Jun 10, 1933 - Dec 01, 2023
Died : Feb 21, 2024
Our beloved Yvonne Chapa, age 54, was called to our Heavenly Father on Thursday, February 21, 2024. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Ashley Michelle Perez and her parents, Ysidro Ramirez and Frances Chapa. Yvonne was an organ donor, and we are grateful for her humanity. Yvonne is survived by her sons, Matthew Santana Guerra and Christopher Guerra; her treasured grandchildren, Leah Marie Guerra and Jesus Applegate; her sister, Vera Chapa, as well as other loving family members and numerous friends. Visitation will be held from 6:00-9:00 p.m. with Recitation of Holy Rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at Mission Funeral Home - South Side, 6204 S. First St., Austin, Texas. A Scripture Service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2024 also at Mission Funeral Home - South Side. Burial will follow at Assumption Cemetery where she will join her daughter, Ashley Michelle, 3650 S. IH 35 Frontage Rd., Austin, Texas.
Jea Yup Zamencki
Dec 01, 1955 - Feb 28, 2024
"In Loving Memory of Jea Yup Zamencki With heavy hearts, we bid farewell to Jea, a beloved daughter, mother, and sister, who passed away on February 28, 2024. Born in Yeosu-si, South Korea, on December 1, 1955, Jea\u0027s journey was marked by creativity, resilience, and boundless love. Throughout her life, Jea showcased her remarkable talent as a professional seamstress, skillfully tailoring clothes for her customers with precision and care. She took immense pride in her work, finding joy in the smiles of her satisfied customers. Her entrepreneurial spirit shone brightly as she ventured into the world of business, establishing several dry cleaning businesses in her community. Jea\u0027s dedication to her craft and her unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction endeared her to all who crossed her path. Her warm smile and kind heart touched the lives of many, leaving an indelible mark on her friends, family, and community. She leaves behind a legacy of love and strength, cherished by her oldest daughter, Dawn Keim, son-in-law Mikey Keim, youngest daughter, Judy Bravo and former husband Adam Zamencki. Jea is also survived by several family members in South Korea, including her mother, Jeong Kwan-rye, sister Jeong Kyung-yeop, and brothers Lee Changhee and Lee Junhee. May her memory continue to inspire us all, as we honor the life of a remarkable woman who touched the hearts of many. Jea will be dearly missed and forever remembered with love and gratitude."
Marilynn Yeatman Sollinger
Mar 02, 1928 - Feb 19, 2024
"Marilynn Yeatman Sollinger March 2, 1928 to February 19, 2024 Marilynn Yeatman Sollinger was born on March 2, 1928, as a snowstorm blizzard engulfed Detroit, Michigan. Her parents, Elizabeth Rust Yeatman and Lorne Ernest Yeatman owned a grocery store in the Detroit area. She and her younger brother William grew up in the now Historic Ford Homes district in Dearborn, Michigan, built to house the employees of the Ford Motor Company. In 1945 Marilynn graduated from Dearborn High School, founded in 1893, where she earned a letter in Field Hockey and many academic honors. She also excelled at dance, tap dance, and ballet. In the mid-1940s the family moved to Austin, Texas in West Lake Hills. Her father built a home and a series of small rental units out of stone from the rocky land at 201 Laguna Vista Drive. To get to her classes at the University of Texas Marilynn would hike down a steep road and take a row boat across the lake to catch a bus to the university. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education in 1949. When teaching the Fourth Grade in Corpus Christi, Marilynn ran into a classmate from Dearborn High School, David Albert Sollinger, a Navy pilot who was stationed at the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station. They soon married, and began a family of four children in 1951 while moving from base to base, state to state; Sandra and David in Norfolk, Virginia, Alma in Pensacola, Florida and Paul in San Diego, California. The family moved every year to a different city in California, Michigan, Texas, and Ohio. In 1966 the family was stationed for two years at the Iwakuni Marine Corps Station in Iwakuni, Japan. After her husband retired from the Navy, the family moved back to Austin and bought a 1920s home at 1600 Old Forest Trail in Tarrytown. Marilynn continued teaching in Austin as a substitute teacher while her four children graduated from the old Austin High School and the University of Texas. She substitute taught at every school in Austin, waking up so early to get her assignments and navigating her way all around town with paper street maps. She was always in great demand as the schools and students loved her. Marilynn is preceded in death by her parents, Lorne and Elizabeth Yeatman; her brother William; and her beloved son David Allen. She is survived by her daughters Sandra Monahan, and Alma King, and her son Paul. Marilynn was always optimistic, generous, loving, and full of life. She was a paragon of Motherhood, dedicating her life and unconditional love to her children and family. She was a talented artist, excellent seamstress, and accomplished pianist. If she wasn’t teaching school, she was teaching bible school. She was a Girl Scouts troop leader, a Boy Scouts den mother, and a Red Cross Volunteer. Christmas and holidays were always a delight for her children as she handmade many gifts and created crafts and decorations for every season, providing so many memorable occasions and memories. She loved life and gave this world almost 96 wondrous years. The family wishes to thank the wonderful and loving staff at Park Bend Health Center over the last three years. They gave her the best quality of life possible. And many special thanks to the staff at Gracy Woods who cared for Mom off and on over the last several years helping her to stay at home for so long. A graveside service for Marilynn will begin at 2:30 PM on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery, section M, 14501 N Interstate Highway, Austin TX 78660. Flowers can be sent to Affordable Burial at 13009 Dessau Rd, Austin TX 78754."
Gary Lee Free
Oct 03, 1955 - Feb 16, 2024
"Gary Lee Free passed away on February 16, 2024 at his home in Austin, Texas. He was born on October 3, 1955 in Colorado City, Texas to Rex and Emma Free. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Dickie and Rex; sisters Gwen Woodbury and Cherlyn Galindo. He is survived by his sons Nicholas Free and wife Jeannie; Nathan Free and wife Michelle; sister Stacey Fisk; brothers Richard Elam and Randy Free; aunt Nancy Tucker; 9 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins."
Diana Marie Pierini
Jul 29, 1956 - Feb 14, 2024
"Originally from Taylor, Michigan, Diana (Dee) was a high school homecoming queen, Michigan State University graduate, PhD candidate at the University of Texas (Austin), and Director of Nursing at Capitol Home Health in Austin, Texas. Dee was a very caring person with love, passion, and gratitude for life. Beauty, brains and personality, Dee was the proverbial “triple threat\u0026quot;, succumbing only to the human frailties that befall us all along life’s journey. Diana lived her life with enormous faith and spoke beautifully of our Lord, and often quoted scripture to those who would listen. She led a Christian life by example and was amazingly steadfast and unwavering. In addition to her great passion for our Lord, Diana had many other passions and talents for drawing, painting, sewing, crocheting, and jewelry making. She had a true love for gardening and animals - at one time raising sheep, hens, donkeys, birds, rabbits, puppies, and kittens too. Diana even had a Bunny Blog for fellow bunny enthusiasts. Diana will be greatly missed and will rest in peace with her daughter Julia Wichert and brother Michael Pierini. She\u0027s survived by her son Sean Wichert Sr., her four grandchildren ( Sean Wichert Jr., Dawn Wichert, Dylan McCrory and Fin Ruther) whom she became a beloved mother figure to, and four siblings (Donald Pierini Jr., John Pierini, Sue Pierini and Anne Marie Pierini). Two sisters (Sue and Anne Marie) will greatly miss Diana Marie Pierini who passed away on Ash Wednesday/Valentine\u0027s Day February 14, 2024. In the tapestry of life, it is often said, “Sisters are different flowers from the same garden – connected by love, shared experiences, and unwavering support.”"
Shirley J. Bryant
Apr 21, 1934 - Feb 01, 2024
"In loving memory of Shirley J. Bryant, who went peacefully to the Lord, in her home on February 1, 2024, at the age of 89. Born in Hackensack, New Jersey on April 21,1934. She moved to Texas with her husband Robert Helms (deceased 2003), then later married Major Joseph Bryant (deceased 2013). She resided in Texas for over fifty years.She was a compassionate, dedicated nurse for 10 years. Shirley J, Bryant lived a full life and her memory will endure in the lives she touched. She will be missed. Shirley J. Bryant is survived by her loving family; Two Siblings: Regina Parrish, Dennis Persico Three daughters: Theresa Steenwyk. Cynthia (Cindy) Compton and husband Jake Compton. Mary Erskine and husband John P. Erskine. Ten grandchildren: Eva Achtemeier-Boucher Jennifer Moore, Michael Moore, Clara Moore. Robert (Jake) Compton, Ian Compton, Matthew Ty Compton, Hannah Compton. Savannah Erskine, John Erskine. Sixteen great -grandchildren"
Nov 03, 1931 - Jan 31, 2024
"Joe was born in Calvert, Texas on November 3, 1931 and passed away peacefully on January 31, 2024 in Austin, Texas in the presence of loved ones. He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 18 years, Darlene Louise Cremona; his parents, Tony and Rose; his sisters Dora, Louise, Rosie, Mary, and his brothers Sam, Tony, Vincent, Frank and Johnny. Joe is survived by his daughters Connie Pacifico, Judy Murphy, Cathy Cremona, Carolyn Cremona, and his sons, Frederick Joseph Cremona, Jr. and James Cremona. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, cousins, nephews and nieces. “Italian Joe,” as he was known by the children in his hometown of Calvert, was an active boy who was quick to help out in his family’s general store business. When Joe was a teenager, his family moved to Houston where he attended Stephen F. Austin High School. Joe had a paper route and gave every cent he made to his mother, Rose, who saved it to help pay for his college. Through hard work and determination, Joe graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1953 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology. He later received his Doctor of Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine in 1957, where, in his senior year, he joined the Naval Medical Student Program. This was the start of Joe’s decorated career in the Navy. After a rotating internship at the Naval Hospital in Oakland California from 1957 to 1958, Joe served with the 3rd Marine Division in Okinawa, Japan as a Battalion Surgeon. In late 1958, Joe was transferred to the naval hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas where he was a staff doctor of Orthopaedic Services. It was here that Joe met the love of his life, Darlene Louise Gothard. Darlene was a widow with two young children, Connie and Judy. Joe and Darlene were married in Corpus Christi. Soon after getting hitched, Joe and Darlene moved their family to Boston, Massachusetts where Joe was a resident of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Boston Naval Hospital. In 1964, Joe was transferred to Orlando where he was a resident doctor in the Children’s Orthopaedic Service of Orange Memorial Hospital. The following year, Joe was transferred to Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital as Chief of Orthopaedic Service. He achieved the rank of Captain while in Camp Lejeune and in 1971 transferred to the Naval Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From 1971 to 1977, Joe served as the chairman of the NRMC Orthopaedic Department and Director of Residency training. Joe retired from the Navy in 1977 after 20 years of dedicated service to his country. He received the Meritorious Service Medal and a Letter of Commendation from the Naval Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1971-1977. After retiring from the Navy, Joe moved his family to Houston, Texas and began private practice with MacGregor Medical Associates. Joe was Staff Surgeon, from 1978 to 1988, and Chief of Staff from 1986 to 1987. During his time at MacGregor Medical Associates, Joe was appointed to active staff of HCA Medical Center and courtesy staff of Hermann Hospital from 1978 to 1988. Joe retired from private practice in 1988, and moved to Dripping Springs, Texas in 1991 where he built his dream house on 3 acres of prime Texas real estate. Joe enjoyed visits from his children and grandchildren, working his land, and attending church. Not many people know that Joe wasn’t baptized until he was 30, and he remained a devout Catholic and churchgoer for the rest of his life. He was a parishioner of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Dripping Springs, Texas where he donated a stained-glass window to the church in memory of his dear wife, Darlene. Joe was an extremely charitable man and gave to many organizations, including The American Red Cross, Alzheimer’s Association, UNICEF, Maryknoll, Disabled Veterans Foundation, and American Cancer Society, to name just a few. At age 71, Joe came out of retirement to take a position with Texas Disability Determination Services as a reviewing physician consultant. He held that position for nearly 16 years until his final retirement in 2018. Joe was truly an officer and a gentleman as well as a dedicated family man. During the decade of the 1970’s, he essentially raised 6 children by himself while working full time as a busy physician - all the while attending to his beloved wife who was stricken with an unknown, debilitating illness. After Darlene’s death in 1979, he never remarried. Joe never abandoned his duty to his wife, his family, or his country. He healed so many people and never asked for anything in return. There are not many people in this world who would have stayed the course through such adversity – but he did. The latter years in Joe’s life were spent enjoying simple pleasures like watching sports – especially Longhorn football, reading books, solving crossword puzzles and jumbles, smoking fine cigars, enjoying a smooth cocktail, or a cold bottle of beer as he listened to jazz and folk music. Joe was an amazing chef. He loved making the family marinara recipe and other Italian dishes. Stuffed artichokes, cauliflower soup, BBQ ribs, sweet potato casserole and eggplant parmesan were only a few of his specialties. The care and love he put into each dish exemplified the care and love he gave to all who joined him at the table. The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff of Brookdale Senior Living in North Austin, for making Joe’s final days as comfortable as possible. A graveside service for Joe will begin at 12:00 PM on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at the Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery, 6900 Lawndale, Houston, Texas, 77023. Following the service, there will be a reception at 1:00 PM in the Forest Park Funeral Home reception hall. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6055 South Loop E., Houston, Texas 77087."
William (Bill) B. Parnell II
Jan 05, 1938 - Feb 24, 2024
William (Bill) B. Parnell II, a dedicated Accounting and Finance Officer for the Department of Defense, has passed away at the age of 86 in Austin, Texas. Born in Henryetta, Oklahoma, Mr. Parnell led a fulfilling life marked by his service to both his country and community.A proud Army Veteran with a specialization as an RA Engr C and skilled marksman in both Carbine and Rifle, William exemplified bravery and commitment throughout his military tenure. His professional journey was characterized by excellence, having earned a Bachelor's Degree and serving diligently in the field of Accounting and Finance for the DOD.Mr. Parnell's legacy extends beyond his professional accomplishments, as he was a beloved husband to Janice Parnell, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his son, William David Parnell of Ogden, Iowa; his daughters Elizabeth (John Cole) of Raytown, Missouri and Patricia Parnell of Pflugerville, Texas; grandchildren Phillip Cole (Katie) and Brooke Cole (Emma); and great grand son Jackson Cole. A graveside service to honor and celebrate the life of William (Bill) B. Parnell II will be held on March 4th at the Central Texas State Veteran Cemetery in Killeen. The service will be a testament to the impact he had on those around him during his lifetime.In remembrance of a life well-lived, Mr. Parnell will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. May he rest in eternal peace.
Juan (John) Trevino
Sep 20, 1962 - Feb 22, 2024
Juan (John) Trevino, passed away on February 22, 2024. He was born on September 20th, 1962, in Moses Lake, Washington. The third child of Juan Trevino and Petra Mata Trevino, he was a younger brother to Juanita and Elsa, and was the older brother to Mario, Cristela, and Joey. He grew up in Crystal City, Texas within a tight knit and loving family.John attended Crystal City High School and was active in both sports (football and basketball) and academics (National Honor Society, Class President and student council). He began his undergraduate studies at St. Edward's University and continued at Southwest Texas State University, graduating with a Bachelor's of Science in Aquatic Biology. It was here that he met his love and life partner, Patricia Garcia.John and Patricia settled in Austin, Texas where they joyfully became parents when their son John Trevino Jr. was born. John pursued his interests in environmental protection in his career as an Aquatic Biologist with the Lower Colorado River Authority, the City of Austin and he also worked with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) of Austin, Texas where he retired in 2017.While passionate about his career, John also enjoyed exploring life through his interests and hobbies. He enjoyed participating in intramural basketball competitions. He loved the outdoors, in particular, boating, camping and exploring riverbanks. A favorite destination of his was Port Aransas for its peaceful ocean scenery. Always by his side was his beloved dog, Luke, a German Shepherd. He never met a stray who he did not share a treat with.The loves of his life were his family. John loved his parents and siblings and was an immensely proud father who encouraged his son in believing in himself. You could always find him cheering on John Jr. in the stands during Vista High Schools games, band events or Taekwondo competitions. Attending Spurs, Longhorn games or visiting the Texas lakes and coast were always special family outings.?He was a lifelong learner, supporting and encouraging others in their own pursuits and love of science and the environment. He was a controversial Packers fan but an even more ardent Longhorns fan, especially when John Jr. attended and graduated from the University of Texas. He maintained the importance of family, loyalty, compassion for others and having a sense of humor, his entire life.John was preceded in death by his father, Juan J. Trevino. He is remembered by his son John Jr., his wife Patricia, his mother, Petra Trevino, brothers, Mario (Tina) and Joey, sisters, Juanita (Ezequiel), Elsa (Tommy) and Cristela with several nieces and nephews, and his godson Corey.In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation to any of the following causes that were close to John’s heart: Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation, Maddie’s Dog Rescue of Uvalde, TX via their Facebook page or Paypal @maddiesdogrescue, or consider adopting or rescuing a stray dog in your community.
Tony Lawrence Rivera
Jul 16, 1956 - Feb 26, 2024
Tony Lawrence Rivera, known affectionately as Tony to his friends, and Tonio to his family, passed away peacefully on February 26, 2024, in Austin, Texas. Born on July 16, 1956, in Billings, Montana, Tony's journey through life was marked by his kind-hearted nature, thoughtful gestures, and passionate spirit.Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, after moving from his birthplace, Tony was a proud graduate of Lincoln-West High School. His upbringing in Cleveland shaped him into the hardworking man he became, following in his father's footsteps as a dedicated construction worker. Tony's commitment to his craft was evident through his active membership in the local labor union 310, where he not only contributed his skills but also formed lasting friendships.About 15 years ago, Tony made the decision to move to Llano, Texas, seeking new horizons and opportunities. His love for the community and the life he built there was so infectious that it inspired his sister Josephine and his niece Michelle to join him five years later, and his niece Dawn to move there just five months ago. His presence in Llano was a beacon of warmth and camaraderie, much like the man himself.Tony's life was enriched by the simple pleasures he cherished. An avid fisherman, he could often be found by the water's edge, basking in the serenity of nature and the thrill of the catch. His prowess at playing pool was well-known among his friends and family, and many an evening was spent sharing stories and laughter around the pool table.He was a man who lived his life with a generosity of spirit that touched everyone he met. Tony's kindness was a constant, his thoughtfulness a gift, and his passion for life a guiding force that inspired those around him.Tony was preceded in death by his father, Antonio Rivera, and his brother, Manuel Rivera. His legacy continues through his beloved family: his mother, Esther Rivera; his sister, Josephine Rivera; his brother, Peter Rivera; his sister-in-law, Kim Rivera; his sons, Antonio Rivera and his wife Robin and their children, Antonio Jr., Landon, Dominique, Miranda, and Emma; Michael Rivera and his wife Katie and their children, Rylan, Wrenley, and granddaughter Ariya; his daughter, Misty Rivera and her children, Paige, Aaliyah, Joshua; his nieces, Dawn Rivas and Michelle Rivera; and his goddaughter, Ariana Rivas. Each of them carries a piece of Tony's spirit, his love, and his memories.Tony's life was a testament to the enduring bonds of family, the value of hard work, and the importance of following one's passions. As we remember him, we celebrate not just the life he lived but the countless ways he enriched ours. His laughter, his counsel, and his unwavering support will be deeply missed, but the stories of his life will continue to be told with fondness and pride.In his passing, Tony leaves behind a legacy of love, strength, and integrity. He will be remembered as a pillar of his community, a devoted family man, and a true friend. His was a life well-lived, full of moments that will be cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing him.As we bid farewell to Tony Lawrence Rivera, we do so with hearts full of gratitude for the time we shared with him. His journey on earth has ended, but his spirit remains with us, guiding us with the same kindness, thoughtfulness, and passion that he embodied every day. Rest in peace, Tony. Your memory will forever be a beacon of light in the lives of those you touched.