(1928 – 2020)
Michael Lopez, staff worker of Madonna House, died peacefully on October 31, 2020 in Our Lady of the Visitation – St. Mary’s, Combermere, ON
Michael, the son of Antonio Benito and Flora Matta Lopez, was born in Valparaiso, Chile. After attending primary and secondary schools in Chile, as well as the University of Chile in Santiago, he continued his studies in Food Technology at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Maine in the United States.
After reading about the Madonna House Summer School of Catholic Action in the Our Sunday Visitor paper, he came to Combermere for three weeks the summer of 1957. This revealed to him a possible future path for his life, and he returned in January to pursue a vocation as a lay missionary. Michael made his First Promises on August 15, 1958 and made a permanent commitment with Final Promises seven years later.
Michael served at mission houses of Madonna House in Winslow, AZ, and Whitehorse, YK, and as the Local Director of the mission house of Marian Centre in Regina, SK, for seven years. While in Combermere, he served as Director of Training, as department head of Shipping and Receiving, at St. Benedict Acres, and as Registrar for Men Guests.
Predeceased by his parents and a sister, Michael is survived by his brother Anthony.
A public viewing was held at Heubner Funeral Home in Barry’s Bay according to the current protocols on Monday evening, November 2. The wake Service and Mass of Christian burial were celebrated privately for members of the community on Tuesday, November 3, and Wednesday, November 4, with internment at the Madonna House cemetery.
Madonna House would like to thank Dr. Tiedje for his many years of care for Michael, the Bayshore Nurses who assisted him in his final weeks, and all who cared for him while he lived in Our Lady of the Visitation at St. Mary’s.
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To send flowers to Michael's family, please visit our floral store.