Ralph Cervantes, 72, Woodstock, died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, surrounded by those he laughed with, lived for and loved.
He was born Aug. 9. 1941, in Chicago.
He graduated from St. Jude Seminary, Momence. He attended Elgin Community College and was employed in the printing and retail businesses.
On Oct. 11, 1975, he married Patricia Kolls.
He cared deeply about his family and friends, his heritage, the church and his beloved Chicago Cubs. He will be remembered for his generosity of spirit and sense of humor.
Survivors include his wife; five daughters Sue (Don) Trede, Lisa (Mike) Frauens, Margaret Cervantes, Laura Cervantes and Jennifer Cervantes; seven grandchildren, Brad (Courtney) Trede, Lauryn Trede, Bret Wienke, Shannon Cervantes, Jared (Alyssa) Wienke, Andrew Frauens and Kirsten Frauens; three great-grandchildren; three brothers, Joseph (Diane), James (Susan) and Daniel (Jane); and many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ramon; and a nephew, Timothy.
The family would like to thank his extended family and many friends for their love and support, his doctors and hospice team for their compassion and dedication and God for the gift of his life and the blessing of the time spent with him.
A celebration of his life will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, October 12, at Grace Lutheran Church, 1300 Kishwaukee Valley Road, Woodstock.
Memorials can be sent to the church, JourneyCare Hospice Foundation, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010; or SEA Blue Prostate Cancer at 5003 Fairview Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515.
Arrangements were made by Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock.