María, and Juan (Lisa); and dear friends Alicia Alonzo and Rosalinda Hernández.
Irma Morales, 51, of San Antonio, Texas passed away in her home surrounded by her loving family Sunday, June 30, 2013 following a battle with cancer. Irma was born February 10, 1962 in Lorain. She graduated from Southview High School in 1981. Irma lived in San Antonio for the past Eleven years. She was employed as administrator of ISS Facility Services in San Antonio. Irma enjoyed dancing and Tejano Music. She was an avid runner, running many marathons in support of cancer research. Irma loved life, living each day to the fullest. Her final race was her race against cancer. She gave it her all, running that race hard and never complaining. Irma’s life reflected her love and care for others.
She will be deeply missed by her daughter Carla I. Rios San Antonio; parents Antonio and Guillermina (née Torres) Morales of Lorain; brothers Vince (Amy) Morales of Vermilion and Greg Loera of Lorain; sisters Gabby (Ezequiel) Morales of Lorain and Vanessa (Joey) Ortiz of San Antonio; soon to be grandson Giovanni Angelo Wilson and nieces and nephews.
Irma was preceded in death by her brother Angel Morales; grandparents Vicente and Aurora Torres and Angel and Francisca Morales and a aunt Jovita Coronado.
WANDA I. TORRES
Wanda I. (née Santiago) Torres, 60, known to her many friends as the Quilter, stepped through the door of eternity, into glory, and into the loving outstretched arms of her Lord and Savior on July 5, 2013, at 4:48 p.m. following a lengthy illness.
Wanda was a lifelong resident of Lorain, OH and attended Admiral King and Southview High Schools. She was a person of many gifts and talents, and used them to minister to her family and countless friends. She was a member of the Church on the North Coast for 30 years and recently joined Freedom House Church. She truly loved the Lord and evidenced her great faith in Him through the love with which she embraced anyone she met.
Wanda was a devoted homemaker, quilter, jewelry designer, home decorator, child care provider, seamstress, Sunday school teacher, and a great wife. She also loved singing, and was a talented accordion and tambourine player.
She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Saul A. Torres of Lorain; father, Luis Santiago of Tampa, Fla., sons, Saúl E. Torres of Lorain, Ariel I. Torres of Parma Heights and Gamaliel F. Torres of New York; daughter, Amarilis V. Torres of Lorain; six grandchildren; brothers, Juan Santiago-Escobar, George Santiago, Caleb Santiago and Seth Santiago, all of Florida; sisters, Gloria Santiago of New York, Mercedes Navarro of PR, Rita Patterson of Canada, Blanca Acosta of Florida and Pricila Gran of Cincinnati.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Lydia Elsie Torres; and brother, Luis Santiago.
José Manuel Ramirez Solorio
“Hoy cumple un año de la muerte de mi padre. Pocos días pasan sin recordarlo. Erá un hombre con muchos valores humanos; un hombre de palabra…un hombre trabajador. Para el, su familia siempre fue #1. Extrañamos mucho su presencia. Dicen que uno no muere mientras es querido. Mi padre vivirá mientras estamos nosotros, sus hijos!
We love you Dad! Siempre te recordaremos….”
~Raquel, Roxanne, Sonia, Eduardo, Rodolfo, José Jr., Gustavo, Gretel, Magdalena…your grandchildren….and, more importantly, your life-long partner; our Mother, Angela.
GLORIA E. CORDERO
Gloria E. Cordero (née DeJesús), 74, of Lorain, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2013 at her residence in Lorain, surrounded by her loving family, under the care of New Life Hospice, following a lengthy illness.
She was born in Patillas Puerto Rico on May 19, 1939 and had lived in Lorain since 1949. Gloria was a graduate of Lorain High School who had been employed as a Teacher for Head Start. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain. Gloria enjoyed spending time with family, baking, especially cookies, flowers and gardening, visiting the sick and teaching children at Head Start. She truly was a loving wife, mother, sister and aunt.
Survivors include her loving husband of nearly 50 years, Luis Cordero; sons, Roberto Cordero of Lorain, Ralph Cordero of Cleveland, and Luis Cordero of Arizona; brothers, Joseph DeJesús, Ralph (Rosemary) DeJesús, and Manuel (Carmen) DeJesús, all of Lorain; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Manuel and Dolores (née Colón) DeJesús.
Matias Sánchez, 87, of Clyde, OH, formerly of Martin, OH, died Thursday afternoon, June 20, 2013, at Arbors of Clyde. He was born February 24, 1926, in Laredo, Texas, to Eulojio and Fransica (née Salano) Sánchez. On August 13, 1960, in Genoa, he married Rosita Pardo, who preceded him in death May 23, 2001. Matias worked for 24 years as a machine operator for Stokely-VanCamp, Inc. and then for 13 years for Hunt-Wesson Foods, Inc., retiring in 1992. He had been a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Genoa and a past member of the Guadalupe Society. Matias enjoyed listening to Tejano music and was a Cincinnati Reds fan, but his most loved pastime was spending time with his grandchildren.
Matias is survived by his children, Manuel Sánchez, Matias (Tammy) Sánchez, Jr. and David Sánchez, María (Fred) Vance, Mari (Jack) Adams, Magdalena Sánchez, and Rosemary Sánchez; 20 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, and sister, Petra García. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Rosita, brother, Tivursio Sánchez, and sisters, Esperanza Sánchez and Guadalupe Sánchez.
Gonzalo Rodríguez, age 89, of Lorain, OH died on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at West Bay Center Nursing Home, following a brief illness. He was born on April 14, 1924 in Lares, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain in 1950, he also lived in Florida for 20 years before moving back to Lorain 10 years ago. He served in the United States Army during WWII as a private and retired from Ford Motor Company. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, where he was a member of the Cursillo Movement. While residing in Florida, he was a member of St. Augustine Church, where he served as an usher and lector. He enjoyed the sport of baseball, loved music, especially tango, enjoyed dancing, playing Dominoes and always looked forward to family gatherings.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Virginia (née González), daughters; Sonia (Juan Rocky) Ortiz, Aurea Rodríguez, Sylvia (Edward) Myslinski, all of Lorain, 6 grandchildren, Raquel, Simon Matthew, Jeremiah (Lorena), Marlene (Jose) Ortiz and David (Denise) Rodríguez, great grandchildren, Andrés, Sofia, César, Julia, Aurea, Donovan, Jay and Emma, brothers; Pedro Rodríguez, of Florida, Modesto Rodríguez, of Puerto Rico, and Franco Rodríguez, of Florida, sisters; Candida and Gena, both of Puerto Rico, and Justina, of Florida.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Elsa, brothers, Andres, Dr. Eugene and his parents.
Alberto A. Flores
July 17, 1948 to June 25, 2012
In Memory of
Marcos Pecina Sánchez
Matias Sánchez, 87, of Clyde, OH, formerly of Martin, OH, died Thursday afternoon, June 20, 2013, at Arbors of Clyde. He was born February 24, 1926, in Laredo, Texas, to Eulojio and Fransica (née Salano) Sánchez. On August 13, 1960, in Genoa, Ohio, he married Rosita Pardo, who preceded him in death May 23, 2001. Matias worked for 24 years as a machine operator for Stokely-VanCamp, Inc. and then for 13 years for Hunt-Wesson Foods, Inc., retiring in 1992. He had been a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Genoa and a past member of the Guadalupe Society. Matias enjoyed listening to Spanish music and was a Cincinnati Reds fan, but his most loved pastime was spending time with his grandchildren.
Matias is survived by his children: Manuel Sánchez, Matias (Tammy) Sánchez, Jr. and David Sánchez, María (Fred) Vance, Mari (Jack) Adams, Magdalena Sánchez and Rosemary Sánchez; 20 grandchildren and five great grandchildren; and sister, Petra García.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Rosita, brother, Tivursio Sánchez, and sisters, Esperanza Sánchez and Guadalupe Sánchez.
Francisca Santiago, 82, of Lorain, OH went home to the Lord Sunday, June 16, 2013 at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain following a short illness. She was born January 22, 1931 in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and had lived in Lorain since 1995, moving from New Jersey. Francisca was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and enjoyed her flowers and plants, crossword puzzles, cooking and being with her family.
Francisca will be deeply missed by her daughter, Frances Rodríguez of Lorain, sons: Julio (Alicia) Rodríguez and Anibal Soto, both of New Jersey, Angel Soto, Francisco (Carmen) Santiago, William Acevedo, all of Lorain, and Roberto (Stephanie) Soto, of North Carolina; sister, Luz Santiago, of Ponce, Puerto Rico; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren; and her loving nieces and nephews.
Francisca was preceded in death by her parents, Francisco and Antonia Maralett Santiago; daughters: Hilda Arroyo, Evelyn Sánchez and Margaret Rodríguez; sons: Wilfredo Santiago and Edgar Rodríguez; grandchildren: Edwin Arroyo and Jason Rodríguez and her sister, Martha Santiago.
ANGEL L. GOMEZ
August 20, 1966 to June 13, 2013
Angel L. Gomez, Jr., 46, of Lorain, OH passed away June 13, 2013. Angel was employed as a manager at Wendy’s and Ponderosa Restaurants. He enjoyed collecting coins and comic books, especially Spider Man.
He is survived by his son Justin Gomez of Lorain; parents Angel L. Gomez Sr. and Wilma A. (née Grimes) Gomez of Lorain; sister Kathy Caban, brothers Jonathan Gomez and Daniel Gomez, Lorain.
JOSE M. MONTALVO JR.
José M. Montalvo Jr., 86, of Toledo, OH, passed away Friday, June 14, 2013, surrounded by his family. José was born in Robstown, Texas on April 5, 1927, to José and Manuela (née Montez) Montalvo. He was a World War II veteran of the US Army and was employed with Libbey Owens Ford as a glassworker for 32 years, retiring in 1980. His hobbies included renovating homes and dancing.
José is survived by his children: José (Angie) Montalvo, John (Sandra) Montalvo, Anita (Richard Lucero) Montalvo, and James (Rose Marie) Montalvo; 12 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and wife, Tresea.
DORA CASTILLEJA PECINA
Dora Pecina, 61, of Oregon, OH passed away on Friday, June 14, 2013, at Saint Charles Hospital. She was born on June 20, 1951, in Toledo to Marcelino and Rutila (née García) Castilleja. Dora was retired with United Parcel Service as a sorter for over 25 years. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed bingo, attending yard sales, Tejano music, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Dora was a very loving and compassionate person who thought of others before herself. She would often send Christmas Greeting cards to inmates to help bring them cheer when they were separated from their loved ones.
Dora is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Angelo Pecina; children, Sara Pecina (John Saba) and Michael Pecina (Crystal); grandchildren, Ana Alicia Pecina, Anyssa Torres, Michael Pecina II, Alyssa Pecina and Braden Bevier; great-grandchildren, Aaliyah Granger, Amaya Pecina and Cameron Tanner; sisters Gloria Pearce, Esther Sandwich, Rutila Artiaga, Olga Bechtel, Rachel Riffle, and Lucy Castilleja; and brothers David, Steve, Martin, Thomas, and Jessie Castilleja.
She was preceded in death by her mother Rutila, and her sister, Mary.
Friends may visit Hoeflinger – Bolander Funeral Home, 3500 Navarre Ave., Oregon, on June 19, 2013, from 2:00-8.00 p.m. With her rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services begin on Thursday, June 20, 2013, with prayers at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. followed by her mass of Christian burial 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment near her mother, at Clay Township Cemetery, Genoa.
Carlos M. Celestino
Carlos M. Celestino, 78, of Defiance, OH passed away Saturday, June 1st, 2013 surrounded by his family. Carlos was born November 4, 1934 in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México; he was the son of the late Sebastian and Andrea (née Martínez) Celestino.
He was married to Theresa Ramón on August 28, 1953. She predeceased him on January 26, 2013. Carlos had been a resident of Defiance since 1965. He was a member of St. Johns Catholic Church. He worked for General Motors for 28 years. He was an Army Veteran and was honorably discharged in 1953. A member of the VFW, UAW 211 and AMVETS Post 1991. He enjoyed travel, his grandchildren and was an avid Chicago White Sox fan.
Surviving are nine children; Carlos (Catherine) Celestino Jr. of Arlington, Va., Irene (Oscar) Flores of San Antonio, Texas, Richard R. Celestino and Rudy (Darlene) Celestino all of Defiance, Henry (Veronica Mata) Celestino of Saginaw, MI, Julia Celestino and David (Penny) Celestino all of Toledo, Raquel (Michael) Korty of Chester, Virginia and Joseph M. Celestino of Austin, Texas.
Also surviving are four sisters: María, Jesús, Socorro and Juanita Celestino of Monterrey, Mexico; three brothers: Juan and José (Pepe) Celestino of Monterrey, Mexico, Miguel Celestino of San Antonio, Texas. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, his wife and a sister Justa Celestino.
Celestina “Sally” (née Garzes) Manjarrez, age 77, of Toledo, OH passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Waterford Commons. She retired from the Guadalupe Family Health Clinic where she worked as a medical social advocate. Sally was a foster parent and she volunteered for the girl scouts, FLOC, and the Mayores Center. She loved to knit, crochet, and make jewelry. She married Salvador Manjarrez in 1953 and he preceded her in death in 1980.
Sally is survived by her children Thelma “Kathy” Manjarrez, Lynda Manjarrez (Paul) Capetillo and Merry K. (Mike Hubbard) Prephan; grandchildren Elizabeth and Matthew Hubbard, Alysia, Timothy Jr. and Sierra Galindo; step-grandchildren, Dina, Joshua, and Sophia Capetillo; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Alvina Mills and Helen Elles both of San Antonio, Texas and Lilly Urdales of Holgate, Ohio.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers Ramiro, Daniel, Jose and Benito and sisters Lucia and Aurora.
Delia Moreno, 93, passed away on Tuesday, June 04, 2013 at Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville, TX. She worked at Central Middle School for 25 years, was a devoted catholic and enjoyed spending time with her family.
Delia was preceded in death by her husband, Pablo Rodriguez, children, Antonio and Osvaldo Armando Gutiérrez. She is survived by her children, Arturo (Aida) Gutiérrez, Alfredo (Candida) Gutiérrez of Ohio, Juan (Blanca) Gutiérrez, and Adan (Oralia) Gutiérrez; a brother, Adalberto (Ninfa) Moreno; 29 grandchildren, and 33 great-grandchildren.
JOHN C. PÉREZ
John C. Pérez, 60, of Toledo, OH passed away Saturday, June 1, 2013. He was born in Toledo, OH to Manuel and Romelia (née Cortez) Pérez. John was employed as a dock supervisor for Brubeck’s Greenhouse for 15 years. He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force. He enjoyed working on cars, deeply loved his dogs and spending time with his loved ones.
John is survived by his son, Chuck Pérez; 3 grandchildren; siblings, Romelia (Armando) Herrera, Janet Torres, Jesse (Rita) Pérez, Loncio Pérez, Linda (Hector) Herrera, Thaimi (Jose) Ruiz, Refuigo (Jessica) Pérez, Nancy (John) Sroga, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Theresa; daughter, Maria Pérez; siblings, Clementina, Gaston, Galdino, Manuel Jr., Fatima, and nephew, Jesse Pérez, Jr.
AURELIA P. CASTILLO
Aurelia P. Castillo, the family matriarch, age 99, of Woodville, OH passed away on Monday, May 20, 2013, at her residence. She was born on November 12, 1913, in Dolores, TX to Esteban and Dolores (née Amaro) Pérez. In 1933, Aurelia married José Castillo and they settled in Woodville from Texas in 1943. She was a member of the former Victory Church of God, Genoa, OH.
In her spare time she enjoyed making quilts for her grandchildren, embroidering, writing poetry that was read in church, watching game shows, reading history books and painting. Aurelia canned fruits and vegetables during the summer months so she and her family could enjoy them during the winter. Every Sunday she made a big dinner for her family and friends that might stop by to see her. Everyone that came to her home was always welcome and left with a full stomach.
Surviving Aurelia are her sons, Severiano (Gloria) Castillo of Pemberville, Adam Castillo of Perrysburg, Abel Castillo of Woodville; daughters, Pat Moreno of Sylvania, Rosa Rosales of Toledo, Luisa Martínez of Texas; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, José; baby girl, Arminda; baby boy, Daniel; sons, Frank, Albert, Daniel; brothers, Esteban, John, Felix, and Danacio.
Guadalupe “Lupe” A. Flores, 82, of Everett Rd, Fremont, OH passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Stein Hospice in Sandusky. She was born on December 26, 1930 in Laredo, TX, the daughter of Apolinar and Crescencia (née Hernández) Perales. Lupe married José R. Flores on June 1, 1949 in Laredo, TX and he survives. She worked at Rudy’s Restaurant as a manager for over twenty years and retired in 1994. Lupe was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church where she was a Eucharist Minister and member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Society and Confraternity Ministry. She enjoyed crafts, piñatas, crocheting, knitting, sewing, dancing, and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Lupe is survived by her husband, José R. Flores, Fremont; children, Yolanda (Thomas) Miller, Edna (Jim) Scherf, Thelma (Larry) Stanley, all of Fremont, José R. (Laura) Flores, Jr, Derby, KS, Fernando Flores, Bedford, OH, Victor (Elisa) Flores, Clyde, OH, René (Wendy) Flores, Fremont; sisters, María De La Luz (Guadalupe) Flores, Toledo, and María Concepción (Fidel) Guerra, Laredo, TX; sixteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; infant brothers, Miguel and Apolinar Perales.
Carmen “Chory” Marcial (née Cortez) 68, of Lorain, OH passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in Mercy Regional Medical Center, following a lengthy illness. Chory was born January 22, 1945 in Utuado, Puerto Rico. She moved to Lorain in 1971. She was a member of Templo Emmanuel Assembly of God, Lorain, where she was a member of the churches’ Sociedad de Damas. She was a homemaker and loving mother. She collected pictures and figurines and butterfly decorations.
She will be deeply missed by her sons Ismael (Marlyne) Marcial Jr. and Abraham Marcial both of Lorain; sisters Esther Pérez, Inez Rodríguez and Alice Rivera all of Lorain and Matilde Cortez of Florida; brother Ismael Cortez of Florida; grandchildren Adrian, Alex, and Xavier Marcial.
She was preceded in death by her parents Juan R. and Virginia (née Montero) Cortez; sister Juanita Pérez; and brothers Diego and Luis Cortez.
Victoria Salazar-Geronimo, 85, of Toledo, OH passed away May 19, 2013, in the Spring Meadows Senior Community. Victoria was born on December 22, 1927, in Toledo to Trinidad and Daria (Savedra) Salazar. Victoria worked as a production worker at Libby Glass and as a cashier for Host International at Toledo Express Airport.
Surviving are her daughters, Betty (Jon) Rogers, Sandra Geronimo (Sarah); sons, Francisco and Anthony Geronimo; grandchildren, Stephen (Tiffany), Christopher, Jonathan Rogers (Drew), Laura Niebauer, great-granddaughter, Alexia Rogers.
Victoria was preceded in death her son, Cruz Geronimo; brothers, Ambrose, Larry, Joe, Manuel and Trino Salazar; sisters, Mary Szozda and Cecelia Espinoza, and former husband and friend, Cruz Geronimo Sr.
STELLA P. SILVA
Stella P. Silva, 82 of Fremont, OH, one of the most giving and caring ladies that the Lord has given, who now is watching over us and serving the Lord in heaven, entered His kingdom on May 29, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born on April 24, 1931 in Saginaw, MI to José and Virginia (née Macias) Pérez and she attended Liberty-Benton High School. On April 24, 1950 she married John Silva in Findlay and he survives. Stella was a homemaker and had worked at Quick-Cut Corporation for twenty years, retiring in 1989. Stella will be remembered as a wonderful cook, hard working, caring and loving lady, with strong devotion to the Lord, her family and friends. She enjoyed caring for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who she called all of them “her cookies.” Stella’s devotion to her family first started when she cared for her three younger sibings, Lucia, Rebekah and Robert after her mother passed away when she was 16 years of age and later adopted her niece Phyllis when her sister, Enedina passed away. Stella was a devoted Christian as she belonged to Victory Church and various prayer groups throughout her life.
Also surviving are children, Rebecca (Marvin) Wagner, Dan Silva and Dean (Donna) Silva all of Fremont, Phyllis Ramondino of Brooklyn, NY; siblings, Joseph Pérez Jr. of Austin, TX, Rudy Losoya of San Diego, CA, Robert Pérez of Hot Springs, AK, Lucia Roca of Chicago, IL and I. Rebekah Pariz of Miami, FL; grandchildren, Mary Rae (Joseph) Traudt, Dannielle Rae (Roman Ruppert) Silva, Nathan Joseph (Kasey Feehan)Wagner, Eric Allen Joseph Silva, Ellen Renee Kathryn Silva and Easton Michael Bernell Silva; great-grandchildren, Gabriel Antonio Ontiveros, Adrian Daniel Ontiveros, Katie Rae Traudt, Jack Evan Traudt, Ryan Joseph Traudt and Jade Kelly Kayser; cherished young family members, Brynn and Taylor Ruppert and Caedon Abalos; many nieces and nephews also survive. She is preceded in death by her parents, a granddaughter, Kelly Lynn Wagner; siblings, María Helena Close and Enedina Pérez.
CARMEN D. LÓPEZ
Carmen D. López, 88, of Park Ridge, Illinois, formerly of Toledo, OH, passed away Friday, May 17, 2013. Carmen was born in Paulding, Ohio on January 28, 1925, to Florencio and Jueventina (née Reyes) Sierra. On May 11, 1946, she married Hugo López. Carmen was employed with Owens Illinois, Ohio Bell, and Walgreen’s Pharmacy for many years. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tucson, Arizona, where she and Hugo spent their retirement years.
Carmen is survived by her children: Rebecca (John) Large, Robert (Sharlene), and Michael; grandchildren, John Jr. (Jill), Michael (Kristen), Jacqueline, Robert Jr., Victor (Stephanie), Brett Michael, Darlene (Douglas), Brandon (Deandra); 13 great-grandchildren, and sister, Amelia Sierra. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hugo, and sisters, Mary Navarro, Erma Cowell, and Virginia Dominiak.
ISABEL ORTIZ SANTIAGO
Isabel Ortiz Santiago, age 90, of Lorain, OH died on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at her residence, while under the care of Western Reserve Hospice. Isabel was born in Coamo, Puerto Rico on August 1, 1922. She dedicated her life to raising her family. Isabel enjoyed being a homemaker and devoted her life to caring for her daughter. She also enjoyed listening to Spanish music, singing, and dancing. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel.
She is survived by her sons: Luis A. (Blanca) Ortiz, William (Teresa) Marrero, both of Lorain; daughters: Justina López, Lucilla Ortiz, with whom she made her home with, of Lorain, Concepción (María) (Hector) Rodríguez, of Huron, daughter in law: Elizabeth Ortiz of Coamo, PR; sisters: Soles and Petronila, both of Puerto Rico; brothers: Elizier and Ismael both of Puerto Rico; 24 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Higinio C. Ortiz in 1989, son: José C. Ortiz in 2007 and many brothers and sisters.
SISTER CARMEN TORRES
Sister Carmen Torres, MSW, LSW, Sisters of Divine Providence, 70, of Lorain, OH, died Thursday, May 16, 2013 in Metrohealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Sister Carmen was born on December 23, 1942 in Lares, Puerto Rico. Sister Carmen entered religious life on August 1, 1978. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Catholic University of Puerto Rico. She came to Pittsburg in 1980 and received her Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. Sister Carmen sojourned to Lorain in 1984 to work as a Counselor/Therapist for the Nord Center for 15 years then Lorain Manor Nursing Home, Lincoln Counseling Center of Lorain for Children then most recently for Bellfaire JCB of Elyria, also counseling children.
Sister Carmen was an active member of Sacred Heart Chapel. She enjoyed landscaping, flowers, plants and cooking and taking food to those in need. She also enjoyed playing her Maracas in the church choir and whenever Spanish music was played. Sister Carmen was a true servant of the Lord. She was a kind, generous person and consistent in her love of God. In spite of her recent illness she remained persevering and happy in spirit.
Sister Carmen will be dearly missed by her sisters Olga Castillo of Manhattan, New York, Francisca Torres Arroyo of Hatillo Puerto Rico and Nereida Torres de González of Arecibo, Puerto Rico; brothers Antonio and Anibal Torres Arroyo both of Hatillo and Reynaldo Torres Arroyo of Arecibo; many nieces and nephews and a good friend Sister Theresa Stegman of Lorain.
She was preceded in death by her parents Roque Torres and Ruperta Arroyo; Ramona, Placida, Georgina Torres Arroyo and Juana Lucia; and her brothers Artemio and Herman Torres Arroyo.
SERINA MANUELA GARCIA
8/21/1998 – 5/6/2013
Serina, 14 years old, left this world unexpectedly on May 6, 2013. She was the daughter of the late Juan M. “Chief” García of Toledo and Heather García of Cairo, Egypt. Serina was known as “Poops” to all who loved her. That was the nickname given to her by her dad. For the short time that we were all blessed with her, she was so full of life and was always dancing.
Those left to cherish her love and memory are her mother; siblings, Seth Book of Sylvania, OH, Sierra Garcia of Toledo, OH, Sabrina Garcia, Zaiden and Noah Elghozy, all of Cairo, Egypt; grandparents, Lucy Garcia and Barbara Cowell of Toledo, Norman (Oke) Cowell of Findlay; great-grand-parents, Joanne Garcia of Toledo and Linda (Ismael) DelaRosa of Fostoria, OH; uncles and aunts, Robert (Christina), Dominic (Elizabeth), Eddie and Mark Garíia, Frank Foust, Joe (Crystal) Molino, Darrell Smith and Amber (L.D.) Fryman, all of Toledo. Also, David (Joyce) Tellez, Alyse Tellez, Joe Tellez of Findlay, Laura Tellez of California and Danny DelaRosa of Fostoria, OH.
Preceded in death by her father and grandfather, Steve Tellez of Findlay; great-grandparents, Juan N. García, Manuela “Nellie” Castillon and Virginia Cowell. Also welcoming her home are her aunts, Teresa H. Smith, Mona Deluna, Yolanda García and cousin, Israel “Mello” García, all of Toledo.
Juana Ruiz, age 89, of Toledo, OH passed away on May 8, 2013, while surrounded by her family. She was born in Mexico on December 27, 1923. She spent her career working at St. Charles Hospital until the time of her retirement. She was a woman of God, loved cooking and spending time with her family. Juana was a beautiful strong woman who will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Pedro, Sr.; sons, Pedro Jr., Paul, and Reynaldo; grandchildren, Lori Ann, Gloria, Consuelo, Antjuan, and Anthony. She is survived by her children, Tomás (Balbina), Edmundo (Margaret), José (Thaimi), Raúl (LaVita); Enedina Miller; many grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
RAMIRO SALINAS JR.
Ramiro Salinas, Jr. age 59, of Holgate, died Tuesday afternoon, May 7, 2013 at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, OH. Ramiro was born in Napoleon, February 20, 1954 to Ramiro and Joaquina. He enlisted with the United States Marine Corp., serving from 1971 to 1973. In 1974, he married Olga Gomez. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Holgate and the New Bavaria VFW. Mito was employed with Cooper Tire and Rubber Company of Findlay for 5 years.
Ramiro is survived by his loving wife Olga; son, Raúl Salaz, Florida, Ohio; son, Rick (Frances) Gomez, Hoytville; daughter, Cynthia (Michael) Salinas Corser, Holgate; mother, Joaquina, Holgate; grandchildren, Alexander, Samira, Alanna, Alyssia, Mariah, Carrigan, Abel, and Adon; great-grandchildren, Karleigh, Taylor, Zeke, Christopher; and brothers, Ricardo H. Salinas and Raúl H. (Kris) Salinas, Sr. Holgate. He was preceded in death by his father, Ramiro, and a sister, Alma Torrez.
ANSELMO TORRES SR.
Anselmo Torres, Sr., age 77, of Lorain, OH passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Delmar Gardens , in Lawrenceville, GA. He was born on April 21, 1936, in Orocovis, Puerto Rico and had moved to Lorain, relocating to Georgia 9 years ago. Anselmo retired from Lake Terminal Rail Road .
He is survived by his sons; Anselmo, Jr., of Grayson, GA and Ruben, of Lorain, daughters; Victoria Rosas, of Decatur, GA, Daisy Maldonado, of Richmond, VA, Tammy Dull, of Lorain, and Ruth Torres, of Manhattan, NY, 13 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and a brother, Juan Torres, of Lorain.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Robert Torres, in 1989, a brother, Antolin Torres, a sister, Aida Aviles Torres, and his parents; Domingo and Victoria (née Miranda) Torres.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 16, from 11:00 am until the time of services at 1:00 pm, at the Dovin Funeral Home, 2701 Elyria Ave., Lorain . Deacon Tony DeGracia will officiate. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Lorain . To send an online condolence, go to www.dovinfuneralhome.com
MARIO GARCÍA SR.
Mario García Sr., 75, of Lindsey died on Monday, April 29, 2013 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, OH. He was born on January 19, 1938 in Kerrville, TX to Luis and Paula (Juárez) García. He attended Fremont Ross High School. Mario was a machine operator at Green Bay Packaging for 38 years, retiring in 2003. On October 18, 1957 in Bowling Green, OH he married Elena Rodríguez and she survives. He enjoyed playing pool, dancing, music and spending time with his family. Mario was an avid OSU fan and enjoyed the Cleveland Browns. He attended his grandchildren’s sporting events and loved traveling and being outdoors.
Also surviving are children, Evilia Sandoval of Fremont, Mario (Lois) García Jr. of Oak Harbor and Jerry (Ann) García of Fremont; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Luis García Jr. of Toledo and Philip (Wanda) García of Atlanta, TX. He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Tony.
Luisa Velásquez peacefully entered into Heaven on Friday, April 26, 2013 in Winter Garden, Fla. at 84. Born in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, on June 20, 1928, to the late Josephina (née Colón) and Serephin Ortiz, Luisa dedicated her life to nurturing her family and serving the Lord. She gave of her time and talents throughout years of service at Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain. Luisa served as president of the Ladies Society, and held leadership roles within the Charismatic movement, the Cursillos, and many other organizations. She loved to praise God through music, and was also a gifted seamstress and cook. Luisa was loved by many, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her, including husband Luis Velásquez; son Edwin (Robin) Velásquez; daughter Nicza (Louis) Carrion; as well as adoring grandchildren Stefanie, Eddie, Mindy, Vanessa, and Jesse; and great grandchildren Melina, Marisa, Jaxden, and Giana.
SALOMON R. GONZÁLEZ
Salomon R. González, 70, passed away on Monday, April 22, 2013 at the Cleveland Clinic Health Campus in Cleveland. Salomon was born in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico on March 13, 1943 and at age seven moved to Philadelphia, Pa. until 1979 when he moved to Lorain, OH until his passing. He was a prize fighter, feather weight, and called the “Million Dollar Baby” in Philadelphia, Pa. On May 7, 1968 he married Carmen L. (née González). He worked at U.S. Steel as a pipe inspector and he enjoyed boxing, fishing, drawing, collecting art and knick-knacks of Indians and elephants, singing and writing and music and watching sports, especially the Cleveland Indians.
He is survived by his children Onika (Hector) Rivera, Agueybano “Chino” González, Tyesha M. González, and Jesús D. González all of Lorain; sisters Tati, Carmen, Angela, Hilda, and Evelyn González; 9 grandchildren; Chyna; 18 nieces and nephews; and friend, previously married for 20 years, Carmen L. González. He is preceded in death by his parents David R. and Emelia (née Ramos) González; and infant son, Salomon Jr.
Marcelino Marcano, age 83 of Lorain, OH died on Monday, April 22, 2013 at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, following a lengthy illness. He was born on January 10, 1930 in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, locating to Lorain in 1949. In 1988 he moved to Deltona, Florida before moving back to Lorain in 2010. He worked as a crane operator for Lorain Works US Steel for 35 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local #1104. The life of the party, Marcelino enjoyed playing the guitar and cuatro, and dancing. He loved music and enjoyed carpentry work.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Carmen (née Castro); sons: Edwin and Henry (Tania) Marcano both of Lorain; 5 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; brothers, Jesús “Papo”, Vidal, Antonio, and José Ramón Marcano all of Toa Alta, Puerto Rico; sisters, Carmen María Marcano of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico and Juana Marcano of Toa Alta, Puerto Rico. He was preceded in death by his parents, Catalino and Evangelia (née Vásquez) Marcano; and a brother, Julio Marcano.
MARÍA LUISA SANABRIA
María Luisa (née Vélez) Sanabria, age 87, formerly of Elyria, OH passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at Main Street Care Center, Avon Lake, where she had resided for the past year. She was born on August 25, 1925 in Lares, Puerto Rico to the late Dionesio González and Aramita Cuevas González. As a young woman, her passion was being involved in San Jose Catholic Church in Lares, Puerto Rico where she rang the church bells, sang in the church choir and was a member of the Hijas de María. Upon her move to Ohio, she dedicated her time to her growing family, church and community. She was well known for her cooking skills and devoted her time cooking for family, friends, churches and community events. She had worked at Lorain County Community College, retiring in 1993. María was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend who was loved by all who met her. She had the amazing gift of bringing out the best in others, and had a very generous heart. Her true passion was the unconditional love for her family. She was a Godly woman who made many sacrifices so her children could experience a better life. She was blessed to enjoy her retirement years spending time with her children, traveling, gardening, singing in the choir at church and cooking. She also enjoyed dancing with her late husband, Ernesto, to their favorite Latin ballads and going on their annual trips to Puerto Rico and Put-In-Bay.
She is survived by her children, Gloria (Art) Wragg, of Lorain, Susi (Rocco) Ybarra, of Bossier City, LA, Frank (Carmen) Vélez, of Beverly Hills, FL, Ismael (Marilyn) Vélez, of Amherst, OH, Noelia (David) Nodal, of Amherst, OH, Betsy (Bruce) Neubauer, of Elyria, and Lisa (Mike) Satonick, of Avon, OH; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her first husband of 42 years, Ismael Vélez, Sr; her second husband of 18 years, Ernesto Sanabria; her parents, and her siblings, Eusebio, Juan, María, Isabel, Otilia and Adela.
MARY C. GOMEZ
Mary C. Gomez, 74, of Fostoria, OH passed away on April 18, 2013 at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Bowling Green. She was born August 15, 1938 in Bloomdale to the late John and Antonia (née Muñoz) Macias. She married Jesús B. Gomez in 1958, and he died in 2007. Mary retired in 2003 from Seneca Wire and Mfg., as a lab technician after 47 years of service. She was a member of St. Wendelin Catholic Church and the Business and Professional Women, Fostoria. She had been a volunteer for the Seneca County Commission on Aging, the Board of Elections and was a poll worker.
Surviving are two children, Lawrence R. Gomez, Columbus and Ava M. Byars, Trinity, Alabama; three grandchildren, Jessica (Alex) Cantrell, Daniel and Paul Byars; a great grandson, James Byars; four brothers, Louis Macias, Mentor, Richard (Corey) Macias, Charles (Marge) Macias and Fred (Lucy) Macias of Fostoria; and two sisters, Deloris Bucher, North Baltimore and Anita (Gary) Mueller, Alton, Ill.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Ann C. Gomez and two brothers, Henry Macias and infant brother, Robert Macias
Dad passed peacefully in his sleep at home on April 13, 2013, after a nearly 10-year battle with prostate cancer. Dad’s soul and spirit is now free to enter God’s Kingdom and be united with his loving wife of 47 yrs, Rachel. Born in Jalisco, Mexico, on September 5, 1930. Dad came to Los Angeles, California as a teenager to make a life for himself. As a young adult he got into professional boxing and was quite exceptional, winning championships in 2 weight classes—Fly & Featherweight. After the fight game, Dad got into the construction trades. In 1961, he found his true love, Rachel Romero. The rest is history; we came to Toledo, OH in 1968 to be close to Mom’s family. Dad continued in the trades and was a proud member of Locals 500 & 886, retiring in 1987. He loved 3 things, family, hard work and hard fun. I’ll let you figure that out if you knew him.
Jesús is survived by his son, José Alfredo Jiménez, daughter, Carmen (Ron) Castillo, grandchildren; Alejandra, Ron Jr. and Christina. Dad’s 2nd son “Uncle Sam” and his bodyguards Big Oscar, Osa María, and Sasa.
RUDOLFO P. MARROQUIN
Rudolfo P. Marroquin (Rudy), age 86, passed away peacefully on April 17, 2013, surrounded by many loved ones. Rudolfo was the leader and a proud family man that took pride in watching his grandchildren play in ball games, family fishing trips, and playing his guitar. He was a devoted Catholic, loving husband, father, and grandfather who always made time for his family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his son, Rudolfo Marroquin Jr. and leaves behind his loving wife of 67 years, Elvira Marroquin. Rudy is survived by his daughters, Conception (Jesús) Gonzalez, Isidra (Jack) Collins, Lucia Bonilla, Sally (Keith) Lapinski; sons, Beninno (Janet) Marroquin and Santiago Marroquin; 18 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Rudolfo will be greatly missed but never forgotten.
Eladio Pacheco, age 84, of Lorain, OH passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the New Life Hospice Center of St. Joséph, Lorain. He was born on May 20, 1928, Naranjito, Puerto Rico, and had lived in New York before finally moving to Lorain in 1990. Eladio was a machine operator at New York Looseleaf Co. for 20 years, before retiring in 1978. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. He enjoyed playing guitar, watching baseball and boxing matches. He also enjoys Christian music and Spanish folkloric songs.
Eladio is survived by his children; Eulalio, David, Ady, Samuel, and Elizabeth, many grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Amelia (née Turcios), a daughter, Lucy, his sister, Francisca, and his parents.
Noel Romero, age 51, of Lorain, OH died on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at his home unexpectedly. Noel was born on March 21, 1962 in Lorain, he moved to Middleburgh Heights to be closer to his daughters. He was a 1980 graduate of Southview High School. Noel was employed as a welder and research lab mechanic for NASA/Sierra Lobo for 20 years, winning many awards for his job. Noel was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, along with his entire family. His daughters and family were the highlight of his life. He also enjoyed working out and working at his job.
He is survived by his two daughters: Gabriella and Maraiyah Romero, both of Berea and brothers: Maico Romero, of Covington, KY, Robert “Bobby” Romero of Strongsville, Gilbert Romero and Richard Romero, both of Lorain. He was preceded in death by his parents: Santos and Julia (née Colón) Romero, brother: Tony Cruz and his dog “Muffin.”
VICTOR M. ROSADO
Victor M. Rosado, 28, of Lorain, OH passed away un expectantly Friday, April 12, 2013 in his home. Victor was born July 24, 1984 in Narangito, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain in January 1995. He graduated high school in Puerto Rico. He worked as a cook for Wendy’s and a Chinese restaurant in Elyria. He enjoyed playing baseball and was an amateur barber.
Victor will be deeply missed by his mother Vilma Cruz and step father Orlando Quinones both of Lorain; his sisters Valerie M. Rosado and Carmen Y. Rosado both of Lorain; grandmother Pilar Morales of Comerio, Puerto Rico; aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Virgilio Cruz and his brother Emmanuel Rosado.
JOSÉ R. TORRES
José R. “Pachy” Torres, age 61, of Lorain, OH passed away on Monday, April 15, 2013, at the New Life Hospice Center of St. Joséph, Lorain. He was born on January 7, 1952 in Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain 33 years ago. He was the owner of Alliance Upholstery for 29 years. José was a member of The Church of Jesús Christ of Latter Day Saints. He enjoyed computers and woodwork.
José is survived by his son, José R. “Billy” (Jennifer), of Collins, OH; 2 granddaughters, Paloma and Natalia; brothers José A. “Billy,” José O. “Pepe,” and José D. “Chilin,” all of Lorain, José R. “Papo,” José F. “Pipe,” José V. “Vitito,” and José A. “Concho,” all of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico; and sisters Ruthiris E. “Tatita” Torres Cruz, of Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico, Lester R. ”Cuchy,” Genara L. “Gorda,” Lizzette “Lizzy,” Carmen D. “Deliris,” and Sandra, all of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico. He is also survived by his girlfriend Jackie Almodovar. He was preceded in death by a son, Sammy Torres, and his parents José A. and Iris M. (née Cruz) Torres.
Antonio “Tony” Navarro, Jr. passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo, OH. Tony was born in San Antonio, Texas on November 6, 1938. He moved to Toledo when he was a small child and has spent the remainder of his life here.
Tony was preceded in death by his parents Antonio and Georgia Navarro and his daughter Heidi Navarro. Surviving are his brothers Ray (Liz) Navarro, Robert (Dora) Navarro and sisters Emma Jacobs, Della (Bud) Morgan and Ramona (José) Sánchez. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.
AVELARDO “ALBERT” S. RAMOS
Avelardo “Albert” S. Ramos, 58, of Toledo, OH, peacefully passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013, surrounded by family and friends at the Cleveland Clinic following a long illness. Albert was born on August 29, 1954, in Bono, OH to Antonio and Beatrice Ramos. Albert was employed for 37 great years at Textile Leather in Toledo. Albert enjoyed many joys of life including dancing, Tejano music, camping, and the Dallas Cowboys. You could always find Albert on the dance floor doing what he loved the most, dancing.
Avelardo is survived by his daughters, Crystal (Joseph) Malino, and Delia (José) Salazar; grandchildren, Emilio, Joseph Jr., Briana, and Kayla; brothers, Antonio Ramos, Abel (Vivian) Ramos, Armando (Lupe) Ramos, and Adam Ramos; sisters, Rosalinda (Paul) Ruiz, Bertha (Philip) Estrada, and Aurora (Santiago) Izquierdo; many nephews, nieces, and friends, including special friend, Dahlia Cantu. Avelardo is preceded in death by his parents; brothers Arnoldo and Arturo Ramos; sister Amparo Torres, and nephew Ricardo Ruiz.
MARÍA RUIZ RIVERA
María Ruiz Rivera, 87, of Lorain, OH passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in Metro Health Medical Center, Cleveland following a brief illness. She was born January 1, 1925 in Patillas, Puerto Rico. In 1946 she moved to McKeesport, Pennsylvania; then she made Lorain her home in 1982.
María was homemaker and loving wife and mother. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. María was known to be smart, beautiful, strong, caring, loving, with a charismatic spirit. She loved life and lived it to the fullest. She enjoyed her rose garden. She also loved her faithful dog “Pepsi.”
She will be dearly missed by her sons Armando (of the Puerto Rican Home) and Tito Rivera both of Lorain, daughters María Rivera Pérez and Miriam Rivera Flores both of Chicago, Yolanda Rivera López of West New York, New Jersey, Hilda Rivera of Lorain, and Rose Rivera Gibson of Philadelphia; sisters Carmen Ruiz Colón and Celia Ruiz González both of Chicago; 11 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren.
María was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years Santos B. Rivera in 2003; her parents Julio Ruiz and Carmela Torres; 3 brothers and 2 sisters.
María Rodríguez, age 70, of Toledo, OH passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, surrounded by her loving family at Advance Specialty Hospital. She was born in Gonzales, TX on May 9, 1942, to Juan and Ramona Rodela. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She cherished the time she helped raising them. She was a member of SS Peter and Paul’s Church for many years. María had a great love of crocheting and made many beautiful pieces; she was an amazing cook and was known for her great tasting tamales.
She was preceded in death by her husband Antonio Michael Rodríguez, and her parents.
María is survived by her children: Marvin (Mary Ann) Rodríguez, Marlinda (Marvin) Jones, Marie Duran, Neauma (Alonzo) Garrett, Gilbert (Nina) Rodríguez, Ramona (Rodney) Washington; 18 grandchildren, five of whom she raised, Franchesca, Marvin Jr., Marcus, Martin, and Nyckole, and in return they gave her their special love and care; five great- grandchildren; sister, Josie Rodela; and her brother, Paul Rodela; special friend, Robert Sweet; she is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
GLORIA M. SANTIAGO
Gloria M. Santiago, age 84, of Vermilion, OH passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the New life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, after a brief illness. She was born on August 17, 1928 in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, moving to this area in the1950’s. She was a member of the former Spanish Evangelical Disciples of Christ Church and was also a life member of Iglesia Unida of Guayanilla.
Gloria is survived by her daughters: Noemi (Donald) Duell, of Amherst, Martha (David) Marski, with whom Gloria had made her home with for the past few years, of Vermilion, Carmen (Angelo) Angelis, of Winterhaven, FL, and Gloria (Sergio) Herrera, of Palmdale, CA; her daughter-in-law Pamela Santiago, of Wilmington, NC; 8 grandchildren: John (June) Santiago, of Castle Rock, CO, Angela (Michael) Mendak, of Weston, FL, Anna (Dan) Tyson, of Avon Lake, Jennifer (Michael) Hester, of Jacksonville, NC, Holly Marski, of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Sergio, Michael, and Amanda Herrera, all of Palmdale, CA; 11 great grandchildren; and a brother Luis Santiago, of St. Augustine, FL. She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years Pedro J. Santiago, in 1989, a son, Pedro J. “Pete” Santiago, Jr., in 2005, a great granddaughter, Gabriella Biczykowski, brothers; Carlos and Jorge Rodríguez, a sister, Teresa Cortes, and her parents; José E. and Martina (nee Lugo) Rodríguez.
JUAN DE DIOS VÁSQUEZ
Juan De Dios Vazquez, 76, of Lorain, OH passed away in his home April 11, 2013, of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Cancer. Juan De Dios was born in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico on March 8, 1937. He came to Lorain in 1956. Juan was married to Blanca D. Vazquez (née Arroyo) on October 22, 1960; they were married 52 years.
Juan worked as a laborer for Ford Motor Company for over 30 years. He enjoyed gardening; farming his rabbits, chickens, and other domestic animals. Juan was an extremely religious and spiritual individual. He was actively involved in several Church organizations and enjoyed participating in the many Sacred Heart Chapel ministries such as lecture and a leader of the Parrish Charismatic Movement.
Juan is survived by his wife Blanca of Lorain: children: Abel Vazquez of West Park, Florida, Carmen (Eliezer) Feliciano of Anchorage, Alaska; Celia Vazquez of Lorain, Luis (Nilsa) Vazquez, Elyria, Juan (Caitlin) Vazquez, Oberlin, Ariel (Laurie) Vazquez, Broadview Heights, Orlando Vazquez, Lorain, and Adrian (Vanessa) Vazquez, Fairborn, Ohio; grandchildren Alexia, Sheena, Alivia, Eliezer, Bianca, and Steven; great-grandson Chase Graciano; brothers Juan Calixto of Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, Juan Saul Ortiz, Juan Rocky Ortiz, and Francisca Ortiz all of Lorain.
Juan was preceded in death by his son
Marcelino H. Zapata, 83, of Genoa, OH, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2013 at Arbors of Oregon, OH. He was born in Carrizo Springs, TX on June 2, 1929 to Ramón and Inez (Hernández) Zapata. Marcelino was employed at the Lime Plant in Genoa for many years and was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Marcelino will be remembered for his love of gardening, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Surviving are his wife Baldomera; daughter Diana Eva; son, Rene (Guillermina) Zapata; grandchildren, Elexia Eva and David Eva; siblings, Jesusita García, Guadalupe Vela, Eloisa Cruz and sister-in-law, Angelita Zapata. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Eliodoro, Vicente, Salargosa, Antonio, and Cristina.
Julia Delgado, 48, of Toledo, OH passed away March 25, 2013, at Heartland of Oregon. She was born in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico on July 25, 1964, to María Dolores Lozano and raised by Gilbert and Enedina Delgado. She attended Oakdale School and Maumee Valley Country Day.
Surviving are her daughters, and Krystal Delgado, Evon S. Kidan; 5 grandchildren; siblings, Gilbert Jr. (Rosie), David (Guadalupe), Johnny Delgado, Daniel (Martha), Alfred (Debbie), Rosie (Rob) Law, Susie (Frank) Ramirez, Dolores Martínez, Rosa García, Teresa Sánchez, José Luis Lozano, Esther Barajas, San Juana Alva, Alfredo Lozano, Araceli Lozano; special friend, James West; along with many loving family members and friends. Julia was preceded in death by her parents, Gilbert and Enedina Delgado, and brothers, Victor Lozano and Albert Delgado.
Dolores “Lily” Díaz (née Estrada), age 84, of Lorain, OH passed away peacefully on the afternoon of Wednesday April 3, 2013 at the home of her daughter, Cindy, following an extended illness. Lily was born in Lorain on November 4, 1928 and remained a life-long resident of the city. Devoted to her family, she enjoyed working with ceramics and flower gardening. She also liked cooking, and especially preparing and sharing Mexican food with her relatives and friends. She was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Chapel and worked as a volunteer with the S.P.C.A. of Lorain County.
Survivors include her daughters Joyce (John) Oliger of Columbus, Cynthia (Thomas) Bisgrove of Elyria, Georgette (Robert) McGarvey of Wakeman, and sons Salvador J. “Sal” (Pam) Díaz of Elyria and David (Gladys) Díaz of Lorain. She also leaves seven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, her brother Anastasio Estrada, Jr. residing in Treasure Island, Florida, and sisters Josephine (John) Malinovski of Lorain, and Hope Quercio of Carson City, California. She was preceded in death by her husband Salvador Díaz, Sr. in 1990, and by sisters Emma Zapata and Theresa Queiruga.
Rosa Hernández (née Cantu) 83 of Lorain, OH passed away Friday, April 5, 2013, at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. Born August 21, 1929 in Victoria, Texas, she came to Lorain in 1951. Rosa worked as the head cook at Ohio Extended Care, Lorain for 20 years, retiring in 1992. Prior to that, she worked as a cook at various local nursing facilities in Lorain. She also worked as a housekeeper for many private homes. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and the Mexican Mutual Society. She enjoyed cooking, dancing, bingo and spending time with her grandchildren.
Surviving is her husband of 22 years, Piedad; sons, Elmer Garza of San Antonio, Texas, Ernest Garza of Lorain, Edward Garza of North Carolina, Richard Garza of Lorain, and Gilbert Garza of Houston; and a daughter, Norma Hess-Alcala of Lorain; 24 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Deana G. “Nani” Ybarra in 2011; and a son, Henry Garza.
LUIS ALBERTO JIMÉNEZ SR.
Luis Alberto Jiménez, Sr., 66 of Lorain, OH passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013 in his home following a lengthy illness. Luis was born on May 18, 1946, in Utuado, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain on July 4, 1964. Luis was employed at Green Bean Greenhouse in Westlake for 20 years and worked as an independent contractor for Label & Co in Cleveland for 25 years. He enjoyed building cabinets, golfing, fishing and playing dominos. He also enjoyed playing flight simulator and other computer games. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. Luis was the president of Coameño and vice president of Puerto Rican Home.
He will be dearly missed his wife of 37 years, Nellie Jiménez (née Delgado); daughters Marilyn (Jay) Santiago of Lorain and Marlene (Albert) Jiménez of San Diego; sons Luis (Tammy) Jiménez Jr., Angel (Christina) Jiménez, Eric Jiménez, and Ariel (Marisol) Jiménez all of Lorain; 14 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; brothers Ariel Jiménez and Juan Maldonado, both of Lorain, Angel Rivera of Miami, Ramón Rivera of Deltona, Florida, Miguel Rivera Brooklyn, New York and Sisters, Zaida DeJesús of Deltona; Nidia Oliveras of Lorain, and Emineth and Lisandra Jiménez both of Saint Petersburg.
He was preceded in death by his parents Serafin and Asunción (née Maldonado) Jiménez; brothers Jorge Rivera, Hector and Carlos Jiménez, and his granddaughter Arianna Jiménez.
Josefina Rodríguez (née Morales), 70, of Lorain, OH passed away Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013 in her home surrounded by her family. She was born March 9, 1943 in Orocovis, Puerto Rico. She lived in Trenton, New Jersey for eleven years before moving to Lorain in 1976.
Josefina was an active member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, she was an Eucharistic Minister, Altar Server and a kitchen helper. Josefina was also a member of the churches’ Renovacion Carismatica, Saint Vincent DePaul Society, and Prayer Ministry.
She will be deeply missed by her beloved husband of 46 years, Angel Rodríguez of Lorain; daughters Vivian Rodríguez of Avon and Sandra Rodríguez of Lorain; brothers Raymond and Eduviges Morales both of Trenton, New Jersey, Candido Morales of Miami, Florida and Juan Morales of Orocovis; sisters Aida Morales and Francisca “Rosin” Rodríguez both of Trenton and grandchildren Aaron Martínez and Adryan Rodríguez.
Josefina was preceded in death by her parents Eduviges and Josefa (née Rupert) Morales; brothers José and Sixto Morales and sisters Andrea and Tita Morales.
Mary “María” Segarra, 83 of Lorain, OH passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at her residence while under the care of Cleveland Clinic Hospice following a lengthy illness. Born February 12, 1930 in Lares, Puerto Rico, she came to Lorain in 1951. Mary worked as a sales clerk for Kmart in Lorain for 9 years. Prior to that, she worked as a seamstress for Joseph and Feiss in Lorain for 10 years.
Mary was an active and devoted member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, where she was a member of the Crusillo Movement and Legion of Mary. She also served on the funeral committee at the church for many years, helping countless families at their time of loss prepare for the Mass of Christian Burial. Mary was a very outgoing person, and loved cooking, music and dancing.
Surviving is her loving husband of 62 years, Antonio “Tony” Segarra; daughters, Miriam Segarra of Lorain, and Judy (Martin Smolinsky) Rosso of Nolanville, Texas; a grandson, Anthony (Digxie) Rosso of Lorain; a brother, Joe González of Lorain; and sisters, Mina Molina, Catine Díaz, Delia Rivera all of Youngstown, and Virginia Rodríguez of Lorain.
She was preceded in death by her parents Severiano and Carmen (née Velez) González; a brother, Lilo González; and sisters, Martina Cardona and Carmen Pagán.
GUADALUPE H. CHÁVEZ
Guadalupe H. Chávez, 89, formerly of Elmore, OH passed away on Monday, March 25, 2013 at Bethesda Care Center in Fremont, OH. He was born on May 1, 1923 in Zacatecas, Mexico to Graviel Chávez and Virginia Hernández. Guadalupe married Carolina A. Avalos in 1959 in Weslaco, TX and she survives. He worked at Pfizer for thirteen years and retired in 1983. Guadalupe was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He loved to do home repairs around the house, gardening and yard work.
Guadalupe is survived by his wife, Carolina A. Chávez, Fremont; children, Guadalupe (Bill) Below, Marta (José Arreola) Chávez both of Fremont; Rafaél (Belinda) Chávez, Woodville, Roberto (Monica) Chávez, Elmore, OH, Juan M. (Columbia) Chávez, Fremont, Graviel (Sara) Chávez, Elmore, OH, Jesús Chávez, Fremont; twenty grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Virginia Chávez and grandson, Guadalupe José Ysasi Chávez.
EMMA A. CORDERO
Emma A. Cordero (née Rivera), 85, passed away on March 25, 2013 in Golden Acres Nursing Home, Amherst following a lengthy illness. She was born November 15, 1927 in Orocovis, Puerto Rico. She settled in Lorain, OH in 1961.
Emma was married to Osvaldo Cordero and they would have celebrated 65 years of marriage this July 2. She retired from Lorain Products and was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. She was a loyal, dedicated, and adored wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Emma loved going to bingo, rooting for her favorite teams, the Indians and Cavaliers, cooking for her family and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is the beloved mother of Osvaldo “Ozzy” Cordero, Nancy J. Cordero and Zaida Ortiz, all of Lorain. She is the adored grandmother of Jason Cordero, Vangie Gomez, Martin Ortiz, María Honaker, Stephanie Ginese; sisters Elba Rivera of Lorain, Luz González of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Carmen Rivera of Denton, Texas and Gloria Velasco of Norwalk, Connecticut; brothers Juan Rivera of Kissimmee, Florida and José Rivera of Rio Grande, Puerto Rico and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Juan Rivera and Julia Ildefonso and 4 brothers.
HYACINTH A. LÓPEZ
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven: a time to be born and a time to sleep.”
Hyacinth A. López, 89, fell asleep on March 25, 2013. She was born on November 24, 1923, to the late Victor and Santos Orosco in Yokum, Texas. Hyacinth was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be dearly missed. She devoted her entire life to taking care of her family. Hyacinth’s calming demeanor and tenderness always kept her children at ease. She was a phenomenal cook and was well-known for her Latino cuisine.
Hyacinth was preceded in death by her loving husband, Phillip, and sons, Tony and Ricky. Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Phillip, Ron (Toni), Susie, and Joe (Joy); siblings, Paul and Mary; special niece, Yvonna, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Norberto “Berto” Valentin, 84, of Land O’ Lakes, Fla., was called to rest by his Savior on Sunday, March 24, 2013. He was born in Utuado, Puerto Rico to Manuel Valentin and Estervina Montero. Berto retired after 30 years from Ford Motor Company in Ohio. He was a charismatic member of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church and he enjoyed volunteering for the Church, reading his bible, traveling, spending time with his family, gardening and building things for around his house.
He is preceded in death by his son, Luis Prieto; brothers, Manuel, Concho and Antonio Lugo Valentin and sister, Tonia. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elena Valentin; four daughters, Carmen Marrero (Javier), Aracelis Valentin (Antonio), Mary Flecha and Rumilda González (Antonio); ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Rafaél Alvarado, 64, of Lorain, OH passed away in his home surrounded by his family Tuesday, March 19, 2013 following an lengthy illness. He was born October 24, 1948 in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico. He settled in Lorain in 1972. He retired in 2003 from Elyria Foundry. He worked there for 25 years. He also worked for Modern Tool and Die in Strongsville.
Rafaél was an active member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, belonging to the Cursillo Movement, Charismatic Movement, Juan 23 Group he played congas in the Charismatic Choir. He enjoyed playing Chess, dancing, playing music, motorcycle trips, hunting, camping and teaching his grandchildren to fish and his dog “Mi Mi.”
He will be deeply missed by his wife of 44 years Nydia (née Davila); sons Rafaél (Darleen) Alvarado, Jr. and Pablo J. (Katiria) Alvarado both of Lorain; daughters Sonia (Edwin) Fernández, Saida Alvarado and Noemi (Luis) Massa all of Lorain; brothers Ramón Alvarado of Lorain, Victor and Angel Alvarado both St. Petersburg, Florida, Luis Alvarado of Dorado, Puerto Rico and Samuel Alvarado of South Carolina; sisters Ana Alvarado and María Rosas both of Lorain and Aida and Carmen Rodríguez both of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico; 15 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Pablo and Jovina (née Miranda) Alvarado and a brother Geraldo Alvarado.
GLAFIRA R. BARRIENTOS
On March 12, 2013, at Toledo Hospice of Northwest Ohio, our beloved mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, Glafira (Fira) R. Barrientos, 86, peacefully entered into eternal rest surrounded by her family. Glafira was born in Edinburg, Texas on January 13, 1927, to Rafaél Reyes and Bonifacia Coronado. On May 13, 1945, Glafira wed Felix Barrientos and lived devotedly in marriage for 68 years. Glafira was known for her dedication to her family and relatives. She was a parishioner of St. Pius X Catholic Church and lived her faith by example.
Some of her acts of service included: President of the Guadalupe Society at St. Joseph’s Parish in Erie, Michigan, St. Vincent de Paul Parish Altar Rosary Society, Eucharistic Minister, and Catholic Diocese Representative for the Central City Ministries.
She enjoyed gardening, music, dancing, and spending time with family and friends. She was an entrepreneur in partnership with her husband Felix, at one time, running two theaters featuring Spanish language films, a first, in the Toledo community. Her early working years were spent as a representative for a variety of home-based retail goods. She sold Shaklee, Sarah Coventry, Tupperware, Avon and other products to assist in supporting her family.
Glafira retired from the Toledo Public School district. She was employed as a School Truant Officer for Riverside Elementary and Calvin M. Woodward High School. At Irving E. Macomber Vocational High School she served as a Hall Monitor and was regarded highly by the many students whose lives she touched.
Glafira is survived by her children, Alma (Rubén) Platas, Anita (James) Mauter, Alex (Candi) Barrientos, Sandra (Ciro) Caprioli, Felix E. Barrientos; grandchildren, Jason Platas, Angelina (Jeff Heiman) Platas, Erik (Nancy) Mauter, Christian and Ashley Mauter, Christy (John) Soncrant, Alexa (Ryan) Eickholt, and Justin Barrientos, and four great-grandchildren.
MARTHA IRIS CABRANES
Martha Iris Cabranes (née Rivas), 69, of Amherst, OH passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013 in Metro Health Medical Center, Cleveland following a brief illness. She was born November 23, 1943 in Coamo, Puerto Rico. She moved to Lorain, OH in 1951. Martha was a beautician at Iris Beauty Boutique from 1970 to 1976. She graduated from the Northern Institute of Cosmetology, Lorain.
Martha was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, where she taught Catechism Classes and participated in the Cursillo Movement. She enjoyed crocheting, flower arranging, and bingo.
She will be deeply missed by her husband of 50 years Angel Cabranes of Amherst; sons Adam and Alvin Cabranes both of Lorain; daughters Melissa Amato of Avon Lake and Maritza (Eric) Denman of Lorain; grandchildren Jillian, Eric, Cara, Nick, Allexis and Loren; and 15 brothers and sisters.
She was preceded in death by her parents Inosencio in 1994 and Lorenza in 2004 (née Santiago) Rivas; sister Norma Rivas in 1981 and a son-in-law Mark Amato in 2004.
YOLANDA GONZÁLEZ COLÓN
Yolanda González Colón, 40, of Lorain, OH went to be with the Lord Wednesday, March 13, 2013 in her home following a lengthy illness. She was born September 29, 1972 in Chicago and was raised in Puerto Rico. She moved to Lorain in 2004 from San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico. Yolanda worked for the Johnson and Johnson Company in Puerto Rico. She enjoyed shopping, traveling, and the love of her family.
She will be dearly missed by her brother Edwin González Colón of Chicago; sisters Maribel (John Freddy) Cortez, Migdalia (Angel) Rivera both of Chicago and María S. (Jessie) Arroyo of Lorain; sister-in-law María González of Chicago; her parents Rafaél and Lydia (née Colón) González of Lorain; grandparents Eduardo Colón of Lorain and Maximina Prado of Lorain and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Yolanda was preceded in death by her grandparents Celedonia Luna and Antonio González.
ERNESTO S. REYES
Ernesto S. Reyes, 81 of Oak Harbor, OH died Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Riverview Health Care Campus, Oak Harbor. He was born April 26, 1931 in Losoya, Texas to the late Enemancio and Lucinda G. (Sauceda) Reyes. He graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in San Antonio, TX. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1951 – 1952 during the Korean War. On May 22, 1954 he married the former Sara Mendoza and she survives. Ernesto retired in 1993 from Chrysler- Jeep in Toledo, OH. He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, Oak Harbor, an Associate of the Sisters of Notre Dame in Toledo, and Vice- President of Guadalupe Society in Genoa and Oak Harbor.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years Sara Reyes of Oak Harbor; children: Ernesto M. Reyes of Barrington, IL, Eduardo M. Reyes of San José, CA, and Diane R. González of Oakland, CA; grandchildren Isabella S. and Benjamin E. Reyes.
TOMASITA JARAMILLO RODRÍGUEZ
Tomasita Jaramillo Rodríguez, 96, went peacefully to be with the lord on March, 19, 2013. She was a long time resident of Archbold and member of Templo Cristiano, She was born on January 31, 1917, in Rancho Las Delicias, Gral. Terán, N. L, México. She was the daughter of Antonio and Candida Jaramillo. She was the oldest of 8 children.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Yrineo Rodríguez Sr, her daughter and son-in-law; Estella and Felipe Acevedo, and two daughter in laws: Estella and Lucy Rodríguez; and four grandchildren. Tomasita was a charter member along with her husband and children in the founding of the first Hispanic Assembly of God Church in Archbold, OH. Their prayer was that of all the children God had given them, they wanted at least one to become a minister. God granted them this prayer; all the twelve have been involved in ministry, eight have been involved directly as Ministers of the General Council of The Assemblies of God, five of them are Pastors. Yrineo and Tomasita were married for 50 years.
Tomasita is survived by her 11 children; Eleazar (Lidia) Rodríguez of Baton Rouge, LA; Raul (Linda) Rodríguez of Corpus Christi, TX, Ester (Noe) Vásquez of Haringen, TX, Rosa (Ramiro) Rodríguez of Laredo, TX, Misael (Olga) Rodríguez, Elvia (Enrique) Rivera, Yrineo Rodríguez Jr., Abel (Regina) Rodríguez, Lydia (Jesse) Torres, all of Archbold, OH, Moses (Ana) Rodríguez of Wauseon OH, and Samuel (Febe) Rodríguez of Los Angeles CA, along with 43 grandchildren, 94 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.
Tomasita is also survived by one sister; Guadalupe and one brother; Israel Jaramillo, both of México and numerous nieces and nephews. “My greatest joy is seeing my family united, and serving God; there is no better life than this!” – Tomasita Rodríguez
Tomasita was recently featured in La Prensa; visit: http://www.laprensatoledo.com/Stories/2013/020813/tomasita.htm
IRMA QUILES TORRES
Irma Quiles Torres, 69, of Lorain, OH passed away Saturday, March 16, 2013 in New Life Hospice following a lengthy illness. She was born July 9, 1943 in Corozal, Puerto Rico. She lived in New York for 8 Years before moving to Lorain OH in 1979. Irma was a strong, kindhearted, loving mother. She was an active member of Sacred heart Chapel, Lorain. Irma volunteered to help at church activities. In spite of her recent illness and debilitation she remained free spirited.
She will be dearly missed by her sons José A. (Kimberly) Ortiz, Jr. of Sheffield Lake and Victor (Cynthia), David and Daniel (Neimaliz) Ortiz both of Lorain; her daughter Julie Ortiz of Lorain; her former husband and friend José Ortiz of Lorain; brothers Ramón Quiles of Reading, Pennsylvania and Anibal Quiles of Morovis, Puerto Rico and a sister María Motieran of Queens, New York; and 11 grand children. She was preceded in death by her parents Pedro and Gurmercinda (née Torres) and 13 brothers and sisters.
The Detroit Tigers and Ohio State Buckeyes lost one of their biggest fans on March 13, 2013, when Ray Alvarez passed away at Orchard Villa in Oregon, OH. He was born on August 13, 1962, to Ramiro and Erminia Alvarez Sr.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Kris Snyder Alvarez; sons, Drew, Daniel, and Gregory; mother, Erminia Alvarez; brothers, Ramiro (Elizabeth) Alvarez, Jr., Hector (Rosa) Alvarez, Richard (Diana) Alvarez, and Roy (Polly) Alvarez; sisters, Linda (Eleodoro) Martínez, and Lydia (Alfonso) López, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by father, Ramiro Alvarez Sr.; father-in-law, Ronald Snyder; nephew, Richard Alvarez Jr., and great-nephew, Devin Alvarez.
Robert Guerrero, age 63, of Adrian MI passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at his home. He was born May 4, 1949, in Adrian to Mike and Mary (Rodriguez) Guerrero. Robert was employed with Ford’s in Saline for 30 years, until his retirement on Sept. 1, 1999.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by one son, Michael Guerrero of Adrian; one daughter, Katrina Guerrero of Grand Rapids; brothers and sisters, Joe (Stella) Guerrero of Adrian, John Guerrero of Fairfield, Guadalupe Abercrombie of Milan, Emilio “Pal” Guerrero of Adrian and Anastacia “Stacy” (David) Zendejas of San Antonio, Texas; nine grandchildren, Tyler, Damien, Mikayla, Breonna, Ryan, Rochelle, Jawuan, Azia and Anyia; and one great-grandson, Treyvion. He was preceded in death by a sister, Angie.
Tomás Obregon, 91, of Fremont, OH passed away on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at the University of Toledo Medical Center. He was born on December 29, 1921 in Islitas, TX, the son of Ventura and Juanita (née Martínez) Obregon.
Tomás married Petra Melchor on November 11, 1940 in Laredo, TX and she survives. He was the Owner/Operator of El Aguila Bakery (currently on State Street in Fremont OH) from 1972 until he retired in 1983. Tomás also worked as a Machine Operator at Ohio Lime Company for thirty-three years. He was a member of St. Casimir Catholic Church until it closed and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose. He loved fishing and was always baking.
Tomás is survived by his wife Petra Obregon, Fremont; children Juanita (John) Patton, Maumee, Cruz Rodríguez, Fremont, Petra (Tony) Hernández, Gibsonburg, Teresa Arriaga, Lorain, Tomas “Tom” (Felicia) Obregon, Jr., Fremont; sister Baldomera (Marcelino) Zapata, Geona; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, María López; siblings, Luz Obregon, Gavino Obregon, María Geronima Rodríguez; and son-in-law, Narciso Rodríguez.
FLOR COLÓN RIVERA
Flor Colón Rivera, 77, was called to our Lord on March 10, 2013 at Mercy New Life Hospice following a lengthy illness. A resident of Lorain, OH, he was born October 28, 1935 in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico. In 1956, Flor relocated to Cleveland, Ohio from Puerto Rico and soon after, settled in Lorain where he has since resided. As a soldier in the U.S. Army, Flor was a veteran of the Korean War. He was also a retiree of 30 years at the Ford Motor Company plant in Lorain, but was more prominently known for his natural talents as a musician. A celebrated percussionist, Flor was legendary on the timbales, congas and bongos and has represented such bands as El Combo Caribe, El Trio Puerto Rico and Flor Rivera y Sus Reyes Del Ritmo.
Flor enjoyed dominoes, billiards, and baseball and was an avid fan of the Cleveland Indians. He was a lovable and charming man with a passion for life. His incredible sense of humor and the vigor of his laughter were captivating, while his signature moves on the dance floor were unforgettable. Flor applied his energy and vitality in the form of devotion to his family and friends. He was a dedicated family man who adored reminiscing and recounting stories from the past.
JOSE C. ROBLEDO
José C. Robledo, age 69, of Delta, OH passed away Friday evening, March 8, 2013 at Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice. Prior to his retirement he had worked at Bunting Bearing in Holland, Ohio. He had also been a musician with El Trio Robledo. Jose was born in Tayahua, Zacatecas, Mexico on September 22, 1943, the son of José and Antonia (Coliz) Robledo. On September 22, 1978 he married Joyce Leininger, and she preceded him in death in 2011.
Surviving are two step-daughters, Jo Anne Todd of Delta, Kelly (Daniel) Culler of Delta; one step-son, Michael (Michelle) McVey of Swanton; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Leonardo (Yolanda) Robledo of Defiance, Juan (Bertha) Robledo of Mexico; five sisters, María De Jesús Robledo of Mexico, Mercedes Robledo of Mexico, Cruz Robledo of Mexico, Antonia Robledo of Texas and Josephina Robledo of Mexico; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce, both parents, and brother, Daniel Robledo.
EARLENE M. VILLARREAL
Earlene M. Villarreal, age 81, of Adrian MI passed away Sunday, March 3, 2013, at her home. She was born June 14, 1931, in Hamilton, Ala., to Arvin and Hester (née Vann) Warren. In 1975, she married Simon R. Villarreal and he survives. She loved being with her grandchildren and she enjoyed sewing and painting.
In addition to her husband, Simon, she is survived by two sons, Larry (Lynn) Feltman of Adrian and David (Keely) Villarreal of Sand Creek; one daughter, Linda Randolph of Adrian; one sister, Eunice Cook of Adrian; and 12 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Herman and Travis Warren; a daughter, Angie Feltman; and a son, Ricky Feltman.
ISMAEL N. CASTILLO SR.
Ismael N. Castillo Sr., 85, of Toledo, OH passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Ismael was born on February 28, 1928, in Eagle Lake, Texas to José and María (née Narvis) Castillo. Ismael worked as a laborer for Sam Geraldo Construction and Plabell Rubber before retiring. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Jackman Rd. Chapter for 50 years. Ismael loved watching wrestling, especially Monday Night Raw. He was always there to help someone whenever they needed and welcomed everyone with open arms. He truly had a heart of gold.
Surviving are his children, Ismael (Tammy Szegedi) Castillo Jr., María Zapata, José (Guadalupe) Castillo, Martina Castillo and Connie (Richard) Hrebic; son-in-law, Julian Rodríguez Jr.; siblings, Paul (Evangelina), Victoria (Rubén) Guajardo, Frank (Mary) and Salome (LaLa) Torres; 22 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Ismael was preceded in death by his parents; stepdaughter, Adeline Rodriguez; son-in-law, Julian C. Zapata Jr.; siblings, Trinidad, John, Jesse, Ralph and Lupe; and great-granddaughter, Addyson.
Tanya Fernández (née Viera), age 38, of Lorain, OH passed away on the afternoon of Monday, March 4th, 2013 at Grace Hospital in Lakewood. She was born in the Bronx, New York on July 17, 1974 and had been a resident of Lorain since 2005.
Tanya attended Lorain County Community College where she pursued a Business Administration curriculum. She had most recently been employed as an instructional aid for students with special needs within the Lorain Public School System.
She was an active member of the Templo Emmanuel Assembly of God where she was a member of the Women’s Ministry and the Bible study group. She also assisted with the Children’s Ministry. Tanya was a physical fitness enthusiast who enjoyed hip-hop music and flower gardening. Additional interests included baking, cooking, and knitting.
She is survived by her husband of 16 ½ years Adalberto “Albert,” by her son Nathaniel I. Fernández at home, by her daughter Sarah I. Fernández, also at home, by her brother Raúl Viera, Jr. residing in the State of New York, and by a large extended family. She also leaves her beloved pet dog Rocco.
Tanya was preceded in death by her parents Raúl Viera, Sr. and María (née Henríquez) Viera.
Georgina “Geor” Gracía (née Alicea), age 89, of Lorain, OH passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2013, at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain.
She was born on March 17, 1923, in Corozal, Puerto Rico. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. She enjoyed collecting dolls, cooking, and working in her garden.
Georgina is survived by her sons; José, Victor, and Carlos, all of Lorain, 12 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and 8 great great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Juanita, Elvira, and Constanza, all of Puerto Rico, Nydia Díaz, of Chicago, and Eva Alvarez, of Lorain, and a brother, César Alicea, of Puerto Rico.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Mariano, Sr., in 2001; daughter Myriam Gracía, in 2010; sons Mariano, Jr., in 1985 and Raymond, in 1979; a grandson, Mariano Rivas III, in 2006; a great great grandson, Michael Serrano; brother, José Alicea; sister, Carmen Burgos; and parents Leonides and Mariana (née Alvarez) Alicea.
Antonio “Tony” Billegas Jr., age 58, of Toledo, OH passed away on Friday, March 1, 2013 with family by his side. He was born June 15, 1954, to Antonio Billegas Sr. and Mary (Gutiérrez) Verdin in Toledo, the oldest of 4 children.
He was a faithful employee at RMF Nooter for the past 19 years. When he wasn’t working he loved shopping, taking long scenic drives, spending time with his family, and frequenting the Toledo Zoo. Tony enjoyed the holidays and took pride in decorating his home. He loved to learn and was full of historical and odd facts. He had a very generous heart that will be truly missed by all that knew him.
Along with his mother Mary, he is survived by his children, Amanda, Robert, and Carrie Billegas, Kimberly (James) Wilcox, Charles (Shanah) Maxwell; siblings, Rose (Larry) Maxwell, Mary (Thomas) Flowers, and Raymond (Doreen) Verdin; former wife, Sandy Billegas; 19 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Also surviving are his cats, Samuel, Imagi, Little Sammy, and Charquito. He is preceded in death by his father Antonio and son Tony.
David González passed away suddenly on January 31, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Florida. David was born on September 3, 1963 in Lorain, OH. He moved to Florida with his parents in 1975 where he lived until his passing.
He enjoyed all facets of building yachts for Hutchins Com PacYachts where he was employed for 25 years. David ran an internet game server where he made many friends from all around the world. He was a huge fan of Epcot Center in Florida. He enjoyed all of their technology and attractions. He enjoyed the outdoors frequenting live concerts to his liking. He loved his family very much and wished to someday move closer to his siblings.
David’s memory will be cherished by his family, including his daughter Brandy Harblin Cordero from Spring Hill, Florida, his brothers Manuel Antonio González of Elyria, Freddy González of Lorain, sisters Leida González Huey of Frisco, Texas, Elsie González García of Amherst Township, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. He also will be greatly missed by his family and friends throughout the United States: New York, New Jersey, California, Arizona, and Florida.
He was preceded in death by his mother Nereida (Neri) González in 2007, his father, Manuel Antonio González in 2012, his sister Santita Figueroa, and Daisy Figueroa González in 2008. He is buried in St. Petersburg, Florida.
SAN CAYETANO MARTÍNEZ
San Cayetano “Carl” Martínez, 70, of Toledo, OH passed away February 25, 2013, in CommuniCare at Waterford. Born in Dearborn, Michigan on August 7, 1942, to Eusebio and Concepción (née Cortinas) Martínez. Carl enjoyed various outdoor activities, boxing, Mexican dancing and was a very good handyman.
Carl was preceded in death by son, San C. Martínez Jr.; parents; nieces, Sandy Elizondo, April Martínez, Gloria Ann Ruiz, brother, Simon C. Martínez.
Surviving are his daughters, Lupita Jude, Theresa Jude, Angel (Damian) Payne, Jara Jaso; 6 grandchildren; brothers, Tom (Penny), Henry, Joe (Patti) Juan (Carol) Martínez, sisters, Balbina (Tomas) Ruiz, Sabina (Sixto) Elizondo, Margaret (Esmundo) Ruiz, Lupe (Carlos) Jaso, Suzie Martínez, Maria (Cuca) Martínez.
ETANISLAO RIVERA PÉREZ
Etanislao “Don Tano” Rivera Pérez, 89, of Lorain, OH passed away Saturday, February 23, 2013 at his residence while under the care of Grace Hospice following a long illness. Born March 13, 1923 in Naranjito, Puerto Rico, he came to Lorain in the 1950s. He worked for Penn Central Railroad and retired from Lake Terminal Railroad as a group leader in 1985 after 14 years of service. Prior to that, he worked for various greenhouses.
Etanislao was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and a part of the Cursillo movement at the church. He also was a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local 1104-2. He enjoyed gardening, raising chickens, music and singing Christmas songs, playing dominos, and spending time with his family and his grandchildren.
Surviving is his wife 68 years, Juana (née Vázquez); his sons, Miguel (Nancy) Rivera of Wakeman, Etanislao (Helen) Rivera Jr. of Grafton, and Johnny Rivera of Lorain; daughters, Ana L. (Phillip) Santiago, Irma A. Rivera, Carmen C. (Juan) González, Gladys E. (Hector) Feliciano, Diana M. (José Louis) Milete, and Angelina Pérez, all of Lorain; 25 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Angel and Victor, both of Puerto Rico; and sisters Josepha and Candelario, both of Puerto Rico.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Evaristo and Catalina (née Pérez) Rivera; brothers, Nardo and Barin; sisters, Benedicta, Carmela, and Pilar; and a great-granddaughter, Rachel Bryer.
Enrique “Henry” Pinaya died peacefully on February 17, 2013, at the age of 73. Enrique immigrated to the United State with his wife in 1971. He was employed by LOF for 30 years where he contributed to many projects and retired in 2002 as a chemist.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Gladys; daughters, Jackie (Mike) and Cheryl; son, Hank (Delma); grandsons, Xavier and Collin, and granddaughter, Isabella.
CELIA Z. TORRES
Celia Z. Torres, 81, of Toledo, OH passed away February 19, 2013, at The Toledo Hospital. She was born in Pharr, TX on June 27, 1931 to Pedro and Fidencia Zamarripa. Celia was a very faithful member of Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral Catholic Church. She loved Mexican music, polka dancing, traveling, cooking and flowers. Most of all, Celia loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren.
Surviving are her loving husband, Macario Sr.; children, Macario Jr. (Dalia) Alex (Donna), Oscar (Daniella) and Christopher (Mary) Torres; grandchildren, Mathew, Samantha, Jessica, Ashley, Oscar Jr., Amy, George, Daniella, Rebeca, Antonio, Marivell, Christopher Jr., Graciella Torres; five great-grandchildren; siblings, Mingo (Guadalupe), Elva Adkins, Luz (Frank) Molina and Cruz (María) Ebaniz. Celia was preceded in death by her parents; sons, Michael and Joseph; siblings, Pedro Jr., Angela, and Hilberta.
Marisela Marie Trevino, 15, of Toledo, passed away at home on Friday, February 15, 2013. She was born August 8, 1997, to Diego and Angel (Avalos) Trevino. Marisela was a sophomore at Whitmer High School and played softball for Washington Local. She loved shopping, taking photographs, and spending time with family and friends. Always a perfectionist, Marisela enjoyed dressing up and was known for her beautiful smile.
Surviving are her parents; brother, Diego Trevino Jr.; “sister”, Reyna; grandparents, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
RAMON P. VELAZQUEZ
Ramón P. Velázquez, age 86, of Lorain, OH passed away on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, after a brief illness. He was born on June 30, 1926, in San German, Puerto Rico and had moved to Philadelphia in 1967, where he lived until moving to Lorain in 1979. While living in Philadelphia, he was employed at Repco for 12 years. Ramón enjoyed carpentry, gardening, reading the Bible, and writing poetry.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years; Carmen (née Pinto), sons; Ramón Pabón, Jr., of Puerto Rico and Saul Pabón, of Lorain, daughters; Nancy Almodova, Ada Iris Almodova, Nixia Almodova, and Lucy Almodova, all of Puerto Rico, and Yvette Pabón, of Lorain, 4 grandchildren in Lorain, and many grandchildren in Puerto Rico, and his brothers; Evangelio and Zene Pabón, both of Puerto Rico.
Josephine (née Durán) Medina, 63, a native of Toledo who subsequently moved to Detroit, passed away on Monday, February 11, 2013. She was born May 4, 1949, to Ricardo and Aurora (García) Durán. She loved to dance, play cards, and most of all spend time with her family. She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, María López, Jesse García, John Durán, and her son, Mateo “Squirty” Valdez.
Josephine is survived by her adoring husband, Carlos; children, Angelo Esquivel and San Juan (Felicia) Esquivel, Patricia Medina, Carlos Medina Jr., and Ernesto (Christina) Valdez; siblings, Richard Jr., Frank (Leticia), Mario (Margarita), and Beatrice (Diana) Durán, Ruperta Pecina, Nancy (Joe) Romo, Petra Mattison, Pat Torres, Josie Briceno, Queenie, and Anna Ortiz. She is also survived by many grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
ANGEL M. MORALES
Angel M. “Choco” Morales, 51, of Lorain, OH assed away Friday, February 15, 2013 in Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain following a lengthy illness. Mr. Morales was born January 4, 1962 in Hatillo, Puerto Rico. He moved to Lorain in 1979. He was a self employed Auto Mechanic and body man. Angel enjoyed animals, gardening and landscaping. Angel loved to spend time with his grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was kind hearted; he was always helping family and friends.
He will be missed by his loving companion Debra Fitch, of Lorain; sons Angel Morales, Jr., Lucas Morales, Luis Morales, David Morales, and Luis Otero, all of Lorain; their mother, Marian Escalera, of Lorain; brothers Hector, Luis and Julio Morales, all of Lorain, and Damaso Morales, of Hatillo, Puerto Rico; sisters Amada Ramos and Iris Morales, both of Hatillo, Puerto Rico; eight grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lucas Morales and María Valentin, sisters Elisa Valentin and Carmen María Román.
RAFAEL S. MORALES
Rafaél S. Morales, 80, of Lorain, OH died unexpectedly on February 8, 2013.
He is survived by his wife, Awilda Morales; five children; a sister and brother; and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren.
WILLIAM GONZALEZ CARRERO
William “Bill” González Carrero, 84, died February 2, 2013 at his home in Lorain, OH. Bill was born March 15, 1928 in Aquada, Puerto Rico, he moved to Lorain at the age of 17 and made his home here through retirement. Bill was married to Ruth Ann Miller and raised seven children, three from Ruth Ann’s first marriage and four together.
During his early years Bill was a Golden Gloves Boxing Champion and restaurant owner. His greatest joys were spending time with his grandchildren and attending their sporting events; he also enjoyed raising and sporting his roosters. Bill had a very successful career as a Committeeman, Building Chairman, Recording Secretary and Assistant Vice President during his 43 years with Ford Motor Company’s UAW Local 1250 in Brookpark, Ohio.
Bill is survived by his children, Ruth Roberta Toothman, Diana Marie Evans, Ramona Antoinette Brown (David), Kathleen Adela Discenzo, William Daniel Carrero Jr. (Kelly), Donato David Carrero (Melinda), 18 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, brother, Juan “Kiki” González, sister, Amparo González and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth Ann (née Miller), son, Enrique Antonio, grandson, Jerry, brothers, Donato and Pedro “Tito” González, and his sisters, Jean and Monsa González.
Irma Watson, 70, of Toledo, OH, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at St Vincent Mercy Hospital. She was born in Joyce, Texas on April 28, 1942, to Francisco and Eliza Martínez. Irma was a Home Manager for Zeigler Habilitation for 10 years before retiring in 1998.
She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Olga Baiz, Felipe Martínez, and Fernando Martínez; her daughter, Rita Jo Ramirez; son, Randy Lee Watson; grandchildren, Francisco Martínez Gomez, and Sara Marie Gomez; mother-in-law, Dennis Carol Watson.
Irma is survived by her loving husband, Randy Watson; children, Francisco (Blanche) Gomez Jr., Olga (Michael) Fitch, Bobbie Love McCullough, Geraldine Kay Andrews, Monica (José) López and William Ramirez; 15 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren, and special friend, Janet Vásquez.
ESIQUIO GARCÍA CASTILLO
Esiquio García Castillo, passed on to the eternal, January 31, 2013, surrounded by his family at home. Born in Martindale, TX, a small town with a river for fishing and pecan trees for eating, he grew up working the fields before settling in Ohio. Esiquio was employed by the railroad, shipyard, and Compte Const. He was a self taught reader with true sayings to guide in life. He loved time with his family, watching his hummingbirds, and he had to have his boxing.
Esiquio was preceded in passing by his wife, Margaret Ellen Castillo; mother, Loreta García Hiracheta; siblings, Augistinia, Adelia, Mathew, Rudy, Lucy. Surviving is his brother, Raymond Salazar; children, Loretta, Rudy, Fidel, Russell, Esiquio Jr., Felix, Donna, Rita, Tony, Chris, Danny, Renae, Rhonda; a host of grandchildren and great-grand-children.
Javier Castro, 48, of Lorain, OH passed away at the Cleveland Clinic Wednesday, January 30, 2013 of a brief illness. He was born August 7, 1964 in Lorain and graduated from Lorain High School in 1982. He was a chef at T.G.I Friday in Parma for 12 years. He was a bible student of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Javier was an athlete with a selfless love for his family and a passion for cooking and watching sports.
Javier will be dearly missed by his parents Benjamin and María (née Bermudez) Castro of Lorain; brothers Benjamin Castro Jr., Mike (Rose) Castro and Albie Castro all of Lorain; 3 nephews, 4 nieces, and 1 great niece. He was preceded in death by his sister Maria I. Deleón.
THERESA R. CELESTINO
Theresa R. Celestino, 77, passed away at home on Saturday, January 26, 2013 surrounded by her family. Theresa was born May 13, 1935 in Austin, Texas to the late Reynaldo and Jesusa (née Dominques) Ramón. She was married to Carlos M. Celestino on August 28, 1953. He survives her. Theresa had been a resident of Defiance, OH since 1965. She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church. She was a homemaker and worked at Zellers for many years. Theresa was a great cook and enjoyed playing bingo, casinos, travel and her grandchildren.
Surviving besides her husband Carlos, are nine children, Carlos Jr. (Catherine) Celestino of Arlington, Virginia; Irene (Oscar) Flores of San Antonio, Texas; Richard R. Celestino and Rudy J. (Darlene) Celestino all of Defiance; Henry P. (Veronica Mata) Celestino of Saginaw, MI; Julia Celestino and David (Penny) Celestino all of Toledo; Raquel (Michael) Korty of Chester, Virginia and Joseph M. Celestino of Austin,Texas. Also surviving are a sister Julia Treviño and two brothers, Jaoquin Ramón and Joseph Ramón, all of Defiance. She is also survived by 21 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Besides her parents, she is predeceased by two brothers. Rey Jr. and Jesse Ramón and two sisters, Ramona Urbina and Guadalupe Robles.
HILARO LAWRENCE FRANCO SR.
Hilaro Lawrence Franco Sr., 59, of Toledo, OH passed away on January 26, 2013, at his residence. He was born in Luckey, Ohio on November 6, 1953, to Aurelio Sr. and Mercedes (née Villareal) Franco. Hilaro was self employed working as a mechanic for several years.
Surviving are his daughters, Jill (José) Ayala and Sandra (Luis) Amador; grandchildren, Martin, Melina, Julissa and Tomas Ayala, Nicholas and Melody Amador; brothers, Rudy (Debbie), Miguel (Mary) and David Franco, José López; sisters, Connie Franco, Jane Franco and Peggy (Kenny) Hill; several aunts, uncles nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Nancy Marlow.
James Gutiérrez, 87, of Lorain, OH passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 in Charlotte, N.C. He is survived by his children, Nancy Gutiérrez (James Hathaway), David Gutiérrez (Trish), James Andrew Gutiérrez, John Gutiérrez (Yvonne) and Mary Gutiérrez: grandchildren, Margaret Hathaway, Hannah Hathaway, Elizabeth Hathaway, James Andrew Gutiérrez II, Matthew Gutiérrez, Nicholas Gutiérrez and Alexis Gutiérrez: sisters, Linda Ridenour and Mary Simpson: brothers, Jesus Gutiérrez and Joseph Gutiérrez.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret D. (née Dattilo): parents, Viviano Gutiérrez, Apollonia Trujillo: brother, Anselmo Gutiérrez: sister, Lucy Shaw.
Margarita Marrero, 71, of Lorain, OH passed away Thursday, January 31, 2013 in Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain following a lengthy illness. She was born October 30, 1941 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico and came to Lorain in 1979. She was a supervisor at Goodwill Industries, Lorain. Margarita enjoyed traveling, music, dancing, and being with her family.
She will be missed by her husband of 54 years, Pedro Marrero; daughters Wanda Caribe, Marilyn González, and Yvette Ortiz; sons Raphaél Colón of Cape Girardeau, Missouri and Pedro Luis Marrero of Kissimmee, Florida; sisters Luisa Padin and Anna Bermudez both of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico; eleven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents Severo Bermudez and Juana Rodríguez; son-in-law Rubén Caribe, and six brothers and sisters.
Primitivo Torres, 85 of Lorain, OH passed away January 29, 2013 at Autumn Aegis Home after suffering Alzheimer’s for over three years. He was born June 9, 1927 in Aguada, Puerto Rico and had lived in Lorain since coming to work at Lorain Works US Steel in 1950. He retired in 1983. Primitivo was active in Sacred Heart Church till the Alzheimer’s disabled him.
Primitivo loved helping others. He was a member of the Spanish American Businessmen’s Association, and a member and past president of the Puerto Rican Home. He was also was a member of the United Steel Workers Union Local 1104. He enjoyed playing dominos with his friends. He will be dearly missed by his five sons, Naaman “Edwin” of Elyria, William, Dennis and Hiram of Lorain, Edgar of Wauseon and daughter Myrna of Lorain. Additionally, a special friend Doris Rosado who visited him daily at the nursing home.
He is also survived by his brothers Juan and Ramón of Lorain. He also leaves behind a large number of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren.
He was widowed twice, first by Digna (née Aviles) the mother of his six children, and then by Raquel (née Lugo). He was also preceded in death by a granddaughter Angie Marie as well as great grandchildren Maya Segovia and Corey; his sisters Ana Chaparro, with whom he was very close all his life, and Leona and Perfecta Torres; and brother-in-law Santiago Chaparro. His father Nicolas Torres died in 1942 and his mother María Cardona in 1977.
ERASMO DE LEON
Erasmo De León, 72, of Port Clinton, OH, passed away Sunday, January 20, 2013 at Edgewood Manor Nursing Center, Port Clinton. Erasmo was born on June 07, 1940 in Pharr, TX, the son of Jose Angel and Marta (née Flores) De León. On December 30, 2003 in Port Clinton, OH, he married Margaret “Peggy” Smith and she survives. Erasmo worked as a machine operator for Sandusky Athol until his retirement. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Erasmo loved camping, fishing, spending time with his family & friends, cookouts and working on cars. He was an assistant scout master for Troop 351 and an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the Cleveland Indians. Erasmo will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends.
Survivors include: wife: Margaret; sons: Eddie (Belia) De León and Javier (Joyce) De León; daughter: Melissa (Mark) French; Siblings: Feliciano (Rose) De León, María G. (Miguel) Castillo-Palacios, Merardo (María) De León, Jacinta Vega and Eva (Antonio) Cancino; 11 Grandchildren; 8 Great-Grandchildren and many loving cousins, nieces & nephews. Erasmo was preceded in death by his parents, first wife: Yolanda A. De León, son: Homero De León and 2 infant sisters.
Ramona “Monin” González (née Soto), age 81, of Amherst, OH passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at Mercy Regional Medical Center following a brief illness. Born on April 15, 1931 in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico, she came to Lorain in 1951 and lived there until moving to Amherst in 1997. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. Ramona enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking and reading.
Surviving her are 4 sons, Andrés “Andy” Jr., of Atlanta, Ga., Richard J. (Debbie), of Amherst, Hector (Marilyn), of Auburn, Ga., and Edwin (Wendy) González, of Orlando, Fla.; her daughters, Gladys (Carlos) Gabriel, of Margate, Fla., and Lydia González, of Dawsonville, Ga.; 11 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Carmen Soto of Puerto Rico.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrés Sr., in 1989; her sons, William, in 1999 and Rafaél A., in 2004; her sisters, Conchita Soto, María Soto and Rafaela Soto and her brothers, Rafaél and Angel Soto.
PETRA S. HERNANDEZ
Petra S. Hernández, age 83, of Woodville, OH, passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2013, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Toledo, OH. She was born on June 29, 1929, in San Antonio, TX to Bernardo and María (née Ruiz) Santos. On September 3, 1947, she married Vidal M. Hernández Sr. in San Antonio, TX and he preceded her in death on May 3, 2012. She had worked for John’s Town Pizza Crust, Pemberville, OH, Goodyear, Luckey, OH and also was a custodian for Woodmore Local Schools. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and the Guadalupana of Genoa, OH. Petra’s family was truly her life.
Petra is survived by her loving family, daughters, Lucia Hernández, Hilda (Walter) Reed and Alicia Ann (fiancé – Michael Evans) Hernández all of Bowling Green, OH; sons, Daniel Hernández of Woodville, Vidal (Theresa) Hernández Jr. of Woodville, Alfredo Hernández of Woodville, Ricardo (Paula) Hernández of Elmore; grandchildren, Sandra, Amanda, Nicholas, Shawn (Kristin), Matthew, Christopher and Adrianna on the way; great-grandchildren, James, Maven; sister, Antonia (George) Olveda of Garden Grove, CA; brother, Apolonio (Mercedes) Santos of San Antonio. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Vidal and daughters, Angelita, Alicia Santos Hernández, and sister, Alicia Santos.
SALLY ANN PALOS
Sally Ann Palos, (née Cantu) 81, of Lorain, OH passed away Monday, January 21, 2013 in EMH Elyria Medical Center following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Palos was born July 24, 1931 in Kimball, West Virginia. She was a homemaker and mother who enjoyed cooking, gardening and bingo.
Sally will be missed by her sons Billy and Freddy Palos both of Elyria, Ronny Palos of Cleveland, Tommy and Domingo Palos, Jr. both of Lorain and Clarence Palos of Arizona; daughters Sharon Ware, Priscilla Wren and Patricia Palos all of Lorain; brothers Bill Cantu of Sheffield and Clarence Cantu of Ashland; sisters Elsie Newman of Elyria, Peggy Hunker of Oberlin and Debra Click of Lorain, 30 grandchildren and 43 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years Domingo Palos in 2008, her parents George and Elsie (née Hale) Cantu; son Johnny Palos; brothers Lee, Albert and Bob Cantu; sister Joann Nagy; and grandchildren Ashley Palos and Nicholas Rivas.
ARMANDINA M. SALAS
Armandina M. Salas, 67, of North State Route 19, Fremont, OH passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo. She was born on November 11, 1945 in Laredo, TX, the daughter of Edubijes and Lupe (née Villarreal) Orozco. She married Ronald Salas in Toledo, OH and he preceded her in death in 2000. Armandina was a Homemaker. She enjoyed watching TV, especially the Lifetime Chanel, the Judge shows and soap operas. Armandina also enjoyed being outside working in her yard and cook outs. She loved being with her grandchildren and her dog, Sassy.
Armandina is survived by her children, Jodi Hernández (Pete Torres) Fremont, OH, Joe Hernández, Jr. (Diane García), Bono, OH; siblings, Alfonso (Barb) Orozco of Florida and Maggie (Pete) Soto of Michigan; grandchildren, Selina and Veronica Hernández, Raquel Martínez, Nicole, Andrea, Lupe, Helica, Joe “Baby Joe” and Eduaro Juan Rolmando “Lalo” Hernández; nine great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ronald Salas; brother, Ed Orozco.
Petra Aranda, 75, of Toledo, OH passed away January 21, 2013 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. She was born in San José de Otates, Guanajuato, México on June 29, 1937 to Geronimo and Antonia (née Rodríguez) Galván. Petra was a loving and hard working mother who enjoyed cooking, loved to dance and travel. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.
Surviving are her children Juana Rodríguez, Sergio (María) Aranda, Julia (Horacio) Aranda-Tafolla, Jesús (Anna María) Aranda, Maurilio (Tamara) Aranda, Jorge Aranda, Ramiro (María) Aranda, Leticia (Francisco) Ruiz, Martin (María De La Luz) Aranda, Cristobal (Reyna) Aranda, and Geronimo (Bobby Jo) Aranda; 31 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; brothers, Jesús, Nicanor, Raúl, Francisco and Santos Galvan; sister, Rafaela Sandoval. Petra was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Armando; brother, Roberto Galvan; sister, Oliva Villegas; and granddaughters Ana Isabel Flores Aranda, and Ana Berenice Aranda.
JOSEPH BAIS SR.
Joseph Bais Sr. aka “Big Cheez,” age 65, of Toledo OH passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio’s Toledo facility surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 4, 1947, in Perrysburg, OH to Margarito and Petra (Díaz) Bais. Joe was a truck driver for Rogers Cartage for 28 years, retiring in 1996. A loving father and grandfather, he enjoyed family gatherings, playing cards, golfing, watching westerns and sporting events on TV. He was a parishioner of St. Adalbert Catholic Church.
Joe is survived by his devoted wife of 46 years, Betty; children, Joseph (Kim) Bais Jr., Becky (Deron) Dempsey and Robert Bais; grandchildren, Cierra and Devon Dempsey, Alyssa Bais, and Brycen and Macen Bais; sisters, Mary Underwood and Chanita (Art) Banda; brothers, Mike, Margarito Jr. (Kim), Alfredo and Andy Bais; many nieces and nephews, and canine companion, “Stella.” He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Tibersio, Armando, and Jesse.
Ovidio “Obie” Bejarano, 85 of Pemberville, OH passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2013 from pneumonia at Bridge Home Health Hospice, Bowling Green. Born February 17, 1927 in Brownsville, Texas, Obie was a successful entrepreneur, farmer at heart and dedicated Christian family man. Self-made and hard-working, Obie and his wife started Obie’s Flowers in 1962 and recently celebrated 50 years in business. Well known for his friendly and outgoing personality, Obie was instrumental in the creation of other local businesses and served as a mentor to many.
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Mary Jane, daughters, Diane (Robert) Hoefkens, Kay (Brian) Elder, and Margaret (Frank) Wilcox and Grandchildren, Elena and Brett Elder and Luke and Elisa Wilcox. He was preceded in death by son, Homer and cousin, Raúl Bejarano.
ELIU G. SALAS
Eliu G.“Leo” Salas, age 83, of Lorain, OH died on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at Specialty Hospital , Amherst , following a lengthy illness. He was born on November 21, 1929 in Fresno , Texas , moving to Lorain in 1951. He was employed at US Steel for 34 years, retiring in 1985. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, United Steelworkers Union Local #1104, and Mexican Mutual Society Club. Leo enjoyed walking and watching the Cleveland Indians.
Surviving is his sons: Larry (Cecilia) from Watertown, WI, Louis, Alex, and Eric Salas all of Lorain; daughter: Virginia (David) Kevorkian; 8 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; sister-in-laws: Yolanda, Martha, and Mary; brother is laws: Lupe and Joe; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents: Fredrico and Rosenda Salas; brothers: Samuel and Fredrico; sister: Febe; and sons: Charles, Robert, and Michael.
JAMES VALDEZ SR.
James Valdez, Sr., age 88, of Adrian MI passed away Jan. 12, 2013, at home. He was born July 8, 1924, in Lincoln,
Neb., the son of Moses and Anna (née Rebstock) Valdez.
He is survived by his children, Benjamin (Jackie) Valdez of Florida, Feliz (George Díaz) Valdez of Adrian, Barbara
Valdez of Alaska, James “Jimmy” (Armadina) Valdez, Jr. of Columbus, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. Nickolas Valdez and Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Valdez, both of California; two sisters, Marie Hernández of Adrian and Pauline Jaimes of Adrian; 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great- grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his former wife, Francis Soto-Valdez; his parents, his uncle, Guadalupe Leso; and two
brothers, Joseph Valdez and Victor Valdez-Lara.
LARRY L. CORDOVA
Larry L Cordova, 66, a resident of Tecolote, N.M., passed away at St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe on Sunday, December 30, 2012. He is survived by his daughter Tammy Lee Stoots and husband Mike of Lorain OH; grandchildren Alexis McCasky, Antonio Reyes, Payton, and Cole Stoots all of Lorain OH; sisters Rose and Elizabeth Cordova and Yolanda Collins all of Lorain; brothers, Eloy Baca of Tecolote and Anthony Cordova, Jr. of Vermilion OH; his pets, Daisy Mae, Miles, and Reba. Larry was a Vietnam Veteran serving with the US Army as a tank commander with the 25th Infantry Division. He received the National Defense Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with on Bronze Service Star, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm and two Purple Hearts. He worked at the Ford Motor Company in Lorain and Avon Lake for 38 years retiring in 2005. He was an avid animal lover and was very creative when it came to his hobby of craft workmanship.
He was preceded in death by his parents Anthony and Theresa Garza Cordova.
LYDIA A. LOPEZ
Lydia A. López, age 59, of Toledo OH passed away Wednesday January 9, 2013, in the Darlington House. Lydia was born on August 17, 1953, in Toledo to Jesse F. and Olivia. (née Portillo) López. Lydia loved spending time with her grandchildren and dancing to her favorite Mexican music.
Her sister Virginia Guadalupe López and great-niece Angelica Lutts preceded her in death.
She is survived by her parents Jesse and Olivia López; children, Christina Barrera, David (Tara) Barrera Jr., and Marcus Barrera; grandchildren Abeni, Evangela, Damion Jr., Damon, Salycia, David III, Christina, and Marcus II; great-grandchildren Giovanni, Armani and Alexys; siblings Deborah (Dennis) López-Lutts, Jesse (Juanita) López Jr. and Art (Tammy) López, and many nieces and nephews.
CARL D. DURÁN
Carl D. Durán, 56, of Oregon, Ohio passed away on January 4, 2013, at Otterbein at Perrysburg. He was born in Toledo on October 18, 1956 to Vincent and Anita (née Ahumada) Durán. Carl attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
Surviving are his mother, Anita; sister, Lydia (Donald) Cousino; nieces, Stephanie Cousino, Gina (Richard) Clemens, and their son, Dean, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Carl was preceded in death by his father Vincent; brother Vincent Jr.; aunts Lucy Weaver and Mary López; uncles John Ahumada, John Durán, and Charles Weaver.
ANGEL MENDEZ FELICIANO
Angel Mendez Feliciano, 79, of Bayamon Puerto Rico, passed away December 28, 2012 after a brief illness. He was born December 30, 1932 in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico. Angel lived most of his life in Lorain, OH. He worked for United States Steel, where he retired after 35 years of service. He retired to Puerto Rico 5 years ago.
He is survived by his daughter Nelida Sue (Randy) Glassburn; stepchildren Judy (Tony) Rangel, and Charles (LouAnn) Hayslett; 6 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; and 3 sisters.
He was preceded in death by his wife Alpha Mendez.
Victoria Gonzales (née Mendoza), 80, of Lorain, OH passed away Saturday, December 29, 2012 at the Cleveland Clinic following a short illness. Born Nov. 17, 1932 in Lorain, she lived in Lorain her entire life. She attended Clearview High School and Lorain Cosmetology School. Victoria enjoyed boating, shopping, and dining out. She enjoyed being an artist and loved spending time with her family, especially her two grandchildren.
Surviving is her daughter, Carol (Edward) Armbruster of Lorain; grandchildren, Lisa and Eric; and a brother, Bellen Mendoza of Louisville, KY. She is also survived by her cousins; Jody Garcia and Tomasa Silva, and numerous other cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bellen and Antonia (García) Mendoza; and a brother and two sisters.
ESTEBAN DeHOYOS SR.
Esteban (Steve) DeHoyos, Sr., 79, of Genoa, OH, died Wednesday, December 26, 2012 in Mercy-St. Charles Hospital, Oregon, OH. Esteban was born in Robstown, TX on December 18, 1933 to Manuel and Petra (née López) DeHoyos. He married María (née Navarro) in Corpus Christi, TX on May 10, 1953. She preceded him in death on June 26, 2000.
Esteban was an electrician supervisor for U.S. Gypsum of Genoa, for over 40 years, retiring in 1997. He served his country in the National Guard Reserves and was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Genoa. In his younger years he and his wife were very involved with their Catholic community. He and his wife had also owned and operated the former DeHoyos Bakery in Genoa. They also were big promoters of Tejano music and often sold the latest in Tejano songs. Esteban was an exceptional man who loved and cherished his wife and family. He believed in higher education and made sure that all of his children went to college. Nothing made him more proud than to see his children and grandchildren succeed in life.
Esteban is survived by his children: Diane N. DeHoyos of El Paso, TX, Rose Mary González of Genoa, Esteban (Diane) DeHoyos, Jr., of Perrysburg, OH; grandchildren: Andrew, Gabriel, Roxangela, Kassandra, Dito, Ryanico, Brianna; 4 great-grandchildren; and siblings: Robert DeHoyos of Willard, OH, Manuel (Ok-Sun) DeHoyos, Las Vegas, NV, and Juanita Silva, Norman, OK. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, daughter, Petra Reyna, brother Raúl DeHoyos, and sister Dolores Alonzo.
CARLOS O. ESPARZA
Carlos O. Esparza, 64 years, of Defiance, OH passed away Friday, December 21, 2012 at Brookview Health Care in Defiance. Carlos was born December 22, 1947 in San Antonio, Texas to Charles and Anna (née Ordaz) Esparza. He married Ellen G. Villarreal on February 14, 1970 in San Antonio. Carlos was a Ceramic Tile Setter for the San Antonio Housing Authority for 21 years, retiring in 2004. Carlos was also an ordained minister. They then moved back to Defiance. Carlos enjoyed reading, taking long walks, watching movies and spending time with his family.
Surviving is his wife, Ellen of Defiance; five daughters, Valerie (Eddie Macias) Esparza
of Chicago, IL., Connie Esparza of San Antonio, TX., Sarah Esparza of Daytona Beach, FL., Rachael (Joshua) Hernández of Fort Campbell, KY. And Megan Esparza of Defiance; four sons, Marcelino Esparza of Columbus, OH., Demetrius Esparza of Pleasanton, Texas, Matthew and Michael Esparza, both of Defiance; 18 Grandchildren; his mother, Anna Esparza of Defiance as well as three brothers and five sisters. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Esparza and two brothers.
JUAN JOSE GARCÍA
Juan José García Jr., 26, of Toledo, OH, passed away suddenly, Tuesday, December 25, 2012, as a result of an automobile accident. Juan was born in León, Guanajuato, Mexico on April 9, 1986, to Juan J. and María (née Hernández) Sr. Juan was a 2004 graduate of Waite High School, where he served as class president. He was a member of the track team along with the French and Spanish Clubs. After graduation, Juan attended Owens Community College. For the past six years, Juan was employed with Zia’s Italian Restaurant as a bartender. Juan enjoyed dancing, movies, decorating, traveling, and hanging out by the pool. He enjoyed listening to music and spending time with his family and friends; especially on his favorite holiday, Christmas. Juan will be remembered for his sarcastic sense of humor and the smile on his face.
Juan is survived by his parents, Juan and María García; siblings, José M. (Tiffany) and Natalia E. (Kevin) García; boyfriend, Zachary Smith; dear friend, Janice Dingess; along with his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Catalina Guzmán (née López) 83, of Lorain, OH faithful servant of God, loving mother, grandmother & great grandmother was called home to our Heavenly Father on Friday, December 21, 2012 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home following a lengthy illness. Born July 8, 1929 in Caguas, Puerto Rico, she came to Lorain in 1957. Catalina worked in the housekeeping department of Good Samaritan Nursing Home for 25 years, retiring in 1994. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain where she was also a member of the Cursillo. She enjoyed watching Spanish soap operas (novelas) and Sabado Gigante. She also enjoyed playing bingo with her late sister, Marcelina.
Surviving are her children, Wilfredo (Charlotte) Guzmán, María (Estaban) Rivera and Maggie (Josie) Cruz all of Lorain; step children, Alfredo (Lucy) Guzmán Jr., Ana Guzmán and María Guzmán all of Lorain; grandchildren, Stevie Rivera, Anthony Rivera, Melanie R. Guzmán, Lila Armstrong, Wilfredo Guzmán Jr., Ashley Jordan; great grandchildren, Jordan Rivera, Briana Rivera, Isaiah Brenes, Angelina Rivera, Danielle Rivera, Karmel Hampton, Jaér Armstrong III, Alizah Catalina Jordan, and Anthony Rivera Jr.; and many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfredo Guzmán in 1974; her parents, Placido and Alejandrina (née Serrano) López; brothers, Pedro López and Luis López; sisters, Leonor López, Luisa López, Marcelina López-Maldonado and María Luisa “Rosa” López.
David Martínez, 78 of Lorain, OH passed away Sunday, December 23, 2012 at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain, following a short illness. Born June 8, 1934 in Utuado, Puerto Rico, he came to Lorain in 1951. David retired from Ford Motor Company, Brookpark, after 36 years of service. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and the United Autoworkers Union Local 1250. He enjoyed gardening, watching sports and was a loyal fan of the Cleveland Indians and Browns. A true family man, David enjoyed spending time with his family and traveling to Florida and Myrtle Beach, SC, to visit family. David also enjoyed outdoor activities and spending time with friends. A dog lover, he will be dearly missed by his companion “Lalo.”
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Aida (née Arocho); sons, Nelson (Candice) of Deltona, FL, Edgar (Sandra) of Kissimmee, FL, Orlando (Tammy) of Myrtle Beach, SC, and David Jr. (Nicole) of Deltona, Fl; his daughter, Aidaliz “Ali” Martínez of Lorain; grandchildren, Mehgan (Graig) Szakats, Brittnay “Bri” (Brandon) Martínez-Tierney, Orlando Martínez II, Ricardo “Rico” Hernández, Samuel Martínez, Sophia Martínez, Evan E. Martínez; a great granddaughter, Eleyna Szakats; sisters, Arminda Martínez of Puerto Rico and Rafaela Martínez-Torres of Lorain.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Esteban and María “Lola” (née Cuevas) Martínez; a son, David Martínez Jr. in 1982; a brother, Raymond; and sisters, Octavia Martínez, Nelida Martínez, and Aida Martínez.
RAQUEL RITA MENDIETA
Raquel Rita “Rocky” Mendieta, 80, of Perrysburg, OH died Thursday, December 27, 2012, in Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg. She was born in Toledo on September 21, 1932. She married Antonio “Tony” Mendieta in Bowling Green, OH on December 23, 1950. Rocky was a 1948 graduate of Waite High School and continued her education at Owens Community College later working as a preschool teacher with Head Start for over 10 years. The popular local “Mama Mendieta’s Salsa” was named for her from a recipe passed down from her father. She was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church in Perrysburg.
She is survived by her husband, Antonio; nine children, Stella M. (Don) Sekulski of Toledo, Robert Mendieta of Waterford, MI, Tony J. (Tina) Mendieta of Colorado Springs, CO, Becky H. (Fred) Ramirez of Perrysburg, Monica Mendieta of Houston, TX, Christopher R. Mendieta of Perrysburg, Melinda Mendieta of Toledo, Patricia S. (Robert) Ray of Rochester, NYand Jessica Mendieta of Hollywood, CA; fifteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; sisters, Laura (Lupe) Alverez and Frances Hilt both of Toledo. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Thelma (Berry) López; sister, Pilar Georgeoff, and brother, Sabino López.
MANUELA VARGAS NIETO
Manuela Vargas Nieto, age 83, of Adrian, MI passed away December 23, 2012, at St. Luke’s Hospital. She was born May 11, 1929, in Thrall, Texas to Genaro and Juanita L. Vargas. On September 29, 1944, in Taylor, Texas, she married Alejandro Nieto, Sr. and he survives. Manuela was a member and volunteer at St. Mary’s of Good Council Parish. She enjoyed spending time with her family at the numerous family gatherings and cookouts. Manuela loved the Detroit Tigers, NASCAR racing, camping and fishing. She also loved to cook for her family.
In addition to her loving husband, Alejandro of 68 years, she is survived by her children, Jesucita and Matias Saldivar of Albion, Alejandro, Jr. and Mary Lou Nieto of Adrian, Julia and Bill Chandler of Adrian, Richard Nieto of Adrian, Raul Nieto of Stanton, Gilbert Sr. and Jayne Nieto of Adrian, Tony Nieto of Grand Marias and Ruth and Keith Whipple of West Palm Beach, Fl; 28 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, three sisters; and a daughter, Dora.
ANGELA ROLDAN CLAUDIO
Angela Roldan Claudio, 84, of Lorain, OH passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Saturday, December 15, 2012 in her home following a lengthy illness. She was born October 2, 1928 in Caguas, Puerto Rico. She lived in Puerto Rico until moving to Lorain in 1979. Mrs. Angela Roldan Claudio was a member of Iglesia Pentecostal Cristo Misionera, Lorain.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory sons Jaime Claudio and Candido Claudio of Puerto Rico, Angel Luis Claudio of Buffalo, New York, Roberto Claudio of Reading, Pennsylvania, José Ernesto Claudio, José Antonio Claudio, Alfredo Claudio, Victor Claudio all of Lorain; daughters Carmen Eva Claudio, Rosa Rivera Claudio, Francis Ortiz Claudio, and Margarita Claudio all of Lorain. She was preceded in death by her daughter Maria Rodriguez in 2005 and Pedro Claudio in 2009.
ESTEFANA SUSANA CRUZ
Estefana Susana Cruz, 85, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving and caring family, while under hospice care on Tuesday, December 18, 2012. She was born on May 23, 1927, in Rockdale, Texas, the daughter of José Canales, Sr. and Dominga Romero Canales. Estefana was married to Raúl Cruz on May 16, 1941. Estafana was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother. She enjoyed dancing, cooking, shopping, spending time with family, traveling and always rooting for her Dallas Cowboys. She was employed with Flower Hospital, Sylvania OH, for more than 16 years.
She is survived by her daughters, Gloria Valdez, Erlinda Dickens (John), Dalia Cantu, Angela Zeller (Richard) and Lisa Marie Cruz; sons, Hilario, Rubén (Liz), Jimmy (Nancy), Jessie (Joan) and Daniel Cruz; 24 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; 20 great-great-grandchildren, and 1 sister, Elvira Mendoza. Estefana was preceded in death by her loving husband Raúl; son, Manuel Cruz; sister, Mable Martínez; brothers, Domingo, Larry, José Canales Jr. and Manuel Ortiz.
OLGA IRIS LLANES
Olga Iris Llanes(née Sánchez), 50, of Lorain, OH went home peacefully with the Lord on December 18, 2012, surrounded by her family. Mrs. Llanes was born July 20, 1962 in Utuado, Puerto Rico. She moved to Lorain in 1986. She enjoyed spending time with her children and family. She lived life to the fullest. Olga loved the Lord and enjoyed playing her congas and singing at Christian Tabernacle where she was a faithful member for the past 20 years, participating in all church activities including cooking for the International Festival.
Olga is survived by her husband of 33 years, Jorge H. Llanes of Lorain; sons Jorge Luis Llanes of Puerto Rico, Daniel Llanes and José M. Llanes of Elyria, David Llanes of Sheffield Village; her parents Jaime and Lilly (née Rivera) Sánchez of Lorain; sisters Margie Rivera, Evelyn García and Ivette Maxwell all of Lorain; brothers Jaime Sánchez Jr. and Hector Sánchez of Orlando, FL and 11 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by sister Nancy Sánchez.
ERMELINDO DEJESUS AROCHO
Ermelindo DeJesus Arocho, age 89, of Lorain, OH passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain. He was born on August 29, 1923, in Caguanas, Puerto Rico, and moved to Gary, Ind. in 1951. One year later he moved to Lorain. He served in the United States Army. He was employed at the Ford Motor Co., in Brookpark, for 34 years, retiring in 1986. Ermelindo was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, where he was an altar server and a member of the Cursillo Movement since 1962. He had a big heart and donated to many charities throughout his life.
Ermelindo is survived by his wife of 61 years, Heriberta (née Velez); his children, Elmer (Vanessa) Arocho, Richard (Celeste) Arocho, Muriel (Tony) Parrilla, Ivan (Evelyn) Arocho, and Sylvia Morales, all of Lorain; 8 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and his siblings, Genovera Boneta, of Vero Beach, Fla., Angel Luis Arocho, of Lorain, Antonio Arocho, of Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, Elsa Arocho-Gonzalez, of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, Emyne Berrios, of Alpharetta, Ga., Aida Martinez, of Lorain, and Rosemary Bibler, of Cleveland.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Antonio and Isabel (née DeJesus) Arocho; siblings, Jose Arocho, Irma Arocho-Silva, and Ernesto Arocho; and a son-in-law, Angel Morales.
SALVADOR M. GARCÍA JR.
Sal García, age 61, passed away unexpectedly on December 5, 2012. He was born to Salvador and Evangeline García on June 2, 1951. He was married on July 2, 1983, to his loving wife Diane. He spent his career in the trades, working for Ohio Roofing for 30 years. He spent the last 8 years working side by side with his sons for the family business, Shingle Rite, proudly introducing them to everyone he met.
He loved to bowl and was very proud to have once bowled a perfect 300 game. He was a huge Harley Davidson fan who loved riding his motorcycle when the weather was just right. He especially loved spending time with his many grandchildren and with his “body guard dogs” Kong and Destiny, who rode along with him every day to the various job sites.
Sal was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Virgil García, and sister, Carmen García. He is survived by his wife, Diane; children, Sal García III, James Limongi (Michelle), Ryan García (Nicole), Steven García (Megan), Jason García (Crystal); grandchildren, Angelo, Mathew, Steven Jr., Logan, Gabriel, Mark, Lauren, Lylah, Keely, Brady, Kasey, James, Kylee, and Jake; brothers, Mel Davila and Jesse García, and sisters, Evangeline Ibarra (Jesse) and Mary Aguirre (John).
Julio González, 73, of Lorain, passed away Mon., Dec. 10, 2012. Beloved father of Elizabeth (Felix) Carrion, Elaine Marsh, Daniel (Angela) González and Julie Colbert all of Lorain; dear brother of Dario Rodriguez, Edwin González, Mercedes Camacho and brothers in Puerto Rico; grandfather of 15 and great grandfather of 2.
HENRY PERALES JR.
Henry Perales Jr., age 56, of Toledo, OH passed away Saturday, December 15, 2012, at Mercy St. Anne Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Born December 28, in Toledo, he was the son of Henry Perales Sr. and Mary Nino. Henry attended Franklin grade School and Waite High School. He was employed by the Jeep Corporation for over 30 years during which he served as a union steward for the UAW. Henry also enjoyed metal detecting and collecting coins. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. Henry was an avid Alabama football fan “Roll Tide.”
Henry is survived by his parents Gilbert and Alice Mendoza; his wife of 28 years, Delia (née Almanza) Perales; daughters, Angie Durán, Raquel (Dave) Derian and Jessica (Josh) Radtkin; son, John Durán Jr.; sisters, Shirley Perales, Patricia (Jeff) Hudak and Cheryl (Jim) Guerricagoitia; brothers, Mark (Danielle) Perales, Steve Perales, Joe Manning and Tony Manning; grandchildren, LeAna Inman, John Antoszewski, Ysabel Durán, Amai Inman and Jace Radtkin, and best friend, Jeff Leichty. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Manning.
ISABELLA M. LÓPEZ
Isabella M. López, 75, of Toledo, OH passed away December 4, 2012, at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. She was born in Kyle, Texas on November 4, 1937, to Aurelio and Juanita (née Martínez) Meléndez. Isabella was a proud homemaker. She enjoyed crocheting, bingo and the holiday season. Isabella loved spending time with her family, friends and especially her grandchildren. She was a former member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and attended Sts. Peter & Paul Church.
Surviving are her husband of 53 years, José Sr. “Joe”; mother, Juanita Maldonado; children, Joseph (Belma) López, Paul (Christina) López, Sonya (Duke) Hamilton and Aurelio (Susan) López; siblings, Justo (Emma) Maldonado, Stella Briceño and Gloria (Pasqual) Hernández; 12 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. Isabella was preceded in death by her father; brother, Tony Maldonado; son, Florencio López; 3 great-grandchildren, Angel, Mia, and Iziah.
Jenni Rivera, Mexican-American singer, dies at 43
Jenni Rivera, the Mexican-American singer and television star known as “the Diva of Banda,” died early Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, when the plane in which she was traveling crashed outside Monterrey, Mexico. She was 43. Ms. Rivera was on her way to the Mexico City area where she was scheduled to tape an episode of the Mexican version of the singing competition show “The Voice.”
Ms. Rivera, who was born and lived in Los Angeles, was one of the biggest stars of the banda and grupero genres. She sold more than 15 million albums and was nominated three times for the Latin Grammy Award; being divorced three times, she developed a reputation for lyrics that addressed relationships between the sexes with a frankness reminiscent of country music. Several of her brothers are also well-known banda artists. She was the mother of five children.
Information from the New York Times. On the Internet: Jenni Rivera, Porque Me Ases Llorar, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGdStbryjy4
ANTONIO A. RUIZ
Antonio A. Ruiz, 34, of Toledo, OH passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday, December 4, 2012. He was born in Toledo on November 9, 1978, to Alfonso and Kathleen A. (née Burke) Ruiz and was a 1996 graduate of Cardinal Stritch High School. He studied tool and die at the University of Toledo. He was a gifted mechanic and impressed his teachers of his outstanding learning abilities using non-traditional study method. His outstanding personality precluded him as the life of the party with his beautiful smile and laughter. He was dearly loved by family and many friends but the apple of his eye was his daughter, Josephine. He worked for various employers but currently was laid off from PGT Trucking. He was an avid fisherman: breeding, collecting and selling exotic fish and was a Cleveland Browns fan.
He will be deeply missed by his daughter, Josephine Ruiz; mother Kathleen; sisters, Cecilia (Jamie) Ruiz, Stefanie Ruiz, Jenny (Shawn) Hughes; brother, Alfonso (Michelle) Ruiz; nephew, David Cutcher; goddaughter and niece, Brianna Seaman, and many other dear family members and friends. Tony was preceded in death by his father; sister, Tonya Ruiz; aunt, Jasmin Avelar; uncle, Javier Ruiz, and his grandparents.
JOSE M. SANTOS JR.
José M. Santos, Jr. “Chema”, age 87, formerly of Holgate, OH died Sunday, December 2, 2012, at Covenant Hospital in Saginaw, MI. He was born November 3, 1925 to José M. and Bridgetta (née Herrera) Santos Sr. in Poteet, TX. On September 16, 1944 Jose married Eva (Lozano) in Poteet, TX. José was employed for 35 years at GM Foundry, Defiance and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Holgate.
José is survived by his loving family: Rudy (Cathy) Santos, Lima; Bertha (Joe) Belmares, La Feria, TX; Jerry Santos, Defiance; and Laura (Jessie) Bentancur, Saginaw, MI; 12 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and brothers Lupe Santos, Antwerp, Joe Santos, Ft. Wayne, IN, Everette Santos, Findlay, and sisters Mary “Louisa” Gill, Holgate, and Linda Castillo, Celina. He was preceded in death by his wife Eva, October 19, 2000, grandsons, Michael Santos and Rene Belmares, and siblings Rubén Santos, Rojelio Santos, Jesse Santos, Elviria Flores, Beatrice Barrera, and Corina Luna.
EPIGMENIO P. GONZÁLES
Epigmenio P. Gonzáles, 69, of Sylvania Township, OH passed away Saturday, November 17, 2012, at The Toledo Hospital. He was born January 18, 1943, in Blissfield, MI. Epigmenio was employed with G.M. Powertrain for more than 35 years, retiring in 2005. He enjoyed and excelled in many sports, especially baseball, bowling and golf.
Epigmenio is survived by his loving daughter, Annette Gonzáles; grandchildren, Lennette, Priscilla, Anisha, Sabrina, Angelica, and Alfonzo Jr.; sisters, Guadalupe (Jermain) Hamilton of Toledo, OH and Emilia Nevarez of Chicago, IL, and brother, Manuel Gonzáles of Sylvania.
JESUS MARIA DAVILA QUINTANA
Jesús María Dávila Quintana passed away peacefully, Sunday, November 25, 2012, in his home surrounded by loved ones in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico. He was born on June 17, 1917 in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico. He moved to Lorain in the late 1940s. He worked for American Crucible in Lorain for 25 years. He also was president of Club Benefico for 5 years. He later owned El Caribe Bar for 7 years. He returned to Puerto Rico with his wife Cruzita Dávila, in 1972 where he was an active member of the Escuela Moral in San Lorenzo.
He is survived by his daughters Nydia Alvarado (Dávila) and Judith Zamora (Dávila) both of Lorain, Frances Dávila and Estrella Tudela (Dávila), both of San Lorenzo, and Luz Santana (Dávila) of Caguas, Puerto Rico; son Jesús “Jesse” Dávila Jr. of Chicago, Il.; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and 1 brother.
He was preceded in death by his wife Cruzita Dávila Zayas; parents José and Paula Quintana; and 18 brothers and 2 sisters, all of San Lorenzo.
MIGUEL A. RUBIO
Miguel A. “Mikey” Rubio, 87, of Lorain,OH entered eternal rest surrounded by his family Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 in New Life Hospice Center of Saint Joseph, Lorain. He was born June 1, 1925 in Hatillo, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain in 1953. Miguel owned and operated La Borincana Food Market in South Lorain. He worked there for 32 years. He also worked for Swift and Company in Cleveland for 10 years and was currently a school crossing guard on the south side of Lorain. Miguel was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain and the Spanish American Business Association. He enjoyed the Cleveland Indians, dominoes, and casino bus trips.
He will be dearly missed by his wife Carmen (née Bermudez), of Lorain; daughters, Evelyn Gnuske and Luz María “Mary” Cruz, both of Lorain, Carmen (Juan) Rodríguez, of Rochester, N.Y. and Ana (Alex) Pravato, of Springfield, N.Y.; sons, Ernie (Connie) and Miguel (Alva) Rios, both of Lorain; brothers, José Rubio, of Arecibo, Puerto Rico and Luis Rubio, of Milwaukie, Wis.; 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Miguel was preceded in death by his parents, José A. and Etervina (née Cruz) Rubio, and 18 brothers and sisters.
MIKE C. ESPINOSA
Mike C. Espinosa, 89, of Toledo, OH passed away, Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at Orchard Villa in Oregon. He was born in Eola, Texas on June 10, 1923, to Luis and María (Constancio) Espinosa. For over 40 years, Mike worked in maintenance for Royster Fertilizer Corporation. He loved playing baseball on a league in his younger years and was a Detroit Tigers fan. He loved traveling with his dear wife, Marselina (née Chávez) Espinosa and was a member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
He is survived by his children, Irene (Dan Schrader) Espinosa, Rosemary Aldaya and Jesse Espinosa; fifteen grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson, and brother, Tomas Espinosa. Mike was preceded in death by his parents; wife; infant son, Mike; sons, Raymond, Michael, Tony and Louie; granddaughter, Connie, and siblings, Genovea, Andrés, Victoriano, Bascilia, Narcisa, Silverio, Carmen, Evarista, and Delores.
ANTONIO PAREDES FLORES
Antonio Paredes Flores, age 59, of Swanton, OH, died in his home of a heart attack, Tuesday, November 20, 2012. He was born January 23, 1953, in Toledo, Ohio to Antonio and Eva (née Paredes) Flores. Antonio worked in the machine shop at TENCOM.
He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Robin; daughter, Toni Lee Flores and her fiancé, Jordan Lee Williams, and brothers, Willie (Nancy) Flores and Albert Flores. Antonio was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Freddie.
ADAN G. GARCÍA
Adan G. García, Toledo, a loving husband, dad, grandfather, and most of all, a great human being, age 65, passed away on Thursday, November 22, 2012 at St. Vincent Hospital. He was born on August 6, 1947 in Brownsville, TX to Thomas and María (Garza) García. Adan currently worked at Meijers and at Amtrax. He was a member of Ss. Peter & Paul Church for many years. Adan was a big Ohio State Buckeye fan and he also loved the Dallas Cowboys.
Adan was a very caring father who worked hard to provide for his wife and 5 children. Everyone who knew him knows he was a great guy with a big heart and a great sense of humor. When he wasn’t busy working, he enjoyed fixing cars, dancing, listening to Tejano music, family cook-outs, spending time with his family, and he especially loved the time with his grandchildren.
Surviving are his loving wife of 43 years, Eva (née Deleón) García; children, Albert (Tina), Mary (Dennis), Adan Jr. (Janetta), Alex and Alonzo (Melissa); grandchildren, Angela, Clawzelle, Demonté, Eireanne, Adam, Megan, Erin, Lizzy, Alex Jr., Selena, Sarah, and Erica; great grandchildren, Xavier and Emilio; and siblings, Jessie, Reynaldo, Mary, Eva and Juanita.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Thomas Jr., Rubén, and Alfredo; grandson, Antonio; and daughter-in-law, Tracy García.
PEDRO F. RODRÍGUEZ, former owner of El Rancho
Pedro F. Rodríguez, 89, former resident of Defiance, OH passed away Friday afternoon November 23, 2012 in the ER at the University of Toledo Medical Center. He had been a resident of the Laurels of Toledo for the past year and a half. He was born on September 3, 1923 and was the son of Pedro and Antonia P. (née Flores) Rodríguez. On May 3, 1943 he married Esther Villa and they were blessed with 67 years of marriage until her passing in February 2011.
Pedro lived most of his life in the Defiance area. He started working at GM in Defiance in 1948 and retired as a welder in 1986. Pedro was a lifetime member of the VFW #3360 of Defiance and had been a past member of the Eagles, Moose and AMVETS all of Defiance. He was an active member of St. John’s Catholic Church.
Pedro had owned El Rancho Ballroom on Woodville Road between Genoa and Northwood OH and which was the only Tejano dance hall in the Toledo Metro area. He would bring in bands from Mexico and Texas. Pedro previously owned the Wagon Wheel in Defiance.
Pedro is survived by his son, Antonio (Tom) Rodríguez of Holland, OH, son, Ramiro (Michelle) Rodríguez of Berne, IN, son, Valentino (Heidi) Rodríguez of Sylvania, OH, son, Eduardo Rodríguez of Sylvania, OH, daughter, Yolanda (Clem) Treviño of Fort Wayne, IN, daughter, Nube Linda (John) Dombrowski of Toledo, OH, daughter, Criselda (Ted) Brodeur of Long Beach, CA, daughter-in-law Gina Rodríguez of Toledo, 21 Grandchildren, 22 Great Grandchildren, brothers Jesús R. Rodríguez of Defiance, Ray Mata of Ft. Wayne, IN. and sister-in-law Bertha Rodríguez of San Jose, CA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Esther, his son, Pedro “Pete” Rodríguez Jr., his daughter Christina Jones and a sister-in-law Consuelo Villa.
Jesús “Jesse” Alamia Sr., 67, of Toledo OH passed away Saturday, November 10, 2012, at St. Charles Mercy Hospital. He was born in Cochran County, TX on December 4, 1944. He was a welder with Local 85 Boiler Makers Union and is survived by his children, Jesús Alamia Jr., Linda Alamia, and Frank Alamia; fourteen grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren, and brothers, Solomon, Juan, Santos and Lionel.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Salome and Paula (née Silva) Alamia; daughter, Virginia Alamia; sisters, Guadalupe, Josefina, Eustolia, and brother, Felix.
Gonzalo Cuevas, age 79, of Lorain OH passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at his home after a lengthy illness. Gonzalo was born on March 11, 1933 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico to Regino Cuevas and Concepcion Torres. He came to Lorain, Ohio at the age of seventeen.
Mr. Cuevas made his career as a welder for the American Ship Building Company in Lorain. He worked there until it closed after many years of service.
He loved to fish, follow the Cleveland Indians, play poker and dominos. He enjoyed playing the lottery, especially the scratch offs and 3 and 4 digit picks.
Gonzalo is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rosemarie (née Toth); children, Anthony (Lisa) Cuevas, of Sheffield Village, Daniel (Sandra) Cuevas, of Elyria Twp., George (Vickie) Cuevas, of Lorain, Donna (Dennis) Livchak, of Sheffield Lake and Bob (Kristen) Cuevas, of North Olmsted; grandchildren, Andrea Reppa, Marco Cuevas, Katie Cuevas, Anthony Cuevas II, Brooke Cuevas, Jennifer Gibbs, Manny Livchak, Ben Livchak, Noah Cuevas and Anna Cuevas; great-grandchildren, Matthew Reppa, Lucas Reppa and Paige Gibbs; brother, Jaime Cuevas, of Puerto Rico and his sister, Maria Alicia, Of Lorain.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Concepción Torres.
Esteban Dávila, 93, of Lorain, OH passed away in his home surrounded by family and friends on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. He was born March 5, 1919 in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain with his spouse in 1953. Esteban retired in 1983 from General Motors, Elyria Assembly Plant. He worked there for 32 years. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. Esteban was a “Cursillista,” member of a weekly prayer group and playing the congas in the church choir. Esteban was a devoted husband and loving grandfather. He loved fishing, dominoes and meticulously maintained a large garden.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Margarita Dávila; sons, William, Gerardo, Roberto, Santo and Ricardo Dávila, all of Lorain, Esteban Dávila Jr., of LaGrange, Ky., Nelson Dávila, of Lincoln, Va. and Angel Dávila, of Houston, Texas; daughters, Lillian Barretto and Linda Dávila, both of Lorain, María García, of La Porte, Ind. and Grisel Porrata, of Norfolk, Va.; 35 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; five brothers; two sisters and multiple nieces, nephews and large extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Euladio Dávila and Gertrudes García; sisters, Eulalia, Ana and Carmen Dávila; brothers, Pedero, Ramiro, Plácido, Salvador and Esteban Dávila.
VICTOR V. GONZALEZ
Victor V. González, 89, of Toledo, OH, passed away Friday, November 16, 2012, at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. Victor was born in Mercedes, Texas on October 2, 1923, to Emilio and Belen (Villareal) González. On October 6, 1989, he married Barbara Goodwin. He was employed with Gen Corp and Textile Leathers for 34 years, retiring in 1984. For years, he loved dancing at the Luna Pier Ballroom on Saturday nights.
Victor is survived his loving wife of 25 years, Barbara; children, Richard González, Allison González, Vincent (Jessica) González, and Victor (Andréa) González; grandchildren, Michelle Guzmán, Xander, and Violet González; great-grandchildren, David, Sarilyn, and Jocelyn Guzmán, Destiny and Bradley Wright Jr.; brother, Benjamin González, along with many nieces, nephews, and loving family members. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Linda Hall; grandson, Bradley Wright; brothers, Robert and Richard González, and nephew, Emilo González.
Rodolpho “Rudy” Guzmán entered into eternal life, peacefully, on Wednesday, November 14, 2012. Army Veteran of WWII, Rudy will be remembered for his heart of gold, his kind and gentle ways, sense of humor and love of sports.
Treasured and loving husband of Estella (née Segovia) for 58 years; adored, cherished and respected father of Jerry; loving godfather of María Victoria Cárdenas; preceded in death by his parents: Geronimo Sr. and Julia Guzmán (née Najera) and brothers: Ramón, Carlos “Chale,” Jeronimo, Jr. “Chichi;” survived by his big brother: Arturo (Jinia) and baby sister: Julieta Gómez (Juan José, Sr.); loving uncle to numerous nieces and nephews including: John Pérez (Rhonda), grand niece: Jaimee; friend to many.
ANTONIA ROSARIO NIEVES
Antonia Rosario Nieves, 87, of Lorain, OH passed away Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 at her residence. She was born March 6, 1925 in Morovis, Puerto Rico. She came to Lorain with her spouse in 1951. As a widow at the age of 42, she raised her nine children on her own. She worked for Avon Oaks Nursing Home and St. Joseph Hospital until she retired in 1982.
Antonia was admired and respected as the Matriarch of her family. She was a devout Catholic, a member of the Sociedad de Damas (Women’s Society), a Cursillista (A Course in Christianity), and a Eucharistic Minister at Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. Antonia was gifted in prayer recital. She enjoyed gardening, loved to cook for her family and enjoyed being in the company of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She always promoted peace and family unity. Antonia’s proud love for her family was unconditional. She genuinely supported and inspired her grandchildren to succeed. Her family will remember her warm and welcoming home, her nurturing, patience and forgiving heart.
Antonia is survived by her son, Miguel Rosario (Sandra), of Orlando, Fla.; daughters, Norma Rosario-Carde (Francis), of Goodyear, Ariz., Nancy Montañez (Daniel), of Elk River, Minn, Nayda Rosario-Silva, Evelyn Galarza, Marilyn Carrión (Robert), Nilda Rosario, Sylvia Ramos (Luis) and Isabel Aviles (Pablo), all of Lorain; 19 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; sisters, Ana Santos, Julia Velez, Maria Feliciano, all of Lorain, Ramona Visalden and Gladys Figueroa, both of Puerto Rico; brothers, Francisco Silva, of Lorain, Luis Silva and Tadeo Silva II, both of Puerto Rico.
Antonia was preceded in death by her husband, Alonso Rosario Nieves, of Lorain in 1967; her parents, Manuel Silva and Sara Santos; brothers, Enrique Silva, Eleuterio Silva and Tadeo Silva I, and sisters, Sarin Ocasio, Carmen Cordero, Luz Salgado and Lolita Silva.
TRINIDAD N. SERRATO
Trinidad N. Serrato, 94, beloved husband and father, passed away peacefully at his home on November 10, 2012. He was born to the late Esiquio and Gregoria Serrato in Ennis, Texas. He was a World War II Army veteran, serving in the South Pacific from 1942-1946. In the Army, Trinidad was a sharp shooter and was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, the American Theater Ribbon, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, and the Victory Medal for his outstanding service. He was also a longtime member of the American Legion Post #409.
Trinidad was a long time member of the Presbyterian Church and also attended many different denominations throughout his life. Trinidad loved the Lord and studied his Bible daily. Trinidad married his loving wife Candelaria Pompa in 1941 in Mississippi. After World War II,they moved to Ohio and settled in Weston where they raised their 10 children and Candelaria’s brother, Victor Pompa. Trinidad worked as a welder for Adjust Mfg and retired in 1982.
In addition to his large family gatherings, Trinidad enjoyed gardening, cooking, fishing, family vacations, and in his younger years, camping with his grandchildren. “Trini” will be remembered as a truly kind, humble, and generous man who always had a smile on his face and a wave for everyone. His priority was loving his wife, children, and his large family. He worked hard to instill in his children and grandchildren his wisdom and strong family values.
For his friends and family, his legacy will be his prayers and his love for God. Trinidad is survived by his beloved wife and their children: Dolores (Joe) Cremar, Trinidad (Rita), Ricardo (Mary), Reynaldo (Julie), Christopher (Jenny), John (Violet), Zeke (Elizabeth), Lucy (Alfredo) Gutiérrez, Carlos (Sue), Jane (Scott) Perez. Also surviving are 34 grandchildren, 87 great grandchildren, 31 great-great grandchildren: brothers: Abraham and David, sisters: Mary-Lou Bowman and Ojenia Facundo and many special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, his brothers: Pablo and Esidro, his sisters: Ramona Pérez Lara, Lupita Duron, Amelia Torres, Carmen Guerra, and Ermilita Serrato, a grandson, and a great-great grandson. Trini will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
OLGA I. SANTOS
Olga I. Santos (née Corcino), 66, of Amherst Township, OH passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family Tuesday, October 30, 2012 following lengthy illness.
Olga was born February 19, 1946 in Luquillo, Puerto Rico; she came to Lorain as a child. She made her home in Amherst Township in 1989. Olga graduated from Admiral King High School in 1965, where she was a varsity cheerleader. Olga retired in 2006 from Community Health Partners. She worked as a Registered Nurse for over 35 years. She was an active member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. She taught catechism class and was a Eucharistic minister. Olga was also a member of the churches Liturgical Dance Group, Prison Ministry and the Cursillo Movement. She enjoyed bowling, dancing, volleyball and collecting angel figurines.
She will be deeply missed by her husband of 23 years, John H. Santos Jr., of Amherst Township; sons, Joseph (Brenda) González, of Saint Petersburg, Florida and Orlando González, of Lorain; daughter, Yvette “Evie” González, of Lorain; stepsons John H. Santos III, of Grafton and Jason R. (Lucy) Santos, of Lorain; stepdaughter Lisa (Jimmy) Fitzpatrick, of Lorain; brothers José Corcino, of Vermilion, Francisco (Joyce) and Wilfredo “Al” (Carmen) Corcino, both of Lorain and Eddie (Jennifer) Corcino, of Saint Petersburg; 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents Zenon and Eustacia Corcino; sister Nora Holloway and a brother Eddie Corcino.
JOSÉ A. CARDOSA
José A. Cardosa, 36 of San Diego, CA, died Sunday, October 21, 2012 from injuries sustained in a car accident.
Born December 27, 1975 in Michoacan, Mexico, he lived in New Jersey before coming to Lorain in 1988. He moved to San Diego following college where he has lived since. He graduated from Lorain Admiral King in 1993 and graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Architecture. José enjoyed traveling.
Surviving is his mother, Angela Arrez of Lorain; a brother, Gerardo Marin of Cleveland; sisters, María Marin of Mexico, Nefa Janis of Amherst, Cruz Marin of Mexico, Anita Marin, Francesca Marin, Crecencia Marin and Delia DeJesús all of Lorain, Erma Marin of Houston, TX, and Marcila Marin of Gilbert, AZ; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, José Cardosa.
Bladimir “Bla” García, 35, formerly of Lorain, OH passed away Saturday, October 20, 2012 in Orlando Regional Medical Center, Florida following an accident. He was born March 10, 1977 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. Bladimir came to Lorain when he was one. He moved to Orlando in 2003. Bladimir received his Hair Stylist certificate from The Paul Mitchell School. He was working in a barbershop. He worked in the construction trades. He was an athlete, he enjoyed playing baseball, golf, bowling and darts.
He will be dearly missed by his fiancée of 15 years Andrea Rivera, of Orlando; his sons Xavier Antonio and Gianni Juel García both at home; his father Raul García, and step mother Rosie García, both of Lorain; his mother Alba García and step father Angel L. Latimer, both of Lorain; sisters Kathy and Mari García, both of Lorain; brother Raúl García, Jr., of Orlando; step brother Jorge L. Villegas, of Lorain; grandmother Esther Diaz, of Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico; aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grand parents Efrain Ortiz, Onofra Santiago and Ramon Ramirez.
JOHN F. PEÑA JR.
John F. “Johnny” Peña, Jr. age 22, of Elyria, OH passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2012. Born on February 13, 1990 in Elyria, he had lived in Amherst and Elyria. He graduated from Marion L. Steele High School, Amherst, in 2008. Johnny served in the United States Army, receiving the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Marksman Marksmanship Badge with a Riffle Bar. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and also had attended House of Praise International Church. He was also a member of American Legion Post 118, Amherst. He enjoyed watching football, attending Cleveland Brown’s games and spending time with his son and family.
He is survived by his wife of 3 years, Tyra (née Nazelrod) Peña; son, Jayden M.F. Peña; father, John F. (Shari) Peña, Sr. of Amherst; mother, Paula Nabakowski, of Elyria; a sister, Angela (Billy) Teter of Amherst; step sister, Brandy Smith of Lorain; paternal grandmother, Eva Peña – Torres of Lorain; maternal grandparents, Michael (Phyllis) Nabakowski of Vermilion, and Karen Meanor of Oberlin.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather: Fred Peña in 2000.
Edilberto Silva, 76, of Lorain, OH passed away Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at his residence following a lengthy illness. Born February 24, 1936 in Morovis, Puerto Rico, he came to Lorain in 1956. He worked for the Lorain Ford Assembly Plant for 27 years, retiring in 1995. Edilberto was a member of House of Praise International, Lorain. In the early 1990s, he pastured at Templo Bethel, Lorain for 5 years. His focus was his family and caring for his grandchildren. He loved to read and research the Word of God.
Surviving are his sons, José E. of Lorain, Rev. Gilbert Silva of Amherst, Ismael of Lorain, Samuel of Amherst, Mervin of Lorain, Angel M. of Sheffield Village, and Edilberto Jr. of Trenton, NJ; daughters, Elba Ortiz of Lorain, and Yvette Haddix of Lorain; 29 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife 53 years, Francisca (Cortes) in 2009.
RICHARD J. MARTÍNEZ
Richard J. Martínez, 80 years, of Toledo, OH, passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2012, in the Ebied Hospice Center in Sylvania. He was born in San Antonio, TX, on December 23, 1931, to Refugio and Herminia Martínez. Richard served in the United States Army, upon his honorable discharge he worked for the Jeep Corporation for over 30 years, where he retired from. He had a love for golfing and the Cleveland Browns.
He is survived by his wife, Rachelle Martínez; daughters, Christine, Diana and Carol Martínez; 7 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and siblings, Mary Rodríguez, Gilbert Martínez, Gloria Piña, Alfred Martínez, Alice Ramirez and John Martínez. Also surviving is his first wife, Frances Martínez.
CHARLES HENRY WEAVER
Charles (Charlie) H. Weaver, 88 of Toledo, OH passed away on Thursday, October 18, 2012, at Heartland of Oregon. He was born on March 29, 1924, in San Antonio, Texas to Henry Weaver and Pamposa Sánchez. He moved to “el Norte” at age 23 where he worked for Schmidt Meat Packing House until the company closed 18 years later. After that, he worked for AP Parts until he retired. He was a self-taught skilled plumber and carpenter. He attributed his ability to fix just about anything to his upbringing in the Ranch, where people were poor but didn’t know it and lived off the land where nothing went to waste.
Charlie was a founding member of Latin’s United/Latinos Unidos where he served as president for nearly 20 years. Charlie brought the social organization to its peak of success. It was through his leadership, dedication, and hard work that the organization was able to purchase a small shoe shop which was converted to a bar that grew to contain a hall and picnic area. At the end of his presidency, the club had no debts, owned all its properties free and clear and had plenty of savings for educational scholarships and maintenance of its facilities on South St. Clair St. He helped fund, assemble and distribute Thanksgiving food baskets every year through the organization. He was a long time volunteer for St. Peter and Paul Church Festival. He volunteered and supported many Democratic political candidates, such as Judge Joseph Flores, Louis Escobar, and Anita López.
Charlie loved Latino family history and enjoyed filming all family and community events for posterity. He enjoyed story telling as well as listening to stories told by other Latinos who settled in Toledo and its surrounding areas. He enjoyed wearing Texan cowboy hats, vests, and boots. He loved to play golf and listen to traditional classic Ranchera Mexican songs.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy Weaver. Charlie leaves behind his daughter, Diane (Mark) Fangman; son, Bruce (Patricia) Weaver; grandsons, Michael and Kevin Turnow, Bruce C., John and Steve Weaver, and great-grandchildren, Brandon and Hunter Turnow, Sofia, Solana, Salah, and John Weaver.
Charlie was loved and respected by many of the area’s Latinos and will be greatly missed by all.
Michael García, age 63, of Toledo, OH received his wings on Monday, October 8, 2012. Born in Toledo, he was the son of John and Katherine García, who both preceded him in death. He was a Waite High School Alumni, by trade, he had retired from GM Powertrain, and a past member of the U.A. W. Local 14. Michael had a huge, giving heart and loved his family, always bringing laughter to any occasion, and was a music enthusiast. He will be greatly missed.
Surviving are his sons, Micah, Adam, and Daryl García; mother, Becky; seven grandchildren; brothers, John (Linda), Joe, Al (Mary), Tony (Mary Kay), Dennis (Charlene) and David (Helen) García; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
GERMAN BELTRÁN LOPEZ
German Beltrán López, 83, of Lorain, OH passed away Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 in Anchor Lodge Nursing Home, Lorain. He was born June 12, 1929 in Lares, Puerto Rico. German lived in Berlin Heights for two years before moving to Lorain in 1966. He retired from Lorain Ford Assembly Plant in 1995. He worked there for 28 years. German was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and the United Auto Workers Local 425. He enjoyed his vegetable and flower gardens. He liked to maintain his home and was good at carpentry.
Among the survivors are his daughters, Mirta Beltrán, of Lares, Rosa Beltrán, of Belgium, Nilsa Beltrán, of Bayamon, Puerto Rico and Lucy Beltrán, of Camuy, Puerto Rico; son, German Beltrán, of Millville, N.J.; sisters, Aurea Beltrán, of Arecibo, Puerto Rico and Ana Beltrán, of Bayamon and a brother, Luis Beltrán of Carolina, Puerto Rico; 12 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores Robertson in 2004; his parents, Virgilio Beltrán and Herminia López and sisters, Josephina and Carmen Beltrán.
Juanita Sánchez (née Rivera), 90 of Lorain, died Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at Anchor Lodge Nursing Home, Lorain, OH following a lengthy illness. Born June 24, 1922 in Canovanas, Puerto Rico, she came to Lorain in 1951. Juanita was a member of the former Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Lorain and a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. She enjoyed playing Dominoes.
Surviving are her sons, Jesús Jr. (Marsha) Sánchez of Amherst, Michael Sánchez of Lorain, Gabriel (Kim) Sánchez of Lakewood, and Raphaél Sánchez of La Joya, CA.; daughters, Jenny Sánchez of Lorain, Migdalia (Gary) Sánchez-Ondrusek of LaGrange, Zoraida Sánchez of San Jose, CA., Carmen Sánchez of Las Vegas, María (Mack) Bohanner of Anaheim, CA., Cecilia (Edwin) Pérez of Valrico, FL., and Felicita Sánchez of Lakewood; 19 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren with two great grandchildren on the way.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Jesús M. Sánchez in 1995; a son, Pedro Sánchez; and her parents Mariano and Clotilda (née Rivera) Rivera.
SHAROL A. GONZÁLES
Sharol A. Leibas (née Gonzáles), 64, of Lorain, OH entered eternal rest surrounded by her family Friday, October 5, 2012 in Cleveland Clinic following a lengthy illness. She was born July 17, 1948 in Lorain, and graduated from Admiral King High School, in 1967. Sharol retired as a spot welder in 2011 from R. W. Beckett in North Ridgeville, working there for 19 years. She also worked in the deli department of Gold Circle in Elyria. She was a member of the former Saint Vitus Catholic Church. Sharol enjoyed reading, gardening and cooking, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
She will be deeply missed by her husband of 40 years Tony Leibas, of Lorain, and her sons and their wives Manuel A. (Kristie) Leibas and Michael A. (Angie) Leibas, both of Lorain, grandchildren Tayler, Julia, Jazmyne, Illiana, Autumn, Dominic and Annee.
She was preceded by her parents Manuel and Anna (née Majzun) Gonzáles and her brother Donald Gonzáles.
Adalberto Aponte, 87 of Lorain OH passed away peacefully in his daughter’s home in Long Valley, New Jersey, Friday, September 28, 2012 following a lengthy illness. He was born February 5, 1925 in Cayey, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain in 1948 when recruited to work for U. S. Steel. He worked as a machinist in the Number 2 Pipe Mill. Mr. Aponte retired from work at B. F. Goodrich in Avon in 1982. He was employed there for 5 years. During World War II he was a member of the Federal Guard in Puerto Rico for the United States Department of the Interior. Adalberto was a founding member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, where he participated in the Cursillo Movement. He and his wife were involved in Sacred Heart’s first Financial Committee that raised funds for the construction of the new chapel. He was also a member of the United Steel Workers Local 1104. He was an avid Cleveland Indians fan and an enthusiastic gardener.
He will be deeply missed by his wife of 65 years Margarita (née Alvarado Colón) Aponte; sons Alberto Aponte of Lorain and Harold (Annie) Aponte of Clearwater, Florida and his daughter Zulma (Edward) Shimkus with whom he recently made his home. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Adalberto was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents Alberto and Justina (née Melendez) Aponte and a brother Ismael Aponte.
Enery “Nellie” Rosado, 79, of Lorain OH passed away September. 26, 2012 in Autumn Aegis Nursing Home following a lengthy illness. She was born April 8, 1934 in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. She moved here from Brooklyn, New York in 1973. Nellie was an excellent cook. She enjoyed gardening and houseplants. She attended Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain.
She will be missed by her son of Richard Torres of Manati, Puerto Rico; daughter Maritza Torres Davis of Elyria; grandchildren Natasha Cornejo of Honolulu, Hawaii; Julie Davis of Elyria and Jeremy Allen Torres of Manati; great grandchildren Kali Cornejo-Born of Honolulu and Anthony John Tober of Elyria and a sister Emilia Robles of Brooklyn. Her parents preceded her in death.
VICTOR L. ESPITIA
Victor L. Espitia, 54, of Lorain, OH went home to heaven to be with his mom and dad Tuesday, September 18, 2012 in his home following a lengthy illness. He was born July 25, 1958 in Lorain and was a life-long resident. Victor graduated from Southview High School in 1977. He managed Al, Lou and Jim’s Car Parts II in Avon for 18 years and Murray’s Auto parts for three years. Victor was a security patrolman for American Security, Lorain and FEMA in Elyria for 10 years. He also worked for Crown Battery. Victor was a state tournament winning darts player for Firelands Dart League for 26 years and Lorain Music Soft Tip League. He enjoyed his kitties and dog, watching Cleveland Indians and the Browns. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle, restoring his antique cars and talking to around the world on his HAM radio. Victor was a long-time member and volunteer for the Mexican Mutual Society and drove his red 1949 Dodge Wayfarer in its annual Cinco de Mayo Parade.
He will be dearly missed by his sisters Vivian J. (Dan) Rutherford and Laura F. Espitia, both of Lorain; brother Robert X. (María) Espitia, of Lorain and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Vincent E. and Laura (née Dominguez) Espitia and a brother Vincent E. Espitia Jr.
Rodolfo García, 38, of Cleveland, passed away at his residence on Friday, September 21, 2012 following a short illness. Born Nov. 15, 1975 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, he came to Lorain in 1989. He had been a resident of Cleveland for the past 2 years. Rodolfo attended Southview High School. He was a member of Iglesia Case del Alfarero in Cleveland where he belonged to the Worship Team and played the drums. He enjoyed music, playing the drums and watching videos of drummers.
Surviving is his wife of 8 years, Melissa (née Carrion); a son, Rodolfo José García of Cleveland; his mother, Rosa Reyes of Lorain; a brother, Ezisequiel García of Lorain; and sisters, Orquidea García of Lorain and Rosa Rivera of Laredo, Texas. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Carmen Caraballo.
MANUEL A. CARRASQUILLO-GONZÁLEZ
Manuel A. Carrasquillo-González, Sr., 89, of Elyria, OH went peacefully to be with the Lord, Monday, September 10, 2012 in New Life Hospice Center of Saint Joseph, Lorain following a lengthy illness. He was born May 5, 1923 in Utuado, Puerto Rico and came to Lorain in 1948 when he was one of the original men recruited to work at a local steel mill. He lived here until moving to Pinellas Park, Florida in 1975. He moved to Elyria in 2008. Mr. González retired in 1972 as an overhead crane operator from U.S. Steel Lorain Works. He worked there for 24 years.
Manuel was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. He also was a member of the United Steel Workers Local 1104, Lorain. He was an intelligent man who was self-educated. He enjoyed reading, singing and playing his harmonica, also casinos and watching novellas and game shows.
He will be dearly missed by his sons Manuel Antonio González, Jr., of Elyria, Freddy González, of Lorain and David González, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; daughters Leida González – Huey, of Frisco, Texas, Elsie García, of Amherst Township; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
Manuel was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years Nereida “Neri” González (née Figueroa) in 2007; a daughters Santita Figueroa González and Daisy González; brother Angel González Carrasquillo; sister Margarita González Sepulveda and step brothers and sisters.
PEDRO LUIS GARCÍA JR.
Pedro Luis García Jr. (Pete) of Columbus, OH died tragically on Saturday, September 8, 2012.
He was born on April 3, 1977 in Lorain, OH. He moved with his family to Oberlin, OH in 1977. Pedro, Jr. graduated from Oberlin high school in 1985 and attended Hampton University.
Pedro, Jr. was employed by Plaza Properties as a property manager. He enjoyed music, sports, and spending time with family and friends.
Pedro, Jr. is survived by twins Adonis and Amir García of Lorain, OH and stepson, Vincent Ramirez, of Florida; father, Pedro Luis García Sr. and mother, Roberta E. García of Oberlin; sister Samatra E. García of Las Vegas, NV; two nephews and one niece of Las Vegas, NV, and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Carlos Negrin, age 60, of Toledo OH, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, in Detroit, Michigan. He was born to Ernesto and Josefa (Falcon) Negrin in Havana, Cuba on February 14, 1952. Carlos worked for Timiny Rail Road Construction for 9 years. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing baseball and dominos. He was a true talker and enthusiastic about everything he did. Most knew him best for Gavilan.
Carlos is survived by his children, Nelson Negrin and Belkis Negrin; stepchildren, Bertha and Osvaldo; grandchildren, Sarita E. Negrin, Carlos E. Negrin II, Alicia Negrin, Lazaro D. Campis, Nelisa A. Nieto, Kiara Negrin; companion, Caridad Pons; father, Ernesto; brothers and sisters, Eugenio, María Esther, Santiago, Pedro, Maricela, María Elena, Abel, Damaisi, Olga, Lydia, Joel, Josefa Isabel, Henry, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Carlos was preceded in death by his mother, Josefa, and son, Carlos E. Negrin II.
Efigenia Plaza (née Morales Cruz), 88, of Lorain, OH passed away Monday, September 3, 2012 at Life Care Center of Westlake following a lengthy illness. Born September 2, 1924 in Juncos, Puerto Rico, she came to Lorain many years ago. In the early 1990s she returned to Puerto Rico to live and returned to Lorain in 2005. She was a member of Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal Ebenezer, Lorain, and enjoyed cooking and crocheting.
Surviving is her son, Carlos (Sherie) Plaza of Lorain; grandchildren, Carlos Plaza Jr, Gabriel Plaza and Alexis Plaza all of Lorain; a brother, Martin Morales of Puerto Rico; and a sister Faviana Morales of Puerto Rico. She was preceded in death by her husband, Agapito Plaza in 2005; 8 brothers including her twin, and a sister.
Miguel Zavala, resident of Toledo, OH passed away unexpectedly to rest in the arms of God on August 30, 2012, at the age of 55. Miguel, better known as “Tate” to his close friends and family, was born on August 28, 1957, in Monroe, MI. He moved to Toledo, OH as a young child with his loving family. He attended Whitmer High School. He enjoyed playing baseball and football in his younger years. His love of sports never dissipated. He was an avid Tiger’s fan and enjoyed watching sport games on television.
He worked in trucking and also enjoyed landscaping. He was wealthy in love, and a very caring and thoughtful person to all. He enjoyed showering those around him with flowers and plants, to brighten one’s day. Tate loved rock music and attending concerts. He enjoyed traveling and taking long walks with the family dog, Cisco. He was a loving son, who always took the time to care for his parents. He extended that love, by offering heartfelt advice and support to family and those around him. Tate was a fully devoted father, who loved spending quality time and most importantly, put nothing above his children. He will be deeply missed.
He was preceded in death by his cousin, Esaw “Chick” Rodríguez. Miguel is survived by his sons, Frankie Ramirez, Elias Zavala and Tyler Zavala; daughter, Gloria Zavala; his mother and father, Gloria and Elias Zavala, and his brothers and sisters, Carlos (Shelly) Zavala, Rosa (David) López, Delia Quisenberry, Manuel (Sylvia) Zavala, and Estevan Zavala. He also leaves behind a number of loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and six grandchildren.
CARLOS A. CARDOVA GALARZA
Carlos A. Cárdova Galarza, 90, of Perrysburg, passed away Monday, August 27, 2012, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio surrounded by his family. He was born on January 10, 1922, in Cuenca, Ecuador to Andres F. Cárdova, the former President of Ecuador, and Rosario Galarza. He came to the USA in 1941 as a foreign exchange student at Bowling Green State University where he met and later married Constance Zachman Cárdova on March 1, 1944, during World War II. Carlos obtained a Law Degree after the war, graduating from The University of Toledo College of Law.
He practiced law in Perrysburg for over 40 years. Carlos was a World War II Veteran and landed in Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, D-Day, June 6, 1944. He was inducted in the army in 1943 at the age of 22 as a rifleman in the First Infantry Division, “Big Red 1.” He was one of six men in a platoon of 45 men who survived. He was a recipient of The Purple Heart for receiving two bullets to the head in World War II in Aachen, Germany October 18, 1944.
Carlos was an advocate for senior citizens; he founded Elm House in 1964 and Louisiana House in 1976. Carlos was the 1989 recipient of the International Institute’s “Key to the Golden Door” the award for Chairman of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee of TMACOG, on Housing Committee of the Council of Governments, and housing for the elderly in Perrysburg. Carlos served on other local and regional boards including: the Area Office on Aging, Wood County Committee on Aging, WSOS, Community Action Center, and Community Planning Council.
Carlos was the President of Perrysburg City Council in the 1950s; Chairman of the commission that wrote the Charter for Perrysburg in the 1960s which was later adopted by the City of Sylvania. He advocated for city water and street lights for Perrysburg Heights; worked on a master plan to handle growth of the city, the first sewage treatment plant, established the municipal court in Perrysburg to serve the northern half of Wood County.
Later in the 1960s he began as Acting Judge at Perrysburg Courts. As the Chairman of the Wood County Democratic Party he served as a delegate for the state of Ohio to the Presidential Election for John F. Kennedy in 1960 and Lyndon Johnson in 1964, where he was a member of the electoral college. In 2009 he was the recipient of the “Virginia Stanahan Award” from the Perrysburg League of Women Voters for his service to the community and called one of Perrysburg’s “founding fathers.”
He is survived by his sisters, Lucrecia (Juan) Neustatter, Victoria Sandoval, Rosario Cárdova, and Matilde Cárdova, all of Quito, Ecuador, and children, Carlos “Andy” Cárdova, Campbell, CA, Carmen (Michael Daly), Cárdova, Bexley, OH, Cristina Cárdova, Perrysburg, OH, Cecilia (Jay) Richardson, Perrysburg, OH, and Colette (Stephen Phillips) Cárdova, Toledo, OH; grandchildren, Michelle Cárdova, San José, CA, Christopher (Suzanne) CÃ³rdova, St. John’s, New Foundland, Canada, Dushan Petrovich, New Haven, CT, Urosh Petrovich, Bexley, OH, Audrey Richardson, Washington, D.C., Tyler (Meagan) Richardson, Hillard, OH, Clay (Allison Mirkin) Cárdova, Cambridge, MA, Chad Cárdova, Princeton, NJ; great-grandchild Adeline CárdovaSt. John’s, New Foundland, Canada. He was preceded in death by his wife, Constance Z. Cárdova, and his parents; brothers, Dr. Manuel Cárdova, Dr. Jorge Cárdova, Dr. Gonzalo Cárdova, and Andres Cárdova; sisters, Maria Cárdova and; son, Colin Cárdova.
Gonzalo Herrera, 73, of Martin, OH passed away on Thursday, August 23, 2012, at his home. He was born on June 7, 1939, in Eden, Texas to Abel and Neives (Salinas) Herrera. Gonzalo was employed with General Motors Hydromatic for 40 years until his retirement. He was a family man and Church of God youth ministry member. He also was a member of the First Baptist Church of Oregon, and was the Song leader for other churches. As well as passing his faith on, he had a passion for reading and directing plays. Gonzalo will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his loving wife, of 54 wonderful years, Lydia; children, Tony (Karen), David (Cindy), Elizabeth (Gary), Daniel, Corina, and Adam; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and brother, Abel. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 granddaughter.
MARY ANN STRAIN
Mary Ann Strain (née Arebalo), age 63, of Lorain, OH passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2012, at the Specialty Hospital of Lorain, following a lengthy illness. She was born on March 12, 1949, in Lorain, where she lived most of her life. She is a 1967 graduate of Admiral King High School and enjoyed attending Sacred Heart Chapel. Mary Ann enjoyed traveling with her husband, caring for her pets and hosting parties at her home for her family and friends.
She is survived by her brother José (Ana) Arebalo, of Lorain and a niece Tina Arebalo, of Cleveland. Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Strain, in 2002, her parents Guadalupe and Catherine (née Rangle) Arebalo and a sister Nancy Ann Arebalo.
GIANNA ADELYSE CAPELES
Gianna Adelyse Capeles, infant daughter of Monica (née Ortiz) Martinez and Luis M. Capeles, died on Friday, August 17, 2012 at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain, OH of natural causes. Besides her parents she is survived by brothers: Zaiden, and Kayden, sisters: Alysana and Alexia, grandparents: Moises & Iris Ortiz, Vilma & Frank Almodovar and Victor Capeles and Wanda Marcano.
Luis Carrero, 87, of Lorain, OH, passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at Mercy Regional Medical Center following a lengthy illness. Born October 16, 1924 in Jayuya, Puerto Rico, he came to Lorain in 1968. Luis was self-employed in the agricultural business for many years. He was a member of Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal Cristorey. He enjoyed gardening, playing dominoes, watching western movies. He especially loved going to church, his family and family gatherings.
Surviving are his children, Emilia Reyes, of Lorain, Gilberto Carrero, of Massachusetts, Luis Carrero Jr., of Lorain, Angie Carrero, of Lorain, María Velázquez, of Elyria, Alba Julia of Lorain, Salvador Carrero of Coldwater, MI, and Margarita Quevara of Lorain; a step son, Angel Saéz of Lorain; 22 grandchildren and 47 great grandchildren; a brother, Roberto Carrero, of Florida; sisters, Arecelis Carrero and Miguelina Carrero, both of Ponce, Puerto Rico, and Francisca “Panchita” Carrero, of New Jersey. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ramona Santiago in 1967; brothers, Edwardo Carrero in 1989 and Americo Carrero in 2009; and a great granddaughter, Alyssa Carrion in 2006.
MARÍA ESTHER MELÉNDEZ
María Esther Meléndez, 80, passed away suddenly on Friday, August 17, 2012 at University Hospital in Cleveland, OH. She was born on June 5, 1932 in Arecibo, Puerto Rico to her loving parents, Benito and Ana (née Andujar) Vásquez and moved to Lorain in 1948. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and was employed at María Gardens for 13 years and retired in 2002. She enjoyed gardening, bingo, crocheting, casino trips and family gatherings.
She is survived by her children, Rosa María Nieves, Juan (Nellie) Nieves Jr., Jesús (María) Nieves, Luis Nuñez, Nora Meléndez (Thomas) Purdon, and Vilma “Vee” Meléndez Dungan; 15 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Juan Meléndez; daughter, Carmen Nieves; and son, William Nuñez.
Ramiro Muñiz, 65, passed away peacefully on August 12, 2012. He was born on October 19, 1946 to the late Florencia and José Muñiz in Waterville, Ohio. Ramiro was passionate about baseball and he loved the Cleveland Indians. He coached Little League Baseball for many years for different teams in the Toledo area. Ramiro enjoyed spending time with his family; he especially adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Ramiro was preceded in death by his loving wife of 40 years, Judith; brothers, José and Leonel; grandson, Joe Joe. Left to cherish his memory are his sons: John (Jill), Joseph, and Brian; sisters, Maria Montelongo and Margie (Gilbert) Alvarado; nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Ramona Reyes of Northwood passed away on August 13, 2012 at Mercy St. Charles Hospital, at the age of 80. She was born on July 18, 1932 in Toledo to Walter and Pabla R. Romero. Ramona married Cecundino Reyes on June 26, 1963. She was a devout Catholic, attending S.S. Peter & Paul Church and a staunch Democrat. Ramona enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She loved to sing, dance, and cook. She will be dearly missed.
Ramona is survived by her husband of 49 years, Cecundino “Koko;” children, Richard Barboza, Irene (Wayne) Wittebort, Theresa (Richard) Foster, and Bernadette “Bernie” Reyes; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Isabell Rodella, and brother, Manuel (Pat) Romero. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Joe, Mary, John, Kelly, and Rachael.
AMELIA B. GUERRA
Amelia B. Guerra passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in Monterrey, Mexico, at the age of 89. She was born in Monterrey on December 20, 1922. Amelia graduated with a degree in Pharmacy from the Universidad de Nuevo León. She married Dr. José Guerra on June 4, 1949, immigrated to the USA and raised eight children.
Her primary focus was caring for her family. She was very involved in St. Vincent’s Hospital Medical Auxiliary, Meals on Wheels, and volunteered in many other Toledo organizations. Amelia enjoyed interesting conversations, reading, working on crossword puzzles, keeping abreast of current events, and regularly watched Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. In recent years, she took computer lessons and enjoyed reading her emails. Amelia loved to travel and enjoyed family vacations in Europe and annual reunions in Mexico and Elk Rapids, MI. After José retired they returned to Mexico where she cherished the company of her many relatives and friends. She attended Mass daily and met with relatives for coffee every afternoon. She believed in living life to the fullest; her kindness and generosity will always be remembered.
She was preceded in death by her husband, José, on June 22, 2010 and by her grandson, Alexander José Guerra. Her memory will be cherished by her children, Dr. José Guerra, Jr., Col. David Guerra, DDS, Edward Guerra, Martha (Duke) Wheeler, Roberto Guerra, Patty (Jeff) Mattingly, Gigi (Tom) Jetton, and Andres (Shelley) Guerra. Mama will be missed by her grandchildren, Lauren and Leah Guerra, Duke (Kellie) Wheeler, Christy (Bryan) Geha, and Maria Wheeler, Katie, Martha, and Sarah Mattingly, Emmy, Tommy, and Sofie Jetton, Alexander Ross Guerra, and great-grandchild, Isabella Wheeler. She will also be missed by her many dear friends and relatives.
DANIEL J. ZAPATA
Daniel J. Zapata, age 64, of Perrysburg, OH died Saturday, August 4, 2012 in his residence. He was born in Perrysburg on September 30, 1947, to Juan and Josephine (Treviño) Zapata. Daniel was employed as a printer for Owens Illinois, then later for the Graphics Group. He was also employed for Washington Local Schools.
He is survived by his loving sister, Ana Maria Tillman; step-brother, Michael (Mary) Scavo; nephews, Nick (Mary) Siefke, Robert (Kristen) Zapata, Alex (Chelsea) Zapata, and Vonnie Gabrysiak, and many loving great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, John George Zapata and Robert Dale Zapata.
CARMEN M. MARTÍNEZ
Carmen M. Martínez, 45, of Lorain, OH passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, July 31, 2012.
She was born April 14, 1967 in Manhattan, New York. She moved to Lorain in 1998.
Carmen was a homemaker and mother. She attended the House of Praise International Church Lorain. Carmen enjoyed collecting angel and elephant figurines.
She will be missed by her daughters Carmen McLucas, of Maryville, Indiana and Jennifer Vargas, of Lorain; sons Angel Vargas, of Lexington, Kentucky, Felix Ortiz and Daniel Martínez, both of Lorain; her mother Carmen Ortiz, of Lorain; brothers Wilfredo Ortiz and Kenneth Reyes, both of Lorain and Keith Reyes, of Brooklyn, New York; sisters Daisy Ramos and Teresita Pérez, both of Lorain; and seven grandchildren of Lorain.
Carmen was preceded in death by her fathers, Wilfredo Ortiz and Felix Rodríguez, and grandsons Isaiah and Xavier Vargas and Felix Ortiz Jr.
ESAW RODRÍGUEZ JR.
Esaw was born on January 2, 1958 to Pauline and Esaw Rodríguez. After missing since August of 1980, his homecoming to Toledo joyfully took place on August 2, 2012. His day of death was January 14, 1984. He leaves to cherish his memories his mother, Pauline and sisters, Marta I. Rodríguez and Diana (Jesús) Lerma. Surviving also are 3 nephews, 3 nieces, and a large extended family. Esaw was preceded in death by his father, Esaw and his paternal and maternal grandparents. Esaw “Chick” loved rock and roll music, his family, and friends.
LUIS A. VÉLEZ
Luis A. Vélez, age 77, of Lorain, OH passed away on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at the Specialty Hospital of Lorain, Amherst, following a brief illness. He was born on February 10, 1935 in Utuado, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain in 1953. Luis was a former member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, after it closed he joined Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. Luis was employed as a barber at LaFortuna, on Pearl Avenue, for 30 years. He was the first Puerto Rican barber in the Lorain community. He was a founder of the Puerto Rican Home, where he served as its president for three terms. He was an activist in the Puerto Rican community in its infancy in the city of Lorain.
He is survived by his wife, Andreita (née Afanador), sons Carlos (Mirinet), of Lorain and Luis Jr. (Cherie), of FL, daughters Andreita R. (Gregg) Arsenault, of Lorain, Diane Vélez, of Elyria, Sonia (Pete Rivera) Vélez, of Litchfield, and Marisol (Kyle) Vélez-Fairchild, of Lorain, 7 grandchildren; Robert and Michael Sánchez, Andrea, Carlos, and Alexis Vélez, Emily and Emilio Fairchild, step-granddaughter, Destini Arsenault, brothers; José Luis Vélez, of Lorain, José Antonio González, of Oberlin, Nicholas Antonio González, of NJ, Angel González, of Sheffield Lake, and Michael González, of KY, and his sisters; Gloria Badillo, Rosa Torres, Ana González, all of Puerto Rico, Lidia González, of Westlake and Carmen González, of Lorain.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Confesor and Amparo (née Andujar) Vélez.
Analisia “Nani” Cruz, 7 month old daughter of Victor M. Cruz, Jr. and Abigail Lynn Reynolds, both of Lorain, OH died on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at her home suddenly. Nani was born on December 23, 2011 in Elyria. Nani was a very happy child and enjoyed eating her Hispanic foods, listening to music, playing with her toys and being with her family.
Besides her parents she is survived by her grandparents: Victor and Wanda Cruz, William and Helen Torres, Todd R. and Naomi Reynolds, all of Lorain, and, aunts: Amanda Reed, Salena Cruz, Olivia Reynolds and uncles: Josua and Jacob Reynolds.
LEANDRA DOMINIQUE FRANKUM
Leandra D. Frankum, 21, of Holland, OH died unexpectedly Sunday, July 22, 2012. She was born in Toledo on April 19, 1991, to Darren and Trina (née Oviedo) Frankum. She was a driver for Marcos Pizza and a member of St. Rose Catholic Church. Leandra loved being a mother, her world was her baby girl, and she loved her sisters and brother. She enjoyed going to the beach, baking, drawing, music and dancing. She loved making people smile and putting you in a good mood.
She is survived by her daughter, Layleana Amor Frankum; parents, Trina and Michael “Hunch” McCrory; siblings, Nathaniel, Michaela, Peaches, Chloe and Jamie; grandparents, Rita Oviedo and Sue McCrory; great-grandma, Josephine Oviedo; aunts and uncles, Rick Frankum, Nanette Oviedo, Raúl Zapata, Canela and Jimmy Gore, Teodoro Oviedo III, Olivia Sánchez, Beth McCrory and Carl Johnson Lewis and Amber McCrory, Jeffrey and Christa McCrory, and too many dear cousins to mention.
Leandra was preceded in death by her father, Darren Frankum; grandparents, and John and Beatrice Frankum; grandfathers, Teodoro Oviedo Jr. and Lewis McCrory Sr.; great-grandpa, Teodoro Oviedo, and great-grandparents, Juan and Martina DeLaO.
ROSA M. OLIVEIRA
Rosa M. Oliveira, 55, of South Toledo passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 26, 2012, after a long struggle with cancer. Rosa was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 25, 1957, to Joaquim and María Oliveira. Rosa worked at Wal-Mart in Holland for several years in the Deli and as a cashier. She was very proud of becoming a naturalized citizen in 2008. Rosa was very quick to make friends and had many in her job and in ESL classes. She especially cherished friends from Brazil with whom she could speak her native language, Portuguese. Rosa especially enjoyed her time with family and friends over the years.
She is preceded in death by her father, Joaquim Oliveira, and sister, Marlene. Rosa is survived by her husband, Pedro “Pete” López; sons, Kevin and Leonard Callender; stepchildren, Rosanna (Tim) and Robert; step-grandchildren, Gabriella, Xavier, and Ezequiel; mother, María Cardoso; siblings, Fatima, César, Regina, and several nieces and nephews.
Oscar Beltrán, age 85, of Lorain, OH passed away on Friday, July 20, 2012, at Anchor Lodge Nursing Home, following a brief illness. He was born on May 27, 1925 in Lares, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain in 1968. He was employed at various greenhouses in Lorain County. In Puerto Rico, he was employed at a hotel with the maintenance dept. for 14 years. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, where he enjoyed helping out wherever needed. Oscar enjoyed playing his guitar.
He is survived by his brothers Rafaél, of Lorain and Abraham, of Florida; his sisters Carmen (Pedro) Ortiz and Luisa (Enrique) Toledo, both of Lorain and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Virgilio and Juana (née Molina) Beltrán, and sisters; Ana, in 1992 and Ramona, in 1994.
AIDA E. ARIAS-CRUZ
Aida E. Arias-Cruz, age 84, of Lorain, OH, died on Monday, July 2, 2012 at Huntington Woods Nursing Home in Westlake. Born on October 27, 1927 in Lares, Puerto Rico, she lived in Lorain since about 1950. For a number of years, Aida worked as a nurse’s aide at area nursing homes.
She is survived by her sisters, Luz M. Arias, and Elba Benson, both of Puerto Rico; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eladio Irizarry-Olivario in 1958 and her son, Thomas Arias in 1989 and her daughter, Aida Irizarry in 2011.
FELIPE CARRION TORRES
Felipe Carrion Torres, 78, of Lorain, OH, died peacefully on Friday, July 13, 2012, surrounded by family at New Life Hospice Center. He was born in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico on February 5, 1934. He moved to Lorain in 1950 with his mother and 13 siblings. Mr. Torres was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. He was a deeply religious and generous man. His mission in life was to help the needy, the elderly and the poor. Felipe retired from Thew Shovel Co., Lorain. He worked there for over 20 years.
Survivors include his brothers Domingo Carrion, of Port St, Lucie, Florida, Felix and Genaro Carrion, both of Lorain and Louis Carrion, of Orlando, Florida; sisters Ernesta Contreras and Maria Berrios, both of Lorain, Inocencia Torres, of Lares, Puerto Rico, Felisa Solis Ortiz, of Melbourne, Florida, Sister Joaquina M.S.B.T., of Ponce, Puerto Rico, Isabel Van Deventer, of Saline, Michigan, and Regina Medina, of Sunrise, Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents Hermogenes Carrion and Pilar Torres; sister Paulita Ergh and brother Ignacio Carrion.
MARCUS J. ARREDONDO
Marcus J. Arredondo, age 33, of Toledo, OH passed away Thursday, July 5, 2012, in the Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born November 15, 1978, in Toledo to Gustavo and Gloria (née Casarez) Arredondo. Marcus graduated from St. John’s Jesuit High School in 1997, and then attended the Ohio State University where he served as president of his fraternity, Alpha Psi Lambda, receiving his Bachelor Degree in Business in 2002. Marcus was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2004 and courageously battled it and lived his life to the fullest. He taught in Laredo, Texas for two years and then he spent the last three years teaching his family and friends the value of living life one day at a time. Marcus had a radiating spirit that touched many lives. He lived his life with tremendous faith and walked the path that God had marked for him.
Left to cherish his memory is his father, Gustavo Arredondo; siblings, Gerardo (Patricia Basil) Arredondo, Cindy (Dave) Geronimo and Lisa (Rick) Akeman; nieces and nephews, Tiffany Akeman, David Michael and Ciara Geronimo; several aunts, uncles and cousins in Texas, and many good friends, especially, Angie and Marcos. Marcus was preceded in death by his mother, Gloria Arredondo and grandparents.
Luis Carrion, 80, of Lorain, OH passed away Wednesday June 27, 2012 at the Ames Family Hospice Center in Westlake, following a lengthy illness. He was born in Luquillo Puerto Rico on November 21, 1931 and had been a resident of Lorain for the past 6 years. Luis had worked as a foreman in Queens New York. He Proudly served his Country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Luis enjoyed playing dominos, and spending time with the seniors at El Centro, and with his family.
Survivors include his children, Norma Lan of West Palm Beach Florida, Hector Luis Carrion of St. Cloud Florida, and Joe Santana of Elyria, 7 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, several brothers and sisters, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia, son, Rubén Carrion, parents, Luis and Amparo Carrion and by several brothers and sisters.
ALBERT A. FLORES
Albert A. Flores, 63, of Toledo, OH passed away on June 25, 2012. Born July 17, 1948, to parents Antolin and Gladys (Rivera) Flores in New York City. He attended Heidelberg College where he graduated with degrees in Sociology and Spanish. Later, he obtained his Masters degree in Gifted and Talented Education from Bowling Green State University. He served as a Spanish teacher for 36 years at Libbey High School. He retired in 2010 to focus on his interest in nutrition as a distributor of Shaklee products. In 2008 he was awarded the Diamante award for his leadership in the Latino community. He sat on the board of the University of Toledo EXCEL program as well as other community services.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Alfredo, Antolin, and Alexander. He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Mary; sons, Antolin (Emily Flores) and Benjamin (Lisa Yearsin Flores), and daughter, Sarah Berlanga. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Hannah Berlanga and Cristian Flores and his sister, Gladys M. Flores, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Margaret “GG” Medina, (née Baraty) age 75, of Lorain, OH died unexpectedly on Monday, June 25, 2012 at the EMH Avon Health Campus. Born on March 31, 1937 in Lorain, she was a life-long resident of Lorain graduating from Lorain High School in 1955. She was employed at Hills Dept. Store in Lorain, for over 35 years retiring from there in 2002. She also loved working for Keidrowski’s Bakery from 1995 until 2010. During this time, she attended the Paczki Ball for 15 years consecutively and each year served as Miss Prune. Marge had also served as the Paczki Princess and Paczki Queen of the ball.
Marge was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. She was also very involved with Al-Anon, a support group where she had been the keynote speaker for many years at the annual meetings. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, listening to music, dancing, spending time at the bakery and attending Mass at Sacred Heart Chapel.
She is survived by her daughters, Jacqueline Korenek (Al) of Orlando, FL, Laura Moreno of Streetsboro, OH; 2 sons, Jesse Medina (Larissa) and Jeffrey Medina, both of Lorain; 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; sisters, Elizabeth “Betty Ann” Velazquez (Louie) ,Mary Jean Kenzik and Phyllis Kenzik, all of Lorain; brother, John Kenzik, of Lorain; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesus “Chu Chu” Medina in 2010; and parents, John and Mary (nee Kuhar) Kenzik; and a brother, Joseph Kenzik.
CARMELO DEJESUS-ARROYO SR.
Carmelo DeJesús-Arroyo Sr., age 64 of Lorain, OH, died Wednesday June 20, 2012 in New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph. He was born February 16, 1948 in Jayuya, Puerto Rico, and has lived in Lorain for 31 years moving from New Jersey. Carmelo was a member of Tabernaculo Christiano in Lorain, and enjoyed house painting, gardening, and fishing.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years Lydia Figueroa-DeJesús, sons Carmelo Jr. and Moses of Louisville, KY and Adrian of Lorain, and daughters Sally “Bernal” of Louisville, KY, and Brenda DeJesús of Puerto Rico, grandchildren Isabel and Liza DeJesus and Domenic Bernal, brothers Mario, Eliot, and Nelson DeJesús-Arroyo, and sisters Sara Soto and Sarita Wolfe.
He was preceded in death by his parents Gregory and Rufina DeJesús, and a brother Tony.
Maria “Amelia” Guzmán (née Román), age 90, of Lorain, OH, passed away on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain. She was born on August 19, 1921, in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, and moved to Lorain in 1961. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and was also a member of Las Damas. Amelia enjoyed playing cards, especially Rummy, playing Dominoes, and watching her soap operas.
She is survived by her sons; Manuel, of Lorain and Hector, of FL, her daughters; Carmen (Rafaél) Maldonado, of Lorain, Patty (José) Méndez, of Lorain, Isabel Guzmán, of NY, and Carmen Bell, of Lorain, her 19 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, a brother, Rafael Roman, of Puerto Rico, and a sister, Gloria Lopez, of Puerto Rico. She was preceded in death by her husband, Manuel Guzmán, in 1969; son, José Antonio; her parents; Juan and Martina (née Meléndez) Román, and a brother and sister.
MARCOS A. PECINA
Marcos A. Pecina, age 29, of East Toledo, OH was called home suddenly on Monday, June 18, 2012. Marcos was born in Toledo on January 2, 1983, to Juanita “Janie” (Rafaél Peraza) and Andrés Pecina. Marcos enjoyed camping, fishing, and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his parents; his wife, Christie “Sissy;” sons, Marcos Jr. and Angelo; daughters, Cierra and Serena; brother, Angelo (Whitney) Sánchez; niece, Alayah; his half-brothers, Leopoldo, Marcos, Andres Jr., and Ronald; half-sisters, Angie, Paula, and Magdalena Pecina, and his god-children. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Alberto Sánchez; uncles, Tom, Albert, and José Sánchez, and his aunt, Alice Flores.
Popular vocalist passes away peacefully
Javier Olivares passed away peacefully on June 10, 2012 in Pasadena, Texas. He was born in Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico on April 26, 1954. He was a long time resident of Pasadena. He was the lead vocalist and drummer for the musical group “Fito Olivares y Su Grupo,” which he co-founded with his two brothers. The group had super hits such as Juana la Cubana and El Colesterol.
He is survived by daughters, Raquel Olivares Garza and Felicia Olivares; sons, Javier Angel Olivares and Miguel Martin Olivares; surviving mother of children, Angelita Ojeda Florez; son-in-law, Emmanuel Garza; three grandchildren, Nathaniel, Natalie, and Isabella Garza; sister, Eliamar Trevino; and brothers, Rodolfo, Joel, and Jamie Olivares.
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JESÚS M. ORTIZ
Jesús M. “Chucho” Ortiz of Lorain OH, born August 27, 1938, passed away unexpectedly at home, to be with the Lord, Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at the age of 73. He was one of six children born to Thomas Ortiz and Santos Morales Ortiz in Guayama, Puerto Rico. He lived part of his life in Chicago, IL but the majority in Lorain, until the time of his homecoming.
Jesús was employed by US Steel where he eventually retired from. Throughout his life he enjoyed watching baseball games, music and dancing, as well as cooking, whether it was professionally at his restaurant or just for his family and friends.
Jesús is survived by his sisters: Tomasita Ortiz Torres, Carmen Ortiz Rivera, and Emma Ortiz Garcia, all of Puerto Rico and Teresa Ortiz Solis, of New Haven, CN, Daughters: Sonia Ortiz, of Florida, María Ortiz, of New York and Rosa Ortiz, of Chicago, IL, Stepsons: Juan Morales, of New York and Miguel Morales, of Chicago, IL., and his Brother in Law, Miguel Garcia, of Lorain. Jesús was blessed with a host of nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren, too numerous to name individually, but all were loved by him immensely.
Jesús was preceded in death by his parents: Thomas and Santos Ortiz, sister: Matilde Ortiz García and brother: Benito Rivera Ortiz.
REYNALDO G. JASO
Reynaldo G. Jaso, 83, of Gibsonburg, OH, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2012, in Genoa Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on March 29, 1929, in Goliad, Texas to Doroteo and Ustolia (Garcia) Jaso. On February 10, 1951, he married Josefina Hernández. Reynaldo worked for many years at Martin Marietta and the University of Toledo as a Custodian. He was a longtime member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Gibsonburg. Reynaldo enjoyed dancing, playing the guitar, working in his yard, and watching TV novelas. His true passion was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Reynaldo is survived by his wife of 61 years, Josefina; children, Raúl (María) Jaso, Carmen Rebollar, Rebecca (Alberto) Martínez, Mary Ellen (Andrés) Zapata, Carolina Jaso, and Ustolia Jaso; 24 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; brother, Leopoldo Jaso; and sister, Sulema Rodríguez. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Reynaldo Jaso Jr. II.; brothers, Feliciano, Alfredo, and Pablo Jaso, and sister, Emilia Reyes.
Regina “Gina” Melendez, age 38, of Lorain, OH, passed away on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Specialty Hospital of Lorain, Amherst, following a lengthy illness. She was born on May 17, 1974 in Elyria, Ohio, and lived in Lorain her entire life. She was a graduate of Southview High School. Gina worked as an STNA for many years. She always looked forward to going to play bingo and visiting casinos.
Regina is survived by her daughter Lynda Melendez, of Lorain; her mother and step-father, Linda (née Rosa) and Richard Adkins, of Lorain; brother, Leon Stone, of Lorain; sister, Ruth Marie Melendez of Elyria; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her companion, Marvin Taylor, and her stepchildren: Marvin Taylor, Jr, Marlana Taylor, and Marschelle Taylor. She was preceded in death by her son, Marcus Melendez; father, Inocencio Melendez; her maternal grandmother, Gladys (née Daniels) Rosa; paternal grandparents, Inocencio and Dolores Melendez; and a step-daughter, Marlisha Taylor.
JESSICA MARIE FERNÁNDEZ
Jessica Marie Fernández, 16, of Vermilion, OH died suddenly Tuesday, May 22, 2012.
Jessica was born September 20, 1995 in Lorain and had been a Vermilion resident for 1 year, moving from Amherst.
She was an ECOT online student, previously attended St. Joseph Elementary and Amherst Schools, and loved dancing modeling and horseback riding. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Amherst.
She is survived by her parents, David and Nancy (née Ockajik) of Vermilion; sister Tina Fernández, North Olmsted; maternal grandmother Beverly Ockajik, Amherst; paternal grandmother, Margaret Fernández, Mentor, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Manuel Fernández and maternal grandfather, Donald Ockajik.
PABLO G. BRIONES
Pablo G. Briones, 81, of Toledo, passed away on May 15, 2012. Pablo was born in Laredo, Texas on March 26, 1931, to his parents, Simon and Isabel Briones. Pablo’s life took many paths during his 81 years, from him serving his country as a member of the Army, to working for the railroad and to ultimately working for 33 years at City Auto Stamping, retiring in 1991. Everyday Pablo came to work, he greeted everyone with a smile and a handshake until he retired. Pablo was a strong family man who enjoyed, camping, fishing, woodcrafts, watching baseball, football and was a Dallas Cowboys, Texas Longhorns and Michigan Wolverines fan. Many a Saturday and Sunday in the fall you would find Pablo watching football. He was totally devoted to his sons, their wives and his grandchildren. Pablo is an example of a man who was always happy with where he was at in life. One of Pablo’s quotes was, “I have lived a wonderful life and all my boys have been raised and are doing well.” Never once was his spirit dampened by his condition and even in his final days he would still smile and shake hands of those who visited.
Pablo was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie, and twin grandsons, Christopher and Glenn Junior. Pablo leaves to cherish his memory, sons, Milton Dean (Becky) Briones, Glenn (Sally) Briones, Michael Anthony (Angie) Briones, Daniel Ray (Satin) Briones, and many awesome grandchildren whom their grandpa loved with all his heart. The family will be having a private service and asks that in lieu of flowers, please donate to Northwest Ohio Hospice and the East Toledo Senior Center.
TOMASA G. ORNELAS
Tomasa G. Ornelas, age 84, of Toledo, passed away Tuesday May 15, 2012, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg. She was born November 21, 1927, to José and Aniczta (née Morales) García in Alice, Texas. Tomasa loved dancing, Spanish music, laughter, plants, and gardening, but above all else, she loved being with and talking to her family. Her love of plants led her to her career in a number of local greenhouses, including Tom Strain & Sons Garden Center.
Surviving are her loving children, Geneva Ornelas, David Ornelas, Edward (Theresa) Ornelas, and Henry Ornelas, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Tomasa will now join her loving husband of 63 years, Alejos Ornelas, in Heaven.
Marilyn “Tata” Ramos, 53, of Lorain, OH went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 following a sudden illness. Marilyn enjoyed music, shopping, spending time with her children, grandchildren and friends.
She is survived by: her daughter, Melinda Ramos, of Lorain, son, Manuel Ramos, of Lorain, a host of brothers, special sisters, Daisy Retemar, Lucy Plaza and Amy Shelton, mother and father, Anibal and Ines Cortes, 2 grandchildren, Jordyn and Riley Frey.
TONY R. RAMIREZ SR.
Tony R. Ramirez Sr., 79, beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, and neighbor, of Oregon, Ohio passed away May 10, 2012, in his home. He was born in Toledo, Ohio on March 20, 1933, to Francisco and Esperanza (Palimonas) Ramirez. Tony was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force. He was stationed in France from 1951-1955. Tony was employed at the Jeep Corp., retiring in 1998. He was a huge Pittsburg Steelers fan. Tony loved singing. His voice was exceptional and he was often referred to as an honorary member of the “Rat Pack.” Gardening was his hobby, and he was well known for his delicious tomatoes. Tony was the perfect host and also a jokester. He spoke three languages fluently. Tony was especially fond of his little dogs, and was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. His main enjoyment in life was spending time with his family, which he truly loved.
Surviving are his wife, Margaret; children, Diane (Michael) Butler, Tony Ramirez Jr., Mark (Christine) Ramirez, and Gina Ramirez; 12 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren, and siblings, Joanne (David) Rangel, Theresa (Bud) Holmes, Raymond Ramirez, Jimmy (Norma) Ramirez, and Margie (Don) Zak. Tony was preceded in death by his parents; grandchildren, Bradley Ramirez and Breanne Thompson; several brothers, and a sister.
Michael Salas, 58, of Lorain, OH died Saturday, May 5, 2012 at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain following a sudden illness. Born August 25, 1953 in Lorain, he lived here his entire life. He was a 1972 graduate of Admiral King High School, and worked at Lorain Works US Steel as a carpenter. Michael was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and enjoyed reading, watching television and movies, fishing, breading dogs, and spending time with his family.
Surviving are his sons, Michael Salas and Marcus Salas both of Lorain, and Shawn Cruz, of Elyria; 10 grandchildren; his father, Eliu Salas, of Lorain; brothers, Larry Salas, of Watertown, Wis., Louis Salas, Alexander Salas and Eric Salas, all of Lorain; a sister, Virginia Kevorkian, of Toledo; and his lifelong friend, Mary Lou Salas, of Lorain. He was preceded in death by his mother, María Idalia (née Treviño) Salas in 2005; and brothers, Charles Salas and Robert Salas.
Braulio “Lal” Garza, 66, of Swanton, OH passed away May 4, 2012, at St. Lukes Hospital. “Lal” was born in Weslaco, Texas to Ramón and Elodia Garza on February 9, 1946. Braulio married Mary (Durán) Garza 45 years ago. Braulio worked for Chrysler for 30 years until he retired in 2001. Braulio loved drawing, reading, watching old movies, and spending time with all of his grandchildren.
Surviving is his loving wife, Mary; children, Cynthia Eva “Titina” (Stacey Simmons), Nicole Marie “Craze” (Robert García), Mona Lisa “Babygirl” (Edmundo Ruiz), only son, Joseph Adam “Jito” Garza, and special nephew, Manuel “Memo” (Melinda) Mora; grandchildren, Roberto “Papi” Ribas (son of Robert Ribas), Anthony II “Taz” and Alex “Big Al” Urbina (sons of Anthony Urbina), Julian Ramón “Wedo” and Joaquin Romero Simmons, Mia Angel, María Esperanza “Mayita,” and Edmundo “Fast Eddie” Ruiz; siblings, Connie (Jesse) Corpus, Onecimo “Woody” (Lisa) Garza, Esmeralda (Luis) Garza, Sally (Isabel) Esquivel, Rick (María) Garza, Rubén “Rivas” (Sharon) Garza, Irma Garza, Rogelio “Roy” (Diane) Garza, and Yolanda Garza (Brian) Pollock; many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Braulio was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Raúl, and brother, Ramón Garza Jr., and””Compadre” Joe Alvarado.
VIDAL M. HERNÁNDEZ
Vidal M. Hernández, age 86, of Woodville, OH passed away on Thursday, May 3, 2012, at his residence. He was born on March 6, 1926, in Castroville, TX to Daniel and Ylaria (née Morales) Hernández. Vidal married Petra Santos on September 3, 1947, in San Antonio, TX. He was a heavy equipment operator for Woodville Lime and Chemical now known as Martin Marietta, Woodville, OH. Vidal was an Army Veteran and served his country proudly during World War II. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Genoa, OH where he was a past usher. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, boxing, wrestling, football, rodeos, going to the Fremont and Toledo Speedways, eating at McDonalds, and was an avid Detroit Tigers fan.
Vidal is survived by his wife of 64 years, Petra; daughters, Lucia Hernández, Hilda (Walter) Reed, and Alicia Ann Hernández all of Bowling Green, OH; sons, Daniel Hernández, Vidal (Theresa) Hernández Jr., Alfredo Hernández all of Woodville, OH, and Ricardo (Paula) Hernández of Elmore, OH; grandchildren, Sandra, Amanda, Nicholas, Shawn (Kristin) Matthew, and Christopher; great-grandchildren, James and Maven; sister, Amelia Maldonado, TX, and brothers, Raymond (Diane) Hernández of California and Johnny Vásquez of Texas. He was preceded by his parents; daughters, Angelita and Alicia; brothers, Daniel and George, and an infant sister.
Manuel “Manny-Fresh” Hernández, age 52, of Toledo, OH passed away Thursday, April 19, 2012. He was born in Toledo on September 12, 1959, to María Martínez-Hernández and Guadelupe Hernández. Manny worked in construction and in his free time he loved hanging out with family and friends, especially those from Jon’s Fourth Season. He also enjoyed going camping and fishing. Manny was preceded in death by his father, Lupe Hernández; brother, Juan Hernández, and nephew, Charlie Hernández.
He is survived by his daughters, Lisa and Leanna Hernández both of Texas; mother, María Martínez-Hernández; loving grandchildren; many sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, and numerous family members and friends.
Ines Martínez (née Montanez), 73, of Bradenton, Florida, faithful servant of God, loving wife, mother, grandmother & great grandmother was called home to our Heavenly Father on April 18, 2012. She was born in Gurabo, Puerto Rico on April 20, 1938. Ines was a longtime resident of Lorain, Ohio and also lived in Puerto Rico before moving to Bradenton.
Ines loved taking care of her family. Making dinner and having her family together on Sundays was a joy for her. She also loved going to her great grandchildren’s sporting events and cooking for their sports teams and friends and all the while dealing with her husband’s coaching antics. Ines also loved music and dancing. Ines brought much love and kindness to all of her family, including her extended family. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all.
Ines is survived by her husband of 57 years Luis Martínez, Sr., sons Luis Martínez, Jr. and his wife Carol Martínez and Edwin Montanez-Martínez and longtime girlfriend Herenia Ortiz both of Bradenton; grandchildren Angela (husband Dayne) Maasdorp, Latisha (husband Frank Bell) Martínez, Roxann Martínez and Nicole Martínez; great grandchildren McKenzie Maasdorp, Kayla Bell, Chase Maasdorp and Jacoby Cox all of Bradenton; sisters Consuelo Ramos of Palm Bay, Florida; Marta Vasquez of Lorain; brother Candido Montanez of Lorain and many nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved.
She was preceded in death by her parents Nicolas Montanez and Juana Cruz Montanez, brothers Pablo Cruz Montanez and Jose Luis Montanez; sisters Maria Gracelia Montanez and Amelia Montanez.
Francisco Algarin, 78, of Martin, OH passed away peacefully in his residence with his family at his side. Francisco was born in Canovanas, Puerto Rico to Marcelino and Alejandrina (Santiago) Algarin on January 31, 1934. He had retired from Henry Meat Packaging Company in 1992 after 20 years of service. Francisco was an active member of Our Lady Lourdes Catholic Church, Genoa, where he was a Eucharistic Minister ordained in 1988. He also took communion to the homebound parishioners. Francisco also served as an usher. He was a Third Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus. Francisco was not only very dedicated to his church, but also his religion. He will always be remembered as a man who enjoyed his family, whether it was playing his favorite game, dominos, having them over for his talent of roasting pigs, or just being with his family.
Surviving are his loving wife, Ignacia; children, Dan (Virg), Jim (Eva), Frank Jr. Algarin, and Angela Boltz; grandchildren, Jason, Miranda, Jessica, Sarah, Christopher, Melissa, Kori, Justin, and Tony; great-grandchildren, Adam, Brady, and 2 on the way, and siblings, Anibal, Alcides, Abraham, María, Delia, Lumin, Julia, and Minevera. Francisco was preceded in death by his parents; son, David, and his brother, Eduardo.
Sabina Torres, 62, of Lorain, OH went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, April 18, 2012, in Golden Acres Nursing Home, Amherst following a lengthy illness. She was born June 16, 1949 in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. She had been a Lorain resident for the past 26 years. Sabina worked for Bradley Bay Healthcare Center in Bay Village for 11 years and Lorain Manor Nursing Home in Lorain for 15 years as an State Tested Nursing Assistant. She was a member of Iglesia De Dios Inc. Lorain.
Dearly missed by her sons Isaias (Yolanda) Torres Jr., of Lorain and Alexander (Angie) Torres, of Mesa, Arizona; daughter Elizabeth Torres Deland, Florida; step-mother Medelica Esquilian de Soto, of Fort White, Florida; brothers Gamaliel Soto, of Lorain, Benjamin Soto, of Fajardo, Puerto Rico, David, Samuel, Elias, Eduardo and Javier Soto, all of Fort White, Florida; sisters Ruth and Nelida Soto both, of Fort White, Elizabeth and Mildred Soto both, of Gary Indiana; 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Eduardo Soto and Eladia Rodríguez; son Benjamin Torres; daughter Margaria Torres; brother Rafael Soto; sister Rachel Soto; grandfather Vicente Soto, grandmother Margaria Reyes and former husband Isaias Torres Sr., of Fajardo.
REBECCA LYNN DE HOYOS
Rebecca “Becky” Lynn (née Robinson) De Hoyos, age 48, of Willard, OH, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. She was born in Willard, and was a resident of Willard her entire life. Becky De Hoyos spent a lifetime giving to others. All who knew her can attest to her supreme generosity and selflessness. She was always available with a listening ear and word of encouragement or a laugh to share. She had a passion for her family and without a doubt, had a heart as big and pure as they come. She lived with a fervor and enthusiasm for daily life, whether it be a phone call or a short visit with family. Her positive attitude was contagious and she brought continual joy to those in her presence. Her laugh and smile will be missed by all.
Surviving are her husband of 29 years, Robert De Hoyos, her three sisters and eight brothers, her brother-in-law Esteban De Hoyos of Genoa, and many nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, her two brothers, in-laws Manuel and Petra De Hoyos, and her sister-in-law María De Hoyos and brother-in-law.
Marta Gomez, age 82, of Lorain, OH, died on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at Avon Oaks Nursing Home, following a lengthy illness. She was born on January 30, 1930 in the Dominican Republic. Marta moved to New York in 1970 then to Lorain in 1976. Marta was employed in the cafeteria at Lowell Elementary School, Lorain, for many years. She was a member of the Templo Emmanuel Church. She enjoyed walking, writing poems and was very dedicated to her church.
She is survived by her daughter: Lourdes Santana, of Lorain, 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, step-brother: Julio Lora and step-sister Cecilia Lora, both of Santo Domingo. She was preceded in death by her parents José García and María Gomez and sister Carlota Lora.
Elvira Hernández, age 87, of Toledo OH passed away April 11, 2012, at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. Elvira was a very spiritual person best known for her many blessings and love for her children and grandchildren. She loved Mexican music and dancing. She is survived by her children, SFC José (Nam Suk Sim) Becerra, U.S. Army Retired of South Korea, Juan Becerra, Victor (Bev) Hernández, Lupe Hernández, and Anita Hernández; 19 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren, and many family members. Elvira was preceded in death by her husbands, José Beserra and Juan Hernández; parents, Narciso and Luz (García) González; son, Mario Hernández; grandson, Juan Vásquez; daughter-in-law, Rosemarie Becerra, and brothers and sisters, Vicente González, Magdelena Alfaro, Rita González, Concepción Correa, Luis Lira, and Rodolfo “Rudy” Lira.
ASHLYNN M. ABALOS
Our sweet precious, Ashlynn Marie-Fe Abalos, 16 months, was blessed with her wings and became a beautiful angel on Saturday, March 24, 2012. Ashlynn had an indomitable spirit, a zest for life and brought hope, joy and encouragement to all. She will be missed dearly by her loving parents, David M. and Amy M. Abalos, Jr.; her sweet loving big brother, David Cruz Abalos; grandparents, Debbie Stroud, Raymond Stroud, Sr., and David and Cheryl Abalos, Sr.; great-grandparents, Don and Patsy Stewart, Carolina Abalos and Charles and Charlene Gilbreath; aunts and uncles, Ashley (Arturo Martínez) Stroud, Breanna Stroud, Denise Stroud, Raymond Stroud, Jr., Evan (Emily) Abalos, Nicholas (Chelsea) Abalos and countless others. Interment is at St. Joseph Cemetery, Erie, MI.
JESUSA VIRGINIA CASTILLO
J. Virginia Castillo, age 92, peacefully embraced Eternal life on Friday, March 23, 2012, in her home. Born on October 23, 1919, in Millet, TX to Santiago and María Martínez. Retired supervisor of 20 years at St. V’s. Compassionate, gentle, wise, quick wit, great sense of humor, strong faith, and work ethic this mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother loved to cook and enjoy her family. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, shopping and travel. Jesse was preceded in death by her husband, Santos; sons, Richard and Joseph; daughter, Carol; six sisters, and a brother.
Surviving are her daughters, Linda Hanley, Michael, Zachary, Myklynn, Christopher, Alanna Carpenter, Diana Taylor, Devin Lupas, and Irene Wozniak, Douglas (Susan) Jenna Castillo and Richardo, Marcos, Emiliano and Topazio Castillo, Sylvia (Gasper) Antonio, Adrian Hernández, Judy (Gene) Geno Czerniawski, John, Yelena, Devin, Amaya, Jordan, Heavenly, Joseph, Castillo, Sylvia, Samantha Kaszubski, Joshua Evearitt.
Carmen Maldonado (née Jimenez) 79 of Lorain, OH, passed away Wednesday March 28, 2012 in Mercy Allen Hospital following a brief illness. She was born August 13, 1932 in Utuado, Puerto Rico. She came to Lorain in 1952. Carmen retired in 1995 from Avon Oaks Caring Community in Avon. She worked there for 25 years. She was among the first State Tested Nurses Assistants. Carmen was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel of Lorain. She enjoyed crocheting, collecting dolls and cooking. She loved to help raise her grandchildren.
She will be deeply missed by her sons Manuel Antonio (Haydee) Ramos of Utuado, Joseph Manuel (Juana) Ramos of Brooklyn, Ohio and Rolando (Judy) Maldonado of Lorain; daughters Minerva (William Marquez) Maldonado and Mildalia (Mark) Wood of Lorain; brother Felix González of Orlando, Florida; 17 grandchildren; 39 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her daughter Luz Zaida Ramos; her parents and siblings.
Josefa Negrin, 81, of Toledo OH passed away on Monday, March 26, 2012 at the Hospice of Northwest Ohio Toledo Center. She was born on May 4, 1930 in Santa Clara, Cuba to Antonio and Victoria Falcon. Josefa was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed gardening, reading and preaching Jehovah’s word.
Josefa is survived by her sons, Eugenio, Carlos, Santiago, Pedro, Abel, Joel and Henry Negrin; daughters, María E. Espinoza, Maricela Rodríguez, María E. Jorro, Damaisi Gomez, Olga L. Negrin, Linda R. Negrin and Josefa I. Sassano; 54 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; sister, Maria Isabel Falcon; father of her children, Ernesto Negrin; nephews, Barbarito Sotolongo and many in Cuba. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandson, Carlos Negrin.
EDUARDO CALDERON MD
Eduardo Fiegehen Calderon, M.D., age 79, of Toledo, OH, died Saturday, March 17, 2012 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee surrounded by his loving family. Born May 14, 1932 in Santiago, Chile to the late Pedro Nolasco Calderon and Teresa Fiegehen. He married Yolanda Urrejola on November 27, 1957 in Santiago, Chile. Dr. Calderon graduated from the Universidad Catolica de Chile and did his neurology training at the Universidad de Chile and Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. After furthering his neurology education in the United States, Dr. Calderon returned to Chile to private practice for 2 years before accepting a position on the faculty of the Medical College of Ohio/University of Toledo Medical Center. He also founded thereafter Toledo Neurological Associates, where he worked in private practice for 30 years at St. Luke’s Hospital, Mercy Hospital, St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo Hospital and Parkview Hospital. After his retirement, Dr. Calderon also took the time to earn a bachelor’s degree in history from The University of Toledo. He traveled the world extensively with his wife, including Europe, Asia, Polynesia, and South America. While residing in Chile during the winter months, he enjoyed spending time with his extended family. Family was very important to him, and he had researched his family genealogy back to the late 1700s. His friends and family will always remember his wit and intellect. He was an avid reader and loved his coffee.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 54 years, Yolanda Urrejola Calderon; beloved children, Rosa Munoz, Eduardo Tomas (Yolanda) Calderon, John Paul (Ann) Calderon, Alexandra (Todd) Dailey, Paulina (Neal) Semel and Francisco Calderon; grandchildren, Eric Dailey, Victoria Calderon, Sebastian Calderon, Nicole Dailey, Benjamin Calderon, Isabel Calderon, Carter Calderon and Connor Calderon, Eli Semel, Charlie Calderon and Ezra Semel; all of his nephews and nieces with special mention, Ernesto (Sara) Figueroa and their children Nicolas, Jason and Ian Figueroa. Also left behind are his brothers and sisters, Pedro, María Teresa, María Elena, Eugenia, Alicia, Isabel, Ines and Eliana Calderon.
ALBERTO N. GARCÍA
Alberto N. García, age 88, of Toledo OH, passed away Friday March 16, 2012, in the Sylvania Care and Rehabilitation center in Sylvania Ohio surrounded by his loving family. Alberto was born in Kennedy TX on October 6, 1923, to Cecilio and Guadalupe (Nyola) García. Alberto worked as Truck Driver for Ohlman Farms and Produce and then St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center for over 20 years retiring in 1986. He loved to work in his garden, dancing with his wife, his cars, playing dominos with friends, but most of all he spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Alberto was preceded in death by his wife, Antonia; daughter, Juanita Thompson; grandson, Rick García Fonseca; his parents, and four brothers. He is survived by his children, Martha (Jose) Sifuentes, Rubén (Gerri) García, Cecilio García, Mary (Gilbert) Delgado, Delia (Rudy) López, Daniel (Angel) García, Rick García, Elisa (Marty) Stevens; former son-in-law, Vince Thompson; 25 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.
Rudolpho “Rudy” Jaimez, age 65, of Adrian MI died Saturday, March 17, 2012, in St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor. He was born April 12, 1946 in Toledo, Ohio to Soccoro and Dorotea (Sánchez) Jaimez. On August 10, 1967, he married María Irma Parra in Adrian and she survives. Rudy had been employed by General Motors, retiring from Delphi. He was a member of St. Mary’s Good Counsel Catholic Church. He played softball with the Adrian Arrows and other area teams. He loved his children and grandsons very much. He found joy in attending his grandson’s sporting events, feeding squirrels, taking in stray animals, and doing yard work. He enjoyed family vacations, especially their annual Myrtle Beach trips.
In addition to his wife, María, he is survived by two children, Theresa (Joe) Rupley of Adrian and Tony Jaimez of Dexter; his siblings, Roy Jaimez, Oralia Bouguenoy, Virginia Cortez, Robert Jaimez, Olga Atwater, Elvira Díaz, Raquel Hernández, Raymond Jaimez, Delia Camarillo, and Manuel Jaimez. He also has three grandsons, Mason Rupley, Seth Jaimez, and Noah Jaimez who will miss their “Pops” dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Soccoro Jaimez Jr. and Robert Jaime.
Jesusa Jaso, 77, of Toledo and formerly of Genoa, Ohio, entered eternal rest on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at the Cleveland Clinic, surrounded by her loving family. She was born to Francisco and Enicasia (née Picasso) Torres on January 20, 1935, in Brownsville, Texas. On November 26, 1950, in Gibsonburg, Ohio, she married Paulo Jaso and he preceded her in death on May 19, 1986. Jesusa enjoyed dancing, music, scratching off her lottery tickets and sitting at her dining room table sharing and talking with her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paulo; her sons, Paulo Jr. and Rubén, and her grandson, Michael. Jesusa is survived by her children, Alfredo, José, Sulema (Orlando), Gloria, Yolanda, Jesse, Mario (Missy), Danny (Angela), Priscilla (Arnold) and Marcos and family, Juan Torres and Juan Ramos; 41 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; her brother, Nick, and sisters, Maroca, Francisca and Gloria.
LUCIA SALINAS NIEVES MORELL
Lucia Salinas Nieves Morell, 75 of Lorain OH went to the Lord Saturday March 17, 2012 at Lake Pointe Health Care Center, Lorain. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and enjoyed sewing, cooking and being a homemaker.
She will be missed by her sons, William (Tina) and Hector Luis Rivera, both of Lorain; brother, Bejo Salinas of Puerto Rico; grandsons: Lee, Jason, Hector, Brad and Shawn Rivera and five great-grandchildren. Mrs. Morell was preceded in death by her husband José Rivera Morell in May of 2011; parents; sisters: Antonia and Rosa; and brothers: Alejandro and Esperanza.
ROBERTO RODRÍGUEZ SR.
Roberto Rodríguez Sr., 56, of Lorain, OH passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2012 in Cleveland Clinic following a lengthy illness. He was born October 18, 1956 in Lorain and moved to San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico when he was three. He returned to Lorain in 1990. Mr. Rodríguez was a self-employed contractor. He worked in the construction trades for over 37 years. He was a member of Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal Ebenezer.
He will be dearly missed by his wife of 4 and a half years, Sonia C. Saez Rodríguez, of Lorain; sons Javier Rodríguez, of Whiting, Indiana and Roberto Rodríguez Jr., of Cleveland; daughters Ivelisse Rodríguez, of Hammond, Indiana and Vanessa Rivera, of Chicago, Illinois; his parents Hermongenes and Isidra Rodríguez, of San Lorenzo; brothers Gilberto, Nelson, Hector and Martin Rodríguez, all of San Lorenzo, William Rodríguez, of W. Palm Bay, Florida and Daniel Rodríguez, of Lorain; sisters María De Los Angeles, Cecilia, Glady, Evelyn and Maribel Rodríguez, all of San Lorenzo and María Rodríguez, of Lorain; his grandmother Tomasa Rodríguez, of Lorain and eleven grandchildren.
DEACON JULIO SERRANO
Deacon Julio Serrano, age 59, of Lorain, OH, passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain, after a brief illness.
He was born on July 20, 1952, in Humacao, Puerto Rico. He lived in Brooklyn, New York for 2 years, before finally moving to Lorain, in 1970. He worked at a greenhouse for a few years, before going to work at the Lorain Ford assembly plant, for 30 years, retiring from there in 2006.
Julio was a member of the Iglesia Pentecostal Cristo Misionera, where he served as a Deacon and took part in the Ministerio De Accion for many years. He was truly a man of God and had a deep-rooted faith. He enjoyed lifting weights and working out. He was a good mechanic and cook and had a good sense of humor. Julio would help anyone who needed help, anytime.
He is survived by his ex-wife, Migdalia Serrano, of Lorain, daughters; Melissa Serrano and Melissa Rodríguez, both of Lorain, 5 grandchildren; JaLysa Starks, Felix Starks, Exzavier Flournoy, Jayden Flournoy, and Genesis Rodríguez, brothers; Luis, Pablo, Cirilo, and Felix, all of Lorain, and a sister, Carmen Sanchez, of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; Nazario and Francisca (née Rivera), both in 1979, and brothers; Rev. Agustin Serrano, in 2009, and Rev. Miguel Serrano, in 2011.
Santos Urbina, 72, of Toledo, OH, passed away peacefully, Thursday, March 15, 2012, surrounded by his loving family, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Santos is survived by his loving wife, Deloris; children, Timothy (Stephanie) Urbina, Phillip (Carmen) Urbina, Sabrina (Brad) Moll, and Naomi (Mike Dennis) Urbina; 13 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren, and brother John (Pita) Urbina.
JUAN FLECHA SR.
Juan Flecha, Sr. was born June 24, 1931 has been welcomed home by his wife Matilde Flecha Ortiz on March 8, 2012. He showed us off base of example to be strong, work hard, and always have faith in god. He devoted 32 years at Ford Motor Company, built a home for his wife with his own hands, and was a constant with sharing his wisdom. We love you! Amen, Hallelujah, Your family.
Survived by sister Fela Flecha-Sánchez and his children Frankie Billarreal, Doris Carter-Billarreal, Juan Flecha, Jr., Carmelinda Flecha-Ortiz, Maria Flecha-García, Asenant Flecha-Washington, Orlando Flecha, Osbardo Flecha, with regards to William Marquez, Blessing from all his grandchildren and great grandchildren for his blessing to us is Our Flecha Legacy.
JOSEPH J. GARCÍA
Joseph J. García, 83, passed away on Monday, March 12, 2012 at his home in Lorain, OH. Joe was born in Lorain, OH on July 25, 1928 to his loving parents, Frank and Francis (Flaczynski). He married his beloved wife, Jeanne (née: Sadowski) García on October 20, 1951. Joe worked at Ohio Edison as a Line Supervisor, retiring after 42 years. He was a member of St. Peter Church and a former member of the Moose Lodge. Joe was an avid golfer and enjoyed traveling with his family.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Jeanne García; devoted son and caretaker, Bryan (Sandy) García; son, Jeffrey; daughter, Joan Jackson; sister, Marlene Garza; 6 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Frances García; and brothers, Henry T. García and Florentino García.
Miguel “Mike” López, Sr. 79, of Lorain OH became an angel Monday March 12, 2012 at the Renaissance Hospice Care Center, North Olmsted, following a short illness. Mr. López was born in Lares, Puerto Rico, and had lived in Lorain for 55 years, where he owned and operated López Market for 50 years. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and enjoyed farming, planting flowers, raising animals, fishing and playing with his grandchildren. He was also a New York Yankees fan.
Surviving are his wife of forty-eight years, Elisa Pagán Tomasini; sons: Miguel López Jr., of Lorain, Albito, Of Akron, Benjamin, of Lorain and Dannis, of Irving, TX.; daughter, Elisette López Walters, of Akron; and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Zenon and Maria López and 10 siblings: Felix, José, Juan, Edelmiro, Issac, Angelito, Ignacia, Margarita, Mayin, and Inocencia.
Sergio Morales, 44, of Perrysburg OH went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 11, 2012, at St. Luke’s Hospital. He was born in Chicago, IL on December 26, 1967, to Margarita Vela. Sergio married Allison Rohm on June 25, 2005, and worked in retail as a manager. He was a computer “nerd” and accomplished pilot who loved to fly. He was a devoted husband to Allison Morales and loving father to Jacob, Alec, Racquel, Tate, and Alena, all of whom survive. Sergio is also survived by his mother, Margarita; “Dad” Ezequiel; siblings, José, Frank, Dina, Salvadore, Margarita, Lourdes, and Robert; fathers and mothers-in-law, Mary (Scott) and Jim (Sharon); along with sisters-in-law, Melissa (Bill) and Jaimie. He is preceded in death by “Mom” Consuelo.
BALBINA AMARO SOTO
Balbina Amaro Soto, age 82, of Lorain, died on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at New Life Hospice Residential Center, following a short illness. She was born on March 31, 1929 in Maunabo, Puerto Rico, moving to this area in 1989. She was a member of Iglesia De Dios Inc., and also belonged to the Women’s Association in her church. Balbina was also involved with El Dorado Senior Center. She enjoyed studying the Bible and traveling.
She is survived by her sons, Bienvenido (Jenny) Santiago, of Puerto Rico, Nelson (Nelly) Amaro of Lorain, Daniel (Rebecca) Burgos, Abel (Rosa) Burgos, Luis Burgos, and Elpidio Burgos, all of Lorain; daughters, Lucy (Jimmy) Santiago, Yolanda (Eriberto) Burgos, both of Puerto Rico, Awilda (Luis) Rivera, of New Jersey, Brenda (Carlos) Burgos and Carmen (Jorge) Ortiz, both of Lorain; 23 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter; and a brother, Elpidio Amaro, of Lorain.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fruto in 1960 and Rosa (née Soto) Amaro in 1993; sisters, Cesarea in 1993 and Carmen Iris Rodríguez in 1994.
CARLOS B. CASTANEDA
Carlos B. Castaneda, age 83, of Toledo, OH went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 4, 2012, with the sun, gently upon his face, surrounded by his loving family at St. Charles Hospital, Oregon, Ohio. Carlos was born on Tuesday, February 19, 1929, to Baltasar and Rosa Castaneda in Durango, Mexico. He resided in Toledo where he was employed Toledo Rubber, as a foreman with Hunts, Kellermeyer, and the Chrysler Co. for over 20 years, retiring in 1991 as a Fork Lift Operator. Carlos was an active member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church where he served with the Food Bank. Carlos loved his wife and family more than life itself. He was known for his strong work ethic and devotion to the Lady of Guadalupe.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers. Carlos is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Anita “Ann” Castaneda; children, Charles (Lourdes) Castaneda, Roseann (John) Ruskinoff, Linda (Chris) McCabe, and Ed (Amy) Castaneda; grandchildren, Matthew, Stephanie, Adam, Maria, and future granddaughter; 2 brothers; 4 sisters, and other relatives and friends.
JOYCE O. GAYTAN
Joyce O. Gaytan, 73 years of Toledo, OH, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning March 7, 2012 in the Hospice of Northwest Ohio Inpatient Center in Toledo. Joyce was born in Fostoria Ohio on October 11, 1938 to Camilo M. and Frances L. Ortega. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Joyce was the matriarch of her family. She loved cooking, crocheting and spending time with her family and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband’s David R. Gaytan Jr., and Juan Herrera Sr.; parents; sisters, Betty Jane Ortega and Maryanne Martínez. Joyce is survived by her children Linda Herrera, Janie (Ezequiel) Delgado, Annie Herrera Sharp, Patricia (Joe Martínez) Herrera, John Herrera Jr., Reynaldo (Mary) Herrera, Ricardo (Regina) Herrera Sr., Michelle (Celeste Bates) Gaytan, Victoria Gaytan, Pete Cunningham; 24 grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings Carmen Martínez, Constance Pecina, Elaine Ogle, Camille Ortega, Sandra Bernal, Andrew Bernal Jr., and David Bernal.
LUPE PETE GUTIÉRREZ JR.
Lupe Gutiérrez, Jr. age 53, of Toledo, OH passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at his home. He was born on April 10, 1958 in Toledo to Guadalupe and Estella Gutiérrez. Lupe has been employed with Toledo Alfalfa Mills for the past 17 years as a machine operator. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and although he did not have children of his own he treated all of his nieces and nephews as his own. He will be dearly missed by everyone.
Surviving is his mother, Estella; brothers, Jesse Gutiérrez and Robert DeLagarza; sisters, Blanca Sanmiguel, Mary Hernández and Rosie García. Also surviving is his loving companion Esmeralda Avelar and many nieces and nephews. Lupe was preceded in death by his father.
MIGUEL A. RAMOS
Miguel A. Ramos, age 79, of Lorain, OH passed away on Monday, March 5, 2012, at his home, while under the care of Grace Hospice. He was born on October 5, 1932, in Puerto Rico, and moved to Lorain in 1951. He was employed at US Steel for many years, before retiring in 1997. Miguel was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and was also a member of the Local Steel Workers Union #1104. He enjoyed gardening and sports, especially watching the Cleveland Indians play.
Miguel is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carmen J. (née Cordero), his children; Melvin (Nilda) Ramos, of Lorain, Miguel (Francine) Ramos, Jr., of Sheff. Twp., Orlando Ramos, of Lorain, Emerida López, of Lorain, William (Olga) Ramos, of Lorain, Ivette Feliciano, of Amherst Twp., Nelida Ramos, of Lorain, and Pedro (Amy) Ramos, of New York. He is also survived by his 21 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 5 brothers, and 5 sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents; Pedro and Lucia Ramos, 1 brother, and 2 sisters.
ESTEVAN J. LUCIO
Estevan Lucio, age 75, of Toledo, OH passed away on Monday, February 27, 2012 at The University of Toledo Medical Center. Mr. Lucio was born in San Antonio, TX on August 7, 1936 to Roberto and Bertha (Bazzan) Lucio. He married Yvonne Loney in Swanton on April 11, 1964. Mr. Lucio worked for Jeep as an engineer for over 35 years retiring in 1997. A member of Christ and Him Crucified Church, he enjoyed his 3 L’s (Love, Lift & Lead) Bible Study and in his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, camping in Canada, cars, and softball. A devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Surviving are his loving wife of 48 years, Yvonne; children, Wylene Rodríguez, Stevie (Dawn) Lucio, Valerie Lucio, Janelle (Mark) Takats, Athena (Scott) Jeffers, Arthur Lucio, Anita (Jerry) Siler, Alan (Melissa) Lucio; 19 grandchildren; sisters, Carmen (John) Sturt and Vera Clark. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert Lucio, Jesse Lucio, Stanley Lucio; sisters, Mary Lou Salinas and Connie Salinas.
MARY LOUISE GONZÁLES
On February 23, 2012, Mary Louise “Lou” Gonzáles missed her favorite pastime, reading the obituaries in The Blade. She had an appointment with the Lord. Mary Lou, the daughter of Jesse M. and Antonia R. Gonzáles, was born on June 29, 1956. She was a 1974 Central Catholic High School graduate. She worked for the Toledo Public Schools in various positions until she retired, after 24 years. She also enjoyed her work in Loss Prevention at Montgomery Wards. She had a passion for helping others. Mary volunteered at various Toledo elementary schools, tutoring and helping as a teacher’s aide. She also served as a Spanish language interpreter working in the migrant camps. Serving the Lord and loving her family were the most important things in her life.
She is survived by “the sons of her heart”: Alexander Gonzáles, Antonio (Amanda) Gonzáles; sister, Mary Katherine Gonzáles; her devoted sisters, Theresa Gonzáles and Angela (Devin) Deiter; her devoted brother, Michael Gonzáles; the joys of her life, Dylan and Brendan Deiter, Alec Gonzáles and Xavier Gonzáles and her very best friend in the whole wide world, Nancy Van Velzel.
PAUL GENE GONZÁLEZ
Paul Gene González, age 25, of Toledo, OH passed away unexpectedly as the result of an automobile accident. Paul was born on May 20, 1986, in Edinburg, Texas to Gregorio and María Magdalena (Campos) González. He was a graduate of Libbey High School where he was a running back on the football team. He enjoyed playing video games and softball with his family and friends. His true love was spending time with his children.
Paul is survived by his wife, Susan; children, Paul G., Andrew, and a child on the way; parents, Gregorio and María; grandmother, Elena V. Campos; siblings, Elena (Patrick Lewandowski) and Gregorio (Jennifer Ballard) III. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and loving family members. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Antonio P. and Isabel González and Gilberto M. Campos.
Ernesto Sanabria, age 82, of Elyria, OH passed away Monday, February, 27, 2012 at Main Street Care Center in Avon Lake. Ernesto was born on April 26, 1929 in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico to the late Juan Negrón and Juana Sanabria. He was employed by Ford Motor Company, Lorain, retiring after 30 years of service. Ernesto was a member of the House of Praise Church and a member of the UAW Local 425. He loved spending time outdoors, gardening, cooking and traveling. He was an avid reader, especially of the Bible. His most precious time was the time he spent at family gatherings with the love of his life, María Luisa.
He is survived by his wife of 18 years, María Luisa Velez Sanabria; step-children, Gloria (Art) Wragg, of Lorain, OH, Susi (Rocco) Ybarra, of Bossier City, LA, Frank (Carmen) Velez, of Beverly Hills, FL, Ismael (Marilyn) Velez, of Amherst, OH, Noelia (David) Nodal, of Amherst, OH, Betsy (Bruce) Neubauer, of Elyria, OH, and Lisa (Mike) Satonick, of Avon,OH; 11 step-grandchildren; 21 step great-grandchildren and 1 step great-great-grandchild.
MARÍA L. VALDEZ
María L. Valdez, age 79, of Erie, MI, passed away on Friday, March 2, 2012 at Bay Park Community Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was born on April 4, 1932 in Blissfield, MI to Raymond and María (née Navarro) Martínez. María was the first Latino graduate of Blissfield High School. She worked at Foodtown for 21 years, retiring in 1991. A longtime parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Erie, she was a member of the Guadalupe Society at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Toledo. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and homemaker as well as a foster parent with her husband, Joe Ramonez Valdez. A wonderful cook, she enjoyed entertaining and socializing, watching cooking shows and classic television reruns, and dancing to Latino music – her favorite pastime. María is survived by her children, Michael Valdez and Cindy (Enrique) Cobian of Erie, MI; grandchildren, Enrique (Crystal) Cobian, Christina (Chad) Frank and Cassandra Cobian, “Our Princess”; great-grandchildren, Enrique IV and Michaela Frank; sister, Lydia (Felipe) Guzman; brothers, Tony (Mary), Jim (Mary) and David Martínez; sisters-in-law, Emily and Angie Martínez; stepbrother, Rufus Madrid and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. In addition to her parents and husband; she was preceded in death by her sister, Carmen Martínez; brothers, Raymond, Noe, Ernesto, Paul and Henry; sister-in-law, Emily Madrid and stepsister, “Chonita” Madrid-Cruz.
Josephine “Josie” (née Gonzáles) Villegas, age 63, of Toledo, OH passed away peacefully Saturday, February 25, 2012, surrounded by her loving family at the Hospice Center, in Perrysburg. Josephine was born in Toledo on November 10, 1948, to Manuel and Juanita González. Josie worked 30+ years for Krogers in the Deli. She loved having crepes for breakfast at the Original Pancake House. Josie enjoyed listening to Mexican music and dancing as well as cooking. Spending time with her family was always a joy for her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Louis Gonzáles, and brother, Arthur Gonzáles. She is survived by her husband, Henry Villegas; son, Anthony (Kelly) Gonzáles; sisters, Cecelia Galindo, Gloria (Joseph) Rodríguez; brothers, Manuel (Melody) Gonzáles, Raymond (Debbie) González, Richard (Christina) Gonzáles, and loving granddaughters, Kirsten, Morgan, and Macey Gonzáles.
HUGO V. LÓPEZ
Hugo V. López, 87, of Park Ridge, IL, formerly of Tucson, AZ, passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at Lutheran General Hospital. He was born in Toledo, OH on September 3, 1924 to Peter G. and Aurora H. (Hernández) López. Hugo served his country in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during WWII aboard the U.S.S. Minneapolis. On May 11, 1946, he married Carmen Sierra. He was a graduate of The University of Toledo where he earned bachelor’s degrees in Education and Pharmacology. Hugo was employed with Doehler Jarvis and Lathrop Contractors as a laborer for many years. He taught junior high science in Toledo Public Schools—including Jones Junior High—for many years. He later worked as a pharmacist with Riverside Hospital where he retired as director in 1985. He was a member of the Toledo and Tucson Academies of Pharmacies and was a member of the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists. In his spare time, he enjoyed walking and photography.
Hugo is survived by his wife of 66 years, Carmen; children, Rebecca (John) Large, Robert (Sharlene), and Michael (Denise); grandchildren, John Jr. (Jill), Michael (Kristen), Jacqueline, Robert Jr., Victor (Stephanie), Brett Michael, Darlene (Douglas), Brandon (Deandra), Deena (Bryan), Ronda, and Tamra; 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Sylvia Weber and Margarita Alexander.
JORGE MUÑIZ JR.
Jorge Muñiz, Jr., age 57, of Lorain, OH passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at New Life Hospice Residential Center. Born September 30, 1954 in Lorain, he resided here his entire life. He graduated from Admiral King High School in 1973. Jorge served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He received the Rifle Marksman Badge, Good Conduct Medal and Meritorious Mast. For 29 years, he worked at U.S. Steel as a brick layer. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. Having a passion for playing darts, Jorge played in the National Dart Association for many years, traveling all over for tournaments and winning many of them. He also enjoyed bowling.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Emma (née Colón); 2 sons, Jorge O. (Veronica) Muñiz, of Hesperia, CA and Marty (Brandy) Muñiz of Lorain; his daughter, Michelle María (William) Vicens, of Lorain, his parents, Jorge and Carmen (née Plaza) Muñiz, Sr.; and a sister, Sylvia Sánchez, of Flower Mound, TX and he was the dear “Papa Jorge” to his 8 grandchildren.
RUTILA GARCÍA CASTILLEJA
September 12, 1932 to February 17, 2012
Rutila “Ruth” García Castilleja, 79, of Genoa, Ohio died Friday, February 17, 2012, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Houston, Texas on September 12, 1932, to John and Mary (née Guerra) García.
Rutila married Marcelino “Ino” Castilleja in Covington, Kentucky on March 28, 1949, and he survives. Rutila was a wonderful homemaker who loved her family dearly. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with all of them! It became a family tradition for the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren to visit the Castilleja Homestead every Sunday.
Rutila, or Ruth as she was sometimes lovingly called, enjoyed cooking, listening to music (especially Tejano, Elvis, and Johnny Cash), and traveling. She loved preparing dozens of tamales throughout the year for her family and friends, with the help of her dozen children—the preparation of tamales became an important social activity even after her children became adults and became parents of their own.
Ruth knew how to be frugal and she also loved tradition. For example, she used the same first communion dress for all of her seven daughters—Gloria, Dora, Esther, Ruth (Rutila), Olga, Rachel, and Lucy. And, of course, there were the weekly family gatherings on Sunday, el domingo!
Her beloved family includes her husband of almost 63 years, Marcelino; her children, Gloria (Michael) Pearce, Dora (Angelo) Pecina, Esther Sandwisch, Rutila (Eddie Almaraz) Artiaga, Olga (Craig) Bechtel, Rachel (David) Riffle, Lucy (Rob Russell) Castilleja, David (Mary Lou) Castilleja, Steve (Jackie) Castilleja, Martin Castilleja, Thomas (Dawn) Castilleja, and Jesse (Cynthia) Castilleja. Rutila also had 34 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Joel García; half sister, Janie Pérez, and half brothers, Lupe García and John García, Jr. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Mary Castilleja; sisters, Trina Molina, Estefana Orozco, Isabell Arellano, and brother Luis García.
A funeral service for Rutila will be conducted 11 a.m., Thursday, February 23, 2012, at St. John United Church of Christ, Genoa. Interment will follow in the Clay Township Cemetery, Genoa.
Visitation will be in the Robinson-Walker Funeral Home and Crematory, 501 West St., Genoa, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Wednesday and on Thursday, one hour prior to services at the church. There will be a rosary service at 7 p.m. in the funeral home.
The family suggests that memorial contributions for Rutila be directed to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Rd., Perrysburg, or the Alzheimer’s Association , 2500 N. Reynolds Rd., Toledo. Online condolences may be shared with the family at walkerfuneralhomes.com
Rutila’s family would like to extend a special thank-you to Hospice of Northwest Ohio and Tracy and Julie for their special care during her illness—your tenderness has meant so much to us all!
LUIS F. FIGUEROA
Luis F. Figueroa, age 65 of Lorain, OH went home to be with the Lord on Monday February 13, 2012 after a brief illness. He was born February 7, 1947 in Humacao, Puerto, Rico, and moved to Lorain in 1991. He studied at Bayamon Puerto Rico Bible Institute and Christian Tabernacle Bible Institute. Mr. Figueroa worked at the Ford assembly plant in Lorain for 14 years, and traveled as a missionary to the Dominican Republic and twice to Ecuador, South America. He was a member of Tabernaculo Christiano in Lorain, and Iglesia LaGran Comicion in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years María Figueroa Sánchez, sons Luis, and David Figueora of Dothan, AL, and George Figueroa of Deltona, FL, daughters Yazmin Figueroa-Millan of Elyria, and Linda Figueroa-Hernández of Dothan, AL, 12 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandson, parents Francisco and Filomena Figueroa of Lorain, brothers Apostle Rev. David, and Benjamin “Jimmy” Figueroa of Lorain, sisters Mary Figueroa-Reyes of Collores, Puerto Rico, Elisa Figueroa-DeJesús of Greensburg, KY, Anna Figueroa-Burgos of Lorain, and Lydia Figueroa-DeJesús of Lorain.
AIDA I. TORRES
Aida I. “Lucy” Torres (née Caraballo), age 57, of Lorain, OH passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, at University Hospital, Cleveland, after a lengthy illness. She was born on August 21, 1954 in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain in 1991. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. Lucy loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them, especially her granddaughters.
She is survived by her husband of 37 years, José D. “Chilo” Torres, her son, Josue Torres, of Lorain, daughter, Aida D. “Denisse” Torres, of Lorain, daughter-In-Law: Sheitza Torres, her 2 granddaughters; Alyha and Samantha Torres, mother, Juana (née Caraballo), brother, Tito, of CT, and sister, Maribel Estremera, of NJ. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Lucy was preceded in death by her father, Pedro Caraballo and a brother, Papo.
MARIA CARMEN ALGARIN
María Carmen “Mamá María” Algarin, 66, of Curtice, OH passed away Friday, February 3, 2012, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio Perrysburg, surrounded by her loving family. María was born February 18, 1945, to Tranquilino and Beatrice (Hernández) Calvillo in San Benito, Texas. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Genoa, OH. María had worked at Lutheran Home of Mercy as a nurse’s aide for many years but most recently at Norplas where she retired from in 2010 after many years of employment. María was loved by all, family friends, and her co-workers who called her “Mamá María.” Her love in life was spending time with family, cooking, dancing, gardening, looking for hummingbirds, and yes, she did love all things purple!
Surviving are her daughters, Dalia (Tony) Ortiz, Virginia (Don) Algarin-Ross, Olaida (Lupe) Castillo, Elisa Algarin; 5 granddaughters, Serena, Hannah, Alexis, Ciara, Gabriella, and the sixth granddaughter due in April; sister, Trinidad Soto; brothers, Macario, Felipe, José, and Erasmo Calvillo. María was preceded in death by her husband, Eduardo Algarin, and her parents
SIXTA G. CONTRERAS
Sixta G. Contreras (née Gómez), 84, went to be with her Lord on February 7, 2012. She was born on March 28, 1927 to the late Manuela (Leyva) and Arcadio Gómez, Sr. in Knippa, TX. Sixta loved being a mom; she absolutely adored her family. She loved gardening and always had a beautiful yard full of flowers, from spring until autumn. Sixta enjoyed Mexican music and dancing at Luna Pier Ballroom. She mastered a variety of crafts including, crocheting, knitting, making quilts and always had time for a daily rosary. Sixta was also an excellent cook.
In addition to her parents, Sixta was preceded in death by her sister, Ramona Torres and brother, Manuel Gómez. Left to cherish her memory is her loving husband of 64 years, Julio, Sr.; children, Ernesto (Soila), Gloria (Neo) Longoria, Edmundo (Eva), Anita (Ismael) Vargas, Rachel (Mark) Stanovich, Rebecca (Tony Perales), Irma (Bud) Gillespie, Julio, Jr. (Christine), Irene (Dan) Dougherty; siblings, Thomas, Monses, Camilla, Lupe, Juanita, Andrea, Arcadio, Jr., Mario; 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Jesse Cumpian, age 54, of Erie, MI, passed away at home on Sunday, February 5, 2012 surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born on March 24, 1957 in Toledo, OH to Raymond and Benita (Aquilar) Cumpian. Jesse was a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. A Carpenter by trade, he was a member of Local Union 248. He also worked at one time for Jeep. Jesse was a parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and a member of Latino United on St. Clair St. in downtown Toledo. A skilled billiards player, he enjoyed listening and dancing to Mexican music as well.
Jesse is survived by his mother, Benita; daughters, Brandi Meléndrez and Solana Cumpian; sons, Jesse Cumpian Jr. and Douglass Narrón; grandchildren, Dougy Narron, Jasmine Cumpian and Santana Cumpian; brothers, John (Wanda), James (Linda) and José (Paula) Cumpian; sister, Angelita Cumpian, and many nieces and nephews. His father, Raymond Cumpian preceded him in death.
EMILIO TENIENTE COSTILLA JR.
Emilio Teniente Costilla, Jr. passed away suddenly on February 1, 2012. He was born September 4, 1953 in Toledo, OH to Emilio G. Costilla, Sr. and Alvina (Teniente) Costilla. Emilio was a graduate of Maumee High School. Emilio was employed at Kalitta Charters in Ypsilanti, MI. He formerly worked at Crow Executive Air in Millbury, OH. Emilio was a registered organ donor whose donation will benefit many.
Emilio was preceded in death by his father, Emilio G. Costilla, Sr.; sister, Linda Hettle and son, Benjamin Costilla. He is survived by his mother, Alvina Costilla; brother, Carlos Costilla and daughter, Alaina (Costilla) Ownbey. He will be deeply missed by his family, Michelle Samson and friends.
REBECCA C. NARVAEZ
Rebecca C. Narvaez, 78, Toledo, passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2012, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family. Rebecca was born in Houston, Texas on July 22, to Gumecindo and María Carrizales. She married Alfonso B. Narvaez in December of 1952. Rebecca loved people and caring for her family. She enjoyed selling Avon, cooking, gardening, and watching her novelas. She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church.
Those left to cherish her memory are sons, Alfonso Jr., Adam, Felix, and Joe (Dana) Narvaez; daughters, María Narvaez, Selia (Reynaldo) García, Raquel Carrizales, Irene (Salvador) Hernández, Sandy (Dan) O’Leary, Nemecia Narvaez (Cemei Guzman); plus 33 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren, and friends.
Survivors also include brother, Gumecindo (Mike) and wife, and Neomi Carrizales; sisters, Rachel Gregg, Juanita (Lester) Rudolf, and Ruth (John) Yglesias; plus several nephews and nieces. Rebecca was preceded in death by her parents, Gumecindo and María Carrizales; sister, Aurora, and brother, Ezekiel Carrizales.
JULIO C. VÁZQUEZ
Julio C. Vázquez, age 52, of Lorain, OH passed away on Monday, January 30, 2012 at New Life Hospice Residential Center following a 2 ½ year illness. Born on July 1, 1959 in Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico, Julio graduated from Blanca Malaret High School in 1978. He furthered his studies in Puerto Rico at Interamerican University and earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration in 1989. Julio served in the U.S. Army from 1978 until 1981, and continued serving in the Army Reserves until 2010, when he had become too ill to be active.
In February, 1989, Julio came from Puerto Rico and made his home in Lorain. He worked at El Centro de Servicios Sociales from 1991-1992, where he also volunteered with the Toys for Tots program. In 1992, he began working at The Nord Center as a bilingual case manager and worked there until 2011. While employed there, Julio was a co-founder and facilitator of the HOMBRE Group, a group that assisted Latino males with anger management. At The Nord Center, Julio had received an Employee of the Month Award and also the annual prestigious Katie King Award, a Compassionate Service Award given in honor of an employee who displays caring, compassion, dedication to clients and dedication to The Nord Center. He also worked as a Rape Crisis Center volunteer and was a mentor for Alcoholics Anonymous group in Spanish. For many years, Julio also was an auxiliary volunteer for the Lorain county Sheriff’s Department.
Having a talent and passion for music, Julio played the guitar in numerous bands and at his church, Sacred Heart Chapel. While living in Puerto Rico, he was the director of the band, “Nuevo Amanecer.” He not only played music, but was a singer and songwriter as well. He also was a Band Booster member of the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra, a regional youth orchestra non-profit organization dedicated to the development of young musicians.
Julio is survived by his wife of 31 years, Ileana Rios; his sons, Jonathan, of Richmond Heights, and Joel J., of Lorain; his daughter, Joanly M. (Eli Samuel) De Los Santos, of Lorain; 3 grandsons, Noah De Los Santos, Lorenzo J. Vázquez and Rafael C. De Los Santos; and his sisters, Miriam (Edwin Reyes) Vázquez, of Lorain and Dalia M. (Eliu Rivera) Vázquez, of Puerto Rico.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan Vázquez and Dalila Montalvo.
Gerardo Corcino, age 87, of Lorain, OH passed away Friday, January 27, 2012 at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain after a lengthy illness. Born on December 25, 1924 in Luguillo, Puerto Rico he came to Lorain in 1947 to work at U.S. Steel as one of the pioneers from Puerto Rico hired to work at the steel plant. Gerardo was employed as an operator for U.S. Steel, retiring after 35½ years of service, retiring in 1986. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was very proud of his 6 grandsons and enjoyed attending all their sporting events. He found much pleasure tending to his vegetable garden, playing dominoes and watching the Cleveland Indians.
Gerardo is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sara (née Benabe); son, Noel (Dawn) Corcino, of Rocky River; daughters, Helen (Richard) Mercado, of Lorain and Myrna (Mark) Jones, of Lorain; grandfather of, Brando and Steven Corcino, Christopher and Justin Mercado, Matthew and Miles Jones; brothers, Manuel Corcino, of Puerto Rico, Ceden Corcino, of Seattle, Washington, Benjamin Corcino, of Puerto Rico and William Feliciano, of New York; sister, Juanita Corcino, of Puerto Rico.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Marta (née López) Corcino; and siblings, Mariana, Hilda, Zenon, Julia, Paita, Gracilano, Pedro and Justina.
José “Ariel” Díaz, 45, of Lorain, OH passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2012 in University Hospital of Cleveland following a lengthy illness. He was born October 13, 1966 in Lorain. He was a lifelong resident. Mr. Diaz worked for Precision Environmental, Co in Independence for 20 years. Prior to that, he worked as a welder for Invacare Corp. in Elyria. He was a member of Laborers International Union of America Local 310, Cleveland. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus in Lorain. Ariel was a loving uncle who, helped raise his nieces and nephew. He was a Buckeyes, Browns and Indians fan.
He will dearly missed by his parents José R. and Gloria M. (née Ybarra) of Lorain; Sisters Charlena “Meka” Ybarra, and Delia M. Díaz both of Lorain; brothers José “Bino” (Edith) Díaz and Edgar Díaz both of Lorain; nieces Salena, Brittany, Cierra, Bailey and Alexia and a nephew Emmi. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Theodora and Emilio Ybarra and Silvestre Díaz and Evangelista Barrios.
Heaven celebrates as Ernestina “Tina” Mendoza (née Ureste), 84, of Lorain, OH, went home to the Lord’s house on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012. Tina was under the care of New Life Hospice and passed away with her children at her side. She was born September 4th, 1927 in Alamo, Texas. Tina grew up on a farm in Alamo, Texas and moved to Lorain in 1946 and has since been in Lorain and Lorain area. Tina had worked at several places of employment and retired from Food Service for ARA at the Lincoln Elementary School in 2004 at the age of 77.
Tina greatest blessing was her family and was always devoted to her children. Tina was always very proud of her Mexican heritage. One of Tina’s pleasures was sharing her culinary skills in cooking Mexican food with her family and friends. She displayed her craftsman and artistic skills in filet crochet, embroidery and quilts. She also enjoyed the services and being a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and a member of the Ladies of Guadalupe Society.
Tina was loved by all and will be deeply missed. Those left to cherish her memory are her fourteen children: Rachael Berry, Raúl Mendoza (Patty), Rosa Mendoza, Roberto Mendoza Jr. South Amherst, Elizabeth Mendoza, Ricardo Mendoza (Donna), Rogelio ‘Roy’ Mendoza (Michelle) Salisbury, North Carolina, Esther Mendoza Copperas Cove, Texas, Estela Mendoza Sacramento , California, Evangelina ‘Nina’ Johnson (Roy) Amherst, Elva Mendoza, Rene Mendoza (Jennifer), Rebecca Arena (Mike) Vermilion, and Rubén Mendoza Elyria Township; 22 grand children and 18 great grand children. Tina also leaves one sister, Elida Ureste-Najara (Juan) of Alamo, Texas.
Tina is now at peace with her parents, José Angel Ureste (1961) & Tomasa (Villarreal) Ureste (1977), her sisters, Odilia (Ureste) Garza (1991), and Hortencia (Ureste) Cha-Cha Zapata (1983), her brothers, Reyes Ureste (1981), José Jr. Ureste (1973), and Abel Ureste (1994) and grandson, Valentino R. Mendoza (2008).
CARMEN M. PEREZ
Carmen M. Pérez (née Arce), age 82, of Lorain, OH, passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, at the Northridge Health Center, North Ridgeville. She was born on February 26, 1929, in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, where she spent most of her younger years. She moved to Lorain over 50 years ago. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, where she participated in prayer groups and was a member of the Legion of Mary. She enjoyed going to bible studies and reading her bible. Through the years, she held various jobs such as, helping in the kitchen at Avondale Golf Course, and worked in housekeeping for Mayers & Goldbergs. Carmen enjoyed traveling to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, and Puerto Rico. She enjoyed cooking Spanish food, gardening and being with her family and friends. Carmen loved listening to music and dancing. She also enjoyed babysitting for many children.
She is survived by her children Myra (Alfredo) Cardona, of Lorain, Heriberto (Ann) Hernández, of Lorain, Edwin (Nora) Hernández, of FL, Andy (Christina) Hernández, of Amherst, Iris (Joe) Green, of Lorain, Ray (Carolina) Hernández, of Lorain, Jerry (Debra) Hernández, of Akron, and Ricky Hernández, of Amherst, Elviria M. Aguino, of New Mexico; 20 grandchildren, and 23 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Pablo M. Pérez, in 1995, a son, Eliezer, in 2006, 2 grandchildren, her parents, and her brothers and sisters.
MANUEL LIRA RODRÍGUEZ
11/19/30 – 1/17/12
Manuel Lira Rodríguez, 81, of Toledo, OH, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2012. He was born November 19, 1930 in Knippa, TX to A. and Luse Lilia Rodríguez. He was a painter at Libbey Glass for the last 54 years with no sick days. He enjoyed fishing, working, and watching a good Western movie. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Helen Rodríguez.
He is survived by children, Janie Lueveno, Gloria Rodríguez, Manuel Rodríguez, Jr., and Robert Rodríguez; sisters, Anna Davela and Marg Miller; brothers, Al Guzmán, John Guzmán, and Ray Guzmén; a plethora of nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
SALLY LOU URBINA
Sally Lou Urbina, age 57, of Toledo, OH, went peacefully home to the Lord surrounded by her family on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. Born in Toledo on June 18, 1954, she retired from the Quality Control Department at Chrysler/Jeep. She was a loyal UAW member and loved and respected her union brothers and sisters. Sally was involved in the United Way and the Jeep Women’s Committee and stayed actively involved after retirement. She was a proud lifetime member of Latinos United/Latinos Unidos and loved her family very much. Sally was a proud daughter, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister.
Sally was preceded in death by her grandparents, Juanita and Juventino López, and a host of other relatives. She is survived by her partner in life of over 20 years, Daryl Peterson; sons, Anthony and Paul Urbina; grandchildren, Anthony Ray Urbina II, Alex Urbina, Alexa Vallejo, Emilio Hernández, and Cristian Urbina; great-grandchild, Nevaeh Vallejo; parents, Erlinda and José Ramos; siblings, Joe R. (Gail) Ramos, Jr., Guadelupe Hovis, Johnny Ray Ramos, Ronnie (Heather) Ramos; special aunts and uncles, Mary Serna, Maggie (Larry) Barrett, Millie Cook, Juventino (Lilly) López, Jr., Jesse (Olivia) López, and John López, and many nieces and nephews.
CECELIA R. ESPINOZA
Cecelia R. Espinoza, 80, of Toledo, OH passed away January 9, 2012, at Regency Hospital. She was born in Toledo on November 22, 1931, to Trinidad and Daria Salazar. Cecelia was employed at the Silver Cup Restaurant as a waitress and at the Jobst Institute. She was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church. Cecelia enjoyed playing bingo and poker especially with her family.
Surviving are her children: Yolanda (Curtis) Haines, Juanita Espinoza, Michael (Helen) Espinoza, Dolores Salazar, Donna (Brian) Warrell, Lucia (John) Cosgrove, Eloysa (Max) Espinoza, and Manuel Espinoza; grandchildren, Mateo, Tuburico, Alex, John, Raymond, Andy, Joseph, Steven, Brian, Eric, April, Gabrial, Sylvia, and Olivia; 6 great-grandchildren; sisters, Victoria Garza, Juanita Garcia and Sally Sánchez.
Cecelia was preceded in death by her husband, Michael A.; daughter, Pauline Espinoza Zapata; parents; brothers, Manuel, Ambrose, Larry, Trinidad, and Joseph Salazar; sister, Mary Szoda.
Rudy Orozco, age 63, of Killeen, TX, formerly of Homer, where he lived most of his life, passed away Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at the VA Medical Center in Temple, TX. He was born in November 1948 in Adrian to Raymundo and Margaret Orozco. In 1971, he was married to Deborah Waid and she survives. Rudy moved to Texas four years ago. He served the country in both the Army and the Michigan National Guard for over 30 years. Rudy worked as a manager of the Kroger retail store for 35 years. He was a member of the American Legion of Adrian and the VFW post in Homer. Rudy enjoyed hunting, fishing and volunteering at the Metroplex Hospital in Killeen, Texas.
Rudy is survived by his wife, Deborah Orozco; daughters, Jenny (Tim) Wilbur, Monica Orozco, Sarah (Scott) Huff; son, Eduardo (Emma) Orozco; four grandchildren; sisters, Belia (Dwight) Scott and Alexandra Barreiro; brothers, Reymundo (María) Orozco, John B. Orozco and Samuel Orozco; brother-in-law Albert Galvin; and sister-in-law Rosemary Orozco. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, David and Juan Orozco; and a sister, Bertha Galvan.
Frank Torres, age 41, of Adrian MI passed away, Jan. 6, 2012, at Ebeid Hospice in Sylvania, Ohio. He was born Sept. 3, 1970, in Muncie, Ind., the son of Pedro Sr. and María Olga (Pérez) Torres.
He is survived by his mother, Olga Torres; his children, Hunter, Frankie Dawn, BreeAna and Frank Jr.; four stepchildren, Tyler, Lisa, Candy and Cheyanne; his siblings, Rick (Michelle) Torres, Randy (Tayna) Torres, Vivian (Gus) Torres, Viola Torres, Pete Jr. (Chris) Torres, Sandy (Brian) Cabello, Olga (Richard) Martínez, Debbie Torres and Tammy (Rubén) Lozano; his fianceé, Dawn Krise; and numerous, cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Pedro Torres Sr., his brother, Gilbert Torres, and daughter Faith Torres.
LUPE VILLARREAL JR.
Lupe Villarreal Jr., 61, of Toledo, OH passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 10, 2012. He was born on November 27, 1950, in Toledo to Guadalupe and Paula Villarreal. Lupe worked for the City of Toledo in the Streets and Bridges Division for 30 years, retiring in 2004. He was an avid Harley Rider and enjoyed going on poker runs, bowling, and shooting pool.
Lupe is survived by his loving family, sisters, Jane (Kevin) Lewallen, Mary Primeaux, Dora (Roger) Lardé, and Linda (Bob) Alcorn; as well as many nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister, Mary; nephew, Michael Primeaux, and brother-in-law, Paul Primeaux.
JOSE I. APONTE
Jose I. Aponte, age 100, of Temperance, MI and formerly of Traverse City, MI, died Monday, December 26, 2011, at Windhaven Elder Care, Temperance. Born September 12, 1911 in Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico, he was the son of José and María (née Alvarez) Aponte. He married Wilma Porter on August 13, 1950. She preceded him in death on March 4, 2004. José received his Bachelors of Pharmacy from The University of Puerto Rico and then received his Masters of Pharmacy from Ferris State University, where he also taught for a short period. He and his wife were both professors in the College of Pharmacy at The University of Toledo. He retired in 1972 after 30 years of service. During his tenure he was named Professor of the Year and in later years was named Professor Emeritus.
He is survived by his loving son, Ludwig (Ligia) Aponte; 4 grandchildren; 8 great- grandchildren and 3 great- great-grandchildren.
JUAN B. DAVILA
Juan B. Davila, age 80, of Lorain, OH, died on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at Lake Pointe Health Center, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. He was born on Oct. 12, 1931 in Humacao, Puerto Rico, living in this area since 1953. Juan was employed as a assembler and painter for Fruehauf Trailer Company for 10 years, retiring in 1970. Prior to this he was employed at National Tube from 1957 until 1960. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. Juan enjoyed playing dominos.
He is survived by his sons Roberto and Ricky Davila, both of Lorain; daughters Luz Zoraida Davila, of Humacao, PR, Ann Elizabeth Davila, of Bayamon, PR, Lucilla Davila, of Minn. and Mary Lou Davila, of Lorain; 11 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; brothers Luis M. Davila, of Rio Piedras, PR, Herminio Davila, of Humacao, PR; sisters Eligia (Ramón) Cruz, of Humacao, PR, Marceline (Salvador) Velázquez, of Humacao, and Mirtelina (Efrain) Rivera, of Caguas.
Marta López (née Nieves), age 66, of Vermilion, OH, passed away on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at Metro Health Medical Center, Cleveland, following an unexpected and short illness.
Born on October 26, 1945 in Gurabo, Puerto Rico she came to Lorain in 1952. She attended Lorain High School and later went on to study cosmetology. Most recently, Marta worked at and owned at The Boulevard Salon from 2003 until 2011. She had previously worked at Studio 2000 and Hairizons. She was a member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post 397 in Vermilion, and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 22. She enjoyed bowling, playing golf, traveling and gardening.
Marta is survived by her husband, Angel L. López, Sr.; her sons, Angel L. López, Jr.; of Louisville, KY, and Robert López, of Mansfield; daughter, Melissa López, of Cuyahoga Falls; 11 grandchildren; her mother, Paula Nieves ( née Fontanez) of Orlando. FL; her sisters, Ada Hickey, of Orlando, FL and Mary Christina Ramos, of Lorain; her brothers, Martin, Reuben, Ricardo and Isaac Nieves, all of Lorain, and Hector, David, and Eliseo Nieves, all of Puerto Rico. She was preceded in death by her father, Martin Nieves.
MARÍA E. COLÓN
María E. Colón (née Cruz), age 89, of Lorain, passed away on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at her home while under the care of New Life Hospice. Born on June 16, 1922 in Coamo, Puerto Rico she came to Lorain in 1951 and has resided here since. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and the Legion of Mary. She enjoyed knitting and doing needle point.
María is survived by her 5 sons, Jose (Blanca), of Lorain, Adrian (Esther), of Lorain, Alberto “Tito” (Sun Ye), of Tacoma, WA, Nelson, (Sherri), of Lorain, and Wilson (Shari), of Naperville, IL; her daughters, Gladys Rivera, Emma (Jorge) Muñiz, Lydia (Albert) Peña, Judy (Kelly) Engle, and Norma (Nelson) Muñoz, all of Lorain; 22 Grandchildren and 23 Great-Grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Eleuterio in 1991 and her brothers, Francisco, Monserate, Pedro, Felipe and Antonio Cruz; and her sisters, Conhada Torres and Josefina Cruz.
MARY GRACE VELASQUEZ
Mary Grace Velásquez (née Peña), 86, of Vermilion, died Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at Kingston Residence of Vermilion. Mary was born March 1, 1925 in Rearet, TX. She had been a Vermilion resident since 2003 moving from Mercedes, TX. She enjoyed her family, collecting dolls, and crocheting.
She is survived by her sons, Gilbert (Sharon) Velásquez of Vermilion, Joe (Peggi) Velásquez of Vermilion, and, Arthur Gene (Michelle) Velásquez of Elyria; daughters, Elizabeth (John) Román of Huston, TX, and Jeanette Gonzálas of San Antonio, TX, 15 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband Eudaldo, Sept. 17, 2003; her parents, Fred F. and Leusia (née Deshotel) Peña; sisters, Lillian Muskavich and Lydia Comacho; and brothers, William, Alfred and Fred Peña.
Rick “Loni” Fonseca-García, age 32 of Toledo OH, passed away on December 11, 2011 at St. Vincent’s Hospital. He was born in Toledo on April 25, 1978 to Ramona Fonseca and Ricardo García. Rick loved being with his family and friends. He received his degree in Business at Owens Community College. He loved playing corn hole and hanging out with family and friends. He was a jokester and always made everyone smile.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving fianceé, Amanda Díaz; his son, Vicente Díaz; daughter, Thalia Fonseca; sisters Raquel and Gina García; and sister, Rosa Salazar; brother, César Salazar; and grandpa Alberto García; grandma Margarita Fonseca. Many aunts, uncles and cousins.
EVA R. RODRÍGUEZ
Eva R. Rodríguez, age 81, of Toledo OH passed away at St. Charles Mercy Hospital, Oregon, OH on Monday, December 12, 2011. She was born on January 6, 1930, to Jesús and Porfidia (née Camarillo) Rosales in Weslaco, TX. She married Dario Aleman Rodríguez in 1946 in Weslaco, TX and he preceded her in death on July 27, 1990. Eva was a homemaker and had also worked at the Basket Factory in Elmore and Goodyear in Luckey. She attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Genoa and in her spare time she enjoyed gardening, cooking and had a love for “frogs.”
Surviving Eva are her children, Gloria (Harvey) Frank of Grand Prarie, TX, Ancelmo (Gloria) Rodríguez of Fostoria, Rachel (Aureliano) Adame of Gibsonburg, Roberto (Anita) Rodríguez of Toledo, Rita “Irene” Rodríguez of Toledo, Rebecca Rodríguez of Toledo; 23 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great- grandchildren; sisters, Paula Vargas and Merari Garza both of Weslaco, TX. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dario; son, Dario Rodríguez Jr.; brother, Gumecindo Rosales, and sister, Rebecca Espinoza.
JOSÉ A. TORRES
José A. Torres, age 61, of Lorain, OH, passed away on Sunday, December 18, 2011, at Center Ridge Nursing Home, North Ridgeville, after a lengthy illness. He was born on September 30, 1950 in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain 60 years ago. He was a 1968 graduate of Admiral King High School. José was employed at Evonik Degussa for 23 years, before retiring in 2009. Before working there, he had worked for the Lake Terminal Railroad. He enjoyed socializing with all of his family and friends and also enjoyed baseball.
José is survived by his son, José F., of Lorain, his daughters; Gricell Torres Negron and Cindy Torres Murphy, both of Elyria, 4 grandchildren; Victoria, Matthew, Alana, and Alyssa, brothers; James Torres and Robert Torres, both of Lorain, Sixto Torres, Jr., of Grafton, José Moret, of New York, and Victor Torres, of Arizona, and a sister, Evelyn Cruz, of Lorain.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years, Gricell (née Madera) Torres, in 2003, and a sister, Carmen Torres, in 2009.
PETRA DeHOYOS REYNA
Petra DeHoyos Reyna, 57, of Toledo, OH, died peacefully surrounded by her children, on Sunday evening, December 4, 2011, in The Cleveland Clinic. She was born September 13, 1954, in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Esteban and Maria (née Navarro) DeHoyos, Sr. On May 7, 1977, in Toledo she married Amador G. Reyna, Sr. and he survives. Petra attended Mary Manse College and graduated from Bowling Green State University. She was a dedicated teacher for over 32 years and taught at Central Catholic, Cardinal Stritch and the University of Toledo. Her interests included vacationing to Florida, cooking, creatively decorating her house and calligraphy; but her special loves were her family, children and grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Petra is survived by her children who adored her, Roxangela Kristie Kynard (Glenn, Jr.), Amador Juventino Reyna, Jr. (Amber), Brianna Reyna Goncalves (Fabio), Kazandra Gabriela Reyna and Ryanico Omar Reyna; grandchildren, María Grace Reyna and Amador Reyna III; sisters, Rosemary González and Diane DeHoyos; brother, Esteban DeHoyos, Jr. (Diane), and father, Esteban DeHoyos, Sr. Her mother, María DeHoyos preceded her in death. Petra also leaves behind many special friends and former students who loved her dearly.
PEDRO F. RAMOS
Pedro F. “Pete” Ramos, age 85, of Lorain, OH, passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2011, at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain. He was born on September 28, 1926, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain in 1950. Pedro served in the United States Army from 1944 until 1946. He was employed at Ford Motor Company as a Utility Man for almost 28 years, before retiring in 1981. Prior to working at Ford, he held various jobs in Lorain, and while in Puerto Rico, he worked as a presser in laundries.
He was a member of the Lorain Spanish Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Pedro loved music from the 1950s, collecting both English and Spanish music. He also enjoyed watching baseball.
He is survived by his son, Walter; daughters, Auda Fe (Juan) Lugo and Marbelia Ramos, all of Lares, Puerto Rico; 14 grandchildren; and 23 great grandchildren. He was also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 33 years, Lacy Ramos; a daughter, Gladys Capetillo; a son, Sigfrid Ramos; his parents, Luis Garcia and Eulalia Ramos; and his sister, Felicita Quiler.
Domingo Rosario, 81 of Lorain, OH passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at New Life Hospice Center, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. Born June 20, 1930 in Morovis, Puerto Rico, he came to Lorain in 1967. Domingo was a member of House of Praise, and enjoyed gardening, playing the guitar and singing.
Surviving is his wife of 51 years, Juana (née Silva); sons, Oscar (Talli) Rosario of Amherst, and David Rosario of Warrensville; daughters, Janet (Ivan) Flecha of Avon, Rosie (James) Tolento of Sheffield Village, Maura “Evie” (Santo) Davila of Lorain, Maria (Bill) Ebert of S. Carolina, Yolanda (Gary) Brewster of Russellville, Tenn., and Ana Rosario of Avon; 23 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; brothers, Santo Rosario and Florentino Rosario both of Morovis, Puerto Rico; sisters, Francisca Rosario of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Angelina Rosario and Dionisio Rosario both of Morovis, Puerto Rico.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dionisio and Juana (née Salgado) Rosario; brothers, Ceferino Rosario, Wilario Rosario and Antonio Rosario; and sister, Mercedes Rosario and Luz Rosario.
LILLIAN VARGAS- GOVEDICH
Lillian Vargas-Govedich of Lorain Ohio died Thursday, November 17th, 2011 at Mercy Regional Medical Center after a short illness. She was born January 18th, 1941, in Anasco, Puerto Rico and has lived in Lorain since her childhood. Lillian was one of the first Latinas that opened up her own business. She operated Lillian’s Beauty and Wig Boutique for over 30 years. Upon retiring she took care of her properties in Cleveland, Fairview Park and Lorain.
She was preceded in death by her mother Georgina Vargas.
She is survived by her husband Steven M. Govedich, her daughter Lissa Lovett and 3 Grandchildren, her father Anselmo Vargas and brother Al Vargas.
CONCEPCION R. FLORES
Concepción R. Flores, 83, of Toledo, OH died Friday, November 25, 2011 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. She was born in McAllen, TX on May 20, 1928 to Delphino and Matilda Ramos and was married in Texas on August 21, 1941 to José M. Flores, who preceded her in death. Concepción was a member of the American Indian Intertribal Association of Toledo. She is survived her children: Lucia Ibarra, José Flores, Jr., Mary Jane Pérez, Delphine Ibarra, Gloria Alvarado, Connie Flores, Ricardo Flores, Israel Flores, Melinda Keith, Edward Flores, Ray Flores, Hugo Flores, and Jo Ann McNally; also, 53 grandchildren, 68 great-grandchildren, 63 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Juanita Valdez and María Raton. She was also preceded in death by a son and several brothers and sisters.
ALEJOS M. ORNALAS
Alejos M. Ornelas, age 89, of Toledo, OH, passed away at his home under Hospice care on Wednesday, November 9, 2011. He was born in Mission, Texas on July 15, 1922 to Donaciano and Adelaida Ornelas. Alejos was employed at Conrail Railroad and he enjoyed reading, history and working on cars.
Alejos is survived by his wife of 63 years, Tomasa Ornelas; daughter, Geneva (Ken) Kopp; sons Edward (Theresa) Ornelas, Henry Ornelas, and David (Marlene Smyth) Ornelas; many loving grandchildren; and great grandchildren.
JUAN MANUEL BELTRAN SR.
Juan Manuel Beltran Sr., age 69, of Toledo, OH passed away Monday, November 7, 2011 at home. He enjoyed dancing, playing pool and cards with his many friends. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Angelina (DeLaRosa) Beltran; children, Juan Jr., Joaquin Sr., Eloisa, Rafaél, Genaro, Irma, Paulo, Rosendo Sr., Joseluis, Carmen, and Arturo Sr.; 34 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; brother, Felipe Beltran Sr.; sisters, María Luisa Vásquez, Guadalupe Treviño, Ramona (Isidro) Rodríguez; sister-in-law, Dora García; and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joaquin Beltran and Guadalupe (Montejano) Leal; step-father, Roberto Leal; and brother, Eduardo García.
ALEJOS M. ORNELAS
Alejos M. Ornelas, age 89, of Toledo, OH, passed away at his home under Hospice care on Wednesday, November 9, 2011. He was born in Mission, Texas on July 15, 1922 to Donaciano and Adelaida Ornelas. Alejos was employed at Conrail Railroad and he enjoyed reading, history and working on cars.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Tomasa Ornelas; daughter, Geneva (Ken) Kopp; sons Edward (Theresa) Ornelas, Henry Ornelas, and David (Marlene Smyth) Ornelas; many loving grandchildren; and great grandchildren.
Paul Ruiz, age 57, of Toledo, passed away Thursday, November 10, 2011 at Mercy St. Vincent’s Hospital. Paul was born to Pedro and Juana (Sandoval) Ruiz March 21, 1954, in Toledo, Ohio. He worked for Ford Motor Company. Paul is survived by his wife, Amelia; children, Pablo (Jessica), Juanita (Michael), and Abriel; grandchildren, Deleno Steine, Dalaice Steine, Gabrielle Ruiz, and Mercedes Ruiz; mother, Juana Ruiz; brothers, Tomasa (Balbina), Edmundo (Margaret), Raúl (Lavita), and José (Thaimi); sister, Nina Miller; Anna Deen and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by father, Pedro Sr.; brothers, Reynaldo and Pedro Jr.
Miguel Vázquez, age 100, formerly of Lorain, OH, passed away on Friday, November 4, 2011 of chronic congestive heart failure, at Memorial West Hospital of Broward County, Florida, while under the care of Vitas Hospice. For the past 8 years, Miguel had resided with his son and daughter-in-law, in Pembroke Pines, FL. He was born on Sept. 1, 1911 in Aibonito, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain in 1951. He was employed at Elyria Foundry for 12 years and then worked at the former St. Joseph Hospital, retiring from there in 1980. Grandpa enjoyed reading the Bible daily and meditating, as well as singing hymns. He was a life-long member of Salon del Evangelio (Spanish Gospel Hall), in Lorain. He also enjoyed gardening, traveling, and was a baseball fan, especially of the Cleveland Indians and later on, the Marlins. He was a happy and loving man, who easily made friends with everyone he met. Grandpa cherished his time spent with family and friends, and always welcomed strangers.
Miguel is survived by his son, a decorated Vietnam War Veteran and graduate of Bowling Green State University, David Vázquez, and his wife, Nancy, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., his daughters; Alicia Rivera, of Lorain and María Delgado, of Aurora, IL, 16 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and 13 great great grandchildren. He is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Genell Algarin. He was preceded in death by a son, Socorro Algarin, his loving wife of 56 years, Ramona “Little Grandma” Vázquez, and a son-in-law, Trinidad “Joe” García. He was also preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Nancy’s father, Donald M. Fielder and his other daughter-in-law, Genell’s parents, Mae and Buck Nelson.
CARMELA V. SALAZAR-CERVANTES
Carmela V. Salazar- Cervantes, a longtime resident of Toledo, passed away Saturday, October 29th, 2011 at West Toledo Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center surrounded by her family. She was born December 10th, 1943 to Ramiro and Maria (Castro) Vásquez in Monroe, Michigan. Carmela enjoyed crocheting and spending time with her family and friends.
In addition to her parents, Carmela was preceded in death by her first husband of more than 20 years and the father of her children, Pedro Salazar Sr.; sister, Juanita; brother, Demetrio and three additional siblings. She is survived by her loving husband of more than 20 years, Gregorio Cervantes; children, Pedro (Laurie) Salazar Jr., Rick (Lynn) Salazar, Rebecca (Kevin) Taylor, Ruth Salazar, Samuel (Melissa) Salazar and Maria (Elvis) Salazar; 21 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 9 siblings and many dear extended family members and friends. The Salazar Family would like to thank the staff of West Toledo Healthcare & Rehabilitation for the loving care and support they provided. A special thank you to Cambridge and Hospice of Northwest Ohio for the daily care for Carmela.
ALVARO VALLEJO JR.
Alvaro Vallejo, Jr., passed away October 26, 2011. He was born October 28, 1975 to Alvaro, Sr. and Esther Vallejo in Toledo, Ohio. Alvaro was a passionate and loving family man who loved seeing his family happy and was very close to his mother. He was an accomplished MMA fighter and was a friend to everyone who would give the shirt off his back if he could.
Alvaro is survived by his wife, Melissa, and their un-born child; parents, Alvaro and Esther Sr.; children, Alvaro III (Brenda), Ariana, Alvaleena, Allysiana, their mother Arrica, Valentino; Calissa, Esther, their mother Christina; Estrella, Michael, step son, Logan; grandchild, Vincent and another on the way Alvaro IV; sisters, Rachel, Anita and Josephine; brothers, Victor and Rubén; as well as 22 nieces and nephews.
MARIA A. VELEZ
María A. Velez, (née Rivera) of Lorain, OH died on Sunday, October 31, 2011 in the ER at Metro Health Medical Center, following a sudden illness. She was born on April 2, 1919 in Lares, PR, living in Lorain since 1979. Maria loved her garden especially her flowers.
She is survived by her son: Leonides Velez, of Saxton, FL, and daughters: Blanca Gerena, Judith Velez, both of Lorain and Mirta Velez, of Lakeland, Fla., many grandchildren and great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, sisters: Maximina and Paula both of Puerto Rico.
She was preceded in death by her husband: Angel in 2007, daughter: Marta Velez in 2006, son: Raúl Velez in 1980 and brothers and sisters.
Francisco López, Jr., age 59, of Lorain, OH passed away on Friday, October 21, 2011, at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland. He was born on November 8, 1951, in Manhattan, NY, moving to Lorain in 1972. He enjoyed music, especially jazz and loved the outdoors. When living in New York, he played the organ for the local church. Being a perfectionist, he always valued his independence and being self-reliant.
Francisco is survived by his sons; Frank, of Cincinnati and Michael J., Sr., of Tampa, Fla., 4 grandchildren; Michael J. López Jr., Allessandro R. López, Antonio M. López, and Davi J. López, his mother, Victoria (nee Rijos), of Lorain, father, Francisco López, Sr., of Puerto Rico, brothers; Abraham López, of Lorain, Alexander López, of Lorain, Angel López, of Orlando, Fla., and Peter Morales, of Lorain.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Jimmy López, in 1993.
GUSTAVO R. CANAS
In remembrance of Gustavo R. Canas, who passed away on September 9, 2011, in Mexico City, Mexico. Gus was born in Mexico City on December 5, 1923, to Silverio and Isabel Canas. Gus traveled to the United States in the mid-forties settling in Toledo. He worked for the former New York Central, Penn Central and Conrail railroad companies, retiring after 38 years in 1985 as an Equipment Operator. Gus’s proudest time on the railroad was when he was working on the track structure for the NYC-RDC-3, M-497 Jet Mounted Engine. The 1966 Jet mounted train engine ran from Butler, Indiana to Stryker, Ohio and was clocked at 183.85 MPH and is still a world record for a self-propelled rail car. Gus was a world traveler when it came to the Olympic Games, having gone to Mexico City in 1968, Montreal in 1976, Moscow in 1980 and Los Angeles in 1984. His true love was soccer, having gone to the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. He also traveled to Spain, Egypt, Australia and Japan.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two sons, Gus Jr. and Robert, who was killed in action in 1971 in Viet Nam. Surviving are his sons, Rick (Gale) Canas of Toledo, David of Toledo and Tony of Indianapolis, and a daughter, Rebeca (Bill) Wheeler of New Castle, PA. He is also survived by his 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Gus was cremated in Mexico City, Mexico.
Cruz Moreno, 68, of McClure, OH passed away peacefully with his family by his side at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. He was born on July 18, 1943 to Jesús and Juanita Moreno in Dowling, OH. Cruz retired from Toledo Hospital after 48 years of employment. He loved spending time with his family. Cruz is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Rebecca L. Moreno; children, Joseph R. Moreno and Victoria L. (Joe) Fletcher; three grandchildren, Ashley, Kayleigh and Madison; three sisters and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded by his parents.
Ceferino Ramírez, 92, de Lorain, OH se durmió en la muerte el Lunes 17 de Octubre. Nacio el noviembre 15 de 1918 en Luquillo PR. Ceferino ha sido Testigo de Jehová desde noviembre 24, 1967 miembro de la congregación de Testigos de Jehová Lorain Spanish en Crehore St. Lorain.
Ceferino sentía un profundo amor por la Palabra de Dios la Biblia y sus promesas. Disfrutaba en compartirlas con otras personas en su comunidad. Esperaba el momento en que nuestro Creador, Jehová Dios, pondría fin a todo sufrimiento (Isa 25:8) y haga de esta tierra un paraíso. Céfe encontró gran consuelo en saber que si el muriera antes de que llegara ese momento, Dios se acordaría de él y lo traería de vuelta a la vida para vivir eternamente en el Paraíso (Sal 37:29).
Precedido en muerte por su esposa Dolores (Lolín). Hijos: Luz E. y Ceferino Jr. y hermanos: Josefa, Felícita, Herminia, Diego, Celestino y Rafael. Padres: Miguel Ramírez y Eulalia López.
Le sobreviven su hija Nélida Ramírez de Las Vegas, NV y sus nietos Michael Santana, Melissa Rodriguez, Sandra Román,William Rodriguez, Melissa Ramírez y Pito Ramírez.
Ceferino Ramirez, 92, of Lorain, fell asleep in death on Monday, October 17, 2011.
He was born on November 15, 1918 in Luquillo PR. Ceferino has been one of Jehovah’s Witnesses since November 24, 1967 and was a member of the Lorain Spanish Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Ceferino had a deep love for the Word of God the Bible and its promises; delighted in sharing with others in the community. Cefe looked forward to a time when our Creator, Jehovah God, will end all suffering (Isa 25:8) and make this Earth a paradise. Cefe found great comfort in knowing that if he should die before that time comes, God would remember him and bring him back to life to live forever in Paradise (Ps. 37:29).
Preceded in death by his wife Dolores (Lolín); children Luz E. and Ceferino Jr.; and brothers and sisters Josefa, Felicita, Herminia, Diego, Celestino y Rafael; and parents Miguel Ramirez and Eulalia López. He is survived by his daughter Nelida Ramirez of Las Vegas, NV and grandchildren Michael Santana, Melissa Rodríguez, Sandra Román, William Rodríguez, Melissa Ramirez, and Pito Ramirez.