March 21, 1938 - June 29, 2017
López-Rogina, Angel Alberto (Alberto)
Angel Alberto López-Rogina, of Carrollton, TX passed peacefully surrounded by family on June 29 in Plano, Texas at the age of 79.
Alberto was born in Camagüey, Cuba on March 21, 1938, to parents Arturo Mario López-Rogina and Rosa Dilia López-Carbonell. He was one of nine brothers and sisters. Alberto graduated in Cuba from the Escuela Superior #8 in 1956. He served in the Cuban Army during the Bay of Pigs and exiled Cuba on August 29, 1961, for a new life in America. His journey began in Miami, he then traveled to New York City where he met his first wife, Maritza Inés Carrero Vallejo of Santo Domingo, República Dominicana and married on July 27, 1963 and welcomed three children into their home. They lived in Miami from 1964 to 1972, and later made their home in Carrollton, Texas. They purchased their last home in 1975 where Alberto lived until he went home to be with the Lord. Maritza passed away on March 16, 1977, at the age of 38, after a long and courageous battle with leukemia. Alberto met Miriam Leal López, in June of 1987 and they married on May 22, 1999.
Alberto’s passion as an artist drove him to create a beautiful home for his family, a place where visitors would be welcomed and offered a cup of Cuban coffee. This passion is realized in the numerous pieces of art he created that are displayed throughout his home and his creative dreams fulfilled by the many renovation projects that display his gifts as an architect and builder. He was also an excellent cook and was happiest when sharing it with family and friends over good conversation and Spanish music.
He began a career in the hospitality industry while living in Santo Domingo, RD, and later was a banquet manager in New York City, Miami, Atlanta, and Dallas. He became a Naturalized Citizen of the United States of America on June 11, 1975. He was a loving father, husband, and friend, and a faithful brother and son. A twice cancer survivor and believer of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Alberto exhibited a generous and compassionate spirit by often helping others with a household project or regularly visiting with an ill loved one, was quick to offer a joke, and extend encouraging words to others when needed.
Alberto is survived by his wife, Miriam López-Rogina and three children from his first marriage; Vilma (Lance) Scott of Carrollton, TX, Vivian (Scott) Wheeler of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Pablo (Jenny) López-Rogina of Frisco, TX; six grandchildren, Matthew Richard Gilberg, Paige Marisa Gilberg, Alicia Rose Wheeler, Marissa Ann Wheeler, Sophia Maritza López-Rogina and Alexander Nikolay López-Rogina; two step-daughters; Mari (Tony) López Carrasco, Milcia López; four step grandchildren; Isabela Carrasco, Lourdes Carrasco, Miranda Carrasco, and Camila Carrasco; five siblings, Amalia Rosa Viera of Palm Beach, FL, Amador López-Rogina of Flower Mound, TX, Xiomara Juchniewicz of Palm Beach, FL, Myra Bernadette Perez of Miami, FL, Iliana Rosa Vazquez of Miami, FL, and many other loving nieces, nephews and relatives.
He is preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Maritza López-Rogina; his parents; Arturo Mario López-Rogina and Rosa Dilia López; sister, Ana Matilde Lopez-Rogina Garcia, and brothers, Armando de Jesus López-Rogina and Antonio Homer López-Rogina.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, July 1, 2017 at his home in Carrollton, TX.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested remembrances be made to either the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252