Lorenzo Cardona Lopez passed away peacefully in his Winters home, in the close care of his family, on Monday June 9, 2008. Lopez, a Winters resident for more than 51 years, was diagnosed with cancer a year ago, and chose home care with the assistance of Yolo Hospice in his last months.
He was born August 8, 1923, a native of El Marmol, Guanajuato, Mexico. He was the tenth of 12 children and was able to complete two years of school until he was needed to work full time at the young age of eleven. At twenty, he was one of four million who came to work the land as a bracero in the United States during World War II. He worked hard to support his family and take care of his aging parents.
In 1963 he brought his wife and five children to the United States. Life was hard supporting a family of 10, but his children helped harvest apricots and peaches in the summer to help support the family. Although a lack of work in the winter made life even more difficult, he steadily persevered. He generously shared his home with family members and friends who sought shelter or a place to start a better life. There were times when more than twenty people lived at his home.
His diagnosis of cancer led the family to celebrate Lorenzo and Carmens 58th Wedding Anniversary with a grand party. He asked for no gifts from family, because the greatest gift he and his wife could receive is the presence of their wonderful family and their affection for one another. He has taught his family to love and respect one another.
Lorenzo Lopez was the patriarch of his family; who gave tribute to a model father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Maria Del Carmen Lopez, three sisters Margarita Lopez Cardona, Petra Lopez Cardona, and Maria Lopez Cardona, and his eight children Jose Luis and his wife Evange of Winters, Rosa and her husband Joe of Houston, Juan and his wife Debbie of Winters, Ramon and his wife Irma of Winters, Marina Lopez, Gloria Lopez, Lupe and her husband Joe of Woodland and Lorenzo Jr. and his wife Angelica of Winters. He is also survived by, 24 grandchildren, 6 step-grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren, and 9 step-great-grandchildren.
A time of visitation will be held Monday, June 16, from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. at St. Anthonys Parish church, 301 Main St. Winters Ca, with a Rosary beginning at 7:00 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, June 17, at 11:00 A.M.