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Longtime SAO Officer Frances Martínez Passes Away


By La Prensa Staff


2020 continues to be a tough year for losing long-time Latino leaders in the local community.


Eighty-six-year-young Frances Martínez, of Holland, Ohio, passed away October 4, 2020. She was a founding member of the Spanish American Organization (SAO), as well as a long-time officer in the organization, holding a number of posts since its founding.

Frances Martínez


Ms. Martínez first served as SAO secretary for three years, then as its treasurer for a decade, doing the organization’s taxes. She served the past decade as a board trustee for the nonprofit.

Ms. Martínez was also an active member of Latins United for many years.


Ms. Martinez was born in Kyle, TX on June 25, 1934 to Trinidad and Francisca (née Maldonado) Rodríguez. She graduated from Waite HS in 1953 and was employed at Toledo Towel and Seagate Graphics.  Her greatest joy was family and she enjoyed making many quilts for her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and extended family and friends.

She is survived by her daughters, Christine Martínez, Diana Martínez, and Carol (Rob) Martínez Nolan., along with grandchildren Marissa, Richard, Corina, Dominic, Mario, Libio, and eleven great-grandchildren who lovingly called her GiGi; also, siblings Jesse Rodríguez, Fred (Dora) Rodríguez, Carmen (Rick) Barbosa, and Simon (Virginia) Rodríguez. Ms. Martínez was preceded in death by her parents and granddaughter Capucine Martínez. 

A visitation was held October 8 at Coyle Funeral Home, with a funeral mass the following day at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. A burial service immediately followed at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to the Spanish American Organization, P.O. Box 329, Toledo, OH 43697




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