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12 Aug

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Elfriede Short

December 20, 1935-July 31, 2019

Elfriede Short (nee Hagn) passed away July 31, 2019 at the age of 83 in San Antonio, Texas. She was born in Munich, Germany in 1935 to Franziska and Alois Hagn. She married William Short in Munich at the age of 18 and immigrated to the United States at the age of 19. She lived with her daughter Sylvia in Dallas for most of her life, then moved to St. Francis Nursing Home in San Antonio in October 2016.

Elfriede is preceded in death by her parents and survived by her daughters Evelyn Broll (Michael) of San Antonio and Sylvia Benefield (William) of Dallas, Texas. She loved and rejoiced in her five grandchildren—Jeffrey Broll, Matthew Broll, Steven Broll, Trent Benefield, and Lauren Benefield. Elfriede is also survived by her brother Albert Hagn and his wife Ina of Munich, Germany.

Elfriede was fiercely protective and proud of her daughters. She was sassy and direct, with a dry sense of humor. She rescued and enjoyed caring for many cats over the years.

Elfriede’s family would like to thank Dr. Mark Prange and the Seraphic Sisters and caregivers at St. Francis Nursing Home for their loving care of Elfriede.

Funeral Service

Saturday, August 17, 2019

10:00 AM

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

4201 De Zavala Road

05 Aug

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Toribio Julio Saucedo

June 1, 1945-July 31, 2019

Mr. Toribio J. Saucedo, age 74, passed away peacefully on July 31, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

Toribio was born in Laredo, TX on June 1, 1945. He graduated from St. Augustine Parochial School in 1963. He proceeded to attend the University of Texas at Austin and graduated cum laude with a degree in Accounting in 1967. He began his career with Peat Marwick & Co in Houston, Texas. He postponed his career to fulfill his military duty with the U.S. Navy, including 2 tours in Vietnam. In 1977, Toribio returned to his hometown of Laredo and spent the next 31 years with The Laredo National Bank, where he ultimately served as the bank’s Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President. He retired in 2008 shortly after a successful merger with BBVA Compass. In 2014, Toribio moved to San Antonio to be closer to his grandchildren.

Toribio deeply valued the many friendships he made throughout his life. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, working in the yard and his morning routine of solving crossword puzzles while having his coffee.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Patricia Saucedo; his children, Rebecca (Christopher) Dynes and Eduardo T. (Megan) Saucedo; his brother, Ricardo Saucedo; his step-children, Santiago, Kristine and Charles; his grandchildren, Emily, Claire, Evelyn, Anna, Lauren and Katie; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Hector Balladares and Gloria Farias. He also leaves behind his sisters-in-law, Rosalinda (Fred) Graves, Sylvia (Dr. Carlos) Vergara, Oralia (Dr. Guillermo) Salinas, Olivia (Dr. Arthur) Santos and Veronica Farias; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, a large extended family and close friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Librado and Aurora Saucedo; his late wife, Diana Varela Saucedo, and her parents, Carlos and Oralia Varela, and his sister-in-law, Laura Varela.

A Mass to celebrate his life will be held in San Antonio on Thursday, August 8th at 2 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Rd., San Antonio, TX 78249. A second Mass will be held in Laredo on August 10th at 12 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 555 E Del Mar Blvd, Laredo, TX 78041. At his request, no funeral services will be held.

25 Jul

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Barbara Ellen Barrs

May 13, 1948-July 20, 2019

Barbara Ellen Barrs, a beloved homemaker and resident of Scottsdale, Arizona, died unexpectedly on July 20, 2019 at the age of 71.

Barbara is survived by her husband, David Michael Barrs, MD, of Scottsdale, Arizona; her stepchildren, Jenny Lee Barrs-Stallworth of San Antonio, Texas, and Jeffrey Michael Barrs of San Antonio, Texas; her step-grandchildren, McKenna Lee Stallworth, Lane Michael Stallworth, Aspen Alexis Stallworth, and Jackson Barrs Stallworth all of San Antonio, Texas; her brother, Michael Joseph Kielman, MD, of Pittsburgh; her daughter Michele Reimel of Midlothian, Virginia; her grandchildren Abigail C. R. Gripshover (née Reimel), Gabriel Reimel, Mary Elijah Reimel, and Luke Reimel all of Midlothian, Virginia; and her great-grandchild, Stella Maris Gripshover.

Barbara was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on May 13, 1948, to Wanda Evelyn Kurtz and Michael Joseph Kielman. She graduated from Bishop Dominic High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1965, and then attended business school. She lived in Virginia Beach, Virginia, from 1967 to 1979. She then moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, where she served as a medical secretary, billing specialist, and longtime medical office manager. She moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, in March of 2003. She and her husband David Michael Barrs were married in Loch Torridon, Scotland, on September 15, 2005.

Barbara was a devoted wife and stepmother. Known lovingly as “Bebe” by her grandchildren, she enjoyed visiting her family in San Antonio. She was very proud to have graduated from a Catholic high school, and her religious faith remained a vital part of her identity throughout her life. Barbara loved to travel with her husband, and she enjoyed making travel logs of her many adventures around the world. She was a history buff with a particular interest in the American Civil War. She was an active participant in social media, where she joined many groups to share her interests in history and her faith. Barbara will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

A private funeral service is scheduled for 9:00 A.M. on July 30 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on 4201 De Zavala Road, San Antonio, Texas 78249. Father Krzysztof Pawlowski will officiate. In lieu of gifts, please make a donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of Barbara Ellen Barrs. Donations can be made online at https://donate.lls.org/lls/donate or sent to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 1218 Arion Pkwy, Suite 102, San Antonio, TX 78216.

May the memory of Barbara Ellen Barrs always serve as a blessing to those who knew and loved her.

08 Jul

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Hortencia Ofilia Guzman Santos

January 1, 1929-July 6, 2019

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the departing of our dear mother and matriarch of our family, Hortencia Ofilia Guzman Santos. After a very brave and courageous battle with cancer, Hortencia entered the house of The Lord, surrounded in love by her family. Lovingly remembered as “Opi” to her friends, “Tatan” to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and “Tenchita” to many of her church friends. She set an example of moral values and most importantly to believe in God, and Jesus as our Savior. Loved by her husband, she was the subject of many poems written by him and dedicated to her. She was loved by all.

Without a doubt, she was greeted and received by family members who preceded her including her husband Judge Alberto A. Santos, her parents Ramon Guzman and Hortencia (Silva) Guzman, Olga & Frank Charles, daughter-in-law, Linda W. Santos and grandson, Jason Ernest Ochoa, Alfredo & Ma Asuncion Santos, Alfredo Jr. & Estela Santos, Herminia Santos, Apolonio B. Santos, Amador Morales, Arnulfo & Elva Santos, Maria & Horacio Munoz, Cristobal Luna, and numerous family members.

She will be dearly missed by her children and their spouses: Alberto (Carmen) Santos Jr., Ofilia (Robert) Chapa, Carmen (Carlos) Sandoval, Apolonio Fidel (Juanita) Santos, Isabel (Mark) Ochoa and Jose Alfredo (Terelyn) Santos, 18 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Also, by her sister, Alicia Guzman Luna, aunt, Alicia T. Silva, sisters-in-law, Carmen S. Morales, and Mercedes G. Santos, and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.

She married Alberto A. Santos on February 20, 1949. After raising 6 children, she worked for LISD as Purchasing Agent and retired in 1992.

At the top of her list of many accomplishments were those of devoted wife, great mom, loving grandmother, and caring great-grandmother. Hortencia was a devout Catholic who attended daily Mass and participated in overnight vigil prayers with the Nocturnal Adoration Society. She was a prayer warrior. She had a lifetime devotion to the Blessed Mother and Divine Mercy. She served our Lord as an Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist, CCD teacher, and lived her ACTS retreat.

Alberto and Hortencia always instilled the importance of a good education. They made arrangements to ensure that their children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren were able to afford the education that they, themselves, were not able to obtain. We want to express a very special thank you to our sister, Carmen, and her husband, Carlos Sandoval, for taking our dear mother into their home and providing her a loving place during her final years of life; and to her very special, dear friend and confessor, Reverend Father Francisco León, OSA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made payable to her favorite charity: Augustine Fathers, and mailed to Holy Redeemer Church, 1612 Garcia St., Laredo, Texas 78040.

She was a lifelong member of Holy Redeemer Church. In the last five years, she attended St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Visitation will be at Holy Redeemer Church, 1612 Garcia St, Laredo, Texas on Wednesday, July 10th from 5 pm to 8 pm with a Rosary at 6 pm. Celebration of her life will also be at Holy Redeemer Church on Thursday, July 11th with a Mass at 9:30 am. There will be no procession so meet at the Church. Sharing of memories will follow after Mass at the Church Hall. Interment will be held at a later date.

26 Jun

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Mary Esther Ramirez

December 19, 1941-June 16, 2019

Mary Esther Ramirez, 77, passed away on June 16, 2019, in Norfolk, Virginia. She was born on December 19, 1941, to Cipriano and Ynez Gomez in San Antonio, Texas. She was the beloved wife of Antonio I. Ramirez for 54 years, the mother of four children, grandmother to four, and great-grandmother to two.

Mary Esther was well-loved, and she knew how to love well. She cherished spending time with her sisters and brothers, her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling, and she loved to garden and feed birds. Mary Esther also enjoyed volunteering at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in the Mobile Loaves & Fishes ministry.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Antonio Ivon Ramirez; and daughter, Margaret Jean Ramirez. She is survived by her children, David A. Ramirez (Judith Ramirez) from Pensacola, FL, Patricia A. Hutson (Larry Hutson) from Jacksonville, FL, and 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; and great-grandchildren, Brayden J. Lang and Riley L. Lang.

Visitation will be held at Castle Ridge Mortuary on Monday, July 1, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., with the Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held July 2, 2019, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 9:00 a.m. Her interment will be at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, Shelter 1, at 11:00 a.m.

25 Jun

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Lucio S. Guerra

November 8, 1935-June 23, 2019

Lucio S. Guerra, Jr., age 83, passed to a new life and entered eternal rest with the Lord on June 23, 2019 at 5:05 pm at Mission Regional Hospital in Mission, Texas. Born on November 8, 1935 in Rio Grande City, to Lucio S. Guerra, Sr., and Severina Lopez Guerra.   Lucio attended Rio Grande City High School and was a member of the band and FFA. He met the love of his life, Margarita R. Guerra while they were in junior high school.  After graduating they married on October 25, 1958 at Immaculate Conception Church of Rio Grande City. They began their lives in Mission and had 3 children.  Lucio was a carpenter, taught by his father, and built the family’s home in Mission where they still reside. After serving his Active Duty Tour both abroad and stateside, he returned home. Lucio later joined the US Army Reserve as a member of the 961st S&S Company in McAllen, Texas where he served for 10 years, later transferring to the Army National Guard in Mission, TX where he retired with the rank of Sgt. 1st class (E7) with 20 years of combined service. Lucio was an officer and Post Commander of CWV Post 1065 in Mission for two terms.  Lucio was a Troop Leader involved with Boy Scout Troop 83 which was affiliated with St. John of the Fields Catholic Church. Lucio also became a firefighter and served as Fire Marshall, Code Enforcement Officer and Inspector for the City of Mission Fire Department.   He retired after 30 years of service to the City of Mission. He is preceded in death by his parents Lucio and Severina Guerra and a brother Victor Manuel Guerra.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife of 61 years and his three children:  Martha Nydia Guerra, Javier Joel Guerra, and Maria Leticia Guerra and two grandsons, Benjamin Isaac Guerra and Jacob Elijah Guerra. He also leaves behind a daughter in law Irene Martinez Guerra. Also surviving him are his siblings: Elma G.  Fonseca (Victor), Joe F. Guerra, Cristina G. Bourbois (Joe), along with many nephews, nieces, and cousins. Lucio will continue to be remembered for his uncanny ability to tell a joke appropriate to whatever the situation called for…he will surely be making the angels laugh in heaven.

A very heartfelt thanks to Dr. Luis Arango and Dr. Carlos Pimentel.

A gathering of family and friends will take place on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at Rivera Funeral Home, 1813 N Conway, in Mission from 4:00 PM to 9:00 Pm with the recital of the Holy Rosary to begin at 7:00 PM. The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 9:30 AM at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission. Interment with full military honors at the Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery in Mission at 11:00 AM

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Rivera Funeral Home of Mission.

21 Jun

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Sharyl Rae Harrison

November 29, 1948-June 19, 2019
The vigil service for Sharyl Harrison will be on Sunday, June 23 at 6:30 pm at St. Francis of Assisi. The funeral Mass will be on Monday, June 24 at 10 am at St. Francis of Assisi. Eternal rest grant unto her, oh Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace.

20 May

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Lydia Elizondo Oviedo

December 3, 1927-May 10, 2019

Lydia Elizondo Oviedo entered eternal rest on May 10, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas, at age 91. She was born on December 3, 1927 in San Antonio to Amador Elizondo and Maria del Refugio Marquez. Lydia was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 55 years, Rodolfo Arturo Oviedo; son-in-law, Elton Jackson; 3 sisters; and 3 brothers.

Lydia will be remembered for her enduring spiritual strength and selfless dedication to her family. In her later years, she relished her reign as a bingo and domino champ at the Bob Ross Senior Center. She was a “comadre” to all she met!

The family would like to thank the staff at Joy Memory and Grace Hospice for their loving kindness and care.

She is survived by her children, Ralph Oviedo (Wendy), Nina Oviedo (Bryan Collins), Margot Oviedo, Sonia Oviedo (Ryan Fletcher) and Noemi Oviedo Wade (Jeff), Art Oviedo (Liza Aguirre-Oviedo); grandchildren, Noah Oviedo (J.R.), Dominic Oviedo (Denie), Randi Krawczyk (Jeff), Brodie Collins (Katie), Kit Collins, Nicolette Oviedo; and great-grandchildren, Jordan Krawczyk, Skylar Krawczyk, Townes Oviedo, Casey Oviedo, Kenzie Oviedo, Jacob Oviedo and Kennedy Oviedo; her sister, Esperanza Felan, and many nieces and nephews, including her cherished family in Monterrey, Mexico. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Bob Ross Senior Center, 2219
Babcock Rd., San Antonio, TX 78229.


Visitation will be held on Monday, May 27, 2019 from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm,
with a Rosary at 7:00 pm at Mission Park Funeral Chapels North. The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 10:00 am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.

29 Apr

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Thomas Chapa

April 15, 1926-April 24, 2019

Thomas (Tom) Chapa, went to his heavenly home on April 24, 2019, at the age of 93. He served his country during WWII as a seaman with the US Navy. After his tour of duty, he worked with the postal service and then worked as a civil service employee at Kelly AFB until retirement. Tom was a member of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, where he was active with the Knights of Columbus Council 4140. After his retirement, he and his wife, Carmen, became members of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

He is survived by his loving wife, of 70 years, Carmen M. Chapa; sister, Inez C. Angelini; daughters, Carmen Talbott (Tony) and Christine E. Chapa; grandchildren, Stacey Talbott-Tovar (Scott) and Thomas H. Talbott; great-grandson, Matthew T. Talbott; and nephews, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John Chapa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ferdinand and Inez Chavana Chapa; his brothers, Ferdinand Chapa, Jr. and Sebastian (Fred) Chapa; and son, Thomas Chapa, Jr.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff of The Bader House, a dementia care community, especially Veronica, Cindy, and Analicia, for the care they lovingly provided. Additionally, thank you to the nurses and doctors at Stone Oak Methodist, especially those on the 4th & 5th floor who assisted with his care.

A special thanks to the Alamo Hospice staff for the care and support they provided during his time of illness.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice or St. Francis of Assisi Church.

Pallbearers: Thomas Talbott, Luke Chapa, Matthew Chapa, and Anthony O. Patino. Honorary pallbearers: Matthew T. Talbott, Scott Tovar, and Tony Patino.

MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2019 6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2019
7:00 P.M. 
2102 N. LOOP 1604 EAST

TUESDAY- APRIL 30, 2019 
10:00 A.M. 

Interment in San Fernando Cemetery No. 2.

23 Apr

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Stephanie Craig

April 5, 1968-April 10, 2019

Stephanie Anne Beach Craig passed away April 10, 2019. She was born April 5, 1968 in Houston, Texas. She attended King High School in Corpus Christi and graduated from Texas A&M Corpus Christi with a Bachelors Degree. Her nursing studies included: Associate of Applied Science from San Antonio College, Maryville University of St. Louis Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program, University of Phoenix Master of Health Administration and Master of Science in Nursing (Dean’s Honor Roll), Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Bachelor of Science Nursing (Summa Cum Laude, President’s Honor Roll), United Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas Registered Nurse. She was one exam away from becoming a Nurse Practitioner. Stephanie was a registered nurse who worked at Peterson Regional Medical Center in Kerrville, Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, and most recently at Christus Westover Hills.

Stephanie is survived by her daughter Libbye Beach and husband Ernest Moreno, her mother and father Beverly and Terry Beach of Corpus Christi, her sister Tracy Bernhard and husband Don, brother Kevin Beach and wife Kristi, and nieces Samantha and Paulina.

Services for Stephanie Craig will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Rd. San Antonio, Texas.

Visitation, Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 6 pm to 9 pm, with the Vigil service beginning at 7 pm.

Funeral Mass, Friday, April 26, 2019, at 10am.

A reception will follow in the church hall (Henke Hall) immediately after the Mass.