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MARY  S.  LEAL
Mary S. Leal went to be with the Lord on September 7, 2014. Born August 24, 1924 in Laredo, Texas. María Soliz married Alfonso Leal and moved to Toledo, Ohio in 1953.  Mary S. Leal worked at Mercy Hospital for over 25 years raising 7 children and several grandchildren. In October 2013 Mary S. Leal moved to Carrollton, Texas.
Mary S. Leal joins her spouse (Alfonso) and three sons (Alfonso Jr, Gilberto and Antonio) in the realms of heaven. Surviving are four children Maria Salazar, Jane Leal Ledesma, Roberto Leal and Luis Leal, many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Mary S. Leal was beloved by all who knew her. Mary S. Leal was a lover of crossword puzzles, novelas, music, and family. 
‘Say not in grief 'she is no more' but live in thankfulness that she was’—Hebrew proverb


ABRIEL  VINCENT  RUIZ
Abriel Vincent “Abez” Ruiz, age 34, of Toledo, OH passed away Wednesday, September 3, 2014. He was born to Paul and Amelia (Bermejo) Ruiz on October 12, 1979, in Toledo. Abriel worked as a tattoo artist for Goodfella’s Tattoo / Electric Ink. Drawing was his passion, but Abez was also a writer, filling pages of notebooks with all kinds of art.
Abriel is survived by his mother, Amelia Ruiz; siblings, Pablo Ruiz and Juanita Ruiz; nieces and nephews, Deleno and Dalaice Stine, Gabrielle and Mercedes Ruiz; significant other, Tiana Villarreal; friends, Tiffany W., Mama Sue and Alexandria G. Also surviving are many uncles, aunts, extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Ruiz; grandparents, Pedro (Juana) Ruiz Sr. and Raymond (Tomasa) Bermejo.


RAFAEL  BARBOZA
Rafaél “Ralph” Barboza, age 73, of Toledo, OH passed away Sunday, August 31, 2014, in his home. Ralph was born on December 15, 1940, in New Braunfels, TX to Ramón and Jesusita (née Reyes) Barboza. Ralph was a retired employee of Libbey Glass. He loved cars, photography, cooking and was proud to be a Macmen. Ralph served our country in the United States Air Force. Ralph’s first love was his wife of 36 years, Polly, 2 daughters and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Polly; siblings, Rubén, Roy, Robert, Ramón, Aurora, Eva, Willy, and José. Ralph is survived by his daughters, Alexandra Barboza and Melinda Boyer; grandchildren, Brandon and Brianna Boyer and Andre Scott; siblings, Angelita Gallardo, Alicia Morales, Rudy Barboza, and Richard Barboza.


JESUS  A.  CORTEZ
Jesús A. Cortez, of Toledo, OH, passed away on Sunday, August 31, 2014, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg. He was born February 24, 1948, in San Antonio, TX to Luis and Menchora (née Tellez) Cortez and worked as a driver for North American Van Lines for 15 years. He most recently was employed with Boeing as a mechanic and in his spare time loved dancing. He was a huge sports enthusiast attending the Indy 500 every year and supporting the San Antonio Browns Backers, Spurs and OSU teams.
He will be dearly missed by his children, Armando (Marie), Diana (Joe) Kovach, Fred (Kim), Laurie (Cory) Coutchure, Isidro Cortez, Elida Coronado, and Jesse (Adrianna) Cortez; grandchildren, Breana, Chase, Jessica Campos, Tiffanie Clemens, Katlynn Kovach, Miranda, Austin, Nicholas, Alexander, Jacob, Marissa, Jade, Anthoni and Marianna; 5 great-grandchildren and siblings, Luis Jr., Velia, Amelia, Alberto (Jesús’s twin), Irma, Oralia and Lydia. Jesús was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Rogelio and David.


DAVID D. GONZÁLES

David D. Gonzáles, 30, of Toledo, OH died unexpectedly on Saturday, August 9, 2014. He was born on January 2, 1984 in Toledo. He worked for 12 years as a commercial roofer for 4 Guys and a Roof. He enjoyed music, weight lifting, animals, and the Dallas Cowboys. He was known by all as the one guy “who would give you the shirt off his back;” he will be dearly missed by all family and friends.
Surviving are his mother, Danice (Gary) Stern; father, David (Christina) Gonzáles; daughter, Faith Marie Gonzáles-Shelton; siblings, Samantha, Victor, and James Gonzáles; grandmother, Elsie Eckel; step-grandmother, Susan Marinski; nephew, Jason Gonzáles; and step-mother, Bonnie Dzienny.
David was preceded in death by his daughter, Hope Gonzáles; grandmother and grandfather, Matilde and Victor Gonzáles; grandfather, Daniel Marinski; and uncles, Chris and Craig Marinski.


JUANITA  CRUZ
Juanita Cortez Cruz, 56, of Fremont, oh passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Bethesda Care Center. She was born April 10, 1958 in San Benito, TX the daughter of Cruz and Odelia (Ramirez) Cortez. Juanita was a dedicated employee of Speedway for 20 plus years before going on disability. She also enjoyed the company of friends and family, shopping, talking on the phone, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren, the joys of her life.
Surviving are: a daughter, Sylvia (Justin) Burel; and son Donnie Cruz, Jr., both of Fremont; grandchildren, Javien Burel and Domiana Cruz; brother, Ed (Audra) Cortez of Berea, KY; sister, Nelda (Sixto) Peña of Brownsville, TX; special niece, Bonita Weaver of Fremont; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins for which she cared for deeply. Juanita was preceded in death by her parents.


GLORIA  RAMOS  SALAZAR
Gloria Ramos Salazar, 61, OF Gibsonburg OH, passed at her home Thursday evening, July 24. Born on September 14, 1952 in Fremont, Gloria was a daughter of Martin and Mary García, Jr, II. She graduated from Woodmore High School in 1970 and was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Gibsonburg and a First Grade CCD teacher. She was a homemaker and a stay-at-home Grandma. Gloria was an avid participant of the Military Family Support Group, helping spouses and families of active service personnel. She had worked in the Gibsonburg Schools as a bilingual teacher's aide for 13 years.
Gloria is survived by her mother, Mary Retana, of Oregon; husband of 39 years, Manuel Salazar, Sr., whom she married at St. Michael’s Catholic Church; children Manuel, Jr. of Gibsonburg and Nicole (Brandin Walker) Salazar of Fremont; grandchildren Marciano and Antonio Salazar; and siblings Alice (Hector) Cisneros of Toledo, Albert García of Toledo, Dora García-Padilla of Denver, Martin (Jane) García of Maumee and Diane Ramírez of Oregon, OH. She is preceded in death by her father, Martin García, Jr. II.


ANTONIO  LÓPEZ  SR.
Antonio López Sr., age 78, passed away Thursday, July 3, 2014, at his residence while in the care of Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Antonio was born in Laredo, Texas to Porfidio Sr. and Concepción Vitela López, both deceased. He retired from Libbey Owens Ford (LOF) after 30 years of faithful service and was currently working at El Camino Real Restaurant during his retirement years. He enjoyed family cook-outs and gatherings, music (especially Tejano music—he recently attended a concert performed by los Hermanos Garcia of Texas), playing the keyboard, singing and dancing, and his wife’s cooking.
Antonio is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 54 years, María (née Durán) López; by his sons, Antonio Jr., Thomas Sr., and Martin Sr.; sisters, Carmen (Treviño), Guadelupe (Huerta), Lilia (Marquez), María Elena (Sustayta) Margarita; and brother, Martin.
Antonio is survived by his children Cynthia (Arturo), Koren, Vincente (Jennifer), María (John), Juan (Lisa); 21 grandchildren and 41 great- grandchildren; also sister, Manuela (Pérez) and brother, Pedro Sr.


AMELIA  DELEÓN

Amelia DeLeón, 85, of Martin, OH, died Friday, June 13, 2014, in Advanced Specialty Hospital, Toledo. Amelia was born in Gonzáles, Texas, on June 16, 1928, to Jesus and Rita (Rodriguez) Garcia. She married Fred M. DeLeón in Houston, Texas, on May 25, 1947, and he preceded her in death on October 19, 1987. Amelia had worked in the kitchen at the Luther Home of Mercy in Williston, Ohio, for several years, but the job she cherished most was that of wife, mother and grandmother. She loved being around her family, including special nieces and nephews, no matter the occasion; whether it be singing, baking pies, or in her younger years, going to her sons’ baseball games. Amelia always looked forward to traveling locally, around the United States or abroad, especially cherishing her memories of her trip to the Holy Land. Amelia was always described by her family as a caring, loving, giving and strong-willed person, who lived the mantra of: “It’s better to give than receive.”
Amelia’s survivors include: her sons, Larry (Debbie) DeLeón and John DeLeón; three grandchildren, five great grandchildren; siblings, Bertha (Fred) Trejo, Ninfa Torres, Dora (Bob) Navarro, Ruth García, Tony García, special friend, “Chon” Ascención Salinas, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings, Amparo Ochoa, Hope García, Jesús García, Jr., and David García.


FIDEL R. CRUZ
Fidel R. Cruz, age 70 years and a resident of Lorain, OH passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at University Hospitals, Cleveland, after a short illness. He was born in Lorain to the late Jesse and Josephine (née Hernández) Cruz.
Survivors include six children, Brian of Cleveland, Karen of Lorain, Eric of Lorain, Fidel Jr. of Korea, Stevie Stevens of Ravenna, Richie Miller of Lorain; eleven grandchildren; three brothers, Jesse (Linda) of South Carolina, Philip (Diane) of Lorain, David (Debbie) of Lorain; two sisters, María Cruz of Texas and Mary Ann Velez of Lorain.
In addition to his parents, Fidel was preceded in death by his brother Frank.


DELIA  MARIA  RIVERA
Delia María Rivera, 97 of Lorain, OH passed away Monday, May 19th, 2014 in Main Street Care Center, Avon Lake following a lengthy illness. She was born, October 19th, 1916 in Lares, Puerto Rico. Delia was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain. She will be dearly missed by her son, Joe of Lorain and family.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years Adolfo Rivera and sisters.


ERLINDA  RAMOS
Erlinda L. Ramos, age 79, passed away peacefully at her home Wednesday afternoon, May 8, 2014. She was born in New Braunsfels, TX on January 3, 1935, to the late Juventino López and Juanita (née Fonseca) López. Erlinda was a member of St. Caspar Catholic Church. A few of her hobbies included traveling, especially to Las Vegas, where she enjoyed visiting the casinos and gambling with family and friends. Erlinda was a homemaker throughout her life and nothing was more special to her than her family, which she enjoyed dearly.
On March 18, 1961, Erlinda married José R. Ramos Sr., who survives and together had 5 children:  Guadalupe Hovis, Joe (Gail) Ramos, John Ramos, Ronald (Heather) Ramos, and Sally Lou Urbina.
Also surviving are her siblings, Jessie (Olivia) López, Mary Serna, Juventino (Lilly) López Jr., Millie Cook, Maggie (Larry) Barrett, and John López; 13 grandchildren, 12 great- grandchildren and 1 great- great-granddaughter.
Preceding Erlinda in death was her brother Celestino López; sister, Eloisa Alvarado, and daughter, Sally Lou Urbina.


RAMONA  TRUJILLO
Ramona Trujillo (née Del Rio), 77, of Toledo, OH passed away Sunday, May 4, 2014 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo. Ramona was born in Laredo, TX to José and Amada Del Rio on February 12, 1937. She grew up in Erie, MI and attended Monroe High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of Toledo and served in the U.S. Peace Corp in Guatemala. She worked for the Lucas County Children Services Board 17 years and retired from Toledo Public Schools (Woodward HS) as a Spanish teacher.
Throughout her life, Ramona, maintained a strong connection to the local community teaching ESL, GED, driver's ed. and helped many residents prepare for U.S. Citizenship exams. She also served as a translator and volunteered for many local organizations including: Adelante, Inc., FLOC, The International Institute, and the former Guadalupe Center. She received a Diamante Award in 2009 for philanthropic efforts in the Latino community. Her favorite pass times were reading, sewing, doing crossword puzzles, and listening to Tejano/Mexican music.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Jesús Arturo Trujillo; daughter Amada Mónica Esquivel (Edwardo); three grandchildren Melina, Liliana, and Victor Esquivel; sisters Alicia Kharsa, Mary Ortiz, Enedina Del Ri,o and Betty Rose Lucio (deceased); brothers Vicente José Del Rio and James Del Rio (deceased); and many adoring nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.


PABLO  C.  HERNÁNDEZ
Pablo C. Hernández, 88, of Lorain, OH passed away Monday, April 21, 2014 at New Life Hospice Residential Center, Lorain following a brief illness. Born January 10, 1926 in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, he came to Lorain in the early 1950s. Pablo worked at Lorain Works US Steel for 20 years, retiring in 1988. Prior to that, he worked at Hoag’s Greenhouse in Elyria where he received his boilermaker’s license. He was a member of the United Steel Workers Union Local 1104 and enjoyed gardening, painting houses and helping others.
Surviving are son, Fred Hernández of Lorain; daughters, Mirta (John) Remali of Sheffield Village and Edith (Bill Poll) of Queens, NY; 5 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; sisters, María Hernández of Brooklyn, NY, Sarah Hernández and Sophia Hernández both of Puerto Rico; and his companion of 14 years, Norma Medina and her children.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Juana (née Chevere) Hernández; and sisters, Andrea, Eladia, and Constance


MARGARITA  RODRÍGUEZ
Margarita Rodríguez (née Claudio), 67, of Lorain, OH went home to be with the Lord Thursday, April 24, 2014 in University Hospital, Cleveland following a lengthy illness. She was born February 22, 1947 in Caguas, Puerto Rico and then came to Lorain from the Bronx, New York in 1978. Margarita was a member of the Iglesia Pentecostal Cristo Missionera Church. She was a loving wife and great grandmother. Margarita loved and praised the Lord.
She will be deeply missed by her husband of 8 years Reverend Rubén Rodríguez of Lorain; sons Johnny Cruz of Cleveland and Miguel Vázquez of Elyria; daughter Lisbette Gnizak of Lorain; brothers Angel Luis Claudio of Buffalo, New York, Roberto Claudio of Reading, PA, Jaime, Pedro, and Candido Claudio all of Caguas Puerto Rico, José Ernesto, José Antonio, Alfredo, and Victor Claudio all of Lorain; sisters Carmen and Francesca of Lorain and Rosa Rivera of Lorain; 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Margarita was preceded in death by her parents Bartolo Claudio and Angela Roldan; sister María Rodríguez and a brother Pedro Claudio.


Fidel Hernandez

Fidel Hernandez, 82, of Lorain went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain following a brief illness.He was born March 23, 1932, in Loiza, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain in 2004.Fidel was a member of Iglesia Manantial Pentecostal, Lorain. He enjoyed playing tambourine and singing. He was a sports fan, especially baseball.He will be deeply missed by his daughters, Maria L. (Joaquin) Armaiz and Ruth N. Hernandez both of Elyria; sons, Felix Cirino Sanchez, Carlos Mercado Sanchez, Victor Mercado Sanchez all of Elyria, Jesus Mercado Sanchez of Lorain, Hector Hernandez Loiza, Puerto Rico and Fidel Hernandez of Rhode Island; sister, Victoria Pazarro of Loiza; 30 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.Fidel was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Victoria Sanchez in 2006; his parents, Francisco Hernandez and Petronila Pazarro; and his sisters, Mercedes Hernandez and Francisca Pazarro

Jose L. "Joe" Lopez, 69, of Lorain, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Lake Point Health Center, Lorain, following a lengthy illness.Born August 26, 1944 in Caguas, Puerto Rico, he moved to New York in 1951. In 1976 he then moved to Lorain. Joe worked in the housekeeping department of Community Health Partners, Lorain, for 5 years, retiring in 2004. Joe also worked at Flinger's Market in Lorain for over 18 years.He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. Joe enjoyed camping, swimming, watching sports and barbequing. He also liked to coach and play baseball and basketball with some of the local Hispanic leagues.Surviving is his wife of 32 years, Santita (nee Morales); sons, Jose L. Lopez Jr, of Lorain, Anthony L. Lopez of Rome, Georgia, and David L. (Frances Serrano) Lopez of Lorain; a daughter, Milagros "Milly" (David) Pulliam of Lorain; 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.


FRANCES  FLORES   
Frances Flores (née Ceja), 89 of Lorain, OH passed away April 10, 2014 in Specialty Hospital of Lorain, Amherst. She was born October 31, 1924 in Michoacán, México. She came to Lorain at an early age. Frances retired in 1989 as a cook helper at Lowell Elementary School in South Lorain, where she worked for 14 years. She was known as "Grandma" to the students. Frances was a warm-hearted woman. She enjoyed her Mexican culture; also, cooking, knitting blankets for her family, and sitting on the front porch, listening to music.
She will be dearly missed by her sons John Flores, Michael Flores; Richard (Elizabeth) Flores, and Joseph Flores, all of Lorain; daughters Helen (Peter) Avalos and Marie (Michael) Williams, both of Lorain; brothers Theodore Ceja of Lorain and Jessie Ceja of Yorba Linda, California; 14 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren.
Frances was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years Lupe Flores in 2005; her parents José and Esperanza (née Cortez); and her brothers Henry Ceja and Abel Ceja.


ISAAC  T.  GALVÁN
Isaac T. Galván, age 70 and a lifelong resident of Lorain, OH passed away April 4, 2014, at Mercy New Life Hospice after a long illness. He was born in Lorain, June 20, 1943.Throughout his working career as a welder, Isaac was employed at various shipyards in Cleveland and Lorain. Being very handy, Isaac loved helping people in a handyman capacity.
Survivors include: his wife of 48 years, Barbara J. (née Dalton) Galván; his son, Darrin Galván of Lorain; daughter, Carrie (Tim) Stephens of North Carolina; granddaughter, Paige Stephens; his mother, Magdalena Galván of Lorain; two brothers, Albert (Patricia) Galván of Florida and Juan Galván of Lorain; and two sisters, Amparo (Ron) Caris of Lorain and Nancy Towner of Lorain. Isaac was preceded in death by his father, Isaac P. Galván; and three brothers, Joseph, Richard, and Alexander Galván.


ROBERTO  SALAZAR  GARCÍA
Roberto Salazar García, 62, of Fremont, OH passed away on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Valley View Healthcare Center. He was born May 19, 1951 in Gibsonburg, OH, the son of Vincente and Francisca (née Salazar) García. He was a graduate of Gibsonburg High School. Roberto served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War from 1972 to 1974 and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He previously worked at Chrysler Corp. in Indiana and then at Whirlpool Corp. in Clyde, OH. Roberto was a member of Templo Gensaret Church in Fremont. He loved fishing, hunting and was an avid Ohio State fan.
Roberto is survived by his siblings, Joe S. García, Fostoria, OH, Lupe (Dale) Krotzer, Lima, OH, Rosie (Oscar) Balderas, Velia (Lupe) Iracheta both of Harlingen, TX, Oscar García, Sandusky, OH, Ofelia (Kevin) Langmeyer, Massillon, OH, Ida (Ene) Vento, LaFeria, TX, Mario García, Louie García both of Columbus, Gus García, Reno, NV, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Efren and Raúl García and Lydia Silva.


LORENZO  J.  RODRÍGUEZ  JR.
Lorenzo J. Rodríguez, Jr. “Doink”, 49 of Fremont OH passed away at Memorial Hospital ER on Saturday, April 5, 2014. He was born in Fremont to Lorenzo A. & Sulema (née Jaso) Rodríguez on October 30, 1964. Lorenzo attended Gibsonburg High School and loved spending time with his family, friends, and fishing. He had previously worked for Chemitrol as a laborer.

He is survived by his mother; Sulema, children; Lorenzo Rodríguez III, and Cynthia Rodríguez. He is also survived by his siblings; Rodolfo, Apolinier, Doroteo, Armando Rodríguez, Mary Rippke, and Adela Bustamante and many nieces, nephews and cousins.


TOMAS  MONTELONGO
Tomás Montelongo, age 79, of Oak Harbor, OH, died Monday, March 31, 2014, in Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo. He was born on August 14, 1934, to Martín and María (Meza) Montelongo in México. Tomás enjoyed working in the apple and peach orchards for Moore’s Orchard. In the colder months he loved to travel to Oklahoma, Texas, México, and Georgia to visit his children and grandchildren. Tomás also enjoyed listening to Tejano and Mexican music, cooking outside, and spending time with his family.
Tomás is survived by his children María Delpilar Montelongo, Martin Montelongo, Narsiso Montelongo, María Elena Montelongo, Miguel Montelongo, Patricia Montelongo, and Tomás Montelongo. He is also survived by Jimmy Montelongo, who he treated like a son; 24 grandchildren and 16 great- grandchildren.


CELIA  VÁSQUEZ-MEDINA
Celia “Sally” Vásquez-Medina who was born on July 6, 1952 to José B. Vásquez and Paula Salas Vásquez who preceded her in death; Sally passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 with her family around her at St. Vincent’s Mercy Medical Center. Celia enjoyed Tejano music, along with dancing. She loved visiting México and was very family oriented. She was best known for her cheesecakes. Celia had worked for Tom Strain & Son up until she got sick then she was a devoted housewife. Sally and her great sense of humor will be greatly missed by all who knew her, especially her family.
Sally was preceded in death by her sister Paula and stepson Jair Azael Medina.
Surviving Celia are her husband Alberto Medina; her children Robert (Sara) Vásquez and Cassandra (Mario) Vargas; stepchildren Alberto, San Juana, and Brian Medina; 7 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren; sisters Alice (Gene) Garza, Antonia Herrera, Elena González, Guadalupe (Rick) García, Carol (José) Medina, and Angie Marroquin; brothers José (Jan), Simón, Jesús (Vicki), James (Patty), and Raúl (Margaret) Vásquez.


JESUS RODRÍGUEZ

Jesús Rodríguez, age 82, of Toledo, OH passed away on Sunday March 16, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. He retired from Jeep, after 47 years, in 1996. Jesús enjoyed fishing and playing pool. He was a devoted husband and father and grandfather. Jesús married Jesusa Davila September 24, 1954 in Swanton, OH.

Jesús is survived by his children, María (Junior) Mitchell and Terrie (Ronald) Mitchell both of Whitehouse, OH, Veronica (Ken) Foreman, and Joseph Rodríguez, both of Toledo; 11 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Jesús was preceded in death by his wife, Jesusa Rodríguez; sons, Jesús M. Rodríguez, Jr and Martin Rodríguez; and grandchildren, Daniel and Monica Rodríguez.


JOSE CHAVEZ  
José “Andy” Chávez, 26, of Woodville, Ohio passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning, March 9, 2014 in Fremont, Ohio.  He was born on March 2, 1988 in Fremont to Rafael and Belinda (née Ysasi) Chávez.  On May 21.2011 he married his high school sweetheart, Amber Bowen, in Woodville.  Andy was an exemplary police officer for the Elmore Police Department, former Woodville Auxiliary Police Officer, and a security guard for the Toledo Public Library.  He played soccer for two years at Fremont Ross High School and was a varsity soccer coach at Woodmore High School.  Andy was a member of the Fremont Emerald Soccer Team La Liga de las Américas men’s soccer league, and the Gold Medal Soccer league.  Andy was a loyal friend, devoted husband, and committed father.  Andy was always someone who put the wants and needs of his friends and family before himself.
Andy is survived by his loving wife, Amber; children, Marieh and Emmitt Chávez; parents, Rafael and Belinda Chávez of Woodville; brother, Rafael “Danny” Chávez (Flora) of Fremont; in-laws Don and Bonnie Bowen of Woodville; sisters-in-law, Brandi and Autumn Bowen of Woodville; brother-in-law, Donny Bowen of Woodville; nephews, JJ Noriega of Fremont; Robert “Logan” Hobart of Woodville; Dominic Wegman of Bowling Green, and Triple J Chávez of Fremont; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.  He is preceded in death by his brother, Guadalupe José Ysasi Chávez.


ABRAN  GALVAN  LEDESMA
Abran Galvan Ledesma, age 84, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on March 12, 2014. He was born in Bermuda, Texas on January 11, 1930 to Cristobal and Isabel (Galvan) Ledesma. He worked for many years as a truck driver for Bettingers, and later as an Assembly worker for Tecumseh Products in their small motors division. He enjoyed watching softball, going fishing and gambling at the casinos. Abran was affectionately known by his family and friends as the “Festival Supervisor” as he loved attending the many local festivals.
Abran is survived by his son, Abe (Marty) Ledesma, daughters, Gloria (Fito) Ramírez, Dora Pecina, Vicky (Tom) Bolander, and Angie (Eddie) Sánchez; a granddaughter he raised, Frankie (Angel) Torres; 15 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandaughter; Evelio (Angela) Ledesma and Modesto Ledesma; sisters, Francisca Saldivar, Juanita (Antoino) Bernal, and Graciela Gandara.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, María S.; his brothers, Martin and Bruno Ledesma, Willie Medrano; sister, Modesta Ledesma, and his daughter, Victoria Ledesma.


RICHARD RODRÍGUEZ

Richard “Papi” Rodríguez, age 51, of Toledo OH passed away February 26, 2014. He was born July 12, 1962, in Toledo to Santos and Dolores (née Garay) Rodríguez Jr. Richie will be remembered by his family as a wonderful father, grandfather, son, brother, and uncle. He enjoyed playing cards, dancing, music, fishing, swimming, and coaching basketball, baseball, and football and many other activities for St. Hedwig School.
Many will remember Richie as the Manager of Little Caesars Pizza on Lagrange St. in the 1980s. He worked as a welder at Bock Industries and later was a self-employed auto glass installer. Surviving are his children, Cecelia, Richard (Jenna) and Rubén (Amanda); the mother of his children and lifetime friend, Catherine; his brothers, Santos (Beth Ann), Robert (Annie), Ricky (Heather), Paulie; his sisters, RoseMary (Jack), Ramona (Kyle) and Rebecca (Mark).
Also surviving are 5 grandchildren, Kennidee, Cameron, Isabella, Emilio, Kashton, who are the love of his life, as well as many nieces and nephews and his very special friend Mary Hurst. Preceding Richard in death is his father Santos Rodríguez Jr.; grandmother, Ramona Garay; uncle, Tiodolo Garay; aunt, Rita; uncle, Jared Juregui; his nieces, Marissa and Jamie; nephew, Rudy Villanueva; father-in-law, Ronald Burzynski and mother-in-law, Darlene Owens.


ANTONIO  FLORES
Antonio “Tony” Flores, age 89, passed away at home on Sunday February 17, 2014. He was born to Candelerio Flores and Balbina Peña on April 13, 1924, in Robstown, TX. He was the loving brother of 5 siblings. Tony served with pride as a World War II veteran. After 20 years, he retired from the Ford Stamping plant in Monroe, MI. He was a member of Latins United/Latinos Unidos social club and loved to be with family and friends.
Antonio is survived by two brothers, one daughter, 5 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great- grandchildren and many other family and friends. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Lupe Flores, his parents, and three sisters.


JUAN  D.  GONZÁLEZ
Juan D. “Mingo” González, age 63, of Land O’ Lakes, FL, passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2014.  Mingo was born in Lares, Puerto Rico and moved to Florida from Lorain, Ohio in 2005. He retired from the City of Lorain. Mingo was a family man who had a strong work ethic.
He enjoyed working around the house, gardening, and he took pride in maintaining his home and vehicle.
He is survived by his significant other Gladys and his children; Juan Jr. (Iris), Efrain (Santina), Elizabeth (Eric), Step-Children; Hector (Janet), Leticia (Jeffery), and three grandchildren.


CARLOS M. ARROYO
Carlos M. Arroyo, 69, of North Fort Myers, FL, passed away unexpectedly Saturday evening February 8, 2014. Born on July 9, 1944 in Ponce, Puerto Rico to Irma and Carlos Arroyo, he lived most of his life in Lorain, OH. Mr. Arroyo was a U.S. Army veteran, retired from Ford Motor Company in 2001, was an avid fisherman, Freemason, and Shriner. He was the loving father to daughters Carol Arroyo of Cleveland and Michele Eblin of Waycross, Georgia and a son Jeffrey Arroyo of Cape Coral, Florida. He was the grandfather of eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Survived by brothers and sisters: Ana Arroyo-Hopper of Columbus; Margaret González of Cape Coral, FL; Zuleick Arroyo of Kissimmee, FL; Bexsaida Padua of Columbus; Migdalia Malinowski of Cape Coral, FL; Milagros Arroyo Kissimmee, FL; Albert Arroyo of Lorain; and Mary Jean Scott of Cape Coral, FL. Preceded in death by his parents, siblings Zulma Arroyo, William Arroyo, Lillian Arroyo-Henes, and a grandson Taylor James Eblin.


ALFREDO  D.  ESTRADA
Alfredo D. “Freddie” Estrada, 91, of Toledo, OH died Friday, February 7, 2014. He was born on September 22, 1922, in Asherton, Texas to Juan R. and Petra (née Díaz) Estrada. Alfredo served in the U.S. Army during WWII in Germany and France, was a Purple Heart Recipient, and a member of the American Legion Post #646 in Holland. He retired from the Unicast Corp with over 30 years of service.
With his brothers, he formed the Estrada Brothers Orchestra, playing throughout the Midwest in the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s—music such as mariachi, norteño, cha cha and other forms of Caribbean music. As a musician, he was partial to the guitar and saxophone.  His grandson, Jacob Estrada, continues Freddie’s tradition with Los Mariachis Locos.
He is preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife, Filiverta, “2005”; son, Juan José Estrada; daughter, Olga Estrada-McClain, and grandson, Mario Estrada.
Surviving are his daughters, Delma (José) Oviedo and María Estrada; brother, Valente Estrada; 7 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.


AMELIA  SOTO
Amelia Soto (née Ayala), 89, of Lorain, OH went home to the Lord Monday, February 10, 2014 in EMH Regional Medical Center, Elyria following a lengthy illness. She was born June 26, 1924 in Yauco, Puerto Rico. She moved to Lorain in 1955 from Puerto Rico. Amelia was a member of Saint Frances Cabrini Parish, and formerly an active member of Sacred Heart Chapel. Where she was a member of the women’s club, Legion of Mary, Crusillo Movement, and visited the sick. She volunteered cooking and maintained the priest’s vestments.
She will be missed her sons Irving (Josephine) Soto, Oscar Soto, and George Soto all of Lorain and Angel Jiménez of Dallas, Texas; daughters Nilda (Noel) Pérez of West New York, New Jersey and Sylvia (Hector) Medina of Lorain; 19 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren.Amelia was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years Ismael S. Morales and her son Ismael Soto, Jr.


ROBERTO B. ARROYO
Roberto B. Arroyo, 74, of Lorain, OH died Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family while under the care of Cleveland Clinic Hospice. He was born January 6, 1940 in Caguas, Puerto Rico and had resided in Lorain most of his life. He worked as a truck driver and welder for the Lake Terminal Railroad for 22 years with retirement in 1993. His co-workers nicknamed him “My Son” since his father, Alejio, was also working for the railroad. Mr. Arroyo loved music, gardening, fishing, dominoes, and playing cards. He was a handyman around the house.
He is survived by his wife and caregiver of 45 years Carmen (née Flores); daughters Deana (Adel) Hajali of Lorain and Carmen (Mitchell) López of Washington, DC; sons Samuel Morales, Luis (Valerie) Morales and Richard (Jayne) Morales, all of Lorain, Miguel (Charlene) Morales of Virginia and José Morales of Lorain; 16 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; siblings Feliciano Arroyo and Antonio (Lucy) Arroyo, all of Michigan, María Esther (Miguel) Arroyo and Carmelo Luis (Theresa) Arroyo all of Puerto Rico, Domingo (Ida) Arroyo of Florida, María (William) La Luz and Angel (Merita) Arroyo and Mary Luz Baez all of Chicago, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his son David Martínez, Jr, parents Alejio Martínez-Arroyo and Demetria (née Baez) and sister Carmen Vega.


HERLINDA CAMPOS ESCOBAR
Herlinda Escobar, 62, of Fostoria, OH passed away on February 1, 2014 at the University of Toledo Medical Center. She was born June 10, 1951 in Toledo to the late José and Sarah (née Ramón) Campos. Herlinda was the owner and operator of Escobar Industrial Plaster Molds, Fostoria, with her husband Arnoldo and a member of St. Wendelin Catholic Church, Fostoria. She will be remembered for the love and inspiration shown to her family, very kind and yet stern. She married Arnoldo Escobar Sr., December 9, 1972 at St. Wendelin Catholic Church, Fostoria, and he survives in Fostoria. She and her husband owned a popular Mexican restaurant in Northwood OH near the Woodville Mall called “Arnoldo’s.”
Also surviving are four children, Priscilla (José) Flores, Arnoldo (Priscilla) Escobar Jr., Ricardo Fernando Escobar and Rene Ramiro Escobar, of Toledo; 14 grandchildren; a great grandson; six brothers, Carlos, Roger, Robert, Armando, James and Eddie Campos, of Toledo; seven sisters, Rosalinda Galan, Fostoria, Olivia Hureta, Mary García, Blasa Palacios, Janie Campos, Zandra Gabriel-Dolores, and Norma Jean Winters, of Toledo.
She was preceded in death by a son-in-law, George Flores; and two brothers, Joe and Tomás Campos.


RAMIRO FLORES GARZA
Ramiro Flores Garza, age 87 of Delta OH passed away early Thursday February 6, 2014 at the Defiance Area Inpatient Care Center. Prior to his retirement he had worked at the General Motors Central Foundry in Defiance for many years. He was born on July 10, 1926 in Elsa, Hidalgo County, TX the son of the late Fermin Vega Garza and the late Patricia Gutiérrez Flores. On Dec. 1, 1946 he married the former Julia Saenz and she preceded him in death in 2001. Surviving are his children; Ramiro Garza, Jr. of Delta, OH, Romeo Garza of Findlay, OH, Ruby Smith of Liberty Center, OH, Rebecca (George) Queen of Rittman, OH, Raquella Yoder (Dennis Yoder) of Edcouch, TX, Rose Marie Demaline of Delta, OH, Ruth Behringer of Defiance, OH, Roger Garza and wife Portia of Toledo. Also surviving are 21 grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren, and sister; Albesa Trevino and brothers; Casimiro Garza and Manuel Garza. He was preceded in death by a son, Ray Garza; siblings Thomas Garza, Oscar Garza, Fermin Garza, Jr., Nasis Eva Garza, and Eva Garza.


GLORIA ESTHER MARRERO
Gloria Esther “Ma Ma” Marrero (née Cruz), 69, of Lorain, OH died unexpectedly on Thursday, January 30, 2014, at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain. Born August 14, 1944, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, she had lived in Lorain for most of her life. Gloria was employed at Green Circle Growers and Ford Motor Company. Gloria was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. She enjoyed ceramics and all crafts. She loved to cook for everyone, especially Sunday family dinners. Ma Ma was devoted to her family. She enjoyed watching the Cleveland sports teams and the Ohio State Buckeyes.
She will be deeply missed by her husband of 54 years, Pedro J. Marrero; children, Arlene Marrero, Delia Marrero, Steve Marrero. Stanley Marrero, John Marrero, Diana Marrero-Pinto, Marisa Marrero, and Michael Marrero; 23 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; father, Juan Varela; brothers, Ray Cruz and James Cruz; and sister, Luz Celenia Clark.
Gloria was preceded in death by her mother, Edelia Varela; grandson, Matthew Steven Marrero; grandmother, Angela Maldonado; nephew, James Bonilla; and biological father, Pedro Cruz.


JUANITA  GARCÍA
Juanita García, 88, of Lorain, OH went to be with The Lord January 20, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. Juanita was born April 10, 1925 in Humacao, Puerto Rico and made Lorain her home in 1952. Having a very strong work ethic, she joined the work force as soon as she could. She worked in Bay Village cleaning houses. She also worked as a seamstress for Joseph & Feiss and spent some time working at the local laundromat. She also did volunteer work for the Lorain Correctional Facility. Juanita was about family. Whenever she was around, the family enjoyed jubilant unity and harmony. She cared for and loved all her family and friends; it was truly an enjoyment for her to spend time cooking for them. She would go out of her way to bring happiness to any one of the family. In her earlier years she loved herself a good game of Dominoes and Gin Rummy with her friends. She attended Iglesia Manantial de Agua Viva in Lorain, where she was an active member and graced everyone with the most beautiful poetry. She was able to write lovely rhyming prose, often on the spot - to the amazement of many. She had a canny ability to write about whatever special occasion was happening, and the result was beautiful poetry that was as a special song to all who heard her.
She will be deeply missed by her children, Lillian Matos, Frank (Nellie) García, both of Lorain, Israel “Baby” García of Tampa, Florida, and her granddaughter Lorraine García of Lorain, who she raised as her own daughter. She also leaves behind numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren who will miss her profoundly.
Juanita was preceded in death by her husband Francisco; sons Benjamin, Bievenido, Rev. Freddie García Sr.; great-grandson Josiah Orona; grandson Robin García and daughter Jenny Rivera.


FRANK  MEDINA
Frank Medina, age 56, and a resident of Lorain, OH passed away Monday, January 20, 2014 after a sudden illness. Frank was born September 13, 1957 in Bronx, N.Y. to the late Reineiro Medina and Guillermina (née Ramos) Medina. He was a 1976 graduate of Southview High School. Following graduation Frank enlisted in the United States Navy and served for 20 years retiring in 1996. After retiring from the Navy, Frank enrolled in school and obtained his credentials to become a phlebotomist. He remained a phlebotomist until his retirement in 2013. For five years he was employed at the former Lorain Community Hospital. He loved playing his guitar and was a member of a band. His memberships include American Legion Post 118, Amherst and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1662, Amherst.
Survivors include his son Frank (Erica) Medina of California; daughter Celina (Hector Burgos) Medina of Lorain; three grandchildren, Aryana and Mateo Medina, and Miranda Burgos; his mother Guillermina Medina of Kentucky; wife Sandra Medina of Lorain; a brother Junior (Missy) Medina of Kentucky; and two sisters Sara Medina of Puerto Rico and Letty Medina of Kentucky. Frank was preceded in death by his father Reineiro Medina.


JONATHAN  A.  REYES
Jonathan A. Reyes, age 12, of Lorain, OH passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at his residence. He was born on September 28, 2001 in Lorain. He was currently attending Durling Middle School in Lorain, where he was in the 6th grade. Jonathan was a member of Champion Centre Church, Lorain and enjoyed cooking, drawing, spending time with his family and friends. Jonathan was loved by many. He is survived by his parents, Johnny and Natasha (née Hernández) Reyes Jr.; brothers, Joshua and Brandon; maternal grandparents, Brigitte Hernández, Andre Hernández both of Lorain; maternal great grandparents, Edward Ramos of Lorain, and Doris Landreth of Amherst; paternal grandparents, Isabel Chávez of Rochester, N.Y.; paternal great grandparents, Gladys López of Waterbury, Conn., and Pablo Vega of Cayey, Puerto Rico.
He was preceded in death by his maternal great grandfather, Harold Landreth; paternal grandfather, Ramón Soto; maternal great grandparents, Pablo and Carmen Pérez.


ANA  L. VÁZQUEZ
Ana L. Vázquez, 76, a longtime resident of Lorain, OH, passed away Saturday, January 18, 2014, at home after a long illness. She was born May 29, 1937, in Anasco, Puerto Rico, and moved to Lorain in 1954. Ana was very family-oriented, and enjoyed rose gardening and watching soap operas. Ana was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and had been an active member of the church.
Survivors include six children, five of whom reside in Lorain County, Raúl Velez, María (Wilson) Velez, Rosa (Israel) Velázquez, Lilly (William) King, Pepe Velez and Dr. Eddie (Madia) Velez Soto of Puerto Rico; 16 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and two brothers, Carlos Quintana of Lorain and David (Carmen) Quintana of Puerto Rico.
Ana was preceded in death by her husband, Antonio Vázquez; parents, Emilio and Domitila Quintana; two brothers; and two sisters.


SANTIAGO  E.  BEJARANO  JR.

Santiago E. “Jimmy” Bejarano, Jr., 51, of Green Springs, OH passed away on Sunday, January 12, 2014 in the Emergency Room at Memorial Hospital in Fremont, OH. He was born October 20, 1962 in Fremont, the son of Santiago L. and Horalia (née Espinoza) Bejarano, Sr. He was a 1980 graduate of Fremont Ross High School and a graduate of Lincoln Tech in Indianapolis, IN as a Diesel Mechanic. Jimmy currently worked for UPS as a Diesel Mechanic for the past 28 years. He was a former member of St. Ann Catholic Church. He was a musician with the band Los Cuatro Vientos (tejano, conjunto). Jimmy loved to travel. He played music with his dad since he was 17.
Jimmy is survived by his parents, Santiago L. and Horalia Bejarano, Sr., Fremont; siblings, Sonya (Johnny) Vicencio, Holland, MI, Rubén (Becky) Bejarano, Genoa, OH; companion, Lucy Macias, Green Springs, OH.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joaquin and Julia Bejarano, Manuel and Eulalia Espinoza.


CONSUELO  SÁNCHEZ
Consuelo Sánchez, age 73, of Toledo, OH passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 9, 2014. She was born on April 27, 1940, in San Antonio, Texas to José Lumbreras and Blanche Dominguez. She was a loving mother and had been employed with Russells Formal Wear for 20 years. She is survived by her children, Blanche (Pat), Susanna, Bertha (Manuel), Juanita (Rafaél), Antonia, Virginia, Alberto (Susan), Pedro (Nicky), Elida (John), and Linda (Lauren); 22 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; siblings, Josephine and Olga.
Consuelo was preceded in death by her husband, Alberto Sánchez Sr.; children, Gloria, Alberto, Alice, Tom and Joseph “Bucky;” grandchildren, Francisco and Sarah Gómez, Marcos Pecina, and her great-grandson, Isreal García.


ANTONIA  BLANCO
Antonia Blanco, 85, of Lorain, OH passed away Thursday, January 2, 2014 at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. Born September 28, 1928 in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, she came to Lorain in 1975. Antonia was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and loved traveling, especially to Puerto Rico. She also enjoyed reading, growing flowers and cooking.
Surviving are her sons, Angel L. Ortiz, José Ortiz, Moises Ortiz all of Lorain, and Arsenio Ortiz of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico; daughters, Ana Rios, María L. Ortiz and Virgen López all of Lorain; 27 grandchildren, 52 great grandchildren and 3 great great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jesús Blanco of Barranquitas. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Alberto L. Ortiz in 1998; parents, Otilio Blanco in 1992 and Veronica Ortiz in 1963; a son and daughter in infancy; and 3 great grandchildren; a brother, José Blanco in 1976; and a sister, Mercedes Blanco in 2007.


ESTANISLAO  GARZA  GÓMEZ
Estanislao Garza Gómez, age 53 of Toledo, OH died Wednesday, January 1, 2014 in his home. He was an inspector at Norplas and loved the Detroit Lions. Left behind to mourn his passing are his wife, Damaisi; children Tomy Díaz, Taimy Díaz, Estanislao Gómez, Jr., Moises Gómez, Roberto Gómez, and Emilo Gómez; and mother, Victoria Gómez. Also surviving are his siblings: Miguel, Pablo, Roberto, Rudy, Juana, Manuel, Leticia, Sara, Cristina, and Victoria.


JULIO  CAESAR  SOLIS
Julio Caesar Solis, 73, of Lorain, OH passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at his residence following a brief illness. Born July 4, 1940, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, he came to Lorain 50 years ago. Julio worked as a foreman for Ford Motor Company in Brook Park for 37 years, retiring in 1999. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain, and enjoyed mechanics, working on cars, fishing and watching boxing.
He is survived by his daughters, Damaria Carrasquilla, Julia Delgado and Carmen Ortiz, all of Lorain; 20 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brothers, José Rivera and Pablo Cruz, both of Elyria; and sister, Connie Salgado of Lorain. He was preceded in death by his wife of 34 years, Conrada (née Agosto Davila) Solis in 2000; son, John Davila in 2004; and brothers, Louie Rivera and José Rivera.


ROSA  MARIA TORRES
Rosa María Torres (née Adames), age 81, of Lorain, OH went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 5, 2014. She was born on January 15, 1932, in Lares, Puerto Rico and had lived in Lorain for most of her life. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and enjoyed crocheting and cooking. Rosa is survived by her daughters, Norma (Jim) Hattala of Orlando, Fla., Gladys (Dan) Brennan of Sandusky, Carmen “Terri” (Dan) Hassler of North Ridgeville, and Sandra López-Torres of Lorain; 15 grandchildren, many great and great great grandchildren; her sisters, María Ortencia Adames of Puerto Rico, Carmen Adames of NY, Ana Adames of Puerto Rico, and Lucy Adames of Fla.She was preceded in death by her son, Rafaél Quiles, in 1995; her parents; her 2 brothers and 2 sisters.


ALMA  ROSE  BARRERA
Alma Rose Barrera, 56, of Toledo, OH passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 18, 2013. She was born in San Antonio, Texas. Alma was a graduate of Cardinal Stritch High School. She was recently employed at the Zepf Center and NFO for over 25 years. Alma earned her degree in Medical Transcription. She will be greatly missed for her kind heart, love, and generosity for her family. She loved animals and to read. She also encouraged her nieces and nephews to further their educations.
She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Many thanks to her co-workers and friends, Carney Metzger and Cathi Kerekes.
Alma was preceded in death by her beloved niece and nephew, Rachel Rose Sharp and Larry Barrera Jr.; aunt, Dena Rodríguez; grandparents.
Surviving are her parents, Leonardo and Jovita Barrera; brothers and sisters, Larry (Cathy) Barrera, Edna (Clyde) Sharp, Hector, Thelma, Mary (James) Barteck; beloved nieces and nephews, Richard, Jon, Brittany Barrera, Audrey Sharp, Michelle, Thomas and Aaron Barteck, Christina Rodríguez, Ashley Barrera; many dear aunts and uncles.


ANGELICA  C.  NAJERA
Angelica C. Najera, 73, of Toledo, OH passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at Orchard Villa Nursing Home. She was born June 8, 1940, in Matamoros, México to Eugenio and Concepción (née Vargas) Cruz. She enjoyed reading, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. She loved to bring joy and happiness to everyone she met. Angelica worked for Hinkle Manufacturing in Rossford for 28 years.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Concepción Cruz; father, Eugenio Cruz, and son, Robert Najera. Angelica is survived by her son, Geronimo Najera Sr.; daughter, María Luisa Najera; seven grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; two sisters and four brothers.


RITO  COLLAZO  OYOLA
Rito “Tito” Collazo Oyola, age 87, of Lorain, OH passed away Monday, December 16, 2013 following a lengthy illness. He was born on July 3, 1926 in Cidra, Puerto Rico and has lived in Lorain since the early 1950s. For 25 years he worked at Ford Motor Company. After his retirement from there, he owned and operated Long Avenue Market at the corner of 18th St. and Long Ave for 20 years. He was an active member of Sacred Heart Chapel. He was in the Men’s Society and the Cursillo Movement.
Tito is survived by his daughter, Marilyn (Nestor) Fernández, of Elyria; his sons, Juan (Debbie) Collazo, of Lorain and Carlos (Estelle) Collazo, of Juncos, PR; his grandchildren, Nestor (Elizabeth) Fernández, Rick (Christina) Fernández, Nicolas (Tina) Fernández, Christian (Evelyn) Collazo, Carla (Eliezer) Collazo and Jolyn Jones; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Rito Collazo, Jr.; his brother, Juan Collazo, and his sister, Juanita Collazo.


JUANA RIVERA
Juana “Jenny” Rivera, 64, of Lorain, OH went home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Tuesday, December 17, 2013 in her home surrounded by her loving family. Jenny was born September 20, 1949 in Humacao, Puerto Rico. She arrived to Lorain at the age of 2. Jenny attended Lorain public schools. She graduated from the Assemblies of God Theological Institute. She pastored with her loving husband Reverend Juan Antonio Rivera for the past 25 years at Iglesia Manantial Pentecostal in Lorain. She was an Associate Pastor and Missionary at Iglesia Cristo Missionera for many years. She was a former president of the Assemblies of God Eastern Region Women’s Council. She was a dedicated mother, daughter, grandmother, and friend to many. Jenny enjoyed helping and serving others.
Jenny will be deeply missed by her husband of 44 years, Juan; daughters Bethzida “Betsy” Rivera and Juanita (Joel) Orona, both of Lorain; son Anthony “Toney” García of Arizona; mother Juanita García of Lorain; sister Lillian Matos of Lorain; brothers Frank García of Lorain and Reverend Israel “Baby” García of Florida; grandchildren Genesis, Isabella, and Rebecca Cupek and Juanjoel Orona and great-granddaughter Giana Parrotta.
Jenny was preceded in death by her father Francisco García; brothers Benjamin, Bienvenido, and Reverend Freddie García; and grandson Josiah Orona.


JOSE  CASTILLO     
12/19/1961 - 12/08/2013

José “Joe” Castillo, 51, of Clyde, OH died Sunday, December 8, 2013 at the Bellevue Hospital. He was born December 19, 1961 in Fremont to Jesse and María (née Monitel) Castillo. Joe graduated from Fremont Ross High School in 1980 and was a fork lift driver at Heinz in Fremont. He enjoyed playing guitar, Beatles music, camping, fishing, and reading.
On March 6, 2008 he married Jamie (née Rader) and she survives in Clyde. Also surviving are his children: Carynn, Joey, and Jason Castillo, all of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; Jessica and Joshua Heishman of Clyde; granddaughter, Karmella Hunter of Ft. Wayne; his father, Jesse Castillo in El Paso, Texas; his mother, María Castillo in Fremont; his siblings: Pablo Castillo of Clyde; Emily (Mark) Otney of Fremont; Theresa Castillo of Fremont; Kathy Kreuger of Fremont; Michael Steven Castillo of Fremont; Jimmy Castillo of Fremont; and David Castillo of Fremont; and seven nieces and nephews. Joe was preceded in death by a nephew.


JULIO  G.  CONTRERAS  SR.
Julio G. Contreras Sr., age 85, of Erie, MI went to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 8, 2013, at Aspen Grove Assisted Living Center. He was born on December 20, 1927, to Victor and Merejilda (née Guzmán) Contreras in Sabinal, Texas. Julio was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving his country proudly during the end of WWII. He loved gardening and was an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers and Michigan Wolverines. Julio enjoyed Mexican music and dancing at the Luna Pier Ballroom with his wife. He coached baseball for many years and helped form a Mexican- American baseball league, having a team in Erie, the Erie Orioles. Julio loved nothing more than the time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Sixta; brother, Damas Ortiz, and sister-in-law, Lupe Contreras. Julio is survived by his loving children, Ernesto (Soila), Gloria (Neo) Longoria, Edmundo (Eva), Anita (Ismael) Vargas, Raquel (Mark) Stanovich, Rebecca (Tony Perales), Irma (Bud) Gillespie, Julio Jr. (Christine), Irene (Dan) Dougherty; 22 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brothers, Pablo Contreras, Monico (Mary) Ortiz, Fred (Lolie) Ortiz, Santiago (Rebecca) Ortiz, Alfredo Ortiz, Alex Ortiz and Mario (Amelia) Ortiz; and many other relatives and dear friends.


MARÍA FLORES
María “Mary” Flores, 58, of Lorain, OH passed away Thursday, November 28, 2013 at New Life Hospice Residential Center following a yearlong battle with colon cancer.
Born August 6, 1955 in Lorain, she was a lifelong resident of the city. Mary worked as a chef at Red Lobster in North Olmstead for over 25 years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. She enjoyed interior decorating, traveling, shopping, computers, reading mystery stories, and educational reading. She was fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers and Browns and Ohio State Football. Mary loved her dog.
Surviving are: her mother, Anna Flores-Cruz of Lorain; brothers, Paul Flores Jr. of Elyria, Dennis Flores and John Flores both of Lorain; a sister, Joan “Grace” Carlson of North Ridgeville; and 3 nieces and 2 great nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father Pablo Flores in 2007.


ANGEL L. ORTIZ
Angel L. Ortiz, 76, of Lorain, OH was called home to the Lord Thursday, November 28, 2013, at Mercy Regional Medical Center following a short illness. He was born December 23, 1936, in Coamo, Puerto Rico, and had been a resident of Lorain since 1972. Angel was a retiree of Conrail Railroad. He enjoyed cooking, gardening, Spanish music, pig roasts, boxing, and baseball.
He will be sadly missed by his children, Eunice, Papo, Sammy, Irvin, Carmen (Tony), Robert, Damaris, Diana, Angel, and David; 12 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers, Raul, Luis Angel, Elieser and Tonio; sisters, Rachael and Gladdy; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Angel was preceded in death by his parents, Teotista (Tiota) and Antonio (Nin); and brothers, Domingo and Rosali.


MARY LOU PERALES
Mary Lou Perales, 79, of Northwood, OH passed away on November 24, 2013, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg. Mary Lou was born on February 11, 1934, in Iowa, to Ricardo and Juana (née Jasso) Moreno. She married the love of her life, Reynaldo Perales, on October 30, 1954. She worked for Libbey Glass and was a devoted member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Mary Lou loved to travel, bowl, shop, and she especially loved dancing. She also enjoyed cooking meals and spending time with her family.
Mary Lou is survived by her children, Brenda (Michel) Haddad, Stella (Ray) Miller, Nancy Perales, Elizabeth Clapper, Mario, and Amancio; 8 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Reynaldo; and siblings, Christino, Benny, and Lupe Moreno.


TERESA VILLARREAL
Teresa Villarreal, in the 1970s, was one of the founding women responsible for creating the Mexican Americans United Health organization and the Guadalupe Health Clinic. She understood the need for health and education after migrating to Ohio from Texas to work in the fields with her husband and children. There wasn’t health care or services available to the workers and the families. Her husband eventually was blessed with a job on the railroad, as she didn’t forget the farms. She started working to get the care needed to the migrant farms who were predominately Latinos. Teresa was dedicated to delivering primary healthcare services to the Mexican-American community. She won numerous awards and was recognized for her time and commitment by first lady Nancy Reagan. She will be missed by all that she had graced with her kindness.
Preceded in death by husband Ismael Villarreal, Sr.; parents, Raphael and Soledad (Rodríguez) Salinas brothers, Lee and Israel Salinas, and sister, Janie Valadez.
She is survived by brother, Paul Salinas; children, Gloria Villarreal, Ismael Villarreal, Jr. and Bobby Villarreal; grandchildren, Christina and Roy Olivarez, Rodney and Amanda Noe, Kelly and Todd Brittingham, Katrina and Mitchell Encalado, Jessica and Jeff Stuck, Antonio Villarreal and Curtis Dolt, and great-grandchildren, Miguel and Alex Olivarez, Damion and Savhanna Noe, Alivia and Jaxson Brittingham, Jimena, Jimmy Sandoval, Lilian Encalado, Collin and Aleeyah Villarreal.


ROSAURA MENCHACA LÓPEZ
Rosaura Menchaca López, 81, of Genoa, OH passed away November 19, 2013, in her home. She was born in SanBuena Ventura, Coah., México on May 16, 1932, to Antonio and Juanita (née Pérez) Menchaca. On January 12, 1957, she married Salome Muñoz López. Rosaura was employed at the Hirzel Canning Company and the Genoa Migrant Program at Allen Central School in Genoa. She was a member of Primera Iglesia Bautista Church in Toledo, where she was secretary for business meetings, director of music, and was a member of the Union Femenil. Rosaura recently had been attending Victory Church in Fremont.
Surviving are daughters, María (Luis) DeAnda-González, Rose Langley, Silvia (John) Schueren, Sandra (Gary) Fruchey and Dora (Eric) White; sons, Salome A. Jr. (Diane), Daniel (Charlotte) and Mario (Jennifer) López; 23 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sisters, María Cruz Menchaca, Concepción M. Morin and Angelina (Antonio) Garibay, and brother, Vincente Menchaca.
Rosaura was preceded in death by her husband, Salome Sr.; parents; brother, Antonio Menchaca; sons-in-law, Armando DeAnda and John Langley; daughter-in-law, Cecilia López, and grandson, Daniel López.


RAMONA NUÑEZ
Ramona Nuñez, 86, passed away peacefully on November 18, 2013, surrounded by her children and family members. Born in Puerto Rico on January 21, 1927, to her parents, Carmela Bello and Nicasio Hernández. She married her first love and husband of many years, Victor Nuñez. Her passions in life were her beloved family and cooking a delicious meal at any given time. Ramona was a kind hearted woman with a heart of gold.
Ramona is survived by her beloved children Olga, Luis, William, Migdalia (Migasi), Orlando, Victor, Efrain, Freddy, Carlos, Edgar, and Madeline Nuñez; and by her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Edwin, and daughters, Mildred and Carmen Nuñez, who will be greeting her in heaven.


GLORIA M. SÁNCHEZ
Gloria M. Sánchez, 47, of Toledo, OH suddenly passed away Tuesday, November 19, 2013. She was born December 26, 1965, in Toledo to Alberto and Consuelo (née Lumbreras) Sánchez, and was a loving mother who enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Gloria was a great cook and loved camping, vacationing near the ocean and the Smoky Mountains, and going to Hollywood Casino.
She is survived by her mother, Consuelo; children, Angelica (Jesús) Rodriguez, Jesús (Ashleigh) Sánchez, Alicia Sánchez; 5 stepchildren; grandchildren, Santos, Delylah, Jessalina, Angelina and Christina; siblings, Blanche (Pat), Suzanna, Bertha (Manuel), Juanita (Rafael), Antonia, Virginia, Alberto (Susan), Pedro (Nicky), Elida (John) and Linda (Lauren), and special friend, Gina Navarro along with many dear nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Gloria was preceded in death by her father, Alberto; siblings, Alberto Sánchez, Alice Flores, Tom Sánchez and Joseph "Bucky" Sánchez; and nephews, Marcos Pecina, Francisco Góme,z and Israel Garcia.


NICHOLAS S. TORRES
Nicholas S. “Nick” Torres, 23, of Lorain, OH passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain. Nick was born November 5, 1990, in El Paso, Texas. He was raised and lived in Lorain with his grandparents. Nick graduated from Southview High School and was most recently enrolled at Lorain Community College. Some of his favorite activities included playing basketball for Sacred Heart Chapel and baseball, and he had a passion for his music. Nick was a loving father to his two daughters and he loved his family.  
Nick is survived by his daughters, Bryanna and Aurea Torres, both of Lorain; parents, Frank and Theresa Torres; grandparents Felix and Aurea Torres; special Titi (aunt), Milagros “Milly” Duhe; brother, Josh Martin of California; sisters, Valeria Long of North Carolina, Tara Díaz of California, Madison Torres and LaRay Vaquera of Lorain, and Alexis Martin of California. He will be deeply missed by other loving aunts, uncles and cousins. Nick was preceded in death by his uncles Felix Torres Jr. and Bryan Duhe.


JOSE CAMPOS JR.
José Campos Jr., born June 15, 1947, passed away of an ongoing illness November 12, 2013. José was a retired licensed asbestos engineer. He enjoyed listening to Mexican music, gardening, and the company of his family and friends.
Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Mary Costilla Campos; daughters, Diane (Bob), Brandy (Esam); sons, Raymond and José Campos; brothers, Carlos, Rojello, Robert (Tammy), Armando (Cindy), James, and Edwardo Campos; sisters, Rosalinda Galán, Herlinda (Arnold Escobar), Olivia Huertha, Sylvia Campos, María (Robert) García, Blasa (Medardo) Palácios, Jane Campos, Zandra (Marcos) Gabriel Delores, and Norma (Joseph) Winter; also nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
José is proceeded in death by his father, José Sr, and mother, Sarah Campos; daughters, Cynthia Campos and Amy Campos; brother, Thomas Campos, and nephew, Rojello Campos; stepchildren, Geania, Jaunita, Greg, Vinnie, and Wendy García, as well as his devoted dog, Capone.


LINDA PEREZ HERRERA
Linda Pérez Herrera of Toledo, OH was born in August 12, 1956, to Manuel and Romelia Pérez. Linda was a childcare teacher at Toddlers for many years. She had a heart of gold just like her mother. She helped and loved everyone that she met. Linda was beautiful person inside and out. She was the best mother, grandma, sister and aunt that anyone could ask for. Linda loved spending time with her grandchildren, Felix, Lily, Santos, Chewy, Laticia, Graciela, and Adelina. She also loved spending her free time with her sisters. Linda was well known in the Birmingham Neighborhood for her free spirit. Linda was a loyal wife to her husband of 36 years, Hector. It was love at first sight when they met. Linda passed away on November 7, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Survived by her husband, Hector; daughters, Christina (Catarino) Hernández, and Yolanda (José) Carrizales; son, Hector Jr. (Sherry) Herrera; 7 grandchildren; brothers, Jesse (Rita), Loncio, Cookie (Jessica); sisters, Romelia (Armondo) Herrera, Janet Torres, Thaimi (José) Ruiz, and Nancy (John) Sroga, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Manuel Jr., Dino, Gaston, and John Pérez; and sisters, Clementine and Fatima; niece, Mary, and nephew, Jesse Pérez.


RUDY LOPEZ
Rudy López, 46, formerly of Toledo, OH passed away Thursday, November 7, 2013, under Hospice Care in Columbus. He was born in Indio, CA to Ignacio and Dolores (née Navarro) López Jr. He will be dearly missed by his mother, Dolores; siblings, Christina (Felipe) Gómez, Richard (Cassidy) López, Carmen López (Carlos Castillo), and Manuela López, along with many dear aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Rudy was preceded in death by his father, Ignacio Jr.; grandparents, Ignacio Sr. and Antonia López, and Manuela and Aquileo Navarro; favorite cousin, Alex Vásquez; one aunt, and three uncles.


ANA C. BECERRA
Ana C. Becerra Santiago of Holland, OH passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg Center. The daughter of the late Francisco and Francisca Becerra, Ana was born on July 9, 1933, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She married Edgardo (“Ed”) Santiago on December 23, 1958, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ed predeceased Ana in 2004. Ana and Ed moved to Toledo, Ohio from Puerto Rico after Ed began working for Owens Illinois. She loved working in the Toledo Public Library, watching her sons and grandsons play football for St. Francis de Sales High School, and spending hours with her grandchildren playing Uno and Dominoes. Ana enjoyed reading life philosophy books and asking her children thought provoking questions: “What do you think about...?” Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her life, and loved to visit Nana's house where they were always welcomed with a warm hug and her famous ‘mantecaditos’ (Puerto Rican butter cookies), and they often watched a classic Disney movie, and when small enough, from her lap.
Ana is survived by her four children, Edgardo (Eddie) of Nashville, TN, Carlos (Beth) of Newburgh, NY, Carmen (Millie) of Holland, OH, and Luis (Anne) of Maumee, OH; her nine grandchildren, Anthony Santiago (Kelly) of Toledo, OH, Joséph Santiago (Kelsey) of Toledo, OH, Emily Santiago of Maumee, OH, Juliana, Claudia, and Benjamin Santiago of Franklin, TN, Jack, Nora, and Thomas Santiago of Newburgh, NY; two great grandchildren, Kate and Abbie of Toledo, and her loving dog, Mateo. Ana is also survived by her two sisters, María Mercedes Santiago of Hata Rey, Puerto Rico, and Pilar Becerra of San Juan, Puerto Rico.


ANTHONY J. SEGURA
Anthony J. “Tony” Segura, 69 years, of Toledo, OH, passed away Sunday, November 10, 2013, at the Regency Hospital in Sylvania, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Fremont, OH on July 29, 1944, to Manuel and Emma (Toral) Segura. Tony retired from Doehler - Jarvis, where he worked as a machine operator. His hobbies were many, including gambling, card games, casinos, Cleveland Browns and Indians, Ohio State Buckeyes. He was a good man, husband, and father, who loved spending time with his grandchildren and was co-owner of the Irish Buffalo Bar on E. Broadway.
Tony is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Alfonso, Charles, and Edward; sister, Gloria. Surviving are his loving wife of 49 years, Rosemary (Bowers) Segura; daughters, Virginia F. Segura-Hannah and Jacqueline M. (Jack) Meno; sisters, Margaret Finkbeiner, and Rita Hulls; brothers, Louis, James, Steven (Nancy), David, John (Boni), Patrick, George, and Joséph Segura; grandchildren, Jacquline, Anthony, Lacey, Jaret, and Juliana, and great-grandson, Darryan.


MATILDE CÁSARES
Matilde Cásares, 80, of Toledo, OH, passed peacefully Monday, November 4, 2013, at Ebeid Hospice Residence surrounded by her loving family. Born March 14, 1933, in Mercedes, Texas, she was the daughter of the late Rojilio and Anita Flores. She was employed for many years as a seamstress at Wilcox Awnings, retiring from Wettle Canvas Awnings. She was an active member of Immaculate Conception Parish since 1960. She loved winter; you could see the child in her eyes as she watched the snow fall. She enjoyed reading, cooking, shopping, exercising, sewing, gardening, and taking care of her family.
Matilde was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, Pedro. Those left to cherish her memory, daughters, Belinda (José) Calvillo, Diana (Carlos) Hernández, Elvia (Tony) Hague; sons, Pedro (Althea), Michael (Ellen), Richard (Gonzo); grandchildren, Joe and Kristina Calvillo; Angela (José) Flores, Lisa (Alejandro) González, Carlos (Melissa) Hernández Jr; Aaron (Tamia) and Andrew Hague, Anthony (Tiaunna) Richardson, Danny (Staci) Morris, Amber (Kyle) Wepler, David Cásares, Michael Cásares Jr., Nicholas Weber-Cásares; sisters, Consuelo Gonzáles and Enedelia Flores of California, Guadalupe Garza and Estefana Rios of Texas; 22 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.


CARMEN R. MORENO
Carmen R. Moreno, 80, of Fremont, OH, devoted catholic, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother peacefully went to be with her Almighty Father Thursday, November 7, 2013. She was born on January 12, 1933 in Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, México to Refugio and Juana (Martínez Auguilar) Reyes. She married Salvador J. Moreno on January 15, 1950 in México and he preceded her in death on March 2, 2012.
Carmen was a Homemaker and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She enjoyed her flower garden, singing and all the beauty of nature. She also loved to watch Spanish Television and playing Bingo. Carmen had a great love for her family and was always friendly with a smile on her face.
Carmen is survived by her sons, Refugio (Marlene) of Michigan, Joe (Kim S.) and Lazaro Moreno, both of Fremont, Alfredo of Tiffin, Frank of Fremont, and Noe of Texas; daughters, Olga López, Soila Esquivel, and Rosa (Wade) Parker, all of Fremont, Diana (Ian) Johnson of California; seven brothers and sisters; seventeen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Salvador J. Moreno; son, Den Moreno and eight brothers and sisters.


MERCEDES JIMÉNEZ
Mercedes Jiménez, 92 years, of Bryan, OH passed away Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Genesis HealthCare – Bryan Center, where she was a resident.  Mercedes was born October 22, 1921 in Dallas, Texas, the daughter of the late Hjinio and Margarita (née Enriques) Gutiérrez.  She married Antonio “Tony” Jiménez on January 8, 1940 in Berne, Indiana, and he preceded her in death on September 12, 1991.  Mercedes worked at Bryan Canning Factory was an assembler.  She then worked in housekeeping at the Bryan Hospital. Mercedes deepest desire was spending time with her family.  She also enjoyed sewing and cooking and was known for making her strawberry pies.
Surviving are her daughter, Elvira “Ellie” (Steven) Pryor of Defiance; four grandchildren, Cindy (James) Navarette of Boynton Beach, Florida, Julie Flores of Perrysburg, Ohio, Erica McGee of Williamsburg, Virginia and Jacqueline (Jermaine) Shelby of Middletown, Ohio; 11 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Antonio and four brothers, Ted, John, Joe, and Demas Gutiérrez.


JOSE C. RODRÍGUEZ
March 28, 1930 to November 3, 2013

José C. Rodríguez Sr. of Perrysburg, Ohio passed away Nov. 3. José worked for several years as truck driver before becoming a Dye setter and forklift operator. He worked for over 36 years at Peter Stamping Co. and later Impact Stamping. He retired as a Dye Setter for Acklan Stamping in Toledo in 1991. He was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church in Perrysburg. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and good friend who enjoyed spending time with his family.
José is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Ofilia Rodríguez, children, José C. Rodríguez, Jr., Ralph (Kathy) Rodríguez, Yolanda Caplinger, Rosendo (Elisa) Rodríguez, Elida Rodríguez, Miguel (Sandy) Rodríguez and Ricardo Rodríguez, step-sons, Daniel Gusman and Alfredo Gusman and 20 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren and 23 great-great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jésus Rodríguez.


ERMINIA ALVAREZ
Erminia “Minnie” Alvarez, 77, of Toledo, OH passed away October 24, 2013, at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. She was born in Sebastian, Texas on September 1, 1936, to Francisco and Lucia (Foncenca) Sifuentes. Erminia was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. In earlier years, she worked at Hecklinger Greenhouse on Seaman St. and then retired from Hirzel’s Canning. Erminia loved listening to Mexican music at festivals and truly enjoyed dancing. Her true love was spending time with her family and grandchildren.
Surviving are her sons, Ramiro Jr. (Elizabeth), Hector Sr. (Rose), Richard (Diana), and Roy (Polly) Alvarez; daughters, Linda (Eleodoro) Martínez and Lydia (Al) López; daughter-in-law, Kris Alvarez; 20 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren; brothers, Margarito, Ernesto, Damacio and Alfredo Sifuentes; sisters, María Del Garza, and Concepción Posas.
Erminia was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 50 years, Ramiro Sr.; son, Ray; grandson, Richard Alvarez Jr.; great-grandson, Devin Alvarez; sisters, Altagracia Hinojosa, Ramona Pérez, Frances Flores and Delia Sifuentes.


REYES G. HERNÁNDEZ
Reyes G. Hernández passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2013, in Webster, TX. He was born September 22, 1916, in Ozona, TX to Alejandro and Jesusita Hernández. He is survived by 5 brothers and sisters. He is also survived by wife, Lillie Ibarra Hernández; former spouse, Guadalupe Hernández, and by sons, Oscar, Gaspar, Eduardo, César; daughter, María Antonieta, and son, Ray Hernández. He had 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He was buried in Port Lavaca, TX.


ROSARIO PACHECO
Rosario “Rose” Pacheco, 50, of Toledo, died October 10, 2013, surrounded by her loving family in Hospice of Northwest Ohio. She was born December 15, 1962, to Raymond and Alicia (née Martínez) Pacheco in Toledo. Rose enjoyed cooking, specializing in traditional Mexican food. She loved spending her time with her grandchildren, and her dog, Rocky. Rose was known as a fun loving, easy going friend who will be missed by many.
Surviving are her children Dewayne Pacheco, Joseph and Sabrina Carroll; grandchildren Aleina, Jordan, and Mason Carroll; parents, Raymond and Alicia Pacheco; brothers, Raymond (Tina) Pacheco Jr., and Edward (Teresa) Pacheco; sisters, Alicia (Melvin) Peepers, Gloria (Paul) Rios, Linda (Oswaldo) Pacheco-Vera, and María Luisa (Gregory) Cole.
Also surviving are 27 nieces and nephews, and 22 great-nieces and nephews. Rosario was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Carroll; sister, Cecilia Pacheco; brothers, Moises, Juan, and David Pacheco; niece, Marisol Hernández; nephew, Jamie Lee Gibson, and brother-in-law, Robert Gibson.


CATALINA ORTIZ
Catalina Ortiz, 21, of Lorain, OH went home to be with the Lord Sunday, October 13, 2013. She was born May 1, 1992, in Cleveland and was a lifelong resident of Lorain. Catalina attended Southview High School and was member of the JROTC. She enjoyed children, babysitting, and cooking. Catalina will be deeply missed by her mother, Margarita Ortiz of Lorain; aunts, Gloria Ortero of Lorain and Gladys Soto of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and a host of relatives and friends.


JESSE GONZÁLES
Jesse Gonzáles, 92, of Lorain, OH died Thursday, September 26, 2013 at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph in Lorain. He was born November 22, 1920 in Mexico and had resided in Lorain most of his life. Jesse graduated from Lorain High School with the class of 1940B. He served in the US Army Company G 507th Parachute Infantry 17th Airborne Division in central Europe during World War II. He was awarded the EAME Theater Ribbon w/1 Bronze Star, WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Ribbon and American Theater Ribbon. Jesse worked as a painter for a painting subcontractor at US Steel in Lorain for over 30 years. He also was an insurance agent for Equitable Insurance. He was a member of the Church of St. Peter in Lorain, the church Holy Name Society, a life member of VFW Post #451 in Lorain and Alcoholics Anonymous. He played the trumpet and sang in the Jimmy Dulio Band and the Three Coins Band and played at many AA dances for many years.
He is survived by his children Cecelia Van Horn (David) of Lorain, Linda Emmons (David) of Westchester, PA, Carmen Norton (Scott) of Tucson, AZ, Sharon “Kelly” Flores of Lorain, Jesse Gonzáles (Annetta) and Dino Gonzáles (Beth), all of Vermilion, 18 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren, brothers Ignatius, Fred, Arthur and Ray and sisters Mary Jones and Teresa Bodjo and sister-in-law Connie Versace.
He was preceded in death by his wife Josephine Gonzáles (nee Dongarra) January 13, 2011, parents Jesús and Teresa Gonzáles (née Moreno), brothers Manuel and Joe Gonzáles, sister Rose Ybarra and a nephew.


GUILLERMINA JIMÉNEZ
Guillermina Jiménez,(née Pérez), age 83, of Lorain, passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at Avon Oaks Nursing Home, Avon, following a brief illness. She was born on January 10, 1930 in Naguabo, Puerto Rico, moving to this area in 1966. She had also lived in New York. Guillermina was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. She enjoyed cooking, drawing, needlework and keeping her home spotless. She is survived by her children; Sonia Calderón, and Milagros (Miguel) García, both of Lorain, Harry Luis Jiménez, of California, Jimmy Jiménez, of New Jersey, and Lilly Jiménez, of New York; 8 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; brothers, Victor Pérez, of New Jersey, Melchor Pérez, of Puerto Rico, and sisters, Sonia (Eddy) Troche, Diana (Junior), Margot (Eusebio) Pérez, and Goyita Pérez, all of Puerto Rico, and Yolanda Burgos of Lorain.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry in 1995; parents, Gabriel and Arcadia (née Martínez) Pérez; sister, María Mercedes, in 2013; and brothers, Juan Pérez, in 1998, and José Burgos, in 2002.


CARMEN RIVERA
Carmen Rivera (née Arroyo), 92, of Lorain, OH passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the Westbay Care and Rehabilitation Center in Westlake. Carmen Rivera was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico on July 16, 1921, the daughter of the late Tomás Arroyo and Amalia (née Montes) Arroyo. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and an Eucharistic Minister. Carmen had worked as a housekeeper at Church of St. Peter in Lorain. She enjoyed crocheting, needle point, cooking for family and playing bingo.
She is survived by daughters Ana (Fred) Griffith, Nancy (Ashton Sr.) Bruce both of Lorain, Carmen Torres of Elyria, Rosa (Michael Vance) Miller of Solon, Linda Rivera of Chicago, IL, Minerva (Alejandro) Palermo of Sheffield Lake, Soraida (Jeremiah) Miranda of Tampa, FL; grandchildren Lora, Denise, Deborah, Vincente, Veronica, Michael, Victoria, Jacqueline, Toinette, John, Christina, Freddie Jr, Amanda, Alisa, Alayna, Minerva, Jorge (Georgie), Cynthia, Elizabeth, Ashton, Edwin, Ivan, Melissa; many great grandchildren; sister Rosa Chudova, of Florida; brother Eliseo Arroyo of CO; half-sister, Providencia Marroni; and half-brother Mason Arroyo of Florida.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Juan P. Rivera on June 7, 2006; son Wilfredo “Fred” Rivera in 2010; a son and daughter in infancy; sister Gloria Vásquez; and brothers Rubén Arroyo and Tomás Arroyo.


ANGEL VELÁZQUEZ
Angel Velázquez, 82, died peacefully on September 16, 2013. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends. He was born August 15, 1931 in Yauco, Puerto Rico and moved to Lorain, OH in 1954. He was a Korean Army Veteran serving in the 65th Infantry. He retired from Ford Motor Company in 1990.Angel was a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher at Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal Ebenezer Church. He was a lifelong servant of God and loved sharing his faith with anyone he would meet. He was an ordained minister and devoted to the prison ministry in Lorain County. He graduated from the Spanish Eastern Bible Institute in 1980 and participated in numerous church conventions. He enjoyed spending time with his family, gardening, cooking, and visiting flea markets. He loved to travel, especially to the Holy Land where he organized and led 8 tours.
Angel is survived by his wife of 59 years, Cristina (née Flores); daughters Ivette Rupert (José Pineiro), and Milly (José) Torres of Lorain; 5 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren; along with brothers José, Milton, Israel, Raúl, Hilberto, and Endy, and sisters Ana, Gladys, and María. He was preceded in death by his parents Gertrudiz (née Madera) and Angelino Velázquez Rivera, brothers Florentino, Ramón, Euripides, and Porfirio.


JUANITA ORTIZ
Juanita “Nana” Ortiz, age 83, passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph in Lorain, OH. She was born January 2, 1930 in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico. She moved to Lorain in 1978 where she resided until moving to Vermilion 6 years ago.
Juanita was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and was a committed homemaker and aunt who enjoyed caring for others. She loved listening to Spanish music, cooking, tending to her flowers, going to family functions and, above all, spending time with her family.
She is survived by her nephews and their wives Fabian and Charlie Meléndez of Vermilion, with whom she made her home, and Jason and Heather Meléndez of Amherst, niece and her husband Lonnie and Miguel Morell of Amherst, niece Mary Díaz-Albertini of Miami Beach, Florida, sister Dominga Ortiz of Lorain and many other nieces and nephews who she loved dearly.
She was preceded in death by her parents Felix and Maria Ortiz (née Aviles), brothers Ramón, Antonio, Florencio, and Francisco, and sisters Carmela, Eladia, Cruz María, and María.


RODOLFO “El Maestro” FLORES
Rodolfo V. Flores, 77, of Toledo, OH passed away on September 6, 2013, at Heartland of Holly Glen. He was born in San Antonio, TX on March 10, 1936 to Genaro and María (née Ruiz) Flores. He worked for the Chrysler Jeep Company before retiring after 36 years. Rodolfo was a member of St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. He married the love of his life, Consuelo (née Campos) in 1954. Together they were the first mobile disc jockeys in Michigan with their station WGOR. Over the next 30 years they had several stations throughout the region where Roldofo became known as El Maestro. He loved Tejano music.
Surviving are his loving wife of 59 years, Consuelo; children, Christina (Roberto Jr.) Jaime, Rodolfo Jr. (Rosalinda), Rachel (Gilbert) Rosario, Linda Carter, Suzanne Flores, Consuelo II (Leonardo) Brown; brother, Tony (Sally); sisters, Beatrice, Angie, Elena, Peggy; 30+ grandchildren; many many great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Johnny, and brothers, Rubén and Ernest.


JESSE GUTIÉRREZ
Jesse Gutiérrez passed away peacefully Thursday, September 5, 2013 at The Renaissance in Olmsted Township, Ohio where he resided for the past year. He was born Jesús Gutiérrez in Purisima de Bustos, México on November 24, 1921, the eldest son of Apolonia and Viviano Gutiérrez. He was a resident of Lorain from the time he arrived in the US from México at the age of six. He graduated from Lorain High School in 1940. He married Gloria (née Alvarez) who was from New York City in 1952. He was a proud World War II veteran who served in the First Platoon of Troop D, 41st Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, Mechanized of the 11th Armored Division of General George Patton’s 3rd US Army from 1943 to 1946. He served in the Battle of the Bulge and the liberation of the Mauthausen and Gusen concentration camps. The Purple Heart is among his many awards. He was an active member of the Disabled American Veterans Louis Paul Proy Chapter 20 in Lorain for over 50 years where he served as treasurer and commander. He was also an active member and leader of the Mexican community participating in groups such as the Mexican Mutual Society and Neighborhood House. He worked for Thew Shovel/Lorain Koehring as an inspector for 32 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria; sister, Lucy Shaw; and brothers, Ancelmo Gutiérrez, Santiago Gutiérrez and baby José Gutiérrez. He is survived by his sisters, Mary Simpson and Linda Ridenour; brother, Joseph Gutiérrez; daughters, Jessica Malone (William), Mariann Christy (Joseph) and Cynthia Naiman (William); granddaughters, Jennifer Christy, Kathleen Lea (Michael), and Nicole Naiman; and grandsons, Charles Malone, Stephen Christy, and Chad Naiman.


ANGEL LUIS RIVERA
Angel Luis Rivera, 70, of Lorain, OH died Wednesday, September 4, 2013.
Beloved son of Luz María Torres of Lorain; dear father of many children; brother of José Rivera, Julio Solis, Pablo Cruz and Ana María Salgado all of Lorain and grandfather and great grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his father Andrés Rivera and brothers Juan Bautista and Rubin Rivera.


JOSE A. ROSARIO
José A. “Tony” Rosario, 72, of Lorain, passed away Tuesday, September 3, 2013 in his home from natural causes. He was born July 9, 1941 in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain in 1957. Tony retired from The Elyria Foundry. He worked there for over 20 years. Tony enjoyed dominoes, fishing and traveling. He loved spending time with his family.
He will be dearly missed by his sons José A. Rosario, Jr. and Andrés Domínguez both of Lorain, Israel Domínguez of Avon Lake and Alberto Rosario of Elyria; daughters Diana Domínguez of Allentown, Pennsylvania and Marisa Jenkins, Maribel, María and Bienvenida Domínguez all of Lorain; brothers Radames and Ariel Rosario both of Barceloneta; 20 grandchildren and one great grandson.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 20 years Bienvenida Rosario in 1989; and his parents Andres Domínguez and Ramona Rosario.


LUIS SÁNCHEZ
Luis H. Sánchez, age 90, of Monroe, MI passed away August 29, 2013 at Mercy Memorial Nursing Care Center.  Luis was born on December 31, 1922 in Arandas, Jalisco Mexico to Raphaél and Guadalupe (Hurtado) Sánchez; he moved to the Monroe area in 1958. Luis married Victoria Rodríguez December 1, 1962 in Monroe; she preceded him in death March 19, 1996. Luis was employed by Laborers Local #465 of Monroe; he retired in 1987 after 25 years in the construction business. Luis enjoyed traveling and fixing anything that was broken.
Luis is survived by his children, Juan (Jeannie) of Monroe, Miguel (Lisa) of Toledo, Rosario (Thomas) Jason of Sterling Heights, Edelmira Sánchez of Monroe, Guadalupe Sánchez of Monroe and Juanita Sánchez of Philadelphia, PA; grandchildren, Naomi, Anthony, Victoria, Nicole and Benny; sister María Sánchez of México. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.


ANA SANDOVAL
Ana “Magaly” Sandoval, 75, of Lorain, OH passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2013.Magaly was born February 22, 1938 in Santurce, Puerto Rico. She came to Lorain in the early 1950s. Magaly worked for many years at Green Circle Growers and Gel Pak Company. She was a member of the Puerto Rican Home. She enjoyed playing bingo and was an excellent cook. Magaly loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She will be deeply missed by hers sons Luciano (Cathy) Vásquez and Eduardo (Aida) Vásquez both of Lorain and Gabriel (Tammy) Vásquez of Florida; daughter-in-law Mary Vásquez of Shelbyville, Kentucky; sister Rosa Cespedes of Lorain and Domingo Rodríguez of Florida; 11 grandchildren and many great grandchildren and a special niece Rosa Ammons of Lorain.
Magaly was preceded in death by her husband Luciano Vásquez, Sr. in 1964; parents Reymundo Rodríguez and Florentina Ocacio; son Esteban “Steve” Vásquez; sister María Rodríguez and a dear companion of many years David Martínez.


JULIA M. DIAZ
Julia M. Diaz, 86 of Vermilion, OH died Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at Keystone Pointe Center, LaGrange. She was born on July 21, 1927 in Humacao, Puerto Rico, moving to Bronx, N.Y. in 1949. In 1985 she moved to Vermilion. She was a former member of Templo Emmanuel Asambleas de Dios, Lorain, where she was also a member of the Sociedad de Damas, and faithfully attended the International House of Praise Church. She was very active in church activities and loved to cook and help care for her foster grandchildren.
Surviving are her daughters, Sonia Rivas, of Elyria and Angelique Yost, of Vermilion; 10 grandchildren, Jessica Yost, of N.J., Melissa Ward, of N.C., María (Larry) Westover, Mitchell (Mindy) Rivas, Jonathan Yost, Timothy Yost, Joshua Yost, Rebecca Yost, Christian Yost, and Aaliyah Yost, all of Ohio; and 9 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Karl Yost II; her parents, Segundo and Juana (née Reyes) Diaz; brothers, Florentino, David, Leocadio , Luis, and Juan Diaz Reyes; sisters, Eva, Eva Gloria, America Diaz Reyes, and Ana Diaz Cardona; and grandson, Matthew Rivas.


ROBIN GARCÍA
Robin García, 49, of Alliance, formerly of Lorain, OH died on Thursday, August 15, 2013, at Alliance Community Hospital unexpectedly. Robin was born on February 24, 1964, in Lorain, moving to Alliance in 2007. He was a 1982 graduate of Lorain High School and he had also attended Lorain County Community College. Robin was employed as a security guard at Alliance Community Hospital for the past two years, prior to this he was a Correctional Officer at Mansfield Correctional Institute for many years. He was a member of Templo Emmanuel Church, Lorain, where he was a former musical director. Robin enjoyed playing guitar and bass, being a former Sunday school teacher and spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his parents, Frank Sr. and Nereida García of Lorain; grandmother, Juanita García of Lorain; daughters, Vanessa (Bryant) Bond and Raquel (Norberto) Marrero, both of Lorain; three grandchildren; brothers, Frank García Jr. of Lorain and Uri (Kim) García of Lodi; sister, Dina (Nelson) Pérez, of Lorain; aunts, Lillian Matos and Jenny Rivera; uncle, Israel García; companion, Cindy Rodenbucher of Alliance; best friend, Joe McElroy; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Francisco García; and uncles, Bienvenido García, Benjamin García and Freddie García.


LUPE MIRELES
Lupe Mireles, 74, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on August 20, 2013. She was born on June 8, 1939, to the late Felisitas (Aguirre) and Guadalupe Mireles in Bustamante NL, Mexico. Earlier in life, Lupe excelled at her education but because of the economy, left school to work in food service at Mercy Medical Hospital. She married and later divorced, but her main focus was raising her three daughters.
Lupe’s first priority was always spending time with her grandchildren and family. She also enjoyed Bingo, bowling, listening and singing to music, playing pool and dancing. Despite her declining health, she always had a great zest for life.
In addition to her parents, Lupe was preceded in death by her sisters, Andrea González and Josie Mireles. Left to cherish her memory are her loving daughters, Jacqueline (Ronald) Hanf, Debra (Pearl) Wambold and Kathy (Kevin) Kuch; siblings, Erlinda Escobedo, Johnny, Alicia, María Zeigler and Jesse; grandchildren, Justin, Nicholas and Jordan Marie Hanf, Katerina, Kevin Jr. and Kenneth Kuch; many nieces, nephews and other loving family members.


RITA D. VALLEJO
Rita D. Vallejo, 83, of Toledo, OH passed away on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg. She was born in San Antonio, TX on May 22, 1930, to Mucio and Delfina (Trujillo) Durán. She retired from St. Charles Hospital in 1995 after 30 years in Laundry Services. Rita was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church and active with the Holy Rosary Society. Rita made every family event a joyous affair and celebration. She loved music, dancing and making cascarones for Easter holiday. Her pastime was giving to those in need always and visiting family and friends. She strongly enforced family values, morals and tradition and was a strong supporter of community services.
Surviving are her husband, Antonio S.; children, Antonio (Mary) Vallejo Jr., Abel R. (Sally Martens) Vallejo, Alvaro D. (Esther) Vallejo Sr., Macaria (Manuel) Zapata, Anna Marie (Rick) Garza, Blanca Estela (Bennie) Perales, Alfredo (Elvira) Vallejo and Alamar (Jesse) Ruiz; 31 grandchildren; 71 great-grandchildren, and 16 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Alvaro Vallejo Jr.; brothers, Senon, Eleno and Ricardo Durán; sisters, Anastacia Rodríguez, Andrea Silva, Soccoro Pérez, Cruz Durán and Babarita Durán.



ROBERTO D. GONZÁLEZ
Roberto D. González, 66, of Toledo, OH passed peacefully on August 14, 2013, after putting up an impressive fight against a sudden illness. He was born in San Antonio, TX to the late Angela Franco and Roberto González on September 6, 1946. Roberto enjoyed growing up with sisters Teresa Monita, Lupe Castaño, and Anna Goodreau. He was chosen to play Sherlock Holmes in his grade school play.
Roberto enlisted in the U.S. Army and U.S. Marines throughout 1963-1970. He valued these years of learning and service. From Michigan, throughout Ohio, and then settling in Toledo in the 1980s, he began his life-long work being active in the Latino community. He was integral in the field work and operations of La Raza Unida, the Ohio Governor’s Migrant Affairs Committee, Maya Center, Guadalupe Center, and Lucas County Victim's Assistance. Roberto enjoyed fishing, grilling, reading and spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his daughter Leanna González, his former wife Patti Cruz, his sisters, many friends, and an extensive family.


ANA RAMÍREZ
Ana Ramírez (née Matos), 77, of Lorain, OH passed away Monday, August 12, 2013 in Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain following a lengthy illness. She was born December 7, 1935 in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. She initially came to Lorain in 1958. She moved to Fajardo, Puerto Rico 1974 and returned to Lorain in 2000.
Ana retired as a Nurse Aid from Avon Oaks Nursing Home in Avon in 1974. She worked there for nine years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and enjoyed crocheting, embroidering, telenovelas, her dog Snoopy and spoiling her grandchildren.
She will be dearly missed by her sons Ricardo (Lupe) Padilla, Jr. of Miami, Florida and Orlando Ramírez of Lorain; daughters Daisy (Dr. José Cintrón) Ramírez of Luquillo, Puerto Rico and Marisel (Frank) Martínez of Lorain; 9 grandchildren Ricky and Alisia Padilla, Enith Ortiz, Daphne and Kerit Cintrón, Jeremy and Justin Ramírez, Josue and Rafaél Martínez; and 1 great granddaughter Jairelis Rivera.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years Rafaél Ramírez in 2000; her parents Gil Matos and Eleuteria Centeno; brothers Pedro, Angel, Rafaél and Gito Matos and her sister Marina León.


VICTOR DURAN
Victor “Joe” Durán, age 79, of Toledo, OH passed away Sunday, August 4, 2013, in the Heatherdowns Rehabilitation Center. He worked as a millwright for the Jeep Corp. for 34 years. Joe enjoyed traveling, dancing, camping and spending time with his family. He was a former member of Local 12 UAW and FLOC.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Senon and Carlota Durán; brothers, Donato, Henry, Jesse, and Juan Durán. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Josefina; daughter, Mary Ellen Durán; brothers, Antonio (Barbara), Frank (Myrta), Paul, and Mucio Durán; sisters, Catherine (Abel) Guerrero and Delfina (Antonio) Gonzáles.


Remembrance and Ode to Mi Abuelita

Adela “Lela” Massaferro de Miguel

 

Rest in peace to my beautiful Grandma,…mi Abuelita. You lived a life of traveling, making new friends and cooking delicious food.

As much as it saddens me to see you go I know that you’re happy now. And I will never forget your stories and your wise words. I know that you’ll be watching over me.

Where as many of us will morn our loss, I would like to celebrate your life. I will love you forever and always.

“Never give up a moment to travel some place new. It’s nice to see the beauties of the world around you,” mi Abuelita!

 

--Love, Natalia De Miguel


ESPERANZA C. DELGADO
Esperanza C. “Espie” Delgado (née Cintrón), age 92, passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at her daughter's home in Toledo, OH, after a brief illness. She was born on May 14, 1921, in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico and had lived in New York also, before moving to Lorain in 1951. She was a housekeeper at St. Joseph Hospital for 14 years, before retiring in 1990. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, where she was also a member of the Cursillo Movement. In Toledo, she was a member of St. Martin de Porres Church. Espie enjoyed sewing and playing Bingo.
Espie is survived by her sons; Raymond (Chris) Delgado, Jr., David (Judy) Delgado, and José (Lucille) Delgado, all of Lorain; daughters, Freida (Roberto) Colon, of Coamo, PR, Judith (Benny) Rivera, of Lorain, and Gladys Delgado Ofori-Atta, of Toledo; many grandchildren, and great grandchildren; a brother, Oterro Cintrón Medina, of Bayamon, PR, and a sister, Dimas Cintrón Medina (Zenkewich), of NJ.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Ramón Delgado Ramos, in 1998; her parents, Fermin and Juana (née Ortiz) Cintrón; brothers, Juan Cintrón, Susano Cintrón, Thomas Cintrón, Antonio Cintrón Medina, Francisco Cintrón, Guillermo Cintrón, Mario Cintrón Medina, and Angel Cintrón Medina, and her sisters, Tomasita Cintrón, María Martínez, and Julia Delgado.


ISRAEL M. GARCÍA
Israel M. García, 83, of Northwood, OH passed away at home on August 1, 2013. He was born in Rio Hondo, Texas on January 26, 1930, to Antonio and María (née Martínez) García. Israel was employed by the Oakdale Greenhouse for 27 years and at Mercy St. Charles Hospital for 16 years, retiring in 1995. Israel was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. He loved dancing, gardening and especially spending time with his family. Israel also enjoyed traveling to Hawaii and Cancun.
Surviving are his loving wife of 63 years, Magdalena; children, Norma (Ernesto) Ramirez, Noel (Mary) García and Norman (Casie) García; grandchildren, Michael (Melissa) Ramirez, Alex (Eva) Ramirez, Courtney (Lucas) Rowland; six great-grandchildren; siblings, Anita Rodríguez, Ernestina Maya, and many other loving family members.
Israel was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Noelito and Norberto García; sister, María DeJesús Salazar, and brother, Ramon García.


FERMINA LÓPEZ
Fermina López (née Santana), 84 of Lorain, OH passed away Thursday, August 1, 2013 at New Life Hospice Residential Center, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. Born November 24, 1928 in Naranjito, Puerto Rico, she has lived in Lorain for the past 62 years. Fermina worked as a seamstress for Joseph and Feiss for 9 years, retiring in 1972. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and Bible Lector at masses. She was also a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, Daughters of Mary, Cursillo Movement for over 35 years, and served as Liturgy Commission Leader for over 30 years. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, knitting and reading.
Surviving are her sons, Jesús (Judy) of Vermilion, José (Carmen) of Lorain, and George (Rosie) of Arleta, CA; daughters, Ada (José) Díaz of Lorain, Carmen (Keith) Ferguson of Amherst, and María (Peter) Rivera of Cleveland; 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; and a brother, Esteban Santana of Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
She was preceded in death by her baby son, López in 1957; parents, Ambrosio & Nicomedes (née Nieves) López; brothers, Ignacio, Ambrosio Jr., Basilio, and Rafaél; sisters, Eusebia, Susana and Melin.


MARY R. RAMIREZ
Mary R. Ramirez, 86, of Toledo, OH passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013, at the Lutheran Home. She was born on Saturday, March 26, 1927, in Fremont, OH to George and Susie (née Martínez) Toral. Mary was a loving mom and grandmother. Along with other various jobs, she worked with the Foster Grandparent Organization as a Teacher’s Aide. She enjoyed traveling and was a member of the Good Shepherd Altar and Rosary societies. In her youth, Mary attended the St. Joseph’s schools in Fremont.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband, Roy Ramirez (1998); sisters, Emma Segura and Stella Gimenez; brother, Louis Toral. Surviving are her loving children, Gary Ramirez, Cathy Ramirez, Susan (Ray) Glass and Paul (Michelle) Ramirez; brother, Raymond (Anita)Toral; grandchildren, Ryan, Sara, Amanda, Shawn, Arrica, Pia, and 5 great-grandchildren.


MARÍA MARTINIANA ALMEIDA
María Martiniana “Mama Ia” Almeida, 93, of Fremont, OH passed away at her home on Monday, July 15, 2013. She was born on July 4, 1920 in Guanajuato, Mexico to the now deceased Manuel and Gumecinda (née Arriaga) Almeida. In 1932 María married José Vicente Negrete in Mexico. María loved western movies and John Wayne movies. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Surviving are children, Patricia of Mexico, Modesto of Texas, María De La Paz of Mexico, Abdon of Michigan, Paula of Mexico, María Concepción of Fremont, Juana María of Michigan, María De Los Angeles of Florida; 48 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband; children, Catarino and Moises; siblings, Vicente, Ines, and Cistas.


LEONOR SANTOS CARO
Leonor Santos Caro, 62, of Toledo, OH passed away July 15, 2013, in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. Born on July 5, 1951, in Toledo, Ohio to Manuel Avile and Carmen (née Ramirez) Caro.
 Leonor was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Ella and Carmen; and brother, Carlos.
Surviving are her children, April and Adam Williams; siblings, María (Delard) Solomon, Manuel (Jane) Caro, Oscar (Nadia) Caro, Lidia (Jeff) Burch, Mario (Danette) Caro, Anita (Richard) Beasley.

LIDA E. LaTORRE
Lida E. LaTorre (née Melendez) passed peacefully on July 13, 2013 at New Life Hospice while surrounded by her children, brothers and family after a short illness. She was 81 years old.
Lida was born on March 3, 1932 in Orocovis, Puerto Rico, the 9th of 12 children, to Juan and Amelia Melendez of Bauta Arriba. She attended school in Hayales Coamo. She married neighbor Miguel E. Saez and the young couple moved to Lorain, Ohio on a cold wintery day in January 1951 to begin their life on East 34st Street. She was an active member of the Igelsia Discipulos De Cristo led by Pastor José Luciano who ministered to the small, closely knit and growing Puerto Rican congregation. As a single parent in the 1960s, Lida reared four children on East 34th Street. She found strength and support through her faith and family. Later, she would meet and marry Modesto LaTorre.
A talented seamstress, Lida worked many years at Joseph and Feiss Company. Then she proudly joined the housekeeping team at St. Joseph Hospital where she was employed until 1980. Yearning for her “Isla de Encanto,” upon retirement she returned to her native land to enjoy the sun and water in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Missing family and friends, she returned to Lorain in 1997 to live at Sacred Heart Apartments. Through the school district's senior volunteer program, she was a teaching assistant in English language, where her hours of work contributed to a college saving fund for her grandchildren.
Mrs. LaTorre had as sense of adventure and she led by example. An avid swimmer, she would jump from a boat into the water to show there was no need for fear. With her “vamanos” spirit, she explored places and things at a moment's notice-a trait that made her quite the crowd pleaser. She excitedly toured guests into the hillsides of Puerto Rico, planned family picnics to park destinations, and drove to out of the way towns just to taste the ice cream. It was like Lida to have many a neighborhood child along for the ride. She enjoyed traveling – junkets to casinos with her girlfriends, visits to her children's homes across the US and trips to Island fun-spots for joint birthday celebrations with her siblings-creating many fond memories. People young and old gravitated to her for she showered friends, family and new acquaintances alike with her generosity and hospitality. A virtuous woman, she shared God’s blessings with others. Lida’s house was a transition home to many who left the Island coming to Ohio seeking opportunity. She enjoyed singing church hymns and old Spanish love ballads; and dazzled others by reciting poetry. Lida had a passion for flowering plants with a special interest in orchids. She took pleasure in crocheting lovely afghan quilts and handkerchiefs for gifts which are in many homes and purses around the world.
Lida is survived by her four children: Edith (John) Jachym of Raleigh, NC, Eugene (Kathy) Saez of Ranchos Palos Verdes, CA, Mirian “Susie” (Julian) Saez of San Francisco, CA and Lyda (Miguel) Pabon of Ft. Lauderdale, FL: three grandchildren: Marissa (Bill) York of Tampa, FL, Jonathan Jachym at present residing in London, England and Ian Jachym of Raleigh; and by five siblings: sisters Eva Montañez of Rio Piedras, PR and Dilia Forti of Plattekill, NY and brothers Rubeli (Angelica) Melendez of Aibonito, PR, Anibal (Lucy) Melendez of Cleveland, OH and José (Sandra) Melendez of Lorain, OH.


OSCAR H. RODRÍGUEZ
Oscar H. Rodríguez, Jr., age 66, of Adrian, MI passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hospice.

Oscar was born December 10, 1946, to Rosa (née Herrera) and Oscar G. Rodríguez Sr. in San Antonio, TX. He served his country in the Army, where he was a member of the 5th Army Band, during the Vietnam War from 1965 to 1968. He received an Associate’s degree in Humanities from Wayne State University. He married Lucile Garza on August 13, 1966 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Adrian. Oscar was a member of the AM Vets, American Legion, VFW, LULAC, GI Forum , SER Jobs for Progress and St. Mary’s of Good Counsel Church. He worked as regional director of Check & Go, as well as director of Haviland House and medical records at Bixby Hospital.
Oscar started playing saxophone at the age of 5 and professionally at 9 years old, traveling all over to share his musical talent. He played in many bands but most notably “La Fuerza Band.”  He also loved dancing, especially to Tejano music. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his devoted wife of 47 years, Lucile; his mother, Rosa of Adrian, his loving daughters, Regina (Christian) Howard and Trina (Mark) Stepansky all of Adrian; his treasured grandchildren, Calvin Martin Howard, Alexa Nicolette Howard and Gavin Gar Stepansky; his siblings, Ann (Juan) Cuellar of Spring Lake, MI, Gloria Rodríguez of Adrian, Rojelio (Gracie) of Deerfield, Lisa (Patrick) Wheat of Dublin, OH, and Sabrina (Christian) Wyman of Manitou Beach; his favorite aunt, Rose Garcia; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Oscar G., his mother in law, Ramona Saenz and father in law, Pedro Saenz.
Oscar’s family would especially like to thank the staff at the Hospice of Lenawee, the Hickman Cancer Center, and U of M Cancer Center for their wonderful care.


GILBERT VÁSQUEZ SR.
Gilbert Vásquez, Sr., 79, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on July 17, 2013. He was born in New Braunfels, Texas on August 10, 1933, to the late Bonifacio and Juanita (Morin) Vásquez. In 1942, the family moved to Maumee, Ohio and Gilbert attended Monclova Schools. Gilbert joined the Army in 1951 and served for 8 years, including serving in the Korean War at Pork Chop Hill. While still in the Army he married his wife, Elena Salazar in 1956. Gilbert was a member of the Maumee VFW Post 11115 and member and past Commander and Vice-Commander of the Maumee American Legion Post 320. He worked for the Dept. of Human Services of Lucas County as a Fraud Investigator until his retirement in 1998.
In addition to his parents, Gilbert was preceded in death by his step-father, Marcelino Martínez; brothers, Francisco, Bonifacio Jr. and Arturo; sisters, Carmen Gutiérrez, Elvira Zapata; grandson, Joseph Anthony II; nephews, Robert Gutiérrez, Manny Zapata, and Mike Zapata.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Elena; sons, Gilbert Jr., Robert, Frank (Susan) and Joseph (Danielle); daughters, Deborah Smith, Sandra (Vince Jr.) Di Pofi, and Barbara (Fred) Rogge; brothers, Manuel (Genova) Vásquez, and Michael (Gail) Martínez; brother-in-law, Fred (Erlinda) Salazar; 14 grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.


ALFONSO A. ARREDONDO
Alfonso A. Arredondo, age 79, of Amherst, OH passed away on the morning of Friday, July 5, 2013. He was born in Lorain on July 9, 1933 to the late Mauro and Guadalupe (née Salgado) Arredondo. Alfonso was a United States Army veteran and fulfilled duty assignments attached to the 164th Infantry Regiment during the Korean War; he was the recipient of the National Service Defense Medal as well as the Good Conduct Medal. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed for thirty-five years in a variety of capacities by the U.S. Steel Corporation and its successor, U.S.S. – Kobe.
Alfonso cherished spending time with his family and grandchildren. He also enjoyed traveling and was an avid reader. He was a fan of history as well as an animal lover. He could often be found walking his pet German Shepherd, Brucke.
He was the loving husband of fifty years to Louise; the cherished father of Annette Arredondo-Waite (Mark) of Middleburg Heights, and Mark (Stacy) Arredondo of Colorado Springs; the devoted grandfather of Jacob, Hannah, Allison, and Morgan; the dear brother of Grace Arredondo and Mauro Arredondo, Jr. both of Lorain; and he was also the uncle to several and a cousin to many.
 



MARCOLINA SERRANO
Marcolina Serrano (née Rodríguez), 80, formerly of Lorain, OH passed away Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Millersburg, following a lengthy illness. She was born April 25, 1933, in Humacao, Puerto Rico. She came to Lorain in 1950. Marcolina was a homemaker and mother. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain and the Cursillo movement. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, dancing and music. She was a happy and contented person.
She will be deeply missed by her sons, John (Tammi) Serrano of Texarkana, Arkansas, Agripino Serrano Jr. of Parma, Michael (Lisa) Serrano of Coshocton, Angel and Benjamin Serrano, both of Columbus; daughter, Alicia Serrano of Lorain; sisters, Gladys and Ida Rodríguez, both of Wilmington, Delaware, and Gude Rodriguez of Humacao; 15 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Agripino Serrano in 1994; her parents, Genaro and Juanita (née Morales) Rodríguez; and a brother, Hector Rodríguez.
 



MARIA A. VOLPE-RAMIREZ
María A. Volpe-Ramirez, 67, of Findlay, OH passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at the Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. She was born on January 9, 1946, to the late Edmundo G. and Celia (née Sánchez) Volpe in Laredo, TX. María retired from Whirlpool Corporation after 30 years of service. She was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. She was a volunteer for Relay for Life and March of Dimes. María was an avid traveler and loved spending time with her grandchildren. She loved to dance to Tejano music and was an avid watcher of Dancing with the Stars and any and all of the Judge TV shows. María brought happiness and laughter to many.
She is survived by four children, Robert Michael (Nichole) Ramirez of Georgia, María “Terri” (Cresta Montgomery) Ramirez of Findlay, José Ramón (Jami Sienko) Ramirez of Findlay and John David (Jenifer Marquis) Ramirez of Findlay; 10 grandchildren, Alexandra, Tiago, Jessyca, Anjelika, Veronyca, Eric, David, Johnathan, Mia and Alexa; two great-granddaughters, Celia Rose and Allyson Faith; a brother, Edmundo G. (Kathy Lambert) Volpe, a sister, Alicia E. (Benny) Martínez and extended friends and family.
 


OLIVIA JACINTO
Olivia Jacinto, (née Rodríguez), age 93, of Lorain, OH died on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at New Life Hospice Center, following a short illness. Olivia was born on September 28, 1919 in Bastrop, TX, moving to Lorain at the age of 22. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Olivia enjoyed flower gardening and watching the Cleveland Indians.
She is survived by her daughter, Gloria Jacinto; sons, Salvador and Robert; and 4 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Salvador in 1990; and parents, Antonio and Felicitas (née Adame) Rodríguez.


THOMAS Y. LÓPEZ
Thomas Y. López, 51, of Toledo, OH passed away Thursday, July 4, 2013, at Promedica St. Luke's Hospital. Thomas was born in Toledo on July 7, 1961, to Antonio and Mary (née Durán) López. He had worked as a carpenter for the Carpenters Union. The loves of Thomas's life were his grandchildren, his music, playing guitar and drums. He also enjoyed singing and dancing. He was preceded in death by his mother Mary, grandson Tomás III, and brothers Antonio Jr. and Martin.
Surviving are his father Antonio Sr.; children José, Desiree (David) Hernández, Elisha (Esteban), Tomás II (Stella), Antonio (Marisol), Joslin López; grandchildren Alyssa, Ricardo, Anessa, Aliciana, David III, Darren, Nalania, Kaylee, Esabella, Amaya, Tomás IV, Juliano, Isiaha, Xaviaha, Antonio III, Damacio; siblings Cynthia (Arturo), Koren, Vincente (Jennifer), María, and Juan (Lisa); and dear friends Alicia Alonzo and Rosalinda Hernández.


IRMA MORALES
Irma Morales, 51, of San Antonio, Texas passed away in her home surrounded by her loving family Sunday, June 30, 2013 following a battle with cancer. Irma was born February 10, 1962 in Lorain. She graduated from Southview High School in 1981. Irma lived in San Antonio for the past Eleven years. She was employed as administrator of ISS Facility Services in San Antonio. Irma enjoyed dancing and Tejano Music. She was an avid runner, running many marathons in support of cancer research. Irma loved life, living each day to the fullest. Her final race was her race against cancer. She gave it her all, running that race hard and never complaining. Irma's life reflected her love and care for others.
She will be deeply missed by her daughter Carla I. Rios San Antonio; parents Antonio and Guillermina (née Torres) Morales of Lorain; brothers Vince (Amy) Morales of Vermilion and Greg Loera of Lorain; sisters Gabby (Ezequiel) Morales of Lorain and Vanessa (Joey) Ortiz of San Antonio; soon to be grandson Giovanni Angelo Wilson and nieces and nephews.
Irma was preceded in death by her brother Angel Morales; grandparents Vicente and Aurora Torres and Angel and Francisca Morales and a aunt Jovita Coronado.


WANDA I. TORRES
Wanda I. (née Santiago) Torres, 60, known to her many friends as the Quilter, stepped through the door of eternity, into glory, and into the loving outstretched arms of her Lord and Savior on July 5, 2013, at 4:48 p.m. following a lengthy illness.
Wanda was a lifelong resident of Lorain, OH and attended Admiral King and Southview High Schools. She was a person of many gifts and talents, and used them to minister to her family and countless friends. She was a member of the Church on the North Coast for 30 years and recently joined Freedom House Church. She truly loved the Lord and evidenced her great faith in Him through the love with which she embraced anyone she met.
Wanda was a devoted homemaker, quilter, jewelry designer, home decorator, child care provider, seamstress, Sunday school teacher, and a great wife. She also loved singing, and was a talented accordion and tambourine player.
She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Saul A. Torres of Lorain; father, Luis Santiago of Tampa, Fla., sons, Saúl E. Torres of Lorain, Ariel I. Torres of Parma Heights and Gamaliel F. Torres of New York; daughter, Amarilis V. Torres of Lorain; six grandchildren; brothers, Juan Santiago-Escobar, George Santiago, Caleb Santiago and Seth Santiago, all of Florida; sisters, Gloria Santiago of New York, Mercedes Navarro of PR, Rita Patterson of Canada, Blanca Acosta of Florida and Pricila Gran of Cincinnati.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Lydia Elsie Torres; and brother, Luis Santiago.


José Manuel Ramirez Solorio
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Hoy cumple un año de la muerte de mi padre. Pocos días pasan sin recordarlo. Erá un hombre con muchos valores humanos; un hombre de palabra...un hombre trabajador. Para el, su familia siempre fue #1. Extrañamos mucho su presencia. Dicen que uno no muere mientras es querido. Mi padre vivirá mientras estamos nosotros, sus hijos!
We love you Dad! Siempre te recordaremos....”

~Raquel, Roxanne, Sonia, Eduardo, Rodolfo, José Jr., Gustavo, Gretel, Magdalena...your grandchildren....and, more importantly, your life-long partner; our Mother, Angela.


GLORIA E. CORDERO
Gloria E. Cordero (née DeJesús), 74, of Lorain, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2013 at her residence in Lorain, surrounded by her loving family, under the care of New Life Hospice, following a lengthy illness.
She was born in Patillas Puerto Rico on May 19, 1939 and had lived in Lorain since 1949. Gloria was a graduate of Lorain High School who had been employed as a Teacher for Head Start. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain. Gloria enjoyed spending time with family, baking, especially cookies, flowers and gardening, visiting the sick and teaching children at Head Start. She truly was a loving wife, mother, sister and aunt.
Survivors include her loving husband of nearly 50 years, Luis Cordero; sons, Roberto Cordero of Lorain, Ralph Cordero of Cleveland, and Luis Cordero of Arizona; brothers, Joseph DeJesús, Ralph (Rosemary) DeJesús, and Manuel (Carmen) DeJesús, all of Lorain; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Manuel and Dolores (née Colón) DeJesús.


MATIAS SÁNCHEZ
Matias Sánchez, 87, of Clyde, OH, formerly of Martin, OH, died Thursday afternoon, June 20, 2013, at Arbors of Clyde. He was born February 24, 1926, in Laredo, Texas, to Eulojio and Fransica (née Salano) Sánchez. On August 13, 1960, in Genoa, he married Rosita Pardo, who preceded him in death May 23, 2001. Matias worked for 24 years as a machine operator for Stokely-VanCamp, Inc. and then for 13 years for Hunt-Wesson Foods, Inc., retiring in 1992. He had been a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Genoa and a past member of the Guadalupe Society. Matias enjoyed listening to Tejano music and was a Cincinnati Reds fan, but his most loved pastime was spending time with his grandchildren.
Matias is survived by his children, Manuel Sánchez, Matias (Tammy) Sánchez, Jr. and David Sánchez, María (Fred) Vance, Mari (Jack) Adams, Magdalena Sánchez, and Rosemary Sánchez; 20 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, and sister, Petra García. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Rosita, brother, Tivursio Sánchez, and sisters, Esperanza Sánchez and Guadalupe Sánchez.


GONZALO RODRÍGUEZ
Gonzalo Rodríguez, age 89, of Lorain, OH died on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at West Bay Center Nursing Home, following a brief illness. He was born on April 14, 1924 in Lares, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain in 1950, he also lived in Florida for 20 years before moving back to Lorain 10 years ago. He served in the United States Army during WWII as a private and retired from Ford Motor Company. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, where he was a member of the Cursillo Movement. While residing in Florida, he was a member of St. Augustine Church, where he served as an usher and lector. He enjoyed the sport of baseball, loved music, especially tango, enjoyed dancing, playing Dominoes and always looked forward to family gatherings.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Virginia (née González), daughters; Sonia (Juan Rocky) Ortiz, Aurea Rodríguez, Sylvia (Edward) Myslinski, all of Lorain, 6 grandchildren, Raquel, Simon Matthew, Jeremiah (Lorena), Marlene (Jose) Ortiz and David (Denise) Rodríguez, great grandchildren, Andrés, Sofia, César, Julia, Aurea, Donovan, Jay and Emma, brothers; Pedro Rodríguez, of Florida, Modesto Rodríguez, of Puerto Rico, and Franco Rodríguez, of Florida, sisters; Candida and Gena, both of Puerto Rico, and Justina, of Florida.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Elsa, brothers, Andres, Dr. Eugene and his parents.



In Memoriam
Alberto A. Flores
July 17, 1948 to June 25, 2012


In Memory of

Marcos Pecina Sánchez


MATIAS SÁNCHEZ
Matias Sánchez, 87, of Clyde, OH, formerly of Martin, OH, died Thursday afternoon, June 20, 2013, at Arbors of Clyde. He was born February 24, 1926, in Laredo, Texas, to Eulojio and Fransica (née Salano) Sánchez. On August 13, 1960, in Genoa, Ohio, he married Rosita Pardo, who preceded him in death May 23, 2001. Matias worked for 24 years as a machine operator for Stokely-VanCamp, Inc. and then for 13 years for Hunt-Wesson Foods, Inc., retiring in 1992. He had been a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Genoa and a past member of the Guadalupe Society. Matias enjoyed listening to Spanish music and was a Cincinnati Reds fan, but his most loved pastime was spending time with his grandchildren.
Matias is survived by his children: Manuel Sánchez, Matias (Tammy) Sánchez, Jr. and David Sánchez, María (Fred) Vance, Mari (Jack) Adams, Magdalena Sánchez and Rosemary Sánchez; 20 grandchildren and five great grandchildren; and sister, Petra García.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Rosita, brother, Tivursio Sánchez, and sisters, Esperanza Sánchez and Guadalupe Sánchez.


FRANCISCA SANTIAGO
Francisca Santiago, 82, of Lorain, OH went home to the Lord Sunday, June 16, 2013 at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain following a short illness. She was born January 22, 1931 in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and had lived in Lorain since 1995, moving from New Jersey. Francisca was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and enjoyed her flowers and plants, crossword puzzles, cooking and being with her family.
Francisca will be deeply missed by her daughter, Frances Rodríguez of Lorain, sons: Julio (Alicia) Rodríguez and Anibal Soto, both of New Jersey, Angel Soto, Francisco (Carmen) Santiago, William Acevedo, all of Lorain, and Roberto (Stephanie) Soto, of North Carolina; sister, Luz Santiago, of Ponce, Puerto Rico; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren; and her loving nieces and nephews.
Francisca was preceded in death by her parents, Francisco and Antonia Maralett Santiago; daughters: Hilda Arroyo, Evelyn Sánchez and Margaret Rodríguez; sons: Wilfredo Santiago and Edgar Rodríguez; grandchildren: Edwin Arroyo and Jason Rodríguez and her sister, Martha Santiago.


ANGEL L. GOMEZ
August 20, 1966 to June 13, 2013

Angel L. Gomez, Jr., 46, of Lorain, OH passed away  June 13, 2013. Angel was employed as a manager at Wendy's and Ponderosa Restaurants. He enjoyed collecting coins and comic books, especially Spider Man.
He is survived by his son Justin Gomez of Lorain; parents Angel L. Gomez Sr. and Wilma A. (née Grimes) Gomez of Lorain; sister Kathy Caban, brothers Jonathan Gomez and Daniel Gomez, Lorain.


JOSE M. MONTALVO JR.
José M. Montalvo Jr., 86, of Toledo, OH, passed away Friday, June 14, 2013, surrounded by his family. José was born in Robstown, Texas on April 5, 1927, to José and Manuela (née Montez) Montalvo. He was a World War II veteran of the US Army and was employed with Libbey Owens Ford as a glassworker for 32 years, retiring in 1980. His hobbies included renovating homes and dancing.
José is survived by his children: José (Angie) Montalvo, John (Sandra) Montalvo, Anita (Richard Lucero) Montalvo, and James (Rose Marie) Montalvo; 12 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and wife, Tresea.




DORA CASTILLEJA PECINA
Dora Pecina, 61, of Oregon, OH passed away on Friday, June 14, 2013, at Saint Charles Hospital. She was born on June 20, 1951, in Toledo to Marcelino and Rutila (née García) Castilleja. Dora was retired with United Parcel Service as a sorter for over 25 years. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed bingo, attending yard sales, Tejano music, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Dora was a very loving and compassionate person who thought of others before herself. She would often send Christmas Greeting cards to inmates to help bring them cheer when they were separated from their loved ones.
Dora is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Angelo Pecina; children, Sara Pecina (John Saba) and Michael Pecina (Crystal); grandchildren, Ana Alicia Pecina, Anyssa Torres, Michael Pecina II, Alyssa Pecina and Braden Bevier; great-grandchildren, Aaliyah Granger, Amaya Pecina and Cameron Tanner; sisters Gloria Pearce, Esther Sandwich, Rutila Artiaga, Olga Bechtel, Rachel Riffle, and Lucy Castilleja; and brothers David, Steve, Martin, Thomas, and Jessie Castilleja.
She was preceded in death by her mother Rutila, and her sister, Mary.
Friends may visit Hoeflinger - Bolander Funeral Home, 3500 Navarre Ave., Oregon, on June 19, 2013, from 2:00-8.00 p.m. With her rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services begin on Thursday, June 20, 2013, with prayers at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. followed by her mass of Christian burial 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment near her mother, at Clay Township Cemetery, Genoa.


Carlos M. Celestino

Carlos M. Celestino, 78, of Defiance, OH passed away Saturday, June 1st, 2013 surrounded by his family. Carlos was born November 4, 1934 in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México; he was the son of the late Sebastian and Andrea (née Martínez) Celestino.

He was married to Theresa Ramón on August 28, 1953. She predeceased him on January 26, 2013. Carlos had been a resident of Defiance since 1965. He was a member of St. Johns Catholic Church. He worked for General Motors for 28 years. He was an Army Veteran and was honorably discharged in 1953. A member of the VFW, UAW 211 and AMVETS Post 1991. He enjoyed travel, his grandchildren and was an avid Chicago White Sox fan.

Surviving are nine children; Carlos (Catherine) Celestino Jr. of Arlington, Va., Irene (Oscar) Flores of San Antonio, Texas, Richard R. Celestino and Rudy (Darlene) Celestino all of Defiance, Henry (Veronica Mata) Celestino of Saginaw, MI, Julia Celestino and David (Penny) Celestino all of Toledo, Raquel (Michael) Korty of Chester, Virginia and Joseph M. Celestino of Austin, Texas.
Also surviving are four sisters: María, Jesús, Socorro and Juanita Celestino of Monterrey, Mexico; three brothers: Juan and José (Pepe) Celestino of Monterrey, Mexico, Miguel Celestino of San Antonio, Texas. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, his wife and a sister Justa Celestino.


CELESTINA MANJARREZ
Celestina “Sally” (née Garzes) Manjarrez, age 77, of Toledo, OH passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Waterford Commons. She retired from the Guadalupe Family Health Clinic where she worked as a medical social advocate. Sally was a foster parent and she volunteered for the girl scouts, FLOC, and the Mayores Center. She loved to knit, crochet, and make jewelry. She married Salvador Manjarrez in 1953 and he preceded her in death in 1980.
Sally is survived by her children Thelma “Kathy” Manjarrez, Lynda Manjarrez (Paul) Capetillo and Merry K. (Mike Hubbard) Prephan; grandchildren Elizabeth and Matthew Hubbard, Alysia, Timothy Jr. and Sierra Galindo; step-grandchildren, Dina, Joshua, and Sophia Capetillo; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Alvina Mills and Helen Elles both of San Antonio, Texas and Lilly Urdales of Holgate, Ohio.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers Ramiro, Daniel, Jose and Benito and sisters Lucia and Aurora.


DELIA MORENO
Delia Moreno, 93, passed away on Tuesday, June 04, 2013 at Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville, TX. She worked at Central Middle School for 25 years, was a devoted catholic and enjoyed spending time with her family.
Delia was preceded in death by her husband, Pablo Rodriguez, children, Antonio and Osvaldo Armando Gutiérrez. She is survived by her children, Arturo (Aida) Gutiérrez, Alfredo (Candida) Gutiérrez of Ohio, Juan (Blanca) Gutiérrez, and Adan (Oralia) Gutiérrez; a brother, Adalberto (Ninfa) Moreno; 29 grandchildren, and 33 great-grandchildren.


JOHN C. PÉREZ
John C. Pérez, 60, of Toledo, OH passed away Saturday, June 1, 2013. He was born in Toledo, OH to Manuel and Romelia (née Cortez) Pérez. John was employed as a dock supervisor for Brubeck's Greenhouse for 15 years. He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force. He enjoyed working on cars, deeply loved his dogs and spending time with his loved ones.
John is survived by his son, Chuck Pérez; 3 grandchildren; siblings, Romelia (Armando) Herrera, Janet Torres, Jesse (Rita) Pérez, Loncio Pérez, Linda (Hector) Herrera, Thaimi (Jose) Ruiz, Refuigo (Jessica) Pérez, Nancy (John) Sroga, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Theresa; daughter, Maria Pérez; siblings, Clementina, Gaston, Galdino, Manuel Jr., Fatima, and nephew, Jesse Pérez, Jr.


AURELIA P. CASTILLO
Aurelia P. Castillo, the family matriarch, age 99, of Woodville, OH passed away on Monday, May 20, 2013, at her residence. She was born on November 12, 1913, in Dolores, TX to Esteban and Dolores (née Amaro) Pérez. In 1933, Aurelia married José Castillo and they settled in Woodville from Texas in 1943. She was a member of the former Victory Church of God, Genoa, OH.
In her spare time she enjoyed making quilts for her grandchildren, embroidering, writing poetry that was read in church, watching game shows, reading history books and painting. Aurelia canned fruits and vegetables during the summer months so she and her family could enjoy them during the winter. Every Sunday she made a big dinner for her family and friends that might stop by to see her. Everyone that came to her home was always welcome and left with a full stomach.
Surviving Aurelia are her sons, Severiano (Gloria) Castillo of Pemberville, Adam Castillo of Perrysburg, Abel Castillo of Woodville; daughters, Pat Moreno of Sylvania, Rosa Rosales of Toledo, Luisa Martínez of Texas; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, José; baby girl, Arminda; baby boy, Daniel; sons, Frank, Albert, Daniel; brothers, Esteban, John, Felix, and Danacio.


GUADALUPE FLORES
Guadalupe “Lupe” A. Flores, 82, of Everett Rd, Fremont, OH passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Stein Hospice in Sandusky. She was born on December 26, 1930 in Laredo, TX, the daughter of Apolinar and Crescencia (née Hernández) Perales.  Lupe married José R. Flores on June 1, 1949 in Laredo, TX and he survives. She worked at Rudy’s Restaurant as a manager for over twenty years and retired in 1994.  Lupe was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church where she was a Eucharist Minister and member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Society and Confraternity Ministry. She enjoyed crafts, piñatas, crocheting, knitting, sewing, dancing, and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Lupe is survived by her husband, José R. Flores, Fremont; children, Yolanda (Thomas) Miller, Edna (Jim) Scherf, Thelma (Larry) Stanley, all of Fremont, José R. (Laura) Flores, Jr, Derby, KS, Fernando Flores, Bedford, OH, Victor (Elisa) Flores, Clyde, OH, René (Wendy) Flores, Fremont; sisters, María De La Luz (Guadalupe) Flores, Toledo, and María Concepción (Fidel) Guerra, Laredo, TX; sixteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; infant brothers, Miguel and Apolinar Perales.


CARMEN MARCIAL
Carmen “Chory” Marcial (née Cortez) 68, of Lorain, OH passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in Mercy Regional Medical Center, following a lengthy illness. Chory was born January 22, 1945 in Utuado, Puerto Rico. She moved to Lorain in 1971. She was a member of Templo Emmanuel Assembly of God, Lorain, where she was a member of the churches’ Sociedad de Damas. She was a homemaker and loving mother. She collected pictures and figurines and butterfly decorations.
She will be deeply missed by her sons Ismael (Marlyne) Marcial Jr. and Abraham Marcial both of Lorain; sisters Esther Pérez, Inez Rodríguez and Alice Rivera all of Lorain and Matilde Cortez of Florida; brother Ismael Cortez of Florida; grandchildren Adrian, Alex, and Xavier Marcial.
She was preceded in death by her parents Juan R. and Virginia (née Montero) Cortez; sister Juanita Pérez; and brothers Diego and Luis Cortez.


VICTORIA SALAZAR-GERONIMO
Victoria Salazar-Geronimo, 85, of Toledo, OH passed away May 19, 2013, in the Spring Meadows Senior Community. Victoria was born on December 22, 1927, in Toledo to Trinidad and Daria (Savedra) Salazar. Victoria worked as a production worker at Libby Glass and as a cashier for Host International at Toledo Express Airport.
Surviving are her daughters, Betty (Jon) Rogers, Sandra Geronimo (Sarah); sons, Francisco and Anthony Geronimo; grandchildren, Stephen (Tiffany), Christopher, Jonathan Rogers (Drew), Laura Niebauer, great-granddaughter, Alexia Rogers.
Victoria was preceded in death her son, Cruz Geronimo; brothers, Ambrose, Larry, Joe, Manuel and Trino Salazar; sisters, Mary Szozda and Cecelia Espinoza, and former husband and friend, Cruz Geronimo Sr.


STELLA P. SILVA
Stella P. Silva, 82 of Fremont, OH, one of the most giving and caring ladies that the Lord has given, who now is watching over us and serving the Lord in heaven, entered His kingdom on May 29, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born on April 24, 1931 in Saginaw, MI to José and Virginia (née Macias) Pérez and she attended Liberty-Benton High School. On April 24, 1950 she married John Silva in Findlay and he survives. Stella was a homemaker and had worked at Quick-Cut Corporation for twenty years, retiring in 1989. Stella will be remembered as a wonderful cook, hard working, caring and loving lady, with strong devotion to the Lord, her family and friends. She enjoyed caring for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who she called all of them “her cookies.” Stella’s devotion to her family first started when she cared for her three younger sibings, Lucia, Rebekah and Robert after her mother passed away when she was 16 years of age and later adopted her niece Phyllis when her sister, Enedina passed away. Stella was a devoted Christian as she belonged to Victory Church and various prayer groups throughout her life.
Also surviving are children, Rebecca (Marvin) Wagner, Dan Silva and Dean (Donna) Silva all of Fremont, Phyllis Ramondino of Brooklyn, NY; siblings, Joseph Pérez Jr. of Austin, TX, Rudy Losoya of San Diego, CA, Robert Pérez of Hot Springs, AK, Lucia Roca of Chicago, IL and I. Rebekah Pariz of Miami, FL; grandchildren, Mary Rae (Joseph) Traudt, Dannielle Rae (Roman Ruppert) Silva, Nathan Joseph (Kasey Feehan)Wagner, Eric Allen Joseph Silva, Ellen Renee Kathryn Silva and Easton Michael Bernell Silva; great-grandchildren, Gabriel Antonio Ontiveros, Adrian Daniel Ontiveros, Katie Rae Traudt, Jack Evan Traudt, Ryan Joseph Traudt and Jade Kelly Kayser; cherished young family members, Brynn and Taylor Ruppert and Caedon Abalos; many nieces and nephews also survive. She is preceded in death by her parents, a granddaughter, Kelly Lynn Wagner; siblings, María Helena Close and Enedina Pérez.


CARMEN D. LÓPEZ
Carmen D. López, 88, of Park Ridge, Illinois, formerly of Toledo, OH, passed away Friday, May 17, 2013. Carmen was born in Paulding, Ohio on January 28, 1925, to Florencio and Jueventina (née Reyes) Sierra. On May 11, 1946, she married Hugo López. Carmen was employed with Owens Illinois, Ohio Bell, and Walgreen's Pharmacy for many years. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tucson, Arizona, where she and Hugo spent their retirement years.
Carmen is survived by her children: Rebecca (John) Large, Robert (Sharlene), and Michael; grandchildren, John Jr. (Jill), Michael (Kristen), Jacqueline, Robert Jr., Victor (Stephanie), Brett Michael, Darlene (Douglas), Brandon (Deandra); 13 great-grandchildren, and sister, Amelia Sierra. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hugo, and sisters, Mary Navarro, Erma Cowell, and Virginia Dominiak.


ISABEL ORTIZ SANTIAGO
Isabel Ortiz Santiago, age 90, of Lorain, OH died on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at her residence, while under the care of Western Reserve Hospice. Isabel was born in Coamo, Puerto Rico on August 1, 1922. She dedicated her life to raising her family. Isabel enjoyed being a homemaker and devoted her life to caring for her daughter. She also enjoyed listening to Spanish music, singing, and dancing. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel.
She is survived by her sons: Luis A. (Blanca) Ortiz, William (Teresa) Marrero, both of Lorain; daughters: Justina López, Lucilla Ortiz, with whom she made her home with, of Lorain, Concepción (María) (Hector) Rodríguez, of Huron, daughter in law: Elizabeth Ortiz of Coamo, PR; sisters: Soles and Petronila, both of Puerto Rico; brothers: Elizier and Ismael both of Puerto Rico; 24 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Higinio C. Ortiz in 1989, son: José C. Ortiz in 2007 and many brothers and sisters.


SISTER CARMEN TORRES
Sister Carmen Torres, MSW, LSW, Sisters of Divine Providence, 70, of Lorain, OH, died Thursday, May 16, 2013 in Metrohealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Sister Carmen was born on December 23, 1942 in Lares, Puerto Rico. Sister Carmen entered religious life on August 1, 1978. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Catholic University of Puerto Rico. She came to Pittsburg in 1980 and received her Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. Sister Carmen sojourned to Lorain in 1984 to work as a Counselor/Therapist for the Nord Center for 15 years then Lorain Manor Nursing Home, Lincoln Counseling Center of Lorain for Children then most recently for Bellfaire JCB of Elyria, also counseling children.
Sister Carmen was an active member of Sacred Heart Chapel. She enjoyed landscaping, flowers, plants and cooking and taking food to those in need. She also enjoyed playing her Maracas in the church choir and whenever Spanish music was played. Sister Carmen was a true servant of the Lord. She was a kind, generous person and consistent in her love of God. In spite of her recent illness she remained persevering and happy in spirit.
Sister Carmen will be dearly missed by her sisters Olga Castillo of Manhattan, New York, Francisca Torres Arroyo of Hatillo Puerto Rico and Nereida Torres de González of Arecibo, Puerto Rico; brothers Antonio and Anibal Torres Arroyo both of Hatillo and Reynaldo Torres Arroyo of Arecibo; many nieces and nephews and a good friend Sister Theresa Stegman of Lorain.
She was preceded in death by her parents Roque Torres and Ruperta Arroyo; Ramona, Placida, Georgina Torres Arroyo and Juana Lucia; and her brothers Artemio and Herman Torres Arroyo.


SERINA MANUELA GARCIA
8/21/1998 - 5/6/2013
Serina, 14 years old, left this world unexpectedly on May 6, 2013. She was the daughter of the late Juan M. “Chief” García of Toledo and Heather García of Cairo, Egypt. Serina was known as “Poops” to all who loved her. That was the nickname given to her by her dad. For the short time that we were all blessed with her, she was so full of life and was always dancing.
Those left to cherish her love and memory are her mother; siblings, Seth Book of Sylvania, OH, Sierra Garcia of Toledo, OH, Sabrina Garcia, Zaiden and Noah Elghozy, all of Cairo, Egypt; grandparents, Lucy Garcia and Barbara Cowell of Toledo, Norman (Oke) Cowell of Findlay; great-grand-parents, Joanne Garcia of Toledo and Linda (Ismael) DelaRosa of Fostoria, OH; uncles and aunts, Robert (Christina), Dominic (Elizabeth), Eddie and Mark Garíia, Frank Foust, Joe (Crystal) Molino, Darrell Smith and Amber (L.D.) Fryman, all of Toledo. Also, David (Joyce) Tellez, Alyse Tellez, Joe Tellez of Findlay, Laura Tellez of California and Danny DelaRosa of Fostoria, OH.
Preceded in death by her father and grandfather, Steve Tellez of Findlay; great-grandparents, Juan N. García, Manuela “Nellie” Castillon and Virginia Cowell. Also welcoming her home are her aunts, Teresa H. Smith, Mona Deluna, Yolanda García and cousin, Israel “Mello” García, all of Toledo.


JUANA RUIZ
Juana Ruiz, age 89, of Toledo, OH passed away on May 8, 2013, while surrounded by her family. She was born in Mexico on December 27, 1923. She spent her career working at St. Charles Hospital until the time of her retirement. She was a woman of God, loved cooking and spending time with her family. Juana was a beautiful strong woman who will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Pedro, Sr.; sons, Pedro Jr., Paul, and Reynaldo; grandchildren, Lori Ann, Gloria, Consuelo, Antjuan, and Anthony. She is survived by her children, Tomás (Balbina), Edmundo (Margaret), José (Thaimi), Raúl (LaVita); Enedina Miller; many grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.


RAMIRO SALINAS JR.
Ramiro Salinas, Jr. age 59, of Holgate, died Tuesday afternoon, May 7, 2013 at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, OH. Ramiro was born in Napoleon, February 20, 1954 to Ramiro and Joaquina.  He enlisted with the United States Marine Corp., serving from 1971 to 1973.  In 1974, he married Olga Gomez.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Holgate and the New Bavaria VFW.  Mito was employed with Cooper Tire and Rubber Company of Findlay for 5 years.
Ramiro is survived by his loving wife Olga; son, Raúl Salaz, Florida, Ohio; son, Rick (Frances) Gomez, Hoytville; daughter, Cynthia (Michael) Salinas Corser, Holgate; mother, Joaquina, Holgate; grandchildren, Alexander, Samira, Alanna, Alyssia, Mariah, Carrigan, Abel, and Adon; great-grandchildren, Karleigh, Taylor, Zeke, Christopher; and brothers, Ricardo H. Salinas and Raúl H. (Kris) Salinas, Sr.  Holgate.  He was preceded in death by his father, Ramiro, and a sister, Alma Torrez.


ANSELMO TORRES SR.
Anselmo
Torres, Sr., age 77, of Lorain, OH passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Delmar Gardens , in Lawrenceville, GA. He was born on April 21, 1936, in Orocovis, Puerto Rico and had moved to Lorain, relocating to Georgia 9 years ago. Anselmo retired from Lake Terminal Rail Road .           
He is survived by his sons; Anselmo, Jr., of Grayson, GA and Ruben, of Lorain, daughters; Victoria Rosas, of Decatur, GA, Daisy Maldonado, of Richmond, VA, Tammy Dull, of Lorain, and Ruth Torres, of Manhattan, NY, 13 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and a brother, Juan Torres, of Lorain.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Robert Torres, in 1989, a brother, Antolin Torres, a sister, Aida Aviles Torres, and his parents; Domingo and Victoria (née Miranda) Torres.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 16, from 11:00 am until the time of services at 1:00 pm, at the Dovin Funeral Home, 2701 Elyria Ave., Lorain .  Deacon Tony DeGracia will officiate. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Lorain .  To send an online condolence, go to www.dovinfuneralhome.com


MARIO GARCÍA SR.
Mario García Sr., 75, of Lindsey died on Monday, April 29, 2013 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, OH. He was born on January 19, 1938 in Kerrville, TX to Luis and Paula (Juárez) García. He attended Fremont Ross High School. Mario was a machine operator at Green Bay Packaging for 38 years, retiring in 2003. On October 18, 1957 in Bowling Green, OH he married Elena Rodríguez and she survives. He enjoyed playing pool, dancing, music and spending time with his family. Mario was an avid OSU fan and enjoyed the Cleveland Browns. He attended his grandchildren’s sporting events and loved traveling and being outdoors.
Also surviving are children, Evilia Sandoval of Fremont, Mario (Lois) García Jr. of Oak Harbor and Jerry (Ann) García of Fremont; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Luis García Jr. of Toledo and Philip (Wanda) García of Atlanta, TX. He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Tony.


LUISA VELÁSQUEZ
Luisa Velásquez peacefully entered into Heaven on Friday, April 26, 2013 in Winter Garden, Fla. at 84. Born in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, on June 20, 1928, to the late Josephina (née Colón) and Serephin Ortiz, Luisa dedicated her life to nurturing her family and serving the Lord. She gave of her time and talents throughout years of service at Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain. Luisa served as president of the Ladies Society, and held leadership roles within the Charismatic movement, the Cursillos, and many other organizations. She loved to praise God through music, and was also a gifted seamstress and cook. Luisa was loved by many, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her, including husband Luis Velásquez; son Edwin (Robin) Velásquez; daughter Nicza (Louis) Carrion; as well as adoring grandchildren Stefanie, Eddie, Mindy, Vanessa, and Jesse; and great grandchildren Melina, Marisa, Jaxden, and Giana.


SALOMON R. GONZÁLEZ
Salomon R. González, 70, passed away on Monday, April 22, 2013 at the Cleveland Clinic Health Campus in Cleveland. Salomon was born in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico on March 13, 1943 and at age seven moved to Philadelphia, Pa. until 1979 when he moved to Lorain, OH until his passing. He was a prize fighter, feather weight, and called the “Million Dollar Baby” in Philadelphia, Pa. On May 7, 1968 he married Carmen L. (née González). He worked at U.S. Steel as a pipe inspector and he enjoyed boxing, fishing, drawing, collecting art and knick-knacks of Indians and elephants, singing and writing and music and watching sports, especially the Cleveland Indians.
He is survived by his children Onika (Hector) Rivera, Agueybano “Chino” González, Tyesha M. González, and Jesús D. González all of Lorain; sisters Tati, Carmen, Angela, Hilda, and Evelyn González; 9 grandchildren; Chyna; 18 nieces and nephews; and friend, previously married for 20 years, Carmen L. González. He is preceded in death by his parents David R. and Emelia (née Ramos) González; and infant son, Salomon Jr.


MARCELINO MARCANO
Marcelino Marcano, age 83 of Lorain, OH died on Monday, April 22, 2013 at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, following a lengthy illness. He was born on January 10, 1930 in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, locating to Lorain in 1949. In 1988 he moved to Deltona, Florida before moving back to Lorain in 2010. He worked as a crane operator for Lorain Works US Steel for 35 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local #1104. The life of the party, Marcelino enjoyed playing the guitar and cuatro, and dancing. He loved music and enjoyed carpentry work.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Carmen (née Castro); sons: Edwin and Henry (Tania) Marcano both of Lorain; 5 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; brothers, Jesús “Papo”, Vidal, Antonio, and José Ramón Marcano all of Toa Alta, Puerto Rico; sisters, Carmen María Marcano of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico and Juana Marcano of Toa Alta, Puerto Rico. He was preceded in death by his parents, Catalino and Evangelia (née Vásquez) Marcano; and a brother, Julio Marcano.


MARÍA LUISA SANABRIA
María Luisa (née Vélez) Sanabria, age 87, formerly of Elyria, OH passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at Main Street Care Center, Avon Lake, where she had resided for the past year. She was born on August 25, 1925 in Lares, Puerto Rico to the late Dionesio González and Aramita Cuevas González. As a young woman, her passion was being involved in San Jose Catholic Church in Lares, Puerto Rico where she rang the church bells, sang in the church choir and was a member of the Hijas de María. Upon her move to Ohio, she dedicated her time to her growing family, church and community. She was well known for her cooking skills and devoted her time cooking for family, friends, churches and community events. She had worked at Lorain County Community College, retiring in 1993. María was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend who was loved by all who met her. She had the amazing gift of bringing out the best in others, and had a very generous heart. Her true passion was the unconditional love for her family. She was a Godly woman who made many sacrifices so her children could experience a better life. She was blessed to enjoy her retirement years spending time with her children, traveling, gardening, singing in the choir at church and cooking. She also enjoyed dancing with her late husband, Ernesto, to their favorite Latin ballads and going on their annual trips to Puerto Rico and Put-In-Bay.
She is survived by her children, Gloria (Art) Wragg, of Lorain, Susi (Rocco) Ybarra, of Bossier City, LA, Frank (Carmen) Vélez, of Beverly Hills, FL, Ismael (Marilyn) Vélez, of Amherst, OH, Noelia (David) Nodal, of Amherst, OH, Betsy (Bruce) Neubauer, of Elyria, and Lisa (Mike) Satonick, of Avon, OH; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her first husband of 42 years, Ismael Vélez, Sr; her second husband of 18 years, Ernesto Sanabria; her parents, and her siblings, Eusebio, Juan, María, Isabel, Otilia and Adela.


MARY C. GOMEZ
Mary C. Gomez, 74, of Fostoria, OH passed away on April 18, 2013 at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Bowling Green. She was born August 15, 1938 in Bloomdale to the late John and Antonia (née Muñoz) Macias. She married Jesús B. Gomez in 1958, and he died in 2007. Mary retired in 2003 from Seneca Wire and Mfg., as a lab technician after 47 years of service. She was a member of St. Wendelin Catholic Church and the Business and Professional Women, Fostoria. She had been a volunteer for the Seneca County Commission on Aging, the Board of Elections and was a poll worker.
Surviving are two children, Lawrence R. Gomez, Columbus and Ava M. Byars, Trinity, Alabama; three grandchildren, Jessica (Alex) Cantrell, Daniel and Paul Byars; a great grandson, James Byars; four brothers, Louis Macias, Mentor, Richard (Corey) Macias, Charles (Marge) Macias and Fred (Lucy) Macias of Fostoria; and two sisters, Deloris Bucher, North Baltimore and Anita (Gary) Mueller, Alton, Ill.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Ann C. Gomez and two brothers, Henry Macias and infant brother, Robert Macias


JESÚS JIMÉNEZ
Dad passed peacefully in his sleep at home on April 13, 2013, after a nearly 10-year battle with prostate cancer. Dad’s soul and spirit is now free to enter God’s Kingdom and be united with his loving wife of 47 yrs, Rachel. Born in Jalisco, Mexico, on September 5, 1930. Dad came to Los Angeles, California as a teenager to make a life for himself. As a young adult he got into professional boxing and was quite exceptional, winning championships in 2 weight classes—Fly & Featherweight. After the fight game, Dad got into the construction trades. In 1961, he found his true love, Rachel Romero. The rest is history; we came to Toledo, OH in 1968 to be close to Mom’s family. Dad continued in the trades and was a proud member of Locals 500 & 886, retiring in 1987. He loved 3 things, family, hard work and hard fun. I'll let you figure that out if you knew him.
Jesús is survived by his son, José Alfredo Jiménez, daughter, Carmen (Ron) Castillo, grandchildren; Alejandra, Ron Jr. and Christina. Dad’s 2nd son “Uncle Sam” and his bodyguards Big Oscar, Osa María, and Sasa.


RUDOLFO P. MARROQUIN
Rudolfo P. Marroquin (Rudy), age 86, passed away peacefully on April 17, 2013, surrounded by many loved ones. Rudolfo was the leader and a proud family man that took pride in watching his grandchildren play in ball games, family fishing trips, and playing his guitar. He was a devoted Catholic, loving husband, father, and grandfather who always made time for his family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his son, Rudolfo Marroquin Jr. and leaves behind his loving wife of 67 years, Elvira Marroquin. Rudy is survived by his daughters, Conception (Jesús) Gonzalez, Isidra (Jack) Collins, Lucia Bonilla, Sally (Keith) Lapinski; sons, Beninno (Janet) Marroquin and Santiago Marroquin; 18 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Rudolfo will be greatly missed but never forgotten.


ELADIO PACHECO
Eladio Pacheco, age 84, of Lorain, OH passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the New Life Hospice Center of St. Joséph, Lorain. He was born on May 20, 1928, Naranjito, Puerto Rico, and had lived in New York before finally moving to Lorain in 1990. Eladio was a machine operator at New York Looseleaf Co. for 20 years, before retiring in 1978. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. He enjoyed playing guitar, watching baseball and boxing matches. He also enjoys Christian music and Spanish folkloric songs.
Eladio is survived by his children; Eulalio, David, Ady, Samuel, and Elizabeth, many grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Amelia (née Turcios), a daughter, Lucy, his sister, Francisca, and his parents.


NOEL ROMERO
Noel Romero, age 51, of Lorain, OH died on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at his home unexpectedly. Noel was born on March 21, 1962 in Lorain, he moved to Middleburgh Heights to be closer to his daughters. He was a 1980 graduate of Southview High School. Noel was employed as a welder and research lab mechanic for NASA/Sierra Lobo for 20 years, winning many awards for his job. Noel was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, along with his entire family. His daughters and family were the highlight of his life. He also enjoyed working out and working at his job.
He is survived by his two daughters: Gabriella and Maraiyah Romero, both of Berea and brothers: Maico Romero, of Covington, KY, Robert “Bobby” Romero of Strongsville, Gilbert Romero and Richard Romero, both of Lorain. He was preceded in death by his parents: Santos and Julia (née Colón) Romero, brother: Tony Cruz and his dog “Muffin.”


VICTOR M. ROSADO
Victor M. Rosado, 28, of Lorain, OH passed away un expectantly Friday, April 12, 2013 in his home. Victor was born July 24, 1984 in Narangito, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain in January 1995. He graduated high school in Puerto Rico. He worked as a cook for Wendy's and a Chinese restaurant in Elyria. He enjoyed playing baseball and was an amateur barber.
Victor will be deeply missed by his mother Vilma Cruz and step father Orlando Quinones both of Lorain; his sisters Valerie M. Rosado and Carmen Y. Rosado both of Lorain; grandmother Pilar Morales of Comerio, Puerto Rico; aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Virgilio Cruz and his brother Emmanuel Rosado.


JOSÉ R. TORRES
José R. “Pachy” Torres, age 61, of Lorain, OH passed away on Monday, April 15, 2013, at the New Life Hospice Center of St. Joséph, Lorain. He was born on January 7, 1952 in Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain 33 years ago. He was the owner of Alliance Upholstery for 29 years. José was a member of The Church of Jesús Christ of Latter Day Saints. He enjoyed computers and woodwork.
José is survived by his son, José R. “Billy” (Jennifer), of Collins, OH; 2 granddaughters, Paloma and Natalia; brothers José A. “Billy,” José O. “Pepe,” and José D. “Chilin,” all of Lorain, José R. “Papo,” José F. “Pipe,” José V. “Vitito,” and José A. “Concho,” all of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico; and sisters Ruthiris E. “Tatita” Torres Cruz, of Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico, Lester R. ”Cuchy,” Genara L. “Gorda,” Lizzette “Lizzy,” Carmen D. “Deliris,” and Sandra, all of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico. He is also survived by his girlfriend Jackie Almodovar. He was preceded in death by a son, Sammy Torres, and his parents José A. and Iris M. (née Cruz) Torres.


ANTONIO NAVARRO
Antonio “Tony” Navarro, Jr. passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo, OH. Tony was born in San Antonio, Texas on November 6, 1938. He moved to Toledo when he was a small child and has spent the remainder of his life here.
Tony was preceded in death by his parents Antonio and Georgia Navarro and his daughter Heidi Navarro. Surviving are his brothers Ray (Liz) Navarro, Robert (Dora) Navarro and sisters Emma Jacobs, Della (Bud) Morgan and Ramona (José) Sánchez. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.


AVELARDO “ALBERT” S. RAMOS
Avelardo “Albert” S. Ramos, 58, of Toledo, OH, peacefully passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013, surrounded by family and friends at the Cleveland Clinic following a long illness. Albert was born on August 29, 1954, in Bono, OH to Antonio and Beatrice Ramos. Albert was employed for 37 great years at Textile Leather in Toledo. Albert enjoyed many joys of life including dancing, Tejano music, camping, and the Dallas Cowboys. You could always find Albert on the dance floor doing what he loved the most, dancing.
Avelardo is survived by his daughters, Crystal (Joseph) Malino, and Delia (José) Salazar; grandchildren, Emilio, Joseph Jr., Briana, and Kayla; brothers, Antonio Ramos, Abel (Vivian) Ramos, Armando (Lupe) Ramos, and Adam Ramos; sisters, Rosalinda (Paul) Ruiz, Bertha (Philip) Estrada, and Aurora (Santiago) Izquierdo; many nephews, nieces, and friends, including special friend, Dahlia Cantu. Avelardo is preceded in death by his parents; brothers Arnoldo and Arturo Ramos; sister Amparo Torres, and nephew Ricardo Ruiz.


MARÍA RUIZ RIVERA
María Ruiz Rivera, 87, of Lorain, OH passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in Metro Health Medical Center, Cleveland following a brief illness. She was born January 1, 1925 in Patillas, Puerto Rico. In 1946 she moved to McKeesport, Pennsylvania; then she made Lorain her home in 1982.
María was homemaker and loving wife and mother. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. María was known to be smart, beautiful, strong, caring, loving, with a charismatic spirit. She loved life and lived it to the fullest. She enjoyed her rose garden. She also loved her faithful dog “Pepsi.”
She will be dearly missed by her sons Armando (of the Puerto Rican Home) and Tito Rivera both of Lorain, daughters María Rivera Pérez and Miriam Rivera Flores both of Chicago, Yolanda Rivera López of West New York, New Jersey, Hilda Rivera of Lorain, and Rose Rivera Gibson of Philadelphia; sisters Carmen Ruiz Colón and Celia Ruiz González both of Chicago; 11 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren.
María was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years Santos B. Rivera in 2003; her parents Julio Ruiz and Carmela Torres; 3 brothers and 2 sisters.


MARÍA RODRÍGUEZ
María Rodríguez, age 70, of Toledo, OH passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, surrounded by her loving family at Advance Specialty Hospital. She was born in Gonzales, TX on May 9, 1942, to Juan and Ramona Rodela. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She cherished the time she helped raising them. She was a member of SS Peter and Paul’s Church for many years. María had a great love of crocheting and made many beautiful pieces; she was an amazing cook and was known for her great tasting tamales.
She was preceded in death by her husband Antonio Michael Rodríguez, and her parents.
María is survived by her children: Marvin (Mary Ann) Rodríguez, Marlinda (Marvin) Jones, Marie Duran, Neauma (Alonzo) Garrett, Gilbert (Nina) Rodríguez, Ramona (Rodney) Washington; 18 grandchildren, five of whom she raised, Franchesca, Marvin Jr., Marcus, Martin, and Nyckole, and in return they gave her their special love and care; five great- grandchildren; sister, Josie Rodela; and her brother, Paul Rodela; special friend, Robert Sweet; she is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.


GLORIA M. SANTIAGO
Gloria M. Santiago, age 84, of Vermilion, OH passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the New life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, after a brief illness. She was born on August 17, 1928 in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, moving to this area in the1950's. She was a member of the former Spanish Evangelical Disciples of Christ Church and was also a life member of Iglesia Unida of Guayanilla.
Gloria is survived by her daughters: Noemi (Donald) Duell, of Amherst, Martha (David) Marski, with whom Gloria had made her home with for the past few years, of Vermilion, Carmen (Angelo) Angelis, of Winterhaven, FL, and Gloria (Sergio) Herrera, of Palmdale, CA; her daughter-in-law Pamela Santiago, of Wilmington, NC; 8 grandchildren: John (June) Santiago, of Castle Rock, CO, Angela (Michael) Mendak, of Weston, FL, Anna (Dan) Tyson, of Avon Lake, Jennifer (Michael) Hester, of Jacksonville, NC, Holly Marski, of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Sergio, Michael, and Amanda Herrera, all of Palmdale, CA; 11 great grandchildren; and a brother Luis Santiago, of St. Augustine, FL. She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years Pedro J. Santiago, in 1989, a son, Pedro J. “Pete” Santiago, Jr., in 2005, a great granddaughter, Gabriella Biczykowski, brothers; Carlos and Jorge Rodríguez, a sister, Teresa Cortes, and her parents; José E. and Martina (nee Lugo) Rodríguez.


JUAN DE DIOS VÁSQUEZ
Juan De Dios Vazquez, 76, of Lorain, OH passed away in his home April 11, 2013, of non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Cancer. Juan De Dios was born in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico on March 8, 1937. He came to Lorain in 1956. Juan was married to Blanca D. Vazquez (née Arroyo) on October 22, 1960; they were married 52 years.
Juan worked as a laborer for Ford Motor Company for over 30 years. He enjoyed gardening; farming his rabbits, chickens, and other domestic animals. Juan was an extremely religious and spiritual individual. He was actively involved in several Church organizations and enjoyed participating in the many Sacred Heart Chapel ministries such as lecture and a leader of the Parrish Charismatic Movement.
Juan is survived by his wife Blanca of Lorain: children: Abel Vazquez of West Park, Florida, Carmen (Eliezer) Feliciano of Anchorage, Alaska; Celia Vazquez of Lorain, Luis (Nilsa) Vazquez, Elyria, Juan (Caitlin) Vazquez, Oberlin, Ariel (Laurie) Vazquez, Broadview Heights, Orlando Vazquez, Lorain, and Adrian (Vanessa) Vazquez, Fairborn, Ohio; grandchildren Alexia, Sheena, Alivia, Eliezer, Bianca, and Steven; great-grandson Chase Graciano; brothers Juan Calixto of Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, Juan Saul Ortiz, Juan Rocky Ortiz, and Francisca Ortiz all of Lorain.
Juan was preceded in death by his son


MARCELINO ZAPATA
Marcelino H. Zapata, 83, of Genoa, OH, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2013 at Arbors of Oregon, OH. He was born in Carrizo Springs, TX on June 2, 1929 to Ramón and Inez (Hernández) Zapata. Marcelino was employed at the Lime Plant in Genoa for many years and was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Marcelino will be remembered for his love of gardening, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Surviving are his wife Baldomera; daughter Diana Eva; son, Rene (Guillermina) Zapata; grandchildren, Elexia Eva and David Eva; siblings, Jesusita García, Guadalupe Vela, Eloisa Cruz and sister-in-law, Angelita Zapata. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Eliodoro, Vicente, Salargosa, Antonio, and Cristina.


JULIA DELGADO
Julia Delgado, 48, of Toledo, OH passed away March 25, 2013, at Heartland of Oregon. She was born in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico on July 25, 1964, to María Dolores Lozano and raised by Gilbert and Enedina Delgado. She attended Oakdale School and Maumee Valley Country Day.
Surviving are her daughters, and Krystal Delgado, Evon S. Kidan; 5 grandchildren; siblings, Gilbert Jr. (Rosie), David (Guadalupe), Johnny Delgado, Daniel (Martha), Alfred (Debbie), Rosie (Rob) Law, Susie (Frank) Ramirez, Dolores Martínez, Rosa García, Teresa Sánchez, José Luis Lozano, Esther Barajas, San Juana Alva, Alfredo Lozano, Araceli Lozano; special friend, James West; along with many loving family members and friends. Julia was preceded in death by her parents, Gilbert and Enedina Delgado, and brothers, Victor Lozano and Albert Delgado.


DOLORES DÍAZ
Dolores “Lily” Díaz (née Estrada), age 84, of Lorain, OH passed away peacefully on the afternoon of Wednesday April 3, 2013 at the home of her daughter, Cindy, following an extended illness. Lily was born in Lorain on November 4, 1928 and remained a life-long resident of the city. Devoted to her family, she enjoyed working with ceramics and flower gardening. She also liked cooking, and especially preparing and sharing Mexican food with her relatives and friends. She was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Chapel and worked as a volunteer with the S.P.C.A. of Lorain County.
Survivors include her daughters Joyce (John) Oliger of Columbus, Cynthia (Thomas) Bisgrove of Elyria, Georgette (Robert) McGarvey of Wakeman, and sons Salvador J. “Sal” (Pam) Díaz of Elyria and David (Gladys) Díaz of Lorain. She also leaves seven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, her brother Anastasio Estrada, Jr. residing in Treasure Island, Florida, and sisters Josephine (John) Malinovski of Lorain, and Hope Quercio of Carson City, California. She was preceded in death by her husband Salvador Díaz, Sr. in 1990, and by sisters Emma Zapata and Theresa Queiruga.


ROSA HERNÁNDEZ
Rosa Hernández (née Cantu) 83 of Lorain, OH passed away Friday, April 5, 2013, at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. Born August 21, 1929 in Victoria, Texas, she came to Lorain in 1951. Rosa worked as the head cook at Ohio Extended Care, Lorain for 20 years, retiring in 1992. Prior to that, she worked as a cook at various local nursing facilities in Lorain. She also worked as a housekeeper for many private homes. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and the Mexican Mutual Society. She enjoyed cooking, dancing, bingo and spending time with her grandchildren.
Surviving is her husband of 22 years, Piedad; sons, Elmer Garza of San Antonio, Texas, Ernest Garza of Lorain, Edward Garza of North Carolina, Richard Garza of Lorain, and Gilbert Garza of Houston; and a daughter, Norma Hess-Alcala of Lorain; 24 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Deana G. “Nani” Ybarra in 2011; and a son, Henry Garza.


LUIS  ALBERTO  JIMÉNEZ SR.
Luis Alberto Jiménez, Sr., 66 of Lorain, OH passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013 in his home following a lengthy illness. Luis was born on May 18, 1946, in Utuado, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain on July 4, 1964. Luis was employed at Green Bean Greenhouse in Westlake for 20 years and worked as an independent contractor for Label & Co in Cleveland for 25 years. He enjoyed building cabinets, golfing, fishing and playing dominos. He also enjoyed playing flight simulator and other computer games. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. Luis was the president of Coameño and vice president of Puerto Rican Home.
He will be dearly missed his wife of 37 years, Nellie Jiménez (née Delgado); daughters Marilyn (Jay) Santiago of Lorain and Marlene (Albert) Jiménez of San Diego; sons Luis (Tammy) Jiménez Jr., Angel (Christina) Jiménez, Eric Jiménez, and Ariel (Marisol) Jiménez all of Lorain; 14 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; brothers Ariel Jiménez and Juan Maldonado, both of Lorain, Angel Rivera of Miami, Ramón Rivera of Deltona, Florida, Miguel Rivera Brooklyn, New York and Sisters, Zaida DeJesús of Deltona; Nidia Oliveras of Lorain, and Emineth and Lisandra Jiménez both of Saint Petersburg.
He was preceded in death by his parents Serafin and Asunción (née Maldonado) Jiménez; brothers Jorge Rivera, Hector and Carlos Jiménez, and his granddaughter Arianna Jiménez.


JOSEFINA RODRÍGUEZ
Josefina Rodríguez (née Morales), 70, of Lorain, OH passed away Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013 in her home surrounded by her family. She was born March 9, 1943 in Orocovis, Puerto Rico. She lived in Trenton, New Jersey for eleven years before moving to Lorain in 1976.
Josefina was an active member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, she was an Eucharistic Minister, Altar Server and a kitchen helper. Josefina was also a member of the churches’ Renovacion Carismatica, Saint Vincent DePaul Society, and Prayer Ministry.
She will be deeply missed by her beloved husband of 46 years, Angel Rodríguez of Lorain; daughters Vivian Rodríguez of Avon and Sandra Rodríguez of Lorain; brothers Raymond and Eduviges Morales both of Trenton, New Jersey, Candido Morales of Miami, Florida and Juan Morales of Orocovis; sisters Aida Morales and Francisca “Rosin” Rodríguez both of Trenton and grandchildren Aaron Martínez and Adryan Rodríguez.
Josefina was preceded in death by her parents Eduviges and Josefa (née Rupert) Morales; brothers José and Sixto Morales and sisters Andrea and Tita Morales.


MARY SEGARRA
Mary “María” Segarra, 83 of Lorain, OH passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at her residence while under the care of Cleveland Clinic Hospice following a lengthy illness. Born February 12, 1930 in Lares, Puerto Rico, she came to Lorain in 1951. Mary worked as a sales clerk for Kmart in Lorain for 9 years. Prior to that, she worked as a seamstress for Joseph and Feiss in Lorain for 10 years.
Mary was an active and devoted member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, where she was a member of the Crusillo Movement and Legion of Mary. She also served on the funeral committee at the church for many years, helping countless families at their time of loss prepare for the Mass of Christian Burial. Mary was a very outgoing person, and loved cooking, music and dancing.
Surviving is her loving husband of 62 years, Antonio “Tony” Segarra; daughters, Miriam Segarra of Lorain, and Judy (Martin Smolinsky) Rosso of Nolanville, Texas; a grandson, Anthony (Digxie) Rosso of Lorain; a brother, Joe González of Lorain; and sisters, Mina Molina, Catine Díaz, Delia Rivera all of Youngstown, and Virginia Rodríguez of Lorain.
She was preceded in death by her parents Severiano and Carmen (née Velez) González; a brother, Lilo González; and sisters, Martina Cardona and Carmen Pagán.


GUADALUPE H. CHÁVEZ
Guadalupe H. Chávez, 89, formerly of Elmore, OH passed away on Monday, March 25, 2013 at Bethesda Care Center in Fremont, OH. He was born on May 1, 1923 in Zacatecas, Mexico to Graviel Chávez and Virginia Hernández. Guadalupe married Carolina A. Avalos in 1959 in Weslaco, TX and she survives. He worked at Pfizer for thirteen years and retired in 1983. Guadalupe was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He loved to do home repairs around the house, gardening and yard work.
Guadalupe is survived by his wife, Carolina A. Chávez, Fremont; children, Guadalupe (Bill) Below, Marta (José Arreola) Chávez both of Fremont; Rafaél (Belinda) Chávez, Woodville, Roberto (Monica) Chávez, Elmore, OH, Juan M. (Columbia) Chávez, Fremont, Graviel (Sara) Chávez, Elmore, OH, Jesús Chávez, Fremont; twenty grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Virginia Chávez and grandson, Guadalupe José Ysasi Chávez.


EMMA A. CORDERO
Emma A. Cordero (née Rivera), 85, passed away on March 25, 2013 in Golden Acres Nursing Home, Amherst following a lengthy illness. She was born November 15, 1927 in Orocovis, Puerto Rico. She settled in Lorain, OH in 1961.
Emma was married to Osvaldo Cordero and they would have celebrated 65 years of marriage this July 2. She retired from Lorain Products and was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. She was a loyal, dedicated, and adored wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Emma loved going to bingo, rooting for her favorite teams, the Indians and Cavaliers, cooking for her family and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is the beloved mother of Osvaldo “Ozzy” Cordero, Nancy J. Cordero and Zaida Ortiz, all of Lorain. She is the adored grandmother of Jason Cordero, Vangie Gomez, Martin Ortiz, María Honaker, Stephanie Ginese; sisters Elba Rivera of Lorain, Luz González of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Carmen Rivera of Denton, Texas and Gloria Velasco of Norwalk, Connecticut; brothers Juan Rivera of Kissimmee, Florida and José Rivera of Rio Grande, Puerto Rico and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Juan Rivera and Julia Ildefonso and 4 brothers.



HYACINTH A. LÓPEZ

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven: a time to be born and a time to sleep.”
Hyacinth A. López, 89, fell asleep on March 25, 2013. She was born on November 24, 1923, to the late Victor and Santos Orosco in Yokum, Texas. Hyacinth was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be dearly missed. She devoted her entire life to taking care of her family. Hyacinth’s calming demeanor and tenderness always kept her children at ease. She was a phenomenal cook and was well-known for her Latino cuisine.
Hyacinth was preceded in death by her loving husband, Phillip, and sons, Tony and Ricky. Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Phillip, Ron (Toni), Susie, and Joe (Joy); siblings, Paul and Mary; special niece, Yvonna, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.



NORBERTO VALENTIN
Norberto “Berto” Valentin, 84, of Land O’ Lakes, Fla., was called to rest by his Savior on Sunday, March 24, 2013. He was born in Utuado, Puerto Rico to Manuel Valentin and Estervina Montero. Berto retired after 30 years from Ford Motor Company in Ohio. He was a charismatic member of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church and he enjoyed volunteering for the Church, reading his bible, traveling, spending time with his family, gardening and building things for around his house.
He is preceded in death by his son, Luis Prieto; brothers, Manuel, Concho and Antonio Lugo Valentin and sister, Tonia. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elena Valentin; four daughters, Carmen Marrero (Javier), Aracelis Valentin (Antonio), Mary Flecha and Rumilda González (Antonio); ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.


RAFAEL ALVARADO
Rafaél Alvarado, 64, of Lorain, OH passed away in his home surrounded by his family Tuesday, March 19, 2013 following an lengthy illness. He was born October 24, 1948 in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico. He settled in Lorain in 1972. He retired in 2003 from Elyria Foundry. He worked there for 25 years. He also worked for Modern Tool and Die in Strongsville.
Rafaél was an active member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, belonging to the Cursillo Movement, Charismatic Movement, Juan 23 Group he played congas in the Charismatic Choir. He enjoyed playing Chess, dancing, playing music, motorcycle trips, hunting, camping and teaching his grandchildren to fish and his dog “Mi Mi.”
He will be deeply missed by his wife of 44 years Nydia (née Davila); sons Rafaél (Darleen) Alvarado, Jr. and Pablo J. (Katiria) Alvarado both of Lorain; daughters Sonia (Edwin) Fernández, Saida Alvarado and Noemi (Luis) Massa all of Lorain; brothers Ramón Alvarado of Lorain, Victor and Angel Alvarado both St. Petersburg, Florida, Luis Alvarado of Dorado, Puerto Rico and Samuel Alvarado of South Carolina; sisters Ana Alvarado and María Rosas both of Lorain and Aida and Carmen Rodríguez both of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico; 15 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Pablo and Jovina (née Miranda) Alvarado and a brother Geraldo Alvarado.


GLAFIRA R. BARRIENTOS
On March 12, 2013, at Toledo Hospice of Northwest Ohio, our beloved mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, Glafira (Fira) R. Barrientos, 86, peacefully entered into eternal rest surrounded by her family. Glafira was born in Edinburg, Texas on January 13, 1927, to Rafaél Reyes and Bonifacia Coronado. On May 13, 1945, Glafira wed Felix Barrientos and lived devotedly in marriage for 68 years. Glafira was known for her dedication to her family and relatives. She was a parishioner of St. Pius X Catholic Church and lived her faith by example.
Some of her acts of service included: President of the Guadalupe Society at St. Joseph's Parish in Erie, Michigan, St. Vincent de Paul Parish Altar Rosary Society, Eucharistic Minister, and Catholic Diocese Representative for the Central City Ministries.
She enjoyed gardening, music, dancing, and spending time with family and friends. She was an entrepreneur in partnership with her husband Felix, at one time, running two theaters featuring Spanish language films, a first, in the Toledo community. Her early working years were spent as a representative for a variety of home-based retail goods. She sold Shaklee, Sarah Coventry, Tupperware, Avon and other products to assist in supporting her family.
Glafira retired from the Toledo Public School district. She was employed as a School Truant Officer for Riverside Elementary and Calvin M. Woodward High School. At Irving E. Macomber Vocational High School she served as a Hall Monitor and was regarded highly by the many students whose lives she touched.
Glafira is survived by her children, Alma (Rubén) Platas, Anita (James) Mauter, Alex (Candi) Barrientos, Sandra (Ciro) Caprioli, Felix E. Barrientos; grandchildren, Jason Platas, Angelina (Jeff Heiman) Platas, Erik (Nancy) Mauter, Christian and Ashley Mauter, Christy (John) Soncrant, Alexa (Ryan) Eickholt, and Justin Barrientos, and four great-grandchildren.


MARTHA IRIS CABRANES
Martha Iris Cabranes (née Rivas), 69, of Amherst, OH passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013 in Metro Health Medical Center, Cleveland following a brief illness. She was born November 23, 1943 in Coamo, Puerto Rico. She moved to Lorain, OH in 1951. Martha was a beautician at Iris Beauty Boutique from 1970 to 1976. She graduated from the Northern Institute of Cosmetology, Lorain.
Martha was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, where she taught Catechism Classes and participated in the Cursillo Movement. She enjoyed crocheting, flower arranging, and bingo.
She will be deeply missed by her husband of 50 years Angel Cabranes of Amherst; sons Adam and Alvin Cabranes both of Lorain; daughters Melissa Amato of Avon Lake and Maritza (Eric) Denman of Lorain; grandchildren Jillian, Eric, Cara, Nick, Allexis and Loren; and 15 brothers and sisters.
She was preceded in death by her parents Inosencio in 1994 and Lorenza in 2004 (née Santiago) Rivas; sister Norma Rivas in 1981 and a son-in-law Mark Amato in 2004.


YOLANDA GONZÁLEZ COLÓN
Yolanda González Colón, 40, of Lorain, OH went to be with the Lord Wednesday, March 13, 2013 in her home following a lengthy illness. She was born September 29, 1972 in Chicago and was raised in Puerto Rico. She moved to Lorain in 2004 from San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico. Yolanda worked for the Johnson and Johnson Company in Puerto Rico. She enjoyed shopping, traveling, and the love of her family.
She will be dearly missed by her brother Edwin González Colón of Chicago; sisters Maribel (John Freddy) Cortez, Migdalia (Angel) Rivera both of Chicago and María S. (Jessie) Arroyo of Lorain; sister-in-law María González of Chicago; her parents Rafaél and Lydia (née Colón) González of Lorain; grandparents Eduardo Colón of Lorain and Maximina Prado of Lorain and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Yolanda was preceded in death by her grandparents Celedonia Luna and Antonio González.


ERNESTO S. REYES
Ernesto S. Reyes, 81 of Oak Harbor, OH died Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Riverview Health Care Campus, Oak Harbor. He was born April 26, 1931 in Losoya, Texas to the late Enemancio and Lucinda G. (Sauceda) Reyes. He graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in San Antonio, TX. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1951 – 1952 during the Korean War. On May 22, 1954 he married the former Sara Mendoza and she survives. Ernesto retired in 1993 from Chrysler- Jeep in Toledo, OH. He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, Oak Harbor, an Associate of the Sisters of Notre Dame in Toledo, and Vice- President of Guadalupe Society in Genoa and Oak Harbor.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years Sara Reyes of Oak Harbor; children: Ernesto M. Reyes of Barrington, IL, Eduardo M. Reyes of San José, CA, and Diane R. González of Oakland, CA; grandchildren Isabella S. and Benjamin E. Reyes.


TOMASITA JARAMILLO RODRÍGUEZ
Tomasita Jaramillo Rodríguez, 96, went peacefully to be with the lord on March, 19, 2013. She was a long time resident of Archbold and member of Templo Cristiano, She was born on January 31, 1917, in Rancho Las Delicias, Gral. Terán, N. L, México. She was the daughter of Antonio and Candida Jaramillo. She was the oldest of 8 children.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Yrineo Rodríguez Sr, her daughter and son-in-law; Estella and Felipe Acevedo, and two daughter in laws: Estella and Lucy Rodríguez; and four grandchildren. Tomasita was a charter member along with her husband and children in the founding of the first Hispanic Assembly of God Church in Archbold, OH. Their prayer was that of all the children God had given them, they wanted at least one to become a minister. God granted them this prayer; all the twelve have been involved in ministry, eight have been involved directly as Ministers of the General Council of The Assemblies of God, five of them are Pastors. Yrineo and Tomasita were married for 50 years.
Tomasita is survived by her 11 children; Eleazar (Lidia) Rodríguez of Baton Rouge, LA; Raul (Linda) Rodríguez of Corpus Christi, TX, Ester (Noe) Vásquez of Haringen, TX, Rosa (Ramiro) Rodríguez of Laredo, TX, Misael (Olga) Rodríguez, Elvia (Enrique) Rivera, Yrineo Rodríguez Jr., Abel (Regina) Rodríguez, Lydia (Jesse) Torres, all of Archbold, OH, Moses (Ana) Rodríguez of Wauseon OH, and Samuel (Febe) Rodríguez of Los Angeles CA, along with 43 grandchildren, 94 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.
Tomasita is also survived by one sister; Guadalupe and one brother; Israel Jaramillo, both of México and numerous nieces and nephews. “My greatest joy is seeing my family united, and serving God; there is no better life than this!” - Tomasita Rodríguez
Tomasita was recently featured in La Prensa; visit:  http://www.laprensatoledo.com/Stories/2013/020813/tomasita.htm


IRMA QUILES TORRES
Irma Quiles Torres, 69, of Lorain, OH passed away Saturday, March 16, 2013 in New Life Hospice following a lengthy illness. She was born July 9, 1943 in Corozal, Puerto Rico. She lived in New York for 8 Years before moving to Lorain OH in 1979. Irma was a strong, kindhearted, loving mother. She was an active member of Sacred heart Chapel, Lorain. Irma volunteered to help at church activities. In spite of her recent illness and debilitation she remained free spirited.
She will be dearly missed by her sons José A. (Kimberly) Ortiz, Jr. of Sheffield Lake and Victor (Cynthia), David and Daniel (Neimaliz) Ortiz both of Lorain; her daughter Julie Ortiz of Lorain; her former husband and friend José Ortiz of Lorain; brothers Ramón Quiles of Reading, Pennsylvania and Anibal Quiles of Morovis, Puerto Rico and a sister María Motieran of Queens, New York; and 11 grand children. She was preceded in death by her parents Pedro and Gurmercinda (née Torres) and 13 brothers and sisters.


RAY ALVAREZ
The Detroit Tigers and Ohio State Buckeyes lost one of their biggest fans on March 13, 2013, when Ray Alvarez passed away at Orchard Villa in Oregon, OH. He was born on August 13, 1962, to Ramiro and Erminia Alvarez Sr.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Kris Snyder Alvarez; sons, Drew, Daniel, and Gregory; mother, Erminia Alvarez; brothers, Ramiro (Elizabeth) Alvarez, Jr., Hector (Rosa) Alvarez, Richard (Diana) Alvarez, and Roy (Polly) Alvarez; sisters, Linda (Eleodoro) Martínez, and Lydia (Alfonso) López, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by father, Ramiro Alvarez Sr.; father-in-law, Ronald Snyder; nephew, Richard Alvarez Jr., and great-nephew, Devin Alvarez.


ROBERT GUERRERO
Robert Guerrero, age 63, of Adrian MI passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at his home. He was born May 4, 1949, in Adrian to Mike and Mary (Rodriguez) Guerrero. Robert was employed with Ford’s in Saline for 30 years, until his retirement on Sept. 1, 1999.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by one son, Michael Guerrero of Adrian; one daughter, Katrina Guerrero of Grand Rapids; brothers and sisters, Joe (Stella) Guerrero of Adrian, John Guerrero of Fairfield, Guadalupe Abercrombie of Milan, Emilio “Pal” Guerrero of Adrian and Anastacia “Stacy” (David) Zendejas of San Antonio, Texas; nine grandchildren, Tyler, Damien, Mikayla, Breonna, Ryan, Rochelle, Jawuan, Azia and Anyia; and one great-grandson, Treyvion. He was preceded in death by a sister, Angie.


TOMAS OBREGON
Tomás Obregon, 91, of Fremont, OH passed away on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at the University of Toledo Medical Center. He was born on December 29, 1921 in Islitas, TX, the son of Ventura and Juanita (née Martínez) Obregon.
Tomás married Petra Melchor on November 11, 1940 in Laredo, TX and she survives. He was the Owner/Operator of El Aguila Bakery (currently on State Street in Fremont OH) from 1972 until he retired in 1983. Tomás also worked as a Machine Operator at Ohio Lime Company for thirty-three years. He was a member of St. Casimir Catholic Church until it closed and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose. He loved fishing and was always baking.
Tomás is survived by his wife Petra Obregon, Fremont; children Juanita (John) Patton, Maumee, Cruz Rodríguez, Fremont, Petra (Tony) Hernández, Gibsonburg, Teresa Arriaga, Lorain, Tomas “Tom” (Felicia) Obregon, Jr., Fremont; sister Baldomera (Marcelino) Zapata, Geona; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, María López; siblings, Luz Obregon, Gavino Obregon, María Geronima Rodríguez; and son-in-law, Narciso Rodríguez.


FLOR COLÓN RIVERA
Flor Colón Rivera, 77, was called to our Lord on March 10, 2013 at Mercy New Life Hospice following a lengthy illness. A resident of Lorain, OH, he was born October 28, 1935 in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico. In 1956, Flor relocated to Cleveland, Ohio from Puerto Rico and soon after, settled in Lorain where he has since resided. As a soldier in the U.S. Army, Flor was a veteran of the Korean War. He was also a retiree of 30 years at the Ford Motor Company plant in Lorain, but was more prominently known for his natural talents as a musician. A celebrated percussionist, Flor was legendary on the timbales, congas and bongos and has represented such bands as El Combo Caribe, El Trio Puerto Rico and Flor Rivera y Sus Reyes Del Ritmo.
Flor enjoyed dominoes, billiards, and baseball and was an avid fan of the Cleveland Indians. He was a lovable and charming man with a passion for life. His incredible sense of humor and the vigor of his laughter were captivating, while his signature moves on the dance floor were unforgettable. Flor applied his energy and vitality in the form of devotion to his family and friends. He was a dedicated family man who adored reminiscing and recounting stories from the past.


JOSE C. ROBLEDO
José C. Robledo, age 69, of Delta, OH passed away Friday evening, March 8, 2013 at Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice. Prior to his retirement he had worked at Bunting Bearing in Holland, Ohio. He had also been a musician with El Trio Robledo. Jose was born in Tayahua, Zacatecas, Mexico on September 22, 1943, the son of José and Antonia (Coliz) Robledo. On September 22, 1978 he married Joyce Leininger, and she preceded him in death in 2011.
Surviving are two step-daughters, Jo Anne Todd of Delta, Kelly (Daniel) Culler of Delta; one step-son, Michael (Michelle) McVey of Swanton; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Leonardo (Yolanda) Robledo of Defiance, Juan (Bertha) Robledo of Mexico; five sisters, María De Jesús Robledo of Mexico, Mercedes Robledo of Mexico, Cruz Robledo of Mexico, Antonia Robledo of Texas and Josephina Robledo of Mexico; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce, both parents, and brother, Daniel Robledo.


EARLENE M. VILLARREAL
Earlene M. Villarreal, age 81, of Adrian MI passed away Sunday, March 3, 2013, at her home. She was born June 14, 1931, in Hamilton, Ala., to Arvin and Hester (née Vann) Warren. In 1975, she married Simon R. Villarreal and he survives. She loved being with her grandchildren and she enjoyed sewing and painting.
In addition to her husband, Simon, she is survived by two sons, Larry (Lynn) Feltman of Adrian and David (Keely) Villarreal of Sand Creek; one daughter, Linda Randolph of Adrian; one sister, Eunice Cook of Adrian; and 12 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Herman and Travis Warren; a daughter, Angie Feltman; and a son, Ricky Feltman.


ISMAEL N. CASTILLO SR.
Ismael N. Castillo Sr., 85, of Toledo, OH passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Ismael was born on February 28, 1928, in Eagle Lake, Texas to José and María (née Narvis) Castillo. Ismael worked as a laborer for Sam Geraldo Construction and Plabell Rubber before retiring. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Jackman Rd. Chapter for 50 years. Ismael loved watching wrestling, especially Monday Night Raw. He was always there to help someone whenever they needed and welcomed everyone with open arms. He truly had a heart of gold.
Surviving are his children, Ismael (Tammy Szegedi) Castillo Jr., María Zapata, José (Guadalupe) Castillo, Martina Castillo and Connie (Richard) Hrebic; son-in-law, Julian Rodríguez Jr.; siblings, Paul (Evangelina), Victoria (Rubén) Guajardo, Frank (Mary) and Salome (LaLa) Torres; 22 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Ismael was preceded in death by his parents; stepdaughter, Adeline Rodriguez; son-in-law, Julian C. Zapata Jr.; siblings, Trinidad, John, Jesse, Ralph and Lupe; and great-granddaughter, Addyson.


TANYA FERNÁNDEZ
Tanya Fernández (née Viera), age 38, of Lorain, OH passed away on the afternoon of Monday, March 4th, 2013 at Grace Hospital in Lakewood. She was born in the Bronx, New York on July 17, 1974 and had been a resident of Lorain since 2005.
Tanya attended Lorain County Community College where she pursued a Business Administration curriculum. She had most recently been employed as an instructional aid for students with special needs within the Lorain Public School System.
She was an active member of the Templo Emmanuel Assembly of God where she was a member of the Women's Ministry and the Bible study group. She also assisted with the Children's Ministry. Tanya was a physical fitness enthusiast who enjoyed hip-hop music and flower gardening. Additional interests included baking, cooking, and knitting.
She is survived by her husband of 16 ½ years Adalberto “Albert,” by her son Nathaniel I. Fernández at home, by her daughter Sarah I. Fernández, also at home, by her brother Raúl Viera, Jr. residing in the State of New York, and by a large extended family. She also leaves her beloved pet dog Rocco.
Tanya was preceded in death by her parents Raúl Viera, Sr. and María (née Henríquez) Viera.



GEORGINA GRACIA
Georgina “Geor” Gracía (née Alicea), age 89, of Lorain, OH passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2013, at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain.
She was born on March 17, 1923, in Corozal, Puerto Rico. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. She enjoyed collecting dolls, cooking, and working in her garden.
Georgina is survived by her sons; José, Victor, and Carlos, all of Lorain, 12 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and 8 great great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Juanita, Elvira, and Constanza, all of Puerto Rico, Nydia Díaz, of Chicago, and Eva Alvarez, of Lorain, and a brother, César Alicea, of Puerto Rico.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Mariano, Sr., in 2001; daughter Myriam Gracía, in 2010; sons Mariano, Jr., in 1985 and Raymond, in 1979; a grandson, Mariano Rivas III, in 2006;  a great great grandson, Michael Serrano; brother, José Alicea; sister, Carmen Burgos; and parents Leonides and Mariana (née Alvarez) Alicea.


ANTONIO  BILLEGAS
Antonio “Tony” Billegas Jr., age 58, of Toledo, OH passed away on Friday, March 1, 2013 with family by his side. He was born June 15, 1954, to Antonio Billegas Sr. and Mary (Gutiérrez) Verdin in Toledo, the oldest of 4 children.
He was a faithful employee at RMF Nooter for the past 19 years. When he wasn't working he loved shopping, taking long scenic drives, spending time with his family, and frequenting the Toledo Zoo. Tony enjoyed the holidays and took pride in decorating his home. He loved to learn and was full of historical and odd facts. He had a very generous heart that will be truly missed by all that knew him.
Along with his mother Mary, he is survived by his children, Amanda, Robert, and Carrie Billegas, Kimberly (James) Wilcox, Charles (Shanah) Maxwell; siblings, Rose (Larry) Maxwell, Mary (Thomas) Flowers, and Raymond (Doreen) Verdin; former wife, Sandy Billegas; 19 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Also surviving are his cats, Samuel, Imagi, Little Sammy, and Charquito. He is preceded in death by his father Antonio and son Tony.


DAVID  GONZÁLEZ
David González passed away suddenly on January 31, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Florida. David was born on September 3, 1963 in Lorain, OH. He moved to Florida with his parents in 1975 where he lived until his passing.
He enjoyed all facets of building yachts for Hutchins Com PacYachts where he was employed for 25 years. David ran an internet game server where he made many friends from all around the world. He was a huge fan of Epcot Center in Florida. He enjoyed all of their technology and attractions. He enjoyed the outdoors frequenting live concerts to his liking. He loved his family very much and wished to someday move closer to his siblings.
David’s memory will be cherished by his family, including his daughter Brandy Harblin Cordero from Spring Hill, Florida, his brothers Manuel Antonio González of Elyria, Freddy González of Lorain, sisters Leida González Huey of Frisco, Texas, Elsie González García of Amherst Township, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. He also will be greatly missed by his family and friends throughout the United States: New York, New Jersey, California, Arizona, and Florida.
He was preceded in death by his mother Nereida (Neri) González in 2007, his father, Manuel Antonio González in 2012, his sister Santita Figueroa, and Daisy Figueroa González in 2008. He is buried in St. Petersburg, Florida.


SAN  CAYETANO  MARTÍNEZ
San Cayetano “Carl” Martínez, 70, of Toledo, OH passed away February 25, 2013, in CommuniCare at Waterford. Born in Dearborn, Michigan on August 7, 1942, to Eusebio and Concepción (née Cortinas) Martínez. Carl enjoyed various outdoor activities, boxing, Mexican dancing and was a very good handyman.
Carl was preceded in death by son, San C. Martínez Jr.; parents; nieces, Sandy Elizondo, April Martínez, Gloria Ann Ruiz, brother, Simon C. Martínez.
Surviving are his daughters, Lupita Jude, Theresa Jude, Angel (Damian) Payne, Jara Jaso; 6 grandchildren; brothers, Tom (Penny), Henry, Joe (Patti) Juan (Carol) Martínez, sisters, Balbina (Tomas) Ruiz, Sabina (Sixto) Elizondo, Margaret (Esmundo) Ruiz, Lupe (Carlos) Jaso, Suzie Martínez, Maria (Cuca) Martínez.


ETANISLAO  RIVERA  PÉREZ
Etanislao “Don Tano” Rivera Pérez, 89, of Lorain, OH passed away Saturday, February 23, 2013 at his residence while under the care of Grace Hospice following a long illness. Born March 13, 1923 in Naranjito, Puerto Rico, he came to Lorain in the 1950s. He worked for Penn Central Railroad and retired from Lake Terminal Railroad as a group leader in 1985 after 14 years of service. Prior to that, he worked for various greenhouses.
Etanislao was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and a part of the Cursillo movement at the church. He also was a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local 1104-2. He enjoyed gardening, raising chickens, music and singing Christmas songs, playing dominos, and spending time with his family and his grandchildren.
Surviving is his wife 68 years, Juana (née Vázquez); his sons, Miguel (Nancy) Rivera of Wakeman, Etanislao (Helen) Rivera Jr. of Grafton, and Johnny Rivera of Lorain; daughters, Ana L. (Phillip) Santiago, Irma A. Rivera, Carmen C. (Juan) González, Gladys E. (Hector) Feliciano, Diana M. (José Louis) Milete, and Angelina Pérez, all of Lorain; 25 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Angel and Victor, both of Puerto Rico; and sisters Josepha and Candelario, both of Puerto Rico.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Evaristo and Catalina (née Pérez) Rivera; brothers, Nardo and Barin; sisters, Benedicta, Carmela, and Pilar; and a great-granddaughter, Rachel Bryer.


ENRIQUE PINAYA
Enrique “Henry” Pinaya died peacefully on February 17, 2013, at the age of 73. Enrique immigrated to the United State with his wife in 1971. He was employed by LOF for 30 years where he contributed to many projects and retired in 2002 as a chemist.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Gladys; daughters, Jackie (Mike) and Cheryl; son, Hank (Delma); grandsons, Xavier and Collin, and granddaughter, Isabella.


CELIA Z. TORRES
Celia Z. Torres, 81, of Toledo, OH passed away February 19, 2013, at The Toledo Hospital. She was born in Pharr, TX on June 27, 1931 to Pedro and Fidencia Zamarripa. Celia was a very faithful member of Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral Catholic Church. She loved Mexican music, polka dancing, traveling, cooking and flowers. Most of all, Celia loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren.
Surviving are her loving husband, Macario Sr.; children, Macario Jr. (Dalia) Alex (Donna), Oscar (Daniella) and Christopher (Mary) Torres; grandchildren, Mathew, Samantha, Jessica, Ashley, Oscar Jr., Amy, George, Daniella, Rebeca, Antonio, Marivell, Christopher Jr., Graciella Torres; five great-grandchildren; siblings, Mingo (Guadalupe), Elva Adkins, Luz (Frank) Molina and Cruz (María) Ebaniz. Celia was preceded in death by her parents; sons, Michael and Joseph; siblings, Pedro Jr., Angela, and Hilberta.

Marisela Marie Trevino, 15, of Toledo, passed away at home on Friday, February 15, 2013. She was born August 8, 1997, to Diego and Angel (Avalos) Trevino. Marisela was a sophomore at Whitmer High School and played softball for Washington Local. She loved shopping, taking photographs, and spending time with family and friends. Always a perfectionist, Marisela enjoyed dressing up and was known for her beautiful smile.
Surviving are her parents; brother, Diego Trevino Jr.; "sister", Reyna; grandparents, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.


RAMON P. VELAZQUEZ
Ramón P. Velázquez, age 86, of Lorain, OH passed away on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, after a brief illness. He was born on June 30, 1926, in San German, Puerto Rico and had moved to Philadelphia in 1967, where he lived until moving to Lorain in 1979. While living in Philadelphia, he was employed at Repco for 12 years. Ramón enjoyed carpentry, gardening, reading the Bible, and writing poetry.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years; Carmen (née Pinto), sons; Ramón Pabón, Jr., of Puerto Rico and Saul Pabón, of Lorain, daughters; Nancy Almodova, Ada Iris Almodova, Nixia Almodova, and Lucy Almodova, all of Puerto Rico, and Yvette Pabón, of Lorain, 4 grandchildren in Lorain, and many grandchildren in Puerto Rico, and his brothers; Evangelio and Zene Pabón, both of Puerto Rico.


JOSEPHINE MEDINA
Josephine (née Durán) Medina, 63, a native of Toledo who subsequently moved to Detroit, passed away on Monday, February 11, 2013. She was born May 4, 1949, to Ricardo and Aurora (García) Durán. She loved to dance, play cards, and most of all spend time with her family. She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, María López, Jesse García, John Durán, and her son, Mateo “Squirty” Valdez.
Josephine is survived by her adoring husband, Carlos; children, Angelo Esquivel and San Juan (Felicia) Esquivel, Patricia Medina, Carlos Medina Jr., and Ernesto (Christina) Valdez; siblings, Richard Jr., Frank (Leticia), Mario (Margarita), and Beatrice (Diana) Durán, Ruperta Pecina, Nancy (Joe) Romo, Petra Mattison, Pat Torres, Josie Briceno, Queenie, and Anna Ortiz. She is also survived by many grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.


ANGEL M. MORALES
Angel M. “Choco” Morales, 51, of Lorain, OH assed away Friday, February 15, 2013 in Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain following a lengthy illness. Mr. Morales was born January 4, 1962 in Hatillo, Puerto Rico. He moved to Lorain in 1979. He was a self employed Auto Mechanic and body man. Angel enjoyed animals, gardening and landscaping. Angel loved to spend time with his grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was kind hearted; he was always helping family and friends.
He will be missed by his loving companion Debra Fitch, of Lorain; sons Angel Morales, Jr., Lucas Morales, Luis Morales, David Morales, and Luis Otero, all of Lorain; their mother, Marian Escalera, of Lorain; brothers Hector, Luis and Julio Morales, all of Lorain, and Damaso Morales, of Hatillo, Puerto Rico; sisters Amada Ramos and Iris Morales, both of Hatillo, Puerto Rico; eight grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lucas Morales and María Valentin, sisters Elisa Valentin and Carmen María Román.




RAFAEL S. MORALES
Rafaél S. Morales, 80, of Lorain, OH died unexpectedly on February 8, 2013.
He is survived by his wife, Awilda Morales; five children; a sister and brother; and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren.


WILLIAM GONZALEZ CARRERO
William “Bill” González Carrero, 84, died February 2, 2013 at his home in Lorain, OH. Bill was born March 15, 1928 in Aquada, Puerto Rico, he moved to Lorain at the age of 17 and made his home here through retirement. Bill was married to Ruth Ann Miller and raised seven children, three from Ruth Ann’s first marriage and four together.
During his early years Bill was a Golden Gloves Boxing Champion and restaurant owner. His greatest joys were spending time with his grandchildren and attending their sporting events; he also enjoyed raising and sporting his roosters. Bill had a very successful career as a Committeeman, Building Chairman, Recording Secretary and Assistant Vice President during his 43 years with Ford Motor Company’s UAW Local 1250 in Brookpark, Ohio.
Bill is survived by his children, Ruth Roberta Toothman, Diana Marie Evans, Ramona Antoinette Brown (David), Kathleen Adela Discenzo, William Daniel Carrero Jr. (Kelly), Donato David Carrero (Melinda), 18 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, brother, Juan “Kiki” González, sister, Amparo González and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth Ann (née Miller), son, Enrique Antonio, grandson, Jerry, brothers, Donato and Pedro “Tito” González, and his sisters, Jean and Monsa González.


IRMA WATSON
Irma Watson, 70, of Toledo, OH, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at St Vincent Mercy Hospital. She was born in Joyce, Texas on April 28, 1942, to Francisco and Eliza Martínez. Irma was a Home Manager for Zeigler Habilitation for 10 years before retiring in 1998.
She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Olga Baiz, Felipe Martínez, and Fernando Martínez; her daughter, Rita Jo Ramirez; son, Randy Lee Watson; grandchildren, Francisco Martínez Gomez, and Sara Marie Gomez; mother-in-law, Dennis Carol Watson.
Irma is survived by her loving husband, Randy Watson; children, Francisco (Blanche) Gomez Jr., Olga (Michael) Fitch, Bobbie Love McCullough, Geraldine Kay Andrews, Monica (José) López and William Ramirez; 15 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren, and special friend, Janet Vásquez.


ESIQUIO GARCÍA CASTILLO
Esiquio García Castillo, passed on to the eternal, January 31, 2013, surrounded by his family at home. Born in Martindale, TX, a small town with a river for fishing and pecan trees for eating, he grew up working the fields before settling in Ohio. Esiquio was employed by the railroad, shipyard, and Compte Const. He was a self taught reader with true sayings to guide in life. He loved time with his family, watching his hummingbirds, and he had to have his boxing.
Esiquio was preceded in passing by his wife, Margaret Ellen Castillo; mother, Loreta García Hiracheta; siblings, Augistinia, Adelia, Mathew, Rudy, Lucy. Surviving is his brother, Raymond Salazar; children, Loretta, Rudy, Fidel, Russell, Esiquio Jr., Felix, Donna, Rita, Tony, Chris, Danny, Renae, Rhonda; a host of grandchildren and great-grand-children.


JAVIER CASTRO
Javier Castro, 48, of Lorain, OH passed away at the Cleveland Clinic Wednesday, January 30, 2013 of a brief illness. He was born August 7, 1964 in Lorain and graduated from Lorain High School in 1982. He was a chef at T.G.I Friday in Parma for 12 years. He was a bible student of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Javier was an athlete with a selfless love for his family and a passion for cooking and watching sports.
Javier will be dearly missed by his parents Benjamin and María (née Bermudez) Castro of Lorain; brothers Benjamin Castro Jr., Mike (Rose) Castro and Albie Castro all of Lorain; 3 nephews, 4 nieces, and 1 great niece. He was preceded in death by his sister Maria I. Deleón.


THERESA R. CELESTINO
Theresa R. Celestino, 77,  passed away at home on Saturday, January 26, 2013 surrounded by her family.
Theresa was born May 13, 1935 in Austin, Texas to the late Reynaldo and Jesusa (née Dominques) Ramón. She was married to Carlos M. Celestino on August 28, 1953. He survives her. Theresa had been a resident of Defiance, OH since 1965. She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church. She was a homemaker and worked at Zellers for many years. Theresa was a great cook and enjoyed playing bingo, casinos, travel and her grandchildren.
Surviving besides her husband Carlos, are nine children, Carlos Jr. (Catherine) Celestino of Arlington, Virginia; Irene (Oscar) Flores of San Antonio, Texas; Richard R. Celestino and Rudy J. (Darlene) Celestino all of Defiance; Henry P. (Veronica Mata) Celestino of Saginaw, MI; Julia Celestino and David (Penny) Celestino all of Toledo; Raquel (Michael) Korty of Chester, Virginia and Joseph M. Celestino of Austin,Texas. Also surviving are a sister Julia Treviño and two brothers, Jaoquin Ramón and Joseph Ramón, all of Defiance. She is also survived by 21 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Besides her parents, she is predeceased by two brothers. Rey Jr. and Jesse Ramón and two sisters, Ramona Urbina and Guadalupe Robles.


HILARO LAWRENCE FRANCO SR.
Hilaro Lawrence Franco Sr., 59, of Toledo, OH passed away on January 26, 2013, at his residence. He was born in Luckey, Ohio on November 6, 1953, to Aurelio Sr. and Mercedes (née Villareal) Franco. Hilaro was self employed working as a mechanic for several years.
Surviving are his daughters, Jill (José) Ayala and Sandra (Luis) Amador; grandchildren, Martin, Melina, Julissa and Tomas Ayala, Nicholas and Melody Amador; brothers, Rudy (Debbie), Miguel (Mary) and David Franco, José López; sisters, Connie Franco, Jane Franco and Peggy (Kenny) Hill; several aunts, uncles nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Nancy Marlow.


JAMES GUTIÉRREZ
James Gutiérrez, 87, of Lorain, OH passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 in Charlotte, N.C.  He is survived by his children, Nancy Gutiérrez (James Hathaway), David Gutiérrez (Trish), James Andrew Gutiérrez, John Gutiérrez (Yvonne) and Mary Gutiérrez: grandchildren, Margaret Hathaway, Hannah Hathaway, Elizabeth Hathaway, James Andrew Gutiérrez II, Matthew Gutiérrez, Nicholas Gutiérrez and Alexis Gutiérrez: sisters, Linda Ridenour and Mary Simpson: brothers, Jesus Gutiérrez and Joseph Gutiérrez.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret D. (née Dattilo): parents, Viviano Gutiérrez, Apollonia Trujillo: brother, Anselmo Gutiérrez: sister, Lucy Shaw.


MARGARITA MARRERO
Margarita Marrero, 71, of Lorain, OH passed away Thursday, January 31, 2013 in Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain following a lengthy illness. She was born October 30, 1941 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico and came to Lorain in 1979. She was a supervisor at Goodwill Industries, Lorain. Margarita enjoyed traveling, music, dancing, and being with her family.
She will be missed by her husband of 54 years, Pedro Marrero; daughters Wanda Caribe, Marilyn González, and Yvette Ortiz; sons Raphaél Colón of Cape Girardeau, Missouri and Pedro Luis Marrero of Kissimmee, Florida; sisters Luisa Padin and Anna Bermudez both of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico; eleven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents Severo Bermudez and Juana Rodríguez; son-in-law Rubén Caribe, and six brothers and sisters.


PRIMITIVO TORRES
Primitivo Torres, 85 of Lorain, OH passed away January 29, 2013 at Autumn Aegis Home after suffering Alzheimer’s for over three years. He was born June 9, 1927 in Aguada, Puerto Rico and had lived in Lorain since coming to work at Lorain Works US Steel in 1950. He retired in 1983. Primitivo was active in Sacred Heart Church till the Alzheimer’s disabled him.
Primitivo loved helping others. He was a member of the Spanish American Businessmen’s Association, and a member and past president of the Puerto Rican Home. He was also was a member of the United Steel Workers Union Local 1104. He enjoyed playing dominos with his friends. He will be dearly missed by his five sons, Naaman “Edwin” of Elyria, William, Dennis and Hiram of Lorain, Edgar of Wauseon and daughter Myrna of Lorain. Additionally, a special friend Doris Rosado who visited him daily at the nursing home.
He is also survived by his brothers Juan and Ramón of Lorain. He also leaves behind a large number of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren.
He was widowed twice, first by Digna (née Aviles) the mother of his six children, and then by Raquel (née Lugo). He was also preceded in death by a granddaughter Angie Marie as well as great grandchildren Maya Segovia and Corey; his sisters Ana Chaparro, with whom he was very close all his life, and Leona and Perfecta Torres; and brother-in-law Santiago Chaparro. His father Nicolas Torres died in 1942 and his mother María Cardona in 1977.


ERASMO DE LEON
Erasmo De León, 72, of Port Clinton, OH, passed away Sunday, January 20, 2013 at Edgewood Manor Nursing Center, Port Clinton. Erasmo was born on June 07, 1940 in Pharr, TX, the son of Jose Angel and Marta (née Flores) De León. On December 30, 2003 in Port Clinton, OH, he married Margaret “Peggy” Smith and she survives. Erasmo worked as a machine operator for Sandusky Athol until his retirement. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Erasmo loved camping, fishing, spending time with his family & friends, cookouts and working on cars. He was an assistant scout master for Troop 351 and an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the Cleveland Indians. Erasmo will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends.
Survivors include: wife: Margaret; sons: Eddie (Belia) De León and Javier (Joyce) De León; daughter: Melissa (Mark) French; Siblings: Feliciano (Rose) De León, María G. (Miguel) Castillo-Palacios, Merardo (María) De León, Jacinta Vega and Eva (Antonio) Cancino; 11 Grandchildren; 8 Great-Grandchildren and many loving cousins, nieces & nephews. Erasmo was preceded in death by his parents, first wife: Yolanda A. De León, son: Homero De León and 2 infant sisters.


RAMONA GONZALEZ
Ramona “Monin” González (née Soto), age 81, of Amherst, OH passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at Mercy Regional Medical Center following a brief illness. Born on April 15, 1931 in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico, she came to Lorain in 1951 and lived there until moving to Amherst in 1997. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. Ramona enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking and reading.
Surviving her are 4 sons, Andrés “Andy” Jr., of Atlanta, Ga., Richard J. (Debbie), of Amherst, Hector (Marilyn), of Auburn, Ga., and Edwin (Wendy) González, of Orlando, Fla.; her daughters, Gladys (Carlos) Gabriel, of Margate, Fla., and Lydia González, of Dawsonville, Ga.; 11 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Carmen Soto of Puerto Rico.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrés Sr., in 1989; her sons, William, in 1999 and Rafaél A., in 2004; her sisters, Conchita Soto, María Soto and Rafaela Soto and her brothers, Rafaél and Angel Soto.


PETRA S. HERNANDEZ
Petra S. Hernández, age 83, of Woodville, OH, passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2013, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Toledo, OH. She was born on June 29, 1929, in San Antonio, TX to Bernardo and María (née Ruiz) Santos. On September 3, 1947, she married Vidal M. Hernández Sr. in San Antonio, TX and he preceded her in death on May 3, 2012. She had worked for John’s Town Pizza Crust, Pemberville, OH, Goodyear, Luckey, OH and also was a custodian for Woodmore Local Schools. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and the Guadalupana of Genoa, OH. Petra’s family was truly her life.
Petra is survived by her loving family, daughters, Lucia Hernández, Hilda (Walter) Reed and Alicia Ann (fiancé - Michael Evans) Hernández all of Bowling Green, OH; sons, Daniel Hernández of Woodville, Vidal (Theresa) Hernández Jr. of Woodville, Alfredo Hernández of Woodville, Ricardo (Paula) Hernández of Elmore; grandchildren, Sandra, Amanda, Nicholas, Shawn (Kristin), Matthew, Christopher and Adrianna on the way; great-grandchildren, James, Maven; sister, Antonia (George) Olveda of Garden Grove, CA; brother, Apolonio (Mercedes) Santos of San Antonio. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Vidal and daughters, Angelita, Alicia Santos Hernández, and sister, Alicia Santos.


SALLY ANN PALOS
Sally Ann Palos, (née Cantu) 81, of Lorain, OH passed away Monday, January 21, 2013 in EMH Elyria Medical Center following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Palos was born July 24, 1931 in Kimball, West Virginia. She was a homemaker and mother who enjoyed cooking, gardening and bingo.
Sally will be missed by her sons Billy and Freddy Palos both of Elyria, Ronny Palos of Cleveland, Tommy and Domingo Palos, Jr. both of Lorain and Clarence Palos of Arizona; daughters Sharon Ware, Priscilla Wren and Patricia Palos all of Lorain; brothers Bill Cantu of Sheffield and Clarence Cantu of Ashland; sisters Elsie Newman of Elyria, Peggy Hunker of Oberlin and Debra Click of Lorain, 30 grandchildren and 43 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years Domingo Palos in 2008, her parents George and Elsie (née Hale) Cantu; son Johnny Palos; brothers Lee, Albert and Bob Cantu; sister Joann Nagy; and grandchildren Ashley Palos and Nicholas Rivas.


ARMANDINA M. SALAS
Armandina M. Salas, 67, of North State Route 19, Fremont, OH passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo. She was born on November 11, 1945 in Laredo, TX, the daughter of Edubijes and Lupe (née Villarreal) Orozco. She married Ronald Salas in Toledo, OH and he preceded her in death in 2000. Armandina was a Homemaker. She enjoyed watching TV, especially the Lifetime Chanel, the Judge shows and soap operas. Armandina also enjoyed being outside working in her yard and cook outs. She loved being with her grandchildren and her dog, Sassy.
Armandina is survived by her children, Jodi Hernández (Pete Torres) Fremont, OH, Joe Hernández, Jr. (Diane García), Bono, OH; siblings, Alfonso (Barb) Orozco of Florida and Maggie (Pete) Soto of Michigan; grandchildren, Selina and Veronica Hernández, Raquel Martínez, Nicole, Andrea, Lupe, Helica, Joe “Baby Joe” and Eduaro Juan Rolmando “Lalo” Hernández; nine great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ronald Salas; brother, Ed Orozco.


PETRA ARANDA
Petra Aranda, 75, of Toledo, OH passed away January 21, 2013 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. She was born in San José de Otates, Guanajuato, México on June 29, 1937 to Geronimo and Antonia (née Rodríguez) Galván. Petra was a loving and hard working mother who enjoyed cooking, loved to dance and travel. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.
Surviving are her children Juana Rodríguez, Sergio (María) Aranda, Julia (Horacio) Aranda-Tafolla, Jesús (Anna María) Aranda, Maurilio (Tamara) Aranda, Jorge Aranda, Ramiro (María) Aranda, Leticia (Francisco) Ruiz, Martin (María De La Luz) Aranda, Cristobal (Reyna) Aranda, and Geronimo (Bobby Jo) Aranda; 31 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; brothers, Jesús, Nicanor, Raúl, Francisco and Santos Galvan; sister, Rafaela Sandoval. Petra was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Armando; brother, Roberto Galvan; sister, Oliva Villegas; and granddaughters Ana Isabel Flores Aranda, and Ana Berenice Aranda.



JOSEPH BAIS SR.
Joseph Bais Sr. aka “Big Cheez,” age 65, of Toledo OH passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio’s Toledo facility surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 4, 1947, in Perrysburg, OH to Margarito and Petra (Díaz) Bais. Joe was a truck driver for Rogers Cartage for 28 years, retiring in 1996. A loving father and grandfather, he enjoyed family gatherings, playing cards, golfing, watching westerns and sporting events on TV. He was a parishioner of St. Adalbert Catholic Church.
Joe is survived by his devoted wife of 46 years, Betty; children, Joseph (Kim) Bais Jr., Becky (Deron) Dempsey and Robert Bais; grandchildren, Cierra and Devon Dempsey, Alyssa Bais, and Brycen and Macen Bais; sisters, Mary Underwood and Chanita (Art) Banda; brothers, Mike, Margarito Jr. (Kim), Alfredo and Andy Bais; many nieces and nephews, and canine companion, “Stella.” He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Tibersio, Armando, and Jesse.
 


OVIDIO BEJARANO
Ovidio “Obie” Bejarano, 85 of Pemberville, OH passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2013 from pneumonia at Bridge Home Health Hospice, Bowling Green. Born February 17, 1927 in Brownsville, Texas, Obie was a successful entrepreneur, farmer at heart and dedicated Christian family man. Self-made and hard-working, Obie and his wife started Obie’s Flowers in 1962 and recently celebrated 50 years in business. Well known for his friendly and outgoing personality, Obie was instrumental in the creation of other local businesses and served as a mentor to many.
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Mary Jane, daughters, Diane (Robert) Hoefkens, Kay (Brian) Elder, and Margaret (Frank) Wilcox and Grandchildren, Elena and Brett Elder and Luke and Elisa Wilcox. He was preceded in death by son, Homer and cousin, Raúl Bejarano.



ELIU G. SALAS
Eliu
G.“Leo” Salas, age 83, of Lorain, OH died on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at Specialty Hospital , Amherst , following a lengthy illness. He was born on November 21, 1929 in Fresno , Texas , moving to Lorain in 1951. He was employed at US Steel for 34 years, retiring in 1985. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, United Steelworkers Union Local #1104, and Mexican Mutual Society Club. Leo enjoyed walking and watching the Cleveland Indians.
Surviving is his sons: Larry (Cecilia) from Watertown, WI, Louis, Alex, and Eric Salas all of Lorain; daughter: Virginia (David) Kevorkian; 8 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; sister-in-laws: Yolanda, Martha, and Mary; brother is laws: Lupe and Joe; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents: Fredrico and Rosenda Salas; brothers: Samuel and Fredrico; sister: Febe; and sons: Charles, Robert, and Michael.


JAMES VALDEZ SR.
James Valdez, Sr., age 88, of Adrian MI passed away Jan. 12, 2013, at home. He was born July 8, 1924, in Lincoln,
Neb., the son of Moses and Anna (née Rebstock) Valdez.
He is survived by his children, Benjamin (Jackie) Valdez of Florida, Feliz (George Díaz) Valdez of Adrian, Barbara
Valdez of Alaska, James “Jimmy” (Armadina) Valdez, Jr. of Columbus, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. Nickolas Valdez and Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Valdez, both of California; two sisters, Marie Hernández of Adrian and Pauline Jaimes of Adrian; 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great- grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his former wife, Francis Soto-Valdez; his parents, his uncle, Guadalupe Leso; and two
brothers, Joseph Valdez and Victor Valdez-Lara.


LARRY L. CORDOVA     
Larry L Cordova, 66, a resident of Tecolote, N.M., passed away at St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe on Sunday, December 30, 2012. He is survived by his daughter Tammy Lee Stoots and husband Mike of Lorain OH; grandchildren Alexis McCasky, Antonio Reyes, Payton, and Cole Stoots all of Lorain OH; sisters Rose and Elizabeth Cordova and Yolanda Collins all of Lorain; brothers, Eloy Baca of Tecolote and Anthony Cordova, Jr. of Vermilion OH; his pets, Daisy Mae, Miles, and Reba. Larry was a Vietnam Veteran serving with the US Army as a tank commander with the 25th Infantry Division. He received the National Defense Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with on Bronze Service Star, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm and two Purple Hearts. He worked at the Ford Motor Company in Lorain and Avon Lake for 38 years retiring in 2005. He was an avid animal lover and was very creative when it came to his hobby of craft workmanship.
He was preceded in death by his parents Anthony and Theresa Garza Cordova.


LYDIA A. LOPEZ
Lydia A. López, age 59, of Toledo OH passed away Wednesday January 9, 2013, in the Darlington House. Lydia was born on August 17, 1953, in Toledo to Jesse F. and Olivia. (née Portillo) López. Lydia loved spending time with her grandchildren and dancing to her favorite Mexican music.
Her sister Virginia Guadalupe López and great-niece Angelica Lutts preceded her in death.
She is survived by her parents Jesse and Olivia López; children, Christina Barrera, David (Tara) Barrera Jr., and Marcus Barrera; grandchildren Abeni, Evangela, Damion Jr., Damon, Salycia, David III, Christina, and Marcus II; great-grandchildren Giovanni, Armani and Alexys; siblings Deborah (Dennis) López-Lutts, Jesse (Juanita) López Jr. and Art (Tammy) López, and many nieces and nephews.


CARL D. DURÁN
Carl D. Durán, 56, of Oregon, Ohio passed away on January 4, 2013, at Otterbein at Perrysburg. He was born in Toledo on October 18, 1956 to Vincent and Anita (née Ahumada) Durán. Carl attended Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
Surviving are his mother, Anita; sister, Lydia (Donald) Cousino; nieces, Stephanie Cousino, Gina (Richard) Clemens, and their son, Dean, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Carl was preceded in death by his father Vincent; brother Vincent Jr.; aunts Lucy Weaver and Mary López; uncles John Ahumada, John Durán, and Charles Weaver.


ANGEL MENDEZ FELICIANO
Angel Mendez Feliciano, 79, of Bayamon Puerto Rico, passed away December 28, 2012 after a brief illness. He was born December 30, 1932 in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico. Angel lived most of his life in Lorain, OH. He worked for United States Steel, where he retired after 35 years of service. He retired to Puerto Rico 5 years ago.
He is survived by his daughter Nelida Sue (Randy) Glassburn; stepchildren Judy (Tony) Rangel, and Charles (LouAnn) Hayslett; 6 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; and 3 sisters.
He was preceded in death by his wife Alpha Mendez.


VICTORIA GONZALES
Victoria Gonzales (née Mendoza), 80, of Lorain, OH passed away Saturday, December 29, 2012 at the Cleveland Clinic following a short illness. Born Nov. 17, 1932 in Lorain, she lived in Lorain her entire life. She attended Clearview High School and Lorain Cosmetology School. Victoria enjoyed boating, shopping, and dining out. She enjoyed being an artist and loved spending time with her family, especially her two grandchildren.
Surviving is her daughter, Carol (Edward) Armbruster of Lorain; grandchildren, Lisa and Eric; and a brother, Bellen Mendoza of Louisville, KY. She is also survived by her cousins; Jody Garcia and Tomasa Silva, and numerous other cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bellen and Antonia (García) Mendoza; and a brother and two sisters.
 


ESTEBAN DeHOYOS SR.
Esteban (Steve) DeHoyos, Sr., 79, of Genoa, OH, died Wednesday, December 26, 2012 in Mercy-St. Charles Hospital, Oregon, OH. Esteban was born in Robstown, TX on December 18, 1933 to Manuel and Petra (née López) DeHoyos. He married María (née Navarro) in Corpus Christi, TX on May 10, 1953. She preceded him in death on June 26, 2000.
Esteban was an electrician supervisor for U.S. Gypsum of Genoa, for over 40 years, retiring in 1997. He served his country in the National Guard Reserves and was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Genoa. In his younger years he and his wife were very involved with their Catholic community. He and his wife had also owned and operated the former DeHoyos Bakery in Genoa. They also were big promoters of Tejano music and often sold the latest in Tejano songs. Esteban was an exceptional man who loved and cherished his wife and family. He believed in higher education and made sure that all of his children went to college. Nothing made him more proud than to see his children and grandchildren succeed in life.
Esteban is survived by his children: Diane N. DeHoyos of El Paso, TX, Rose Mary González of Genoa, Esteban (Diane) DeHoyos, Jr., of Perrysburg, OH; grandchildren: Andrew, Gabriel, Roxangela, Kassandra, Dito, Ryanico, Brianna; 4 great-grandchildren; and siblings: Robert DeHoyos of Willard, OH, Manuel (Ok-Sun) DeHoyos, Las Vegas, NV, and Juanita Silva, Norman, OK. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, daughter, Petra Reyna, brother Raúl DeHoyos, and sister Dolores Alonzo.


CARLOS O. ESPARZA
Carlos O. Esparza, 64 years, of Defiance, OH passed away Friday, December 21, 2012 at Brookview Health Care in Defiance. Carlos was born December 22, 1947 in San Antonio, Texas to Charles and Anna (née Ordaz) Esparza. He married Ellen G. Villarreal on February 14, 1970 in San Antonio. Carlos was a Ceramic Tile Setter for the San Antonio Housing Authority for 21 years, retiring in 2004. Carlos was also an ordained minister. They then moved back to Defiance. Carlos enjoyed reading, taking long walks, watching movies and spending time with his family.
Surviving is his wife, Ellen of Defiance; five daughters, Valerie (Eddie Macias) Esparza
of Chicago, IL., Connie Esparza of San Antonio, TX., Sarah Esparza of Daytona Beach, FL., Rachael (Joshua) Hernández of Fort Campbell, KY. And Megan Esparza of Defiance; four sons, Marcelino Esparza of Columbus, OH., Demetrius Esparza of Pleasanton, Texas, Matthew and Michael Esparza, both of Defiance; 18 Grandchildren; his mother, Anna Esparza of Defiance as well as three brothers and five sisters. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Esparza and two brothers.


JUAN JOSE GARCÍA
Juan José García Jr., 26, of Toledo, OH, passed away suddenly, Tuesday, December 25, 2012, as a result of an automobile accident. Juan was born in León, Guanajuato, Mexico on April 9, 1986, to Juan J. and María (née Hernández) Sr. Juan was a 2004 graduate of Waite High School, where he served as class president. He was a member of the track team along with the French and Spanish Clubs. After graduation, Juan attended Owens Community College. For the past six years, Juan was employed with Zia’s Italian Restaurant as a bartender. Juan enjoyed dancing, movies, decorating, traveling, and hanging out by the pool. He enjoyed listening to music and spending time with his family and friends; especially on his favorite holiday, Christmas. Juan will be remembered for his sarcastic sense of humor and the smile on his face.
Juan is survived by his parents, Juan and María García; siblings, José M. (Tiffany) and Natalia E. (Kevin) García; boyfriend, Zachary Smith; dear friend, Janice Dingess; along with his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.


CATALINA GUZMÁN
Catalina Guzmán (née López) 83, of Lorain, OH faithful servant of God, loving mother, grandmother & great grandmother was called home to our Heavenly Father on Friday, December 21, 2012 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home following a lengthy illness. Born July 8, 1929 in Caguas, Puerto Rico, she came to Lorain in 1957. Catalina worked in the housekeeping department of Good Samaritan Nursing Home for 25 years, retiring in 1994. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain where she was also a member of the Cursillo. She enjoyed watching Spanish soap operas (novelas) and Sabado Gigante. She also enjoyed playing bingo with her late sister, Marcelina.
Surviving are her children, Wilfredo (Charlotte) Guzmán, María (Estaban) Rivera and Maggie (Josie) Cruz all of Lorain; step children, Alfredo (Lucy) Guzmán Jr., Ana Guzmán and María Guzmán all of Lorain; grandchildren, Stevie Rivera, Anthony Rivera, Melanie R. Guzmán, Lila Armstrong, Wilfredo Guzmán Jr., Ashley Jordan; great grandchildren, Jordan Rivera, Briana Rivera, Isaiah Brenes, Angelina Rivera, Danielle Rivera, Karmel Hampton, Jaér Armstrong III, Alizah Catalina Jordan, and Anthony Rivera Jr.; and many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfredo Guzmán in 1974; her parents, Placido and Alejandrina (née Serrano) López; brothers, Pedro López and Luis López; sisters, Leonor López, Luisa López, Marcelina López-Maldonado and María Luisa “Rosa” López.


DAVID MARTÍNEZ
David Martínez, 78 of Lorain, OH passed away Sunday, December 23, 2012 at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain, following a short illness. Born June 8, 1934 in Utuado, Puerto Rico, he came to Lorain in 1951. David retired from Ford Motor Company, Brookpark, after 36 years of service. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and the United Autoworkers Union Local 1250. He enjoyed gardening, watching sports and was a loyal fan of the Cleveland Indians and Browns. A true family man, David enjoyed spending time with his family and traveling to Florida and Myrtle Beach, SC, to visit family. David also enjoyed outdoor activities and spending time with friends. A dog lover, he will be dearly missed by his companion “Lalo.”
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Aida (née Arocho); sons, Nelson (Candice) of Deltona, FL, Edgar (Sandra) of Kissimmee, FL, Orlando (Tammy) of Myrtle Beach, SC, and David Jr. (Nicole) of Deltona, Fl; his daughter, Aidaliz “Ali” Martínez of Lorain; grandchildren, Mehgan (Graig) Szakats, Brittnay “Bri” (Brandon) Martínez-Tierney, Orlando Martínez II, Ricardo “Rico” Hernández, Samuel Martínez, Sophia Martínez, Evan E. Martínez; a great granddaughter, Eleyna Szakats; sisters, Arminda Martínez of Puerto Rico and Rafaela Martínez-Torres of Lorain.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Esteban and María “Lola” (née Cuevas) Martínez; a son, David Martínez Jr. in 1982; a brother, Raymond; and sisters, Octavia Martínez, Nelida Martínez, and Aida Martínez.



RAQUEL RITA MENDIETA
Raquel Rita “Rocky” Mendieta, 80, of Perrysburg, OH died Thursday, December 27, 2012, in Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg. She was born in Toledo on September 21, 1932. She married Antonio “Tony” Mendieta in Bowling Green, OH on December 23, 1950. Rocky was a 1948 graduate of Waite High School and continued her education at Owens Community College later working as a preschool teacher with Head Start for over 10 years. The popular local “Mama Mendieta’s Salsa” was named for her from a recipe passed down from her father. She was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church in Perrysburg.
She is survived by her husband, Antonio; nine children, Stella M. (Don) Sekulski of Toledo, Robert Mendieta of Waterford, MI, Tony J. (Tina) Mendieta of Colorado Springs, CO, Becky H. (Fred) Ramirez of Perrysburg, Monica Mendieta of Houston, TX, Christopher R. Mendieta of Perrysburg, Melinda Mendieta of Toledo, Patricia S. (Robert) Ray of Rochester, NYand Jessica Mendieta of Hollywood, CA; fifteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; sisters, Laura (Lupe) Alverez and Frances Hilt both of Toledo. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Thelma (Berry) López; sister, Pilar Georgeoff, and brother, Sabino López.


MANUELA VARGAS NIETO
M
anuela Vargas Nieto, age 83, of Adrian, MI passed away December 23, 2012, at St. Luke’s Hospital. She was born May 11, 1929, in Thrall, Texas to Genaro and Juanita L. Vargas. On September 29, 1944, in Taylor, Texas, she married Alejandro Nieto, Sr. and he survives. Manuela was a member and volunteer at St. Mary’s of Good Council Parish. She enjoyed spending time with her family at the numerous family gatherings and cookouts. Manuela loved the Detroit Tigers, NASCAR racing, camping and fishing. She also loved to cook for her family.
In addition to her loving husband, Alejandro of 68 years, she is survived by her children, Jesucita and Matias Saldivar of Albion, Alejandro, Jr. and Mary Lou Nieto of Adrian, Julia and Bill Chandler of Adrian, Richard Nieto of Adrian, Raul Nieto of Stanton, Gilbert Sr. and Jayne Nieto of Adrian, Tony Nieto of Grand Marias and Ruth and Keith Whipple of West Palm Beach, Fl; 28 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, three sisters; and a daughter, Dora.


ANGELA ROLDAN CLAUDIO
Angela Roldan Claudio, 84, of Lorain, OH passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Saturday, December 15, 2012 in her home following a lengthy illness. She was born October 2, 1928 in Caguas, Puerto Rico. She lived in Puerto Rico until moving to Lorain in 1979. Mrs. Angela Roldan Claudio was a member of Iglesia Pentecostal Cristo Misionera, Lorain.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory sons Jaime Claudio and Candido Claudio of Puerto Rico, Angel Luis Claudio of Buffalo, New York, Roberto Claudio of Reading, Pennsylvania, José Ernesto Claudio, José Antonio Claudio, Alfredo Claudio, Victor Claudio all of Lorain; daughters Carmen Eva Claudio, Rosa Rivera Claudio, Francis Ortiz Claudio, and Margarita Claudio all of Lorain. She was preceded in death by her daughter Maria Rodriguez in 2005 and Pedro Claudio in 2009.


ESTEFANA SUSANA CRUZ
Estefana Susana Cruz, 85, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving and caring family, while under hospice care on Tuesday, December 18, 2012. She was born on May 23, 1927, in Rockdale, Texas, the daughter of José Canales, Sr. and Dominga Romero Canales. Estefana was married to Raúl Cruz on May 16, 1941. Estafana was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother. She enjoyed dancing, cooking, shopping, spending time with family, traveling and always rooting for her Dallas Cowboys. She was employed with Flower Hospital, Sylvania OH, for more than 16 years.
She is survived by her daughters, Gloria Valdez, Erlinda Dickens (John), Dalia Cantu, Angela Zeller (Richard) and Lisa Marie Cruz; sons, Hilario, Rubén (Liz), Jimmy (Nancy), Jessie (Joan) and Daniel Cruz; 24 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; 20 great-great-grandchildren, and 1 sister, Elvira Mendoza. Estefana was preceded in death by her loving husband Raúl; son, Manuel Cruz; sister, Mable Martínez; brothers, Domingo, Larry, José Canales Jr. and Manuel Ortiz.


OLGA IRIS LLANES
Olga Iris Llanes(née Sánchez), 50, of Lorain, OH went home peacefully with the Lord on December 18, 2012, surrounded by her family.  Mrs. Llanes was born July 20, 1962 in Utuado, Puerto Rico. She moved to Lorain in 1986. She enjoyed spending time with her children and family. She lived life to the fullest. Olga loved the Lord and enjoyed playing her congas and singing at Christian Tabernacle where she was a faithful member for the past 20 years, participating in all church activities including cooking for the International Festival.
Olga is survived by her husband of 33 years, Jorge H. Llanes of Lorain; sons Jorge Luis Llanes of Puerto Rico, Daniel Llanes and José M. Llanes of Elyria, David Llanes of Sheffield Village; her parents Jaime and Lilly (née Rivera) Sánchez of Lorain; sisters Margie Rivera, Evelyn García and Ivette Maxwell all of Lorain; brothers Jaime Sánchez Jr. and Hector Sánchez of Orlando, FL and 11 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by sister Nancy Sánchez.


ERMELINDO DEJESUS AROCHO  
Ermelindo DeJesus Arocho, age 89, of Lorain, OH passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain. He was born on August 29, 1923, in Caguanas, Puerto Rico, and moved to Gary, Ind. in 1951. One year later he moved to Lorain. He served in the United States Army. He was employed at the Ford Motor Co., in Brookpark, for 34 years, retiring in 1986. Ermelindo was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, where he was an altar server and a member of the Cursillo Movement since 1962. He had a big heart and donated to many charities throughout his life.
Ermelindo is survived by his wife of 61 years, Heriberta (née Velez); his children, Elmer (Vanessa) Arocho, Richard (Celeste) Arocho, Muriel (Tony) Parrilla, Ivan (Evelyn) Arocho, and Sylvia Morales, all of Lorain; 8 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and his siblings, Genovera Boneta, of Vero Beach, Fla., Angel Luis Arocho, of Lorain, Antonio Arocho, of Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, Elsa Arocho-Gonzalez, of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, Emyne Berrios, of Alpharetta, Ga., Aida Martinez, of Lorain, and Rosemary Bibler, of Cleveland.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Antonio and Isabel (née DeJesus) Arocho; siblings, Jose Arocho, Irma Arocho-Silva, and Ernesto Arocho; and a son-in-law, Angel Morales.


SALVADOR  M. GARCÍA JR.
Sal García, age 61, passed away unexpectedly on December 5, 2012. He was born to Salvador and Evangeline García on June 2, 1951. He was married on July 2, 1983, to his loving wife Diane. He spent his career in the trades, working for Ohio Roofing for 30 years. He spent the last 8 years working side by side with his sons for the family business, Shingle Rite, proudly introducing them to everyone he met.

He loved to bowl and was very proud to have once bowled a perfect 300 game. He was a huge Harley Davidson fan who loved riding his motorcycle when the weather was just right. He especially loved spending time with his many grandchildren and with his "body guard dogs" Kong and Destiny, who rode along with him every day to the various job sites.

Sal was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Virgil García, and sister, Carmen García. He is survived by his wife, Diane; children, Sal García III, James Limongi (Michelle), Ryan García (Nicole), Steven García (Megan), Jason García (Crystal); grandchildren, Angelo, Mathew, Steven Jr., Logan, Gabriel, Mark, Lauren, Lylah, Keely, Brady, Kasey, James, Kylee, and Jake; brothers, Mel Davila and Jesse García, and sisters, Evangeline Ibarra (Jesse) and Mary Aguirre (John).
 


JULIO GONZÁLEZ
Julio González, 73, of Lorain, passed away Mon., Dec. 10, 2012. Beloved father of Elizabeth (Felix) Carrion, Elaine Marsh, Daniel (Angela) González and Julie Colbert all of Lorain; dear brother of Dario Rodriguez, Edwin González, Mercedes Camacho and brothers in Puerto Rico; grandfather of 15 and great grandfather of 2.


HENRY PERALES JR.
Henry Perales Jr., age 56, of Toledo, OH passed away Saturday, December 15, 2012, at Mercy St. Anne Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Born December 28, in Toledo, he was the son of Henry Perales Sr. and Mary Nino. Henry attended Franklin grade School and Waite High School. He was employed by the Jeep Corporation for over 30 years during which he served as a union steward for the UAW. Henry also enjoyed metal detecting and collecting coins. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. Henry was an avid Alabama football fan “Roll Tide.”
Henry is survived by his parents Gilbert and Alice Mendoza; his wife of 28 years, Delia (née Almanza) Perales; daughters, Angie Durán, Raquel (Dave) Derian and Jessica (Josh) Radtkin; son, John Durán Jr.; sisters, Shirley Perales, Patricia (Jeff) Hudak and Cheryl (Jim) Guerricagoitia; brothers, Mark (Danielle) Perales, Steve Perales, Joe Manning and Tony Manning; grandchildren, LeAna Inman, John Antoszewski, Ysabel Durán, Amai Inman and Jace Radtkin, and best friend, Jeff Leichty. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Manning.


ISABELLA M. LÓPEZ
Isabella M. López, 75, of Toledo, OH passed away December 4, 2012, at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. She was born in Kyle, Texas on November 4, 1937, to Aurelio and Juanita (née Martínez) Meléndez. Isabella was a proud homemaker. She enjoyed crocheting, bingo and the holiday season. Isabella loved spending time with her family, friends and especially her grandchildren. She was a former member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and attended Sts. Peter & Paul Church.
Surviving are her husband of 53 years, José Sr. “Joe”; mother, Juanita Maldonado; children, Joseph (Belma) López, Paul (Christina) López, Sonya (Duke) Hamilton and Aurelio (Susan) López; siblings, Justo (Emma) Maldonado, Stella Briceño and Gloria (Pasqual) Hernández; 12 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. Isabella was preceded in death by her father; brother, Tony Maldonado; son, Florencio López; 3 great-grandchildren, Angel, Mia, and Iziah.


Jenni Rivera, Mexican-American singer, dies at 43

Jenni Rivera, the Mexican-American singer and television star known as “the Diva of Banda,” died early Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, when the plane in which she was traveling crashed outside Monterrey, Mexico. She was 43. Ms. Rivera was on her way to the Mexico City area where she was scheduled to tape an episode of the Mexican version of the singing competition show “The Voice.”

Ms. Rivera, who was born and lived in Los Angeles, was one of the biggest stars of the banda and grupero genres. She sold more than 15 million albums and was nominated three times for the Latin Grammy Award; being divorced three times, she developed a reputation for lyrics that addressed relationships between the sexes with a frankness reminiscent of country music. Several of her brothers are also well-known banda artists. She was the mother of five children.

Information from the New York Times. On the Internet:  Jenni Rivera, Porque Me Ases Llorar, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGdStbryjy4


ANTONIO A. RUIZ
Antonio A. Ruiz, 34, of Toledo, OH passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday, December 4, 2012. He was born in Toledo on November 9, 1978, to Alfonso and Kathleen A. (née Burke) Ruiz and was a 1996 graduate of Cardinal Stritch High School. He studied tool and die at the University of Toledo. He was a gifted mechanic and impressed his teachers of his outstanding learning abilities using non-traditional study method. His outstanding personality precluded him as the life of the party with his beautiful smile and laughter. He was dearly loved by family and many friends but the apple of his eye was his daughter, Josephine. He worked for various employers but currently was laid off from PGT Trucking. He was an avid fisherman: breeding, collecting and selling exotic fish and was a Cleveland Browns fan.
He will be deeply missed by his daughter, Josephine Ruiz; mother Kathleen; sisters, Cecilia (Jamie) Ruiz, Stefanie Ruiz, Jenny (Shawn) Hughes; brother, Alfonso (Michelle) Ruiz; nephew, David Cutcher; goddaughter and niece, Brianna Seaman, and many other dear family members and friends. Tony was preceded in death by his father; sister, Tonya Ruiz; aunt, Jasmin Avelar; uncle, Javier Ruiz, and his grandparents.


JOSE M. SANTOS JR.
José M. Santos, Jr. “Chema”, age 87, formerly of Holgate, OH died Sunday, December 2, 2012, at Covenant Hospital in Saginaw, MI. He was born November 3, 1925 to José M. and Bridgetta (née Herrera) Santos Sr. in Poteet, TX. On September 16, 1944 Jose married Eva (Lozano) in Poteet, TX. José was employed for 35 years at GM Foundry, Defiance and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Holgate.
José is survived by his loving family: Rudy (Cathy) Santos, Lima; Bertha (Joe) Belmares, La Feria, TX; Jerry Santos, Defiance; and Laura (Jessie) Bentancur, Saginaw, MI; 12 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and brothers Lupe Santos, Antwerp, Joe Santos, Ft. Wayne, IN, Everette Santos, Findlay, and sisters Mary “Louisa” Gill, Holgate, and Linda Castillo, Celina. He was preceded in death by his wife Eva, October 19, 2000, grandsons, Michael Santos and Rene Belmares, and siblings Rubén Santos, Rojelio Santos, Jesse Santos, Elviria Flores, Beatrice Barrera, and Corina Luna.


EPIGMENIO P. GONZÁLES
Epigmenio P. Gonzáles, 69, of Sylvania Township, OH passed away Saturday, November 17, 2012, at The Toledo Hospital. He was born January 18, 1943, in Blissfield, MI. Epigmenio was employed with G.M. Powertrain for more than 35 years, retiring in 2005. He enjoyed and excelled in many sports, especially baseball, bowling and golf.
Epigmenio is survived by his loving daughter, Annette Gonzáles; grandchildren, Lennette, Priscilla, Anisha, Sabrina, Angelica, and Alfonzo Jr.; sisters, Guadalupe (Jermain) Hamilton of Toledo, OH and Emilia Nevarez of Chicago, IL, and brother, Manuel Gonzáles of Sylvania.


JESUS MARIA DAVILA QUINTANA
Jesús María Dávila Quintana passed away peacefully, Sunday, November 25, 2012, in his home surrounded by loved ones in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico. He was born on June 17, 1917 in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico. He moved to Lorain in the late 1940s. He worked for American Crucible in Lorain for 25 years. He also was president of Club Benefico for 5 years. He later owned El Caribe Bar for 7 years. He returned to Puerto Rico with his wife Cruzita Dávila, in 1972 where he was an active member of the Escuela Moral in San Lorenzo.
He is survived by his daughters Nydia Alvarado (Dávila) and Judith Zamora (Dávila) both of Lorain, Frances Dávila and Estrella Tudela (Dávila), both of San Lorenzo, and Luz Santana (Dávila) of Caguas, Puerto Rico; son Jesús “Jesse” Dávila Jr. of Chicago, Il.; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and 1 brother.
He was preceded in death by his wife Cruzita Dávila Zayas; parents José and Paula Quintana; and 18 brothers and 2 sisters, all of San Lorenzo.


MIGUEL A. RUBIO
Miguel A. “Mikey” Rubio, 87, of Lorain,OH  entered eternal rest surrounded by his family Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 in New Life Hospice Center of Saint Joseph, Lorain. He was born June 1, 1925 in Hatillo, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain in 1953. Miguel owned and operated La Borincana Food Market in South Lorain. He worked there for 32 years. He also worked for Swift and Company in Cleveland for 10 years and was currently a school crossing guard on the south side of Lorain. Miguel was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain and the Spanish American Business Association. He enjoyed the Cleveland Indians, dominoes, and casino bus trips.
He will be dearly missed by his wife Carmen (née Bermudez), of Lorain; daughters, Evelyn Gnuske and Luz María “Mary” Cruz, both of Lorain, Carmen (Juan) Rodríguez, of Rochester, N.Y. and Ana (Alex) Pravato, of Springfield, N.Y.; sons, Ernie (Connie) and Miguel (Alva) Rios, both of Lorain; brothers, José Rubio, of Arecibo, Puerto Rico and Luis Rubio, of Milwaukie, Wis.; 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Miguel was preceded in death by his parents, José A. and Etervina (née Cruz) Rubio, and 18 brothers and sisters.


MIKE C. ESPINOSA

Mike C. Espinosa, 89, of Toledo, OH passed away, Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at Orchard Villa in Oregon. He was born in Eola, Texas on June 10, 1923, to Luis and María (Constancio) Espinosa. For over 40 years, Mike worked in maintenance for Royster Fertilizer Corporation. He loved playing baseball on a league in his younger years and was a Detroit Tigers fan. He loved traveling with his dear wife, Marselina (née Chávez) Espinosa and was a member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
He is survived by his children, Irene (Dan Schrader) Espinosa, Rosemary Aldaya and Jesse Espinosa; fifteen grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson, and brother, Tomas Espinosa. Mike was preceded in death by his parents; wife; infant son, Mike; sons, Raymond, Michael, Tony and Louie; granddaughter, Connie, and siblings, Genovea, Andrés, Victoriano, Bascilia, Narcisa, Silverio, Carmen, Evarista, and Delores.


ANTONIO PAREDES FLORES
Antonio Paredes Flores, age 59, of Swanton, OH, died in his home of a heart attack, Tuesday, November 20, 2012. He was born January 23, 1953, in Toledo, Ohio to Antonio and Eva (née Paredes) Flores. Antonio worked in the machine shop at TENCOM.
He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Robin; daughter, Toni Lee Flores and her fiancé, Jordan Lee Williams, and brothers, Willie (Nancy) Flores and Albert Flores. Antonio was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Freddie.


ADAN G. GARCÍA
Adan G. García, Toledo, a loving husband, dad, grandfather, and most of all, a great human being, age 65, passed away on Thursday, November 22, 2012 at St. Vincent Hospital. He was born on August 6, 1947 in Brownsville, TX to Thomas and María (Garza) García. Adan currently worked at Meijers and at Amtrax. He was a member of Ss. Peter & Paul Church for many years. Adan was a big Ohio State Buckeye fan and he also loved the Dallas Cowboys.
Adan was a very caring father who worked hard to provide for his wife and 5 children. Everyone who knew him knows he was a great guy with a big heart and a great sense of humor. When he wasn’t busy working, he enjoyed fixing cars, dancing, listening to Tejano music, family cook-outs, spending time with his family, and he especially loved the time with his grandchildren.
Surviving are his loving wife of 43 years, Eva (née Deleón) García; children, Albert (Tina), Mary (Dennis), Adan Jr. (Janetta), Alex and Alonzo (Melissa); grandchildren, Angela, Clawzelle, Demonté, Eireanne, Adam, Megan, Erin, Lizzy, Alex Jr., Selena, Sarah, and Erica; great grandchildren, Xavier and Emilio; and siblings, Jessie, Reynaldo, Mary, Eva and Juanita.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Thomas Jr., Rubén, and Alfredo; grandson, Antonio; and daughter-in-law, Tracy García.


PEDRO F. RODRÍGUEZ, former owner of El Rancho
Pedro F. Rodríguez, 89, former resident of Defiance, OH passed away Friday afternoon November 23, 2012 in the ER at the University of Toledo Medical Center. He had been a resident of the Laurels of Toledo for the past year and a half. He was born on September 3, 1923 and was the son of Pedro and Antonia P. (née Flores) Rodríguez. On May 3, 1943 he married Esther Villa and they were blessed with 67 years of marriage until her passing in February 2011.
Pedro lived most of his life in the Defiance area. He started working at GM in Defiance in 1948 and retired as a welder in 1986. Pedro was a lifetime member of the VFW #3360 of Defiance and had been a past member of the Eagles, Moose and AMVETS all of Defiance. He was an active member of St. John’s Catholic Church.
Pedro had owned El Rancho Ballroom on Woodville Road between Genoa and Northwood OH and which was the only Tejano dance hall in the Toledo Metro area. He would bring in bands from Mexico and Texas. Pedro previously owned the Wagon Wheel in Defiance.
Pedro is survived by his son, Antonio (Tom) Rodríguez of Holland, OH, son, Ramiro (Michelle) Rodríguez of Berne, IN, son, Valentino (Heidi) Rodríguez of Sylvania, OH, son, Eduardo Rodríguez of Sylvania, OH, daughter, Yolanda (Clem) Treviño of Fort Wayne, IN, daughter, Nube Linda (John) Dombrowski of Toledo, OH, daughter, Criselda (Ted) Brodeur of Long Beach, CA, daughter-in-law Gina Rodríguez of Toledo, 21 Grandchildren, 22 Great Grandchildren, brothers Jesús R. Rodríguez of Defiance, Ray Mata of Ft. Wayne, IN. and sister-in-law Bertha Rodríguez of San Jose, CA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Esther, his son, Pedro “Pete” Rodríguez Jr., his daughter Christina Jones and a sister-in-law Consuelo Villa.


JESUS ALAMIA
Jesús “Jesse” Alamia Sr., 67, of Toledo OH passed away Saturday, November 10, 2012, at St. Charles Mercy Hospital. He was born in Cochran County, TX on December 4, 1944. He was a welder with Local 85 Boiler Makers Union and is survived by his children, Jesús Alamia Jr., Linda Alamia, and Frank Alamia; fourteen grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren, and brothers, Solomon, Juan, Santos and Lionel.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Salome and Paula (née Silva) Alamia; daughter, Virginia Alamia; sisters, Guadalupe, Josefina, Eustolia, and brother, Felix.


GONZALO CUEVAS
Gonzalo Cuevas, age 79, of Lorain OH passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at his home after a lengthy illness. Gonzalo was born on March 11, 1933 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico to Regino Cuevas and Concepcion Torres. He came to Lorain, Ohio at the age of seventeen.
Mr. Cuevas made his career as a welder for the American Ship Building Company in Lorain. He worked there until it closed after many years of service.
He loved to fish, follow the Cleveland Indians, play poker and dominos. He enjoyed playing the lottery, especially the scratch offs and 3 and 4 digit picks.
Gonzalo is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rosemarie (née Toth); children, Anthony (Lisa) Cuevas, of Sheffield Village, Daniel (Sandra) Cuevas, of Elyria Twp., George (Vickie) Cuevas, of Lorain, Donna (Dennis) Livchak, of Sheffield Lake and Bob (Kristen) Cuevas, of North Olmsted; grandchildren, Andrea Reppa, Marco Cuevas, Katie Cuevas, Anthony Cuevas II, Brooke Cuevas, Jennifer Gibbs, Manny Livchak, Ben Livchak, Noah Cuevas and Anna Cuevas; great-grandchildren, Matthew Reppa, Lucas Reppa and Paige Gibbs; brother, Jaime Cuevas, of Puerto Rico and his sister, Maria Alicia, Of Lorain.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Concepción Torres.


ESTEBAN DAVILA
Esteban Dávila, 93, of Lorain, OH passed away in his home surrounded by family and friends on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. He was born March 5, 1919 in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain with his spouse in 1953. Esteban retired in 1983 from General Motors, Elyria Assembly Plant. He worked there for 32 years. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. Esteban was a “Cursillista,” member of a weekly prayer group and playing the congas in the church choir. Esteban was a devoted husband and loving grandfather. He loved fishing, dominoes and meticulously maintained a large garden.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Margarita Dávila; sons, William, Gerardo, Roberto, Santo and Ricardo Dávila, all of Lorain, Esteban Dávila Jr., of LaGrange, Ky., Nelson Dávila, of Lincoln, Va. and Angel Dávila, of Houston, Texas; daughters, Lillian Barretto and Linda Dávila, both of Lorain, María García, of La Porte, Ind. and Grisel Porrata, of Norfolk, Va.; 35 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; five brothers; two sisters and multiple nieces, nephews and large extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Euladio Dávila and Gertrudes García; sisters, Eulalia, Ana and Carmen Dávila; brothers, Pedero, Ramiro, Plácido, Salvador and Esteban Dávila.


VICTOR V. GONZALEZ
Victor V. González, 89, of Toledo, OH, passed away Friday, November 16, 2012, at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. Victor was born in Mercedes, Texas on October 2, 1923, to Emilio and Belen (Villareal) González. On October 6, 1989, he married Barbara Goodwin. He was employed with Gen Corp and Textile Leathers for 34 years, retiring in 1984. For years, he loved dancing at the Luna Pier Ballroom on Saturday nights.
Victor is survived his loving wife of 25 years, Barbara; children, Richard González, Allison González, Vincent (Jessica) González, and Victor (Andréa) González; grandchildren, Michelle Guzmán, Xander, and Violet González; great-grandchildren, David, Sarilyn, and Jocelyn Guzmán, Destiny and Bradley Wright Jr.; brother, Benjamin González, along with many nieces, nephews, and loving family members. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Linda Hall; grandson, Bradley Wright; brothers, Robert and Richard González, and nephew, Emilo González.


RODOLFO GUZMAN
Rodolpho “Rudy” Guzmán entered into eternal life, peacefully, on Wednesday, November 14, 2012. Army Veteran of WWII, Rudy will be remembered for his heart of gold, his kind and gentle ways, sense of humor and love of sports.
Treasured and loving husband of Estella (née Segovia) for 58 years; adored, cherished and respected father of Jerry; loving godfather of María Victoria Cárdenas; preceded in death by his parents: Geronimo Sr. and Julia Guzmán (née Najera) and brothers: Ramón, Carlos “Chale,” Jeronimo, Jr. “Chichi;” survived by his big brother: Arturo (Jinia) and baby sister: Julieta Gómez (Juan José, Sr.); loving uncle to numerous nieces and nephews including: John Pérez (Rhonda), grand niece: Jaimee; friend to many.


ANTONIA ROSARIO NIEVES
Antonia Rosario Nieves, 87, of Lorain, OH passed away Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 at her residence. She was born March 6, 1925 in Morovis, Puerto Rico. She came to Lorain with her spouse in 1951. As a widow at the age of 42, she raised her nine children on her own. She worked for Avon Oaks Nursing Home and St. Joseph Hospital until she retired in 1982.
Antonia was admired and respected as the Matriarch of her family. She was a devout Catholic, a member of the Sociedad de Damas (Women’s Society), a Cursillista (A Course in Christianity), and a Eucharistic Minister at Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. Antonia was gifted in prayer recital. She enjoyed gardening, loved to cook for her family and enjoyed being in the company of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She always promoted peace and family unity. Antonia's proud love for her family was unconditional. She genuinely supported and inspired her grandchildren to succeed. Her family will remember her warm and welcoming home, her nurturing, patience and forgiving heart.
Antonia is survived by her son, Miguel Rosario (Sandra), of Orlando, Fla.; daughters, Norma Rosario-Carde (Francis), of Goodyear, Ariz., Nancy Montañez (Daniel), of Elk River, Minn, Nayda Rosario-Silva, Evelyn Galarza, Marilyn Carrión (Robert), Nilda Rosario, Sylvia Ramos (Luis) and Isabel Aviles (Pablo), all of Lorain; 19 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; sisters, Ana Santos, Julia Velez, Maria Feliciano, all of Lorain, Ramona Visalden and Gladys Figueroa, both of Puerto Rico; brothers, Francisco Silva, of Lorain, Luis Silva and Tadeo Silva II, both of Puerto Rico.
Antonia was preceded in death by her husband, Alonso Rosario Nieves, of Lorain in 1967; her parents, Manuel Silva and Sara Santos; brothers, Enrique Silva, Eleuterio Silva and Tadeo Silva I, and sisters, Sarin Ocasio, Carmen Cordero, Luz Salgado and Lolita Silva.


 

TRINIDAD N. SERRATO

Trinidad N. Serrato, 94, beloved husband and father, passed away peacefully at his home on November 10, 2012. He was born to the late Esiquio and Gregoria Serrato in Ennis, Texas. He was a World War II Army veteran, serving in the South Pacific from 1942-1946. In the Army, Trinidad was a sharp shooter and was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, the American Theater Ribbon, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, and the Victory Medal for his outstanding service. He was also a longtime member of the American Legion Post #409.

Trinidad was a long time member of the Presbyterian Church and also attended many different denominations throughout his life. Trinidad loved the Lord and studied his Bible daily. Trinidad married his loving wife Candelaria Pompa in 1941 in Mississippi. After World War II,they moved to Ohio and settled in Weston where they raised their 10 children and Candelaria’s brother, Victor Pompa. Trinidad worked as a welder for Adjust Mfg and retired in 1982.

In addition to his large family gatherings, Trinidad enjoyed gardening, cooking, fishing, family vacations, and in his younger years, camping with his grandchildren. “Trini” will be remembered as a truly kind, humble, and generous man who always had a smile on his face and a wave for everyone. His priority was loving his wife, children, and his large family. He worked hard to instill in his children and grandchildren his wisdom and strong family values.

For his friends and family, his legacy will be his prayers and his love for God. Trinidad is survived by his beloved wife and their children: Dolores (Joe) Cremar, Trinidad (Rita), Ricardo (Mary), Reynaldo (Julie), Christopher (Jenny), John (Violet), Zeke (Elizabeth), Lucy (Alfredo) Gutiérrez, Carlos (Sue), Jane (Scott) Perez. Also surviving are 34 grandchildren, 87 great grandchildren, 31 great-great grandchildren: brothers: Abraham and David, sisters: Mary-Lou Bowman and Ojenia Facundo and many special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, his brothers: Pablo and Esidro, his sisters: Ramona Pérez Lara, Lupita Duron, Amelia Torres, Carmen Guerra, and Ermilita Serrato, a grandson, and a great-great grandson. Trini will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.


OLGA I. SANTOS
Olga I. Santos (née Corcino), 66, of Amherst Township, OH passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family Tuesday, October 30, 2012 following lengthy illness.
Olga was born February 19, 1946 in Luquillo, Puerto Rico; she came to Lorain as a child. She made her home in Amherst Township in 1989. Olga graduated from Admiral King High School in 1965, where she was a varsity cheerleader. Olga retired in 2006 from Community Health Partners. She worked as a Registered Nurse for over 35 years. She was an active member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. She taught catechism class and was a Eucharistic minister. Olga was also a member of the churches Liturgical Dance Group, Prison Ministry and the Cursillo Movement. She enjoyed bowling, dancing, volleyball and collecting angel figurines.
She will be deeply missed by her husband of 23 years, John H. Santos Jr., of Amherst Township; sons, Joseph (Brenda) González, of Saint Petersburg, Florida and Orlando González, of Lorain; daughter, Yvette “Evie” González, of Lorain; stepsons John H. Santos III, of Grafton and Jason R. (Lucy) Santos, of Lorain; stepdaughter Lisa (Jimmy) Fitzpatrick, of Lorain; brothers José Corcino, of Vermilion, Francisco (Joyce) and Wilfredo “Al” (Carmen) Corcino, both of Lorain and Eddie (Jennifer) Corcino, of Saint Petersburg; 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents Zenon and Eustacia Corcino; sister Nora Holloway and a brother Eddie Corcino.


JOSÉ A. CARDOSA
José A. Cardosa, 36 of San Diego, CA, died Sunday, October 21, 2012 from injuries sustained in a car accident.
Born December 27, 1975 in Michoacan, Mexico, he lived in New Jersey before coming to Lorain in 1988. He moved to San Diego following college where he has lived since. He graduated from Lorain Admiral King in 1993 and graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Architecture. José enjoyed traveling.
Surviving is his mother, Angela Arrez of Lorain; a brother, Gerardo Marin of Cleveland; sisters, María Marin of Mexico, Nefa Janis of Amherst, Cruz Marin of Mexico, Anita Marin, Francesca Marin, Crecencia Marin and Delia DeJesús all of Lorain, Erma Marin of Houston, TX, and Marcila Marin of Gilbert, AZ; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, José Cardosa.


BLADIMIR GARCÍA
Bladimir “Bla” García, 35, formerly of Lorain, OH passed away Saturday, October 20, 2012 in Orlando Regional Medical Center, Florida following an accident. He was born March 10, 1977 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. Bladimir came to Lorain when he was one. He moved to Orlando in 2003. Bladimir received his Hair Stylist certificate from The Paul Mitchell School. He was working in a barbershop. He worked in the construction trades. He was an athlete, he enjoyed playing baseball, golf, bowling and darts.
He will be dearly missed by his fiancée of 15 years Andrea Rivera, of Orlando; his sons Xavier Antonio and Gianni Juel García both at home; his father Raul García, and step mother Rosie García, both of Lorain; his mother Alba García and step father Angel L. Latimer, both of Lorain; sisters Kathy and Mari García, both of Lorain; brother Raúl García, Jr., of Orlando; step brother Jorge L. Villegas, of Lorain; grandmother Esther Diaz, of Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico; aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grand parents Efrain Ortiz, Onofra Santiago and Ramon Ramirez.


JOHN F. PEÑA JR.
John F. “Johnny” Peña, Jr. age 22, of Elyria, OH passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2012. Born on February 13, 1990 in Elyria, he had lived in Amherst and Elyria. He graduated from Marion L. Steele High School, Amherst, in 2008. Johnny served in the United States Army, receiving the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Marksman Marksmanship Badge with a Riffle Bar. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and also had attended House of Praise International Church. He was also a member of American Legion Post 118, Amherst. He enjoyed watching football, attending Cleveland Brown's games and spending time with his son and family.
He is survived by his wife of 3 years, Tyra (née Nazelrod) Peña; son, Jayden M.F. Peña; father, John F. (Shari) Peña, Sr. of Amherst; mother, Paula Nabakowski, of Elyria; a sister, Angela (Billy) Teter of Amherst; step sister, Brandy Smith of Lorain; paternal grandmother, Eva Peña - Torres of Lorain; maternal grandparents, Michael (Phyllis) Nabakowski of Vermilion, and Karen Meanor of Oberlin.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather: Fred Peña in 2000.


EDILBERTO SILVA
Edilberto Silva, 76, of Lorain, OH passed away Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at his residence following a lengthy illness. Born February 24, 1936 in Morovis, Puerto Rico, he came to Lorain in 1956. He worked for the Lorain Ford Assembly Plant for 27 years, retiring in 1995. Edilberto was a member of House of Praise International, Lorain. In the early 1990s, he pastured at Templo Bethel, Lorain for 5 years. His focus was his family and caring for his grandchildren. He loved to read and research the Word of God.
Surviving are his sons, José E. of Lorain, Rev. Gilbert Silva of Amherst, Ismael of Lorain, Samuel of Amherst, Mervin of Lorain, Angel M. of Sheffield Village, and Edilberto Jr. of Trenton, NJ; daughters, Elba Ortiz of Lorain, and Yvette Haddix of Lorain; 29 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife 53 years, Francisca (Cortes) in 2009.


RICHARD J. MARTÍNEZ
Richard J. Martínez, 80 years, of Toledo, OH, passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2012, in the Ebied Hospice Center in Sylvania. He was born in San Antonio, TX, on December 23, 1931, to Refugio and Herminia Martínez. Richard served in the United States Army, upon his honorable discharge he worked for the Jeep Corporation for over 30 years, where he retired from. He had a love for golfing and the Cleveland Browns.
He is survived by his wife, Rachelle Martínez; daughters, Christine, Diana and Carol Martínez; 7 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and siblings, Mary Rodríguez, Gilbert Martínez, Gloria Piña, Alfred Martínez, Alice Ramirez and John Martínez. Also surviving is his first wife, Frances Martínez.


CHARLES HENRY WEAVER
Charles (Charlie) H. Weaver, 88 of Toledo, OH passed away on Thursday, October 18, 2012, at Heartland of Oregon. He was born on March 29, 1924, in San Antonio, Texas to Henry Weaver and Pamposa Sánchez. He moved to “el Norte” at age 23 where he worked for Schmidt Meat Packing House until the company closed 18 years later. After that, he worked for AP Parts until he retired. He was a self-taught skilled plumber and carpenter. He attributed his ability to fix just about anything to his upbringing in the Ranch, where people were poor but didn't know it and lived off the land where nothing went to waste.
Charlie was a founding member of Latin’s United/Latinos Unidos where he served as president for nearly 20 years. Charlie brought the social organization to its peak of success. It was through his leadership, dedication, and hard work that the organization was able to purchase a small shoe shop which was converted to a bar that grew to contain a hall and picnic area. At the end of his presidency, the club had no debts, owned all its properties free and clear and had plenty of savings for educational scholarships and maintenance of its facilities on South St. Clair St. He helped fund, assemble and distribute Thanksgiving food baskets every year through the organization. He was a long time volunteer for St. Peter and Paul Church Festival. He volunteered and supported many Democratic political candidates, such as Judge Joseph Flores, Louis Escobar, and Anita López.
Charlie loved Latino family history and enjoyed filming all family and community events for posterity. He enjoyed story telling as well as listening to stories told by other Latinos who settled in Toledo and its surrounding areas. He enjoyed wearing Texan cowboy hats, vests, and boots. He loved to play golf and listen to traditional classic Ranchera Mexican songs.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy Weaver. Charlie leaves behind his daughter, Diane (Mark) Fangman; son, Bruce (Patricia) Weaver; grandsons, Michael and Kevin Turnow, Bruce C., John and Steve Weaver, and great-grandchildren, Brandon and Hunter Turnow, Sofia, Solana, Salah, and John Weaver.
Charlie was loved and respected by many of the area’s Latinos and will be greatly missed by all.
 


MICHAEL GARCÍA
8/11/1949-10/8/2012
Michael García, age 63, of Toledo, OH received his wings on Monday, October 8, 2012. Born in Toledo, he was the son of John and Katherine García, who both preceded him in death. He was a Waite High School Alumni, by trade, he had retired from GM Powertrain, and a past member of the U.A. W. Local 14. Michael had a huge, giving heart and loved his family, always bringing laughter to any occasion, and was a music enthusiast. He will be greatly missed.
Surviving are his sons, Micah, Adam, and Daryl García; mother, Becky; seven grandchildren; brothers, John (Linda), Joe, Al (Mary), Tony (Mary Kay), Dennis (Charlene) and David (Helen) García; along with numerous nieces and nephews.


GERMAN BELTRÁN LOPEZ
German Beltrán López, 83, of Lorain, OH passed away Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 in Anchor Lodge Nursing Home, Lorain. He was born June 12, 1929 in Lares, Puerto Rico. German lived in Berlin Heights for two years before moving to Lorain in 1966. He retired from Lorain Ford Assembly Plant in 1995. He worked there for 28 years. German was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and the United Auto Workers Local 425. He enjoyed his vegetable and flower gardens. He liked to maintain his home and was good at carpentry.
Among the survivors are his daughters, Mirta Beltrán, of Lares, Rosa Beltrán, of Belgium, Nilsa Beltrán, of Bayamon, Puerto Rico and Lucy Beltrán, of Camuy, Puerto Rico; son, German Beltrán, of Millville, N.J.; sisters, Aurea Beltrán, of Arecibo, Puerto Rico and Ana Beltrán, of Bayamon and a brother, Luis Beltrán of Carolina, Puerto Rico; 12 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores Robertson in 2004; his parents, Virgilio Beltrán and Herminia López and sisters, Josephina and Carmen Beltrán.


JUANITA SÁNCHEZ
Juanita Sánchez (née Rivera), 90 of Lorain, died Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at Anchor Lodge Nursing Home, Lorain, OH following a lengthy illness. Born June 24, 1922 in Canovanas, Puerto Rico, she came to Lorain in 1951. Juanita was a member of the former Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Lorain and a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. She enjoyed playing Dominoes.
Surviving are her sons, Jesús Jr. (Marsha) Sánchez of Amherst, Michael Sánchez of Lorain, Gabriel (Kim) Sánchez of Lakewood, and Raphaél Sánchez of La Joya, CA.; daughters, Jenny Sánchez of Lorain, Migdalia (Gary) Sánchez-Ondrusek of LaGrange, Zoraida Sánchez of San Jose, CA., Carmen Sánchez of Las Vegas, María (Mack) Bohanner of Anaheim, CA., Cecilia (Edwin) Pérez of Valrico, FL., and Felicita Sánchez of Lakewood; 19 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren with two great grandchildren on the way.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Jesús M. Sánchez in 1995; a son, Pedro Sánchez; and her parents Mariano and Clotilda (née Rivera) Rivera.


SHAROL A. GONZÁLES
Sharol A. Leibas (née Gonzáles), 64, of Lorain, OH entered eternal rest surrounded by her family Friday, October 5, 2012 in Cleveland Clinic following a lengthy illness. She was born July 17, 1948 in Lorain, and graduated from Admiral King High School, in 1967. Sharol retired as a spot welder in 2011 from R. W. Beckett in North Ridgeville, working there for 19 years. She also worked in the deli department of Gold Circle in Elyria. She was a member of the former Saint Vitus Catholic Church. Sharol enjoyed reading, gardening and cooking, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
She will be deeply missed by her husband of 40 years Tony Leibas, of Lorain, and her sons and their wives Manuel A. (Kristie) Leibas and Michael A. (Angie) Leibas, both of Lorain, grandchildren Tayler, Julia, Jazmyne, Illiana, Autumn, Dominic and Annee.
She was preceded by her parents Manuel and Anna (née Majzun) Gonzáles and her brother Donald Gonzáles.


ADALBERTO APONTE
Adalberto Aponte, 87 of Lorain OH passed away peacefully in his daughter’s home in Long Valley, New Jersey, Friday, September 28, 2012 following a lengthy illness. He was born February 5, 1925 in Cayey, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain in 1948 when recruited to work for U. S. Steel. He worked as a machinist in the Number 2 Pipe Mill. Mr. Aponte retired from work at B. F. Goodrich in Avon in 1982. He was employed there for 5 years. During World War II he was a member of the Federal Guard in Puerto Rico for the United States Department of the Interior. Adalberto was a founding member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, where he participated in the Cursillo Movement. He and his wife were involved in Sacred Heart’s first Financial Committee that raised funds for the construction of the new chapel. He was also a member of the United Steel Workers Local 1104. He was an avid Cleveland Indians fan and an enthusiastic gardener.
He will be deeply missed by his wife of 65 years Margarita (née Alvarado Colón) Aponte; sons Alberto Aponte of Lorain and Harold (Annie) Aponte of Clearwater, Florida and his daughter Zulma (Edward) Shimkus with whom he recently made his home. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Adalberto was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents Alberto and Justina (née Melendez) Aponte and a brother Ismael Aponte.


ENERY ROSADO
Enery “Nellie” Rosado, 79, of Lorain OH passed away September. 26, 2012 in Autumn Aegis Nursing Home following a lengthy illness. She was born April 8, 1934 in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. She moved here from Brooklyn, New York in 1973. Nellie was an excellent cook. She enjoyed gardening and houseplants. She attended Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain.
She will be missed by her son of Richard Torres of Manati, Puerto Rico; daughter Maritza Torres Davis of Elyria; grandchildren Natasha Cornejo of Honolulu, Hawaii; Julie Davis of Elyria and Jeremy Allen Torres of Manati; great grandchildren Kali Cornejo-Born of Honolulu and Anthony John Tober of Elyria and a sister Emilia Robles of Brooklyn. Her parents preceded her in death.


VICTOR L. ESPITIA
Victor L. Espitia, 54, of Lorain, OH went home to heaven to be with his mom and dad Tuesday, September 18, 2012 in his home following a lengthy illness. He was born July 25, 1958 in Lorain and was a life-long resident. Victor graduated from Southview High School in 1977. He managed Al, Lou and Jim’s Car Parts II in Avon for 18 years and Murray’s Auto parts for three years. Victor was a security patrolman for American Security, Lorain and FEMA in Elyria for 10 years. He also worked for Crown Battery. Victor was a state tournament winning darts player for Firelands Dart League for 26 years and Lorain Music Soft Tip League. He enjoyed his kitties and dog, watching Cleveland Indians and the Browns. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle, restoring his antique cars and talking to around the world on his HAM radio. Victor was a long-time member and volunteer for the Mexican Mutual Society and drove his red 1949 Dodge Wayfarer in its annual Cinco de Mayo Parade.
He will be dearly missed by his sisters Vivian J. (Dan) Rutherford and Laura F. Espitia, both of Lorain; brother Robert X. (María) Espitia, of Lorain and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Vincent E. and Laura (née Dominguez) Espitia and a brother Vincent E. Espitia Jr.


RODOLFO GARCÍA
Rodolfo García, 38, of Cleveland, passed away at his residence on Friday, September 21, 2012 following a short illness. Born Nov. 15, 1975 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, he came to Lorain in 1989. He had been a resident of Cleveland for the past 2 years. Rodolfo attended Southview High School. He was a member of Iglesia Case del Alfarero in Cleveland where he belonged to the Worship Team and played the drums. He enjoyed music, playing the drums and watching videos of drummers.
Surviving is his wife of 8 years, Melissa (née Carrion); a son, Rodolfo José García of Cleveland; his mother, Rosa Reyes of Lorain; a brother, Ezisequiel García of Lorain; and sisters, Orquidea García of Lorain and Rosa Rivera of Laredo, Texas. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Carmen Caraballo.


MANUEL A. CARRASQUILLO-GONZÁLEZ
Manuel A. Carrasquillo-González, Sr., 89, of Elyria, OH went peacefully to be with the Lord, Monday, September 10, 2012 in New Life Hospice Center of Saint Joseph, Lorain following a lengthy illness. He was born May 5, 1923 in Utuado, Puerto Rico and came to Lorain in 1948 when he was one of the original men recruited to work at a local steel mill. He lived here until moving to Pinellas Park, Florida in 1975. He moved to Elyria in 2008. Mr. González retired in 1972 as an overhead crane operator from U.S. Steel Lorain Works. He worked there for 24 years.
Manuel was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. He also was a member of the United Steel Workers Local 1104, Lorain. He was an intelligent man who was self-educated. He enjoyed reading, singing and playing his harmonica, also casinos and watching novellas and game shows.
He will be dearly missed by his sons Manuel Antonio González, Jr., of Elyria, Freddy González, of Lorain and David González, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; daughters Leida González – Huey, of Frisco, Texas, Elsie García, of Amherst Township; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
Manuel was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years Nereida “Neri” González (née Figueroa) in 2007; a daughters Santita Figueroa González and Daisy González; brother Angel González Carrasquillo; sister Margarita González Sepulveda and step brothers and sisters.


PEDRO LUIS GARCÍA JR.
Pedro Luis García Jr. (Pete) of Columbus, OH died tragically on Saturday, September 8, 2012.
He was born on April 3, 1977 in Lorain, OH. He moved with his family to Oberlin, OH in 1977. Pedro, Jr. graduated from Oberlin high school in 1985 and attended Hampton University.
Pedro, Jr. was employed by Plaza Properties as a property manager. He enjoyed music, sports, and spending time with family and friends.
Pedro, Jr. is survived by twins Adonis and Amir García of Lorain, OH and stepson, Vincent Ramirez, of Florida; father, Pedro Luis García Sr. and mother, Roberta E. García of Oberlin; sister Samatra E. García of Las Vegas, NV; two nephews and one niece of Las Vegas, NV, and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.


CARLOS NEGRIN
Carlos Negrin, age 60, of Toledo OH, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, in Detroit, Michigan. He was born to Ernesto and Josefa (Falcon) Negrin in Havana, Cuba on February 14, 1952. Carlos worked for Timiny Rail Road Construction for 9 years. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing baseball and dominos. He was a true talker and enthusiastic about everything he did. Most knew him best for Gavilan.
Carlos is survived by his children, Nelson Negrin and Belkis Negrin; stepchildren, Bertha and Osvaldo; grandchildren, Sarita E. Negrin, Carlos E. Negrin II, Alicia Negrin, Lazaro D. Campis, Nelisa A. Nieto, Kiara Negrin; companion, Caridad Pons; father, Ernesto; brothers and sisters, Eugenio, María Esther, Santiago, Pedro, Maricela, María Elena, Abel, Damaisi, Olga, Lydia, Joel, Josefa Isabel, Henry, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Carlos was preceded in death by his mother, Josefa, and son, Carlos E. Negrin II.


EFIGENIA PLAZA
Efigenia Plaza (née Morales Cruz), 88, of Lorain, OH passed away Monday, September 3, 2012 at Life Care Center of Westlake following a lengthy illness. Born September 2, 1924 in Juncos, Puerto Rico, she came to Lorain many years ago. In the early 1990s she returned to Puerto Rico to live and returned to Lorain in 2005. She was a member of Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal Ebenezer, Lorain, and enjoyed cooking and crocheting.
Surviving is her son, Carlos (Sherie) Plaza of Lorain; grandchildren, Carlos Plaza Jr, Gabriel Plaza and Alexis Plaza all of Lorain; a brother, Martin Morales of Puerto Rico; and a sister Faviana Morales of Puerto Rico. She was preceded in death by her husband, Agapito Plaza in 2005; 8 brothers including her twin, and a sister.


MIGUEL ZAVALA
Miguel Zavala, resident of Toledo, OH passed away unexpectedly to rest in the arms of God on August 30, 2012, at the age of 55. Miguel, better known as “Tate” to his close friends and family, was born on August 28, 1957, in Monroe, MI. He moved to Toledo, OH as a young child with his loving family. He attended Whitmer High School. He enjoyed playing baseball and football in his younger years. His love of sports never dissipated. He was an avid Tiger’s fan and enjoyed watching sport games on television.
He worked in trucking and also enjoyed landscaping. He was wealthy in love, and a very caring and thoughtful person to all. He enjoyed showering those around him with flowers and plants, to brighten one's day. Tate loved rock music and attending concerts. He enjoyed traveling and taking long walks with the family dog, Cisco. He was a loving son, who always took the time to care for his parents. He extended that love, by offering heartfelt advice and support to family and those around him. Tate was a fully devoted father, who loved spending quality time and most importantly, put nothing above his children. He will be deeply missed.
He was preceded in death by his cousin, Esaw “Chick” Rodríguez. Miguel is survived by his sons, Frankie Ramirez, Elias Zavala and Tyler Zavala; daughter, Gloria Zavala; his mother and father, Gloria and Elias Zavala, and his brothers and sisters, Carlos (Shelly) Zavala, Rosa (David) López, Delia Quisenberry, Manuel (Sylvia) Zavala, and Estevan Zavala. He also leaves behind a number of loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and six grandchildren.




CARLOS A. CARDOVA GALARZA

Carlos A. Cárdova Galarza, 90, of Perrysburg, passed away Monday, August 27, 2012, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio surrounded by his family. He was born on January 10, 1922, in Cuenca, Ecuador to Andres F. Cárdova, the former President of Ecuador, and Rosario Galarza. He came to the USA in 1941 as a foreign exchange student at Bowling Green State University where he met and later married Constance Zachman Cárdova on March 1, 1944, during World War II. Carlos obtained a Law Degree after the war, graduating from The University of Toledo College of Law.

He practiced law in Perrysburg for over 40 years. Carlos was a World War II Veteran and landed in Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, D-Day, June 6, 1944. He was inducted in the army in 1943 at the age of 22 as a rifleman in the First Infantry Division, “Big Red 1.” He was one of six men in a platoon of 45 men who survived. He was a recipient of The Purple Heart for receiving two bullets to the head in World War II in Aachen, Germany October 18, 1944.

Carlos was an advocate for senior citizens; he founded Elm House in 1964 and Louisiana House in 1976. Carlos was the 1989 recipient of the International Institute's “Key to the Golden Door” the award for Chairman of the Citizen's Advisory Committee of TMACOG, on Housing Committee of the Council of Governments, and housing for the elderly in Perrysburg. Carlos served on other local and regional boards including: the Area Office on Aging, Wood County Committee on Aging, WSOS, Community Action Center, and Community Planning Council.

Carlos was the President of Perrysburg City Council in the 1950s; Chairman of the commission that wrote the Charter for Perrysburg in the 1960s which was later adopted by the City of Sylvania. He advocated for city water and street lights for Perrysburg Heights; worked on a master plan to handle growth of the city, the first sewage treatment plant, established the municipal court in Perrysburg to serve the northern half of Wood County.

Later in the 1960s he began as Acting Judge at Perrysburg Courts. As the Chairman of the Wood County Democratic Party he served as a delegate for the state of Ohio to the Presidential Election for John F. Kennedy in 1960 and Lyndon Johnson in 1964, where he was a member of the electoral college. In 2009 he was the recipient of the “Virginia Stanahan Award” from the Perrysburg League of Women Voters for his service to the community and called one of Perrysburg's “founding fathers.”

He is survived by his sisters, Lucrecia (Juan) Neustatter, Victoria Sandoval, Rosario Cárdova, and Matilde Cárdova, all of Quito, Ecuador, and children, Carlos “Andy” Cárdova, Campbell, CA, Carmen (Michael Daly), Cárdova, Bexley, OH, Cristina Cárdova, Perrysburg, OH, Cecilia (Jay) Richardson, Perrysburg, OH, and Colette (Stephen Phillips) Cárdova, Toledo, OH; grandchildren, Michelle Cárdova, San José, CA, Christopher (Suzanne) Córdova, St. John's, New Foundland, Canada, Dushan Petrovich, New Haven, CT, Urosh Petrovich, Bexley, OH, Audrey Richardson, Washington, D.C., Tyler (Meagan) Richardson, Hillard, OH, Clay (Allison Mirkin) Cárdova, Cambridge, MA, Chad Cárdova, Princeton, NJ; great-grandchild Adeline CárdovaSt. John’s, New Foundland, Canada. He was preceded in death by his wife, Constance Z. Cárdova, and his parents; brothers, Dr. Manuel Cárdova, Dr. Jorge Cárdova, Dr. Gonzalo Cárdova, and Andres Cárdova; sisters, Maria Cárdova and; son, Colin Cárdova.


GONZALO HERRERA
Gonzalo Herrera, 73, of Martin, OH passed away on Thursday, August 23, 2012, at his home. He was born on June 7, 1939, in Eden, Texas to Abel and Neives (Salinas) Herrera. Gonzalo was employed with General Motors Hydromatic for 40 years until his retirement. He was a family man and Church of God youth ministry member. He also was a member of the First Baptist Church of Oregon, and was the Song leader for other churches. As well as passing his faith on, he had a passion for reading and directing plays. Gonzalo will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his loving wife, of 54 wonderful years, Lydia; children, Tony (Karen), David (Cindy), Elizabeth (Gary), Daniel, Corina, and Adam; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and brother, Abel. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 granddaughter.


MARY ANN STRAIN
Mary Ann Strain (née Arebalo), age 63, of Lorain, OH passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2012, at the Specialty Hospital of Lorain, following a lengthy illness. She was born on March 12, 1949, in Lorain, where she lived most of her life. She is a 1967 graduate of Admiral King High School and enjoyed attending Sacred Heart Chapel. Mary Ann enjoyed traveling with her husband, caring for her pets and hosting parties at her home for her family and friends.
She is survived by her brother José (Ana) Arebalo, of Lorain and a niece Tina Arebalo, of Cleveland. Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Strain, in 2002, her parents Guadalupe and Catherine (née Rangle) Arebalo and a sister Nancy Ann Arebalo.


GIANNA ADELYSE CAPELES
Gianna Adelyse Capeles, infant daughter of Monica (née Ortiz) Martinez and Luis M. Capeles, died on Friday, August 17, 2012 at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain, OH of natural causes. Besides her parents she is survived by brothers: Zaiden, and Kayden, sisters: Alysana and Alexia, grandparents: Moises & Iris Ortiz, Vilma & Frank Almodovar and Victor Capeles and Wanda Marcano.


LUIS CARRERO
Luis Carrero, 87, of Lorain, OH, passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at Mercy Regional Medical Center following a lengthy illness. Born October 16, 1924 in Jayuya, Puerto Rico, he came to Lorain in 1968. Luis was self-employed in the agricultural business for many years. He was a member of Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal Cristorey. He enjoyed gardening, playing dominoes, watching western movies. He especially loved going to church, his family and family gatherings.
Surviving are his children, Emilia Reyes, of Lorain, Gilberto Carrero, of Massachusetts, Luis Carrero Jr., of Lorain, Angie Carrero, of Lorain, María Velázquez, of Elyria, Alba Julia of Lorain, Salvador Carrero of Coldwater, MI, and Margarita Quevara of Lorain; a step son, Angel Saéz of Lorain; 22 grandchildren and 47 great grandchildren; a brother, Roberto Carrero, of Florida; sisters, Arecelis Carrero and Miguelina Carrero, both of Ponce, Puerto Rico, and Francisca “Panchita” Carrero, of New Jersey. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ramona Santiago in 1967; brothers, Edwardo Carrero in 1989 and Americo Carrero in 2009; and a great granddaughter, Alyssa Carrion in 2006.


MARÍA ESTHER MELÉNDEZ
María Esther Meléndez, 80, passed away suddenly on Friday, August 17, 2012 at University Hospital in Cleveland, OH. She was born on June 5, 1932 in Arecibo, Puerto Rico to her loving parents, Benito and Ana (née Andujar) Vásquez and moved to Lorain in 1948. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and was employed at María Gardens for 13 years and retired in 2002. She enjoyed gardening, bingo, crocheting, casino trips and family gatherings.
She is survived by her children, Rosa María Nieves, Juan (Nellie) Nieves Jr., Jesús (María) Nieves, Luis Nuñez, Nora Meléndez (Thomas) Purdon, and Vilma “Vee” Meléndez Dungan; 15 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Juan Meléndez; daughter, Carmen Nieves; and son, William Nuñez.


RAMIRO MUÑIZ
Ramiro Muñiz, 65, passed away peacefully on August 12, 2012. He was born on October 19, 1946 to the late Florencia and José Muñiz in Waterville, Ohio. Ramiro was passionate about baseball and he loved the Cleveland Indians. He coached Little League Baseball for many years for different teams in the Toledo area. Ramiro enjoyed spending time with his family; he especially adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Ramiro was preceded in death by his loving wife of 40 years, Judith; brothers, José and Leonel; grandson, Joe Joe. Left to cherish his memory are his sons: John (Jill), Joseph, and Brian; sisters, Maria Montelongo and Margie (Gilbert) Alvarado; nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.


RAMONA REYES
Ramona Reyes of Northwood passed away on August 13, 2012 at Mercy St. Charles Hospital, at the age of 80. She was born on July 18, 1932 in Toledo to Walter and Pabla R. Romero. Ramona married Cecundino Reyes on June 26, 1963. She was a devout Catholic, attending S.S. Peter & Paul Church and a staunch Democrat. Ramona enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She loved to sing, dance, and cook. She will be dearly missed.
Ramona is survived by her husband of 49 years, Cecundino “Koko;” children, Richard Barboza, Irene (Wayne) Wittebort, Theresa (Richard) Foster, and Bernadette “Bernie” Reyes; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Isabell Rodella, and brother, Manuel (Pat) Romero. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Joe, Mary, John, Kelly, and Rachael.


AMELIA B. GUERRA
Amelia B. Guerra passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in Monterrey, Mexico, at the age of 89. She was born in Monterrey on December 20, 1922. Amelia graduated with a degree in Pharmacy from the Universidad de Nuevo León. She married Dr. José Guerra on June 4, 1949, immigrated to the USA and raised eight children.
Her primary focus was caring for her family. She was very involved in St. Vincent’s Hospital Medical Auxiliary, Meals on Wheels, and volunteered in many other Toledo organizations. Amelia enjoyed interesting conversations, reading, working on crossword puzzles, keeping abreast of current events, and regularly watched Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. In recent years, she took computer lessons and enjoyed reading her emails. Amelia loved to travel and enjoyed family vacations in Europe and annual reunions in Mexico and Elk Rapids, MI. After José retired they returned to Mexico where she cherished the company of her many relatives and friends. She attended Mass daily and met with relatives for coffee every afternoon. She believed in living life to the fullest; her kindness and generosity will always be remembered.
She was preceded in death by her husband, José, on June 22, 2010 and by her grandson, Alexander José Guerra. Her memory will be cherished by her children, Dr. José Guerra, Jr., Col. David Guerra, DDS, Edward Guerra, Martha (Duke) Wheeler, Roberto Guerra, Patty (Jeff) Mattingly, Gigi (Tom) Jetton, and Andres (Shelley) Guerra. Mama will be missed by her grandchildren, Lauren and Leah Guerra, Duke (Kellie) Wheeler, Christy (Bryan) Geha, and Maria Wheeler, Katie, Martha, and Sarah Mattingly, Emmy, Tommy, and Sofie Jetton, Alexander Ross Guerra, and great-grandchild, Isabella Wheeler. She will also be missed by her many dear friends and relatives.


DANIEL J. ZAPATA
Daniel J. Zapata, age 64, of Perrysburg, OH died Saturday, August 4, 2012 in his residence. He was born in Perrysburg on September 30, 1947, to Juan and Josephine (Treviño) Zapata. Daniel was employed as a printer for Owens Illinois, then later for the Graphics Group. He was also employed for Washington Local Schools.
He is survived by his loving sister, Ana Maria Tillman; step-brother, Michael (Mary) Scavo; nephews, Nick (Mary) Siefke, Robert (Kristen) Zapata, Alex (Chelsea) Zapata, and Vonnie Gabrysiak, and many loving great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, John George Zapata and Robert Dale Zapata.


CARMEN M. MARTÍNEZ
Carmen M. Martínez, 45, of Lorain, OH passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, July 31, 2012.
She was born April 14, 1967 in Manhattan, New York. She moved to Lorain in 1998.
Carmen was a homemaker and mother. She attended the House of Praise International Church Lorain. Carmen enjoyed collecting angel and elephant figurines.
She will be missed by her daughters Carmen McLucas, of Maryville, Indiana and Jennifer Vargas, of Lorain; sons Angel Vargas, of Lexington, Kentucky, Felix Ortiz and Daniel Martínez, both of Lorain; her mother Carmen Ortiz, of Lorain; brothers Wilfredo Ortiz and Kenneth Reyes, both of Lorain and Keith Reyes, of Brooklyn, New York; sisters Daisy Ramos and Teresita Pérez, both of Lorain; and seven grandchildren of Lorain.
Carmen was preceded in death by her fathers, Wilfredo Ortiz and Felix Rodríguez, and grandsons Isaiah and Xavier Vargas and Felix Ortiz Jr.


ESAW RODRÍGUEZ JR.
Esaw was born on January 2, 1958 to Pauline and Esaw Rodríguez. After missing since August of 1980, his homecoming to Toledo joyfully took place on August 2, 2012. His day of death was January 14, 1984. He leaves to cherish his memories his mother, Pauline and sisters, Marta I. Rodríguez and Diana (Jesús) Lerma. Surviving also are 3 nephews, 3 nieces, and a large extended family. Esaw was preceded in death by his father, Esaw and his paternal and maternal grandparents. Esaw “Chick” loved rock and roll music, his family, and friends.


LUIS A. VÉLEZ
Luis A. Vélez, age 77, of Lorain, OH passed away on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at the Specialty Hospital of Lorain, Amherst, following a brief illness. He was born on February 10, 1935 in Utuado, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain in 1953. Luis was a former member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, after it closed he joined Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. Luis was employed as a barber at LaFortuna, on Pearl Avenue, for 30 years. He was the first Puerto Rican barber in the Lorain community. He was a founder of the Puerto Rican Home, where he served as its president for three terms. He was an activist in the Puerto Rican community in its infancy in the city of Lorain.
He is survived by his wife, Andreita (née Afanador), sons Carlos (Mirinet), of Lorain and Luis Jr. (Cherie), of FL, daughters Andreita R. (Gregg) Arsenault, of Lorain, Diane Vélez, of Elyria, Sonia (Pete Rivera) Vélez, of Litchfield, and Marisol (Kyle) Vélez-Fairchild, of Lorain, 7 grandchildren; Robert and Michael Sánchez, Andrea, Carlos, and Alexis Vélez, Emily and Emilio Fairchild, step-granddaughter, Destini Arsenault, brothers; José Luis Vélez, of Lorain, José Antonio González, of Oberlin, Nicholas Antonio González, of NJ, Angel González, of Sheffield Lake, and Michael González, of KY, and his sisters; Gloria Badillo, Rosa Torres, Ana González, all of Puerto Rico, Lidia González, of Westlake and Carmen González, of Lorain.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Confesor and Amparo (née Andujar) Vélez.


ANALISIA CRUZ
Analisia “Nani” Cruz, 7 month old daughter of Victor M. Cruz, Jr. and Abigail Lynn Reynolds, both of Lorain, OH died on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at her home suddenly. Nani was born on December 23, 2011 in Elyria. Nani was a very happy child and enjoyed eating her Hispanic foods, listening to music, playing with her toys and being with her family.
Besides her parents she is survived by her grandparents: Victor and Wanda Cruz, William and Helen Torres, Todd R. and Naomi Reynolds, all of Lorain, and, aunts: Amanda Reed, Salena Cruz, Olivia Reynolds and uncles: Josua and Jacob Reynolds.


LEANDRA DOMINIQUE FRANKUM
Leandra D. Frankum, 21, of Holland, OH died unexpectedly Sunday, July 22, 2012. She was born in Toledo on April 19, 1991, to Darren and Trina (née Oviedo) Frankum. She was a driver for Marcos Pizza and a member of St. Rose Catholic Church. Leandra loved being a mother, her world was her baby girl, and she loved her sisters and brother. She enjoyed going to the beach, baking, drawing, music and dancing. She loved making people smile and putting you in a good mood.
She is survived by her daughter, Layleana Amor Frankum; parents, Trina and Michael “Hunch” McCrory; siblings, Nathaniel, Michaela, Peaches, Chloe and Jamie; grandparents, Rita Oviedo and Sue McCrory; great-grandma, Josephine Oviedo; aunts and uncles, Rick Frankum, Nanette Oviedo, Raúl Zapata, Canela and Jimmy Gore, Teodoro Oviedo III, Olivia Sánchez, Beth McCrory and Carl Johnson Lewis and Amber McCrory, Jeffrey and Christa McCrory, and too many dear cousins to mention.
Leandra was preceded in death by her father, Darren Frankum; grandparents, and John and Beatrice Frankum; grandfathers, Teodoro Oviedo Jr. and Lewis McCrory Sr.; great-grandpa, Teodoro Oviedo, and great-grandparents, Juan and Martina DeLaO.


ROSA M. OLIVEIRA
Rosa M. Oliveira, 55, of South Toledo passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 26, 2012, after a long struggle with cancer. Rosa was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 25, 1957, to Joaquim and María Oliveira. Rosa worked at Wal-Mart in Holland for several years in the Deli and as a cashier. She was very proud of becoming a naturalized citizen in 2008. Rosa was very quick to make friends and had many in her job and in ESL classes. She especially cherished friends from Brazil with whom she could speak her native language, Portuguese. Rosa especially enjoyed her time with family and friends over the years.
She is preceded in death by her father, Joaquim Oliveira, and sister, Marlene. Rosa is survived by her husband, Pedro “Pete” López; sons, Kevin and Leonard Callender; stepchildren, Rosanna (Tim) and Robert; step-grandchildren, Gabriella, Xavier, and Ezequiel; mother, María Cardoso; siblings, Fatima, César, Regina, and several nieces and nephews.


OSCAR BELTRÁN
Oscar Beltrán, age 85, of Lorain, OH passed away on Friday, July 20, 2012, at Anchor Lodge Nursing Home, following a brief illness. He was born on May 27, 1925 in Lares, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain in 1968. He was employed at various greenhouses in Lorain County. In Puerto Rico, he was employed at a hotel with the maintenance dept. for 14 years. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, where he enjoyed helping out wherever needed. Oscar enjoyed playing his guitar.

He is survived by his brothers Rafaél, of Lorain and Abraham, of Florida; his sisters Carmen (Pedro) Ortiz and Luisa (Enrique) Toledo, both of Lorain and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Virgilio and Juana (née Molina) Beltrán, and sisters; Ana, in 1992 and Ramona, in 1994.


AIDA E. ARIAS-CRUZ
Aida E. Arias-Cruz, age 84, of Lorain, OH, died on Monday, July 2, 2012 at Huntington Woods Nursing Home in Westlake. Born on October 27, 1927 in Lares, Puerto Rico, she lived in Lorain since about 1950.  For a number of years, Aida worked as a nurse's aide at area nursing homes.
She is survived by her sisters, Luz M. Arias, and Elba Benson, both of Puerto Rico; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eladio Irizarry-Olivario in 1958 and her son, Thomas Arias in 1989 and her daughter, Aida Irizarry in 2011.


FELIPE CARRION TORRES

Felipe Carrion Torres, 78, of Lorain, OH, died peacefully on Friday, July 13, 2012, surrounded by family at New Life Hospice Center. He was born in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico on February 5, 1934. He moved to Lorain in 1950 with his mother and 13 siblings. Mr. Torres was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. He was a deeply religious and generous man. His mission in life was to help the needy, the elderly and the poor. Felipe retired from Thew Shovel Co., Lorain. He worked there for over 20 years.
Survivors include his brothers Domingo Carrion, of Port St, Lucie, Florida, Felix and Genaro Carrion, both of Lorain and Louis Carrion, of Orlando, Florida; sisters Ernesta Contreras and Maria Berrios, both of Lorain, Inocencia Torres, of Lares, Puerto Rico, Felisa Solis Ortiz, of Melbourne, Florida, Sister Joaquina M.S.B.T., of Ponce, Puerto Rico, Isabel Van Deventer, of Saline, Michigan, and Regina Medina, of Sunrise, Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents Hermogenes Carrion and Pilar Torres; sister Paulita Ergh and brother Ignacio Carrion.


MARCUS J. ARREDONDO
Marcus J. Arredondo, age 33, of Toledo, OH passed away Thursday, July 5, 2012, in the Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born November 15, 1978, in Toledo to Gustavo and Gloria (née Casarez) Arredondo. Marcus graduated from St. John’s Jesuit High School in 1997, and then attended the Ohio State University where he served as president of his fraternity, Alpha Psi Lambda, receiving his Bachelor Degree in Business in 2002. Marcus was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2004 and courageously battled it and lived his life to the fullest. He taught in Laredo, Texas for two years and then he spent the last three years teaching his family and friends the value of living life one day at a time. Marcus had a radiating spirit that touched many lives. He lived his life with tremendous faith and walked the path that God had marked for him.
Left to cherish his memory is his father, Gustavo Arredondo; siblings, Gerardo (Patricia Basil) Arredondo, Cindy (Dave) Geronimo and Lisa (Rick) Akeman; nieces and nephews, Tiffany Akeman, David Michael and Ciara Geronimo; several aunts, uncles and cousins in Texas, and many good friends, especially, Angie and Marcos. Marcus was preceded in death by his mother, Gloria Arredondo and grandparents.


LUIS CARRION
Luis Carrion, 80, of Lorain, OH passed away Wednesday June 27, 2012 at the Ames Family Hospice Center in Westlake, following a lengthy illness. He was born in Luquillo Puerto Rico on November 21, 1931 and had been a resident of Lorain for the past 6 years. Luis had worked as a foreman in Queens New York. He Proudly served his Country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Luis enjoyed playing dominos, and spending time with the seniors at El Centro, and with his family.
Survivors include his children, Norma Lan of West Palm Beach Florida, Hector Luis Carrion of St. Cloud Florida, and Joe Santana of Elyria, 7 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, several brothers and sisters, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia, son, Rubén Carrion, parents, Luis and Amparo Carrion and by several brothers and sisters.


ALBERT A. FLORES
Albert A. Flores, 63, of Toledo, OH passed away on June 25, 2012. Born July 17, 1948, to parents Antolin and Gladys (Rivera) Flores in New York City. He attended Heidelberg College where he graduated with degrees in Sociology and Spanish. Later, he obtained his Masters degree in Gifted and Talented Education from Bowling Green State University. He served as a Spanish teacher for 36 years at Libbey High School. He retired in 2010 to focus on his interest in nutrition as a distributor of Shaklee products. In 2008 he was awarded the Diamante award for his leadership in the Latino community. He sat on the board of the University of Toledo EXCEL program as well as other community services.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Alfredo, Antolin, and Alexander. He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Mary; sons, Antolin (Emily Flores) and Benjamin (Lisa Yearsin Flores), and daughter, Sarah Berlanga. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Hannah Berlanga and Cristian Flores and his sister, Gladys M. Flores, as well as many nieces and nephews.


MARGARET MEDINA
Margaret “GG” Medina, (née Baraty) age 75, of Lorain, OH died unexpectedly on Monday, June 25, 2012 at the EMH Avon Health Campus. Born on March 31, 1937 in Lorain, she was a life-long resident of Lorain graduating from Lorain High School in 1955. She was employed at Hills Dept. Store in Lorain, for over 35 years retiring from there in 2002. She also loved working for Keidrowski’s Bakery from 1995 until 2010. During this time, she attended the Paczki Ball for 15 years consecutively and each year served as Miss Prune. Marge had also served as the Paczki Princess and Paczki Queen of the ball.

Marge was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. She was also very involved with Al-Anon, a support group where she had been the keynote speaker for many years at the annual meetings. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, listening to music, dancing, spending time at the bakery and attending Mass at Sacred Heart Chapel.
She is survived by her daughters, Jacqueline Korenek (Al) of Orlando, FL, Laura Moreno of Streetsboro, OH; 2 sons, Jesse Medina (Larissa) and Jeffrey Medina, both of Lorain; 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; sisters, Elizabeth “Betty Ann” Velazquez (Louie) ,Mary Jean Kenzik and Phyllis Kenzik, all of Lorain; brother, John Kenzik, of Lorain; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesus “Chu Chu” Medina in 2010; and parents, John and Mary (nee Kuhar) Kenzik; and a brother, Joseph Kenzik.


CARMELO  DEJESUS-ARROYO  SR.
Carmelo DeJesús-Arroyo Sr., age 64 of Lorain, OH, died Wednesday June 20, 2012 in New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph. He was born February 16, 1948 in Jayuya, Puerto Rico, and has lived in Lorain for 31 years moving from New Jersey. Carmelo was a member of Tabernaculo Christiano in Lorain, and enjoyed house painting, gardening, and fishing.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years Lydia Figueroa-DeJesús, sons Carmelo Jr. and Moses of Louisville, KY and Adrian of Lorain, and daughters Sally “Bernal” of Louisville, KY, and Brenda DeJesús of Puerto Rico, grandchildren Isabel and Liza DeJesus and Domenic Bernal, brothers Mario, Eliot, and Nelson DeJesús-Arroyo, and sisters Sara Soto and Sarita Wolfe.
He was preceded in death by his parents Gregory and Rufina DeJesús, and a brother Tony.


MARIA GUZMÁN
Maria “Amelia” Guzmán (née Román), age 90, of Lorain, OH, passed away on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain. She was born on August 19, 1921, in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, and moved to Lorain in 1961. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and was also a member of Las Damas. Amelia enjoyed playing cards, especially Rummy, playing Dominoes, and watching her soap operas.
She is survived by her sons; Manuel, of Lorain and Hector, of FL, her daughters; Carmen (Rafaél) Maldonado, of Lorain, Patty (José) Méndez, of Lorain, Isabel Guzmán, of NY, and Carmen Bell, of Lorain, her 19 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, a brother, Rafael Roman, of Puerto Rico, and a sister, Gloria Lopez, of Puerto Rico. She was preceded in death by her husband, Manuel Guzmán, in 1969; son, José Antonio; her parents; Juan and Martina (née Meléndez) Román, and a brother and sister.


MARCOS A. PECINA
Marcos A. Pecina, age 29, of East Toledo, OH was called home suddenly on Monday, June 18, 2012. Marcos was born in Toledo on January 2, 1983, to Juanita “Janie” (Rafaél Peraza) and Andrés Pecina. Marcos enjoyed camping, fishing, and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his parents; his wife, Christie “Sissy;” sons, Marcos Jr. and Angelo; daughters, Cierra and Serena; brother, Angelo (Whitney) Sánchez; niece, Alayah; his half-brothers, Leopoldo, Marcos, Andres Jr., and Ronald; half-sisters, Angie, Paula, and Magdalena Pecina, and his god-children. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Alberto Sánchez; uncles, Tom, Albert, and José Sánchez, and his aunt, Alice Flores.


Javier Olivares

Popular vocalist passes away peacefully

Javier Olivares passed away peacefully on June 10, 2012 in Pasadena, Texas. He was born in Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico on April 26, 1954. He was a long time resident of Pasadena. He was the lead vocalist and drummer for the musical group “Fito Olivares y Su Grupo,” which he co-founded with his two brothers. The group had super hits such as Juana la Cubana and El Colesterol.

He is survived by daughters, Raquel Olivares Garza and Felicia Olivares; sons, Javier Angel Olivares and Miguel Martin Olivares; surviving mother of children, Angelita Ojeda Florez; son-in-law, Emmanuel Garza; three grandchildren, Nathaniel, Natalie, and Isabella Garza; sister, Eliamar Trevino; and brothers, Rodolfo, Joel, and Jamie Olivares.

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JESÚS M. ORTIZ
Jesús M. “Chucho” Ortiz of Lorain OH, born August 27, 1938, passed away unexpectedly at home, to be with the Lord, Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at the age of 73. He was one of six children born to Thomas Ortiz and Santos Morales Ortiz in Guayama, Puerto Rico. He lived part of his life in Chicago, IL but the majority in Lorain, until the time of his homecoming.

Jesús was employed by US Steel where he eventually retired from. Throughout his life he enjoyed watching baseball games, music and dancing, as well as cooking, whether it was professionally at his restaurant or just for his family and friends.
Jesús is survived by his sisters: Tomasita Ortiz Torres, Carmen Ortiz Rivera, and Emma Ortiz Garcia, all of Puerto Rico and Teresa Ortiz Solis, of New Haven, CN, Daughters: Sonia Ortiz, of Florida, María Ortiz, of New York and Rosa Ortiz, of Chicago, IL, Stepsons: Juan Morales, of New York and Miguel Morales, of Chicago, IL., and his Brother in Law, Miguel Garcia, of Lorain. Jesús was blessed with a host of nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren, too numerous to name individually, but all were loved by him immensely.
Jesús was preceded in death by his parents: Thomas and Santos Ortiz, sister: Matilde Ortiz García and brother: Benito Rivera Ortiz.


REYNALDO  G.  JASO
Reynaldo G. Jaso, 83, of Gibsonburg, OH, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2012, in Genoa Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on March 29, 1929, in Goliad, Texas to Doroteo and Ustolia (Garcia) Jaso.  On February 10, 1951, he married Josefina Hernández.  Reynaldo worked for many years at Martin Marietta and the University of Toledo as a Custodian.  He was a longtime member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Gibsonburg.  Reynaldo enjoyed dancing, playing the guitar, working in his yard, and watching TV novelas.  His true passion was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Reynaldo is survived by his wife of 61 years, Josefina; children, Raúl (María) Jaso, Carmen Rebollar, Rebecca (Alberto) Martínez, Mary Ellen (Andrés) Zapata, Carolina Jaso, and Ustolia Jaso; 24 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; brother, Leopoldo Jaso; and sister, Sulema Rodríguez.  He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Reynaldo Jaso Jr. II.; brothers, Feliciano, Alfredo, and Pablo Jaso, and sister, Emilia Reyes.

 



REGINA MELENDEZ
Regina “Gina” Melendez, age 38, of Lorain, OH, passed away on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Specialty Hospital of Lorain, Amherst, following a lengthy illness. She was born on May 17, 1974 in Elyria, Ohio, and lived in Lorain her entire life. She was a graduate of Southview High School. Gina worked as an STNA for many years. She always looked forward to going to play bingo and visiting casinos.

Regina is survived by her daughter Lynda Melendez, of Lorain; her mother and step-father, Linda (née Rosa) and Richard Adkins, of Lorain; brother, Leon Stone, of Lorain; sister, Ruth Marie Melendez of Elyria; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her companion, Marvin Taylor, and her stepchildren: Marvin Taylor, Jr, Marlana Taylor, and Marschelle Taylor. She was preceded in death by her son, Marcus Melendez; father, Inocencio Melendez; her maternal grandmother, Gladys (née Daniels) Rosa; paternal grandparents, Inocencio and Dolores Melendez; and a step-daughter, Marlisha Taylor.

 


JESSICA MARIE FERNÁNDEZ
Jessica Marie Fernández, 16, of Vermilion, OH died suddenly Tuesday, May 22, 2012.
Jessica was born September 20, 1995 in Lorain and had been a Vermilion resident for 1 year, moving from Amherst.
She was an ECOT online student, previously attended St. Joseph Elementary and Amherst Schools, and loved dancing modeling and horseback riding. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Amherst.
She is survived by her parents, David and Nancy (née Ockajik) of Vermilion; sister Tina Fernández, North Olmsted; maternal grandmother Beverly Ockajik, Amherst; paternal grandmother, Margaret Fernández, Mentor, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Manuel Fernández and maternal grandfather, Donald Ockajik.


PABLO G. BRIONES
Pablo G. Briones, 81, of Toledo, passed away on May 15, 2012. Pablo was born in Laredo, Texas on March 26, 1931, to his parents, Simon and Isabel Briones. Pablo’s life took many paths during his 81 years, from him serving his country as a member of the Army, to working for the railroad and to ultimately working for 33 years at City Auto Stamping, retiring in 1991. Everyday Pablo came to work, he greeted everyone with a smile and a handshake until he retired. Pablo was a strong family man who enjoyed, camping, fishing, woodcrafts, watching baseball, football and was a Dallas Cowboys, Texas Longhorns and Michigan Wolverines fan. Many a Saturday and Sunday in the fall you would find Pablo watching football. He was totally devoted to his sons, their wives and his grandchildren. Pablo is an example of a man who was always happy with where he was at in life. One of Pablo’s quotes was, “I have lived a wonderful life and all my boys have been raised and are doing well.” Never once was his spirit dampened by his condition and even in his final days he would still smile and shake hands of those who visited.
Pablo was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie, and twin grandsons, Christopher and Glenn Junior. Pablo leaves to cherish his memory, sons, Milton Dean (Becky) Briones, Glenn (Sally) Briones, Michael Anthony (Angie) Briones, Daniel Ray (Satin) Briones, and many awesome grandchildren whom their grandpa loved with all his heart. The family will be having a private service and asks that in lieu of flowers, please donate to Northwest Ohio Hospice and the East Toledo Senior Center.


TOMASA G. ORNELAS
Tomasa G. Ornelas, age 84, of Toledo, passed away Tuesday May 15, 2012, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg. She was born November 21, 1927, to José and Aniczta (née Morales) García in Alice, Texas. Tomasa loved dancing, Spanish music, laughter, plants, and gardening, but above all else, she loved being with and talking to her family. Her love of plants led her to her career in a number of local greenhouses, including Tom Strain & Sons Garden Center.
Surviving are her loving children, Geneva Ornelas, David Ornelas, Edward (Theresa) Ornelas, and Henry Ornelas, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Tomasa will now join her loving husband of 63 years, Alejos Ornelas, in Heaven.


MARILYN RAMOS
Marilyn “Tata” Ramos, 53, of Lorain, OH went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 following a sudden illness. Marilyn enjoyed music, shopping, spending time with her children, grandchildren and friends.
She is survived by: her daughter, Melinda Ramos, of Lorain, son, Manuel Ramos, of Lorain, a host of brothers, special sisters, Daisy Retemar, Lucy Plaza and Amy Shelton, mother and father, Anibal and Ines Cortes, 2 grandchildren, Jordyn and Riley Frey.


TONY R. RAMIREZ SR.
Tony R. Ramirez Sr., 79, beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, and neighbor, of Oregon, Ohio passed away May 10, 2012, in his home. He was born in Toledo, Ohio on March 20, 1933, to Francisco and Esperanza (Palimonas) Ramirez. Tony was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force. He was stationed in France from 1951-1955. Tony was employed at the Jeep Corp., retiring in 1998. He was a huge Pittsburg Steelers fan. Tony loved singing. His voice was exceptional and he was often referred to as an honorary member of the “Rat Pack.” Gardening was his hobby, and he was well known for his delicious tomatoes. Tony was the perfect host and also a jokester. He spoke three languages fluently. Tony was especially fond of his little dogs, and was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. His main enjoyment in life was spending time with his family, which he truly loved.
Surviving are his wife, Margaret; children, Diane (Michael) Butler, Tony Ramirez Jr., Mark (Christine) Ramirez, and Gina Ramirez; 12 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren, and siblings, Joanne (David) Rangel, Theresa (Bud) Holmes, Raymond Ramirez, Jimmy (Norma) Ramirez, and Margie (Don) Zak. Tony was preceded in death by his parents; grandchildren, Bradley Ramirez and Breanne Thompson; several brothers, and a sister.


 

MICHAEL SALAS
Michael Salas, 58, of Lorain, OH died Saturday, May 5, 2012 at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain following a sudden illness. Born August 25, 1953 in Lorain, he lived here his entire life. He was a 1972 graduate of Admiral King High School, and worked at Lorain Works US Steel as a carpenter. Michael was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and enjoyed reading, watching television and movies, fishing, breading dogs, and spending time with his family.
Surviving are his sons, Michael Salas and Marcus Salas both of Lorain, and Shawn Cruz, of Elyria; 10 grandchildren; his father, Eliu Salas, of Lorain; brothers, Larry Salas, of Watertown, Wis., Louis Salas, Alexander Salas and Eric Salas, all of Lorain; a sister, Virginia Kevorkian, of Toledo; and his lifelong friend, Mary Lou Salas, of Lorain. He was preceded in death by his mother, María Idalia (née Treviño) Salas in 2005; and brothers, Charles Salas and Robert Salas.



BRAULIO GARZA

Braulio “Lal” Garza, 66, of Swanton, OH passed away May 4, 2012, at St. Lukes Hospital. “Lal” was born in Weslaco, Texas to Ramón and Elodia Garza on February 9, 1946. Braulio married Mary (Durán) Garza 45 years ago. Braulio worked for Chrysler for 30 years until he retired in 2001. Braulio loved drawing, reading, watching old movies, and spending time with all of his grandchildren.
Surviving is his loving wife, Mary; children, Cynthia Eva “Titina” (Stacey Simmons), Nicole Marie “Craze” (Robert García), Mona Lisa “Babygirl” (Edmundo Ruiz), only son, Joseph Adam “Jito” Garza, and special nephew, Manuel “Memo” (Melinda) Mora; grandchildren, Roberto “Papi” Ribas (son of Robert Ribas), Anthony II “Taz” and Alex “Big Al” Urbina (sons of Anthony Urbina), Julian Ramón “Wedo” and Joaquin Romero Simmons, Mia Angel, María Esperanza “Mayita,” and Edmundo “Fast Eddie” Ruiz; siblings, Connie (Jesse) Corpus, Onecimo “Woody” (Lisa) Garza, Esmeralda (Luis) Garza, Sally (Isabel) Esquivel, Rick (María) Garza, Rubén “Rivas” (Sharon) Garza, Irma Garza, Rogelio “Roy” (Diane) Garza, and Yolanda Garza (Brian) Pollock; many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Braulio was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Raúl, and brother, Ramón Garza Jr., and”"Compadre” Joe Alvarado.



VIDAL M. HERNÁNDEZ
Vidal M. Hernández, age 86, of Woodville, OH passed away on Thursday, May 3, 2012, at his residence. He was born on March 6, 1926, in Castroville, TX to Daniel and Ylaria (née Morales) Hernández. Vidal married Petra Santos on September 3, 1947, in San Antonio, TX. He was a heavy equipment operator for Woodville Lime and Chemical now known as Martin Marietta, Woodville, OH. Vidal was an Army Veteran and served his country proudly during World War II. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Genoa, OH where he was a past usher. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, boxing, wrestling, football, rodeos, going to the Fremont and Toledo Speedways, eating at McDonalds, and was an avid Detroit Tigers fan.
Vidal is survived by his wife of 64 years, Petra; daughters, Lucia Hernández, Hilda (Walter) Reed, and Alicia Ann Hernández all of Bowling Green, OH; sons, Daniel Hernández, Vidal (Theresa) Hernández Jr., Alfredo Hernández all of Woodville, OH, and Ricardo (Paula) Hernández of Elmore, OH; grandchildren, Sandra, Amanda, Nicholas, Shawn (Kristin) Matthew, and Christopher; great-grandchildren, James and Maven; sister, Amelia Maldonado, TX, and brothers, Raymond (Diane) Hernández of California and Johnny Vásquez of Texas. He was preceded by his parents; daughters, Angelita and Alicia; brothers, Daniel and George, and an infant sister.


MANUEL HERNÁNDEZ
Manuel “Manny-Fresh” Hernández, age 52, of Toledo, OH passed away Thursday, April 19, 2012. He was born in Toledo on September 12, 1959, to María Martínez-Hernández and Guadelupe Hernández. Manny worked in construction and in his free time he loved hanging out with family and friends, especially those from Jon's Fourth Season. He also enjoyed going camping and fishing. Manny was preceded in death by his father, Lupe Hernández; brother, Juan Hernández, and nephew, Charlie Hernández.
He is survived by his daughters, Lisa and Leanna Hernández both of Texas; mother, María Martínez-Hernández; loving grandchildren; many sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, and numerous family members and friends.


INES MARTÍNEZ
Ines Martínez (née Montanez), 73, of Bradenton, Florida, faithful servant of God, loving wife, mother, grandmother & great grandmother was called home to our Heavenly Father on April 18, 2012. She was born in Gurabo, Puerto Rico on April 20, 1938. Ines was a longtime resident of Lorain, Ohio and also lived in Puerto Rico before moving to Bradenton.
Ines loved taking care of her family. Making dinner and having her family together on Sundays was a joy for her. She also loved going to her great grandchildren's sporting events and cooking for their sports teams and friends and all the while dealing with her husband's coaching antics. Ines also loved music and dancing. Ines brought much love and kindness to all of her family, including her extended family. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all.
Ines is survived by her husband of 57 years Luis Martínez, Sr., sons Luis Martínez, Jr. and his wife Carol Martínez and Edwin Montanez-Martínez and longtime girlfriend Herenia Ortiz both of Bradenton; grandchildren Angela (husband Dayne) Maasdorp, Latisha (husband Frank Bell) Martínez, Roxann Martínez and Nicole Martínez; great grandchildren McKenzie Maasdorp, Kayla Bell, Chase Maasdorp and Jacoby Cox all of Bradenton; sisters Consuelo Ramos of Palm Bay, Florida; Marta Vasquez of Lorain; brother Candido Montanez of Lorain and many nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved.
She was preceded in death by her parents Nicolas Montanez and Juana Cruz Montanez, brothers Pablo Cruz Montanez and Jose Luis Montanez; sisters Maria Gracelia Montanez and Amelia Montanez.


FRANCISCO ALGARIN  
Francisco Algarin, 78, of Martin, OH passed away peacefully in his residence with his family at his side. Francisco was born in Canovanas, Puerto Rico to Marcelino and Alejandrina (Santiago) Algarin on January 31, 1934. He had retired from Henry Meat Packaging Company in 1992 after 20 years of service. Francisco was an active member of Our Lady Lourdes Catholic Church, Genoa, where he was a Eucharistic Minister ordained in 1988. He also took communion to the homebound parishioners. Francisco also served as an usher. He was a Third Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus. Francisco was not only very dedicated to his church, but also his religion. He will always be remembered as a man who enjoyed his family, whether it was playing his favorite game, dominos, having them over for his talent of roasting pigs, or just being with his family.
Surviving are his loving wife, Ignacia; children, Dan (Virg), Jim (Eva), Frank Jr. Algarin, and Angela Boltz; grandchildren, Jason, Miranda, Jessica, Sarah, Christopher, Melissa, Kori, Justin, and Tony; great-grandchildren, Adam, Brady, and 2 on the way, and siblings, Anibal, Alcides, Abraham, María, Delia, Lumin, Julia, and Minevera. Francisco was preceded in death by his parents; son, David, and his brother, Eduardo.


SABINA TORRES
Sabina Torres, 62, of Lorain, OH went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, April 18, 2012, in Golden Acres Nursing Home, Amherst following a lengthy illness. She was born June 16, 1949 in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. She had been a Lorain resident for the past 26 years. Sabina worked for Bradley Bay Healthcare Center in Bay Village for 11 years and Lorain Manor Nursing Home in Lorain for 15 years as an State Tested Nursing Assistant. She was a member of Iglesia De Dios Inc. Lorain.
Dearly missed by her sons Isaias (Yolanda) Torres Jr., of Lorain and Alexander (Angie) Torres, of Mesa, Arizona; daughter Elizabeth Torres Deland, Florida; step-mother Medelica Esquilian de Soto, of Fort White, Florida; brothers Gamaliel Soto, of Lorain, Benjamin Soto, of Fajardo, Puerto Rico, David, Samuel, Elias, Eduardo and Javier Soto, all of Fort White, Florida; sisters Ruth and Nelida Soto both, of Fort White, Elizabeth and Mildred Soto both, of Gary Indiana; 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Eduardo Soto and Eladia Rodríguez; son Benjamin Torres; daughter Margaria Torres; brother Rafael Soto; sister Rachel Soto; grandfather Vicente Soto, grandmother Margaria Reyes and former husband Isaias Torres Sr., of Fajardo.


REBECCA LYNN DE HOYOS

Rebecca “Becky” Lynn (née Robinson) De Hoyos, age 48, of Willard, OH, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. She was born in Willard, and was a resident of Willard her entire life. Becky De Hoyos spent a lifetime giving to others. All who knew her can attest to her supreme generosity and selflessness. She was always available with a listening ear and word of encouragement or a laugh to share. She had a passion for her family and without a doubt, had a heart as big and pure as they come. She lived with a fervor and enthusiasm for daily life, whether it be a phone call or a short visit with family. Her positive attitude was contagious and she brought continual joy to those in her presence. Her laugh and smile will be missed by all.

Surviving are her husband of 29 years, Robert De Hoyos, her three sisters and eight brothers, her brother-in-law Esteban De Hoyos of Genoa, and many nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, her two brothers, in-laws Manuel and Petra De Hoyos, and her sister-in-law María De Hoyos and brother-in-law.


MARTA GOMEZ
Marta Gomez, age 82, of Lorain, OH, died on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at Avon Oaks Nursing Home, following a lengthy illness. She was born on January 30, 1930 in the Dominican Republic. Marta moved to New York in 1970 then to Lorain in 1976. Marta was employed in the cafeteria at Lowell Elementary School, Lorain, for many years. She was a member of the Templo Emmanuel Church. She enjoyed walking, writing poems and was very dedicated to her church.
She is survived by her daughter: Lourdes Santana, of Lorain, 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, step-brother: Julio Lora and step-sister Cecilia Lora, both of Santo Domingo. She was preceded in death by her parents José García and María Gomez and sister Carlota Lora.


ELVIRA HERNÁNDEZ
Elvira Hernández, age 87, of Toledo OH passed away April 11, 2012, at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. Elvira was a very spiritual person best known for her many blessings and love for her children and grandchildren. She loved Mexican music and dancing. She is survived by her children, SFC José (Nam Suk Sim) Becerra, U.S. Army Retired of South Korea, Juan Becerra, Victor (Bev) Hernández, Lupe Hernández, and Anita Hernández; 19 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren, and many family members. Elvira was preceded in death by her husbands, José Beserra and Juan Hernández; parents, Narciso and Luz (García) González; son, Mario Hernández; grandson, Juan Vásquez; daughter-in-law, Rosemarie Becerra, and brothers and sisters, Vicente González, Magdelena Alfaro, Rita González, Concepción Correa, Luis Lira, and Rodolfo “Rudy” Lira.


ASHLYNN M. ABALOS
Our sweet precious, Ashlynn Marie-Fe Abalos, 16 months, was blessed with her wings and became a beautiful angel on Saturday, March 24, 2012. Ashlynn had an indomitable spirit, a zest for life and brought hope, joy and encouragement to all. She will be missed dearly by her loving parents, David M. and Amy M. Abalos, Jr.; her sweet loving big brother, David Cruz Abalos; grandparents, Debbie Stroud, Raymond Stroud, Sr., and David and Cheryl Abalos, Sr.; great-grandparents, Don and Patsy Stewart, Carolina Abalos and Charles and Charlene Gilbreath; aunts and uncles, Ashley (Arturo Martínez) Stroud, Breanna Stroud, Denise Stroud, Raymond Stroud, Jr., Evan (Emily) Abalos, Nicholas (Chelsea) Abalos and countless others. Interment is at St. Joseph Cemetery, Erie, MI.


JESUSA VIRGINIA CASTILLO
J. Virginia Castillo, age 92, peacefully embraced Eternal life on Friday, March 23, 2012, in her home. Born on October 23, 1919, in Millet, TX to Santiago and María Martínez. Retired supervisor of 20 years at St. V’s. Compassionate, gentle, wise, quick wit, great sense of humor, strong faith, and work ethic this mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother loved to cook and enjoy her family. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, shopping and travel. Jesse was preceded in death by her husband, Santos; sons, Richard and Joseph; daughter, Carol; six sisters, and a brother.
Surviving are her daughters, Linda Hanley, Michael, Zachary, Myklynn, Christopher, Alanna Carpenter, Diana Taylor, Devin Lupas, and Irene Wozniak, Douglas (Susan) Jenna Castillo and Richardo, Marcos, Emiliano and Topazio Castillo, Sylvia (Gasper) Antonio, Adrian Hernández, Judy (Gene) Geno Czerniawski, John, Yelena, Devin, Amaya, Jordan, Heavenly, Joseph, Castillo, Sylvia, Samantha Kaszubski, Joshua Evearitt.


CARMEN MALDONADO
Carmen Maldonado (née Jimenez) 79 of Lorain, OH, passed away Wednesday March 28, 2012 in Mercy Allen Hospital following a brief illness. She was born August 13, 1932 in Utuado, Puerto Rico. She came to Lorain in 1952. Carmen retired in 1995 from Avon Oaks Caring Community in Avon. She worked there for 25 years. She was among the first State Tested Nurses Assistants. Carmen was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel of Lorain. She enjoyed crocheting, collecting dolls and cooking. She loved to help raise her grandchildren.
She will be deeply missed by her sons Manuel Antonio (Haydee) Ramos of Utuado, Joseph Manuel (Juana) Ramos of Brooklyn, Ohio and Rolando (Judy) Maldonado of Lorain; daughters Minerva (William Marquez) Maldonado and Mildalia (Mark) Wood of Lorain; brother Felix González of Orlando, Florida; 17 grandchildren; 39 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her daughter Luz Zaida Ramos; her parents and siblings.


JOSEFA NEGRIN
Josefa Negrin, 81, of Toledo OH passed away on Monday, March 26, 2012 at the Hospice of Northwest Ohio Toledo Center. She was born on May 4, 1930 in Santa Clara, Cuba to Antonio and Victoria Falcon. Josefa was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed gardening, reading and preaching Jehovah’s word.
Josefa is survived by her sons, Eugenio, Carlos, Santiago, Pedro, Abel, Joel and Henry Negrin; daughters, María E. Espinoza, Maricela Rodríguez, María E. Jorro, Damaisi Gomez, Olga L. Negrin, Linda R. Negrin and Josefa I. Sassano; 54 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; sister, Maria Isabel Falcon; father of her children, Ernesto Negrin; nephews, Barbarito Sotolongo and many in Cuba. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandson, Carlos Negrin.


EDUARDO CALDERON MD
Eduardo Fiegehen Calderon, M.D., age 79, of Toledo, OH, died Saturday, March 17, 2012 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee surrounded by his loving family. Born May 14, 1932 in Santiago, Chile to the late Pedro Nolasco Calderon and Teresa Fiegehen. He married Yolanda Urrejola on November 27, 1957 in Santiago, Chile. Dr. Calderon graduated from the Universidad Catolica de Chile and did his neurology training at the Universidad de Chile and Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. After furthering his neurology education in the United States, Dr. Calderon returned to Chile to private practice for 2 years before accepting a position on the faculty of the Medical College of Ohio/University of Toledo Medical Center. He also founded thereafter Toledo Neurological Associates, where he worked in private practice for 30 years at St. Luke's Hospital, Mercy Hospital, St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo Hospital and Parkview Hospital. After his retirement, Dr. Calderon also took the time to earn a bachelor's degree in history from The University of Toledo. He traveled the world extensively with his wife, including Europe, Asia, Polynesia, and South America. While residing in Chile during the winter months, he enjoyed spending time with his extended family. Family was very important to him, and he had researched his family genealogy back to the late 1700s. His friends and family will always remember his wit and intellect. He was an avid reader and loved his coffee.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 54 years, Yolanda Urrejola Calderon; beloved children, Rosa Munoz, Eduardo Tomas (Yolanda) Calderon, John Paul (Ann) Calderon, Alexandra (Todd) Dailey, Paulina (Neal) Semel and Francisco Calderon; grandchildren, Eric Dailey, Victoria Calderon, Sebastian Calderon, Nicole Dailey, Benjamin Calderon, Isabel Calderon, Carter Calderon and Connor Calderon, Eli Semel, Charlie Calderon and Ezra Semel; all of his nephews and nieces with special mention, Ernesto (Sara) Figueroa and their children Nicolas, Jason and Ian Figueroa. Also left behind are his brothers and sisters, Pedro, María Teresa, María Elena, Eugenia, Alicia, Isabel, Ines and Eliana Calderon.


ALBERTO N. GARCÍA
Alberto N. García, age 88, of Toledo OH, passed away Friday March 16, 2012, in the Sylvania Care and Rehabilitation center in Sylvania Ohio surrounded by his loving family. Alberto was born in Kennedy TX on October 6, 1923, to Cecilio and Guadalupe (Nyola) García. Alberto worked as Truck Driver for Ohlman Farms and Produce and then St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center for over 20 years retiring in 1986. He loved to work in his garden, dancing with his wife, his cars, playing dominos with friends, but most of all he spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Alberto was preceded in death by his wife, Antonia; daughter, Juanita Thompson; grandson, Rick García Fonseca; his parents, and four brothers. He is survived by his children, Martha (Jose) Sifuentes, Rubén (Gerri) García, Cecilio García, Mary (Gilbert) Delgado, Delia (Rudy) López, Daniel (Angel) García, Rick García, Elisa (Marty) Stevens; former son-in-law, Vince Thompson; 25 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.


RUDOLPHO JAIMEZ
Rudolpho “Rudy” Jaimez, age 65, of Adrian MI died Saturday, March 17, 2012, in St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor. He was born April 12, 1946 in Toledo, Ohio to Soccoro and Dorotea (Sánchez) Jaimez. On August 10, 1967, he married María Irma Parra in Adrian and she survives. Rudy had been employed by General Motors, retiring from Delphi. He was a member of St. Mary’s Good Counsel Catholic Church. He played softball with the Adrian Arrows and other area teams. He loved his children and grandsons very much. He found joy in attending his grandson’s sporting events, feeding squirrels, taking in stray animals, and doing yard work. He enjoyed family vacations, especially their annual Myrtle Beach trips.
In addition to his wife, María, he is survived by two children, Theresa (Joe) Rupley of Adrian and Tony Jaimez of Dexter; his siblings, Roy Jaimez, Oralia Bouguenoy, Virginia Cortez, Robert Jaimez, Olga Atwater, Elvira Díaz, Raquel Hernández, Raymond Jaimez, Delia Camarillo, and Manuel Jaimez. He also has three grandsons, Mason Rupley, Seth Jaimez, and Noah Jaimez who will miss their “Pops” dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Soccoro Jaimez Jr. and Robert Jaime.


JESUSA  JASO
Jesusa Jaso, 77, of Toledo and formerly of Genoa, Ohio, entered eternal rest on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at the Cleveland Clinic, surrounded by her loving family. She was born to Francisco and Enicasia (née Picasso) Torres on January 20, 1935, in Brownsville, Texas. On November 26, 1950, in Gibsonburg, Ohio, she married Paulo Jaso and he preceded her in death on May 19, 1986. Jesusa enjoyed dancing, music, scratching off her lottery tickets and sitting at her dining room table sharing and talking with her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paulo; her sons, Paulo Jr. and Rubén, and her grandson, Michael. Jesusa is survived by her children, Alfredo, José, Sulema (Orlando), Gloria, Yolanda, Jesse, Mario (Missy), Danny (Angela), Priscilla (Arnold) and Marcos and family, Juan Torres and Juan Ramos; 41 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; her brother, Nick, and sisters, Maroca, Francisca and Gloria.


LUCIA SALINAS NIEVES MORELL
Lucia Salinas Nieves Morell, 75 of Lorain OH went to the Lord Saturday March 17, 2012 at Lake Pointe Health Care Center, Lorain. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and enjoyed sewing, cooking and being a homemaker.
She will be missed by her sons, William (Tina) and Hector Luis Rivera, both of Lorain; brother, Bejo Salinas of Puerto Rico; grandsons: Lee, Jason, Hector, Brad and Shawn Rivera and five great-grandchildren. Mrs. Morell was preceded in death by her husband José Rivera Morell in May of 2011; parents; sisters: Antonia and Rosa; and brothers: Alejandro and Esperanza.


ROBERTO RODRÍGUEZ SR.
Roberto Rodríguez Sr., 56, of Lorain, OH passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2012 in Cleveland Clinic following a lengthy illness. He was born October 18, 1956 in Lorain and moved to San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico when he was three. He returned to Lorain in 1990. Mr. Rodríguez was a self-employed contractor. He worked in the construction trades for over 37 years. He was a member of Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal Ebenezer.
He will be dearly missed by his wife of 4 and a half years, Sonia C. Saez Rodríguez, of Lorain; sons Javier Rodríguez, of Whiting, Indiana and Roberto Rodríguez Jr., of Cleveland; daughters Ivelisse Rodríguez, of Hammond, Indiana and Vanessa Rivera, of Chicago, Illinois; his parents Hermongenes and Isidra Rodríguez, of San Lorenzo; brothers Gilberto, Nelson, Hector and Martin Rodríguez, all of San Lorenzo, William Rodríguez, of W. Palm Bay, Florida and Daniel Rodríguez, of Lorain; sisters María De Los Angeles, Cecilia, Glady, Evelyn and Maribel Rodríguez, all of San Lorenzo and María Rodríguez, of Lorain; his grandmother Tomasa Rodríguez, of Lorain and eleven grandchildren.


DEACON JULIO SERRANO
Deacon Julio Serrano, age 59, of Lorain, OH, passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain, after a brief illness.
He was born on July 20, 1952, in Humacao, Puerto Rico. He lived in Brooklyn, New York for 2 years, before finally moving to Lorain, in 1970. He worked at a greenhouse for a few years, before going to work at the Lorain Ford assembly plant, for 30 years, retiring from there in 2006.
Julio was a member of the Iglesia Pentecostal Cristo Misionera, where he served as a Deacon and took part in the Ministerio De Accion for many years. He was truly a man of God and had a deep-rooted faith. He enjoyed lifting weights and working out. He was a good mechanic and cook and had a good sense of humor. Julio would help anyone who needed help, anytime.
He is survived by his ex-wife, Migdalia Serrano, of Lorain, daughters; Melissa Serrano and Melissa Rodríguez, both of Lorain, 5 grandchildren; JaLysa Starks, Felix Starks, Exzavier Flournoy, Jayden Flournoy, and Genesis Rodríguez, brothers; Luis, Pablo, Cirilo, and Felix, all of Lorain, and a sister, Carmen Sanchez, of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; Nazario and Francisca (née Rivera), both in 1979, and brothers; Rev. Agustin Serrano, in 2009, and Rev. Miguel Serrano, in 2011.


SANTOS URBINA
Santos Urbina, 72, of Toledo, OH, passed away peacefully, Thursday, March 15, 2012, surrounded by his loving family, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Santos is survived by his loving wife, Deloris; children, Timothy (Stephanie) Urbina, Phillip (Carmen) Urbina, Sabrina (Brad) Moll, and Naomi (Mike Dennis) Urbina; 13 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren, and brother John (Pita) Urbina.


JUAN  FLECHA  SR.
Juan Flecha, Sr. was born June 24, 1931 has been welcomed home by his wife Matilde Flecha Ortiz on March 8, 2012. He showed us off base of example to be strong, work hard, and always have faith in god. He devoted 32 years at Ford Motor Company, built a home for his wife with his own hands, and was a constant with sharing his wisdom. We love you! Amen, Hallelujah, Your family.
Survived by sister Fela Flecha-Sánchez and his children Frankie Billarreal, Doris Carter-Billarreal, Juan Flecha, Jr., Carmelinda Flecha-Ortiz, Maria Flecha-García, Asenant Flecha-Washington, Orlando Flecha, Osbardo Flecha, with regards to William Marquez, Blessing from all his grandchildren and great grandchildren for his blessing to us is Our Flecha Legacy.


JOSEPH  J.  GARCÍA
Joseph J. García, 83, passed away on Monday, March 12, 2012 at his home in Lorain, OH. Joe was born in Lorain, OH on July 25, 1928 to his loving parents, Frank and Francis (Flaczynski). He married his beloved wife, Jeanne (née: Sadowski) García on October 20, 1951. Joe worked at Ohio Edison as a Line Supervisor, retiring after 42 years. He was a member of St. Peter Church and a former member of the Moose Lodge. Joe was an avid golfer and enjoyed traveling with his family.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Jeanne García; devoted son and caretaker, Bryan (Sandy) García; son, Jeffrey; daughter, Joan Jackson; sister, Marlene Garza; 6 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Frances García; and brothers, Henry T. García and Florentino García.


MIGUEL  LÓPEZ
Miguel “Mike” López, Sr. 79, of Lorain OH became an angel Monday March 12, 2012 at the Renaissance Hospice Care Center, North Olmsted, following a short illness. Mr. López was born in Lares, Puerto Rico, and had lived in Lorain for 55 years, where he owned and operated López Market for 50 years. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and enjoyed farming, planting flowers, raising animals, fishing and playing with his grandchildren. He was also a New York Yankees fan.
Surviving are his wife of forty-eight years, Elisa Pagán Tomasini; sons: Miguel López Jr., of Lorain, Albito, Of Akron, Benjamin, of Lorain and Dannis, of Irving, TX.; daughter, Elisette López Walters, of Akron; and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Zenon and Maria López and 10 siblings: Felix, José, Juan, Edelmiro, Issac, Angelito, Ignacia, Margarita, Mayin, and Inocencia.


SERGIO  MORALES
Sergio Morales, 44, of Perrysburg OH went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 11, 2012, at St. Luke’s Hospital. He was born in Chicago, IL on December 26, 1967, to Margarita Vela. Sergio married Allison Rohm on June 25, 2005, and worked in retail as a manager. He was a computer “nerd” and accomplished pilot who loved to fly. He was a devoted husband to Allison Morales and loving father to Jacob, Alec, Racquel, Tate, and Alena, all of whom survive. Sergio is also survived by his mother, Margarita; “Dad” Ezequiel; siblings, José, Frank, Dina, Salvadore, Margarita, Lourdes, and Robert; fathers and mothers-in-law, Mary (Scott) and Jim (Sharon); along with sisters-in-law, Melissa (Bill) and Jaimie. He is preceded in death by “Mom” Consuelo.


BALBINA  AMARO  SOTO
Balbina Amaro Soto, age 82, of Lorain, died on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at New Life Hospice Residential Center, following a short illness. She was born on March 31, 1929 in Maunabo, Puerto Rico, moving to this area in 1989. She was a member of Iglesia De Dios Inc., and also belonged to the Women’s Association in her church. Balbina was also involved with El Dorado Senior Center. She enjoyed studying the Bible and traveling.
She is survived by her sons, Bienvenido (Jenny) Santiago, of Puerto Rico, Nelson (Nelly) Amaro of Lorain, Daniel (Rebecca) Burgos, Abel (Rosa) Burgos, Luis Burgos, and Elpidio Burgos, all of Lorain; daughters, Lucy (Jimmy) Santiago, Yolanda (Eriberto) Burgos, both of Puerto Rico, Awilda (Luis) Rivera, of New Jersey, Brenda (Carlos) Burgos and Carmen (Jorge) Ortiz, both of Lorain; 23 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter; and a brother, Elpidio Amaro, of Lorain.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fruto in 1960 and Rosa (née Soto) Amaro in 1993; sisters, Cesarea in 1993 and Carmen Iris Rodríguez in 1994.



CARLOS B. CASTANEDA  
Carlos B. Castaneda, age 83, of Toledo, OH went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 4, 2012, with the sun, gently upon his face, surrounded by his loving family at St. Charles Hospital, Oregon, Ohio. Carlos was born on Tuesday, February 19, 1929, to Baltasar and Rosa Castaneda in Durango, Mexico. He resided in Toledo where he was employed Toledo Rubber, as a foreman with Hunts, Kellermeyer, and the Chrysler Co. for over 20 years, retiring in 1991 as a Fork Lift Operator. Carlos was an active member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church where he served with the Food Bank. Carlos loved his wife and family more than life itself. He was known for his strong work ethic and devotion to the Lady of Guadalupe.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers. Carlos is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Anita “Ann” Castaneda; children, Charles (Lourdes) Castaneda, Roseann (John) Ruskinoff, Linda (Chris) McCabe, and Ed (Amy) Castaneda; grandchildren, Matthew, Stephanie, Adam, Maria, and future granddaughter; 2 brothers; 4 sisters, and other relatives and friends.


JOYCE O. GAYTAN
Joyce O. Gaytan, 73 years of Toledo, OH, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning March 7, 2012 in the Hospice of Northwest Ohio Inpatient Center in Toledo. Joyce was born in Fostoria Ohio on October 11, 1938 to Camilo M. and Frances L. Ortega. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Joyce was the matriarch of her family. She loved cooking, crocheting and spending time with her family and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband's David R. Gaytan Jr., and Juan Herrera Sr.; parents; sisters, Betty Jane Ortega and Maryanne Martínez. Joyce is survived by her children Linda Herrera, Janie (Ezequiel) Delgado, Annie Herrera Sharp, Patricia (Joe Martínez) Herrera, John Herrera Jr., Reynaldo (Mary) Herrera, Ricardo (Regina) Herrera Sr., Michelle (Celeste Bates) Gaytan, Victoria Gaytan, Pete Cunningham; 24 grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings Carmen Martínez, Constance Pecina, Elaine Ogle, Camille Ortega, Sandra Bernal, Andrew Bernal Jr., and David Bernal.


LUPE PETE GUTIÉRREZ JR.
Lupe Gutiérrez, Jr. age 53, of Toledo, OH passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at his home. He was born on April 10, 1958 in Toledo to Guadalupe and Estella Gutiérrez. Lupe has been employed with Toledo Alfalfa Mills for the past 17 years as a machine operator. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and although he did not have children of his own he treated all of his nieces and nephews as his own. He will be dearly missed by everyone.
Surviving is his mother, Estella; brothers, Jesse Gutiérrez and Robert DeLagarza; sisters, Blanca Sanmiguel, Mary Hernández and Rosie García. Also surviving is his loving companion Esmeralda Avelar and many nieces and nephews. Lupe was preceded in death by his father.


MIGUEL A. RAMOS
Miguel A. Ramos, age 79, of Lorain, OH passed away on Monday, March 5, 2012, at his home, while under the care of Grace Hospice. He was born on October 5, 1932, in Puerto Rico, and moved to Lorain in 1951. He was employed at US Steel for many years, before retiring in 1997. Miguel was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and was also a member of the Local Steel Workers Union #1104. He enjoyed gardening and sports, especially watching the Cleveland Indians play.
Miguel is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carmen J. (née Cordero), his children; Melvin (Nilda) Ramos, of Lorain, Miguel (Francine) Ramos, Jr., of Sheff. Twp., Orlando Ramos, of Lorain, Emerida López, of Lorain, William (Olga) Ramos, of Lorain, Ivette Feliciano, of Amherst Twp., Nelida Ramos, of Lorain, and Pedro (Amy) Ramos, of New York. He is also survived by his 21 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 5 brothers, and 5 sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents; Pedro and Lucia Ramos, 1 brother, and 2 sisters.


ESTEVAN  J.  LUCIO
 Estevan Lucio, age 75, of Toledo, OH passed away on Monday, February 27, 2012 at The University of Toledo Medical Center. Mr. Lucio was born in San Antonio, TX on August 7, 1936 to Roberto and Bertha (Bazzan) Lucio. He married Yvonne Loney in Swanton on April 11, 1964. Mr. Lucio worked for Jeep as an engineer for over 35 years retiring in 1997. A member of Christ and Him Crucified Church, he enjoyed his 3 L’s (Love, Lift & Lead) Bible Study and in his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, camping in Canada, cars, and softball. A devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Surviving are his loving wife of 48 years, Yvonne; children, Wylene Rodríguez, Stevie (Dawn) Lucio, Valerie Lucio, Janelle (Mark) Takats, Athena (Scott) Jeffers, Arthur Lucio, Anita (Jerry) Siler, Alan (Melissa) Lucio; 19 grandchildren; sisters, Carmen (John) Sturt and Vera Clark. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert Lucio, Jesse Lucio, Stanley Lucio; sisters, Mary Lou Salinas and Connie Salinas.


MARY  LOUISE  GONZÁLES
On February 23, 2012, Mary Louise “Lou” Gonzáles missed her favorite pastime, reading the obituaries in The Blade. She had an appointment with the Lord. Mary Lou, the daughter of Jesse M. and Antonia R. Gonzáles, was born on June 29, 1956. She was a 1974 Central Catholic High School graduate. She worked for the Toledo Public Schools in various positions until she retired, after 24 years. She also enjoyed her work in Loss Prevention at Montgomery Wards. She had a passion for helping others. Mary volunteered at various Toledo elementary schools, tutoring and helping as a teacher’s aide. She also served as a Spanish language interpreter working in the migrant camps. Serving the Lord and loving her family were the most important things in her life.
She is survived by “the sons of her heart”: Alexander Gonzáles, Antonio (Amanda) Gonzáles; sister, Mary Katherine Gonzáles; her devoted sisters, Theresa Gonzáles and Angela (Devin) Deiter; her devoted brother, Michael Gonzáles; the joys of her life, Dylan and Brendan Deiter, Alec Gonzáles and Xavier Gonzáles and her very best friend in the whole wide world, Nancy Van Velzel.


PAUL  GENE  GONZÁLEZ
Paul Gene González, age 25, of Toledo, OH passed away unexpectedly as the result of an automobile accident. Paul was born on May 20, 1986, in Edinburg, Texas to Gregorio and María Magdalena (Campos) González. He was a graduate of Libbey High School where he was a running back on the football team. He enjoyed playing video games and softball with his family and friends. His true love was spending time with his children.
Paul is survived by his wife, Susan; children, Paul G., Andrew, and a child on the way; parents, Gregorio and María; grandmother, Elena V. Campos; siblings, Elena (Patrick Lewandowski) and Gregorio (Jennifer Ballard) III. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and loving family members. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Antonio P. and Isabel González and Gilberto M. Campos.


ERNESTO  SANABRIA
Ernesto Sanabria, age 82, of Elyria, OH passed away Monday, February, 27, 2012 at Main Street Care Center in Avon Lake. Ernesto was born on April 26, 1929 in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico to the late Juan Negrón and Juana Sanabria. He was employed by Ford Motor Company, Lorain, retiring after 30 years of service. Ernesto was a member of the House of Praise Church and a member of the UAW Local 425. He loved spending time outdoors, gardening, cooking and traveling. He was an avid reader, especially of the Bible. His most precious time was the time he spent at family gatherings with the love of his life, María Luisa.
He is survived by his wife of 18 years, María Luisa Velez Sanabria; step-children, Gloria (Art) Wragg, of Lorain, OH, Susi (Rocco) Ybarra, of Bossier City, LA, Frank (Carmen) Velez, of Beverly Hills, FL, Ismael (Marilyn) Velez, of Amherst, OH, Noelia (David) Nodal, of Amherst, OH, Betsy (Bruce) Neubauer, of Elyria, OH, and Lisa (Mike) Satonick, of Avon,OH; 11 step-grandchildren; 21 step great-grandchildren and 1 step great-great-grandchild.


MARÍA L. VALDEZ
María L. Valdez, age 79, of Erie, MI, passed away on Friday, March 2, 2012 at Bay Park Community Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was born on April 4, 1932 in Blissfield, MI to Raymond and María (née Navarro) Martínez. María was the first Latino graduate of Blissfield High School. She worked at Foodtown for 21 years, retiring in 1991. A longtime parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Erie, she was a member of the Guadalupe Society at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Toledo. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and homemaker as well as a foster parent with her husband, Joe Ramonez Valdez. A wonderful cook, she enjoyed entertaining and socializing, watching cooking shows and classic television reruns, and dancing to Latino music - her favorite pastime. María is survived by her children, Michael Valdez and Cindy (Enrique) Cobian of Erie, MI; grandchildren, Enrique (Crystal) Cobian, Christina (Chad) Frank and Cassandra Cobian, “Our Princess”; great-grandchildren, Enrique IV and Michaela Frank; sister, Lydia (Felipe) Guzman; brothers, Tony (Mary), Jim (Mary) and David Martínez; sisters-in-law, Emily and Angie Martínez; stepbrother, Rufus Madrid and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. In addition to her parents and husband; she was preceded in death by her sister, Carmen Martínez; brothers, Raymond, Noe, Ernesto, Paul and Henry; sister-in-law, Emily Madrid and stepsister, “Chonita” Madrid-Cruz.


JOSEPHINE  VILLEGAS
Josephine “Josie” (née Gonzáles) Villegas, age 63, of Toledo, OH passed away peacefully Saturday, February 25, 2012, surrounded by her loving family at the Hospice Center, in Perrysburg. Josephine was born in Toledo on November 10, 1948, to Manuel and Juanita González. Josie worked 30+ years for Krogers in the Deli. She loved having crepes for breakfast at the Original Pancake House. Josie enjoyed listening to Mexican music and dancing as well as cooking. Spending time with her family was always a joy for her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Louis Gonzáles, and brother, Arthur Gonzáles. She is survived by her husband, Henry Villegas; son, Anthony (Kelly) Gonzáles; sisters, Cecelia Galindo, Gloria (Joseph) Rodríguez; brothers, Manuel (Melody) Gonzáles, Raymond (Debbie) González, Richard (Christina) Gonzáles, and loving granddaughters, Kirsten, Morgan, and Macey Gonzáles.



HUGO V. LÓPEZ
Hugo V. López, 87, of Park Ridge, IL, formerly of Tucson, AZ, passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at Lutheran General Hospital. He was born in Toledo, OH on September 3, 1924 to Peter G. and Aurora H. (Hernández) López. Hugo served his country in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during WWII aboard the U.S.S. Minneapolis. On May 11, 1946, he married Carmen Sierra. He was a graduate of The University of Toledo where he earned bachelor’s degrees in Education and Pharmacology. Hugo was employed with Doehler Jarvis and Lathrop Contractors as a laborer for many years. He taught junior high science in Toledo Public Schools—including Jones Junior High—for many years. He later worked as a pharmacist with Riverside Hospital where he retired as director in 1985. He was a member of the Toledo and Tucson Academies of Pharmacies and was a member of the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists. In his spare time, he enjoyed walking and photography.
Hugo is survived by his wife of 66 years, Carmen; children, Rebecca (John) Large, Robert (Sharlene), and Michael (Denise); grandchildren, John Jr. (Jill), Michael (Kristen), Jacqueline, Robert Jr., Victor (Stephanie), Brett Michael, Darlene (Douglas), Brandon (Deandra), Deena (Bryan), Ronda, and Tamra; 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Sylvia Weber and Margarita Alexander.


JORGE MUÑIZ JR.
Jorge Muñiz, Jr., age 57, of Lorain, OH passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at New Life Hospice Residential Center. Born September 30, 1954 in Lorain, he resided here his entire life. He graduated from Admiral King High School in 1973. Jorge served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He received the Rifle Marksman Badge, Good Conduct Medal and Meritorious Mast. For 29 years, he worked at U.S. Steel as a brick layer. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain.  Having a passion for playing darts, Jorge played in the National Dart Association for many years, traveling all over for tournaments and winning many of them. He also enjoyed bowling.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Emma (née Colón); 2 sons, Jorge O. (Veronica) Muñiz, of Hesperia, CA and Marty (Brandy) Muñiz of Lorain; his daughter, Michelle María (William) Vicens, of Lorain, his parents, Jorge and Carmen (née Plaza) Muñiz, Sr.; and a sister, Sylvia Sánchez, of Flower Mound, TX and he was the dear “Papa Jorge” to his 8 grandchildren.


RUTILA GARCÍA CASTILLEJA
September 12, 1932 to February 17, 2012

Rutila “Ruth” García Castilleja, 79, of Genoa, Ohio died Friday, February 17, 2012, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Houston, Texas on September 12, 1932, to John and Mary (née Guerra) García.

Rutila married Marcelino “Ino” Castilleja in Covington, Kentucky on March 28, 1949, and he survives. Rutila was a wonderful homemaker who loved her family dearly. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with all of them! It became a family tradition for the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren to visit the Castilleja Homestead every Sunday.  

Rutila, or Ruth as she was sometimes lovingly called, enjoyed cooking, listening to music (especially Tejano, Elvis, and Johnny Cash), and traveling. She loved preparing dozens of tamales throughout the year for her family and friends, with the help of her dozen children—the preparation of tamales became an important social activity even after her children became adults and became parents of their own.

Ruth knew how to be frugal and she also loved tradition. For example, she used the same first communion dress for all of her seven daughters—Gloria, Dora, Esther, Ruth (Rutila), Olga, Rachel, and Lucy.  And, of course, there were the weekly family gatherings on Sunday, el domingo!

Her beloved family includes her husband of almost 63 years, Marcelino; her children, Gloria (Michael) Pearce, Dora (Angelo) Pecina, Esther Sandwisch, Rutila (Eddie Almaraz) Artiaga, Olga (Craig) Bechtel, Rachel (David) Riffle, Lucy (Rob Russell) Castilleja, David (Mary Lou) Castilleja, Steve (Jackie) Castilleja, Martin Castilleja, Thomas (Dawn) Castilleja, and Jesse (Cynthia) Castilleja. Rutila also had 34 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Joel García; half sister, Janie Pérez, and half brothers, Lupe García and John García, Jr. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Mary Castilleja; sisters, Trina Molina, Estefana Orozco, Isabell Arellano, and brother Luis García.

A funeral service for Rutila will be conducted 11 a.m., Thursday, February 23, 2012, at St. John United Church of Christ, Genoa. Interment will follow in the Clay Township Cemetery, Genoa.

Visitation will be in the Robinson-Walker Funeral Home and Crematory, 501 West St., Genoa, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Wednesday and on Thursday, one hour prior to services at the church. There will be a rosary service at 7 p.m. in the funeral home.

The family suggests that memorial contributions for Rutila be directed to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Rd., Perrysburg, or the Alzheimer’s Association , 2500 N. Reynolds Rd., Toledo. Online condolences may be shared with the family at walkerfuneralhomes.com

Rutila’s family would like to extend a special thank-you to Hospice of Northwest Ohio and Tracy and Julie for their special care during her illness—your  tenderness has meant so much to us all!


LUIS F. FIGUEROA
Luis F. Figueroa, age 65 of Lorain, OH went home to be with the Lord on Monday February 13, 2012 after a brief illness. He was born February 7, 1947 in Humacao, Puerto, Rico, and moved to Lorain in 1991. He studied at Bayamon Puerto Rico Bible Institute and Christian Tabernacle Bible Institute. Mr. Figueroa worked at the Ford assembly plant in Lorain for 14 years, and traveled as a missionary to the Dominican Republic and twice to Ecuador, South America. He was a member of Tabernaculo Christiano in Lorain, and Iglesia LaGran Comicion in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years María Figueroa Sánchez, sons Luis, and David Figueora of Dothan, AL, and George Figueroa of Deltona, FL, daughters Yazmin Figueroa-Millan of Elyria, and Linda Figueroa-Hernández of Dothan, AL, 12 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandson, parents Francisco and Filomena Figueroa of Lorain, brothers Apostle Rev. David, and Benjamin “Jimmy” Figueroa of Lorain, sisters Mary Figueroa-Reyes of Collores, Puerto Rico, Elisa Figueroa-DeJesús of Greensburg, KY, Anna Figueroa-Burgos of Lorain, and Lydia Figueroa-DeJesús of Lorain.


AIDA I. TORRES
Aida I. “Lucy” Torres (née Caraballo), age 57, of Lorain, OH passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, at University Hospital, Cleveland, after a lengthy illness. She was born on August 21, 1954 in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain in 1991. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. Lucy loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them, especially her granddaughters.
She is survived by her husband of 37 years, José D. “Chilo” Torres, her son, Josue Torres, of Lorain, daughter, Aida D. “Denisse” Torres, of Lorain, daughter-In-Law: Sheitza Torres, her 2 granddaughters; Alyha and Samantha Torres, mother, Juana (née Caraballo), brother, Tito, of CT, and sister, Maribel Estremera, of NJ. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Lucy was preceded in death by her father, Pedro Caraballo and a brother, Papo.


MARIA CARMEN ALGARIN 
María Carmen “Mamá María” Algarin, 66, of Curtice, OH passed away Friday, February 3, 2012, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio Perrysburg, surrounded by her loving family. María was born February 18, 1945, to Tranquilino and Beatrice (Hernández) Calvillo in San Benito, Texas. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Genoa, OH. María had worked at Lutheran Home of Mercy as a nurse’s aide for many years but most recently at Norplas where she retired from in 2010 after many years of employment. María was loved by all, family friends, and her co-workers who called her “Mamá María.” Her love in life was spending time with family, cooking, dancing, gardening, looking for hummingbirds, and yes, she did love all things purple!
Surviving are her daughters, Dalia (Tony) Ortiz, Virginia (Don) Algarin-Ross, Olaida (Lupe) Castillo, Elisa Algarin; 5 granddaughters, Serena, Hannah, Alexis, Ciara, Gabriella, and the sixth granddaughter due in April; sister, Trinidad Soto; brothers, Macario, Felipe, José, and Erasmo Calvillo. María was preceded in death by her husband, Eduardo Algarin, and her parents


SIXTA G. CONTRERAS
Sixta G. Contreras (née Gómez), 84, went to be with her Lord on February 7, 2012. She was born on March 28, 1927 to the late Manuela (Leyva) and Arcadio Gómez, Sr. in Knippa, TX. Sixta loved being a mom; she absolutely adored her family. She loved gardening and always had a beautiful yard full of flowers, from spring until autumn. Sixta enjoyed Mexican music and dancing at Luna Pier Ballroom. She mastered a variety of crafts including, crocheting, knitting, making quilts and always had time for a daily rosary. Sixta was also an excellent cook.
In addition to her parents, Sixta was preceded in death by her sister, Ramona Torres and brother, Manuel Gómez. Left to cherish her memory is her loving husband of 64 years, Julio, Sr.; children, Ernesto (Soila), Gloria (Neo) Longoria, Edmundo (Eva), Anita (Ismael) Vargas, Rachel (Mark) Stanovich, Rebecca (Tony Perales), Irma (Bud) Gillespie, Julio, Jr. (Christine), Irene (Dan) Dougherty; siblings, Thomas, Monses, Camilla, Lupe, Juanita, Andrea, Arcadio, Jr., Mario; 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.


JESSE CUMPIAN  
Jesse Cumpian, age 54, of Erie, MI, passed away at home on Sunday, February 5, 2012 surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born on March 24, 1957 in Toledo, OH to Raymond and Benita (Aquilar) Cumpian. Jesse was a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. A Carpenter by trade, he was a member of Local Union 248. He also worked at one time for Jeep. Jesse was a parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and a member of Latino United on St. Clair St. in downtown Toledo. A skilled billiards player, he enjoyed listening and dancing to Mexican music as well.
Jesse is survived by his mother, Benita; daughters, Brandi Meléndrez and Solana Cumpian; sons, Jesse Cumpian Jr. and Douglass Narrón; grandchildren, Dougy Narron, Jasmine Cumpian and Santana Cumpian; brothers, John (Wanda), James (Linda) and José (Paula) Cumpian; sister, Angelita Cumpian, and many nieces and nephews. His father, Raymond Cumpian preceded him in death.


EMILIO TENIENTE COSTILLA JR.
 Emilio Teniente Costilla, Jr. passed away suddenly on February 1, 2012. He was born September 4, 1953 in Toledo, OH to Emilio G. Costilla, Sr. and Alvina (Teniente) Costilla. Emilio was a graduate of Maumee High School. Emilio was employed at Kalitta Charters in Ypsilanti, MI. He formerly worked at Crow Executive Air in Millbury, OH. Emilio was a registered organ donor whose donation will benefit many.
Emilio was preceded in death by his father, Emilio G. Costilla, Sr.; sister, Linda Hettle and son, Benjamin Costilla. He is survived by his mother, Alvina Costilla; brother, Carlos Costilla and daughter, Alaina (Costilla) Ownbey. He will be deeply missed by his family, Michelle Samson and friends.


REBECCA C. NARVAEZ
Rebecca C. Narvaez, 78, Toledo, passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2012, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family. Rebecca was born in Houston, Texas on July 22, to Gumecindo and María Carrizales. She married Alfonso B. Narvaez in December of 1952. Rebecca loved people and caring for her family. She enjoyed selling Avon, cooking, gardening, and watching her novelas. She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church.
Those left to cherish her memory are sons, Alfonso Jr., Adam, Felix, and Joe (Dana) Narvaez; daughters, María Narvaez, Selia (Reynaldo) García, Raquel Carrizales, Irene (Salvador) Hernández, Sandy (Dan) O'Leary, Nemecia Narvaez (Cemei Guzman); plus 33 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren, and friends.
Survivors also include brother, Gumecindo (Mike) and wife, and Neomi Carrizales; sisters, Rachel Gregg, Juanita (Lester) Rudolf, and Ruth (John) Yglesias; plus several nephews and nieces. Rebecca was preceded in death by her parents, Gumecindo and María Carrizales; sister, Aurora, and brother, Ezekiel Carrizales.


JULIO C. VÁZQUEZ
Julio C. Vázquez, age 52, of Lorain, OH passed away on Monday, January 30, 2012 at New Life Hospice Residential Center following a 2 ½ year illness. Born on July 1, 1959 in Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico, Julio graduated from Blanca Malaret High School in 1978. He furthered his studies in Puerto Rico at Interamerican University and earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration in 1989. Julio served in the U.S. Army from 1978 until 1981, and continued serving in the Army Reserves until 2010, when he had become too ill to be active.
In February, 1989, Julio came from Puerto Rico and made his home in Lorain. He worked at El Centro de Servicios Sociales from 1991-1992, where he also volunteered with the Toys for Tots program. In 1992, he began working at The Nord Center as a bilingual case manager and worked there until 2011. While employed there, Julio was a co-founder and facilitator of the HOMBRE Group, a group that assisted Latino males with anger management. At The Nord Center, Julio had received an Employee of the Month Award and also the annual prestigious Katie King Award, a Compassionate Service Award given in honor of an employee who displays caring, compassion, dedication to clients and dedication to The Nord Center. He also worked as a Rape Crisis Center volunteer and was a mentor for Alcoholics Anonymous group in Spanish. For many years, Julio also was an auxiliary volunteer for the Lorain county Sheriff's Department.
Having a talent and passion for music, Julio played the guitar in numerous bands and at his church, Sacred Heart Chapel. While living in Puerto Rico, he was the director of the band, “Nuevo Amanecer.” He not only played music, but was a singer and songwriter as well. He also was a Band Booster member of the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra, a regional youth orchestra non-profit organization dedicated to the development of young musicians.
Julio is survived by his wife of 31 years, Ileana Rios; his sons, Jonathan, of Richmond Heights, and Joel J., of Lorain; his daughter, Joanly M. (Eli Samuel) De Los Santos, of Lorain; 3 grandsons, Noah De Los Santos, Lorenzo J. Vázquez and Rafael C. De Los Santos; and his sisters, Miriam (Edwin Reyes) Vázquez, of Lorain and Dalia M. (Eliu Rivera) Vázquez, of Puerto Rico.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan Vázquez and Dalila Montalvo.


GERARDO CORCINO
Gerardo Corcino, age 87, of Lorain, OH passed away Friday, January 27, 2012 at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain after a lengthy illness. Born on December 25, 1924 in Luguillo, Puerto Rico he came to Lorain in 1947 to work at U.S. Steel as one of the pioneers from Puerto Rico hired to work at the steel plant. Gerardo was employed as an operator for U.S. Steel, retiring after 35½ years of service, retiring in 1986. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was very proud of his 6 grandsons and enjoyed attending all their sporting events. He found much pleasure tending to his vegetable garden, playing dominoes and watching the Cleveland Indians.
Gerardo is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sara (née Benabe); son, Noel (Dawn) Corcino, of Rocky River; daughters, Helen (Richard) Mercado, of Lorain and Myrna (Mark) Jones, of Lorain; grandfather of, Brando and Steven Corcino, Christopher and Justin Mercado, Matthew and Miles Jones; brothers, Manuel Corcino, of Puerto Rico, Ceden Corcino, of Seattle, Washington, Benjamin Corcino, of Puerto Rico and William Feliciano, of New York; sister, Juanita Corcino, of Puerto Rico.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Marta (née López) Corcino; and siblings, Mariana, Hilda, Zenon, Julia, Paita, Gracilano, Pedro and Justina.


JOSE DIAZ
José “Ariel” Díaz, 45, of Lorain, OH passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2012 in University Hospital of Cleveland following a lengthy illness. He was born October 13, 1966 in Lorain. He was a lifelong resident. Mr. Diaz worked for Precision Environmental, Co in Independence for 20 years. Prior to that, he worked as a welder for Invacare Corp. in Elyria. He was a member of Laborers International Union of America Local 310, Cleveland. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus in Lorain. Ariel was a loving uncle who, helped raise his nieces and nephew. He was a Buckeyes, Browns and Indians fan.
He will dearly missed by his parents José R. and Gloria M. (née Ybarra) of Lorain; Sisters Charlena “Meka” Ybarra, and Delia M. Díaz both of Lorain; brothers José “Bino” (Edith) Díaz and Edgar Díaz both of Lorain; nieces Salena, Brittany, Cierra, Bailey and Alexia and a nephew Emmi. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Theodora and Emilio Ybarra and Silvestre Díaz and Evangelista Barrios.


ERNESTINA MENDOZA
Heaven celebrates as Ernestina “Tina” Mendoza (née Ureste), 84, of Lorain, OH, went home to the Lord’s house on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012. Tina was under the care of New Life Hospice and passed away with her children at her side. She was born September 4th, 1927 in Alamo, Texas. Tina grew up on a farm in Alamo, Texas and moved to Lorain in 1946 and has since been in Lorain and Lorain area. Tina had worked at several places of employment and retired from Food Service for ARA at the Lincoln Elementary School in 2004 at the age of 77.
Tina greatest blessing was her family and was always devoted to her children. Tina was always very proud of her Mexican heritage. One of Tina’s pleasures was sharing her culinary skills in cooking Mexican food with her family and friends. She displayed her craftsman and artistic skills in filet crochet, embroidery and quilts. She also enjoyed the services and being a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and a member of the Ladies of Guadalupe Society.
Tina was loved by all and will be deeply missed. Those left to cherish her memory are her fourteen children: Rachael Berry, Raúl Mendoza (Patty), Rosa Mendoza, Roberto Mendoza Jr. South Amherst, Elizabeth Mendoza, Ricardo Mendoza (Donna), Rogelio ‘Roy’ Mendoza (Michelle) Salisbury, North Carolina, Esther Mendoza Copperas Cove, Texas, Estela Mendoza Sacramento , California, Evangelina ‘Nina’ Johnson (Roy) Amherst, Elva Mendoza, Rene Mendoza (Jennifer), Rebecca Arena (Mike) Vermilion, and Rubén Mendoza Elyria Township; 22 grand children and 18 great grand children. Tina also leaves one sister, Elida Ureste-Najara (Juan) of Alamo, Texas.
Tina is now at peace with her parents, José Angel Ureste (1961) & Tomasa (Villarreal) Ureste (1977), her sisters, Odilia (Ureste) Garza (1991), and Hortencia (Ureste) Cha-Cha Zapata (1983), her brothers, Reyes Ureste (1981), José Jr. Ureste (1973), and Abel Ureste (1994) and grandson, Valentino R. Mendoza (2008).


CARMEN M. PEREZ
Carmen M. Pérez (née Arce), age 82, of Lorain, OH, passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, at the Northridge Health Center, North Ridgeville. She was born on February 26, 1929, in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, where she spent most of her younger years. She moved to Lorain over 50 years ago. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, where she participated in prayer groups and was a member of the Legion of Mary. She enjoyed going to bible studies and reading her bible. Through the years, she held various jobs such as, helping in the kitchen at Avondale Golf Course, and worked in housekeeping for Mayers & Goldbergs. Carmen enjoyed traveling to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, and Puerto Rico. She enjoyed cooking Spanish food, gardening and being with her family and friends. Carmen loved listening to music and dancing. She also enjoyed babysitting for many children.
She is survived by her children Myra (Alfredo) Cardona, of Lorain, Heriberto (Ann) Hernández, of Lorain, Edwin (Nora) Hernández, of FL, Andy (Christina) Hernández, of Amherst, Iris (Joe) Green, of Lorain, Ray (Carolina) Hernández, of Lorain, Jerry (Debra) Hernández, of Akron, and Ricky Hernández, of Amherst, Elviria M. Aguino, of New Mexico; 20 grandchildren, and 23 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Pablo M. Pérez, in 1995, a son, Eliezer, in 2006, 2 grandchildren, her parents, and her brothers and sisters.


MANUEL LIRA RODRÍGUEZ
11/19/30 - 1/17/12
Manuel Lira Rodríguez, 81, of Toledo, OH, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2012. He was born November 19, 1930 in Knippa, TX to A. and Luse Lilia Rodríguez. He was a painter at Libbey Glass for the last 54 years with no sick days. He enjoyed fishing, working, and watching a good Western movie. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Helen Rodríguez.
He is survived by children, Janie Lueveno, Gloria Rodríguez, Manuel Rodríguez, Jr., and Robert Rodríguez; sisters, Anna Davela and Marg Miller; brothers, Al Guzmán, John Guzmán, and Ray Guzmén; a plethora of nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


SALLY LOU URBINA  
Sally Lou Urbina, age 57, of Toledo, OH, went peacefully home to the Lord surrounded by her family on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. Born in Toledo on June 18, 1954, she retired from the Quality Control Department at Chrysler/Jeep. She was a loyal UAW member and loved and respected her union brothers and sisters. Sally was involved in the United Way and the Jeep Women’s Committee and stayed actively involved after retirement. She was a proud lifetime member of Latinos United/Latinos Unidos and loved her family very much. Sally was a proud daughter, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister.
Sally was preceded in death by her grandparents, Juanita and Juventino López, and a host of other relatives. She is survived by her partner in life of over 20 years, Daryl Peterson; sons, Anthony and Paul Urbina; grandchildren, Anthony Ray Urbina II, Alex Urbina, Alexa Vallejo, Emilio Hernández, and Cristian Urbina; great-grandchild, Nevaeh Vallejo; parents, Erlinda and José Ramos; siblings, Joe R. (Gail) Ramos, Jr., Guadelupe Hovis, Johnny Ray Ramos, Ronnie (Heather) Ramos; special aunts and uncles, Mary Serna, Maggie (Larry) Barrett, Millie Cook, Juventino (Lilly) López, Jr., Jesse (Olivia) López, and John López, and many nieces and nephews.


CECELIA R. ESPINOZA
Cecelia R. Espinoza, 80, of Toledo, OH passed away January 9, 2012, at Regency Hospital. She was born in Toledo on November 22, 1931, to Trinidad and Daria Salazar. Cecelia was employed at the Silver Cup Restaurant as a waitress and at the Jobst Institute. She was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church. Cecelia enjoyed playing bingo and poker especially with her family.
Surviving are her children: Yolanda (Curtis) Haines, Juanita Espinoza, Michael (Helen) Espinoza, Dolores Salazar, Donna (Brian) Warrell, Lucia (John) Cosgrove, Eloysa (Max) Espinoza, and Manuel Espinoza; grandchildren, Mateo, Tuburico, Alex, John, Raymond, Andy, Joseph, Steven, Brian, Eric, April, Gabrial, Sylvia, and Olivia; 6 great-grandchildren; sisters, Victoria Garza, Juanita Garcia and Sally Sánchez.
Cecelia was preceded in death by her husband, Michael A.; daughter, Pauline Espinoza Zapata; parents; brothers, Manuel, Ambrose, Larry, Trinidad, and Joseph Salazar; sister, Mary Szoda.


RUDY OROZCO
Rudy Orozco, age 63, of Killeen, TX, formerly of Homer, where he lived most of his life, passed away Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at the VA Medical Center in Temple, TX. He was born in November 1948 in Adrian to Raymundo and Margaret Orozco. In 1971, he was married to Deborah Waid and she survives. Rudy moved to Texas four years ago. He served the country in both the Army and the Michigan National Guard for over 30 years. Rudy worked as a manager of the Kroger retail store for 35 years. He was a member of the American Legion of Adrian and the VFW post in Homer. Rudy enjoyed hunting, fishing and volunteering at the Metroplex Hospital in Killeen, Texas.
Rudy is survived by his wife, Deborah Orozco; daughters, Jenny (Tim) Wilbur, Monica Orozco, Sarah (Scott) Huff; son, Eduardo (Emma) Orozco; four grandchildren; sisters, Belia (Dwight) Scott and Alexandra Barreiro; brothers, Reymundo (María) Orozco, John B. Orozco and Samuel Orozco; brother-in-law Albert Galvin; and sister-in-law Rosemary Orozco. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, David and Juan Orozco; and a sister, Bertha Galvan.


FRANK TORRES
Frank Torres, age 41, of Adrian MI passed away, Jan. 6, 2012, at Ebeid Hospice in Sylvania, Ohio. He was born Sept. 3, 1970, in Muncie, Ind., the son of Pedro Sr. and María Olga (Pérez) Torres.
He is survived by his mother, Olga Torres; his children, Hunter, Frankie Dawn, BreeAna and Frank Jr.; four stepchildren, Tyler, Lisa, Candy and Cheyanne; his siblings, Rick (Michelle) Torres, Randy (Tayna) Torres, Vivian (Gus) Torres, Viola Torres, Pete Jr. (Chris) Torres, Sandy (Brian) Cabello, Olga (Richard) Martínez, Debbie Torres and Tammy (Rubén) Lozano; his fianceé, Dawn Krise; and numerous, cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Pedro Torres Sr., his brother, Gilbert Torres, and daughter Faith Torres.


LUPE VILLARREAL JR.
Lupe Villarreal Jr., 61, of Toledo, OH passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 10, 2012. He was born on November 27, 1950, in Toledo to Guadalupe and Paula Villarreal. Lupe worked for the City of Toledo in the Streets and Bridges Division for 30 years, retiring in 2004. He was an avid Harley Rider and enjoyed going on poker runs, bowling, and shooting pool.
Lupe is survived by his loving family, sisters, Jane (Kevin) Lewallen, Mary Primeaux, Dora (Roger) Lardé, and Linda (Bob) Alcorn; as well as many nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister, Mary; nephew, Michael Primeaux, and brother-in-law, Paul Primeaux.


JOSE I. APONTE  
Jose I. Aponte, age 100, of Temperance, MI and formerly of Traverse City, MI, died Monday, December 26, 2011, at Windhaven Elder Care, Temperance. Born September 12, 1911 in Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico, he was the son of José and María (née Alvarez) Aponte. He married Wilma Porter on August 13, 1950. She preceded him in death on March 4, 2004. José received his Bachelors of Pharmacy from The University of Puerto Rico and then received his Masters of Pharmacy from Ferris State University, where he also taught for a short period. He and his wife were both professors in the College of Pharmacy at The University of Toledo. He retired in 1972 after 30 years of service. During his tenure he was named Professor of the Year and in later years was named Professor Emeritus.
He is survived by his loving son, Ludwig (Ligia) Aponte; 4 grandchildren; 8 great- grandchildren and 3 great- great-grandchildren.


JUAN B. DAVILA
Juan B. Davila, age 80, of Lorain, OH, died on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at Lake Pointe Health Center, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. He was born on Oct. 12, 1931 in Humacao, Puerto Rico, living in this area since 1953. Juan was employed as a assembler and painter for Fruehauf Trailer Company for 10 years, retiring in 1970. Prior to this he was employed at National Tube from 1957 until 1960. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. Juan enjoyed playing dominos.
He is survived by his sons Roberto and Ricky Davila, both of Lorain; daughters Luz Zoraida Davila, of Humacao, PR, Ann Elizabeth Davila, of Bayamon, PR, Lucilla Davila, of Minn. and Mary Lou Davila, of Lorain; 11 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; brothers Luis M. Davila, of Rio Piedras, PR, Herminio Davila, of Humacao, PR; sisters Eligia (Ramón) Cruz, of Humacao, PR, Marceline (Salvador) Velázquez, of Humacao, and Mirtelina (Efrain) Rivera, of Caguas.


MARTA LÓPEZ
Marta López (née Nieves), age 66, of Vermilion, OH, passed away on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at Metro Health Medical Center, Cleveland, following an unexpected and short illness.
Born on October 26, 1945 in Gurabo, Puerto Rico she came to Lorain in 1952. She attended Lorain High School and later went on to study cosmetology. Most recently, Marta worked at and owned at The Boulevard Salon from 2003 until 2011. She had previously worked at Studio 2000 and Hairizons. She was a member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post 397 in Vermilion, and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 22. She enjoyed bowling, playing golf, traveling and gardening.
Marta is survived by her husband, Angel L. López, Sr.; her sons, Angel L. López, Jr.; of Louisville, KY, and Robert López, of Mansfield; daughter, Melissa López, of Cuyahoga Falls; 11 grandchildren; her mother, Paula Nieves ( née Fontanez) of Orlando. FL; her sisters, Ada Hickey, of Orlando, FL and Mary Christina Ramos, of Lorain; her brothers, Martin, Reuben, Ricardo and Isaac Nieves, all of Lorain, and Hector, David, and Eliseo Nieves, all of Puerto Rico. She was preceded in death by her father, Martin Nieves.



MARÍA E. COLÓN
María E. Colón (née Cruz), age 89, of Lorain, passed away on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at her home while under the care of New Life Hospice. Born on June 16, 1922 in Coamo, Puerto Rico she came to Lorain in 1951 and has resided here since. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and the Legion of Mary. She enjoyed knitting and doing needle point.
María is survived by her 5 sons, Jose (Blanca), of Lorain, Adrian (Esther), of Lorain, Alberto “Tito” (Sun Ye), of Tacoma, WA, Nelson, (Sherri), of Lorain, and Wilson (Shari), of Naperville, IL; her daughters, Gladys Rivera, Emma (Jorge) Muñiz, Lydia (Albert) Peña, Judy (Kelly) Engle, and Norma (Nelson) Muñoz, all of Lorain; 22 Grandchildren and 23 Great-Grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Eleuterio in 1991 and her brothers, Francisco, Monserate, Pedro, Felipe and Antonio Cruz; and her sisters, Conhada Torres and Josefina Cruz.


MARY GRACE VELASQUEZ
Mary Grace Velásquez (née Peña), 86, of Vermilion, died Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at Kingston Residence of Vermilion. Mary was born March 1, 1925 in Rearet, TX. She had been a Vermilion resident since 2003 moving from Mercedes, TX. She enjoyed her family, collecting dolls, and crocheting.
She is survived by her sons, Gilbert (Sharon) Velásquez of Vermilion, Joe (Peggi) Velásquez of Vermilion, and, Arthur Gene (Michelle) Velásquez of Elyria; daughters, Elizabeth (John) Román of Huston, TX, and Jeanette Gonzálas of San Antonio, TX, 15 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband Eudaldo, Sept. 17, 2003; her parents, Fred F. and Leusia (née Deshotel) Peña; sisters, Lillian Muskavich and Lydia Comacho; and brothers, William, Alfred and Fred Peña.


RICK FONSECA-GARCÍA
Rick “Loni” Fonseca-García, age 32 of Toledo OH, passed away on December 11, 2011 at St. Vincent’s Hospital. He was born in Toledo on April 25, 1978 to Ramona Fonseca and Ricardo García. Rick loved being with his family and friends. He received his degree in Business at Owens Community College. He loved playing corn hole and hanging out with family and friends. He was a jokester and always made everyone smile.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving fianceé, Amanda Díaz; his son, Vicente Díaz; daughter, Thalia Fonseca; sisters Raquel and Gina García; and sister, Rosa Salazar; brother, César Salazar; and grandpa Alberto García; grandma Margarita Fonseca. Many aunts, uncles and cousins.


EVA R. RODRÍGUEZ
Eva R. Rodríguez, age 81, of Toledo OH passed away at St. Charles Mercy Hospital, Oregon, OH on Monday, December 12, 2011. She was born on January 6, 1930, to Jesús and Porfidia (née Camarillo) Rosales in Weslaco, TX. She married Dario Aleman Rodríguez in 1946 in Weslaco, TX and he preceded her in death on July 27, 1990. Eva was a homemaker and had also worked at the Basket Factory in Elmore and Goodyear in Luckey. She attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Genoa and in her spare time she enjoyed gardening, cooking and had a love for “frogs.”
 Surviving Eva are her children, Gloria (Harvey) Frank of Grand Prarie, TX, Ancelmo (Gloria) Rodríguez of Fostoria, Rachel (Aureliano) Adame of Gibsonburg, Roberto (Anita) Rodríguez of Toledo, Rita “Irene” Rodríguez of Toledo, Rebecca Rodríguez of Toledo; 23 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great- grandchildren; sisters, Paula Vargas and Merari Garza both of Weslaco, TX. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dario; son, Dario Rodríguez Jr.; brother, Gumecindo Rosales, and sister, Rebecca Espinoza.


JOSÉ A. TORRES
José A. Torres, age 61, of Lorain, OH, passed away on Sunday, December 18, 2011, at Center Ridge Nursing Home, North Ridgeville, after a lengthy illness. He was born on September 30, 1950 in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain 60 years ago. He was a 1968 graduate of Admiral King High School. José was employed at Evonik Degussa for 23 years, before retiring in 2009. Before working there, he had worked for the Lake Terminal Railroad. He enjoyed socializing with all of his family and friends and also enjoyed baseball.
José is survived by his son, José F., of Lorain, his daughters; Gricell Torres Negron and Cindy Torres Murphy, both of Elyria, 4 grandchildren; Victoria, Matthew, Alana, and Alyssa, brothers; James Torres and Robert Torres, both of Lorain, Sixto Torres, Jr., of Grafton, José Moret, of New York, and Victor Torres, of Arizona, and a sister, Evelyn Cruz, of Lorain.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years, Gricell (née Madera) Torres, in 2003, and a sister, Carmen Torres, in 2009.


PETRA DeHOYOS REYNA
Petra DeHoyos Reyna, 57, of Toledo, OH, died peacefully surrounded by her children, on Sunday evening, December 4, 2011, in The Cleveland Clinic. She was born September 13, 1954, in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Esteban and Maria (née Navarro) DeHoyos, Sr. On May 7, 1977, in Toledo she married Amador G. Reyna, Sr. and he survives. Petra attended Mary Manse College and graduated from Bowling Green State University. She was a dedicated teacher for over 32 years and taught at Central Catholic, Cardinal Stritch and the University of Toledo. Her interests included vacationing to Florida, cooking, creatively decorating her house and calligraphy; but her special loves were her family, children and grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Petra is survived by her children who adored her, Roxangela Kristie Kynard (Glenn, Jr.), Amador Juventino Reyna, Jr. (Amber), Brianna Reyna Goncalves (Fabio), Kazandra Gabriela Reyna and Ryanico Omar Reyna; grandchildren, María Grace Reyna and Amador Reyna III; sisters, Rosemary González and Diane DeHoyos; brother, Esteban DeHoyos, Jr. (Diane), and father, Esteban DeHoyos, Sr. Her mother, María DeHoyos preceded her in death. Petra also leaves behind many special friends and former students who loved her dearly.


PEDRO F. RAMOS
Pedro F. “Pete” Ramos, age 85, of Lorain, OH, passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2011, at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain. He was born on September 28, 1926, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain in 1950. Pedro served in the United States Army from 1944 until 1946. He was employed at Ford Motor Company as a Utility Man for almost 28 years, before retiring in 1981. Prior to working at Ford, he held various jobs in Lorain, and while in Puerto Rico, he worked as a presser in laundries.
He was a member of the Lorain Spanish Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Pedro loved music from the 1950s, collecting both English and Spanish music. He also enjoyed watching baseball.
He is survived by his son, Walter; daughters, Auda Fe (Juan) Lugo and Marbelia Ramos, all of Lares, Puerto Rico; 14 grandchildren; and 23 great grandchildren. He was also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 33 years, Lacy Ramos; a daughter, Gladys Capetillo; a son, Sigfrid Ramos; his parents, Luis Garcia and Eulalia Ramos; and his sister, Felicita Quiler.


DOMINGO ROSARIO
Domingo Rosario, 81 of Lorain, OH passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at New Life Hospice Center, Lorain, following a lengthy illness.  Born June 20, 1930 in Morovis, Puerto Rico, he came to Lorain in 1967. Domingo was a member of House of Praise, and enjoyed gardening, playing the guitar and singing.
Surviving is his wife of 51 years, Juana (née Silva); sons, Oscar (Talli) Rosario of Amherst, and David Rosario of Warrensville; daughters, Janet (Ivan) Flecha of Avon, Rosie (James) Tolento of Sheffield Village, Maura “Evie” (Santo) Davila of Lorain, Maria (Bill) Ebert of S. Carolina, Yolanda (Gary) Brewster of Russellville, Tenn., and Ana Rosario of Avon; 23 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; brothers, Santo Rosario and Florentino Rosario both of Morovis, Puerto Rico; sisters, Francisca Rosario of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Angelina Rosario and Dionisio Rosario both of Morovis, Puerto Rico.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dionisio and Juana (née Salgado) Rosario; brothers, Ceferino Rosario, Wilario Rosario and Antonio Rosario; and sister, Mercedes Rosario and Luz Rosario.


LILLIAN VARGAS- GOVEDICH
Lillian Vargas-Govedich of Lorain Ohio died Thursday, November 17th, 2011 at Mercy Regional Medical Center after a short illness. She was born January 18th, 1941, in Anasco, Puerto Rico and has lived in Lorain since her childhood. Lillian was one of the first Latinas that opened up her own business. She operated Lillian’s Beauty and Wig Boutique for over 30 years. Upon retiring she took care of her properties in Cleveland, Fairview Park and Lorain.
She was preceded in death by her mother Georgina Vargas.
She is survived by her husband Steven M. Govedich, her daughter Lissa Lovett and 3 Grandchildren, her father Anselmo Vargas and brother Al Vargas.


CONCEPCION R. FLORES  
Concepción R. Flores, 83, of Toledo, OH died Friday, November 25, 2011 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. She was born in McAllen, TX on May 20, 1928 to Delphino and Matilda Ramos and was married in Texas on August 21, 1941 to José M. Flores, who preceded her in death. Concepción was a member of the American Indian Intertribal Association of Toledo. She is survived her children: Lucia Ibarra, José Flores, Jr., Mary Jane Pérez, Delphine Ibarra, Gloria Alvarado, Connie Flores, Ricardo Flores, Israel Flores, Melinda Keith, Edward Flores, Ray Flores, Hugo Flores, and Jo Ann McNally; also, 53 grandchildren, 68 great-grandchildren, 63 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Juanita Valdez and María Raton. She was also preceded in death by a son and several brothers and sisters.



ALEJOS M. ORNALAS
Alejos M. Ornelas, age 89, of Toledo, OH, passed away at his home under Hospice care on Wednesday, November 9, 2011. He was born in Mission, Texas on July 15, 1922 to Donaciano and Adelaida Ornelas. Alejos was employed at Conrail Railroad and he enjoyed reading, history and working on cars.
Alejos is survived by his wife of 63 years, Tomasa Ornelas; daughter, Geneva (Ken) Kopp; sons Edward (Theresa) Ornelas, Henry Ornelas, and David (Marlene Smyth) Ornelas; many loving grandchildren; and great grandchildren.


JUAN  MANUEL  BELTRAN  SR.  
Juan Manuel Beltran Sr., age 69, of Toledo, OH passed away Monday, November 7, 2011 at home. He enjoyed dancing, playing pool and cards with his many friends. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Angelina (DeLaRosa) Beltran; children, Juan Jr., Joaquin Sr., Eloisa, Rafaél, Genaro, Irma, Paulo, Rosendo Sr., Joseluis, Carmen, and Arturo Sr.; 34 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; brother, Felipe Beltran Sr.; sisters, María Luisa Vásquez, Guadalupe Treviño, Ramona (Isidro) Rodríguez; sister-in-law, Dora García; and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joaquin Beltran and Guadalupe (Montejano) Leal; step-father, Roberto Leal; and brother, Eduardo García.


ALEJOS M. ORNELAS
Alejos M. Ornelas, age 89, of Toledo, OH, passed away at his home under Hospice care on Wednesday, November 9, 2011. He was born in Mission, Texas on July 15, 1922 to Donaciano and Adelaida Ornelas. Alejos was employed at Conrail Railroad and he enjoyed reading, history and working on cars.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Tomasa Ornelas; daughter, Geneva (Ken) Kopp; sons Edward (Theresa) Ornelas, Henry Ornelas, and David (Marlene Smyth) Ornelas; many loving grandchildren; and great grandchildren.


PAUL RUIZ
Paul Ruiz, age 57, of Toledo, passed away Thursday, November 10, 2011 at Mercy St. Vincent's Hospital. Paul was born to Pedro and Juana (Sandoval) Ruiz March 21, 1954, in Toledo, Ohio. He worked for Ford Motor Company. Paul is survived by his wife, Amelia; children, Pablo (Jessica), Juanita (Michael), and Abriel; grandchildren, Deleno Steine, Dalaice Steine, Gabrielle Ruiz, and Mercedes Ruiz; mother, Juana Ruiz; brothers, Tomasa (Balbina), Edmundo (Margaret), Raúl (Lavita), and José (Thaimi); sister, Nina Miller; Anna Deen and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by father, Pedro Sr.; brothers, Reynaldo and Pedro Jr.


MIGUEL  VÁZQUEZ
Miguel Vázquez, age 100, formerly of Lorain, OH, passed away on Friday, November 4, 2011 of chronic congestive heart failure, at Memorial West Hospital of Broward County, Florida, while under the care of Vitas Hospice. For the past 8 years, Miguel had resided with his son and daughter-in-law, in Pembroke Pines, FL. He was born on Sept. 1, 1911 in Aibonito, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain in 1951. He was employed at Elyria Foundry for 12 years and then worked at the former St. Joseph Hospital, retiring from there in 1980. Grandpa enjoyed reading the Bible daily and meditating, as well as singing hymns. He was a life-long member of Salon del Evangelio (Spanish Gospel Hall), in Lorain. He also enjoyed gardening, traveling, and was a baseball fan, especially of the Cleveland Indians and later on, the Marlins. He was a happy and loving man, who easily made friends with everyone he met. Grandpa cherished his time spent with family and friends, and always welcomed strangers.
Miguel is survived by his son, a decorated Vietnam War Veteran
and graduate of Bowling Green State University, David Vázquez, and his wife, Nancy, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., his daughters; Alicia Rivera, of Lorain and María Delgado, of Aurora, IL, 16 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and 13 great great grandchildren. He is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Genell Algarin. He was preceded in death by a son, Socorro Algarin, his loving wife of 56 years, Ramona “Little Grandma” Vázquez, and a son-in-law, Trinidad “Joe” García. He was also preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Nancy’s father, Donald M. Fielder and his other daughter-in-law, Genell’s parents, Mae and Buck Nelson.


CARMELA V. SALAZAR-CERVANTES
Carmela V. Salazar- Cervantes, a longtime resident of Toledo, passed away Saturday, October 29th, 2011 at West Toledo Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center surrounded by her family. She was born December 10th, 1943 to Ramiro and Maria (Castro) Vásquez in Monroe, Michigan. Carmela enjoyed crocheting and spending time with her family and friends.
 In addition to her parents, Carmela was preceded in death by her first husband of more than 20 years and the father of her children, Pedro Salazar Sr.; sister, Juanita; brother, Demetrio and three additional siblings. She is survived by her loving husband of more than 20 years, Gregorio Cervantes; children, Pedro (Laurie) Salazar Jr., Rick (Lynn) Salazar, Rebecca (Kevin) Taylor, Ruth Salazar, Samuel (Melissa) Salazar and Maria (Elvis) Salazar; 21 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 9 siblings and many dear extended family members and friends. The Salazar Family would like to thank the staff of West Toledo Healthcare & Rehabilitation for the loving care and support they provided. A special thank you to Cambridge and Hospice of Northwest Ohio for the daily care for Carmela.


ALVARO VALLEJO JR.
 Alvaro Vallejo, Jr., passed away October 26, 2011. He was born October 28, 1975 to Alvaro, Sr. and Esther Vallejo in Toledo, Ohio. Alvaro was a passionate and loving family man who loved seeing his family happy and was very close to his mother. He was an accomplished MMA fighter and was a friend to everyone who would give the shirt off his back if he could.
Alvaro is survived by his wife, Melissa, and their un-born child; parents, Alvaro and Esther Sr.; children, Alvaro III (Brenda), Ariana, Alvaleena, Allysiana, their mother Arrica, Valentino; Calissa, Esther, their mother Christina; Estrella, Michael, step son, Logan; grandchild, Vincent and another on the way Alvaro IV; sisters, Rachel, Anita and Josephine; brothers, Victor and Rubén; as well as 22 nieces and nephews.


MARIA A. VELEZ
María A. Velez, (née Rivera) of Lorain, OH died on Sunday, October 31, 2011 in the ER at Metro Health Medical Center, following a sudden illness. She was born on April 2, 1919 in Lares, PR, living in Lorain since 1979. Maria loved her garden especially her flowers.
She is survived by her son: Leonides Velez, of Saxton, FL, and daughters: Blanca Gerena, Judith Velez, both of Lorain and Mirta Velez, of Lakeland, Fla., many grandchildren and great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, sisters: Maximina and Paula both of Puerto Rico.
She was preceded in death by her husband: Angel in 2007, daughter: Marta Velez in 2006, son: Raúl Velez in 1980 and brothers and sisters.


FRANCISCO LÓPEZ
Francisco López, Jr., age 59, of Lorain, OH passed away on Friday, October 21, 2011, at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland. He was born on November 8, 1951, in Manhattan, NY, moving to Lorain in 1972. He enjoyed music, especially jazz and loved the outdoors. When living in New York, he played the organ for the local church. Being a perfectionist, he always valued his independence and being self-reliant.
Francisco is survived by his sons; Frank, of Cincinnati and Michael J., Sr., of Tampa, Fla., 4 grandchildren; Michael J. López Jr., Allessandro R. López, Antonio M. López, and Davi J. López, his mother, Victoria (nee Rijos), of Lorain, father, Francisco López, Sr., of Puerto Rico, brothers; Abraham López, of Lorain, Alexander López, of Lorain, Angel López, of Orlando, Fla., and Peter Morales, of Lorain.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Jimmy López, in 1993.


GUSTAVO R. CANAS
In remembrance of Gustavo R. Canas, who passed away on September 9, 2011, in Mexico City, Mexico. Gus was born in Mexico City on December 5, 1923, to Silverio and Isabel Canas. Gus traveled to the United States in the mid-forties settling in Toledo. He worked for the former New York Central, Penn Central and Conrail railroad companies, retiring after 38 years in 1985 as an Equipment Operator. Gus's proudest time on the railroad was when he was working on the track structure for the NYC-RDC-3, M-497 Jet Mounted Engine. The 1966 Jet mounted train engine ran from Butler, Indiana to Stryker, Ohio and was clocked at 183.85 MPH and is still a world record for a self-propelled rail car. Gus was a world traveler when it came to the Olympic Games, having gone to Mexico City in 1968, Montreal in 1976, Moscow in 1980 and Los Angeles in 1984. His true love was soccer, having gone to the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. He also traveled to Spain, Egypt, Australia and Japan.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two sons, Gus Jr. and Robert, who was killed in action in 1971 in Viet Nam. Surviving are his sons, Rick (Gale) Canas of Toledo, David of Toledo and Tony of Indianapolis, and a daughter, Rebeca (Bill) Wheeler of New Castle, PA. He is also survived by his 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Gus was cremated in Mexico City, Mexico.


CRUZ MORENO
Cruz Moreno, 68, of McClure, OH passed away peacefully with his family by his side at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. He was born on July 18, 1943 to Jesús and Juanita Moreno in Dowling, OH. Cruz retired from Toledo Hospital after 48 years of employment. He loved spending time with his family. Cruz is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Rebecca L. Moreno; children, Joseph R. Moreno and Victoria L. (Joe) Fletcher; three grandchildren, Ashley, Kayleigh and Madison; three sisters and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded by his parents.


CEFERINO RAMIREZ
Ceferino Ramírez, 92, de Lorain, OH se durmió en la muerte el Lunes 17 de Octubre. Nacio el noviembre 15 de 1918 en Luquillo PR. Ceferino ha sido Testigo de Jehová desde noviembre 24, 1967 miembro de la congregación de Testigos de Jehová Lorain Spanish en Crehore St. Lorain.
Ceferino sentía un profundo amor por la Palabra de Dios la Biblia y sus promesas. Disfrutaba en compartirlas con otras personas en su comunidad. Esperaba el momento en que nuestro Creador, Jehová Dios, pondría fin a todo sufrimiento (Isa 25:8) y haga de esta tierra un paraíso. Céfe encontró gran consuelo en saber que si el muriera antes de que llegara ese momento, Dios se acordaría de él y lo traería de vuelta a la vida para vivir eternamente en el Paraíso (Sal 37:29).
Precedido en muerte por su esposa Dolores (Lolín). Hijos: Luz E. y Ceferino Jr. y hermanos: Josefa, Felícita, Herminia, Diego, Celestino y Rafael. Padres: Miguel Ramírez y Eulalia López.
Le sobreviven su hija Nélida Ramírez de Las Vegas, NV y sus nietos Michael Santana, Melissa Rodriguez, Sandra Román,William Rodriguez, Melissa Ramírez y Pito Ramírez.

Ceferino Ramirez, 92, of Lorain, fell asleep in death on Monday, October 17, 2011.
He was born on November 15, 1918 in Luquillo PR. Ceferino has been one of Jehovah’s Witnesses since November 24, 1967 and was a member of the Lorain Spanish Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Ceferino had a deep love for the Word of God the Bible and its promises; delighted in sharing with others in the community. Cefe looked forward to a time when our Creator, Jehovah God, will end all suffering (Isa 25:8) and make this Earth a paradise. Cefe found great comfort in knowing that if he should die before that time comes, God would remember him and bring him back to life to live forever in Paradise (Ps. 37:29).
Preceded in death by his wife Dolores (Lolín); children Luz E. and Ceferino Jr.; and brothers and sisters Josefa, Felicita, Herminia, Diego, Celestino y Rafael; and parents Miguel Ramirez and Eulalia López. He is survived by his daughter Nelida Ramirez of Las Vegas, NV and grandchildren Michael Santana, Melissa Rodríguez, Sandra Román, William Rodríguez, Melissa Ramirez, and Pito Ramirez.
 


EDWARD T. SEGURA
Edward T. “Eddy” Segura, age 57, passed away Thursday, October 13, 2011 at Toledo Hospital. Eddy was born October 15, 1953 to Manuel and Emma Segura in Toledo. He was a stage hand and head carpenter for the Valentine Theatre for the past 12 years. Eddy was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church. He enjoyed gardening and always took pride in having a beautiful yard. Eddy cherished his grandchildren and loved the time he spent with them each Sunday. An avid reader and history buff, he also enjoyed sports, especially watching the Oakland Raiders. Eddy was an all-around handyman who will be remembered as helpful, honest, and generous. Eddy is survived by his children, Thomas and Christopher; brothers, Anthony (Rosemary), Louis, Jimmy, Steven (Nancy), David, John (Boni), Patrick, George, and Joseph; sisters, Margaret Finkbeiner and Rita Hulls; grandchildren, Chance and Orion Owens; fianceé, Marsha Simon, and her children, Emily Simon and Jennifer Owens, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Alfonso and Charles Segura; and sister, Gloria Maulbetsch.


CHARLES ARROYO
Charles Arroyo, 84, passed away on Sunday, October 09, 2011 at New Life Hospice of St. Joseph in Lorain, OH. He was born in Lorain on October 13, 1926 to his loving parents, Jesse and Carmen (née Salas) Arroyo. Charles enlisted into the U.S. Navy in 1945, during WWII and was honorably discharged in 1946. He returned home to finish his last year of high school and graduated from Lorain High School, Class of 1947B. Following high school, he was accepted into the Ohio State University, where he majored in Business. He returned to Lorain and was married on November 17, 1951 to Joan (née Letizia).
Charles was an active member of St. Anthony of Padua of Lorain, the Knights of St. John’s, the VFW in Lorain and the Holy Name Men’s Club where he was named “Man of the Year” in 2003. He retired from BF Goodrich after 29 years and enjoyed spending his time woodworking and his summer home on Kelley’s Island. He was a very compassionate, wonderful man.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years of marriage, Joan Arroyo of Lorain; sons, David Arroyo of Lorain, Dean (Sharon) Arroyo of Lorain; and Dan (Laurie) Arroyo of Elyria; brothers, Ed (Dee Dee) and Joe Arroyo; sisters, Mary (Harvey) Beck and Theresa Roberts; grandchildren, Amy, Nathan, Samantha, Matt, Kyle, and Abbie Arroyo; and nieces, nephews, cousins and many close friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Carmen Arroyo; brothers, Jesse Jr. and Phillip Arroyo; and sister, Amelia.


MARIA GARCÍA
Maria “Little Grama” García, 90, of Toledo, passed away on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, at the University of Toledo Medical College. Maria was born in Mexico to Antinómico and Tonocia García on October 24, 1920. Little Grama love playing Mexican bingo. She was loved by all and will be missed by all. Surviving are her children, Frankie, Yolanda Gomez and Diana Peterson; 20 grandchildren and many great and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Blas Sr., Blas Jr. and David García.


PEDRO G. MUÑOZ JR.
Pedro G. Muñoz, Jr., 65 years, of West Toledo, passed away Monday, October 10, 2011, at Toledo Hospital after a short illness. Born January 7, 1946, in San Marco, Texas, Pete moved with his family in the early 1950s to Toledo where he met and married Janice in February 1965. Pete worked at Unitcast for 30 years, 10 as a laborer and 20 years as a foreman. After the plant closed he worked at Thermodyn, then Ross Aluminum and Erie steel and most recently at Aramark. For over 20 years at Christmas time, Pete loved playing Santa Claus for his kids as well as several years at the K mart store near his home. His hobbies were hunting, fishing, golfing and playing X-Box with his grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Surviving are his wife, Janice; daughter, Kimberly Muñoz; son, Keith (Audra) Muñoz; grandchildren, Keith, Jr., María and Shane. His father, Pedro Muñoz, Sr., also survives along with siblings, Ninfa (Chuck) Kisch, Ernie (Debbie) Muñoz, Erma Suchora, Jerry Giminez, Lucy Hall, Richard (Rosa) Muñoz and Rachel Muñoz and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lillian Cantu.


ANGEL SÁNCHEZ
Angel Sánchez, 90, of Lorain, died Thursday October 6, 2011 at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph in Lorain. He was born March 1, 1921 in Corozal, Puerto Rico and had resided in the Lorain area since 1951. Angel worked at the Ford Engine Plant (#2) in Brook Park for 30 years retiring in 1980. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain where he sang in the church choir for 25 years. Angel was a professional singer and musician in Puerto Rico before coming to the United States. He enjoyed being with his family, singing and playing music.
He is survived by his children Marie Hernández (Sergio - deceased) and Angel Sánchez, both of Lorain, Edgar Sánchez (Michele) of Shelby Twp, Michigan, grandchildren Brenda Morgan (Garth), Cheryl Hernández, Eric Hernández, Edgar Sánchez, Jr, Amber Sánchez, Troy Sánchez and Kyle Balogh (Marc), 7 great grandchildren and brother Rafael Sánchez. He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years Eva Sánchez (née Meléndez) on December 25, 2009 and parents Rafael and Casiana Sánchez (née Padilla) and many sisters and brothers.


ELOISA  ALVARADO
Eloisa “Lois” Alvarado, age 74, of Toledo, OH, passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2011, surrounded by her loving family. She was born September 14, 1937, to Juventino and Jaunita (Fonsica) López in Brownsville, Texas. Eloisa was employed by the Chrysler Corporation for 22 years as an inspector. After retiring, she worked as a greeter for Meijer. Eloisa was a past parishioner of St. Vincent DePaul Church and a current parishioner of Rosary Cathedral. She was a member of the Latins United Club/Latinos Unidos. Eloisa enjoyed crocheting, dancing and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Eloisa is survived by her children, Robert Alvarado, Elizabeth (Sam) Donato, Daniel (Nancy) Alvarado, Mary Jane (Tom) Campbell, Michael Alvarado and Cynthia (Glen) Roberts; siblings, Jessie (Oliva) López, Mary Serna, Linda (Joe) Ramos, Juventino (Lilly) López Jr., Millie Cook, Maggie (Larry) Barrett and John López; 21 grandchildren; and 42 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Simon Alvarado; son, Samuel Alvarado; and daughter-in-law, Sharon Brenda Jean Alvarado.


FRANCISCO  BUENROSTRO  JR.
Francisco Buenrostro, Jr., age 67, passed away Saturday, October 1, 2011. He was born April 7, 1944, to Francisco Sr. and María (Casillas) Buenrostro Francisco was a shop manager at Toledo Beach Marina and he proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years Juanita; his children, Linda (Jeff) Williams, Monica Sieja-Poteau, Corrina (Luis) Gomez, Francisco (Lisa) III, Reno(Shana) and Angie (Chris) Boitnott; brothers, Adam (Mary), Joe, Juan and Pedro ; sisters, Janie (Rey) Resendez, Marianna (Ed) Fortress and Eva (Jim) Algarin. He also leaves behind 15 wonderful grandchildren. Francisco was preceded in death by his parents as well as his sister, Louisa Buenrostro.


VICTOR  ADAM OROSCO  
Victor Adam Orosco, 46, of Fresno, California, passed away June 28, 2011. He was born on October 9, 1964, to Mary Jane Campos and David Alvarado Orosco in Toledo, Ohio, along with his twin brother, Michael Reuben Orosco. Victor was a loving son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. He was actively involved in aspect of his children's life from being a coach for their sports activities to working on hotrods with them. Victor was especially proud to being grandpa to Gracie and Lil Vic. Victor is survived by his loving wife, “his childhood sweetheart” Leticia Morales Orosco; his children, Victor Jr., Vanessa (Casey) Scott, Sgt. David (Ellie), Anna; siblings, Mark (Lori) Campos, Theresa (Gary) Ashton, David (Marcy) Orosco, Angela (John Flores) Orosco, his twin Michael (Norma) Orosco. Preceded in death by father; grandparents, John and Irene Campos, Victor and Sarah Orosco and many cousins, aunts and uncles.


INES CRUZ
Ines Cruz, 79, of Lorain OH passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at Autumn Aegis Nursing Home, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. She was born February 23, 1932 in Guayama, Puerto Rico. She came to Lorain in 1972. Ines was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. She enjoyed socializing with her friends at church, dancing and music.
She will be missed by her nephew Julio Santiago, Jr. of Lorain; niece Elizabeth Colón of Harker Heights, Texas; brother-in-law Julio Santiago of Lorain and great nieces and nephews. She is preceded by her parents Juan Cruz Tirado and Carmen Rivera; and her sister Pompilia Santiago in 2006.


MILILA ECHEVARRIA-RUIZ
Milila “Millie” (née Torres) Echevarria-Ruiz, 70, of Lorain, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 15, 2011 surrounded by her family at New Life Hospice, Lorain. Born Nov. 27, 1940 in Aguada, Puerto Rico, she came to Lorain in 1970 where she has lived since.
Millie worked as an aid at Bradley Bay Health Center in Westlake for over 8 years, retiring in 2001. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. She enjoyed spending time with her family and adored her grandchildren. She loved playing Bingo, dancing the merengüe, and playing cards, especially Rummy. She also liked to teach people how to drive, playing Mario Brothers on Nintendo, and gardening. Millie enjoyed life to its fullest and never hesitated putting someone else’s needs before her own. If anyone needed a favor, she would drop everything to help them. She was always “Young at Heart.”
Surviving are her sons; Juan “Johnny” (Ladis) Torres and José M. Torres both of Lorain, daughters; Miriam I. (Felix) Vázquez and Madeline (Jeremy) Torres-Bowser, both of Lorain, 10 grandchildren; Juan “JJ” Torres, of Parma, Felix “Filo” III, Omar, Ariana Vázquez, Marissa S., Malia V. Bowser, Lyssette M. Torres, all of Lorain, Juan A. Torres, of Sarasota, FL, Cynthia Y. Torres and Guillermo “Guillo” Colón, both of Elyria, brothers; Hermino Echevarria-Ruiz and Carlos Echevarria-Ruiz, both of Puerto Rico, and Juan Chaparro of Sarasota, Fla., sisters; Gloria Echevarria-Ruiz, Elena Echevarria-Ruiz, Elisa Echevarria-Ruiz, Margarita Echevarria-Ruiz, and María Echevarria-Ruiz all of Puerto Rico, and Carmen (Luis) Rosario, of Lorain; and her former husband, Juan C. Torres, of Lorain.
She was preceded in death by her parents Seberiano and Candelaria (Ruiz) Echevarria; brothers Domingo Echevarria-Ruiz and José Echevarria-Ruiz; a sister, Juana M. Echevarria-Ruiz; and sister-in-laws Raquel Torres and Ana Chaparro.


XIOMARA SOCORRO MUNGUIA
 Xiomara Socorro (née Poveda) Munguia, 57, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away September 21, 2011, in the Hospice of Northwest Ohio Toledo. Mrs. Munguia was born on December 31, 1953, in Managua, Nicaragua and immigrated to United States in 1987. Mrs. Munguia was a homemaker and Seamstress/ Dressmaker. Her memberships include Iglesia Asamblea DeDios Pentecostal Church. Mrs. Munguia also enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren. Xiomara was preceded in death her mother, Ana Moran Vilchez, and five of her babies who passed during childbirth.
Surviving are her husband, Alfonso O. Munguia; daughters, Elizabeth (David) Colbert, Rosa J. Munguia, Johanna A. Munguia, Nancy C. (Robert) Coley; son, Luis A. (CaSandra) Munguia; grandchildren, Aziza Colbert, Sadie, Madalynn, Gabriela Munguia, Clare Coley; sisters, Anita Vilchez, Lili Vilchez, Veronica Parson, and brothers, Luis Poveda, Pedro Poveda.


DOLORES RAMIREZ
Dolores “Lola” Ramirez, 31, went to be with her Lord on September 18th, 2011. She was born on June 14th, 1980, to Julio Ramirez, Jr. and Amalia “Molly” López. Lola's family was very important to her and she loved spending time with them. She also enjoyed cooking for them, especially Mexican food. Lola will be remembered for her quick sense of humor and her kind heart. Lola was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Julio C. Ramirez, Sr. and Santiago López, Sr.; grandmother, Adeline Rodriguez; brother-in-law, Juan Carlos Vasquez; nephew, Jose Ramirez. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Valencia, Breanna, Ricardo, Juanito; parents, Julio (Diane) Ramirez, Jr. and Molly López; fiancé, Jesse Vasquez, Jr.; sisters, Amie (Roberto) Avelar, Sherae Rodriguez, Jackie Rodriguez; brother, Julio S. (Kristie) Ramirez; grandparents, Carmen Ramirez, Maria López; future in-laws, Jesse (Mary) Vasquez, Sr. and Anita Hernandez; nieces and nephews and many other family members and friends.


DIANA LYNN RAMIREZ-MERRITT
Diana Lynn Ramirez-Merritt was born September 15, 1959. She passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday, September 11, 2011. Diana grew up in Delta, Ohio and graduated high school in 1977. After moving to Toledo, she worked as a print and commercial model. She then attended the University of Toledo and earned a degree in education, graduating Cum Laude in 1993. Diana’s passion for education led her to work with the migrant education program in Delta, as well as teaching at Libbey and Waite High Schools. Diana was preceded in death by her parents, Delfina and Jaun V. Ramirez. She is survived by her husband, Pete Merritt, and son, Justin James Borgstahl and daughter, Adrienne Lynn Borgstahl; as well as many loving family members, friends, and students.


TRIBURCIO RIVAS DÍAZ
Triburcio “César” Rivas Díaz, age 89, of Lorain, OH passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at Autumn Aegis, while under the care of New Life Hospice. He was born on May 26, 1922 in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain in 1958. He was employed at US Steel as a machine operator for 21 years, before retiring in 1971 and was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel.
He is survived by his brother, Francisco, of Puerto Rico, and his sisters; María, of Puerto Rico and Ottilia, of Chicago, IL. He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Lina (née Ramos), in 2004, parents; Pedro and Antonia (née Díaz) Rivas, a sister, Carlita, and a brother, Pepe.


MARIA GUERRERO
María Guerrero lost her battle with a rare form of cancer known as leiomyeosarcoma. She passed on to the next realm of life on September 10, 2011. María was born María Rosa Orlando on February 9, 1956 in Bronx, New York to parents Dr. Joseph and Luisa Orlando.
María resided in Oregon, Ohio and was a graduate of Cardinal Stritch High School and the Healing Arts Institute. María was employed in the Administrative Office at Mercy St. Anne Hospital. She was also a licensed massage therapist. María’s children and grandson were the greatest joys of her life and she loved spending time with them. She also loved traveling, the theater, horseback riding, dancing, especially NIA dance, enjoyed walking the park, gardening, sitting by a fire pit, watching the sun set, riding on the back of Dave’s Harley, and all the simple things life had to offer. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her, but she will never be forgotten for her spirit will always be with us. “While your hearts will ache in sadness, and secret tears will flow, remember that I will always be with you, where ever you may go. And if at times life gets hard, and it is my comfort that you seek, my arms will be around you, and that tickle on your face, will be my kiss upon your cheek. Everything happens for a reason, I do believe that to be so, for it was not my choice to leave you, it was just my time to go. Remember that I will always be with you, so keep in touch each day, think of me and talk to me...for I am here, and know that the love I feel for you, will never, ever go away.” María, in keeping with her wishes, she will be cremated and there will be no visitation or funeral services.
She is survived by her mother, Luisa Orlando; sister, Denise Korte; six children, sons, Anthony (Michael) Guerrero-Black, Justin, Matthew (Melissa), and Nicholas Guerrero; daughters, Briana and Christina Guerrero; grandson, Connor Guerrero; nieces, Monica Orlando and Katie Korte; great niece, Oriana Orlando; former husband and friend, Anthony Guerrero; former in-laws, Dolores, Robert, Raymond, Elizabeth, and Michael Guerrero; a host of relatives in Florida, New York and Italy, and a host of friends including best friends, Anna (Dore) Schrot, Becky Cairl, Jana Collins-Zervos, and Cindy Webb; her dog, Mikayla; her boyfriend, Dave Mozer and all of the Mozer family.
She was preceded in death by her father Dr. Joseph F. Orlando and sister Roberta Orlando.


LEONARDO HERRERA
Leonardo Herrera was born on Nov. 6, 1929 in Guadalupe County, Texas. He died Sept. 1, 2011, in Redding, California. He was predeceased by his parents, Bartolo and Manuela Herrera, his sister, Eusebia Cruz and his wife, Lilia R. Herrera. He served in the U.S. Army Nov. 20, 1952 to Nov. 19, 1954.
Surviving are his siblings, Gabriela Martínez and Perfecto Herrera, both from Bowling Green, Ohio, and Dionicia Calderón from Chicago, Illinois; his children, Osvaldo Flores and Elvia Holden; his grandchildren, Antonio Leonardo Flores, John Paul Walters and Melissa Galindo; great-grandchildren, Christopher Galindo and Monica Rose Sánchez, all from California, and many nieces and nephews and good friends.


ESTHER M. OTERO
Esther M. Otero (née Vázquez), age 90, of Lorain, passed away Thursday September 8, 2011 at the Autumn Aegis Nursing Home. She was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on July 12, 1921, and had been a resident of Ohio since 1947. Esther was employed for a number of years as the office manager of Otero and Otero, L.P.A.; she retired in 1995. She was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lorain and was also active with the Ladies Auxiliary of Lodge # 1301 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; she had previously been a member of the Lakeland Women's Club.
Survivors include her son John B. Otero, Jr. (Audrey) of Amherst, her grandson John B. Otero, III and granddaughter Kristine Ann Schmidt.
Esther was preceded in death by her husband John B. Otero, Sr. in 1987, by her daughter Ingrid Kober in 2004, by her father Ramón Vázquez Fuentes, by her mother María Luisa Valedon Gonzáles, by sisters María Luisa Vázquez and Luz Guadalupe Vázquez, along with brothers Mario Vázquez Valedon, Hector Vázquez Valedon and José Luis Vázquez Valedón.


ANTONIA YBARRA RIVERA
Antonia Y. Rivera, age 92, passed away Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at the Manor House of Perrysburg surrounded by her family. The daughter of Pedro and Gertrudes Ybarra, she was born September 25, 1918, in Carrizo Springs, TX. She married the love of her life Roberto Rivera and in 1933 in Texas, whom she is dancing with again. Antonia and her husband traveled every year to Ohio to work in the fields and in 1948, when Roberto was hired by the railroad, they made Ohio their home. She loved people, but her true light of her life was her family whom she loved very deeply.
She is survived by her children, Robert Jr. (Nancy), Rey (Carol), Rudolpho (Nina), Rene (Veronica) Rivera, Amada “Maya” Avalos; grandchildren, Jeff, Philip, Todd, Chad, Sofia, Jessica, Armando, Mia, Nicholas, Sonja, Rene, Daniel, Alex, Rachel, McAllen; great grandchildren, Tiffany, Amber, Nicole, Jeff, Ian, Isaac, Angela, Joseph, Travis, Vanessa, Evangeline, Turner, Julia, Laine, Lydia, Ryan, Madison, Brandon, and Daniel; and 6 great great grandchildren.


FEDERICO A. GARCIA
In memory of Federico “Fred” García; he was 41, when he passed away at home Friday, August 26, 2011; he was born July 15, 1970. He is survived by his loving wife, Rita García and step children, Leanna, Michael, Josephine, Angelo and Dalena Gomez and 11 grandchildren. He loved dancing, cooking out and taking walks with his grandkids. He was laid to rest August 31, 2011, at St. Rose Cemetery in Perrysburg, OH. He will be deeply missed.


ZAIDA LUZ RAMOS
Zaida Luz Ramos (née Del Campo), 85, of Lorain, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 surrounded by her family at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain.
She was born August 6, 1926, in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. She moved from Camden, New Jersey to Lorain in 1961. She worked previously as a seamstress in a garment factory.
Zaida enjoyed watching TV, playing lottery, cooking, church and spending time with family and friends. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel.
Survived by her husband of 50 years Manuel A Ramos; sons José (Tony) Pagán and Gabriel (Michelle) Ramos, both of Lorain, Manuel A. Ramos, of Utuado, Puerto Rico, Joseph (Juana) Ramos, of Brooklyn, Ohio, and Juan (Evelyn) Pagán, of Waldorf, Maryland; daughter Guillermina (Richard) Gonzáles, of Lorain; 15 Loving Grandchildren and 14 Great Grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband Leocadio Pagán, parents, Cristobal Del Campo, Guillermina Santiago, Maximino Delgado and Aurelia Ortiz. Sister Dolores Santiago and Brother Juan Santiago, grandson Gabriel Pagán, and stepdaughter, Luz Ramos.


CARMEN G. SOTO  
Carmen Guardiola Soto, age 83, of Toledo, OH, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 5, 2011 at Ebeid Hospice, Sylvania, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on July 16, 1928 in Carnes, TX to Adolph and Juanita (Gutiérrez) Guardiola, and raised in Laredo, TX. Carmen worked for the Dura Corporation, retiring from there in 1975. She also worked for 5 years at O’Niel’s Greenhouse. She was a former parishioner of St. Hedwig Catholic Church in Toledo and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Erie, MI. A devout Catholic and a woman of great faith, Carmen was a member of the Crusillo Movement prayer group, the SS. Peter and St. Paul parish prayer group, and the Guadalupe Society. She was proud of her Mexican heritage and helped organize the annual Fiesta in Erie, MI. She also loved the outdoors, especially flowers and birds.
Carmen’s husband, Manuel Soto, passed away on March 8, 2003. Survivors include their son, Manuel (Sara) Soto Jr.; daughter, Armandina “Mandy” (Frank) Gardull; Carmen’s sister, Margaret Garza; half sisters, Martha Vargas, Erma Guardiola and Ofilia Guardiola; half brother, Cerilo Guardiola; 7 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her step mother, Theresa Guardiola; brothers, Guadalupe, Francisco and Domingo “Polo” Guardiola; half sister, Molly Mendes; and half brothers, Adolph Jr. and Frank Guardiola.


RAUL R. BARBOZA
Raul R. “Roy” Barboza, age 68, of Toledo, OH passed away Friday, August 26, 2011 surrounded by his loving family at The Toledo Hospital. He was born March 8, 1943 to Ramon and Jesusa (Reyes) Barboza in New Braunfels, Texas. Roy proudly served his country in the Army National Guard. He retired from Libbey Glass after many years of service in the inventory and warehouse departments. Roy enjoyed spending time with his wife and family at Lake Erie Islands, listening to Mexican music and fishing. He always treasured the time that he was able to spend with his grandchildren. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 43 years, Sharon (Rozek) Barboza; children, Paul (Judy), Kim (Tom) and Tracie (James); grandchildren, Thomas (Rachael), Nick (Ashley), Logan, Maddison, Santos and Brycen; brothers, Rick, Ralph and Rudy; sisters, Angie and Alice; many nieces, nephews and dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by 5 brothers and 2 sisters.


FEDERICO GARCÍA JR. 
 Federico García, Jr., age 41, of Toledo, died Friday, August 26, 2011, at home. He was born July 15, 1970 to Federico and Conception (Alonzo) García, Sr. in San Antonio, TX. Surviving are children, Federico Perez-García and Sandrina García; father; five grandchildren and ten siblings.


CANDELARIO D. LOZANO
Candelario “Don” D. Lozano of Independence, KY, formerly of Toledo, passed away August 25, 2011 in his home surrounded by loving family. He was born December 20, 1932 to Lorenzo and Josésina (Maldonado) Lozano in San Antonio, TX. Don was a loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He served his country in the US Air Force during the Korean War. Don was a life long truck driver working for many companies in the Toledo and Cincinnati areas as well as in Kentucky. While residing here in Toledo, he was a parishioner of St. Ignatius Church. Don is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Eulalia "Lollie" Lozano; sons, Don Lozano and Dale (Angie) Lozano; sisters, Mary Billegas, Esperanza White, Teresa (Victor) Reyes and Gloria (Bill) Cook; brothers, Alfred Lozano, Richard (Cecelia) Lozano and Lorenzo (Rayann) Lozano Jr.; grandchildren, Terry (John) Halpin, Kelly (Howard) Smith and Don (LaKendria) Lozano; 9 great-grand-children, and dear friend, Timothy McLaughlin. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Alicia Zuniga.


MARTIN MONTANEZ
Martin Montanez, age 81, entered into rest Friday August 26, 2011. Martin was born November 25, 1929 in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico. He is survived by his sisters Carmen (Tony) Lozada, and Tonia (Jaime') Medina, brother Victor Manual (Mary) Vallejo, brother-in-laws Conce Diaz and Miguel Caldero, nieces and nephews Anthony (Susan) Lozada, Elizabeth (Januario) Gomes, Rosemary (Juan José) DeJesus, Carmen Lozada, Maggie Medina, Jimmy Medina, great-nieces and great-nephews Michael (Angel) Gomes, Edwin (Amy) Gomes, Isabel (Robert) Thornton, Maria DeJesús, Yolanda DeJesús, Daniel Lozada, Christian Lozada, Alexa Lozada, Lindsey Lozada and many more nieces, great-nieces, nephews, and great-nephews.
Preceded in death by his loving and dearest friend Irene D. Diaz (Huya), parents Celestino DeJesús and Ramona Montanez (née Navarro), siblings Felicita Díaz, Ida Caldero and Fernando Montanez.


REV. MIGUEL SERRANO
Reverend Miguel Serrano, 56 of Lorain, OH, went to be with the Lord on Friday, August 26, 2011 at Mercy Regional Medical Center following a lengthy illness. Born December 29, 1954 in Humacao, Puerto Rico, he lived in Bronx, NY, before coming to Lorain in 1968. Miguel worked at Ford Motor Company, Lorain plant for 9 years. He left Ford in 1977 to following his calling to serve the Lord as a minister. After becoming ordained, Miguel pastored at Iglesia del Buen Pastor in Lorain. In the early 1980's, he became pastor of Iglesia Pentecostal Cristo Misionera in Lorain until his retirement 4 years ago. For many years, Miguel also served as an Evangelist. He served as the youth leader at the church, and was co-founder of Ministerio de Acción. Miguel had also preached on radio and television for many years. He spent a lot of his free time visiting the incarcerated, sick and home bound.
Surviving is his son, Anthony Jeter Serrano of Lorain; his former wife, Mercedes Serrano of Lorain; nieces, Mary Serrano and Carmen Serrano-McCleese both of Lorain; brothers, Luis, Pablo, Cirilo, Felix and Julio all of Lorain; a sister, Carmen Sanchez of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nazario and Francisca (née Rivera) Serrano both in 1979; and a brother, Reverend Agustin Serrano in 2009.


GILBERTO TREVIÑO SR.
Gilberto Treviño, Sr., age 87, of Toledo, passed away peacefully, Monday, August 29, 2011, at Fairview Rehabilitation. He was born on December 30, 1923 in Laredo, Texas. Gilberto was employed with Jeep for 20 years before retiring in 1988. He loved boxing, westerns and going to Mexican movies. Gilberto enjoyed watching baseball and football, especially the Dallas Cowboys. He loved nothing more than spending time with his family and grandchildren. Gilberto will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Carmen (Lopez); son, Manuel Treviño; step-grandchildren, Thea and Athena; and 1 sister and 2 brothers. Gilberto is survived by his loving wife of almost 21 years, Doris “Dee” Treviño; children, Gilberto (Wanda) Treviño, Jr., Richard Treviño, Ernest (Debora) Treviño, David (Barb) Treviño, Oscar Treviño, Joe (Denise) Treviño, Marcos Treviño, Carlos Treviño, Ramon (Amy) Treviño and Carmen (Phil) Urbina; step-children, Sarah Cruz, Marcy Quinn and Jeffrey (Amy) Parish; 37 grandchildren; 26 great - grandchildren; 15 great - great - grandchildren; daughters - in - law, Carla Treviño and Janet Treviño; and many other family members and dear friends.


JOSÉ E. ZAPATA  
José E. Zapata, 82, of Martin, died Monday afternoon, August 29, 2011, in Mercy-St. Charles Hospital, Oregon. José was born August 14, 1929, in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, to Meliton and Maria Maclovia (Alvares) Zapata. He married Tomasa (Mendoza) Zapata, who preceded him in death January 6, 1988, and on March 23, 1994, married Minerva Algarin and she survives. José worked for The Andersons in Maumee and Toledo for over 30 years and retired in 2001. José had attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Genoa but currently attended Templo Genesaret Assemblies of God in Fremont. José was a very outgoing person, who made friends easily--all ages, children, too. He enjoyed getting together with his family and always helped them to be the best they could be. He enjoyed gardening flowers and vegetables. In addition to his wife, Minerva, he is survived by his children, Rose (David) Hernandez of Northwood, José (Robin) Zapata, Jr. of Oregon, Mario Zapata of Fairfax, Virginia, Maria (Dan) Eblin of Northwood, Elida (Tom) Potts of Toledo, and Pedro (Rachele) Zapata of Oregon, ten grand children, six, great grandchildren, and siblings, Manuela Mireles and Fidel Zapata both of Wisconsin, and Julia Ruiz of Mexico. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Tomasa, three brothers and two sisters.



GUADALUPE MOLINA

Guadalupe “Lupita” Molina, born on April 7, 1937, went to join the love of her life Juan P. Molina Sr. in eternal rest on August 20, 2011 in Harlingen, Texas. She loved playing loteria, watching novelas, traveling, crocheting, music and dancing. She will be forever remembered as a stern and loving person that would do anything for the happiness of her family.
She is survived by her 8 children: Alma Yolanda Cárdenas, José Luis (María) Molina, Juan Pablo Jr. (Lucila) Molina, María Cardenas, Francisco (Vicky) Molina, Guadalupe (Consuelo) Molina, Israel (Celina) Molina, and Jaime César (María) Molina; 24 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.
Lupita was laid to rest at Ashland Memorial Park Cemetery in Harlingen, Texas on August 24, 2011.


MANUEL LÓPEZ
Manuel López, age 83, left his family Saturday, August 20th, 2011 at his home. He was born December 10th, 1927 to Manuel and Susie López in Austin, Texas. Manual was a U.S. Army veteran, serving his country proudly. He was a retired Longshoreman and a member of VFW #2984. Manuel is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Sadie; his children, Patricia (Michael) Winter, Diane (Nicademus) Villagomez and Gary (Julie) López; step children, Robin (Eric) Beckner and Pamela (Greg) Kaczmarek; 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.


LUIS RODRIQUEZ
Luis “Louie” Rodríguez, 58, of Erie, MI, passed away on August 21, 2011. Louie worked at Kraft Nabisco for 23 years. He was a good-hearted man, loyal to family and friends. Preceding him in death are his father, Senaido; mother, Margarita; brothers, Bob and Emilio; sister, Angie; and his favorite nephew, Dan. He leaves behind his wife, Melanie; and the only love of his life that put a smile on his face every day, his Bella Star (his words). Now her Pop is a star watching over her always! I know in my heart he is resting and okay. He will be missed by everyone he touched in his life. “Rest well Chumley,” XXOO


CARMEN LYDIA VELEZ
Carmen Lydia Velez, age 73, of Lorain, OH, passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2011 at her home while under the care of hospice. She was born on June 27, 1938 in Utuado, Puerto Rico. She came to Lorain on December 28, 1959. Carmen was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. She was a loving and devoted wife and mother and raised six children.
She is survived by husband of 52 years, José L. “Cheo;” her son, José Luis, Jr., of Cleveland; her daughters, Carmen (Bill) Palko, of Pittsburgh, PA, Margerita Velez, Gloria (Oscar) Cruz, of Puerto Rico, Migdalia (Orlando) Velez, of Cleveland, and Honey (George) Santiago, of Cleveland; 18 grandchildren; 6 Great-Grandchildren; and her brothers, Jorge Montijo, Cano Montijo and Anibal Montijo.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bautista Montijo and Rita Montijo González; her brothers, Pedro Montijo, Carmelo Montijo, Enreque Montijo, and José Montijo and her sister, Iris Montijo.


DEANA G. YBARRA
Deana G. “Nani” Ybarra (née Garza), age 55, of Lorain, died on Monday, August 22, 2011 at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain, following a very brief illness. She was born on September 24, 1955 in Lorain, where she has lived her entire life. Deana attended Admiral King High School. She was employed as the head cook for Ohio Extended Care for more than 30 years. She enjoyed cooking and always enjoyed lending a helping hand to others. She also loved spending time with her family and loved shopping at Marc's.
She is survived by her husband, Manuel Orlenas, mother, Rosa (née Cantu) Hernández, sons; Christopher Ybarra and Adam (Carmen Molina) Ybarra, both of Lorain, and granddaughter, Amerah Ybarra, brothers; Elmer Garza, of San Antonio, TX, Ernest Garza, of Lorain, Edward Garza, of North Carolina, Richard Garza, of Lorain, and Gilbert Garza, of Houston, TX, and her sister: Norma Hess-Alcala, of Lorain. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Elmer and her brother, Henry.


RICHARD CHÁVEZ
Richard Chávez, of LaGrange, Kentucky, formerly of Lorain, oh passed away Sunday, August 14, 2011. Richard was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico on October 9, 1947 to Ignacio and Antonia Chávez. His family immigrated to the US and settled in Lorain. Richard graduated from Admiral King High School in 1966, Lorain County Community College in 1970, and the University of Akron in 1973. He also earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Ball State University.
Richard was employed at Gilford Instrument Laboratories, Oberlin, Ohio as an engineer before beginning his career in the automotive industry. He worked at Delco Electronics and Daimler Chrysler in Kokomo, Indiana, as well as at several General Motors facilities in Michigan.
Richard served as a member of the Kokomo Symphony Board, volunteered at his church and coached his daughters’ softball teams for several years. He was an exceptional story-teller whose sense of humor and intelligence brought laughter and love to all who listened.
Richard is survived by his wife of 39 years, Marilyn (née Walend); two daughters, Mary Margaret and Laura Elizabeth; future son-in-law, David Charles Calkins; brothers, Ignacio (Iggy), Rudy, George, Edward and Randy; sisters, Alice and Myrna; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ignacio and Antonia Chávez; sisters, Margaret and Leticia.


ORLANDO ZAPATA GARZA  
Orlando Zapata Garza, age 59, of Stryker, Ohio joined his parents in heaven on August 12, 2011. He was a beloved husband, father, brother and grandfather of seven beautiful grandchildren. Orlando was born to Oscar and Petra Garza on August 28, 1951 in Elsa, Texas. He moved with his family to Swanton, Ohio as a young boy. He graduated from Swanton High School and Penta County JVS in 1971. In 1970, he married his high school sweetheart Kathy Thatcher of Holland, Ohio. They would have been married 41 years on September 1 and have three children. He was a proud senior lineman with IBEW Local #245 serving 36 1/2 years with Toledo Edison's Wauseon branch before retiring in 2009. His greatest joy was being a PaPa that cherished and played with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed his toys including his 1970 FLH Harley and a 1969 440 Roadrunner. Despite his long battle with Diabetes, he was always working on something and was most happy camping with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy (Thatcher); children, Melanie, Stefanie (Eric) Ankney, and Orlando II; seven grandchildren, Brooke, Tara, Jeremiah, Justin, Codey, Mercedes, and Allison. He is also survived by his brother, Oscar (Sue); sister, Olga (Dwight) Whitt; and brother-in-law, Cal Hetrick. He is preceded in death by his sister, Lala Hetrick; brothers, Osvaldo and Rubén; nephews, Louis and Tony, and niece, Laurie.


CARMEN N. TORRES
Carmen N. Torres (Née Lopez) 49 of Lorain, passed away Wednesday, August 10, 2011 following a lengthy illness. Carmen was born December 20, 1961 in Lares, Puerto Rico. She came to Lorain in 1966. She worked in the kitchen at Bob Evans in Amherst and worked for Kmart Super Center, Lorain. Carmen loved her granddaughters, and enjoyed crossword puzzles.
Carmen will be deeply missed by her husband of ten years Carmelo Torres of Lorain; son Jaime (Lisa) López of Lorain; daughters Migdalia and Angela González both of Lorain; granddaughters Angela López and Alexandra López; brother Alberto López of Cleveland; sisters Elizabeth López of Hartford, Connecticut, Epifania Santiago of Lorain, Evelyn Quiles of Ciedra, Puerto Rico. She was preceded in death by her parents Juan and Gloria (née Acevedo) López and her uncle José López.


GILBERT PEÑA
Gilbert Peña 49 of Lorain, OH passed on Monday August 8, 2011 in the Cleveland Clinic following a short illness. He was born January 8, 1962 in Lorain and was a lifelong resident. He graduated in 1980 from Admiral King High School, Lorain. He worked as a machine operator. He enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews.
He will be dearly missed by his parents Amado “Moe” and Elvira Peña; brothers Michael (Monica) Peña and Albert (Lydia) Peña both of Lorain; sister Lisa Ann (Joe) Pérez of Parma and many nieces and nephews.


OPHELIA G. GARCÍA  
Ophelia G. García, 70, of Toledo, passed away on August 2, 2011, at her home. She was born in Carrizo Springs, Texas on October, 1, 1940 to Estaban and Otila (née Lerma) Guerrero. On September 23, 1957, she married Francisco García. Ophelia was a member of St. Peter and Paul Parish where she was active in many church functions including singing in the prayer group. She enjoyed crocheting baby blankets and grocery bag holders. Ophelia is survived by her husband, Franciso; children, Eugene (Patty) García, Cynthia (Carlos) Sanchez, Frank (Cheryl) García and Michael (Angel) García; 6 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brothers, Abel (Cathy) and Ismael (Norma) Guerrero; sister, Delma Vargas. She was preceded in death by her parents, infant daughter, Annette, and brother, Mario.


GUILLERMO R. GARCIA 
Guillermo R. García 84 of Lorain went home to be with the Lord Friday, April 5, 2011 in his home following a lengthy illness. He was born June 25, 1927 in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain in the early 1950s. Mr. García retired from U. S. Steel, Lorain. He worked as a Brick Layer. Guillermo was a member of Templo Emmanuel, Lorain and was also a member of the United Steel workers Union Local 1104 of Lorain. He enjoyed playing the guitar and played it for church services. He loved animals and he raised rabbits, quails and pigeons. He cut the neighbor’s kid’s hair.
He will be deeply missed by his wife of 52 years Clara V. García (née Caraballo) of Lorain; sons David García of Long Beach, California, Neftali García of Myrtle Beach South Carolina and William García of Nashville, Tennessee; daughters Elizabeth García of Elyria, Loida Brennan of Laurel, Maryland, Beatriz García and Sarai Turner both of Lorain and Abigail Bishop North Hollywood, California; brothers José and Moncho of Rio Grande, Puerto Rico; 15 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Vicente García Rodríguez and Juana Rosario Rodríguez and his sisters Josephina and Amelia García.


JOSE L. LÓPEZ
 José L. López, 51, of Toledo, passed away Thursday, July 28, 2011 while on a fishing trip in Nootka, Island, British Columbia. Jose was born in Mexico City, Mexico on October 31, 1959 to Margarita and María de Jesús Ledesma López. José will be missed greatly by his loving wife and best friend, Guadalupe (Diaz). He was employed with the Auto Warehousing Co. as a Terminal Manager with over 20 years of service. His interests include golf and cooking authentic Mexican dishes. José is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and brothers, Elias and Rodolfo López. Surviving are his loving wife, Guadalupe; sons, Rodolfo and Joshua López; brothers, Javier (Mayra) and Jesús (María) López; sisters, Margarita (Antonio) Izquierdo, María de Los Angeles (Abraham) García, Martha (Alfonzo) Baez and Noemi (Mario) Hernández; many aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives and friends.


EDWARD C. GARCÍA  
Edward C. García, age 81, of Toledo, OH passed away Monday, July 25, 2011, in his home. He was born in San Antonio, Texas on October 13, 1929 to Maximo García and María Chávez. A U.S Army Veteran of the Korean War, Ed worked for the Schoen Paving Company for 29 years. He loved carpentry and wood work, working in his garden and family gatherings. He was also a member of SS. Peter and Paul Church.
He married Joanne Vigil who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Nichole, brothers, Salvador and Pedro and sisters, Zenida and Pauline. He is survived by his children, Frances Urbina, JoAnne (Victor) Serrano, Edward A. García, Gina (Ron) Kusz and Angela (Kaei) Majors; grandchildren, Bernie, Maryjo, Jordan, Conan, Jared, Michael Edward, Damian, Angelica, Victoria, CJ, Kaei and Kaela; great - grandchildren, Kara and Gabriel and one more on the way; sisters, Connie, Rosie, Maggie, Carlotta, Mary and Ester and brother, Jesse as well as countless nieces and nephews.


TERESA M. TORRES
Teresa M. Torres (née Martínez), 82, of Lorain, OH peacefully passed away in her home surrounded by her family Friday, July 29, 2011.  She was born September 5, 1928 in Lares, Puerto Rico. She came to Lorain in 1960. Mrs. Torres worked for Green Circle Growers in Olmsted Falls for over 15 years. Teresa was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain and was member of Legion of Mary. She enjoyed crocheting, playing guitar and making up songs. She loved to spend time with her “grandbabies” and her dogs.
She will be deeply missed by her sons Wilfredo (Karen) Torres of Lorain and Joseph (Cheryl) Torres of Cleveland; daughters Carmen (Hilario) Rivera of Amherst, Bienvenida Santiago and Frances (Richard) Torres both of Lorain, Isabel (Luis) Quiñones of North Olmsted and Nilda (Scott) Rau of Deerfield, Michigan; brother José Martínez, of Lorain; 33 grandchildren; 69 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years Francisco Luciano Torres; her parents Francisco and Josefa (née Alicia) Martínez; sons Juan and Oscar Torres; daughters Minerva and Nereda Torres and brothers Confe, Francisco and Antonio Martínez.


AMPARO AGOSTO
Amparo Agosto (née Cruz), 96, of Lorain, died Sunday, July 17, 2011, at Anchor Lodge Nursing Home following a lengthy illness. Born July 25, 1914 in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, she came to Lorain in 1959 where she has lived since. Amparo was a homemaker who enjoyed traveling, watching the Animal Planet, animals and cooking.
Surviving are her son, Juan M. Santiago of Amherst; daughters, Ramona Santiago and Isabel Ojeda both of Lorain; 14 grandchildren including, María Méndez, Nathanael Bonilla, Nehemias Bonilla, Neftali Bonilla, Nimsi Bonilla, Juan B. Santiago, Josh A. Santiago; many great grandchildren and many great great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by 8 children; and several brothers and sisters.


MINERVA  AGUILAR
Minerva (Ontiveros ) Aguilar, age 82, of Perrysburg, OH died Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at UTMC. She was born on March 18, 1929 in Houston, TX to Bonificio and Jovita (Castillo) Ontiveros. She married Juan Aguilar on October 31, 1949 in Bowling Green. Minerva was employed as a Housekeeper for over 15 years with Holiday Inn. She was an active member of Lakewood Church of the Brethren. In her spare time Minerva enjoyed embroidering, crocheting, sewing, quilting, and traveling to visit family. She had a green thumb and loved working in her flower and vegetable gardens. She will be missed dearly by her 2 cats, Molly and Enrique, who had a very special place in her heart. She is survived by her loving children, John (Maryann) Aguilar, Armando (Judith) Aguilar, Agustin (Tamara) Aguilar and Bernice Aguilar; grandchildren, Christopher John (Karyn), Sarah Kay, Alexander and Amelia Aguilar; great - grand-children, Emma, Alex, DJ Aguilar, and Alexandra Edwards; siblings, Consuelo (Antonio) Balais, Rodolfo ( Elizabeth ) Ontiveros, Dionicio Ontiveros, and Naaman (Naomi) Ontiveros; sister - in - law, Elidia Ontiveros, and many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by parents; husband, Juan; son, Sylvester; and siblings, Maria Ontiveros, Isabel Cosme, Alejandra Ontiveros Díaz, and Pedro Ontiveros.


ANGEL M. FONSECA
Angel M. Fonseca 77 of Lorain, OH passed away Saturday, July 23, 2011 in his home. He was born October 18, 1933 in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain in 1959. Mr. Fonseca retired from Lorain Ford Assembly Plant in 1990. He worked there for 31 years. He proudly served in the Army with the 82nd Airborne Division in Korea receiving the Purple Heart Medal and the Korean Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars.
Angel was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain and the United Auto Workers Local 425 Lorain. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by his sons Miguel (Norma) Fonseca of Toledo, David (Madelyn) Lebron and Juan Fonseca both of Lorain; daughters Angela Fonseca of Detroit, Katherine Fonseca of Toledo and Eva Fonseca of Lorain; brother Carlos Fonseca of Lorain; sister María Luisa; 14 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren and former wife Wilma Rojas of Cleveland.
He was preceded in death by his parents Manuel Fonseca and Juana Rodríguez and a son Angel M. “Pewee” Fonseca.


RICKY LÓPEZ
Ricky López, 49, passed away suddenly as the result of a boating accident on July 19, 2011. Ricky was born on November 10, 1961, in Oregon, Ohio, to Aurelio and Manuela (Zapata) López. Ricky was an avid fisherman and enjoyed cooking and especially grilling. He loved his family dearly and was happiest spending time with them. Ricky is survived by his sons, Michael Lively, Tino López, Thane López, and Ricky López; mother, Manuela Mireles; 2 granddaughters; siblings, Ed Torres, Amelia Bickel, Virginia López, Raul López, Marisela Bryant, Mark Mireles; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by very close friends, Johnny Flores, Ben Treviño and many other friends. He was preceded in death by his father; sister, María Fisher; brother, Edmundo Vásquez.


MOISES G. VELEZ
Moises G. Velez, age 22, of Lorain, OH died on Wed. July 20, 2011 suddenly. He is survived by his maternal grandparents: Dorcas and Jose Torres, parents: Ruth Kelly and Gerardo Velez, sister: Angelee Velez, brothers: D.J. Kelly and Josiah Velez.


JOSE V. AYALA, SR.
José V. Ayala, Sr., 82, of Palm Bay, Florida died Saturday July 9, 2011.  He was born September 23, 1928 in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico to Vicente and Rosalia Ayala. He was retired from the United States Army. José was loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
His family includes wife Faustina Ayala, son Sixto Ortiz, daughter Carmen D. Ayala, daughter Awilda Ayala, son José Ayala, Jr. - Grandson Christopher (Chino) Williams, 14 Grandchildren, 18 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great Great Grandchild.


MARÍA CASTRO APONTE
María Castro Aponte (née Rodríguez), age 93, of Lorain, passed away on Friday, July 8, 2011, at her home, with her family by her side, and while under the care of Hospice of the Western Reserve. She was born on April 9, 1918 in Gurabo, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain in 1952. María was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, where she was instrumental in forming the Sociadad de Damas. She was the cornerstone for many of the church’s activities and was always ready to assist in the kitchen for events. She was also a founding member of the Sociadad de Damas at the Puerto Rican Home, which her late husband, Damaso Aponte Castro, was one of the founders, in 1956. “Humble, compassionate, devoted, and always giving,” are some of the words that describe María best. She was also well-known for her love of cooking, crocheting, and sewing and would always look forward to attending her grandchildrens’ and great grandchildrens’ events.
She is survived by her sons; Damaso “Nino” Aponte, Jr. and Marco Antonio Aponte, both of Lorain, her daughter, Norma Luz (Julio) Castro, of Cleveland, 9 grandchildren; Maríaelena Castro, Trudy Castro, Julio C. Castro, Jr., Rico Castro, Damaris Tanya Brown, Dante Nino Aponte, Damian G. Aponte, Marco A. Aponte II, Samuel Aponte, 15 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren, a brother, Ismael, of Puerto Rico, and a sister, Victoria Arana, of Puerto Rico. She is also survived by, Santiago Pérez, who she welcomed into her family and raised as a young boy. María was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Damaso Aponte Castro, in 1996, her mother, Eladia Arestigueta, her biological parents; Andres and Fernanda (née González) Rodríguez, and her brother Daniel.


CARMEN A. SÁNCHEZ
Carmen A. Sánchez (née Rodríguez), 58 of Lorain, OH, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at New Life Hospice Residential Center following a brief illness. Born Oct. 19, 1952 in Lorain, she lived in Lorain her entire life. Carmen attended Southview High School and enjoyed watching wrestling and soap operas. She also loved to spend time with her grandchildren. Carmen attended House of Praise International Church, Lorain.
Surviving is her husband of 24 years, Edwin Oracio; sons, Rene Sánchez, Edwin Oracio and Paul Sánchez all of Lorain; daughters, Anna Sánchez and Jennifer Oracio both of Lorain; 4 grandchildren; brothers, Justino Rodríguez Jr. of Wellington, and Nelson Rodríguez of Lorain; sisters, Rosie Arroyo of Lorain and Norma Rodríguez.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Justino Rodríguez in 1994 and Felicita (née Rivas) Rodríguez in 1984; and a grandson, Israel Cancel in 2005.


EMILIO GOMEZ ROMAN
Emilio Gómez Román, age 81, died on Monday, June 27, 2011 at the Cleveland Clinic, following a lengthy illness. Emilio was born on August 14, 1929 in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He was employed as a loader in the shipping dept. of US Kolbe Steel for 22 years, retiring in 1992. Prior to this, he was employed for 20 years at Fruehauf Trailer. Emilio was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, and the Holy Name Society. He was also a member of the United Steel Workers Union Local #1104. He enjoyed planting a huge garden every year to share with his family and friends. He also enjoyed old western movies, watching the Cleveland Indians, and reading his Bible. Most of all, he treasured his time spent being with his family and friends.
Emilio is survived by his daughter, Lydia (Grant) Ely, of Avon Lake, grandchildren; Nicole (Montell) Charley and Michael Rodríguez, great grandchildren; Aryanna, Mariah, María and Amorita, brothers; Jorgino Baéz, of Miami, Fla. and Ismael Román, of San Lorenzo, PR, sisters; Carmen Pérez, of Lorain, Jiorgina García, of Miami, Fla., María Bieber, of Pittsburgh, Lydia García and Rubila García, both of Caguas, PR, and Iris Román and Antonia Román, also of PR. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Alejandrina Gómez Román (née Nieves), on April 21, 2011, parents; Saturnino and Dolores (née Gómez) Román, step-father, Elias García, brothers; Celestino García and Alejandro García and sisters; Loyda Baéz, Juana Reyes, and Rufina García.


JUAN ISMAEL NIEVES SR.
Juan Ismael Nieves, Sr. 77 years of age, descansando en la viña del Señor, passed away surrounded by his family on Saturday, July 2, 2011 at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain following a lengthy illness. He was born on June 17, 1934 in Gurabo, Puerto Rico. He moved to Lorain in 1971, was employed with Elyria Foundry and retired in 1983.
Juan was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, the Santo Nombre Society, the San Vicente Society and a cursillista. He treasured his time spent with his family and friends. He enjoyed playing jokes, telling stories, watching the Cleveland Indians, the Chicago Cubs, playing dominos and the lottery, socializing at the El Dorado and praying the rosary.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years Isidra (Pagán); daughters Iris (Robert) González and Aracelis [Chelly] (Harold) González of Lorain; son Juan I. (Georgine) Nieves, Jr. of Elyria, his grandchildren Bart, José, Jesús, Luis, Juan, Andre, Ana, Antonio, Mercedes, Juan III, Anysa; his great-grandchildren Gabby, Nathaniel, JJ, Fabian, Amaya, Elijah, Michael, Jorge, Jadiah; brother Jenaro Nieves of Florida and many other family members and friends that were very close to his heart.
He was preceded in death by his parents Mauricio and Pascuala; brothers Santurnino, Leo, and Pablo.


GEORGE A. PEÑA
George A. Peña, 54, passed away on Saturday, July 2, 2011 at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain, OH. George was born September 4, 1956 in Lorain, OH to his loving parents, George G. and Dolores R. “Lola” (née: García) Peña.
George graduated from Lorain Catholic High School, Class of 1974. Following graduation he went to work for Ford Motor Company for 35 years. He was a member of St. Anthony of Padua, Local UAW, Croation Club, Elks Club and Amvets Post 47. He enjoyed crossword puzzles, watching professional sports with family and friends, playing golf and George loved watching his son and grandchildren play sports. He was married on September 26, 2009 to Laura (née: McLellan).
He is survived by his wife, Laura Peña; son, George R. (Krista); mother, Dolores R. Peña; sister, Lori Banes; grandchildren, George “Brenton” and Kylie Peña; niece, Brittney Banes; nephew, Brandon Banes; his buddy, Daisy; extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by his father George G. Peña on June 14, 2009.


CARMEN A. SÁNCHEZ
Carmen A. Sánchez (née Rodríguez), 58 of Lorain, OH, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at New Life Hospice Residential Center following a brief illness. Born Oct. 19, 1952 in Lorain, she lived in Lorain her entire life. Carmen attended Southview High School and enjoyed watching wrestling and soap operas. She also loved to spend time with her grandchildren. Carmen attended House of Praise International Church, Lorain.
Surviving is her husband of 24 years, Edwin Oracio; sons, Rene Sánchez, Edwin Oracio and Paul Sánchez all of Lorain; daughters, Anna Sánchez and Jennifer Oracio both of Lorain; 4 grandchildren; brothers, Justino Rodríguez Jr. of Wellington, and Nelson Rodríguez of Lorain; sisters, Rosie Arroyo of Lorain and Norma Rodríguez.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Justino Rodríguez in 1994 and Felicita (née Rivas) Rodríguez in 1984; and a grandson, Israel Cancel in 2005.


 
MARIO V. AVILA
Mario V. Avila, age 64, of Toledo, OH, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, June 19th, 2011, at The University of Toledo Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family. He was born August 20th, 1946, to Saturnino and Consuelo (Viera) Avila in Maumee, Ohio. Mario was a U.S. Army Veteran serving his country proudly in Vietnam. He retired from Chrysler after 28 years and was a devoted member of Cornerstone Church. Mario loved music, especially Mexican Music and he was a longtime member of the band “Laredo,” playing his accordion and singing. In his younger years Mario enjoyed long distance cycling. He spent many weekends riding in several Bike-to-the-bay events. Mario was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend and cherished the time spent with family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Ernestina “Tina” Guardiola. Mario is survived by his wife, Ofelia (González) Avila; children, Mario Jr. (Christina), Cristela (Darian) and Julian (Irma) Avila; grandchildren, Ishon, Alaysia, Katarina, César, Marisa and Mario Armand; brothers, Frank (Rose), Mike (Stephanie), Tony and Bobby Avila; sisters, Juanita Aldaco and Jessica (Albert) Blanco.



JESSE BAIS
Jesse Bais, age 55, of Toledo, OH, died unexpectedly at home Tuesday, June 14, 2011. He was born February 1, 1956 to Margarito and Petra (Díaz) Bais in Toledo. He was a wonderful brother and father who touched the hearts of all who knew him. Surviving are his children: Jesse Bais II, Katarina Bais and Mia Bais, and siblings: Mary Underwood, Joseph (Betty) Bais, Chanita (Art) Banda, Mike Bais, Margarito (Kim) Bais, Jr., Alfredo Bais and Andy Bais. Also surviving are his grandson, Jesse Bais III and many nieces and nephews. Jesse was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Tibersio and Armando.


LUIS G. CRUZ
Luis G. Cruz 76 of Lorain, OH passed away peacefully Friday, June 17, 2011 in his home surrounded by his family. He was born October 15, 1934 in Ciales, Puerto Rico to the late Manuel and Dolores (née Marrero) Cruz. He came to Lorain from Manati, Puerto Rico in 1954.
Mr. Cruz retired in 1993 from Lorain Ford Assembly Plant. He worked there for over 27 years.
Luis was member of Sacred Heart Chapel where he played guitar in the church choir and retreats. He was a member of the Crucillo Movement. He was also a member of the United Auto Workers Local 425 Lorain. Luis enjoyed barbecuing for and spending time with his family. He also enjoyed fishing. He was a carpenter who could fix anything.
He will be dearly missed by his wife of 48 years Matilda (née Rojas) Cruz; sons Luis G. (Antoinette) Cruz, Jr. of Chester, Virginia, Nelson (Betty) Cruz of Lorain, Orlando (Valerie) Cruz of Amherst and Brando (Michelle) Cruz of Surprise, Arizona; daughters Nora (Jon) Mugler of Bowling Green and Marlinda Cruz of Lorain; brothers Manuel Cruz of Cleveland, Ramón and Angel Cruz both of Tampa, Florida; sisters María Elena Gutiérrez of Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, Margareta Cortez of Cleveland, Lydia Sace of Port Saint Lucy, Florida and Consuelo Negrón of Yauco, Puerto Rico; 18 grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.


LUCIA GARZA
Lucia Garza, 47, of Lorain, OH passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Friday, June 17, 2011 at the Cleveland Clinic following a three year battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Born September 28, 1963 in Lorain, she lived in Lorain her entire life. Lucia attended Holy Trinity and St. Stanislaus Catholic Schools and graduated from Admiral King High School in 1982. She then attended Lorain County Community College and Kent State University, receiving a degree in business administration. She worked as a administrative assistant for Nordson Corporation, Amherst for over 10 years. Prior to that she worked in administrative positions for Ridge Tool in Elyria.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and was active with the A Second Chance Lung Transplant Support Group. She was also a supporter and advocate of Donate Life.
Lucia was active in spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed creating art, making jewelry, and was famous for her rice.
Surviving are her mother, Francisca (née Alicia) Garza of Elyria Twp; brothers, Ramón Jr. and Tomas (Helen) both of Lorain; sisters, Rosa Garza and Melisa Krasienko both of Lorain, Rita (Thomas) Baker of Amherst and Gloria Hill; nieces and nephews, Wilson Jr., Adrian, Justin, Erica, Kristin, Mark, Luke, Xavior; great nephew, Zealand.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ramón Garza, Sr. in 2007; a brother, Daniel in 1998; and sisters, María Magdalena Garza in 1958, and Esperanza Garza in 1960.


LORENZO  GONZALES  
Lorenzo “Larry” Gonzáles, 68, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at his Sylvania, OH, home while under hospice care. Larry was employed as an auto mechanic with Don’s Towing for more than 33 years, retiring in 1999. He is survived by his loving wife of more than 52 years, Thelma Gonzáles; daughter, Angela (Rae) Gonzáles; sons, Lawrence (Jeanie) and Charles (Penny) Gonzáles; 10 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 4 sisters and 3 brothers.


BERNADINE LÓPEZ
Bernadine López, 68, of Portsmouth, VA, died in her home on Thursday, June 16, 2011, following a courageous battle with cancer. A native of El Paso, Texas, her parents moved their young family to Toledo, Ohio. Bernadine then married and raised her family in Toledo before moving to Portsmouth, Virginia where she worked at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital for Eggleston Services then Senior Corp. from where she would retire. Bernadine is survived by her children, daughter, Elizabeth Simon and husband Scott, of Sylvania, OH; son, Gregory Robert López of Chesapeake; sisters, Lucy Mendez, Natalie (Cecil) Ricks, Anita (Tony) Reams, Debi Gidner, Rachel Clark, Irene Rucker, Sophia (Bobby) Muntz; brothers, Armando (Lauren) Rocha, Richard Rocha, Julius (Shelley) Rocha, Domingo Rocha Jr.; five grandchildren, Lauren Long, Christian, Aubree and Connor Simon and Gregory Sloan López; and one great-granddaughter, Rylee Kay Noel Long. She was preceded in death by her brother, Emiterio and her parents.


ROSA ESPERANZA LÓPEZ
Rosa Esperanza López (née Donis-Claudio) peacefully passed away Friday, June 17, 2011 at Lake Point Health Center. She was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico on September 12, 1922. She married Ramón Claudio and they had four daughters: Sarah Claudio, Haydee Claudio-Vidal (Samuel), Evelyn Vansant (Robert) and Nancy Claudio-Payne. She later married Germán B. López. Rosa worked at various greenhouses for 20 years prior to owning a Puerto Rican restaurant in South Lorain. She enjoyed being a fan of the Cleveland Indians, watching Spanish television and reminiscing about her cultural childhood experiences. Her greatest joy was her 14 grandchildren, 46 great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ramón and her first great-great grandchild.


ELBERT E. CANTU
Elbert E. “Buddy” Cantu, age 66, of Lorain OH. Elbert went to Heaven to be with Jesus, on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain. He was born on July 4, 1944 in Big Sandy, West Virginia. He came to Lorain in 1953. He attended the Lorain Schools and worked for Dudick for many years. Elbert loved gardening, painting, drawing. He had a heart for helping people in distress. If you needed a helping hand, he had one for you. We were fortunate to have him for a brother, Dad, and friend. He will be missed by all who knew him, especially his family.
He is survived by his children, daughters: Roberta (Palos) Ornelas, Kelly Cantu, Melissa (Cantu) Hayslip, Becky (Cantu) Love, Melissa Jean Buchanan; sons: Dale Cantu, Elbert “Little Bud Cantu” Galvan; brothers: William “Bill” Cantu of Sheffield Lake, Clarence “Brother” Cantu of Nova; sisters: Sally (Cantu) Palos, of Lorain, Elsie (Cantu) Newman of Elyria, Peggy (Cantu) Hunker of Oberlin and Debra (Cantu) Click of Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents George and Elsie (Hale) Cantu; brothers: Lee Cantu, Bobby Cantu and Sister Joann (Cantu) Nagy.


DIANE CEPEDA
Diane Cepeda, 55, of Cleveland OH passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2011 in Metro Hospital Cleveland following a lengthy illness. She was born November 16, 1955 in Jersey City, New Jersey and came to Lorain in 1966 then moved to Cleveland in 1972. Diane will be deeply missed by her son Charles Cepeda of Cleveland; her daughters Charlene and Elsie Cepeda, both of Cleveland and Samantha Cepeda, of Lorain; her mother Lumy Cruz, of Lorain; her brothers José Cruz, of Daytona, Florida, and Alvin and Michael Cruz both of Lorain.


JOSE ANTONIO LOEPZ SR.
José Antonio Lopez Sr., age 63, passed away June 7, 2011. Dear husband of 25 yrs to Ana Lopez (née Zorri); Beloved father of José (Anthony)López (Jessica); Dear Grandfather of Jailene, Natalia, Daniel and Naiema; Dear Son of Margarita López(née Santos)and the late Josó Antonio López; Dear brother of Hilda, Ruth, Eva and Rachel.


JOSE VIDAL RODRÍGUEZ
José Vidal “Pete” Rodríguez, 72, of Lorain, OH, passed away Wednesday June 8, 2011 at the New Life Hospice Residential Center in Lorain, following a brief illness. He was born in Naranjito Puerto Rico on April 2, 1939 and had been a resident of Lorain for the past 64 years. Pete worked at Bauer Industries, General Motors, US Steel, the Elyria Foundary and at Fruehoff. He also worked as a mechanic at the Nick Abraham Auto Group, and was a caretaker at the Sacred Heart Manor Apartments. Pete was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain. He enjoyed fishing, working on cars, gardening, and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Lydia E. (née Delgado) Rodríguez, children, Annette Aponte of Lorain, José V. Rodríguez of Huntington Indiana, Sgt. Juan “Rick” Rodríguez of Texas, Angela Thatcher and Jeffrey Rodríguez, both of Columbus, and Daniel Rodríguez of Lorain, 7 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, brothers, José Alicea and Charles Alicea, sisters, Elsa Alicea and Anna Alicea, brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, José V. and Abigail (née Sanabria) Rodríguez.


ROSA L. SOLIS
Rosa L. Solis (née López), age 80, of Amherst, OH, passed away on Friday, May 20, 2011 at New Life Hospice in Lorain, following a lengthy illness. Rosa was born in Comerio, Puerto Rico, on April 2, 1931. She moved to Lorain in 1954, where she and her husband “Hino” of 61 years raised five children. She enjoyed listening to Spanish music, dancing, sewing, cooking and making doilies for family members. She loved being outside in the sunshine and spending time with her family. She was a wonderful loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She is survived by her son Hector (Laura) Solis of New London; daughters, Ramona (Orlando) Rivera, of Lorain, Margarita (Jose) Gonzalez, of Lorain, Idalia "Edie" (Jack) Tiller, of Amherst and Rosemary (Luis) Maldonado, of Lorain; grandchildren, Lisette Rivera, Emily Ocasio, Carlos Rivera, María Rivera, Margie Solis, Joseph González, Nathaniel González, Anna-Marie Tiller, Nicole R. Torres and Melissa Maldonado; 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Georgino “Hino” Solis in 2006.


RAFAÉL DIEPPA RIVERA
Rafaél “Ralph” Dieppa Rivera, 88, passed away on May 25, 2011, at his daughter's home in Grove City after a nine month illness. Ralph was born September 10, 1922 in Caguas, Puerto Rico. After serving with the United States Army from 1942-1946, he attended North Carolina State College of Engineering. He then moved to Cleveland, Ohio and began his career as an electrical engineer at National Carbon Co. and Brush Electric Co. After several years, Ralph relocated his family to Galion, Ohio, where he worked for North Electric Manufacturing Company, a large manufacturer of telephones and telephone switching equipment. Ralph was part of the design and quality assurance team that adapted the Ericsson Ericofon for the U.S. market. His next career move took him and his family to Oberlin, Ohio where he worked for Gilford Instrument Laboratories. Later on, Ralph spent the final years of his professional career working for General Electric Company. He enjoyed many happy years with GE where he traveled extensively, applying his trouble-shooting skills to many company projects. Ralph and his wife, Lillie, retired to Elyria, Ohio where they lived for the past twenty-five years. He was an avid gardener, and loved to tend his four acres where he grew many varieties of herbs and vegetables. Among his many hobbies were fishing, carpentry, woodworking, and following the stock market. To those he knew and loved, he was an excellent cook who enjoyed practicing his cooking and baking skills. Ralph was a Lifetime member of the American Legion Post 12 in Elyria, Ohio.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Lillie, and six daughters: Sandra Dieppa Rivera, Margarita (Maggie) Chaney, Patricia (Patty) Sulpizio, Renee Nieto (Bob), María Kmiecik (Tom), and Sarita Clayton (Bill). Also survived by; sister, Basillisa Virella, brother, Ismael Dieppa, fourteen grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son Pedro (Pete) Dieppa Rivera, his mother, María, and father Abdon Dieppa.


JUAN ENRIQUE SANTOS (1927-2011)
Juan Enrique Santos 84 of Lorain, OH passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2011 peacefully at his home after a lengthy illness. He was born January 1, 1927 in Orocovis, Puerto Rico. He was honored in 1997 where he was amongst the first 50 Hispanics to arrive in 1947 to at the U. S. Steel Plant. He was a member of the United Steel Workers of America Local 1104, Lorain. He worked in the Open Hearth Furnace for 25 years, retiring in 1985 from the Bar Mill.
Mr. Santos was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, where he served many years as a Eucharistic Minister; He was a member of the Charismatic Group, the Cursillo Movement and Holy Name Society. Juan has a passion for music and playing his guitar, spending quality time with his family. He also enjoyed fishing and had a wonderful sense of humor. He was an avid Cleveland Indians fan.
He will be deeply missed by his wife of 62 years Anna (née Silva) Santos of Lorain; his sons John H. (Olga) Santos, Jr. of Amherst Township, James (Karen), Eduardo, and Richard (Robin) Santos all of Lorain; his daughter Wilma (José) Ocasio of Lorain: son in law Al Ortiz of Amherst; brothers Manuel and Antonio Santos of Morovis, Puerto Rico, Rafaél Santos of Bayamon, Puerto Rico sisters Juanita Santos of Bayamon and Mercedes Rivera of Morovis; 28 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Jesús and Inocencia (née González) Santos, sons Jessie and Manuel Santos; daughter Anita Ortiz; brothers Ricardo, Carlos, Pedro and Jorge Santos and a sister in law Crucita Colón.


JAMES W. VAN DEILEN
James W. VanDeilen, an attorney for over 30 years, passed away unexpectedly at home on May 21, 2011, while caring for his beloved horses. Jim was born and raised in Toledo, OH, graduating from DeVilbiss High School in 1960, where he excelled in football and track. He was a “Tiger through and through.” Jim was awarded a football scholarship to Toledo University where one coach described him as one of the best ends he had ever coached. He eventually went on to earn a Master’s Degree and a Law degree. While attending school, Jim worked for the Toledo Police Department and spent years on the vice-narcotics squad. He then worked full time as a professor at the University of Detroit and eventually Bowling Green State University before practicing law. Jim was a gifted musician, mastering any instrument that intrigued him. He played a mean banjo, piano, guitar, bodhrán, Irish whistle, and even the harp. He played in a group called the Coachmen Four and then the Chicken Pickers. Both groups were well known in northwest Ohio for their folk music in the 1960s and 1970s. His interest in and love for music eventually led to hosting a weekly radio program with long time pal, JJ O'Shea for 5 years. The Sunday Ramble featured classic folk, country and bluegrass and showcased local talent. The Sunday Ramble jams at El Camino Restaurant were packed with local musicians each week who shared Jim’s love of music. Jim was the most generous, giving person you could meet. He would do anything for a friend. He loved life—especially when life involved golfing with friends. He has affected so many lives that countless people are suffering the loss of his presence.
Left to love and miss him forever is his beloved wife and best friend, Ruth Anne Walsh; children, James VanDeilen (Kelly), Cynthia “LuLu” VanDeilen and William (Diane) VanDeilen; his mother, Maxine Smith; grandchildren, James and Angelina; as well as brother, Ron (Ellen). He will be especially missed by his special niece, Shannon, who named her baby after Uncle Jim. Per Jim’s request, he will be cremated and his ashes spread on the farm in Swanton privately. Please celebrate his life in whatever way brings you joy....a round of golf, jamming with fellow musicians or sipping a glass of Jamieson’s. He would want it that way and you know it! Slainte!


JAMES P. VILLARREAL
James P. Villarreal, age 59, of Northwood, OH, passed away on May 26, 2011, at his home after fighting a hard battle with cancer surrounded by his loving family. Jimmy was an avid fan of all sports and had a special bond with soccer. He played goalkeeper for a local ethnic club and would never miss a World Cup match. He enjoyed his weekend camping at Big Sandy's with all his campground buddies. Jimmy was a hard worker, who enjoyed his family and had a positive outlook on life. Jimmy will be terribly missed by his loving wife, Jan; son, Timothy (Missy); daughter, Monica; mother, Umbelina; brothers, Jesus and Jose; sister, Maria Schick; grandchildren, Cienna and Reed Villarreal; step-children, Ruben (Melissa) Ruiz, Michael (Heather) Ruiz, Michelle Moffitt; and 12 step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Jesús Villarreal.


JOSE B. HERNANDEZ
José B. Hernández, 90, of Findlay, OH, passed away at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at the Hospice Care Center, Findlay. He was born on September 17, 1920 in Laredo, TX to the late Benacio and Doratea (Ramirez) Hernández. José married Herlinda M. Maldonado and she preceded him in death on February 10, 2011. José proudly served our country with the U. S. Army, during WWII, in the European Theater. Joe retired after 31 years at Cooper Tire & Rubber Company. Joe was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, and a lifetime member of the Ralph D. Cole Post #3 American Legion. He formerly was a member of the AMVETS, DAV and VFW. He enjoyed gardening, barbecuing, and the great outdoors.
José is survived by four sons: Robert, Fernando and Jason Hernández all of Findlay, and José Hernández of Glendale, CA; two daughters, Chrystal Hernández of Findlay, and Estella Villareal of Henderson, NV; one stepson, Miguel Rebulloso of Findlay; a granddaughter, Mia Rebulloso of Findlay; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Joe was preceded in death by a son, Robbie Hernández; a daughter, Norma Hernández; and four sisters: Susie Orozco, Rita Ramos, Alicia Barboza, and Olivia González.


JOSÉ ARMANDO MUÑOZ MD
José Armando Muñoz, MD, age 79, of McAllen, Texas, passed away peacefully at Renaissance Hospital on May 12th, 2011. José lived in McAllen for 17 years and was a member of Getsemani Baptist Church. He was an anesthesiologist in Toledo for 17 years and a co-founder of the Harvest Medical Mission. José performed missionary work in the United States, Mexico and Bolivia. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Raquel Muñoz; his children, Rita (Neil) Getz, David Muñoz, Rachel Muñoz and Scott Striggow; grandchildren, Amanda, Neil, Jon, Josh, Nancy (Josh), Scott, Tom, David; great - grandson, Matix; and sister, Rita Muñoz Celis. He was preceded in death by his son, Joséph Muñoz.


BRIAN JAY HAMBURG RUIZ
Brian Jay Hamburg Ruiz, 46, passed away at St. Charles Hospital May 13, 2011. He was born July 23, 1964, in Toledo, Ohio, to Frank and Lois Ruiz. After graduating from Sunnyside High in Washington State, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly served his country for 8 years as a generator mechanic. He then relocated to Toledo to start a family and attended the University of Toledo where he acquired a degree in Business. He took a position with the Veterans Administration but ultimately returned to the mechanic work that he thoroughly loved, and even worked in the auto parts industry until his very last days. In his free time, he enjoyed family vacations with his wife, Vicki; sons, Garrett and Branden, and daughter, Jayme. Brian was an avid NASCAR fan, glued to his television every Sunday; during football season, you would find him cheering on his beloved Seattle Seahawks. Brian and Vicki were looking forward to retirement and had already purchased an RV in order to travel the NASCAR circuit. Brian was a loving Father, Brother and Husband. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Everyone who knew him will remember his smile, his laughter, and the mischievous twinkle in his eye. His family would like to thank his numerous doctors and nurses for taking such great care of him. The family would like to extend a very big thank you for Dr. Brad Young and Nurse Jade. We would also like to thank the O'Reilly Auto Parts Family for their continued support. Thank you for the thoughts and prayers from everyone. Brian was preceded in death by his parents, Frank G. Ruiz and Lois Hamburg Ruiz.
He is survived by his wife, Vicki Large-Ruiz; sons, Garrett and Branden Ruiz, and daughter, Jayme Large, all of Ohio; brothers, Frank (TN), John (MI), Eric (wife Elizabeth) Ruiz (FL); sisters, Rebecca (AR), Valencia and Emma (OH); nephews, Allen and Josh; nieces, Ilia, Tamica, Khirei and Dixie. He will also be missed by his friend-for-life, Aaron Forbush.


ANNA M. YBARRA
Anna M. Ybarra, 51, of Leipsic, OH, died 9:40 a.m. Friday, May 20 2011 at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay. She was born March 26, 1960 in Lima to José and Elvira (Ozivo) Ybarra and they survive in Leipsic. She is also survived by her loving companion: Jesús Mundo of McComb; 4 children: Benjamin Ybarra of Ottawa, Julian Ybarra of Findlay, Amanda (Sebastian) Rodríguez of Leipsic, and Christopher Ybarra of Findlay; 7 grandchildren; 7 sisters, 4 brothers and mother and father. Preceding her in death is a grandson. Anna was a caring woman with a kind heart who gave selflessly to others around her or in need. She worked at Hearthside Food Solutions LLC of McComb. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Leipsic. Anna was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.


LUCIA GONZÁLEZ
Lucia González, 61, of Castalia, Ohio was called to God’s eternal and loving embrace Thursday in Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky, after a brave and diligent battle with cancer. She was born June 27, 1949, in Adrian, Mich., and was a 1967 graduate of Adrian High School. She was employed by New Departure Hyatt and was transferred to General Motors Powertrain in Toledo until she retired in 2006. Prior to this she had worked at Chef’s Pantry in Sandusky. She was a member of Masters Hand Church of God in Castalia, where she was a greeter and outreach director. As outreach director, she coordinated the migrant ministries, had picnics for the local veterans of America and crossroads, in order to fulfill God’s calling in her life.
She is survived by one daughter, Alina Torres of Clyde; her mother, Olivia Gomez González of Adrian; two grandchildren, Joshua Hall and Brittani Erevia; three great-grandchildren, Chase Alexander Mills and Courtney and Jonathon Yokum; three sisters, Ofelia (Mario) Avila of Toledo and Margaret (John) Martinez and Susie (Denny) Powlison, both of Adrian; five brothers, Eugenio (Dorothy) González Jr. of Forest, Miss., Gilbert (Betty) González, Roy (Nancy) González, Tony (Carolyn) González and Steve González, all of Adrian; and several nieces and nephews.


HENRY RODRÍGUEZ SR.
Henry Rodríguez, Sr., 87, of Riga, MI, passed away Thursday, May 12, 2011, at Hickory Ridge of Temperance. Henry was born June 6, 1923, in San Antonio, Texas, the only son of Enriquez and Antonia (Quiroz) Rodríguez. On September 3, 1941, he married Rose Montes in Toledo. Rose, his wife of over 69 years, survives. Henry was a millwright working for Gerity Schultz in Toledo for 30 years. He then worked for Jeep in Toledo for 10 years, retiring in 1985. Henry enjoyed the outdoors and loved to go hunting and camping. He will be greatly missed by his family including his wife, Rose, of Riga; eight children, Henry Rodríguez Jr., Jesse Rodríguez, Arthur Rodríguez, Olivia Dowling, Robert Rodríguez, Dolores McCullough, Richard Rodríguez, and Frances Pike.


JOSE MIGUEL ALAMEDA
Jose Miguel Alameda, 57, of Hollywood, Florida and formerly of Lorain, OH passed away on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, unexpectedly in Guayaquil, Ecuador. He was born August 8, 1953 in Lares, Puerto Rico. He enjoyed traveling, the outdoors, and helping others. He also enjoyed music and making others laugh. He truly loved his family, especially his grandkids.
He will be deeply missed by his wife of 28 years Marina Alameda (née Calle), son Steven Alameda, daughter Grisela Wierzba-Alameda, all of Hollywood, Florida, mother María Justina Alameda, brother Joel (Sharon) Alameda, and sisters Elba (Johnny) Velez and Hilda Sharp, all of Lorain, Ohio, 3 grandsons, 2 granddaughters, and many nieces and nephews.
Jose was preceded in death by his father Reynaldo Alameda in 2001.


TILLIE S. GUTIÉRREZ
Tillie S. Gutiérrez, age 86, of Toledo, OH passed away on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at the Toledo Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was born on January 1, 1925, in Comfort, TX, to Frederico and Minnie (Vargas) Soto. Tillie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, devoted to her family and home. She was an excellent cook who specialized in Mexican dishes. Proud of her heritage, she also enjoyed Mexican dancing. She was a current parishioner of Regina Coeli Catholic Church and former member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Erie, MI, where she volunteered many hours helping migrant workers - tutoring English and organizing food and clothing drives. Tillie enjoyed crafts and quilting, and collecting stones from different states. She was skilled at crocheting as well, having fashioned beautiful blankets for each of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Survivors include her children, Raymond (Carol) Gutiérrez of Rossford, Robert (Linda) Gutiérrez of Toledo, Terry (Patricia) Gutiérrez of Toledo, and Virginia (Mike) Gladieux of Perrysburg, OH; siblings, Simon Soto, Lillie Valdez, Josie (Frank) López, Willie (Virginia) Soto and Pacito Soto; 11 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Frederico and Minnie, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ramón Gutiérrez; sisters, Corina Nockros and Ida Martínez; and brother, Fred Soto.


JUAN PALACIO JR.
Juan Palacio Jr., 53, of Toledo, OH suddenly passed away April 29th, 2011, in Indianapolis, IN. He was born in Hereford, Texas June 7, 1957. Juan was preceded in death by his mother, Matilda Ybarra; sister, Sylvia Ybarra. Juan is survived by his father, Juan Palacio; daughter, Marquita Palacio; sons, Juan Scott Palacio and Juan Palacio III; 4 grandchildren; 6 sisters and 4 brothers, and a host of relatives and friends.


ROBERTO D. PECINA SR.
Roberto D. Pecina, Sr., 55, of Toledo, OH passed away peacefully on April 30, 2011 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio on Detroit Ave. Roberto was born on October 3, 1955 to Magdaleno and Ruperta (née Durán) Pecina in Toledo, OH. He was employed as a roofer with Leno’s Roofing for several years. He also served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Church.
Surviving are his mother, Ruperta Durán Pecina; loving companion, Vonnie Rae; ex-wife, Dora Pecina; children, Anjelica (Richard Whiteford) Pecina, Roberto (Irma Ruiz) Pecina Jr., Sergio (Rebecca Cooper) Pecina, Alejandro (Monica) Cárdenas and Olivia Pecina; brothers, and sisters, Ramona Pecina, Flora Gonzáles, Martin (Mercedes) Pecina, Gregory Pecina and Magdaleno (Jodi Ireland) Pecina; 15 grandchildren He was preceded in death by his father; brother, Ricardo and sisters, Sonia Herrera-Nores and Virginia Hudson.


JOHN FIGUEROA
John Figueroa, 68, of Lorain OH passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2011, in New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. He was born October 19, 1942 in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and lived in Lorain since 1949. Mr. Figueroa enjoyed music and traveled extensively, living in such places as New Orleans, New York and Alaska. Throughout his working career, he held many managerial positions in the Food Service Industry. His interest and love for music lead him to start a DJ business in the early 80s and 90s in which he amassed over 800 CDs, albums and tapes. He would later end his working career as a carrier for the Cleveland Clinic.
Survivors include his sons Daniel Figueroa of New Orleans and John Figueroa Jr. of Lorain; daughters Elisabeth García of Elyria and Yvonne Nelson of Lorain; and nine grandchildren and one great granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents; Juan F. Figueroa, in September 2006; Ada E. Figueroa (Segarra) in May 2007; his sister Ruth E. Hernández in July 1999.



GUADALUPE FLORES
Guadalupe Flores (née Delgado) passed away Easter Morning, Sunday, April 24, 2011, while under hospice care at Anchor Lodge Nursing Home in Lorain, OH, after a lengthy illness. She was born on January 26, 1930, in Lorain, Ohio, to Justo and Luisa Delgado.
Guadalupe attended Lorain High School, where she was nominated for the National Honor Society during her senior year. She left high school in 1948, to marry Pedro “Pete” Flores, whom she met at the South Lorain Neighborhood House Youth Center. Guadalupe was quite active in the Mexican-American community. As a teenager she danced in the folkloric dance troupe of the Mexican-American Citizens Club. As an adult she was a member of the Mexican-American Citizens, later becoming a member of the Mexican Mutual Society.
Guadalupe was very active and influential in all of her children’s educational endeavors. She was a member of the Lincoln Elementary and Whittier Jr. High School PTAs. She was a member of the Whittier Band Boosters, and one of the founding members of the Southview Band Boosters.
Once her youngest child began attending pre-school, Guadalupe raised the bar high for her children. She returned to school to receive her GED certificate and was hired as a teacher’s aide at Lorain Head Start. She continued her education while working at Lorain Head Start earning an Associates Degree at Lorain County Community College in Early Childhood Education. Guadalupe was employed immediately as a teacher for the Lorain Head Start Program. For a brief period she re-located her family to Celina, Ohio, serving as Director of the Migrant Children’s’ Day Care Center. In 1978, she returned to teach at the Neighborhood House Pre-school program, eventually becoming Director of the program. She retired in 1984, having served 14 years in the educational field.
Guadalupe’s caring hand, selfless attitude, and virtue of service, clearly demonstrated her faith to her family, her religion, and those around her. She was a member of the original group that founded the Sacred Heart Chapel and eventually became a member of the Guadalupe Society.
Guadalupe enjoyed music, dancing, and encouraged all her children to dance in the Mexican folkloric dance troupes and to play musical instruments, assisting them with their lessons. She had learned to play the violin, but due to a bout of tuberculosis during her teen years was unable to play the wind instruments.
Guadalupe loved to cook and bake from scratch and passed her cooking skills on to some of her children. Her love of roses prompted her husband Pete to plant many rose bushes for her around the house.
She will be deeply missed by her sons Pedro Jr. (Sharon), Jorge (Gloria), David, Carlos (Lupe), Jaime, Martin (Beth), and José, and daughters Esperanza Rosalez (Fermin), Antonia Humphrey (Robert), María Luisa, and Ramona Griffin-Flores (Patrick). Guadalupe had the benefit of loving 36 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and great-nephews and great-nieces.
She was the last surviving child of her deceased parents Justo & Luisa Delgado. Also preceding her in death were her brothers Peter, Paul and Antonio Delgado, and sisters Helen García, Juanita Amador, Dolores Reyes; a daughter, Consuelo, and a son, Carlos. Guadalupe lost her loving husband of 63 years in February of this year.


CONCEPTION GOMEZ
Conception Gomez, 92, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 23, 2011, at Arbors of Oregon. He was born on December 19, 1919, to Marcus and Manuela Gomez. Conception worked as a laborer at Maumee Melbo Company and as a farm worker. Surviving him are his brothers Ray, Richard and Frank Gomez and sister-in-law, Lucy Gomez.


LUISA CORTEZ
Luisa Cortez (née Mendez) 77 of el barrio Caguana, Utuado, Puerto Rico and formerly of Lorain, OH passed away on Monday, April 18, 2011, following a lengthy illness. She was born May 18, 1934 in Caguana, Utuado, PR. She came to Lorain in 1955 before returning to Puerto Rico in 1980. Luisa was a homemaker and worked briefly at Gelpak, Lorain Towel Supply, and bank housekeeping in Lorain. While in Lorain, she was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel.
She will be deeply missed by her husband of 56 years Candido Cortez (née Lugo) of Caguana, Utuado, PR, sons Edwin Cortez (Wilma) of Wakeman, and José Cortez (Nilda) of Caguana, Utuado, PR., daughter Maria Santana (José) of Palm Coast, Florida, brothers José (Cheo) and Alejandro Mendez of Lorain, Ismael Mendez of Caguana, Utuado, PR, 5 grandsons, 3 granddaughters, and 8 great grandchildren.
Luisa was preceded in death by her parents Carmelo Mendez (née Hernández) and Isabela Montalvo (née Ruiz) of Caguana, Utuado, Puerto Rico and brothers Francisco, Antonio, and Miguel Mendez of Lorain, and a sister that died at childbirth in Puerto Rico.


AGRACELIA VIRGINIA HERNANDEZ
Agracelia Virginia “Cel” Hernández 64 of Lorain, OH passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2011 in Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain following a lengthy illness.
She was born April 9, 1947 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. She came to Lorain when she was 4 years old. She graduated from Admiral King High School in 1965 and received a degree from Lorain County Community College. Cel worked as a caregiver at Providence House in Cleveland. She also worked as a Truant Officer at Southview High School in the 1970s and El Centro De Servicios Sociales, Lorain. Her love was family and children. She was a foster mother to many, many children over a span of 28 years. Cel enjoyed reading her bible, cooking, cooking shows and family gatherings especially Christmas and Thanksgiving.
She will be deeply missed by her daughter Francine Hernandez of Lorain and her sons Frank (Megan) and Joseph “Joey” Hernández both of Lorain, Louis “Scotty” Hernández of Painesville and Victor Hernández of South Carolina; her sister Agustina Cortes of Lorain and grandchildren Mya, Frankie, Jr., Hayleigh and Dominic Hernández. She was preceded in death by her parents Felipe Rosa and María Santiago; brothers Herman “Tito” Cruz, Lorenzo “Toto” Rosa and Elieser Rosa.


GINEO IBARRA  
Gineo Ibarra, age 38, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2011. Gineo was born in Toledo, OH on September 15, 1972, the son of José and Linda (Soto) Ibarra. He worked for 5 years at Jeep Corp. Gineo loved to fish, play cards, have cook outs and cherished the time he spent with family and friends, especially his son, Emilio. Gineo was preceded in death by his father, José and is survived by his mother, Linda; companion and mother of his children, Mia Ortega; son, Emilio; daughter, Mailina Ortega; brothers, John (Vicki) Arevolo, David (Michelle) Ibarra, José Jr., Anthony and Danny (Kelli) Ibarra; sisters, Cecilia (John) Hawkins, Natalie Arevolo, Yosenia, Angie and Lydia Ibarra; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends.


ELODIA MATA
Elodia Mata, 64, of Toledo, OH, passed away on Palm Sunday, April 17, 2011, at the Toledo Hospital. She was the beloved mother of Denise Wagoner and Lori Braunschweiger (Roy Kennedy); grandchildren, Jessica Morford and Nikolas Wagoner; great-grandchild, Jonathon Morford. Also surviving are her mother, Celestina; brothers, Gumersindo (Mary Lou) Jr., José (Delores) Sr., Louis (Kathy) Sr., and Daniel Sr.; sister, Yolanda (Robert) Morrison and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of loving and devoted friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Gumersindo Mata Sr. and nephew, Louis Jr. The family would like to express their appreciation to the doctors and nursing staff of the Toledo Hospital Heart and Vascular Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Your kindness, patience, compassion and dedication our loved one will be instilled in our hearts always.


GLADYS PÉREZ
Gladys Pérez (née Alvarado Mercado), age 63, of Elyria, OH, died on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at EMH Regional Medical Center, after a short stay in the hospital.
She was born October 4, 1947 in Coamo, Puerto Rico, growing up in Campbell, Ohio. After traveling alongside her husband while he served in the United States Army, she moved from El Paso, Texas to Lorain in 1982. She has lived in Elyria for almost 14 years. She was a 1966 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School.
Gladys loved to read, enjoyed making photo albums, scrapbooking, putting together picture puzzles. She always did a good job spoiling her dogs; Jack and Gizmo.
She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Carlos M. Pérez, of Elyria, daughters; Rachel (Edwin) Ocasio, of Amherst and Olga Y. Pérez, of Elyria, her grandson, Edwin J. “EJ” Ocasio, and mother, Ramonita (née Miranda) Mercado, sisters; Minerva Santiago, of Aurora, IL and Lillian (Herb) Eberle of Norridge, IL. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, family, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Octavio Mercado and brother, Luis A. Alvarado.


RAÚL RODRÍGUEZ 
Raúl Rodríguez, 85, of Woodville, OH, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2011, at Genoa Retirement Village, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Dolores, Texas, on September 5, 1925, to Adolfo and Isabel (Zepeda) Rodríguez. Raúl was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II where he served as an Infantry Man, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, where he received a World War II Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Combat and Infantry Badge, EAME Theater Ribbon, and three Bronze Stars.
On December 1, 1979, he married Rebecca Pérez. Raúl was employed with Modine Manufacturing as a radiator tester for 25 years, retiring in 1993. He was a member of Clarence L. Nieman American Legion Post #455, Woodville and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Genoa. He enjoyed gardening, shooting pool, baseball, and watching wrestling and history shows on TV. His true passion was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Raúl is survived by his wife of 31 years, Rebecca; sons, Rubén (Jennifer), Richard and grandson. Chris (Melissa) who Raúl raised as a son; grandchildren, Ryan, Rachel and Jacob; great-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Johnny and Quinn. Raúl is also survived by many nieces, nephews and loving family members. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.


ALEJANDRINA GOMEZ ROMAN
Alejandrina Gómez Román (née Nieves), age 81, of Lorain, OH died on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at West Bay Care Center, Westlake, with her granddaughter, Nicole, by her bedside. She was born in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico on April 24, 1929; she has lived in this area since 1951. She was employed in the maintenance dept. of Lorain City Schools for 22 years, retiring in 1992. Prior to this she was employed at Josef & Feiss.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. Alejandrina enjoyed sewing, knitting and embroidery, and gardening. She loved to cook for family and friends, and no one ever left her house after a visit without eating or having coffee.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 62 years, Emilio, daughter, Lydia (Grant) Ely, of Avon Lake, grandchildren; Nicole (Montell) Charley and Michael Rodríguez, great grandchildren; Aryanna, Mariah, María, and Amorita, brothers; Tiburcio (Amanda) Nieves, Antonio (Julia) Nieves, both of Cleveland, Pedro Nieves, of Chicago and Bernardino Nieves of Eaton, OH, sisters; Petra (José) Martínez, of Chicago, Evangelista (Antonio) DelValle, Maria (Rafaél) Del Valle, Emerita (Juan) Flores, Olga (Luis) Lozada, Josefina Nieves, Lucia (Felipe) González, and Juanita (Luis) Fuentes, all of Puerto Rico. She is also survived by her uncle Jesús DelValle and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugenio and Laureana (née DelValle) Nieves, brother, Jesús Nieves in 1998 and sister, María Socorro Nieves in 1953.
The family of Alejandrina extends a special “Thank You” and may God bless each and everyone at West Bay Care, Solana Unit, in Westlake, for their compassionate and loving care they had for mom and all of our family, during her stay there. They are truly a special and caring group.


DAVID SÁNCHEZ
David “Moe” Sánchez, 63, of Toledo, OH passed away on April 19, 2011 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on July 8, 1948 to Santos and Jovita (López) Sánchez. Moe was a Veteran of the US Army who served in Vietnam. He was an employee for both the St. Regis Paper Company and Roadway Trucking. David is a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, barb-b-que's and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Moe is survived by his children, David (Katie) Sánchez, Daniel (Heidi) Sánchez, Angela (Michael) Lavera, Adam (Sarah) Sánchez; grandchildren, Kristin, Sabrina, Dylan, Taylor, Jelena, Michael, Dominick, Carmine, Jophielle, Damian, Jasmin; best friend, Chad, and soulmate, Cathy; sisters and brothers, Gloria, Reno, Aurora, Irene, Diane, Eddie, Stella. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, George.


SHARON J. ARANDA
Sharon J. Aranda, age 54, of Toledo, OH, passed away Monday, April 11, 2011, at St. Luke's Hospital. She was born on April 4, 1957, to Alfred, Sr. and Jane (Rodríguez) Segura in Toledo. Sharon was a member of Cornerstone Church for over 20 years and was very faithful in the Hospitality Ministry there. She was the proud owner of Sharon’s Salon and enjoyed being a hairdresser for many years. Sharon was also an excellent cook. She loved nothing more than spending time with her family and friends and serving others. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Maximo, and nephew, John Horton.
Sharon is survived by her loving son, Paul Andrew Aranda; granddaughter, Savanah; siblings, Michael (Pat) Segura, Sr., Alfred (Debbie) Segura, Jr., Christine (Gary) Horton, Diane Segura, Anne (Gary) Kohler, Anthony (Jenny) Segura, Joseph Segura, Donna (Tom) Okapal, Susan (Dave) Poiry, Vicki (Ray) McGarry; and many other relatives and dear friends.


REVEREND RAMON SALAS
Reverend Ramón Salas 42 of Middletown, OH, went home to be with his Lord, Sunday, April 10, 2011 in The Cleveland Clinic. He was born March 12, 1969 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. He was raised in Chicago. He moved from Chicago to Lorain in 1996. He moved to Middletown in 2005. He was pastor of Sanando Tus Heridas and Cedro Del Libano in Middletown.
Pastor Salas received his bachelor’s degree from Ashwood University. He was an avid reader and had a warm sense of humor.
He will be dearly missed by his wife of 20 years Minerva (née Colón) Salas of Middletown; his sons Ramón (Olivia) Salas, Jr., Giovani Edward Salas and Jacob Salas all of Middletown; brothers Efrain, Nelson, Rolando, Angelo Salas all of Chicago, Francisco Salas of Middletown and Reverend José Salas of Lorain; sisters Nerida and Iris Salas both of Chicago and a granddaughter Emilia Rae Salas. He was preceded in death by his parents Angel and Felicita (née Cordero) Salas; and a sister Milagros Salas.


MIKE ZUNIGA
Mike “Mexican Joe” (January 8, 1941 - April 11, 2011). In life he had many friends. He was a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was known for his sense of humor, mechanical ability and love for country music. His favorite song was “A Couple More Years” by Dr. Hook.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy; children, Mary, Debbie, Tonya, Joseph and Rick; step-children, Bill and Rob; two brothers and a sister; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, donations to the family are appreciated at: 1538 Oakmont Street, Toledo OH 43605.


 
AGUSTINA M. FLORES

Agustina M. Flores, 91, of Gibsonburg, OH passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg. She was born on August 28, 1919, in Dolores, TX to Rosendo and Rosa (García) Mesa and they preceded her in death. On June 20, 1936, she married Florencio Flores in Dolores, TX and he preceded her in death in 1996. Agustina was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Gibsonburg, where she was a member for many years. She was also a homemaker and worked for BGSU for many years, retiring in 1981. Agustina was a kind person who would always go out of her way to help others. She enjoyed cooking for anyone that visited her. No one ever left her home hungry.
Surviving are her children, Florencio (Aracelia) Flores, Jr. of New Braunfels, TX, Rosendo (María) Flores of Walbridge, Arturo (Vivian) Flores and Hector (Florence) Flores, both of Toledo, María (Jonathan) Dandar of Gibsonburg; 23 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
She is also survived by her sister; Blasita Cano of Corpus Cristi, TX. Agustina was preceded in death by her parents; husband; children; Blanca Sample, Joe Flores and Jane Boggs; grandchildren, Anna Taylor, Tyler Hall, Lorenzo Rison and Rosemary Flores, along with her siblings, Barbarita Flores and Simon Estrada.


DIANA ARMSTRONG GONZALES
Diana Armstrong Gonzáles, age 50, passed away surrounded by her family April 5, 2011, in Ebeid Hospice, Sylvania, OH. Diana was born December 18, 1960, in Amarillo, TX, to Maurice and Delores (Treglia) Coffman. After graduating from Whitmer High School in 1978, Diana worked at Toledo's Jeep plant for 25 years, until production was moved to the New Plant on Stickney. Diana loved Music and was a Denver Broncos football fan. She was also a member of VFW Post 2898 Ladies Auxiliary.
Surviving are her loving husband, Rubén Gonzáles; beloved son, Anthony Armstrong; grandson, Hayden John Armstrong; parents, Dee and John Cupertino, all of Toledo, OH; sister, Cheryl Genot of Fayette, OH. Also surviving are nieces, Jennifer and Jacqulynne; nephew, Sean and 2 great nieces and one great nephew. Preceding her in death were her father, Maurice and her grandparents.


MANUEL SANTOS
Manuel “Manny” Santos 54 of Lorain, OH passed away Friday, April 1, 2011 in Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain following a heart attack. He was born January 18, 1957 in Lorain. He was a lifelong resident. Manny was a self employed auto mechanic. He worked in Central Labor and in the Coke Plant of U.S. Steel Lorain Works. He enjoyed working on cars especially his Corvettes. He also enjoyed talking about religion and the Bible. Manny was a very intelligent, compassionate and giving man, who took care of his family and friends wile asking nothing in return.
He will be deeply missed by his sons Manuel Santos and Matthew Santos both of Lorain and a his daughters Christine (Frankie) Martínez of Lorain and Angela (Mike) Rosario Mendak of Broward County, Florida; as well as his parents Juan E. and Anna (née Silva) Santos of Lorain; his brothers John (Olga), James (Karen), Eduardo and Richard (Robin) Santos all of Lorain; sister Wilma (José) Ocasio of Lorain; brother in law Al Ortiz of Amherst; a lifelong friend Bobby Rosa of Lorain; two grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister Anita Ortiz in April 2003.


VICTOR NAVARRO
Victor Navarro, 90 of Lorain, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at Anchor Lodge Retirement Village, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. Born January 4, 1921 in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, he came to Lorain in the early 1950s. Victor worked in the Blast Furnace of Lorain Works US Steel for many years, retiring in 1974. He was a member of the United Steel Workers Union Local 1104, and enjoyed gardening.
Surviving are his step sons, Alejandro “Alex” Soto of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Eduardo "Eddie" Soto of Euclid, Ohio; step daughters, Milagros "Millie" Soto and Magda "Margie" Soto-Rivera both of Lorain; 8 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; a brother, Antonio Navarro of Farmington, Maine; and a sister, Reyes Navarro, of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Carmen (nee Mendez) in 2007; parents, Julian and Nicolasa (nee Rodriguez) Navarro; brothers, Juan in 2005, Bautista, and Tomas; and a sister, Juanita.


ANGEL EUCLIDE SÁNCHEZ
Angel Euclide Sánchez, 56 of Poinciana, Florida, went to be with the Lord on March 28, 2011 at his home fighting a cancerous tumor. He was born August 14, 1954 in Coamo, Puerto Rico. He lived there until he was 2 1/2yrs old and then moved and lived in Lorain, Ohio for 54 years.
Angel was self employed, welder, woodworker and in construction. He enjoyed auto mechanics, bike riding, his two Chihuahuas, his family, cooking, listening to music, his faith in God and he took great pride in helping others.
Angel leaves to cherish his memory his significant other that loved him dearly Nancy Negrón of Poinciana; His son Angel V. Sánchez of Lorain; his daughters Mariel (Sylvester) Parker of Lorain, Lisa Sánchez of Akron, Nicole Newsham of Cleveland, and Angie Hall of Lorain; brother, George (Sandy) Sánchez of Pompano Beach, Florida; sisters Wilma Rojas of Cleveland; 13 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father Euclide Sánchez and his brother Edgardo Sánchez.


BIENVENIDA PAGÁN
Bienvenida Pagán (née Pérez), 84, of Lorain, OH, died Saturday March 19, 2011 at the home of her daughter Mary Majoras. She was born July 23, 1926 in Lares, Puerto Rico and moved to Lorain in 1951. By the time she was 13 years old both of her parents had passed away and she was left to care for five siblings, four which died shortly after her parents. She spent a short time living in a convent prior to living with other relatives.
In 1945, she married Rosario Pagán, Sr. and they had 10 children. She was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain and made her Cursillos many years ago. Her faith in God was very strong and she would spend hours praying.
Bienvenida was an avid Cleveland Indians baseball fan and her favorite pastime was traveling, especially on cruises and casino trips. She was loved very much by all her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She had a special long-time relationship with her sister-in-law Carmen Pagán and brother-in-law Rufino Pagán, Sr. along with her deceased sister-in-law Josefa “Pepita” Aponte.
She is survived by her sons Rosario, Jr “Roe” (Linda), Ramón “Munchie” (Dianna), Carlos “Collie” (Patti), Manuel “Tony” (Barb), all of Lorain, José “Cheo” (Patti) of Dublin, Ohio, Robert “Papo” (Marian) of Madison, Wisconsin and Rafaél “Baby” (Beth) of Newark, Delaware, daughters Socorro “Coki” Gómez (Carmelo) and María “Mary” Majoras (Eddie), all of Lorain, 19 grandchildren Brian, Michael, Roe, Carlos, Aaron, Daniel, Christopher, Robert, Christina, Lisandra and Gabrielle Pagán, David and Ricky Gómez, Mark and Matthew Majoras, Rae Marie Bastock, Michelle Nimene, April Welch and Sarah Hudson and 16 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years Rosario Pagán, Sr, son Carlos Pagán, parent Tomás and Saturnina Pérez (née Colón) and siblings Tomas, Erudina, María Theresa, Neftali and Elva Iris Pérez.
 


 

WILLIAM MICHAEL SEGURA  (1944-2011)
FRISCO, TX: William Michael Segura passed away on January 17, 2011 at his home in Frisco, Texas after a 3 year battle with ALS/Lou Gherig's Disease. William was born on December 6, 1944 in Manhattan, New York and he proudly served his country for six years in the Army National Guard. William was educated in Cleveland, Ohio, and started his career as a stock broker in 1970. He retired from his position as VP of the security trading department at National City Bank after 22 years of service. He also resided in Tucson, Arizona for the past 10 years.
William Segura was always active in his community especially the American Legion. He loved dancing, live music, Mexican food and most of all, spending time with his friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his wife Victoria Segura of Avon Lake, Ohio and father, Guillermo Segura of Mexico City, Mexico.
He is survived by his mother, Dolores Martínez of Lorain, Ohio, daughters, Jessica Segura, Christina Segura and Laura Segura of Frisco, Texas. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Alexis, Maya, Mekko, Che, and Abela Segura; as well as Shandiin, Jarriel Jr., and Mina Buckshot. His surviving siblings are Theresa Hernández, Vincent Martínez and Jesús Martínez of Lorain; Ted Martínez of Corpus Christi, Texas; Pablo Martínez of Falfurrias, Texas; Guillermo Jr. and Laura Segura of Houston, Texas; Leonor and Gregorio Segura of Mexico City, Mexico, in addition to several other cousins, nephews and nieces.
 


 
JUAN BOSQUEZ JR.
Juan “Jonce” Bosquez,  Jr., age 38, of Adrian, MI, went home to be with The Lord on March 4, 2011. 
He was born October 11, 1972, in Adrian, MI, the son of Juan Sr. & Irene (Sánchez) Bosquez.  Juan was a graduate of Tecumseh High School.  He was a fan of wrestling and the Detroit Pistons and was an avid Facebook member.
He is survived by his father, Juan (Lela) Bosquez, Sr, his mother, Irene Bosquez, his grandfather, Eliseo Sánchez of Asherton, TX, his siblings, Sandra (Randy) Bodnar of Pittsburgh, PA, Delma (Leonel Fermin) Pérez of Adrian, Isabel (Jesse Johnson) López of Two Harbors, MN, Anthony (Katie Garza) Sánchez of Blissfield, Candelario (Mindy Tressler) Bosquez, Lisa (Trent Woerner) Bosquez and Joseph Bosquez all of Adrian, and his nieces and nephews, Juan, Lucero, Veronica, Sierra, Damien, Miranda, Anthony, Jesse Jr. and Liliana and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and close cousins, Saúl and Sidney Bosquez.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Julian & Maria L. Bosquez of Woodburn, OR and Francisca M. Sánchez of Asherton, TX and cousins, Scott Lee Bosquez and Benito Lerma.


PERFECTO ROMÁN
Perfecto “Pepe” Román, 90, of Lorain, OH, passed away Saturday March 12, 2011 at EMH Regional Medical Center in Elyria following a lengthy illness.  He was born in Las Marias, Puerto Rico on May 23, 1920 and had been a resident of Lorain since 1966. Pepe was retired from US Steel in Lorain where he worked as a laborer. He loved baseball.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Rosa Román, children, Rosalia (Juan) Cintron of Elyria, Javier Román of North Olmsted and Carmen (Roland) Cronenwett of Lorain, 3 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his daughter, Patricia Román, grandson, Javier A. Román, parents, Eulogio and Gregoria Román, and his brothers and sisters.


GRACIELA S. ZAVALA
Graciela S. Zavala, of Toledo, passed away suddenly March 13th, 2011, at the age of 67. Mrs. Zavala was born in Monterrey, Mexico, October 12, 1943, to Manuel and Aurora (Saenz) Lerma. Graciela graduated in 1963 from Genoa High School; in 1971 Graciela married Manuel Zavala with whom they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Graciela had several jobs but none more important than her family and her strong belief. She was baptized on July 6, 1970 as one of Jehovah Witness, and was an active Witness until her death. Graciela is survived by her husband, Manuel; son, Javier (Maribel) Zavala; daughters, Mariana (Jesus) Oppenheimer, Rosa (Salvador) Rico; brothers, Jesse (Diana) Lerma, Santiago, Michael and José Lerma; sisters, Hortencia (Erasmo) Correa, María (Juan) Aguayo and Gloria Muñoz, and 6 grandchildren and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.



BENJAMIN ERIK COSTILLA

Benjamin Erik Costilla, 24, of Whitehouse, OH passed away suddenly March 5, 2011. He was born May 21, 1986 in Toledo, Ohio to Emilio and Lynore (Weaver) Costilla. Ben was a 2005 graduate of Anthony Wayne High School. Ben was employed at Shawn's Irish Tavern in Waterville. He formerly worked at Jim Shull's Ribcage and managed the Maumee and Bowling Green Buffalo Wild Wings. Ben loved to cook, travel, paintball on the weekends and enjoyed the outdoors. We are all going to miss his free spirit. He will be greatly missed by his little brother and faithful companion, Joey. Ben is survived by his parents, Emilio Costilla Jr. of Maumee, Lynore Jean Costilla of Whitehouse; his sister, Alaina Costilla of Whitehouse and his grandmother, Alvina Costilla of Maumee. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Emilio Costilla Sr. and Merle and Betty Weaver.


EUFRACIA V. LÓPEZ 
Former Toledo resident Eufracia “Effie” V. López, 86, Fostoria, OH, died Friday, March 4, 2011, in Fostoria Hospital. She was born August 9, 1924, in Fort Worth, Texas, the daughter of Nick and Maryann V. (Ponce) Vargas. On July 21, 1947, she married Eusebio López, who died October 8, 2008. She worked in the personnel department at Save Electric-Toledo for 21 years, retiring in 1990. Surviving are a daughter, Irma (Manuel) Hernández of Fostoria; a son, José (Linda) Ramos Jr. of Defiance; and 18 grandchildren and 61 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, Eusebio López; three brothers, Juan A., Antonio and Nicholas Vargas; and two sisters, Manuela and Guadalupe Vargas.


GUADALUPE GUERRERO
Guadalupe “Lupita” Velásquez Guerrero, 79, of Toledo, OH, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2011. She was surrounded by her loving family as she was taken by God. Lupita was born on July 3, 1931 to Lupe and Adella (Franco) Velásquez in Toledo, Ohio. Lupita dedicated her life to being a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She worked at the Toledo Club for a short time and was also a Cub Scout Den Mother. She was a very kind, caring and considerate devout Catholic woman who devoted her life to God and to helping others. Lupita was an active member of St. Francis DeSalles Parish for over 40 years. Her involvement in the church and community included belonging to the Rosary Altar Society, Toledo Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, Christian Women United, The Blue Army and Riverside Hospital Pastoral Care Team. She was a minister of the Holy Eucharist and also a Sacristan. Lupita visited the sick, elderly and shut-ins. She helped the homeless and volunteered at the Volunteers of America Soup Kitchen, as well as volunteering at Riverside Hospital in the Dietary Department. Lupita attended mass faithfully and most recently became a member of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral. She also completed her cursillo at the Divine Word Seminary.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 63 years, Gilbert C. Sr.; children, Andriana Guerrero, Mario (Jessica), Joseph Sr. (Donna), Gilbert (Chris) Jr.; and sister, Christina Velásquez; Lupita had 22 grandchildren, two of which she raised, U.S. Army Sgt. Johnathan Guerrero and Mario A. Guerrero Jr. and 20 additional “apples of her eye” which include: Martin Guerrero, Chris Guerrero, Jimmy Guerrero (Anda), Christina Lupita Marie Guerrero Vásquez, Mario C. Guerrero, Nicolas V. Guerrero, Rosa Maria Guerrero, Alexandria “Ally” Guerrero, Michael Yates Guerrero, Jesse Miller, Pedro Jackson, Pablo Jackson, Andrew Rollings, Cecelia Vargas, Monica Halasz (Mario), Dana Guerrero-Rodríguez, Joe Guerrero Jr. (Joe), Michael V. Guerrero (Gil Jr.) and 26 great-grandchildren.

She was also the godmother of Renee Bedee Johnson, Nicolas V. Guerrero and Mario A. Guerrero Jr. She was preceded in death by her parents; 4 brothers and 1 sister. She was also preceded in death by her grandson, Steven Gilbert Guerrero (Gil Jr.); granddaughter, Melissa M. Guerrero (Joe) and great- grandson, Elijah Jackson. Nothing brought Lupita more happiness than being with her family, especially her grandchildren who she adored immensely. She will be remembered by all who knew her for her kind, loving heart and the way she always put others needs before her own. Her loss leaves an emptiness words cannot describe.


MARVIN A. JAQUILLARD
Marvin A. Jaquillard, age 90, of Oregon, formerly of Parma, OH, passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at St. Charles Hospital, Oregon, Ohio. He was born on July 22, 1920, in Oregon, OH, to Franklin and Nellie (Scott) Jaquillard. Marvin proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII serving in the C.B.I Theatre and earning 3 combat medals. He was employed as a machine setup technician with the Dana Corp., retiring in 1975. Memberships included the Spicer Sportsman Club, V.F.W. Post 4906, Toledo, Ohio and the American Legion Post#0703. Marvin is preceded in death by his parents and wives, Jayne M. (Teachout) “1978” and Alicia (Vázquez) “2004”. Also preceding him death were 5 brothers, 1 sister and a granddaughter. Surviving are his sons, Duane, Edward (Cheryl), Merl (Judi), Keith Jaquillard and step-son, Luis Vazquez (Edith), 8 grandchildren and 6 great - grandchildren.


ARTHUR M. MARTÍNEZ
Arthur M. “Art” Martínez, 78, formerly of Point Pleasant Way and the Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek, and a current resident of the Manor at Perrysburg, passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Maumee. He was born on August 1, 1932 in Toledo, OH to Manuel and Carmen (Ruiz) Martínez. Art was a Korean War Veteran of the United States Marine Corps who specialized in teletype communications and codes. A graduate of Central High School and the Maumee Valley Hospital School of Nursing, he worked in Anesthesiology as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist for both Seaway Hospital in Trenton, MI and Wyandotte Hospital in Wyandotte, MI, and for The Toledo Hospital for close to 30 years, where his affectionate nicknames included “Mushroom” and “Top Dog.” Upon his retirement in 1998, Art remained active as a dedicated volunteer for The Toledo Hospital and Meals on Wheels. He was a longtime member of Regina Coeli Catholic Church where he sang in the choir and worked at many church festivals. He especially enjoyed both playing Bingo and working as a volunteer during games. Blessed with a beautiful voice himself, he loved singing in operettas and attending operas. He also enjoyed cruises with his beloved wife, Gladys and relished hearing his granddaughter discuss the exciting events of her busy preschool days. Art enjoyed shopping, especially for his wife, daughter and granddaughter. He was forever on the hunt for that special item that would brighten the day of one of the women in his life. That trait, along with his love of a great meal at a restaurant with white tablecloths, was passed on to his beloved Mousie. Art was known for his playful sense of humor and the often mischievous glint in his eye. He also enjoyed drinking a nice Seven and Seven from time to time. But he was most fondly regarded for his unfailing kindness, his incredible spirit of generosity and his simple decency. Art was a great guy, but more than that, he was a good man. Art’s wife, Gladys (née Zyskowski) Martínez passed away on February 7, 2009. His parents also preceded him in death. Surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Andrew Lyons, granddaughter, Julia Lyons and her very-soon-to-be-born new baby sister, all of Redondo Beach, CA; sister, Beatrice (John) Worstell of Fayette, OH; brother, Thomas (Sherry) Martínez of Northwood, OH; and sister-in-law, as well as sister in spirit, Camille Siminiak of Toledo, OH.


MARIA MARTINEZ
María Martinez, 81, of Lorain OH, passed away on Friday, March 4, 2011. She was born on March 14, 1929 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain in 1954. Maria enjoyed gardening, especially her flowers. She was an excellent cook, and enjoyed collecting dolls, listening to music and dancing. She adored all animals and took great pride in helping people with whatever they needed.
She is survived by her sons: Eli (Rosemarie), of Lorain, Daniel (Rosa María), of North Ridgeville, Victor (Margarita), of Cleveland and Luis (Regalada), of Cleveland, 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Bienvenido Martínez-Ruiz, a granddaughter, Jessica Martínez, and her parents: Hipolito and Saturna Carmona.


ANA LYDIA CAMACHO MORALES
Ana Lydia Camacho Morales (née Aviles), 83, of Lorain, OH, passed away Thursday, March 3, 2011 in her home following a lengthy illness. She was born February 2, 1928 in Lares, Puerto Rico. She came to Lorain in 1949. She worked as a Nurse Aid at Avon Oaks Nursing Home in Avon for 12 years. She also worked at Evergreen Nursery for 15 years. Ana was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, decorating, socializing. She was always helping and donating to the needy.
She will be deeply missed by her sons Raymond A., Miguel Angel, José R. and Albert “Tilo” all of Lorain and Edwin “Babe” Camacho of Naples, Florida; her daughter Ana Mendoza Camacho of Lorain; 3 brothers and 4 sisters in Puerto Rico; 18 grandchildren;16 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents José “Pepe” and Elvira (née Guzmán Román) Aviles; daughter Alicia L. Camacho in 1998; grandson SSGT. Valentino Mendoza in 2009 and 2 sisters.


ESTHER VILLA RODRÍGUEZ
Esther Villa Rodríguez, 85, Defiance, OH, died Sunday, February 27, 2011, at Laurels of Defiance. She was born May 5, 1925, in Gonzáles, Texas, the daughter of Benjamin and Antonia (née Hernández) Villa. On May 3, 1943, she married Pedro Rodríguez, who survives. They were blessed with 67 years of marriage. She was a homemaker and a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, AMVETS and the VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary. She enjoyed gardening and loved her family.
Surviving are her husband, Pedro Rodríguez; four sons, Antonio (Tom) Rodríguez of Holland, Ohio, Ramiro (Michelle) Rodríguez of Berne, Ind., Valentino (Heidi) Rodríguez of Sylvania, Ohio, and Edward Rodríguez, Key West, Fla.; four daughters, Yolanda (Clem) Treviño of Fort Wayne, Ind., Nuebe Linda (John) DomBrowski of Toledo, Christina (Jimmy) Jones of Bryan, OH, and Criselda (Ted) Brodeur, Long Beach, Calif.; 21 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; five brothers, Benjamin, Elias, Francisco, Ezekiel and Leo Poldo Villa; a sister, María González; and a daughter-in-law, Gina Rodríguez, Toledo, OH. Preceding her in death were her parents; a son, Pete Rodríguez; a sister-in-law, Consuelo Villa; and a family friend, Joe García.
 


JUAN CANDELARIO
Juan Candelario, age 87, passed away Friday, February 18, 2011 at the Good Shepherd Hospice Care Center in Auburndale, Florida.  He was born April 22, 1923 in Yauco, Puerto Rico to the late Angelino Candelario and Maria Oliveras. He came to Lorain in 1947 and lived here until moving to Champions Gate, Florida in 2007. He was employed at Fruehauf Trailer in Avon Lake from 1948 to 1970 and was a member of the Lorain Puerto Rican Home. An honoree of The Distinguished Hispanic Ohioans award in 1991, he was active in politics working local, state and national campaigns. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain where he was involved in the Cursillos and various committees and served as a volunteer of the meals on wheels program. He enjoyed serving others, being with family and politics.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Maria (née Torres); sons Eric of Orlando, Fla., José of Davenport, Fla. and Roy of Lorain; daughter Ivelisse of Cleveland; brothers Israel, Angel, both of Ponce, PR sisters Gloria (Yauco, PR) and Amelia (Brooklyn, NY); grandchildren, Miguel of Los Angeles, CA; Derek, Erica both of San Diego, CA; Sean, Carlos both of Orlando, Fla.; José, Alicia, Erica, Lisa, Ivelisse, Rosie, Melissa, Angie, Angel, all of Lorain; and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Juan in 1994 and brothers, Confessor, Ramón, Andrés, Luis, and Victor.


PETE FLORES
Pete Flores, 84, of Lorain, OH, passed away Sunday, February 27, 2011, under Hospice care at Anchor Lodge Nursing Home following a long illness. He was born on November 3, 1926, in Fort Worth, Texas, to Jose & Antonia Flores. After being trained as a butcher and employed by the Blue Bonnet Packing House in Ft. Worth, Texas, he enlisted into the United States Army during WW II as Private First Class with the C Troop, 37th Constabulary Squadron. His tour of service included stops at Stuttgart, Germany; Paris, France; and the Philippine Islands. After service to his country, he found work in the Chicago stockyards, before moving to the Gary, Indiana steel mills. After a brief stay, he moved on to Lorain, OH, where he met and married Guadalupe Delgado on October 11, 1947 in Lorain. Pete went to work at the Lake Terminal Railroad Co. as a laborer on the track gangs before becoming a truck driver. While employed at Lake Terminal, he was active as a union representative until his retirement after 27 years.
Pete was involved in the Mexican community as a member of the Mexican-American Citizens Club, and later the Mexican Mutual Society. He served one term as an original member of the Board of Trustee's of El Centro de Servicios Sociales. He was active in neighborhood clean-ups and was a member of the Citizens' Committee of the South Lorain Urban Renewal Project.
During his children's school age years, he set an example by serving in leadership positions such as PTA President at Lincoln Elementary School, the Band Booster Club member at Whittier Junior High School, a founding member of the Southview Marching Band Booster Club, and a former Assistant Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 346 at Sacred Heart Chapel. He even joined the ranks of those fighting for justice by getting involved with César Chávez and the United Farm Workers and volunteering on their picket lines with a few of his sons.
He was a member of the Sacred Heart Chapel. He was active in the Holy Name Society and participated in several Cursillos.
Pete enjoyed playing fast pitch softball in his early years in Lorain. He was an avid fan of the Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland Browns. He took pleasure in gardening, landscaping, and being outdoors. One of his passions included the planting of roses, which included a project where he planted a row of rose bushes for his wife. A lover of mariachi music, he also enjoyed listening to the music of Johnny Cash. In his retirement years, he enjoyed ceramics, leather and beadwork, and crafted toy boxes for his grandchildren.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Guadalupe Flores (née Delgado); sons Pedro Jr. (Sharon), Jorge (Gloria), David, Carlos (Lupe), Jaime, Martin (Beth), and José; daughters Esperanza Rosalez, (Fermin), Antonia Humphrey (Robert), María Luisa, and Ramona Griffin (Patrick). He is also survived by his brother Samuel Flores (New Mexico) and sister Mary Helen Bravo (Texas). He had the benefit of loving his 36 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents José and Antonia Flores; his brothers Lupe, Louis, José, and his sister, Mary Fernández.


ANTONIO LÓPEZ
Antonio López, better known as “Don Tono,” 83 of Lorain, OH, entered eternal rest, Friday, February 25, 2011 in New Life Hospice Center of Saint Joseph, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. He was born March 9, 1927 in Canóvanas, Puerto Rico. He moved from there, to Cleveland in 1977. He then made Lorain his home in 1980. Mr. López worked in construction and remodeling business in Puerto Rico. Don Tono was a member of La Iglesia De Dios, Inc., Lorain. He taught Bible Studies and produced plays based on the Bible. He enjoyed singing, his garden and home.
He will be dearly missed by his wife of 34 years Minerva (née Cardona) López of Lorain; sons Josue of Queens, New York, Samuel and David López both of Lakewood, Elias and Isaac López both of Lorain, Rafael Otero of Lorain and Jose Manuel Otero of Orlando, Florida: daughters Esther López Laboy of Brooklyn, New York and Noemi Torres of Lorain; sisters Margarita and Ilda López both of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico; 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Encanación and Carmen Laura Pumarejo-Rivera; brothers Luis and Arturo López and a sister Calyn López.
“He was an extraordinarily law abiding man, who had a passionate love for people and nature.” “Dad, we miss you and thank you for teaching us to respect life.”


MYRIAM RODRÍGUEZ
Myriam Aponte Rodríguez, age 59, of Lorain, died on Thursday, March 03, 2011 at New Life Hospice Residential Center, Lorain, following a lengthy illness.
She was born May 7, 1951 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, coming to Lorain as an infant. She moved back to Puerto Rico when she was 18 years old, returning to Lorain in 1985. She was a 1969 graduate of Admiral King High School, and attended the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, where she studied business administration. Myriam was employed as an assembler at Lorain Products for 12 years, until retiring in 1987. Prior to this, she was employed in accounting, secretarial and general office work for different organizations. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. Myriam volunteered with the Boy Scout for 8 years, and provided transportation to kids taking Karate lessons at the YMCA. She also enjoyed being involved in many different extra-curricular activities that her son was involved with. She loved to sew, and enjoyed bowling and bike riding. She also loved to drive the bus for the Lorain Senior Center and help those who were less fortunate.
She is survived by her son, Frederico “Freddie” Rosario, of Florida; 2 granddaughters, Zaida and Caliana Rosario; a brother, Manolin “Manny” Aponte, of Fairfax, VA; and sisters, Carmen Rodríguez, of Austin, TX and Blanche (Arthur) Resendes, of Sheffield Lake, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents, Manolin and Josefa “Pepita” Aponte; and a twin brother that died at birth.


MODESTA ROSALEZ
Modesta Rosalez, 86, a retired businesswoman passed away on Monday, March 1st, 2011 surrounded by her loving family. Modesta, along with her husband owned and operated Rosalez Dry Cleaners on Main Street in Bowling Green, Ohio for 20 years until they retired and sold the business in August 1991.
 
She was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church where she was a Eucharistic Minister. She and her friends gathered weekly for bible study.  Modesta was a member of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business Association, and a past member of the Guadalupe Society.  She was a giving and loyal person.  She had a great sense of humor and was always encouraging others
to move forward in life.

She felt very fortunate to have a wonderful family and many good friends.  She taught and encouraged many widows to drive so that they would remain independent.  She was our “ever-ready bunny,” and always on the go.  She had  the opportunity to be part of Pope John Paul II’s audience in Rome in 1994. She was an avid volunteer at the Wood County Senior Citizens Center. Modesta also enjoyed sewing and cooking for her family.
 
She was born November 13, 1924 in Carrizo Springs, Texas to Quirino and Ramona (née Ortiz) Esquivel.  She married Eusebio Rosalez on July 14, 1944, and he preceded her in death. 
 
Modesta is survived by her two children: her son, Rafael “Ray” (Rosa) Rosalez of Las Cruces, New Mexico; and her daughter Raquel (Cosme) Ribé of Woodville, Ohio; son-in-law, Jon C. Givens of Rossford, Ohio; and six grandchildren: JR Givens, Jennifer (Drew) Givens, Rey (Tiffany) Rosalez,
Rebecca (Davin) Epperson, Josep Ribé, and Marc Ribé and ten great-grandchildren: Liam Givens, Jack Moorman, Mary Rose Moorman, Sean Jacob Rowles, Lorielle Rosalez, Samuel Rosalez, Javier Torres, Makaela Epperson, Santiago Epperson and Liana Epperson. She was preceded in death by her daughter
Rosalinda Givens and her sister and brothers.  
 
The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses, aides and staff at the Wood County Hospital, Bowling Green Manor and Odyssey Hospice for their compassionate and comforting treatment, family and friends that showed her love and support over these past two years of her life.


ELISEO SERRANO
Eliseo H. Serrano, 57, of Akron and formerly of Lorain, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday March 2, 2011.  He was born in Humacao Puerto Rico on January 4, 1954. Eliseo had worked for many years in the Restaurant Business. He enjoyed music, watching television, and playing cards.
Survivors include his daughter, Myrna Reyes of Florida, 2 granddaughters, brothers, Samuel Serrano, Thomas Serrano and Eugenio Serrano Jr., all of Lorain, Luis Serrano of Florida, Daniel Serrano of Louisville Kentucky, Israel Serrano of Florida, Elizer Serrano of Lorain and Joe Serrano of Florida, sisters, Manuela “Nollie” Cabrera, Carmen Sánchez and Leyda Jackson, all of Lorain, Elizabeth Williams and Lillian Serrano, both of Georgia, and Ruth Serrano of Lorain, his aunt, Eva Plaza of Lorain, common-law wife, Quanita Williams of Akron, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugenio and Carmen (Cintron) Serrano, nephews, Andrés Dearmas and Antonio Ortiz, and his great-nephew, Michael García.


MANUEL ROSARIO MORALES
Manuel Rosario Morales, age 85, of Lorain, OH, passed away Saturday, February 19, 2011 at his home after a lengthy illness. Manuel was born on September 15, 1925 in Orocovis, Puerto Rico to the late Eduvijes Morales and Claudina Rosario. He has been a resident of Lorain for the past 58 years. Manuel retired in 1986 from U.S. Steel as a Millwright Crane Operator after 39 years of service. Mr. Morales served during the Korean War as a PFC (T) with the United States Army. He was discharged on September 25, 1954 and received the Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and a Presidential Unit Citation. He enjoyed gardening, all outdoor activities, reading his Bible and dancing the salsa. Spending time with his family was what he enjoyed most.
Manuel is survived by his wife of 50 years, Georgina Morales (née Barbosa); sons, Amir (Regiane) Morales, of Florida, Manuel Anthony Morales, of Lorain; daughters, Laura Serrano, of Lorain, Heidi (David) Sayre, of Amherst, Sol María (Rev. Mark) Hebebrand, of Lorain and Maxine (Justin) Josie, of Westlake; grandchildren, Amanda Serrano, Devan Morales, Jordan A. Morales, Aaron Serrano, Nicholas Morales, Briana Guevara, Carlos Arroyo, Sebastian Arroyo, Olivia Morales, Bianca Morales, Kayla Hebebrand, Sophia Josie, Megan Sayre and Lydia Grace Hebebrand.


SUSAN VILLEGAS
Susan Villegas also known by friends and family as Sue, passed away Tuesday morning, February 22, 2011, at Toledo Hospital. She was born on December 23, 1951, to Atanacio and Isabel Villegas in Toledo, Ohio. Sue graduated from Owens Community College with an Associates degree in nursing. She pursued her career as a registered nurse at Medical College of Ohio for 17 years. After finishing her career as a nurse, Sue went on to work for H&R Block as a tax preparer for the past 10 years. She is survived by her husband, Gene Lemle; her children, Jacob (Eve) Lemle, Nathan (Alison) Lemle, and Sarah Lemle. Also included in her beloved is one grandson, Caleb Lemle; as well as sisters: Linda Villegas (Richard), Delores (Michael) Keller, Sandy Villegas, David (Debbie) Villegas, Maria Villegas, Christina (Mike) Romo and her mother, Isabel Villegas.


 AUGUSTINA JIMENEZ
Augustina Jimenez, age 93, of Adrian, MI died Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, at 5:18 p.m. at her home. She was born Oct. 20, 1917, in Monterrey, Mexico, to Juan and Prizilliana (Gómez) Ramirez. In 1935, she married Armando Jimenez, Sr. in Crystal City, Texas. He preceded her in death on Nov. 4, 2000. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Adrian. She retired from Peerless Gear in 1980. Augustina enjoyed quilting and made quilts as gifts for her family. She liked to play bingo, and she loved to cook, especially tortillas and tamales for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She also loved Spanish music and dancing.
She is survived by three sons, Juan (María) Jimenez of San Antonio, Texas, Fransico (Margaret) Jimenez of Adrian and Armando Jimenez, Jr. of Adrian; four daughters, Armandina (Jim) Valdez of Columbus, Ohio, Rosa Pérez of Adrian, Elida Valdez of Adrian and Beatrice Vasquez of Adrian; one sister, María (Jesse) Gallardo of Erie, Mich.; 34 grandchildren, 107 great-grandchildren and 78 great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, five children in infancy and four sisters, Manuela Neito, LuTaria Aquirre, Joséphina Herrera and Anita Fiscal.


JOSÉ R. LÓPEZ
José R. López, 58, of Lorain, OH died Saturday, February 12, 2011 at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain after a lengthy illness. José was born September 14, 1952 in Lares, Puerto Rico. He had been a Lorain resident for the past 50 years moving from Puerto Rico. He worked for Bob Evans, Amherst for 20 years retiring in 2009. José enjoyed watching TV and especially enjoyed watching sporting events.
He is survived by his sisters: Virginia Torres of Lorain, María Beaz of East Hartford, CT, and Elsa López of Amherst; brothers, Ricky López of Indianapolis, IN and Zenón López of Vermilion; several nieces and nephews including his two nieces that were his care givers, Carmen Torres and Migdalia González. He was preceded in death by his parents, José and Justina (née Acevdo) López and a sister Gloria López.


CARMEN P. SOTO
Carmen P. Soto (née Martínez) 72 of Lorain, OH passed away Wednesday February 16, 2011 at the Cleveland Clinic following a lengthy illness. She was born December 7, 1938 in Malakoff, Texas. She came to Lorain in the early in 1940s. Mrs. Soto retired in 2005 as a librarian aide at Southview High School, Lorain. She also worked at other Lorain City School libraries in Lincoln, Lowell and Garfield Schools. She was a member of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish, Lorain, where she served as a Lector. She was also a member of the Guadalupe Society, Al-Anon, NEA Lorain City Schools, and was a member of the Mexican folk dancing group. She volunteered at Saint Joséph Homeless Shelter, Lorain. Carmen enjoyed music and dancing. She loved to spend time with her grand and great grandchildren.
She will be deeply missed by her husband of 53 years Felix C. Soto of Lorain; sons Felix Soto, Jr. of Milan, Michigan and Mayo Soto of Lorain; daughters Consuelo “Connie” (the late Armando) López, Veronica Maldonado and Bonnie Soto all of Lorain and Anna Cleta (William) Heider of Amherst; brother Esteban (Sherry) Martínez of Lacey, Washington; 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; brother Cirilo Martínez, Avon Lake. She was preceded in death by her parents Cirilo and Paula (née Palacios) Martínez; brother Cirilo Martínez and a sister Martha Martínez.


Herlinda M. Hernández

Herlinda M. Hernández, 69, of Findlay OH passed away at 10:54 a.m. on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at her residence. She was born on December 26, 1941, to the late Manuel and Elvira (Gutiérrez) Maldanado in Hidalgo, Nuevo León, Mexico. She married Miguel Rebulloso and he preceded her in death. She later married José B. Hernández, and he survives. She is also survived by two sons: Alfonso D. (Corina) Gutiérrez of Austin, TX and Miguel Rebulloso of Dickinson, TX; three daughters: Karina García of Hidalgo, N.L. Mexico, Chrystal E. Hernández of Findlay, and Mia Lynn Rebulloso of Findlay; three brothers: Hugo Maldanado of Hidalgo, N.L. Mexico, José Manuel(Virginia) Maldanado of Lima, OH, and Noe (Tammy) Maldanado of Lima, OH; two sisters: Celia Garza of Hidalgo, N.L. Mexico and Celina (José) Medina of Austin, TX; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by two brothers: Roberto and Sixto Maldanado; and one sister, Elvia Maldanado. Herlinda retired from the Budd Company in Carey after 25 years of service. She was known in the community for her ethnic cooking and for bringing the tastes of home into the community. She was a life member of the DAV and member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Findlay. 


JOSE A. RODRÍGUEZ
José A. “Tony” Rodríguez 60 of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, passed away Friday, February 4th, 2011 in his home following a battle with cancer. He was born August 20th, 1950 in Manhattan, New York. He was raised in the Bronx, NY while graduating from Samuel Gompers High School. In 1973, Tony relocated to Caguas, Puerto Rico after receiving his Honorable Discharge from the United States Air Force. In 1975, he relocated to Lorain, Ohio where he resided for 12 years before being transferred by his employer (Nordson) to Richmond, Virginia and then again to Downingtown, PA in 1991. Tony served as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War, earning The Good Conduct, Vietnam Service and Campaign Medals. He was an Area Manager for Nordson Corporation and worked with the Corporation for over 26 years. Previously, he worked at U. S. Steel Lorain Works, Saint Joseph Hospital and Lorain County Community College.
He was a member of Saint Philip and James Catholic Church, Exton, Pennsylvania and a former member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, Ohio. Tony was an avid golfer, who enjoyed politics, music, reading, and dancing. Tony is well known to his friends and family for his sense of humor and quick comebacks. He was a warm loving and compassionate person who always remained genuine with his approach.
Tony will be deeply missed by his wife of 35 years Evelyn Rodríguez (née Flores) of Downingtown, PA; children José A. Rodríguez, Jr. (Michelle Arroyo), Melissa M. Rodríguez, Andre A. Rodríguez of Downingtown, PA, and Michael A. Cavin of Toledo, OH; mother Candida Velez and brother Angelo Cantellope both of Bronx, NY; sisters Nilsa Cantellope of Allentown, PA and Lisa Rodríguez of Bronx, NY and Sally Rodríguez of Chicago, IL; grand daughter Sienna Celise Rodríguez of Downingtown, PA and step-mother Sarah Rodríguez of Bronx, NY. His father Miguel Antonio Rodríguez of Bronx, NY preceded him in death.


MARÍA CRUZADO
María Cruzado (née Batista), was peacefully called home on January 30, 2011. Mrs. Cruzado was born in Corozal, Puerto Rico on February 20, 1920; she came to Lorain in 1951. María was the devoted and loving mother to nine children. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and the Ladies Altar and Rosary Society. She spent many years in the kitchen at Sacred Heart as a member of the Damas, cooking for church functions and fund-raising events. Mrs. Cruzado enjoyed cooking for the family, gardening, bingo, and her church.
She is survived by her daughters Gloria (Michael) Barash, Alery Turcus, Jacqueline Rentas and Susan (James) Burge, by her sons Joaquin (Bibiana) Cruzado, Jr., Roberto (Zoraida) Cruzado, and Harry Cruzado, along with sixteen grandchildren, nine great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years Joaquin Cruzado, Sr., by her son Raymond Cruzado, by her daughter María Torres, along with two sons in infancy, her parents Francisco and Tomasa (née Guerrero) Batista, three brothers, and one sister.


HARRY B. GALVÁN SR.
Harry B. Galván, Sr., age 72, of Lorain, OH, died on Sunday, January 23, 2011 at Mercy Regional Medical Center following a 2 year illness. Born on March 28, 1938 in Malakoff, Texas, to the late Eugenio and Josephine (née Flagg) Galván, he came to the Lorain area in 1942. He lived most of his life in Lorain, aside from living in Texas from 1992- 2006. He served in the US Marines. Harry worked as a supervisor at Ford Motor Co. Assembly Plant in Lorain and in Avon Lake, for almost 30 years. He retired from there in 1991. Following his retirement, he pursued his passion for truck driving and became a semi driver. He worked for various trucking companies.
He enjoyed collecting Native American memorabilia, and liked Popeye and Olive Oyl items as well. He spent many hours cleaning brass treasures he found at flea markets. He will be truly missed by his dogs Cody, Butch and his special Pomeranian, Maggie Mae.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Carole (née Visniski), his sons, Harry B., Jr., Bob (Cathy) and John, all of Lorain; his daughters, Barb Galván, Bernice Galván, Faith Kuhn & Angela Marie Frye, all of Lorain; his step-son, Brian (Mindy) Visniski, of Elyria; 21 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren and his brothers, Gene (Laura), of Edinburg, TX and Joe (María), of Cedar Park, TX.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Katherine Louise Cavallo, in 2008 and a great-grandson, Andrew.




ELOY GARZA SR.
Eloy Garza Sr., age 83, of Toledo, OH, passed away Thursday, January 20, 2011, at his residence with the love of his family at his side.. He was born October 5, 1927, to Santiago and Octavia Garza Sr. in Realitos, Texas. Eloy was retired from the Pennsylvania Railroad, Lake Front Docks and CSX Railroad after 38 years of service. He owned and operated the Garza Market on Sumner and Western Ave. and enjoyed working outdoors in his vegetable and flower garden, fishing and Chevy trucks. Eloy was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Juana Garza and María Montelongo and grandson, Robert Hagemann Jr.
Surviving are his loving wife, Jesusa; children, María (Bob) Hagemann, Rosario (Joe) Sánchez, Carmelita (Bob) Martínez, Eloy Garza Jr., Francesca Garza Miller, George Garza, Gabriel Garza and Noe (Deborah) Garza; brothers, Jesús Garza, Santiago Garza Jr. and Ray Garza; sisters, Umbelina Villariel, Hilarin Reyes and Eliza Huntington; 35 grandchildren 78 great-grand children.


MARY C. GARZA
Mary C. Garza, 67, Toledo OH, passed away January 21, 2011, at Flower Hospital. Married to Gabriel Garza (husband) for 50 years. She is survived by daughters, Rachel (Steve) Foster, Debbie (Juan) Mosqueda, Annie (Joe) Murray; brothers, Raúl (Patricia) Cantu, Rubén (Debbie) Cantu, Richard Cantu; sisters, Rosa Cantu, Josie Sánchez and 1 granddaughter. Preceded in death by her mother, Frances Cantu, and brother, Robert Cantu.


JUAN J. GONZÁLEZ
Juan J. “Johnny” González was born on August 28, 1922 to Dionesio & Aramita Cuevas González in Lares, Puerto Rico. He married the love of his life Lucy V. (née Arzuaga) on December 20, 1951. Together they had three children: twins Juan J. “Junior” and José Luis “Joey” and youngest son, Deacon Edgar.
Juan served in the U.S. Army 75th Infantry receiving various medals for his service to our country. He moved from Puerto Rico in 1948 and has been a life-long resident of Lorain, OH.
His greatest love beside his wife and family was ministering the Word of God to many. He was a bible scholar and read the scriptures every day. Juan was known for his love of writing and reciting poetry. He also composed many songs where he sang and played them on his guitar. Juan also loved wood working and made many rocking horses and toys that he gave as gifts. He will be sadly missed by many that loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings: Eusebio, María, Isabel, Otilia, and Adela. He is survived by his only living sister María Luisa Vélez and brother-in-law Ernesto Sanabría of Elyria. Daughter-in-laws: Margaret (Solis) and Christina (Martin) and seven grand children. Sister-in-law Betty Ortiz of Cleveland and Carmen M. Lozada of Carolina, Puerto Rico, along with numerous nieces and nephews.


RAMON M. GONZÁLES
Ramón M. Gonzáles, age 87, of Toledo, OH, entered into eternal rest on January 25, 2011, at his residence. He was born in Mercedes, Texas on March 9, 1923 to Timiteo and Victoria Mireles. He was employed with City Auto Stamping for 30 years, retiring in 1992. He gave his all to everyone and he loved his children and loved playing bingo. Ramon was a very special man. Ramón was preceded in death by his wife, Esperanza, 3 sons, Raymond Jr., Juan Sr. Fred Gonzáles Sr., 3 brothers, Thomas, Pedro, and Margarito Miriles, sister, Linda.
Ramón leaves to cherish his memory are his children, Ricky, Mary (Rodney) Cole, Louis (Hope), JoAnn Gonzáles, 30 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren, brother, Felipe Mireles and sisters, Diana, Goya, Julia, Felipa and his very special friend, Sarah Peoples.


OTILIA V. MUÑOZ
Otilia V. Muñoz (née Vallejo), age 87, of Lorain, OH, passed away on Sunday, January 23, 2011, at her home, while under the care of Grace Hospice. She was born on Feb. 20, 1923, in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain in 1952.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. Otilia always looked forward to her family outings and enjoyed cooking.
She is survived by her sons; Juan (Nora) and Jose (Elba), both of Lorain, Isaias (Minda), of Escondido, CA, Ismael (Betsy), of Old Bridge, NJ, William (Gloria), of NC, Frederico (Rocio), of Winston-Salem, NC, Antonio, of Lorain, Martin (Cathy), of King, NC, and Jaime (Kim), of Lorain, daughters; Carmen (Carl) Ragnoni, Juanita Magdaleno, Hilda (Johnny) Muñoz, all of Lorain, María Gutierrez, of Springfield, MO, Esther (Adrian) Colón, of Lorain, Margaret (Rodel) Cuenca, of , Ocean Side, CA, Teresa (José) Ayala, of New Bern, NC, Antonia Pedroza, of Hillsborough, NC, and Rosie (Joseph) Bridges, of Knightdale, NC. She is also survived by her 45 grandchildren, and 51 great grandchildren, brother, Julio Vallejo, of Philadelphia, PA, and sisters; Tonita Vallejo, of Caguas, PR and Francisca Contreras, of NC.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Rev. Deacon Prudo Muñoz Vicens, in 2008, grandchildren; Freddy Burnett, Briana Marie Harris, Kelly Vicens, and Johnny Vicens, Jr., her parents; Luis and Genara (nee Serrano) Vallejo, a brother, Vangelo Vallejo, and a sister, Evarita Vallejo.


MARIA LUISA SANCHEZ
María Luisa Sánchez, (née Roman), age 81, of Lorain, OH, died on Monday, January 24, 2011 at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, following a brief illness. She was born on March 5, 1929 in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, living in Lorain most of her life. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. Her absolute love in life was being a wife, mother and grandmother. She also enjoyed cooking and crocheting.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Simplicio, daughter, Frances (Hector) Vélez, of Lorain, 3 sons; Arvin, of Houston, TX, Reinaldo, of Lorain, and Joel (Daisy Martínez), of Lorain, 6 grandchildren; Hector Lee Vélez, Louisa Vélez, Jason Vélez, Louise Martínez, Joey Martínez, Juan Martínez, 3 step grandchildren; José Martínez, Marisol Martínez and Noel Martínez, 3 great grandchildren; Julian and Mylee Vélez, and Elijah Herda, brothers; Ernesto, of Puerto Rico, Gilberto, of Fla., and Eugenio, of NY, and a sister, Luz Candelario, of Lorain.
She was preceded in death by her parents; Eugenio and Altagracia (née González) Roman, brothers, Claudino Roman and Hermino Roman.



LORALEI J. TORRES
 Loralei J. Torres, age 72, of Toledo, OH, passed away Monday, January 24, 2011 at Mercy St. Charles Hospital with her family by her side. She was born April 8, 1938 to Arthur and Ruth (Brewer) McFarland. Loralei was an avid bingo player, playing whenever she had the chance. In her spare time she enjoyed watching soap operas, especially Young and the Restless. Left to cherish her memory is her children, Norma LaCourse, Dianna (Dean Perry) Owens, Pamela (Greg) Gilmore, Gary Torres and E. Manuel Torres; step daughters, Susie (León) Barnes, Becky (Lucky) Torres and Annie Stokes; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and many step children and step grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, José Torres; son, Dwayne Gilmore; 2 sisters and 3 brothers.


LORENZO A. DÍAZ SR.
Lorenzo A. Díaz Sr., age 78, of Toledo OH, passed away Friday, January 14, 2011 surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 5, 1932 to Bernardo and María (Arcos) Díaz in San Antonio, Texas. For over 27 years Lorenzo worked for Ford Motor Company as a welder, later retiring in 1994. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, James, daughter, Sue and two sisters. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Joanne L. Díaz; children, Larrietta (Eralio) Hinojoza, Bernardo (Karen) Díaz, Theodore Harrison, Lorenzo Díaz, Josefina Díaz and James (Sierra) Díaz; 15 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; sisters, Josefina (Arturo) Castro, Martha (Hector) Pelaez and Dolores Rodríquez; brother, Viviano (Patricia) Díaz and 21 nieces and nephews.


VALENTINO FLORES
Valentino “Dondi” Flores, age 52, of Blissfield MI passed away, January 10, 2011. He was born August 2, 1958, in Adrian, MI, the son of Amando & Faustina (Domínguez) Flores. Valentino enjoyed playing music and sports. He is survived by five sisters, Sylvia García, Gilda Saénz, Lina (Joel) Canales, Emma (Raúl Jr.) Sánchez and Gracie (Roy) Rodríguez, four brothers, Armando Flores, Mario Flores, Carlos (Pam) Flores and Arturo (Mary) Flores and numerous nieces and nephews who he loved. He was preceded in death by his parents Amando & Faustina

Flores; one sister, Anadelia; and two brothers, Alfredo & Robert Flores.


CARMEN MARTÍNEZ
Carmen Maria Martínez, 85, of Toledo OH passed away January 18, 2011, at home, after a lengthy illness while holding her son's hand. Carmen was born November 14, 1925 in Bay City, TX to Adrian and Josephine (Olmos) Bernal. She was a loving mother grandmother and great-grandmother who was an avid gardener and will be remembered for her great sense of humor and excellent cooking. Surviving Carmen are her three children, Alfredo Ruiz, Graciela Zielinski and Rodolfo (Martha) Ruiz; grandchildren, Jan, Jason (Jacqui), Jeremy (Jennifer), Candi, (Josh Miller) Zielinski, Shawn, Crystal, Adrian Ruiz and Christina Ruiz. Also surviving are 4 great-grandchildren, Ares, Isis, Gavin and Gabby. Preceding her in death were her parents, 3 brothers, 2 sisters and her husband, Arturo.


ALBERTO G. RODRIGUEZ
Alberto G. Rodríguez, 77, of Adrian MI went to be with his Lord and Savior Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at his home where he was under the loving care of his family. Alberto was born Aug. 23, 1933, in San Benito, Texas, the son of Narsiszo and Esparanza González. During the Korean Conflict, he served his country in the Army. On Aug. 15, 1953, Alberto married Eugenia “Jeannie” Pérez in Monroe, MI. Eugenia, his devoted wife of more than 57 years, survives.
Albert was an engineer at Tecumseh Products, retiring in 1991 with 40 years of service. He also worked for Lenawee Hills Memorial Park for several years. Albert was a man of many talents. He was an amateur photographer and also shared his musical ability as a member of several different bands. A faithful member, pastor and prophet of Christ Temple Ministries, Albert worked extensively with missionaries and migrant workers.
Most precious to Albert is his family. In addition to his wife, he is survived by their children, José Louis (Sharon) Rodríguez and Ricardo Rodríguez, both of Adrian; David (Kim) Rodríguez of Leesburg, Fla., and Catherine Rodríguez of Adrian; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four brothers Romero, Poncho, Elezar, and Louis; and two sisters, Aurora and Amparo.


LUCY SOTO
Lucy Soto (née Moyett), 61, of Lorain OH passed away Wednesday, Jan. 12 2011, in the comfort of her home following a lengthy illness. She was born September 2, 1949 in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico. She came to Lorain in 1964. Lucy was a truck driver employed by the Lorain Ford Assembly Plant, Lorain and Woodford Manufacturing in Elyria. She enjoyed dancing, music, bingo and other games of chance. She also enjoyed the company of her dogs, Manny and Sweetie.
She will be deeply missed by her companion for life of 37 years Alipio Vélez of Lorain; son Ivan Soto, Jr. of Lorain; daughters Juanita Soto Lehota, Ann Marie Soto Neely and Crecensia Soto all of Lorain; mother Santa Rosa (née Dejesus) of Lorain; brothers Julio Hurtas, George and José Luis Moyett all of New York and Robert Rosa of Lorain; sisters Angela Carraqullos and Gladys Moyett both of New York, Elsie Rosa of Lorain and Esther Rosa of Florida; 16 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ivan Soto; parents Antonio and Crecensia Moyett; daughter Lucinda Soto García; brothers Ramón Luis, Lojo, Luis, and Felix Moyett and Millo Hurtas and a sister Mary Rodríguez.


GASPAR G. VILLARREAL
Gaspar G. Villarreal, 84, of Lorain OH passed away Monday, January 17, 2011 in Grace Hospital, Lakewood following a lengthy illness. He was born January 6, 1927 in Bastrop, Texas. He came to Lorain in the mid 1940's. He served in the Army. He retired as a tool and die maker from U. S. Steel Lorain Works in 1988.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. He was also a member of the United Steel Workers Local 1104 Lorain, Mexican Mutual Society, and Mexican American Citizens Club both of Lorain. He enjoyed tinkering with cars and gardening. He was a Cleveland Indians fan.
He will be dearly missed by his wife of 62 years Estella (née Amador) Villarreal of Lorain; son Jess (Joan) Villarreal of Elyria and daughter Olga Villarreal of Lorain; grandchildren Jennifer (Steve Dove) Villarreal of Glendale, California, Deitri Villarreal of Cleveland Heights, Megan (Scott Jump) Villarreal of Brunswick and Joshua (Erin Shiba) Perry of Oberlin; great grand children Quinn, Logan, and Tyson. He was preceded in death by his parents Lucas and Jesusita (née González) Villarreal and sisters Dolores Pérez, Margaret López, and Rafaela Hernández.


JOAQUIN YBARRA
Joaquin Ybarra, age 94, of Adrian MI passed away, January 9, 2011, at Lynwood Manor. He was born August 22, 1916, in Laredo, TX. On May 22, 1937, he married Paula Castillo. She preceded him in death on August 9, 1996. Joaquin is survived by his 12 children, Juan (María) Ybarra of Ottawa Lake, Jesús (María) Ybarra of Indiana, Rosa Leva of Adrian, Eva Torres of Adrian, Frank Ybarra of Adrian, Lus (Susy) Ybarra of Adrian, Linda (David) Sarabia of Adrian, María Ybarra of Pontiac, Joe Ybarra of Adrian, Noel Ybarra of Adrian, Joaquin (Josie) Ybarra of Adrian and Oralia Ybarra of Pontiac and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Paula Castillo Ybarra, his parents, his daughter, María Sulema Canales and his brothers.


MARCELLA ROSE BELCH
Marcella Rose Belch (née Domínguez), 84, passed away on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at her home in Lorain, OH. She was born in Lorain, OH on September 6, 1926 and was a lifelong resident of Lorain. She was a past member of St. Cyril Methodius Church. She attended Lorain High School and worked at U.S. Steel and Winko-Matic. She loved her family, especially her two granddaughters and she loved to read.
She is survived by her son, Frederic Belch; daughters, Rita Ann Belch and Bernadette (Jeff) Harned; granddaughters, Erica (Ed) Nicole Kelly; Marissa Christine Harned; her great granddaughter, Mia Rose Kelly; and sister, Eleanor González. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Fred Belch; sisters, Frances “Margie” Maloy and Laura Espitia; and brothers, Frank, Joseph, Lupe, Martín, and Manuel Domínguez.


HERMINIA R. BERLINGERI
Herminia R. “Minnie” Berlingeri (née Rivera) 88, of Lorain entered her eternal reward Saturday, January 8, 2011 in the comfort of her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born December 25, 1922 in Coamo, Puerto Rico. She made Lorain her home in 1966. She worked as a Nursing Assistant for Avon Oaks Caring Community and retired from Lorain Community Hospital in 1981. Minnie was a member of Templo Emmanuel Assembly of God in Lorain, and currently a member of Freedom House Church in Amherst. She loved to read her Bible. She also enjoyed sewing, embroidering, quilting and traveling to spend time with her family. She had an extensive doll collection.
She will be dearly missed by her sons Angel M. Berlingeri of Florida, Robert (Marie) Berlingeri of Richmond, Virginia, Dominic Berlingeri of Lorain and Walter Berlingeri of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; daughters Hilda M. Walker, Carmen L. (Ernie) Garza, Gloria M. Gonzalez and Lourdes Berlingeri all of Lorain; step son Miguel A. (Carmin) Berlingeri, Jr. of Coamo, Puerto Rico; brother Maximino Rivera Luquis of Caguas; sisters Cristina Rivera Santos of Lorain and Josefina Rivera Luquis of Caguas; 27 grandchildren; 41 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Maximino and Francisca (née Luquis) Rivera; a sister María Nieves; brothers Candido, Monserrate, Miguel and Ramón Rivera Luquis; brother in law Augustin Nieves; son in law Tony “Duyo” Stevens


CLIFFORD F. BROWN
Clifford F. Brown, former Ohio Supreme Court Justice, age 94, of Norwalk, OH, passed away peacefully Friday, January 14, 2011 at the Stein Hospice Care Center in Sandusky. He was born January 21, 1916 and raised on an 80 acre farm in Bronson Township until he commenced the practice of law. His parents were Ignatius A. Brown and Philomena “Minnie” (née Ott) Brown. He attended a two-room country school, St. Alphonsus Elementary in Peru Township. Clifford evidenced superior intelligence and was advanced a grade before entering St. Paul High School, graduating as Valedictorian and youngest in the class at age 16 in 1932. He received his Bachelors degree in Arts and Letters from the University of Notre Dame, 1937, and obtained his Doctorate of Law degree as the youngest member of the class at the age of 22. Clifford passed the Michigan and Ohio Bar Examinations in 1938. He married Katharine M. Ruffing of Bellevue, whom he met at a Fireman’s Ball in 1939, and served in the U.S. Army from 1943 until 1946 during World War II.
He practiced law in Norwalk and was publicly elected as Huron County Court Judge in 1958 and the 6th District Court of Appeals in 1964, where he faithfully served 16 years. While sitting on the Appellate Bench in Toledo, he often ate at Athens Village Restaurant and was well-liked by his legal peers. He often joked that he was an appellate judge because of his last name being Brown.
He was sworn into office in 1981 as a Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court through 1986. After retirement he served as a legal consultant, stayed active in the Norwalk community, enjoyed going to the law library, posting editorials in the newspapers, and shared his philosophy in discussion and in his writings. In 2000, he became a resident of the Carriage House and enjoyed the camaraderie of others. He enjoyed playing rummy and watching the Notre Dame Football games, continued to be an avid reader, and one of his favorite authors was John Grisham.
He was an avid handball player, loved to swim, and was a member of VFW Post 2743, American Legion Post 41 and Norwalk Kiwanis, St. Paul Catholic Church, Holy Name Society, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Knights of Columbus Council 626, FCEDO and was instrumental in raising funds for the new pipe organ in church He was a generous contributor to the University of Notre Dame and College of Mt. St. Joseph. He collected and donated food and fruit for years to the poor kitchens, and was also active with Meals on Wheels. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanity from the College of Mount St. Joseph, and was also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and Huron County Bar Association.
He is survived by his children, Ann K. (Leonard E.) Playko of Norwalk, Margaret (Roy) Mason of Norwalk, Sheila (James) Knittle of Deer Park, Texas, and Charles E. (Mary Ellin) Brown of Norwalk; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.; nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Katharine M. (Ruffing) Brown in 1992; son, Stephen C. Brown in 1961; a brother, Edwin Brown; and sisters, Marian (Brown) Lonz and Alice (Brown) Myers.


RAMON REYES
Ramón Reyes 86, of Lorain went home to his savior, Friday, January 07, 2011 in New Life Hospice Center, Lorain. He was born July 26, 1924 in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain in 1961. He retired from Nordson Corporation in 1977. He also worked for Thompson Greenhouse in Westlake for 15 years. Ramón was a member of Sacred Hearth Chapel, Lorain where he was a member of the Groupo Carismáticas. He enjoyed gardening and working and especially his dog Lennox.
He will be deeply missed by his son Miguel (Sharon) Reyes of Columbia Station; daughter Nilda (Luis) Morales of Lorain; brother Esteban Reyes of Barceloneta; sister Mariana Reyes of New Port Richie, Florida and a grandson Israel (Tress) Morales of Elyria.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years Julia (née Ayala) Reyes in 2006; parents Martin and Juana (née Meléndez) Reyes; brothers Martín and Pedro Reyes; sisters Elisa and Isabel Reyes.


ANA CHAPARRO
Ana Chaparro (née Torres), 81, of Lorain, OH, while in New Life Hospice Center of Saint Joseph, Lorain surrounded by her family and friends, left us to go with loved ones who preceded her and waits for us to see us again, on December 31, 2010 following a short illness.
She was born August 29, 1929 in Aguada, Puerto Rico. She made Lorain her home in June 4, 1955.
Ana was a loving and very generous mother and housewife. She was a member of Church of Jesus Christ Restored Gospel, Lorain. She enjoyed sewing and making quilts for her family, cooking, gardening, playing bingo, and giving her possessions away. She was also a member of El Dorado Senior Center, Lorain. She was always a generous hostess and known for her wonderful coffee.
She will be dearly missed by her son Santiago (Lucy) Chaparro, Jr. of Lorain; daughters Lucy (Daniel) Rodríguez of Orlando, Florida, Brunilda (Roberto) DelValle and Doris E. Rosado both of Lorain; brothers Primitivo, Juan C. (Carmen) and Ramón (Virginia) Torres all of Lorain; grandchildren Michelle A. (Ismael) Rosario of Elyria, Danise (Manuel J.) García of Orlando, Anamalie (Glenn) Mah of Los Angelis, CA, Maritza and Santiago Chaparro III of Lorain and Victoria L. García of Lorain; great grandchildren Antonio I. and Emily A. Rosado both of Lorain, Lumari J. Ortiz of Lorain and Estela L García of Orlando; former daughter in law Sonia González of Lorain; former son in law Miguel A. Alvarado, Jr. of Lorain; former sister in laws Milila Torres and Carmen Rosario both of Lorain. Ana also leaves many nieces, nephews, godchildren, relatives and friends who also loved her.
She was proceeded in death by her husband of 44 years Santiago Chaparro, Sr. July 22, 1988; her parents Nicolas and María (née Cardona) Torres; son Candido Chaparro; sisters Leona and Perfecta Torres; granddaughter Celena Rodríguez and sister in law Raquel Torres.


MILDRED GARCÍA
Mildred “Minnie” García, 53, of Toledo, OH, went on to her next journey, she is a free spirit now. She will be missed and cherished by her family. The loves of her life were her son and beautiful granddaughters. Surviving are her son, Justin A. (Regina) García; granddaughters, Lilly Ann, Savannah García; father, Cruz J. García; sisters, Stella (Fred) Powell, Dolores García, Mary García, Tina Woronec, Josie García, Rose García and brother, Cruz J. García, Jr. Preceded in death by mother, Mildred D. García.


GUADALUPE DEANDA
Guadalupe Deanda, age 87, of Toledo, OH passed away on Saturday December 25, 2010 at Ridgewood Manor, Maumee. Guadalupe was born in Brownwood, TX on January 30, 1923. She was employed at the former Riverside Hospital in Toledo. A very religious woman, Guadalupe lived her life for her family. She is survived by her children, Lydia Gilbert, Delia “Dolly” (Carl) Warrington, Carmen (Richard) Lang, Guadalupe Deanda, Yolanda (Lee), Joe, Ricky and Vincent Deanda, Marguerette (Darrell) Rybarczyk, María (Rob) Marrow, Raymond Deanda and Elvira “Becky” Deanda. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lupe Deanda; children, Oralia Muñoz and David Deanda; son in-law, Leroy and daughter in-law, Judy.


JUAN PÉREZ
Juan Pérez, 93, of Genoa, OH passed away on Sunday, December 26, 2010 in Fremont Memorial Hospital. Mr. Pérez was born in Dolores, TX on October 26, 1917 to Estaban and Dolores (Amaro) Pérez. He was employed by the Fremont Foundry as a laborer for many years. Juan was a member of the Genoa Christian Church and enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family. Surviving are his daughters, Hilda (José) Escobar, Rebecca (Raúl) Rodríguez; sons, John Jr. and Gilbert (Carol) Pérez; sister, Aurella Costello; granddaughter, raised by him and Jesusa, Tina Mims; 19 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jesusa; sons, Armando and Richard and 3 brothers.


DAVID  SANCHEZ
David Sanchez, age 59, of Toledo, went home on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 in Hospice of Northwest Ohio. He was born on February 11, 1951 to Rodolfo Sánchez Sr. and Elvira Quiroga in Mercedes, Texas. He honorably served our country in the U.S. Army. David was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Alicia Guadalupe Barboza. He is survived by his siblings, Rodolfo Jr. (Carol), Avon Park, FL., María and Melinda, of Toledo, and Robert (Micaela), Virginia Beach, VA and Robert (Irma) Guerrero of Toledo.


ABRAHAM REYNA JR.
Abraham “Abe” Reyna, Jr., age 56, of Lorain, OH died Saturday December 18, 2010 at his residence following an illness of one year. Abe was born in Lorain on November 4, 1954 and had been a life-long resident of the city. He was a graduate of Admiral King High School. While attending the high school he participated in both football and track. Abe was previously employed by the City of Lorain Water Department; most recently he worked as a volunteer with the Lorain County Furniture Bank. He attended Sacred Heart Chapel and was an active member of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Society there as well as the Curcillo movement In his free time he enjoyed running and gardening.
Survivors include his daughter Shannon Mills (Marco) residing in Sacramento, CA, two grandchildren, brothers Mario and Geronimo Reyna both of Lorain, twin brother Thomas Reyna residing in Crestwood, Kentucky, and sisters Juanita Reyna of Crestwood, Kentucky and Andrea Reyna of Lorain.
He was preceded in death by his parents Abraham Reyna, Sr. and María (née Villarreal) Reyna, by his brother Joseph, and nieces Monica and Gabbie.


JOSE ALFREDO ROMERO III
José Alfredo “Baby Fredo” Romero III, of Toledo, OH passed away unexpectedly at St. Vincent's on December 21, 2010. He was born on October 23, 2010,in Toledo to José and Aleeca (Sánchez) Romero II, who love him very much. Baby Fredo was a blessing to his family for the short time he was with us and will be missed. José is survived by his parents; siblings: Isabella, Sophia, Caden; grandparents: Jean Taylor, Heather (David) Bauman, Daniel (Diane) Sánchez and Chad Fryman; great-grandparents: Georgia Taylor, Beverly Fryman, Berry (JoAnn) Bauman and Rudy Sánchez. He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Walter Taylor.


MARIO F. LIMON
Mario F. Limon, 57 of Lakewood, OH, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010. Surviving is wife, Darlene; a brother, Ricardo; sisters, María G., María E. Figueroa, María E. Tomlinson, Susie Leos; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lazaro H. and María (née Flores) Limon; and a brother, Lazaro Jr.


DAVID OROZCO
David Orozco, age 46, of Adrian MI went to be with The Lord on Dec. 14, 2010. He was born June 2, 1964, in Adrian, MI, the son of Reymundo S. and Margarita (Borrego) Orozco, Sr. On Jan. 22, 1991, he married Rosemary Ybarra. She survives. David was a graduate of Madison High School Class of 1982. He was employed with Lenawee Community Mental Health Authority as a Case Manager Assistant. He also worked for many years at Christ Centered Homes as a manager. David was a dedicated parishioner at St. Mary of Good Counsel Catholic Church where he previously served as CCD Instructor. He was a Cursillista.    
In addition to his wife Rosemary, he is survived by his children, Thomas Powelke III, David “Julian” Orozco, Josephina “Reyna” Orozco, Joel Orozco, Emilio Orozco, and Serena Orozco; two sisters, Belia (Dwight) Scott and Alexandra Barreiro; four brothers, Reymundo (María) Orozco, Jr., Rudy (Deborah) Orozco, John B. Orozco, and Samuel Orozco; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Isaiah Mi Angel Orozco; his sister, Bertha A. Galvan; and his brother, Juan Orozco.
Funeral Mass was held Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, at St. Mary of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Adrian, with Fr. Michael Newman O.S.F.S. presiding. Burial followed at Pleasant View Cemetery, Blissfield.


TEODORO OVIEDO JR.
Teodoro Oviedo Jr., 57, of Perrysburg, OH passed away Saturday, December 18, 2010 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee. He was born July 4, 1953 in Toledo to Teodoro and Josefina (Castro) Oviedo Sr. and was married November 28, 1978 in Perrysburg to Rita DeLaO. He was currently self-employed as an auto body paint technician and had an interest in anything that has to do with cars. He also enjoyed playing baseball. He was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church. He is survived by his loving wife, Rita Oviedo; children, Trinida Oviedo-Frankum (Michael McCrory), Nanette Oviedo (Raúl Zapta), Canela (James) Oviedo-Gore and Teodoro Oviedo III; grandchildren, Leandra, Nate, Michaela, Peaches, Chloe, Jeanette, Marcia, Bianica, Raúl, Jr., Breonna, Teodorea, and Teodoro, IV; mother, Jospehina, and siblings, José G. (Delma) Oviedo, María C. Sánchez, Lydia J. (Rafaél) Díaz, Ricardo Oviedo, Olga L. García and Auturo J. Oviedo. Teodoro was preceded in death by his father and brother, Cecilo Oviedo.


RAMONA PAGÁN VIDAL
Ramona Pagán Vidal, 82, of Lorain, OH, died Sunday, December 19, 2010 at New Life Hospice Residential Center, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. She was born Dec. 11, 1928 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, coming to Lorain in 1986. She was a member of Iglesia De Cristo Missionera, Lorain, and enjoyed caring for her grandchildren, sewing and embroidery.
Surviving are her daughters, Angela Burguillo of Bronx, N.Y., and Nilda (Ramón) Pérez of Lorain; 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; sister, Alta Gracia Vidal of Palm Beach, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Vidal in 1969 and Epifania Pagán in 2009; her son, Antonio Burgillo in 1995; a brother, Damian Vidal in 1967, and a sister, Monserrate Brown in 1998.


LYNN E. GARCÍA
Lynn E. García, age 27, went home to be with the Lord after her courageous battle with cancer on December 9, 2010. She was born on March 2, 1983 in Lorain, OH and has lived there her entire life. She enjoyed basketball, fishing, working on cars and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her mother Roselita (née Romero) García of Lorain, siblings Anita (Travis) Wright of Lorain, Tara Scott of Painesville, Brianna Austin of Lorain, Robert Díaz Jr. of Lorain, her companion of 7 years David Taylor III of Lorain,3 nieces, and 5 nephews, 1 great-niece, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father James H. Aldridge.


EDNA M. MOLINA
Edna M. Molina (née Torres) 75 of Lorain, OH, passed away Sunday, December 5, 2010 in E. M. H. Regional Medical Center, Elyria following long illness. She was born October 31, 1935 in Lares, Puerto Rico. She had been a Lorain resident since 1951. Mrs. Molina retired from Whittier Jr. High School, Lorain. She worked there for 30 years as a housekeeper. Edna was a member of the Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. She had a huge collection of frog figurines. She enjoyed her beautiful flower gardens and crocheting. Her greatest love was to spend time with her grand and great grandchildren.
She will be deeply missed by her sons Luis (Debra) Molina of Amherst, Richard and Ellis Molina both of Lorain; her daughter Nilsa (Luis) Martinez of Lorain; grandchildren Angela Acevedo, Dominic Molina, Anjennette, Luis, Jeremiah Martínez and Luis Manuel Martínez, Jr.; 10 great grandchildren and 8 step-brothers and sisters.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years Luis A. “Tony” Molina in 2007; her parents Angel Jesús and Guadalupe María (née Del Valle) Torres; brother Angel Jesús Torres, Jr. and a step-brother.


ERNESTO E. MORENO
Dr. Ernesto E. Moreno, 95, of Toledo, OH, passed away on Monday, November 29th, 2010. He was born in 1915 in Holquin, Cuba, to Ernesto F. Moreno and Isabel Petronila Vázquez Veliz. While in Cuba he taught at Candler College and Havana Military Academy. Ernesto married Ida Mae Messer of Olivia, Minnesota, on July 14, 1957. After leaving Cuba in 1960 he received his Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota, and taught at Oxford College and MacAllister College, both in Minnesota. He and his family moved to Toledo in 1966 where Ernesto taught Spanish at the University of Toledo until his retirement in 1982. Ernesto then served as a linguist for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Ernesto was an avid bowler, especially enjoying his time in the University of Toledo's bowling league. He was also very passionate about baseball, with a faithful allegiance to his Minnesota Twins. He was truly blessed by his relationships with the faith communities of Monroe Street United Methodist Church and the Clyde Gospel Hall as well as by many other dear friends and family members. Ernesto was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ida Mae, and brothers, Hugo, Arturo and Leopoldo. He is survived by his daughters, Diane Zerby (David) and Maryellen Barron; grandchildren, Amanda and Michael Zerby, and Sienna, Avery, Ian and Trinity Barron; siblings, America Moreno Bajuelo, Emma Moreno Batista, and Carlos Moreno.


JULIO R. PABÓN
Julio R. Pabón, age 87, passed away after a long illness on Saturday, November 27, 2010 at his residence. Born July 23, 1923 in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico, he has lived in Lorain for many years. He served in the United States Army during World War II. Julio was employed in the machine shop at US Steel for 37 years, retiring in 1985. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and the United Steelworkers Union Local #1104.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Cathalina “Ketty” (née Lawers); sons, Wilson (Vicky), William (Cookie), George (Pat), Jaime, and Elvin; daughters, Myriam (Tony) Arvelo, Betty (Karl) Humphries, and Aida (Tony) Dodson; 15 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; and a brother, Anibal Alvarez of Puerto Rico. He was preceded in death by her parents, Evaristo and Clementina (née Rentas) Pabón; and a brother, Terrence Pabón.


ESTHER R. TREVIÑO
Esther R. Treviño, 65, of Fremont, OH, died on Wednesday, December 1, 2010, at the University of Toledo Medical Center, Toledo, surrounded by her family. She was born on September 4, 1945, in Weslaco, TX, to Aniceto and Crispina (Avalos) Rodríquez. Esther attended Gibsonburg High School. On November 27, 1963, she married Adolfo Treviño in Weslaco, TX and he survives. Surviving in addition to her husband; are children, Adolph (Donna) Treviño, Kathy Treviño, all of Fremont, Tonya (Javier) Valle of San Antonio, TX; 8 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; mother of Gibsonburg; siblings, Toni Rodríquez, Dora Rodríquez of Bowling Green, Crispina (Rudy) Molina, Olga (José) Ramírez, Rubén Rodríquez, all of Toledo, Teresa Rodríquez of Cleveland and David Rodríquez of Bowling Green; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father; brother, Rey Rodríquez and nephew, Marcos Cásares.



REYES ZAPATA

Reyes Zapata Sr., 77, of Martin, OH, passed away Sunday, December 12, 2010. Reyes was born in San Luis Potosi, La Hincada, Mexico on January 6, 1933. He worked for The Anderson’s for 35 years, retiring in 1997. Reyes was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Reyes was an avid gardener and enjoyed fishing. His true love was being with his family at gatherings and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Surviving is his loving wife, Francisca; children, Andrés (Mary) Zapata, Marina (Jesse Puente) Zapata, Silvia (Eliseo) Mendoza, Antonio (Michele) Zapata Sr., Reyes Zapata Jr., Raquel Zapata, grandchildren, Noemi, Andres S., Jacob, Alejandro, Jasmine, Mateo, Marco, Eliseo Jr., Isaias, Vanessa, Antonio Jr., Audriana, Baby Reyes (Seth), Mercedes, Eliseo Hector; great-grand-children, Reyes, Jacob Jr., Josue E.; sister, Manuela Mireles; brothers, Fidel and José Zapata.


NELSON FLORES
Nelson Flores, age 51, of Geneva, formerly of Lorain, OH passed away on Monday, November 29, 2010 at Manor Home, Geneva. He was born on August 10, 1959, in Long Branch, New Jersey, moving to this area in 1963. Nelson graduated from Murray Ridge School. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. He enjoyed bowling, playing board games and working on puzzles. Nelson possessed a true zest for life. He always enjoyed being with people, especially his family. He is survived by his parents; José A., Sr. and Maria (née Longo) Flores, of Lorain, and his sisters; Elsie (Robert) Flores-Andorka, of Lorain, Nancy Flores, of Elyria, and Teresa Flores, of Lorain, his niece, Teresa Andorka-Mercurio, and nephews: Michael Andorka, Joshua, Joséph, and Stephen Schmitz, 1 great niece and 2 great nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, José A. Flores, Jr., in 1992.


TONYA LYNN HERRERA
Tonya Lynn Herrera, 25, of Toledo, OH, passed away Friday, November 26, 2010. She was born in Houston, TX on April 21, 1985 to Linda and Victor Herrera. Tonya was a 2005 graduate of Waite High School and was a member of the East Toledo Baptist Church. She is survived by her parents; sisters, Tammie Herrera, Theresa (Robert) Ball and Tina Keenan; brother, Freddie (Terri) Bennett and many extended family and friends. Tonya was preceded in death by her daughter, Destiny.


JOSÉ LOZADA
José Lozada, 60 of Lorain, died Friday, November 26, 2010 at his residence following a sudden illness. Born Feb. 16, 1950 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he lived Chicago before moving to Lorain in 1991. José worked as an auto detailer for Discount Motors, Lorain. He was a member of Casa De Dios y Puerto Del Cielo, Lorain and enjoyed fishing.
Surviving are his sons, José Pabón of Cleveland, Luis Pabón of Lorain, Joel Lozada of Utica, NY, and Obel Lozada of Utica, NY; daughters, Yolanda Lozada and Milagros Pabón both of Lorain; 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; a brother, Raul Lozada of Orlando, FL; and sister, Santa Lozada of Chicago; and his companion, Carmen Delgado of Lorain.
He was preceded in death by his parents, José and Lucia (née Quiñoz) Lozada; brothers, Eriberto Lozada, Nelson Lozada, Christopher Lozada and Victor Alicea; and a sister, Ana Alicea.


CARLOS MARTÍNEZ
Carlos Martínez, age 44, of Toledo, OH, joined his Heavenly Father on Sunday, November 28, 2010. He was born on September 12, 1966, in Fremont, OH to Juan and Tomasa (Delgadillo) Martínez. He was employed as a Technician for Taylor Cadillac and previously for Yark Automotive working in the automotive field for 16 yrs. One of Carlos's proudest moments was becoming a born again Christian. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing and rooting on his beloved Pittsburg Steelers “Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go.” He was known for innovating the AWD Omni which was his baby. He is survived by his daughter, Amanda (Bo) Thomasson; mother, Tomasa; life partner, Theresa Sanders; siblings, Teresa (Juan) Castaneda, Emilio (Hilda) Martínez, Fernando Martínez, Rita Banda, Regina (Rolando) Rodríguez, Vicente Martínez, Arnulfo (Andrea) Martínez and Enedelia (Christopher) Stowe.


ERNESTO E. MORENO
Dr. Ernesto E. Moreno, 95, of Toledo, passed away on Monday, November 29th, 2010. He was born in 1915 in Holquin, Cuba, to Ernesto F. Moreno and Isabel Petronila Vázquez Veliz. While in Cuba he taught at Candler College and Havana Military Academy. Ernesto married Ida Mae Messer of Olivia, Minnesota, on July 14, 1957. After leaving Cuba in 1960 he received his Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota, and taught at Oxford College and MacAllister College, both in Minnesota. He and his family moved to Toledo in 1966 where Ernesto taught Spanish at the University of Toledo until his retirement in 1982. Ernesto then served as a linguist for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Ernesto was an avid bowler, especially enjoying his time in the University of Toledo’s bowling league. He was also very passionate about baseball, with a faithful allegiance to his Minnesota Twins. He was truly blessed by his relationships with the faith communities of Monroe Street United Methodist Church and the Clyde Gospel Hall as well as by many other dear friends and family members. Ernesto was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ida Mae, and brothers, Hugo, Arturo and Leopoldo. He is survived by his daughters, Diane Zerby (David) and Maryellen Barron; grandchildren, Amanda and Michael Zerby, and Sienna, Avery, Ian and Trinity Barron; siblings, America Moreno Bajuelo, Emma Moreno Batista, and Carlos Moreno.


JULIO R. PABÓN
Julio R. Pabón, age 87, passed away after a long illness on Saturday, November 27, 2010 at his residence. Born July 23, 1923 in Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico, he has lived in Lorain for many years. He served in the United States Army during World War II. Julio was employed in the machine shop at US Steel for 37 years, retiring in 1985. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and the United Steelworkers Union Local #1104.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Cathalina “Ketty” (née Lawers); sons, Wilson (Vicky), William (Cookie), George (Pat), Jaime, and Elvin; daughters, Myriam (Tony) Arvelo, Betty (Karl) Humphries, and Aida (Tony) Dodson; 15 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; and a brother, Anibal Alvarez of Puerto Rico. He was preceded in death by his parents, Evaristo and Clementina (née Rentas) Pabón; and a brother, Terrence Pabón.


ESTHER R. TREVIÑO
Esther R. Treviño, 65, of Fremont, OH, died on Wednesday, December 1, 2010, at the University of Toledo Medical Center, Toledo, surrounded by her family. She was born on September 4, 1945, in Weslaco, TX, to Aniceto and Crispina (Avalos) Rodríquez. Esther attended Gibsonburg High School. On November 27, 1963, she married Adolfo Treviño in Weslaco, TX and he survives. Surviving in addition to her husband; are children, Adolph (Donna) Treviño, Kathy Treviño, all of Fremont, Tonya (Javier) Valle of San Antonio, TX; 8 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; mother of Gibsonburg; siblings, Toni Rodríquez, Dora Rodríquez of Bowling Green, Crispina (Rudy) Molina, Olga (José) Ramírez, Ruben Rodríquez, all of Toledo, Teresa Rodríquez of Cleveland and David Rodríquez of Bowling Green; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father; brother, Rey Rodríquez and nephew, Marcos Casares.


MYRIAM M. GRACIA
Myriam M. Gracia, 57, of Louisville, KY and formerly of Lorain, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, November 25, 2010 at her residence following a sudden illness. Born August 26, 1953 in Corozal, Puerto Rico, she came to Lorain with her family in 1955. Myriam graduated from Southview High School in 1972 and received an associated Degree from Lorain County Community College. In 2005, she moved to Louisville. Myriam began her career as a beautician at Best Cuts, before working at J.C. Penny in Elyria. When she moved from Lorain, she continued to work as a beautician at J.C. Penney's in Louisville. While living in Lorain, she was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. When she moved to Louisville, she joined St. Joseph Catholic Church. Myriam enjoyed throwing darts, having won several trips to Las Vegas from dart throwing competitions. She also loved to cook and have family gatherings.
Surviving is her mother, Georgiana (née Alicea) Gracia of Louisville; brothers, José of Palm Bay, FL, Victor of Lorain, and Carlos of Louisville; 8 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Mariano Gracia Sr. in 2001; and brothers, Mariano Jr. in 1985 and Raymond in 1979.


DAVID M. MARTINEZ
David M. Martínez 71 of Lorain, OH, passed away November 10th, 2010 at Lake Pointe Nursing Home, Lorain under the care of New Life Hospice, following a short illness. He was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico on February 16, 1939 and had lived in Lorain since 1983. David was a dedicated Cleveland Indians fan. He enjoyed cooking, watching Spanish Movies, listening to Spanish music and enjoyed spending time with the family he had grown to love as his own. He was a faithful friend to many, young and old.
Survivors include his companion Anna (née Magaly) Sandoval of Lorain, step-sons, Luciano (Kathy) and Eduardo (Aida) Vásquez both of Lorain, Esteban (Mary) and Gabriel (Tammy) Vásquez both of Louisville, Kentucky. He will also be missed by all who called him uncle of granddad. He was preceded in death by his parents Cristobel Martínez and Ana María Montalvo and a sister Awilda Martínez.


DAVID A. KIMBRELL
David A. Kimbrell, 58, of Toledo, OH, passed away on Tuesday, November 9, 2010, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Toledo, Ohio, on September 29, 1952, to A.J. and Mary (Preston) Kimbrell and raised by Homer and Pauline Preston. David served in the U.S. Army and was an avid outdoorsman in his spare time. Surviving are his former wife, Esther Kimbrell [née Morales]; children, Andrea (William) Wetmore, David Jr. (Olivia), Vicente (Angel), Alisia Kimbrell and Nicole (Fritz) Chevalier; brother, Robert Cole; 3 sisters; 18 grand children and 2 great grandchildren.


ROSARIO T. RIVERA
Rosario T. “José” Rivera, age 92, of Lorain, OH died on Monday, November 8, 2010 at New Life Hospice Residential Center of St. Joseph following a lengthy illness. He was born on August 30, 1918 in Manati, Puerto Rico. He made Lorain his home after he was married and began working as a pipefitter at Lorain Works/US Steel. Following his retirement in 1974, he returned to Puerto Rico and resided there and in Florida for many years. In 1994, he came back to Lorain and has resided here since. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII.  José enjoyed gardening and spending time outdoors, especially walking outside.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Altagracia Rivera, his daughters, Amparo Coleman, of Florida, Aida Meredith, of West Virginia and Gladys Mitcheff, of Lorain; his sons, Joseph, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Domingo Rivera, of Sheffield; his sister, Elba Medina, of Cleveland, and 19 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Valentin in 1982 and his parents, Domingo and Amparo Rivera and his brothers, Batista and Erasto Rivera.


MARIA E. CIRILO
María E. Cirilo (née Maldonado), 68, of Lorain, OH, died Thursday, November 3, 2010, at New Life Hospice, following a short battle with cancer. She was born in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico March 29, 1942. She and Hector L. married on August 26, 1961. The family lived between Lorain, Ohio and Puerto Rico for many years, finally settling back in Lorain in 1977. She recently retired from Avon Oaks Nursing Caring Community as a state-tested nursing assistant after 35 years.
She loved spending time with her family and friends. Cooking for them was her passion; it brought her great joy to see people enjoy her food. She was full of life and will be greatly missed.
She will be dearly missed by her sons Hector L. (Stephanie) Cirilo Jr. of Avon, Joseph A. Cirilo (Beth) of Kingston, PA, Albert Cirilo of Fussen, Germany, Jovito Cirilo (Alison) of Sheffield Village, Santiago (Misty) Cirilo Chapmansboro, Tennessee, and Luis J. Cirilo of Columbus; daughter Annie Cirilo of Lorain and brother Jose (Cecelia) Maldonado, 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years Hector L. in 2005 and her parents Santiago and María Maldonado.


LUIS DÍAZ-LÓPEZ
Luis Díaz-López, 68, of Lorain, OH, passed away on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at New Life Hospice in Lorain, follow a brief illness.
Luis was born June 25, 1942 in Lares, Puerto Rico and had been a resident of Lorain since 1984. Prior to moving to Lorain he lived in Chicago IL where he worked as a private detective and investigator. His favorite pastimes were gardening, playing the guitar, and puzzle games.
Luis will be sadly missed by his children, José Luis Díaz of West Chicago IL, Isabel Díaz of Naperville IL, Marilyn Díaz of Aurora IL; Mercy Díaz-Marrero of Lorain, and Jayne Díaz of Avon; stepdaughter, Kathy Ortiz of Avon; his father, Benito Díaz-Torres of Puerto Rico and mother, Leonarda López-Morales of Texas; sisters, Santa Medina of Edinburg TX and Arales Rosario of Puerto Rico; his brothers, José Angel, Hector, Jorge, Martin, and Israel Medina, all of Texas; his former wife, Norma Díaz, who was his caregiver; 11 grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and other loving relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Juan Ramón Medina, in 1996.


 

ERNEST JONES SR
Ernest “Ernie” “EJ” Charles Jones Sr. was called home on October 26, 2010 at Hospice of Northwest OH, at the age of 67. Born February 14, 1943 in Marion, Alabama to the union of Woodrow W. and Mary B. Jones, until his passing he was a member of The Indiana Avenue Missionary Baptist Church. He has always proclaimed "Christ is the head of my life." He was married to his sweetheart, Gloria J. Lathan for 41 years. To that union, two daughters and a son were born. Ernie attended Toledo Public Schools, graduating from Scott High School in 1962. He earned his Bachelor's of Education and Master's Degrees from the University of Toledo in 1966 and 1976, respectively. Ernest, a venerated teacher in Toledo Public Schools for more than 30 years, taught at King and Pickett Elementary Schools, and at Scott High School. After a brief retirement he returned to teaching at Village Shule and Aurora Academy. He taught art at the Lucas County Jail, and Afro-American History for the Upward-Bound Program at the University of Toledo. He was involved in the YMCA Outreach Program, Pickett Lighted School Director, and National Youth Sports Program Director (NYSP) at the University of Toledo (1970-1994). Ernest was Chairman of the Board of ABC Day Care Centers. He was a co-founder of the Confederation of Black Artists (COBA). He was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., and the Masons. Mr. Jones was a founding advisor for the City-Wide Afro Clubs. The group's annual scholarship dance, The “Afro-Ball” was the crowning achievement of pride for over twenty years. There were over fifteen high schools networking to give four college scholarships a year. Ernie touched the lives of thousands of youngsters. Ernie was a founder of the Black Caucus of Toledo Teachers and was a founding member of the Citizens Committee on Officiating in Toledo Public Schools. Ernest, one of Toledo's premiere artists, was well-versed in a variety of art forms. His works have been displayed in numerous venues throughout the nation. His pen and ink drawing, “Traffic on the Maumee,” was published in Reader's Digest. Through his loyalty and dedication to Scott and its students Ernie earned the nicknames, “Mr. Scott” and “Renaissance Dawg.” His objective in life was to be the best teacher he could be, and instilling values and morals into the lives of his students. Ernie retired from Scott High School in 1996.

Ernest Jones was preceded in death by his parents, Woodrow W. and Mary B. Jones; brothers, Harry, Thomas, and most recently Henry Jones. Surviving to carry on his legacy are his loving wife, Gloria J. (née Lathan) Jones; children, Charvette Jones, Atlanta, GA., Ernest C. (Alicia) Jones II, Hamilton, Ohio; Tanara Jones; brothers, Woodrow W. Jones Jr., G. Dean (Leona) Jones, Kenneth (Victoria) Jones, Las Vegas, NV; sisters, Ann (Charles) King, Las Vegas, NV, Barbara Jones-Wilson, Cora Jones, Tina (Timothy) Lawrence; sister-in-law, Doris Jones; 4 grandchildren, SeaAira Smith, RonNaysha Smith, Katorian Morgan, and Ernest C. Jones III; special foster sisters, Charvette and Andrea Mitcham; loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of extended family members and friends. Special thanks to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, ABC Health Care/LaQuita Hightower, Orchard Villa Nursing Home, Family Services of N.W.Ohio/Home Care Option/Bobby Mixan, Genesis Beauty/Edwin Maybrey, Dr. John Valade, Visiting Nurse Services, Kathy St. Myer, RN, Yvette Valentine, RN., First Church of God (Rev. Dr. Robert Culp), Friendship Baptist Church (Bishop Duane C. Tisdale),The Indiana Avenue Missionary Baptist Church (Reverend Dr. John E. Roberts), Avie Dixon, Cheryl Catlin, Barbara Jones-Wilson, Cora L. Jones, Tina Lawrence, neighbor, Scott Power, Audra Wilson, Jeremy Love, Pastor Geneva Baber, and The Algee family.
 


RAFAEL RODRIGUEZ (1934-2010)
Rafaél Rodríguez, 76, of Lorain, OH, passed away Monday, November 1, 2010 in Oak Hills Nursing Center, Lorain.  Rafaél was born October 8, 1934 in Guayama, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain in 1987. He worked in production department of the Morning Journal and Community Action both of Lorain. He was a member Iglesia de Cristo Misionera, Lorain. He enjoyed music.
Among the survivors are his nieces Luz Brenes, Elba Rodríguez, María and Noelia Torres all of Lorain, Iluminada Rodríguez and Wanda Gonzáles both of Guayama, Puerto Rico; nephews Benjamin, Geraldo, Anibal and Carlos González all of Lorain and Juan Rodríguez of Guayama.  He was preceded in death by his parents Gregorio and Carmen (née Vicente) Rodríguez brothers Juan and Gilberto Rodríguez and sister Monserrate Rodríguez.


IVAN TORRES
Ivan Torres, age 67, passed away Tuesday, November 2, 2010 after a lengthy illness. Ivan was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, moving to Cleveland at the age of 15. He recently retired from the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where he worked as an investigator. He is survived by his wife, Lucy; daughters, Lisa (David) Langley, Lori (Paul) Gogol and Yaris (Christopher) Martínez; son, Jeffery (June); sister, Madeline (Nicholas) Hutlock and 9 grandchildren.


MARGARITA VAZQUEZ
Margarita “Mayie” Vázquez (née Rodríguez-Santiago) 62 of Lorain, OH, went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, November 3, 2010 in Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain following a brief illness.
She was born July 27, 1948 in Maunabo, Puerto Rico. She came to Lorain from Humacao, Puerto Rico in 1993. She received a bachelor’s degree Economic Community Development from University New Hampshire extension in San Juan in the early 1980s. Mayie was a member of the Iglesia de Dios Inc. in Lorain. She enjoyed cooking, shopping and home remodeling.
She will be dearly missed by her husband of 35 years Benito Vázquez of Lorain; daughter Myrdeomar (Ramón) Silva of Lorain; sons Migdoel F. (Brandy) Vázquez of Charlotte, North Carolina and Carlos Morales of Lorain; sisters Myrna Rodríguez of Melbourne, Florida, Maritza Rodríguez and Adalina Ruiz of Brooklyn, New York; brothers Felix Rafaél Rodríguez of Maunabo and Edwin Ortiz of Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico; grandchildren Rafaél A. Velázquez and Deadimyr A. Silva both of Lorain, Alexander J. and Alexis Vázquez both Charlotte. She was preceded in death by her parents Felix Rodríguez and Deadina Santiago and a brother Efrain Santiago.


HELEN D. SPATH
Helen D. Spath (Krekemeyer), 99, went home to be with Jesús on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, at Woodbridge Health Campus, Logansport. She was 12 days shy of her 100th birthday. Helen was born Nov. 2, 1910, to Bernard and Theresa Krekemeyer in St. Louis, Mo. She was the beloved wife of Leonard W. Spath Sr., whom she married Aug. 8, 1936. He preceded her in death April 28, 1975.
Helen had three children, Leonard (LaDonna) Spath Jr.; Marcia Baker, Novato, Calif.; and Sandra (Robert) Campbell, Rochester.
She is survived by her brother, Richard Krekemeyer, Joshua Tree, Calif.; her two daughters; six grandchildren, Michael (Mary) Spath, Donna (James) Leung, Dale (Beverly) Spath, LeAnn (Kenneth) Hick, Pamela Campbell, and Shawn (Alyssa) Campbell; and 16 great-grandchildren, Lauren (Christopher) Luhring, Andrew (Johanna) Spath, Anne Spath, Brian (Kara) Spath, Danielle Spath, Shannon (Grahame) Lippert, Christopher, Jamie and Emily Spath, Dereck and Shayla Groehler, Kennedy and Calen Campbell, Matthew Leung, Joshua and Ashley Hick.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son and daughter-in-law; three sisters, Martha, Amelia and Antoinette; three brothers, Joseph, Edward and Benjamin; and sister and brothers-in-laws Mildred Spath [married Deckelman/Gilda] , Oscar Spath, and William Spath.
Helen had an incredible life as she lived through both World Wars, the Great Depression and almost every major invention developed in the 20th century. She had an incredible memory and loved talking about the history of St. Louis. She quit school in eighth grade to help support her family, and she spent 94 of her years in St. Louis, Mo., moving to Logansport in 2004 to be closer to family. At one time Helen worked for the construction crew responsible for raising the St. Louis Arch.


IN MEMORIUM

To all the family and friends and those of you who traveled from out of state who joined me in the celebration of my beloved fiancé Samuel Vasquez Contreras new life in Heaven. I thank you so very much. This is the way he had wanted it and every single one of you made it happen for my Sam. I cannot express the feeling of my gratefulness for all the love and support, that all of you continued to give me, through one of the most difficult times of my life. I would also, like to take this time to thank all of you who did not turn their backs on my beloved Sam, during his final months of life. God Bless you all.
Eva M. Luna


MANUEL APONTE
Manuel Aponte, 87, of Lorain, OH, passed away Tuesday, October 19, 2010 in Mercy Hospital, Lorain.
He was born January 12, 1923 in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain in 1952.  Mr. Aponte retired in 1972 from Cleveland Engine Plant #1, in Brookpark. He worked there for 25 years.  Manuel was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. He was also a member of the United Auto Workers Local 1250, Brookpark.
He was an avid NY Yankees fan. He enjoyed working in his garden and playing dominos, but his most cherished moments were spending time with his grandchildren.
He will be dearly missed by his sons David and John Aponte of Simi Valley, California, Manuel (Chong) Aponte of Corpus Christi, Texas, Hector (Tina) Aponte of Niceville, Florida and James (Mari) Aponte of Lorain; daughters Elizabeth (Richard) Flores of Lorain, Nancy (Miguel) Rivera of Wakeman, Evelyn (Dan) Oliver of Moorpark, Calif. and Marilyn (Bill) Aponte of Avon Lake; brother Andres Aponte of Lorain and a sister Rogelia Aponte of Yabucoa.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years Marianna Aponte (née Ruiz) in 1999; parents Gabino Aponte in 1982 and Dominga Díaz in 1979; son Nelson Aponte in 1994 and his brother Santos Aponte Díaz in 2009.


CRUZ BALDERAS
Cruz Balderas, 81, of Toledo, OH, passed away Sunday, October 24, 2010, at her home surrounded by her family. Cruz was born September 14, 1929 in Carrizo Springs, Texas to Jacinto and Marta (Santoya) Rosalez. She married José M. “Chico” Balderas on November 28, 1950 in Carrizo Springs, Texas and he preceded her in death on May 5, 1989. Cruz was employed as a seamstress with Bruce Roberts Interiors for many years. Cruz was a humble and giving person to her family, friends and community through her talent and love of sewing, tamale making, assistance to migrant workers and Spanish speaking people. She was an active member of St. Rose Catholic Church and SS. Peter & Paul's Parish. She also enjoyed gardening and was very particular about her flowers. Cruz loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Cruz is survived by her children, Joe (Pat) Balderas, Arthur Balderas, John Michael (Yvonne) Balderas and Teresa (Chico) Martínez; grandchildren, Taylor (Isaiah) Burciaga, Angelina, Azia, Anastacia and Savastian Martínez and Michaela Balderas; one great-granddaughter, Italia Burciaga; sisters, Paula R. Guajardo and Nicolasa R. Espinoza and brother, Baldomero Rosalez. Along with her husband, José “Chico,” Cruz was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and four sisters.


RUBEN CARIBE
Ruben “Chunky” Caribe, 51, of Lorain, OH passed away Thursday, October, 21 2010 in the Cleveland Clinic following a lengthy illness. He was born October 27, 1958 in Bridgeport, Conneaut. He came to Lorain in 1985. He worked for Elyria Plating as a waste water technician and was a manager for Pearl Village Apartments, Lorain. He attended Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. Chunky enjoyed Latin music and working on cars. He loved to entertain with his gift of humor. He also loved to walk his dog Gizmo
He will be dearly missed by his wife of 31 years Wanda Caribe of Lorain, sons Rubén (Tessala) Caribe II and Stephen Caribe both of Lorain; mother Benita Caribe of Aguada, Puerto Rico; brothers Nelson Caribe of Westhaven, Conneaut, Victor Caribe of Lorain, Willie and Norberto Caribe of Bridgeport; sisters Carmen LaIndia Caribe of Lorain, Noelia Dolly Caribe of Bridgeport, and Patricia Quinones Caribe of New York, Grandchildren Ava and Olivia Caribe of Lorain. He will also be missed by the Marrero family, his second family. He was preceded in death by his father Emilio Caribe in 1995.


FERNANDO CONTRERAS-CRESPO
Fernando Contreras-Crespo, 85, of Lorain, OH, went to be home with his Lord and Savior Friday, October 22, 2010 surrounded by his loving family in his home. He was born May 31, 1924 in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico and came to Lorain in the early 1950s. Fernando retired at the age of 53 as a tool inspector from Ford Motor Company in Brookpark. He worked for his father on their farm in Puerto Rico. He served as a PFC in the U. S. Army he was stationed in Panama. He enjoyed raising chickens, birds and especially his cats all named Maubro. He enjoyed working on cars, gardening and his Spanish Music and heritage. Most special to Fernando was cooking and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He was a devoted husband and father, with strong moral and principles.
He will be deeply missed by his wife of 64 years Ernesta (née Carrion) Contreras of Lorain; sons Fernando “Pete” Contreras, Jr., Reynaldo (Juanita) Contreras, Wilfredo Contreras and Ernesto (Debra) Contreras all of Lorain; daughters Idalia (John) Kaniaris of Middletown, Ohio, Norma (Sixto) Bigio, Celeste (Richard) Arocho, Rose Mary (Edwin) Arocho, Yolanda (Alan) Shauck all of Lorain and Lydia (Raymond) Davila of Sheffield Lake; 26 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren; brothers Felipe and Orlando Contreras-Crespo both of San Lorenzo, Juan Contreras-Crespo of Chicago, Illinois and Sixto Contreras-Crespo, Miami, Florida; sisters Ada Meléndez of Fejardo, Puerto Rico, Virginia Rodríguez of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Delia Contreras of San Lorenzo; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Juan and Aurelia (née Crespo) Contreras; brother Ernesto Contreras; sisters Celeste Crespo, Justina Palmer, and Luz María Contreras.


ROSITA V. GONZÁLES
Rosita V. Gonzáles, age 68, of Toledo, OH, passed away Saturday, October 23, 2010, at St. Luke’s Hospital. She was born in Engelman Garden, Texas, on April 27, 1942, to Anita and Esteban Villarreal. Rosita was a migrant worker in her early years before moving to Ohio. While in Ohio she not only devoted her life to the Lord, she also devoted her love and time to taking care of the sick elderly and volunteering her time at the Good Samaritan Outreach Center for 12 years along side her late husband of 38 years Roberto Gonzáles. She was a very caring and virtuous woman of God, she loved with all of her heart and all of her soul. Rosita was a great wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and teacher of the Lord. She will be greatly missed by all the hearts she’s touched. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son Robert E. Lee Gonzáles, brother Juan.
Surviving are; daughters, Julia (Raul) Olivarez and Rosemary González, and granddaughter whom she raised, Melany Rosita Gonzáles; sons, Ted (Elizabeth), Karr-el (Rosalinda), Timothy (Jodie) Gonzáles; brothers, Steve (Dora), Manuel (Zulema), David (Debbie), Abel (Paulette), Jesse (Sheila) Villarreal. Sister-in-law; Minerva Villarreal; sister, Anita Villarreal; grandchildren, Melany (Pablo), Juanita, Monica, Rosalinda, Emilio, Esteban, Susan, Isabella, Timothy Jr., Cecilia, Victoria, Thomas, Javier, Sierra Lucio, Daniel, Russel, Donnie, José, Victoria, Rolondo, Monica, Miguel, Leo, Marisela; great grandchildren, Jakob, her angel face Nevaeh, Esteban, Alejandro, Gracie, CJ, Christian, José, George, Alysia, Ricardo, Salvador, Reyna, Shannon, Melina, Michael, Gabriel, Sergio, LaMarion, LoWaun and many, many loved nieces and nephews and friends. Special thanks to Dr. Nickolas López for his care and that of nurse Darleene.


ESTEBAN ORTIZ JR.
Esteban “Steve” Ortiz Jr., 71, of Perrysburg, OH, passed away on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at the Manor of Perrysburg surrounded by his loving family. He was born on February 13, 1939 in Brownsville, TX to Esteban and Theresa (Reyna) Ortiz Sr. A member of the U.A.W. Local 14, Steve worked for G.M. PowerTrain for 34 years. He was a longtime parishioner of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church where he volunteered as a Eucharistic Minister and was a member of the Guadalupe Society. He was also an avid runner and member of the General Motors Running Club. Steve was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, who cherished being with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed. Steve is survived by his loving wife, Magdalena (Flores) Ortiz; children, Christina Ortiz of Perrysburg, Esteban (Patty) Ortiz III of Portland, OR, and Sonia (Jason) Janatowski of Toledo; siblings, Armando (Dorothy) Ortiz, María (Silverio) Castillo, Ida (Armando) Gonzáles, Homero Ortiz, Ismael (Celia) Ortiz and Elida (Jerome) Bechstein; 8 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. His parents, Esteban Sr. and Theresa; daughter, Selina Ortiz; and brother, Sergio Ortiz preceded him in death.


ANTONIO CRUZ
Antonio “Papo” Cruz, age 55, of Lorain, OH, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 15, 2010, at his home. He was born on April 12, 1955 in Brooklyn, NY, but has lived in Lorain ever since he was a young child. He was a 1975 graduate of Southview High School. After high school, Tony served in the United States Army from 1976 until 1980. He was employed at the Lorain Ford Plant for a few years, working on the assembly line. He then worked for PC Campana, where he was a welder and packager. Tony attended the House of Praise. His grandchildren and family was his world. He also enjoyed playing pool, working on cars, and watching martial arts movies.
Tony is survived by his sons Shawn, Michael, and Mark, all of Lorain; his grandchildren Julia Cruz, Shawn Cruz, Jr., and Louis Collazo; and his brothers Richard Romero, Gilbert Romero, Noel Romero, Robert Romero, and Maico Romero, all of Lorain. He was preceded in death by his parents Santos Romero, on Oct. 12, 2006 and Julia Victoria Romero (née Colón) on March 4, 2006.



MARÍA LUISA LÓPEZ 
María Luisa Durán López, 69, of Toledo, OH, went to be with the Lord on October 14, 2010, at The Toledo Hospital surrounded by family and friends. She was born June 21, 1941, in Asherton, Texas, the daughter of the late Aurora (née García) and Ricardo T. Durán. She was one of fourteen siblings. On January 26, 1956, she married Antonio López. María attended Libby High School and was employed at Chrysler Jeep. She was a faithful member of St. Peter & Paul’s Catholic Church. She loved playing bingo, cards, dancing, music, making people laugh, gardening, and especially cooking her arroz con pollo.

Most of all her heart was always with her family. She is survived by her loving husband Antonio López Sr.; daughters Cynthia (Arturo), Koren, María (Johnny), Denise; sons, Tomás, Vincente (Jennifer), and Juan (Lisa) Chirinos; as well as brothers, Richard Durán Jr., Frank (Leticia) Durán, Mario (Margarita) Durán, and sisters, Ruperta (Magdaleno-d), Pecina, Nancy (José) Romo, Petra (Michael) Mattison, Josefina (Carlos) Medina, Josie (Rolando) Briceno, Pat Torres, Delia Perales, Beatrice (Diana) Durán; twenty-one grandchildren; twenty-nine great grandchildren and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her sons, Antonio Jr. and Martin López; brothers, Frumencio and Juan Durán, and Jesse García.


MONSERRATE MUÑIZ
Monserrate Muniz (née Prestamo), age 89, of Lorain, OH, died on Friday, October 15, 2010 at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain, following a brief illness. She was born on September 9, 1921 in Ponce, Puerto Rico, moving to this area in 1954. Monserrate was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. She enjoyed cooking and listening to old, Spanish music, which made her reminisce her younger years spent with her husband.
She is survived by her two sons, Angel Luis Prestamo and José R. Muñiz, both of Lorain, two daughters, Nereida Fuentes and María Muñiz, both of Lorain, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Maximino in 2002, sons, Wilfredo Muñiz in 1970 and Maximino Jr. in 1952, a grandson, Angel Luis Medina III, in 2007, and her sisters and brothers.


MARIA F. VALDES
Maria F. Valdes (née Varela) 93, of Lorain, OH passed away Sunday October 10, 2010 in Anchor Lodge Nursing Home, Lorain. She was born April 2, 1917 in Quemando De Guines, Cuba. She immigrated to the United States in 1970. She moved from Miami, Florida to Lorain in 1989. Mrs. Valdes was very proud to receive her United States citizenship in 1998. She was a homemaker and mother, who was a very talented seamstress. She designed clothing. She enjoyed walking. She will be dearly missed by her daughter Maria Santos of Lorain, and son Dagoberto Valdes of Queens, New York, brother Armando Varela of Cuba, sisters Digna Valdes of Queens and Zoraida Varela of Miami, Fla., grandchildren Danny Santos and Christy Franco both of Lorain, Janett Bernardo of Tampa and Joann Valdes of Plantation, Fla., great grandchildren Natalie and Natasha Bernaldo Tampa and Kevin Brown of Plantation.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 year Heriberto Valdes in 1989, her parents Nicolas Varela Casanova and Pastora Santana Aleman, 3 brothers and 3 sisters.


In Memory of Beloved Mother

Isabel Cervantes Ruiz

Oct 7, 1998

Con todo mi Amor,

Josefina Cervantes Gartee

 

 

In Memory of Beloved Father

Cruz Gallardo Ruiz

Oct 20, 2006

Con todo mi Amor,

Josefina Cervantes Gartee
 



FELIX BARRIENTOS
Felix Barrientos, 86, of Toledo, OH, passed away Thursday, October 7, 2010, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, in Toledo. He was born in Edinburg, TX on August 23, 1924, to Demetrio Barrientos and Felipa Coronado. On May 13, 1945, he married Glafira (née Reyes) Barrientos and she survives. Felix was a retiree of Libbey Glass since 1987, after more that 30 years of employment there. He was also an entrepreneur, at one time running two theatres showing Spanish language movies in Toledo, where he also ran a billiards hall. His early working years were as a migrant worker throughout the United States and as a truck driver, transporting fruit to market. He began his career in Toledo working for the railroad before his employment at Libbey Glass. Felix played baseball in Erie, Michigan as a young man and was a lifelong fan of the Detroit Tigers. He always enjoyed music and dancing. In addition to his wife, Felix is survived by their children: Alma (Ruben) Platas, Anita (James) Mauter, Alex (Candi) Barrientos, Sandra (Ciro) Caprioli, Felix Barrientos Jr.; grandchildren: Jason Platas, Angelina (Jeff Heiman) Platas, Enoch (Diana) Platas, Erik (Nancy) Mauter, Christian and Ashley Mauter, Christy (John) Soncrant, Alexa (Ryan) Eickholt, and Justin Barrientos; and three great-grandchildren.


BLANCA GRACIA
Blanca R. Gracia (née Otero) 85, of Lorain, OH, passed away surrounded by her family in her home, Tuesday, October 5, 2010 following a lengthy illness. She was born May 5, 1925 in Morovis, Puerto Rico. She came to Lorain in 1949. Mrs. Gracia was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and a dear friend. “We could not have asked for a better Mother.”
She was a active member of Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain since it’s founding in 1952, where she was a member of the Renovacion Caresmatica, Cursillista, Encuentro Matrimonial, and Juan XXIII Movement and a neighborhood prayer group. God and her Catholic Faith was very important in her life. She set a great example to everyone, especially her family.
Blanca enjoyed collecting baby figurines, music and dancing. She enjoyed nature and sunshine by gardening and walking Oakwood Park and loved laughter.
She will be deeply missed by her son Deacon José A. “Tony” (Teresa) DeGracia of Lorain, her daughters Lucy (Alfredo) Guzmán and Norma (Tom) Ives both of Lorain, sisters Teresa Otero of Bronx, New York and Delia Otero of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, her granddaughter Rachel (Richard) Vaughn of Lorain, her great grandchildren Joseph and Kurt Vaughn both of Lorain, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years in June of 1999, her parents Manuel R. Otero and Georgina Rodríguez, her sisters Aida and Ida; brother Manuel Otero and her grandchildren Joseph and Marla DeGracia in December of 1996.


GASPER VÁZQUEZ-GÓMEZ
Gaspar Vázquez-Gómez, age 84, of Lorain, Oh, died on Thursday, October 7, 2010 at his residence, while under the care of New Life Hospice.
He was born on January 5, 1926 in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, moving to this area in 1999. Gaspar was employed as a farmer in Puerto Rico, where he also ran a lottery service. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. Gaspar enjoyed reading, especially the Bible, and loved spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Elena DeJesús Colón Vázquez, sons; Gilberto Vázquez, of Lorain, Angel Luis Vázquez, of Rio Piedras, PR, Heriberto Vázquez, of Caguas, PR, Antonio Vázquez, of Carolina, PR and Jesús Manuel Vázquez, of Rio Piedras, PR, daughters; Ines Vázquez, of Lorain, Carlina Vázquez, of Rio Piedras, PR, Santa Vázquez, of Caguas, PR, Juana Vázquez, of Lorain and Maribel Vázquez, of Carolina, PR, 28 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, 1 brother, Anselmo Vázquez, of San Lorenzo, PR, 3 sisters; Margarita Vásquez, of Caguas, PR, Josefa Vázquez, of San Lorenzo, PR and Claudina Vázquez, of Bayamon, PR.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Damaso, Facundo, Pedro and sisters, Fela and Bernardina.


DONNA JO YBARRA
Donna Jo Ybarra peacefully passed away Monday, October 4, 2010 in the home she has loved for 42 years. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband; Henry Ybarra; daughters, Bonnie Pérez and Dawn Ammons; granddaughters, Taylor Pérez, Morgan Pérez, Lea Ammons and Amber Ammons; sons-in-law, Keith Pérez and Lee Ammons, along with countless extended family and friends who have been touched by her love, compassion and humor.



ROSEMARIE  BECERRA
 
Rosemarie Becerra, 62, of Reno Beach, OH, passed away Monday, September 27, 2010, at the University of Toledo Medical Center. She was born on April 6, 1948, in Crystal City, TX. Rose was blessed with various artistic talents and skills. She could have gained full employment however she chose early on to be the best spouse, mother, grandmother, relative and friend to all who have had the privilege of knowing her. In her younger years, she made many flower arrangements, cakes and dresses for many families. Rosemarie’s greatest characteristics were her ability to forgive and accept others as they are. Her warm smile, big hugs, calming voice and famous smiley face cookies will be greatly missed. “Sleep with the Angels, Mom, we love you.”
She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Juan G. Becerra; children: Teresa (Ray) Becerra Ramírez, Raquel (Manuel) Valero, John (Sarah) Becerra, Kristina (Omar) López, Nicolas (Sheri) Becerra, Rose (Marcos) Estrada, Ecequiel Becerra and José (Amanda) Becerra; mother, Rosa Alonzo Lombrana; mother-in-law, Elvira G. Hernández; grandchildren, Antonio (Amy), Katrece (Gabe), Noel, Dalton, Riley, Chance, Zephaniah, Bella, Valentino, Precious, Cross, Ethan, Cierra, Lina, Baby Juan, Nico, Brayden, Marcos Jr., Maya Luna, Ariana, and Baby Joe; ten great grandchildren: Elliana, Nevaeh, Antonio Jr., Baby James, AnaMaya, Alessandro, Leejandro, Xavier, Emilio, and Baby. Also, sister, Maria “Luchy” Lombrana; brothers, Jesús Jr. (Delilah) Lombrana, José (Detra) Lombrana, Antonio Lombrana, Ramiro (Dawn) Lombrana and Martín (Angel) Lombrana. She was preceded in death by her father, Jesús and brothers, Ray and David Lombrana.


MARIA SONIA FLORES
Maria Sonia Flores, 56, of Lorain, OH, passed away September 30, 2010 in Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain following a lengthy illness. She was born April 20, 1954 in Lorain. In 2003 she returned to Lorain from Jefferson, Ohio. María graduated from Lorain High School in 1972. She studied computer science at Lorain County Community College. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. María enjoyed making crafts, ceramics, knitting and crocheting. She will be deeply missed by her daughter María Elena Dodson of Geneva, Ohio, her brothers José Flores of Lorain and Timothy Flores of Germany, her sisters Soqui Flores of Vermilion, Rosemary Ortiz of Neptune, New Jersey, Denise Thorne and Teresa Flores both of Lorain and Sr. Patricia Flores H. M. of Youngstown and 24 nieces and nephews and 48 grand nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Pedro José and Teresa (née DeJesús) Flores, and brothers Fred Flores, Cyprian Flores, and Matthews Flores.


ANGEL LUIS PAGÁN
Angel Luis Pagán, 60, of Grafton, OH, passed away Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at his mother's residence while under the care of Hospice of the Western Reserve following a lengthy illness. Born July 21, 1950 in Catano, Puerto Rico, he came to Lorain in 1954 where he lived before moving to Grafton in 2003. After graduating from Admiral King High School in 1969, he served four years in the U.S. Navy followed by four years in the U.S. Naval Reserves. He received the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Following the service, he received a bachelor's degree from the University of Akron. Angel worked as a contract specialist in the procurement department of NASA Glenn Research Center, Brookpark for 30 years, retiring in May of 2010. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain and the Disabled American Veterans Louis Paul Proy Chapter 20. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking. Surviving is his son, Pedro; mother, Luisa Pagán; sisters, Hilda Fazekas & Carmen Pomales; niece, Stacy Rizzi; nephew José Pomales; great niece Sara & great nephew, Mark. He was preceded by his father, Cesareo; grandparents, Pedro and María Rivera.


SAMUEL VÁSQUEZ CONTRERAS
Samuel Vásquez Contreras, age 53, who passed away at Holly Glen Nursing Home, Toledo, Ohio, after a brief stay on September 16, 2010. Sam was a man of many talents. Sam was a sculptor, artist and he loved to sing. Sam also found comfort in me reading the scriptures to him. Sam had many hardships throughout his life. Sam conquered them in the end and in his death, he found peace. He will be greatly missed by family, Mando, Nat, Whit, B.C. and grandchildren, Nada, Makayla and Brad, Sam was a grandpa to them. Thank you hospice nurses for coming to our home to help care for Sam. Special thanks to Aunt Mary and Uncle Frank for being there for Sam. Thank you to Bibi and sisters.



JUAN A. VARGAS
Juan A. “Tony” Vargas passed away peacefully at home on September 26, 2010. Papa, as we called him, was born to Nicholas and Maryann Vargas in Fort Worth, Texas on October 16, 1927. Tony was retired from the former AP Parts, Toledo OH, in 1988, after serving 21 years of dedication to the company. He entered military duty November 30, 1945 as an Airplane Armorer. He served in the continental United States with the 611th AAF Base Unit at Elgin Field, Florida for 9 months. He also mounted 50 cal. machine guns on A- 26 type aircraft, loading all types of bombs into A-26 and B-25 type aircraft, receiving an honorable discharge from military service of the United States of America as well as a certificate for being an honest and faithful person to this country. In December of 1964, Tony met the love of his life, Betty, whom he devoted his heart and soul to. Tony maintained that devotion not only while dealing with his own illness, but still showing strong support when Betty was diagnosed with throat cancer. Tony made sure Betty met all her appointments, neither quitting nor slowing down. Tony gave Betty the world and more if he could have. Juan was preceded in death by 3 siblings, and 1 son, Randy. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Betty Vargas; children, Juaril (Sylvia), Cyrill (Candy), Ricardo (Ofelia), Kevin, Irene, Patty, Isabella, Debbie (Dave), Cheryl, Audrey (Danny), Dawn (Russ), and Joi (David); also 34 grandchildren, 47 great-grand children, and 6 great-great-grandchildren. Tony was also skilled in jewelry making, such as rings, bracelets, turquoise, silver and gold. Tony also attended New Life Pentacostal Church, until his health got the best of him.



Serena Renee Hernández 1993 - 2010

A mass of Christian Burial for Holly and former Granada resident Serena Renee Hernández was held on Friday August 20, 2010 at St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church in Holly, Colorado.

Miss Hernández was born on July 25, 1993 at Toledo, Ohio and departed this life on Saturday August 14, 2010 in Kiowa County as the result of an automobile accident at the age of 17. Serena was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather - Pedro Sánchez of Asherton, Texas; by her paternal great grandfather - Bonifacio Hernández of Lamar; by her maternal great-grandparents Leopoldo & Refugia Pecina, by an uncle - Eugene “Beetle” Vargas of Boulder; and Juventino & Juanita López.  
She is survived by her mother - Christina [née Sánchez] Hernández of Holly; by her father - Richard “Richie” and wife Jennifer Hernández of Denver; by her best friend Rito Tarango of Holly; by three brothers - Richard Hernández III of Holly, Antonio Gladwell of Boulder, and Estevan Hernández of Holly; by two sisters - Maricella Hernández and Kayleigh Hernández, both of Denver; by her maternal grandmother - Esther Sánchez of Toledo, Ohio; by her maternal grandparents - Lily and Joventino López of Toledo, Ohio; by her paternal grandparents Paul Ray and Martha Medina of Granada; by her paternal grandfather - Richard Hernández, Sr. of Lamar; and by her paternal great great grandmother - Pauline Hernández of Lamar. Also surviving are her great grandparents numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, and many friends. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Serena R. Hernández memorial fund through Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, Colorado 81052.


MARY RUTH AQUINO (1929-2010)
Mary Ruth Aquino (née Jaramillo), 80, a resident of Ohkay Owingeh, NM, passed away on Wednesday, September 22, 2010. She was born on November 8, 1929 in Isleta Pueblo to Juan A. Jaramillo and Juana B. Juancho. Mary Ruth was an exceptional mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and above all the best wife any man could ask for. She was faithful and trusting to the very end to her Lord Jesus and her Roman Catholic faith. She bore many crosses so her family could live wonderful lives. She was the Shepherd of her family and was always caring and loving her sheep wherever they were.
Mary Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; her in-laws, Lorenzo and Reyecita Aquino; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lena Jaramillo, Victoria Jaramillo, David and Epifania García, Remigio and Ciprianita Chewiwi, Emily and Ramon Montoya and Raymond Torres; nephew, Paul Cooka and god-sons, Kenneth Torres and Jonathan García.
She was raised on the campus of St. Catherine Indian School in Santa Fe. She valued education and her Roman Catholic beliefs. She received her certification in Nursing as an LPN. On October 28, 1950 she married John Aquino at St. Augustine Church in the Isleta Pueblo. She later moved with her husband and family to Cleveland, Ohio and finally settled in Lorain, Ohio.
She sent her children to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School in Elyria, Ohio and volunteered many hours to ensure her children received a good Catholic education. She also worked in the Lorain City School system and eventually became Coordinator of the Indian Education Program. While there, she coordinated the Native American booth for the annual Lorain International Festival. After her retirement, she moved back to New Mexico in 1983 with her family to Ohkay Owingeh, where she started the Ohkay Owingeh community library. She was a founding member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society to help the needy in the Parish and received recognition from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. Along the way she and her husband became active members of the AARP, working along with many from throughout the state to help senior citizens in all aspects.
Mrs. Aquino is survived by her husband, John Aquino; children, Richard Aquino and companion Mary Ann Wright; Donald Aquino and wife Cecilia, Patricia Martincak and husband Richard of Lorain, Ohio, Mary Josie Aquino-Virgili, Elviria Aquino, Mary Kathryn Barrera and husband Luis of Helotes, Texas, Marie V. Pacheco, Francis G. Aquino and wife Dolores, Melissa Aquino and Michael P. Aquino and wife Amy of Albuquerque; brothers, Joseph Jaramillo and Johnny Jaramillo and wife Margaret; sister, Isabel Cooka all of Isleta Pueblo and Katherine Feagin and husband Jim of Boise, Idaho; sister-in-law, Mary Torres of Ohkay Owingeh; 19 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.


JOSEPH GONZÁLEZ  
Joseph González, age 92, of Maumee, OH, passed away on Monday, September 20, 2010, at St. Luke’s Hospital. Joe was born in Coamo, Puerto Rico, on September 1st, 1919, to Vincente and Delores (Pagán) González. He was employed Acklin Stamping for many years. Joe is survived by his daughter, Mary Lou Villarreal; sister, Pasculita Guzmán; and brothers Vicente González and Concepción González; grandchildren, Jessica, Gale, Nichole, Joshua, Ashley, and Joseph. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews; great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Alejandrino, Benito, Aufemia, Angel Luis and special friend, Betty Webster.


JUAN H. RODRÍQUEZ
Juan H. Absent from the body, present with the Lord, Juan H. Rodríquez, 75, surrounded by his family and loved ones, graduated into God’s Kingdom, Sunday, September 19, 2010, at Mercy Memorial Hospital, Monroe, MI. Juan was born on November 18, 1934, in Nuevo Leon, México, to the proud parents of Juan and Jesusa Rodríquez. His 10 siblings include: José, Andrea, Ramón, Rosa, Jessie, Eduardo, Jaime, Louis, and Cecilia. Juan was honored last year with a Faith of Our Fathers VIP (Vision, Integrity, Purpose) Award for Father’s Day at Stewart Road Christian Ministries Center for his inspiration, dedication and purpose to family and church. He drove buses for Monroe County Schools and retired from Ford Motor Company after 18 years of service, in 1996. He was often recognized and fondly remembered by former students and friendly colleagues wherever he went. He resided with his wife in Monroe, MI. He enjoyed geometric drawing, playing the bass at Nation Gospel Tabernacle, Oregon, Ohio and talking about the Lord. He was a faithful member of Stewart Road Christian Ministries Center in Monroe, Michigan and was well endeared and remembered as being “the most handsome man.” Juan is survived by Lydia, his loving wife, married September 26, 1959, celebrating 51 years of happiness; his three sons, Juan (Christine), David (Michelle) and Ricardo (Debora); his grandchildren, Nathaniel, Jesiah, Tyler, Jacob, Hailey and Vincent and affectionate canine J-sic. The oldest of 10 siblings he is survived by José (Juanita), Andrea Sagastique, Ramón, Rosa (Joe) Ramirez, Jessie (Belinda), Eduardo (Blanca), Jaime, Louis (Rosalinda) and Cecilia (Fidel) Salazar, all from the Rio Grande area in Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Jesusa Rodríquez.


ROSE MARY GONZÁLES 
Rose Mary Gonzáles, age 78, of Tecumseh, MI, died Sunday, September 19, 2010, at Magnum Health of Adrian. She was born January 20, 1932, in Toledo to Macedonio and María (née Espinoza) Anaya.  She married Rafaél Gonzáles on June 10, 1950, in Toledo and he survives.  Rose had been employed by Adrian Schools, R & B Catering and Tecumseh Schools, and then worked for American Chain and Cable for 24 years.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Cursillo, Rosary Altar Society, Guadeloupe Society, and served as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector and Commentator.  She also was the Bread Bakers Scheduler, served as a Sponsor for the Church, helped with funeral dinners, taught CCD classes, and volunteered with the Migrant Program.  Rose served on several boards in the community, including the Breast Cervical Cancer Society Advisory Board, Council of Senior Citizens Advisory Board where she had been Past Chairperson, Michigan Senior Advocate Board, Board of United Way, Volunteer Center Advisory Council, Chairperson for Adrian Area Retiree Group at the UAW, the South East Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee, Latino/Latina Labor Studies, Tecumseh Schools ESL Program, Tri-County Community Action Agency (CAA), 2nd Vice-President of the 1-C UAW Areawide, Hispanic Leadership Committee, NAACP and the Lenawee County Safe Kids.  She had also been Financial Secretary for UAW Local 268, and had been a Democrat.
In addition to her husband, Ralph, she is survived by three sons, Ralph Gonzáles of Sylvania, Claudio (Gwen) Gonzáles of Battle Creek, and Steve (Tina) Arriaga of Adrian; one daughter, Cheryl (Phil) Klocke of Wyoming, Michigan; one honorary daughter, Martha Wehrman of Pinckney MI; a son-in-law, Edward (Charlie) Rhoden of South Bend, Indiana; a brother, Massy Anaya of Toledo; a sister-in-law, Wanda Anaya of Holland, Ohio; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, nine brothers, five sisters, 4 sisters-in-law, and a daughter, Mary Rose Rhoden.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Hispanic Leadership Community Scholarship Fund, or to Hospice of Lenawee.  Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.


 ANTHONY ERIK RAMOS
Anthony Erik “Tony” Ramos of Lorain, OH, beloved father and son, passed away on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at the age of 45 following a ten year courageous battle against cancer. Anthony was born in Lorain on November 10, 1964, spending his childhood in Sheffield Village and teen years in South Amherst. He was a loving and devoted father to his son, Tony, and son, Sebastian. Anthony will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor. He could find a way to laugh at any situation. He was a true outdoorsman who loved fishing and hunting with his younger brother, Mark. He was also a classic car and motorcycle enthusiast. Anthony will be truly missed by everyone who knew and loved him. Anthony graduated from South Amherst High School in 1984. He worked alongside his late step-father, Harold “Butch” Landreth and brother, Mark Landreth, for over twenty years in the family business as a window and siding installer.
Anthony is survived by his mother, Doris Landreth, of Amherst; his father, Edward Ramos, of Lorain; sons, Tony Ramos of Sheffield Lake, and Sebastian at home; sisters, Brigitte Hernández, of Lorain, Cherie (Mike) Stutler of Lorain, and Monique Landreth of Amherst; brother, Mark (Denise) Landreth of Vermilion, and Aaron Ramos of Lorain; and his long time companion, Heather Tufts, at home; an uncle, Nick (Judy) Maynard, who recently took him on his last hunting trip in southern Ohio. Anthony also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Harold “Butch” Landreth; brothers, Edward Ramos and Denny Landreth; and a sister Gina Ramos. He was also preceded in death by his grandparents, Norma Maynard Serrano, Henry Maynard, Manuel Serrano, Santia Ramos, Pearl Landreth, and Virgil Landreth.


DANIEL  RAMOS
Daniel Ramos, age 90, of Lorain, OH, died on Friday, September 17, 2010 at New Life Hospice Residential Center of St. Joseph. He was born on December 12, 1919 in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. In 1952 he came to Lorain and has resided here ever since.
Daniel worked as a receiving clerk at US Steel for 34 years, retiring in 1982. Following his retirement, he worked in maintenance for Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority for 14 years. He also owned and operated a construction company “Ramos Construction” from 1976 to 1985.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain. He enjoyed watching baseball, and in his younger years he enjoyed fishing.
He is survived by his daughter, Raquel Cotto, of Lorain; his sons, José Luis, Edwardo “Eddie,” both of Lorain and Daniel, of Elyria; and his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Santia in 2003.


SAMUEL VÁSQUEZ
Samuel Vásquez, 53, of Toledo OH, was born on July 21, 1957, and left this life on Thursday September 16, 2010, at 9:35 pm, surrounded by family and loved ones. Sam was a man of many talents: a problem solver, a dreamer, a philosopher, and a loyal friend. He would help anyone who asked, without question or hesitation. Sam was not dealt an easy hand in life, yet he always kept a dream in his heart, and hope for the future. That was Sam's gift to those he left behind—the will to never stop trying, and a belief that things will change for the better.
Sam is survived by his mother and father, Beatrice (Moreno) and Pedro Vásquez Sr., and his very special uncle, Cruz Moreno, who helped with his upbringing. He is also survived by his brothers: Pedro (Tammy) Vásquez, Miguel Vásquez, Rubén Vásquez, Roberto Vásquez, Ernesto Vásquez, and Lee Contreras. As the last day of his life proved, he also had many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Sam was preceded in death by his biological father, Sam Contreras; his grandparents, Jesús and Juanita Moreno, Cruz and Rosa Contreras, Nemesio and Rosa Vásquez; uncle, José E. Moreno and aunts, Elvira Hernández, Victoria Villegas and Elena Ibarra.


JOSEFINA LINARES GARCÍA
Josefina “Josy” Linares García, 53, of Toledo, OH, passed away Saturday, September 11, 2010, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Toledo, Ohio on March 19, 1957 to Francisco and Odilia (née Rodríguez) Linares García. Josy was employed with HCR Manorcare as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information Management Systems. She was very active in charities, chairing both the United Way campaign and American Heart Association Heart Walk at HCR Manorcare. Josy was a very caring and involved single mom, engaging her three children in many school and community activities. Surviving are her three children, Arsinio Velásquez, Anita Treviño, José Santos Treviño and their father, José L. Treviño; brothers, Luis (Teresa) Linares, Daniel Linares, Dr. Antonio (Martha) Linares, Pedro García, and Santos (Tina) García. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins throughout the U.S. and México. Josy was preceded in death by her parents.


 CARMEN GÓMEZ
Carmen Gómez, 56, of Lorain, OH, passed away Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at the Cleveland Clinic, following a lengthy illness. She was born in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico on March 2, 1954 and had been a resident of Lorain for many years. Carmen attended Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain. She was a member of the Puerto Rican Home. Carmen enjoyed going out dancing, cookouts with her family and friends, and gardening.
Survivors include her daughter, Nellie Acosta of Lorain; sisters, Julie Roman and Carman González, both of Lorain; brothers, Celio Román, Manuel Román and Angel Gómez, all of Lorain; and her granddaughter, Celestina Acosta of Lorain. She was preceded in death by her parents, Erasmo Gómez in 1960 and Antolina Ortiz in 2007.


MILDRED COSME
Mildred Cosme (née Rivera), 53, of Lorain, OH, passed away Sunday August 22, 2010 at EMH Regional Medical Center in Elyria following a brief illness. She was born in Bronx, New York on April 8, 1957 and had been a resident of Lorain since 1978. Mildred worked as a secretary for Applewood Center in Sheffield Village. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Survivors include her husband, Ralph Cosme, daughters, Erica Monclova and Christina Beltrán, both of Lorain, her parents, Cecilio Rivera of New York and Gladys Rivera of Lorain, brother, Cecilio (Gladys) Rivera of New York, sisters, Lucy Bocachi and Margie Combs, both of New York. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Petra Cruz and grandfather, Gregory Meléndez.


REV. EARL A. LOEFFLER, 10/3/1926 - 8/9/2010
Reverend Earl A. Loeffler, 83, of Toledo, OH, died Monday, August 9, 2010 at the Ursuline Center in Toledo. He was born on October 3, 1926 in Jackson, MI to Earl A. and Bernadine (Dey) Loeffler. Father Loeffler was a 1944 graduate of Central Catholic High School, Toledo, OH. He entered Saint Meinrad Seminary in June of 1944 and graduated in 1947. He entered Saint Peter’s Seminary in London, Ontario, Canada in 1947 and was ordained a priest on May 19, 1951 at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral. Father Loeffler was assigned to Saint Joseph Parish in Fremont, OH from June 1951 until September 1967. This assignment also included being principal of Saint Joseph High School. In 1967 he was assigned as Pastor of Saint Joseph Parish in Blakeslee, OH and Sacred Heart Parish in Montpelier, OH. In 1970 he was assigned as Pastor of Saints Peter & Paul Parish in Sandusky, OH. In August of 1974 he was appointed as the first Vicar for Clergy of the Diocese of Toledo until June of 1980. Father Loeffler was then appointed Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesús Parish in Fremont, OH and Canonical Pastor at Mother of Sorrows Parish in Put-in-Bay, OH until his retirement on July 2, 1991. He also served as the Dean of the Sandusky and Fremont Deaneries, Chaplain of the Christian Family Movement and a member of the Priests’ Retirement Fund Board.
After retirement he ministered to inmates at the Federal Prison in Milan, MI, where he initiated the Cursillo movement with the inmates. Father Loeffler is survived by his brother, Doctor Richard M. Loeffler, Toledo, OH; sisters, Jeanne Byron, Monroe, MI; Phyllis A. Lacure, Toledo, OH; and Bernadine “Bebe” Eckles, Waterville, OH. He is also survived by twenty-nine nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Interment will take place at Saint Joseph Cemetery, Monroe, MI. Memorials in his name may be made to Bishop Hoffman Catholic School - Sacred Heart Campus in Fremont, OH or Saint Joseph Central Catholic High School in Fremont, OH.


JOHN W. LOPEZ
John W. López, 46, of Columbus, passed away Thursday, August 19, 2010 in The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus following a brief illness. He was born May 23, 1964 in Cleveland and raised in Lorain. John graduated in 1982 from Southview High School. He earned his Communications bachelor degree in 1986 from The Ohio State University, Columbus. John worked for AT&T in Columbus as a Customer Sales and Service person for approximately 20 years. He attended Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. He was an avid OSU, Brown and Indians fan. John was a “movie buff,” who enjoyed reading and his Chocolate Labrador Retriever, Stogie. He will be deeply missed by his son Vincent R. López of Columbus, his sisters Dolores Méndez and Hortencia Leibas both of Lorain and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death his parents Robert and Otilia (née Ybarra) López.



FRED J. LOZANO SR.

Fred J. Lozano, Sr. age 81, of Toledo, OH, passed away Thursday, August 19, 2010 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg, surrounded by his loving family. He was born February 17, 1929 to José and Senobia Lozano in San Antonio, Texas. Fred was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in World War II. He retired from Chrysler Corp. in 1991 after 23 years of service. Fred was a devout Christian since 1974 and served as a leader of Unity United Methodist Church, formerly known as Oakdale Church, where he was also a longtime member. He was a member of the VFW and UAW Local 1435. Fred enjoyed fishing and golfing but loved nothing more than spending time with his loving family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Fred is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Pauline Lozano; 4 children, Cynthia Lozano and her children, Veronica, Crystal, and Brandon; Linda (Eric) Lozano-Stockmaster and their children, Jeremy, Farrah, Nicole and Samantha; Fred (Jami) Lozano Jr. and their daughter, Toni, and David Lozano and his son, Jacob; 15 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Elizabeth (Fabian) Espitia and Rose Ewing.


MARIO OBLEDO
(AP) - Mario Obledo, president of the National Coalition of Hispanic Organizations, has died. He was 78. Obledo's wife, Keda Alcala-Obledo, says he died Wednesday, August 18, 2010, in Sacramento CA after suffering a massive heart attack.  During his career, Obledo was known for his support of civil rights and humanitarian causes. In 1998, President Clinton awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award, the nation's highest civilian honor.  While serving as California's secretary of health and welfare from 1975 to 1982, he was credited with encouraging Latinos to enter state government.
Obledo was co-founder of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and the Hispanic National Bar Association. He was national president of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) in 1983-85.


ELVIS D. BENAVIDES
Elvis D. Benavides, 53, of Oregon, OH died suddenly Saturday, August 14, 2010 at Bay Park Hospital, Oregon. He was born October 1, 1956 in Oregon, OH to Henry and Nancy (Mireles) Benavides. On August 22, 1988 he married the former Denise Parks. Elvis was an Owner/ Operator Truck Driver. He will be remembered for his comedy and loving fixing cars and trucks. Survivors include his wife and parents; children, Elvis Jr. and Nicole Benavides; brother, Henry (Gloria) Benavides; sisters, Dorothy (Merritt) Bixler and Sophia Fisher; best friend, Rubén Rodríguez, and numerous extended family. He was preceded in death by his sons, Vincent and John Benavides and brother, Christopher Benavides. Visitation will be Friday from 2-7 p.m. at the Crosser Funeral Home, Elmore-Genoa Chapel, 19550 W. State Route 51, Elmore. Services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday evening August 20, 2010 at the Funeral Home. Burial will be in Clay Township Cemetery. The family would like to thank Dr. Robinson and staff for their caring and compassion during Elvis’s illness.


ERASMO CRUZ SR.
Erasmo “Eddie” Cruz, Sr., 70, formerly of Fremont, most recently of Lebanon, TN, died Tuesday afternoon (August 10, 2010) at St. Vincent’s Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. He was born July 10, 1940 in Las Prietas, TX, the son of Roberto and Melchora (Vélez) Cruz, Sr. Eddie was a community leader and a strong advocate for the Latino community. He was founder/owner of WMEX/WLCO Radio Station, Clyde, OH; co-founder of La Hacienda Restaurant, and the Cruz Civic Center in Fremont. He was a Rotarian, a Kiwanian, a former member of the Moose and Eagles in Fremont, an Alcoholism Counselor, La Raza Unida, Los Crusillos of St. Joseph’s, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Nashville, TN; WSOS, FLOC (Farm Labor Organizing Committee) as well as a member of the National and Ohio Association of Broadcasters. Eddie will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and a man of great faith. He was devoted to his family, honest, wise and hardworking. Surviving is his wife, Jane (Ritter) Cruz of Lebanon, TN; children: Erasmo Cruz, Jr. of Fremont, OH, Donnie (Sandra) Cruz, Sr. of Fremont, OH, Ricardo (Jan) Cruz of Gibsonburg, OH, Maria Elena (Chris) Roberts of Texas; step-children, Heather (Tim) Wollenberg of Granville, OH, Chad (Erika) Bruns of Fremont, OH; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Roberto (Esperanza) Cruz, Jr. of Fremont, OH; and sister, Juanita Vasquez of Fremont, OH. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Paul Cruz.


ALICIA ESQUIVEL
Alicia Esquivel, age 34, passed into the Lord's arms unexpectedly on Friday, August 13, 2010. Alicia was born on August 27, 1975 in Toledo, Ohio. She was an energetic, loving young lady who loved her family more than anything. Her soul mate Jay and she loved to fish, take long rides and watch movies. Alicia loved to knit blankets and give them away. She also loved books and would stay up all night reading. She loved little ones and would spend hours playing with them and somehow made everyone feel very special. Alicia worked in the restaurant business. She never met a stranger and had many friends. Alicia's goal in life was to become a nurse and she was just about to start her dream. Alicia is survived by her fiancé, Jay Smith; daughters, Kimber and Victoria; brother, Francisco (Kristi); sister, Lisa (Matt); nephews, Adriene, Eric, Ethan and Jayce; and nieces, Trin and Lila. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Cassie; mother, Dorothy Mae Esquivel, and father, Frank S. Esquivel.


WILLIAM VILLANUEVA
William ‘Willie El Gordo’ Villanueva 41 of Lorain, OH, died Wednesday, August 4, 2010. He was born August 28, 1968 in Manhattan, New York. He moved from Millville, New Jersey to Lorain in 2002. He was a worked as an auto mechanic. He enjoyed playing pool and Salsa music.
He is survived by his daughters Willimarie, Ivy, and Lessenia Rojas all of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, brothers Samuel, Miguel and Israel Rojas all of Lorain, sisters Janet Rojas and María and Yahaira Rojas of Arecibo and a granddaughter Wildalyz Cardona of Arecibo. He was preceded in death by his mother María Villanueva in 2006.


PAULA S. VÁSQUEZ
Paula S. Vásquez, 83 years, of Toledo, OH. Our beloved mother left us to be with the Lord on Monday, August 2nd, 2010 at the St. Vincent Heart and Vascular Center. She was born in Marion, Texas on November 17, 1926 to Pablo and Esther (Gutiérrez) Salas. She was married to José Vásquez who preceded her in death in 1994. Surviving are her sisters, Estella Torres of Michigan and Natalia Chavira of San Antonio, and brother-in-law, Raúl Vásquez. A loving mother, grandmother, great- and great-great-grand-mother, devoted to her family and home, she was an excellent cook, known for her home-made tortillas. Surviving are her sons  Joe (Jan), Simon (Minnie), Jesse (Vickie), James (Patty), and Raúl (Margaret) Vásquez; daughters, Alice (Gene) Garza, Antonia (Gasper) Herrera, Celia (Alberto) Medina, Elena “Fammy” (Jorge) Gonzáles, Lupe (Rick) García, Carol (José) Medina and Angie (Jesse) Marroquin.



JOHN CASTILLEJA
 
John Castilleja, 71, of Oregon, OH and formerly of Genoa, OH, passed away in his residence on Saturday, July 24, 2010. Johnny was born in Houston, Texas on July 14, 1939 to José and Matilda (née Barrientos) Castilleja. He was a 1959 graduate of Genoa High School. Johnny was 1961 Champion of Ohio A.A.U. Golden Gloves Ohio State. He retired in 1999 from BP formerly Standard Oil Company where he was employed 29 years. In 1971 he was the president of Genoa Little League Association serving with fellow board members, Bill Nissen, Ty Caril, Jim Herman, and Mike Padgett. Johnny was a faithful member of The Rock Church. He also was a member of Local O.C.A.W. 7-346. Surviving are his children, Raymond (Terrie) Castilleja, Scott Castilleja, Kathy (Steve) Cochran, Lori (Rod) Bogle; step-children, Alfonso Sánchez, Janie Thorson, Julie Sánchez; grand-children, Jordan, Ryan, Bryce, Dylan, Mia, Jessica, Johnathon,, Alex, Mikey, Richard, Stephen, Drew, Elizabeth, Zachary; great-grandchildren, Casen and Amelia; sisters, Cruz García, Annie Montano, Rosie Rameriz; special friends, Maggie Martínez and Carol White. Johnny was preceded in death by his parents; infant son; brothers, Raymond, Jesse, Martin; sisters, Ninfa, Mary, Josefina, and Lupe.


FLORENTINO M. GARICA
Florentino M. “Tino” García, 79, called to Eternal Life on Thursday, July 22, 2010. He was born on November 14, 1930 in Lorain, OH, where he lived his entire life. Tino worked at the U.S. Steel, American Shipyard and retired in 1985 from the City of Lorain Police Department after having honorably served for 28 years. The various divisions of the Police Department that he served in were the Traffic Division Motorcycle Unit, Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Detective Bureau and Dispatch. Upon retirement, he worked for the City of Sheffield Lake, Ohio Police Department as a dispatcher for 10 years.
He was an avid golfer and also enjoyed fishing. Tino was past Commander of the Polish Legion of American Veterans (PLAV) in Lorain. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served during the Korean Conflict.
He is survived by his sons, David M. (Lori) García and Matthew J. García; daughter, Jeanette (Rick) Fox; grandchildren, Jamie (Nick) Dodson, ENFN Cory James García United States Navy, Alexis García, Joshua García, Alyssa García and Jessica García; great-grandson, Nathan Dodson; brother, Joseph García; and sister, Marlene Garza. He was preceded in death by his Father, Frank García; mother, Frances (née Flaczynski) García; and brother, Henry T. “Hank” García.



MIGUEL MERCADO
Miguel “Michael” Mercado, 55, of Orlando, FL, passed away Tuesday morning, July 6, 2010. He was born March 30, 1955, in Auburn, NY, the son of Carlos H. Mercado and Alma (Allie) R. Mercado. He attended and graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in Toledo, OH. Michael received his BA in Organizational Behavior from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL and was especially proud of receiving his MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business/Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. Michael was a Managing Member of Mercado Management Services, LLC. His professional expertise included Operations / Administrative Management, Organizational Development/HR, Finance, Accounting, Information Technology Project Management. Michael was a member of the Advisory Board for Candy's Cats, Orlando, FL. He loved and was deeply devoted to his four cats that he took care of up until his passing. Michael is survived by his parents, Carlos H. Mercado of Spring Hill, FL and Alma (Allie) R. Mercado of Chester Springs, PA; his sister, Luisa A. Hogan and husband, Gerry of Paoli, PA; his brothers, Carlos H. Mercado, Jr. and wife, Trina of Rochester, NY, Robert (Bert) L. Mercado and wife, Nancy of Norwich, CT and sister, Cristina C. Wattles and husband, George of Berwyn, PA and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his close friend, Ruth of Orlando, FL, with whom he shared the most peaceful times of his life.


ELIAS PANIAGUA
Elias Paniagua, age 79 years, passed away July 21, 2010, at Putnam Acres Care Center, Ottawa OH. He was born on July 20, 1931, in Merrill, MI to the late Fidel and Rufina (Guzmán) Paniagua. He was married to Sally Ceniceros on April 10, 1968, she survives in Belmore. Elias retired from General Motors, Defiance, after 30 years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in both Leipsic and Defiance, Leipsic Eagles, Ottawa Knights of Columbus and Toledo area Polka Society; U.S.Army veteran; he was an outstanding person who was always full of life, avid sports fan and huge Cleveland Indians fan. Survivors include: 2 sons, Elias (Cassandra) Paniagua, Jr. of Toledo, OH, Fidel (Mandi) Paniagua, of Ottawa, OH; 1 daughter, Tillie Paniagua of Chicago, IL; 10 grandchildren; 1 great-grand-child; 3 brothers, Guermillo Paniagua Sr. of Belmore, OH, Tomas Paniagua of Belmore, OH, Roy Paniagua of Findlay, OH and 1 sister, Elodia Paniagua of Belmore, OH. Elias was predeceased by brother, Erastro Paniagua.


IGNACIO CHÁVEZ SR.
Ignacio Chávez, Sr., of Lorain, OH, died July 14, 2010 at his home surrounded by his children.  Ignacio was born May 24, 1920, in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. In 1940, he married the love of his life Antonia Chávez.  He moved to Lorain in 1953 in search of a better life and education for his children.  His family joined him in 1954. He was a member of the Church of Saint Peter in Lorain. He was employed by The Ford Motor Company for 33 years and was honored by the company for service and attendance. He was a member of the UAW Local 1250 in Brook Park, Ohio. He retired in 1986 to be with his wife and children and grandchildren. 
At the age of 86, Mr. Chávez became a Knight of Columbus.  He was affiliated with the North Olmsted Council #4731, and the Bishop O’Reilly Assembly #816 Lakewood, Ohio. He was a 4th Degree Sir Knight and was awarded the “Shining Armor” Award. He was glad to be joined by three sons, a son-in-law and three grandsons all 4th Degree Sir Knights. Two of his grandchildren were Knights of Columbus “Youths of the Year”.  He enjoyed being with his family and watching his grandchildren grow and play in organized sports.  He was an avid reader and gardener that grew many different and exotic plants in his gardens. 
Surviving Mr. Chávez are his children Ignacio “Iggy” Chávez, Jr. of Lorain, Rudolph J. Chávez, Sr. of North Ridgeville; Alice Chávez-Holland (Michael) of Amherst; Richard P. Chávez (Marilyn) of Louisville, Kentucky; George Chávez of North Olmsted; Myrna Chávez-Tomazic (Dennis) of Lorain; Edward Chávez, Sr. (Deborah) of Lorain and Randolph J. Chávez (Linda) of Cincinnati, Ohio.  He had fifteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his loving wife Antonia Chávez and his daughters Margaret Chávez and Leticia Chávez-Fischer (Robert).


MARIA M. PÉREZ
María M. Pérez (née Rodriguez) 85 of Lorain, passed away Saturday, July 10, 2010 in Metro Health Center, Cleveland following a brief illness. She was born December 21, 1924 in Lares, Puerto Rico. She came to Lorain in 1955. Mrs. Pérez was a homemaker and mother who for a brief period worked in the bakery of Meyer Goldberg’s and as a housekeeper for the U. S. Steel Credit Union. María was a founding and active member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. She also a member of the Crusillo Movement. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed music.
She will be deeply missed by her sons Fabio A. (Becky) Pérez of Raleigh, North Carolina, Adalberto (Hilda) Pérez of Viera, Florida, Juan E. (Diane) and José A. (Paula) Pérez both of Lorain, Jesús M. (Susan) Pérez of Wakeman and Luis A. (Marisol) Pérez of Cleveland, her daughters María M. (Rev. Mr. Luis) Maldonado of Vermilion, Norma E. (Norman) Michalski and Evelyn (Ivan) Arocho both Lorain and Wilma (Edwin) Córtez of Wakeman, brothers Hector Rodríguez of Lares, Ismael Rodríguez of Miami, Florida and Victor Rodríguez of Bayamon, Puerto Rico., sisters Gloria Rodríguez-Ramírez of Bayamon, Lucy Reyes of Long Island, New York and Aurea Rodríguez of Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years Fabio Pérez in 1995, her parents María Colón Colón and Juan Rodríguez Lugo, brothers Manuel Rodríguez, Adrian Rodríguez and William Rodríguez and a grandson Christopher Michael Maldonado.


ALEJANDRO MATOS REYES
Alejandro Matos Reyes 91 of Lorain, OH, passed away Wednesday, July 14, 2010 in Kingston of Vermilion nursing home following brief illness. He was born February 27, 1919 in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. He has lived in Lorain since 1953. Mr. Reyes retired from Norfolk & Western Railroad in 1983.  Mr. Reyes was a past member of the Legion of Mary and El Santo Nombre at Sacred Heart Chapel of Lorain. He was also a member of the Cursillo Movement. He would accompany his wife on Eucharistic visit to nursing homes. He loved playing the guitar and family gatherings.
He will be deeply missed by his wife of 65 years Claudina (Rosa) Reyes of Lorain, his sons Carlos (Rosemary) Matos, Angel (María) Matos, Louie (Angie) Matos, Victor (Enit) Matos, and Dan (Darlene) Matos all of Lorain, Benny (Madalyn) Matos of Amherst and Jaime (Delena) Matos of Hollandale Beach, Florida,  daughters Zoraida (Ramón) García of Lorain, and Carla (Bob) Herbst of Avon, his 19 grandchildren and his 8 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents Felipe & Felicita Matos, his brothers Justino Matos and León Cio Matos and his sister Daniella Cruz.


RAMÓN URIBE SEPEDA
On July 9, 2010, Ramón Uribe Sepeda, Sr., passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Ramón was born on March 7, 1928 to Cipriano Sepeda and Juanita Sepeda. On January 8, 1954 Ramón married María (Mary) Garcia and they were blessed with eight children. Ramón served in the United States Army receiving an Honorable Discharge on March 26, 1954. Ramón worked for the U.S. Gypsum Company and Jeep Corporation in his early years. He worked for Libbey-Owens­ Ford for 20 years retiring in 1985. Ramón and Mary were so blessed to be fortunate enough to both retire and move to the sunny State of Florida where they lived for 10 years, moving back to Ohio in 2000. Ramón enjoyed many activities. His all time favorite was bowling. He would bowl each week on a league at the Sports Center. He lived for bowling. The one memorable moment he had was when he met Dick Weber and received a signed autograph. He displayed that photo so proudly. He also was active with the Knights of Columbus. Ramón is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, María García and three daughters, Gloria Smallwood, Victoria Self and Elizabeth Sepeda and five sons, Ramón U. Sepeda Jr., Peter M. Sepeda, Paul M. Sepeda, Robert D. Sepeda and Rafael J. Sepeda. Ramón and Mary were blessed with eight grandchildren, Eric, Erin, Brendan, Amy, Nicholas, Selina, Alexandria and Travis and five great-grandchildren, Lain, Login, Wyatt, Eli, and Grace.


RAIMONDO G. DOMINGUEZ
Raimondo G. Dominguez, age 87, passed away Sunday, July 4, 2010, at Arbors at Sylvania. Raimondo was a U.S. Army Veteran, proudly serving with the 101st Airborne Infantry Division. He married Lillie R. (Rios) in 1943 in Saginaw, MI. They celebrated 67 years together until she preceded him in death this January. They were both long-time members of Little Flower Catholic Parish and enjoyed Mexican dancing, especially at Luna Pier Ballroom. Raimondo worked as a machine operator for E. Roth & Sons Fertilizer and later retired from Medusa Portland Cement. Raimondo is survived by his children: Richard Dominguez, Sr., Mary A. Dominguez, Linda (Bill) Helton, Dora (Jeff) Solly, Patricia (Ralph) Dominguez, Richard (Melanie) Dominguez, Mario (Lisa) Dominguez, and Tammy (George) Molina; 28 grandchildren; 26 great-grand children; and 3 great great-grandchild.
 


JUAN FERNANDEZ
Juan “Uncle Johnny” Fernandez, 58, of Lorain, OH, died Sunday, July 4, 2010 in Community Health Partners Hospital, following a heart attack. He was born December 18, 1951 in Lubbock, Texas. He came to Lorain in the mid 1960’s. He worked as a repairman for Goodwill Industries, Lorain. He enjoyed people, his dog, Capone, and Bruce Lee and Elvis Presley Movies and other “oldies music”.
He survived by his sister María Elena Ramos of Plainview, Texas, Patricia M. Córtez, Diane Rivera, Cruzia and Lupe Martínez all of Lorain, brothers Frank Martínez of Lorain and Peter Martínez of Baltimore, Maryland, Nephew and care taker Antonio Barrios of Lorain, son Gory Ray Ruiz of Akron and many other nephews and nieces and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother María E. Martínez.


GENARA ALVARADO HERNÁNDEZ DE SANTIAGO
Genara Alvarado Hernández de Santiago passed away on Friday, July 9, 2010. She was 81 years old, born and raised in Cayey, Puerto Rico. As one of the few remaining elders of her generation who came to Lorain in 1949, she was very proud of her heritage. Mrs. Santiago was the proud matriarch of 12. She was a born leader, educator, and healer. Her greatest gifts were her husband, children, friends, and community. She was an active member of Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain, Ohio.
She will be deeply missed by her husband of 64 years, Hipolito M. “Polo” Santiago, of Lorain, OH, her daughter Gladys S. Turner, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Adam, Eric, and Gina (Genara) Burgos, Edgar, Mira, and Arjun Santiago, Jennifer, Angelina Rosin, Alivia Starr and Christopher Jr. She was preceded in death by her parents José and Rosa (née Hernández) Alvarado, sister Rosin Alvarado, and her beloved daughter Nance S. Burt.


DIMAS L. TORRES
10-9-63 to 7-2-2008

My Forever Love!

Your were my best friend, my lover!

A strong arm to lean on!

When you left you took a part of me with you.

I will always cherish the love and memories we shared together.

Gone but never forgotten!

Your loving wife,

María Torres

 


CARMELO CRUZ
Carmelo Cruz, age 82, formerly of Lorain, OH, died on Memorial Day, May 31, 2010, in Pembrook Pines, Florida, following a lengthy illness. He was born on January 24, 1928, in San Sabastian, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain in 1948. Carmelo served in the U.S. Army from 1950-1953 during the Korea War in which he received the Purple Heart award. He was employed at the Ford Motor Co. in Brook Park as a supervisor, retiring after 25 years of service.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys (née Casas); his daughter Lori Safille and 2 grandchildren of Virginia, Tilo and Alfredo Cruz of Lorain and sister Petra Cruz of New York. He was preceded in death by his first wife María (née García), parents Justa Morales and José Cruz; brothers Delfin and Pedro Cruz.


DR. JOSE GUERRA
Dr. José Guerra passed away on Tuesday, June 22, 2010, in Monterrey, Mexico, at the age of 95. He went from working in his parent’s grocery store to later become a distinguished anesthesiologist. Midway in his career, he joined the Associated Anesthesiologists of Toledo and worked at what is currently known as Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. Dr. Guerra retired in 1986. He was well known for his kindness, calmness, and patience. He was highly regarded as an instructor of nurse anesthetists. His memory will be cherished by Amelia, his loving wife of 61 years; sons, Dr. José Guerra, Jr. of Bowling Green, OH, Dr. David Guerra of Tucson, AZ, Edward Guerra of Grand Rapids, MI, Roberto Guerra and Andres (Shelley) Guerra of Austin, TX; daughters and sons-in-law, Martha (Duke) Wheeler of Toledo, Patty (Jeff) Mattingly of Naperville, IL, and Gigi (Tom) Jetton of Ann Arbor, MI. Grandpa will be missed by his grandchildren: Lauren and Leah Guerra; Duke, Christy, and María Wheeler; Katie, Martha, and Sarah Mattingly; and Emmy, Tom, and Sofie Jetton. He will also be missed by his many dear friends and relatives.


SERVANDO M. MARTÍNEZ
Servando M. Martínez 63, of Lorain, OH, passed away Wednesday, June 30, 2010 in Community Health Partners Regional Medical Center, Lorain, following a short illness.
He was born July 29, 1946 in Tamaulipas, Mexico. He moved to Comfort, Texas in 1963. He made Lorain his home in 1967. Mr. Martínez owned and operated the Quick Clean Laundromat for 15 years until 2001. He also worked for U.S. Steel for 4 Years. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, Mexican dances and music. He loved family gatherings and his grand children.
He will be deeply missed by his wife of 44 Years, Gilda Martínez (née Ybarra) of Lorain; sons Armando (Estefana) and Jesse Martínez both of Lorain; daughters Rita Martínez of Lorain and Elisa (Amado) Martínez of Toledo; brother Antonio Martínez of Alice, Texas and Jesse and Olivero Martínez of Houston, Texas; sister Victoria Cordero of Houston; grandchildren Victoria (Martin) González, Jesse, Alejandra, Amado, Andrea, Tinamarie, Damacio, Penelope and Ava Martínez and a great granddaughter Thalia González, many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Jesús and Guadalupe (née Muñiz) Martínez, brother Andres Martínez, sisters Ludivina Sandoval and Anastacia Jaimes.


EFRAIN ADORNO
Efrain Adorno, 76, of Lorain, OH, passed away Saturday, June 19, 2010 in Louis Stokes VA Medical Center — Wade Park Campus, Cleveland following a brief illness. Born January 29, 1934 in Ciales, Puerto Rico; moved to Chicago in 1967; then making Lorain his home in 1993. Efrain retired in 1990 from Bally Manufacturing Corporation in Chicago. He proudly served in the Army in Korea from 1954-56 during the Korean War. He highly treasured playing dominoes and fishing. He will be deeply missed by his daughters Nilza Mulero of Lorain, Maritza Sánchez, Nidiam Adorno and Evelyn Vega all of Chicago, his sons Efrain Adorno, Jr. of Lorain and Richard Adorno of Chicago, sisters Lucy Adorno of Lorain and Irma Robles of Puerto Rico, brother Idel Adorno of Puerto Rico, 17 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by parents Leonardo Adorno and Camilla Rosario and brother Jorge Adorno.