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20 Aug

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Rose Marie Cantu Whitehead

June 8, 1952-August 17, 2019

Rose Marie Cantu Whitehead, age 68 of San Antonio, TX, passed away August 17, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. John T. Whitehead, and her parents Alberto and Ernestina Cantu.

Survivors include her beloved son, Marine Corps Major George Anthony Saenz, Jr. and wife Amy Saenz and her adoring grandson, Trey Saenz; her sisters Sonia Cantu Rosenberg and husband Lou Rosenberg, Pattie Cantu Leithead and husband Bruce Leithead, and Sylvia Cantu Stewart and husband Dr. William Stewart; nephews and niece, B.J. Stewart, III and wife Morgan Stewart, Lex Stewart and Sarah Rosenberg; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Rose was a dedicated wife, a devoted and loving mother to her son George, always saying that by far her major accomplishment in life was raising her only son, George, of whom she was enormously proud. Rose loved being a grandmother and loved her grandson Trey dearly. Her spirit, compassion, enthusiasm, and generosity will long be remembered by the many people she touched during her life. Rose enjoyed working with her husband in his chiropractic clinic in Grapevine, Texas, helping heal others. She later earned her certification as a Licensed Massage Therapist with the goal of continuing to help the sick until her health prevented her from doing so.

The family will receive visitors at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 23, 2019 for a 6:00 p.m. Rosary at Roy Akers Funeral Home; the address is 515 N Main Ave, San Antonio, TX 78205. The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Rd., San Antonio, Texas; The family will receive those attending the church service at 8:45 AM for a final viewing before the Mass begins. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 17501 Nacogdoches Road, San Antonio, Texas 78266. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Semper Fi Fund, www.semperfifund.org.