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OBITUARY

Ceferino Martinez

August 8, 1921May 22, 2020
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Ceferino Martinez was born on August 8, 1921 in Arecibo, Puerto Rico and passed away on May 22, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois and is under the care of Montclair-Lucania Funeral Home.

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Heriberto Martínez

May 28, 2020

Mi querido Tío Felo,

All I have are great memories and eternal gratitude for this great man that was not only my uncle but also a second father to me.

He welcomed me to his home in Chicago when my father His brother helped me go to Chicago.

Tío Felo and my cousins, Junior, George, Nancy and Rosy where my close family while I lived in Chicago.

I will never forget the Sundays when we would go to Mass and the get togethers at his house with my cousins.

I will miss you Tio, you are an Angel that is now with God in Heaven.

I love you Tio, and Tia Tita. A big hug to my cousins your are all my brothers and sisters.

I wish I could be there with the family, I will miss you Tio.
God bless you for all you did for me that I will never forget.

Tu Sobrino, Heriberto Martínez.

ANA Rosa Gonzalez

May 28, 2020

Tío felo un hombre sabio cariñoso y sobre todo consejero le gustaba aconsejar cuando me veía me decía mira negrita esto es así cuidado pero se destacaba por sus consejos y sobre todo. Un buen hermano el era loco con su ginita el cuando la veía la queria proteger una persona amable servicial y cariñoso Gracias tío felo por ser mi tío mi más sentido pésame para sus hijos sus hermanos nietos y todos los que los amaban

Leticia Hernandez Martinez

May 26, 2020

To The Martinez Family.

To my cousins; I know what linked us was our beautiful Dona YEYA and I regret not being closer to your mom and dad. I remember as a child finding your mom (my aunt) to be so beautiful, delicate and full of peace.

My heart goes out to Rafa's kids, my cousins. May the lord give you strength during this time. God bless you all, may their legacy continue.

Yvette, Dory and Leticia Martinez
Victor and Carmens daughters.

Elizabeth Martinez

May 25, 2020

Tio Felo, aun recuerdo la primera vez que visite wl Lago Michigan. Tu me llevaste y yo te dije Tio me puedo meter y me dice si y se rie porque yo no sabia que el agua Era Helada. Tio Felo siempre le abrio el hogar a todos. How sorry I Am I didn't visit you. I LOVE YOU tio Felo rest in peace.

Gloria Mercado

May 25, 2020

To Rosie and family,
My condolences to all of you. Your dad was always so nice and kind to me. Such a dear man. May he rest in piece for eternity❤

Evelyn Martinez

May 25, 2020

Tío Felo will always be remembered. During my years living in Chicago he would always visit my dad ( smaller brother) with Tia Tita. And on ocasión he would take me to stay with my cousins @ their house. I would say that he was like a second dad. I thank God I was able to visit him last year and share a little time with him, along with Nancy , George And Rosie. Will always remember you Tio Felo and will always be in my heart. RIP🙏🏻

Sara González

May 25, 2020

May God give all the family resignition. May Tío Felo, how I knew him rest in Peace. We Will remember him always. He was a great man.
From, Nito,Sarita and family.

Zoraida Lugo

May 25, 2020

Padríno. Le doy míl gracías a Díos por ti. Por tu amor y tus orocíones. Por tu apoyo y por los conversaciones. Siempre voy ser agradecída por tu dedicacíon a mí desde el día de mi bautízo, Abril 1971. Que falta me vas hacer. Descanse en paz
Padrino. 💛
Zori, Israel, Izzy y Zach

Frances Martinez

May 24, 2020

Ceferino was my father in-law. I will never forget the time that his son Rafael and l we’re having a difficult time in our marriage, we went to him for advice and even told him we were thinking of separating for awhile, he told us that before we made any decisions, he wanted us to go to a marriage retreat that was going to be given from a group from PR, he said if God doesn’t speak to us there he would support whatever decision we made. It was the best thing that we ever did, 51yrs married and still going strong, l also accepted Jesus as my Lord and savior. I will miss him dearly and I thank God that we had the opportunity to be with him in his final days, RIP , enjoy your new home give our love to the rest of the family ❤️

Vanesa Gomez

May 24, 2020

My heart goes out to the Martinez family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. My deepest condolences.

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Biography

This was just one example of who Ceferino was and how he impacted those around him. Ceferino was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Ceferino wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Ceferino was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Ceferino or Rafael, as known to many, was born on August 8, 1921 at his family home in "el campo" in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. He was the son of Jorge & Rosa. Ceferino was raised in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Always at the ready with a good joke, he grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Ceferino might describe him as an idealist, his friends and family understood well that Ceferino was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to him.

      Ceferino was raised with 17 siblings. Ceferino was very accepting and supportive of his family. He was perceived as the central person in his family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Ceferino was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Ceferino well in his adult life and, along with his wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew him.

      As a young boy, Ceferino was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew him into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. Ceferino was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with his peers. He was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. Ceferino was a hard worker at the early age of five. In his spare time he liked to help on his family's farm. Ceferino had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity he and the many childhood friends he shared might discover.

      On June 1, 1947, Ceferino married Bienvenida Martinez at at a Catholic church in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Ceferino's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in his ability to make his new family happy. He was quite sensitive towards Bienvenida's needs, showing his constant concern and fondness. Ceferino was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served him well in helping to nurture his family.

      Ceferino was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide his family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Ceferino, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of his life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Martinez home. Ceferino's skill at understanding his children's feelings, his sensitivity to their needs, and his gift for gentle persuasion enabled him to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Ceferino was blessed with 4 children: Rafael (Francis), George (Norma), Nancy (Octavio) and Rosie (Eladio). They were also blessed with 11 grandchildren, Lissette, Rafael Jr., George Jr., Arelis, Adrian, Roseann, Jorge, Andre, Veronica, Vanessa, Yasmine and 15 great grandchildren.

      Ceferino was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made him an exceptional worker. His primary occupation was a foreman. He was employed by Kraft Heinz Co until retirement. Ceferino was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize him. Ceferino had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of his gift for insight. Ceferino's fellow workers saw him as a supporter and a mentor.

      Because Ceferino loved to have a broad variety of activities in his life, he took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. His favorite pursuits included helping family, entertaining himself with general repairs, and actively involved as a member in his church. Ceferino had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of his favorite pastimes. However, Ceferino's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      When Ceferino's retirement finally came in 1994, Ceferino handled it the way he usually did. He adapted and, like everything in his life, made it satisfying. Because he was such a flexible person and able to adjust to any situation, retirement was just another enjoyable change of pace for Ceferino to master. His new life involved relocating to Tampa, Florida. In retirement, he found new pleasure in building his new retired life in Florida, staying active in church, and always putting his family first. Even in retirement, Ceferino continued to stay in touch with his old friends and like always, made plenty of new ones.

      Ceferino Martinez passed away on May 22, 2020. He peacefully died in his home surrounded by loved ones in Chicago, Illinois. Ceferino fought a brave battle against dementia. He is survived by his children, Rafael (Francis), George, Nancy and Rosie; his grandchildren Lissette, Rafael Jr., George Jr., Arelis, Adrian, Roseann, Jorge, Andre, Veronica, Vanessa, Yasmine; his great-grandchildren, and his brother Thomas and his sister Rosin. Services were held at St. Cyprian Catholic Church. Ceferino was laid to rest in Maryhill Catholic Cemetery.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Ceferino. He was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. He had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While he was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Ceferino Martinez for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Ceferino was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with his loved ones.

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