Guadalupe G. Lopez

March 9, 2021

Guadalupe G. Lopez age 83 of Merrillville, formerly of the Brunswick area of Gary, was called home to the Lord on March 9, 2021. 

Survived by his daughters Sara, Julie of Texas, and Cindy of Texas, Irma (Victor) Gutierrez-Zamudio and Irene Gutierrez, and son David Gutierrez, daughters-in-law Lupita Felix and Anita and Detrah Gutierrez, sister Virginia, brothers Raul, Tomas (Mary), Domingo (Vicky), Joseph, Reynaldo (Donna), many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his wife Martha, sons Ricky, and Benny and Ernesto Gutierrez, parents Tomas and Sara, siblings Maria, Heriberto, Andres and Genoveva, sister-in-law Wanda, nephews Barry, Ernesto, Mike, Phil, Hector, and niece Melva.

Lupe was born on May 30, 1937 in Orange Grove, Texas to Tomas and Sara Lopez. He was a retired Teamster of Local 142 loved driving his truck everyday and missed it dearly. He loved to be at the lake or anywhere he could drop the fishing line. Lupe cheered his LA Dodgers to a World Series win in 2020 and spent many agonizing hours watching his Indianapolis Colts and Chicago White Sox. If golf was on there had to be silence in the house so not to disrupt the players shot. 

A community activist for most of his adult life, Lupe was an advocate for immigrants and the Latino community, especially the youth. In 1985, he joined the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Merrillville Council #5009. During his more than 25 years with the organization he served as Council President, District 1 Director, and Deputy State Director along with other Council offices and chaired committees. He co-led efforts to diversify the Merrillville Police Department; this led to the hiring of the first Latino police officer in Merrillville’s history. After retiring from community service, he filled his time making bird houses, working in the yard, and spending time with his brothers who he loved so dearly.

 

Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, March 14 at Rendina Funeral Home, 5100 Cleveland St.  Rosary service Sunday, 5 p.m. Funeral services Monday, March 15 with prayers beginning at 9 a.m. at the funeral home;  to St. Andrews the Apostle Parish for mass at 10 a.m. Rev. Lou Pasala officiating. Interment in Calumet Park Cemetery.

 

Please remember, due to current state measures, masks MUST be worn while attending. Please practice safe social distancing and please bring a mask.

Visitation

Sunday, March 14, 2021
2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Rendina Funeral Home

5100 Cleveland Street, Gary, IN 46408 VIEW MAP

T 219-980-1141
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Rosary Service

Sunday, March 14, 2021
5:00 p.m.
Rendina Funeral Home

5100 Cleveland Street, Gary, IN 46408  VIEW MAP

T 219-980-1141
F 219-980-1142

Prayers

Monday, March 15, 2021
9:00 a.m.
Rendina Funeral Home

5100 Cleveland Street, Gary, IN 46408  VIEW MAP

T 219-980-1141
F 219-980-1142

Funeral Mass

Monday, March 15, 2021
10:00 a.m.
St. Andrew Catholic Church

801 W. 73rd Avenue, Merrillville, IN 46410