Mario Lopez Sr., 79, passed away on Sunday at the Wisconsin Veterans Home – Boland Hall in Union Grove. Mario was born in Eagle Pass, Texas on March 28, 1938, and was the son of the late Alfredo and Rita (nee: Lenardes) Lopez.
He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1956-1959. On June 24, 1964, Mario was united in marriage to the love of his life, Janie Cisneros. He was employed with Triple E Company before retiring in 1995 but continued to work as he was also self-employed with his rental property business. Mario was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed testing his luck at the casino. Because of his knowledge and love for animals, he enjoyed the several pets he had over the years. More than anything, he loved his time spent with his family.
Mario will be dearly missed by his wife of nearly fifty-four years, Janie; children, Rebecca Lopez, Mario (Josie) Lopez Jr., Raquel (Nicholas) Sanchez, all of Racine; grandchildren, Anisette (Randy) Marquez, Cain (Janessa) Lopez-Marquez, Samantha Lopez, Nicholas Sanchez IV, Xavier Mario Sanchez, and Seth Mitchell, father of great granddaughter Isabelle Mitchell and; 10 great grandchildren; siblings, Arsenio Lopez, Efrain Lopez, Luis Lopez, George Lopez; Irma (Henry) Lopez, Ida Mish, Lucy (Albert) Caballero, Martha (Luis) Delgado and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Mario was also preceded in death by his brother, Alfredo Jr.; sisters-in-law, Barbara, Frances and Loretta Lopez; and brother-in-law, Terry Mish.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Friday at 11 a.m., with Father Antony Thomas officiating. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass.
The family extends a special thank you to Jaspher, Maurice, Heather, Melissa and all other of his care givers at WI Veterans Home – Boland Hall for their loving and compassionate care.