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26 Jan

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Stella Silva

Silva_StellaOur loving mother, sister and grandmother, Stella Silva passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 in San Antonio. She is preceded in death by her father, Benito B. Silva, Sr.; brother Benito Silva, Jr.; Ms. Silva’s sister, Maria M. Silva passed away two days after her on January 22nd. She is survived by her son; Gregorio Benito Palomino and wife, Ari; stepson; Lupe Palomino, sisters; Rebecca Northen and Juliana Davis, brother; David Silva and her beloved grandsons Nathaniel, Joakim, and Guillem Palomino, along with many wonderful friends and neighbors.

Stella had a strong faith and her love of music afforded her the opportunity to become Choir Director for the many years. On January 26th visitation and Rosary will be at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas. On Wednesday, January 27th visitation will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 707 S. 6th St. from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM with a Mass at 11:00 AM. Interment will immediately follow in Hillcrest Cemetery.

12 Jan

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Gustavo Marinez

Marinez_GustavoGustavo Marinez Sr., age 66, of San Antonio, died Tuesday, January 5, 2016. He served in the US Marine Corps from 1969-1973. Mr. Marinez was an educator in Big Wells and Carrizo Springs. He retired as school superintendent from Carrizo Springs CISD. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ovidio and Genoveba Marinez; sisters, Consuelo Martinez, Anita Marinez and Olivia Sanchez. He is survived by his wife, Norma Lee Marinez; daughter, Ana Lisa Marinez; son, Gustavo Marinez Jr; brothers, Robert Marinez and David Marinez; sister, Aurora Talamantes.

Rosary Vigil
Thursday, January 14, 2016 | 7 pm
Porter Loring Chapel

Mass of the Resurrection
Friday, January 15, 2016 | 8 am
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

Interment in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at 10:15 am.

06 Jan

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Kenneth Cadena

Ken CadenaKenneth W. Cadena, born and raised in San Antonio, TX went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 31, 2015 at the age of 68. He attended Mount Sacred Heart, and graduated from Lee High School, received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and his Master’s Degree from the University of Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his mother Margaret H. Cadena, father, Kenneth H. Cadena, brother, David L. Cadena, step-daughter, Lesa K. Garcia, and wife, Lynda Webb Cadena. He is survived by his wife, Anna Uriegas-Cadena, sister, Barbara K. Redlinger and husband Jim of Houston, TX, brother, Dennis G. Cadena, step-daughter, Dr. Laura Fisch and husband Dr. Joe Fisch of San Pedro, CA, step-son, Kenneth Paul O’Gorman of Elsie, MI, aunt, Dora Jimenez, cousins Catherine Jimenez, and Mary Clare Wickins and husband Steve of Denver, CO, and uncle, Charles Hardy and wife Eleanor of San Antonio. He is also survived by his loving grandsons, numerous nieces and nephews, and leaves behind many friends from NISD where he was still employed until his death. He was a devout Catholic and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was known as a gentle and humble man who was dearly loved and respected by his family, friends, and all who knew him. The family wishes to thank the faculty and staff at CTRC Medical Oncology for their dedication to Ken’s chemo care and VITAS Healthcare for their compassion.


Visitation will be on Friday, January 8, 2016 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church from 6:30 – 9:00 P.M. with a rosary at 8:00 P.M.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 9:00 A.M.

A reception will be held in the parish hall immediately following the funeral mass. Entombment will be held at Holy Cross Mausoleum at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Mobile Loaves and Fishes, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala, San Antonio, TX 78249.

02 Feb

A Celebration of Life: Catherine Evelyn Gieselman

10-thanksgiving 023DEC. 28, 1915—JAN. 20, 2016

The Lord found her number: a perfect 100.  Catherine Evelyn Gieselman (nee Hoffman) was born in the arid San Luis Valley in Monte Vista, Colorado on December 28, 1915.  She died peacefully in her sleep in the company of her life-long friend, caretaker, and daughter Patricia on January 20, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas.  Catherine was born to Zita Monica Zoeller Hoffman (1886-1958) and Henry Andrew Hoffman (1879-1959) who moved from Zenda, Kansas to farm in Colorado in 1911.  Soon after her birth, they moved to Sterling, Colorado where Catherine grew up on a farm with her parents and three brothers Norbert, Clement, and Robert and her sister Esthyre.  She attended St. Anthony’s Catholic School in Sterling.  Upon graduation she trained and became a registered nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver, practicing surgical nursing during her career.  She met and grew to love Raymond Joseph Gieselman (1909-1972) who managed retail stores for Gamble Skogmo in Sterling and was a reserve officer in the U.S. Army.  They married Denver in 1941 shortly after Ray was called into active duty for World War II.  His career in the military and subsequently with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service took them to many places throughout the world, including Texas, Alabama, New York, France, and Missouri.  Together they bore and raised four children: Robert (1943), Margaret (1944), Joseph (1948), and Patricia (1951).

Catherine had a light heart and an easy smile.  She cared deeply for her children, nurturing them in childhood and mentoring them in adulthood.  Foremost, she was accepting and hospitable to all.  She practiced her Catholic faith daily and had a deep spirituality that included a special relationship with the Blessed Virgin Mary, whom she called “her friend”.  She continuously performed works of mercy by serving as a nurse for clinics for the poor, visiting nursing homes, and sewing gifts to financially support the school at St. Paul’s Church. At the age of 60, she began painting and became a very good artist, a latent talent she claimed she never knew she had.  She was a model for both how to live and how to die.

Catherine is preceded in death by her husband Raymond Joseph Gieselman and daughter-in-law Kathleen Gieselman. She is survived by her son Robert Gieselman and wife Mary, her daughter Margaret Mueller and husband Pat, her son Joseph Gieselman, and her daughter Patricia Doucette and husband Rick, and her ten grandchildren Julie, Janet, Karen, Joseph, Mark, Eric, Felice, Daniel, Anna, and Lydia, and twelve great grandchildren Leo, Sophia, Roland, Patrick, Josie, Veronica, Madison, Matthew, Catherine, Coleman, Claire, and Evelyn.


Fr. Jim Barlow will celebrate a memorial Mass for Catherine at St. Francis of Assisi   Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Rd., San Antonio, Texas 78249, at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 20, 2016.  Catherine will be buried next to her husband at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Road San Antonio, Texas at 10:00 AM on Monday, February 22, 2016. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Eternal Word Television Network (5817 Old Leads Road, Irondale, Alabama 35210) or Food for the Poor (6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, Florida 33073).



17 Dec

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Emily Lumumba

Emily_and her son

With great sadness we announce the passing of parishioner Emily Lumumba. The funeral Mass will be on Monday, December 21, 2015 at 10 am here at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. A formal obituary will soon follow this announcement.

The family has started a “Go Fund Me” account to help the family with expenses. Click here if you would like to donate.

Photo: Emily with her son Wycliff in June 2015.

30 Nov

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Ana Maria Gonzalez Lecea

Lecea_Ana MariaA Virtuous Woman

Proverbs 31:10-31

It has been said that Proverbs 31: 0-31 is the description of a combination of women, however that is not true.  Proverbs 31 describes my Mother in every area.

She model each of the virtues listed and she did it to the very end.  She taught us to be loving, generous with our time and resources, industrious, motivated, and disciplined. She showed us how to live a long and productive life and how to die with dignity.

V.10       Who can find a virtuous wife?

Argelio Lecea, a very good and loving man found and married a Virtuous Wife in Ana Maria Gonzalez.

She was Born in Nuevo Laredo, Mex. on February 25, 1918 and married Argelio Lecea in 1941.

She was a virtuous and supportive wife in every sense of the word.  They had six children all living:

  • Argelio Jose Lecea
  • Ana Maria Lecea
  • Jorge Alejandro Lecea
  • Oscar Alfonso Lecea
  • Gregorio Eduardo Lecea
  • Virgilio Agusto Lecea
  • 15 grandchildren
  • 19 great grand children

Although her education was limited to elementary school, her intelligence, drive to excel and creativity were not limited as evidenced by her life.

She was industrious:

  • Mom would buy fabric and made winter and summer clothes from boy shirts and dresses and suits for her loved children and herself.
  • All summer long she would go to farmer markets and buy bushels of Tomatoes, cucumbers, peaches, apples, grapes, carrots, peas and many others to can so that her family would have food all winter.
  • She would work from dawn to dusk and beyond to ensure that her family lacked for nothing or to finish a projects.

Ms. Lecea had many careers:

  • Beautician and salon owner at the age of 14 years
  • Telephone Operator at 17 years
  • Excellent Wife and Mother 1941 – 2015
  • Gourmet cook – canning and preserving vegetables and fruits some times over 140 jars of all types of vegetables and fruits for her family. Feeding her family with one chicken and having left overs.
  • Great candy, flour tortilla maker
  • Great seamstress– able to make men’s shirts as well as ball gowns
  • Translator for the International Institute of Cultures in Michigan
  • Recording books for the Blind
  • Real Estate Agent (Prov.31 v. 16 She considers a field and buys it; from her profits she plants a vineyard) She bought houses and sold them at a great profits. Her vineyard were her children, their education and her beloved Argelio’s and her old age.
  • Social Worker – who developed a unique methodology to address anger in children under 12 years of age. Nixon recognized her work.
  • Secretary and Treasurer of Professional Performance Development Group for 31 years
  • Publisher and Editor and Chief of Professional Performance’s News Letter for 10 years, with the circulation of 700 every month.

At age 92 she retired to dedicate her time to her creative talents:

  • Became an accomplished water colorist,
  • Maker of tapestries, quilts and Holiday decorations,
  • Crocheting more than 100 bed spreads, Afghans, shawls, scarfs, baby blankets and hats, which she gave away. During the winter of 2014 she crocheted and gave away 45 hats and 18 baby blankets.
  • Poet with a gift of creating a window into the human soul with words.

Now she is receiving her prize the Crown she earned in this life.  She practiced the art of gratitude and love with great diligence.


The viewing is at 4:00 pm on November 30, 2015 at Mission Park Funeral Chapels North with the rosary following at 7:00 pm. Mass is at 12 pm, Tuesday December 1, 2015 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and burial services at San Fernando Cemetery No. 2. All are welcome to celebrate Ana Maria’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hope for the Future: https://www.archsa.org/


27 Oct

To Celebrate a Life of Love: G.E. ‘Buddy’ Mullan

Photo GEMWith profound sadness, we announce the passing of one of our parish founders and well-known faces at St. Francis of Assisi, Mr. G.E. ‘Buddy’ Mullan. A vigil will be held at St. Francis of Assisi on Friday, October 30 at 7:30 pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi on Saturday, October 31 at 9:30 am.

Many know that Buddy Mullan was an internationally renowned artist who designed the official parish logo, the stained glass windows in the sanctuary, many art pieces around the grounds, and much more. As a founder of the parish, Buddy initiated our RCIA process and started our Liturgical Environment team. When our church was built, Buddy was on the design committee and contributed to the present architectural design of the sanctuary and liturgical furnishings. He was an encyclopedia of Church history and loved teaching about the lives of the saints. He and his wife Celina led pilgrimages of art and faith around the world, including Ireland, Spain, Jerusalem, and Turkey. Click here to read his bio as an artist and check out some of his work.

In leiu of flowers, you may make contributions to the G.E. Mullan Liturgy & Art Fund at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church or to the Congregation of Benedictine Sisters in Boerne, Texas.

13 Oct

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Michele J. Palacios

michelleOctober 1, 1970–October 11, 2015

Michele J. Palacios passed away in her home, surrounded by her immediate family who loved her deeply on the 11th of October 2015 after a courageous 8 year battle with metastatic breast cancer. Michele was born on October 1, 1970, grew up in Kansas and moved to San Antonio in 2004.

Michele previously worked at Wells Fargo Bank and left the bank to focus on her treatments and to spend time with her husband, Richard L. Palacios. Over the last couple of years, Michele and Rich became very active in the non-profit organization; Little Pink Houses of Hope where she and her husband volunteered to help other woman and their spouses dealing with cancer.

Michele was also an excellent chef and enjoyed cooking for her family. She also enjoyed painting and created many beautiful paintings that she gave to her family. She also had a special love towards animals.

Michele was also an excellent chef and enjoyed cooking for her family. She also enjoyed painting and created many beautiful paintings that she gave to her family. She also had a special love towards animals.

She always had a smile on her face and continuously remained optimistic, courageous and continued to show compassion to others no matter what she herself was going through. Michele was passionate about her faith in God and recently converted to Catholicism.

Michele is survived by her husband of three years, Richard Palacios and her faithful canine companion; Max, her parents Michael & Vicki Reed and Peggy and Greg Bartholomew; her daughter Francine Brown; her two brothers Logan and Landon Bartholomew; sisters Staci Pectol and Shelli Patterson; Grandmother Margaret Jean Bergner. Friends and family will be received at 6:30 p.m.


OCTOBER 15, 2015
7:00 P.M.

OCTOBER 16, 2015
10:00 A.M.

Interment will follow in Hill Country Memorial Gardens. Family suggest memorials to Little Pink Houses of Hope, 2375 Corporation Parkway, Burlington, NC 27215.

27 Oct

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Jorge Escobedo

Escobedo_JorgeJorge Humberto Escobedo died on Saturday, October 17, 2015. Though he could be a man of few words, anyone that knew him knew instinctively they were in the presence of someone who was truly good. He was a dignified, honest and gentle man, always objective and positive, with never an unkind word about anyone.

Jorge also had a zest for life. He was a world adventurer, cosmology connoisseur, dapper dresser and sometimes illicit studier of Trivia Pursuit cards. He spent his life feeding his mind, and he could pull off dress socks and dress shoes with shorts unlike any other. His sense of humor was sharp, and his smile was infectious. Jorge loved photography and filming, and as a result, documented so much of his family experiences through the years, leaving a legacy of family bonds. Most amazing though, was that he had the rare ability to be fully himself. He had neither pretense nor shame in anything he did or took on. That’s something we can all aspire to.

Jorge came from a large and loving family. The eldest of 10, he was like a second father to many of his younger siblings. He held all of them close for the length of his full life. Jorge was cherished by his parents, grandparents, uncles and cousins. As a little child, he would fascinate relatives with his conversation and knowledge. Jorge was a loyal son, brother, husband, father and friend. He began his own family when he was just 22. He first met his wife Frances, who survives him, when he was in 5th grade (she was in 4th) at H. K. Williams Elementary School in San Antonio. They started dating when they were seniors in high school and were finally engaged three years later, when Frances, tired of waiting, proposed. He stayed by her side for 50 years of love and traveling adventures, including 53 cruises and countless road-trips. A mostly stay-at-home dad, he had more of a hand in raising his children than most fathers. As such, and always a tinkerer, Jorge raised Ginger and Steven with a his own brand of attentive yet ‘figure it out for yourself’ style. He taught them to think practically and logically, consult a dictionary often, and most importantly, that ‘only boring people get bored.’

Jorge took great pride in being a “Knight of Columbus” and fulfilling their mission of helping others. He was grateful for the abundance he had in his own life, and always sought ways he could help better the circumstances of others.

Jorge was preceded in death by his parents, Juvencio and Oralia Escobedo and his younger sister, Irasema. He is survived by his wife, Frances, his two children, Ginger and Steven, and five grandchildren, Jordan, Lauren, Chris, Alyssa, and Samantha, as well as 5 sisters and 3 brothers plus many nephews and nieces.


A memorial for Jorge will be held on Thursday, October 29, at Porter Loring Funeral Home in downtown San Antonio on McCullough, 1101 McCullough, (corner of McCullough and I35). Family and guests can arrive between 6-7 to mingle and get settled.

The rosary will begin at 7pm, led by Dr. James Garza, who also conducted the renewal of Jorge and Frances’ vows at their 50th anniversary celebration this past May. Eva Weber, niece, will provide a violin performance and Eric Gustafson, brother-in-law and vocalist, will sing a song of remembrance.

A mass will be held the following day, Friday Oct. 30th at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 4201 De Zavala at 10:00am, with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to MD Anderson – Adult Sarcoma Research, in honor of Jorge Escobedo.

13 Oct

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Denise Sander Tertrais

photo denise

April 8, 1918–October 10, 2015

Denise Sander Tertrais, 97, passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2015 in Fair Oaks Ranch. A very strong and courageous woman, she was a resident of Paris, France where she and her family were part of the Resistance during World War II, having both father and brother committed to Buchenwald concentration camp. She lived in France until 1960, when she moved to the United States and became an American citizen. She enjoyed volunteer work, making good use of her many talents, and was very family-oriented. Denise was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Tertrais. Survivors include her sister, Helen Beder, who is still in France; daughter, Catherine Bila and husband V.J.; 3 grandchildren, Vera, Christopher and his wife Angie, and Gregory Bila; 5 great-grandchildren, Denise, Monica, and Charles Chaloupka and Madeleine and Carter Bila; as well as a great-great-grandchild, Anthony Kelley.


The Rosary will be held on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. with a Mass to follow at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala. Interment will follow in Mission Burial Park North. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cancer research at University of Texas Health and Science Center or MD Anderson.