Archive for December, 2019

Rolando Alvaro Tijerina

Tijerina, Rolando

Rolando Alvaro Tijerina, 82, of Corpus Christi, TX and formerly of Laredo, passed away peacefully at his home and joined our Lord on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019.

Rolando was born in Dec. of 1937. Upon graduation from MHS, Class of ’57, he and his twin brother,

Ricardo, joined the USAF serving for eight years.  In 1962, he married his hometown girlfriend, Thelma Moreno.  They lived in CA for some time and then settled in TX where he worked for Lockheed and later for Mobil.  In July of 1981 his wife, Thelma, passed away of cancer.  He remarried again, first to Cathy Davis who helped him raised his four children and then to Palmira Sanchez.  Later in life, with the support of his children, he adapted to being single and was able to manage his home adequately.  Rolo was an honest, responsible and caring father, grandfather and friend.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 18 years; Thelma Moreno Tijerina, his parents; Alvaro and

Socorro (Martinez) Tijerina, his brother and sister-in-law; Eduardo H. Tijerina and Aurora (Rodriguez) Tijerina, his sister; Leonor T. Sullivan, his brothers-in-law; Jose Ignacio Martinez Jr.,  Jesse David Coe Sr., Carlos Moreno III, his parents-in-law; Carlos Jr. and Dora (Herrera) Moreno and stepson; Joseph Eric Reyna.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving children David Tijerina, Mark (Sara) Tijerina, John Tijerina,

Thelma (Thomas) Mathisen, Veronica (Joe) Agee, Danielle Reyna, his brothers; Ricardo (Dolores)

Tijerina, Dennis (Marta) Tijerina, his sisters; Diana T. Martinez, Virginia T. Coe, Cynthia (Frank) Aguilar,

brothers-in-law; John F. Sullivan Sr., Juan Jesus (Maria del Carmen) Moreno, uncle; Samuel Sr. (Estela)

Tijerina, sister-in-law; Dora Alicia (Moreno) Penalver, 12 grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

The viewing is at 10:30 A.M., Friday, January 3, 2020 and the graveside services will be at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery at 1:00 P.M.

Joe H. Olivo, Jr.

Olivo, Jose Jr.

Joe H. Olivo Jr., 77, went home to our Lord and Savior on December 27, 2019. Joe died from complications of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.  He was surrounded by his loving family at the time of his death.  Joe was a resident of Windsor Calallen Nursing Home in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Joe was born on September 20, 1942 in Mathis, Texas to Jose Medrano Olivo Sr. and Cipriana Benavidez Hernandez. Joe was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mathis, Texas, where he served as an altar boy.  Joe graduated from Mathis High School in 1961.  Joe briefly attended Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas.

In 1971, Joe met Maria Teresa Ybarra, whom he later married on September 16, 1972 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Joe and Maria Teresa were blessed with four children: Jose Alberto, Julie Ann, Mark Allen and Elisa Marie.  Joe was a long time member of Saint Peter Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Joe was employed by the Corpus Christi Army Depot in the early 1970’s and later worked for the United States Postal Service. During his time with the United States Postal Service, Joe was a shop steward and member of the American Postal Workers Union.  He fought tirelessly for the rights of his fellow postal workers.  Joe retired from the United States Postal Service after 33 years of dedicated service.

Following his retirement, Joe was employed by Tuloso Midway and West Oso Independent School Districts as a bus driver.

Joe enjoyed sports and coached in various youth sport leagues while his children were actively involved. Joe enjoyed taking trips to casinos with his wife Maria, as he enjoyed playing blackjack.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Jose Medrano Olivo, Sr. and Cipriana Martinez, brothers Luis Olivo, Abelardo Pena and Pablo Ricardo (“Ricky”) Olivo.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 48 years, Maria Teresa Olivo, his loving children Jose Alberto Olivo (Nina), Julie Ann Olivo, Mark Allen Olivo, Elisa Marie Valdemar (Aristeo Jr.), brothers Arnold Lopez, Joe Olivo, Jr., Ismael Olivo, Ruben Olivo, sisters Yolanda Olivo, Josie Olivo, Alicia Olivo, Diana Olivo, Sylvia Olivo-Sherman, Susan Olivo-Cade, Gloria Olivo-Haun and Sylvia Hinojosa. Joe is also survived by his grandchildren, Victoria Elena Olivo, Marcos Antonio Valdemar, Bethany Joy Santoy, Jim O’Brien, and Rebecca O’Brien.  He is also survived by five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at Sawyer-George Funeral Home, 12497 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi, Texas, on Thursday, January 2, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a rosary beginning promptly at 7:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated Friday, January 3, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Peter Prince, of the Apostles Catholic Church, 3901 Violet Road, Corpus Christi, Texas.  Joe will be cremated and his ashes will be interned at a later date.

Joe’s family wishes to express a very special thank you to the staff at Windsor Calallen Nursing Home, as well as Harbor Hospice, for the incredible care that was given to him. Each and every one of you are amazing at your jobs, a job that not everyone can do.  You all made sure that he was able to die with dignity, peace and comfort.  Each and every one of you have been a blessing to us all.  We will be forever grateful.


Eisenhauer, Anita

Anita Louise Holt Eisenhauer, 77, of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away in her sleep on December 21, 2019, while vacationing with her family in Red River, New Mexico. She was a beloved wife and mother, successful businesswoman, dedicated school teacher in the Corpus Christi Independent School District, and respected historian.

A native Texan, Anita was born February 27, 1942, in Amarillo, a descendant of early settlers of the state’s Panhandle, Benjamin Calvin Holt and Birda May Kirk (1900), and Jebez and Hephzibah Lill (1890). She graduated from Spearman High School, the University of Texas at Austin (B.A., History), and Texas A&I University (M.A., History).

Throughout her life, Anita was active in her community. In college in Austin, she was a member of the University of Texas Longhorn Band and Delta Zeta Sorority. While living in Corpus Christi, she served as Nueces County Historical Society Board Member, as Chairman of the Nueces County Historical Commission, as Republic of Texas Museum Committee Member, as Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History Advisory Board Member, and as Friends of Old Bayview Cemetery Association Financial Officer. During her 50 years as a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she served as Regent of the Corpus Christi Chapter and as Chair of the Historical Preservation Committee of its Texas Society. She also served as President of the Clara Driscoll Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and as President of the Old Bayview Chapter of the National Society United States Daughters of 1812.

Anita was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Gene Edmond Eisenhauer, and her parents Ora Calvin and Louise Rorex Holt. Anita is survived by her two sons, William Edmond Eisenhauer (wife, Karen) of Columbia, Maryland, and George Edward Eisenhauer (wife, Ana) of Medford, Massachusetts; by her grandchildren, David, Rachel, Isabella, and Louise Eisenhauer; and by her aunt Evelyn Rorex Atkinson of Corpus Christi, and numerous cousins. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Dwight Emil Eisenhauer (wife, Diann) of Corpus Christi; by her sister-in-law, Patricia Murray Eisenhauer of Corpus Christi; by her niece, Catherine Eisenhauer Montgomery (husband, Michael) of Corpus Christi; and by her nephew, Thomas Emil Eisenhauer (wife, Kori) of Los Angeles, California.

Visitation will be on Sunday, January 5, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., with the family present from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at Sawyer-George Funeral Home, 12497 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi, Texas. Funeral services will be on Monday, January 6, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 700 S. Upper Broadway, Corpus Christi, Texas, with The Rev. Can. Beverly Patterson officiating.

Graveside services will be conducted on Monday, January 6, 2020, at 3:30 p.m., at Sunset Memorial Park, 1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Corpus Christi, the Republic of Texas Museum in Austin, or to your favorite charity.

Frances “Joy” Mayfield Johnson Sexton

Sexton, Frances

Our beautiful and compassionate mother, Frances “Joy” Mayfield Johnson Sexton, peacefully passed from this life into the arms of her savior on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. She was 86 years of age.  She grew up in Sodville Texas which was a small farming community situated between Odem, Sinton and Taft, Texas.  She attended and graduated from Sinton High School in 1949.  She had 3 brothers and 4 sisters.

After marriage in 1955 to Murray Lee Johnson, she worked as the Director of Medical Records at Memorial Hospital on Morgan Avenue. She eventually became an insurance agent owning and operating Annaville Insurance Agency for a brief period of time.  Although she traveled extensively, Corpus Christi, Texas was always her home her entire adult life.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Murray Lee Johnson in 1983, and her second husband, Kenneth Thomas Sexton in 2000.

She leaves to cherish her memories one daughter, Kimberly Kay Johnson Wilson and her spouse Stanley E Wilson; one son and daughter in law, Randall Murray Johnson and Dawn Hofmeister Johnson. 4 grandchildren, Krista L Wilson Chaapel of Katy, Texas and her spouse, Jeffrey Chaapel, Jeremy S Wilson of Corpus Christi Texas and his spouse Nancy Reneau Wilson, Valerie K Wilson Goldsmith of Katy, Texas and her spouse Ricky Goldsmith; Vanessa Joy Johnson Shirey of Waco and her spouse, Kristopher Shirey.  And lastly a lineage of 14 great grandchildren:  Ethan Chaapel, Madeleine Chaapel, Matthew Chaapel, Ella Chaapel, Heidi Wilson, Hanna Wilson, Audra Goldsmith, Charlotte Goldsmith, Caroline Goldsmith, Kaleb Shirey, Aidan Shirey, Kole Shirey, Mason Shirey, and Harlow Shirey.

Graveside funeral services will be on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Memory Gardens Cemetery with Pastor Darryl Smith officiating.

Bobby Wilson James

Graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Monday, December 23, 2019 at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery, with military honors.