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18 May

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Raymond McDonald

Ray McDonald, born 1941, was baptized Pearl Harbor Day and raised in Rochester, NY. After graduating from Allegheny College, he joined the US Air Force, proudly serving in Germany during Vietnam. He moved his young family to San Antonio in 1972.

He was a proud board member of the Chamber Music Society, regularly attended the San Antonio Symphony, and graciously volunteered with many arts organizations. He found particular joy with the Esperanza Center which combined his love of arts, culture, and progressive politics. Ray daily walked his Castle Hills Forest neighborhood and often helped his neighbors. He found peace at weekly mass with his St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church family.

Ray is survived by children, Michael (Carolyn) McDonald, Sandra (Mike) Dizdar, and Andrew McDonald; sisters, Judy Capone and Jeanette Dill; grandkids, Zach, Audrey, and Jennifer; former spouse, Maria Prasser; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. He joins in heaven his infant daughter, Michelle; parents, Bill and Katherine McDonald and brother, David McDonald. His family thanks Audie Murphy VA Hospital staff for their loving care of our father.

A future memorial service will include Military Honors at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. Memorials can be made to EsperanzaCenter.org or St. Francis of Assisi San Antonio.

A video chronicle of Ray’s life can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sV9E2R0xAxo.

15 Apr

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Kenneth Carl Russell

January 11, 1926-April 3, 2020

Maj. Kenneth “Russ” Carl Russell [USAF Retired] of San Antonio passed away April 3, 2020, at the age of 94, after a long illness.

Born January 11, 1926 in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Ken was the son of Howard and Daisy (Humpreville) Russell.  He was married to Frances “Penny” Grace McClelen on December 11, 1948 at San Antonio, Texas.  She preceded him in death.

The youngest of 6 siblings, Ken grew up mostly in Easton, Pennsylvania and attended school there.  From a young age, he developed a strong work ethic helping his widowed mother, who had been deaf from age 16.  One of his jobs was delivering telegrams for Western Union on his bicycle, often in the snow.

His fascination with airplanes and enjoyment of making model airplanes led to his joining the Enlisted Reserve Corps in 1943.  At the time, he was living in California, where he had been employed as a mechanic.  Shortly after, he was called to active duty.  His first assignment was Miami Beach, where he completed basic training, then attended the College Training Division at Barry College in Florida.  He was commissioned a second lieutenant at the completion of training as a navigator at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas.  As a navigator, he flew mostly in cargo planes out of Guam with the 21st TC Wing.  He later trained as a pilot at Randolph AFB in San Antonio where he met Penny.  She was employed at an on-base office.  Ken later said it was “love at first sight”.  They were married before he completed pilot training at Williams AFB at Chandler, Arizona.  Having earned his pilot’s wings and the rank of First Lieutenant, he was assigned to the Fightin’ 61st fighter squadron flying F-86 Sabre jets out of Selfridge Field, Michigan (Air Defense Command).    He later flew different types of all-weather fighter interceptors in mostly northern climates.  After Selfridge, Ken and Penny spent 7 years in Minnesota and 2 in Newfoundland, then a tour in Japan.  Ken’s last station was Randolph AFB, where he retired.

Not one to be idle, after his Air Force career Ken worked 19 years as a Prudential Insurance agent and then 20 years as a Sears salesman, permanently retiring at the age of 80.  Ken could repair just about anything.  He maintained his automobiles, enjoying tinkering, stamp collecting, and watching hummingbirds visit his feeders.

Ken was received into the Catholic faith in 1975.  He married Elizabeth “Betty” Sanders on December 17, 1975.  Their wedding was at the main chapel at Randolph AFB with a nuptial mass and full choir.  Ken was a loving and caring husband and partner.

Ken was deeply loved by his family and will be dearly missed.  Survivors include his loving wife, Betty; children: Ken “Rusty” Russell, Jr., Gail Colbath, and Sharon (Nick) Nusbaum; grandchildren:  Bonnie (Daniel Legaspi) Russell, Mitchell (Shanon) Colbath, Jennifer (Marcus) Ethridge and Cami (Matt) Mabs; great-grandchildren: Zachary Monahan, Aurora Colbath, Magnus, Margo, Maverick, Marian and Myron Ethridge, Calyb Voges and Jonathan Mabs; step-children: Linda Revere, Jeanne (Francis) Thuraisamy and Robert Sanders; grandchild, Joseph Thuraisamy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Penny; brothers, Graham and Harold; sisters: Belle Klink, Miriam Russell, and Edna Moninghoff.

The family would like to thank the Alamo Hospice team for their support during his illness and his personal care home staff who so lovingly cared for him during this time.

Due to the Covid-19 virus, there was a private family service at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.  Burial was at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

A memorial service, with full military honors, will be held at a later date.

08 Apr

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Adam Cavazos, Jr.

He leaves his wife Florian of 18 years, adult children, (from his first wife, Frances Ferrer Cavazos, who preceded him in death in 1999), Catherine Elizabeth, Anna Marie, Adam III, Sylvia Jean, John Arthur, and Timothy Mathew; 13 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; his sisters, Helen Gonzalez and Shirley Garcia; his brothers, Gilbert Cavazos and Tony Cavazos; numerous cousins, nephews, nieces, and many friends. He also had two sisters, Minnie Cavazos Coy and Teri Cavazos Williams, who preceded him in death in 2018 & 2019 respectively.

Born in Yorktown, TX and raised in San Antonio, the son of Adam and Herminia (Ochoa) Cavazos, he was a lifelong resident of San Antonio but spent his later years in Las Vegas, NV enjoying golf and on occasions, a night on the town in the casinos with wife Florian.

In his early years, Mr. Cavazos grew up in the Yorktown, Cuero, and San Antonio, Texas areas with his large childhood family. In 1953, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served honorably during the Korean Conflict. He met his wife, Frances Ferrer, through mutual friends in San Antonio and they were married in 1958. After Honorable Discharge from the Marines, he joined the Air Force and retired after 20 years of combined service as Tech Sergeant. During Adam and Frances’ life together, they spent most of their years in Edwards Air Force Base, California and San Antonio, Texas raising their energetic family. Mr. Cavazos was always known to be a very hard working man; loyal to his country; compassionate; and a leader for his very large family.

He earned an Associate’s Degree from St. Phillips College while also serving in U.S. Federal Service. He retired from Federal Service in 1987. He and Frances were one of the first and long-time Parishioners helpingto establish Prince of Peace Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas.

A sports enthusiast and exceptional athlete. A highlight of Mr. Cavazos youth sports participation, he won 1stPlace in his weight class for boxing during the city-wide San Antonio Recreation Department tournament in the summer of 1953. Mr. Cavazos also participated in organized youth baseball, football, tennis, and track. As an adult he was an avid golfer, at one time holding a 10 handicap. He was a longtime member of the U.S. Air Force Golf Course clubs and represented Edwards Air Force Base in U.S. Air Force Intramural Team play.

05 Apr

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Lucy Bishop

April 17, 1926-March 31, 2020

On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Lucy Trcka Bishop, loving wife and mother of four, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her residence.

Lucy was born on April 17, 1926 to Rosalie and Michael Trcka in Nada, Texas. She married the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Bishop, on October 4, 1950.

Lucy was a devout and active parishioner at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Lucy loved music and dancing. She sang in the church choir every Sunday for over 60 years, and she and Bob never missed a chance to dance together. Lucy was also a talented artist who created many beautiful oil paintings for her family and friends.

Lucy is survived by three children, Joni (Rick) Beal, Terri (Mac) Perry and Greg (Nanette) Bishop. She was the proud grandmother of Daniel, Jacob, Sarah, Brandon, Stephanie, Layne, and Ryan and great-grandmother of 7. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and sister-in-law Zena Trcka. She was preceded in death by her husband Bob, her son Rob, and her four siblings.

A private graveside service will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

25 Mar

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Walter Reese Coe

Walter R. Coe, Lt. (USN) Retired, age 95, died March 17, 2020. He was born and raised in Parkersburg, WV.

Walt was beloved by his family and friends and set an excellent example as a devoted husband and father. He was extremely hardworking and sacrificed to put his six children through parochial schools and college. He was affectionate, charming, energetic, funny, and outgoing and prone to initiating conversations with complete strangers.

A veteran of two wars, Walt joined the U.S. Navy as a seaman at age 17 during the summer before the attack on Pearl Harbor. He moved up through seven enlisted ranks with extraordinary speed, rising to Chief Petty Office by the time he was 21 years old. Upon joining the service, he was trained in aircraft mechanics, and during WWII served at multiple locations in the Pacific theater, including on Guadalcanal Island. Following the war, in 1946, he was selected to serve on the original Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team as Chief of Maintenance. In 1949, he was assigned to the Naval Attaché staff in Seoul, Korea, one year prior to the beginning of the Korean War. Following the invasion of Seoul and evacuation to Japan, he flew 37 unarmed reconnaissance missions over Korea as an observer with the newly formed Air Force Mosquito Squadron and was awarded the Air Medal and three Oak Leaf Clusters. In 1954, Walt was honored for saving lives on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Bennington following a tragic boiler explosion the prior year that killed 102 men and injured dozens of others. Walt attended OTS in 1957, and the following year, as an officer, he was assigned for four and a half years to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to help organize the Research and Development Center in Pomona, NJ. Walt retired from the US Navy in 1963, with 22 years of service, and retired at the rank of Lieutenant.

Walt moved his family to San Antonio, Texas and commenced a second career with Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, starting out as a store manager and retiring after 20 years as District Marketing Manager. For several years during this period, he also served on the Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau of San Antonio.

Upon retirement from Firestone, Walt became a Blue and Gold officer for the U.S. Naval Academy. He served for seven years, recruiting and counseling Naval Academy candidates and helping at career events. He also served as president of the Shavano Heights Homeowner’s Association for five years, and later spearheaded many neighborhood projects.

Walter was predeceased by his parents, William and Dixie Counts Coe and eight of his siblings. He is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Dolores Jablonski Coe, whom he met while stationed at the American Embassy in Seoul, Korea. Walt is also survived by five children: Dr. Jeffrey D. Coe (Marlene) of Monte Sereno, CA, William R. Coe (Cindi) of Charlotte, NC, Monica J. Coe of San Antonio, TX, Michele Coe-Walker (James Walker) of McKinney, TX, James S. Coe of Atlanta, GA and 11 grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Kay Tolley, of Chesapeake, VA as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

16 Mar

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Alicia Ramírez Méndez Bullock, M.D.

July 2, 1930-March 9, 2020

Originally from Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Alicia was the third of seven children born to Manuel Ramírez and his wife, Marcelina Méndez. A bright and happy child, she started school a year early and later skipped the fourth grade. She excelled scholastically and was admitted to the first medical school class at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan. During her first year of study, she learned that her older brother, First Lt. Pablo Ramírez, a platoon leader and member of the 65th Infantry, had been killed in action in Korea. She graduated second of 50 students, one of eight women, at the age of 24. She moved to the mainland to complete her residency in internal medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. There she met and married another young resident, Allen Bullock, the love of her life. He said he taught her to read ECGs. She laughed and denied it. Devoted and generous parents, they raised three children and instilled in them some of the greatest traits of the greatest generation. Alicia’s interests were varied and included Russian literature, classical music, detective stories, antiquing, and sports. A compulsive note-taker, she was truly a lifelong learner. Storytelling with family and friends and homecomings to Puerto Rico delighted her. A lover of the bargain, her haggling skills were put to use in all of the family’s car purchases. She completed her career as the Medical Director of the VA Outpatient Clinic in Corpus Christi, retiring after her 75th birthday. Soon afterward the couple moved to San Antonio to be closer to family. She and son Allen cared for our father until his death in 2009.

Alicia was preceded in death by her husband Allen; parents, and siblings, Ana, Pablo, and infant brother Manuel. She is survived by her children, Allen, Delia, Wilfred (Annie); granddaughters, Heather and Meredith; siblings, Efraín (Edith) Ramírez, Adelina Ramírez (Reinaldo Alicea), Adelaida Ramírez; niece, Rosa (David) Rodríguez and great-niece Bianca Rodríguez.

06 Mar

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Edward Michael Woodruff

June 22, 1935-February 24, 2020

Edward (Ed) Michael Woodruff passed away peacefully at his home in San Antonio, Texas, on February 24, 2020. He was born on June 22, 1935 in New York City to Elizabeth and John Woodruff. Ed married his best friend, Rose McKenna, in 1956, and along with their two young sons made their way to Austin, Texas. After graduating from the University Of Texas School Of Pharmacy, he moved his family to Laredo, Texas, where he opened his own pharmacy and enjoyed taking care of his many patients. Eventually, a new challenge presented itself and he joined the administration team at Mercy Hospital. He always felt grateful for the opportunity to work with the Sisters of Mercy and wonderful health professionals at the hospital.

Ed was a respected and very active member of the Laredo community. He spearheaded many United Way Campaigns and was selected to serve on several advisory boards. In addition, he was dedicated to Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church where he served as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, and Parish Council Officer. One of his favorite activities was making and serving pancakes to parishioners as a member of the St. Patrick’s Men’s Club. Ed really loved living in Laredo because of the wonderful people that he met, worked with and served with. Laredo was also a great place to raise his four boys. Ed and Rose retired and moved to San Antonio in 2002 to be closer to their children and grandchildren. There they joined Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, a wonderful Christian Community. Ed was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #15240, where he was very active, involved, and where one of his favorite activities with the Knights was serving at their annual Lenten Fish Fry.

Ed loved his family and was so proud of his children and grandchildren. He was also an avid University of Texas Longhorn fan and supported his Longhorns in good times and in bad. Ed went to the Lord on February 24, 2020 and is survived by Rose, his wife of 63 years and his children; Michael and his wife Kim, Edward and his wife Diana, Jimmy and his wife Terry, and David and his wife Shawna and his ten grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Sunset North Funeral Home, 910 N. 1604, San Antonio, TX, 78232. You may leave condolences to the family online at www.SunsetNorthFuneralHome.com.

To celebrate Edward’s life, the Holy Rosary will be recited at 10 AM followed by a Mass of Resurrection on March 14, 2020, at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Road, San Antonio, Texas 78249. Private graveside services will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charitable organization of your choice. Charities meaningful to Ed include: Saint Francis of Assisi’s Mobile Loaves & Fishes Ministry and the Saint Vincent de Paul ministry.

14 Feb

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Delmiro Elizondo

May 15, 1925-February 9, 2020

Delmiro (Dely) Isidro Elizondo passed away on February 9, 2020 at his home in Spicewood, Texas. Dely was born in San Antonio, Texas on May 15, 1925 to Matilde and Aurelia Elizondo. He was the fourth of five children. Dely graduated from Central High School and went to St. Mary’s University.

Dely enlisted in the Navy on November 1, 1943 and was honorably discharged as a Radarman First Class on March 20, 1946. He married Yolanda Olga Garza on August 8, 1946 and had two daughters, Diana Marie 1947 and Mary Alice 1951. He is predeceased by Yolanda, who died in 1963 and by Diana, who died in 2006.

Dely worked at his father’s meat market as a butcher growing up. As an adult, he was a Deputy Sheriff, worked at the home office for Comet Service Stations for many years, had his own business in Spicewood for 15 years and worked for McCoy’s Building Supply for 17 years retiring on January 23, 2020 at the age of 94. He enjoyed working with his hands, hunting, fishing, reading, and parties. We will especially remember him for his smile, laughter, and storytelling. He was always the life of the party!

Dely is survived by his sister, Dora Elizondo Guerra, daughter, Mary Alice Ezzell, son-in-law Michael Ezzell, grandchildren, Kristi Hynes, William Thomas, Stephen Zapata, and great-grandchildren, Samantha and Matthew Hynes. He is also survived by stepchildren Beth Allen, Suann Partlin, Hoppy Williams, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

The Rosary will be Friday, February 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 4201 De Zavala Road, San Antonio, Texas. The Mass of Resurrection will be Saturday, February 22 at 10:00 am also at St. Francis of Assisi with a reception following the Mass in Henke Hall. The burial will be at a later date.

04 Feb

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Mary Garcia

September 3, 1929-January 29, 2020

Mary Louise (Villegas) Garcia, age 90, went to be with our Lord on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 in Fort Collins, Colorado. Mary Louise was born on September 3, 1929 in San Antonio, TX to Maria Antonia and Eugene Villegas. Mary Louise met her husband, Donato, while they both worked at Kelly Air Force Base. They were married for sixty years until his death in 2018. She retired from Kelly Air Force Base in 1977 after the death of their oldest son, George. Throughout their marriage, Mary Louise and Donato traveled extensively in Mexico, Italy, Spain, France, and Greece. Mary Louise played the guitar, was an artist, an accomplished cook, and a gardener. She worked as an usher for the Spurs and her other activities included volunteering at The Majestic Theater, The Institute of Texan Cultures, and The Suicide Prevention hotline.

She is survived by her sisters, Virginia Espinoza and Anita Zavala; her children, Donna Barbosa (Tony) and Marco Garcia (Cindy); grandchildren, Cory (Ashley), Victoria (Tori), Mathew and Jenna. She is returning to San Antonio to be buried alongside her husband and son at San Fernando Cemetery.

A Rosary will be held at Porter Loring Chapel on McCullough at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 6, 2020. Mass will be at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on Friday, February 7, 2020 at 10:00 am followed by the committal service at San Fernando II Cemetery.

28 Jan

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Dan Kasprowicz

October 8, 1939-January 26, 2020

Daniel E. Kasprowicz, age 80, passed away on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at his home in Fair Oaks Ranch with his family by his side. He was born October 8, 1939 to Valeria and Frank Kasprowicz in San Antonio, Texas. Dan served in the United States Air Force and went on to work for Southwestern Bell Corporation for over 25 years. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Robert Kasprowicz. Dan is survived by his wife of 55 years Beverly Kasprowicz; sons Danny Jr. (Laura), Mark (Julie), and Tim (Michelle); grandchildren Courtney, Evan (Bethany), Erin, and Keegan; great grandchild Kolbe; 7 siblings; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and a lifetime of friends.

Vigil

7:00 pm on Friday, January 31 at St. Francis of Assisi

Funeral Mass

10:00 am on Saturday, February 1 at St. Francis of Assisi with a reception to follow in Henke Hall

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