José Luis, after a courageous battle with covid-19, died on February 16, 2021 at the age of 78. During this ordeal, he remained positive. Affectionately known as José to those who knew him, he was loved by many.
He was born in Ciudad Hidalgo, Michoacán in central Mexico to Justo Pérez and Amalia (nee Patiño) Pérez. He lost his beloved mother as a teenager due to cancer and consciously chose to carry her surname. José was the eldest of 5 siblings. After his mother’s passing, he went on to have 7 half-brothers and half-sisters. He relished the role of big brother.
Seeking the opportunity for prosperity and success for his young family, he came to Chicago in 1970 in search of the American Dream. Shortly after, his wife joined him from México in Chicago. José valued hard work and work hard he did. He started at the Gold Coin, a diner on the Chicago- Evanston border, and worked his way up to Executive Chef for Omni Hotels. José was naturalized as a U.S. citizen at Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello, in Charlottesville, Virginia. He retired in 2008. Not one to sit still for long, he opened a business and sold it in 2017. José enjoyed running, watching his dear Chivas, and spending time with family. He ran countless marathons starting at the age of 50 in Chicago, Boston, New York City, México and Germany. Most importantly, José believed in the power of hard work.
He was a member of Queen of Angels Parish in Chicago.
Not only was José a beloved son, caring brother, dedicated husband, cherished father, and loving grandfather; he was also an exceptional uncle who enjoyed the company of many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife María Concepción, José is survived by his children Ana Amalia, Víctor Manuel (Cheryl), Bertha Elvia (Adolfo), Clara (Estreberto), María Luisa (Gerardo), Jose Frederick, and Lucy (Andrew); his grandchildren, Bertha (Miguel), María Guadalupe (Armando), Estreberto Jr. (Alycia), Jaqueline, Jasmine, Valeria, Zoë, Denise, Victoria, Josephine, Sophia, Luis Miguel, Luna, and Andrew Ross; many siblings; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Due to the pandemic and knowing that José would not wish any additional person become infected by covid-19, the family will forego a visitation. Private funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 10AM at Queen of Angels Parish, 2330 W. Sunnyside Ave., Chicago, IL 60625 and is by invitation only. Masks and social distancing required.
José was a hard-working individual and a lifelong learner. He will be forever missed.
Omission of flowers is requested, with memorials made to Queen of Angels Parish in Chicago. For information, contact (773) 539- 7510.