Bernard Ortiz

Bernard Ortiz

Wednesday, March 20th, 1940 - Wednesday, May 13th, 2020
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    Central Chapel - Private Family Services
    6158 S. Central Ave.
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    St. Mary Cemetery
    3701 W. 87th St.
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Posted at 05:09pm
I have know Bernie for the past 13 years. And I still remember the first time I met him. He scared me at first, but that was because my husband, Steve, had left his wallet at home and Dad had to meet us half way between Chicago and Dekalb. Once I got to know him better I realized that he had a kind soul and loved his family very much and would do anything for them. He very quickly became a Dad to me. Taught me a lot and was always there for me. Was even willing to walk me down the aisle at my wedding.
Dad, I will miss you a lot and all of your jokes. I hope that you watch over Steve and I. And I hope that you are proud of us.
Love you Dad
Your Daughter
Lori Ortiz

Anthony Ortiz

Posted at 03:10pm
MY BIG BROTHER, BERNARD ORTIZ, was a wonderful and beloved brother, father and friend to so many who will be greatly missed. My brother Bernie was always a stand-up guy and was always there to protect his family and friends. Bernie was born March 20, 1940 in Chicago in the Chinatown neighborhood, and attended Haines Elementary School and Washburn High School. He then served his country by joining the United States Marine Corps when he was 18, and for his entire life he was so very proud to have been a Marine … and he never let this Army brother forget it. Thereafter, Bernie was self-employed as a carpenter, using his expert skills on projects to construct, install, repair and remodel homes and buildings. Bernie and I lost our beloved sister Charlene to cancer far too early in 1991, and we both took her passing very hard.

Bernie is survived by his wife, Pamela, and he was a father to four sons he loved very much: Bernie, Jr., the late Charles (CPD), Brian (CPD) and Steven. He was very proud of all his sons, with most recently Steven earning a Bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt University.

Bernie was enjoying his well-deserved retirement. He loved swimming and being out in the sun, and he was looking forward to spending summer days by his backyard pool and traveling to Florida with his family. Bernie and I also took several trips together, including one week of exciting whitewater rafting down the Colorado River, sleeping overnights at the bottom of the Grand Canyon – it is a trip I will never forget.

He also greatly enjoyed bringing his family and friends together, and hosted wonderful summer parties in his backyard where everyone could join together for a fabulous meal and share stories of past, present and future. He also loved having family over to his home for holiday dinners and get-togethers, and he regularly remained in contact with all his aunts and uncles whom he loved very much.

Anyone who knew Bernie can attest to his fantastic sense of humor: he loved to make people laugh and smile, and to help them forget their troubles if only for a moment. That was especially true with the staff at the Mexico Steakhouse in Bridgeport: Bernie always joked with them when we regularly met there for breakfast with our good friend Abraham Munoz. Anyone who knew Bernie also knew he loved his cars, and took great pride in always having them clean, shiny and waxed, along with sparkling Vogue whitewall tires. Bernie also enjoyed watching sports and movies on his large-screen TV and invited family over to join him.

Thank you to everyone for the wonderful outpouring of support and sympathy during this very difficult time. Bernie’s passing was unexpected and such a shock to everyone. It has been a comfort to hear from so many people who were touched by Bernie and who will miss him so very much. He will always be in our hearts. The Scripture says “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” Not a day will go by that I will not be thinking of Bernie and missing him very much. Semper Fi my dear brother and rest in peace - I love you so very much.

Steven Ortiz

Posted at 10:49am
My Dad could always be counted on to awaken a quiet crowd. He was not afraid to strike up a conversation, tell a joke, or just get people to interact. He always wanted family to come together and enjoy each other's company. Whenever you were in need of a good story, my Dad, had either an experience or a tale he wanted to share in his own unique way. Last year, I was able to take him indoor skydiving and the smile on his face was bigger than ever. I will never forget spending that afternoon with my Dad. You will be missed everyday, but I know you will always be around to protect your family. I love you Dad.

Rita Sulzberger Posted at 11:36am

Steve - I am so sorry about your dad. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family!

Karen Harper

Posted at 11:01pm
Bernie it was such a pleasure getting to spend many holidays and family events together. Through the years our lives took different paths but my thoughts and love for you and your family were always and will always be positive. You always made me chuckle and I thank you for your hospitality throughout the years. May the Lord comfort your family and friends with wonderful memories! Rest in peace Bernie!

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