RAMON ALCOZER FONSECA, 64 POPLAR GROVE - Ramon Alcozer Fonseca, 64, of Poplar Grove died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in his home. Born Sept. 1, 1948, in Crystal City, Texas; son of Pedro Fonseca and Maria Eloisa (Alcozer) Grzadka. Served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from 1969 to 1971. He earned the Vietnam service medal with two bronze stars, and the combat infantryman badge bronze star medal. Married Olivia Castellanos on May 6, 1989, in Chicago. Worked as a Spanish teacher at Auburn High School and East High School, both in Rockford, and Gary Elementary in Chicago. Ramon enjoyed camping with his family, singing and playing his guitar. Survivors include wife, Olivia; children, Alfredo and Ricardo Fonseca, both of Poplar Grove, David, Rebecca and Benjamin Fonseca, all of Chicago; five grandchildren; mother, Maria Eloisa (Steve) Grzadka; sisters, Dora, Anita, Esmeralda and Sandy Alcozer; and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his father. Service at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Funeral Home, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, with the Rev. Brian Geary, pastor at St. James Church, officiating. Burial in Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family. Online condolences at buckwheelerhyland.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Nov. 7 to Nov. 8, 2012