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Lupe Ontiveros, Star of 'Selena', Will be Buried in Whittier

A rosary open to the public will be held Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at St. Hilary's Church at 5465 Citronell Avenue in Pico Rivera.

Actress Lupe Ontiveros, who died of liver cancer last week at the age of 69, will be buried in Whittier Friday in services open to the public, it was announced Monday.

A rosary open to the public will be held Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at St. Hilary's Church at 5465 Citronell Avenue in Pico Rivera, where Ontiveros lived, a publicist announced.

Also open to the public will be a funeral Mass at St. Hilary's starting at 10 a.m. Friday and the interment ceremony that will immediately follow at Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary at 3888 Workman Mill Road in Whittier, a statement said.

Ontiveros, who earned an Emmy nomination for her work in "Desperate Housewives'' and appeared in such films as  "Selena,'' "The Goonies,'' "As Good as it Gets'' and "Real Women Have Curves,'' died at a Whittier hospital Thursday.

A native of El Paso, Texas, she is is believed to have played maids or domestic servants hundreds of times in film, television and theater productions.

Donations can be made in Ontiveros's name to the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness and the Los Angeles Theatre Center. For more information, contact Rachel Braver of GLAD at (323) 550-4274 and LATC Artistic Director Jose Luis Valenzuela at (213) 489-0994.

Ontiveros is survived by her husband, three sons and two granddaughters.

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MaryEllen Beltran August 01, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Lupe is definitely a role model and a woman to be admired, respected and loved for who she was, for her humanness,for her contributions to society and giving back to the community what God gave her and for her dignity throughout her life and her career. God bless and welcome home Lupe! Much to love to the family

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