November 1, 1923 – September 12, 2018
Michael Sanchez Lopez, a resident of Brentwood, CA, passed away in his home at the age of 94, on September 12, 2018. Michael was born in Pittsburg to Pedro and Isabel Lopez, on November 1, 1923. He graduated from Pittsburg High School in January 1943, and enlisted in the Army. He served in Germany and was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant, in January 1946. He spent over 14 months of his three years in Europe. He was very proud to serve his Country, and often shared stories about his experiences.
After returning home, he worked for his uncle repairing cars. In 1951, he opened his own business, “Pittsburg Body Shop”. He closed the business and retired in 1987.
In 1986, he moved to Brentwood with his wife Lola. They were married for 65 years before she passed away in March 2015. He is survived by his two daughters, Gloria (Kevin) King, and Elizabeth (David), Bunetta. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Michelle and Laura Hawkins, Michael and Rachel Bunetta, Suzette Gonsalves, and Michael LaCosta. There are also seven great grandchildren, Christopher, Curtis, Sean Jr., Gracie, Sammy, Caleb, and Isabella, and one great great grandchild, Allison.
In his younger days, Michael, who was known as “Big Mike” and sometimes “Curly”, enjoyed hunting, fishing, tinkering with anything he could take apart and put back together in his own way, traveling, and socializing with his friends. He had a big personality and was well known and liked. He had a big heart and was generous to his friends. He was a member of the Veteran’s Club, the Elk’s Club, and the Armistice Club.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2018, at 4:00 PM, Rosary at 6:30 PM, at the Brentwood Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Friday, September 28, 2018, at 11:00 AM; Committal to follow.
- American Heart Association
- Cancer Foundation
- Veteran's Association
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brentwood Funeral Home
Mass of Christian Burial
Immaculate Heart of Mary Chruch