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02 May

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Maria de la Rosa

April 18, 1933-April 26, 2018

Born to Guadalupe and Consuelo Perez on April 18, 1933 in Brownsville, TX, Maria was their only child. At the age of 11, while skating in front of her father’s restaurant, she pointed out a paperboy she’d never seen before to her aunt and boldly predicted she would marry him one day. On Feb. 9, 1949, she did just that marrying Manuel de la Rosa, Sr.

As a young mother, she worked several jobs, including Gift Wrapper and Elevator Operator at JCPenney’s. She was also a seamstress and sold Avon products.

In 1960 she, her husband and their three children moved to San Antonio where they opened a small café on Josephine Street serving breakfast and lunch to employees from nearby Pepsi Cola, Co., Slater White Cleaners, and Texas Neon Lighting Company. In 1962, a small taco/enchilada stand on Vance Jackson Road led to the opening of La Rosa Mexican Restaurant. The daily specials and catering business took off encouraging a second La Rosa restaurant on Fredericksburg Road in 1966. They retired in 1981 after 21 years as restaurant owners.

While her husband continued working in the restaurant business including La Mansion, she opened a licensed in-home child care business which inspired her to complete a GED in 1988. Continuing her education, she earned an Associate’s Degree in Child Care. She was a second mom “Mimi” to many children in her care. At one time it was said that she had cared for over 200 babies. She continued her business after her husband died in November 1995 retiring in 2001. Not one to sit at home, she volunteered as a Foster Grandparent at St. Paul’s Ministry and Catholic Charities Ministry, earning many commendations for her dedication and caring work with the children.

Always an entrepreneur, she had a side business selling Beeline Clothing, in-home/catalog sales. Maria was known for her ability to spread the Good News, often quoting from the Bible. She was a “walking/talking Bible Thesaurus”. Ask her a where to find a certain verse or scripture and she could tell you without batting an eyelash.

She is survived by five children, Dolores Patiño (Anthony), Manuel de la Rosa, Jr. (Betty), Mary Roszell (Billy), Esther Sahagun (Tim), and Miguel de la Rosa (Angie). Maria had thirteen grandchildren and twenty-five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by several brothers in law, sisters in law, many nieces and nephews, godsons and daughters.

Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s crept in and stole the last years from her and loved ones. She died peacefully on Thursday, April 26, 2018. We will celebrate this occasion as her birthday into heaven and reunion with her husband.

Maria was blessed to lead a very full life. Her life was a blessing to all of us and made possible what we enjoy today. We thank God for her gift of life and the beauty of her creation in her family. We treasure our memories of her and we will miss her. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to Alzheimer’s San Antonio & South Texas Chapter.

The visitation will be held on May 5 at 10:30 am at Fred J. Tips Mausoleum Chapel (20900 IH 10 West, San Antonio, TX 78257). The funeral service will follow at 12 pm.

16 Apr

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Michael Dennis Gehri

October 7, 1938-April 13, 2018

SMSgt Michael Dennis Gehri, USAF (Ret.) passed away on Friday, April 13, 2018. He was born October 7, 1938 in Tacoma, Washington to Errol and Ruth (Sullivan) Gehri.

SMSgt Gehri served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force then later retired from Southwest Research Institute after 20 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Pat, Terry and Glen. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; children, Kelly Tagliaferro and her husband, Robert, Christine Scrivner and her husband, Eric; grandchildren, Christopher and Robert, II Tagliaferro, Michael and Megan Scrivner; sisters, Jane Miller and her husband, Ron and Linda Berryman; numerous nieces and nephews.

A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala. The Funeral Mass will be at 12:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at the church. A Graveside Service with Full Military Honors will be at 10:15 A.M. on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery 1520 Harry Wurzbach Road.

16 Apr

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Nicholas Anthony Messina

July 23, 1921-April 11, 2018

Nicholas Anthony Messina, age 96, passed away on April 11, 2018 in San Antonio. He was born on July 23, 1921 in New York City, New York to Frank and Emma Messina. Nicholas was part of the greatest generation. He served his country honorably in the United States Army during WWII. Nicholas was a long-time resident of North Miami and West Palm Beach, Florida.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; and son, Keith Francis Messina. Nicholas is survived by daughter, Patricia Chisolm and husband Joseph; grandchildren, Jason Messina (Carrie), Nicole Ogle (Jamie), Colleen King (Shawn) and Nicholas Messina; great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Troy Messina, Jackson Ogle, Brody King, and Harper King. The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. David N. Lopez and Heart-to-Heart Hospice.

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In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

28 Mar

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Howard Michael Wolf

June 14, 1927-March 26, 2018

Howard (Howdy) Michael Wolf entered into eternal life on March 26, 2018 at the Village of Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 14, 1927 and was raised in Muncie, IN. He served in the U.S. Army at the end of WWII and then finished his studies at Indiana University. Upon graduating, he was employed by Union Carbide where he worked for 38 years, retiring as Materials Manager for the company. In 1950 Howard was married to Norma Maxine Skinner, of Muncie, until her death in 1995. Together they raised 6 beautiful, active children: Michael (Jung Ja) Wolf, Patricia (Keith) Rancine, Stephen (Rosie) Wolf, Joseph (Helena) Wolf, Teresa (Bill) McGrath and Karen (Mark) Murdoch. He adored his 14 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Throughout his life Howard enjoyed traveling and volunteering in the community and church. He was a proud member of Elks Club, Knights of Columbus, served as President of the Kokomo IN Jaycees, held leadership positions with Boy Scouts of America, and was Director of Property Owners Association in Wonder Lake, IL. In 1999, Howard married his sister-in-law, Margaret Mueller Wolf and very smoothly assumed the role of step-father (7) step-grandfather (13) and step-great-grandfather (2). He is survived by his devoted wife Margaret, his children, step children, brother James Henry Wolf (Beth Ann) and his sister-in-law Marilyn Sue Skinner.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Norma; parents Howard and Mariam Wolf; brothers John Thomas Wolf and Richard Louis Wolf.

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Father James Mueller and Father Jim Rutkowski will officiate. In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to the charity of your choice.

19 Mar

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Mildred “Millie” Marie Novosad

March 11, 1923 – March 15, 2018

Mildred “Millie” Marie Novosad, went to her heavenly home on March 15th. Her love of God, family, and life kept her alive way beyond expectations, giving her the nickname of the “energizer bunny”.

Millie was born in Houston and spent 46 years married to Jerry Novosad as an Army wife and mother of three. She and Jerry retired to Boerne living in the dream home they built. After Jerry died, Millie continued on with courage and spunk that only seemed to grow with age.

Millie will be remembered as a strong, loving, courageous, woman who showered her family with unconditional love. She was pre-deceased by her parents, husband, sister, and great-granddaughter. She is survived by daughters Barbara Stueve (Dick) and Beverley McClure (Ken) and her son, Jerry Novosad, Jr. (Jaime). Her 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren will greatly miss their beloved Nanny.

The vigil will be March 23rd at 7:00 pm at Mission Park North with Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on Saturday, March 24th at noon followed by a celebration of her life at St. Francis’ Henke Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family will accept donations to Candlelight Ranch at candlelightranch.org.

08 Mar

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Antonio “Tony” Zepeda

August 14, 1937 – March 4, 2018

Antonio “Tony” Zepeda passed away on March 4, 2018 at the age of 80. He was born on August 14, 1937 in San Antonio, TX and is survived by his beloved wife, Henrietta, of 53 years. He is also survived by his two sons, Anthony and his wife Mary Ann McGarry, and their children Nicholas and Alexander; and Duane and his wife Aaron Leigh Zepeda, and their children Violet and Everett; in addition to numerous nieces and nephews. Tony’s surviving siblings are Ignacio Zepeda, Francisco Zepeda, and Rosalia Zepeda. He was preceded by his parents, Ignacio and Norberta Zepeda, and his older sister Leonor Zepeda, SSCJ.

Tony served in the United States Army and Army Reserves from September 1958 to August 1964. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Private First Class. He worked in the civil service at Kelly AFB in San Antonio, TX for 27 years and earned a Bachelor in Applied Arts and Sciences degree from Southwest Texas State University in 1977. Tony was a loving father and dedicated husband. He worked hard for his family and strove to give the best to his wife and sons.

Services will be on Saturday, March 10, at 9:30 am, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 DeZavala Rd., San Antonio, TX. Reception to follow.

Burial will be on Thursday, March 22, at 1:45 pm at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio, TX.

24 Feb

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Michael Stanley Arch

August 6, 1958 – February 20, 2018

Mike Arch passed away on February 20, 2018. He was born on August 6, 1958 in Wiesbaden, Germany and traveled many places as the son of an Air Force active duty member before landing in San Antonio, TX when he was 12. He is survived by his wife Stephanie, parents Charles and Jutta Arch, brother Tom Arch, son Matthew Leonard Arch, daughter Chelsea Ann and her fiancé Jacob Briody, Mother-in-law Rita Recker, Sister-in-law Rani Janelle Zapata and her husband Frank Zapata and nephews Christopher Arch and Chad Arch and their families.

How do you sum up a man’s life? There are many people who touch our lives in this world and on rare occasions comes one that touches our hearts. Mike touched our hearts. Now the answer becomes simple – we just add up what he left behind. Parents he cared about, loved, and showered with kindness; Parents proud to call him son. A wife he loved and cherished above all else; a wife that will continue to love him for the rest of her days. Kids he loved and adored and raised to know the value of respect and kindness; Kids that will live up to the legacy he leaves behind. A brother he loved and knew he could always count on. Treasured friends he would greet with hugs and share stories and laughter with, especially at the many parties he hosted where friends and family became one. Friends that will miss him dearly and continue to support his family. Co-workers and business associates with whom he made lasting relationships; Colleagues that respected him and will forever value those relationships. He loved his many dogs over the course of his lifetime; especially his chocolate lab Buddy. He was a simple man of principle who felt at ease with the world around him especially the outdoors where he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a man of faith, God played a huge role in his life and he felt closest to Him in the quiet moments in the woods where the solitude often heard his prayers. He will be missed and always in our hearts.

A rosary will be held at St. Francis of Assisi on Saturday, March 3 at 10:00 am followed by a funeral Mass at 10:30 am. A reception and time to visit with the family and celebrate Mike’s life will follow in St. Francis’ JP II Room on the second floor of the San Damiano Building immediately following this funeral Mass. The burial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the San Antonio Humane Society or another animal rescue charity of their choice. Mike’s family is most grateful for the loving care, compassion, and comfort provided by Dr. Kimberly Heller, Dr. Robert Schnitzler and by the ICU intensivists, nurses and support staff at the Methodist Hospital.

08 Feb

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Lester Carl (Les) Jung

January 9, 1923 – January 21, 2018

Lester Carl (Les) Jung of San Antonio, Texas, entered eternal rest, on January 21, 2018 at the age of 95. Les was born on January 9, 1923 in Malcolm, NE to George and Caroline (Heil) Jung. He is preceded in death by his parents, wives Phyllis Ann (Baumgart) and Nell Ruth (Kostohryz). He is survived by Jeff (Sally) Jung in San Antonio, TX; Sue McClain in Monticello, Il., Steven Jung in NYC, Greg (Teresa) Jung in Duluth, Minnesota, Pam (Greg) Jack in Omaha, Roger Jung in San Antonio, and Bill (Lisa) Jung in Wylie, Texas. He is also survived by fifteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren whom he loved dearly.

Lester graduated from Omaha Tech High School. During WWII, Les served in the U.S. Army Air Corp as a B-17 Pilot with the 15th Air Force, 463rd Bomb Group in Foggia, Italy. He completed 50 missions and received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the European Campaign Medal with five Bronze Stars. After the war, he worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. before retiring.

A Memorial Service will be held on February 3, 2018 at Concordia Lutheran Church, 16801 Huebner, San Antonio, TX. Visitation at 10:00 am Memorial Service at 11:00 am A reception will follow. Funeral services and interment will be held on February 17, 2018 at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery at 5701 Center St. Omaha, NE. Visitation will be at 10:00 am. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am. Interment will be at 12 noon. A reception will follow. The family wishes to graciously thank the staffs at Autumn Grove Memory Care and Heart to Heart Hospice for their love and care for Les. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Concordia Lutheran Church or Alzheimer’s Disease Research in his name.

17 Jan

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Nick Martinez

September 20, 1943 – January 11, 2018

Nick Martinez passed away at his home on January 11, 2018, after battling Parkinson’s Disease for the past eleven years. A San Antonio native, he was born on September 20, 1943.

As a young man, Nick graduated from Edison High School and attended San Antonio College. He went on to have a life-time career in the sales industry. He retired as a Farmers Insurance Agent after over twenty years of service.

Nick was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. As a member of the Knights of Columbus he achieved the rank of fourth degree. He was a fifteen-year member of an ACTS Small Christian Community with St. Luke’s Catholic Church. He served in the US Army Reserves. He was also a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club.

In Nick’s later years he established membership in the Sons of the Republic of Texas as a descendant of Gregorio Esparza, the only defender of the Alamo who was buried and not cremated.

Nick is survived by his wife, Irene, who he married November 26, 1993; daughter, Laura Martinez Costello and her husband, James, and grandson, Samuel James and son, Nicholas A. Martinez III and his wife, Elizabeth and grandson, Brandon Nicholas; his sister, Mary Anne Meyer and her husband, Roland; brothers, Arthur Martinez and his wife Rosa, and Daniel Martinez and wife, Rosie; as well as aunts, an uncle and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and his beloved dog, Shyla, who stayed by his side throughout his entire illness.

Nick’s brother, Danny, remembered his oldest brother, Nick, as the one who always made sure he had gifts under the Christmas tree when he was little. As the eldest son, he led the family in caring for their mother even as her health deteriorated.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 18 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Porter Loring Mortuary North.

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Entombment will follow in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.

04 Jan

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Evelyn Louise Ebrom Dreitner

February 16, 1933 – December 29, 2017

Evelyn Louise Ebrom Dreitner, age 84, entered the nearer presence of her Lord Friday, December 29, in San Antonio. She was born February 16, 1933 in San Antonio. Her parents, Edward and Mary; brothers, Herman and Charles; husband, Victor; and son-in-law, Thomas Upton predeceased her.

As a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, Evelyn loved her family. Her favorite moments were when the family gathered for holidays and special events; even celebrating one final Christmas with all of her loving family at her bedside. Evelyn was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in San Antonio. Evelyn was a talented musician. She was the first female allowed to play the organ at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for the Liederkranz. She continued her musical passion by giving her gifts to God every day as the organist at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church in Port Lavaca, where she lived for over 45 years. She enjoyed cooking and entertaining in Port Lavaca; she ensured the parish priests would get a homecooked meal every week. She helped educate and strengthen children in the Catholic faith and prayers by teaching Catechism for many years.

Survivors include her sister, Sister John Martin Ebrom; her five children, Mary Jane Upton, Victor Dreitner (Stacy), Caroline Mowen (Curt), Cindy Epley (Gregg), and Anthony Dreitner (Kathy); eight grandsons Christopher Mowen (Kristyn), T.J. Upton (Marriah), Corey Mowen, Keith Epley, Brian Epley, Nathaniel Nguyen, Blake and Grayson Dreitner; two great-grandsons, Ryver and Beckett Mowen and numerous other relatives and friends.

The Rosary will be held at Porter Loring Mortuary North (San Antonio) on Wednesday, January 10 at 7 p.m. Evelyn’s funeral mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (San Antonio) on Thursday, January 11 at 10 a.m. Late Thursday afternoon, Evelyn will be laid to rest next to her husband at St. Mary’s Cemetery in High Hill, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (http://sfasat.org/newonlinegivingplatform/) or directly to St. Francis of Assisi Mobile Loaves and Fishes (http://sfasat.org/MLF/donate.htm). Evelyn’s family is most grateful for the loving care, compassion, and comfort provided by Dr. Neela Patel and by the nurses and staff at Kindred Hospice on Blanco Rd.