Deacon Heriberto Lopez, 88, Holder, Fla., died at home Jan. 11, 2014. Deacon Lopez was born in Cantano, Puerto Rico, married his childhood sweetheart Maria (deceased) and reared four children. He proudly served 23 years in the United States Army where he defended his country in WWII
, Korea and Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star
for his service in Vietnam. After he retired from the military, he ran his own business in Mt. Holly, N.J. In 1987 he was ordained a deacon in the Roman Catholic Church. He and Maria moved to Puerto Rico in 1992 where he served as deacon. In 2000 he moved to Holder and served as a deacon at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church until he retired in 2007. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
The deacon's children are Heriberto Jr. (deceased), and his wife Margaret, Manuel and wife Beatrice, Angel and wife Rebecca (deceased) and Maria and husband Claron Marcum. He has 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
The family will greet friends in visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Burial with Military Honors will follow at the National Cemetery in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.