Tony J. Valdez Sr.
June 13, 1926 – January 5, 2019
Anthony “Tony” J. Valdez, Sr. –
Of Blackman Twp., passed away in the comfort of his own home on January 5, 2019 under the loving care of his son, Tony, Jr., granddaughters, Tani and Toni, and Great Lakes Caring Hospice. Tony, Sr. was born on June 13, 1926 to Pedro and Ramana Valdez in Las Esperanzas, Coahuila Mexico. He married the love of his life, Mary Kathleen Coleman on August 4, 1944 in Jackson, Michigan. He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church for many years and a member of the Moose Lodge #156. Tony, Sr. enjoyed playing pool and cards, woodworking, and enjoyed flowers. Tony, Sr. is survived by his children, Bob Valdez, Linda (Don) Cortright, JoAnn Valdez, Tony, Jr., (Sandi) Valdez, Anita Valdez, and Debby (Spencer) Valdez; grandchildren, Donnie Cortright, Mary Gibbs, Kathy King, Lisa Cortright, Robert Valdez, Tani Valdez, Toni Marsh, and TJ Matlow; many great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; also his siblings, Pete (Gloria) Valdez, Angie (Jesse) Medina, and Mona (Art) Herrera. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Kathleen; daughter, Gloria; and siblings, Aurora, Al, Art, and Paul. The Valdez family would like to thank Great Lakes Caring Hospice; special friend, Justanna Swank; granddaughter, Mary (Bill) Gibbs; and great grandson, Joshua Ladd for the loving care that they gave him during his illness. A funeral Mass will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 11:00am with visitation on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Chas J. Burden & Son Funeral Home, 1806 E. Michigan Ave, from 4:00pm-8:00pm with a Rosary said at 7:00pm. Tony, Sr. will be laid to rest at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery next to his wife. Memorial contributions can be made to Great Lakes Caring Hospice.