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21 Jan

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Betty Gavora

Betty Gavora of San Antonio, TX, entered eternal rest on January 3, 2020, at the age of 84. She passed away peacefully with her family by her side at the hour of noon—when the sun is at its highest point and shadows are at their shortest; often viewed as the best part of the day. Betty always loved the best of things and she always saw the best in others.

Betty was born and raised in San Antonio, TX, where she graduated from Thomas A. Edison High School. She went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Trinity University and a Master’s degree in Organizational Communication from Lamar University. She met her husband in the Netherlands and moved with him to Canada where she had her son, Mark, in 1966.

She spent her impressive career working as a corporate communication specialist and had the distinguished honor of serving a Congressional Internship in Washington, D.C. for the late Congressman Henry B. Gonzales.

Betty was also an educator; a professor at Lamar and a teacher at a local prison. She spoke fondly of her work and had a particular passion for mentoring and inspiring prison students through her speech communications classes. Betty’s heartfelt respect for them was truly reciprocated. For instance, when she would walk through the prison to her classroom, her students would call out, “Step aside! Our teacher is coming through!” Instantly, the crowds of inmates would part to create a path for their highly-regarded teacher.

In 1999, Betty’s son, Mark, married Lizbeth in Guadalajara, MX. Liz rounded out Betty’s life by becoming her daughter-in-love.

In 2002, Betty retired from Entergy (formerly GSU) located in Beaumont, TX. She spent just shy of 20 years with the company and rose through the ranks to her pinnacle role as Communications Senior Lead Specialist.

After retirement, Betty moved back to her hometown of San Antonio to be closer to family. There, she continued her avid involvement in professional organizations. In 2016, she won the Toastmasters’ Great Oratory Performance Award for delivery of a speech called “Make the Most of Your Dash,” a tribute to her sister who strove to make the most of life while battling terminal cancer. Betty was also deemed a Lifelong Member of Executive Women International (EWI), an organization for women in business that focuses on professional growth and the community. She held her EWI sisters and the work of the group close to her heart for nearly 50 years.

Betty was professionally accomplished, but she was also skilled at enjoying the finer things in life such as world travel, gourmet cuisine, renowned musical performances, high fashion, and, of course, the finest of all basketball teams, 5-time NBA Champions, the San Antonio Spurs! Go Spurs go! Betty was a proud and active member of two Red Hat Society clubs, providing her with treasured friendships and fun for over a decade.

Betty joins her parents, Frank and Dorothy Steitle, her brother, Jimmy Steitle, and her sister, Gina Wilson, in Heaven. She is survived by her loving son, Mark Gavora, and devoted daughter-in-law, Lizbeth, both with whom she held a special bond. Their two children, Faith and Christopher, were the light of their Grandma Betty’s world.

Please join us in wearing colorful attire, such as electric blue or red, as we celebrate Betty’s beautiful life during three Catholic services:

Mass Saturday, January 25, 1:00 PM Saint Francis of Assisi 4201 De Zavala Rd., San Antonio, TX 78249

Vigil Sunday, January 26, 2:00 PM Sunset North Funeral Home 910 N Loop 1604 E, San Antonio, TX 78232

Burial Monday, January 27, 10:00 AM Resurrection Cemetery Cordi-Marian 11624 Culebra Road, San Antonio, TX 78253 (Station 8, Nitch 63)

Psalm 23:6 “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

06 Jan

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Colonel Jose G. Alonzo, USMC, Retired

December 13, 1940-January 3, 2020

Colonel Jose G. Alonzo, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired, went to the Lord on January 3, 2020 at the age of 79. He was born on December 13, 1940 in Musquiz, Coahuila, Mexico. He is preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Socorro Alonzo; brothers Juan, Hilario and Dionisio Alonzo; sisters Asuncion Alvarez and Aurora Vallejo.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Irma Luna Alonzo; daughters, Lisa Alonzo Belus, Michelle Alonzo Huff and son, Joey Alonzo; grandchildren Carissa Huff, Billy Huff, Jakob Alonzo, Amelie Alonzo, Michael Huff, James Huff, Lauren Huff; brother, Arturo G. Alonzo; and sister-in-law, Amparo Alonzo (wife of Dionisio).

Jose completed secondary schooling in Mexico and came to Uvalde, Texas at the age of 15. He attended 8th grade at Sacred Heart Catholic School and graduated from Uvalde High School in 1961. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. He later received master’s degrees from Pepperdine University and the University of Texas in San Antonio.

Jose joined the Marine Corp in October of 1965. His military career took him all over the United States as well as several overseas assignments, including Iceland, Turkey, Greece, England, Germany, Central America, and South America. Upon graduation from Officer’s Candidate School, Jose served the U.S. Marine Corp as a Logistic Officer, Supply Officer, and Basic Signals Intelligence/Electronics Warfare Officer. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam. His decorations and citations include the National Defense Service Medal, Several Marksmanship Badges, Vietnam Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Vietnam Commendation Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Medal color with palm), Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Legion of Merit, Overseas Service Ribbon, and many other decorations.

Upon his military retirement in 1994, he went into public education as a teacher, vice principal, and principal. He also served as a counselor for veterans of the armed services at San Antonio College for several years. His hobbies included Bible study and dinner groups, socializing, volunteering with Meals and Wheels, and traveling all over the country. He was a voracious reader, an avid gym-goer, and as a lover of history, participated in a history club.

Though Jose experienced a life filled with achievements and accolades, he remained a kind, and tender man, never forgetting his humble beginnings. He was completely devoted to the love of his life, Irma, and he loved his children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. His smile and warm embrace will be missed by his family. Jose is now resting in the arms of our Lord, but the passing of this good, good man leaves a void in the hearts of his family and friends.

Vigil Service/Rosary at Porter Loring North at 7 pm on Tuesday, January 14

Funeral Mass at St. Francis of Assisi at 12 pm on Wednesday, January 15

Burial at Ft. Sam at 1:45 pm

04 Dec

To Celebrate a Life of Love: John Phillip Toscano

October 17, 1952-November 27, 2019

John Phillip Toscano entered eternal rest on November 27, 2019 at the age of 67 in San Antonio, Texas.

A private visitation and Rosary will be held for immediate family at 6:00 PM on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at Sunset North Funeral Home.

Public funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, December 9, 2019 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in San Antonio. Following the service, a reception will be held in Henke Hall at St. Francis with light refreshments. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Sunset North Funeral Home.

John was born to Mateo and Angela “Lee” (Tarricone) Toscano in Rochester, New York, on October 17, 1952. He graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1975 with his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy and continued his education at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, receiving his Doctor of Pharmacy in 1978. He married Ann on May 24, 1975 in Rochester, New York; they were married for 44 years.

Before moving to San Antonio in 2012, John was a resident of Minnesota and worked as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center for 31 years. For his outstanding performance and Federal service, he was honored with the distinguished title “Civil Servant of the Year” by the Federal Executive Board. He also had a love of teaching and was a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy for 33 years.

John was eccentric and interesting, and extremely smart, caring, and generous. He and his wife belonged to Mary, Mother of the Church in Burnsville, Minnesota where they served as a Region Representatives of Parish Council for six years, and as Eucharistic Ministers for 25 years. After moving to Texas, John became a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Canyon Lake, Texas and St. Francis of Assisi in San Antonio, Texas. John was passionate about Ham Radio, clinical research, photography, and computers. He also loved the outdoors, reading, and spending time with his family and pets. He was a past member of the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists, Twin Cities Repeater Club, and Northern Lights Radio Society, and a current member of the Roadrunner Microwave Group and Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation.

John is now reunited with his parents, Mateo and Angela “Lee” (Tarricone) Toscano. He leaves behind to cherish his memories his wife, Ann Toscano (Bozewicz); daughter, Kathryn Vo and husband John; son, Michael Toscano and wife Kerry; grandchildren: Benjamin, Charlotte, Adelynn, and Nora; brother, Martin Toscano and wife Shannon; and numerous other relatives and friends.

John had the biggest heart, a sincere desire to help others, and will be forever missed and forever remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Francis of Assisi’s Mobile Loaves & Fishes and Habitat for Humanity ministries. The family of John Toscano wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the doctors, nurses, and staff at North Central Baptist Hospital for their excellent and loving care over the many weeks they had him as their patient.

18 Nov

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Joan Patricia Bohl

December 26, 1930-November 13, 2019

Joan Patricia Bohl was born on December 26, 1930 on the family ranch in Whitsett, Texas to John and Ruth McCowen. She passed from the arms of her loving family to the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ on November 13, 2019. Joan graduated from The University of the Incarnate Word in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. Joan was a servant-hearted professional, starting her career with the San Antonio Health Department, followed by a nearly 40-year career as the Head Nurse for the Harlandale Independent School District, which allowed her flexibility to spend time with her family and passion to work with children. Joan and her husband cherished their association with many friends, especially the St. Luke’s Catholic Church “Holy Spirit Family Guild” that was founded in 1961. Joan will always be remembered for her unconditional love for her family, kindness, strong work ethic, and seeing the best in everyone.

Joan was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Roy, of 45 years, and her parents, John and Ruth McCowen. She is survived by her children, Mark Bohl (Darla), Cathy Scales (Steve), Patricia McLeod (Doug), and Ann Bohl Deacon (Charlie). She is also survived by her grandchildren whom she adored, Troy Bohl, Brittany Smith, Tina Haden, John Housman, Samantha Mooty and Michael Karpienski, and her treasured great-grandchildren, Noel Bohl, Camden Bohl, Crew Bohl, Chapman Bohl, Gwen Smith, Emma Haden, Elijah Haden and Carter Haden. She is also survived by her two loving sisters, Marjorie MacMurdo and Lucy Krouskop.



The family would like to invite friends and family to a celebration of life reception in St. Francis of Assisi’s Henke Hall immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to UTHSCSA Mays Cancer Clinic (Family Services).


18 Nov

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Jose “Joe” D. Castillo

January 5, 1934-November 10, 2019

Joe went to his eternal rest on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at the age of 85.

He is preceded by his son, Joseph Douglas. Joe will be greatly missed by his wife, Irene Meneses Castillo, sons David, Michael, Richard, and five granddaughters.

Visitation at 5:00 pm and Rosary at 6:00 pm on November 24, 2019
Mission Park Funeral Chapels North at 3401 Cherry Ridge, San Antonio, Texas.

Mass at 1:00 pm on November 25, 2019
St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Rd., San Antonio, Texas 78249

Internment at 2:30 pm on November 25, 2019
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery

Reception at Fort Sam Golf Course Club House

13 Nov

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Albert C. Esquivel, Sr.

April 8, 1933-November 11, 2019

Albert C. Esquivel, Sr., age 86, went to be with the Lord on November 11, 2019 surrounded by his family. Albert was born on April 8, 1933 in San Antonio, TX to Lauro Esquivel and Alvesia Cuellar Esquivel. Albert graduated from San Antonio College and went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree from St. Mary’s University. Albert received his Master’s Degree from Trinity University where he learned the skills to prepare him for a long career in law enforcement. Albert retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections after 32 years of service as a warden. Albert married the love of his life. He and Lydia shared 60 beautiful years together as a loving couple. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He loved his family and will be remembered by the many lives that he touched.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Bill and Frank Esquivel and Minerva Guerrero. Albert is survived by his wife, Lydia L. Esquivel; daughter, Lydia Ann Bauer (Donald) and son, Albert (ACE) Jr., (Sally); grandchildren, Donnie and Drew Bauer and Fawn Ann Esquivel; three great-grandsons; brother, George Esquivel and sister, Rosalinda Esquivel.

ROSARY: Monday, November 18 at 6:30 pm at Porter Loring (1101 McCullough Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212)

MASS: Tuesday, November 19 at 10:00 am at St. Francis of Assisi

INTERMENT: San Fernando Cemetery No. II

RECEPTION: St. Francis of Assisi’s Henke Hall

08 Nov

To Celebrate a Life of Love: William “Bill” Schuh

William “Bill” Schuh, 87, passed away peacefully at his home, November 5, 2019. He was born in San Antonio, TX to August and Alvina Schuh. He was a graduate of Central Catholic High School and St. Mary’s University. He had a long career as a CPA. He was a partner for many years at Ernst & Young. In his spare time, he loved to hunt, fish, and travel with his wife, Jerry. He loved spending time with his family at the lake, the coast, and especially Garner State Park, where he met his wife. In his later years, he loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Jerry Ann Vetters Schuh, and his sister, Evelyn Jordan. William is survived by his children, Sharon Schuh, Martin Schuh (Jodie), and Becky Moe (Doug); his grandchildren, Kimberly (Allen), Stephen (Liesl), Scott, Meagan, Madison and Mallory; and great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Sawyer, and Piper. The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 11, 2019, at Porter Loring Mortuary North.

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05 Nov

To Celebrate a Life of Love: James L. “Pete” Allen

January 23, 1938-November 3, 2019

James L. “Pete” Allen was born January 23, 1938, in Houston, Texas. He left this world to explore paradise with his Lord and Savior early Sunday morning, November 3, 2019, at the age of 81. Pete attended Allen Academy in Bryan, Texas and the University of Texas in Austin. Pete was married to his loving wife Adele J. “Judy” (Lyle) Allen for 57 years and was a devoted father to his three children from their conception until he left us.

Pete served in the United States Army at a missile site near Austin, Texas during the Cuban Missile Crisis. After an Honorable Discharge from the service in the Spring of 1963, Pete went to work for Coastal States Gas and later Valero Energy from the company’s inception in 1980 until his retirement in 1997.

He was an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and a respected member of the community, completing many hours of volunteer service with the Knights of Columbus, Valero Vanguard, Habitat for Humanity, and St. Francis of Assisi Men’s Club. He was a lover of the Texas Hill Country’s great outdoors and enjoyed hunting, traveling, and exploring God’s Creation. He lived a long and full life and cherished time spent with his large and loving family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William “Alec” and Eva (Blackmon) Allen, and his only sister, Nancy (Allen) Burford. He is survived by his wife and the love of his life, Judy; their eldest son Bill and daughter-in-law Tami of Austin, Texas, son Tom and daughter-in-law Mary Frances of Austin, Texas, daughter Kathy and son-in-law Dan Stephens of Plymouth, Minnesota; and their seven grandchildren Travis Allen, Savannah Allen, Cody Allen, Forest Allen and his wife Jessica, Maria (Allen) Arthun and her husband Brock, Maggie Stephens, and Rachel Stephens. He had the joy of holding his first great-granddaughter Elisa Jewel Allen while he was with us and learned of and loved his newest great-granddaughter Ivy James Arthun, who came into the world just three days before he left us.

Pete will be dearly missed by all who had the honor and pleasure of knowing and loving him.

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In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, St. Vincent de Paul, Living Waters International, Knights of Columbus, or the charity of your choice.

16 Oct

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Annelle Roquemore McGuire

August 20, 1926-August 19, 2019

Annelle Roquemore McGuire died in Austin on August 19, 2019. She was born in Fort Worth on August 20, 1926 to LeRoy and Ruth Roquemore. She graduated from the University of Texas and received her master’s degree from Our Lady of the Lake College. She taught in the N.E. Independent School District for 30 years.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 61 years E.R. Mac McGuire in 2008 and by two of her six children, John Robert McGuire and James Dennis McGuire. She is survived by her daughter and her spouse Mary Lynn and Vic McNallie of Santa Fe, NM, Michael McGuire and his wife Terry of Magnolia Beach, TX, Rocky and his wife Monica of Pflugerville and Mark and his wife Margaret of San Antonio, her sister Elna Fay Ford of Dallas and by four grandchildren, step-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Annelle was a member of the St. Francis of Assisi community for almost 20 years. She was on the first women’s ACTS retreat team and also participated in Bible Study and the Society of the Rosary, volunteered at the Parish Festival every year, and volunteered for Mobile Loaves & Fishes. She loved the parish and was dedicated to service.

A memorial Mass will be held at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 4201 De Zavala Rd. on Thursday, October 24 at 10 am. A reception will follow in the JP II Room on the second floor of the San Damiano Building.

08 Oct

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Vincent Howard

Vincent “Vin” was born on October 31, 1939, in Burlington, Massachusetts and passed on September 28, 2019, in San Antonio, Texas.

He and his wife were members of St. Francis of Assisi for 35+ years. Vin was preceded in death by his parents, Vincent F. and Edna M. (Harkins) Howard, brother Kenneth, and brother-in-law Joseph Derro (Carol). He is survived by his loving wife of 58+ years, Madeline. Father of Kenneth (Armand) of Dallas; and Craig (Maria) of San Antonio. Grandfather of Joseph (Julian), Sean (Michelle), Timothy (Courtney), and Nicole Savage (Ryan) of Dallas; and Danielle of Fort Worth. Brother of Sheila of Burlington, MA; Rosemary Wagner (Ron) of Spring Hill, FL; Joanne Graziosi (Albert) of Everett, MA; Kevin (Darlene) of San Francisco, CA; and Stephen (Joan) of Burlington, MA. Brother-in-law of Dr. Robert Derro (Lieselotte) of Duluth, GA. He is also survived by his great grandchildren James, Brady, John and Lucy; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Vin was a graduate of Burlington High School, Northeastern University and Suffolk University, Boston, MA. He was a longtime and devoted fan of the Boston Red Sox.

Services will be held in Boston, Massachusetts. A reception for family and friends in San Antonio will be announced at a later date.

Donations may be made to Mobile Loaves & Fishes, St. Francis of Assisi, 4201 De Zavala Road, San Antonio, TX 78249.