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Lupe Ontiveros Funeral Mass Announced

July 31, 2012

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Lupe Ontiveros in 2008
Lupe Ontiveros in 2008

Lupe Ontiveros, the beloved character actress who passed away at age 69 on July 26, will be celebrated in a memorial service in Pico Rivera, Calif., her family and the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) have announced.

Ontiveros is remembered for her appearances in the movie "Selena," her Emmy-nominated work in "Desperate Housewives," and for playing a maid more than 150 times, at her own estimate.

LALIFF called Ontiveros "a true friend of LALIFF and a long supporter of our festival and filmmakers. Lupe was always taking care of our volunteers, who gave her the title of 'madrina,' the godmother of LALIFF."

"She was a treasure to all who had the great fortune of crossing her life's path," actor Edward James Olmos said in a statement. "Adios y amor ... Por vida."

Related: "Selena," "Goonies" Actress Lupe Ontiveros Dies at Age 69

A public Mass for Lupe Ontiveros will be celebrated at St. Hilary Church in Pico Rivera on Aug. 3 at 10 a.m., followed by a funeral and internment at Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary in Whittier. The family requests that no photos or recordings be taken.

Rather than flowers, donations can be made in Ontiveros' name to the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness Inc. (GLAD) and the Los Angeles Theatre Center care of the Latino Theater Co. Reference "In honor of Lupe Ontiveros" when contacting the organizations.

Lupe Ontiveros is survived by her husband, Elias; sons Nicolas, Elias and Alejandro; and granddaughters Marissa Marie and Jessica Ana.

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