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20 Nov

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Lydia V. Contreras

Lydia V. Contreras was called home to be with our Lord and Savior on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the age of 90.  She is reunited in Heaven with her loving husband Joe A. Contreras, Sr. Lydia is loved and will be greatly missed by her children: Daughters, Yolanda Nierman and husband Dennis and Cerise Perez and husband Ruben; Sons, Joe A. Contreras Jr. and wife Cecelia, and Hector Contreras and wife Pamela. She is also survived by 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren as well as 2 sisters and 1 brother.

She is always in our hearts.

A Service of Remembrance will be held on Monday, November 27, 2017 at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 6:30 pm followed by a Mass of Resurrection at 7:00 pm. On Tuesday, November 28, 2017 family and friends will gather at Castillo Mission Funeral Home at 7:00 am. A funeral procession will depart the funeral home at 8:00 am for a 9:00 am graveside service at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.

23 Oct

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Thom Alvarez

January 14, 1953 – October 7, 2017

Thom Alvarez went to be with our Lord on October 7, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. Thom was born on January 14, 1953 to Thomas and Maria Alvarez. Thom was preceded in death by his grandparents Damiana and Nieves Alvarez, Severa and Encarnacion Quinones, John Kerr and Harold Young, father in law. Thom is survived by his wife Deborah, daughters Stacie and Stephanie, parents Thomas and Maria Alvarez, brother John Alvarez (Norma) and sister Lydia Alvarez and Amelia Young, mother in law. He is also survived by his nephew John Alvarez (Ana) and nieces Sarah and Alyssa Alvarez, great nieces Isabella and Elizabeth Alvarez and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Thom enjoyed spending time with his family, watching classic westerns and Star Trek. Thom also had a love of music and cooking. Thom fought cancer with strength, determination and grace never allowing the disease to get the best of him. The family would like to thank the following for their care of Thom during his illness: Dr. Drengler and the START Center staff, Dr. Roque Diaz-Wong, Kidney Disease Center and the staff at Methodist Transplant Hospital.

Funeral Mass will take place October 28, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church where Thom was a founding member. Interment follows at St. Joseph Society Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in his honor to The American Cancer Society or St. Francis Catholic Church.

23 Oct

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Robert “Bob” Wilson

March 24, 1922 – October 21, 2017

Bob, also known as “Colonel” to many of his friends, was born in 1922 in Jacksonville, Florida, to Joseph ”J. B.” and Geraldine Wilson.  His family moved to a farm in Trenton, Florida when he was a young child, and he grew up there. In October 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and went on active duty in February 1943. After attending Officer Candidate School, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. During World War II, he served as a bombardier on a B-29 crew based first in India and China, and then in the Mariana Islands during the airwar with Japan. His missions included flying “The Hump,” crossing the eastern end of the Himalayas. During the war, Bob also conducted a long-distance courtship of Ruby through his letters, and they married as soon as he returned to the United States. Bob remained in the military, serving 28 years in the Air Force and achieving the rank of Lt. Colonel. He served mainly with the Strategic Air Command plus tours as the base adjutant at Wheelus AFB in Libya and as a military adviser to the Republic of China (Taiwanese) Air Force. While serving, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.

When Bob retired from the Air Force in 1970, he and Ruby moved to the home they had built in Shavano Park, Texas. He had a 16-year second career at Ingram Manufacturing before fully retiring. Bob and Ruby were among the original parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and were founding members of the Church’s senior group, the Silver Stars. Last year, they moved to Austin to be closer to their daughters.

Bob is survived by his wife Ruby; they celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary last December. He is also survived by their two daughters, Claudia Anderson and Charlotte Wilson and their husbands; two grandchildren Robert Anderson and Judith Jones; four great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Roy, Joe, and Milam of Trenton, Florida.

A Mass will be held at 11:30 am on Wednesday, October 25 here at St. Francis. A reception with a potluck meal will follow in Henke Hall.

13 Sep

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Dennis Anthony Carolin

March 13, 1962 – September 6, 2017

On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, Heaven gained another angel. Dennis Anthony Carolin passed away after a two-and-a-half-year battle with ALS. Dennis was the son of LT. Col. John and Hildegarde (Claire) Carolin. He was born at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio TX on March 13, 1962, and lived most of his life in Shavano Park, Texas. He was known as the “Golden Child” in his family and was doted on by his four loving older sisters, Elizabeth, Catherine, Patricia, and Joanie. Dennis was a part of the first graduating class of Clark High school in 1980. During college, he worked at Colonial Frost Bank, where he met the love of his life, Tracie Young, in 1981. Dennis later went on to get his CPA license while still attending UTSA, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1984. Dennis started his professional career at Price Waterhouse right out of college.

On June 1, 1985, Dennis and Tracie married in Augusta Maine, where they would later live for 17 years. On October 19, 1990, their daughter Austyn Lorena was born and two years later on November 3 their son, Colby James Barth, was born. Dennis loved them all dearly and was the anchor and protector for his wife and kids. Dennis always put his family first. He was an amazing father, husband, and friend.

In 2013, Dennis took a job with SWBC, and he and Tracie relocated back to Shavano Park. Dennis was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in April 2015 and only given six months to a year to live. Dennis, who has always been a fighter, fought his fight for two and a half years all the way to the end with bravery, grace, dignity, and his famous infectious smile and humor. Dennis’ last wish was to be the number 1 fundraiser for the ALS Walk on October 21, 2017. His passion was to bring awareness to this horrific disease in hopes that a cure will be found not only for him, but for future of ALS patients.

The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers or cards that all donations be made to Team “Dennis STRONG” at the link below to make Dennis’ last wish come true.

Dennis was predeceased by both of his parents. He survived by his wife, Tracie, and children, Austyn and Colby. His four sisters and their spouses, Elizabeth and James Hanink, Catherine Haydn and James McFeeters, Patricia and Porter Ryan, Joanie and Billie Jack Eaton. His mother in law Carol Glockler and Phil Perkins. Father in-law, James Young and brother and sister in-law Douglas and Lynn Young and several beloved nieces and nephews.

There will be a Mass at 11:00 am on September 15 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 4201 De Zavala Rd., San Antonio, TX 78249.

Link for ALS Donations:

http://webtxportal.alsa.org/site
/TR?team_id=362743&fr_id=
12635&pg=team

or

Please donate to Team “Dennis-Strong” on the ALS Website.

24 Aug

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Mary Escalera Pizzini

August 21, 1933 – August 22, 2017

Mary Escalera Pizzini, beloved wife of Robert Allen Pizzini died August 22, 2017 with her family by her side in San Antonio, Texas. In her last days, she celebrated 66 years of marriage with Robert by her side. Her most memorable times were Christmas with her family and her travels to Europe. She loved music. Her favorite songs were “Memory” and “Ave Maria,” and she especially loved Italian opera. She lived her life with style and grace, but most of all she wanted to be remembered as “I was mom.”

She is proceeded in death by twin girls, Mary Lou and Mary Ann Pizzini, and a son, Robert James Pizzini.

Mary is survived by her husband, Robert Allen Pizzini; her four daughters, and three sons in law, Deborah Pizzini Keen, married to Chris Keen, Danette Pizzini Stein, married to Michael E. Stein, Diane Pizzini Chowning, married to Marks Chowning, and Denise Ann Pizzini; ten grandchildren, two great grandchildren; and a sister, Ana Escalera Uviedo, and husband, Joe Uviedo.

Services

Visitation will be Monday, August 28, 2017 from 6 pm to 7 pm with a Rosary at 7 pm at Porter Loring on McCullough.

A Mass will be Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 10 am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Rd. Interment at San Fernando Cemetery No. 3.

22 Aug

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Melvin L. Kriewald

November 12, 1933-August 5, 2017

Melvin L. Kriewald quietly passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2017. He was born on November 12, 1933 in San Antonio at the Nix Hospital.

He was a great husband, father, grandfather, and uncle. He is preceded in death by both parents, Louis and Jessie Kriewald. He is survived by his spouse of 21 years, Angie Kriewald; daughter, Karen Rehm and son-in-law, Mike Rehm; grandchildren, Nicole Rehm Crozier and husband, Cade; grandson, Christopher Rehm; sister and brother-in-law, Marlene and Don Barnes; nephews Ron Barnes, Randy Barnes and Rusty Barnes; sisters-in-law: Lety Villarreal, Janie Medina and husband Dan; niece, Mari Medina Pickering; nephew, David Medina and wife, Christine; great niece, Annemarie Pickering and great nephew, William Pickering.

Melvin proudly served in the U.S. Army from August 12, 1954 through August 1956. For 27 years, he was employed with the Missouri Pacific Railroad. Throughout his lifetime he had owned and operated several different businesses and ended his career with Ferrell Gas Company. His greatest pleasures were his family, gardening, hunting, and love of country music.

The family wishes to express their deepest appreciation to Melvin’s caretakers, Jose Barrios and especially Maria Ester Mata for her wonderful care, compassion, and daily loving attention.

MEMORIAL SERVICE
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2017
10:00 A.M.
OUR LADY OF GRACE CATHOLIC CHURCH
223 E. SUMMIT

Memorial contributions are welcomed and can be made to It’s Their Time (itstheirtime.org), a foundation created to find solutions and treat Alzheimer’s disease.

9 Aug

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Captain Dominador L. Soriano

May 4, 1916 – July 31, 2017

Captain Dominador L. Soriano (Dom as he was fondly called), U.S. Army, Infantry Division, passed away Monday, July 31, 2017. He was 101 years old. He was born May 4, 1916 in Guimba, Nueva Ecija, Philippines. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Patrocinia J. Soriano, whom he was married for over 63 years, baby son, Oscar Soriano, and great-grandsons Brendon Higuchi and Roman Haverly. He is survived by his 11 children, 41 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandsons.

In 1938, Dom was a 20-year-old draftee, and in June 1939, he was commissioned as captain for the Reserve Force, Philippine Army for the duration of the war and 6 mos. thereafter. On September 1, 1941, he was inducted in the USAFFE (United States Army Forces, Far East) as a 2nd Lt. and served as Commander of E.CO.83rd Infantry Regiment. In 1942, he was wounded in action in Cebu (Pacific Theatre), Philippines, and after the USAFFE capitulation, he helped organize a “guerilla unit” called the Blue Force, which joined the Liberation Army and fought until the surrender of Supreme Japanese Army General Yamashita. In July 1944, he was arrested and tortured by the Japanese at Manaoag, Pangasinan, Philippines. He was honorably discharged from the Philippines Army in May 1946. In July 1946, he was commissioned as 2nd Lt. in the United States Army and participated on the “Victory Parade” in Luneta Park, Manila, Philippines. He served the United States Army until 1948.

In 1949, Dom graduated from the Philippine Law School using his GI Bill benefits and became a lawyer in 1950. In 1952, he assisted in organizing the Veterans Federation of the Philippines under President Magsaysay. He became a member of the Executive Board, in which he represented the Philippines Scouts. He earned a scholarship and attended Harvard University specializing in Labor Union. He became involved in the Philippines Labor Movement and entered politics. He was elected City Councilor in 1963. He immigrated to California in 1974. In 2016, he attended San Antonio’s City Council Chambers for the City Resolution recognizing the heroic act of WWII, Filipino and American veterans. He became the Filipino community’s voice and champion in “Military City USA”. He eventually witnessed the enactment of Public Law 114-265 – “To award a Congressional Gold Medal collectively to the Filipino Veterans of WWII, in recognition of their dedicated service during the war”.

Dom Soriano was very active in his Church’s ministries such as being a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #15240, the Mobile Loaves and Fishes (he was assigned to count 125 snack bags of potato chips and 125 bags of bit size carrot sticks during food preparation, and he has his own personal bin of condiments [mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper] to pack into 200 snack size plastic bags), and the Silver Stars (he loved dancing even though he was wheelchair bound). He was a proud husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Dom Soriano was truly a devoted Christian, family-man, a great warrior, patriot, and loved his countrymen.

SERVICES
Visitation will begin at 6:00 P.M. with a Vigil Service/Rosary to begin at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Mission Park Funeral Chapels North, 3401 Cherry Ridge Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78230. Visitation will continue on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 beginning at 10:00 A.M. with the Mass of Resurrection at 11:00 A.M. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Road, San Antonio, Texas 78249. A reception will follow at the Henke Hall at the Church from 12:15 P.M. – 1:45 P.M. A procession will depart the Church at 1:45 P.M. for an Interment with Military Honors at 2:30 P.M. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dom Soriano’s memory may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church; contribution cards will be available at the Vigil Service/Rosary on Tuesday, and at the Church on Wednesday.

26 Jul

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Eugenia Navarro Solis

September 24, 1924 – June 30, 2017

Eugenia Navarro Solis was born in San Antonio, Texas, on September 24, 1924, to Joe Angel and Concepcion M. Navarro. She passed away on June 30, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas.

She is survived by her two children, Sandra Judy Solis and Robert Joseph Solis of San Antonio, brother Robert Navarro, sister Irene Doherty, grandchildren Sarah, Ryan, and Jake Solis, and numerous nieces and nephews. Deceased brothers Jodes, Edward, and Ramon Navarro. Also surviving is her former spouse, Tiburcio M. Solis of San Antonio.

Eugenia, who was more so called by the name of Jean or Jeanie, grew up on the West Side of San Antonio. She spoke often of growing up during the Great Depression and always told stories to her children about the hardships she experienced with her family during those times. She graduated from Fox Tech High School and worked for a brief period in Civil Service at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio.

Eugenia was a 5th generation descendant of Jose Antonio Navarro, who was a lawyer that served as a representative to the Republic of Texas Congress, a delegate to the Convention of 1845, a Senator in the Texas Legislature, and one of the few Mexican signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. She was very proud of her family genealogy and always reminded her children to “never forget” that family history.

Eugenia was known as a caring and compassionate woman. She would go out of her way sometimes in a carefree manner to provide assistance to others. She was the caregiver for ill family members or friends of the family, giving special care and attention to her father in his later years. She continued helping others well into her elderly years.

In remembrance, a memorial Mass will be held at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, July 26 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Road, San Antonio, TX 78249. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Mobile Loaves & Fishes Ministry.

22 Jul

To Celebrate a Life of Love: James Orville Soat

June 13, 1934 – July 19, 2017

James Orville Soat was born in Milford, Iowa, on June 13, 1934, to Lawrence Soat and Gertrude Mathisen Soat. He passed away on July 19, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas.

He graduated from Terril High School, and enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving in the 29th RSM in various locations, including Clark AFB in the Philippines, and Kelly AFB in San Antonio. After his discharge, he attended St. Mary’s University where he earned a BBA degree, which was followed by nearly 30 years in banking at Broadway Bank and Alamo Heights Bank. He was also a realtor.

Jim married Diana Belle Lich at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Comfort on November 24, 1956. She and their two sons, Kevin and Richard (Ruth), survive him, along with grandchildren, Cason (Corinne), Richelle, Darin and Jalen; great-granddaughter, Addisyn Belle; step-grandchildren, Christopher (Francesca), Melissa and Matthew; step-great-grandchildren, Jameson, Emerson and Keira.

Jim was a member of the Alamo Heights Optimist Club for 53 years. He served as a Shavano Park alderman and was active in the formative years of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. He loved basketball, hunting, fishing, and spending leisure time at Canyon Lake. The family thanks the wonderful staff at Fresenius Dialysis Center in Stone Oak and Kindred Hospice for their care.

Services

The family will receive friends at Porter Loring North Chapel at 6 pm on Friday, July 21, 2017, followed by Rosary at 7 pm. The Mass will be held at 12 pm at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on Saturday, July 22, 2017. Interment will be in Comfort Cemetery in Comfort, Texas.

22 Jul

To Celebrate a Life of Love: David James Tse

July 15, 1994 – July 18, 2017

David James Tse, Jr. passed into eternal life unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. We are devastated, heartbroken, and grieving for the beautiful spirit and precious being that he was. Kind. Gentle. Generous. Loving. Honest. Funny. Curious. Athletic. Intelligent. We love you more than you will ever know.

David was born July 15, 1994, in San Antonio to James Tse, Sr. and Melissa Hurtubise Tucker who survive him. He was a graduate of Tom C. Clark High School in 2012 and attended the University of Texas at San Antonio. He was the founder, owner, and CEO of Vesuvian Interactive, a video game design and virtual reality company. David’s vision for his company was that Vesuvian was built upon three core pillars: Passion, Polish, and Precision. He believed that every truly great creation is built upon these three core principals, and he wanted them to be the foundation for everything he did.

In addition to his parents, David is survived by his brothers, Trent Thomas and Jason Tse; his parents’ spouses, Ramona Tse and Bryan Tucker; step siblings, Ashley and Zoe Tucker and Isabel Gillenwater; paternal grandparents, David and Lydia Tse; maternal grandparents, Robert and Linda Hurtubise; aunts and uncles, Dhyana Carole Tse, Debbie and Mike Mollicone, Daphne Tse, DeeDee and Mike Silver, Joey and Nicci Tse, Jason Hurtubise, Gino Hurtubise and Jenny Hurtubise; cousins, Michael and Meghan Mollicone, Jared, Jr. and Jacob Phelps, Nathan, Hannah and Sarah Tse, and Kai Tse Hashemiyoon; step grandparents, Richard and Betty Rangel, and Cary and Niska Tucker; step aunts and uncles, Ricky and Alma Rangel and Keith and Helle Tucker and Melisa Tucker; and numerous other family members.

SERVICES
Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 21, 2017 at Mission Park Funeral Chapels North, 3401 Cherry Ridge Drive. The Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Road. A reception will follow at the church. The graveside service will begin at 1:00 p.m. at Mission Burial Park Dominion North. For personal acknowledgment, you may sign the online guestbook at www.missionparks.com in the Tributes section.

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