Sergio Guzman Merida, 79, died Jan. 2 at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born Sept. 9, 1937, in Robore, Bolivia, to parents Arturo Guzman Fuentes and Modesta Merida Surubi, and later moved to Brazil. He married and then moved to the U.S. in 1978 and continued his work as a master tailor in Indianapolis.
Sergio was the consummate entrepreneur, enjoyed dancing and singing to Julio Iglesias, loved playing/teaching soccer to all ages and spoke three languages. Throughout his 40-year career, not only did he own two tailor shops in Indianapolis, he also co-owned three restaurants in Carmel. He was always full of surprises and saw the silver lining in many situations.
Sergio is survived by his wife, Roxana Guzman; his children, Robin Guzman (wife, Claudia and daughter, Thatiana), Roseli Valladares (children, Luis, Gabriella and Kevin), Pura Ruth Aguirre Jimenez (children, Fernando and Sergio Andres), Helena Guzman, Jennifer Howell (husband, Chris and children, Tristyn, Lilliana, Jillian and Emmalyn); and his siblings, Marilena Guzman (children, Eduardo and Sandra), Alfonso Guzman Merida (wife, Eurydice and daughter, Sheyla), Olga de Oliveira (and her son, Eder), and Leonardo Francisco de Oliveira (wife, Ana and children, Renata and Leila).