Ill Widower Keeps Family Together Despite Tragedy

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Salvador Solis of Bridgeport, Ill. knows a thing or two about perseverance.

In 1969, Solis' wife died, leaving him to raise their 12 children by himself while also maintaining Taco Erendira, the Mexican restaurant he'd opened two years earlier.

While many families would be torn apart by such a tragedy, the Solis family grew closer. Solis used his skill in the kitchen to keep both the restaurant and his family going.
   
He combined his recipes with his mothers - a combination that began bringing in money. As his children grew older, put his kids to work behind the counter and in the kitchen.
    
"He always kept his family together. That's the one thing that has always been important to him," said daughter Angelina Martinez, the sixth of Solis' 12 kids.

Today, Solis is 92 years old and has 97 grandchildren and great grandchildren. He's still using his restaurant to bring his family together. Every Sunday after mass, as many of them as possible gather together with a man who says he'd do it all over again.

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