died on June 8, 2006, in Cincinnati, Ohio. A life long resident of
Toledo, Pat will be remembered as a loving mother, sister, aunt,
grandmother, friend and union activist. Pat attended Woodward High
School in Toledo and continued on to obtain her degree from Bowling Green
Pat retired from the
Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services in 2005, after 32 years of
service. Her passion to provide worthwhile services for her community
impacted her choice of employment and her decision to become an active
leader within her labor union, the Ohio Civil Service Employees
Association, AFSCME, Local 11.
Pat was an advocate for
human rights, women's rights, and equality for all people, regardless of
race, sex, religion, or sexual orientation.
She was a steward in
her union and assisted those who experienced disparate treatment on the
job yet did not have the voice necessary to speak up for their
employment rights. With her wisdom, patience and nurturing skills, she
assisted others in obtaining leadership positions within their union.
Pat served others faithfully, while also raising two daughters as a
single mother. She was always there for her family and friends as a
sounding block, shoulder to cry on, mentor and friend. Pat served OCSEA
and the State of Ohio
in various capacities throughout her almost three decade membership
within OCSEA. At the time of Pat's retirement, she was President of the
OCSEA Lucas County Chapter; President of OCSEA District 1 Council;
Member of the statewide OCSEA State Board of Directors; Member of the
OCSEA Statewide Women's Action Committee; Member of the OCSEA/State of
Ohio Joint Work Force Development Steering Committee; Member of the
OCSEA/State of Ohio Joint Health Care Committee; Member of the OCSEA
Judicial and Internal Affairs Committee and most important a Chapter
Steward. Pat was preceded in death by her father, William Callanan,
former Lucas County Sheriff; mother, Mary Dorothy Callanan and husband,
Pat is survived by her
daughter, Patricia (Illya) Thomas; granddaughter, Micaela G. Thomas,
Cincinnati, Ohio; daughter, Caroline Castro, Columbus, Ohio; Sister Mary
Callanan and nephew, Christopher W. Smith; sisters-in-law, Mary (Paul)
Geller, Linda Castro, Wilma Loften, Toledo, Ohio and a host of friends
RICARDO T. RODRÍGUEZ
Ricardo T. Rodríguez,
38, of Toledo, passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, June 13, 2006. Ricardo
was born on September 18, 1967, to Santiago Rodríguez II and Avundia
Tavarez in Austin, Minnesota.
Ricardo married his high school sweetheart, María Morales in July of
1992. Their union produced a beautiful family. Ricardo was a member of
Ohio Carpenters Union #248 for the past 14 years, working for numerous
companies. He was a man with many interests who enjoyed fishing,
bowling, shooting pool and his children's sports and school events. He
was preceded in death by his grandparents, Roman and Elvira Tavarez,
Santiago Rodríguez and Rebecca Rodríguez; his parents-in-law, Richardo
G. and Marie Morales and his uncle, Francisco Tavarez. Richardo leaves
to cherish his memory his wife of 14 years, María; his three beautiful
children, Lupita, Rico, and Niko; mother and father, Avundia Rodríguez
of Toledo and Santiago Rodríguez II of Asherton, TX; brothers, Santiago
III (Jimmy) and Ray; sisters, Tina (Santos) García and Linda Rodríguez,
and many nieces and nephews along with a number of friends.
KATHERINE GARCÍA Katherine García, born 1926, went home to be with the Lord June 7th,
2006. Sheworked at St. Vincent School of Nursing for many years and was
a very caring and talented person. She was active in the community,
helping out in the Ravine Park Village. She loved to cook for her family
and friends. Born December 29, 1926, to Edward and Jena Nejero. Survived
by seven sons, John Jr. (Linda), Michael, Joe, Anthony (Mary Kay),
Albert (Mary), David (Helen), Dennis (Connie). She had many
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ysidro García, 76, of Homerville,
OH, formerly of Lorain, died Saturday, June 3,
2006, at home. He was born May 15,
1930, in Dividend, Utah. He lived most of his life in Lorain
and moved to Homerville one month ago. Ysidro worked at Lake Terminal
Railroad in Lorain for 42 years, retiring in 1991 as a speed swing
operator. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Mexican
Mutual Club and Polish American Citizens Club, both of Lorain. He
coached his son's Hot Stove Baseball teams and was a sports enthusiast.
He enjoyed family gatherings, cookouts, fishing and his video camera.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Anita (nee Ceja); sons Pete
García of Amherst and Raul García of Mayfield Village; daughters Rita
García and Clair Whorton, both of Lorain, Dianna Smetzer of Homerville
and Michelle Gatrell of Norton; sister, Rosa Rodriguez of Chicago, Ill.;
and 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in
death by a daughter, Sarita García; his parents, Filiberto and Felicitas
(nee Zermeno) García; and brothers Guadalupe García, Rodolfo García,
Gilberto García, Felix García and Eliseo García.
ENRIQUE G. YBARRA
Enrique G. “Henry” Ybarra, age 82, of Toledo, OH, passed away Monday,
June 5, 2006, in the Hospice Center Of Northwest Ohio, Toledo. He was born December 19, 1923, in
San Marcos, Texas to Magdaleno and Margarita Ybarra. A U.S. Army
Veteran, Enrique worked for many years for the CMC Pipe Co. in San
Antonio, Texas and retired from Glendale Terrace Nursing Home. He
enjoyed dancing and was a member of Latins United (Latinos). He was
preceded in death by his parents and wife, Maria; brother, Juan Ybarra;
sister, Epigmina Ybarra and granddaughters, Mary-Helen Valdez and Laura
Hernández. He is survived by sons, Enrique Jr. “Choco” Magdaleno and
Robert Ybarra; daughters, Margie (Jimmy) Valdez, Rebecca (Pete)
Rodríguez both of San Antonio, Texas, Anita (Edward) Hernández, Carolina
(Usevio) Torres and Rosa (Leandro) Davila of Toledo. Comadre Audelia “La
La" Magana; sisters Eloisa Y. Hernández, María De la Rosa, Hilaria
Cavazos and Sheila Rodríguez as well as 21 grandchildren and 20
Rocío Jurado a los 61 años MADRID
(AP): La cantante española Rocío Jurado falleció el jueves en su
residencia de Madrid luego de una batalla con el cáncer pancreático,
dijo su hermano. Tenía 61 años. Jurado, quien perdió la consciencia el
fin de semana, dejó de respirar a las 5:15, rodeada de su familia,
conforme sus deseos, dijo su hermano Amador Mohedano a la prensa ante la
residencia de la cantante en las afueras de Madrid. El cadáver será
velado en un centro cultural madrileño y luego sepultado en el poblado
natal de Jurado, Chipiona, en Andalucía.
GUADALUPE C. CORTEZ,
JR. Guadalupe C.
Cortez, Jr., 58, of Custar, OH, died Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at the Wood County Hospital in
Bowling Green. He was born on August 15, 1947 to Guadalupe Sr. and
Dolores (née Cabrera) Cortez and they survive him in Hoytville. He
married Linda Torres on Nov. 29, 1969 and she survives. Lupe served in
the U.S. Army, doing a tour in Viet Nam from 1967-68, in the 4th
Infantry. He retired in 1999 from the Wood County Sheriffs Dept where he
was a sergeant. He previously worked at Whirlpool in Findlay
(1969-1981). Lupe was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic
Church in Deshler. He was a Eucharistic Minister and former treasurer
with Cops for Christ. Through the sheriffs dept. he was a member of the
arson task force, an Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy Commander, and
a Field Training Officer. He served on the North Baltimore and Hoytville
Police Departments, the Hoytville Volunteer Fire Dept., where he was the
former Fire Chief, and he served on the Hoytville Village Council. He
was a former member of the McComb School Board, HYCO Board Member,
committee member for DEPA (Diocese of Toledo), and a volunteer for the
Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio. Also surviving him are sons Mike
and Mark Cortez, both of Findlay; daughters Vicki Cortez of Custar and
her significant other, Andrew Dunstan; Carol (fiancé, Dana Motter)
Cortez of Findlay; brothers, Rey (Teresa), Rick (Terri), and Roberto
(Dee), all of Hoytville; sisters, María Lavengood of Loudenville, OH;
Eva (Russ) Teegardin, Gloria (George) Brink, Linda (Mick) Mull, and
Patricia (Tim) Leader, all of Hoytville; he was a devoted uncle to many
nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, David.
ANTHONY I. GARCÍA
Anthony I. “Tony” García, 44, of Lorain,
OH, died May 23, 2006,
at home, following a long illness. He was born March 18, 1962,
in Lorain and was a lifelong resident of the city. García, a member of
the Sioux-Yankton Indian tribe, was a member of the Episcopal Church of
the Redeemer in Lorain. Survivors include his father, Rubén T. García of
San Antonio, Texas; sisters Nicole Wozniak of Beaver Creek, Michelle
García-Kosa of Lorain, and Kelley Rybarczyk of Avon Lake; and nieces and
a nephew. He was preceded in death by his mother, Maxine B. (née Taylor)
García, in 2005; and maternal grandmother, Lorena F. Taylor.
EMMA W. HERNÁNDEZ
Emma W. Hernández, 89, of Toledo,
went to see her savior on Tuesday, May 30, 2006, at St. Luke’s Hospital
surrounded by her loving family. She was born October 4, 1916, in Gray
Town, Texas and was the daughter of the late Henry and Pomposa Weaver.
Emma was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul’s Catholic Church and its Altar
Rosary Society in which she was very active. Emma worked for Distinctive
Costume, where she was the supervisor of the seamstress department. She
enjoyed sewing quilting, doing alterations and gardening. Her favorite
was growing roses. Emma is survived by her 8 loving children, Rosa
Hernández, Gloria (Al) VanCoppenolle, Raul Roy (Barbara) Hernández Jr.,
Zoila (Manuel) Ortiz, Irma (Glen) Cook, Roger (Jody) Hernández, Mary
(Ray Glass) Wesolowski and Rudy (Kris) Hernández. Also surviving are 18
grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter;
along with 4 brothers, Charles, Andrew, Tom, and Willie Weaver and a
sister, Mary Rodriqeuz. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raul
S. Hernández and daughter, Ruby (Hernández) Castro.
LONDON (AP): Desmond Dekker, who brought the sound of Jamaican ska music
to the world with hits such as “Israelites,” has died, his manager said
Friday. He was 64. Dekker collapsed from an apparent heart attack at his
home in England on May 25, manager Delroy Williams said.
1969 song “Israelites,” a Top 10 single in both Britain and the United
States, was the first international hit produced by Jamaica’s vibrant
music scene. With its haunting vocals and irresistible rhythm, it
introduced the world to ska, a precursor to reggae.
Dekker worked as a welder in Kingston before signing with Leslie Kong’s
Beverley’s record label and releasing his first single, “Honor Your
Father and Your Mother,” in 1963. It was followed by Jamaican hits,
including “King of Ska.”
of his most popular songs celebrated the culture of violent street
toughs, or “rude boys”—“Rude Boy Train,” “Rudie Got Soul” and “007
(Shanty Town),” which was featured on the soundtrack of the seminal
Jamaican film “The Harder They Come.” He also had a hit with “You Can
Get It If You Really Want,” written by his label-mate Jimmy Cliff. The
songs made Dekker a hero of British youth, and he moved to the country
in the 1970s.
Horace Díaz Jr., 97, of South Amherst, OH, died Thursday, May 25, 2006,
in Avon Oaks Caring Community, Avon, following a lengthy illness. He was
born April 15, 1909, in Vera Cruz, México. He and his family moved to
New Orleans, La., when he was a child. He relocated to New York City in
1927, and in 1999, he moved to South Amherst.
at the age of 15 played piano professionally with John Hyman’s Bayou
Stompers in New Orleans. He went to New York City to play piano and
travel across the country with The Artie Shaw and The Eddie Duchin
Bands. Back in New York City, he played piano on the Coca-Cola Radio
Show with Morton Downey and Jimmy Lytell and his orchestra. Over the
course of career, he played in every major hotel in New York City. He
was an arranger for many bands and singers. He was a member of
Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 of the Federation of
Musicians. He enjoyed Latin music and also was an avid golfer.
Survivors include his daughter, Donna M. Hauck of South Amherst; five
grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by
his wife, Rose (née Caputo) Díaz; his parents, Horacio and Luz (née
Andrade) Díaz; and his brother, Charles Díaz.
“Mata Perro” Mediavilla, 73, of Lorain, OH, died Thursday, May 25, 2006,
at Community Health Partners Hospital in Lorain, after a short illness.
He was born July 17, 1932, in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, and had lived in
Lorain since the early 1950s. Mediavilla worked at the Ford Motor Co.
Brook Park plant for 23 years, retiring in 1975. He was a member of
Principe de Paz Lutheran Church in Lorain and Club Utuado in Lorain. He
enjoyed gardening, watching wrestling on television, and visiting the El
Centro Senior Center. Survivors include his sons Roque Mediavilla Jr.
and Eric Mediavilla, both of Lorain; daughter, Blanca Burgos of Deltona,
Fla.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brother,
Edwardo Mediavilla of New York City; and sisters Josefia Mediavilla of
Puerto Rico, Amelia Mediavilla of Florida and Carmen Berrios of New
Jersey. He was preceded in death by his wife, María (née Carrasquillo)
Mediavilla; parents, José and Lucia (née Ramos) Mediavilla; brother,
Fernando Mediavilla; and sisters Carola Mediavilla, Rosalina Mediavilla,
Rosadani Cruz, and Estelle Mediavilla.
MIGUEL V. RAMÍREZ
Miguel V. Ramírez, 78, of East Toledo, OH, passed away peacefully on May
22, 2006. Miguel was born September 27, 1927, in México D.F. to Ines
Vicuna. There he studied engineering and graduated from El Instituto
Politecnio Nacional. He later married his wife of 57 years, Genoveva, on
April 19, 1949. Miguel journeyed to the U.S. in 1970. He worked as a
tool and die maker before retiring in 1989. Miguel was a member of both
St. Thomas Aquinas and Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. He loved
spending quality time with his family and friends. He also had a passion
for the outdoors, spending most of his time fixing up his garden and
yard. Miguel is survived by his wife of 57 years, Genoveva Ramírez;
brothers, Ramón and Raul; sister, Ofelia,; children, María Teresa
(Sergio), Miguel, Guadalupe (Jorge), José Manuel (Angela), José Luis
(Kimberly), Antonio (Kimberly); 23 grandchildren and 13
great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family and
friends. He was preceded in death by his mother; sister, Guadalupe
Ramírez; granddaughter, Alejandra Paz-Ramírez; mother and father-in-law,
Genoveva Solorio and Rodolfo Solorio and brother-in-law, Rodolfo Solorio.
Mariano Rivas, 29, of Louisville, KY, died May 27. He was a native of
Lorain, OH, and a member of United Auto Workers Local 862. Survivors
include his wife, Ryan Renee; sons Xavier Andy Rivas and Mariano Rivas
II; daughters Marissa Leigh and Myriam Rae; his parents, Myra and Thomas
Gray Sr.; brothers Thomas Gray Jr. and Michael Gray; and his
grandmother, Georgina Gracia. He was preceded in death by his father,
Ramón Gracía; grandfather, Mariano Gracía Sr.; and maternal
grandparents, Inosencio and Dolores Rivas.
JEREMIAH JOE GARZA
Jeremiah Joe Garza, 29, of Fremont, OH, died suddenly May 8, 2006. He was
born in Port Clinton, to Theresa M. (Vance) Hoy on May 14, 1976.
Jeremiah worked for Green Bay Packaging in Fremont. He enjoyed
weightlifting. He also very much enjoyed spending time with Sarah and
his son Daemon. He also enjoyed family time with Michael D. and Carol J.
Moore of Tiffin. Jeremiah was very family oriented and will be greatly
missed by his son, fiancée, friends, and family.
Survivors include, his fiancée, Sarah Christine Moore of Fremont; son,
Daemon Kennisington Garza of Fremont; brothers, Jordan M. (Sara) Garza
and their children Drew, Isaac, and Elijah of Fremont, and Warrant
Officer Joshua L. (Marti) Barrett and their daughter Cameron of Hemet,
Calif.; mother and step-father, Theresa M. and Dennis L. Hoy of Green
Springs; aunts, Janet (Mike) Overfield and Deborah (Rich) Perry and
paternal grandmother, Juana Garza of Port Clinton. Jeremiah was preceded
in death by his maternal grandparents, Dale and Barbara Vance and
paternal grandfather, Militon Garza.
Isabel Villegas Gutiérrez (née Valdes), 84, of Lorain, OH, died May 11, 2006,
at her home, following a lengthy illness. She was born on May 10, 1922,
in Humacao, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain in 1956. She was a member of
Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. Mrs. Gutiérrez enjoyed dancing, cooking,
sewing, watching wrestling on television, prayer meetings, attending
retreats, gardening, and being outdoors. She also enjoyed spending time
with her family. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Mariano “El
Lobo” Cruz Gutiérrez; sons Guadalupe “Lupe” Villegas, of Saginaw, Mich.,
Luis Marin Cruz Sr., Epifanio “Cuchie” Gutiérrez, José “Quique”
Gutiérrez and Alberto “Cookie” Gutiérrez, all of Lorain; daughters
Ignacia “Ana” Cruz, Juanita “Titi” Gutiérrez Davis, Cristella “Cuca”
Gutiérrez López and Bienvenida “Little Benny” Dominguez, all of Lorain;
and 53 grandchildren, 96 great-grandchildren, 45 great-great
grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by
her parents, Felipe Robledo and Estebania (née Villegas Cotto) Valdes;
sons Gabriel in 1945, Edwin in 1991, Albert in 1961 and four other sons;
daughter, Bienvenida, in 1989; brothers Ramírez, Liborio, Carlos,
Raymundo, Primo and José; and sisters Melegilda “Hilda,” Virginia,
Barbara and Emilia.
TOMÁS E. PÉREZ
Tomás E. Pérez, 84, of Lorain,
OH, died May 11, 2006,
at the New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, following a brief
illness. He was born March 7, 1922,
in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and had lived in Lorain for the past 59 years.
Pérez worked at the National Gypsum Corp. for 27 years as a machine
operator and truck driver, retiring in 1987. He was a member of Sacred
Heart Chapel Lorain. He enjoyed walking, fishing, and bike riding.
Survivors include his wife, Geraldine (née Geres) Pérez; daughters Elena
Vallejera of St. Petersburg, Fla., Awilda Ortiz and Andrea Neal, both of
Lorain, and Judy Rivera of Fort White, Fla.; sons Angel T. Pérez of
Lorain, Hector Pérez of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, Edwin Pérez of Amherst,
Timothy Pérez of Collins and Christopher Pérez of Willoughby; 30
grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and
sister, Esperandza Pérez of Ponce, Puerto Rico. He was preceded in death
by his parents, Primitivo and Alejandrina (née Echevarria) Pérez; two
granddaughters; brother, Eligio Pérez; and sister, Rosalia Fontanez.
Jesusa “Chita” “Jessie” Pérez, 86, of Genoa, OH,
passed away May 10, at St. CharlesHospital.
Mrs. Pérez was born in Rockdale, Texas,
to Reyes and Sofia (Zamora) Flores. Jesusa was employed in the
housekeeping staff at Bowling Green State University for 13 years before
her retirement in 1982. Prior to working at the university she was
employed at the Fremont Memorial Hospital. Surviving are her husband,
Juan Pérez; daughters, Hilda (José) Escobar, Rebecca (Raul) Rodríguez,
Tina (Corey) Mims; sons, John Jr. (Andrea), Gilbert (Carol) and Armando
(Margie) Pérez; sisters, Zulema (Ricardo) De La Serda, Paz Vieyra;
brothers, Santiago, Roberto, and Alfredo (Lamar) Flores; 19
grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and son, Ricardo Pérez.
Rudy Sifuentez went to be with his Lord and Savior May 7, 2006. He was
born September 16, 1945, to Santos Sifuentez and Santos Martínez in
Bexar County, Texas. They moved to Toledo, OH, and met his loving wife,
Aurora (Yslas) in 1967. Together they raised two children and six
grandchildren. He enjoyed music, dancing, fishing, and sports. He is
survived by his wife of 39 years, Aurora; his sons, Rudy II and Alfonso;
his grandchildren, Alicia, Reuben, Rudy III, Arianna, Alfonso Jr.,
Julian, all residents of Toledo; his mother, Santos Leal; his brothers,
Edward, Henry, John, Richard, Oscar and his sisters, María, Olga, Mary,
Susie and Irma, who all reside in Texas and many good friends. Rudy will
be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
JOSE E. CHAPA
(AP): José E. Chapa, a broadcast pioneer who hosted what is considered
to be Chicago’s first Spanish-language radio news program from the
basement of his suburban Chicago, IL, home, died Tuesday. He was 86.
Chapa died of renal failure at a St. Charles nursing home.
Chapa’s 30 years on the air were guided by a belief that his
audience was starved for information about current events in their
His morning show “Serenata Matutina” was originally produced
in the basement of the home.
Rosita Fernández, a pioneer in la músicatejana and an
ambassador of San Antonio culture, died in San Antonio on Tuesday,
May 4, 2006.
She was 88. She had been in failing health since heart surgery last
year, according to her son, Raul J. Almaguer.
Ms. Fernández, one of 16 children, was born in Monterrey, México, in
1918 and later moved with her family to Texas.
She began singing at 9 and recorded in the 1930s and ‘40s.
According to AP, in an era dominated by ranchera
music, which appealed to a wide working-class audience, Ms. Fernández
veered toward canciones románticas, songs that were often
accompanied by sophisticated orchestral arrangements, said Manuel Peña,
a California-based ethnomusicologist. She also specialized in boleros,
an Afro-Latino genre with a slow, smooth delivery and a more urban
rhythm, he said.
She was especially popular for generations of San Antonians,
who watched her sing at the Arneson River Theater. A bridge was named
for her there, which she called symbolic of her work as a bridge between
México and the United States.
She married Raul A. Almaguer in 1938, and he was her manager
and public relations agent until his death in 2000. After recovering
from heart surgery last year, she married Charles Reeves.
Besides her son and husband, she is survived by a daughter,
Diana Rosa Orellana of San Antonio.
Domingo “Primo” Maldonado-Medina, 82, of Lorain, OH, died May 4, 2006,
at Community Health Partners of Lorain, following a lengthy illness. Mr.
Medina proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and enjoyed gardening, cooking,
sports, working on cars and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his sons Alcides Medina of Elyria, Dominick D. Santana
of N.C. and daughters Carman Ortiz of Elyria, Lucy Roman of Lorain; his
long time companion and care giver Wanda Benjamin; 15 grandchildren; 28
great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Julia (née Santana) Medina; his
parents Rafael and Carmela Maldonado; his daughter Geraldine Rivera;
three sisters; six brothers; and one half-brother. Military honors were
conducted by Mullen- Murray VFW Post 451 and American Legion Post 30 of
J. MARQUEZ Lionel
J. '”Johnny” Marquez, 58, of Lorain, OH, died May 4, 2006, at home,
following a long illness. He was born Sept. 14, 1947, in Mayaguez,
Puerto Rico, and lived most of his life in Lorain. Marquez was employed
as a mail carrier for the Lorain post office for 15 years until his
retirement. He enjoyed music and had been a musician in his early years;
and enjoyed baseball, fishing, playing the lottery and talking about
boxing. He was a former member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and
served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Survivors include his
son, Dominic Dionisio Lionel Marquez of Brandon, Fla.; brother, William
Marquez of Lorain; and sister, Alicia Marquez González of New Fairfield,
CN. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dionisio Marquez, in 2001,
and Adela C. (née Crespo) Marquez, in 1997; brother, Nelson, in 1980;
and sister, Maria C. Díaz, in 1991.
REFUGIO ESCMILLA Refugio Escamilla of
Toledo, OH, passed away April 23, 2006. He worked as a fence layer and
lawn attendant. He was preceded in death by brother, Henry and sister,
He is survived by sons, John, Michael, Jeffrey Charles, Angel;
daughters, Cynthia, Valarie; 11 grandchildren, and brother, Roy.
GONZÁLES Francisca H. Gonzáles, 83, of the
Findlay, OH area, died Saturday, April 29, 2006, at the Mennonite
Memorial Home, Bluffton. Mrs. Gonzáles was a homemaker and the former
owner of Gonzáles Mexican Food on Ohio State Rt. 12, just east of
Findlay. According to her family, she made the best tamales in the area.
She was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Guadalupe
Society and Cursillista of the Church and was involved in the prison
ministry. In her spare time, she loved dancing and working in her flower
garden. She was born Jan. 29, 1923, in Yoakum, Texas to Margarito and
Andrea (Soliz) Herrera. She married Modesto L. Gonzáles on March 30,
1941, and he preceded her in death on June 30, 1986, after 45 years of
marriage. Surviving are two sons, Amador Gonzáles, Manitowoc, Wis.;
Margarito Gonzáles, Findlay; a daughter, Martina (James) Barrett,
Rawson; 29 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; nine
great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Sofia Garza, Avondale, AZ. She was
also preceded in death by two sons, Marcelo and Faustino Gonzáles; a
daughter, Josephina Zamudio Chávez; a granddaughter; three sisters,
Ciria, Mercedes, and Guadalupe; 13 brothers, Trino, Marcelo, Manuel,
Margarito, Lupe, Vicente, Domingo, Bernardo, Inez, Rodrigo, Isidro,
Juan, and Sisto.
Antonio Móntez, 77, of South Toledo, passed away Tuesday, April 25,
2006, at Lutheran Home at Toledo. Antonio was born in Texas on July 5,
1928, to Magdaleno and Andrea (Caverrada) Móntez. He had worked for St.
Vincent Mercy Hospital as a custodian. Antonio was a member of St. Peter
and Paul Catholic Church. Antonio loved his wife, María and his 13
children, he loved his Mexican music, but most of all he loved to play
his drums and accordion and sing and dance. He lived a full life and
will be missed by everyone that knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, María; sons, Joseph, Ricardo,
Daniel (Victoria), Robert (Cindy) and Guadalupe (Angie) Móntez;
daughters, Juanita Collins, Andrea Móntez, Ms. Evangelina Villalon,
Angelita (Manuel) Ramírez, María (José) Granada, Aurora Móntez, Rebecca
(Eliazar) Valdez and Victoria Móntez; 50 grandchildren and 13
great-grandchildren; brothers, Bravo Sánchez, Porfedio and Juan Móntez,
and sister, María Móntez. Antonio was preceded in death by his parents;
son, Simon; granddaughter, Amy Móntez and sons-in-law, Mark Collins and
Jesse Villalon Sr.
Blanche M. Aviles, 81, of Wellington, OH, died April 19, 2006, at Allen
Medical Center, Oberlin, after a short illness. She was born March 23,
1925, in Wellington, and was a lifelong resident of the village.
Mrs. Aviles and her late husband operated Paul's Sohio in Elyria and
Mrs. Aviles later managed the Certified Gas Station in Wellington for
almost 10 years. As a hobby, she made and sold chocolate candy and was
known as the Candy Lady. Survivors include her daughter, Paula Lambdan
of Wellington; sons Augustin “Augie” Aviles and Robert “Sarge” Aviles,
both of Wellington, and Paul Aviles Jr. of Sandusky; and seven
grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one niece. She was preceded in
death by her husband, Paul B. Aviles Sr.; her parents, Sam and Mary Naro;
and one brother, two sisters and one great grandson.
Cipriano “Tony” Hernández, Sr. 76, of Findlay, OH, died April 23, 2006
peacefully at his residence, surrounded by his family. He was born in
San Antonio, TX on October 3, 1929 to Emilio and María (Ordas) Hernández.
Cipriano is survived
by his wife of 57 years, Eloisa (Mendez) Hernández; 9 children:
Rosalinda (Jesus) Candia of Findlay, Cipriano, Jr. of San Antonio,
Armando (Diane) of Findlay, Ricardo (Diamond) of Van Buren, Robert of
Madrid, Spain, Daniel of Melvindale, MI, Anita (Kenneth) Gutiérrez of
Southgate, MI, Tina (Jorge) Chávez of Findlay and Sandra Hernández of
Savannah, GA; 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in
death by a son, Emilio Hernández; a sister, Guadalupe Flores; a brother,
Cipriano was retired
from City Laundry in Findlay. He was a member of St. Michael Catholic
Church, Findlay, where he was an active member of the Guadalupe Society.
He was a kind and humble man and all who knew him cared for him.
A Mass of Christian
Burial was held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at St. Michael
the Archangel Catholic Church, downtown, with Father Shaji Thomas
celebrant. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery.
Sara Alvarado of the
Kingston Nursing Home, Sylvania, OH, passed away April 11, 2006, at
Flower Hospital. A member of Trinity Faith Tabernacle, she was born
March 18, 1929, in Houston, Texas. Sara was employed by Russell’s
Formalwear for many years and was also a avid volunteer for St.
Vincent-Mercy Medical Center.
She was the loving
mother of 5 children, Linda (Armando) Vásquez, John (Rebecca) Barron,
Robert (Madonna) Arellano and Catherine (David) Medellin Sr. She is also
survived by 22 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. She was
predeceased by her son, Joseph Jaso Jr.; brothers, Pedro Alvarado,
Edward Sandoval, and James Alvarado; sister, Alicia Guadiano and
granddaughter, April Love Martínez.
ALEX DE ANDA
Alex DeAnda, age 31, of Oregon, OH, passed away April 12, 2006. Alex
graduated from Clay High School and continued his education at Owens
Community College. He was currently employed by the Hemsath Corporation
as a welder. Alex enjoyed fishing, watching Nascar Races, and spending
time with his dog, Stone.
Alex leaves behind to
cherish his memory his loving children, Victoria DeAnda, Jordan DeAnda,
and Diego Guerrero; long-time companion, Santa Ramón; brothers and
sister, Bill Stewart, Mike Alvarado, Antonio (Melissa) DeAnda, Angelina
(EJ) Raines, Aaron DeAnda, and Armando DeAnda; parents, Sofia DeLaPeña
and Arnulfo DeAnda; grand-parents, Eloisa DeAnda, Felix DeAnda Jr., and
Francisco DeLaPeña, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded
in death by his grandmother, Ofelia DeLaPeña, and uncle, Armando DeAnda.
RICHARD P. OROZCO
Richard “Doc” P. Orozco, 69, of Lorain, OH, died on Friday, April 14,
2006, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, following a
brief illness. He was born Sept. 1, 1936, in Lorain and had been a
lifelong resident. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School, Lorain, in
1955. He also attended Lorain County Community College where he received
his pipefitter certificate. He served in the United States Army from
1955 until 1959 in Korea, during peacetime.
employed at General Motors for a total of 37 years, working in the
Elyria plant for 25 years as a pipefitter, and then relocating to the
Parma plant for his final 12 years. He retired from GM in Parma in 2000.
He was a member of St. John Roman Catholic Church, Lorain, where he was
named the Holy Name Society Man of the Year in 1969. He was also a
member of St. Mary’s High School football team during his senior year in
1955. His team was later inducted into the Lorain City Sports Hall of
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Rosemary (née Augustine); sons
Richard Anthony of Lorain, Raymond Andrew of Rochester Twp., daughters;
Rita Marie Orozco, Ruth Ann Fitzwater, both of Lorain, Rose Mary Guta ,
of Medina and Regina Louise Maxwell, of Elyria; 14 grandchildren;
brother, Charles Orozco, of Toledo; and sister, Grace Darr, of Lorain.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ernesto, Sr., in 1975 and Mary
(née Russo) in 1997; a sister, Rose Gonzáles; an infant sister, Marianne
Orozco; and a brother, Ernest, Jr.
DANIEL A. PÉREZ
Daniel A. Pérez, 23, of
Toledo, passed away April 12, 2006. He was born in Toledo, on February
11, 1983, to Mary and Daniel Pérez. Daniel graduated from Oak Harbor
High School and Penta County Vocational School in 2001. Currently he was
working as a custodian for B.P. Refinery and attended Owens Community
College. Daniel enjoyed the outdoors, lifting weights, and spending time
with his little sister, Kristin.
He is survived by his mother, Mary (Paul) McElhaney; sisters, Monique
Pérez and Kristin McElhaney; grandparents, Della (Herman) Morgan and
Theodore (Ethel) Foltz; his uncles, José Segura, Mario Segura, Zenaido
Segura, Arnoldo Segura, Miguel Segura, David Pérez, and Joseph Pérez;
his aunts, Chris Smith, Patricia Weaver, Rosalinda Morin, Aurora
Reséndez, Diana Heitmeyer, Leslie Damron, and Ramona Segura. Daniel is
also survived by many cousins and extended family. Daniel was preceded
in death by his father, Daniel P. Pérez; grandparents, Aurora and
Zenaido Segura, and Engelberto Pérez.
Matilde López Gonzáles
passed away on April 7th, 2006, at 12:15 a.m. She was
preceded in death by her husband, Victor Gonzáles; parents, Santos and
Dominga López, and sister, Amelia Villegas. She was 74 years old, she
retired at Parkview Hospital after 22 years. She is survived by her 5
children, Irene, Dave, Cruz, Daniel, and Dora. She was also survived by
her brothers and sisters, Louis (Beatrice) López, “Chon” (Esperanza)
López, Rosa Sánchez, and Anita Paíz. She is also survived by 12
grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, all who love and will miss her
MALLORY ANNA RIVERA
Mallory Anna Rivera, infant daughter of Alberto and Danielle (née Boone)
Rivera of Lorain, OH, died April 5, 2006, shortly after birth, at UniversityHospital,
Cleveland. The family belongs to St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church,
Lorain. In addition to her parents, survivors include her sisters,
Marecciea and Madelyn Rivera, both at home; maternal grandparents
William R. and La Sheliea Boone; paternal grandparents Angel and Dora
Rivera; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by
her maternal great-grandparents, Patricia Worley and Howard Worley, and
Richard and Josephine Boone; paternal great-grandparents Digno and
Felecita López, and Carmen and Alberto Rivera.
Pablo Aviles, 84, of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, died March 28, 2006.
was born March 2, 1922, in Camuy, Puerto Rico. Aviles was employed by
Ford Motor Co., Cleveland, for 30 years. He enjoyed gardening, word
search puzzles and playing cards, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Cruz (née Ramos); son, Pablo
Aviles Jr. of Lorain; daughters Elsa Silva of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico,
and Carmen Leibas (née Aviles) of Lorain;
five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death
by his son, Pete Aviles Sr.
ANGEL L. CRUZ
Angel L. Cruz, 89, of Lorain,
OH, died March 29, 2006,
in his home following a lengthy illness. He was born Feb. 16, 1917,
in Orocovis, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain in 1948. Cruz retired in
1982 from the blast furnace mill of U. S. Steel, Lorain, after working
there for more than 30 years.
He served in the Army, Battery B of the 762nd Anti Aircraft Battalion
during World War II. He earned the American Theater Service Ribbon,
World War II Victory Medal and four Overseas Bars. He was a member of
Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, where he was a member of the Holy Name
Society. He made Curcillo number 25. He enjoyed working on his home, Big
Time Wrestling, and playing the Guido, spoons and his accordion to
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, María Iluminada Cruz (née Dueño);
sons Angel L. Cruz, Jr. of Lorain and Carlos G. Cruz of Waterford, MI;
daughters Carmen M. Cruz-Meléndez, María “Babe” Morsher and Ana R. Cruz
all of Lorain; brothers Angel David Cruz of Puerto Rico, Sandalio “Lalo”
Cruz, Miguel Angel Cruz and Jose “Chichi” Cruz, all of Milwaukee, WI;
sisters Rosa María, Gloria Ana and Ana Luz, all of Puerto Rico; 14
grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by
his parents José Sandalio and Petronila (née Alvarado) Cruz; brothers
Ramón “Tang” Cruz, Carlos A. Cruz and José “Pepito” Cruz; sister, Julia
Carmen and two great-grandchildren.
RICHARD V. LOZANO
Richard V. Lozano, 69, of Toledo, OH, passed away March 30, 2006, at his
residence. Richard was born September 5, 1936, to José and Senobia (Jaquez)
Lozano in San Antonio, Texas. He had been employed with Jeep, A.P. Parts
and with the Pennsylvania Railroad. He was a member of the Knights of
Columbus, enjoyed umpiring softball, bowling, golf, camping and
traveling. His parents; 2 sisters, Frieda Herrera, Amy Casares, and
grandson, baby Richard Critchley, preceded Richard in death.
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Helen; son, Frank Avalos;
daughters, Laura Lozano, Teresa (James) Critchley; brothers, Edward
(Mary) Lozano, Joe Lozano, Fred (Pauline) Lozano; sisters, Elizabeth
(Fabian) Espitia, Rosie Ewing; grandchildren, Bianca, Philip, Amanda,
Lillian, John and great-grandchild, Dylan.
Davila Rodríguez, age 72, of Toledo, OH, died March 27, 2006, at St.
Charles Mercy Hospital in Oregon, Ohio. She was born May 16, 1933, to
Cecilio and Josefa (Campos) Davila in Sinton, TX. Jesusa was a devoted
wife, mother and grandmother. She attended Monclova Road Baptist Church
in Monclova, OH. She married Jesús Rodríguez September 24, 1954, in
Swanton, Ohio. He survives along with children, María (Junior) Mitchell
and Teresa (Ronald) Mitchell, both of Whitehouse, OH, Veronica Rodríguez
and Joseph Rodríguez, both of Toledo; 11 grandchildren and 16
great-grandchildren, and siblings, Jesusita S. Davila, Guadalupe Vargas,
and Augustin Davila. She was preceded in death by her parents; sons,
Jesús M. Rodríguez, Jr. and Martín Rodríguez; grandchildren, Daniel and
Monica Rodríguez, and siblings, Natividad Cervantes, Gonsalo, Epimenio,
and Merqiades Davila.
OSCAR J. VILLA
Oscar J. Villa, 80, of Lorain, OH, died March 30, 2006, in Community
Health Partners Hospital, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. He was
born July 25, 1925,
in Guadalajara, México, and came in Lorain as an infant, moved to
Chattanooga, TN, in 1979 and returned to Lorain in 2000. Villa was an
inspector at Thew Shovel Co. for 22 years until the plant closed and had
also worked at the former National Tube Co., both in Lorain. He was also
self-employed as a photographer. He was a past member of the Mexican
American Citizens Club of Lorain and served as entertainment chairman
for several years. He was a member of St. Vincent De Paul Church, Elyria
Township, and a past member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and
St. Anthony of Padua Church in Lorain and St. Jude Church in
Chattanooga; and a third degree knight in the Knights of Columbus. He
served in World War II in the U.S. Navy as a gunner’s mate third class
in the Pacific and enjoyed music and working on mechanical and
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Mary Villa (née Martínez); son,
John Villa of San Diego, CA; daughters Juanita González of San Diego,
Calif., and Christine Williams of Lorain; brothers Salvaor Villa of
Arizona and Adam Villa of Lorain; and a sister, Marian Muñoz of Walnut
Creek, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents, Salvador and
Anita (née Pulido) Villa; and a daughter, Marian Villa.
MARYRITA AVALOS Mary Rita
Avalos, 61, of Toledo, OH died
Tuesday, March 21, 2006,
at her home. She was a cook and baked pies for Al Smith's Restaurant at
Westgate. Mary Rita is survived by her mother, Rita Avalos; brothers and
sisters, Catherine (Paul) Juárez, Stanley Avalos, Theresa Hottmann,
Florence (Hector) Flores, Bernie (Chuck) Fouty, Susie (Rubén) Almarez,
Barbara Hart, Christine Younger, Ramona Fazenbaker, Joan Harrison, Anna
Reeder, Vicky Avalos, Agnes Avalos, Cynthia (Henry) Schwartz, and 77
nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Stanley J.
DELIA G. DE LA ROSA
Delia G. De La Rosa, 62,
of Leipsic, OH, died at 12:10 a.m. Tuesday, March 21,
2006 at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima, OH. She was born September 17,
1943 in El Granado, TX to Nicholas and Eva (Soto) Gallegos. Delia worked
at Ennis Corp in Leipsic. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church
in Leipsic; a member of the Defiance American Legion Aux., and attended
Temple of Praise Church in Defiance. Her mother is deceased. Her father
survives in Pharr, TX. On March 14, 1959, she married Eduardo De La Rosa
Sr. and he survives in Leipsic. Also surviving are eight children:
Rodolfo De La Rosa, Ida Velásquez and Sandy (Rick) Moyer all of Leipsic;
Irene (Mark) Factor, Richard (Melissa) De La Rosa both of Ottawa;
Eduardo De La Rosa Jr., of Fremont; Dan (Norma) De La Rosa, Sylvia De La
Rosa both of Leipsic; 22 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 4
brothers: Jesse (Wilma) Gallegos of Leipsic; David Gallegos of San
Antonio, TX; Anastacio Gallegos and Noel Gallegos both of Pharr, TX; 3
sisters: Beatrice Gallegos, Anna Gallegos, and Ninfa Rodríquez all of
EMILIO A. ESPINOSA
MD Emilio A.
Espinosa, M.D., A.A.F.P., age 82 years of Temperance, MI, formerly of
Cuba, died March 14, 2006, in Flower Hospital, Sylvania, OH. Born March
6, 1924, in Caibarien, Cuba, he was the son of Emilio J. and Maria
(Galindo) Espinosa. He married Margaret Evans on July 17, 1971. Emilio
graduated in 1949 from The University of Havana Medical School in Cuba.
He practiced medicine at the VA Clinic on Glendale Ave.
in Toledo for 14 years, retiring 1994. He then practiced part time for
the Family Medical Center in Temperance from 1994 to 1997. He had
practices at one time in Lambertville, Temperance and Toledo. Emilio
held licenses in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. The last year of his life,
Emilio enjoyed spending time with his grandson, Emilio, III. He also
enjoyed his many travels with his wife and son to Europe and abroad.
He is survived by his loving wife, Margaret; children, Emil Espinosa,
Marta (Daniel) Ray, Aldo Espinosa, Carlos Espinosa and Emilio Espinosa
II; stepdaughters, Susan (Dennis) Hubbard, Nancy (Robert) Emptage and
Cheryl (Jerry) Alexander; sister, Ghea Martines; 12 grandchildren and 3
great-grandchildren. Emilio also has several relatives in Cuba.
VICENTE E. ESPITIA
Vicente E. Espitia, 81, of Lorain,
OH, died Friday, March 17,
2006, in Community Health Partners Hospital, Lorain. He was born Jan.
31, 1925, in Chicago, Ill. He was raised in Leon, Guanajuato, México,
lived there until he was 16 and moved to Lorain in 1949. He had also
lived in San Diego, Calif.
Espitiaw and his late wife, Laura, owned and operated the Cobblers Shop
on Broadway for seven years. Espitia retired from Nordson Corp. R.B.X.
Plant in Elyria, where he worked for 17 years. He had also worked for
Boeing Aircraft in San Diego, Thew Shovel and American Shipyard, both in
Fruehauf Trailer in Avon Lake, and American Standard of Elyria; and was
the first Latino brakeman on the Lake Terminal Railroad in Lorain.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Mexican American Citizens Club,
and Mexican Mutual Society, all of Lorain, and served as a master of
ceremonies at their fiestas. Espitia was a Third Degree Knight of the
Knights of Columbus; was a welder; and enjoyed mechanical and electrical
projects, his cats and his bird, reading, crossword puzzles, classic
movies, and travel to México. He served in the U.S. Army during the
Survivors include his sons Vincent Espitia Jr., Robert Espitia and
Victor Espitia, all of Lorain; daughters Vivian Rutherford and Laura
Espitia, both of Lorain, and Suzanna (nee Luna) Fuentes of Guanajuato;
brothers Antonio Espitia of Hammond, Ind., and Joel Espitia of
Valparaiso, Ind.; sisters Soledad Ruiz of Hammond, Ind., Martha Seay of
East Chicago and Eloisa Rocha and Virginia Aguilar, both of México; and
16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and one great-
great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years,
Laura (nee Domínguez), in 1995; his parents, Vicente E. and Faustina
(née Carranza) Espitia; sisters Jovita, Liduvina, Sofia and Leonor; and
brothers Marcello and Josafat Espitia.
Crispin Vittorio Pérez, infant son of Nilda Ariola and Guadalupe Pérez
passed away Friday, March 24, 2006, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center,
Toledo OH. Crispin is survived by his parents, his sister María De Los
Angeles Rojas, and grandparents Eusebio & Guadalupe Ariola and Guadalupe
& Ernestina Pérez.
Feliciano “Chano” Rodríguez, 100, of Lorain, OH, died Friday, March 24, 2006, at EMH Regional Medical Center, Elyria,
following a lengthy illness. He was born in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico,
and lived in Lorain since 1952. Mr. Rodríguez retired from Ford Motor
Co., Brook Park. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and its
Curcillo and Holy Name Society. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed
music, singing, and his family.
Survivors include his wife of 73 years, Tomasa (née Flores); sons
Perfecto “Tito” Rodríguez and Jose Enrique Rodríguez, both of Lorain;
daughters Dolores “Lolyn” Pérez and Carmen DeJesús, both of Lorain, and
Zsidra Rodríguez of Puerto Rico; and 29 grandchildren, 39
great-grandchildren and six great-great- grandchildren. He was preceded
in death by his parents, Monserrate and Juana Rodríguez; and a daughter,
Spanish singer, actress
Rocío Dúrcal dies in Madrid
MADRID (AP): Spanish
singer/actress Rocío Dúrcal died March 25, 2006 at her home in Madrid,
news reports said. She was aged 61.
Dúrcal, whose real name was María de los Angeles de las Heras Ortiz, had
been suffering from cancer of the womb, Spanish National Radio reported,
citing relatives. A star since childhood, Dúrcal acted in many films but
was also famous for her singing, particularly Mexican rancheras.
Dúrcal was diagnosed with cancer in 2001, the national news agency Efe
said. She was forced to cancel a tour of Latin America in 2004 because
of her sickness, the agency added.
Born into a family of six, Dúrcal’s success in various radio shows
quickly attracted film makers in the 1960s and 1970s. In all, she made
some 15 films, including “Canción de Juventud,” “Rocío de La Mancha,”
and “Marianela,” in which she acted sang and danced.
She made her first trip to México when she was 17 and has been popular
there and throughout Latin America, as well as Spain, ever since.
“She was a fabulous actress and a marvelous singer with great
sensibility and I feel so sorry,” said veteran Spanish actor José Luís
López Vázquez, who starred with Dúrcal in the 1963 film “La Chica del
succesful hit “Amor Eterno” was written and dedicated by Juan Gabriel
to Rocío’s first daughter who died at the age of 3, after Rocío lost her
daughter to strong ocean waves, which snatched her baby away from her
arms while the two were vacationing. The baby was never found and was
announced dead shortly after the accident, which was the most painful
experience in Rocío’s life.
In the 1980s Dúrcal decided to dedicate herself almost exclusively to
singing and was greatly admired for the richness of her voice and range
of song, from flamenco to ballads, rock and roll and romantic songs as
well as paso dobles and rancheras.
During her career, she performed with: Julio Iglesias, Joan Manuel
Serrat, Luís Miguel, Ricky Martin, and Alejandro Sanz.
She is survived by her husband Antonio “Junior” Morales and their three
On Sunday, she was buried at La Paz Cemetery in Madrid.
Louis Espinosa, 50, of
Toledo, OH, passed away suddenly Sunday, March 12, 2006, at his
residence. Louie was born on Saturday, March 3, 1956, in
Toledo, to Mike and Marselina Espinosa. He attended Immaculate
Conception School, was a graduate of Libbey High School, and was
employed by Mercy Hospital and Sun Oil Refinery with Plant Management.
Louie was an excellent cook, cooking for everyone’s birthday; he just
celebrated his own 50th birthday with his family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his mother; brothers, Ray and Tony, and
Surviving are his father, Mike; son, Rubén; brothers, Mike (Carolyn) and
Jesse; sisters, Rosie and Irene (Danny); grandchildren, Rubén and
Jessica; nieces, Cheri, Angie, Tracy, Rachel, Ronni, Cindy, Nicole, and
Danielle; nephews, Johnny, Ray, Joey, Michael, Chris, Danny, and Mickey;
cousins, aunts, uncles and special uncle, Tommy; nephews, Josh and
Jordan; nieces, Abby, Kristen, Kary, Madison, and friends.
Nicole Rodríguez, 20, went to rest peacefully with God on Friday, March
3, 2006. She was born on September 5, 1985, on a beautiful, sunny day in
Toledo, Ohio. From day one her zest for life seemed unlimited. Alanna
stole your heart as soon as she gave you her beautiful smile along with
those big brown eyes and long curly black hair. She celebrated her pride
for her Latino heritage by reaching out to the Latino community
throughout her life. Alanna loved her music, singing, dancing, and
caring for her children. But most of all she had an overwhelming love
for her family. Alanna is survived by her loving mother, Nilda; loving
grandparents, Santos and Gloria Rodríguez; great-grandma, Olivia
Canales; loving uncle, Rick Rodríguez; uncle, Michael and aunt, Lisa
Rodríguez, along with many cousins, aunts, uncles and endless friends.
She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Amado Canales and
Isidro and Pudencina Rodríguez.
Trinidad Rodríguez was born June 8, 1908, to Jesús and Guadalupe (Solis)
Rodríguez in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Francisca
(Maldonado); brothers, Manuel and Jesús, and sister, Paula Medina. As
the patriarch of the Rodríguez-Solis family, Trinidad is survived by his
children, Frances Martínez, Jesse (Connie), Fred (Dora), Carmen
(Ricardo) Barbosa, and Simon (Virginia); sisters, María Mireles and Luz
Gutiérrez, both of San Antonio, TX, and Guadalupe Camacho of Kettleman
City, CA; seventeen grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren, and
eight great-great-grandchildren. In 1922, at age 14, Trinidad, along with
his younger sister, María, came to the United States
by way of Laredo, TX. His parents and remaining siblings followed
shortly afterwards. Working in the fields in south-central Texas, the
family took up sharecropping and prospered even during the lean years
1929 through 1933. Trinidad was fairly well educated for such a young
man at that time. He credits his mother for urging her family to be
educated, although their means were meager. In poor times, his schooling
was paid with an egg a day to the schoolmaster and his daughter, at the
private school he attended. As a common trait he shares with his
sisters, he was always very sharp, with an excellent memory. Up to his
early 90s, he remembered all his teachers’ names from the first school
he attended. Of his fond memories of living in México, his favorite was
that of a fast horse owned by the family. It was raced and won many
races. As it gained notoriety, no one would bet against it, so the tail
and mane were cut and dyed allowing it to be raced outside the locality.
Due in part to the Agrarian Reform in México and the beginning of World
War II, his parents and a younger sister returned to México. Trinidad
married Francisca Maldonado and chose to remain in the U.S.,
as his education allowed him to work in skilled positions, earning the
praise of fellow workmates.
In 1943, with his bride and 5 children, he migrated to Ohio. His
intention was for a better life for his family. Initially living in
Elmore, he commuted to his job in Toledo. The family later moved to East
Toledo, settling in an area with other Latino families.
Ten years were spent with Langenderfers (a coal delivery company),
followed by 20 years at Wonder Bread Bakery, until his retirement in
1973 at age 65.
In the 1950s, he attended night classes at Waite High School which led
to him becoming a proud U.S. citizen. Along with his wife, Francisca,
they provided the foundation for their family. Both were hard-working,
very practical with strict morals and strong religious beliefs.
Remembered as an old-country disciplinarian, he became greatly relaxed
in attitude with the arrival of his grandchildren. Trinidad’s extensive
family is scattered throughout the U.S.
His family members have proudly and meritoriously served in all branches
of the military. He was a member of the former Virgin de Guadalupe and
Sts. Peter and Paul Parish. While she lived, he and Francisca were
active with the church and with the senior citizen community at AuroraGonzález
Community Center, He served as treasurer of Confradia Guadalupana and
participated in Cursillos. He was also well known in the community for
his carpentry and construction skills.
Because of the cold winters and while experiencing good health, he often
traveled to México, Texas,
and California to visit his sisters and many nieces and nephews.
The sons and daughters of Trinidad extend our appreciation to Lisa Mitchell and her staff at
Swanton Health Care and Retirement Center where
he was well cared for in the last years of his life.
María “Gela” Burgos, 72,
of Lorain, OH, died Saturday, Feb. 25,
2006, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph,
Lorain, after a brief illness. She was born May 25, 1933, in Orocovis, Puerto
Rico, and moved to Lorain 13 years ago. She enjoyed playing dominoes and
watching TV soap operas. Survivors include her husband of 40 years, José
R. Rivera; son, Angel Rivera of Bayamon, Puerto Rico; daughters Olga
Rivera, Carmen Rivera and Luz Rivera, all of Lorain, María Rivera of New
Jersey, Sonia Rivera of Jacksonville, Fla., Iri Rivera of Bronx, N.Y.,
and Annie Rivera of Boston, Mass.; sister, Kila Burgos of Bayamon; and
19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death
by a son, José Rivera Burgos; daughter, María Rivera Burgos; and one
grandson and her parents.
Julia Victoria Romero,(née Colón), age 69, died Saturday, March
4, 2006,at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, OH, following
a lengthy illness. She was born July 27, 1936
in San Isabel, Puerto Rico; she lived in Bronx, NY before coming to Lorain
in 1949. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. Julia was a
homemaker and enjoyed walking, dancing, and cooking.Surviving is
her husband of 48 years, Santos; sons, Antonio Cruz, Richard (Joanette)
Romero, Gilbert(Christine) Romero, Noel Romero, all of Lorain, Robert “Bobby”
Romero of Sheffield Village, and Maico
Romero of Port San Lucy, Florida; 7 grandchildren. She was preceded in
death by her parents, Raparado Colón and
Josefa (née Rosario) Colón. The family will
receive friends on Wednesday from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Dovin Funeral
Home, 2701 Elyria Ave., Lorain, where Funeral services will be Thursday
at 8:45 a.m. followed by mass at 9:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Chapel, 4301
Pearl Ave., Lorain. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Lorain.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Julia Victoria Romero
Scholarship Fund, c/o The Community Foundation of Greater Lorain
County, 1865-A North Ridge Road, East, Lorain, Ohio 44055,
Josefa Sifuentes, 84 years, of Langdon St., passed away Tuesday evening,
February 28, 2006, at Heartland of Waterville OH. Josefa was
born August 27, 1921, in La Villa de Fuente, Coahuila, México to
Desiderio and Teresa García. A Toledo resident since 1942, Josefa worked as a press operator 10 years
for Taylor Press Products, retiring in 1971. She also worked for Acklin
Stamping, Willys Overland, Plabell Rubber Co., and at Toledo Hospital. A
member many years of SS. Peter & Paul Parish, Josefa was the widow of
Frank Sifuentes who died in May of 1991. She was also preceded in death
by her brothers, Regino García and Roberto Fragoso and stepfathers,
Porfirio Fragoso and Jesus Ortiz. Surviving are her children, Pete
(Karen), José (Martha), Desiderio “Mike” (Debbie), Frank (Paula), and
Ray (Debbie) Sifuentes. There are 10 grandchildren and 13
great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is the
sister of Anita (Hijinio) Covarubias, Jane García, Mary (Raymond) Sepada,
Helen (Chris) Contreras, Carlos (Kathy) Fragoso, and Theresa (Gail)
PEDRO RAMONEZ VALDEZ Pedro
Ramonez Valdez, age 73, of Riga, died Monday, February 27, 2006, at
Flower Hospital in Sylvania OH. He was born June 29, 1932, in Fort
Worth, Texas, to Abimelec A. and Felipa E. (Ramonez) Valdez. On November 24, 1952, he married Hope Sarabia. She preceded him in
death. Pedro was a member of Jesus is Lord Ministries and he helped the
migrant community. He was self-employed in salvaging and welding and he
also worked for Penn Central Railroad. In July of 1999, he retired from
Hydro (Bohn) Aluminum, after 47 years of service. Pedro served in the
U.S. Army from 1952 - 1954.
Pedro is survived by 8 children, Pedro Valdez Jr. and his wife, Shirley
of Tecumseh, Roberto Valdez and his wife, Kathy of Blissfield, Daniel
Valdez of Louisiana, Esteban Valdez and his wife, Connie of Tecumseh,
David A. Valdez of Adrian, Samuel Valdez and his wife, Kelly of Sand
Creek and Elizabeth Marine and her husband, Larry of Riga, Sylvia
Kimbrough and her husband, Scott of Toledo; one brother, Manuel Valdez
of Erie, MI; two sisters, Emelia Rodríguez of Toledo, OH and Paz Valdez
of Ottawa Lake, MI; 19 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. In
addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by one daughter, (Little
Hopie), one granddaughter, Allison, three brothers and two sisters.
JULIA P. ARTIAGA Julia
P. Artiaga, age 71, of Rocky Ridge, OH, died Friday, February 24, 2006
at the Northwest Ohio Hospice of Perrysburg, OH. She was born in Kenedy,
TX on June 22, 1934 to Alejos & María (Rodrígues) Palacios. On March 10,
1949 in Brownsville, TX she married Epifanio D. Artiaga and he survives.
Julia worked as a homemaker. She was a member of St. Boniface Catholic
Church, Oak Harbor, OH. Julie loved gardening and reading. She also did
volunteer work at St. Boniface School. After proudly raising her 15
children, she was always there to help with her grandchildren and her
great-grandchildren. Her home was and will always be filled with love
and laughter. Survivors include: Loving Husband of 56 years: Epifanio D.
Artiaga of Rocky Ridge, OH; 8 Sons: Juan (Ruth) Artiaga of Perrysburg,
OH, José Artiaga Jr. of Weston, OH, Ricardo (Louann) Artiaga of
Whitehouse, OH, Rick (Judi) Artiaga of Oak Harbor, OH, Freddy Artiaga of
Toledo, OH, Alex (Marianna) Artiaga of Tampa, FL, Tommy (Susan) Artiaga
of Toledo, OH and Paul (Diana) Artiaga of Bowling Green, OH; 6
Daughters: María Artiaga of Toledo, OH, Aurelia (Larry) Brockman of
Oroville, CA, Gloria (William) Bennett of Oak Harbor, OH, Isabel (Roger)
Kleopfer of Holland, OH, Cristina (Mark) Kenski of Sidney, OH and Angela
(Jody) Henry of Oak Harbor, OH; Brother: Adam (Erminia) Palacios of
Floresville, TX; Sister: Eva González of Brownsville, TX; 41
Grandchildren and 20 Great-Grandchildren. Julia was preceded in death by
her parents, son: Jesus Artiaga, 3 infant children, brothers: Alex &
Enrique Palacios and 1 great-grandson. Interment and services held at
Clay Township Cemetery, Genoa, OH. Memorial contributions may be given
to St. Boniface Catholic Church, Oak Harbor, OH.
Eliazar “Alex” Garza Jr., age 52, of Houston, formerly of
Lorain, OH, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at Houston Herman Memorial
Hospital, Houston, following a sudden illness. He was born Sept. 27,
1953, in Lorain, moving to Houston 20 years ago. He was a 1973 graduate
of Southview High School, Lorain. He was employed as a sales
representative for Martin Fluid Power in Houston for the past 16 years.
Prior to this he was employed at U.S. Steel, in Lorain, in the Coke
While living in Lorain, he was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. He was
an active member of Homing Pigeon Association of Houston for over 40
years. When he was younger he was in the lightweight division of Lorain
Golden Gloves. He enjoyed being a avid trapper and provided medical aid
and rehab to birds and other animals. He also enjoyed reading and
spending time with his family and friends. Survivors include his wife of
16 years, Corrina McGowan-Garza of Houston; daughter, Destiny Clark of
Houston; sisters Graciela “Grace” Arroyo of Lorain, and Marilyn Barlow
and Sylvia Rivera, both of Middletown; brothers José Garza of Fairhope,
Ala., and Antonio Garza of Trenton; and 10 nephews and one niece. He was
preceded in death by his parents, Eliazar V. Garza Sr. and Cornelia A.
(née Alicea) Garza; and brother, David Garza, in 1998.
MARCOS GÓMEZ Marcos
Gómez, age 56, of Toledo, OH, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February
26, 2006. He was a fork lift operator for AP Parts. Marcos was an avid
fisherman and a big Michigan University fan. Surviving are his son, Joe
Gómez; mother, Lucy Gómez; brother, Edward (Betty) Gómez; sisters,
Lenore (Howard) Osenbaugh, Handrea (David) Fischer, Rose (Vic) Bowlick
and Ramona Gómez; also by many loving nieces and nephews. Marcos was
preceded in death by his beloved wife Sandra; father, Juan Gómez;
sister, Nellie Salas; and nephew, Michael Salas.
ROSA F. HERNÁNDEZ Rosa
F. Hernández, 68, of Rocky Ridge, OH, died Sunday, February 19, 2006, in
Riverview Healthcare Campus, Oak Harbor. Rosa was born January 2, 1938,
in San Antonio, Texas, to Felix and Gavina Flores. She married José S.
Hernández, Jr. in San Antonio on September 16, 1956, and he preceded her
in death November 3, 1998. Rosa was a homemaker and a member of St.
Boniface Catholic Church in Oak Harbor. She loved playing Bingo and
watching Cleveland Indians baseball. She also enjoyed the companionship
of her dog, “Baby.” Rosa is survived by her mother, Gavina of San
Antonio, son, Joe F. Hernández III of Rocky Ridge, daughters, Yolanda O.
Hernández of Rocky Ridge and Angie F. (Corey) Wodrich of North Carolina,
and grandsons, Dustin M. Hernández and Jacob M. Hernández. She is also
survived by her sister, Hortencia (Juan) Chapa and brothers, Marcelino
(Mary Lou) Flores and Felix (Adelina) Flores, Jr., all of San Antonio.
Her father and husband preceded her in death.
FILOMENA G. GUERRERO
Filomena G. Guerrero, 86, of East State Street, Fremont, OH, died
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006,
at Memorial Hospital. She was born in Gonzáles, Texas, on August 23,
1919, and is the daughter of Andres and Domitila (Padilla) García. She
married Marciano Guerrero Sr. on May 10, 1936, in Laredo, Texas, and he
survives. Filomena and Marciano were the
owner/operators of Guerrero Tortilleria on West State
Street for 20 years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church
and Guadalupe Society, and a member of the YMCA.
Filomena is survived by daughters, Filomena Cruz Esquivel, María Louisa
Guzmán, Elena Venegas, all of Fremont; sons, Marciano (Feliciana)
Guerrero Jr., of Woodville, Guillermo Guerrero Sr., of Clyde, Lupe
(Esperanza) Guerrero, of Graytown, Andres (Virginia) Guerrero, of
Fremont; sisters, Victoria Huerta and Antonia Espinoza, both of San
Antonio, Texas; brothers, Refujio García, Texas, Luis García, San
Antonio; 27 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and two
great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded by her parents; one brother;
two sisters; three grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
ELAINE A. HERNÁNDEZ
Elaine A. Hernández, age 65, of Lima, OH, died on Friday, Feb. 17, at
St. Rita’s Hospital. She was born on May 30, 1940 in Minneapolis, MN to
Henry and Angela (Tena) Miranda and was raised by her step mother Lupe
Miranda, who survives in Leipsic. She married Antonio Hernández and he
survives. She was a homemaker; she was a member of Mission Time Holiness
Church in Findlay and participated in the feeding of the needy and
lonely at the church. She is also survived by two sons: Mark A. and
Antonio Hernández Jr. both of Findlay and two daughters: Angela T.
Hernández and Anita C. Palacios both of Findlay. She has 15
grandchildren. Elaine has 5 brothers: Henry Jr., Feliz, Anthony, Jesse,
and Michael Miranda and 4 sisters: Rosa (Mario) Hernández, Mary (Jose)
Zamora, Gloria (Conrad) Villela and Victoria Miranda. She has 3 deceased
sisters: Carmen Miranda, Beatrice Rodriquez, and Susan Miranda.
Ronald “Ronnie” Rodríguez, age 46, of Tecumseh, died Feb. 17. He was
born January 19, 1960, in Adrian, MI. Ronnie was a graduate of Adrian
High School, Class of 1979, where he played and served as manager of the
Varsity football team. He was a member of The Eagles and Tecumseh
American Legion Post #4187. Ronnie is survived by his parents, María and
Daniel García of Tecumseh; 3 sisters, Debra (Scott) Gosselin of Manitou
Beach, Michelle (Jerry) Hazelett of Swanton, OH, and Margaret (David)
Brantley of Wapakoneta, OH; 2 brothers, Michael (Wendy) García of
Adrian, and Steven (Jennifer) García of Syracuse, NY and numerous aunts,
uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his
father, Edmond Rodríguez in December 2005; grandparents, Beatriz and
Juan Rodríguez and his nephew, Joshua Pryor in August 2002.
HEAVENLY ANGEL MARIE
Heavenly Angel Marie
Saldivar, infant daughter of Jonathan and Angel Saldivar, went to be
with our Lord on Tuesday, February 14, 2006,
in St. Charles/Mercy Hospital. She was born on July 10, 2004, in Baypark
Community Hospital in Oregon, OH.
Surviving are her parents, Jonathan and Angel Saldivar; sister, Haily;
brothers, Jonathan, Jr. and Alexander; grandparents, David and Kelly
Curns, Matilda Saldivar and Phillip (Lisa) Wahl; great-grandparents,
Georgia and Halsey Coutcher, Tom Firsdon and Sue Olivarez and lots of
aunts and uncles.
Baby Aylin Guadalupe Vargas, 16-day-old daughter of Bulmaro and
Elizabeth Reyes Vargas of Norwalk, OH,
died unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 18,
Fisher-Titus Medical Center, Norwalk. She was born Feb. 2, 2006, in Norwalk.
Funeral services will be held at Panteon
Municipal Cemetery, Morelia, Michoacan, México.
JUAN PEREZ ARELLANO Juan
Pérez Arellano, 75, died at 5:23 p.m. Jan. 31, 2006, at his residence in
Oakwood, OH. He was born May 6, 1930 in Brownsville, Texas to Gabino &
Rose Pérez Arellano, who preceded him in death. On Feb. 7, 1959, he
married Gracie Horn, and she survives in Oakwood. Mr. Arellano retired
from General Motors. He was a member of UAW and FOP Booster. Survivors
also include two sons, Matthew Arellano of Oakwood and Arturo Arellano
of Brownsville, Texas; a daughter, Juanita Garza of Florida; two
brothers, Mario and Ignatius Arellano; three sisters, Rose Adkins,
Victoria Peralez and Guadelupe Martínez; and nine grandchildren. He was
preceded in death by two brothers, Gabino Arellano, Jr. and Faustino
Arellano; and two sisters, Maria Bradford and Margaret Gómez.
HELEN GALLARDO Helen
Gallardo, 75 years old, went to her eternal rest on Tuesday, January 31, 2006,
surrounded by her loving family. Helen was born on May 3, 1930, in Toledo, OH, to Juan and Enriqueta (Venegas) Rodríguez. She was
united in Holy Matrimony to Gilbert Gallardo, Sr. on May 10, 1948, in
Toledo. Left behind to cherish her memory is her loving husband,
Gilbert, and their children: daughters, Mary (David) Sánchez of Toledo,
Virginia (Rudy) Mirelez of Blissfield, MI, Catherine (Dan) Alcorta, Rita
(John) Ybarra, Elizabeth (David) Soto, Monica (Gerald) Cosme, all of
Adrian, Connie (Don) Hibbard of Silver Springs, MD; sons, Jesse Gallardo
of Las Vegas, Nevada, Christopher Gallardo and Gilbert Jr. (Patti)
Gallardo, all of Adrian; 27 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren, and a
host of relatives and friends. Also surviving are three sisters, Vicky
Silva, Rose Rodríguez and Julia Rodríguez, all of California;
one brother, Raymond Rodríguez of Toledo; brother-in-law, Jesse (Mary)
Gallardo and family of Erie, MI; sister-in-law, Angie Gallardo. She was preceded in
death by her parents; daughter, Christina Gallardo; four brothers,
Johnny, Tony, Sado and Esaw Rodríguez; one sister, Beatrice Díaz;
son-in-law, Rico Chapa; brothers-in-law, Louis and Felix Gallardo. Helen
was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, a member of the Guadalupe
Society, and a Eucharistic Minister.
Monica Tristan, 32, of Toledo, OH, died suddenly Thursday, February 1, 2006,
in Toledo. Monica was born October 4, 1973, in Oregon to James E. and
Consuelo (Mejia) Tristan. She was a homemaker, who enjoyed walks in the
sunshine, who was a loving mother and a kind and caring sister. Monica
was a person who enjoyed helping others and going the extra mile to help
with their needs. She was a graduate of WoodmoreHigh School.
Survivors include her parents, James and Connie, children, Mariah and
Adrien Tristan, brother, Edward (Heather) Tristan, sister, Jennifer
(Bennie) Pagona, and grandparents, Catarina Mejia and Baldamar Tristan.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mike Mejia and Jane
Tristan. Contributions in Monica’s memory may be given to the family in
care of Sky Bank of Elmore, 365 Rice St., Elmore, OH 43416.
TOMAS CARRIZALES Tomas
“Tommy” Carrizales, 56, of Port Clinton, OH, died, Thursday, Jan. 26, at
the H. B. Magruder Hospital, Port Clinton, OH. He was born August 17,
1949 in McAllen, TX to Jesus (Jesse) R. & Consuelo (Zamudio) Carrizales.
Tommy worked at Riverview Industries Workshop, Oak Harbor, OH. He was a
member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Port Clinton, OH. Tommy
loved to jazzercise, watch wrestling and especially loved to dance. He
always greeted you with a great big smile and a handshake or a hug.
Tommy will be greatly missed by his family and all his friends at
Riverview & Bell Mell’s. Survivors include: Sisters: Marie (Jim) Stiger
of Oak Harbor, OH, Alicia (Jim Rickard) of Port Clinton, OH, Rosie
(John) Goodman of Oak Harbor, OH, Gloria (Sean) Gardner of Port Clinton,
OH and Lisa (Scott) Murphy of Port Clinton, OH; Brothers: Gilbert
Carrisales of Port Clinton, OH and Edward (Maggie) Carrisalez of Port
Clinton, OH; Sister-In-Law: Tana Carrisales of Port Clinton, OH, aunts,
uncles, cousins, nieces & nephews and many good friends. He was preceded
in death by his parents, infant brother, Felix, and brother, Jesse
GUADALUPE R. HERNÁNDEZ
Guadalupe R. Hernández, 66, of Leipsic, OH, died at 6:45 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at
Putnam Acres Care Center, Ottawa. Funeral services for Mrs. Hernández
will be held at 10:00 a.m. Feb. 1 at Fountain of Life Church, Leipsic,
the Rev. José Zamora officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery,
Leipsic. Surviving are her husband, Ernesto Sr.; two sons, Ernesto Jr.
of Bluffton; Jerry of Leipsic; four daughters, Mrs. Bernard (Yolanda)
Shively and Mrs. Dennis (Irma) Hardy, both of Leipsic; Gloria Meiseman-Reyna,
Ottawa; and Mrs. James (Linda) Hernández, Boulder, CO; four brothers,
Bernard Reyes, Defiance; Genaro Camareno, Ottawa; Albert Camareno and
Simon Reyes, both in Texas; two sisters, Odelia Rodríquez in Florida;
Rosa Peña in Illinois.
Gloria Dawn Martínez, 63, of Toledo, OH, passed away Tuesday, January
24, surrounded by her family. She was born on Tuesday, April 7, 1942, in
Toledo to John and Jane Rank. Gloria is survived by her caring husband,
Rodrigo Martínez, and by their 5 children: son, Rodrigo Martínez Jr. and
daughters, Gina (Bill) Teague, Lisa Bzoza, Monica (Frank) Montoya, and
Felicia (Jason) Roan. She was loved and respected by her fifteen
grandchildren and six great- grandchildren. Also mourning her loss are
her brothers and sisters, John (Noreen) Rank, Tina (Sherman) Sniegowski,
Louise (Dennis) Stricker, Joy (Rick) Crabtree, and James (Sandy) Rank.
Gloria will be affectionately remembered by her close friends who
offered great comfort.
Geraldine Rivera (née Medina),
49, of Lorain, OH, died Thursday, Jan. 26, at her home, following a
lengthy illness. Mrs. Rivera was born in Lorain. She attended Sacred
Heart Chapel of Lorain. She was a homemaker who enjoyed music and
spending time with her family and friends.
She is survived by her daughters, Miriam Wilson and Jacqueline Rivera,
both of Buffalo, N.Y., and Julie Ortiz of Lorain; son, Humberto Ortiz of
Buffalo N.Y.; her father, Domingo Medina of Lorain; brothers Alcides
Medina of Elyria and Dominick Santana of North Carolina; sisters Carmen
Ortiz of Elyria and Lucy Roman of Lorain; 11 grandchildren and several
nieces and nephews and longtime companion, Mike Calcano of Lorain. She
was preceded in death by her husband, Humberto Rivera; and her mother,
Julia Medina (née Santana).
Ana L. González (née Rodríguez), 79, of Lorain,
OH, died Sat., Jan. 14, at CommunityHealth
Partners Hospital, Lorain, following a brief illness. She was born
June 12, 1926,
in Manati, Puerto Rico, and moved to Lorain in 1949. Mrs. González
enjoyed cooking, sewing and music. She was a member of Sacred Heart
Chapel, Lorain, and the Eldorado. Survivors include her sons Miguel
González of Sheffield Lake and G. Luis González, Ismael González, Rafael
González and David González, all of Lorain; daughter, Lidia Laboy of
Lorain; sisters Flor Velásquez, Gaby Ortiz, and Carmen
Rodríguez, all of Puerto Rico; and 16 grandchildren and 29
great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46
years, Ventura González, in 1991; her parents, Fabio and Thomasita (née
Maldonado) Rodríguez; brother, Carlos Rodríguez; and sister, Jeny
Celida M. Ortiz (née Hernández), 57, of Lorain, OH, died Tuesday, Jan.
17, at CommunityHealth
Partners Hospital, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. She was born
Aug. 21, 1948,
in Lares, Puerto Rico. She moved to Lorain in 1951 and graduated from
Admiral KingHigh School
in 1966. Mrs. Ortiz was employed at Lorain County Title as a clerk for
18 years and previously worked as a clerk at a Lorain
auto dealership. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Elyria
Township. She enjoyed travel and camping. Survivors include her husband
of 38 years, Juan Saul Ortiz; son, Christopher S. Ortiz of Lorain;
daughters Marisol Ortiz and Michele Ortiz, both of Lorain; her father,
Raul Hernández of Lorain; mother, María Reyes of Lorain; brother, Hernan
Hernández of Lorain; sisters Norma Pérez of Detroit, MI, Erma Fletcha of
Tampa, Fla., and Ruth “Cuchi” Hernández of Lorain; stepbrothers Frankie
Hernández of Lorain and Enrique Hernández of Eldorado, Puerto Rico; and
nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in
death by a son stillborn in 1969 and daughter stillborn in 1971.
Hilario “Larry” Rios, 69, of Fremont, OH, died
Jan.14th evening in the emergency room of Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Deckerville, MI, to Francisco and Brijida (Vara) Rios. On
Dec. 5, 1959, he married Mary Ruiz at St. Ann Catholic Church, Fremont,
and she survives. Larry worked in the maintenance department at
Kelsey-Hayes Foundry for 45 years, retiring in 1996.
He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Community
and the United Steel Workers Union Local 1915. Larry was a boxer for the
local boxing club in the early 1950s. He enjoyed coaching several local
baseball teams from 1973 to 1978 and was very much devoted to his
grandchildren. Surviving are daughters,
Lona Rios, Lucy (Ron) Durdel, Cindy (Greg) Tucker and son, John (Peggie)
Rios, all of Fremont; eight grandchildren, Richard, John and Candace
López; Austin, Haleigh, Hannah and Hadley Rios, Travis and Stephanie
Tucker; and several step-grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers,
Francisco of Green Springs and David of Bucyrus; sisters, Hope Ruiz of
Fremont, Mary Rios, Consuelo Garza, Janie Rios, Lola Durbin, and
Patricia Muñoz, all of Lorain, OH; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death are his parents; brothers, Ruben and Peter;
sister, Esther Ruiz; and an infant sister and brother.
Georgino “Hino” Solis, 80, of Lorain, OH, died Thurs., Jan. 12, at EMH
Regional Medical Center, Elyria, following a long illness. He was born
July 13, 1925,
in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain in 1951. He was employed as a
pipefitter at Standard Pipe for 13 years. Solis attended House of Praise
International Church, Lorain.
He enjoyed gardening, playing his guitar, and listening to music.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Rosa (née López); son, Hector of
New London; daughters Ramona Rivera, Margarita González and Rosemary
Solis, all of Lorain, and Idalia Tiller of Amherst; and 10 grandchildren
and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents,
Manuel Solis and Femina Arroyo; and a brother and three sisters.
Atanacio “Tony” Villegas passed away Tues., Jan. 17, evening at the
Medical University of Ohio. He was born May 2, 1927, to Enrique and Enriquetta Villegas in Texas. He served in the
U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947, worked for Rossford Ordinance for 10 years,
and retired from General Motors after 25 years of employment. He was
preceded in death by his sisters, María Gonzáles and Jane Archebeque. He
is survived by his wife, Isabel; his children, Linda (Richard Eilar),
Dolores (Mike) Keller, Susan (Eugene Lemle), Sandy and David and María
and Christina (Mike) Romo, who are also included in his beloved
children; 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; as well as sisters,
Orthencia Rodríguez, Ofilia (Gonzalo) Camacho, Ofelia (Albert) Almaraz
and brothers, Raymond and Henry (Josie).
CONCEPCION BENAVIDES Concepción “Connie” Q.
Benavides, 80, of Findlay, OH, died at 9:23 a.m. Wednesday, January 11,
2006 at Birchaven Retirement Village. She was born May 24, 1925 in
Spring Branch, TX to Catarino & Eugenia (Lugo) Quiroga. Connie married
Hector G. Benavides Oct. 25, 1947 and he died August 31, 1998. Surviving
are two sons, John J. (Kathy) Benavides of Perrysburg and Joseph H. (Hoa)
Benavides of Findlay; one daughter C. Luisa (Douglas) Bolmer of Findlay;
seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a
sister, Isabel Villegas of Toledo. Mrs. Benavides was preceded in death
by a granddaughter and a brother, Federico. She was a member of St.
Michael the Archangel Catholic Church.
OLGA FERNÁNDEZ Olga “Abuela” Fernández, age 85 years, of Toledo, OH, passed away Thursday, January 12, 2006, in Flower
Hospital. She enjoyed golfing and bowling and spending time with her
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her
husband, Mike; sister, Delia Pantoja and nephew, Tony Pantoja. She is
survived by her son, Bob (Linda) García; grandchildren, Tony (Ann)
García, Joel (Mary) García, Amy (Jason) LeGree and Rick García;
great-grandchildren, Breanna, Sammy, Alex and Abby; niece, Sylvia (Joe)
Forthome; nephew, Louie Pantoja, and brother-in-law, Louie Pantoja Sr.
TIMOTEO JUÁREZ Timoteo Juárez, 84, passed away Sunday in LaSara, Texas, where he had been living
for the past nine years. He was born in México and raised his family in
the Fremont- Green Springs, OH area. Mr. Juárez retired from the Great
Western Sugar Co. in Fremont. He was a hard worker who farmed for many
years. He enjoyed working outdoors and raising animals. His wisdom and
insight will be remembered by those who knew him and loved him. He is
survived by his wife, Eufrasia Juárez, and his 13 children, Diego (María)
Juárez, LaSara, Texas; Frank (Lona) Juárez, Toledo; John Juárez, Oregon,
Ohio; Dan Juárez, Fremont; Ben (Tina) Juárez, Bettsville; Tim Juárez,
Fremont; María (Albert) Sabo, Fremont; Lupe (Scott) Humberger, Fremont;
Mary (Randy) Burns, Franklin, Ohio; Janie (Chris) Smith, Tiffin; Blanca
(Mike) Snyder, Fremont; Delia (Garry) Clark, Fremont; and Esther
Fanning, Toledo. He also had 23 grandchildren and 14
ANTONIO SOTO Antonio “Tony” Soto, 90, of Lorain,
died Friday, Jan. 6, 2006, at CommunityHealthPartnersHospital and Surgical Center West, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. He was born June 1, 1915, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, and lived in Lorain since 1947. He retired from Lorain Works U.S. Steel in the 1970s
after working there for 30 years. He was a member Sacred Heart Chapel
and the United Steel Workers Union Local 1104. He enjoyed playing
dominos. Survivors include his daughter and son; and several brothers
and sisters. He was preceded in death by his sister.
JODIE L. STEARNS,
Jodie L. Stearns, age 47, of Bloomdale, Ohio, passed away January 11,
2006, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. She was born July 2, 1958, in
Fostoria, Ohio, to Jack L. and Patty Jean (Singleton) Stearns, who both
survive. She married Thomas A. Waldock on June 22, 1991, in Bloomdale,
Ohio and he survives. She is also survived by her sons, Jack T. Waldock
and Tom T. Waldock, both at home, and 1 brother, Michael J. Stearns,
Jodie was a partner in Stearns & Hammer Law Office in Bowling Green and
also a farmer. She was currently the Bowling Green City Assistant
Prosecutor. In 1976, she graduated from Elmwood High School. In 1980,
she graduated from Ohio State University, followed by OSU’s Law School
in 1983. She passed her bar examination in 1984 and was a member of the
Wood County Bar Association (past president), Ohio State Bar
Association, American Bar Association, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers,
American Agricultural Law Association, Ohio Governor’s Task Force -
Attorney Sterns was
involved in legal activities affecting the migrant community as
reflected by comments by Baldemar Velásquez, president of the
Farm Labor Organizing Committee. “What a tragedy, we have been friendly
adversaries for the better part of 20 years.” “Over the years we got
the better of each other pretty evenly in court cases and at the
negotiating table with the Vlasic growers, but it was never personal and
we maintained a collegial friendship outside of our business
differences.” “On a number of occasions we joined forces on legislation
that benefited both farmers and farmworkers, most recently the Ag-Jobs
legislation introduced by Senators Kennedy and McCain. We even traveled
together to Washington D.C. and once to México City to meet jointly with
Department of Labor officials and Mexican officials in promoting changes
in the then current H2A guestworker program.” “We were all pretty well
shocked here at the FLOC office, and extend our condolences to her
family and friends.”
EVA STEELE Eva “Eve” V. (née Flores) Steele of Toledo, OH, passed away
unexpectedly, Monday, January 9,
2006, in her home. She was born March 23, 1926, in Toledo to José and
Carmen Flores. Eve graduated with honors from Waite High School,
completing her coursework in three years. She was offered a full
academic scholarship to Mary Manse College but decided to serve her
country as a member of the Army Women's Air Corps. Eve was a dedicated
civil servant who began her extensive 36-year career with the Rossford
Ordinance Depot, and later joined the City of Toledo where she worked in
various departments including, the Traffic Bureau of the Police
Department, Division of Accounts, and finally with the Division of
Streets, Bridges and Harbor. Eve was member of Local 7 AFSCME, and
served as a union steward for one term. She was a loving and devoted
mother and friend who possessed a zest for life, unbridled energy and a
tenacious spirit. Eva traveled extensively having recently returned from
México where she visited the town in which her parents were born.
Eve had worshipped as a member of various Catholic communities through
the years, recently adopting St. Patrick's Historic Church as her church
Eva is survived by son, Theodore (Mary) Steele of Toledo; daughters,
Carmen (Michael) Stemen of Westerville, Ohio, Symonette Steele
(Francisco Pallitta) of Toledo and LTC Anneliese (MAJ Douglas Skaggs, US
Army) Steele, US Army of Hampton, VA; grandchildren include, Matthew and
Erin Steele, Joshua and Melinda Stemen, Haley Nofziger, Joseph Donavon,
with the family expecting the arrival of her seventh grandchild in April
2006, and numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving are her brother,
Raymond Flores, of Arlington, VA, and sisters, Esperanza (Charles) Clay,
of Arlington, TX, Mary Ward of Toledo and Mary Jane (Joseph) Flores of
Toledo. She was preceded in death by her sister, Margarita; mother,
Carmen; father, José; brothers, Rudy and Judge Joseph A. Flores.
Edelia “Delia” Varela (née Rojas), 82, of Lorain, OH,
died Tuesday, Jan. 10,
2006, at home. She was born Dec. 23, 1923, in Arecibo,
Puerto Rico, and lived in Lorain since 1948.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and the Crucillo
Movement. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and babysitting.
Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Juan Varela; daughters Luz C.
Clark and Gloria E. Marrero, both of Lorain; sons Ray Cruz of Cleveland
and James Cruz of Lorain; brothers Edwino Rojas and Andre Rojas, both of
New York; sisters Gloria of New York and Fila of Florida; stepdaughters
Lolita and Nerida, both of Florida; and 20 grandchildren, 52
great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren, and nieces and
nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ventura
and Isabel (née Reyes) Rojas; brothers Edwin Rojas and Michael Rojas;
and one grandson and one great-grandson.
Reynaldo “Rey” S. Borjas, 62, passed away January 8,
2006, in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in
McAllen, Texas, on September 11, 1943, to Simon and Maria Borjas. Rey
was a Genoa
High School graduate and proudly served with the 101st Calvary Airborne
Division of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He then married Otila
F. López on October 28, 1967, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Genoa. Rey worked 10 years at Doehler Jarvis
followed by 29 years as a dedicated pipe fitter at the General Motors
Power Train Plant. Rey was a truly warm, loving man who loved to travel
the countryside in his motor home. His infectious warm smile and humor
touched anyone who met him. He loved being with his family who meant the
world to him. Rey’s grandkids were his pride and joy. He enjoyed
gardening, fishing, grilling, camping, bonfires, the Florida Keys,
Disney World and Cedar Point.
Rey was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law, Antonio
López. He leaves behind his wife of 38 years, Otila; children, Reynaldo
Jr., Sandy (John) Bricker, Norma (Chris) Ramey, Rolando, Ricardo; 13
grandchildren; siblings, Julia (Ed) Soto, María (Gene) Mireles, Aurora
(Jeff) Jones, Eduardo (Diana) Borjas, Lisa Rios, José (Wendy) Borjas,
Dora Borjas, Marty (Terri) Borjas and Linda Borjas.
Anthony “Tony” García, 77, of Elyria,
died Friday, Dec. 30,
2005, at home. He was born June 12,
1928, in Ponce, Puerto Rico and lived in the Bronx, N.Y., before moving
to Lorain in 1966. He lived in Elyria for
20 years. García was employed as a custodian in the Lorain School System
for 21 years, retiring in 1988. He enjoyed walking, was known for his
whistling and enjoyed playing the accordion.
Survivors include his daughters Leticia García of Puerto Rico, Lourdes
García of Florida and Lydiana García and Lizzette García Reyes, both of
Lorain; and nine grandchildren.
MANUEL G. GONZÁLEZ Manuel G.
González, age 95, of Adrian, MI, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2006, at Adrian Health Care. He was born Aug. 28, 1910, in
Guerrero, Tamaulipas, México, to Gabriel and Martina (García) González.
He was married to Bacilia Y. Ybarra on April 22, 1933, in Cotulla,
Texas. She preceded him in death on June 11, 1993. He was employed with
Stubnitz-Greene. Manuel was always a hard worker. He moved to Blissfield
in 1938 from Cotulla, TX, to work in the fields in the summer and at the
Blissfield Sugar Plant in the winter. Manuel also had a passion for
gardening. In 1941, he moved to Adrian
where he worked at Bohn #13, Bohn #24, Kaiser Fraser, and then Stubnitz-Greene.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Church. Manuel is survived by a son,
Manuel González, Jr. and his wife, Elvira, of Adrian; three sisters,
Clara Jiménez of Hale Center, TX, Tomasa Flores of Cotulla, TX, and
Andrea Luna of Devine, TX; four grandchildren and 11
great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife,
two brothers, and three sisters.
Tomás Molina, 57, of Lorain,
OH, died Monday, Jan. 9,
2006, in Community Health Partners Hospital, Lorain, following a lengthy
illness. He was born Nov. 11, 1948,
in Utuado, Puerto Rico, and moved from Trenton, N.J., to Lorain in 1973.
He enjoyed singing and playing guitar, especially traditional Spanish
Survivors include his companion, Francisca Andjuhar; sons Tomas “Macho”
Molina Jr. and Alexander Molina, both of Florida, and Fernando Luis
“Beba” Molina of Lorain; daughters Clairabel Molina of Florida and
Amariles Molina of Puerto Rico; his father, Marcos A. Molina of Utuado;
brothers Felix A. Molina of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Ramón A. Molina, José
Jamie Molina and Fernando L. Molina, all of Lorain, Wilfredo Molina of
San German, Puerto Rico and Roberto Molina and Marcos A. “Tony” Molina,
both of Orlando, Fla.; sisters Carmen A. “Tati” Molina of Rio Piedras,
Puerto Rico, and
María C. “Cucliy” and María M. Molina both of Utuado; his former wife,
Wilma Arce of Florida; and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by
his mother, Carmen Escobales; and sons Daniel Molina and Miguel A. Pérez.
ALVARADO OCHOA Minerva
Alvarado Ochoa, 62, of south Toledo, OH and formerly of Fremont, passed
away Jan. 2, 2006,
at St. Anne Mercy Hospital. She was preceded in death by her mother,
Fermina Alvarado and brothers Joseph and Ralph Alvarado. Minerva is
survived by her husband, Antonio Ochoa; sons Kenny (Heather) Ruiz Jr.
and Jesus Ruiz; daughters Mary (Doug) Filliater, Rosemary Ruiz and Ann
Ruiz; brother Edwardo (Margaret) García; sister Yolanda (Pete) Todoroff;
and grandchildren Aurelia, Connie, Rachel, Jasmine, Katelynn, Jenna,
Jayden and Cody Ruiz and Cheetara Stuchel.
Guillermina Santiago, 77, of Lorain,
OH, died Tuesday, Jan. 3,
2006, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain.
She was born Feb. 10, 1928, in Guayama, Puerto Rico, and moved to Lorain
20 years ago from Puerto Rico. She volunteered at Sacred Heart Chapel,
She enjoyed cooking, walks along the beach and her family.
Survivors include her son, Domingo Rivera Sr. of Lorain; daughters
Mildalia Rodríguez of Bethlehem,
PA, and Luz Marie Ortiz of Guyama; and 11 grandchildren and 13
great-grand- children. She was preceded in death by her son, Angel Luis
Mary Ernestina Guerrero, 73, of Fenton, MI, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005 at McLaren
Regional Medical Center. Funeral Mass took place Dec. 31 at Our Lady of
Guadalupe Catholic Church, Rev. Fr. Eduardo Lorenzo and Rev. Fr. Tim
Nelson concelebrated, with burial in New Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
ZENEIDO ORTIZ MIRANDA
Zeneido Ortiz Miranda, 84, of Princeton, Fla., formerly of Lorain, OH,
died Sunday, Dec. 25,
2005, at Baptist Hospital, after a brief illness. He was born June 20,
1921, in Coamo, Puerto Rico. From there he moved to Lorain, where he lived for 30 years. He moved to Princeton
employed at U.S. Steel's Lorain Works in the pipe mills for 30 years,
retiring in 1978. He was a member of Templo Bethel, Lorain, and enjoyed
gardening, cooking and his family.
include his wife of 30 years, Blanca; sons Rubén Ortiz Sr. of North
Ridgeville and David Ortiz of McLean, Va.; daughter, Ana L. Bourque of
Fla.; and five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, two brothers
and three sisters. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Justa
(née Fontónez), in 1975; a son, Zeneido Ortiz Jr., in 1968 in Vietnam;
and five brothers and sisters.
Rabbitt, 60, formerly of Toledo,
OH, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at the State of
Michigan Veteran’s Home in Grand Rapids, MI. He had been hospitalized
since having a stroke 14 years earlier. A 2nd Lieutenant in the
administrative branch of the Adjutant General Corps, he served as the
Officer in Charge of Operations and administrated operations of
Personnel Management, Records, and Actions at Cam Ranh Bay,
South Vietnam from 1969-70, receiving the Bronze Star for Meritorious
graduated in 1973 from the University
of Toledo with a Doctor of Juris Prudence. An attorney, he worked for
the Lucas Co. Domestic Relations Court as a referee and later was a
partner in several Toledo law firms. Jim’s physical disability was
channeled into helping other disabled veterans and was a member of the
Grievance Committee for the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky, OH. He
served in Toledo as chairman of the Board, Veteran's Community
Foundation from 1990-92, and as president of the Lucas County Veteran's
Service Commission in 1991, and was co-chairman, legal staff, of the
Ohio State Veteran's Service Commission in 1989. A legal advisor to the
Lucas Co. Council of American Legion from 1987-89, he was a member of
the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, and Veteran’s Rights Advocate.
Jim was active in the AMVETS, American Legion #40 and #8, the Wolf Creek
Sportsman’s Club, Vietnam Veteran's of America, Veteran’s of Foreign
Wars, and the Ottawa County Conservation Club. He was president of Old
Newsboys Goodfellow Association from 1985-86.
are son, James E. Rabbitt III; daughter, Elizabeth L. Rabbitt; mother,
Clara Metzger; brother, Gerald Rabbitt; sisters, Joy Dushane and Becky
Shaw. He was preceded in death by his father, James E. Rabbitt II.
Ana C. Rivera, 58, of Lorain,
OH, died Friday, Dec. 30, at CommunityHealth
Partners Hospital, Lorain, following a brief illness. She was born
July 28, 1947,
in Utuado, Puerto Rico, and moved here from Utuado eight months ago. She
enjoyed shopping, television, especially soap operas, and travel.
Survivors include her sons Angel R. Feliciano and Giovanni Collazo, both
of Lorain, and Elvin R. Feliciano of Madison, Wis.; her mother, Genara
(née González) Rivera of Lorain; sisters Gloria Rodríguez and Nereida
Ramos, both of Lorain, and Lydia Rivera and Milagros Rivera, both of
Puerto Rico; brothers Miguel Rivera and Pedro Rivera, both of Puerto
Rico, and Julio Rivera, Luis Cintron and Antonio Rivera, all of Lorain;
and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Santo
Rivera, in 2001; and a brother, Carlos Rivera.
DEBRA L. SÁNCHEZ
Debra L. Sánchez, (née Fox), 35, of Lorain, OH, formerly of Elyria, died
unexpectedly Sunday, Dec. 25. Mrs. Sánchez enjoyed camping, music, Cedar
Point, her family and being with all kinds of animals. Survivors include
her husband of 15 years, Mario Sánchez; son, Mario Sánchez Jr.; her
mother, Nancy Wickham (née Wagner) of North Ridgeville; sisters Paula
Pennington, Jackie Chávez and Amber Fox, all of Lorain, and Angie Fox of
Olmsted Township; brothers Eric Fox, Dane Fox, and Aaron Fox, all of
Elyria; and nieces, nephews and a great-nephew. She was preceded in
death by her father, Robert Fox; and her grandparents.
PASCUAL M. BARAJAS, SR.
Pascual M. Barajas, Sr., 84, of Paulding, OH, died
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005, at his residence. He was born in Foster, MI,
on October 5, 1921, the son of Antonio D. and Eusebia (Morales) Barajas.
On Feb. 24, 1949, he married Antonia Ordaz, who preceded him in death on
January 19, 1999. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving during WWII, where
he was awarded the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars. He was employed by
G.M. Powertrain, Defiance, retiring in 1982. He was a member of the
D.A.V. Post #36, Defiance.
He is survived by three sons, Pascual M. (Gloria) Barajaz Jr., Findlay,
Antonio (Joyce) Barajas, Paulding, and Luis Barajas, Hicksville; five
daughters, Linda (Lauro) Sánchez, Lillian (James) Genero, Elizabeth
(Charles) Murray, and Sonya (Richard) Geckle, all of Paulding, Mary Jane
Clifton, MI; four brothers, Antonio M. Barajas, Port Huron, MI, Luis M.
Barajas, and Gilbert Barajas, both of San Antonio, TX, and Armando M.
Barajas, Lapeer, MI; six sisters, Angela Barajas, Capac, MI, Lupe
Torres, Flint, MI, María Davila, Rosa Rodríguez, and Mary Helen Treviño,
all of San Antonio, TX, and Isabel Guzmán, Port Huron, MI; twenty-nine
grandchildren; and thirty-nine great grandchildren. He is preceded in
death by his parents; wife; son, Augustine O. Barajas; and a brother,
Augustine M. Barajas.
JOSE M. CISNEROS
José M. Cisneros, 85, of Oregon, OH, passed away
Dec. 19, in Arbors at Oregon Nursing Home. Mr. Cisneros was a veteran of
the US Army serving during WWII.
JUSTO M. DOMINGUEZ, M.D.
Justo M. Dominguez M.D. passed away on Wednesday,
December 21, in ToledoHospital.
He practiced pathology in Canada and Toledo, Ohio for thirty three
years. Dr. Dominguez was preceded in death by his son, Joseph Dominguez.
He is survived by his wife, Pilar Phyllis; daughter, Joyce Dominguez,
daughter-in-law, Karen Dominguez; grandchildren, Joshua and Amy;
sisters, Lydia García, Lolita Padua and brother, Mar Dominguez.
PAUL P. OCHOA
Paul P. Ochoa, 89, of McComb, OH, died at 8:00AM on
Tuesday, Dec. 20, at his residence. Funeral services were held Saturday
at Love Funeral Home, Leipsic, with Deacon Val López officiating.
Surviving are four brothers, Jesse of San Antonio, TX; Reyes of Findlay;
Raul of Auburndale, Fla.; and Robert of McComb; and five sisters,
Josephine Salinas, of Germany; Adelina Hernández and Mrs. Manuel (Adelfa)
Flores, both of Winter Haven, Fla.; Susie Sánchez, San Antonio, TX; and
Lupi Flores, Sylvania, OH.
EDWARD PAUL RAMÍREZ
Edward Paul Ramírez, 52, of Sheffield Village, OH,
died Sunday, Dec. 18, in Lakewood Hospital, following a brief illness.
He was born Feb. 19, 1953, in Lorain, and lived in Sheffield Village for
many years. Ramírez was employed as a division manager for Great
American Insurance Co. for 24 years. He graduated from Lorain Southview
High School in 1971, lettering in football and basketball, and was a
member of the National Honor Society. He graduated from Oberlin College
in 1975 with a bachelor of science degree in economics. He also played
lacrosse at Oberlin and lettered in football. He was founder and a past
president of the Lorain Southview Quarterback Club, and a member of the
Oberlin College Alumni Association, Lorain Southview and Brookside
Cardinal Adult Athletic Booster Clubs and St. Teresa of Avila Catholic
Church in Sheffield Village. Ramírez was an avid sports player, coach,
and manager. He was a co-founder of Frank’s Rec-Dr. Dobney’s fast-pitch
softball team and coached the team to Lorain City championships in the
1980s, Ohio State championships in 1985-86, regional championships in
1991 and 1993, national runner-up in 1994 and a national championship in
1993. He remained active in sports through coaching youth baseball and
basketball teams and was inducted into the Lorain Sports Hall of Fame in
2002. Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Rachelle (née Freeze);
son, Jared Ramírez, and daughter, Joanna Ramírez, both of Sheffield
Village; his parents, Enrique and Isabel (née Maltos) Ramírez of Lorain;
brothers Frederick Ramírez of Lorain and Richard Ramírez and Anthony
Ramírez, both of Amherst; sister, Jean Ramírez Florell of Orlando, Fla.;
and nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his grandparents,
Jesse Maltos and Anna (née Popovich) Bonzar and Maximino and María (née
FRANCISCO L. TORRES
Francisco L. Torres, 86, of Lorain, OH, died Saturday,
Dec. 24, in his home, following a lengthy illness. He was born Dec. 24,
1919, in Lares, Puerto Rico. He moved to Lorain in 1960. Mr. Torres
retired in 1989 from the maintenance department of Lake Terminal
Railroad, Lorain. He worked there for 29 years. He was a member of
Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. He was also a member of the United Steel
Workers Union Local 1104 of Lorain. He enjoyed gardening and playing
dominoes. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Teresa Torres (née
Martínez); sons Juan and Wilfredo Torres, both of Lorain, and Joseph
Torres of Cleveland; daughters Carmen Rivera of Amherst, Bienvenida
Santiago and Frances Torres, both of Lorain, Elizabeth Quiñones of
Olmsted Falls and Nilda Rau of Deerfield, MI; 33 grandchildren, 54
great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. He was preceded in
death by his parents, Juan N. Luciano and Maria E. Torres; son, Oscar
Torres; daughters Minerva and Nereida Torres; and sister, Juana Luciano.
Tomás Carbajal, 25, of Adrian, MI, died Dec. 14, 2005, at Bixby
Medical Center. He was born Jan. 18, 1980, in Matamoros, México, the son
of Rueben and Anna María (Ramírez) Carbajal.
ANDREA HERNANDEZ RODRIGUEZ Andrea
Hernández Rodríguez, 72, of Adrian, MI, went to be
with The Lord Savior on, December 3, 2005,at Bixby Medical Center.
She was born June 16, 1933, Guadalupe & María (Alva) Hernández, in
Andrea and her parents were founders of CalvaryBaptist Church. She
worked as a cook at Siena Heights University and Adrian College, moving
to Chicago, Ill, in 1970. She retired with 25 years of service with
AT&T, as an operator. Then she returned to Adrian in 1995, making
it her home again. She attended Iglesia Cristiana Bautista in Adrian,
serving with the Ladies Missionary Group. She dedicated her life to her
family with love and generosity. She fought the
battle of cancer and heart disease. She
is survived by her siblings; Aurelia Flores of Houston, TX, Jovita
Martínez of San Antonio, TX, María Campos of Chicago, IL, Naomi (Lupe)
Soto of Adrian, and Samuel (Rebecca) Hernández of Adrian; three
granddaughters: Andrea (Gilberto, Sr.) Casanova of
Adrian, Reyes (John) Stuart of Nashville, TN, and Francesca Rodríguez
(Edwin Fryerson) of Nashville, TN; three grandsons; Andrew (Tara
Miranda) Rodríguez of Nashville, TN, Daniel, Sr.(Tammy) Rodríguez of
Nashville, TN, Joe Ortiz (Konnie Krueger) of Adrian; she was blessed
with fifteen great grandchildren: Adriana, Fantasia, Jason, Isabela,
Ashliegh, Claudia, Daniel Jr., Deonte, Robert, Quañez, Octavian,
Giselle, Alejandro, Bobby, Brian, and former daughter in law; Dolores
Rodríguez of Nashville, TN.
was preceded in death by his parents, Guadalupe & María Hernández, her
son Joel Moses Rodríguez, Jr., and siblings; Jesusa, Genevieve, Juan,
Guadalupe Jr., and Bernabe.
MARY S. JIMENEZ
Mary S. Jiménez, 79, of Saginaw,
MI, passed away on Friday, December
16, 2005 at her home. Mass of Christian Burial took place
Tuesday, Dec. 20, at St. Stephen Catholic Church.
Rafael R. Jiménez, 95, of Epsom, N.H.,
formerly of Lorain, OH, died Friday, Dec. 2,
2005. He was born March 15, 1910, in Ixtlan, Michoacan, México. He
immigrated to the United States alone at age 16 and lived in Lorain
for 70 years. Jiménez spent 16 years at U.S. Steel, owned businesses
that delivered soft drinks and ice, and worked for many years as an
employee of Goodman Beverage. In his later years he operated a small
shop on Pearl Street, where he was known as Ralph the barber.
During World War II, he worked in a bomber plant and joined the Civilian
Defense Corps. He later became involved in an effort to foster better
race relations in Lorain
and was a founding member of the city's auxiliary police force. As a
youth he had survived smallpox and bone cancer and as an adult, colon
cancer. He belonged to several reading groups. He boxed and fought a few
semi-professional fights at the old Antlers Hotel and in Cleveland.
In his younger years he regularly swam to the Lorain Lighthouse. After
giving up long-distance swimming he remained a lifetime fitness buff,
hunter, and enjoyed the outdoors.
Survivors include his sons, Ralph Jiménez of Concord, N.H., and Dr.
Richard Jiménez of Woodinville, Wash.; three grandchildren; and numerous
nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years,
Catherine Popovich Jiménez; and parents, Refugio and María Rosales
Torres, 57, of Britton, MI, died Sunday, Dec. 11, in Toledo.
Born Aug. 2, 1948, in River Rouge, he was the son of Domingo and Julia
H. (Hernández) Torres. He married Diana M. Howe Aug. 6, 1976, in Ann
Arbor. A truck driver, he worked for Yellow Freight for 25 years. He was
a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Dundee and a graduate
of Ida High School.
Surviving are his wife; a son, Michael J. (Tiffany) Sherman of
Temperance; three brothers, Victor of Lubbock, Texas, José A. of Toledo
and Richard H. of Grass Lake; four sisters, Juanita M. Torres and Eloisa
H. (Vincent) Delrio, both of Monroe, Julia (José) Muñoz of Detroit and
Irene (Randy) Balsmeyer of Oregon, Ohio, and two grandchildren. He was
preceded in death by his parents and a son, Isaac D. Torres.
Manuel “Manny” Treviño, of South Toledo, a hard-working, devoted family
man, passed away suddenly at the age of 56 on Thursday, December 15. He
was a dedicated employee of Daimler-Chrysler Corp. for 35 years, and
also the proud owner of East of Chicago Pizza at Dorr and McCord. He was
preceded in death by his mother, Carmen L. Treviño. Surviving are his
wife, Carla Treviño; sons, Aaron and Adam; daughters, Marie T. Rivera
and Sara T. Vallejo; 9 grandchildren; father, Gilberto Treviño;
brothers, Gilberto, Jr., Ricardo, Ernesto, David, Oscar, Joe, Marcos,
Carlos, & Ramón and sister, Carmen T. Urbina.
APOLONIO S. VILLARREAL
Apolonio S. “Paul” Villarreal, 62, of Flint, MI, passed into eternal
life on Sunday, December
11, 2005. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, Dec. 16, at Our Lady of
Guadalupe in Flint. Burial in Crestwood Cemetery.
“Mike” Rodríquez Sr., age 70, of South Toledo,
passed away suddenly Friday, December 9, in the Toledo Hospital. He was
born May 8, 1935, in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, to Angel and Juana
(Soto) Rodríquez. Mike married Renate Siefert on August 30, 1957, in
West Haven, Connecticut. Mike was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic
Church, and he was a volunteer fireman for the Springfield Twp. Fire
Department. Mike was a Merchant Marine in Puerto Rico and he had worked
for Toledo Steel Tub and Hammill Manufacturing. He enjoyed coaching
softball and bowling. He loved life to the fullest, and was willing to
help one and all. He will be truly missed. Mike was preceded in death by
his parents; son, Edwin and sister, Herminia.
is his devoted and loving wife of 48 years, Renate and their children,
Miguel Jr., Kurt, Lorraine
(Alvaro Sr.), William, Diane, Richard, Margarita. Also surviving are his
siblings, Georgina, Ramona, Ita (Ramón Luis), Genoveva, Carmen, Esteban
(Eva), Irene (Manuel) and 20 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Dorotha Sue Avalos, age 65, died on December 1, ‘05, in Hospice of
Northwest Ohio after being diagnosed with liver cancer two weeks ago.
She was born July 21, 1940, in the town of Red Boiling
Springs, TN, to the late Charlie and Zena Smallwood. In 1955, Sue moved
to Toledo, graduated from Libbey High School, and began working for
Niños Mexican restaurant where she developed a great passion for
cooking. In 1957, Sue married the late Fidel T. Avalos and together they
had 6 children. Sue worked for Albring Vending Company for the past 10
years managing the kitchen and catering business. She also worked with
her son, Frank, cooking for various events in his hall. As much time as
she devoted to her work, she devoted even more to her family. Sue will
be missed by her children, friends, and family. Sue truly touched the
lives of those who loved her.
survived by her long time companion, Lupe Alvarez; her 5 children,
Frankie Lane, Charles Thomas, Fredrick Joesph, Bonita Ann, and Christina
Sue; her 14 grandchildren, John, Renee, Amber, Aaron, Joesph, Russell
Neil, Ryan Matthew, Afton Racine, Brandi Nicole, Eric Jerome Jr., Ericka
Sue, Tommie, Johnathon and Benita; sisters, Shirley Carter, Betty
Smallwood, Francis and brother, Jack Smallwood. She is further survived
by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. In addition to her
parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, James Smallwood;
sister, Jo Ann Bartley and daughter, Lisa Renee Avalos.
Juana Hernández, 80, of Lorain,
OH, died Monday, Nov. 28, at University Hospitals, Cleveland,
following a sudden illness. She was born Jan. 27, 1925,
in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, and moved to Lorain in 1959 from Puerto
Rico. She and her late husband, Jacinto Torres, owned and operated Hit
De Oro Restaurant in Lorain. She later worked at greenhouses until
retiring. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and enjoyed
church, cooking, music, travel and crocheting.
include her daughters María Vázquez, Antonia Torres and Eva Torres, all
and Teresa Senquez of Orlando, Fla.; sons Emilio Torres of Brooklyn,
N.Y., Pedro Torres of Puerto Rico and Frederico Torres of Lorain; and 24 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren
and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her
husband, Jacinto Torres, in 1994; a daughter, Margarita Torres, in 1949;
her parents, Benicio and Feliciana (née Muñoz) Hernández; and 11
brothers and sisters.
GUADALUPE L. HUERTA
Guadalupe L. Huerta, age 77, of Perrysburg, OH, died Saturday, December 3,
2005, at Manor of Perrysburg. She was born in San
Antonio, Texas, on July 27, 1928, to her parents, Porfirio and
Concepción López. Guadalupe was preceded in death by her husband, Manuel
Huerta. She is survived by her children, Yolanda (Mark) Huerta English,
Sulema (Manuel) Villarreal, Mary Ann (Trinidad) Sánchez, Celia Huerta,
Elda Villarreal, Rosemary (Bassel) Elnamara, Virginia Huerta, Juan
(Becky) Huerta, Vincent (Lora) Huerta; several grandchildren; several
great- grandchildren; siblings Pedra López, Anthony López, and Manuela
Francisco López of Detroit, MI,
95, died Nov. 30, 2005. Beloved husband of Mary. Loving father of David (Alice)
López. Grandfather of Lynda López, Dawn (Jeff) Reiley, David López and
Jennifer (Michael) Wysocki. Great-grandfather of Katelyn, Nicole and
Ricardo Morales passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, Nov.
30, surrounded by his family. Ricardo was born on August 22, 1937, in San Antonio, TX, to Candido and Josefina (González) Morales.
Ricardo and his family were loyal parishioners of Sacred Heart Parish
for 41 years. He was an avid bowler in various leagues. He was very
handy and artistic in leatherwork. Ricardo's main love was his wife and
family and he enjoyed attending events with his many grandchildren. Mr.
Morales was the owner and operator of the Morales Barber Shop on Main
Street in East Toledo for 14 years.
Surviving are his children, Ricardo (Vicki), Joshua C., Joshua A.,
Tabatha, Kristal, Tatiana, Ricardo II, Destiny, Kira, Coni (Richard)
Stroshine, Richard, Allison, Steven, Olga (Florencio) Rodríguez, Juan,
Louis (Tammy) Ryan, Robert, Jessica, Heather, Maria (Ricardo) Rodríguez,
Britney, Rico, Niko and his loving sister-in-law, Lillian Katko. He is
also survived by four brothers, six sisters, and eight
great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, María, and
NOE HERNÁNDEZ Noe Hernández,
54, of Columbus Grove, OH,
died at 10:26 a.m. Wednesday, November
23, 2005 at his residence. Surviving are his wife, Karen; his mother,
Alveza Hernández, Tupelo, Miss.; two sons, Noe Lee of Leipsic; and Eddie
of Columbus Grove; two brothers, Victor of Leipsic; and Efrains of
Holgate; and three sisters, Mrs. Thom (Filomena) Gorman, Tupelo, Miss.;
Mrs. David (Diane) Randazzo, Guntown, Miss.; and Mrs. Eric (Melinda)
Dufford, Baldwyn, Miss.
Leal, age 50, of Toledo, OH,
died Saturday, November 19. He was born October 28, 1955,
to his parents, Alfonso and María Leal. Gilberto was an I.T. Tech for
Page Plus Communications for several years. He was preceded in death by
his brothers, Alfonso and Antonio Leal.
Gilberto is survived by his wife, María; daughter, Bianca Leal; parents,
Alfonso and María Leal; step children, Raquel Hamblin, Leticia Castro,
Antonia Castro; 10 grandchildren; siblings, María Salazar, Jane Leal
Ledesma, Roberto Leal, Luis Leal, and his dog, Charlie.
Rosales, 25, of Lorain, OH,
currently serving in the U.S. Army in Hawaii,
died Saturday, Nov. 19, from injuries sustained in a traffic accident
near Wahiawa, Hawaii.
She was a
1998 graduate of Lorain Admiral King
High School and entered the military upon her graduation, completing
training at Fort Jackson, S.C. Her first duty assignment was HHC 8th
Army in Korea, followed by Japan; her second tenor was HHC 34th engineer
in Fort Riley,
Kan., serving as a food service specialist.
After completion at Fort
Riley, she was assigned to HHC 125th Military Intelligence, Scholfield
Barracks, Hawaii. Under her assignment, she completed field exercises in
Thailand as a joint Pacific Command Training Exercise. She was also a
member of the Headquarters Co. 45th Corp. Support Group (Forward) SPC.
She also participated in the joint Navy Focus Training Mission at Pearl
Harbor, having currently been assigned to Bravo Company 325th Forward
Brigade Combat Team in Hawaii.
Her decorations include: two Good Conduct Medals, two Army Commendation
Medals, two Overseas Tour Ribbons, a Global War on Terrorism Medal, a
National Defense Medal, and multiple achievement awards as food service
She enjoyed salsa, merengue, basketball, tennis, and billiards.
Survivors include: her daughter, Jasmine Natalia Merryweather of Lorain;
father, Fermin Rosales Sr. of Lorain; sisters Susana Ayala of Lorain,
Carmen Ferrell of Seattle, and Wanda Gage and Evelyn Rodríguez, both of
Lorain; brothers Gabriel Rosales and Ralph Rosales, both of Abaline,
Kan., Fermin Rosales Jr. of Kent, Robert Rosales of Santa Paula, Calif.,
and Ramon Rosales of Evansville, Ind., and Michael Witchy. She was
preceded in death by her mother, Natalia Rosales (née Hernández), in
Victoria Ruiz, 76, of Lorain,
OH, died Wednesday, Nov. 23, at Amherst Manor Retirement Community,
after a long illness. She was born Dec. 23, 1928, in Utuado, Puerto Rico,
and moved to Lorain in 1950, where she had resided ever since. She was a
member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and enjoyed crocheting and
playing bingo. Survivors include her sons, José Manuel Jr. and Eliseo,
both of Lorain, and William of Amherst; daughters Elsie Romero, Gladys
Díaz, Judith Thomas, Maria Becker, Edith Diaz and Raquel Holland, all of
Lorain, Blanca Carrero of Methuen, Mass., MiriamíCoon of Amherst and
Amelia Boyer of Toledo; sisters Adela Orama of Puerto Rico and Alvilda
“Awilda” Andujar of Youngstown; brother, William Medina of Puerto Rico;
and 27 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in
death by her husband of 58 years, José Manuel Ruiz, in October 2005;
daughter, Angelina Ruiz, in 1975; parents, Amelia Ortiz and Manuel
Medina; a baby brother; brother, Manuel “Nolo” Medina; and sisters
Margarita Irizarry and Isabel Soto.
José Salvador Chairez, 67, of Collins, OH, died Tuesday, Nov. 15, as a
result of an automobile accident. He was born Nov. 11,
1938, in Durango, México. Chairez was employed by Norwalk Furniture,
retiring after 33 years. He enjoyed working on his farm and woodworking.
He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Fraternal Order of Eagles
Aerie 711 and the Lions Club, all in Norwalk. Survivors include his
daughter, Jeanette Obermiller; sons Salvador Dean Chairez, Paul Joel
Chairez, Joseph Benjamin Chairez and Timothy Jacob Chairez; sisters
Carmela and María De Jesus; brother, Juan Chairez; and two grandchildren
and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, H. Diane
Chairez, in 1997; and his parents, Salvador Chairez and María De La Luz
VIRGIL A. GARCÍA
On Wednesday, November 10, Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior of Virgil A.
García, 46, came to the Cleveland Clinic and took Virgil of Sylvania,
previously of Perrysburg, OH, to his home in Gloryland that his Heavenly
Father had prepared for him and now he’s dancing on the streets of gold.
Teri R. (Link) married “the man of her dreams” February 14th and God
blessed them with 21 years full of Valentine’s Days. The greatest gift
that God gave Virgil was his children: Lydia, Melissa, Virgil II, Dan,
Angela, and Carmen (Ken) Spaulding. Always wanting them to sit on his
lap to give hugs and kisses and talk no matter how old they were. His
five grandchildren were his treasures: Landon, Brittany, Joseph, Lee and
Jason. His beloved sisters and brothers: Mary (John) Aguirre, Jesse, Sal
(Diane), Mel (Paula), Evie (Jesse) Ibarra, his mother and father-in-law,
Robert and Pauline Link. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sal
and Eva García and his sister, Carmen.
currently a member of Calvary Assembly of God in Toledo. He was an
ordained Deacon at Victory Church of God in Toledo and Lighthouse
Holiness Tabernacle in Toledo, helping to plant these churches. Virgil
was a 1st generation college graduate attending the University of Toledo
(pre-law, criminal justice) and Owens C.C. (welding). He was a recipient
of the Golden Key National Honor Society Award for Academic Achievement
and was on the Presidents Honor List. He was also a member of The
Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, National Rifle Association, MECHA,
YMCA, Hispanic Christians, and PYSA Coach.
From his youth, he loved welding learning from his grandfather, Virgilio
Rodela at his welding shop in Toledo. For 15 years he owned V & G
Plumbing and worked with his sons, loving every day he spent with them.
Virgil also enjoyed working as a bus driver for Perrysburg Schools
because he loved children. He drove bus dressed as Santa to see the joy
on their faces. Virgil also loved restoring classic cars and enjoyed
working out with his children.
Virgil was a Community Service administrator as The Good Samaritan
Outreach Center and started a Homeless Veterans Outreach Program
providing free food, clothing, blankets, furniture appliances and health
care referrals for homeless and indigent veterans. He also started
“Modern Day Knights” Program for Latino junior high and high school gang
members. Virgil was always helping someone in need, remembering the poor
and those who others would turn their backs on. At Christmas he would
dress as Santa and give out presents to the homeless families.
He lived and gave love, and love returned to him. Virgil was a God
fearing man; he loved his family and the Lord. He will be greatly
Ester Leal (née Martínez), 76,of
Pontiac, MI, died Nov. 17. Beloved wife of Frederick O.; dearest mother
of Celia Fern, Frederick M. Leal, R. Steven Leal, Cindy (Jeffrey)
Rogers, Victor Leal, Monica Leal, Patrick (Cheryl) Leal, Brenda (Facello)
Leal and the late Dianna Leal-Arcand; also survived by 17 grandchildren;
and 10 great grandchildren; dear sister of William (Josephine) Martínez.
LORENZO RODRÍGUEZ Lorenzo A.
“Oso” Rodríguez, 75, of Gibsonburg, OH, died early Monday morning, Nov.
14, at Fremont Memorial Hospital. He was born in Weslaco, Texas, to
Apolinar and Elojia Aleman Rodríguez. In August 1955, he married Sulema
Jaso and she survives. Lorenzo worked for the Pfizer Lime Co. for 32
years working the kiln, retiring in 1980. He was a member of St.
Michael’s Catholic Church. Surviving are sons,
Rudy (Rhonda) and Paul (Lucille), both of Gibsonburg, Lorenzo Jr. of New
Mexico, Ted (Linda) and Armando (Kendra) of Fremont; daughters, Mary
(Oscar) Martínez of Lindsey and Adela (Armando) Bustamante of New
México; 19 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and sister, San
Juanita Díaz of California. He is preceded in death by his parents;
brothers, Rudolfo, Dario, Aniceto, Jesus; and sister, Quaquina Martínez.
LA (AP): Rick Corrales, a former Los Angeles Times photographer who
helped the newspaper win a Pulitzer Prize for public service and
invented the innovative 360-degree Spinshot camera, has died of stomach
cancer. He was 48. Corrales, who worked for the Times from 1981 to 1995,
died Monday, said Frank Sotomayer, an editor at the newspaper. His
photos of Southern California’s Latino community helped the Times win
the Pulitzer for public service in 1984. Corrales invented, patented and
manufactured the 360-degree Spinshot camera, selling about 1,000 units.
Corrales also was an innovator in 3-D animation software and teamed with
former Times photo editor Raleigh Souther in a company called Motion
Graphix. The company, formed in 2000, specializes in software that
creates two-view, hologram-like photographs for use as souvenirs, party
favors or identification badges. Corrales, who built his first darkroom
at age 10, received a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from
California State University, Long Beach.
ABIGAIL R. FERNÁNDEZ
Abigail R. Fernández, 89, died November 10, at Whetstone Care Center in
Columbus, OH. Preceded in death by husband Gilbert and survived by sons,
Gilbert Fernández, Robert (Vanessa) Fernández; daughter, Diana (John)
Skuratowicz; 8 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.
MARÍA DE LA LUZ GARCIA
María De la Luz García, 73, of Saginaw,
MI, passed away on Nov. 5 at her home. Loving Wife, Mother, and
Grandmother, María De la Luz Medina was born December 13, 1931 in Seguin,
TX, the daughter of the late Jesus and Paula (Leos) Medina.
She married Ray García on September 16, 1948 and he survives her. María was a true
woman of God and a very active member of SS Peter and Paul Catholic
Church in Saginaw,
serving as a Eucharistic Minister and involved in visiting patients at
the hospital. She was very involved in her children’s and
grandchildren’s lives. She was loved by everyone that knew her. Besides
her husband, María is survived by six children and their spouses,
Virginia (Gary) May, St. Charles, Rosemarie García, Saginaw; Rubén
(Gloria) García, Saginaw; Christine (Edward) Osuna, Saginaw; Robert
(Mary Lou) García, Livonia; and Alicia (Rob) Okeley, Saginaw;
twenty-five grandchildren; twenty-two great grandchildren; seven great
great grandchildren and five siblings, Antonia (Ignacio) Guerrero,
Chesaning, Santiago “Jim” (Connie) Medina, Traverse City, Molly (Placido)
Silva, Montrose, Guillermo “Willie” (Hollie) Medina, Traverse City, and
Simon (Gloria) Medina, Saginaw. Besides her parents, she was predeceased
by a sister, Andrea Gutiérrez and two bothers, Julio Medina and Antonio
L. HERNÁNDEZ SR.
God called his son, Joseph L. Hernández, home on November 7th, at St.
Luke’s Hospital, Maumee, OH.
Joseph was born on July 19, 1950, in Wauseon, OH
to John Hernández Sr. and Betty (Mendieta) Hernández. He graduated from
Bowling Green High School and later from Bowling Green State University.
Joe had been a successful businessman in the insurance industry for 35
years starting his career with Woodsman Accident Insurance. He was an
exclusive agent for Allstate Insurance for the past 30 years, where he
was the first Latino agent ever to be hired in the state of Ohio.
He owned a Toledo office and Napoleon office. He leaves behind a
record-breaking sales legacy, including multiple life millionaire
achievements and company conference awards. Though his awards have
always been accepted in the limelight, he never ceased to love and
appreciate the friendship of his loyal business manager, Judy Kitchings.
Joe was a truly unique character with a personality that broke the mold.
Within minutes of meeting, people would fall in love with him as if they
had known him all their lives. His inimitable humor and infectious laugh
brightened the lives of all who had the honor of knowing him. There was
no line between family and friends with Joe. The love he had for his
family is indescribable and only God can translate the words.
Joe has left a footprint on the heart of everyone he has ever met. He
spent his lifetime giving to others. He coached girls’ fast pitch
softball for Perrysburg and numerous travel teams. He was a member of
the Rossford Eagles and Napoleon Moose Lodge. He enjoyed playing golf,
bowling, euchre, and fishing. He was a musically gifted soul using the
drums, guitar, accordion, organ, and voice. He was a true entertainer
when singing karaoke, anything Elvis, of course. Joe was also an avid
prank caller, who would always get you no matter what.
He left behind his soul mate and best friend, Teresa. He left behind his
girls, who were the sparkle in his eyes, Victoria (Sam) Pratt, Jessica
Hernández, Tami (Rob) Paulson, Traci Szegedi, and baby brat, Erica
Hernández. Five grandsons and two grand-daughters will also smile with
the greatest of memories. Also surviving are his mother, Betty;
brothers, John (Nancy) Hernández and Tony Hernández. John Navarez and
María Sherman will mourn a special uncle that was known to them as a
Joe will walk hand-in-hand into the gates of heaven with his father and
two sisters. At the time of his departure, he was surrounded by many
loved ones. He will forever be missed, but never forgotten. The family
suggests contributions to the American Diabetes Association or Northwest
Ohio Kidney Foundation.
JOSEPHINE P. NAVARRO
Josephine P. Navarro, age 73, of Delta, OH, passed away on Wednesday,
November 9, at Fulton Manor Nursing Home in Wauseon. She was born on
September 3, 1932, to the late Floyd and Carmen Ortiz. Josephine
attended St. Casper Catholic Church and enjoyed spending time with her
loving family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Pablo Navarro;
one brother and three sisters. Josephine is survived by her sons, Rick
(Meta) Navarro of Delta, Paul Navarro of Toledo, and Edward Navarro of
Wauseon; daughters, Janie (Joe) Johnson of Wauseon, Lenore (Keith)
Jackson of Geneva, IL and Virginia (Jeff) Smout of Allen, TX; two
brothers; eight sisters; fourteen grand-children; two
great-grandchildren and many loving nieces, nephews and friends.
Susan J. Ochoa, age 51, of South Toledo,
OH, passed away November 8, in St. Luke’s Hospital surrounded by family
and friends. Born July 9, 1954, in Toledo to Burton L. and Jean V.
(Earl) Rogers, Sr., Susan worked as an account receivable specialist for
the past 20 years with a number of physical therapy corporations in the
Toledo area and most recently for Dr. Mahjabeen Islam. A 1972 graduate
of Bowsher High School, Sue was an avid University of Michigan football
fan and a fan of NASCAR and driver number #21, Ricky Rudd. Surviving are
her husband of 30 years, Roy, whom she married on July 19, 1975;
daughter, Jennifer “Bubba” Ochoa; her special pet, Midnight; brothers,
Dr. Burton L. (Linda) Rogers Jr., Les (Rita) Rogers, and many nieces and
nephews. Sue was preceded in death by both of her parents.
JoAnne Zapata, 61, of Birch Run, MI, died Wednesday, November 9, at St.
Mary’s of Michigan. JoAnne was born July 5, 1944 in Charlotte, North Carolina to the late Jack and Dorothy
Morgan. She had resided in the Birch Run area the past 15 years. JoAnne
married Estanislao Zapata on June 16,
1962. He preceded her in death on December 4, 2004. She enjoyed bingo,
camping, fishing and going up north to the casinos. Surviving are son,
Tanis Zapata Jr.; daughter, Lisa (Brandon) Zapata-Genow, all of Birch
Run; brother, Harold Morgan of North Carolina; pet rabbit, Popper.
JoAnne was also preceded in death by her brother, Larry.
Frank Avalos, 73, of Lorain,
OH, died Monday, Oct. 31, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph,
Lorain, following a long illness. He was born May 25, 1932,
in Hasslet, TX, and moved to Lorain in 1932. Avalos was employed at U.S.
Steel’s Lorain Works for 28 years as a crane follower in the high
testing department, retiring in 1979. He was a member of Sonshine
Baptist Church, Lorain, for 18 years; he served as a church trustee and
an usher and drove the church bus. He enjoyed television, especially
Monday Night Football.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Patricia Ann (née Gray);
daughters Carol Avalos and Sue Steffen, both of Lorain, and Brenda Askew
of North Ridgeville; son, Frank A. Avalos of North Olmsted; brothers
Charles Avalos of San Diego, Calif., and Peter Avalos of Lorain; sisters
Genoveva Zamora of Fort Worth, TX, Herminia Alvarado of Lorain, Mary
Hembree of Amherst and Angela Casalduc of Sandusky; and 11 grandchildren
and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents,
Mary (née Camacho) in 1981 and John Avalos in 1971; brother, Vincente
Camacho, in 1993; sisters Angelina Ruiz and Katherine Espinosa; and one
RAMÓN V. BARBOZA
Ramón V. Barboza, age 66 years of Genoa
OH went home on Saturday, Nov. 5, at St. Charles Hospital,
Oregon, surrounded by his family. He was employed by Cement Masons Local
886 for over 30 years, retiring due to a disability in 1995. He was born
in San Juan, Texas in 1939 to Nicolas and Manuela (Villa) Barboza. He
came to Ohio in the early 1960s and married Alicia (Licha) Guerrero and
came to love and raise her children. Preceded in death by his parents,
wife, and daughter Alicia Guadalupe Barboza and brother Lazaro (Larry)
Barboza. He is survived by his siblings María Robledo (Texas), Guadalupe
Rodríguez (Oregon), and San Juana Rodríguez (Minnesota), and his children Daniel Ramón Barboza,
Bob (Irma) Guerrero, Melinda Sánchez, David Sánchez (Toledo),
and Barbara (Alex) Cruz (Texas).
He also adopted a grandson Daniel R. Barboza II,; his 19 grandchildren
and 32 great-grandchildren also survive and his pride of his life Jane,
who never did anything wrong. The family would like to thank the CCU
unit of St. Charles Hospital. The family requests that tributes take the
form of contributions to the Barboza Sánchez Scholarship Fund. “Loved
ones and friends, I had missed for many years, welcomed me with open
arms and many happy tears. All the hurt, fear and pain that I have ever
known, is gone from my life, I am finally home. I know you will miss me
but please dry your eyes; I will always be watching and loving you from
my home in the sky. Life on earth is but one brief moment in time; I am
finally home, eternity is mine.”
Ernestine “Tina” Cruz, 79 years, of South Toledo
passed away Thursday November 3, in her home surrounded by her loving
family. Tina was born in Toledo on November 7, 1925, to Francisco and
María (Gallegos) Geronimo. She was a silk Screen operator in the
decorating department 44 years at Libbey Glass retiring in December
1990. She was a member of the Libbyettes Retirees club and bowled in the
Libbey Glass league several years. Tina was married to Antonio Cruz
April 7, 1945, and after 32 years of marriage Tony died in 1977. Along
with her husband, Tina served as a past officer of the former American
Tina loved playing Chinese checkers with her grand-daughters, Taylor and
Dominique. She also loved to do puzzles and listen to Mexican music. She
was a longtime member of Saints Peter and Paul Church.
During her childrens’ grade school days she volunteered at Immaculate
Conception and Saints Peter and Paul Schools.
She is survived by her loving children, David Cruz, Virginia, Beach, VA,
Fran (John) Martinez, Barbara Cruz, Pat Cruz (Roberto González), Lisa
Cruz and Philip (Angie) Cruz all of Toledo. The grandchildren, Patrick,
Daniel, Adam, Leanna, Danielle, Toni, Kara, Alex, Jessica, Taylor,
Dominique and Anthony “AJ,” and great-grandchildren, Chelsey, Cici,
Sabrina, Nathan, Joey, Drew and Alexis survive along with sisters,
Delores Geronimo, Connie (Jessie) Rodríquez and Virginia Irwin and
sisters-in-law, Rosalie Geronimo and Liz Geronimo and many nieces,
nephew and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and
siblings, Pat, Betty, Ricardo, Robert, Raymond and Cruz Geronimo.
MARGARITA B. OROZCO
P. Margarita B. Orozco, 79, of Adrian,
MI, passed away, October 31, 2005 at home. She was born January 7,
1926, in Laredo, TX, the daughter of Pedro & María De Jesús (Martínez)
Borrego. On January 27, 1945, she married Reymundo S. Orozco, Sr., he
preceded her in
She is survived by her children; Reymundo (María) Orozco, Jr. of Adrian,
Belia (Dwight) Scott of Jackson, MI, Rudy (Deborah) Orozco of Homer, MI,
Alexandra Barreiro and her friend Tony Mendez of Tecumseh, John B.
Orozco of Toledo, OH, Samuel Orozco of Tecumseh, and David (Rosemary)
Orozco of Adrian, twenty five grandchildren, twenty seven
greatgrandchildren; and one great - great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother Manuel,
two children; Bertha Alicia Galvan and Juan Orozco and a grandson Isaiah
Mi Angel Orozco. Condolences may be offered to the family at:
CARLOS F. ROBLES Carlos F.
Robles, 61, of Amherst, OH, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Nov. 2, at
home. He was born Dec. 13, 1943, in Corpus Christi, Texas, and moved to Amherst 26 years
ago from Lorain. He served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1965, stationed
Robles was employed for 37 years at Republic Engineered Technologies,
Lorain, in the blast furnace department as an electrical maintenance
He was a member of the Hungarian Reformed United Church of Christ,
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Julianna (née Stipe); sons
Carlos M. Robles of Cleveland, and Steven M. Robles, Manuel Robles, and
Robert D. Robles, all of Amherst; daughter, Irene Kimes of Amherst;
sister, María Santiago of Eagle Pass, TX; brothers José Navarro of Chula
Vista, CA, and María Navarro of Milwaukee, WI; sisters Oralia Seymour of
Milwaukee and Estella Rivera of Freeburg, IL.; and two grandchildren. He
was preceded in death by his father, Carlos P. Robles; mother, Manuela
Navarro; sister, Gloria Dvorak; and brother, Fauftino Robles.
Guadalupe Aldaya, age 60, of Toledo OH, passed away on Monday, October
24, in his home surrounded by his family and friends. He was born on
October 15, 1945, in Nebraska
to Francisco and Basalia Villanueva Aldaya. He was a retired boiler
maker for Local 85 in Toledo, Ohio where he worked for 37 years.
He was a longtime resident of the East Side
where he leaves many close friends.
Guadalupe Aldaya was preceded in death by his father, Francisco Aldaya
and his grandparents, Maximillino and Hermina Villanueva and close
friend, Marty. He is survived by his mother, Basilia López of Edinburg,
TX; wife, Rosemary of Texas and children, Rachel Brady of Toledo, John
(Charlene) of Austin, TX, Raymond of Toledo, and Cynthia of Austin, TX.
He also leaves his grandchildren, Nicole Brady of Toledo
and Kaine Turner of Austin, TX, and many cousins, nieces and nephews and
Marselina Espinosa, 80 years, passed away Monday evening, October 24, at
the Lakepark Comfort Care Center, Sylvania, OH.
Marselina was born July 17, 1925,
in Bowling Green, OH, to Leocadio and Mary Chávez. She moved to Toledo
and attended Oakdale Elementary and graduated from Waite High School.
She was a longtime member of SS Peter & Paul Parish. She retired from
Mercy Hospital in 1987. She also worked at Libbey Glass and was a
Stanley representative. We’ll always have fond memories of her cooking
big Sunday meals and holiday meals for the family. Preceding her in
death were her parents; brothers, Rubén, Vincent, Raymond, Paul and
sister, Virginia; two infant sons, Raymond and Tony and granddaughter,
She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Mike Espinosa, and
children, Mike (Carolyn) Espinosa, Jesse, and Louie Espinosa, Rosie
Aldaya and Irene (Danny) Schrader. There are 16 grandchildren, 12
great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild, along with sisters,
Erlinda C. Gonzáles of Findlay, OH and Juanita C. Valdez of Denver, CO,
as well as many nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
She will be missed by many lifelong friends, especially Larry and Carmen
Salazar and Israel “Shorty” and Suzie Hernández. The family is
especially thankful to the staff at Lakepark Comfort Care and to her
home care aides.
DOROTHY J. GONZÁLES
Dorothy J. Gonzáles, 90, of Oregon, OH,
passed away Friday, October 21, in Orchard Villa. She was born in
Bowling Green, OH on April 9, 1915, to William and Mary (Haughton)
Firsdon. Surviving are her children, Carol Long and Dorothy Mies;
grandchildren, Louis (Patricia) Mies, Michael Mies, Herman Jr.
(Gretchen) Mies, Eric (Amy) Mies, Greg (Edna) Long, Michelle (Jeff)
Cook, Holly (Fred) Whyte; great-grandchildren, Anthony, Ericka, Jared,
Kevin, Josh, Joel, Jacob, Jenna, & Holly; step brothers, Donald and
Thomas Firsdon. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and
husband, Louis B. Gonzáles; sons-in-law, Herman J. Meis and James R.
Long; step brothers, Robert and Bill Firsdaon.
CONSUELO GUTIÉRREZ Connie Gutiérrez (Connie) of Saginaw MI, 84, died October 19.
Consuelo Mosqueda was born on May 7, 1921 in New Braunsfel Texas to the late
Benjamin and Micaela (Landeros) Mosqueda. She was married to Augustin L.
Gutiérrez on November 12, 1943 in Caro, MI. He preceded her in death on
January 1, 1979. Connie was an Avon Representative for over 50 years.
She enjoyed bingo, cooking and family gatherings. Connie had a wonderful
giving spirit; she was kind and made friends wherever she went. She was
a faithful member of her Christian faith and honored Our Lady of
Guadalupe. Surviving are her five children, Juanita “Janie” Hernández,
Ramon “Ray” (Christina) Gutiérrez, Esperanza “Hope” (Gary) Malone, David
(Diana) Gutiérrez, Enrique “Rick” (Cathy) Gutiérrez; a special grandson,
Angelo (Kimberly) Pérez; grandchildren, Michelle (David) Verdusco,
Bernadette Hernández, Sabrina and Natalia Gutiérrez, Cynthia (Larry)
Sanders, Samuel and Maggie Malone, Davina Gutiérrez, Valentina and Rikki
Gutiérrez, Andres and Daniel Tórrez, Ascensión and Marcello Chávez; 15
great-grandchildren; two brothers, Luis and Ruperto Mosqueda and many
nieces and nephews. Connie was preceded in death by two infant sons,
Andres and Rodolpho Gutiérrez and four brothers and two sisters.
OFELIA J. LEAL
Ofelia J. Leal (nee Leal), 70, of Avon, OH, died unexpectedly Friday,
Oct. 28, 2005,
from injuries she sustained in an automobile accident in Avon. She was
born in Laredo, Texas, and had been a Lorain County resident for more
than 30 years, having previously lived in North Ridgeville and Grafton.
Mrs. Leal was a cosmetologist for more than 25 years. She was then
employed as a seamstress for Dalton Manufacturing in Lorain and as a
seamstress at Invacare in Elyria.
She was a very active member of The Cross Community Church in Elyria,
where she served as a greeter and with the hospitality ministry. She was
also a member of the EMH Health Club in Avon. She enjoyed sewing and arts and crafts.
Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Jose R. Leal Sr.; daughter,
Corina L. Mosher of Bellbrook; sons José R. Jr. of North Ridgeville, R.
Michael of Goshen and Daniel M. of Cincinnati; sisters Gloria Leal of
Findlay, Olga Birchfield of Fostoria, Viola Ibarra of Toledo, Mary Olga
Salazar of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Alicia Inskeep of Blufton; brother,
Joe T. Leal of Lima; and 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, José J. and Carmen (née
ROSA G. MARTÍNEZ
Rosa G. (Rosie) Martínez, Saginaw, Michigan. Mass of
Christian Burial took place at on Monday, October 31, 2005
at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 915 N. Sixth Street.
Interment followed, Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers those
planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial
contributions to the Martínez Discretionary Fund.
A. MORA, JR.
Sergeant Arthur A. Mora, Jr., 23, of Fort Stewart,
GA, and formerly of Pico Rivera, CA, died Wednesday, October 19,
2005, while serving on active duty in the U.S. Army
in Balad, Iraq,
where he had been deployed since July 2005. He was born March 16, 1982, in Monterey Park, CA, to the late Arthur A.
Mora, Sr. and Sylvia M. Ramos, and a 2000 graduate of El Rancho High
School, Pico Rivera, CA. Arthur enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2000 and
was assigned to the 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade
Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, GA. He married
Veronica L. García on August 2, 2003, in
Victorville, CA, was a fan of the Oakland Raiders, and enjoyed being
with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Veronica L. (García) Mora, of Perrysburg,
OH; daughters, Olivia M. and Celina N. Mora; son, Christopher D. Mora;
mother, Sylvia M. Ramos, of Montebello, CA; sisters, Michelle Ramos and
significant other, Jerry García, of Victorville, CA, and Celia Mora, of
Montebello, CA; brother, Paul Mora, of Montebello, CA; niece, Andrea
Garcia; nephew, Jonathon Luna; uncle, Daniel “Chuck” Ramos; grandfather,
Paul Ramos; along with other aunts, uncles, and cousins; mother-in-law,
Olga L. López; father-in-law, John G. Court, both of Perrysburg, OH;
sisters-in-law, Vanessa M. García, of Perrysburg, OH, Velina N. (Dorian)
Johnson, of Toledo, OH; brothers-in-law, Jorge C. Salazar Jr. of Toledo
and Julio C. Salazar of Perrysburg, OH; nephews, Trinidad E. and Dorian,
Jr.; grandparents-in-law, Gary R. (Elva H.) Court, of Perrysburg, OH,
Olga (Honario) Suárez, of Houston, TX
and Rodolfo V. López, of Toledo, OH.
He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur A. Mora Sr.; grandmother,
Sally C. (Caberra) Ramos; best friend, Sergeant Dakotah L. Gooding in
February 2005 in Iraq with fellow soldiers, Sergeant Rene Knox and
Sergeant Chad Lake, also Specialist Russell H. Nahvi and Specialist José
E. Rosario, who died in the same attack as Arthur.
PARKS, Rosa (Mother of the African-American civil rights
movement) - Age 92, died Monday, October 24,
2005 at her residence in Detroit,
CLAUD E. CUELLAR Claud E.
Cuellar (“Poppy”), 83—a Tex-Mex restaurateur whose uncles launched El
Chico restaurant chain—died Sunday, October 16, in Arlington, TX.
After serving in the Army during World War II, Cuellar joined El
Chico, which his uncles started in 1940. Cuellar became known for
his recipes and quality control. He opened the Tejano Restaurant in Oak
Cliff in 1981 after El Chico’s new corporate owners didn’t like
the location. Until his wife’s death in July, Cuellar still continued to
visit the restaurant three days a week. He is survived by five
daughters, a son, three sisters, one brother and 11 grandchildren.
IGNACIO CUELLAR JR.
Ignacio Cuellar Jr., 52, of Adrian,
passed away October 21, 2005.
GEORGE J. GARZA George J.
Garza, 58, (Dec. 14, 1946-Oct. 16, 2005) of Napoleon, OH, died Sunday,
Oct. 16, at Toledo Hospital.
LUPE A. HERNANDEZ Lupe
Hernández, age 75, of Adrian, MI, went to be
with the Lord on September 11, at Provincial House. He was born January
2, 1930, the son Guadalupe & María (Alva) Hernández in Bryan, Texas.
He was retired as an electrician from Wacker Silicon. He was an avid
golfer, hunter and outdoors man. He was a member of BereanBaptistChurch
and previously attended Iglesia Bautista Cristiana. He is survived by
his siblings: Aurelia Flores of Houston, TX; Jovita Martínez of San
Antonio, TX; María Campos of Chicago, IL; Naomi (Lupe) Soto of Adrian;
Andrea Rodríguez of Adrian; and Samuel (Rebecca) Hernández of Adrian;
his children, Angelita (Russell) Dennis of Stuart, FL; Yolanda (Brad)
Mobley of Adrian; Joel (Kristina) Hernández of Kaleva, MI; Julie Ann
Jungwirth of Jensen Beach, FL; Daniel Hernández of Palm City, FL; and
Louis Hernández of Adrian; his grandchildren: Amy, Bilbo, Tiffany,
Joel, Autumn, Zachary, Phoenix, Jacob, Alex, Danny, Isabella; his great
grandchildren: Alexis, Juan, Taylor, Gavin, Anabelle, Alianna, and Ava.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Guadalupe & María Hernández and
siblings: Jesusa, Genevieve, Juan, and Bernabe.
Flora “Pixie” Lie Pina, 39, of Lorain,
died Thursday, Oct. 20, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph,
Lorain, following a nine-month illness. She was born Sept. 17, 1966,
in Lorain. She was raised and lived in South Amherst before moving to Lorain,
where she made her home for the last 18 years. She worked as hostess at
Applebee's restaurant in Elyria. She attended the Catholic Church of St.
Peter in Lorain and was a member of Nativity B.V.M Catholic Church in
She enjoyed spending time with her family, playing games and going out
dancing with her friends. Survivors include her fiancé, Ruben Lorenzana;
infant son, Ruben Lorenzana Jr. of Lorain; daughter, Erica Pina of Lorain;
brothers Raymond Pina Jr. of South Amherst, Carlos Pina of Amherst;
sister, Sonya Kuher of Rochester, N.Y.;
and parents Raymond and Rosalena Pina (née Pérez) of South Amherst.
resident Robert Salinas, 24, Archbold, OH, died early Thursday morning,
Oct. 20, from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident near Archbold.
He was born May 23, 1981,
in Weslaco, Texas, the son of María Leal. In 2000, he married Abigail
Reyes, who survives. He worked at Bil-Jax Inc., Archbold, for six years
and was a member of Extreme Victory Fellowship, Archbold. Also surviving
are his mother, Archbold; five sons, Robert Jr., Caleb, Joshua, Samuel
and Nehemiah, all at home; two brothers, Andres of McCallen, Texas, and
Adan, Archbold; a sister, Tana Salinas, Texas; and a grandmother,
Aurelia Leal, Pharr, Texas.
FRANCISCO ALVARADO Francisco
Alvarado, 38, of Monroe, MI, died Thursday, Oct. 13, from injuries
suffered in an automobile accident near Lock Haven, PA.
Services are pending at Rupp Funeral Home.
Dolores Gayoso, 90, died Saturday, Oct. 8, at Autumn Aegis Nursing Home
in Lorain OH. She was born Nov. 19,1914, in Vilalpape, Lugo,
Spain. She immigrated to the United States in the late 1930s and to
Lorain, where she became a U.S.
citizen on Dec. 5, 1947. She was a member of St. Mary of the Lake
Catholic Church, Lorain. She worked for many years as a seamstress at
Joseph & Feiss Co. in Lorain. She was preceded in death by her husband,
Antonio Gayoso, in 1984; son, Anthony Gayoso, in 2001; her parents,
Camilo and Manuella (née López) González; and three brothers and six
sisters. Survivors include a granddaughter and nieces and nephews.
Josefina “Josie” López, 82, of Adrian, MI, died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005,
at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.
ARMELIO FERRAS PELLICER
Cuban revolutionary fighter dies at 82
HAVANA (AP): Armelio Ferras Pellicer, one of dozens who participated in
the attack on a military barracks more than a half-century ago that
launched Fidel Castro's Cuban revolution, has died, official media
reported Oct. 13. He was 82. The Cuban daily Granma reported Ferras
Pellicer died in Havana after a prolonged illness. Born in the eastern
province of Holguin,
Ferras Pellicer joined scores of other young people in the July 26, 1953 armed attack led by Castro on the Moncada military barracks
in easternmost Santiago
city. The attack failed, with many of the assailants killed and the
remainder arrested, but it planted the seeds for Castro’s revolutionary
fight that triumphed on Jan. 1, 1959 when President Fulgencio Batista
fled the country. Ferras Pellicer lived most of his life in Colon, a
city in the Matanzas province east of Havana, where he held a series of
government and political posts.
DANIEL AGUILAR Daniel Aguilar, age 45 years,
of Toledo, OH, died suddenly Saturday, September 17. He was preceded in
death by his father, Everardo Aguilar. He is survived by his wife, Rose
Mary; sons, Daniel Toska, Corey Winkleman and Ricardo Andres Aguilar;
mother, Angelita and stepfather, David Trinidad; grandmother, Juanita
Aguilar of Carrizo Springs, Texas; siblings, Edna (Ismael) Riuz,
Everardo (Gregoria) Aguilar, Sonia (Rolando) Treviño, Mary Trinidad
(Jason Costilla), Melinda Trinidad, Melissa, Erica, Elizabeth, Lee Ann,
Ignacio and Ismael Ortiz Aguilar; grandchildren, Alicianna, Daniela and
Kellianna Toska and John “Sumo,” Vanessa, Heavenly and China Pérez; 13
step-grandchildren; 18 nieces and nephews; 35 great nieces and nephews
as well as extended family in Carrizo Springs, Texas and Portland,
Oregon.Mass of Christian Burial at SS. Peter & Paul
Church; interment at Restlawn Memorial Park.
MARY ROSE DURAN
Mary Rose Duran, 80, of Fostoria, OH, died on Sunday, Oct. 2, at St. Catherine’s Care Center. Mary Rose
was born on March 31, 1925 in Lorain to the late Joséph and Freda (Ruiz)
Duran. Those who survive her include a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald
and Linda Duran of Fostoria;
and two granddaughters, Tina Duran of Los Angeles, Calif. and Annette
Duran of Maumee. Mrs. Duran retired in 1976 from Bendix (now Honeywell)
following more than 30 years of employment. She was a member of St.
Wendelin Catholic Church.
Amado V. Lira, age 70, of Toledo,
OH, died Sunday, October 2, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. He was born
April 6, 1935, to his parents, Aurelio and Venancia Lira.
Amado was employed for many years with The Andersons. His beloved wife
of 48 years, Graciela, preceded him in death in August 2005. Amado is
survived by his children, Sylvia Zuniga, María Lira, Venancia Lira, and
Jesus Lira. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Ramón, Kristine,
Andrea, Stefany, Jacob, and great-grandchild, Hector; along with
brothers and sisters.
Maria Rodríguez (née Claudio), 53, of Lorain, OH,
died Monday, Oct. 10, in University Hospitals, Cleveland
following a lengthy illness. She was born Sept. 15, 1952,
in Caguas, Puerto Rico, and lived in New York before moving to Lorain in
1976. Mrs. Rodríguez was a member of Iglesia Pentecostal Cristo
Misionera, Lorain, and a member and past president of Confraternidad de
Damas and a Bible School teacher. She collected dolls and enjoyed
singing religious music. She was employed as a home health aide for
eight years. Survivors include her husband of 33 years, the Rev. Ruben
Rodríguez; sons Carlos Claudio, Ruben Rodríguez II and Josue “Danny”
Rodríguez, all of Lorain; daughter, Nichole Rodríguez of Lorain; her
mother, Angela Roldan of Lorain; brothers Angel Luis Claudio of Buffalo,
N.Y., Roberto Claudio of Reading, Pa., Jamie, Pedro and Candido Claudio,
all of Caguas, and José Ernesto, José Antonio, Alfredo and Victor
Claudio, all of Lorain; and sisters Carmen, Franssica and Margarita
Claudio, all of Lorain; and 10 grandchildren. She was preceded in death
by her father, Bartolo Claudio.
JOSÉ MANUEL RUIZ
José Manuel Ruiz, 80, of Lorain,
OH, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Amherst Manor Retirement Community,
following a short illness. He was born May 19, 1925, in Utuado, Puerto
Rico, and lived in Lorain since 1947. Ruiz retired in 1983 from Lake
Terminal Railroad after 38 years of service. He previously worked at
Fruehauf Trailer in Avon Lake. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel,
and enjoyed gardening. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Victoria
(nee Medina); sons José Manuel Ruiz Jr. and Eliseo Ruiz, both of Lorain,
and William Ruiz of Amherst; daughters Elsie Romero, Gladys Díaz, Judith
Thomas, María Becker, Edith Díaz and Raquel Holland, all of Lorain,
Blanca Carrero of Methuen, Mass., Mirium Coon of Amherst and Amelia
Boyer of Toledo; sisters María Ruiz, Ablanca Ruiz and Clotilde Ruiz, all
of Utuado; and 27 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was
preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Maria (nee Montalvo) Ruiz;
daughter, Angelina Ruiz, in 1975; brother, Rafael Ruiz; and sister, Rosa
Catherine Arebalo (née Rangel), 86, of Lorain, OH, died Monday, Oct. 3,
at home, following a brief illness. She was born May 17, 1919, in
Thurber, Texas, and moved from Texas to Lorain in 1924. Mrs. Arebalo had
been employed as a floor manager at the former Joseph and Feiss in
Lorain for 12 years, retiring in 1977, and worked at the U.S. Steel
Lorain Works in maintenance for a number of years. She managed, with her
late husband, Guadalupe, a Mexican restaurant named Lupe in the 1940s in
She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and St. John Catholic Church,
both in Lorain, and the Society of the Virgin Guadalupe and Mexican
Mutual Society. She had been involved in PTA as a representative and was
a foster parent for many years. She loved to read health literature,
play bingo, knit, prepare tamales at Christmas and host taco parties.
Survivors include her son, José Guadalupe Arebalo of Lorain; daughters
Mary Ann Strain and Ana Arebalo, both of Lorain; and three
grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years,
Guadalupe J. Arebalo, in 1991; her daughter, Nancy Ann Arebalo, in 1967;
her parents, Gabino T. Rangel in 1979 and Maria Arebalo (née Oleba) in
1921; brother, Blas Rangel, in 1977; and sisters Barbara and Micaela
Rangel, who both died at birth.
ANTONIO F. GARZA Antonio F.
Garza, 78, of Port Clinton, OH, died Thursday, Sept. 29, at his
residence. He was born in Yorktown, Texas, to José R. and Cecilia
(Flores) Garza. On October 20, 1949, her married Juanita (Garza) Garza,
and she preceded him in death on October 5, 1996. He worked as an
electrician at Uniroyal until his retirement. He was a veteran of the
United States Army, having served during W.W.II. He was a member of the
Jehovah's Witnesses Congregation in Fremont.
His hobbies included gardening, woodworking, fishing, and visiting &
teaching people on bible topics. He enjoyed his family and loved his
children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Survivors include his
children: Sandra Gonzales, Antonio Garza, Rosie Garza, Dahlia Garza,
Irma Musgrave, Joseph Garza, Susan Guzman, Sarah Reyes, and Daniel
Garza; 14 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 3 brothers and 5
sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a daughter, Rosa
María Toribia Ortega, 83, of Toledo,
died October 1, in Hospice of Toledo. She was born in Darwin, TX on
April 16, 1922, to Miguel and Filomena (Cardenas) López. She had been
employed by Greenline Packaging for over 13 years, María enjoyed her
grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and she loved to go shopping for
survived by her sons, Domingo (Mary Frances) Ortega, Emilio Ortega, Juan
Ortega, José B. Ortega, (Roger) and by her daughter, Martha Fisher. Also
surviving are her brothers, Ray (Pauline) López, Eusebio (Effie) López
and Thomas López; sister-in-law, María López; 23 grandchildren; 20
great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. María was preceded in
death by her parents and brother, Benito.
DORA S. RODRÍGUEZ
Dora S. Rodríguez, 79, of Flint, MI, died
Thursday, September 29, at Hurley
Medical Center. Mrs. Rodríguez lied in state at Our Lady of Guadalupe
Catholic Church until mass on 10AM Monday, October 3, at the church. Fr. Tim Nelson and Fr.
Eduardo Lorenzo co-officiated. Burial followed at New Calvary
Ramón H. Rodríguez, age 71, of Toledo,
OH, died Sunday, September
25, 2005, in Bay Park Community Hospital. He was born July 4, 1934, to
his parents, Gilbert and Catarina Rodríguez. Ramón was employed at
Heidtman Steel for 10 years before his retirement. He enjoyed playing
the accordion for his grandchildren and with the band Los Errantes
Del Norte. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, José “Olivo,”
Frank, Roy, Gilbert, Primitivo, sisters, Eva and Mary.
survived by his sons, Ramon Jr, Guspar “Jimmy,” Gilbert, Rodney;
daughters, Loretta, Maggie, Christine, Rhonda, Ruth Ann and Bonnie;
grandchildren, Clorae, Corrae, Jessica, Clifford Gilbert, Nicky, Randy,
Rebecca, Sarah, Matt, Robert, Julian, Sierra, Tia, Devon, Taylor,
Crystal, Christian, Christy, Christiana, Christina, Eriq, Melinda and
great-granddaughter, Elizabeth. His brother, John (Mary); sisters,
Frances, Josie, Lupe, Julie (T.J.) and many nieces and nephews also
L. VELEZ, SR.
Ismael L. “Big Louie” Velez Sr., 68, of Lorain, OH, died Friday, Sept.
30, at the Cleveland Clinic, following a brief illness. He was born
April 13, 1937, in Lares, Puerto Rico, and lived in Lorain for the past
59 years.He was employed as a metal finisher in the passenger body shop
at Ford Motor Co., Lorain,
for 26 years, retiring in 1999. After his retirement, he worked at the
Neighborhood Housing Authority, Lorain, delivering Meals on Wheels.
He was a member of UAW Local 425, Lorain.
enjoyed fishing, raising his roosters, gardening, traveling and watching
Survivors include his daughter Jodi L. Santana, of Mannheim, Germany;
sons Jeffrey L. Velez of Scottsdale, Ariz., David H. Velez of Lorain,
Ismael L. Velez Jr. and Vincent Velez, both of Orlando, Fla., and Roy
Hebebrand of Elyria; brothers Angelo M. Velez and Gilberto Velez, both
of Lorain; sister Teresa González of North Ridgeville; and seven
grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and
nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nemecio and Modesta
(nee López) Velez.
Angel Hernández, age 103, passed away Sunday, September 25, just 6 days
shy of his 104th birthday. Angel came to Toledo
in 1926 and began working for the New York Central Railroad, retiring in
1968 after 42 years as a section laborer. He was a hard working man who
cared deeply for his family. He was a member of the Brotherhood
Maintainers of Way Employees and a member of SS. Peter and Paul Church.
is his wife, Senovia; children, Francisco (Priscilla) Hernández of
Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mary Mantey of Toledo, Ohio, Fernando (Linda)
Hernández of Riga, MI, Margarita (Dan) Kasprzak, of Toledo, Ohio,
Nicolas (Julia) Hernández of Oregon, Ohio; 19 grandchildren; 26
great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild as well as several nieces
López Jr., age 48, passed away on Sunday, September 18. He was born on
April 14, 1957, to Antonio Sr. and Mary (Duran) López. Tony enjoyed
hunting, billiards, gardening, dancing, music and taking trips on his
preceded in death by his brother, Martin López and his grandparents,
Richard and Aurora Duran and Porfirio and Concepción López. He will be
dearly missed by his parents; siblings, Cynthia López-Avila, Koren López,
Thomas López, Vincente (Jennifer) López, María López, Juan (Lisa)
Chirinos-López and Denise Rodríguez. Also surviving are many aunts,
uncles, nieces and nephews.
Pérez, age 58, of Toledo,
died Monday, September 19, in his home. He was born August 7, 1947,
to Jesus and Delia (Esparza) Pérez in Laredo,
TX. Although Hector's employment included driving trucks and programming
computers, he will be remembered best for his musical ability, not only
vocally but also with guitar, bass, drums and keyboard. He served his
country in the US Army as a Sergeant in Vietnam,
being honorably discharged in 1968. Aside from his music, Hector's
passion was talking with his family, especially doting on his
are his loving wife, Kathleen; sons, Andrew and Michael Pérez;
daughters, Emily Pérez and Stefanie Morgan; granddaughters, Jenna and
Kalista, and brother, Jesse Pérez. Also left behind to mourn his passing
are a host of cats and dogs, specifically his cat, Sugar. Hector was
preceded in death by his parents.
son, Thomas Michael Salazar, departed from our world on September 13. He
was born on November 12, 1980. He attended Davis Jr. College, enrolling
in Graphic Arts. Tom had many hobbies: drawing, photograph, reading, and
exploring the parks with his dog, Shorty, who was his pride and
joy. Tom’s greatest passion was art. When he wasn’t working, he would
plan trips with his closest friends to different cities and states
involving their love of art. They would promote their talent with
business owners, public festivities, and art galleries and showings,
Tom acquired a family of close-knit friendships, bonded by their love of
art. Tom touched the lives of many and was a devoted and loyal friend.
He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his grandfathers, Ambrose L. Salazar and
Richard J. Schwartz. Surviving are his father, Jeffrey R. Schwartz;
mother, Lucy A. Schwartz; step father, Wally Rodela; sister, Nikki
(Robert) Davison; brother, David Schwartz; grandmothers, Lucille Atkins
and Joanne Speegle, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Alicia Sánchez, 79, of 156 George Street, Findlay, Ohio, died at 9:55
a.m. Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at her daughter's residence. Alicia was
born on February 20, 1926 in Laredo,
Texas to Juan and Emeregilda “Hilda” (Morales) García, and her mother
survives in Texas. She married Jesus Antonio “Tony” Sánchez on October
25, 1947, and he preceded her on February 13, 1990. Also surviving are
two sons, Antonio Jesus “Tony” Sánchez, Findlay, Ohio; and Gilberto
Sánchez, Findlay, Ohio; two daughters, Mary Benjamin, Findlay, Ohio; and
Edna Moore, Findlay, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren;
five sisters, Juanita (Marcos, deceased) Cazarez; María de Jesus (Edmundo,
deceased) Nora; Amelia (Jesse) Vara; and Bertha (Alberto) Trevino; two
brothers, Gustavo (Connie, deceased) García; and Gilberto (Annette)
García; all of Texas; and several nieces and nephews. Alicia retired in
1990 as a laborer from Findlay Industries. She was a member of St.
Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. She enjoyed her flowers; visiting
with her friends; attending church; and she dearly loved the Shrine in
Carey, Ohio. Alicia adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was fun loving, caring, always smiling and helpful to others. She
was our best friend, mother, sister, daughter, grandmother,
great-grandmother, aunt and cousin. Alicia will be sadly missed by all
those whose lives she touched.
EDUARDO J. MARTÍNEZ
Dr. Eduardo J. Martínez, 81, of Avon Lake, died Saturday, Sept. 17, at
home, following a sudden illness. He was born June 25, 1924, in
Esperanza, Cuba. He moved to Avon Lake seven years ago from Parma. He
attended the University of Havana School of Medicine in Cuba, where he
received an M.D. degree in 1949. Martínez was employed in the emergency
room at Parma Community Hospital for 15 years. He then began private
medical practice, retiring in 2004.
He was a member of Holy Spirit Church, Avon Lake, and the American
Medical Association. He enjoyed his profession and spending time at the
beach. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Josefina (nee Suarez);
sons, Dr. Eduardo P. Martínez and Dr. Manuel A. Martínez, both of Avon
Lake, and George O. Martínez of Cohasset, Mass.; daughter, Josefina M.
Martínez Stamatos of Boston, Mass.; sister, Maria Alvarez of Union City,
N.J.; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents,
Andres and Maria (nee Jurajuria) Martínez.
Martina Rodríguez, 70, of Perrysburg, OH, passed away
Sunday, September 11, in her residence. She is survived by her husband,
Felix; children, Juan (Susana) DeLaO Jr., Frances VanHoy, Olga DeLaO,
Beatrice (Michael) Fox, Alejandro (Victoria) DeLaO, Rita (Theodore)
Oviedo, Raymond DeLaO, Alicia (Manuel) Garcia and 26 grandchildren.
Services and burial will be private.
PAULINE HERNANDEZ SOTELO
Pauline Hernandez Sotelo, 75, of Toledo, OH, passed away on Thursday,
September 15, 2005, in St. Charles/Mercy Hospital. She was born in San
Antonio, TX on September 17, 1929, to Santigo and Maria (Vallejo)
Hernandez. Pauline was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church. She
enjoyed camping, dancing and loved being with her family. Pauline was
preceded in death by her parents and husband, Raul Sr., who passed away
Surviving Pauline are her children, Linda (Julian) Sotelo Castro, Jesusa
Duarte and Raul Sotelo Jr.; 6 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren;
sisters, Isabel Longoria, Doloras (Jessie) Serenil and Anita Huizar and
several nieces and nephews.
Candelaria Ybarra (nee Flores), 70, of Lorain, OH, died Saturday, Sept.
10, at home, following a lengthy illness. She was born Oct. 26, 1934, in
Lorain, and was a lifelong resident of the city. Mrs. Ybarra was
employed at Lorain Community Hospital in the 1970s as a nurse assistant
and at St. John West Shore Hospital, Westlake, as an orthopedic
technician for over 10 years before retiring. As a little girl, she had
also worked at the former San Antonio Restaurant on East 28th Street
that was owned by her father.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, Sociedad de Nuestra
Senora de Guadalupe, Open Heart Club, Mexican Mutual Society, Mexican
American Citizens Club, Ladies of American G.I. Forum and The Ladies
Auxiliary of Lorain. She also was a poll worker for the Board of
Elections. She enjoyed bingo, her grandchildren, crocheting, cooking and
Survivors include her daughters Rosita Palacios of Cleveland, María
Guadalupe Monaco and Lourdes Meeuwsen, both of Oregon, Sara Callahan,
Gabriela De-Hernández and Angelina Ybarra-Barrios, all of Texas, and
Rita Ybarra of Lorain; sons Roberto Palacios of Chicago and Esequiel
Palacios of Lorain; stepdaughters Anna Leibas, Gloria Díaz, Esther
Leibas, Cookie Villarreal and Carol Ybarra, all of Lorain, Hope Perez of
Arizona and Linda Reyes of California; stepsons Henry Ybarra and
Theodore “Shorty” Ybarra, both of Lorain, and Emilio Jr. “Rocco” Ybarra
of Louisiana; sisters Carmen Arroyo, Dolores Lorenzana, Hope Rodríguez
and Virginia Moon, all of Lorain, and María Lugo of California; brothers
Antonio, José and Francisco Flores, all of Lorain; and 29 grandchildren,
12 great-grandchildren, 26 stepgrandchildren and 26 stepgreat-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 20 years, Emilio Ybarra, in
1984; her mother, Vester May, in 1971; father, Candelario Flores, in
1989; an infant daughter in 1953 and infant son in 1970; her brother,
Alberto ''Spook,'' in 1973; sister, Gloria Dennis, in 2000; and one
HECTOR CARRILLO Hector Carrillo, 34, of Rosendale Road,
Bloomdale, OH, died at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, at Wood County Hospital,
Bowling Green. Surviving are his wife, Yolanda; also, parents, Gustavo
and Lucha Carrillo; two daughters; two brothers, Carlos and Gustavo Jr.;
and a sister, Guadalupe Carrillo—all of México. Burial will be in
Cemetery de Trujillo in Trujillo, Fresnillo, Zacatecas, México.
Phillip Covarrubias, age 54, of Toledo, OH, died Wednesday, September 7,
at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg, with his loving family at his
side. He was born February 1, 1951, in Toledo to Mr. and Mrs. Higinio
(Anita García). He was employed at St. Vincent-Mercy Medical Center for
28 years as Chief Engineer and later for the Reuben Co. at The
Government Center for 10 years until his illness. He was born and raised
in Good Shepherd Parish; was a 1969 graduate of Macomber High School and
attended Owens Community College. He enjoyed home repairs, reading and
watching movies. He loved his dogs, but the most important thing to him
was his family. He never complained throughout his illness and was loved
and will be missed by all. Survived by his loving wife, Rose
Graves-Gibson Covarrubias; children, Todd Covarrubias of Toledo, John
(Shannon) Covarrubias of Toledo and Jennifer Siler of MI; grandchildren,
Josh, Elizabeth, Kristen, Aaron, Caleb, Abbey and Tyson; siblings, Mary
(Guma) Mata of Toledo, Juan (Kathy) Covarrubias of Portland, OR, Dolores
(José) Mata of Toledo, Higinio (Linda) Covarrubias of Lee Summit, MO,
Teresa (Amir) Abrishami of Los Angeles, Pat (Sandy) Covarrubias of
Toledo and Art (Alesia) Covarrubias of Toledo; stepchildren, Tracy
Gibson and Jeanne Gibson, both of New York, NY and Anita (Max) Gibson of
Englewood, NJ; sisters-in-law, Lillian Covarrubias, Sally Calhoun and
Ruth Showalter and numerous nieces and nephews. His brother, Miguel
Covarrubias, preceded him in death.
ALICIA G. DURAN
Alicia G. Duran, age 64, formerly of Toledo, OH, died Saturday,
September 3, in Los Angeles, CA. Alicia was born in México on February
12, 1941, to Jesus and Joaquina Gonzalez. She was employed with Chrysler
Jeep for over 30 years retiring in 1998. Alicia was truly a Lady. She
loved taking care of her mother, sponsored two children, one from
Honduras and one from Guatemala. She was a giving person and had set
aside college money for her grandchildren. Alicia enjoyed the art of
dance, gardening and traveling.
She is preceded in death by her father, Jesus and brother, Elias.
Surviving are her mother, Joaquina; children, Elizabeth, Jorge, Miguel
and Veronica; grandchildren, James, Fred and Natalie, Jorge Jr.,
Christina and Alexander, Miguel Jr., J.P. and María, David and Alicia;
sisters and brothers, Elena, José, Guadalupe, Miguel, Teresa, Ruben,
twins, Gerardo and Fernando, Rosa María, Jesus, Jorge, Carlos and María.
Nestor Fernández, 90, of Elyria Township, died Friday, Sept. 9, at
Harborside Health Care Center, Westlake, following a lengthy illness. He
was born June 9, 1915, in Lares, Puerto Rico, and lived in Elyria, OH
for the past six years. Fernández served in the U.S. Army during World
War II, having received the American and Asiatic Pacific Theater Service
Medals, the World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and four
Overseas Service Bars. While living in Puerto Rico, he was employed as a
security guard and a taxi driver. He enjoyed music, boxing, and
baseball. Survivors include his son, Nestor Fernández Jr., of Elyria;
brother Juan Torres, of Lorain; sisters Judith Fernández, Sonia
Fernández and Emelia Fernández, all of Lares, Puerto Rico; and three
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by
his parents, Raphael and Emilia (nee Torres) Fernández; brothers Rafael,
Ramon, Ajenol “Attla,” Anacleto and Fernando; and sisters Delia Molina
and Thelma Ramon.
ANTONIO O. GARZA, SR.
Antonio O. Garza, the father of U.S. Ambassador-to-México Tony Garza
Jr., has died at the age of 85. Garza, who died at his home Sunday,
Sept. 4, was born and raised in Brownsville and attended the city's
public school system. He joined the U.S. Armed Forces as an infantryman
and fought World War II in Germany. “We didn't talk about that part of
his life much,'' his son said in a story in Wednesday's editions of The
Brownsville Herald. The elder Garza was more interested in the future,
the ambassador said. After being honorably discharged, Garza stayed in
Germany and worked for the civil service processing German prisoners of
war, including the second wife of the infamous Luftwaffe chief, Hermann
Goering, his son said. He returned home in 1955 and opened Tony's
Texaco, which he owned for more than 20 years. Lifelong friend Val
Gavito of Houston said his fondest memory of Garza ``was learning that
he made it out alive of World War II,'' and their reunion after the two
returned to Brownsville. In addition to Tony Garza Jr., Garza is
survived by a son Nicolas Garza. He was preceded in death by his wife,
Lita Quintana Garza, and daughter, De Anna Garza Ortiz.
ISAIAS R. HERNÁNDEZ Isaias R. “Bayamon” Hernández, 81, of
Lorain, OH, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, in St. John West Shore
Hospital, Westlake, following a lengthy illness. He was born July 22,
1924, in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Hernández was among the first Puerto
Ricans to come to Lorain to work at the steel mill in 1948. He retired
as a bricklayer in the open hearth department of U. S. Steel’s
Lorain-Cuyahoga Works in Lorain in 1970. He was a member of United
Steelworkers Union Local 1104 and the Puerto Rican Home, both in Lorain.
He enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, feeding the birds and reading
the Bible. Survivors include his sons Anibal Hernández and Gabriel
Hernández, both of Lorain; daughters Minnie Feliciano and Rebecca
Hernández, both of Lorain; brother, Hector Luis Hernández of Bayamon;
sisters Sara Lopez of Manhattan, N.Y., Porfiria Serrano of Orlando,
Fla., and Esther and Almida Hernández, both of Bayamon; and five
grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ignacio and
Petra (nee Rodríguez) Hernández; brothers Luis, Manuel, Anibal and Juan
Hernández; and sisters Lydia, Elivra and Carmita Hernández.
Edwin "Ed" A. Rodríguez, age 35, of South Toledo, passed away suddenly
Sunday, September 11, 2005, in his residence. He will be truly missed.
Surviving are his parents, Miguel A. and Renate (Siefert) Rodríguez Sr.;
his children, Edwin Jr., Angel, Adrena, Ashley; his siblings, Miguel
Jr., Kurt, Lorraine (Alvaro Sr.), William, Diane, Richard, Margarita.
Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.
Our wonderful father, grandfather and true friend has passed on for now.
Carlos was born in Laredo, TX, in 1928, and came to Findlay, Ohio, after
being honorably discharged after three years service in the Army Air
Corp. where he was stationed in Germany with the United States
Constabulary. He then moved to Toledo where he met and married Virginia,
his wife for 32 years. Carlos was employed for 39 years at Refiners
Carlos was a Life Member of V.F.W. Post 606 where he served in all chair
positions including Commander, Captain of the Honor Guard, Chaplain and
eventually Commander for the Lucas County Council. He also was active
member of the Latinos United, Military Order of the Cooties, Eagles Club
and American Legion.
Carlos loved to stay busy by being involved in the many organizations he
was a member of as well as bowling, golfing, camping, and being with
friends and family. We will all truly miss him and wait with
anticipation to see him again.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia A., who passed away in
1992; mother, Antonia (Sepulveda) Sánchez; father, Jesus; brothers,
Jesus, Roberto, Alfredo, Arturo, Antonio, and sisters, Zulema Sánchez,
Carmen Leas, Olivia Gonzalez and Celia Volpe. Surviving are his son,
Jay, and daughter-in-law, Micky (Roberts); grandsons, John and Nicholas;
wonderful friend and companion, Ms. Patty Wilson; sisters, Hortencia
Sánchez and Alicia Gonzalez, who reside in Laredo, TX; niece, Viola
(Hugo) Ibarra and many other nieces, nephews, and cousins.
ELIBERTO GUERRERO, JR.
Eliberto Guerrero Jr., 51 years, of Toledo, OH, died Wednesday, August
31, in The Toledo Hospital. Eliberto was a production worker when he
retired from Libbey Glass in 2002, after 27 years with the company.
Preceding him in death were his father, Eliberto Sr. and his grandson,
Carlito James Guerrero. Surviving are his sons, Eliberto III and Billy
Guerrero; mother, Herminia Guerrero; brothers, Michael (Norma) and
Orlando Guerrero; sister, Diana Guerrero and girlfriend, Adella Hill.
Also surviving are grandchildren, José and Courtnie Ann Albert.
José M. Herrera, Sr. (“Jaws”) died on August 27, after a tragic car
accident. Born August 19, 1952 in Lansing, MI. He is survived by his
loving wife, Diane; 9 children, Diana (Pepe), José Jr. (Michelle), Luis
(Rita), Jesus, Pablo (María), Rueben (Crystal), Adriana, Tino (Amber)
and Sabrina; 26 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; 3 brothers and 5
sisters. He is preceded in death by his mother, Gloria Hernández;
father, Antonio Herrera; stepfather, Pablo Hernández Sr.; and Godson
Augustine Hernández. José had a passion for his guitar and Tejano music
and was a member of La Corporación band for over 25 years. Services were
held at Cristo Rey Church, 201 W. Miller, Lansing. Funeral services were
held on Tuesday, September 6 at 11:00 a.m. at Cristo Rey Church. Family
is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Rita Herrera
(Family Contributions) Acct. #1201190, Lansing Automakers Federal Credit
Manuel S. Torres, 94, of Cleveland, OH, died Tuesday,
Aug. 30. He was born in Yauco, Puerto Rico, and moved to Cleveland in
1959. Torres had been a police officer in Puerto Rico. Following his
move to Cleveland, he worked for and retired from Arrow Aluminum. Torres
received the West Park Good Neighbors award for taking care of a
neighbor's yard after the death of her husband. He was a member of First
Hispanic Church of Cleveland and enjoyed reading, baseball, and
gardening. Survivors include his wife, Amelia (nee Rodríquez); son, Ivan
of Cleveland; daughter, Madeline Hutlock of Lorain; brother, José of
Puerto Rico; sisters Antonia and Rosa Amelia, both of Puerto Rico; and
six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
MONICA ANN VÁSQUEZ Monica
Ann Vásquez (nee Cruz), 39, of Lorain, OH, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, in
New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, following a lengthy
illness. She was born July 10, 1966, in Lorain. She was a lifelong area
resident. She graduated in 1983 from Southview High School. Ms. Vásquez
was employed for 13 years at the Ohio Assembly Plant, Avon. She was a
member of St. Ladislaus Catholic Church and attended Sacred Heart
Chapel, both in Lorain. She was also a member of the Mexican American
Citizens Club, Mexican Mutual Society, Polish American Citizens Club,
Russo-Slav Club and Knights of Saint John, all of Lorain, and the United
Auto Workers Local 2000, Avon. She volunteered at Neighborhood House and
Second Harvest Food Bank. She enjoyed basketball, darts, pool and
bowling. She loved to dance and socialize with family and friends. She
also liked to go on charter bus trips to the Cleveland Browns and
Indians games and enjoyed attending concerts. Survivors include her
husband of five years, Enoch Vásquez; sons Albert Montanez, Jr. and Paul
Montanez, both of Lorain, daughters Amanda Rivera (nee Montanez) of
Lorain and Amelia Robinson (nee Montanez) of Florida; mother, Rebecca
Delgado of Lorain; brothers, Frank Cruz Jr. of Lorain and Randy Cruz of
Mount Washington, KY; sisters Justine Cruz of Cleveland, and Debbie
Rodríguez and Melissa Gachupin-Anzurez, both of Lorain; and two
granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her father, Frank Cruz Sr.;
sister, Mitzi A. Rodríguez, in 2004; and a grandson.
Julia Quiñones (nee Velásquez), 87, of Lorain, OH, died Monday, Aug. 22,
at Specialty Hospital of Lorain, following a short illness. She was born
May 22, 1918, in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and came to Lorain in 1953. She was
a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and enjoyed Spanish music,
cooking, sewing and the Cleveland Indians.
include her sons Guillermo Quiñones Jr., Osvaldo Quiñones and William
Quiñones, and daughters Sonia Charles, Zulma Velez, Nancy González, Irma
Quiñones, and Linda Quiñones, all of Lorain; brothers Carlos Velásquez
of Ponce, Manuel Velásquez of Puerto Rico and Arsenio Velásquez of
Florida; sister, Paula Velásquez of Clarksville, TN; and 13
grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren, She was preceded in death by
her husband of 58 years, Guillermo “Guillo” D. Quiñones, in 1998;
brother, Vincentito Velásquez; and one grandson and one
MARIA DE JESUS
María De Jesus Rodríguez died August 19, in her home in
Toledo, OH. She was born February 2, 1933, in Spring Branch, TX, to José
G. and Isabel (Ybarra) Flores, who preceded her in death. She is
survived by her daughters, Isabel (Juan) Aldana, Rebecca (Miguel)
DeJesus, Rosita (Aniceto) Olivarez, Josefina (Roberto) Macias, and María
Pérez, and by her sons, Maximino Macias Jr. and Pablo Rodríguez. Also
surviving are her sister, Gregoria Flores; 35 grandchildren, and 32
Richard “Mickey” Gómez, age 55, of Curtice, OH, passed away unexpectedly
Saturday, August 13, 2005,
at St. Charles-Mercy Hospital. He attended Clay
High School and will be missed by his many family and friends. Survived
by his four daughters, Angela, Rachel, Jamie, and Melissa; 5
grandchildren; mother, Hortencia Ramon; siblings, Margie (Jesse) Lucio,
Lupe Gómez, Kenny Gómez, Linda (Jim) Fredrick, Lisa (Mark) Ickes, and
several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
George L. González, 59, of Sheffield Lake, died Friday, Aug. 5, at the
Clinic Hospital in Cleveland, following a lengthy illness. He was born
Feb. 24, 1946,
in Manati, Puerto Rico, and lived in Lorain for 50 years. He attended
High School. González enjoyed playing pool and fishing. Survivors
include many children and grandchildren and a brother. He was preceded
in death by his parents, Juan and Gloria (nee Rivera) González, in 2002.
Cecilia “CeCe” Vásquez, age 35, died Monday, August 15, in Arbors at
Waterville, OH. She was born April 5, 1970, to Roy and Dolores Vásquez in Toledo. A
1990 graduate of DeVilbis High School, she worked for Lott Industries
for many years until beginning her battle with cancer in June. Cecilia
is survived by her mother; sisters, Deanna Ramsey and Andrea Vásquez;
along with many nieces and nephews and 1 great niece and 2 grand
nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and brother, Ismael
Manuel Gonzáles, 80, of Lorain,
OH, died Wednesday, Aug. 10, in his home, following a sudden illness. He
was born March 25, 1925 in Indiana Harbor, Ind., and moved to Lorain as
a child. Gonzáles was the owner and operator of Gonzáles Painting and
Decorating in Lorain, from which he retired in 1988. Prior to that, he
was a machinist for Thew Shovel Co., Lorain. He was a World War II
veteran of the European theater. He fought in Normandy and in the Battle
of the Bulge and Elba River. He and his fellow soldiers met up with
Russian troops, where he earned four Bronze Stars and the Good Conduct
Medal. He was a member of St. Vitus Catholic Church in South Lorain,
where he volunteered his painting skills. He was a member of the Masonic
Lodge 552. He enjoyed woodworking and recording music and was a
competition marksman who won awards throughout Northern Ohio.
Survivors include his daughter, Sharol Ann Leibas
Lorain; brothers Jesse, Fred, Joe and Ray Gonzáles, all of Lorain,
Ignatius Gonzáles of Sheffield Lake and Arthur Gonzáles of West
Virginia; sisters Mary Jones and Theresa Bojdo, both of Lorain;
companion, Lorene Diesel of Lorain;
and 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in
death by his wife of 46 years, Anna M. Gonzáles (nee Majzun) in 2001;
son, Donald Manuel Gonzáles in 2005; parents Jesus M. and Teresa (nee
Moreno) Gonzáles; and sister, Rose Ybarra.
Irma Moreno, 74, of Lorain County,
OH, died Saturday, Aug. 6, at FairviewHospital,
Fairview Park, following a lengthy illness. She was born Aug. 10, 1930,
in Cadereyta, Nuevo León, México, and lived most of her life in Lorain
County. She enjoyed cooking, reading and her rose garden and was a
member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain.
include her husband of 50 years, Alfonso Moreno; son, Robert J. Moreno
County; daughters Irma M. Volar, Linda M. Haehn, Martha I. Pataky and
Nelida I. López, all of Lorain County; sister, Angelica Garza Loa of
N.L., México; and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her
parents, Daniel and Evangelina (nee DeLaGarza) Cano; brother, Daniel
DeLaGarza-Garza; and sister, Alma Garza DeGuanely.
Christine (Dence Moreno) Ochoa, 61, of Toledo, OH,
passed away on August 9, in her home. She was born on September 3, 1943,
in Toledo, Ohio, to Pedro and Dorothy (Dence) Moreno.
Christine was a graduate of Central
Catholic High School and was employed by Ivy Steel for 16 years as a
secretary. She was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Church and loved
dancing, bingo, playing solitaire on her computer, and pets.
are her sons, Pete and Frank Ochoa; daughter, Frances (Salvador)
Espinoza; ex-husband, Alexander Ochoa Jr.; foster parents, Tim and Mary
Urrutia; brother, Michael (Michal) Urrutia; sisters, Mary (John) Flores,
Irene (Mario) Juárez, and Helen (Richard) Hoffman; several loving
nieces, nephews, and special friends; grandchildren and
great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy
Dence Moreno, and grandmother, Edna Dence.
JOSÉ OSCAR RODRÍGUEZ José O.
Rodríguez, 63, of Fremont, OH, died
Tuesday in the emergency room at MemorialHospital.
He was born in Benavides, Texas, the son of the now-deceased Luis and
Alicia (Benavides) Rodríguez. He was employed with the H.J. Heinz Co. as
a lead man in the filling department, retiring in 1998, after 35 years
of service. He enjoyed fishing, walking and loved being with his
grandchildren. José is survived by sons, Oscar (Yolanda) Rodríguez,
Lindenhurst, Ill., and Alexander Rodríguez, Mission, Texas; daughter,
Amina M. McIntyre, Lake Villa, Ill.; sisters, Maria, Lydia, Virginia,
Elma, Belia and Angelina; brother, José Ramiro Rodríguez; and
grandchildren, Melissa, Mariah, Venessa and McKenzie.
DANIELLE BELLA DONNA ROSADO Danielle Bella Donna Rosado, infant daughter of Carla Rodríguez and
Jimmy Rosado, both of Lorain, OH, was stillborn Friday, Aug. 5, at
Community Health Partners Hospital, Lorain. Survivors in addition to her
parents include sisters Jasmine Rios, Patria Rodríguez and Bianca
Rosado; brothers Darryon and Amillyo Higginbotham; maternal
grandparents, Patricia and Daniel Alicea; paternal grandparents, Judith
Velez and José Rosado; maternal great-grandmother, Patricia Torres;
paternal great-grandmother, María Velez; and aunts and uncles. She was
preceded in death by uncles and an aunt.
ERNEST R. RUIZ
Ruiz, 55, of Toledo, OH, passed away Saturday, August 6, surrounded by
his loving family. He was born on October 6, 1949, to Peter and María (Vásquez) Ruiz in Oregon, Ohio. He attended
Waite High School where he played football and wrestled. Ernest played
softball for many years. Ernest was employed 33 years at Chrysler and
belonged to UAW Local 12. He also belonged to Good Shepherd Church.
Pearson Park was his favorite trail to jog with his wife, Toni. To
Ernest there was no greater gift in his life than his wife and children.
He had a unique sense of humor and he gave everyone a fitting nickname.
Ernest is preceded in death by his mother, María, and his brother,
Rubén. He is survived by his loving wife, Toni (Sitchanoff); children,
Ernest Christopher Ruiz, Jason Ricardo Ruiz, and Deanna Marie (Shane)
Bauman; father, Peter Ruiz; brothers, Rudy (Connie) Flores and Tony
Ruiz; sisters, Beatrice Ruiz and Peggy Cortez.
JUAN VILLAGOMEZ, SR.
Villagomez Sr., 84, of Toledo, passed away July 29. Juan was a 30-year
employee of the railroad, retiring in 1988. Surviving are daughters,
Martha (Hugo) Taylor of Seattle, Sara (Tim) Tripp of Toledo, Juan
(Teresa) Villagomez of Oceanside, California; brother, Francisco
Villagomez; special nephew, Thomas (Laura) Villagomez; 7 grandchildren
and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Robert “Bob” Mora passed away at his home July 20. He was
76 years old. Bob worked for Monroe Steel Castings for 25 years in
Monroe, Michigan. He proudly served his country in WWII as a member of
the United States Army. In his retirement he enjoyed going to dinner
with his friends, gardening, driving his Cadillac on sunny days and
playing with his babies “Pee-Wee” and “Lola.”
Bob will be sadly missed by his good friends, John
and Judy Bores, Marjorie Buchanan and Carmen Thomas. John and Judy Bores
are quoted as saying that, “Bob will always be remembered by his family
as a generous and kind man.” He is survived by his sister, Sara Olivo
and family in Texas.
Also by his brother, Salvador “Sal” (Hortensia) Mora and family in
Sandusky, OH. Nieces and nephews, Ester (Bob) Maxwell, Sam Mora, Betty
Mora, Sara Mora and Sal Mora. Bob was preceded in death by his mother,
Luisa; father, Francisco and brother, Juan Mora.
Detroit MI, passed away August 4. He was born November 22, 1928. His
parents were Juan and Manuela (Amaro) Muñoz. Tony was united in marriage
to Delores Ryba on July 5, 1952. They just celebrated their 53rd
Anniversary. His children are Tony Jr. (Josephine) Muñoz, J. Katherine
(Roy) Olivier, Cynthia Muñoz (special friend Bill Williams), Barbara
(Roy) Jeffery, Michael (Catherine) Muñoz and Michelle (Gerard) Grysko.
He is also survived by many loving grandchildren and
great-grandchildren. Family will receive friends Saturday, August 13,
2005 10 a.m. until time of Service at 2:00 p.m. at Stanley Turowski &
Son Funeral Home, 25509 W. Warren (3 blks. E. of Beech Daly), Dearborn
MILDRED C. GILDA
Mildred C. Gilda (nee
Spath), of St. Louis, MO., asleep in Jesus, Thurs., July 28; dear wife
of the late Charles (Carl) F. Gilda; dear mother of Doris Landfather,
Lois Tod, Georgia Sellers, and the late Jean Schmidt; dear sister of the
late Oscar, Leonard, Gilbert and William Spath; our dear grandmother,
great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister-in-law, aunt, and
friend. Interment at St. Trinity Cemetery.
“Andy” Andaverde, 82, of Martin, OH, died
Saturday morning, July 30, in the GenoaRetirementVillage. Edelmiro
was born in Mercedes, TX, on September
17, 1922, to
Vicente and Espedacion (Chávez) Andaverde. He married María G. (Ramírez)
in Westlaco, TX, on July 21,
was a welder in the fabrication department of The Andersons in Maumee, OH, for 20
years until his retirement in 1985. He was a member of Our Lady of
Lourdes Catholic Church, Genoa, the
Cursillo, the Guadelupe Society, and a former member of the K of C
#4237, Genoa. In his
free time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. Survivors
include his wife of 59 years, María; his children, Irma (Bill)
Wolph, Ludivina Almaguer, José (Mary Lou) Andaverde, Richard
(Grace) Andaverde, Reynaldo (Edna) Andaverde, Daniel Andaverde,
and Rene (Cinda) Andaverde, along with 17 grandchildren and 10
great-grandchildren. Edelmiro was preceded in death by his
parents; daughter, Mary Jane Andaverde; brother, Ernesto Padilla
and sister, Gloria López.
Cortez, age 55 years, of Toledo, passed
away Tuesday July 26, in the ToledoHospital. He was
30, 1950, in San
Antonio, Texas, to Luis
and Melchora Cortez. A U.S. Navy Veteran, David worked for Lucas
County Children's Services for six years, the past two years as a
foster care supervisor. He loved serving others and was devoted to
working with children. He served as a Big Brother and also
developed a program for “Focus on Fathers.” He was first in
his family to graduate from college and obtain his Masters'
was preceded in death by his father, Luis Cortez, Sr.; his mother,
Melchora Guzman and his brother, Rogelio Cortez. He is survived by
his daughter, Marisol Ledesma-Cortez and yerno Roberto Martínez
II; grandchildren, Roberto Martínez III and
Xavier Alejandro Martínez; brothers, Luis, Jr. (Sara), Alberto
(Janie) and Jesse (Diane), all of San Antonio, Texas; sisters,
Velia (Henry) Serratos of Swanton, Ohio, Amelia (Steve) Salas,
Irma (Conrad) Gongora, Lydia Torres of Toledo, Ohio, Oralia
(David) Hernández of San Antonio, Texas; 38 nephews and nieces
and 53 great nephews and nieces as well as good family friend,
Cardona Martínez, age 82, of Toledo, died
July 26. Teresa was born December
28, 1922, in Monterrey, México.
She was a member of Little Flower Catholic Church, enjoyed
gardening and spending time with her many comadres and compadres.
But most of all she will be remembered as a loving wife, mother
Teresa is survived by her children, Sandra (Richard) Rodríguez,
John (Dolores) Martínez, Mario (Josie) Martínez, Arnold Martínez,
Myrna (Matthew) Fellers and Irene (Bill) Blessing; 18
grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and extended family members
in México. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Juan
Pablo; son, Oscar and several brothers and sisters.
C. García of Westland, MI died on July 23, 2005 at the age of
96. Beloved wife of the late Fulgencio. Dear mother of Rose
(Guillermo) Rodríguez. Loving grandmother of Linda Rodríguez,
Anita (John) Morrison, and Mark (Denice) Rodríguez. Loving
great-grandmother of Marcus, Sonya, Rachel, and Sarah.
Nicolas Mendoza, age 2 1/2, passed away on Tuesday, July 19, in
Cincinnati Children's Hospital. He was born on November
14, 2002, the son of Nicolas and Rachael (Coronado)
Mendoza, and big brother to Miguel. Marcos was a gift from God.
Though afflicted with Fanconi Syndrome and through numerous
treatments, hospitalizations, and pain, Marcos remained cheerful,
quick to smile, and offering hugs to those who loved him,
including grandparents, David and Arleen Coronado and Nicolas and
Elidia Mendoza; aunts and uncles, Amena, Amber (Josh) Wise, Noemi
(Tim) Davenport, Amelia, Jessica and Veronica Mendoza; and
cousins, Jacob, Mary Jane, Aria, Mari and Angelina. Thanks to
family and friends for the love and prayers. Until we see him
again, we know he will be running and playing with our Lord Jesus.
JUAN SANTIAGO Pedro
Juan Santiago, 55, of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico,
formerly of Lorain, OH,
died Saturday, July 16, in his home, after battling cancer for 10
years. He was born July
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Pamela; son, John;
daughter, Jennifer; mother, Gloria; four sisters; and three
grandsons. A memorial Web site will be posted Aug. 15 at
M. FLORES Joe
M. Flores, 53, of Bowling
Monday evening, July 11, at the WoodCountyHospital. He was
born in Bowling
Green to the
late Florencio Flores and Augustina (Mesa) Flores
who survives in Gibsonburg, OH. He
married Eva E. Flores in December of 1972 in Gibsonburg, OH. Joe was
a sheet metal specialist for the Jeep Corp., Toledo, OH for 28
years. Prior to Jeep he was employed at Chrysler in Perrysburg,
Modine, and Cooper Tire in Bowling
Green. He was a
member and past Seargent of Arms of ABETE Region 7, the UAW
local#12, FOE#2180 of
Bowling Green, APA in
Bowling Green and the Nate & Wallys and Howards Tuesday night
pool league. He loved riding his Harley-Davidson and attended many
with his mother and wife he is survived by his daughters, Joy
Flores of Weston, OH, Melissa Flores of Bowling Green, OH; son,
Nicholas Flores of Bowling Green, OH; sisters, Jane Boggs of
Bradner, OH, Mary Dander of Gibsonburg, OH; brothers, Arturo
Flores and Hector Flores of Toledo, OH, Lencho Flores of Texas,
and Rosendo Flores of Walbridge, OH; grandchildren, Nathan Hull,
Leandra, Tyla, and Anna Contreras, and Jasmine Flores. Along with
his father, he was preceded in death by his sister, Blanca Flores
and a grandson, Tyler Hull.
M. GONZÁLES Jesse
M. Gonzáles, 75 years, of Toledo, OH, died Saturday, July
16, at Heartland of Perrysburg. The son of José and María Gonzáles,
born August 20, 1929, Jesse was a machine
operator at AP Parts for 20 years, retiring in 1991. A volunteer
for Migrant Services and Meals on Wheels in Ohio and Texas, Jesse was a member of
the UAW Local 12. He was involved with the Cursillo Movement, SS.
Peter and Paul Prison Ministry, and served with the Army in Korea.
in death by his wife, Antonia Gonzáles; parents; brother, Manuel
Gonzáles and sister, Sr. M. Elena Gonzáles; he leaves his
children, Mary Katherine Gonzáles, Mary Lou Gonzáles, Theresa
Gonzáles, Michael Gonzáles and Angela (Devin) Deiter. He also
leaves his grandsons, Alexander and Tony Gonzáles, Dylan and
Brendan Deiter; brothers, Tony and Salvador, and sisters, Nena
Saldana and Marcella Martínez.
FRANCIS R. VELÁSQUEZ Francis
R. Velásquez, 43, of Lorain, died
Saturday, July 16, at home. He was born Sept. 7,
1961, in Lorain. He
graduated from SouthviewHigh
School in 1979
and from Bowling
GreenStateUniversity in 1983
with a bachelor of business administration degree.
Velásquez was president of the second-largest minority recruiting
agency for Hispanic students in the United
assistant director of the Upward Bound program at OberlinCollege and a
self-employed environmental businessman. He was a four-time Golden
Glove boxing champion and had fought “Boom Boom” Mancini. He
also was a member of the Hispanic Coalition and Sacred Heart
Chapel, Lorain. Velásquez
loved reading and had been a college newspaper editor.
include his brothers Louis Velásquez of Lorain, Joseph Velásquez
of Orlando, Fla., Thomas Velásquez of Seattle, Phillipe Velásquez
of Pittsburgh, Raphael Velásquez of Columbus, Martin Velásquez,
David Velásquez of Miami, and Peter Velásquez of Westlake;
sisters Christina Rios and María McBride, both of Fort Worth,
Texas, Rose Epps and Julia Taylor, both of Charlotte, N.C.,
Theresa Velásquez of Seattle, Juanita Jimenez of Grant Prairie,
Texas and Gualupe Velásquez of Columbus; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan Velásquez in 1993
and Socorro María (nee Jacinto) Velásquez in 2001; and brothers
John Velásquez in 1963 and Richard Velásquez in 2001.
“Nelly” Quiroga, 48, passed away peacefully in his home in ToledoOH, surrounded by his loved ones after a
brave battle with cancer on Thursday, June 30. A 1975 graduate of MacomberHigh School where he was a state champion
wrestler, Noel graduated from OwensCollege with a degree in engineering. He was
employed as a machine engineer at Ford Motor Company for the past
8 1/2 years. Prior to that he worked for Doehler-Jarvis for 22
and football were Nelly’s great loves in life. He played
semi-pro football for the Toledo Patriots, and coached CYO
football for 23 years, 19 of them as the coach of the East Side
Raiders. He was named CYO Coach of the Year and coached his teams
to Toy Bowl championship games 15 times. He was also named to the
Birmingham Hall of Fame. He truly loved his family and was
incredible with his grandchildren. He enjoyed family vacations,
camping, and loved to hunt.
is survived by his parents, Raul and Paulina Quiroga, and by his
beloved wife, Candia; sons, Noel Jr. (Heather) Quiroga, Neil
Szenderski (Erica), John Szenderski (Andrea); daughters, Maranda
and Paulina Marie Quiroga; grandchildren, Kayla, Tyler, Patrick,
Thomas, William and Isabelle; brothers and sisters, Anita, Arturo,
Isreal, Carlos, Andres, Elsa, Alicia, Raul Jr., Orlando, Belinda,
Carmina, and Keyne; and many nieces and nephews.
ANDRES A. SOTO
Andres A. Soto, 28, of Lorain, OH, died Saturday, July 2. He was born July 28, 1976, in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain in 2000. He was a cook for G and C
Groceries in South Lorain. Survivors include his sons Andres A.
Soto Jr. and Richard Soto, both of Lorain; mother Dania Segura of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; brother John Soto of Lorain; and sisters Glenda Liz Pelaer of Puerto Rico and Denis Peres of Domingo, Dominican Republic.
JOSÉ A. TORRES José “Don José” A.
Torres, 78, of Lorain, OH, died Thursday, July 7, at the New Life
Hospice Center of St. Joséph, Lorain, after a brief illness. José
was born Dec. 28, 1926, in Penuelas, Puerto Rico. He moved to Lorain 11 years ago from Puerto Rico. Torres was in the U.S. Army during
World War II and worked as a hospital orderly. He was employed as
a health inspector for the Puerto Rican Department of Health. He
also owned a furniture store and hardware store in Puerto Rico. He was a member of Sacred Heart
Chapel, Lorain. He was very involved with politics in
Survivors include his sons, José ''Billy'' Anselmo, José ''Pachy''
Ramon and José ''Chilin'' Domingo, all of Lorain, and José ''Pepe'' Orlando of Puerto
Rico; daughter, Ruthiris ''Tatita'' Esther of Puerto Rico; sister,
Rosa Esther Torres Vega; and 11 grandchildren and 15
great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 46
years, Iris María Cruz, in 1991; parents, Domingo Torres, in
1970, and Venancia Vega, in 2000; and sister, Presbitera ''Presby''
Torres Vega, in 1971.
S. FELICIANO, SR.
S. Feliciano Sr., 68, of Lorain, OH, died Monday, June 27. Feliciano
was born in Hatillo, Puerto Rico. He had most recently lived in Lorain and previously lived in Akron, where he retired from Goodyear
Tire and Rubber Co. He attended FirstBaptistChurch, Akron. Survivors include his daughters
Marlene Hembree of Akron, Kathleen Cullinan of Columbus and Ivonne Herron of Ravenna; son, Victor S. Feliciano Jr. of Akron;
brothers Angelo, Martin and John; sister, Carmen; and five
grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and
Carmen Feliciano; and brothers Louis and Gilbert.
G. PÉREZ Anastacio
G. “Mike” Pérez, 88, of Toledo, OH, passed
away Wednesday, June 22, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Toledo
Unit. Mike was born December
4, 1916, to Juan
and Angelita (Gonzales) Pérez in Tyler, TX. He was
employed with Jeep for 15 years, retiring in 1982. Mr. Pérez was
a member of St. Peter and Paul Church and enjoyed working around
the house, gardening, woodworking, auto mechanics, and most of
all, fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sons,
Eusabio and Roberto.
Mr. Pérez is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Luisa;
children, Lupe (Leo) Martinez, Linor Fisher, Angelita Franco, Mary
(Stephen) Soto, Virginia Pérez, Eufemia (Donald) Kleis, Gilbert Pérez,
Francisco (Yolanda) Pérez, Carlos Pérez, Alfredo Pérez, Jessie
Pérez, and Juan (Christal) Pérez; 37 grandchildren, 26
great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren also survive
F. Salas (nee Fernández), 80, died Tuesday, June 21,
2005, at New
Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, OH, following a brief
illness. She was born June 30,
Congregacion Calles, Nuevo Leon, México. She moved to Lorain in 1956.
She was a homemaker. She had been an accomplished seamstress and
bridal gown maker in México. She was a member of the Toledo Road
Church of Christ. Mrs. Salas enjoyed gardening, singing, and
dancing. Survivors include: her sons, Joel Salas of Avon, Dr.
Samuel Salas of Amherst and Dr. Abner Salas of Atlanta; daughter,
Elizabeth Rivalsky of Brecksville; brothers Francisco Fernández
of Monterrey, México, and Napoleon Fernández of Congregacion
Calles, Nuevo Leon, México; sisters María G. Fernández of
Lorain, Ludivina F. Sánchez of Monterrey, México, and
Alejandrina F. Shember of Monterrey, México; and eight
She is preceded in death by her husband, Samuel A. Salas in 1991;
parents Eutimio F. and María Inez (nee Cavazos López) Fernández;
and brothers Rogelio Fernández, Pablo Fernández, Lucas Fernández,
Florencio Fernández, Eutimio H. Fernández and Ruben Fernández.
C. MEDELLIN Manuela
C. Medellin, 83, of Fremont, OH, died
Sunday evening, June 19, at St. Francis Health Care Centre, Green
Springs. She was born on August 12,
1921 in Robstown, Texas, to Mateo
and Elisa Chapa. She married Sotero Medellin in 1947 and he
preceded her in death on May 12,
was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Fremont Kingdom Hall. Surviving
are children, Elodia Gonzáles, Fremont, Bernardino López, San
Patricio, Texas, Ernesto Medellin, Fremont, Esther Faragoza,
Moreno Valley, Calif.; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren;
half brother, Maximo Rios; and half sisters, Rebeca Garza, Rita
Estrada and Maria-Sidia Gonzáles. Preceding her in death are her
parents, husband, daughter, Esperanza López, and grandson,
Richard López Sr.
Gutiérrez-Morales, 25, of 326½
S. Seventh St.,
died at Monday,
at Tymochtee Campgrounds, Sycamore. Surviving are his parents,
Juan Gutiérrez Gutierrez and María Leonor Morales Gómez, México
City, México; two brothers, Albino and Sergio Gutiérrez Morales,
both of Upper Sandusky; two sisters, Angelica Gutiérrez Morales,
Upper Sandusky; and Nancy Arely Gutiérrez Morales, México City,
México. Funeral services and burial will be held in México
Mendoza-Nava, composer for “The Mickey Mouse Club” and others,
dead at 79
LOS ANGELES (AP): Jaime Mendoza-Nava, a Bolivian native who
composed music for “The Mickey Mouse Club” and hundreds of
movies, has died. He was 79.
died May 31 at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Woodland Hills
of complications of diabetes, the Los Angeles Times reported.
in La Paz, Bolivia, Mendoza-Nava was a child prodigy who by age 11
had composed, performed and organized a children's orchestra.
After studying in South America, he trained in piano and composing
at New York's Juilliard School, and later at Madrid's Royal
Conservatory of Music and elsewhere in Europe.
1951, still in his 20s, Mendoza-Nava was named director of
Bolivia's National Symphony Orchestra.
musician immigrated to Los Angeles in 1953 and soon went to work
for Disney, where he composed music for 1950s television series
including “The Mickey Mouse Club” and “Zorro.”
1961, he became music director for United Productions of America,
where he worked on the theatrical cartoon series “Mr. Magoo,”
went on to form his own company and score music for more than 200
movies, including sci-fi, horror and adventure films. Among his
credits were “Ballad of a Gunfighter” in 1964, “A Boy and
His Dog” in 1975, “The Vampire Hookers” in 1978 and
“Terror in the Swamp” in 1985.
is survived by his wife, four children and four grandchildren.
Anselmo Hernández, 95, of LansingMI, died June 11. Beloved husband of the late Eliza.
Loving father of Jesse W. Hernández, Rene, Dennis, and Mark
FELIX RODRÍGUEZ Felix
T. ''Blackie'' Rodríguez, 65, of Lorain, OH, died Saturday,
June 11, at CommunityHealthPartnersHospital, Lorain, following a
brief illness. He was born Jan. 20, 1940, in Patillas, Puerto Rico. He moved to Manhattan in 1955. He
lived there for 41 years before moving to Lorain in 1996. He
retired in 1992 as a truck driver from RTI in New York. He was employed
there for 25 years.
was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. He was an
accomplished baseball player. He played for the Old Timers of
Softball of Manhattan, New York. He also enjoyed playing dominoes
include his wife of 36 years, Carmen Ortiz Rodríguez (nee Cruz);
sons Wilfredo Ortiz and Kenneth Reyes, both of Lorain, Eddie Rodríguez
of Culebra, Puerto Rico and Rodnie Rodríguez of New York;
daughters Magda Rodríguez of Culebra, Puerto Rico, Carmen
Martinez, Daisey Ramos and Teresa Rodríguez Perez, all of Lorain;
brothers Nenin, David, José and Efraim Rodríguez, all of Puerto
Rico; sisters Madelin, Annie, Bethel and Tonya, all of Puerto
Rico, and Yolanda Rodríguez of Boston; and 26 grandchildren. He
was preceded in death by his parents, Teodoro Laboy Rodríguez and
Eustaquia (nee Vega) Rodríguez; sister Ida Rodríguez; and two
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
DAVID JOHN GUARDIOLA
David John Guardiola, 16, of Carbon St, Fremont, OH, died June 9 as
a result of an automobile accident. He was born on Jan.8, 1989 in
Fremont, the son of David and Judy (Lugo) Guardiola. He was an honor student at RossHigh School where he was a
member of the varsity track and football teams. David also played
basketball his freshman year. He was employed by A & L Metal
Processing where he worked part time while attending school. David
is survived by his parents; sister Anissa and brother, Luis
Guardiola, both at home; grandparents Juan and Mary Lugo, Louis
and Josephine Guardiola. He was preceded by his
P. Reyes, 77, of Findlay, OH, went to be with her Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ, Tuesday, May 31, at Blanchard Valley Regional Health
Center, Findlay. She was born on October 23, 1927 in Corpus Christi, TX to Jaime Bernabe and Elvira (Hernández)
Pérez and they preceded her in death. She married Ramon O. Reyes
in May of 1962 and he preceded her in death on January 4, 1981.
Mrs. Reyes was a retired Professional Cook, having worked for the
Head Start Program, Migrant Day Care Council in Findlay, Camp
Shewandasse for Camp Fire Girls in Mathis, TX, and the Corpus
Christi, TX School System. She was a member of the Church of the
Living God in Findlay and the Victory Worship Center in Corpus
is survived by a son, Marty (Jackie) Reyes of Findlay; daughters,
Yolanda (Frank, Sr.) Macias of Corpus Christi, TX, Gracie R.
Sandoval of Findlay, and Belinda Reyes of Findlay; step-son, Ramón
(Adalia) Reyes, Jr. of Corpus Christi, TX; step-daughters, Diana
and Irma Reyes, both of Corpus Christi, TX; sister, Elvira (Meddie)
Mojica of Corpus Christi, TX; grandchildren, Frank (Gloria)
Macias, Michael (Patricia) Macias, John (Celia) Macias,
Christopher (Brenda) Macias, Stefanie Rodríquez, Ramón Alejandro
Sandoval, and Trevon Lee Reyes; 12 great-grandchildren, 10
step-grandchildren, and several step-great-grandchildren; numerous
nieces, nephews and many friends. Also preceding her in death are
a step-daughter, Olga Reyes and a sister, Candelaria M. Molina.
Ortiz, 63, of Lorain, OH, died Friday, May 27. He was born in
Puerto Rico, moving to Lorain at a young age. He loved carpentry,
helping people and spending time with his family and friends.
Survivors include his sons Ariel Ortiz, Richard Ortiz, and Antonio
Ortiz, all of Lorain, and Samuel Ortiz of New Port Richey, FL;
daughters Ruth Santiago of Avon Lake and Linda Viera of Lorain;
brothers Elba Ortiz and Raul Ortiz; and seven grandchildren. He
was preceded in death by his parents Francisco and Antonia Ortiz;
brother Candido Ortiz; and sisters Eva Ortiz and Neftali Ortiz.
Fonseca, 80 years, of Utah Street, Toledo, OH, passed away in her
home Thursday, May 26. Margarita was a seamstress several years
for the Jobst Institute, retiring in 1990. Her children, Amelia
Ruiz, Victor, Robert and Rudy Fonseca, survive her. She was
preceded in death by her son, Reynaldo (Reno) Fonseca and
daughter, Audelia Morales.
HABANA (AP): Cuban filmmaker Pastor Vega has died of undisclosed
causes, authorities said Thursday. He was 65. Throughout a 40-year
career, Vega became internationally known for films including
“Portrait of Teresa,” or “Retrato de Teresa;” “Vidas
Paralelas,” or “Parallel Lives;” and “Las Profecias de
Amanda,” or “Prophesies of Amanda.”
cinema and culture are in mourning,” said a statement sent to
news agencies by the island’s International Press Center. The
statement did specify the date or cause of death. Vegas was
married to the Cuban actress Daisy Granado, with whom he also
worked as a theater director.
Ortiz, 63, of Lorain, OH, died Friday, May 27. He was born in
Puerto Rico, moving here at a young age. He loved carpentry,
helping people and spending time with his family and friends.
Survivors include his sons Ariel Ortiz, Richard Ortiz and Antonio
Ortiz, all of Lorain, and Samuel Ortiz of New Port Richey, Fla.;
daughters Ruth Santiago of Avon Lake and Linda Viera of Lorain;
brothers Elba Ortiz and Raul Ortiz; and seven grandchildren. He
was preceded in death by his parents Francisco and Antonia (nee
Rodrigus) Ortiz; brother Candido Ortiz; and sisters Eva Ortiz and
Anibal Daz-Cabrera, 54, of Lorain, OH, died Monday, May 23, at
Community Health Partners Hospital, Lorain. He was born March 28, 1951, in Arecibo,
Puerto Rico, and moved to Lorain three years ago. While living in
Puerto Rico, he worked in construction. He attended Sacred Heart
Chapel, Lorain. Survivors include his companion, Luz Cedre of
Octavio Cavillo, 72, of Ottawa, OH, born December 13, 1932, died Sunday, May
22, at Autumn Court Nursing Home in Ottawa. He was born in Crystal
City, Texas, to Cosme and Carlota (Leija) Cavillo and they are
deceased. Mr. Cavillo was a graduate of Tiffin University and was
employed as an accountant. He is survived by son, David Cavillo of
Reykjavik, Iceland; daughters, Cynthia Hawkins of California City,
Calif., and Christina Cavillo of Chicago, Ill.; nephews, Gaspar
Franco and Oscar Franco, both of Lima; and grandsons, Jules
Hawkins and Daman Warehan.
Z. Guerra went home to Jesus, Sunday, May 22. She is survived by
her husband, Gilberto; daughters, Hilda and Sylvia; sons, Robert
and Lawrence; seven grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. A
seamstress to many in the area, Sarah lived in Perrysburg and
Rossford for 34 years. She has been living in Missouri City, Texas
for the past five years.
Rivera, 26, of Elyria, OH, died suddenly Sunday, May 22, at EMH
Regional Medical Center, Elyria. Rivera loved art and cutting
hair. Survivors include his wife, Heather; his parents, Benedicto
and Judith Rivera of Lorain; his twin, Mario Rivera of Lorain, and
brother, Benny Rivera Jr. of Elyria; and his grandmother and other
DE JESUS Frances DeJesus, 66, of Land
O’Lakes, FL, died Wednesday, May 18, at home, after a lengthy
illness. She was born May 11, 1939, in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. She moved to Lorain, OH in 1953 and then to Florida in 2001. She was a member of Sacred
Heart Chapel, Lorain, and The Lady of Rosary Catholic
Church in Florida. She enjoyed bingo, casinos and
dancing. Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Gabriel
DeJesus; daughter, Yvette Torres of Wesley Chapel, Fla.;
stepdaughters Deanna Smith of North Carolina and Daisy Reyes of
New Jersey; brothers Nazario De León of Puerto Rico, Ramón De León
of Cleveland and Philip De León of Lorain; sisters, Josefine
Chevere of New York, Ana (nee De León) Rodríguez and Carmen (nee
De León) Ledee, both of Lorain; and eight grandchildren and one
great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her parents, Antolin
De León and Marcelina (nee Vargas) De León.
Marc Anthony Quiñones, age 4, passed away Wednesday, May 18th, at
The Toledo Hospital. Marc was born in
May 6th, 2001
, to Anthony M. and Catherine A. (Fedorchak) Quiñones. Although
he had to overcome many struggles, Marc had a special way of
bringing everyone together with laughter and love. He touched the
hearts of everyone he met and his memory will last forever. He
will be dearly missed by all he leaves behind, including his
parents, Anthony and Cathy; grandparents, Eligio and María Quiñones
and Mary Catherine Fedorchak; aunts and uncles, Eligio (Maritza)
Quiñones, Jr., Julia (William) Muñoz, Mildred (Luis) Flores, and
Robert (Mary) Fedorchak and cousins, Enrique, Marcalis, Kistina,
Joseph, Brianna, Sara, and Erin.
C. Vásquez, 57, of Toledo, OH, passed away on Monday, May 16. The
son of Ramiro Sr. and María Castro Vásquez, he is survived by
his children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters, as well as
other family and friends.
Rodolfo Samora (Rudy Zamora), 50, of Green Springs, OH, died Sunday, May 15, at St. Francis
Health Care Centre in Green Springs. He was born in Los Fresnos, Texas, to Cosme and Candelaria Martínez
Zamora. Survivors include his mother; son, Jeff Samora of Vista,
Calif.; daughter, Angela Samora of Oceanside, Calif.; brothers,
Santiago Zamora of San Juan, Texas, Jerry Zamora of Fremont,
Alfredo Zamora and José (Anna) Zamora, both of Green Springs, and
Jesse (Ann) Zamora of Tiffin; and sisters, Effie Zamora of
Tennessee, Oralia Hansen and Odelia (Manuel) Castillo, both of
Fremont, Otilia (Len) Foos of Burgoon, and Mary Jane Zamora of
Green Springs. His father preceded him in death. Rudy was a
self-employed cabinet maker. He enjoyed scuba diving, painting,
and was an avid photographer.
OLIVAREZ Oscar Olivarez, 82, of
, died May 12, at
. He was born
June 2, 19
, the son of Francisco and Evangelina (
) Olivarez. He is survived by three brothers: Alfredo Alonso,
Pablo Alonso, and José (Mary) Olivarez of Blissfield. He was
preceded in death by his parents, Francisco and Evangelina; one
sister, Rosa Olivarez; one brother, Benito Olivarez; and his
longtime companion, Elena Ruiz.
“Chico” Ruiz, age 74 of Detroit, MI, died Saturday,
May 14, at HenryFordWyandotteHospital. He was a
hardworking and loyal man who belonged to the bricklayers Union
Local 1. He is survived by his wife, Catherine; children: Alfredo,
Catherine (Paul), Anna (Randy), Patrick (Cathy), Mark (Lori), Lydia (Keith), and
Matthew (Michelle); 17 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. Chico is also survived
by three brothers and one sister. He will be greeted at the gates
of heaven by his mother, three sisters and one brother.
“Francisco García” Linares, 82,
a resident of Oregon, OH,
since 1957, passed away Friday, May 13, in Heartland of Oregon.
Mr. Linares was born in the village of Guascuaro, in
southern México, on January 2, 1923, to Pablo and Luisa (Guizar) Linares.
Jesus was employed as a construction worker with Local #500,
retiring in 1979. He was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic
Church. Mr. Linares, known to many friends and neighbors as “Panchito,”
had a gift for gardening; which became his passion after his
retirement. He also enjoyed chicharrones
for his family and friends.
Surviving are his wife, Odilia; sons, Luis (Teresa) Linares,
Daniel (Christine) Linares, Dr.
Antonio (Martha) Linares,
Pedro García, Santos
(Tina) García; daughter, Joséfina (José Treviño) García; 15
grandchildren; brother, Atanacio Linares; sister, Guadalupe
Linares Guizar. Jesus was preceded in death by his parents;
Gilberto, and José María Linares, and sister, Celia Linares
Eufemia Ocasio (nee Roldan), 75, of Lorain, OH,
died Friday, May 13, at OhioExtendedCareCenter, Lorain,
following a lengthy illness. She was born May 29, 1929, in San
has lived in Lorain
since 1950. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, where she was
a member of the Cursillo Movement and the Sociedad De Damas. She
was a member of the Renovacion Carismatica. Mrs. Ocasio enjoyed
cooking, gardening and taking care of her family.
Survivors include her son, Michael Ocasio of Arkansas;
daughters Ana Velez, Adela Torres and Carmen Ocasio-Naddaf, all of
brothers Guillermo Roldan of Chicago and
Maximino Roldan of San
grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in
death by her husband of 44 years, Wenceslao G. Ocasio in 1986;
son, Frederico; brother Aniceto Roldan; sisters Emilia, Joaquina
and Julia; and her parents, Eufemio and Teresa (nee Fonseca)
G. MORALES SR.
G. Morales, 73, of Toledo, OH, passed away Thursday, May 12, in
his home. Mr. Morales was born in San Antonio, TX, on November 19, 1931, to Candelario and Joséfina (Gonzáles)
Morales. José served in the US Army during the Korean War. He was
employed with the Toledo Jeep Corp. for 30 years, retiring 1997.
He was a member of St. Peter and Paul’s Church and Sacred Heart
Church. José was a very loving father, brother and grandfather.
Surviving are his children, Christine (Michael) Cassis, Diana
(Jerry) Keesee, Lisa (Michael) Brazzel, Robert Morales, José
(Kelly) Morales Jr., Cynthia (Scott) Revilla, Gloria (Marty)
Kelly, Carlos (Elizabeth) Revilla, Marta (John) Flores;
daughter-in-law, Jacquie Revilla; brothers, Ricardo Morales,
Gilberto Revilla, Armonda Revilla, Rogelio Morales, Daniel
Morales; sisters, María Guzman, Adelaida Hernández, Yolanda De
Luna, Sylvia Abramo, Anita Rodríguez, Esther Kimbrell; numerous
grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
José was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Audelia; son,
David Revilla Sr.; brothers, Carlos Revilla Sr. and Jesus Morales
and grandson, Richard Torres Jr.
Miguel Contreras, a son of farmworkers who helped revive Southern
unions as head of the politically powerful Los Angeles County
Federation of Labor, died of a heart attack May 6 in LA. He was
whose political clout extended from City Hall to Sacramento
and beyond, was credited with bringing the 345-local unions in the
federation together in recent years to more effectively organize
workers and pressure employers.
was a true genius of the labor movement,” said Cheryl Parisi,
head of the Southern
district council for American Federation of State, County, and
Municipal Employees. “He was a man who came from very humble
beginnings and developed—through his experience with his father
organizing the United Farm Workers (UFW)—great courage, great
intelligence, and a wonderful way with people.''
Freeman, president of Service Employees International Union Local
434B, said Contreras died of a heart attack. He declined further
comment, saying late Friday that he was at a hospital with
Contreras' wife, Maria Elena Durazo, leader of Local 11 for the
large hotel and restaurant workers union Unite Here.
Wood, a county public works commissioner, said Contreras had
missed several events in recent weeks because he had been ill. Her
husband Jim led the federation until his death in 1996, when
Contreras assumed leadership.
was known as a king-maker for both local and state politicians,
and the labor federation had endorsed Hahn in his current mayoral
campaign. The association is regarded as the most influential
political machine in Southern
son of farmworkers, Contreras began working in the fields of the
Central Valley outside Dinuba at age 5. By 17, he was handing out
grape boycott leaflets at grocery stores during the famous UFW
eventually became a strike captain and was dispatched by legendary
labor leader César Chávez to Toronto. He worked with unions in
Salinas and San Francisco before the international Hotel Employees
and Restaurant Employees Union recruited him as a national
organizer, taking him to Los Angeles in the late 1980s.
told the Los Angeles Times in a March profile that working with Chávez
farmworkers were seen as nothing more than agricultural
implements, to be used and discarded like you would discard an old
shovel or an old hoe,” Contreras said. “He gave us a feeling
of real self-worth and a feeling of breaking away those imaginary
shackles you had to the grower and standing up for yourself.”
was not satisfied with his accomplishments, telling the Times that
he hoped for one more political success. “I have one desire
left, one thing I want to accomplish: to help take someone to the
White House,” he said.
addition to his wife, Contreras is survived by two sons, Michael
R. MOLINA Guadalupe R. Molina,
97, died at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, May 8, at Fox Run Manor Nursing
Home, Findlay. Guadalupe was born on September
in México to Paulo and Lucia (Jarez-González) Ruiz. Guadalupe
was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Michael Archangel
Catholic Church and it’s Guadalupe Society. She married Felipe
Piña Sr. on March
and he preceded her in December of 1952. Guadalupe then married
Simon Molina on November
and he preceded her on January 4, 1992. Surviving are two sons,
Joe Piña (wife, Gloria), Findlay, Ohio; and Lupe Piña, Findlay,
Ohio; 19 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; and 31
great-great-grandchildren. Guadalupe was preceded in death by a
son, Felipe Piña Jr., in December of 1982.
AGRIPINA OLIVO TOLEDO PLAZA Agripina “Pina” Olivo Toledo Plaza,
74, of Lorain, OH, died Saturday, May 7, at Community Health
Partners Hospital and Surgical Center, Lorain, following a lengthy
illness. She was born Dec.
in Utuado, Puerto Rico, moving here in 1985. Mrs. Plaza was a
homemaker and a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. She enjoyed
bingo, dominoes and listening to Christian music. Survivors
include her husband of 58 years, Estanislao “Tano” Plaza of
Lorain; sons Wilfredo and Christabal, both of Lorain and Alex of
Wakeman; daughter, Maria Padro of Utuado, Puerto Rico; brothers
Pedro Olivo of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Alejandro Olivo of
Utuado, Puerto Rico; sisters Rosa Olivo of Orlando, Fla. and
Angela Olivo of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico; 16 grandchildren and 3
great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents,
Pedro Olivo and Nicodema Toledo; and a sister, Fela Olivo.
Arellano, age 74, of Toledo, OH, died Wednesday, May 4, at Hospice
of Northwest Ohio, Toledo. He was born November 4, 1930, in Houston,
TX and was a U.S. Army Veteran. Survived by son, Robert (Madonna)
Arellano of Holland; daughter, Catherine (David) Medellin of
Toledo; grandchildren, Jessica, Elizabeth (Mark) Shrader, Robert,
Jr., Dominic, Dale (Sara) Cherko, Brian (Diana) Cherko, David
(Lisa) Medellin and Alexandria (Nathan) Kaminski;
great-grandchildren, Oralia, Angelo, Trystin and Olivia; sisters,
Catherine García, Olivia (Marcos) Ortiz; brothers, Jesús (Linda)
Arellano, Raymond (Lucy) Agurirre, Romolo Arellano, Louie (Sally)
Arellano, John Arellano and Henry (Dora) Solis. Sisters, Rosie
Orosco and Guadalupe Arellano; brother, Albert Arellano; father,
Ramon Arellano and mother, María Hernández Arellano, preceded
him in death.
GREGORIO ARROYO Gregorio
Arroyo, of DetroitMI,age 88, died April 29. Beloved husband of the late Guadalupe. Dear
father of the late Margarita Weeks. Brother of Christina Espinosa.
Grandfather of Seth Weeks and Sara Light. Mass at St. Martha’s
Phillip González, 51, of Lorain, OH, died Friday, April 29, at New Life Hospice Center of
St. Joseph in Lorain. He was born in Lorain in 1953,
graduated from Southview HS, and worked as a painter. He enjoyed
golf and camping. Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Grace
(nee Oliver); daughter, Lisa O’Connor of Lorain; his parents,
José and Dolores González; brothers Joseph González of Amherst and Robert González
of Lorain; sisters Laura
Krupelak of Amherst and Betsy
Vansant of Lorain; and one
granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jesus
and Teresa González and Isaac and Elizabeth Mendoza; and
stepgrandmother, Mary Mendoza.
MARIA ALCALA María
Alcala, age 110,of Detroit, MI,died April 28. Loving wife of the late Pedro, dearest mother of the
late Peter, Adrian, the late Ramón, Eleanor, Augustine, Charles,
the late Anthony, Consuelo, Jesse, Dolores and the late Albert.
Also survived by 29 grandchildren, 46 great-grand-children, 23
great-great-grandchildren and hundreds of nieces and nephews. Mass
at St. Anne Church with interment at Mt.OlivetCemetery.
MANUEL DAVILA, JR.
Manual “Jr” Davila Jr., age 41, of Britton, MI, died Thursday,
April 28, at HerrickHospital. He was born Feb. 7, 1964, in Tecumseh to
Manuel and Josefa “Josie” (Mireles) Davila Sr. He graduated
from TecumsehHigh School in 1983. Junior
was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the choir. He is
survived by his parents, Josie and Manuel Davila Sr. of Britton; a
sister, Diana Villanueva and her husband, Albert of Tecumseh; a
nephew, Michael R. Davila of Britton; and many aunts, uncles, and
cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
WALTER PARRA, SR. Walter
Parra, Sr., of Detroit, died April 27.
Beloved husband of Olaya. Dearest father of Barbara (Alfredo) Vásquez,
Mayra Parra, Mercedes Parra and Maricela (William) Herman and the
late Walter Jr. Dear grandfather of Violeta, Rojelio, Nicolas,
Dwight, William and Joseph. Burial at Woodmere Cemetery.
Ernesto Padilla, age 49, of North Toledo, OH, died Tuesday,
April 26, in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center.
Ernesto was born in Curtice, OH, on May 21, 1955, to Vincent
Andaverde and Tomasa Mendosa. He worked as a porter for Bay Point
Used Cars for 2 years, and prior to that had been a groomer for
Pat's Poodle Salon for 24 years.
Ernesto's parents and his grandson, Antonia Garcia, preceded him
in death. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife,
Patricia; children, Tina (Albert) Garcia, Ernesto Padilla Jr.,
Jennifer (Gary Fessler) Padilla and Melissa (Randy) Blackwood;
grandchildren, Dean and Heather Christian, Angela, Ernesto III, Kaitlyn, and
Aaron Padilla, and Savannah Fessler; great-grandchildren, Marcus
and Dean Christian, Jr. and Austin Rybka; sisters, Adelina (Braulio)
Sánchez, Juanita (Domingo) Bocanegra and Margaret (Adam)
Buenrostro; brother, Edelmiro (Maria) Andaverde; special nephew
and niece, Danny Andaverde and Lulu Almaguer, and many other much
loved nieces and nephews.
RODRÍGUEZ REYNA May 13, 1927—Apr. 26, 2005 Petra
Rodríguez Reyna, 77, of Sandusky, formerly employed by H. J.
Heinz Co., died April 26 afternoon following a brief illness. Visitation:
4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Groff Funeral Home, 1607 E. Perkins Ave.,
Sandusky. Services: Begin with prayers at 9:30 a.m. Monday
at the funeral home followed by the funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at
Holy Angels Catholic Church, 1605 W. Jefferson St., Sandusky. Online
condolences: www. grofffuneralhomes.com
“Connie” Avila, 80, of Toledo, OH, died Thursday,
April 21, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg. She was born
in Knepa, TX, on July 23, 1924, to the late
Teodoro and Catarina (Villa) Viera. She married Saturnino “Niño”
Avila and he preceded
her in death on August 20, 1980. Connie was a
homemaker and loved spending time with her family. She is survived
by sons, Antonio (Cynthia) Avila of Toledo, Francisco (Rosa María)
Avila of Swanton, OH, Mario (Ofelia) Avila of Toledo, Miguel
(Stephanie) Avila of Norton, OH, Roberto Avila of Richmond, VA;
daughters, San Juanita Aldaco, Ernestina (Cirilo) Guardiola of
Toledo and Jesusita (Abelardo) Blanco of Bowling Green; 32
grandchildren and 53 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in
death by a brother, Jesse Viera.
S. Ledesma, age 75, of Holland, OH, went home to
the Lord on Tuesday, April 19. She loved being with her family and
visiting friends. She enjoyed working at Tom Strain Greenhouse for
the past 20 years and mowing the lawn, keeping it clean and
planting flowers in the spring. She will be missed dearly by her
family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Santiago and Juoaquina
Serrato; sisters, Lola Compian, Fina Ledesma and Lupe Pena, and
brothers, Emilio, Chago and Victoriano Serrato. She is survived by
her husband, Abran G. Ledesma; son, Abe (Marty) Ledesma;
daughters, Gloria (Fito) Ramírez, Dora Pecina and Vicky (Tom)
Bolander, and a granddaughter that she raised, Frankie (Angel)
Torres; as well as 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Salazar, 67, formerly of Clyde, OH, residing in Laredo, Texas, died peacefully
April 19 at MercyRegionalHospital in Laredo. He was born in Cotulla, Texas on Dec. 19, 1937, to Ramón and
Francisca (Rios) Salazar. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was a
diary farmer in Kansas, Ohio. He grew up in
the Clyde-Green Springs area and attended school in Green Springs.
He worked at Dana Corp. of Toledo and retired from
Chrysler of Perrysburg.
is survived by his wife, Martha of Laredo, Texas; daughters,
Danielle of Laredo, Texas, and Bobbie Jo of Columbus; sons, Jamie
of San Antonio, Texas, and Jerry of Laredo, Texas; three
grandchildren; sisters, Mary Lou (Denny) Wotring of Toledo and
Therese (Tom) Farster of Clyde; brothers, Ramón Jr. (Carol)
Salazar of Green Springs, Reynaldo “Ray” Salazar of Clyde,
Ruben Salazar of Fremont, Rick (Lynette) Salazar of London, Ohio,
Rogelio (Becky) Salazar of Clyde, and Frank Martinez of Tiffin. He
is preceded by son, Denny, sister, Lupe, and parents, Ramon and
Elizardo, age 65, of South Toledo, OH, died Sunday,
April 17, in the Medical College of Ohio Hospital. She retired
after 18 years as the Toledo Zoo’s chief horticulturist. She was
the director of a local marching band; she also had memberships in
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, the Toledo Orchid Society and
the AuroraGonzálesCommunity Center. Ernestina was
preceded in death by her parents, 2 sons, 1 brother, 4 sisters,
and her husband, Santos Elizardo, in 2004.
Surviving are her children, Edina (Orlando) Overstreet,
Herman (Elizabeth) Jasso, Norma (Silvirio
Mori) Jasso, Juan (Stephanie) Jasso, Bill (Lori), Sandra, Keith,
and Kathy Elizardo. Also surviving are 4 sisters, 10
grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Memory of Guadalupe (Linda) Costilla
year ago our lives were changed forever. We lost a Loving, Special
Mother, Grandma, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, and Best Friend. No
farewell words were spoken, no chance to say good-bye; you were
gone before we knew it and only “God” knows why. We are left
with Warm, Special Memories and Heavy Hearts. We Miss You so very
Much and Love You More than Words can say. Until we meet again,
all our Love Forever, You Will Live Forever in all of our Hearts.
We Love You. Your children (Jamie, James, Jr., Tommy Campos);
Grandson (Arturo Beltran II); Parents (Arturo and Guadalupe
Costilla); Brothers and Sisters (Mary Costilla, Joe Campos,
Arthur, Jr., and Chris Costilla, Vickie and Rudy Guzman, Louie and
Stephanie Costilla, Sandy and Julian, Angie Costilla, Deb Hacker,
David and Jenny Costilla); and many nieces and nephews, and many
Friends. November 5, 1963-April 11, 2004. Our
Sister Was a Victim of Crime.
boxer turned civil rights activist, dies at 76
“Corky” Gonzáles, 76, a boxer turned Chicano civil rights
activist, has died. Gonzáles died at his home in Denver on April 12
after being diagnosed with congestive heart failure and renal
disease. “In the last days many people called him, e-mailed and
came to see him to tell him how his activism changed their lives
and made them better people,” his son, Rudy Gonzáles, said.
With a 65-1-9 professional record as a featherweight, Gonzáles
retired from boxing in 1955 to become the first Mexican-American
district captain for the Democratic Party in Denver. Gonzáles’ 1965 poem titled, “I Am Joaquin,” [about
sacrificing an alien culture to achieve economic stability in the United States, which appears
in its lengthy entirety at www.laprensatoledo.com] resonated with
many Mexican-Americans. In 1966, he founded the Crusade for
Justice, a cultural center that dealt in eradicating poverty and
racial injustice, and met with César Chávez and Martin Luther
King Jr. He also founded Escuela Tlatelolco Centro de Estudios, a
nonprofit school and health care center. Gonzáles is survived by
his wife, Geraldine, six daughters, two sons, 22 grand children
and 8 great-grandchildren.
Marta Iris DeJesus (nee Boria), 55, of Lorain,
died Monday, April 11, at CommunityHealthPartnersHospital, Lorain,
after a sudden illness. She was born Sept. 13, 1949, in
moved to Lorain six
years ago. She enjoyed cooking, bingo, watching soap operas, and
Survivors include her son, Jose A. Acevedo of Lorain; daughters
Elizabeth Rodríguez, Frances Merced and Zullymir Rodríguez, all
of Lorain, Reina Acevedo of Kissimmee, Fla., Edma Edeno of Tampa,
Fla., and Zulika Cotto of Philadelphia, Pa.; her parents, Nicola
and Fransisca Boria of Puerto Rico; and 15 grandchildren and
numerous brothers and sisters. She was preceded in death by a
daughter, Iris Guzman, in 1997; and son, Angel José Acevedo, in
Linda Rivera (nee Luna), 51, of Lorain,
died Thursday, April 14, at home, following a lengthy illness. She
was born March
2, 1954, in Lubbock, Texas, and
lived in Lorain for
41 years.Mrs. Rivera was a member of Temple Emmanuel Assembly of
God, Lorain, and
had served as president of the Women's Ministry. She was a 1983
graduate of the church Bible Institute. She enjoyed church
activities and spending time speed walking.
Survivors include her husband of 38 years, Ezekiel Rivera; son,
Ezekiel Daniel Rivera of Lorain; daughters Elizabeth Alvarez and
Sabrina Rivera, both of Lorain, and Rachel Hope Reyes of North
Olmsted; brothers Glenn Luna of Knoxville, Tenn., and Rudy Luna
and Daniel Reyna, both of Lorain; and five grandchildren. She was
preceded in death by her parents, Rudolfo and Guadalupe (nee
Solis) Luna; and sister, María Martínez.
Lucio Vásquez, age 71, lost her battle with kidney cancer April
10, at home in Toledo, OH, surrounded by her loving family. She
was born November 26, 1933, in Driscoll, Texas, to Raymundo and Emeteria Treviño
Lucio. In her 71 years on this earth, she won the hearts of many.
She was an amazing woman whose strength and determination never
ceased to amaze others. She didn't let her second grade education
hold her back from getting ahead in life. She taught herself how
to read and write, put any fear of raising seven children by
herself behind her and set forth to pave a better life for them.
She taught them first and foremost that by having faith in God,
you could make it through life’s most difficult journeys, that
you must always believe in yourself, and that no matter what, you
must love, respect, and appreciate your family. Catarina was a
long time member of St. Mary's parish and participated in many
church functions while her health permitted. She was most known
for running the Mexican Food booth at the parish festivals and
organizing the Virgen de Guadalupe masses and was devoted to
making sure Our Lady received the recognition she deserved.
She leaves behind her loving husband, Pedro A. Vásquez;
daughters, Beatriz (Harvey) Popovich, Belma (Joseph) López,
Camila (William) Taormina, and Ernestina (Dirk) Roemmich; sons,
Jesus and Pedro Ybarra. She is also survived by her stepdaughter,
Rosie (James) Vega; stepson, Pedro (Rita) Vásquez Jr., and by 25
grandchildren and 30+ great-grandchildren. She was preceded by her
parents; her son, Juan Ybarra, and brother, Thomas Lucio.
EDWARD ESCALANTE Edward
'”Eddie'” Escalante, 34, of Lorain, OH, died unexpectedly Tuesday, April 5,
at his home. He was born April 13, 1970, in Fredericksburg, Texas. Escalante, a union carpenter and
member of Local 305 of Norwalk, was employed by Arcon Corporation,
BrooklynHeights. He enjoyed boating, fishing,
movie-going, spending time with his children and helping others
with home improvement projects.
Survivors include his daughters Cassidy Corrinne and Charlotte
Cenovia Escalante, both of Vermilion, and Tabitha Lee Escalante of
Lorain; his companion, Robin Witten of Lorain; parents, Paul and
Juana Escalante of Garden Ridge, Texas; brother, Victor Escalante
of El Paso, Texas; and sisters Martha Caldera of Luling, Texas,
and Maria Isabel, Maria Lurdes and Yolanda Escalante, all of San
Antonio, Texas. He was preceded in death by his brother, Justino
Escalante, in 1965.
Michael “Moose” Martínez, 53, of East Center Street, Fostoria, OH, died at Monday, April 4 at FostoriaCommunityHospital. Surviving are his wife,
Janie P. Martínez; two daughters, Monica Martínez and Elizabeth
Díaz, both of Fostoria; his parents, Benino “Benny” and Ester
Martínez Sr., Fostoria; a brother, Ben Jr. of Fostoria; and four
sisters, Mrs. Max (Emma) Mendoza and Mrs. Jim (Eleanor “Mona”)
Parker, both of Fostoria; Mrs. Scott (Martha) Martínez, Tiffin;
and Mrs. Steve (Estella) Tey, Helena.
Frank “Pancho” Valadez, 92, of Lorain, OH, died Monday,
April 4, at his home following a long illness. Valadez worked for
U.S. Steel for 40 years as a millwright. He enjoyed Cleveland
Indians baseball, bowling, gardening and spending time with his
family. Survivors include his daughter, Mary Jo Valadez of Lorain; and sons Frank
''Jay'' Valadez of Lorain and Antony
''Tony'' Valadez of Florida; six
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in
death by his wife of 58 years, Josephine (nee Savenelli); his
parents Francis and Manula Valadez (nee Hurnandez); and sisters
Jesusa Belch and Mary Fierro.
Hiram Cruz, 69, of Lorain, OH, died Sunday,
April 3, at home, following a brief illness. He was born Jan. 6, 1936, in Coamo, Puerto Rico, and lived in Lorain for 55 years.
Cruz was employed at Ford’s Lorain Assembly Plant for 33 years,
retiring as an inspector in 1993. He was a member of House of
Praise International, Lorain, and supervised
and had been instrumental in building the church, which he served
as treasurer and as a member of the worship, founding leadership
and maintenance teams.
Cruz volunteered at the Sacred Heart Chapel Credit Union for 20
years. He enjoyed cooking, built and played his own acoustic
guitar; and loved music, building things from wood, gardening,
bowling and travel. He was an auto mechanic and a story-teller.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Ermelinda (nee López);
sons, Javier Cruz of Elyria, Oscar Cruz of Marshville, N.C., and
Louis Hiram Cruz of Lorain; daughters Maritza Althiede of Elyria,
Yolanda Alford of Vermilion, and Mayda Cruz of Lorain; brothers
Miguel Cruz of Lorain, Hector Cruz of New Jersey and Samuel Cruz
of Puerto Rico; sisters Carmen Samper of New York and Adria Vargas
of Puerto Rico; and nine grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He
was preceded in death by his parents, Francisco and Juana (nee Santos) Cruz; and
brothers, Nelson and Roberto Cruz.
Julian Gómez, Sr.nacio el 16 de Febrero de 1945 fallecio el 2 de abril
de2005 en Mercy Hospital of Tiffin.Su esposa se llama Kerry Gómez, y sus hijos son Bobby Jo
Aranda (Geronimo) y Julian Gómez,Jr. (Sarah).Sus hermanos son Clemente Gómez (Fallecido), Josephina Sánchez
(Midland, TX), Fred Gómez (Yakima,WA), Jesus Gómez (Ackerly,
TX), Rufina Gómez (Dallas, TX), Rafael Gómez (Ackerly, TX), Mary
Gómez (Midland, TX), y Juan Gómez (Midland, TX).Sus padres se llamaban Fred Gómez y Lucia Riojas Gómez (los
nietos son Arianna Isabel Aranda, Alexia Aimee Aranda, Geronimo
Aranda Jr., y Alicia Lucia Gómez.Jugaba en una liga de billar, y le encantaba pescar.Sirvio en la guerra de Vietnam y sera despedido con honores.
Solano, 47, of Southwest Detroit near Ste. Anne de Detroit Church, died Friday, April 1;
beloved husband of Elizabeth. Dearest father
of Gabriel, Christina, and Danielle. Loving son of Rose. Dear
brother and friend of Pedro, Rosemary, John, Steve, Anthony,
Joseph, Tomas, Leonard, Francisco, Daniel, Juanita, Helena and Carolina. Good neighbor
and friend and was the subject matter of “Touched by an Angel:
How one Latino reclaimed a West Side Detroit Polish-American
neighborhood,” that appeared in La Prensa from March 16
to April 6, 2005, written by
Laurie Palazzolo. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Fredesvindo Miranda, 83, of Lorain, OH,
died Friday, April 1, at Autumn Aegis Nursing Home, Lorain,
following a brief illness. Born Nov. 9, 1921, in
had lived in Lorain for
most of his life. Miranda served in the U.S. Army during World War
II. He worked as a machinist for General Motors in Parma for
30 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of Sacred Heart
Chapel, Lorain, and
the United Auto Workers Union Local 1005. He enjoyed cabinet
making and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his sons Roland Miranda of Lakewood, Nelson
Miranda of Lorain, and Alvin Miranda of Puerto Rico; daughters
Nilda Foy of Cincinnati, Emma Delgado of Lorain, and Aida Stanco
of Avon; brothers Felix Miranda and Ramon Miranda, both of Puerto
Rico; a sister, Remedio De León of Puerto Rico; 13 grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife
of 37 years, Rosa (nee Echevarria), in 1993; daughter, Nereida
Miranda, in 1984; parents, Ramon Miranda Serrano and Maria Miranda
Gonzalez; and a sister, Delia.
BERNAL Bernardo III
“Nuño” Bernal, 36 years, of Perrysburg, OH, died suddenly Tuesday,
March 29, in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. He worked as a floor layer
for Ohio Ceiling and Partition Local 248. He loved spending time with his
family and playing softball for Ramírez and Friends softball team.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bernardo Bernal Jr. He is survived
by his wife, Ann; son, Andrew; daughters, Precious and Christine; mother,
María Bernal; sisters, Michelle (Scott) Schneider, Mary Bernal and
Rosalinda (Dustin) Funk and brother, Joe (Connie) Bernal, as well as several
nieces and nephews.
JOSE R. FERNANDEZ
R. Fernández, 79, of Toledo, OH, passed away Saturday, March 26, at his
home. He was born January 20, 1926, in Tucuman,
Argentina. José was a civil engineer and executive vice-president at
S.S.O.E. He was a longtime member of The Toledo Club.
Survivors include his sons, Richard G., John E., Joseph F. and Charles A.
Fernández; stepdaughters, Sister Diana Pérez and Teresa Wisebaker and
grandchildren, Nina, Richard, Vita, Lorenzo and Sean. José was preceded in
death by his wife, María in 1997.
LUZ T. IBARRA
T. Ibarra, 86, of Perrysburg, OH,
died Tuesday, March 22, in her home surrounded by her family. She
was born in Saltio, México on January
13, 1919, to
Marcil and María Trejo and was married on February 3, 1935, to
Casimiro Ibarra who preceded her in death on February
after 70 years of marriage. She was a member of St. Rose Catholic
Church in Perrysburg. She is survived by her children, Delia
(Jesus) Villagomez, María (José) Cardenas, José (Lucy) Ibarra,
Jesus (Evey) Ibarra, Narcisco (Lupe) Ibarra, Susana (Juan) DeLaO,
Manuela (Francisco) Uribe, Ricardo (Alejandra) Ibarra, Ofelia
Ibarra; forty-six grandchildren; eighty-two great-grandchildren
and fifteen great-great-grandchildren; sister, Esther Hernández.
She was preceded in death by sons, Vidal Ibarra and Casimiro
Ibarra Jr.; brother, Luis Trejo and sister, María Martínez.
MICHAEL CASTILLO Michael
Castillo, 32, of Helena died March 22 at St. VincentMercyMedicalCenter, Toledo. He was born in Toledo to Juan and
Bonnie (Patrick) Castillo. Michael is survived by his mother of
Gibsonburg; brothers, Juan Castillo Jr. of Gibsonburg and Danny
Castillo of Helena. He was preceded
by his father on Jan. 16, 1996.
The Rev. Pedro Acosta Pérez, 84, of Humacao, Puerto
formerly of Lorain, OH,
died Tuesday, March 22, at home. He was born Dec. 30, 1920, in
Humacao, and lived in Lorain from 1954 to 1976. Pérez, an ordained minister
with the Assemblies of God, was founder and minister of El Templo
Emmanuel in Botto Mabu, Puerto Rico, of which he was a member. Survivors include his
sons Efrain Acosta of Lorain, Johnny Acosta of St. Petersburg,
Fla., and Angelo Acosta of Humacao; daughters Sarah Acosta of
Humacao and Lucy Santos of Cleveland; sisters Cutun Mendosa of
Vineland, N.J., and Paula Castro of Humacao; and four
grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in
death by his wife, Esperanza Acosta; his parents, Eladio and Rosa
Acosta; and brother, José Acosta.
RAMON ESPINOZA Ramón
Espinoza, 83, of Alamo, Texas, died Saturday,
March 19, at his home. He was born March 12, 1922, in Tulsa, Okla. He had lived in Ohio and moved to Alamo in
1983.Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Josephine (nee
Mendez); sister, Josefina Felix of McAllen, Texas; and nieces and
Padre de la música chicana muere a los 88 años LOS
ANGELES (AP): Eduardo “Lalo” Guerrero Jr., quien durante 60 años creó
canciones en inglés y español narrando historias mexicoestadounidenses,
incluyendo música “pachuca” que luego fue usada en el la obra “Zoot
Suit”, falleció a los 88 años. El hombre que el ex presidente Bill
Clinton llamó el padre de la música chicana murió el jueves en una centro
de convalecencia en Rancho Mirage, dijo su hijo Mark Guerrero. Guerrero nació
en una casa de adobe en el vecindario pobre de Barrio Viejo, en Tucson,
Arizona, el 25 de diciembre de 1916. El no tenía instrucción formal en música,
pero su madre le enseñó a tocar guitarra y durante periódicos viajes a México,
sus familiares lo inspiraron para escribir canciones. Guerrero escribió más
de 700 canciones y vendió millones de discos en inglés y español en
varios estilos, desde música protesta, cha-cha-cha, hasta rock. Algunos de
sus éxitos en español son “Nunca Jamás” y “Canción Mexicana”,
que ha sido calificada como el himno nacional mexicano no oficial. El también
hizo una serie de álbumes para niños con temas de “Las Ardillitas”, trío
de roedores con voces chillonas que fueron famosas en México y la comunidad
hispanoparlante. Guerrero también escribió baladas estilo ``corrido'' en
honor de Robert Kennedy y César Chávez, dirigente sindical de los
campesinos estadounidenses. Algunas de sus canciones-parodias son “Pancho
Claus”, “Elvis Pérez”, “Tacos for Two” (al ritmo de “Cocktails
for Two”), así como la sátira sobre discriminación: “Mama, Don't Let
Your Babies Grow Up to Be Busboys”. Lo sobreviven su esposa Lidia, sus dos
hijos Mark y Dan, su hijastro José Guerrero, su hijastra Patricia Lowy, una
nieta, un nieto, tres hermanas y dos hermanos.
Ines Vázquez, 77, of Lorain died
Sunday, March 20, at CommunityHealthPartnersHospital, Lorain,
following a lengthy illness. She was born May 9,
she lived until she moved to Lorain to
live with her daughter, Enid Cruz, in May, 2004. Mrs. Vázquez had been
voted Mother of the Year in Guayama. She enjoyed dancing, and with her late
husband, Francisco, won dance competitions. She was a member of Sacred Heart
Chapel in Lorain and
San Antonio de Padua in Guayama.
Survivors include her sons Marco Cruz of Lorain and Francisco, Luis, Alberty
and Wilfredo Cruz, all of Guayama; daughters Maria Ines and Amada Arlene
Cruz, both of Guayama, and Enid Cruz and Ada Cruz, both of Lorain; and 27
grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her
husband of 57 years, Francisco Cruz Diaz, in 2002; and twin children in
Rodríguez, 67, died at
Thursday, March 17 at her residence. She was born April
18, 1937 in México
to Fermin and Guadalupe García. She is survived by: her children, Sylvia
Rodríguez of Bowling
Arlene (Rudy) Lomeli of Leipsic OH; Rose (Mike) Rayle; Trisha Rodríguez,
both of North
Baltimore, OH; three
brothers; four sisters; twelve grandchildren; and eleven
great-grandchildren. María was a homemaker. Burial at WoodlawnCemetery in Deshler, OH.
“Lucio” Mulero, 89, of Lorain, OH, died Tuesday, March
15, at Lorain Manor Nursing Home following a short illness. Born in Caguas, Puerto Rico, he moved to Lorain in 1950. He had also
lived in Florida for a few years, and
for a time returned to Puerto Rico after his
retirement. Mr. Mulero worked at Lorain Works/US Steel in the blast furnace
department, retiring in the mid-1970s. He was a member of Sacred Heart
Chapel in Lorain. He enjoyed
attending senior citizens programs at El Centro. He also enjoyed
doing carpentry work and working in his garden. Survivors include: sons
Manuel and Freddy, both of Lorain, and Nepomuceno “Nick” of Granite
Falls, N.C.; daughters Cristina Barreiro, and Maria Mulero, both of Lorain
and Sarah Diaz, of Charlotte, N.C.; 17 grandchildren; and 25
great-grandchildren; and a sister, Aida Mulero-Rodriguez, of Caguas, P.R. He
was preceded in death by his wife, Ana (nee Figueroa) in 1996; parents, Luis
Mulero and Marcela (nee Montanez) Mulero; daughters Andrea Mulero and
Josephine Leon; six brothers; and three sisters.
O. Montes, 82, of Fremont, OH, died
March 14 at home. He was born in Monterrey, Mexico, on March
24, 1923. He
married Concepcion Flores on Dec. 1,
St. Mary's Catholic Church, Clyde, and
she survives. Gabriel worked at Union Carbide for many years, retiring in
1986. He enjoyed fixing cars and carpentry. Surviving are: children, Rosa
“Rosie” (Tom) Miller, Pittsburgh; Gabriel “Gabe” Jr., Fremont; Linda
(Jesse Silverman) Montes, Chico, CA; and Mark Montes, Toledo; and
grandchildren, Kyle and Keith Miller, and Marianna, Jocelyn and Ethan
Silverman. He was preceded by his parents, and eight brothers and sisters.
Dominga Alvarez, 71, of Berlin Heights, OH, died Sunday, March 13, at
home. She was born Dec. 20, 1933, in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and lived in the BerlinHeights area for 35 years. She loved
gardening and was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Martin Alvarez
Sr.; sons Gonzalo Alvarez of Berlin Heights, Narciso “Chico” Alvarez and
Eloy Alvarez, both of Michigan, and Juan Alvarez of Phoenix, Ariz.;
daughters, Rosa Linda Alvarez and Alicia Shupe, both of Huron, and Delia
Lambert of Michigan; sisters Carmen, Luce and Esperanza; brothers
Encarnacion and Aaron; and 22 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and
nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sons Arturo Alvarez and
Martin “Fats” Alvarez Jr.; her parents, Narciso and Gregoria Lara; and
sisters Marcos, Yova and Senorina.
Navarro, 89, of Lorain, OH,
died Sunday, March 13, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain,
following a short illness. He was born Jan. 12, 1916, in
lived in Lorain
since 1947. Navarro retired in 1978 from U.S. Steel's Lorain
Works, where he had worked as a pipe fitter for 32 years. He was a
member of Sacred Heart Chapel and United Steelworkers Union Local
1104, both of Lorain. He
enjoyed working around his home. Survivors include his wife of 52
years, Perseveranda (nee Vega); brothers Victor Navarro of Lorain,
Justin Navarro of Puerto
Antonio Navarro of Maine; and
sisters Agustina Navarro, Reina Navarro, Juana Navarro and
Enbajelia Navarro, all of Puerto
was preceded in death by his parents, Julian and Nicolasa (nee
Rodriguez) Navarro; brothers Juan Navarro, Bautista Navarro,
Benigno Navarro, Francio Navarro and Tomas Navarro; and sisters
Paula Navarro, Juana Navarro, Juanita Navarro and Dominica
Navarro. To send
online condolence, go to www.dovinfuneralhome.com
ISRAEL ANGEL ARCE
Israel Angel Arce, son of Rudy and Angela (nee Collins) Arce of
Lorain, OH, was stillborn Wednesday,
March 2, 2005, at
the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland.
Survivors in addition to his parents include maternal grandparents
Libison James and Esther Collins, both of Lorain; and
paternal grandparents Leonide and Ida Arce of Lorain.
Flores, 78, of Toledo, OH,
passed away Wednesday, March 2, in Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo, Ohio. He
was a molder for Unitcast/Division of Midland Ross, retiring in
1999. He leaves to cherish his memory his son, David (Cathy)
Flores; brother, Trinidad Flores; sister, Catherine; 6
grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and a host of other loving
relatives and kind friends.
OQUENDO DE RAMOS Santia
Oquendo de Ramos, 88, of Farjardo, Puerto Rico,
formerly of Lorain, OH,
died Thursday, Feb. 3, following a brief illness. She was born July
31, 1916, in Ponce, Puerto
moved to Lorain in
1949. She and her husband, Daniel, moved back to Puerto Rico two
years ago. She attended Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and
was a member of Cursillistas and the Domas Society. She enjoyed
gardening and caring for her pet dove. Survivors include her
husband of 58 years, Daniel; sons Edward Ramos of Lorain and Daniel Ramos Jr. of Elyria;
brother, Umberto, of Puerto
12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two
Idalia Salas, (nee Treviño), 72, of Lorain, OH, died Monday,
March 7, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain
following a lengthy illness. Born November 29, 1932 in Monterrey, México, she
lived in Bay City and Saginaw, Michigan before coming to Lorain in 1951. She was a
homemaker who enjoyed her home and traveling.She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. Surviving is her
husband of 53 years, Eliu G. Salas; sons, Larry (Watertown,
Wisconsin), Michael (Lorain), Luis (Elyria), Alex (Toledo), and
Eric (Lorain); a daughter, Virginia Kevorkian (Toledo); 8
grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; brothers, Lupe Villareal
(Tarpon Springs, Florida) and José Villareal (Lorain); sisters,
Martha López (Lorain), Yolanda Salas (Omaha, Nebraska), and María
Sepulveda (Lorain); and her guardian angel, Annette Aponte of
Lorain; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by
her parents, Sebero Trevino, in 1935, and Petra (nee Sepulveda)
Treviño in 1996; sons, Robert Salas in 2002, and Charles Salas in
1957. The family will receive friends on Thursday from and in the Dovin
Funeral Home, 2701 Elyria Ave., Lorain.The family will also receive friends on Friday from until the time of
funeral mass at at Sacred Heart
Chapel, 4301 Pearl Ave., Lorain.Rev. Fr. William Thaden, pastor, will officiate.Burial will follow in ResthavenMemoryGardens, Avon.
María T. Rivera, 82, of Sandusky, OH, died Thursday,
March 3, at FirelandsRegionalMedicalCenter, South Campus, Sandusky, after a brief
illness. She was born July 17, 1922, in Bogatá, Colombia, and moved to
the United States in 1955. She was
the housekeeper at the Holy Angels Catholic Church Rectory for
over 20 years and had worked at CedarPointAmusement Park for 10 years.
Mrs. Rivera had volunteered for the American Cancer Society and
had been involved with the Help Maids. She was a member of Holy
Angels Catholic Church, where she was a Eucharistic minister. She
was also a former member of the Altar Rosary Society. She loved
sewing, knitting, crocheting, people, and her friends. Survivors
include her husband of 45 years, Tomas P. Rivera; son, Al Guativa;
brother, José D. Guativa of Colombia; three grandchildren; nieces
and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jose
Primitibo and Ana Tulia (nee Contor) Guativa; and brothers Gorge,
Luis Alfonso and Rafael Guativa.
Arturo “Archie” E. Flores, 45, of Oak Harbor, OH and formerly of Genoa, OH, died Wednesday,
March 2, in the H.B.MagruderHospital, Port Clinton,
OH, after a sudden illness. Archie was born in Oregon, OH, to Jose and
Luisa (Estrada) Flores on November 16, 1959. He was an
operating engineer for the Tom Taylor Excavating Co. for the past
2 years, operating heavy equipment. He was a 1977 graduate of the GenoaAreaHigh School and enjoyed
golfing; he was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan fan. Survivors
include his mother, Luisa of Hillsdale, MI; sons, Dustin J. and
Austin A. Flores, both of Oak Harbor; their mother, Robin Miller,
also of Oak Harbor; siblings, Harvey (Marjorie) Flores of Stony
Ridge, OH, Rosa (Red) Church and Leticia (Gary) Cole, both of
Hillsdale, MI, Esmeralda (Jeff) Apel of Martin, OH, Veronica (Ed)
Falter of Perrysburg, OH, along with a host of nieces, nephews and
cousins. He was preceded in death by his father. The family
suggests that memorials in Archie’s name be to the Children’s
Education Fund, C/O Sky Bank, Genoa Branch. The family would like
to offer a special thank you to their cousin, Amadeo and Carol
Estrada, and their children, Nathan and Ashleigh, for all of their
help and kindness.
Arnaldo “Arnie” Berrios, 44, of Lorain, OH, died Monday,
Feb. 28, at Community Health Partners Hospital, Lorain,
following a sudden illness. He was born Dec. 11, 1960, and was a
lifelong resident of the city.He graduated from Admiral
King High School, Lorain, in 1979 and attended The Ohio State
University for two years. He served in the National Guard as a
military policeman for six years. Berrios was employed as a team
leader at Polyone, Avon Lake, for four years. He had been a police
officer for the City of Lorain for 11 years. He shared his love of
sports by coaching baseball at St. Anthony of Padua School,
Lorain. He coached t-ball baseball and in 2003 founded the Lorain
Falcon Baseball team in the Cuyahoga Baseball Association. He
lettered in football baseball and basketball at Admiral King and
was an avid Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers and Browns fan. He was a
member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and enjoyed music and
cooking out. Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Judy Arroyo;
son, Alejandro Valerio Berrios, at home; brothers Ralph Berrios
and Bernardo ‘’Nandi’’ Cruz, both of Lorain, and Rafael
Berrios of Conyers, Ga.; and three uncles. He was preceded in
death by his parents, Rafael Berrios and Eloina Ramos Rodríguez;
maternal grandparents Rafael and Trinidad (nee Vázquez) Rodríguez;
paternal grandparents Juan and Eduarda (nee Rivera) Berrios; and a
niece and a nephew.
Tomas Castro, 54, of South Toledo, OH, passed
away Sunday, February 27, surrounded by his family at his home. He
was a construction worker for D & K Excavating Co. for the
last ten years. He previously worked for Rohm and Haas Chemical
Co. Tomas was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was preceded in
death by his parents, Tomas and Angelita Castro. Surviving are his
wife of 36 years, Norma Castro; son, Thomas Castro; granddaughter,
Tiffany Castro; daughter, Sandy Castro; 4 sisters; 2 brothers and
many nieces, nephews and loving in-laws.
Maria Ortiz Pagán, 83, of Lorain, OH, died Saturday, Feb. 26,
at the home of her granddaughter in Lorain, after a lengthy
illness. She was born Oct. 4, 1921, in Puerto
Rico. She had lived most of her life in Hormigueros, Puerto Rico,
and moved to Lorain two years ago.She enjoyed knitting and
sewing and raised chickens, vegetables and coffee on the family
farm in Puerto Rico. Survivors include her daughters Marta E.
Bracero Ortiz and Ivette R. Bracero Ortiz, both of Puerto Rico;
sons Francisco J. Bracero and Geraldo E. Ortiz Ortiz, both of
Puerto Rico; and grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was
preceded in death by her husband, Francisco Solano Bracero; and
sons Samuel Ortiz Ortiz and Manuel Ortiz Ortiz. Funeral services
will be held in Puerto Rico.
Marselino Avila Rodríguez, age 72, of Toledo, OH, passed away
Saturday, February 26, in his home surrounded by his family. He
was born April 26, 1932, in Cameron, Texas, to José and Luz Rodríguez.
An army veteran of the Korean War, he worked in the press shop and
was a material handler for the Jeep Corp. for 28 years, retiring
in 1990. Marselino was preceded in death by his sons, Felipe and
Raphael. Surviving is his wife, Emelia; sons, Rosendo (Susana),
Reyes (Angela), and Roberto (Julie) Rodríguez; grandchildren,
Stacy, Rachel, Tonya, Martin, Soledad, Roberto, Crystal, Marselina,
Stephanie, Reyes José, Alejandro and Renee (Corey) and brother,
Arturo (Frances) Sánchez.
“Tony” Aguirre-Bais, age 64, of Toledo, oh, died Thursday, February 24,
in Hospice of Northwest Ohio. He was born November 24, 1940, to Margarito and Petra (Diaz) Bais in Carrizo Springs, TX. He and Agnes Murray were married
on July 8, 1967. Tibursio drove trucks for various
companies until retiring in 1992. He loved cars and cooking,
spending time as a backyard mechanic and a baker of pies.
Surviving are his loving wife of 37 years, Agnes; children, Betty
Ann Bais, John Bais, Andrew Bais, Crystal (David) Aguirre and T.J.
(Cheryl) Aguirre; brothers, Joseph (Betty) Bais, Michael Bais,
Jesse Bais, Margarito (Kim) Bais Jr., Armando Bais and Alfredo (Tammi)
Bais; sisters, Mary Underwood, and Chanita (Art) Banda and dog,
“Damien.” Also surviving are eleven grandchildren and five
great-grandchildren. Proceeding “Tony” in death were his
parents; his children, Christina, Tony, Sandy Sue and Freddie.
“Bugs” López Jr., 62, of Toledo, OH, passed away Tuesday, February 22,
at St. CharlesHospital. He was born December 29, 1942, to Ignacio and María López in San Antonio, TX. Bugs is survived by his children,
Carmen (Carlos) López, Christina López, Manuela López, Rudy López,
and Richard López; 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren;
sister, Vera (Ray) Navarro; brothers, José (Irma) López, Tony
(Judy) López, and Rubén López and many loving nieces and
nephews. Bugs was preceded in death by his parents and two
brothers, Alex and Louie López. Visitation was at Freck Funeral
Chapel in Oregon, OH.
Cuban-born novelist Guillermo Cabrera Infante, widely regarded as
one of the most original voices in 20th-century Spanish-language
literature, died Monday, February 21, from septicemia, a type of
blood infection. He was 75. Cabrera died in a London hospital, said Carmen Piñilla, a
spokeswoman for his literary agents, the Balcells agency in Barcelona, Spain. Cabrera was lauded for his
experimental use of language in novels, essays, and cinema
criticism. He won the 1997 Miguel de Cervantes prize for
literature, the most prestigious literary award in the
Spanish-speaking world. “Perhaps his greatest originality was to
turn cinema criticism into a new literary genre,” Peruvian
writer Mario Vargas Llosa, who served on the jury that awarded the
prize, said of Cabrera. Cabrera’s most famous novel, Three
Trapped Tigers, was published in 1967. Cabrera, born in Gibara, Cuba in 1929, served as the
revolutionary Cuban government’s cultural attaché in Brussels in 1962. But he became a harsh
critic of the Castro regime, publishing a collection of political
writings under the title Mea Cuba in 1991. He settled in London and took on British citizenship.
Ibarra, 100, of Perrysburg, OH, died Sunday, February 20, in his
home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in San Luis, México
on March 4, 1904, to Luis and Angelita (Barron)
Ibarra and married Luz T. Trejo on February 3, 1935. He was a member of St. Rose
Catholic Church and was a gardener for many families in the
Perrysburg area retiring in 1986. Surviving are his wife of 70
years, Luz; children, Delia (Jesus) Villagomez, María (Joseph)
Cardenas, José (Lucy) Ibarra, Jesus (Evey) Ibarra, Narcisco
(Lupe) Ibarra, Susana (Juan) DeLaO, Manuella (Francisco) Urvina,
Ricardo (Alejandra) Ibarra, and Ofelia Ibarra; sixty-three
grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and brother, Jouqin
Ibarra. He was preceded in death by sons, Vidal Ibarra and
Casimiro Ibarra, Jr.
GARCIA DE THOMPSON
“Janie” G. Thompson, 43, of Toledo, OH, passed away
Wednesday, February 16, surrounded by her loving family in the
Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg. She was born April 18, 1961, in Toledo to Alberto and
Antonia (Dueñez) García.
worked 3 years at MCO as a Respiratory
Therapist. Previously she worked as a Kelly Girl, a cook at WhiteTower and White Hut and
a hostess and bartender at the Spaghetti Warehouse. Juanita was a
member of the Latinos Club, Arrow Club (social member) and Ovarian
Cancer Support Group. She traveled extensively along with her
husband, Vincent throughout North and Central America, including México,
Europe, the Middle East, including the Holy Land, Africa, and Egypt. A lifetime
parishioner of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Juanita
was a parishioner of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, where
she volunteered her time for parish festivals. A loving and
devoted wife, stepmother, daughter, sister and aunt, Juanita will
be affectionately remembered for her stamina and courage in
battling cancer throughout her life. Juanita is survived by her
husband, Vincent H. Thompson, of 12 years, whom she married, June 19, 1993; parents, Alberto
and Antonia García; sisters, Martha (José) Sifuentes, María
(Gilbert) Delgado, Delia García, and Lisa (Marty) Stevens;
brothers, Ruben (Jerri) García, Ceclio García; Danny (Angel)
García, Ricardo García; stepdaughter, Angela Thompson and
stepson, Keith Thompson and many cousins, nieces and nephews
locally and from Texas. Also, godchildren Brandy Hurley, Diana
García, and Mercedes López. Juanita will be greatly missed!
Morales (nee Wichy), 79, of Lorain, OH, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, at
Golden Acres Lorain County Home, Amherst, after a lengthy illness.
Born March 20, 1925, in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, she moved to Lorain in 1996. Mrs.
Morales enjoyed travel.
Survivors include her daughters Myrna Lyons of Lorain and Aurea Vanessa
Morales Wichy of Florida; and one grandchild. She was preceded in
death by her husband of 54 years, Hector L. Morales, in 1996; her
parents, Vicente Wichy in 1996 and Dolores (nee Navarro) in 1964.
Burial was in Cementerio Nacional de Hato Tejas, Puerto Rico. Arrangements by
Dovin Funeral Home, Lorain, and Funeraria Los
Cipreses in Puerto Rico.
M. “Al” Pérez, age 79, of Adrian, MI, passed away on
Sunday, February 13, with his loving daughters, Andrea, María,
and Teena at his side. He passed away at 4:
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes
Association or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Wilma L. Gúzman, 45, of Fostoria, OH, passed away
Sunday, Feb. 13, in FostoriaCommunityHospital. She was born Feb. 27, 1959, in South
Williamson, KY, to Ted and Ollie (Marcum) VanHoose. She married
Roberto Gúzman on May 13, 1983, in Texas.
Those who survive her include: her father; a husband, Roberto Gúzman,
Fostoria; two sons, Ted Gúzman, Fostoria, and Tony Gúzman,
Bellevue; five daughters, María (Refugio Sánchez) Vásquez; Ana
(Patrick) Porter; April Gúzman; Amy Gúzman; and María Gúzman,
all of Fostoria; five grandchildren, Fernando Vásquez, Derik
Gregory, Alicia Porter, Teandra Gúzman, Patrick Porter, Jr.;
a sister, Judy Bowers, Fostoria; a half-brother, Mike Morrow, Pa.;
and a half-sister, Ruth Hill, Las Vegas, Nev.
She was preceded in death by her mother; a daughter, Melinda Gúzman;
and a son, Roberto Jr. Wilma was a kind and loving person who
always put her family first.
Ysidro A. "Art"
Camacho, 66, of Findlay, OH, died at 3:20 p.m. Feb. 7 in the
emergency room at Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center. Ysidro
was born on August 16, 1938 in Erie, Colorado to Ysidro and Irene (Zaragoza)
Camacho. He married Linda Abeyta and they divorced. In September of
1970, Ysidro married Marlene Ley. They were married for 22 years.
was a retired assembler from Findlay Whirlpool Corporation where he
had worked for 25 years. He was a member of St. Michael the
Archangel Catholic Church, Findlay, Ohio.
are three sons, Mike Camacho, Lakewood, Colorado; Ed Ruminer,
Kenton, Ohio; Mike Ley, Findlay, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. Art
(Marcella) Wittner, Summerville, South Carolina; Isabelle Camacho,
Denver, Colorado; 9 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; two
brothers, Lee Cortez, Denver, Colorado; Mike Camacho, Claymont,
Delaware; and one sister, Jan McGee, Lake Oswego, Oregon. Preceding
him in death are three sisters; one brother; and one grandchild.
M. LÓPEZ Antonio M. López passed away
on Wednesday, February 9, in his home. He was born on March 6, 1922,
in Segun, Texas, to Asencion and Otila (Muñoz) López. He was
married on March 8, 1947, to Leonor (Flores) and enjoyed 58 years of
marriage. Antonio was employed as a construction worker and
coordinated farm work with several area farms. He was a member of
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Genoa and enjoyed the
outdoors, especially fishing, hunting, and gardening. He also played
baseball in the Minor Leagues.
Antonio is survived by his loving wife, Leonor A.F.; children, Otila
L. (Reynaldo) Borjas, Estela ( Esequiel) Escobar, Leonor Hernandez,
José E.F. (Susana) López, Aurora (Raul) Cardenas, Jorge A. (Vicky)
López, Juan David (Rosa) López, José Luis F. (Gloria) López,
along with Victor, Lupe, and Graciela López; 31 grandchildren and
31 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents and 13
brothers and sisters; son, Antonio Jr.; daughter, Juanita, and
Sally May Vargas, 88, of
Fostoria, OH, passed away Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005, in her home. She was
born March 13, 1916, in Grayburg, Texas, to the late John and
Dionicia (Rendon) García.
married Joseph Vargas Sr., on Dec. 30, 1939, in St. Mary’s
Catholic Church in Assumption and he died Oct. 19, 2003.
who survive her include: a daughter, Dolores F. Vargas, Fostoria; a
son, Joseph Vargas, Jr., Avon Lake; two grandchildren, Michelle Rene
Huber DagDag M.D., and Jennifer Pushka; two great-granddaughters,
Naialani DagDag, Katya Sage Pushka; two sisters, Lola Tomacek and
Rose García, both of Toledo; one brother, Thatcher García, Toledo.
was preceded by a husband; four sisters, Stella García, Sara Bush,
Juanita Miller and Pauline Rojas; four brothers, Louis, Frank, Fred
and Ted García.
was a homemaker. Her memberships include St. Wendelin Catholic
Church, Fostoria. She immensely enjoyed the raising of flowers and
earned the well deserved reputation of being able to make any plant
grow and flourish.
are suggested to St. Wendelin Church and Schools. Online condolences
may be made by visiting www.hoeningfuneralhome.com.
Samuel Alvarado, age 48, of
Toledo, OH, died Friday, February 11, at The Toledo Hospital. He was
born October 30, 1956, in Toledo to Mr. and Mrs. Simon (Eloisa)
Alvarado. He attended Woodward High School and was employed at
Kolinski Landscaping for 15 years and was a member of St. Vincent
DePaul Catholic Church and enjoyed fishing and being with his family
and friends. Survived by daughters, Samantha Cortez, of Toledo,
Sylvia Cortez, of Toledo and Melissa Alvarado, of Defiance; mother,
Eloisa Alvarado, of Toledo; stepdaughter, Tracy Cortez, of Toledo;
grandchildren, Serena, James, Lamont, JoJo, Juan, Alina, Humberto,
Enrique, Brian, Chris, Alexis and Kyle; brothers, Robert, Daniel
(Nancy) and Michael (Brenda); sisters, Elizabeth (Simon) Donato,
Jane (Tom) Campbell and Cynthia (Glen) Roberts; 19 nieces and
nephews. He was preceded in death by his father.
José E. López, age 64, of
San Antonio, TX, formerly of Toledo, passed away February 2, 2005.
José was preceded in death by his parents, Luis and Guadalupe
López. Surviving are his children, Roy Franco López, Victoria
Franco López, Luis (Melissa) Franco López and Jesse Pérez López;
grandchildren, Consuelo Franco López, Moriah López, Alfred López,
Joseph Franco López, Nathan Franco López, Luis Franco López Jr.,
Samuel Franco López and Destiny López, Julio López, Jessie López
and John Anthony López, Vanessa López, Heavenly López; brothers,
Leandro López and John López (deceased); sisters, Mary López,
Rosa López and Lucy López; many nieces, nephews, other relatives
I. Santana (nee López), 48, of Lorain, OH, died Friday, Feb. 4, at
Community Health Partners Hospital and Surgical Center, Lorain,
following a lengthy illness. She was born Aug. 16, 1956,
in Luquillo, Puerto Rico. She came to Lorain in August 1998.Mrs. Santana was a homemaker and a member of the Spanish
Congregation of the Jehovah Witnesses, Lorain. She enjoyed flower
gardening. Survivors include her husband of 27 years, Miguel
Santana of Lorain; sons Michael Santana of North Ridgeville,
Samuel and Alex Santana, both of Lorain; daughters Sandra Santana
Vacco of Elyria, Abigail Santana of Luquillo, Puerto Rico, and
Melanie Santana of Lorain; parents Mariano and Rosalina (nee Almo)
López of Luquillo, Puerto Rico; brothers José and Andres López
both of Luquillo, Puerto Rico; sisters Lydia López of Canovanas,
Puerto Rico, Rosa and María López, both of Luquillo, Puerto Rico;
and five grandchildren.
CARRERAS, OLGA Olga
Carreras (nee Palacios), 51, of Lorain, OH, died Thursday, Feb. 3,
at University Hospitals of Cleveland,
following an extended illness. She was born Feb. 5, 1953,
in Lorain and had been a lifelong resident of the city. She was a
graduate of Lorain Admiral King High School.She was
formerly employed as a technician for the Dry Clean U.S.A.
franchise in North Olmsted and had previously served in a similar
capacity at the Fussy Cleaners store in Akron. She was a
parishioner of Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain.
Survivors include her husband of 25 years, Mike; brothers Antonio
and Juan Palacios, both of Lorain, Gilberto Palacios of Avon Lake;
and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents,
Antonio and Evilia (nee Reyna) Palacios; and a sister, Consuelo
Villa in 2003.
Nicolas “Jaco” Ruiz, 70, of Lorain
OH, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, at New Life Hospice Center of St.
Joseph, Lorain, following a brief illness. He was born Sept. 3, 1934,
in Caguas, Puerto Rico, and lived in Chicago, Ill., for five years
before coming to Lorain
in 1972. He served in the U.S. Army for three years. Ruiz worked
at Ford's Lorain Assembly Plant as an assembler for 25 years,
retiring in 1996. He then worked at Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain,
of which he was a member, for eight years as head of maintenance.
He was active in the Cursillo and Santo Nombre at Sacred Heart
Chapel and was a member of United Autoworkers Union Local 425,
Lorain. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and raising pigeons.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Susana (nee Ojeda); sons
Orlando of Vermilion, Jorge of Amherst, Carlos of Suwanee, Ga.,
and Luis and Antonio, both of Columbus; daughters Wanda
Ruiz-Rollins of Pataskala and Migdalee Ruiz-Brewer of Lorain; a
sister, Juanita Vega of Caguas; and 12 grandchildren. He was
preceded in death by his parents, Jose and Romualda (nee Vega)
Ruiz; and brother, Clotildo Ruiz, in 1988.
Leal, Santos Santos De
Leal, 99, of McAllen, Texas, died Saturday, Jan. 8, at her
residence in Texas,
of natural cause. Born in Hacienda de San, Isidro, she had lived
in McAllen most of her life. Mrs. Leal enjoyed gardening and
dancing. Survivors include her sons, Mario R. Leal and Ramiro Leal
of McAllen, Texas, and José Ricardo Leal of North Ridgeville; a
daughter, Angelica Ritsko of LaGrange; brothers Felipe De León of
México, and Juan De León of California; sisters Chela Barrera of
México, and Ninfa Mungia of McAllen, Texas; 13 grandchildren; 20
great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was
preceded in death by her husband, Arnulfo Leal Ruiz; sons Armando
Leal and Angel Ernesto Leal; a daughter, Magdalena Elia Leal.
MARTÍNEZ, DAVID David
Martínez, 46, of Champagne Blvd., Bowling
died Thursday afternoon, Jan. 27, in WoodCountyHospital. He
was born April
16, 1958, in Bowling
Alfredo T. and Ellen Ruth (Yarger) Martínez. Surviving is his
mother; loving companion, Carol Smith; daughter, Angela and son,
Markus; brothers Mark, Renton,
Alfredo Jr., Jeff, John and Joe; sister, Valarie Caballero;
stepbrother, Joe Rodríguez; stepsisters, Esther López, Linda
DeWalt and Frances Calderon. Mr. Martínez worked as a computer
technician for Xerox Company in Toledo. He
was an avid bowler, pool and softball player and sports
enthusiast. He attended St. Aloysius Church, B.G. and was a Navy
María López Iglesias González, 87, of Cadiz, Spain,
died Thursday, Jan. 27, following a lengthy illness. Survivors
include her husband, Teodomiro González; sons Luis González of Lorain and
Miguel González of Elyria;
daughter, Maria Dzubak of Avon and four daughters in Spain;
five grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and 13 grandchildren and
great-grandchildren in Spain.
CARSON, JOHNNY: There goes Johnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnny! Comedian-rey,
Johnny Carson, 79, the king of late night TV for 30 years, died
Sunday, Jan. 23, in Los Angeles. The cause was emphysema. Johnny replaced Jack Paar of the
“Tonight" show on Oct. 1, 1962, and, preferring to retire at the top of his game,
voluntarily surrendered it to Jay Leno on May 22, 1992. During those
three decades, he became the biggest, most popular U.S. television star,
and was introduced by his sidekick, Detroit native, Ed
McMahon, as “Here’s Johnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnny!”
VELAZQUEZ TORRES ORTIZ (1916/1920-2005)
CITY (AP): Consuelo
Velázquez Torres Ortiz, whose song “Bésame Mucho” became a
standard in many languages and styles of music, died Saturday,
Jan. 22, of complications from a fall she suffered in October, her
son Mariano Rivera said. She was 84. While overseeing classical
music programs for the pioneering radio station XEQ, she began
writing popular tunes. The first to become famous was “Bésame
Mucho,” which became a Big Band hit during World War II and was
later recorded by hundreds of artists, including The Beatles,
Frank Sinatra, Wes Montgomery, Elvis Presley, the Grateful Dead,
and Placido Domingo. The Spanish lyric on “Bésame Mucho” was changed into English by Sunny Skylar,First recorded in 1941 by Emilio Tuero, it was the romantic
vision of a chaste, convent-educated teenager growing up in 1930s
México—it was inspired by the sight of a smooching couple in
the street.“Kiss me,
Kiss me a lot,” the song goes, “Kiss me as if this were the
very last time.”She
also wrote “Amar y Vivir,” “Verdad Amarga,” and “Franqueza.”Born in Ciudad Guzmán, Jalisco during the Mexican
revolution, Velázquez was the youngest of five sisters. Their
father was an army officer and poet.[Varying accounts place her date of birth as either 1916 or
1920.] Velázquez began playing the
piano at four, picking up tunes by ear. She began formal study at
11, following her teacher to Mexico City, D.F.,
in her late teens accompanied by her mother. At 20, Velázquez
graduated as a concert pianist and earned a reputation for playing
Debussy. Several years later, she was a regular on radio. It was
then unusual, though not unrespectable, for a woman to become a
classical musician, but radio was risqué for a young woman from a
good family. Velázquez consequently performed under a male
pseudonym for years. On Sunday, hundreds of fellow artists filed
past her coffin during a special tribute at Mexico City’s Palace of Fine
where she studied music in 1938. Mexican television and radio
stations devoted hours of coverage to her music and to interviews
with artists mourning her passing. “She was an extraordinary
composer linked to an intimate and public fabric that was not only
Mexican but also Latin American and in good measure, Spanish,”
said Mexican writer Carlos Monsivais.
Frieda Gonzáles, 32 years of Toledo, OH,
passed away Friday, January 21. She enjoyed reading and working on
crafts. She is survived by her loving family, children, Monique,
David, Andrew and Melissa Carrasco; mother, Maria (Andrew) Silva
and father, Freddie Gonzáles as well as brothers, Freddie
(Leanne), Joseph (Sarah) and Francisco.
MONTALVO, FRANCISCO “PONCHO” Francisco
“Poncho” Mendez Montalvo, 81, Vermilion, OH, and formerly of Lorain, OH, died Friday,
Jan. 21, at his home after a brief illness. Born
10, 1923, in
moved from to Lorain in
1950. He served in the Army during World War II with Battery A
346th Anti-Aircraft Battalion. He received the American Theater
Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, the Good Conduct Medal
and five Overseas Service Bars. Poncho, after 25 years, retired as
a crane operator in 1982 from the Ford Brook Park Engine Plant
Foundry. He had also been employed at Fruehauf Trailer in AvonLake. He
was a member of the House Praise International, the United Auto
AMVETS Post 58. He wrote poetry and enjoyed listening to shortwave
radio, baseball, and football. He was an avid Biblical reader.
Survivors include: his son, Rafael Mendez of Lorain;
daughters Olga Williams of Bryant, Ark.,
Maria “Evelyn” Mathess of Columbia Station and Enith Workman
of Vermilion; brothers Alejo and Jose Mendez, both of Lorain, and
Ismael Mendez of Utuado, Puerto Rico; sister, Luisa Cortez of Utuado, Puerto
six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded
in death by his wife of 56 years, Rosa A. Mendez (nee López), in
July 2003; parents, Carmelo Mendez and Isabel Montalvo; brothers
Miguel and Antonio Mendez; and an infant daughter.
MORALES, JESUS R. Jesus R. Morales, 48, of Toledo, OH,
passed away Thursday, January 20. Mr. Morales was born in Toledo, OH, on July
21, 1956, to
Candelario and Antonia (Reyes) Morales. Jesus was a graduate of ClayHigh
was employed as a construction worker. Surviving are his son,
Jesse Morales; daughters, Jaqueline Jaquez and Ashley Morales;
brothers, José G. Morales, Ricardo (María) Morales, Gilberto
(Barbara) Revilla, Armando Revilla, Rogelio R. Morales, Daniel
(Pamela) Morales; sisters, María Guzman, Adelaida Hernández,
Yolanda (Crispin) DeLuna, Sylvia (Frank) Abramo, Anita E.
(Roberto) Rodríguez and Esther Kimbrell; 4 grandchildren. He was
preceded in death by his parents and brother, Carlos Revilla.
PERALES, VANESSALYNN Vanessa Lynn Perales, age 18, of Toledo, OH,
passed away on Thursday Jan. 20, at St. VincentMercyMedicalCenter, Toledo. A
student of WhitmerHigh
Vanessa loved children, collecting frogs and listening to her
favorite music. She had a wonderful, loving, caring personality
and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends; she had a
very special bond with her mom who was her “best friend.”
Vanessa was preceded in death by her father, David Perales Jr. She
is survived by her loving family, mom, Eva McCarty; grandma, Ruby
McCarty; uncle, Sean McCarty and the Perales Family.
MIGUEL, SR. Miguel
A. Alvarado Sr., 78, of Lorain, OH,
died Wednesday, Jan. 19, following a lengthy illness. Miguel was
18, 1928, in
graduated high school in Ciales, where he studied the English
language. He lived in Jauna Díaz, Puerto
Rico, for 10 years before moving to Lorain in
April of 1954. Alvarado served in the Army during World War II,
with Company F 65th Infantry. He earned the WW II Victory Medal,
American Theater Service Medal and two Over Seas Bars. He worked
as a tow motor operator for Ford Motor Plant 1 in Brook
23 years, before retiring in 1974. He taught English and was a
mechanic while in Ciales. He played the cuatro
professionally in Puerto
northern Ohio and
surrounding states. He performed for then-Governor of Puerto Rico,
Luis Marian, and won a letter-writing contest sponsored by the
appeared with Ramito, Odilio González, Nieves Quintero and Maso
Rivera in Puerto Rico and Carmelo Santiago, Felo Guzman, Miguel
Cruz, Yayo Rodríguez and Carlos Velázquez locally. He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and
the United Auto Workers Local Brookpark. Survivors include his
wife of 55 years, Dalila (nee García) Alvarado; sons Miguel
Alvarado Jr. of Lorain,
Harold Alvarado of Tampa, Fla., and
Wilfredo Alvarado of Kissimmee, Fla.;
eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded
in death by his parents, Luis and Eulalia (nee Rivera) Alvarado;
brother, Luis Alvarado Jr.; and sister, Luisa Alvarado.
Rivera-Lamboy, 74, of Lorain, OH, died Wednesday,
Jan. 19, following a short illness. Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, he moved to New York City in 1948, then to
Lorain in 1952. He was
employed at Ford Motor Co., Brook Park, for 36 years,
retiring in 1989. He was a union official for Uaw Local 1250, and
the committeeman for Engine Plant 1 from 1975 to 1977. He was a
member of Sacred Heart Chapel, where he was a member of the
Cursillo Movement and the Santo Nombre. A founding member for the
Puerto Rican Home in Lorain, he was also a
community leader who was involved in the South Lorain Urban
Renewal movement and enjoyed volunteering at the Neighborhood
House in Lorain. He enjoyed
watching boxing on television, politics, spending time with his
family and traveling, especially going on cruise ships and going
to flea markets with his wife. Survivors include his wife of 52
years, Natividad “Naty” (nee Pagán); sons Victor Rivera, Jr.
and Ramon “Ray” Rivera, both of Lorain; a daughter, Francisca
“Frances” Torres of Miami Springs, Fla.; eight grandchildren
and five great-grandchildren; brothers, Abdon, Freddie and Luis
Rivera, all of Puerto Rico; and a sister, Rosa Julia Rivera, of
Puerto Rico. He was preceded in death by his parents, Florencio
and Francisca (nee Lamboy) Rivera; sister, Gomercinda Rivera;
brother, Tono Rivera; and a granddaughter.
FLORES, RAMONA Ramona Flores, 78, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, in Genoa, OH,
after a long illness. Born in Asherton, Texas, on February
28, 1926, she
was the daughter of Santos and Antonia (García) Sánchez. Ramona was a
supervisor in central services at Medical College of Ohio for 24
years, retiring in 1988. She loved to dance and enjoyed camping.
She will be forever loved and deeply missed by her dedicated
husband and children.
Ramona is survived by Santiago “Jim” Flores, her loving
husband of 54 years; children, Hilda (Greg) Wojciechowski, John (Adela)
Flores, Olga Jaimez, Emma (Louis) Tudico of Erie, PA; brothers,
Rodolfo (Evita), Jorge (Susie), and Ricardo (Andrea) Sánchez;
sister, Sylvia (Valde) Martínez; daughter-in-law, Gloria Flores;
14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and one
great-great-grandson. She was preceded in death by son, José
Flores, and brother, José Sánchez.
E. “Cuca” García (nee Lecodet), 49, of Elyria, OH, formerly
of Lorain, OH, died Monday, Jan 17, at her home, following a
lengthy illness. María was born in Puerto
lived in Lorain
since childhood. She attended SouthviewHigh
Mrs. García enjoyed music, bingo and raising plants and flowers.
Survivors include her husband of 25 years, Norberto García;
daughters Moraina and María, both of Lorain;
son, Norberto García of Lorain; brother; Ubeline Rivera of Florida;
sisters Benny Carrion of Lorain, Lizette Johnson of Florida,
Eneida Rivera of Cleveland and
Carmen Pagán of New
five grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in
death by her parents, Pedro and Cleofa Pagán; and brother, Pedro
ALVARDO, ENRIQUE Enrique Alvarado, 78 years, Toledo, OH,
passed away on Saturday, Jan. 15, at LutheranVillage at WolfCreek, Holland. Mr.
Alvarado was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico on June
10, 1926, to
Narciso and Ramona (Camacho) Alvarado. He married Josephine Iguina
25, 1948. He
will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Surviving is
his loving wife of 56 years, Josephine; children, Myrta Gschaar,
Enrique Alvarado II; grandchildren, Mayra, Bernadette, Vanessa,
Michelle; great-grandchildren, Luis, Cynthia, Leeann, Gilbert,
Olivia, Erica, Isaiah, and sisters, Ida and Margarita. He was
preceded in death by 3 brothers. Funeral services were held in Bayamon, Puerto
with burial to take place in the PortaCoeliCemetery, Bayamon, Puerto
SOTO, CARMEN Carmen
“Veva” Soto (nee López), 79, Lorain, OH, died Saturday, Jan. 15, at her home after a brief
illness. She was born in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, on Jan. 20, 1925, and moved to Lorain in January 1951.Mrs. Soto was a homemaker and a member of BethelTemple, East 31st Street, Lorain, and was
involved in the Sociedad de Damas. She was an active member of the
Intercessory Prayer group. She enjoyed reading the Bible, praying,
sewing, cooking, and growing plants. Survivors include her husband
of 54 years, Juan M. Soto; daughters Margie Mattei of Lorain, Puri
Purta of Grafton, Julie Sánchez of Lorain, Nancy Soto, missionary
in Quanaminthe, Haiti, and Brunie Surget of New York City; son Ed
Soto of Tampa, Fla.; sister Lido Salva of Lorain; brother Vincent
López of Carolina, Puerto Rico; and six grandchildren and nieces
and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Enrique and
Puri (nee Alberty) López; and brothers Ramón and Francisco López.
DANIEL CARDENAS MARQUEZ (1927-2005)
Cardenas Marquez, 77, of Cleveland, OH, died Jan. 13. He was born on November 11, 1927 on a farm in Edna, Texas and moved to Cleveland in 1948. He was
active in numerous Latino organizations. He is survived by sons,
Andrew and Edward (Mary), both of Cleveland, and Daniel Jr.
(Peggy) of Middleburg
Heights; a daughter,
Susie Coleman, of Cleveland; eight
grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and 11 brothers and
sisters. His wife, Elsie, and his parents, Daniel Cardenas Cantu
and María del Refugio Marquez de Cardenas, predecease him.
(nee Mulero) León, 61, Lorain, OH, died Wednesday,
Jan. 12, while visiting relatives in Puerto Rico. She was born Feb. 20, 1943, in Caguas, Puerto Rico, and moved to Lorain in 1957. Mrs. León
had been a beautician but most recently was a homemaker. She was a
member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain.
Survivors include a daughter, Ana Marina León Curry of Lorain; son, Roberto León
Jr. of Lorain; father, Luciano
Mulero of Lorain; sisters
Cristina Barreiro and María Mulero, both of Lorain, and Sarah
Mulero of Charlotte, N.C.; brothers
Ferdinand “Freddy” Mulero and Manuel Mulero, both of Lorain, and Nepo
“Nick” Mulero of Charlotte, N.C.; nine grandchildren and
several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her
mother, Ana (nee Figeruoa) Mulero; and sister, Andrea Mulero.
ESQUIVEL, DANIEL GARZA Daniel Garza Esquival, 29, of Toledo and
formerly of Fostoria, OH,
died Sunday, January 9, at his residence. A native of Fostoria,
Daniel was born June 14, 1975, to
Isabel and Sally (Garza) Esquivel, and they survive in Fostoria.
Other survivors include a brother, Eddie G. (Amada) Esquivel, and
a sister, Sylvia G. (Joe) Reidling, both of Toledo, and his nieces
whom he dearly loved, Melina and Liliana Esquivel and Regina and
Natalie Reidling. A 1993 graduate of FostoriaHigh
Daniel was a member of St. Wendelin Catholic Church, Fostoria. He
was a skilled artist and musician, playing the bago sexto,
acoustic guitar, and the accordion. He was an avid fan of the
Dallas Cowboys and enjoyed lifting weights with his brother and
being the fun-loving tio
to his nieces. Daniel was a very generous man with a tremendous
sense of humor. He will be most remembered for his ability to make
people laugh and feel good, and for his extreme bravery displayed
throughout his life. He was a best friend to many, and will be
FERNANDEZ, CARL E. Carl E. Fernández. 87, of Milan, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, in SanduskyOH. He was born Feb. 13, 1917, in Clarksburg
WVA and moved to the Milan area from Akron in 1952. He
served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and the Korean War. Fernández
managed Jolly Lanes in Bellevue for 34 years and
had also worked at Nobil’s Shoe Store in Norwalk, the Bellevue
Eagles Club, and Woussickett Golf Course. He was a life member of
Veterans of Foreign Wars Firelands Post 2743, Norwalk, and the
Bellevue Elks, Fraternal Order of Eagles, American Legion and
Bellevue Moose Lodge. Survivors include: daughters Betty Moyer of RaleighNC; Debbie Graeter of Cincinnati; Vicky Buday
& Cheryl Cleland, of Norwalk; & Michelle
Kaiser of Columbus; sons Dennis
Fernández of Toledo and Gene Fernández
of Findlay; sister, Dolores
Garner of Clarksburg WVA; brother, Earl Fernández of Clarksburg; and 19
grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death
by his wife, Norma Lee, in 1992; his parents, Claude A. and Susan
M. (nee Clingan) Fernández; brother, Fred; and sisters Nora Odom
and Annabelle Golden.
AMHERST, Mass. (AP):
Antonio Benitez-Rojo, 73, an award-winning author and Spanish
professor at AmherstCollege, died Jan. 5,
2005, after a brief illness. He died at CooleyDickinsonHospital in Northampton, the college
said in a prepared statement. Benitez-Rojo, a native of Cuba who
came to the United States in 1980, won one of Latin America’s
most prestigious literary awards, the Casa
de Las Americas Prize, in 1967 for his collection of short
stories, “Tute de Reyes.” “Sea of Lentils,” the English
translation of his novel “El mar de las lentejas” was selected
by the New York Times as one of the Notable Books of 1992. His
1998 book “La isla que se repite” was the co-winner of the
1993 Modern Language Association Katherine Singer Kovacs prize for
an outstanding book in the field of Latin American and Spanish
literature. He also wrote the award-winning screenplay for the
1979 movie “Los sobrevivientes,” based on one of his short
stories. The novelist, short-story writer/essayist has had his
work translated into nine languages.
FLORES, GUADALUPE Guadalupe (Lupe) R.Flores,
83, Lorain, OH,
died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005, at
his home, following a lengthy illness. He was born Feb.
7, 1921, in Fort
and lived in Lorain
since 1948.He served
in the U.S. Army during World War II with the rank of corporal in
the U.S. war
effort. Flores was
employed at U.S. Steel’s Lorain Works, retiring in 1989 as a
relief foreman. He was a member of the United Steelworkers Union
Local 1104 (Lorain)
and enjoyed gardening and working around the house. Survivors
include his wife of 56 years, Frances (nee Ceja); daughters Helen
Avalos and Marie Oliver, both of Lorain; sons John Flores, Richard
Flores, Michael Flores and Joseph Flores, all of Lorain; brothers
Peter Flores of Lorain and Sammy and Joseph Flores, both of Fort
Worth; sister, Mary Fernández of Fort Worth; and 14 grandchildren
and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his
parents, José Flores and Antonia (nee Ramírez) Flores;
and brother, Louis Flores.
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