Jerry Esparza


CHICAGO -- Michael "Jerry" Jerome Esparza Sr., 52, of Chicago and formerly of Defiance, passed away in Chicago.

He was born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 4, 1960, the son of the late Charles and Anna (Ordaz) Esparza, who survives him of Defiance. He was raised and lived in Defiance about 40 years before moving to Chicago seven years ago.

Surviving are sons, Mark Esparza of Texas, and Michael J. Esparza Jr. of Defiance; sisters, Rosie Pyrmicz of Chicago, Mickey Esparza of Defiance, JoAnn Jimenez of Defiance, Anna Resendez of Defiance and Teresa Schackow of Michigan; brothers, Carlos Esparza of Defiance, David Esparza of Defiance, Tony Esparza of Defiance, Joe Esparza of Chicago.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Simon; and his father, Charles.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John Catholic Church, Defiance, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 10, with Father Todd Dominique officiating. Visitation is Saturday from 9-10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.

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