Pedro (Pete) Mata Ortiz Jr.
July 17, 1947 — May 9, 2015
Pedro (Pete) Mata Ortiz Jr., 67 years of age, was called to The Lord on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, where he passed peacefully surrounded by family and friends.
Pedro Ortiz Jr. was preceded in death by his father and mother, Pedro Ortiz and Trinidad Mata, brother of Elida Campos and Graciela Ortiz and uncle of Hector Ortiz.
Pedro (Pete) Ortiz Jr. was born in Crystal City, Texas, on July 17, 1947. Pete moved from state to state working the fields before he finally settled in Waukesha County, where he worked for General Casting and involved himself fighting for Latino rights and marched on numerous walks. Pete also loved to play pool, where he won many trophies.
Pedro is survived by his brother, Jose Ortiz of El Paso, Texas. He also leaves behind four children, Alexia Ortiz-Cerpa (Juan Cerpa) of Waukesha , Pedro Ortiz III (Debra Schill) of Pewaukee, Amanda Ortiz of Genesee Depot and Maya Ortiz of Minnesota. He also leaves behind five grandchildren, Brandon Monrial, Angelica Ortiz, Makayla Litt, Lenny Litt and Jayden Litt; and two great-grandchildren, Aiden Monrial and Alyda Martinez.
Hartson Funeral Home and Cremation Services 11111 W. Janesville Road, Hales Corners, will be assisting the family with cremation.
Pedro did not wish to have a funeral service at a funeral home, instead wanted family and friends to celebrate his life Chicano style. Services will be at the home of his oldest daughter Alexia, 1344 Josephine St., Waukesha WI 53186, starting at 1:00 pm and ending at 5:00pm on Sunday, May 24. Music and food following ... Chicano Style!!!!