Marco Nunez

May 18, 1943 - July 27, 2022
Marco  Nunez

In Loving Memory

Marco Nuñez, was born in Mexico City to Vicente Núñez and Angelita Gonzalez. He met Janice Virginia Hagen, at the University of Mexico City, where he was a law student, and she was getting Spanish summer credits. He followed her to Michigan where they were soon married. After five years of marriage and on the verge of losing his wife and two children, he cried out to God for help and was led to a local church. The pastor quoted John 3:16 to him, inserting his name: “For God so loved [Marco] that He gave His only begotten Son, that [if Marco] believes in Him, [he] will not perish, but have everlasting life.” From that point, he was forever changed.

Marco didn’t want to keep this new found treasure to himself. He wanted to share it with the world, so that others could also live a life transformed and forgiven. It was at this time that he and his wife Janice were called to devote their lives to full-time ministry, mainly in Guadalajara, Mexico, where they started Casa de Cristo, a church that has produced many servants of the Lord, church plants, a Bible school, and is still alive and fruitful under the care of a local pastor that Marco lead to Christ in the 70’s. He shared the gospel not only at church but wherever he went, from the taco stand, to the tennis court, to events for children in need.

When he wasn’t talking about God’s grace and mercy, he was singing about his new life in Jesus. He recorded ten albums with the help of his wife, his children, and others. His songs and testimony touched thousands of lives in Mexico and in other parts of the world. People who met him would comment that his eyes were so full of life and joy. It was contagious both to believers and unbelievers! He lived a joyful life, free from performance and striving because he knew that despite his flaws, there was no condemnation for him because he was in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). Marco was in awe of God’s amazing grace that could save “a wretch like me.”

The beauty of Marco’s testimony is that his excitement about Jesus never grew dim. With a deep heart of thankfulness, he enjoyed God’s gifts and generously made use of them. Until his final day, he devoted himself to sharing the gospel of hope to all those around him, whether he was playing tennis, live streaming his Bible teachings on Facebook, or in daily casual conversations.

In their older age, Marco and Janice moved back to the United States to be closer to their family, Marco was a family man, and deeply enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. The grandkids always wanted to spend time with their fun-loving Abuelito (Grandpa). There was never a dull moment, usually involving a sports ball, and delicious foods to share.

Marco wanted nothing more than to see his Savior face to face. On July 26th, after a lovely day enjoying God’s creation at the beach with his beloved wife of 58 years, he laid down peacefully in his bed. He awoke to his Savior Jesus. We who are still alive mourn his absence and miss his warm personality, loving hugs, and sweet voice worshiping the Lord. Yet, we rejoice with him as he is now forever in the presence of his Redeemer and Creator, and hold to the hope that we, too, will one day join him.

He is survived by the wife of his youth, Janice Virginia Núñez (58 years of marriage), six children, fifteen grandchildren (and the sixteenth on her way), and three great grandchildren, as follows:

Marco Polo Jr. Núñez (Jacqueline), Simcha (Yudi) Avraham, Michael (Tamar),  Menachem,  Faiga, Clara, Malka, Erick Núñez (Melissa), Annika, Ilias,  Julia Núñez, Joel Núñez (Gina), Isaiah, Elya, Bethel, Areya, Joshua Núñez (Diana), Shiloh, Shoshanah, Yohanan, Odelya, Baby Girl (on the way), Elizabeth Price (Mathew), Samuel.

Memorial service is planned for 10:30 am Monday, August 1, 2022 at Elah Baptist Church in Leland, led by Rev. Kenneth Long.

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  • August 05, 2022
    Ken McDougald says:
    We are thankful to have known Marco and Janice. They were members of our Gideon Camp and we can attest to his love of The Lord and his desire to lead others to Christ. May God comfort and keep Janice and family.

  • August 05, 2022
    Randi jo rooks says:
    To Marco‘s family - May the Lord comfort you in this time. We rejoice with you in the hope we have in Jesus. I was so saddened to hear of his passing but am also so joyful for him !!! We met at Christ Coastal years ago and he has been a faithful encourager to me over the years ! Facebook comments and encouragement and prayers and any time we would see each other in person it felt like we were having a family reunion. I loved him and our kindred spirits in the Lord. After our 10 month road trip around the country after our house flooded - I saw him in Costco and it really was a gift from the Lord . He was the welcome committee from the Lord to welcome me back to the area and it was a gift I will never forget. The Lord knew I needed a hug that day. we had our own prayer meeting right in Costco. 💕🙏🏻 I will always be grateful to have known him and his zeal for the Lord. . I am so happy for him and the glory he is experiencing and look forward to seeing him again!

  • August 01, 2022
    Heidi DeMuro says:
    I am so saddened to hear this news. I met Marco through volleyball and it was always a better day when he was there. He was funny, helpful, friendly, polite, encouraging and ever the competitor. I will miss him and hearing his "you, you, you." RIP my friend!

  • August 01, 2022
    Carol Meza says:
    Dear Aunt Jan, Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Uncle Polo. I remember you taught us to say "mucho gusto Tio Polo" when we first met Uncle Polo. May your deep faith sustain you. Love, Carol and Jim .

  • August 01, 2022
    Glenna Butler says:
    As I took my dear mother to church between Sunset Park & Elah Baptist church, I met Marco and his wife Janice at Elah. (My dear mother has since passed on.) He was such a joyful man you had to smile in his presence. I would joke about the tv commercial, Marco! Polo! Marco! Polo! I ask him if he would visit a Hispanic acquaintance whose parents and other family members had been murdered by the cartel in Mexico. Thank you to Marco for visiting this this little family in in Leland. My sympathy goes out to his wife Janice and all of his family. What a great way to go to Heaven, go to sleep and wake up in Heaven with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.