Nicholas L. Sanchez

Nicholas L. Sanchez July 5, 1959 - August 31, 2017 UNION GROVE – Nicholas L. Sanchez, 86, passed away at the Union Grove Veterans Home on Thursday, August 31, 2017. Due to a long illness with Alzheimer's/Dementia. He was born in Cotulla, Texas on July 5, 1931, son of the late Nicholas and Geronima (nee: Lopez) Sanchez. He was a young man when he moved to Wisconsin and began working at American Motors. On June 20, 1959, he was married in Racine to Stella Salas. Nicholas was a loving patriarch who loved nothing more than spending time with his family. Always full of life and laughter, he enjoyed listening and dancing to Tejano music; cheering the Chicago White Sox to another win, and playing in many dartball leagues. He won many State Championships. Mr. Sanchez is survived by his wife, Stella Sanchez of 58 years; their children: Anita (Frank) Garcia, Lydia (Otoniel) Valadez, and Nicholas (Raquel) Sanchez and Cecilia Roecker all of Racine. He is further survived by 12 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren; sisters: Safarina (Jim) Finn, and LaLa Sanchez; and many other relatives and friends. He was also preceded by his daughter Sylvia Sanchez; Brothers: Albert Sanchez, Rudy Sanchez, Danny Hernandez; and sisters Susie Gonzalez and Eva Gonzalez. The funeral mass for Mr. Sanchez will be held on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 in St. Lucy Catholic Church (3101 Drexel Avenue) at 11 a.m. with Rev. Javier Guativa officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Caledonia. Public visitation in the church will begin at 10 a.m. Our family sends a special thank you to the nurses at Boland Hall 1W, with a special thank you to Jaspher whom our dad thought of as one of his own and those at Aurora at Home Hospice for their exceptional care and support given to Nicholas.

Published in Racine Journal Times on Sept. 3, 2017