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Benigno Velazquez (Papi)
Passed away at his residence on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at the age of 108. He was warmly surrounded by his loving family and tender friends. Benigno was born during the “Titanic Era” in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, February 13, 1912, a son of the late Anastacio Velazquez and Eusebia (Lebron). Benigno has called Milwaukee, home, since the 1960’s, working at Peter Engineering for many years. He was married to Juana Cruz for 50+ years and had ten children. Benigno came to believe in the Lord, Jesus Christ and could often be heard singing “I’m Going with Him” in Spanish. He was a strong pillar of the community and family. For over a century, Benigno had been heralded by many including Frontier Airlines, local restaurant eateries, Sprecher Brewery, Gov. Scott Walker and Fox6news in an article called “Don’t give up’: Milwaukee man born in Puerto Rico celebrates 107th birthday.” He was spiritually connected to his grandchild Evette, following her in life’s countless adventures. She and her children excellently cared for him for a great many years. He enjoyed watching “The Three Stooges,” Brewers Baseball, Animal Planet, politics, avidly recording health journals, playing dominoes, dancing, traveling, eating out, cooking, attending family events and sharing coffee and food with family, friends and neighbors.
He is survived by his beloved granddaughter Evette and her four children Nastacia (aka Juno) (Jessica), Reynaldo, Gabriel and Eliana; children Benny Velazquez (Filomena), Minerva Fontanez (Angel), David Velazquez and Benjamin Velazquez; daughter-in-law Sarita Castro, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his cherished wife Juana Velazquez; children Hipolito Castro, Paquita Correa, Milagros Rosario (Samuel), Ramona Castro (Chacon), Maria Esther Arvelo (Felix), Carlos Velazquez; siblings, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
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