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Official Obituary of

Gilberto "Beto" Nava

April 21, 1931 ~ March 3, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old
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Gilberto Nava Obituary

Gilberto "Beto" Nava, 92, of Tiffin was welcomed into the arms of many loved ones as he passed away peacefully in his home of 55 years, Sunday morning March 3, 2024. He was born April 20, 1931 to the late Manuela (Guzman) and Juvencio Nava in Cameron Texas.

On December 31, 1947 he married his beautiful wife Amelia Almendarez. He promised her father he would love Amelia, honor her and always care for her. And he did just that. As a young couple they traveled from Texas to make Ohio their home, eventually settling down in Bettsville and Tiffin.

In 1955 Gilberto and Amelia declared their love again with a second wedding ceremony at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Tiffin, and renewed their vows of holy matrimony at St Joseph Catholic Church for their 40th anniversary. Their anniversary was blessed again for their 70th and 75th by Bishop Thomas.

Gilberto was blessed to have a large family having 14 children, 13 daughters and one son. He truly was a family man, a man of strong faith, and a God Father or “Padrino” to many. His family grew as grandchildren came along. With each addition, a special name was given to each child and grandchild.

Beto was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He once said he wanted 100 grandchildren, making his family laugh with his subtle sense of humor.

Survivors include his wife of 76 years, Amelia Nava; 11 daughters Amelia "Molly" (Guillermo) Carreon of Cleveland, Mari Pennycuff of Tiffin, Esther Guerrero of Findlay, Manuela "Nellie" Nava, Sally (Craig) Stinchcomb, Nancy (Jeff) Nava-Wade, Effie Meisner, Louella (Ron) Nava-Porter, Miquela "Mikki" Clancy, Evalina (Roger) Sours, and Corinna Nava all of Tiffin; thirty grandchildren, Martin, Guillermo, Christina, Danny, Lee, Bernabe “Bernie” Juvencio, Erasmo jr., Mari Esther, Charro, Gilbert, D'Angelo, Mandy, Charlotte, Mylan, DeNel, Aimee, Terese, James Gilbert, Jonathan, Karina, Tyler, Jill, Lauren, Jamie, Elisia, Selina, Kyle, Kendall, Tessa, and Monica; sisters Inez Cardenez, Modesta Nava, Genny Harville, Flora Nava, Manuela Nava, Yolanda Olvera, Julia Nava, Janie Mendivil, Delia Nava, and Sylvia Woodward; brothers Steve Nava, Juvencio Jr Nava, Rick Nava, Paul Nava. He is also survived by 61 great grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren. The day before Beto’s passing, he was blessed with the arrival of his 105th grandchild, Emersyn.

Beto was preceded in death by his parents, his step mother Genoveva Nava, infant twin daughters Maria and Guadalupe, his only son Gilbert Lloyd, son-in-law Erasmo Guerrero, brothers Serapio Nava, Julian Nava, Gabriel Nava, Felix Nava, Tacho Nava, sisters Angie Rivera, Josie Gomez-Garcia, Ana Teresa Nava, and 3 newborn great grandchildren.

Gilberto was a hard worker and his hands were the proof. He was extremely skilled in casting and molding. He dedicated his skills to Zoller Casting Co. in Bettsville as a long-time employee. He later worked for Heinz in Fremont, the Tiffin Moyer Brass Foundry, and eventually retired from Tiffin Hayes Albion. He enjoyed working on cars from a very young age. He also had a passion for going to Spanish Dances and listening to Mexican music. His favorite past time was sitting on the porch with his Bugler tobacco and rolling his own cigarettes after stopping at the Pit Stop for Ohio Lottery instant tickets. Gilberto was an outdoor guy and could often be found working in his yard. He took great pride in his Nava family park, "El Rancho". The family previously lived on this property in the 60's until a house fire destroyed their home, which he then created space for family gatherings. During that house fire, Gilberto made sure the family was out of the house. He was a hero who made years of wonderful memories for his family. He will be greatly missed. "Dios Lo Quido” and God will continue to take care of him.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10AM Friday, March 8, 2024 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial will be held at St Joseph Catholic Cemetery immediately following the service. A Celebration of Life will be planned for a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or the charity of your choice.

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Mass of Christian Burial
March 8, 2024

10:00 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Church - Tiffin
36 Melmore Street
Tiffin, OH 44883


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