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Obituaries Archives 2005-2006


Patricia Callanan-Castro died on June 8, 2006, in Cincinnati, Ohio. A life long resident of Toledo, Pat will be remembered as a loving mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, friend and union activist. Pat attended Woodward High School in Toledo and continued on to obtain her degree from Bowling Green State University.

Pat retired from the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services in 2005, after 32 years of service. Her passion to provide worthwhile services for her community impacted her choice of employment and her decision to become an active leader within her labor union, the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association, AFSCME, Local 11.

Pat was an advocate for human rights, women’s rights, and equality for all people, regardless of race, sex, religion, or sexual orientation.

She was a steward in her union and assisted those who experienced disparate treatment on the job yet did not have the voice necessary to speak up for their employment rights. With her wisdom, patience and nurturing skills, she assisted others in obtaining leadership positions within their union. Pat served others faithfully, while also raising two daughters as a single mother. She was always there for her family and friends as a sounding block, shoulder to cry on, mentor and friend. Pat served OCSEA and the State of Ohio in various capacities throughout her almost three decade membership within OCSEA. At the time of Pat’s retirement, she was President of the OCSEA Lucas County Chapter; President of OCSEA District 1 Council; Member of the statewide OCSEA State Board of Directors; Member of the OCSEA Statewide Women’s Action Committee; Member of the OCSEA/State of Ohio Joint Work Force Development Steering Committee; Member of the OCSEA/State of Ohio Joint Health Care Committee; Member of the OCSEA Judicial and Internal Affairs Committee and most important a Chapter Steward. Pat was preceded in death by her father, William Callanan, former Lucas County Sheriff; mother, Mary Dorothy Callanan and husband, Calvin Castro.

Pat is survived by her daughter, Patricia (Illya) Thomas; granddaughter, Micaela G. Thomas, Cincinnati, Ohio; daughter, Caroline Castro, Columbus, Ohio; Sister Mary Callanan and nephew, Christopher W. Smith; sisters-in-law, Mary (Paul) Geller, Linda Castro, Wilma Loften, Toledo, Ohio and a host of friends and family.


Ricardo T. Rodríguez, 38, of Toledo, passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, June 13, 2006. Ricardo was born on September 18, 1967, to Santiago Rodríguez II and Avundia Tavarez in Austin, Minnesota. Ricardo married his high school sweetheart, María Morales in July of 1992. Their union produced a beautiful family. Ricardo was a member of Ohio Carpenters Union #248 for the past 14 years, working for numerous companies. He was a man with many interests who enjoyed fishing, bowling, shooting pool and his children’s sports and school events. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Roman and Elvira Tavarez, Santiago Rodríguez and Rebecca Rodríguez; his parents-in-law, Richardo G. and Marie Morales and his uncle, Francisco Tavarez. Richardo leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 14 years, María; his three beautiful children, Lupita, Rico, and Niko; mother and father, Avundia Rodríguez of Toledo and Santiago Rodríguez II of Asherton, TX; brothers, Santiago III (Jimmy) and Ray; sisters, Tina (Santos) García and Linda Rodríguez, and many nieces and nephews along with a number of friends.

Katherine García, born 1926, went home to be with the Lord June 7th, 2006. Sheworked at St. Vincent School of Nursing for many years and was a very caring and talented person. She was active in the community, helping out in the Ravine Park Village. She loved to cook for her family and friends. Born December 29, 1926, to Edward and Jena Nejero. Survived by seven sons, John Jr. (Linda), Michael, Joe, Anthony (Mary Kay), Albert (Mary), David (Helen), Dennis (Connie). She had many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Ysidro García, 76, of Homerville, OH, formerly of Lorain, died Saturday, June 3, 2006, at home. He was born May 15, 1930, in Dividend, Utah. He lived most of his life in Lorain and moved to Homerville one month ago. Ysidro worked at Lake Terminal Railroad in Lorain for 42 years, retiring in 1991 as a speed swing operator. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Mexican Mutual Club and Polish American Citizens Club, both of Lorain. He coached his son’s Hot Stove Baseball teams and was a sports enthusiast. He enjoyed family gatherings, cookouts, fishing and his video camera.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Anita (nee Ceja); sons Pete García of Amherst and Raul García of Mayfield Village; daughters Rita García and Clair Whorton, both of Lorain, Dianna Smetzer of Homerville and Michelle Gatrell of Norton; sister, Rosa Rodriguez of Chicago, Ill.; and 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sarita García; his parents, Filiberto and Felicitas (nee Zermeno) García; and brothers Guadalupe García, Rodolfo García, Gilberto García, Felix García and Eliseo García.

Enrique G. “Henry” Ybarra, age 82, of Toledo, OH, passed away Monday, June 5, 2006, in the Hospice Center Of Northwest Ohio, Toledo. He was born December 19, 1923, in San Marcos, Texas to Magdaleno and Margarita Ybarra. A U.S. Army Veteran, Enrique worked for many years for the CMC Pipe Co. in San Antonio, Texas and retired from Glendale Terrace Nursing Home. He enjoyed dancing and was a member of Latins United (Latinos). He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Maria; brother, Juan Ybarra; sister, Epigmina Ybarra and granddaughters, Mary-Helen Valdez and Laura Hernández. He is survived by sons, Enrique Jr. “Choco” Magdaleno and Robert Ybarra; daughters, Margie (Jimmy) Valdez, Rebecca (Pete) Rodríguez both of San Antonio, Texas, Anita (Edward) Hernández, Carolina (Usevio) Torres and Rosa (Leandro) Davila of Toledo. Comadre Audelia “La La” Magana; sisters Eloisa Y. Hernández, María De la Rosa, Hilaria Cavazos and Sheila Rodríguez as well as 21 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Fallece Rocío Jurado a los 61 años
MADRID (AP): La cantante española Rocío Jurado falleció el jueves en su residencia de Madrid luego de una batalla con el cáncer pancreático, dijo su hermano. Tenía 61 años. Jurado, quien perdió la consciencia el fin de semana, dejó de respirar a las 5:15, rodeada de su familia, conforme sus deseos, dijo su hermano Amador Mohedano a la prensa ante la residencia de la cantante en las afueras de Madrid. El cadáver será velado en un centro cultural madrileño y luego sepultado en el poblado natal de Jurado, Chipiona, en Andalucía.

Guadalupe C. Cortez, Jr., 58, of Custar, OH, died Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at the Wood County Hospital in Bowling Green. He was born on August 15, 1947 to Guadalupe Sr. and Dolores (née Cabrera) Cortez and they survive him in Hoytville. He married Linda Torres on Nov. 29, 1969 and she survives. Lupe served in the U.S. Army, doing a tour in Viet Nam from 1967-68, in the 4th Infantry. He retired in 1999 from the Wood County Sheriffs Dept where he was a sergeant. He previously worked at Whirlpool in Findlay (1969-1981). Lupe was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Deshler. He was a Eucharistic Minister and former treasurer with Cops for Christ. Through the sheriffs dept. he was a member of the arson task force, an Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy Commander, and a Field Training Officer. He served on the North Baltimore and Hoytville Police Departments, the Hoytville Volunteer Fire Dept., where he was the former Fire Chief, and he served on the Hoytville Village Council. He was a former member of the McComb School Board, HYCO Board Member, committee member for DEPA (Diocese of Toledo), and a volunteer for the Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio. Also surviving him are sons Mike and Mark Cortez, both of Findlay; daughters Vicki Cortez of Custar and her significant other, Andrew Dunstan; Carol (fiancé, Dana Motter) Cortez of Findlay; brothers, Rey (Teresa), Rick (Terri), and Roberto (Dee), all of Hoytville; sisters, María Lavengood of Loudenville, OH; Eva (Russ) Teegardin, Gloria (George) Brink, Linda (Mick) Mull, and Patricia (Tim) Leader, all of Hoytville; he was a devoted uncle to many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, David.

Anthony I. “Tony” García, 44, of Lorain, OH, died May 23, 2006, at home, following a long illness. He was born March 18, 1962, in Lorain and was a lifelong resident of the city. García, a member of the Sioux-Yankton Indian tribe, was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Lorain. Survivors include his father, Rubén T. García of San Antonio, Texas; sisters Nicole Wozniak of Beaver Creek, Michelle García-Kosa of Lorain, and Kelley Rybarczyk of Avon Lake; and nieces and a nephew. He was preceded in death by his mother, Maxine B. (née Taylor) García, in 2005; and maternal grandmother, Lorena F. Taylor.

Emma W. Hernández, 89, of Toledo, went to see her savior on Tuesday, May 30, 2006, at St. Luke’s Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was born October 4, 1916, in Gray Town, Texas and was the daughter of the late Henry and Pomposa Weaver. Emma was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul’s Catholic Church and its Altar Rosary Society in which she was very active. Emma worked for Distinctive Costume, where she was the supervisor of the seamstress department. She enjoyed sewing quilting, doing alterations and gardening. Her favorite was growing roses. Emma is survived by her 8 loving children, Rosa Hernández, Gloria (Al) VanCoppenolle, Raul Roy (Barbara) Hernández Jr., Zoila (Manuel) Ortiz, Irma (Glen) Cook, Roger (Jody) Hernández, Mary (Ray Glass) Wesolowski and Rudy (Kris) Hernández. Also surviving are 18 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter; along with 4 brothers, Charles, Andrew, Tom, and Willie Weaver and a sister, Mary Rodriqeuz. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raul S. Hernández and daughter, Ruby (Hernández) Castro.


LONDON (AP): Desmond Dekker, who brought the sound of Jamaican ska music to the world with hits such as “Israelites,” has died, his manager said Friday. He was 64. Dekker collapsed from an apparent heart attack at his home in England on May 25, manager Delroy Williams said.

His 1969 song “Israelites,” a Top 10 single in both Britain and the United States, was the first international hit produced by Jamaica’s vibrant music scene. With its haunting vocals and irresistible rhythm, it introduced the world to ska, a precursor to reggae.

Dekker worked as a welder in Kingston before signing with Leslie Kong’s Beverley’s record label and releasing his first single, “Honor Your Father and Your Mother,” in 1963. It was followed by Jamaican hits, including “King of Ska.”

Some of his most popular songs celebrated the culture of violent street toughs, or “rude boys”—“Rude Boy Train,” “Rudie Got Soul” and “007 (Shanty Town),” which was featured on the soundtrack of the seminal Jamaican film “The Harder They Come.” He also had a hit with “You Can Get It If You Really Want,” written by his label-mate Jimmy Cliff. The songs made Dekker a hero of British youth, and he moved to the country in the 1970s.


Horace Díaz Jr., 97, of South Amherst, OH, died Thursday, May 25, 2006, in Avon Oaks Caring Community, Avon, following a lengthy illness. He was born April 15, 1909, in Vera Cruz, México. He and his family moved to New Orleans, La., when he was a child. He relocated to New York City in 1927, and in 1999, he moved to South Amherst.

Díaz at the age of 15 played piano professionally with John Hyman’s Bayou Stompers in New Orleans. He went to New York City to play piano and travel across the country with The Artie Shaw and The Eddie Duchin Bands. Back in New York City, he played piano on the Coca-Cola Radio Show with Morton Downey and Jimmy Lytell and his orchestra. Over the course of career, he played in every major hotel in New York City. He was an arranger for many bands and singers. He was a member of Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 of the Federation of Musicians. He enjoyed Latin music and also was an avid golfer.

Survivors include his daughter, Donna M. Hauck of South Amherst; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose (née Caputo) Díaz; his parents, Horacio and Luz (née Andrade) Díaz; and his brother, Charles Díaz.


Roque “Mata Perro” Mediavilla, 73, of Lorain, OH, died Thursday, May 25, 2006, at Community Health Partners Hospital in Lorain, after a short illness. He was born July 17, 1932, in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, and had lived in Lorain since the early 1950s. Mediavilla worked at the Ford Motor Co. Brook Park plant for 23 years, retiring in 1975. He was a member of Principe de Paz Lutheran Church in Lorain and Club Utuado in Lorain. He enjoyed gardening, watching wrestling on television, and visiting the El Centro Senior Center. Survivors include his sons Roque Mediavilla Jr. and Eric Mediavilla, both of Lorain; daughter, Blanca Burgos of Deltona, Fla.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brother, Edwardo Mediavilla of New York City; and sisters Josefia Mediavilla of Puerto Rico, Amelia Mediavilla of Florida and Carmen Berrios of New Jersey. He was preceded in death by his wife, María (née Carrasquillo) Mediavilla; parents, José and Lucia (née Ramos) Mediavilla; brother, Fernando Mediavilla; and sisters Carola Mediavilla, Rosalina Mediavilla, Rosadani Cruz, and Estelle Mediavilla.


Miguel V. Ramírez, 78, of East Toledo, OH, passed away peacefully on May 22, 2006. Miguel was born September 27, 1927, in México D.F. to Ines Vicuna. There he studied engineering and graduated from El Instituto Politecnio Nacional. He later married his wife of 57 years, Genoveva, on April 19, 1949. Miguel journeyed to the U.S. in 1970. He worked as a tool and die maker before retiring in 1989. Miguel was a member of both St. Thomas Aquinas and Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. He loved spending quality time with his family and friends. He also had a passion for the outdoors, spending most of his time fixing up his garden and yard. Miguel is survived by his wife of 57 years, Genoveva Ramírez; brothers, Ramón and Raul; sister, Ofelia,; children, María Teresa (Sergio), Miguel, Guadalupe (Jorge), José Manuel (Angela), José Luis (Kimberly), Antonio (Kimberly); 23 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother; sister, Guadalupe Ramírez; granddaughter, Alejandra Paz-Ramírez; mother and father-in-law, Genoveva Solorio and Rodolfo Solorio and brother-in-law, Rodolfo Solorio.


Mariano Rivas, 29, of Louisville, KY, died May 27. He was a native of Lorain, OH, and a member of United Auto Workers Local 862. Survivors include his wife, Ryan Renee; sons Xavier Andy Rivas and Mariano Rivas II; daughters Marissa Leigh and Myriam Rae; his parents, Myra and Thomas Gray Sr.; brothers Thomas Gray Jr. and Michael Gray; and his grandmother, Georgina Gracia. He was preceded in death by his father, Ramón Gracía; grandfather, Mariano Gracía Sr.; and maternal grandparents, Inosencio and Dolores Rivas.

Jeremiah Joe Garza, 29, of Fremont, OH, died suddenly May 8, 2006. He was born in Port Clinton, to Theresa M. (Vance) Hoy on May 14, 1976. Jeremiah worked for Green Bay Packaging in Fremont. He enjoyed weightlifting. He also very much enjoyed spending time with Sarah and his son Daemon. He also enjoyed family time with Michael D. and Carol J. Moore of Tiffin. Jeremiah was very family oriented and will be greatly missed by his son, fiancée, friends, and family. Survivors include, his fiancée, Sarah Christine Moore of Fremont; son, Daemon Kennisington Garza of Fremont; brothers, Jordan M. (Sara) Garza and their children Drew, Isaac, and Elijah of Fremont, and Warrant Officer Joshua L. (Marti) Barrett and their daughter Cameron of Hemet, Calif.; mother and step-father, Theresa M. and Dennis L. Hoy of Green Springs; aunts, Janet (Mike) Overfield and Deborah (Rich) Perry and paternal grandmother, Juana Garza of Port Clinton. Jeremiah was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Dale and Barbara Vance and paternal grandfather, Militon Garza.

Isabel Villegas Gutiérrez (née Valdes), 84, of Lorain, OH, died May 11, 2006, at her home, following a lengthy illness. She was born on May 10, 1922, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain in 1956. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. Mrs. Gutiérrez enjoyed dancing, cooking, sewing, watching wrestling on television, prayer meetings, attending retreats, gardening, and being outdoors. She also enjoyed spending time with her family. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Mariano “El Lobo” Cruz Gutiérrez; sons Guadalupe “Lupe” Villegas, of Saginaw, Mich., Luis Marin Cruz Sr., Epifanio “Cuchie” Gutiérrez, José “Quique” Gutiérrez and Alberto “Cookie” Gutiérrez, all of Lorain; daughters Ignacia “Ana” Cruz, Juanita “Titi” Gutiérrez Davis, Cristella “Cuca” Gutiérrez López and Bienvenida “Little Benny” Dominguez, all of Lorain; and 53 grandchildren, 96 great-grandchildren, 45 great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Felipe Robledo and Estebania (née Villegas Cotto) Valdes; sons Gabriel in 1945, Edwin in 1991, Albert in 1961 and four other sons; daughter, Bienvenida, in 1989; brothers Ramírez, Liborio, Carlos, Raymundo, Primo and José; and sisters Melegilda “Hilda,” Virginia, Barbara and Emilia.

Tomás E. Pérez, 84, of Lorain, OH, died May 11, 2006, at the New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, following a brief illness. He was born March 7, 1922, in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and had lived in Lorain for the past 59 years. Pérez worked at the National Gypsum Corp. for 27 years as a machine operator and truck driver, retiring in 1987. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel Lorain. He enjoyed walking, fishing, and bike riding. Survivors include his wife, Geraldine (née Geres) Pérez; daughters Elena Vallejera of St. Petersburg, Fla., Awilda Ortiz and Andrea Neal, both of Lorain, and Judy Rivera of Fort White, Fla.; sons Angel T. Pérez of Lorain, Hector Pérez of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, Edwin Pérez of Amherst, Timothy Pérez of Collins and Christopher Pérez of Willoughby; 30 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and sister, Esperandza Pérez of Ponce, Puerto Rico. He was preceded in death by his parents, Primitivo and Alejandrina (née Echevarria) Pérez; two granddaughters; brother, Eligio Pérez; and sister, Rosalia Fontanez.

Jesusa “Chita” “Jessie” Pérez, 86, of Genoa, OH, passed away May 10, at St. Charles Hospital. Mrs. Pérez was born in Rockdale, Texas, to Reyes and Sofia (Zamora) Flores. Jesusa was employed in the housekeeping staff at Bowling Green State University for 13 years before her retirement in 1982. Prior to working at the university she was employed at the Fremont Memorial Hospital. Surviving are her husband, Juan Pérez; daughters, Hilda (José) Escobar, Rebecca (Raul) Rodríguez, Tina (Corey) Mims; sons, John Jr. (Andrea), Gilbert (Carol) and Armando (Margie) Pérez; sisters, Zulema (Ricardo) De La Serda, Paz Vieyra; brothers, Santiago, Roberto, and Alfredo (Lamar) Flores; 19 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and son, Ricardo Pérez.

Rudy Sifuentez went to be with his Lord and Savior May 7, 2006. He was born September 16, 1945, to Santos Sifuentez and Santos Martínez in Bexar County, Texas. They moved to Toledo, OH, and met his loving wife, Aurora (Yslas) in 1967. Together they raised two children and six grandchildren. He enjoyed music, dancing, fishing, and sports. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Aurora; his sons, Rudy II and Alfonso; his grandchildren, Alicia, Reuben, Rudy III, Arianna, Alfonso Jr., Julian, all residents of Toledo; his mother, Santos Leal; his brothers, Edward, Henry, John, Richard, Oscar and his sisters, María, Olga, Mary, Susie and Irma, who all reside in Texas and many good friends. Rudy will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

(AP): José E. Chapa, a broadcast pioneer who hosted what is considered to be Chicago’s first Spanish-language radio news program from the basement of his suburban Chicago, IL, home, died Tuesday. He was 86. Chapa died of renal failure at a St. Charles nursing home.

Chapa’s 30 years on the air were guided by a belief that his audience was starved for information about current events in their native countries.

His morning show “Serenata Matutina” was originally produced in the basement of the home.

Rosita Fernández, a pioneer in la música tejana and an ambassador of San Antonio culture, died in San Antonio on Tuesday, May 4, 2006. She was 88. She had been in failing health since heart surgery last year, according to her son, Raul J. Almaguer.

Ms. Fernández, one of 16 children, was born in Monterrey, México, in 1918 and later moved with her family to Texas. She began singing at 9 and recorded in the 1930s and ‘40s.

According to AP, in an era dominated by ranchera music, which appealed to a wide working-class audience, Ms. Fernández veered toward canciones románticas, songs that were often accompanied by sophisticated orchestral arrangements, said Manuel Peña, a California-based ethnomusicologist. She also specialized in boleros, an Afro-Latino genre with a slow, smooth delivery and a more urban rhythm, he said.

She was especially popular for generations of San Antonians, who watched her sing at the Arneson River Theater. A bridge was named for her there, which she called symbolic of her work as a bridge between México and the United States.

Deborah Vargas, assistant professor of Chicano/Latino studies at the University of California, Irvine, said Fernández ventured into radio, television, and film. She sang for Pope John Paul II, Prince Charles and presidents including Lyndon B. Johnson and Jimmy Carter.

She married Raul A. Almaguer in 1938, and he was her manager and public relations agent until his death in 2000. After recovering from heart surgery last year, she married Charles Reeves.

Besides her son and husband, she is survived by a daughter, Diana Rosa Orellana of San Antonio.

Domingo “Primo” Maldonado-Medina, 82, of Lorain, OH, died May 4, 2006, at Community Health Partners of Lorain, following a lengthy illness. Mr. Medina proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and enjoyed gardening, cooking, sports, working on cars and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his sons Alcides Medina of Elyria, Dominick D. Santana of N.C. and daughters Carman Ortiz of Elyria, Lucy Roman of Lorain; his long time companion and care giver Wanda Benjamin; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Julia (née Santana) Medina; his parents Rafael and Carmela Maldonado; his daughter Geraldine Rivera; three sisters; six brothers; and one half-brother. Military honors were conducted by Mullen- Murray VFW Post 451 and American Legion Post 30 of Lorain.

Lionel J. ‘”Johnny” Marquez, 58, of Lorain, OH, died May 4, 2006, at home, following a long illness. He was born Sept. 14, 1947, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, and lived most of his life in Lorain. Marquez was employed as a mail carrier for the Lorain post office for 15 years until his retirement. He enjoyed music and had been a musician in his early years; and enjoyed baseball, fishing, playing the lottery and talking about boxing. He was a former member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Survivors include his son, Dominic Dionisio Lionel Marquez of Brandon, Fla.; brother, William Marquez of Lorain; and sister, Alicia Marquez González of New Fairfield, CN. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dionisio Marquez, in 2001, and Adela C. (née Crespo) Marquez, in 1997; brother, Nelson, in 1980; and sister, Maria C. Díaz, in 1991.

Refugio Escamilla of Toledo, OH, passed away April 23, 2006. He worked as a fence layer and lawn attendant. He was preceded in death by brother, Henry and sister, Estella.
He is survived by sons, John, Michael, Jeffrey Charles, Angel; daughters, Cynthia, Valarie; 11 grandchildren, and brother, Roy.

Francisca H. Gonzáles, 83, of the Findlay, OH area, died Saturday, April 29, 2006, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Mrs. Gonzáles was a homemaker and the former owner of Gonzáles Mexican Food on Ohio State Rt. 12, just east of Findlay. According to her family, she made the best tamales in the area. She was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Guadalupe Society and Cursillista of the Church and was involved in the prison ministry. In her spare time, she loved dancing and working in her flower garden. She was born Jan. 29, 1923, in Yoakum, Texas to Margarito and Andrea (Soliz) Herrera. She married Modesto L. Gonzáles on March 30, 1941, and he preceded her in death on June 30, 1986, after 45 years of marriage. Surviving are two sons, Amador Gonzáles, Manitowoc, Wis.; Margarito Gonzáles, Findlay; a daughter, Martina (James) Barrett, Rawson; 29 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Sofia Garza, Avondale, AZ. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Marcelo and Faustino Gonzáles; a daughter, Josephina Zamudio Chávez; a granddaughter; three sisters, Ciria, Mercedes, and Guadalupe; 13 brothers, Trino, Marcelo, Manuel, Margarito, Lupe, Vicente, Domingo, Bernardo, Inez, Rodrigo, Isidro, Juan, and Sisto.

Antonio Móntez, 77, of South Toledo, passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2006, at Lutheran Home at Toledo. Antonio was born in Texas on July 5, 1928, to Magdaleno and Andrea (Caverrada) Móntez. He had worked for St. Vincent Mercy Hospital as a custodian. Antonio was a member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Antonio loved his wife, María and his 13 children, he loved his Mexican music, but most of all he loved to play his drums and accordion and sing and dance. He lived a full life and will be missed by everyone that knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, María; sons, Joseph, Ricardo, Daniel (Victoria), Robert (Cindy) and Guadalupe (Angie) Móntez; daughters, Juanita Collins, Andrea Móntez, Ms. Evangelina Villalon, Angelita (Manuel) Ramírez, María (José) Granada, Aurora Móntez, Rebecca (Eliazar) Valdez and Victoria Móntez; 50 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; brothers, Bravo Sánchez, Porfedio and Juan Móntez, and sister, María Móntez. Antonio was preceded in death by his parents; son, Simon; granddaughter, Amy Móntez and sons-in-law, Mark Collins and Jesse Villalon Sr.


Blanche M. Aviles, 81, of Wellington, OH, died April 19, 2006, at Allen Medical Center, Oberlin, after a short illness. She was born March 23, 1925, in Wellington, and was a lifelong resident of the village.

Mrs. Aviles and her late husband operated Paul’s Sohio in Elyria and Mrs. Aviles later managed the Certified Gas Station in Wellington for almost 10 years. As a hobby, she made and sold chocolate candy and was known as the Candy Lady. Survivors include her daughter, Paula Lambdan of Wellington; sons Augustin “Augie” Aviles and Robert “Sarge” Aviles, both of Wellington, and Paul Aviles Jr. of Sandusky; and seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one niece. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul B. Aviles Sr.; her parents, Sam and Mary Naro; and one brother, two sisters and one great grandson.

Cipriano Hernández

Cipriano “Tony” Hernández, Sr. 76, of Findlay, OH, died April 23, 2006 peacefully at his residence, surrounded by his family. He was born in San Antonio, TX on October 3, 1929 to Emilio and María (Ordas) Hernández.

Cipriano is survived by his wife of 57 years, Eloisa (Mendez) Hernández; 9 children: Rosalinda (Jesus) Candia of Findlay, Cipriano, Jr. of San Antonio, Armando (Diane) of Findlay, Ricardo (Diamond) of Van Buren, Robert of Madrid, Spain, Daniel of Melvindale, MI, Anita (Kenneth) Gutiérrez of Southgate, MI, Tina (Jorge) Chávez of Findlay and Sandra Hernández of Savannah, GA; 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Emilio Hernández; a sister, Guadalupe Flores; a brother, José Hernández.

Cipriano was retired from City Laundry in Findlay. He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Findlay, where he was an active member of the Guadalupe Society. He was a kind and humble man and all who knew him cared for him.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, downtown, with Father Shaji Thomas celebrant. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery.


Sara Alvarado of the Kingston Nursing Home, Sylvania, OH, passed away April 11, 2006, at Flower Hospital. A member of Trinity Faith Tabernacle, she was born March 18, 1929, in Houston, Texas. Sara was employed by Russell’s Formalwear for many years and was also a avid volunteer for St. Vincent-Mercy Medical Center.

She was the loving mother of 5 children, Linda (Armando) Vásquez, John (Rebecca) Barron, Robert (Madonna) Arellano and Catherine (David) Medellin Sr. She is also survived by 22 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, Joseph Jaso Jr.; brothers, Pedro Alvarado, Edward Sandoval, and James Alvarado; sister, Alicia Guadiano and granddaughter, April Love Martínez.

Alex DeAnda, age 31, of Oregon, OH, passed away April 12, 2006. Alex graduated from Clay High School and continued his education at Owens Community College. He was currently employed by the Hemsath Corporation as a welder. Alex enjoyed fishing, watching Nascar Races, and spending time with his dog, Stone.

Alex leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving children, Victoria DeAnda, Jordan DeAnda, and Diego Guerrero; long-time companion, Santa Ramón; brothers and sister, Bill Stewart, Mike Alvarado, Antonio (Melissa) DeAnda, Angelina (EJ) Raines, Aaron DeAnda, and Armando DeAnda; parents, Sofia DeLaPeña and Arnulfo DeAnda; grand-parents, Eloisa DeAnda, Felix DeAnda Jr., and Francisco DeLaPeña, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Ofelia DeLaPeña, and uncle, Armando DeAnda.

Richard “Doc” P. Orozco, 69, of Lorain, OH, died on Friday, April 14, 2006, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, following a brief illness. He was born Sept. 1, 1936, in Lorain and had been a lifelong resident. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School, Lorain, in 1955. He also attended Lorain County Community College where he received his pipefitter certificate. He served in the United States Army from 1955 until 1959 in Korea, during peacetime.

He was employed at General Motors for a total of 37 years, working in the Elyria plant for 25 years as a pipefitter, and then relocating to the Parma plant for his final 12 years. He retired from GM in Parma in 2000. He was a member of St. John Roman Catholic Church, Lorain, where he was named the Holy Name Society Man of the Year in 1969. He was also a member of St. Mary’s High School football team during his senior year in 1955. His team was later inducted into the Lorain City Sports Hall of Fame.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Rosemary (née Augustine); sons Richard Anthony of Lorain, Raymond Andrew of Rochester Twp., daughters; Rita Marie Orozco, Ruth Ann Fitzwater, both of Lorain, Rose Mary Guta , of Medina and Regina Louise Maxwell, of Elyria; 14 grandchildren; brother, Charles Orozco, of Toledo; and sister, Grace Darr, of Lorain. He was preceded in death by his parents Ernesto, Sr., in 1975 and Mary (née Russo) in 1997; a sister, Rose Gonzáles; an infant sister, Marianne Orozco; and a brother, Ernest, Jr.


Daniel A. Pérez, 23, of Toledo, passed away April 12, 2006. He was born in Toledo, on February 11, 1983, to Mary and Daniel Pérez. Daniel graduated from Oak Harbor High School and Penta County Vocational School in 2001. Currently he was working as a custodian for B.P. Refinery and attended Owens Community College. Daniel enjoyed the outdoors, lifting weights, and spending time with his little sister, Kristin.
He is survived by his mother, Mary (Paul) McElhaney; sisters, Monique Pérez and Kristin McElhaney; grandparents, Della (Herman) Morgan and Theodore (Ethel) Foltz; his uncles, José Segura, Mario Segura, Zenaido Segura, Arnoldo Segura, Miguel Segura, David Pérez, and Joseph Pérez; his aunts, Chris Smith, Patricia Weaver, Rosalinda Morin, Aurora Reséndez, Diana Heitmeyer, Leslie Damron, and Ramona Segura. Daniel is also survived by many cousins and extended family. Daniel was preceded in death by his father, Daniel P. Pérez; grandparents, Aurora and Zenaido Segura, and Engelberto Pérez.


Matilde López Gonzáles passed away on April 7th, 2006, at 12:15 a.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Gonzáles; parents, Santos and Dominga López, and sister, Amelia Villegas. She was 74 years old, she retired at Parkview Hospital after 22 years. She is survived by her 5 children, Irene, Dave, Cruz, Daniel, and Dora. She was also survived by her brothers and sisters, Louis (Beatrice) López, “Chon” (Esperanza) López, Rosa Sánchez, and Anita Paíz. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, all who love and will miss her dearly.

Mallory Anna Rivera, infant daughter of Alberto and Danielle (née Boone) Rivera of Lorain, OH, died April 5, 2006, shortly after birth, at University Hospital, Cleveland. The family belongs to St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Lorain. In addition to her parents, survivors include her sisters, Marecciea and Madelyn Rivera, both at home; maternal grandparents William R. and La Sheliea Boone; paternal grandparents Angel and Dora Rivera; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandparents, Patricia Worley and Howard Worley, and Richard and Josephine Boone; paternal great-grandparents Digno and Felecita López, and Carmen and Alberto Rivera.

Pablo Aviles, 84, of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, died March 28, 2006. He was born March 2, 1922, in Camuy, Puerto Rico. Aviles was employed by Ford Motor Co., Cleveland, for 30 years. He enjoyed gardening, word search puzzles and playing cards, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Cruz (née Ramos); son, Pablo Aviles Jr. of Lorain; daughters Elsa Silva of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, and Carmen Leibas (née Aviles) of Lorain; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Pete Aviles Sr.

Angel L. Cruz, 89, of Lorain, OH, died March 29, 2006, in his home following a lengthy illness. He was born Feb. 16, 1917, in Orocovis, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain in 1948. Cruz retired in 1982 from the blast furnace mill of U. S. Steel, Lorain, after working there for more than 30 years.
He served in the Army, Battery B of the 762nd Anti Aircraft Battalion during World War II. He earned the American Theater Service Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal and four Overseas Bars. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society. He made Curcillo number 25. He enjoyed working on his home, Big Time Wrestling, and playing the Guido, spoons and his accordion to Latino music.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, María Iluminada Cruz (née Dueño); sons Angel L. Cruz, Jr. of Lorain and Carlos G. Cruz of Waterford, MI; daughters Carmen M. Cruz-Meléndez, María “Babe” Morsher and Ana R. Cruz all of Lorain; brothers Angel David Cruz of Puerto Rico, Sandalio “Lalo” Cruz, Miguel Angel Cruz and Jose “Chichi” Cruz, all of Milwaukee, WI; sisters Rosa María, Gloria Ana and Ana Luz, all of Puerto Rico; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents José Sandalio and Petronila (née Alvarado) Cruz; brothers Ramón “Tang” Cruz, Carlos A. Cruz and José “Pepito” Cruz; sister, Julia Carmen and two great-grandchildren.

Richard V. Lozano, 69, of Toledo, OH, passed away March 30, 2006, at his residence. Richard was born September 5, 1936, to José and Senobia (Jaquez) Lozano in San Antonio, Texas. He had been employed with Jeep, A.P. Parts and with the Pennsylvania Railroad. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, enjoyed umpiring softball, bowling, golf, camping and traveling. His parents; 2 sisters, Frieda Herrera, Amy Casares, and grandson, baby Richard Critchley, preceded Richard in death.
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Helen; son, Frank Avalos; daughters, Laura Lozano, Teresa (James) Critchley; brothers, Edward (Mary) Lozano, Joe Lozano, Fred (Pauline) Lozano; sisters, Elizabeth (Fabian) Espitia, Rosie Ewing; grandchildren, Bianca, Philip, Amanda, Lillian, John and great-grandchild, Dylan.

Jesusa Davila Rodríguez, age 72, of Toledo, OH, died March 27, 2006, at St. Charles Mercy Hospital in Oregon, Ohio. She was born May 16, 1933, to Cecilio and Josefa (Campos) Davila in Sinton, TX. Jesusa was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She attended Monclova Road Baptist Church in Monclova, OH. She married Jesús Rodríguez September 24, 1954, in Swanton, Ohio. He survives along with children, María (Junior) Mitchell and Teresa (Ronald) Mitchell, both of Whitehouse, OH, Veronica Rodríguez and Joseph Rodríguez, both of Toledo; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, and siblings, Jesusita S. Davila, Guadalupe Vargas, and Augustin Davila. She was preceded in death by her parents; sons, Jesús M. Rodríguez, Jr. and Martín Rodríguez; grandchildren, Daniel and Monica Rodríguez, and siblings, Natividad Cervantes, Gonsalo, Epimenio, and Merqiades Davila.

Oscar J. Villa, 80, of Lorain, OH, died March 30, 2006, in Community Health Partners Hospital, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. He was born July 25, 1925, in Guadalajara, México, and came in Lorain as an infant, moved to Chattanooga, TN, in 1979 and returned to Lorain in 2000. Villa was an inspector at Thew Shovel Co. for 22 years until the plant closed and had also worked at the former National Tube Co., both in Lorain. He was also self-employed as a photographer. He was a past member of the Mexican American Citizens Club of Lorain and served as entertainment chairman for several years. He was a member of St. Vincent De Paul Church, Elyria Township, and a past member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and St. Anthony of Padua Church in Lorain and St. Jude Church in Chattanooga; and a third degree knight in the Knights of Columbus. He served in World War II in the U.S. Navy as a gunner’s mate third class in the Pacific and enjoyed music and working on mechanical and electronic equipment.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Mary Villa (née Martínez); son, John Villa of San Diego, CA; daughters Juanita González of San Diego, Calif., and Christine Williams of Lorain; brothers Salvaor Villa of Arizona and Adam Villa of Lorain; and a sister, Marian Muñoz of Walnut Creek, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents, Salvador and Anita (née Pulido) Villa; and a daughter, Marian Villa.

Mary Rita Avalos, 61, of Toledo, OH died Tuesday, March 21, 2006, at her home. She was a cook and baked pies for Al Smith’s Restaurant at Westgate. Mary Rita is survived by her mother, Rita Avalos; brothers and sisters, Catherine (Paul) Juárez, Stanley Avalos, Theresa Hottmann, Florence (Hector) Flores, Bernie (Chuck) Fouty, Susie (Rubén) Almarez, Barbara Hart, Christine Younger, Ramona Fazenbaker, Joan Harrison, Anna Reeder, Vicky Avalos, Agnes Avalos, Cynthia (Henry) Schwartz, and 77 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Stanley J. Avalos.

Delia G. De La Rosa, 62, of Leipsic, OH, died at 12:10 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima, OH. She was born September 17, 1943 in El Granado, TX to Nicholas and Eva (Soto) Gallegos. Delia worked at Ennis Corp in Leipsic. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Leipsic; a member of the Defiance American Legion Aux., and attended Temple of Praise Church in Defiance. Her mother is deceased. Her father survives in Pharr, TX. On March 14, 1959, she married Eduardo De La Rosa Sr. and he survives in Leipsic. Also surviving are eight children: Rodolfo De La Rosa, Ida Velásquez and Sandy (Rick) Moyer all of Leipsic; Irene (Mark) Factor, Richard (Melissa) De La Rosa both of Ottawa; Eduardo De La Rosa Jr., of Fremont; Dan (Norma) De La Rosa, Sylvia De La Rosa both of Leipsic; 22 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 4 brothers: Jesse (Wilma) Gallegos of Leipsic; David Gallegos of San Antonio, TX; Anastacio Gallegos and Noel Gallegos both of Pharr, TX; 3 sisters: Beatrice Gallegos, Anna Gallegos, and Ninfa Rodríquez all of Texas.

Emilio A. Espinosa, M.D., A.A.F.P., age 82 years of Temperance, MI, formerly of Cuba, died March 14, 2006, in Flower Hospital, Sylvania, OH. Born March 6, 1924, in Caibarien, Cuba, he was the son of Emilio J. and Maria (Galindo) Espinosa. He married Margaret Evans on July 17, 1971. Emilio graduated in 1949 from The University of Havana Medical School in Cuba. He practiced medicine at the VA Clinic on Glendale Ave. in Toledo for 14 years, retiring 1994. He then practiced part time for the Family Medical Center in Temperance from 1994 to 1997. He had practices at one time in Lambertville, Temperance and Toledo. Emilio held licenses in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. The last year of his life, Emilio enjoyed spending time with his grandson, Emilio, III. He also enjoyed his many travels with his wife and son to Europe and abroad.
He is survived by his loving wife, Margaret; children, Emil Espinosa, Marta (Daniel) Ray, Aldo Espinosa, Carlos Espinosa and Emilio Espinosa II; stepdaughters, Susan (Dennis) Hubbard, Nancy (Robert) Emptage and Cheryl (Jerry) Alexander; sister, Ghea Martines; 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Emilio also has several relatives in Cuba.

Vicente E. Espitia, 81, of Lorain, OH, died Friday, March 17, 2006, in Community Health Partners Hospital, Lorain. He was born Jan. 31, 1925, in Chicago, Ill. He was raised in Leon, Guanajuato, México, lived there until he was 16 and moved to Lorain in 1949. He had also lived in San Diego, Calif. Espitiaw and his late wife, Laura, owned and operated the Cobblers Shop on Broadway for seven years. Espitia retired from Nordson Corp. R.B.X. Plant in Elyria, where he worked for 17 years. He had also worked for Boeing Aircraft in San Diego, Thew Shovel and American Shipyard, both in Lorain, Fruehauf Trailer in Avon Lake, and American Standard of Elyria; and was the first Latino brakeman on the Lake Terminal Railroad in Lorain.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Mexican American Citizens Club, and Mexican Mutual Society, all of Lorain, and served as a master of ceremonies at their fiestas. Espitia was a Third Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus; was a welder; and enjoyed mechanical and electrical projects, his cats and his bird, reading, crossword puzzles, classic movies, and travel to México. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Survivors include his sons Vincent Espitia Jr., Robert Espitia and Victor Espitia, all of Lorain; daughters Vivian Rutherford and Laura Espitia, both of Lorain, and Suzanna (nee Luna) Fuentes of Guanajuato; brothers Antonio Espitia of Hammond, Ind., and Joel Espitia of Valparaiso, Ind.; sisters Soledad Ruiz of Hammond, Ind., Martha Seay of East Chicago and Eloisa Rocha and Virginia Aguilar, both of México; and 16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and one great- great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Laura (nee Domínguez), in 1995; his parents, Vicente E. and Faustina (née Carranza) Espitia; sisters Jovita, Liduvina, Sofia and Leonor; and brothers Marcello and Josafat Espitia.

Crispin Vittorio Pérez, infant son of Nilda Ariola and Guadalupe Pérez passed away Friday, March 24, 2006, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo OH. Crispin is survived by his parents, his sister María De Los Angeles Rojas, and grandparents Eusebio & Guadalupe Ariola and Guadalupe & Ernestina Pérez.

Feliciano “Chano” Rodríguez, 100, of Lorain, OH, died Friday, March 24, 2006, at EMH Regional Medical Center, Elyria, following a lengthy illness. He was born in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, and lived in Lorain since 1952. Mr. Rodríguez retired from Ford Motor Co., Brook Park. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and its Curcillo and Holy Name Society. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed music, singing, and his family.
Survivors include his wife of 73 years, Tomasa (née Flores); sons Perfecto “Tito” Rodríguez and Jose Enrique Rodríguez, both of Lorain; daughters Dolores “Lolyn” Pérez and Carmen DeJesús, both of Lorain, and Zsidra Rodríguez of Puerto Rico; and 29 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and six great-great- grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Monserrate and Juana Rodríguez; and a daughter, Catalina Orama.

Spanish singer, actress Rocío Dúrcal dies in Madrid

MADRID (AP): Spanish singer/actress Rocío Dúrcal died March 25, 2006 at her home in Madrid, news reports said. She was aged 61.

Dúrcal, whose real name was María de los Angeles de las Heras Ortiz, had been suffering from cancer of the womb, Spanish National Radio reported, citing relatives. A star since childhood, Dúrcal acted in many films but was also famous for her singing, particularly Mexican rancheras.

Dúrcal was diagnosed with cancer in 2001, the national news agency Efe said. She was forced to cancel a tour of Latin America in 2004 because of her sickness, the agency added.

Born into a family of six, Dúrcal’s success in various radio shows quickly attracted film makers in the 1960s and 1970s. In all, she made some 15 films, including “Canción de Juventud,” “Rocío de La Mancha,” and “Marianela,” in which she acted sang and danced.

She made her first trip to México when she was 17 and has been popular there and throughout Latin America, as well as Spain, ever since.

“She was a fabulous actress and a marvelous singer with great sensibility and I feel so sorry,” said veteran Spanish actor José Luís López Vázquez, who starred with Dúrcal in the 1963 film “La Chica del Trebol.”

Her most succesful hit “Amor Eterno” was written and dedicated by Juan Gabriel  to Rocío’s first daughter who died at the age of 3, after Rocío lost her daughter to strong ocean waves, which snatched her baby away from her arms while the two were vacationing. The baby was never found and was announced dead shortly after the accident, which was the most painful experience in Rocío’s life.

In the 1980s Dúrcal decided to dedicate herself almost exclusively to singing and was greatly admired for the richness of her voice and range of song, from flamenco to ballads, rock and roll and romantic songs as well as paso dobles and rancheras.

During her career, she performed with: Julio Iglesias, Joan Manuel Serrat, Luís Miguel, Ricky Martin, and Alejandro Sanz.

She is survived by her husband Antonio “Junior” Morales and their three children.

On Sunday, she was buried at La Paz Cemetery in Madrid.


Louis Espinosa, 50, of Toledo, OH, passed away suddenly Sunday, March 12, 2006, at his residence. Louie was born on Saturday, March 3, 1956, in Toledo, to Mike and Marselina Espinosa. He attended Immaculate Conception School, was a graduate of Libbey High School, and was employed by Mercy Hospital and Sun Oil Refinery with Plant Management. Louie was an excellent cook, cooking for everyone’s birthday; he just celebrated his own 50th birthday with his family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his mother; brothers, Ray and Tony, and niece, Connie.
Surviving are his father, Mike; son, Rubén; brothers, Mike (Carolyn) and Jesse; sisters, Rosie and Irene (Danny); grandchildren, Rubén and Jessica; nieces, Cheri, Angie, Tracy, Rachel, Ronni, Cindy, Nicole, and Danielle; nephews, Johnny, Ray, Joey, Michael, Chris, Danny, and Mickey; cousins, aunts, uncles and special uncle, Tommy; nephews, Josh and Jordan; nieces, Abby, Kristen, Kary, Madison, and friends.

Alanna Nicole Rodríguez, 20, went to rest peacefully with God on Friday, March 3, 2006. She was born on September 5, 1985, on a beautiful, sunny day in Toledo, Ohio. From day one her zest for life seemed unlimited. Alanna stole your heart as soon as she gave you her beautiful smile along with those big brown eyes and long curly black hair. She celebrated her pride for her Latino heritage by reaching out to the Latino community throughout her life. Alanna loved her music, singing, dancing, and caring for her children. But most of all she had an overwhelming love for her family. Alanna is survived by her loving mother, Nilda; loving grandparents, Santos and Gloria Rodríguez; great-grandma, Olivia Canales; loving uncle, Rick Rodríguez; uncle, Michael and aunt, Lisa Rodríguez, along with many cousins, aunts, uncles and endless friends. She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Amado Canales and Isidro and Pudencina Rodríguez.

Trinidad Rodríguez was born June 8, 1908, to Jesús and Guadalupe (Solis) Rodríguez in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Francisca (Maldonado); brothers, Manuel and Jesús, and sister, Paula Medina. As the patriarch of the Rodríguez-Solis family, Trinidad is survived by his children, Frances Martínez, Jesse (Connie), Fred (Dora), Carmen (Ricardo) Barbosa, and Simon (Virginia); sisters, María Mireles and Luz Gutiérrez, both of San Antonio, TX, and Guadalupe Camacho of Kettleman City, CA; seventeen grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren. In 1922, at age 14, Trinidad, along with his younger sister, María, came to the United States by way of Laredo, TX. His parents and remaining siblings followed shortly afterwards. Working in the fields in south-central Texas, the family took up sharecropping and prospered even during the lean years 1929 through 1933. Trinidad was fairly well educated for such a young man at that time. He credits his mother for urging her family to be educated, although their means were meager. In poor times, his schooling was paid with an egg a day to the schoolmaster and his daughter, at the private school he attended. As a common trait he shares with his sisters, he was always very sharp, with an excellent memory. Up to his early 90s, he remembered all his teachers’ names from the first school he attended. Of his fond memories of living in México, his favorite was that of a fast horse owned by the family. It was raced and won many races. As it gained notoriety, no one would bet against it, so the tail and mane were cut and dyed allowing it to be raced outside the locality.
Due in part to the Agrarian Reform in México and the beginning of World War II, his parents and a younger sister returned to México. Trinidad married Francisca Maldonado and chose to remain in the U.S., as his education allowed him to work in skilled positions, earning the praise of fellow workmates.
In 1943, with his bride and 5 children, he migrated to Ohio. His intention was for a better life for his family. Initially living in Elmore, he commuted to his job in Toledo. The family later moved to East Toledo, settling in an area with other Latino families.
Ten years were spent with Langenderfers (a coal delivery company), followed by 20 years at Wonder Bread Bakery, until his retirement in 1973 at age 65.
In the 1950s, he attended night classes at Waite High School which led to him becoming a proud U.S. citizen. Along with his wife, Francisca, they provided the foundation for their family. Both were hard-working, very practical with strict morals and strong religious beliefs. Remembered as an old-country disciplinarian, he became greatly relaxed in attitude with the arrival of his grandchildren. Trinidad’s extensive family is scattered throughout the U.S. His family members have proudly and meritoriously served in all branches of the military. He was a member of the former Virgin de Guadalupe and Sts. Peter and Paul Parish. While she lived, he and Francisca were active with the church and with the senior citizen community at Aurora González Community Center, He served as treasurer of Confradia Guadalupana and participated in Cursillos. He was also well known in the community for his carpentry and construction skills.
Because of the cold winters and while experiencing good health, he often traveled to México, Texas, and California to visit his sisters and many nieces and nephews.
The sons and daughters of Trinidad extend our appreciation to Lisa Mitchell and her staff at Swanton Health Care and Retirement Center where he was well cared for in the last years of his life.

María “Gela” Burgos, 72, of Lorain, OH, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, after a brief illness. She was born May 25, 1933, in Orocovis, Puerto Rico, and moved to Lorain 13 years ago. She enjoyed playing dominoes and watching TV soap operas. Survivors include her husband of 40 years, José R. Rivera; son, Angel Rivera of Bayamon, Puerto Rico; daughters Olga Rivera, Carmen Rivera and Luz Rivera, all of Lorain, María Rivera of New Jersey, Sonia Rivera of Jacksonville, Fla., Iri Rivera of Bronx, N.Y., and Annie Rivera of Boston, Mass.; sister, Kila Burgos of Bayamon; and 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, José Rivera Burgos; daughter, María Rivera Burgos; and one grandson and her parents.

Julia Victoria Romero, (née Colón), age 69, died Saturday, March 4, 2006,at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, OH, following a lengthy illness. She was born July 27, 1936 in San Isabel, Puerto Rico; she lived in Bronx, NY before coming to Lorain in 1949. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. Julia was a homemaker and enjoyed walking, dancing, and cooking. Surviving is her husband of 48 years, Santos; sons, Antonio Cruz, Richard (Joanette) Romero, Gilbert (Christine) Romero, Noel Romero, all of Lorain, Robert “Bobby” (Camille) Romero of Sheffield Village, and Maico Romero of Port San Lucy, Florida; 7 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Raparado Colón and Josefa (née Rosario) Colón. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Dovin Funeral Home, 2701 Elyria Ave., Lorain, where Funeral services will be Thursday at 8:45 a.m. followed by mass at 9:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Chapel, 4301 Pearl Ave., Lorain.  Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Lorain. Memorial contributions can be made to the Julia Victoria Romero Scholarship Fund, c/o The Community Foundation of Greater Lorain County, 1865-A North Ridge Road, East, Lorain, Ohio 44055, (440)277-0142.

Josefa Sifuentes, 84 years, of Langdon St., passed away Tuesday evening, February 28, 2006, at Heartland of Waterville OH. Josefa was born August 27, 1921, in La Villa de Fuente, Coahuila, México to Desiderio and Teresa García. A Toledo resident since 1942, Josefa worked as a press operator 10 years for Taylor Press Products, retiring in 1971. She also worked for Acklin Stamping, Willys Overland, Plabell Rubber Co., and at Toledo Hospital. A member many years of SS. Peter & Paul Parish, Josefa was the widow of Frank Sifuentes who died in May of 1991. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Regino García and Roberto Fragoso and stepfathers, Porfirio Fragoso and Jesus Ortiz. Surviving are her children, Pete (Karen), José (Martha), Desiderio “Mike” (Debbie), Frank (Paula), and Ray (Debbie) Sifuentes. There are 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is the sister of Anita (Hijinio) Covarubias, Jane García, Mary (Raymond) Sepada, Helen (Chris) Contreras, Carlos (Kathy) Fragoso, and Theresa (Gail) Fancher.

Pedro Ramonez Valdez, age 73, of Riga, died Monday, February 27, 2006, at Flower Hospital in Sylvania OH. He was born June 29, 1932, in Fort Worth, Texas, to Abimelec A. and Felipa E. (Ramonez) Valdez. On November 24, 1952, he married Hope Sarabia. She preceded him in death. Pedro was a member of Jesus is Lord Ministries and he helped the migrant community. He was self-employed in salvaging and welding and he also worked for Penn Central Railroad. In July of 1999, he retired from Hydro (Bohn) Aluminum, after 47 years of service. Pedro served in the U.S. Army from 1952 – 1954.
Pedro is survived by 8 children, Pedro Valdez Jr. and his wife, Shirley of Tecumseh, Roberto Valdez and his wife, Kathy of Blissfield, Daniel Valdez of Louisiana, Esteban Valdez and his wife, Connie of Tecumseh, David A. Valdez of Adrian, Samuel Valdez and his wife, Kelly of Sand Creek and Elizabeth Marine and her husband, Larry of Riga, Sylvia Kimbrough and her husband, Scott of Toledo; one brother, Manuel Valdez of Erie, MI; two sisters, Emelia Rodríguez of Toledo, OH and Paz Valdez of Ottawa Lake, MI; 19 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by one daughter, (Little Hopie), one granddaughter, Allison, three brothers and two sisters.

Julia P. Artiaga, age 71, of Rocky Ridge, OH, died Friday, February 24, 2006 at the Northwest Ohio Hospice of Perrysburg, OH. She was born in Kenedy, TX on June 22, 1934 to Alejos & María (Rodrígues) Palacios. On March 10, 1949 in Brownsville, TX she married Epifanio D. Artiaga and he survives. Julia worked as a homemaker. She was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, Oak Harbor, OH. Julie loved gardening and reading. She also did volunteer work at St. Boniface School. After proudly raising her 15 children, she was always there to help with her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. Her home was and will always be filled with love and laughter. Survivors include: Loving Husband of 56 years: Epifanio D. Artiaga of Rocky Ridge, OH; 8 Sons: Juan (Ruth) Artiaga of Perrysburg, OH, José Artiaga Jr. of Weston, OH, Ricardo (Louann) Artiaga of Whitehouse, OH, Rick (Judi) Artiaga of Oak Harbor, OH, Freddy Artiaga of Toledo, OH, Alex (Marianna) Artiaga of Tampa, FL, Tommy (Susan) Artiaga of Toledo, OH and Paul (Diana) Artiaga of Bowling Green, OH; 6 Daughters: María Artiaga of Toledo, OH, Aurelia (Larry) Brockman of Oroville, CA, Gloria (William) Bennett of Oak Harbor, OH, Isabel (Roger) Kleopfer of Holland, OH, Cristina (Mark) Kenski of Sidney, OH and Angela (Jody) Henry of Oak Harbor, OH; Brother: Adam (Erminia) Palacios of Floresville, TX; Sister: Eva González of Brownsville, TX; 41 Grandchildren and 20 Great-Grandchildren. Julia was preceded in death by her parents, son: Jesus Artiaga, 3 infant children, brothers: Alex & Enrique Palacios and 1 great-grandson. Interment and services held at Clay Township Cemetery, Genoa, OH. Memorial contributions may be given to St. Boniface Catholic Church, Oak Harbor, OH.


Eliazar “Alex” Garza Jr., age 52, of Houston, formerly of Lorain, OH, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at Houston Herman Memorial Hospital, Houston, following a sudden illness. He was born Sept. 27, 1953, in Lorain, moving to Houston 20 years ago. He was a 1973 graduate of Southview High School, Lorain. He was employed as a sales representative for Martin Fluid Power in Houston for the past 16 years. Prior to this he was employed at U.S. Steel, in Lorain, in the Coke Plant.
While living in Lorain, he was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. He was an active member of Homing Pigeon Association of Houston for over 40 years. When he was younger he was in the lightweight division of Lorain Golden Gloves. He enjoyed being a avid trapper and provided medical aid and rehab to birds and other animals. He also enjoyed reading and spending time with his family and friends. Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Corrina McGowan-Garza of Houston; daughter, Destiny Clark of Houston; sisters Graciela “Grace” Arroyo of Lorain, and Marilyn Barlow and Sylvia Rivera, both of Middletown; brothers José Garza of Fairhope, Ala., and Antonio Garza of Trenton; and 10 nephews and one niece. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eliazar V. Garza Sr. and Cornelia A. (née Alicea) Garza; and brother, David Garza, in 1998.

Marcos Gómez, age 56, of Toledo, OH, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 26, 2006. He was a fork lift operator for AP Parts. Marcos was an avid fisherman and a big Michigan University fan. Surviving are his son, Joe Gómez; mother, Lucy Gómez; brother, Edward (Betty) Gómez; sisters, Lenore (Howard) Osenbaugh, Handrea (David) Fischer, Rose (Vic) Bowlick and Ramona Gómez; also by many loving nieces and nephews. Marcos was preceded in death by his beloved wife Sandra; father, Juan Gómez; sister, Nellie Salas; and nephew, Michael Salas.

Rosa F. Hernández, 68, of Rocky Ridge, OH, died Sunday, February 19, 2006, in Riverview Healthcare Campus, Oak Harbor. Rosa was born January 2, 1938, in San Antonio, Texas, to Felix and Gavina Flores. She married José S. Hernández, Jr. in San Antonio on September 16, 1956, and he preceded her in death November 3, 1998. Rosa was a homemaker and a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Oak Harbor. She loved playing Bingo and watching Cleveland Indians baseball. She also enjoyed the companionship of her dog, “Baby.” Rosa is survived by her mother, Gavina of San Antonio, son, Joe F. Hernández III of Rocky Ridge, daughters, Yolanda O. Hernández of Rocky Ridge and Angie F. (Corey) Wodrich of North Carolina, and grandsons, Dustin M. Hernández and Jacob M. Hernández. She is also survived by her sister, Hortencia (Juan) Chapa and brothers, Marcelino (Mary Lou) Flores and Felix (Adelina) Flores, Jr., all of San Antonio. Her father and husband preceded her in death.

Filomena G. Guerrero, 86, of East State Street, Fremont, OH, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006, at Memorial Hospital. She was born in Gonzáles, Texas, on August 23, 1919, and is the daughter of Andres and Domitila (Padilla) García. She married Marciano Guerrero Sr. on May 10, 1936, in Laredo, Texas, and he survives. Filomena and Marciano were the owner/operators of Guerrero Tortilleria on West State Street for 20 years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Guadalupe Society, and a member of the YMCA. Filomena is survived by daughters, Filomena Cruz Esquivel, María Louisa Guzmán, Elena Venegas, all of Fremont; sons, Marciano (Feliciana) Guerrero Jr., of Woodville, Guillermo Guerrero Sr., of Clyde, Lupe (Esperanza) Guerrero, of Graytown, Andres (Virginia) Guerrero, of Fremont; sisters, Victoria Huerta and Antonia Espinoza, both of San Antonio, Texas; brothers, Refujio García, Texas, Luis García, San Antonio; 27 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded by her parents; one brother; two sisters; three grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Elaine A. Hernández, age 65, of Lima, OH, died on Friday, Feb. 17, at St. Rita’s Hospital. She was born on May 30, 1940 in Minneapolis, MN to Henry and Angela (Tena) Miranda and was raised by her step mother Lupe Miranda, who survives in Leipsic. She married Antonio Hernández and he survives. She was a homemaker; she was a member of Mission Time Holiness Church in Findlay and participated in the feeding of the needy and lonely at the church. She is also survived by two sons: Mark A. and Antonio Hernández Jr. both of Findlay and two daughters: Angela T. Hernández and Anita C. Palacios both of Findlay. She has 15 grandchildren. Elaine has 5 brothers: Henry Jr., Feliz, Anthony, Jesse, and Michael Miranda and 4 sisters: Rosa (Mario) Hernández, Mary (Jose) Zamora, Gloria (Conrad) Villela and Victoria Miranda. She has 3 deceased sisters: Carmen Miranda, Beatrice Rodriquez, and Susan Miranda.

Ronald “Ronnie” Rodríguez, age 46, of Tecumseh, died Feb. 17. He was born January 19, 1960, in Adrian, MI. Ronnie was a graduate of Adrian High School, Class of 1979, where he played and served as manager of the Varsity football team. He was a member of The Eagles and Tecumseh American Legion Post #4187. Ronnie is survived by his parents, María and Daniel García of Tecumseh; 3 sisters, Debra (Scott) Gosselin of Manitou Beach, Michelle (Jerry) Hazelett of Swanton, OH, and Margaret (David) Brantley of Wapakoneta, OH; 2 brothers, Michael (Wendy) García of Adrian, and Steven (Jennifer) García of Syracuse, NY and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Edmond Rodríguez in December 2005; grandparents, Beatriz and Juan Rodríguez and his nephew, Joshua Pryor in August 2002.


Heavenly Angel Marie Saldivar, infant daughter of Jonathan and Angel Saldivar, went to be with our Lord on Tuesday, February 14, 2006, in St. Charles/Mercy Hospital. She was born on July 10, 2004, in Baypark Community Hospital in Oregon, OH.
Surviving are her parents, Jonathan and Angel Saldivar; sister, Haily; brothers, Jonathan, Jr. and Alexander; grandparents, David and Kelly Curns, Matilda Saldivar and Phillip (Lisa) Wahl; great-grandparents, Georgia and Halsey Coutcher, Tom Firsdon and Sue Olivarez and lots of aunts and uncles.

Baby Aylin Guadalupe Vargas, 16-day-old daughter of Bulmaro and Elizabeth Reyes Vargas of Norwalk, OH, died unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, at Fisher-Titus Medical Center, Norwalk. She was born Feb. 2, 2006, in Norwalk. Funeral services will be held at Panteon Municipal Cemetery, Morelia, Michoacan, México.

Juan Pérez Arellano, 75, died at 5:23 p.m. Jan. 31, 2006, at his residence in Oakwood, OH. He was born May 6, 1930 in Brownsville, Texas to Gabino & Rose Pérez Arellano, who preceded him in death.  On Feb. 7, 1959, he married Gracie Horn, and she survives in Oakwood. Mr. Arellano retired from General Motors.  He was a member of UAW and FOP Booster. Survivors also include two sons, Matthew Arellano of Oakwood and Arturo Arellano of Brownsville, Texas; a daughter, Juanita Garza of Florida; two brothers, Mario and Ignatius Arellano; three sisters, Rose Adkins, Victoria Peralez and Guadelupe Martínez; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Gabino Arellano, Jr. and Faustino Arellano; and two sisters, Maria Bradford and Margaret Gómez.

Helen Gallardo, 75 years old, went to her eternal rest on Tuesday, January 31, 2006, surrounded by her loving family. Helen was born on May 3, 1930, in Toledo, OH, to Juan and Enriqueta (Venegas) Rodríguez. She was united in Holy Matrimony to Gilbert Gallardo, Sr. on May 10, 1948, in Toledo. Left behind to cherish her memory is her loving husband, Gilbert, and their children: daughters, Mary (David) Sánchez of Toledo, Virginia (Rudy) Mirelez of Blissfield, MI, Catherine (Dan) Alcorta, Rita (John) Ybarra, Elizabeth (David) Soto, Monica (Gerald) Cosme, all of Adrian, Connie (Don) Hibbard of Silver Springs, MD; sons, Jesse Gallardo of Las Vegas, Nevada, Christopher Gallardo and Gilbert Jr. (Patti) Gallardo, all of Adrian; 27 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Also surviving are three sisters, Vicky Silva, Rose Rodríguez and Julia Rodríguez, all of California; one brother, Raymond Rodríguez of Toledo; brother-in-law, Jesse (Mary) Gallardo and family of Erie, MI; sister-in-law, Angie Gallardo. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Christina Gallardo; four brothers, Johnny, Tony, Sado and Esaw Rodríguez; one sister, Beatrice Díaz; son-in-law, Rico Chapa; brothers-in-law, Louis and Felix Gallardo. Helen was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, a member of the Guadalupe Society, and a Eucharistic Minister.

Monica Tristan, 32, of Toledo, OH, died suddenly Thursday, February 1, 2006, in Toledo. Monica was born October 4, 1973, in Oregon to James E. and Consuelo (Mejia) Tristan. She was a homemaker, who enjoyed walks in the sunshine, who was a loving mother and a kind and caring sister. Monica was a person who enjoyed helping others and going the extra mile to help with their needs. She was a graduate of Woodmore High School. Survivors include her parents, James and Connie, children, Mariah and Adrien Tristan, brother, Edward (Heather) Tristan, sister, Jennifer (Bennie) Pagona, and grandparents, Catarina Mejia and Baldamar Tristan. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mike Mejia and Jane Tristan. Contributions in Monica’s memory may be given to the family in care of Sky Bank of Elmore, 365 Rice St., Elmore, OH 43416.

Tomas “Tommy” Carrizales, 56, of Port Clinton, OH, died, Thursday, Jan. 26, at the H. B. Magruder Hospital, Port Clinton, OH. He was born August 17, 1949 in McAllen, TX to Jesus (Jesse) R. & Consuelo (Zamudio) Carrizales. Tommy worked at Riverview Industries Workshop, Oak Harbor, OH. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Port Clinton, OH. Tommy loved to jazzercise, watch wrestling and especially loved to dance. He always greeted you with a great big smile and a handshake or a hug. Tommy will be greatly missed by his family and all his friends at Riverview & Bell Mell’s. Survivors include: Sisters: Marie (Jim) Stiger of Oak Harbor, OH, Alicia (Jim Rickard) of Port Clinton, OH, Rosie (John) Goodman of Oak Harbor, OH, Gloria (Sean) Gardner of Port Clinton, OH and Lisa (Scott) Murphy of Port Clinton, OH; Brothers: Gilbert Carrisales of Port Clinton, OH and Edward (Maggie) Carrisalez of Port Clinton, OH; Sister-In-Law: Tana Carrisales of Port Clinton, OH, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces & nephews and many good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother, Felix, and brother, Jesse Carrisales.

Guadalupe R. Hernández, 66, of Leipsic, OH, died at 6:45 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at Putnam Acres Care Center, Ottawa. Funeral services for Mrs. Hernández will be held at 10:00 a.m. Feb. 1 at Fountain of Life Church, Leipsic, the Rev. José Zamora officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Leipsic. Surviving are her husband, Ernesto Sr.; two sons, Ernesto Jr. of Bluffton; Jerry of Leipsic; four daughters, Mrs. Bernard (Yolanda) Shively and Mrs. Dennis (Irma) Hardy, both of Leipsic; Gloria Meiseman-Reyna, Ottawa; and Mrs. James (Linda) Hernández, Boulder, CO; four brothers, Bernard Reyes, Defiance; Genaro Camareno, Ottawa; Albert Camareno and Simon Reyes, both in Texas; two sisters, Odelia Rodríquez in Florida; Rosa Peña in Illinois.

Gloria Dawn Martínez, 63, of Toledo, OH, passed away Tuesday, January 24, surrounded by her family. She was born on Tuesday, April 7, 1942, in Toledo to John and Jane Rank. Gloria is survived by her caring husband, Rodrigo Martínez, and by their 5 children: son, Rodrigo Martínez Jr. and daughters, Gina (Bill) Teague, Lisa Bzoza, Monica (Frank) Montoya, and Felicia (Jason) Roan. She was loved and respected by her fifteen grandchildren and six great- grandchildren. Also mourning her loss are her brothers and sisters, John (Noreen) Rank, Tina (Sherman) Sniegowski, Louise (Dennis) Stricker, Joy (Rick) Crabtree, and James (Sandy) Rank. Gloria will be affectionately remembered by her close friends who offered great comfort.

Geraldine Rivera (née Medina), 49, of Lorain, OH, died Thursday, Jan. 26, at her home, following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Rivera was born in Lorain. She attended Sacred Heart Chapel of Lorain. She was a homemaker who enjoyed music and spending time with her family and friends.
She is survived by her daughters, Miriam Wilson and Jacqueline Rivera, both of Buffalo, N.Y., and Julie Ortiz of Lorain; son, Humberto Ortiz of Buffalo N.Y.; her father, Domingo Medina of Lorain; brothers Alcides Medina of Elyria and Dominick Santana of North Carolina; sisters Carmen Ortiz of Elyria and Lucy Roman of Lorain; 11 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews and longtime companion, Mike Calcano of Lorain. She was preceded in death by her husband, Humberto Rivera; and her mother, Julia Medina (née Santana).

Ana L. González (née Rodríguez), 79, of Lorain, OH, died Sat., Jan. 14, at Community Health Partners Hospital, Lorain, following a brief illness. She was born June 12, 1926, in Manati, Puerto Rico, and moved to Lorain in 1949. Mrs. González enjoyed cooking, sewing and music. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and the Eldorado. Survivors include her sons Miguel González of Sheffield Lake and G. Luis González, Ismael González, Rafael González and David González, all of Lorain; daughter, Lidia Laboy of Lorain; sisters Flor Velásquez, Gaby Ortiz, and Carmen Rodríguez, all of Puerto Rico; and 16 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Ventura González, in 1991; her parents, Fabio and Thomasita (née Maldonado) Rodríguez; brother, Carlos Rodríguez; and sister, Jeny Rodríguez.

Celida M. Ortiz (née Hernández), 57, of Lorain, OH, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Community Health Partners Hospital, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. She was born Aug. 21, 1948, in Lares, Puerto Rico. She moved to Lorain in 1951 and graduated from Admiral King High School in 1966. Mrs. Ortiz was employed at Lorain County Title as a clerk for 18 years and previously worked as a clerk at a Lorain auto dealership. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Elyria Township. She enjoyed travel and camping. Survivors include her husband of 38 years, Juan Saul Ortiz; son, Christopher S. Ortiz of Lorain; daughters Marisol Ortiz and Michele Ortiz, both of Lorain; her father, Raul Hernández of Lorain; mother, María Reyes of Lorain; brother, Hernan Hernández of Lorain; sisters Norma Pérez of Detroit, MI, Erma Fletcha of Tampa, Fla., and Ruth “Cuchi” Hernández of Lorain; stepbrothers Frankie Hernández of Lorain and Enrique Hernández of Eldorado, Puerto Rico; and nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by a son stillborn in 1969 and daughter stillborn in 1971.

Hilario “Larry” Rios, 69, of Fremont, OH, died Jan.14th evening in the emergency room of Memorial Hospital. He was born in Deckerville, MI, to Francisco and Brijida (Vara) Rios. On Dec. 5, 1959, he married Mary Ruiz at St. Ann Catholic Church, Fremont, and she survives. Larry worked in the maintenance department at Kelsey-Hayes Foundry for 45 years, retiring in 1996. He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Community and the United Steel Workers Union Local 1915. Larry was a boxer for the local boxing club in the early 1950s. He enjoyed coaching several local baseball teams from 1973 to 1978 and was very much devoted to his grandchildren. Surviving are daughters, Lona Rios, Lucy (Ron) Durdel, Cindy (Greg) Tucker and son, John (Peggie) Rios, all of Fremont; eight grandchildren, Richard, John and Candace López; Austin, Haleigh, Hannah and Hadley Rios, Travis and Stephanie Tucker; and several step-grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers, Francisco of Green Springs and David of Bucyrus; sisters, Hope Ruiz of Fremont, Mary Rios, Consuelo Garza, Janie Rios, Lola Durbin, and Patricia Muñoz, all of Lorain, OH; and many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death are his parents; brothers, Ruben and Peter; sister, Esther Ruiz; and an infant sister and brother.

Georgino “Hino” Solis, 80, of Lorain, OH, died Thurs., Jan. 12, at EMH Regional Medical Center, Elyria, following a long illness. He was born July 13, 1925, in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain in 1951. He was employed as a pipefitter at Standard Pipe for 13 years. Solis attended House of Praise International Church, Lorain.
He enjoyed gardening, playing his guitar, and listening to music. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Rosa (née López); son, Hector of New London; daughters Ramona Rivera, Margarita González and Rosemary Solis, all of Lorain, and Idalia Tiller of Amherst; and 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Manuel Solis and Femina Arroyo; and a brother and three sisters.

Atanacio “Tony” Villegas passed away Tues., Jan. 17, evening at the Medical University of Ohio. He was born May 2, 1927, to Enrique and Enriquetta Villegas in Texas. He served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947, worked for Rossford Ordinance for 10 years, and retired from General Motors after 25 years of employment. He was preceded in death by his sisters, María Gonzáles and Jane Archebeque. He is survived by his wife, Isabel; his children, Linda (Richard Eilar), Dolores (Mike) Keller, Susan (Eugene Lemle), Sandy and David and María and Christina (Mike) Romo, who are also included in his beloved children; 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; as well as sisters, Orthencia Rodríguez, Ofilia (Gonzalo) Camacho, Ofelia (Albert) Almaraz and brothers, Raymond and Henry (Josie).

Concepción “Connie” Q. Benavides, 80, of Findlay, OH, died at 9:23 a.m. Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at Birchaven Retirement Village. She was born May 24, 1925 in Spring Branch, TX to Catarino & Eugenia (Lugo) Quiroga. Connie married Hector G. Benavides Oct. 25, 1947 and he died August 31, 1998. Surviving are two sons, John J. (Kathy) Benavides of Perrysburg and Joseph H. (Hoa) Benavides of Findlay; one daughter C. Luisa (Douglas) Bolmer of Findlay; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Isabel Villegas of Toledo. Mrs. Benavides was preceded in death by a granddaughter and a brother, Federico. She was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church.

Olga “Abuela” Fernández, age 85 years, of Toledo, OH, passed away Thursday, January 12, 2006, in Flower Hospital. She enjoyed golfing and bowling and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mike; sister, Delia Pantoja and nephew, Tony Pantoja. She is survived by her son, Bob (Linda) García; grandchildren, Tony (Ann) García, Joel (Mary) García, Amy (Jason) LeGree and Rick García; great-grandchildren, Breanna, Sammy, Alex and Abby; niece, Sylvia (Joe) Forthome; nephew, Louie Pantoja, and brother-in-law, Louie Pantoja Sr.

Timoteo Juárez, 84, passed away Sunday in LaSara, Texas, where he had been living for the past nine years. He was born in México and raised his family in the Fremont- Green Springs, OH area. Mr. Juárez retired from the Great Western Sugar Co. in Fremont. He was a hard worker who farmed for many years. He enjoyed working outdoors and raising animals. His wisdom and insight will be remembered by those who knew him and loved him. He is survived by his wife, Eufrasia Juárez, and his 13 children, Diego (María) Juárez, LaSara, Texas; Frank (Lona) Juárez, Toledo; John Juárez, Oregon, Ohio; Dan Juárez, Fremont; Ben (Tina) Juárez, Bettsville; Tim Juárez, Fremont; María (Albert) Sabo, Fremont; Lupe (Scott) Humberger, Fremont; Mary (Randy) Burns, Franklin, Ohio; Janie (Chris) Smith, Tiffin; Blanca (Mike) Snyder, Fremont; Delia (Garry) Clark, Fremont; and Esther Fanning, Toledo. He also had 23 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Antonio “Tony” Soto, 90, of Lorain, OH, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2006, at Community Health Partners Hospital and Surgical Center West, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. He was born June 1, 1915, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, and lived in Lorain since 1947. He retired from Lorain Works U.S. Steel in the 1970s after working there for 30 years. He was a member Sacred Heart Chapel and the United Steel Workers Union Local 1104. He enjoyed playing dominos. Survivors include his daughter and son; and several brothers and sisters. He was preceded in death by his sister.

Jodie L. Stearns, age 47, of Bloomdale, Ohio, passed away January 11, 2006, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. She was born July 2, 1958, in Fostoria, Ohio, to Jack L. and Patty Jean (Singleton) Stearns, who both survive. She married Thomas A. Waldock on June 22, 1991, in Bloomdale, Ohio and he survives. She is also survived by her sons, Jack T. Waldock and Tom T. Waldock, both at home, and 1 brother, Michael J. Stearns, Bloomdale, Ohio.
Jodie was a partner in Stearns & Hammer Law Office in Bowling Green and also a farmer. She was currently the Bowling Green City Assistant Prosecutor. In 1976, she graduated from Elmwood High School. In 1980, she graduated from Ohio State University, followed by OSU’s Law School in 1983. She passed her bar examination in 1984 and was a member of the Wood County Bar Association (past president), Ohio State Bar Association, American Bar Association, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, American Agricultural Law Association, Ohio Governor’s Task Force – Economic Development.

Attorney Sterns was involved in legal activities affecting the migrant community as reflected by comments by Baldemar Velásquez, president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee. “What a tragedy, we have been friendly adversaries for the better part of 20 years.”  “Over the years we got the better of each other pretty evenly in court cases and at the negotiating table with the Vlasic growers, but it was never personal and we maintained a collegial friendship outside of our business differences.” “On a number of occasions we joined forces on legislation that benefited both farmers and farmworkers, most recently the Ag-Jobs legislation introduced by Senators Kennedy and McCain.  We even traveled together to Washington D.C. and once to México City to meet jointly with Department of Labor officials and Mexican officials in promoting changes in the then current H2A guestworker program.” “We were all pretty well shocked here at the FLOC office, and extend our condolences to her family and friends.”

Eva “Eve” V. (née Flores) Steele of Toledo, OH, passed away unexpectedly, Monday, January 9, 2006, in her home. She was born March 23, 1926, in Toledo to José and Carmen Flores. Eve graduated with honors from Waite High School, completing her coursework in three years. She was offered a full academic scholarship to Mary Manse College but decided to serve her country as a member of the Army Women’s Air Corps. Eve was a dedicated civil servant who began her extensive 36-year career with the Rossford Ordinance Depot, and later joined the City of Toledo where she worked in various departments including, the Traffic Bureau of the Police Department, Division of Accounts, and finally with the Division of Streets, Bridges and Harbor. Eve was member of Local 7 AFSCME, and served as a union steward for one term. She was a loving and devoted mother and friend who possessed a zest for life, unbridled energy and a tenacious spirit. Eva traveled extensively having recently returned from México where she visited the town in which her parents were born.
Eve had worshipped as a member of various Catholic communities through the years, recently adopting St. Patrick’s Historic Church as her church home.
Eva is survived by son, Theodore (Mary) Steele of Toledo; daughters, Carmen (Michael) Stemen of Westerville, Ohio, Symonette Steele (Francisco Pallitta) of Toledo and LTC Anneliese (MAJ Douglas Skaggs, US Army) Steele, US Army of Hampton, VA; grandchildren include, Matthew and Erin Steele, Joshua and Melinda Stemen, Haley Nofziger, Joseph Donavon, with the family expecting the arrival of her seventh grandchild in April 2006, and numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving are her brother, Raymond Flores, of Arlington, VA, and sisters, Esperanza (Charles) Clay, of Arlington, TX, Mary Ward of Toledo and Mary Jane (Joseph) Flores of Toledo. She was preceded in death by her sister, Margarita; mother, Carmen; father, José; brothers, Rudy and Judge Joseph A. Flores.

Edelia “Delia” Varela (née Rojas), 82, of Lorain, OH, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006, at home. She was born Dec. 23, 1923, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, and lived in Lorain since 1948.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and the Crucillo Movement. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and babysitting.
Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Juan Varela; daughters Luz C. Clark and Gloria E. Marrero, both of Lorain; sons Ray Cruz of Cleveland and James Cruz of Lorain; brothers Edwino Rojas and Andre Rojas, both of New York; sisters Gloria of New York and Fila of Florida; stepdaughters Lolita and Nerida, both of Florida; and 20 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ventura and Isabel (née Reyes) Rojas; brothers Edwin Rojas and Michael Rojas; and one grandson and one great-grandson.

Reynaldo “Rey” S. Borjas, 62, passed away January 8, 2006, in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in McAllen, Texas, on September 11, 1943, to Simon and Maria Borjas. Rey was a Genoa High School graduate and proudly served with the 101st Calvary Airborne Division of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He then married Otila F. López on October 28, 1967, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Genoa. Rey worked 10 years at Doehler Jarvis followed by 29 years as a dedicated pipe fitter at the General Motors Power Train Plant. Rey was a truly warm, loving man who loved to travel the countryside in his motor home. His infectious warm smile and humor touched anyone who met him. He loved being with his family who meant the world to him. Rey’s grandkids were his pride and joy. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, grilling, camping, bonfires, the Florida Keys, Disney World and Cedar Point.
Rey was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law, Antonio López. He leaves behind his wife of 38 years, Otila; children, Reynaldo Jr., Sandy (John) Bricker, Norma (Chris) Ramey, Rolando, Ricardo; 13 grandchildren; siblings, Julia (Ed) Soto, María (Gene) Mireles, Aurora (Jeff) Jones, Eduardo (Diana) Borjas, Lisa Rios, José (Wendy) Borjas, Dora Borjas, Marty (Terri) Borjas and Linda Borjas.

Anthony “Tony” García, 77, of Elyria, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2005, at home. He was born June 12, 1928, in Ponce, Puerto Rico and lived in the Bronx, N.Y., before moving to Lorain in 1966. He lived in Elyria for 20 years. García was employed as a custodian in the Lorain School System for 21 years, retiring in 1988. He enjoyed walking, was known for his whistling and enjoyed playing the accordion.
Survivors include his daughters Leticia García of Puerto Rico, Lourdes García of Florida and Lydiana García and Lizzette García Reyes, both of Lorain; and nine grandchildren.

Manuel G. González, age 95, of Adrian, MI, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2006, at Adrian Health Care. He was born Aug. 28, 1910, in Guerrero, Tamaulipas, México, to Gabriel and Martina (García) González. He was married to Bacilia Y. Ybarra on April 22, 1933, in Cotulla, Texas. She preceded him in death on June 11, 1993. He was employed with Stubnitz-Greene. Manuel was always a hard worker. He moved to Blissfield in 1938 from Cotulla, TX, to work in the fields in the summer and at the Blissfield Sugar Plant in the winter. Manuel also had a passion for gardening. In 1941, he moved to Adrian where he worked at Bohn #13, Bohn #24, Kaiser Fraser, and then Stubnitz-Greene. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church. Manuel is survived by a son, Manuel González, Jr. and his wife, Elvira, of Adrian; three sisters, Clara Jiménez of Hale Center, TX, Tomasa Flores of Cotulla, TX, and Andrea Luna of Devine, TX; four grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two brothers, and three sisters.

Tomás Molina, 57, of Lorain, OH, died Monday, Jan. 9, 2006, in Community Health Partners Hospital, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. He was born Nov. 11, 1948, in Utuado, Puerto Rico, and moved from Trenton, N.J., to Lorain in 1973. He enjoyed singing and playing guitar, especially traditional Spanish music.
Survivors include his companion, Francisca Andjuhar; sons Tomas “Macho” Molina Jr. and Alexander Molina, both of Florida, and Fernando Luis “Beba” Molina of Lorain; daughters Clairabel Molina of Florida and Amariles Molina of Puerto Rico; his father, Marcos A. Molina of Utuado; brothers Felix A. Molina of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Ramón A. Molina, José Jamie Molina and Fernando L. Molina, all of Lorain, Wilfredo Molina of San German, Puerto Rico and Roberto Molina and Marcos A. “Tony” Molina, both of Orlando, Fla.; sisters Carmen A. “Tati” Molina of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, and María C. “Cucliy” and María M. Molina both of Utuado; his former wife, Wilma Arce of Florida; and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, Carmen Escobales; and sons Daniel Molina and Miguel A. Pérez.

Minerva Alvarado Ochoa, 62, of south Toledo, OH and formerly of Fremont, passed away Jan. 2, 2006, at St. Anne Mercy Hospital. She was preceded in death by her mother, Fermina Alvarado and brothers Joseph and Ralph Alvarado. Minerva is survived by her husband, Antonio Ochoa; sons Kenny (Heather) Ruiz Jr. and Jesus Ruiz; daughters Mary (Doug) Filliater, Rosemary Ruiz and Ann Ruiz; brother Edwardo (Margaret) García; sister Yolanda (Pete) Todoroff; and grandchildren Aurelia, Connie, Rachel, Jasmine, Katelynn, Jenna, Jayden and Cody Ruiz and Cheetara Stuchel.

Guillermina Santiago, 77, of Lorain, OH, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain. She was born Feb. 10, 1928, in Guayama, Puerto Rico, and moved to Lorain 20 years ago from Puerto Rico. She volunteered at Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. She enjoyed cooking, walks along the beach and her family.
Survivors include her son, Domingo Rivera Sr. of Lorain; daughters Mildalia Rodríguez of Bethlehem, PA, and Luz Marie Ortiz of Guyama; and 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grand- children. She was preceded in death by her son, Angel Luis Rivera.

Mary Ernestina Guerrero, 73, of Fenton, MI, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005 at McLaren Regional Medical Center. Funeral Mass took place Dec. 31 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Rev. Fr. Eduardo Lorenzo and Rev. Fr. Tim Nelson concelebrated, with burial in New Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

Zeneido Ortiz Miranda, 84, of Princeton, Fla., formerly of Lorain, OH, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005, at Baptist Hospital, after a brief illness. He was born June 20, 1921, in Coamo, Puerto Rico. From there he moved to Lorain, where he lived for 30 years. He moved to Princeton after retirement.

Miranda was employed at U.S. Steel’s Lorain Works in the pipe mills for 30 years, retiring in 1978. He was a member of Templo Bethel, Lorain, and enjoyed gardening, cooking and his family.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Blanca; sons Rubén Ortiz Sr. of North Ridgeville and David Ortiz of McLean, Va.; daughter, Ana L. Bourque of Sunrise, Fla.; and five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, two brothers and three sisters. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Justa (née Fontónez), in 1975; a son, Zeneido Ortiz Jr., in 1968 in Vietnam; and five brothers and sisters.


James S. Rabbitt, 60, formerly of Toledo, OH, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at the State of Michigan Veteran’s Home in Grand Rapids, MI. He had been hospitalized since having a stroke 14 years earlier. A 2nd Lieutenant in the administrative branch of the Adjutant General Corps, he served as the Officer in Charge of Operations and administrated operations of Personnel Management, Records, and Actions at Cam Ranh Bay, South Vietnam from 1969-70, receiving the Bronze Star for Meritorious Achievement.

Jim graduated in 1973 from the University of Toledo with a Doctor of Juris Prudence. An attorney, he worked for the Lucas Co. Domestic Relations Court as a referee and later was a partner in several Toledo law firms. Jim’s physical disability was channeled into helping other disabled veterans and was a member of the Grievance Committee for the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky, OH. He served in Toledo as chairman of the Board, Veteran’s Community Foundation from 1990-92, and as president of the Lucas County Veteran’s Service Commission in 1991, and was co-chairman, legal staff, of the Ohio State Veteran’s Service Commission in 1989. A legal advisor to the Lucas Co. Council of American Legion from 1987-89, he was a member of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, and Veteran’s Rights Advocate. Jim was active in the AMVETS, American Legion #40 and #8, the Wolf Creek Sportsman’s Club, Vietnam Veteran’s of America, Veteran’s of Foreign Wars, and the Ottawa County Conservation Club. He was president of Old Newsboys Goodfellow Association from 1985-86.

Surviving are son, James E. Rabbitt III; daughter, Elizabeth L. Rabbitt; mother, Clara Metzger; brother, Gerald Rabbitt; sisters, Joy Dushane and Becky Shaw. He was preceded in death by his father, James E. Rabbitt II.

Ana C. Rivera, 58, of Lorain, OH, died Friday, Dec. 30, at Community Health Partners Hospital, Lorain, following a brief illness. She was born July 28, 1947, in Utuado, Puerto Rico, and moved here from Utuado eight months ago. She enjoyed shopping, television, especially soap operas, and travel. Survivors include her sons Angel R. Feliciano and Giovanni Collazo, both of Lorain, and Elvin R. Feliciano of Madison, Wis.; her mother, Genara (née González) Rivera of Lorain; sisters Gloria Rodríguez and Nereida Ramos, both of Lorain, and Lydia Rivera and Milagros Rivera, both of Puerto Rico; brothers Miguel Rivera and Pedro Rivera, both of Puerto Rico, and Julio Rivera, Luis Cintron and Antonio Rivera, all of Lorain; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Santo Rivera, in 2001; and a brother, Carlos Rivera.

Debra L. Sánchez, (née Fox), 35, of Lorain, OH, formerly of Elyria, died unexpectedly Sunday, Dec. 25. Mrs. Sánchez enjoyed camping, music, Cedar Point, her family and being with all kinds of animals. Survivors include her husband of 15 years, Mario Sánchez; son, Mario Sánchez Jr.; her mother, Nancy Wickham (née Wagner) of North Ridgeville; sisters Paula Pennington, Jackie Chávez and Amber Fox, all of Lorain, and Angie Fox of Olmsted Township; brothers Eric Fox, Dane Fox, and Aaron Fox, all of Elyria; and nieces, nephews and a great-nephew. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Fox; and her grandparents.


Pascual M. Barajas, Sr., 84, of Paulding, OH, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005, at his residence. He was born in Foster, MI, on October 5, 1921, the son of Antonio D. and Eusebia (Morales) Barajas. On Feb. 24, 1949, he married Antonia Ordaz, who preceded him in death on January 19, 1999. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving during WWII, where he was awarded the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars. He was employed by G.M. Powertrain, Defiance, retiring in 1982. He was a member of the D.A.V. Post #36, Defiance. He is survived by three sons, Pascual M. (Gloria) Barajaz Jr., Findlay, Antonio (Joyce) Barajas, Paulding, and Luis Barajas, Hicksville; five daughters, Linda (Lauro) Sánchez, Lillian (James) Genero, Elizabeth (Charles) Murray, and Sonya (Richard) Geckle, all of Paulding, Mary Jane Clifton, MI; four brothers, Antonio M. Barajas, Port Huron, MI, Luis M. Barajas, and Gilbert Barajas, both of San Antonio, TX, and Armando M. Barajas, Lapeer, MI; six sisters, Angela Barajas, Capac, MI, Lupe Torres, Flint, MI, María Davila, Rosa Rodríguez, and Mary Helen Treviño, all of San Antonio, TX, and Isabel Guzmán, Port Huron, MI; twenty-nine grandchildren; and thirty-nine great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Augustine O. Barajas; and a brother, Augustine M. Barajas.


José M. Cisneros, 85, of Oregon, OH, passed away Dec. 19, in Arbors at Oregon Nursing Home. Mr. Cisneros was a veteran of the US Army serving during WWII.


Justo M. Dominguez M.D. passed away on Wednesday, December 21, in Toledo Hospital. He practiced pathology in Canada and Toledo, Ohio for thirty three years. Dr. Dominguez was preceded in death by his son, Joseph Dominguez. He is survived by his wife, Pilar Phyllis; daughter, Joyce Dominguez, daughter-in-law, Karen Dominguez; grandchildren, Joshua and Amy; sisters, Lydia García, Lolita Padua and brother, Mar Dominguez.


Paul P. Ochoa, 89, of McComb, OH, died at 8:00AM on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at his residence. Funeral services were held Saturday at Love Funeral Home, Leipsic, with Deacon Val López officiating. Surviving are four brothers, Jesse of San Antonio, TX; Reyes of Findlay; Raul of Auburndale, Fla.; and Robert of McComb; and five sisters, Josephine Salinas, of Germany; Adelina Hernández and Mrs. Manuel (Adelfa) Flores, both of Winter Haven, Fla.; Susie Sánchez, San Antonio, TX; and Lupi Flores, Sylvania, OH.


Edward Paul Ramírez, 52, of Sheffield Village, OH, died Sunday, Dec. 18, in Lakewood Hospital, following a brief illness. He was born Feb. 19, 1953, in Lorain, and lived in Sheffield Village for many years. Ramírez was employed as a division manager for Great American Insurance Co. for 24 years. He graduated from Lorain Southview High School in 1971, lettering in football and basketball, and was a member of the National Honor Society. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1975 with a bachelor of science degree in economics. He also played lacrosse at Oberlin and lettered in football. He was founder and a past president of the Lorain Southview Quarterback Club, and a member of the Oberlin College Alumni Association, Lorain Southview and Brookside Cardinal Adult Athletic Booster Clubs and St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Sheffield Village. Ramírez was an avid sports player, coach, and manager. He was a co-founder of Frank’s Rec-Dr. Dobney’s fast-pitch softball team and coached the team to Lorain City championships in the 1980s, Ohio State championships in 1985-86, regional championships in 1991 and 1993, national runner-up in 1994 and a national championship in 1993. He remained active in sports through coaching youth baseball and basketball teams and was inducted into the Lorain Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Rachelle (née Freeze); son, Jared Ramírez, and daughter, Joanna Ramírez, both of Sheffield Village; his parents, Enrique and Isabel (née Maltos) Ramírez of Lorain; brothers Frederick Ramírez of Lorain and Richard Ramírez and Anthony Ramírez, both of Amherst; sister, Jean Ramírez Florell of Orlando, Fla.; and nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jesse Maltos and Anna (née Popovich) Bonzar and Maximino and María (née Silva) Ramírez.


Francisco L. Torres, 86, of Lorain, OH, died Saturday, Dec. 24, in his home, following a lengthy illness. He was born Dec. 24, 1919, in Lares, Puerto Rico. He moved to Lorain in 1960. Mr. Torres retired in 1989 from the maintenance department of Lake Terminal Railroad, Lorain. He worked there for 29 years. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. He was also a member of the United Steel Workers Union Local 1104 of Lorain. He enjoyed gardening and playing dominoes. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Teresa Torres (née Martínez); sons Juan and Wilfredo Torres, both of Lorain, and Joseph Torres of Cleveland; daughters Carmen Rivera of Amherst, Bienvenida Santiago and Frances Torres, both of Lorain, Elizabeth Quiñones of Olmsted Falls and Nilda Rau of Deerfield, MI; 33 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan N. Luciano and Maria E. Torres; son, Oscar Torres; daughters Minerva and Nereida Torres; and sister, Juana Luciano.

Tomás Carbajal, 25, of Adrian, MI, died Dec. 14, 2005, at Bixby Medical Center. He was born Jan. 18, 1980, in Matamoros, México, the son of Rueben and Anna María (Ramírez) Carbajal.

Andrea Hernández Rodríguez, 72, of Adrian, MI, went to be with The Lord Savior on, December 3, 2005, at Bixby Medical Center. She was born June 16, 1933, Guadalupe & María (Alva) Hernández, in Bryan, Texas.  Andrea and her parents were founders of Calvary Baptist Church. She worked as a cook at Siena Heights University and Adrian College, moving to Chicago, Ill, in 1970. She retired with 25 years of service with AT&T, as an operator. Then she returned to Adrian in 1995, making it her home again. She attended Iglesia Cristiana Bautista in Adrian, serving with the Ladies Missionary Group. She dedicated her life to her family with love and generosity. She fought the battle of cancer and heart disease.
She is survived by her siblings; Aurelia Flores of Houston, TX, Jovita Martínez of San Antonio, TX, María Campos of Chicago, IL, Naomi (Lupe) Soto of Adrian, and Samuel (Rebecca) Hernández of Adrian; three granddaughters: Andrea (Gilberto, Sr.) Casanova of Adrian, Reyes (John) Stuart of Nashville, TN, and Francesca Rodríguez (Edwin Fryerson) of Nashville, TN; three grandsons; Andrew (Tara Miranda) Rodríguez of Nashville, TN, Daniel, Sr.(Tammy) Rodríguez of Nashville, TN, Joe Ortiz (Konnie Krueger) of Adrian; she was blessed with fifteen great grandchildren: Adriana, Fantasia, Jason, Isabela, Ashliegh, Claudia, Daniel Jr., Deonte, Robert, Quañez, Octavian, Giselle, Alejandro, Bobby, Brian, and former daughter in law; Dolores Rodríguez of Nashville, TN. She was preceded in death by his parents, Guadalupe & María Hernández, her son Joel Moses Rodríguez, Jr.,  and siblings; Jesusa, Genevieve, Juan, Guadalupe Jr., and Bernabe.

Mary S. Jiménez, 79, of Saginaw, MI, passed away on Friday, December 16, 2005 at her home. Mass of Christian Burial took place 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, at St. Stephen Catholic Church.

Rafael R. Jiménez, 95, of Epsom, N.H., formerly of Lorain, OH, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2005. He was born March 15, 1910, in Ixtlan, Michoacan, México. He immigrated to the United States alone at age 16 and lived in Lorain for 70 years. Jiménez spent 16 years at U.S. Steel, owned businesses that delivered soft drinks and ice, and worked for many years as an employee of Goodman Beverage. In his later years he operated a small shop on Pearl Street, where he was known as Ralph the barber.
During World War II, he worked in a bomber plant and joined the Civilian Defense Corps. He later became involved in an effort to foster better race relations in Lorain and was a founding member of the city’s auxiliary police force. As a youth he had survived smallpox and bone cancer and as an adult, colon cancer. He belonged to several reading groups. He boxed and fought a few semi-professional fights at the old Antlers Hotel and in Cleveland. In his younger years he regularly swam to the Lorain Lighthouse. After giving up long-distance swimming he remained a lifetime fitness buff, hunter, and enjoyed the outdoors.
Survivors include his sons, Ralph Jiménez of Concord, N.H., and Dr. Richard Jiménez of Woodinville, Wash.; three grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Catherine Popovich Jiménez; and parents, Refugio and María Rosales Jiménez.


Daniel Torres, 57, of Britton, MI, died Sunday, Dec. 11, in Toledo.
Born Aug. 2, 1948, in River Rouge, he was the son of Domingo and Julia H. (Hernández) Torres. He married Diana M. Howe Aug. 6, 1976, in Ann Arbor. A truck driver, he worked for Yellow Freight for 25 years. He was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Dundee and a graduate of Ida High School.
Surviving are his wife; a son, Michael J. (Tiffany) Sherman of Temperance; three brothers, Victor of Lubbock, Texas, José A. of Toledo and Richard H. of Grass Lake; four sisters, Juanita M. Torres and Eloisa H. (Vincent) Delrio, both of Monroe, Julia (José) Muñoz of Detroit and Irene (Randy) Balsmeyer of Oregon, Ohio, and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Isaac D. Torres.

Manuel “Manny” Treviño, of South Toledo, a hard-working, devoted family man, passed away suddenly at the age of 56 on Thursday, December 15. He was a dedicated employee of Daimler-Chrysler Corp. for 35 years, and also the proud owner of East of Chicago Pizza at Dorr and McCord. He was preceded in death by his mother, Carmen L. Treviño. Surviving are his wife, Carla Treviño; sons, Aaron and Adam; daughters, Marie T. Rivera and Sara T. Vallejo; 9 grandchildren; father, Gilberto Treviño; brothers, Gilberto, Jr., Ricardo, Ernesto, David, Oscar, Joe, Marcos, Carlos, & Ramón and sister, Carmen T. Urbina.

Apolonio S. “Paul” Villarreal, 62, of Flint, MI, passed into eternal life on Sunday, December 11, 2005. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, Dec. 16, at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Flint. Burial in Crestwood Cemetery.


Miguel A. “Mike” Rodríquez Sr., age 70, of South Toledo, passed away suddenly Friday, December 9, in the Toledo Hospital. He was born May 8, 1935, in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, to Angel and Juana (Soto) Rodríquez. Mike married Renate Siefert on August 30, 1957, in West Haven, Connecticut. Mike was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, and he was a volunteer fireman for the Springfield Twp. Fire Department. Mike was a Merchant Marine in Puerto Rico and he had worked for Toledo Steel Tub and Hammill Manufacturing. He enjoyed coaching softball and bowling. He loved life to the fullest, and was willing to help one and all. He will be truly missed. Mike was preceded in death by his parents; son, Edwin and sister, Herminia.

Surviving is his devoted and loving wife of 48 years, Renate and their children, Miguel Jr., Kurt, Lorraine (Alvaro Sr.), William, Diane, Richard, Margarita. Also surviving are his siblings, Georgina, Ramona, Ita (Ramón Luis), Genoveva, Carmen, Esteban (Eva), Irene (Manuel) and 20 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Dorotha Sue Avalos, age 65, died on December 1, ‘05, in Hospice of Northwest Ohio after being diagnosed with liver cancer two weeks ago. She was born July 21, 1940, in the town of Red Boiling Springs, TN, to the late Charlie and Zena Smallwood. In 1955, Sue moved to Toledo, graduated from Libbey High School, and began working for Niños Mexican restaurant where she developed a great passion for cooking. In 1957, Sue married the late Fidel T. Avalos and together they had 6 children. Sue worked for Albring Vending Company for the past 10 years managing the kitchen and catering business. She also worked with her son, Frank, cooking for various events in his hall. As much time as she devoted to her work, she devoted even more to her family. Sue will be missed by her children, friends, and family. Sue truly touched the lives of those who loved her.

Sue is survived by her long time companion, Lupe Alvarez; her 5 children, Frankie Lane, Charles Thomas, Fredrick Joesph, Bonita Ann, and Christina Sue; her 14 grandchildren, John, Renee, Amber, Aaron, Joesph, Russell Neil, Ryan Matthew, Afton Racine, Brandi Nicole, Eric Jerome Jr., Ericka Sue, Tommie, Johnathon and Benita; sisters, Shirley Carter, Betty Smallwood, Francis and brother, Jack Smallwood. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, James Smallwood; sister, Jo Ann Bartley and daughter, Lisa Renee Avalos.

Juana Hernández, 80, of Lorain, OH, died Monday, Nov. 28, at University Hospitals, Cleveland, following a sudden illness. She was born Jan. 27, 1925, in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, and moved to Lorain in 1959 from Puerto Rico. She and her late husband, Jacinto Torres, owned and operated Hit De Oro Restaurant in Lorain. She later worked at greenhouses until retiring. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and enjoyed church, cooking, music, travel and crocheting.

Survivors include her daughters María Vázquez, Antonia Torres and Eva Torres, all of Lorain, and Teresa Senquez of Orlando, Fla.; sons Emilio Torres of Brooklyn, N.Y., Pedro Torres of Puerto Rico and Frederico Torres of Lorain; and 24 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jacinto Torres, in 1994; a daughter, Margarita Torres, in 1949; her parents, Benicio and Feliciana (née Muñoz) Hernández; and 11 brothers and sisters.

Guadalupe L. Huerta, age 77, of Perrysburg, OH, died Saturday, December 3, 2005, at Manor of Perrysburg. She was born in San Antonio, Texas, on July 27, 1928, to her parents, Porfirio and Concepción López. Guadalupe was preceded in death by her husband, Manuel Huerta. She is survived by her children, Yolanda (Mark) Huerta English, Sulema (Manuel) Villarreal, Mary Ann (Trinidad) Sánchez, Celia Huerta, Elda Villarreal, Rosemary (Bassel) Elnamara, Virginia Huerta, Juan (Becky) Huerta, Vincent (Lora) Huerta; several grandchildren; several great- grandchildren; siblings Pedra López, Anthony López, and Manuela Ruiz.

Francisco López of Detroit, MI, 95, died Nov. 30, 2005. Beloved husband of Mary. Loving father of David (Alice) López. Grandfather of Lynda López, Dawn (Jeff) Reiley, David López and Jennifer (Michael) Wysocki. Great-grandfather of Katelyn, Nicole and Maya.

Ricardo Morales passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, Nov. 30, surrounded by his family. Ricardo was born on August 22, 1937, in San Antonio, TX, to Candido and Josefina (González) Morales. Ricardo and his family were loyal parishioners of Sacred Heart Parish for 41 years. He was an avid bowler in various leagues. He was very handy and artistic in leatherwork. Ricardo’s main love was his wife and family and he enjoyed attending events with his many grandchildren. Mr. Morales was the owner and operator of the Morales Barber Shop on Main Street in East Toledo for 14 years.
Surviving are his children, Ricardo (Vicki), Joshua C., Joshua A., Tabatha, Kristal, Tatiana, Ricardo II, Destiny, Kira, Coni (Richard) Stroshine, Richard, Allison, Steven, Olga (Florencio) Rodríguez, Juan, Louis (Tammy) Ryan, Robert, Jessica, Heather, Maria (Ricardo) Rodríguez, Britney, Rico, Niko and his loving sister-in-law, Lillian Katko. He is also survived by four brothers, six sisters, and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, María, and parents.

Noe Hernández, 54, of Columbus Grove, OH, died at 10:26 a.m. Wednesday, November 23, 2005 at his residence. Surviving are his wife, Karen; his mother, Alveza Hernández, Tupelo, Miss.; two sons, Noe Lee of Leipsic; and Eddie of Columbus Grove; two brothers, Victor of Leipsic; and Efrains of Holgate; and three sisters, Mrs. Thom (Filomena) Gorman, Tupelo, Miss.; Mrs. David (Diane) Randazzo, Guntown, Miss.; and Mrs. Eric (Melinda) Dufford, Baldwyn, Miss.


Gilberto Leal, age 50, of Toledo, OH, died Saturday, November 19. He was born October 28, 1955, to his parents, Alfonso and María Leal. Gilberto was an I.T. Tech for Page Plus Communications for several years. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Alfonso and Antonio Leal.

Gilberto is survived by his wife, María; daughter, Bianca Leal; parents, Alfonso and María Leal; step children, Raquel Hamblin, Leticia Castro, Antonia Castro; 10 grandchildren; siblings, María Salazar, Jane Leal Ledesma, Roberto Leal, Luis Leal, and his dog, Charlie.


Spc. Zaida Rosales, 25, of Lorain, OH, currently serving in the U.S. Army in Hawaii, died Saturday, Nov. 19, from injuries sustained in a traffic accident near Wahiawa, Hawaii.

She was a 1998 graduate of Lorain Admiral King High School and entered the military upon her graduation, completing training at Fort Jackson, S.C. Her first duty assignment was HHC 8th Army in Korea, followed by Japan; her second tenor was HHC 34th engineer in Fort Riley, Kan., serving as a food service specialist.

After completion at Fort Riley, she was assigned to HHC 125th Military Intelligence, Scholfield Barracks, Hawaii. Under her assignment, she completed field exercises in Thailand as a joint Pacific Command Training Exercise. She was also a member of the Headquarters Co. 45th Corp. Support Group (Forward) SPC. She also participated in the joint Navy Focus Training Mission at Pearl Harbor, having currently been assigned to Bravo Company 325th Forward Brigade Combat Team in Hawaii.

Her decorations include: two Good Conduct Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, two Overseas Tour Ribbons, a Global War on Terrorism Medal, a National Defense Medal, and multiple achievement awards as food service specialist.

She enjoyed salsa, merengue, basketball, tennis, and billiards.

Survivors include: her daughter, Jasmine Natalia Merryweather of Lorain; father, Fermin Rosales Sr. of Lorain; sisters Susana Ayala of Lorain, Carmen Ferrell of Seattle, and Wanda Gage and Evelyn Rodríguez, both of Lorain; brothers Gabriel Rosales and Ralph Rosales, both of Abaline, Kan., Fermin Rosales Jr. of Kent, Robert Rosales of Santa Paula, Calif., and Ramon Rosales of Evansville, Ind., and Michael Witchy. She was preceded in death by her mother, Natalia Rosales (née Hernández), in 1994.

Victoria Ruiz, 76, of Lorain, OH, died Wednesday, Nov. 23, at Amherst Manor Retirement Community, after a long illness. She was born Dec. 23, 1928, in Utuado, Puerto Rico, and moved to Lorain in 1950, where she had resided ever since. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and enjoyed crocheting and playing bingo. Survivors include her sons, José Manuel Jr. and Eliseo, both of Lorain, and William of Amherst; daughters Elsie Romero, Gladys Díaz, Judith Thomas, Maria Becker, Edith Diaz and Raquel Holland, all of Lorain, Blanca Carrero of Methuen, Mass., MiriamíCoon of Amherst and Amelia Boyer of Toledo; sisters Adela Orama of Puerto Rico and Alvilda “Awilda” Andujar of Youngstown; brother, William Medina of Puerto Rico; and 27 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, José Manuel Ruiz, in October 2005; daughter, Angelina Ruiz, in 1975; parents, Amelia Ortiz and Manuel Medina; a baby brother; brother, Manuel “Nolo” Medina; and sisters Margarita Irizarry and Isabel Soto.

José Salvador Chairez, 67, of Collins, OH, died Tuesday, Nov. 15, as a result of an automobile accident. He was born Nov. 11, 1938, in Durango, México. Chairez was employed by Norwalk Furniture, retiring after 33 years. He enjoyed working on his farm and woodworking. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 711 and the Lions Club, all in Norwalk. Survivors include his daughter, Jeanette Obermiller; sons Salvador Dean Chairez, Paul Joel Chairez, Joseph Benjamin Chairez and Timothy Jacob Chairez; sisters Carmela and María De Jesus; brother, Juan Chairez; and two grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, H. Diane Chairez, in 1997; and his parents, Salvador Chairez and María De La Luz Arreola.

On Wednesday, November 10, Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior of Virgil A. García, 46, came to the Cleveland Clinic and took Virgil of Sylvania, previously of Perrysburg, OH, to his home in Gloryland that his Heavenly Father had prepared for him and now he’s dancing on the streets of gold.

His wife, Teri R. (Link) married “the man of her dreams” February 14th and God blessed them with 21 years full of Valentine’s Days. The greatest gift that God gave Virgil was his children: Lydia, Melissa, Virgil II, Dan, Angela, and Carmen (Ken) Spaulding. Always wanting them to sit on his lap to give hugs and kisses and talk no matter how old they were. His five grandchildren were his treasures: Landon, Brittany, Joseph, Lee and Jason. His beloved sisters and brothers: Mary (John) Aguirre, Jesse, Sal (Diane), Mel (Paula), Evie (Jesse) Ibarra, his mother and father-in-law, Robert and Pauline Link. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sal and Eva García and his sister, Carmen.

He was currently a member of Calvary Assembly of God in Toledo. He was an ordained Deacon at Victory Church of God in Toledo and Lighthouse Holiness Tabernacle in Toledo, helping to plant these churches. Virgil was a 1st generation college graduate attending the University of Toledo (pre-law, criminal justice) and Owens C.C. (welding). He was a recipient of the Golden Key National Honor Society Award for Academic Achievement and was on the Presidents Honor List. He was also a member of The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, National Rifle Association, MECHA, YMCA, Hispanic Christians, and PYSA Coach.
From his youth, he loved welding learning from his grandfather, Virgilio Rodela at his welding shop in Toledo. For 15 years he owned V & G Plumbing and worked with his sons, loving every day he spent with them. Virgil also enjoyed working as a bus driver for Perrysburg Schools because he loved children. He drove bus dressed as Santa to see the joy on their faces. Virgil also loved restoring classic cars and enjoyed working out with his children.
Virgil was a Community Service administrator as The Good Samaritan Outreach Center and started a Homeless Veterans Outreach Program providing free food, clothing, blankets, furniture appliances and health care referrals for homeless and indigent veterans. He also started “Modern Day Knights” Program for Latino junior high and high school gang members. Virgil was always helping someone in need, remembering the poor and those who others would turn their backs on. At Christmas he would dress as Santa and give out presents to the homeless families.

He lived and gave love, and love returned to him. Virgil was a God fearing man; he loved his family and the Lord. He will be greatly missed.

Ester Leal (née Martínez), 76, of Pontiac, MI, died Nov. 17. Beloved wife of Frederick O.; dearest mother of Celia Fern, Frederick M. Leal, R. Steven Leal, Cindy (Jeffrey) Rogers, Victor Leal, Monica Leal, Patrick (Cheryl) Leal, Brenda (Facello) Leal and the late Dianna Leal-Arcand; also survived by 17 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren; dear sister of William (Josephine) Martínez.

Lorenzo A. “Oso” Rodríguez, 75, of Gibsonburg, OH, died early Monday morning, Nov. 14, at Fremont Memorial Hospital. He was born in Weslaco, Texas, to Apolinar and Elojia Aleman Rodríguez. In August 1955, he married Sulema Jaso and she survives. Lorenzo worked for the Pfizer Lime Co. for 32 years working the kiln, retiring in 1980. He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Surviving are sons, Rudy (Rhonda) and Paul (Lucille), both of Gibsonburg, Lorenzo Jr. of New Mexico, Ted (Linda) and Armando (Kendra) of Fremont; daughters, Mary (Oscar) Martínez of Lindsey and Adela (Armando) Bustamante of New México; 19 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and sister, San Juanita Díaz of California. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Rudolfo, Dario, Aniceto, Jesus; and sister, Quaquina Martínez.

LA (AP): Rick Corrales, a former Los Angeles Times photographer who helped the newspaper win a Pulitzer Prize for public service and invented the innovative 360-degree Spinshot camera, has died of stomach cancer. He was 48. Corrales, who worked for the Times from 1981 to 1995, died Monday, said Frank Sotomayer, an editor at the newspaper. His photos of Southern California’s Latino community helped the Times win the Pulitzer for public service in 1984. Corrales invented, patented and manufactured the 360-degree Spinshot camera, selling about 1,000 units. Corrales also was an innovator in 3-D animation software and teamed with former Times photo editor Raleigh Souther in a company called Motion Graphix. The company, formed in 2000, specializes in software that creates two-view, hologram-like photographs for use as souvenirs, party favors or identification badges. Corrales, who built his first darkroom at age 10, received a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from California State University, Long Beach.

Abigail R. Fernández, 89, died November 10, at Whetstone Care Center in Columbus, OH. Preceded in death by husband Gilbert and survived by sons, Gilbert Fernández, Robert (Vanessa) Fernández; daughter, Diana (John) Skuratowicz; 8 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.

María De la Luz García, 73, of Saginaw, MI, passed away on Nov. 5 at her home. Loving Wife, Mother, and Grandmother, María De la Luz Medina was born December 13, 1931 in Seguin, TX, the daughter of the late Jesus and Paula (Leos) Medina. She married Ray García on September 16, 1948 and he survives her. María was a true woman of God and a very active member of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Saginaw, serving as a Eucharistic Minister and involved in visiting patients at the hospital. She was very involved in her children’s and grandchildren’s lives. She was loved by everyone that knew her. Besides her husband, María is survived by six children and their spouses, Virginia (Gary) May, St. Charles, Rosemarie García, Saginaw; Rubén (Gloria) García, Saginaw; Christine (Edward) Osuna, Saginaw; Robert (Mary Lou) García, Livonia; and Alicia (Rob) Okeley, Saginaw; twenty-five grandchildren; twenty-two great grandchildren; seven great great grandchildren and five siblings, Antonia (Ignacio) Guerrero, Chesaning, Santiago “Jim” (Connie) Medina, Traverse City, Molly (Placido) Silva, Montrose, Guillermo “Willie” (Hollie) Medina, Traverse City, and Simon (Gloria) Medina, Saginaw. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Andrea Gutiérrez and two bothers, Julio Medina and Antonio Medina.

God called his son, Joseph L. Hernández, home on November 7th, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Maumee, OH. Joseph was born on July 19, 1950, in Wauseon, OH to John Hernández Sr. and Betty (Mendieta) Hernández. He graduated from Bowling Green High School and later from Bowling Green State University. Joe had been a successful businessman in the insurance industry for 35 years starting his career with Woodsman Accident Insurance. He was an exclusive agent for Allstate Insurance for the past 30 years, where he was the first Latino agent ever to be hired in the state of Ohio. He owned a Toledo office and Napoleon office. He leaves behind a record-breaking sales legacy, including multiple life millionaire achievements and company conference awards. Though his awards have always been accepted in the limelight, he never ceased to love and appreciate the friendship of his loyal business manager, Judy Kitchings.

Joe was a truly unique character with a personality that broke the mold. Within minutes of meeting, people would fall in love with him as if they had known him all their lives. His inimitable humor and infectious laugh brightened the lives of all who had the honor of knowing him. There was no line between family and friends with Joe. The love he had for his family is indescribable and only God can translate the words.

Joe has left a footprint on the heart of everyone he has ever met. He spent his lifetime giving to others. He coached girls’ fast pitch softball for Perrysburg and numerous travel teams. He was a member of the Rossford Eagles and Napoleon Moose Lodge. He enjoyed playing golf, bowling, euchre, and fishing. He was a musically gifted soul using the drums, guitar, accordion, organ, and voice. He was a true entertainer when singing karaoke, anything Elvis, of course. Joe was also an avid prank caller, who would always get you no matter what.
He left behind his soul mate and best friend, Teresa. He left behind his girls, who were the sparkle in his eyes, Victoria (Sam) Pratt, Jessica Hernández, Tami (Rob) Paulson, Traci Szegedi, and baby brat, Erica Hernández. Five grandsons and two grand-daughters will also smile with the greatest of memories. Also surviving are his mother, Betty; brothers, John (Nancy) Hernández and Tony Hernández. John Navarez and María Sherman will mourn a special uncle that was known to them as a father.

Joe will walk hand-in-hand into the gates of heaven with his father and two sisters. At the time of his departure, he was surrounded by many loved ones. He will forever be missed, but never forgotten. The family suggests contributions to the American Diabetes Association or Northwest Ohio Kidney Foundation.

Josephine P. Navarro, age 73, of Delta, OH, passed away on Wednesday, November 9, at Fulton Manor Nursing Home in Wauseon. She was born on September 3, 1932, to the late Floyd and Carmen Ortiz. Josephine attended St. Casper Catholic Church and enjoyed spending time with her loving family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Pablo Navarro; one brother and three sisters. Josephine is survived by her sons, Rick (Meta) Navarro of Delta, Paul Navarro of Toledo, and Edward Navarro of Wauseon; daughters, Janie (Joe) Johnson of Wauseon, Lenore (Keith) Jackson of Geneva, IL and Virginia (Jeff) Smout of Allen, TX; two brothers; eight sisters; fourteen grand-children; two great-grandchildren and many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Susan J. Ochoa, age 51, of South Toledo, OH, passed away November 8, in St. Luke’s Hospital surrounded by family and friends. Born July 9, 1954, in Toledo to Burton L. and Jean V. (Earl) Rogers, Sr., Susan worked as an account receivable specialist for the past 20 years with a number of physical therapy corporations in the Toledo area and most recently for Dr. Mahjabeen Islam. A 1972 graduate of Bowsher High School, Sue was an avid University of Michigan football fan and a fan of NASCAR and driver number #21, Ricky Rudd. Surviving are her husband of 30 years, Roy, whom she married on July 19, 1975; daughter, Jennifer “Bubba” Ochoa; her special pet, Midnight; brothers, Dr. Burton L. (Linda) Rogers Jr., Les (Rita) Rogers, and many nieces and nephews. Sue was preceded in death by both of her parents.

JoAnne Zapata, 61, of Birch Run, MI, died Wednesday, November 9, at St. Mary’s of Michigan. JoAnne was born July 5, 1944 in Charlotte, North Carolina to the late Jack and Dorothy Morgan. She had resided in the Birch Run area the past 15 years. JoAnne married Estanislao Zapata on June 16, 1962. He preceded her in death on December 4, 2004. She enjoyed bingo, camping, fishing and going up north to the casinos. Surviving are son, Tanis Zapata Jr.; daughter, Lisa (Brandon) Zapata-Genow, all of Birch Run; brother, Harold Morgan of North Carolina; pet rabbit, Popper. JoAnne was also preceded in death by her brother, Larry.

Frank Avalos, 73, of Lorain, OH, died Monday, Oct. 31, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, following a long illness. He was born May 25, 1932, in Hasslet, TX, and moved to Lorain in 1932. Avalos was employed at U.S. Steel’s Lorain Works for 28 years as a crane follower in the high testing department, retiring in 1979. He was a member of Sonshine Baptist Church, Lorain, for 18 years; he served as a church trustee and an usher and drove the church bus. He enjoyed television, especially Monday Night Football.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Patricia Ann (née Gray); daughters Carol Avalos and Sue Steffen, both of Lorain, and Brenda Askew of North Ridgeville; son, Frank A. Avalos of North Olmsted; brothers Charles Avalos of San Diego, Calif., and Peter Avalos of Lorain; sisters Genoveva Zamora of Fort Worth, TX, Herminia Alvarado of Lorain, Mary Hembree of Amherst and Angela Casalduc of Sandusky; and 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary (née Camacho) in 1981 and John Avalos in 1971; brother, Vincente Camacho, in 1993; sisters Angelina Ruiz and Katherine Espinosa; and one great-grandson.

Ramón V. Barboza, age 66 years of Genoa OH went home on Saturday, Nov. 5, at St. Charles Hospital, Oregon, surrounded by his family. He was employed by Cement Masons Local 886 for over 30 years, retiring due to a disability in 1995. He was born in San Juan, Texas in 1939 to Nicolas and Manuela (Villa) Barboza. He came to Ohio in the early 1960s and married Alicia (Licha) Guerrero and came to love and raise her children. Preceded in death by his parents, wife, and daughter Alicia Guadalupe Barboza and brother Lazaro (Larry) Barboza. He is survived by his siblings María Robledo (Texas), Guadalupe Rodríguez (Oregon), and San Juana Rodríguez (Minnesota), and his children Daniel Ramón Barboza, Bob (Irma) Guerrero, Melinda Sánchez, David Sánchez (Toledo), and Barbara (Alex) Cruz (Texas). He also adopted a grandson Daniel R. Barboza II,; his 19 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren also survive and his pride of his life Jane, who never did anything wrong. The family would like to thank the CCU unit of St. Charles Hospital. The family requests that tributes take the form of contributions to the Barboza Sánchez Scholarship Fund. “Loved ones and friends, I had missed for many years, welcomed me with open arms and many happy tears. All the hurt, fear and pain that I have ever known, is gone from my life, I am finally home. I know you will miss me but please dry your eyes; I will always be watching and loving you from my home in the sky. Life on earth is but one brief moment in time; I am finally home, eternity is mine.

Ernestine “Tina” Cruz, 79 years, of South Toledo passed away Thursday November 3, in her home surrounded by her loving family. Tina was born in Toledo on November 7, 1925, to Francisco and María (Gallegos) Geronimo. She was a silk Screen operator in the decorating department 44 years at Libbey Glass retiring in December 1990. She was a member of the Libbyettes Retirees club and bowled in the Libbey Glass league several years. Tina was married to Antonio Cruz April 7, 1945, and after 32 years of marriage Tony died in 1977. Along with her husband, Tina served as a past officer of the former American G.I. Forum.
Tina loved playing Chinese checkers with her grand-daughters, Taylor and Dominique. She also loved to do puzzles and listen to Mexican music. She was a longtime member of Saints Peter and Paul Church.
During her childrens’ grade school days she volunteered at Immaculate Conception and Saints Peter and Paul Schools.
She is survived by her loving children, David Cruz, Virginia, Beach, VA, Fran (John) Martinez, Barbara Cruz, Pat Cruz (Roberto González), Lisa Cruz and Philip (Angie) Cruz all of Toledo. The grandchildren, Patrick, Daniel, Adam, Leanna, Danielle, Toni, Kara, Alex, Jessica, Taylor, Dominique and Anthony “AJ,” and great-grandchildren, Chelsey, Cici, Sabrina, Nathan, Joey, Drew and Alexis survive along with sisters, Delores Geronimo, Connie (Jessie) Rodríquez and Virginia Irwin and sisters-in-law, Rosalie Geronimo and Liz Geronimo and many nieces, nephew and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Pat, Betty, Ricardo, Robert, Raymond and Cruz Geronimo.

    P. Margarita B. Orozco, 79, ofAdrian, MI, passed away,October 31, 2005 at home.  She was born January 7, 1926, in Laredo, TX, the daughter of  Pedro & María De Jesús (Martínez) Borrego.  On January 27, 1945, she married Reymundo S. Orozco, Sr., he preceded her in

    She is survived by her children; Reymundo (María) Orozco, Jr. of Adrian, Belia (Dwight) Scott of Jackson, MI, Rudy (Deborah) Orozco of Homer, MI, Alexandra Barreiro and her friend Tony Mendez of Tecumseh, John B. Orozco of Toledo, OH, Samuel Orozco of Tecumseh, and David (Rosemary) Orozco of Adrian, twenty five grandchildren, twenty seven greatgrandchildren; and one great – great grandchild.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother Manuel, two children; Bertha Alicia Galvan and Juan Orozco and a grandson Isaiah Mi Angel Orozco. Condolences may be offered to the family at:

Carlos F. Robles, 61, of Amherst, OH, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Nov. 2, at home. He was born Dec. 13, 1943, in Corpus Christi, Texas, and moved to Amherst 26 years ago from Lorain. He served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1965, stationed in Germany.
Robles was employed for 37 years at Republic Engineered Technologies, Lorain, in the blast furnace department as an electrical maintenance man.
He was a member of the Hungarian Reformed United Church of Christ, Lorain.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Julianna (née Stipe); sons Carlos M. Robles of Cleveland, and Steven M. Robles, Manuel Robles, and Robert D. Robles, all of Amherst; daughter, Irene Kimes of Amherst; sister, María Santiago of Eagle Pass, TX; brothers José Navarro of Chula Vista, CA, and María Navarro of Milwaukee, WI; sisters Oralia Seymour of Milwaukee and Estella Rivera of Freeburg, IL.; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Carlos P. Robles; mother, Manuela Navarro; sister, Gloria Dvorak; and brother, Fauftino Robles.

Guadalupe Aldaya, age 60, of Toledo OH, passed away on Monday, October 24, in his home surrounded by his family and friends. He was born on October 15, 1945, in Nebraska to Francisco and Basalia Villanueva Aldaya. He was a retired boiler maker for Local 85 in Toledo, Ohio where he worked for 37 years.
He was a longtime resident of the East Side where he leaves many close friends.
Guadalupe Aldaya was preceded in death by his father, Francisco Aldaya and his grandparents, Maximillino and Hermina Villanueva and close friend, Marty. He is survived by his mother, Basilia López of Edinburg, TX; wife, Rosemary of Texas and children, Rachel Brady of Toledo, John (Charlene) of Austin, TX, Raymond of Toledo, and Cynthia of Austin, TX. He also leaves his grandchildren, Nicole Brady of Toledo and Kaine Turner of Austin, TX, and many cousins, nieces and nephews and one aunt.

Marselina Espinosa, 80 years, passed away Monday evening, October 24, at the Lakepark Comfort Care Center, Sylvania, OH.
Marselina was born July 17, 1925, in Bowling Green, OH, to Leocadio and Mary Chávez. She moved to Toledo and attended Oakdale Elementary and graduated from Waite High School. She was a longtime member of SS Peter & Paul Parish. She retired from Mercy Hospital in 1987. She also worked at Libbey Glass and was a Stanley representative. We’ll always have fond memories of her cooking big Sunday meals and holiday meals for the family. Preceding her in death were her parents; brothers, Rubén, Vincent, Raymond, Paul and sister, Virginia; two infant sons, Raymond and Tony and granddaughter, Connie.
She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Mike Espinosa, and children, Mike (Carolyn) Espinosa, Jesse, and Louie Espinosa, Rosie Aldaya and Irene (Danny) Schrader. There are 16 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild, along with sisters, Erlinda C. Gonzáles of Findlay, OH and Juanita C. Valdez of Denver, CO, as well as many nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. She will be missed by many lifelong friends, especially Larry and Carmen Salazar and Israel “Shorty” and Suzie Hernández. The family is especially thankful to the staff at Lakepark Comfort Care and to her home care aides.

Dorothy J. Gonzáles, 90, of Oregon, OH, passed away Friday, October 21, in Orchard Villa. She was born in Bowling Green, OH on April 9, 1915, to William and Mary (Haughton) Firsdon. Surviving are her children, Carol Long and Dorothy Mies; grandchildren, Louis (Patricia) Mies, Michael Mies, Herman Jr. (Gretchen) Mies, Eric (Amy) Mies, Greg (Edna) Long, Michelle (Jeff) Cook, Holly (Fred) Whyte; great-grandchildren, Anthony, Ericka, Jared, Kevin, Josh, Joel, Jacob, Jenna, & Holly; step brothers, Donald and Thomas Firsdon. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Louis B. Gonzáles; sons-in-law, Herman J. Meis and James R. Long; step brothers, Robert and Bill Firsdaon.

Connie Gutiérrez (Connie) of Saginaw MI, 84, died October 19. Consuelo Mosqueda was born on May 7, 1921 in New Braunsfel Texas to the late Benjamin and Micaela (Landeros) Mosqueda. She was married to Augustin L. Gutiérrez on November 12, 1943 in Caro, MI. He preceded her in death on January 1, 1979. Connie was an Avon Representative for over 50 years. She enjoyed bingo, cooking and family gatherings. Connie had a wonderful giving spirit; she was kind and made friends wherever she went. She was a faithful member of her Christian faith and honored Our Lady of Guadalupe. Surviving are her five children, Juanita “Janie” Hernández, Ramon “Ray” (Christina) Gutiérrez, Esperanza “Hope” (Gary) Malone, David (Diana) Gutiérrez, Enrique “Rick” (Cathy) Gutiérrez; a special grandson, Angelo (Kimberly) Pérez; grandchildren, Michelle (David) Verdusco, Bernadette Hernández, Sabrina and Natalia Gutiérrez, Cynthia (Larry) Sanders, Samuel and Maggie Malone, Davina Gutiérrez, Valentina and Rikki Gutiérrez, Andres and Daniel Tórrez, Ascensión and Marcello Chávez; 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Luis and Ruperto Mosqueda and many nieces and nephews. Connie was preceded in death by two infant sons, Andres and Rodolpho Gutiérrez and four brothers and two sisters.

Ofelia J. Leal (nee Leal), 70, of Avon, OH, died unexpectedly Friday, Oct. 28, 2005, from injuries she sustained in an automobile accident in Avon. She was born in Laredo, Texas, and had been a Lorain County resident for more than 30 years, having previously lived in North Ridgeville and Grafton. Mrs. Leal was a cosmetologist for more than 25 years. She was then employed as a seamstress for Dalton Manufacturing in Lorain and as a seamstress at Invacare in Elyria. She was a very active member of The Cross Community Church in Elyria, where she served as a greeter and with the hospitality ministry. She was also a member of the EMH Health Club in Avon. She enjoyed sewing and arts and crafts. Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Jose R. Leal Sr.; daughter, Corina L. Mosher of Bellbrook; sons José R. Jr. of North Ridgeville, R. Michael of Goshen and Daniel M. of Cincinnati; sisters Gloria Leal of Findlay, Olga Birchfield of Fostoria, Viola Ibarra of Toledo, Mary Olga Salazar of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Alicia Inskeep of Blufton; brother, Joe T. Leal of Lima; and 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, José J. and Carmen (née Sánchez) Leal.

Rosa G. (Rosie) Martínez, Saginaw, Michigan. Mass of Christian Burial took place at on Monday, October 31, 2005 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 915 N. Sixth Street. Interment followed, Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to the Martínez Discretionary Fund.

Sergeant Arthur A. Mora, Jr., 23, of Fort Stewart, GA, and formerly of Pico Rivera, CA, died Wednesday, October 19, 2005, while serving on active duty in the U.S. Army in Balad, Iraq, where he had been deployed since July 2005. He was born March 16, 1982, in Monterey Park, CA, to the late Arthur A. Mora, Sr. and Sylvia M. Ramos, and a 2000 graduate of El Rancho High School, Pico Rivera, CA. Arthur enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2000 and was assigned to the 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, GA. He married Veronica L. García on August 2, 2003, in Victorville, CA, was a fan of the Oakland Raiders, and enjoyed being with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Veronica L. (García) Mora, of Perrysburg, OH; daughters, Olivia M. and Celina N. Mora; son, Christopher D. Mora; mother, Sylvia M. Ramos, of Montebello, CA; sisters, Michelle Ramos and significant other, Jerry García, of Victorville, CA, and Celia Mora, of Montebello, CA; brother, Paul Mora, of Montebello, CA; niece, Andrea Garcia; nephew, Jonathon Luna; uncle, Daniel “Chuck” Ramos; grandfather, Paul Ramos; along with other aunts, uncles, and cousins; mother-in-law, Olga L. López; father-in-law, John G. Court, both of Perrysburg, OH; sisters-in-law, Vanessa M. García, of Perrysburg, OH, Velina N. (Dorian) Johnson, of Toledo, OH; brothers-in-law, Jorge C. Salazar Jr. of Toledo and Julio C. Salazar of Perrysburg, OH; nephews, Trinidad E. and Dorian, Jr.; grandparents-in-law, Gary R. (Elva H.) Court, of Perrysburg, OH, Olga (Honario) Suárez, of Houston, TX and Rodolfo V. López, of Toledo, OH. He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur A. Mora Sr.; grandmother, Sally C. (Caberra) Ramos; best friend, Sergeant Dakotah L. Gooding in February 2005 in Iraq with fellow soldiers, Sergeant Rene Knox and Sergeant Chad Lake, also Specialist Russell H. Nahvi and Specialist José E. Rosario, who died in the same attack as Arthur.

PARKS, Rosa (Mother of the African-American civil rights movement) – Age 92, died Monday, October 24, 2005 at her residence in Detroit, MI.

Claud E. Cuellar (“Poppy”), 83—a Tex-Mex restaurateur whose uncles launched El Chico restaurant chain—died Sunday, October 16, in Arlington, TX. After serving in the Army during World War II, Cuellar joined El Chico, which his uncles started in 1940. Cuellar became known for his recipes and quality control. He opened the Tejano Restaurant in Oak Cliff in 1981 after El Chico’s new corporate owners didn’t like the location. Until his wife’s death in July, Cuellar still continued to visit the restaurant three days a week. He is survived by five daughters, a son, three sisters, one brother and 11 grandchildren.

Ignacio Cuellar Jr., 52, of Adrian, passed away October 21, 2005.

George J. Garza, 58, (Dec. 14, 1946-Oct. 16, 2005) of Napoleon, OH, died Sunday, Oct. 16, at Toledo Hospital.

Lupe Hernández, age 75, of Adrian, MI, went to be with the Lord on September 11, at Provincial House. He was born January 2, 1930, the son Guadalupe & María (Alva) Hernández in Bryan, Texas. He was retired as an electrician from Wacker Silicon. He was an avid golfer, hunter and outdoors man. He was a member of Berean Baptist Church and previously attended Iglesia Bautista Cristiana. He is survived by his siblings: Aurelia Flores of Houston, TX; Jovita Martínez of San Antonio, TX; María Campos of Chicago, IL; Naomi (Lupe) Soto of Adrian; Andrea Rodríguez of Adrian; and Samuel (Rebecca) Hernández of Adrian; his children, Angelita (Russell) Dennis of Stuart, FL; Yolanda (Brad) Mobley of Adrian; Joel (Kristina) Hernández of Kaleva, MI; Julie Ann
Jungwirth of Jensen Beach, FL; Daniel Hernández of Palm City, FL; and Louis Hernández of Adrian; his grandchildren: Amy, Bilbo, Tiffany, Ashley, Addie,
Joel, Autumn, Zachary, Phoenix, Jacob, Alex, Danny, Isabella; his great grandchildren: Alexis, Juan, Taylor, Gavin, Anabelle, Alianna, and Ava. He was preceded in death by his parents, Guadalupe & María Hernández and siblings: Jesusa, Genevieve, Juan, and Bernabe.


Flora “Pixie” Lie Pina, 39, of Lorain, died Thursday, Oct. 20, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, following a nine-month illness. She was born Sept. 17, 1966, in Lorain. She was raised and lived in South Amherst before moving to Lorain, where she made her home for the last 18 years. She worked as hostess at Applebee’s restaurant in Elyria. She attended the Catholic Church of St. Peter in Lorain and was a member of Nativity B.V.M Catholic Church in South Amherst. She enjoyed spending time with her family, playing games and going out dancing with her friends. Survivors include her fiancé, Ruben Lorenzana; infant son, Ruben Lorenzana Jr. of Lorain; daughter, Erica Pina of Lorain; brothers Raymond Pina Jr. of South Amherst, Carlos Pina of Amherst; sister, Sonya Kuher of Rochester, N.Y.; and parents Raymond and Rosalena Pina (née Pérez) of South Amherst.


Former Defiance resident Robert Salinas, 24, Archbold, OH, died early Thursday morning, Oct. 20, from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident near Archbold. He was born May 23, 1981, in Weslaco, Texas, the son of María Leal. In 2000, he married Abigail Reyes, who survives. He worked at Bil-Jax Inc., Archbold, for six years and was a member of Extreme Victory Fellowship, Archbold. Also surviving are his mother, Archbold; five sons, Robert Jr., Caleb, Joshua, Samuel and Nehemiah, all at home; two brothers, Andres of McCallen, Texas, and Adan, Archbold; a sister, Tana Salinas, Texas; and a grandmother, Aurelia Leal, Pharr, Texas.

Francisco Alvarado, 38, of Monroe, MI, died Thursday, Oct. 13, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident near Lock Haven, PA. Services are pending at Rupp Funeral Home.

Dolores Gayoso, 90, died Saturday, Oct. 8, at Autumn Aegis Nursing Home in Lorain OH. She was born Nov. 19,1914, in Vilalpape, Lugo, Spain. She immigrated to the United States in the late 1930s and to Lorain, where she became a U.S. citizen on Dec. 5, 1947. She was a member of St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church, Lorain. She worked for many years as a seamstress at Joseph & Feiss Co. in Lorain. She was preceded in death by her husband, Antonio Gayoso, in 1984; son, Anthony Gayoso, in 2001; her parents, Camilo and Manuella (née López) González; and three brothers and six sisters. Survivors include a granddaughter and nieces and nephews.

Josefina “Josie” López, 82, of Adrian, MI, died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005, at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.

Cuban revolutionary fighter dies at 82
HAVANA (AP): Armelio Ferras Pellicer, one of dozens who participated in the attack on a military barracks more than a half-century ago that launched Fidel Castro’s Cuban revolution, has died, official media reported Oct. 13. He was 82. The Cuban daily Granma reported Ferras Pellicer died in Havana after a prolonged illness. Born in the eastern province of Holguin, Ferras Pellicer joined scores of other young people in the July 26, 1953 armed attack led by Castro on the Moncada military barracks in easternmost Santiago city. The attack failed, with many of the assailants killed and the remainder arrested, but it planted the seeds for Castro’s revolutionary fight that triumphed on Jan. 1, 1959 when President Fulgencio Batista fled the country. Ferras Pellicer lived most of his life in Colon, a city in the Matanzas province east of Havana, where he held a series of government and political posts.

Daniel Aguilar, age 45 years, of Toledo, OH, died suddenly Saturday, September 17. He was preceded in death by his father, Everardo Aguilar. He is survived by his wife, Rose Mary; sons, Daniel Toska, Corey Winkleman and Ricardo Andres Aguilar; mother, Angelita and stepfather, David Trinidad; grandmother, Juanita Aguilar of Carrizo Springs, Texas; siblings, Edna (Ismael) Riuz, Everardo (Gregoria) Aguilar, Sonia (Rolando) Treviño, Mary Trinidad (Jason Costilla), Melinda Trinidad, Melissa, Erica, Elizabeth, Lee Ann, Ignacio and Ismael Ortiz Aguilar; grandchildren, Alicianna, Daniela and Kellianna Toska and John “Sumo,” Vanessa, Heavenly and China Pérez; 13 step-grandchildren; 18 nieces and nephews; 35 great nieces and nephews as well as extended family in Carrizo Springs, Texas and Portland, Oregon. Mass of Christian Burial at SS. Peter & Paul Church; interment at Restlawn Memorial Park.

Mary Rose Duran, 80, of Fostoria, OH, died on Sunday, Oct. 2, at St. Catherine’s Care Center. Mary Rose was born on March 31, 1925 in Lorain to the late Joséph and Freda (Ruiz) Duran. Those who survive her include a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Linda Duran of Fostoria; and two granddaughters, Tina Duran of Los Angeles, Calif. and Annette Duran of Maumee. Mrs. Duran retired in 1976 from Bendix (now Honeywell) following more than 30 years of employment. She was a member of St. Wendelin Catholic Church.

Amado V. Lira, age 70, of Toledo, OH, died Sunday, October 2, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. He was born April 6, 1935, to his parents, Aurelio and Venancia Lira.
Amado was employed for many years with The Andersons. His beloved wife of 48 years, Graciela, preceded him in death in August 2005. Amado is survived by his children, Sylvia Zuniga, María Lira, Venancia Lira, and Jesus Lira. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Ramón, Kristine, Andrea, Stefany, Jacob, and great-grandchild, Hector; along with brothers and sisters.

Maria Rodríguez (née Claudio), 53, of Lorain, OH, died Monday, Oct. 10, in University Hospitals, Cleveland following a lengthy illness. She was born Sept. 15, 1952, in Caguas, Puerto Rico, and lived in New York before moving to Lorain in 1976. Mrs. Rodríguez was a member of Iglesia Pentecostal Cristo Misionera, Lorain, and a member and past president of Confraternidad de Damas and a Bible School teacher. She collected dolls and enjoyed singing religious music. She was employed as a home health aide for eight years. Survivors include her husband of 33 years, the Rev. Ruben Rodríguez; sons Carlos Claudio, Ruben Rodríguez II and Josue “Danny” Rodríguez, all of Lorain; daughter, Nichole Rodríguez of Lorain; her mother, Angela Roldan of Lorain; brothers Angel Luis Claudio of Buffalo, N.Y., Roberto Claudio of Reading, Pa., Jamie, Pedro and Candido Claudio, all of Caguas, and José Ernesto, José Antonio, Alfredo and Victor Claudio, all of Lorain; and sisters Carmen, Franssica and Margarita Claudio, all of Lorain; and 10 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Bartolo Claudio.

José Manuel Ruiz, 80, of Lorain, OH, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Amherst Manor Retirement Community, following a short illness. He was born May 19, 1925, in Utuado, Puerto Rico, and lived in Lorain since 1947. Ruiz retired in 1983 from Lake Terminal Railroad after 38 years of service. He previously worked at Fruehauf Trailer in Avon Lake. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and enjoyed gardening. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Victoria (nee Medina); sons José Manuel Ruiz Jr. and Eliseo Ruiz, both of Lorain, and William Ruiz of Amherst; daughters Elsie Romero, Gladys Díaz, Judith Thomas, María Becker, Edith Díaz and Raquel Holland, all of Lorain, Blanca Carrero of Methuen, Mass., Mirium Coon of Amherst and Amelia Boyer of Toledo; sisters María Ruiz, Ablanca Ruiz and Clotilde Ruiz, all of Utuado; and 27 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Maria (nee Montalvo) Ruiz; daughter, Angelina Ruiz, in 1975; brother, Rafael Ruiz; and sister, Rosa María Ruiz.

Catherine Arebalo (née Rangel), 86, of Lorain, OH, died Monday, Oct. 3, at home, following a brief illness. She was born May 17, 1919, in Thurber, Texas, and moved from Texas to Lorain in 1924. Mrs. Arebalo had been employed as a floor manager at the former Joseph and Feiss in Lorain for 12 years, retiring in 1977, and worked at the U.S. Steel Lorain Works in maintenance for a number of years. She managed, with her late husband, Guadalupe, a Mexican restaurant named Lupe in the 1940s in Lorain. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and St. John Catholic Church, both in Lorain, and the Society of the Virgin Guadalupe and Mexican Mutual Society. She had been involved in PTA as a representative and was a foster parent for many years. She loved to read health literature, play bingo, knit, prepare tamales at Christmas and host taco parties. Survivors include her son, José Guadalupe Arebalo of Lorain; daughters Mary Ann Strain and Ana Arebalo, both of Lorain; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Guadalupe J. Arebalo, in 1991; her daughter, Nancy Ann Arebalo, in 1967; her parents, Gabino T. Rangel in 1979 and Maria Arebalo (née Oleba) in 1921; brother, Blas Rangel, in 1977; and sisters Barbara and Micaela Rangel, who both died at birth.

Antonio F. Garza, 78, of Port Clinton, OH, died Thursday, Sept. 29, at his residence. He was born in Yorktown, Texas, to José R. and Cecilia (Flores) Garza. On October 20, 1949, her married Juanita (Garza) Garza, and she preceded him in death on October 5, 1996. He worked as an electrician at Uniroyal until his retirement. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during W.W.II. He was a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Congregation in Fremont. His hobbies included gardening, woodworking, fishing, and visiting & teaching people on bible topics. He enjoyed his family and loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Survivors include his children: Sandra Gonzales, Antonio Garza, Rosie Garza, Dahlia Garza, Irma Musgrave, Joseph Garza, Susan Guzman, Sarah Reyes, and Daniel Garza; 14 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 3 brothers and 5 sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a daughter, Rosa María Garza.

María Toribia Ortega, 83, of Toledo, died October 1, in Hospice of Toledo. She was born in Darwin, TX on April 16, 1922, to Miguel and Filomena (Cardenas) López. She had been employed by Greenline Packaging for over 13 years, María enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and she loved to go shopping for others.

María is survived by her sons, Domingo (Mary Frances) Ortega, Emilio Ortega, Juan Ortega, José B. Ortega, (Roger) and by her daughter, Martha Fisher. Also surviving are her brothers, Ray (Pauline) López, Eusebio (Effie) López and Thomas López; sister-in-law, María López; 23 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. María was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Benito.

Dora S. Rodríguez, 79, of Flint, MI, died Thursday, September 29, at Hurley Medical Center. Mrs. Rodríguez lied in state at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church until mass on 10AM Monday, October 3, at the church. Fr. Tim Nelson and Fr. Eduardo Lorenzo co-officiated. Burial followed at New Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

Ramón H. Rodríguez, age 71, of Toledo, OH, died Sunday, September 25, 2005, in Bay Park Community Hospital. He was born July 4, 1934, to his parents, Gilbert and Catarina Rodríguez. Ramón was employed at Heidtman Steel for 10 years before his retirement. He enjoyed playing the accordion for his grandchildren and with the band Los Errantes Del Norte. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, José “Olivo,” Frank, Roy, Gilbert, Primitivo, sisters, Eva and Mary.

Ramón is survived by his sons, Ramon Jr, Guspar “Jimmy,” Gilbert, Rodney; daughters, Loretta, Maggie, Christine, Rhonda, Ruth Ann and Bonnie; grandchildren, Clorae, Corrae, Jessica, Clifford Gilbert, Nicky, Randy, Rebecca, Sarah, Matt, Robert, Julian, Sierra, Tia, Devon, Taylor, Crystal, Christian, Christy, Christiana, Christina, Eriq, Melinda and great-granddaughter, Elizabeth. His brother, John (Mary); sisters, Frances, Josie, Lupe, Julie (T.J.) and many nieces and nephews also survive.

Ismael L. “Big Louie” Velez Sr., 68, of Lorain, OH, died Friday, Sept. 30, at the Cleveland Clinic, following a brief illness. He was born April 13, 1937, in Lares, Puerto Rico, and lived in Lorain for the past 59 years.He was employed as a metal finisher in the passenger body shop at Ford Motor Co., Lorain, for 26 years, retiring in 1999. After his retirement, he worked at the Neighborhood Housing Authority, Lorain, delivering Meals on Wheels.
He was a member of UAW Local 425, Lorain.

Velez enjoyed fishing, raising his roosters, gardening, traveling and watching boxing.
Survivors include his daughter Jodi L. Santana, of Mannheim, Germany; sons Jeffrey L. Velez of Scottsdale, Ariz., David H. Velez of Lorain, Ismael L. Velez Jr. and Vincent Velez, both of Orlando, Fla., and Roy Hebebrand of Elyria; brothers Angelo M. Velez and Gilberto Velez, both of Lorain; sister Teresa González of North Ridgeville; and seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nemecio and Modesta (nee López) Velez.

Angel Hernández, age 103, passed away Sunday, September 25, just 6 days shy of his 104th birthday. Angel came to Toledo in 1926 and began working for the New York Central Railroad, retiring in 1968 after 42 years as a section laborer. He was a hard working man who cared deeply for his family. He was a member of the Brotherhood Maintainers of Way Employees and a member of SS. Peter and Paul Church.

Surviving is his wife, Senovia; children, Francisco (Priscilla) Hernández of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mary Mantey of Toledo, Ohio, Fernando (Linda) Hernández of Riga, MI, Margarita (Dan) Kasprzak, of Toledo, Ohio, Nicolas (Julia) Hernández of Oregon, Ohio; 19 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild as well as several nieces and nephews.


Antonio López Jr., age 48, passed away on Sunday, September 18. He was born on April 14, 1957, to Antonio Sr. and Mary (Duran) López. Tony enjoyed hunting, billiards, gardening, dancing, music and taking trips on his charter boat.

Tony was preceded in death by his brother, Martin López and his grandparents, Richard and Aurora Duran and Porfirio and Concepción López. He will be dearly missed by his parents; siblings, Cynthia López-Avila, Koren López, Thomas López, Vincente (Jennifer) López, María López, Juan (Lisa) Chirinos-López and Denise Rodríguez. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.


Hector Pérez, age 58, of Toledo, died Monday, September 19, in his home. He was born August 7, 1947, to Jesus and Delia (Esparza) Pérez in Laredo, TX. Although Hector’s employment included driving trucks and programming computers, he will be remembered best for his musical ability, not only vocally but also with guitar, bass, drums and keyboard. He served his country in the US Army as a Sergeant in Vietnam, being honorably discharged in 1968. Aside from his music, Hector’s passion was talking with his family, especially doting on his granddaughters.

Surviving are his loving wife, Kathleen; sons, Andrew and Michael Pérez; daughters, Emily Pérez and Stefanie Morgan; granddaughters, Jenna and Kalista, and brother, Jesse Pérez. Also left behind to mourn his passing are a host of cats and dogs, specifically his cat, Sugar. Hector was preceded in death by his parents.


Our beloved son, Thomas Michael Salazar, departed from our world on September 13. He was born on November 12, 1980. He attended Davis Jr. College, enrolling in Graphic Arts. Tom had many hobbies: drawing, photograph, reading, and exploring the parks with his dog, Shorty, who was his pride and joy. Tom’s greatest passion was art. When he wasn’t working, he would plan trips with his closest friends to different cities and states involving their love of art. They would promote their talent with business owners, public festivities, and art galleries and showings, including locally.
Tom acquired a family of close-knit friendships, bonded by their love of art. Tom touched the lives of many and was a devoted and loyal friend. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his grandfathers, Ambrose L. Salazar and Richard J. Schwartz. Surviving are his father, Jeffrey R. Schwartz; mother, Lucy A. Schwartz; step father, Wally Rodela; sister, Nikki (Robert) Davison; brother, David Schwartz; grandmothers, Lucille Atkins and Joanne Speegle, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Alicia Sánchez, 79, of 156 George Street, Findlay, Ohio, died at 9:55 a.m. Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at her daughter’s residence. Alicia was born on February 20, 1926 in Laredo, Texas to Juan and Emeregilda “Hilda” (Morales) García, and her mother survives in Texas. She married Jesus Antonio “Tony” Sánchez on October 25, 1947, and he preceded her on February 13, 1990. Also surviving are two sons, Antonio Jesus “Tony” Sánchez, Findlay, Ohio; and Gilberto Sánchez, Findlay, Ohio; two daughters, Mary Benjamin, Findlay, Ohio; and Edna Moore, Findlay, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; five sisters, Juanita (Marcos, deceased) Cazarez; María de Jesus (Edmundo, deceased) Nora; Amelia (Jesse) Vara; and Bertha (Alberto) Trevino; two brothers, Gustavo (Connie, deceased) García; and Gilberto (Annette) García; all of Texas; and several nieces and nephews. Alicia retired in 1990 as a laborer from Findlay Industries. She was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. She enjoyed her flowers; visiting with her friends; attending church; and she dearly loved the Shrine in Carey, Ohio. Alicia adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was fun loving, caring, always smiling and helpful to others. She was our best friend, mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and cousin. Alicia will be sadly missed by all those whose lives she touched.

    Dr. Eduardo J. Martínez, 81, of Avon Lake, died Saturday, Sept. 17, at home, following a sudden illness. He was born June 25, 1924, in Esperanza, Cuba. He moved to Avon Lake seven years ago from Parma. He attended the University of Havana School of Medicine in Cuba, where he received an M.D. degree in 1949. Martínez was employed in the emergency room at Parma Community Hospital for 15 years. He then began private medical practice, retiring in 2004.

He was a member of Holy Spirit Church, Avon Lake, and the American Medical Association. He enjoyed his profession and spending time at the beach. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Josefina (nee Suarez); sons, Dr. Eduardo P. Martínez and Dr. Manuel A. Martínez, both of Avon Lake, and George O. Martínez of Cohasset, Mass.; daughter, Josefina M. Martínez Stamatos of Boston, Mass.; sister, Maria Alvarez of Union City, N.J.; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Andres and Maria (nee Jurajuria) Martínez.

Martina Rodríguez, 70, of Perrysburg, OH, passed away Sunday, September 11, in her residence. She is survived by her husband, Felix; children, Juan (Susana) DeLaO Jr., Frances VanHoy, Olga DeLaO, Beatrice (Michael) Fox, Alejandro (Victoria) DeLaO, Rita (Theodore) Oviedo, Raymond DeLaO, Alicia (Manuel) Garcia and 26 grandchildren.
Services and burial will be private.

Pauline Hernandez Sotelo, 75, of Toledo, OH, passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2005, in St. Charles/Mercy Hospital. She was born in San Antonio, TX on September 17, 1929, to Santigo and Maria (Vallejo) Hernandez. Pauline was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church. She enjoyed camping, dancing and loved being with her family. Pauline was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Raul Sr., who passed away in 2004.
Surviving Pauline are her children, Linda (Julian) Sotelo Castro, Jesusa Duarte and Raul Sotelo Jr.; 6 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sisters, Isabel Longoria, Doloras (Jessie) Serenil and Anita Huizar and several nieces and nephews.

Candelaria Ybarra (nee Flores), 70, of Lorain, OH, died Saturday, Sept. 10, at home, following a lengthy illness. She was born Oct. 26, 1934, in Lorain, and was a lifelong resident of the city. Mrs. Ybarra was employed at Lorain Community Hospital in the 1970s as a nurse assistant and at St. John West Shore Hospital, Westlake, as an orthopedic technician for over 10 years before retiring. As a little girl, she had also worked at the former San Antonio Restaurant on East 28th Street that was owned by her father.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, Sociedad de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, Open Heart Club, Mexican Mutual Society, Mexican American Citizens Club, Ladies of American G.I. Forum and The Ladies Auxiliary of Lorain. She also was a poll worker for the Board of Elections. She enjoyed bingo, her grandchildren, crocheting, cooking and making tamales.

Survivors include her daughters Rosita Palacios of Cleveland, María Guadalupe Monaco and Lourdes Meeuwsen, both of Oregon, Sara Callahan, Gabriela De-Hernández and Angelina Ybarra-Barrios, all of Texas, and Rita Ybarra of Lorain; sons Roberto Palacios of Chicago and Esequiel Palacios of Lorain; stepdaughters Anna Leibas, Gloria Díaz, Esther Leibas, Cookie Villarreal and Carol Ybarra, all of Lorain, Hope Perez of Arizona and Linda Reyes of California; stepsons Henry Ybarra and Theodore “Shorty” Ybarra, both of Lorain, and Emilio Jr. “Rocco” Ybarra of Louisiana; sisters Carmen Arroyo, Dolores Lorenzana, Hope Rodríguez and Virginia Moon, all of Lorain, and María Lugo of California; brothers Antonio, José and Francisco Flores, all of Lorain; and 29 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 26 stepgrandchildren and 26 stepgreat-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 20 years, Emilio Ybarra, in 1984; her mother, Vester May, in 1971; father, Candelario Flores, in 1989; an infant daughter in 1953 and infant son in 1970; her brother, Alberto ”Spook,” in 1973; sister, Gloria Dennis, in 2000; and one granddaughter.

Hector Carrillo, 34, of Rosendale Road, Bloomdale, OH, died at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, at Wood County Hospital, Bowling Green. Surviving are his wife, Yolanda; also, parents, Gustavo and Lucha Carrillo; two daughters; two brothers, Carlos and Gustavo Jr.; and a sister, Guadalupe Carrillo—all of México. Burial will be in Cemetery de Trujillo in Trujillo, Fresnillo, Zacatecas, México.

Phillip Covarrubias, age 54, of Toledo, OH, died Wednesday, September 7, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg, with his loving family at his side. He was born February 1, 1951, in Toledo to Mr. and Mrs. Higinio (Anita García). He was employed at St. Vincent-Mercy Medical Center for 28 years as Chief Engineer and later for the Reuben Co. at The Government Center for 10 years until his illness. He was born and raised in Good Shepherd Parish; was a 1969 graduate of Macomber High School and attended Owens Community College. He enjoyed home repairs, reading and watching movies. He loved his dogs, but the most important thing to him was his family. He never complained throughout his illness and was loved and will be missed by all. Survived by his loving wife, Rose Graves-Gibson Covarrubias; children, Todd Covarrubias of Toledo, John (Shannon) Covarrubias of Toledo and Jennifer Siler of MI; grandchildren, Josh, Elizabeth, Kristen, Aaron, Caleb, Abbey and Tyson; siblings, Mary (Guma) Mata of Toledo, Juan (Kathy) Covarrubias of Portland, OR, Dolores (José) Mata of Toledo, Higinio (Linda) Covarrubias of Lee Summit, MO, Teresa (Amir) Abrishami of Los Angeles, Pat (Sandy) Covarrubias of Toledo and Art (Alesia) Covarrubias of Toledo; stepchildren, Tracy Gibson and Jeanne Gibson, both of New York, NY and Anita (Max) Gibson of Englewood, NJ; sisters-in-law, Lillian Covarrubias, Sally Calhoun and Ruth Showalter and numerous nieces and nephews. His brother, Miguel Covarrubias, preceded him in death.

Alicia G. Duran, age 64, formerly of Toledo, OH, died Saturday, September 3, in Los Angeles, CA. Alicia was born in México on February 12, 1941, to Jesus and Joaquina Gonzalez. She was employed with Chrysler Jeep for over 30 years retiring in 1998. Alicia was truly a Lady. She loved taking care of her mother, sponsored two children, one from Honduras and one from Guatemala. She was a giving person and had set aside college money for her grandchildren. Alicia enjoyed the art of dance, gardening and traveling.
She is preceded in death by her father, Jesus and brother, Elias. Surviving are her mother, Joaquina; children, Elizabeth, Jorge, Miguel and Veronica; grandchildren, James, Fred and Natalie, Jorge Jr., Christina and Alexander, Miguel Jr., J.P. and María, David and Alicia; sisters and brothers, Elena, José, Guadalupe, Miguel, Teresa, Ruben, twins, Gerardo and Fernando, Rosa María, Jesus, Jorge, Carlos and María.

Nestor Fernández, 90, of Elyria Township, died Friday, Sept. 9, at Harborside Health Care Center, Westlake, following a lengthy illness. He was born June 9, 1915, in Lares, Puerto Rico, and lived in Elyria, OH for the past six years. Fernández served in the U.S. Army during World War II, having received the American and Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Medals, the World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and four Overseas Service Bars. While living in Puerto Rico, he was employed as a security guard and a taxi driver. He enjoyed music, boxing, and baseball. Survivors include his son, Nestor Fernández Jr., of Elyria; brother Juan Torres, of Lorain; sisters Judith Fernández, Sonia Fernández and Emelia Fernández, all of Lares, Puerto Rico; and three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raphael and Emilia (nee Torres) Fernández; brothers Rafael, Ramon, Ajenol “Attla,” Anacleto and Fernando; and sisters Delia Molina and Thelma Ramon.

Antonio O. Garza, the father of U.S. Ambassador-to-México Tony Garza Jr., has died at the age of 85. Garza, who died at his home Sunday, Sept. 4, was born and raised in Brownsville and attended the city’s public school system. He joined the U.S. Armed Forces as an infantryman and fought World War II in Germany. “We didn’t talk about that part of his life much,” his son said in a story in Wednesday’s editions of The Brownsville Herald. The elder Garza was more interested in the future, the ambassador said. After being honorably discharged, Garza stayed in Germany and worked for the civil service processing German prisoners of war, including the second wife of the infamous Luftwaffe chief, Hermann Goering, his son said. He returned home in 1955 and opened Tony’s Texaco, which he owned for more than 20 years. Lifelong friend Val Gavito of Houston said his fondest memory of Garza “was learning that he made it out alive of World War II,” and their reunion after the two returned to Brownsville. In addition to Tony Garza Jr., Garza is survived by a son Nicolas Garza. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lita Quintana Garza, and daughter, De Anna Garza Ortiz.

Isaias R. “Bayamon” Hernández, 81, of Lorain, OH, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, in St. John West Shore Hospital, Westlake, following a lengthy illness. He was born July 22, 1924, in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Hernández was among the first Puerto Ricans to come to Lorain to work at the steel mill in 1948. He retired as a bricklayer in the open hearth department of U. S. Steel’s Lorain-Cuyahoga Works in Lorain in 1970. He was a member of United Steelworkers Union Local 1104 and the Puerto Rican Home, both in Lorain. He enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, feeding the birds and reading the Bible. Survivors include his sons Anibal Hernández and Gabriel Hernández, both of Lorain; daughters Minnie Feliciano and Rebecca Hernández, both of Lorain; brother, Hector Luis Hernández of Bayamon; sisters Sara Lopez of Manhattan, N.Y., Porfiria Serrano of Orlando, Fla., and Esther and Almida Hernández, both of Bayamon; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ignacio and Petra (nee Rodríguez) Hernández; brothers Luis, Manuel, Anibal and Juan Hernández; and sisters Lydia, Elivra and Carmita Hernández.

Edwin “Ed” A. Rodríguez, age 35, of South Toledo, passed away suddenly Sunday, September 11, 2005, in his residence. He will be truly missed. Surviving are his parents, Miguel A. and Renate (Siefert) Rodríguez Sr.; his children, Edwin Jr., Angel, Adrena, Ashley; his siblings, Miguel Jr., Kurt, Lorraine (Alvaro Sr.), William, Diane, Richard, Margarita. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

Our wonderful father, grandfather and true friend has passed on for now.
Carlos was born in Laredo, TX, in 1928, and came to Findlay, Ohio, after being honorably discharged after three years service in the Army Air Corp. where he was stationed in Germany with the United States Constabulary. He then moved to Toledo where he met and married Virginia, his wife for 32 years. Carlos was employed for 39 years at Refiners Transport/Leaseway Transportation.
Carlos was a Life Member of V.F.W. Post 606 where he served in all chair positions including Commander, Captain of the Honor Guard, Chaplain and eventually Commander for the Lucas County Council. He also was active member of the Latinos United, Military Order of the Cooties, Eagles Club and American Legion.
Carlos loved to stay busy by being involved in the many organizations he was a member of as well as bowling, golfing, camping, and being with friends and family. We will all truly miss him and wait with anticipation to see him again.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia A., who passed away in 1992; mother, Antonia (Sepulveda) Sánchez; father, Jesus; brothers, Jesus, Roberto, Alfredo, Arturo, Antonio, and sisters, Zulema Sánchez, Carmen Leas, Olivia Gonzalez and Celia Volpe. Surviving are his son, Jay, and daughter-in-law, Micky (Roberts); grandsons, John and Nicholas; wonderful friend and companion, Ms. Patty Wilson; sisters, Hortencia Sánchez and Alicia Gonzalez, who reside in Laredo, TX; niece, Viola (Hugo) Ibarra and many other nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Eliberto Guerrero Jr., 51 years, of Toledo, OH, died Wednesday, August 31, in The Toledo Hospital. Eliberto was a production worker when he retired from Libbey Glass in 2002, after 27 years with the company. Preceding him in death were his father, Eliberto Sr. and his grandson, Carlito James Guerrero. Surviving are his sons, Eliberto III and Billy Guerrero; mother, Herminia Guerrero; brothers, Michael (Norma) and Orlando Guerrero; sister, Diana Guerrero and girlfriend, Adella Hill. Also surviving are grandchildren, José and Courtnie Ann Albert.

José M. Herrera, Sr. (“Jaws”) died on August 27, after a tragic car accident. Born August 19, 1952 in Lansing, MI. He is survived by his loving wife, Diane; 9 children, Diana (Pepe), José Jr. (Michelle), Luis (Rita), Jesus, Pablo (María), Rueben (Crystal), Adriana, Tino (Amber) and Sabrina; 26 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; 3 brothers and 5 sisters. He is preceded in death by his mother, Gloria Hernández; father, Antonio Herrera; stepfather, Pablo Hernández Sr.; and Godson Augustine Hernández. José had a passion for his guitar and Tejano music and was a member of La Corporación band for over 25 years. Services were held at Cristo Rey Church, 201 W. Miller, Lansing. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, September 6 at 11:00 a.m. at Cristo Rey Church. Family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Rita Herrera (Family Contributions) Acct. #1201190, Lansing Automakers Federal Credit Union.

Manuel S. Torres, 94, of Cleveland, OH, died Tuesday, Aug. 30. He was born in Yauco, Puerto Rico, and moved to Cleveland in 1959. Torres had been a police officer in Puerto Rico. Following his move to Cleveland, he worked for and retired from Arrow Aluminum. Torres received the West Park Good Neighbors award for taking care of a neighbor’s yard after the death of her husband. He was a member of First Hispanic Church of Cleveland and enjoyed reading, baseball, and gardening. Survivors include his wife, Amelia (nee Rodríquez); son, Ivan of Cleveland; daughter, Madeline Hutlock of Lorain; brother, José of Puerto Rico; sisters Antonia and Rosa Amelia, both of Puerto Rico; and six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Monica Ann Vásquez (nee Cruz), 39, of Lorain, OH, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, in New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. She was born July 10, 1966, in Lorain. She was a lifelong area resident. She graduated in 1983 from Southview High School. Ms. Vásquez was employed for 13 years at the Ohio Assembly Plant, Avon. She was a member of St. Ladislaus Catholic Church and attended Sacred Heart Chapel, both in Lorain. She was also a member of the Mexican American Citizens Club, Mexican Mutual Society, Polish American Citizens Club, Russo-Slav Club and Knights of Saint John, all of Lorain, and the United Auto Workers Local 2000, Avon. She volunteered at Neighborhood House and Second Harvest Food Bank. She enjoyed basketball, darts, pool and bowling. She loved to dance and socialize with family and friends. She also liked to go on charter bus trips to the Cleveland Browns and Indians games and enjoyed attending concerts. Survivors include her husband of five years, Enoch Vásquez; sons Albert Montanez, Jr. and Paul Montanez, both of Lorain, daughters Amanda Rivera (nee Montanez) of Lorain and Amelia Robinson (nee Montanez) of Florida; mother, Rebecca Delgado of Lorain; brothers, Frank Cruz Jr. of Lorain and Randy Cruz of Mount Washington, KY; sisters Justine Cruz of Cleveland, and Debbie Rodríguez and Melissa Gachupin-Anzurez, both of Lorain; and two granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her father, Frank Cruz Sr.; sister, Mitzi A. Rodríguez, in 2004; and a grandson.

Julia Quiñones (nee Velásquez), 87, of Lorain, OH, died Monday, Aug. 22, at Specialty Hospital of Lorain, following a short illness. She was born May 22, 1918, in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and came to Lorain in 1953. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and enjoyed Spanish music, cooking, sewing and the Cleveland Indians.

Survivors include her sons Guillermo Quiñones Jr., Osvaldo Quiñones and William Quiñones, and daughters Sonia Charles, Zulma Velez, Nancy González, Irma Quiñones, and Linda Quiñones, all of Lorain; brothers Carlos Velásquez of Ponce, Manuel Velásquez of Puerto Rico and Arsenio Velásquez of Florida; sister, Paula Velásquez of Clarksville, TN; and 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren, She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Guillermo “Guillo” D. Quiñones, in 1998; brother, Vincentito Velásquez; and one grandson and one great-granddaughter.

María De Jesus Rodríguez died August 19, in her home in Toledo, OH. She was born February 2, 1933, in Spring Branch, TX, to José G. and Isabel (Ybarra) Flores, who preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughters, Isabel (Juan) Aldana, Rebecca (Miguel) DeJesus, Rosita (Aniceto) Olivarez, Josefina (Roberto) Macias, and María Pérez, and by her sons, Maximino Macias Jr. and Pablo Rodríguez. Also surviving are her sister, Gregoria Flores; 35 grandchildren, and 32 great-grand children.

Richard “Mickey” Gómez, age 55, of Curtice, OH, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, August 13, 2005, at St. Charles-Mercy Hospital. He attended Clay High School and will be missed by his many family and friends. Survived by his four daughters, Angela, Rachel, Jamie, and Melissa; 5 grandchildren; mother, Hortencia Ramon; siblings, Margie (Jesse) Lucio, Lupe Gómez, Kenny Gómez, Linda (Jim) Fredrick, Lisa (Mark) Ickes, and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

George L. González, 59, of Sheffield Lake, died Friday, Aug. 5, at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Cleveland, following a lengthy illness. He was born Feb. 24, 1946, in Manati, Puerto Rico, and lived in Lorain for 50 years. He attended Admiral King High School. González enjoyed playing pool and fishing. Survivors include many children and grandchildren and a brother. He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Gloria (nee Rivera) González, in 2002.

Cecilia “CeCe” Vásquez, age 35, died Monday, August 15, in Arbors at Waterville, OH. She was born April 5, 1970, to Roy and Dolores Vásquez in Toledo. A 1990 graduate of DeVilbis High School, she worked for Lott Industries for many years until beginning her battle with cancer in June. Cecilia is survived by her mother; sisters, Deanna Ramsey and Andrea Vásquez; along with many nieces and nephews and 1 great niece and 2 grand nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and brother, Ismael Vásquez.

Manuel Gonzáles, 80, of Lorain, OH, died Wednesday, Aug. 10, in his home, following a sudden illness. He was born March 25, 1925 in Indiana Harbor, Ind., and moved to Lorain as a child. Gonzáles was the owner and operator of Gonzáles Painting and Decorating in Lorain, from which he retired in 1988. Prior to that, he was a machinist for Thew Shovel Co., Lorain. He was a World War II veteran of the European theater. He fought in Normandy and in the Battle of the Bulge and Elba River. He and his fellow soldiers met up with Russian troops, where he earned four Bronze Stars and the Good Conduct Medal. He was a member of St. Vitus Catholic Church in South Lorain, where he volunteered his painting skills. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 552. He enjoyed woodworking and recording music and was a competition marksman who won awards throughout Northern Ohio.

Survivors include his daughter, Sharol Ann Leibas of Lorain; brothers Jesse, Fred, Joe and Ray Gonzáles, all of Lorain, Ignatius Gonzáles of Sheffield Lake and Arthur Gonzáles of West Virginia; sisters Mary Jones and Theresa Bojdo, both of Lorain; companion, Lorene Diesel of Lorain; and 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Anna M. Gonzáles (nee Majzun) in 2001; son, Donald Manuel Gonzáles in 2005; parents Jesus M. and Teresa (nee Moreno) Gonzáles; and sister, Rose Ybarra.

Irma Moreno, 74, of Lorain County, OH, died Saturday, Aug. 6, at Fairview Hospital, Fairview Park, following a lengthy illness. She was born Aug. 10, 1930, in Cadereyta, Nuevo León, México, and lived most of her life in Lorain County. She enjoyed cooking, reading and her rose garden and was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain.

Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Alfonso Moreno; son, Robert J. Moreno of Cuyahoga County; daughters Irma M. Volar, Linda M. Haehn, Martha I. Pataky and Nelida I. López, all of Lorain County; sister, Angelica Garza Loa of Monterrey, N.L., México; and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel and Evangelina (nee DeLaGarza) Cano; brother, Daniel DeLaGarza-Garza; and sister, Alma Garza DeGuanely.

Christine (Dence Moreno) Ochoa, 61, of Toledo, OH, passed away on August 9, in her home. She was born on September 3, 1943, in Toledo, Ohio, to Pedro and Dorothy (Dence) Moreno. Christine was a graduate of Central Catholic High School and was employed by Ivy Steel for 16 years as a secretary. She was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Church and loved dancing, bingo, playing solitaire on her computer, and pets.

Surviving are her sons, Pete and Frank Ochoa; daughter, Frances (Salvador) Espinoza; ex-husband, Alexander Ochoa Jr.; foster parents, Tim and Mary Urrutia; brother, Michael (Michal) Urrutia; sisters, Mary (John) Flores, Irene (Mario) Juárez, and Helen (Richard) Hoffman; several loving nieces, nephews, and special friends; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Dence Moreno, and grandmother, Edna Dence.

José O. Rodríguez, 63, of Fremont, OH, died Tuesday in the emergency room at Memorial Hospital. He was born in Benavides, Texas, the son of the now-deceased Luis and Alicia (Benavides) Rodríguez. He was employed with the H.J. Heinz Co. as a lead man in the filling department, retiring in 1998, after 35 years of service. He enjoyed fishing, walking and loved being with his grandchildren. José is survived by sons, Oscar (Yolanda) Rodríguez, Lindenhurst, Ill., and Alexander Rodríguez, Mission, Texas; daughter, Amina M. McIntyre, Lake Villa, Ill.; sisters, Maria, Lydia, Virginia, Elma, Belia and Angelina; brother, José Ramiro Rodríguez; and grandchildren, Melissa, Mariah, Venessa and McKenzie.

Danielle Bella Donna Rosado, infant daughter of Carla Rodríguez and Jimmy Rosado, both of Lorain, OH, was stillborn Friday, Aug. 5, at Community Health Partners Hospital, Lorain. Survivors in addition to her parents include sisters Jasmine Rios, Patria Rodríguez and Bianca Rosado; brothers Darryon and Amillyo Higginbotham; maternal grandparents, Patricia and Daniel Alicea; paternal grandparents, Judith Velez and José Rosado; maternal great-grandmother, Patricia Torres; paternal great-grandmother, María Velez; and aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by uncles and an aunt.


Ernest R. Ruiz, 55, of Toledo, OH, passed away Saturday, August 6, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on October 6, 1949, to Peter and María (Vásquez) Ruiz in Oregon, Ohio. He attended Waite High School where he played football and wrestled. Ernest played softball for many years. Ernest was employed 33 years at Chrysler and belonged to UAW Local 12. He also belonged to Good Shepherd Church. Pearson Park was his favorite trail to jog with his wife, Toni. To Ernest there was no greater gift in his life than his wife and children. He had a unique sense of humor and he gave everyone a fitting nickname. Ernest is preceded in death by his mother, María, and his brother, Rubén. He is survived by his loving wife, Toni (Sitchanoff); children, Ernest Christopher Ruiz, Jason Ricardo Ruiz, and Deanna Marie (Shane) Bauman; father, Peter Ruiz; brothers, Rudy (Connie) Flores and Tony Ruiz; sisters, Beatrice Ruiz and Peggy Cortez.

 July 2005


Juan Villagomez Sr., 84, of Toledo, passed away July 29. Juan was a 30-year employee of the railroad, retiring in 1988. Surviving are daughters, Martha (Hugo) Taylor of Seattle, Sara (Tim) Tripp of Toledo, Juan (Teresa) Villagomez of Oceanside, California; brother, Francisco Villagomez; special nephew, Thomas (Laura) Villagomez; 7 grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.


Robert “Bob” Mora passed away at his home July 20. He was 76 years old. Bob worked for Monroe Steel Castings for 25 years in Monroe, Michigan. He proudly served his country in WWII as a member of the United States Army. In his retirement he enjoyed going to dinner with his friends, gardening, driving his Cadillac on sunny days and playing with his babies “Pee-Wee” and “Lola.”

Bob will be sadly missed by his good friends, John and Judy Bores, Marjorie Buchanan and Carmen Thomas. John and Judy Bores are quoted as saying that, “Bob will always be remembered by his family as a generous and kind man.” He is survived by his sister, Sara Olivo and family in Texas. Also by his brother, Salvador “Sal” (Hortensia) Mora and family in Sandusky, OH. Nieces and nephews, Ester (Bob) Maxwell, Sam Mora, Betty Mora, Sara Mora and Sal Mora. Bob was preceded in death by his mother, Luisa; father, Francisco and brother, Juan Mora.


Tony Muñoz, Detroit MI, passed away August 4. He was born November 22, 1928. His parents were Juan and Manuela (Amaro) Muñoz. Tony was united in marriage to Delores Ryba on July 5, 1952. They just celebrated their 53rd Anniversary. His children are Tony Jr. (Josephine) Muñoz, J. Katherine (Roy) Olivier, Cynthia Muñoz (special friend Bill Williams), Barbara (Roy) Jeffery, Michael (Catherine) Muñoz and Michelle (Gerard) Grysko. He is also survived by many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family will receive friends Saturday, August 13, 2005 10 a.m. until time of Service at 2:00 p.m. at Stanley Turowski & Son Funeral Home, 25509 W. Warren (3 blks. E. of Beech Daly), Dearborn Hts.


Mildred C. Gilda (nee Spath), of St. Louis, MO., asleep in Jesus, Thurs., July 28; dear wife of the late Charles (Carl) F. Gilda; dear mother of Doris Landfather, Lois Tod, Georgia Sellers, and the late Jean Schmidt; dear sister of the late Oscar, Leonard, Gilbert and William Spath; our dear grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister-in-law, aunt, and friend. Interment at St. Trinity Cemetery.


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Edelmiro “Andy” Andaverde, 82, of Martin , OH , died Saturday morning, July 30, in the Genoa Retirement Village . Edelmiro was born in Mercedes , TX , on September 17, 19 22 , to Vicente and Espedacion (Chávez) Andaverde. He married María G. (Ramírez) in Westlaco , TX , on July 21, 19 46 . Edelmiro was a welder in the fabrication department of The Andersons in Maumee , OH , for 20 years until his retirement in 1985. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Genoa , the Cursillo, the Guadelupe Society, and a former member of the K of C #4237, Genoa . In his free time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, María; his children, Irma (Bill) Wolph, Ludivina Almaguer, José (Mary Lou) Andaverde, Richard (Grace) Andaverde, Reynaldo (Edna) Andaverde, Daniel Andaverde, and Rene (Cinda) Andaverde, along with 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Edelmiro was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Mary Jane Andaverde; brother, Ernesto Padilla and sister, Gloria López.


David Cortez, age 55 years, of Toledo , passed away Tuesday July 26, in the Toledo Hospital . He was born January 30, 19 50 , in San Antonio , Texas , to Luis and Melchora Cortez. A U.S. Navy Veteran, David worked for Lucas County Children’s Services for six years, the past two years as a foster care supervisor. He loved serving others and was devoted to working with children. He served as a Big Brother and also developed a program for “Focus on Fathers.” He was first in his family to graduate from college and obtain his Masters’ Degree.

He was preceded in death by his father, Luis Cortez, Sr.; his mother, Melchora Guzman and his brother, Rogelio Cortez. He is survived by his daughter, Marisol Ledesma-Cortez and yerno Roberto Martínez II; grandchildren, Roberto Martínez III and Xavier Alejandro Martínez; brothers, Luis, Jr. (Sara), Alberto (Janie) and Jesse (Diane), all of San Antonio, Texas; sisters, Velia (Henry) Serratos of Swanton, Ohio, Amelia (Steve) Salas, Irma (Conrad) Gongora, Lydia Torres of Toledo, Ohio, Oralia (David) Hernández of San Antonio, Texas; 38 nephews and nieces and 53 great nephews and nieces as well as good family friend, Jeffrey Foote.


Teresa Cardona Martínez, age 82, of Toledo , died July 26. Teresa was born December 28, 19 22 , in Monterrey , México. She was a member of Little Flower Catholic Church, enjoyed gardening and spending time with her many comadres and compadres. But most of all she will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Teresa is survived by her children, Sandra (Richard) Rodríguez, John (Dolores) Martínez, Mario (Josie) Martínez, Arnold Martínez, Myrna (Matthew) Fellers and Irene (Bill) Blessing; 18 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and extended family members in México. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Juan Pablo; son, Oscar and several brothers and sisters.


María C. García of Westland , MI died on July 23, 2005 at the age of 96. Beloved wife of the late Fulgencio. Dear mother of Rose (Guillermo) Rodríguez. Loving grandmother of Linda Rodríguez, Anita (John) Morrison, and Mark (Denice) Rodríguez. Loving great-grandmother of Marcus, Sonya, Rachel, and Sarah.


Marcos Nicolas Mendoza, age 2 1/2, passed away on Tuesday, July 19, in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He was born on November 14, 2002 , the son of Nicolas and Rachael ( Coronado ) Mendoza, and big brother to Miguel. Marcos was a gift from God. Though afflicted with Fanconi Syndrome and through numerous treatments, hospitalizations, and pain, Marcos remained cheerful, quick to smile, and offering hugs to those who loved him, including grandparents, David and Arleen Coronado and Nicolas and Elidia Mendoza; aunts and uncles, Amena, Amber (Josh) Wise, Noemi (Tim) Davenport, Amelia, Jessica and Veronica Mendoza; and cousins, Jacob, Mary Jane, Aria, Mari and Angelina. Thanks to family and friends for the love and prayers. Until we see him again, we know he will be running and playing with our Lord Jesus.

Pedro Juan Santiago, 55, of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico , formerly of Lorain , OH , died Saturday, July 16, in his home, after battling cancer for 10 years. He was born July 16, 19 50 . Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Pamela; son, John; daughter, Jennifer; mother, Gloria; four sisters; and three grandsons. A memorial Web site will be posted Aug. 15 at

Joe M. Flores, 53, of Bowling Green , died Monday evening, July 11, at the Wood County Hospital . He was born in Bowling Green to the late Florencio Flores and Augustina ( Mesa ) Flores who survives in Gibsonburg , OH . He married Eva E. Flores in December of 1972 in Gibsonburg , OH . Joe was a sheet metal specialist for the Jeep Corp., Toledo , OH for 28 years. Prior to Jeep he was employed at Chrysler in Perrysburg, Modine, and Cooper Tire in Bowling Green . He was a member and past Seargent of Arms of ABETE Region 7, the UAW local#12, FOE #2180 of Bowling Green, APA in Bowling Green and the Nate & Wallys and Howards Tuesday night pool league. He loved riding his Harley-Davidson and attended many charity runs.

Along with his mother and wife he is survived by his daughters, Joy Flores of Weston, OH, Melissa Flores of Bowling Green, OH; son, Nicholas Flores of Bowling Green, OH; sisters, Jane Boggs of Bradner, OH, Mary Dander of Gibsonburg, OH; brothers, Arturo Flores and Hector Flores of Toledo, OH, Lencho Flores of Texas, and Rosendo Flores of Walbridge, OH; grandchildren, Nathan Hull, Leandra, Tyla, and Anna Contreras, and Jasmine Flores. Along with his father, he was preceded in death by his sister, Blanca Flores and a grandson, Tyler Hull.

Jesse M. Gonzáles, 75 years, of Toledo , OH , died Saturday, July 16, at Heartland of Perrysburg. The son of José and María Gonzáles, born August 20, 19 29 , Jesse was a machine operator at AP Parts for 20 years, retiring in 1991. A volunteer for Migrant Services and Meals on Wheels in Ohio and Texas , Jesse was a member of the UAW Local 12. He was involved with the Cursillo Movement, SS. Peter and Paul Prison Ministry, and served with the Army in Korea .

Preceded in death by his wife, Antonia Gonzáles; parents; brother, Manuel Gonzáles and sister, Sr. M. Elena Gonzáles; he leaves his children, Mary Katherine Gonzáles, Mary Lou Gonzáles, Theresa Gonzáles, Michael Gonzáles and Angela (Devin) Deiter. He also leaves his grandsons, Alexander and Tony Gonzáles, Dylan and Brendan Deiter; brothers, Tony and Salvador , and sisters, Nena Saldana and Marcella Martínez.

Francis R. Velásquez, 43, of Lorain , died Saturday, July 16, at home. He was born Sept. 7, 19 61 , in Lorain . He graduated from Southview High School in 1979 and from Bowling Green State University in 1983 with a bachelor of business administration degree.
Velásquez was president of the second-largest minority recruiting agency for Hispanic students in the United States , assistant director of the Upward Bound program at Oberlin College and a self-employed environmental businessman. He was a four-time Golden Glove boxing champion and had fought “Boom Boom” Mancini. He also was a member of the Hispanic Coalition and Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain . Velásquez loved reading and had been a college newspaper editor.

Survivors include his brothers Louis Velásquez of Lorain, Joseph Velásquez of Orlando, Fla., Thomas Velásquez of Seattle, Phillipe Velásquez of Pittsburgh, Raphael Velásquez of Columbus, Martin Velásquez, David Velásquez of Miami, and Peter Velásquez of Westlake; sisters Christina Rios and María McBride, both of Fort Worth, Texas, Rose Epps and Julia Taylor, both of Charlotte, N.C., Theresa Velásquez of Seattle, Juanita Jimenez of Grant Prairie, Texas and Gualupe Velásquez of Columbus; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan Velásquez in 1993 and Socorro María (nee Jacinto) Velásquez in 2001; and brothers John Velásquez in 1963 and Richard Velásquez in 2001.

Noel “Nelly” Quiroga, 48, passed away peacefully in his home in Toledo OH , surrounded by his loved ones after a brave battle with cancer on Thursday, June 30. A 1975 graduate of Macomber High School where he was a state champion wrestler, Noel graduated from Owens College with a degree in engineering. He was employed as a machine engineer at Ford Motor Company for the past 8 1/2 years. Prior to that he worked for Doehler-Jarvis for 22 years.

Family and football were Nelly’s great loves in life. He played semi-pro football for the Toledo Patriots, and coached CYO football for 23 years, 19 of them as the coach of the East Side Raiders. He was named CYO Coach of the Year and coached his teams to Toy Bowl championship games 15 times. He was also named to the Birmingham Hall of Fame. He truly loved his family and was incredible with his grandchildren. He enjoyed family vacations, camping, and loved to hunt.

Noel is survived by his parents, Raul and Paulina Quiroga, and by his beloved wife, Candia; sons, Noel Jr. (Heather) Quiroga, Neil Szenderski (Erica), John Szenderski (Andrea); daughters, Maranda and Paulina Marie Quiroga; grandchildren, Kayla, Tyler, Patrick, Thomas, William and Isabelle; brothers and sisters, Anita, Arturo, Isreal, Carlos, Andres, Elsa, Alicia, Raul Jr., Orlando, Belinda, Carmina, and Keyne; and many nieces and nephews.

Andres A. Soto, 28, of Lorain , OH , died Saturday, July 2. He was born July 28, 1976 , in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico . He came to Lorain in 2000. He was a cook for G and C Groceries in South Lorain . Survivors include his sons Andres A. Soto Jr. and Richard Soto, both of Lorain ; mother Dania Segura of Santo Domingo , Dominican Republic ; brother John Soto of Lorain ; and sisters Glenda Liz Pelaer of Puerto Rico and Denis Peres of Domingo , Dominican Republic .

José “Don José” A. Torres, 78, of Lorain, OH, died Thursday, July 7, at the New Life Hospice Center of St. Joséph, Lorain, after a brief illness. José was born Dec. 28, 19 26 , in Penuelas, Puerto Rico . He moved to Lorain 11 years ago from Puerto Rico . Torres was in the U.S. Army during World War II and worked as a hospital orderly. He was employed as a health inspector for the Puerto Rican Department of Health. He also owned a furniture store and hardware store in Puerto Rico . He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain . He was very involved with politics in Puerto Rico .
Survivors include his sons, José ”Billy” Anselmo, José ”Pachy” Ramon and José ” Chilin ” Domingo, all of Lorain , and José ”Pepe” Orlando of Puerto Rico; daughter, Ruthiris ”Tatita” Esther of Puerto Rico; sister, Rosa Esther Torres Vega; and 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Iris María Cruz, in 1991; parents, Domingo Torres, in 1970, and Venancia Vega, in 2000; and sister, Presbitera ”Presby” Torres Vega, in 1971.


Victor S. Feliciano Sr., 68, of Lorain , OH , died Monday, June 27. Feliciano was born in Hatillo, Puerto Rico . He had most recently lived in Lorain and previously lived in Akron , where he retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. He attended First Baptist Church , Akron . Survivors include his daughters Marlene Hembree of Akron , Kathleen Cullinan of Columbus and Ivonne Herron of Ravenna ; son, Victor S. Feliciano Jr. of Akron ; brothers Angelo, Martin and John; sister, Carmen; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Carmen Feliciano; and brothers Louis and Gilbert.

Anastacio G. “Mike” Pérez, 88, of Toledo , OH , passed away Wednesday, June 22, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Toledo Unit. Mike was born December 4, 19 16 , to Juan and Angelita (Gonzales) Pérez in Tyler , TX . He was employed with Jeep for 15 years, retiring in 1982. Mr. Pérez was a member of St. Peter and Paul Church and enjoyed working around the house, gardening, woodworking, auto mechanics, and most of all, fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sons, Eusabio and Roberto.
Mr. Pérez is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Luisa; children, Lupe (Leo) Martinez, Linor Fisher, Angelita Franco, Mary (Stephen) Soto, Virginia Pérez, Eufemia (Donald) Kleis, Gilbert Pérez, Francisco (Yolanda) Pérez, Carlos Pérez, Alfredo Pérez, Jessie Pérez, and Juan (Christal) Pérez; 37 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren also survive him.

Josefina F. Salas (nee Fernández), 80, died Tuesday, June 21, 2005 , at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, OH, following a brief illness. She was born June 30, 19 24 , in Congregacion Calles, Nuevo Leon, México. She moved to Lorain in 1956. She was a homemaker. She had been an accomplished seamstress and bridal gown maker in México. She was a member of the Toledo Road Church of Christ. Mrs. Salas enjoyed gardening, singing, and dancing. Survivors include: her sons, Joel Salas of Avon, Dr. Samuel Salas of Amherst and Dr. Abner Salas of Atlanta; daughter, Elizabeth Rivalsky of Brecksville; brothers Francisco Fernández of Monterrey, México, and Napoleon Fernández of Congregacion Calles, Nuevo Leon, México; sisters María G. Fernández of Lorain, Ludivina F. Sánchez of Monterrey, México, and Alejandrina F. Shember of Monterrey, México; and eight grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Samuel A. Salas in 1991; parents Eutimio F. and María Inez (nee Cavazos López) Fernández; and brothers Rogelio Fernández, Pablo Fernández, Lucas Fernández, Florencio Fernández, Eutimio H. Fernández and Ruben Fernández.

Manuela C. Medellin, 83, of Fremont , OH , died Sunday evening, June 19, at St. Francis Health Care Centre, Green Springs. She was born on August 12, 19 21 in Robstown , Texas , to Mateo and Elisa Chapa. She married Sotero Medellin in 1947 and he preceded her in death on May 12, 2002 . Manuela was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Fremont Kingdom Hall. Surviving are children, Elodia Gonzáles, Fremont, Bernardino López, San Patricio, Texas, Ernesto Medellin, Fremont, Esther Faragoza, Moreno Valley, Calif.; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; half brother, Maximo Rios; and half sisters, Rebeca Garza, Rita Estrada and Maria-Sidia Gonzáles. Preceding her in death are her parents, husband, daughter, Esperanza López, and grandson, Richard López Sr.


UPPER SANDUSKY : Israel Gutiérrez-Morales, 25, of 326½ S. Seventh St. , Upper Sandusky , died at 5:15 p.m. Monday, June 13, 2005 at Tymochtee Campgrounds, Sycamore. Surviving are his parents, Juan Gutiérrez Gutierrez and María Leonor Morales Gómez, México City, México; two brothers, Albino and Sergio Gutiérrez Morales, both of Upper Sandusky; two sisters, Angelica Gutiérrez Morales, Upper Sandusky; and Nancy Arely Gutiérrez Morales, México City, México. Funeral services and burial will be held in México City , México.

Jaime Mendoza-Nava, composer for “The Mickey Mouse Club” and others, dead at 79

LOS ANGELES (AP): Jaime Mendoza-Nava, a Bolivian native who composed music for “The Mickey Mouse Club” and hundreds of movies, has died. He was 79.

Mendoza-Nava died May 31 at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Woodland Hills of complications of diabetes, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Born in La Paz, Bolivia, Mendoza-Nava was a child prodigy who by age 11 had composed, performed and organized a children’s orchestra. After studying in South America, he trained in piano and composing at New York’s Juilliard School, and later at Madrid’s Royal Conservatory of Music and elsewhere in Europe.

In 1951, still in his 20s, Mendoza-Nava was named director of Bolivia’s National Symphony Orchestra.

The musician immigrated to Los Angeles in 1953 and soon went to work for Disney, where he composed music for 1950s television series including “The Mickey Mouse Club” and “Zorro.”

In 1961, he became music director for United Productions of America, where he worked on the theatrical cartoon series “Mr. Magoo,” among others.

Mendoza-Nava went on to form his own company and score music for more than 200 movies, including sci-fi, horror and adventure films. Among his credits were “Ballad of a Gunfighter” in 1964, “A Boy and His Dog” in 1975, “The Vampire Hookers” in 1978 and “Terror in the Swamp” in 1985.

Mendoza-Nava is survived by his wife, four children and four grandchildren.

Anselmo Hernández, 95, of Lansing MI , died June 11. Beloved husband of the late Eliza. Loving father of Jesse W. Hernández, Rene, Dennis, and Mark Manrique.

Felix T. ”Blackie” Rodríguez, 65, of Lorain , OH , died Saturday, June 11, at Community Health Partners Hospital , Lorain , following a brief illness. He was born Jan. 20, 19 40 , in Patillas, Puerto Rico . He moved to Manhattan in 1955. He lived there for 41 years before moving to Lorain in 1996. He retired in 1992 as a truck driver from RTI in New York . He was employed there for 25 years.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain . He was an accomplished baseball player. He played for the Old Timers of Softball of Manhattan, New York. He also enjoyed playing dominoes and crabbing.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Carmen Ortiz Rodríguez (nee Cruz); sons Wilfredo Ortiz and Kenneth Reyes, both of Lorain, Eddie Rodríguez of Culebra, Puerto Rico and Rodnie Rodríguez of New York; daughters Magda Rodríguez of Culebra, Puerto Rico, Carmen Martinez, Daisey Ramos and Teresa Rodríguez Perez, all of Lorain; brothers Nenin, David, José and Efraim Rodríguez, all of Puerto Rico; sisters Madelin, Annie, Bethel and Tonya, all of Puerto Rico, and Yolanda Rodríguez of Boston; and 26 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Teodoro Laboy Rodríguez and Eustaquia (nee Vega) Rodríguez; sister Ida Rodríguez; and two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

David John Guardiola, 16, of Carbon St , Fremont , OH , died June 9 as a result of an automobile accident. He was born on Jan.8, 1989 in Fremont, the son of David and Judy ( Lugo ) Guardiola. He was an honor student at Ross High School where he was a member of the varsity track and football teams. David also played basketball his freshman year. He was employed by A & L Metal Processing where he worked part time while attending school. David is survived by his parents; sister Anissa and brother, Luis Guardiola, both at home; grandparents Juan and Mary Lugo, Louis and Josephine Guardiola. He was preceded by his great-grandparents.

MAY 2005


Estella P. Reyes, 77, of Findlay, OH, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Tuesday, May 31, at Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center, Findlay. She was born on October 23, 19 27 in Corpus Christi, TX to Jaime Bernabe and Elvira (Hernández) Pérez and they preceded her in death. She married Ramon O. Reyes in May of 1962 and he preceded her in death on January 4, 1981. Mrs. Reyes was a retired Professional Cook, having worked for the Head Start Program, Migrant Day Care Council in Findlay, Camp Shewandasse for Camp Fire Girls in Mathis, TX, and the Corpus Christi, TX School System. She was a member of the Church of the Living God in Findlay and the Victory Worship Center in Corpus Christi, TX.

She is survived by a son, Marty (Jackie) Reyes of Findlay; daughters, Yolanda (Frank, Sr.) Macias of Corpus Christi, TX, Gracie R. Sandoval of Findlay, and Belinda Reyes of Findlay; step-son, Ramón (Adalia) Reyes, Jr. of Corpus Christi, TX; step-daughters, Diana and Irma Reyes, both of Corpus Christi, TX; sister, Elvira (Meddie) Mojica of Corpus Christi, TX; grandchildren, Frank (Gloria) Macias, Michael (Patricia) Macias, John (Celia) Macias, Christopher (Brenda) Macias, Stefanie Rodríquez, Ramón Alejandro Sandoval, and Trevon Lee Reyes; 12 great-grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren, and several step-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. Also preceding her in death are a step-daughter, Olga Reyes and a sister, Candelaria M. Molina.



Marcelino Ortiz, 63, of Lorain, OH, died Friday, May 27. He was born in Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain at a young age. He loved carpentry, helping people and spending time with his family and friends. Survivors include his sons Ariel Ortiz, Richard Ortiz, and Antonio Ortiz, all of Lorain, and Samuel Ortiz of New Port Richey, FL; daughters Ruth Santiago of Avon Lake and Linda Viera of Lorain; brothers Elba Ortiz and Raul Ortiz; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Francisco and Antonia Ortiz; brother Candido Ortiz; and sisters Eva Ortiz and Neftali Ortiz.



Margarita Fonseca, 80 years, of Utah Street, Toledo, OH, passed away in her home Thursday, May 26. Margarita was a seamstress several years for the Jobst Institute, retiring in 1990. Her children, Amelia Ruiz, Victor, Robert and Rudy Fonseca, survive her. She was preceded in death by her son, Reynaldo (Reno) Fonseca and daughter, Audelia Morales.



LA HABANA (AP): Cuban filmmaker Pastor Vega has died of undisclosed causes, authorities said Thursday. He was 65. Throughout a 40-year career, Vega became internationally known for films including “Portrait of Teresa,” or “Retrato de Teresa;” “Vidas Paralelas,” or “Parallel Lives;” and “Las Profecias de Amanda,” or “Prophesies of Amanda.”

“Cuban cinema and culture are in mourning,” said a statement sent to news agencies by the island’s International Press Center. The statement did specify the date or cause of death. Vegas was married to the Cuban actress Daisy Granado, with whom he also worked as a theater director.



Marcelino Ortiz, 63, of Lorain, OH, died Friday, May 27. He was born in Puerto Rico, moving here at a young age. He loved carpentry, helping people and spending time with his family and friends. Survivors include his sons Ariel Ortiz, Richard Ortiz and Antonio Ortiz, all of Lorain, and Samuel Ortiz of New Port Richey, Fla.; daughters Ruth Santiago of Avon Lake and Linda Viera of Lorain; brothers Elba Ortiz and Raul Ortiz; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Francisco and Antonia (nee Rodrigus) Ortiz; brother Candido Ortiz; and sisters Eva Ortiz and Neftali Ortiz.

Anibal Daz-Cabrera, 54, of Lorain, OH, died Monday, May 23, at Community Health Partners Hospital, Lorain. He was born March 28, 19 51, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, and moved to Lorain three years ago. While living in Puerto Rico, he worked in construction. He attended Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. Survivors include his companion, Luz Cedre of Lorain.

Octavio Cavillo, 72, of Ottawa, OH, born December 13, 19 32, died Sunday, May 22, at Autumn Court Nursing Home in Ottawa. He was born in Crystal City, Texas, to Cosme and Carlota (Leija) Cavillo and they are deceased. Mr. Cavillo was a graduate of Tiffin University and was employed as an accountant. He is survived by son, David Cavillo of Reykjavik, Iceland; daughters, Cynthia Hawkins of California City, Calif., and Christina Cavillo of Chicago, Ill.; nephews, Gaspar Franco and Oscar Franco, both of Lima; and grandsons, Jules Hawkins and Daman Warehan.


Sarah Z. Guerra went home to Jesus, Sunday, May 22. She is survived by her husband, Gilberto; daughters, Hilda and Sylvia; sons, Robert and Lawrence; seven grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. A seamstress to many in the area, Sarah lived in Perrysburg and Rossford for 34 years. She has been living in Missouri City, Texas for the past five years.


Marcos Rivera, 26, of Elyria, OH, died suddenly Sunday, May 22, at EMH Regional Medical Center, Elyria. Rivera loved art and cutting hair. Survivors include his wife, Heather; his parents, Benedicto and Judith Rivera of Lorain; his twin, Mario Rivera of Lorain, and brother, Benny Rivera Jr. of Elyria; and his grandmother and other relatives.

Frances DeJesus, 66, of Land O’Lakes, FL, died Wednesday, May 18, at home, after a lengthy illness. She was born May 11, 19 39 , in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico . She moved to Lorain , OH in 1953 and then to Florida in 2001. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain , and The Lady of Rosary Catholic Church in Florida . She enjoyed bingo, casinos and dancing. Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Gabriel DeJesus; daughter, Yvette Torres of Wesley Chapel, Fla.; stepdaughters Deanna Smith of North Carolina and Daisy Reyes of New Jersey; brothers Nazario De León of Puerto Rico, Ramón De León of Cleveland and Philip De León of Lorain; sisters, Josefine Chevere of New York, Ana (nee De León) Rodríguez and Carmen (nee De León) Ledee, both of Lorain; and eight grandchildren and one great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her parents, Antolin De León and Marcelina (nee Vargas) De León.

Marc Anthony Quiñones, age 4, passed away Wednesday, May 18th, at The Toledo Hospital. Marc was born in New Brunswick , New Jersey , May 6th, 2001 , to Anthony M. and Catherine A. (Fedorchak) Quiñones. Although he had to overcome many struggles, Marc had a special way of bringing everyone together with laughter and love. He touched the hearts of everyone he met and his memory will last forever. He will be dearly missed by all he leaves behind, including his parents, Anthony and Cathy; grandparents, Eligio and María Quiñones and Mary Catherine Fedorchak; aunts and uncles, Eligio (Maritza) Quiñones, Jr., Julia (William) Muñoz, Mildred (Luis) Flores, and Robert (Mary) Fedorchak and cousins, Enrique, Marcalis, Kistina, Joseph, Brianna, Sara, and Erin.


Demetrio C. Vásquez, 57, of Toledo , OH , passed away on Monday, May 16. The son of Ramiro Sr. and María Castro Vásquez, he is survived by his children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters, as well as other family and friends.

Rodolfo Samora (Rudy Zamora), 50, of Green Springs , OH , died Sunday, May 15, at St. Francis Health Care Centre in Green Springs. He was born in Los Fresnos , Texas , to Cosme and Candelaria Martínez Zamora. Survivors include his mother; son, Jeff Samora of Vista, Calif.; daughter, Angela Samora of Oceanside, Calif.; brothers, Santiago Zamora of San Juan, Texas, Jerry Zamora of Fremont, Alfredo Zamora and José (Anna) Zamora, both of Green Springs, and Jesse (Ann) Zamora of Tiffin; and sisters, Effie Zamora of Tennessee, Oralia Hansen and Odelia (Manuel) Castillo, both of Fremont, Otilia (Len) Foos of Burgoon, and Mary Jane Zamora of Green Springs. His father preceded him in death. Rudy was a self-employed cabinet maker. He enjoyed scuba diving, painting, and was an avid photographer.

Oscar Olivarez, 82, of Adrian , MI , died May 12, at Adrian Healthcare Center . He was born June 2, 19 22 , in McAllen , Texas , the son of Francisco and Evangelina ( Zamora ) Olivarez. He is survived by three brothers: Alfredo Alonso, Pablo Alonso, and José (Mary) Olivarez of Blissfield. He was preceded in death by his parents, Francisco and Evangelina; one sister, Rosa Olivarez; one brother, Benito Olivarez; and his longtime companion, Elena Ruiz.

Alfredo “ Chico ” Ruiz, age 74 of Detroit , MI , died Saturday, May 14, at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital . He was a hardworking and loyal man who belonged to the bricklayers Union Local 1. He is survived by his wife, Catherine; children: Alfredo, Catherine (Paul), Anna (Randy), Patrick (Cathy), Mark (Lori), Lydia (Keith), and Matthew (Michelle); 17 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. Chico is also survived by three brothers and one sister. He will be greeted at the gates of heaven by his mother, three sisters and one brother.


Jesus “Francisco García” Linares , 82, a resident of Oregon , OH, since 1957, passed away Friday, May 13, in Heartland of Oregon. Mr. Linares was born in the village of Guascuaro , in southern México, on January 2, 19 23 , to Pablo and Luisa (Guizar) Linares . Jesus was employed as a construction worker with Local #500, retiring in 1979. He was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Mr. Linares, known to many friends and neighbors as “Panchito,” had a gift for gardening; which became his passion after his retirement. He also enjoyed chicharrones for his family and friends.
Surviving are his wife, Odilia; sons, Luis (Teresa) Linares , Daniel (Christine) Linares , Dr. Antonio (Martha) Linares , Pedro García, Santos (Tina) García; daughter, Joséfina (José Treviño) García; 15 grandchildren; brother, Atanacio Linares; sister, Guadalupe Linares Guizar. Jesus was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Salvador , Gilberto, and José María Linares, and sister, Celia Linares Guizar.

Eufemia Ocasio (nee Roldan), 75, of Lorain , OH , died Friday, May 13, at Ohio Extended Care Center , Lorain , following a lengthy illness. She was born May 29, 19 29 , in San Lorenzo , Puerto Rico . She has lived in Lorain since 1950. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, where she was a member of the Cursillo Movement and the Sociedad De Damas. She was a member of the Renovacion Carismatica. Mrs. Ocasio enjoyed cooking, gardening and taking care of her family.
Survivors include her son, Michael Ocasio of Arkansas ; daughters Ana Velez, Adela Torres and Carmen Ocasio-Naddaf, all of Lorain ; brothers Guillermo Roldan of Chicago and Maximino Roldan of San Lorenzo , Puerto Rico ; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Wenceslao G. Ocasio in 1986; son, Frederico; brother Aniceto Roldan; sisters Emilia, Joaquina and Julia; and her parents, Eufemio and Teresa (nee Fonseca) Roldan.


José G. Morales, 73, of Toledo, OH, passed away Thursday, May 12, in his home. Mr. Morales was born in San Antonio, TX, on November 19, 19 31, to Candelario and Joséfina (Gonzáles) Morales. José served in the US Army during the Korean War. He was employed with the Toledo Jeep Corp. for 30 years, retiring 1997. He was a member of St. Peter and Paul’s Church and Sacred Heart Church. José was a very loving father, brother and grandfather. Surviving are his children, Christine (Michael) Cassis, Diana (Jerry) Keesee, Lisa (Michael) Brazzel, Robert Morales, José (Kelly) Morales Jr., Cynthia (Scott) Revilla, Gloria (Marty) Kelly, Carlos (Elizabeth) Revilla, Marta (John) Flores; daughter-in-law, Jacquie Revilla; brothers, Ricardo Morales, Gilberto Revilla, Armonda Revilla, Rogelio Morales, Daniel Morales; sisters, María Guzman, Adelaida Hernández, Yolanda De Luna, Sylvia Abramo, Anita Rodríguez, Esther Kimbrell; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. José was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Audelia; son, David Revilla Sr.; brothers, Carlos Revilla Sr. and Jesus Morales and grandson, Richard Torres Jr.

Miguel Contreras, head of labor federation, dead at 52

(AP): Miguel Contreras, a son of farmworkers who helped revive Southern California ’s unions as head of the politically powerful Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, died of a heart attack May 6 in LA. He was 52.

Contreras, whose political clout extended from City Hall to Sacramento and beyond, was credited with bringing the 345-local unions in the federation together in recent years to more effectively organize workers and pressure employers.

“Miguel was a true genius of the labor movement,” said Cheryl Parisi, head of the Southern California district council for American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. “He was a man who came from very humble beginnings and developed—through his experience with his father organizing the United Farm Workers (UFW)—great courage, great intelligence, and a wonderful way with people.”

Tyrone Freeman, president of Service Employees International Union Local 434B, said Contreras died of a heart attack. He declined further comment, saying late Friday that he was at a hospital with Contreras’ wife, Maria Elena Durazo, leader of Local 11 for the large hotel and restaurant workers union Unite Here.

Janice Wood, a county public works commissioner, said Contreras had missed several events in recent weeks because he had been ill. Her husband Jim led the federation until his death in 1996, when Contreras assumed leadership.

Contreras was known as a king-maker for both local and state politicians, and the labor federation had endorsed Hahn in his current mayoral campaign. The association is regarded as the most influential political machine in Southern California .

The son of farmworkers, Contreras began working in the fields of the Central Valley outside Dinuba at age 5. By 17, he was handing out grape boycott leaflets at grocery stores during the famous UFW campaign.

He eventually became a strike captain and was dispatched by legendary labor leader César Chávez to Toronto. He worked with unions in Salinas and San Francisco before the international Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union recruited him as a national organizer, taking him to Los Angeles in the late 1980s.

He told the Los Angeles Times in a March profile that working with Chávez transformed him.

“Mexican farmworkers were seen as nothing more than agricultural implements, to be used and discarded like you would discard an old shovel or an old hoe,” Contreras said. “He gave us a feeling of real self-worth and a feeling of breaking away those imaginary shackles you had to the grower and standing up for yourself.”

Contreras was not satisfied with his accomplishments, telling the Times that he hoped for one more political success. “I have one desire left, one thing I want to accomplish: to help take someone to the White House,” he said.

In addition to his wife, Contreras is survived by two sons, Michael and Mario.

Guadalupe R. Molina, 97, died at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, May 8, at Fox Run Manor Nursing Home, Findlay. Guadalupe was born on September 15, 19 07 in México to Paulo and Lucia (Jarez-González) Ruiz. Guadalupe was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Michael Archangel Catholic Church and it’s Guadalupe Society. She married Felipe Piña Sr. on March 8, 19 25 and he preceded her in December of 1952. Guadalupe then married Simon Molina on November 27, 19 53, and he preceded her on January 4, 1992. Surviving are two sons, Joe Piña (wife, Gloria), Findlay, Ohio; and Lupe Piña, Findlay, Ohio; 19 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; and 31 great-great-grandchildren. Guadalupe was preceded in death by a son, Felipe Piña Jr., in December of 1982.

Agripina “Pina” Olivo Toledo Plaza, 74, of Lorain, OH, died Saturday, May 7, at Community Health Partners Hospital and Surgical Center, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. She was born Dec. 6, 19 30, in Utuado, Puerto Rico, moving here in 1985. Mrs. Plaza was a homemaker and a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. She enjoyed bingo, dominoes and listening to Christian music. Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Estanislao “Tano” Plaza of Lorain; sons Wilfredo and Christabal, both of Lorain and Alex of Wakeman; daughter, Maria Padro of Utuado, Puerto Rico; brothers Pedro Olivo of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Alejandro Olivo of Utuado, Puerto Rico; sisters Rosa Olivo of Orlando, Fla. and Angela Olivo of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico; 16 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Pedro Olivo and Nicodema Toledo; and a sister, Fela Olivo.


Carlos Arellano, age 74, of Toledo, OH, died Wednesday, May 4, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Toledo. He was born November 4, 19 30, in Houston, TX and was a U.S. Army Veteran. Survived by son, Robert (Madonna) Arellano of Holland; daughter, Catherine (David) Medellin of Toledo; grandchildren, Jessica, Elizabeth (Mark) Shrader, Robert, Jr., Dominic, Dale (Sara) Cherko, Brian (Diana) Cherko, David (Lisa) Medellin and Alexandria (Nathan) Kaminski; great-grandchildren, Oralia, Angelo, Trystin and Olivia; sisters, Catherine García, Olivia (Marcos) Ortiz; brothers, Jesús (Linda) Arellano, Raymond (Lucy) Agurirre, Romolo Arellano, Louie (Sally) Arellano, John Arellano and Henry (Dora) Solis. Sisters, Rosie Orosco and Guadalupe Arellano; brother, Albert Arellano; father, Ramon Arellano and mother, María Hernández Arellano, preceded him in death.

Gregorio Arroyoof Detroit MI , age 88, died April 29. Beloved husband of the late Guadalupe. Dear father of the late Margarita Weeks. Brother of Christina Espinosa. Grandfather of Seth Weeks and Sara Light. Mass at St. Martha’s Church.

Phillip González, 51, of Lorain , OH , died Friday, April 29, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph in Lorain . He was born in Lorain in 1953, graduated from Southview HS, and worked as a painter. He enjoyed golf and camping. Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Grace (nee Oliver); daughter, Lisa O’Connor of Lorain ; his parents, José and Dolores González; brothers Joseph González of Amherst and Robert González of Lorain ; sisters Laura Krupelak of Amherst and Betsy Vansant of Lorain ; and one granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jesus and Teresa González and Isaac and Elizabeth Mendoza; and stepgrandmother, Mary Mendoza.

María Alcala, age 110, of Detroit MI , died April 28. Loving wife of the late Pedro, dearest mother of the late Peter, Adrian, the late Ramón, Eleanor, Augustine, Charles, the late Anthony, Consuelo, Jesse, Dolores and the late Albert. Also survived by 29 grandchildren, 46 great-grand-children, 23 great-great-grandchildren and hundreds of nieces and nephews. Mass at St. Anne Church with interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery .

Manual “Jr” Davila Jr., age 41, of Britton , MI , died Thursday, April 28, at Herrick Hospital . He was born Feb. 7, 19 64 , in Tecumseh to Manuel and Josefa “Josie” (Mireles) Davila Sr. He graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1983. Junior was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the choir. He is survived by his parents, Josie and Manuel Davila Sr. of Britton; a sister, Diana Villanueva and her husband, Albert of Tecumseh; a nephew, Michael R. Davila of Britton; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Walter Parra, Sr., of Detroit , died April 27. Beloved husband of Olaya. Dearest father of Barbara (Alfredo) Vásquez, Mayra Parra, Mercedes Parra and Maricela (William) Herman and the late Walter Jr. Dear grandfather of Violeta, Rojelio, Nicolas, Dwight, William and Joseph. Burial at Woodmere Cemetery.


Ernesto Padilla, age 49, of North Toledo, OH, died Tuesday, April 26, in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center.
Ernesto was born in Curtice, OH, on May 21, 19 55, to Vincent Andaverde and Tomasa Mendosa. He worked as a porter for Bay Point Used Cars for 2 years, and prior to that had been a groomer for Pat’s Poodle Salon for 24 years.
Ernesto’s parents and his grandson, Antonia Garcia, preceded him in death. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Patricia; children, Tina (Albert) Garcia, Ernesto Padilla Jr., Jennifer (Gary Fessler) Padilla and Melissa (Randy) Blackwood; grandchildren, Dean and Heather Christian, Angela, Ernesto III , Kaitlyn, and Aaron Padilla, and Savannah Fessler; great-grandchildren, Marcus and Dean Christian, Jr. and Austin Rybka; sisters, Adelina (Braulio) Sánchez, Juanita (Domingo) Bocanegra and Margaret (Adam) Buenrostro; brother, Edelmiro (Maria) Andaverde; special nephew and niece, Danny Andaverde and Lulu Almaguer, and many other much loved nieces and nephews.

May 13, 1927—Apr. 26, 2005
Petra Rodríguez Reyna, 77, of Sandusky, formerly employed by H. J. Heinz Co., died April 26 afternoon following a brief illness. Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Groff Funeral Home, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky. Services: Begin with prayers at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home followed by the funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 1605 W. Jefferson St., Sandusky. Online condolences: www.


Consuelo “Connie” Avila, 80, of Toledo , OH , died Thursday, April 21, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg. She was born in Knepa , TX , on July 23, 19 24 , to the late Teodoro and Catarina (Villa) Viera. She married Saturnino “Niño” Avila and he preceded her in death on August 20, 1980 . Connie was a homemaker and loved spending time with her family. She is survived by sons, Antonio (Cynthia) Avila of Toledo, Francisco (Rosa María) Avila of Swanton, OH, Mario (Ofelia) Avila of Toledo, Miguel (Stephanie) Avila of Norton, OH, Roberto Avila of Richmond, VA; daughters, San Juanita Aldaco, Ernestina (Cirilo) Guardiola of Toledo and Jesusita (Abelardo) Blanco of Bowling Green; 32 grandchildren and 53 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Jesse Viera.


María S. Ledesma, age 75, of Holland , OH , went home to the Lord on Tuesday, April 19. She loved being with her family and visiting friends. She enjoyed working at Tom Strain Greenhouse for the past 20 years and mowing the lawn, keeping it clean and planting flowers in the spring. She will be missed dearly by her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Santiago and Juoaquina Serrato; sisters, Lola Compian, Fina Ledesma and Lupe Pena, and brothers, Emilio, Chago and Victoriano Serrato. She is survived by her husband, Abran G. Ledesma; son, Abe (Marty) Ledesma; daughters, Gloria (Fito) Ramírez, Dora Pecina and Vicky (Tom) Bolander, and a granddaughter that she raised, Frankie (Angel) Torres; as well as 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.


Joe Salazar, 67, formerly of Clyde , OH , residing in Laredo , Texas , died peacefully April 19 at Mercy Regional Hospital in Laredo . He was born in Cotulla , Texas on Dec. 19, 19 37 , to Ramón and Francisca (Rios) Salazar. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was a diary farmer in Kansas , Ohio . He grew up in the Clyde-Green Springs area and attended school in Green Springs. He worked at Dana Corp. of Toledo and retired from Chrysler of Perrysburg.

He is survived by his wife, Martha of Laredo, Texas; daughters, Danielle of Laredo, Texas, and Bobbie Jo of Columbus; sons, Jamie of San Antonio, Texas, and Jerry of Laredo, Texas; three grandchildren; sisters, Mary Lou (Denny) Wotring of Toledo and Therese (Tom) Farster of Clyde; brothers, Ramón Jr. (Carol) Salazar of Green Springs, Reynaldo “Ray” Salazar of Clyde, Ruben Salazar of Fremont, Rick (Lynette) Salazar of London, Ohio, Rogelio (Becky) Salazar of Clyde, and Frank Martinez of Tiffin. He is preceded by son, Denny, sister, Lupe, and parents, Ramon and Francisca Salazar.


Ernestina Elizardo, age 65, of South Toledo , OH , died Sunday, April 17, in the Medical College of Ohio Hospital. She retired after 18 years as the Toledo Zoo’s chief horticulturist. She was the director of a local marching band; she also had memberships in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, the Toledo Orchid Society and the Aurora Gonzáles Community Center . Ernestina was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sons, 1 brother, 4 sisters, and her husband, Santos Elizardo, in 2004.
Surviving are her children, Edina ( Orlando ) Overstreet, Herman ( Elizabeth ) Jasso, Norma (Silvirio Mori) Jasso, Juan (Stephanie) Jasso, Bill (Lori), Sandra, Keith, and Kathy Elizardo. Also surviving are 4 sisters, 10 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

In Memory of Guadalupe (Linda) Costilla

One year ago our lives were changed forever. We lost a Loving, Special Mother, Grandma, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, and Best Friend. No farewell words were spoken, no chance to say good-bye; you were gone before we knew it and only “God” knows why. We are left with Warm, Special Memories and Heavy Hearts. We Miss You so very Much and Love You More than Words can say. Until we meet again, all our Love Forever, You Will Live Forever in all of our Hearts. We Love You. Your children (Jamie, James, Jr., Tommy Campos); Grandson (Arturo Beltran II); Parents (Arturo and Guadalupe Costilla); Brothers and Sisters (Mary Costilla, Joe Campos, Arthur, Jr., and Chris Costilla, Vickie and Rudy Guzman, Louie and Stephanie Costilla, Sandy and Julian, Angie Costilla, Deb Hacker, David and Jenny Costilla); and many nieces and nephews, and many Friends. November 5, 19 63-April 11, 2004. Our Sister Was a Victim of Crime.



Gonzáles, boxer turned civil rights activist, dies at 76

Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzáles, 76, a boxer turned Chicano civil rights activist, has died. Gonzáles died at his home in Denver on April 12 after being diagnosed with congestive heart failure and renal disease. “In the last days many people called him, e-mailed and came to see him to tell him how his activism changed their lives and made them better people,” his son, Rudy Gonzáles, said. With a 65-1-9 professional record as a featherweight, Gonzáles retired from boxing in 1955 to become the first Mexican-American district captain for the Democratic Party in Denver . Gonzáles’ 1965 poem titled, “I Am Joaquin,” [about sacrificing an alien culture to achieve economic stability in the United States , which appears in its lengthy entirety at] resonated with many Mexican-Americans. In 1966, he founded the Crusade for Justice, a cultural center that dealt in eradicating poverty and racial injustice, and met with César Chávez and Martin Luther King Jr. He also founded Escuela Tlatelolco Centro de Estudios, a nonprofit school and health care center. Gonzáles is survived by his wife, Geraldine, six daughters, two sons, 22 grand children and 8 great-grandchildren.

I Am Joaquin by Corky Gonzales

Marta Iris DeJesus (nee Boria), 55, of Lorain , died Monday, April 11, at Community Health Partners Hospital , Lorain , after a sudden illness. She was born Sept. 13, 19 49 , in Fajardo, Puerto Rico , and moved to Lorain six years ago. She enjoyed cooking, bingo, watching soap operas, and dancing.
Survivors include her son, Jose A. Acevedo of Lorain; daughters Elizabeth Rodríguez, Frances Merced and Zullymir Rodríguez, all of Lorain, Reina Acevedo of Kissimmee, Fla., Edma Edeno of Tampa, Fla., and Zulika Cotto of Philadelphia, Pa.; her parents, Nicola and Fransisca Boria of Puerto Rico; and 15 grandchildren and numerous brothers and sisters. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Iris Guzman, in 1997; and son, Angel José Acevedo, in 2003.

Linda Rivera (nee Luna), 51, of Lorain , died Thursday, April 14, at home, following a lengthy illness. She was born March 2, 19 54 , in Lubbock , Texas , and lived in Lorain for 41 years.Mrs. Rivera was a member of Temple Emmanuel Assembly of God, Lorain , and had served as president of the Women’s Ministry. She was a 1983 graduate of the church Bible Institute. She enjoyed church activities and spending time speed walking.
Survivors include her husband of 38 years, Ezekiel Rivera; son, Ezekiel Daniel Rivera of Lorain; daughters Elizabeth Alvarez and Sabrina Rivera, both of Lorain, and Rachel Hope Reyes of North Olmsted; brothers Glenn Luna of Knoxville, Tenn., and Rudy Luna and Daniel Reyna, both of Lorain; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rudolfo and Guadalupe (nee Solis) Luna; and sister, María Martínez.


Catarina Lucio Vásquez, age 71, lost her battle with kidney cancer April 10, at home in Toledo , OH , surrounded by her loving family. She was born November 26, 19 33 , in Driscoll , Texas , to Raymundo and Emeteria Treviño Lucio. In her 71 years on this earth, she won the hearts of many. She was an amazing woman whose strength and determination never ceased to amaze others. She didn’t let her second grade education hold her back from getting ahead in life. She taught herself how to read and write, put any fear of raising seven children by herself behind her and set forth to pave a better life for them. She taught them first and foremost that by having faith in God, you could make it through life’s most difficult journeys, that you must always believe in yourself, and that no matter what, you must love, respect, and appreciate your family. Catarina was a long time member of St. Mary’s parish and participated in many church functions while her health permitted. She was most known for running the Mexican Food booth at the parish festivals and organizing the Virgen de Guadalupe masses and was devoted to making sure Our Lady received the recognition she deserved.
She leaves behind her loving husband, Pedro A. Vásquez; daughters, Beatriz ( Harvey ) Popovich, Belma (Joseph) López, Camila (William) Taormina , and Ernestina (Dirk) Roemmich; sons, Jesus and Pedro Ybarra. She is also survived by her stepdaughter, Rosie (James) Vega; stepson, Pedro (Rita) Vásquez Jr., and by 25 grandchildren and 30+ great-grandchildren. She was preceded by her parents; her son, Juan Ybarra, and brother, Thomas Lucio.  

Edward ‘”Eddie’” Escalante, 34, of Lorain , OH , died unexpectedly Tuesday, April 5, at his home. He was born April 13, 1970 , in Fredericksburg , Texas . Escalante, a union carpenter and member of Local 305 of Norwalk, was employed by Arcon Corporation, Brooklyn Heights . He enjoyed boating, fishing, movie-going, spending time with his children and helping others with home improvement projects.
Survivors include his daughters Cassidy Corrinne and Charlotte Cenovia Escalante, both of Vermilion, and Tabitha Lee Escalante of Lorain; his companion, Robin Witten of Lorain; parents, Paul and Juana Escalante of Garden Ridge, Texas; brother, Victor Escalante of El Paso, Texas; and sisters Martha Caldera of Luling, Texas, and Maria Isabel, Maria Lurdes and Yolanda Escalante, all of San Antonio, Texas. He was preceded in death by his brother, Justino Escalante, in 1965.

Michael “Moose” Martínez, 53, of East Center Street , Fostoria , OH , died at 8:58 p.m. Monday, April 4 at Fostoria Community Hospital . Surviving are his wife, Janie P. Martínez; two daughters, Monica Martínez and Elizabeth Díaz, both of Fostoria; his parents, Benino “Benny” and Ester Martínez Sr., Fostoria; a brother, Ben Jr. of Fostoria; and four sisters, Mrs. Max (Emma) Mendoza and Mrs. Jim (Eleanor “Mona”) Parker, both of Fostoria; Mrs. Scott (Martha) Martínez, Tiffin; and Mrs. Steve (Estella) Tey, Helena.

Frank “Pancho” Valadez, 92, of Lorain , OH , died Monday, April 4, at his home following a long illness. Valadez worked for U.S. Steel for 40 years as a millwright. He enjoyed Cleveland Indians baseball, bowling, gardening and spending time with his family. Survivors include his daughter, Mary Jo Valadez of Lorain ; and sons Frank ”Jay” Valadez of Lorain and Antony ”Tony” Valadez of Florida ; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Josephine (nee Savenelli); his parents Francis and Manula Valadez (nee Hurnandez); and sisters Jesusa Belch and Mary Fierro.

Hiram Cruz, 69, of Lorain , OH , died Sunday, April 3, at home, following a brief illness. He was born Jan. 6, 19 36 , in Coamo, Puerto Rico , and lived in Lorain for 55 years. Cruz was employed at Ford’s Lorain Assembly Plant for 33 years, retiring as an inspector in 1993. He was a member of House of Praise International, Lorain , and supervised and had been instrumental in building the church, which he served as treasurer and as a member of the worship, founding leadership and maintenance teams.
Cruz volunteered at the Sacred Heart Chapel Credit Union for 20 years. He enjoyed cooking, built and played his own acoustic guitar; and loved music, building things from wood, gardening, bowling and travel. He was an auto mechanic and a story-teller.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Ermelinda (nee López); sons, Javier Cruz of Elyria, Oscar Cruz of Marshville, N.C., and Louis Hiram Cruz of Lorain; daughters Maritza Althiede of Elyria, Yolanda Alford of Vermilion, and Mayda Cruz of Lorain; brothers Miguel Cruz of Lorain, Hector Cruz of New Jersey and Samuel Cruz of Puerto Rico; sisters Carmen Samper of New York and Adria Vargas of Puerto Rico; and nine grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Francisco and Juana (nee Santos ) Cruz; and brothers, Nelson and Roberto Cruz.


Julian Gómez, Sr.  nacio el 16 de Febrero de 1945 fallecio el 2 de abril de2005 en Mercy Hospital of Tiffin.  Su esposa se llama Kerry Gómez, y sus hijos son Bobby Jo Aranda (Geronimo) y Julian Gómez,Jr. (Sarah).  Sus hermanos son Clemente Gómez (Fallecido), Josephina Sánchez (Midland, TX), Fred Gómez (Yakima,WA), Jesus Gómez (Ackerly, TX), Rufina Gómez (Dallas, TX), Rafael Gómez (Ackerly, TX), Mary Gómez (Midland, TX), y Juan Gómez (Midland, TX).  Sus padres se llamaban Fred Gómez y Lucia Riojas Gómez (los dos fallecidos).  Sus nietos son Arianna Isabel Aranda, Alexia Aimee Aranda, Geronimo Aranda Jr., y Alicia Lucia Gómez.  Jugaba en una liga de billar, y le encantaba pescar.  Sirvio en la guerra de Vietnam y sera despedido con honores.


Gabriel Solano, 47, of Southwest Detroit near Ste. Anne de Detroit Church, died Friday, April 1; beloved husband of Elizabeth . Dearest father of Gabriel, Christina, and Danielle. Loving son of Rose. Dear brother and friend of Pedro, Rosemary, John, Steve, Anthony, Joseph, Tomas, Leonard, Francisco, Daniel, Juanita, Helena and Carolina . Good neighbor and friend and was the subject matter of “Touched by an Angel: How one Latino reclaimed a West Side Detroit Polish-American neighborhood,” that appeared in La Prensa from March 16 to April 6, 2005 , written by Laurie Palazzolo. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Fredesvindo Miranda, 83, of Lorain , OH , died Friday, April 1, at Autumn Aegis Nursing Home, Lorain , following a brief illness. Born Nov. 9, 19 21 , in Isabela, Puerto Rico , he had lived in Lorain for most of his life. Miranda served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked as a machinist for General Motors in Parma for 30 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain , and the United Auto Workers Union Local 1005. He enjoyed cabinet making and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his sons Roland Miranda of Lakewood, Nelson Miranda of Lorain, and Alvin Miranda of Puerto Rico; daughters Nilda Foy of Cincinnati, Emma Delgado of Lorain, and Aida Stanco of Avon; brothers Felix Miranda and Ramon Miranda, both of Puerto Rico; a sister, Remedio De León of Puerto Rico; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, Rosa (nee Echevarria), in 1993; daughter, Nereida Miranda, in 1984; parents, Ramon Miranda Serrano and Maria Miranda Gonzalez; and a sister, Delia.

MARCH 2005


Bernardo “Nuño” Bernal, 36 years, of Perrysburg, OH, died suddenly Tuesday, March 29, in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. He worked as a floor layer for Ohio Ceiling and Partition Local 248. He loved spending time with his family and playing softball for Ramírez and Friends softball team.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bernardo Bernal Jr. He is survived by his wife, Ann; son, Andrew; daughters, Precious and Christine; mother, María Bernal; sisters, Michelle (Scott) Schneider, Mary Bernal and Rosalinda (Dustin) Funk and brother, Joe (Connie) Bernal, as well as several nieces and nephews.


José R. Fernández, 79, of Toledo, OH, passed away Saturday, March 26, at his home. He was born January 20, 19 26, in Tucuman, Argentina. José was a civil engineer and executive vice-president at S.S.O.E. He was a longtime member of The Toledo Club.
Survivors include his sons, Richard G., John E., Joseph F. and Charles A. Fernández; stepdaughters, Sister Diana Pérez and Teresa Wisebaker and grandchildren, Nina, Richard, Vita, Lorenzo and Sean. José was preceded in death by his wife, María in 1997.


Luz T. Ibarra, 86, of Perrysburg , OH , died Tuesday, March 22, in her home surrounded by her family. She was born in Saltio, México on January 13, 19 19 , to Marcil and María Trejo and was married on February 3, 19 35 , to Casimiro Ibarra who preceded her in death on February 20, 2005 , after 70 years of marriage. She was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church in Perrysburg. She is survived by her children, Delia (Jesus) Villagomez, María (José) Cardenas, José (Lucy) Ibarra, Jesus (Evey) Ibarra, Narcisco (Lupe) Ibarra, Susana (Juan) DeLaO, Manuela (Francisco) Uribe, Ricardo (Alejandra) Ibarra, Ofelia Ibarra; forty-six grandchildren; eighty-two great-grandchildren and fifteen great-great-grandchildren; sister, Esther Hernández. She was preceded in death by sons, Vidal Ibarra and Casimiro Ibarra Jr.; brother, Luis Trejo and sister, María Martínez.

Michael Castillo, 32, of Helena died March 22 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center , Toledo . He was born in Toledo to Juan and Bonnie (Patrick) Castillo. Michael is survived by his mother of Gibsonburg; brothers, Juan Castillo Jr. of Gibsonburg and Danny Castillo of Helena . He was preceded by his father on Jan. 16, 1996 .

The Rev. Pedro Acosta Pérez, 84, of Humacao, Puerto Rico , formerly of Lorain , OH , died Tuesday, March 22, at home. He was born Dec. 30, 19 20 , in Humacao, and lived in Lorain from 1954 to 1976. Pérez, an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God, was founder and minister of El Templo Emmanuel in Botto Mabu, Puerto Rico , of which he was a member. Survivors include his sons Efrain Acosta of Lorain, Johnny Acosta of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Angelo Acosta of Humacao; daughters Sarah Acosta of Humacao and Lucy Santos of Cleveland; sisters Cutun Mendosa of Vineland, N.J., and Paula Castro of Humacao; and four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Esperanza Acosta; his parents, Eladio and Rosa Acosta; and brother, José Acosta.

Ramón Espinoza, 83, of Alamo , Texas , died Saturday, March 19, at his home. He was born March 12, 19 22 , in Tulsa , Okla. He had lived in Ohio and moved to Alamo in 1983.Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Josephine (nee Mendez); sister, Josefina Felix of McAllen , Texas ; and nieces and nephews.

Padre de la música chicana muere a los 88 años
LOS ANGELES (AP): Eduardo “Lalo” Guerrero Jr., quien durante 60 años creó canciones en inglés y español narrando historias mexicoestadounidenses, incluyendo música “pachuca” que luego fue usada en el la obra “Zoot Suit”, falleció a los 88 años. El hombre que el ex presidente Bill Clinton llamó el padre de la música chicana murió el jueves en una centro de convalecencia en Rancho Mirage, dijo su hijo Mark Guerrero. Guerrero nació en una casa de adobe en el vecindario pobre de Barrio Viejo, en Tucson, Arizona, el 25 de diciembre de 1916. El no tenía instrucción formal en música, pero su madre le enseñó a tocar guitarra y durante periódicos viajes a México, sus familiares lo inspiraron para escribir canciones. Guerrero escribió más de 700 canciones y vendió millones de discos en inglés y español en varios estilos, desde música protesta, cha-cha-cha, hasta rock. Algunos de sus éxitos en español son “Nunca Jamás” y “Canción Mexicana”, que ha sido calificada como el himno nacional mexicano no oficial. El también hizo una serie de álbumes para niños con temas de “Las Ardillitas”, trío de roedores con voces chillonas que fueron famosas en México y la comunidad hispanoparlante. Guerrero también escribió baladas estilo “corrido” en honor de Robert Kennedy y César Chávez, dirigente sindical de los campesinos estadounidenses. Algunas de sus canciones-parodias son “Pancho Claus”, “Elvis Pérez”, “Tacos for Two” (al ritmo de “Cocktails for Two”), así como la sátira sobre discriminación: “Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Busboys”. Lo sobreviven su esposa Lidia, sus dos hijos Mark y Dan, su hijastro José Guerrero, su hijastra Patricia Lowy, una nieta, un nieto, tres hermanas y dos hermanos.

Ines Vázquez, 77, of Lorain died Sunday, March 20, at Community Health Partners Hospital , Lorain , following a lengthy illness. She was born May 9, 19 27 , in Guayama, Puerto Rico , where she lived until she moved to Lorain to live with her daughter, Enid Cruz, in May, 2004. Mrs. Vázquez had been voted Mother of the Year in Guayama. She enjoyed dancing, and with her late husband, Francisco, won dance competitions. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain and San Antonio de Padua in Guayama.
Survivors include her sons Marco Cruz of Lorain and Francisco, Luis, Alberty and Wilfredo Cruz, all of Guayama; daughters Maria Ines and Amada Arlene Cruz, both of Guayama, and Enid Cruz and Ada Cruz, both of Lorain; and 27 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Francisco Cruz Diaz, in 2002; and twin children in infancy.


María Rodríguez, 67, died at 8:50 p.m. Thursday, March 17 at her residence. She was born April 18, 19 37 in México to Fermin and Guadalupe García. She is survived by: her children, Sylvia Rodríguez of Bowling Green , OH ; Arlene (Rudy) Lomeli of Leipsic OH; Rose (Mike) Rayle; Trisha Rodríguez, both of North Baltimore , OH ; three brothers; four sisters; twelve grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren. María was a homemaker. Burial at Woodlawn Cemetery in Deshler , OH .


Luciano “Lucio” Mulero, 89, of Lorain , OH , died Tuesday, March 15, at Lorain Manor Nursing Home following a short illness. Born in Caguas , Puerto Rico , he moved to Lorain in 1950. He had also lived in Florida for a few years, and for a time returned to Puerto Rico after his retirement. Mr. Mulero worked at Lorain Works/US Steel in the blast furnace department, retiring in the mid-1970s. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain . He enjoyed attending senior citizens programs at El Centro . He also enjoyed doing carpentry work and working in his garden. Survivors include: sons Manuel and Freddy, both of Lorain, and Nepomuceno “Nick” of Granite Falls, N.C.; daughters Cristina Barreiro, and Maria Mulero, both of Lorain and Sarah Diaz, of Charlotte, N.C.; 17 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Aida Mulero-Rodriguez, of Caguas, P.R. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ana (nee Figueroa) in 1996; parents, Luis Mulero and Marcela (nee Montanez) Mulero; daughters Andrea Mulero and Josephine Leon; six brothers; and three sisters.


Gabriel O. Montes, 82, of Fremont , OH , died March 14 at home. He was born in Monterrey , Mexico , on March 24, 19 23 . He married Concepcion Flores on Dec. 1, 19 62 , at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Clyde , and she survives. Gabriel worked at Union Carbide for many years, retiring in 1986. He enjoyed fixing cars and carpentry. Surviving are: children, Rosa “Rosie” (Tom) Miller, Pittsburgh; Gabriel “Gabe” Jr., Fremont; Linda (Jesse Silverman) Montes, Chico, CA; and Mark Montes, Toledo; and grandchildren, Kyle and Keith Miller, and Marianna, Jocelyn and Ethan Silverman. He was preceded by his parents, and eight brothers and sisters.

Dominga Alvarez, 71, of Berlin Heights , OH , died Sunday, March 13, at home. She was born Dec. 20, 19 33 , in San Luis Potosi , Mexico , and lived in the Berlin Heights area for 35 years. She loved gardening and was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Martin Alvarez Sr.; sons Gonzalo Alvarez of Berlin Heights, Narciso “Chico” Alvarez and Eloy Alvarez, both of Michigan, and Juan Alvarez of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughters, Rosa Linda Alvarez and Alicia Shupe, both of Huron, and Delia Lambert of Michigan; sisters Carmen, Luce and Esperanza; brothers Encarnacion and Aaron; and 22 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sons Arturo Alvarez and Martin “Fats” Alvarez Jr.; her parents, Narciso and Gregoria Lara; and sisters Marcos, Yova and Senorina.

Juan Navarro, 89, of Lorain , OH , died Sunday, March 13, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain , following a short illness. He was born Jan. 12, 19 16 , in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico , and lived in Lorain since 1947. Navarro retired in 1978 from U.S. Steel’s Lorain Works, where he had worked as a pipe fitter for 32 years. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and United Steelworkers Union Local 1104, both of Lorain . He enjoyed working around his home. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Perseveranda (nee Vega); brothers Victor Navarro of Lorain , Justin Navarro of Puerto Rico and Antonio Navarro of Maine ; and sisters Agustina Navarro, Reina Navarro, Juana Navarro and Enbajelia Navarro, all of Puerto Rico . He was preceded in death by his parents, Julian and Nicolasa (nee Rodriguez) Navarro; brothers Juan Navarro, Bautista Navarro, Benigno Navarro, Francio Navarro and Tomas Navarro; and sisters Paula Navarro, Juana Navarro, Juanita Navarro and Dominica Navarro.  To send online condolence, go to

Israel Angel Arce, son of Rudy and Angela (nee Collins) Arce of Lorain, OH, was stillborn Wednesday, March 2, 2005 , at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland . Survivors in addition to his parents include maternal grandparents Libison James and Esther Collins, both of Lorain ; and paternal grandparents Leonide and Ida Arce of Lorain .

Anthony Flores, 78, of Toledo , OH , passed away Wednesday, March 2, in Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo , Ohio . He was a molder for Unitcast/Division of Midland Ross, retiring in 1999. He leaves to cherish his memory his son, David (Cathy) Flores; brother, Trinidad Flores; sister, Catherine; 6 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and a host of other loving relatives and kind friends.

Santia Oquendo de Ramos, 88, of Farjardo, Puerto Rico , formerly of Lorain , OH , died Thursday, Feb. 3, following a brief illness. She was born July 31, 19 16 , in Ponce , Puerto Rico , and moved to Lorain in 1949. She and her husband, Daniel, moved back to Puerto Rico two years ago. She attended Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain , and was a member of Cursillistas and the Domas Society. She enjoyed gardening and caring for her pet dove. Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Daniel; sons Edward Ramos of Lorain and Daniel Ramos Jr. of Elyria ; brother, Umberto, of Puerto Rico ; and 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.


María Idalia Salas, (nee Treviño), 72, of Lorain, OH, died Monday, March 7, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain following a lengthy illness. Born November 29, 19 32 in Monterrey , México, she lived in Bay City and Saginaw , Michigan before coming to Lorain in 1951. She was a homemaker who enjoyed her home and traveling.     She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. Surviving is her husband of 53 years, Eliu G. Salas; sons, Larry (Watertown, Wisconsin), Michael (Lorain), Luis (Elyria), Alex (Toledo), and Eric (Lorain); a daughter, Virginia Kevorkian (Toledo); 8 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; brothers, Lupe Villareal (Tarpon Springs, Florida) and José Villareal (Lorain); sisters, Martha López (Lorain), Yolanda Salas (Omaha, Nebraska), and María Sepulveda (Lorain); and her guardian angel, Annette Aponte of Lorain; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sebero Trevino, in 1935, and Petra (nee Sepulveda) Treviño in 1996; sons, Robert Salas in 2002, and Charles Salas in 1957. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00PM in the Dovin Funeral Home, 2701 Elyria Ave. , Lorain .  The family will also receive friends on Friday from 8:30AM until the time of funeral mass at 9:00AM at Sacred Heart Chapel, 4301 Pearl Ave. , Lorain .  Rev. Fr. William Thaden, pastor, will officiate.  Burial will follow in Resthaven Memory Gardens , Avon .


María T. Rivera, 82, of Sandusky , OH , died Thursday, March 3, at Firelands Regional Medical Center , South Campus, Sandusky , after a brief illness. She was born July 17, 19 22 , in Bogatá , Colombia , and moved to the United States in 1955. She was the housekeeper at the Holy Angels Catholic Church Rectory for over 20 years and had worked at Cedar Point Amusement Park for 10 years. Mrs. Rivera had volunteered for the American Cancer Society and had been involved with the Help Maids. She was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church, where she was a Eucharistic minister. She was also a former member of the Altar Rosary Society. She loved sewing, knitting, crocheting, people, and her friends. Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Tomas P. Rivera; son, Al Guativa; brother, José D. Guativa of Colombia; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jose Primitibo and Ana Tulia (nee Contor) Guativa; and brothers Gorge, Luis Alfonso and Rafael Guativa.


Arturo “Archie” E. Flores, 45, of Oak Harbor , OH and formerly of Genoa , OH , died Wednesday, March 2, in the H.B. Magruder Hospital , Port Clinton, OH, after a sudden illness. Archie was born in Oregon , OH, to Jose and Luisa (Estrada) Flores on November 16, 19 59 . He was an operating engineer for the Tom Taylor Excavating Co. for the past 2 years, operating heavy equipment. He was a 1977 graduate of the Genoa Area High School and enjoyed golfing; he was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan fan. Survivors include his mother, Luisa of Hillsdale, MI; sons, Dustin J. and Austin A. Flores, both of Oak Harbor; their mother, Robin Miller, also of Oak Harbor; siblings, Harvey (Marjorie) Flores of Stony Ridge, OH, Rosa (Red) Church and Leticia (Gary) Cole, both of Hillsdale, MI, Esmeralda (Jeff) Apel of Martin, OH, Veronica (Ed) Falter of Perrysburg, OH, along with a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father. The family suggests that memorials in Archie’s name be to the Children’s Education Fund, C/O Sky Bank, Genoa Branch. The family would like to offer a special thank you to their cousin, Amadeo and Carol Estrada, and their children, Nathan and Ashleigh, for all of their help and kindness.



Arnaldo “Arnie” Berrios, 44, of Lorain, OH, died Monday, Feb. 28, at Community Health Partners Hospital, Lorain, following a sudden illness. He was born Dec. 11, 19 60, and was a lifelong resident of the city. He graduated from Admiral King High School, Lorain, in 1979 and attended The Ohio State University for two years. He served in the National Guard as a military policeman for six years. Berrios was employed as a team leader at Polyone, Avon Lake, for four years. He had been a police officer for the City of Lorain for 11 years. He shared his love of sports by coaching baseball at St. Anthony of Padua School, Lorain. He coached t-ball baseball and in 2003 founded the Lorain Falcon Baseball team in the Cuyahoga Baseball Association. He lettered in football baseball and basketball at Admiral King and was an avid Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers and Browns fan. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and enjoyed music and cooking out. Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Judy Arroyo; son, Alejandro Valerio Berrios, at home; brothers Ralph Berrios and Bernardo ‘’Nandi’’ Cruz, both of Lorain, and Rafael Berrios of Conyers, Ga.; and three uncles. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rafael Berrios and Eloina Ramos Rodríguez; maternal grandparents Rafael and Trinidad (nee Vázquez) Rodríguez; paternal grandparents Juan and Eduarda (nee Rivera) Berrios; and a niece and a nephew.


Tomas Castro, 54, of South Toledo, OH, passed away Sunday, February 27, surrounded by his family at his home. He was a construction worker for D & K Excavating Co. for the last ten years. He previously worked for Rohm and Haas Chemical Co. Tomas was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tomas and Angelita Castro. Surviving are his wife of 36 years, Norma Castro; son, Thomas Castro; granddaughter, Tiffany Castro; daughter, Sandy Castro; 4 sisters; 2 brothers and many nieces, nephews and loving in-laws.


Maria Ortiz Pagán, 83, of Lorain, OH, died Saturday, Feb. 26, at the home of her granddaughter in Lorain, after a lengthy illness. She was born Oct. 4, 19 21, in Puerto Rico. She had lived most of her life in Hormigueros, Puerto Rico, and moved to Lorain two years ago. She enjoyed knitting and sewing and raised chickens, vegetables and coffee on the family farm in Puerto Rico. Survivors include her daughters Marta E. Bracero Ortiz and Ivette R. Bracero Ortiz, both of Puerto Rico; sons Francisco J. Bracero and Geraldo E. Ortiz Ortiz, both of Puerto Rico; and grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Francisco Solano Bracero; and sons Samuel Ortiz Ortiz and Manuel Ortiz Ortiz. Funeral services will be held in Puerto Rico.


Marselino Avila Rodríguez, age 72, of Toledo, OH, passed away Saturday, February 26, in his home surrounded by his family. He was born April 26, 19 32, in Cameron, Texas, to José and Luz Rodríguez. An army veteran of the Korean War, he worked in the press shop and was a material handler for the Jeep Corp. for 28 years, retiring in 1990. Marselino was preceded in death by his sons, Felipe and Raphael. Surviving is his wife, Emelia; sons, Rosendo (Susana), Reyes (Angela), and Roberto (Julie) Rodríguez; grandchildren, Stacy, Rachel, Tonya, Martin, Soledad, Roberto, Crystal, Marselina, Stephanie, Reyes José, Alejandro and Renee (Corey) and brother, Arturo (Frances) Sánchez.


Tibursio “Tony” Aguirre-Bais, age 64, of Toledo , oh, died Thursday, February 24, in Hospice of Northwest Ohio. He was born November 24, 19 40 , to Margarito and Petra (Diaz) Bais in Carrizo Springs , TX . He and Agnes Murray were married on July 8, 19 67 . Tibursio drove trucks for various companies until retiring in 1992. He loved cars and cooking, spending time as a backyard mechanic and a baker of pies.
Surviving are his loving wife of 37 years, Agnes; children, Betty Ann Bais, John Bais, Andrew Bais, Crystal (David) Aguirre and T.J. (Cheryl) Aguirre; brothers, Joseph (Betty) Bais, Michael Bais, Jesse Bais, Margarito (Kim) Bais Jr., Armando Bais and Alfredo (Tammi) Bais; sisters, Mary Underwood, and Chanita (Art) Banda and dog, “Damien.” Also surviving are eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Proceeding “Tony” in death were his parents; his children, Christina, Tony, Sandy Sue and Freddie.


Ignacio “Bugs” López Jr., 62, of Toledo , OH , passed away Tuesday, February 22, at St. Charles Hospital . He was born December 29, 19 42 , to Ignacio and María López in San Antonio , TX . Bugs is survived by his children, Carmen (Carlos) López, Christina López, Manuela López, Rudy López, and Richard López; 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; sister, Vera (Ray) Navarro; brothers, José (Irma) López, Tony (Judy) López, and Rubén López and many loving nieces and nephews. Bugs was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Alex and Louie López. Visitation was at Freck Funeral Chapel in Oregon , OH.



(AP): Cuban-born novelist Guillermo Cabrera Infante, widely regarded as one of the most original voices in 20th-century Spanish-language literature, died Monday, February 21, from septicemia, a type of blood infection. He was 75. Cabrera died in a London hospital, said Carmen Piñilla, a spokeswoman for his literary agents, the Balcells agency in Barcelona , Spain . Cabrera was lauded for his experimental use of language in novels, essays, and cinema criticism. He won the 1997 Miguel de Cervantes prize for literature, the most prestigious literary award in the Spanish-speaking world. “Perhaps his greatest originality was to turn cinema criticism into a new literary genre,” Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, who served on the jury that awarded the prize, said of Cabrera. Cabrera’s most famous novel, Three Trapped Tigers, was published in 1967. Cabrera, born in Gibara , Cuba in 1929, served as the revolutionary Cuban government’s cultural attaché in Brussels in 1962. But he became a harsh critic of the Castro regime, publishing a collection of political writings under the title Mea Cuba in 1991. He settled in London and took on British citizenship.


Casimiro Ibarra, 100, of Perrysburg , OH , died Sunday, February 20, in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in San Luis, México on March 4, 19 04 , to Luis and Angelita (Barron) Ibarra and married Luz T. Trejo on February 3, 19 35 . He was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church and was a gardener for many families in the Perrysburg area retiring in 1986. Surviving are his wife of 70 years, Luz; children, Delia (Jesus) Villagomez, María (Joseph) Cardenas, José (Lucy) Ibarra, Jesus (Evey) Ibarra, Narcisco (Lupe) Ibarra, Susana (Juan) DeLaO, Manuella (Francisco) Urvina, Ricardo (Alejandra) Ibarra, and Ofelia Ibarra; sixty-three grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and brother, Jouqin Ibarra. He was preceded in death by sons, Vidal Ibarra and Casimiro Ibarra, Jr.


Juanita “Janie” G. Thompson, 43, of Toledo , OH , passed away Wednesday, February 16, surrounded by her loving family in the Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg. She was born April 18, 19 61 , in Toledo to Alberto and Antonia (Dueñez) García.

Juanita worked 3 years at MCO as a Respiratory Therapist. Previously she worked as a Kelly Girl, a cook at White Tower and White Hut and a hostess and bartender at the Spaghetti Warehouse. Juanita was a member of the Latinos Club, Arrow Club (social member) and Ovarian Cancer Support Group. She traveled extensively along with her husband, Vincent throughout North and Central America , including México, Europe , the Middle East , including the Holy Land , Africa , and Egypt . A lifetime parishioner of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Juanita was a parishioner of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, where she volunteered her time for parish festivals. A loving and devoted wife, stepmother, daughter, sister and aunt, Juanita will be affectionately remembered for her stamina and courage in battling cancer throughout her life. Juanita is survived by her husband, Vincent H. Thompson, of 12 years, whom she married, June 19, 1993 ; parents, Alberto and Antonia García; sisters, Martha (José) Sifuentes, María (Gilbert) Delgado, Delia García, and Lisa (Marty) Stevens; brothers, Ruben (Jerri) García, Ceclio García; Danny (Angel) García, Ricardo García; stepdaughter, Angela Thompson and stepson, Keith Thompson and many cousins, nieces and nephews locally and from Texas. Also, godchildren Brandy Hurley, Diana García, and Mercedes López. Juanita will be greatly missed!


Encarnita Morales (nee Wichy), 79, of Lorain, OH, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, at Golden Acres Lorain County Home, Amherst, after a lengthy illness. Born March 20, 19 25 , in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico , she moved to Lorain in 1996. Mrs. Morales enjoyed travel.
Survivors include her daughters Myrna Lyons of Lorain and Aurea Vanessa Morales Wichy of Florida; and one grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Hector L. Morales, in 1996; her parents, Vicente Wichy in 1996 and Dolores (nee Navarro) in 1964. Burial was in Cementerio Nacional de Hato Tejas, Puerto Rico . Arrangements by Dovin Funeral Home, Lorain , and Funeraria Los Cipreses in Puerto Rico .


Albino M. “Al” Pérez, age 79, of Adrian , MI , passed away on Sunday, February 13, with his loving daughters, Andrea, María, and Teena at his side. He passed away at 4: 05 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Wilma L. Gúzman, 45, of Fostoria , OH , passed away Sunday, Feb. 13, in Fostoria Community Hospital . She was born Feb. 27, 19 59 , in South Williamson, KY, to Ted and Ollie (Marcum) VanHoose. She married Roberto Gúzman on May 13, 1983 , in Texas .
Those who survive her include: her father; a husband, Roberto Gúzman, Fostoria; two sons, Ted Gúzman, Fostoria, and Tony Gúzman, Bellevue; five daughters, María (Refugio Sánchez) Vásquez; Ana (Patrick) Porter; April Gúzman; Amy Gúzman; and María Gúzman, all of Fostoria; five grandchildren, Fernando Vásquez, Derik Gregory, Alicia Porter, Teandra Gúzman, Patrick Porter, Jr.;  a sister, Judy Bowers, Fostoria; a half-brother, Mike Morrow, Pa.; and a half-sister, Ruth Hill, Las Vegas, Nev.
She was preceded in death by her mother; a daughter, Melinda Gúzman; and a son, Roberto Jr. Wilma was a kind and loving person who always put her family first.

Ysidro A. “Art” Camacho, 66, of Findlay, OH, died at 3:20 p.m. Feb. 7 in the emergency room at Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center. Ysidro was born on August 16, 1938 in Erie, Colorado to Ysidro and Irene (Zaragoza) Camacho. He married Linda Abeyta and they divorced. In September of 1970, Ysidro married Marlene Ley. They were married for 22 years.

Ysidro was a retired assembler from Findlay Whirlpool Corporation where he had worked for 25 years. He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Findlay, Ohio.

Surviving are three sons, Mike Camacho, Lakewood, Colorado; Ed Ruminer, Kenton, Ohio; Mike Ley, Findlay, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. Art (Marcella) Wittner, Summerville, South Carolina; Isabelle Camacho, Denver, Colorado; 9 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lee Cortez, Denver, Colorado; Mike Camacho, Claymont, Delaware; and one sister, Jan McGee, Lake Oswego, Oregon. Preceding him in death are three sisters; one brother; and one grandchild.

Antonio M. LÓPEZ
Antonio M. López passed away on Wednesday, February 9, in his home. He was born on March 6, 1922, in Segun, Texas, to Asencion and Otila (Muñoz) López. He was married on March 8, 1947, to Leonor (Flores) and enjoyed 58 years of marriage. Antonio was employed as a construction worker and coordinated farm work with several area farms. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Genoa and enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing, hunting, and gardening. He also played baseball in the Minor Leagues.
Antonio is survived by his loving wife, Leonor A.F.; children, Otila L. (Reynaldo) Borjas, Estela ( Esequiel) Escobar, Leonor Hernandez, José E.F. (Susana) López, Aurora (Raul) Cardenas, Jorge A. (Vicky) López, Juan David (Rosa) López, José Luis F. (Gloria) López, along with Victor, Lupe, and Graciela López; 31 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents and 13 brothers and sisters; son, Antonio Jr.; daughter, Juanita, and grandchild, Veronica.

Sally May Vargas, 88, of Fostoria, OH, passed away Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005, in her home. She was born March 13, 1916, in Grayburg, Texas, to the late John and Dionicia (Rendon) García.

She married Joseph Vargas Sr., on Dec. 30, 1939, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Assumption and he died Oct. 19, 2003.

Those who survive her include: a daughter, Dolores F. Vargas, Fostoria; a son, Joseph Vargas, Jr., Avon Lake; two grandchildren, Michelle Rene Huber DagDag M.D., and Jennifer Pushka; two great-granddaughters, Naialani DagDag, Katya Sage Pushka; two sisters, Lola Tomacek and Rose García, both of Toledo; one brother, Thatcher García, Toledo.

She was preceded by a husband; four sisters, Stella García, Sara Bush, Juanita Miller and Pauline Rojas; four brothers, Louis, Frank, Fred and Ted García.

She was a homemaker. Her memberships include St. Wendelin Catholic Church, Fostoria. She immensely enjoyed the raising of flowers and earned the well deserved reputation of being able to make any plant grow and flourish.

Memorials are suggested to St. Wendelin Church and Schools. Online condolences may be made by visiting

Samuel Alvarado, age 48, of Toledo, OH, died Friday, February 11, at The Toledo Hospital. He was born October 30, 1956, in Toledo to Mr. and Mrs. Simon (Eloisa) Alvarado. He attended Woodward High School and was employed at Kolinski Landscaping for 15 years and was a member of St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church and enjoyed fishing and being with his family and friends. Survived by daughters, Samantha Cortez, of Toledo, Sylvia Cortez, of Toledo and Melissa Alvarado, of Defiance; mother, Eloisa Alvarado, of Toledo; stepdaughter, Tracy Cortez, of Toledo; grandchildren, Serena, James, Lamont, JoJo, Juan, Alina, Humberto, Enrique, Brian, Chris, Alexis and Kyle; brothers, Robert, Daniel (Nancy) and Michael (Brenda); sisters, Elizabeth (Simon) Donato, Jane (Tom) Campbell and Cynthia (Glen) Roberts; 19 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father.

José E. López, age 64, of San Antonio, TX, formerly of Toledo, passed away February 2, 2005. José was preceded in death by his parents, Luis and Guadalupe López. Surviving are his children, Roy Franco López, Victoria Franco López, Luis (Melissa) Franco López and Jesse Pérez López; grandchildren, Consuelo Franco López, Moriah López, Alfred López, Joseph Franco López, Nathan Franco López, Luis Franco López Jr., Samuel Franco López and Destiny López, Julio López, Jessie López and John Anthony López, Vanessa López, Heavenly López; brothers, Leandro López and John López (deceased); sisters, Mary López, Rosa López and Lucy López; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Ana I. Santana (nee López), 48, of Lorain, OH, died Friday, Feb. 4, at Community Health Partners Hospital and Surgical Center, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. She was born Aug. 16, 1956, in Luquillo, Puerto Rico. She came to Lorain in August 1998. Mrs. Santana was a homemaker and a member of the Spanish Congregation of the Jehovah Witnesses, Lorain. She enjoyed flower gardening. Survivors include her husband of 27 years, Miguel Santana of Lorain; sons Michael Santana of North Ridgeville, Samuel and Alex Santana, both of Lorain; daughters Sandra Santana Vacco of Elyria, Abigail Santana of Luquillo, Puerto Rico, and Melanie Santana of Lorain; parents Mariano and Rosalina (nee Almo) López of Luquillo, Puerto Rico; brothers José and Andres López both of Luquillo, Puerto Rico; sisters Lydia López of Canovanas, Puerto Rico, Rosa and María López, both of Luquillo, Puerto Rico; and five grandchildren.

Olga Carreras (nee Palacios), 51, of Lorain, OH, died Thursday, Feb. 3, at University Hospitals of Cleveland, following an extended illness. She was born Feb. 5, 1953, in Lorain and had been a lifelong resident of the city. She was a graduate of Lorain Admiral King High School. She was formerly employed as a technician for the Dry Clean U.S.A. franchise in North Olmsted and had previously served in a similar capacity at the Fussy Cleaners store in Akron. She was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain. Survivors include her husband of 25 years, Mike; brothers Antonio and Juan Palacios, both of Lorain, Gilberto Palacios of Avon Lake; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Antonio and Evilia (nee Reyna) Palacios; and a sister, Consuelo Villa in 2003.

Nicolas “Jaco” Ruiz, 70, of Lorain OH, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, following a brief illness. He was born Sept. 3, 1934, in Caguas, Puerto Rico, and lived in Chicago, Ill., for five years before coming to Lorain in 1972. He served in the U.S. Army for three years. Ruiz worked at Ford’s Lorain Assembly Plant as an assembler for 25 years, retiring in 1996. He then worked at Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, of which he was a member, for eight years as head of maintenance.
He was active in the Cursillo and Santo Nombre at Sacred Heart Chapel and was a member of United Autoworkers Union Local 425, Lorain. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and raising pigeons. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Susana (nee Ojeda); sons Orlando of Vermilion, Jorge of Amherst, Carlos of Suwanee, Ga., and Luis and Antonio, both of Columbus; daughters Wanda Ruiz-Rollins of Pataskala and Migdalee Ruiz-Brewer of Lorain; a sister, Juanita Vega of Caguas; and 12 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jose and Romualda (nee Vega) Ruiz; and brother, Clotildo Ruiz, in 1988.

De Leal, Santos
Santos De Leal, 99, of McAllen, Texas, died Saturday, Jan. 8, at her residence in Texas, of natural cause. Born in Hacienda de San, Isidro, she had lived in McAllen most of her life. Mrs. Leal enjoyed gardening and dancing. Survivors include her sons, Mario R. Leal and Ramiro Leal of McAllen, Texas, and José Ricardo Leal of North Ridgeville; a daughter, Angelica Ritsko of LaGrange; brothers Felipe De León of México, and Juan De León of California; sisters Chela Barrera of México, and Ninfa Mungia of McAllen, Texas; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnulfo Leal Ruiz; sons Armando Leal and Angel Ernesto Leal; a daughter, Magdalena Elia Leal.


David Martínez, 46, of Champagne Blvd. , Bowling Green , OH , died Thursday afternoon, Jan. 27, in Wood County Hospital . He was born April 16, 19 58 , in Bowling Green to Alfredo T. and Ellen Ruth (Yarger) Martínez. Surviving is his mother; loving companion, Carol Smith; daughter, Angela and son, Markus; brothers Mark, Renton , Alfredo Jr., Jeff, John and Joe; sister, Valarie Caballero; stepbrother, Joe Rodríguez; stepsisters, Esther López, Linda DeWalt and Frances Calderon. Mr. Martínez worked as a computer technician for Xerox Company in Toledo . He was an avid bowler, pool and softball player and sports enthusiast. He attended St. Aloysius Church, B.G. and was a Navy veteran.

María López Iglesias González, 87, of Cadiz , Spain , died Thursday, Jan. 27, following a lengthy illness. Survivors include her husband, Teodomiro González; sons Luis González of Lorain and Miguel González of Elyria ; daughter, Maria Dzubak of Avon and four daughters in Spain ; five grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and 13 grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Spain .

CARSON, JOHNNY: There goes Johnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnny!
Comedian-rey, Johnny Carson, 79, the king of late night TV for 30 years, died Sunday, Jan. 23, in Los Angeles . The cause was emphysema. Johnny replaced Jack Paar of the “Tonight” show on Oct. 1, 19 62 , and, preferring to retire at the top of his game, voluntarily surrendered it to Jay Leno on May 22, 1992 . During those three decades, he became the biggest, most popular U.S. television star, and was introduced by his sidekick, Detroit native, Ed McMahon, as “Here’s Johnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnny!”


MEXICO CITY (AP): Consuelo Velázquez Torres Ortiz, whose song “Bésame Mucho” became a standard in many languages and styles of music, died Saturday, Jan. 22, of complications from a fall she suffered in October, her son Mariano Rivera said. She was 84. While overseeing classical music programs for the pioneering radio station XEQ, she began writing popular tunes. The first to become famous was “Bésame Mucho,” which became a Big Band hit during World War II and was later recorded by hundreds of artists, including The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Wes Montgomery, Elvis Presley, the Grateful Dead, and Placido Domingo. The Spanish lyric on “Bésame Mucho” was changed into English by Sunny Skylar, First recorded in 1941 by Emilio Tuero, it was the romantic vision of a chaste, convent-educated teenager growing up in 1930s México—it was inspired by the sight of a smooching couple in the street. “Kiss me, Kiss me a lot,” the song goes, “Kiss me as if this were the very last time.” She also wrote “Amar y Vivir,” “Verdad Amarga,” and “Franqueza.”  Born in Ciudad Guzmán, Jalisco during the Mexican revolution, Velázquez was the youngest of five sisters. Their father was an army officer and poet.  [Varying accounts place her date of birth as either 1916 or 1920.] Velázquez began playing the piano at four, picking up tunes by ear. She began formal study at 11, following her teacher to Mexico City , D.F., in her late teens accompanied by her mother. At 20, Velázquez graduated as a concert pianist and earned a reputation for playing Debussy. Several years later, she was a regular on radio. It was then unusual, though not unrespectable, for a woman to become a classical musician, but radio was risqué for a young woman from a good family. Velázquez consequently performed under a male pseudonym for years. On Sunday, hundreds of fellow artists filed past her coffin during a special tribute at Mexico City ’s Palace of Fine Arts , where she studied music in 1938. Mexican television and radio stations devoted hours of coverage to her music and to interviews with artists mourning her passing. “She was an extraordinary composer linked to an intimate and public fabric that was not only Mexican but also Latin American and in good measure, Spanish,” said Mexican writer Carlos Monsivais.

Frieda Gonzáles, 32 years of Toledo , OH , passed away Friday, January 21. She enjoyed reading and working on crafts. She is survived by her loving family, children, Monique, David, Andrew and Melissa Carrasco; mother, Maria (Andrew) Silva and father, Freddie Gonzáles as well as brothers, Freddie (Leanne), Joseph (Sarah) and Francisco.

Francisco “Poncho” Mendez Montalvo, 81, Vermilion, OH, and formerly of Lorain , OH , died Friday, Jan. 21, at his home after a brief illness. Born July 10, 19 23 , in Utuado, Puerto Rico , he moved from to Lorain in 1950. He served in the Army during World War II with Battery A 346th Anti-Aircraft Battalion. He received the American Theater Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and five Overseas Service Bars. Poncho, after 25 years, retired as a crane operator in 1982 from the Ford Brook Park Engine Plant Foundry. He had also been employed at Fruehauf Trailer in Avon Lake . He was a member of the House Praise International, the United Auto Workers, Brook Park , and AMVETS Post 58. He wrote poetry and enjoyed listening to shortwave radio, baseball, and football. He was an avid Biblical reader. Survivors include: his son, Rafael Mendez of Lorain ; daughters Olga Williams of Bryant , Ark. , Maria “Evelyn” Mathess of Columbia Station and Enith Workman of Vermilion; brothers Alejo and Jose Mendez, both of Lorain , and Ismael Mendez of Utuado, Puerto Rico ; sister, Luisa Cortez of Utuado, Puerto Rico ; and six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Rosa A. Mendez (nee López), in July 2003; parents, Carmelo Mendez and Isabel Montalvo; brothers Miguel and Antonio Mendez; and an infant daughter.

Jesus R. Morales, 48, of Toledo , OH , passed away Thursday, January 20. Mr. Morales was born in Toledo , OH , on July 21, 19 56 , to Candelario and Antonia (Reyes) Morales. Jesus was a graduate of Clay High School and was employed as a construction worker. Surviving are his son, Jesse Morales; daughters, Jaqueline Jaquez and Ashley Morales; brothers, José G. Morales, Ricardo (María) Morales, Gilberto (Barbara) Revilla, Armando Revilla, Rogelio R. Morales, Daniel (Pamela) Morales; sisters, María Guzman, Adelaida Hernández, Yolanda (Crispin) DeLuna, Sylvia (Frank) Abramo, Anita E. (Roberto) Rodríguez and Esther Kimbrell; 4 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Carlos Revilla.

Vanessa Lynn Perales, age 18, of Toledo , OH , passed away on Thursday Jan. 20, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center , Toledo . A student of Whitmer High School , Vanessa loved children, collecting frogs and listening to her favorite music. She had a wonderful, loving, caring personality and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends; she had a very special bond with her mom who was her “best friend.” Vanessa was preceded in death by her father, David Perales Jr. She is survived by her loving family, mom, Eva McCarty; grandma, Ruby McCarty; uncle, Sean McCarty and the Perales Family.

Miguel A. Alvarado Sr., 78, of Lorain , OH , died Wednesday, Jan. 19, following a lengthy illness. Miguel was born May 18, 19 28 , in Ciales, Puerto Rico . He graduated high school in Ciales, where he studied the English language. He lived in Jauna Díaz, Puerto Rico , for 10 years before moving to Lorain in April of 1954. Alvarado served in the Army during World War II, with Company F 65th Infantry. He earned the WW II Victory Medal, American Theater Service Medal and two Over Seas Bars. He worked as a tow motor operator for Ford Motor Plant 1 in Brook Park for 23 years, before retiring in 1974. He taught English and was a mechanic while in Ciales. He played the cuatro professionally in Puerto Rico , northern Ohio and surrounding states. He performed for then-Governor of Puerto Rico , Luis Marian, and won a letter-writing contest sponsored by the Governor. He appeared with Ramito, Odilio González, Nieves Quintero and Maso Rivera in Puerto Rico and Carmelo Santiago, Felo Guzman, Miguel Cruz, Yayo Rodríguez and Carlos Velázquez locally. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain , and the United Auto Workers Local Brookpark. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Dalila (nee García) Alvarado; sons Miguel Alvarado Jr. of Lorain , Harold Alvarado of Tampa , Fla. , and Wilfredo Alvarado of Kissimmee , Fla. ; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Luis and Eulalia (nee Rivera) Alvarado; brother, Luis Alvarado Jr.; and sister, Luisa Alvarado.

Victor Rivera-Lamboy, 74, of Lorain , OH , died Wednesday, Jan. 19, following a short illness. Born in Mayaguez , Puerto Rico , he moved to New York City in 1948, then to Lorain in 1952. He was employed at Ford Motor Co., Brook Park , for 36 years, retiring in 1989. He was a union official for Uaw Local 1250, and the committeeman for Engine Plant 1 from 1975 to 1977. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, where he was a member of the Cursillo Movement and the Santo Nombre. A founding member for the Puerto Rican Home in Lorain , he was also a community leader who was involved in the South Lorain Urban Renewal movement and enjoyed volunteering at the Neighborhood House in Lorain . He enjoyed watching boxing on television, politics, spending time with his family and traveling, especially going on cruise ships and going to flea markets with his wife. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Natividad “Naty” (nee Pagán); sons Victor Rivera, Jr. and Ramon “Ray” Rivera, both of Lorain; a daughter, Francisca “Frances” Torres of Miami Springs, Fla.; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brothers, Abdon, Freddie and Luis Rivera, all of Puerto Rico; and a sister, Rosa Julia Rivera, of Puerto Rico. He was preceded in death by his parents, Florencio and Francisca (nee Lamboy) Rivera; sister, Gomercinda Rivera; brother, Tono Rivera; and a granddaughter.

Ramona Flores, 78, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, in Genoa , OH , after a long illness. Born in Asherton , Texas , on February 28, 19 26 , she was the daughter of Santos and Antonia (García) Sánchez. Ramona was a supervisor in central services at Medical College of Ohio for 24 years, retiring in 1988. She loved to dance and enjoyed camping. She will be forever loved and deeply missed by her dedicated husband and children.
Ramona is survived by Santiago “Jim” Flores, her loving husband of 54 years; children, Hilda (Greg) Wojciechowski, John (Adela) Flores, Olga Jaimez, Emma (Louis) Tudico of Erie, PA; brothers, Rodolfo (Evita), Jorge (Susie), and Ricardo (Andrea) Sánchez; sister, Sylvia (Valde) Martínez; daughter-in-law, Gloria Flores; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. She was preceded in death by son, José Flores, and brother, José Sánchez.

María E. “Cuca” García (nee Lecodet), 49, of Elyria, OH, formerly of Lorain, OH, died Monday, Jan 17, at her home, following a lengthy illness. María was born in Puerto Rico and lived in Lorain since childhood. She attended Southview High School . Mrs. García enjoyed music, bingo and raising plants and flowers. Survivors include her husband of 25 years, Norberto García; daughters Moraina and María, both of Lorain ; son, Norberto García of Lorain ; brother; Ubeline Rivera of Florida ; sisters Benny Carrion of Lorain , Lizette Johnson of Florida , Eneida Rivera of Cleveland and Carmen Pagán of New Jersey ; and five grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Pedro and Cleofa Pagán; and brother, Pedro Pagán Jr.

Enrique Alvarado, 78 years, Toledo , OH , passed away on Saturday, Jan. 15, at Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek , Holland . Mr. Alvarado was born in Ponce , Puerto Rico on June 10, 19 26 , to Narciso and Ramona (Camacho) Alvarado. He married Josephine Iguina on November 25, 19 48 . He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Surviving is his loving wife of 56 years, Josephine; children, Myrta Gschaar, Enrique Alvarado II; grandchildren, Mayra, Bernadette, Vanessa, Michelle; great-grandchildren, Luis, Cynthia, Leeann, Gilbert, Olivia, Erica, Isaiah, and sisters, Ida and Margarita. He was preceded in death by 3 brothers. Funeral services were held in Bayamon , Puerto Rico , with burial to take place in the Porta Coeli Cemetery , Bayamon , Puerto Rico .

Carmen “Veva” Soto (nee López), 79, Lorain , OH , died Saturday, Jan. 15, at her home after a brief illness. She was born in San Sebastian , Puerto Rico , on Jan. 20, 19 25 , and moved to Lorain in January 1951. Mrs. Soto was a homemaker and a member of Bethel Temple , East 31st Street , Lorain , and was involved in the Sociedad de Damas. She was an active member of the Intercessory Prayer group. She enjoyed reading the Bible, praying, sewing, cooking, and growing plants. Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Juan M. Soto; daughters Margie Mattei of Lorain, Puri Purta of Grafton, Julie Sánchez of Lorain, Nancy Soto, missionary in Quanaminthe, Haiti, and Brunie Surget of New York City; son Ed Soto of Tampa, Fla.; sister Lido Salva of Lorain; brother Vincent López of Carolina, Puerto Rico; and six grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Enrique and Puri (nee Alberty) López; and brothers Ramón and Francisco López.


Daniel Cardenas Marquez, 77, of Cleveland , OH , died Jan. 13. He was born on November 11, 19 27 on a farm in Edna , Texas and moved to Cleveland in 1948. He was active in numerous Latino organizations. He is survived by sons, Andrew and Edward (Mary), both of Cleveland, and Daniel Jr. (Peggy) of Middleburg Heights ; a daughter, Susie Coleman, of Cleveland ; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and 11 brothers and sisters. His wife, Elsie, and his parents, Daniel Cardenas Cantu and María del Refugio Marquez de Cardenas , predecease him.

Josephine (nee Mulero) León, 61, Lorain , OH , died Wednesday, Jan. 12, while visiting relatives in Puerto Rico . She was born Feb. 20, 19 43 , in Caguas , Puerto Rico , and moved to Lorain in 1957. Mrs. León had been a beautician but most recently was a homemaker. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain .
Survivors include a daughter, Ana Marina León Curry of Lorain ; son, Roberto León Jr. of Lorain ; father, Luciano Mulero of Lorain ; sisters Cristina Barreiro and María Mulero, both of Lorain , and Sarah Mulero of Charlotte , N.C. ; brothers Ferdinand “Freddy” Mulero and Manuel Mulero, both of Lorain , and Nepo “Nick” Mulero of Charlotte, N.C.; nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ana (nee Figeruoa) Mulero; and sister, Andrea Mulero.

Daniel Garza Esquival, 29, of Toledo and formerly of Fostoria , OH , died Sunday, January 9, at his residence. A native of Fostoria , Daniel was born June 14, 1975 , to Isabel and Sally (Garza) Esquivel, and they survive in Fostoria . Other survivors include a brother, Eddie G. (Amada) Esquivel, and a sister, Sylvia G. (Joe) Reidling, both of Toledo, and his nieces whom he dearly loved, Melina and Liliana Esquivel and Regina and Natalie Reidling. A 1993 graduate of Fostoria High School , Daniel was a member of St. Wendelin Catholic Church, Fostoria . He was a skilled artist and musician, playing the bago sexto, acoustic guitar, and the accordion. He was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and enjoyed lifting weights with his brother and being the fun-loving tio to his nieces. Daniel was a very generous man with a tremendous sense of humor. He will be most remembered for his ability to make people laugh and feel good, and for his extreme bravery displayed throughout his life. He was a best friend to many, and will be missed.

Carl E. Fernández. 87, of Milan , died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005 , in Sandusky OH . He was born Feb. 13, 19 17 , in Clarksburg WVA and moved to the Milan area from Akron in 1952. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and the Korean War. Fernández managed Jolly Lanes in Bellevue for 34 years and had also worked at Nobil’s Shoe Store in Norwalk , the Bellevue Eagles Club, and Woussickett Golf Course. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Firelands Post 2743, Norwalk , and the Bellevue Elks, Fraternal Order of Eagles, American Legion and Bellevue Moose Lodge. Survivors include: daughters Betty Moyer of Raleigh NC ; Debbie Graeter of Cincinnati ; Vicky Buday & Cheryl Cleland, of Norwalk ; & Michelle Kaiser of Columbus ; sons Dennis Fernández of Toledo and Gene Fernández of Findlay ; sister, Dolores Garner of Clarksburg WVA; brother, Earl Fernández of Clarksburg ; and 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Lee, in 1992; his parents, Claude A. and Susan M. (nee Clingan) Fernández; brother, Fred; and sisters Nora Odom and Annabelle Golden.

AMHERST, Mass. (AP): Antonio Benitez-Rojo, 73, an award-winning author and Spanish professor at Amherst College , died Jan. 5, 2005, after a brief illness. He died at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton , the college said in a prepared statement. Benitez-Rojo, a native of Cuba who came to the United States in 1980, won one of Latin America’s most prestigious literary awards, the Casa de Las Americas Prize, in 1967 for his collection of short stories, “Tute de Reyes.” “ Sea of Lentils ,” the English translation of his novel “El mar de las lentejas” was selected by the New York Times as one of the Notable Books of 1992. His 1998 book “La isla que se repite” was the co-winner of the 1993 Modern Language Association Katherine Singer Kovacs prize for an outstanding book in the field of Latin American and Spanish literature. He also wrote the award-winning screenplay for the 1979 movie “Los sobrevivientes,” based on one of his short stories. The novelist, short-story writer/essayist has had his work translated into nine languages.

Guadalupe (Lupe) R.  Flores , 83, Lorain , OH , died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005 , at his home, following a lengthy illness. He was born Feb. 7, 19 21 , in Fort Worth , Texas , and lived in Lorain since 1948. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the rank of corporal in the U.S. war effort. Flores was employed at U.S. Steel’s Lorain Works, retiring in 1989 as a relief foreman. He was a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local 1104 ( Lorain ) and enjoyed gardening and working around the house. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Frances (nee Ceja); daughters Helen Avalos and Marie Oliver, both of Lorain; sons John Flores, Richard Flores, Michael Flores and Joseph Flores, all of Lorain; brothers Peter Flores of Lorain and Sammy and Joseph Flores, both of Fort Worth; sister, Mary Fernández of Fort Worth; and 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, José Flores and Antonia (nee Ramírez) Flores ; and brother, Louis Flores.