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9 Aug

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Captain Dominador L. Soriano

May 4, 1916 – July 31, 2017

Captain Dominador L. Soriano (Dom as he was fondly called), U.S. Army, Infantry Division, passed away Monday, July 31, 2017. He was 101 years old. He was born May 4, 1916 in Guimba, Nueva Ecija, Philippines. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Patrocinia J. Soriano, whom he was married for over 63 years, baby son, Oscar Soriano, and great-grandsons Brendon Higuchi and Roman Haverly. He is survived by his 11 children, 41 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandsons.

In 1938, Dom was a 20-year-old draftee, and in June 1939, he was commissioned as captain for the Reserve Force, Philippine Army for the duration of the war and 6 mos. thereafter. On September 1, 1941, he was inducted in the USAFFE (United States Army Forces, Far East) as a 2nd Lt. and served as Commander of E.CO.83rd Infantry Regiment. In 1942, he was wounded in action in Cebu (Pacific Theatre), Philippines, and after the USAFFE capitulation, he helped organize a “guerilla unit” called the Blue Force, which joined the Liberation Army and fought until the surrender of Supreme Japanese Army General Yamashita. In July 1944, he was arrested and tortured by the Japanese at Manaoag, Pangasinan, Philippines. He was honorably discharged from the Philippines Army in May 1946. In July 1946, he was commissioned as 2nd Lt. in the United States Army and participated on the “Victory Parade” in Luneta Park, Manila, Philippines. He served the United States Army until 1948.

In 1949, Dom graduated from the Philippine Law School using his GI Bill benefits and became a lawyer in 1950. In 1952, he assisted in organizing the Veterans Federation of the Philippines under President Magsaysay. He became a member of the Executive Board, in which he represented the Philippines Scouts. He earned a scholarship and attended Harvard University specializing in Labor Union. He became involved in the Philippines Labor Movement and entered politics. He was elected City Councilor in 1963. He immigrated to California in 1974. In 2016, he attended San Antonio’s City Council Chambers for the City Resolution recognizing the heroic act of WWII, Filipino and American veterans. He became the Filipino community’s voice and champion in “Military City USA”. He eventually witnessed the enactment of Public Law 114-265 – “To award a Congressional Gold Medal collectively to the Filipino Veterans of WWII, in recognition of their dedicated service during the war”.

Dom Soriano was very active in his Church’s ministries such as being a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #15240, the Mobile Loaves and Fishes (he was assigned to count 125 snack bags of potato chips and 125 bags of bit size carrot sticks during food preparation, and he has his own personal bin of condiments [mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper] to pack into 200 snack size plastic bags), and the Silver Stars (he loved dancing even though he was wheelchair bound). He was a proud husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Dom Soriano was truly a devoted Christian, family-man, a great warrior, patriot, and loved his countrymen.

Visitation will begin at 6:00 P.M. with a Vigil Service/Rosary to begin at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Mission Park Funeral Chapels North, 3401 Cherry Ridge Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78230. Visitation will continue on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 beginning at 10:00 A.M. with the Mass of Resurrection at 11:00 A.M. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Road, San Antonio, Texas 78249. A reception will follow at the Henke Hall at the Church from 12:15 P.M. – 1:45 P.M. A procession will depart the Church at 1:45 P.M. for an Interment with Military Honors at 2:30 P.M. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dom Soriano’s memory may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church; contribution cards will be available at the Vigil Service/Rosary on Tuesday, and at the Church on Wednesday.

26 Jul

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Eugenia Navarro Solis

September 24, 1924 – June 30, 2017

Eugenia Navarro Solis was born in San Antonio, Texas, on September 24, 1924, to Joe Angel and Concepcion M. Navarro. She passed away on June 30, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas.

She is survived by her two children, Sandra Judy Solis and Robert Joseph Solis of San Antonio, brother Robert Navarro, sister Irene Doherty, grandchildren Sarah, Ryan, and Jake Solis, and numerous nieces and nephews. Deceased brothers Jodes, Edward, and Ramon Navarro. Also surviving is her former spouse, Tiburcio M. Solis of San Antonio.

Eugenia, who was more so called by the name of Jean or Jeanie, grew up on the West Side of San Antonio. She spoke often of growing up during the Great Depression and always told stories to her children about the hardships she experienced with her family during those times. She graduated from Fox Tech High School and worked for a brief period in Civil Service at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio.

Eugenia was a 5th generation descendant of Jose Antonio Navarro, who was a lawyer that served as a representative to the Republic of Texas Congress, a delegate to the Convention of 1845, a Senator in the Texas Legislature, and one of the few Mexican signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. She was very proud of her family genealogy and always reminded her children to “never forget” that family history.

Eugenia was known as a caring and compassionate woman. She would go out of her way sometimes in a carefree manner to provide assistance to others. She was the caregiver for ill family members or friends of the family, giving special care and attention to her father in his later years. She continued helping others well into her elderly years.

In remembrance, a memorial Mass will be held at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, July 26 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Road, San Antonio, TX 78249. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Mobile Loaves & Fishes Ministry.

22 Jul

To Celebrate a Life of Love: James Orville Soat

June 13, 1934 – July 19, 2017

James Orville Soat was born in Milford, Iowa, on June 13, 1934, to Lawrence Soat and Gertrude Mathisen Soat. He passed away on July 19, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas.

He graduated from Terril High School, and enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving in the 29th RSM in various locations, including Clark AFB in the Philippines, and Kelly AFB in San Antonio. After his discharge, he attended St. Mary’s University where he earned a BBA degree, which was followed by nearly 30 years in banking at Broadway Bank and Alamo Heights Bank. He was also a realtor.

Jim married Diana Belle Lich at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Comfort on November 24, 1956. She and their two sons, Kevin and Richard (Ruth), survive him, along with grandchildren, Cason (Corinne), Richelle, Darin and Jalen; great-granddaughter, Addisyn Belle; step-grandchildren, Christopher (Francesca), Melissa and Matthew; step-great-grandchildren, Jameson, Emerson and Keira.

Jim was a member of the Alamo Heights Optimist Club for 53 years. He served as a Shavano Park alderman and was active in the formative years of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. He loved basketball, hunting, fishing, and spending leisure time at Canyon Lake. The family thanks the wonderful staff at Fresenius Dialysis Center in Stone Oak and Kindred Hospice for their care.


The family will receive friends at Porter Loring North Chapel at 6 pm on Friday, July 21, 2017, followed by Rosary at 7 pm. The Mass will be held at 12 pm at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on Saturday, July 22, 2017. Interment will be in Comfort Cemetery in Comfort, Texas.

22 Jul

To Celebrate a Life of Love: David James Tse

July 15, 1994 – July 18, 2017

David James Tse, Jr. passed into eternal life unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. We are devastated, heartbroken, and grieving for the beautiful spirit and precious being that he was. Kind. Gentle. Generous. Loving. Honest. Funny. Curious. Athletic. Intelligent. We love you more than you will ever know.

David was born July 15, 1994, in San Antonio to James Tse, Sr. and Melissa Hurtubise Tucker who survive him. He was a graduate of Tom C. Clark High School in 2012 and attended the University of Texas at San Antonio. He was the founder, owner, and CEO of Vesuvian Interactive, a video game design and virtual reality company. David’s vision for his company was that Vesuvian was built upon three core pillars: Passion, Polish, and Precision. He believed that every truly great creation is built upon these three core principals, and he wanted them to be the foundation for everything he did.

In addition to his parents, David is survived by his brothers, Trent Thomas and Jason Tse; his parents’ spouses, Ramona Tse and Bryan Tucker; step siblings, Ashley and Zoe Tucker and Isabel Gillenwater; paternal grandparents, David and Lydia Tse; maternal grandparents, Robert and Linda Hurtubise; aunts and uncles, Dhyana Carole Tse, Debbie and Mike Mollicone, Daphne Tse, DeeDee and Mike Silver, Joey and Nicci Tse, Jason Hurtubise, Gino Hurtubise and Jenny Hurtubise; cousins, Michael and Meghan Mollicone, Jared, Jr. and Jacob Phelps, Nathan, Hannah and Sarah Tse, and Kai Tse Hashemiyoon; step grandparents, Richard and Betty Rangel, and Cary and Niska Tucker; step aunts and uncles, Ricky and Alma Rangel and Keith and Helle Tucker and Melisa Tucker; and numerous other family members.

Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 21, 2017 at Mission Park Funeral Chapels North, 3401 Cherry Ridge Drive. The Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Road. A reception will follow at the church. The graveside service will begin at 1:00 p.m. at Mission Burial Park Dominion North. For personal acknowledgment, you may sign the online guestbook at www.missionparks.com in the Tributes section.

28 Jun

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Jason Sedita

August 19, 1982 – June 19, 2017

Jason Sedita, born on August 19, 1982, entered into eternal life on June 19, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Martina, and his son, Giovanni. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi on Wednesday, June 28 at 6:30 pm followed by a reception in Henke Hall. The burial will be held at a later date.

26 Jun

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Jeffrey Dreesen

May 13, 1964 – June 19, 2017

Jeffrey Dreesen, born on May 13, 1964, went to be with the Lord on June 19, 2017. A funeral Mass officiated by Fr. Jim Henke with music by the St. Francis of Assisi Choir will be held at the AT&T Center on Monday, June 26 at 2 pm. All are invited to celebrate Jeffrey’s life. Please park in Lot 3 Gate C off of Houston Street and enter the building through the SE VIP Entrance.

02 Jun

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Patricia Colleen Calmbach

March 17, 1943 – May 8, 2017

Patricia Colleen Calmbach entered eternal life on May 8, 2017. Born to Walter and Patricia Calmbach on March 17, 1943, in San Antonio, Texas, Colleen delighted in cooking, sewing, gardening and organ/piano performance. Her passion for music was second only to her love for her children and grandchildren, whom she adored with her every breath. Colleen is preceded in death by her mother and father, and nephew, David Reynolds. She is survived by her sister, Leslie (Calmbach) Reynolds and husband, Dr. Brian Reynolds of Dripping Springs, TX; four children from her first and only marriage to Richard Natalicchio (also surviving) including Cayce and Patrice (Natalicchio) Powell of Brentwood, TN, Barry and Dawn (Natalicchio) Hutcherson of Denton, TX, Ricky (Natalicchio) and Courtney Calmbach of Round Rock, TX, and Tony Natalicchio of Dallas, TX; and nine grandchildren.


Funeral Mass: Monday, June 5, 2017, 11 am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in San Antonio. A time to visit with the family will begin at 9:30 am. Light, bright colors should be worn to the funeral.
In lieu of flowers, donations may go to the National Mental Health Support Organization (NAMI) of San Antonio – https://nami-sat.org/.

02 Jun

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Almedia Bannantine

July 3, 1925 – May 31, 2017

Almedia, a beloved St. Vincent de Paul volunteer and Silver Stars member, entered eternal life on May 31, 2017. Almedia is remembered for her strength in dealing with health issues. She had a beautiful smile and always cared for others before herself. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 12:30 pm on Saturday, June 3 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. A reception will follow in Henke Hall.


22 May

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Ann Marie Collins

April 20, 1930 – May 18, 2017

Ann Marie Collins, born on April 20, 1930, went to be with the Lord on May 18, 2017, at the age of 87. She is preceded in death by her parents Walter Taylor Hilt and Olympia Marie Harrison Hilt, and her beloved husband, William Collins.

She is survived by her daughters, Karen DeLeon and husband, Mario, Kathy Beck and husband, Stan, and Nancy Hanson and husband, Eugene; sons, Kenneth Collins and wife, Sharon, Robert Collins, Steve Collins, Jim Collins and wife, Anna, and David Collins; brother, Harrison Hilt; 16 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; numerous extended family and friends.

Ann was a loving mother and grandmother. Her excellent skills as a typist led to her career as a medical transcriber for the Methodist Hospital for many years. She was a talented seamstress and was able to work with a wide range of projects. She even sewed her own Square Dance outfits while a member of the “Wagon Wheels Club”. Ann saw the beauty in nature and especially loved butterflies and all types of colorful flowers. She relaxed by playing lively video games on a daily basis, but her favorite past time was being surrounded by her beloved grandchildren who were the light of her life. We are comforted by the faith she instilled in us, that she is at peace with the Lord. She will be forever missed.


Family and friends will meet on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (4201 De Zavala Rd.) for visitation beginning at 6:00 P.M. followed by the recitation of the Rosary at 7:00 P.M.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Procession will depart following Mass for interment at Holy Cross Cemetery (17501 Nacogdoches Rd).

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02 May

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Stanley W. Allen

February 21, 1925 – April 22, 2017

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Ret. Lt. Col. Stanley W. Allen on April 22, 2017. Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Born in Mexico D.C. on February 21, 1925 to Charles T. Allen and Rebecca Wilkinson Allen. He was preceded in death by his dad, mom, brother, Captain Charles T. Allen and sister, Agatha Miranda. He boxed as a teen, winning Golden Gloves. He also boxed for the Air Force, enlisting on July 6, 1943 and serving in WWII. After serving in the Air Force Reserve, he retired on February 21, 1985. He joined the YMCA and found a lifelong love of handball. He was one of the best players in the U.S., winning many matches. He also had a love for golf, always walking the course. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Elsa T. Allen; children, Charles (Rhonda) Allen, Renee Bernhard, Carlos de la Garza, Lourdes (Mike) Hernandez, Patricia (Tom) Zielinski, Jaime de la Garza, Diana (Tony) Martinez, Monica (Craig) Erion as well as twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He touched many lives and we will miss him terribly. We will always carry his memory in our hearts.


MAY 2, 2017
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MAY 3, 2017
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Interment with Military Honors will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.