Owner, operator of famed La Margarita was well-known
Frost Illustrated Staff Report
FORT WAYNE—Local entrepreneur and well-known restaurant owner Pantaleon M. Ochoa, 83, passed away July 21 at his home.
Born in Encinal, Texas, Ochoa was owner and operator of his family business La Margarita Restaurant for 43 years. Through the years, his restaurant has earned a reputation as been one of the area’s best, with Mr. Ochoa frequently there working to ensure customers got the best food and service possible.
In addition to working hard to build the family business, he enjoyed fishing, gambling, bingo, bowling and spending time with his family.
“He loved his family and cherished his grandchildren and great-grandchildren,” said family members in a statement.
Surviving are his children, Freddie Ochoa, Joseph “Leo” Ochoa, Hector Ochoa, Danny (Trina) Ochoa, Tony (Dawn) Ochoa, Norma Linda “Nina” (Tom) Barrera, Simon (Maria) Ochoa, Pantaleon “Louie” Ochoa III all of Fort Wayne; siblings, Joseph (Bebe) Ochoa, Richard (Brenda) Ochoa both of Fort Wayne, Olga Gongalez, Bertha Cruz, both of Encinal, Texas; 18 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Pantaleon and Paulita Ochoa Sr.; wife, Guadalupe (Ojeda) Ochoa; brothers, Panfilo “Blackie” Ochoa, Alberto Ochoa, Henry Ochoa; and sister, Josephine Barajas.
Mass of Christian Burial was Friday, July 26, 2013 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with a rosary service Thursday, July 25, at Mungovan & Sons Memorial Chapel, 2114 South Calhoun St. and burial in Covington Memorial Gardens, Fort Wayne.
Memorials may be made to Alcoholics Anonymous of Fort Wayne.
Arrangements were by Mungovan & Sons.
This article originally appeared in the July 31 print edition.