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23 Jan

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Dr. Anthony Thomas Mendicino, Jr.

July 18, 1929-January 6, 2023

Dr. Anthony “Tony” Thomas Mendicino Jr., age 93, passed away on January 6, 2023 in San Antonio. He was born to Rose Katherine Reich and Anthony Thomas Mendicino, Sr. on July 18, 1929 in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Mendicino graduated from Central Catholic High School and St. Mary’s University. While attending St. Mary’s, he was a co-founding member of Tau Delta Sigma fraternity and was elected Student Council president. His fraternity brothers became life-long friends. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. While stationed at Ellington AFB, he met his future wife. They married after he was honorably discharged. Dr. Mendicino graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri before completing an internship in Carson City, Michigan. He returned to San Antonio with his growing family and started a career as a practicing physician that lasted nearly four decades. He is remembered by patients and staff for being a skilled and caring provider who treated everyone with the utmost respect.

Dr. Mendicino was thoroughly devoted to his family. He ensured that his children had excellent educational opportunities. He coached his daughters’ CYO softball teams, took his son to early weekday Masses when he was an altar server, and drove the entire family of seven to his wife’s parents’ farm in Michigan annually for vacation. In later years, the cross-country trips were supplanted by more localized treks to Six Flags, AstroWorld, the Battleship Texas, Rockport, and Monterrey, Mexico. One summer vacation was comprised of a series of day trips to local points of interest including the Alamo, the Spanish Governor’s Palace, various missions, and Aquarena Springs. The strength of the family bonds forged by these shared experiences cannot be overstated.

He will always be remembered for his kindness and generosity, as well as his wonderful sense of humor. Anthony loved life and will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his parents and infant daughter, Lenore Anne. Dr. Mendicino is survived by his wife of 69 years, Joan Mendicino; children Anthony T. Mendicino III (Nancy), Madeleine Matlock (Jeff Brymer), Jeanette Jackson (John Andrew), Marlene Sumner (Keith), Joan Frances Wanek (Timothy); thirteen grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren.

The Funeral Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at noon on Monday, January 23 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas.

28 Jan

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Eileen Wasetis Cross

October 16, 1924-November 25, 2022

Eileen H. Cross, 98, of San Antonio, Texas, passed away on November 25, 2022, at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, with her loving family by her side.

She was born in Minonk, the daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Tyrrell. Her parents preceded her in death. She lived in Kankakee for 40 years then moved to the San Bernardino and Cherry Valley area of California for 55 years.

Eileen worked several jobs over the years and retired from working for San Bernardino County in California. She was praised for her work wherever she was employed.

Eileen loved sports. She played basketball in high school, golfed until her late 80s, and was a huge Los Angeles Lakers fan.

Surviving are her children, Gary (Dene) Wasetis, Carol (Richard) Morales, James (Abby) Wasetis and Dr. Jeff (Marty) Wasetis; brothers, James (Judy) Tyrrell and Edward (Janet) Tyrrell; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews and their children.

Preceding her in death were her husbands, Victor Wasetis and Russell Cross; a son, Robert Wasetis; sisters, Rita Ortman and Mary Beth Deselm; and brother, Thomas Tyrrell.

The family wishes to thank the caring staff at “The Etta” senior citizens care facility in San Antonio, which had been her home for the last two years.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 am on Saturday, January 28 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas.

14 Dec

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Maria Rowland

November 19, 1924-November 29, 2022

Maria “Mitzi” Rowland, age 98, passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 in San Antonio, Texas. Mitzi was born in Burghausen, Germany on November 19, 1924 to Rosina Schröger and Ludwig Mannheimer. Her father was Jewish, leaving her to be raised by her German grandparents. She was given her grandfather’s surname which protected her until near the end of WWII. During the war, she was employed as a stenographer in a hotel that was adjacent to Hitler’s Eagles Nest. She inevitably had to go into hiding when her Jewish lineage was discovered by members of the German Secret Service. Surviving in hiding, she met and eventually married an American soldier, Roy A. Rowland, while he was liberating Germany. They came to America in 1947 where they raised their three children. After spending several years living around the world with the military, Roy and Mitzi settled in San Antonio, Texas.

Mitzi was always known as Oma to her eight grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson. She loved each one of them unconditionally. At all times, she knew everything going on in each one of their lives. They confided in her, and she never passed judgment. She was their rock. Even though it was hard to talk to her for a second without her bragging about one of them, she was able to keep their deepest secrets.

Within the past few years, she discovered for the first time that her Jewish father survived the Holocaust. Although she never met her father, she was able to meet her half-brother for the first time in 2022 when she was 97 years old.

She was known for her passionate love of the Alps, Bavaria, Edelweiss, hot coffee, red lipstick, knitting, painting, gardening, Geraniums, but most of all, visiting. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 50 years, Roy A. Rowland. She is survived by her half-brother, Renato Manheimmer, her three children Peter (Norma) Rowland, Algie “Shawn” (Jo) Rowland, Diana (Douglas) Krauskopf, her eight grandchildren, Barbara (Brian) Haymon, Sherry (Carlos) Barrera, Kristi (Barclay) Anthony, Steven (Dawn) Krauskopf, Teya (Martin) Miller, Mitzi Rowland, Hans (Jessica) Rowland, Brooke Robledo, eighteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.

SERVICES

MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2022

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI CATHOLIC CHURCH

4201 DE ZAVALA RD.

ROSARY – 12:30 PM

MEMORIAL MASS – 1:00 PM

RECEPTION IN HENKE HALL AFTER MASS

A private interment will follow in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

04 Dec

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Joanne Elizabeth Thompson

July 2, 1942-November 27, 2022

On Sunday, November 27, 2022, Joanne Thompson passed into eternal rest. Joanne was born in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from St. John’s University with her BBA in Management, where she met the love of her life, Ken. After marrying Ken in 1965, she moved to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, arriving in San Antonio in 1980. She worked at USAA for more than twenty years, beginning in 1983 as a telephone pipeline operator, retiring in 2004 as Senior Vice President of Policy Service in the Property & Casualty Company. During her time at USAA, Joanne also served on the Advisory Board for Neighborworks, the Air Force Village Foundation Board, the Board of the USAA Federal Credit Union (three as Chairperson), and President of the USAA General Agency Board of Directors. Her life was a model of serving others. Prior to her time at USAA, she was a devoted wife, stay-at-home mother, and friend. She volunteered with Meals on Wheels, Girl Scouts, and was always “class mom” for her children growing up. In later years, she and Ken served the community as a Marriage Sponsor Couple at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, she was a Eucharistic Minister, and an active volunteer at the Shelter run by San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries.

While her professional accomplishments were many, her husband, children, and grandchildren were the center of her world. She was the most amazing wife, mother, and grandma.

Joanne was preceded in death by her husband, Ken, her parents, Charles and Mary O’Neill, her brother, Tim O’Neill, and many friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Kristen Williams (Keith), son, Kyle Thompson (Amy); sister, Mary Ellen Leegan (Joe); grandchildren: Kathryn Williams, Kenneth Logan Williams, Reagan Thompson, and Cole Thompson; and many nieces and nephews. In addition, she leaves behind a vast number of friends, including her best friend, Linda Nichols (Darrell).

In lieu of flowers, we encourage you to donate to the St. Francis of Assisi Mobile Loaves & Fishes, an organization caring for San Antonio’s homeless and hungry.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 8, 2022, from 6-7 PM in Henke Hall, followed by Vigil and Rosary beginning at 7:00 PM. Funeral Mass will be held Friday, December 9, 2022, beginning at 11:30 AM in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

04 Dec

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Maria Guadalupe Alvarez

December 12, 1927-November 18, 2022

Maria Guadalupe Alvarez, known as Lupe to all who love her, passed away on November 18, 2022, after a short illness. She was born in Blue Island, IL, to Benito Lopez and Cenobia Garcia. One of many siblings, including half-brothers Lino, Fr. Angel, Bonnie, and siblings Martin, Leonard, Sabina, Joe, Robert, and Mary; she is survived by her sister, Petra Velasquez.

Lupe was the beloved wife of the late Gregory Alvarez, and mother to Bárbara, Gregory, Sofía (David Nootbaar), Victor, Claudia, and René. She is the grandmother to Lisa (Michael Holwey), Laura, Lindsay; Javier, Diego; Elena, Manuel; and Mónica.

She was devoted to her Catholic faith, attended Mass daily when she could, and nurtured the faith in her husband and children.

Lupe enjoyed a good cup of coffee and vanilla ice cream, liked to sew and crochet, and enjoyed visiting with friends by phone or in person.

We will miss her always.

The funeral Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on November 23 at St. Albert the Great Church in Burbank, IL. Her final resting place is St. Casimir Cemetery in Chicago, IL.

29 Nov

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Gary Anthony Schmidt

November 5, 1947-November 15, 2022

Gary Anthony Schmidt entered the gates of heaven peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at the age of 75.

Gary was born and raised in San Antonio and grew up attending St. Ann’s Catholic School and Central Catholic High School. After graduating in 1966, Gary was stationed in Panama where he served four years in the U.S. Air Force. Upon honorable discharge, he returned home and began work as a second-generation letter carrier. Like his father, Gary, too, proudly retired from the U.S. Postal Service after a dedicated 35 years of employment in 2002.

Aside from his career, “Big G,” as he was affectionately called in those days, was best known for his pastime playing the drums for the Rough Riders Band throughout country dancehalls in the region. Gary instilled a legacy of music and showmanship in his six children who have continued this passion for the arts as musicians and dancers, proving that “it truly runs in the blood!”

Gary was also an avid hunter, life-long learner, adored his pets, and treasured holidays and birthdays. Greatest of all Gary enjoyed the good company of his friends and big family, who will continue to pass down his unique and charming traditions.

He is preceded in death by his parents Robert and Katherine Schmidt, and his cherished Pomeranian companion, Petie. Gary is survived by his devoted and beloved wife of 50 years, Elizabeth Stein Schmidt; his “chickens” (children) – Cindy Laskowski and husband John, Cody Schmidt and wife Kris, Kevin Schmidt, Kelley Schmidt, Kimberly Kelsey and husband Tyler, Katy Segler and husband Patrick; Grandchildren – Katelyn and Kaylee Schmidt, Drake Sharples, Annabelle and Caroline Kelsey; Brother – Glenn Schmidt and wife Rudi; Sister-in-Law- Linda Stein; and numerous nephews and nieces.

While Gary and his witty one-liners will be missed “biiiiig time”, his love of music is something that will most be remembered each time a great country shuffle is heard. “Oolalou, Chato!”

Visitations for the public will be held Tuesday, November 29 from 6-8 pm at Mission Park Funeral Chapels Cherry Ridge – 3401 Cherry Ridge Dr, San Antonio, TX 78230. A funeral Mass will take place at 11:30 am on Wednesday, November 30 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church – 4201 De Zavala Rd, San Antonio, TX 78249. Interment will be held immediately following services at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery – 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the Humane Society in Gary’s honor at https://sahumane.org/.

20 Nov

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Maria Teresa Gomez Burgos

On November 15, 2022, at the age of 91, Maria Teresa Gomez Burgos made her journey home to live the promise made at her baptism-eternal life with God. She was born in 1931 in Cayey, Puerto Rico. In 1951, Mami Tere (as we all knew her), married Horacio Gomez Yon (deceased). Together they had six children: Sally, Awilda, Nancy, Vilma, Doris and Miguel and raised Julio and Mayra as part of our family. Our family grew to have twenty-two grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.

Our father was in the U.S. Army, so we traveled a bit. Mom had very basic English skills, but she managed to travel by herself to Germany by boat with four kids in tow. She was a strong woman fully devoted to her family and her faith. Mom was very creative in finding ways to do work at home to help provide for our family. She ironed medical robes and was often sought out by doctors. She was never afraid of work and taught us to show our pride in what we did no matter how humble it was. Her greatest gift to us was her great faith and her sense of service to others, especially to the poor and the sick. She dreamed of being a nurse. It was not to be in a professional way, but it became her ministry. Mom loved to care for the sick and the elderly.

In time, Mom chose to live in a senior residence run by Sisters of Divine Providence in old San Juan. It had the most spectacular view of the ocean just across the street. There she had the opportunity to attend mass every day, participate in faith-related activities and do what she loved most: visit the sick, pray with them and feed them. Mami Tere’s last act of generosity was to donate her body to science so, it would help in the education of students and doctors. Our family is grateful for all the doctors and nurses who cared for her.

Mom, we pray that your encounter with the God you so loved and faithfully served was even more glorious than you imagined. Continue to guide us, inspire us, and bless us and may perpetual light shine upon you forever. You remain in our hearts!

Thank you, friends, for your love and all your prayers. A Memorial Mass will be offered in San Antonio at the Immaculate Conception Chapel at Oblate School of Theology at 9 am on Saturday, December 3. A reception will follow at the Whitley Theological Center.

17 Nov

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Kevin J. Walsh

September 23, 1958-November 8, 2022

Kevin James Walsh, age 64, passed away on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, in San Antonio, Texas. He was born September 23, 1958, to Mary Consuelo Ruth and John Joseph Walsh in Logansport, Indiana. Kevin worked 8 years as a Registered Veterinary Technologist for the San Antonio Zoo then retired after 28 years as a Respiratory Therapist for University Health System. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, William John Walsh. Kevin is survived by his wife, Pam Walsh; son, Jeremy Walsh (Catalina); stepchildren, Jaclyn Priest (Jason), Clifton Karam (Katie), Olivia Bogle (Kevin) and Laura Karam; brothers, Dennis, Richard, and Gerald Walsh; as well as numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family members, and a lifetime of friends.

The family will receive friends for visitation on Monday, November 21, 2022, at 5:30 PM at Porter Loring Mortuary North. A Rosary will begin at 6:30 PM.

FUNERAL MASS

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2022

11:30 AM

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI CATHOLIC CHURCH

4201 DE ZAVALA RD, SAN ANTONIO, TX 78249

Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.

16 Nov

To Celebrate a Life of Love: John Krawczynski

John F. Krawczynski (Johnny Kay) died unexpectedly on November 7, 2022.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Bernice Krawczynski. He is also survived by his sister, Martha Ann Bednarz, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary R. and John J. Krawczynski, his brothers-in-law, Berthold J. Bednarz, Brother and sister-in-law, Fred Reininger and his wife, Louise, Henry Bronder and his wife, Louise.

John graduated from Central Catholic School in 1954. He went on to St. Mary’s University. He worked for Texas State Hwy. Department and moved on to the City of San Antonio Street and Drainage Department as Manager where he eventually retired in 1996. He was a long-time member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

The funeral Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated at 11:30 am on Thursday, November 10, 2022 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. John was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery.

16 Nov

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Dr. Pamela Villalobos

November 16, 1982-November 7, 2022

Dr. Pamela Villalobos was born on November 16, 1982 and called home to the Lord on November 7, 2022 after a long battle with cancer. Pamela is survived by her husband, Michael Casanova Jr., her two beautiful children, Camden and Christian Casanova, her parents Roberto and Jennifer Villalobos, and her sister, Isabel Villalobos.

Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Pamela graduated from Montwood High School before moving to San Antonio, Texas to begin her adulthood.

In 2005, she completed her undergraduate studies in biology at St. Mary’s University, which served as the foundation of her medical career. She went on to attend medical school at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and graduated in 2009 with a Doctor of Medicine degree. Armed with medical expertise and a love for world cultures, she visited Mexico and Ethiopia as part of medical missions to serve the underprivileged and those in need. She then finished her residency training in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in 2013 and served as chief resident. Pamela practiced medicine in Austin and San Antonio for 8 years, serving as medical director for several inpatient physical rehabilitation units. Most recently, she facilitated the opening of a new inpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation unit at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

During her time in college, Pamela became involved in the Delta Zeta Sorority where she found lifelong friends whom she called sisters. She had a multitude of friends and found more special friendships amongst her medical school classmates and study groups. She was especially grateful for her best friend, Dr. Lucia Diaz (Angel Franco), who brought her so much joy during her cancer journey.

While she thoroughly enjoyed her life’s work and patient care, her family was her greatest achievement. No matter how busy or stressful life was, she always had a smile on her face and brought laughter to those around her. She always made time to play with her kids, read a good book, and explore the outdoors with her husband and kids. She led a fulfilling life centered on the Catholic faith and her loving service to others is the legacy she leaves to family and friends. Pamela will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her.

In lieu of flowers, family and friends are welcome to make donations to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in her name.

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