La Prensa Obituaries
JAMES “JIMMY” GONZALEZ
González, 67, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, June 6, 2018,
at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, TX. A native of Brownsville,
TX, Jimmy, as he was known to all, was the front-man for Tejano
group Jimmy G y Grupo Mazz.
was deeply loved and will be profoundly missed by his family,
friends, and fans. His ability to make his family, friends, and fans
feel special was experienced in his humble nature. Although Jimmy
was known in the Tejano music industry as being a “musical genius”
because of his talent for arranging, producing, and composing
hundreds of hit songs, albums, and for winning 8 Grammys and
hundreds of other awards; he never tired of hearing his fans chant
his name and was always humbled by their love for him.
always enjoyed signing autographs and posing for pictures with his
fans. Jimmy's generosity with the public was important to him and
was evident in the numerous toy drives and the countless benefit
concerts he performed for local churches.
Jimmy's playful spirit will especially be missed by those who knew
him best. He loved watching the Dallas Cowboy games and the phone
calls and texts giving game updates to many during football season.
Jimmy's simple taste for local cuisine was seen in his love for
Rutledge Burgers, hot dogs, tamales, BBQ's, and sweetbread.
There are a few things that Jimmy loved more than his adoring fans
and music and they included his love for his mother, Consuelo; his
wife, Lisa; his sons and grandchildren.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, Consuelo “La Morena” and
Santiago “Chago” Méndez González; an infant daughter, Lisa Denise
González; a grandson, Baby Patrick Henry González; and a
brother-in-law, Richard Villarreal.
Jimmy is survived by his wife of 19 years, Anna Lisa González; his 5
sons: Henry Lee (Patricia), James “Junebug” (Lenore), Lee Michael
“Mikey” (Nancy), Joseph “Choch” (Celina), and Robert Lee “Uker”
(Erica) and their mother, Yolanda Solis. He was the proud
grandfather of 10: Lee Michael Jr., Dominic James, Jaymee Leigh,
Myranda Jolie, Miranda Larysse, Nicholas Anthony, Meagan Grace,
Henry Lee, and Sofia Lee.
will also be missed by his siblings: Beatriz “Bea” Villarreal, Julia
“Lulu” Garza, Tommie “Magill” (Betty) González, Cindy (Adolfo)
García, and Norma Lee (Lonnie) Valdez along with numerous nieces,
nephews, cousins and extended family members.
Visitation was held on June 11, 2018 at the Brownsville Event
Center, 1 Event Circle. The Funeral Mass was on June 12, 2018, at
St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1914 Barnard Rd., Brownsville, Texas.
Committal services followed at Buena Vista Burial Park.
Nicolas Becerra, 40, of Reno Beach, OH passed away Saturday, June 9,
2018. He was born on to Juan and Rosemarie Becerra on November 8,
1977 in Toledo. Nick worked for Malcolm Meats and in construction;
drywall and roofing. He had a magnetic personality and a charismatic
smile. He loved working out, tattoos, rock music and Mexican food.
Nick loved his family and was very protective of them, foremost his
sons, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Nick has rejoined his
mother in Heaven and surely having their morning coffee talks.
He is survived by his sons, Nicholas Jr. (Antonia Escobar) and
Brayden; grandchildren, Nico and Graciella; father, Juan; siblings,
Teresa (Ray) Becerra Ramirez, Raquel (Manuel) Valero, John (Sarah)
Becerra, Kristina (Luis Aldana Pacheco) Becerra, Rose (Marcos)
Estrada, Ecequiel Becerra and José (Amanda) Becerra and several
nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother,
Rosemarie Becerra; grandmothers, Elvira Hernández and Rosa Lombrana.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, June 16 in SS. Peter and
Paul Catholic Church. Burial followed at Restlawn Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to José Becerra to help with
Rubén Antonio Anaya, 60, died Monday, June 11, 2018 at Heartland of
Perrysburg, OH of pulmonary fibrosis. He was born July 12, 1957 in
Toledo. Rubén enjoyed boxing and owned his own boxing gym in the
late 1980s. He was a collector of many things especially musical
instruments and jewelry that he liked to give as gifts.
Rubén is survived by children, Zulema (Antonio) López, Sonia (Brian)
Wood, Victor Anaya and Luisa (Nathan Espinosa)Anaya; grandchildren,
Angelita, Aliyah, Zoie, Veronica, Brock, Gabriela, Ariana and
Dahlia; sisters, Vivian Gonzáles, Luisa Anaya, Vickie (Al) Ludeman,
Smith and Barbara (Butch) Nino; many nieces and nephews.
Rubén was preceded in death by his parents, Reubén and Victoria (Vásquez)
Anaya; wife, Joyce; son, Scott and brother-in-law, Eddie Gonzáles.
Funeral Mass was held on Friday, June 15, 2018 at Epiphany of the
Lord-St. Thomas Aquinas Church.
Antonia Sánchez passed away peacefully on April 27th, 2018
surrounded by family and friends. Antonia was born in Toledo, Ohio
to Alberto and Consuelo Sánchez on December 10th, 1964. Antonia was
a dedicated mother and grandmother who adored all the children in
her family. She loved shopping, vacations, and spending time with
her loved ones.
She is survived by her children Michael (Rachel), Connie, and
Heather (Jr.); grandchildren Michael Jr., Melina, Emyah, Miranda,
Dude, Elijah, Alexander, and soon to be baby Antonia; and a very
special Goddaughter, Alicianna García; brothers Albert and Pedro
(Nikki); sisters Elida, Blanche, Suzanna, Bertha, Juanita, and
Virginia. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts,
uncles, and cousins.
Antonia was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Gloria, Fish,
and Linda; brothers Albert, Tom, and Bucky; and nephews, Frankie,
Marcos, and Mello.
Rubén Fonseca, age 68, passed away on April 10, 2018 in Toledo OH. He
was born on October 15, 1949 to the late Elena and Damian Fonseca in
Rubén was an avid Detroit Tigers fan and enjoyed the outdoors. He was a
hard-worker his whole life and retired from Neville’s Landscaping. He
played softball for many years. Rubén loved old Western movies and
Investigation shows. He adored his grandbabies and his dog, Cheyenne.
Left to cherish his memory are wife, Kathy; children, Rubén Jr. (Tammy),
Arthur, Damian, Jesse (Kris) and Brandi (Kristopher) Lyons; siblings,
Sammy (Leticia) Díaz, David (Hilda) Díaz, Janie (Emilio) López, Raymond
(Lannie) Fonseca, Lupe Fonseca and Adela Hill; grandchildren, Rubén,
Logan, Sophia, Corine, Austin, Hannah, Matthew, Christian, Mason,
Thomas, Ashley, Damian, José, Isiah and Alex; great-granddaughter,
Rubén was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Adelina.
ROY LOYA GUERRERO
Guerrero, 76, of Toledo, Ohio passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018 at
Hospice of Northwest Ohio surrounded by his family. He retired from Ford
and was a Veteran of the army national guard. Roy was born in Mercedes,
TX to the late Francisco and Guadalupe Guerrero.
preceded in death by his brothers Mike Padrón, Rubén Padrón, Eliberto
Guerrero, Baldemar Guerrero, Francisco Guerrero Jr., and Polo Guerrero.
Roy is survived by Elipidio Guerrero, Esmeralda (Henry) Durcan, Ester
(Jimmy) Salazar, Children Rogelio (Lisa) Guerrero Jr., Elizabeth (Rick)
Nova-Peace, Rene (Joe) Guerrero, Teresa Guerrero, and Deidra Lizcano.
Roy also leaves behind 8 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and a host
of nephews and nieces.
enjoyed his Tejano music, Budweiser, cowboy hats, cowboy boots,
Winston's, and cowboy shows. Roy was a lifetime member of Latins
United Club where Roy enjoyed dancing. If you had a mic, he had a
song; he loved to sing.
Alejandro Ray “Alex” López, age 48, of Toledo, OH passed away Monday,
March 19, 2018 at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. He was born January
3, 1970 in Toledo to Juventino and Lily (Pecina) López Jr. Alex was
employed by Smuckers and Great Lakes Window. He had a passion for music
with his favorite artists being the Eagles, Van Halen, and Leonard
Skynard. At the age of 15 Alex began his own DJ business, “Mr. Music”.
He was an avid fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns, and San
Antonio Spurs. Alex was a parishioner of St. Adalbert Catholic Church.
Alex is survived by his parents; sisters, Mary Ellen (Patrick) Pecina,
Christina (David) Gonzáles, Joanne Garza, Estrella López, Lily Ann López;
brothers, David (Heidi), Juventino III (Jennifer), Alfred (Crystal),
Ronald Ramos, Thomas (Melisha), Jason, and José López; and numerous
aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Stephan; brother, Randolph López
Sr., and grandparents, Juventino and Juanita López Sr. and Leopoldo and
Source: Sujkowski Funeral Home Northpointe, 114 E. Alexis Rd.
CAROLINA RODRIGUEZ ABALOS
Rodriguez Abalos was welcomed to heaven by her husband of fifty-seven
years, Anastacio B. Abalos, parents: Juan and Rosario Rodriguez;
grandchildren: Marcos Lucio and Tammy Abalos; and great-grandchildren:
Ashlynn and Mathias Abalos.
She was surrounded by her children Agripina (Juan) Rincon, Alicia (Roy)
Lucio, Ben (Theresa) Abalos, Tom (Becky) Abalos, Roberto (Connie) Abalos,
Anastacio Jr. (Sheila) Abalos, John (Marie) Abalos, Antonio (Leticia)
Abalos, Jim (Tina) Abalos and David (Cheryl) Abalos, at ProMedica
Skilled Nursing facility in Monroe, MI as she passed on March 14, 2018.
Born December 29, 1929, in
Orange Grove, Texas, Carolina was the oldest of eight children. Coming
from humble means, she learned early the value of hard work and the
importance of faith, family and friends. She made sure to instill this
in all her children. To say she was selfless and caring is an
She always went way beyond
when it came to helping others, even if they were strangers. Her
generosity at one time was recognized by the Archbishop of the
Archdiocese of Detroit office of Hispanic Affairs, where she and her
husband were awarded the Juan Diego award for their help within the
community. She was a true champion for the underdog, the unloved and the
Carolina loved her church, and had a healthy reverence and respect for
the Virgen de Guadalupe. In addition, she volunteered for many years at
the annual St. Joseph's Erie Labor Day festival. Her Mexican food was
enjoyed by many and helped to raise many funds for the church.
survived by forty-seven grandchildren, ninety-four great-grandchildren
and twelve great-great grandchildren; siblings: Roberto (Sara)
Rodriguez, Marcelino (Elena) Rodriguez, Julio (Jeannie) Rodriguez,
Nicolas (Juanita) Rodriguez and Gloria Walters.
Deceased siblings are Juan Jr. (Maria) Rodriguez, Nicolasa (Daniel)
Ramos, and brother-in-law Robert Walters.
has a terrible way of changing one's life, but as her disease
progressed, she was lovingly cared for by Alicia and Roy Lucio so that
her final years were as good as anyone could ask for. Special thanks to
ProMedica Hospice of Monroe, and the wonderful caregivers at ProMedica
Skilled Nursing facility in Monroe.
ELUTERIA RAMIREZ RODRÍGUEZ
Elutería “Tita” Ramirez Rodríguez, originally of San Perlita, Texas
passed away peacefully at her residence in Toledo , Ohio on January 10,
2018. She was born August 1, 1933 in Green Lake, Texas to Andrés P. Sr.
and Ramona (Leija) Rodríguez.
Tita was a Cursillista and loved Jesús, Mary, and all the Angels and
Saints. She loved and was very involved in St. Ann's Catholic Parish of
San Perlita, Texas. She served in the Rosary Altar Society and was known
as one of the three Golden Girls of the choir. She worked in the
cafeteria of the San Perlita School where she retired after 25 years.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Adolfo “Fito” and Gloria
Ramirez Jr.; grandchildren, Tito, Corinna and Jeremy (Judy) Ramirez;
brother, Guadalupe Bernal; sister, Ramona R. Graciani; 8
great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Tita was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Guadalupe R. Bernal,
Petra R. Martínez, Angela R. Villanueva and brother, Andrés Rodríguez.
Mass was held at Immaculate Conception Marygrove Church, Swanton, Ohio
on January 20.The family wishes to thank las familias de Villanueva,
Graciani, Martínez, Rodríguez, Bernal, y Leija and all of her
friends for the blessing of being there for her all her life.
PRISCILLA MARIE GONZÁLES
Priscilla Marie (née
Flores) Gonzáles went to be with the Lord on Friday, December 29, 2017
surrounded by her family. Priscilla was born in Bluffton, Ohio on Oct.
1, 1974. She was raised in Ottawa, OH where she graduated from Ottawa
Glandorf in 1993. Priscilla went to work for Mercy Health Partners for
On Sept. 1, 2007 she married her soulmate, Victor Gonzáles. Priscilla
and Victor together have a daughter, Angelina. Priscilla leaves behind
her mother, Lydia Díaz and stepfather, Mario Díaz; five sisters, Alice
(Curtis OH) Asman, Salina Flores, Regina (Adrian MI) Sakala, María
(Adrian MI) Mendivel; stepsister, Crystal (Jeremy) O'Neal; two
stepbrothers, Matt and Paul Díaz; nieces, Joellie and Taylor Asman and
nephew Julian Díaz.
Priscilla also had six stepchildren, Cassandra, Tomás, Carlos, Corina,
and Victoria and several step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death
by her father, Joel Flores; son, Joel Flores; and father-in-law, Tomás
Gonzáles. Priscilla came from a loving family, the Cortez and Flores
families, and she was loved by all.
William Pérez, 85, of Toledo, OH and formerly of Genoa, OH, passed away
Monday, December 18, 2017, surrounded by loved ones. William was born in
Puerto Rico on November 21, 1932 to Curmelo and Asucisión (née Nieves)
Pérez. On May 29, 1954, he married the love of his life, María Algarin.
After moving to the United States, Mr. Pérez worked at Great Lakes
Window, retiring in 1998.
William and his family were dedicated members of Our Lady of Lourdes
Catholic Church, Genoa, where he was ordained as a Deacon June 26, 1983
and ministered to many in the Latino community. He was a 4th Degree
member of Genoa Knights of Columbus Council # 4237. His true passion was
spending time with his family; especially his children and
William is survived by his children, María Pérez-Smenner, William Jr.,
Eddie, Mayda (Leo) Lynch; grandchildren, Arquimedes Tull, Clarivel (Ron)
Tull-Gratop, Carl Robinson, Sona Teresa Shroreder, William Michael Pérez,
Christopher Luis Pérez; great-grandchildren, Alaynah, Carmyn, Jackson,
William Michael , Jeremiah, Xavier, and Mila; siblings, Angel Pérez,
Norma Pérez, and Mildalia Pérez; along with many loving family members
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, María; and siblings,
Roberto Pérez and Carmin Pérez.
Samuel Rosales died peacefully on December 26, 2017 after a brave battle
with cancer in Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Samuel, affectionately known
by so many as “Uncle Sam,” could bring joy and laughter to any crowd
with his jokes and witty charm. He loved to spend time with family and
attended church every Sunday to worship the Lord. His heart was big and
his sense of humor bigger.
Sam leaves to cherish his memory his fiancée, Amy Hilt; son, Sam Jr.
Castillo, daughter, Veronica Pérez; stepchildren, Michael and Alysia;
grandchildren, Michael, Meraina, Dominic, Adrian, Damien, Dominic,
Analysia, Carmoni and Ka-mya; siblings, Robert (María) Rosales, Paula
Sánchez, Rubén Rosales, Rene Rosales, Margaret (Raúl) Vásquez; and a
host of nieces and nephews which lovingly called him “Uncle Smitty.”
EPIFANIO DE LA CRUZ ARTIAGA
Epifanio “Joe” De La Cruz Artiaga, age 86, joined the love of his life
in heaven at the Genoa Care Center on December 12, 2017. Epifanio, or
“Joe,” was born April 7, 1931 in Tampico, Tamaulipas, México and was the
oldest of four children.
In México, Epifanio and his family lived on a farm of about 500 acres
until his father passed away when he was 8 years. Due to hardships when
he was about 11 years old, Epifanio sold the only possession he had (his
father’s rifle) and… boarded a bus to
the United States with his uncle.
Once in the U.S., he was on his own as his tio returned to
México. He supported himself by working in a vegetable packing plant,
working as a waiter, ranch hand, as a professional boxer, and in the
In 1948, Epifanio met a slender, brown-eyed girl with long black hair
named Julia Palacios when she was working in a tortilla factory
near Brownsville, Texas and they were married on March 10, 1949 in
Brownsville. They enjoyed their lives in Harlingen, Texas with their
children until 1962 when they moved to Ohio.
Epifanio and Julia traveled with their children, working, until they
settled in Rocky Ridge, Ohio. The children were taught to work early on
and during their travels the family worked picking oranges and cotton in
the south, cherries and tomatoes in the north, and other items in
Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, and Michigan.
When they settled in Ohio, Epifanio worked doing paving and other jobs
until he found employment at The Andersons in Maumee, OH. He
worked there for over 30 years until he retired in 1993.
When the children were little, he and Julia belonged to a church singing
group. They liked to fish and would spend many days fishing along the
banks of the Portage and Toussaint Rivers. He enjoyed spending time
swimming with his children in Lake Erie, near Port Clinton. Epifanio had
a tremendous sense of humor and enjoyed making people laugh with his
Epifanio was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years; son Jesús
Artiaga, 3 infant children, and 1 great grandson.
He is survived by: his sons Juan (Ruth) Artiaga of Perrysburg, OH; José
E. (best friend Geri Sondergeld) Artiaga Jr. of Weston, OH; Ricardo (Louann)
Artiaga of Whitehouse, OH; Enrique “Ricky” (Judi) Artiaga of Oak Harbor,
OH.; Freddy (Rene) Artiaga of Toledo; Alex (Mariana) Artiaga of Palm
Harbor, FL; Thomas Artiaga of Toledo; Paul Artiaga of Perrysburg, OH;
also, daughters María Artiaga of Toledo; Aurelia (Larry) Brockman of
Oroville, CA; Gloria (William) Bennett of Oak Harbor; Isabel (Roger)
Kleopfer of Holland, OH; Cristina (Mark) Kenski of Sandusky, OH; and
Angela (Jody) Henry of Mansfield, OH; also, 40 grandchildren, 48 great
grandchildren, and 10 great great grandchildren.
Visitation was held on Dec. 15, 2017 at the Robinson-Walker Funeral
Home, Oak Harbor. A Mass was celebrated by Reverend Father Tim Ferris on
Dec. 16, 2017 at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Oak Harbor beginning with
prayers offered at the funeral home. Interment followed at Clay Township
Cemetery, Genoa, OH. Memorial contributions may be made to the American
Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.
AUGUSTINA R. ESTRADA
Augustina R. Estrada, 89, of East Toledo, OH passed away Sunday,
December 10, 2017 surrounded by her loving family at Genesis Healthcare.
She was born in Carrizo Springs, Texas on August 28, 1928 to Emiterio
and Anita (née Ramirez) Rocha.
the love of her life, Francisco Estrada Sr. and together they enjoyed
dancing, playing music and being active at Good Shepherd Church before
his passing. She enjoyed her rose garden, being with her friends and was
proud of starting the Oasis Club.…
What was most important to Augustina was spending time with her family,
especially her grandchildren.
Augustina is survived by
her children, María (Larry) Middlebrooks, Eva (Jerry Cásares) Czerminski,
Antonio Estrada, Sylvia (Cody) Carothers, Carolina (Ramón) Flores,
Laurie (John) Slowinski; 23 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; 15
great-great grandchildren; sister, Eloisa (Valente) Estrada; brother,
Nicholas Rocha; and several nieces, nephews and loving family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Francisco; son,
Francisco Jr.; 9 siblings; and grandson, Dillon.
JOSE FRANK CASTRO
José “Frank” Castro, age 72, went to the Lord on December 1, 2017. He
was born on November 25, 1945 in Laredo, Texas.
Frank's passion was music; he was well-known as the leader of the
conjunto band, “Frank Castro y Los Amigos” that performed in Ohio
and Michigan. He enjoyed carpentry and welding work, especially projects
for his children. Frank will be remembered as a kindhearted man who was
always willing to help others. He was a loving Dad and Grandpa. His
family will miss his jokes and adventurous spirit.
Frank is survived by the mother of his children, Elva García; companion,
Felisa López; children, Luciano (Nora) García, Frankie Castro (fiancé,
Richard McCarthy), Marcus (Tonya) Castro, Atanacia “Tanya” (Steve)
Martínez and Jason (Brian) Lutts; siblings, Josephine, Juanita, Jesusa,
Pablo “Paul” and Gilbert; grandchildren, Bianca, Luciano Jr. (fiancée,
Jamie) , Erica, Marcus Jr. (Briana), Zachary (fiancée, Valerie), Cassidy
(fiancé, Mike), Emily, Anastasia, Stephen Jr. and Rojelio; 12
He was preceded in death by his son, Rojelio García; sisters, María
Reyes and Concepción “Cruz.”
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RANDOLPH LOPEZ SR.
Sr., age 51, of Toledo, OH passed away November 28, 2017 at the Mercy
St. Vincent Medical Center. He was born May 10, 1966 in Toledo to
Juventino and Lily (née Pecina) López Jr.
A graduate of Woodward High School, Randolph worked in home construction
and remodeling for many years. He was a skilled carpenter, tile worker,
and car mechanic. He loved singing and dancing, and making people laugh.
A devout Catholic, he read the Bible daily and was the family
peacemaker. He loved children and teaching them life lessons through
Bible stories. He was a parishioner of St. Adalbert Catholic Church.
survived by his parents; children, Jane Franco, Mary López, Alexandra
López, Lily Ann López, Randolph López Jr., and Juliano López; their
mother, Debora Franco; 10 grandchildren; sisters, Mary Ellen (Patrick)
Pecina, Christina (David) Gonzales, Joanne Garza, and Estrella López;
and brothers, David (Heidi), Juventino III(Jennifer), Alfred (Crystal),
Ronald (Heather) Ramos, Thomas (Melisha), Alejandro Ray, Jason, and Jose
donations to the family c/o Sujkowski Funeral Home Northpointe will be
Santos Rodríguez, 85, of Oregon, OH, passed away Thursday, November 30,
2017 at ProMedica Bay Park Hospital. Santos was born on November 1, 1932
in Guadalupe Co, Texas to Isidoro and Prudencina (née García) Rodríguez.
He had worked for Conrail Railroad for 40 years as a carman and foreman.
He was everyone's guiding light of how to be
husband, a father, a grandfather, a son, a brother, an uncle, a cousin,
a great man. Santos was a US
Veteran, serving during the
He did a lifetime of things throughout his life and still had more to
do, but it was time for him to go into his next adventure, and that was
to always be that bright light for us to follow, and him watching over
us and never too far from our hearts.
Santos had a passion for music and dancing (especially la música
tejana), which he shared with his wife, Gloria. They also enjoyed
Surviving are his loving wife, Gloria; children, Nilda Ann,
Richard, Michael (Lisa) Rodríguez; grandchildren, Nicole, Trisston,
Asilia; brother, Joseph Rodríguez.
Santos was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter,
TELESFORO RAY GÓMEZ
Telesforo Ray Gómez, age 87, of Toledo, OH passed away peacefully
on November 18, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Born on January
5, 1930 in Waco, Texas to Marcus and Manuela. Telesforo was a
self-employed truck driver and served his country in the Korean War as a
Paratrooper. He earned the Korean Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service
Stars, United Nations Service Medal, Army Occupation Medal (Japan) and
the National Defense Service Medal.
Telesforo is survived by his six children, sons, Reynaldo (Debbie)
Gómez, David Gómez, Gilbert Gómez; daughters, Yolanda Davis (Kevin),
Gloria Ramirez (Tony), and Lisa Billups (Arthur); 21 grandchildren; 23
Lucia Ibarra, 75, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away Sunday, November 19, 2017
at Hospice of Northwest Ohio surrounded by her loving family. Lucia was
born on September 8, 1942 in México to José María and Concepción (née
Ramos) Flores. She was married to José Ibarra Sr. on November 5, 1960 at
St. Rose Catholic Church, Perrysburg OH.
Lucia was a member of St. Peter and Paul Church, Toledo OH. Lucia loved
reading, tending to her garden, and enjoyed cooking for her family.
Lucia is survived by her children, José Ibarra Jr., Narciso Ibarra,
Telma Ibarra, Joyce Ibarra, Patricia (Cruz) Gómez, Guadalupe Ibarra; 11
grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; many brothers and sisters; many
loving nieces and nephews; and her fuzzy companion, Burrito.
She was preceded in death by her husband, José, and her parents.
Online condolences may be sent at
ANJEL TRINADAD “BUTCH” PIÑA
“Butch” Piña, age 68, of Toledo, OH passed away peacefully November 17,
2017 at UT MCO. Anjel was born on December 28, 1948 to the late John and
Erlinda (née Rodríguez) Piña. Anjel owned and operated Carlita's Mexican
Restaurant. He was a man that would do anything for his friends and
family. Butch was a fan of the Detroit Tigers and Dallas Cowboys.
Anjel is survived by his girlfriend, Rachel Navarro; children, Jacob
(Mona) Demecs, Jason (Olivia) Demecs and Marissa Cantu; grandchildren,
Trinadad, Gabriella, Jacob, Alana, Elizabeth and Glorianna; sisters,
Anita Garraway, Juanita Cargile, Patricia Piña and Jackie (Mike) Govito
and many nieces and nephews that cherished his love, laughter and jokes.
He was also preceded in death by his brother, John F. Piña.
ISABELLE MARÍA RODELA
Isabelle María Rodela, 89, of Genoa, Ohio passed away in her residence
on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Isabelle was born in Toledo, Ohio on July
17, 1928 to Walter and Pauline (née Rodríguez) Romero. Prior to
retiring, Isabelle had worked in retail management with Elder Berman and
Bridal Aisle. A strong Christian woman, Isabelle enjoyed being with her
family. She also enjoyed cooking and playing softball.
Surviving are her children, Trinidad “Trinie” (George) Dietz, Walter
Rodela, Carlos… (Linda) Rodela,
Robert Rodela; 16 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; brother, and
Manuel Romero. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Virgil
C. Rodela; son, Victor M. Rodela and her 6 siblings.
MARIA R. ZAPATA
Maria R. Zapata, 71, passed away to be with the Lord on Tuesday,
September 26, 2017 at Knapp Medical Center, Weslaco TX. Maria Zapata
was born August 30, 1946 to Rafael & Juana Maria Castillo in San Luis
She is preceded in death by her parent & 2 brothers, Salvador Castillo &
Carlos Castillo Lara. Mrs. Zapata is survived by her husband Apolonio
Zapata of Weslaco, TX; 3 sons, Hector Zapata, Raúl Zapata, both of
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Jorge Zapata of Toledo, Ohio; 1 daughter,
Nora Elia Zapata of Weslaco, TX; 2 brothers, Rafael Castillo of Chicago,
IL, Enrique Castillo Lara of Mexico and 1 sister, Guadalupe Castillo
Lara of Mexico.
Also surviving are 11 grandchildren & 10 great-grandchildren.
Rose (Ringling) Vásquez, 63, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 12,
2017 at UTMC. She was born March 30, 1954 in Toledo, OH.
Rose (Ringling) Vásquez passed into eternity on Tuesday,
September 12, 2017. She was one of 15 children. Rose was
born in Toledo, Ohio on March 30, 1954 to parents Ramiro and
Mary Vásquez. She was a 1972 graduate of Waite High School.
Anyone who knew Rose was familiar with her great sense of humor, energy
for life, and her heart of gold. She was the type of person who would
put the needs of others before her own, even if it meant giving the very
last dollar in her pocket to a complete stranger. Caring for others was
her passion and she would visit with people in hospice who were alone.
She loved to cook all kinds of food and spending time with her family.
Rose deeply loved her children Regina (Chico) Lasoya, Robert C.
Ringling, Joseph Ringling and Heather Vallejo who are left behind to
cherish her memory. Also surviving are grandchildren Angela Lille,
Anthony Carmony Jr., Sierra Case, Marcus Case, Leanna Ringling, Joseph
Ringling, Jenna Ringling, Timothy Ringling, Joshua Ringling, Victor
Vallejo Jr., Victoria Vallejo, and Veronica Vallejo, as well as one
great grandchild. Also surviving her are brothers Ramiro, Ernesto,
Roger, Herman, and Alfredo Vásquez; sisters Lillie Zavalas, Tina Vásquez,
and Linda Thompson.
She was preceded in death by her husband Robert G. Ringling Jr, brother
Demetro Vásquez, and sisters Carmen Salazar and Jane Vásquez.
ALBERTO SAN MIGUEL
Alberto “Tio Beto” San
Miguel, age 92, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away on June 27,
2017 at Orchard Villa in Oregon, Ohio. He was born on April 16, 1925 in
Fentress, Texas to Alberto and Virginia (née Yvargüen) San
Alberto was a lifetime member of Latins United/Latinos Unidos and
enjoyed Tejano music, dancing, and being surrounded by numerous family
and friends. He was well regarded in the Latin community.
Alberto is survived by his son Filberto, daughter Rosa Fernández, and
many grandchildren and great grandchildren; also, numerous nephews and
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Refujia, Antonia,
Almarante, Julia, Beatriz, Consuelo, and Eliazar.
Memorial Services were held for Tio Beto on July 13, 2017 at SS Peter
and Paul Church, followed by dinner at Latins United/Latinos Unidos.
NORMA JEAN MORA
Norma Jean (née Jasso) Mora, 53, passed away Thursday June 22, 2017 in
her home surrounded by her loving family after her valiant battle with
She was born March .9, 1964 in Saginaw, MI to Herman
and Ernestine (Cabrera) Jasso, Sr. Norma graduated from Libbey High
School and attended Stautzenberger College. She enjoyed arts & crafts,
making her famous tamales as well as decorating cakes. Norma looked
forward every morning to feeding the birds and squirrels even before her
own breakfast. She was a member of Latinos Unidos (Latins United).
She is preceded in death by her husband Silverio Mora; father Herman
Jasso, Sr., mother Ernestine Elizardo; stepfather Santos Elizardo;
stepmother Erma Fonseca and grandson Octavio Vina.
Norma is survived by her children Sonia González and José González; grandsons Demarceano and
Eduardo Vina; siblings Enedina (Orlando) Overstreet, Herman (Elizabeth)
Jasso and Jay (Letha) Jasso; 12 nieces and nephews; 23 great nieces and
nephews. Her nieces & nephews will all miss her telling them "bring me
your face" and "I'm going to slap you.”
Family received friends at the Castillo Funeral Home 1757 Tremainsville.
Memorial tributes may be made to Norma's family to offset expenses.
JULIO CESAR “CESI” CASTRO
Julio César “Cesi” Castro, age 81; beloved husband of Norma Luz (née
Aponte) for 55 years; loving father of María Elena Fuentes (José), César
(Tracy), Rico, Gertrudis “Trudy” Ramos (José), and Julio César, Jr. (Ilbia);
grandfather of Frankie, Antonio, Bianca, Michael, Marissa, Veronica,
Gabriella, Ilbialisse, and Julito; great-grandfather of Jovan and
Mariano; son of the late Julio A. Castro (Gertrudis, née Quiñones);
brother, uncle and friend of many; U.S. Army Veteran.
Julio was the proud owner of Cesi’s Caribe Grocery for over 50 years.
Mass of Christian Burial at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 3114
Scranton Rd., Cleveland, Friday, June 16, 2017, at 11AM, Interment Holy
Friends received at Ripepi Funeral Home, 5762 Pearl Rd. (at Snow Rd.),
Thursday, June 15, 1-3PM and 5-8PM and in church Friday from 10-11AM.
Josefina Jaso, 80, of Gibsonburg, OH passed away on Monday, May 15, 2017
at Mercy St. Charles, Toledo. She was born in Miquihuana, San Luis
Potosi, México on August 27, 1936 to Pedro Maldonado and Consuelo Baéz.
On February 14, 1951, in Monroe, MI, she married Reynaldo Jaso. They
shared 61 years together until his passing on May 31, 2012. Josefina
enjoyed listening to music—especially the song, La Bamba—and
dancing. She liked to spend time shopping, sewing, and gardening. She
was never without her favorite Sunkist Orange Soda. Josefina had a
special place in her heart for her cat Chula, going to church,
and praying the Rosary. She loved cooking and family gatherings.
Josefina was a loving homemaker for their children, Reynaldo Jaso,
Jr.(who is deceased), Carmen (Rey) Bosquez of Houston, TX, Raúl (María)
Jaso of Northwood, Rebecca (Alberto) Martínez of Houston, TX, María
Elena (Andrés) Zapata of Gibsonburg, Carolina Jaso of Millbury, and
Ustolia (Louie) Rook.
Also surviving are grandchildren: Rey, III and Danny Jaso; Raúl, Jr.,
Rafael, and Reynaldo Rebollar; Michael, Raquel and Raúl Alex Jaso; Noe,
Selena and John Martínez; Noemi (José) Padrón-Zapata, Andrés Zapata,
Jr., and Erica (Victor) García; Sara Mendoza, Rosa and Cristina Martínez;
Elizabeth, Ricardo, Cain, Issac, Jamie, and Ben Escobedo; many
great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; and brother, Moises
Hernández of Gibsonburg.
“Joe” García, 89, of Genoa, OH, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May
10, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was ‘puro Tejano.” He was born in
Houston, Texas on March 11, 1928 to John and Mary (née Guerra) García.
Joe was a
hardworking man, who invested 25 years working at Martin Marietta in
Woodville and 25 years working at Chrysler machining plant in
Perrysburg, retiring in 1994. Joe was generous, kindhearted, and humble.
He loved his family dearly and was always full of advice.
He had a
passion for going on long drives through Genoa area and sitting on his
front porch on Main Street, listening to music [especially Tejano
music], and waving at passing friends, neighbors, and passer-byers. Our
beloved Joe believed that McDonald's had the best coffee and he enjoyed
treating his loved ones to a hot cup any time.
His beloved family includes his children, Roy (Vikki) García, Joel A.
García, Irene García, Richard (Tammy) García, Mary Ann García, and
Albert (Jessica) García. Joel also has fantastic grandchildren, Joey
García, who preceded him in death, Jeff García, Crystal García, Melanie
Torre, and Brittany Stork. He had two great-grandchildren, Paige Smith
and Gavin Stork, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Joe has three
half-siblings, Juanita Pérez, Lupe García, and John García, Jr.
preceded in death by his parents; sisters Trina Molina, Estefana Orozco,
Isabell Arellano, Rutilia Castilleja; and brother, Luis García.
photo, Joe is with several of his lovely nietas at a recent
family [García/Castilleja] reunion.
Perez, 86, resident of Findlay, passed peacefully on Saturday, May 6th,
2017 in Jacksonville, FL surrounded by her children. She was born in
San Antonio, TX on July 25, 1930 to the late Simon and María (Malacara)
Casiano. She married the late Felipe Perez in 1953. She was also known
as Linda or Amelia to some, she worked at Findlay Industries, member of
St. Michael's the Archangel Catholic Church, and a member of the
Guadalupe Society all in Findlay for many years.
the backbone of the family and raised her children to respect others as
well as to care for others when needed. How she loved dancing with dad
and was always in style according to fashion trends. Her favorite
pastime was watching her novelas on TV. Always full of energy
and ready to cook or entertain anyone who visited her in her home. She
will be missed by her family and by many who have had the privileged to
have walked through her door, her door to her heart.
survived by her son Jerry (Sharon) Pérez of North Baltimore, Diane
(Richard) Tellez of Westerville, Phillip Pérez of Findlay, Yolanda
(Jamie) Tellez of North Baltimore, Richard (Arlene) Pérez of Findlay,
Norma (Todd) Sands, and Daniel Pérez, both of Jacksonville, FL. Sister:
Juanita Castillo Houston, TX, Brothers: José Casiano and Simon Casiano
II, both of San Antonio, TX., 21 grandchildren and 25 great
preceded in death by, her husband, Felipe Pérez, brothers: Alfonso Ruiz,
Roberto Casiano and Oscar Casiano, sisters: Magdalena Aguilar and María
Jesusa Segura, all of San Antonio, TX, and her grandson, Cory Pérez.
GILBERT M. RAMÍREZ
Gilbert M. Ramírez, 85, of Genoa, OH passed away on April 24, 2017 at
Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. He was born on March 16, 1932 to
Gilbert and Inez (Martínez) Ramírez. Gilbert was a US Air Force Veteran
and then a press operator for 38 years at Jeep before retiring in 2001.
Gilbert loved traveling and spending time with la familia. He was
a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Parish.
Gilbert is survived by children Raúl L. (Maryanne) Rendón, Jr., Vickey
S. (Jorge) López, Sally A. Ramírez, Sylvia (Dan) Yeager, Rickey (Irma)
Ramírez, Timmy G. Ramírez; also, siblings, Paul Ramírez, Robert (Mary)
Ramírez, Carmen García, Basilio Ramírez, Joe Ramírez, Nieves (Edward)
Rangel, and Jane Costillo; also, 18 grandchildren and 42
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Lupe; brother Sam Ramírez;
sister Linda Martínez; granddaughter Veronica López; and grandson Manuel
JOSE LUIS HERNANDEZ
José Luis Hernández, 38 of Toledo, OH passed away Friday, April 7, 2017
at ProMedica Toledo Hospital. José was born in Toledo on December 18,
1978 to Tomás López and Rosalinda Hernández. His true passion was
spending time with his family.
Surviving are his children Alyssa, Annessa, and Ricardo; 2
grandchildren; mother, Rosalinda; siblings, Desiree Hernández, Elisha,
Tomás, Antonio, Joshlin López; Monica Otero, Angie Puente; many nieces
and nephews. He was preceded in death…
by his father.
Visitation will be held at Eggleston Meinert & Pavley Funeral Home,
Oregon Chapel, 440 S. Coy Road on Thursday, April 13 from 2-9 pm with
Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 7:00 pm. Funeral services will
be held in the funeral home on Friday at 12:00 p.m with visitation from
9:00 until the time of the service. Interment will follow in Historic
Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the
GILBERT S. MARTÍNEZ JR.
Gilbert S. Martínez Jr.’s spirit passed from this earth to rest with the
Lord on March 28, 2017. He was 68 years old and lived in Toledo with his
loving wife of 37 years, Joan R. Martínez, who survived him.
Gilbert had a good life filled with love and family. He filled the role
of our “Macho Patriarch” by living his life full of passion, devotion, a
little stubbornness, a huge helping of love mixed in with his own bit of
cantankerousness. He spent much of time on his hobbies including:
skydiving, boating, fishing, photography, and reading.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gilbert S. Martínez Sr.; mother,
Helena Martínez; and brother, Rudy Martínez.
Gilbert is survived by his wife and 5 sons, Christopher (Donna) Martínez,
Brian (Sherri) Martínez, Jay (Sabrina) Martínez, Kent Murnen, and Scott
Murnen; 14 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and his siblings, John
Martínez, Irene Martínez, Antonio (Theresa) Martínez, Elodia Price, and
Rebecca (Spencer) Blunt.
Helen Salas, 58, passed away on April 3, 2017. She was born in Toledo on
May 16th, 1958. She worked for Pepsi Cola for many years and then
worked for Walgreens Distribution Center for the last 14 years of her
life. Helen kept her doors open to anyone and was always there when you
needed her. She loved to party and treasured times spent making
memories. Helen always had room in her heart to love one more person and
will be extremely missed.
Helen is survived by her son Ricardo (Raquel) Salas; daughters Daniela
(Johnpaul) Ayala & Raelene (Ronnie II) Komives; grandchildren, Araceli,
Danali, Santos, Diego, Ronnie, Romón, RaeLyn & RaeLena siblings,
Sevastian Jr (Amelia), Betty (Joe), George (Liz), María (Freddie), Dora,
Linda (Cristobal), Beatriz, and Marty (Irma). Helen was a loving mother
figure to her step daughters Angel, Tronquillia & Emilia Rosas, her niece,Vicky
(Joey) Ybarra and nephew Phil Cloyne.
Helen had 3 very special nieces: María (David), Nellie (Tony) & Minnie
(José). She also had a special niece who she loved like a daughter (Mic)
and a special nephew who could do no wrong in her eyes (Jason).
She was preceded in death by her father Sevastian Salas, Sr. and her
mother Trinidad (née Hernández) Salas along with her sisters Alicia
Jiménez, Dorothy García, and brothers Diamond, Rubén, Romaldo, and
Merida Estrada, 53 of Toledo, OH passed away March 10, 2017 after a
brief illness; she was surrounded by her loving family. She was born
December 18, 1963 in Monroe, MI to Octavio and Alicia (Delrio) Estrada.
Merida most cherished spending time with her family and friends,
cooking, watching the Cowboys football team, and helping others. Her
biggest joy was becoming a grandmother.
Surviving are her mother, Alicia Kharsa; father, Octavio (Berta)
Estrada; daughters, Jennifer Alonzo, Judy Martínez, Jaymee Ochoa;
granddaughter, Aaliyah Ochoa; sisters, Rendi Estrada-Slagle, Tzety
(David) Navarro, Yuriri (John) Gonzales; brothers, Samuel Estrada,
Octavio Estrada Jr; longtime companion Lupe Fonseca; special sister in
law, Virginia Salazar; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
MARIA DE JESUS LOPEZ
María De Jesús López Guzmán, 73, of the Toledo, OH area passed away
March 9th, 2017. María Guzmán was the daughter of Baudelia
(Rocha) and Tomás López, who preceded her in death.
María worked as a farm laborer, housekeeper, factory worker,
and homemaker. She enjoyed crafts, her Roman Catholic faith,
and she loved her family. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her children, Carolyn (Kurt) Fitzenreiter,
Adolph “Chopper” (Tina) Guzmán Jr., Belinda (Jeffrey)
Russell, and Christopher Guzmán; three sisters, Catalina
Sánchez, Juanita Baldwin, and Juana Anita Flores; four
grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren, and many nieces,
nephews, and cousins.
She was welcomed into Heaven by her parents; brother, Pedro
López; sister, Carmen López, and two great grandchildren.
Anna Montano, 75, of Toledo, OH passed away on Monday, March
13, 2017 in Waterville. She was born July 15, 1941; she
enjoyed attending and volunteering at the Inner City Baptist
She was preceded in death by her parents, José and Matilda
Castilleja; son, Larry; brothers, Raymond, Johnny, Martin,
and Jesse; and sisters, Ninfa, Mary, Josephina, and Lupe.
She is survived by daughters Cecelia and Lisa; sons, Kenny
and Rene; numerous grandchildren; and great- grandchildren;
and sisters, Cruz and Rosie.
ALEJANDRO S. QUIÑONES
Alejandro S. Quíñones (“Jando”) was born July 18,
1932 and passed away on March 8, 2017, surrounded by the
love of family. He lost his battle with cancer at the Dayton
VA Hospice, Dayton, OH. He met the love of his life, María
“Rosa” Bernal, in San Antonio, Texas and celebrated 58 years
Jando was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, serving
during the Korean War. He was a self-taught acoustic guitar
player. His love of music included listening to and playing
Surviving are his wife, Rosa;
sons, Eddie (Rutila), Andy & Alex (Rosemary); daughters,
Elizabeth, Judy (Javier), Sylvia, Alexsandra (Mike) & Nina
(Sam); siblings, Alicia & Ray; 21 grandchildren; and 23
He was preceded in death by his
parents, Lupe & Estella; son, Rudy; grandson, Michael;
SEBASTIAN R. GUERRERO
February 28, 1996 to February 28, 2017
Sebastian R. “Sobsob” Guerrero III, age 21, passed away unexpectedly
February 28, 2017. He was born on February 28, 1996 in Toledo, OH to
Sebastian R. and Crissy A. (née Herrera) Guerrero, Sr.
Mr. Guerrero attended Chase and Riverside Grade Schools and was a 2013
graduate of Glass City Academy. At the age of 18, Sebastian joined the
Ohio Air National Guard 180th Fighter Wing as an Airman. He was assigned
to the Force Sustainment Squadron as a services journeyman and recently
returned from an overseas deployment in support of Operation Freedom’s
Sebastian was a loving father and family man. He was a car and
motorcycle enthusiast. He enjoyed boxing and watching his favorite
football team, the New Orleans Saints. A fitness conscious person, he
exercised frequently and loved to look good. He will be remembered as a
humble man with a one of a kind personality.
Sebastian is survived by his parents, Sebastian Sr. and Crissy; son,
Sebastian M. Guerrero; sister, Raquel A. Guerrero; brothers, Sebastian
“Sabe” and Roberto Guerrero; girlfriend, Selena Pecina; godmother,
Alicia Garza; grandparents, Robert and Irma Guerrero, Gasper Herrera and
Antonia Vasquez-Herrera; special aunts Tina Herrera (Ricardo Aldaco) and
Monica Torres; special uncles David (Nancy) Herrera and Robert (Lisa)
Guerrero; and numerous other aunts, uncles and cousins.
RAYMOND S. PACHECO SR.
Raymond S. Pacheco Sr. of
Toledo OH passed away January 25, 2017. He was born January 6, 1929 in
Mexico. Raymond lived a full and rich life. He enjoyed a nice
conversation with family and friends. His greatest wealth was the love
he had for his family.
Raymond is survived by his
dear wife, Alicia Pacheco, and their children, Alicia (Melvin) Peepers,
Raymond (Tina) Pacheco Jr., Gloria (Paul) Rios, Linda (Oswaldo)
Pacheco-Vera, Edward (Theresa) Pacheco, and María (Gregory) Cole; also
surviving are many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mr. Pacheco was preceded
in death by his sons Moises, Juan, and David Pacheco and daughters
Cecilia and Rosario Pacheco.
Source: Urbanski Funeral Home;
Herlinda “Linda” Santos
March 30, 1930 – January 3, 2017
Herlinda “Linda” Herreria Santos Pérez Castillo, age 86, of Celina, Ohio
died Tuesday, January 03, 2017 in Celina Manor, Celina, Ohio. Linda was
born March 30, 1930 in Poteet, Texas to the late José M. and Brijida
(née Herreria) Santos. She was a retired factory worker and had
assisted in nursing homes.
Survivors: Children, Alfonso Pérez, Edgerton, Ohio; Roberto Pérez,
Defiance, Ohio; Ramón Pérez, Toledo, Ohio; Isabel Giesige, Celina,
Ohio; Yvette Schlarman, Columbus, Ohio; Brigette Cron, Celina, Ohio;
and Esteban Castillo, Celina, Ohio; also, 33 grandchildren, 37
great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. Also, two
brothers and one sister: Everett, Findlay; Lupe, Antwerp; and Mary
She is preceded in death by her parents, son, John Pérez, daughter,
Linda J. Pérez, two grandchildren, Seth Giesige and Rebecca Pérez.
Also, brothers, Jesse Sr., José María, Jr., Roger, Joe, and Rubén, Jr.
Also, sisters, Elvira Flores, Beatrice Barrera, and Corinna Luna.
She is interned at St. Peter Catholic Cemetery, Archbold, Ohio.
Source: Arrangements entrusted to Grisier Funeral Home, Stryker, Ohio.
ANNA M. ORTIZ
Anna M. Ortiz, age 67, of Toledo, OH was granted her angel wings on
December 10, 2016, at St. Luke's Hospital. She was born August 11, 1949,
in Bay City, Michigan to Elias Friaz and Dora Ortiz. Anna was raised in
Laredo, Texas by Anselmo and Severa Melendrez, eventually permanently
relocating to Toledo, Ohio in 1973.
She was employed as a Team Leader with Daimler Chrysler Jeep for more
than 30 years, retiring December, 2009. Anna was an inspiration to many
and helped many people along her journey. She was motivated,
intelligent, and had a heart of gold. She enjoyed coaching and playing
on a softball league “Las Peloteras Mexicanas,” camping with her family,
especially at The Mohican reservation, rooting for her Pittsburg
Steelers, playing euchre, going to the movies to eat her favorite snack
popcorn, hanging out and laughing with friends, eating at her favorite
restaurant Smucker's, cooking authentic Mexican dishes, traveling with
both friends and family, attending Cedar Creek Church every Sunday, and
dancing to her favorite Motown and Tejano jams.
Anna was the most loving and greatest Nana to her “beauty” Ana'leah and
Jayden. The most important love of Anna's was her love for her family.
Anna believed that blood does not make you family, but love does. She
will be deeply missed by all who knew her. “Perhaps my time seemed all
too brief - don't lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your hearts
and share with me. God wanted me now; He has set me free.”
Anna is survived by her siblings: Cynthia, Estella, Irma, Connie, Helen,
Raúl Jr., Ricky, Josie, Joe, and David. Anna was preceded in death by
her grandparents, Tomasa and José Ortiz; her father, Elias Friaz; her
mother, Dora Ortiz; her stepfather, Raúl Treviño Sr.; her brother, Abel,
and sister, Margarita.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
American Heart Association or the
American Diabetes Association in
JOHN DIEGO MARTINEZ
John “Diego” Martínez, 81, of Lorain, OH passed away
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain,
following a sudden illness. Born June 17, 1935 in Malakoff, Texas, he
moved to Lorain in 1942. Diego graduated from Lorain High School in 1955
and the served in the US Army. He worked for Ohio Edison for 24 years,
retiring in 1992. Prior to this, he worked for Lake Terminal Railroad.
Diego was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and the Utilities Workers
Union of America Local 351.
He had a passion for music, especially Tejano.. He was the founder and
executive producer of Los Nombres music band, which had become
popular to Lorainites with the song “Lady Lorain.” Diego had a true love
for the city of Lorain, his country and the U.S. Flag.
Surviving are his sister, Mary Molina of Ft. Worth, Texas; and many
nieces and nephews including his nephew and niece who he was legal
guardian to, Amado Martínez of Toledo and Elena Martínez of San Diego,
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nazario and Josefina “Pepita”
(née Rodríguez) Martinez; brothers, Larry Martínez, Manuel Velásquez,
and Amado “Maw” Martínez; and sister, Carmen Amelia Inchaurregui.
Burial at Calvary Cemetery, Lorain. Full military Honors will be
conducted at the cemetery. To send online condolences go to
Source: Dovin Funeral Home, 2701 Elyria Avenue.
DANIELLE MARIE BLAKE
Danielle M. Blake went to be with the Lord on Sunday November 27, 2016
at the age of 36. She was born September 1, 1980, in Toledo to Lloyd
Blake and Jesusa Reyna.
She is survived by her children, Delicia, Onicia, Danielle, Tyleah,
Tyniyah, Donevin, Janet, and Toni; parents, Lloyd Blake, Jesusa Reyna,
and Dora Wahl; siblings, Chad Blake, Tiffany (Amador) Santiago, Edward
Wahl, III, Stella (Tomas) Wahl, Dominic (Nicole) Wahl, Destiny
Frye; special aunt, April Saldivar and numerous nieces and nephews.
Danielle was preceded in death by her son, Derrick and her father,
Source: Castillo Funeral Home, 1757 Tremainsville Rd., Toledo.
Viola Dina Muñoz, 83, of Fremont, OH went to be with our Lord and
Savior surrounded by her family on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at
Bethesda Care Center. She was born on November 29, 1933 in
Fredericksburg, TX, the daughter of Crispin and Inez (Sylva) Rendón. She
was a 1952 graduate of St. Joseph High School in Fremont.
Tony Muñoz on April 30, 1953 at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX and
he survives. She enjoyed working at ECI where she retired in 2003. She
was also a homemaker and was very involved in the community through
various jobs and organizations. Viola enjoyed gardening, going to flea
markets and garage sales and spending time with her 10 children and many
survived by her husband of 63 years, Tony Muñoz, Fremont, OH; children,
Robin (Jason) Durnwald, Sande (Paul) Gottron, Virginia Hill, Tony Muñoz
Jr., Gilbert Muñoz, Tim Muñoz, Tommie (Tom) Chesser, Todd Muñoz, Paul
(Emily) Muñoz, Dina (Eric) Potridge; siblings, Vicki Fought, Roy, Joe
(Lupe), Rubén (Judy), Raymond (Marylou) and Paul (Lucy) Rendon; 47
grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren.
preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Todd Joseph Muñoz Jr.;
sister, Virginia Slasinski.
Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home & Crematory, 425 E. State St.,
Fremont, OH. Burial: Greenlawn Memory Gardens, Clyde, OH.
Enedina “Dina” A. Venegas, 40, of Fremont, OH went to be with our Lord
on December 2, 2016 surrounded by her family at her home. She was born
on July 6, 1976 in Toledo, OH to Ismael and Elena (Guerrero) Venegas.
Dina was a 1998 graduate of School of Hope. She enjoyed coloring and
staying in motels. She loved to watch television and movies and take
care of her dolls.
survived by her parents, Elena Venegas and Ismael Venegas both of
Fremont, OH; siblings, Ismael J. (Courtney) Venegas, Summerville, SC;
Israel J. (Amber) Venegas, Phoenix, AZ; Brandy (Marcos) Palacios, and
Domingo Sotelo, both of Fremont; grandmother, Petra Venegas, Dallas, TX;
care giver, Marcelino Ramírez; step-brothers, Luis and Marcelino
Ramirez; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
preceded in death by her infant brother, Ismael A. Venegas;
grandparents, Marciano and Filomena Guerrero and Jesús Venegas.
Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home & Crematory, 425 E. State St.,
Fremont, OH. Burial: St. Joseph Cemetery, Fremont.
Jaime S. Santiago
(September 12, 1945 - November 19, 2016)
Jaime S. Santiago, 71, of Avon Lake, Ohio went home to be with the Lord
Saturday, November 19, 2016 in his home surrounded by his family.
He was born on September 12, 1945 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. He came to
Lorain in 1961. Jaime attended Ebenezer Pentecostal Church of God,
Lorain. He retired from Lake Terminal Rail Road in 2004. He enjoyed
fishing, working on cars, gardening and maintaining his home. He loved
being with his family.
He will be dearly missed by his wife of 48 years, Irma Santiago (née
Figueroa) of Avon Lake; Daisy (Richard) Kaminski of Sheffield Lake, and
Damary (Thomas) Glover of Cape Coral, Florida; son Jaime (Ruth) Santiago
of Avon Lake; grandchildren Ashley, Adrienne, Savannah, Jaime III,
Jeremy, Jasmine and Jacob; great granddaughters Nala and Scarlett;
brothers Sixto, Regalado and Marcelino Santiago all of Lorain, Eladio
and José R. Santiago both of Puerto Rico; sisters Candida Ramos, both of
Lorain, and Anadelia Santiago and Guillermina Santiago of Puerto Rico.
Jaime was preceded in death by his parents Marcelo Santiago and Paula
Tirado and a brother Carlos S. Tirado last year.
His family received friends Tuesday, November 22 from 4 to 8 PM at the
Richard J. Reidy Funeral Home, 1783 East 31st Street, South Lorain,
Ohio. His funeral service will be in the funeral home Wednesday morning
at 10 AM. Reverend William Rios, Pastor of Ebenezer Pentecostal Church
of God, Lorain will officiate. Burial will follow in Ridge Hill Memorial
Park, Amherst Township.
Irene García de Juárez
June 30, 1946 to October 22, 2016
Irene García Juárez
entered into eternal rest at her San Antonio residence on October 22,
2016, at 4:13 pm after a long battle of ALS. Irene G. Juárez was born in
Karnes City, TX but subsequently her family move to Ohio. She started
school in Ohio where she attended St. Mary’s grade school and Notre Dame
High School. Irene married her first husband, Leo, and had four boys.
Before she started her
career, she worked at the YWCA, Sun Oil Refinery, and later retired from
the Dental Dispensary of Northwest Ohio. Aside from her career, came a
lifelong passion for dancing to Tejano music as well as bowling at the
Lido Lanes in Toledo. She was an avid sports fan who followed a variety
of sports from the Little League, into high school and collegiate levels
and onto professional action where she closely followed her beloved
Detroit Lions and Tigers and San Antonio Spurs.
After her first husband’s
death, she discovered her love for traveling. This led her back to
Texas, where she always called home. With her beautiful hazel, green
eyes and alluring smile, she attracted many friends and her own Texas
cowboy, Mario Juárez Sr., who changed her life in more ways than one.
After they fell deeply in
love and married in 1998, she decided to move to San Antonio where she
enjoyed Fiesta, Tejano music, and parades. She and Mario made many trips
to casinos across the country where she was the luckiest person around.
She resided in her San
Antonio home for the last 18 years, where she enjoyed cooking a variety
of meals. She especially enjoyed baking Snickerdoodles and making
Waffles for all her family and friends. Irene and Mario became known as
“Grandma and Grandpa” of their neighborhood. Irene always knew how to
make everyone feel welcomed and loved. She will also hold a special
place in our Texas hearts.
She’s preceded in death by
her first husband, Leo García and both parents María Hinojosa and
Timoteo Urrutia, Sister Christine Ochoa, and son Tony García.
She is survived by her
second husband Mario Juárez Sr.; brother Michael (Michal) Urrutia;
sisters Mary (John) Flores and Helen (Richard) Hoffman; sons Chris Frias
(Kelley), Tom (Tracy) García, and Dan (Kristine) García; step-children,
daughters Yolanda Juárez (Rey), Patricia and Fernando Morales; sons
Mario (Maria) Juárez, Richard (Alicia) Juárez, Jesús (Veronica) Juárez,
Eric (Domingo) Limón, and Albert Juárez; numerous nieces, nephews,
grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In honor to Irene G.
Juárez, contributions should be made to the ALS Association.
Marina Zapata with Muhammad Ali
Marina Zapata, 53, of Genoa, Ohio went home to be with the
Lord on Sunday October 30, 2016. She was born in Piedras
Negras, Coahulia, Mexico on November 30, 1962. Marina went
to Genoa High School and was a member of The Rock Church in
Oregon. She was very active in the area and coached for many
years with the East Toledo Family Center and PAL Little
League Baseball. Family was extremely important to her. She
was a proud cheer mom, enjoyed throwing parties and giving
her grandchildren Christmas…
gifts. Marina was very sweet and loved her family and life.
She also enjoyed shopping and garage sales.
Surviving is her husband, Jesse Puente; mother, Francisca
Zapata; children, Jacob (Vanina) Zapata, Alejandro Zapata,
Jasmine Zapata and Mateo Zapata (nephew); grandchildren,
Jacob Jr., Alayna, Nicholas, Ryan, Ryonna, Ramari and Ramir;
siblings, Andy (María Elena), Sylvia (Eliseo), Tony
(Michelle) Reyes and Raquel; nieces and nephews, Noemi (god
daughter), Vanessa, Andy, Mercedes, Eliseo Hector, Tony,
Marco, Eliseo Jr., Isaias, Audrianna and Seth; and many
other cousins, great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Reyes Zapata; son,
Josh, and step daughter, Dana.
Mass of Christian Burial was at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic
Church, Genoa, Ohio on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, at 11:00 a.m.
Burial followed at Clay Township Cemetery.
July 16, 1917 - September 4, 2016
(99 years; née García) of Toledo, Ohio, was born and raised in Kenedy,
Texas and passed away at Hospice of NW Ohio on September 4, 2016, where
her family comforted and spiritually cared for her throughout her
Her passion was gardening, walking, dancing, music, fiestas, “la loteria,”
“La Virgen,” and grandchildren. All who encountered her know her motto
was “happiness” and she leaves family and friends with this legacy as
well as her pillar of strength and courage.
Crisanta was preceded in death by her husband, Ignacio Muñiz, an
Army WWII veteran, infant daughter Diana Muñiz, and four
siblings. She leaves behind her family: I. Emilio (Janie) Muñiz
of Texas, Viola (Atanacio) Gómez of Texas, Robert (Brenda)
Muñiz of Ohio, Oscar (Sheila) Muñiz of Ohio, and Sylvia
(Alan) Muñiz-Mutchler of Ohio; also, six siblings, surrogate son
Robert Twinning, 15 grandchildren, and numerous great grandchildren.
The family wishes to extend a sincere appreciation for the years of
devoted and compassionate medical care from Dr. Thomas Tafelski
and the outstanding care from staff at UTMC and Hospice of NW Ohio.
A special gracias to Padre Francisco Molina and Father
Richard Notter, who always provided her with special spiritual
enrichment and she in turn gave them blessings.
As she wished, la familia will pay tribute with memorial masses in her
honor—“Our mother and grandmother will be laid to rest in Kenedy,
Texas.” Those wishing to make a contribution in her memory can make a
donation to SS. Peter and Paul Parish or the Aurora González Mayores
(Senior) Center in Toledo.
María De Jesús Durán
María Durán, edad 82, de Toledo, Ohio, fallecio el 19 de
agosto 2016 en su hogar. Ella nacio el 8 de junio del 1934
en San Felipe, Guanajuato, México. Ella era buida de Senon
T. Durán. Dejo a sus hijos, Gloria Romero, Horacio Romero
(Trine), Mucio Durán (Stacy), Delfina González (Antonio); 6
nietos y 5 bisnietos. María le gustava atender a toda la
familia que no se fueran de su casa sin comer y también le
gustava escuchar música y ver todas las peliculas de Vicente
Fernández y La India María. Descansara su Cenizas en
Woodlawn Cemetery, Toledo, Ohio.
IRIS NAVARRO CANDELARIO
Candelario, 58, of Lorain, oh, passed away following injuries sustained
in a car accident on Saturday July 2, 2016. She was born June 29, 1958
in Lorain and was a lifelong resident. Iris graduated from Southview
High School in 1977.
Iris worked as
a Special Education Administrative Assistant at Elyria City Schools and
previously at Lorain City Schools as an Administrative Assistant. She
was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. Iris was fond of traveling
and adored her work, friends, and her family. She was beginning to learn
a number of outdoor activities including paddle boarding and canoeing.
She was developing a fondness for boating as well. Iris will be
remembered for her sense of humor, love, and generosity.
She will be
deeply missed by her daughter Alicia Candelario of Cleveland, son Carlos
Candelario of Cumming, Georgia and her partner Ken Klein of Avon Lake.
Her father Regino Navarro of Lorain; brothers José Navarro of Texas,
Miguel Navarro, Hector (Carmen) Navarro and Gilberto (Diana) Navarro all
of Lorain, Roberto (Sandy) Navarro and Regino (Gladys) Navarro, Jr. both
of Kentucky; sisters Lucia (Tony) Morell and Carmen Ramos of Florida,
Judith (Luis) Figueroa, Silvia (Richard) Williams and Angela Navarro all
of Lorain, many nieces and nephews, the Klein family of Avon Lake, and
her dear friend Lizette Ayala Valdez.
preceded in death by her mother Natividad de Jesús in 2007, brother
Nelson Navarro de Jesús earlier this year and her dear friend María
Maldonado, who also passed away from the tragic accident of July 2nd.
MARIA R. MALDONADO
María Rosario Maldonado, 59, of Lorain, OH passed away Saturday,
July 2, 2016 from injuries sustained from a auto accident.
She was born October 7, 1957 in Lorain and lived in Lorain
all her life. Mary graduated from Southview High School in
1975. She was self-employed as a housekeeper and caregiver.
She was previously employed at Moen, MTD, Lithonia and US
Steel. She was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Chapel and
the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
music, dancing, arts and crafts, DIY projects and gardening. She very
much loved spending time with her grandchildren and providing care to
She will be
deeply missed by her daughters Elisa Maldonado and Ilyia Maldonado both
Lorain; her parents Luis G. and María M (née Dueño) Maldonado of Lorain;
sisters Carmen González of Lorain, Judith (Leo González) Maldonado of
Aibonito, Puerto Rico; Rose Delic of Elyria, and Milly (Manuel) Brillon
of Lorain; brother Deacon Luis A. (María) Maldonado of Amherst; seven
grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
preceded in death by her brother Steve Maldonado; niece Jessica Delic
and nephews Christopher Maldonado and Steven Pruchinsky.
Constance Carol Ortega Pecina
Constance “Connie” Pecina—originally from Ohio and now resident of
Colorado—was born on October 15, 1940 at Fostoria, Ohio to Camilo and
Frances (née Johnson) Ortega and passed away on May 17, 2016 at her
daughter’s home in Granada at the age of 75.
She is preceded in death by her parents; children, Andrea and Suzanne
Pecina; great-grandson, Pablo Pecina and her siblings, Carmen Martínez,
Joyce Gaytán, Mary Ann Martínez, and Betty Hilton.
Constance is survived by her husband, Andrés Pecina of the family home
in Toledo, OH; children, Magdalena (Ignacio Jr.) Silvas of Granada,
Angelena (Jerry) Ibarra of Holly, Andrés (Bertha) Pecina, Jr. of Toledo,
OH, Marcos Pecina of Seguin, TX, Ronald Pecina of Northwood, OH,
Leopoldo (Sonia) Pecina of Toledo, OH, Paulena (Michael Lozano) Pecina
of Holly, Carlos Pecina, Jesse Pecina and Savanna Pecina all of Toledo,
OH and Michael Pecina of Sarasota, FL as well as numerous grandchildren,
great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived
by her siblings, Elaine Ogle, Camila Ortega, Andy (RoseMary) Bernal, Jr.
and Sandra Ortega as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other family and
Memorial contributions may be made to the Constance Ortega Pecina
Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home office, Peacock Funeral Home,
209 South 4th Street, Lamar, Colorado 81052;
tele: (719) 336-2234.
Services for Toledo, Ohio residents regarding Connie Pecina were held at
SS. Peter and Paul Church on May 30th.
RICARDO OVIEDO SR.
June 17, 1955
Ricardo “Rick” Oviedo, Sr., 60, of Perrysburg, Ohio passed away with his
family by his side on February 12, 2016. He was born on June 17, 1955 in
Toledo to Teodoro and Josefina (née Castro) Oviedo.
Rick was a long time member of St. Rose Catholic Church, Perrysburg. He
was a natural born artist, who showed his love through his work. Rick
had his own style and unique personality; he was a one of a kind.
Rick was a family man with a big, caring heart not only for his family
but also friends. He always left an impression whether it be with his
work, a smile, or a joke and he will be dearly missed by all who knew
Rick is survived by his mother, Josefina; companion, Cheryl; children,
Carlos, Ricardo, Jr., Jessica, and Sonya Oviedo; siblings, Lupe, Conchi,
Lili, Lindy, and Jimmy; grandchildren, Desiree, Carlena, Vanessa, Justo,
Ricardo III, Antonio, Isabella and Ryiah and four great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his daughter, Carlena; father, Teodoro;
brothers, Cecilio and Teodoro, Jr. and wife, Angel.
Burial will be held at Restlawn Memorial Park. Memorial contributions
may be made to the family to offset Rick’s expenses.
ROBERT VILLALON JR.
Robert Villalon Jr. (“El Pink Panther”), 66, of Toledo, OH passed away
on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Ebeid Hospice in Sylvania, OH. He was
born in Toledo on September 26, 1949 to Robert and Guadalupe Villalon
Sr. Robert worked as a factory worker for City Auto Stamping.
Robert enjoyed Mexican and Tejano music and dancing, as well as being a
promoter for both. Robert was a member of the Latins United and SS.
Peter and Paul Catholic Church. He was a true family man helping any of
his family out whenever they needed him, but above all his grandchildren
held a special place in his heart.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 35 years, María
Villalon ; children, Guadalupe (Jack) Meach, Genevieve Villalon, Frank
Vásquez, and Herlinda Villalon; 13 grandchildren; and siblings Minnie,
Paul, Sylvia, Harry, and Angie. Robert was preceded in death by his
parents, granddaughter, Amanda and brother, Jesse.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. S. Josh, his
staff and granddaughter, Victoria for their loving care.
TINA MARIE LOSOYA
Tina Marie Losoya, who was born on August 17, 1963, to Rene and Isabel
Losoya, passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2015, in Cincinnati. Tina was
preceded in death by her father, Rene, and is survived by her mother,
Isabel and siblings, Rene (Regina) Losoya Jr., Diane Losoya, Angelo
(Sarah Cornell) Graza and Julian S. (Rachel Montano) Garza. She is also
survived by nieces and nephews, Rene III, Joseph, Joshua, Monique,
Damon, Julian II, Noah, Vincent, Angel, Nicholas, Mario, Eden and
Friends may call at The Walter Funeral Home, 4653 Glendale Avenue,
Toledo, Ohio on Sunday, November 8 from 2 to 7 p.m., where Funeral
Services will begin at 7 p.m. Interment will be Private. Memorial
contributions in Tina's name are requested to the family.
Theresa Tello Castro
4/29/1939 - 10/27/2015
Theresa Castro departed at
home with her 3 children,Vida (Robert) ,Vicki (Buda), Javier (Monica),
in Oregon, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years,
She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Ruben, Raul, Alicia, Velia,
Elena, Julia, Jay, Gabriel, Ricardo, Salvador, Reyna, 9 great
grandchildren Arianna, Atilano, Selena, Ruben Jr., Alianna, A'layah,
Analina, Analia, Santiago, Reynaldo.
The Castro family will be having a memorial luncheon at Latins United
706 S. St. Clair St. Toledo Ohio 43609, on Nov. 7, 2015. From 11 am- 4
pm. All friends and family are welcome to come.
Eleanor Montes, 86 years of Toledo, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday October
13, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Raymondville
TX to Antonio and Juana Martínez.
Eleanor was a woman who lived life to the fullest. She enjoyed
gardening, traveling, going to the casino, but most of all she loved
being with her family and all their many friends, all of whom either
called her mom, Aunt Eleanor or grandma. She was proud of her Mexican
Heritage and her ability to speak Spanish. Eleanor was a member of the
Latino clubs Latins United and Spanish American Organization, and to VFW
Northwood Post Ladies Auxillary.
Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband Joseph P. Montes; sons Joe
Montes Jr., Jesse Montes; daughter Judy Ruble; granddaughter Nicole
Montes; great grandchildren Ebon and Eric Maire and her parents; brother
Frank Martinez and sister Mary Vásquez.
She is survived by her children Tony (Lori) Montes, Mary (Frank) Torres
and Janet (Lewis) Mellinger; grandchildren Angie, Mike, Monique,
Brittany, Jennifer, Jesse, Ronnie; 10 great grandchildren; sister
Juanita Waxler and brother Tony (Mary) Martínez
Motown pioneer, longtime La Prensa contributor passes away
Rodolfo “Rudy” Sánchez passed away on
September 25, 2015, surrounded by family and friends. Born in Genoa, OH
on October 20, 1949, to Rodolfo and Julia (Siller) Sánchez, he served in
the U.S. Army in Vietnam War, earning a Purple Heart. He later became a
devout, faithful servant to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Rudy was an avid music lover, played bass and loved singing Tejano music
with family and friends. He will be remembered most for his story
telling and huge, giving heart. He was like family to all who knew him.
Survived by beloved wife and true love of 47 years, Juanita “Janie” (García)
Sánchez; children, Gina García-Sánchez, Danny (Diane) Sánchez, Lisa
(Ricardo) Gonzáles-Sánchez, April and Linda Sánchez, Connie, Monalisa,
Ursula and Sonya Ballez; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren;
siblings, Ramón and Yolanda Sánchez, Olivia (Julian) Herrera, Rolando
(Mary) Obregón, Anita (Steve) Martin, Esmeralda Obregón. Very dear to
his heart, Rudy Guevara, Marcus Sánchez, Mateo Sánchez, and Gonzalo
Camacho; along with more family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by parents and siblings, Ralph Costilla,
Alfonso, Linda, Roger, Richard Sánchez and many loved ones.
DAVID N. MARTÍNEZ
September 4, 2015 David N. Martínez of Adrian MI passed away
at his daughter’s home in Ypsilanti. David was born in
Blissfield on April 29, 1943 to Ramón and María (née
Navarro) Martínez. He graduated from Blissfield High School
in 1963. He married Ana (Martínez) Martínez of Adrian in
Georgia on May 31, 1965. After being honorably discharged
from the U.S. Army in 1967 he returned with his wife to
raise a family in Adrian. David worked for the Ford Motor
Company in Saline for 30 years before retiring.
He is survived by three daughters, Georgina Martínez of San Antonio, TX,
Elida Martínez (Bernabe) Robledo of San Antonio, TX, and Theresa
(Clifford) Martínez-White of Ypsilanti; six grandchildren, Jacob Pabolo,
Caleb Martínez Sewell, Eliana Robledo, David Robledo, Marianna Robledo,
and Valentina Martínez Moore; brothers Tony (María) Martínez, James
Martínez; sister Lydia (Felipe) Guzmán; sisters-in-laws, Mary Gómez,
Emily Martínez, Angie Martínez, Olga Olivarez, Gladys Martínez; step
brother, Rufus Madrid; and his long time companion Margaret Garza and
her daughter Yvonne (Cristian) Morales; and many nieces and nephews who
he loved dearly.
Mr. Martínez was preceded in death by his wife, Ana Martínez; mother
María Navarro Martínez Madrid; father Ramón Martínez; step-father,
Casimiro Madrid; brothers, Henry Martínez, Raymond Martínez, and Paul
Martínez; sister Marie Louisa Martínez (José) Valdez; mother-in-law
Angelita Martínez; nephew, Ernesto Martínez; niece, Beatriz Martínez;
and three brother-in-laws, Isidro Martínez, Federico Martínez, and Jesse
Gómez; and step sister, Asención Cruz (née Madrid).
Díaz, originally from Robstown TX, passed on August 4, 2015, at Harper
Hospital in Detroit, MI after losing a lengthy battle to Chronic Kidney
Disease. Virginia retired from working with the State of Ohio, Dept. of
Mental Health, working as an account clerk in a supervisory position at
the Toledo Mental Health Center. She was elected Treasurer of the OCSEA
chapter at this facility. Other positions that she had were working for
Riverside Hospital and various factories in the Toledo OH area. She also
was a radio disc jockey for a local Mexican-American radio program in
the Toledo area. She loved la música tejana.
She is survived by her children, Charles J. Sarabia (Abbie), Israel L.
Díaz (Jane), Victor M. Díaz, Cynthia Ann G. Torres, and Abraham A. Díaz.
She had 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and 1
Virginia was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Albert E.
Díaz; parents, Louis and Juanita Sarabia; brothers, Jesús Sarabia,
Felipe Sarabia, Francisco Sarabia, and Rubén Sarabia; and sisters,
Estefana Silva, Alicia Rodríguez, and Mary Lucio.
CARLOS TIRADO SANTIAGO
Tirado, 82, of Lorain, OH passed away Saturday, August 8, 2015 in his
home following a lengthy illness. Carlos was born May 4, 1933 in San
Sebastian, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain in 1950.He retired from Lake
Terminal Railroad in 1993. He worked there for 37 Years. Carlos was a
faithful member of Sacred Heart Chapel for over 55 years. He was a
Crusillista and active with, St. Vincent DePaul Society and the
Charismatic Group. Carlos was also involved with fundraising for the
construction of the new church.
He will be
deeply missed by his wife of 50 years Ana M. Tirado; sons Carlos (Janet)
and Edwin (Evi) Tirado both of Florida, Albert (Bernice)Tirado and
Nelson (Teresa) both of Lorain, daughters Marlene Tirado and Pauline
Santiago both of Lorain; brothers Sixto, Regalado, Jaime and Marcelino
Santiago all of Lorain, Eladio and José R. Santiago both of Puerto Rico;
sisters Candida Ramos both of Lorain and Anadelia Santiago and
Guillermina Santiago of Puerto Rico; 11 grandchildren, and one great
granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.
Carlos was preceded in death by his parents Marcelo Santiago and Paula
will receive friends Thursday, August 13, 2015 from 4 to 8 PM at the
Richard J. Reidy Funeral Home, 1783 East 31st Street, South Lorain,
Ohio. Friends may also call Friday from 8:30 AM until the time of Mass
of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM at Sacred Heart Chapel, 3401 Pearl
Avenue, Lorain. Rev. Father William A. Thaden, pastor will be the
celebrant. The burial will follow Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst
CRISPINA A. RODRÍGUEZ
Crispina A. Rodríguez, 89, of Gibsonburg, OH passed away on August 2,
2015 at the Hospice of Western Reserve, Cleveland. Born in Maxwell, TX
on October 25, 1925, she was a daughter of Narciso and Consuelo (Baez)
Avalos. Crispina retired from BGSU as a custodian. She enjoyed cooking,
sewing, and gardening.
Crispina was married to Aniceto Rodríguez; he preceded her in death
October 1985. She is survived by children, Antonia Rodríguez, Dora
Rodríguez, Crispina Molina, Olga Ramirez, Rubén Rodríguez, Teresa
Rodríguez, Roberta García, and David Rodríguez; siblings, Tony Hernández,
Moises Hernández, and Josefina Jaso. Also surviving are many many
grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, whom
she considered God's precious jewels of her crown of life.
Crispina is preceded in death by her parents; twin infants, Fidel &
Rogelio Rodríguez; son, Arturo “Rey” Rodríguez; daughter, Esther Treviño;
siblings, Anastacio Abalos, Apolinar Rodríguez, Elodia Garza, Epifano
Avalos, Fidel Hernández, and Lolita Avalos; and grandson, Marcos Cásares.
GERARD J. LUNA
Gerard J. Luna, of Toledo, OH passed away Saturday, May 30, 2015, in the
Hospice of Northwest Ohio Inpatient Unit, Perrysburg, surrounded by his
family and serenaded by his music and blessings from Rev. Kent Kaufman.
He was born December 19, 1961, in Toledo, Ohio to John G. and Augustina
Gerard was a gifted musician who played and composed all types of music.
He performed on the saxophone, trumpet, accordion, keyboard and rhythm
instruments. Gerard was active in the Latino community and especially
supported the homeless by also volunteering and performing for them on
Preceded in death by his mother, he is survived by his father, John G.
Luna; sisters, Guadalupe Luna, Eva Miller, Micaela Luna, Andrea Luna,
and brother, Ruben Luna; brother-in-law, Dionicio Valdes, and a host of
special nieces and nephews.
Consuelo “Connie” Avalos, 48, of Toledo, OH, passed away on
Saturday, May 30, 2015. Her 3 children (Diamond, Ruby, and
Chello), mother (Sarah), 4 brothers (Epifanio Jr., Rubén,
Benjamin, and Raúl) and 3 sisters (Esmeralda Treviño,
Eriselda, and Sarah) survive Connie, who will be dearly
Christina Gomez, 50, of Curtice, OH, passed away on Sunday, May 31,
2015, at The Willows in Oregon. She was born in Toledo on November 2,
1964, to Ignacio and Dolores (née Navarro) López and had worked as a
Department Manager with WalMart for many years. Christina was a loving
wife, mother, and grandmother and cherished every moment spent with her
husband and her grandchildren.
Christina is survived by her loving husband, Felipe “Flaco” Beltrán
Gomez; mother, Dolores; children, Dolores (Daniel) Stevenson, Carolina
(José) Castro, and Jaime Beltrán; grandchildren, Celestina, Alondra,
Angie, and Annicia; siblings, Richard (Cassidy) López, Carmen (Carlos)
Castillo, and Wella López.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ignacio, and brother, Rudy
November 29, 1956 - May 6, 2015
Arturo López, 58, of Lansing, MI passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in
Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit. He was born to Willie and Delia (née
Castillo) López Sr. on November 29, 1956 in Saginaw, MI.
Arturo had a heart of gold and tremendous passion for Tejano
music. He started out with his band La Corporación 35 years ago,
partnering with his good friend and colleague Kookie Hernández, and has
inspired a multitude of people, including his family, especially his
brother, Gary López, and other future musicians. The band was extremely
popular and entertained Tejano audiences throughout the Midwest. The
band received numerous awards and was actively engaged in the Midwest
Tejano Music Awards from 1991 to 1997. There will be a special
tribute to him on June 7 in Saginaw, MI during the Midwest Tejano
Along with his passion for music, Arturo loved spending time with his
family, reminiscing about the “good times.”
Survivors include his children: Christi López, Arturo López Jr., and
their mother, Honda, Carlos López, Mario López, Brisa López, and their
mother, María; his grandchildren: Anthony Delgado, Alexus Delgado,
Carlos Gaije López, and Lyriq Hall; his dear mother, Delia López; his
brothers and sisters: María (Bob) Díaz, Mario López, Blanca (Frank)
García, Gary (Irene) López, Nina López, Jackie López, Elsa (Gary)
McClain, Tony López, and Rolando López; very special nephew, Gary López
Jr.; along with many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews,
cousins, and friends; his very special cousin, Francis “Kika” Sevilla
Wright; and members of La Corporación: Kookie Hernández, Rubén Herrera,
and Joe Herrera Jr.
He was preceded in death by his father, Willie López Sr.; sister, Irma
López; and his brother, Willie López Jr.
The Funeral Liturgy was celebrated on May 12, 2015 in All Saints Parish
(St. James Church), 710 Columbus Ave., Bay City, MI. Rev. José María
Cabrera presided with interment in St. Patrick Cemetery.
Juan Ramos Jr. 65, of Toledo, OH, passed away in his residence on
Friday, May 8, 2015. Juan was born in Adrian, Michigan on June 13, 1949
to Juan and Ambrosia Ramos Sr. He had worked at Page Plus Cellular. Juan
enjoyed playing the drums for Rubén Ramos and La Familia band for many
years. His true love and enjoyment was spending time with his
grandchildren and his family.
Surviving are his wife, Sulema; children, John (Leandra), Priscilla
(Arnold) Escobar; grandchildren, Ashley, Riana,…
Arnold, Alex; sister, Lupe Mahn; nephew, Rueben (Mary) Ramos. Juan was
preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Benny, Mary, David, and
Visitation held at Eggleston, Meinert &
Pavley Funeral Home, Oregon Chapel, 440 S. Coy Road, on Tuesday from 2-8
pm and where his funeral service held on Wednesday at 11:00 am.
Interment follows in Historic Woodlawn Cemetery.
CHRISTOPHER PATRICK NAZARIO JR.
Christopher Patrick Nazario, Jr., 34 yrs., a resident of Lorain, OH,
passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Mercy Regional Medical Center in
Lorain, following a sudden illness. He was born May 12, 1980 in Lorain.
Christopher was a lifetime resident of Lorain, and attended Admiral King
High School. He was employed at Northfield/Oldcastle Company in
Sheffield Village. His hobbies included sports, music, and cooking. He
loved dogs and cats, especially Zva his dog and his cat Dino. He loved
physical work such as landscaping and helping his family with
maintenance around their homes. Christopher enjoyed spending time with
his family, especially with his niece Kayla.
Survivors include his parents Christopher P. and Debbie Nazario (née:
Ponorica); brother Michael Nazario all of Lorain; niece Kayla Nazario;
paternal aunt Angie Nazario; maternal grandmother Norma Ponorica (née:
Shippe); paternal step grandmother Pet Nazario; maternal uncle Anthony
Ponorica; maternal aunt Kim Risdon (Rob); his godfather Mark Nazario and
godmother Valerie Buckley; many aunt, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather George Ponorica in
2009; paternal grandfather José Nazario in 2009; paternal grandmother
Margaret Nazario (née: McCabe) in 1994; and his uncle Joe Nazario in
SENOVIA ROSE HERNÁNDEZ
Senovia Rose Hernández, 102 years, passed away peacefully
en la casa on March 21, 2015, surrounded by her loving
family. She was born in Waring, TX on October 30, 1912, to
Hipolito and Cipriana (née Martínez) Rodríguez. Her family
moved to Toledo, OH in December 1925. Senovia was a
wonderful homemaker throughout her life. She was a member of
the Legion of Mary at St. Joseph’s parish in Sylvania, and
an active member of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, where she
taught catechism classes in the early 1930s. She was an avid
reader, enjoyed crocheting, embroidering, and tending to her
She is survived by her children: Francisco (Priscilla) of
Albuquerque, NM, Mary Mantey of Toledo, Fernando (Linda) of
Riga, MI, Margarita “Peg” (Daniel) Kasprzak of Toledo,
Nicolas (Julia) Hernández of Oregon, Oh; 19 grandchildren
and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren, along with
nieces and nephews.
Also surviving are her sisters: Sr. Therese Rodríguez, IWS,
Mary González, and Theresa Hernández.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Angel
Hernández, in September 2005, and her siblings, Genovea,
Patrick, Virginia, Louis, Juana, Genevieve Rodríguez, and
RICHARD P. GARCIA
Richard P. Garcia Sr, 84, of Lorain, OH died unexpectedly on
Wednesday March 11, 2015 in the emergency room at Mercy
Regional Medical Center in Lorain. He was born March 17,
1930 in Rockdale, Texas and had resided in Lorain since
1949. In 1949, he worked at the Lake Terminal Railroad in
Lorain then joined the US Army and served during the Korean
War as a medic with the rank of Corporal. After his
discharge from the Army, he returned to Lorain and worked at
The Shovel as a Supervisor/Foreman for 18 years. Later, he
worked at the Lorain Ford Assembly Plant as a Maintenance
Welder for 23 years retiring in 1995. Richard was an active
member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church where he was
a member of the Senior Sociables. He was a member of United
Auto Workers Local #425 in Lorain, a member and past
president of the Mexican Mutual Society, a member of the
Lorain Senior Community Center where he was in charge of the
building and maintenance, a trustee of the Lorain
International Festival Association, a member of Sacred Heart
Chapel Guadalupe Society and a member of IAV Post #1. He
enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and attending
He is survived by his wife of 60 years Pauline García (née
Prieto), children Rick García (Lori) and Diana Lesiecki, all
of Lorain, grandchildren Tim García (Katie) of Woburn,
Massachusetts, Renee García and Chris García (Britni), all
of Columbus, AJ Lesiecki and Jonathon Lesiecki, both of
Lorain, sisters Ruth De La Garza and Mary Alice Solis, both
of San Antonio, Texas and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents AC and Antonia
García (née Zamora), brother Edward García, sisters Elvira
Cauthen and Sally Aguirre and son-in-law David Lesiecki.
Enriqueta (née Hernández) Rodríguez, 74 of Toledo, OH passed
away on March 11, 2015 at The University of Toledo Medical
Center. She was born July 14, 1940 in San Miguel Regla
Hidalgo, Mexico to Guadalupe and Juana (Licona) Hernández.
She leaves behind her husband, Juventino Rodríguez; her
brothers: Cecelio Hernández, Alberto (Veronica) Hernández,
and Olegario Hernández; seven children: Arturo (Ruth Ann)
Hernández, Pepe (Patty) Escutia, Emilio Hernández, Markus (Karie)
Rodríguez, María Rodríguez and Irma Rodríguez; niece Juana
(Bert) McLellan; 24 cherished grandchildren; three treasured
great-grandchildren; one great-niece.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings:
Lupe, Paz, Chavelo, and Micaela; sister-in-law, Elia
Sylvester Muñoz , 86, died Saturday, February 28, 2015, at
St. Vincent Mercy Hospital, Toledo Ohio, surrounded by his
loving family. Sylvester was born on December 28, 1928, in
Marlin, Texas. He was a devoted husband of 60 years to Elda
Muñoz , who survives him. He was a devoted father and
grandfather and is also survived by his children, Sylvester
(Juanita) Muñoz Jr., Sylvia Muñoz , Joseph F. (Rosemary)
Muñoz , Griselda (Elias) Espinoza; John Muñoz ; and James E.
Muñoz ; numerous grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
STEVE DeHOYOS JR.
Steve DeHoyos Jr., 54, of Perrysburg, OH died Monday,
February 16, 2015, in Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. He
was born in Oregon, OH on November 2, 1961, to Esteban and
Marie (née Navarro) DeHoyos and was married on, January 31,
1986, in Bowling Green to Diane M. Gonzáles.
Steve was a 1980 graduate of Cardinal Stritch High School
and continued his education at Bowling Green State
University where he received a Bachelor's Degree in
Political Science. He worked for 10 years at Jobst Institute
and most recently for John Hancock in insurance sales. Steve
was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church in Perrysburg where
he was a former treasurer of the Boy Scouts and for eight
years served as a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House in
Steve was a lifetime fan of the Detroit Tigers and also a
fan of St. Francis de Sales High School, the Ohio State
Buckeyes, BGSU and the Detroit Red Wings and any team that
involved kids. He was also a fan of ANY team that was
playing Michigan. He enjoyed listening to Mexican and Tejano
music, watching sporting events, laughter, and it touched
his heart when anyone laughed at his jokes.
He is survived by his wife, Diane; sons, Andrew S. DeHoyos of Perrysburg
and Gabriel S. DeHoyos (Chelsi Vásquez) of Holland; grandson, John
Villarreal; sisters, Diane DeHoyos of Texas and Rose DeHoyos of Genoa,
OH; many nieces and nephews; father and mother-in-law, Francisco and
Marie Gonzáles; sisters-in-law, Delia Gonzáles, Josephine (Albert)
González, Eleanor (Javier) DeJesús, Rose Mary Gonzáles (Steve) Barton,
Christy Gonzáles, and brother-in-law, Fred Gonzáles.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Petra Reyna of Toledo;
sister-in-law, Lupe (Serafin) Centeno, and brother-in-law, Frank
Alberto Almaraz, born July 7, 1926 in Texas, lived a long,
meaningful life. Alberto passed away peacefully in his home
on January 25, 2015, with his loving wife of 66 years,
Ofelia, and his family by his side. Services were held at
SS. Peter and Paul Church, Toledo.
Mary C. Garza, 68, died peacefully on January 26, 2015 at Hospice
in Perrysburg, OH. She was born April 8, 1946 in Eaglepass, TX to Ysidro
and Petra (née Maldonado) Durán. Mary married Braulio “Lal” Garza 47
years ago. She worked as a beautician all her life. Mary also worked at
Chrysler, retiring in 2008. She was dedicated to serving the Lord, her
husband and children, grandchildren, and a host of friends. Mary was a
selfless and humble person to all who knew her. She ministered to those
in her life with Christian CDs. She adored being with all of her family.
She is survived by her children Cynthia (Stacey Simmons), Nicole
(Robert García), Mona (Edmundo Ruiz) and her only son Joseph Garza;
grandchildren Roberto Ribas, Anthony II and Alex Urbina, Julian and
Joaquin Simmons, Mia, María and Edmundo Ruiz; special nephew and god son
Manuel (Melinda) Mora. She is survived by her siblings Sylvester Durán,
Petra Montez, Ysidro, José and Sesario Durán, and many nieces and
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Braulio, and
sisters Delfina Mora and Esperanza Gonzáles.
It is with great sadness that the family of Rudy Guardiola of Toledo, OH
share the sudden passing of their beloved Rudy Guardiola. Rudy was a
great part of the laughter within his family. Rudy enjoyed fishing, zero
candy bars, hard licorice, reading books on tape, ‘B’ rated movies, and
rooting for his favorite Detroit teams, the Lions and Tigers. Rudy
served in the U.S. Army. He worked for more than 25 years in the Toledo
Area Sanitary District - Mosquito Control.
He is survived by his wife, Linda; children, Ashlee Salazar (Mike J.),
Jesse, Angelica (Austin L.) and Miguel; grandchildren, Jessie and Mason;
his father, Raúl Guardiola (Rudy) and his brother and sisters, John
(Marina) Guardiola, Alicia (Charles) Geyer, Gloria (Donald) Mikolajczak,
María Guardiola, Eleanor (Francisco) Villagomez and Esther Guardiola
(Ramón P.) and many, many nephews, nieces and cousins.
He was preceded in death by loving mother, Diamantina, and baby brother,
Manuel Nieto, age 78, of Lorain, OH passed away on Thursday, Jan.
29, 2015. He was an avid bowler and golfer, playing in many various
leagues. He was a steel worker at US Steel and a co-founder of Mexican
Mutual Society; most important to Manuel was his familia.
Manuel is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Virginia (née
Kovach); his loving children, Enedina Nieto (Jerry), Nancy Jessel, Carol
Kolcun (David), Dennis Jessel, JoAnn Harris (Buford), Arthur Nieto
(Gloria), Adela Nieto, Rebecca Nieto, Grace Nieto, Paul Nieto, Dan
Nieto, Gene Nieto, and Ben Nieto; 22 grandchildren; 21
great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.He was preceded in
death by his parents, Pablo and María Nieto; one brother; and two
Louis R. Segura, age 64, of East Toledo, OH passed away suddenly on
January 18, 2015. Louis was born on May 24, 1950, the son of Manuel and
Emma (née Toral) Segura.
Surviving are sisters, Margaret Finkbeiner and Rita Hulls; brothers,
James, Steven (Nancy), David, John (Boni), Patrick, George and Joseph;
sister-in-law, Rose Segura and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Gloria Maulbetsch;
brothers, Alfonse, Anthony, Charles, and Edward.
RUDOLPHO V. FLORES JR.
Rudolpho V. Flores Jr., age 58, of Toledo, OH passed away
suddenly on Monday, January 19, 2015, in St. Vincent Mercy
Medical Center. He was self-employed most of his life.
He was preceded in death by his father, Rodolfo Flores Sr.,
and brother, John Victor.
Rudolpho is survived by his mother, Consuelo (née Campos)
Flores; children, Carissa, Vanessa, Milisa, Sara, Danielle,
Rudy III, Mathias, and Brodderyk; 16 grandchildren and 2
great-grandchildren, and sisters, Christina, Raquel, Linda,
Suzanne, and Connie.
JULIO ZAVALA SR.
Julio Zavala Sr., 88, of Lorain, OH passed away Saturday, January 17,
2015 at University Hospital Elyria Medical Center following a lengthy
Feb. 17, 1926 in Escalon, California, he came to Lorain in 1948 and has
lived here since.
Julio worked 33 years at the Lorain Ford Assembly Plant as a welder,
retiring in 1991. Prior to this he worked in the naval shipyard in New
Jersey and Lake Terminal Railroad.
was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and the United Auto Workers
Union Local 425.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Gabina Candelaria (née Balbuena); a
son, Julio Zavala Jr., of Sarasota, Florida; daughters, Gloria (Jorge
Flores) Zavala of Lorain, Yolanda (Michael) Dudek of Eastpointe,
Michigan, and Amparo Portillo of Dearborn, Michigan; 7 grandchildren and
14 great grandchildren; and a sister.
was preceded in death by his son, Javier Zavala in 1993; and his
parents, Leopold and Apolonia (née Fuentes) Zavala; and 4 sisters.
Anthony “Cool Breeze” Levario of Saginaw, MI passed away
January 1, 2015 at his home. Anthony was born September 4,
1967 in Midland TX. He was a graduate of Arthur Hill High
School and the Media Tech Music Institute in Austin.
The Tejano worked in the entertainment industry in Michigan
and Texas—he was a member of Tejano band Más Caliente
Surviving are his four daughters: Eulalea “Lala” Levario,
Laura Levario, Victoria Levario, and Antonia Levario; four
grandchildren: Anthony Miller, Noah Miller, Malaya Hughes,
and Jamir Hughes; three brothers: Joseph (Mamie) Levario
III, Daniel Levario, and Jason Levario; two sisters:
Margaret (Juan) Selley and Valerie Urivez; his mother, Dora
Urivez; grandmother, Lucille Levario; and many nieces and
Antonio was preceded in death by one daughter, Selena
Levario; his father Joseph Levario, Jr.; and grandfather,
Rubén Flores, Sr.
A benefit dance is scheduled for Friday, January 23, 2015 at
Florence Street Hall, 110 Florence St., Saginaw MI.
Rosa Lombrana, 89, of the old South end of Toledo, died
peacefully on January 7, 2015. She was born in Franklin,
Minnesota on June 9, 1925, to Emeterio and Lucianna Alonzo.
She grew up in Crystal City, TX and raised her children in
Toledo, Ohio. Rosa was a longtime active member of Sts.
Peter and Paul Catholic church, the Guadalupe Society and
the DeColores, a religious organization. She was known for
her famous tamales. Many will remember her long lines at her
food both at the Toledo ethnic street festivals. Rosa
enjoyed watching her telenovelas and going to dances.
Rosa is survived by her children, Jesse, María, and Antonio
Lombrana; over 60 grand, great, and great-great
grandchildren; her sister, Estella Rivera and her special
niece, Olga Avalos and family. She was preceded in death by
her parents; her children, Rosemarie Becerra, José, Ray,
David, Romiro, and Martin Lombrana; her brothers, Guadalupe,
Emeterio, Antonio, and Augustine Alonzo.
In Loving Memory of our Mother
You can only have one mother
Patient kind and true;
No other friend in all the world,
Will be the same to you.
When other friends forsake you,
To mother you will return,
For all her loving kindness,
She asks nothing in return.
As we look upon her picture,
Sweet memories we recall,
Of a face so full of sunshine,
And a smile for one and all.
Sweet Jesus, take this message,
To our dear mother up above;
Tell her how we miss her,
And give her all our love.
Happy Birthday Mom
ELSA VÁSQUEZ FERREYRA
Elsa Vásquez Ferreyra, age 89, passed away peacefully on December 14,
2014 at Toledo Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. Elsa was born in La Serena,
Chile on August 25, 1925. Her mother Fresia moved with Elsa to Lima,
Perú at an early age, where she attended school. She married her
sweetheart Jorge Vásquez Gutiérrez and together they raised their family
in Lima, Perú.
They had 6 children: Jorge Vásquez, Fresia Vásquez, Hernán Vásquez,
Mario Vásquez, Elsa Nakashima Vásquez, and Ines Vásquez.
Of her 6 children, she is survived by 4: Fresia (who lives in Maryland),
Hernán and Elsa (who reside in Toledo), and Ines (who resides in Lima,
Elsa is also survived by 20 great grandchildren, living from Rome,
Italy, Maryland, Ohio, and Michigan to Lima, Perú.
A Memorial Mass and blessing of her ashes will be celebrated at Saints
Peter and Paul Catholic Church located at 728 S. St. Clair St. Toledo,
Ohio 43619, on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 12:00 noon, with Fr. Francisco
Molina. Her daughter Ines will be present to deliver her mothers’ ashes
to rest next to her husband and mother at the British Cemetery in Lima,
Lunch and a gathering will follow at the parish hall adjacent to the
church immediately after the Mass. All her friends are invited to share
some of Elsa’s memories with her family.
The family suggests tributes to her fund at SS. Peter and Paul Church
for the preservation of the beautiful 25’ mural of the Virgin of
Guadalupe, the patroness of the Américas, which she always admired as a
sign of motherly love and hope to all who visit the neighborhood.
Paula (née Vribes) Hall, age 41, was called home on December 23,
2014. She was born July 28, 1973. Paula loved her family deeply, was
loved by many and will be dearly missed.
She is survived by her children Jeremy (Chelsea), Anthony, Keysha,
Keyjuan, Aaliyah, and Angela; her companion Limon Wilson; brothers
Anthony and Scott; sisters Tina, Tanya, Kathy Jo; and granddaughter
Amina. She is preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, aunts,
uncles and children. A memorial service will be held at the Fredrick
Douglas Center, 1001 Indiana Ave., on Friday, January 2nd at 2 p.m.
FRANK V. AVILA
Frank V. Avila, born January 29, 1944, age 70, of Swanton, OH, passed
away Thursday morning, November 27, 2014, after a fatal car accident.
Frank is a veteran of the Vietnam War; he worked full time as a security
guard. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. He loved listening
to music; some of his happiest times were playing the base guitar in a
band with his brothers called “Conjunto San Juan.”
Frank is survived by his wife of 47 years, Rosemary Avila, and five
children: Román (Darlene) Avila, Martín (Angela) Avila, Umberto (Becky)
Avila, Elda “Peach” (John) Rafey, and Cecilio Avila; also three
brothers, Mike Avila, Tony Avila and Robert Avila; two sisters, Juanita
Aldaco and Jessica Blanco; he leaves behind 17 grandchildren.
Frank is preceded in death by his parents, Saturnino Avila and Consuelo
Avila; also his brother, Mario Avila and sister, Tina Guardiola.
SALUD GONZÁLEZ DE CORTEZ
Salud “Sally” Rose González de Cortez, age 92, of Toledo, passed away
Saturday, November 29, 2014, in Hospice of Northwest Ohio. A graduate of
Central Catholic High School, she attended Community Technical College,
studying business administration. She worked as a broker for 15 years
for E.O.P.A., advocating for Latinos to get the benefits they deserve.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert J; sisters, Leona,
Josephine, Mary, Aurora, Sue Campos, Ruth García, Sister María Jose OSU
and Remedias; brothers, Frank, Manuel, Fritz, Sylvester, Joseph, and
She is survived by brothers, Anthony (Irene) González; children,
Anthony, Alexander, Josephine (Bill), Helen (David), Jesús, Theresa, and
Ramón; as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
JOSEPH “JOSE” MARTINEZ, March 19, 1956
to November 30, 2014
Joseph “José” Martínez (Joe), 58 years old, a local, self-taught artist
from South Toledo was called home to heaven on Sunday, November 30, 2014
after experiencing an unexpected health condition at St. Vincent’s
Hospital. He was born on March 19, 1956 in Toledo, Ohio to the late
Eusebio (Sam) and Concepción (aka Concha née Cortinas) Martínez.
José, known to many as Joe, was a very talented artist and member of
OLA – Organization of Latino Artists. His contributions include the
painting of over 30 murals in the city in an effort to bring beauty,
vibrancy, and expression through art to South Toledo, an area of the
city that he held close to his heart.
Joe worked with area troubled youth in hopes to help transform their way
of thinking. He often shared his story on how painting and art had a
profound impact on his life and changed his own way of thinking. He was
an active supporter of the Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center
and La Galería. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Joe leaves behind to cherish his memory his son Joey (Bambi) Martínez
Jr. of Las Vegas, NV; his daughter Amie (Roberto) Avelar; his
grandchildren Joe III, Felipe, Concepción (Chita), Selena, Emiliano,
Monica, and Roberto III ; his siblings Thomas Martínez, Balbina (Tomás)
Ruiz, Sabina (Martín) Elizondo, Juliana (Edmundo) Ruiz, Henry Martínez,
Lupe (Carlos) Jaso, Suzie Martínez, María (Cuca) Martínez, Juan (Carol)
Martínez of Angola, IN; several nieces and nephews; and his girlfriend
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Cayetano (Carl)
Martínez and Simon Martínez; nieces Gloria Ruiz, Sandi Elizondo, April
Martínez; and nephew Cayetano (Carl Jr.) Martínez.
JOSE A. HERNANDEZ
Jose A. “Papo” Hernández, Sr., age 63, of Lorain, Ohio passed away on
Nov. 15, 2014, in the Cleveland Clinic, following a long illness. He was
born in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, coming to Lorain over 20 years age.
José Hernández was employed with US Steel Corp. as a crane operator and
a supervisor for the Lorain Metro Housing Authority retiring in January
He enjoyed watching TV and spending time with his family and friends. He
will be missed by his daughter, Lissette Román, of Miami Fla.; sons,
José A. Hernández, Jr., José E. Hernández, and Steven Hernández, all of
Lorain, Emilo Joe Hernández of Miami Fla., Marius Lamar Hernández of
Lorain; seven grandchildren; brothers, Emigdio Hernández, of Puerto
Rico, and Domingo Mendoza, Jr., of Lorain; sister, Fanny Mendoza, of
Lorain; and a host of nieces and nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his parents, Miguel A. and Aracely Hernández;
step-father, Domingo Ocasio.
CHERYL LYNN CARRILLO-TORRES
Cheryl Lynn Carrillo-Torres, age 56, of Niagara Falls, NY passed away
October 9, 2014, at her home. She was born in Toledo, Ohio on September
18, 1958, to Connie (née Nino) and Carlos Carrillo. Cheryl attended
Rogers High School and retired from Hunt’s Foods. She enjoyed watching
old movies and old TV shows, her favorite being I Love Lucy. She
also enjoyed her weekly talks with her grandchildren.
Cheryl is survived by her mother, Connie, and her father, Carlos
Carrillo; sons, Samuel Jr. (Tammie) Torres, Steven (Courtney) Torres;
daughters, Rebekah (William) Torres and ReAnna (Mark) Cunningham; 13
grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; grandmother, Helen Nini;
brothers, Anthony (Janie), Michael, Christopher (Sharon), Daniel
(Theresa) and Tom Brenda Carrillo; sister, Cathi Carrillo; 2
stepbrothers; step-sister, Kathy Johnson; companion, Jeff Regis and his
family from Niagara Falls; 23 nieces and nephews; the father of her
children, Samuel Torres Sr. and the Torres family and her “brother from
another mother,” Frank Martínez Jr. Cheryl was preceded in death by her
grandparents, Jesse Nino, Aseción, and Leocadia Carrillo; stepmother,
Betty Carrillo; niece, Connie Carrillo and 3 infant great-nephews.
María Guadalupe “Lupita” Andaverde, 86, of Genoa, OH, died late evening,
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at the Genoa Retirement Village. She was
born on March 2, 1928, in Edcouch, Texas, to Martin and Gregoria (née
Villarreal) Ramirez. On July 21, 1946, in Weslaco, Texas, she married
Edelmiro “Andy” Andaverde and he preceded her in death on July 30, 2005.
María attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Genoa, where she
and her husband were founding members of the Guadalupe Society of which
María was a past treasurer, vice president and president.
In the 1960s María and her husband organized and were responsible for
helping to introduce the summer Mexican Masses to the migrant community
at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. María was well known for her
excellent Mexican cooking throughout the area and was often called to
help cook and organize the funeral luncheons for the Mexican community.
She also catered Mexican wedding receptions and quinceañeras for family
María was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who enjoyed spending
time with her children and grandchildren at all family gatherings. She
especially loved each and every one of her grandchildren and will be
greatly missed by them at future family events. Some of her favorite
pastimes were playing bingo, word search puzzles, watching her
novellas, watching her favorite TV program, Sabado Gigante with
Don Francisco, listening to Mexican music, and gardening for which
she truly had a “green thumb.”
María is survived by her children José (Mary Lou) Andaverde, Ricardo
(Grace) Andaverde, Reynaldo “Manny” (Sandy) Andaverde, Daniel Andaverde
(Cathy Clarkcone), Irma (William) Wolph, Rene (Cinda) Andaverde, and
Ludivina “Lulu” Andaverde (Clare Cain).
She is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and
one great-great-grandchild. Other survivors include her sisters, Ninfa
Orozco and Manuela “Mela” (Ignacio) García; brothers, Remigio (Marta)
Ramirez, Victor “Tito” (Carmen) Ramirez and Rudolfo “Rudy” (Aurora)
Ramirez, along with many nieces and nephews.
María was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Mary Jane
Andaverde; grandson, Bhart Andaverde; former daughter-in-law, Sandra (Sooy)
Andaverde; infant sister, Angelita Ramirez, and infant brothers, Rene,
Domingo, and Marcelo Ramirez; sister-in-law, Gloria López, and
brothers-in-law, Eduardo “Eddie” Orozco and Ernesto “Ernie” Padilla.
RAÚL HERNÁNDEZ SR.
Raúl “Blackie” Hernández, Sr., age 84, of Toledo, OH, passed away on
Saturday, September 27, 2014, at home. He was born August 14, 1930, in
Odem, TX. He married his “Chuy,” Lola Hernández, on November 12, 1958,
who preceded him in death. Those who knew him knew what he liked
including music by Fats Domino, but that didn’t stop him from being a
loyal husband, father and hardworking man. He retired in 1985 from
Royster’s Fertilizing Co.
Raúl was the last Tio to the families of his sisters, Trinidad Salas,
María Mendiola, and brother, Felix Hernández, all who preceded him in
He was also preceded in death by his son, Rudy Sr. and grandson, Thomas.
Surviving are his children, Raúl Jr. (Crystal), Paul (Laura), Norma,
Valerie and Alexandra Hernández; 14 grandchildren, 29 great-
grandchildren, many nephews and nieces, including, Nico (Nicole Magaña)
who will miss him dearly. Although he’s gone, we know he’s going to Da
Le Shine on that Blueberry Hill with his Chuy.
Melissa Ortiz-Bebbington, age 26, of Beavercreek, OH passed away on
Tuesday, September 23, 2014. She is preceded in death by her
grandmother, María Tomasa-Ortiz.
Melissa is survived by her husband, Greg Bebbington; parents, Tony and
Lilly Ortiz; sister, María Ortiz; grandfather, Carlos González, as well
as numerous other family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Melissa Ortiz-Bebbington
Scholarship through the Wright State Foundation.
MARTIN R. CARABALLO
Martin R. “Papá” Caraballo, 64, of Lorain, OH passed away Thurs., Sept.
18, 2014, surrounded by family after a long battle with Alzheimer’s
Disease. Martin was born Oct. 30, 1949, in Yauco, Puerto Rico, the
youngest of seven children to Martin Sr. and Isabel Caraballo. At 29
years, he relocated to Lorain, and was employed as a Mold Cutter for 38
years until his retirement in 2005. Martin was a skilled bowler with the
Spanish American Bowling League and won many accolades over the years.
He was also an accomplished wood worker, whose completed works included
everything from handmade, functional carousels to custom designed
furniture and dollhouses. Martin enjoyed gardening and working outdoors,
particularly maintaining his extensive rose garden. His most prized
possession and his greatest enjoyment was his family.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 27 years, Bev (née Skidmore); his
three hijas, Topaz Reyna of Lorain, Sonia (Marcus Hintz) Caraballo of
Lorain, and Sol (Ryan) Demich of Amherst; ten grandchildren and three
great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, four
siblings, and two infant grandchildren.
Raúl Hernández, 92, of Lorain, OH, passed away Thurs., Sept. 11, 2014 at
the home of his son, Raúl. Raúl was born on March 3, 1922 in Lares,
Puerto Rico. He retired from Standard Pipe in 1989, working there for 33
years. He was an avid gardener, cook, and loved playing dominoes. He was
a member of Templo Emmanuel.
He is survived by his former wife of María Hernández; sons Raúl Hernán
Hernández of Lorain, Frankie Hernández (Megan) of Valrico, Florida; Raúl
Otero of Carolina, Puerto Rico; daughters Ruth “Cuchie” Hernández (Fico
Torres) of Lorain, Norma Pérez of Detroit, MI, and Irma Flecha of Tampa,
Florida; 4 adopted children: Francine, Victor, Joey and Scott Hernández;
sisters, Monin Mendez and Iris Martínez of California; brother, José
“Cheo” Martínez of Puerto Rico; 19 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren
and 12 great great grandchildren.
Raúl was preceded in death by his wife Agracelia Hernández; parents Luis
Crespo and Francisca Hernández; brothers, Rafaél and Luis Hernández; and
daughter Celida “Sally” Ortiz.
MARY S. LEAL
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
ABRIEL VINCENT RUIZ
Abriel Vincent “Abez” Ruiz, age 34, of Toledo, OH passed away Wednesday,
September 3, 2014. He was born to Paul and Amelia (Bermejo) Ruiz on
October 12, 1979, in Toledo. Abriel worked as a tattoo artist for
Goodfella’s Tattoo / Electric Ink. Drawing was his passion, but Abez was
also a writer, filling pages of notebooks with all kinds of art.
Abriel is survived by his mother, Amelia Ruiz; siblings, Pablo Ruiz and
Juanita Ruiz; nieces and nephews, Deleno and Dalaice Stine, Gabrielle
and Mercedes Ruiz; significant other, Tiana Villarreal; friends, Tiffany
W., Mama Sue and Alexandria G. Also surviving are many uncles, aunts,
extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Ruiz; grandparents, Pedro
(Juana) Ruiz Sr. and Raymond (Tomasa) Bermejo.
Rafaél “Ralph” Barboza, age 73, of Toledo, OH passed away Sunday, August
31, 2014, in his home. Ralph was born on December 15, 1940, in New
Braunfels, TX to Ramón and Jesusita (née Reyes) Barboza. Ralph was a
retired employee of Libbey Glass. He loved cars, photography, cooking
and was proud to be a Macmen. Ralph served our country in the United
States Air Force. Ralph’s first love was his wife of 36 years, Polly, 2
daughters and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Polly; siblings, Rubén, Roy,
Robert, Ramón, Aurora, Eva, Willy, and José. Ralph is survived by his
daughters, Alexandra Barboza and Melinda Boyer; grandchildren, Brandon
and Brianna Boyer and Andre Scott; siblings, Angelita Gallardo, Alicia
Morales, Rudy Barboza, and Richard Barboza.
JESUS A. CORTEZ
Jesús A. Cortez, of Toledo, OH, passed away on Sunday, August 31, 2014,
at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg. He was born February 24,
1948, in San Antonio, TX to Luis and Menchora (née Tellez) Cortez and
worked as a driver for North American Van Lines for 15 years. He most
recently was employed with Boeing as a mechanic and in his spare time
loved dancing. He was a huge sports enthusiast attending the Indy 500
every year and supporting the San Antonio Browns Backers, Spurs and OSU
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
Surviving are his mother, Danice (Gary) Stern; father, David (Christina)
Gonzáles; daughter, Faith Marie Gonzáles-Shelton; siblings, Samantha,
Victor, and James Gonzáles; grandmother, Elsie Eckel; step-grandmother,
Susan Marinski; nephew, Jason Gonzáles; and step-mother, Bonnie Dzienny.
David was preceded in death by his daughter, Hope Gonzáles; grandmother
and grandfather, Matilde and Victor Gonzáles; grandfather, Daniel
Marinski; and uncles, Chris and Craig Marinski.
Juanita Cortez Cruz, 56, of Fremont, oh passed away Thursday, July 24,
2014 at Bethesda Care Center. She was born April 10, 1958 in San Benito,
TX the daughter of Cruz and Odelia (Ramirez) Cortez. Juanita was a
dedicated employee of Speedway for 20 plus years before going on
disability. She also enjoyed the company of friends and family,
shopping, talking on the phone, cooking and spending time with her
grandchildren, the joys of her life.
Surviving are: a daughter, Sylvia (Justin) Burel; and son Donnie Cruz,
Jr., both of Fremont; grandchildren, Javien Burel and Domiana Cruz;
brother, Ed (Audra) Cortez of Berea, KY; sister, Nelda (Sixto) Peña of
Brownsville, TX; special niece, Bonita Weaver of Fremont; numerous
aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins for which she cared for
deeply. Juanita was preceded in death by her parents.
GLORIA RAMOS SALAZAR
Gloria Ramos Salazar, 61, OF Gibsonburg OH, passed at her home Thursday
evening, July 24. Born on September 14, 1952 in Fremont, Gloria was a
daughter of Martin and Mary García, Jr, II. She graduated from Woodmore
High School in 1970 and was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in
Gibsonburg and a First Grade CCD teacher. She was a homemaker and a
stay-at-home Grandma. Gloria was an avid participant of the Military
Family Support Group, helping spouses and families of active service
personnel. She had worked in the Gibsonburg Schools as a bilingual
teacher's aide for 13 years.
Gloria is survived by her mother, Mary Retana, of Oregon; husband of 39
years, Manuel Salazar, Sr., whom she married at St. Michael’s Catholic
Church; children Manuel, Jr. of Gibsonburg and Nicole (Brandin Walker)
Salazar of Fremont; grandchildren Marciano and Antonio Salazar; and
siblings Alice (Hector) Cisneros of Toledo, Albert García of Toledo,
Dora García-Padilla of Denver, Martin (Jane) García of Maumee and Diane
Ramírez of Oregon, OH. She is preceded in death by her father, Martin
García, Jr. II.
ANTONIO LÓPEZ SR.
Antonio López Sr., age 78, passed away Thursday, July 3, 2014, at his
residence while in the care of Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Antonio was
born in Laredo, Texas to Porfidio Sr. and Concepción Vitela López, both
deceased. He retired from Libbey Owens Ford (LOF) after 30 years of
faithful service and was currently working at El Camino Real Restaurant
during his retirement years. He enjoyed family cook-outs and gatherings,
music (especially Tejano music—he recently attended a concert performed
by los Hermanos Garcia of Texas), playing the keyboard, singing and
dancing, and his wife’s cooking.
Antonio is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 54 years, María
(née Durán) López; by his sons, Antonio Jr., Thomas Sr., and Martin Sr.;
sisters, Carmen (Treviño), Guadelupe (Huerta), Lilia (Marquez), María
Elena (Sustayta) Margarita; and brother, Martin.
Antonio is survived by his children Cynthia (Arturo), Koren, Vincente
(Jennifer), María (John), Juan (Lisa); 21 grandchildren and 41 great-
grandchildren; also sister, Manuela (Pérez) and brother, Pedro Sr.
Amelia DeLeón, 85, of Martin, OH, died Friday, June 13, 2014, in
Advanced Specialty Hospital, Toledo. Amelia was born in Gonzáles, Texas,
on June 16, 1928, to Jesus and Rita (Rodriguez) Garcia. She married Fred
M. DeLeón in Houston, Texas, on May 25, 1947, and he preceded her in
death on October 19, 1987. Amelia had worked in the kitchen at the
Luther Home of Mercy in Williston, Ohio, for several years, but the job
she cherished most was that of wife, mother and grandmother. She loved
being around her family, including special nieces and nephews, no matter
the occasion; whether it be singing, baking pies, or in her younger
years, going to her sons’ baseball games. Amelia always looked forward
to traveling locally, around the United States or abroad, especially
cherishing her memories of her trip to the Holy Land. Amelia was always
described by her family as a caring, loving, giving and strong-willed
person, who lived the mantra of: “It’s better to give than receive.”
Amelia’s survivors include: her sons, Larry (Debbie) DeLeón and John
DeLeón; three grandchildren, five great grandchildren; siblings, Bertha
(Fred) Trejo, Ninfa Torres, Dora (Bob) Navarro, Ruth García, Tony García,
special friend, “Chon” Ascención Salinas, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings, Amparo
Ochoa, Hope García, Jesús García, Jr., and David García.
FIDEL R. CRUZ
Fidel R. Cruz, age 70 years and a resident of Lorain, OH passed away
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at University Hospitals, Cleveland, after a short
illness. He was born in Lorain to the late Jesse and Josephine (née
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
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
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-
Preceding Erlinda in death was her brother Celestino López; sister,
Eloisa Alvarado, and daughter, Sally Lou Urbina.
Ramona Trujillo (née Del Rio), 77, of Toledo, OH passed away Sunday, May
4, 2014 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo. Ramona was born in
Laredo, TX to José and Amada Del Rio on February 12, 1937. She grew up
in Erie, MI and attended Monroe High School. She earned a Bachelor of
Arts degree in Education from the University of Toledo and served in the
U.S. Peace Corp in Guatemala. She worked for the Lucas County
Children Services Board 17 years and retired from Toledo Public
Schools (Woodward HS) as a Spanish teacher.
Throughout her life, Ramona, maintained a strong connection to the local
community teaching ESL, GED, driver's ed. and helped many residents
prepare for U.S. Citizenship exams. She also served as a translator and
volunteered for many local organizations including: Adelante, Inc., FLOC,
The International Institute, and the former Guadalupe Center. She
received a Diamante Award in 2009 for philanthropic efforts in the
Latino community. Her favorite pass times were reading, sewing, doing
crossword puzzles, and listening to Tejano/Mexican music.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Jesús Arturo Trujillo;
daughter Amada Mónica Esquivel (Edwardo); three grandchildren Melina,
Liliana, and Victor Esquivel; sisters Alicia Kharsa, Mary Ortiz, Enedina
Del Ri,o and Betty Rose Lucio (deceased); brothers Vicente José Del Rio
and James Del Rio (deceased); and many adoring nieces, nephews,
great-nieces and great-nephews.
PABLO C. HERNÁNDEZ
Pablo C. Hernández, 88, of Lorain, OH passed away Monday, April 21, 2014
at New Life Hospice Residential Center, Lorain following a brief
illness. Born January 10, 1926 in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, he came to
Lorain in the early 1950s. Pablo worked at Lorain Works US Steel for 20
years, retiring in 1988. Prior to that, he worked at Hoag’s Greenhouse
in Elyria where he received his boilermaker’s license. He was a member
of the United Steel Workers Union Local 1104 and enjoyed gardening,
painting houses and helping others.
Surviving are son, Fred Hernández of Lorain; daughters, Mirta (John)
Remali of Sheffield Village and Edith (Bill Poll) of Queens, NY; 5
grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; sisters, María Hernández of
Brooklyn, NY, Sarah Hernández and Sophia Hernández both of Puerto Rico;
and his companion of 14 years, Norma Medina and her children.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Juana (née Chevere)
Hernández; and sisters, Andrea, Eladia, and Constance
Margarita Rodríguez (née Claudio), 67, of Lorain, OH went home to be
with the Lord Thursday, April 24, 2014 in University Hospital, Cleveland
following a lengthy illness. She was born February 22, 1947 in Caguas,
Puerto Rico and then came to Lorain from the Bronx, New York in 1978.
Margarita was a member of the Iglesia Pentecostal Cristo Missionera
Church. She was a loving wife and great grandmother. Margarita loved and
praised the Lord.
She will be deeply missed by her husband of 8 years Reverend Rubén
Rodríguez of Lorain; sons Johnny Cruz of Cleveland and Miguel Vázquez of
Elyria; daughter Lisbette Gnizak of Lorain; brothers Angel Luis Claudio
of Buffalo, New York, Roberto Claudio of Reading, PA, Jaime, Pedro, and
Candido Claudio all of Caguas Puerto Rico, José Ernesto, José Antonio,
Alfredo, and Victor Claudio all of Lorain; sisters Carmen and Francesca
of Lorain and Rosa Rivera of Lorain; 11 grandchildren and 4 great
Margarita was preceded in death by her parents Bartolo Claudio and
Angela Roldan; sister María Rodríguez and a brother Pedro Claudio.
Fidel Hernandez, 82, of Lorain went home to be with the Lord Tuesday,
April 1, 2014, in New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain
following a brief illness.He was born March 23, 1932, in Loiza, Puerto
Rico. He came to Lorain in 2004.Fidel was a member of Iglesia Manantial
Pentecostal, Lorain. He enjoyed playing tambourine and singing. He was a
sports fan, especially baseball.He will be deeply missed by his
daughters, Maria L. (Joaquin) Armaiz and Ruth N. Hernandez both of
Elyria; sons, Felix Cirino Sanchez, Carlos Mercado Sanchez, Victor
Mercado Sanchez all of Elyria, Jesus Mercado Sanchez of Lorain, Hector
Hernandez Loiza, Puerto Rico and Fidel Hernandez of Rhode Island;
sister, Victoria Pazarro of Loiza; 30 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.Fidel
was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Victoria Sanchez in 2006;
his parents, Francisco Hernandez and Petronila Pazarro; and his sisters,
Mercedes Hernandez and Francisca Pazarro
Jose L. "Joe" Lopez, 69, of Lorain, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014
at Lake Point Health Center, Lorain, following a lengthy illness.Born
August 26, 1944 in Caguas, Puerto Rico, he moved to New York in 1951. In
1976 he then moved to Lorain. Joe worked in the housekeeping department
of Community Health Partners, Lorain, for 5 years, retiring in 2004. Joe
also worked at Flinger's Market in Lorain for over 18 years.He was a
member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. Joe enjoyed camping, swimming,
watching sports and barbequing. He also liked to coach and play baseball
and basketball with some of the local Hispanic leagues.Surviving is his
wife of 32 years, Santita (nee Morales); sons, Jose L. Lopez Jr, of
Lorain, Anthony L. Lopez of Rome, Georgia, and David L. (Frances
Serrano) Lopez of Lorain; a daughter, Milagros "Milly" (David) Pulliam
of Lorain; 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Frances Flores (née Ceja), 89 of Lorain, OH passed away April 10, 2014
in Specialty Hospital of Lorain, Amherst. She was born October 31, 1924
in Michoacán, México. She came to Lorain at an early age. Frances
retired in 1989 as a cook helper at Lowell Elementary School in South
Lorain, where she worked for 14 years. She was known as "Grandma" to the
students. Frances was a warm-hearted woman. She enjoyed her Mexican
culture; also, cooking, knitting blankets for her family, and sitting on
the front porch, listening to music.
She will be dearly missed by her sons John Flores, Michael Flores;
Richard (Elizabeth) Flores, and Joseph Flores, all of Lorain; daughters
Helen (Peter) Avalos and Marie (Michael) Williams, both of Lorain;
brothers Theodore Ceja of Lorain and Jessie Ceja of Yorba Linda,
California; 14 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; four great great
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
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Efren and Raúl García
and Lydia Silva.
LORENZO J. RODRÍGUEZ
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
He is survived by his mother; Sulema, children; Lorenzo Rodríguez III,
and Cynthia Rodríguez. He is also survived by his siblings; Rodolfo,
Apolinier, Doroteo, Armando Rodríguez, Mary Rippke, and Adela Bustamante
and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Tomás Montelongo, age 79, of Oak Harbor, OH, died Monday, March 31,
2014, in Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo. He was born on August 14,
1934, to Martín and María (Meza) Montelongo in México. Tomás enjoyed
working in the apple and peach orchards for Moore’s Orchard. In the
colder months he loved to travel to Oklahoma, Texas, México, and Georgia
to visit his children and grandchildren. Tomás also enjoyed listening to
Tejano and Mexican music, cooking outside, and spending time with his
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.
“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
Sally was preceded in death by her sister Paula and stepson Jair Azael
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.
Rodríguez, age 82, of Toledo, OH passed away on Sunday March 16, 2014
surrounded by his loving family. He retired from Jeep, after 47 years,
in 1996. Jesús enjoyed fishing and playing pool. He was a devoted
husband and father and grandfather. Jesús married Jesusa Davila
September 24, 1954 in Swanton, OH.
Jesús is survived by his children, María (Junior) Mitchell and Terrie
(Ronald) Mitchell both of Whitehouse, OH, Veronica (Ken) Foreman, and
Joseph Rodríguez, both of Toledo; 11 grandchildren; 26 great
grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Jesús was preceded in
death by his wife, Jesusa Rodríguez; sons, Jesús M. Rodríguez, Jr and
Martin Rodríguez; and grandchildren, Daniel and Monica Rodríguez.
José “Andy” Chávez, 26, of Woodville, Ohio passed away unexpectedly on
Sunday morning, March 9, 2014 in Fremont, Ohio. He was born on March 2,
1988 in Fremont to Rafael and Belinda (née Ysasi) Chávez. On May
21.2011 he married his high school sweetheart, Amber Bowen, in
Woodville. Andy was an exemplary police officer for the Elmore Police
Department, former Woodville Auxiliary Police Officer, and a security
guard for the Toledo Public Library. He played soccer for two years at
Fremont Ross High School and was a varsity soccer coach at Woodmore High
School. Andy was a member of the Fremont Emerald Soccer Team La Liga
de las Américas men’s soccer league, and the Gold Medal Soccer
league. Andy was a loyal friend, devoted husband, and committed
father. Andy was always someone who put the wants and needs of his
friends and family before himself.
Andy is survived by his loving wife, Amber; children, Marieh and
Emmitt Chávez; parents, Rafael and Belinda Chávez of Woodville; brother,
Rafael “Danny” Chávez (Flora) of Fremont; in-laws Don and Bonnie Bowen
of Woodville; sisters-in-law, Brandi and Autumn Bowen of Woodville;
brother-in-law, Donny Bowen of Woodville; nephews, JJ Noriega of
Fremont; Robert “Logan” Hobart of Woodville; Dominic Wegman of Bowling
Green, and Triple J Chávez of Fremont; as well as numerous aunts,
uncles, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his brother, Guadalupe
José Ysasi Chávez.
ABRAN GALVAN LEDESMA
Abran Galvan Ledesma, age 84, passed away peacefully surrounded by his
family on March 12, 2014. He was born in Bermuda, Texas on January 11,
1930 to Cristobal and Isabel (Galvan) Ledesma. He worked for many years
as a truck driver for Bettingers, and later as an Assembly worker for
Tecumseh Products in their small motors division. He enjoyed watching
softball, going fishing and gambling at the casinos. Abran was
affectionately known by his family and friends as the “Festival
Supervisor” as he loved attending the many local festivals.
Abran is survived by his son, Abe (Marty) Ledesma, daughters, Gloria (Fito)
Ramírez, Dora Pecina, Vicky (Tom) Bolander, and Angie (Eddie) Sánchez; a
granddaughter he raised, Frankie (Angel) Torres; 15 grandchildren, 27
great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandaughter; Evelio (Angela)
Ledesma and Modesto Ledesma; sisters, Francisca Saldivar, Juanita (Antoino)
Bernal, and Graciela Gandara.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, María S.; his
brothers, Martin and Bruno Ledesma, Willie Medrano; sister, Modesta
Ledesma, and his daughter, Victoria Ledesma.
Richard “Papi” Rodríguez, age 51, of Toledo OH passed away February 26,
2014. He was born July 12, 1962, in Toledo to Santos and Dolores (née
Garay) Rodríguez Jr. Richie will be remembered by his family as a
wonderful father, grandfather, son, brother, and uncle. He enjoyed
playing cards, dancing, music, fishing, swimming, and coaching
basketball, baseball, and football and many other activities for St.
Many will remember Richie as the Manager of Little Caesars Pizza on
Lagrange St. in the 1980s. He worked as a welder at Bock Industries and
later was a self-employed auto glass installer. Surviving are his
children, Cecelia, Richard (Jenna) and Rubén (Amanda); the mother of his
children and lifetime friend, Catherine; his brothers, Santos (Beth
Ann), Robert (Annie), Ricky (Heather), Paulie; his sisters, RoseMary
(Jack), Ramona (Kyle) and Rebecca (Mark).
Also surviving are 5 grandchildren, Kennidee, Cameron, Isabella, Emilio,
Kashton, who are the love of his life, as well as many nieces and
nephews and his very special friend Mary Hurst. Preceding Richard in
death is his father Santos Rodríguez Jr.; grandmother, Ramona Garay;
uncle, Tiodolo Garay; aunt, Rita; uncle, Jared Juregui; his nieces,
Marissa and Jamie; nephew, Rudy Villanueva; father-in-law, Ronald
Burzynski and mother-in-law, Darlene Owens.
Antonio “Tony” Flores, age 89, passed away at home on Sunday February
17, 2014. He was born to Candelerio Flores and Balbina Peña on April 13,
1924, in Robstown, TX. He was the loving brother of 5 siblings. Tony
served with pride as a World War II veteran. After 20 years, he retired
from the Ford Stamping plant in Monroe, MI. He was a member of Latins
United/Latinos Unidos social club and loved to be with family and
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
He is preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife, Filiverta, “2005”;
son, Juan José Estrada; daughter, Olga Estrada-McClain, and grandson,
Surviving are his daughters, Delma (José) Oviedo and María Estrada;
brother, Valente Estrada; 7 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren;
many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Amelia Soto (née Ayala), 89, of Lorain, OH went home to the Lord Monday,
February 10, 2014 in EMH Regional Medical Center, Elyria following a
lengthy illness. She was born June 26, 1924 in Yauco, Puerto Rico. She
moved to Lorain in 1955 from Puerto Rico. Amelia was a member of Saint
Frances Cabrini Parish, and formerly an active member of Sacred Heart
Chapel. Where she was a member of the women’s club, Legion of Mary,
Crusillo Movement, and visited the sick. She volunteered cooking and
maintained the priest’s vestments.
She will be missed her sons Irving (Josephine) Soto, Oscar Soto, and
George Soto all of Lorain and Angel Jiménez of Dallas, Texas; daughters
Nilda (Noel) Pérez of West New York, New Jersey and Sylvia (Hector)
Medina of Lorain; 19 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren, 5 great
great grandchildren.Amelia was preceded in death by her husband of 52
years Ismael S. Morales and her son Ismael Soto, Jr.
ROBERTO B. ARROYO
Roberto B. Arroyo, 74, of Lorain, OH died Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at
his home surrounded by his family while under the care of Cleveland
Clinic Hospice. He was born January 6, 1940 in Caguas, Puerto Rico and
had resided in Lorain most of his life. He worked as a truck driver and
welder for the Lake Terminal Railroad for 22 years with retirement in
1993. His co-workers nicknamed him “My Son” since his father, Alejio,
was also working for the railroad. Mr. Arroyo loved music, gardening,
fishing, dominoes, and playing cards. He was a handyman around the
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
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,
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
She will be deeply missed by her husband of 54 years, Pedro J. Marrero;
children, Arlene Marrero, Delia Marrero, Steve Marrero. Stanley Marrero,
John Marrero, Diana Marrero-Pinto, Marisa Marrero, and Michael Marrero;
23 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; father, Juan Varela; brothers,
Ray Cruz and James Cruz; and sister, Luz Celenia Clark.
Gloria was preceded in death by her mother, Edelia Varela; grandson,
Matthew Steven Marrero; grandmother, Angela Maldonado; nephew, James
Bonilla; and biological father, Pedro Cruz.
Juanita García, 88, of Lorain, OH went to be with The Lord January 20,
2014 surrounded by her loving family. Juanita was born April 10, 1925 in
Humacao, Puerto Rico and made Lorain her home in 1952. Having a very
strong work ethic, she joined the work force as soon as she could. She
worked in Bay Village cleaning houses. She also worked as a seamstress
for Joseph & Feiss and spent some time working at the local laundromat.
She also did volunteer work for the Lorain Correctional Facility.
Juanita was about family. Whenever she was around, the family enjoyed
jubilant unity and harmony. She cared for and loved all her family and
friends; it was truly an enjoyment for her to spend time cooking for
them. She would go out of her way to bring happiness to any one of the
family. In her earlier years she loved herself a good game of Dominoes
and Gin Rummy with her friends. She attended Iglesia Manantial de Agua
Viva in Lorain, where she was an active member and graced everyone with
the most beautiful poetry. She was able to write lovely rhyming prose,
often on the spot - to the amazement of many. She had a canny ability to
write about whatever special occasion was happening, and the result was
beautiful poetry that was as a special song to all who heard her.
She will be deeply missed by her children, Lillian Matos, Frank (Nellie)
García, both of Lorain, Israel “Baby” García of Tampa, Florida, and her
granddaughter Lorraine García of Lorain, who she raised as her own
daughter. She also leaves behind numerous grandchildren, great
grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren who will miss her
Juanita was preceded in death by her husband Francisco; sons Benjamin,
Bievenido, Rev. Freddie García Sr.; great-grandson Josiah Orona;
grandson Robin García and daughter Jenny Rivera.
Frank Medina, age 56, and a resident of Lorain, OH passed away Monday,
January 20, 2014 after a sudden illness. Frank was born September 13,
1957 in Bronx, N.Y. to the late Reineiro Medina and Guillermina (née
Ramos) Medina. He was a 1976 graduate of Southview High School.
Following graduation Frank enlisted in the United States Navy and served
for 20 years retiring in 1996. After retiring from the Navy, Frank
enrolled in school and obtained his credentials to become a
phlebotomist. He remained a phlebotomist until his retirement in 2013.
For five years he was employed at the former Lorain Community Hospital.
He loved playing his guitar and was a member of a band. His memberships
include American Legion Post 118, Amherst and Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 1662, Amherst.
Survivors include his son Frank (Erica) Medina of California; daughter
Celina (Hector Burgos) Medina of Lorain; three grandchildren, Aryana and
Mateo Medina, and Miranda Burgos; his mother Guillermina Medina of
Kentucky; wife Sandra Medina of Lorain; a brother Junior (Missy) Medina
of Kentucky; and two sisters Sara Medina of Puerto Rico and Letty Medina
of Kentucky. Frank was preceded in death by his father Reineiro Medina.
JONATHAN A. REYES
Jonathan A. Reyes, age 12, of Lorain, OH passed away on Saturday,
January 18, 2014 at his residence. He was born on September 28, 2001 in
Lorain. He was currently attending Durling Middle School in Lorain,
where he was in the 6th grade. Jonathan was a member of Champion Centre
Church, Lorain and enjoyed cooking, drawing, spending time with his
family and friends. Jonathan was loved by many. He is survived by his
parents, Johnny and Natasha (née Hernández) Reyes Jr.; brothers, Joshua
and Brandon; maternal grandparents, Brigitte Hernández, Andre Hernández
both of Lorain; maternal great grandparents, Edward Ramos of Lorain, and
Doris Landreth of Amherst; paternal grandparents, Isabel Chávez of
Rochester, N.Y.; paternal great grandparents, Gladys López of Waterbury,
Conn., and Pablo Vega of Cayey, Puerto Rico.
He was preceded in death by his maternal great grandfather, Harold
Landreth; paternal grandfather, Ramón Soto; maternal great grandparents,
Pablo and Carmen Pérez.
ANA L. VÁZQUEZ
Ana L. Vázquez, 76, a longtime resident of Lorain, OH, passed away
Saturday, January 18, 2014, at home after a long illness. She was born
May 29, 1937, in Anasco, Puerto Rico, and moved to Lorain in 1954. Ana
was very family-oriented, and enjoyed rose gardening and watching soap
operas. Ana was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and had been an
active member of the church.
Survivors include six children, five of whom reside in Lorain County,
Raúl Velez, María (Wilson) Velez, Rosa (Israel) Velázquez, Lilly
(William) King, Pepe Velez and Dr. Eddie (Madia) Velez Soto of Puerto
Rico; 16 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and two brothers, Carlos
Quintana of Lorain and David (Carmen) Quintana of Puerto Rico.
Ana was preceded in death by her husband, Antonio Vázquez; parents,
Emilio and Domitila Quintana; two brothers; and two sisters.
SANTIAGO E. BEJARANO JR.
Santiago E. “Jimmy” Bejarano, Jr., 51, of Green Springs, OH passed away
on Sunday, January 12, 2014 in the Emergency Room at Memorial Hospital
in Fremont, OH. He was born October 20, 1962 in Fremont, the son of
Santiago L. and Horalia (née Espinoza) Bejarano, Sr. He was a 1980
graduate of Fremont Ross High School and a graduate of Lincoln Tech in
Indianapolis, IN as a Diesel Mechanic. Jimmy currently worked for UPS as
a Diesel Mechanic for the past 28 years. He was a former member of St.
Ann Catholic Church. He was a musician with the band Los Cuatro
Vientos (tejano, conjunto). Jimmy loved to travel. He played music
with his dad since he was 17.
Jimmy is survived by his parents, Santiago L. and Horalia Bejarano, Sr.,
Fremont; siblings, Sonya (Johnny) Vicencio, Holland, MI, Rubén (Becky)
Bejarano, Genoa, OH; companion, Lucy Macias, Green Springs, OH.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joaquin and Julia Bejarano,
Manuel and Eulalia Espinoza.
Consuelo Sánchez, age 73, of Toledo, OH passed away peacefully on
Thursday, January 9, 2014. She was born on April 27, 1940, in San
Antonio, Texas to José Lumbreras and Blanche Dominguez. She was a loving
mother and had been employed with Russells Formal Wear for 20 years. She
is survived by her children, Blanche (Pat), Susanna, Bertha (Manuel),
Juanita (Rafaél), Antonia, Virginia, Alberto (Susan), Pedro (Nicky),
Elida (John), and Linda (Lauren); 22 grandchildren; 44
great-grandchildren; siblings, Josephine and Olga.
Consuelo was preceded in death by her husband, Alberto Sánchez Sr.;
children, Gloria, Alberto, Alice, Tom and Joseph “Bucky;” grandchildren,
Francisco and Sarah Gómez, Marcos Pecina, and her great-grandson, Isreal
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
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
He was preceded in death by his son, Rito Collazo, Jr.; his brother,
Juan Collazo, and his sister, Juanita Collazo.
Juana “Jenny” Rivera, 64, of Lorain, OH went home to be with our Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ Tuesday, December 17, 2013 in her home
surrounded by her loving family. Jenny was born September 20, 1949 in
Humacao, Puerto Rico. She arrived to Lorain at the age of 2. Jenny
attended Lorain public schools. She graduated from the Assemblies of God
Theological Institute. She pastored with her loving husband Reverend
Juan Antonio Rivera for the past 25 years at Iglesia Manantial
Pentecostal in Lorain. She was an Associate Pastor and Missionary at
Iglesia Cristo Missionera for many years. She was a former president of
the Assemblies of God Eastern Region Women’s Council. She was a
dedicated mother, daughter, grandmother, and friend to many. Jenny
enjoyed helping and serving others.
Jenny will be deeply missed by her husband of 44 years, Juan; daughters
Bethzida “Betsy” Rivera and Juanita (Joel) Orona, both of Lorain; son
Anthony “Toney” García of Arizona; mother Juanita García of Lorain;
sister Lillian Matos of Lorain; brothers Frank García of Lorain and
Reverend Israel “Baby” García of Florida; grandchildren Genesis,
Isabella, and Rebecca Cupek and Juanjoel Orona and great-granddaughter
Jenny was preceded in death by her father Francisco García; brothers
Benjamin, Bienvenido, and Reverend Freddie García; and grandson Josiah
12/19/1961 - 12/08/2013
José “Joe” Castillo, 51, of Clyde, OH died Sunday, December 8, 2013 at
the Bellevue Hospital. He was born December 19, 1961 in Fremont to Jesse
and María (née Monitel) Castillo. Joe graduated from Fremont Ross High
School in 1980 and was a fork lift driver at Heinz in Fremont. He
enjoyed playing guitar, Beatles music, camping, fishing, and reading.
On March 6, 2008 he married Jamie (née Rader) and she survives in Clyde.
Also surviving are his children: Carynn, Joey, and Jason Castillo, all
of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; Jessica and Joshua Heishman of Clyde;
granddaughter, Karmella Hunter of Ft. Wayne; his father, Jesse Castillo
in El Paso, Texas; his mother, María Castillo in Fremont; his siblings:
Pablo Castillo of Clyde; Emily (Mark) Otney of Fremont; Theresa Castillo
of Fremont; Kathy Kreuger of Fremont; Michael Steven Castillo of
Fremont; Jimmy Castillo of Fremont; and David Castillo of Fremont; and
seven nieces and nephews. Joe was preceded in death by a nephew.
JULIO G. CONTRERAS SR.
Julio G. Contreras Sr., age 85, of Erie, MI went to be with the Lord on
Sunday, December 8, 2013, at Aspen Grove Assisted Living Center. He was
born on December 20, 1927, to Victor and Merejilda (née Guzmán)
Contreras in Sabinal, Texas. Julio was a veteran of the U.S. Army,
serving his country proudly during the end of WWII. He loved gardening
and was an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers and Michigan Wolverines. Julio
enjoyed Mexican music and dancing at the Luna Pier Ballroom with his
wife. He coached baseball for many years and helped form a Mexican-
American baseball league, having a team in Erie, the Erie Orioles. Julio
loved nothing more than the time spent with his family, especially his
grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife
of 64 years, Sixta; brother, Damas Ortiz, and sister-in-law, Lupe
Contreras. Julio is survived by his loving children, Ernesto (Soila),
Gloria (Neo) Longoria, Edmundo (Eva), Anita (Ismael) Vargas, Raquel
(Mark) Stanovich, Rebecca (Tony Perales), Irma (Bud) Gillespie, Julio
Jr. (Christine), Irene (Dan) Dougherty; 22 grandchildren; 15
great-grandchildren; brothers, Pablo Contreras, Monico (Mary) Ortiz,
Fred (Lolie) Ortiz, Santiago (Rebecca) Ortiz, Alfredo Ortiz, Alex Ortiz
and Mario (Amelia) Ortiz; and many other relatives and dear friends.
María “Mary” Flores, 58, of Lorain, OH passed away Thursday, November
28, 2013 at New Life Hospice Residential Center following a yearlong
battle with colon cancer.
August 6, 1955 in Lorain, she was a lifelong resident of the city.
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
was preceded in death by her father Pablo Flores in 2007.
ANGEL L. ORTIZ
Angel L. Ortiz, 76, of Lorain, OH was called home to the Lord Thursday,
November 28, 2013, at Mercy Regional Medical Center following a short
illness. He was born December 23, 1936, in Coamo, Puerto Rico, and had
been a resident of Lorain since 1972. Angel was a retiree of Conrail
Railroad. He enjoyed cooking, gardening, Spanish music, pig roasts,
boxing, and baseball.
He will be sadly missed by his children, Eunice, Papo, Sammy, Irvin,
Carmen (Tony), Robert, Damaris, Diana, Angel, and David; 12
grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers, Raul, Luis Angel,
Elieser and Tonio; sisters, Rachael and Gladdy; and a host of nieces,
nephews and other relatives.
Angel was preceded in death by his parents, Teotista (Tiota) and Antonio
(Nin); and brothers, Domingo and Rosali.
MARY LOU PERALES
Mary Lou Perales, 79, of Northwood, OH passed away on November 24, 2013,
at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg. Mary Lou was born on February
11, 1934, in Iowa, to Ricardo and Juana (née Jasso) Moreno. She married
the love of her life, Reynaldo Perales, on October 30, 1954. She worked
for Libbey Glass and was a devoted member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Mary Lou loved to travel, bowl, shop, and she especially loved dancing.
She also enjoyed cooking meals and spending time with her family.
Mary Lou is survived by her children, Brenda (Michel) Haddad, Stella
(Ray) Miller, Nancy Perales, Elizabeth Clapper, Mario, and Amancio; 8
grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She
was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Reynaldo; and siblings,
Christino, Benny, and Lupe Moreno.
Teresa Villarreal, in the 1970s, was one of the founding women
responsible for creating the Mexican Americans United Health
organization and the Guadalupe Health Clinic. She understood the need
for health and education after migrating to Ohio from Texas to work in
the fields with her husband and children. There wasn’t health care or
services available to the workers and the families. Her husband
eventually was blessed with a job on the railroad, as she didn’t forget
the farms. She started working to get the care needed to the migrant
farms who were predominately Latinos. Teresa was dedicated to delivering
primary healthcare services to the Mexican-American community. She won
numerous awards and was recognized for her time and commitment by first
lady Nancy Reagan. She will be missed by all that she had graced with
Preceded in death by husband Ismael Villarreal, Sr.; parents, Raphael
and Soledad (Rodríguez) Salinas brothers, Lee and Israel Salinas, and
sister, Janie Valadez.
She is survived by brother, Paul Salinas; children, Gloria Villarreal,
Ismael Villarreal, Jr. and Bobby Villarreal; grandchildren, Christina
and Roy Olivarez, Rodney and Amanda Noe, Kelly and Todd Brittingham,
Katrina and Mitchell Encalado, Jessica and Jeff Stuck, Antonio
Villarreal and Curtis Dolt, and great-grandchildren, Miguel and Alex
Olivarez, Damion and Savhanna Noe, Alivia and Jaxson Brittingham, Jimena,
Jimmy Sandoval, Lilian Encalado, Collin and Aleeyah Villarreal.
ROSAURA MENCHACA LÓPEZ
Rosaura Menchaca López, 81, of Genoa, OH passed away November 19, 2013,
in her home. She was born in SanBuena Ventura, Coah., México on May 16,
1932, to Antonio and Juanita (née Pérez) Menchaca. On January 12, 1957,
she married Salome Muñoz López. Rosaura was employed at the Hirzel
Canning Company and the Genoa Migrant Program at Allen Central School in
Genoa. She was a member of Primera Iglesia Bautista Church in Toledo,
where she was secretary for business meetings, director of music, and
was a member of the Union Femenil. Rosaura recently had been attending
Victory Church in Fremont.
Surviving are daughters, María (Luis) DeAnda-González, Rose Langley,
Silvia (John) Schueren, Sandra (Gary) Fruchey and Dora (Eric) White;
sons, Salome A. Jr. (Diane), Daniel (Charlotte) and Mario (Jennifer)
López; 23 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sisters, María
Cruz Menchaca, Concepción M. Morin and Angelina (Antonio) Garibay, and
brother, Vincente Menchaca.
Rosaura was preceded in death by her husband, Salome Sr.; parents;
brother, Antonio Menchaca; sons-in-law, Armando DeAnda and John Langley;
daughter-in-law, Cecilia López, and grandson, Daniel López.
Ramona Nuñez, 86, passed away peacefully on November 18, 2013,
surrounded by her children and family members. Born in Puerto Rico on
January 21, 1927, to her parents, Carmela Bello and Nicasio Hernández.
She married her first love and husband of many years, Victor Nuñez. Her
passions in life were her beloved family and cooking a delicious meal at
any given time. Ramona was a kind hearted woman with a heart of gold.
Ramona is survived by her beloved children Olga, Luis, William, Migdalia
(Migasi), Orlando, Victor, Efrain, Freddy, Carlos, Edgar, and Madeline
Nuñez; and by her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was
preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Edwin, and daughters,
Mildred and Carmen Nuñez, who will be greeting her in heaven.
Gloria M. Sánchez, 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
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
Survived by her husband, Hector; daughters, Christina (Catarino)
Hernández, and Yolanda (José) Carrizales; son, Hector Jr. (Sherry)
Herrera; 7 grandchildren; brothers, Jesse (Rita), Loncio, Cookie
(Jessica); sisters, Romelia (Armondo) Herrera, Janet Torres, Thaimi
(José) Ruiz, and Nancy (John) Sroga, and many nieces and nephews. She
was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Manuel Jr., Dino,
Gaston, and John Pérez; and sisters, Clementine and Fatima; niece, Mary,
and nephew, Jesse Pérez.
Rudy López, 46, formerly of Toledo, OH passed away Thursday, November 7,
2013, under Hospice Care in Columbus. He was born in Indio, CA to
Ignacio and Dolores (née Navarro) López Jr. He will be dearly missed by
his mother, Dolores; siblings, Christina (Felipe) Gómez, Richard
(Cassidy) López, Carmen López (Carlos Castillo), and Manuela López,
along with many dear aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Rudy was preceded in death by his father, Ignacio Jr.; grandparents,
Ignacio Sr. and Antonia López, and Manuela and Aquileo Navarro; favorite
cousin, Alex Vásquez; one aunt, and three uncles.
ANA C. BECERRA
Ana C. Becerra Santiago of Holland, OH passed away on Wednesday,
November 6, 2013, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg Center. The
daughter of the late Francisco and Francisca Becerra, Ana was born on
July 9, 1933, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She married Edgardo (“Ed”)
Santiago on December 23, 1958, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ed predeceased
Ana in 2004. Ana and Ed moved to Toledo, Ohio from Puerto Rico after Ed
began working for Owens Illinois. She loved working in the Toledo Public
Library, watching her sons and grandsons play football for St. Francis
de Sales High School, and spending hours with her grandchildren playing
Uno and Dominoes. Ana enjoyed reading life philosophy books and asking
her children thought provoking questions: “What do you think about...?”
Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her life,
and loved to visit Nana's house where they were always welcomed with a
warm hug and her famous ‘mantecaditos’ (Puerto Rican butter cookies),
and they often watched a classic Disney movie, and when small enough,
from her lap.
Ana is survived by her four children, Edgardo (Eddie) of Nashville, TN,
Carlos (Beth) of Newburgh, NY, Carmen (Millie) of Holland, OH, and Luis
(Anne) of Maumee, OH; her nine grandchildren, Anthony Santiago (Kelly)
of Toledo, OH, Joséph Santiago (Kelsey) of Toledo, OH, Emily Santiago of
Maumee, OH, Juliana, Claudia, and Benjamin Santiago of Franklin, TN,
Jack, Nora, and Thomas Santiago of Newburgh, NY; two great
grandchildren, Kate and Abbie of Toledo, and her loving dog, Mateo. Ana
is also survived by her two sisters, María Mercedes Santiago of Hata
Rey, Puerto Rico, and Pilar Becerra of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
ANTHONY J. SEGURA
Anthony J. “Tony” Segura, 69 years, of Toledo, OH, passed away Sunday,
November 10, 2013, at the Regency Hospital in Sylvania, surrounded by
his loving family. He was born in Fremont, OH on July 29, 1944, to
Manuel and Emma (Toral) Segura. Tony retired from Doehler - Jarvis,
where he worked as a machine operator. His hobbies were many, including
gambling, card games, casinos, Cleveland Browns and Indians, Ohio State
Buckeyes. He was a good man, husband, and father, who loved spending
time with his grandchildren and was co-owner of the Irish Buffalo Bar on
Tony is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Alfonso, Charles,
and Edward; sister, Gloria. Surviving are his loving wife of 49 years,
Rosemary (Bowers) Segura; daughters, Virginia F. Segura-Hannah and
Jacqueline M. (Jack) Meno; sisters, Margaret Finkbeiner, and Rita Hulls;
brothers, Louis, James, Steven (Nancy), David, John (Boni), Patrick,
George, and Joséph Segura; grandchildren, Jacquline, Anthony, Lacey,
Jaret, and Juliana, and great-grandson, Darryan.
Matilde Cásares, 80, of Toledo, OH, passed peacefully Monday, November
4, 2013, at Ebeid Hospice Residence surrounded by her loving family.
Born March 14, 1933, in Mercedes, Texas, she was the daughter of the
late Rojilio and Anita Flores. She was employed for many years as a
seamstress at Wilcox Awnings, retiring from Wettle Canvas Awnings. She
was an active member of Immaculate Conception Parish since 1960. She
loved winter; you could see the child in her eyes as she watched the
snow fall. She enjoyed reading, cooking, shopping, exercising, sewing,
gardening, and taking care of her family.
Matilde was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, Pedro. Those
left to cherish her memory, daughters, Belinda (José) Calvillo, Diana
(Carlos) Hernández, Elvia (Tony) Hague; sons, Pedro (Althea), Michael
(Ellen), Richard (Gonzo); grandchildren, Joe and Kristina Calvillo;
Angela (José) Flores, Lisa (Alejandro) González, Carlos (Melissa)
Hernández Jr; Aaron (Tamia) and Andrew Hague, Anthony (Tiaunna)
Richardson, Danny (Staci) Morris, Amber (Kyle) Wepler, David Cásares,
Michael Cásares Jr., Nicholas Weber-Cásares; sisters, Consuelo Gonzáles
and Enedelia Flores of California, Guadalupe Garza and Estefana Rios of
Texas; 22 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; nieces and
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
Carmen is survived by her sons, Refugio (Marlene) of Michigan, Joe (Kim
S.) and Lazaro Moreno, both of Fremont, Alfredo of Tiffin, Frank of
Fremont, and Noe of Texas; daughters, Olga López, Soila Esquivel, and
Rosa (Wade) Parker, all of Fremont, Diana (Ian) Johnson of California;
seven brothers and sisters; seventeen grandchildren and twelve great
grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Salvador J. Moreno;
son, Den Moreno and eight brothers and sisters.
Mercedes Jiménez, 92 years, of Bryan, OH passed away Wednesday,
October 30, 2013 at Genesis HealthCare – Bryan Center, where she was a
resident. Mercedes was born October 22, 1921 in Dallas, Texas, the
daughter of the late Hjinio and Margarita (née Enriques) Gutiérrez. She
married Antonio “Tony” Jiménez on January 8, 1940 in Berne, Indiana, and
he preceded her in death on September 12, 1991. Mercedes worked at
Bryan Canning Factory was an assembler. She then worked in housekeeping
at the Bryan Hospital. Mercedes deepest desire was spending time with
her family. She also enjoyed sewing and cooking and was known for
making her strawberry pies.
Surviving are her daughter, Elvira “Ellie” (Steven) Pryor of Defiance;
four grandchildren, Cindy (James) Navarette of Boynton Beach, Florida,
Julie Flores of Perrysburg, Ohio, Erica McGee of Williamsburg, Virginia
and Jacqueline (Jermaine) Shelby of Middletown, Ohio; 11
great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Antonio
and four brothers, Ted, John, Joe, and Demas Gutiérrez.
JOSE C. RODRÍGUEZ
March 28, 1930 to November 3, 2013
José C. Rodríguez Sr. of Perrysburg, Ohio passed away Nov. 3. José
worked for several years as truck driver before becoming a Dye setter
and forklift operator. He worked for over 36 years at Peter Stamping Co.
and later Impact Stamping. He retired as a Dye Setter for Acklan
Stamping in Toledo in 1991. He was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church
in Perrysburg. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and good
friend who enjoyed spending time with his family.
José is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Ofilia Rodríguez,
children, José C. Rodríguez, Jr., Ralph (Kathy) Rodríguez, Yolanda
Caplinger, Rosendo (Elisa) Rodríguez, Elida Rodríguez, Miguel (Sandy)
Rodríguez and Ricardo Rodríguez, step-sons, Daniel Gusman and Alfredo
Gusman and 20 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren and 23 great-great
grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jésus
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
Erminia was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 50 years,
Ramiro Sr.; son, Ray; grandson, Richard Alvarez Jr.; great-grandson,
Devin Alvarez; sisters, Altagracia Hinojosa, Ramona Pérez, Frances
Flores and Delia Sifuentes.
REYES G. HERNÁNDEZ
Reyes G. Hernández passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2013, in
Webster, TX. He was born September 22, 1916, in Ozona, TX to Alejandro
and Jesusita Hernández. He is survived by 5 brothers and sisters. He is
also survived by wife, Lillie Ibarra Hernández; former spouse, Guadalupe
Hernández, and by sons, Oscar, Gaspar, Eduardo, César; daughter, María
Antonieta, and son, Ray Hernández. He had 13 grandchildren and 7
great-grandchildren. He was buried in Port Lavaca, TX.
Rosario “Rose” Pacheco, 50, of Toledo, died October 10, 2013, surrounded
by her loving family in Hospice of Northwest Ohio. She was born December
15, 1962, to Raymond and Alicia (née Martínez) Pacheco in Toledo. Rose
enjoyed cooking, specializing in traditional Mexican food. She loved
spending her time with her grandchildren, and her dog, Rocky. Rose was
known as a fun loving, easy going friend who will be missed by many.
Surviving are her children Dewayne Pacheco, Joseph and Sabrina Carroll;
grandchildren Aleina, Jordan, and Mason Carroll; parents, Raymond and
Alicia Pacheco; brothers, Raymond (Tina) Pacheco Jr., and Edward
(Teresa) Pacheco; sisters, Alicia (Melvin) Peepers, Gloria (Paul) Rios,
Linda (Oswaldo) Pacheco-Vera, and María Luisa (Gregory) Cole.
Also surviving are 27 nieces and nephews, and 22 great-nieces and
nephews. Rosario was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Carroll;
sister, Cecilia Pacheco; brothers, Moises, Juan, and David Pacheco;
niece, Marisol Hernández; nephew, Jamie Lee Gibson, and brother-in-law,
Catalina Ortiz, 21, of Lorain, OH went home to be with the Lord Sunday,
October 13, 2013. She was born May 1, 1992, in Cleveland and was a
lifelong resident of Lorain. Catalina attended Southview High School and
was member of the JROTC. She enjoyed children, babysitting, and cooking.
Catalina will be deeply missed by her mother, Margarita Ortiz of Lorain;
aunts, Gloria Ortero of Lorain and Gladys Soto of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and a
host of relatives and friends.
Jesse Gonzáles, 92, of Lorain, OH died Thursday, September 26, 2013 at
New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph in Lorain. He was born November
22, 1920 in Mexico and had resided in Lorain most of his life. Jesse
graduated from Lorain High School with the class of 1940B. He served in
the US Army Company G 507th Parachute Infantry 17th Airborne Division in
central Europe during World War II. He was awarded the EAME Theater
Ribbon w/1 Bronze Star, WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Ribbon and
American Theater Ribbon. Jesse worked as a painter for a painting
subcontractor at US Steel in Lorain for over 30 years. He also was an
insurance agent for Equitable Insurance. He was a member of the Church
of St. Peter in Lorain, the church Holy Name Society, a life member of
VFW Post #451 in Lorain and Alcoholics Anonymous. He played the trumpet
and sang in the Jimmy Dulio Band and the Three Coins Band and played at
many AA dances for many years.
He is survived by his children Cecelia Van Horn (David) of Lorain, Linda
Emmons (David) of Westchester, PA, Carmen Norton (Scott) of Tucson, AZ,
Sharon “Kelly” Flores of Lorain, Jesse Gonzáles (Annetta) and Dino
Gonzáles (Beth), all of Vermilion, 18 grandchildren, 24 great
grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren, brothers Ignatius, Fred,
Arthur and Ray and sisters Mary Jones and Teresa Bodjo and sister-in-law
He was preceded in death by his wife Josephine Gonzáles (nee Dongarra)
January 13, 2011, parents Jesús and Teresa Gonzáles (née Moreno),
brothers Manuel and Joe Gonzáles, sister Rose Ybarra and a nephew.
Guillermina Jiménez,(née Pérez), age 83, of Lorain, passed away on
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at Avon Oaks Nursing Home, Avon, following a
brief illness. She was born on January 10, 1930 in Naguabo, Puerto Rico,
moving to this area in 1966. She had also lived in New York. Guillermina
was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. She enjoyed cooking, drawing,
needlework and keeping her home spotless. She is survived by her
children; Sonia Calderón, and Milagros (Miguel) García, both of Lorain,
Harry Luis Jiménez, of California, Jimmy Jiménez, of New Jersey, and
Lilly Jiménez, of New York; 8 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren;
brothers, Victor Pérez, of New Jersey, Melchor Pérez, of Puerto Rico,
and sisters, Sonia (Eddy) Troche, Diana (Junior), Margot (Eusebio) Pérez,
and Goyita Pérez, all of Puerto Rico, and Yolanda Burgos of Lorain.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry in 1995; parents,
Gabriel and Arcadia (née Martínez) Pérez; sister, María Mercedes, in
2013; and brothers, Juan Pérez, in 1998, and José Burgos, in 2002.
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.
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
Angel is survived by his wife of 59 years, Cristina (née Flores);
daughters Ivette Rupert (José Pineiro), and Milly (José) Torres of
Lorain; 5 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren; along with brothers
José, Milton, Israel, Raúl, Hilberto, and Endy, and sisters Ana, Gladys,
and María. He was preceded in death by his parents Gertrudiz (née
Madera) and Angelino Velázquez Rivera, brothers Florentino, Ramón,
Euripides, and Porfirio.
Juanita “Nana” Ortiz, age 83, passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2013
at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph in Lorain, OH. She was born
January 2, 1930 in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico. She moved to Lorain in
1978 where she resided until moving to Vermilion 6 years ago.
Juanita was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and was a committed
homemaker and aunt who enjoyed caring for others. She loved listening to
Spanish music, cooking, tending to her flowers, going to family
functions and, above all, spending time with her family.
She is survived by her nephews and their wives Fabian and Charlie
Meléndez of Vermilion, with whom she made her home, and Jason and
Heather Meléndez of Amherst, niece and her husband Lonnie and Miguel
Morell of Amherst, niece Mary Díaz-Albertini of Miami Beach, Florida,
sister Dominga Ortiz of Lorain and many other nieces and nephews who she
She was preceded in death by her parents Felix and Maria Ortiz (née
Aviles), brothers Ramón, Antonio, Florencio, and Francisco, and sisters
Carmela, Eladia, Cruz María, and María.
RODOLFO “El Maestro” FLORES
Rodolfo V. Flores, 77, of Toledo, OH passed away on September 6, 2013,
at Heartland of Holly Glen. He was born in San Antonio, TX on March 10,
1936 to Genaro and María (née Ruiz) Flores. He worked for the Chrysler
Jeep Company before retiring after 36 years. Rodolfo was a member of St.
Peter & Paul Catholic Church. He married the love of his life, Consuelo
(née Campos) in 1954. Together they were the first mobile disc jockeys
in Michigan with their station WGOR. Over the next 30 years they had
several stations throughout the region where Roldofo became known as
El Maestro. He loved Tejano music.
Surviving are his loving wife of 59 years, Consuelo; children, Christina
(Roberto Jr.) Jaime, Rodolfo Jr. (Rosalinda), Rachel (Gilbert) Rosario,
Linda Carter, Suzanne Flores, Consuelo II (Leonardo) Brown; brother,
Tony (Sally); sisters, Beatrice, Angie, Elena, Peggy; 30+ grandchildren;
many many great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Johnny, and brothers,
Rubén and Ernest.
Jesse Gutiérrez passed away peacefully Thursday, September 5, 2013 at
The Renaissance in Olmsted Township, Ohio where he resided for the past
year. He was born Jesús Gutiérrez in Purisima de Bustos, México on
November 24, 1921, the eldest son of Apolonia and Viviano Gutiérrez. He
was a resident of Lorain from the time he arrived in the US from México
at the age of six. He graduated from Lorain High School in 1940. He
married Gloria (née Alvarez) who was from New York City in 1952. He was
a proud World War II veteran who served in the First Platoon of Troop D,
41st Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, Mechanized of the 11th Armored
Division of General George Patton’s 3rd US Army from 1943 to 1946. He
served in the Battle of the Bulge and the liberation of the Mauthausen
and Gusen concentration camps. The Purple Heart is among his many
awards. He was an active member of the Disabled American Veterans Louis
Paul Proy Chapter 20 in Lorain for over 50 years where he served as
treasurer and commander. He was also an active member and leader of the
Mexican community participating in groups such as the Mexican Mutual
Society and Neighborhood House. He worked for Thew Shovel/Lorain
Koehring as an inspector for 32 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria; sister, Lucy Shaw; and
brothers, Ancelmo Gutiérrez, Santiago Gutiérrez and baby José Gutiérrez.
He is survived by his sisters, Mary Simpson and Linda Ridenour; brother,
Joseph Gutiérrez; daughters, Jessica Malone (William), Mariann Christy
(Joseph) and Cynthia Naiman (William); granddaughters, Jennifer Christy,
Kathleen Lea (Michael), and Nicole Naiman; and grandsons, Charles
Malone, Stephen Christy, and Chad Naiman.
ANGEL LUIS RIVERA
Angel Luis Rivera, 70, of Lorain, OH died Wednesday, September 4, 2013.
Beloved son of Luz María Torres of Lorain; dear father of many children;
brother of José Rivera, Julio Solis, Pablo Cruz and Ana María Salgado
all of Lorain and grandfather and great grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his father Andrés Rivera and brothers Juan
Bautista and Rubin Rivera.
JOSE A. ROSARIO
José A. “Tony” Rosario, 72, of Lorain, passed away Tuesday, September 3,
2013 in his home from natural causes. He was born July 9, 1941 in
Barceloneta, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain in 1957. Tony retired from
The Elyria Foundry. He worked there for over 20 years. Tony enjoyed
dominoes, fishing and traveling. He loved spending time with his family.
He will be dearly missed by his sons José A. Rosario, Jr. and Andrés
Domínguez both of Lorain, Israel Domínguez of Avon Lake and Alberto
Rosario of Elyria; daughters Diana Domínguez of Allentown, Pennsylvania
and Marisa Jenkins, Maribel, María and Bienvenida Domínguez all of
Lorain; brothers Radames and Ariel Rosario both of Barceloneta; 20
grandchildren and one great grandson.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 20 years Bienvenida Rosario in
1989; and his parents Andres Domínguez and Ramona Rosario.
age 90, of Monroe, MI passed away August 29, 2013 at Mercy Memorial
Nursing Care Center. Luis was born on
December 31, 1922 in Arandas, Jalisco Mexico to Raphaél and Guadalupe (Hurtado)
Sánchez; he moved to the Monroe area in
1958. Luis married Victoria Rodríguez
December 1, 1962 in Monroe; she preceded him in death March 19, 1996.
Luis was employed by Laborers Local
#465 of Monroe; he retired in 1987 after 25 years in the construction
business. Luis enjoyed traveling and
fixing anything that was broken.
Luis is survived by his children, Juan
(Jeannie) of Monroe, Miguel (Lisa) of Toledo, Rosario (Thomas) Jason of
Sterling Heights, Edelmira Sánchez of
Monroe, Guadalupe Sánchez of Monroe and
Juanita Sánchez of Philadelphia, PA;
grandchildren, Naomi, Anthony, Victoria, Nicole and Benny; sister María
Sánchez of México. He was preceded in
death by his parents and wife.
Ana “Magaly” Sandoval, 75, of Lorain, OH passed away Wednesday, August
28, 2013.Magaly was born February 22, 1938 in Santurce, Puerto Rico. She
came to Lorain in the early 1950s. Magaly worked for many years at Green
Circle Growers and Gel Pak Company. She was a member of the Puerto Rican
Home. She enjoyed playing bingo and was an excellent cook. Magaly loved
her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She will be deeply missed by hers sons Luciano (Cathy) Vásquez and
Eduardo (Aida) Vásquez both of Lorain and Gabriel (Tammy) Vásquez of
Florida; daughter-in-law Mary Vásquez of Shelbyville, Kentucky; sister
Rosa Cespedes of Lorain and Domingo Rodríguez of Florida; 11
grandchildren and many great grandchildren and a special niece Rosa
Ammons of Lorain.
Magaly was preceded in death by her husband Luciano Vásquez, Sr. in
1964; parents Reymundo Rodríguez and Florentina Ocacio; son Esteban
“Steve” Vásquez; sister María Rodríguez and a dear companion of many
years David Martínez.
JULIA M. DIAZ
Julia M. Diaz, 86 of Vermilion, OH died Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at
Keystone Pointe Center, LaGrange. She was born on July 21, 1927 in
Humacao, Puerto Rico, moving to Bronx, N.Y. in 1949. In 1985 she moved
to Vermilion. She was a former member of Templo Emmanuel Asambleas de
Dios, Lorain, where she was also a member of the Sociedad de Damas, and
faithfully attended the International House of Praise Church. She was
very active in church activities and loved to cook and help care for her
Surviving are her daughters, Sonia Rivas, of Elyria and Angelique Yost,
of Vermilion; 10 grandchildren, Jessica Yost, of N.J., Melissa Ward, of
N.C., María (Larry) Westover, Mitchell (Mindy) Rivas, Jonathan Yost,
Timothy Yost, Joshua Yost, Rebecca Yost, Christian Yost, and Aaliyah
Yost, all of Ohio; and 9 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Karl Yost II; her parents,
Segundo and Juana (née Reyes) Diaz; brothers, Florentino, David,
Leocadio , Luis, and Juan Diaz Reyes; sisters, Eva, Eva Gloria, America
Diaz Reyes, and Ana Diaz Cardona; and grandson, Matthew Rivas.
Robin García, 49, of Alliance, formerly of Lorain, OH died on Thursday,
August 15, 2013, at Alliance Community Hospital unexpectedly. Robin was
born on February 24, 1964, in Lorain, moving to Alliance in 2007. He was
a 1982 graduate of Lorain High School and he had also attended Lorain
County Community College. Robin was employed as a security guard at
Alliance Community Hospital for the past two years, prior to this he was
a Correctional Officer at Mansfield Correctional Institute for many
years. He was a member of Templo Emmanuel Church, Lorain, where he was a
former musical director. Robin enjoyed playing guitar and bass, being a
former Sunday school teacher and spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his parents, Frank Sr. and Nereida García of Lorain;
grandmother, Juanita García of Lorain; daughters, Vanessa (Bryant) Bond
and Raquel (Norberto) Marrero, both of Lorain; three grandchildren;
brothers, Frank García Jr. of Lorain and Uri (Kim) García of Lodi;
sister, Dina (Nelson) Pérez, of Lorain; aunts, Lillian Matos and Jenny
Rivera; uncle, Israel García; companion, Cindy Rodenbucher of Alliance;
best friend, Joe McElroy; and several nieces and nephews. He was
preceded in death by his grandfather, Francisco García; and uncles,
Bienvenido García, Benjamin García and Freddie García.
Lupe Mireles, 74, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on
August 20, 2013. She was born on June 8, 1939, to the late Felisitas
(Aguirre) and Guadalupe Mireles in Bustamante NL, Mexico. Earlier in
life, Lupe excelled at her education but because of the economy, left
school to work in food service at Mercy Medical Hospital. She married
and later divorced, but her main focus was raising her three daughters.
Lupe’s first priority was always spending time with her grandchildren
and family. She also enjoyed Bingo, bowling, listening and singing to
music, playing pool and dancing. Despite her declining health, she
always had a great zest for life.
In addition to her parents, Lupe was preceded in death by her sisters,
Andrea González and Josie Mireles. Left to cherish her memory are her
loving daughters, Jacqueline (Ronald) Hanf, Debra (Pearl) Wambold and
Kathy (Kevin) Kuch; siblings, Erlinda Escobedo, Johnny, Alicia, María
Zeigler and Jesse; grandchildren, Justin, Nicholas and Jordan Marie Hanf,
Katerina, Kevin Jr. and Kenneth Kuch; many nieces, nephews and other
loving family members.
RITA D. VALLEJO
Rita D. Vallejo, 83, of Toledo, OH passed away on Saturday, August 17,
2013, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg. She was born in San
Antonio, TX on May 22, 1930, to Mucio and Delfina (Trujillo) Durán. She
retired from St. Charles Hospital in 1995 after 30 years in Laundry
Services. Rita was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church and active
with the Holy Rosary Society. Rita made every family event a joyous
affair and celebration. She loved music, dancing and making cascarones
for Easter holiday. Her pastime was giving to those in need always and
visiting family and friends. She strongly enforced family values, morals
and tradition and was a strong supporter of community services.
Surviving are her husband, Antonio S.; children, Antonio (Mary) Vallejo
Jr., Abel R. (Sally Martens) Vallejo, Alvaro D. (Esther) Vallejo Sr.,
Macaria (Manuel) Zapata, Anna Marie (Rick) Garza, Blanca Estela (Bennie)
Perales, Alfredo (Elvira) Vallejo and Alamar (Jesse) Ruiz; 31
grandchildren; 71 great-grandchildren, and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Alvaro Vallejo Jr.;
brothers, Senon, Eleno and Ricardo Durán; sisters, Anastacia Rodríguez,
Andrea Silva, Soccoro Pérez, Cruz Durán and Babarita Durán.
ROBERTO D. GONZÁLEZ
Roberto D. González, 66, of Toledo, OH passed peacefully on August 14,
2013, after putting up an impressive fight against a sudden illness. He
was born in San Antonio, TX to the late Angela Franco and Roberto
González on September 6, 1946. Roberto enjoyed growing up with sisters
Teresa Monita, Lupe Castaño, and Anna Goodreau. He was chosen to play
Sherlock Holmes in his grade school play.
Roberto enlisted in the U.S. Army and U.S. Marines throughout 1963-1970.
He valued these years of learning and service. From Michigan, throughout
Ohio, and then settling in Toledo in the 1980s, he began his life-long
work being active in the Latino community. He was integral in the field
work and operations of La Raza Unida, the Ohio Governor’s Migrant
Affairs Committee, Maya Center, Guadalupe Center, and Lucas County
Victim's Assistance. Roberto enjoyed fishing, grilling, reading and
spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his daughter Leanna González, his former wife Patti
Cruz, his sisters, many friends, and an extensive family.
Ana Ramírez (née Matos), 77, of Lorain, OH passed away Monday, August
12, 2013 in Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain following a lengthy
illness. She was born December 7, 1935 in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. She
initially came to Lorain in 1958. She moved to Fajardo, Puerto Rico 1974
and returned to Lorain in 2000.
Ana retired as a Nurse Aid from Avon Oaks Nursing Home in Avon in 1974.
She worked there for nine years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel
and enjoyed crocheting, embroidering, telenovelas, her dog Snoopy and
spoiling her grandchildren.
She will be dearly missed by her sons Ricardo (Lupe) Padilla, Jr. of
Miami, Florida and Orlando Ramírez of Lorain; daughters Daisy (Dr. José
Cintrón) Ramírez of Luquillo, Puerto Rico and Marisel (Frank) Martínez
of Lorain; 9 grandchildren Ricky and Alisia Padilla, Enith Ortiz, Daphne
and Kerit Cintrón, Jeremy and Justin Ramírez, Josue and Rafaél Martínez;
and 1 great granddaughter Jairelis Rivera.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years Rafaél Ramírez in
2000; her parents Gil Matos and Eleuteria Centeno; brothers Pedro,
Angel, Rafaél and Gito Matos and her sister Marina León.
Victor “Joe” Durán, age 79, of Toledo, OH passed away Sunday, August 4,
2013, in the Heatherdowns Rehabilitation Center. He worked as a
millwright for the Jeep Corp. for 34 years. Joe enjoyed traveling,
dancing, camping and spending time with his family. He was a former
member of Local 12 UAW and FLOC.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Senon and Carlota Durán;
brothers, Donato, Henry, Jesse, and Juan Durán. He is survived by his
loving wife of 59 years, Josefina; daughter, Mary Ellen Durán; brothers,
Antonio (Barbara), Frank (Myrta), Paul, and Mucio Durán; sisters,
Catherine (Abel) Guerrero and Delfina (Antonio) Gonzáles.
Remembrance and Ode to Mi Abuelita
“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
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!
Natalia De Miguel
ESPERANZA C. DELGADO
Esperanza C. “Espie” Delgado (née Cintrón), age 92, passed away on
Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at her daughter's home in Toledo, OH, after a
brief illness. She was born on May 14, 1921, in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico and
had lived in New York also, before moving to Lorain in 1951. She was a
housekeeper at St. Joseph Hospital for 14 years, before retiring in
1990. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, where she was also a
member of the Cursillo Movement. In Toledo, she was a member of St.
Martin de Porres Church. Espie enjoyed sewing and playing Bingo.
Espie is survived by her sons; Raymond (Chris) Delgado, Jr., David
(Judy) Delgado, and José (Lucille) Delgado, all of Lorain; daughters,
Freida (Roberto) Colon, of Coamo, PR, Judith (Benny) Rivera, of Lorain,
and Gladys Delgado Ofori-Atta, of Toledo; many grandchildren, and great
grandchildren; a brother, Oterro Cintrón Medina, of Bayamon, PR, and a
sister, Dimas Cintrón Medina (Zenkewich), of NJ.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Ramón Delgado
Ramos, in 1998; her parents, Fermin and Juana (née Ortiz) Cintrón;
brothers, Juan Cintrón, Susano Cintrón, Thomas Cintrón, Antonio Cintrón
Medina, Francisco Cintrón, Guillermo Cintrón, Mario Cintrón Medina, and
Angel Cintrón Medina, and her sisters, Tomasita Cintrón, María Martínez,
and Julia Delgado.
ISRAEL M. GARCÍA
Israel M. García, 83, of Northwood, OH passed away at home on August 1,
2013. He was born in Rio Hondo, Texas on January 26, 1930, to Antonio
and María (née Martínez) García. Israel was employed by the Oakdale
Greenhouse for 27 years and at Mercy St. Charles Hospital for 16 years,
retiring in 1995. Israel was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic
Church. He loved dancing, gardening and especially spending time with
his family. Israel also enjoyed traveling to Hawaii and Cancun.
Surviving are his loving wife of 63 years, Magdalena; children, Norma
(Ernesto) Ramirez, Noel (Mary) García and Norman (Casie) García;
grandchildren, Michael (Melissa) Ramirez, Alex (Eva) Ramirez, Courtney
(Lucas) Rowland; six great-grandchildren; siblings, Anita Rodríguez,
Ernestina Maya, and many other loving family members.
Israel was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Noelito and Norberto
García; sister, María DeJesús Salazar, and brother, Ramon García.
Fermina López (née Santana), 84 of Lorain, OH passed away Thursday,
August 1, 2013 at New Life Hospice Residential Center, Lorain, following
a lengthy illness. Born November 24, 1928 in Naranjito, Puerto Rico, she
has lived in Lorain for the past 62 years. Fermina worked as a
seamstress for Joseph and Feiss for 9 years, retiring in 1972. She was a
member of Sacred Heart Chapel, where she served as a Eucharistic
Minister and Bible Lector at masses. She was also a member of the Altar
and Rosary Society, Daughters of Mary, Cursillo Movement for over 35
years, and served as Liturgy Commission Leader for over 30 years. She
enjoyed sewing, cooking, knitting and reading.
Surviving are her sons, Jesús (Judy) of Vermilion, José (Carmen) of
Lorain, and George (Rosie) of Arleta, CA; daughters, Ada (José) Díaz of
Lorain, Carmen (Keith) Ferguson of Amherst, and María (Peter) Rivera of
Cleveland; 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; and a brother,
Esteban Santana of Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
She was preceded in death by her baby son, López in 1957; parents,
Ambrosio & Nicomedes (née Nieves) López; brothers, Ignacio, Ambrosio
Jr., Basilio, and Rafaél; sisters, Eusebia, Susana and Melin.
MARY R. RAMIREZ
Mary R. Ramirez, 86, of Toledo, OH passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013,
at the Lutheran Home. She was born on Saturday, March 26, 1927, in
Fremont, OH to George and Susie (née Martínez) Toral. Mary was a loving
mom and grandmother. Along with other various jobs, she worked with the
Foster Grandparent Organization as a Teacher’s Aide. She enjoyed
traveling and was a member of the Good Shepherd Altar and Rosary
societies. In her youth, Mary attended the St. Joseph’s schools in
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Army veteran and fulfilled duty assignments attached to the 164th
Infantry Regiment during the Korean War; he was the recipient of the
National Service Defense Medal as well as the Good Conduct Medal. Prior
to his retirement, he had been employed for thirty-five years in a
variety of capacities by the U.S. Steel Corporation and its successor,
U.S.S. – Kobe.
Alfonso cherished spending time with his family and grandchildren. He
also enjoyed traveling and was an avid reader. He was a fan of history
as well as an animal lover. He could often be found walking his pet
German Shepherd, Brucke.
He was the loving husband of fifty years to Louise; the cherished father
of Annette Arredondo-Waite (Mark) of Middleburg Heights, and Mark
(Stacy) Arredondo of Colorado Springs; the devoted grandfather of Jacob,
Hannah, Allison, and Morgan; the dear brother of Grace Arredondo and
Mauro Arredondo, Jr. both of Lorain; and he was also the uncle to
several and a cousin to many.
Marcolina Serrano (née Rodríguez), 80, formerly of Lorain, OH passed
away Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Millersburg, following a lengthy illness.
She was born April 25, 1933, in Humacao, Puerto Rico. She came to Lorain
in 1950. Marcolina was a homemaker and mother. She was a member of
Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain and the Cursillo movement. She enjoyed
sewing, knitting, crocheting, dancing and music. She was a happy and
She will be deeply missed by her sons, John (Tammi) Serrano of
Texarkana, Arkansas, Agripino Serrano Jr. of Parma, Michael (Lisa)
Serrano of Coshocton, Angel and Benjamin Serrano, both of Columbus;
daughter, Alicia Serrano of Lorain; sisters, Gladys and Ida Rodríguez,
both of Wilmington, Delaware, and Gude Rodriguez of Humacao; 15
grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Agripino Serrano
in 1994; her parents, Genaro and Juanita (née Morales) Rodríguez; and a
brother, Hector Rodríguez.
MARIA A. VOLPE-RAMIREZ
María A. Volpe-Ramirez, 67, of Findlay, OH passed away on Wednesday,
July 10, 2013, at the Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. She was born
on January 9, 1946, to the late Edmundo G. and Celia (née Sánchez) Volpe
in Laredo, TX. María retired from Whirlpool Corporation after 30 years
of service. She was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic
Church. She was a volunteer for Relay for Life and March of Dimes. María
was an avid traveler and loved spending time with her grandchildren. She
loved to dance to Tejano music and was an avid watcher of Dancing
with the Stars and any and all of the Judge TV shows. María
brought happiness and laughter to many.
She is survived by four children, Robert Michael (Nichole) Ramirez of
Georgia, María “Terri” (Cresta Montgomery) Ramirez of Findlay, José
Ramón (Jami Sienko) Ramirez of Findlay and John David (Jenifer Marquis)
Ramirez of Findlay; 10 grandchildren, Alexandra, Tiago, Jessyca,
Anjelika, Veronyca, Eric, David, Johnathan, Mia and Alexa; two
great-granddaughters, Celia Rose and Allyson Faith; a brother, Edmundo
G. (Kathy Lambert) Volpe, a sister, Alicia E. (Benny) Martínez and
extended friends and family.
Olivia Jacinto, (née Rodríguez), age 93, of Lorain, OH died on Saturday,
June 29, 2013 at New Life Hospice Center, following a short illness.
Olivia was born on September 28, 1919 in Bastrop, TX, moving to Lorain
at the age of 22. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Olivia
enjoyed flower gardening and watching the Cleveland Indians.
She is survived by her daughter, Gloria Jacinto; sons, Salvador and
Robert; and 4 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Salvador in 1990;
and parents, Antonio and Felicitas (née Adame) Rodríguez.
THOMAS Y. LÓPEZ
Thomas Y. López, 51, of Toledo, OH passed away Thursday, July 4, 2013,
at Promedica St. Luke's Hospital. Thomas was born in Toledo on July 7,
1961, to Antonio and Mary (née Durán) López. He had worked as a
carpenter for the Carpenters Union. The loves of Thomas's life were his
grandchildren, his music, playing guitar and drums. He also enjoyed
singing and dancing. He was preceded in death by his mother Mary,
grandson Tomás III, and brothers Antonio Jr. and Martin.
Surviving are his father Antonio Sr.; children José, Desiree (David)
Hernández, Elisha (Esteban), Tomás II (Stella), Antonio (Marisol),
Joslin López; grandchildren Alyssa, Ricardo, Anessa, Aliciana, David
III, Darren, Nalania, Kaylee, Esabella, Amaya, Tomás IV, Juliano, Isiaha,
Xaviaha, Antonio III, Damacio; siblings Cynthia (Arturo), Koren,
Vincente (Jennifer), María, and Juan (Lisa); and dear friends Alicia
Alonzo and Rosalinda Hernández.
Irma Morales, 51, of San Antonio, Texas passed away in her home
surrounded by her loving family Sunday, June 30, 2013 following a battle
with cancer. Irma was born February 10, 1962 in Lorain. She graduated
from Southview High School in 1981. Irma lived in San Antonio for the
past Eleven years. She was employed as administrator of ISS Facility
Services in San Antonio. Irma enjoyed dancing and Tejano Music. She was
an avid runner, running many marathons in support of cancer research.
Irma loved life, living each day to the fullest. Her final race was her
race against cancer. She gave it her all, running that race hard and
never complaining. Irma's life reflected her love and care for others.
She will be deeply missed by her daughter Carla I. Rios San Antonio;
parents Antonio and Guillermina (née Torres) Morales of Lorain; brothers
Vince (Amy) Morales of Vermilion and Greg Loera of Lorain; sisters Gabby
(Ezequiel) Morales of Lorain and Vanessa (Joey) Ortiz of San Antonio;
soon to be grandson Giovanni Angelo Wilson and nieces and nephews.
Irma was preceded in death by her brother Angel Morales; grandparents
Vicente and Aurora Torres and Angel and Francisca Morales and a aunt
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
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
“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,
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)
Matias Sánchez, 87, of Clyde, OH, formerly of Martin, OH, died Thursday
afternoon, June 20, 2013, at Arbors of Clyde. He was born February 24,
1926, in Laredo, Texas, to Eulojio and Fransica (née Salano) Sánchez. On
August 13, 1960, in Genoa, he married Rosita Pardo, who preceded him in
death May 23, 2001. Matias worked for 24 years as a machine operator for
Stokely-VanCamp, Inc. and then for 13 years for Hunt-Wesson Foods, Inc.,
retiring in 1992. He had been a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic
Church in Genoa and a past member of the Guadalupe Society. Matias
enjoyed listening to Tejano music and was a Cincinnati Reds fan, but his
most loved pastime was spending time with his grandchildren.
Matias is survived by his children, Manuel Sánchez, Matias (Tammy)
Sánchez, Jr. and David Sánchez, María (Fred) Vance, Mari (Jack) Adams,
Magdalena Sánchez, and Rosemary Sánchez; 20 grandchildren, and five
great-grandchildren, and sister, Petra García. He was preceded in death
by his parents, wife, Rosita, brother, Tivursio Sánchez, and sisters,
Esperanza Sánchez and Guadalupe Sánchez.
Gonzalo Rodríguez, age 89, of Lorain, OH died on Tuesday, June 25, 2013
at West Bay Center Nursing Home, following a brief illness. He was born
on April 14, 1924 in Lares, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain in 1950, he
also lived in Florida for 20 years before moving back to Lorain 10 years
ago. He served in the United States
WWII as a private and retired from Ford Motor Company. He was a
member of Sacred Heart Chapel, where he was a member of the Cursillo
Movement. While residing in Florida, he was a member of St. Augustine
Church, where he served as an usher and lector. He enjoyed the sport of
baseball, loved music, especially tango, enjoyed dancing, playing
Dominoes and always looked forward to family gatherings.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Virginia (née González),
daughters; Sonia (Juan Rocky) Ortiz, Aurea Rodríguez, Sylvia (Edward)
Myslinski, all of Lorain, 6 grandchildren, Raquel, Simon Matthew,
Jeremiah (Lorena), Marlene (Jose) Ortiz and David (Denise) Rodríguez,
great grandchildren, Andrés, Sofia, César, Julia, Aurea, Donovan, Jay
and Emma, brothers; Pedro Rodríguez, of Florida, Modesto Rodríguez, of
Puerto Rico, and Franco Rodríguez, of Florida, sisters; Candida and Gena,
both of Puerto Rico, and Justina, of Florida.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Elsa, brothers, Andres, Dr.
Eugene and his parents.
Alberto A. Flores
July 17, 1948 to June 25, 2012
In Memory of
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
Matias is survived by his children: Manuel Sánchez, Matias (Tammy)
Sánchez, Jr. and David Sánchez, María (Fred) Vance, Mari (Jack) Adams,
Magdalena Sánchez and Rosemary Sánchez; 20 grandchildren and five great
grandchildren; and sister, Petra García.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Rosita, brother, Tivursio
Sánchez, and sisters, Esperanza Sánchez and Guadalupe Sánchez.
Francisca Santiago, 82, of Lorain, OH went home to the Lord Sunday,
June 16, 2013 at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain following a short
illness. She was born January 22, 1931 in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and had
lived in Lorain since 1995, moving from New Jersey. Francisca was a
member of Sacred Heart Chapel and enjoyed her flowers and plants,
crossword puzzles, cooking and being with her family.
Francisca will be deeply missed by her daughter, Frances Rodríguez of
Lorain, sons: Julio (Alicia) Rodríguez and Anibal Soto, both of New
Jersey, Angel Soto, Francisco (Carmen) Santiago, William Acevedo, all of
Lorain, and Roberto (Stephanie) Soto, of North Carolina; sister, Luz
Santiago, of Ponce, Puerto Rico; many grandchildren,
great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren; and her loving nieces
Francisca was preceded in death by her parents, Francisco and Antonia
Maralett Santiago; daughters: Hilda Arroyo, Evelyn Sánchez and Margaret
Rodríguez; sons: Wilfredo Santiago and Edgar Rodríguez; grandchildren:
Edwin Arroyo and Jason Rodríguez and her sister, Martha Santiago.
ANGEL L. GOMEZ
August 20, 1966 to June 13, 2013
Angel L. Gomez, Jr., 46, of Lorain, OH passed away June 13, 2013. Angel
was employed as a manager at Wendy's and Ponderosa Restaurants. He
enjoyed collecting coins and comic books, especially Spider Man.
He is survived by his son Justin Gomez of Lorain; parents Angel L. Gomez
Sr. and Wilma A. (née Grimes) Gomez of Lorain; sister Kathy Caban,
brothers Jonathan Gomez and Daniel Gomez, Lorain.
JOSE M. MONTALVO JR.
José M. Montalvo Jr., 86, of Toledo, OH, passed away Friday, June 14,
2013, surrounded by his family. José was born in Robstown, Texas on
April 5, 1927, to José and Manuela (née Montez) Montalvo. He was a World
War II veteran of the US Army and was employed with Libbey Owens Ford as
a glassworker for 32 years, retiring in 1980. His hobbies included
renovating homes and dancing.
José is survived by his children: José (Angie) Montalvo, John (Sandra)
Montalvo, Anita (Richard Lucero) Montalvo, and James (Rose Marie)
Montalvo; 12 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and wife, Tresea.
DORA CASTILLEJA PECINA
Dora Pecina, 61, of Oregon, OH passed away on Friday, June 14, 2013,
at Saint Charles Hospital. She was born on June 20, 1951, in Toledo to
Marcelino and Rutila (née García) Castilleja. Dora was retired with
United Parcel Service as a sorter for over 25 years. She was a loving
and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed
bingo, attending yard sales, Tejano music, traveling, and spending time
with her family.
Dora was a very loving and compassionate person who thought of others
before herself. She would often send Christmas Greeting cards to inmates
to help bring them cheer when they were separated from their loved ones.
Dora is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Angelo Pecina;
children, Sara Pecina (John Saba) and Michael Pecina (Crystal);
grandchildren, Ana Alicia Pecina, Anyssa Torres, Michael Pecina II,
Alyssa Pecina and Braden Bevier; great-grandchildren, Aaliyah Granger,
Amaya Pecina and Cameron Tanner; sisters Gloria Pearce, Esther Sandwich,
Rutila Artiaga, Olga Bechtel, Rachel Riffle, and Lucy Castilleja; and
brothers David, Steve, Martin, Thomas, and Jessie Castilleja.
She was preceded in death by her mother Rutila, and her sister, Mary.
Friends may visit Hoeflinger - Bolander Funeral Home, 3500 Navarre Ave.,
Oregon, on June 19, 2013, from 2:00-8.00 p.m. With her rosary recited at
7:00 p.m. Funeral services begin on Thursday, June 20, 2013, with
prayers at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. followed by her mass of
Christian burial 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment
near her mother, at Clay Township Cemetery, Genoa.
Carlos M. Celestino
Carlos M. Celestino, 78, of Defiance, OH passed away Saturday, June 1st,
2013 surrounded by his family.
Carlos was born November 4, 1934 in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México; he
was the son of the late Sebastian and Andrea (née Martínez) Celestino.
He was married to Theresa Ramón on August 28, 1953. She predeceased him
on January 26, 2013. Carlos had been a resident of Defiance since 1965.
He was a member of St. Johns Catholic Church. He worked for General
Motors for 28 years. He was an Army Veteran and was honorably discharged
in 1953. A member of the VFW, UAW 211 and AMVETS Post 1991. He enjoyed
travel, his grandchildren and was an avid Chicago White Sox fan.
Surviving are nine children; Carlos (Catherine) Celestino Jr. of
Arlington, Va., Irene (Oscar) Flores of San Antonio, Texas, Richard R.
Celestino and Rudy (Darlene) Celestino all of Defiance, Henry (Veronica
Mata) Celestino of Saginaw, MI, Julia Celestino and David (Penny)
Celestino all of Toledo, Raquel (Michael) Korty of Chester, Virginia and
Joseph M. Celestino of Austin, Texas.
Also surviving are four sisters: María, Jesús, Socorro and Juanita
Celestino of Monterrey, Mexico; three brothers: Juan and José (Pepe)
Celestino of Monterrey, Mexico, Miguel Celestino of San Antonio, Texas.
He is also survived by 21 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his parents, his wife and a sister Justa Celestino.
Celestina “Sally” (née Garzes) Manjarrez, age 77, of Toledo, OH passed
away Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Waterford Commons. She retired from the
Guadalupe Family Health Clinic where she worked as a medical social
advocate. Sally was a foster parent and she volunteered for the girl
scouts, FLOC, and the Mayores Center. She loved to knit, crochet, and
make jewelry. She married Salvador Manjarrez in 1953 and he preceded her
in death in 1980.
Sally is survived by her children Thelma “Kathy” Manjarrez, Lynda
Manjarrez (Paul) Capetillo and Merry K. (Mike Hubbard) Prephan;
grandchildren Elizabeth and Matthew Hubbard, Alysia, Timothy Jr. and
Sierra Galindo; step-grandchildren, Dina, Joshua, and Sophia Capetillo;
seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Alvina Mills and Helen Elles both of
San Antonio, Texas and Lilly Urdales of Holgate, Ohio.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers Ramiro,
Daniel, Jose and Benito and sisters Lucia and Aurora.
Delia Moreno, 93, passed away on Tuesday, June 04, 2013 at Valley
Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville, TX. She worked at Central Middle
School for 25 years, was a devoted catholic and enjoyed spending time
with her family.
Delia was preceded in death by her husband, Pablo Rodriguez, children,
Antonio and Osvaldo Armando Gutiérrez. She is survived by her children,
Arturo (Aida) Gutiérrez, Alfredo (Candida) Gutiérrez of Ohio, Juan
(Blanca) Gutiérrez, and Adan (Oralia) Gutiérrez; a brother, Adalberto (Ninfa)
Moreno; 29 grandchildren, and 33 great-grandchildren.
John C. Pérez, 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,
AURELIA P. CASTILLO
Aurelia P. Castillo, the family matriarch, age 99, of Woodville, OH
passed away on Monday, May 20, 2013, at her residence. She was born on
November 12, 1913, in Dolores, TX to Esteban and Dolores (née Amaro)
Pérez. In 1933, Aurelia married José Castillo and they settled in
Woodville from Texas in 1943. She was a member of the former Victory
Church of God, Genoa, OH.
In her spare time she enjoyed making quilts for her grandchildren,
embroidering, writing poetry that was read in church, watching game
shows, reading history books and painting. Aurelia canned fruits and
vegetables during the summer months so she and her family could enjoy
them during the winter. Every Sunday she made a big dinner for her
family and friends that might stop by to see her. Everyone that came to
her home was always welcome and left with a full stomach.
Surviving Aurelia are her sons, Severiano (Gloria) Castillo of
Pemberville, Adam Castillo of Perrysburg, Abel Castillo of Woodville;
daughters, Pat Moreno of Sylvania, Rosa Rosales of Toledo, Luisa
Martínez of Texas; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and
great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents;
husband, José; baby girl, Arminda; baby boy, Daniel; sons, Frank,
Albert, Daniel; brothers, Esteban, John, Felix, and Danacio.
Guadalupe “Lupe” A. Flores, 82, of Everett Rd,
Fremont, OH passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Stein Hospice in
Sandusky. She was born on December 26, 1930 in Laredo, TX, the daughter
of Apolinar and Crescencia (née Hernández) Perales. Lupe married José
R. Flores on June 1, 1949 in Laredo, TX and he survives. She worked at
Rudy’s Restaurant as a manager for over twenty years and retired in
1994. Lupe was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church where she
was a Eucharist Minister and member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Society and
Confraternity Ministry. She enjoyed crafts, piñatas, crocheting,
knitting, sewing, dancing, and spending time with her grandchildren and
Lupe is survived by her husband, José R. Flores, Fremont; children,
Yolanda (Thomas) Miller, Edna (Jim) Scherf, Thelma (Larry) Stanley, all
of Fremont, José R. (Laura) Flores, Jr, Derby, KS, Fernando Flores,
Bedford, OH, Victor (Elisa) Flores, Clyde, OH, René (Wendy) Flores,
Fremont; sisters, María De La Luz (Guadalupe) Flores, Toledo, and María
Concepción (Fidel) Guerra, Laredo, TX; sixteen grandchildren and eleven
great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; infant
brothers, Miguel and Apolinar Perales.
Carmen “Chory” Marcial (née Cortez) 68, of Lorain, OH passed away
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in Mercy Regional Medical Center, following a
lengthy illness. Chory was born January 22, 1945 in Utuado, Puerto Rico.
She moved to Lorain in 1971. She was a member of Templo Emmanuel
Assembly of God, Lorain, where she was a member of the churches’
Sociedad de Damas. She was a homemaker and loving mother. She collected
pictures and figurines and butterfly decorations.
She will be deeply missed by her sons Ismael (Marlyne) Marcial Jr. and
Abraham Marcial both of Lorain; sisters Esther Pérez, Inez Rodríguez and
Alice Rivera all of Lorain and Matilde Cortez of Florida; brother Ismael
Cortez of Florida; grandchildren Adrian, Alex, and Xavier Marcial.
She was preceded in death by her parents Juan R. and Virginia (née
Montero) Cortez; sister Juanita Pérez; and brothers Diego and Luis
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
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
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
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
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
Those left to cherish her love and memory are her mother; siblings, Seth
Book of Sylvania, OH, Sierra Garcia of Toledo, OH, Sabrina Garcia,
Zaiden and Noah Elghozy, all of Cairo, Egypt; grandparents, Lucy Garcia
and Barbara Cowell of Toledo, Norman (Oke) Cowell of Findlay;
great-grand-parents, Joanne Garcia of Toledo and Linda (Ismael) DelaRosa
of Fostoria, OH; uncles and aunts, Robert (Christina), Dominic
(Elizabeth), Eddie and Mark Garíia, Frank Foust, Joe (Crystal) Molino,
Darrell Smith and Amber (L.D.) Fryman, all of Toledo. Also, David
(Joyce) Tellez, Alyse Tellez, Joe Tellez of Findlay, Laura Tellez of
California and Danny DelaRosa of Fostoria, OH.
Preceded in death by her father and grandfather, Steve Tellez of
Findlay; great-grandparents, Juan N. García, Manuela “Nellie” Castillon
and Virginia Cowell. Also welcoming her home are her aunts, Teresa H.
Smith, Mona Deluna, Yolanda García and cousin, Israel “Mello” García,
all of Toledo.
Juana Ruiz, age 89, of Toledo, OH passed away on May 8, 2013, while
surrounded by her family. She was born in Mexico on December 27, 1923.
She spent her career working at St. Charles Hospital until the time of
her retirement. She was a woman of God, loved cooking and spending time
with her family. Juana was a beautiful strong woman who will be greatly
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.
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
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
MARIO GARCÍA SR.
Mario García Sr., 75, of Lindsey died on Monday, April 29, 2013 at St.
Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, OH. He was born on January 19,
1938 in Kerrville, TX to Luis and Paula (Juárez) García. He attended
Fremont Ross High School. Mario was a machine operator at Green Bay
Packaging for 38 years, retiring in 2003. On October 18, 1957 in Bowling
Green, OH he married Elena Rodríguez and she survives. He enjoyed
playing pool, dancing, music and spending time with his family. Mario
was an avid OSU fan and enjoyed the Cleveland Browns. He attended his
grandchildren’s sporting events and loved traveling and being outdoors.
Also surviving are children, Evilia Sandoval of Fremont, Mario (Lois)
García Jr. of Oak Harbor and Jerry (Ann) García of Fremont; eight
grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Luis García Jr. of
Toledo and Philip (Wanda) García of Atlanta, TX. He is preceded in death
by his parents and a brother, Tony.
Luisa Velásquez peacefully entered into Heaven on Friday, April 26, 2013
in Winter Garden, Fla. at 84. Born in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, on June
20, 1928, to the late Josephina (née Colón) and Serephin Ortiz, Luisa
dedicated her life to nurturing her family and serving the Lord. She
gave of her time and talents throughout years of service at Sacred Heart
Chapel in Lorain. Luisa served as president of the Ladies Society, and
held leadership roles within the Charismatic movement, the Cursillos,
and many other organizations. She loved to praise God through music, and
was also a gifted seamstress and cook. Luisa was loved by many, and will
be greatly missed by all who knew her, including husband Luis Velásquez;
son Edwin (Robin) Velásquez; daughter Nicza (Louis) Carrion; as well as
adoring grandchildren Stefanie, Eddie, Mindy, Vanessa, and Jesse; and
great grandchildren Melina, Marisa, Jaxden, and Giana.
SALOMON R. GONZÁLEZ
Salomon R. González, 70, passed away on Monday, April 22, 2013 at the
Cleveland Clinic Health Campus in Cleveland. Salomon was born in San
Lorenzo, Puerto Rico on March 13, 1943 and at age seven moved to
Philadelphia, Pa. until 1979 when he moved to Lorain, OH until his
passing. He was a prize fighter, feather weight, and called the “Million
Dollar Baby” in Philadelphia, Pa. On May 7, 1968 he married Carmen L.
(née González). He worked at U.S. Steel as a pipe inspector and he
enjoyed boxing, fishing, drawing, collecting art and knick-knacks of
Indians and elephants, singing and writing and music and watching
sports, especially the Cleveland Indians.
He is survived by his children Onika (Hector) Rivera, Agueybano “Chino”
González, Tyesha M. González, and Jesús D. González all of Lorain;
sisters Tati, Carmen, Angela, Hilda, and Evelyn González; 9
grandchildren; Chyna; 18 nieces and nephews; and friend, previously
married for 20 years, Carmen L. González. He is preceded in death by his
parents David R. and Emelia (née Ramos) González; and infant son,
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
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
Surviving are two children, Lawrence R. Gomez, Columbus and Ava M. Byars,
Trinity, Alabama; three grandchildren, Jessica (Alex) Cantrell, Daniel
and Paul Byars; a great grandson, James Byars; four brothers, Louis
Macias, Mentor, Richard (Corey) Macias, Charles (Marge) Macias and Fred
(Lucy) Macias of Fostoria; and two sisters, Deloris Bucher, North
Baltimore and Anita (Gary) Mueller, Alton, Ill.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Ann C. Gomez and two brothers,
Henry Macias and infant brother, Robert Macias
Dad passed peacefully in his sleep at home on April 13, 2013, after
a nearly 10-year battle with prostate cancer. Dad’s soul and spirit is
now free to enter God’s Kingdom and be united with his loving wife of 47
yrs, Rachel. Born in Jalisco, Mexico, on September 5, 1930. Dad came to
Los Angeles, California as a teenager to make a life for himself. As a
young adult he got into professional boxing and was quite exceptional,
winning championships in 2 weight classes—Fly & Featherweight. After the
fight game, Dad got into the construction trades. In 1961, he found his
true love, Rachel Romero. The rest is history; we came to Toledo, OH in
1968 to be close to Mom’s family. Dad continued in the trades and was a
proud member of Locals 500 & 886, retiring in 1987. He loved 3 things,
family, hard work and hard fun. I'll let you figure that out if you knew
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
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
Eladio is survived by his children; Eulalio, David, Ady, Samuel, and
Elizabeth, many grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Amelia (née Turcios), a daughter,
Lucy, his sister, Francisca, and his parents.
Noel Romero, age 51, of Lorain, OH died on Saturday, April 13, 2013
at his home unexpectedly. Noel was born on March 21, 1962 in Lorain, he
moved to Middleburgh Heights to be closer to his daughters. He was a
1980 graduate of Southview High School. Noel was employed as a welder
and research lab mechanic for NASA/Sierra Lobo for 20 years, winning
many awards for his job. Noel was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, along
with his entire family. His daughters and family were the highlight of
his life. He also enjoyed working out and working at his job.
He is survived by his two daughters: Gabriella and Maraiyah Romero, both
of Berea and brothers: Maico Romero, of Covington, KY, Robert “Bobby”
Romero of Strongsville, Gilbert Romero and Richard Romero, both of
Lorain. He was preceded in death by his parents: Santos and Julia (née
Colón) Romero, brother: Tony Cruz and his dog “Muffin.”
VICTOR M. ROSADO
Victor M. Rosado, 28, of Lorain, OH passed away un expectantly Friday,
April 12, 2013 in his home. Victor was born July 24, 1984 in Narangito,
Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain in January 1995. He graduated high school
in Puerto Rico. He worked as a cook for Wendy's and a Chinese restaurant
in Elyria. He enjoyed playing baseball and was an amateur barber.
Victor will be deeply missed by his mother Vilma Cruz and step father
Orlando Quinones both of Lorain; his sisters Valerie M. Rosado and
Carmen Y. Rosado both of Lorain; grandmother Pilar Morales of Comerio,
Puerto Rico; aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his
grandfather Virgilio Cruz and his brother Emmanuel Rosado.
JOSÉ R. TORRES
José R. “Pachy” Torres, age 61, of Lorain, OH passed away on
Monday, April 15, 2013, at the New Life Hospice Center of St. Joséph,
Lorain. He was born on January 7, 1952 in Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico,
moving to Lorain 33 years ago. He was the owner of Alliance Upholstery
for 29 years. José was a member of The Church of Jesús Christ of Latter
Day Saints. He enjoyed computers and woodwork.
José is survived by his son, José R. “Billy” (Jennifer), of Collins, OH;
2 granddaughters, Paloma and Natalia; brothers José A. “Billy,” José O.
“Pepe,” and José D. “Chilin,” all of Lorain, José R. “Papo,” José F.
“Pipe,” José V. “Vitito,” and José A. “Concho,” all of Guayanilla,
Puerto Rico; and sisters Ruthiris E. “Tatita” Torres Cruz, of Juana
Diaz, Puerto Rico, Lester R. ”Cuchy,” Genara L. “Gorda,” Lizzette “Lizzy,”
Carmen D. “Deliris,” and Sandra, all of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico. He is
also survived by his girlfriend Jackie Almodovar. He was preceded in
death by a son, Sammy Torres, and his parents José A. and Iris M. (née
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
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
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
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
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
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
Juan was preceded in death by his son
H. Zapata, 83, of Genoa, OH, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2013 at
Arbors of Oregon, OH. He was born in Carrizo Springs, TX on June 2, 1929
to Ramón and Inez (Hernández) Zapata. Marcelino was employed at the Lime
Plant in Genoa for many years and was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes
Catholic Church. Marcelino will be remembered for his love of gardening,
fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Surviving are his wife Baldomera; daughter Diana Eva; son, Rene (Guillermina)
Zapata; grandchildren, Elexia Eva and David Eva; siblings, Jesusita
García, Guadalupe Vela, Eloisa Cruz and sister-in-law, Angelita Zapata.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Eliodoro, Vicente,
Salargosa, Antonio, and Cristina.
Julia Delgado, 48, of Toledo, OH passed away March 25, 2013, at
Heartland of Oregon. She was born in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico on
July 25, 1964, to María Dolores Lozano and raised by Gilbert and Enedina
Delgado. She attended Oakdale School and Maumee Valley Country Day.
Surviving are her daughters, and Krystal Delgado, Evon S. Kidan; 5
grandchildren; siblings, Gilbert Jr. (Rosie), David (Guadalupe), Johnny
Delgado, Daniel (Martha), Alfred (Debbie), Rosie (Rob) Law, Susie
(Frank) Ramirez, Dolores Martínez, Rosa García, Teresa Sánchez, José
Luis Lozano, Esther Barajas, San Juana Alva, Alfredo Lozano, Araceli
Lozano; special friend, James West; along with many loving family
members and friends. Julia was preceded in death by her parents, Gilbert
and Enedina Delgado, and brothers, Victor Lozano and Albert Delgado.
Dolores “Lily” Díaz (née Estrada), age 84, of Lorain, OH passed away
peacefully on the afternoon of Wednesday April 3, 2013 at the home of
her daughter, Cindy, following an extended illness. Lily was born in
Lorain on November 4, 1928 and remained a life-long resident of the
city. Devoted to her family, she enjoyed working with ceramics and
flower gardening. She also liked cooking, and especially preparing and
sharing Mexican food with her relatives and friends. She was a
parishioner of Sacred Heart Chapel and worked as a volunteer with the
S.P.C.A. of Lorain County.
Survivors include her daughters Joyce (John) Oliger of Columbus, Cynthia
(Thomas) Bisgrove of Elyria, Georgette (Robert) McGarvey of Wakeman, and
sons Salvador J. “Sal” (Pam) Díaz of Elyria and David (Gladys) Díaz of
Lorain. She also leaves seven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren,
her brother Anastasio Estrada, Jr. residing in Treasure Island, Florida,
and sisters Josephine (John) Malinovski of Lorain, and Hope Quercio of
Carson City, California. She was preceded in death by her husband
Salvador Díaz, Sr. in 1990, and by sisters Emma Zapata and Theresa
Rosa Hernández (née Cantu) 83 of Lorain, OH passed away Friday, April 5,
2013, at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain, following a lengthy
illness. Born August 21, 1929 in Victoria, Texas, she came to Lorain in
1951. Rosa worked as the head cook at Ohio Extended Care, Lorain for 20
years, retiring in 1992. Prior to that, she worked as a cook at various
local nursing facilities in Lorain. She also worked as a housekeeper for
many private homes. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and
the Mexican Mutual Society. She enjoyed cooking, dancing, bingo and
spending time with her grandchildren.
Surviving is her husband of 22 years, Piedad; sons, Elmer Garza of San
Antonio, Texas, Ernest Garza of Lorain, Edward Garza of North Carolina,
Richard Garza of Lorain, and Gilbert Garza of Houston; and a daughter,
Norma Hess-Alcala of Lorain; 24 grandchildren and many great
grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Deana G.
“Nani” Ybarra in 2011; and a son, Henry Garza.
LUIS ALBERTO JIMÉNEZ SR.
Luis Alberto Jiménez, Sr., 66 of Lorain, OH passed away Wednesday, April
3, 2013 in his home following a lengthy illness. Luis was born on May
18, 1946, in Utuado, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain on July 4, 1964.
Luis was employed at Green Bean Greenhouse in Westlake for 20 years and
worked as an independent contractor for Label & Co in Cleveland for 25
years. He enjoyed building cabinets, golfing, fishing and playing
dominos. He also enjoyed playing flight simulator and other computer
games. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. Luis was the
president of Coameño and vice president of Puerto Rican Home.
He will be dearly missed his wife of 37 years, Nellie Jiménez (née
Delgado); daughters Marilyn (Jay) Santiago of Lorain and Marlene
(Albert) Jiménez of San Diego; sons Luis (Tammy) Jiménez Jr., Angel
(Christina) Jiménez, Eric Jiménez, and Ariel (Marisol) Jiménez all of
Lorain; 14 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; brothers Ariel Jiménez
and Juan Maldonado, both of Lorain, Angel Rivera of Miami, Ramón Rivera
of Deltona, Florida, Miguel Rivera Brooklyn, New York and Sisters, Zaida
DeJesús of Deltona; Nidia Oliveras of Lorain, and Emineth and Lisandra
Jiménez both of Saint Petersburg.
He was preceded in death by his parents Serafin and Asunción (née
Maldonado) Jiménez; brothers Jorge Rivera, Hector and Carlos Jiménez,
and his granddaughter Arianna Jiménez.
Josefina Rodríguez (née Morales), 70, of Lorain, OH passed away Easter
Sunday, March 31, 2013 in her home surrounded by her family. She was
born March 9, 1943 in Orocovis, Puerto Rico. She lived in Trenton, New
Jersey for eleven years before moving to Lorain in 1976.
Josefina was an active member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, she was an
Eucharistic Minister, Altar Server and a kitchen helper. Josefina was
also a member of the churches’ Renovacion Carismatica, Saint Vincent
DePaul Society, and Prayer Ministry.
She will be deeply missed by her beloved husband of 46 years, Angel
Rodríguez of Lorain; daughters Vivian Rodríguez of Avon and Sandra
Rodríguez of Lorain; brothers Raymond and Eduviges Morales both of
Trenton, New Jersey, Candido Morales of Miami, Florida and Juan Morales
of Orocovis; sisters Aida Morales and Francisca “Rosin” Rodríguez both
of Trenton and grandchildren Aaron Martínez and Adryan Rodríguez.
Josefina was preceded in death by her parents Eduviges and Josefa (née
Rupert) Morales; brothers José and Sixto Morales and sisters Andrea and
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 (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
Hyacinth was preceded in death by her loving husband, Phillip, and sons,
Tony and Ricky. Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Phillip, Ron
(Toni), Susie, and Joe (Joy); siblings, Paul and Mary; special niece,
Yvonna, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Norberto “Berto” Valentin, 84, of Land O’ Lakes, Fla., was called to
rest by his Savior on Sunday, March 24, 2013. He was born in Utuado,
Puerto Rico to Manuel Valentin and Estervina Montero. Berto retired
after 30 years from Ford Motor Company in Ohio. He was a charismatic
member of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church and he enjoyed
volunteering for the Church, reading his bible, traveling, spending time
with his family, gardening and building things for around his house.
He is preceded in death by his son, Luis Prieto; brothers, Manuel,
Concho and Antonio Lugo Valentin and sister, Tonia. He is survived by
his wife of 58 years, Elena Valentin; four daughters, Carmen Marrero
(Javier), Aracelis Valentin (Antonio), Mary Flecha and Rumilda González
(Antonio); ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Rafaél Alvarado, 64, of Lorain, OH passed away in his home surrounded by
his family Tuesday, March 19, 2013 following an lengthy illness. He was
born October 24, 1948 in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico. He settled in Lorain
in 1972. He retired in 2003 from Elyria Foundry. He worked there for 25
years. He also worked for Modern Tool and Die in Strongsville.
Rafaél was an active member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, belonging to
the Cursillo Movement, Charismatic Movement, Juan 23 Group he played
congas in the Charismatic Choir. He enjoyed playing Chess, dancing,
playing music, motorcycle trips, hunting, camping and teaching his
grandchildren to fish and his dog “Mi Mi.”
He will be deeply missed by his wife of 44 years Nydia (née Davila);
sons Rafaél (Darleen) Alvarado, Jr. and Pablo J. (Katiria) Alvarado both
of Lorain; daughters Sonia (Edwin) Fernández, Saida Alvarado and Noemi
(Luis) Massa all of Lorain; brothers Ramón Alvarado of Lorain, Victor
and Angel Alvarado both St. Petersburg, Florida, Luis Alvarado of
Dorado, Puerto Rico and Samuel Alvarado of South Carolina; sisters Ana
Alvarado and María Rosas both of Lorain and Aida and Carmen Rodríguez
both of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico; 15 grandchildren and 4 great
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
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
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
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, 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
Tomasita is also survived by one sister; Guadalupe and one brother;
Israel Jaramillo, both of México and numerous nieces and nephews. “My
greatest joy is seeing my family united, and serving God; there is no
better life than this!” - Tomasita Rodríguez
Tomasita was recently featured in La Prensa; visit: http://www.laprensatoledo.com/Stories/2013/020813/tomasita.htm
IRMA QUILES TORRES
Irma Quiles Torres, 69, of Lorain, OH passed away Saturday, March
16, 2013 in New Life Hospice following a lengthy illness. She was born
July 9, 1943 in Corozal, Puerto Rico. She lived in New York for 8 Years
before moving to Lorain OH in 1979. Irma was a strong, kindhearted,
loving mother. She was an active member of Sacred heart Chapel, Lorain.
Irma volunteered to help at church activities. In spite of her recent
illness and debilitation she remained free spirited.
She will be dearly missed by her sons José A. (Kimberly) Ortiz, Jr. of
Sheffield Lake and Victor (Cynthia), David and Daniel (Neimaliz) Ortiz
both of Lorain; her daughter Julie Ortiz of Lorain; her former husband
and friend José Ortiz of Lorain; brothers Ramón Quiles of Reading,
Pennsylvania and Anibal Quiles of Morovis, Puerto Rico and a sister
María Motieran of Queens, New York; and 11 grand children. She was
preceded in death by her parents Pedro and Gurmercinda (née Torres) and
13 brothers and sisters.
The Detroit Tigers and Ohio State Buckeyes lost one of their biggest
fans on March 13, 2013, when Ray Alvarez passed away at Orchard Villa in
Oregon, OH. He was born on August 13, 1962, to Ramiro and Erminia
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Kris Snyder Alvarez; sons, Drew,
Daniel, and Gregory; mother, Erminia Alvarez; brothers, Ramiro
(Elizabeth) Alvarez, Jr., Hector (Rosa) Alvarez, Richard (Diana)
Alvarez, and Roy (Polly) Alvarez; sisters, Linda (Eleodoro) Martínez,
and Lydia (Alfonso) López, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded
in death by father, Ramiro Alvarez Sr.; father-in-law, Ronald Snyder;
nephew, Richard Alvarez Jr., and great-nephew, Devin Alvarez.
Robert Guerrero, age 63, of Adrian MI passed away Thursday, Feb. 28,
2013, at his home. He was born May 4, 1949, in Adrian to Mike and Mary
(Rodriguez) Guerrero. Robert was employed with Ford’s in Saline for 30
years, until his retirement on Sept. 1, 1999.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by one son, Michael Guerrero
of Adrian; one daughter, Katrina Guerrero of Grand Rapids; brothers and
sisters, Joe (Stella) Guerrero of Adrian, John Guerrero of Fairfield,
Guadalupe Abercrombie of Milan, Emilio “Pal” Guerrero of Adrian and
Anastacia “Stacy” (David) Zendejas of San Antonio, Texas; nine
grandchildren, Tyler, Damien, Mikayla, Breonna, Ryan, Rochelle, Jawuan,
Azia and Anyia; and one great-grandson, Treyvion. He was preceded in
death by a sister, Angie.
Tomás Obregon, 91, of Fremont, OH passed away on Sunday, February 17,
2013 at the University of Toledo Medical Center. He was born on December
29, 1921 in Islitas, TX, the son of Ventura and Juanita (née Martínez)
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.
was a veteran of the
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
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
Tanya Fernández (née Viera), age 38, of Lorain, OH passed away on the
afternoon of Monday, March 4th, 2013 at Grace Hospital in Lakewood. She
was born in the Bronx, New York on July 17, 1974 and had been a resident
of Lorain since 2005.
Tanya attended Lorain County Community College where she pursued a
Business Administration curriculum. She had most recently been employed
as an instructional aid for students with special needs within the
Lorain Public School System.
She was an active member of the Templo Emmanuel Assembly of God where
she was a member of the Women's Ministry and the Bible study group. She
also assisted with the Children's Ministry. Tanya was a physical fitness
enthusiast who enjoyed hip-hop music and flower gardening. Additional
interests included baking, cooking, and knitting.
She is survived by her husband of 16 ½ years Adalberto “Albert,” by her
son Nathaniel I. Fernández at home, by her daughter Sarah I. Fernández,
also at home, by her brother Raúl Viera, Jr. residing in the State of
New York, and by a large extended family. She also leaves her beloved
pet dog Rocco.
Tanya was preceded in death by her parents Raúl Viera, Sr. and María
(née Henríquez) Viera.
Georgina “Geor” Gracía (née Alicea), age 89, of Lorain, OH passed
away on Thursday, February 28, 2013, at Mercy Regional Medical Center,
She was born on March 17, 1923, in Corozal, Puerto Rico. She was a
member of Sacred Heart Chapel. She enjoyed collecting dolls, cooking,
and working in her garden.
Georgina is survived by her sons; José, Victor, and Carlos, all of
Lorain, 12 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and 8 great great
grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Juanita, Elvira, and
Constanza, all of Puerto Rico, Nydia Díaz, of Chicago, and Eva Alvarez,
of Lorain, and a brother, César Alicea, of Puerto Rico.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Mariano, Sr., in
2001; daughter Myriam Gracía, in 2010; sons Mariano, Jr., in 1985 and
Raymond, in 1979; a grandson, Mariano Rivas III, in 2006; a great great
grandson, Michael Serrano; brother, José Alicea; sister, Carmen Burgos;
and parents Leonides and Mariana (née Alvarez) Alicea.
Antonio “Tony” Billegas Jr., age 58, of Toledo, OH passed away on
Friday, March 1, 2013 with family by his side. He was born June 15,
1954, to Antonio Billegas Sr. and Mary (Gutiérrez) Verdin in Toledo, the
oldest of 4 children.
He was a faithful employee at RMF Nooter for the past 19 years. When he
wasn't working he loved shopping, taking long scenic drives, spending
time with his family, and frequenting the Toledo Zoo. Tony enjoyed the
holidays and took pride in decorating his home. He loved to learn and
was full of historical and odd facts. He had a very generous heart that
will be truly missed by all that knew him.
Along with his mother Mary, he is survived by his children, Amanda,
Robert, and Carrie Billegas, Kimberly (James) Wilcox, Charles (Shanah)
Maxwell; siblings, Rose (Larry) Maxwell, Mary (Thomas) Flowers, and
Raymond (Doreen) Verdin; former wife, Sandy Billegas; 19 grandchildren;
1 great-grandchild, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Also surviving are his cats, Samuel, Imagi, Little Sammy, and Charquito.
He is preceded in death by his father Antonio and son Tony.
David González passed away suddenly on January 31, 2013 in St.
Petersburg, Florida. David was born on September 3, 1963 in Lorain, OH.
He moved to Florida with his parents in 1975 where he lived until his
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.
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
Carl was preceded in death by son, San C. Martínez Jr.; parents; nieces,
Sandy Elizondo, April Martínez, Gloria Ann Ruiz, brother, Simon C.
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
Etanislao was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and a part of the
Cursillo movement at the church. He also was a member of the United
Steelworkers Union Local 1104-2. He enjoyed gardening, raising chickens,
music and singing Christmas songs, playing dominos, and spending time
with his family and his grandchildren.
Surviving is his wife 68 years, Juana (née Vázquez); his sons, Miguel
(Nancy) Rivera of Wakeman, Etanislao (Helen) Rivera Jr. of Grafton, and
Johnny Rivera of Lorain; daughters, Ana L. (Phillip) Santiago, Irma A.
Rivera, Carmen C. (Juan) González, Gladys E. (Hector) Feliciano, Diana
M. (José Louis) Milete, and Angelina Pérez, all of Lorain; 25
grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren;
brothers, Angel and Victor, both of Puerto Rico; and sisters Josepha and
Candelario, both of Puerto Rico.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Evaristo and Catalina (née
Pérez) Rivera; brothers, Nardo and Barin; sisters, Benedicta, Carmela,
and Pilar; and a great-granddaughter, Rachel Bryer.
Enrique “Henry” Pinaya died peacefully on February 17, 2013, at the age
of 73. Enrique immigrated to the United State with his wife in 1971. He
was employed by LOF for 30 years where he contributed to many projects
and retired in 2002 as a chemist.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Gladys; daughters, Jackie (Mike)
and Cheryl; son, Hank (Delma); grandsons, Xavier and Collin, and
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
Surviving are her parents; brother, Diego Trevino Jr.; "sister", Reyna;
grandparents, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
RAMON P. VELAZQUEZ
Ramón P. Velázquez, age 86, of Lorain, OH passed away on Saturday,
February 16, 2013, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain,
after a brief illness. He was born on June 30, 1926, in San German,
Puerto Rico and had moved to Philadelphia in 1967, where he lived until
moving to Lorain in 1979. While living in Philadelphia, he was employed
at Repco for 12 years. Ramón enjoyed carpentry, gardening, reading the
Bible, and writing poetry.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years; Carmen (née Pinto), sons; Ramón
Pabón, Jr., of Puerto Rico and Saul Pabón, of Lorain, daughters; Nancy
Almodova, Ada Iris Almodova, Nixia Almodova, and Lucy Almodova, all of
Puerto Rico, and Yvette Pabón, of Lorain, 4 grandchildren in Lorain, and
many grandchildren in Puerto Rico, and his brothers; Evangelio and Zene
Pabón, both of Puerto Rico.
Josephine (née Durán) Medina, 63, a native of Toledo who subsequently
moved to Detroit, passed away on Monday, February 11, 2013. She was born
May 4, 1949, to Ricardo and Aurora (García) Durán. She loved to dance,
play cards, and most of all spend time with her family. She was preceded
in death by her parents; siblings, María López, Jesse García, John Durán,
and her son, Mateo “Squirty” Valdez.
Josephine is survived by her adoring husband, Carlos; children, Angelo
Esquivel and San Juan (Felicia) Esquivel, Patricia Medina, Carlos Medina
Jr., and Ernesto (Christina) Valdez; siblings, Richard Jr., Frank
(Leticia), Mario (Margarita), and Beatrice (Diana) Durán, Ruperta Pecina,
Nancy (Joe) Romo, Petra Mattison, Pat Torres, Josie Briceno, Queenie,
and Anna Ortiz. She is also survived by many grandchildren and 3
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,
He is survived by his wife, Awilda Morales; five children; a sister and
brother; and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren.
WILLIAM GONZALEZ CARRERO
William “Bill” González Carrero, 84, died February 2, 2013 at his home
in Lorain, OH. Bill was born March 15, 1928 in Aquada, Puerto Rico, he
moved to Lorain at the age of 17 and made his home here through
retirement. Bill was married to Ruth Ann Miller and raised seven
children, three from Ruth Ann’s first marriage and four together.
During his early years Bill was a Golden Gloves Boxing Champion and
restaurant owner. His greatest joys were spending time with his
grandchildren and attending their sporting events; he also enjoyed
raising and sporting his roosters. Bill had a very successful career as
a Committeeman, Building Chairman, Recording Secretary and Assistant
Vice President during his 43 years with Ford Motor Company’s UAW Local
1250 in Brookpark, Ohio.
Bill is survived by his children, Ruth Roberta Toothman, Diana Marie
Evans, Ramona Antoinette Brown (David), Kathleen Adela Discenzo, William
Daniel Carrero Jr. (Kelly), Donato David Carrero (Melinda), 18
grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, brother, Juan “Kiki” González,
sister, Amparo González and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth Ann (née Miller), son, Enrique
Antonio, grandson, Jerry, brothers, Donato and Pedro “Tito” González,
and his sisters, Jean and Monsa González.
Irma Watson, 70, of Toledo, OH, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2013,
at St Vincent Mercy Hospital. She was born in Joyce, Texas on April 28,
1942, to Francisco and Eliza Martínez. Irma was a Home Manager for
Zeigler Habilitation for 10 years before retiring in 1998.
She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Olga Baiz, Felipe
Martínez, and Fernando Martínez; her daughter, Rita Jo Ramirez; son,
Randy Lee Watson; grandchildren, Francisco Martínez Gomez, and Sara
Marie Gomez; mother-in-law, Dennis Carol Watson.
Irma is survived by her loving husband, Randy Watson; children,
Francisco (Blanche) Gomez Jr., Olga (Michael) Fitch, Bobbie Love
McCullough, Geraldine Kay Andrews, Monica (José) López and William
Ramirez; 15 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren, and special friend,
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
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
Surviving besides her husband Carlos, are nine children, Carlos Jr.
(Catherine) Celestino of Arlington, Virginia; Irene (Oscar) Flores of
San Antonio, Texas; Richard R. Celestino and Rudy J. (Darlene) Celestino
all of Defiance; Henry P. (Veronica Mata) Celestino of Saginaw, MI;
Julia Celestino and David (Penny) Celestino all of Toledo; Raquel
(Michael) Korty of Chester, Virginia and Joseph M. Celestino of
Austin,Texas. Also surviving are a sister Julia Treviño and two
brothers, Jaoquin Ramón and Joseph Ramón, all of Defiance. She is also
survived by 21 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Besides her
parents, she is predeceased by two brothers. Rey Jr. and Jesse Ramón and
two sisters, Ramona Urbina and Guadalupe Robles.
HILARO LAWRENCE FRANCO SR.
Hilaro Lawrence Franco Sr., 59, of Toledo, OH passed away on January 26,
2013, at his residence. He was born in Luckey, Ohio on November 6, 1953,
to Aurelio Sr. and Mercedes (née Villareal) Franco. Hilaro was self
employed working as a mechanic for several years.
Surviving are his daughters, Jill (José) Ayala and Sandra (Luis) Amador;
grandchildren, Martin, Melina, Julissa and Tomas Ayala, Nicholas and
Melody Amador; brothers, Rudy (Debbie), Miguel (Mary) and David Franco,
José López; sisters, Connie Franco, Jane Franco and Peggy (Kenny) Hill;
several aunts, uncles nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by
his parents and sister, Nancy Marlow.
James Gutiérrez, 87, of Lorain, OH passed away on Tuesday, January 29,
2013 in Charlotte, N.C. He is survived by his children, Nancy Gutiérrez
(James Hathaway), David Gutiérrez (Trish), James Andrew Gutiérrez, John
Gutiérrez (Yvonne) and Mary Gutiérrez: grandchildren, Margaret Hathaway,
Hannah Hathaway, Elizabeth Hathaway, James Andrew Gutiérrez II, Matthew
Gutiérrez, Nicholas Gutiérrez and Alexis Gutiérrez: sisters, Linda
Ridenour and Mary Simpson: brothers, Jesus Gutiérrez and Joseph
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret D. (née Dattilo):
parents, Viviano Gutiérrez, Apollonia Trujillo: brother, Anselmo
Gutiérrez: sister, Lucy Shaw.
Margarita Marrero, 71, of Lorain, OH passed away Thursday, January 31,
2013 in Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain following a lengthy
illness. She was born October 30, 1941 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico and
came to Lorain in 1979. She was a supervisor at Goodwill Industries,
Lorain. Margarita enjoyed traveling, music, dancing, and being with her
She will be missed by her husband of 54 years, Pedro Marrero; daughters
Wanda Caribe, Marilyn González, and Yvette Ortiz; sons Raphaél Colón of
Cape Girardeau, Missouri and Pedro Luis Marrero of Kissimmee, Florida;
sisters Luisa Padin and Anna Bermudez both of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico;
eleven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents Severo Bermudez and Juana
Rodríguez; son-in-law Rubén Caribe, and six brothers and sisters.
Primitivo Torres, 85 of Lorain, OH passed away January 29, 2013 at
Autumn Aegis Home after suffering Alzheimer’s for over three years. He
was born June 9, 1927 in Aguada, Puerto Rico and had lived in Lorain
since coming to work at Lorain Works US Steel in 1950. He retired in
1983. Primitivo was active in Sacred Heart Church till the Alzheimer’s
Primitivo loved helping others. He was a member of the Spanish American
Businessmen’s Association, and a member and past president of the Puerto
Rican Home. He was also was a member of the United Steel Workers Union
Local 1104. He enjoyed playing dominos with his friends. He will be
dearly missed by his five sons, Naaman “Edwin” of Elyria, William,
Dennis and Hiram of Lorain, Edgar of Wauseon and daughter Myrna of
Lorain. Additionally, a special friend Doris Rosado who visited him
daily at the nursing home.
He is also survived by his brothers Juan and Ramón of Lorain. He also
leaves behind a large number of grandchildren, great grandchildren and
great, great grandchildren.
He was widowed twice, first by Digna (née Aviles) the mother of his six
children, and then by Raquel (née Lugo). He was also preceded in death
by a granddaughter Angie Marie as well as great grandchildren Maya
Segovia and Corey; his sisters Ana Chaparro, with whom he was very close
all his life, and Leona and Perfecta Torres; and brother-in-law Santiago
Chaparro. His father Nicolas Torres died in 1942 and his mother María
Cardona in 1977.
ERASMO DE LEON
Erasmo De León, 72, of Port Clinton, OH, passed away Sunday,
January 20, 2013 at Edgewood Manor Nursing Center, Port Clinton. Erasmo
was born on June 07, 1940 in Pharr, TX, the son of Jose Angel and Marta
(née Flores) De León. On December 30, 2003 in Port Clinton, OH, he
married Margaret “Peggy” Smith and she survives. Erasmo worked as a
machine operator for Sandusky Athol until his retirement. He was a
member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Erasmo loved camping,
fishing, spending time with his family & friends, cookouts and working
on cars. He was an assistant scout master for Troop 351 and an avid fan
of the Dallas Cowboys and the Cleveland Indians. Erasmo will be greatly
missed by his loving family and friends.
Survivors include: wife: Margaret; sons: Eddie (Belia) De León and
Javier (Joyce) De León; daughter: Melissa (Mark) French; Siblings:
Feliciano (Rose) De León, María G. (Miguel) Castillo-Palacios, Merardo (María)
De León, Jacinta Vega and Eva (Antonio) Cancino; 11 Grandchildren; 8
Great-Grandchildren and many loving cousins, nieces & nephews. Erasmo
was preceded in death by his parents, first wife: Yolanda A. De León,
son: Homero De León and 2 infant sisters.
Ramona “Monin” González (née Soto), age 81, of Amherst, OH passed
away on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at Mercy Regional Medical Center
following a brief illness. Born on April 15, 1931 in Quebradillas,
Puerto Rico, she came to Lorain in 1951 and lived there until moving to
Amherst in 1997. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. Ramona
enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking and reading.
Surviving her are 4 sons, Andrés “Andy” Jr., of Atlanta, Ga., Richard J.
(Debbie), of Amherst, Hector (Marilyn), of Auburn, Ga., and Edwin
(Wendy) González, of Orlando, Fla.; her daughters, Gladys (Carlos)
Gabriel, of Margate, Fla., and Lydia González, of Dawsonville, Ga.; 11
grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Carmen Soto of
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
She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years Domingo Palos in
2008, her parents George and Elsie (née Hale) Cantu; son Johnny Palos;
brothers Lee, Albert and Bob Cantu; sister Joann Nagy; and grandchildren
Ashley Palos and Nicholas Rivas.
ARMANDINA M. SALAS
Armandina M. Salas, 67, of North State Route 19, Fremont, OH passed
away on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in
Toledo. She was born on November 11, 1945 in Laredo, TX, the daughter of
Edubijes and Lupe (née Villarreal) Orozco. She married Ronald Salas in
Toledo, OH and he preceded her in death in 2000. Armandina was a
Homemaker. She enjoyed watching TV, especially the Lifetime Chanel, the
Judge shows and soap operas. Armandina also enjoyed being outside
working in her yard and cook outs. She loved being with her
grandchildren and her dog, Sassy.
Armandina is survived by her children, Jodi Hernández (Pete Torres)
Fremont, OH, Joe Hernández, Jr. (Diane García), Bono, OH; siblings,
Alfonso (Barb) Orozco of Florida and Maggie (Pete) Soto of Michigan;
grandchildren, Selina and Veronica Hernández, Raquel Martínez, Nicole,
Andrea, Lupe, Helica, Joe “Baby Joe” and Eduaro Juan Rolmando “Lalo”
Hernández; nine great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ronald Salas;
brother, Ed Orozco.
Petra Aranda, 75, of Toledo, OH passed away January 21, 2013 at
Hospice of Northwest Ohio. She was born
in San José de Otates, Guanajuato, México on June 29, 1937 to Geronimo
and Antonia (née Rodríguez) Galván. Petra was a loving and hard working
mother who enjoyed cooking, loved to dance and travel. Most of all she
enjoyed spending time with her family.
Surviving are her children Juana Rodríguez, Sergio (María) Aranda, Julia
(Horacio) Aranda-Tafolla, Jesús (Anna María) Aranda, Maurilio (Tamara)
Aranda, Jorge Aranda, Ramiro (María) Aranda, Leticia (Francisco) Ruiz,
Martin (María De La Luz) Aranda, Cristobal (Reyna) Aranda, and Geronimo
(Bobby Jo) Aranda; 31 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; brothers,
Jesús, Nicanor, Raúl, Francisco and Santos Galvan; sister, Rafaela
Sandoval. Petra was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Armando;
brother, Roberto Galvan; sister, Oliva Villegas; and granddaughters Ana
Isabel Flores Aranda, and Ana Berenice Aranda.
JOSEPH BAIS SR.
Joseph Bais Sr. aka “Big Cheez,” age 65, of Toledo OH passed away on
Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio’s Toledo
facility surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 4, 1947, in
Perrysburg, OH to Margarito and Petra (Díaz) Bais. Joe was a truck
driver for Rogers Cartage for 28 years, retiring in 1996. A loving
father and grandfather, he enjoyed family gatherings, playing cards,
golfing, watching westerns and sporting events on TV. He was a
parishioner of St. Adalbert Catholic Church.
Joe is survived by his devoted wife of 46 years, Betty; children, Joseph
(Kim) Bais Jr., Becky (Deron) Dempsey and Robert Bais; grandchildren,
Cierra and Devon Dempsey, Alyssa Bais, and Brycen and Macen Bais;
sisters, Mary Underwood and Chanita (Art) Banda; brothers, Mike,
Margarito Jr. (Kim), Alfredo and Andy Bais; many nieces and nephews, and
canine companion, “Stella.” He was preceded in death by his parents and
brothers, Tibersio, Armando, and Jesse.
“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
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
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:
Rosenda Salas; brothers: Samuel
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-
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
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
with Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm and two
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
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
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
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
ANGEL MENDEZ FELICIANO
Angel Mendez Feliciano, 79, of Bayamon Puerto Rico, passed away December
28, 2012 after a brief illness. He was born December 30, 1932 in San
Sebastian, Puerto Rico. Angel lived most of his life in Lorain, OH. He
worked for United States Steel, where he retired after 35 years of
service. He retired to Puerto Rico 5 years ago.
He is survived by his daughter Nelida Sue (Randy) Glassburn;
stepchildren Judy (Tony) Rangel, and Charles (LouAnn) Hayslett; 6
grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; and 3 sisters.
He was preceded in death by his wife Alpha Mendez.
Victoria Gonzales (née Mendoza), 80, of Lorain, OH passed away Saturday,
December 29, 2012 at the Cleveland Clinic following a short illness.
Born Nov. 17, 1932 in Lorain, she lived in Lorain her entire life. She
attended Clearview High School and Lorain Cosmetology School. Victoria
enjoyed boating, shopping, and dining out. She enjoyed being an artist
and loved spending time with her family, especially her two
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
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
of Chicago, IL., Connie Esparza of San Antonio, TX., Sarah Esparza of
Daytona Beach, FL., Rachael (Joshua) Hernández of Fort Campbell, KY. And
Megan Esparza of Defiance; four sons, Marcelino Esparza of Columbus,
OH., Demetrius Esparza of Pleasanton, Texas, Matthew and Michael
Esparza, both of Defiance; 18 Grandchildren; his mother, Anna Esparza of
Defiance as well as three brothers and five sisters. He was preceded in
death by his father, Charles Esparza and two brothers.
JUAN JOSE GARCÍA
Juan José García Jr., 26, of Toledo, OH, passed away suddenly, Tuesday,
December 25, 2012, as a result of an automobile accident. Juan was born
in León, Guanajuato, Mexico on April 9, 1986, to Juan J. and María (née
Hernández) Sr. Juan was a 2004 graduate of Waite High School, where he
served as class president. He was a member of the track team along with
the French and Spanish Clubs. After graduation, Juan attended Owens
Community College. For the past six years, Juan was employed with Zia’s
Italian Restaurant as a bartender. Juan enjoyed dancing, movies,
decorating, traveling, and hanging out by the pool. He enjoyed listening
to music and spending time with his family and friends; especially on
his favorite holiday, Christmas. Juan will be remembered for his
sarcastic sense of humor and the smile on his face.
Juan is survived by his parents, Juan and María García; siblings, José
M. (Tiffany) and Natalia E. (Kevin) García; boyfriend, Zachary Smith;
dear friend, Janice Dingess; along with his grandparents, aunts, uncles,
and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Catalina Guzmán (née López) 83, of Lorain, OH faithful servant of God,
loving mother, grandmother & great grandmother was called home to our
Heavenly Father on Friday, December 21, 2012 at Good Samaritan Nursing
Home following a lengthy illness. Born July 8, 1929 in Caguas, Puerto
Rico, she came to Lorain in 1957. Catalina worked in the housekeeping
department of Good Samaritan Nursing Home for 25 years, retiring in
1994. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain where she was also
a member of the Cursillo. She enjoyed watching Spanish soap operas (novelas)
and Sabado Gigante. She also enjoyed playing bingo with her late sister,
Surviving are her children, Wilfredo (Charlotte) Guzmán, María (Estaban)
Rivera and Maggie (Josie) Cruz all of Lorain; step children, Alfredo
(Lucy) Guzmán Jr., Ana Guzmán and María Guzmán all of Lorain;
grandchildren, Stevie Rivera, Anthony Rivera, Melanie R. Guzmán, Lila
Armstrong, Wilfredo Guzmán Jr., Ashley Jordan; great grandchildren,
Jordan Rivera, Briana Rivera, Isaiah Brenes, Angelina Rivera, Danielle
Rivera, Karmel Hampton, Jaér Armstrong III, Alizah Catalina Jordan, and
Anthony Rivera Jr.; and many nieces and nephews, great nieces and
nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfredo Guzmán in 1974; her
parents, Placido and Alejandrina (née Serrano) López; brothers, Pedro
López and Luis López; sisters, Leonor López, Luisa López, Marcelina
López-Maldonado and María Luisa “Rosa” López.
David Martínez, 78 of Lorain, OH passed away Sunday, December 23,
2012 at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain, following a short
illness. Born June 8, 1934 in Utuado, Puerto Rico, he came to Lorain in
1951. David retired from Ford Motor Company, Brookpark, after 36 years
of service. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and the
United Autoworkers Union Local 1250. He enjoyed gardening, watching
sports and was a loyal fan of the Cleveland Indians and Browns. A true
family man, David enjoyed spending time with his family and traveling to
Florida and Myrtle Beach, SC, to visit family. David also enjoyed
outdoor activities and spending time with friends. A dog lover, he will
be dearly missed by his companion “Lalo.”
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Aida (née Arocho); sons, Nelson
(Candice) of Deltona, FL, Edgar (Sandra) of Kissimmee, FL, Orlando
(Tammy) of Myrtle Beach, SC, and David Jr. (Nicole) of Deltona, Fl; his
daughter, Aidaliz “Ali” Martínez of Lorain; grandchildren, Mehgan (Graig)
Szakats, Brittnay “Bri” (Brandon) Martínez-Tierney, Orlando Martínez II,
Ricardo “Rico” Hernández, Samuel Martínez, Sophia Martínez, Evan E.
Martínez; a great granddaughter, Eleyna Szakats; sisters, Arminda
Martínez of Puerto Rico and Rafaela Martínez-Torres of Lorain.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Esteban and María “Lola” (née
Cuevas) Martínez; a son, David Martínez Jr. in 1982; a brother, Raymond;
and sisters, Octavia Martínez, Nelida Martínez, and Aida Martínez.
RAQUEL RITA MENDIETA
Raquel Rita “Rocky” Mendieta, 80, of Perrysburg, OH died Thursday,
December 27, 2012, in Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg. She was
born in Toledo on September 21, 1932. She married Antonio “Tony”
Mendieta in Bowling Green, OH on December 23, 1950. Rocky was a 1948
graduate of Waite High School and continued her education at Owens
Community College later working as a preschool teacher with Head Start
for over 10 years. The popular local “Mama Mendieta’s Salsa” was named
for her from a recipe passed down from her father. She was a member of
St. Rose Catholic Church in Perrysburg.
She is survived by her husband, Antonio; nine children, Stella M. (Don)
Sekulski of Toledo, Robert Mendieta of Waterford, MI, Tony J. (Tina)
Mendieta of Colorado Springs, CO, Becky H. (Fred) Ramirez of Perrysburg,
Monica Mendieta of Houston, TX, Christopher R. Mendieta of Perrysburg,
Melinda Mendieta of Toledo, Patricia S. (Robert) Ray of Rochester, NYand
Jessica Mendieta of Hollywood, CA; fifteen grandchildren and ten
great-grandchildren; sisters, Laura (Lupe) Alverez and Frances Hilt both
of Toledo. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Thelma
(Berry) López; sister, Pilar Georgeoff, and brother, Sabino López.
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
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
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(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
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.
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).
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
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,
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
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
Jesús “Jesse” Alamia Sr., 67, of Toledo OH passed away Saturday,
November 10, 2012, at St. Charles Mercy Hospital. He was born in Cochran
County, TX on December 4, 1944. He was a welder with Local 85 Boiler
Makers Union and is survived by his children, Jesús Alamia Jr., Linda
Alamia, and Frank Alamia; fourteen grandchildren; fourteen
great-grandchildren, and brothers, Solomon, Juan, Santos and Lionel.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Salome and Paula (née Silva)
Alamia; daughter, Virginia Alamia; sisters, Guadalupe, Josefina,
Eustolia, and brother, Felix.
Gonzalo Cuevas, age 79, of Lorain OH passed away on Wednesday, November
14, 2012 at his home after a lengthy illness. Gonzalo was born on March
11, 1933 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico to Regino Cuevas and Concepcion Torres.
He came to Lorain, Ohio at the age of seventeen.
Mr. Cuevas made his career as a welder for the American Ship Building
Company in Lorain. He worked there until it closed after many years of
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
Gonzalo is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rosemarie (née Toth);
children, Anthony (Lisa) Cuevas, of Sheffield Village, Daniel (Sandra)
Cuevas, of Elyria Twp., George (Vickie) Cuevas, of Lorain, Donna
(Dennis) Livchak, of Sheffield Lake and Bob (Kristen) Cuevas, of North
Olmsted; grandchildren, Andrea Reppa, Marco Cuevas, Katie Cuevas,
Anthony Cuevas II, Brooke Cuevas, Jennifer Gibbs, Manny Livchak, Ben
Livchak, Noah Cuevas and Anna Cuevas; great-grandchildren, Matthew Reppa,
Lucas Reppa and Paige Gibbs; brother, Jaime Cuevas, of Puerto Rico and
his sister, Maria Alicia, Of Lorain.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Concepción Torres.
Esteban Dávila, 93, of Lorain, OH passed away in his home surrounded by
family and friends on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. He was born March 5, 1919
in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain with his spouse in 1953.
Esteban retired in 1983 from
Elyria Assembly Plant. He worked there for 32 years. He was a
member of Sacred Heart Chapel. Esteban was a “Cursillista,” member of a
weekly prayer group and playing the congas in the church choir. Esteban
was a devoted husband and loving grandfather. He loved fishing, dominoes
and meticulously maintained a large garden.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Margarita Dávila; sons, William,
Gerardo, Roberto, Santo and Ricardo Dávila, all of Lorain, Esteban
Dávila Jr., of LaGrange, Ky., Nelson Dávila, of Lincoln, Va. and Angel
Dávila, of Houston, Texas; daughters, Lillian Barretto and Linda Dávila,
both of Lorain, María García, of La Porte, Ind. and Grisel Porrata, of
Norfolk, Va.; 35 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; two
great-great-grandchildren; five brothers; two sisters and multiple
nieces, nephews and large extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Euladio Dávila and Gertrudes
García; sisters, Eulalia, Ana and Carmen Dávila; brothers, Pedero,
Ramiro, Plácido, Salvador and Esteban Dávila.
VICTOR V. GONZALEZ
Victor V. González, 89, of Toledo, OH, passed away Friday, November 16,
2012, at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. Victor was born in Mercedes,
Texas on October 2, 1923, to Emilio and Belen (Villareal) González. On
October 6, 1989, he married Barbara Goodwin. He was employed with Gen
Corp and Textile Leathers for 34 years, retiring in 1984. For years, he
loved dancing at the Luna Pier Ballroom on Saturday nights.
Victor is survived his loving wife of 25 years, Barbara; children,
Richard González, Allison González, Vincent (Jessica) González, and
Victor (Andréa) González; grandchildren, Michelle Guzmán, Xander, and
Violet González; great-grandchildren, David, Sarilyn, and Jocelyn Guzmán,
Destiny and Bradley Wright Jr.; brother, Benjamin González, along with
many nieces, nephews, and loving family members. He was preceded in
death by his parents; daughter, Linda Hall; grandson, Bradley Wright;
brothers, Robert and Richard González, and nephew, Emilo González.
Rodolpho “Rudy” Guzmán entered into eternal
life, peacefully, on Wednesday, November 14, 2012. Army Veteran of
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
She was preceded in death by her parents Zenon and Eustacia Corcino;
sister Nora Holloway and a brother Eddie Corcino.
JOSÉ A. CARDOSA
José A. Cardosa, 36 of San Diego, CA, died Sunday, October 21, 2012 from
injuries sustained in a car accident.
Born December 27, 1975 in Michoacan, Mexico, he lived in New Jersey
before coming to Lorain in 1988. He moved to San Diego following college
where he has lived since. He graduated from Lorain Admiral King in 1993
and graduated from
Ohio State University
with a degree in Architecture. José enjoyed traveling.
Surviving is his mother, Angela Arrez of Lorain; a brother, Gerardo
Marin of Cleveland; sisters, María Marin of Mexico, Nefa Janis of
Amherst, Cruz Marin of Mexico, Anita Marin, Francesca Marin, Crecencia
Marin and Delia DeJesús all of Lorain, Erma Marin of Houston, TX, and
Marcila Marin of Gilbert, AZ; and many nieces and nephews. He was
preceded in death by his father, José Cardosa.
Bladimir “Bla” García, 35, formerly of Lorain, OH passed away Saturday,
October 20, 2012 in Orlando Regional Medical Center, Florida following
an accident. He was born March 10, 1977 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.
Bladimir came to Lorain when he was one. He moved to Orlando in 2003.
Bladimir received his Hair Stylist certificate from The Paul Mitchell
School. He was working in a barbershop. He worked in the construction
trades. He was an athlete, he enjoyed playing baseball, golf, bowling
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
He is survived by his wife of 3 years, Tyra (née Nazelrod) Peña; son,
Jayden M.F. Peña; father, John F. (Shari) Peña, Sr. of Amherst; mother,
Paula Nabakowski, of Elyria; a sister, Angela (Billy) Teter of Amherst;
step sister, Brandy Smith of Lorain; paternal grandmother, Eva Peña -
Torres of Lorain; maternal grandparents, Michael (Phyllis) Nabakowski of
Vermilion, and Karen Meanor of Oberlin.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather: Fred Peña in 2000.
Edilberto Silva, 76, of Lorain, OH passed away Tuesday, October 23,
2012 at his residence following a lengthy illness. Born February 24,
1936 in Morovis, Puerto Rico, he came to Lorain in 1956. He worked for
the Lorain Ford Assembly Plant for 27 years, retiring in 1995. Edilberto
was a member of House of Praise International, Lorain. In the early
1990s, he pastured at Templo Bethel, Lorain for 5 years. His focus was
his family and caring for his grandchildren. He loved to read and
research the Word of God.
Surviving are his sons, José E. of Lorain, Rev. Gilbert Silva of
Amherst, Ismael of Lorain, Samuel of Amherst, Mervin of Lorain, Angel M.
of Sheffield Village, and Edilberto Jr. of Trenton, NJ; daughters, Elba
Ortiz of Lorain, and Yvette Haddix of Lorain; 29 grandchildren and 11
great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife 53 years,
Francisca (Cortes) in 2009.
RICHARD J. MARTÍNEZ
Richard J. Martínez, 80 years, of Toledo, OH, passed away Tuesday,
October 16, 2012, in the Ebied Hospice Center in Sylvania. He was born
in San Antonio, TX, on December 23, 1931, to Refugio and Herminia
Martínez. Richard served in the United States Army, upon his honorable
discharge he worked for the Jeep Corporation for over 30 years, where he
retired from. He had a love for golfing and the Cleveland Browns.
He is survived by his wife, Rachelle Martínez; daughters, Christine,
Diana and Carol Martínez; 7 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and
siblings, Mary Rodríguez, Gilbert Martínez, Gloria Piña, Alfred Martínez,
Alice Ramirez and John Martínez. Also surviving is his first wife,
(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
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy Weaver. Charlie leaves behind
his daughter, Diane (Mark) Fangman; son, Bruce (Patricia) Weaver;
grandsons, Michael and Kevin Turnow, Bruce C., John and Steve Weaver,
and great-grandchildren, Brandon and Hunter Turnow, Sofia, Solana, Salah,
and John Weaver.
Charlie was loved and respected by many of the area’s Latinos and will
be greatly missed by all.
Michael García, age 63, of Toledo, OH received his wings on Monday,
October 8, 2012. Born in Toledo, he was the son of John and Katherine
García, who both preceded him in death. He was a Waite High School
Alumni, by trade, he had retired from GM Powertrain, and a past member
of the U.A. W. Local 14. Michael had a huge, giving heart and loved his
family, always bringing laughter to any occasion, and was a music
enthusiast. He will be greatly missed.
Surviving are his sons, Micah, Adam, and Daryl García; mother, Becky;
seven grandchildren; brothers, John (Linda), Joe, Al (Mary), Tony (Mary
Kay), Dennis (Charlene) and David (Helen) García; along with numerous
nieces and nephews.
GERMAN BELTRÁN LOPEZ
German Beltrán López, 83, of Lorain, OH passed away Thursday, Oct. 11,
2012 in Anchor Lodge Nursing Home, Lorain. He was born June 12, 1929 in
Lares, Puerto Rico. German lived in Berlin Heights for two years before
moving to Lorain in 1966. He retired from Lorain Ford Assembly Plant in
1995. He worked there for 28 years. German was a member of Sacred Heart
Chapel and the United Auto Workers Local 425. He enjoyed his vegetable
and flower gardens. He liked to maintain his home and was good at
Among the survivors are his daughters, Mirta Beltrán, of Lares, Rosa
Beltrán, of Belgium, Nilsa Beltrán, of Bayamon, Puerto Rico and Lucy
Beltrán, of Camuy, Puerto Rico; son, German Beltrán, of Millville, N.J.;
sisters, Aurea Beltrán, of Arecibo, Puerto Rico and Ana Beltrán, of
Bayamon and a brother, Luis Beltrán of Carolina, Puerto Rico; 12
grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by
his wife, Dolores Robertson in 2004; his parents, Virgilio Beltrán and
Herminia López and sisters, Josephina and Carmen Beltrán.
Juanita Sánchez (née Rivera), 90 of Lorain, died Tuesday, October 9,
2012 at Anchor Lodge Nursing Home, Lorain, OH following a lengthy
illness. Born June 24, 1922 in Canovanas, Puerto Rico, she came to
Lorain in 1951. Juanita was a member of the former Holy Trinity Catholic
Church, Lorain and a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. She enjoyed
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
SHAROL A. GONZÁLES
Sharol A. Leibas (née Gonzáles), 64, of Lorain, OH entered eternal rest
surrounded by her family Friday, October 5, 2012 in Cleveland Clinic
following a lengthy illness. She was born July 17, 1948 in Lorain, and
graduated from Admiral King High School, in 1967. Sharol retired as a
spot welder in 2011 from R. W. Beckett in North Ridgeville, working
there for 19 years. She also worked in the deli department of Gold
Circle in Elyria. She was a member of the former Saint Vitus Catholic
Church. Sharol enjoyed reading, gardening and cooking, but most of all
she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
She will be deeply missed by her husband of 40 years Tony Leibas, of
Lorain, and her sons and their wives Manuel A. (Kristie) Leibas and
Michael A. (Angie) Leibas, both of Lorain, grandchildren Tayler, Julia,
Jazmyne, Illiana, Autumn, Dominic and Annee.
She was preceded by her parents Manuel and Anna (née Majzun) Gonzáles
and her brother Donald Gonzáles.
Adalberto Aponte, 87 of Lorain OH passed away peacefully in his
daughter’s home in Long Valley, New Jersey, Friday, September 28, 2012
following a lengthy illness. He was born February 5, 1925 in Cayey,
Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain in 1948 when recruited to work for U. S.
Steel. He worked as a machinist in the Number 2 Pipe Mill. Mr. Aponte
retired from work at B. F. Goodrich in Avon in 1982. He was employed
there for 5 years. During World War II he was a member of the Federal
Guard in Puerto Rico for the United States Department of the Interior.
Adalberto was a founding member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, where he
participated in the Cursillo Movement. He and his wife were involved in
Sacred Heart’s first Financial Committee that raised funds for the
construction of the new chapel. He was also a member of the United Steel
Workers Local 1104. He was an avid Cleveland Indians fan and an
He will be deeply missed by his wife of 65 years Margarita (née Alvarado
Colón) Aponte; sons Alberto Aponte of Lorain and Harold (Annie) Aponte
of Clearwater, Florida and his daughter Zulma (Edward) Shimkus with whom
he recently made his home. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 8
great grandchildren. Adalberto was a devoted husband, father and
grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents Alberto and Justina
(née Melendez) Aponte and a brother Ismael Aponte.
Enery “Nellie” Rosado, 79, of Lorain OH passed away September. 26,
2012 in Autumn Aegis Nursing Home following a lengthy illness. She was
born April 8, 1934 in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. She moved here from
Brooklyn, New York in 1973. Nellie was an excellent cook. She enjoyed
gardening and houseplants. She attended Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain.
She will be missed by her son of Richard Torres of Manati, Puerto Rico;
daughter Maritza Torres Davis of Elyria; grandchildren Natasha Cornejo
of Honolulu, Hawaii; Julie Davis of Elyria and Jeremy Allen Torres of
Manati; great grandchildren Kali Cornejo-Born of Honolulu and Anthony
John Tober of Elyria and a sister Emilia Robles of Brooklyn. Her parents
preceded her in death.
VICTOR L. ESPITIA
Victor L. Espitia, 54, of Lorain, OH went home to heaven to be with his
mom and dad Tuesday, September 18, 2012 in his home following a lengthy
illness. He was born July 25, 1958 in Lorain and was a life-long
resident. Victor graduated from Southview High School in 1977. He
managed Al, Lou and Jim’s Car Parts II in Avon for 18 years and Murray’s
Auto parts for three years. Victor was a security patrolman for American
Security, Lorain and FEMA in Elyria for 10 years. He also worked for
Crown Battery. Victor was a state tournament winning darts player for
Firelands Dart League for 26 years and Lorain Music Soft Tip League. He
enjoyed his kitties and dog, watching Cleveland Indians and the Browns.
He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle, restoring his antique cars and
talking to around the world on his HAM radio. Victor was a long-time
member and volunteer for the Mexican Mutual Society and drove his red
1949 Dodge Wayfarer in its annual Cinco de Mayo Parade.
He will be dearly missed by his sisters Vivian J. (Dan) Rutherford and
Laura F. Espitia, both of Lorain; brother Robert X. (María) Espitia, of
Lorain and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his
parents Vincent E. and Laura (née Dominguez) Espitia and a brother
Vincent E. Espitia Jr.
Rodolfo García, 38, of Cleveland, passed away at his residence on
Friday, September 21, 2012 following a short illness. Born Nov. 15, 1975
in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, he came to Lorain in 1989. He had been a
resident of Cleveland for the past 2 years. Rodolfo attended Southview
High School. He was a member of Iglesia Case del Alfarero in Cleveland
where he belonged to the Worship Team and played the drums. He enjoyed
music, playing the drums and watching videos of drummers.
Surviving is his wife of 8 years, Melissa (née Carrion); a son, Rodolfo
José García of Cleveland; his mother, Rosa Reyes of Lorain; a brother,
Ezisequiel García of Lorain; and sisters, Orquidea García of Lorain and
Rosa Rivera of Laredo, Texas. He was preceded in death by his maternal
grandmother, Carmen Caraballo.
MANUEL A. CARRASQUILLO-GONZÁLEZ
Manuel A. Carrasquillo-González, Sr., 89, of Elyria, OH went peacefully
to be with the Lord, Monday, September 10, 2012 in New Life Hospice
Center of Saint Joseph, Lorain following a lengthy illness. He was born
May 5, 1923 in Utuado, Puerto Rico and came to Lorain in 1948 when he
was one of the original men recruited to work at a local steel mill. He
lived here until moving to Pinellas Park, Florida in 1975. He moved to
Elyria in 2008. Mr. González retired in 1972 as an overhead crane
operator from U.S. Steel Lorain Works. He worked there for 24 years.
Manuel was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. He also was a member
of the United Steel Workers Local 1104, Lorain. He was an intelligent
man who was self-educated. He enjoyed reading, singing and playing his
harmonica, also casinos and watching novellas and game shows.
He will be dearly missed by his sons Manuel Antonio González, Jr., of
Elyria, Freddy González, of Lorain and David González, of St.
Petersburg, Fla.; daughters Leida González – Huey, of Frisco, Texas,
Elsie García, of Amherst Township; numerous grandchildren, great
grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
Manuel was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years Nereida “Neri”
González (née Figueroa) in 2007; a daughters Santita Figueroa González
and Daisy González; brother Angel González Carrasquillo; sister
Margarita González Sepulveda and step brothers and sisters.
PEDRO LUIS GARCÍA JR.
Pedro Luis García Jr. (Pete) of Columbus, OH died tragically on
Saturday, September 8, 2012.
He was born on April 3, 1977 in Lorain, OH. He moved with his family to
Oberlin, OH in 1977. Pedro, Jr. graduated from Oberlin high school in
1985 and attended Hampton University.
Pedro, Jr. was employed by Plaza Properties as a property manager. He
enjoyed music, sports, and spending time with family and friends.
Pedro, Jr. is survived by twins Adonis and Amir García of Lorain, OH and
stepson, Vincent Ramirez, of Florida; father, Pedro Luis García Sr. and
mother, Roberta E. García of Oberlin; sister Samatra E. García of Las
Vegas, NV; two nephews and one niece of Las Vegas, NV, and a host of
aunts, uncles and cousins.
Carlos Negrin, age 60, of Toledo OH, passed away suddenly on Tuesday,
September 4, 2012, in Detroit, Michigan. He was born to Ernesto and
Josefa (Falcon) Negrin in Havana, Cuba on February 14, 1952. Carlos
worked for Timiny Rail Road Construction for 9 years. In his spare time,
he enjoyed playing baseball and dominos. He was a true talker and
enthusiastic about everything he did. Most knew him best for Gavilan.
Carlos is survived by his children, Nelson Negrin and Belkis Negrin;
stepchildren, Bertha and Osvaldo; grandchildren, Sarita E. Negrin,
Carlos E. Negrin II, Alicia Negrin, Lazaro D. Campis, Nelisa A. Nieto,
Kiara Negrin; companion, Caridad Pons; father, Ernesto; brothers and
sisters, Eugenio, María Esther, Santiago, Pedro, Maricela, María Elena,
Abel, Damaisi, Olga, Lydia, Joel, Josefa Isabel, Henry, as well as many
nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Carlos was preceded in death by
his mother, Josefa, and son, Carlos E. Negrin II.
Efigenia Plaza (née Morales Cruz), 88, of Lorain, OH passed away Monday,
September 3, 2012 at Life Care Center of Westlake following a lengthy
illness. Born September 2, 1924 in Juncos, Puerto Rico, she came to
Lorain many years ago. In the early 1990s she returned to Puerto Rico to
live and returned to Lorain in 2005. She was a member of Iglesia de Dios
Pentecostal Ebenezer, Lorain, and enjoyed cooking and crocheting.
Surviving is her son, Carlos (Sherie) Plaza of Lorain; grandchildren,
Carlos Plaza Jr, Gabriel Plaza and Alexis Plaza all of Lorain; a
brother, Martin Morales of Puerto Rico; and a sister Faviana Morales of
Puerto Rico. She was preceded in death by her husband, Agapito Plaza in
2005; 8 brothers including her twin, and a sister.
Miguel Zavala, resident of Toledo, OH passed away unexpectedly to rest
in the arms of God on August 30, 2012, at the age of 55. Miguel, better
known as “Tate” to his close friends and family, was born on August 28,
1957, in Monroe, MI. He moved to Toledo, OH as a young child with his
loving family. He attended Whitmer High School. He enjoyed playing
baseball and football in his younger years. His love of sports never
dissipated. He was an avid Tiger’s fan and enjoyed watching sport games
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
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
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
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
He is survived by his sisters, Lucrecia (Juan) Neustatter, Victoria
Sandoval, Rosario Cárdova, and Matilde Cárdova, all of Quito, Ecuador,
and children, Carlos “Andy” Cárdova, Campbell, CA, Carmen (Michael
Daly), Cárdova, Bexley, OH, Cristina Cárdova, Perrysburg, OH, Cecilia
(Jay) Richardson, Perrysburg, OH, and Colette (Stephen Phillips) Cárdova,
Toledo, OH; grandchildren, Michelle Cárdova, San José, CA, Christopher
(Suzanne) CÃ³rdova, St. John's, New Foundland, Canada, Dushan Petrovich,
New Haven, CT, Urosh Petrovich, Bexley, OH, Audrey Richardson,
Washington, D.C., Tyler (Meagan) Richardson, Hillard, OH, Clay (Allison
Mirkin) Cárdova, Cambridge, MA, Chad Cárdova, Princeton, NJ;
great-grandchild Adeline CárdovaSt. John’s, New Foundland, Canada. He
was preceded in death by his wife, Constance Z. Cárdova, and his
parents; brothers, Dr. Manuel Cárdova, Dr. Jorge Cárdova, Dr. Gonzalo
Cárdova, and Andres Cárdova; sisters, Maria Cárdova and; son, Colin
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
Hydromatic for 40 years until his retirement. He was a family man and
Church of God youth ministry member. He also was a member of the First
Baptist Church of Oregon, and was the Song leader for other churches. As
well as passing his faith on, he had a passion for reading and directing
plays. Gonzalo will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his loving wife, of 54 wonderful years, Lydia;
children, Tony (Karen), David (Cindy), Elizabeth (Gary), Daniel, Corina,
and Adam; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and brother, Abel.
He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 granddaughter.
MARY ANN STRAIN
Mary Ann Strain (née Arebalo), age 63, of Lorain, OH passed away on
Saturday, August 25, 2012, at the Specialty Hospital of Lorain,
following a lengthy illness. She was born on March 12, 1949, in Lorain,
where she lived most of her life. She is a 1967 graduate of Admiral King
High School and enjoyed attending Sacred Heart Chapel. Mary Ann enjoyed
traveling with her husband, caring for her pets and hosting parties at
her home for her family and friends.
She is survived by her brother José (Ana) Arebalo, of Lorain and a niece
Tina Arebalo, of Cleveland. Mary Ann was preceded in death by her
husband, Ronald Strain, in 2002, her parents Guadalupe and Catherine
(née Rangle) Arebalo and a sister Nancy Ann Arebalo.
GIANNA ADELYSE CAPELES
Gianna Adelyse Capeles, infant daughter of Monica (née Ortiz) Martinez
and Luis M. Capeles, died on Friday, August 17, 2012 at Mercy Regional
Medical Center, Lorain, OH of natural causes. Besides her parents she is
survived by brothers: Zaiden, and Kayden, sisters: Alysana and Alexia,
grandparents: Moises & Iris Ortiz, Vilma & Frank Almodovar and Victor
Capeles and Wanda Marcano.
Luis Carrero, 87, of Lorain, OH, passed away on Saturday, August 18,
2012 at Mercy Regional Medical Center following a lengthy illness. Born
October 16, 1924 in Jayuya, Puerto Rico, he came to Lorain in 1968. Luis
was self-employed in the agricultural business for many years. He was a
member of Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal Cristorey. He enjoyed gardening,
playing dominoes, watching western movies. He especially loved going to
church, his family and family gatherings.
Surviving are his children, Emilia Reyes, of Lorain, Gilberto Carrero,
of Massachusetts, Luis Carrero Jr., of Lorain, Angie Carrero, of Lorain,
María Velázquez, of Elyria, Alba Julia of Lorain, Salvador Carrero of
Coldwater, MI, and Margarita Quevara of Lorain; a step son, Angel Saéz
of Lorain; 22 grandchildren and 47 great grandchildren; a brother,
Roberto Carrero, of Florida; sisters, Arecelis Carrero and Miguelina
Carrero, both of Ponce, Puerto Rico, and Francisca “Panchita” Carrero,
of New Jersey. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ramona Santiago in
1967; brothers, Edwardo Carrero in 1989 and Americo Carrero in 2009; and
a great granddaughter, Alyssa Carrion in 2006.
MARÍA ESTHER MELÉNDEZ
María Esther Meléndez, 80, passed away suddenly on Friday, August 17,
2012 at University Hospital in Cleveland, OH. She was born on June 5,
1932 in Arecibo, Puerto Rico to her loving parents, Benito and Ana (née
Andujar) Vásquez and moved to Lorain in 1948. She was a member of Sacred
Heart Chapel and was employed at María Gardens for 13 years and retired
in 2002. She enjoyed gardening, bingo, crocheting, casino trips and
She is survived by her children, Rosa María Nieves, Juan (Nellie) Nieves
Jr., Jesús (María) Nieves, Luis Nuñez, Nora Meléndez (Thomas) Purdon,
and Vilma “Vee” Meléndez Dungan; 15 grandchildren; and 21
great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; her
husband, Juan Meléndez; daughter, Carmen Nieves; and son, William Nuñez.
Ramiro Muñiz, 65, passed away peacefully on August 12, 2012. He was born
on October 19, 1946 to the late Florencia and José Muñiz in Waterville,
Ohio. Ramiro was passionate about baseball and he loved the Cleveland
Indians. He coached Little League Baseball for many years for different
teams in the Toledo area. Ramiro enjoyed spending time with his family;
he especially adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Ramiro was preceded in death by his loving
wife of 40 years, Judith; brothers, José and Leonel; grandson, Joe Joe.
Left to cherish his memory are his sons: John (Jill), Joseph, and Brian;
sisters, Maria Montelongo and Margie (Gilbert) Alvarado; nine
grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Ramona Reyes of Northwood passed away on August 13, 2012 at Mercy St.
Charles Hospital, at the age of 80. She was born on July 18, 1932 in
Toledo to Walter and Pabla R. Romero. Ramona married Cecundino Reyes on
June 26, 1963. She was a devout Catholic, attending S.S. Peter & Paul
Church and a staunch Democrat. Ramona enjoyed spending time with her
family and friends. She loved to sing, dance, and cook. She will be
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
Carmen was a homemaker and mother. She attended the House of Praise
International Church Lorain. Carmen enjoyed collecting angel and
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
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
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
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,
He was preceded in death by his parents Hermogenes Carrion and Pilar
Torres; sister Paulita Ergh and brother Ignacio Carrion.
MARCUS J. ARREDONDO
Marcus J. Arredondo, age 33, of Toledo, OH passed away Thursday, July 5,
2012, in the Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg surrounded by his
loving family and friends. He was born
November 15, 1978, in Toledo to Gustavo and Gloria (née Casarez)
Arredondo. Marcus graduated from St. John’s Jesuit High School in 1997,
and then attended the
Ohio State University where he
served as president of his fraternity, Alpha Psi Lambda, receiving his
Bachelor Degree in Business in 2002. Marcus was diagnosed with Multiple
Sclerosis in 2004 and courageously battled it and lived his life
to the fullest. He taught in Laredo, Texas for two years and then he
spent the last three years teaching his family and friends the value of
living life one day at a time. Marcus had a radiating spirit that
touched many lives. He lived his life with tremendous faith and walked
the path that God had marked for him.
Left to cherish his memory is his father, Gustavo Arredondo; siblings,
Gerardo (Patricia Basil) Arredondo, Cindy (Dave) Geronimo and Lisa
(Rick) Akeman; nieces and nephews, Tiffany Akeman, David Michael and
Ciara Geronimo; several aunts, uncles and cousins in Texas, and many
good friends, especially, Angie and Marcos. Marcus was preceded in death
by his mother, Gloria Arredondo and grandparents.
Luis Carrion, 80, of Lorain, OH passed away Wednesday June 27, 2012 at
the Ames Family Hospice Center in Westlake, following a lengthy illness.
He was born in Luquillo Puerto Rico on November 21, 1931 and had been a
resident of Lorain for the past 6 years. Luis had worked as a foreman in
Queens New York. He Proudly served his Country in the U.S.
Army during the
Korean Conflict. Luis enjoyed playing dominos, and spending
time with the seniors at El Centro, and with his family.
Survivors include his children, Norma Lan of West Palm Beach Florida,
Hector Luis Carrion of St. Cloud Florida, and Joe Santana of Elyria, 7
grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, several brothers and sisters, and
many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia,
son, Rubén Carrion, parents, Luis and Amparo Carrion and by several
brothers and sisters.
ALBERT A. FLORES
Albert A. Flores, 63, of Toledo, OH passed away on June 25, 2012. Born
July 17, 1948, to parents Antolin and Gladys (Rivera) Flores in New York
City. He attended Heidelberg College where he graduated with degrees in
Sociology and Spanish. Later, he obtained his Masters degree in Gifted
and Talented Education from Bowling Green State University. He served as
a Spanish teacher for 36 years at Libbey High School. He retired in 2010
to focus on his interest in nutrition as a distributor of Shaklee
products. In 2008 he was awarded the Diamante award for his leadership
in the Latino community. He sat on the board of the University of Toledo
EXCEL program as well as other community services.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Alfredo, Antolin,
and Alexander. He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Mary;
sons, Antolin (Emily Flores) and Benjamin (Lisa Yearsin Flores), and
daughter, Sarah Berlanga. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Hannah
Berlanga and Cristian Flores and his sister, Gladys M. Flores, as well
as many nieces and nephews.
Margaret “GG” Medina, (née Baraty) age 75, of Lorain, OH died
unexpectedly on Monday, June 25, 2012 at the EMH Avon Health Campus.
Born on March 31, 1937 in Lorain, she was a life-long resident of Lorain
graduating from Lorain High School in 1955. She was employed at Hills
Dept. Store in Lorain, for over 35 years retiring from there in 2002.
She also loved working for Keidrowski’s Bakery from 1995 until 2010.
During this time, she attended the Paczki Ball for 15 years
consecutively and each year served as Miss Prune. Marge had also served
as the Paczki Princess and Paczki Queen of the ball.
Marge was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. She was also very involved
with Al-Anon, a support group where she had been the keynote speaker for
many years at the annual meetings. She enjoyed spending time with family
and friends, listening to music, dancing, spending time at the bakery
and attending Mass at Sacred Heart Chapel.
She is survived by her daughters, Jacqueline Korenek (Al) of Orlando,
FL, Laura Moreno of Streetsboro, OH; 2 sons, Jesse Medina (Larissa) and
Jeffrey Medina, both of Lorain; 14 grandchildren and 10 great
grandchildren; sisters, Elizabeth “Betty Ann” Velazquez (Louie) ,Mary
Jean Kenzik and Phyllis Kenzik, all of Lorain; brother, John Kenzik, of
Lorain; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesus “Chu Chu” Medina in
2010; and parents, John and Mary (nee Kuhar) Kenzik; and a brother,
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
He was preceded in death by his parents Gregory and Rufina DeJesús, and
a brother Tony.
Maria “Amelia” Guzmán (née Román), age 90, of Lorain, OH, passed away on
Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain. She
was born on August 19, 1921, in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, and moved to
Lorain in 1961. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and was also a
member of Las Damas. Amelia enjoyed playing cards, especially Rummy,
playing Dominoes, and watching her soap operas.
She is survived by her sons; Manuel, of Lorain and Hector, of FL, her
daughters; Carmen (Rafaél) Maldonado, of Lorain, Patty (José) Méndez, of
Lorain, Isabel Guzmán, of NY, and Carmen Bell, of Lorain, her 19
grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, a brother, Rafael Roman, of
Puerto Rico, and a sister, Gloria Lopez, of Puerto Rico. She was
preceded in death by her husband, Manuel Guzmán, in 1969; son, José
Antonio; her parents; Juan and Martina (née Meléndez) Román, and a
brother and sister.
MARCOS A. PECINA
Marcos A. Pecina, age 29, of East Toledo, OH was called home suddenly on
Monday, June 18, 2012. Marcos was born in Toledo on January 2, 1983, to
Juanita “Janie” (Rafaél Peraza) and Andrés Pecina. Marcos enjoyed
camping, fishing, and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his parents; his wife, Christie “Sissy;” sons, Marcos
Jr. and Angelo; daughters, Cierra and Serena; brother, Angelo (Whitney)
Sánchez; niece, Alayah; his half-brothers, Leopoldo, Marcos, Andres Jr.,
and Ronald; half-sisters, Angie, Paula, and Magdalena Pecina, and his
god-children. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Alberto
Sánchez; uncles, Tom, Albert, and José Sánchez, and his aunt, Alice
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resident of Pasadena. He was the lead vocalist and drummer for the
musical group “Fito Olivares y Su Grupo,” which he co-founded
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grandchildren, Nathaniel, Natalie, and Isabella Garza; sister, Eliamar
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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
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,
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
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
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.
“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
Surviving are his wife, Margaret; children, Diane (Michael) Butler, Tony
Ramirez Jr., Mark (Christine) Ramirez, and Gina Ramirez; 12
grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren, and siblings, Joanne (David)
Rangel, Theresa (Bud) Holmes, Raymond Ramirez, Jimmy (Norma) Ramirez,
and Margie (Don) Zak. Tony was preceded in death by his parents;
grandchildren, Bradley Ramirez and Breanne Thompson; several brothers,
and a sister.
Michael Salas, 58, of Lorain, OH died Saturday, May 5, 2012 at Mercy
Regional Medical Center, Lorain following a sudden illness. Born August
25, 1953 in Lorain, he lived here his entire life. He was a 1972
graduate of Admiral King High School, and worked at Lorain Works US
Steel as a carpenter. Michael was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel,
Lorain, and enjoyed reading, watching television and movies, fishing,
breading dogs, and spending time with his family.
Surviving are his sons, Michael Salas and Marcus Salas both of Lorain,
and Shawn Cruz, of Elyria; 10 grandchildren; his father, Eliu Salas, of
Lorain; brothers, Larry Salas, of Watertown, Wis., Louis Salas,
Alexander Salas and Eric Salas, all of Lorain; a sister, Virginia
Kevorkian, of Toledo; and his lifelong friend, Mary Lou Salas, of
Lorain. He was preceded in death by his mother, María Idalia (née
Treviño) Salas in 2005; and brothers, Charles Salas and Robert Salas.
Braulio “Lal” Garza, 66, of Swanton, OH passed away May 4, 2012, at St.
Lukes Hospital. “Lal” was born in Weslaco, Texas to Ramón and Elodia
Garza on February 9, 1946. Braulio married Mary (Durán) Garza 45 years
ago. Braulio worked for Chrysler for 30 years until he retired in 2001.
Braulio loved drawing, reading, watching old movies, and spending time
with all of his grandchildren.
Surviving is his loving wife, Mary; children, Cynthia Eva “Titina”
(Stacey Simmons), Nicole Marie “Craze” (Robert García), Mona Lisa
“Babygirl” (Edmundo Ruiz), only son, Joseph Adam “Jito” Garza, and
special nephew, Manuel “Memo” (Melinda) Mora; grandchildren, Roberto
“Papi” Ribas (son of Robert Ribas), Anthony II “Taz” and Alex “Big Al”
Urbina (sons of Anthony Urbina), Julian Ramón “Wedo” and Joaquin Romero
Simmons, Mia Angel, María Esperanza “Mayita,” and Edmundo “Fast Eddie”
Ruiz; siblings, Connie (Jesse) Corpus, Onecimo “Woody” (Lisa) Garza,
Esmeralda (Luis) Garza, Sally (Isabel) Esquivel, Rick (María) Garza,
Rubén “Rivas” (Sharon) Garza, Irma Garza, Rogelio “Roy” (Diane) Garza,
and Yolanda Garza (Brian) Pollock; many nieces and nephews, and great
nieces and nephews. Braulio was preceded in death by his parents; infant
brother, Raúl, and brother, Ramón Garza Jr., and”"Compadre” Joe
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
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
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
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
She was preceded in death by her parents Nicolas Montanez and Juana Cruz
Montanez, brothers Pablo Cruz Montanez and Jose Luis Montanez; sisters
Maria Gracelia Montanez and Amelia Montanez.
Francisco Algarin, 78, of Martin, OH passed away peacefully in his
residence with his family at his side. Francisco was born in Canovanas,
Puerto Rico to Marcelino and Alejandrina (Santiago) Algarin on January
31, 1934. He had retired from Henry Meat Packaging Company in 1992 after
20 years of service. Francisco was an active member of Our Lady Lourdes
Catholic Church, Genoa, where he was a Eucharistic Minister ordained in
1988. He also took communion to the homebound parishioners. Francisco
also served as an usher. He was a Third Degree Knight with the Knights
of Columbus. Francisco was not only very dedicated to his church, but
also his religion. He will always be remembered as a man who enjoyed his
family, whether it was playing his favorite game, dominos, having them
over for his talent of roasting pigs, or just being with his family.
Surviving are his loving wife, Ignacia; children, Dan (Virg), Jim (Eva),
Frank Jr. Algarin, and Angela Boltz; grandchildren, Jason, Miranda,
Jessica, Sarah, Christopher, Melissa, Kori, Justin, and Tony;
great-grandchildren, Adam, Brady, and 2 on the way, and siblings, Anibal,
Alcides, Abraham, María, Delia, Lumin, Julia, and Minevera. Francisco
was preceded in death by his parents; son, David, and his brother,
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.
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.,
REBECCA LYNN DE HOYOS
Rebecca “Becky” Lynn (née Robinson) De Hoyos, age 48, of Willard, OH,
died Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in
Toledo. She was born in Willard, and was a resident of Willard her
entire life. Becky De Hoyos spent a lifetime giving to others. All who
knew her can attest to her supreme generosity and selflessness. She was
always available with a listening ear and word of encouragement or a
laugh to share. She had a passion for her family and without a doubt,
had a heart as big and pure as they come. She lived with a fervor and
enthusiasm for daily life, whether it be a phone call or a short visit
with family. Her positive attitude was contagious and she brought
continual joy to those in her presence. Her laugh and smile will be
missed by all.
Surviving are her husband of 29 years, Robert De Hoyos, her three
sisters and eight brothers, her brother-in-law Esteban De Hoyos of
Genoa, and many nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her
parents, her two brothers, in-laws Manuel and Petra De Hoyos, and her
sister-in-law María De Hoyos and brother-in-law.
Marta Gomez, age 82, of Lorain, OH, died on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at
Avon Oaks Nursing Home, following a lengthy illness. She was born on
January 30, 1930 in the Dominican Republic. Marta moved to New York in
1970 then to Lorain in 1976. Marta was employed in the cafeteria at
Lowell Elementary School, Lorain, for many years. She was a member of
the Templo Emmanuel Church. She enjoyed walking, writing poems and was
very dedicated to her church.
She is survived by her daughter: Lourdes Santana, of Lorain, 6
grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, step-brother: Julio Lora and
step-sister Cecilia Lora, both of Santo Domingo. She was preceded in
death by her parents José García and María Gomez and sister Carlota