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Guadalupe “Lupita” Ortiz

Guadalupe “Lupita” Ortiz, passed away peacefully at the age of eighty-seven on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 in Escondido surrounded by her loved ones, knowing she was cherished by her large family and countless friends.

Mrs. Ortiz was born on December 26, 1930 in Huejuquilla, Jalisco, México, daughter of the late Rito Espinoza and Bertha Llamas. Guadalupe was raised and cared for by her beloved elderly, grandmother, Maximina Rivera de Espinoza with the help and guidance of the Catholic Church.  As a result, Guadalupe’s love of God was instilled in her at a very early age.

Guadalupe became a teacher and taught classes in a one-room schoolhouse. On June 24, 1952 Guadalupe married her childhood sweetheart, the late Simon Ortiz Sr.

After immigrating to the United States in the fall of 1962, Mrs. Ortiz joined Simon and immersed herself in the community. She worked and attended ESL classes to learn English. She became an avid reader of the local newspapers and a resource for many immigrants, assisting them in finding jobs. She embraced Valley Center, California as her home. In 1995, she and Simon Sr. became U.S. citizens, an achievement they were both very proud of attaining. Mrs. Ortiz is credited for not only creating a loving, nurturing home for her growing family, but also a warm welcoming home for relatives, friends and people in the community.

Mrs. Ortiz was a long time member of the St. Stephen’s Catholic Church since its conception in the early 1980’s. She was dedicated to her weekly Bible Study classes, the Women’s Guild, the Sisters of Mary order and took pride and joy in preparing candidates for Reconciliation and First Communion.

Mrs. Ortiz was a noble, yet humble, devoted Catholic that led a life of humility.  She was respectful, never judgmental, always assuming the best in people.  She was a kind and gentle soul; she had a loving and generous heart, and was always giving to others, even up until her final days.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rito Espinoza and Bertha Llamas; her beloved husband of 50 years, Simon Ortiz Sr. in 2003; two siblings, José and Arturo Espinoza; fraternal twin children, José and Luz Ortiz; and her grandson-in-law, Lee Cohen.

Mrs. Ortiz was the devoted mother of three daughters and five sons, grandmother of twenty-one grandchildren and great grandmother of seven great-grandchildren.  She was a beloved mother-in-law, sister, aunt, cousin, teacher and friend.  Guadalupe is survived by her sisters, Isabel and Carmen; and brother, Eustolio Espinoza.  She leaves behind her loving memories to be cherished by her adoring and beloved children, Francisco Ortiz (Kathy B.) of San Marcos; Ernesto Ortiz of Poway; Maria (Kurt) Morgan of El Cajon; Linda (Patrick) Cohan of Livermore; Simon Ortiz Jr. (Kathy M.) of Poway; Emilio Ortiz of Valley Center, Victor Ortiz (Lisa Medina) of Escondido, and her youngest daughter Pamela (Dennis) Dick of Redondo Beach.

She is survived by her cherished 16 grandchildren and their spouse/significant other; Diana Ortiz, Sheri Cohen, Laura Ortiz, (Austin Coultas) Kristina Medina, (Tony Medina), Caitlin Cohan M.D., Teresa Garofalo, (Peter Garofalo), Joseph Cohan, (Caitlyn MacDonald), Andrea Morgan, Amber Ortiz, Mikayla Ortiz, Lianna Ortiz, Alexzandria Medina, Miranda Medina, Jacob Dick, Julia Dick, and Katrina Ortiz.

She leaves behind seven treasured great grandchildren: Nathan Ortiz, Jakory Cohen, Tristan Ortiz, Dean Coultas, Dominic Garofalo, Antonio Medina and Matthew Garofalo along with countless esteemed hearts that have been touched by her life.

A viewing and Rosary will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 7-9 p.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Church, 31020 Cole Grade Rd., Valley Center.

A Mass and burial is scheduled for Friday, January 26, 10 a.m. Mass will be celebrated at St. Stephens Catholic Church, 31020 Cole Grade Rd., Valley Center.  The burial will follow at 11 a.m. at Valley Center Cemetery, 28953 Miller Rd.  Friends and Family are invited to return to St. Stephen Catholic Church for a reception from 12-2 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephen Catholic Church, 31020 Cole Grade Rd., Valley Center, CA 92082.

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