Joe Vera, 75, of Tiffin, passed away Tuesday morning, July 16, 2013, at his home.
He was born July 31, 1937, in Houston, Texas, to Jose C. and Clara M. Vera. He married his high school sweetheart, Marie Zirger, April 30, 1957.
Survivors include his wife, Marie; five beloved children, Christine (Michael) Mundschau of Longmont, Colo., Mark Vera of Suwanee, Ga., Tony (Tina Laugherty) Vera of Tucson, Ariz., Jeanne (Bryan) Ardner of Garner, N.C., and Daniel (Christy Free) Vera of Tiffin; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Vincent Vera of Tiffin; five sisters, Ruth Lozano of Houston, Texas, Eva Powell of New Port Richey, Fla., Josephine Valdez of Harlingen, Texas, Caroline Schryer of Holiday, Fla., and Carmen Kuhn of Tiffin; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Mary Burlile and Clara Carroll.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tiffin. He owned Mohawk Nursery with his wife, Marie, until his retirement in 1997, when his son Dan and daughter-in-law, Christy took ownership. After his retirement, Joe became involved with the Seneca County Park District, receiving the first Lifetime Achievement Award from this organization. He was an energetic volunteer until his cancer diagnosis last year. He was also an active volunteer for Mercy Tiffin Hospital and the Red Cross.
Joe especially loved spending time with his children and grandchildren in the woods, sharing with them his appreciation of nature. Joe's campfires were always a magnet for family gatherings, storytelling and bonding.
His Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2013, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tiffin, with the Rev. Joseph Szybka officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Tiffin. A rosary will be prayed 20 minutes prior to the Mass.
Friends may visit with the family from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hoffmann-
Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-2424. A Christian wake service will begin at 8 p.m. after the visitation.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Seneca County Park District or Bridge Hospice.
Condolences may be sent and the guestbook signed at www.hgmackfuneralhome.com.