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Sixto M. Elizondo, 71 of Toledo, Ohio went to be with the Lord at his home surrounded by his loved ones, on July 16, 2020, after a lengthy illness. Born on October 1, 1948 in Louis, Texas to Marcos and Consuelo (née Calderon) Elizondo. Sixto served in the US Army for 4 years and worked for the Toledo Fire Department for 5 years and as an Electrician, retiring in 2014. He was a member of both IBEW Local 8 Toledo and Local 60 of San Antonio Texas.

Sixto enjoyed watching all sports in person and on TV, especially the Ohio State Buckeyes and San Antonio Spurs. Sixto also enjoyed dancing with his wife, traveling and fishing, watching Western movies on Grit TV and the Christian Channel. Sixto enjoyed being in the company of his wife, children, grand- and great-grandchildren as he loved nothing more than being with his family. He also loved to share the love of Jesus with everyone he talked to.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Sabina (née Martínez); son, Sixto M. Elizondo Jr.; daughters, Sabina (Mike) Serratos, Irene Elizondo, Consuelo (Mondo) Nino, Gregoria Elizondo; sisters, Rachel (Raymon) Salazar, Consuelo (José) Cordero; brother, Richard (Rosie) Elizondo; 22 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren.

Sixto was preceded in death by his daughter, Sandra Elizondo; brother, Marcos Elizondo Jr.; and his parents.

The family will receive friends at the Bersticker-Scott Funeral Home 3453 Heatherdowns Wednesday July 22, 2020 after 1:00 p.m. where services will be held at 6:00 p.m. Please plan on wearing face masks during the viewing and services. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations can be made to the José Martínez Memorial Galería, 1224 Broadway, Toledo, Ohio 43609 in memory of Sixto. Feel free to leave a message on Sixto's condolence page at Berstickerscottfuneralhome.com

SOURCE: www.berstickerscottfuneralhome.com


Raymond “Ray” Vargas, Sr., age 84, passed away suddenly Friday, July 10, 2020, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. He was born on March 21, 1936, to Cipriano and Gregoria (née Contreras) Vargas in Luling, Texas.

Ray married his soul mate, Blaise Rodríguez, on April 21, 1956. He worked at Libbey Glass for 37 years retiring in 1991 and owned and operated Ray & Son’s Place from 1987 – 2002. Ray loved sports and was an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, and Michigan Wolverines. He enjoyed reading and taking care of his family. His smile, spirit and caring nature will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Ray is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Blaise Vargas; children, Raymond Vargas, Jr., David Sr. (Denyse) Vargas, Richard Vargas, Christina Lutman, Angela (Ian Sr.) McCormack, Vincent Vargas Sr., Sandra Vargas, and James Vargas; 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; siblings, Candelaria Rocha, Ernesto Vargas, Sr., and Miguel (Ofelia) Vargas, Sr.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by his son, Robert J. Vargas, Sr.; siblings, Pedro Sr., Francisco Sr., Aurelio, and Carman; son-in-law, Keith A. Lutman; daughter-in-law, Karen Vargas; grandsons, Seth Vargas, David T. Vargas, Jr., and Tyson Ray Vargas.

SOURCE:  www.NewcomerToledo.com

11/13/1967 - 06/29/2020

André Paul Campos passed away unexpectedly On Monday June 29, 2020 at the age of 52. He was born November 13, 1967 in Toledo to James and Inez (Hernández) Campos, Jr, and graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1986 and attended the University of Toledo.

André worked in logistics and was a material technician at Syncreon, a position which he loved.

He will be deeply missed by all his friends and family who loved him, especially his best friend, his wife Kathleen “Miss Kittie,” who survives him.

Also left to cherish his memory is his mother, Inez Campos; brothers, Ancelmo and Alan Campos; nine nieces and nephews; as well as twenty-two great nieces and nephews; and was preceded in death by his father, James Campos, Jr..



Roberta A. Franco Guerrero Figueroa,53, born December 2, 1966 to parents Connie Franco and Robert “Bob” Guerrero Sr. (Irma), passed away July 8, 2020 in Houston, Texas. She is survived by husband Javier Figueroa; children Brandy Guerrero, Jeri Guerrero, Roberto Martin, and Chelsea Zapata; her loving siblings Roy Franco (Charles), Victoria Franco Sheffield (John), Luis Franco (Melissa), Amy O’Rourke (Jack), Robert Guerrero Jr. (Eliza), Sebastian Guerrero (Crissy), Monica Guerrero, and David Herrera; and grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many other loved ones who grieve and remember a life gone so soon.


Feb. 12, 1957 to July 9, 2020

Adam Pecina Sánchez, 63, of Toledo, OH, passed away suddenly on July 9th, 2020. He was born February 12, 1957. He was a former Roofer & Landscaper by trade, after having attended Perrysburg High School. He loved to dance to Tejano music. His loss is a devastation to the whole family.

Survived by his children with Margaret Sánchez, which are Ruth Ann, Lori, Adam Jr., and Susanna. Also survived by his mother, Esther Pecina Dionicio, sister Christina [David Gonzáles], brothers Pete [María] Sánchez and Joe Hernández; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his father Pedro G. Sánchez, grandparents Leopoldo & Refugia S. Pecina, many uncles, aunts, cousins, and nephews and nieces. Funeral arrangements to be announced.


Pauline Z. Rodríguez 87 of Toledo, OH, passed away Sunday July 5, 2020 in her home. She was born April 10, 1933 in Poteet, Texas to Mariano and Chana Zavala. Pauline worked as a certified nurse’s aide in both Ohio and Texas and enjoyed crocheting and reading the Bible.

She is survived by her daughters, Marta Rodriguez and Diana (Jesus) Lerma; grandchildren, Victor Garza, Raymond and Leticia Bermejo, Jessica Lerma, Salvador (Jenny) Lerma and Erica Lerma (Nick Hooks) and Sarah Lerma (Daniel Milosevic); great-grandchildren, Federico, Ray-Ana, Alejandro, Xavier, Raymond, Kataleya, Jarobi Joseph Lerma and Andy as well as numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Esaw Jr.; 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

Visitation will be held at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd. on Tuesday July 14, 2020 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. with interment to follow in Forest Cemetery. Please view and sign the guest registry at 

SOURCE: www.coylefuneralhome.com


Francisco DeLaPeña of Oregon, Ohio passed away June 22, 2020 at his home in El Paso, Texas. The son of Alfonso and Guadalupe Hinojosa-DeLaPeña he was born in Torrean- Coahuila, Mexico on March 26, 1926. He retired from General Dynamics Defense Contractor on May 31, 1991. He was skilled in various trades and built his own home.

Francisco is preceded in death by his parents; late wife, Ofilia; partner, Maria; and grandson, Alex DeAnda. He is survived by his sister, Antonia Limon; son, Alfonso; daughters, Sofia, Adela (John) Flores and Linda; grandsons, Steven (Amy), Michael, John, and Pilar; great-grandchildren, Victoria, Taylor, Estrella, Kelsey, and Andrew; great great-grandson, Landyn; and special niece/nephew, Mauda and Liborio.

Francisco left behind a legacy of determination—nothing was impossible.

September 18, 1966 to June 14, 2020

Maria Estella Quintanilla, 53, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away at St. Ann Mercy Hospital on June 14, 2020. She was born in Adrian, Michigan on September 18, 1966 to Ramiro and Estefania (née Durán) Quintanilla.

Maria loved crafting, puzzles and tending to her flower garden. She was a selfless woman who was always willing to help anyone. She loved to cook and be with her family, but what she cherished most was being a grandmother.

Maria is survived by her children, Carlos (Stephanie) Quintanilla, Lisa (Augie) Quintanilla, Ryan (Shatara) Quintanilla, Michael (Jessica) Hamdan, Tracy (Rodolfo) Hernández, Jennifer Hamdan; 16 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchildren; siblings, Antonio (Mary) Quintanilla, Ramón (Angie) Quintanilla, Juan (Berta) Quintanilla, Frances (Raul) Hinojosa, Maria Durán; sisters-in-laws, Diana and Cindy; and many loving family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Rufugio, Manuel, Gabriel; sister, Rosalinda; and 2 nieces and nephews.

Source:  Eggleston Meinert & Pavley Funeral Home, Oregon Chapel, 440 S. Coy Road

April 2, 1948 – June 18, 2020

Paul H. Rios, age 72 of Toledo, OH, passed away Thursday, June 18, 2020 in St. Luke’s Hospital. Paul was born on April 2, 1948 in San Antonio, TX to José and Eleanor (née Hernández) Rios. Paul was a truck driver for many years. He was fun loving, a jokester but a caring person. Paul loved to fish, hunt, camp, crabbing, barbacoa, play euchre, watch scary movies with the grand kids, and just enjoyed family gatherings. Paul was a fan of the Michigan Wolverines.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sons Christopher Gibson and Robert James Rios.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Gloria; children Robert Timothy Rios, Paula (James) Murray, Paul Rios and Koren (Robert III) Barnes; siblings José (Socorro) Rios Jr, Antonio H. (Roxanne) Rios, Angelita Zapata, Manuel Rios, and Janie Valencia. He is also survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and other family members.

The Rios family will be receiving friends in the Urbanski Funeral Home a Life Celebration Home 5055 Secor Rd, Toledo, on Friday June 26, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. where the funeral services will begin at 5:00 p.m.


Bennie Perales Jr., 66, of Toledo, Ohio passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center.

Bennie was born in Toledo, Ohio on August 24, 1953 to Benito and Lucia (née Martinez) Perales. Bennie, a Sheriff Deputy for 24 years retired from the Lucas County Sheriff's Department. Prior to working for the Sheriffs Dept Bennie had worked for Libbey Owens Ford for 10 years; he also was the owner of Quick Plow Inc.

He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Bennie enjoyed music and playing the drums; he also loved to watch football, especially Norte Dame and Oakland Raiders. In the 1980s he coached football for East Side Central and in the 90s he coached the Oakdale Vikings. Other hobbies included grilling and gardening. His true love was his family, with his heart of gold he loved spoiling them.

Surviving are his loving wife, Blanca (née Vallejo) Perales; daughters, Rita (Perales) and Roberto Delgado; Laura (Perales) Sifuentes and Aaron Howard; Mother, Lucia M. Perales; Grandchildren Benito (Lalo) Perales III, Elizabeth Enright, Carlos Delgado, Matilde Delgado; Great grandchildren, Josiah Handy; sister, Lucy “LuLu” Perales; brother, Francisco Perales; his fur babies and best friends, Molly and Michael.
Bennie was preceded in death by his father and sister, and brother-in-law, Margaret (Perales) and Robert “Bob” Layne.

Source:  www.egglestonmeinert.com

Fernando Mauricio

Fernando Mauricio 57, of Dallas, Texas passed away on May 19, 2020 at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.  He was born in Lorain,Ohio on May 24,1962.

He attended Clearview High School.

Attended Sacred Heart Chapel when he lived in Lorain.

He enjoyed football and loved the Dallas Cowboys. He loved cookouts with family and friends. Fernando loved listening to Mexican music, dancing and making tamales any time he had the chance to.

Survivors include brothers Joseph  and  Manuel Mauricio of Lorain;

Sisters Frances Mauricio of Lorain and Deloris Mauricio of Cleveland, step father Robert W. Burns of Meadville, Mississippi. Many loving nieces, nephews, great-neices and great nephews . Fernando had extended family in Lorain, Cleveland, and Dallas, Texas and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father Jose I. Mauricio, mother Lucas ( nee Mendiola) Burns, paternal and maternal grandparents., sister Sipriana G."Piany" Mendiola.

 Vito "Victor" Lia

April 27, 1936 - May 27, 2020

 Vito “Victor” Lia, age 84, of Brecksville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. He was born April 27, 1936, in North Olmsted, son of the late Luigi and Edith (nee Dara) Lia. Victor was the proud owner of Victor Lia Refinishers for over 40 years. He was a Cleveland Firefighter for 29 years. He enjoyed wine making, cooking, and building model ships. He loved gardening, fishing, and golfing. Victor's energetic personality will not be forgotten, nor will his well-known "BS-ing." Devoted husband of 55 years to the late Marion (nee Modenbach) Lia; cherished father of Edith (Charles) Schilla, Luigi (Heidi) Lia, Jacqueline Rivera, and Vincent Lia; treasured grandfather of Charlie Schilla, Frank and Brittany Lia, Nikita Schmiedel, Salvatore Rivera, and Antonio Lia; beloved great grandfather of Zoe; loving brother of Frank Lia, Mary Mauk, Antoinette (Emil) Jasica, and Theresa (Frank) Malinkey (all deceased); caring uncle of many nieces and nephews; dearest friend of many. Visitation will take place on Thursday, June 4, 2020 from 4PM - 8PM in the Sunset Chapel, 6245 Columbia Rd., North Olmsted, OH 44070. Graveside service will commence on Friday, June 5, at 10AM in Sunset Memorial Park, North Olmsted. Please meet at the Sunset Chapel at 9:30AM for procession to graveside. To ensure the health and safety of our community, we are following all guidelines set by local, state and CDC officials. The funeral home staff, as well as the family are asking that guests wanting to attend the visitation, please pay your respects to Victor and his family, but do not congregate for an extended period of time, as limited attendance in the chapel will be permitted to allow for social distancing. Masks are recommended for everyone's safety. www.dostalbokas.com

Janet García Tristan

Janet García Tristan, 65, of Toledo, OH passed away on Friday, May 15, 2020 at home. She was born in Fremont, OH on October 16, 1954 to Martin and Juanita “Janie” García. Janet attended Fremont Ross High School. She was an amazing cook, selfless, loving and would do anything for anyone. Janet was a very beautiful and loving wife to her husband, Angel.

Janet is survived by her husband, Angel Tristan; children, Sonya (Leo) Pecina, Sofia Garcia, Juanita Garcia, Connie (Antonio) Herrera and Johnny Garcia Jr.; 22 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; siblings, Steve “Tato” (Andrea) Garcia, Angie Sánchez, Hank (Yolanda) García, Abel García, Manuel (Theresa) García, James (Denise) García and Genevieve Vásquez.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, Martin García, Ella Mae Cordoza, Edward García, Paul García, and Gilbert Garcia.

Source:  Eggleston Meinert Pavley Funeral Home, Millbury Chapel.

Reyes “Ray” Longoria
1945 to 2020

Reyes “Ray” F. Longoria, 74, of Oregon, OH passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, surrounded by his beloved family.  He was born October 22, 1945 in Harlingen, TX to Fernando and Paula (née Arreola) Longoria. 
Ray married the love of his life and soul mate, Esperanza “Hope” Davila Longoria on October 31, 1964 in Fremont. 
He received a Business Degree from Stautzenberger College and worked for the Ohio State Health Department for many years, serving the Hispanic community.

He owned and operated several restaurants including Reyes Café and La Hacienda
Ray was a legendary musician with the “Los Aztecas,” which is now a 2nd generation family band that started as “Los Solistas” with his brother Fernando. His Tejano sound was unique and all six of his sons played in the band, which was very popular throughout the Midwest.   
He loved spending time with his wife and family.  After retiring he devoted all his time and love to his family.
Ray is survived by his loving wife of fifty-five years, Esperanza, Oregon, OH; children, Ray (Whitney) Longoria Jr., Ritchie (Gima) Longoria both of Oregon, OH, Rene (Diana) Longoria, Toledo, OH, Ronnie (Cynthia) Longoria, Millbury, OH, Robert (Cara) Longoria and Ricky (Nancy) Longoria both of Toledo, OH; brothers, Wenceslao “Vince” Longoria of Mexico and Fernando (Rosa) Longoria, Fremont, OH; and all his many beautiful nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Sally “Celia” Delgado.

Source: Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home and Crematory, 425 E State St., Fremont, OH.

February 1, 1937 – February 7, 2020

Cruz Castilleja García, 83, of Genoa, OH passed away February 7, 2020 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg, OH. She was born in Houston, Texas on February 1, 1937 to José and Matilde (Barrientos) Castilleja. Cruz worked at Genoa Care Center for 23 years, before retiring in 2009. She was a past member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Genoa and was active in Spanish prayer groups.

Cruz was also a long-time member of Inner City Baptist Church in Toledo. Cruz was the matriarch and spiritual leader of the family. She was very loving and caring. She was not only a mother to her children, but also acted as one to grandchildren and great grandchildren. Cruz also loved to cook. She was always in the kitchen making homemade tortillas and other traditional Mexican dishes.

Cruz is survived by her children Mary Lou Magana, John García, Nancy García, Robert (Mary) García, Fred García, and Louie (Corrina) García; 22 grandchildren; special grandchildren Mary Helen Guillen, Alex Rosales, Monica, and Rosa García; many great and great-great grandchildren; and sister Rosie Ramirez. She was preceded in death by her parents; and daughter Margie Guillen; brothers Raymond, Jonny, Jessie, and Martin; and sisters Ninfa, Josephine, Mary, Annie, and Lupe.

The family will receive friends at Eggleston Meinert & Pavley Funeral Home, Millbury Chapel, 1111 Woodville Rd. Millbury, OH 43447, on Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday, February 14 from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Visitation will also be held on Saturday, February 15 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 204 Main Street, Genoa from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Clay Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be directed to hospice of Northwest Ohio. She will truly be missed by all.

February 18, 1969 - February 2, 2020

Esmeralda “Esmie” Obregón, 50, of Portage, OH, departed this life into our Heavenly Father’s arms on February 2, 2020 at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Bowling Green, OH. She was born on February 18, 1969 in Fremont, OH to the late Julia Sánchez and Benito S. Obregón.

Esmie was a graduate of J.J. Shuer School, Oregon, OH. She worked at Woodlane Industries/ViaQuest in Bowling Green since 1995 as a production worker. She loved music and dancing, especially all Michael Jackson songs and dance moves. She was a passionate WWF fan and loved John Cena. Ohio State was her only team and she loved teasing the rival Michigan fans in the family. She was spunky and silly. She loved all, was loved by all and will be deeply missed.

She leaves to cherish her memory siblings Olivia (Julian) Herrera, Rolando Obregón, Anita (Steve) Martin, María (Rosendo) Flores, Benny (Jackie) Obregón, Juanita, Cruz, and Tony Obregón, Ramón and Yolanda Sánchez; and nephew/honorary brother Richard “Potsie” Sánchez; many nieces, nephews; great and great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Linda Sánchez, Ralph Castillo, Alfonso, Rudy, Roger, and Richard Sánchez, and Paul Obregón.

October 13, 1977 - February 8, 2020

Rolando “Ro” Rosales, 42, of Toledo, OH passed away, Saturday, February 8, 2020. He was born in Toledo on October 13, 1977 to Robert and Zoila (Castillo) Rosales. Ro worked at Patriot Fence for several years. He enjoyed playing softball and watching sports, especially the Oakland Raiders. He loved spending time with his whole family. Ro was a very selfless man who had a heart of gold. He would do anything for anybody. What he cherished most in the world were his two daughters. He will be deeply missed.

Surviving are his daughters Eliza and Emyah Rosales; father Robert (María) Rosales; mother Zoila Rosales; siblings Rose Anne Rosales, Robert (Leslie) Rosales Jr.; José Rosales; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and loving family members. He was preceded in death by his nephew, Johnny Jaye Willett.

The family will receive friends at the Eggleston Meinert & Pavley Funeral Home, Oregon Chapel, 440 S. Coy Road on Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The family will also greet friends in the funeral home on Friday, February 14, 2020 from 10:00 am until the funeral service at 1:00 pm. Interment will follow in Westwood Cemetery.

Source: https://www.egglestonmeinert.com/

Andrew William Colter Jr. “Chuzz Ruiz”

July 3, 1990 - January 2, 2020
Andrew William Colter, Jr. “Chuzz Ruiz”, 29, passed away peacefully on January 2, 2020. He was born in Toledo on July 3, 1990 to Andrew Colter, Sr. and Raquel Ruiz. Chuzz attended Anthony Wayne High School. He was a loving father, son, brother and grandson. Chuzz enjoyed fishing, bowling, golf and spending time with his family, grandparents, and friends. He was known for his bright smile and outgoing sense of humor.
Chuzz is survived by his son Anthoni Colter, his father Andrew Colter Sr. (Brianna), his mother Raquel Ruiz (Kevin Harrow), brothers Jordan, Justin, and Gabriel Colter, Nathan Harrow, step brother Billy Zeller, and step sister Macie Zeller; grandparents Ed and Margaret Ruiz, Bill and Pat Colter, and many cousins, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his cousin, Rubén Parraz, II.

Source: Coyle Funeral Home,  www.coylefuneralhome.com



Born June 29, 1959 – November 3, 2019


Robert (Bob) Olivo of Houston, TX was called to be with the Lord on Sunday November 3, 2019.  He was born in Lima, Ohio to the late Eduardo and Emilia (née Polendo) Olivo Sr. but moved to Houston, Texas after he became an adult.


Bob loved his family and life itself. He was very patriotic, having served in the armed forces.  Bob was a pioneer in the Tejano music industry being inducted into the Tejano Roots Hall of Fame in 2014. He was known as the King of the Oldies. He also wrote numerous songs for top Tejano artists and was known as the human encyclopedia of Tejano music.


For many years, he hosted a Sunday night program on BNetRadio.com, from 6 until 10PM, playing Tejano “Oldies but Goodies” on the Bob Olivo Show.  He also prepared a variety of mixes to play on the air, especially of the Tejano musicians he enjoyed such as Jay Pérez, Grupo Mazz, Jessy Serrata, and Jimmy Edward. Bobby also worked in the 1990s at Southwest Wholesale where he worked with his nephew Mark Bejarano, selling and distributing the latest in Tejano cassettes and CDs.


According to Tony Rios, who played with the band of Bob’s brother Eddie: “He was an awesome friend of mine where I had the pleasure of working with him when he began his music career professionally in 1979. He was soundman for Eddie Olivo y Los Impactos till around 1982. We both moved on with our careers—I moved to Toledo and he left for Texas. We always stayed in touch and especially on our birthday since we both were born on June 29th. I was so proud of him, especially when he called me to let me know he was being inducted to the Tejano Music Hall of Fame. He was so happy and extremely proud. He will always be in my heart and I will always cherish those special memories of our crazy and great times we had performing throughout the Midwest—Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.”


Rico de La Prensa: “It was my greatest delight to know Bob and his love for Tejano music. We need to remember him at this forthcoming Tejano Music Awards in San Antonio.”


Robert (Bob) is survived by wife Marisol Olivo of Houston, TX; daughters Candi Marie Gómez (Joao Gómez), Lori Ann Olivo, and Iris Sarai Olivo; sons Angel Javier Olivo, Austin Julian Cortez Olivo, and Joncarlo Cortez Olivo; grandchildren Ava Marie Gómez and Román Javier Gómez; 11 siblings Elida Martínez, of Columbus Grove, OH, Yolanda Bejarano of Columbus Grove, OH, Elvira Davis of San Antonio, TX, Eduardo(Geraldine) Olivo of New Haven, IN, Irene (Fernando) Cuevas of Winter Garden, FL, Dolores Contreras (Santana) of Bradenton, FL, Juan Antonio Olivo of Austin, TX, Elutherio (Isabel) Olivo of Lima, OH, José Olivo of Corpus Christi, TX, Juanita Olivo of Leipsic, OH, Lucy (Abe) Bermudez of Leipsic, OH.


He is preceded in death by his parents and 4 brothers: Eduardo Olivo Jr., Rogelio Olivo, Raúl Olivo, and José Palacios.


Visitation was November 11th at Klein Funeral Home, 9719 Wortham Blvd., Houston. Funeral Mass was performed on November 12, 2019 at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, 11507 Huffmeister Rd, Houston, followed by a procession to Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77038.


On the Internet:  https://www.kleinfh.com/obituary/robert-olivo



Dolores “Lola” D. Rodríguez, Latina and civil rights activist, passed away peacefully on October 8, 2019, in her beloved North End home, Toledo, surrounded by her loving family. She was born November 22, 1940 in San Antonio, Texas to Ramona and Cirilio Garáy. At 18, she married Santos Rodríguez, Jr. and they moved to Lima, Ohio. They later settled in Toledo where they raised their family.

During her 50+ years of civil and political activism, she impacted thousands of lives. Her passion was to empower her Latino community. She was a recipient of one of the first César Chávez Humanitarian [2003] and Diamante [1992] awards. She was a lifelong member of Latins United and sat on numerous Democratic boards and committees. She was the loudest cheerleader for many local politicians.

She had an incredible relationship with God. She was a devout Catholic, whose faith lives on through her family.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Santos Jr.; sister, Rita; brothers Oscar, Tiodolo, Gustavo, and Cirilio; sons Richie and Robert; granddaughters Marissa and Jayme; sisters-in-law Paula and Donna; and brothers-in-law Jared and Rojo.

Surviving are: her brothers Francisco (Josie), Martin (Virginia), Richard (Mary), and Lupe (Maryann); sister Charlotte; brother-in-law Pete and sister-in-law Lori (Vincent); also, her children RoseMary (Jack), Santos (Beth), Ramona (Kyle), Rebecca (Marcus), Little Ricky (Heather), Paulie (Melody); her daughters-in-law Catherine and Annie; also, her grandchildren Cecelia (Vincent), Jessica, Ricardo (Jennifer), Kyle (Crystal), Erika (Chris), Rubén, Jimmy, Santos, Ramón (Nicole), Brock, Pierce (Mary), Austin, Bria, Geena (Giovanni), Mariah, Sena, Saúl, Joey, Reyna, Donna, Patrick, Chenzo, and Marcus; and her 21 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews in Ohio and Texas, and countless “acquired” children.

SOURCE: www.urbanskifuneralhome.com


Sarita (Sara) Vásquez/Avalos unexpectedly passed away Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 at the age of 47. She was brought into this world on Oct. 17, 1971 in Toledo to Epifanio and Sara Avalos. Sarita enjoyed playing 10,000 with her family and friends. She also enjoyed helping all her customers as a businesswoman entrepreneur. Everyone who knew her, knew that she loved making money. Sarita was known for her dedication, ambition, outgoing attitude, and beautiful soul. She was one of a kind and she truly was a BOSS.

Sarita is preceded in death by her husband Alex Vásquez and is survived by her kids Alex Vásquez, Danny Vásquez, Sarita Negrin, and Priscilla Vásquez; six siblings; best friends “Baby” Vásquez (dog) and Melissa Asad as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

SOURCE: Castillo Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 1757 Tremainsville Rd., Toledo.  


Margie (née Muñiz) Alvarado, 75, of Toledo, passed away on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Toledo Hospital.  She was born in Toledo on August 21, 1944 to José and Florencia (née Zapata) Muñiz.  Margie spent 58 years married to her loving husband, Gilbert Alvarado, and he survives.

Margie selflessly gave every day of her life. She was strong, hardworking, kind and courageous, with boundless amounts of energy. Proudly, she was everyone’s protector and savior. She never encountered a challenge that she couldn’t overcome or problem she couldn’t solve. Margie was the anchor in her children and grandchildren’s lives. They meant the world to her and she was adored by each and every one of them.  She will be remembered as a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend.  Her quick wit and delicious cooking will forever be missed.  As a woman of great faith, Margie was a life-long member of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

Margie is survived by her husband, Gilbert; children Vicky (Ray) Owens, Susan (David) O’Donnell, Gilbert D. Alvarado, Edward (Jauncy) Alvarado, Denise Alvarado, David Alvarado; grandchildren Elisea, Raymond, Nicole, Michael, Brittany, David, Marisela, Serena, Alexis, Gabrielle, Christian, Seth; ten great-grandchildren; and sister María Montelongo.  She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Joe, León, and Ringo; and grandson, Gabriel Edel.

Descansa en paz, Marchona!

Source: Walker Funeral Home, 5155 W. Sylvania Avenue, Toledo.


Wallace Edward “Ace” Chasteen, 65, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 31, 2019. Ace was born in Toledo on March 5, 1954 to William and Agnes (née Nuhfer) Chasteen. He worked as a Millwright for Local 1090 as well as owning and operating “Sportsman Bar” in East Toledo [See mural on side of the Sportsman.].

Wallace had a very inquiring mind about science and the universe; he also loved to ride his Harley.

Wallace is survived by his significant other, Lorene; children, Wallace Jr, Stacy, Adrianne (James) Kolasinski, Robbie, and John; brothers, Jack, Richard, and Robert; as well as 13 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, William and Larry.

Source: Eggleston Meinert & Pavley Funeral Home, Oregon Chapel, 440 S. Coy Rd., Oregon.  Memorials may be directed to Autism Society NWO.


Jesús “Jesse” González, Jr., age 71 of Maumee, OH passed away with his loving family by his side on Monday evening, August 19, 2019 at St. Luke's Hospital. He was born June 28, 1948 to Jesús González, Sr. and Andrea (née Mireles) González in Laredo, Texas.

Jesse graduated from Woodward High School and shortly after he married the love of his life, Conception "Connie" (née Marroquin) González on May 6, 1967 in Toledo. Jesse was the owner and operator of La Fronteriza, Inc. for 23 years, a well-known tortilla factory in Toledo. He was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year of Northwest Ohio, an award he and his family are very proud of. 

One of Jesse's passions was boating; he loved the water and boating on Catawba Island and Lake Erie with family and many dear friends. He also was very supportive of his grandchildren's school and sporting events. Most important to Jesse was his family; he was loving and dedicated husband to Connie for 52 years; wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His legacy will live on through his family and friends. 

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Connie González; children, Trina (Tony) Yarrito, Cindy (Chris) Valentine and Jesse III (Trinity) González; grandchildren, Paul, Angel, Nick, Alex, Gina, Brandon, Marcos, C.J. and Eva; great-grandchildren, Juliana, Sophia, Nevaeh, Hayden and Kamryn; siblings, Emma (Homer) Canales, Virginia (Simon) Rodriquez, Mary (Pete) Rios, Gracie (Rogelio) Hernández, Irma (Bob) Guerrero, Roman “Mickey” (Sylvia) Gonzalez, Lydia (Joe) Ruiz and Nancy Rios; mother in law, Vera Marroquin and furry friend, Mickey and Blanca. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, César J. González. 


José L. Hernández, age 56, of Toledo, OH passed away on Saturday, August 17, 2019.

José was born on September 20, 1962 to the late Benjamin and Juana (née Rivera) Hernández in Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas, México. He was one of eight children in the family. He met and married the love of his life, Claudia Calderas on August 11, 1981 in Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas, México. They renewed their marriage vows on November 15, 1985 in Harlingen, Texas. They spent 38 wonderful years together.

José worked for Midtown Pallet and Recycle in Toledo for about 20 years as a forklift driver. He enjoyed working on cars, fishing, watching soap operas, dancing with Claudia, and going to the casino to play the slot machines.

José was known for his happy spirit, strong will, and spontaneous personality. His family and especially his grandchildren meant the world to him. He was known to take the kids on vacation on shorthand notice. Every weekend he would bring lots of food over for the family and grandchildren. José was loved by all who met him and he will be sorely missed. He had a big heart and was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.

Beloved husband of Claudia Hernandez. Loving father of Luis F. (Dawn Davies) Hernández and Rosa (Rigo Gómez) Hernández. Dearest grandfather of Arianna Bunch, Sebastian Davies, Ashton Davies, Brea Hernández-Davies, Jayden Gómez, Ayari Hernández, and Anneli Gómez. Dear brother of Rosa Sandoval, Jesús Hernández, Irma Hernández, Juan Hernández, Benjamin Hernández, and Marisol Hernández. Preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Santos Hernández.

Family and friends are invited to visit on Wednesday August 21, 2019 from 1-8 PM at Rupp Funeral Home. Jose will lie in state at 12 PM at Rupp Funeral Home where a funeral service will be held at 1 PM. Officiating is Fr. Molina. Burial will take place immediately following at Roselawn Memorial Park.

Donations in honor of Jose are appreciated towards the family.

Online condolences to the family may be made through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Lorain City School District mourns the loss of Hawthorne Custodian

It is with deep sadness that the Lorain City School District announces the passing of life-long Lorain resident Larry D. Indre. Larry passed away suddenly, at the age of 62, on Aug. 12.  A 1975 graduate of Southview High School and retired, U.S. Steel millwright of 34 years, Mr. Indre came to Lorain City Schools in 2016 where he served as head custodian at Hawthorne Elementary School.  It is known, when he was not maintaining the daily operations of Hawthorne Elementary School for scholars and staff, Indre could be found woodworking, tending to his vegetable garden, cheering on the Cleveland Browns with friends and family or fulfilling his desire of “being in the wind” while riding his motorcycle. 


Paula Sanchez, of Toledo, passed away on August 2, 2019, at the age of 66, leaving to mourn family and friends. She was born August 25, 1952 to Gumecindo, Sr. & Juanita (née Martínez) Rosales.

Paula cherished her time with family and great grandkids, dancing to Tejano music. She also enjoyed toy shopping at Walmart with her granddaughter, Saralycia Lou. Paula was known for her love of crossword puzzles and would often have several books full of them. She will be remembered for her witty sense of humor.

She is survived by her siblings Robert (María), Rubén, René and Margarita Vásquez (Raúl); her children Daniel (Diane), Linda, and Lisa (Ricardo); her step-children James Williams Jr., Jenae Williams, and DeDe Williams; her grandchildren Saralycia Lou, Aleeca, Krislyn, Daniel, Felecia, Marcus, Nene, Sarina, Savanah, and Selena; and her great grandchildren Caden, Jacob, Jazzlyn, Analiyah, Marcus, Xavier, Romero, Raelynn, Alex, Santiago, and Auriella, as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents Gumecindo and Juanita Rosales; her brothers Gumecindo Jr, Jesús, and Samuel; her fiancé James Williams; and her great grandchild José.

Source: Castillo Funeral Home, 1757 Tremainsville Rd, Toledo.


Ella Mae Cardoza, age 77, of Toledo, passed away July 21, 2019 at Lakes of Sylvania. Ella was born August 15, 1941 in Houston to Martin and Janie (née Martínez) Garcia Sr. Ella was a member of St. Catherine Church.

She is survived by her siblings James (Denise) García, Manuel (Theresa) García, Angie Sánchez, Steve (Andrea) García, Hank (Yolanda) García, Abel García, Genevieve Vásquez, Janet (Angel) García, Gilbert García; children Gilbert Cardoza, Jr., Nora Cardoza, Norma Cardoza, and David Cardoza.

In addition to her parents, Ella was also preceded in death by her brothers Martin Jr., Paul, and Eddie.

Burial was at West Union Cemetery, Gibsonburg, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society in Ella's memory.

George L. Olvera

3-11-1954 to 8-5-2019

George L. Olvera, 65, of Toledo, passed away on August 5, 2019 at St. Vincent Medical Center.  He was born on March 11, 1954 in Defiance, OH.  He was known as “Care Bear” to everyone.  He loved to sing, dance, go to the casino and watch movies.  He married Rose Olvera on November 2, 2006.

Left to cherish his memory are his siblings Rita Licardie, Martha Guerra, Sandra Greeler, and Ricardo Olvera; his sons Luis Carter, George Olvera, and Ricardo Olvera; and his daughters Micaela Olvera, Caryna Maciao, Katalina López, Nina Olvera, and Sonia Olvera; 16 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Carlos and Andrea Olvera and his brothers Carlos and Juan Olvera.


Edward S. Flores, 73, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2019. Eddie was born in Carrizo Springs, Texas on February 26, 1946 to Martin and Maria (née Sánchez) Flores. On August 21, 1965, he married the love of his life Rosemary Martin. He was employed with the Ford Motor Company for 37 years. Eddie was an avid vegetable gardener, enjoyed bowling at the Toledo Sports Center, dancing, gambling, traveling and walleye fishing on Lake Erie. 

Eddie is survived by his wife of 53 years, Rosemary; sons, Edward John (Marta) Flores, Ronald Joseph Flores, and Vincent SalMichael (Raeleen) Flores; grandchildren, Venessa M. (Scotty) Gschwind, Edward J. Flores Jr. (Ashley), Gabriel E. Flores, Jennifer S.P. Flores, Crystal L. Flores, Heather N. Flores, Ronald J. Flores Jr. (Kylie), Brianna R. Flores, Vincent S. Flores Jr., and Kataleena U. Flores; great-grandchildren, Analicia, Lexi, Raquel, Gabriella, Tatiana, Alivia, Lillyahna, Isabella, Selena, Kam’Ron, and Gianna; siblings, Martin (Linda) Flores, Anita (Valentine) Mora, and Leandra ( Rubin Pérez) Leroux; dear friends, Kenny& Josie and Monique; along with many loving family members and friends He was preceded in death by his parents and nephews, Louis and Ysidro. 

Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or the Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio.

Source: Eggleston Meinert & Pavley Funeral Home, Oregon Chapel, 440 S. Coy Road, Oregon OH.


Segundo Bosquez, age 76 of Adrian, MI, passed away at home on May 26, 2019, under the care of Great Lakes Hospice and surrounded by his loved ones following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born September 25, 1942 in Asherton, Texas to the late Julian and Leanore Maria (née Padrón) Bosquez.

On August 3, 1974 he married Elizabeth (née Reyes) and she survives. Also left to mourn the loss of this great man are siblings, Juan (Lela) Bosquez of Michigan; Julian (Dora) Bosquez of Texas; Freddie (María) Bosquez and Mario (Teresa) Bosquez, María (Román), Juana (Luis) Rocque, and Hilda Bosquez, all of Oregon; children, Segundo Bosquez Jr., Saúl Bosquez, Sophia (Roberto) Cuellar, Selso Bosquez, Sonia (Mississippi Mike McCray) Bosquez, Sulema (Ben) Chapman and his youngest and favorite daughter, Soley (Jesús) Sánchez.

He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, including special grandchildren Michael, Jessica and Isaac McCray and Zoe and Patton Sánchez and 7 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sons Scott and Sidney Bosquez and grandchildren Sierra Bosquez and Benny Lerma.

Funeral Services were held 5:00 PM Thursday, May 30, 2019 at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, 2959 N. Adrian Hwy, Adrian, MI. Private burial took place in Lenawee Hills Memorial Park, Adrian, MI.

Source: www.PurseFuneralHome.com


Francisco “Frank” Montoya, Sr., age 60, of Toledo, OH passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at Ebeid Hospice. He was born in Santa Monica, Coahuila, México on April 7, 1959 to Adam and María (née Andrade) Montoya, they survive.
Frank proudly served in the U.S. Army National Guard and currently worked at Yoder Machinery in Holland. Most important to Frank was his family, especially the love he had for his wife, children, and grandsons. He enjoyed sitting on his patio where he enjoyed the back yard and simple life. Frank was also passionate about Mexican and Tejano music and was a current member of Regina Coeli Catholic Parish in Toledo.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Monica (née Martínez) Montoya; parents, Adam Montoya and María Andrade; children, Francisco “J.R.” Montoya, Juan Montoya, Rosamaria Montoya (Vay Thaboun) and Adam Montoya; grandsons, Francisco III, Kristian, Savay, Masao, and Alessandro; daughter in law, Irene Montoya; father in law, Rodrigo Martínez; many siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Gloria Martínez and nephew, George Salazar.
 Interment at St. Anthony Parish Cemetery, W. Erie Rd. in Temperance, MI.

Source: www.newcomertoledo.com


Frank P. Sifuentes, age 72, passed away Monday, May 20, 2019 at his home in Toledo. Frank was born March 29, 1947 in Toledo to Frank M. and Josefa Sifuentes. He was a member of Libbey HS Class of 1965 and received his Associate's Degree from the University of Toledo.

Frank enlisted in the Navy and was a Radioman aboard the U.S.S. Davidson. He served in Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, and Pearl Harbor among other ports all over the world. It was during his time stationed in San Francisco that he became a San Francisco 49ers fan. We couldn't talk him out of it. He was also a member of the Whitehouse American Legion.

He proudly served and protected the city of Toledo as a Toledo Police officer for 27 years. He loved his time on the Force as a School Resource officer, part of the D.A.R.E program and Detective Bureau. He retired as Sergeant in 2000.

Frank was also a HUGE Ohio State Buckeye fan, but you wouldn't know it if you were watching a game with him. We're pretty positive his armchair quarterbacking single handedly lead THE Ohio State Buckeyes to the National Championship in 2014.

He was initiated as an alumnus member of the Delta Chi Fraternity at Tri State University alongside his son, Sean. He recently visited campus to celebrate the chapter's 50th Chartering.

Frank took great pride in his nine grandchildren and would brag about them any chance he got. He would drop anything to help anyone and was always there with a quick joke or off handed comment.

Frank is survived by his wife of 45 years, Paula, who was his nurse while he was a patient at Parkview Hospital; sons, John (Dawn), Sean (Erin) Sifuentes; daughter, Vikki (Swade) Gragg; grandchildren, Maggie, Jonathan, Nickolas, Matteo, Lillian, Alexa, Sofia, Zachary, and Xavier; and siblings, Pete (Karen), José (Martha) and Mike Sifuentes. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Ray (Deb).

Source: walkerfuneralhomes.com


Juan Rizo Jr., 77, of Oregon, Ohio, passed away on May 10, 2019, at his home. He was born on July 11, 1941 in Arandas Jalisco, México to Juan and Ester (née Sánchez) Rizo. Juan Rizo was employed by Toledo Midwest Terminals until his retirement.

He is survived by his children Theresa Hernández, José Rizo, Delia (Jeff) Maddox, Alfonso (Sandra) Rizo, María Zavala, Juan Rizo, Rachel Rizo, Tony Rizo, and Lawrence Rizo; siblings Al (Jane) Rizo and Miguel (Alice) Rizo; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Juan was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Ernesto Hernández.

SOURCE: www.freckchapel.com

Rubén T. Párraz, II
February 21, 1989 – May 1, 2019

Rubén Tomás Párraz, II, died unexpectedly in Toledo on May 1, 2019. He was born February 21, 1989 to Rubén and Christina (née Martínez) Párraz. Ruben graduated from Anthony Wayne High and was a construction worker for Hawaiian Pool Company.

Rubén was all about family and friends, and always wanted the best for everyone. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his parents and his son Gabriel Párraz, who was his world; his siblings DeAna, Mario, José, Angelica Párraz, and Eric Gomcz. He is also survived by his special uncles Mundo, Kevin, and Jesse; his special aunts Raquel, Connie, Rebeca, and Olga (Micky); grandparents Edmundo and Margaret Ruiz, Sr.; nephews Alex, Mario,II, and nieces Angel, Amarie, and María.

Source: www.coylefuneralhome.com

January 20, 1955 ~ April 11, 2019

Juan Antonio Portillo passed away unexpectedly on Thursday April 11, 2019 in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center at the age of 64. He was born January 20, 1955 in Toledo to Antonio L. & Elfida (née Guerra) Portillo and graduated from Woodward High School in 1973.

Juan worked in various organizations including the Lucas County Board of Elections and was an entrepreneur. He lived in Toledo, Detroit, Windsor, and Grand Island, Nebraska where he owned and operated a movie theater.

Juan loved gardening, collecting antiques and salt & pepper shakers Most of all he loved his family and would be known to have an ice-cold Coors Light and a shot of Crown.

Juan is preceded in death by his father Antonio and is survived by his husband Richard; mother Elfida; brothers Armando, Edward, Michael (Rose) and Gary (Rachel) Portillo; seven nieces and nephews; seven great nieces and nephews; furry friend Zoey; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and lifelong friends.

Source: Castillo Funeral Home, https://www.castillofuneral.com/


Pedro P. Campos, 66, died Sunday, April 7, 2019 at home, surrounded by his family and friends. He was born in Toledo, OH June 9, 1952 to Frank and Josephina Campos. He graduated from Scott High School in 1970. He worked in construction as a heavy equipment operator with Union Local 18 for Glen Groffis, where he retired after 37 years.

After retirement, he found joy in spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed going on trips and making jokes. His nickname was "Coffee" because "he grinds so fine". You could always find him with a beer in his hand, Staceys on his feet, and Mexican/Tejano music in his soul. He was a proud member of Latins United and Maumee Eagles.

Pedro leaves behind his wife of 47 years Lydia (née Vásquez) Campos; his daughters Cindy Teran (Humberto), Jackie Campos (Jesse Morales); his son Pedro Campos (Priscilla Loredo); 9 grandchildren, Serrina and Huberto Teran Jr, Pedro and Emilio S. Campos, Maricela and Elena Villarreal, Alessandra, Aubriana and Fransisco Campos.

His mother survives him, as well as his siblings Anna Campos, Jesse Campos (Lisa), Chuck Campos (Robin), and Eddie J. Campos (Jennifer). Many close friends and family also survive. He was preceded in death by his father and his brothers: Frank Jr. and Anselmo Campos.

Source: www.coylefuneralhome.com


Rubén Cantu, 76, of Genoa, OH, died Friday, March 22, 2019, at the Toledo impatient facility of Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Rubén was born in McAllen, Texas, on July 20, 1942, the son of Magdaleno and Francisca (née Alameda) Cantu. He married Deborah S. Green in Toledo on October 11, 1965, and she survives.

Rubén was a freight conductor for the Norfolk & Southern Railroad for 31 years, retiring in 2002. He was a veteran, serving in the U.S.
Army and a member of the Genoa American Legion Post #324. He was a 1960 graduate of Genoa High School and was an avid Genoa Comet fan, attending many athletic events.

He enjoyed woodworking with his wife, Deborah, exhibiting and selling at craft shows in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. Rubén liked to fish and spend time with his friends of the ROMEO Club (Retired Older Men Eating Out) and was a friend of Bill W. for 35 years. His real love was always his family, especially his grand and great grandchildren.

Rubén is survived by his loving wife of 53 years; his son Victor (Matthew) Cantu; daughter Paula (Justine) Cantu; daughter-in-law Amy Gibbons; grandchildren Jessica (Pearce), Sarah (Nate), Brittany (Eric), Nick (Alexis), Austin, and Jacob; great grandchildren Timmy, Gracyn, Bailey, Cori, Kaden, Gregory, Rhett, Mason, and one on the way; brother Raúl (Pat) Cantu; sisters Rosa Cantu and Josie Sánchez.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Robert and Richard Cantu, and Mary Garza; and nephew Allen Cantu.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at

Source: walkerfuneralhomes.com


José E. Ruiz, 73, of Toledo, passed away Thursday March 21, 2019 at the University of Toledo Medical Center. He was born October 1, 1945 in Weslaco, Texas to Pedro and Juana Ruiz, Sr. He was a dedicated hard worker, retiring from the Jeep Corp. in 2018 after 33 years of service. José was faithful to his Christian beliefs and was especially devoted to his family. He was a diehard Cleveland Browns fan and he loved listening to music.

José was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Pedro Jr., Pablo, and Reynaldo; grandsons Anthony and Antjuan as well as other family members.

He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Thaimi; daughters Lydia, Lisa (Dajuan) Wilson, Linda, María, Cynthia (Andrew) Ramírez, Enedina “Nina”, Thaimi, Teresa, and Josefina as well as 30 grandchildren and 24 greatgrandchildren.

Family and friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., on Thursday March 28th. from 2-8 pm. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 29th. beginning at 11am in the funeral home with burial to follow in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park.

SOURCE: www.coylefuneralhome.com

March 11, 1924 - February 8, 2019

Juanita M. (née Chávez) Valdes at the age of 94 entered fully into the presence of Our Lord on February 8, 2019 following six months of end of life Comfort Care provided by Compassus Hospice at Shalom Park Nursing Home, Aurora, CO. where she resided since 2016. All who assisted in her care loved her and appreciated her kind demeanor. She fought dementia with grace and perseverance.

Juanita is survived by her loving children Juanita (Delmos) Newsome, Rudy Valdes, Rita Valdes, Mary Jo Valdes, Sofia (Alvin) Hughes, and Raymond (Amanda) Valdes; 12 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Rudolph L. Valdes; daughter Rosario (Rosie) Valdes; mother María (née Acosta) Chávez; father Leocadio Chávez; three sisters and their husbands: Virginia (Cory) Ruiz; Marcelina (Mike) Espinoza; Erlinda (Robert) Gonzáles; also, three brothers: Rubén, Raymond, and Vincent and numerous nephews and nieces who have passed while still young.

Juanita was one of the first families that moved to Toledo after the Mexican Revolution.

Visitation was held at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., on February 22, 2019, where a Rosary was recited. Funeral services were held on February 23, followed by the Funeral Mass in SS. Peter and Paul Church, Toledo, OH. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

Source: www.coylefuneralhome.com


José G. Romo, 87 of Maumee, OH passed away Thursday, February 14, 2019 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. He was born in Taylor, Texas on March 18, 1931 to Francisco and María Romo. He moved to Toledo when he was 16 years old as a migrantworker and later was employed by the Jeep Corporation, where he retired after 30 years. He met the love of his life, Nancy Durán. They dedicated their lives to one another in marriage for 65 years.

After attending a Crusillo in Texas, Jose eventually brought the Crusillo Movement to Toledo, where it flourished and led to other ministries such as Marriage Encounter, Bible studies, Prison Ministry Crusillo, and Ministering at Migrant Camps. José also ministered through the love of his music, especially Tejano music. José and Jimmy Campos were ordained the first permanent Deacons in the Diocese of Toledo, on September 17, 1973.

His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of his life with whom he enjoyed traveling, boating, camping, and fishing.

He is survived by his loving wife Nancy; children Elias Romo, Diana (Rafael) Angel, Susan (Eduardo) Belmares, Michael (Chris) Romo, and Ana (Robert) Modrowski; grandchildren Maricela, Rafael ll, Nichole, Ellaina, Liza, Viviana, Sara, Hunter and Faith; great-grandchildren, Paulo, Alan, Rafael lll, Diana, Emily, Emiliano and Camila.
He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Maricela, brothers Jesús, Aurelio and Elias and sisters Eloisa and Amalia.  

Visitation held at the Coyle Funeral Home. Funeral services held at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral with the Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas, Bishop of Toledo, as the principal celebrant. Interment followed at Lake Township Cemetery. Memorials may take the form of contributions to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Source:  Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd.


Connie (née Constance/Consuelo Geronimo) M. Rodríguez, age 81, of Toledo, Ohio died peacefully in her home on Sunday, February 10, 2019 where she was under hospice care for pulmonary fibrosis. She was born in Toledo on May 12, 1937.

Connie attended St. Peter and Paul grade school and was a 1954 graduate of Central Catholic High School. After high school, Connie dedicated much of her life to raising her six children. She was also a very active volunteer, who for many years, helped the following organizations: Gesu School and Parish; St. Clement School and Parish, the Lucas County Fair; Latins United; and the Spanish American Organization (SAO) among others. Connie worked for a period of time at Gesu Parish cleaning and tiding up after the priests while they were under the pastoral care of the Society of Jesús—the Jesuits.

Connie loved to cook, read, and keep herself busy doing just every day ordinary things. She was a gifted craftswoman, who enjoyed sewing and crocheting blankets, scarfs, and anything else that she could make out of yarn.

 Connie was a devoted religious family woman—she loved God and she believed in treating others as she was treated. In her younger years, Connie loved to travel; she had been to many states and enjoyed going camping.

Having never gone to college, Connie was far wiser than most would know. She kept up with the times and always had a sense of what was happening. She will be truly missed by all that knew her.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Jesse Rodríguez. She was preceded in death by her oldest son, David J. Rodríguez.

Surviving children are sons: Daniel, Trinidad J. [T.J.] (Tracy), and Victor; daughters: Susie and Frances; grandchildren: Francisca, Jacob, Dominic, Audrey, Victor Jr., Victoria; and great granddaughter Carysa. Also surviving is her sister, Virginia (Geronimo) Irving. Likewise, Connie has numerous other loving and caring family members in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan who will miss her dearly.

 Source:  Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd.; visit: coylefuneralhome.com

July 20, 1960 – February 2, 2019

Antonio Cristobal Herrera [“Tony,” age 58] of Toledo, passed away Sunday, February 3, 2019 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. Tony was born to Crisoforo and Julia (née Chavira) Herrera July 20, 1960 in Oregon, Ohio. He graduated from Clay High School in 1978 and was a member of the Local 500 retiring after 35 years. Tony loved to fish and was always looking for the perfect fishing spot. He enjoyed hanging out in his garage supervising car repairs while playing or listening to music. He was a devoted family man, great father and made sure everyone had what they needed. Tony was known as the “fun tio”.

Tony is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Michelle; children, Antonio Jr. (Lindsey), Crisoforo (Mary), Sarah (Jacob), and Maria (Ryan); 16 grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Julian (Clara), Mary (Isameal), Lorenzo (Jan), Dolores (Carlos), Anita (Lee), Chrisoforo (Diana), Dahlia (Fernando), Fami (Jim), Rosalina, Rosario (Jerry); and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Eva Herrera.

Source: Freck Funeral Chapel.  

February 12, 1948 – February 4, 2019

Linda Mae [née Rozmus] Menchaca, 70, died Monday, February 4, 2019 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Toledo. She was born February 12, 1948 in Omaha, Nebraska. Linda was an accountant for Rudolph Libbe where she retired with 18 years’ service. She loved her grandchildren and always attended all of their events. She enjoyed bingo and bowling.

Linda is survived by Manuel Menchaca, her loving husband of 53 years; children Angelina (Jeff) Knisely, Cristina (Andy) Hogencamp, and Manuel Menchaca Jr.; 11 grandchildren, Manuel Menchaca III, Max and Megan Reed, Brittany and Matthew Hogencamp, Randy DeLuca Jr., Dallas, Austin, Nevada, Nolan and Liberty Knisely; siblings Frankie (Jeanne) Rozmus, Carol (Charles) Cheloha, Larry (Bonnie) Rozmus, Sharon (Matthew) Hansen, Susie Rozmus and Ronnie Rozmus; and 30 nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Frank Rozmus and Anna (Bogatz) Kimball; sister Lorraine Krajewski; nephews Jeff Rozmus and Stevie Mendez.

Source: www.freckchapel.com


Juan O. DeLeón, age 76, of Temperance, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Mercy St. Vincent's Medical Center in Toledo. He was born on May 26, 1942 in Big Wells, Texas to Alberto and Dolores (née Ortiz) DeLeón. Juan enjoyed tinkering in his garage, the hoods on the cars were always up. While working in his garage, he loved listening to Mexican and Tejano music. He also enjoyed working in his yard, particularly landscaping. Juan was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church, Lambertville, Michigan where he was involved with the Building Committee at the church.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 19 years, Veronica DeLeón; sister, Amanda (Jesús) Maldonado and brother, Mario (Inez) DeLeón; step-son, Matthew (Andrea) Potter; grandchildren, Alex, Marcus, Simon, Ezekiel and Ethni; many endearing nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Albert DeLeón, Guadalupe DeLeón and Ramón DeLeón.

The family will gather for a Memorial Service for Juan on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2843 Sterns Rd., Lambertville, Michigan 48144.


Josefina Oviedo, age 93, of Perrysburg, Ohio passed away Friday, February 1, 2019. She was born July 24, 1925 in Dolores, Texas to the late Pablo and Atanacia (née García) Castro.

Josefina was the heart and soul of a very large family. She helped her daughters raise Mario, Eddie, Eugene, Danny, Tommy, and Monica. She worked hard all her life since age 11. She got to know many people in the Perrysburg area with her job as a Domestic Housekeeper. Josefina loved her community and she helped break ground for the Perrysburg Heights Community Center.

Josefina was of strong faith, she was a lifetime member of Saint Rose Catholic Church and was a valued member of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer Group.

Left to cherish Josefina's memory are her children, José G. (Delma) Oviedo, María C. Sánchez, Lydia (Encarnación) Díaz-Corona, Olga Linda (Billy) Lockett, and Arturo Jaime (Frances) Oviedo; daughter-in-law, Rita Oviedo; and many grandchildren.

Preceding Josefina in death are her husband Teodoro Oviedo, Sr.; sons, José Cecilio Oviedo, Teodoro Oviedo, Jr., and Ricardo Oviedo; granddaughter, Carlena; great-granddaughter, Leandra and a great-grandson, Davey.

Family received friends Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, 222 East South Boundary Street Perrysburg, Ohio (419-874-3133) with the Rosary being recited at 7:00 p.m. Prayers will be in the funeral home Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 9:45 A.M. with a Funeral Mass taking place at St. Rose Catholic Church, 215 E. Front Street, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551. Burial will follow in Restlawn Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions can be made out to Saint Rose Catholic Church and the Perrysburg Heights Community Center. To share memories and leave condolences for Josefina's family please visit our website at:

Source: www.witzlershank.com

Gustavo Oviedo Arredondo

Gustavo Oviedo Arredondo, age 78, of Toledo, Ohio passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2018, surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born January 12, 1939, in Laredo, Texas to Matilda and Antonia (née Oviedo) Arredondo.

Gustavo graduated from Martin High School and served in the United States Army. He married his beautiful wife Gloria and moved to Toledo, Ohio in 1965 where Gustavo worked for Libbey, Owens, Ford as a glass technician for 30 years and retired. He loved to take his family to Pearson Park for bike rides and paddle boating. He enjoyed family outings to restaurants and movies and the family's annual trips to Cedar Point and Laredo, Texas. Gustavo had a kind and gentle spirit, he was a man of faith who loved and cared for his family. He will be greatly missed but our hearts will be filled with the best memories of him and we will always remember the lessons he taught us.

Left to cherish his memory are children, Gerardo (Patricia Basil) Arredondo, Cindy (Dave) Geronimo and Lisa (Rick) Akeman; grandchildren, Tiffany Akeman, David and Ciara Geronimo, Sam Basil and Jackson Bean; siblings, Antonio (Olga) Arredondo, Joe (Olga) Arredondo, Rosa Martínez, and Sylvia Flores; several nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins in Texas.
Gustavo was preceded in death by his wife Gloria (née Cásarez) Arredondo and son Marcus Arredondo.

Source:  www.NewcomerToledo.com

Stephanie A. Rodriquez

Stephanie A. Rodriquez, age 41, passed away on January 8, 2019. She was born on September 6, 1977 in Toledo, Ohio. Stephanie worked as a School Bus Driver for the past 15 years with Anthony Wayne and Trinity Transportation. She loved the summertime when she could lay out by the pool, going to the salon and “being a Diva.” Those who love her, will miss her beautiful smile.

Left to cherish her memory is her son, Carlos Rodriquez Jr.; parents, Robert Anello and Sue (Tom Stephenson) McWilliam; sisters, Gina Routhe (fiancé, James Bork) and Jessicaa Ford; nieces, Kaley Anello (fiancé, Wesley Hall) and Izabel Routhe; special nephew, Jaden; great-nephew on-the-way, Cooper; former spouse, Carlos Sr.

Source: www.NewcomerToledo.com


 Mary Lou Villarreal, 85, of Toledo, passed away peacefully on December 11, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Metamora, Ohio on May 1, 1933 to Apolinar J. and Maria C. (née Padilla) Arias. Mary Lou was a proud graduate of Central Catholic High School. She worked for Ohio Bell as a telephone operator, retiring after 38 years. She was an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Mary Lou enjoyed traveling and most of all, spending time with her family.
She is survived by her son, Michael (Norma) of Glendale, AZ; daughters Barbara and Karen Villarreal; and granddaughter Erika Villarreal. Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents and her 12 siblings.

Memorial donations may be given to Feed Your Neighbor or the Toledo Area Ministries.
Source: Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., Toledo.


María (née Enríquez) Taylor, 64, of Pemberville, OH passed away Friday, October 26, 2018 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg. She was born on July 19, 1954 in Fostoria, OH to Encarnación and Juanita (Hernández) Enríquez. She attended Eastwood Schools and graduated in the Class of 1973. She would later marry and raise two daughters. 

María was a clerk with the Ohio Department of Transportation for 29 years. Her memberships included St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Bowling Green and the Pemberville Freedom Post #183 Auxiliary to name a few. María had a great admiration for nature finding beauty in the world around her, such as the color of the leaves and the stars of the sky. Creation was a gift that she did not take for granted. Her greatest joy remained being a mother and grandmother.

María is survived by her mother Juanita (Moises) Avila of Pemberville; daughters Felicia (Jonathan Boyd) Otte of Bowling Green and Shelby (Scott Rife) of Pemberville; grandchildren Harlow, Maddox, Willow, Julia, Ian, and Isaiah; brothers Encarnación (Tammy) Enríquez Jr. of Pemberville, Emanuel Enríquez of Bowling Green, Fred (Stacie) Enríquez of GA, Jesse (Maureen) Enríquez of GA, Juan Enríquez of Bowling Green, Raymond (Anita) Enríquez of Bowling Green; sisters Esther (Lloyd) Spahn of Luckey, Gloria Pizana of Bowling Green, and Linda (Kirk) Rublaitus of Luckey; significant other Kenny Rahe of Pemberville; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her father; husband John Taylor; infant brother and sister, Steven & Helen Enríquez.


Joe V. Hernández, 72 of Reseda, CA and formerly of Findlay, oh passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. He was born in Laredo, TX on June 15, 1946 to the late José B. Hernández and Estella Cisneros.

He is survived by two brothers; Robert and Fernando Hernández both of Findlay, sister, Stella Y. Villareal of MI, nieces and nephews; Bianca Leal, Jerry Villareal, Tony Villareal, Ashley Hernández, Jerry Hernández and Jason Hernández. Joe was preceded in death by a brother, Robbie Hernández and sister, Norma Hernández.

He was a devout catholic and a longtime member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. Joe was a very independent person and great friend who had an unforgettable sense of humor. He enjoyed classic cars and collecting antiques.

A Memorial Mass Was held on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 617 W. Main Cross St, Findlay with Fr. Michael Zacharias officiating.


Ruthann A. Sánchez passed away unexpectedly August 5, 2018 in her home at the age of 37. She was born March 5, 1981 in Toledo to Alfonso Sánchez and Concepción Jaso and attended Libbey High School.

Ruthann enjoyed playing pool and dart ball and was well liked by all of the people in the leagues she played in. Most of all, she loved being with her family. Ruthann, Queen of the South End, was always the life of the party, singing and dancing. She was known for her good heart and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Ruthann is preceded in death by her father Alfonso Sánchez and fiance Angelo Reyes.

She is survived by her sons Jesús Reyes, Vicente Sánchez, and Anglelo Ryes, Jr.; daughters Danielle Searcy,  Angelina Marks and Annalicia Reyes; mother Concepción Guadalupe (Carlos Fragoso) Jaso; stepmother Adalia Sánchez; sisters Patricia (Richard) DeLuna, Veronica (Anthony) Reyes, Michelle (Ralph) Boles, Julie Sánchez and Jane Thorson; brothers Alfonso Sánchez, Jr., Rubén Martínez, Andrew (Helen) Sánchez, Ricky Dickerson, Michael Dickerson, Rick Ruiz, Derek (Marcie) Ruiz and Jonathan (Nicole) Ruiz; special friends Rikitana Taylor, Shiloh Burke, Juanita Ruiz, Deanna Cunningham and Michelle Salazar; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Source: Castillo Funeral Home 1757 Tremainsville Rd., Toledo; memorial tributes may be made at this website to the family to offset expenses.

November 23, 1977 – July 15, 2018

Catarino was born on November 23, 1977 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Gregoria and Lupe.  Cato was a man of many trades and ran a business with his father.  Cato was the best Father, Husband, Grandpa, Son, Brother, Uncle and Cousin anyone could ask for.

Cato loved spending time with his family and children. Family was everything to him.  He enjoyed fishing, swimming, cooking, grilling, and riding his 4 wheelers and dirt bike.  He was a diehard Oakland Raiders and Ohio State Buckeyes fan and loved watching football. Cato would always help people in need and never judged anyone about their life. Cato had a heart of gold.  Catarino passed away unexpectedly on July 15, 2018.

He is survived by his loving wife, Christina; parents, Gregoria and Lupe; father-in-law, Hector; children, Catarino Jr. (Angelica), Celia, Michael, Felix, Santos, Graciela and Adelina; granddaughters, Izabella and Marcella; sister, Venselada; brothers, Lupe Jr. (Juanita) and Roberto and many loving nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Juan, Elvira and Gregoria; mother-in-law, Linda, and special cousins, Nick and Lola.

Source: www.freckchapel.com


María Refugia “Cuca” Martínez passed away peacefully on Friday, July 13, 2018 at the age of 65 years old. Her family was by her side. Born on July 4, 1953 Maria always looked forward to celebrating her birthday every year with her family and friends. She had many friends and was loved by family and friends alike.

Cuca loved to play Bingo and was an admirer of dance. Wherever there was music, you could find her there dancing the night away. Her favorite was Mexican/Tejano music by popular artists that carried on the Mexican/Tejano heritage. María was a Green Bay Packers fan and loved cheering her team on every season. María was fluent in sign language and took pride in showcasing her signing ability.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eusebio and Concepción Martínez; brothers, Carl, Simon, and José (Joey) Martinez; nieces, Gloria Ruiz, Sandra Elizondo, April Martínez; and nephew, San Martínez, Jr.
Left to cherish her memory are her sisters, Balbina (Tomás) Ruiz, Sabina (Martin) Elizondo, Margaret (Ed) Ruiz, Lupe Jaso (Carlos), and Suzie Martínez; brothers, Thomas Martínez, Henry Martínez, and Juan (Carol) Martínez; and many nieces and nephews whom she considered her own in a very special way.



James González, 67, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, TX. A native of Brownsville, TX, Jimmy, as he was known to all, was the front-man for Tejano group Jimmy G y Grupo Mazz.

Jimmy was deeply loved and will be profoundly missed by his family, friends, and fans. His ability to make his family, friends, and fans feel special was experienced in his humble nature. Although Jimmy was known in the Tejano music industry as being a “musical genius” because of his talent for arranging, producing, and composing hundreds of hit songs, albums, and for winning 8 Grammys and hundreds of other awards; he never tired of hearing his fans chant his name and was always humbled by their love for him.

Jimmy always enjoyed signing autographs and posing for pictures with his fans. Jimmy's generosity with the public was important to him and was evident in the numerous toy drives and the countless benefit concerts he performed for local churches.

Jimmy's playful spirit will especially be missed by those who knew him best. He loved watching the Dallas Cowboy games and the phone calls and texts giving game updates to many during football season. Jimmy's simple taste for local cuisine was seen in his love for Rutledge Burgers, hot dogs, tamales, BBQ's, and sweetbread.

There are a few things that Jimmy loved more than his adoring fans and music and they included his love for his mother, Consuelo; his wife, Lisa; his sons and grandchildren.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, Consuelo “La Morena” and Santiago “Chago” Méndez González; an infant daughter, Lisa Denise González; a grandson, Baby Patrick Henry González; and a brother-in-law, Richard Villarreal.

Jimmy is survived by his wife of 19 years, Anna Lisa González; his 5 sons: Henry Lee (Patricia), James “Junebug” (Lenore), Lee Michael “Mikey” (Nancy), Joseph “Choch” (Celina), and Robert Lee “Uker” (Erica) and their mother, Yolanda Solis. He was the proud grandfather of 10: Lee Michael Jr., Dominic James, Jaymee Leigh, Myranda Jolie, Miranda Larysse, Nicholas Anthony, Meagan Grace, Henry Lee, and Sofia Lee.

Jimmy will also be missed by his siblings: Beatriz “Bea” Villarreal, Julia “Lulu” Garza, Tommie “Magill” (Betty) González, Cindy (Adolfo) García, and Norma Lee (Lonnie) Valdez along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.

Visitation was held on June 11, 2018 at the Brownsville Event Center, 1 Event Circle. The Funeral Mass was on June 12, 2018, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1914 Barnard Rd., Brownsville, Texas. Committal services followed at Buena Vista Burial Park.


Nicolas Becerra, 40, of Reno Beach, OH passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018. He was born on to Juan and Rosemarie Becerra on November 8, 1977 in Toledo. Nick worked for Malcolm Meats and in construction; drywall and roofing. He had a magnetic personality and a charismatic smile. He loved working out, tattoos, rock music and Mexican food. Nick loved his family and was very protective of them, foremost his sons, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Nick has rejoined his mother in Heaven and surely having their morning coffee talks.

He is survived by his sons, Nicholas Jr. (Antonia Escobar) and Brayden; grandchildren, Nico and Graciella; father, Juan; siblings, Teresa (Ray) Becerra Ramirez, Raquel (Manuel) Valero, John (Sarah) Becerra, Kristina (Luis Aldana Pacheco) Becerra, Rose (Marcos) Estrada, Ecequiel Becerra and José (Amanda) Becerra and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rosemarie Becerra; grandmothers, Elvira Hernández and Rosa Lombrana.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, June 16 in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Burial followed at Restlawn Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to José Becerra to help with funeral expenses.


Rubén Antonio Anaya, 60, died Monday, June 11, 2018 at Heartland of Perrysburg, OH of pulmonary fibrosis. He was born July 12, 1957 in Toledo. Rubén enjoyed boxing and owned his own boxing gym in the late 1980s. He was a collector of many things especially musical instruments and jewelry that he liked to give as gifts.

Rubén is survived by children, Zulema (Antonio) López, Sonia (Brian) Wood, Victor Anaya and Luisa (Nathan Espinosa)Anaya; grandchildren, Angelita, Aliyah, Zoie, Veronica, Brock, Gabriela, Ariana and Dahlia; sisters, Vivian Gonzáles, Luisa Anaya, Vickie (Al) Ludeman, Cindi (Mike) Smith and Barbara (Butch) Nino; many nieces and nephews.

Rubén was preceded in death by his parents, Reubén and Victoria (Vásquez) Anaya; wife, Joyce; son, Scott and brother-in-law, Eddie Gonzáles.

Funeral Mass was held on Friday, June 15, 2018 at Epiphany of the Lord-St. Thomas Aquinas Church.

Source:  www.freckchapel.com


Antonia Sánchez passed away peacefully on April 27th, 2018 surrounded by family and friends. Antonia was born in Toledo, Ohio to Alberto and Consuelo Sánchez on December 10th, 1964. Antonia was a dedicated mother and grandmother who adored all the children in her family. She loved shopping, vacations, and spending time with her loved ones.

She is survived by her children Michael (Rachel), Connie, and Heather (Jr.); grandchildren Michael Jr., Melina, Emyah, Miranda, Dude, Elijah, Alexander, and soon to be baby Antonia; and a very special Goddaughter, Alicianna García; brothers Albert and Pedro (Nikki); sisters Elida, Blanche, Suzanna, Bertha, Juanita, and Virginia. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Antonia was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Gloria, Fish, and Linda; brothers Albert, Tom, and Bucky; and nephews, Frankie, Marcos, and Mello.

Source: www.freckchapel.com


Rubén Fonseca, age 68, passed away on April 10, 2018 in Toledo OH. He was born on October 15, 1949 to the late Elena and Damian Fonseca in Halls, Tennessee.

Rubén was an avid Detroit Tigers fan and enjoyed the outdoors. He was a hard-worker his whole life and retired from Neville’s Landscaping. He played softball for many years. Rubén loved old Western movies and Investigation shows. He adored his grandbabies and his dog, Cheyenne.

Left to cherish his memory are wife, Kathy; children, Rubén Jr. (Tammy), Arthur, Damian, Jesse (Kris) and Brandi (Kristopher) Lyons; siblings, Sammy (Leticia) Díaz, David (Hilda) Díaz, Janie (Emilio) López, Raymond (Lannie) Fonseca, Lupe Fonseca and Adela Hill; grandchildren, Rubén, Logan, Sophia, Corine, Austin, Hannah, Matthew, Christian, Mason, Thomas, Ashley, Damian, José, Isiah and Alex; great-granddaughter, Lilli.
Rubén was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Adelina.


Roy Loya Guerrero, 76, of Toledo, Ohio passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio surrounded by his family. He retired from Ford and was a Veteran of the army national guard. Roy was born in Mercedes, TX to the late Francisco and Guadalupe Guerrero.

Roy was preceded in death by his brothers Mike Padrón, Rubén Padrón, Eliberto Guerrero, Baldemar Guerrero, Francisco Guerrero Jr., and Polo Guerrero.
Roy is survived by Elipidio Guerrero, Esmeralda (Henry) Durcan, Ester (Jimmy) Salazar, Children Rogelio (Lisa) Guerrero Jr., Elizabeth (Rick) Nova-Peace, Rene (Joe) Guerrero, Teresa Guerrero, and Deidra Lizcano. Roy also leaves behind 8 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and a host of nephews and nieces.

Roy enjoyed his Tejano music, Budweiser, cowboy hats, cowboy boots, Winston's, and cowboy shows. Roy was a lifetime member of Latins United Club where Roy enjoyed dancing. If you had a mic, he had a song; he loved to sing.

Source:  www.habeggerfuneralservices.com

Alejandro Ray “Alex” López, age 48, of Toledo, OH passed away Monday, March 19, 2018 at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. He was born January 3, 1970 in Toledo to Juventino and Lily (Pecina) López Jr. Alex was employed by Smuckers and Great Lakes Window. He had a passion for music with his favorite artists being the Eagles, Van Halen, and Leonard Skynard.  At the age of 15 Alex began his own DJ business, “Mr. Music”. He was an avid fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns, and San Antonio Spurs. Alex was a parishioner of St. Adalbert Catholic Church.

Alex is survived by his parents; sisters, Mary Ellen (Patrick) Pecina, Christina (David) Gonzáles, Joanne Garza, Estrella López, Lily Ann López; brothers, David (Heidi), Juventino III (Jennifer), Alfred (Crystal), Ronald Ramos, Thomas (Melisha), Jason, and José López; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Stephan; brother, Randolph López Sr., and grandparents, Juventino and Juanita López Sr. and Leopoldo and Refujia Pecina.

Source: Sujkowski Funeral Home Northpointe, 114 E. Alexis Rd.


Carolina Rodriguez Abalos was welcomed to heaven by her husband of fifty-seven years, Anastacio B. Abalos, parents: Juan and Rosario Rodriguez; grandchildren: Marcos Lucio and Tammy Abalos; and great-grandchildren: Ashlynn and Mathias Abalos.
She was surrounded by her children Agripina (Juan) Rincon, Alicia (Roy) Lucio, Ben (Theresa) Abalos, Tom (Becky) Abalos, Roberto (Connie) Abalos, Anastacio Jr. (Sheila) Abalos, John (Marie) Abalos, Antonio (Leticia) Abalos, Jim (Tina) Abalos and David (Cheryl) Abalos, at ProMedica Skilled Nursing facility in Monroe, MI as she passed on March 14, 2018.

Born December 29, 1929, in Orange Grove, Texas, Carolina was the oldest of eight children. Coming from humble means, she learned early the value of hard work and the importance of faith, family and friends. She made sure to instill this in all her children. To say she was selfless and caring is an understatement.

She always went way beyond when it came to helping others, even if they were strangers. Her generosity at one time was recognized by the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit office of Hispanic Affairs, where she and her husband were awarded the Juan Diego award for their help within the community. She was a true champion for the underdog, the unloved and the unlovely.
Carolina loved her church, and had a healthy reverence and respect for the Virgen de Guadalupe. In addition, she volunteered for many years at the annual St. Joseph's Erie Labor Day festival. Her Mexican food was enjoyed by many and helped to raise many funds for the church.

She is survived by forty-seven grandchildren, ninety-four great-grandchildren and twelve great-great grandchildren; siblings: Roberto (Sara) Rodriguez, Marcelino (Elena) Rodriguez, Julio (Jeannie) Rodriguez, Nicolas (Juanita) Rodriguez and Gloria Walters.
Deceased siblings are Juan Jr. (Maria) Rodriguez, Nicolasa (Daniel) Ramos, and brother-in-law Robert Walters.

Dementia has a terrible way of changing one's life, but as her disease progressed, she was lovingly cared for by Alicia and Roy Lucio so that her final years were as good as anyone could ask for. Special thanks to ProMedica Hospice of Monroe, and the wonderful caregivers at ProMedica Skilled Nursing facility in Monroe.


Elutería “Tita” Ramirez Rodríguez, originally of San Perlita, Texas passed away peacefully at her residence in Toledo , Ohio on January 10, 2018. She was born August 1, 1933 in Green Lake, Texas to Andrés P. Sr. and Ramona (Leija) Rodríguez.

Tita was a Cursillista and loved Jesús, Mary, and all the Angels and Saints. She loved and was very involved in St. Ann's Catholic Parish of San Perlita, Texas. She served in the Rosary Altar Society and was known as one of the three Golden Girls of the choir. She worked in the cafeteria of the San Perlita School where she retired after 25 years.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Adolfo “Fito” and Gloria Ramirez Jr.; grandchildren, Tito, Corinna and Jeremy (Judy) Ramirez; brother, Guadalupe Bernal; sister, Ramona R. Graciani; 8 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Tita was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Guadalupe R. Bernal, Petra R. Martínez, Angela R. Villanueva and brother, Andrés Rodríguez.

Mass was held at Immaculate Conception Marygrove Church, Swanton, Ohio on January 20.The family wishes to thank las familias de Villanueva, Graciani, Martínez, Rodríguez, Bernal, y Leija and all of her friends for the blessing of being there for her all her life.

Source: www.coylefuneralhome.com


Priscilla Marie (née Flores) Gonzáles went to be with the Lord on Friday, December 29, 2017 surrounded by her family. Priscilla was born in Bluffton, Ohio on Oct. 1, 1974. She was raised in Ottawa, OH where she graduated from Ottawa Glandorf in 1993. Priscilla went to work for Mercy Health Partners for 10 years.

On Sept. 1, 2007 she married her soulmate, Victor Gonzáles. Priscilla and Victor together have a daughter, Angelina. Priscilla leaves behind her mother, Lydia Díaz and stepfather, Mario Díaz; five sisters, Alice (Curtis OH) Asman, Salina Flores, Regina (Adrian MI) Sakala, María (Adrian MI) Mendivel; stepsister, Crystal (Jeremy) O'Neal; two stepbrothers, Matt and Paul Díaz; nieces, Joellie and Taylor Asman and nephew Julian Díaz.

Priscilla also had six stepchildren, Cassandra, Tomás, Carlos, Corina, and Victoria and several step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Joel Flores; son, Joel Flores; and father-in-law, Tomás Gonzáles. Priscilla came from a loving family, the Cortez and Flores families, and she was loved by all.

Source:  www.reebfuneralhome.com


William Pérez, 85, of Toledo, OH and formerly of Genoa, OH, passed away Monday, December 18, 2017, surrounded by loved ones. William was born in Puerto Rico on November 21, 1932 to Curmelo and Asucisión (née Nieves) Pérez. On May 29, 1954, he married the love of his life, María Algarin. After moving to the United States, Mr. Pérez worked at Great Lakes Window, retiring in 1998.

William and his family were dedicated members of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Genoa, where he was ordained as a Deacon June 26, 1983 and ministered to many in the Latino community. He was a 4th Degree member of Genoa Knights of Columbus Council # 4237. His true passion was spending time with his family; especially his children and grandchildren.

William is survived by his children, María Pérez-Smenner, William Jr., Eddie, Mayda (Leo) Lynch; grandchildren, Arquimedes Tull, Clarivel (Ron) Tull-Gratop, Carl Robinson, Sona Teresa Shroreder, William Michael Pérez, Christopher Luis Pérez; great-grandchildren, Alaynah, Carmyn, Jackson, William Michael , Jeremiah, Xavier, and Mila; siblings, Angel Pérez, Norma Pérez, and Mildalia Pérez; along with many loving family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, María; and siblings, Roberto Pérez and Carmin Pérez.

Source: www.egglestonmeinert.com


Samuel Rosales died peacefully on December 26, 2017 after a brave battle with cancer in Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Samuel, affectionately known by so many as “Uncle Sam,” could bring joy and laughter to any crowd with his jokes and witty charm. He loved to spend time with family and attended church every Sunday to worship the Lord. His heart was big and his sense of humor bigger.

Sam leaves to cherish his memory his fiancée, Amy Hilt; son, Sam Jr. Castillo, daughter, Veronica Pérez; stepchildren, Michael and Alysia; grandchildren, Michael, Meraina, Dominic, Adrian, Damien, Dominic, Analysia, Carmoni and Ka-mya; siblings, Robert (María) Rosales, Paula Sánchez, Rubén Rosales, Rene Rosales, Margaret (Raúl) Vásquez; and a host of nieces and nephews which lovingly called him “Uncle Smitty.”

Source: www.celebratelifetoledo.com


Epifanio “Joe” De La Cruz Artiaga, age 86, joined the love of his life in heaven at the Genoa Care Center on December 12, 2017. Epifanio, or “Joe,” was born April 7, 1931 in Tampico, Tamaulipas, México and was the oldest of four children.

In México, Epifanio and his family lived on a farm of about 500 acres until his father passed away when he was 8 years. Due to hardships when he was about 11 years old, Epifanio sold the only possession he had (his father’s rifle) and boarded a bus to the United States with his uncle.

Once in the U.S., he was on his own as his tio returned to México. He supported himself by working in a vegetable packing plant, working as a waiter, ranch hand, as a professional boxer, and in the hotel industry.

In 1948, Epifanio met a slender, brown-eyed girl with long black hair named Julia Palacios when she was working in a tortilla factory near Brownsville, Texas and they were married on March 10, 1949 in Brownsville. They enjoyed their lives in Harlingen, Texas with their children until 1962 when they moved to Ohio.

Epifanio and Julia traveled with their children, working, until they settled in Rocky Ridge, Ohio. The children were taught to work early on and during their travels the family worked picking oranges and cotton in the south, cherries and tomatoes in the north, and other items in Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, and Michigan.

When they settled in Ohio, Epifanio worked doing paving and other jobs until he found employment at The Andersons in Maumee, OH. He worked there for over 30 years until he retired in 1993.

When the children were little, he and Julia belonged to a church singing group. They liked to fish and would spend many days fishing along the banks of the Portage and Toussaint Rivers. He enjoyed spending time swimming with his children in Lake Erie, near Port Clinton. Epifanio had a tremendous sense of humor and enjoyed making people laugh with his numerous stories.

Epifanio was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years; son Jesús Artiaga, 3 infant children, and 1 great grandson.

He is survived by: his sons Juan (Ruth) Artiaga of Perrysburg, OH; José E. (best friend Geri Sondergeld) Artiaga Jr. of Weston, OH; Ricardo (Louann) Artiaga of Whitehouse, OH; Enrique “Ricky” (Judi) Artiaga of Oak Harbor, OH.; Freddy (Rene) Artiaga of Toledo; Alex (Mariana) Artiaga of Palm Harbor, FL; Thomas Artiaga of Toledo;  Paul Artiaga of Perrysburg, OH; also, daughters María Artiaga of Toledo;  Aurelia (Larry) Brockman of Oroville, CA; Gloria (William) Bennett of Oak Harbor; Isabel (Roger) Kleopfer of Holland, OH; Cristina (Mark) Kenski of Sandusky, OH; and Angela (Jody) Henry of Mansfield, OH; also, 40 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren, and 10 great great grandchildren.

Visitation was held on Dec. 15, 2017 at the Robinson-Walker Funeral Home, Oak Harbor. A Mass was celebrated by Reverend Father Tim Ferris on Dec. 16, 2017 at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Oak Harbor beginning with prayers offered at the funeral home. Interment followed at Clay Township Cemetery, Genoa, OH. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.


Augustina R. Estrada, 89, of East Toledo, OH passed away Sunday, December 10, 2017 surrounded by her loving family at Genesis Healthcare. She was born in Carrizo Springs, Texas on August 28, 1928 to Emiterio and Anita (née Ramirez) Rocha.

Augustina married the love of her life, Francisco Estrada Sr. and together they enjoyed dancing, playing music and being active at Good Shepherd Church before his passing. She enjoyed her rose garden, being with her friends and was proud of starting the Oasis Club. What was most important to Augustina was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Augustina is survived by her children, María (Larry) Middlebrooks, Eva (Jerry Cásares) Czerminski, Antonio Estrada, Sylvia (Cody) Carothers, Carolina (Ramón) Flores, Laurie (John) Slowinski; 23 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great grandchildren; sister, Eloisa (Valente) Estrada; brother, Nicholas Rocha; and several nieces, nephews and loving family members. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Francisco; son, Francisco Jr.; 9 siblings; and grandson, Dillon.


José “Frank” Castro, age 72, went to the Lord on December 1, 2017. He was born on November 25, 1945 in Laredo, Texas.

Frank's passion was music; he was well-known as the leader of the conjunto band, “Frank Castro y Los Amigos” that performed in Ohio and Michigan. He enjoyed carpentry and welding work, especially projects for his children. Frank will be remembered as a kindhearted man who was always willing to help others. He was a loving Dad and Grandpa. His family will miss his jokes and adventurous spirit.

Frank is survived by the mother of his children, Elva García; companion, Felisa López; children, Luciano (Nora) García, Frankie Castro (fiancé, Richard McCarthy), Marcus (Tonya) Castro, Atanacia “Tanya” (Steve) Martínez and Jason (Brian) Lutts; siblings, Josephine, Juanita, Jesusa, Pablo “Paul” and Gilbert; grandchildren, Bianca, Luciano Jr. (fiancée, Jamie) , Erica, Marcus Jr. (Briana), Zachary (fiancée, Valerie), Cassidy (fiancé, Mike), Emily, Anastasia, Stephen Jr. and Rojelio; 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Rojelio García; sisters, María Reyes and Concepción “Cruz.”

To leave condolences for Frank's Family, visit: www.NewcomerToledo.com


Randolph López Sr., age 51, of Toledo, OH passed away November 28, 2017 at the Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. He was born May 10, 1966 in Toledo to Juventino and Lily (née Pecina) López Jr.
A graduate of Woodward High School, Randolph worked in home construction and remodeling for many years. He was a skilled carpenter, tile worker, and car mechanic. He loved singing and dancing, and making people laugh.
A devout Catholic, he read the Bible daily and was the family peacemaker. He loved children and teaching them life lessons through Bible stories. He was a parishioner of St. Adalbert Catholic Church.

Randolph is survived by his parents; children, Jane Franco, Mary López, Alexandra López, Lily Ann López, Randolph López Jr., and Juliano López; their mother, Debora Franco; 10 grandchildren; sisters, Mary Ellen (Patrick) Pecina, Christina (David) Gonzales, Joanne Garza, and Estrella López; and brothers, David (Heidi), Juventino III(Jennifer), Alfred (Crystal), Ronald (Heather) Ramos, Thomas (Melisha), Alejandro Ray, Jason, and Jose López.

Memorial donations to the family c/o Sujkowski Funeral Home Northpointe will be gratefully accepted.


Santos Rodríguez, 85, of Oregon, OH, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2017 at ProMedica Bay Park Hospital. Santos was born on November 1, 1932 in Guadalupe Co, Texas to Isidoro and Prudencina (née García) Rodríguez. He had worked for Conrail Railroad for 40 years as a carman and foreman.

He was everyone's guiding light of how to be husband, a father, a grandfather, a son, a brother, an uncle, a cousin, a great man. Santos was a US Army Veteran, serving during the Korean War. He did a lifetime of things throughout his life and still had more to do, but it was time for him to go into his next adventure, and that was to always be that bright light for us to follow, and him watching over us and never too far from our hearts.
Santos had a passion for music and dancing (especially la música tejana), which he shared with his wife, Gloria. They also enjoyed traveling together.

Surviving are his loving wife, Gloria; children, Nilda Ann, Richard, Michael (Lisa) Rodríguez; grandchildren, Nicole, Trisston, Asilia; brother, Joseph Rodríguez.
Santos was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter,


Telesforo Ray Gómez, age 87, of Toledo, OH passed away peacefully on No­vember 18, 2017, surround­ed by his loving family. Born on January 5, 1930 in Waco, Texas to Marcus and Manuela. Telesforo was a self-employed truck driver and served his country in the Korean War as a Para­trooper. He earned the Ko­rean Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, Unit­ed Nations Service Medal, Army Occupation Medal (Japan) and the National Defense Service Medal.

Telesforo is survived by his six children, sons, Rey­naldo (Debbie) Gómez, Da­vid Gómez, Gilbert Gómez; daughters, Yolanda Davis (Kevin), Gloria Ramirez (Tony), and Lisa Billups (Arthur); 21 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren.


Lucia Ibarra, 75, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio surrounded by her loving family. Lucia was born on September 8, 1942 in México to José María and Concepción (née Ramos) Flores. She was married to José Ibarra Sr. on November 5, 1960 at St. Rose Catholic Church, Perrysburg OH.

Lucia was a member of St. Peter and Paul Church, Toledo OH. Lucia loved reading, tending to her garden, and enjoyed cooking for her family.

Lucia is survived by her children, José Ibarra Jr., Narciso Ibarra, Telma Ibarra, Joyce Ibarra, Patricia (Cruz) Gómez, Guadalupe Ibarra; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; many brothers and sisters; many loving nieces and nephews; and her fuzzy companion, Burrito.

She was preceded in death by her husband, José, and her parents.

Online condolences may be sent at www.witzlershank.com.


Anjel Trinadad “Butch” Piña, age 68, of Toledo, OH passed away peacefully November 17, 2017 at UT MCO. Anjel was born on December 28, 1948 to the late John and Erlinda (née Rodríguez) Piña. Anjel owned and operated Carlita's Mexican Restaurant. He was a man that would do anything for his friends and family. Butch was a fan of the Detroit Tigers and Dallas Cowboys.

Anjel is survived by his girlfriend, Rachel Navarro; children, Jacob (Mona) Demecs, Jason (Olivia) Demecs and Marissa Cantu; grandchildren, Trinadad, Gabriella, Jacob, Alana, Elizabeth and Glorianna; sisters, Anita Garraway, Juanita Cargile, Patricia Piña and Jackie (Mike) Govito and many nieces and nephews that cherished his love, laughter and jokes.
He was also preceded in death by his brother, John F. Piña.


Isabelle María Rodela, 89, of Genoa, Ohio passed away in her residence on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Isabelle was born in Toledo, Ohio on July 17, 1928 to Walter and Pauline (née Rodríguez) Romero. Prior to retiring, Isabelle had worked in retail management with Elder Berman and Bridal Aisle. A strong Christian woman, Isabelle enjoyed being with her family. She also enjoyed cooking and playing softball.

Surviving are her children, Trinidad “Trinie” (George) Dietz, Walter Rodela, Carlos (Linda) Rodela, Robert Rodela; 16 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; brother, and Manuel Romero. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Virgil C. Rodela; son, Victor M. Rodela and her 6 siblings.


Maria R. Zapata, 71, passed away to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at Knapp Medical Center, Weslaco TX.  Maria Zapata was born August 30, 1946 to Rafael & Juana Maria Castillo in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. 
She is preceded in death by her parent & 2 brothers, Salvador Castillo & Carlos Castillo Lara.  Mrs. Zapata is survived by her husband Apolonio Zapata of Weslaco, TX; 3 sons, Hector Zapata, Raúl Zapata, both of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Jorge Zapata of Toledo, Ohio; 1 daughter, Nora Elia Zapata of Weslaco, TX; 2 brothers, Rafael Castillo of Chicago, IL, Enrique Castillo Lara of Mexico and 1 sister, Guadalupe Castillo Lara of Mexico. 
Also surviving are 11 grandchildren & 10 great-grandchildren.


Rose (Ringling) Vásquez, 63, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at UTMC. She was born March 30, 1954 in Toledo, OH.

Rose (Ringling) Vásquez passed into eternity on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. She was one of 15 children. Rose was born in Toledo, Ohio on March 30, 1954 to parents Ramiro and Mary Vásquez. She was a 1972 graduate of Waite High School.

Anyone who knew Rose was familiar with her great sense of humor, energy for life, and her heart of gold. She was the type of person who would put the needs of others before her own, even if it meant giving the very last dollar in her pocket to a complete stranger. Caring for others was her passion and she would visit with people in hospice who were alone. She loved to cook all kinds of food and spending time with her family.

Rose deeply loved her children Regina (Chico) Lasoya, Robert C. Ringling, Joseph Ringling and Heather Vallejo who are left behind to cherish her memory. Also surviving are grandchildren Angela Lille, Anthony Carmony Jr., Sierra Case, Marcus Case, Leanna Ringling, Joseph Ringling, Jenna Ringling, Timothy Ringling, Joshua Ringling, Victor Vallejo Jr., Victoria Vallejo, and Veronica Vallejo, as well as one great grandchild. Also surviving her are brothers Ramiro, Ernesto, Roger, Herman, and Alfredo Vásquez; sisters Lillie Zavalas, Tina Vásquez, and Linda Thompson.
She was preceded in death by her husband Robert G. Ringling Jr, brother Demetro Vásquez, and sisters Carmen Salazar and Jane Vásquez.


Alberto “Tio Beto” San Miguel, age 92, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away on June 27, 2017 at Orchard Villa in Oregon, Ohio. He was born on April 16, 1925 in Fentress, Texas to Alberto and Virginia (née Yvargüen) San Miguel. Alberto was a lifetime member of Latins United/Latinos Unidos and enjoyed Tejano music, dancing, and being surrounded by numerous family and friends. He was well regarded in the Latin community.  
Alberto is survived by his son Filberto, daughter Rosa Fernández, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren; also,  numerous nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Refujia, Antonia, Almarante, Julia, Beatriz, Consuelo, and Eliazar.
Memorial Services were held for Tio Beto on July 13, 2017 at SS Peter and Paul Church, followed by dinner at Latins United/Latinos Unidos.


Norma Jean (née Jasso) Mora, 53, passed away Thursday June 22, 2017 in her home surrounded by her loving family after her valiant battle with cancer.

She was born March .9, 1964 in Saginaw, MI to Herman and Ernestine (Cabrera) Jasso, Sr. Norma graduated from Libbey High School and attended Stautzenberger College. She enjoyed arts & crafts, making her famous tamales as well as decorating cakes. Norma looked forward every morning to feeding the birds and squirrels even before her own breakfast. She was a member of Latinos Unidos (Latins United).

She is preceded in death by her husband Silverio Mora; father Herman Jasso, Sr., mother Ernestine Elizardo; stepfather Santos Elizardo; stepmother Erma Fonseca and  grandson Octavio Vina.

Norma is survived by her children Sonia González and José González; grandsons Demarceano and Eduardo Vina; siblings Enedina (Orlando) Overstreet, Herman (Elizabeth) Jasso and Jay (Letha) Jasso; 12 nieces and nephews; 23 great nieces and nephews. Her nieces & nephews will all miss her telling them "bring me your face" and "I'm going to slap you.”

Family received friends at the Castillo Funeral Home 1757 Tremainsville. Memorial tributes may be made to Norma's family to offset expenses.



Julio César “Cesi” Castro, age 81; beloved husband of Norma Luz (née Aponte) for 55 years; loving father of María Elena Fuentes (José), César (Tracy), Rico, Gertrudis “Trudy” Ramos (José), and Julio César, Jr. (Ilbia); grandfather of Frankie, Antonio, Bianca, Michael, Marissa, Veronica, Gabriella, Ilbialisse, and Julito; great-grandfather of Jovan and Mariano; son of the late Julio A. Castro (Gertrudis, née Quiñones); brother, uncle and friend of many; U.S. Army Veteran. 
Julio was the proud owner of Cesi’s Caribe Grocery for over 50 years.  Mass of Christian Burial at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 3114 Scranton Rd., Cleveland, Friday, June 16, 2017, at 11AM, Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. 
Friends received at Ripepi Funeral Home, 5762 Pearl Rd. (at Snow Rd.), Thursday, June 15, 1-3PM and 5-8PM and in church Friday from 10-11AM.


Josefina Jaso, 80, of Gibsonburg, OH passed away on Monday, May 15, 2017 at Mercy St. Charles, Toledo. She was born in Miquihuana, San Luis Potosi, México on August 27, 1936 to Pedro Maldonado and Consuelo Baéz.

On February 14, 1951, in Monroe, MI, she married Reynaldo Jaso. They shared 61 years together until his passing on May 31, 2012. Josefina enjoyed listening to music—especially the song, La Bamba—and dancing. She liked to spend time shopping, sewing, and gardening. She was never without her favorite Sunkist Orange Soda. Josefina had a special place in her heart for her cat Chula, going to church, and praying the Rosary. She loved cooking and family gatherings.

Josefina was a loving homemaker for their children, Reynaldo Jaso, Jr.(who is deceased), Carmen (Rey) Bosquez of Houston, TX, Raúl (María) Jaso of Northwood, Rebecca (Alberto) Martínez of Houston, TX, María Elena (Andrés) Zapata of Gibsonburg, Carolina Jaso of Millbury, and Ustolia (Louie) Rook.

Also surviving are grandchildren: Rey, III and Danny Jaso; Raúl, Jr., Rafael, and Reynaldo Rebollar; Michael, Raquel and Raúl Alex Jaso; Noe, Selena and John Martínez; Noemi (José) Padrón-Zapata, Andrés Zapata, Jr., and Erica (Victor) García; Sara Mendoza, Rosa and Cristina Martínez; Elizabeth, Ricardo, Cain, Issac, Jamie, and Ben Escobedo; many great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; and brother, Moises Hernández of Gibsonburg.

Source: www.hermanfh.com



Joel “Joe” García, 89, of Genoa, OH, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was ‘puro Tejano.” He was born in Houston, Texas on March 11, 1928 to John and Mary (née Guerra) García.


Joe was a hardworking man, who invested 25 years working at Martin Marietta in Woodville and 25 years working at Chrysler machining plant in Perrysburg, retiring in 1994. Joe was generous, kindhearted, and humble. He loved his family dearly and was always full of advice.


He had a passion for going on long drives through Genoa area and sitting on his front porch on Main Street, listening to music [especially Tejano music], and waving at passing friends, neighbors, and passer-byers. Our beloved Joe believed that McDonald's had the best coffee and he enjoyed treating his loved ones to a hot cup any time.

His beloved family includes his children, Roy (Vikki) García, Joel A. García, Irene García, Richard (Tammy) García, Mary Ann García, and Albert (Jessica) García. Joel also has fantastic grandchildren, Joey García, who preceded him in death, Jeff García, Crystal García, Melanie Torre, and Brittany Stork. He had two great-grandchildren, Paige Smith and Gavin Stork, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Joe has three half-siblings, Juanita Pérez, Lupe García, and John García, Jr.


Joe was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Trina Molina, Estefana Orozco, Isabell Arellano, Rutilia Castilleja; and brother, Luis García.


In the photo, Joe is with several of his lovely nietas at a recent family [García/Castilleja] reunion.



Herlinda Perez, 86, resident of Findlay, passed peacefully on Saturday, May 6th, 2017 in Jacksonville, FL surrounded by her children.  She was born in San Antonio, TX on July 25, 1930 to the late Simon and María (Malacara) Casiano.  She married the late Felipe Perez in 1953.  She was also known as Linda or Amelia to some, she worked at Findlay Industries, member of St. Michael's the Archangel Catholic Church, and a member of the Guadalupe Society all in Findlay for many years.


She was the backbone of the family and raised her children to respect others as well as to care for others when needed. How she loved dancing with dad and was always in style according to fashion trends. Her favorite pastime was watching her novelas on TV.  Always full of energy and ready to cook or entertain anyone who visited her in her home.  She will be missed by her family and by many who have had the privileged to have walked through her door, her door to her heart.


She is survived by her son Jerry (Sharon) Pérez of North Baltimore, Diane (Richard) Tellez of Westerville, Phillip Pérez of Findlay, Yolanda (Jamie) Tellez of North Baltimore, Richard (Arlene) Pérez of Findlay, Norma (Todd) Sands, and Daniel Pérez, both of Jacksonville, FL. Sister: Juanita Castillo Houston, TX, Brothers: José Casiano and Simon Casiano II, both of San Antonio, TX., 21 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by, her husband, Felipe Pérez, brothers: Alfonso Ruiz, Roberto Casiano and Oscar Casiano, sisters: Magdalena Aguilar and María Jesusa Segura, all of San Antonio, TX, and her grandson, Cory Pérez.


Gilbert M. Ramírez, 85, of Genoa, OH passed away on April 24, 2017 at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. He was born on March 16, 1932 to Gilbert and Inez (Martínez) Ramírez. Gilbert was a US Air Force Veteran and then a press operator for 38 years at Jeep before retiring in 2001. Gilbert loved traveling and spending time with la familia. He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Parish.

Gilbert is survived by children Raúl L. (Maryanne) Rendón, Jr., Vickey S. (Jorge) López, Sally A. Ramírez, Sylvia (Dan) Yeager, Rickey (Irma) Ramírez, Timmy G. Ramírez; also, siblings, Paul Ramírez, Robert (Mary) Ramírez, Carmen García, Basilio Ramírez, Joe Ramírez, Nieves (Edward) Rangel, and Jane Costillo; also, 18 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Lupe; brother Sam Ramírez; sister Linda Martínez; granddaughter Veronica López; and grandson Manuel Otero.


José Luis Hernández, 38 of Toledo, OH passed away Friday, April 7, 2017 at ProMedica Toledo Hospital. José was born in Toledo on December 18, 1978 to Tomás López and Rosalinda Hernández. His true passion was spending time with his family.

Surviving are his children Alyssa, Annessa, and Ricardo; 2 grandchildren; mother, Rosalinda; siblings, Desiree Hernández, Elisha, Tomás, Antonio, Joshlin López; Monica Otero, Angie Puente; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father.

Visitation will be held at Eggleston Meinert & Pavley Funeral Home, Oregon Chapel, 440 S. Coy Road on Thursday, April 13 from 2-9 pm with Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home on Friday at 12:00 p.m with visitation from 9:00 until the time of the service. Interment will follow in Historic Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Hernández Family.


Gilbert S. Martínez Jr.’s spirit passed from this earth to rest with the Lord on March 28, 2017. He was 68 years old and lived in Toledo with his loving wife of 37 years, Joan R. Martínez, who survived him.
Gilbert had a good life filled with love and family. He filled the role of our “Macho Patriarch” by living his life full of passion, devotion, a little stubbornness, a huge helping of love mixed in with his own bit of cantankerousness. He spent much of time on his hobbies including: skydiving, boating, fishing, photography, and reading.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gilbert S. Martínez Sr.; mother, Helena Martínez; and brother, Rudy Martínez.
Gilbert is survived by his wife and 5 sons, Christopher (Donna) Martínez, Brian (Sherri) Martínez, Jay (Sabrina) Martínez, Kent Murnen, and Scott Murnen; 14 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and his siblings, John Martínez, Irene Martínez, Antonio (Theresa) Martínez, Elodia Price, and Rebecca (Spencer) Blunt.


Helen Salas, 58, passed away on April 3, 2017. She was born in Toledo on May 16th, 1958.  She worked for Pepsi Cola for many years and then worked for Walgreens Distribution Center for the last 14 years of her life. Helen kept her doors open to anyone and was always there when you needed her. She loved to party and treasured times spent making memories. Helen always had room in her heart to love one more person and will be extremely missed.

Helen is survived by her son Ricardo (Raquel) Salas;  daughters Daniela (Johnpaul) Ayala & Raelene (Ronnie II) Komives; grandchildren, Araceli, Danali, Santos, Diego, Ronnie, Romón, RaeLyn & RaeLena siblings, Sevastian Jr (Amelia), Betty (Joe), George (Liz), María (Freddie), Dora, Linda (Cristobal), Beatriz, and Marty (Irma). Helen was a loving mother figure to her step daughters Angel, Tronquillia & Emilia Rosas, her niece,Vicky (Joey) Ybarra and nephew Phil Cloyne.

Helen had 3 very special nieces: María (David), Nellie (Tony) & Minnie (José).  She also had a special niece who she loved like a daughter (Mic) and a special nephew who could do no wrong in her eyes (Jason).
She was preceded in death by her father Sevastian Salas, Sr. and her mother Trinidad (née Hernández) Salas along with her sisters Alicia Jiménez, Dorothy García, and brothers Diamond, Rubén, Romaldo, and Raymond Salas.

Merida Estrada, 53 of Toledo, OH passed away March 10, 2017 after a brief illness; she was surrounded by her loving family. She was born December 18, 1963 in Monroe, MI to Octavio and Alicia (Delrio) Estrada. Merida most cherished spending time with her family and friends, cooking, watching the Cowboys football team, and helping others. Her biggest joy was becoming a grandmother.
Surviving are her mother, Alicia Kharsa; father, Octavio (Berta) Estrada; daughters, Jennifer Alonzo, Judy Martínez, Jaymee Ochoa; granddaughter, Aaliyah Ochoa; sisters, Rendi Estrada-Slagle, Tzety (David) Navarro, Yuriri (John) Gonzales; brothers, Samuel Estrada, Octavio Estrada Jr; longtime companion Lupe Fonseca; special sister in law, Virginia Salazar; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

María De Jesús López Guzmán, 73, of the Toledo, OH area passed away March 9th, 2017. María Guzmán was the daughter of Baudelia (Rocha) and Tomás López, who preceded her in death.
María worked as a farm laborer, housekeeper, factory worker, and homemaker. She enjoyed crafts, her Roman Catholic faith, and she loved her family. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her children, Carolyn (Kurt) Fitzenreiter, Adolph “Chopper” (Tina) Guzmán Jr., Belinda (Jeffrey) Russell, and Christopher Guzmán; three sisters, Catalina Sánchez, Juanita Baldwin, and Juana Anita Flores; four grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was welcomed into Heaven by her parents; brother, Pedro López; sister, Carmen López, and two great grandchildren.

Anna Montano, 75, of Toledo, OH passed away on Monday, March 13, 2017 in Waterville. She was born July 15, 1941; she enjoyed attending and volunteering at the Inner City Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, José and Matilda Castilleja; son, Larry; brothers, Raymond, Johnny, Martin, and Jesse; and sisters, Ninfa, Mary, Josephina, and Lupe.
She is survived by daughters Cecelia and Lisa; sons, Kenny and Rene; numerous grandchildren; and great- grandchildren; and sisters, Cruz and Rosie.

Alejandro S. Quíñones (“
Jando”) was born July 18, 1932 and passed away on March 8, 2017, surrounded by the love of family. He lost his battle with cancer at the Dayton VA Hospice, Dayton, OH. He met the love of his life, María “Rosa” Bernal, in San Antonio, Texas and celebrated 58 years of marriage. Jando was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War. He was a self-taught acoustic guitar player. His love of music included listening to and playing “trio” music.
Surviving are his wife, Rosa; sons, Eddie (Rutila), Andy & Alex (Rosemary); daughters, Elizabeth, Judy (Javier), Sylvia, Alexsandra (Mike) & Nina (Sam); siblings, Alicia & Ray; 21 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lupe & Estella; son, Rudy; grandson, Michael; granddaughter, Jessica.

February 28, 1996 to February 28, 2017

Sebastian R. “Sobsob” Guerrero III, age 21, passed away unexpectedly February 28, 2017. He was born on February 28, 1996 in Toledo, OH to Sebastian R. and Crissy A. (née Herrera) Guerrero, Sr.

Mr. Guerrero attended Chase and Riverside Grade Schools and was a 2013 graduate of Glass City Academy. At the age of 18, Sebastian joined the Ohio Air National Guard 180th Fighter Wing as an Airman. He was assigned to the Force Sustainment Squadron as a services journeyman and recently returned from an overseas deployment in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Sebastian was a loving father and family man. He was a car and motorcycle enthusiast. He enjoyed boxing and watching his favorite football team, the New Orleans Saints. A fitness conscious person, he exercised frequently and loved to look good. He will be remembered as a humble man with a one of a kind personality.

Sebastian is survived by his parents, Sebastian Sr. and Crissy; son, Sebastian M. Guerrero; sister, Raquel A. Guerrero; brothers, Sebastian “Sabe” and Roberto Guerrero; girlfriend, Selena Pecina; godmother, Alicia Garza; grandparents, Robert and Irma Guerrero, Gasper Herrera and Antonia Vasquez-Herrera; special aunts Tina Herrera (Ricardo Aldaco) and Monica Torres; special uncles David (Nancy) Herrera and Robert (Lisa) Guerrero; and numerous other aunts, uncles and cousins.


Raymond S. Pacheco Sr. of Toledo OH passed away January 25, 2017. He was born January 6, 1929 in Mexico. Raymond lived a full and rich life. He enjoyed a nice conversation with family and friends. His greatest wealth was the love he had for his family.

Raymond is survived by his dear wife, Alicia Pacheco, and their children, Alicia (Melvin) Peepers, Raymond (Tina) Pacheco Jr., Gloria (Paul) Rios, Linda (Oswaldo) Pacheco-Vera, Edward (Theresa) Pacheco, and María (Gregory) Cole; also surviving are many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mr. Pacheco was preceded in death by his sons Moises, Juan, and David Pacheco and daughters Cecilia and Rosario Pacheco.

Source: Urbanski Funeral Home;  http://urbanskifuneralhome.com/

Herlinda “Linda” Santos Castillo
March 30, 1930 – January 3, 2017

Herlinda “Linda” Herreria Santos Pérez Castillo, age 86, of Celina, Ohio died Tuesday, January 03, 2017 in Celina Manor, Celina, Ohio.  Linda was born March 30, 1930 in Poteet, Texas to the late José M. and Brijida (née Herreria) Santos.  She was a retired factory worker and had assisted in nursing homes.

Survivors:  Children,  Alfonso Pérez, Edgerton, Ohio;  Roberto Pérez, Defiance, Ohio;  Ramón Pérez, Toledo, Ohio;  Isabel Giesige, Celina, Ohio;  Yvette Schlarman, Columbus, Ohio; Brigette Cron, Celina, Ohio; and Esteban Castillo, Celina, Ohio; also, 33 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.  Also, two brothers and one sister: Everett, Findlay; Lupe,  Antwerp; and  Mary Louise,  Holgate.

She is preceded in death by her parents, son, John Pérez, daughter, Linda J. Pérez, two grandchildren, Seth Giesige and Rebecca Pérez.  Also, brothers, Jesse Sr., José María, Jr., Roger, Joe, and Rubén, Jr.   Also, sisters,  Elvira Flores, Beatrice Barrera, and Corinna Luna.

She is interned at St. Peter Catholic Cemetery, Archbold, Ohio.  
Source: Arrangements entrusted to Grisier Funeral Home, Stryker, Ohio.



Anna M. Ortiz, age 67, of Toledo, OH was granted her angel wings on December 10, 2016, at St. Luke's Hospital. She was born August 11, 1949, in Bay City, Michigan to Elias Friaz and Dora Ortiz. Anna was raised in Laredo, Texas by Anselmo and Severa Melendrez, eventually permanently relocating to Toledo, Ohio in 1973.


She was employed as a Team Leader with Daimler Chrysler Jeep for more than 30 years, retiring December, 2009. Anna was an inspiration to many and helped many people along her journey. She was motivated, intelligent, and had a heart of gold. She enjoyed coaching and playing on a softball league “Las Peloteras Mexicanas,” camping with her family, especially at The Mohican reservation, rooting for her Pittsburg Steelers, playing euchre, going to the movies to eat her favorite snack popcorn, hanging out and laughing with friends, eating at her favorite restaurant Smucker's, cooking authentic Mexican dishes, traveling with both friends and family, attending Cedar Creek Church every Sunday, and dancing to her favorite Motown and Tejano jams.


Anna was the most loving and greatest Nana to her “beauty” Ana'leah and Jayden. The most important love of Anna's was her love for her family. Anna believed that blood does not make you family, but love does. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. “Perhaps my time seemed all too brief - don't lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your hearts and share with me. God wanted me now; He has set me free.”

Anna is survived by her siblings: Cynthia, Estella, Irma, Connie, Helen, Raúl Jr., Ricky, Josie, Joe, and David. Anna was preceded in death by her grandparents, Tomasa and José Ortiz; her father, Elias Friaz; her mother, Dora Ortiz; her stepfather, Raúl Treviño Sr.; her brother, Abel, and sister, Margarita.


Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association in Anna’s memory.


John “Diego” Martínez, 81, of Lorain, OH passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain, following a sudden illness. Born June 17, 1935 in Malakoff, Texas, he moved to Lorain in 1942. Diego graduated from Lorain High School in 1955 and the served in the US Army. He worked for Ohio Edison for 24 years, retiring in 1992. Prior to this, he worked for Lake Terminal Railroad.
Diego was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and the Utilities Workers Union of America Local 351.
He had a passion for music, especially Tejano.. He was the founder and executive producer of Los Nombres music band, which had become popular to Lorainites with the song “Lady Lorain.” Diego had a true love for the city of Lorain, his country and the U.S. Flag.
Surviving are his sister, Mary Molina of Ft. Worth, Texas; and many nieces and nephews including his nephew and niece who he was legal guardian to, Amado Martínez of Toledo and Elena Martínez of San Diego, CA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nazario and Josefina “Pepita” (née Rodríguez) Martinez; brothers, Larry Martínez, Manuel Velásquez, and Amado “Maw” Martínez; and sister, Carmen Amelia Inchaurregui.
Burial at Calvary Cemetery, Lorain. Full military Honors will be conducted at the cemetery. To send online condolences go to www.dovinfuneralhome.com.

Source: Dovin Funeral Home, 2701 Elyria Avenue.

Danielle M. Blake went to be with the Lord on Sunday November 27, 2016 at the age of 36. She was born September 1, 1980, in Toledo to Lloyd Blake and Jesusa Reyna.  

She is survived by her children, Delicia, Onicia, Danielle, Tyleah, Tyniyah, Donevin, Janet, and Toni; parents, Lloyd Blake, Jesusa Reyna, and Dora Wahl; siblings, Chad Blake, Tiffany (Amador) Santiago, Edward Wahl, III, Stella (Tomas) Wahl, Dominic (Nicole) Wahl, Destiny Frye; special aunt, April Saldivar and numerous nieces and nephews. 


Danielle was preceded in death by her son, Derrick and her father, Edward Wahl. 

Source:  Castillo Funeral Home, 1757 Tremainsville Rd., Toledo.  


Viola Dina Muñoz, 83, of Fremont, OH went to be with our Lord and Savior surrounded by her family on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Bethesda Care Center. She was born on November 29, 1933 in Fredericksburg, TX, the daughter of Crispin and Inez (Sylva) Rendón. She was a 1952 graduate of St. Joseph High School in Fremont.

Viola married Tony Muñoz on April 30, 1953 at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX and he survives. She enjoyed working at ECI where she retired in 2003. She was also a homemaker and was very involved in the community through various jobs and organizations. Viola enjoyed gardening, going to flea markets and garage sales and spending time with her 10 children and many grandchildren.

Viola is survived by her husband of 63 years, Tony Muñoz, Fremont, OH; children, Robin (Jason) Durnwald, Sande (Paul) Gottron, Virginia Hill, Tony Muñoz Jr., Gilbert Muñoz, Tim Muñoz, Tommie (Tom) Chesser, Todd Muñoz, Paul (Emily) Muñoz, Dina (Eric) Potridge; siblings, Vicki Fought, Roy, Joe (Lupe), Rubén (Judy), Raymond (Marylou) and Paul (Lucy) Rendon; 47 grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Todd Joseph Muñoz Jr.; sister, Virginia Slasinski.

Source: Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home & Crematory, 425 E. State St., Fremont, OH. Burial: Greenlawn Memory Gardens, Clyde, OH.


Enedina “Dina” A. Venegas, 40, of Fremont, OH went to be with our Lord on December 2, 2016 surrounded by her family at her home.  She was born on July 6, 1976 in Toledo, OH to Ismael and Elena (Guerrero) Venegas. Dina was a 1998 graduate of School of Hope.  She enjoyed coloring and staying in motels.  She loved to watch television and movies and take care of her dolls.

Dina is survived by her parents, Elena Venegas and Ismael Venegas both of Fremont, OH; siblings, Ismael J. (Courtney) Venegas, Summerville, SC; Israel J. (Amber) Venegas, Phoenix, AZ; Brandy (Marcos) Palacios, and Domingo Sotelo, both of Fremont; grandmother, Petra Venegas, Dallas, TX; care giver, Marcelino Ramírez; step-brothers, Luis and Marcelino Ramirez; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Dina is preceded in death by her infant brother, Ismael A. Venegas; grandparents, Marciano and Filomena Guerrero and Jesús Venegas.

Source: Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home & Crematory, 425 E. State St., Fremont, OH. Burial: St. Joseph Cemetery, Fremont.

Jaime S. Santiago
(September 12, 1945 - November 19, 2016)

Jaime S. Santiago, 71, of Avon Lake, Ohio went home to be with the Lord Saturday, November 19, 2016 in his home surrounded by his family.

He was born on September 12, 1945 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain in 1961. Jaime attended Ebenezer Pentecostal Church of God, Lorain. He retired from Lake Terminal Rail Road in 2004. He enjoyed fishing, working on cars, gardening and maintaining his home. He loved being with his family.

He will be dearly missed by his wife of 48 years, Irma Santiago (née Figueroa) of Avon Lake; Daisy (Richard) Kaminski of Sheffield Lake, and Damary (Thomas) Glover of Cape Coral, Florida; son Jaime (Ruth) Santiago of Avon Lake; grandchildren Ashley, Adrienne, Savannah, Jaime III, Jeremy, Jasmine and Jacob; great granddaughters Nala and Scarlett; brothers Sixto, Regalado and Marcelino Santiago all of Lorain, Eladio and José R. Santiago both of Puerto Rico; sisters Candida Ramos, both of Lorain, and Anadelia Santiago and Guillermina Santiago of Puerto Rico.

Jaime was preceded in death by his parents Marcelo Santiago and Paula Tirado and a brother Carlos S. Tirado last year.

His family received friends Tuesday, November 22 from 4 to 8 PM at the Richard J. Reidy Funeral Home, 1783 East 31st Street, South Lorain, Ohio. His funeral service will be in the funeral home Wednesday morning at 10 AM. Reverend William Rios, Pastor of Ebenezer Pentecostal Church of God, Lorain will officiate. Burial will follow in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township.


Irene García de Juárez
June 30, 1946 to October 22, 2016

Irene García Juárez entered into eternal rest at her San Antonio residence on October 22, 2016, at 4:13 pm after a long battle of ALS. Irene G. Juárez was born in Karnes City, TX but subsequently her family move to Ohio. She started school in Ohio where she attended St. Mary’s grade school and Notre Dame High School. Irene married her first husband, Leo, and had four boys.

Before she started her career, she worked at the YWCA, Sun Oil Refinery, and later retired from the Dental Dispensary of Northwest Ohio. Aside from her career, came a lifelong passion for dancing to Tejano music as well as bowling at the Lido Lanes in Toledo.  She was an avid sports fan who followed a variety of sports from the Little League, into high school and collegiate levels and onto professional action where she closely followed her beloved Detroit Lions and Tigers and San Antonio Spurs.

After her first husband’s death, she discovered her love for traveling. This led her back to Texas, where she always called home. With her beautiful hazel, green eyes and alluring smile, she attracted many friends and her own Texas cowboy, Mario Juárez Sr., who changed her life in more ways than one.

After they fell deeply in love and married in 1998, she decided to move to San Antonio where she enjoyed Fiesta, Tejano music, and parades. She and Mario made many trips to casinos across the country where she was the luckiest person around.

She resided in her San Antonio home for the last 18 years, where she enjoyed cooking a variety of meals. She especially enjoyed baking Snickerdoodles and making Waffles for all her family and friends. Irene and Mario became known as “Grandma and Grandpa” of their neighborhood.  Irene always knew how to make everyone feel welcomed and loved. She will also hold a special place in our Texas hearts.

She’s preceded in death by her first husband, Leo García and both parents María Hinojosa and Timoteo Urrutia, Sister Christine Ochoa, and son Tony García.

She is survived by her second husband Mario Juárez Sr.; brother Michael (Michal) Urrutia; sisters Mary (John) Flores and Helen (Richard) Hoffman; sons Chris Frias (Kelley), Tom (Tracy) García, and Dan (Kristine) García; step-children, daughters Yolanda Juárez (Rey), Patricia and Fernando Morales; sons Mario (Maria) Juárez, Richard (Alicia) Juárez, Jesús (Veronica) Juárez, Eric (Domingo) Limón, and Albert Juárez; numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In honor to Irene G. Juárez, contributions should be made to the ALS Association.

Marina Zapata with Muhammad Ali


Marina Zapata, 53, of Genoa, Ohio went home to be with the Lord on Sunday October 30, 2016. She was born in Piedras Negras, Coahulia, Mexico on November 30, 1962. Marina went to Genoa High School and was a member of The Rock Church in Oregon. She was very active in the area and coached for many years with the East Toledo Family Center and PAL Little League Baseball. Family was extremely important to her. She was a proud cheer mom, enjoyed throwing parties and giving her grandchildren Christmas gifts. Marina was very sweet and loved her family and life. She also enjoyed shopping and garage sales.

Surviving is her husband, Jesse Puente; mother, Francisca Zapata; children, Jacob (Vanina) Zapata, Alejandro Zapata, Jasmine Zapata and Mateo Zapata (nephew); grandchildren, Jacob Jr., Alayna, Nicholas, Ryan, Ryonna, Ramari and Ramir; siblings, Andy (María Elena), Sylvia (Eliseo), Tony (Michelle) Reyes and Raquel; nieces and nephews, Noemi (god daughter), Vanessa, Andy, Mercedes, Eliseo Hector, Tony, Marco, Eliseo Jr., Isaias, Audrianna and Seth; and many other cousins, great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Reyes Zapata; son, Josh, and step daughter, Dana.

Mass of Christian Burial was at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Genoa, Ohio on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. Burial followed at Clay Township Cemetery.


July 16, 1917 - September 4, 2016


Crisanta Muñiz (99 years; née García) of Toledo, Ohio, was born and raised in Kenedy, Texas and passed away at Hospice of NW Ohio on September 4, 2016, where her family comforted and spiritually cared for her throughout her journey.


Her passion was gardening, walking, dancing, music, fiestas, “la loteria,” “La Virgen,” and grandchildren. All who encountered her know her motto was “happiness” and she leaves family and friends with this legacy as well as her pillar of strength and courage.


Crisanta was preceded in death by her husband, Ignacio Muñiz, an Army WWII veteran, infant daughter Diana Muñiz, and four siblings. She leaves behind her family:  I. Emilio (Janie) Muñiz of Texas, Viola (Atanacio) Gómez of Texas, Robert (Brenda) Muñiz of Ohio, Oscar (Sheila) Muñiz of Ohio, and Sylvia (Alan) Muñiz-Mutchler of Ohio; also, six siblings, surrogate son Robert Twinning, 15 grandchildren, and numerous great grandchildren.


The family wishes to extend a sincere appreciation for the years of devoted and compassionate medical care from Dr. Thomas Tafelski and the outstanding care from staff at UTMC and Hospice of NW Ohio.


A special gracias to Padre Francisco Molina and Father Richard Notter, who always provided her with special spiritual enrichment and she in turn gave them blessings.


As she wished, la familia will pay tribute with memorial masses in her honor—“Our mother and grandmother will be laid to rest in Kenedy, Texas.”  Those wishing to make a contribution in her memory can make a donation to SS. Peter and Paul Parish or the Aurora González Mayores (Senior) Center in Toledo.

María De Jesús Durán

María Durán, edad 82, de Toledo, Ohio, fallecio el 19 de agosto 2016 en su hogar. Ella nacio el 8 de junio del 1934 en San Felipe, Guanajuato, México. Ella era buida de Senon T. Durán. Dejo a sus hijos, Gloria Romero, Horacio Romero (Trine), Mucio Durán (Stacy), Delfina González (Antonio); 6 nietos y 5 bisnietos. María le gustava atender a toda la familia que no se fueran de su casa sin comer y también le gustava escuchar música y ver todas las peliculas de Vicente Fernández y La India María. Descansara su Cenizas en Woodlawn Cemetery, Toledo, Ohio.


Iris Navarro Candelario, 58, of Lorain, oh, passed away following injuries sustained in a car accident on Saturday July 2, 2016.  She was born June 29, 1958 in Lorain and was a lifelong resident. Iris graduated from Southview High School in 1977.

Iris worked as a Special Education Administrative Assistant at Elyria City Schools and previously at Lorain City Schools as an Administrative Assistant. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain. Iris was fond of traveling and adored her work, friends, and her family. She was beginning to learn a number of outdoor activities including paddle boarding and canoeing. She was developing a fondness for boating as well. Iris will be remembered for her sense of humor, love, and generosity.

She will be deeply missed by her daughter Alicia Candelario of Cleveland, son Carlos Candelario of Cumming, Georgia and her partner Ken Klein of Avon Lake. Her father Regino Navarro of Lorain; brothers José Navarro of Texas, Miguel Navarro, Hector (Carmen) Navarro and Gilberto (Diana) Navarro all of Lorain, Roberto (Sandy) Navarro and Regino (Gladys) Navarro, Jr. both of Kentucky; sisters Lucia (Tony) Morell and Carmen Ramos of Florida, Judith (Luis) Figueroa, Silvia (Richard) Williams and Angela Navarro all of Lorain, many nieces and nephews, the Klein family of Avon Lake, and her dear friend Lizette Ayala Valdez.

Iris was preceded in death by her mother Natividad de Jesús in 2007, brother Nelson Navarro de Jesús earlier this year and her dear friend María Maldonado, who also passed away from the tragic accident of July 2nd.

María Rosario Maldonado, 59, of Lorain, OH passed away Saturday, July 2, 2016 from injuries sustained from a auto accident. She was born October 7, 1957 in Lorain and lived in Lorain all her life. Mary graduated from Southview High School in 1975. She was self-employed as a housekeeper and caregiver. She was previously employed at Moen, MTD, Lithonia and US Steel. She was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Chapel and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Mary enjoyed music, dancing, arts and crafts, DIY projects and gardening. She very much loved spending time with her grandchildren and providing care to her parents.

She will be deeply missed by her daughters Elisa Maldonado and Ilyia Maldonado both Lorain; her parents Luis G. and María M (née Dueño) Maldonado of Lorain; sisters Carmen González of Lorain, Judith (Leo González) Maldonado of Aibonito, Puerto Rico; Rose Delic of Elyria, and Milly (Manuel) Brillon of Lorain; brother Deacon Luis A. (María) Maldonado of Amherst; seven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

María was preceded in death by her brother Steve Maldonado; niece Jessica Delic and nephews Christopher Maldonado and Steven Pruchinsky.

Constance Carol Ortega Pecina

Constance “Connie” Pecina—originally from Ohio and now resident of Colorado—was born on October 15, 1940 at Fostoria, Ohio to Camilo and Frances (née Johnson) Ortega and passed away on May 17, 2016 at her daughter’s home in Granada at the age of 75.

She is preceded in death by her parents; children, Andrea and Suzanne Pecina; great-grandson, Pablo Pecina and her siblings, Carmen Martínez, Joyce Gaytán, Mary Ann Martínez, and Betty Hilton.

Constance is survived by her husband, Andrés Pecina of the family home in Toledo, OH; children, Magdalena (Ignacio Jr.) Silvas of Granada, Angelena (Jerry) Ibarra of Holly, Andrés (Bertha) Pecina, Jr. of Toledo, OH, Marcos Pecina of Seguin, TX, Ronald Pecina of Northwood, OH, Leopoldo (Sonia) Pecina of Toledo, OH, Paulena (Michael Lozano) Pecina of Holly, Carlos Pecina, Jesse Pecina and Savanna Pecina all of Toledo, OH and Michael Pecina of Sarasota, FL as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings, Elaine Ogle, Camila Ortega, Andy (RoseMary) Bernal, Jr. and Sandra Ortega as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other family and many friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Constance Ortega Pecina Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home office, Peacock Funeral Home, 209 South 4th Street, Lamar, Colorado 81052; tele: (719) 336-2234.

Services for Toledo, Ohio residents regarding Connie Pecina were held at SS. Peter and Paul Church on May 30th.

June 17, 1955 - February 12, 2016

Ricardo “Rick” Oviedo, Sr., 60, of Perrysburg, Ohio passed away with his family by his side on February 12, 2016. He was born on June 17, 1955 in Toledo to Teodoro and Josefina (née Castro) Oviedo.

Rick was a long time member of St. Rose Catholic Church, Perrysburg. He was a natural born artist, who showed his love through his work. Rick had his own style and unique personality; he was a one of a kind.

Rick was a family man with a big, caring heart not only for his family but also friends. He always left an impression whether it be with his work, a smile, or a joke and he will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Rick is survived by his mother, Josefina; companion, Cheryl; children, Carlos, Ricardo, Jr., Jessica, and Sonya Oviedo; siblings, Lupe, Conchi, Lili, Lindy, and Jimmy; grandchildren, Desiree, Carlena, Vanessa, Justo, Ricardo III, Antonio, Isabella and Ryiah and four great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his daughter, Carlena; father, Teodoro; brothers, Cecilio and Teodoro, Jr. and wife, Angel.

Burial will be held at Restlawn Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to offset Rick’s expenses.


Robert Villalon Jr. (“El Pink Panther”), 66, of Toledo, OH passed away on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Ebeid Hospice in Sylvania, OH.  He was born in Toledo on September 26, 1949 to Robert and Guadalupe Villalon Sr. Robert worked as a factory worker for City Auto Stamping.

Robert enjoyed Mexican and Tejano music and dancing, as well as being a promoter for both. Robert was a member of the Latins United and SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. He was a true family man helping any of his family out whenever they needed him, but above all his grandchildren held a special place in his heart.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 35 years, María Villalon ; children, Guadalupe (Jack) Meach, Genevieve Villalon, Frank Vásquez, and Herlinda Villalon; 13 grandchildren; and siblings Minnie, Paul, Sylvia, Harry, and Angie. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter, Amanda and brother, Jesse.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. S. Josh, his staff and granddaughter, Victoria for their loving care.


Tina Marie Losoya, who was born on August 17, 1963, to Rene and Isabel Losoya, passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2015, in Cincinnati. Tina was preceded in death by her father, Rene, and is survived by her mother, Isabel and siblings, Rene (Regina) Losoya Jr., Diane Losoya, Angelo (Sarah Cornell) Graza and Julian S. (Rachel Montano) Garza. She is also survived by nieces and nephews, Rene III, Joseph, Joshua, Monique, Damon, Julian II, Noah, Vincent, Angel, Nicholas, Mario, Eden and Isabel.

Friends may call at The Walter Funeral Home, 4653 Glendale Avenue, Toledo, Ohio on Sunday, November 8 from 2 to 7 p.m., where Funeral Services will begin at 7 p.m. Interment will be Private. Memorial contributions in Tina's name are requested to the family.

Theresa Tello Castro
4/29/1939 - 10/27/2015

Theresa Castro departed at home with her 3 children,Vida (Robert) ,Vicki (Buda), Javier (Monica), in Oregon, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Reynaldo Castro.
She is also survived by 11 grandchildren,  Ruben, Raul, Alicia, Velia, Elena, Julia, Jay, Gabriel, Ricardo, Salvador, Reyna, 9 great grandchildren Arianna,  Atilano, Selena, Ruben Jr., Alianna, A'layah, Analina, Analia, Santiago, Reynaldo.
The Castro family will be having a memorial luncheon at Latins United  706 S. St. Clair St. Toledo Ohio 43609,  on Nov. 7, 2015. From 11 am- 4 pm. All friends and family are welcome to come.


Eleanor Montes, 86 years of Toledo, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday October 13, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Raymondville TX to Antonio and Juana Martínez.
Eleanor was a woman who lived life to the fullest. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, going to the casino, but most of all she loved being with her family and all their many friends, all of whom either called her mom, Aunt Eleanor or grandma. She was proud of her Mexican Heritage and her ability to speak Spanish. Eleanor was a member of the Latino clubs Latins United and Spanish American Organization, and to VFW Northwood Post Ladies Auxillary.
Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband Joseph P. Montes; sons Joe Montes Jr., Jesse Montes; daughter Judy Ruble; granddaughter Nicole Montes; great grandchildren Ebon and Eric Maire and her parents; brother Frank Martinez and sister Mary Vásquez.
She is survived by her children Tony (Lori) Montes, Mary (Frank) Torres and Janet (Lewis) Mellinger; grandchildren Angie, Mike, Monique, Brittany, Jennifer, Jesse, Ronnie; 10 great grandchildren; sister Juanita Waxler and brother Tony (Mary) Martínez

Al Abrams: 1941-2015

Motown pioneer, longtime La Prensa contributor passes away  


Rodolfo “Rudy” Sánchez passed away on September 25, 2015, surrounded by family and friends. Born in Genoa, OH on October 20, 1949, to Rodolfo and Julia (Siller) Sánchez, he served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam War, earning a Purple Heart. He later became a devout, faithful servant to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Rudy was an avid music lover, played bass and loved singing Tejano music with family and friends. He will be remembered most for his story telling and huge, giving heart. He was like family to all who knew him.
Survived by beloved wife and true love of 47 years, Juanita “Janie” (García) Sánchez; children, Gina García-Sánchez, Danny (Diane) Sánchez, Lisa (Ricardo) Gonzáles-Sánchez, April and Linda Sánchez, Connie, Monalisa, Ursula and Sonya Ballez; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, Ramón and Yolanda Sánchez, Olivia (Julian) Herrera, Rolando (Mary) Obregón, Anita (Steve) Martin, Esmeralda Obregón. Very dear to his heart, Rudy Guevara, Marcus Sánchez, Mateo Sánchez, and Gonzalo Camacho; along with more family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by parents and siblings, Ralph Costilla, Alfonso, Linda, Roger, Richard Sánchez and many loved ones.

On September 4, 2015 David N. Martínez of Adrian MI passed away at his daughter’s home in Ypsilanti. David was born in Blissfield on April 29, 1943 to Ramón and María (née Navarro) Martínez. He graduated from Blissfield High School in 1963. He married Ana (Martínez) Martínez of Adrian in Georgia on May 31, 1965. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1967 he returned with his wife to raise a family in Adrian. David worked for the Ford Motor Company in Saline for 30 years before retiring.

He is survived by three daughters, Georgina Martínez of San Antonio, TX, Elida Martínez (Bernabe) Robledo of San Antonio, TX, and Theresa (Clifford) Martínez-White of Ypsilanti; six grandchildren, Jacob Pabolo, Caleb Martínez Sewell, Eliana Robledo, David Robledo, Marianna Robledo, and Valentina Martínez Moore; brothers Tony (María) Martínez, James Martínez; sister Lydia (Felipe) Guzmán; sisters-in-laws, Mary Gómez, Emily Martínez, Angie Martínez, Olga Olivarez, Gladys Martínez; step brother, Rufus Madrid; and his long time companion Margaret Garza and her daughter Yvonne (Cristian) Morales; and many nieces and nephews who he loved dearly.
Mr. Martínez was preceded in death by his wife, Ana Martínez; mother María Navarro Martínez Madrid; father Ramón Martínez; step-father, Casimiro Madrid; brothers, Henry Martínez, Raymond Martínez, and Paul Martínez; sister Marie Louisa Martínez (José) Valdez; mother-in-law Angelita Martínez; nephew, Ernesto Martínez; niece, Beatriz Martínez; and three brother-in-laws, Isidro Martínez, Federico Martínez, and Jesse Gómez; and step sister, Asención Cruz (née Madrid).


Virginia Díaz, originally from Robstown TX, passed on August 4, 2015, at Harper Hospital in Detroit, MI after losing a lengthy battle to Chronic Kidney Disease. Virginia retired from working with the State of Ohio, Dept. of Mental Health, working as an account clerk in a supervisory position at the Toledo Mental Health Center. She was elected Treasurer of the OCSEA chapter at this facility. Other positions that she had were working for Riverside Hospital and various factories in the Toledo OH area. She also was a radio disc jockey for a local Mexican-American radio program in the Toledo area. She loved la música tejana. 
She is survived by her children, Charles J. Sarabia (Abbie), Israel L. Díaz (Jane), Victor M. Díaz, Cynthia Ann G. Torres, and Abraham A. Díaz. She had 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.
Virginia was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Albert E. Díaz; parents, Louis and Juanita Sarabia; brothers, Jesús Sarabia, Felipe Sarabia, Francisco Sarabia, and Rubén Sarabia; and sisters, Estefana Silva, Alicia Rodríguez, and Mary Lucio.


Carlos S. Tirado, 82, of Lorain, OH passed away Saturday, August 8, 2015 in his home following a lengthy illness.  Carlos was born May 4, 1933 in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico. He came to Lorain in 1950.He retired from Lake Terminal Railroad in 1993. He worked there for 37 Years.  Carlos was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Chapel for over 55 years. He was a Crusillista and active with, St. Vincent DePaul Society and the Charismatic Group. Carlos was also involved with fundraising for the construction of the new church.

He will be deeply missed by his wife of 50 years Ana M. Tirado; sons Carlos (Janet) and Edwin (Evi) Tirado both of Florida, Albert (Bernice)Tirado and Nelson (Teresa) both of Lorain, daughters Marlene Tirado and Pauline Santiago both of Lorain; brothers Sixto, Regalado, Jaime and Marcelino Santiago all of Lorain, Eladio and José R. Santiago both of Puerto Rico; sisters Candida Ramos both of Lorain and Anadelia Santiago and Guillermina Santiago of Puerto Rico; 11 grandchildren, and one great granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.
Carlos was preceded in death by his parents Marcelo Santiago and Paula Tirado.

His family will receive friends Thursday, August 13, 2015 from 4 to 8 PM at the Richard J. Reidy Funeral Home, 1783 East 31st Street, South Lorain, Ohio. Friends may also call Friday from 8:30 AM until the time of Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM at Sacred Heart Chapel, 3401 Pearl Avenue, Lorain. Rev. Father William A. Thaden, pastor will be the celebrant. The burial will follow Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township.


Crispina A. Rodríguez, 89, of Gibsonburg, OH passed away on August 2, 2015 at the Hospice of Western Reserve, Cleveland. Born in Maxwell, TX on October 25, 1925, she was a daughter of Narciso and Consuelo (Baez) Avalos. Crispina retired from BGSU as a custodian. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, and gardening.
Crispina was married to Aniceto Rodríguez; he preceded her in death October 1985. She is survived by children, Antonia Rodríguez, Dora Rodríguez, Crispina Molina, Olga Ramirez, Rubén Rodríguez, Teresa Rodríguez, Roberta García, and David Rodríguez; siblings, Tony Hernández, Moises Hernández, and Josefina Jaso. Also surviving are many many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, whom she considered God's precious jewels of her crown of life.
Crispina is preceded in death by her parents; twin infants, Fidel & Rogelio Rodríguez; son, Arturo “Rey” Rodríguez; daughter, Esther Treviño; siblings, Anastacio Abalos, Apolinar Rodríguez, Elodia Garza, Epifano Avalos, Fidel Hernández, and Lolita Avalos; and grandson, Marcos Cásares.


Gerard J. Luna, of Toledo, OH passed away Saturday, May 30, 2015, in the Hospice of Northwest Ohio Inpatient Unit, Perrysburg, surrounded by his family and serenaded by his music and blessings from Rev. Kent Kaufman. He was born December 19, 1961, in Toledo, Ohio to John G. and Augustina (Reyes) Luna.
Gerard was a gifted musician who played and composed all types of music. He performed on the saxophone, trumpet, accordion, keyboard and rhythm instruments. Gerard was active in the Latino community and especially supported the homeless by also volunteering and performing for them on holidays.
Preceded in death by his mother, he is survived by his father, John G. Luna; sisters, Guadalupe Luna, Eva Miller, Micaela Luna, Andrea Luna, and brother, Ruben Luna; brother-in-law, Dionicio Valdes, and a host of special nieces and nephews.

Consuelo “Connie” Avalos, 48, of Toledo, OH, passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2015. Her 3 children (Diamond, Ruby, and Chello), mother (Sarah), 4 brothers (Epifanio Jr., Rubén, Benjamin, and Raúl) and 3 sisters (Esmeralda Treviño, Eriselda, and Sarah) survive Connie, who will be dearly missed.

Christina Gomez, 50, of Curtice, OH, passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at The Willows in Oregon. She was born in Toledo on November 2, 1964, to Ignacio and Dolores (née Navarro) López and had worked as a Department Manager with WalMart for many years. Christina was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and cherished every moment spent with her husband and her grandchildren.
Christina is survived by her loving husband, Felipe “Flaco” Beltrán Gomez; mother, Dolores; children, Dolores (Daniel) Stevenson, Carolina (José) Castro, and Jaime Beltrán; grandchildren, Celestina, Alondra, Angie, and Annicia; siblings, Richard (Cassidy) López, Carmen (Carlos) Castillo, and Wella López.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ignacio, and brother, Rudy López.

November 29, 1956 - May 6, 2015

Arturo López, 58, of  Lansing, MI passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit. He was born to Willie and Delia (née Castillo) López Sr. on November 29, 1956 in Saginaw, MI.
Arturo had a heart of gold and tremendous passion for Tejano music. He started out with his band La Corporación 35 years ago, partnering with his good friend and colleague Kookie Hernández, and has inspired a multitude of people, including his family, especially his brother, Gary López, and other future musicians.  The band was extremely popular and entertained Tejano audiences throughout the Midwest. The band received numerous awards and was actively engaged in the Midwest Tejano Music Awards from 1991 to 1997. There will be a special tribute to him on June 7 in Saginaw, MI during the Midwest Tejano Music Fest.
Along with his passion for music, Arturo loved spending time with his family, reminiscing about the “good times.”
 Survivors include his children: Christi López, Arturo López Jr., and their mother, Honda, Carlos López, Mario López, Brisa López, and their mother, María; his grandchildren: Anthony Delgado, Alexus Delgado, Carlos Gaije López, and Lyriq Hall; his dear mother, Delia López; his brothers and sisters: María (Bob) Díaz, Mario López, Blanca (Frank) García, Gary (Irene) López, Nina López, Jackie López, Elsa (Gary) McClain, Tony López, and Rolando López; very special nephew, Gary López Jr.; along with many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, and friends; his very special cousin, Francis “Kika” Sevilla Wright; and members of La Corporación: Kookie Hernández, Rubén Herrera, and Joe Herrera Jr.
He was preceded in death by his father, Willie López Sr.; sister, Irma López; and his brother, Willie López Jr.
The Funeral Liturgy was celebrated on May 12, 2015 in All Saints Parish (St. James Church), 710 Columbus Ave., Bay City, MI.  Rev. José María Cabrera presided with interment in St. Patrick Cemetery.


Juan Ramos Jr. 65, of Toledo, OH, passed away in his residence on Friday, May 8, 2015. Juan was born in Adrian, Michigan on June 13, 1949 to Juan and Ambrosia Ramos Sr. He had worked at Page Plus Cellular. Juan enjoyed playing the drums for Rubén Ramos and La Familia band for many years. His true love and enjoyment was spending time with his grandchildren and his family.
Surviving are his wife, Sulema; children, John (Leandra), Priscilla (Arnold) Escobar; grandchildren, Ashley, Riana, Arnold, Alex; sister, Lupe Mahn; nephew, Rueben (Mary) Ramos. Juan was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Benny, Mary, David, and Frank.
Visitation held at Eggleston, Meinert & Pavley Funeral Home, Oregon Chapel, 440 S. Coy Road, on Tuesday from 2-8 pm and where his funeral service held on Wednesday at 11:00 am. Interment follows in Historic Woodlawn Cemetery.


Christopher Patrick Nazario, Jr., 34 yrs., a resident of Lorain, OH, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain, following a sudden illness. He was born May 12, 1980 in Lorain. Christopher was a lifetime resident of Lorain, and attended Admiral King High School. He was employed at Northfield/Oldcastle Company in Sheffield Village. His hobbies included sports, music, and cooking. He loved dogs and cats, especially Zva his dog and his cat Dino. He loved physical work such as landscaping and helping his family with maintenance around their homes. Christopher enjoyed spending time with his family, especially with his niece Kayla.
Survivors include his parents Christopher P. and Debbie Nazario (née: Ponorica); brother Michael Nazario all of Lorain; niece Kayla Nazario; paternal aunt Angie Nazario; maternal grandmother Norma Ponorica (née: Shippe); paternal step grandmother Pet Nazario; maternal uncle Anthony Ponorica; maternal aunt Kim Risdon (Rob); his godfather Mark Nazario and godmother Valerie Buckley; many aunt, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather George Ponorica in 2009; paternal grandfather José Nazario in 2009; paternal grandmother Margaret Nazario (née: McCabe) in 1994; and his uncle Joe Nazario in 1995.

Senovia Rose Hernández, 102 years, passed away peacefully en la casa on March 21, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Waring, TX on October 30, 1912, to Hipolito and Cipriana (née Martínez) Rodríguez. Her family moved to Toledo, OH in December 1925. Senovia was a wonderful homemaker throughout her life. She was a member of the Legion of Mary at St. Joseph’s parish in Sylvania, and an active member of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, where she taught catechism classes in the early 1930s. She was an avid reader, enjoyed crocheting, embroidering, and tending to her flower garden.
She is survived by her children: Francisco (Priscilla) of Albuquerque, NM, Mary Mantey of Toledo, Fernando (Linda) of Riga, MI, Margarita “Peg” (Daniel) Kasprzak of Toledo, Nicolas (Julia) Hernández of Oregon, Oh; 19 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren, along with nieces and nephews.
Also surviving are her sisters: Sr. Therese Rodríguez, IWS, Mary González, and Theresa Hernández.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Angel Hernández, in September 2005, and her siblings, Genovea, Patrick, Virginia, Louis, Juana, Genevieve Rodríguez, and Isabel Plasencio.

Richard P. Garcia Sr, 84, of Lorain, OH died unexpectedly on Wednesday March 11, 2015 in the emergency room at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain. He was born March 17, 1930 in Rockdale, Texas and had resided in Lorain since 1949. In 1949, he worked at the Lake Terminal Railroad in Lorain then joined the US Army and served during the Korean War as a medic with the rank of Corporal. After his discharge from the Army, he returned to Lorain and worked at The Shovel as a Supervisor/Foreman for 18 years. Later, he worked at the Lorain Ford Assembly Plant as a Maintenance Welder for 23 years retiring in 1995. Richard was an active member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church where he was a member of the Senior Sociables. He was a member of United Auto Workers Local #425 in Lorain, a member and past president of the Mexican Mutual Society, a member of the Lorain Senior Community Center where he was in charge of the building and maintenance, a trustee of the Lorain International Festival Association, a member of Sacred Heart Chapel Guadalupe Society and a member of IAV Post #1. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and attending their activities.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years Pauline García (née Prieto), children Rick García (Lori) and Diana Lesiecki, all of Lorain, grandchildren Tim García (Katie) of Woburn, Massachusetts, Renee García and Chris García (Britni), all of Columbus, AJ Lesiecki and Jonathon Lesiecki, both of Lorain, sisters Ruth De La Garza and Mary Alice Solis, both of San Antonio, Texas and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents AC and Antonia García (née Zamora), brother Edward García, sisters Elvira Cauthen and Sally Aguirre and son-in-law David Lesiecki.

Enriqueta (née Hernández) Rodríguez, 74 of Toledo, OH passed away on March 11, 2015 at The University of Toledo Medical Center. She was born July 14, 1940 in San Miguel Regla Hidalgo, Mexico to Guadalupe and Juana (Licona) Hernández.
She leaves behind her husband, Juventino Rodríguez; her brothers: Cecelio Hernández, Alberto (Veronica) Hernández, and Olegario Hernández; seven children: Arturo (Ruth Ann) Hernández, Pepe (Patty) Escutia, Emilio Hernández, Markus (Karie) Rodríguez, María Rodríguez and Irma Rodríguez; niece Juana (Bert) McLellan; 24 cherished grandchildren; three treasured great-grandchildren; one great-niece.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings: Lupe, Paz, Chavelo, and Micaela; sister-in-law, Elia Hernández.

Sylvester Muñoz , 86, died Saturday, February 28, 2015, at St. Vincent Mercy Hospital, Toledo Ohio, surrounded by his loving family. Sylvester was born on December 28, 1928, in Marlin, Texas. He was a devoted husband of 60 years to Elda Muñoz , who survives him. He was a devoted father and grandfather and is also survived by his children, Sylvester (Juanita) Muñoz  Jr., Sylvia Muñoz , Joseph F. (Rosemary) Muñoz , Griselda (Elias) Espinoza; John Muñoz ; and James E. Muñoz ; numerous grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Steve DeHoyos Jr., 54, of Perrysburg, OH died Monday, February 16, 2015, in Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. He was born in Oregon, OH on November 2, 1961, to Esteban and Marie (née Navarro) DeHoyos and was married on, January 31, 1986, in Bowling Green to Diane M. Gonzáles.
Steve was a 1980 graduate of Cardinal Stritch High School and continued his education at Bowling Green State University where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. He worked for 10 years at Jobst Institute and most recently for John Hancock in insurance sales. Steve was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church in Perrysburg where he was a former treasurer of the Boy Scouts and for eight years served as a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House in Toledo.
Steve was a lifetime fan of the Detroit Tigers and also a fan of St. Francis de Sales High School, the Ohio State Buckeyes, BGSU and the Detroit Red Wings and any team that involved kids. He was also a fan of ANY team that was playing Michigan. He enjoyed listening to Mexican and Tejano music, watching sporting events, laughter, and it touched his heart when anyone laughed at his jokes.

He is survived by his wife, Diane; sons, Andrew S. DeHoyos of Perrysburg and Gabriel S. DeHoyos (Chelsi Vásquez) of Holland; grandson, John Villarreal; sisters, Diane DeHoyos of Texas and Rose DeHoyos of Genoa, OH; many nieces and nephews; father and mother-in-law, Francisco and Marie Gonzáles; sisters-in-law, Delia Gonzáles, Josephine (Albert) González, Eleanor (Javier) DeJesús, Rose Mary Gonzáles (Steve) Barton, Christy Gonzáles, and brother-in-law, Fred Gonzáles.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Petra Reyna of Toledo; sister-in-law, Lupe (Serafin) Centeno, and brother-in-law, Frank Gonzáles Jr.

Alberto Almaraz, born July 7, 1926 in Texas, lived a long, meaningful life. Alberto passed away peacefully in his home on January 25, 2015, with his loving wife of 66 years, Ofelia, and his family by his side. Services were held at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Toledo.

Mary C. Garza, 68, died peacefully on January 26, 2015 at Hospice in Perrysburg, OH. She was born April 8, 1946 in Eaglepass, TX to Ysidro and Petra (née Maldonado) Durán. Mary married Braulio “Lal” Garza 47 years ago. She worked as a beautician all her life. Mary also worked at Chrysler, retiring in 2008. She was dedicated to serving the Lord, her husband and children, grandchildren, and a host of friends. Mary was a selfless and humble person to all who knew her. She ministered to those in her life with Christian CDs. She adored being with all of her family.

She is survived by her children Cynthia (Stacey Simmons), Nicole (Robert García), Mona (Edmundo Ruiz) and her only son Joseph Garza; grandchildren Roberto Ribas, Anthony II and Alex Urbina, Julian and Joaquin Simmons, Mia, María and Edmundo Ruiz; special nephew and god son Manuel (Melinda) Mora. She is survived by her siblings Sylvester Durán, Petra Montez, Ysidro, José and Sesario Durán, and many nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Braulio, and sisters Delfina Mora and Esperanza Gonzáles.

It is with great sadness that the family of Rudy Guardiola of Toledo, OH share the sudden passing of their beloved Rudy Guardiola. Rudy was a great part of the laughter within his family. Rudy enjoyed fishing, zero candy bars, hard licorice, reading books on tape, ‘B’ rated movies, and rooting for his favorite Detroit teams, the Lions and Tigers. Rudy served in the U.S. Army. He worked for more than 25 years in the Toledo Area Sanitary District - Mosquito Control.
He is survived by his wife, Linda; children, Ashlee Salazar (Mike J.), Jesse, Angelica (Austin L.) and Miguel; grandchildren, Jessie and Mason; his father, Raúl Guardiola (Rudy) and his brother and sisters, John (Marina) Guardiola, Alicia (Charles) Geyer, Gloria (Donald) Mikolajczak, María Guardiola, Eleanor (Francisco) Villagomez and Esther Guardiola (Ramón P.) and many, many nephews, nieces and cousins.
He was preceded in death by loving mother, Diamantina, and baby brother, James.

Manuel Nieto, age 78, of Lorain, OH passed away on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. He was an avid bowler and golfer, playing in many various leagues. He was a steel worker at US Steel and a co-founder of Mexican Mutual Society; most important to Manuel was his familia.
Manuel is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Virginia (née Kovach); his loving children, Enedina Nieto (Jerry), Nancy Jessel, Carol Kolcun (David), Dennis Jessel, JoAnn Harris (Buford), Arthur Nieto (Gloria), Adela Nieto, Rebecca Nieto, Grace Nieto, Paul Nieto, Dan Nieto, Gene Nieto, and Ben Nieto; 22 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, Pablo and María Nieto; one brother; and two sisters.

Louis R. Segura, age 64, of East Toledo, OH passed away suddenly on January 18, 2015. Louis was born on May 24, 1950, the son of Manuel and Emma (née Toral) Segura.
Surviving are sisters, Margaret Finkbeiner and Rita Hulls; brothers, James, Steven (Nancy), David, John (Boni), Patrick, George and Joseph; sister-in-law, Rose Segura and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Gloria Maulbetsch; brothers, Alfonse, Anthony, Charles, and Edward.

Rudolpho V. Flores Jr., age 58, of Toledo, OH passed away suddenly on Monday, January 19, 2015, in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. He was self-employed most of his life.
He was preceded in death by his father, Rodolfo Flores Sr., and brother, John Victor.
Rudolpho is survived by his mother, Consuelo (née Campos) Flores; children, Carissa, Vanessa, Milisa, Sara, Danielle, Rudy III, Mathias, and Brodderyk; 16 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, and sisters, Christina, Raquel, Linda, Suzanne, and Connie.

Julio Zavala Sr., 88, of Lorain, OH passed away Saturday, January 17, 2015 at University Hospital Elyria Medical Center following a lengthy illness.
Born Feb. 17, 1926 in Escalon, California, he came to Lorain in 1948 and has lived here since.
Julio worked 33 years at the Lorain Ford Assembly Plant as a welder, retiring in 1991. Prior to this he worked in the naval shipyard in New Jersey and Lake Terminal Railroad.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, and the United Auto Workers Union Local 425.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Gabina Candelaria (née Balbuena); a son, Julio Zavala Jr., of Sarasota, Florida; daughters, Gloria (Jorge Flores) Zavala of Lorain, Yolanda (Michael) Dudek of Eastpointe, Michigan, and Amparo Portillo of Dearborn, Michigan; 7 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; and a sister.
He was preceded in death by his son, Javier Zavala in 1993; and his parents, Leopold and Apolonia (née Fuentes) Zavala; and 4 sisters.


Anthony “Cool Breeze” Levario of  Saginaw, MI passed away January 1, 2015 at his home. Anthony was born September 4, 1967 in Midland TX. He was a graduate of Arthur Hill High School and the Media Tech Music Institute in Austin. The Tejano worked in the entertainment industry in Michigan and Texas—he was a member of Tejano band Más Caliente of Saginaw.
Surviving are his four daughters: Eulalea “Lala” Levario, Laura Levario, Victoria Levario, and Antonia Levario; four grandchildren: Anthony Miller, Noah Miller, Malaya Hughes, and Jamir Hughes; three brothers: Joseph (Mamie) Levario III, Daniel Levario, and Jason Levario; two sisters: Margaret (Juan) Selley and Valerie Urivez; his mother, Dora Urivez; grandmother, Lucille Levario; and many nieces and nephews.
Antonio was preceded in death by one daughter, Selena Levario; his father Joseph Levario, Jr.; and grandfather, Rubén Flores, Sr.
A benefit dance is scheduled for Friday, January 23, 2015 at Florence Street Hall, 110 Florence St., Saginaw MI.


Rosa Lombrana, 89, of the old South end of Toledo, died peacefully on January 7, 2015. She was born in Franklin, Minnesota on June 9, 1925, to Emeterio and Lucianna Alonzo. She grew up in Crystal City, TX and raised her children in Toledo, Ohio. Rosa was a longtime active member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic church, the Guadalupe Society and the DeColores, a religious organization. She was known for her famous tamales. Many will remember her long lines at her food both at the Toledo ethnic street festivals. Rosa enjoyed watching her telenovelas and going to dances.
Rosa is survived by her children, Jesse, María, and Antonio Lombrana; over 60 grand, great, and great-great grandchildren; her sister, Estella Rivera and her special niece, Olga Avalos and family. She was preceded in death by her parents; her children, Rosemarie Becerra, José, Ray, David, Romiro, and Martin Lombrana; her brothers, Guadalupe, Emeterio, Antonio, and Augustine Alonzo.

In Loving Memory of our Mother

Jeusa Jaso

Jan 20


You can only have one mother
Patient kind and true;
No other friend in all the world,
Will be the same to you.
When other friends forsake you,
To mother you will return,
For all her loving kindness,
She asks nothing in return.
As we look upon her picture,
Sweet memories we recall,
Of a face so full of sunshine,
And a smile for one and all.
Sweet Jesus, take this message,
To our dear mother up above;
Tell her how we miss her,
And give her all our love.

Happy Birthday Mom


Elsa Vásquez Ferreyra, age 89, passed away peacefully on December 14, 2014 at Toledo Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. Elsa was born in La Serena, Chile on August 25, 1925. Her mother Fresia moved with Elsa to Lima, Perú at an early age, where she attended school. She married her sweetheart Jorge Vásquez Gutiérrez and together they raised their family in Lima, Perú.
They had 6 children: Jorge Vásquez, Fresia Vásquez, Hernán Vásquez, Mario Vásquez, Elsa Nakashima Vásquez, and Ines Vásquez.

Of her 6 children, she is survived by 4: Fresia (who lives in Maryland), Hernán and Elsa (who reside in Toledo), and Ines (who resides in Lima, Peru).
Elsa is also survived by 20 great grandchildren, living from Rome, Italy, Maryland, Ohio, and Michigan to Lima, Perú.

A Memorial Mass and blessing of her ashes will be celebrated at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church located at 728 S. St. Clair St. Toledo, Ohio 43619, on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 12:00 noon, with Fr. Francisco Molina. Her daughter Ines will be present to deliver her mothers’ ashes to rest next to her husband and mother at the British Cemetery in Lima, Perú.

Lunch and a gathering will follow at the parish hall adjacent to the church immediately after the Mass. All her friends are invited to share some of Elsa’s memories with her family.

The family suggests tributes to her fund at SS. Peter and Paul Church for the preservation of the beautiful 25’ mural of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the patroness of the Américas, which she always admired as a sign of motherly love and hope to all who visit the neighborhood.

Paula (née Vribes) Hall, age 41, was called home on December 23, 2014. She was born July 28, 1973. Paula loved her family deeply, was loved by many and will be dearly missed.
She is survived by her children Jeremy (Chelsea), Anthony, Keysha, Keyjuan, Aaliyah, and Angela; her companion Limon Wilson; brothers Anthony and Scott; sisters Tina, Tanya, Kathy Jo; and granddaughter Amina. She is preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and children. A memorial service will be held at the Fredrick Douglas Center, 1001 Indiana Ave., on Friday, January 2nd at 2 p.m.

Frank V. Avila, born January 29, 1944, age 70, of Swanton, OH, passed away Thursday morning, November 27, 2014, after a fatal car accident. Frank is a veteran of the Vietnam War; he worked full time as a security guard. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. He loved listening to music; some of his happiest times were playing the base guitar in a band with his brothers called “Conjunto San Juan.”
Frank is survived by his wife of 47 years, Rosemary Avila, and five children: Román (Darlene) Avila, Martín (Angela) Avila, Umberto (Becky) Avila, Elda “Peach” (John) Rafey, and Cecilio Avila; also three brothers, Mike Avila, Tony Avila and Robert Avila; two sisters, Juanita Aldaco and Jessica Blanco; he leaves behind 17 grandchildren.
Frank is preceded in death by his parents, Saturnino Avila and Consuelo Avila; also his brother, Mario Avila and sister, Tina Guardiola.

Salud “Sally” Rose González de Cortez, age 92, of Toledo, passed away Saturday, November 29, 2014, in Hospice of Northwest Ohio. A graduate of Central Catholic High School, she attended Community Technical College, studying business administration. She worked as a broker for 15 years for E.O.P.A., advocating for Latinos to get the benefits they deserve.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert J; sisters, Leona, Josephine, Mary, Aurora, Sue Campos, Ruth García, Sister María Jose OSU and Remedias; brothers, Frank, Manuel, Fritz, Sylvester, Joseph, and Peter.

She is survived by brothers, Anthony (Irene) González; children, Anthony, Alexander, Josephine (Bill), Helen (David), Jesús, Theresa, and Ramón; as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

JOSEPH “JOSE” MARTINEZ, March 19, 1956 to November 30, 2014
Joseph “José” Martínez  (Joe), 58 years old, a local, self-taught artist from South Toledo was called home to heaven on Sunday, November 30, 2014 after experiencing an unexpected health condition at St. Vincent’s Hospital. He was born on March 19, 1956 in Toledo, Ohio to the late Eusebio (Sam) and Concepción (aka Concha née Cortinas) Martínez.

José, known to many as Joe, was a very talented artist and member of OLA – Organization of Latino Artists.  His contributions include the painting of over 30 murals in the city in an effort to bring beauty, vibrancy, and expression through art to South Toledo, an area of the city that he held close to his heart.

Joe worked with area troubled youth in hopes to help transform their way of thinking.  He often shared his story on how painting and art had a profound impact on his life and changed his own way of thinking. He was an active supporter of the Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center and La Galería.  He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Joe leaves behind to cherish his memory his son Joey (Bambi) Martínez Jr. of Las Vegas, NV; his daughter Amie (Roberto) Avelar; his grandchildren Joe III, Felipe, Concepción (Chita), Selena, Emiliano, Monica, and Roberto III ; his siblings Thomas Martínez, Balbina (Tomás) Ruiz, Sabina (Martín) Elizondo, Juliana (Edmundo) Ruiz, Henry Martínez, Lupe (Carlos) Jaso, Suzie Martínez, María (Cuca) Martínez, Juan (Carol) Martínez of Angola, IN; several nieces and nephews; and his girlfriend Monica Carrillo.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Cayetano (Carl) Martínez and Simon Martínez; nieces Gloria Ruiz, Sandi Elizondo, April Martínez; and nephew Cayetano (Carl Jr.) Martínez.


Jose A. “Papo” Hernández, Sr., age 63, of Lorain, Ohio passed away on Nov. 15, 2014, in the Cleveland Clinic, following a long illness. He was born in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, coming to Lorain over 20 years age. José Hernández was employed with US Steel Corp. as a crane operator and a supervisor for the Lorain Metro Housing Authority retiring in January 2014.

He enjoyed watching TV and spending time with his family and friends. He will be missed by his daughter, Lissette Román, of Miami Fla.; sons, José A. Hernández, Jr., José E. Hernández, and Steven Hernández, all of Lorain, Emilo Joe Hernández of Miami Fla., Marius Lamar Hernández of Lorain; seven grandchildren; brothers, Emigdio Hernández, of Puerto Rico, and Domingo Mendoza, Jr., of Lorain; sister, Fanny Mendoza, of Lorain; and a host of nieces and nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his parents, Miguel A. and Aracely Hernández; step-father, Domingo Ocasio.


Cheryl Lynn Carrillo-Torres, age 56, of Niagara Falls, NY passed away October 9, 2014, at her home. She was born in Toledo, Ohio on September 18, 1958, to Connie (née Nino) and Carlos Carrillo. Cheryl attended Rogers High School and retired from Hunt’s Foods. She enjoyed watching old movies and old TV shows, her favorite being I Love Lucy. She also enjoyed her weekly talks with her grandchildren.
Cheryl is survived by her mother, Connie, and her father, Carlos Carrillo; sons, Samuel Jr. (Tammie) Torres, Steven (Courtney) Torres; daughters, Rebekah (William) Torres and ReAnna (Mark) Cunningham; 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; grandmother, Helen Nini; brothers, Anthony (Janie), Michael, Christopher (Sharon), Daniel (Theresa) and Tom Brenda Carrillo; sister, Cathi Carrillo; 2 stepbrothers; step-sister, Kathy Johnson; companion, Jeff Regis and his family from Niagara Falls; 23 nieces and nephews; the father of her children, Samuel Torres Sr. and the Torres family and her “brother from another mother,” Frank Martínez Jr. Cheryl was preceded in death by her grandparents, Jesse Nino, Aseción, and Leocadia Carrillo; stepmother, Betty Carrillo; niece, Connie Carrillo and 3 infant great-nephews.


María Guadalupe “Lupita” Andaverde, 86, of Genoa, OH, died late evening, Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at the Genoa Retirement Village. She was born on March 2, 1928, in Edcouch, Texas, to Martin and Gregoria (née Villarreal) Ramirez. On July 21, 1946, in Weslaco, Texas, she married Edelmiro “Andy” Andaverde and he preceded her in death on July 30, 2005. María attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Genoa, where she and her husband were founding members of the Guadalupe Society of which María was a past treasurer, vice president and president.
In the 1960s María and her husband organized and were responsible for helping to introduce the summer Mexican Masses to the migrant community at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. María was well known for her excellent Mexican cooking throughout the area and was often called to help cook and organize the funeral luncheons for the Mexican community. She also catered Mexican wedding receptions and quinceañeras for family and friends.
María was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren at all family gatherings. She especially loved each and every one of her grandchildren and will be greatly missed by them at future family events. Some of her favorite pastimes were playing bingo, word search puzzles, watching her novellas, watching her favorite TV program, Sabado Gigante with Don Francisco, listening to Mexican music, and gardening for which she truly had a “green thumb.”
María is survived by her children José (Mary Lou) Andaverde, Ricardo (Grace) Andaverde, Reynaldo “Manny” (Sandy) Andaverde, Daniel Andaverde (Cathy Clarkcone), Irma (William) Wolph, Rene (Cinda) Andaverde, and Ludivina “Lulu” Andaverde (Clare Cain).
She is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Other survivors include her sisters, Ninfa Orozco and Manuela “Mela” (Ignacio) García; brothers, Remigio (Marta) Ramirez, Victor “Tito” (Carmen) Ramirez and Rudolfo “Rudy” (Aurora) Ramirez, along with many nieces and nephews.
María was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Mary Jane Andaverde; grandson, Bhart Andaverde; former daughter-in-law, Sandra (Sooy) Andaverde; infant sister, Angelita Ramirez, and infant brothers, Rene, Domingo, and Marcelo Ramirez; sister-in-law, Gloria López, and brothers-in-law, Eduardo “Eddie” Orozco and Ernesto “Ernie” Padilla.

Raúl “Blackie” Hernández, Sr., age 84, of Toledo, OH, passed away on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at home. He was born August 14, 1930, in Odem, TX. He married his “Chuy,” Lola Hernández, on November 12, 1958, who preceded him in death. Those who knew him knew what he liked including music by Fats Domino, but that didn’t stop him from being a loyal husband, father and hardworking man. He retired in 1985 from Royster’s Fertilizing Co.
Raúl was the last Tio to the families of his sisters, Trinidad Salas, María Mendiola, and brother, Felix Hernández, all who preceded him in death.
He was also preceded in death by his son, Rudy Sr. and grandson, Thomas. Surviving are his children, Raúl Jr. (Crystal), Paul (Laura), Norma, Valerie and Alexandra Hernández; 14 grandchildren, 29 great- grandchildren, many nephews and nieces, including, Nico (Nicole Magaña) who will miss him dearly. Although he’s gone, we know he’s going to Da Le Shine on that Blueberry Hill with his Chuy.

Melissa Ortiz-Bebbington, age 26, of Beavercreek, OH passed away on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. She is preceded in death by her grandmother, María Tomasa-Ortiz.
Melissa is survived by her husband, Greg Bebbington; parents, Tony and Lilly Ortiz; sister, María Ortiz; grandfather, Carlos González, as well as numerous other family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Melissa Ortiz-Bebbington Scholarship through the Wright State Foundation.

Martin R. “Papá” Caraballo, 64, of Lorain, OH passed away Thurs., Sept. 18, 2014, surrounded by family after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Martin was born Oct. 30, 1949, in Yauco, Puerto Rico, the youngest of seven children to Martin Sr. and Isabel Caraballo. At 29 years, he relocated to Lorain, and was employed as a Mold Cutter for 38 years until his retirement in 2005. Martin was a skilled bowler with the Spanish American Bowling League and won many accolades over the years. He was also an accomplished wood worker, whose completed works included everything from handmade, functional carousels to custom designed furniture and dollhouses. Martin enjoyed gardening and working outdoors, particularly maintaining his extensive rose garden. His most prized possession and his greatest enjoyment was his family.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 27 years, Bev (née Skidmore); his three hijas, Topaz Reyna of Lorain, Sonia (Marcus Hintz) Caraballo of Lorain, and Sol (Ryan) Demich of Amherst; ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, four siblings, and two infant grandchildren.

Raúl Hernández, 92, of Lorain, OH, passed away Thurs., Sept. 11, 2014 at the home of his son, Raúl. Raúl was born on March 3, 1922 in Lares, Puerto Rico. He retired from Standard Pipe in 1989, working there for 33 years. He was an avid gardener, cook, and loved playing dominoes. He was a member of Templo Emmanuel.
He is survived by his former wife of María Hernández; sons Raúl Hernán Hernández of Lorain, Frankie Hernández (Megan) of Valrico, Florida; Raúl Otero of Carolina, Puerto Rico; daughters Ruth “Cuchie” Hernández (Fico Torres) of Lorain, Norma Pérez of Detroit, MI, and Irma Flecha of Tampa, Florida; 4 adopted children: Francine, Victor, Joey and Scott Hernández; sisters, Monin Mendez and Iris Martínez of California; brother, José “Cheo” Martínez of Puerto Rico; 19 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 12 great great grandchildren.
Raúl was preceded in death by his wife Agracelia Hernández; parents Luis Crespo and Francisca Hernández; brothers, Rafaél and Luis Hernández; and daughter Celida “Sally” Ortiz.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fidel Hernandez

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/19/1961 - 12/08/2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 28, 1930 to November 3, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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