Louis P Escobar

Born: Fri., Jan. 27, 1950
Died: Sat., Aug. 29, 2020


2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Sep. 04, 2020
Location: W.K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Sep. 05, 2020
Location: Saints Peter and Paul

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Sat., Sep. 05, 2020
Location: Saints Peter and Paul

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Louis Escobar, Toledo’s first Latino city councilman and first openly gay councilman, died Saturday, August 29th in St. Luke’s Hospital. He was 70 years old.
  Louis was the second son of Nancy Escobar Kotlarczyk and the late Peter Escobar. A 1968 graduate of Central Catholic High School, he received his bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College, a Master of Divinity from SS Cyril and Methodius Seminary, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Detroit. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1976, and served St. Joseph Tiffin, St. Agnes Toledo, and St. Joseph Maumee parishes. He taught at Central Catholic and Tiffin Calvert high schools.
  After leaving the priesthood, Louis worked in the criminal justice system as a counselor and probation officer. He later worked for the HIV/AIDS Task Force, the Zepf Center, Adelante, La Posada, Owens Corning, and the University of Toledo.
  In 1997, he was elected to Toledo City Council, the first Latino and openly gay man to serve on council. He was re-elected and served three years as president of Toledo City Council.
  Louis had a heart for service and for the greater Toledo community. He served on a wide variety of boards and committees benefiting the community, including Northwest State Community College, the AIDS Resource Center, The Fair Housing Center, Toledo Sister Cities, Toledo/Lucas County Homelessness Board, the Latino Arts Council, the Latino/Hispanic Alliance if Greater Toledo, Stonewall Democrats, St. Paul’s Community Center, the Area Office on Aging and numerous others.
  He is survived by his beloved companion of 32 years, Kelly Altenberger; his mother, Nancy; brothers, Victor (Marsha) and John (Maria); stepbrother, James (Michelle) Kotlarczyk; foster brother, Joseph Campos Jr.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Peter; stepfather, Ted Kotlarczyk; and Sophie, his dear miniature poodle.  
  Louis will also be terribly missed by his wide circle of friends, and the many young people he mentored throughout his life. Although he left the priesthood, the call to serve remained with him, and his legacy will live far beyond his earthly life.
  Visitation with social distancing will be held on Friday from 2-8:00 p.m. at the W.K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home, 3838 Airport Hwy.  The Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at Saints Peter and Paul Church (738 S St. Clair St., Toledo, OH 43609) at 11:00 a.m. where friends may visit after 10:00 a.m.
Donations may be made to The Fair Housing Center, Northwest State Community College, and the Area Office on Aging.

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Laurie Storrer
   Posted Wed September 02, 2020

Spring's Bounty Basket was sent by Northwest State Foundation Board.

With sympathy from the Northwest State Foundation Board.

Halina Czerniejewski
   Posted Wed September 02, 2020
Condolences to Louis’s family. I was sad to hear that Louis passed away.

He and I had been friends since we were quite young. Louis’s family lived “just around the corner” from us when we were kids. And we continued our friendship throughout the years.

Louis was full of fun and full of life. His wonderful smile was an uplifting gift to those who received it. As we were growing up, seldom were there times that we didn’t see each other, play games together, and wander the neighborhood. Louis was a wonderful friend - full of laughter and always up for doing “something.” I will not forget him.

The list of his leadership, community involvement, caring for others, making new paths shines like the sun.

I send love to his mother, to Kelly, and Victor and Johnny. Heartfelt wishes that memories soothe them.

Gwendolyn E.March Jones
   Posted Thu September 03, 2020
May your heart find comfort knowing that your love one is at home with the Lord
Love Gwendolyn E.March Jones & Family

ethel kunkel
   Posted Thu September 03, 2020
My family and I first met Louis when he was at St. Agnes. He was such a joyful and caring person. My family sends condolences to your family. "Those we love never leave us, they live on in our hearts forever"

Phil Copeland
   Posted Thu September 03, 2020

Star Gazing was sent by Phil Copeland .

Ken and Maryann Ramsey
   Posted Thu September 03, 2020
I am sending my deepest sympathy to Kelly and the Escobar family. I will never forget Louis. I worked with Louis at Muni Court. I remember when he house sat for us when we went to Hawaii in 1984.It was a god sent for us to be able to leave our home and not have to worry about it. Every time you were with Louis even if it had been a long time since he saw you, he always welcomed you as if he just saw you yesterday. He will be sorely missed by many but will never be forgotten. Rest easy Louis.

Ray & Mary Galuzny
   Posted Thu September 03, 2020
So sorry to here of Louis passing. He always had a big heart. We were CCHS band members and he was always great fun and conscientious in all he participated in . Our deepest sympathy to his all his family and we know he will be missed. God Bless you all.

Andrew Wyrembek
   Posted Fri September 04, 2020
Kelly: My thoughts are with you,yours and Louis' family at this time. Louis was a friend and an inspiration to me while I was with Dignity Toledo. You both were a dynamic duo and I always appreciated your kindness to me. may you have peace in the days ahead and blessings from above to you and yours.

Andrew Wyrembek

Ella Armstead
   Posted Fri September 04, 2020
My condolences and prayers to the family of Louis Escobar. He will definitely be missed. I enjoyed the years I worked with him at The University of Toledo.

Yvonne McDaniel
   Posted Fri September 04, 2020
Kelly, So sorry to hear of Louis' passing. He was a wonderful man. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.

Paula Dupuy
   Posted Fri September 04, 2020
My heartfelt sympathy to Kelly and the Escobar family. I have many loving memories of our times together during the early 1990's. You welcomed me to Toledo when I first moved there and treated me like family. I hold you all in my heart during this most sad time.

Jack Hoagland
   Posted Fri September 04, 2020
I knew Louie through John and Victor. Everyone thought very highly of Louie.
John your family has my deepest sympathy. Your entire family was very tight nit and gracious.

Gary Johnson
   Posted Sat September 05, 2020
My sincere condolences to the entire Escobar family for their loss. Louis was always very kind to me when ever we met. Kelly I will always remember how you and Louis would offer me a seat at your table at every event. I will always remember your kindness as well. John I can't tell how much your friendship has meant to me over the years. I am so sorry for your loss I remember how you use to tell me how close you and Louis were. My heart and prayers go out to you and your entire family.

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