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13 Feb

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Irene Casias

May 18, 1945-February 4, 2019

Irene Casias was born on May 18, 1945 in San Antonio, Texas, the eldest daughter of Patricio and Francisca Ramirez. She grew up in a tight-knit family of seven brothers and sisters before meeting the love of her life, Rudy Casias, to whom she was married for 42 years. Together they made their home a welcoming place for friends and family, regularly hosting Thanksgiving lunch and other get-togethers.

Irene was a unique and caring individual whose bright smile could instantly light up a room. She had a gift and passion for decorating, a flair for dressing, and loved to cook at home. Her lively personality and generous spirit ensured that she made friends wherever she went. She will be greatly missed by all of us who loved her.

Irene is preceded in death by husband Rudy Casias, parents Francisca and Patricio Ramirez, brothers Joe and Louis Ramirez, brother-in-law David Casias and wife Minnie. She is survived by sisters Beatrice Ramirez, Rose Mary Schoenmakers, Sylvia Alonzo, Gloria Ramirez, brother Adolph Ramirez and wife Leli, Jimmy and Rachel Casias, Joe and Fannie Casias, Robert and Edith Casias, Helen Smith, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass celebrating Irene’s life will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 11:00 am at St. Francis of Assisi with a reception to follow in Henke Hall.

23 Jan

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Jose (Joe) Patricio Ramirez

March 19, 1942-January 8, 2019

Jose (Joe) Patricio Ramirez was born on March 19, 1942 in San Antonio to Patricio and Francis Ramirez. He was the eldest of seven siblings. He is survived by one brother, Adolph Ramirez (Leli) and four sisters, Irene Casias, Beatrice Ramirez, Rose Schoenmakers, Sylvia Alonzo, and sister-in-law Gloria Ramirez, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Joe is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Louis Ramirez, and his brother-in-law, Rudy Casias.

Joe was born with multiple health issues and required special care all of his life. Joe taught us that people with disabilities are like regular people with hopes and dreams who want love and affection. Joe’s dream was to come back with a healthy body. He would get married and have children. For the last three years, Joe was a resident at Mesa Vista. We visited daily. He enjoyed participating in activities and watching cowboy shows. He will be greatly missed. We love you, Joe. Rest in peace.

A Mass to celebrate Joe’s life will be held at St. Francis of Assisi at 11 am on Wednesday, January 23.

03 Jan

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Nola Ann Crow Dum

Nola Ann Crow Dum, age 78, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on December 5, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas. Born on April 4, 1940, in Waco, Texas, to father, Carl Jesse Crow, and mother, Mattie Mae Brown Crow. Nola graduated from Richardson High School in 1958 and married Bill Dum on May 5, 1967. She worked for GMAC until 1968, at which point she took on the role of a full-time mother. Nola was a long-time member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, where she was a volunteer with the Mobile Loaves & Fishes. Nola was dedicated to her family, community, and church. She was also a devoted caregiver to her husband. Nola was preceded in death by her loving parents and many cherished aunts and uncles. Nola is survived by Bill Dum, her beloved husband of 51 years; son, Jeffery Dum; daughter, Amy Dum Scott and her husband, Daryl; her most treasured gifts her grandchildren, Davis and Kendall Scott; brothers, Joe Crow and his wife Pat, Carl Crow and wife Judy, and Marvin Crow; brother-in-law, Mike Dum; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Kennington and husband Ned; many loved nieces and nephews; and cherished cousins and friends.

A memorial service will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on January 18 at 10 am with a reception to follow in Henke Hall.

02 Nov

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Maria Alvarez

January 13, 1929—October 31, 2018

Maria Alvarez went to be with our Lord on October 31, 2018, surrounded by her family. Maria was born on January 13, 1929, to Severa and Encarnacion Quinones. Maria is survived by her husband of 66 years, Thomas Alvarez, daughter Lydia, son John (Norma) and daughter in law Deborah. She was a loving grandmother to her grandchildren John (Ana), Sarah, Alyssa, Stacie, Stephanie. and her great-granddaughters Isabella and Elizabeth. Maria was preceded in death by her parents, brother Miguel Quinones, and son Thom.

Maria was a founding member of St. Francis of Assisi where she was past president of the Women’s Council, Eucharistic Minister, and active in the Society of the Rosary. Maria was a loving wife, devoted mother, and doting grandmother. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. The family would like to thank Brookdale Hospice for their care of Maria.

The Angelus Funeral Home Sunday, November 4th, 4:00 pm viewing, 5:00 pm rosary. Funeral Mass will take place Monday, November 5th, 10:00 am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Private burial at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery will be held at a later date.
26 Oct

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Roberto Hernandez

August 26, 1936-October 22, 2018

Roberto Hernandez was called home to the Lord on October 22, 2018, at the age of 82 in San Antonio, TX. He was born in El Paso, Texas to Bernardino and Corina Hernandez with his brothers, Jose (Amparo) and Raul (Rosa). He was a graduate from Thomas Jefferson High School in El Paso and UT San Antonio. He retired from the U.S. Air Force with 22 years and Civil Service Customs with 20 years.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Magdaline “Cindy.” He is survived by his son, Robert Xavier; daughter-in-law, Alida Angelica; grandson, William Robert; great-granddaughter, Madelynn Daisy, numerous nieces, nephews; and companion, Tina Chavez. The family will receive guests on Monday, October 29, 2018 from 5-7 pm at Porter Loring Mortuary North, followed by the recitation of the Rosary beginning at 7 pm. Mass of Resurrection will be held on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 12:30 pm at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on De Zavala Road. Interment to follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

26 Oct

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Donato Martinez

January 12, 1925-October 20, 2018

Donato “Don” Martinez, age 93, passed away Saturday, October 20, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. He was born in Laredo, Texas on January 12, 1925, to the late David & Efigenia Martinez. San Antonio, Texas became his home for over 72 years. He was inducted into the US Marine Corps. during World War II and was stationed in Jacksonville, Florida where he met the love of his life, Betty Crosby.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Netha Elizabeth “Betty” Martinez, his sisters Irene Hernández and Ofelia Gutiérrez. He is survived by numerous nephews, nieces, and great-nephews and nieces.

He was an extraordinary uncle! He embraced all those that entered his world with open arms and an open heart. He will be missed by many but above all, we will hold him dear in our hearts forever!

On behalf of the entire family, we express our most heartfelt gratitude to all those that touched his life so genuinely during his last few years. Your loving care and devotion were always present.

Above his stairway to heaven, his lovely wife waits for him as they dance their way into eternal life!

The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, October 26, 2018 at Porter Loring Mortuary North.

7:00 PM

10:00 AM

Entombment will take place at Chapel Hill Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Special thanks to pallbearers: Allen Castro, Daniel Gutiérrez, Orlando Gutiérrez, Eduardo David Hernández, Nicolas Ricardo Hernández, Lorenzo Valencia, and Steven Valencia.

26 Oct

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Joe M. Lara, III

March 1, 1960-October 22, 2018

Joe M. Lara, III was born March 1, 1960 to Guadalupe and Joe Lara, Jr. in San Antonio, Texas and died peacefully surrounded by his family on October 22, 2018. The oldest of seven children, Joe was eventually raised by his grandmother, Cruz Martinez, where he received great wisdom and insight. Joe was very inquisitive as a child, systematically excavating the backyard in search of artifacts or playing for hours with his junior chemistry kit. This curiosity instilled in him his love for learning. He graduated from Wheatley High School in 1978 and in the fall entered Southwest State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a minor in psychology in 1983 and later a second Bachelor of Science degree in anthropology in 1985.

After briefly working as an archeologist, Joe was hired as the City Sanitarian for the City of New Braunfels in 1988. Unbeknownst to him, Joe would make this his lifelong career for 28 years. During his first year, Joe became a Registered Sanitarian through the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS). Joe continued to learn and became proficient in various areas earning representations in different agencies, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Designated Representative, TCEQ Site Evaluator, TDSHS LHA (Municipal Local Health Authority and Zoonosis Rabies Control Authority), Secretary to Animal Services Commission Board, and Archeological Liaison to Texas Historical Commission. Through his unwavering diligence, Joe sought to expand the scope of the Environmental Health Department by implementing numerous programs and passage of various statutes for New Braunfels. His efforts enhanced the profile of the department and the City throughout the region. He investigated epidemiological outbreaks including foodborne illnesses, public water issues, rabies, TB, and the like. Later in his tenure, Joe was asked to conduct the city orientation tour for newly hired employees. Having been with the City for so many years, Joe was very well-versed with the history of the City and thoroughly enjoyed sharing his wealth of historical knowledge. One of his last contributions that impacted the community the most was the ratification of the Trap Neuter and Return Program for feral cats. Joe believed this program was a humanitarian measure to keep the homeless and abandoned cat population at bay while also decreasing high euthanasia rates. At the April 2018 City Council Meeting, it was reported that since the inception of this program euthanasia rates had dropped 70%. He retired as the Environmental Health Services Manager.

It was during his early years at the city that he met his future wife, Belinda Bazán, who was at that time the Director of Nutritional Services at McKenna Memorial Hospital. It was love at first sight and after two years of professional interactions and two years of dating, he married his best friend on July 23, 1994. He loved her deeply and they shared a lifetime of love together. Joe instantly became a dad to Iliana Danielle Bazán with this union. Years later she asked him to legally adopt her, which truly thrilled him.

Joe enjoyed vacationing with his family to Disney World when Iliana was a child and later to Mexico to explore his heritage. New Orleans also held a special interest to him. Joe enjoyed experimenting with food preparation, especially BBQ. He was indeed a grill master and no one could prepare a spread like he could. Some raved about his grilled smoked salmon while others thought his brisket was superb. Grilling relaxed him and gave him opportunities to bond with the doggies as they supervised the grill master!

In March 2015, Joe was diagnosed with ALS and fought this brutal disease with much valor, dignity, grace, and acceptance. He chose to live life and not have this disease identify him. He continued to work for the City of New Braunfels until he could no longer physically meet the demands of a routine day. With much sadness, he retired June 30, 2016. On that day, the State of Texas flew the Texas Flag in his honor as a tribute to his contribution to the city. This was the first time in the history of the city that an employee had been recognized in such a significant manner. Joe fostered many lasting friendships throughout his career and at his retirement it was standing room only in the City Chambers. He loved his work and believed his contributions made a difference for the community. On April 17, 2018, Joe was awarded the first annual City Manager’s Lifetime Legacy Award for his dedication to the City of New Braunfels.

Once retired, Joe learned to utilize a special computer whereby his retinas would control the cursor. Joe continued to research, keep up with current events, and stay connected with family and friends.

Even as successful as Joe was in his professional career, he was most proud of being a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He nurtured Iliana and guided her to become a strong, vital, and dynamic individual. His influence on her will forever be his legacy to Iliana and her family. He loved Evangelina from the moment he learned she would be a new member of the family. Pictures of them clearly depict how much he loved his granddaughter.

Joe is preceded in death by his grandparents, aunt, uncles, and cousins. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Belinda Bazán-Lara; daughter, Iliana Bazán McGurn and son-in-law, Michael Francis McGurn; precious granddaughter, Evangelina Grace McGurn and future grandson, Finnian Joseph McGurn; parents, Lupe and Joe Lara; siblings, Terry Lara (John), Genevieve Henry (Perry), Jesse Lara (Linda), Jimmy Lara (Hayli), Jerry Lara (Kelly), Javier Lara (Eloise); aunts, Tony Martinez and Josie Segura; uncle, Manuel Martinez; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. His faithful companions, Paco, Mia, and Nico will surely miss him as well.

Our family wishes to extend a profound gratitude to Dr. Albert Mosqueda. Dr. Carlyne Jackson and her team at the MARC, especially Pam Kitrell, RN, Debbie Myers, PT, Autumn Cleg, OT, Karen Martin, RD, Lori Tyler, ST, Rick Wettstein, RT, as well as the RQS team who diligently cared for Joe during these past three years. Our deep appreciation to Abimbola Falayi, CNA for his enduring and loving care for Joe; our gratefulness to Elaine Foreman, RN and Elizabeth Love, LVN for their constant attentiveness and assurance and to Liz Johnson. Our utmost appreciation to the ALS Association for their assistance. We would not have been able to walk this arduous journey if it had not been for the Bazán family and our friends that were always there to lend a helping hand. We will be forever indebted to your unwavering support.

In lieu of flowers and cards the family requests donations to the ALS Association, http://webtxportal.alsa.org/goto/joescrew2018 and donate to Joe’s Brew Crew, 4939 De Zavala Rd, #105 San Antonio, Texas 78249, or the New Braunfels Community Cat Coalition, www.nbcats.org, 3353 Morningside Drive, Suite C, New Braunfels, Texas 78132.

The vigil will be held on Sunday, October 28, 2018, at 7:30 pm at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Rd, San Antonio, Texas 78249.

Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 10:00 am at St. Francis Assisi of Catholic Church.

16 Oct

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Dina Brown

October 27, 1969-October 13, 2018

On Saturday, October 13, 2018, Dina Marie Brown of San Antonio, Texas, loving wife, mother of five and grandmother, ended her journey at the age of 48. She wrote “Being a tool in the hands of God is my greatest desire.” And she was, touching so many lives with her faith, her love and beauty.

An amazing wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend, Dina was a beautiful light that shined on everyone she knew.

Dina, the third of four sisters, was born on October 27, 1969, in San Antonio, Texas, to Ernesto and Sylvia De Los Santos. From an early age, her spirit, huge smile and magnetism drew people to her, and she excelled as a leader in school both academically and socially. While attending John Marshall High School, she met the love of her life, Paul Edward Brown, Jr.

The two of them were wed on February 9, 1991, and were bound together by love and faith. She wrote “Paul was her motivator, her protector and her true love.” Together they were tools for God’s hands and were blessed with an amazing family of five; Hannah, Hayden, Hilton, Huntington, and Houston. Just 10 months ago she was blessed with her grandson, Guillermo Vazquez, son of Hannah and her husband Angel Vazquez who brought her such joy and happiness.

For Dina, motherhood came naturally and every day she displayed selflessness and love and used her special Momma flair by being there for her children in everything they did, nurturing and encouraging them and sharing her faith with each of them.

As a daughter, Dina was there for her mother, Sylvia, who also battled cancer, going to every appointment with her and being there for her father, Ernesto, every step of the way. She enjoyed spending time with and was close to her wonderful mother and father-in-law, Hortense Brown and Paul Edward Brown, Sr.

Dina understood the true meaning of sisterhood. No one could ask for a better sister. No matter what, she was always there for her three sisters, Lisa Conner, Tina Negri and Gina Murphy, bringing laughter and cheer, dancing and fun. She was an awesome aunt to her sixteen nieces and nephews, Taylor Holbrook, Payton Pereira, Jack Conner, Dane Negri, Ford Negri and Kenna Murphy, Nick, Joshua and Andrew Garza, Jessica Cash, Hunter, Cassidy, Trevor, Quinton, Justin and Jared Accord. She loved and encouraged them like one of her own children. She was also a great sister-in-law to her brother-in-laws Brian Conner, Steve Negri, Sean Murphy, Herb Garza and Jody Accord and sister-in-laws Brenda Garza and Melinda Accord.

A true friend in every sense of the word, Dina has hundreds of friends and it was easy to understand why. She shared her remarkable attitude and happiness with everyone she met by flashing that beautiful smile, telling funny stories and being there in times of need.

She was an entrepreneur, business owner, and manager running and owning her own businesses Texan Accent and The Mustard Seed and working as a District Manager for the Gap and managing various other retail businesses. An incredibly creative person Dina volunteered countless hours to her church and school communities, including ACTS where she directed Catholic women’s retreats. She even developed a logo for Wilderness Oaks Elementary School where her youngest son, Houston, attended.

If there is a team mom in heaven, it’s Dina. All of her children were very active in sports, and Dina made it her mission to support each of their teams with fanatical attendance and planned events that brought the entire team and their families together. Dina’s sons Hayden and Hilton both play baseball for the Northwestern State of Louisiana Demons. She was thrilled to know they would be going to college and playing together. Dina, the ultimate team mom, attended Houston’s October 8 baseball game—five days before she left this earth, and she still rocked that baseball hat.

Her scores of friends and family loved her for her grace, spirit, encouragement, inspiration, effervescence and crazy sense of humor. She saw the best in everyone. Throughout her illness, she wrote often about her faith and courage, comforting others through their pain in spite of hers. She will be missed but forever loved by all who knew her.

Just a short year ago Dina wrote these beautiful words when she was diagnosed with her illness. “I was praying, where I sit, light a candle and invoke the Holy Spirit, I was told that I was being prepared for a battle, and that I was going to have to fight, keep my faith and finish.” “One thing I do know is that you don’t go into a battle alone and that is where you all come in to play. I have been overwhelmed by the incredible texts and messages extending wishes of prayers and help in any way. Thank you all for your love and your kind words that keep us uplifted and encouraged.”

Friends and family are invited to a visitation and Mass to celebrate
Dina’s life. Both will be held at St. Francis of Asissi  Catholic Church,  4201 De Zavala Rd., San Antonio, Texas.

Visitation is on Thursday, October 18 from 6-7pm.  Rosary at 7 pm.    Mass will be held on Friday, October 19, at 10 am, followed by a procession to Cordi Marian cemetery, located at 11624 Culebra Rd., San Antonio, Texas.

19 Sep

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Mary Virginia “Ginny” Marois

August 26, 1929-September 11, 2018

Mary Virginia “Ginny”, age 89, passed away peacefully on September 11, 2018, in San Antonio, TX. Ginny was born to Reginald and Mary Marois in Plymouth, MA on August 26, 1929. Ginny was a loving and generous mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend. She was a gourmet chef, an avid gardener, and a tenacious bridge player making her known to her bridge group as “the little barracuda”. She was preceded in death by her son, Gerald Bastoni, and her former husband, Robert Bastoni. Ginny is survived by her children, John Bastoni (Linda), Ann Marie Randall, Jim Bastoni (Amy) and Pete Bastoni; daughter-in-law, Barbara Kozero; grandchildren, Jake Bastoni (Abby), Ellen Bastoni (Mike Bosch), Cara Bastoni, Lisa Bastoni, Jenifer Bastoni, Greg Spiller, Erik Spiller, Christopher Randall, Nicholas Bastoni (Alexandra), Matthew Bastoni, Brian Bastoni and Mark Bastoni; sisters, Carol Zahn and Marjorie McCarthy.

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05 Sep

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Edward J. “Rusty” League, II

October 22, 1949-September 4, 2018

“Rusty” League (age 68) was born to SMgt. Ed League Sr. & Rose League at Kindley A.F.B., Bermuda, on October 22, 1949. Sporting a full head of curly red hair, Rusty was nicknamed by his beloved godmother after her Irish Setter. He answered God’s call to see Jesus, face-to-face, on September 4, 2018. His Mom, Rose Brusa League, died when he was a year old, and his Dad remarried when he was three.

Rusty was “all boy” and a magnet for mischief, but grew up to be a caring, giving man under the discipline of a career military dad. His biggest advocate was his step-mom, Thomasina Pileggi League, fondly nicknamed “Tommie,” who Rusty faithfully called Mom until her passing. Rusty and his family moved to San Antonio from Atlantic City, New Jersey (his Dad’s hometown) in 1962, when MSgt. League was transferred to Lackland A.F.B. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1967, and while he never finished college, he was always quick to say he had a degree in life experience.

Rusty’s biggest love was cars, and he was a self-confessed car nut who could name the year, make, and model of most any car he saw on the road. He spent the first few years of his working life as a car salesman and finance man for several car dealerships. He met the beautiful, Ms. Marilyn Dupnick, while selling cars and his life changed forever. His future in-laws disapproved of their baby girl dating a “car salesman,” so he applied to the telephone company, and was hired as a customer service representative. Marilyn and Rusty were married in August of 1979 and they have thrived “in good times and bad” for over 39 years. At Southwestern Bell, he advanced to Senior Account Executive. He moved to computer sales and sold mid-to-large sized mainframe computer systems for several years. Rusty finally found his true passion as a professional mortgage banker, and for the next 25 years, he helped thousands of San Antonians finance their dream homes. He loved to tell people he “sold” money for a living!

Born and raised a Catholic, Rusty was an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in San Antonio since 1988. He served on many ministries and at one time was noted as the “unofficial” official greeter for all who entered St. Francis on any given Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Mass. Rusty wanted to welcome everyone with a smile and a handshake to God’s house. Rusty was also a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, a 4th Degree Sir Knight, and the Past Grand Knight of the St. Mark Knights of Columbus Council. He transferred to the new Council at St. Francis of Assisi in 2016.

Rusty will always be remembered as the man who made you smile. Quick with a joke, he made it a point to bring a smile to anyone’s face, sometimes at his own expense. He told folks all the time that they were “God’s blessings” to him when they cracked their wonderful smile! While Rusty and Marilyn had no children of their own, he worked very hard for children in need. He was a member of The Forgotten Child, which supports abused children taken into custody by the State of Texas through Child Protective Services. He believed that no child should be the victim of an adult abuser and spend their lives thinking they were not loved.

Rusty is survived by his wonderful wife Marilyn, his four sisters, Kathy (Enyat) Afnani, Theresa League, Margaret (Jamie) Dugan and Mary League Jensen. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard & Rebecca Turnage and Bob & Patricia Wood, and eleven nieces and nephews. Rusty would want any memorial contributions made to a Children’s Charity of your choice.

Sunday, October 14

Visitation at 6:30 pm

Vigil/Rosary at 7:30 pm

Monday, October 15

Funeral Mass at 10:30 am