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18 May

In Our Sympathy and Prayers: Paula Gleason

Paula GleasonWe offer our sympathy and prayers to C.J. and Donna Fremin on the passing of Donna’s sister, Paula Gleason. Eternal rest grant unto her Oh Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.

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11 Mar

A Celebration of Life: Linda Diane Jimenez

Linda Diane Jimenez passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 28, 2016 surrounded by her family at home in New Albany, OH, much too soon at the age of just 61. Linda is survived by her husband of almost thirty seven years, Joseph HL Jimenez, Sr. together with her three children, Sarah-Lynn Jimenez and her fiancé, Steven Cinquegrani, Joseph HL Jimenez, Jr and his wife, Emilie Jimenez and Cara Marina Ross and her husband Adam Ross. She was also blessed to be “Nana” to five (5) beautiful grandchildren, Jameson Leo Ross, Reina Louise Jimenez, Charlotte Josephine Ross, Caroline Mae Ross and Isabella Lynn Jimenez.

Born in San Antonio, Texas on June 14, 1954, Linda graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and then received both her undergraduate degree and law degree from the University of Texas. She was influenced by her childhood struggling with juvenile arthritis and leveraged her law and human resource experience working at USAA to be a champion of social justice and a pioneer in the development of diversity and inclusion programs. She spearheaded these programs touching many lives along the way and leaving a lasting impression with her peers throughout her remarkable and fabled career working at H-E-B Grocery in San Antonio, TX, Abbott in Columbus, OH, Accor in Dallas, TX and finally retiring from Anthem in Indianapolis, IN. Always a supportive mentor, a compassionate leader and an unwavering advocate for others, her legacy lives on as the eponym for awards recognizing diversity and inclusion at both H-E-B and Anthem.

Even in failing health, Linda continued to do nothing but think of others always putting them first and ensuring that her family and friends would be taken care as she knew her transition was eminent. When she was wasn’t conquering the professional world or taking care of others, she could be found on the beaches of Cozumel, crisscrossing the country to visit friends and family, cheering on the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Cowboys or simply sitting on the floor being Nana to her grandkids. The consummate caretaker, a beloved wife, an amazing mother, a doting grandmother, a person of ethics and integrity and a shining example of a how a woman can leave her mark on others just by knowing them – there will never be another “Lula” (aka lunch lady to her children) and she is already missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am, Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at the Church of the Resurrection, 6300 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany, OH 43054. Celebrant, Fr. Jerome Rodenfels. An additional memorial service will follow in Linda’s hometown of San Antonio, TX at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on Friday, March 11 at 9:30 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network | www.pancan.org <http://www.pancan.org>.

18 Feb

A Celebration of Life: Ralph Brown

APRIL 10, 1934-FEBRUARY 15, 2016.

On February 15, 2016, William Ralph Brown died after a week-long struggle in the intensive care unit of the Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. He was 82.  Complications from rheumatoid arthritis accounted for most of Ralph’s many surgeries and health issues. Ultimately the medications that allowed him to live rendered him dangerously vulnerable to serious infections. One of these ultimately took his life.

Despite eight artificial joints, reconstructed hands and feet, and a compromised immune system, Ralph possessed a powerful will, faith in God, and extraordinary self-discipline. These qualities enabled him to continue doing much of what he loved until shortly before he died. He practiced law into his eighties. He read widely and voraciously: at any given time he had just finished the most recent biography of Franklin Roosevelt, a study of primate behavior, or a gospel. He cooked excellent venison chili and often served it to his friends with a bottle of red wine. God’s creation awed and fascinated him, and he spent as much time as possible in the outdoors. For decades he hunted mule deer in the west Texas desert and elk in southern Colorado. He fished for bass in livestock tanks, drum in Matagorda Bay, or, some years ago, kingfish in the Gulf of Mexico. He wondered at bald eagles, killer whales, grizzly bear and caribou in Alaska. He was excited to discover a constellation or the momentary brilliance of an asteroid illuminating the night sky.  Fascinated, he chronicled the progress of two barn owls in a nest high above his office as they raised their young. He was a well-informed, articulate, and unhurried raconteur.

Ralph was born on April 10, 1934 in Hugo, Oklahoma, and grew up on a farm near there with his brother, John Warren. His parents – John Franklin and Birdie Ketchum Brown—raised crops and ran small businesses: they bought and sold grain and owned a plant that processed chickens for market, for example. In addition, Ralph’s mother held a college degree in English and taught in local schools. She instilled in Ralph the critical importance of education. Both of Ralph’s parents died when he was a teenager. He was with each of them when they passed away.

On September 8, 1952, he joined the United States Navy and served primarily in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii as a radio communications specialist. The Navy honorably discharged him on June 10, 1955. Subsequently Ralph attended the University of Texas at Arlington and at Austin.

After he left the Navy Ralph worked in southeast Oklahoma as a cowboy and a truck driver.

On August 22, 1959, Ralph married Patricia Ann Michell. Ralph and Patricia remained married for 23 years and had two sons: David Warren, born on September 14, 1960, and Christopher Ralph, born February 19, 1964.  Although their marriage ended in 1982, Patricia and Ralph provided one another friendship and emotional support for the remainder of Ralph’s life.

After he married Patricia and before he entered law school, Ralph enjoyed several successful years as a sales manager for Dayton Rubber Company.

In 1964 Ralph graduated from Saint Mary’s Law School in San Antonio, Texas, where he excelled as a student and oral advocate. Early as a licensed attorney Ralph practiced with Harvey Hardy, a local government law specialist. Ralph always referred to himself as a general practitioner, but for most of his legal career focused on real estate, local government, water, voting rights, and condemnation law.

For close to forty years – from 1965 until 2012 – Ralph provided legal representation to the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) and assisted in its management.  His work for SARA involved Ralph in a myriad of legal issues that affected the management and conservation of the San Antonio River and its tributaries, as well as the Edwards Aquifer.  He also served as city attorney to a number of communities in South Texas and acted as the municipal judge for the City of Castle Hills for over two decades.  He represented dozens of landowners when units of local and state government condemned their land for public projects, and represented local governments who sought to condemn land as well: Bexar County, for example.  Ralph enjoyed a long and successful career because he loved the law and understood it as a tool to solve practical human problems.

Possibly because he lost his parents as a teenager, Ralph responded to many people experiencing hardship who asked for his help, whether in the form of free legal services, money, or counsel.  He mourned what he saw as the sins and mistakes of his life and sought to make amends for them.  In his fifties Ralph converted to Catholicism and found solace in his faith for the remainder of his life.

Ralph is survived by his son, David Warren Brown, his daughter-in-law, Kris Ann Brown, as well as his grandchildren, Henry Brown and Alex Brown. Also surviving are his son, Christopher Ralph Brown, and his daughter-in-law, Kasey Anne Brown.

Services

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 DeZavala Road, San Antonio, Texas, 78249 at 10 a.m.

18 Feb

A Celebration of Life: Jon Bueche

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Photo: Jon and his children, Derek, Matthew with his wife Katy, and Ryan.

We offer our deepest prayers and sympathy to the family of Jon Bueche who passed away last week. Jon Anton Bueche was born in San Antonio on April 11, 1963 and went home to his Holy Father February 17, 2016. He was 52.

Jon was raised in a loving family in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1981. After high school, Jon joined the local electrical workers union and ultimately earned his Master Electrician License. Jon worked for many years as an electrician, home inspector, and facilities manager. He was also an accomplished professional musician that played in several bands in San Antonio and surrounding areas.

Jon was a loving father, a helpful son, trusted brother, uplifting youth soccer and baseball coach, devoted Catholic, member of the Knights of Columbus, and a very talented guitar player and musician. Jon enjoyed cooking and barbecuing, fishing, coaching, being with family and friends, watching the San Antonio Spurs and Texas Rangers.

Jon is survived by his mother Dolores Bueche, his sons Derek Bueche, Specialist Matthew Bueche (Army) and wife Katy, and son Ryan Bueche, brother Fred and wife Robin Bueche, brother Edward and wife Christi Bueche, sister Christine and husband Doug Roderick, sister Marianne and husband Rex Petty, sister Clare and husband Major Scott Parsons (Army). Jon also had seventeen nieces and nephews, and two grandchildren Liam and Avery Bueche. Jon was preceded in death by his father Fred A. Bueche, Jr. and by his grandparents.

Additionally, Jon leaves behind many good friends and co-workers. His welcoming smile and warm, fun loving personality will be greatly missed.

Services

The Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday, February 22 at:

Mission Park Funeral Chapels

3401 Cherry Ridge Dr.

San Antonio, TX 78230 (Near I-10 and Callahan)

210.349.1414

www.MissionParks.com

The Funeral Mass will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 23 at:

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

4201 De Zavala Rd

San Antonio, TX 78249

210.492.4600

Burial will be at:

The Bueche Cemetery

5404 Crestway

Windcrest, TX

18 Feb

A Celebration of Life: Jerry Bedingfield

Bedingfield_Jerry twoMar. 1, 1940–Feb.14, 2016

Colonel (Retired) Jerry Ray Bedingfield, 75, of San Antonio, Texas died on Sunday, February 14, 2016. Jerry, devoted son, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, dedicated brother, uncle, godfather is survived by his wife, Lorraine Panek Bedingfield, his daughters Kelly Bedingfield Robles and Nancy Bedingfield, his son Steven Bedingfield, daughter-in-law, Julie Bedingfield, and grandsons Manuel Robles and Nicolas Robles. He is also survived by his brothers Jimmy Bedingfield, Alan Bedingfield, Joe Bedingfield, and sisters Shirley Bedingfield Forton, Gayle Bedingfield Hall, and Becky Bedingfield, along with many nieces and nephews, and a multitude of people who were mentored by, supported by, and encouraged by him. He is preceded in death by his brothers, Danny Bedingfield and Roger Bedingfield, and his sister, Jeannette Bedingfield Williams.

Bedingfield_JerryJerry was born in Bruce, Mississippi, on March 1, 1940 and grew up near Mobile, Alabama. Jerry is a Viet Nam veteran who began his career in the United States Air Force in 1961. During his 31 years of service, he received many commendations, including the Legion of Merit/1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal/2 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Air Medal/9 Oak Leaf Clusters. Jerry began his career as an enlisted man and entered the Aviation Cadet Program, earning his wings in 1961. He served as navigator aboard multiple aircraft during Viet Nam, flying more than 200 combat missions, before transitioning into Electronic Security. He served with distinction in multiple leadership roles and has served as a mentor to many.

After retirement, Jerry worked as a substitute teacher at Locke Hill Elementary School. He was a gifted artist, carpenter, composer, and musician, and he spent many hours crafting beautiful treasures and serenading his family. He was a clever, mischievous wit who read voraciously and loved to travel and delve into the genealogy of his family. He was constantly planning and preparing for his family, both his biological and chosen, and had a knack for picking just the right gift or project.

His generous spirit and the gifts of his wisdom and overwhelmingly unconditional love will be missed. We who have lost this man encourage you to hug your parents.

Services

There will be a funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church followed by a memorial service at 2:45 p.m. at the National Cemetery at Ft. Sam Houston on Monday, February 29.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider making a donation in Jerry’s honor to one of the following organizations: Special Operations Warrior Foundation (specialops.org), Homes for Our Troops (www.hfotusa.org) or Young Life (www.younglife.org).

12 Feb

A Celebration of Life: Marjorie Kate Large

large photoMarjorie Kate (Salzman) Large

June 14, 1920–February 11, 2016

 On Thursday, February 11, 2016, Marjorie Kate (Salzman) Large passed from this Earth to be with our Heavenly Father.  Marjorie was born to Albert and Regina (Mangold) Salzman on June 14, 1920, in San Antonio, Texas, where she spent her youth before graduating from the nursing program at Santa Rosa Hospital, San Antonio.

In 1941, Marjorie enlisted and served in the U. S. Army Nursing Corp where she met Richard Large, whom she married in 1943.  They settled in Houston, after the war where they raised their family.  Kate’s nursing skills proved valuable in raising her large family.  Her faith in her religious beliefs as well as her love and generosity toward family never wavered.  Kate was active in supporting the communities of St. Peter the Apostle and Corpus Christi Catholic Churches in Houston.  She enjoyed a healthful life and always enjoyed family gatherings and many travels with Richard.  Kate retired back to San Antonio in her later years where she rekindled family gatherings with her sisters.  She participated in Chapel and other social activities at Patriot Heights and Villa de San Antonio, San Antonio.

Kate was preceded in death by Richard, her beloved husband of 55+ years, as well as her siblings Melvin Salzman, Grace Henze and Irene Reinhard.  She is survived by all of her nine children, Susan and Sonny Norman, Tim Large, Rick and Cindy Large, Bill Large, Mary and Ray Albrecht, Elizabeth Large, Mark Large, Cheryl and Tim Lobdell, and John Large, ten grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, sisters Patricia Parma and Imogene Foreman.

In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial gift to St. Peter – St. Joseph Children’s Home, 919 Mission Road, San Antonio,  78210   (210-533-1203) in her memory.

 SERVICES

Monday, February 15, 2016

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church 4201 De Zevala Rd. San Antonio, TX 78249

Visitation 9:30 AM

Rosary 10:00 AM

Mass of the Resurrection 10:30 AM

 A private burial will take place at the Houston National Cemetery at a later date. Please sign the online guestbook at www.missionparks.com

Arrangements with Oak Hills Mortuary 8332 Fredericksburg Rd San Antonio, TX 210-616-0510

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09 Feb

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Evan Anthony Braeuler

Evan Anthony BraeulerSeptember 27, 1994 – February 4, 2016

Evan’s energy, smile and kindness will always be present, though he now lives on the other side of life in the very heart of God.  Evan was born in Brandon, Florida on September 27, 1994 and passed away at home in San Antonio on February 4, 2016.  He was the kind of person people couldn’t forget – he touched many with his friendliness and joy.  Perhaps it was this very energy that swirled too strongly in his mind and spirit for this life.  Only he and the Lord know that.

For now we deeply recall how he touched us all.  Evan was very social, making lifetime friends with kids, teachers, and families. Circles of relationships have remained through Evan’s school life and activities at Colonial Hills United Methodist School, Hunters Creek neighborhood, St. Matthew’s Church and School, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Oak Meadow Elementary, Jackson Middle School, Churchill High School, TAMU CC and Panera Bread.  Diving and cheer, as well as art and music were passions that exemplified his energy and zeal.

Evan belonged to us all – as we all deeply miss this unique young man.  Evan leaves parents Peter and Karen and brother Jason; grandparents Rudy and Marge Massari; aunts and uncles Sigrid Brown, Greg Massari and his wife Mollie, Jon Massari; cousins Jessica and Kurt Brown, Philip, Margaret, Annie and Lizzie Massari, Kaylee and Emily Johnson and Matthew Massari; as well as family on both sides of life.  One of Evan’s great joys was the recent connection and relationship with his birthfather Ben Astrike of Charlotte, NC and his children and family, as well as conversation and sharing with birthmother Jennifer Silcox.  Evan embraced his adoption and was loved by a double-decker family.

Services

Two services will honor Evan’s life at St. Francis of Assisi Church at 4201 DeZavala, San Antonio, Texas 78249:  Vigil on Thursday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m. and Mass of Resurrection on Friday, February 12 at 9:30 a.m.  The family welcomes friends at the church for the hour prior to each service.  Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery after Mass.

27 Jan

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Carlos G. Martinez

March 20, 1928 – January 16, 2016

Our father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Carlos “Marty” Martinez, passed away in the presence of his family in San Antonio, Texas after a long fight with lung cancer.   Marty was a proud combat veteran, serving around the world and staying active with several retirees and veteran organizations.   He moved to San Antonio in 2011 and made many friends and happy memories while living at the Towers.

Marty was born in Tucson, AZ to Carlos and Luz Martinez, later moving to El Paso after his father passed away and his mother was remarried to Antonio Campas.   Marty attended school in El Paso and joined the Navy at age 17 during WWII.   Following 4 years in the Navy, he returned to El Paso and later reentered the service in the Air Force.  He served for another 22 years active duty, achieving the rank of Senior Master Sergeant.  He married Ruth Spann in 1952 and they had 6 children.   The family lived throughout the United States and overseas, including Texas, Colorado, Nevada, Washington, Arizona and the Philippines.

Marty was a three war veteran serving in combat during WWII, Korea and two tours in Vietnam.  He served aboard the USS Chepachet, AO78, in the Pacific during WWII and later on the USS Fitch, DD462.  He served in Vietnam, first with the 405th FW and next with the 14th SOW.  His other assignments included Libya, the Philippines, England and Alaska.  He retired from the USAF in Tucson, AZ and continued to serve there in civil service at MASDC. He travelled frequently to both Air Force and Navy annual reunions and more recently with the Three War Veteran’s Association.  He travelled to Washington, DC with Alamo Honor Flight 7, greatly enjoying the comradery and chance to revisit the Memorials. He remained active with the local Honor Flight and strongly supported their efforts to include all remaining veterans.

Marty is survived by his brother and sisters; Mercy, Luis, Evy, and Mary.  His children and their spouses are Tony, Patricia & Kenn, Robert, Anna & Lou, and Mary & Mark.  His grandchildren are Nevada, Garrett, Shannon, Raymond, Carlos, Gilbert, Ben, Katie, Victoria, Nathaniel, Colin, Cole, & Reina. His great-grandchildren are Devon, Hadleigh, Taylor, Jayson, Tyler, Kyle, Valerie, Emma, Augustine and Mariah.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Jose and Lito, his son, Gilbert, his daughter-in-law, Linda and his ex-wife Ruth.

Services

A grave side service will be held at FT Sam Houston National Cemetery on 29 January at 2:00pm with a reception following at The Towers at Park Lane.

Mass will be held 28 January at 7:30 pm at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on De Zavala Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Honor Flight San Antonio de Valero at http://honorflightsanantonio.org/donate/

26 Jan

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Stella Silva

Silva_StellaOur loving mother, sister and grandmother, Stella Silva passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 in San Antonio. She is preceded in death by her father, Benito B. Silva, Sr.; brother Benito Silva, Jr.; Ms. Silva’s sister, Maria M. Silva passed away two days after her on January 22nd. She is survived by her son; Gregorio Benito Palomino and wife, Ari; stepson; Lupe Palomino, sisters; Rebecca Northen and Juliana Davis, brother; David Silva and her beloved grandsons Nathaniel, Joakim, and Guillem Palomino, along with many wonderful friends and neighbors.

Stella had a strong faith and her love of music afforded her the opportunity to become Choir Director for the many years. On January 26th visitation and Rosary will be at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas. On Wednesday, January 27th visitation will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 707 S. 6th St. from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM with a Mass at 11:00 AM. Interment will immediately follow in Hillcrest Cemetery.

12 Jan

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Gustavo Marinez

Marinez_GustavoGustavo Marinez Sr., age 66, of San Antonio, died Tuesday, January 5, 2016. He served in the US Marine Corps from 1969-1973. Mr. Marinez was an educator in Big Wells and Carrizo Springs. He retired as school superintendent from Carrizo Springs CISD. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ovidio and Genoveba Marinez; sisters, Consuelo Martinez, Anita Marinez and Olivia Sanchez. He is survived by his wife, Norma Lee Marinez; daughter, Ana Lisa Marinez; son, Gustavo Marinez Jr; brothers, Robert Marinez and David Marinez; sister, Aurora Talamantes.

Rosary Vigil
Thursday, January 14, 2016 | 7 pm
Porter Loring Chapel

Mass of the Resurrection
Friday, January 15, 2016 | 8 am
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

Interment in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at 10:15 am.

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