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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.

18 Feb

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Carmen C. Paez

November 17, 1919-January 22, 2021

Carmen C. Paez, age 101, passed away on January 22, 2021 surrounded by her loving family. Carmen was born on November 17, 1919 in Rosita, Coahuila. Carmen was predeceased by her parents (Ambrosio and Ines Cortez), husband (Valentine Paez), and siblings (Juan Cortez, Ernest Cortez, Maria Rodriguez, and Angie Manuel).

Six months after her birth, her family moved to Eagle Pass.

During hard times a compassionate teenage Carmen would assist her father, a manual laborer, by picking crops such as cotton and spinach. She also enjoyed music and dancing and would go to the dances chaperoned by her mother.

While seeking other employment opportunities in her young adulthood, Carmen made the decision to move to San Antonio. Carmen resided in an apartment with a few siblings, during which time she began working at local retail store.

Not too long after beginning her new job, Carmen became ill, that resulted in a hospitalization. During her stay, staff responded well to her upbeat attitude and drive that provided her an opportunity to pursue a career in cosmetology.

After months of hard work, Carmen was elated to receive her cosmetologist certification in 1951, which aligned with her love of lifting others up in order to feel and look their best.

While working in the downtown area, she met Valentine B. Paez and they wed in 1951.

When their only child was born, Carmen dedicated her life to support Sylvia’s endeavors in extracurricular activities at school and pursuing her future passion to become a nurse. She took on various jobs, such as selling cosmetics and jewelry to save money for Sylvia’s college education. After her only granddaughter was born, who was so precious to her; she continued providing unwavering support and adoration as Amanda grew and pursued her own career in helping others.

Across her lifetime, Carmen remained a woman of strong faith who prayed daily. Carmen filled her home with warmth and kindness as a passionate caregiver for the children of her family. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her loved ones, especially during the holidays. She continued her love of music, working on word search puzzles, and enjoyed various books.
She is survived by her brother (Henry Cortez), daughter (Sylvia Cavazos), granddaughter (Amanda Ramirez), great granddog (Donnelly) and countless nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Pallbearers: Andy Getz, Andrew Rodriguez, Lindsay Eulenfeld, Louis H. Zavala, Nathan Miault, and Raul Cristantez.

A Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at a later date.

10 Feb

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Albert P. Taylor

November 10, 1929-January 20, 2021

Remembered as a true gentleman and scholar, Albert P. Taylor, Jr. was born in Charleston, SC, the son of Albert P. Taylor and Dorothy Lee Gooding Taylor. He retained throughout his life a deep sense of pride and love for the city of his birth, the multi-generational home of his ancestors. Albert graduated from Clemson University in 1951 as a distinguished military graduate earning a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He was then commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army Signal Corps. Albert then served post World War II in Germany as a Telephone and Teletypewriter Outside Plant Officer, Company A, 322d, Signal Battalion, U.S. Army Europe. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant, he was awarded the National Defense and German Occupation medals. After discharging from the service, Albert remained in Germany as a Civil Servant working in the same capacity for the U.S. Army. It was in Europe where is love for languages was fostered, speaking German, French, and Spanish fluently. Upon returning to the United States, he enrolled at Woodbury University in Los Angeles earning a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 1959. Employed as an Accountant through the State of California Department of Corporations, he retired 34 years later as a Special Administrator of Credit Union law for state-charted credit unions. Throughout his career, he was a strong advocate of credit union philosophy which largely focused on members having a voice in membership concerns and changes within the organization. He remained a life-long connoisseur of music, history, and the arts, often playing the piano, guitar, and accordion for family and friends. In retirement, he fully enjoyed being an active participant in many conversational language classes and specialty groups, where his passion for travel and knowledge of cultural diversity remained with him throughout his life. A loving husband and father, he lived his life in a manner that will always be deeply remembered by all who knew him. Albert is survived by his loving wife of fifty-seven years, Rosemarie; his daughter, Katherine and her husband, Dale, grandchildren, Garret and Katelyn, and beloved nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, the Lewy Body Dementia Association, and the Arden Courts Memory Care Facility.

The funeral Mass was scheduled for 11 am on Monday, February 15 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, but it has been postponed due to inclement weather to 11 am on Monday, March 8.

04 Feb

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Barbara Windlinger Braden

March 8, 1933-January 26, 2021

Barbara Braden, wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away peacefully on January 26, 2021. A lifelong resident of San Antonio, Barbara was born to Herman and Amanda Windlinger on March 8, 1933. She is preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Margaret Icke, Herman Windlinger, Lucille Schumann, Jerome Windlinger, and Jim Windlinger.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Virgil “Bud” Braden; children, Paul Braden (Julie), Michael Braden (Donna), and Elaine Hutzler (Michael); 10 Grandchildren, Kyle Braden, Sean Hutzler (Betsy), Derek Braden (Skye), Traci Doerre (Sean), Kevin Hutzler, Phillip Braden (Lindsay), Jason Hutzler (Ella), Todd Braden, Clayton Braden, and Bryan Hutzler (Katelyn); 6 Great Grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved deeply.

She graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1951 and entered the workplace alongside her father at the Hermann Sons Fraternal Organization.

In June of 1956, Barbara wed the love of her life, Virgil (Bud) Braden from Rosebud, TX.

After retiring from Hermann Sons in 1996, she enjoyed traveling and volunteering her time at the Santa Rosa Hospital and various organizations within her church.

The family would like to thank the Caregivers from Adante Memory Care who have cared for Barbara for the last few years.

A celebration of her life will begin with a Visitation at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Rd. on February 12, 2021 at 10:30 am. Rosary and Remembrance Services will begin at 11:00 with the Memorial Mass to begin at 12:00. Services will also be streamed at https://www.facebook.com/sfasatx/ or https://youtube.com/c/StFrancisofAssisiCatholicChurch. Interment will be held at a later date in Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to either the San Antonio Alzheimer’s Association, https://www.alz.org/sanantonio, the Mobile Loaves & Fishes program at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, http://sfasat.org/MLF/donate.htm or the charity of your choice.

02 Feb

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Gloria Esquivel

December 28, 1938-January 19, 2021

Gloria Fritchey Esquivel, born to Salvatore and Maria Guido in San Antonio, TX on December 28, 1938, went to be with the Lord on January 19, 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Ernestine Finn, Nancy Miorelli, Rosalie Orsatti, and brother, Gene Guido. She is survived by her husband, Daniel Esquivel, and son, Pat Fritchey, sister, Frances Marotta, and many loving nieces and nephews. She was employed at Brooke Army Medical Center for approximately 40 years. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Southwest Texas State University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. She enjoyed playing bingo and trips to Las Vegas and other destinations. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, on Monday, February 15, 2021, at Porter Loring Mortuary with a Rosary beginning at 7:00 pm.

A private interment to follow. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation in Gloria’s name may be made to Discalced Carmelite Nuns of San Antonio (6301 Culebra Rd. San Antonio, TX 78238).

28 Jan

To Celebrate a Life of Love: F. Michael Oakes

November 24, 1940-January 17, 2021

Fredrick Michael Oakes known as Mike, passed away on January 17th, 2021 at 3:15 am, the Hour of Mercy. He was 80 years old. Mike was born in Coral Ridge, Kentucky and was raised in Fairdale by parents Archie and Christine Oakes. He married his bride, Pamela Abrams, at 17 years of age. Mike and Pam celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on October 4th, 2020.

Mike is a proud graduate of the University of Louisville. He was an avid college sports fan. Never missed a Louisville football or basketball game. His Kentucky family members would send him articles about UofL from the Courier Journal, so he was up to date on the happenings with his team!

Mike loved his family deeply. He always embraced an opportunity to be with his four children and many grandchildren. He loved his Kentucky family and friends as well. He traveled back to Kentucky yearly to see everyone. Mike was a kind man and treated everyone with respect; always offering words of encouragement. His gentle spirit will be missed.

Mike had a long career in the insurance industry in various positions starting with Aetna Casualty & Surety and ending as a Marine Adjuster/Litigation Specialist through Crawford & Company Houston, Texas.

Mike is survived by his wife, Pamela R. Abrams Oakes; son, Michael Oakes (Jeannie); daughter, Gigi Kershner (Daniel); daughter, Maria Lisa Poole (Dana); daughter, Gina Korsi (Richard); sister, Caroline French (Larry); grandchildren: Tori Poole, Shelby Korsi Olson, Samantha Oakes, Jeremy Korsi (Kayla), Mickala “Micki” Oakes, Kyle Kershner; chosen grandchildren: Chase Kershner, Michael Devon (Haley), Patrick Devon; great-grandchildren: Evan Olson and Baylee Korsi.

Due to COVID-19, the family has elected to have a private ceremony on February 4th at Porter Loring North and the burial, February 5th at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. We thank you for your prayers as we lay our loving Father to rest.

29 Dec

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Arlene Kreitz Hengst

November 11, 1931-December 19, 2020

Arlene Kreitz Hengst entered eternal rest December 19, 2020 at the age of 89.
Born November 11, 1931 in San Antonio, Texas to Elizabeth and Anton Kreitz, Arlene was a life-long resident of the city. She attended St. Cecilia’s Catholic School and graduated from Incarnate Word High School in 1947, with a focus in piano performance. After attending business school, she worked at Brooks Air Force Base and Straus Frank Company.

She met the love of her life, Lawrence Hengst, at a local dance. She often told her children that she loved Larry’s beautiful blue eyes and his dancing skills. They were married 50 years, during which time she supported and assisted her husband’s homebuilding company while raising 4 children. She worked tirelessly for her children as a room mother and PTA member. As her children grew, she and Larry volunteered many hours with the Churchill High School Band Parents in support of group and individual performance and competition.

As a devout Catholic, Arlene lived her faith in many ways. She was one of the founding members of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Spirit parishes in San Antonio. She shared her gift of music as a church organist and choir member and lector. After suffering the loss of her son Ross in 1976, she offered compassion and a listening ear to many who suffered similar losses. She was a natural caretaker to anyone who needed help, especially in the care of her parents and in-laws in the last years of their lives. She spent her last years as a parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in San Antonio.

Arlene’s greatest joy in the second half of her life was being Grammy to her grandchildren. She loved to celebrate birthdays, holidays, and everyday life with joy and generosity. Whether taking the children camping, attending school concerts, or shipping surprise gifts by way of the ‘big brown truck,’ her best day was any day she got to speak to or hug one of her family members.

Arlene is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Larry and son Ross Alan Hengst. She is survived by children Lawrence Wayne Hengst of San Antonio, Karen Hengst May and husband Doug of McKinney, TX, Dianne Patricia Hengst of San Antonio, daughter-in-law Donna Nicol Hengst of San Antonio and grandchildren Ryan Hengst of San Antonio, Melissa Hengst of Las Vegas, NV, Allison May of Reno, NV and Caralyn May of McKinney, TX.

The funeral Mass will be held Monday, December 28, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. A graveside service will follow at Holy Cross Catholic Mausoleum and Cemetery. For those wishing to attend services virtually, you may do so at https://youtu.be/LcX-2RRM7eo.

29 Dec

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Mary Louise Grassl Aldrich

Mary Louise Grassl Aldrich, age 84, of San Antonio, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, entered into eternal rest on Friday, December 11, 2020 after courageously battling dementia for the past 5 years.

She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Sam Aldrich Jr.; daughter Susan McKinney and husband James; two grandsons, Cody McKinney and wife Erin, and Wade McKinney and husband Kyle; two great-granddaughters, Kiley and Addison McKinney; sisters, Bernice McLendon and Betty Earl; numerous nieces and nephews; as well as her furry family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Agnes Josephine and Vincent Paul. Grassl; son, Michael Andrew “Andy” Aldrich; four brothers-in-law, Bobby R. Earl, G.W. McLendon, Morris Repass, and Albert Christie; and three sisters-in-law Frances Aldrich, Lieux Dressler (Louise-Aldrich), and Esther Christie.

Mary Louise graduated 1955 from Providence High School in San Antonio, TX. She decided to establish roots in San Antonio, TX as a loving wife, mother, grandma, and great grandma. Her main focus in life was ensuring that her family and friends felt loved by her. She approached each day with a positive attitude and was able to spread happiness to everyone she came in contact with.

She enjoyed entertaining, traveling, and laughing with family and friends. She loved new experiences and was always ready to travel to some of her favorite places such as Lake Tahoe, Vegas, and Colorado with her loved ones. One of her favorite things to do was going to see her favorite entertainer, Wayne Harper, where she would enjoy listening to music and dancing way past her bedtime with family and friends. Her positivity was contagious and she was always full of love and laughter.

Mary Louise will forever be missed and always be remembered for the love she gave to her family and friends.

Special thanks to the caregivers at The Etta at Shavano Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Dementia Society of America. A donation can be made at the following link: https://www.dementiasociety.org/donate.

The Rosary and Funeral Mass were held at St. Francis of Assisi on December 23, 2020.

29 Dec

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Morris Duane Tallmon

February 26, 1946-December 18, 2020

How do you describe a hero?

An unyielding devotion to life’s most important priorities: faith in Jesus Christ, the importance of family, and service to country.

Born on February 26, 1946 in Corsicana, Texas, to Etha and James Tallmon, Morris was a mountain of a man, and to simply be in the presence of Morris was to know that these were what mattered most to him. The very embodiment of courage, humility, and discipline, Morris was as much at home around the dinner table with his family, sharing his tremendous wit and one liners, as he was on the gun range. A special forces paratrooper during the Vietnam War, Morris carried the banner of freedom proudly. Though a few stories were told, most will go forgotten, thanklessly fading with the passing of time, and that’s the way Morris would have wanted it. His selfless sacrifice for the red, white, and blue was eclipsed only by the way he served and cherished his wife and family.

Together, Morris and Brenda shared their journey with other aspiring couples as marriage sponsors at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Indeed, St. Francis was a spiritual home he cherished immensely and a place where he himself encountered the love of God through the Roman Catholic Church. Not only did Morris have his conversion to the Church take place at St. Francis, but he would go on leading countless other men to the faith through ACTS and as a sponsor for RCIA.

Though in his final months Morris suffered greater than most, he did so with a strength and grace inspiring to all. There was nothing he could not do or would not do, especially when it was in service to someone else, until the day he no longer could.

Morris’ legacy of service and love lives on in his beloved spouse Brenda, children, grandchildren, and extended family. Saint Paul’s words in the Second Letter to Timothy encapsulate Morris’ final moments and what he would want us to remember:

“I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance.”

29 Dec

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Barbara B. Van Haute

November 29, 1938 – December 25, 2020

Preceded in death by husband, Julien C. Van Haute. Survived by children: Thomas (Janet), Richard (Mary), Robert (Cathy), Julie Mellin (Mark), and James (Jennifer); siblings, Judith Rice (Charles), and Jean Determan (James); sister-in-law, Carol Van Haute; grandchildren: Thomas (Mallory), Vincent (fiancée, Emily), Nicholas, Nathan, John, Alexa, Jacqueline, Samuel, Jenna, Beau, Lucas, Kayla, Andrew, Cole, and Daniel; and one great-grandchild, Cameron.

VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Monday, December 28, from 5 pm to 7 pm at St. Bernadette Catholic Church (7600 S. 42nd St.), with VIGIL SERVICE at 7 pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, December 29, at 10:30 am, St. Bernadette Catholic Church. Interment, Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Bernadette Church, Gross Catholic High School, and St. Vincent de Paul Society.

To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service and Mass, go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Service” button on the home page.