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09 Aug

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Cecile Elena Robichaud

August 3, 1940-July 21, 2018

Cecile Elena Robichaud, born August 3, 1940, in Chelsea, Massachusetts, passed away in San Antonio on July 21 at the age of 77.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Anthony and Elena Roselli, and her beloved husband, James Robichaud.

Cecile is survived by her loving daughter, Lisa Robichaud (Brian Purdy) and three grandchildren, Courtney, Kimberly, and James, and a great-grandson, Kayden. She is also survived by brothers Edward Roselli (Nancy), Anthony Roselli (Hoda), and sister, Barbara Haley (Lawrence Sanders), and other cherished relatives and friends.

She had resided in California for many years before relocating to San Antonio six years ago. Cecile was an active member of the Assistance League of San Antonio and an avid volunteer for the Rodeo Association. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on De Zavala Road in San Antonio, where a memorial Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, August 16 at 2 pm.

“We will always carry her memory in our hearts.”

Remembrances can be made in her honor to the Assistance League of San Antonio, P.O. Box 13130, San Antonio, Texas 78213. Remembrances can also be made to the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.

20 Jul

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Richard Edward Doucette

May 1, 1949-July 11, 2018

With his passion for flying, it is only fitting that the Lord God would call Rick to His heavenly presence “on eagle’s wings…in the breath of dawn”! Peacefully, Rick passed away the morning of July 11, 2018.

Rick was born May 1, 1949 in New Bedford, Massachusetts to Louis Edward Doucette and Antoinette Ann Kaminski. Throughout his life, he was a gentle, loving soul; always friendly, honest, caring to everyone, and had a great sense of humor. Even in high school, Rick’s strong faith in God, his moral convictions, sense of responsibility, and commitment to family and community, formed his lifelong ideals. From service to his country to service to his church and multiple organizations, he was always ready to fulfill the needs of others.

After graduating from Lowell Technological Institute with a degree in Business Administration, he served 20 years in the United States Air Force as a Services Officer. During that time, he also met the love of his life, Patricia Gieselman, in San Antonio and married on December 22, 1979. Together they enjoyed life in England, Germany, and Texas, meeting new people and creating lasting friendships.

Upon retirement in 1991, Rick worked in Dallas as a Forum Leader for AOL computers, a Software tester for Aldus/Adobe Corporation, and later became self-employed as owner of Doucette’s Desktop, publishing commercial and church-related newsletters. He and Pat returned to San Antonio in 1997 and followed God’s call to adopt their beautiful daughter, Lydia, in 2003 who has always held a special place in Rick’s heart.

After an ACTS retreat with the theme “Here I am Lord, I will go, if You lead me”, Rick felt called to work for the church. His ministry began at the Archdiocese of San Antonio Today’s Catholic Newspaper as a staff writer/reporter; and then as Director of the Office of Social Concerns, evangelizing and encouraging Catholics at all levels to “put their faith into action”. He was passionate about pro-life, abolishing the death penalty, and all aspects of social justice. He “walked the talk” volunteering as Board President of Allied Women’s Center (a pro-life crisis center), by actively participating in many Right to Life activities, and serving as a board member of Dress for Success, an organization helping women succeed in employment. In addition, he has been a member of the Knights of Columbus, serving as Grand Knight, and assisting in many parish and community events.

Rick had many passions and skills. He loved flying airplanes, both inside the cockpit of real airplanes, and from the ground with his remote control model airplanes. Cats were his favorite pets, many of which he cared for over the years. He was devoted to his family and friends. Rick took great pleasure in getting to know everyone he met from all walks of life and accepted everyone for who they were without judgment. Those who knew him would agree he could hold a conversation about almost any topic with anyone. He was an avid reader; loved learning about a variety of things from science/technology, solar energy, airplanes, religion, politics, to information on how to build things (This Old House was one of his favorite TV shows). When he set his mind to accomplish something, he did so with perfection in mind—whether it was to build a deck and stone walkway, fly an airplane, write a newsletter for an organization, or plan a gala to raise funds for non-profit organizations. Although Rick at times may have doubted his ability to accomplish his life goals, in other people’s eyes he has accomplished them all! God has indeed called Rick to Him on eagle’s wings, making him shine like the sun, and is now holding him in the palm of His hand.

Rick is preceded in death by his mother and father. He is survived by his wife, Pat, his daughter, Lydia, his sister, Louise Doucette, and niece Tory Eskenazi.

The following services in celebration of Rick’s life will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Rd, San Antonio, TX 78249: Friday, August 3, 2018, 6 pm Visitation. 7 pm Vigil Service. Saturday, August 4, 2018, 9 am Visitation. 10 am Memorial Mass. Interment will be on Monday, August 6 at 10:15 am at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Allied Women’s Center or the charity of your choice.

16 Jul

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Jesse Thomas Rhodes, III

January 1, 1955-July 12, 2018

A beloved husband, dedicated father, generous brother, celebrated lawyer, and faithful friend passed from this world on July 12, 2018 after a brief but critical health episode. “Tom” Rhodes was the epitome of strength, courage, and generosity. He took care of the people he loved, never once shied away from responsibility or duty and always sought justice for those in need of help. Most who knew him will never forget his keen sense of humor, clever wit or rapturous laugh, often even at his own joke. Tom was a stranger to no one, made a friend everywhere he went, was a welcoming and generous host to any but treasured his genuine friendships most of all.

Tom was born in Memphis, TN on January 1, 1955, and lived throughout the South during his childhood and adolescence, but for the majority of his life, Tom made his home in the city he loved, San Antonio, TX. His pride and joy were his two children, Jessica Rhodes (Oakland, CA) and Robert Rhodes (Dallas). He never missed an opportunity to remind them how much he loved them and how proud he was of the people they had become. His dedication as a husband and father was always his first priority. He and the love of his life, Beth, had recently and joyfully celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. He served as a dutiful brother to his five sisters who are grateful for the extreme generosity and loving care he provided to his late parents, Tom and Carolyn Rhodes, especially during their final years.

Graduated with highest honors from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1980, Tom had a long and successful career as a civil trial litigator, serving at Lyons and Rhodes for the majority of his career and most recently as managing partner of the Tom Rhodes Law Firm. He was a nationally recognized speaker and author on trial strategy and jury argument. He took pride in his political and social justice work, like his pro-bono representation of the families of 9/11 victims or helping advance legislative change on behalf of his clients. To quote Tom in his own words, “I love what I do.” His passion for the law led him to serve and lead within many prestigious law organizations such as SATLA, TTLA, ATLA, Inner Circle of Advocates (Top 100 Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in the US), International Society of Barristers and AAJ. During his distinguished law career, he garnered innumerable honors and accolades including the following: Inner Circle of Advocates 2010 2018, Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” (4 years), America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement Award 2017, The Wall Street Journal Best Lawyers in Texas 2017, NY Times Lawyers of Distinction Award 2017, America’s Top 100 High Stake Litigators 2017, and the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents Litigator Award 2015.

Tom was brilliant, eloquent, curious, and a voracious reader. He had many passions in life. He loved entertaining and traveling with family and friends. Tom had a real green thumb and was a true nature lover. He was an avid sports fan and 30 year Spurs season ticket holder. The only thing Tom loved more than winning in the courtroom was winning in Las Vegas. He loved grilling, fishing, his Porsche, the Rolling Stones and his faithful dog Pepper who was by his side until the end.

Tom is survived by his wife Joye Beth Joy, his children Jessica and Robert, his mother-in-law Melba Joy, his sisters Karen Stiteley (Austin), Lynda Rhodes (Austin), Mary Jacobson and husband Jim (Austin), Janet Brown (Houston), his nephews Colin, Patrick and Will Jacobson, Brandon and Perry Read, Clay Joy and his niece Amber Herndon. sister-in-law Kim Read (Monte) and brother-in-law Gary Joy (Terry). Tom was preceded in death by his father, Jesse Thomas Rhodes II, mother, Carolyn Ross Rhodes and father-in-law, Meade Joy.

A funeral Mass will be offered on Wednesday, July 18 at 10:30 am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (4201 De Zavala Rd, San Antonio, TX) and a visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 17 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at Porter Loring Mortuary North (2102 N. Loop 1604, San Antonio, TX).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to one of the following charities that Tom held close to his heart: Meals on Wheels: mowsatx.org/donate San Antonio Battered Women’s Shelter (FVPS): fvps.org/make-a-donation Family Violence Prevention Services Inc., 7911 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209 St. Vincent DePaul Society: svdpsa.org/donate.

26 Jun

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Daniel “Dan” Humbert

October 18, 1962-June 20, 2018

Daniel “Dan” Humbert went home to be with the Lord on June 20, 2018. He will be greatly missed by his beloved wife of 31 years, Eileen; their sons, Daniel and Brian; his father, Herman; his four siblings, Mary, Joseph, Kathleen, Rebecca; and numerous nieces and nephews. Dan was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and godfather. His family and friends will miss him dearly. Daniel lived life to the fullest and was proud of the legacy he created with his wife and sons. Dan honorably served his country in the U.S. Army and after his service became a teacher. Dan loved camping, the outdoors, and traveling. He and his family visited Germany, Ireland, and Italy and went on numerous camping trips in and around Texas and across the country. Dan always welcomed and loved the frequent visits from friends, family, and colleagues. He will be remembered for his deep devotion to the Catholic faith, love of his family, his sense of humor, passion for camping, cars, motorcycles, and music.

MONDAY, JULY 2, 2018
7:00 PM

10:00 AM

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Father Tony Vilano will celebrate the Mass of the Resurrection. Interment will follow the reception at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at 1:30 PM. Remembrances may be sent to Porter Loring Mortuary North. Memorial contributions in Dan’s honor may be made to the National Brain Tumor Society or The American Brain Tumor Society.

11 Jun

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Albert Robert Dutson

October 29, 1930-June 3, 2018

Albert Robert Dutson passed away peacefully on June 3, 2018, at the age of 87. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Francis (Rubio) Dutson, and sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Canales. He is survived by his wife, Dolores C. Dutson; his former wife, Lillian D. Dutson, and their children, Albert T. and Dina D. Dutson; and numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and countless other family members and lifelong friends.

Al was raised in Laredo, TX, and known to all as “Titire.” He graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in 1949. Shortly thereafter, he gained admission to the Tecnologico de Monterrey in N.L., MX, on a football scholarship. In 1951, Al enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps serving in the U.S. Marine Corps serving in the Korean War and was honorably discharged. In 1957, he graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. Al remained in San Antonio following his passion for airplanes and negotiations and was employed in procurement as a government contractor for over 40 years with Kelly AFB, Alamo Aircraft, and Chromally Gas Turbine, respectfully. Al believed in God, the importance of family and friends, a strong work ethic, and he knew the meaning of sacrifice.

Visitation will begin on Thursday, June 14 at 9:30 am with a rosary to be recited at 11 am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. The funeral Mass will be offered following the rosary at 11:30 am. Interment will follow in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Albert R. Dutson on behalf of Dolores C. Dutson. Donations may be mailed directly to the Alzheimer’s Association San Antonio & South Texas Chapter, MAC 37 Building, 10223 McAllister Freeway, Suite 100 in San Antonio, TX 78216 or donations may be sent online at https://www.alz.org/sanantonio.

11 Jun

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Allen E. Swize

May 3, 1932-June 6, 2018

Allen E. Swize of Helotes, Texas, born May 3, 1932, passed away June 6, 2018 at the age of 86 with his family by his side. He was called home by the Lord to join his beloved wife of 60 years Betty Swize, parents Emil and Susie Swize, son Christopher Allen Swize, and great-grandchild Addison Wente. Allen is survived by daughters Cheryl Wente (Tom) and Debra Marmor; grandchildren, Christopher Wente (Melissa), Suzy Villarreal (Michael), Eric Wente (Brittany), Matthew Marmor, and Emily Marmor; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Nikki, Hallie, Tommy, Bear, Kyle, Carson, Reagan, Eve, Allen, and Presley; 4 brothers, Daniel Swize, Myron Swize, James Swize, Emily Swize, Jr.; sister Darlene Moczygemba, his beloved dog Snickers, and a lifetime of friends and neighbors. Allen served with the United States Navy for four years during the Korean War. After he returned from the service, he devoted 40 years of his life to work with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company.

Visitation will begin at 6 pm and the rosary will be recited at 7 pm on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. A funeral Mass will be celebrated the following day, Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 12 pm. Interment will follow at Mission Burial Park North.

03 May

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Antonio Ramirez

August 17, 1937-April 29, 2018

Antonio I. Ramirez, 80, passed away on April 29, 2018. He was born on August 17, 1937 to Carlos A. and Ventura R. Ramirez in Mission, Texas. He was the beloved husband of Mary Esther Ramirez for 54 years, the father of four children, grandfather to four, and great grandfather to two.

Antonio participated in several civic, fraternal and patriotic organizations including the Boy Scouts of America as a Scout Master, St. Mary’s University Alumni Association, The 100 Club of San Antonio, The Knights of Columbus Councils 624 and 4786, Catholic War Veterans Post #4, Disabled American Veterans, and the Society of Logistics Engineers. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Booster of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and The Order of Franciscan Missionaries. Antonio was an avid fisherman, hunter and gardener.

Antonio is preceded in death by his daughter Margaret J. Ramirez, father, mother and brother Enrique. He is survived by his wife, Mary Esther Ramirez; children Retired CPO David A. Ramirez (Judith Ramirez) from Pensacola, FL, Patrica A. Hutson (Larry Hutson) from Jacksonville, FL, and Lt. Col. Roland E. Ramirez from Plato, MO; grandchildren Jessica K. Lang (Jerry Lang), Zachary D. Ramirez, Jessica N. Boguslawski (John Boguslawski III), and Renee M. Ramirez; great-grandchildren Brayden J. Lang and Riley L. Lang. He is also survived by his siblings Jose, J. Carlos, Maria, Miguel, and Ramon.

The family would like to thank the many family and friends for your prayers, visits and calls. May the Lord bless you all!

Visitation: Tuesday, May 15, 2018  5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Rosary: Tuesday, May 15, 2018  7:00 p.m.
Castle Ridge Mortuary

Funeral Service: Wednesday, May 16, 2018   11:45 a.m.
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

Interment: Wednesday, May 16, 2018   2:00 p.m.
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery

03 May

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Lino T. Cuellar

September 17, 1922-April 28, 2018
Lino T. Cuellar passed away in San Antonio on April 28, 2018 at the age of 95. He was born in Floresville, Texas to Lino E. and Francesca (Flores) Cuellar. Mr. Cuellar was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary Jane Neugebauer Cuellar and his sisters, Clotilda Cuellar Taylor, Oralia Cuellar Froboese, Minerva Cuellar Reyes, Bertha Cuellar Gonzalez and Alice Cuellar Simon.
A rosary will be held on Saturday, May 5 at 9:30 am followed by a Mass at 10 am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. The burial will be held on Monday, May 7 at 10 am at Holy Cross Cemetery (17501 Nacogdoches Rd.).
03 May

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Lynda Ambrose

February 6, 1964-May 1, 2018

A beautiful light of our community, Lynda Ambrose, went to her heavenly home on May 1, 2018, surrounded by her family and dear friends. She fought a tremendous battle with cancer for the last ten years with integrity, strength, humility, and great love.

She was a pillar of joy for all of us at St. Francis. She regularly attended the 5:00 pm Mass on Saturday’s where she welcomed parishioners with her radiant smile as a Hospitality Minister. She gave of her time weekly to help the less fortunate by serving on multiple Mobile Loaves & Fishes teams. She also enjoyed helping out with the Kid’s Games at the annual church festival. She was an ACTS sister and was grateful to serve on team and share the love of Jesus with others.

Most of all, Lynda leaves a legacy of love, compassion, service, and joy! We give thanks and praise to God for Lynda’s life, and we rejoice that she is no longer suffering. She remains a beautiful light in the lives of all those that knew her. May she rest in peace in the arms of Jesus.


Sunday, May 6, 2018 All Faiths Funeral Home in Smithville, Texas

            Visitation 2:00-4:00 pm

            Rosary 4:00-5:00 pm

Monday, May 7, 2018 Saint Paul’s Catholic Church in Smithville, Texas

            Mass: 10:00 am

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.