Jul 182012

Joe Angel “Dondi” Lopez, 55, was called home on Monday, July 9, 2012, in Winslow. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated July 13 at Madre De Dios Church in Winslow. Inurnment followed in Desert View Cemetery, with honors by Winslow American Legion.
Dondi was born on June 26, 1957, in Winslow to Carmen and Rumie Lopez.
In 1975, he joined the Navy and worked as a postal clerk on the USS Sumter until his discharge in 1981 with a Meritorious Unit Commendation. He worked for the Winslow School District, but is best known for his job as Winslow’s “Mailman” with the Winslow Postal Service, where he worked for 26 years.
Dondi was known for “running the table.” He was a member of the NAPL and participated in numerous pool tournaments. He was most proud of his participation with the American Legion team, which made it to the national level pool tournaments in Las Vegas. He enjoyed playing darts and bingo, and watching his Ari-zona Cardinals, Diamondbacks and NASCAR.
Everyone who knew Dondi knew how much his family meant to him. His caring heart and smiling face would make any person feel warm and welcome. He was selfless and loyal, and loved helping others in any way that he could. He will be loved and missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his longtime love, Lucille Morris, whom he loved dearly; his seven children, Renee Haase (Nathan) of Gilbert, Jillian Stotts (Tom) of Winslow, Kacee Lopez of Winslow, Michael (Tara) of Show Low, Aldrianna Morris of Winslow and Riannon Montoya of Mesa; six grandchildren; and his siblings, Lorenzo Chavez of Winslow, Diana Marquez of Maricopa, and Johnny Lopez and Teresa Lopez, both of Win-slow.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carmen and Rumie Lopez.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow or at Wells Fargo Bank, memo-rial account under Joe A. Lopez via Renee Haase.