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30 MAY

Gerald Lee Janysek

April 14, 1959 – May 23, 2024


Written by his daughters: Sydney and Shelby. Read with love by his youngest brother, Mark.

Gerald was first and foremost a funny, loyal, fair, smart, and strong individual. Gerald’s sense of humor was a light that never failed to brighten our days. It didn’t matter if it was a quote from a beloved movie, a silly joke he heard, or a mischievous prank; he had a special ability to make others laugh. I’m sure many of you remember his uncanny Donald Duck impression, a talent he would often showcase to the sheer delight of children and adults alike. His joy in making people laugh, especially the kids, was infectious, illustrating not just his sense of humor but his kindheartedness. It was this unique blend of silliness and wit, that made Gerald fun to be around.

Gerald’s accomplishments were numerous: including playing center on his football team in Beeville and helping the team go to the playoffs, graduating North Texas State University, and starting a paper route that he would pass down to us younger siblings. But if you asked him, his greatest achievement was his family. Marrying Becky was the pinnacle of his life’s successes. Becky was not just his wife but his partner. She helped to make him a better person and it was with her by his side that they brought two wonderful daughters into this world, Sydney and Shelby. Gerald would speak of his girls with such visible pride and joy. His love for them was boundless, and in them, his legacy continues.

Just like our father, Gerald loved coming to family gatherings at holiday times such as Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving. He told his girls several times that he understood exactly why Popo loved being around the family during the holidays.

He said it was a fun family time filled with games such as dominoes and white elephant. He enjoyed sitting in the room contributing and listening to all the love, laughter, and conversations taking place with the whole family in one place.

One unyielding quality for Gerald was his fairness. I guess being one of eight kids really taught him the importance of keeping things even. He never wanted to forget anyone who had sent him a Christmas card or a birthday card. He would always try his best to return the favor. Gerald’s loyalty and family-oriented nature extended beyond blood relations, welcoming close friends and animals into the folds of his family. He has had several pets over his life: his beloved horse Trigger (who was born around the same time he was), Samantha (the family dog that he first got with Becky), Bella (his favorite grand-dog) and of course we can’t forget all the family dogs growing up: Blackie 1, Blackie 2, Blackie 3… HA!

Sundays were a testament to his dedication to both his faith and his favorite pastime. As a Catholic, Gerald balanced his Sundays between his faith and his love for football, particularly his beloved TN Titans. The moments of shared excitement and devotion were cherished by Gerald. As man who found joy in the simple pleasures of life, he enjoyed dove hunting, going to dances, traveling on family vacations, and taking trips camping on lake with family and friends. Whether it was mowing the lawn, grilling on a Saturday, or herding cattle and mending fences, Gerald truly loved being outside.

His ability to entertain others, was not his only strength. As his health began to decline in his final years, his resilience, his unwavering strength, stood as a testament to his character. He faced his challenges head-on showing us all what it truly means to be strong. It was his emotional and spiritual endurance that truly defined him.

After Becky passed, we saw a change in him. He would often dream of her, especially towards the end of his life. It is a comfort, at least, to think of them reunited now, beyond the confines of this world. Gerald’s journey, especially through his challenging final chapters, taught us the essence of courage and the power of faith.

One of Gerald’s most endearing qualities was his ability to surprise us. Take, for instance, the bedtime stories about his fictional pet mouse, Walter, which he would recount to his girls. These tales, shared at bedtime with his daughters, was a beautiful glimpse into Gerald’s imagination and the playful bond he shared with Sydney and Shelby. These stories, filled with Walter’s adventures, while entirely fabricated, showcased Gerald’s vivid imagination and his love for storytelling. It was a cherished ritual, one that not only entertained but fostered a unique bond between father and daughters, a testament to Gerald’s loving and playful spirit.

The absence of his adventurous spirit will be felt deeply by all who knew him. Gerald, you will be dearly missed but never forgotten. May you rest in peace, reunited at last with your beloved Becky. Your smile and laughter will continue to live on, in our memories and in our hearts.

Thank you.

24 MAY

John “J.G.” Gonzales

November 17, 1948 – May 18, 2024

John was born November 17, 1948 to Johnny Gonzales and Maude Parks in Kansas City, MO. The eldest of seven siblings, he left his home in Tullahoma, TN at the age of 14 to attend St. Anthony Junior Seminary in San Antonio, TX where he gained his lifelong nickname “J.G.” After graduating from St. Anthony in 1966, J.G. attended Novitiate at Lebh Shomea in Sarita, TX where he intended to become a priest. He ultimately decided to pursue a degree from St. Mary’s University where he graduated with a bachelor’s in Physical Education in 1971. Following graduation, while visiting home in Tennessee, he found the love of his life, Theresa Urbaniak. They married in 1973 and made their home in San Antonio.

J.G. spent the next 45 years of his life teaching and coaching in the Catholic school and university settings in San Antonio, primarily at St. Anthony Catholic High School, Ursuline Academy, and Trinity University. He coached over 200 individual state champions in track & field and cross country, 9 team high school state titles, 4 university conference championships, and was Coach of the Year 5 times. He is also remembered for his contributions to the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) where he served as national multi-event chair for many years as well as his involvement in Junior & Senior Olympics as a coach & official.

J.G. is remembered as a devoted father, coach, and outdoorsman who had a true passion for helping others. His generosity extended not only to his family, but also to the countless students and athletes who he inspired throughout his years. He possessed an unwavering belief in the potential of others and constantly encouraged them to work diligently, persevere through difficulty, and achieve personal success, which will never be forgotten.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two younger siblings, Deborah Ruff and H. Michael Gonzales. He is survived by his wife, Theresa Urbaniak Gonzales; his siblings, Shirley Floyd, Mark & Kate Gonzales, Ralph Gonzales, Bill & Marty Gonzales; as well as his 6 children and their spouses, Joseph Gonzales, Timothy & Maria Gonzales, Mary & Ryan Gilley, Jennifer & Matthew Brady, Daniel Gonzales, and Juliana Gonzales, and 9 grandchildren.

The burial service will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 17501 Nacogdoches Rd, San Antonio, Texas 78266 .

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Oblate Zambia Missions at: oblatesusa.org/donate/

13 MAY

Sabina Ybarra Villarreal

June 8, 1926 – May 5, 2024

Sabina Ybarra-Villarreal was called home by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on May 5, 2024. She died peacefully surrounded by family. Sabina was born on the Frank Harper Ranch near Reedville and Martindale, Texas on June 8, 1926. She was the fourth of ten children born to Fulgencio and Pabla (née Guerrero) Ybarra. As a young girl she helped support the family by participating in all agricultural activities including harvesting cotton. More often than not you would find her sitting atop the wooden cart counting the cotton sacks after they were weighed. She frequently volunteered to corral the cows since it was one of her favorite activities. Sabina spoke of her family’s involvement and volunteer work at the local Roman Catholic church. She spoke fondly of a happy childhood on the ranch, having fun climbing the windmill, riding horses, playing practical jokes on her siblings, and praying.

During the depression the entire family moved to San Antonio, Texas. Sabina started babysitting to help the family financially. When World War II started, she worked as a waitress at Fort Sam Houston, where she witnessed the Japanese Internment Camp. She then proudly served our country by building bombs. Sabina would mention that she had to wear pants to work at the factory. At that time women were not allowed to wear pants at church, but she always snuck in to pray. Occasionally, she was asked to leave since she was wearing pants. Sabina wore many hats throughout the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s working at locations throughout Downtown San Antonio. Some of her employers included: El Alameda Theater (usher & cigarette girl); Santa Rosa Hospital (orderly); and Sunshine Laundry (presser). In the 1970’s she started a long career as a paid caregiver. She worked as a care provider for the elderly nuns at the retirement home at the Incarnate Word campus. She retired in 1987, from Girling Health Care where she was employed as a certified respite caregiver for ill children. In the early 90’s, she returned to work as a caregiver for an elderly neighbor. Even though her family moved to San Antonio, Sabina frequently traveled back to the San Marcos, Texas area to visit her best friend and cousin, Alicia (deceased), and her extended family, whom she loved dearly.

Sabina was a parishioner at Sacred Heart Catholic Church from the 1960’s to 2017. She also attended the Sacred Heart Senior Center for 14 years, where she received a volunteer of the year award. Sabina started attending St. Francis of Assisi regularly in 2016, after moving in with Jeanie and Juan. Her new “senior center” became the Meals on Wheels Grace Place Alzheimer’s Center. In 2024, Meals on Wheels honored Sabina by dedicating a bench in her name in their courtyard.

She is remembered as being giving, humble, loyal, trustworthy, funny, feisty, direct, independent, strong, tough, yet friendly, joyful, kind, loving and compassionate. She has been described as a protector by her grandchildren whom she adored. Sabina loved to sing, dance and tell jokes, especially riddles. She also loved to sing along at church during Mass. One of the songs we sang during her final days is “America the Beautiful”. She loved to travel. Her travels took her to: Arkansas, Arizona, Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, and Nevada. She made annual mini-pilgrimages to the Basilica of San Juan del Valle in the Rio Grande Valley. Her favorite places were Hawaii, Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino, and the Texas coast.

Sabina never let a day go by without praying the rosary. Everyone near her was required to pray along. She was a prayer warrior and family frequently called her to request intercessory prayers. The list of names of those for whom she prayed was long. Most days she spent over 3 hours praying. Her prayer books’ spines are cracked and broken. The pages are yellowed, chipped and worn. She loved her children and grandchildren greatly and would do anything for them. Her family and friends will miss her dearly.

Sabina’s final message to her descendants:

  • Que gozen de la vida (May they enjoy life).
  • Que salgan a viajar (May they go out to travel).
  • Que visiten a sus familiares, especialmente los que no pueden salir de casa

(Visit your relatives, especially those who cannot leave home).

  • Y que me vengan a ver (and come see me).

She is preceded in death by her parents: Fulgencio Ybarra and Pabla GuerreroYbarra. Her beloved daughter: Diana Villarreal-Gomez. Her siblings: Guadalupe Ybarra, Maria Ibarra, Raul Ybarra, Marcelo Ybarra, Maria Antoneta Moreno, Isabel Casillas, Antonio Ybarra, and Angelita Mesa. Sabina is survived by her youngest brother: Ruben Ibarra. Her brother-in-law: Jesus Mesa. Her loving children: Rosa Maria Mendez and her husband Ramiro Mendez; Jeanie Lopez and her husband Juan G. Lopez; Marcie Swonson and Lance Swonson. Her grandchildren: Eric Wilhite and his wife Cindy; Jason Wilhite; Arthur M. Dilworth and his wife Jessica; Mark A. Sanchez and his wife Tatiana; Odie Sanchez, Jr. and his wife Michele; Edward M. Sanchez and his wife Jillian. Her Great-Grandchildren: Tanner Swonson and his wife Samantha; Cody Swonson and his girlfriend Aisley Stevens; Blaize Swonson; Sydney Jackson and her husband, Stetson; Juliana Wilhite; Sabina Wilhite; Charlie Wilhite; Tristan Wilhite; Keala Wilhite; Joseph Ibarra and his wife Elizabeth; Julie Dilworth and her husband Angel Chaires; James Dilworth and his fiancée Angel Salazar; Kimberly Sanchez; Krista Sanchez; Michael “Mikey” Sanchez; and Natalie Sanchez. Her Great-Great Grandchildren: Eleanor Diane Chaires; Ryder Jackson; Aria Marie Wilhite; and Easton Marie Swonson born on May 4, 2024, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and step-grandchildren/great-grandchildren/great-great grandchildren, and friends. A very heartfelt thank you to Marissa & Kenny from Carter Healthcare; UT Health Geriatric and Palliative Care; Prodigious Hospice; Sisters Care; Imelda and the entire staff at Meals on Wheels for the loving, compassionate care they provided to Sabina.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Meals on Wheels San Antonio Alzheimer’s Services in memory of Sabina Villareal. Donations can be made online https://www.mowsatx.org/alz-services-donations or mailed to Meals on Wheels San Antonio, 2718 Danbury, San Antonio, TX


Sharron Acosta Pierce

February 5, 1941 – March 18, 2024

Sharron Acosta Pierce, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt passed into the loving arms of our Lord on March 18, 2024. She bravely fought a long battle with cancer.

Sharron was born on February 5, 1941 in Sacramento, California, the first of six children born to David W. and Eleanor Lowsley. When she was 8 months old, she moved with her parents to Chuacús, a ranch in central Guatemala. She spent her formative years growing up there, immersed in Mayan culture and preferring to speak Spanish as her native tongue.

She moved to Wichita, Kansas at the age of 14 to attend Kapuan Mt Carmel Catholic High School. She attended college first at Barry University in Miami, Florida and then the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she met her first husband, Edward. On April 4, 1964 she married Edward J. Acosta in Fort Collins, Colorado and they had two sons, Joseph and Robert.

In 1966, the family moved to San Antonio, Texas where she began a 32 year career at the University of Texas Health Science Center. She retired from her position as the Assistant Dean for Administration in 2000. She met her second husband, Alexander Pierce, Jr. at the Health Science Center and they shared a life together in New Berlin, Texas, where they cared for many animals.

She had a profound love for animals and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with her llamas, goats, birds, dogs, and cats. She had a special connection with her dog Happy who brought her much joy and companionship.

She was an accomplished traveler having had many adventures across the world. She fondly remembered her annual trips to Cabo San Lucas with her family and friends. She especially enjoyed her incredible safari to Kenya accompanied by her son Joseph.

Whether spending time with her animals, spending time with loved ones, or traveling the world, she lived her Catholic faith as devotedly as possible. Her faith in the Lord sustained her throughout her life and comforted her during illness.

Sharron is preceded in death by her husband, Alexander Pierce, Jr., her parents David W. and Eleanor Lowsley, her brother David Lowsley, and her daughter-in-law Patricia Acosta. She is survived by her son Joseph and his wife Henriette, her son Robert, her granddaughter Christina and her husband Matthew Carmona, and her three great-grandchildren Alexander, Andrew, and Josephine Carmona.


Dr. William Lloyd Henrich

Dr. William Lloyd Henrich

August 7, 1946 – March 14, 2024

Dr. William Lloyd Henrich, who we all knew as Bill, passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2024 as a result of complications from a stem cell transplant. He was a visionary leader and team-builder, a faithful and thoughtful friend, and a wonderful grandfather, father and husband. Bill dedicated his life to serving the public good through his personal mission of healing and care, discovery, education and public service.

Born in Detroit, Michigan on August 7, 1946, to Margaret Willam and Thomas Lloyd Henrich, Bill grew up in a home that fostered his love for the arts. Margaret, a former mezzo-soprano in the Chicago Lyric Opera, was the music teacher and music director at their Methodist church. Thomas held various jobs for Disney and Paramount Pictures. When Bill was five, his parents moved him, his older brother Martin and younger brother Thomas to Richardson, Texas.

Bill was a naturally curious person, and destined to become a researcher, but it was in a high-level math class that he made the most important discovery of his life: Mary Lorene Dennis, who he would court through his college years at Columbia University in New York City. Bill graduated with a degree in English and a minor in Art History, but his career goal was always medicine. He and Mary were engaged in the spring of 1968 and began their journey together in Houston, where Bill earned a medical degree at the Baylor College of Medicine.

After medical school the young couple moved to Portland, Oregon for Bill’s internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Oregon, then proceeded to Denver for his fellowship in nephrology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine with his mentor Dr. Robert Schrier. In 1978, he and Mary returned to Dallas, where he moved up the ranks as a professor of internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and as a clinician at the V.A. Medical Center. It was in Dallas that Bill and Mary raised their two children, John Martin, born in 1974, and Emily Katherine, in 1976.

In March of 1995, Bill and Mary moved to Toledo, Ohio where he accepted an appointment as the Chair of Medicine at the Medical College of Ohio. They moved to Baltimore in 1999 when Bill was named Chair of Medicine at the University of Maryland. In 2006, they landed in San Antonio following Bill’s appointment as Dean of the University of Texas San Antonio School of Medicine. Four years later, he was named President of the UT San Antonio Health Science Center, succeeding his close friend, Francisco Cigarroa.

An elected member of several prominent medical societies, Bill was particularly honored to serve as President of the American Society of Nephrology. He believed that nephrologists had the unique capacity to lead because nephrologists face dire problems with their patients, but also achieve miraculous recoveries. Bill was passionate about mentoring students, residents and young physicians and was most proud to have received teaching accolades from every institution in which he served.

Bill penned over 300 original articles, many textbook chapters and was one of the first writers for the UpToDate website in collaboration with his good friend, Bud Rose.  He was the founding editor of the popular dialysis textbook, Henrich’s Principles and Practice of Dialysis.

While prolific as an author, the note he wrote most often was to Mary: “Gone for a Run. Love, Bill.”   He ran almost every day of his adult life. Or biked. Or swam.  He was dedicated to family and a proud parent and grandparent who was quick to share a recent picture or a funny story—or recall yet another debacle befalling his favorite pro teams (the Spurs, the Cowboys and the Texas Rangers, of course).

Throughout his career, Bill led with his heart and insisted on treating everyone with dignity.  He believed in thinking big, followed by bold action. He loved his colleagues in San Antonio and believed they had the limitless potential to solve the hardest problems in the world. In his last message to the campus, he urged everyone forward, saying, “So many people are depending on us, counting on us to be successful in our missions.  Our noble work helps these families, educates these young professionals and delivers research advances that benefit everyone, everywhere in the world.  I have confidence in you to make the lofty goals established for our institution a reality.”

Bill is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Thomas and Martin. He leaves behind Mary, his wife of 54 years, as well as John and his wife, Melissa; Emily and her husband, Keith Meister, and grandchildren Lucy, Gabriel and Charles Henrich, and Lily and Margaret Meister;  his brother-in-law David Noblet and his family; his sisters-in-law Nancy Winn, Ann Dennis, Rose Trott, Lucy Voyik, Helen Dennis and their families.

If you wish to honor Bill’s memory, please consider a gift to the William L. Henrich, MD, MACP Memorial Endowed Scholarship of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  https://makelivesbetter.uthscsa.edu/henrichmemorial.

Pallbearers will be Abigail Winn, Joseph Trott, Nathan Dennis, Hannah Wolfert, Paul Wolfert, Francisco Cigarroa MD, Rob Hromas MD, and Andrea Marks.

26 FEB

Diana Soat

Diana Belle Lich Soat

September 9, 1931 – February 12, 2024

Diana Belle Lich Soat, age 92, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2024, in San Antonio, Texas. She was born on September 9, 1931, in Comfort, Texas, to her parents Ida (Arhelger) and Oscar Lich. The fourth of five children: her siblings included three brothers, O.C., Victor, and Roy, and sister Helen.

She attended Cypress Creek School and graduated from Comfort High School in 1947 at the age of fifteen. She was awarded a scholarship to Mary Hardin Baylor College in Belton, Texas. Too young for college, she attended Draughon’s Business School in San Antonio. She first worked in the bookkeeping department at Frost Bank then at First Federal S&L. Years later, she was a secretary at Saint Mary’s Hall and Keller Saunders/Alamosa Company.

She was proud of her Hill Country heritage, where, in the 1850’s, her great-grandparents from Germany had settled. She was grateful to travel to Germany to get to know their descendants. Growing up being no further away from home than San Antonio, she would later travel throughout the United States, and visited England, Ireland, Australia, Aruba, Mexico, Canada, with stopovers in France and Iceland. She was the go-to for family history and carried a strong moral compass.

Along with her academic talents, she participated in sports, primarily basketball and was an avid Spurs and Cowboys fan. She enjoyed bowling, relished leisure at Canyon Lake, and had a prevalent creative quality with pictures, cross-stitch, a gifted Jeopardy player, and meticulous organizer.

Diana was a family first mom who raised her sons with love and grace. She was also a loving and fun Oma to her grandchildren and embraced her extended family. Her legacy of dedication to her family and friends will forever live in the hearts she touched, and leaves behind a rich source of fond memories that will continue to inspire and uplift those who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents and, after a nearly 61-year marriage, beloved husband James (Jim) O. Soat. She and Jim were founding members of the St. Francis of Assisi Church community. Diana is survived by her sons, Kevin J. Soat, and Richard D. (Ruth) Soat; grandchildren, Cason R. (Ally) Soat, Richelle V. (George) Tasevski, Darin J. Soat, and Jalen P. Soat; great-grandchildren, Addisyn Belle Singleton and Journey Rose Tasevski, other extended family members including step-grandchildren Christopher (Francesca) Salazar, Melissa (Ken) Parker, Matthew (Kelsey) Salazar, step great grandchildren Jameson Salazar, Emerson Salazar, Keira Parker, Cassidy Parker, and numerous friends.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 2, 2024, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

20 FEB

Constance O’Neill

Constance O’Neill

March 4, 1928  –  February 16, 2024

Mrs. Constance O’Neill, age 95, passed away on Friday, February 16, 2024, in Boerne, Texas. She was born on March 4, 1928, in San Antonio to parents, Herbert and Erna (Raba) Holzmann.

Her life’s journey began in Texas, and continued on to New York after marrying her husband in 1948. The following 33 years found her raising a family, joining the workforce, making lifelong friends and clearly being loved by all. She returned home to San Antonio after her husbands passing, and began yet another chapter in her life.

Constance was a founding member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in San Antonio. She was deeply loved and respected as the Matriarch of her family. Affectionately known as “Grammy” to her family, she leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion that will remain forever in the hearts of her family and all that knew her.

Constance was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James O’Neill; her parents; siblings, Herbert, Marjorie, Erna and infant brother, Timothy; and son-in-law, Don Curry.

She is survived by her son, Steve O’Neill (Carol); daughter, Vicki Curry; grandchildren, D.J., Ashley, Sean and Erin; great-grandchildren, Dylan, Annie, Parker, Jane, Theo, Blair, and very much anticipated great-grandson, James. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Make a Wish Foundation secure2.wish.org


Javier Garcia

Javier Garcia

November 21, 1985 – January 17, 2024

On January 17th, 2024, Javier Garcia went to be with the Lord at the age of 38. Javier was born to Hector and Mary Louise Garcia on November 21, 1985, in San Antonio, TX. Javier’s life
was one of dedicated service to his family and the community, where he worked as a registered behavioral
therapist. Javier attended the International School of the Americas High School, where he was involved in the PALs program and Model UN, as well as the Robert E. Lee High School choir. He then attended Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, where he received his first bachelor’s degree in Communications in Journalism. Subsequently, he went on to attend Utah State University, where he earned his second bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and Deaf Education. Javier wanted to be a leader in his chosen field of Behavior Therapy and work with autistic children and teens. He chose to return to school and earned a Master’s degree in Special Education – Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University in December 2023.
Javier was passionate about the sports he chose. He achieved a first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do at the Korea America Taekwondo Academy in 2000. Javier went on to win the bronze medal in the U.S. Open in Tae Kwon Do in Las Vegas in 2001. Additionally, he was a founding member of the Cool Arrows Marksmanship Team. In July 2023, Javier participated in a national shooting competition with the Civilian Marksmanship Program at Camp Perry in Columbus, Ohio, where he was awarded the Distinguished Rifleman badge. Along with Javier’s appetite for continuous learning, he was the ultimate champion to those he loved. Once Javier decided he wanted to be your friend, there was nothing that could stop him. He would stay up late studying with you to ensure you passed your test, drag you to family functions because he didn’t want you to be alone on the holidays, and show up at birthday parties as the ultimate cool uncle or cousin. He was also up for pet sitting, game nights, UFC fights, or volunteering his time for phone banking with community action groups and campaigns. Javier is survived by his parents, Hector and Mary Louise; sister, Marcella Espindola and Santos Rodriguez; nephew, Daniel Antonio Morin; niece, Liliana Renee Espindola; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. On January 17th, 2024, Javier Alejandro Garcia went home to be with the Lord at the age of 38. Visitation will be held at Funeraria del Angel Trevino, 226 Cupples Rd, San Antonio, TX 78237 on February 16th, beginning at 4:30pm, followed by a Rosary service at 7:00pm. The funeral Mass will be held on February 17th at 10:00am at St. Ann Catholic Church, 210 St Ann St, San Antonio, TX 78201, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to The Arc of San Antonio and Autismspeaks.org.


Patricia Acosta

Patricia Acosta

January 26, 1967 – January 19, 2024

Patrica (Trisha) Acosta, 56, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, aunt, friend, passed away into God’s Loving Embrace on January 19 2024, in San Antonio, TX. She was surrounded by her family whose love lifted her spirit after a valiant fight against cancer. She was born on January 26, 1967 in San Antonio Texas, the daughter of Pedro Rodriguez Jr. and Teresa R. BlaneyBorn and raised in San Antionio, she lived an extraordinary life, full of love and adventure that always centered around family. She attended Clark High School where she met her future husband Robert, whom she married in 1986. They welcomed their daughter Christina that same year, becoming a devoted mother who relished their time together at home and school. She was a celebrated cook within the family, having learned the art from her grandmother which she shared passionately with family at gatherings throughout the year. Those gatherings were incredibly important to her and she went to great lengths to prepare the house and plan the perfect menu for all her family to enjoy. Some of her fondest memories involved her time as a teacher at Heintz Preschool (of Congregation Agudas Achim) where she found the love of teaching art and met life-long friends. Although she remained a resident of San Antonio, she was an accomplished traveler having had adventures across much of the US, Mexico and Canada and further afield to Europe and Africa! Above all else, she cherished her time spent with her beautiful daughter and beloved grandchildren as they brought her the greatest joy in life. She went to great lengths to attend every practice, game, recital, program, and graduation and was often the loudest voice in the crowd cheering them on. She kept them close to heart in her daily activities as their love and support were her driving force. She will live on in all of our memories.

Trisha is preceded in death by her grandfather Pedro (Poppy) Rodriguez Sr. and her brother William A. Blaney Jr. She is survived by her loving husband Robert Acosta, her daughter Christina Carmona, Son-inLaw Matthew Carmona, her grandchildren, Alex Carmona, Andy Carmona, Gracie Carmona, her parents Pedro Rodriguez Jr (Yvonne) and Teresa R. Blaney (William), her grandmother Emma Rodriguez, sisters Stefanie Vititoe (Jason), Christina Cunningham (Kevin), Jessica Hoffman (Dolan), Monica Rodriguez, Sandra Schaub (Craig), brother Garnett Blaney (Misty), her beloved nieces and nephews (Alexa, Virginia, Dylan, Dakota, Jasmynn, John, Jacob, Kathryn and Whitley), great-nieces and nephew, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.


Paul Dean Kinslow

Paul Dean Kinslow

February 7, 1964- December 23, 2023

Paul Dean Kinslow was born in Wichita County, Texas on February 7, 1964, to parents Carroll Wayne and Dorothy Kinslow. Paul was preceded in death by his parents and other family including his son, Nick Kinslow. He is survived by his son Kristopher Kinslow, his daughter, Shellie Kinslow Taylor, and his sister, Janice Mason (Roy).

Paul was raised and went to school first in Oklahoma and later in Texas. Paul and his sister Janice attend Baptist church with their grandparents in Oklahoma. His occupation was carpentry and building trades and he made his home in San Antonio.

Paul attended RCIA at Saint Francis and was confirmed at the Easter Vigil mass in 2007. Paul helped many friends in San Antonio and especially parishioners at Saint Francis whom he considered his extended family. He ensured his son Kris participated in faith formation and was baptized. He also supported Kris’s participation in CYO sports. Paul was a hospitality minister and participated in Habitat for Humanity, ACTS, Men’s Club and Knight’s activities.

Thank you to all those who have prayed for Paul in the past with his two bouts of non- Hodgkin’s lymphoma and his recent hospitalization with cardiac arrest.

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