Ramiro Cortez Gonzalez, Saginaw, Michigan

Barbara P. Frost

Loving husband, father, grandfather and brother passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2009.  Age 63 years.  He was born to the late J. Refugio and Maria Cortez Gonzalez in Saginaw on January 5, 1946.  He is survived by Maria Estefana Gonzalez; his wife of 41 years. Surviving six children: Laura (Pete) Acosta, Enrique Gonzalez, Marisa Gonzalez, Silvia (Saul) Gonzalez, Cristina (Trevan) Gonzalez, and Armando Gonzalez; three brothers:  Manuel (Nancy) Gonzalez, Gerardo (Helen) Gonzalez and Arturo (Irene) Gonzalez; one sister, Ana Espinoza.  His in-laws loved him as a brother and he is survived by Lupe (Gerardo) Gonzalez, Clara Trevino, Maria Helen (Jose) Saucedo, Steve (Margarita) Gonzalez and Juan Gonzalez.  Ramiro was a loving uncle to 43 nieces and nephews and was a doting grandfather to his six grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his brother Gilberto Gonzalez.  Ramiro was a Vietnam veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corp and was a proud member of the American Legion Post #500 and the 40 and 8 Society.  Some other organizations that were dear to him were the Lions Club, LULAC, Kiwanis Club, and the G.I. Forum.  From a young age Ramiro was constantly active in community affairs and concerned for the welfare of the community at large.  One of his proudest achievements was the establishment of the annual LULAC scholarship fund in 1979.  He was an avid historian and compiled much of the research of the early Mexican Americans in Saginaw.  Ramiro received degrees from Delta College, WMU and U of M where he did his doctoral work.  His passion for community involvement and education was evident in his career path.  He worked as a director of bilingual teaching training and as Executive Director of SER Jobs for Progress.  He served on many boards and committees on a local, state and national level including:  Buena Vista Township Trustee, Michigan State Board of Nursing and National LULAC Education Service Centers.  Ramiro was an energetic, humorous and a hands-on leader.  He will truly be missed.  Ramiro’s Funeral Liturgy will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 20, 2009 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 902 N. 6th St. Rev. Fr. Harold R. Sikorski will officiate with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Road (off State) on Thursday, November 19, 2009 from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.  A vigil service will take place at the funeral home on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.  Ramiro will lie in state at church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Joseph Catholic Church.  Please share your thoughts and memories with Ramiro’s family at the funeral home, church or through www.DeislerFuneralHome.com.