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La Prensa Obituaries

June 2006 - December 2008


DAVID RODRIGUEZ
Danny “Danny” Rodríguez, formerly of Toledo, passed away Wednesday, December 31, 2008, in Alamo, Texas at the age of 40. He worked at Quality Steel and Baron Steel. He leaves behind to cherish his memory “his boy,” David Rodriguez Jr. of Toledo and mother of David, Amy Rodríguez. He is also survived by a host of family and friends. A gathering in remembrance of Danny will be held at the VFW Post at 3247 E. Manhattan on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 4 p.m.


BETTY J. CARRILLO
Betty J. Carrillo, 79 years, of Toledo, OH, passed away late Friday evening, January 2, 2009, in her Sumner Street home. Betty was born to Della and George St. Clair in Lansing, MI. For almost 20 years in the 1950s and 60s she trained horses in the Lansing area with her mentor, Eloreen Barnes. Betty received her Associates Degree from the University of Toledo and retired in 2003 from NODC where she had worked 19 years. She was a member of and the 1st woman elected President of Latins United/Latinos Unidos as well as being vice-president of the S.A.O. Club (Spanish American Organization) and a member of the Country Music Association in the 1960s. She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Carlos and children, Mike (Vickie) Johnson, Brian (Shannon) Johnson and Kathleen Johnson and grandchildren, Ann Marie and Zita and great-grand-children, Dryden, Austin, Logan, and Laura. 7 step-children and many grand and great grandchildren also survive. She will be missed by her close cousin, Jim (Jackie) Wheeler and her beloved Cockapoodle, Cinnamon Sugar. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Connie Gibson Carrillo, who died in 1985. The family thanks the staff of Northwest Ohio Hospice for their loving care.


MARIA BERRIOS
María Berrios (née García), age 85, of New Port Richey, Fla., formerly of Lorain, OH, died on Sunday, December 28, 2008, at Heather Hill Nursing Home, under the care of Hernando-Pasco Hospice, in Florida. She was born on September 16, 1923, in Comerio, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain in 1949, where she has lived most of her life until moving to Florida in 2000. María was employed at Dalton Inc. as a seamstress for 17 years, before retiring in 1983. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, where she sang in the church choir and was a member of the Cursillo Movement and auxiliary member of the Legion of Mary. She loved singing in the church choir, along with playing BINGO, cooking, dancing, and arranging flowers. María is survived by her son, José Antonio, of Lorain, her daughters, Ana Julia (José) Diaz and Mary Jane Landry, both of Florida, 10 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and her sister, Francisca García, of Puerto Rico. She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Sixto Sr., in 1986, a son, Sixto Jr., parents, Evaristo and Juana García, a brother, Julio García and sisters, Matilde Garayua and Ana Sotomayor.


JUAN RODRÍGUEZ-VICENTE
Juan Rodríguez-Vicente, 84 of Lorain, OH, died Tuesday, December 30, 2008, in his daughter's home in Lorain following a lengthy illness. He was born July 26, 1924, in Guayma, Puerto Rico. He lived there all of his life until moving here to live with his daughter in February 2005. Juan worked in Guayma in various grocery stores as a clerk. He enjoyed horse racing and playing the lottery. He loved entertaining his family and friends with his sharp wit and humor. He will be sadly missed by his sons Juan Rodríguez of Guayma and Antonio Rodríguez of Youngstown; his daughters, Ilumunada Rodríguez of Guayma and Elva Rodríguez of Lorain; brother Rafaél Rodríguez of Lorain; many grandchildren and many great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Gregorio Rodríguez and Carmen Vicente; a son, Reinaldo Rodríguez in 2006; a brother, Gilberto Rodríguez and a sister, Monserrate Rodríguez.


ROSE GARCÍA
Rose García, age 96, formerly of Adrian, MI and Metamora, OH, passed away on December 27, 2008. She was born to John and Elizabeth (Rendon) García on November 13, 1912. She spent her career working as an Assembler for Hoover Ball and Bearing for 27 years, retiring in 1973. Rose was an avid lover of household painting and refinishing furniture. She was also a member of Immaculate Conception Church for 35 years. She had a great devotion to her family, especially her nieces and nephews. Rose was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Louis, Frank, Theodore and Fred García; sisters, Sarah Bush, Pauline Rojas, Juanita Miller, Sally Vargas and Stella García. She is survived by her sister, Lola Tomecek; brother, Thatcher García; nieces and nephews, Ron García, Isabel Rojas Dailey, Ruth Ann (Terry) Mohler, Alice Sutton, Ray (Cheryl) García, Fred (Linda) García Jr., John García and special nephews, Hank García and Joseph Vargas.


MARTIN GARCÍA JR.
Martin García Jr., 75, of Toledo, OH, died on Thursday, December 25, 2008, at his home. He was born on May 31, 1933, in Houston, TX to the now deceased Martin Sr. and Janie (Martínez) García. Martin was a leader welding instructor for Jeep Corporation. He was active with the Union Local 12 and the Jeep Retirees Association. Martin was a former member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Gibsonburg. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. Surviving is his significant other, Mary C. Thompson of Toledo; children, Alice (Hector) Cisneros of Toledo, Gloria (Manuel) Salazar of Gibsonburg, Albert (Kathy) García of Toledo, Dora Padilla of Denver, CO, Martin (Jane) García III of Maumee and Diane Ramírez of Oregon, OH; siblings, Angie Sánchez, Steve García, Helen Cardosa all of Toledo, Hank García of San Antonio, TX, Manuel García of Clyde, Jim García of Toledo, Abel García of TN, Janet García, Geneveive Vásquez both of Toledo and Gilbert García of Houston Texas; 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, and many primos.


SERGIO ORTIZ
Sergio “Joe” Ortiz, age 67, of Toledo, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, December 22, 2008, at St. Charles Mercy Hospital. Joe was born in Brownsville, Texas, the third of the ten children of Esteban and Teresa Ortiz. The Ortiz family moved to Ohio in 1957. Joe grew up in the Toledo area and graduated from Whitmer High School in 1962. Joe joined the United States Marine Corps in 1963 and served 4 years, achieving a rank of Sergeant. Upon his discharge, he joined the Port Clinton Police Department, serving with them for fifteen years. Joe then worked for L.O.F and then Davis Besse in the security departments, retiring in 2002. While in the service, Joe married Anita Montano, his long time sweetheart. They raised their family in Oregon and were proud grandparents. Joe is preceded in death by his brothers, Antonio and Alberto, as well as his parents Esteban and Teresa. He is survived by his children, Randall (Jeanne) Ortiz, Melissa (Bob) Tonkel; his brothers and sisters, Esteban Jr.
(Grace), Armando (Dorothy), María (Silvero) Castillo, Ida (Armando) González, Izzy (Celia), Homero, and Elida (Jerome) Bechstein. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren, Kelsey, Allison, and Megan Ortiz; Ariel and Ethan Tonkel.


ANNA ROSE ROSARIO
Anna Rose Rosario (née Mosley), age 56, of Lorain, OH, passed away on Friday, December 19, 2008, following a lengthy illness. She was born January 11, 1952, in Martin, Kentucky and later moved to Ashtabula, Ohio. She had been a resident of Lorain for the past 38 years. She was a homemaker who enjoyed being with family, especially her grandchildren. She also enjoyed walking at Lakeview Park, reading and listening to country western music. Anna will be sadly missed by her husband of 38 years, Isaias “Cecila” Rosario; her children Felicita Anderson of Elyria, Isaias Rosario, Jr. and Diana Soto, both of Lorain and Jose Rosario of Tampa, Florida; brothers Roy Mosley of Cherry Valley, Ohio and James Mosley of Oklahoma; sisters Lee Mosley and Venda Pendelton, both of Lorain; 10 grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Tharp and Tessie Mosley; a brother, Tharp Mosley Jr.; a grandson, Ted Anderson; and a nephew, James Mosley.

RUBEN ZAMORA-GARZA
Rubén Zamora-Garza, 58, of Lorain, OH, died Saturday, December 20, 2008, in the Cleveland Clinic following a brief illness. He was born July 3, 1950 in Lorain. He was a life-long resident, with the exception in 1969 he spent in Seaside, Calif. Mr. Zamora retired this year from Norfolk and Southern Rail Road as a foreman, where he worked as a track patrolman and safety committeeman. He worked there for 38 years. He was a co-owner of Zamora’s Crossing in South Lorain. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War. Mr. Zamora was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. He enjoyed playing pool, bowling, trimming his bonsai tree, oldies music, and children. He was an avid Browns fan. He was also a member of the Mexican Mutual Society and the Puerto Rican Home. Among the survivors are his wife of 37 tears Judith “Judy” Zamora (née Davila); and a son Rubén G. Zamora, Jr. of Lorain; his mother Consuelo Garza (née Rios) of Lorain; sisters Mary Montanez and Catherine Martínez both of Lorain; brothers Santiago “Jimmy” Zamora of Lorain and a grandson Dominic E. Jones Zamora of Lorain. He was preceded in death by his father Miguel Garza; Grandmother Brijida Vara; and Uncles Frank Rios and Larry Rios.


MIGUEL A. FIGUEROA
Miguel A. “Mike” Figueroa, age 72, died unexpectedly Sunday, December 14, 2008, at his home in Coamo, Puerto Rico. He was born February 12, 1936, in Coamo, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain in 1952 and worked for the Lorain Ford Motor Co., retiring in 1988. He moved back to Coamo after retiring. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Marcia (Millard) Figueroa, daughters Jeannie Rivas of Lorain, Michele (Figueroa) Ivey of Elyria and Marla (Figueroa) Greenhill of Lorain, son Michael Figueroa of Amherst, sisters Theresa, Gloria, Esther, Monserrate and Delia, all of Puerto Rico, brother Francisco Figueroa of Lorain, 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
He was preceeded in death by his parents Esteban and Margarita (Matos) Figueroa, sister Lillian, and brothers Victor Matos Figueroa, Anibal Figueroa, and Luis R. Figueroa.


REV. FREDDIE GARCÍA SR.
Rev. Freddie García Sr., 63, of Lorain, OH, went home to be with the Lord, Monday December 15, 2008, in his home, following a brief illness. He was born March 22, 1945, in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico and moved to Lorain as a small child at the age of six. In his younger years, he enjoyed boxing. He loved to sing, preach and enjoyed playing the guitar, but most important of all he loved to win souls for the Lord. His motto was, “If God could save me, He can save anyone.” He was the pastor and founder of Jesús the Way Christian Fellowship Church for 12 years. He also was the founder of “Drug-Free through Christ” in 1989 and “Jesús the Way Prison Ministries” in 1994. Survivors include his wife of 19 years Carmen García (née Figueroa) of Lorain; mother Juanita García (née Negrón) of Lorain; sons Rev. Freddie García Jr. (Little One) of Tampa, FL and Anthony James García, Shawn Michael Bellamy and Ray Anthony García of Lorain; daughters Lorraine A. García and Selena García, both of Lorain; stepsons Alex Aponte of Buffalo, NY, José Aponte, Angel Aponte and Javier Aponte, all of Lorain; 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brothers Rev. Israel García of Tampa, Fla. and Frank García, of Lorain; sisters Jenny Rivera and Lillian García (Matos), both of Lorain. He was preceded in death by his brother, Benjamin García, in 1995; his father, Francisco García, in 1997; and brother Bienvenido García in 2001.




CARMEN MARTÍNEZ
Carmen Martínez, age 71, of Toledo, OH, passed away Tuesday, December 16, 2008, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. She was born January 3rd, 1937, to Maximo and Consuelo (Sausedo) Espinoza in Reynosa, México. Carmen was a longtime member of the Stickney Congregation of Jehovah Witness. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother and cherished the time she was able to spend with her family and friends. In addition to her parents who passed away on the same day in 2000, she was preceded in death by her son, Manuel Martínez. Carmen is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Apolonio Martínez; children, Diana (Rick) Barrera, Larry Martínez of Tennessee, Frank (Anna) Martínez, Martin Martínez, Janie Martínez of Colorado, Michael Martínez, Yolanda Martínez of Texas, Rosa (Jorge) Zapata, María Elena (David Lemmerbrock) Martínez and Irene (Mike) Collins; 27 grandchildren; 15 great-grand-children and siblings, María Bravo, Rosa Aguilar, Manuel Espinoza, Pepe Espinoza, David Espinoza, Irene Delgado, and Israel Espinoza.


ROBERTO MATOS
Roberto “Chiqui” Matos, 49, of Lorain, OH, passed away Saturday, December 13, 2008, in his home. He was born February 18, 1959, in Chicago. He came to Lorain In 1992. While in Chicago, he worked in home building and as a remodeling carpenter, as well as in the restaurant industry. Mr. Matos was a member of Iglesia Casa de Oración, Lorain. He was active in Christian ministry, visiting prisons and nursing homes. He enjoyed music, movies and playing basketball. Among the survivors are his wife of 12 years Devora Matos (née Colon-Marrero); daughter Adinia Matos of Chicago; stepsons Edgar Otero of Lorain, Ramón, Cesar, David and Emanuel Pedraza, all of Lorain; his mother, Carmen Sánchez of Ciales, Puerto Rico; brother Angel Matos of Lorain; sisters Carmen and Evelyn Matos both of Chicago, Linilda López of Lorain, Mayra López of Ciales, Puerto Rico and Lysette Vega of Chicago; several grandchildren and several brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico. He was preceded in death by his father, Roberto Matos, and a sister, María Matos.


THELMA L. MIRANDA
Thelma L. “Candy” Miranda, 50, of Toledo, OH, passed away in her home on Monday, December 8, 2008. She—“The World's Greatest Mom”—will now be with her beloved husband. Thelma was born on March 26, 1958, in Toledo She was a graduate of Woodward High School. Thelma is survived by her parents, Margaret (Townes aka Clucky) and Edward García; sons, Richard (Shannon) Adams, Joseph (Michelle) Adams, Robert (Bobbie Jo) Myers, Anthony (Christine) Wheatley, and Allen (Maria) Wheatley; special nieces and nephews, and by 17 grandchildren. Also surviving are her sister, Jamie Townes; brothers, Edward García and Johnny Evans. She was preceded in death by her husband, Miguel Miranda and brother, Carl.


LUIS ANTONIO RUIZ
Luis “Louie” Antonio Ruiz was born into this world to Roberto and Eugenia Ruiz in Toledo, OH, on October 3, 1992. In the blink of an eye, on December 14, 2008, he left this world suddenly and unexpectedly. Though here for such a brief time, Luis lived every moment to the fullest. His enthusiasm and joyous spirit spilled over into everything he did and everyone he met. He enjoyed a good game of hockey and was an avid fan of the Detroit Red Wings. He was into NASCAR racing along with his Dad, uncles, and cousins. Old cars and music were also a big part of his life. Education was important to Luis and he recently prided himself in turning his grades around. It turns out he was pretty good in math! One of his favorite pastimes was eating homemade tamales and mole with his Mom and Abuelita. Luis found solace in attending a weekly youth group at Calvary Assembly of God. Most of all, Luis enjoyed the time he spent with his big family, especially his cousins. Luis is survived by his parents, Roberto and Eugenia Ruiz; his sister, Justice Ruiz; grandmother, Carmen Sosa; his uncles, Antonio, Gilberto (Linda), Augustine (Melanie), Juan (Sherry) and his aunts, María Meyer (Ralph), Olga, Diana Ruiz-Krause (Robert), Linda Bringman (Chad), and Lupe Carper; as well as his many cousins and friends. Luis was predeceased by his grandparents, Antonio and Odilia Ruiz. Though Luis’s parting has left a huge void and his family and friends will truly miss him, the many happy memories he gave us will be treasured forever.


TERRILL THOMPSON
Terrill “Terry” James Thompson, 59, of Toledo, OH, passed away Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, at St. Luke's Hospital after a brief illness. Terry was born September 5, 1949, in Barberton, OH to Donald and Ruth (Johnson) Thompson. He graduated from Kenmore High School. He went to Mount Union College and earned his Masters Degree in Accounting from The University of Akron. Terry was an A1C in The United States Air Force. He married Jessie Schmelling on May 27, 1972, in New York and she survives. Terry was currently the Treasurer for Republic Development Corporation. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, where he sang on the Praise Team and taught confirmation for fifteen years. He was a certified USSF, NISOA, and OHSAA soccer referee, a board member of the NWOSOA and a Civil War buff. He also was a soccer referee of La Liga de las Américas soccer league, based in Toledo. 

Terry is survived by his loving wife, Jessie; children, Kristen Leigh Thompson, Trevor Jason Thompson, David Ryan Thompson; sisters, Rev. Ellen Little, Merry (Richard) Kostko and brother, Dennis (Christy) Thompson and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Megan Lynne Thompson and his parents. Known for his sense of humor and engaging personality, Terry shared the love of Christ with others as only he could.


ANA ALVAREZ
Ana “Annie” Alvarez, (née Carrion), age 53, of Lorain, OH, died on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at the Cleveland Clinic. Annie was born on May 13, 1955 in Lorain, where she has been a lifelong resident. She was a 1973 graduate of Southview High School and had attended Lorain County Community College for a year. Annie was the owner of the flower shop “I Do I Do and Something More” in Lorain. Prior to this she worked for the IRS in Cleveland for 10 years. During her life she was active in the Latino Community in Lorain. She was formerly involved with Image, a Latino employment program, the board of directors at El Centro, Lorain Chapter of the Ostomy Association and the Colitis and Ileitis Foundation of Cleveland. Annie enjoyed playing bingo, cooking, baking, especially wedding cakes, going shopping and being with her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Roberto Alvarez, of Alvarez Auto Body, 2 daughters, Anita M. Ramsey (née Yee) of Indiana, and Carol Milagros Yee, of Lorain, grandchildren, Martin Nieves, Ileana Yee, Jaselyn Nieves, Michael Ramsey, Jr. and Joshua Ramsey and brother, John Carrion, of Lorain. She was preceded in death by her father, Teodoro “Cabito” Carrion Flecha in 1989 and her mother, Providencia “Provi” Carrion Maldonado in 1995.




Community activist Angel Guzmán dies on Dec. 12

Cleveland’s Consumer Affairs Director Angel Guzmán, 58, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, after a brief illness. A native of Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico, he came to Cleveland when he was 5. Mr. Guzmán became a well-known advocate for Latinos through his service on several boards and organizations, and at various agencies, including Hispanic Business Association.

Numerous individuals paid tribute online to Mr. Guzmán such as: “Our prayers are with you. The Hispanic community has lost a very special person but Angel’s work in the community and his memory will live on forever”— Sharlene Ramos Chesnes (Stow, OH); and “Angel was truly an “angel.” He will never be forgotten by the community and the people who hold him dear. Many years ago, his mother helped my family through difficult times. Each time I saw Angel he always greeted me with a smile I’ll never forget! We love you Angel and know you are resting in peace. Your spirit will live on in our memories and in our hearts!”—Love, Leslie Estremera (Brooklyn, OH).

Mr. Guzmán is the son of Felicita (deceased) and Virgilio; he is the loving father of Angel Jr. and Carlos; dearest brother of Nelson (deceased), Justo, and Matilda “Marty” (Dennis) Schall; dear uncle of Gina, Dana, Melanie, John, Dylan, and Louie (deceased); beloved cousin and friend to many.


ANTONIO G. RODRÍGUEZ
Antonio G. Rodríguez, age 81, of Toledo, OH, passed away peacefully, early Thursday, December 11, 2008, in Hospice of Northwest Ohio surrounded by his loving family. Antonio was born on June 13, 1927, in New Braunfel, Texas to Isidro and Pudenciana Rodríguez. He was retired from the Toledo Terminal Railroad where he had been employed for 40 years. Antonio enjoyed dancing especially with his loving wife, listening to his Mexican music and spending time with his grand-children, great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He also enjoyed gathering many family photo memories. He never wanted to miss any special moments. Antonio was a very strong, faithful, soft-spoken man, who was loved and admired by many. Antonio is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary Camargo, Soccorro Martínez and two nephews and a niece and is survived by his wife, Mary Dolores of 54 years; children, Gloria (Tom) Carl, Gabriel (Carole) Rodríguez, Cordelia (Matt) Williams, Corinne (Jim) Dombrowski; grandchildren, Carrie (Jason) Parker, Aimee (Doug) Palowski, Nicholas (Amanda) Carl, Jacob (Patricia) Carl, Zachary and Olivia Williams, Melissa and Austin Dombrowski; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Santos (Gloria) Rodríguez, Joseph (Patricia) Rodríguez and many nieces and nephews.


ELIESER ROSA
Elieser Rosa, 58, of Lorain, OH, passed away on Dec. 7, 2008 in E. M.H. Regional Medical Center, Elyria, following a lengthy illness. He was born June 26, 1950 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and raised in Lorain. He graduated Admiral King High School in 1968. Elieser worked at U.S. Steel, Lorain for many years, and then as a security guard until 2004. He was actively involved in his daughters' sports teams and was their coach for Girl Scout softball for several seasons. He made friends wherever he went, and enjoyed working outdoors in the yard. Nothing brought him more joy than spending time with his grandchildren Robert Torres, age 3 and Amaya Torres, age 1. Also surviving are ex-wife, Miriam Rosa (née Cortes) of Lorain; wife-separated Lilly Rosa (née Hurst) of Elyria; daughters, Alexandria Rosa and Amanda Cruz (Rosa); sisters Augustina Cortes, Celia Hernández, all of Lorain; 12 nieces and nephews; 11 grandnieces and nephews; and 6 great grandnieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Felipe and María (née Santiago ) Rosa, brothers Lorenzo Rosa and Herman “Tito” Cruz, and nephew Wilfredo Cortes.


ANTONIA I. GUTIÉRREZ
Antonia I. “Toni” Gutiérrez, 38, of Bowling Green, OH, passed away on Friday, Nov. 28, 2008. She earned her nursing aide certification at Otterbein-Portage Valley, Pemberville, and also had worked at Bowling Green Manor Nursing Home. A 1988 graduate of Otsego High School, she also had briefly attended Bowling Green State University. She collected pigs and loved movies. Ms. Gutiérrez was born in Bowling Green to Osvaldo Armando and Julie (Telles) Gutiérrez. Surviving are her mother, of Tontogany; five sisters, Julie Ann McGilvery, Toledo; Evelyn Painter and Estela Poetzinger, both of Bowling Green; Sidelia Reyna, Oxford; and Adela Gutiérrez, Perrysburg; two brothers, Arturo Gutiérrez, Bowling Green, and Armando Gutiérrez, Tontogany; and a grandmother, Delia Morena, of Brownsville, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her father and a sister, Sherry Konst.


JESUS S. GARCÍA

Jesús S. García, 74, of Deshler, OH, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. He retired in 2006 from Consolidated Biscuit, McComb. He previously worked for the Village of Deshler Water Department. Mr. García was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Deshler. Born Jan. 4, 1934 in Kenedy, Texas, to Fermin and Guadalupe (Sauceda) García, he married María Antonia Flores on Sept. 25, 1960. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Deanna Wadley, Ypsilanti, Mich., and Linda García, Defiance; three sons, Jesús Jr., Burlington, N.C.; Senon, Findlay; and Raynaldo “Ray” of Holgate; four sisters, Dolores Amador, Deshler; Guadalupe Aquilar, Leipsic; Enedelia Paniagua, Belmore; and Jane Williams, Cygnet; two brothers, Raynaldo García, Plainview, Texas, and Fermin García, Jr., North Baltimore; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, David, and a sister, María Rodríquez.


KENNETH JAMES HINOJOSA  
Kenneth James Hinojosa, 39, of Toledo, OH, passed away November 30, 2008, in his home. He was born in Toledo on February 1, 1969, to Kenneth King and Irma Hinojosa. Ken had been employed as a sales clerk at Family Dollar and other various retail sales. He was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church and the Rossford Eagles. Surviving are his mother and father; custodial parent, Aunt Elvia Kaufman; son, Brandon Thomas; many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.


ELIJAH EMILIO MOLINA
Elijah E. Molina, 6 weeks, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, November 29, 2008, at The Toledo Hospital. Elijah was born October 16, 2008, in Toledo to Anastasia Molina and Celso Cásares. Though his time on earth was very short, Elijah had touched the hearts of many and was loved and loved by all. In addition to his parents, Elijah is survived by his loving grandparents, Scott and Deborah Swan, Cathy Cásares. Also surviving are great-grandparents, many aunts, uncles and cousins. Elijah was preceded in death by his grandfather, Leo Cásares.


DOLORES REYES ORTIZ 
Dolores “Lola” Reyes Ortiz, 83, born to José Morales Reyes and Guadalupe Posada Reyes on June 11, 1925 in El Campo, Texas, peacefully went home to be with the Lord. She made her transition to be with her heavenly father on Friday, November 28, 2008, in Billings, Montana. “Lola” leaves to cherish her memory, sons, Chris and Danny Hernández and Phillip (Mary) Ortiz; daughters, Maria Elena (Pat) Smith, Nacha (Scott) Davis; forever daughter-in-laws, Barbara Gunn and Chareze Wells; brothers, Emeterio (María Luisa) Reyes and Juan José (Dolores) Reyes; sisters, Mariana (Joseph) Krupa, María Elena (Gilberto) Ramírez, Rosario Jaime and Criscelda (León) Long; special companion, Tom Soumas; 11 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren and a host of loving cousins, nephews, nieces and special friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, José and Lupita; husbands, Frank Hernández and Pablo Ortiz; daughter, Diana Hernández.


LEONOR ANTONIA FLORES LÓPEZ

Leonor Antonia Flores López passed away on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008, at St. Charles Hospital. She was born on May 29, 1921, in San Buena Ventura, Coahuila, México. She was a resident of Martin, Ohio for over 55 years. Leonor was a dedicated mother of ten, Otila L. Borjas, Estela (Esequiel) Escobar, Leonor Hernández, José E.F. (Susana) López, Aurora (Raúl) Cárdenas, Jorge A. (Vicky) López, Juan David (Rosa) López, and José Luis F. López. She enjoyed nothing more in life than spending time with them. In addition, her 32 grandchildren and 32 great-grand-children were her pride and joy. She spent her time cooking authentic Mexican foods for her family and always cherished having them around daily. She took pleasure in planting her flowers every spring or just spending every Sunday outdoors barbequing with her family and friends. She appreciated her sugary snacks, especially caramelos, or caramels. She loved to shop for any occasion and always dressed herself and her family with a sense of style. She will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Antonio M. López; parents, Pedro Antonio and Leonor (Mendez) Flores; 6 brothers and 2 sisters; son, Antonio Jr.; daughter, Juanita; granddaughter, Veronica and son-in-law, Ray Borjas.


ESTEFANA HANDY
Estefana Handy, 86, of Toledo, OH, was born November 13, 1922, passed away Monday Nov. 24, 2008, at the Franciscan Care Center. She was the wife of Albert C. Handy, who died four years ago, after 56 years of marriage. Estefana retired from the Southend Majores Senior Center where she served as Director, (then managed by E.O.P.A.). Estefana will be remembered for endurance through life's obstacles. She told all that she met and cared for, that she loved them. With those words she left us. Estefana is survived by her daughters, Edna (Bill) Leonard and Diana Armagost; sister, Esther (Sam) Fernández; grandchildren, Alyssa Wyman, Cynthia Leonard, Tiffany Sindyla, and Aimee (Izzy) Briceno; great-grandchildren, Jacob Belcher, Robbie Lamb, Noah Turner, Isabelle and Mya Briceno, and Dana Puente who is deceased.


ERISTEO MUÑOZ
Eristeo “Teo” Munoz, age 64, of Toledo, OH, passed away peacefully Friday, November 28, 2008, in his home. He worked for S.E. Johnson for 22 years and was a member of Primera Iglesia Bautista. He was a very loving and caring family man who enjoyed his home grown garden and spending time with family and friends as well as his pets. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rumaldo and María Muñoz. He is survived by his wife, Minerva; daughter, Irma Randolph; granddaughters, AnaAlicia Muñoz and Tiffanni Muñoz; great-grandson, Xavier Rumaldo Mora; siblings, Dalia (Israel) Espinoza, Javier (Patty) Muñoz, Amadeo (Karen) Muñoz Sr., Diana (Johnny) Ramírez, Alvaro (Lorraine) Muñoz as well as 16 nieces and nephews.


RICHARD DURAN PECINA
Richard Durán Pecina, 52, of Toledo, OH, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008, at the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus. Born in Oregon, OH, on November 10, 1956, he was the son of Magdaleno San Miguel and Ruperta (née Durán) Pecina. Richard enjoyed the outdoors especially hunting, fishing, and playing ball. Surviving are his children, Raquel Flores, Bianca (Pete) Pecina, and Philip Pecina; mother, Ruperta Pecina; brothers, Robert (Evon), Marty (Mercedes), Gregory, and Leno (Jodi) Pecina; sisters, Ramona Oviedo, Flora Gonzáles; and grandson, Dylan. He was preceded in death by his father and sisters, Sonia (Pecina) Nores and Virginia (Pecina) Hudson.


AMALIO RODRÍGUEZ
Amalio Rodríguez, 79, of Lorain, OH, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008 at Oak Hills Nursing Center, Lorain, OH, following a lengthy illness. Born May 3, 1929 in Lares, Puerto Rico, he came to Lorain in 1949. He worked as the manager of Kysel Greenhouse in Rocky River for 16 years, retiring in 1970. Prior to that, he worked for New York Central Railroad repairing railroad tracks. Amalio was a baseball fan and loved to play cards, dominoes, and watch all kinds of sports. He also enjoyed refinishing furniture. Surviving is his wife of 57 years, Marciana (née Mercado); sons, James of Katy, TX, Edwin of Pensacola, FL, and Amalio Jr. of Noblesville, IN; daughters, Minerva Ocasio and Isabel Rodríguez-Silva both of Lorain; 26 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren; a brother, Jesús Rodríguez of Wisconsin; sisters, Matilda Soto of Lares, Puerto Rico, Josefa Díaz of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Agustina López and Generosa Rodríguez both of Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrés Rodríguez in 1972 and María (née Camacho) Rodríguez in 1980; a daughter, Santa Hilda who died at birth in 1958.


FELICITA MONTIJO

Felicita Montijo, (née Otero), 49, of Lorain, OH, went home to be with the Lord

on November 20, 2008 after a brief illness, She was born September 2, 1959 in

Lorain, to Carmen and Felix Otero Deliz. She was a graduate of Southview High

School in 1978 and attended classes at Lorain County Community College. Felicita

was a library assistant for 22.5 yrs at Lorain Public Library. Felicita was a member

of Iglesia Casa De Oración and previously a long standing member of Iglesia De

Dios Pentecostal Ebenezer both of Lorain. She loved spending time with her family

and grandchildren; she especially enjoyed cooking, making crafts, and crocheting.

Among the survivors her husband of 29 years Efrain Montijo, Jr. of Lorain; son

Isaac G. Montijo of Lorain; daughters Elsa I. (Jeremy) Rivera, Ivelisse (Ralph)

Harris, and Naydalisse Montijo all of Lorain; her mother Carmen Otero (née Reyes)

of Lorain, her grandchildren, Marielyse and Sara Lee Harris and an expected

grandchild in Jan; brothers William (Kathy) Otero, Luis (Sharon) Otero, Felix

Otero Jr., Danny (Yvette) Otero Ralph Otero , Moises (Shannon) Otero all of Lorain,

Richard (Virginia) Otero of Goodyear, AZ; sisters, Olga (Gene) Ward, Joann

(Ignacio) Morales both of Lorain, Auria (Edwin) Correa of Cape Coral, FL, and

María (José) Montero of Cleveland, 17 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in

death by father Felix Otero Deliz, grandparents, several aunts, and uncles.
 



ENRIQUE A. PÉREZ

Enrique A. Pérez, 80, of Lorain, OH, died on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008 following

a long illness. He was born July 15, 1928 in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. He and his wife

moved to New York City in 1951 and then to Lorain in 1974. He served in the U.

S. Army in the Korean War. Enrique retired from the City of Lorain in 1990. He had

worked at the Parks and Water Departments for 15 years. He was a member of

Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, as well as the church’s Holy Name Society. He was the

treasurer of the Sacred Heart Credit Union for many years. He loved music, singing

and being around family and friends. Enrique is survived by his wife of 57 years

Antonia Pérez (née Semidey); son Henry A. Pérez and his wife Ellen Pérez (née

Teleha). He was preceded in death by his parents Julio and Josepha (née Martínez)

Pérez; his brother Ismael Pérez and his sister Josephita Flores.
 



TIMOTEO R. URRUTIA

Timoteo “Tim” R. Urrutia, age 94, of Toledo, OH, passed away at Hospice of Northwest Ohio Toledo Facility on November 19, 2008, surrounded by his loving family. A devoted husband for 70 years, father, brother, uncle, cousin, grandfather, great-grand-father and great-great-grand-father, Tim’s life is a success story. Tim was born on January 24, 1914, in Martindale, Texas, to Rita (Rocha) and Valentine Urrutia. A migrant farmworker, of few words, brought his wife and children from Helena, Texas to Toledo during the mid 1940s, to work in the pickle fields of northwest Ohio. It was a time of change for Tim and his wife María, as they decided to settle out of the migrant stream and make Toledo their home. As an ambitious husband, father and provider, who spoke only Spanish, with a fifth grade education, he taught himself how to read and write English fluently. As a visionary, his goal was to leave the fields to provide the Urrutia family with security, and his children the opportunity for an education and a life outside of the migrant stream. Tim began working at Willy’s Jeep Corporation and retired after 30 years later, in 1976. Today, after more than 60 years in Toledo, his mark is firmly imprinted in the foundation of the Latino leadership. Tim’s journey has ended, but his memory remains through his family of five  generations. He is survived by his loving wife, María Hinojosa Urrutia; son, Michael J.

(Michal) Urrutia; daughters, Mary (John) Flores, Irene (Mario) García Juárez, and


LINDA F. DIAZ

Linda F. Díaz, 54, of Hollywood, Fla., formerly of Lorain Ohio, was called to Heaven on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at Memorial Pembroke Hospital, Pembroke Pines, Fla., after a lengthy illness. She was born in Lorain on December 3, 1953, and moved to Hollywood, Florida in 1992. She was employed by Crooks Printing, Hollywood, Fla. for 13 Years. She enjoyed life to its fullest and spending time with her family. Survivors include: two brothers Frank Díaz of Hollywood Fla., James (Tina) of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; two nieces, Alyssia of Pembroke Pines, Fla., Tonya Harper of Louisville, Kentucky; two nephews, Jason Cancel and Louis Rosario Jr. both of Lorain, OH, and seven great nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved very much. She was preceded in death by her father Frank (Kiko) in 1992, her mother Mary (Chita) in 2007, and her sister Sandra in 2001.


DOMINGO PALOS

Domingo Palos, 79, of Lorain, OH, passed away Friday, November 14, 2004 in his home, with his family. He was born April 10, 1929 in Houston, Texas. He came to Lorain in 1943 and had been a resident since then. Mr. Palos retired in 1988 from the Blast Furnace of U. S. Steel, Lorain. He worked there for 30 Years. After his retirement, he became a self-employed landscaper. He was a member of Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal Ebenezer M. I., Lorain. He was a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local 1104 of Lorain. Mr. Palos enjoyed gardening, especially growing peppers and tomatoes. He liked to feed the squirrels and birds. He will be missed by his wife of 54 years, Sally Ann Palos (née Cantu), his sons Billy and Freddy Palos both of Elyria, Ronny Palos of Cleveland, Domingo and Tommy Palos both of Lorain and Clarence Palos of Arizona; daughters Sharon Ware, and Patty and Pricilla Palos all of Lorain; brothers Joseph Palos of Oberlin, and Ernesto and Eddy Palos both of Chicago; sisters Jessie Palos of Chicago, Juanita Palos of Puerto Rico and Analita Palos of Texas, 30 grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Angel and Orica Palos, a son Johnny Palos, brothers Andres Palos and Phillip Palos, and a sister Mary Palos. 


ERINEO VILLARREAL
Erineo “Ed” Villarreal, age 84, of Toledo, passed away on Wednesday, November 12, 2008, at the Lake Park Nursing Facility, Sylvania, OH. He was born on April 12, 1924, in Bonami, LA, to José and María (Maldonado) Villarreal. Ed was employed as an inspector for Con Rail for 35 years, retiring in 1985. A parishioner of St. Clement Catholic Church in Toledo, he was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 197, and the Maumee Elks Lodge 1850. Ed enjoyed traveling, especially cruises. He also loved dancing, baseball, and spending time with his grand-children whom he adored. A loving husband, father, grand-father, and great-grandfather, he will be sadly missed by his family and all who knew him. Ed is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Eleanor (Maciejewski) Villarreal (married Nov. 3, 1978); daughters, Rhonda (Joe) Tyburski, Becky (Chuck) Peters, Minerva (Juvenal) Garay, Mary Lou (Jim) Vanatta, and Margaret Borman; stepdaughters, Melody (Jim) Mexico and Janet Tarraf; 24 grandchildren; 5 step grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 12 step great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Ed was preceded in death by his brothers, Jesse, Sylvester, and Eliseo Villarreal, and granddaughter, Angela Rodela.


FRANCISCO J. FONTAÑEZ
Francisco J. Fontañez, 84 of Lorain, OH, died Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at Community Health Partners Regional Medical Center in Lorain unexpectedly. Mr. Fontanez was born in Caguas, PR on December 3, 1923, the son of the late José Fontañez and Micaela Cruz. He has lived in Lorain for more than 50 years. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain. He retired from the City of Lorain in 1984 following 25 years of service. He enjoyed fishing, camping, and cooking for his family.
He is survived by a son Francisco Fontanez (Marisol) of Carolina, PR. daughters: Carmen S Fontañez (Rafaél) of Caguas, PR, Margarita Fontañez of Lorain, Elizabeth “Liz” A Foley of Mint Hill, NC, Gisela R Hoffman (Rich) of Lorain, Ligia “Linda” I Darby (Trevor) of Lorain, Doreena D Fontañez of Lorain, Norma L Mulero (Manuel) of Mint Hill, NC, Nydia “Lydia” I Wyatt of Avon Lake, Doris Quiroz (Octavio “Tiny”) of Lorain, Rosalina “Cuqui” Rosado of Lorain, grandchildren: Francisco, Marla F., Rafaél Jr, Oscar, Javier, Jessica, Richard, Joshua, Steven, Devin, Wyatt, Elijah, Deborah, Betsy, Leticia, Charles, Marcus, Saundra, David, Melixa, and 16 great grandchildren.


DOLORES LOZADA
Dolores Lozada (née Rivera), age 91, Cleveland, Ohio. Beloved wife of the late Ramón for 66 years; devoted mother of Cecilia Pagán, Rev. Mr. Frank (Fidela), Ramón (Shirley), Catalina Meléndez, Cruz (Thomas, deceased) Clemente, Dolores Acosta, Jesús A. (Oneida), and Mary Lozada; loving grandmother of 33, great grandmother of 71, and great-great grandmother of several. Dolores was the second youngest of 29.


JUSTINO VÁZQUEZ
Justino “Tino” Vázquez, 97, of Cleveland, OH, died Tuesday, October 28, 2008, at Malachi House following a lengthy illness. Born Sept. 14, 1911, in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico; Tino was one of the first Latinos to come to Lorain in 1946. He worked at Lorain Works US Steel as a fork lift operator in the pipe mill, retiring in 1974 after 25 years. Following his retirement, he returned to Puerto Rico, living in Juana Díaz until moving to Cleveland in 1986. He was a founding member of Templo Bethel, Lorain, and was currently a member and elder of the Sociedad de Caballeros, and member of the Hispanic Pentecostal Church in Cleveland. Tino was also a member of the United Steel Workers Union Local 1104 and enjoyed reading the bible, teaching bible school and gardening. Surviving are his sons, Victor of Orlando, Fla., Tony Cruz of Bay Village, and Benjamin of Lorain; a daughter, Monica Torres of Cleveland; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great-grandchildren; a brother, Enrique of Rochester, NY. He was preceded in death by his wife, Encarnación “Cachon” Cruz-Vázquez in 1986; and several brothers and sisters.


JORDAN ELISABETH GONZÁLEZ
Jordan Elisabeth González, 21, of Lorain, OH, died unexpectedly Friday at Fairview Hospital, Cleveland. She was born Nov. 16, 1986, in Elyria, and has lived in Lorain all her life. She graduated from Southview High School in 2005, and was studying Art at Lorain County Community College in Elyria. She was a talented singer and songwriter, performing regularly in N.E. Ohio. She was an avid guitar player and enjoyed co-writing songs with her father. She loved shopping, discovering new music, going to concerts, and had a great affinity for Nashville, Savannah, Ga., and the “South.” She was a member of Freedom House Church, Amherst. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and especially loved her nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her mother: Gloria (née Berlingeri) González of Lorain; her father: Paul González of Westlake; sister: Brittany González of Lorain; 3 brothers: Paul (Amy) González of Amherst, David González of Amherst, and Joshua González of Lorain; two nephews: Thaddaeus and Barak; four nieces: Jerund, Talia-Noelle, Brooklyn, and Noah; maternal grandfather: Miguel Berlingeri of Lorain; maternal grandmother: Herminia Berlingeri of Lorain; paternal grandfather: Jorge Rodríquez of Lorain. She was preceded in death by paternal grandmother: Crimilda Rodríquez.


ADOLFA MERCADO
Adolfa Mercado, 83, of Lorain, OH, died Friday, October 24, 2008, at Autumn Aegis Nursing Home, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. Born December 8, 1924, in Caguas, Puerto Rico, she came to Lorain in 1954. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and the Cursillo Movement there. While living in Puerto Rico, she taught catechism.  Adolfo enjoyed knitting and sewing. Surviving are her sons, Ralph (Millie), Daniel (Monica), Martin Jr. (Debbie), Angel (Becky), Frank (Chrissy) and Antonio (Anna) all of Lorain; daughters, Gladys (Rudy) Hernández, Helen Mercado and Margie (Willie) Roldan, all of Lorain; 30 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Martin, in 1996; and 11 brothers and sisters.


HELEN V. RUIZ
Helen V. Ruiz, 80, of Sheffield Lake, OH, passed away Saturday, October 25, 2008, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. Born Oct. 17, 1928, in McComas, WV, she lived in Lorain before moving to Sheffield Lake in 1954. She was a member of The Haven non-denominational, Lorain. Helen had volunteered at the Salvation Army for 5 years and enjoyed bowling and ceramics. Surviving is her husband of 47 years, Eustacio; a daughter, Brenda Brannon of Sheffield Lake; 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; sisters, Etheline Goforth of Lorain, Shirley Alfano of Rock, WV, and Maxine King of Princeton, WV. She was preceded in death by son, Richard Allen Gills, in 1970; a daughter, Linda Lee Frame, in 1965; parents, Troy and Clara (née Peak) Lusk; and five brothers.


DAISY GONZÁLEZ
Daisy González 48 of Lorain, OH, died Monday, October 20, 2008, in her home following a lengthy illness. She was born November 17, 1959, in Lorain. She moved with her family to Pinellas Park in 1975 she returned to Lorain in 1977. She graduated from Southview High School in 1978. Daisy retired in 2004 as an assistant case worker for the Lorain County Family and Jobs Service. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church Lorain. She loved her cats. Daisy enjoyed Spanish and Jazz music. She liked to read and go to the movies. Daisy’s memory will be cherished by her family, including her father Manuel Antonio González of Elyria; brothers Manuel Antonio González, Jr. of Elyria, Freddy González of Lorain and David González of Saint Petersburg, Florida; sisters Leida González – Huey of Frisco, Texas, and Elsie García of Amherst Township and many nieces, nephews aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her mother Nereida “Nellie” González (née Figueroa) last year, and a sister Santita Figueroa González.


ROLDAN VAZQUEZ
Roldan Vázquez, 44 of Lorain, OH, died Sunday, October 19, 2008, in his home following a brief illness. He was born November 7, 1963, in Lorain. He was a life long resident. Roldan graduated from Southview High School in 1982. He was working for The Elyria Foundry Company as a grinder chipper. He played basketball on the Southview Saints team. He enjoyed being with his family. He will be missed by his sons Robert L. Vázquez-Rivas and Anthony Vázquez both of Lorain; his mother Laura E. Vázquez of Lorain; brothers Hercules “Teddy” and Enoch Vázquez both of Lorain; sisters Ada Lebron, Selinda “Sela” Vázquez-Ward and Lalila Vázquez all of Lorain. He was preceded in death by his father Teodoro Vázquez in 1999; sisters Dalia “Titi” Vázquez last year and an infant sister Dalila Vázquez in 1959.


CARMEN M. CORTES
Carmen M. Cortes, 54, of Lorain, OH, died Thursday, October 16, 2008 at Community Health Partners Regional Medical Center, following a heart attack while shopping. She was born November 27, 1953 in Utuado, Puerto Rico.  She came to Lorain in 1979. Carmen was a loving and caring mother who loved to spend time with her family and friends. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. Carmen received a pancreas and kidney transplant in October 2006 and had been doing well since.
She will be missed by her daughters Carmen E., Viviana and Luiselle “Coco” Pérez all of Lorain; her brothers Berto Cortes of Boston, Guillo Cortes of Passaic, New Jersey, Papo, Freddy and Tony Cortes all of Lorain; sisters Gloria Cortes of Passaic, New Jersey, Glicy and Jeanette Cortes both of Utuado, Puerto Rico; and her grandchildren Ariana, Nelson, Nazaryah, and Derrick all of Lorain.  She was preceded in death by her parents Santos Cortes and Gloria Rivera and a sister Luz Denis Cortes.


LUIS RODRÍGUEZ DELGADO
Luis Rodríguez Delgado, 90, of Lorain, OH, died Friday, October 17, 2008 at Autumn Aegis Nursing Home, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. Born Feb 2, 1918 in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, Luis was one amongst a group of 500 Puerto Ricans recruited to come to Lorain, in 1948 to work at Lorain Works U.S. Steel. His home became an essential stopping place for other Puerto Ricans that were to follow. Luis was very handy and mechanically minded. In the home, he repaired all that broke. He passed these skills on to his offspring. He tried very hard to give his family a good life. After retiring from U.S. Steel he returned to his place of birth, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. From high atop the mountain where he lived he could see the Puerto Rican coastline and the Caribbean Sea. His property was abundant with tropical birds and foliage which he very much enjoyed. There he worked the land and grew platanos, guineos verdes, and malanga among other roots and vegetables. Besides gardening, he also enjoyed fishing. Every day after lunch he would take his nap on his favorite hamaca. He was a devout Christian and would read the Holy Scriptures on a daily basis. He was a member of Templo Bethel in Lorain.  His life slowed down some after falling from a Pana Tree at the age of 78. Surviving are his loving children, Angel Luis Delgado, Thomas Delgado, Joseph Delgado, Mary I. Díaz, and Dolores Hamilton all of Lorain; 14 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 4 great great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Pedro Delgado and Dolores Rodríguez; 6 brothers, 4 sisters and a grandson.


STANLEY B. LUCIO
Stanley Lucio, age 77, of Toledo passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 16, 2008, in his home surrounded by his loving family. Stanley was born in San Antonio, TX on October 30, 1930, to Robert and Bertha (Bazan) Lucio. He married Mary Sarabia in Toledo on August 31, 1950. A self-employed painter, Stanley will always be remembered as a devoted family man and his warmth and kindness toward neighbors and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Surviving is his loving wife of 58 years, Mary; children, Martha (Larry) Thebeau of Toledo, Elizabeth (Greg) Hale of New Baltimore, MI, Stanley (Vickie) Lucio Jr. of Sylvania, Andrew (Debra) Lucio of Ocala, FL, Roseana (Steve) Riley of Defiance, Randolph Lucio of Toledo, Daniel Lucio of Hillsdale, MI, Diana Lucio of Toledo; 25 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brother, Steve (Bonnie) Lucio of Toledo; sisters, Carmen (John) Sturt of Sylvania; and Vera Clark of Bowling Green, OH. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Bertha; 2 brothers; 2 sisters; grandsons, Sy and Daniel Lucio and granddaughter, Clarissa Kneisley.


MICHAEL JOSEPH PLASENCIO
Michael Joseph Plasencio, 67, of Oregon, OH, passed away on Friday, October 10, 2008. He was born on January 29, 1941, to Augustine and Isabelle (née Rodríguez) Plasencio in Toledo, OH. He was a conductor for CSX Railroad for 40 years, an avid comic book collector and enjoyed watching movies, listening to music, and playing his trumpet. Survivors include his brothers, Robert (Elvira) Plasencio, Richard (Linda) Plasencio; sisters, Ann (Carlos) Castaneda, Carmelita Duran, Mary Rose (Tony) Silva, Dolores (Richard) Tramil, Veronica (Frank) Villarreal, Loretta Alonzo and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. The family would like to extend a special thanks to aunt, Susan and uncle, Israel Hernández, for the love and support they extended to Michael over the years. Preceding Michael in death were his parents and sister, Rita Dickens, in 2007.


TRINIDAD M. APODACA
Trina Apodaca, age 67, of South Toledo, died Sunday morning, October 12, 2008, surrounded by family and friends, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio on South Detroit Ave. Trina was born on July 6, 1941 to Walter and Ruth (Nino) Quiroga in Toledo, Ohio. She was a graduate of Whitney Vocational High School. Trina loved spending her free time with family. She was a great cook and her Sunday dinners were the highlight of the week for the family. The highlight of the year was her Christmas parties featuring her homemade tamales and Christmas carols. Trina was the biggest fan while attending her children and grandchildren's activities, which she rarely missed. Trina enjoyed the many years she played Bunco with her “Bunco-gals.” She also enjoyed going to concerts, movies, Mud Hen games, and finding a good bargain when she was out shopping with her girls. Trina was a dedicated employee of St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center for over 40 years as a surgical technician. She considered her co-workers her second family. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. She is survived by her loving husband, Rudy Apodaca, children, Louis (Karen) Apodaca, Laura Good, Sheila Apodaca, Philip (Celia) Apodaca; grandchildren, Nicole Apodaca, Matthew Handy, Alicia Marie Good, Loni Good, Philip Apodaca, Valerie Apodaca, Samantha Apodaca, Porter Apodaca, Jessica Lee, Jenna Meyers, and great-grandchildren, Kaili, Eric, Rudy and Aidan. She is also survived by her brothers, and sisters, Louis (Martha) Quiroga, Robert Martínez, John (Fran) Martínez, Simon (Judy) Martínez, Anamarie Portillo, Diane Janczewski, Ernest (Virginia) Esparza, Benigno (Olga) Esparza; aunt ,Betty Reta; uncle, Louis Quiroga; in-laws, Patricia Martínez and Mary Apodaca, and special family friends, Kim, Jerid, and David Friar, and Vinny Bronowski, and Rose Geronimo.


JIMMY R. PARTIN AVALOS JR.

Jimmy R. Partin Avalos Jr., passed away suddenly on Friday, October 10, 2008, with family at home. Jimmy loved the Lord and he was a very loving person to everyone. He worked at the Ziegler home. He is survived by mother, Eriselda Avalos; sisters, Christy, Jennifer, Diana; brother, Robert Avalos; 6 nieces; 6 nephews; grandparents; many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Jimmy R. Partin; grandfather, Epifanio; aunt, Linda; uncle, Danny Avalos. He will be dearly missed by lots of cousins; many family members.


JESSE B. ESCOBEDO
Jesse B. (Chuy) Escobedo, 80, passed away on Thursday, October 8, 2008. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesús and Atanacia Escobedo; sister, Antonia Campos, and granddaughter, Katherine Escobedo. Jesse was a Navy veteran and a life long member of the American GI Forum. He was also a member of the Cursillos. Jesse leaves behind to cherish his memories, his wife of 57 years, Herlinda Mireles; one daughter, Esther (Jerry) Wiggens; sons, Jesse A. Escobedo, Luis J. (Angie) Escobedo, Eli Escobedo, David (Angie) Escobedo and Ira O. (Tori) Escobedo. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Ashley Brown, Jerry Wiggens Jr., Mona Murphy, Angela Escobedo, Amanda Escobedo, Adela Escobedo, Michael Escobedo, David Escobedo Jr., Daniel Escobedo, Devina Escobedo, Andy Escobedo and Robert (Bobby) Escobedo; great-grand-children, Avery Brown, Gabriella (Gabby) Murphy, Joseph, Nathan, Isreal and Jacob Escobedo; one brother, Elias (Leo) Escobedo and two sisters, Rebecca Montalvo and Margaret Escobedo.


RAMÓN L. GUTIÉRREZ
Ramón “Ray” L. Gutiérrez, age 84, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, October 12, 2008, at the West Toledo Health Care Center. Ray was born on May 28, 1924 in Comfort, TX. He worked construction for the Fred W. Bostleman Corp. for 24 years retiring in 1984. Ray a member of Local 500 was a dedicated and hard worker. A lifetime member of the VFW Post 3925 in Erie, Michigan where he worked bingo and various social events. His favorite hobbies included golf, bowling, playing cards, and going to the horse races. Ray's pride and joy was his family and especially his grand children and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Tillie (Soto) Gutiérrez; sons, Raymond (Carol) of Rossford, Robert (Linda) of Toledo, Terry (Patricia) Gutiérrez of Toledo; daughter, Virginia (Mike) Gladieux of Perrysburg; brother, Alex (Ramóna) Gutiérrez, Alvaro (Olivia) Gutiérrez; grandchildren, Kirsten, Courtney, Kristopher, Cheryl, Julie, Bobby, Ryan, Melissa, Mia, Michaela, Alex; great grandchildren, Kira, Hunter, Tessa, Ian, Hannah and a blessing on the way, Keegan, and many nieces and nephews. Ray is preceded in death by his parents, Donicio and Gregoria Gutiérrez; brother, Lucio López, Alfonso and Fritz Gutiérrez; sisters, Mary Rios, Amelia López, Lucinda Martínez, Consuelo Jiménez.


HECTOR E. MESAS-BORRERO
Hector E. Mesas-Borrero, 59, of Lorain, OH, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 7, 2008, at the Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland. He was born March 19, 1949, in Puerto Rico and had lived in the Lorain area since 1989. He attended the Salvation Army Church on Broadway in Lorain. He served with the U.S. Army and was a member of the VFW and Disabled American Veteran. Hector loved musical instruments, including keyboards, guitar, flute, maracas, and the congo and bongo drums. He also enjoyed weight lifting, boxing and held a martial arts black belt. He will be sadly missed by his wife, Noemi Mesas (née Morales); children, Brenda Mesas, Glenda Mesas, Jessi Mesas, Hector “Joel” Mesas, María Mesas, and Adela Mesas, all of Lorain, Hendy Mesas of Puerto Rico, Yanitza Mesas and Hector “Tito” A. Mesas of Boston, Mass., stepchildren, Madelyn Ortiz of Cleveland, Catheryn Morales and Angelica Morales, both of Lorain; mother, María V. Borrero of Puerto Rico; brothers, Luis H. Mesas and José A. Peña, both of Puerto Rico; sisters, Rosa Idalia Del Valle and Rosa María Del Valle, both of Puerto Rico; 7 grandchildren; and a host of other loving relatives and friends. Hector was preceded in death by his father, Feliciano Mesas; stepfather, Gilberto Del Valle, Sr., daughter, Basilia Dolores Mesas; brother, Alfredo Mesas, and step-brother, Gilberto Del Valle, Jr.


RAMÓN SEVILLA
Ramón Sevilla, 59, of Toledo, Ohio went to the “Spirit in the Sky” on October 10, 2008, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Allende, Jalisco, México on February 21, 1949, to Pedro and Socorro (Camerena) Sevilla. Ramón was a U.S. Marine Corp. veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a 1969 Waite High School Graduate. Ramón had been employed as a sheet metal journeyman by Local #33, working at VM Systems before retiring after 31 years of service. He was a member of A.A. and St. Mark Lutheran Church where he taught Sunday school and catechism. Ramón loved astronomy and making paper airplanes, gardening, fishing, and camping. Surviving is his wife, Kyle (Bee); daughters, Socorro (Daniel Kruse) Sevilla and Elena Sevilla; sons, Andrew (Jana) and Robert (Courtney) Sevilla; mother-in-law, Judy “Queen” Bee; grandchildren, Javier and Aiden Sevilla; brother, Juan Camerena; sisters, Socorro Almaguer and Juanita Sevilla. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Micaela Sevilla and sisters, Alicia Lozano and Esperanza Sevilla; brother, Poncho Sevilla.


EUSEBIO LÓPEZ 
Eusebio “Joe” López, 84, of Toledo, OH, passed away October 8, 2008, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg. He was born in Laredo, Texas on August 14, 1924, to Miguel and Filomena (Cardenas) López. Joe was a veteran of the U. S. Army, serving during World War II, and retired from General Motors in 1990 after 21 years. He was a member of St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Surviving are his wife, Eufracia “Effie;” stepson, José T. (Linda) Ramos Jr.; stepdaughter, Irma (Manuel) Hernández; brothers, Thomas and Raymond López; nephew, Tom (Colleen) López; 17 step grandchildren and 27 great step grandchildren; best friend, Alice Meier. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister, and 1 brother.


TERESA GUARDIOLA
Teresa Guardiola, age 94, of Toledo, OH, died Saturday, October 4, 2008, in Hospice of Northwest Ohio-Toledo, surrounded by her family and friends. Teresa was born October 15, 1913, in Torreón, Coahuila, México, where she was raised by her parents, Secunoino and Porfria Puga. She was a member of St. Vincent DePaul Church until it closed. Teresa loved her family and her flower garden very much and she personally tended to both until the last few months. Surviving are her loving children, Cirilo (Tina) Guardiola, Margie Garza, Carmen Soto, Martha Vargas, Irma Guardiola and Ofilia Grince; sisters, Paula Guardiola and María (Juan) Mancilla. Also surviving are many grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Teresa was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Adolfo; her children, Francisco Guardiola, Frank Guardiola, Amilia Mendes, Guadalupe Guardiola and Domingo Guardiola and her sister, Luis Silva.



ANTONIA SANTIAGO
Antonia Santiago (née Rosario), 89 of Lorain, OH, died Tuesday, September 30, 2008, in her home surrounded by her family. She was born August 12, 1919, in Caguas, Puerto Rico. She came to Lorain in 1952. Mrs. Santiago was a homemaker and mother, who was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. She enjoyed gardening and cooking. She was a loyal friend and a loving mother and grandmother. She will be deeply missed by her family, including her sons Carlos (Norma) and Tomas (Kinue) Santiago both of Lorain, Alfonso (Mary Lou) Santiago of Pontiac, Mich., and José Santiago of Seffner, Fla.; daughters Carmen Delgado, Sylvia “Cindy”(Wilfredo) Martínez and Rosa Santiago all of Lorain, and Ana Miranda of Oberlin and Lydia (Grant) Ely of Avon Lake; brother José Rosario of Hobart, IN; sisters Francisca Moyet and Carmen Reyes both of Auburn Hills, Mich. and Bernarda Arroyo of Caguas; 24 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years Tomás Santiago in 2002, her parents Alberto and Tomasa (née Rodríguez) Rosario, a granddaughter Wendy Mateo in 2006 and 11 brothers and sisters.


SILVERIO MORA
Silverio Mora, born December 5, 1960, passed September 30, 2008, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. He worked as a security guard for several years. He was a huge fan of Ohio State University and the Dallas Cowboys. He is survived by wife, Norma; brothers, Valentine Jr. (Anita), Isidro, Carlos Mora; sisters, Manuela (Stanley) Murphy, Juanita, Delfina Mora; children, Silverio Jr., Patricia Mora, Alonso (Tino), Sylvia Mora (Jason Baker), Rebecca, Anthony, Manuela Mora; stepchildren, Sonia (Reynaldo) Vina, José González; nine grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.


HELEN S. MARTÍNEZ
Helen S. Martínez, 81, of Wauseon, OH, passed away late Thursday, September 18, 2008, at Hospice of Perrysburg. Prior to her retirement she worked for Fulton Tubing in Archbold. Her life may be over but her legacy lives on through her children and grandchildren. Mrs. Martínez was born on May 10, 1927, in Gary, IN, the daughter of the late Rudolfo and the late María Santos. She married Gilberto Martínez and he preceded her in death in 1965. She was a member of St. Caspar Catholic Church in Wauseon. Surviving are three sons, Gilberto (Joan) Martínez of Toledo, Juan Martínez, Antonio (Theresa) Martínez of Northwood, OH; three daughters, Elodia (John) Price of Novi, MI, Rebecca (Martin) Blunt of Monroe, MI, Irene Martínez of Wauseon; 21 grandchildren and 22 great-grand-children. Also surviving are two brothers, Rodolfo and Manuel Santos.


QUERINO ESPINO  
Querino Espino, age 35, passed away Friday, September 12, 2008, in the University of Toledo Medical Center. He was born in Carrizo Springs, TX, on May 17, 1973, to Querino Reyna and Elba Espino. Querino moved to Toledo in 1973 and went on to graduate from Woodward High School where he played football. After high school, Querino enlisted for four years as a U.S. Marine. He was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal and served in Somolia. After being honorably discharged from the USMC, Querino attended the law enforcement program at Owens College and began working with the Lucas County Sheriff's Department, first as a corrections officer, then as a Deputy Sheriff. He was a loving father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend to many. Querino coached baseball and football, played video games, and enjoyed all sports. He was an enthusiastic fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Lakers and his fantasy football league. Querino is survived by his mother, Elba C Espino; father, Querino Reyna; daughter, Angil Espino; sons, Querino, Paul, and Anthony Espino, and Shane Dempsey; brothers, Steven and Luis (Amber) Espino; grandparents, Josie Reyna and special grandfather, Alonzo Morales. Also surviving is a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends. Preceding Querino in death are his grandma, Brigida Morales; grandpas, Guadalupe Reyna and Manuel Espino.


JESSIE M. URBINA
Jessie M. Urbina, age 76, of Toledo, OH, passed away on Saturday, September 13, 2008, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in New Braunfels, Texas on April 8, 1932, to Demencio and Josphina Urbina. Jessie was employed as a crane operator, most recently with Northwestern Ohio Steel for 24 years, retiring in the 1980s. He enjoyed fishing and gardening. Jessie was the last of the “true prize fighters,” often times using his winnings to buy food for his siblings. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wonderful wife whom he adored, Muriel Urbina; siblings, Tommy Urbina, George Urbina, Leonard Urbina. Jessie is survived by his devoted children, Tom (Shirley) Urbina, Santos Urbina, Lorraine (David) Marks, Luann (Earl) Correa, Jeanette (Gary) Krupinski, Muriel Urbina, Cathy Mitchell; siblings, John (Lupe) Urbina, Santos (Delores) Urbina, Vicky (Raymond) Vidalez, Lucy (Bob) Casper, Mary Urbina; 41 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.


MICHAEL F. JILEK

Michael F. Jilek passed away on Sunday, September 7th, 2008, at his home. Mike was born in Cleveland, OH, September 6th, 1941. Mike graduated from Cathedral Latin School (Cleveland Ohio) in 1959. His faith led him to the University of Dayton where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1964. Mike concluded his formal education by obtaining a graduate degree in Law from the University of Toledo in 1969. Upon beginning his life in Toledo, Mike worked for the Traveler's Insurance Company as an adjuster. He spent the first 7 years of his legal career with Cubbon and Rice where he developed his skills as a Trial Lawyer. In 1978, Mike became a founding member of a new law firm which was named Goldberg, Williams, Jilek, and Lafferty (later Williams, Jilek, Lafferty, Gallagher, & Scott) and practiced law, successfully, with his friends for nearly another 30 years. Mike enjoyed the practice of law and always represented his clients with honesty, compassion, integrity, courage and with hard work. Mike continued trying cases, successfully, until the day he retired. Throughout his career, Mike was active in many professional organizations. As a result of his commitment to the practice of law (and due to the fact that everyone he met enjoyed his company), Mike was elected to be the President of the Toledo Bar Association in 1991, his crowning professional achievement, and was just recently awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Toledo College of Law. After his retirement, Mike dedicated his free time to helping others. On most mornings during his retirement, Mike could be found serving communion to individuals at The Toledo Hospital or his beloved church, Christ the King. He spent the rest of his time providing services and assistance to those in need at the Little Sisters of the Poor and through the Toledo Bar Association. Mike was a gifted conversationalist, was generous in all respects and was above all a kind man. He will be greatly missed. “In a world dominated by takers, Mike was a giver, he gave back to his family, friends, profession, and church. He was the kindest most gentle man I have ever met,” said Jon A. Lafferty. He was survived by his loving wife, Jackie; children, Ashleigh, Scott, Michael, Christine, Patrick; grandchildren, Benjamin, Abigail, Erica, Alexandra, Kristen; mother, Angela Jilek; brother, William Jilek.


REV. DEACON PRUDO MUÑOZ VICENS
Rev. Deacon Prudo Muñoz Vicens, age 88, of Lorain, OH, died on September 11, 2008 at his home, after an extended illness of heart disease. He was born on June 10, 1920 in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain 56 years ago. Prudo was a devoted Catholic who, after raising his 18 children, was ordained a Deacon of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland in 1986. He carried out his ministry at Sacred Heart Chapel.  He belonged to various church organizations, including the Cursillo Movement, and taught Bible Class.  He was also employed at Ford Motor Company in Brook Park in the Engine Foundry for 27 years before retiring in 1979. He will also be remembered as being an avid Dominoes player.  He also enjoyed playing cards and being a Cleveland Indians fan. Though he led a busy life, he was the father of 18 children, who always received the full measure of his love and he still found time to feed and clothe the needy of his community through his work with the St. Vincent dePaul Society.
Prudo is the beloved husband of 68 years, to Otilia (née Vallejo).  He is also survived by his sons; Juan (Nora) and José (Elba), all of Lorain, Isaias (Minda), of Escondido, CA, Ismael (Betsy), of Old Bridge, NJ, William (Gloria), of Lorain, Frederico, of Winston-Salem, NC, Antonio, of Lorain, Martin (Cathy), King, NC, and Jaime (Kim), of Lorain, his daughters; Carmen (Carl) Ragnoni, Juanita Magdaleno, Hilda (Johnny) Muñoz, all of Lorain, María (Vince) Gutiérrez, of Rochester, MN, Esther (Adrian) Colón, of Lorain, Margaret (Rodel) Cuenca, of Temecula, CA, Teresa (José) Ayala, of New Bern, NC, Antonia (Freddy) Pedroza, of Hillsborough, NC, and Rosie (Joseph) Bridges, of Knightdale, NC.  He is also survived by his 45 grandchildren and 46 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by 4 grandchildren; Freddy Burnett, Briana Marie Harris, Kelly Vicens, and Johnny Vicens, Jr., along with 7 brothers and sisters, and his parents; Natalio and Adela (née Muñoz) Vicens.


ODILIA R. GARCÍA-LINARES
Odilia R. García-Linares, 86, of Oregon, OH, passed away Wednesday, September 3, 2008, at Heartland of Oregon. She was born in Congregación de Rodríguez, Coahuila, México on April 13, 1922 to Melquiades Rodríguez Martínez and Santos Elizondo Costilla. She became a naturalized U.S. citzen in 1984. Odilia was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. In her spare time you would find Odilia attending to her many flower gardens or in her kitchen cooking traditional Mexican foods for her family. She was very talented at crocheting and embroidering. Her real love was spending time with her family, especially providing care for many of her grandchildren. Surviving are her sons, Luis (Teresa) Linares, Daniel (Christine) Linares, Dr. Antonio (Martha) Linares, Pedro García, Santos (Tina) García; daughter, Josefina (José Treviño) García; 15 grandchildren; sisters, Aurelia Menchaca and Guadalupe Martínez, both of Texas, Carlota Bustos and brother, Ramón González, both of México. Odilia was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Francisco Linares; brothers, Melquiades, Rogelio, Ramiro, Abel, and Eliodoro; sisters, Rosa Elia and Herminia.


SIMON C. MARTÍNEZ SR.
Simon C. Martínez Sr. was called home to be with the Lord on Monday, September 1, 2008. He was born in Toledo, OH on January 5, 1955 to Eusebio and Concepción Martínez. Known to everyone as “Si Superfly” he was a humorous person who was always considered to be the life of the party. He leaves to cherish his memory, children, Tony, Monica, Simon Jr., Daniel, Felicia, Bianca, Santos, Eusebio, Emilio, and Enrique; grandchildren, Juliana, Richard, Simon III, Elena, Mya, Amaris, Santos Jr., Josiah and Vincente; sisters, Balbina (Tomas) Ruiz, Sabina (Martin) Elizondo, Margaret (Ed) Ruiz, Suzie Balderas, Lupe Martínez-Jaso, Cuca; brothers, Thomas, Carl, Hank, José and Juan (Carole) Martínez. Simon was preceded in death by his loving parents, Eusebio and Concepción Martínez and nieces, Gloria Ruiz, and April Martínez.


FELIX ANTHONY ORTIZ
Felix Anthony Ortiz, 5 month old son of Felix Ortiz and Nicole Gonzalez of Lorain, OH, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008 at his residence. Felix was born March 23, 2008 in Lorain. He is survived by his maternal grandparents, Angel and Virginia González of Lorain; Maternal great grandparents, José and Carmen González of Lorain, and Clara Barela of Pheonix, Ariz.; paternal grandparents, Carmen Martínez, and Carmen Ortiz both of Lorain; godparents, Nina Riggins and Joshua Vargas both of Lorain; and many aunts and uncles, and little cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal great grandfather, Jim Archuleta; paternal great grandfathers, Felix Rodríguez, and Luis Robert DeJesús; paternal great grandmother, Gloria Cruz; and a cousin, Elijah S. Riggins in 2002.


ANTONLINA R. PEREZ
Antolina R. Pérez, 74, of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, at Community Health Partners Hospital and Surgical Center, Lorain, OH, following a short illness. She was born April 1, 1934, in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, coming to Lorain in 1953 where she lived until returning to San Lorenzo in 1983. While living in Lorain, she was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. Antolina was a professional seamstress when she was younger and enjoyed sewing and cooking.
Surviving is her husband of 55 years, Pablo; daughters Judie Díaz of Lorain, Daisy Rosario of Riverside, Calif., Lourdes Rodríguez of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, and Peggy Silver of Seattle; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Avelina Ruiz of Guayama, Puerto Rico. She was preceded in death by her parents, Cecillo and Lorenza Ruiz; three brothers; and three sisters. Funeral services took place in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico.


STEFEN W. SALO
Stefen W. Salo, 16, passed away unexpectedly at University Hospital in Cleveland on Saturday, August 30, 2008. He is survived by his mother, Lori (Andrew) Laidlaw; father, Alex López, stepfather Michael Night, Grandparents Lily & Juventino López Jr. and numerous members of the Salo, Jordan, and López families as well as countless friends. Stefen was preceded in death by his grandmother, Thelma Jordan and grandfather, Wayne Salo. Stefen's interests included computers, music, skate boarding, Anime and video games, becoming especially adept at Rock Star. His listening ability and knowing exactly the right thing to say to make you laugh will be greatly missed by his family and friends.


CARMEN SALAZAR
Carmen Salazar (née Gonzáles), 80, of Toledo, OH, passed away, Saturday, September 6, 2008, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg surrounded by her loving family. She was born August 28, 1928, to Augustine and Julia Gonzáles in Cucaniro, Michoacan, Mexico. At age 18, Carmen moved to the United States to be with her father and for several years she worked for the St. Anthony's Orphanage. Carmen was a long-time active member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church, who enjoyed music, cooking, sewing, and especially dancing and traveling with her loving husband of 60 years, Lorenzo. She and Lorenzo were also active members of the YMCA for over 26 years where she found great joy in swimming. Carmen cared deeply for her family and enjoyed being with her grandchildren. She is survived by her loving husband, Lorenzo; daughter, Chris Salazar and friend, Tracy; sons, Raymond and Lorenzo (Debbie) Salazar; and grandchildren, Sean, Alexis, and Lauren Salazar. Carmen was preceded in death by her parents.


JUAN D. TORRES
Juan D. Torres, Sr. 63 of Lorain, OH, died Sunday, September 6, 2008, in University Hospital, Cleveland following a brief illness. He was born June 24, 1945, in Lares, Puerto Rico. He was a resident since coming here as a child. Mr. Torres retired as a cook in January of this year from ARAMARK in Brook Park. He worked there for 30 years.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. He enjoyed playing pool, working on cars, cooking Spanish food. He loved to spend time with his family and friends. He will be missed by his wife Marilyn (née Hall) Torres of Lorain, sons Juan Domingo Luciano (Jessica) Torres, Jr., of Grande Prairie, Texas, Francisco M.(Megan) Torres of Lorain and Robert G. Hall of Lorain, daughters Mary L. (David) Cortes of Lorain and Wanda (William) Plato of Spencer, WV; mother Theresa Torres of Lorain; brothers Wilfredo Torres of Lorain and Joseph Torres of Cleveland; sisters Carmen Rivera, Frances Torres, Bienvenida Santiago all of Lorain, Nilda Rau of Deerfield, Mich., Elizabeth Quinnoies of Columbia Station and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father Francisco L. Torres and a brother Oscar Torres.


NICACIO GARCÍA
Nicacio García, 49, of Ottawa, OH, died 12:36 p.m. Tuesday, August 26, 2008, at St. Rita's Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center, Glandorf. He was born December 15, 1958, in La Mora, Mexico to the late Elias and Consuello (Sanson) García. In February 1979, he married Felisa Ramirez, who survives in Ottawa. Also surviving are two sons, Nicacio García Jr. of Ottawa and José Elias García at home; two daughters, Imelda García and Claudia García, both at home; five grandchildren, Samiyah and Aaliyah García, Alazae Greve, and Rhianna and Noah Moreno; sisters and brothers, María Asunsión, and Juan, Francisco, Jovelina, María, Josefina, Elias, Isidro, Maximiliano, Martin, and Mario García. Mr. García was a maintenance supervisor for Hirzel Canning Co., Ottawa, and also worked for Golden Corral, Findlay. He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa. He loved music and spending time with his family. He enjoyed selling merchandise at the Fremont Flee Market.


BENITO PERALES SR.
 

Benito “Bennie” Perales Sr., 79, of Toledo, OH, passed away peacefully, surrounded by familia y amigos, in his home on August 29, 2008. Benito was one of seven children born to Angelita and Francisco Perales on April 3, 1929, in Primera, Texas.

 

Benito was a golden gloves boxer from 1948 - 1951. He had a total of 105 boxing matches. In 1952, he wed Lucia Martínez. They were married for 56 happy years and had four children. Benito worked for the LOF Glass Company for 42 years, before retiring in 1991.

 

Benito was an active member in the Latino community. He was the founder and president of the Mexican American Patriotic Association. He owned Perales Trucking, and helped build Interstate-75.

 

He, along with his wife Lucia, owned and operated Perales Restaurant on Main Street in East Toledo (photo on cover). Lucia was la cocinera tremenda.

 

Benito enjoyed music and dancing. He formed the Mexican bands of: Los Alegres del Norte, La Orchestra Perales, and Conjunto Perales. Benito was a dance and concert promoter of Tejano music, hosting many of the events at the former Sports Arena or its Annex in East Toledo.

 

He managed Los Charros del Norte, a Mexican-American folkloric dance group and Los Imperials Mariachis. The folkloric dance group was later continued by his daughter Lu Lu.

 

Benito was a loving and supporting husband, father, and grandfather. He was always there with a helping hand and a listening ear.

 

He was loved and will be missed by many. Benito is survived by his wife, Lucia; sons, Bennie Jr. (Blanca) and Francisco; daughters, Lucy “Lu Lu” Perales and Margaret (Robert) Layne; brothers, Benjamin (Evangeline) and Alberto; sister, Erlinda Alvarado; sister-in-law, Virginia Perales; brother-in-law, José Montalvo Sr.; 8 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Alfredo, and Francisco, and sister, Theresa Montalvo.

 


JUAN D. GONZÁLES
Juan D. “Johnny” Gonzáles, 50, of Toledo, OH, entered eternal rest on July 29, 2008. Johnny graduated from Scott High School in 1976. Johnny lived a long time of illness. He was preceded in death by his mother, Esperanza Gonzáles; brothers, Raymond and Freddie Gonzáles. Surviving are his father, Raymond Sr. (Sarah); children, Vickie Williams, Tyesha (Damion) Townsend, Nishelle Gonzáles and Juan Gonzáles Jr.; 7 grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; brothers, Ricky, Louis (Hope) Gonzáles and sisters, Mary (Rodney) Cole and Joanne Gonzáles.


ISABEL MARÍA MURPHY-AGUILAR
Isabel María Murphy-Aguilar, age 60, of Lorain, OH, died on Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at Community Health Partners West, following a brief illness. She was born on January 13, 1948 in Hatillo, Puerto Rico. She lived most of her life in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York, until moving to Lorain 4 years ago to be with her eldest daughter. Isabel was the family matriarch. She enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren and anyone else who needed help.
She is survived by her daughters María I. Quiñones-Murphy, of Lorain, Barbara González-Murphy, and Sandy Janet Murphy, both of Brooklyn, New York, grandchildren, Eric A. Quiñones, Desiree A. Quiñones, Adrian J. Quiñones, Jason M. González, Gabrielle A. González, Justin A. González, Sierra A. González and Joseph A. Ortiz, 1 brother, 1 sister, nieces, nephews, and extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents Teodoro Aguilar and María (née Tejera) Aguilar, 2 sisters, 1 brother and a nephew.


CRISPIN DE LUNA
Crispin “Pipe” DeLuna, 61, of Toledo, OH, passed away August 12, 2008, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. He was born in San Antonio, Texas on October 25, 1946, to Timoteo DeLuna and Victoria Machado. Crispin had been employed as a Union construction worker in the Detroit area for many years. He had a big heart and enjoyed entertaining his family and friends. Crispin enjoyed fishing and loved his dogs. Surviving are his wife, Yolanda; son, Gilberto DeLuna; daughters, María (Josh Potter) DeLuna, Elena DeLuna and Jessica Morales; brother, Enrique (Olivia) Quezada; 10 grandchildren. Crispin was preceded in death by his parents.


AGUSTIN GONZÁLES
Agustin Gonzáles, age 55, of Toledo, OH, passed away August 10, 2008, in Hospice of Northwest Ohio Perrysburg. Born August 19, 1952 in Greenville, Ohio to Charles and Adela Gonzáles. Agustin was a cook at Harborside of Sylvania and various other nursing homes in the Toledo area. Agustin was a graduate of Northview High School. Agustin was preceded in death by both of his parents. Surviving are his sisters, Jane Vásquez, Concepción Gonzáles, María (Jimmy) Gonzáles, Diana Saunders, Brothers, Lorenzo (Thelma) Gonzáles, Reynaldo (Dawn) Gonzáles, Leandro Gonzáles, Estevan Gonzáles, also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.


FATIMA PÉREZ GONZÁLEZ
Fatima Pérez González of Toledo, OH was born of a military father; discipline and hard work were in her blood. A connoisseur of many trades, Fatima helped her people while working for the Department of Immigration; her community while with the Toledo Police Department and the future of this world, the children while at Toledo Public Schools and Faith Lutheran Church as a volunteer for child care. A self educated, Godly and extremely beautiful inside and out woman - the true definition of a lady. She loyally worked side by side with her husband, Rubén and children, Ruby, Kiki and Jay Jay at Rubén and Son for more than 10 years. Family was always the most important value to her and she could not have contributed more to her family. She gave her life, her love and wisdom to all that she met and knew. She passed away on Saturday, August 9, 2008, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Toledo. Survived by her husband, Rubén González Sr.; son, Rubén (Doni Marie) González Jr.; daughters, Monica (José) González of Toledo and Jessica F. (Ulysses) González of CA; 5 grandchildren; brothers, Jesse (Rita) Pérez, John Pérez, Loncio Pérez and Cookie (Jessica) Pérez; sisters, Romelia (Armando) Herrera, Janet Torres, Linda (Hector) Herrera, Thaimi (José) Ruiz and Nancy “Nanny Goat” (John) Sroga. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Manuel Pérez Jr., Galdino Pérez, Gaston Pérez and Raúl Pérez; sister, Clemintine Pérez.


ANGEL M. HERNÁNDEZ
Angel M. Hernández, 66, of Elyria Passed away Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008, at New Life Hospice of St. Joseph in Lorain, OH following a brief illness. He was born in Puerto Rico on April 28, 1941, and had been a resident of Elyria for 38 years. Angel was employed as a machine operator for Invacare in Elyria. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army in the 101st Airborne as a paratrooper. He enjoyed gardening, taking care of wildlife, especially birds, and spending time with his family. Angel was an avid Cleveland sports fan and especially enjoyed the Cleveland Indians. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Dorothy Sue (née Arthur); sons, Duane Hernández of Cape Coral, Fla., and John Hernández of Elyria; granddaughter, Samantha; great-granddaughter, Aaliyah; sisters, Alicia Smolen and Margie, both of Cleveland, and Elizabeth Rivera, Brunilda Hernández and Miguelina Hernández, all of Puerto Rico; and brothers, José Hernández and Sammy, both of N.Y., Benjamin Hernández of Mass. and Miguel Hernández Jr. of N.C. He was preceded in death by his parents, Miguel and Marcella (née Vega) Hernández.


JOHNNY D. TORRES
Johnny D. Torres, 54, of Lorain, OH, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2008, at University Hospital, Cleveland, unexpectedly. He was born Oct. 19, 1953, in New York, N.Y., and had moved from New York to Lorain in 1970. He served in the United States Marines for 4 years. He attended Sacred Heart Chapel. Johnny enjoyed computers and had received a certificate for being a computer specialist. He also enjoyed music and playing dominoes. He is survived by his wife, Sonya (née Lobos) Torres; mother, Angela (née Mercado) Torres; sons, John D. Torres, Jr. of Louisville, Ky., Andre Juan Torres of Cleveland, and Daniel Torres of El Paso, Texas; daughter, Michelle Damaris Torres of Bayamon, Puerto Rico; two grandchildren, Alexus LaRae Torres of Lorain and Isabel M. Torres of Louisville, Ky.; siblings, Angie M. Brown of Lorain, Peter Torres of Cleveland and Maritza Torres of Lorain; his nieces and nephews, Nicole L. Nieves, Natasha L. Allen, Avery D. Brown, Peter Torres, Jr., and Michael J. Torres; his two great nieces, Imani S. and Solana N. Allen; and his beloved dog, “Bebe.” He was preceded in death by his father, Juan Torres Serrano, in 2006.


 

GUADALUPE HERNÁNDEZ 
Guadalupe Hernández, 91 years, of East Toledo, passed away early Sunday morning, August 3, 2008, in Baypark Hospital. A Private 1st Class in the Army during WW II, Guadalupe worked as a fork lift operator for Eagle Automotive 11 years, retiring in 1979. A proud father of 10 children he left a wonderful legacy of more than 100 in four generations. He is the widower of Francesca who died in October of 1999. Surviving are his children, Mary Eva (Thomas) Nini, Guadalupe (Juanita) Hernández, Hortense (Benito) Castro, Raymond (Peggy) Hernández, Minerva Oviedo, Anna Marie Hernández, Roberto (Margaret) Hernández, Rosalie Ann Hernández, Patricia Ann (Thomas) Tansey and Juanita (Ralph) Crim. There are 25 grandchildren, 44 great-grand-children and many great-great- grandchildren. Also surviving are his brothers, Ysrael and Juan Hernández. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Benito and José Hernández and sister, Consuelo Ortis.


MOISES PACHECO SR. 
Moises Pacheco, Sr., age 57, of Toledo, OH, passed away Saturday, August 2, 2008, at St. Charles Mercy Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born on February 1, 1951, to Raymond and Alicia (Martínez) Pacheco in San Antonio, Texas, with his family moving to Toledo when he was an infant. Moises graduated from Woodward High School where he helped establish a chapter of the Brown Berets, an organization that was instrumental in helping Latino students in the Toledo Public School system. He also played football and was on the swimming and wrestling teams. Moises was a Lucas County Deputy Sheriff and retired after 34 dedicated years of service. He was a co-founder and member of the National Latino Police Officers Association, Toledo chapter. He was instrumental in introducing M.E.B.A. to the Sheriff's Office, to help unionize deputies. As a Lucas County Deputy Sheriff, he was committed in helping the Latino community by opening doors to allow other Latino officers to follow in his footsteps. As a Lucas County Deputy Sheriff, he was an extraordinary officer that allowed him to accomplish and earn many awards. He also volunteered his services to organizations such as, SS. Peter and Paul Parish, Old News Boys Association, Cherry Street Mission, and the Lucas County Democratic Party. Moises was an avid fisherman and sportsman. He was a University of Michigan football fan and also coached elementary football and softball in the Toledo area. Moises was a caring, loving husband, son, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many, he will be deeply missed by everyone who knew and loved him. Moises is survived by his loving wife, Mable, of 24 years; parents, Raymond Sr. and Alicia; children, Moises, Jr. (Jenny), Rachel (Daniel), Alejandro, Vernon, April, Matthew, Tina (Jerry) and Anthony; brother, Raymond Jr. (Tina) and Edward (Teresa); sisters, Alicia (Melvin), Gloria (Paul), Linda (Oswaldo), Rosario and Maria Luisa (Gregory); 11 grandchildren; 24 nieces and nephews; 3 great nieces and nephews; and many extended family members and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his sister, Cecilia; brothers, David and Juan; niece, Marisol; nephew, Jamie; grandson, Anthony Skyler and brothers-in-law, Robert and Wayne.


REYNALDO RUIZ
Reynaldo Ruiz, age 51, passed away suddenly on July 30, 2008, in the St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo. He was born on September 14, 1956, to Pedro and Juana (Sandoval) Ruiz. He was a graduate of Edward Drummond Libbey High School. Reynaldo was a loving father, grandfather, son, brother, and uncle. He took great pride in being available to care for the many needs of his family and friends. He was a kindhearted, caring and giving individual who will be remembered always for his loving and welcoming personality; but especially remembered for the joy he brought others. He was preceded in death by his father, Pedro Ruiz Sr.; brother, Pedro Ruiz Jr. and niece, Gloria Ruiz. Reynaldo is survived by his loving children, Reynaldo Ruiz, Patricia Luna, Juan, Nicole, and Reyna Ruiz and several grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother, Juana Ruiz; brothers, Tomás (Balbina), Edmundo (Margaret), José (Thaimi), Raúl (Lavita) Ruiz, sister, Enedina Miller and brother, Paul Ruiz; as well as many nieces and nephews.


JOSÉ DE JESÚS REYES
José DeJesús Reyes, 81, died on July 31, 2008, following a brief illness. He was born Jan. 16, 1927, in Caguas, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain, Ohio in 1950.  José was employed at US Steel in the 3 & 4 Seamless Dept. for 33 years, retiring in 1982. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel for 48 years. After his retirement, he enjoyed gardening andexercising at Community Health Partners. He loved his family very much. He is survived by his wife of 62 years,Francisca (née Nieves); children, Cecilia Reyes, Rosa Rubin, Irma Schuka, Fred Reyes, José D. Reyes, Wilson Reyes, and Aides Reyes; 30 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers and sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents, Avelino Reyes Nieves and Ines DelValle; daughter Hilda Reyes Rodríguez in 1997; and several brothers and sisters.


TERESA HERNÁNDEZ-SMITH
Teresa Hernández-Smith, age 55, of Toledo, OH, left this world peacefully in the early hours of Wednesday, July 30, 2008, in her home. She was born October 29, 1952 to Juan and Manuela “Nellie” (Castillon) García in Monroe, Michigan. In addition to her parents, Teresa was preceded in death by her sisters, Yolanda García and Mona Deluna; brother, Juan M. García and great-nephew, Israel “Mello” García. Teresa enjoyed life to the fullest and she leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of almost 3 years, Darrel Smith; sisters, Lucy and Amber García; stepmother, Joanna García; stepbrother, Joe (Crystal) Molino and 6 nephews and 18 great-nieces and great-nephews.


REFUGIO JUAREZ
Refugio Juarez, 80, of Toledo, OH, passed away on July 30, 2008, at Bay Park Community Hospital. He was born on July 4, 1924, in Monterey, México to Amado and María Ines (Urbina) Juarez. Refugio was employed for 20 years by Kiemle-Hankins as an electric motor repairman. He enjoyed his job very much and when not working loved to spend time with his family. Surviving Refugio are his children: Vincente (Leticia) Juarez, José (Grace) Juarez, María (Roberto) Avelar, Reyes (Wendy) Juarez and Juan Juarez; mother, Maria Ines Urbina; brothers, Ezequiel (Florencia) Juarez, Fermin (Maria) Juarez, Francisco Juarez; sisters, Andrea Juarez, María “Juani” (Ernesto) Juarez, Petra Cherry, Dominga Castro, María Del Los Angeles (Manuel) Martínez; 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death was his wife, Victoria, father and one sister.


JUAN R. BOTELLO SR.
Juan R. Botello Sr., 78, of May St., Fremont, OH, died Wednesday, July 16, 2008, at Arbors at Clyde. He was born January 27, 1930, in Gary, Ind., to Turvircio and Manuela (Rubio) Botello. Juan attended school in México. He married Beulah Maddox at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Clyde in 1950. Juan worked for Whirlpool Corporation in Clyde for more than 28 years. He had also worked for Clyde Porcelain and Steel for six years and for Farmland Foods in New Riegel as a Butcher for six years. He was also an interpreter. Juan was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, a life member of the VFW and Eagles in Fremont, a member of St. Mary’s Guadalupe Society in Clyde and a member of the Musician's Union, playing the saxophone and trumpet for his band, Johnny and the Travelers, for various events. Juan is survived by his children, Juan (Deb) Botello, Jr., Fremont, Michael (Leslee) Botello, Ft. Myers, Fla., Juanita (Mark) Schoewee, Lorain, Linda Campbell, Bucyrus, Gloria Ramos, Clyde, Robert (Tammy) Botello, Attica, Angelo Botello, Detroit, Mich., Turvircio (Kim) Botello, Hollywood, Calif., Manuela Trimble, Tyler, Texas, María Botello, Bascom, and Mario Botello, Fremont; brother, Robert Botello, Fremont; sisters, Rosenda Palacios, Fremont, Rosa Montez and Franchesca Chávez, both of México, Maía Piñon, Gloria Arsola, Aurora Lion and Cuca Lemón, all of Texas; 29 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; stillborn son, Joseph Botello; infant daughter, Wanda Lee Botello; and brothers, Cruz and Rudulpho Botello.


JESÚS LOMBRANA SR.
Jesús Lombrana Sr., 83, of Toledo, OH, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2008, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. Jesús was born July 21, 1924, to Louis and María in México. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sons. Survivors are his children, Jesús Lombrana Jr., Rosemarie Becerra, José, María “Luchy,” Antonio, Ramiro, and Martin Lombrana.


EVELYN SÁNCHEZ
Evelyn Sánchez (née Rodríguez), 52, of Lorain, OH, passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2007, in the New Life Hospice Center at St. Joseph, following a long illness. Mrs. Sánchez was born in Manhattan, N.Y., on Aug. 6, 1955, the daughter of Julio Rodríguez of Ponce, Puerto Rico, and Francisca Santiago of Lorain. She had lived in Lorain since 1982. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. Prior to her illness, she worked as a nurse’s aide at Hearthstone Assisted Living for five years. She had also worked at Fligners, Giant Eagle, and Polanski’s. She enjoyed dancing, cooking, collecting knic-nacks, her grandchildren, and music.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her daughters Francesca (Jerry) Chisholm and Tiffany Sánchez, both of Lorain; a son, Johnny G. (Jennifer) Sánchez of Sheffield Village; eight grandchildren; a sister, Francisca Jimenez of Lorain; brothers Julio Rodríguez of Newfield, N.J., Angel Soto of Lorain, Anibal Soto of Vineland, N.J., Robert Soto of Minthill, N.C., and Francisco Santiago of Lorain; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her twin brother, Edgar Rodríguez; and two sisters Hilda Arroyo and Margaret Rodríguez.


PABLO C. FLORES
Pablo C. Flores, 81, of Lorain, OH, died Wednesday, July, 9, 2008, in Lake Pointe Health Care, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. He was born May 1, 1927, in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain in 1950. Mr. Flores retired in 1989 as a shipping inspector for U. S. Steel, Lorain. He worked there for 39 years. He was an active member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. He played his guitar in the choir band and was a member of the Cursillo Movement. He was also a member of the United Steel Workers Local 1104 and the Knights of Columbus, Lorain. He lived life to his fullest. He enjoyed vegetable gardening, raising his chickens, playing his guitar and accordion. He especially enjoyed cooking out and picnicking with his family. He will be missed by his family, including his sons Paul (Barb) Flores of Elyria; Dennis Flores and John Flores both Lorain; daughters Mary Flores of Lorain and Grace Flores-Carlson of North Ridgeville; granddaughters Jeanette Carlson of Pittsburg, Pa., Fayanna Flores of Put-In-Bay and Catlin Flores of Elyria; brothers Juan, Salvador, Ismael, George and Jose Flores of Puerto Rico; and sisters Maria, Teresa and Rose Flores of Puerto Rico. He is preceded in death by his parents, Carmelo and Carmen (née Carrion) Flores,sister Gloria Flores and a brother Carmelo Flores, Jr.


VICTORIA MORALES
Victoria Morales, 91, of Lorain, OH, passed away in Houston, January, 29, 2008. She was born March 3, 1916 in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. She attended the Lorain Spanish Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, 2340 Crehore St., Lorain for many years. She is survived by her daughters Iris Gonzalez of Amherst, Ann Long of Houston, María Rivera f Fla., and Herminio Paris. She is also survived by her grandchildren Michael, Victor, Raquel, Michael Angelo, Jeffrey, Nathan, Andrew, Raymond, Evelyn, Israel, and Lily. She is survived by her great-grandchildren Alisa, Desiree, Xavier, Shawn, Bradley, Preston, Brenden, Brittney, Julian, Jeremy, Gabrialle, Kendra, Malissa, Randy, Jessica, Israel Jr., Monica, and Steve Jr. She is survived by her siblings Marta Reyes Crespo, Trinidad Reyes, Selenia Lauriano, Sarah Estrella, Victor, Cruz, Aurio, José and Cecilio Reyes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gumersindo Morales; son, Victor Manuel and her parents.


FELIX LÓPEZ-ACEVEDO
Felix López-Acevedo, 54, of Lorain, OH, died Friday, July 4, 2008, at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital, following a lengthy illness. He was born April 24, 1954, in Lares, Puerto Rico; coming to Lorain in 1974. He worked for Lorain Ford Assembly Plant for 25 years retiring in 2001. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, the Cursillo Movement, the Marriage Encounter and the United Auto Workers Union Local 425. He enjoyed gardening, listening to old time Spanish music while lying in his hammock, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Surviving is his wife 33 years, Lydia (née Díaz); daughters Lydia (Tom) Wanek of Amhest, Luz López, Lisi López and Lexenia López, all of Lorain; grandchildren Olivia Wanek and Eva Wanek, both of Amherst, and Jahiem Felix López-Mason of Lorain; a brother, Fidel López of Quebradillas, Puerto Rico; sisters María Vega of Lorain, Nydia Acevedo of Lorain and Sonia Soto-López of Levittown, Puerto Rico. He was preceded in death by his parents, Felix López and María G. (née Acevedo) López; brothers Efrain López, Modesto López and Juan López.


JESSE CARRION
Jesse Carrion, age 53, of Lorain, OH, died on Saturday, July 5, 2008 at Regency Hospital Cleveland West, Middleburg Heights, following a brief illness. He was born January 21, 1955 in Lorain, where he was a lifelong resident. He graduated from Admiral King High School in 1973. Jesse was employed for 2 years at Goodwill Industries, Lorain and prior to this he was employed at U.S. Steel in the Lime Plant in the 1970s. Jesse volunteered at Community Health Partners Hospital, Lorain, where he was also on their bowling league. He enjoyed playing cards, playing bingo, watching the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is survived by his brothers: José, Ernie, Oscar, and Danny all of Lorain, sister: Yolanda Bustamante, Elyria, step-sisters: Sylvia, Irma, Juanita, Irene and Nina Encalado, all of Lorain, and step-brothers: Felipe and Rubén Encalado, and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents: José J. and Francisca (née García) Carrion, brother: Private First Class José Antonio Carrion who died in Vietnam, half sisters: Gloria and Rachel Carrion, grandparents: Carmen Carreon and Henrietta García.


GAMALIEL SALAZAR
Gamaliel Salazar, 75 years, of Toledo, OH, passed away Friday evening, July 4, 2008, at St. Vincent Medical Center. He served in the U.S. Army from October 1956 through October 1958, most of that time in Germany. Gama was 18 years with the Whirlpool Company, Clyde, OH and then went on to start a series of entrepreneurial ventures making many friends along the way. He loved the many dogs he had as pets through the years. He will be dearly missed. Surviving are his wife, Eugenia Salazar and children, Tomás Salazar (Denise Barker), Tiffin, OH, Ginger (John) Slattery, Greenacres, FL, Antonio (Diane) Salazar and Justine (Brandi) Salazar, both of Toledo. There are 12 grandchildren and 6 great- grandchildren surviving along with his brothers, Lionel Salazar of Riverbank, CA and Guadalupe Salazar of San Antonio, TX and sisters, Elva Mendoza, Clyde, OH and Ruth Gonzáles, Green Springs, OH. He was previously married to Helga Sahner. He was preceded in death by brothers, Jesús and Eliazar Salazar.


ANTONIO “DIMAS” TORRES
Antonio L. “Dimas” Torres, 44 years, of Toledo, OH, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday afternoon, July 2, 2008, in his home. Dimas was a member 14 years of the Toledo Restoration Church. He is survived by his wife, Mary, and children, Joseph (Tiffany) Cantu, Sophia, Melinda, Isabel and Michael Cantu; along with grandsons, Aiden Cantu and soon to be arriving, Angelo Cantu. He is the son of Miguel Torres and is a brother to Lupe, Miguel and Beto Torres, and Elana Sallaberry; along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Chayo Torres and brothers, Ramón, and Luis Torres.


VIRGEN RIVERA DE LEON
Virgen Rivera DeLeón, (née Rivera), of Lorain, OH, died Thursday, July 3, 2008, at Lake Pointe Nursing Home, in Lorain. She was born Wednesday, January 4, 1933, in Orocovis, Puerto Rico. She came to Lorain in 1954. Virgen worked at the St. Joseph Hospital in the laundry room for eight years, retiring in 1990. She enjoyed visiting nursing homes, she loved to travel and she loved children. Surviving are her sons, Nelson Rivera of Junction City, Kan. and Michael Rivera, of Amherst; three grandsons; Matthew, of Kansas City, Kan., Michael, of Junction City, Kan., and Adel, of Las Vegas, Nev.; and a great-grandson, Wyatt, of Junction City, Kan.; brother, José Rivera of Orocovis, Puerto Rico; three sisters, America Rivera of Coamo, Puerto Rico, Leonidez Flores of N.J., Guillermina Ortiz of Orocovis, Puerto Rico and Esmerida Mercado of Orocovis, Puerto Rico. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gumercindo DeLeón; her father, Robustino Rivera, her mother, Indalesia Rivasand, her sisters, Mirna Ortiz and Olivia Ortiz, and her dog, Ronchy.


ROY R. BALLEZ  
Roy R. Ballez, age 63, of Toledo, OH, passed away June 16, 2008, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. He was born January 10, 1945, in San Antonio, Texas to Jesús (Ballez) and Dora (Samudio) Ramos. Roy is survived by sons, Paul, Richard, Roy Jr., Gregory, Eddie and Roy Ray Ballez; daughters, Sidney, Winter, Juleanna and Olivia Ballez; brothers, Jesús Jr., Marc (Mary-Lou), Abel (Linda), Steve (Josie), Robert, George (Dana), Martin and Alex Ballez; sisters, Virginia (Nick) Jiménez and Elizabeth Ballez and special friend, Marie Crawford. Roy is preceded in death by his mother, Dora Ramos; father, Jesús Ballez Sr. and stepfather, José G. Ramos.


VICENTE A. CAMPOS

Vicente A. “Chente” Campos (4/10/80 - 6/15/08) passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 15, 2008, ending all pain and suffering. All who had the pleasure of sharing his life with him will always remember his great sense of humor and the laughter he brought into our lives. Chente was a fan of the Lakers and the Detroit Tigers and Lions. He was a wrestler throughout junior high and high school. He will also be remembered as a great son, brother and most of all a devoted and loving father. Chente leaves to cherish his memories, his pride and joy, Natalie, McKenzie, Stephanie and Sophie Campos; his mother, Margaret Gonzales; father, Joseph Campos Jr.; his brothers, José and Matthew and sisters, Melissa (Carlos) and Stephanie Campos. He also leaves behind three nieces and five nephews; the mother of his children, Regina Reyes and many caring friends and relatives. Chente was preceded in death by his grandmother, Ramona Gonzáles; grandfathers, Frank Gonzéles and Jose H. Campos and his cousin, Bobby Silva.


FREDDY GUEVARA
Freddy Guevara, 52, of Lorain, OH, died suddenly Saturday, June 14, 2008, in Lakeland, Fla. He was born in Lorain, Nov. 21, 1955, and moved to Puerto Rico, where he graduated from high school in 1974. After serving with the U.S. Army, he returned to Lorain and worked for Ford Motor Co., Cleveland, for many years. He enjoyed boxing, fishing, boating, fine arts and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his mother, Rose Guevara of Massachusetts; sons Francisco and Matthew, both of Lorain, and Ferdinand of Massachusetts; brothers Manuel, Robert and Jimmy, all of Massachusetts, and William of Lorain; sisters Jenny and Diana, both of Massachusetts, and Millie of Lorain. He was preceded in death by his father, Manuel; and a sister, Elaine.


DOMINGA BELTRAN
Dominga “Delia” Beltrán (née Hernández Ortiz), 81, of Lorain, OH, died on Friday, June 13, 2008, at Lorain Community Health Partners Hospital, following a short illness. She was born on May 10, 1927, in Caguas, Puerto Rico, moving to this area in 1967. Delia was employed at Dechant Green House in Avon for nine years, retiring in the 1980s. She was a member of the Iglesia Pentecostal Cristo Misionera Church. Delia enjoyed preparing meals for Special Community Events, for churches and weddings, also enjoyed shopping, gardening and music. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Rafaél; sons Rafaél Jr., Abraham, Alberto, Luis and Victor, all of Lorain; daughters Carmen Rivera, Mayra Diaz, Margarita Beltrán, Mercedes Serrano, Migdalia Flecha, Milagros Beltrán and Olga Beltrán, all of Lorain; 29 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.


PEDRO T. GUTIERREZ
Pedro T. Gutiérrez, 70, of Lorain, OH, died on Friday, June 13, 2008, at New Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, after a short illness. He was born on Aug. 31, 1937, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain in the early 1960s. He retired from the Lake Terminal Rail Road, where he worked for 17 years in the car shop. When he first came to Lorain from Puerto Rico, he had worked in a greenhouse picking tomatoes. Pedro was one of the founders of the San Lorenso Club. He enjoyed working around his house and garden. He also would enjoy feeding all of the stray animals that would come around his home. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Santa A. (née Bazan); his sons Nicolas (Juana) Cruz of McKinney, Texas, and Reynolds (Evelyn) Cruz of Lorain; 14 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; his brothers Domingo Burgos Gutiérrez and Francisco Burgos Gutiérrez, both of Lorain, and Justino Burgos Gutiérrez of Puerto Rico; his sisters Iluminada (Henovevo) Torres of Lorain, Teresa Velez, Augustina and Margarita Cruz, all of Puerto Rico; and his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Evelyn Cruz; and his parents, Ruperto and Clemencia (née Burgos) Gutiérrez.


RACHEL MARIE JIMÉNEZ
Rachel Marie Jiménez, age 78, of Toledo, OH, began h
er journey into God's kingdom on June 6, 2008, in her home surrounded by her loving family and with the care and help of Hospice. Born on April 18, 1930, to Louisa and Walter Romero, Rachel was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved sewing, cooking and gardening. One day in the month of May in 1985 “the boys” at Mom and Dad’s Nite Club asked the owner, Hoggie, if Mom could come in on a Saturday to cook her special tacos. With Hammer’s help, one day’s cooking turned into 15 years of serving Mom and Dad’s customers with the best Mexican food in town. Everyone affectionately called her “Mom,” and “the boys” in return decided to build her and dad a new addition to their home with the help of Rachel’s brothers, John and Kelly. You guys all know who you are, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!! Mom took great love and pride in helping to raise and praise her granddaughter, Alejandra. She will be deeply missed by her loving husband of 47 years, Jesús “Chu-Chu” Jiménez; son, José Alfredo (Nicole); daughter, Carmen (Ron) Castillo; sisters, Isabelle Rodella, Ramona (Coco) Reyes; grandchildren, Alejandra “Mija,” Ron Jr., and Christina; as well as many nieces and nephews; and special family friend and godfather “Uncle Sam.” Special thanks to Hospice, especially Jean, Fran, Vickie, Tammy, and Dawn.


DAVID CHAPA
David Chapa, 52, of Toledo, OH, passed away Saturday, May 31, 2008, at the Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg. David was a US Navy veteran. He enjoyed music, fishing, and bonfires with family and watching NASCAR races. Surviving are his mother, Lydia; wife, Rainey; daughters, Sarah (Chris) Kline and María Chapa; brothers, Domingo Jr. and Joe (Brenda) Chapa; sisters, Angie Meyers and Sylvia Chapa; grandchildren, Daniel, Alexeia and Tyler Powell; along with uncles, nieces, nephews and special friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Domingo Chapa Sr. and brother, Daniel Chapa.


ALEJO CRUZ MORALES
Alejo Cruz Morales, 87, of Lorain, OH, died at his home on Monday, June 2, 2008. He was born on July 17, 1920, in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain 59 years ago, where he has resided since. He was employed at U.S. Steel, retiring from in 1981. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. He was also a member of the Puerto Rican Home. Alejo enjoyed fishing, watching the Cleveland Indians, and gardening. He is survived by his sons Alejo Morales Jr. of Phoenix and José Morales of Ellerslie, Ga.; his daughters Edith Pabón of Lorain, Carmen Carlson of Wakeman, Gloria Criss of Amherst, Milagros Bueno of Pontiac, Mich., and Irma Pettry of Oberlin; 18 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; two brothers; and two sisters. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Juana (née Arroyo) Morales, in 1998; his parents, Jacinto and Filomena (née Cruz) Morales; a grandson; four brothers; and one sister.


ALICIA MARIA FIGUEROA
Alicia María Figueroa (née Soloveiko), 74, of Lorain, OH, died Thursday, May 22, 2008, at Southwest General Health Center, Cleveland, following a lengthy illness. She was born March 20, 1934, in Youngstown, coming to Lorain in 1957, where she has lived since. Alicia was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and enjoyed participating in activities at the Lorain Senior Center. She also liked to cook, bake and play bingo. Surviving is her son, Ronald (Joan) of Lorain; brothers Leo Soloveiko of Stow and Dan Soloveiko of Cuyahoga Falls; and a sister, Eileen Fryda of Youngstown. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo Soloveiko and Mary (née Pilar) Soloveiko.


LUCILLE NUÑEZ
Lucille Nuñez (Barrera) entered into rest on April 25, 2008, at the age of 59. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert T. Barrera. She is survived by her sons, Alfred and Michael Cortez; mother, Mercedes S. Flores; sisters, Teresa Torres, Helen Montano, Debbie Sánchez; brothers, Robert, David, Joe, Ricky, Johnny, Tomás Barrera; grandchildren, Michael Jr., Angelo, Aliecia, Sabrina, Francisco, and Arturo Cortez.


MARC L. SEGURA
Marc L. Segura, 19, of Avon Lake, OH, passed away Monday, May 26, 2008, at his family’s home after being diagnosed with stage four colon cancer more than two years ago. He was born March 27, 1989, in Temple, Texas, and attended Avon Lake High School, receiving his diploma in 2007. He was a member of St. Joseph Church, Avon Lake. Marc was an avid soccer fan and was a “wiz” at computer games. He had hoped to attend the Art Institute of Philadelphia to study graphic design. He enjoyed creating designs for T-shirts. His family would like to thank all of the hematology and oncology doctors and nurses at the Cleveland Clinic, with a special thank you to Dr. Anthony Stallion and pediatric nurse Dan Kernisky. They would also like to thank the caring staff of the Hospice of the Western Reserve.
Marc is survived by his parents, Dora (née Cruz) and José Segura of Avon Lake; a sister, Audrie Segura of Athens; maternal grandparents, Juanita and Adolfo Cruz of Temple, Texas; and paternal grandparents, Billela Rodríguez and Jesús Segura, both of México. He was the nephew of Gloria Lara of Austin, Texas; Susanna Moreno of Temple, Texas; Patricia Arguelles of Temple, Texas; Chris Leal of Arlington, Texas; Steve Cruz of Temple, Texas; and Diana Segura and Marisol Segura, both of México.
Memorials may be forwarded to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation for pediatric cancer research.


RUDY SERRATO  
Rudy Serrato, age 54, of Bowling Green, OH, passed away on Monday, May 12, 2008 at his residence. Rudy was a hard worker and enjoyed the outdoors while walking his dog, Shannon. Surviving is a daughter, Amber Medina; three grandchildren, José, Zenaida, and Ossiel; his parents, David and Bernice Serrato; three sisters, Betty González, Helen McKinnis, and Irene Harris; four brothers, Sam, Tim, Leroy, and Jerry Serrato; nieces and nephews, Eddie, Sarah, Nick, Ashley, and Taylor. Rudy was dearly loved and will greatly be missed.


 DANIEL J. BARAJAS
Daniel J. Barajas, 81, of
Toledo, OH, passed away May 5, 2008, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. He worked for the CSX Railroad for 43 years. Dan was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Toledo. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Raquel M. Barajas; his wife’s family; special friends, Noemi Hernández and family, Trinidad García and family, the family of the late Francisco Ruiz, the Sofo family, the Parra family, José Limon, and the Worline family. Also surviving are his godchildren, Sammy and Jessie Magania, and Gilbert Ruiz and family.


 

EMILIO G. COSTILLA
Emilio G. Costilla, 79, of Maumee, OH, passed away Monday, May 5, 2008, at Promedica Hospice, Sylvania, Ohio. He was born January 20, 1929, in San Marcos, TX to Ventura and Anita Costilla. He was a machinist employed with the Rathburn Jones Company and retired from The Houghton Elevator Co. He was a long standing member of SS. Peter & Paul Church and the Latino Club, Latins United. A devoted husband, father, brother, and friend, he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Surviving are his loving wife of 56 years, Alvina; sons, Emilio Jr. and Carlos; grandchildren, Benjamin and Alaina Costilla, Kristina Webb, Brittany Hettle and Chuck Hettle Jr. and Megan Costilla; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Arturo, Fernando (Mary), Joe (Norma); sisters, Anita (Fred) Regalodo, Helen (Marcie) Rodríguez, Lupe (Rey) Redon and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ventura and Anita; brother, Louis; sister, Ofelia and daughter, Linda.


CLAUDINO ROMAN
Claudino Román, 82, of
Lorain, OH, died Saturday, May 10, 2008, in Anchor Lodge Nursing Home, Lorain, following a brief illness. He was born Feb. 20, 1926, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain in 1951. He moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1961 and returned to Lorain in 1969. He retired from National Tube in 1973. He worked there for 20 years. Mr. Román owned and operated Román’s Grocery store in South Lorain on Pearl Avenue for 29 years [The La Prensa photo of Román’s Grocery store was taken in 1990]. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. He enjoyed traveling and casinos.

 

He will be missed by his wife of 58 years, Luisa (née Reyes) Román of Lorain; and his sons Carlos I., James (Elma) and Ricardo (Tammy) Román, all of Lorain; also by his grandchildren Carlos I., Christina, Melissa, Anthony, Brandon Román, all of Lorain and James A. Román of Exton, Pa.; his brothers Ernesto Román of Arecibo, Hilberto Román of Tampa, Fla., and Eugenio Román of Brooklyn; and his sisters Luisa Sánchez and Luz Candalerio, both of Lorain. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugenio and Altagracia (née González) Román; and a brother, Herminio Román. Burial will in Santa Cruz Cemetery in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.


DALE PÉREZ
Dale Pérez, 71, of Avon, OH, passed away on Thursday, May 1, 2008, at St. John West Shore Hospital.

He was born Feb. 3, 1937, in Cleveland, and lived in Avon the past 40 years. Dale was a graduate of Lincoln West High School in Cleveland. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical sciences and education from The Ohio State University and a master's degree in physical sciences and astronomy from Arizona State University. Mr. Pérez was a career teacher in the public schools as well as a trainer in the industrial sector. He began as a high school chemistry/physics teacher at Marion Harding High School, Marion. He then taught at Lakewood High School where he also coached the chess team. While at Midview High School he coached football.

He also worked for a time on the ambulance service for Burmeister Funeral Home part-time. At the college level, he taught part-time at LCCC, Lakeland Community College, and at the Capital University branch in Cleveland. In industry, he was a process engineer for General Motors Fisher Body in Elyria. While at Bailey Controls he was a corporate trainer instructing computerized controls. This position afforded him the opportunity to travel both domestically and internationally which he enjoyed. Before retiring in 2001, he taught at I.T.T. Technical Institute.

He was a member of
Avon United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday school and sang in the choir and then Fields United Methodist Church. He was a volunteer at St. John West Shore Hospital and the Avon Senior Center as a reading tutor with the Avon Elementary Schools and with the Lorain County Board of Elections. He was a licensed small craft pilot and most recently played golf with the Community Health Partners Adaptive Sport and Recreation Program and was a member of the Avon Friends of the Library and Meals on Wheels. Mr. Pérez enjoyed reading, spending time with his grandchildren, traveling, watching the Browns and used to be a ham radio operator. He was described by his family as one who always felt there was a lesson to be learned, “he was always teaching.”

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Marilla (née McClain); four daughters Lydia Pérez of Chapel Hill, N.C., Lynn Maruna (David) of Raleigh, N.C., Laura Pérez of Lakewood and Leah Hensley (Brian) of Elyria. He is also survived by five grandchildren Anna, Amado, Mercer, Cassidy and Nathan; and a brother, Raoul Pérez (Dorothy) of Avon Lake. He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Marian (née Reiber) Pérez; and a brother, Louis Pérez.


JUAN R. CONTRERAS

Juan “Johnny” Contreras, age 86, of Toledo, OH, passed away Thursday, April 24, 2008, in his home, joining in Paradise his wife, Herminia Torres, and his daughter, Deb Armstrong. Johnny was born on December 27, 1921, in Timpson, Texas, to Longino and Julia Contreras. He served his country in the U.S. Army, worked as a DJ for WTOD of Toledo, and retired from Unicast/Midland-Ross after 32 years. Johnny was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister and is survived by four sisters, two brothers, and four doting children, John Contreras Jr., Cindy Tobin, Tom Contreras, and Rick Contreras, with their respective families. Johnny will always be remembered for his insatiable hunger for life and his bewitching celebrity smile.


ANTHONY THOMAS GÓMEZ
Anthony Thomas Gómez, 78, of
Lorain, OH, passed away Friday, April 18, 2008, following a lengthy illness. He was born Feb. 21, 1930, in Cleveland. Anthony was raised and was a lifetime resident of Lorain and graduated from Lorain High School in the class of 1948. Anthony served in the United States Navy. He owned and operated a barber shop on Pearl Avenue in Lorain for 10 years. Anthony was later employed as a machinist for U.S. Steel in Lorain and continued to work part-time as a barber until retiring. In his earlier years, Anthony played drums in a local band. Anthony loved and adored his grandchildren and family. He loved working around the yard and took great pride in keeping his yard looking good. Survivors include his wife, Janet May Gómez (née Schmidt); his daughters Pamela Schleckman and her husband Michael of Avon Lake; Shari Hakaim of Amherst; his grandchildren Olivia, “T.J” Josh, Ashley, Brennan and Farrah; and his sister, Angie Knechtges and her husband Jack of Grafton. He was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey Gómez, in 1984; and by his parents, Justino Gómez and Segunda Gómez (née Oliva).


ROBERT MEZA

Robert Meza, 69, of Clyde, OH, died on Monday, April 14, 2008, at the Toledo Hospital. He was born on February 22, 1939, in Corpus Christi, TX to the now deceased Ezequiel and María (Rodríguez) Meza. On October 10, 1987, he married Sandy Polter and she survives. Robert was a Social Worker with Jobs & Family Services of Toledo, WSOS in Fremont and was a translator for Fremont Memorial Hospital. He loved playing the piano and was a people-person who was very involved in the community and helping others. Robert was a member of the Clyde Baptist Church. Surviving are children, Laura (Amad) Albagdady, Ronald (Kristy) DePew, Jason (Yvette) DePew and Trina (Andrew) López; siblings, Elia (Nick) Ortiez of TX, Olga (Richard) Quiñones of CA; grandchildren, Teric, Joseph, Andrea, Brittney, Michael, Kristin, Jordan, Arabella, Pam, AJ, Meranda, Jessica and Jason, Jr.


MARCOS SANTOS GONZÁLEZ  
Marcos Santos González, age 20, of Metamora, Ohio, passed away Tuesday morning, April 8, 2008, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born July 19, 1987, in Adrian, Michigan to José and Rosa (García) González. Marcos was a 2006 graduate of Evergreen High School. He loved playing basketball and Halo. Marcos is survived by his parents, José and Rosa González; brother, José J. González; grandparents, Marcos (Florence) García and Dominga Romero; aunts and uncles, Laurie García, Margaret (Shane) Stark, Sheila (Scott) Butler, Marcos García III, Juan González, Raúl González, Gregorio González, Ramiro González, Rafaél González, Nicolas González, Eduardo González, Madelaluz González, Luisa González, Rosio González and Dominga González. Marcos was preceded in death by his brother, Aaron Michael González; grandfather, Santos González; great-grandparents, Florencio and Erlinda Davila and godfather, Joe Davila.


COREY L. TORRES
Corey L. ‘C.T.’ Torres, 17, of
Lorain, OH, went home to be with the Lord unexpectedly Saturday, April 12, 2008. He was born in Lorain on Jan. 24, 1991, and attended Admiral King High School, where he was a sophomore. Corey enjoyed playing basketball for St. Anthony Church of Lorain. He was also well-known for his fashion and his sayings, “True to the Game” and “Loyalty and Love.” He had worked for Marcos pizza in Amherst, and enjoyed playing video and card games, and spending time with his family who cared and loved him. His memory will be cherished by his mother, Angie Morris and stepfather, Rocky “Pops” Morris, both of Lorain; father, Corey L. Jones of Vancouver, Wash.; sisters Amanda Gunter, Mary and Amber Torres, all of Lorain, and Kiara Jones of Vancouver; brothers Kaleb and Nicholas Jones of Vancouver, Wash.; maternal grandparents, Naaman Torres of Elyria and Mary Wooten of Lorain; and three nieces, three nephews, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Laveil and Romona Jones.


 CARLOS G. MARTIN SR.
Carlos G. “Los” Martin Sr., 58, of
Elyria, OH, passed away Thursday, April 2, 2008, peacefully in his home. He was born in Medina coming to Elyria 42 years ago. He graduated from Elyria High School class of 1967 and played football and wrestled. He attended Kent State University. Mr. Martin was employed as security guard at Lorain County Community College for 27 years; he also played keyboards for the L.T. and Blues Express Band an the My Band 365 Black “AKA” MI Bamba Band. He enjoyed music and working on cars, and an all around handy man and traveling. Mr. Martin will be sadly miss by his daughters, Carla Martin-Turner of California, Wyleia Martin and Lathasha Martin, both of Elyria, and Melanie Martin of New York City; son, Carlos Martin Jr. of Las Vegas; 10 grandchildren; sister, Denise Taylor of Elyria; brothers Charles Martin of Elyria and Leslie Martin of Lorain; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Martin; parents, Charles and Thelma Martin; and brother, William Martin.


GILBERT M. DELGADO
Gilbert M. Delgado, 76, of Toledo, OH, passed away surrounded by his loving family, at St. Charles Mercy Hospital, on April 4, 2008. He has gone home to be with our Lord and Savior. Gilbert was born January 2, 1932, in San Antonio, TX, to Manuel and Luz (Moya) Delgado. He was a veteran of the US Army serving during the Korean War. Gilbert was employed with Redline Provision Company, San Antonio, Texas and most recently as a meat cutter at Seaway Foodtown for 33 years, retiring in 1994. He was also a member of First Spanish Church of God. Gilbert enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. Surviving is his loving wife of 60 years, Enedina García; sons, Gilbert Jr. (Rosie) of Oregon, Ohio, David (Guadalupe) of Toledo, Juan (Rosalinda) of Corpus Christi, TX, Daniel (Martha) of Orange Grove, TX, Alfred (Debbie) Delgado, of Graytown, Ohio, Jermiah (Melinda), of Toledo; daughters, Rosie (Rob) Low, of Pittsburg, PA, Susie (Frank) Ramírez, of Alice, TX, and Julie Delgado, of Toledo; daughter-in-law, Brenda Delgado, of Ottawa Lake, MI; 2 brothers; 7 sisters; and numerous grandchildren, great-grand-children, and great-great-grand-children. Gilbert was preceded in death by his parents; son, Albert Delgado and granddaughters, Ruby Ann Sánchez, Danielle and Rebecca Delgado.


JESUS GARCÍA JR.
Jesús “Blanco” García Jr., 75, of
Swanton, OH, died on April 1, 2008, at St. Luke’s Hospital. Born on October 24, 1932, to Jesús and Rita (Rodríguez) García Sr., Jesús worked as a meat cutter for Tank’s Meats in Elmore. Jesús is survived by his son, Randall García; brothers and sisters, Amelia DeLeón, Bertha (Fred) Trejo, Ninfa Torres, Antonio García, Dora (Bob) Navarro, and Ruth García. Jesús is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and loved ones. Jesús was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty; brothers and sisters, Ampara Ochoa, Esperanza García, and David García.


OSVALDO GONZÁLEZ
Osvaldo González, 52, formerly of
Lorain, OH, died Friday, March 28, 2008, at Corral Springs, following a lengthy illness. He was born Oct. 10, 1955, in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. He was a 1973 graduate of Southview High School in Lorain. He was self employed. He was a former member of the Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain. Osvaldo is survived by his loving friend, Sharon Lonergan of Florida; brothers Juan A. of Lorain, Angel González of Ponce, Puerto Rico, and Victor and Phillip of Youngstown; sisters Julia González, Nilda González of Lorain and Lucy González of Honolulu. He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan A. and Reimunda; sister, Neida Mortazavi; and William González


JESUS HERNÁNDEZ
Jesús “Chuey” Hernández, age 65, died suddenly March 31, 2008, in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. Jesús was born in Texas on December 24, 1942, and was an employee of Wenz Farm Greenhouse. He was a member of St. Hedwig Catholic Church and was known to all as a very kind hearted person. Jesús is survived by his loving children, Antonio (Aurora) Contreras, Tomasa Hernández / Romo (Eliseo), Juanita Contreras, and Severa (David) Hernández, as well as 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded by his loving wife, Elfida “Emma”.


ROSALINA JIMENEZ
Rosalina Jimenez (née González), 61, of Lorain, OH, died Monday, March 31, 2008, at Community Health Partners Hospital and Surgical Center West, Lorain, following a sudden illness. She was born Oct. 25, 1946, in Morovis, Puerto Rico, moving to Chicago in 1965.She lived in Fostoria, OH for a few years before coming to Lorain in 1988. Surviving is her husband of 42 years, José G. Jimenez; sons José J. Jimenez of Chicago, Ignacio Jimenez of Lorain, José G. Jimenez Jr. and David Jimenez, both of Chicago, and Orlando Jimenez of Germany; daughters María Rodríguez and Nilsa Villot, both of Lorain; 28 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ernesto González of Tampa, Fla. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ignacio González and Carmen (née Maldonado) González; a grandson, Nicholas Jimenez; and a great-grandson, Jayden Ross.


SALVADOR SILVA
Salvador Silva, 72, of Lorain, OH, died Tuesday,
April 1, 2008, in Community Regional Medical Center, Lorain, following a long illness. He was born July 25, 1935, in Lorain. He was a life long resident. He graduated from Lorain High School in 1955. Salvador retired in 1997 as a carpenter for U.S. Steel, Lorain, Cuyahoga Works. He worked there for 42 years. He was a member of the U.S. Workers Union Local 1104 and Sacred Heart Chapel, both of Lorain. Mr. Silva loved his family, movies, reading, woodworking, traveling, Mexican home cooking, and long walks with his grand kids. He is greatly missed by his wife of 52 years, Tomasa “Mickey” (née Aguilar) Silva of Lorain; sons Jesse M. (Patricia L.) Silva and Mark A. Silva, both of Lorain; son-in-law, Jorge Medina of Lorain; brother, Ralph Silva of Lorain; sisters Esther Gonzales and Elvira Pena, both of Lorain; grandchildren Ashlee Rivas, Samatha Silva and Jorge M. and Miguel S. Medina, all of Lorain. He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Gregoria (née Gaitán) Silva; daughter, Denise M. Medina, in 2006; son, Salvador S. Silva, in 1976; and a brother, Antonio Silva.



RUBEN CONTRERAS

Rubén Contreras, age 39, Cleveland, OH, died on March 28, 2008; he was a native of México and attended a high school in Acapulco; he was the beloved husband of Isabel; loving father of Yazil, Rubén Jr. and Xitlali; dear son of Felix and Guadalupe; loving brother of Oscar. Executive Chef at Landerhaven for the last six years, and in the 1990s he was head chef at Jacobs Field. Funeral service held April 1, 2008, at La Sagrada Familia Catholic Church, 7719 Detroit Ave., Cleveland.


JUANA H. GARCIA

Juana H. “Janie” García, 81, of East Toledo, OH, died Thursday, March 27, 2008, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. The daughter of Gregorio and Petra Hernández, she was born in Laredo, TX on October 21, 1926. A member of Sacred Heart Church and Eagles #197, she was a former employee of St. Anthony Villa and Bettinger’s Greenhouse. Janie loved with all her heart, camping and playing cards. Preceded in death by her parents, she is survived by her loving husband, Cirilo N. “Cy” Garcia; children, Joe V. (Diane), Tina M. and Daniel J. García; brother, Lorenzo Hernández; sisters, Beatrice Bionez, Ester Martínez; 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.


AURORA CORREA SALDAÑA  
Aurora Correa Saldaña, age 89, of Maumee, OH, died Friday,
March 21, 2008, at The University of Toledo Medical Center. Aurora was born in Brownsville, TX on November 9, 1918, to Federico and María Gómez. She was a member of St. Joseph Church in Maumee. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, she will be missed by all who knew her. Surviving are her children, Betty (Carmen) Ciancone, Roberto (Sylvia) Gómez-Cortez, Baldemar (Cindy) Saldaña Jr., Norma (Darryl Potik) Saldaña, Benjamin (Linda) Saldaña, Sylvia (Myles) Washburn, and Belinda (Daniel) DiTieri. Also surviving are 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grand-children and special friends, Carmen and María Vargas.

 


 

PEDRO G. SANCHEZ SR.
Pedro (Pete) G. Sánchez, 75, of Carrizo Springs, TX, and formerly of Perrysburg OH, passed away peacefully to be with our Lord, in the presence of his family, on Thursday, March 6, 2008, in Vitas Innovative Care Facility in San Antonio. His death followed an extended illness.

 

Pedro was born August 19, 1932 in Asherton TX to Ramón and Elijia (Gutiérrez) Sánchez. In 1953, he moved to Ohio where he worked and lived to raise his family. A disability in early 1992 caused his relocation to Asherton and later to Carrizo Springs.

 

Pedro loved Tejano music and his religious shrine, which was displayed, in his home—it grew through the years as his faith in God. He was a generous man, lived life to the fullest, and loved his family. Sadly, all his sons, daughter, family and friends will miss him.

 

Pedro is survived by one daughter, Christina S. Hernández of Granada, Colorado; three sons, Pete Sánchez (María Castro) of Toledo, Ohio, Adam Sánchez of LaFolliet, Tennessee, and Joe Hernández (Mari Martínez) of Crystal City; his former wife, Esther Pecina of Toledo, Ohio; 15 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews; two sisters, Herlinda Rios (Juan) of Toledo, Ohio and Marta Fuentes of Madera, California.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ramón and Elijia (née Gutiérrez) Sánchez; brothers Higinio (Eustolia) Sánchez, Ramón Sánchez Jr, and Florentino (Amalia) Sánchez, Sr. from Perrysburg, Ohio and a sister, María Sánchez.

 

A service was held on March 10, 2008 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Asherton. Fr. Salvador Pedroza was the celebrant for the Requiem Mass and burial was in Guadalupe Cemetery in Asherton under the direction of the Leonard Funeral Home, a member of the International Order of the Golden Rule. Serving as pallbearers were: Pete Sánchez, Adam Sánchez, Joe Hernández, Humberto Sánchez, Eleazar Sánchez, Jr, and Ramón Steven Sánchez.
 

The family is grateful for all the love and support received from all family and friends.

 


DIAMANTINA M. GUARDIOLA

Diamantina “Diane” M. Guardiola, 76, of Toledo, OH, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2008, at St. Vincent-Mercy Medical Center. She was born in San Antonio, TX on May 5, 1931. Diane was a homemaker, retired from Chariott Foods, enjoyed reading and cherished the time she spent with her family. Diane gave life, love and guidance to her eight loving children, Alicia (Charles) Geyer, John (Marina) Guardiola, Gloria (Don) Mikolajczak, María Guardiola, Rudy (Linda) Guardiola, Eleanor (Frank) Villagomez, Esther Guardiola, and James Guardiola. She was the proud grandmother of 18 grandchildren and 18 great- grandchildren.


ESPERANZA RODRÍGUEZ
Esperanza “Hope” Rodríguez (née Flores), 58, of Lorain, OH, passed away Saturday,
March 15, 2008, at New Life Hospice of St. Joseph in Lorain following a brief illness. She was born March 22, 1949, in Lorain and had been a lifelong resident. She graduated from Lorain Admiral King High School and was previously employed by Sunrise Medical in Avon. She enjoyed music, cooking and spending time with her family. Survivors include her daughter, Gloria Flores, of Louisville, Ky.; sons James Rodríguez Jr., and César (Susan) Rodríguez, both of Lorain; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers Tony Flores, José Flores and Frank Flores, all of Lorain; sisters Carmen Arroyo, of Lorain, Delores Lorenzana, of Lorain, Maria Lugo, of Calif., and Virginia Moon, of Lorain; special friend, Ronnie Reeder, of Lorain; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Condelario and Vester May (née Wilson) Flores; brother, Albert Flores; and sisters Condelaria Ybarra and Gloria Dennis.


RAUL C. RODRÍGUEZ

Raul C. “Roy” Rodríguez, 49 years, of Holland, OH, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2008. He graduated from Spencer Sharples and held a number of degrees. He enjoyed softball, cars and loved to eat. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Derrieis and uncle, Nacho Rodríguez. He is survived by parents, Leonardo and Alicia Rodríguez; daughters, Angelique (Robert) Rodríguez, Rachel (Derrick) Rodríguez, Nicole and Ashley and son, Neil. He is the brother of Leonard (Nena) Rodríguez, Gilbert (Sandy) and baby brother, Juan (Brenda). Also surviving are favorite grandson, Derrione; favorite uncle, Greg (Alicia) Rodríguez; favorite aunt, Yolonda (Robert) Vargas; aunts and uncles, Felix and María, Janie and Beto, Jovita and Leonardo and Carmen Rodríguez; 6 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and a host of relatives/friends and very good friends, Fito and Gloria Ramírez and Henry Vásquez.


JOSE TORRES JR.

José Torres Sr., 78 years, of Lambertville, MI died Friday, March 14, 2008, in Toledo Hospital. He was a Crew Leader all of his life, retiring in 1995. The son of Miterio and Guadalupe (Hinajosa) Torres he was born July 31, 1929, in San Antonio, TX. He married Juanita Benitez July 22, 1949, in Westbend, WI. She preceded him in death March 23, 1995. José enjoyed playing bingo and traveling the U.S. and going to casinos in Canada. He was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Temperance. He is survived by his loving children, José (Lisa) Torres Jr., Irene (Daniel) González, Elvira Torres, Susie (Lus) Ybarra, Christine Torres, Frank Torres, Mary Ann Richardson; 21 grandchildren, and 32 great-grand-children. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Angelita Gonzáles; a grandson; 8 brothers and 1 sister.


 

IGNACIO (YOLE) CARRION
Ignacio (Yole) Carrion, 79; born in
San Lorenzo, P.R., July 31, 1928, and a resident of Lorain, OH for thirty years, passed away Saturday, February 9, 2008 in Humacoa, P.R.  Fondly known as Yole to his family and friends, he retired from U.S. Steel and relocated to his homeland in Puerto Rico. His last years were dedicated to his passion and love for raising exotic birds which included Peacocks, Pheasants, Emus and Ostriches.
Survivors include his wife, Zoraida Rios, and his children, Ignacio Jr. of CA, María of NJ, Alberto of Virginia, Gabriel of Lorain, Olivia Harvey of MA, Isabel Pallens of Lorain, Martin of Barcelona, Spain, and Mercy & Javier Carrion of
Puerto Rico, 10,grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Also surviving him, are his brothers, Domingo and Louis, sisters Felisa and Regina, of Florida, sisters Ernesta Contreras, Maria Berrios, and brothers Genaro, Felix and Felipe of Lorain, Isabel Van Deventer of Michigan, and Innocencia and Joaquina of Puerto Rico. He is preceded in death by his sister Paulina Ergh and his parents, Hermogenes and Pilar Carrion. Funeral services were held by Monte de Sion Funeral Home in San Lorenzo, P.R.


JULIA ELENA HERNÁNDEZ
Julia Elena Hernández (née Otero), 75, of Lorain, OH, went home to be with the Lord on March 8, 2008. She was born on Feb. 28, 1933, in Ciales, Puerto Rico. At the age of 18, she moved to Bronx, N.Y., later moving to Ohio, where she resided for the past 52 years. Julia was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. She was employed at Green Circle Growers, K-Mart and American Protective Clothing. She enjoyed watching Spanish soaps, gardening, dancing, helping others in need, going to church and traveling. She is survived by her sons Nelson, Candido Jr. and Norman; her daughters Nancy E. Mynarsky, Nora Vicens and Wanda M. Aponte, all of Lorain; 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; sisters Rosa Otero of Ciales, Puerto Rico, Carmen Rosario of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and Delia Otero of Bronx, N.Y.; and a brother, Ivan Lorenzana of Lorain; and her long-time friend, Ana Feliciano. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Candido Hernández Sr., in 1993; a grandson, a great-grandson; and her parents; Benancio Otero and Clotilde Isabel Lorenzana.


ISABEL RIVERA
Isabel Rivera (née Alvelo), 82, of Avon Lake, OH, formerly of New York City, passed away Thursday,
March 6, 2008, at the New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain. Mrs. Rivera was born Feb. 19, 1925, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She moved to New York City in the 1940s and returned to Puerto Rico for a while before moving to Avon Lake in 1992. She was a home maker, resident of Avon Lake’s Beachpark Tower and enjoyed reading and music. Mrs. Rivera is survived by a daughter, Soldelis Escalante (Larry); two grandchildren Steven and Danielle; and three great-grandchildren Brandon, Morgan and Zac. She was preceded in death by her husband, Manolo Rivera; parents José and Isabel (née Sierra) Alvelo; two brothers and two sisters.


Ramón Barquin, Cuban military leader, dies at 93

By DANICA COTO
Associated Press Writer

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP): Ramón Barquin, a Cuban officer who staged a coup attempt against U.S.-friendly dictator Fulgencio Batista before Fidel Castro, has died, a longtime friend confirmed March 6, 2008. He was 93.

The cause was leukemia, said his friend, Emilio Guede, adding that Barquin died Monday at his home in Guaynabo, a prosperous suburb of San Juan.

Barquin, a former Cuban military attache in Washington, D.C., was imprisoned after he led hundreds of soldiers in an April 1956 coup that failed when someone tipped off the government. He gained his freedom three years later when Castro successfully toppled Batista, but he opposed Castro soon after.

``He never abandoned the idea of country,'' Guede said. ``All his plans were directed toward the liberation of Cuba ... He joined the fight against Fidel Castro when it became evident that it was another dictatorship.''

Shortly after his release, Barquin moved to Miami and then to Puerto Rico in 1961 with a group of Cubans that included Guede.

Barquin was born in Cuba's central Cienfuegos province on May 12, 1914. He enlisted in the army in 1933 and graduated from the Cuban Military Academy as a first lieutenant. He later was named director of Cuba's Superior War College and the Military Academy.

Before leading the failed coup, Barquin also served as a Cuban delegate for the Inter-American Defense Board, a committee of nationally appointed defense officials.

Once in Puerto Rico, Barquin founded Atlantic College in Guaynabo, the American Military Academy in San Juan and various summer camps.

He rarely missed cultural or political events within Puerto Rico's Cuban community, said Andres Candelario, a member of a local Cuban group who met Barquin a couple decades ago.

Barquin also was known for his physical endurance. He placed first in the 1994 New York City Marathon for the 80-plus category, coming in more than an hour ahead of next runner.

Barquin's wife of more than 60 years, Hilda Barquin, died in 2004. Barquin is survived by a son, Ramón of Maryland, and a daughter, Lilliam Barquin de Consuegra of San Juan; six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.


JUAN R. REYNA
Juan R. Reyna, 86, of Sandusky, OH, died suddenly Thursday at Firelands Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born on June 8, 1921 in Georgetown, Texas. He retired from New Departure Hyatt in 1981, and enjoyed operating his landscaping business until 2003. He was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church, former member of Huron St. Peter’s Catholic Church, and was also a member of the Norwalk Eagles, and the Sandusky American Legion Post #83. He is survived by six daughters, Mary Lou (Robert) Poore of Clyde, Ohio, Marcela (Earl) McGirt of Clarks Hill, Ind., Dolores (Robert) Schnell, Elena (Mark) Brown, Carmen Reyna, and Theresa (Curt) Jenkins all of Sandusky; two sons, Juan Reyna of Kansas City, Mo., and Anthony (Carlene) Reyna of Radcliff, Ky; Twenty-two grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren, three sisters, Gracela Tolento, Fostoria, Ohio, San Juana Ambriz and Octavia Martinez both of Houston, Texas, three brothers, Enestacio and Sisto Reyna both of Fremont, Ohio, and Jose Angel Reyna of Austin, Texas along with several nieces, nephews and other relatives. Juan is preceded in death by his wife, Petra (Rodríguez) Reyna on April 26, 2005, an infant son Robert Raymond Reyna in 1955, his parents, Domitrio and Marcela (Rodríguez) Reyna, one brother Pedro Reyna and one sister Rita Valesquez.


SOTERO ZAPATA

Sotero “Joe” Zapata, 60, of River Rouge, MI and formerly of Port Clinton, OH, died February 26, 2008, at Henry Ford Hospital, Wyandotte, MI. He was born April 22, 1947, in San Luis, Potosi, México, the son of José and Laura Isabel Zapata. He married Rachel Reyes on October 14, 1972, and he later married Blanca Sánchez. Mr. Zapata worked for U. S. Gypsum and previously owned and operated E. Z. $ Water Hauling. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Port Clinton, OH. Surviving are his sons, Emiliano “Hondo” Zapata of Port Clinton, José “Fabian” Zapata of Detroit, MI; daughters: Brenda Zapata of Maumee, Laura Zapata of Port Clinton; step son, Jesús Sánchez of Houston, TX; step daughters, Eva Sánchez of Detroit, MI, Blanca Sánchez of Dallas, TX; six grandchildren and five step grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, José Jacobo Zapata.


RAYMOND ANDRADE AVINA
Raymond Andrade Avina, age 85, of Swanton, Ohio, entered into eternal rest, Thursday morning, February 21, 2008, under hospice care at Swanton Health Care and
Retirement Center. He was born August 31, 1922, in Belton, Texas to Antonio and María (Andrade) Avina. At the age of sixteen, the family moved north to Ohio. It was during this trip that Ray survived a vehicular accident that left him with an uneven hip and his familiar limp. Ray and Caroline Gomer were married November 9, 1946, at St. Casper Catholic Church in Wauseon, Ohio.

Ray retired from Kaiser-Jeep Corporation in 1978. He had also been employed from 1956-1968 as a night custodian at Fulton Local School. Ray loved the social interaction with the students, and many remembered his warm smile. He also loved the earth, and worked their small farm for many years. Retirement drew out the artistic and creative side of Ray. He was a member of the Treasure Trackers and the Toledo Craftsman Guild for many years. Working with silver and semiprecious gems, he created jewelry that was appreciated by family and friends. Ray looked forward to meeting everyone that attended the many shows, especially at the Lucas County Recreation Center.

In the 1960s, Ray constructed a small cabin at Holiday Woods in Angola. A home away from home, Ray and Caroline enjoyed fishing and camping with his brother, Joe (Bernice), and fellow retiree, Stanley (Virginia) Nowicki. They were fortunate to winter in Texas and Florida, and in their years, traveled throughout the United States, Canada and México. Ray was deeply loved by his wife of 61 years, Caroline; his children, Sandra (Ted), Suzanne and Steven (Nancy); grandchildren, Steve (Julie), Laurie (Dan), Scott (Cathy), Jesse, Marne (Brad); great-grandchildren, Morgan, Brett, Brooke, Jacob, Madison, Alec and Persephone; and sisters, Carolina Ruiz and Mercedes Scheele. Ray was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Antonio, Adolf, and Joe.


ELOISA Y. HERNÁNDEZ

Eloisa Y. Hernández, 80, of Toledo, OH, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2008, in Hospice of Northwest Ohio. She enjoyed her years of life raising her family with loving care. She was preceded in death by her husband, Felix R.; sons, Gilbert and Felix Jr.; brothers, Juan and Enrique Ybarra and sister, María De La Rosa. Eloisa is survived by her sons, Carlos (Diana), Ernest, Edward (Anita), Joe (Elizabeth) Hernández; daughter, María (Ramón) Juarez; sisters, Lala Cavazos and Sheila Rodríguez as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


ESTHER RIZO

Esther Rizo, 86, of Toledo, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2008, in the Darlington Nursing Home. She was born on January 18, 1922, in Arandas, Jalisco, México to Amado and Felisita (Hurtado) Sánchez. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Juan Rizo; sons, Juan Rizo Jr., Alfonso (Jane) Rizo and Miguel (Alice) Rizo; 20 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.


ESEQUIEL P. VARELA SR.

Esequiel P. Varela, Sr., 89 of Weston, OH, passed away Sunday Feb.24, 2008. Esequiel was born to the late Adolfo and Rafaela (Pérez) Varela. Surviving is his wife, Mary Mendieta; son, Esequiel (Alma) Varela Jr.; daughters, Irene Jaimez, María Varela-Langhurst, Yolanda (Tino) Montelongo and Minerva (Paul) Toth; sister, Nena (Isaac) Rodríguez; brother, Arthur Varela; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. He loved music, dancing and talking. He was an avid Detroit Tigers fan. He enjoyed singing on the radio and wearing hats.


TERESA REYNA ORTIZ

Teresa Reyna Ortiz, age 88, passed away peacefully on February 22, 2008. Mrs. Ortiz raised her children in West Toledo and was a member of Regina Coeli Church. Her husband of 61 years, Esteban Ortiz Sr., and two of her sons, Antonio and Alberto, precede Mrs. Ortiz in death. Mr. and Mrs. Ortiz were recipients of the “Juan Diego Pioneer Award” from the Archdiocese Office for Hispanic Affairs. Mrs. Ortiz was also a long-standing member of the Spanish-American Guadalupana Society and the Cursillo Ultreyas Charismatic Prayer group. Teresa loved children and devoted her life to the care of others. Mrs. Ortiz was born in Brownsville, TX and moved to Ohio with her family in 1957. Her sisters, Mage Plata and Ramona Peña of Brownsville, TX survive her. Mrs. Ortiz is the beloved mother of Esteban Jr., (Grace), Armando (Dorothy), Sergio (Anita), María (Silvero) Castillo, Ida (Armando) González, Izzy (Celia), Homero, and Elida (Jerome) Bechstein; as well as the cherished grandmother of 20 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Teresa’s special loved one is Cassandra Cox, the ultimate caregiver. “Get close to good people and you will be one of them, que Dios los vendiga.”


CARMEN T. REYES

Carmen T. Reyes, of Toledo, Ohio, went to be with the Lord on February 20, 2008. She was born on March 3, 1909, in Colonia Juárez, Chihuahua, México where she was midwife and caregiver before moving to El Paso, Texas where she continued her career as a caregiver prior to coming to Toledo, until her passing. Carmen was an avid reader, enjoyed dancing, knitting, and music, but her greatest joy was spending time with her family. She was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched. Carmen was preceded in death by her husband, Guillermo, and daughter, Amanda Ruiz; several siblings, and other family members. She is survived by sons, G. Uriel (Josephina-deceased) Reyes, Oscar (Hortencia) Reyes, and Juan D. Reyes; daughters, Martha R. (Fernando) Caraveo, Carolina R. (Manuel) García, Celina R. (Ignacio) Govea, Nellie R. (Eligio) Ramírez, Angie R. Alvarado, Norma R. Martínez, and Reyna G. Reyes; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Special thanks and respect to Reyna who was her primary caregiver over the last several years.


OSVALDO GARZA

Osvaldo “Egg” Z. Garza, age 49, of Swanton, Ohio, went to be with our Lord Tuesday morning, February 12, 2008, after a lifelong and courageous struggle with diabetes and related complications. He was born May 25, 1958, in Wauseon, Ohio to the late Oscar F. Sr. and Petra (Zapata) Garza. He is survived by his wife, Julie Garza; daughter, Brittany Nicole Garza; siblings, Olga (Dwight Whitt) Fisher, Oscar (Sue) Garza, Orlando (Kathy) Garza and Lala (Cal) Hetrick. Osvaldo was preceded in death by his parents and stepbrother, Rubén Rodríquez.


AURELIO VARGAS

Aurelio “Willie” Vargas, age 63, passed on Thursday, January 24, 2008, surrounded by family and friends in San Antonio, Texas where he resided the past 26 years. Prior to that Aurelio lived in the Toledo area where he was born and raised. He volunteered for military service and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. After returning home he worked for various contractors in the construction industry following in the footsteps of his father and brothers who all worked in the same profession. Aurelio belonged to the Cement Mason's Local #886. In 1982 Aurelio moved to San Antonio, Texas where he called home and landed a job at Kelly Field until its closing. He was immediately offered a position at Lackland Air Force Base until the time of his death. He was an avid sport fan of the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Cowboys and the Ohio State Buckeyes, he also loved to golf. His hobbies included listening to conjunto music and going to Mission County Park to see all of San Antonio’s greatest conjuntos and hanging out with friends. Aurelio Vargas was preceded in death by his parents, Ciprano and Gregoria (Contreras); two brothers, Francisco and Pedro. He will be dearly missed and leaves to cherish his memory, sons, Thomas (Michiyo), David, grandchildren, Nyla, Stephanie and Jacob Vargas-Brittle of Seattle, Washington; brothers, Carmen (María), Raymond (Blaise), Ernesto and Miguel (Ofelia) Vargas; sister, Candelaria Rocha; sisters-n-law, Manuela Vargas and Guadalupe Vargas, all of the Toledo, Ohio area. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.



Robert Jaime Sr. in 1993 photo with Jimmy Bejarano's
Los Cuatro Vientos

 

ROBERTO JAIME  SR.

Roberto “Champ” Jaime, Sr., 64, of Toledo, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at St. Anne Mercy Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Roberto was the son of Wenceslado and Trinidad (García) Molina, born on November 3, 1943, in Houston, Texas. He graduated from Genoa High School in 1962. Roberto was employed with Chrysler for 37 years and 3 months until retiring in 2007. He was a drummer for many conjunto bands, including Los Cuatro Vientos, and was an avid softball player. Roberto loved sports and was a huge fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, and The Ohio State Buckeyes. He was a member of New Life Pentecostals of Toledo for 8 years and loved the Lord. Roberto often enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Carlos “Jr.” Molina. Roberto is survived by his loving wife of 9 years, Dorothy E. Jaime; children, Roberto, Jr. (Christina), Adelina “Nina,” David (Heather), Elizabeth and Trina Jaime; step-children, Mary, Dennis Jr. and Heather McCoy; grandchildren, Roberto, III, Alexis Amor, Donny, Sabrina, Jay, Yisenya and Leandra; brothers, Rudy (Crispina), Jesse, Johnny and Alfred “Fredd” (Georgina) Molina; former spouse, Rosario Jaime, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

 


 

JOSE LÓPEZ

José “Joey” López, 57, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008 , in his home following a lengthy illness. He was born July 26, 1950, in Lorain, OH. He graduated from Admiral King High School in 1968. He was a Marine serving during the Vietnam War. Mr. López retired in 2000 from the blast furnace in Republic Technologies (U. S. Steel), Lorain. He worked there for 30 years. He was a member of Jehovah Witnesses Lorain East Congregation and the United Steel Workers Local 1104 of Lorain. He enjoyed playing cards, listing to music, and sports. Among the survivors are his wife of 21 years, Regina (née Johnson) López; sons Michael J. and José A. (Jennifer) López, both of Lorain and Joshua Thompson of LaGrange; daughters Angela R. (Maurice) Rainey and Viviana M. López, both of Lorain; brothers Raúl, David, Armando, Manuel López, all of Lorain; sisters Yolanda (José Brillion and Anna López; grandchildren Sophia López and Josiah López-Agosto, and Hailey Thompson of LaGrange. He was preceded in death by his parents, Concepción and Guadalupe (née Amador) López; paternal grandparents, Salome and Felipa López and maternal grandparents, Pedro and Santos Amador.


 

LUIS ANTONIO MATA  JR.

Luis Antonio “Lou” Mata Jr. beloved son of Louis and Kathy Mata, passed away unexpectedly on February 3, 2008. Born May 30, 1974, he was 33 years old. Lou was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, paternal grandfather, several uncles, and his Tía Pat. In the past, Lou had worked at U.P.S., Pet Supplies Plus, and Scanvik Marine in Vero Beach, FL. He was a graduate of Woodward H.S. and was a true fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Notre Dame football teams. Lou will be sadly missed by his parents and his only brother. Christopher “Dutch” Mata. Also surviving are his grandmother, Celestina Mata and many uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.


 

RAMON COLON CANUELOS
Ramón Colón Canuelos, 81, of Lorain, OH, died on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008, at Regency Cleveland West Hospital, following a lengthy illness. He was born on April 15, 1926, in Comerio, Puerto Rico, coming to Lorain in 1948. Ramón worked as a farm laborer for many years, retiring in 1972. He is survived by his friend Luis Vélez, of Lorain. He was preceded in death by his parents Flor and Tomasa Canuelos.

 


OSCAR A. ARREDONDO
Oscar A. “Fred” Arredondo, age 50, of 739 Circle Drive in
Fostoria, died at 10:58 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at St. Catherines Care Center in Fostoria. He was born to the late Oscar and Tomasa (Salazar) Arredondo on June 6, 1957 in Findlay, Ohio. On May 27, 1992, he married Elizabeth Wright and she survives. Fred was disabled and had previously been a machine operator at Hisan in Findlay. He is survived by a son: Corey S. of the residence, as well as 3 brothers: Mark of Toledo, John of Findlay, and Victor (Emily) of Carey. Also surviving are 4 sisters: Irma Arredondo, Yolanda Arredondo, Virginia Arredondo, and Mary Elizabeth (Greg) Kaufman all of Findlay as well as a grandson: Julian Arredondo.


JUAN JIMÉNEZ
Juan “John” Jiménez, age 70, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 30, 2008, at Foundation Park Alzheimer's Care Center. John was born May 8, 1937, to Luz and Julia (Ramírez) Jiménez in Saspamco, Texas. John served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War, attaining the rank of corporal. After his military service, he worked for Conrail 42 years in various positions (as a conductor to a tower operator) before retiring in 1999. He was a member of Eagles Post 197. John loved fishing, watching tennis, and gardening. He enjoyed games such as cribbage, poker, and dice. He also enjoyed raising race horses and racing greyhounds. John was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Louis and Alberto. He is survived by his wife, Marlene; children, Michael (Karrie) Jiménez, Phillip Jiménez, Andrea Jiménez, Juan “Billy” Jiménez and Christian Jiménez; brother, José Jiménez and sister, Mary Lou Dugger; stepbrothers, Tony DeLeón, Jr., José DeLeón and Ricardo DeLeón. Also surviving are numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


JOSE G. MORALES JR.
Jose G. Morales Jr. formerly of Toledo, Ohio passed away January 27, 2008, at his home in Columbus, Ohio. He was born in Oregon, Ohio on May 7, 1968, to José Sr. and Audelia (Rodríguez) Morales. José was employed as a forklift driver at Wal-Mart’s distribution center. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church. José enjoyed listening to music and was an avid sports fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Yankees. José will be dearly remembered and missed by his brothers; sisters; children, Malcolm, Emily and Nikk; uncles, aunts, cousins and many other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, David Revilla Sr. and nephew, Richard Torres Jr.


MANUEL H. PÉREZ
Manuel H. “Poppy” Pérez, 94, of Toledo passed away Sunday, January 27, 2008, in Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg, surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 18, 1913, in Karnes City, TX to Manuel and Refuiga Pérez from México. A WWII U.S. Army veteran, Manuel served in the battle of Normandy and many others. He retired in April 1978 from L.O.F. in Rossford. He was preceded in death by his wife, Romelia C. Pérez, and parents; children, Clemtine, Gaston, Galdino, Manuel Jr. and Raúl; his grandson, Jesse Jr.; great-grand-daughter, Marisol; brothers, Salomon, Fructoso and sister, Esperanza. Manuel is survived by his children, Manuel M. Pérez, Manuel Z. Pérez, Jesse (Rita) Pérez Sr., John Pérez, Loncio Pérez, Cookie (Jessica Moses) Pérez, Romelia (Armando) Herrera, Janet Torres, Fatima (Ruben) Gonzáles, Linda (Hector) Herrera, Thaimi (Joe) Ruiz, Nancy (John) Sroga and special son, Tommy “Buddy” Sparks. Also surviving are numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grand-children and nieces and nephews; one brother, Rogelio and sisters, Oralia and Olga.


ANGEL M. RIVERA
Angel M. Rivera, 78, of Lorain, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2008 at Autumn Aegis Retirement Community, Lorain. Born March 10, 1929, in Jayuya, Puerto Rico, he lived in Manhattan, N.Y., and Philadelphia, PA., before coming to Lorain in 1995. He worked as a golf caddy and busboy for a country club in Philadelphia. He also was a self-employed fruit vendor, carpenter and painter. He was active at el Dorado Senior Center, Lorain, and enjoyed golf, playing the guitar and dominoes. He was preceded in death by his parents, Manuel Rivera in 1950 and Simona (née Santos) Rivera in 1936.


JESSE RODRÍGUEZ JR.
Jesse “Rock” Rodríguez, Jr., 61, of
Perrysburg, OH, passed away Friday, February 1, 2008, at his home. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and worked for Bowers Asphalt & Paving, Inc as an Operator Engineer, receiving his 30-year pin from Local Union No. 18. He was born in Bowling Green, Ohio to Jesús and Ramona (Cavazos) Rodríguez, Sr. Rock enjoyed spending time with his family and especially his beloved dog Shiner, woodworking, welding, fishing and gardening. He is survived by his loving daughters, Christina L. (Arthur) García of Adrian, MI and E. Monica (Cory) Comar of Adrian, MI; grandchildren, Robert J. and Noah J. Comar, and David J. García; mother, Ramona C. Rodríguez; sisters, Maruca Rodríguez, Janie (Virjilio) Varela, Alicia (Rafa) Castillo, Gloria (José M.) Villanueva, Imelda (Ricardo) Villarreal, María De Jesus and Adelfa (Leo) Garza, brother, Ramón (Carmen) González, Jr.; uncle, José Rodriguez; girlfriend, Catherine Williams; former wife, Mary Cortez; close friend Teresia Buck along with twenty-five nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Jesus, Sr.; grandmother, Juana Rebulloso; brothers, Roberto Rodríguez and Juan José Rodríguez; sister, María Isabel Rodríguez; stepmother, Isabel Rodríguez; and nephew, Pedro Ibarra.


 


JOSE A. GONZÁLEZ
José A. González, 47, owner of González Grocery in Lorain, OH, passed away suddenly on Friday, Jan. 25, 2008. José was born July 21, 1960, in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, moving to Cleveland in 1977. In 1993 he settled in Sheffield Village, one year after opening González Grocery in Lorain. A dedicated family man and businessman, José worked hard to provide for his family and was caring and kind to his patrons at his grocery store. Because of the time it took to operate the business, José took every Sunday and devoted that day to his family and grandchildren.
José leaves behind his wife of 28 years, Lilliam (née Mateo); his children, José A. Jr., Antonio, Tony, and Lily González-Tennant all of Lorain County; eight grandchildren; brothers Sony, Jorge and Carmelo, and a sister, Julia González all of Cleveland; and many other brothers and sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonardo and Dolores (née Crespo Claudio) González; and his aunt, Ramona Montánez, who raised him after his mother died.
The family received friends on Jan. 28,  from 4 to 8 p.m. at Sacred Heart Chapel, 4301 Pearl Ave., Lorain. As José had wished, funeral services and burial will be held in
Puerto Rico. The Dovin Funeral Home, 2701 Elyria Avenue, Lorain, is handling the arrangements.


ASCENSION JOHN RODRÍGUEZ
Ascensión John Rodríguez, age 73, of Sylvania, OH, passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2008. He was born in Lockhart, Texas on March 17, 1934, to Guadalupe and Alvina (Gonzáles) Rodríguez. A member of Calvary Bible Chapel, John loved spending time at church. He also loved to garden and do yard work. John enjoyed watching westerns, listening to Elvis and gospel music, and taking his family and friends out to eat. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Joe Rodríguez; three brothers and two sisters. John is survived by his children, Millie (Michael) Hagwood, Lyle Rodríguez, Michael Rodríguez and Lisa (Michael) Rodríguez; siblings, Refugia Rodríguez, Rita Rodríguez, Felix Rodríguez, Antonio (Linda) Rodríguez and Evanjelena (Nicolas) Silva. He is also survived by his loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


FLORENTINO SÁNCHEZ SR.
Florentino “Flor/Tino” Sánchez Sr., 84, died Saturday, January 26, 2008, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg. Tino was born March 15, 1923, in Laredo, Texas to Ramón and Elijia (Gutiérrez) Sánchez. Tino married his wife, Amalia (Arce) Sánchez in Asherton, Texas on June 29, 1943, and she preceded him in death January 4, 1998. Tino came to Perrysburg in 1950 and worked for the Railroad. He later worked for Crown Cork and Seal where he was a Can Line Operator and Maintainer and retired in 1984. Tino was one of the founding members and former president of Perrysburg Heights Community Association. He was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church and Latin’s United?Latinos Unidos. Florentino was a very intelligent, faith-filled man who instilled great values to his family. He was a man of integrity and a self-taught tradesman. He loved baseball and as a young man Tino pitched for the Asherton Tigeres. Tino also loved to fish and he loved music, especially Tejano music. Tino played the accordion and piano. Tino is survived by six children, Gloria Martínez, Florentino (Lynn) Sánchez, Marty (Abe) Ledesma, Dave (Mary) Sánchez, Anita Serda, and Mary (Randy) Martin; son-in-law, Robert Davila; thirty grandchildren; forty-two great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Erlinda (Juan) Rios and Marta Fuentes; brother, Pedro “Pete” Sánchez and many nieces and nephews. Tino was preceded in death by an infant son, Florentino Sánchez Jr.; daughter, Elijia Davila; two granddaughters; two grandsons and brother, Higinio Sánchez.


ARMANDO CANTU JR.
Armando Cantu Jr., 35, of Curtice, OH, passed away suddenly Wednesday, January 16, 2008, due to injuries sustained in an auto accident. He was born on September 7, 1972, in Toledo to Armando Sr. and Virginia (Strzelecki) Cantu. Armando enjoyed spending time outdoors. He worked as a landscaper for the Maumee Bay Turf Center. Armando loved spending time with his family, especially his daughters, going camping and fishing. He is survived by his loving family, daughters, Kaitlin and Cassandra; mother, Virginia Cantu; sisters, Gina (Armando Flores) Cantu and Christina (Eloy III) Garza. He is also survived by his grandmother, Josephine Strzelecki and nieces and nephews, Stephanie, Michael, Alyssa, Eloy, Selena and Angelina; great-niece, Andreanna and special friends, Timmy Seeley and Joe Marlow. Armando was preceded in death by his father, Armando Cantu Sr. and his grandmother, Amelia Cantu.


 

ARTURO LÓPEZ
Arturo Angelo López “Jr.”, age 8, of Oregon, OH, went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 16, 2008. Arturo was a very energetic outgoing young man who had many aspirations and wanted to be just like his father and drive snowplow. He was a very helpful little boy and a second grade student at Wynn Elementary in Mrs. Ostrander’s class. Arturo is survived by his loving parents, Arturo Manuel and Dawn Marie (Perry) López; sisters, Megan Marie Tingley, Emily May López, and Shelby Rose López; brother, Antonio Cruz Zimmerman; grandparents, Roger and Linda Perry, Laverna López, and José García, Godparents, Michael and Beth Short; aunts and uncles, Hope and Homer Turner, Aleisha López and Ramón DeAnda, Oscar and Marie García, and many others, and special cousins, Rayna, Carley, Mondo, Eddie, Mariah, little Jay, Jesse, Angel, and Martha. He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Eduardo García, Elmer and Rosemary Seimet, uncle, Tim Seimet, uncle, Russel Perry, and cousins, Thomas José Whitten and Mia Turner.


 

E. PAULA GARCÍA
E. Paula García, 92, of Findlay, OH, died on Friday, January 18, 2008 in the intensive care unit at Blanchard Valley Hopsital. She was born on April 4, 1915 in San Luis Potosi, México to the late Maximiliano and Asunción (Guardiola) Alemán. On December 18, 1939, she married Ruperto H. “Bobby” García and he preceded her in death on July 14, 1986. Surviving are five children, Robert A. (Sharon) García of Napa, CA., Luis (Shirley) García of Reynoldsburg, OH, Rose (Larry) Sharp of Huntsville, OH, Alicia García of Findlay, and Rick (Mary) García of Findlay, OH, eleven grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, three brothers, Pedro Aleman of Allende, México, Florencio Alemán and Francisco Alemán, both of Los Angeles, CA. Preceding her in death were nine brothers and sisters. Paula was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Our Lady of Guadalupe Society, and a past member of the Guadalupe Choir. She was beloved by her friends and neighbors and enjoyed gardening, reading, and cooking for anyone who came to her home.
 


 

FRANK OLVERA JR.    
Frank “Pancho” Olvera Jr., passed away on Wednesday,
January 9, 2008, at University of Toledo Medical Center surrounded by his family. He was born August 26, 1939, in Convoy, Ohio to Francisco and Simona (Morales) Olvera. He had been retired for some time due to physical disability. Frank enjoyed music and learned to play guitar to entertain his friends when he could. He was very friendly. Frank loved country and western and Mexican music. Pancho also loved fishing and was always ready to go down to the river or lake with his friends. He especially enjoyed dressing up as Santa and visiting family and friends during the Holidays. Frank will be missed very much by his friends and surviving family members, sisters, Mabel (Abelardo) Heredia, Margaret Zakrewski, both of Toledo, Victoria Orosco, of Port Clinton, Gloria Pete, of Tulsa, OK, and Arlinda Rose Middleton, of Euless, TX; brothers, Victor (Bertha), Anthony (Kristina) and Robert, all of Toledo. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and cousins.

 


JOSE PARRA
José Parra
, age 76 of Toledo, died January 12, 2008 at St. Vincent-Mercy Medical Center. He was born February 11, 1931 in Laredo, TX to Mr. & Mrs. Julian (Altagracia Hernández) Parra. He was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from CSX Railroad. José was a member of Good Shepherd Parish. Survived by his wife, Petra (Vidaurri) Parra; children, Mona Ballez, Gloria Franco, Bibi (Chivo Gonzáles) Parra, Felix (Valerie) Parra, George (Stella) Parra, Rachel Zimmerman, Abel (Deb) Parra and Erminia (Mario) Moreno; 16 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.


 

JOSE RODRÍGUEZ
José Rodríguez, 93, passed away Sunday, January 13, 2008, at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. His passing was peaceful, with his loving family surrounding him. He was preceded in death by his parents, José and Casimira Rodríguez; brother, Juan Rodríguez and sister, Odelia Ramon. He is survived by his sons, Joseph Jr. (Gloria), David (Jackie) of San Antonio, TX and Hector (Ginny) of Ohio; daughters, Corina García of Adrian, MI, Irma (Raymond) Flores of Fostoria, OH, Linda (Ernesto) Vásquez of Toledo, OH, Dora (Jesse) Pérez of Illinois and brother, Santos Rodríguez of Toledo. There are too many grandchildren and great-grand-children to count; he will be dearly missed by all.


 

YOLANDA M. SUAREZ

Yolanda Suarez, 87, a resident at Real Life Cooperative of Owatonna, Minnesota, died peacefully Wednesday, January 16, 2008, at the Owatonna Hospital. She was born February 24, 1920, in Cardenas, Cuba the daughter of Teodoro and Teresa (Serrano) Abrahantes. Yolanda lived in Cuba until coming to the United States with her husband, Antonio in October of 1962. In April of 1963 the couple made their new home in Toledo, OH, she then moved to Owatonna in 1996, after her husband died, to be closer to her son. Yolanda enjoyed knitting, walking, reading, and her grandchildren. Yolanda is survived by her son, José (Diane) Suarez of Owatonna; daughter, Alicia Regueyra of Toledo, OH; four grandchildren Daniel, Julia, Martin, and Marina and one great-granddaughter, Morgan. Her husband Antonio preceded her in death.


JOSÉ Z. ARCE
José Z. “PaPa Joe” Arce, age 79, formerly of Toledo, OH, died
January 11, 2008, surrounded by his family in San Antonio, Texas. He was born August 25, 1928, to the union of Benito and Carmen (Zavala) Arce in San Antonio, Texas. He served in the U.S. Navy stationed in California 1945-1947. He came to Toledo to reside in 1947 where he met and married his wife, Dora (Reyes), who preceded him in death. He was employed at the Marleau Hercules Fencing Company 20 years, and he owned and operated the La Barra for 15 yrs. He was a hard worker and had a passion for life. All who knew José, loved him. José is survived by sons, Pilar (Jackie), Robert (Theresa), Roman (Anita) Arce; daughters, Louisa Arce, Linda (Carlos) Rodela; 9 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren, brother, Trinidad (Dora) Arce; sisters, Juvencia Revilla, Maxine (Adolph) Castillo and many nephews and nieces.


RAMON A. CUEVAS
Ramón A. Cuevas, 64, of
Lorain, OH, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, at University Hospitals, Cleveland. He was born Oct. 31, 1943, in Utuado, Puerto Rico. Survivors include his mother, Jacinta Cuevas (née Alicea); brothers Fred Cuevas of Lorain and Angel Cuevas of Cleveland; sisters Margarita Gómez of Lorain and Aida Cuevas of Lorain; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Federico Cuevas.


IRMA L. ROBLES HARRIS
Irma L. (Robles) Harris, 45, of Fremont,OH, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, at Windsor Lane Health Care Center in Gibsonburg. She was born in Fremont on September 23, 1962 to Andres “Tony” Robles and Sandra (Thompson) Snow. Irma was a homemaker who enjoyed crocheting and cooking.  She loved her cats and helping her family as much as she could. Irma is survived by her father Tony (Silena) Robles of Fremont, her mother Sandra Snow of Kentucky, a son Jeremy (Yasman) Robles of México, brothers Tony (Lisa) Robles and Michael Robles of Fremont, sisters Amy (Robles) Cobb, Priscilla (Jim) Fleck, Andrea (Cody) Valdez, Alondra Robles and Cassandra Robles, all of Fremont, grandchildren Syda and Angel Robles along with several nieces and nephews. 


ELIZA P. HERNÁNDEZ
Eliza P. Hernández (née Palacios), 94, of Lorain, OH, died Tuesday,
Jan. 8, 2008, at home. She was born June 14, 1913, in Coahuila, México, and lived in Malakoff, Texas, before moving to Lorain in 1941. While living in Texas she worked as a nurse’s aide and as an interpreter. She enjoyed cooking and her family and was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and the Guadalupe Society. Survivors include her sons Ernest Hernández of Sheffield Lake and Jesse and Francisco Hernández, both of Lorain; daughters Adelina “Lele” Cornejo, Rita Hryszczenko, Alicia Hernández, and Sara Hernández, all of Lorain; brother, John Palacios of North Ridgeville; 26 grandchildren; and great-grandchildren and great-great-grand- children. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Pedro R. Hernández, in 2002; her parents, Juan M. Palacios and Refugia (née Sánchez) Palacios; brothers Carlos S. Palacios in 2000, Frank Palacios in 1935 and Antonio Palacios in 1995; and sisters Theodora Ybarra in 1956 and Paula Martinez in 1979.


MARÍA O. LIRA
Mrs. María O. Lira, 64 years, of West Toledo, OH, passed away, Tuesday, January 8, 2008, at the Northwest Ohio Hospice Center, Toledo. Born and raised in Asherton, Texas, María moved to the Toledo area in the early 1960s and married Rudy Lira in 1962. After she raised her family, she began working as a teacher’s aid in the Toledo Headstart Program and in 1983 she became the Director of the Aurora González Center until 1986. She was an active member of SS Peter and Paul Parish holding membership in the Guadalupe Society and volunteering her time generously in most all of the parish activities. From 1980 through 1983 she was a lay minister along with her husband in the Mexican American Cultural Center in San Antonio, TX. Surviving are her husband, Deacon Rudolfo “Rudy” Lira; sons, Jesse A. Lira, Reyes Lira, and Rudolfo Lira Jr.; daughter, Mrs. María (Mohammed) Jamaleddin. The grandchildren are, Matthew, Monica, Erica, Reyes Lira Jr., Laila and Jesse Lira Jr. Also surviving are her mother, Cecelia Ortiz and brothers, Vincente, Jesse, Francisco Ortiz, Jr. and sisters, Paulita Cruz, Petra Deleón, Consuelo Ortiz, Cruzita Ortiz and Concepción Pérez. She was preceded in death by her father, Francisco Ortiz and brother, José and Sabino Ortiz.


REYNALDO V. MADRIGAL
Reynaldo V. Madrigal, 55, formerly of Fremont, died Monday evening, Jan. 7, 2008, in Columbus, OH.


REV. PABLO REYES
Rev. Pablo Reyes, 75, of Lorain, OH, died on Friday,
Jan. 11, 2008, at his residence, unexpectedly. He was born on Jan. 26, 1932, in Utuado, Puerto Rico. He had moved to Lorain in 1964. From there, he lived in various states until finally returning to Lorain in 2005. Reyes attended Grand Valley State College, and graduated from the Latin American Bible College, where he received his degree in Theology and Pastoral Ministries. He was a pastor for over 59 years in Ohio, Michigan, New York, and Puerto Rico. He was the founder of six churches, and three Bible Institutes, teaching at one of the institutes. He was an ordained minister of the Assemblies of God and he was a member of Iglésia Pentecostal Cristo Misionera, Lorain, and the Templo Emmanuel, Lorain. He enjoyed taking many mission trips to Latin America. He also enjoyed working on his computer and with other gadgets. He was an avid reader and writer. Ministry and teaching were his true passions in life though.
Survivors include his sons Pablo Ivan, of Spring, Texas, Rev. Eliezer, of Long Island, N.Y., Rev. Daniel Reyes, of Lorain, and Samuel, of Houston, Texas; daughter, Nelly Davila, of Lorain; 15 grandchildren; brothers Juan, of Lorain, and Stanislaus, of Connecticut; and sister, Carmen Reyes, of New Jersey. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Rosa Marrero Reyes, in 2003; foster daughter, Carmen Reyes; parents Daniel Reyes Muniz and Irene Soto López; brothers José, Nicolas, and Antonio; and sister, Maria Ryall.


FRANCISCO PACHECO ROHENA
Francisco Pacheco “Paquito” Rohena, 61, of Lorain, OH, died unexpectedly Thursday,
Jan. 10, 2008, at home. He was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, and lived in Lorain since childhood. Rohena worked for W.M. General Contractors of Lorain. He attended Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and enjoyed dancing, music and helping others. Survivors include his daughter, María Morales of Lorain; sister, Paula Pacheco of Puerto Rico; and a niece, a nephew and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Felix and Eulalia Pacheco; and sister.


AGAPITO VELEZ
Agapito “Pito” Velez, 70, of Lorain, died Sunday,
Jan. 13, 2008, at Community Regional Medical Center, Lorain, after a long illness. He was born April 10, 1937 in San German, Puerto Rico. He moved to Lorain in 1954, where he lived most of his life. Velez was employed as a machine operator at Western Enterprises for 10 years, retiring in 1980. He had previously been employed at Montefiore Hospital in New York as a messenger. Throughout his life he enjoyed refurbishing homes and doing construction work; and enjoyed walking, western movies, watching TV, camping, music and going for drives. He was a member of House of Praise International Church, Lorain. Survivors include his son, Junior Velez of Lorain; daughters María Velez of Lorain, Evette Velez of Long Beach, Calif., and Angela Velez of Puerto Rico; brothers David Velez of Orlando, Fla., and José Angel Velez of Kissemee, Fla.; sister, Carmen Sánchez of Lorain; and 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Agapito and María Dolores (née Bonilla) Velez, brother, Lucas; and a sister, Carmen María, in 1998.


JOSE A. IBARRA

Jose A. Ibarra, age 74, of Toledo, died January 4th, 2008. He was born in San Antonio, Texas, to Benjamin and Isidra Ibarra on August 21, 1933. He was employed at LMHA 14 years before retiring in 1983. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards and enjoyed being with family. He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Church and prayer group. He leaves his wife of thirty-eight years, Linda Ibarra; children, José Jr., Anthony, Danny, John (Vicki), David (Michelle), Gineo (Mia), Yesenia (Danny), Angela, Lydia, Cecilia (John), Natalie (Richie); sisters, Vera (Rudy) of Toledo and Cornelia (Matias) of Huntsville, Texas, 18 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren and numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded by death by parents and numerous brothers and sisters.


ANGEL LUIS MEDINA III
Angel Luis Medina III, 26, of Mount Washington, KY, died Dec. 12, 2007, at home.

He was born in Lorain, OH. Medina was employed by Zappo's in Shepherdsville, Ky. Survivors include his parents, Angel L. Medina Jr. and María M. Muñiz; sister, Vanessa Medina; brother, Paul Montañez; his grandmother, Monserrate Muñiz; and a nephew and aunts, uncles and cousins.


EUSEBIO TORRES
Eusebio “Jr” Torres, 79, of Leipsic, OH, died
Thursday,
January 03, 2008 at Hospice House Woodside in Pinellas Park, FL. He was born July 24, 1928 in Brownsville, TX to Eusebio M. and Fransisca (née Romas) Torres. His father is deceased. His mother survives in Brownsville, TX. Eusebio was self-employed as a local carpenter. Moving from Texas in 1952, he made Leipsic his home, where he was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. On May 21, 1950, he married Paulina Guitron and she survives in Leipsic. Also surviving are his children: John Torres of St. Petersburg, FL; Ron (Barbara) Torres of Dade City, FL; Daniel (Lynn) Torres of Cape Coral, FL; Patricia (Greg) Ellerbrock of St. Petersburg, FL; and David Torres of Cape Coral, FL; 4 grandchildren: Sarah (Gordon) Worley, Andrea Ellerbrock, Chelsea Torres and Eric Torres; 2 brothers: Louis Torres of Conroe, TX and Enrique (Rose) Torres of Brownsville, TX; and 3 sisters: Soila Guitron of Visalia, CA, Maria T. Gonzáles of Austin, TX and Yolanda Torres of Brownsville, TX. He was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Rosadio Padilla and Oralia López.


BENJAMIN J. CABRERA
Benjamin J. Cabrera, 45, of Xenia, OH, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, at Ohio State Medical Center, Columbus, following a brief illness. He was born Aug. 14, 1962, in Elyria. Survivors include his brothers Scott Cabrera of Elyria, Tony Cabrera of Lorain and Tim Cabrera of Girard; sister, Karen Griffin of Xenia; and his father, Benjamin Cabrera of Fort Worth, Texas. He was preceded in death by his mother, Wanda (née Adcox); brother, Steven Cabrera; and his grandmother, Wanda Duffy.



GLORIA S. CARRION
Gloria S. Carrion, 36, of Lorain, OH, died Friday,
Dec. 21, 2007, in Community Regional Medical Center, Lorain following a lengthy illness. She was born Feb. 16, 1971, in Bay Village. She was a lifelong resident of Lorain. Ms. Carrion was employed as a bus aide for Headstart until 2002. She was predominately a homemaker and mother. She enjoyed bingo, dancing, shopping, Mexican music and Spanish language soap operas. She loved to spend time with her children and family. Survivors include her daughter, Alyssa M. Carrion of Lorain; son, Marcus A. Carrion of Lorain; sisters Sylvia Encalado, Juanita Contreras, Irene Valadez, Nina Lozano and Rachel Carrion, all of Lorain, Irma Zamarripa of Charlotte, N.C., and Yolanda Carrion Bustamante of Elyria; brothers Felipe Encalado of Albuquerque, N.M., Rubén Encalado of Mission, Texas, José Luis, Fernando, Jessie, Ernie, Oscar and Danny Carrion, all of Lorain; and 33 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, José J. and María P. (née Nieto) Carrion; brother, José Antonio Carrion who died in Vietnam; and maternal grandmother Enedina Chrispine.



FRANK A. GARCÍA

Frank A. García, 76, of
Wauseon, OH, passed away Friday, December 14, 2007 in his home. Mr. García was born on February 19, 1931 in Raymondville, Texas the son of the late Francisco and the late Margarita (Alvares) García. He married Amelia Segovia on August 19, 1959 and she preceded him in death in 1996. Surviving are two sons; Frank Jr. of Wauseon, Martin of Wauseon, three daughters; Carmen García of Toledo, Amelia Huffman of Wauseon and Norma Eager of Wauseon, 15 grandchildren and three sisters; Juana Dawson of Sterling, IL, Carmen Cardenas and Rosa García both of México.



DAVID C. MÁRQUEZ
David C. Márquez, age 69, died Saturday, December 22, 2007, Toledo, OH. He was born December 29, 1937, in Eagle Pass, TX to José and Teofila (Carrion) Márquez. David was an extremely caring and giving man who often disregarded his own needs to help others. He enjoyed playing billiards, watching boxing and old movies, and gathering with his family and friends. David is survived by his daughters, Christina (Terry) Hennessey, Irene (Robert) Miller, Mary Helen Espino, Tina Sánchez-Márquez and Monica Pérez; sons, David Márquez Jr., and Fernando (Rosanna) Márquez. Also surviving are three brothers, 19 grandchildren, and 14 great-grand-children. He was preceded in death by his wife, Delfina; both parents; six brothers and three sisters.



OLGA IRIS MELENDEZ
Olga Iris Melendez (née Quiñones), 65, of
Lorain, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, in a traffic accident in Elyria, OH. She was born March 30, 1942, in Penuelas, Puerto Rico, and lived most of her life in Lorain. Mrs. Melendez received a nursing degree from Lorain County Community College. She was employed as a licensed practical nurse at St. John West Shore Hospital, Westlake, for more than 10 years and had previously worked in patient care for many years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and St. Mary of the Falls Catholic Church and enjoyed her children and grandchildren and cooking. Survivors include her sons Miguel Melendez Jr. of Cleveland and Luis “Tony” Melendez, of Lorain; daughters Noelia Melendez of Lorain, Carmen “Lucy” Bernazzoli of Elyria and Emily VanNiel of Olmsted Falls; brothers Rubén Quiñones of Puerto Rico, Pedro Quiñones of Lorain and Alben Quiñones of LaGrange; sister, Luz Celenia Fallon of Olmsted Falls; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bartolo and Luz María (née Maldonado) Quiñones; and sisters Noelia and Lucila Quiñones.



ANTONIA MUÑOZ

Antonia Muñoz, 81, of Elyria, OH, died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007, at home, following a lengthy illness. She was born Oct. 12, 1926, in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, and moved to Elyria four years ago. Mrs. Muñoz attended Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and enjoyed music, cooking, gardening and her family. Survivors include her daughter, María Heaton of Elyria; sons José Muñoz of Bay Village, Carlos Muñoz and Eric Muñoz, both of Cleveland, Jimmy Muñoz of Salem, John Muñoz and Edwin Muñoz, both of Elyria, William Muñoz of New Mexico and Elias Muñoz of Puerto Rico; and 18 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren four sisters, a brother, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Jaime Muñoz; her parents, Antonio and Mariana (née Borjas) Dieppa; and brothers and sisters.



J.RUSSELL COFFEY
(AP): J. Russell Coffey, the last World War I veteran in Ohio, and one of only three known remaining U.S. veterans of the conflict, has died. J. Russell Coffey was the last WWI vet in the state, according to the Veterans Affairs Department. He died Dec. 20, 2007 at the age of 109, said the Smith-Crates Funeral Home in North Baltimore, about 35 miles south of Toledo. Coffey, born Sept. 1, 1898, did not see action overseas. He enlisted in the Army while he was a student at Ohio State University in October 1918, a month before the Allied powers and Germany signed a cease-fire agreement. Coffey played semipro baseball, earned a doctorate in education from New York University, taught high school and college and raised a family. He drove his car until he was 104 and lived on his own until three years ago, according to the Blakely Care Center. The other known surviving American soldiers are Frank Buckles, 106, of Charles Town, W.Va., and Harry Landis, of Sun City Center, Fla., according to the Veterans Affairs Department.


ROSENDO M. LÓPEZ
Rosendo M. López, 90, of Lorain, OH, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007, at Autumn Aegis Retirement Center following a lengthy illness. He was born Aug. 29, 1917, in Puerto Rico before coming to Lorain in 1947. López worked at Lorain Works U.S. Steel for more than 30 years, retiring in 1979. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, the United Steel Workers Union Local 1104, and the Puerto Rican Home. He was an avid boxing fan and enjoyed traveling. He is survived by his guardian, John Arroyo of Lorain.


JUDY JANE ROMERO
Judy Jane Romero (Barrett), age 59, born November 26, 1948, to Leland G Barrett Sr. (deceased) and Jane J López, passed away December 13, 2007, in her home in Berwyn, IL with family being at her side. She is survived by husband, Raul Romero of 42 years, daughter, Tina Romero (Luis Fontaney) Cleveland, OH; sister, Linda D Guido (Jim), Elizabeth López, Cleveland; brothers, Lenda G. Barrett Jr., Toledo and Hector López Jr., Indiana; as well as many nephews, nieces, and aunts. Will also be missed by Bosco her dog and closest friend, Lupe Loyd of Chicago, IL. She is preceded in death by brother, Richard López; nephew, Glen Call.


TRINA LOUISE SALAZAR
Trina Louise Salazar, 44, Toledo, went to be with the Lord on
December 14, 2007. Trina was born on May 21, 1963, to Trinidad Salazar and Joyce Douglas, who both have survived her. Trina left many lost hearts that belong to her children, Renee Craft, Trina Craft, Sean Ward, Shannon Ward, Robert Ward, Randall Ward, and Adam Ward; her grandbabies, Jordan Meyer, Dylan Meyer, and Izabella Beltran. Mom, just as we were your sunshine, you will always be our sunshine, too. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters, Kim (Mel) Hayden, David (Julie) Muñoz, Diane (Jarred) McMillen, Roberta Snyder, Tony Axtell, and April (Mark) Gabenski; many nephews, nieces, and a very special nephew Joshua Patton (Bubby), who will greatly miss their Aunt Nena, and many more family and friends.


CARMEN TITA GARCIA
Carmen Tita García, (née Melendez), 81, of Lorain, OH, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, at home.

She was born Jan. 2, 1926, in Ensenada, Puerto Rico, and has lived on the mainland since 1958. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain and enjoyed cooking, music and taking care of others. Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Ramón García Sr.; children José García, Rogelia Rodríguez, Awilda Palos, Ramón García Jr., Jerry García, Carmen López and Ricardo Hernández, all of Lorain, Henry García of Florida and Roberto Hernández of North Carolina; and seven stepsons, 23 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and a nephew. She was preceded in death by her daughters Carmen M. García and Reina García; her parents, Antonio and Sista (née Flores) Meléndez; and one grandson and three brothers.

 


 


 

RAMON O. GARZA SR.
Ramón O. Garza, Sr., age 76, of Elyria Township, died unexpectedly on Thursday, December 13, 2007, at his home. He was born on August 11, 1931 in Hebronville, Texas. He lived most of his life in Lorain, OH, moving to Elyria Township in 1994. Ramón was a graduate of
Lorain High School and then attended Lorain Business College for two years. He was a Corporal in the US Army during the Korean War, receiving a Korean Service Medal with 5 bronze service stars. Ramón was employed at Ford Motor Co., in Brookpark, retiring after 36 years. Previous to that, he had worked for General Motors. After retirement, he worked part-time at McDonalds on Oberlin Avenue in Lorain, and with R.G. Vending. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, where he was a lector and member of the church choir. He was also a member of the Holy Name Society, the Cursillo Movement, and the Guadalupe Society. He always volunteered to work at the church’s bake sales along with volunteering to work for the church’s credit union. Ramón volunteered his time with the Consumer Watch Dog Organization in Lorain. He was an avid Cleveland Indians and Browns fan. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially for the family cookouts. He enjoyed traveling and watching the Price is Right. Surviving is his wife of 54 years, Francisca (née Alicea), 2 sons; Ramón, Jr. and Tomás, both of Lorain, 5 daughters; Rosa Garza, Rita Baker, and Lucia Garza, all of Lorain, Gloria Hill, of Elyria, and Melisa Krasienko, of Lorain, 8 grandchildren, 1 great grandson, 2 brothers; Higinio and Francisco Garza, both of CA, and a sister, María (Nina) Rodríguez, of FL. He was preceded in death by infant daughters; María Magdalena Garza in 1958, and Esperanza Garza, in 1960, a son, Daniel Garza, in 1998, his parents, Emilio and Antonia (née Ollervidez) Garza, and a brother, Emilio Garza, in 2002.

 


 

RICHARD D. HERNÁNDEZ
Richard D. Hernández, age 60, passed away Thursday,
December 13, 2007, in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. Richard was born in Toledo, the son of Jesse and María (Reyes) Hernández. He was a Customer Service Representative for 38 years at ATT, retiring due to illness. Richard specialized in cable repair. He was a member of the Communications Workers of America, Local 4319, and was a member of the Army Reserves. Richard was preceded in death by his parents and sister Leonora Kollman. He is survived by his son, Michael; brother, H. Paul Hernández; sisters, Eva (Jesse) Guardado, Esther Tansey, Catherine (Gerald) Crippen, Melba Morris, Alice Orean, Josephine Stanley, and Mary (Peter) Waldo; former wife, Pat (Bill) Mouch, and numerous nieces and nephews.

 


 

JOSE ANTONIO MARTÍNEZ
José Antonio Martínez, 68, of Orlando, Fla., and formerly of Lorain, died recently. He was born in Yauco, Puerto
Rico, on Jan. 20, 1939, before moving to Lorain in 1960. Martínez was an active member of Amvets Post 58, where he was commander and all state post commander. He was a member of Hogar Puertoriqueno in Lorain and Casa Puerto Rico in Orlando, Fla. He was also a member of Sacred Heart Church and St. John the Baptist Church, and retired from Ford Motor Co. in Lorain. He moved to Orlando in 1992.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Alma; sons Ricardo and Roberto; and sisters, Cieni Feliciano, Carmen and Julita Martínez. He was preceded in death by his parents, José Martínez and Rosa Julia Barrios; sisters Anni and Elba Martínez; and brothers: Rafael, Ramón and Edgardo Martínez.

 


 

ANTONIO REYES
The Angels took Antonio Reyes, 88, of Waterville, OH, to heaven on Tuesday,
December 11, 2007. Antonio formerly lived in Petersburg, Michigan. Antonio loved his family very much and appreciated all of the visitors he received the last few years while at Lake Park Nursing Home. His life involved the love of his nieces, nephews and many friends. Preceded in death by his loving wife, María Augustina (Romero), Antonio is survived by his daughter, Juanita Durán (ex-husband, Juan C. Durán); son, Reyes S. Reyes (Kathy); grandchildren, Juan A. Durán (Tammy), Consuelo Durán, Tina M. Durán, José L. R. Durán, Chris A. Reyes and Jimmy M. Reyes; great-grandchildren, Alexandria Durán and Laina Johns; sister, Maria Louisa Reyes; stepsister, Martha Mendez; brothers, José Reyes, Balbino Reyes, Cecundino Reyes (Ramona), and Francisco Reyes (Maria); stepbrother, Fred Flores and brother-in-law, John Luna. Antonio is preceded in death by his sisters, Maria Barron (Isabel), Josefa Mendoza (Erculano), Augustina Luna; sisters-in-law, Raquel Reyes, Idalia Reyes and stepbrother, Julian Ybarra. Born in Elgin, Texas, to José and Andrea Reyes.

Antonio spent his youth in Texas. He is a veteran of the US Army Air Corps, where he played baseball for the Army Air Corps team. Antonio was proud to be one of the first Hispanic baseball players for the Army Air Corps. He later relocated to the Toledo area and was employed as a yard clerk for the B & O Railroad until retiring in 1976. Antonio’s love of baseball continued as he played for a number of local teams including the Catholic War Vets, Junction, Adrian Cardinals, and Toledo All Star team. He was an avid sports fan especially fond of boxing. He also enjoyed collecting coins. Antonio was a member of the Transportation Communications International Union and the Catholic War Veterans since 1952.

 


CARLOS VÁZQUEZ  CALDERON
Carlos Vázquez  “Don Carlos” Calderon, 84, of Lorain, OH, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2007, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, following a brief illness. He was born June 12, 1923, in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. He moved to Ohio in 1950, lived in Youngstown for 27 years and was a Lorain resident for 30 years. Calderon was a past elder and deacon of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Lorain. He enjoyed gardening, swimming and playing dominos. Survivors include his wife, Mercedes Vázquez; daughter, Sonia V. Calderon of Louisville KY; sons Carlos V. Calderon Jr. of Puerto Rico, Juan Vázquez  of Youngstown and Roberto Vázquez  of Lorain; brother, Carlos Calderon of Puerto Rico; and four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a niece. He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Barbara (née Vázquez ) Calderon; brother, Emelio Calderon; and sister, Eduvije Santana.


MARGARITA FLORES
Margarita
Flores, age 74 of Bowling Green, OH, passed away on Nov. 24, 2007 at Blakley Care Center, Bowling Green. She was born in Mesa, TX on October 23, 1933 to the late Guillermo and Estefana (Torres) Gonzáles. She is survived by children Gloria Flores, Joseph (Lisa) Flores, Jr., Enrique (Brenda) Flores, all of Bowling Green, and Albert Aldaco of Houston, TX; brothers Guadalupe (Francis) Gonzáles of TN, George Gonzáles of MI, Francisco (María) Gonzáles, Sr of Weston, Richard Gonzáles of TX and Domingo (Ruth) Gonzáles of MI; 17 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Margarita was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Flores, Sr., son Joey Aldaco, daughter Sally Jo Flores, and sister Janie Gonzáles.


RUFINA ESTRADA SEPULVEDA
Rufina Estrada Sepulveda, 87, of
Lorain, OH, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007, in Saint John West Shore Hospital, Westlake, following a brief illness. She was born July 10, 1920, in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. She came to Lorain in 1949. Ms. Sepulveda was a homemaker and mother who was an active member Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. She was also a member of the Crucillo Movement, Damas Altar y Rosario and choir. She was a lector for masses and a volunteer in the kitchen. She enjoyed rose gardens, walking and bargain hunting. She collected piggy banks and coins and stuffed animals.
Survivors include her son, Angel of Lorain; daughter, Nancy Sepulveda Reyes of Lorain; sisters Andrea E. Baez and Engracia Estrada, both of Caguas, Puerto
Rico; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband 65 years, Julio Sepulveda in June of last year; son, Julio Sepulveda Jr.; daughter, Nereida Sepulveda; parents, Bonifacio and Dolores Aurora (née Díaz) Estrada; brothers Anglo Estrada, Eusebio “Chebo” Estrada and Pablo Estrada; a sister, Leandra Estrada and three sisters in infancy.


 VICTORINA CORTEZ
Victorina “Vickie” Cortez, 75, Of Port Clinton, OH, passed away
Thursday, November 22, 2007 at Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky. She was born January 12, 1932 in Elsa, TX the daughter of the late Emilio and Concha (Torres) Rodríguez. Vickie was retired from East Harbor State Park in 1994. She was a volunteer at Immaculate Conception Church for many years. She volunteered for the Boilermakers Union Annual Labor Day Picnic, Trinity United Methodist Thanksgiving Day Dinner, and the St. Vincent DePaul Society. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and camping. She will be greatly missed by her loving family.
She married Marcelo Cortez in Elsa, TX on January 23, 1961 and he survives. Also surviving is son César A. (Robin) Cortez of Greenville, SC; daughters Magdalena Cortez of San Antonio, TX, and Adriana (Ben) Scott of Port Clinton; grandchildren Gabriel, and Bianca; five brothers, and three sisters. She was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister.


MARY J. DIAZ
Mary J. Díaz, 80, of
Hollywood, Fla., died Monday, Nov. 19, 2007, at Memorial Pembroke Hospital in Hollywood, after a lengthy illness. She was born Sept. 11, 1927, in Lorain. Mrs. Díaz was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. Survivors include her daughter Linda Díaz, and sons Frank and Jimmy Díaz, all of Hollywood; sisters Kika Jancinto of Yuma, Ariz., and Fina Villaverde of San Diego, CA; and four grand children and seven great- grandchildren.


GILBERT GUZMAN
Gilbert Guzmán, 66, of Toledo went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007, from St. Luke’s Hospital. Gilbert was born to Mr. And Mrs. Guzmán of Monterrey, México on August 15, 1941. A graduate of Waite High School, Gilbert was a Green Beret serving two tours of duty in the Vietnam War as a member of the Army’s 5th Special Forces. He was also a 32nd degree Mason belonging to the Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York. Gilbert returned to school later in life and was close to completing his Associates Degree at Owens Community College. The majority of his working career was spent as a machine tooling specialist in the tool and die industry. He had worked as the manager of machining operations at A&Z Die Cast and worked at Diamond Crystal Brand, Inc. An avid sports fan, Gilbert loved to show his support for Central Catholic High School, University of Notre Dame, and The Ohio State University. His hobbies included photography, studying history, and reading. Family was the most important thing in his life and was shown by taking on the responsibility of raising his two grandsons, Brandon and Dylan. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his uncle who raised him, Alfredo Guzmán Ybarra. He is survived by his loving companion of 40 years and wife of 29 years, Patricia; children, Brandi “Kim” LaCourse, Ryan “Chip” Bell, Barbara (Will) Besancon, Gregory (Jennifer), Gilbert C. and Leilani L. Guzmán; grandchildren, Brandon, Dylan, Courtney, Caiden, Miranda, Armani, and Raeanna. Gilbert also leaves behind other family members including his closest cousins, Marco, Lisi and Mary of Sacramento CA.

MARIA C. BUENROSTRO
María C. Buenrostro, 85, of Oregon, OH, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Saturday,
November 17, 2007, at Arbors of Toledo. She was born in Pearsall, Texas on March 26, 1922, to Anastacio and Louisa Casillas. In her spare time she enjoyed playing Bingo and working on puzzles. She is survived by her sons, Frank (Juanita) Jr., Adán (Margaret), Joe, Juan and Pedro Buenrostro; daughters, Juanita (Rey) Resendez, Marianna (Ed) Fortress and Eva (Jim) Algarin; 30 grandchildren and 47 great-grand-children. She was preceded in death by her husband, Francisco; daughters, Luisa and Elva; sons, Ramón and Pablo and granddaughter, Olga.


MANUEL CERVANTES

Manuel “Manny” Cervantes, 63, of Elyria Township, OH, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007, in the critical care unit at EMH Regional Medical Center in Elyria after a short illness. He was born June 5, 1944, in Lorain, and had resided in Elyria Township for the past 42 years. Cervantes was a 1963 graduate of Clearview High School. He worked at Parker-Hannifin Corp. in Elyria as a Final Inspector for more than 20 years. In the late 1950s and ‘60s, he sang and played drums in a band called Shades of Day. He enjoyed gourmet cooking, yard work, and animals.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Shirley; daughters Melissa Cervantes of Elyria Township and Tina Cervantes-Fragapane of Elyria; two granddaughters; sister, Rita Orozco of Lorain; and brother, Ronald Cervantes of Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Mary Cervantes (née Kuzniar); sister, Lola Flores; and brothers Daniel, Richard and Michael.


JORGE RAMIREZ

Jorge Ramirez, age 45, of Holland, OH, passed away on Monday, November 12, 2007, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Toledo. Jorge was born in Texas on April 23, 1962, to Wenselado and Candelaria (Lujan) Ramirez. Jorge was currently working for Hoj Development as a painter. Jorge was a hard working man who enjoyed fishing, family days on Sundays and was an avid cook. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Surviving is his daughter, Lisa Ramirez (Frank); grandson, Alex Aton; brothers, Frank, Jesus, Gustavo, and Nick Ramirez (Kelly); mother, Candelaria Ramirez; fianceé, Shelly Miller, and her children, Dylan Miller and Dustin Carpenter; many nieces and nephews; along with many other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Wenselado and his brother, Bobby.


 ANTHONY G. VÁSQUEZ
Anthony “Tony” G. Vásquez, 54, of Lorain, OH, died Saturday,
Nov. 17, 2007, after a sudden illness. He was born Feb. 11, 1953, in Manhattan, N.Y., moving to Lorain in the 1970s. He was in the Marines from 1970 until 1972. Vásquez enjoyed playing softball in Lorain in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. He also loved playing with his grandchildren, watching movies and collecting DVDs, toys, pictures, and music. He is survived by his fianceé, Lois Kane of Lorain; sons Anthony, Michael and Jason, all of Lorain; daughters Kathy Kane of Lorain and Lisa Tymchuk of Florida; eight grandchildren; and sisters Norma, Sally, Joanne and Yvette, all of New Jersey. He was preceded in death by his mother, Elsie Vásquez.


LUIS HERRERA CAMPINS
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP): Former President Luis Herrera Campins, part of a generation of political leaders who helped end a decade of dictatorship and usher in democracy in 1950s Venezuela, has died. He was 82. Herrera, who underwent surgery two years ago for an abdominal aneurism that led to a kidney infection and other complications, died
Friday, Nov. 9, 2007.

He “finally lost his battle for life,” Eduardo Fernández, former president of the Christian Democrat Party COPEI, said.

A lawyer and a journalist, Herrera was jailed for four months in 1952 for pro-democracy political activism during the dictatorship of Gen. Marcos Pérez Jiménez, and then expelled from the country.

From exile in Spain, he and other Christian Democrat leaders founded the newspaper Tiela, which was distributed secretly in Venezuela. He returned after the dictatorship fell in 1958 and went on to serve several terms as a lawmaker and as president from 1979 to 1984. By Luis Herrera Campins (AP).


NANCY ESCANDON
Nancy “DeJaVu” Escandon (née Pérez), 40, of Lorain, OH, died on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, at her residence, following a lengthy illness.  She was born May 30, 1967, in Bronx, N.Y., living in Kissimmee, FL before coming to Lorain. Mrs. Escandon attended House of Praise International Church. She enjoyed being “mom” to all kids and caring for animals. She treasured life and loved having parties and celebrating everything. Survivors include her husband, James Escandon; son Daniel Santiago of Lorain; Anderson Torres of Westchester, N.Y., and Joseph Torres of Bronx, N.Y.; daughters Luz García of Clearwater and Xiomari Santiago of Lorain; her mother, Carmen Colón of Puerto Rico; and several brothers and sisters.


MARILYN MARTINEZ
Latin Divas of Comedy comic Marilyn Martínez dies at 52

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 9 (AP): Marilyn Martínez, a standup comic whose sassy humor with the Original Latin Divas of Comedy and other Latina troupes gained her fans like comedians Chris Rock and Andrew Dice Clay, has died. Martínez died Nov. 3, 2007, of complications from colon cancer at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital after being diagnosed nine months earlier, her husband, John David Crowder, said Friday. She was 52.

“Marilyn was out there to make the fans excited. She wasn't out there for stardom and fame,'' said Crowder, who had been with Martínez since 1982. ``And she didn't want to be remembered as a dirty mouth.''

“She used to tell me she was a triple minority. She was fat, she was a woman, she was Hispanic,'' he said.

Raised in Denver, Martínez tap-danced on a local television show as a child before funneling her love of acting, and food, into standup routines, according to her longtime manager Scott Montoya. She moved to Los Angeles around 1989, he said. Her routines often included frank talk about sex and men.

“She was getting away with saying a lot of crazy stuff,'' said comedian Carlos Mencia, who performed alongside Martínez and knew her more than a decade.

“It wasn't like, 'I'm a woman and let's talk about flowers and shopping.' ... But she could do clean if you wanted her to.''

In L.A., Martínez connected with her Mexican roots and in the mid 1990s joined Latina troupe the Hot and Spicy Mamitas, Montoya said. She also became a member of the Hot Tamales with Eva Longoria and was ``the anchor'' of the Latin Divas of Comedy, with a Showtime special this year in the same vein as the hit Latin Kings of Comedy, Montoya said. Martínez also toured solo with comic Paul Rodriguez from 1996 to 2003.

Her screen credits include parts in 2003's ``Pauly Shore Is Dead,'' 2002's ``For Da Love of Money,'' television series ``My Wife and Kids'' in 2001 and 2004 reality TV show ``Urban Jungle'' on SiTV.

``She didn't compromise her comedy for anyone,'' Montoya said. ``Her comedy was mainly about herself. She didn't slam other people, she didn't talk about health issues, AIDS. ... Either you were slightly offended by it or you laughed along with her.''

Martínez’s post-funeral service Wednesday at the Comedy Store drew a crowd of comics, said Crowder.

“She can make the hardest of the hard melt,'' Crowder said. ``She's touched so many people.” Martínez was survived by Crowder and extended family members. On the Net: http://marilynmartínez.com/ By SOLVEJ SCHOU (AP).




MICHAEL ARCE
The Rev. Michael Arce, 48, associate pastor of Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal M I Church of Lorain, OH, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007, at home in Lorain, following a lengthy illness.  Pastor Arce enjoyed his family, playing guitar, reading the Bible, taking walks, drinking coffee and eating ice cream. Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Martha (née Canter); sons Michael L. Arce and Roberto J. Arce, both of Lorain; daughters April L. Arce and Anna M. Arce, both of Lorain; his father, Cesario Franky of Florida; brothers Leonide Arce, Elisco Arce and Cesario Arce Jr., all of Lorain, and David Arce and José Arce, both of Florida; sisters Carman Hodge of Kentucky, Leonilda Luciano and Nilsa Cortes, both of Lorain, and Wilma Arce Rios of Florida; and seven grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, María (née Soto) Arce; brother, Rubén Arce; and nephews and a niece.


ANTONIO LÓPEZ

Antonio “Tony” López, 58, of Sylvania, OH, passed away peacefully, October 29, 2007, at the Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo. He was born in San Antonio, TX on June 25, 1949, to Ignacio and María (Flores) López Sr. Tony loved spending time with his family playing poker, shooting pool and listening to Oldies “Motown” Music. He is survived by his loving wife of 5 years, Judy (Roberts); children, Brandy (John Gruhler), Elaina, Tammy, Tommy, and Tony López Jr.; grandchildren, Jonmichael L. Gruhler, Cadence Alford, Chelsea López, Victor and Tray Washington. Tony is also survived by his brothers and sister, José (Irma) López, Vera (Ray) Navarro and Rubén (Delia) López. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Ignacio Jr., Louie and Alex López.


JUAN PACHECO
Juan “Johnny” Pacheco, age 51, of Toledo, OH, died October 29, 2007, surrounded by his loving family in St. Charles Mercy Hospital. He was born February 6, 1956, to Raymond and Alicia (Martínez) Pacheco in Toledo. Juan graduated from Cardinal Stritch High School and attended Ohio State University, majoring in business. Johnny worked many years for Rojeck’s Catering. He enjoyed cooking, specializing in traditional Mexican as well as Polish food. Juan was known as a fun-loving, easy-going friend who will be missed by many. Surviving are his parents; brothers, Moises (Mable) Pacheco Sr., Raymond (Tina) Pacheco Jr., Edward (Teresa) Pacheco; sisters, Alicia (Melvin) Peppers, Gloria (Paul) Rios, Linda (Oswaldo) Pacheco-Vera, Rosario Pacheco, and María Luisa (Gregory) Cole. Also surviving are 27 nieces and nephews, 19 great nieces and nephews and a host of good friends. Juan was preceded in death by his brother, David Pacheco; niece, Marisol Hernández; nephew, Jamie Lee Gibson and brother-in-law, Robert Gibson.


DESMON V. FERNANDEZ
Desmon V. “Dez” Fernández, 79, of Sandusky, OH, died Monday Oct. 15, 2007, at Firelands Regional Medical Center, Main Campus, Sandusky, after a lengthy illness. He was born July 12, 1928, in Erie, Pa., and was a longtime resident of Sandusky. Fernández taught in Sandusky elementary schools including Sycamore School, where he headed the 100th-year celebration in 1976, and the former Venice School. He was principal of Hancock School for a number of years and in retirement taught adult reading. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo and a master’s degree in 1970 from Bowling Green State University. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie (née Ekey); and son, David V. Fernández, on Sept. 13, 2007. Survivors include nieces, nephews and other relatives.


CAMILO GONZALEZ
Camilo “Lilo” González, 82, of Lorain, OH, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at home, following a lengthy illness.
He was born in Lares, Puerto Rico in 1925 and lived in Lorain since 1948. González was employed at U.S. Steel and National Tube for 25 years before a work-related accident forced his early retirement in 1973. He was a founding member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, a leader of the Cursillo Charismatic movement, Holy Name Society member and a eucharistic minister. He volunteered with St. Vincent DePaul Society and worked through churches and social service organizations to assisting new residents obtain information and resources. In 1997 he was named Hispanic-of-the-Year by Sacred Heart Chapel. He was an avid gardener and political analyst.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Julia (née Segarra); daughters Betsy González of Louisville, Ky., and Nilsa Ward, Evelyn González, Yolanda Donohue, Vivian Rivera and Leticia Mills, all of Lorain; son, Jesus González of Sarasota, Fla.; sisters Virginia Rodríguez and Maria Segarra, both of Lorain, Emelina Molina, Catalina Díaz and Delia Rivera, all of Youngstown, and Martina Cardona of Lares; brother, Joe González of Lorain; and 16 grandchildren and five great-grand- children. He was preceded in death by his father, Severeano González López; mother, Carmen Velez Robles; sister, Carmen Pagán; and a son, William González.


ALBERT ARMENDARIZ SR
EL PASO, Texas (AP): Judge Albert Armendariz Sr., a leader of the Latino civil rights movement who helped found the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, has died. He was 88. Armendariz died of natural causes Oct. 4, 2007 at a hospital in Brownsville TX where he had been vacationing, his family said. Armendariz started his activism in 1951 with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and served as the advocacy group's national president in 1954. In the late 1960s, Armendariz and other attorneys helped found MALDEF to address education and civil rights issues. He was chairman of the board of trustees from 1968 to 1971. Armendariz worked to defend the rights of Latino and immigrants until his death, MALDEF said. Born in El Paso, Armendariz was drafted at the start of World War II and spent four years at Fort Bliss’ motor pool. Like many other Latinos in the military at the time, Armendariz focused on fighting discrimination at home after finishing his service. He attended what is now the University of Texas-El Paso before graduating from the University of Southern California law school. He worked as an immigration judge from 1976 to 1985, and later was appointed to the Texas Court of Appeals.


RICHARD D. HERNÁNDEZ
Richard D. Hernández, 46 of Lorain, OH, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, at his sister’s residence in Lorain, under the care of New Life Hospice, following a brief illness. He was born on March 31, 1961, in Lorain and had been a lifelong resident. Hernández was employed as pipefitter at Standard Pipe and did roofing work as well. He attended the St. Mary’s Church in Lorain. He enjoyed swimming, fishing, football and wrestling. Survivors include his son, Richard A. Hernández; sister, Lila Rice of Lorain; one grandchild; two nieces; one nephew; two great-nephews and two great-nieces. He was preceded in death by his father, Salvador, who died July 5, 1984; and mother Pauline (née Pugh) Hernández, who died Sept. 19, 1991.


JOSE MUÑIZ
Trinidad José Muniz, age 67, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007. He was born on May 19, 1940, in McAllen TX to José P. and Florencia (Zapata) Muñiz. José was a heavy equipment operator in the construction industry and most recently for the Ohio Department of Transportation. José was known as “Joe Loco”—he was a fun-loving and sarcastic type of guy. He loved his family and friends. José loved Mexican and Tejano music and the bailes. He would often travel to the Blue Diamond Club in Detroit, MI and was a regular at Las Palmas Nightclub. We would always hear “what a great dancer our father was!” José was a member of SS Peter and Paul Church. He will be greatly missed by his children, Julie, Lisa (Larry), Laura (Rick), & Tomás (Sherry); grandchildren, Deanna, Raquel, Alyssa, Antonio, Marissa, Arianna, Rosemary, Bronson, great-grandchildren, Alija Savona, Brayden, Devon; sisters, María Montelongo, Margie (Gilbert) Alvarado and brother, Ramiro “Ringo” Muñiz; sister-in-law, Rose Muñiz and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Leon Muñiz, brother-in-law Arsenio Montelongo and sister-in-law, Judy Muñiz.


 MERCEDES RODRÍGUEZ
Mercedes Rodríguez, 96, of Lorain, OH, died Thursday,
Oct. 11, 2007, at Lake Pointe Health Center, Lorain, following a lengthy illness.  She was born July 21, 1911, in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, and lived in Manhattan, N.Y., before coming to Lorain in 1992. Mrs. Rodríguez had been employed as a general office worker for Centro De Salud in Hato Tejas, Bayamon, Puerto Rico. She enjoyed playing the guitar, listening to Christian music and going to church. She attended Iglesia Manatial Inc., Lorain.
Survivors include her daughters María L. Rodríguez and Guillermina Cosme, both of Lorain; and seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and five great-great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gregorio Rodríguez and Francisca (née Vásquez) Rodríguez; brothers Alfredo Rodríguez and Gregorio Rodríguez; and a sister, Luisa Rodríguez.


EVARISTO P. SANTIAGO
Evaristo P. Santiago, 84, of Quebradillas, Puerto Rico, formerly of Fremont, OH, died at Hema San Pablo Hospital in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Evaristo was born on
October 31, 1922 in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico to José and María Pérez Santiago. On May 23, 1959 he married Ana María Vargas at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fremont. She passed away on July 14, 1998. Evaristo was employed by Norfolk & Western Railroad until retiring in 1982. He and Ana then retired to Quebradillas, Puerto Rico in 1992. Evaristo was a former member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fremont.
Surviving Evaristo are sons Angel Pérez (Gloria), Efrain Pérez (Tabita) of Vega Alta, P.R., Joseph M. Santiago (Tina) of Gibsonburg, and daughter Gladys Colburn (Jeffrey) of Fostoria, 9 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, brother Fred Pérez of P.R., sisters Ana Pérez Santiago and Anastasia Pérez Santiago of P.R., Esedra Pérez Santiago and Mary Pérez Santiago of Chicago, IL, and Gladys Smith of Florida. Evaristo is preceded in death by his parents, brother José Pérez Santiago and sister Cecilia Pérez Santiago.


CARMEN M. SEGARRA
Carmen M. (née Quiñones) Segarra, 88, of Lorain, OH, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007, at Main Street Care Center, Avon Lake, following a lengthy illness. She was born Aug. 21, 1919, in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico. She resided in Bronx, N.Y. before coming to Lorain in 1969. In Lorain, Carmen worked repairing canvas car tops. Prior to that, she worked as a dressmaker in New York. She was a member of Templo Emmanuel, Lorain, and enjoyed cooking and sewing. Survivors include her son, Ralph of Minnetonka, Minn.; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Rafael H. Segarra, in 2002; daughter, Carmen Serrano in 1980; and a brother and a sister.


FABIANA R. ZAMARRIPA
Fabiana R. Zamarripa, formerly of Rudolph, OH, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007 at Woodhaven Healthcare, Bowling Green, Ohio. Fabiana was born on January 20, 19
26 in San José Ranch, Texas to the late Leopoldo and Delfina (Escobedo) Riojas. Fabiana married Demetrio Zamarripa Sr. on Dec. 23, 1944 in Hidalgo County, Texas and he preceded her in death in 1998. She was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening, cooking and making crafts including making dolls. Fabiana also enjoyed soap operas and listening to Mexican music and playing cards. She was also a member of St. Aloysius Church, Bowling Green. Surviving are daughters, María Dalia of Rudolph, OH, María Elena Gutiérrez of Tiffin, OH, Hilda Ramírez of Perrysburg, OH, and Rosie Gutiérrez of Bowling Green, OH; sons, Adolfo “Al” Zamarripa of Weston, OH, Lauro “Larry” Zamarripa of Bowling Green, and Israel Zamarripa of Rudolph, 23 grandchildren and 25 great- grandchildren. Fabiana was preceded in death by her parents; husband Demetrio; sons, Juan M. Zamarripa and Demetrio Zamarripa Jr. and an infant son, one brother, Elijio Riojas; one sister, Dominga Garza; and four grandchildren.


JESSIE CASTILLEJA

Jessie Castilleja, 59, of Toledo, OH, passed away on Monday, October 1, 2007, in his home. He was born in Fremont, OH, on July 14, 1948, to José and Matilde (Barrientos) Castilleja. Jessie was employed as boilermaker and worked at Standard Oil for 17 years retiring in 1987. He was a Golden Gloves Boxing Champ in 1966 and 1967 and coached baseball and boxing for many years. He also enjoyed wrestling and was an avid Cleveland Browns and Indians fan. Surviving are his sons, Jimi (Nadia) and Jesse; brother, Johnny; sisters, Cruz García, Rosie Ramírez and Annie Montano; grandchildren, Nico, Marissa and Chloe. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Raymond and Martin; sisters, Ninfa, Mary, Josephine and Lupe.


JUANITA CASTRO
Juanita Castro, 56, of
Lorain, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2007, in her home following a battle with cancer. She was born June 6, 1965, in Humacao, Puerto Rico. She came to Lorain as an infant. She graduated from Admiral King High School in 1969. Ms. Castro retired as an administrative assistant and a bailiff for Lorain County Probate Court Judge Ewers, and prior to that, she was an administrative assistant to Judge Corts. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. She was active in Lorain County Democratic Party politics. She was an avid reader enjoyed sports and was a fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, and Ohio State. She loved to travel, shop, dine out, entertain family and friends and her dogs and cats. She also loved spending time with her nieces and nephews.
Among the survivors are her mother, Bienvenida “Benita” Castro (née Rosario) of Lorain; sisters María Rodríguez of Lorain and Irma Figueroa of Bloomfield, N.J.; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Antolin Castro, in December 2004; and her brother, Julio Castro, in July 2004.


CAROLINE DÍAZ
Caroline Díaz, 47, of Mosser Dr., Fremont, OH, died Sunday, September 30, 2007 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, OH. She was born November 11, 1959 in Fremont to Juan M. Díaz and Manuella (Bocanegra) Garza. Caroline was a Homemaker and also worked for Saddleman’s as a Seamstress. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, being outside and enjoyed Life. Caroline is survived by her father and step-mother, Juan M. and Alicia Díaz, Fremont, OH; daughter, Tisha (Michael Hill) McRobbie, Fremont, OH; sisters, Ester Díaz, , Isabel McGilton, both of Fremont, OH, Tina Bell, Ypsilanti, MI; brother, Steve Díaz, Fremont, OH; grandchildren, Manuel and Maleah Hill; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her mother, Manuella Garza; brothers, John and Rudolph Díaz.


NILDA MEDINA
Nilda Medina (née Alvarez), 80, of Lorain, OH, died Thursday,
Oct. 4, 2007, at University Hospitals, Cleveland, after a lengthy illness and numerous medical complications. She was born May 28, 1927, in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, and lived in Lorain since 1946. Mrs. Medina was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and was the first and only woman to serve on the committees that raised funds to build both the Puerto Rican Home and Sacred Heart Chapel. She enjoyed reading and gardening, especially her flowers and vegetables and her family.
Survivors include her sons Eugene Medina, Julio Medina Jr., Jason Julio Medina and Jeremy Gene Medina, all of Lorain; daughter, Yolanda Nagy of Lorain; brother, Eddie Alvarez of Lorain; sister, Margarita Alvarez of Barceloneta, Puerto Rico; and 12 grandchildren and 18 great -grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her former husband, Julio Medina (Lule); her parents; Evaristo and Aleja (née Peña) Alvarez; brothers Evaristo Alvarez and Harry Alvarez; and sisters Dora Pastraña and Eva Vázquez.


ANDREA OLVERA

Andrea Olvera, 78 years old, of Defiance, OH, died Monday, October 1st, 2007 at 2:23 p.m. She is survived by her children, Sandra Greenler, Rita Licardie, Martha Guerra, Ricardo Olvera, John Olvera, George Olvera, and José Olvera.


ARMANDO BAIS
Armando “Herman” Baís, age 48, of Toledo, OH, died Monday,
September 24, 2007, in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. He was born July 23, 1959, to Margarito and Petra (Díaz) Baís in Toledo. He attended Woodward High School and was a loving father and grandfather. Armando is survived by his sons, Gerald, James, and Nicholas Hyslop and Armando Baís II. Also surviving are his brothers, Joseph (Betty), Michael, Jesse, Margarito (Kimberly), Alfredo and Andrew Baís; sisters, Mary Underwood and Chanita (Art) Banda and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Tibursi “Tony” Baís.


BOBBY J. CANTU
Bobby J. Cantu, 73, of
Lorain, OH, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007, at EMH Regional Medical Center, Elyria, after a short illness. He was born on Nov. 11, 1933 in Kimball, W.Va., and had lived in Lorain before going to work as a porter for Great Lakes Fleet for 39 years. Survivors include his brothers Bill Cantu of Sheffield Lake, Elbert Cantu of Lorain and Clarence Cantu of Nova; and sisters Sally Polas of Lorain, Elsie Newman of Elyria, Peggy Hunker of Oberlin and Debra Click of Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Elsie (née Hale) Cantu; brother, Lee Cantu; and a sister, Joann Nagy.


JOSEPH  EDWARD  CÁSARES
Joseph Edward Cásares, 58, of Genoa, Ohio passed away
September 29, 2007, to join his family behind the pearly gates of heaven. He was born on December 24, 1948, in Fremont, OH to Edward and Mary (Castilleja) Cásares. Joe was taken by an unforgiving disease that he battled for two years. He was a strong family oriented man, hardworking and a born-again Christian who served the Lord. Joe was raised in Genoa, OH, where he graduated from high school in 1968. Joe was a journeymen sprinkler fitter and worked for Local Union #669 for many years and also sold life insurance part time. He enjoyed spending time with his family, and also enjoyed playing pool and was an excellent boxer and was Golden Glove Champion in 1965 to 1967. Joe tried to do the best in everything he chose to do. Joe was kind, sweet, caring, smart, unselfish, and his beautiful smile was loved by family and many, many friends. Surviving are his brother, Jerry Cásares; sister, Linda Cásares; daughters, Tina and Gracie Cásares; sons, Joseph and James Cásares; grandchildren, Victor Mitchell and Christian Cásares; aunts, uncles and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his son, Marcos; parents, Edward and Mary Cásares; brothers, James and Leo Cásares.


VERONICA CHRISTINE LÓPEZ-COX
Veronica “B” Christine López-Cox, 32, of Lorain, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007, at Life Care Center, Medina, after lengthy complications of diabetes and multiple sclerosis. She was born Nov. 20, 1974, in Lorain and was a lifelong resident of the city. Mrs. López-Cox was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Lorain, and was a 1992 graduate of Lorain High School, where she was a member of the Mustang Twirling Corps and Lorain High School Marching Band and Orchestra. She loved swimming, amusement parks and family gatherings. She was employed as a nursing assistant at Ohio Extended Care Center, Lorain.
Survivors include her husband, Christopher Cox; son, Nico Cox, and daughter, Marianna Cox, both of Lorain; her father, Fred López of Lorain; brothers Freddy López of Lorain and Jerome López of Lake Havasu, Ariz.; sister, Kathleen López of Lorain; and her paternal grandfather, Abelino López Sr. of Lorain. She was preceded in death by her mother, Marianne (née Lamats); paternal grandmother, Margarita López; and her maternal grandparents, William and Wilma Lamats.


NATIVIDAD NAVARRO
Natividad “Tavo” Navarro (née DeJesús), 80, of Lorain, OH, died Monday,
Sept. 24, 2007, at home, following a lengthy illness. She was born Nov. 3, 1926, in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico. She came to Lorain the first time in 1952 from San Lorenzo and returned to a year later. She came to Lorain to stay in 1955. Mrs. Navarro was an avid gardener and a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and its Altar and Rosary Society. She enjoyed volunteering in the Sacred Heart kitchen. Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Regino Navarro; sons José L. Navarro of Arlington, TX, Miguel A., Hector, Gilberto, Nelson and Regino Navarro Jr., all of Lorain, and Roberto Navarro of LaGrange, Ky.; daughters Lucia Morell and Carmen L. Ramos, both of Bradenton, Fla., and Iris Candelario, Judith Figueroa, Silvia Williams and Angela Navarro, all of Lorain; brothers Ramiro and Hipolito DeJesús, both of Caguas, Puerto Rico; sisters Juana DeJesús, Anna Hilda and Iris DeJesús Patillas of Puerto Rico and Angela González of Caguas; and 21 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Santos and Lucia (née González) DeJesus; and brothers Manolo DeJesús, Felix DeJesús, and Saturnino DeJesús.


MAXIMINO PÉREZ
Maximino Pérez, 75, of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, formerly of Lorain, OH, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007, after a brief illness. He was born June 25, 1932, in San Lorenzo and moved to Lorain in 1954 where he worked for Conrail for 43 years and was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. In retirement he lived in San Lorenzo, playing dominoes and gardening. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Carmen (née García) Pérez; sons Robert, José, Max, Alex and Hector; daughter, Marta Gonzáles; and 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, José and Gregoria Pérez; and one grandson.


RAYMOND RUIZ JR.
Raymond Ruiz Jr., of Toledo, passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2007, in the Northwest Ohio Hospice Center, Perrysburg OH. Raymond retired from Sun Oil Co. after 35 years in marketing and refining. He is survived by his wife, Rose; son, Anthony; daughter, Debra (Lorenzo) Atkins; grandson, Jay; loving pets and close friends, Roosevelt (Barbara) Nix, Fred Creccetelli and Nick Cuda.


DALILA VÁZQUEZ
Dalila Vázquez, 47, of Lorain, OH, died Wednesday,
Sept. 26, 2007, at her home, after a lengthy illness of kidney cancer. She was born Jan. 28, 1960, in Lorain, where she has been a lifelong resident. She worked for four years as a mail sorter for Weekly Mailing Inc. in Berea. Vázquez formerly attended the House of Praise, Lorain. She enjoyed reading the Bible, riding motorcycles, hiking and socializing with friends. Survivors include her mother, Laura Esther Vázquez (née Prieto) of Lorain; sons Isaac Terron and Alexander Ayala, both of Lorain; daughter, Samatha Lee Carlton of Lorain; brothers Hercules, Enoch and Roldan, all of Lorain; sisters, Ada LeBron, Selinda Vázquez-Ward and Lalila Vázquez, all of Lorain; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Theodore Vázquez, on Dec. 7, 1999.


AURIA FONSECA
Auria Fonseca, 62, of Lorain, OH, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, at Community Health Partners Hospital and Surgical Center West, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. She was born Aug. 6, 1945, in Caguas, Puerto Rico, and lived in Cleveland for most of her life before moving to Lorain a year ago. She worked as a machine operator for Cosmo Plastics in Cleveland for 14 years before retiring in 1997. Fonseca enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Survivors include her sons Robert and Pedro Caraballo, both of Cleveland; daughter, Rita Evans of Lorain; eight grandchildren; brothers Carlos and Angel “Hito,” both of Lorain; sisters Maria Luisa Stanaker of Cambridge and Gladys Fonseca of Lorain. She was preceded in death by her parents, Manuel, in 1991, and Juanita (née Rodríguez), in 1982; brothers Isidoro Fonseca, in 1990, and Juan Fonseca, in 1983; sisters Carmen Natal, in 1983, Juanita Fonseca, in 1997 and Irma Castro.


NATALYA ELIZABETH MARTÍNEZ
Natalya Elizabeth Martínez, born an identical twin, became one of God’s little angels on Friday, September 14, 2007, in the Toledo Children’s Hospital. She leaves to cherish her memory, her parents, Alvin and Laura Martínez; twin sister, Alyanna Rose Martínez; sister, Lana Marie Martínez; half-brother, John Martínez; grandparents, Steve and Theresa Jones; grandmother, Olga Soto; grandfather, Alvin Martínez, Sr. and a host of loving relatives and family friends.


OLIVIA H. REYNA
Olivia H. Reyna, 73, of Garrison St., Fremont, OH, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at her home. She was born December 17, 1933 in Florence Town, TX to Luis and Nestoria (Sylva) Herrera. She married Enestacio Reyna on July 25, 1957 in Toledo, OH. Olivia was a homemaker and a member of Victory Christian Fellowship Church. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, crocheting, and loved the Lord. Olivia is survived by her husband, Enestacio Reyna, Fremont, OH; children, María (Mel) Peña, Rey (Mary Lou) Reyna, Luis (Alicia) Reyna, Arsenio Reyna, all of Fremont, OH, Alberto (Bonita) Reyna, Eaton, OH, Erminia (Armando) Calderon, Bowling Green, OH, José (Sara) Reyna, Burgoon, OH; brothers, Antonio Herrera, Green Springs, OH, Roberto Herrera, Elmore, OH; sister, Lydia Reyna, Fremont, OH; fifteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Rafael Herrera.


DANIEL ARRIAGA
Gibsonburg OH resident Daniel Arriaga, age 42, died at his home on
Saturday, September 8, 2007. Daniel was born on October 19, 1964 in Woodville, Ohio to the now deceased Guadalupe Arriaga, Sr. and Isabel Villarreal. He graduated from Gibsonburg High School, attended St. Michael’s Catholic Church and was currently working at the Reino’s Cleaners in Gibsonburg. Dan is survived by his siblings, Guadalupe (Delores) Arriaga, Jr., John Arriaga, Linda (Delfino) García, Alice Villarreal, Gloria (Geraldo) Limon all of Gibsonburg, Lydia (Joe) Olade of Helena, Yolanda (Gus) García of Fremont, Bertha (Polo) Giullen of Los Fresnos, TX, Ofelia Flores of Hessville, Olga (Eddie) Martinez of Fremont and Roseann Rodriquez of Wayne and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Theresa Rosas and Margaret Maldonado and brother Robert and brother-in-law Ricardo Villarreal.


L. KELLEY DELGADO
L. Kelley Delgado, 40, of Lorain, OH, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007, at Community Regional Medical Center, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. She was born Feb. 13, 1967, in Columbus and lived most of her life in Lorain. Ms. Delgado enjoyed her children and taking care of her nieces and nephews.
Survivors include her son, Jason Hembree of Rocky River; daughters Michelle Gray of Tampa, Fla., and Brittany Renner of North Olmsted; her mother, Pamela K. Berrios of Lorain; brother, Christian Gnizak of Cleveland; sisters Melinda Marti, Ami Alston, Brandi Berrios, Shannon Berrios and Martha Colón, all of Lorain, Anna Gonzáles of Euclid and Corey Whitt of West Virginia; and one grandchild and nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by a sister, Kimberly Delgado, and her grandparents.


PAULINE ESPINOZA-ZAPATA

Pauline Espinoza-Zapata, 49, of Toledo, OH, passed away suddenly Saturday, September 8, 2007, at her residence. Pauline was born on May 5, 1958, in Toledo, Ohio to Michael and Cecelia (Salazar) Espinoza. She worked the registration desk for several years with both Mercy and St. Vincent’s Hospitals. She also was a member of Good Shepherd Church and the Latins United Club. Surviving are her husband, Raymundo Zapata; children, Mateo (Jaime) Espinoza, Tiburcio Zapata and Alejandro Zapata; mother, Cecelia Espinoza; sisters, Yolanda (Curtis) Haines, Juanita Espinoza, Dolores (Trino) Salazar, Donna Warrell, Lucia (John) Cosgrove and Eloysa Espinoza; brothers, Michael and Manuel Espinoza; god-children, Joseph, Steven and Sylvia Aranda and Amanda Rodríguez; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and daughter, Amelia.


DAVID VANCE FERNÁNDEZ
David Vance Fernández, 40, of Sandusky, OH, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007, in his home. He was born Feb. 22, 1967, and was a graduate of Sandusky High School, where he enjoyed participating in the a cappella choir and swim team. Fernández received a bachelor’s degree in recreation from Bowling Green State University. After graduating, he pursued his love for swimming, boating, and skiing. Survivors include his father, Desmon “Dez”; aunt, Marian Hamm; uncle, Paul Ekey Sr.; eight first cousins; and close friend, Margaret McCartney. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marjorie Ekey Fernández.


RITA B. GARCÍA
Rita B. García, 74 of Helena, OH, died early Sunday, September 9, 2007 at Fremont Memorial Hospital. She was born on April 22, 1933 in Big Wells, TX to the now deceased José & Vivianna (DeLuna) Belmares. On October 23, 1950 she married Daniel García, Sr. in Arkansas and he died on March 29, 1994. Rita was employed at the Heinz Company retiring in 1997. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Millersville and she loved gardening, cooking, playing chess and poker along with watching Tiger Woods and the Cleveland Indians. She is survived by children; Rose (Robert) Koester of Bowling Green, Liobardo García of Clyde, Fernando García of Helena, Daniel (Melissa) García, Jr. of Helena, Delia C. Marion of Northwood, John P. García of Bettsville, 7 grandchildren; Michelle (John) DelToro, Richard (Ester) Torres, Joshua & Cassandra García, Keith & Kalen Marion, and Kyle Koester, 5 great-grandchildren, 8 sisters and 2 brothers. Rita was preceded in death by a daughter; Pauline Voelzke and 3 brothers.


LEON R. DE LUNA  
Leon R. DeLuna, age 67, of Toledo, OH, died Tuesday, September 4, 2007, in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. Leon was born June 28, 1940, in Woodsboro, TX to Ben and Pauline (González) DeLuna. He worked for Jeep 27 years until retiring in 2001. Leon was a member of the UAW and Latinos United. He was a passionate fan of University of Michigan football, Detroit Tigers baseball, and the music of Elvis Presley. Leon was a loving father and grandfather who truly enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Surviving are his loving daughters, Lisa and Lana DeLuna; brothers, Alonzo, Robert, and Richard DeLuna; sisters, Dora, Sonia and Nina DeLuna and Velma (DeLuna) Polendo; grandchildren, Angela Cruz, Danielle Cross, Anthony Cross Jr., Hector, Ricardo, and Tatiana Zapata. Also surviving is his former wife and special friend, Cory DeLuna. Leon was preceded in death by his parents.


MATIAS TORRES
Matias Torres, 91, of Woodville, OH, died peacefully at his home on Friday, September 07, 2007. He was born February 24, 1916 in Falls City, TX to Reyes and María (Hernández) Torres. He married Mercedes Rodríguez on August 19, 1939 in Taft, TX. She died in March of 1985. Matias worked for U.S. Gypsum in Port Clinton until he retired in 1972. He attended the Trinity Assembly of God Church in Woodville, OH. The love of his life was God, Family, Fishing and his dogs, Quarter and Oso. Matias is survived by his beloved children, Manuel (Jeanne) Torres, Fremont; Vincent Torres, Sandusky; Joe (Elvira) Torres, Huron; Emma (Bennie) Martínez, Hillsdale, MI; Lydia (Alfredo DeLuna) Torres, Denver; Irma (Robert) Jones, Hillsdale, MI; Mary Anne (Alfredo) Palomo, Castalia; Sally (César) Hernández, Woodville; Daniel (Olga) Torres, Alexandria, VA; Teddie (Rigoberto) Hernández, Denver, CO; son-in-law, J.B. Jenkins, Indianhead, MD; twenty-nine grandchildren, thirty-four great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mercedes Torres; infant daughter, Gloria Torres; daughter, Beatrice Jenkins; brother, Ramón Alleman; great grandchildren, Erica Jones, Victoria Imke and Sammy Palomo.


WILLIAM MARQUEZ
William “Willie” Marquez, 57, of Lorain, OH, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007, at University Hospitals, Cleveland, after a lengthy illness.  He was born April 11, 1950, in Lorain and was a lifelong resident of the city. He graduated from Lorain High School in 1968. Marquez retired from the United States Post Office as a supervisor. He was also a musician, writer, composer and lead singer for the group, Nombres. He was a member of Kingdom Hall, South Congregation, in Lorain. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis (née Zocchi); sons William A. Marquez and Sean A. Marquez, both of Lorain; stepdaughter, Candace Chesnick of Lorain; stepsons Kenneth J. Cullen and Kevin J. Cullen, both of Lorain; sister, Alicia “Tita” Marquez of Connecticut; and 13 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dionisio and Adela (née Crespo) Marquez; brothers Nelson Marquez and Lionel “Johnny” Marquez; and sister, María Díaz.


CONCHA RAMOS  
Concha “Connie” Ramos, embarked on her final journey and everlasting life with the Lord surrounded by her family early Thursday morning,
August 30, 2007, in Fulton County Health Center, Wauseon, Ohio. Connie was born on June 22, 1931, to the late José and Angela Vela. She married Salvador Ramos on November 22, 1948, and he survives. The 76 years spent on this earth were filled with love and laughter. Connie was motivated in life by her love of God, her love for her husband and her children, and her love of others. Her quiet strength endeared her to those around her; she gave unselfishly, without judgment, a living testament of her faith. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Caspar Catholic Church and attended Oasis Christian Fellowship. Connie is survived by her devoted husband, Salvador, of Tedrow; children, Oscar (Lupe) Ramos, Lynda (Mike) Reckner, Mary Helen Molina, and Cindi (Victor) Siller, all of Wauseon; grandchildren, Frankie (Angie) Molina, Mikki (John) Autry, Oscar (Buffy) Ramos, Michael T. Reckner, Sonny (Mandie) Crawford III, Gina (Jorge) Jiménez, Kristen Siller and Anthony Molina; her great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Carly, Jacob, Austin, Brendan, Michael Bennett, Sarah, Jazmine, Taylor, Damon, Grace, and unborn baby, Crawford. Connie will be truly missed by surviving brothers and sisters or join her in rejoicing in glory, Jesse, deceased, and Carmen Vela, Elkhart, IN, Greg (Nancy) Vela, Wauseon, Juventina, deceased, and Marcelino Correa, Hondo, TX, María and Jerry, deceased, Toscano, San Antonio, TX, Anna and Robert, deceased, De León, Germany and Odelia Vela who is deceased. Connie is preceded in death by her parents; great-grandchildren, Michael James, Frankie Nicole, Isaiah James.


RANDY S. RIVERA

Randy S. Rivera, 40, of Napoleon, OH, died Saturday, August 25, 2007, at Mercy Hospital of Defiance. Born Oct. 2, 1966, in Poteet, Texas, he was the son of Margarita (Sánchez) Rivera of Napoleon and the late Adan G. Rivera. On May 23, 1992, he married Gwendolyn R. Lambert, who survives. He was a heavy equipment operator for Miller Brothers Construction Co. of Archbold for the past 20 years. He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church of Napoleon, the Sons of the American Legion Post #300, Moose Lodge #788 and the Eagles Aerie #4428, all of Napoleon, and IUOP Local #18 of Cleveland. He is also survived by two daughters, Mary Margaret Rivera and Meagan Marie Rivera, both of Napoleon; five brothers, Roger (Lydia) of Victoria, TX, Lupe (Sylvia) and Adam Jr., both of Napoleon, Rick (Annette) of Houston, TX, and Robert of Aurora, Colo.; five sisters, Diane (Tony) Sandoval of Arlington, TX, Janie (George) Ponce of San Antonio, TX, Carmen Hueble of Defiance, Minerva (Rudy) Olivo of Columbus Grove and Ruby (Mike) Warren of Napoleon. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Tom.


ROSENDO CASTILLEJA   

Rosendo Castilleja, 82, of Genoa, OH, formerly of Woodville, died in the Genoa Retirement Village on Thursday, August 23, 2007.  Rosendo was born March 1, 1925, in Fredericksburg, TX, to the late Crespin and Locadia (Carreón) Castilleja.  He married Natalie Gómez, who preceded him in death.  Rosendo worked at the former Ohio Lime Co. in Woodville, retiring in 1988, and was a backyard mechanic, a “Mr. Fix-it.”

Survivors include his sons, Richard Cantu of Arlington, TX and Rosendo Castilleja, Jr. of Toledo, three granddaughters, and eight great-grandchildren; his brother, Marcelino (Rutila) Castilleja of Genoa; and a lot of nieces and nephews.  His parents, wife, and sister preceded him in death.


DANIEL PÉREZ-GARCÍA
Daniel “Danny” Pérez-García, age 48 of Clyde, OH, passed away Saturday,
August 18, 2007 at The Bellevue Hospital Emergency Room. He was born February 27, 1959 in Harlingen, TX the son of the late José and Aurora Lozoya García. He enjoyed riding his bicycle, watching the Browns, Fliers, and Buckeyes play football, and most importantly loved spending time with his family. Danny was a very giving person and would do whatever he could to help other people. He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer (Lawrence) Rhea of Fremont, brothers, Pedro and Juan (Michelle) García, both of Denver, CO, Rogelio (Annie) García of Fremont, Joe García of Toledo, Roberto (Adela) García of San Antonio, TX, Rene (Amy) and Rolando García, both of Clyde, sisters, Olivia (Miguel) Arreola, of Clyde, Sylvia García of Denver, CO, Aurora Castaneda and María D. (Mike) Slotto, both of Clyde, Nancy (Pedro) Velez of Elizabeth, NJ, grandchildren, Joshua and Akari and granddaughter on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Richard, and sister, Maria


NEREIDA GONZÁLEZ
Nereida “Nellie” González (née Figueroa), 87, formerly of Lorain, OH, died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007, in Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park, Fla. She was born May 15, 1920, in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. She came to Lorain in 1950 and lived there until moving to Pinellas Park in 1975. Mrs. González retired in 1987 as a housekeeper for Northside Hospital, Pinellas Park. She worked there for 11 years. She has also worked as a housekeeper for 10 years at Avon Oaks Nursing Home until 1975. She was a member of Sacred Heart ChurchPinellas Park, and a former member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. She enjoyed crocheting, playing bingo, flower and vegetable gardening, collecting porcelain dolls, Spanish music, game shows, and novelas.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Manuel Antonio González of Pinellas Park; sons Manuel Antonio González Jr. of Elyria, Freddy González of Lorain, and David González of Saint Petersburg, Fla.; daughters Leida González-Huey of Frisco, Texas, Elsie García of Amherst Township and Daisy González of Lorain; and 15 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her parents, Juan Figueroa and María Teresa Vázquez; daughter, Santita Figueroa González; brothers Felix and Wilfredo Figueroa; and an aunt.


GENOBEVA HERRERA

Genobeva “Eva” J. Herrera, 86, passed away at 4:12 p.m. Friday, August 24, 2007, in Tecumseh, MI, at the home of her daughter. Born April 12, 1921, in Cotulla, Texas, she was the daughter of Pedro and María (Tayles) Jaimez. She married Julian D. Herrera in San Antonio, Texas March 4, 1942. He preceded her in death in 1986. Mrs. Herrera was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Erie. She will be deeply missed by all her children, Mary (Joe) García, Tencha Herrera, Lolly Juárez, Annie (Manuel) Valdez, Olivia (Enrique) Pérez, Elida (Norm) Witaszek, Carlos (Evon), David (Mona) Herrera, Richard (Sheri), Larry (Shannon) Herrera and Alex (Lilia) Romo; her brother, Pedro Jaimez Jr.; 29 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by 2 sons, Daniel and Julian Jr.; a brother, Andy and a granddaughter, Rachel Solis.


ESTHER VILLANUEVA

Esther Villanueva, born Sept. 20, 1944, passed away August 18, 2007, at St. Charles Hospital. She is survived by daughters, Sonia, Alicia; son, Erick; other relatives, Alice Medina, Cindy Martínez, Jacob Medina, Thomas Villanueva, Susie, Hector Sr., Hector Jr., Adrian Martínez Sr., Adrian Jr., and Esequiel Bernal.


RICHARD L. COLÓN
Richard L. Colón, 19, of Lorain, died Saturday, August 11, 2007 in Lorain, OH from injuries sustained in an auto accident. He was born March 28, 1988 in Agana, Guam, coming to Lorain a year later where he has lived since. He attended St. John Catholic parochial school and Whittier Junior High. He then attended Southview High School where he wrestled, and Admiral King High School. This past June, he received his G.E.D. Richard played Lorain Youth Baseball, and enjoyed riding his motorcycles, playing basketball and baseball. Surviving is his mother and step father, Lizzette Garcia-Reyes and John Reyes of Lorain; father, Louis Colón of Choctaw, Oklahoma; a sister, Kristina Rivera of Lorain and 3 sisters of Choctaw, Oklahoma; maternal grandmother and step grandfather, Olga and Luis Bonilla of Lorain; paternal grandmother, Mary Jean Colón of Choctaw, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Anthony García in 2005; and paternal grandfather, Louis Colón in 1983.


ANGEL R. LÓPEZ
Angel R. López, 79, of Lorain, OH, died Friday, Aug. 17, 2007, in New Life Hospice Center of Saint Joseph, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. He was born Sept. 2, 1927, in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain from Aguadilla in 1948. López retired in 1986 from the rolling mill of Lorain-Cuyahoga Works of U.S. Steel, Lorain. He worked there for 38 years. He was a member Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. He was also a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local 1104 of Lorain. He enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening.
Survivors include his son, Hector López of Elyria; daughters Nilda Rosado, and Miriam “Migi” Morell both of Lorain, Celia Stawicki of Sheffield Village; Sisters Pura López, Angela López and Ernestina López of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, Cruz López of Philadelphia, Pa.; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Laura López (née Rosado) in 2004; parents Luis and Filomena López; son, Angel L. López in 1990; brothers José L. López and Armando López; and sisters Andrea López and Elidia López.


ANIBAL LÓPEZ
Anibal López, 48, of
Lorain, OH, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007, at his home following a brief illness. López was born on Feb. 16, 1959, in Lorain and was a lifelong resident. He had been employed on the assembly line at the Lorain Ford Motor Corp. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain. He enjoyed auto mechanics and was an avid pool player. He especially enjoyed spending time with his great-nephews. Survivors include his son, Anibal López Jr. of Lorain; mother, Irba (née Borrero) López of Lorain; brothers Wilfredo López of Milwaukee; Samuel López of Brooklyn, N.Y.; sisters Minerva López of Melbourne, Fla., Carmen M. Pérez, Luz E. Carrero both of Lorain; eight great-nephews; and his longtime companion, Carmen (née Solís) Ortiz of Lorain. He was preceded in death by his father, Augustin López in 1998; and brothers Augustin López Jr., Edwin López, and William López.


GERARD A. MARTÍNEZ
Gerard A. “Jerry” Martínez, age 43, died unexpectedly on August 14, 2007, in his south Toledo home. Jerry was born in Toledo, OH, on May 29, 1964, to Stevan and Socorro Martínez. He was a 1982 graduate of Central Catholic High School. Jerry worked for the Lucas County Job and Family Services. Jerry enjoyed being around family. His favorite baseball team was the Detroit Tigers. He was a gentle giant, soft spoken, with a big heart. His generosity to family and coworkers was unlimited. Jerry’s smile could light up a room. He will greatly be missed. He is preceded in death by his parents, Stevan and Socorro Martínez and nephew, Chad Riba. He is survived by his loving sisters, Judi Riba and Charlotte Martínez; nephew, Stevan Wines; nieces, Monica Riba, Becky Tomalewski; nephews, Corey and Israel Riba. He is also survived by his aunts and uncles, Tony and Dolores Rodríguez, Sam and Gloria Rodríguez, Joe and Pat Rodríguez and many loving cousins.


DR. FERNANDO ARIAS 
Dr. Fernando Arias, Ph.D., 73, died August 7, 2007, in Maumee, Ohio, of complications due to cancer. Dr. Arias was a renowned medical doctor, researcher, and author in the field of high risk pregnancy and delivery, as well as a beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, and colleague. Dr. Arias was one of the world's preeminent scholars in the field of maternal-fetal medicine. During his academic life, Dr. Arias published more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals and the book, Practical Guide for the Management of High Risk Pregnancy and Delivery, which has been translated into Spanish, Russian, and German and is soon to come out in its third edition. In 1998, Dr. Arias moved to Toledo, Ohio, as a specialist in maternal-fetal medicine at the Toledo Hospital and was appointed Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical School at the University of Toledo. From 1982 to 1998, he served as Director of Labor and Delivery at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Louis University School of Medicine. From 1974 to 1982, Dr. Arias served on the faculty of the Medical School at Washington University in St. Louis, where he became Associate Professor and then Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Head of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Dr. Arias was born in the small town of Calarca, Colombia, on June 11, 1934, one of nine children of Fernando Arias and Emilia Aguirre de Arias. His parents recognized his potential and made his education a priority, sending him to boarding school in Bogota when he was just 12 years old. He earned his medical degree at the National University of Colombia in Bogota in 1958 and entered medical practice in his home town of Calarca. In 1961 he came to the United States as a doctoral student and earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1964. Upon completing his doctorate, Dr. Arias returned to Bogota and assumed the position of Chairman of the Department of Basic Sciences at the National University of Colombia. He later moved to Medellin, Colombia, and became Dean of the College of Sciences and Humanities of the University of Antioquia. In 1969, Dr. Arias returned to the United States and became a Fellow in Reproductive Biochemistry at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. In 1971, he moved to St. Louis and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Barnes Hospital - Washington University. Dr. Arias' personal warmth, generosity, and his dedication to his profession endeared him to his colleagues and patients, as well as to his family and friends. He enjoyed reading and traveled extensively. He was an accomplished sportsman, playing professional minor league soccer as a young man in Colombia and running ten marathons, including the Boston marathon in under three hours.


JOSE IBARRA SR.
José Ibarra, Sr., 65 years, of Toledo, OH, passed away Sunday evening, August 12, 2007, at the Hospice Center, Perrysburg surrounded by his loving family. José was born in Joyce, TX, on March 15, 1942, to Casimiro and Luz Ibarra Sr. He was a lifelong member of SS Peter and Paul Parish. José was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Casimiro Jr. and Vidal Ibarra. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years Lucia, and children, José Jr., Narciso, Telma, Joyce J. Ibarra, Patricia Rita (Cruz) Gómez, Guadalupe Ibarra; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grand-children; siblings, Delia (Jesse) Villagomez, María (José) Cardenas, Jesse (Eva) Ibarra, Narciso Ibarra, Susana (John) De Lao, Manuela (Frank) Uribe, Richard (Honda) Ibarra, and Ofelia Ibarra.


 

ALBERT G. DELGADO  

Albert G. Delgado, age 54, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Saturday, August 4th, 2007, in his Ottawa Lake, MI home surrounded by his loving family. A 1972 graduate of Waite High School in Toledo, Albert worked for the former General Tire and Textile Leather. Until becoming ill, he was employed by Fiske Brothers Lubriplate for over 30 years. Albert was a union organizer, a member of the Sylvania Moose Lodge, and enjoyed bowling, baseball, golf, and fishing with Aquaman, (his brother). Albert is survived by his wife, Brenda Buyaki; daughters, Anna Delgado, of Oregon, OH, Elisa Rodríquez, of Ontario, CA, and Ursula (Manny) Soto, of Lambertville, MI; step-sons, Anthony Shipman, of Redford, MI and Alexander Shipman, of Okeechobee, FL; grandchildren, Angelo García, Ariana Rodriquez, Bianca Louise Bailey, and Elena and Manuel Soto; parents, Gilbert and Enedina (García) Delgado Sr.; beloved brothers, Gilbert G. (Rosie) Delgado, of Oregon, OH, David G. (Guadalupe) Delgado, of Toledo, OH, Juan J. (Rosalinda) Delgado, of Corpus Christi, TX, Daniel (Martha) Delgado, of Orange Grove, TX, and Alfred G. (Debbie) Delgado, of Graytown, OH; beloved sisters, Rosie (Rob) Low, of Pittsburg, PA, Susie (Frank) Ramírez, of Ben Bolt, TX, and Julie Delgado, of Toledo, OH; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and former spouse, Stella Reyes. He was preceded in death by his nieces, Ruby Ann Sánchez and Danielle and Rebecca Delgado. The family will receive friends at the Reeb Funeral Home, 5712 N. Main St., Sylvania, on Wednesday, August 8th, 2007, from 3-9 p.m., where the funeral ceremony will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Riga Cemetery. Those wishing to give contributions are asked to consider Hospice of Northwest Ohio, the Cathedral of Praise, or a charity of the donor's choice. www.reebfuneralhome.com


 

SANTOS LEON GARCÍA
Santos Leon García, age 15, of Toledo, OH, unexpectedly went to be with the Lord on August 3, 2007 while being with his cherished family and friends. Santos was born on April 10, 1992, in Oregon, Ohio to Rosalinda Marie Contreraz and Adam García. Santos recently completed 8th grade at Leverette Junior High School. The joys he experienced in his short meaningful life were those times with family and friends. His soul had tenderness for the elderly, animals, and organizations such as Adelante, Inc., the Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center, and Positive Choices, which focused on acts of compassion. Santos would volunteer to shovel during the winter for the seniors citizens who were not able to do so themselves. Santos was a dedicated and determined young man who made many differences in others lives. He will always be remembered for his beautiful smile!
Santos will be forever loved and missed by his parents; siblings, Francisco, Eva, Rosalind, Antonia, Danita, Regina, Adam, Jr., Seth, and Jeremy; extended brothers and sisters, Paul, Michael, Jessica, Nicole and Alicia Garza; grandparents, Petra Zuniga, Francisco and Olivia Contreras, and Carmen García; special cousins, Mary, Bob, Angel, Crystal, and Miranda Whiteman; special friends, Morlon Harris, Jessica, Jasmin, Indigo, Linda Alvarado, Dylan, Trevor, Faith, Robert Torres, Sonia Troche, and Steve Riddle.


LAWRENCE MONTANO

Paul Larry Montano, age 44, of south Toledo, died suddenly on Friday, August 3, 2007, in the St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. Larry was born in Fremont, Ohio to Refugio and Anita (Castilleja) Montano on February 18, 1963. He was a family-oriented man who enjoyed doing things for others; he especially liked to cook. Larry was a residential painter for over 20 years, a trade his father taught him. He was a member of the Inner City Baptist Church in south Toledo. Larry is survived by his wife, Shelly Montano; children, Esperanza Montano, Juan Ramón Alvarado, Lawrence Montano Jr., Refugio Joseph Montano; granddaughter, Mercedes Cardenas; father, Refugio (Helen) Montano; mother, Anita Montano; siblings, Cecelia (Joseph) Arce, Lisa (Adam) Holguin, Kenneth Montano, Rene Montano Sr., Rachel Montano, Refugio (Jessica) and Juan Montano. Also surviving are several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.


GILBERT MALDONADO
Gilbert Maldonado, 51, of Lorain, OH, died Friday, July 27, 2007, at Community Regional Medical Center, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. He was born Jan. 1, 1956, in Lorain and was a lifelong resident.  Survivors include his son, Gilbert Anthony Maldonado of Florida; his father, Ismael V. Maldonado of Lorain; brothers David Maldonado and Ismael Maldonado Rivas, both of Lorain; sisters Brunie Rodríguez and Jackie Vélez, both of Lorain; and nieces, a nephew and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, María Rivas; and brother, Nicholas Maldonado.


ELIZABETH L. TORRES
Elizabeth L. Torres, (née López-Rodríguez), 55, of Lorain, OH, died Friday,
Aug. 3, 2007, at Cleveland Clinic following a lengthy illness. She was born Dec. 20, 1952, in the Bronx, N.Y. She lived in Lorain since 1967. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and enjoyed spending time with her family and listening to 1950’s music. Survivors include her husband of 36 years, Robert Torres-Gonzáles; sons Robert Torres Jr., Julio Torres and Joseph Torres, all of Lorain; daughters Angelique Evans of Wynantskill, N.Y., Yvette Torres of Lorain; mother, Elizabeth Rodríguez of the Bronx; brothers Jorge Rodríguez and Robert Rodríguez, both of the Bronx; sisters Annie Rodríguez and Michelle Rodríguez-Pacheco, both of the Bronx; and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Jorge Rodríguez.


WALTER ERNESTO AGUILAR  
Walter Ernesto Aguilar, 42, passed away on Thursday,
July 26, 2007, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, OH. He was a dedicated husband, father and was good to his family and friends. Surviving to cherish his memory is his beloved wife, María; sons, Raúl and Francisco; daughter, Nellie; mother, Victoria; brothers, Rafael Cuellar, Rene Cuellar, Carlos Cuellar, Francisco Cuellar, Guillermo Cuellar, Reynaldo Cuellar, Roberto Cuellar and Elmer Aguilar; sisters, Victoria Santamaria and Noemi Alvarenga and many nieces and nephews. Nacio el 8 de octubre de 1964 en El Salvador, San Salvador y murio el jueves 26 de Julio de 2007 en Toledo, Ohio EEUU en el St. Vincent’s Mercy Medical Center. Walter fue un buen esposo y muy buen padre con sus hijos y siempre atendiendo a su familia y amigos. Sobrevivientes en su memoria su adorada esposa: María Elena; sus hijos Raul y Francisco; hija Nellie; su madre Victoria; hermanos Rafael, Cuellar, Rene Cuellar, Carlos Cuellar, Francisco Cuellar, Guillermo Cuellar, Raynaldo Cuellar, Armando Cuellar, Mario Cuellar, e Elmer Aguilar; hermanas Victoria Santamaria, Noemi Alvarenga; y muchos sobrinas y sobrinos.


MILAGROS MACHICOTE
Milagros “Millie” Machicote, 55 of
Lorain, OH, died Friday, July 27, 2007, in Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Avon after a lengthy illness. She was born March 31, 1952, in Harlem, New York and resided in New York City until moving to Lorain three years ago. She worked as a hotel desk clerk for over 30 years, most recently working at the Webster Hotel, Bronx, N.Y. She was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, Lorain and enjoyed playing cards and board games, dancing, cooking, and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include her sons, Gerard Cruz of Bronx, N.Y. and Mike Bhagmath of Lorain; daughter, Veronica Gale of Lorain; five grandchildren; four brothers Luis Machicote, Julio Machicote and Robert Machicote all of New York City and Oscar Machicote of Orlando, Fla.; sisters Victoria Machicote and Jenny Machicote of New York City. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mateo and Gregoria (née Rodríguez) Machicote; and brother, Crofessor Machicote.


MIGUEL A. RIVERA
Miguel A. Rivera, 80, of Lorain, OH, died Wednesday,
July 25, 2007, in New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. He was born Jan. 22, 1927, in Caguas, Puerto Rico, and emigrated to Lorain in 1948 from Puerto Rico. After retiring in 1976 he returned to Caguas and moved back to Lorain in 1986.Rivera was employed at Lorain-Cuyahoga Works of U.S. Steel for 27 years, retiring in 1976 from the blast furnace department. He was a member of Temple Bethel, where he was dedicated to evangelistic work, and United Steelworkers Union Local 1104, both in Lorain. He enjoyed his family and collecting and recording Christian music on cassettes.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Regina (née Alamo); son Miguel A. Rivera Jr. of Tampa, Fla.; daughter, Esther Flores of Springfield, Mass.; his brothers Maximino Rivera Luquis Jr. and Ramon Rivera Luquis, both of Caguas; sisters Josefina Rivera Luquis of Caguas and Cristina Rivera and Herminia Berlingeri, both of Lorain; and five grandchildren and one great-grand- daughter. He was preceded in death by his parents, Maximino Rivera and Fransisca Luquis; brothers Candido Rivera and Monserrate Rivera; and sister, María Rivera.


JUAN M. SOTO
Juan M. Soto, 85, of Lorain, OH, died Monday,
July 23, 2007, at home, after a yearlong illness. He was born Nov. 11, 1921, in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, and lived in Lorain since 1948. Soto was initially employed at U.S. Steel’s Lorain Works and then worked for Ford Motor Co. at the Brook Park Engine Plant, retiring in 1977. He was a member of Bethel Temple, Lorain, and the Sociedad de Caballeros, served as a deacon, taught Sunday school and was active on church committees. He enjoyed reading the Bible, praying and ministering to the needy and ill; and enjoyed history, geography, current events, gardening, arts and crafts and travel. In 2005 he went on his first mission trip to Haiti, where he was involved in projects at the Hope for Haiti Orphanage at Quanaminthe.
Survivors include his daughters Margie Mattei, Julie Sánchez and Nancy Soto of Lorain, Puri Purta of Grafton and Brunie Surget of New York City; son, Ed Soto of Tampa, Fla.; and six grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Carmen (née López-Alberty), in 2005; his parents, Nazario and María (née Santiago) Soto; brothers Amado, Guadalupe, Alejandro and Francisco Soto; and sisters Carmen Negrón, María Tirado and Felicita Rios.


 JOSE ALEE BARRERA
José Alee Barrera, 46, formerly of Toledo, OH, died Thursday, July 19th 2007
. He was an employee of Great Lakes Window for five years, and spent his last remaining years in Detroit, Michigan with his mother, Belia Barrera. He was preceded in death by his father, Elpidio Barrera and brothers, Hector Barrera and Junior Barrera. He is survived by his seven brothers and sisters, SanJuana Ortiz, Alma Jaso, Herman Galindo, Blanca Barrera, Nora Zuniga, Luis Barrera, Veronica Barrera and Abel Barrera; daughter, María Alicia Broaddus; son, José Alee Barrera II; granddaughter, Maya Corrine Broaddus; former wives, Linda Barrera and SanJuanita Castro.


GILBERT R. GARZA

Gilbert R. Garza, age 71, of Findlay, OH, entered into eternal rest at 12:15 AM Friday, July 20, 2007 at Blanchard Valley Hospital. He was born March 20, 1936 in San Antonio, TX to Guadalupe Aguilar and Guadalupe Ramirez,; he was adopted by his mother’s husband John O. Garza in 1939. He was raised in Adrian, Michigan where he graduated from Adrian High School. Following graduation, he enlisted in the US Air Force. Serving from 1954-1958 during this time he was a member of the Armed Forces Soccer Team from 1956-58 part of the Runner-up World Championship Team. He married Pauline Ledden, they had nine children together and later divorced. On Feb. 20, 1981, he married Mary L. Waller and she survives. Also surviving are: children, Kim Marie Crawford; Gilbert Anthony Garza; Steven Michael (Tricia) Garza; Mark Desmond Garza; Debra Ann (Andrew) Kunst; Belinda April Garza; David Lee Garza and John Ledden Garza; step-daughters, Glenda Rae (Mark) Waaland and Linda Gail (Tom)Ours; 25 grandchildren; Michele, Nicholas, Floyd David, Michael, John and Melissa Crawford; Tabitha (Brandon) Weaver, Charlotte and Danielle Garza; Alicia, Joshua and Grace Garza; Jade,Mark and Sydney Garza; Andrew Bowers and Evan Kunst; Vince and Jake Sadler; Christian Garza; Tiffany and Amber Smith; Zachary James Waaland; James David and Robert Fletcher; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Olivia (Chris) Cadwallader of Adrian; MI and Gloria (Frederick) McDonald of Onsted, MI and brothers, John (Robbin) Garza and Jose A. Garza, both of Adrian, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Vincent Garza; sister, Mary Fielding; stepdaughter, Elizabeth A. Fletcher; one grandchild and one great-grandchild. Gilbert retired from Cooper Tire and Rubber following 32 years of service. He was instrumental in bringing the Special Olympics to Hancock County. Mr. Garza was active in numerous Veteran Service organizations throughout his life including the VFW Color Guard and the AMVETS at the Local, State and National levels. Gilbert served as post commander of the Findlay AMVETS Post #21 for 4 years, active in the Sons of AMVETS the organization which he pioneered in the Findlay area. Gilbert enjoyed golfing, fishing, boating and camping. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, smiling face and his love of life and family.


MARLOJEAN M. LEON-GUERRERO

Miss Marlojean M. Leon-Guerrero, 34, of Findlay, entered eternal rest at 1:37 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2007 while in the company of family members at Blanchard Valley Health Center. Miss Leon-Guerrero was born in San Francisco, CA on September 1, 1972, the daughter of the late Jesus T. and Dessie (Bish) Leon-Guerrero, she survives in Findlay, Ohio. She is survived by brother: Cloyd (Bianica) Biller of Tiffin, Ohio; maternal grandmother: Theresia Bish; an uncle: Joe (Andrea) Bish; two nieces and two nephews. Marlojean was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather: Cloyd W. Bish and paternal grandparents: Jesús and Anuncia Leon-Guerrero. A 1991 graduate of Findlay High School, she was employed as a Dining Hall Attendant at Sodexho of the University of Findlay. She was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Church, where she sang in the choir.


VICTOR M. RODELA
Victor M. Beloved son, brother, uncle, father and grandfather, Victor M. Rodela, 58, of Hanley Road, Genoa, OH, died this 21st day of July, 2007. Born in Toledo, OH on November 3, 1948, to Isabel (Romero) and Virgil C. Rodela. A 1967 graduate of Lake Local High School, he was an avid football player and wrestler. At the age of 15 he was the leader of the band named “The Twisters” in which he played the trumpet and competed and won a talent contest, then performed in 1964 on live TV in New York City for “The Ted Mack Show.” He went on to serve his country during the Vietnam War from September of 1967 to September of 1973. As a cryptanalyst in the RA/ASA branch of the Army he was stationed in Japan, assigned to the radio towers in the mountains of the region. A member of the Boilermakers Union of Toledo, he was a welder and boilermaker for 34 years. Working at the shipyards in Toledo as well as Portland, OR where he resided for 18 years. He was currently employed with Transco. Surviving him are his mother, Isabel of Genoa; sister, Trinidad (Dave) Wilson of Bryan, OH; brothers, Robert, Wally (Lucy), Carlos (Linda) all of Toledo; sons, Victor of Boston MA, Joseph (Marla) of Toledo, Don Carlos (Keara), Kelly and Michael all of Portland, OR; daughter, Amelia Rodela also of Portland; grandchildren, Allora (Joseph) and Cordel (Don Carlos); one uncle and two aunts form the Romero family and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Virgil C. Rodela. Services will be conducted on Wednesday, July 25, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. in the Eggleston Meinert Pavley Funeral Home, Oregon Chapel, 440 S. Coy Rd. at Starr Ave. Interment will be in Lake Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Victor’s memory may be made to the family.


 LUIS  A.  MOLINA  SR.

Luis A. Molina Sr., 86, of Lorain, OH, died Saturday, July 14, 2004, in University Hospitals, Cleveland, following a sudden illness. He was born July 3, 1921, in Lares, Puerto Rico, and lived in Lorain since 1948. Molina retired in 1982 from the store department of U.S. Steel’s Lorain-Cuyahoga Works after 36 years’ service. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and its Holy Name Society and United Steelworkers Union Local 1104, all of Lorain. He enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren and walking and used to exercise at the Lorain YMCA.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Edna M. (née Torres); sons Luis A. Molina Jr., Richard M. Molina and Ellis R. Molina, all of Lorain; daughter, Nilsa Molina Martínez of Lorain; half sister, Mirta Molina of Bayamon, Puerto Rico; and five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan B. Molina and Rosa G. López; sisters Anna Molina, Virginia Molina, Margarita Molina, Luisa and Esther Molina; and a half brother, William Molina.

 


 

RAMÓN   ANTONIO  MOLINA

Ramón  Antonio Molina, 57, of Lorain, OH, died Saturday, July 14, 2007, at Auxilio Munoz Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico, following a brief illness. He was born Jan. 31, 1950, in Utuado, Puerto Rico, and moved to Avon Lake in 1972. Molina was employed by Ford Motor Co. for 30 years at Brook Park and Avon Lake. He retired in 2006 and moved back to Utuado. He was a member of the Puerto Rican Home in Lorain and also the former Club Cuameno, where he played softball. He enjoyed baseball, dominoes and dancing.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years Nancy; son, Marcos A. Molina of Lorain; daughter, Elba Molina-Fleming of Lorain; his father, Marcos A. Molina of Utuado; brothers Jaime Molina and Fernando Molina, both of Lorain, Roberto Molina of Orlando, Fla., and Felix Molina and Wilfredo Molina of Utuado; sisters Aurora Molina of San Juan, Concepción Molina of Utuado and Millie Molina of Puerto Rico; and four granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his mother, Carmen Escobales; and brothers Miguel Pérez and Thomas Molina.

 


 

ROBERT  M.  TORRES

Robert M. Torres, 85, of Toledo, OH, passed away on Friday, July 13, 2007, in The Toledo Hospital. Robert was born on July 21, 1921, in San Antonio, TX, to Pedro and Andrea (Mendez) Torres. He was a factory worker for various companies and retired after 50 years of service in 1975. Robert was an Army veteran of WWII, member of Restoration Church and enjoyed riding his bicycle and moped around town. Surviving are his children, Robert R. (Lucy), Carlos (Teresa), Emma DeLuca, Rudy, Virginia (José) Vargas, Mary (Antonio Jr.) Vallejo, Jesse (Colleen) Ruiz, José “Angel” (Mary L.), Janie (Juan) Reyna, Samuel E. Sr., Jacob and Daniel Torres; sisters, Stella Cortez, Antonia Torres, Josephine Sarabia and Gloria (Pete) Díaz; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Leonora; daughter, Dolores Navarro and sons, Richard, Alfred and Tony.

 


 

FRANK P. ROJAS, SR.
Frank P. Rojas Sr., 74, of Lorain, OH, died Monday,
July 2, 2007, at home, following a lengthy illness. He was born Dec. 3, 1932, in Kanapolis, Kan., and moved back and forth between Kansas and Lorain over the years. Rojas was employed as a greenhouse maintenance worker. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, working around the house and watching TV.

Survivors include his sons Pablo Rojas and Frank Rojas Jr., both of Lorain, and Pastor Rolando Rojas of Youngstown; daughters Micaela García, Teresa Alicea, Amelia Rojas and Nicky Rojas, all of Lorain, Rosa Beltrán, of Dallas, Texas, and María Pérez and Summer Rojas, both of Marrietta, Ga.; brothers Jimmy Rojas of Kanapolis, Kan., and Ernie Rojas of Salina, Kan.; sisters Hope Rojas of Topeka, Kan., Julia Rojas and Josephine Meehan, both of Wichita, Kan., and Louisa Thompson, and Elinore Hernández, both of Salina; and 40 grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.


BONIFACIO R. ALMANZA
Bonifacio R. Almanza, 83, of Oregon, OH passed away Thursday,
June 21, 2007, in St. Charles Mercy Hospital. Mr. Almanza was born in Mercedes, Texas on June 5, 1924, to Narciso and Marie (Ruiz) Almanza. Bonifacio was a US Army veteran. He was employed as a construction worker through Local No. 500 for 28 years and worked for the Jeep Corporation before his retirement. Surviving are sons, Javier J. Almanza and Carl Durán; daughters, María (Carmela) Vásquez, Delia “Queenie” Perales, Esther Almanza, Lydia (Donald) Cousino; companion, Anita Duran; sisters, Isabel Cantu, Micaela Caño, Juanita Pérez, María Acosta, Rosa Almanza; grandchildren, Angela and John Durán, Raquel Inman, Jessica Perales, Deanna Rose, Lisa Eucker, Joseph and Jacob Almanza, Stephanie and Gina Cousino and 9 great-grand-children. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lucio, Antonio and Narciso Almanza and sister, Adela Almanza.


DIANE I. FONSECA
Diane I. Fonseca, 43, of Toledo, OH, died peacefully Thursday,
June 21, 2007, in the Toledo Hospital. She was born January 25, 1964, in Toledo, Ohio to Miguel and Renate (Siefert) Rodríguez. Diane was employed at the former Medical College of Ohio in the housekeeping department until she became ill. She was a member of Saints Peter & Paul Church and was a fun-loving, always giving of herself person. Diane was preceded in death by her father, Miguel, and brother, Edwin. Surviving are her daughter, Renate E.; and son, Angel M. III; mother, Renate; sisters, Lorraine (Alvaro Sr.) and Margarita; brothers, Miguel Jr., Kurt, William, Richard; and fiancée, Joseph Muñiz. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.


CHRISTOPHER PACHECO
Christopher “Kiki” Pacheco, 15, of Lorain, OH, died Thursday, June 21, 2007. He was born May 5, 1992, in Amherst and spent most of his life in Lorain. He would have been a freshman at Clearview High School in Lorain. Pacheco attended La Iglesia de Dios Inc., The Church of God Incorporation of Lorain. He enjoyed all kinds of sports, riding his bike and fishing. Survivors include his parents Victor and Marie Pacheco of Lorain; brothers Victor “Macho” Pacheco Jr. of Lorain, Jovonie Pacheco of Puerto Rico; sister, Jacquelyn Pacheco of Lorain; paternal grandmother Juanita Rivera of Puerto Rico; maternal grandmother Rosa Cantiago of Lorain; maternal grandfather Angel Cantiago of Lorain; and many cousins, aunts, uncles and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Edwin Pacheco.


ELIZABETH H. GUZMAN
Elizabeth H. Guzman, 73, passed away on Wednesday,
June 20, 2007, at Toledo Hospital. Elizabeth was formerly of Fremont, Ohio and worked as a laundress for 20 years. Surviving to cherish her memory are her sons, Rudolph Pérez and Miguel Angel Guzmán; daughters, Rebecca Ramírez and Dolores Pérez; brothers, Reynaldo Hernández, Carlos Guevara and Rene Guevara; sisters, Amparo H. Herrera and Oralia Díaz; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Elizabeth is preceded in death by her daughter, Elizabeth Guzmán; grandson, Luis Dominguez; brothers, Manuel Hernández and Esequiel Guevara.


CARMEN NAVARRO
Carmen Navarro (née Méndez), 79, of Lorain, died Tuesday,
June 19, 2007, in the emergency room at Community Regional Medical Center, Lorain, following a long illness. She was born May 5, 1928, in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, and has lived in Lorain for 18 years, the second time. She received her high school diploma with honors at the age of 57 in 1985. Mrs. Navarro was employed at Community Health Partners and St. Joséph Hospital, both in Lorain, as a housekeeper and had worked as a caregiver in Puerto Rico.
She enjoyed music, aerobics and her friends. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and the charismatic group. Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Victor Navarro; sons Alejandro ''Alex'' Soto of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Eduardo “Eddie” Soto of Euclid; daughters Milagros “Millie” Soto and Magda “Margie” Soto-Rivera, both of Lorain; brothers Juan “Gare” Méndez of Sebring, Fla., and Luis “Guillo” Méndez and Sixto Méndez, both of Puerto Rico; sisters Judi Méndez of Puerto Rico, Rosa Méndez and Librada Méndez, both of Brooklyn, and María “Ellie” Méndez of Philadelphia, Pa.; and eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Juan and Elvira (née Nieves) Méndez, brother, Miguel Méndez; and sisters Aurea and Blanca Méndez.


JOSÉ VICENTE NEGRETE
José Vicente “Papa Chente” Negrete, 94, of Fremont, OH, died early
June 21, 2007, at Countryside Continuing Care. He was born on April 5, 1913 in Guanajuato, México to the now deceased Ilarion Negrete and María Cruz Caño. In 1932 he married María Martinana Almeida in México and she survives in Florida. José enjoyed walking and enjoyed eating a delicious papaya. Also surviving are children, Patricia of México, Modesto of Texas, María De La Paz of México, Abdon of Michigan, Paula of México, María Concepción of Fremont, Juana María of Michigan and María De Los Angeles of Florida; 46 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, children, Catariño and Moíses.


STEVEN M. ROBLES

Steven M. Robles, 35, of Orange County, Fla., died unexpectedly Monday, June 18, 2007, in Florida. He was born April 26, 1972, in Lorain, Ohio and moved to Florida two years ago. He was a 1990 graduate of Marion L. Steele High School, Amherst, where he was a member of the Comet Marching Band. Survivors include his mother Julianna (née Stipe) of Amherst; sister, Irene Kimes of Amherst; and brothers Carlos M. Robes of Cleveland and Manuel Robles and Robert D. Robles, both of Amherst. He was preceded in death by his father, Carlos F. Robles, in 2005; and his maternal grandparents, Hanson and Yolanda Stipe, and paternal grand- parents, Carlos P. Robles and Manuela Navarro.


PEDRO ORTIZ
Pedro Ortiz, 75, of Lorain, OH, died on Thursday, June 14, 2007, at EMH Regional Medical Center, Elyria, following a lengthy illness. He was born on Nov. 19, 1931, in Coamo, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain 36 years ago. Ortiz was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. He enjoyed inventing and fixing things.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Carmen (née Beltrán) Ortiz; sons Pedro Ortiz-Beltrán of Juncos, Puerto
Rico, Jorge Ortiz of Lorain, Miguel A. Ortiz of Jackson, N.J., and Gerardo Ortiz and Victor M. Ortiz, both of Chicago; daughters Carmen Rodríguez of Lorain, María Mercado of Lakewood, N.J., Jessica Ortiz of Lorain and Ana (Monin) Ortiz; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; brothers Carmelo Ortiz, Juan Ortiz and Andres Ortiz, all of Puerto Rico; and sisters Herminia Ortiz, Faning Ortiz and María Ortiz, all of Puerto Rico.


GERALDINE M. PÉREZ
Geraldine M. Pérez (née Geres), 69, of Lorain, died unexpectedly Tuesday, June 12, 2007, at home. She was born Aug. 31, 1937, in Lorain and was a lifelong resident of Lorain County. She was a graduate of Oberlin High School. Mrs. Pérez enjoyed camping, cards, yard work and her grandchildren and was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain.
Survivors include her daughter, Andrea Neal of Lorain; sons Edwin Pérez of Amherst, Timothy Pérez of Wakeman Township and Christopher Pérez of St. Petersburg, Fla.; stepsons Angel Pérez of Lorain and Hector Pérez of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico; stepdaughters Elena Vallejera of St. Petersburg, Awilda Ortiz of Lorain and Judy Rivera of Fort White, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and stepgrandchildren, stepgreat-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tomás E. Pérez, in 2006; her parents, Stephen G. and Marie (née Koleno) Geres; brother, Raymond Geres; and a sister.


JULIO PÉREZ
Julio Pérez, 70, of Lorain, died Monday, June 18, 2007, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, following a brief illness. He was born Jan. 29, 1937, in Lares, Puerto Rico, and lived in Lorain since 1977.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and was involved with the prayer chain every Sunday. He enjoyed gardening and working on cars.
Survivors include his sons Julio Pérez, Milton Pérez and Germán Pérez, all of Bronx, N.Y.; daughter, Mildred Pérez of
Bronx; brothers Hector Pérez of New Jersey, Almando and Sergio Pérez, both of New York, and William Pérez of Puerto Rico; sisters Carmen Rivera of Puerto Rico and Juana Pérez of New York; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Isabel (née Rivera) Pérez


RAYMOND FLORES

Raymond Flores of Arlington, VA passed away Friday, June 1, 2007 at the age of 83. He was born February 1, 1924 in Kansas City, MO to José and Carmen Flores. Ray graduated from Waite High School, Toledo, in 1942. He was drafted and served in the U.S. Army during WWII from February 1943 to November 1945 as a personnel clerk and a motor transport Non-Commissioned Officer with the 15th Traffic Regulating Group/Zone of Communications/ European Theater of Operations. He participated in the Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns. His military awards included the European-African-Middle East Ribbon with two bronze stars, the Good Conduct Medal, and the WWII Victory Medal. After serving in the Army, Ray went to college and graduated from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1956.

He attended the University of  Toledo Law School for one year. For over 38 years, Ray served in various personnel management positions with the Department of the Army, the Department of the Navy, the Department of Commerce, the U.S. Peace Corps, and the Department of State. While working for the Peace Corps in 1988, Ray served as a team leader for a number of trips to Central America, Africa, and the South Pacific.

Throughout his career he lived in a number of locations including San Francisco, CA, New York, NY, Washington, D.C., and Arlington, VA. Following his retirement from civil service, Ray worked part-time as a substitute teacher for the Arlington County Public School System. He also served as a volunteer teacher and taught English to immigrants from Central and South America under a church sponsored program. Ray was deeply loved and admired by all those who knew him, especially his nine nieces and nephews. He had an incredible sense of social responsibility and passionately went the extra mile for others. He had a generous heart and unselfishly gave of his time and talents to help those around him. As a volunteer he eagerly helped students outside the classroom setting by driving students, finding them temporary jobs, and even helping pay rent for some students in desperate need. Ray was a gifted writer and had a passion for learning that he sustained throughout his life. He also enjoyed reading, hiking and traveling. Ray is survived by two sisters, Esperanza (Charles) Clay, of Arlington, TX, Mary Ward of Toledo, OH and his nine nieces and nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his mother, Carmen; father, José; sisters, Margarita and Eva and brothers, Rudy and Judge Joseph A. Flores.


GEORGE R. MARTÍNEZ
George R. Martínez, age 55, of Maumee, OH, died Tuesday,
June 5, 2007, in his home. George was born December 14, 1951, in Medina, OH, to John and Dolores (Jiminez) Martínez. He was an avid golfer, fisherman and big Ohio State Buckeye, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians Fan. He was employed as a salesman with Value City Furniture and as a carrier for the past 5 years with the Toledo Blade. George is survived by his loving wife, Mary; step-son, Erik Sevrence; sister, María (Jerry) Seay; brother, Mario Martínez, and brothers and sisters-in-law, Barb and Frank Shinaver, John “Jack” and Sharon Hayes, David Hayes, and DaNaye Hayes, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John and Jim and brother-in-law, Edward Hayes.


RICHARD R. RUIZ
Richard R. Ruiz, age 58, of Toledo, OH, passed away on Tuesday,
June 5, 2007, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio’s Toledo Center. He was born on Friday, March 18, 1949, to Lucas and Paula (Cruz) Ruiz. Preceding Richard in death are his parents and infant brother, Ricardo. Richard worked at Lott Industries from March 1998 until November 2006 and was previously employed by Manpower and Chase Bag Co. for several years. Richard was one of God’s special “older kids” who enjoyed Toledo Mud Hens baseball games, bowling, movie theaters, and eating. Surviving are brothers, Augustin “Augie” (Becky) Ruiz and Juan Ruiz. Though Richard was never married and had no children, he had special nieces and nephew, Veronica Ruiz-Earle, Debby Ruiz-Powers, and David A. Ruiz; also, a special aunt, Socorro “Cora” Ruiz, and many loving cousins in Ohio and Texas.


FERNANDO H. AMAYA SR.
Fernando “Fred” H. Amaya Sr., age 53, of Holland, OH, died May 28, 2007, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Grand Rapids. Fred was born, August 7, 1953, in Bath, Michigan to Clemente and Santos (Heredia) Amaya and came to Holland in 1972. He was a member of the Victory Point Ministries, the Holland Bowling Association and was active in several bowling leagues and golf leagues including the Maple Hill Golf League. Fred is survived by his wife, the former Marty VanHarn; daughters, Beatriz “Be” (Fabian) Amaya de Hernández Sr. of Holland, Lauralee “Laurie” Amaya of Holland, Victoria Amaya of Grand Rapids, and Christina Amaya of Holland; sons, Fernando “Rocky” Amaya Jr. of Holland and David Amaya of Holland; grandchildren, Fabian Roman and Javier Hernández, Julyssa and Aracely Amaya; his mother, Santos Amaya Calderon of Toledo; sisters, María (Felix) Vallestero of Toledo, Esther (Eduardo) Rodríquez of Toledo, Josie (Allen) Lester of Millbury, Ohio; brothers, Mike (Edna) Amaya of Holland, Faustino (María) Amaya, of Crystal City, Texas, Gilberto Amaya of Crystal City, Texas, Clemente (Consuelo) Amaya of Holland, Larry (Susana) Amaya of Alice, Texas, Jesús (Margarita) Amaya of Toledo, Ohio. Fred was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Eluterio Amaya.


RAMON LUIS CORTES
Ramón Luis Cortes, 54, of
Lorain, died Monday, June 4, 2007, in New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. He was born Oct. 9, 1952, in Utuado, Puerto Rico. He moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1967 and then to Lorain in 1980. Cortes was employed at Ford’s Lorain Assembly Plant for 10 years, retiring as an assembler in the early 1990s. He enjoyed helping his family and making people laugh and was a big New York Mets fan. Survivors include his sisters Inez Rodríguez, Matilde Cortez, Carmen Marcial, Alice Doris Rivera, and Esther M. Pérez, all of Lorain; brother, Ismael Cortes of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan Ramón Cortes and Virginia Montero; sister, Juanita Oquendo; and a brother, Diego Cortes.


LINO CORTEZ
Lino Cortez, 73, of Lorain, OH, died Tuesday, May 29, 2007, at New Life Hospice of St. Joséph Residential Center, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. He was born Sept. 23, 1933, in Michoacán, México, and lived in Chicago and Houston before moving to Lorain in 2004. He enjoyed playing cards, telling jokes, evening walks, and growing tomato and chili peppers and plants used in home remedies. He attended Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, María (née Bucio); sons Adalberto of Houston, Texas, Emiliano of Grand Junction, Mich., José Luis of Melrose Park, Ill., Abelino of Dallas, Texas, and Lino Jr. of Cicero, Ill.; daughters Joséfina Cortes of Michoacan, Esthela Sánchez and María Perez of Como, Texas, Jacobita Cortez of Chicago, Anita Saucedo of Covert, Mich., and María L. Cortes of Lorain; brothers Aurelio Cortez of Mexico and Salvador Cortez of Houston; sisters Manuela Cortez and Cruz Cortez, both of Mexico; and 43 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tomas Cortes and Joséfina (née Sánchez) Cortes; brother, José Cortez; and sister, Fila Cortez.


JESÚS G. JIMÉNEZ
Jesús G. “Jesse” Jiménez
, Sr., 80, of Fremont, OH, died Sunday, May 27, 2007 at Memorial Hospital. He was born on September 27, 1926 in Bishop, TX to Lorenzo and Leandra (Gutierrez) Jiménez, Sr. Jesse was employed by Silver Fleece Kraut Co. in Clyde, OH then worked for Peter J. Eckrich, Co. as a Machine Operator for twenty-three years, retiring in 1988. He also worked part-time at Kroger and Food Town until 1994. Jesse was member of the Knights of Columbus, 3rd Degree. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, St. Vincent De Paul, Sacred Heart of Jesús, Catholic Parents Movement and De Colores of St. Mary’s Church, Clyde. He was an Altar Boy, an Usher for two years, and helped with migrant children. He was an avid bowler and loved to watch sports including the Cleveland Indians and Browns. Jesús is survived by his children, Sylvia Cole, of Bellevue, OH, Sandra Cleveland, Jessica (Miguel) Gonzales, Jesús “Jesse” (Dawn) Jiménez, Jr., and Christina Bond, all of Fremont; brother, Lorenzo Jiménez, Jr., Alameda, CA; sister, Susana Jiménez, Corpus Christi, TX; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters; one son; one brother and one sister.


DIANE MARIE PERALES
Diane Marie Perales "Lady Di", 46, of Toledo, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2007, surrounded by her loving family and friends. Diane was born in Toledo, Ohio on August 17, 1960, to the late Mary Niño and Joséph Manning. She was employed at the Manor of Perrysburg for the last three years. Diane was a member of the Knight Riders and Sin City of Detroit. She enjoyed biking and spending time with her family. She leaves to cherish her memories, special friend, Henry Johnson; daughters, Amina Nash, Diane Pinkelton (Dorian); son, Joséph Manning; sisters, Shirley Perales, Patricia (Jeff) Hudak, Barbara, Linda, Darlene and Jacqueline Manning; brothers, Henry Perales Jr., Joséph (Carla) Manning III, Tony (Melissa) Manning; eight grandchildren, Jasmine, Janayah, Anicia, Journey, Aeyesha, Jadda, LilEric and Maya; God daughter, Teara Hicks; along with a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.


SANTOS RODRÍGUEZ
Santos Rodríguez (Díaz-Torres), 85, of Lorain, OH, died Saturday,
June 2, 2007, at Main Street Care Center, Avon Lake. She was born on Nov. 1, 1921, in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain 60 years ago, where she had spent the remainder of her life. Mrs. Rodríguez was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and was also active at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, Elyria. Survivors include her daughters Mary Arellano, of Flushing, N.Y., María Rodríguez of Lorain; sons Mike Rodríguez, Paul Rodríguez, and Nelson Rodríguez, all of Lorain, and Hector Rodríguez, of Phoenix; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two brothers; and one sister. She was preceded in death by her husband, Esteban Rodríguez, in 1998; sons Alonso Rodríguez, in 1984, Elmer Rodríguez, in 2000; and her parents.


FRANCISCO J. RUIZ
Francisco J. Ruiz, age 47, was born December 6, 1959, and died peacefully in his sleep on May 27, 2007, after a short illness. He was preceded in death by his mother, Victoria Ruiz and sister, Yasmin Avelar. He is survived by his son, Nicholas A. Ruiz; father, Francisco (Inez) Ruiz; special friend, Linda Clark; stepchildren, Douglas, Terry and Heather; sisters, María (Mucio) Duran, María (Miguel) Saucedo, Alma Duran, María Amador, Teresa Ruiz; brothers, Alfonso (Kathy) Ruiz and Joaquin (Alicia) Ruiz and many nieces and nephews.


GEORGE L. CRUZ JR.

George L. Cruz, Jr., 23, of Fremont, OH, died Sunday, May 13, 2007. Son of George L. Cruz, Sr. and Pamela Broshious Cruz, he was born November 2, 1983 in Cleveland. He enjoyed gaming, fishing, and trap shooting. He is survived by his parents; son, Dominik Cruz of Fremont; daughters, Makayla Cruz and Morgan Beckley, both of Fremont; brother, Allen Long of Orlando, FL; sister, Elizabeth Cruz of Austin, TX; grandmother, Freda Broshious of Fremont; aunt, Penny (Jeff) Bickhart of Clyde; uncle, Daryl (Vivian) Broshious of Paluka, Washington; cousins, Jason Bickhart of Clyde and Ashley Broshious of Paluka; and extended family members, Sara and Pamela Warren of Fremont. He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Donald Broshious, and numerous great aunts and uncles.


CESAREO PAGÁN DELGADO

Cesareo Pagán Delgado, 86, of Grafton and formerly of Lorain, OH, died Friday, May 25, 2007, at his home, while under the care of Hospice of Western Reserve. He was born Nov. 22, 1920, in Orocovis, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain 54 years ago. He was employed for 28 years at Ford Motor Co., Brookpark Plant, before retiring in 1980. Mr. Delgado was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, the Holy Name Society, St. Vincent De Paul Society of the church and the United Auto Workers Union Local 1250. He enjoyed making guitars, woodworking and gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Luisa (née Rivera) Delgado; son, Angel Luis Pagán of Grafton; daughters Hilda Fazekas of Grafton and Carmen Pomales of Mt. Dora, Fla.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brother, Catalino Pagán of Puerto Rico; and sisters Lilly and Belen, both of Puerto Rico. He was preceded in death by his parents, Epolito Pagán and Juana (née Delgado) Pagán; daughter, Sara Pagán, in 1948; sister, Christina Pagán; and brother, José Pagán.


HORTENCIA ESTRADA

Hortencia Estrada, 78, of Toledo, passed away Monday, May 21, 2007 at Toledo Hospital. She was employed for 15 years in the laundry department of St. Charles Hospital, after which she worked at St. Anthony’s Villa for an additional six years. Hortencia was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Lucio Estrada and sister, Frances Cardoza. She is survived by sisters, Beatrice Corral and Julia Rogers, and nieces and nephews.


RACHEL SALDANA MARTÍNEZ

Rachel Saldana Martínez, 83, of Findlay, OH, was welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven at 6:12 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2007 surrounded by her family at Blanchard Valley Hospital. She was born on May 3, 1924 in Mason City, Iowa to the late Augustine and Francisca (Alvarado) Saldana. In 1949, she married Maximiano Martínez, Jr. and he survives. Rachel was a homemaker, a member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish and the Guadalupe Society. As a loving wife and mother she devoted her life to caring for and supporting her children and grandchildren. Also surviving are six children: Raúl Martínez of Columbus; Rick (Pat) Martínez; Rubén Martínez; Becky (Rubén) Martínez; Danny Martínez all of Findlay; Sara (John) Kiene of Rawson, OH; Fifteen Grandchildren: Lori Brown, Brian Martínez, Mary Rachel Templin, Monica Martínez, Adam Martínez, Jessica Martínez, Briana Martínez, Jarod Kiene, Jacob Kiene, Jason Saum, Erika Saum, Shanna Martínez, Shelby Martínez, Anthony Martínez-Wolfram, Raoul Martínez; twelve great-grandchildren; a sister, Dolores Piña; two brothers, Salvadore Saldana , and Marcelino Saldana all of Findlay. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Yolanda Martínez; three brothers, Agustin, Raymond, and Jesús Saldana; three sisters, Narcisa Saldana, Catalina Saldana, and María Alicia Saldana.


CLEOTHILDE S. PÉREZ

Cleothilde S. (Tila) Pérez died on May 23, 2007, surrounded by members of her loving family. Born in 1928, in Missouri City, Texas to Juanita and Enrique Salazar, she was a loving mother, devoted wife, and a loyal friend to all. Her passion to cook and care for her family will be remembered always. As a friend to all, she will be forever missed. Her lessons on life will never be forgotten. Her strength through her last days will be an inspiration. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesús Pérez; parents, Juanita and Enrique Salazar and stepson, Richard Pérez.

Cleo is survived by her sons, David (Gail) Pérez, Michael Pérez; daughters, Oralia Calderon and Angelita (Rogelio) Castillo; fifteen grandchildren including Lori Speegle, Kati Johnson and Kori Marek; twelve great-grand-children, including Kenzie and Abigail Mayo, and Mason and Jaelyn Collins; five brothers and sisters in Texas; and special family members, Oscar and Tila Llamas.


FERMIN V. ROSALES SR.

Fermin V. Rosales Sr., 81, of Lorain, OH, died Friday, May 25, 2007, at Community Health Partners Hospital and Surgical Center West, following a short illness. He was born July 7, 1925, in Donna, Texas, and has been a resident of Lorain since 1951. Mr. Rosales worked 37 years at Lorain Works U.S. Steel as a heavy equipment operator before retiring in 1989. He was a member of the United Steel Workers Union Local 1104. He enjoyed playing pool, fishing and listening to Mexican music. He was also an avid Cleveland Indians and Browns fan.

Survivors include his daughters Susana Ayala of Lorain, Carmen Ferrell of Arlington, Wash., and Evelyn Rodríguez of Lorain; sons Gabriel and Rafael “Ralph,” both of Abilene, Kan., Fermin Jr. of Kent, Robert of Santa Paula, Calif., and Ramón of Independence, Ky.; 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; and sister, Daria Rodríguez of Muleshoe, Texas. He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Natalia H. (née Hernández) Rosales, in 1994; parents, Martin Rosales and Fermina (née Villea) Rosales; daughter, Zaida Rosales, in 2005; and brothers Pasqual, Luis and Pablo.


CARMEN L. CORDOVA
Carmen L. Cordova, 80, was born Aug. 15, 1926, in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico and moved to Lorain in 1954. She enjoyed flowers, novelas, bingo tickets and bingo, music, dancing and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Felipe; son, Domingo Gutiérrez Jr. of
Lorain; daughters Carmen Alicea of Lorain, Migdalia Cortes of Orlando, Fla., and Aida Cruz of Lorain; 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Flor Burgos and Fransisca (née Rodríguez) Burgos; daughter, Louisa Gutiérrez; and brothers Gil Burgos and Raphael Burgos.

 


 

ADA E. FIGUEROA
Ada E. Figueroa (née Segarra), 84, of Lorain, OH, died Saturday,
May 12, 2007, at New Life Hospice Center of Saint Joseph, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. She was born March 10, 1923, in Ponce, Puerto Rico. She came to Lorain in 1949. In the early 1970s, Mrs. Figueroa worked for the Dietary and Housekeeping Departments of Anchor Lodge Nursing Home, Lorain. She was a member of Iglesia Christiana Pentecostal, Lorain. She enjoyed reading her Bible, memorizing Bible verses and poetry. She was an accomplished seamstress, and sang in the church.
Survivors include her sons John Figueroa of Lorain and Hector Figueroa of Buckeye,
Ariz.; daughters Sussette Trussell of San Diego, Calif., and Iris Aponte of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; and 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Juan F. Figueroa, in September 2006; parents, Tomás and Dolores (née Baéz) Segarra; brothers Reynaldo and Rafaél Segarra; and sister María Almodovar.

 


 

MARÍA M MELÉNDEZ
María
E. Meléndez (née Ortiz), 74, of Lorain, died Saturday, May 12, 2007, at Elyria Memorial Hospital Regional Medical Center following a short illness. She was born Dec. 5, 1932, in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico. She came to Lorain in 1959, where she has lived since. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. María was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, growing flowers, bingo, dancing and family gatherings.
Survivors include her sons Fabian of Vermilion and Jason of Lorain; daughters Mary Díaz Albertini of Miami Beach, Fla., and Luz “Lonnie” Morell of Amherst; stepson, José Antonio of Lorain; stepdaughters Idez Meléndez and Norma Meléndez, both of Corozal, Puerto Rico, and Cruzita Miranda of Lorain; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and sisters Juanita Ortiz and María Dominga Ortiz, both of Lorain, and Cruza Ortiz of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico. She was preceded in death by her husband, Antonio, in 1987; and parents, Felix Ortiz and María (née Aviles) Ortiz.

 


 

ANTOLINA ORTIZ
Antolina Ortiz (née DeJesús), 85, of Lorain, died Tuesday,
May 15, 2007, at EMH Regional Medical Center, Elyria, following a lengthy illness. She was born Nov. 2, 1921, in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, and moved to Lorain in 1957. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain and enjoyed shopping, soap operas, buying lottery tickets, working in her flower gardens and her grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Jesús Ortiz; sons Manuel Roman of Lorain and Celio Roman of Spencer, W.Va.; daughters Julia Roman and Carman Gómez, both of Lorain, and Carman González of Florida; stepson, Angle Gómez of Lorain; and 21 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and six great-great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Pablo and Susana (née Munoz) DeJesús; brother, Laly DeJesús; and sister, Felicita García.

 


 

VICENTE S. PÉREZ

Vincente S. Pérez, 80, of Sheffield Village, OH, died Friday, May 11 2007, at his granddaughter's residence following a lengthy illness. Vincente was born in Lares, Puerto Rico, in 1926. He came to Lorain in 1950 and retired from USX, as a crane operator, after 28 years of service. He enjoyed gardening, handy work and life in general. Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Sixta Pérez; daughter, Mirta Duran of Amherst; sons Tony Romero of Thompson and Ruben Pérez of Lorain; brothers Raymond, Zenon “Tito” and Benny Pérez, all of Lorain, Johnny and Maximina Pérez, both of New Jersey, and Prudo and Elvira Pérez, both of Puerto Rico; 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Zenon and Elvira Pérez; daughter, Wilneda Moreno; brothers Juan, Antonio and Francisco Pérez; and sisters Juja Vargasz and Tita Garcia.

 


 

BRANDICE RODRÍGUEZ
Brandice “Brandi” Rodríguez, age 25, of Toledo passed away on Friday,
May 18, 2007, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. Brandi was born in Toledo on December 29, 1981, to Kurt and Lynn (Cook) Rodríguez. A devoted mother, daughter, sister, granddaughter, and friend, she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Surviving are her children, John, Jasmine, Jared, Jacob, Jalycia; children's father, John Garth; mother, Lynn (Brian) Latta; father, Kurt Rodríguez; brothers, Stephen, Justin, Christopher, Lucas, Nathan; sisters, Celina, Brittany; grandparents, Renate Rodríguez, Gordon (Margaret) Latta; godparents, Penny Garth and L.C. Temple and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

 


 

EVANGELINA SÁNCHEZ
Evangelina Sánchez went home into the loving arms of the Lord surrounded by her family on May 14, 2007. Evangelina was born on
December 27, 1921, in Eagle Pass, Texas to Adolfo and Manualita Garcia. Evangelina retired from St. Vincent's Hospital and after her retirement she and her husband kept a second home in Texas to avoid the winter months and to visit with family members. She was a member of the Aurora González Senior Center and loved attending and playing bingo with her many friends. She also enjoyed her trips to the casinos in Detroit and Windsor with the Center members. She was our family “Angel” and will be missed by all her children and grand-children that looked to her for guidance and advice. Eva was preceded in death by her loving husband of 58 years, Santiago; as well as her son, Robert; brothers, Leopolo, Teofilo and Juan García, and sister, Refugia Mendoza. She is survived by her children, María and Douglas Dailey, James (Suzanne), David (Mary), Sherry Sánchez (Robert); grandchildren, Nathaniel, Christopher and Matthew Dailey, Lisa and Amado Juarez, Lindsay Sánchez, Michael (Kelsey) Warns, Julia, David Jr., Sierra and Christina Sánchez, Robert Jr., and Peggy Sánchez, Terra, Corina, Deonna Sánchez; great-grandchildren, Noelle Dailey, Joshua Veres, Alexander and Anthony Juarez, Elexa and Cloe Sánchez, Maiya Pérez, Zavier Greer.

 


 

WILLIAM VARGAS
William Vargas, age 59, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2007, at his home in Toledo. He is survived by his daughter, Lynn; son, Joseph Gonzáles; five grandchildren; mother, Olivia of Texas; 2 brothers; 3 sisters; fianceé, Mary Moye, and first wife, Adela Martínez-Ramos.

 


 

RAYMOND VÁSQUEZ
Raymond Vásquez, 57 years, of Toledo OH died Sunday, May 13, 2007, at his home. A veteran of the Army, Raymond served in Viet Nam. Preceded in death by his father, Antonio Vásquez and brothers, Rudy, Robert and Antonio, and sister, Carol, Raymond is survived by his wife, Sheila; children, Raymond Jr. and Tisha (Reynardo) Vásquez. He also leaves three grandchildren, Diamond, Anastasio and Veronica; his mother, Susan Vásquez; siblings, Olga (Don) Vásquez, Lydia (Pete) Compos, Gloria Vásquez, Stella Vásquez, Sally (Victor) Soto, Sylvia (Mike) Caballero and Marty (John) Chalupa.

 


DOMINIC JOHN ESPOSITO
Dominic John Esposito, 83, of
Lorain, OH, died Tuesday, May 8, 2007, at Community Regional Medical Center, Lorain, after a lengthy illness. He was born Feb. 10, 1924, in Lorain. He graduated from Lorain High School in the Class of 1942-B and entered the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving until 1945 with the rank of sergeant in Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron, 59th Air Service Group, in the Bismarck Archipelago, British and Dutch New Guinea, New Britain and southern Philippines. He received the Asiatic-Pacific Service ribbon with three bronze stars, Philippine Liberation ribbon with one bronze star and the Good Conduct and World War II Victory medals.
He was recalled to active duty in 1951, serving until 1953 during the Korean War with the rank of chief warrant officer in Lorain National Guard Unit, Company B, 145th regiment, 37th Infantry Division (Ohio Buckeye Division). He received the Meritorious Service, Army Commendation, Good Conduct, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign and Army of Occupation (Japan) medals, WW II Victory Medal with four overseas bars, Philippine Liberation ribbon and Philippine Presidential Unit Citation.
Esposito became the full-time administrator in charge of the Lorain National Guard Armory and retired in 1978 after 33 years federal service.
He was a 50-year and honorary life member of Italian American Veterans Post 1, Lorain; he served as an officer for more than 40 years, including three terms as commander; was organizer and field captain of the color and honor guard. He chaired numerous IAV committees including building construction.
He was past IAV Department of Ohio commander and held many offices including national executive committee- man for Ohio, national finance chairman and chairman of the 1983 National Convention in Columbus.
He was a past president of the Lorain Veterans Council, was named Lorain Veteran of the Year in 1983 and served as grand marshal of Lorain International Festival parades for many years.
Esposito was one of the 26 original founding members of the Lorain International Association, served two terms as president of the United Italian Organization, was a United Appeal chairman, and member of the lakefront festival program and Free Terry Anderson Committee. He was named an honorary Lorain County Deputy Sheriff.
He was a member of the
Church of St. Peter, Lorain, and its Holy Name Society. He enjoyed sports and participated in baseball, softball, bowling and golf.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Dorothy (nee Elenin); brother, Andrew M. Esposito of Foster City, Calif.; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Antoinetta (née Suppa) Esposito; and brothers Pascal L Esposito and Michael A. Esposito.


LUCINDA SOTO GARCÍA
Lucinda “Lucy” Soto García, 39, of Lorain, OH, died Tuesday,
May 8, 2007, in Community Regional Medical Center, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. She was born March 17, 1968, in Lorain and was a lifelong resident. She graduated from Elyria West High School in 1987. She enjoyed drawing and panting, cards, board games and bingo and was a Steelers and Michigan fan.
Survivors include her husband of 19 years, Richard J. García; daughter, Katherine M. García of Lorain; her mother, Lucy Soto and stepfather, Alipio Velez of Lorain; brother, Ivan Soto of Lorain; sisters Juanita Lehota and Crecencia Soto, both of Lorain, and Ann Marie Soto of Corpus Christi, Texas; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father. Ivan Soto; paternal grandparents, Confe and Celenia (née Alicea) Soto; and maternal grandparents, Roman Antonio and Santa Ulalia (née De Jesús) Moyett.


AURORA RAMÓN
Aurora Ramón, 62, of Vickery, OH died Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. She was born November 18, 1944 in Seguin, TX to Pedro and Olivia (Ramón) López. Aurora was a 1963 graduate of Fremont Ross High School. She married Vidal Ramón on August 16, 1963 in Angola, IN and he survives. Aurora was a Homemaker and a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sandusky, OH and World Harvest Church in Columbus, OH. She loved baking and cooking, gardening, reading and spending time with her family. Aurora is survived by her husband, Vidal Ramón, Vickery, OH; son, Miguel A. Ramón, Green Springs, OH; daughter, Sylvia T. Ramón, Vickery, OH; brother, Paul López, Fremont, OH; sisters, Carmen Vargas, Fremont, OH, Margaret Castillo, Temperance, MI; grandchildren, Randi Ramón, Miguel Ramón, Jr., Katie Ramón, Daniela Ramón. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Daniel M. Ramón; grandmother, Francisca Ramón; brothers, Pedro López, Jr. and John Frank López.


VICTOR CASTRO ROSARIO
Victor Castro Rosario, 73, of Lorain, died Monday, May 7, 2007, in New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. He was born April 13, 1934, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, and lived in Lorain since 1955. Castro Rosario worked for Jensen Greenhouse, Avon. He enjoyed his family and playing dominoes and cards and was an avid Cleveland Indians fan. He attended Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain.
Survivors include his daughters Carmen L. Castro of Humacao and Jessica McKissick of Lorain; sisters Bienvenida and María E. Castro, both of Lorain, Mercedes, Luisa and Virginia Castro, all of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, Rosa M. Castro of Catano, Puerto Rico, and Carmen L. Castro of Gurabo, Puerto Rico; brothers José A. Castro and Lucas Castro, both of Humacao; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marcos Castro and Rafaela Rosario; and brothers Alberto and Eufemio Castro.


ENEMENCIO C. ALFARO

Enemencio C. Alfaro, 77, of Toledo, OH passed away at home peacefully on May 6, 2007. He was born on December 19, 1929, to Ramón and Sofia Alfaro in Catarina, Texas. He owned and operated several businesses including La Palomita Restaurant and Alfaro & Sons Construction Company. He also was employed at LOF for 16 years and finally retired from Show Case Cinema. Enemencio was a very proud and loving father of all his children. He was especially proud of his Latino heritage and enjoyed dancing and traveling. Surviving are his children, Enemencio Jr. (Laurie) Alfaro, Gustavo (Sherita) Alfaro, Joanne (Victor) Serrano, Frances García-Urbina, Edward Bo (Cherie) García, Angelo (Debbie) Alfaro, Gina (Ron) Kusz, Annette TerDoest, Frances (Randy) Adams, Angela (Kaei) Majors and Elias (Cristina) Alfaro; 38 grandchildren and 4 great-grand-children; sister, Nena (Julio) Alfaro-Flores and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Magdalena; second wife, Joanne; 4 children, Ramón, Sofia, Richard, and Eloise; granddaughter, Sonya and sister, Anastacia.


HENRY H. DURÁN SR.

Henry H. Durán, Sr., age 71, of Toledo, OH, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2007, in his home. He worked for Jeep for 37 years retiring in 1998. Henry played bass in a local Mexican band and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Senon and Carlota Durán and brothers, Jesse and Donato Durán. He is survived by his wife, María; sons, Ricky (Barb), Joey, Tommy (Kathy), Ron Durán, and Leo García; daughters, Leticia (Rubén) Marquez and Rosie (Ed) Villarreal; brothers, Victor (Josie), Antonio (Barb), Paul (Mary Jane), Frank (Myrta) and Mucio Durán; sisters, Cathrine (Abel) Guerrero and Delfina (Tony) Gonzáles and step-mom Jesusita Durán; as well as 20 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.


MARIA A. MALDONADO
María A. “Ta Ta” Maldonado (née Rivera), 87, of Lorain, OH,  died Tuesday,
May 1, 2007, at Avon Oaks Caring Community, Avon, following a lengthy illness. She was born June 4, 1919, in Barcelonita, Puerto Rico. She moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1948, lived in Lorain for nine years and returned to Puerto Rico in 1969. She came back to Lorain last year to live with her daughter. Mrs. Maldonado enjoyed arts and crafts, particularly making doll dresses, and her family. Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Santiago Maldonado; son, José Maldonado of Spencer, W.Va.; daughter, Maria Cirilo of Lorain; and 16 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and three great-great-granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her parents, Natalio and María (née García) Rivera; brother, Luis Rivera; and sister, Lucy Bloom.


GERTRUDE L. NARCIZO
Gertrude L. Narcizo, 79, of Sandusky, OH, died Saturday, May 5, 2007, in Firelands Regional Medical Center, Main Campus, Sandusky, following a brief illness. She was born March 1, 1928, in Middletown, R.I. Mrs. Narcizo was a licensed line dancing instructor who taught beginning in 1974 and continued until a few weeks ago. She also enjoyed square dancing and polka dancing and was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Sandusky.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Manuel Narcizo; sons, Paul Narcizo of
Corpus Christi, Texas, and Steven Narcizo at home; sister, Evelyn Fernades of Middletown; and two grandsons, two great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Mary (née Motts) Gomes; and nine brothers and sisters.


MARÍA I. RIVERA-JURADO
María I. Rivera-Jurado, 33, of Elyria, OH, died Saturday, May 5, 2007, in EMH Regional Medical Center, Elyria, following a brief illness. She was born Dec. 22, 1973, in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, moved to Detroit, Mich., in 1997 and lived in Elyria since 2003. She was employed at Willoway Nursery, Avon, and had worked as an assembler for Mexican Industries in Detroit and in the kitchen at Dave and Buster's in Utica, Mich. She enjoyed collecting ceramic figurines.
Survivors include her son, Jeremy Pérez of Elyria; daughter, Naiomi Pérez of Elyria; her father, Modesto Rivera of Deltona, Fla.; mother, María B. Jurado of Fajardo, Puerto Rico; her twin, Hector Rivera of Fajardo; sisters Iris M. Carmona of Luquillo, Puerto Rico, and Damaris Plaza of Inkster, Mich.; paternal grandmother, Juana Monzon of Bayamon, Puerto Rico; and maternal grandmother, María Deynes of Puerto Rico. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Antonio Rivera; and maternal grandfather, Norberto Jurado.


ANTHONY V. ZAVARA
Anthony V. “Tony” Zagara, age 58, of Toledo, OH, passed away peacefully, Saturday, May 5, 2007, at home. He was born on January 5, 1949, to Vincent and Linda (Saba) Zagara in Montebello, CA. Tony had over 25 years of a successful body building career. He held many titles, including Mr. Toledo, Mr. Ohio, and Mr. Alt. U.S.A. Tony was in Iron Magazine and numerous other articles were written on him. He had many friends, and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. Tony is survived by his loving family, mother, Linda Zagara; sisters, Linnie (Abe) DeWood and Gina Zagara; niece, Deanna Goodell and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father.


GUADALUPE A. ESQUIVEL
Guadalupe A. Esquivel, 85, of East Toledo, OH, died Tuesday,
April 24, 2007, at St. Charles Mercy Hospital. Born in Laferia, Texas on February 18, 1922, she was the daughter of Gustavo and Adela (Gonzales) Ayala. Sewing was a lifelong love, both as a hobby and in her work as a seamstress with Canary Cleaners for 35 years. Guadalupe's contagious laugh will be deeply missed by all.

Guadalupe is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Manuel Esquivel Sr.; sons, Arturo (Gloria), Manuel Jr., Daniel (Jackie), and San Juan Esquivel; daughters, María (Leo) Silva and Tina Esquivel; sister, Lucila (Jesse) Bustillos; sister-in-law, Magdalena Ayala; 19 grand-children and many, many great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Rodolfo; daughters-in-law, Barbara and Mitzi Esquivel, and brother, Roberto Ayala.


AUGUSTINE GARCÍA JR.
Augustine “Gus” García, Jr., age 61, of Lorain, OH, died on Wednesday, April 25, 2007, at Community Health Partners HSC – West, following a sudden heart attack. He was born on March 11, 1946, in Lorain, where he remained a lifelong resident. He was a 1964 graduate from Admiral King High School. Gus was a long-time member and employed through the Plumber and Steamfitters Local #42. He most recently worked at and retired from General Motors as a pipe-fitter. He previously worked as an orderly at St. Joseph Hospital and worked in the shipyard. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel where he was an altar boy and a member of the Guadalupe Society, as well as the Youth Chicanos. Gus was a member of the Mexican Mutual Club and the American Slovak Club. He had enjoyed spending time with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren. He had also enjoyed playing cards, target shooting, telling jokes, dancing, dinning out, and playing his accordion. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Brenda K. (née Franklin), of Lorain, his daughters; Deborah Malko, of Las Vegas, NV, Christine Folley, of Millbury, OH, and Jennifer Hoban, of Cleveland, his son, Matthew García, of Lorain, 7 grandchildren, brothers; Daniel García, of San Antonio, TX and Marco García, of Lorain, sisters; Rita García, Patricia Dickinson, Olga Sánchez, and Helen García, all of Lorain, and his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Augustine, Sr. and Helen (née Delgado) García.


MARK WAYNE GONZALEZ

Mark Wayne Gonzalez, age 36, passed away on April 25, 2007, at The Toledo Hospital from complications due to pneumonia. He was a wonderful, giving father and devoted son who will be sadly missed. Mark played football for Fremont Ross High School, Mt. Union College, and Defiance Collage where he graduated in 1994 with degrees in Sports Management and Business. Mark never missed a Fremont Ross High School football game and was an extremely avid supporter of the University of Michigan Football Program. Mark is survived by his wife, Lindsey; his children, Evelyn Marie and Cody Alan; mother, Jo Ann Marie Gonzalez; in-laws, Alan and Midge Robertson and extended family members. He was preceded in death by his father, Eduardo González and his beloved grandmother, Myrtle Dignan.


MANUEL C. PÉREZ JR.
 Manuel C. Jr. Manuel C. Pérez, Jr., 56, of Toledo, OH, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2007, in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. He was born August 14, 1950, in Toledo to Manuel H. and Romelia (Cortez) Pérez. Manuel is survived by his father, Manuel H. Pérez; brothers, Jesse (Rita), John, Loncio and Cookie (Jessica) Pérez; sisters, Romelia (Armando) Herrera, Janet Torres, Fatima (Ruben) González, Linda (Hector) Herrera, Thaimi (Joe) Ruiz and Nancy (John) Sroga; and many nieces and nephews. Manuel was preceded in death by his mother, Romelia Pérez; sister, Clementina and brothers, Galdino and Gaston.


DAVID VÁSQUEZ
David Vásquez, 56, of
Toledo, OH, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2007, at the Orchard Villa Nursing Home. He was born on June 3, 1950, in Toledo, OH to Manuel and Petra (Ruiz) Vásquez. David was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Manuel and sister, Becky Johnson. He is survived by his loving family, daughters, Brenda Vásquez, Amy Wroblewski and Lizann Chávez; grandchildren, Xavier, Anthony, Brook, Gina, Joseph, Billy and Raquel; siblings, Susie Clark, Gloria Vásquez, Ruby Peña, Mela Cuellar, John Vásquez, Teresa Vásquez, Linda Berlanga, and Rita Nieto.


MARIA SUE CAMPOS

María Sue Campos, 73, of Toledo, OH, passed away early Tuesday morning, April 17, 2007 at Spring Meadows Care Center. Sue worked in areas of nursing, education, and social work. Sue was politically involved in the Toledo area at the Aurora González Center and with migrant clinics and low-income affairs at the Economic Opportunity Planning Association (EOPA) for 29 years until retiring about four years ago. She was the recipient of Adelante’s César E. Chávez Humanitarian Award in 2005.

She is survived by her son, 1st Lt. Mario Campos of Findlay, OH; grandchildren, Mario Anthony and Sebastian Campos. She is a sister to Sr. María José, O.S.U., Tony González, Peter González, Ruth García, and Salud “Sally” Cortez. She was preceded in death by her parents, Silvester and María (Rojas) González, along with a number of brothers and sisters including Aurora González, the namesake of the Center.


SUE DARLENE RAMIREZ

Sue Darlene Ramirez, 61, of Findlay, OH, died Friday, April 20, 2007 in the Emergency Room at Blanchard Valley Hospital. She was born on October 20, 1945 to Airze and Ruby Florence (Cardwell) Greene in Tennessee. On October 5, 1996 she married Paul Ramirez and he survives, along with her children: Terry (Fred) Hoagland, Irvington, Kentucky; Tiffany (Mark) Seimet, Findlay; Taunna (Ronnie) Hahn, Taylorsville, Kentucky; Arthur Tennant, Findlay; Kenneth Tennant; Findlay. Also surviving are stepchildren: Sue Ellen Ramirez, S.C.; Jessica Gutierrez, Florida; Peter Lewis Ramirez, S.C.; eighteen grandchildren, six great- grandchildren; siblings: Carolyn Jo Burris, Frankfort, Kentucky; Alice Marie Hayle, Knoxville, Tennessee; Robert Greene and Billy Ray Greene both of Louisville, Kentucky. Preceding her in death are an infant daughter, Darla Jo Sawyer and an infant brother, Buddy Greene. Sue, a loving mother and wife, was a member of Flag City V.F.W. Post # 3003 and the Moose Lodge #362.


NARCISO RODRIGUEZ

Narciso “Ciso” Rodríguez, 67, of Fremont, OH, went peacefully with the Lord Thursday, April 19, 2007 at the Cleveland Clinic. He was born November 29, 1939 in San Marcos, TX to Jesús and Nieves (Avalos) Rodríguez. He served with the U.S. Army. He was a 1960 graduate of Gibsonburg High School and graduated in the first Terra Technical College Class in 1970. Narciso married Cruz Obregon on September 28, 1963 at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Gibsonburg and she survives. He worked as a Supervisor at Union Carbide and left to become the Director for Head Start for many years. He then worked as the director of La Raza Unida. Terra Community College awarded Narciso the first Estrella Award in recognition of his lifetime contributions to the Hispanic Community. After La Raza Unida he returned to Eveready Battery where he retired in 1994. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, a Life member of the Fremont VFW, a member of the American Legion and Legion of the Moose. He was also active with the Fremont Democratic Committee.

Narciso is survived by his wife, Cruz Rodríguez; daughters, Sonia (Jeff) McDonald, M. Cristina Rodríguez, all of Fremont, OH; sisters, Rachel Estrada, Marcy Guardiola, Rosa García, Delores Davis, Petra Cardaso, all of TX, Francis Nino, Stella Carrasco, Susie Arriaga, all of OH; brothers, Roberto Rodríguez, Juan Rodríguez, Jesús Rodríguez, Jr, all of OH; grandchildren, Melissa and Krystal McDonald, Gabrielle and Olivia Rodríguez. He was preceded in death by his parents.


 

MARTIN FLORES SR.
Martin Flores Sr., 88 years, of Toledo, OH, passed away Saturday morning, April 14, 2007, at the Hospice Center, Toledo. Born in Carrizo Springs, Texas, Martin came to Toledo 47 years ago working first as a migrant farm laborer, then as a truck driver and completed his working career at Bunting Brass & Bronze, retiring in 1983. He was a WW II Army Veteran. He loved fishing and was a great handy man and mechanic always generously giving of his time and talents to family, neighbors and friends. Surviving are his wife of 67 years, María Flores and children, Martin (Linda) Flores Jr., Edward (Rosemary) Flores, Anita (Valentine) Mora and Leandra Leroux. There are 18 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. He was the brother of Rita Rodríguez. The family gives special thanks for the many hours of loving care given by grandson, Raymond Martin. At the end, Northwest Ohio Hospice gave wonderful care for which the family is very grateful.

 


 

HERMELINDA GARCÍA-IBARRA
Hermelinda “Linda” García-Ibarra, 40, of Dover, FL, formerly of Fremont, died Monday at Melech Hospice House in
Temple Terrace, FL after a battle with gastric cancer. She was born to Juan and María (Ayala) García on Feb. 6, 1967. Linda was a 1985 graduate of Fremont Ross High School. She worked at Krogers from 1983-1989 until she began migrating from Florida to Ohio. She was laid to rest in Plant City, FL on April 12, 2007. She is survived by her mother, María A. García of Fremont, spouse Juan Ibarra and children Juan M. García, Reynaldo, Gavino and Crystal Ibarra all of Dover, Fl. Sisters include Rose García, Lily (Victor) Peña, Christina and Diamantina García, all of Fremont; brothers Juan García Jr. of Fremont, Adan (Jamie) García of Bowling Green and Julian García of Oak Harbor. She leaves behind several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father, Juan García Sr. of Corpus Christi, TX.

 


 

ALBERTO SÁNCHEZ JR.

Alberto Sánchez, Jr., 63, of Toledo, OH, died Tuesday, April 10, 2007, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. He was born in San Antonio TX to Alberto and Ruth (née Ovalle) Sánchez on December 19, 1943. A self-employed residential construction contractor by trade, Alberto was first and foremost a loving son, father, grandfather, and brother, with and a generous heart. After retiring, Alberto loved gardening, cooking, música mexicana, and playing with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his mother Ruth (Rafael) Gómez, stepmother Consuelo Sánchez, daughter Cynthia (Chris), sons: Albert III (Jennifer), Gilberto, Alonzo; and stepson Jason (Mary). Also surviving are grandchildren: José, Thomas, Cassandra, Carissa, Christi Anna, Jason II, Sontino, Savanna, Christina, Alexia; siblings: Alice, Tomás, Elida (John), Linda (Pee-Wee), María, Andres (Barb), Juan (Amy), Lisa, Blanche (Pat), Susie, Bertha, Janie, Antonia, Gloria, Virginia, Albert IV, and Pete. He is also survived by his longtime companion Gloria Costilla. Alberto was preceded in death by his father Alberto Sánchez Sr., brother Joseph (Bucky) Sánchez, nephew Tomás Sánchez Jr., and stepfather Rafael Goméz.

 


 

CHRISTOPHER J. AYALA
Christopher J. “Boricua” Ayala, 23, of Elyria, OH, died Monday, April 2, 2007 at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, following a lengthy illness. He was born March 19, 1984, in Elyria and remained a lifelong resident of the city. Survivors include his parents, Vincent Ayala Sr. of Elyria and Vicki Westfall of Delaware, Ohio; brothers Vincent Ayala III of Elyria, Vincent Ayala Jr. of New York City and Peter Ayala of Virginia; sisters Nancy Cash and Stacy Westfall, both of Virginia, Noraida Ayala of New York City, Venus Ayala, Gypsy Ayala and Winnie Ayala, all of Florida, Angie Lee and Yolanda Ayala, both of Elyria, and April Ayala of Lorain.

 


PAULINE HERNÁNDEZ
Pauline Hernández (née Kuzoff), 77, of Lorain, OH, died Sunday,
April 1, 2007, at Arbors of Canton Nursing Home in Canton after a lengthy illness. Mrs. Hernández worked for the Lorain City Schools as a lunch aide. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, dancing and cooking. Survivors include her daughters Margaret Hernández of Cleveland and Sophia Hernández of Lorain; sons Randolph Hernández of Chula Vista, Calif., and David Pagán of Lorain; and five grandchildren, one stepgrandchild and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel and Shanna Kuzoff.


Louis Flores Ruiz, 88, Mexican food empire builder

(Wire Reports): Dinuba, Calif.- Louis Flores Ruiz, who transformed a small family business that sold homemade enchiladas into the largest frozen Mexican-food manufacturing company in the United States, died Sunday, April 1, 2007. He was 88.

The massive growth of Ruiz Foods - founded in 1964 in the San Joaquin Valley- reflected the rise of the Latino population in the United States and the country’s growing appetite for ethnic food.

The privately held corporation is the largest Latino-owned manufacturing business in California and had $326 million in revenue in 2005, according to Hispanic Business magazine.

Mr. Ruiz's family left his native Chichuahua, México, in the early 1920s after the bandit Pancho Villa seized their land. Mr. Ruiz was 5 when he arrived in Los Angeles.

As a young boy, Mr. Ruiz’s first job was selling feather dusters door-to-door for 10 cents apiece. He sometimes held two to three jobs at a time.

In the 1950s, he moved his family to Tulare, Calif., and went into business with four brothers and a brother-in-law. They opened a tortilla factory that has been recognized as a pioneer in the automation of tortilla-making.


 

 

Richard Lozano

Septiembre 5, 1936 – Marzo 30 2006

 

Nunca te olvidaremos. Estarás siempre en nuestro pensamiento y en nuestros corazones.

El mejor esposo, padre, abuelo y bisabuelo.

 


JUAN GUADALUPE ABALOS JR.
Juan Guadalupe “Taco” Abalos Jr., 32, of Swanton, OH, died Thursday, March 29, 2007, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee. Mr. Abalos was employed by Owens Corning Basement Systems as a Marketing Manager. Mr. Abalos was born in Corpus Christi, TX on November 24, 1974, to Juan and Marilyn (Kowalski) Abalos. He was an avid Detroit Lions and Tigers fan. Surviving are his mother and stepfather; Marilyn and William Kowalski of Swanton; fiancée Amy Thompson; father and step-mother, Juan and Martha Abalos Sr. of Albuquerque, NM; grandmother, Margaret (Peggy) Adamski of Wauseon; children, Deanna of Toledo, Juan Guadalupe III, Jazmynn Skye and unborn child, Vegas Guadalupe all of Swanton. Also surviving are three sisters, Theresa, Lorilee, Christine; brother, Bogart and step-grand-mother and step-grandfather, Mae and Donald Clinker of Findlay. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles and cousins, who were second moms, dads, sisters (Kellie, Angel) and brother (Steve), nieces and nephews.


HOPE MARIE GONZÁLES
Hope Marie Gonzáles, born and passed away on March 18, 2007. Survived by parents Jessica Bartel and David Gonzáles; grandparents, Julie & Jim South, Denice Kidd, Ben Bartel and Dave Gonzáles; sister, Faith Gonzáles; aunt, Shelby Bartel and Samantha Gonzáles; uncles, Victor Gonzáles and James Gonzáles and great-grandparents, Daniel Marinski, Karen Nowakowski, Paul Nowakowski, Phillis Bartel, Elcie and John Eckel.


JOSE A. MARTÍNEZ
José A. “Joe” Martínez, 73, of Lorain, OH, died Wednesday, March 28, 2007, at Autumn Aegis Nursing Home, following a lengthy illness. He was born Oct. 2, 1933, in Hebbronville, Texas, and lived in Lorain since his childhood. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War aboard the USS Union and received the National Defense Service Medal. Mr. Martínez was employed as a technician in the No. 2 seamless Mill of U.S. Steel’s Lorain-Cuyahoga Works, retiring in 1991 after 35 years. He enjoyed league bowling and softball and in his earlier years he was a standout pitcher on the U.S. Steel slow-pitch softball team. He was a member of United Steelworker Local 1104.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years Joyce M. (née Pavlich); daughter, Jill Coleman of Amherst; sons Curt Martínez and Scott Martínez, both of Florida; his, mother Clara (née Oyervides) Martínez of Laredo, Texas; sisters Consuelo “Connie” Schouster and Carmen M. Nieto, both of Lorain, and Lupe Mejia of Laredo, TX; and six grandchildren


ROBERT ARRIAGA SR.
Robert “Bobby” Arriaga Sr., 40, of Gibsonburg, OH, died unexpectedly Sunday, March 18, 2007 at his home. He was born on January 4, 1967 in Woodville, OH to the now deceased Guadalupe Arriaga Sr. and Isabel Villarreal. Bobby was a graduate of Gibsonburg High School and was a highway maintenance worker for the Ohio Dept. of Transportation. On April 21, 2001 he married Regina Aldrich and she survives. Bobby was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, Gibsonburg. He enjoyed fishing and family gatherings. Also surviving are his children, Ashley, Robert Jr. and Breanna, all at home; siblings, Guadalupe (Delores) Arriaga Jr., John Arriaga, Daniel Arriaga, Linda (Delfino) García, Alice Villarreal, Gloria (Geraldo) Limón, all of Gibsonburg, Lydia (Joe) Olade of Helena, Yolanda (Gus) García of Fremont, Bertha (Polo) Giullen of Los Fresnos, TX, Ofelia Flores of Hessville, Olga (Eddie) Martínez of Fremont and Roseann Rodríguez of Wayne, OH. He is preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Theresa Rosas and Margaret Maldonnedo.


BENITO CISNEROS
Benito Cisneros, 77, of
Lorain, died Wednesday, March 21, 2007, at Lake Pointe Health Center, Lorain, OH, after a lengthy illness. He was born Nov. 18, 1929, in Lorain, where he lived his entire life. He worked as a carpenter for various local contractors. He was interested in history and space, and enjoyed reading. Survivors include his sister, Becky Rozic of Mentor and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Zeferino Cisneros, in 1960; mother, María Cisneros, in 2006; brother, John, in 2005; and sister, Delores Warzybok.


HENRY T. GARCÍA
Henry T. García, 79, of Lorain, died Tuesday,
March 20, 2007, at Community Regional Medical Center in Lorain, after a lengthy illness. He was born May 12, 1927, in Franklin, N.J., and lived most of his life in Lorain. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving as a coxswain, and received the Asiatic-Pacific Service, American Area Service and World War II Victory medals and Philippine Liberation ribbon. He worked as an electrician with IBEW Local 129 of Lorain for more than 40 years, retiring in 1992. Before that he worked at Nelson Stud Welding and American Shipbuilding Co., both in Lorain.
García served as senior vice commander and commander of Polish Legion of American Veterans Post 38,
Lorain, and was a past Lorain Veterans Council Veteran of the Year. He was a member of the Catholic Church of St. Peter, American Legion Post 20, Moose Club, Elks Lodge, Croatian Club, Polish American Citizens Club and American Slovak Club, all of Lorain. He enjoyed bowling, golf, fishing and his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Nancy A. (née Fundak); son, Robert García of
Lorain; daughters Denise García-Myers, Valerie Morales and Joyce Wilhelm, all of Lorain; brothers Joseph García and Florentino García, both of Lorain; sister, Marlene Garza of Lorain; and nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Terry, in infancy; and his parents, Florentino “Frank” and Frances (nee Flaczynski) García.


JOSE GONZÁLEZ
José Elias González, 48, of
Sandusky, OH, passed away on Monday, March 19, 2007 in Lakeland, FL. Mr. González was born in Monterrey, México and was an automotive mechanic. Survivors include: his mother, María R. González and father, Eliezer González; brothers: Joe González; Arthur González; and Juan Adam Rodríguez; sisters: Blanca González; María Angeles (González) Aceves and Eva (Rodríguez) Alvarez.


JUAN SAUSEDA AGUILAR

Juan Sauseda Aguilar, 91, a long time Wood County, Ohio resident, born January 27, 1916, in Fredericksburg, TX, died Friday evening, March 16, 2007, at St. Charles Mercy Hospital. Juan was a veteran of the United States Army and employed for 28 years with C & O Railroad (CSX), retiring in 1978. He enjoyed baseball, fishing, and gardening. He lived in Texas and Stony Ridge, OH, and is survived by his wife of 57 years, Minerva Ontiveros Aguilar; sons, John Ybarra (Maryann) Aguilar of Stow, OH, Armando Ybarra (Judith) Aguilar of Hertford, NC, Augustin Aguilar of Toledo; daughter, Bernice Aguilar of Bowling Green, OH and daughter-in-law, Janet Aguilar of Toledo; four grandchildren, Christopher (Karyn) Aguilar of Sagamore Hills, OH, Sarah Aguilar of Stow, OH, Alexander and Amelia Aguilar of Toledo; three great-grandchildren, Emma, D.J. Aguilar and Alexandra Edwards; many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerardo S. and Paula C. (née Sauseda) Aguilar; sisters, María de la Luz Sauseda, Margarita Mancillas, Francisca Rodríguez, and Leonor Cásares; wife of his three sons, Carmen Ybarra Aguilar; daughter, Dora Paula. Sylvestre Aguilar, son of Juan and Minerva.


BENITO B. FERNÁNDEZ

Benito B. “Benny” Fernández, 48, of San Francisco, Calif., formerly of Lorain, OH, died Thursday, March 15, 2007, in Lorain, following a sudden illness. He was born June 8, 1958, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to Lorain when he was 7 years old. He then lived in Columbus and moved to California in 1991. Fernández was a professor teaching pharmacology at Bryman College. He attended The Ohio State University, University of San Francisco, and Stanford University, where he received a degree in pharmacology and was pursuing his PA. He was a 1977 graduate of Southview High School. Survivors include his father, Bienvenido “Neco” Fernández; brothers Juan Manual of Far Rockaway, N.Y., Amando Acevedo of Waterbury, Conn., and Carlos “Chico” Fernández of Lorain; sister, Annette Harrington of Lorain; and nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his mother, Gloria M. Fernández, in 2002; sister, Iris Vázquez, in 2003; and an uncle.


BERNARDINO MADRIGAL

Bernardino R. Madrigal, 67, of Pandora, OH, died at 10:02 p.m. Sunday, March 18, 2007 at Van Wert County Hospital. Survivors include his wife, María I.; two sons, Raul A. of Roswell, Ga.; and Bernardino of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and one daughter, Mrs. Troy (Roxanne) Guthier, Fort Wayne, Ind.SENON MORENO
Senon “Sam” Moreno, 57, of Woodville, Oh, died early Tuesday morning,
March 13, 2007, in Windsor Lane Health Care Center, Gibsonburg, Ohio. Sam was born June 16, 1949, in Bono, Ohio, to Juan J. and Emilia B. (Balderas) Moreno. Sam was a very outgoing person, who loved being around people. He also loved Mexican music and was an avid Ohio State and Dallas Cowboy’s fan. Sam had been a former member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Genoa. He is survived by his brother, Michael (Amy) Moreno of Elmore and sisters, Susan (Juan) Sepeda of Curtice, and Evangelina (Rudolph) Rosales of Rudolph, Ohio. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and his ex-wife, Norbertha Moreno of Weslaco, Texas. His parents; sister, Elva Yolanda Moreno and brother, Juan Moreno, preceded him in death.


RICHARD R. OROZCO
Richard R. Orozco, 89, of
Lorain, OH, died Friday, March 16, 2007, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, following a three-week illness. He was born April 3, 1917, in México, immigrated with his family to the United States in 1924 and lived in Lorain since then. He graduated from Lorain High School in the class of 1936-B. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in Company F, 117th Infantry Regiment in Europe. He was wounded in Germany and received the Purple Heart. For many years he attended 30th Infantry Division reunions held throughout the United States and Europe. Orozco was employed at the U.S. Steel coke plant from 1938 to 1983 and was a foreman. He was a member of the Catholic Church of St. Peter, United Steelworkers of America Local 1104 and Disabled American Veterans Louis Paul Proy Chapter 20, all in Lorain. He enjoyed woodworking and was an all-around handyman.
Survivors include his daughters Virginia Porter of Columbus and Marie Snavely of Avon; son, Dr. Richard Orozco of
Cambridge Springs, Pa; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Margaret (née Rottari), in 1999; brothers Raymond and Ernest; and a sister, Guadalupe Belch.


ALEJANDRO SWEET BARAJAS
Alejandro Sweet Barajas, age 50, of Fremont, OH, died Friday night, February 23 at the
Countryside Continuing Care Center in Fremont. He was born on April 24, 1956 in Reynosa, México and married Kelly Heifner on December 24, 1999 at the Church of God in North Fairfield, OH. She survives. Alejandro lastly worked as a laborer at Fremont Plastics until the onset of his sickness. Known to be laid back and easy going, he enjoyed being with friends, having fun, laughing and playing with dogs. As a hobby, Alejandro spent time working with his hands as a mechanic. Surviving are his mother, Tomasa Sweet of México, children Araselie Sweet, Alejandro Pérez and Juan Aguilar all of Fremont and Jacob Aguilar of Leipsic, brothers José and Gustavo Sweet of Arkansas and sister Silvia Sweet of México. He is preceded in death by his father.



NICOLAS DAVILA JR.

Nicolas “Nico” Davila Jr., age 46, passed away of pneumonia at St. Charles Hospital, Toledo, OH, on March 2, 2007. He was surrounded by family, friends and Father Richard Notter of SS. Peter and Paul Church. He was born Oct. 29, 1960, and was a laborer who liked to be with his family and friends and lived life to the fullest. He was preceded in death by his brother, Daniel Davila. He leaves behind his parents, Nicolas and Andrea (Castro) Davila; sister, Delores (Jim Sherman); son, Daniel (Speelman); daughters, Sara and Mickey (Speelman); and grandchildren, Makayla (Collins) and Daniel (Butler); and 2 expectant grandchildren; also, many relatives in Texas and California, and numerous friends.



GUILLERMO “WILLIE” HERNÁNDEZ JR.

Guillermo “Willie” Hernández, Jr., 71 years, of Toledo, OH, passed away Saturday morning, March 3, 2007, at the Medical University Hospital after a brief illness. As a young boy living in southern Texas, Willie was not fluent in English, but coming to live in the Stony Ridge Area at the ago of 10, he became friends with crop duster pilots and enjoyed flying with them. Willie pursued his love of flying by learning to read and write and type in English. He was self-schooled in his efforts to become a private pilot. He passed his instrument and flying test at Willow Run Airport in Detroit where he received his Pilot’s license. His life was for his children. Willie coached softball for St. Clements's Elementary School. From 1968 through 1980 he helped manage and work the concession stands at the Whitmer stadium events. He was a past president of the Whitmer Band boosters. He chaperoned many away bus trips for Track and Field meets as well as Whitmer band trips with the football teams. He was generous with the Whitmer students in assisting them in building Homecoming floats. In all of the activities of his children at Whitmer High School, Willie was well liked by their many friends for his interest in their successes. He was a member of the Blue Horizon Flying Club and until his illness, enjoyed club activities as well as fishing and traveling, maintaining his yard and loving his grandchildren. He enjoyed several trips to México with his family as well as vacations to other destinations. He often had good luck in his trips to Las Vegas. Willie was a member of the Mayores Senior Center, St. Clements’s Parish and was a member of the first Cursillo group formed in Toledo. After 21 years, he retired in 1999 from Daimler-Chrysler as an inspector at the Jeep plant. He previously had worked in new home construction 15 years. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Irene (González) Hernández and children, Sarah (Benito) Lazano, Daniel Hernández, David (Julia) Hernández, and Suzanna (Jessie) Mendoza; 14 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. A brother, Rafael (Angelina) Hernández; special sister-in-law, Esther González; as well as many nieces and nephews also survive. His son, Donald in 1976; daughter, Sally Stickels in 2004 and sister, Auralia Ybarra in 1980, preceded him in death.


PAULA LEVARIO

Paula “Pauline” (née Guerrero) Levario, 73, of Fremont, OH, died Monday February 26 2007 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Pauline was born on June 19 1933 in Dallas, Texas to José F. and Manuela (Flores) Guerrero. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion. She was a homemaker and enjoyed bingo, shopping, casinos, and cooking for her family. Surviving are: her husband of 56 years Rudy Levario, sons Juan (Georgia) Levario and Rudy “Bebe” Levario Jr., daughter Isabell (Jerry) Avalos, all of Fremont Ohio; also, fourteen grandchildren and twenty-two great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; two infant daughters, brothers Steve Guerrero and Julian Guerrero, and sister Cruz Guerrero.



JOSE FLORES RIOS SR.

José Flores Rios, Sr., 86, of Erie, MI, died at 8:40 a.m. Friday, March 2, 2007, in TenderCare of Monroe, MI. Born March 11, 1920, in Orange Grove, Texas, he was the son of Felix and Enriqueta (Flores) Rios. He married Leonor Hernández on April 6, 1938, in San Antonio, Texas. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Erie. Surviving are four sons, José Jr. (Socorro) of Erie, Antonio (Roxanne) of Defiance, Ohio, Paul (Gloria) of Toledo, and Manuel (Yvonne) of LaSalle; two daughters, Angelita (Eliodoro) Zapata of Baytown and San Juanita (Hipolito) Valencia of Erie; a sister, Isabelle Delgado of San Antonio, Texas; 21 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by seven sisters.


LIBRADO  AYALA
Librado “Bob” Ayala of Columbiaville, formerly of Saginaw, MI, age 60, passed away Thursday, February 22, 2007 at Genesys Hospice Care Center. Librado is survived by his wife, Terrie; children, Tony Ayala, Eric (Julie) Vickers, and Misty Simons.


RAYMON D. GONZÁLES
Raymon D. Gonzáles, 54, of Toledo, OH, entered into eternal rest on February 14, 2007. Raymon graduated from Scott High School in 1970. While in school he made a film called “The Funky Worm.” He won several awards for his art and received a scholarship from the University of Cincinnati. He had a love for music, fishing, art, and was a professional drummer who performed in Ohio and Michigan. His last job was Allied Chemical. Preceded in death by his mother, Esperanza Gonzáles. Surviving are his father, Raymon Sr. (Sarah); children, Robert, Raymon Jr. “Ray- Ray,” Angela, Raymon Jr. “Porky,” and Larissa Gonzáles; brothers, Ricky, Juan, Louis (Hope) Gonzáles, and Freddy; sisters, Mary (Rodney) Cole, Joanne (Tyrone), and Manuela Murphy; 11 grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and special nephew, Brandon.


STARR MARTÍNEZ
Starr Martínez, 25, of Clyde, OH, died on Wed., Feb. 21, 2007 at Toledo Hospital. Starr was born on May 21, 1981 in Sandusky. She graduated from Fremont Ross High School in 2000 and was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Clyde; the Clyde MOOSE and the Clyde VFW. She is survived by her father, Joe Q. Martínez and stepmother, Sharon Powell, both of Cibolo Texas; a brother, Nicholas Martínez, Marion, Ohio; grandparents: Bud and Gege Smith, Clyde and an uncle Gordon (Laurie) Smith of Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her mother, Sonja Smith-Holland.


MARSHA ELLEN RAMÍREZ
Marsha Ellen Ramírez (née Charles), 45, of Columbus, OH, formerly of Lorain, died Wednesday,
Feb. 21, 2007 at the Ohio State University Hospital East in Columbus, following a lengthy illness. She was born Sept. 26, 1961, in Lorain. She graduated from Admiral King High School, Lorain, and served in the U.S. Army. Survivors include her husband, Eduardo “Danny” Daniel Ramírez; twin son and daughter, Jason D. Ramírez and Niquita T. Ramírez; sisters Diane W. Armstrong of Lorain and Lisa C. Charles of East Windsor, N.J.; brother, James R. Charles of Dallas, Texas; and a grandson and nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, aunts, an uncle and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Margaret Francis Charles.


REBECCA RODRÍGUEZ
Rebecca Rodríguez, 78, Napoleon, OH, died Monday morning,
Feb. 19, 2007, in Toledo Hospital. She was born Nov. 13, 1928, in Edinburg, Texas, the daughter of Tomás and Margarita (Mendoza) Gómez. In 1947, she married Eliborio “Earl” Rodríguez Sr., who died in 1995. She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Napoleon. Surviving are seven sons, Earl Jr. (Julia) of Los Fresnos, Texas, Robert of Ypsilanti, Mich., and Eddie (Antionette), Jesse, Johnny, Joseph (Kelly) and Rick (Jenny) of Napoleon; two daughters, Judy (Rubén) Morua of Houston, Texas, and Georgina “Gina” (Leo) Marban, Paulding; a brother, Hilario “Eddie” (Juanita) Gómez, Defiance; three sisters, Pearl (Alfronso) Gómez-Balleza, Juanita (DeWard) Blair and Virginia Shafer of Napoleon; and 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Also preceding her in death were a son, Rudy; and five brothers, Felix, Manuel, Tomás, Pedro and Lupe Gómez.


SANTIAGO AMADOR
Santiago “Jimmy” Amador, 57, of Lorain, OH, died Friday, Feb. 16, 2007, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, following a brief illness. He was born Dec. 19, 1949, in Lorain and was a lifelong resident of the city. Amador was employed as a cook for Geppetto’s at Johnny Malloy's in Avon Lake for five years. He also cooked for Geon Co. (PolyOne) in Avon Lake and was a welder for A.D.I. in Sheffield Village and Container Repair, Lorain. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, the United Polish Club and Mexican Mutual, all in Lorain. He enjoyed golf, fishing and socializing. Survivors include his mother, Trinidad “Trini” Amador (née Ramírez) of Lorain; brother, John Amador Jr. of Sheffield Lake; sisters Lucia Silva, Margie Denure and María Espitia, all of Lorain, and Eleanor Amador of Sheffield Lake; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Juan C. Silva; and brother, Hilario “Larry” Amador.


JAVIER DELGADO
Javier Delgado Sr., 52, of
Toledo, OH, died of a brain aneurysm on Tuesday, February 13, 2007, at the Medical University of Toledo. Javier was born in Acámbaro, Guanajuato, México on March 1, 1954 and is survived by his loving wife Rosa María Delgado, son Javier Delgado Jr., & daughters Rosa Isela Delgado and Jennifer Delgado. Javier worked at Charly’s Hot Dog restaurant and loved sports like baseball, dancing, and caring for his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Antonio and María E. (née Cabrera) Delgado. He will be dearly missed by his loving wife, who will always love him, and his children, family, and friends.

Javier Delgado Sr., 52 de Toledo, OH falleció de una aneurisma cerebral el martes 13 de febrero de 2007, en Medical University de Toledo. Javier nació en Acámbaro, Guanajuato, México el 1 de marzo de 1954 y deja a su querida esposa Rosa María Delgado, su hijo Javier Delgado Jr. y sus hijas Rosa Isela Delgado y Jennifer Delgado. Javier trabajó en el restaurante Charly’s Hot Dog y disfrutaba de los deportes como beísbol, bailes y el cuidado de su familia. Lo han precedido sus padres, Antonio y María E. (Cabrera) Delgado. Su esposa, quien lo amará por siempre, sus hijos, familiares y amigos lo extrañarán enormemente.


FELIPE ESPINOZA
Felipe Espinoza, 80, of Wauseon, OH, died Wednesday,
February 14, 2007, at Hillside Country Living, near Bryan, Ohio. Mr. Espinoza was an independent farmer, having worked for several farming operations in the Napoleon and Wauseon areas. After farming he worked for the former Marky Bronze in Delta, Johns-Manville in Defiance, and then for the former Globe-Weiss in Wauseon. Mr. Espinoza was born in Donna, Texas on September 12, 1926, the son of the late Manual and the late Eluteria (Reyes) Espinoza. On October 5, 1948, he married Celia Mata, and she survives. He was a member of St. Caspar’s Catholic Church in Wauseon, where he was also a member of the Guadalupe Society and the Knights of Columbus. He was an Army Veteran of WWII and was a member of the Wauseon American Legion Post and the Wauseon VFW Post. In the late 1950s he played baseball for the Wauseon Cardinals Hispanic Club. Surviving besides his wife, Celia are three sons, Felipe (Ann) Espinoza Jr. of McClure, Reynaldo Espinoza of Lawton, OK, Manuel (Pam) Espinoza of Heard, Michigan; five daughters, Rose (Tab James) Duquette of Holly Hill, Florida, Alice (Randall) Apt of Kunkle, OH, Carmelita (Jeffery) Smith of Delta, Ohio, Mary (Dale) Elfring of Kunkle, Ohio, and Victoria Espinoza of Toledo.; 26 grandchildren and 36 great-grand-children. He was preceded in death by one son, Fred Espinoza.


MARILYN SANTIAGO
Marilyn Santiago (née Vélez), 45, of Lorain, OH, died Friday, Feb. 16, 2007, at Community Health Partners Hospital and Surgical Center, Lorain, following a short illness. She was born Feb. 15, 1962, in Yauco, Puerto Rico, and lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., before moving to Lorain in 1999. Santiago enjoyed playing cards, dominos, bingo and helping others. Surviors include her sons Jayson Negrón and Arquelio Negrón, both of Lorain; daughters Ednadi Persinger, Wilmarys Negrón and Marianela Negrón, all of Lorain; seven grandchildren; and three brothers and four sisters. She was preceded in death by her husband of 12 years, Ramón L. Santiago, in 2006; father, Jorge Vélez; a son, Edwardo Negrón; and two brothers.


DANIEL CRUZ JR.
Daniel “Danny” Cruz, Jr., age 59, of Lorain, OH, died on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at his residence, following a sudden illness. He was born on April 3, 1947 in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, living in Lorain since 1950. He served in the US Navy. He worked for the Lorain Ford Assembly Plant as a lineman for 20 years, retiring in 1984. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and the United Auto Workers Union Local #425. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, mechanics, building things and carpentry, working with his hands and relaxing in his “Cruz Corral.” He is survived by his wife Patricia (née Bahre); sons George Cruz, of St. Paul, MN, and Steven Cruz of Lorain; daughters Annetta Cruz, of Arecibo, PR, Batima Cruz, of Lorain; 4 grandchildren; and sister Cookie Moore, of Elyria and his longtime companion Lourdes López, of Lorain and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Daniel Cruz in 1999 and Ana (née Valentine) Cruz in 1990.


EMILIO MIRANDA

Emilio Miranda, age 76, of Fostoria, OH, formerly of Findlay, died on Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at Blanchard Valley Hospital. He was born in San Benito, Texas on June 28, 1930 to Juan and Margarita (Colunga) Miranda. Both parents are deceased. On October 16, 1965, he married Manuela ‘Mable’ Pesina and she survives. Emilio was retired from Daimler Chrysler Twinsburg Stamping Plant where he was a press operator. He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Findlay. Also surviving are sons, Faustino (Adriana) Miranda, Greeley, Colorado and Emilio (Veronica) Miranda, Jr., Van Buren, Ohio; daughters, Linda (Michael) Crespin, Windsor, Colorado and Christie (Kenneth) Nuñez, Greeley, Colorado, nineteen grandchildren, two brothers, Heraclio Miranda and Pedro (Clara) Colunga, both of San Benito, Texas; and a sister, Bernardina (Benito) Lucio, San Benito, Texas.


ANDREA VILLARREAL
Andrea Villarreal, 83, of
Martin, OH, passed away Sunday, February 11, 2007, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born November 30, 1923, in Martindale, TX to Francisco and Valentina Mendoza. A dedicated homemaker, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, Andrea was an active member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Bono, OH. The widow of George Villarreal Sr. who passed away on May 26, 1989, Andrea is survived by her loving family, children, Margarita Cousino, Elydia (Robert) Moreno, Andrea (Guillermo) Ramón, George Jr. (María) Villarreal, Aureliano (Dalia) Villarreal, Gloria (José) Raya, Alicia (Mike) Mominee, Frank (Cindy) Villarreal, Diane (Ben) Archibeque, Robert Villarreal, Daniel (Debi) Villarreal and Edward (Rosie) Villarreal; 36 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren and 3 great- great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Longino (Jean) Mendoza and stepsisters, Sandra Adair, Dolores (Lupe) Agueri and Susana Melchor along with many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Andrea was preceded in death by her grandsons, Paul Martínez and Mario Moreno; stepmother, Leonor Mendoza; sister, Victoria Fiorillo and half brother, Phillip Mendoza.


SHARON B. ALVARADO

Sharon B. Alvarado, age 41 of Toledo, OH, passed away Saturday, February 3, 2007, in the Lake Park Comfort Care Center in Sylvania. She was born in Toledo May 29, 1965, to John A. and Judith (Campbell) Doherty. Sharon was a loan officer with Faith Mortgage. Her compassion and knowledge of her job aided people in their decision making. Sharon's great joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren. Sharon devoted her life to her children and she was very active at Regina Coeli Church, where she was a member. Sharon is survived by her loving husband, Michael Alvarado; her mother, Judith (Bill) Jones; daughters, Emily Doherty and Amy Alvarado; son, Michael Alvarado, Jr.; daughter, Elaina Alvarado; sisters, Rebecca Doherty, Bridget Doherty and Beverly (Mike) Faunce; grandchildren, Joshua Ledesma II, Salvador Ruiz V, and Sergio Ruiz; and mother-in-law, Lois Alvarado.


FRANKLIN GONZÁLES JR

Franklin “Jody” Gonzáles Jr., 35, formerly of Fostoria, OH,  died Monday morning, January 29, 2007 at Venice Regional Health Center, Sarasota, Florida. Jody was born January 11, 1972 in Findlay to Franklin C. and Anita M. (Bernal) Gonzáles Sr., and they survive in Fostoria. Jody was a machine operator and welder in Florida. He was a 1992 graduate of Fostoria High School, and graduated from Sentinel Vocational School as a welding specialist. He was a member of St. Wendelin Catholic Church, Fostoria.

Jody will be remembered for his gifted guitar playing and passion for music. He enjoyed fishing and the outdoors. Also surviving is a son, Julian Via Gonzáles, Tiffin; and daughter, Ryalin Makayla Gonzáles, Tiffin; two brothers, Jamie (Jennifer) Gonzáles, Florida and Kevin Gonzáles, Fostoria; two nieces and five nephews; stepbrother, Brian Gonzáles, Cleveland; paternal grandfather, Agapito Gonzáles, Findlay and maternal grandparents, Daniel and Feliz (Cortez) Bernal Sr., Fostoria. He was preceded in death by a brother, Jason Gonzáles and grandmother, Josephine Gonzáles.


CONSUELO MENDOSA

Consuelo “Caelo” Mendosa (née Segovia), 78, of Lorain, OH, died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007, at Community Regional Medical Center, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Mendosa worked as an admitting clerk for St. Joseph Hospital and was also the organist and choir director for St. John's Catholic Church for 47 years. She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and Guadalupe Society of St. John’s Catholic Church in Lorain. She enjoyed cooking, music and watching the Cleveland Indians.

Survivors include sons Dennis, Joseph, Gregory and Perry Mendosa, all of Lorain; daughters Pamela Mendosa, Johna Mendosa and María Lucy Miranda, all of Lorain; brother, Lawrence Mendoza of Lorain; sister, Stella Guzmán of Garfield Heights; and 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sacarias Joe Mendosa; parents, Juan and Gregoria (née Velésquez) Segovia; and sisters Lupita Segovia and Margarita Pérez.


JOSE ANGEL BENAVIDES

José Angel Benavides, age 40, died Tuesday, January 23, 2007, surrounded by his family and loved ones at Sunshine Children’s Home. José resided with Sunshine for 38 years and his outgoing, loving personality will be greatly missed. He worked at Lott Industries and later with Sunshine Day Habilitation Program where his great sense of humor and enjoyment of adventure was apparent. He is survived by his mother, Minerva Fry and step-father, Bob Fry; sisters, Dina Kirksey, Angelica Fry; and brother, Donald Fry. He will also be missed by his numerous nieces and nephews and his many friends.


LUIS BRICEÑO

Luis Briceno, 41, of Toledo, OH, passed away Sunday, January 21, 2007, at St. Vincent Mercy Hospital, as a result of an automobile accident. He was born on June 22, 1965, in Toledo, Ohio. Luis was a 1983 graduate of Rogers High School where he was on the wrestling team and was a state champion in Greco-Roman. He continued his education at Owens Technical College. He remained very active in sports. Luis worked for the Daimler-Chrysler Corp. for 23 years and was a member of UAW Local 12. Luis was a dedicated member at Cornerstone Church where he was also a member of the Intercessory Prayer Team. He was a devoted son, brother, father, and grandfather who loved his grandchildren dearly. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Juana Maldonado and cousin, Tommy Sánchez. He is survived by his daughters, Stephanie and Jennifer; son, Luis L; parents, Rolando and Josie; brothers, Orlando (Christine) and Israel R. (Aimee) Briceno; sister, Theresa (Patrick) Briceno-Abec; grandchildren, Landen, Alexander and soon to be grandson; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.


ELVIA ESCALANTE

Elvia Escalante, 75, of Deshler, OH, died Wednesday evening, January 24, 2007 at Oak Grove Healthcare Center, Deshler. She was born June 14, 1931 in Monterrey, México to Antonio and Costansia Garza. On January 28, 1948 she married Concepción “John” Escalante in Monterrey, México and he survives. Elvia worked at the former IMCO Poultry of Deshler; TemCole Radish of McClure, Ohio and Dekalb of Deshler.

She is survived by her husband; a daughter, María González, Edinburg, Texas; 2 sons, Juan (Carol) Escalante, Deshler; and Joe Escalante, Deshler; 7 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren and a brother, Pablo Garza, Monterrey, México. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Josephina Escalante; a sister, Estela Ramos and a brother, Ricardo Garza.


ADAM RODRIGUEZ SÁNCHEZ

Adam Rodríguez Sánchez, age 44, of Lindsey, OH, died Sunday afternoon January 21, 2007 at St. Charles Mercy Medical Center. Adam was born on July 23, 1962 in Hughes Arkansas to the now deceased Pedro and Aurelia (Rodríguez) Sánchez. Adam dealt with disability for most of his life, but that did not stop his love of the outdoors. He enjoyed 4-wheeling, swimming, and was a fun loving uncle to 29 nieces and nephews. He is survived by his siblings and companions, Emma Martínez of Florida, Robert Sánchez of Lindsey, Benito Sánchez of Florida, Mary (Rigoberto) Caldron, Ricardo (Audrey) Sánchez and Lidia (David) Galvan of Michigan, Daniel Sánchez , Tammy Thebeau of Lindsey and Sharon Vallejo. He is also preceded in death by is brothers Hector and Pedro Sánchez


 

VIRGINIA R. GARCÍA
Virginia R. García, age 79, of Toledo, OH, a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at her home,
Wednesday, January 3, 2007. She was born May 19, 1927, to William and Florence Dyer in Toledo. Virginia was employed with the Jeep Corporation for many years, retiring in 1992. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Yvonne Brown and siblings, Gerald Dyer and Marian Hunsaker. Virginia is survived by her loving husband, Thatcher García Sr.; sons, Gerald García; Thacher (Adelita) García Jr. and Robert (Patty) García; daughters, Kathy MaGinn, Angela (John) Couperthwaite and Michelle (Matt) Cunningham; brother, William “Junior” Dyer, and several grandchildren and great- grandchildren.

 


 

MARCIANO GUERRERO
Marciano Guerrero, 90, of Oaklawn Ave., Fremont, OH, died Friday,
January 12, 2007 at Bethesda Care Center. He was born on November 2, 1916 in Villa de García, México to the late Guadalupe and Louisa (Lucio) Guerrero. He married Filomena García on May 10, 1936 in Laredo, TX and she died on February 15, 2006. He was a machine repairman for Whirlpool Corp. for 30 years until he retired in 1988. He and his wife were also the owners of Guerrero Torillera on W. State St., Fremont for 20 years. Marciano was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Guadalupe Society. He enjoyed fixing lawn mowers and fishing.

Marciano is survived by daughters, Filomena Cruz Esquivel, María Louisa Guzmán, Elena Venegas, all of Fremont; sons, Marciano (Feliciana) Guerrero, Jr., Woodville; Guillermo Guerrero, Sr., Clyde; Lupe (Esperanza) Guerrero, Graytown; Andres (Virginia) Guerrero, Fremont; sisters, Trinidad Escamilla, Lucy Mendez both of Hammond, IN; Virginia Mariscal, Fremont; twenty seven grandchildren; forty great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wife, Filomena Guerrero; three brothers and two sisters.

 


 

VICKIE L. RODRÍGUEZ
Vickie L. Rodríguez, 53, of Sylvania, OH, passed away Saturday, December 30, 2006, at Flower Hospital. She is survived by her loving husband, Juan Rodríguez; daughter, Chaloe Angelica Rodríguez; sons, Juan Jr., Armando, and Joshua Rodríguez; 4 grandchildren and sister, Skeeter Powers.

 


CHARLES DEL RIO
Charles Del Rio, age 42, passed away December 29, 2006, at University Medical Center, Toledo. He was preceded in death by sister, Melody Sánchez, maternal grandparents, José and Amada Del Rio, maternal aunt, Betty Rose Lucio. He is survived by wife, Flor; son, Stephen; sister, Yasmin Del Rio; niece, Gloria (Ivan) Ramírez and mother, Mary “Cookie” Ortiz; maternal aunts, Ramona (Jesús) Trujillo, Alicia Kharsa and Dina Del Rio; uncles, James (Cathy) Del Rio, Vincent (Eloisa) Del Rio; first cousins, Amada (Edwardo) Esquivel, Sam Octavio Jr., (Virginia), Merida and Rendi Estrada, Yuri (John) Gonzáles and Seti (David) Navarro, Arthur (Kimberly) Rios, Rachel Massaadd, David and Alex Rios, Vinson (Candi) and Justin Del Rio, Vanessa (Rafael) Garibay, Nissan, Alicia, José and Obadiah (Anne) Lucio, as well as many second cousins.


JOSEPH A. DOMINGUEZ
Joseph A. Dominguez, 72, died
Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006, in the Progressive Rehabilitation Center, Las Vegas, following a brief illness. He was born March 29, 1934, in Lorain, OH. He was a Lorain resident for 66 years before moving to Las Vegas in 2000. He graduated from Lorain High School in 1954, and lettered in varsity baseball. Dominguez retired in 1998 as a plastic mould operator at General Motors. He worked for General Motors in Elyria and Brookpark for 37 years. He served with the 1st Battalion F Company in the Marines as a mortar man and a proof technician of fire arms during the Korean War. He earned the good conduct metal. He was a member of the All Marine bowling team of Parris Island and the Visiting Athletes and Special Services. He was a former member of Sacred Heart Chapel and Saint John Roman Catholic Church, both in Lorain. He was also a member of the United Auto Local 1005, Parma and Veterans of Foreign Wars Mullen-Murray Post 451, Mexican Mutual Society, Knights of Saint John, Croatian Club and the Slovenian Lodge all of Lorain.
He was inducted in the Lorain Bowling Hall of Fame in 1991. At the age of 61, he bowled his first 300 game. He bowled with the Rebman’s B League, Gene's Floor Covering Classic at Saxon Lanes both in Lorain and with Rodríguez's Drywall at the Shoreway Lanes in Sheffield Lake. He had also played fast pitch softball for 20 years until 1976.
Survivors include his son, Joseph L. of Lorain; daughters Vita D., Vera L. Goode, Dominica F. and Tina M., all of Las Vegas and Darlene Ruma of Omaha, Neb.; brother, Lupe of Lorain; sisters Marcela Rose Belch and Eleanor Gonzáles, both of Lorain; seven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Grace (née Pass) Dominguez, in March of this year; parents, Louis L. and Josephine (née González) Dominguez Sr.; brothers Francisco, Manuel, Louis and Martin Dominguez; sisters Trinidad Dominguez, Laura Espitia and Francis Marge Maloy.


MARK R. GONZÁLES
Mark R. Gonzáles, 50, of
Louisville, Ky., formerly of Lorain, OH, died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, at home. Gonzáles retired from the Ford Motor Co. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Survivors include his wife, MaryBeth; stepsons Ronnie P. Richardson of Goshen, Ky., and Jerry L. Carwile Jr.; stepdaughter, Juanita Ennis of Shelbyville, Ky.; his father, Fred Gonzáles of Lorain; brother, Fred Gonzáles Jr. of Lorain; sisters Marian Smith of Amarillo, Texas, Veronica Michalski of Lorain and Teresa Ridgeway and Rose Stotzer, both of Dayton; and two grandchildren.


ERIBERTO H. MARTÍNEZ
Eriberto H. “Bert” Martínez, 83, Fostoria, passed away 9:18 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, at the Fostoria Community Hospital. He was born March 16, 1923 in Waelder, Texas to the late Juan and Guadalupe (Hernández) Martínez. He married Eliza Capetillo, May 1942 in Richmond, Texas and she survives in Fostoria, OH. Also surviving is a daughter, Adelina “Lina” Wilmoth, Fostoria; a son, Tony Martínez, Toledo; nine grandchildren, Raúl, Rubén, Rudy and Randy Hernández, Valerie Nye, Tracy Walker, Tricia Hernández, Sean Martínez and LeAnne Schutt; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Dominga Gallegos, Texas; Audelia “Lela” Serda, Defiance; five brothers, Guadalupe “Lupe” (Linda) Martínez; Rossford, Benino “Benny” (Esther) Martínez, Fostoria; Henry Martínez, Bowling Green; Isabel “Lee” Martínez, Fostoria; and Frank García, San Antonio, Texas. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary López; and four brothers, Ray, Johnny, and Domingo Martínez, and John García.
Bert was a member of St. Wendelin Catholic Church, Fostoria, its Guadalupe Society, and prayer group. He retired in 1981 from Union Carbide, Fostoria (now National Electrical Carbon), after 35 years of service. He enjoyed playing the guitar, fishing and gardening. He will be remembered as a family oriented, faith filled man. He was someone you could always depend on. Bert will be dearly missed by his loving family.


OFELIA VARGAS
TUCSON (AP): Ofelia S. Vargas, one of the founders of Tucson’s League of Mexican American Women, has died. She was 96. Born in Morenci, Ariz., Vargas spent 25 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, traveling to México City, Santo Domingo, Lima, Tokyo, Djakarta and Tel Aviv, before settling in Tucson in the 1960s, her son, Hector Vargas, said Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006. Vargas spent much of her time working with the League of Mexican American Women, raising thousands of dollars in scholarships. She also was involved with the Pio Decimo Center, where she taught English to adults and supervised arts and crafts activities for senior citizens. Vargas stopped her volunteer efforts 10 years ago, when she was no longer able to get around town. She died Dec. 27, 2006. “She loved people, she loved the Hispanic community,” Hector Vargas said. “She wanted to help, to make a difference, and she did.” Vargas is survived by her son and stepdaughter Lucila.


ANTONIO VÁSQUEZ JR.
Antonio “Tony” Vásquez Jr., 52 years, of Toledo, OH, passed away Sunday,
December 31, 2006, in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his father, Antonio D. Vásquez and siblings, Carol Torres, Rudy Vásquez and Robert Vásquez. Antonio will be sadly missed by his mother, Susan Vásquez; brothers and sisters, Olga (Don) Vásquez, Lisa (Jesse) Campos, Gloria Vásquez, Stella Vásquez, Sally (Victor) Soto, Sylvia (Mike) Caballero and Marty (John) Chalupa.


RUTH ANN CARRERO
Ruth Ann Carrero (née Miller), 74, of Amherst, OH, died Monday,
Dec. 18, 2006, at Amherst Manor Nursing Home, following a lengthy illness. She was born July 13, 1932, in Sheffield Lake. Mrs. Carrero was the daughter of a police chief, the late Henry Miller, and spent her childhood helping to train her father’s bloodhounds, which were used in many important cases including the 1954 Sam Sheppard investigation. She attended nursing school in the 1970s and upon retiring from the Ford Motor Co. in 1991, moved to Puerto Rico with her husband of 48 years, William “Bill” Carrero. She returned to Lorain in 1988 upon the death of her son Enrique Antonio Carrero. Mrs. Carrero enjoyed mystery novels, gardening, crossword puzzles and her family. She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Church, Lorain.
Survivors in addition to her husband, William González Carrero, include sons William Daniel Carrero and Donato David Carrero, both of Lorain; daughters Ruth Roberta Toothman and Kathleen Adela Discenzo, both of Lorain, Diana Marie Evans of Jacksonville, Fla., and Ramóna Antoniette Brown of
Sheffield Lake; and a sister, Mary Jane. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Miller and Ruth (née Dueweke) Miller; and a son, Enrique Antonio “Tony” Carrero.


VIRGINIA BENABEDE CARRION
Virginia Benabede Carrion, 72, of Lorain, OH, died Sunday,
Dec. 24, 2006, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph in Lorain, following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Carrion was a homemaker and enjoyed singing, cooking and crafting. She attended House of Praise International Church, Lorain. Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Luis Carrion; son, Hector Luis Carrion of St. Cloud, Fla.; daughter, Norma Nytia Lan of West Palm Beach, Fla.; brothers Angle Luis Benabede of Puerto Rico, Antonio Benabede and Javier Benabede, both of Orlando, Fla.; sister, Sarah Corcino of Lorain; and 10 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Rubin Carrion, and her parents and two brothers.


MARIE GUADALUPE GUERRERO

Marie Guadalupe (García) Guerrero, 68, of Toledo, died in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center on Friday, December 29, 2006. She was born to Leopoldo and Luisa García on October 11, 1938, in Dimmit County, Texas. She was a dedicated homemaker and worked at Tiedke’s Department Store then at Riverside Mercy Hospital for 14 years before retiring. She was a kind woman most remembered for her loving role as mother and grandmother. She was a longtime member of Immaculate Conception parish who embraced her Catholic faith. She enjoyed cooking, baking, shopping, playing bingo, and bunco and spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leopoldo and Luisa García; brother, Leopoldo García Jr.; nephew, Anthony García; special cousins, Francis Puente, Abraham Flores and niece, Rose “Pinky” Puente. She is survived by her children, Mark (Stacy) Guerrero, David (Felicia) Guerrero, Angie (Phil) Cruz, Tina (John) Ramsey; father of her children, Ebaristo Guerrero; 16 grandchildren; one great grandchild; brothers, John (Mary) Flores and Victor García; sisters, Bertha (Victor) Olvera and Fina (Dave) Reinmeyer; special cousins, Genaro Flores and Fred Flores and many special aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.


JOHN MARTÍNEZ JR
John Martínez Jr., age 61, of Toledo, OH, passed away Saturday, December 23, 2006, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Toledo. He was born on June 24, 1945, to John Sr. and Maria (Rodríguez) Martínez in Tyler, Texas. John was employed with GM Powertrain for 30 and 1/2 years until retiring. He enjoyed playing poker, pool and darts. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his son, Raymond Martínez; stepson, Brian Birch and 8 brothers and sisters. John is survived by his loving wife, Pauline (Raymond-Birch) Martínez; children, John (Colleen), Steven (Heather) Martínez, Shannon Gardner and Marlene Birch; 6 grandchildren; father, John Martínez Sr.; sisters, Dalia (Walter) Solarski, Dolores Sarabia and Rosemary (Tony) Torres; brothers, Joseph (Diane), Gilberto and Daniel Martínez and a host of extended family and dear friends.


JOSEFA RUIZ MARTÍNEZ
Josefa Ruiz Martínez, 97, of Oregon, OH passed away on
December 25, 2006, in her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in San Antonio, TX on August, 27, 1909, to Apolonio and Guadalupe (Ochoa) Ruiz. Josefa was employed by Hirzel Canning Company for 19 years retiring in 1984. She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Josefa was well known for her cooking, sense of humor and catered all the family functions. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Surviving are her children, María G. Pérez, Josefina (Victor) Durán, Lucia (Benito) Perales, Teresa (Vidal Jr.) Hernández, Tito (Elida) Martínez Jr., Olga (Eleodoro) Martínez, Magdalena (Daniel) Miranda, Micaela (Damacio) Sifuentes, Alejandro (Gloria), Roberto (Carmelita) Martínez; 44 grandchildren; 78 great-grandchildren; 37 great- great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Josefa was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Tito Sr.; 3 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.


JUANITA RAMÓN
Juanita Juana (Vedia) Ramón, age 87 of North Buckeye St., Bellevue, OH, passed away Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006 at the Bellevue Care Center. She was born March 15, 1919 in Laredo, TX, the daughter of the late Sabas & Margarita (Romero) Vedia. Juanita was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and Eagles Aerie 490 both in Bellevue. She had a passion for feeding people and was known for her cooking and baking pie shells. She was employed as a cook at the former Bellevue General Electric Lamp Plant for 18 years, retiring when the plant closed. She also cooked at the Bellevue Eagles and enjoyed knitting in her spare time. Survivors include her sons Juan A. “Tony” (Sue) Ramón of Sandusky, Francisco “Frank” (Mary) Ramón of Bellevue, Rodulof “Rudy” (Betty) of Bellevue, Rubén (Lisa) Ramón of Bellevue, José Ramón of Clyde and Rolando Ramón of Westerville, her Daughter Laura Marie Ramón of Fremont, 16 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren a brother and sister in-law and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents her husband Francisco Ramón, Sr. whom she married Sep. 26, 1937 in Laredo, TX and passed away Nov. 30, 1973, a daughter Julietta Ramón; mother-in-law Isabel Ramón; father-in-law, Juan Ramón; 8 brothers and sisters; 7 brothers and sisters-in-law preceded her in death.


RONALD R. SOTO
Ronald R. Soto, 67, of Lorain, OH, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2006, at EMH Regional Medical Center, Elyria, following lengthy illness. He was born July 16, 1939, in Lorain. He lived in Las Vegas from 1991 to 1999, before returning to Lorain. Soto was a Lorain police officer for 20 years, retiring in 1986. After retiring, he was employed as a security screener at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport from 1990 to 1991 and at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas from 1991 to 1998. He was a 1958 graduate of Lorain High School and attended Lorain County Community College, where he earned 40 credits in police science. He served in the U.S. Army with the rank of specialist from 1960 to 1962. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police since 1968 and a life member of AMVETS Post 47, Lorain, and enjoyed fishing and bowling. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stella (née Kinser) in 2002 and Gorgonio Soto in 1984.


 

VINCENT L. GUTIÉRREZ SR

Vincent L. Gutiérrez, Sr. Saginaw, MI, passed away on Monday, December 18, 2006 at his home. Age 82 years. Vincent Gutiérrez was born January 24, 1924 to the late Rodolpho (Pedro) and María (López) Gutiérrez in Seguin, Texas. Vincent was a World War II Veteran who served in five countries: Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. He had been employed for 47 years by General Motors, in his spare time he enjoyed listening to Mexican music, spending time with family and friends, and playing cards especially with his poker buddies. Vincent was a member at St. Joseph Catholic Church and a former member of American Legion Post #500. Surviving are one daughter, Linda (Victor) Guerra of Bridgeport; four grandchildren, Victor (Monica) Guerra, David A. Guerra and his special friend, Jessica (Blonde), Sonny V. Guerra, Vincent (Tammy) Gutiérrez; seven great-grandchildren; his siblings, Angelita Garcia, Sixto Gutiérrez, and Rodolpho Gutiérrez; and many nieces and nephews. Vincent remained in close contact with his former wife, Socorro Gutiérrez. Vincent was preceded in death by one son, Vincent L. Gutiérrez, Jr. and seven brothers.
 


 

VALENTINO RIOS

Valentino Rios, 50 of Lorain, OH, died Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, at Community Regional Medical Center, Lorain, after a short illness. Rios was a graduate of the Ohio School of Culinary Arts. He was a member of the Knights of St. John in Lorain, the Open Hearth Club, and Can-Am Pool League. He enjoyed playing cards and dice and spending time outdoors with family. Two of his favorite pastimes were watching wrestling and playing video games.

Survivors include his companion of many years, Karen Shelton; sons, Valentino Smith of Salt Lake City and Jeremy Gibson of Lorain; daughter, Jennifer Curry Marietta; stepdaughter, Stacy Shelton of Lorain; brothers, Allen Sams of Elyria, John Sams, Michael Rios, José Casarez, Paul Sams and Ralph Sams, all of Lorain, and Isidro Cásarez Jr. of Michigan; sister, Connie Ventura of Lorain; and five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tomás and Anneta (née Avila) Rios; brothers, Eugene Rios and Steve Rios; stepfather, Isidro “Poncho” Cásarez Sr.; and one sister.

 


 

MARIA LERMA SALINAS

María Lerma Salinas, 66, of Bryan, OH, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006 at the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN. She was born April 2, 1940 to Felix and Juanita (Tijerina) Lerma in Laredo, TX. She married Timoteo Salinas on December 26, 1958 and he survives. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Bryan and was employed by FSI in Archbold for 28 years.

Surviving is a son, José Salinas, Bryan; and a daughter, Carlota (Jodi) Whittaker, LaGrange, IN; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Baldomero Lerma Findlay; and Cruz Lerma, Edenberg, TX. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Oswaldo Lerma; Felix Lerma Jr.; and Arturo Lerma; and three sisters, María del Carmen Lerma; Dolores Lerma; and Elia Lerma. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Holgate with Father Stephen Stanbery officiating. Burial was held in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Holgate.

 


 

VERONICA FLORES

Veronica Flores, age 39, of Adrian, MI, died Monday, December 11, 2006, at the University of Michigan Medical Center. She was born December 5, 1967, in Adrian, to José Francisco and Mary H. Flores. Veronica dearly loved her daughter, María Alicia, and the time that they were able to spend together. She enjoyed listening to Oldies and Tejano Music. In addition to her daughter, María Alicia Flores, she is survived by her parents, José Flores of Three Rivers, MI, and Mary (Dave) Sánchez of Toledo; her grandfathers, Gilbert Gallardo and Florentino Sánchez; one brother, José Flores of Toledo; one step brother, David (Lori) Sánchez of Toledo; her step sister, Debbie Sánchez of Toledo; many other loving relatives, and her special friend, Michelle Pérez-Baughey. She was preceded in death by her grandmothers, Helen Gallardo, Amalia Sánchez, and grandparents, Erasmo and Mercedes Flores.


ROSALIA G. HERNANDEZ
Rosalia G. Hernández (née García), 82, of Lorain, OH, died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006, in the cardiovascular critical care unit of Community Regional Medical Center, Lorain, following a brief illness. She was born on March 24, 1924, in Gurabo, Puerto Rico. She lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico, before she moved to Lorain in 1950.Ms. Hernández was a member of the Iglesia Pentecostal Church in Lorain. She graduated from the Eastern Missionary Bible College in Ohio. She enjoyed cooking, Bible study, crocheting, singing and going to the beach. She is survived by her daughter, Ana D. Naymik of Lorain; sister, Jesusa García of Gurabo, Puerto Rico; and four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Pablo Hernández, in 1997; son, Ismael Hernández, in 2003; sisters Flora García, Delphnia García and Rafaela García; and her brothers Ramón García, Miguel García, and Lorenzo García.


KAREN K. LONGORIA

Karen K. (née Shepard) Longoria, of Toledo, OH, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, December 16, 2006, at the age of 35. She worked as a clerk at Toys r Us and Big Lots for several years. Karen enjoyed gardening, but her real joy in life was as a devoted wife and mother, always there to help anyone who needed her. She was also lovingly known as the “Kernal.” Karen was preceded in death by her father Michael Shepard and father-in-law Pilo Longoria. Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband, Rubén H. Longoria; children, Rubén James and Gabriela L. Longoria; mother, Karen McCulley; brother, Mark Shepard; mother-in-law, Isabel Longoria; brother-in-law, Al (Diane) Longoria; sister-in-law, Carol Longoria and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins and an extended family.


LANA MARIE SALAZAR

Lana Marie Salazar, 18 months, of Pandora, OH, died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006 at Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center, Bluffton, OH. Surviving are her parents, Michael and Jennifer; a sister, Lena Renee; paternal grandmother, Nina Scoles, Pandora; maternal grandparents, Jerry and Nancy Mericle, Delphos; and maternal great-grandparents, Hubert and Marjorie Truman, Delphos.


 

ROBERT T. BARRERA

Robert T. “El-Borro” Robert T. Barrera Sr., age 85, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2006, in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. He was born in San Antonio, Texas on December 8, 1920, and resided in Toledo, Ohio from 1956 to 2006. An Army veteran of WWII, Robert was a laborer and vendor retiring at the age of 49. He was also a wonderful, loving person and great father. He is survived by ten children, six sons and four daughters, Robert (Kimberly) Barrera Jr., Lucy Nuñez, David Barrera, Teresa (Carlos) Torres, Helen (Refugio) Montano, Joe (Sandy) Barrera, Ricky (Diane) Barrera, Deborah (Tomás) Sánchez, John (Chris) Barrera and Thomas (Sylvia) Barrera. Also survived by his sisters, Virginia B. García, María B. Esquival and Lucy B. Solis as well as 30 grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren and former wife, Mercedes Flores.
 


 

MARIA LUISA GONZÁLEZ

María Luisa González, age 84, of Findlay, OH, passed away on Friday, December 1st, 2006 at Birchaven Health Care Center. She is preceded in death by her parents Juan and Luz Reyes, husband Trinidad González, sons Moses and Mario González, son-in-law Osbaldo Lerma, brothers Moises, José and Juan Reyes. Survived by her children Carmen Lerma, Victor (Shirley) González, Oscar González, Fernando (Beatrice) González, Trinidad González, Elvira (Enrique) Salazar, Ricardo (Martha) González, Graciela (Manuel) Cervantez, Esteven González, María E. González, Margaret R. González, and Robert González, 56 grandchildren, 91 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren. Also, surviving siblings: Lucia Fulghan, Raule Reyes, Esteba Reyes, David Reyes, Ester Torres, Amelia Fernández, Evangelina Reyes, Nomie Goe, and Ruth Cisndros.
 


 

BRANDON JOHN RAMÍREZ

Brandon John Ramírez, 25, of St. Joseph St., Fremont, OH, died Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at the Cleveland Clinic. He was born on August 4, 1981 in Fremont to John Ramírez and Debra (Henline) Ramírez. Brandon was a 2000 graduate of Fremont Ross High School and was employed with Painters Supply in Fremont. He was a car enthusiast and loved to repair cars. He worked with Foster's Auto Body with their Sprint Car Team. He loved to golf, fish and attended the races. He also loved to spend time with his daughter. Brandon is survived by daughter, Makayla Ramírez, Clyde; Father, John Ramírez, Fremont; mother, Debra Ramírez, Oregon, OH; Grandmothers, Estella Ramírez, Green Springs and Janet Henline, Fremont; Sisters, Amber Ramírez-Czerwony, Marblehead, OH and Heather Ramírez, Fremont and many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Felipe Ramírez and James Henline.

RAMON RODRIGUEZ

Ramón (Ray) Rodríguez, died December 4, 2006, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo. He is survived by his daughters, Cora and Clorae Rodríguez; brothers, Jimmy and Lito Rodríguez; and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation at Tate Funeral Service 1003 Broadway Toledo, OH 43609 from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, December 8, 2006.
 


 

JOSE RAUL TREVIÑO

José Raul Treviño, 33, of Defiance, OH, died Monday, Dec. 4, 2006 at his residence. Born June 1, 1973, in Fort Wayne, IN, the son of the Benito A. Treviño and Armandina Garza. He was employed by Treviño Food Group for 6 years, as a Business Manager. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Defiance, OH, and owner of Treviño Promotions, promoting primarily Tejano music, such as the Robles bailes this past Thanksgiving weekend. Surviving are brothers, Benny, Frank, and Reynal Treviño, all of Fort Wayne; sisters, Linda Treviño of Fort Wayne and Armandina Flores of Chicago, Ill.
 


 

MANUEL R. VÁLDEZ SR.

Manuel R. Váldez Sr., 85 years, of Erie, MI died Friday, December 1, 2006, in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. He was a welder for Neo Products in Erie, MI for 10 years retiring in 1976. He also worked as a bus mechanic for Mason Consolidated Schools for many years. The son of Ava Meleca and Felipa (Ramones) Váldez, he was born July 26, 1921, in San Antonio, TX. He was a proud US Army veteran of WWII where he served in Europe. Since 1948, he has lived in Bedford, Whiteford, and Erie, MI. He married Fabiana Robledo in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in 1948. She preceded him in death December 11, 1997. His favorite hobbies were coaching his children and grandchildren in little league baseball, dancing, fishing, and he made a lot of ladies hand bags to give away. He could fix anything and enjoyed helping people fix their cars. An active supporter of the United Farm Workers, he participated in marches with César Chávez. Manuel was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Erie, United Farm Workers of America, UAW Local #1121, and the Guadalupe Society. He is survived by his loving children, Rubén Martínez, Lalo (Gloria) Martínez, Manuel (Enedelia) Váldez Jr., María Váldez, Rudy Váldez, Cindy Váldez; sisters, Paz Váldez, Milia Rodríguez; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by 2 sisters, Petra Dominguez, Estefana Sepulveda and 4 brothers, Rudy, Joe, Pete and Mark Váldez.
 


MARIO ALVARADO
Mario Alvarado, 54, of Port Clinton, OH, died Monday, November 27, 2006 in Fremont, OH. He was born June 1, 1952 in Weslaco, TX the son of Claudio and Guadalupe (Montano) Alvarado. He married Diana Martínez on
June 22, 1974 and she survives. He worked as a Production Operator for Church and Dwight in Old Fort, OH. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Port Clinton and he was an avid movie buff.
Surviving are his wife: Diana; daughter: Celeste Esandra Alvarado of Sylvania, OH; sons: Mario Adon Alvarado of Fremont, Troy Devan Alvarado of Coumbus; mother: Guadalupe Alvarado of Port Clinton; brothers: Joseph Alvarado of Louisville, KY, Henry Alvarado of Sheffield Village, OH, Octavio Alvarado of Port Clinton, Leonardo Alvarado of Port Clinton; sister: Olga Warga of Port Clinton; father-in-law Rosendo Martínez of Port Clinton. He was preceded in death by his father Claudio Alvarado; sister: Linda Alvarado; mother-in-law María Martínez.


DIONISIA CASTILLO
Dionisia “Nisia” Castillo (née Ramirez), 86, of Lorain, OH, died Wednesday,
Nov. 29, 2006, at home, following a lengthy illness. She was born April 8, 1920, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, and lived in Lorain since 1948. Mrs. Castillo was employed as a seamstress for 25 years at the former Joseph & Feiss Co., retiring in 1972. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and the Carismatic Group and was active in church activities. Survivors include her daughter, María Mateo, of Lorain; son, Maximino Castillo of Vieques, Puerto Rico; and 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Pedro Castillo, in 1996; son, Herman Castillo, on March 4, 2006; daughters Miriam Castillo and Aurea Castillo; sister, Eulalia Romero; and brothers Alfonso Ramírez, Ramón Ramírez and Luis Ramírez.


ALBERT CORTEZ JR.
Albert “Chito” Cortez, Jr., age 61, of Toledo, OH, died Saturday, November 25, 2006. He was born July 15, 1945, in Bexar County, TX, to Albert and Jane (Torres) Cortez. He was employed by Ford Motor Co. for 34 years before retiring. Albert enjoyed music, loved to play pool and adored his grandchildren. He is survived by his mother; loving children, Lisa (Paul) Rutkowski, Tina Fligor and Robert Cortez; 11 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild and long time companion, Linda Maynard. Also surviving are his siblings, Ruth Bergman, Alfred, Edward, Irene Christ, Margaret Dunahoo, Nicholas, Mercy and Sandra Elliott, as well as 72 nieces and nephews, and his former wife, Christine Cortez. He was preceded in death by his father, Albert, Sr, and nephews, Nelson and Nicholas.


ESEQUIEL HUERTA
Esequiel “Zeke” Huerta (April 10, 1950 - Nov. 25, 2006) Zeke was a loving and caring man who had a big heart. He loved fishing, wrestling and football. He was known for giving nicknames to everyone he knew. Zeke is survived by children, Gabriel, Leslie, Lisa, Michelle, Jessica, Jason, Michael; sons-in-law, Naro Lara, Mario López and daughter-in-law, Olga Huerta; grandchildren, Johnny, Alicia, Leticia, Manuel, Noel, Angelina, Jr., Jennifer, Isaaq, Mario, Sonia, Becky, Luis, Samanta and Blanca.


CARMEN I. SANTIAGO
Carmen I. Santiago, 50, of Lorain, OH, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006, at home, following a brief illness. She was born Jan. 4, 1956 in Brooklyn, N.Y. She moved to Lorain in 1983 from Caguas, Puerto Rico. She enjoyed bingo and cooking and was a former member of Iglesia Pentecostal Cristo Missionera, Lorain. Survivors include her husband of seven years, José E. Claudio; son, Angel Carrion of Lorain; daughters María Carrion of Lorain and Johanna Carrion of Tampa, Fla.; her father, Adolfo Santiago of San Juan, Puerto Rico; a brother, Rufo Rivera Ramos of Caguas, Puerto Rico, and other brothers and seven grandchildren.


FRANCISCO G. TREVIÑO SR.
Francisco G. “Frank” Treviño, 76, of S. Buchanan St., Fremont, OH, died Sunday, November 26, 2006 at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky, OH. He was born October 14, 1930, in Encinal, TX to Francisco and María Luisa (née Gómez) Treviño. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War where he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal. Francisco married Delfina C. Castillo on November 12, 1955 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fremont. He was employed by Union Carbide, which later changed to Eveready Battery Co., as a Machine Operator retiring in 1992 after 25 years of service. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church, a Eucharist Minister and Lector at St. Joseph Church and a member of the Fremont VFW.
Francisco is survived by his wife Delfina C. Treviño, Fremont, OH; sons, José L. Treviño (Josy García), Toledo, OH; Francisco Treviño, Jr., Chicago, IL; daughters, María Luisa Gil, Mercedes, TX; Mary Magdalen (Barry) Frederick; Josefina E. “Jo” (Victor) Simms, both of Fremont; sister, Julia Zambrano, Fremont, OH; eleven grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents; daughter, Anita Treviño; brother, Erasmo Treviño; sister, Elvira Zamora.


 

ROSA I. AVILES

Rosa I. Aviles (née Román), 49, of Lorain, OH, died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006, in New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph following a short illness. She was born Jan. 11, 1957, in Savana Grande, Puerto Rico, and came to Lorain as an infant. She graduated from Admiral King High School in 1975. Mrs. Aviles worked for Aramark as a kitchen aide at Homewood School, Lorain. She had also worked for Lithonia Lighting in Vermilion for 26 years. She attended Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. She enjoyed being outdoors, walking and exercising. She also enjoyed dancing.

Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Pablo A. “Kookie” Aviles of Lorain; her mother Rita Román (née López); brothers Felix, Edwin, Tony Román all of Lorain, Jorge and Tomás López, both of Lorain, and Edwin “Kino” López of California; sisters Rose Marie Román of Winterhaven, Fla., and Mary Jane White of Columbus; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Felix E. Román; and brothers José and Luis López.



ARMANDO DE SANTIAGO

Armando De Santiago, 57, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006, in El Paso, TX. He was married to Imelda De Santiago from 1976 to 1996 and she survives in Findlay, OH. Armando enjoyed farming. He was a loving father and grandfather. He enjoyed the outdoors, horse riding and rodeo, but most of all having his children and grandchildren with him at the farm. He will be remembered and missed by everyone.

Also surviving are four daughters, Yadira Imelda (De Santiago) López of Texas, María Virginia De Santiago of Findlay, Elizabeth and Sonia De Santiago, both of California; two sons, Armando De Santiago Jr. of Texas and David A. De Santiago of Findlay; and nine grandchildren, Xavier De Santiago, Victoria De Santiago, Daniel Xavier López II, Briana Alexis López, Ivan I. López, Kayra De Santiago, Elinda De Santiago, Noel De Santiago, and Christopher López.
 


 

VANESSA SHALOM FIGUEROA

Vanessa Shalom “Vani” Figueroa, 23, of Lorain, OH, died Friday, Nov. 24, 2006, in the emergency room at Community Regional Medical Center, Lorain. She was born Feb. 14, 1983, in Caguas, Puerto Rico, and came to Lorain 19 years ago. Miss Figueroa was a Puerto Rican princess in the Lorain International Festival in 2001. She graduated from North Coast Christian Academy and was a sophomore at Lorain County Community College. She also attended Valley View Computech Center, Cleveland, and studied at the ICI Bible Institute. When she was 5 years old she was Cleveland School District Spelling Bee champion. She studied ballet in Puerto Rico and piano and art at Cleveland Art Museum. She was into gymnastics at North Olmsted Gymnastics, enjoyed praise dances, swimming, reading and won many medals for singing and praise dances. She was a member of Tabernaculo Cristiano Church. Survivors include her parents, Mildred (née Senquiz) and the Rev. David Figueroa of Lorain; and brother, Reubén William Figueroa, and sister, Tabitha Nicole Figueroa Pagán, both of Lorain. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Angel Senquiz, and an uncle.


 

JUDITH A. MUÑIZ

Judith A. Muñiz, age 60, of Toledo, OH, died suddenly Saturday, November 18, 2006, in her home. She was born December 30, 1945, to John F. and Elizabeth M. (Smith) Connerton in Toledo. Judith married Ramiro Muñiz on May 1, 1965 in Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church. She retired from the Daimler-Chrysler Jeep; she loved cooking and spending time with her sons and grandchildren. She will be deeply missed. Preceding Judith in death are her parents; brother, Dennis; sister, Frances Thompson and grandson Joe-Joe. Surviving are her husband, Ramiro; sons, John (Jill), Joseph (Diane), Brian Muñiz; 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Also surviving are her sisters, Debbie (Curtis) Thompson and Kathy (Dennis) Davis; brothers, Mike, John (Joyce), Tim (Trigg) Connerton, and many nieces and nephews.
 


 

ARTHUR RAMOS

Arthur Ramos, age 59, of Point Place, OH, died Sunday, November 20, 2006, at St. Anne-Mercy Hospital. He was born April 13, 1947, to Mr. and Mrs. Antonio (Beatrice Salinas) Ramos. He retired from Textile Leather and enjoyed Raceway Park, the Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Pistons, and Tigers. Survived by his daughter, Vanessa Ramos of Toledo; brothers, Antonio (Anna) Ramos Jr., Armando (Lupe) Ramos of Toledo, Avelardo Ramos, Abel Ramos, and Adam Ramos all of Toledo; sisters, Rosie (Paul) Ruiz of Toledo, Bertha (Phillip) Estrada of Genoa, Amparo (Frank) Torres of Erie, MI and Aurora (Santigo) Izquierdo of Toledo. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Arthur Ramos Jr. and brother, Arnoldo Ramos.




TITA SANTIAGO

Tita P. “Penny” Santiago, age 47, of Toledo, OH, went home to meet the lord on Friday, November 17th, 2006. “Pen Pen” was loved by many and in her end days was surrounded by that love. As she laid in her Hospice bed she was never left alone. Her sisters, brothers, father, children, grandkids, and friends were always there along with their significant others. The love and support of the family helped her pass in peace. She is survived by her father, Raúl Santiago and her children, April Wolfe and Ronald Williamson. She was a wonderful grandmother and will be greatly missed.
 


SILBESTRE VILLARREAL

Silbestre “Sylvester” Villarreal, age 79, of Toledo, OH, passed away Saturday, November 18, 2006, in the Lutheran Home of Toledo. He was born May 12, 1927, to José and María (Maldonado) Villarreal in Robstown, Texas. Sylvester was employed with Conrail railroad for 32 years, retiring in January of 1982. He was also an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves. Sylvester was a proud husband, father and grandfather and he enjoyed the time he spent with his family. In addition to his parents, Sylvester was preceded in death by his brother, Jessie “Jesús” and Eliseo Villarreal. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Josie E. (Wycoff) Villarreal; children, Sylvester (Toni) Villarreal Jr., Pamela Jo (Tom) French, Robert Lee Villarreal, Christina María (Rick) Thompson and Cecil Antonio Villarreal; brother, Erineo Villarreal, and 6 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.


CARMEN JULIA AYALA
Carmen Julia Ayala (née Pagán), 68, of Lorain, OH, died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006, at home, following a brief illness. She was born July 26, 1938, in Guanica, Puerto Rico, and lived in Lorain since 1950. Mrs. Ayala worked as a nurse's aide at Suburban Nursing Home, Westlake, retiring in 1995 after two years service, and previously worked at nursing homes for 20 years including Bradley Nursing Home, Westlake, and Anchor Lodge Nursing Home, Lorain. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. She enjoyed bingo, music, dancing, cooking and doing housework.
Survivors include her sons Timoteo Matos Jr. of Bronx, NY, and Efrain Matos of Lorain; daughters Elsie Matos, Edna Matos Acosta and Irma Iris Matos, all of Lorain; brother, Ramond Ramos of Lorain; sisters Josephine Nardillio of Maryland, Nicksa Ortiz Pagán, Elizabeth Pagán and Debbie Head, all of Lorain, and Yoni Pagán of Yuaco, Puerto
Rico; and five grandchildren and eight great-grand- children. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Timoteo Matos, in 1995; second husband, Domingo Santana, in 1998; her parents, Julio Pagán and Vicenta Lozada; her adoptive mother, Paula Pagán; and brothers Ricardo Pagán in 1993 and Julio Pagán Jr. in 1987.


SONIA (PECINA) ANAYA HERRERA-NORES

Sonia (née Pecina) Anaya Herrea-Nores, 48, of Toledo, beloved mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, niece, sister-in-law, and best friend too many joined her father, Leno; sister, Virginia and grandparents on Friday, November 17, 2006. There are not enough words to describe Sonia. She was beautiful, loving, and always lending a helping hand. She always thought of others before herself and always went out of her way to lend a helping hand to all her family and friends. Sonia was a tireless worker, she had a great sense of humor, and she loved to dance, laugh, and have a good time. She will be greatly missed. She is survived by her children, Zulema (Antonio) López, Sonia (Brian Wood) Anaya, Victor Anaya, Luisa Anaya; mother, Ruperta Pecina; sisters, Ramona Pecina, Flora Gonzáles; brothers Robert, Richard, Martin, Gregory, and Magdaleno “Leno” Pecina; grandchildren, Angelita, Aliyah, Zoie, Veronica, Brock, and Gabriella; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Sonia was preceded in death by her father, Magdaleno “Leno” S. Pecina and sister, Virginia Pecina Hudson.


SANDRA LEE MARTÍNEZ
Sandra Lee Martínez, 42, of
Lorain, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006, at her home after a sudden illness. She was born July 22, 1964, in Hollywood, Fla., and had lived in Cleveland then moved to Lorain in 1997. She enjoyed gardening, family and friends. Survivors include her daughter, Lorraine Martínez of Vermilion; sons, Robert Martínez and Anthony Martínez of Lorain; a sister, Tina Williams of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; her mother and stepfather, Virginia (née Johnston) and Steven Durham of Sebastian, Fla.; and two grandchildren. Her husband, Robert Martínez, preceded her in death on May 19, 2004.


JUAN JOSE MORENO

Juan José Moreno, 50, of Toledo, OH, passed away Monday, November 13, 2006, at his home. He was the first child born to Julia (Contreras) and José Moreno on September 16th, 1956. Juan was raised by his loving grandmother, Juanita Moreno who preceded him in death. Juan endured many challenges in life, but he always managed to be a very independent person who loved to give and not receive. Juan made many friends throughout his life in the south end, especially at his favorite hangout the Triangle. He is survived by three sisters, Anita (Jerry) Baker, María (Matt) Tucker, Margarita (Estevan) Jaramillo and one brother, Alfredo (Annette) Ibarra. Juan is also survived by many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and a host of cousins and friends.


MARÍA D. SOLIS

María D. Solis, 67, of 1441 Logan Avenue, Findlay, OH, died peacefully Thursday evening Nov. 16, 2006, at her residence. She was born July 4, 1939 in Laredo, Texas to Bartolo Gallardo and Felipa (Oviedo) Salazar. She married Amadeo Solis on January 5, 1957 and he survives. Mrs. Solis was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church and the Red Hat Society. She retired from Intersil (formerly RCA) after 40 years of employment. Her hobbies included reading romance novels, collecting Longaberger Baskets and traveling. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be dearly missed by all who new and loved her.

Also surviving are 5 sons, Jose “Tony” Solis, Davi C. Solis, Amadeo "Danny" Solis, Jesus "Roger" Solis, all of Findlay, Mario (wife: Tammy) Solis, Upper Sandusky, Ohio; a daughter, María Ester (Husband: Jeff) Hall, Dola, Ohio; 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, and 1 brother, Guillermo "Willie" (Wife: Karen) Salazar, Findlay; 3 sisters: Leonor Arredondo, Minerva (Elias) Gonzales both of Findlay, Paula (Jim) Ruiz, Ludington, Michigan. She was preceded by her parents and 4 sisters, Ramona Gallardo, Tomasa Arredondo, Jesusa Manzano, and Angelita Rodríguez, she was also preceded by 5 brothers, Luis, Juan, José, Martin and Cruz Salazar.


Muere cercano colaborador de Trujillo y Balaguer

SANTO DOMINGO (AP): El historiador Ramón Font Bernard, un cercano colaborador de los gobiernos de Rafael Leonidas Trujillo y Joaquín Balaguer, murió el lunes, el 6 de nov. 2006. Tenía 86 años de edad. Font murió a consecuencia de un derrame cerebral que lo mantuvo interno en un hospital durante tres semanas, informó la familia en un comunicado. “Fue un hombre de bien que vivió para hacerle bien a su país, fue un esposo y padre amable y cariñoso con todo el mundo”, dijo a los periodistas su esposa Olga Núñez. El intelectual ocupó varios cargos en los gobiernos de Trujillo (1930-1961) y de Balaguer (1966-1978, 1986-1996).

Fue autor de los libros “Balaguer y Yo”, “Legislación del Trabajo en República Dominicana” y “La República Dominicana en la Organización Internacional del Trabajo”, y dejó en proceso de publicación “Memorias de un desmemoriado”. Hace unos meses propuso que los restos de Balaguer sean llevados al Panteón Nacional, lo que generó controversia entre los diferentes sectores de la sociedad dominicana. Además de su esposa, le sobreviven tres hijos.


ALFONSO RODRÍGUEZ

The Rev. Alfonso Rodríguez, 78, deacon of Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain, OH, died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006, at the New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph in Lorain, following a lengthy illness. Rodríguez was ordained as a deacon in 1985 at Sacred Heart Chapel. He was past president of the parish council. He was a member of the Holy Name Society. He was also part of the Curillos Movement and Renocación Carismatica. He was a founding member of the Sacred Heart Credit Union. He was a member of the United Steelworkers Local 1104. He was an avid Cleveland Indians fan and enjoyed walking in the park and gardening. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Haydee; brothers Angel Vicente Rodríguez of Passaic, N.J., and Rene Rodríguez of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico; sisters Emelina Rivera, Milagros Rodríguez, Carmen Pagán and Iris Josefa Arroyo, all of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico; and 33 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vicente and Ana María Rodríguez; brothers Jesús Rodríguez and Manuel Rodríguez; and sister María Luisa Montes.


DELIA SALDANA

Delia Saldana, 70 of Findlay, OH, entered eternal rest on Friday, November 10, 2006, at Birchaven Retirement Village, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on July 1, 1936 in Laredo, Texas to Maximiano and Aurelia (Arredondo) Martínez. On November 20, 1954 she married Marcelino Saldana and he survives. Other survivors include 8 children: Ida Duenke of Findlay, David (Diane) Saldana of Findlay, Marcelino (Lori) Saldana, Jr. of Harlingen, Texas, Christina (Rick) Gonzáles of Perrysburg, Alicia (Mike) Roberts of Findlay, Deanna Saldana of Ann Arbor, MI, Melinda (Pat) Addenbrooke of Findlay, and Gerardo (Joan) Saldana of Bluffton, OH. She is also survived by 5 brothers: Rudolfo (Mary) Martínez of Arizona, Ramiro (Carol) Martínez of Fostoria, Roberto (Lupe) Martínez of Oxnard, CA, Max (Rachel) Martínez, Jr. of Findlay and Raul (Nena) Martínez of Chantilly, VA and 2 sisters: Gloria (Joe) Flores of Findlay and Anita (Ramiro) Almaguer of Fremont; 27 grandchilren and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother, and a grandson, Steven Cook. Mrs. Saldana retired from Harris Corp. (formerly R.C.A.) in 1999, after 31 years of employment. She was a life long member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. She was active in the Guadalupe Society and the Cursillo movement. Her greatest accomplishment in life was her dedication to her husband and family. She built a home full of unconditional love and lived life devoted to her faith. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother who will be dearly missed.


MARY L. SÁNCHEZ

Marcy L. Sánchez, age 49, of Dunbridge, OH, passed away on Thursday, November 9, 2006, at the Medical University of Ohio, Toledo, OH. She was born on June 10, 1957, in Bowling Green, OH to Gerald “Dick” and Marge (Schramm) Savial. On June 21, 1975, Marcy married Mark Sánchez in Dunbridge, OH and he survives. She was a member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Dowling, OH and was a caring and loving mother and grandmother. Marcy was employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant from 1996 - 2005 at the Sunrise Center Perrysburg, OH where she loved caring for the elderly. Surviving along with her husband is daughter, Jennifer (Kurt) Gochenauer of Spring Lake, NC; son, Brian Sánchez of Fayetteville, NC; 2 grandchildren, Anthony and Nathaniel Gochenauer; parents, Gerald “Dick” and Marge Savial of Dunbridge, OH and brother, Michael (Lynn) Savial of Cygnet, OH.


CLOTILDE CARABALLO
Clotilde Caraballo (née Rosario), 84, of Lorain , OH, died Saturday,
Nov. 4, 2006, at home, after a lengthy illness. She was born Sept. 28, 1922, in Luquillo, Puerto Rico, and lived in Lorain since 1948. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and a lector, Eucharistic minister and member of the Legion of Mary, Cursillo Movement, and Charismatic Group. She enjoyed gardening roses.
Survivors include her son, Robert of Lorain; daughters Clotilde Dunlap of Lorain and Judith Caraballo Arzuaga; brother, Manuel Pérez of Luquillo; sisters; Carmen Caraballo of Bronx, N.Y., and Cristina Alejandro, of Springfield, Mass.; and seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robertin, in 1992; her parents, Lorenzo and Cristina (née Pérez) Rosario; and brothers Lorenzo, Reynaldo, and Abraham.


ALFONSO LEAL JR.
Alfonso Leal Jr., age 82, of Toledo, OH, died Saturday,
November 4, 2006, at St. Vincent Mercy Hospital. He was born in Laredo, Texas on September 18, 1924, to his parents Alfonso and Guadalupe Leal. Alfonso was employed with Acklin Stamping for 40 years, retiring in 1987. He also was a self employed cab driver with Black and White Cab Company for 50 years, driving cab # 194. Alfonso was preceded in death by his sons, Alfonso III, Gilberto, and Antonio Leal. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary S. Leal; devoted children, María Salazar of Denver, Jane Leal Ledesma of Dallas, Roberto Leal of Toledo, & Luis Leal of Toledo; 17 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren; brother, Carlos Leal, and several nieces and nephews.


Florencio Ojeda

Florencio Ojeda, 66, of Hollywood, Fla., formerly of Lorain, OH, died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006, at Memorial Pembroke Hospice in Hollywood, following a brief illness. He was born Nov. 22, 1939, in Savana Grande, Puerto Rico. He moved to Lorain in 1968 and was a resident of the city until he moved to Florida in 1984. He was employed at Ford's Lorain Assembly Plant for 30 years. He was a member of Templo Emmanuel and United Auto Workers Local 425, both in Lorain. He enjoyed fishing and his family. Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Isabel (née Santiago); sons Natanael Bonilla and Neftaly Bonilla, both of Lorain, and Nehemia Bonilla of Hollywood, Fla.; daughter, Nimsi Rivera of Davie, Fla.; sisters Teresa and Emma; and 10 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Enriquetta (née Roman) and Florencio Ojeda Sr.; and brothers, Felix and Anibal Ojeda.


RITA A. AVALOS
Rita A. Avalos, 81 years, of Toledo, OH, died Sunday,
October 29, 2006, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg. Rita’s greatest joy was taking care of her family and others in her home. She belonged to the VFW #2984 Ladies' Auxiliary, East Toledo Family Center, and liked to crochet, play bingo, and visit the casino. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Stanley Avalos; daughter, Mary Rita Avalos; her parents, Thomas and Florence McNalley and brothers, Pete, Leo, Louie, and Bob. Rita leaves her children, Catherine Juárez, Stanley Avalos, Theresa Hottmann, Florence Flores, Bernadine Fouty, Susie Almarez, Barbara Hart, Christine Younger, Ramona Fazenbaker, Joan Harrison, Anna Reeder, Vicky Avalos, Agnes Avalos, and Cynthia Schwartz. She also leaves 36 grandchildren and 50 great-grandchildren; brother, John; sisters, Evelyn, Janie, and Lucille.


JUAN S. BAUZA
Juan S. Bauza, 67, of Lorain, OH, died Friday, Oct. 27, 2006, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, after a long illness. He was born on Dec. 1, 1938, in Lares, Puerto Rico, and came to Lorain in 1954, where he has lived since. He worked for the Lorain Ford Assembly Plant, retiring in 1994. He was a member of United Auto Workers Union Local 425, the Fraternal Order of Police, and Future Farmers of America.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Ana María (née Colón); sons Rudy of La Grange Township, Juan A. of
North Ridgeville and Eddie of Lorain; daughters Sylvia Bauza of Seven Hills and Laurie A. Sánchez of Lorain; brother, Angelo Soto of Cleveland; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emilio Bauza and María (née González).


GILBERTO R. CELESTINO
Gilberto R. Celestino, 87, of Perrysburg, OH, died Saturday,
October 28, 2006, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg. He was born to Angel and Prescilian (Rodríguez) Celestino on September 10, 1919, in Dolores, Texas. Gilberto was a longtime member of St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and a member of Cursillo at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Gilberto was a U.S. Army World War II veteran serving in Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, Southern France, Rhineland, and Central European battles and campaigns, and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. He retired from Save-A-Barrel in 1985 after 30 years of employment. He is survived by his daughters, Jane (Tony) Hernández of Perrysburg and Santa (Darrel) Neal of Portland, OR; son, Augustine (Mary) Celestino of Blissfield, MI; 8 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Cresencio, Trinidad, and Augustine Celestino; sister, Atanacia Castro; and granddaughter, Cynthia Campos.


ANTONIA DUEÑEZ GARCIA
Antonia Dueñez García went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 25, 2006, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. She was born on February 27, 1923, in Seguin, Texas to Remijio and Antonia (Martínez) Dueñez. She is survived by her loving husband, Alberto N. García, of 59 years and her children Martha (José) Sifuentes, Rubén (Gerarda) García, Cecilio García, Mary (Gilbert) Delgado, Delia García, Ricardo García, Daniel (Angel) García, Elisa (Martin) Stevens; 22 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren and her brother, Frank Dueñez. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Juanita Thompson, her parents and her 4 brothers and 5 sisters. Antonia was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed. We will never forget our family gatherings and celebrations she hosted in her home, especially her tamales. She was a parishioner of St. Mary of the Assumption Church for over 40 years. When the church closed she became a member of St. Hedwig’s.


ANA DELIA LA LUZ
Ana Delia La Luz, 74, of
Lorain, OH, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006, at home, following a diagnosis of cancer six weeks ago. She was born June 24, 1932, in Ciales, Puerto Rico, and moved to Lorain in 1952, where she had lived with her uncle and aunt, Felix A. and Virginia Rosario. She was employed as a seamstress at the former Joseph & Feiss Co., Lorain, for several years. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, reading the Bible and her family. Survivors include her sister, Gloria Ojeda, and brothers Luis La Luz and Wenceslao La Luz, all of Manati, Puerto Rico; and nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgilio and Vicenta (née Pagan) La Luz.


 ROSALINDA SIFUENTES
Rosalinda Sifuentes, 49, of
East Toledo, died at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center on Tuesday, October 24, 2006. Born in Alice, Texas on November 20, 1956, she was the daughter of Macedonio and Guadalupe (Sosa) San Miguel and attended Sts. Peter and Paul Church. A Clay High School graduate, Rosalinda was a case manager at the Aurora González Center, working closely with Children’s Services. She was a hard worker who always had a smile, and an ear to lend to those around her. A devoted wife and mother, she was loved deeply. She is survived by her loving family, Alfredo “Fred” Sifuentes, her husband of 30 years; children, Yolanda, Alberto, Margarita, and Gilbert Sifuentes; mother, Guadalupe San Miguel; brothers, Rodolfo (Estella), Rubén, and Rogelio San Miguel; sister, Diana (Ignacio) Ortega; grandchildren, Cristian, Gabriel, Carlitos, Helainah, Wesley, Hannah; many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father and brother, David.


 

LUIS   R.   CRUZ

Luis R. Cruz, 78, of Lorain, OH, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, in the emergency room at Community Health Partners Hospital, Lorain, following a sudden illness. He was born Sept. 9, 1928, in Coamo, Puerto Rico. He lived in New York, New Jersey and Florida before coming to Lorain more than 55 years ago.

Cruz was a founding member of the Puerto Rican Home, where he served as president from 1956 through 1966, and a founding member of Club Coameno. He received a congressional recognition certificate for meeting the needs of the Puerto Rican community from 1947 through 1967. He was employed as a balancer and utility man at Ford Motor Co., Brook Park, for 31 years, retiring in 1981. Before that he was a railroad worker. He helped establish a fast-pitch softball league and several teams at Oakwood Park in Lorain and coached the Coamo fast-pitch softball team. Cruz was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and United Auto Workers Union Local 1250 and enjoyed gardening, baseball and walking.

Survivors include his wife of 13 years, Anna M. (née Sepulvida); sons Luis Cruz of Vermilion and Arturo “Tito” Cruz and Roberto “Bobbie” Cruz, both of Lorain; daughters Nancy Molina, Carmen Cruz and Joann Cato Cruz, all of Lorain; stepsons Paul Flores Jr. of Elyria and Dennis Flores and Johnny Flores, both of Lorain; stepdaughters Mary Flores of Lorain and Grace Carlson of North Ridgeville; brothers Roberto Guzmán and Luis F. Ralat, both of Villalba, Puerto Rico, and Reynaldo Ralat of Lorain; sisters Carmen M. Pérez of Newark, N.J., and Gloria Colón of Guayama, Puerto Rico; and 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Guadalupe Barrio Cruz in 1989 and Carmen (née Rivas) Cruz in 1997; and a brother, Oscar Ralat, in 1973.

 


 

CARMEN   C.   FLORES

Carmen “Mamá” C. Flores (née Caraballo), 81, of Lorain, OH, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, after a long illness. She was born Nov. 1, 1924, in Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico. She moved to Lorain from Puerto Rico 55 years ago. She had devoted her time to her home and family. She was a member of Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal Ebenezer and enjoyed gardening, sewing, and cooking.

Survivors include her sons Gasper Jr. and Germán, both of Pinellas Park, Fla.; daughters Margarita Rodríguez of Long Island, N.Y., and Marian Mounts and Matilda Lamberty, both of Lorain; brothers Fidel Jr. and Vidal, both of Puerto Rico; sisters Dominga, Sara, Lubina and Eva, all of Puerto Rico; and 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gasper Flores, in April 1993; daughter, Nilsa Toro, in November 2000; a grandson; and her parents, Fidel and Jova (née Feliciano) Caraballo.

 


 

EDUARDO   FLORES   JR.

Eduardo Flores Jr., 45, of Bowling Green, OH, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006, at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Smith-Crates Funeral Home, North Baltimore.

 


 

EXIQUIO   GARCÍA

Exiquio “Pete” García passed away on October 3, 2006, at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. He was 86 years old. He was born on November 18, 1919, in Guanajuato, México and along with other family members settled in Kerrville, Texas. Exiquio joined the U.S. Navy during WW II. In 1950, he moved to Toledo, Ohio and eventually opened García’s Dry Cleaners and Tailor Shop in the Old South End where he was a master tailor. He worked for several clothing stores in Toledo including Tiedke’s. In 1978 he returned to Kerrville with his wife, Mary and his sons, Edward and Eli where he continued his tailoring business until his retirement. Among his traits, Exiquio had an insightful sense of humor and was a resourceful man who believed in pursuing ones dream and making good use of ones time and talents. He was a loving father and will be sorely missed. His ashes were interred at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.

 

Exiquio is survived by his wife, Mary of 54 years and sons, Edward (Bobbie) and Eli (Lupe); sons, Raymond (Espe) and Exiquio, Jr. (Marylou) whose mother was Esperanza Gutiérrez (deceased); sons, Robert (Maureen), Richard (Kathy), and Raul (Pat) whose mother was Alicia Gonzáles (deceased). In addition, he is survived by his brother, Evodio García (Dora); sisters, Felicitas DeAnda (Lupe), Jaunita Vargas and Susie Portillo (Pete) and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brothers, Francisco García (Christine), Frank Juárez (Mary) and sister, Luisa Ayala (Santana).

 


 

LOUIS   J.   LÓPEZ

Louis J. López, 94, of Lorain, OH, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006, at Community Health Partners Hospital, Lorain, following a short illness. He was born Aug. 20, 1912, in Michoacán, México. He lived in Texas for a short time before moving to Lorain in 1924, where he has lived since. López was employed at U.S. Steel’s Lorain Works as a scalfer for 33 years, retiring in 1973. He enjoyed writing to area newspapers and to local, state and federal governments. He was a member of United Steelworkers Local 1104 of Lorain.

Survivors include his sons, David López, Patrick López, Christopher López and John López, all of Lorain; daughters Isabel Velazquez of Lorain and Alicia López of Steubenville; and seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Felipe López; and a sister, Mercedes Lupe.

 


 

HELEN   P.   OSOWIK

Helen P. Osowik died Friday, October 20, 2006, in Aspen Grove Assisted Living, Lambertville, MI, at the age of 88. She was born March 25, 1918, and was the last surviving child of Louis and Tekla Billick’s eight children. Mrs. Osowik worked at Sheraton Westgate, retiring in 1985, and spent most of her time enjoying her family. She is preceded in death by her son, John and is survived by her sons, Dennis (Carol) and Thomas (Rosmarie) Osowik; and grandsons, Michael, Peter, Charlie and Frank Osowik.

 


 

FRANCISCO   L.   RAMIREZ

Francisco L. Ramirez 36, of Winter Haven, FL and formerly of Findlay, OH, passed away on Sunday, October 15, 2006 at 5:30 p.m. Frank was born on July 30, 1970 in Findlay, OH and graduated from Findlay High School in 1989. He is survived by his beloved mother and stepfather, Norma (Mike) Foreman, Huntertown, IN; his father, Mario Ramirez of Pandora, OH and a daughter, Alexis H. Ramirez of Leipsic, OH. He is also survived by a brother, Isreal and two sisters, Christina Ramirez and Blanca (Dan) Myers, all of Findlay, OH. Frank was employed at Buckhead Beef in Auburndale, FL as a meat cutter. He enjoyed NASCAR racing, watching football, and fishing. He was quick to smile and offer a lending hand. He touched many lives and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

 


 

JULIA   AYALA   REYES

Julia Ayala Reyes, 68, of Lorain, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006, in Golden Acres Nursing Home, Amherst, following a lengthy illness. She was born Dec. 22, 1937, in Sabana Seca, Puerto Rico. She moved to Lorain in 1960 and to New Briton, Conn., in 1978, returning to Lorain in 1993. Mrs. Reyes enjoyed singing Puerto Rican folk songs, camping and bingo. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and a helper in the church kitchen. She had been employed as a housekeeper at the University of Connecticut Medical Center for 15 years.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Ramón Reyes; son, Miguel Reyes of Columbia Station; daughter Nilda Morales of Lorain; brothers Frank Ayala of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Wilson Ayala of Sabana Seca and Antonio Ayala of Rochester, N.Y.; sisters Juana Ayala and Luz Virginia Ayala, both of Sabana Seca, and Severiana Ayala of Rochester; and two grandsons. She was preceded in death by her parents, Luis and Natividad (née Pérez) Ayala, and several brothers and sisters.


 

CRUZ   G.   RUIZ   Sr.

Cruz G. Ruiz Sr., 85, of Toledo, OH, passed away Friday, October 20, 2006, in his home. Cruz was born in Chihuahua, México on May 3, 1921, to Salvador and Josefina (Gallardo) Ruiz. Mr. Ruiz was employed by Doehler Jarvis, retiring in 1978. He also was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Church. Cruz is survived by his daughters, Mary (Enrique) Canales, Josephine Gartee, Alisia (Tony Navarro) Ruiz, Rita (Francisco Vásquez) Ruiz, and Isabel “Kitty” (Harold) Young; sons, Abelino (Jeanne), Guadalupe (María), Pedro (Estella), Tony and Cruz (Nancy) Ruiz Jr.; brothers, Raimundo Dominguez, Tom Navarro, Abelino, Timio, Salvador, Santos, and George Ruiz; sister, Angelina González and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

 


SANTOS ROMERO  
Santos Romero, 75, of Lorain, OH, died Thursday, October 12, 2006 at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain following a short illness. He was born July 28, 1931 in Moca, Puerto Rico; moving to Brooklyn, New York, before settling in Lorain in 1949. He served in the US Army during the Korean War. Santos worked for the Ford Motor Co., Brookpark Engine Plant #2 for 44 years, retiring in 1993. While living in Puerto Rico, he owned and operated a grocery store. In Lorain, he was involved in the establishment of many businesses. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, the United Auto Workers Union Local 1250, and the Puerto Rican Home, Lorain. He enjoyed playing dominos. For Santos, who died on El Día de La Raza, his family came first.
Surviving are his sons, Antonio Cruz, Richard Romero, Gilbert Romero, and Noel Romero all of Lorain, Robert “Bobby” Romero of Sheffield Village, and Maico Romero of Port St. Lucie, Florida; grandchildren, Shawn Cruz, Carissa Romero, Alexia Romero, Angelica Romero, Gilbert Paul Romero, Gabriella Romero and Mariah Romero all of Lorain; and great grandson, Shawn Christopher Cruz Jr.; brothers, Agustin Romero and Gilberto Romero both of Aquadilla, Puerto Rico. He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Julia Victoria (née Colón) Romero in March of 2006, his parents, León Romero and Alejandrina (née Nuñez) Romero; brother, Angel Romero and Rosario Romero; a sister Estervina Romero.


DORA DEL RIO
Dora (née Gin)
Del Rio, 77, of Toledo and formerly of Lorain, OH, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006, at Kingston Nursing Home. She was born April 9, 1929, in Lorain. She lived in Lorain for most of her life until moving to Toledo 23 years ago. Mrs. Del Rio was a practical nurse, worked many years at Carter’s Nursing Home in Oberlin and also was a private duty nurse. She was a member of Glorious Apostolic Church in Elyria. She was very active in the Democratic Party, participated in the International Festival in Lorain and enjoyed cooking, camping, reading her Bible and spending time with her family.
Survivors include her son, Marcus Morales of Toledo; daughter, Nicky Robinson of Toledo; sisters, Jeraldine Curtis of Elyria; and 16 grandchildren, more than 20 great-grandchildren and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her mother, Catherine Thompson; and sons Anthony Moss and Guadelupe Morales.


ERNEST ROBLES
Ernest Robles, 76, formerly of Union Place, Fremont, OH, died
Wednesday, October 11, 2006 at Countryside Continuing Care Center. He was born April 22, 1930, in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, the son of Cecilio and Delores (Avila) Robles. Ernest came from Puerto Rico to Fremont in 1951. He married Betty Jane (née Martin) Robles on July 25, 1953 in Angola, Indiana. He was employed by Whirlpool Corp. as a Laborer, retiring in 1992 after thirty-eight years of service. He attended the Open Door Tabernacle for twenty years. He was Elder and Trustee at El Bethel United Pentecostal Church for twelve years. Ernest is survived by his wife, Betty Jane Robles, Fremont, OH; sons, Rev. Ernest C. (Vicki) Robles, Norwalk, OH, Rev. Scott L. (Bunny) Robles, Fremont, OH, Mitchell A. (Tracey) Robles, Clyde, OH, Kirk N. (Mary) Robles, Clyde, OH; nephew, Bert Martínez, Fremont, OH; twelve grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents; brothers, Juan and Andres Robles; sister, Esther Robles; nephew, Wilson Hernández.


DOLORES ALVARADO TAPIA
Dolores Alvarado Tapia, 85, of Genoa, OH, died in her residence Monday evening, October 9, 2006. Dolores was born July 7, 1921, in Sabinas, Coahuila, México, to Jesús and María (Hinojosa) Alvarado. On June 23, 1944, in Coahuila she married Santos Tapia, who preceded her in death October 17, 1989. Dolores was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, especially flowers. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in
Genoa. Survivors include her sons, Jesse A. (Chris) Tapia of Lorain, Joseph A. (Joan) Tapia of Cincinnati, Richard G. Tapia of Genoa, and Robert Tapia of Upland, CA; grandchildren, David (Melany) Tapia of State College, PA, Maggie Tapia of Cincinnati, Alex Tapia of Nashville, TN, and Anne (Steven) Newsome of Cincinnati; great-grandchildren, Austin and Autumn Tapia and brother, Pedro Alvarado of Sabinas, Coahuila, México. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Felipe and sister, Nina.


MARIA CONCEPCION ORTIZ Y PINO DE KLEVEN
Former lawmaker, Latino culture activist laid to rest

SANTA FE (AP): A historian drew laughter from about 200 people who gathered for the funeral of María Concepción Ortiz y Pino de Kleven by suggesting the woman is “stalled at the Pearly Gates, arguing over the admission of the handicapped, women and the poor.”

“She was legendary because of the quirky nature of her contentiousness,” Marc Simmons said during the Mass held at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi on Friday, Oct. 6, 2006.

Ortiz y Pino, known simply as Concha, was hailed as a Latina role model, who was not shy about voicing her opinion.

She died Sept. 30 of pneumonia at a Santa Fe retirement community at the age of 96.

Ortiz y Pino was elected to the Legislature for three terms, in 1936, 1938 and 1940. In 1941, at age 30, unmarried and Latina, she became Democratic majority whip—the first woman to hold such a position in a state government.

Among her causes: letting women serve on juries, equalizing funding for urban and rural schools and mandatory Spanish-language instruction in seventh and eighth grades. She also encouraged the preservation of traditional arts and crafts helping to set up workshops during the Depression.

In his homily, Archbishop Michael Sheehan of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe recalled how Ortiz y Pino was the last person a few years ago to receive communion at a Sunday Mass.

Afterward, he said, “She looked me in the eye and said, 'Archbishop, promise me you will be at my funeral.'”

He said he told her he would, provided he didn't die first.

“That's not likely,'' Sheehan said Ortiz y Pino responded.

At the dedication of a new church in Villanueva, Sheehan said Ortiz y Pino told him that he ``should thank the people who built this beautiful shrine.''

When he asked who had done it, he recalled her saying, ``I did and my family.''

Members of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher, a Roman Catholic society to which Ortiz y Pino belonged, accompanied her body to Rosario Cemetery for the burial. The women of the order wore black lace mantillas that were common of Ortiz y Pino’s wardrobe.

The Spanish culture activist and matriarch of a longtime New Mexico family also was known for her sharp tongue, which put her at odds with many.

The Very Rev. Msgr. Jerome Martínez y Alire, rector of the cathedral, closed the service by asking anyone whom Ortiz y Pino had offended to forgive her.

Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, www.sfnewmexican.com


JOSE BAEZ SR.
José “Pepe” Baez Sr., 87, of Lorain, OH, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006, at Community Health Partners Hospital, Lorain. He was born Dec. 6, 1918, in Ciales, Puerto Rico, and lived in Lorain since 1950. Baez was employed for more than 20 years at Elyria Foundry, retiring in 1983. He devoted his time to ministry for prisoners at local jails and was a member of Grace Gospel Hall, Pentecostal Iglesia Christina and Local del Evangelico.
Survivors include his son, José Baez Jr. of Lorain; daughter, Josefina “Tina” González of
Lorain; brother, Cruz, of Carolina, Puerto Rico; and six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Julia (née González), in 1967; his second wife, Lydia; brothers; Ramón, Antonio and Manuel; and sisters; Lydia and Herminia.


DENISE M. MEDINA
Denise M. Medina (née Silva), 37, of Lorain, OH, died Saturday,
Oct. 7, 2006, in EMH Regional Medical Center, Elyria, following a lengthy illness. She was born April 5, 1969, in Lorain and was a lifelong resident of the city. She graduated from Southview High School in 1987. Mrs. Medina was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Alma De México Folklore dance group, and Mexican Mutual. She had worked for Riddell All-American, Elyria. She enjoyed camping, fishing, travel, cooking, her family and her dog Luna.

Survivors include her husband of 16 years, Jorge Medina; sons Jorge M. Medina and Miguel S. Medina, both at home; her parents, Salvador and Tomasa “Mickey” (née Aguilar) Silva; brothers Jessie M. Silva of Avon Lake and Mark A. Silva of Lorain; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Salvador S. Silva, in 1976.


MARIA J. CISNEROS
María J. Cisneros of
Mentor, OH, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006, at HCRÐManor Care, Willoughby, after a brief illness. She was born in México, moved to Lorain in 1924 from Albuquerque, N.M., and lived in Lorain until she moved to Mentor 16 years ago.
She worked at U.S. Steel's Lorain Works for 28 years in the No. 3 seamless mill finishing end, retiring in 1972. She enjoyed gardening, music, watching TV news, cooking and her family. Survivors include her son, Benito Cisneros of Lorain; daughter, Becky Rozic of
Mentor; brother, Jim Ramirez of Port Arthur, Texas; and five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Zeferino Cisneros, in 1960; a daughter, Dolores Warzybok, in 1987; and son, John Cisneros, in 2005.


ANCELIA PATRICIA ELISA GONZÁLEZ
Our precious daughter, Ancelia Patricia Elisa González, of Toledo, OH, went home to her Heavenly Father Friday, September 29, 2006, in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. She is survived by her mother, Rosalinda “Rosie” Garza; father, Daniel D. “Tweety” González; Grandma Patricia Herrera; Grandpa Rogelio Garza; Grandma Elisa González, and Grandpa Armando Vásquez. Graveside services are Wednesday, October 4, at 11:00 a.m. in Forest Cemetery. Officiating will be Pastor Daniel Ellis. Let not your heart be troubled; Ye, believe in God, believe also in me.


PATRICK D. RAMIREZ
Patrick D. Ramirez, 62,
Kokomo, IN, died at 5:03 p.m. Thursday, September 28, 2006, at Howard Regional Health System surrounded by family and friends. Patrick was born March 12, 1944, in Toledo, Ohio, to Manuel F. Ramirez and Julia Ruiz Ramirez. He worked at numerous places throughout Indiana. In 1965, he graduated from Kokomo High School. He served in the National Guard and was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kokomo. He was an ISHAA official. He helped start the PAL football league with Roger “P-nut” Fain and also helped start up the Kokomo Chiefs. He also had a paralegal degree. He loved playing sports trivia and music trivia with everyone and no one was as sharp as he was. He attended almost every ball game that his grandchildren, nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews participated in. He was their No. 1 fan. Surviving are his wife, Pamela Smith, Kokomo; daughters, Lisa Burthay and husband of Kokomo, and Rochelle Causey, Kokomo; sons, Brian West, Kokomo, Jason Ohlmeacher and wife, Sarah, Lebanon, and Aaron Ohlmeacher, Kokomo; several grandchildren; sisters, Bobbie Ashburn and husband, Don, Kokomo, Isabel “Inky” Mumaw and husband, Lee, Kokomo, Elena Salias and Mary Pérez, both of North Carolina; brother, Manuel F. Ramirez Jr. and wife, Cindy, Muncie; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Marita Taylor and Crystal Ramirez; grandfathers, Nicholas Ramirez and Antanio Ruiz; one nephew, Justin Hurlock.


ORLANDO COLÓN
Orlando Colón, 50, of Lorain, OH, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006, at St. Luke's Northland Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., after a very brief illness. He was born Aug. 17, 1956, in Lorain and lived most of his life in the city.  Colón recently moved to Kansas City, Mo., to continue his employment with Ford Motor Co. there. He had worked at Ford's Avon Lake plant for 14 years. He graduated from Admiral King High School in 1974 and served in the U.S. Air Force until 1978. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and the Puerto Rican Home, both in Lorain. He enjoyed watching the Cleveland Indians and Browns and gardening.
Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Teresa (née Beltran) Colón of Lorain; daughters Diana Lydia Torres of Florida and Xiomara Alma Colón of Lorain; sons Orlando Raymon Colón of Arizona and Adam C. Colón of Dayton; his father, Serbellon Colón of Puerto
Rico; sisters Yolanda Zayas, Mary Zayas, Lillian Torres and Alma Tirado, all of Puerto Rico, and Nidia Silva and Nilda Montanez, both of Lorain; and 11 grandchildren and nieces, nephews and uncles. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lydia (née Melero), in 1988.

 


 

CELIA VÁSQUEZ RODRÍGUEZ
Celia Vásquez Rodríguez, age 75, of Holland, OH, passed away Saturday, September 23, 2006, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg, OH. She worked at The Toledo Hospital for several years and was a factory worker for 15 years. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She was preceded in death by her husband, Domingo, and brother, David Vásquez. She is survived by her sons, John (Sharon) Rodríguez and Jesse Rodríguez; sisters, Sara (Martin) Rios, Rachael (Sam) Ruiz and Gloria Vásquez; brothers, Santos Jr. (Pat) and Virgil (María) Vásquez; grandchildren, Patrick, Nick, Dorothy, Heather and Kara; great-grandchildren, Nickolas, Brandon, Cody, Alex, Megan, Zoie, Eternity and Kevin Jr.


 

DAVID VELÁSQUEZ
David Velásquez, 59, of Ottawa, OH, died at 1:45 a.m. Friday, September 22, 2006, at the VA Medical Center in Dayton. He was born October 15, 1946, in Donna, TX, to Ricardo and Carmen (Romero) Velásquez. Mr. Velásquez was retired from Philips ECG in Ottawa. He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Leipsic. He was a Vietnam Army Veteran and member of Ottawa American Legion. His father is deceased, his mother survives in Leipsic. On June 5, 1971, he married Beatrice Ortiz and she survives in Ottawa. Also surviving are 2 sons; David and Daniel Velásquez, both of Beavercreek, 3 daughters; Cynthia Brown of Pandora, Sandra Velásquez of Findlay, Lydia Velásquez of Ottawa, 4 grandchildren, 4 brothers; Steve (Rose) Velásquez and Oscar (Rose) Velásquez both of Findlay, Jaime Velásquez of Leipsic, Luis (Liz) Velásquez of Orlando, Fla.; 4 sisters; Frances Velásquez of Leipsic, Emma (Terry) Piddock, Elvia Velásquez and Nelda (Darrell) Guilliam all of Findlay.
 


 

JUAN E. YBARRA
Juan E. Ybarra, 24, of Toledo, OH, died Tuesday, September 19, 2006. Born on April 29, 1982, he was a mechanic by trade and liked working on cars as one of his hobbies. Juan was a loving father and enjoyed life. He loved spending time with his kids and being around friends and family. Surviving are his children, McKayla, Javier, and Juan III; mother, Elizabeth Lutz; step father, Scott Lutz; brothers, Robert, Anthony, Shane and PJ; grandparents, Sally and Louie Aguirre; great-grandmother, Angela Rossi; step grandparents, Terry and Marilyn Lutz; many aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his father, Juan Ybarra I, and grandmother, Kathleen Ybarra.

 


ISHMAEL FONSECA
Ishmael Fonseca, 32, of
Wauseon, OH, passed away Saturday, September 15, 2006. Mr. Fonseca was employed by Hydro Technology, Inc. in Delta. He was born in Toledo on April 1, 1974, to Jesse and Virginia Fonseca. Among his survivors are his two daughters; Gabriela Fonseca of Napoleon and Nadia Fonseca of Toledo; father, Jesse Fonseca of Wauseon; mother, Gina Fonseca of Napoleon; three brothers, David of Stryker, Tim of Napoleon, Jesse Jr. of Wauseon; two sisters, Jessica Fonseca of Wauseon, Victoria Fonseca of Chicago; grandmother, Antonia Castillo; stepson, Antonio Cuellar of Napoleon and 3 stepdaughters, Bianca Medina of Napoleon, Elena Cuellar and Tiana Cuellar. Also surviving is his girlfriend, Marie Cuellar of Napoleon. Preceding him in death were his grandparents, Nicholas and Fannie Fonseca.


ERNESTO GARCÍA
Ernesto T. García, 83, of Bellevue, OH, died Friday, September 15, 2006, in Firelands Regional Medical Center, Main Campus. He was born in San Benito, TX, on September 18, 1923. He was employed by Center Manufacturing in Bellevue and was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Fremont. He is survived by his wife, María García, to whom he was married 61 years, his children, Amelia (Edward) Fernández of Corpus Christi, TX, José (Rosalie) García of Clyde, OH, Esther (Larry) Feltner of Bellevue, OH, Leticia (Agapito) Morales of Richmond, TX, and Ernesto (Lupe) García Jr. of Montgomery, TX, twelve grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Israel and Amelia (Treviño) García.


BENJAMIN VILLARREAL
Benjamin “Ben” Villarreal, 48, formerly of Gibsonburg, died Tuesday morning at The Ann Grady Center in
Holland, OH, where he has resided for the last 21 years. He was born on August 8, 1958 in Toledo to the now-deceased Ricardo and Raquel (Barrientos) Villarreal, Sr. Ben is survived by 3 brothers and 5 sisters. He is preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.


V. RAQUEL GONZALES

V. Raquel “Rachel” Gonzáles, 77, of Wayne, OH, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006 in Findlay. Rachel was born on December 23, 1928 in San Benito, Texas to Eleuterio and María (Guerra) Garza, and they are both deceased. She married Gilbert Gonzáles on April 16, 1948 in Mercedes, Texas, and he passed away on October 18, 1999.

Surviving are two sons, Gilbert G. Gonzáles, Toledo; and Rene D. Gonzáles, Bowling Green; three daughters, Irma Gonzáles, Bowling Green, Ohio; Gloria J. Combs, Fostoria, OH; and Sylvia N. Schroeder, Arlington, OH; three brothers, Antonio Garza, Chicago Heights, Illinois; Roy Cantu, Wayne, Ohio; and Armando Cantu, Fostoria, OH; two sisters, Yolanda Cantu, Bowling Green, Ohio; and Ofelia Villarreal, Fremont; 6 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and 1 step-grandchild. Preceding her in death are her parents; her husband; a son, Javier R. "Bobby" Gonzáles; a brother, José Cantu; and a grandchild, Brandon Gonzáles. Mrs. Gonzáles worked several years as Marathon Special Products in Bowling Green before retiring after 25 years at Motor Wheel (Goodyear) in Luckey. She was a member of Wayne United Methodist Church, Wayne, Ohio.


JOSÉ ORTEGA

José Ortega, 83, of Lorain, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, at his home, after suffering a stroke. He was born April 18, 1923, in Guanajuato, Gto, México, and moved to Lorain 57 years ago. Ortega retired from U.S. Steel's Lorain Works in 1983. He worked in the rolling mill and had previously worked for Lake Terminal Railroad. He enjoyed woodworking and playing the guitar and piano. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and a past member of St. John Roman Catholic Church, both in Lorain. Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Esther (nee Ramírez); daughters Julia “Judy” Ortega of Lorain and Josephine Ortega of Monterey, Calif.; stepdaughters, Caridad “Carey” Rivera of Lorain, María Mesa of Laredo, Texas, and Estela Biczykowski of Lorain; sons Joseph “Joe,” Gregory “Greg” and William “Bill,” all of Lorain; stepsons Ventura S. ''Ben'' Guzman of Lorain and José L. Guzman of Elyria; brothers Emilio Ortega of El Paso, Texas, and Nieves Ortega of Mexico; sisters Paula Ortega of Lorain and Santa Ortega and Marta Ortega, both of México; and five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Catherine (née Cornejo), in 1989; his parents, Narciso Arocho Ortega and Sidronia Vera Ortega; brothers Tomas Ortega and Roman Ortega; and sister, Susana Ortega.


OMAR A. ANDRADE
Omar A. Andrade, 12-day-old son of Juan Andrade and Araceli Ibarra, both of
Norwalk, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006, in Toledo Children's Hospital. He was born Aug. 22, 2006, in Bellevue, OH. Survivors in addition to his parents include a brother, José F. Andrade, and grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles.


LILLIAN CANTU
Lillian Cantu, 82, of Toledo, OH, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 2, 2006, in the Ridgewood Manor Nursing Home. She was born April 9, 1924, to Lupe and Josaphina Giminez in Eastland, TX. Lillian is survived by her loving family, daughter, Ninfa (Chuck) Kisch; grandchildren, Cindy and Danielle Kisch; son, Pete (Janice) Muñoz; grandchildren, Kim and Keith (Audra) Muñoz; great-grandchildren, Keith Jr., Maria, and Shane; son, Ernie (Debbie) Muñoz; grandchildren, Lisa (Eddie) Bork; great-grand-children, Samantha, Nicholas, Amber; granddaughter, Chrissy Piriczky; great-grandchildren, Tina and Eric; granddaughter, Kelly Jo Muñoz; great-granddaughter, Queahna; grandchildren, Amanda Muñoz, Alex Muñoz and Joshua Muñoz; daughter, Erma (George) Suchora; grandchildren, Marlene Suchora, Tanya (Brian) Porshinsky; great-granddaughter, Alisha; granddaughter, Precious Suchora; great-granddaughter, Arianna and grandson, George Jr. Sechora; great-grandson, Shane; son, Jerry Giminez; grandchildren, Amy Giminez; great-grandchildren, Devon and Emily; grandson, Brad (Misty) Giminez; great-grand-children, Camilla, Victor and Monique; grandson, Brian Giminez; great-grandchildren, Bryana, Alex and Dominic; granddaughter, Jennifer Giminez; great-granddaughter, Valencia; daughter, Lucy Hall, son, Richard (Rosa) Muñoz; grandchildren, Lawrence, Loren, Carlos, Denise and Erica Muñoz; daughter, Rachel Muñoz; grandchildren, Kyle and Jonathon Owen and son, Rocky (Beth) Muñoz and grandchildren, Ashley, Michelle and Ricky Jr. Muñoz and great-great-grandson, J-Jay Bork. She is also survived by her brothers, John (Barb) Giminez, Jesse (Betty) Giminez, Tino (Desse) Giminez, Richard Giminez and Lupe (Martha) Giminez and her sister, Connie (Rudy) Negreta.


LOUIS N. VELEZ

Louis N. “Junior” Velez, 56, of Elyria, OH, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006, in New Life Hospice Center of Saint Joseph, Lorain, following an lengthy illness. He was born Nov. 12, 1949, in San Turce, Puerto Rico, and came to Lorain in 1950. He was a Lorain resident for 54 years before moving to Elyria in 2004. He graduated from Admiral King High School, Lorain, in 1966. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Fresno State, Fresno Calif.
Velez served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, earning a Vietnam Service Metal with four bronze stars, Vietnam Campaign Metal, Navy Commendation, a Presidential Citation, Distinguished Service Metal and a Meritorious Unit Citation. He retired as a Behr tender in 2001 from Ford Ohio Assembly Plant, and had also worked for the Lorain Assembly Plant. He worked for Ford for 22 years. He was an member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and The United Auto Workers Local 2000,
Sheffield Village. He enjoyed playing chess, playing his guitar and fishing.
Survivors include his sons Alex Torres of Puerto Rico and Jeremy Bodnar and Sean Velez both of Lorain; brothers Louis M. Velez of Elyria, A. Velez of Lorain and Gilbert Velez of Amherst; sisters Teresa Gonzalez and Anna López, both of Cleveland; three grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nemsio and Modesta Sierra (née López) Velez; brother, Ismale Velez; and a niece.


RICARDO LÓPEZ
Ricardo “Carlos Julio” López, 34, of Toledo, OH, passed away suddenly at home on Wednesday, August 23, 2006. Born in México to María and Enrique López, Ricardo moved to the U.S. at 8 years of age. Ricardo met his future wife, Wanda Caldwell of Michigan in 1990, and they married in 1992, then moved to
Toledo. He was a self-employed core buyer for 13 years, working out of his home. Ricardo loved the outdoors and being around people and had recently taken up camping. A devoted, loving father, Ricardo is survived by his wife, Wanda; children, Carlos, Angelica, Mickel, and Victor; mother, María López; uncle, Elias López; aunt, Claudia López; brothers, Jorge and Calixto; sister, Martha; as well as nieces and nephews.


RAIMUNDO SOLIS
Raimundo “Mundo” Solis, 82, of Lorain, OH, died Friday, Aug. 25, 2006, in Community Health Partners Hospital, Lorain, following a sudden illness. He was born March 13, 1924, in Yabuacoa, Puerto Rico, and came to Lorain in 1954. He graduated from high school in Puerto Rico and received a degree in Bible studies in Cleveland. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran. He earned the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Service Medal with two overseas bars, the American Theater Service Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Solis retired in 1986 as an inspector in the Ford Ohio Assembly Plant, Avon Lake. He worked for Ford for 26 years. Prior to that, he worked for 10 years as an orderly in the former St. Joseph Hospital, Lorain.
He was a member of the Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal Ebenezer, Lorain, where he taught Sunday School and was a church musician. He was a member of the church’s Sociedad de Caballeros and enjoyed playing the guitar, playing religious music, photography and reading.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Carmen (née Jiménez); sons Edmundo, Ivan and Rubén Solis, all of Lorain; daughters Doris Rivera-Pressler of Huron, Janet Hines of Elyria and Noemi Pagán of Lorain; sisters Josefa Solis of Humacao, Puerto
Rico, and Octavia Solis of Cannovana, Puerto Rico; and 17 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eleno and Pascula (née Arroyo) Solis; son, Rey Solis; and brothers Marco, Jesus and Benito Solis.


WENDY MARIE MATEO THOMPSON
Wendy Marie Mateo Thompson, 40, of
Lorain, OH, died Friday, Aug. 18, 2006, in her home. She was born May 20, 1966, and was a lifelong resident of Lorain. She graduated from Southview High School, Lorain, in 1984, attended Lorain County Community College to study for a career in medicine and joined the U.S. Army in 1990. She was employed by Angelica Health Care Services Group, Lorain, for six years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. She enjoyed collecting dolphin figurines and seashells, reading and helping her grandmother with gardening.
Survivors include her sons Joel Robert Mateo and Shalamar DePaul Thompson, both of Lorain; her husband, Robert Paul Thompson Jr.; parents, Carmen Delgado of Lorain and Angel Mateo of Chicago; brother Angel Mateo of Lutz, Fla.; sisters Ruby Mateo Rivera, Toni Lynn Mateo and Marisol Delgado, all of Lorain, and Angela, Linda and Cindy Mateo, all of Chicago; and maternal grandmother, Antonia Santiago of Lorain. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Tomas Santiago; and paternal grandparents, Luciana and Emilio Mateo.



Mexican artist JULIO GALAN

MEXICO CITY (AP): Julio Galán, a painter who was known as an enfant terrible of the Mexican art world for his extravagant dress and style, has died of a brain hemorrhage on Aug. 4, 2006. He was 46. Galán died on an airplane taking him from the central Mexican state of Zacatecas to the northern city of Monterrey, his hometown. Galán had painted in the “neo-expressionist” style, and his works were exhibited in the United States, France and Holland, among other countries. He had once arrived at a show wearing a kilt, makeup and a mop for a wig. Among his more controversial works, he had photographed himself as Jesus Christ, complete with a crown of thorns, and as an angel. He was born and worked in Monterrey. He is survived by two sisters and two brothers.
 


 

SECUNDINO ARROYO
Secundino “Mundo” Arroyo, 86, of Lorain, OH, died Thursday,
Aug. 17, 2006, at Community Health Partners Hospital, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. He was born June 1, 1920, in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He moved to Lorain as one of original incentive programs between U.S. Steel and Puerto Rico in 1948. Arroyo received a Congressional Award at the 50th anniversary of the Puerto Rican workers for the steel plant. He worked in the open hearth of U.S. Steel Lorain-Cuyahoga Works, Lorain, for 25 years, retiring in 1973.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, where he was involved in the improvement of the church. He was a Eucharist minister, a member of the Cursillista de Cristiandad (Cursillo Movement), Sociedad del Santo Nombre (Holy Name Society), St. Vincent de Paul Society and an usher, and was a member of United Steel Workers Local 1104, Lorain. He enjoyed gardening, playing cards, sports, praying the rosary, and laughing at good jokes.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Petra (née Reyes) Arroyo; sons William, Angel, Nelson, and Tony Arroyo, all of Lorain, and Edward Arroyo of San Diego, Calif.; daughters Carmen Pérez, Iris, Nilda and Judy Arroyo all of Lorain; 19 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sisters Leonor Arroyo of Caguas, Puerto Rico, and Delores of Orlando; and brother, Higinio Arroyo of Lorain. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ramón and Juana (née Martínez) Arroyo; son, Antonio Arroyo; daughter, Delores Arroyo; eight brothers and sisters; and one granddaughter.

 


 

GUADALUPE COSTILLA
Guadalupe “Lupe” Costilla, 74, of Fostoria, OH, died Friday, Aug. 18, 2006 at her home. Survivors include her husband, Arturo; three sons, Arthur Jr., Louie, both of Fostoria; Dave of Tiffin; five daughters, Mary Costilla, Toledo; Mrs. Rudy (Vickie) Guzmán; Angie Costilla, both of Fostoria; Sandy Costilla, Bowling Green; and Deborah Hacker, Findlay.

 


 

JUAN M. HERNÁNDEZ
Juan M. Hernández, 68, of Genoa, OH, died Saturday, August 12, 2006, in his residence. Juan was born in LaFeria, TX, on August 24, 1937, to Ramón and Juana (Hernández) Hernández. He married Sylvia Erevia in Genoa, in December of 1981, and she survives. Juan was a radio D.J. and a music promoter for many years; he had also worked for Ryker Manufacturing Company of Toledo for several years. Juan was a former president of the Guadalupe Society of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Genoa, a member of the Knights of Columbus, and the Teamsters Local 20 of Toledo. He enjoyed gardening, cooking on the grill, and repairing and refinishing furniture. Survivors include his wife, Sylvia, sons, Bonifacio (Joy) Hernández of Genoa, Eliseo of Toledo, daughter, Marina Hernández of Toledo; 11 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren; sisters, Paulita Botello of Fremont, Serafina (Tony) Laredo of Toledo, Guadalupe Hernández of Genoa; brothers, George (Jan) of Chicago, IL, Vincente (Ledia) Hernández of Fremont, Domingo (Edwarda) Hernández of Fremont, Carlos (Sharon) Hernández of Toledo, and brother-in-law, Mario (Linda) Hernández of Findlay. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, María Hernández, and brother, Santos Hernández.

 


 

MARIA A. VILLANUEVA
María A. Villanueva, 71, of
Lorain, OH, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2006, in Community Health Partners Hospital, Lorain, following a brief illness. She was born May 30, 1935, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. She lived in Millville, N.J., four years before moving to Lorain in 2002. Mrs. Villanueva enjoyed doll- making, knitting, gardening, cooking and taking care of her home. She had worked as a cook in Arecibo. Survivors include her sons William Rojas, José Rojas, Samuel Rojas, Richard Rojas, Israel Rojas, Jorge Pérez, Luis Rivera and Xavier Rivera, all of Lorain, Miguel Rojas of Philadelphia and Edwin Coll, Luis A. Molina and Igor Molina, all of Arecibo; daughters María Teresa Molina of Philadelphia, Janet Rojas, Yinoska Rivera, Jessenia Pérez, Ada M. Pérez and Jeannette Alvarez, all of Lorain, and Maria Rojas, Yahaira Rojas and Yaira Benitez, all of Arecibo; brothers Eladio and Ricardo Molina, both of Arecibo; and grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Julio and Cleofe (née Centeno) Villanueva.

 


GILBERTO BRIOÑEZ
Gilberto Brioñez, Sr., 91, of Second St, Fremont, OH, died Thursday, August 10, 2006 at his home. He was born July 1, 1915 in San María, TX, to Ignacio and Emilia (Caballero) Brioñez. He married Julia Barrera in 1956 and she preceded him in 1985. He married Juanita Lara on July 24, 1992 and she survives. He served in the US Navy during WWII.

Gilberto was employed with Union Carbide as a Maintenance Man, retiring in 1985 after many years of service. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and loved all type of sports, especially baseball and golf. He took care of the sports equipment and umpired at Roger Young Field. He loved to dance.

Gilberto is survived by his wife, Juanita Brioñez, Fremont; children, Olga Leyraud, Pontiac, MI, Ernesto Brioñez, Tampa, FL, Mary Aurora Arroyo, Phoenix, AZ, Mary Famulare, Fremont, OH, Nelda Viaud, New York, NY, Gilbert Brioñez, Jr, Fremont, OH, Rick Brioñez, Grand Haven, MI, Liz Ippolito, Sylvania, OH, Delia Franks, Clyde, OH, Ester Brioñez, Fremont, OH; sister, Estevin Gonzáles, Holland, MI; thirty-seven grandchildren; twenty-three great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews

He was preceded by his parents; first wife, Julia (Barrera) Brioñez; sons, Roy and David Brioñez, Anthony Valdez.


ROBERTO R. MOLINA

Roberto R. Molina Sr., passed away in his Swanton home, at age 63 on August 4, 2006, after courageously battling cancer. He was born on January 19, 1943, served 4 years in the Marine Corps, followed by a 21 year long career with Conrail. He enjoyed fishing, his pepper garden, and The Dallas Cowboys. His hot pepper salsa will be greatly missed. Surviving are his loving wife of 37 years, Edith; daughters, Sandy and Kim; sons, Robert, Jr., Roger, and daughter, Wendy; brother, Pete, and sisters, Susan and Linda; mother, Minga, and numerous nieces, nephews, and grandchildren, as well as his faithful companion Ramses, the Chihuahua. The family wishes to express their appreciation to the nurses of Hospice of Williams and Fulton Counties.


LUIS GILBERTO GALVAN SALCEDO MD
Dr. Luis Gilberto Galvan Salcedo, 58, of Brownsville, Texas, formerly of Avon Lake, OH, died
July 17, 2006, at his home in Brownsville. He was born April 2, 1948, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México. He had previously lived in Avon Lake and lived in Brownsville, Texas, for 25 years. He graduated from the University of Guadalajara School of Medicine in 1978. Galvan was a surgeon with a specialty in obstetrics.
He was involved in the
Brownsville kickball league and volunteered at local school functions. He enjoyed visiting patients and friends, walking his dog, dancing, rock and roll music and mariachis. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys and Chivas (soccer/fútbol team of Guadalajara) fan. Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Susan; mother, Brigida Salcedo; sisters Ofelia Galvan Salcedo, Martha Galvan Salcedo and Guadalupe Galvan Salcedo, all of Guadalajara; brother, Mario Galvan Salcedo of Guadalajara; and daughters Sara Nicole Galvan of San Antonio, Texas, and Michelle Susan Galvan Mendez of Houston, Texas. He was preceded in death by his father, Alejandro Galvan Díaz.


RAMON CORTES

Ramón Cortes, 63, of Lorain, OH, died Thursday, July 27, 2006, in his home following a short illness. He was born Aug. 2, 1942, in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. He lived in Manhattan for 10 years before moving to Lorain in 1970. Cortes retired from Lorain Products in 2000 as an assembler. He worked there for 23 years. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and of Circulo de Oración. He was an avid collector of antiques, porcelain masks and busts, enjoyed sewing for his family, gardening, particularly roses, remodeling and working on additions to his home and spending time with his nieces and nephews.

Survivors include sisters Miriam Rosa, Aida Cardona, and Carmen Roldan, all of Lorain; brother, Miguel Cortes of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by parents, José Ramón and Cirila (née Villanueva) Cortes.

 


 

RAYMOND SALDANA JR.

Raymond Saldana, Jr., 62, of 8193 Pinewood Drive, Findlay, OH lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at 5:23 p.m. Saturday, July 29, 2006 in his home, surrounded by his family. He was born May 26, 1944 in San Antonio, Texas, to Raymond and Petra 'Pasty' (Andrade) Saldana, Sr., and they preceded him in death as did a sister, Maria Aurand. He was married April 12, 1969 to Juanita Louise Brown and she died June 6, 1997; he then married Terri White on August 24, 2002 and she survives him. Other survivors include a brother, John Saldana, Findlay; three sons, R. Matthew Saldana (wife Judy) of Findlay, Mark Saldana of Fostoria, OH, and Michael Saldana of Findlay; a daughter, Michelle Bohland (husband Bill) of Findlay; grandchildren Alicia María, Anna Lee, Abigail Rose and Zachary Matthew Saldana, Jacob Thomas, Julia Louise and Margaret Anne Bohland, and Christian Andrew and Austin Thomas Saldana; and numerous nieces and nephews. Ray was retired from Filtech, Inc. where he had worked for 13 years as a team leader. Previously he had been a salesman for Findlay Sundry Sales for 31 years. Ray had been a member of the Forest Lions Club for the past year. He graduated from Findlay High School in 1962 and had been involved in Findlay Youth Baseball for 30 years as a coach. He also coached men's and women's softball teams and Midget Football. He had been a member of the Donnell Stadium 'Chain Crew' for 30 years. He enjoyed fishing with his family and had been a lifelong University of Michigan Wolverine's and Cleveland Indians fan.

 


 

 TRINIDAD SÁNCHEZ JR

Trinidad Sánchez Jr., renowned Tejano poet, teacher & activist, 63, author of: Why Am I So Brown?, Authentic Chicano Food is Hot!, Jalapeño Blues, Poems by Father and Son, and Compartiendo de la Nada, died in San Antonio TX on July 30, 2006. Survived by his wife, Regina Chávez y Sánchez, step-daughter; Amanda Chávez and granddaughter; Anissa Chávez, brothers; Raul, Robert, Larry, Mario and Arturo Sánchez, sisters; Lila Silva and Lucy Mellado. Preceded in death by his parents; Trinidad and Sofia Sánchez, brothers; Fernando and Edward and sister; Gloria Sánchez, numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and poetry sons, daughters, brothers and sisters.

 


 

ALEJANDRINA RAMOS
Alejandrina “Mary” Ramos, (née Guzman), 67, of Elyria, OH, died unexpectedly Sunday, July 23, 2006, at home. She was born March 13, 1939, in Utuado, Puerto Rico, and lived in the Elyria area since 1961. She was a member and eucharistic minister of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and member of the Cursillo Movement and Legion of Mary. She enjoyed her family and cooking, and volunteered to visit the ill and elderly.
Survivors include her son, Domingo Ramos Jr. of Avon; daughters, Evelyn Payne of Elyria and Nilsa Vázquez, Lillian Díaz, both of Lorain, and Alicia Ramos of North Royalton; brother, Cruz Guzman of Utuado; sister, Candida G. Vera of Ponce, Puerto Rico; and 19 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Domingo R. Ramos Sr., in 1998; her parents, Juan Guzmán in 1987 and Monserrate (née Vera) Guzman in 1967; brothers José C. Guzmán in 1972 and Carmelo Guzmán in 1973; sisters Ana Guzmán in 1973 and Josefa Sánchez 1999; and two grandchildren.

 


 

CRIMILDA RODRÍGUEZ
Crimilda “Crimi” Rodríguez, 72, of Lorain, OH, died Monday, July 17, 2006, at home, following a lengthy illness. She was born Dec. 5, 1933, in Utuado, Puerto Rico, and graduated from high school there. She lived in Lorain since 1952. Mrs. Rodríguez retired in 1975 as a home outreach worker for Neighborhood House of South Lorain. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, where she was a lector, sang, taught catechism, and volunteered with the credit union. She enjoyed gardening and her grandchildren.
Survivors include her son, Paul González of Lorain; daughter, Migdalia Otero of West Palm Beach, Fla.; brothers José Rodríguez of Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Eddie Rodríguez of Patterson, N.J.; her fiancé, German Pérez of Lorain; first husband, Jorge G. Rodríguez of Lorain; sister, Lilian Rodríguez of Hollywood, Fla.; and eight grandchildren and eight great-grandsons. She was preceded in death by her second husband, Jesús M. López; and her parents, Luis Figeroa and Basilica (née Sotomayor) Figieroa.

 


 

IDALIA   DAVILA

Idalia Davila (née Padilla), 77, of Lorain, OH, died Wednesday, July 12, 2006, at home, following a lengthy illness. She was born July 11, 1929, in Jayuya, Puerto Rico. She graduated from Jayuya High School, attended one year of nursing school and finished three years at Instituto Biblico Del Este Asambleas de Dios. She was a member of Fountain of Living Waters Church, Lorain, and an avid gardener, and enjoyed her family.

Survivors include her sons Raulinson Davila Jr. of Thorsby, Ala., Marcos L Davila of Fairborn and Angel W. Davila of Lorain; brother, Dorian Padilla; and five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raulinson Novalis Davila Soto; her parents, Ramon and Catalina Padilla; and brothers Hiram Padilla Arbona and Efrain Padilla Arbona.

 


 

CORIENA   L.   GARCÍA

Coriena L. García, infant daughter of Pedro and Coriena García and sister of Angelo Lee García passed away Thursday, July 13, 2006, at St. Charles Hospital, Oregon, OH. The Newcomer Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

 


 

JUAN   MORENO   JR.

Juan J. “Joe” Moreno Jr., 60, of Toledo, OH, passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2006, in his home. He was born in Carrizo Springs, Texas on May 10, 1946, to Juan Sr. and Virginia (Rocha) Moreno. Joe was employed with General Motors as a fork lift operator for 33 years, retiring in 2002. He was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and was active with their prayer and ministry groups. Joe enjoyed tejano music, fishing, traveling, spending time with his family and his beloved Dallas Cowboys. Surviving are his loving wife of 37 years, Paula; children, Guadalupe (Machelle), Mario A. (Stacie), Ysenia (Heather) and Sonya J. Moreno, along with Carlos Shaughnessy and Lisa Shaughnessy; 11 grandchildren; local brothers and sisters, Susan (Juan) Sepeda, Vickie (Rudy) Rosales, Sam and Michael (Amy) Moreno along with 10 brothers and sisters; mother, Virginia Robles and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Juan Sr. and sister, Elva Yolanda Moreno.

 


 

DANNY   RODRÍGUEZ   SR. 

Danny L. Rogriguez, Sr., age 41, of Toledo, OH, a loving husband, son, father, brother, grandfather and an employee of American Steel, went home to be with the Lord on July 7, 2006. Danny was a very loving person; everyone loved him. We will always miss his jokes and his beautiful smile. He loved spending time with his family, especially his granddaughter he called Rosie. The family gives special thanks to Solid Rock Ministries and the MICU staff at The Toledo Hospital and Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

He is survived by his wife, Kim Rodríguez; son, Danny P. Rodríguez; daughters, Sasha Rodríguez, Josette Oviedo; granddaughter, Cecilia Rose Oviedo; parents, Barbara Rodríguez, Emilio (Melanie) Rodríguez Sr.; siblings, Helen Rodríguez, Emilio Rodríguez Jr., Joyce (Doug) Cuney, Ed (Dora) Wahl, Veronica (Robert) Draper, Kathleen Rodríguez, Cynthia Rodríguez, DiAnna (Scott) Sutton, Janet Rodríguez, Chris (Ashley) Rodríguez, Jessica Rodríguez; 28 nieces and nephews; 23 great nieces and nephews, and special uncle, Lou Rodríguez. Danny was preceded in death by his grandparents, uncle, Robert Rodríguez and aunts, Marta Kraus and Mary Brands; niece, Sirena Rodríguez and nephew, Jeremy Huntley.

 


RICHARD GUTIÉRREZ

Richard Gutiérrez, 59, of Villa Rica, Ga., formerly of Lorain, OH, died Monday, July 3, 2006, at New Life Hospice Residential Center, following a lengthy illness. He was born March 7, 1947, in México City, México. He moved to Lorain in 1950, to Akron in 1967 and then to Canal Fulton. He lived in Villa Rica since 2001.
He graduated from
Admiral King High School, Lorain, in 1965 and received an associate's degree in chemistry from Lorain County Community College. Gutiérrez worked for Bridgestone Firestone in Akron for 25 years, retiring as a head chemist in 1993. He was a past member and president of the Canal Fulton Lions Club and enjoyed golf, Ohio State football and the Cleveland Indians.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, María (née Cintron); daughters Denise Rackley and Angela Gutiérrez, both of Villa Rica; his mother, Carmerina Gutiérrez of Lorain; brothers Rudy Gutiérrez of Brunswick, Vincent Ruben Gutiérrez of Breinigsville, Pa., and Dennis Gutiérrez of Oberlin; sisters Sally González of South Amherst, Martha Ambrosio of San Diego, Calif., Carmerina Hernández of St. Ann, Mo., and Laura Hritsko of Lorain; and one grandson. He was preceded in death by his father, Dionisio Gutiérrez, in 1993; sister, Delia, in 1945; and a brother, Jorge, in 1939.


ANGELO RAY REYES  

Angelo Ray “Gel-O” Reyes, age 29, of Toledo, passed away Thursday, July 6th, 2006
, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. Born November 23, 1976, in Toledo, OH. Angelo was employed with Norplas Industries for 7 years. He was a father, son, brother and a love to those close to him. Angelo was a loving and caring family man. He loved jokes, spending time with his nieces and nephews and having dinner with family and friends. Not only did Gel-O show his love for music though DJing, but also as an aspiring rap artist and creator of OVA - Ohio Vicious Assassins. Surviving are his children, Angelo Jr., Annalicia and Jesus Reyes all of Toledo, OH; fianceé, RuthAnn Sánchez, Toledo, OH; mother, Dolores Reyes (Carlos Rojas) of Toledo, OH; father, Ramón Reyes Sr. (Ema Casares) of Genoa, OH; grandmother, Dominga Reyes of Sylvania, OH; brothers, Joseph Sr. (Cassandra); Robert Sr. (Tamara) and Anthony Sr. (Veronica); sisters, Renee (Anthony) and Regina (Chente) all of Toledo. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as one great-nephew. Angelo is preceded in death by his grandparents Steve and Betty Guerrero; grandfather, Ramón Reyes, and sister, Deanna Reyes.


GREGORIA R. SALINAS

Gregoria “Goya” R. Salinas, 86, of Toledo, passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2006, at Orchard Villa. She was born on November 28, 1919 in Laredo, Texas to Juan and Isabele (Segovia) Roman. Gregoria was a resident of Point Place for many years. She was a member of Historic St. Patrick’s Church as well as St. Francis DeSales and St. Mary’s. Gregoria worked for many years in the clothing manufacturing industry as a seamstress for Standard Garment. Her daughter, Minerva (Tim) Borgerson and son, Jesse (Karen)
Salinas; grandchildren, Denise (Matt Good) Henry, Jessica (Brent) Schultz, Paul Henry, Patricia (Joe) Ziegler; 6 step grandchildren and 11 great- grandchildren survive her. Her husband, Manuel Salinas, preceded her in death.


FRANCES KAY YANEZ

Frances Kay Yanez, age 66, passed away Tuesday, July 4th, 2006, in her home surrounded by her loving family and friends. Fran was born on April 18, 1940, in Monroe, Michigan to Bernard and Jennie M. (Mountain) Barron. She graduated from Monroe High School and she was a member of Sacred Heart Church. Fran was a devoted wife, a caring mother and a trusted friend. She adored her children and treasured every moment with her grandchildren. She felt the love of her family made her feel like the richest woman in the world. If you met Fran you loved Fran. Fran loved dancing, music, coaching her daughters in cheerleading and softball, watching her sons and grandchildren play sports and stood by her husband during his 40 years as a boxing coach. Fran will be missed tremendously by her loving husband, Gilbert Yanez. Gil and Fran celebrated 43 years of being happily married on April 26th. Her four adoring children are left to cherish her memory, Robin Renee Yanez (Leslie Nadeau), Lynnette Jean (James) Comer, Kelly Ann (Fred) Florez and Gilbert Chadrick (ReBeca Castro) Yanez; eleven grandchildren, John (Heather) Gilbert, Freddie, Kel-ci, Mercedes, Austin, Santino, Sierra, Serenity, Samantha, Brooklyn, Michael, Princesa and James; two great-grandchildren, Johnny, Madison and twin girls, Kaylynn and Marissa, who we are anxiously expecting this fall. Also surviving are her step father, Byron Henderson of Monroe; stepmother, Dorothy Barron of Monroe; three brothers, Ronald (Debra) of Monroe, Roger of Sylvania, and Daniel of Atlanta, GA.; three sisters, Brenda (Terry) Pulcheon and Barbara Barron, both of Monroe, and Janice (William) Mullins of TN. Her parents; brother, Richard; sister, Betsey and her son, Samuel Castellese, whom she cherished with all her heart, preceded her in death.


TERESA MONTALVO

Teresa Montalvo, 79, passed away on Wednesday, June 28, 2006, at Heartland of Oregon. Born on May 16, 1927, to Francisco and Angelita Perales, Teresa spent her time taking care of and loving her family. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, José; children, José (Angie) Montalvo, Johnnie (Sandra) Montalvo, Anita Montalvo, and James (Rose Marie) Montalvo; brothers, Bennito (Lucia) Perales, Benjamin (Vangelira) Perales and Alberto Perales; sister, Erlinda Alvarado; grandchildren, Joseph, Johnnie, Jason, James, David, Anthony, James, Christina, Joshua, Kassandra, Nathan, and Brittan and several great-grandchildren. Teresa was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Alfredo and Francisco Perales.


JUAN TORRES SETTANO

Juan Torres Serrano, 77, of Lorain, OH, died Tuesday, June 27, 2006, at Community Health Partners Hospital, Lorain, following a short illness. He was born Oct. 28, 1928, in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He lived in Lorain from 1970 until he moved to Pompano Beach, Fla., in 2000. He returned to Lorain three months ago. Serrano worked for the Lorain City Street Department for eight years, retiring in 1980. He visited those who were sick and enjoyed dancing, music, cooking and his family. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and a former and Eucharistic minister at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Pompano Beach. He served in the U.S. Army from 1949 to 1951. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Angela (nee Mercado); sons Johnny Torres of Lorain and Peter Torres of Cleveland; daughters Angie Brown of Lorain and Maritza Torres of Lorain; sisters, Justa Colon of Florida, and Josephine Torres of Pennsylvania; and nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gregorio Torres and Rafaela Serrano; and a brother, Raphael Torres Serrano.


JOSE ARMANDO TORRES

José Armando “Big Joe” Torres, age 54, of Toledo, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2006, in Medical University of Ohio. He was born on Thursday, March 20, 1952, in San Antonio, TX, to Domingo and Julia (Hernández) Torres. He was employed by A & Z Dicast of Toledo and by Acklin Stamping. He also was self-employed as an auto body worker. He loved working on cars, going to car shows, and driving on quarter mile race tracks. He attended Ida High School. José is survived by his loving wife, Cindy Lou (Morgan), sons, John Geach. Michael (Stephanie) Ziegler, Jacob Ziegler, and Joseph Torres; by daughters, Melissa Torres and Nikki (Ron) Torres, and by grandchildren, John Robert, Jeramiah, Jacob Jr. and Finn. Also surviving are sisters, Juanita Mary Torres, Julia Muñoz, Eloisa (Vincent) DelRio, and Irene (Randy) Balsmeyer; brothers, Victor Torres and Richard (Mary Rae) Torres, and sister- in-law, Diana Torres. José was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Daniel Torres. He will be missed by many nieces, nephews, and friends.


 

 

LARRY J. BAIZ
Larry J. Baiz, age 47 of Toledo, OH, died Friday, June 23, 2006, at his residence surrounded by the family and friends he loved. He was born in Toledo on Sunday July 6, 1958, to Ezequiel and Olga (née Martínez) Baiz Sr. Larry was employed with the Daimler Chrysler Corp. on the assembly line for over 26 years. He enjoyed being around people, but especially loved his family and his granddaughters. Larry is preceded in death by his mother, Olga; brother, Ezequiel Baiz Jr.; grandparents, Francisco and Eliza Martínez, and cousin, Rita Ramírez. Surviving are his loving wife of 29 years, Connie Baiz; daughter, Tanika Baiz; granddaughters, Alexus and Averie Wynn; brother, Daniel Baiz, sister, Pamela Baiz; father-in-law, Joseph (Nettie) Gentile; aunt and uncle, Irma (née Martínez) and Randy Watson, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.


 

MAXIE D. GRANADOS

Maxie D. Granados, born October 12, 1929, passed away June 20, 2006, at the Red Oak Health and Rehab. He was born in Charlotte, TX, to Julio and Lucia (Dillard) Granados. Mr. Granados married Bertha Vallejo in July 1948 in San Antonia. He was a diesel mechanic for Caterpillar but his main occupation was Tejano Musician from Ohio to the South Texas Valley. He was the back up Bajo Sexto (12 string bass guitar) for numerous Tejano Bands. He was of the Catholic faith. His survivors include: sons, Maxie Granados, Jr. of Red Oak, Danny Granados of Garland, Edward Granados of Toledo, OH, Robert Granados of Red Oak, George Cuervo and Rudolph Cuervo of Texas; daughters, Mary Badillo and Gabriel, Jane Vallejo, Delores DeLara and Clement, all of Red Oak, Mary Sulik and Richard of California, Shelly Maxine Granados, Lucia Granados; 37 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, 3 brothers, 1 sister, and 1

 son.


 

PAULA G. NORIEGA

Paula G. Noriega, 79, of Leipsic, OH, died at 9:49 a.m. Sunday, June 18, 2006 at her residence. She was born February 15, 1927 in San Marcos, Texas to the late Jesús and Guadalupe Garza. Surviving are nine sons, Jesse Noriega of Leipsic, Robert Noriega of San Juan, TX, Adolf (Carmen) Noriega of Deshler, Arnulfo Noriega of Leipsic, Armando (María) Noriega of Hamler, Rolando Noriega of Dallas, TX, Ray Noriega of Chicago, Il., Raul Noriega of London and Ernest Noriega of Madison, WI; two daughters, Dalia Noriega of Leipsic and Olga (Edubijes) Escobedo of Hamler; a brother, Pedro Garza of San Antonio, TX, 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three sons, Rubén, Ricardo and Marcio Noriega; four brothers, Tomas, Gonzalo, José, and Antonio Garza; and a sister, Refugia Guerro.

Mrs. Noriega was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Leipsic.

 


 

 

BENEDICTA RAMIREZ

Benedicta Ramirez (née Morales), 77, of Lorain, died Monday, June 19, 2006, at Lake Pointe Health Center, Lorain, OH, following a lengthy illness. She was born May 5, 1929, in Viequez, Puerto Rico, and lived in Lorain since 1953. Mrs. Ramirez was employed as a cook at Avon Oaks Nursing Home and as a teacher’s aide in the Star Program at Lorain County Community Action Agency. She was a member of First Spanish Disciples of Christ and House of Praise Church. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and travel.

Survivors include her son, Nelson Ramirez of Lorain; daughter, Elsa Ramirez-Romero of Denver, Colo.; brothers Lionisio Morales and Mari Morales, both of Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, Antonio Ortiz of Sabana, Puerto Rico, and Isaac Ortiz of Baltimore, Md.; sisters Ana Morales and Lali García-Morales, both of Rio Grande; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Miguel Ramirez, in 1988; her parents, Genaro Morales and Esmeraida Vegenaro; and brothers Benjamin Morales and Felix Morales.

 


 

RODOLFO SÁNCHEZ LIZCANO JR.

Rodolfo “Rudy” Sánchez Lizcano, Jr., of Adrian, MI, born April 22, 1967, passed away Monday morning, June 19, 2006, at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Rudy was born in Franford, IN to Rodolfo Sánchez Lizcano and Olga Gómez Vásquez. He graduated from Adrian High School in 1984. Rudy enjoyed spending time with his children, family and friends and watching sports on TV. His favorite team, Miami Heat beat Houston on Sunday night. Rudy leaves his parents, J.R. Salazar and Olga Vasquez of Adrian; 2 sons, Rudy  Lizcano III, Antonio Ray Lizcano and daughter, Angel Marie Lizcano, all of Jackson; one brother, Don Salazar of Adrian; one sister, Michelle Salazar Vargas and husband, Joey of Ft. Drum, New York; grandmothers, Susan Vásquez of Toledo, Estella Salazar of Gibsonburg and María Lizcano of Toledo. Rudy was preceded in death by his father and 3 grand-fathers.


 

MICHAEL S. SANDOVAL
Michael S. Sandoval, 47, of
Lorain, OH, died Friday, June 23, 2006, at the Cleveland Clinic following a brief illness. He was born May 16, 1959, in Lorain and was a lifelong area resident. He graduated from Southview High School in 1977. Sandoval was employed as a machine operator for U.S.G. Interiors Inc., Westlake. He had also worked for U.S. Steel's Lorain-Cuyahoga Works, Lorain. He was a liver transplant survivor for more than 13 years. He enjoyed family gatherings, especially with his cousins. He was a member of Alcohol Anonymous, Lorain. He was an avid Cleveland sports fan. Survivors include his son Andrew C. Sandoval of Amherst; daughter Carrie N. Sandoval of Amherst; parents, Samuel and Arminia “Nan” (née Aguilar) Sandoval of Lorain; sisters Andrea V. Sandoval of Lorain and Maggie M. Nejadfard (née Sandoval) of Elyria; and three grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Louis and Pascuala Sandoval and Julio and Andrea (née García) Aguilar.


 

JULIO SEPUVEDA

Julio Sepulveda, 84, Lorain, OH, died Friday, June 23, 2006, at Community Health Partners Hospital, Lorain, following a brief illness. He was born March 28, 1922, in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain from Ravenna in 1949. He was employed for 37 years in the BOP Shop of U.S. Steel, Lorain-Cuyahoga Works before retiring in 1984. He also worked as a caddy and a photographer. He was a member of United Steel Workers Union Local 1104, Lorain.

Mr. Sepulveda was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, Crucillo Movement and Holy Name Society, and was the assistant treasurer of Sacred Heart Chapel Credit Union. He enjoyed baseball, his cats, gardening, doing handyman work and listening to Spanish music.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Rufina Estrada Sepulveda; son, Angel Sepulveda of Lorain; daughter, Nancy Sepulveda Reyes of Lorain; brothers David Esrada of Sanford, Fla., and Saragoso and Carlos “Galo” Díaz, both of Caguas, Puerto Rico; sisters Gloria Sepulveda of Key Port, N.J., Nena Prince Cooper of Santa Monica, Calif., and Aida Ramirez of Caguas, Puerto Rico; and nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Julio Sepulveda Jr.; daughter, Nereida Sepulveda; parents, Adolfo Díaz and Ramona Sepulveda; brothers Demetrio, Santana and Augustine Sepulveda and Serafin, Basilio, Lolo and Juan Díaz; and sisters, Andrea Díaz, Maria Estrada and File Guzmán.

 


 

RICARDO VILLARREAL JR.

Ricardo Villarreal, Jr., 58 of Gibsonburg, died Wednesday evening at St. Charles Hospital in Oregon. He was born on August 28, 1947 in Elmore to the now deceased Ricardo and Raquel (née Barrientos) Villarreal, Sr. Ricardo was a 1965 graduate of Gibsonburg High School and served in the Air Force during the Vietnam Conflict. On January 11, 1968 he married Alicia Arriaga in Fremont and she survives. Ricardo was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church. He enjoyed bowling, and was a former Pee Wee Baseball Coach and he was a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Cleveland Browns and Indians. Ricardo loved spending time with his family. Surviving are children, Rosemary "Rosie" (Jaime) Mancha of Gibsonburg, Ricardo (Julie) III of Helena, Hugo of Gibsonburg; grandchildren, Alicia, Jaime II, Elena, Nina, Marie, Hugo II and Antonio; 4 brothers and 5 sisters. He is preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters and 1 brother.


 

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