Deacon Ramirez, among archdiocese’s first permanent deacons, served 40 years
Deacon Joseph “Jose” Ramirez, a member of the archdiocese’s first permanent diaconate class whose service included helping establish Spanish Masses in south Omaha parishes, died May 25. He was 90.
Deacon Ramirez’s funeral Mass was May 31 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Omaha. Interment was at St. Mary Cemetery in Omaha.
Ordained in 1973, Ramirez served 40 years before stepping away from regular duties as a deacon in 2013. His service included 15 years coordinating the St. Jude Novena at what is now Assumption-Guadalupe Parish and helping minister to the parish’s growing number of Spanish-speaking members.
He once said that one of his greatest thrills as a deacon was baptizing his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and witnessing his children’s and grandchildren’s weddings.
Through the years, Deacon Ramirez was active in the Holy Name Society, the Catholic Commission on Human Relations and several civic organizations. He also helped lead efforts in a federal program to encourage minorities to join trade unions.
Deacon Ramirez was preceded in death by his parents, Francisco and Anastasia Ramirez; daughters, Ruth Ramirez Tentinger and Margaret Niverson; brother, Cecilio Ramirez.
He is survived by his wife, Agatha Ramirez; children and spouses, Theresa and Igor Cherko, Joseph Jr. and Katherine Ramirez, Francis and Ana Ramirez, and Roger Ramirez; brother, Monico Ramirez, all of Omaha.