NORMAN — Ignacio, 84, of Norman, passed away Friday, May 9, 2014. He was born December 26, 1929 in Pinar del Rio, Cuba to Ignacio Braulio Ruiz Revuelta and María Josefa Diáz Diáz.
He met María de Jesus Páez Clausell through his involvement with Catholic Action. They wed Nov. 18, 1956 in Pinar del Rio, where Ignacio worked as a Catholic school teacher and editor for the Knights of Colombus magazine. As their love brought forth two children, they were persecuted for their faith by the new Cuban government, who monitored even their domestic activities. They fled Cuba in January of 1962.
Ignacio and María lived in Puerto Rico, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Austin, Texas before moving to Norman in 1997 to live near their grandchildren. In each city, Ignacio was very dedicated to educating others about Cuba. Here in Norman, Ignacio co-founded the Father Stanley Rother Hispanic Cultural Institute to share his rich cultural heritage and the Spanish language.
Throughout his life, Ignacio worked, many jobs, most notably as a freelance writer. His most important work was always for the Catholic Church, in service of the Gospel and of the poor. His kind, gentle spirit and sparkling sense of humor will be missed by many, especially his family and the parish community at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marina Ruiz.
Ignacio is survived by his wife; son Ignacio Manuel Ruiz Páez; daughter María de Lourdes Ruiz Scaperlanda and husband Michael; grandchildren Christopher Scaperlanda and wife Mary, Anamaría Scaperlanda Biddick and husband Travis, Rebekah Scaperlanda, Michelle Scaperlanda McWay and husband Conor; and great-grandchildren Ignacio, Cecila and Elena Scaperlanda, Sofia Biddick; niece, Teresa Iraneta Ruiz.
A Prayer Vigil will be 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 211 N. Porter, Norman. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with interment following at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, 1913 N. Porter in Norman.