Remembering the Life and Legacy of Legendary Actress/Activist, Lupe Ontiveros

The recent unexpected death of actress and activist Lupe Ontiveros on July 26, 2012 has hit the Latino entertainment community like a dagger through our hearts. It just seems unthinkable that Lupe will no longer be around to walk the red carpet, support her favorite non-profit organizations like Mexican American Legal Defense Education Fund (MALDEF), Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF), United Farm Workers (UFW), Latino Theater Center (LATC), Los Angeles Commission on AIDS, and Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc. (GLAD).
Lupe was a woman larger than life with a powerful spirit. She was a true friend to everyone she embraced, including her favorite organizations. She was an activist whose voice and support help elevate Latinos in the U.S. Every role she ever portrayed she infused humanity and respect and made Latinos proud that she was representing them on the big and little screens.The Ontiveros family has graciously opened the services (both memorial mass and funeral/interment) to the public in order for the hundreds of fans can pay their respects to a beloved television and film icon.

 Memorial and Funeral Services for Lupe Ontiveros
(No electronic devices allowed inside the church.
No photography or recording is permitted.)

Rosary  (Open to the public)
Thursday, August 2, 2012
7:00-9:30 PM
St. Hilary Church
5465 Citronell Avenue
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
562-942-7300
*The family wishes no photos be taken.

Mass (Open to the public)
Friday, August 3, 2012
10:00 AM
St. Hilary Church
5465 Citronell Avenue
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
562-942-7300
*The family wishes no photos be taken.

Funeral and Interment to follow at:  (Open to the public)

Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary
3888 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA
562-699-0921

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lupe’s name to her two favorite causes, G.L.A.D. (Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc.) and the L.A.T.C. (Los Angeles Theatre Center c/o Latino Theater Company).

Please reference “In Honor of Lupe Ontiveros,” when contacting the organizations.  For more information, please contact:
Ms. Rachel Braver, 
G.L.A.D. (Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc.) 
, (323) 550-4274
, email: rbraver@gladinc.org
Mr. Jose Luis Valenzuela
, Artistic Director, L.A.T.C. (Los Angeles Theatre Center c/o Latino Theater Company)
, (213) 489-0994
    www.thelatc.com

With a heavy heart we say goodbye to Lupe. Her light will always illuminate and continue to inspire us to be the best that we can be. In these difficult times when words are never adequate, our prayers and thoughts are with Lupe’s family and friends. She is survived by her husband Elias, sons Nicolas, Elias and Alejandro, and granddaughters Marissa Marie and Jessica Ana.

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