Joseph Lopes Cortez

Joseph Lopes Cortez, 89, resident of Dickinson, Texas passed from this life, Thursday, June 1, 2017 surrounded by his loving wife and family. Joseph was born January 30, 1928 in Brazil to parents, Francisco and Crecencia.
Joseph was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many. As a wood turner, his legacy will remain for generations through his work displayed in businesses and homes throughout Brazil, California, and Texas.
He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a step-son.
Joseph leaves to cherish his lifetime of memories, his wife, Elva Ramirez Cortez, daughter, Iracema Hartless and husband Alan; step-son, Pedro Guerrero and wife Alicia; step-daughter, Irma Ramirez Mata and husband Jose; two sisters, Paulina Ramos, and Pura Cortez; grandchildren, Lydia Hartless, Matthew Hartless; as well as his step-grandchildren, Patricia Segura, Daniel Guerrero, Rebecca Ramirez, Roxanna Mata, and Miguel Mata.
In his honor, a celebration of life will be held in the Crowder Funeral Home Chapel, in Dickinson, Texas, on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Galveston Historical Foundation, 2228 Broadway Ave. J Galveston, Texas 77550, 409-765-7834 or


  1. RIP pops. You will forever be missed and loved! You will always be part of my heart and memories

    Ashley McCoy
  2. I am so sorry for you loss, Mrs. Hartless. Praying for your family.

    Rachel Thomas
  3. Missing you SO VERY MUCH! My best friend and my wonderful neighbor who was always there for my family and who was a friend to so many people. We miss your advice, your smile, your laughter: until we meet again my friend. Love and grace to each and every family member….he so adored all of you.

  4. Sounds like a great man. Me. Cortez’ legacy lives on in his daughter Mrs. Hartless. So sorry to hear about this loss. Prayers to all those affected.

  5. Sra. Cortez,

    Soy Pablo,

    Lo siento tanto. Casi no lo creo.

    Nos vemos el Sabado Temprano si Dios quiere


    Paul Garza

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