Jesse Gutierrez passed away peacefully Thursday, September 5, 2013, at The Renaissance in Olmsted Township, where he resided for the past year. He was born Jesus Gutierrez in Purisima de Bustos, Mexico, on November 24, 1921, the eldest son of Apolonia and Viviano Gutierrez.
He was a resident of Lorain from the time he arrived in the U.S. from Mexico at the age of six. He graduated from Lorain High School in 1940. He married Gloria (nee Alvarez) who was from New York City in 1952. He was a proud World War II veteran who served in the First Platoon of Troop D, 41st Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, Mechanized of the 11th Armored Division of General George Patton’s 3rd U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. He served in the Battle of the Bulge and the liberation of the Mauthausen and Gusen concentration camps. The Purple Heart is among his many awards. He was an active member of the Disabled American Veterans Louis Paul Proy Chapter 20, in Lorain, for over 50 years, where he served as treasurer and commander. He was also an active member and leader of the Mexican community, participating in groups such as the Mexican Mutual Society and Neighborhood House.
He worked for Thew Shovel/Lorain Koehring as an inspector for 32 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria; sister, Lucy Shaw; and brothers, Ancelmo Gutierrez, Santiago Gutierrez and baby Jose Gutierrez.
He is survived by his sisters, Mary Simpson and Linda Ridenour; brother, Joseph Gutierrez; daughters, Jessica Malone (William), Mariann Christy (Joseph) and Cynthia Naiman (William); granddaughters, Jennifer Christy, Kathleen Lea (Michael), and Nicole Naiman; and grandsons, Charles Malone, Stephen Christy, and Chad Naiman.
The family will receive friends Sunday, September 8, 2013, from 3 until 7 P.M., at Reidy- Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2150 Broadway, Lorain, (440) 244-1961. Closing prayers will be held at the funeral home Monday, September 9, 2013, at 8:15 A.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9 A.M., Monday, at Sacred Heart Chapel, 4301 Pearl Ave., Lorain. Father William Thaden, Pastor, will be the Celebrant. Entombment services will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain, where military honors will be performed by the Disabled American Veterans Louis Paul Proy Chapter 20.
Memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 3740 Ridge Mill Drive, Hilliard, OH 43026, or the Disabled American Veterans Louis Paul Proy Chapter 20, 10009 Angling Road, Wakeman, OH 44889.