Rafael Ortiz

Rafael Ortiz passed away on the morning of Thursday, December 14, 2017, at the age of 75.

He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. Rafael was originally from Ciales, Puerto Rico, and was raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., relocating to Waukesha in 1975. He was a hard-working family man who retired from J& L Fiber Services.

Rafael is survived by his wife of 52 years, Maria Ortiz; his children, Edward Ortiz, Luis “Tito” Torres (Irma) and Ana “Nydia” Ortega (Jorge); siblings Ana Maria Leon (Reynaldo), Andres Ortiz Jr., Juanita Morales (Manuel), Antonio Ortiz, Miguel (Tata) Ortiz and Luisa Ortiz; 10 grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Andres Ortiz and Angelina Reyes, and brother Angel Luis Ortiz Reyes.

The visitation for Rafael will be held Monday, December 18, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Cesarz Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha.

The Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, December 19, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Father Jose Nieto will be officiating. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Angels-Grace, W359-N7430 Brown St., Oconomowoc, WI 53066.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 262-542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary, or to leave a condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com.