Family Raising Money for Army Veteran’s Funeral

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SACRAMENTO –

They need to come up with $6,600 for their dad, uncle, husband and brother: 65-year-old Vincent Lopez.

“All of us are here. We’re all family, cousins and sisters and brothers. We’re trying to do this by tomorrow. We have to do this by tomorrow at noon,” said Diana Ramirez, Lopez’s eldest daughter.

That’s because the family says North Sacramento Funeral Home, which has Mr. Lopez’s body, won’t start work until they have the money.

“The funeral home is asking for $6,300,” said Phyllis Rosa, Lopez’s widowed wife.

There is life insurance, but it won’t release funds without the death certificate from the funeral home.

“The money is there but, until we have proof of the death certificate, they cannot release any money,” Rosa said.

So, FOX40 went to the funeral home to get answers.

“I can’t comment on their personal business,” said North Sacramento Funeral Home’s John Bartel.

Bartel, funeral director, says that services are set to begin Tuesday, and that Lopez’s body is being taken care of.

That would be comforting for this family in a time of despair, for a man who gave to his family and his country.

“He was in service. He was a sergeant, so we’re going to have military service for him. There’s just so many of us who love him like a dad. My dad took them all in when they were growing up and they needed help,” Ramirez said.

Now it’s his time of need.

“Whatever they can do to help,” said Rosa.

“Whether they contact the funeral home or just if they still come by tonight, we’re still going to stay here as long as we can,” said Ramirez.

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