Guadalupe Gutierrez Ortiz Sr.,70, entered into rest on March 9, 2015 surrounded by his loving family at his bedside. He was born on February 26, 1945 in Palo Alto, CA. In heaven he joins his parents Felix and Anita Ortiz as well as his brother Ruben Ortiz and brother in law Henry Charles.
Guadalupe leaves behind the love of his life, his wife of 42 years Eliza Ortiz of Manteca, his children, Guadalupe Flores Ortiz Jr. (Vanessa) of Manteca, Victoria Ortiz (Abraham) and Martin Ortiz (Brenda) of Manteca. He was blessed with five grandchildren, Alexander Ortiz, Brianna Ortiz, Julian Ortiz, Sebastien Aranda and Kayden Boykin. He is survived by six siblings, Herminia Villareal (Armando), Edward Ortiz (Margaret), Juliana Garcia, Gloria Charles (Reyes), Yolanda Charles, Linda Caruthers (Jim) and Rita Ortiz.
Guadalupe was a Manteca resident, but had always called the bay area home. He was raised in the small town of Aviso, CA. An Army Veteran, Guadalupe served his country proudly and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant, A faithful Catholic, Guadalupe, a lifelong catholic, rapidly found a new church family at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, where he and wife Elisa became pillars to the Hispanic community. Guadalupe knew the significance of earning a dollar. He was a very successful business man and owned and operated several businesses: Skyway Auto Wreckers, Skyway Auto Body, Amethyst Properties, Milpitas Towing, main street transmissions, auto body supply store, main street paint and body, Hilers auto body, and Manteca auto body. Guadalupe Ortiz was a discreet benefactor and philanthropist to many non-profit agencies and individuals, never seeking attention, but only satisfied with seeing people progress. Guadalupe actively visited all of his family and always asking if anything was needed from a room addition to building a fence or simple maintenance, he never said no to anyone. Guadalupe had a true heart of gold; he gave everyone who was willing to work an opportunity without judgment, and was always willing to share his trade with anyone who wanted to learn. He admired families that worked together and expected the same from his own family. Guadalupe was a very intelligent and knowledgeable person, who was sought out for his advice by family and friends. He was an avid fan of Jeopardy and held education in high esteem. However, he was a notorious prankster and loved to baptize people with nicknames and never missed a good party unless he was hosting it himself. He opened his arms and his home to anyone who needed his help, and he showed you how to help yourself. From his humble beginnings in alviso picking crops as a little boy alongside his brothers and sisters to becoming a loving family man he never favored anyone and loved them all equally. The Rock of the Ortiz family, Guadalupe was an amazing, father, son, brother, and husband, and a provider and educator to his children, Guadalupe lived his life as one of God’s true shepherds. Our family would like to thank the veterans administration, Dr. Park, Susan Heath R.N. at the Parkinson’s center, Alma at P.L. Fry, St. Anthony’s Parish, and the great staff and Optimal Hospice. Also all the friends and family who sacrificed their time to be with our father in his time of need. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
P.L. Fry is honored to serve the Ortiz family. A visitation will be held on Monday, March 16, 2015 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm with a Rosary immediately following, all held at P.L. Fry and Son, 290 North Union Road, Manteca. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 10:30am at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 505 East North Street, Manteca. He will be laid to rest on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 10:30am at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, 32053 McCabe Rd., Santa Nella Village, CA 95322. For condolences to the Ortiz family please visit our website www.plfryandson.com search obituaries
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Saturday, March 14, 2015