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Angel Luis
Roman Jr.

Angel Roman was a strong and giving person, a man’s man who dedicated his life to providing for his beloved family, even when things got difficult (or when, as one of his favorite expressions went, “La Piña esta agria”). His life was a rich tapestry, woven of strong family ties, bright accents of laughter, music, and dancing, and a strong foundation of hard work and high personal standards. Angel’s kind heart, generous nature, and deep devotion to his family will live on in the hearts and memories of all those who had the privilege of knowing him.

Angel Luis was born on February 12, 1958, to proud parents Angel L. and Petra (Gonzalez) Roman. Although he had two sisters – Maria and Clara – as the only son in the family Angel was his mother’s baby, and always had a special place in her heart. The Roman family lived in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, where Angel attended school through high school. As a child, Angel could often be spotted playing baseball, or riding a bicycle or motorcycle. From his parents, Angel learned the importance of family, and he honored these family values throughout his life.

In 1978, when Angel was still a young man, he moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Here, he lived with his aunt and began the process of earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 1981, while attending a Spanish Literature class, Angel made the acquaintance of a young lady named Isabel Roche. They started chatting because Isabel had just returned from Puerto Rico, and Angel told her a joke. This encounter began their romance, and they soon realized they had many interests in common, including a shared love of dancing and Salsa music. On April 25, 1981, Angel and Isabel were delighted to invite friends and family to their wedding ceremony at Old St. Mary’s Church in Milwaukee.

Angel and Isabel settled into married life in a home on 2568 N. Buffum Street. Angel worked as a paraprofessional for Milwaukee Public Schools, while Isabel taught first grade. As the years went by, Angel and Isabel were blessed with four children, whom they named Angel, Isabel, Isaia, and Alejandro. Angel loved being a dad, and he was a good father – “respected, respectful, and straight as an arrow.” He always looked out for his children, and passed on to them the ethic of hard work that had so shaped his own life.

In his free time, Angel enjoyed fixing up Volvo cars, Salsa music, and dancing. He and Isabel often went dancing at local Hispanic clubs, and when the kids were old enough, they went as a family! They also took many family vacations, and the whole family has fond memories of trips to Florida, Georgia, New York, and Puerto Rico.

Although the demands of raising a family delayed Angel’s educational plans, he never gave up on his dream of graduating from college. In 2004, he was proud to graduate from U-W Milwaukee with a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing.

Sadly, in 2009 Angel was diagnosed with colon cancer. He battled the disease courageously, but his health continued to deteriorate. Even in the midst of this struggle, however, Angel found joy in life. He continued to go dancing up to a few months ago, and was a “super grandpa,” who loved playing with his grandchildren.

Strong, generous, and principled, Angel was a devoted husband, a loving father and grandfather, and a loyal friend. He will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his many friends and family members.

Angel Luis Roman Jr. died on October 19, 2012, at the age of 54. Angel’s family includes his wife, Isabel (nee Roche); his children, Angel (Jessica), Isabel, Isaia and Alejandro Roman; his grandchildren, Analia and Ylenia; his mother, Petra Gonzalez; his sisters, Maria and Clara Roman; and other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be on Monday, October 22, from 5 p.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at 7 p.m., at Old St. Mary’s Church, 836 N. Broadway. Interment will be in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Please visit Angel’s personal memory page at, where you can learn more about his life, share a favorite memory or photo, and sign the online guestbook.

Past Comments

Angel L. Roman III

Hey Pops, I’ve been by the house sorting out the garages and everything. Yes I’ve been throwing stuff away and I know you have a couple pecosons waiting for me, but I’ll gladely accept them when we meet again. I know your watching over all of us. I’m going to be the man you taught me to be and try and fill in the big gap you left behind. Love you and miss you. “Gordis” and “Cagona” will always remeber you too.


Hey Pa,

Went to mami’s today to look for boxes to move my stuff and went past the your tool room sat in there a while and at your desk remebering how you use to be down in the basement fixing something or looking for some tools. Got emotional and i know you saw it Had a dream of you again and just wanna say ILOVE YOU PAPI and wish you were here with us still…. I miss you pops im trying to stay strong just getting harder for me not easier like everyone says.

Lizzy Ojeda

I can surely remember Mr. Roman as the funniest man of all. His jokes (always in spanish) were the best jokes I’ve ever heard. He will be missed, prayers to all of his family.

Juan Cardona

I’m sending this message from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. I knew Angel for a few years in MPS. He always had a smile in his face. He also impressed me with his countless jokes. Great Person! I’ll miss you.

Moraima Mora

when we see each other at club 99 he was always laughing and happy…I told him one day” tu tenias que ser bueno cuando chiquito”…he smile and said ” I was good”…I used to call him Gilbertito part 2 for me he looks almost like Gilberto Santarosa …You’ll be missed….

Isabel (Nena)

I have many memories of my Papi but one thing that I will never forget is that he always had a way of making us laugh wether it be a joke or a saying. My brothers and I will never forget how much he loved us and wanted us to suceed in life.

Angel Luis Roman III

I will always have you in my heart and although my children won’t have you around like we did, you will not be forgotten. You were and are still a great man that put us first no matter what. Wish I could have had you until you got viejito but you are in peace and I know that the pain and suffering that you had was not what you deserved. Make sure your killing the dance floor up there and always keep on eye on us. We love you and miss you!


Its been a really difficult time for me. To have been so far away from you when you passed, but I take solace in the fact that I while I was in the airplane, you flew up to meet me. With everything that I do, I will always have you in my mind and in my heart. There will never be a day that I don’t miss coming home to you “Heeeey man” and your hilarious ways of joking. You made me the man that I am today and I strive to be the man you were. I love and miss you Papi

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