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20 SEPTEMBER

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Lorraine Griffin Obituary

1930 – September 6, 2023

Lorraine Steubing Griffin was born in 1930 to Oscar and Lenora Steubing. She was called home on September 6, 2023. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard David Griffin; sister, Madelyn S. Boubel Koepp and spouses Fred Boubel and Harold Koepp; nephew, Thomas R. Boubel and his spouse Christine; and all the cousins of her generation. Lorraine is survived by great-nephew Kirk Boubel (Daphne), their children: Samantha (Dustin); great-niece Jennifer (Jim), their children: Gavin and Madeline Lorraine; great-nephew Jeffrey Boubel (Tiffany), their children: Dawson, Shelby and Joslyn; niece Sharon Campbell (Tom); step-daughter Laura Pearson, step-grandson David (Desiree); step-granddaughter Kristine Pearson Neff; and many cousins and extended family members in successive generations.

10 AUGUST

To Celebrate a Life of Love: John “Jack” R. Verhagen

February 1944 – July 2023 

John “Jack”R. Verhagen, a native of Kaukauna, WI and a longtime resident of Madison, WI and San Antonio, TX., passed away peacefully on July 23, 2023, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lorraine Porter Verhagen, son Jeffery Verhagen and daughter-in-law Susan, and two (2) children Nate and Claire Verhagen and daughter Sarah Porter and son-in-law Manny and two (2) children Lauren Porter-Stidham (husband Dylan) and Nico Porter.

Jack left his parent’s farm in Kaukauna to attend the University of Wisconsin -Madison where he obtained both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Jack spent almost 30 years working in federal corrections with the U.S Bureau of Prisons and the Federal Probation System. He started his career as a state probation officer in Appleton, WI. Jack completed his last 15 years as the Chief Probation Officer for the Federal Court, Western-WI in Madison where he retired in 1999. Jack was also a trainer and social work officer in the U.S. Army Reserves, served on active duty during Vietnam and Desert Storm, and retired as a LT. Colonel with over 22 years of military service.

Jack was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic parish and was active in church ministries as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector Commentator and was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus. Jack was a longtime member of St Francis Silver Stars and served one year as their President. He was a member of the American Correctional Association, the National Association of Social Workers, and the Federal Probation Officers Association. He worked as a volunteer usher with the Majestic Theater and worked over five years as a ride-along domestic abuse counselor once a month with the San Antonio Police Department.

Jack was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. “We never lose our loved ones. They accompany us; they don’t disappear from our lives. We are merely in different rooms”. – Paula Coelho

7 APR

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Bradley S. Phillips

May 17, 1968 – April 7, 2023

Born on May 17, 1968, in Clovis, NM, Bradley S. Phillips passed away on April 7, 2023, at the age of 54, peacefully where he currently resides in San Antonio, TX. Brad is survived by his wife of 30 years, Melissa Phillips, son, Justin Phillips, fiancé Sarah Flannigan, and daughter, Hayleigh Phillips.

He is also loved and survived by his parents, Howard and Penny Phillips, sister, Melissa G. Phillips and her children Sarah, Aaron, Austin and Kyleigh. Along with father-in-law, Norbert Moya, Cynthia & William Martin, Steven & Alissa Moya, their children Alessandro and Stefano Moya, and several loving aunts, uncles and cousins, including Amanda Moore.

He is preceded in death by grandparents Carl Gail Moore, Thelda Poor, Donnie Poor, and mother-in-law Rose Marie Moya.

Loved and supported by all who knew him, Brad fought a strong and fearless battle against brain cancer for 2 ½ years. Brad, adored by all who knew him, was always the life of the party, always ready for dessert or an old fashion. Though he will be sincerely and gravely missed, the family takes peace in knowing they have Brad watching over them.

The family would like to say a special thank you to all his care team over the last few years. Especially, Dr. Christopher Bogaev, the oncology team at MD Anderson in Houston, Hope Hospice, and The Estates of Shavano.

If you prefer, in lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to American Cancer Society to help and support the funding of research into finding the cure for cancer. Please see the link below for donations:

https://donate.cancer.org/?campaign=honormemorialbutton&giftType=hon&_ga=2.94158109.1654842571.1680891635-540052508.1680891634

15 MAR

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Margaret Louise (Hess) Ruebsamen

September 10, 1926 – March 15, 2023

Margaret Louise (Hess) Ruebsamen, 96, of Pensacola, FL., passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2023.

A small-town girl who saw the world.  Margaret Louise Hess (Ruebsamen) was born in Des Moines, Iowa on September 10, 1926. She grew up in Watseka, Illinois and attended Illinois State Normal for a short while before marriage.

She met Darrel Dean Ruebsamen, a midshipman in the Navy wartime V-12 program at the school. She and Darrel married in Miami, Florida in 1945. They remained together until his death in 2010.

A military spouse for 30 years she travelled to and lived in many places. In the U.S. she lived in Nebraska, Florida, Virginia, South Carolina, California, and New Hampshire. Overseas she lived in Bremerhaven, Germany in the early 1950’s; Manila in the Philippines in the early 1960s and Yokohama, Japan in the early to mid-1970s. They made their retirement home in San Antonio, Texas.

While living in Germany in the 1950s she was able to visit England and several Western European countries. In the Philippines in the early 1960s she was also able to visit Japan and Hong Kong. Later, while living in Japan she visited several Asian countries including South Vietnam just before the fall of that country. In retirement she and Darrel socialized with the military retired community in San Antonio and traveled extensively. They visited with families and friends, attended Ruebsamen and Hess family reunions, Navy ship and school reunions. They traveled to Canada, Germany, Chile and throughout Europe.

Margaret and Darrel had four children, Jennifer (deceased), David (Emily) of Woodbridge, VA; Carol (Ron) of Pensacola; and Patricia (Mike) of Denham Springs, LA. She was blessed with 7 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. In death she was preceded by her parents (her mother Kathryn and her father Raymond and his second wife, Camilla), her sister (Lois Irene), brother (Eugene) as well as two half-sisters (Jane and Elizabeth).

She completed her bachelors in education in Virginia at Old Dominion College, graduating a week before her son David graduated from high school. She taught in the Department of Defense school in Yokohama, Japan. In retirement in San Antonio, she was highly active in her Catholic church. She even persuaded her Protestant husband to volunteer there for decades. She worked for a time with the San Antonio Convention Bureau.

She moved to Azalea Trace continuing care facility in Pensacola, Florida soon after her husband passed to be nearer to her children and lived there for 12 years. She loved bridge, dominos, Mexican Train, reading, sewing, quilting, and socializing. She was known to her family and friends as a meticulous dresser and housekeeper. She also never missed a chance to dote on her children and grandchildren.

A private family service will be held for her in Pensacola with a burial beside her husband in Giltner, Nebraska.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 9945 Hillview Drive, Pensacola, FL 32514.

16 Mar

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Bruce Edward Tschoepe

August 14, 1948-March 8, 2023

Bruce E. Tschoepe passed suddenly into the arms of Our Lord on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 in a skiing accident in his beloved Angel Fire, New Mexico. Bruce was born in San Antonio on August 14, 1948 to Edward A. Tschoepe and Marian Seng Tschoepe. He attended St. Anthony Grade School, Central Catholic High School, and Texas A&M University. He majored in architecture, and that became his life career. Bruce designed churches, including St. Francis of Assisi’s original sanctuary (now Henke Hall), dormitories, custom homes, retail centers, and a gamut of other buildings. He retired from architecture in 2011 and has been traveling the world since then. His most recent adventure took him to Hawaii, Australia, and New Zealand. He loved seeing new places, playing golf, hiking everywhere, hunting on his ranch, playing his guitar, and building things. He was the consummate fix-it guy, never afraid to tackle a project. He served on several school boards and parish councils and was a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus. He had a true servant spirit.

He will be remembered by all who knew him as a kind-hearted, gentle, honest, Christian man. He lit up the room with his sincere smile and genuine concern for all. As a friend said, he was an angel of kindness and joy. He touched many lives in a beautiful way.

Bruce met his lifelong soulmate Janis Anderson in 1965, and they married in 1974. They had 48 wonderful years of married life, supporting each other in every endeavor. They traveled extensively, built Habitat for Humanity homes, spent summers in their home in Angel Fire, served on church retreat teams, and loved playing dominoes together.

Bruce is survived by his wife Janis, his sisters Pat (Chris) Maguire, Anne (Gary) Wright, Jeanne (Don) Albrecht, and Janet (Greg) Arnold, his brothers Steve (Mary) Tschoepe and Edward (Brie) Tschoepe, and his brothers-in-law Kenneth Anderson and Theodore Anderson. In addition to numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, he had many wonderful cousins.

Services will be on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 8500 Cross Mountain Trail in San Antonio. Rosary will begin at 10:00 a.m., followed by Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. There will be a reception after Mass in the Parish Hall, followed by interment at Resurrection Cemetery, 11624 Culebra Road. Arrangements are with Porter Loring North (www.porterloring.com).

Bruce was passionate about his Marianist high school education. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Bruce’s honor to Central Catholic High School, Class of 1966 Scholarship Fund, 1403 N. St. Mary’s, SAT 78215. If you prefer to make your memorial gift online, please go to www.cchs-satx.org/give/ and designate Class of 1966 Scholarship Fund.

09 Feb

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Peter A. Cecic

February 13, 1949-January 12, 2023

Peter Cecic passed away surrounded by family on January 12, 2023.

Born on February 13, 1949 to Mary Raich and John Cecic, Peter grew up in Nyack, NY near the Hudson River, where he often went fishing with his father.

He also loved to play outside with his sister Karen and their cousins, pretending to be a cowboy or Davy Crocket. It was during this time when he took a trip to the dentist’s office that he told his mother that he would someday be a dentist.

During Peter’s time at Bergenfield High School in New Jersey, he discovered a love for music, singing with the choir and learning to play the guitar. He also spent a lot of his time caring for orchids in the greenhouse near his house to save money for college. After graduating from high school, Peter attended Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Staying true to his boyhood plans, he continued on to New Jersey Dental School. Peter entered active duty as a Dental Corps officer in the United States Army in 1974. Over the next 10 years, he completed his residency in Endodontics, performed case studies and published papers about root canal therapy, earned a Master’s from George Washington University, and became a board-certified Endodontist.

When stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Peter met another young dentist, Jeannette Fumagali. After seeing her from across the hospital cafeteria, he asked her if she wanted to join his colleagues at their table. They married in June 1984 and had three beautiful girls.

In the early 90s, the Army assigned Peter to Fort Sam Houston. Peter and his family loved San Antonio so much that they decided to stay when he retired as a Colonel in 1997.

After retirement, Peter purchased an Endodontic practice and continued to perform root canals and save teeth over the next 18 years.

Peter’s focus always centered on providing for his family. In addition to his generosity towards friends and family, Peter volunteered often at the St. Vincent de Paul pantry. When he wasn’t working, he liked to watch old movies with his girls, experience nature and travel to natural wonders, read books or articles about his latest interests, and stay active with golfing, bowling, swimming, and walks. He was also an avid rock and fossil collector.

Peter will be remembered for his hard-working dedication, unmatched generosity, and his fervent energy.

He is survived by his wife, Jeannette; three daughters, Caitlin, Lindsay, and Anna; a son-in-law and granddaughter, Eddie and Elena Park; a sister, Karen Borges; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2023. The family will receive guests before the Funeral Mass, starting at 9:30 AM.

Funeral Mass
10:00 AM
St Peter Prince of The
Apostles Catholic Church
111 Barilla Pl
San Antonio, TX 78209

Interment
11:30 AM
Fort Sam Houston Memorial Cemetary
Shelter 3
1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd
San Antonio, TX 78209

Reception
12:00 PM
Fort Sam Houston Golf Club
1050 Harry Wurzbach Rd
San Antonio, TX 78209

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.

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