Called “Chris” or “Charlie” by family and friends, he emerged from a generations-old Texas family with branch roots in Germany and the old South, then followed the Herff School-Page-Brackenridge route to manhood. After roughnecking on offshore oil rigs for a while, he served proudly in the US Marine Corps.
Missile Crisis, and enjoyed periodic reunions with old shipmates. After military
service, he began work as an apprentice carpenter, eventually working up to master
carpenter and even branched out and became a millwright through his work
experiences.He married his beloved wife, Ursula Schieler, a native of Stuttgart, Germany, in
1967. They enjoyed over fifty years of shared experiences and travels with their
family. Despite his busy work life, he found time to take trips with his wife and
children, go fishing and hunting with friends and family, grow his garden and to
make barbecue that drew folks from far and near.
For many years, he worked as foreman on many projects. He helped build the
landmark Tower of the Americas, as well as numerous commercial buildings
around the city, as did Joe Winter, his grandfather before him. Such jobs took him
as far away as California, Utah, Nebraska, and Tennessee, to name a few places. In
Tennessee, he was enthralled walking Civil War battlefields and imagining the
people and history recorded there that went with the sights he was seeing. Fellow
workers loved to travel to out-of-state jobs with him, as one of his hobbies was
cooking. People in general were astounded to see and experience the appetizers,
soups, and main dishes that big, gruff-looking man could produce in the kitchen.
Friends were delighted when he proved to be as adept at cooking a delicate
flounder just right as he was at disassembling and overhauling a mammoth
municipal power generator.
Loyalty, generosity, and love defined him. Being with family and friends was what
made him happiest. Sometimes it seemed that his friends could fill the Alamodome, he had so many. Many reading this might have been recipients of
his open-handed gifts of venison and feral hog meat brought back from hunting
trips. Many of us also remember relaxing under his patio roof while he stood in
clouds of billowing wood smoke, happily tending a heavily laden grill, getting a
generous barbecue dinner ready for us visitors. Many will never forget his stuffed
To demonstrate his versatility and old Texas pride, one of his proudest
accomplishments was winning First Place in the famous VFW chili cook-off in
2012. A periodically gruff exterior could not hide the solid gold interior for long,
as people who came to know him soon found that he was one of
those unselfish souls who “would give you the shirt off of his back.” He was
widely recognized as a down-to-earth friendly man who thoroughly enjoyed the
company of his many friends, all of whom have expressed profound sorrow at
losing him. His natural generosity was wide and unflagging, as many can attest. In
all his nearly 78 years, I’ve never known him to refuse when asked for a favor. Not
once. You could always count on a warm welcome and a cold glass whenever you
arrived at the house of this hospitable man. Now we pray that The Carpenter from
Galilee is welcoming one of His own.
Chris is survived by his wife, Ursula, son John Christian Todd, and daughters
Peggy (Robert) Huber, and Leslie (Rick) Edgerton, grandchildren Darrell (Holly)
Cardwell, Steven (Laura) Cardwell, Coty Huber, Jennifer (Matt) Delgado, and
Richard Moczygemba, great-grandchildren Daylen and Davin Cardwell, and
Correna, Brennen, Mason, and Haylen Cardwell. Also mourning his passing are
brother Gary (Carol) Todd, loving sister Susan (Aaron) Tondre, nephews and niece
Michael (Lori) Todd, Jeffrey (Kim) Todd, Kevin Tondre, and Tanya (Paul)
Freeburg; grand nephews and niece, Evan and Nathan Todd, Kolten Tondre, and
Taylor Freeburg, along with many cousins and good friends.
All of us are left with a permanent void in our life with that salt-of-the-earth big
man gone. But it will only seem to be permanent.
In John 11, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, and said, “I am the
resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and
everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Visitation will begin Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 9:00am with a service at 12:00pm at Delgado Funeral Home, 2200 W. Martin St., San Antonio, Texas 78207. Funeral procession will depart Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 1:00pm for interment at Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery at 1:45pm.
Visitation will begin on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. with Rosary recited 7:00 p.m. at Delgado Funeral Home (2200 W. Martin Street, San Antonio, TX 78207). Funeral Mass will be held at Christ the King Church at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2018 (2623 Perez Street, San Antonio, TX). Service will conclude after the mass.
“There are no good-byes, wherever you are, you will always be in our heart.”
February 20, 1930 – April 22, 2018
Visitation will begin Friday, March 30, 2018 at 4:00pm with a Prayer Service at 7:00pm at Delgado Funeral Home. Funeral procession will depart Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 1:00pm for interment at Meadowlawn Memorial Park.
San Antonio, Texas
September 03, 1923 - March 19, 2018
Mr. Jose Angel Enriquez, Sr. is a testimony of faith and strength. He was a witness to the last 94 years of history in the United States.He was proud to be a registered voter and faithfully went to the polls. Jose served God in every capacity assigned to him.The most difficult decision was to no longer drive at the age of 89. Not driving limited his service to God.
He did however continue to minister to those in need of good counsel. He desired to have all of his children home once more. He delighted in the happiness of his children, grandchildren and his wife Brigida. May his example of good service encourage you to do the same and fill a void that has been created by his passing.
HR Coordinator and Devoted Mother
Gary Dean Aragon, born on September 3, 1959 in San Antonio, TX went to be with the Lord on December 21, 2017 at the age of 58. He is survived by his Sons: Daniel Aragon and Gary Aragon Jr.; Daughters: Monica Casarez, Brandy Aragon and Bonnie Aragon; Sisters: Michelle and Mary Louise; Brothers: Joseph, Ignacio, Mauricio, Manuel and Felix; 15 Grandchildren and numerous other relatives.
Visitation will begin Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 4:00pm with a Rosary recited at 7:00pm at Delgado Funeral Home. Services will conlcude at 9:00pm.
He Lord is my Shepard; there is nothing I shall want ....
Joshua “Josh” Andres Costello, born November 7 1989, joined the presence of our Lord on December 21, 2017.
Josh was survived by his loving mother, Gloria Albiar Costello and father, Peter Costello; his beautiful daughter,Jozalynn; sisters: Peggy, Jennifer and Darlene; brothers: Pete, Pete Luis and Christopher ; his grandmothers, Consuelo Albiar and Helen Costello; numerous Aunts,Uncles, nieces, nephews , cousins and friends. Josh was a loving and caring young man who lived life to its fullest. He was part of a large family who loved him and will miss him dearly.
Eternal rest grants unto Josh oh Lord-and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he Rest In Peace, Amen.
Visitation will begin Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 8:00am with a Rosary recited at 11:00am at Delgado Funeral Home. Services will conclude Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 12:00pm.
Henry D. Garcia, born on October 22, 1955 went to be with the Lord on December 17, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents:Alfredo M. and Maria Garciaand wife: Esperanza Garcia. He is survived by his son: Alfredo H. Garcia and his wife Paula; daughter: Vanessa Alcantar and her husband Arnold; sisters: Diana and Ernestine; brothers: Alfred and Robert; grandchildren: Jocelyn, Joshua, Julian, Nevaeh, Kaylee and Lauren. The family would like to give a special Thank you to Valero for all their support and kindness during this time.
Visitation will begin Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 4:00pm with a Rosary recited at 7:00pm at Delgado Funeral Home. A Graveside Service will be Thursday, December 21, 2017 at San Fernando Cemetery II.
Jesus G. Garcia Sr. born on November 11th, 1946 went to be with the Lord peacefully on December 6th 2017. He proudly served in the US Army where he received several honorary medals including the Vietnam Service Medal and two Oversea Service Bars. He is preceded in death by his parents Agapito and Manuela Garcia, his brother Agapito Garcia Jr. and sister Lori Stephens. He is survived by his wife Mary Angie Garcia and children Rebecca Garcia-Tellez, Jesus Garcia Jr.(Celeste), Katie Garcia, Matthew Garcia(Martha) and Vanessa Garcia. He will be greatly missed by his siblings Amelia Molina(Oscar), Rose Brown, Chris(Rosemary), Albert (Erica), Olga, Tomas(Margie) and Guadalupe(Bertha). He is also survived by a large extended family to include his grandchildren Paige Tellez, Ryan Tellez, Emily, Scarlett, Caleb, John and Adam Garcia.
Visitation begins Monday, December 18, 2017 at 5:00pm with a Rosary at 7:00pm at Delgado Funeral Home. A Mass will take place at Delgado Funeral Home at 8:30 am on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. Funeral procession departs Tuesday December 19, 2017 at 9:30 am for Interment at 10:15am at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to AdaptaVet.org
Esperanza M. Garcia of San Antonio Texas was called to be with our Lord on December 7th, 2017. She was surrounded by the love of her Husband Daniel Garcia, Siblings Sylvia Aguirre and Henry Ramirez and her six children, Juan Mendez, Betty Mendez, Linda Mendez, Richard Mendez, Virginia Mendez and Lauro Laurel. She lived life for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Her hobbies included cheering her Spurs, shopping and spending time with her family. She loved music and loved dancing to all her favorite songs. The holidays were her favorite time of year and loved decorating her tree and wrapping presents for everyone who came through her door. She was filled with love and joy, always wanting to share those feeling with everyone.
Please join us in the celebration of Esperanza M. Garcia as we come come together to reflect on the beautiful and fun filled life she lived.
Viewing will be at Delgado Funeral Home on 319 W. Mitchell SA, TX onFriday, December 15th, 2017 from 4:00pm to 9:00pm with a Prayer Service at 7:00pm.
Arthur C. Villanueva, born on February 5, 1929, went to be with the Lord on December 1, 2017 at the age of 88. To his close family and friends he was known as “Red” (El Colorado). Arthur dedicated numerous years to the Bexar County Sheriffs department (Constable), San Antonio College and National Linen (Production Manager). He was an entrepreneur at heart owning several businesses throughout his lifetime. In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, photography and auto mechanics & repair. His family will miss his sense of humor, his love for life and his strength. Arthur was preceded in death by his Parents: Silvestre Villanueva and Petra Castillo and brothers: Philip C. Villanueva, Ernest Villanueva, Eduardo Villanueva and Pedro “Pete” Villanueva. He is survived by his Sons: Philip Villanueva, Albert Villanueva, Michael Villanueva, Arturo Morin; Daughters: Sylvia Canales (Steve), Crystal Briones, Mary Helen Peterson; Sisters: Mary Louise Moates; and numerous Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.
Visitation will begin Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 4:00pm with a Prayer Service at 7:00pm at Delgado Funeral Home. Funeral Procession will depart Wednesday, December 5, 2017 at 10:00am for funeral at McCauley Baptist Church at 10:30am. Internment will follow at San Fernando Cemetery #2.
Visitation will take place Monday, March 20, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at Delgado Funeral Home with a Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Funeral procession will depart Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. for a funeral mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church-South San at 9:30 a.m. Internment to follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
Amelia Gonzales de Vargas, born on April 5, 1923 in Pawnee Rock, Kansas went to be with the Lord March 7, 2017 at the age of 93. She was preceded in death by her Parents: Jesus Gonzales and Joaquina Rico de Gonzales; Husband: Rafael Vargas Reyes; Sons: Vicente, Trinidad, Eduardo and Gustavo; Daughter: Isabel and Brother: Rumaldo Gonzales. She is survived by her Sons: Ruben Vargas (Maria), Abel Vargas (Guillermina), Rafael Vargas and Leonel Vargas; Daughters: Lupe Vargas De Saenz (Abelardo), Maria de Jesus Vargas de Gutierrez (Treberto); Susana Vargas and Alicia Vargas de Ruiz (Javier); Numerous Grandchildren, Great-grandchildren and Great great-grandchildren. We would like to give our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Ruiz family for all the care and love they gave our grandmother. She will forever be in our hearts.
Visitation will begin Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 1:00pm with a Rosary recited at 7:00pm at Delgado Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will begin Thursday, March 9, 2017 at St. Henry's Catholic Church at 2:00pm. Services will conlcude after the mass.