Desert Rose Heather Cremation & Burial

1040 North Columbus Blvd, Tucson, AZ


Oscar Noriega

October 31, 1937July 26, 2020

He was born to Stella Noriega in their South Side apartment in Tucson, AZ. He was raised by his mom and his 3 aunts until he was 7 and then living with just his mom until Stella remarried when Oscar was 16. Oscar grew up attending Carrillo and Safford schools and joined the Air Force at 16 with special permission. Oscar served at the end of the Korean War to only come back home in search of the love of his life from 5th grade, Irene Federico. Together they raised their three sons and welcomed countless others over the years into their home. Oscar was preceded in death by his wife Irene, his mother Stella and father Demitrio. Oscar is survived by his three sons Michael, Steve (Liz), Ronald (Maria), extended family Gloria and Armida, seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Oscar will be remembered as a dad, pops, tata, coach, legendary preceptor and painter and overall "great man". May his generous, patient and tender soul rest in peace. We all know he spent nine long years waiting to be reunited with his "hon". Together they now watch over us all as we remember and celebrate the closing of a generation.


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Greg Ramirez Sr.

August 14, 2020

Love to my Compadre.
You taught me everything. Thank you.
Love to Noriega Family.

M. Lucinda Ramirez

August 11, 2020

I love Rene and Oscar as a mother and father and miss them very much. I am so thankful that a week before Oscar went to heaven I called him and we were able to say " I love you " to each other. When pregnant first time I was told by Rene " you know if this is a girl we are baptizing her". As godparents to Heather Lynn they're the best, Oscar & Rene always loving and supportive. I first meet Oscar when I was 9 he was painting at one of my moms apartments. Later in HS I meet Greg who worked with Oscar and the first time we went out at 15 was to Oscar & Rene's. Thats the only reason I was allowed to go out. One day Oscar decided that even though Heather was a girl of 6 she needed to throw, bat, and catch a baseball so as Rene taught me how to make tacos in her kitchen Oscar and Heather went to front yard and all at once a baseball came through the kitchen window onto our tacos. We went outside Oscar and Heather were gone they had gone to buy tacos. I have so many good memories of Oscar, Rene and their family. Even though we are not blood Oscar, Rene and family are my family. I love all of them always. ❤ Lucinda

Gabriel Contreras

July 30, 2020

Noriega Family, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of you're father, he was an awesome man. As a kid, I have many fun memories of him and my father taking me fishing at Kennedy Park Lake, going on side jobs, going out to eat and taking pictures at Pinnacle Peak, and hanging out in the back yard while Oscar and my father were enjoying each other's company. Oscar and Irene were the most amazing and kindest people that I⁰ have ever known in my life and they will be missed greatly! God bless. Rest in peace Senor Noriega.

- Gabe Contreras and family


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