Marcelino Lopez Mendez

July 10, 1918 - Dec. 11, 2005

Marcelino Lopez Mendez of Waukesha died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005, at Virginia Health & Rehabilitation Center at age 87. Marcelino was born July 10, 1918, in Puerto Rico, the son of Geraldo Lopez and Jacinta Mendez. He came to Waukesha 55 years ago.

He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and was an International Harvester union member. He loved his grandchildren and enjoyed being around people.

Marcelino will be sadly missed by his children, Luis Lopez of Waukesha, Aida Sanchez of Waukesha and Rosa DeLeon of West Allis; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Antonio Lopez and Guillo Lopez, both of Puerto Rico. Marcelino is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ignacia, in 1993; son, Ralphial Lopez-Cortez; son-in-law, Sixto Sanchez; grandson, Mark A. Cortez; brothers, Pepe, Luis and Tito; and sisters, Gloria and Carmen.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 822 N. East Ave., Waukesha. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until a 6:30 p.m. vigil service Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, and also on Wednesday at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Burial will take place immediately following the Mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

For more information, call Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home and Cremation Services at 542-6609, or visit www.waukeshafuneralhome.com for online obituaries, directions or condolences.