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JUNE 2005  


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


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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Felix T. ''Blackie'' Rodríguez, 65, of Lorain , OH , died Saturday, June 11, at Community Health Partners Hospital , Lorain , following a brief illness. He was born Jan. 20, 19 40 , in Patillas, Puerto Rico . He moved to Manhattan in 1955. He lived there for 41 years before moving to Lorain in 1996. He retired in 1992 as a truck driver from RTI in New York . He was employed there for 25 years.

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

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

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

MAY 2005


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

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



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



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



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

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



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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

Miguel Contreras, head of labor federation, dead at 52

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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

In Memory of Guadalupe (Linda) Costilla

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



Gonzáles, boxer turned civil rights activist, dies at 76

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

I Am Joaquin by Corky Gonzales

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

MARCH 2005


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

maria idalia salas

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

maria T. Rivera

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

Arturo  E. FLORES

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



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


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

Maria Ortiz Pagán

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

Marselino Avila RODRÍGUEZ

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


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


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



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


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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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