George Manuel Ponce, Sr

August 3, 1946 ~ February 6, 2021 (age 74)


George Manuel Ponce Sr. was called home to our Lord on February 6, 2021. He was born August 3, 1946 to Juan and Catalina (Garcia) Ponce in San Antonio Texas. 

At General Motors, he was a journeyman electrician and retired after 25 years. His favorite times were spent with his family and especially his grandchildren. George was very proud that he ran in the Toledo Glass City Marathon. He enjoyed coaching boxing and was an avid runner. George loved listening to Mexican music and relaxing with a beer with friends and family. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Juan Ponce and Joaquin Ponce and his son Eugene Ponce. 

George leaves behind his loving children; Patricia (William) Weber of Defiance Ohio, George (Ashley) Ponce of Fort Wayne Indiana, Fredrick (Arlina) Ponce of Defiance Ohio and Steven (Wendy) Ponce of Ridgeville Corners Ohio. His grandchildren Robert Mendez, Maria (Wes) Sleigh, Daniel (Kennedy) Ponce, Balynn, Ernesto, Trea, Isaac, Malaki and Levi Ponce, Hannah and Caden Reed and great-grandson Xavier Kurth. 

He is survived by his wife SanJuana (Rivera) Ponce, his step children Betty Tonjes, Brenda Carrasco, Reyna and Jerry Carrasco, grandchildren Jacob Tonjes, Kimberly Tonjes, Chastity Soto, Gavin Soto, Penelope Reyna, and great-granddaughter Jay Lynn Tonjes. 

The family would like to thank all the dialysis centers and his caregivers, especially Erica Ramsey, for their support and care. 

Visitation will be held from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at Schaffer Funeral Home. A prayer service will be conducted by Martina Garrett at 1:00. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery.  Masks and social distancing are required. 

Memorials are suggested to St. John's Catholic Church. Online condolences can be given at 


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February 16, 2021

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Schaffer Funeral Home
529 Jefferson Ave
Defiance, Ohio 43512

Prayer Service
February 16, 2021

1:00 PM
Schaffer Funeral Home
529 Jefferson Ave
Defiance, Ohio 43512


St John Catholic Church, Defiance
510 Jackson Ave Defiance, OH 43512,
Tel: (419) 782-7121

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