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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.

21 Dec

Rose Mary Schoenmakers

May 12, 1952 – November 28, 2020



Rose Mary Schoenmakers was born on May 12, 1952 and entered the Kingdom of Heaven on November 28, 2020.

Rose Mary is survived by her daughter Vikki DeLeon, grandchildren David DeLeon and Ali Fernandez and great grandchildren Mathieu Bernal and Lania DeLeon, Brother Adolph Ramirez and his wife Leli, sister’s Beatrice Ramirez, Sylvia Alonzo, Gloria Ramirez and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Patricio and Francisca Ramirez, sister and brother-in-law Irene and Rudy Casias and brothers Joe and Louis Ramirez.
Throughout her life Rose Mary had many health challenges and difficulties. Her faith in God always brought her comfort and helped her face her illness with grace and courage. When she was feeling well her laughter could be heard throughout the house. She was always ready for adventure like sky diving, zip lining or shooting rattlesnakes. She had a keen interest in travel, a good eye for color and decorating, enjoyed gardening and loved to go to the movies and watch Wendy Williams on TV. She retired after 30 years with AT&T.
Above all Rose Mary loved her family. Her most treasured time was spent as Grandma Rose to her grandchildren and GG to her great grandchildren. She had a generous heart and was always looking for ways to help her family and friends.
Rose Mary will be remembered for her kind and loving ways. We will miss you Rose.
16 Dec

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Charles Thomas Hutzler

December 29, 1926-December 11, 2020

The visitation for Charles Thomas Hutzler will be held on December 28, 2020 at 5:00 pm at Colonial Funeral Home, 625 Kitty Hawk Road, Universal City, TX. Rosary Service will be held on December 28, 2020 at 6:00 pm at Colonial Funeral Home, 625 Kitty Hawk Road, Universal City, TX. Memorial Service will be held on December 28, 2020 at 7:00 pm at Colonial Funeral Home, 625 Kitty Hawk Road, Universal City, TX. The Funeral Service will be held on December 30, 2020 at 11:30 am at St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church, 111 Barilla Place, San Antonio, TX. Committal Service will be held on December 30, 2020 at 1:30 pm at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio, TX.

16 Dec

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Maria Olga Gonzalez

July 22, 1946-December 10, 2020

Maria Olga Gonzalez, born July 22, 1946, in Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, went to be with our Lord on December 10, 2020 at the age of 74.

She was preceded in death by parents, Margarito Guevara & Paula Chavez; beloved husband of 53 years, Zeferino G. Gonzalez, and daughter, Dora Alicia Balderas.

She is survived by her children, Guadalupe Cortez (Miguel), Rosy N. Anderson (Howard), Adolfo Carlos Gonzalez (Iris); son in law, Jose C. Balderas, grandchildren, Crystal Heitmann, Angelica Balderas, Maria Lesmana, Miguel Ochoa, Maximus Cortez, Michael Cortez, Sara Diaz, and Layla Gonzalez; great-grandchildren, Dominic Ochoa, Alyssa Heitmann, Olivia Heitmann, and Jacob Lesmana. Maria is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

The Visitation will be on Sunday, December 20 at 5 pm with the Rosary at 7 pm at 2525 Palo Alto Rd, San Antonio, TX 78211.

The Mass will be on Monday, December 21 at 11:30 am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, followed by the graveside service at San Fernando Cemetery II.

03 Dec

To Celebrate a Life of Love: William D. Mickey

November 19, 1934-November 20, 2020

William D. Mickey, son of Robert K. Mickey and Theresa Horner Mickey, beloved husband of Joan Elizabeth Love Mickey, born November 1934, in Chatham, New Jersey, passed away on November 20, 2020, peacefully of natural causes.

William “Bill” grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Madison High School. He served in the military. He spent a career in sales, marketing, and advertising. He loved football, golfing, his family, and his faith.

Bill was a loving and dedicated partner to his wife, Joan, for 63 years. He was an amazing and responsible father to five children to whom he instilled incredible work ethic and values.

In death, he is predeceased by his grandson, Stephen Dennis Murray. He is survived by his sons; Dennis F. Mickey of Carrollton, Texas, and Brian W. Mickey of San Antonio, Texas. His daughters; Sharon M. Mickey of Wimberly, Texas, Jeanne T. Derby and her husband Ronald L. Derby of San Antonio, Texas, and Eileen P. Mickey of Point, Texas. His grandchildren; Robert W. Derby of Hutto, Texas, Brittany L. Black and her husband James C. Black of San Antonio, Texas, Erin Murray of Sulphur Springs, Texas. And his great-grandchildren; Madilynn McWhorter, Hayes Calvin Black, and Eli Robert Black.

I have fought the good fight,
I have finished the race,
I have kept the faith –
Timothy 4:7


The Memorial Service will begin at 11:30 A.M. on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at Mission Park Funeral Chapels North, 3401 Cherry Ridge Drive.

03 Dec

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Sister Virginia Celmer, IHM

June 26, 1945-November 26, 2020

Sister Virginia Celmer, IHM, died Nov. 26, 2020, at the IHM Motherhouse. She was 75 years old.
Virginia was born in Detroit on June 26, 1945, to Charles and Stella (Kopicko) Celmer. As a young student, Virginia attended St. Luke and Immaculata High School, where she came to know the IHM Sisters of Monroe. After graduation in 1963, she entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and received the name Sister Marie Amata. She was later known to many as Sister Ginny.
After earning a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College, Sister Ginny instructed students in religious education, social studies and psychology at St. Mary, Monroe; Marian High School, Bloomfield Hills, Immaculate Heart of Mary High School, Westchester, Ill., and St. Thomas the Apostle High School, Aurora, Ill. During these years, she earned a master’s degree from St. Louis University, which led to her transition into health care services as a chaplain at Mercy Center for Health Care Services. This led her into graduate study of psychology at Texas Tech University. She earned her doctoral degree in 1986 and served for five years as a psychologist at the Consultation Center in San Antonio. Sister Ginny operated a private licensed clinical psychology practice for more than 20 years in San Antonio and was esteemed by her professional colleagues.
Health concerns led her to close the practice and return to the IHM Motherhouse as a resident of IHM Senior Living Community in 2014. She renewed many friendships within the community, maintained long-distance friendships and encountered new friendships with many of the staff on the Monroe Campus with her quick wit and wisdom.
Sister Ginny is survived by her sisters in community and many dear friends.
Because of COVID-19 restrictions, services will be private at the IHM Motherhouse Chapel on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The services will be Livestreamed beginning at 10 a.m. at https://bit.ly/36kG4kW and may be viewed until Dec. 23. Arrangements were under the direction of the Rupp Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the IHM Retirement Fund, 610 W. Elm Ave., Monroe, MI 48162-7909.