Ortiz Jr., Abel G., Saginaw, Michigan

Passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at Hurley Medical Center with his family at his side. He was 60 years old. Abel G. Ortiz, Jr. was born on July 20, 1950 in Waterloo, Wisconsin to the late Abelardo, Sr. and Guadalupe (Gonzalez) Ortiz. Abel proudly served his country with the U.S. Army. He was employed with GM – Delphi, retiring in 2000 after 30 years of service. Abel loved to play shuffleboard and darts. He also enjoyed his friends at the K-Club and Paddock. Above all, Abel loved and cherished his children and grandchildren. Surviving are seven children: Cynthia (Tom) Ortiz, Bea Ortiz Aguilar, Veronica (Mando) Rodriguez, Abel III (Jessica) Ortiz, Rick Adrian, Leandro Gonzales, and Angelo Gutierrez; mother of his children, Lydia Adrian Ortiz; many grandchildren; three brothers and two sisters: Julian Ortiz Sr., Teresita (Ricardo Sr.) Lumbreras, Jose Ortiz, Elivira (Tony) Rodriguez; and Pedro (Maria) Ortiz; a special nephew, Tony Ortiz; a special friend, Paulie G. Gomez; and many extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Abel A. Ortiz Jr. Abel’s Funeral Liturgy will take place on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 910 N. Sixth Ave. Rev. Fr. Francis Voris, OFMCap will officiate. Rite of Committal and Military Honors will follow in East Lawn Memorial Gardens under the auspices of V.F.W. Post 1859. Friends are welcome to visit with Abel’s family at the Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Road (off State) on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A Vigil Service will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening. Abel will lie in state at the church on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the East Side Soup Kitchen. Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with Abel’s family at the funeral home, church or through www.deislerfuneralhome.com.