Mechanic 05

Roberto M Torres

June 7, 1951 ~ February 12, 2022 (age 70)

Obituary

Roberto Maldonado Torres was born on June 7, 1951, to Juan Torres Saez and Epifania Maldonado Santos in Barranquitas, PR, where he was raised along with his brothers and sisters. In 1968, at the age of 17, he traveled to Chicago, Illinois where he met his beloved Ana Digna (Laboy). Roberto and Ana were married on April 4, 1969 and began their lives together in Chicago.

Early in his marriage Roberto opened his doors and heart to his wife’s siblings who were all in Puerto Rico.  He helped to nurture and guide them and became a father figure. If you needed something he would figure out a way to help and be there. If daddy wasn’t helping someone, you’d find him in the garage tinkering. Together with their five children they lived a life full of triumphs and tribulations in Chicago, Illinois and relocated to Hammond, Indiana in 2005. They were married for 43 years.

A father, brother, uncle, godfather, grandfather, great-grandfather but just as important a friend to all. His impression and impact on people were like no other. He had a personality that lit up a room the moment you met him, which is why he built so many lifelong relationships with those who crossed his path.

Midas Muffler in Bedford Park, Illinois molded Roberto to be the maintenance professional he was known for.  Midas was lucky to have him for 30 years until the plant closed in 1999. The next chapter resulted in a career shift where he worked installing windows with his son-in-law up until he retired and retreated to Lake Holiday campground in Demotte, Indiana, his home away from home. He loved to spend his time at the camper and his favorite thing to do was help anyone who asked, even if you didn’t, he’d still show up with tools in hand. His kids would joke with him and say he was the campground maintenance man, if you needed something done, you called Roberto! The camper brought a sense of peace just like his tierra natal of Puerto Rico.

He was preceded in death by his father, Juan Torres Saez; mother, Epifania Maldonado Santos; wife, Ana Digna Torres; granddaughter, Lorissa Ibett Torres; and brothers, Julio, Hector, Ramiro, and Juanitito.

He is survived by his children; Ana Celia Torres-Figueroa (Angel), Roberto Torres Jr. (Yesenia), Esmeralda Torres (Antwane Dortch), Yolanda Ibett Torres-Hernandez (Miguel), and Beatriz Jordan (Charlie). Grandchildren; Joshuah Miguel Hernandez (Janessa), Ylisayah Torres, Jocelyn Torres-Arroyo, Julian Torres (Janelly), Qesharee Torres, Bryanna Figueroa (Alexander), Noelani Torres, Sinkae Torres, Destiny Torres-Arroyo, Jeovani Miguel Hernandez, Jacob Milly Arroyo, Justin Miguel Hernandez, Leilani Torres, Jaylynn Torres, Jonathan Figueroa, and Elias Arroyo.  Great-grandchildren; Kamryn Torres, Julìas Miguel Hernandez, Zaiden Saez Torres, Mikiel Torres-Cano, and Londyn Torres and a host of nieces, nephews, godchildren, family members, and friends.

Roberto began a new life after the death of his beloved wife and spent the last 9 years with Anna Cruz, where he became a staple in the Cruz family dynamic as well and was known as Apa.

“The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of Eternity.”

(Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2022 directly at St. John Bosco Church located at 7113 Columbia Avenue, Hammond, IN 46324 at 10:00 AM with Father Jeff Burton officiating.  Burial to follow at Saint John Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Hammond.  Friends are invited to visit with the family on Friday, February 18, 2022 at LaHayne Funeral Home located at 6955 Southeastern Avenue, Hammond, IN 46324 from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

 

Roberto Maldonado Torres nació el 7 de junio de 1951 de Juan Torres Saez y Epifania Maldonado Santos en Barranquitas, PR, donde se crio junto con sus hermanos y hermanas. En 1968, a la edad de 17 años, viajó a Chicago, Illinois, donde conoció a su amada Ana Digna (Laboy). Roberto y Ana se casaron el 4 de abril de 1969 y comenzaron su vida juntos en Chicago.
Al principio de su matrimonio, Roberto abrió sus puertas y su corazón a los hermanos de su esposa que estaban todos en Puerto Rico. Ayudó a nutrirlos y guiarlos y se convirtió en una figura paterna. Si necesitabas algo, él encontraría una manera de ayudarte y estaría allí. Si papá no estuviera ayudando a alguien, lo encontrarías en el garaje haciendo ajustes. Junto con sus cinco hijos vivieron una vida llena de triunfos y tribulaciones en Chicago, Illinois y se mudaron a Hammond, Indiana en 2005. Estuvieron casados ​​durante 43 años.

Un padre, hermano, tío, padrino, abuelo, bisabuelo, pero igual de importante un amigo para todos. Su impresión e impacto en la gente fue como ningún otro. Tenía una personalidad que iluminaba una habitación en el momento en que lo conocías, razón por la cual construyó tantas relaciones de por vida con quienes se cruzaron en su camino.

Midas Muffler en Bedford Park, Illinois, moldeó a Roberto para que fuera el profesional de mantenimiento por el que era conocido. Midas tuvo la suerte de tenerlo durante 30 años hasta que la planta cerró en 1999. El siguiente capítulo resultó en un cambio de carrera en el que trabajó instalando ventanas con su yerno hasta que se jubiló y se retiró al campamento de Lake Holiday en Demotte, Indiana, su hogar lejos del hogar. Le encantaba pasar su tiempo en la casa rodante y lo que más le gustaba hacer era ayudar a cualquiera que se lo pidiera, incluso si no lo hacías, él seguía apareciendo con las herramientas en la mano. Sus hijos bromeaban con él y decían que él era el hombre de mantenimiento del campamento, si necesitabas hacer algo, ¡llamabas a Roberto! El campista trajo una sensación de paz al igual que su tierra natal de Puerto Rico.

Le precedieron en la muerte su padre, Juan Torres Sáez; madre, Epifania Maldonado Santos; esposa, Ana Digna Torres; nieta, Lorissa Ibett Torres; y los hermanos Julio, Héctor, Ramiro y Juanitito.

Le sobreviven sus hijos; Ana Celia Torres-Figueroa (Ángel), Roberto Torres Jr. (Yesenia), Esmeralda Torres (Antwane Dortch), Yolanda Ibett Torres-Hernández (Miguel) y Beatriz Jordan (Charlie). nietos; Joshuah Miguel Hernandez (Janessa), Ylisayah Torres, Jocelyn Torres-Arroyo, Julian Torres (Janelly), Qesharee Torres, Bryanna Figueroa (Alexander), Noelani Torres, Sinkae Torres, Destiny Torres-Arroyo, Jeovani Miguel Hernandez, Jacob Milly Arroyo, Justin Miguel Hernández, Leilani Torres, Jaylynn Torres, Jonathan Figueroa, and Elias Arroyo. Bisnietos; Kamryn Torres, Julìas Miguel Hernandez, Zaiden Saez Torres, Mikiel Torres-Cano y Londyn Torres y una multitud de sobrinas, sobrinos, ahijados, familiares y amigos.

Roberto comenzó una nueva vida después de la muerte de su amada esposa y pasó los últimos 9 años con Anna Cruz, donde también se convirtió en un elemento básico en la dinámica de la familia Cruz y era conocido como Apa.

“El día que tememos como el último no es más que el cumpleaños de la Eternidad”.
(Lucio Annaeus Séneca)

 

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Services

Visitation
Friday
February 18, 2022

3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
LaHayne Funeral Home
6955 Southeastern Avenue
Hammond, IN 46324

Funeral Service
Saturday
February 19, 2022

10:00 AM
Saint John Bosco Catholic Church
7113 Columbia Avenue
Hammond, IN 46324

Interment following funeral service
Saturday
February 19, 2022

Saint John Saint Joseph Cemetery
1547 - 167th Street
Hammond, IN 46320

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