Jose 'Chema' Santos Jr.


HOLGATE -- Jose M. "Chema" Santos Jr., 87, formerly of Holgate, died Sunday, December 2, 2012, at Covenant Hospital in Saginaw, Mich.

His Legacy... He was born November 3, 1925, to Jose M. Sr. and Bridgetta (Herrera) Santos in Poteet, Texas. On September 16, 1944, Jose married Eva (Lozano) in Poteet, Texas. Jose was employed for 35 years at GM Foundry, Defiance, and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Holgate.

His Family... Jose is survived by his loving family, Rudy (Cathy) Santos of Lima, Bertha (Joe) Belmares of La Feria, Texas, Jerry Santos of Defiance, and Laura (Jessie) Bentancur, Saginaw, Mich.; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Lupe Santos of Antwerp, Joe Santos of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Everette Santos, Findlay; and sisters, Mary "Louisa" Gill of Holgate and Linda Castillo, Celina. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva, on October 19, 2000; grandsons, Michael Santos and Rene Belmares; and siblings, Ruben Santos, Rojelio Santos, Jesse Santos, Elviria Flores, Beatrice Barrera and Corina Luna.

His Farewell Services... Family and friends will be received in the Zachrich Funeral Home, 114 William Street, Holgate, on Wednesday from 2-5 and 6-8 p.m., with a rosary service to be held at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, December 6, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Holgate, with Father Stephen Stanbery officiating. Burial will be in the Grelton Cemetery, Grelton, Ohio.

Contributions can be made in Chema's memory to his family. Please visit to leave online condolences.

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