Friday, January 17, 2014

Ramon Nieves, Pastor of Humboldt Park United Methodist Church

English ... Español ... Memorial

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. It is with profound sadness in our hearts that we share with you the news that our beloved pastor, the Rev. Dr. Ramon L. Nieves, Jr. has passed away following an accident while on a mission trip to Guatemala. Rev. Nieves’ last days were a reflection of his life: serving God. He was born in Humboldt Park and he completed his ministry here in Humboldt Park after 30 years of faithful service. In Guatemala, Rev. Nieves and his wife Yolanda Nieves trained over 180 teachers who will be forever changed because of Rev. Nieves’ wisdom and experience. They will go on to touch the lives of many others because of Rev. Nieves’ work.

It is with joy in our hearts that we can celebrate that work, as well as the life and service of Rev. Dr. Ramon L. Nieves because we are confident that God has welcomed him with open arms saying “well done, my good and faithful servant”.

We ask you to keep Yolanda, Yvonne, Laura, and Vince and the entire family in prayer, as well as the Humboldt Park United Methodist Church. Thank you for your prayers. We appreciate your respect for the privacy of the Nieves family in this difficult time of grief.

Thank you to all who contributed funds to bring Rev. Nieves back to be with his family in Chicago. We are eternally grateful. May God richly bless you. We will keep you informed regarding funeral arrangements as they become available.

Gracia y paz a ustedes en el nombre de nuestro Señor y Salvador Cristo Jesús. Es con gran tristeza en nuestros corazones que compartimos las noticias que nuestro amado pastor, el Rev. Dr. Ramón L. Nieves, Jr., ha fallecido después de un accidente durante un viaje misionero en Guatemala.

Los últimos días del Rev. Nieves fueron de refleción de como él vivió su vida: sirviendo a Dios. Él nació en Humboldt Park y terminó su ministerio aquí en Humboldt Park después de treinta años de servicio fiel. En Guatemala, Rev. Nieves, junto a su esposa Yolanda Nieves, entrenaron a más de 180 maestros a quienes la sabiduría y experiencia del trabajo de Rev. Nieves cambiaron para siempre.

Es con gozo en nuestros corazones que podemos celebrar el trabajo, la vida y el servicio de Rev. Dr. Ramón L. Nieves porque tenemos la confianza que Dios lo ha recibido con brazos abiertos diciendo “bien hecho, mi buen y fiel siervo”.

Les pedimos que oren por Yolanda, Yvonne, Laura, Vince y la familia y al igual que por la Iglesia Metodista Unida de Humboldt Park. Les agradecemos sus oraciones y respeto de privacidad para la familia Nieves durante estos momentos de perdida.

Gracias a todos los que nos apoyaron con sus donaciones para poder traer al Rev. Nieves a Chicago para estar con su familia. Lo agradecemos con todo nuestro corazón. Que Dios les bendiga grandemente. Los mantendremos informados acerca de los detalles de los servicios funerales cuándo estén disponibles.



Memorial Service and Celebration of Life Worship Service

The Nieves' family will hold a Memorial Service and Celebration of Life Worship Service for Rev. Ramon Nieves at Humboldt Park UMC on Sunday, February 2nd at 10:30 am.

Additionally, Visitation, Viewing, and Service is planned for Monday, January 20th from 4 pm to 9 pm at Alvarez Funeral Home located at 2500 N Cicero, Chicago IL 60639.

On Tuesday, January 21st, there will be a final Viewing from 9 to 10 am after which the Burial will take place at Acacia Park Cemetery located at 7800 West Irving Park Road, Chicago IL 60706.

The Family asks that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to Ramon's youngest child Vicente Ramon Nieves' Education Fund via Paypal to CandelariaSpirit@gmail.com (subject: "for Vicente")

Please continue to lift the entire Nieves family and the Congregation of Humboldt Park UMC in your prayers.


Delia Ramirez on behalf of Humboldt Park UMC
773-490-4302