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23 Aug

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Isabel Lanier Villarreal

March 20, 1928-August 15, 2018

Isabel Lanier Villarreal, mother of St. Francis of Assisi parishioner Cedar Joiner, was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba on March 20, 1928. At the age of eighteen, her parents sent her to the United States to live with her brother and help him with his new family. She was beyond selfless. She was always extremely proud of her Cuban heritage and never forgot where she came from. She always supported her family back in Cuba, sending clothes and money every month. She was the most giving person. If you liked something of hers, it would become yours.

Isabel soon became a loving wife of 48 years to Jose Albert Villarreal. Together they had four wonderful children, Joe Albert, Mary Isabel (Cedar), Mary Elena (Lana) and Mary Irene (Irene). Yes, they were all named Mary, after the Blessed Mother, and how beautiful, Isabel herself passed away on the Assumption of Mary.

Isabel was the most wild, fun-loving, carefree, creative, selfless, and loyal person ever known. She was always so full of life whether it was painting polka dots on the trees or throwing plates, as if in a Greek wedding, at Macaroni Grill. She would always keep everyone laughing and on the edge of their seat as to what she would do next. A longtime family friend said something that rings too true; she said, “I loved her because she was exactly who she was! If you didn’t like it, there was a problem with you.”

Isabel was awfully creative and an astounding artist. From her wonderfully captivating landscapes or naturalistic paintings to playing piano and guitar (mostly all by ear) to her remarkable sewing skills (she worked as a hat seamstress for Joske’s and Frost Brother’s department store).

She loved her eleven grandchildren immensely. She was always taking care of all the grandchildren in the family, even moving in with Irene and Curt to help them when their baby Gunnar was battling for his life. She never complained and never asked for anything in return. She was always there when you needed her. She would give you her last dollar. If you were in her life she always had your back against anyone, whether you were right or wrong it didn’t matter, she was there for you. Our hearts ache without her, but our endless memories of her continue to bring unsurpassable joy. Heaven just got that much better with this crazy angel.

Isabel was predeceased in life by her husband, Joe A. Villarreal, mother Irene Medina Lanier, father Jose Lanier, grandson Gunnar Harwerth, bothers: Tom, Phillip, Pepe, and sister Josefina

She is survived by her sister-in-laws Irma Villarreal, Regina Villarreal, Joise Villarreal and brother in law Eddie Altamirano and wife Ruth. Her son Joe Villarreal, Jr., daughters: Cedar Joiner, Lana Story and husband Sam, Irene Harwerth and husband Curt. Her grandchildren: Paul Villarreal, Alex Holifield, Ashley Holifield, Garrett Joiner, Eric Story, Luke Story, Grant Harwerth, Kirsten Harwerth, Giffen Harwerth and Joshua Canseco. Her great-grandchildren: Calvin Villarreal, Laila Villarreal, Cassius Villarreal, Samantha Canseco and Destiny Canseco. great-great-grandson Elijah.

Dear friends: Sally McGuff, Mary Rodriguez, Zoriada Villarreal, Sandy Guevara

Friends and family are invited to celebrate her life at St. Joseph Catholic Church-Honeycreek, 25781 Hwy 46, Spring Branch, TX 78070.

Vigil: Friday, August 24 at 7:00 pm

Funeral Service: Saturday, August 25 at 10 am

20 Aug

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Marjorie Ann (Holzmann) Pierce

February 4, 1926-August 16, 2018

Marjorie Ann (Holzmann) Pierce, age 92, passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. She was born on February 4, 1926 to Herbert P. and Erna Raba Holzmann.

She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, then worked at Lackland AFB where she met her husband, Glenn. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Marjorie is survived by her beloved husband of 73 years, Glenn P. Pierce; son, Dennis W. (Geraldine) Pierce; daughter, Cheryl A. (Allen) Snyder; grandchildren, Melanie (Russ) Seay, Mark Snyder, Brianne (Brandon) Jekel, Lisa (Jack) Curtis; great-grandchildren, Payton, Olivia, Ava, Emma, J.T., and Callie; brothers, Herbert A. Holzmann and Frank D. Holzmann; sisters, Connie O’Neill and Betty J. Brunner; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to Esplanade Gardens and River City Hospice for taking such good care of Mom. Mom, you are now at peace and will always be in our hearts. Love you.

Rosary: Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Porter Loring Mortuary North Chapel.

Mass will be Friday, August 24, 2018 at 10:30 AM at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Allen Snyder, Mark Snyder, Tom Holzmann, Russ Seay, Brandon Jekel, and Rick Holzmann.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson’s Research.

13 Aug

To Celebrate a Life of Love: John Tynan Davis

August 20, 1935-August 9, 2018

You have been told what the LORD requires of you: Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8).

John T. Davis went to be with our Lord on August 9, 2018. He was preceded in death by Jane Layer Davis, his beloved wife of 47 years; his infant son, Kevin; his parents, William C. Davis and Mary Tynan Davis; and his sister, Mary Sewell Hight. He is survived by his four brothers, Fr. Bill Davis, Robert Davis, Michael Davis, and Donald Davis; his four daughters and their husbands, Debbie and Rick Di Filippo, Beth and Gabriel Font, Laurie and Michael Fillmore, and Shannon and Layton Garrett; twelve grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren. He also leaves many devoted family members and close friends.

John T. Davis was born in Austin, Texas on August 20, 1935. He graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio with a business degree. As a gifted salesman, he sold computer systems around the world. His Texas charisma and affection for people transcended language barriers and cultural differences.

John T. knew he was blessed and embraced each person he met with joy and with a compassionate, merciful heart. He encouraged and inspired others to face life’s challenges with faith and hope. John T. always reminded us that upon death we will want mercy not justice and to accept everyone with love and compassion.

John T. loved his family, family reunions, country music, five-star restaurants, honky-tonks, and airplanes. He believed one of his greatest accomplishments was flying solo and living to tell about it.

John T.’s optimism and exuberance for life will be greatly missed. John T. was a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, a member of the Holy Family Guild, the Knights of Columbus and Order of Alhambra.

John T.’s family would like to thank all who loved and ministered to John T., especially, Josh and Shantel Davis, Sam and Shannon Davis, and his dear friend, Mary Claire Cater, the nurses at Compassus Hospice, and the wonderful caregivers at the Village at Incarnate Word Retirement Community.

7:00 PM

10:00 AM

Fr. Charlie Banks will officiate. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Village at Incarnate Word Nursing Home and Make A Wish Foundation.

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
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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