Remembering the life of Otilia (Tillie) Perez, 87, of Fargo, died July 6, 2016 surrounded by her loving family at Sanford Hospital.
Tillie was born on February 13, 1929 to Raymond and Natalie (Rodriguez) Navarro in Mason City, IA. The family moved and she grew up in Fargo. ND. She graduated from Fargo Central High School. On March 31, 1951, she married Pablo (Paul) Perez Sr. The couple made their home in Fargo where they raised their four children.
Tillie worked at the Manchester Biscuit Co. and later as a Nurse’s Aide at St. John’s Hospital. She retired from St. John’s after 25 years of service. She was also a lifelong member of St Anthony’s Catholic Church.
Tillie’s passion for cooking led her to becoming an entrepreneur with her family, by participating in the Downtown Street Fair and Red River Valley Fair, as a vendor, operating Tillie’s Tacos & Chili. Her greatest joy was cooking meals for family gatherings and having fresh tortillas available for her children and grandchildren.
Tillie is survived by her husband of 65 years, Paul Sr. and 4 children: Paul Jr. (Paula) Perez, Arthur (Jill) Perez, Alicia (Gary) Myer and Carlos (Kelly) Perez, all of Fargo. She was blessed with 9 grandchildren: Paul Brian (Camille) Perez, Ryan (Heather) Perez, Anna (Michael) Rudnick, Anthony Myer (Samantha Rusness), Carlos Perez II, Ramon Perez, Emily Perez-Johnson, Andrew Myer and Laura Perez; 3 great-grandchildren: Abby and Mason Perez and Kierra Croaker; 4 brothers: Raymond (Georgette) Navarro, Nick (Lucille) Navarro, Tom (Sharon) Navarro, Mario (Pamela) Navarro; 4 sisters, Minnie (Sandy) Garcia, Julie (Lyle) Schumacher, Mary Navarro, Lola (Tom) Gonzales.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Frances Elizondo; and brothers, Jesse Navarro, Daniel Navarro Sr., Joseph Navarro.
There will be a visitation from 5-7:00 PM with a prayer service following at 7:00 PM on Monday, July 11, 2016 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo. The funeral mass will be at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fargo with a visitation one hour prior.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.boulgerfuneralhome.com.