Margaro Ortiz Baerga
October 25, 1920 – November 13, 2020
In Memory of Margaro Ortiz-Baerga
Margaro Ortiz-Baerga has left us to be in the Kingdom of Heaven with our Lord his Savior to celebrate his new Eternal Life. He passed away peacefully, in his sleep, Friday November 13th 2020 at 4:00AM at The Good Samaritan Nursing/Healthcare in Kissimee, Florida. Margaro “Tocayo” as many in his family and close friends knew him by; was born in Puerto Rico, in a small town, on the east coast called Maunabo. "Tocayo" was married for 72 years to Felicita Rodriguez de Ortiz, whom passed away in 2016. Together, they had three children with the eldest son passing away at 6 months of age, then came Angel M. Ortiz the eldest, and the youngest Jose L. Ortiz (Joe), the only surviving son. Margaro was the eldest of 7 siblings. His sister, Basilisa Ortiz is the only surviving sibling at 94 years of age, living in Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Ortiz-Baerga is preceded in death by his siblings, Juan Ortiz, Felix Ortiz, Florentino Ortiz, Dionisio Ortiz (Kiko), and Herminia Ortiz. He is survived by his grandchildren, Ricardo Jose Ortiz, Mariel C. Ortiz-Garcia, Michelle Ortiz-Torres, Gretchen Ortiz; step grandchildren, Joshua Flores and Bianca Flores; great grandchildren, Dayanara Ortiz, Leniah Ortiz, Sebastian Garcia, Katia Torres and Karina Torres; his nieces, Diane Ortiz, Evelyn Ortiz-Colon, Martita Ortiz, (Maria S. Ortiz and Evangeline Ortiz, both have passed); his nephews, Luis Rendon-Ortiz, Orlando Rendon-Ortiz, Raul Rendon-Ortiz, Juan Ortiz Jr, Freddie Ortiz, Kikito Ortiz and Felix Juan Ortiz.
In 1951 Margaro moved his family to New York City where he studied cabinetmaking and graduated from his course work having excellent grades. He was then hired to work for the New York Housing Authority for the borough of Bronx. In 1962 he moved his family back to Puerto Rico, to Guayama, where he retired and received an Army pension for his proud service to our country
Margaro was a W.W.II veteran and he was a great contributor to the American Legion Community, receiving awards for his great efforts in the community in the town of Guayama, Puerto Rico. While retired Margaro and his wife lived a great Christian life attending to the First Methodist Church in Guayama, they visited nursing homes and senior centers to pray for the ill. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife on cruises throughout South America and the Carribean.
In 2013 Margaro and his wife, Felicita, moved with his surviving son, Jose, and his wife Denise, living with them in Texas after a decline in both of their health. They were cared for by many great caregivers in the home. In 2019 Margaro became very sick with pneumonia, which weakened him, he was hospitalized and then moved to a rehab at La Bahia Nursing & Rehab in Goliad Texas. In January 2020 He moved with his son to Florida where he once again suffered another bout of Pneumonia, he was hospitalized for three weeks in Lake Nona's Veterans Hospital in Orlando, Florida, then he was transferred to The Good Samaritan Society Nursing Home in Kissimee, Florida. It was here where he was placed in Halifax Hospice for the next 11 months.
In these days of COVID 19, We were blessed with celebrating his 100th birthday with all his family members via Zoom (a virtual Birthday), he and all of his family enjoyed every minute of it. The Ortiz Family would like to thank La Bahia Nursing & Rehab, The VA Hospital at Lake Nona in Orlando, Florida, and The Good Samaritan Society in conjunction with Halifax Hospice all for such excellent care. We have heartfelt gratitude for the care, support, and updates extended to us form Halifax Hospice while he was in their care at The Good Samaritan Society Nursing/Healthcare. God Bless you all!!
Funeral services will be held at Baldwin Fairchild at Chapel Hill & Chapel Hill Cemetery on 2420 Harrell Road, Orlando, Fl. 32817....Dates and times to be anounced.
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Jubilo Church Orlando
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Chapel Hill Cemetery
Margaro Ortiz Baerga
November 20, 2020
I’m so glad I had the opportunity to meet Margaro. I loved his laugh. I can still remember exactly how he sounded. I’ll never forget the day Caitlin and I were walking him down the hallway and we were laughing about something....he would take a look at us and just start cracking up before you knew we were all laughing and we had no idea why. He loved pastries and coffee. In fact that’s the way I’d get him to participate in his therapy. I’d bribe him, but it worked! Praying for you Jose and your family. May you all find peace and comfort during this difficult time. ❤️