The following was the official obituary and Louis' favorite Prayer to St. Joseph that was printed in the Memoriam card distributed to mourners in attendance at his funeral on Monday, October 19.
    Louis Joseph Ramirez, 89, of National City, died on October 7. Born on June 10, 1926 in Los Angeles, he served oversees in the U.S. Army during World War Two in the Phillipine campaign, after which he was honorably discharged. He later managed a Firestone Tire store in Mexico City and worked at Kennedy's Firestone Tire Comany in San Diego for more than 30 years.

    He is predeceased by his wife, Ramona, 70; son, Reuben, 39; and daughter, Sylvia, 53. He is survived by his son, Louis Jr., 63, of National City; and Vivian Laurin (Tom), 65, of Chula Vista; Annette, 54, of National City; and Diane, 52, of Escondido; 26 grandchildren, and no less than 44 great-grandchildren!

    A man of strong faith, Louis was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and mentor. As a longtime member of Our Lady of Fatima Church, he maintained a chapel in his home for nearly 40 years for the many parishioners who wished to observe the traditional Latin Mass.

    Most who know him would say that his memories were among the most entertaining, humorous and inspiring they had ever heard, and his stories were richly anticipated during visits to his home. Whenever he began to regale others with the tales of his life, everybody would stop what they were doing and listen with rapt attention; they hung on every word that came from this wise and wonderful man. His many relatives - especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren - were very blessed to have been able to spend one last visit with him; they surrounded his hospital bed with a family-type environment that had to have been seen to be believed. Those who could not make it in to see him were still able to have one final special conversation with him by telephone.

    He touched so many hearts that it would be difficult to count every person whose life he affected.

    Louie emphasized the value of an honest day's labor over nearly all else; he even adopted a mantra that he regularly expressed to his family: "So, did you work today?" He loved God and his family - in that order - more than anything.

    Toward the end of his final week, he kept asking "What day is it?" as if he had already chosen his final moment in this world - but he never said a word about it to anyone. Such was the nature of his humility, Louis departed on the Feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary.

    Visitation and Rosary was held on Sunday, October 18 at Greenwood Memorial Park - 4300 Imperial Ave. in San Diego, in the Salli Lynn Chapel. Funeral services with a Requiem High Mass followed by burial with full military honors was rendered at graveside where he was laid to rest with his beloved wife.


    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Lady of Fatima Church, care of Louis Ramirez, Jr. by calling 619-200-9284 or by emailing him at

Louis' favorite Prayer to St. Joseph

   Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires. Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So that, having engaged here below, your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.

   Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary of contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss his fine head for me and ask him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls - Pray for me.

        The above prayer was found in the fifteenth year of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In 1505 it was sent from the Pope to Emperor Charles when he was going into battle. Whoever shall read this prayer or hear it or keep it about themselves, shall never die a sudden death, or be drowned; nor shall poison take effect of them; neither shall they fall into the hands of the enemy; or shall be burned in any fire; or shall be overpowered in battle.