Luz Maria (Torres) OrtizDecember 17, 1932 ~ November 10, 2017 (age 84)
Luz Maria “Lula” Ortiz, 84, of Ft. Wayne, IN, passed away on Friday, November 10, 2017, at Lutheran Life Villages. She was born on December 17, 1932 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, the daughter of the late Eugenio and Angelina (Santiago) Torres Sr. On March 21, 1959, she married Antonio A. Ortiz Sr. and he preceded her in death on February 25, 1998.
She was a lifelong homemaker. Lula also worked 18 years for St. Vincent’s Villa Catholic Orphanage and several years in the housekeeping department of Lutheran Hospital.
Lula is survived by 3 daughters, Edlinda Villarreal of New Braunsfels, TX, Olga Claycomb of Ft. Wayne, and Dora (Jim) Zelt of Decatur; 3 sons, Tony (Rosie) Ortiz Jr. of Defiance, OH, Felix Ortiz, and Carlos (Sandy) Ortiz both of Ft. Wayne; a brother, Eugenio Torres, Jr. of Ft. Wayne; 4 sisters, Elisa (Cristobal) Jordan, Juanita (Alberto) Palacios, Edelmira (Onnie) Drewery and Maria Bilger all of Ft. Wayne; 20 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren (1 on the way), and 2 great-great grandchildren (2 on the way).
She was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Juan Torres and Luis Torres, 3 sisters, Ana Gonzalez, Carmen Torres, and Antonia Leal, and a son-in-law, Richard Claycomb.
Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 13, 2017 at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home, 225 W. Adams St., Decatur, with a reciting of the Holy Rosary at 7:30 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 414 W. Madison St., Decatur, with visitation 1 hour prior to service from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the St. Mary’s Parish Hall. Father Bob J. Lengerich will be officiating and burial will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park at a later date.