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Ruben Joseph Alfaro

April 10, 1935 –
 January 15, 2023


Ruben Joseph Alfaro, our beloved father left this worldly earth on January 15, 2023. He was born April 10, 1935 in Weslaco, Texas to Manuel Alfaro and Dolores Rios. The family migrated to Saginaw, Michigan. In 1953, he married Janie Garcia and they moved to Lansing, Michigan to start their family.

Ruben is survived by his son, Ted (Annette); daughters, Tonatzín (Apaxu) Alfaro Garcia Maiz, Cynthia (Larry) Fowler, and Lisa (Alvin) Davenport; ten grandchildren, and sixteen great grandchildren. He is also survived by his younger brother Manuel Alfaro, Jr., sister-in- law Estella (Rogelio) Alfaro, his primas and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, as well as other extended family in California, Texas and Indiana. Ruben was preceded in death by his father, mother, sister Guadalupe Rivera (Agapito) and brother Rogelio Alfaro.

Our dad lived life to its fullest, he was dynamic and unfettered by traditional societal boundaries and walls which he believed were meant to be challenged and removed. He was rich in spirit and generosity and led the way by example – advocating support of family and community by giving time, money or in-kind contributions. It was about sharing your wealth no matter what form and celebrating the gift of Life. Ruben left an indelible mark on Lansing as a leader, mentor and soldier on behalf of La Raza. In 1972, he left Michigan to become development director of the Mexican American Cultural Center in San Antonio, Texas and continued to work with the Catholic Church and the Chicano community. He was also dedicated to supporting the priests and Ministry at Padua Place, San Antonio, Tx. His influence was far-reaching and he will be greatly missed.

A private memorial service will be held for family only. Always the consummate advocate for education and opportunity for La Raza, Ruben has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Mexican American Catholic College, 3115 W Ashby Pl, San Antonio, Texas 78228.

Arrangements under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home

19310 Preston Road

Dallas,Texas 75252




One Thought on Ruben Joseph Alfaro
    marie shamraj
    22 Jan 2023

    My deepest condolences for the family of Ruben Alfaro and especially his daughter Tonatzin Alfaro Maiz and her wonderful sisters, the grandchildren, and great grandchildren with whom I have spent many happy times. Much love, Marie

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