Esther Gonzalez Ortiz, 87, of New Haven, died at home on February 9, 2012. Esther was one of 18 children born to the late Valentin Gonzalez and Crisanta Lorenzo of Aguada, P.R. In 1952, Esther married Antonio Ortiz in New York City, later moving to Meriden and then New Haven. Esther was predeceased by her husband and granddaughter, Roxanne Manna. She is survived by 7 siblings including brother Alejandro (Carmen) Gonzalez of Middletown, daughter Nydia (Joseph) DiMartino of North Haven, son Anthony (Amy) Ortiz of Pinckneyville, IL, 6 grandchildren including Joella and Salvatore Manna and 4 great grandchildren.
Her funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, Monday morning at 10:30. Family and friends may call Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 am at the funeral home. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Therese Church at 11:00 am. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery.