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Published May 04, 2013, 12:00 AM

William “Bill” Lopez

With support from Hospice of the Red River Valley, William “Bill” Lopez, 57, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on May 2nd, 2013, after a valiant battle against cancer.

Bill was born and raised in Indiana and moved to Moorhead, MN the fall of 1973 to attend Moorhead State University. His love for athletics and academics led him to play baseball while studying Social Work and Criminal Justice. He was later the recipient of the “Outstanding Young Alumni” award.

William “Bill” Lopez

With support from Hospice of the Red River Valley, William “Bill” Lopez, 57, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on May 2nd, 2013, after a valiant battle against cancer.

Bill was born and raised in Indiana and moved to Moorhead, MN the fall of 1973 to attend Moorhead State University. His love for athletics and academics led him to play baseball while studying Social Work and Criminal Justice. He was later the recipient of the “Outstanding Young Alumni” award.

Bill began his professional career at Centre, Inc. where it was evident that to Bill; working with those affected by chemical dependency was much more than a job, it was his calling. In 1997, he began his career with ShareHouse, Inc in Fargo serving as its Executive Director for the last 12 years. Through his vision, ShareHouse has grown to provide the full continuum of care for those struggling with chemical dependency and mental health issues. Among his innumerable accomplishments were the establishment of Sister’s Path, Robinson Recovery, and Stepping Stones. Thousands of individuals have benefited from Bills’ passion for helping others in need.

He was an active member of the community as he served on the following: American Gold Gymnastics Board, Red River Valley Officials Association, Daily Bread, and Migrant Health Board. Throughout the years, Bill coached numerous area baseball teams, mentoring the lives of many young men to become not only better ball players, but to become better people. He was a devoted member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and was deeply spiritual. His faith was never shaken during his 1 ½ year cancer journey.

His hobbies included playing softball, spending time at the lake, and officiating basketball games. He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed watching all types of sports. In the midst of his many activities; family was always at the center of everything Bill did along with his canine buddies, Sam and Riley.

On April 30th, 2013, Bill celebrated 25 years of marriage to his wife Tammy (Schmitz). They have 2 daughters Tia (20) and Mara (18), who were the light of his life. Never missing a hockey game, soccer game, or an Acro show, he was their most loyal fan. Above anything, he was a wonderful husband and father.

The outpouring of love and support during recent charity benefits were a true testament to the countless family members, friends, and people who have been touched by Bill throughout his life.

Bill is survived by his beloved wife, Tammy, his daughters, Tia and Mara, son, Robert (Candace); stepfather, Jerry Montasiewicz, sister, Catherine (Jeff) LaCoss; 2 brothers, Jesse Lopez, Rick Lopez; mother in law, Delores Thompson; sisters in law, Lori (Mason) Mehring and Becky (Scott) Olson; brother in law, Scott Schmitz. Along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Trica Montasiewicz and grandparents Jesus and Catalina Blanco-Lopez.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Bill Lopez endowment fund at Sharehouse.

Visitation: Sunday, May 5, 2013 from 1 to 3 PM with a vigil service at 3 PM at Holy Cross Catholic Church, West Fargo.

Funeral: Monday at 11 AM at Holy Cross Catholic Church with visitation one hour prior.

Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery - South, Fargo.

Online: westfuneralhome.com

Arrangements with West Funeral Home, West Fargo.

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