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16 Jun

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Carlos Eric Rodriguez

Carlos Eric Rodriguez, age 43, went to be with our heavenly father on Friday, June 11th.

He was born in San Antonio and attended St. Paul’s Elementary, Central Catholic High School, and St. Mary’s University. Carlos worked in clinical studies for over 20 years, most recently with Care Access Research where he was Manager of Logistical Planning. Carlos oversaw assessing, strategizing, and planning the logistics of clinical trials.

Carlos is survived by the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Marissa Figueroa, and loving sons, Ari, Cruz, and Rafe; father, Ricardo Rodriguez; brother, Ray Rodriguez, sisters-in-law, Jan & Holly Rodriguez; in-laws, Leo & Terry Figueroa; sisters-in-law, Jamie and Sarah Figueroa; nephews, Vincent and Jude Rodriguez and niece, Ellery Rodriguez. Carlos was preceded in death by his mother, Oralia Rodriguez, and brother, Ricky Rodriguez.

His greatest accomplishment was being a father. Family was of the utmost importance in his life. He was deeply loved and known for his joyful spirit, kindness, and loving attitude towards all. Carlos touched so many with his good nature and kind deeds and left an unforgettable impression with so many. Carlos was a true example of compassion, selflessness, and unwavering strength.

In his free time, Carlos enjoyed building Legos with his sons and introducing his favorite movies to his kids. Carlos especially loved coaching and watching his sons play sports and watching his favorite sports teams, San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Cowboys.

Carlos will forever be loved and eternally missed and never forgotten. Heaven has gained a special angel who will continue to watch over family and friends for eternity.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial account has been established for Carlos and Marissa’s three boys to help fund their Central Catholic High School tuition. Contributions can be made either through Zelle (marissa.figueroa@outlook.com) and /or by sending a check payable to Marissa Figueroa to Morgan Stanley, 755 E Mulberry Ave., Suite 300, San Antonio, TX 78212.

Vigil Service: Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 7:00 pm, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Rd., San Antonio, TX 78249. Family will receive friends from 5:30 pm–7:00 pm.

Celebration Mass: Friday, June 18, 2021 at 12:00 pm, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Rd., San Antonio, TX 78249. Family will receive friends 11:00 am–12:00 pm.

20 May

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Nancy Scofield

October 14, 1952-May 18, 2021

Nancy Scofield, age 68, passed away on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on October 14, 1952 in Austin, TX, to parents, Vernon and Audrey Scofield, who preceded her in death.

Nancy is survived by her children, Andrew Johnson and wife Mary, Sam Johnson and wife Amanda, Katherine Lackey and husband Matt; grandchildren, Jacob, Robert, Gregory, Monte Niko, Charlie and Reese; brother, John Scofield and wife Holly; as well as niece and nephew, Sydney and Evan.

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In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church or a Catholic charity of your choice.

19 May

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Janice Kelly Fernandez

June 8, 1957-May 9, 2021

On Sunday, May 9, 2021, Janice Kelly Fernandez, loving wife and mother, passed away at the age of 63. She is survived by her husband, Albert Fernandez Jr; her three children, Albert III, Kelly and Julia; and her siblings, Howard, Bart, Sr Madeline and Karen.

Janice Kelly Fernandez was born on June 8, 1957 to Howard and Julia Kelly. She developed a strong independent character throughout her childhood which would show itself most vividly when she started her first job so she could save enough money to buy herself her first car, which she did. She would bring that spirit to her career in management, while also developing the ability to build meaningful connections with anyone she met. She will always be remembered fondly as a funny and energetic person who could make anyone laugh but also had the unique ability to make someone feel like they were the most important person in a crowded room.

She was a lifelong resident of San Antonio, Texas, where she would meet and marry her husband, Albert Fernandez Jr, on April 26, 1986. They would go on to build a loving and supportive home for their children and many pets. She will always be loved and dearly missed, but we know she will always be with us.

A Rosary and Funeral Service will be held at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. The Rosary will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 11:00 am. The Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.

03 May

To Celebrate a Life of Love: David James Techam

October 23, 1943-March 26, 2021

David Techam, 77, died March 26th, 2021 at Kirkwood Manor nursing home, following a stroke. He was born October 23rd, 1943, in Hopkins, Minnesota to Herman and Mary (Dvorak) Techam.

David graduated from Hopkins High School, class of 1962. Following graduation, he served with the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Independence aircraft carrier. David’s ship was directly involved in the Blockade of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

After his enlistment with the Navy, David settled in Minnesota and married Charlotte Kranz. David and Charlotte adopted a son, James, from Korea in 1974. David later married Damaris (Wenzel) Techam. In 2014, David relocated to Llano, Texas.

David was an adventurer even after the Navy, spending his spare time sailing Lake Superior, fishing in Alaska, or traveling in his motorhome.

In addition to his parents, David was predeceased by wife, Damaris, and his sister Katherine. Surviving are his son, James Techam, James’ wife, Alyshea (Jenn) Techam, and two grandchildren, Mara and Christian. He is also survived by his siblings, Gene, Steve, Bob, Dan, Diane and Deanna.

A service of Remembrance will be held 11:30 A.M. on May 7th, 2021 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Road, San Antonio, TX. Interment will be at 1:45 P.M. at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. A reception will follow at Herbert’s, 1440 N. Walnut, New Braunfels, TX.

29 Apr

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Bennie Jean Schladoer O’Neill

July 7, 1933-April 12, 2021

Bennie Jean Schladoer O’Neill was born in Bandera County on July 7, 1933. She died peacefully in San Antonio on Monday, April 12, 2021, having reached the age of 87 years and 9 months.

Bennie was born at home on the family farm on Mason Creek, just north of the town of Bandera. As she grew, she helped her parents with all manner of farm work while also attending public schools in Bandera, graduating from Bandera High School in 1950 at the age of 16. After graduation, Bennie found work in Bandera as a telephone operator, and later, a clerk in the courthouse. It was during this time that she met Patrick O’Neill of Hondo, and they were married on January 12, 1952.

Pat and Bennie started their family in Hondo but later moved to San Antonio. In the summer of 1968, the family relocated to Amarillo. During her adult life, Bennie held a variety of jobs including secretary, bookkeeper, and data entry clerk. In 1993, Pat and Bennie retired to Pagosa Springs, Colorado, but later returned to the Texas hill country with a move to Pipe Creek. After Pat died in May of 2010, Bennie lived independently for a time, but a series of medical problems forced a move to San Antonio to be nearer to family and health care.

Although caring for her family occupied most of Bennie’s time, she enjoyed a variety of activities; especially those related to the outdoors and nature. She always described herself as a “country girl” who would fish, camp, and care for her garden and pets when given the opportunity. Bennie was a competent photographer and seamstress, and an excellent cook. She also enjoyed dancing and was fond of traveling.

Bennie was preceded in death by her husband, Patrick Ney O’Neill, her parents, Benjamin Schladoer and Fleta Joiner Schladoer, and her younger sister, Lois Ann Schladoer Schulte. She is survived by two brothers, Richard Schladoer with his wife Patricia, and Ernest Marvin Schladoer with his wife Vivian, as well as Alfred Schulte Jr., her brother-in-law. She is also survived by five sons and a daughter: James Patrick and his wife Deniese, Ben Earl and his wife Belen, Robert Michael and his wife Maria, Richard Marvin and his wife Loraina, Thomas Lee and his wife Annie, and Jean Marie and her husband Jim. Additionally, there are sixteen grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren.

A funeral mass will be held in San Antonio at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Rd. on May 29, 2021 at 9:00 AM. The funeral mass will also be streamed live on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cG2BMS68OJA. Interment for both Patrick and Bennie O’Neill will immediately follow at Pipe Creek Cemetery.

For those who prefer a charitable donation in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of San Antonio and South Texas, 10223 McAllister Fwy., Suite 100, San Antonio, TX, 78216, or www.alz.org.

12 Apr

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Aliene Joyce Randol

September 28, 1939-April 6, 2021

Aliene Joyce Randol, 81, died Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in San Antonio, TX. She was born the middle child of three children on September 28, 1939 to Alvin and Rose Stanush. Aliene grew up in San Antonio. Both of her parents were Polish. She married the one and only love of her life, Ernest Randol, on February 15, 1958. They had four daughters and one son. They lived exciting lives of racing speedboats, summers at their lake house, water and snow skiing tournaments, building boats, creating inventions, dancing, shopping in Mexico, and always being the talk of the town. After the death of her beloved husband, Aliene made a courageous life change and moved to East Texas where she purchased acreage and cattle. She taught herself trades and provided for her children. She was resilient. She was strong, loving, wise, patient, playful, kind, faithful, petite but fierce, with a passion for family and the Lord.

Mrs. Randol is survived by her five children, Karen Bell of San Antonio, Texas, Michelle Heiser of Mansfield, Texas, Roxanne Trenkelbach of Charlotte, North Carolina, Ernest Randol, Jr., of Seguin, Texas, and Jennifer McCloud of San Antonio, Texas, and their significant others, Ray Bell, Brian Heiser, Curtis Trenkelbach, Mary Ford, and Pete McCloud. Grandchildren include Meredith Hughes, Shane Hughes, Samarie Goodman, Rebecca Delph, Shelby Trenkelbach, Colby Trenkelbach, Clint Trenkelbach, KarieAnn Randol, Macie Randol, Mattie Peach, and Colton Randol.

Great-grandchildren include Lukas Goodman, Christian Matthews, Ryleigh Goodman, TaylorRose Matthews, James Richter, Connor Goodman, Maven Matthews, Marshall Goodman, Isla Matthews, Olive Beeson, and Canon Beeson. Her sister is Rosemarie Esparza, and was preceded in death by her brother, Alvin (Buddy) Stanush. She was also loved by many in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff of St. Francis Nursing Home for their exceptional and loving care of Mrs. Randol.

The funeral Mass will be at 1:30 pm on Friday, April 23 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

12 Apr

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Alfonso R. Chua, Jr.

January 27, 1947-April 8, 2021

Alfonso Riparip Chua, Jr., was called by God on April 8, 2021, in San Antonio, TX. He was born on January 27, 1947, in Tarlac, Philippines. He is survived by Myrna Chua, his loving wife of 43 years, and his children, Justin Chua and Courtney Chua Stevens.

Alfonso possessed an incredible work ethic. He worked tirelessly as a professional civil engineer and finished his career as a vice-president at Pape-Dawson Engineers. He also loved to care for his home, where he and his family have lived since 1985. He was an avid mountain bike rider and took long bike rides to the Texas Hill Country on weekends. Alfonso was a devout Catholic and attended weekly mass at St. Francis of Assisi since the church’s founding.

Alfonso possessed a fighting spirit and was above all a devoted husband and father. He will always be remembered for his tenacity, strength, and deeply loving nature.

29 Mar

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Col. Edward J. Taylor, Jr.

COL Edward J. Taylor Jr., 84, died peacefully on March 12, 2021 after a courageous battle of cancer-related illnesses complicated by COVID-19 pneumonia.

Edward J. Taylor Jr. was born to Edward J. Taylor and Lucy Woodburn in Albany, New York. He graduated from Bethlehem Central HS in 1954. He attended Cornell University in Ithica, NY, was a member of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity and graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel Administration in 1958. In 1977, Ed received a Master of Science Degree in Business Management from Indiana State University.

COL Taylor was commissioned a Regular Army Officer in the Medical Service Corps in 1958. Upon completion of the Officer Basic Course, he was assigned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In 1959, he reported to Camp Wolters, Texas for Rotary Wing Training and was assigned to the 54th Medical Detachment (Helicopter Ambulance Unit) in Korea as a H-13, litter pod equipped, Medical Evacuation Pilot. He then served as an Aeromedical Evacuation Pilot with the 45th Medical Company (Air Ambulance) in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina and Schweinfurt, Germany following the Company’s deployment to Europe during the Berlin buildup.

Ed met his “Rose of San Antone,” Roswitha Erika Salmela in San Antonio and they were married at the Ft. Sam Houston Main Chapel, on July 11th, 1964, where he served with the 82nd Med Det (HA). In 1965, he was assigned to the 57th Med Det (HA), the original “DUSTOFF” unit, Saigon, Republic of Vietnam, as the Operations Officer and Medical Evacuation Pilot.

COL Taylor returned to the United States to attend the Officer Advanced Course at Ft. Sam Houston and upon completion of the course he was assigned to Ft. Benning, Georgia as Executive Officer of the 197th Armed Helicopter Company and in 1968 he returned to the Republic of Vietnam to assume command of the 82nd Med Det stationed in Soc Trang.

COL Taylor returned again to Ft. Sam Houston and then later went on to attend Command General Staff College in 1970 in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He served as Aviation Officer, 7th Medical Brigade, and then the 30th Medical Group and Commander, 32nd Combat Support Hospital, Stuttgart, Germany. In 1973, he was assigned to Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, and from 1978 to 1984, served with the Combat Development, Academy of Health Sciences, Ft. Sam Houston.

In 1984, Ed returned to Europe as Senior Medical Staff Officer for the Office of the Command Surgeon, Headquarters United States European Command, in Vaihingen, Germany. While in that position, he was instrumental in medical evacuation for released hostages and the development of medical support plans for anticipated terrorist activities. Ed’s final assignment was as Product Manager for the TAMMIS Project at Ft. Sam Houston.

COL Taylor retired from his thirty years of distinguished military service on November 1, 1988. His military education includes Rotary Wing Aviation, and Command and General Staff College, as well as a Master Army Aviator with 1500 combat hours and a total of 3100 flying hours.

COL Taylor was awarded the Silver Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with 37 Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, National Defense Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon.

He has been recognized with the Order of Military Medical Merit, the Sikorsky Aircraft “Flying S” Lifesaving Award and is a life member and past president of the DUSTOFF association.

Upon retirement from the Military, Ed joined a fellow military comrade and worked another 10 years with North American InTeleCom, as VP of Operations. He also volunteered with the Census Bureau and the Valero Texas Open for many years. Ed always enjoyed a round of golf with his buddies and joining his fellow “SOLO” Pilots for luncheons.

Ed and Rose found great enjoyment in their travels across the United States and beyond. They became frequent “Cruisers” and embarked on many adventures. They are founding members of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church where they served as RCI sponsors and the Welcoming Committee for many years. Together, they created a beautiful family and shared a loving marriage of nearly 58 years. Ed loved making memories with Rose, their daughter’s, and husbands, and five grandchildren, cruising to Caribbean ports, lounging on the beautiful beaches of Mexico, and ski trips to Colorado and Utah.

Ed will be remembered for his love of animals, intense faith, humility, honor, and love of his country and the Flag of the United States of America.

Edward J. Taylor Jr. was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Donna Collins. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Rose; daughters, Monica Jendrusch (Alan), and Jenine Beckel (Brad); grandchildren, Taylor and Lindsey Jendrusch, Nicole Bingham (Ryan), and Brandon and Clayton Beckel; and niece and nephew, Kimberly and Michael Collins.

The family would like to acknowledge and thank the doctors and staff at Brooke Army Medical Center for their dedication and compassionate care, VITAS Inpatient Hospice Unit for their empathy given to him during his last few days.



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If you wish to make a memorial contribution in Ed’s memory, please consider the U.S. Army Medical Museum (AMEDD) at Ft. Sam Houston; AMEDD Museum Foundation, P.O. Box 8294, San Antonio, Texas 78208 or Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation; P.O. Box 369, Kendalia, Texas 78027.

22 Mar

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Michael Hotard

December 7, 1957-March 4, 2021

Michael Hotard, 63, passed away on Thursday, March 4, 2021, in San Antonio, Texas. Born in Fayetteville, NC, on December 7, 1957, to parents, Mary Elizabeth and Joseph Leonce Hotard, III. Prior to sustaining a traumatic brain injury on May 17, 2004, Mike was a General Surgeon who attended Central Catholic High School (’75) and St. Mary’s University (’79) of San Antonio, TX. In May of 1979, he was commissioned into the Army and in 1984 he obtained his medical degree from USUHS School of Medicine in Bethesda, MD.

Mike’s military service included stints throughout the U.S, as Brigade Surgeon, Emergency Room Physician, Trauma and General Surgeon and Chief General Surgeon. He also served as Trauma Team Chief during Operation Restore Hope in Mogadishu, Somalia. In 1999 Mike left the military as a Lieutenant Colonel and went into private practice as a General Surgeon in Colorado and later in Liberal, Kansas. Mike was Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery and was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Colorado Chapter. He was a Member of the Colorado Medical Society and the Kansas Medical Society. He was also an instructor in advanced Burn Life Support and had been published in several medical journals.

Mick, as he was known to friends and family, was an active athlete – an accomplished skier, hiker, cyclist, and rugby player. He loved rock-n-roll and was known to blast music in his operating rooms. He was a talented and accomplished surgeon as well as a wonderful father, uncle, brother, son, and friend. He was funny, outgoing, a great cook, and loved to have a good time.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Joseph L. Hotard, III and Mary Elizabeth Poursine Hotard. Michael is survived by his daughter, Cessly M. Hotard; his former wife Angie and Dan Yaeger; his sister Mary Beth (Beth) and Daryl Manning; brothers James R. (Rick) and Nita Hotard, and Robert (Bob) J. and Cheryl Hotard; nieces Bryn Manning, Anne Marie Weldon, Christy Rosenfeld, Katie Steinhoff, Teresa Hotard, and Linden Hotard; and nephews Jeff Manning, Alex Manning, Rickey Hotard, and Graham Hotard.

The family would like to thank Mike’s caregivers who lovingly and diligently spent over 15 years taking care of him: Mary Martin, Rhoda (deceased) and Ronnie Golla, Juanita Hart, and Patricia Dominguez.

A memorial service will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Rd. on April 19, 2021 at 11:00 AM beginning with a Rosary, immediately followed by Mass. Interment will follow at Ft. Sam National Cemetery (Family members only).

Due to safety concerns, we encourage you to join us online instead of in person. The Mass will be live-streamed at https://youtu.be/Uy6aH1F4kK4.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Brain Injury Association of America. In San Antonio, please give to the Alamo Head Injury Association.

17 Mar

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Kenneth “Ken” Leroy Thompson

December 13, 1942 – March 13, 2021

On Saturday, March 13, 2021, Ken Thompson transitioned from this world into his eternal rest. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, graduated from St. John’s University with a BBA and NYU with his MBA. At St. John’s he met the great love of his life and they built a future together. After living in Brooklyn as a child and young adult, he moved to New Jersey, then Pennsylvania, and finally to San Antonio in 1980. At that time, he earned another MBA at the University of the Incarnate Word. As a kid in Brooklyn, he loved to play stickball and hang out with his friends. He loved to tell stories of those early days, publishing them on the Brooklyn Board page. He was a pioneer in the utilization of computers in the 1960’s and assisted many companies in converting their business systems to digital platforms. He spent many years of his professional career at USAA working in Information Management. While his professional accomplishments were many, his wife, children, and grandchildren were the center of his world. He did all things with great love.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Marion Thompson, as well as many friends.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Joanne. Theirs was a love for the ages. Ken is also survived by his daughter, Kristen Williams (Keith), son, Kyle Thompson (Amy) ; sister, Virginia Jones (Bob); grandchildren: Kathryn Williams, Kenneth Logan Williams, Reagan Thompson, and Cole Thompson; and many nieces and nephews. In addition, he leaves behind a vast number of friends, including his best friend, Darrell Nichols (Linda).

Ken was always willing to help folks. For years he washed dishes on Sundays at SAMM Shelter, he bought countless winter coats for an elementary school where kids live in poverty, supported both the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society, and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. He paid for field trips, shoes, and food for kids in need. He donated his time and money generously. If you are so moved, in lieu of flowers, we encourage you to do something nice in his honor. Make a donation to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society. Volunteer. Make amends and build a friendship. Buy food or drink for a stranger. Most importantly, love your people.

A memorial Mass will be held at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Rd. on March 20, 2021 at 11:00 AM. Due to safety concerns, we encourage you to join us online instead of in person. Services will be streamed at Ken Thompson – Funeral Mass of Memorial – YouTube Our family thanks you.