On December 8, 2019, Felipe Barrera Martinez (Apa), loving husband, brother and father of 9 children passed away at the age of 84.
Felipe was born on May 1, 1935 in Port Isabel, Texas to Alejandro and Victoria Barerra Martinez. In 1959 he married Consuelo Facio. Together they raised two sons, Carlos Facio and Felipe Jr. and seven daughters, Maria Guadalupe, Romelia, Suzanne, Mickey, Maria E. (Virginia), Connie and Raquel.
In his early years he attended Our Lady Star of the Sea Church. Apa enjoyed volunteering at St. Mary’s Catholic Diocese in Kalamazoo doing Spanish services and with the Salvation Army.
Apa had a passion for entertaining and loved people. He loved to grill and cook for his family and friends. He liked being outdoors where he could sit and birdwatch. He was also known for singing, whistling and playing the harmonica to his favorite music especially, Freddy Fender, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. Apa also loved to dance with his wife. He had a compassionate spirit. Everyone had a seat at his table and a place to rest in his house. Apa loved everyone.
Now that he is resting with our Lord, he will be missed and forever cherished. Let our lives be as full and giving as his.
Friends may visit with Apa’s family from 5-8 PM, Friday, December 13, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, December 14, 2019 with Pastor Edward Perez officiating.
Cremation will follow.
Burial of ashes will take place in Texas at a later time.
Contributions in memory of Apa may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice.
Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.