Obituary of Aleta Marie Ortez
Aleta Marie Ortez, also known as Leets, peacefully passed away on October 30, 2023, at the age of 62 in Maplewood, MN. Aleta has battled Large B-Cell Lymphoma for almost a year. She was a dedicated registered nurse who selflessly focused her career on end-of-life care for both seniors and children, treating her patients as if they were members of her own family.
Aleta was a woman with contagious laughter and a knack for finding humor in life’s challenges. Her silly nature brought joy to those around her, and she approached obstacles with a positive outlook. Her caring and compassionate nature touched the lives of many, and her dedication to her patients was truly remarkable.
Aleta is survived by her loving mother, Janice Zick, and her siblings: Scott (Annie) Dochniak, Ralph (Lori) Ortez, Nita ("Burnsie") Burns, Louis Ortez, and Mike Ortez. She also leaves behind her cherished best friend, Marianne "Bootch" (Steve) Christianson. Aleta's memory will forever be treasured by her children: Mark (Kelly) Bassett, Nicole (Christopher) Heimall, Tanner Sweedman, and Ethan Ortez-Thomas. Additionally, she is survived by six adored grandchildren, numerous cousins, and a wide circle of friends.
Aleta was preceded in death by her father, William Zick, and her father, John Ortez. She was also preceded by her brothers, Robert Dochniak and John "Tiny" Ortez, and sister Annette "Neppy" VonWald.
Memorial services to celebrate Aleta's life will be held in the spring, with the date yet to be determined. The compassionate professionals at Sandberg Funeral and Cremation Services in North St. Paul, MN 55109, are assisting the family with the arrangements.
Aleta's legacy of kindness, laughter, and dedication to others will forever be remembered by those who had the privilege of knowing her. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all those whose lives she touched. May her soul find eternal peace. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the family (Nikki) to assist with funeral expenses.
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